For those that follow my blog will know I took part in Becca’s BookoplAthon this past weekend. It was great fun! I managed to pick some short yet awesome reads which allowed me to fly through the prompts. In total I read 8 books over 8 prompts (doubled up on 1 prompt and an extra read) and got 40% of the way through a separate book for the 8th prompt before we hit midnight on the 12th. There wasn’t a bad book in the bunch and I even managed to get a couple of eARCs finished so I can write my reviews for them.
(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)
5 STARS: 2
4 STARS: 4
3 STARS: 2
WHAT I READ –
Roll 1 – 2019 BOARD : PARANORMAL
A Whisper in the Dark
Jessi Elliott and K.J. Sutton
This isn’t my usual sort of read but I really enjoyed it. I started it at midnight as soon as the readathon started and happily finished it before bed. While I didn’t finish the second instalment as part of the readathon I am going to finish this four part novella series!
Roll 1 -2020 BOARD: CHANCE CARD!
This is How You Lose the Time War
Amal El-Mohtah and Max Gladstone
I put a list of re-reads I wanted to get to as a Twitter poll and Twitter voted for my favourite out of the four reads. This is just so superbly written, a beautiful little sci-fi, that just has the magical lyrical purple prose that I just adore.
ROLL 2 – 2019 BOARD: CULTURALLY DIVERSE
This is one of Two group books for the Middle grade Marvels book club and I really enjoyed it. I have never read any Caribbean folklore before and this was just so atmospheric and creepy, but also filled with joy, family and friendship. It was a treat to read.
ROLL 3 – 2019 BOARD: MYSTERY/THRILLER
Voldie Vanve Vol 1
Hope Larson and Brittney Williams
So cute with a really interesting style this was a fun little caper of a graphic novel. It has a real 1950’s esq vibe with a little bit of tounge and cheek fun the the writing. I think I will continue with the series whe I am looking for a fun quick read.
ROLL 3 – 2020 Board: FREE PARKING/GIFTED
The Tea Dragon Tapestry
This entire series is just gorgeous from the art work to the message. It is sweet and wholesome, really inclusive and uplifiting. I was so lucky to be gifted an eARC of this amazing little read. I am sure to re-read when I when can get my hands on a physical copy.
ROLL 4 – 2019 BOARD: YA FANTASY
The Necessary Arthur
I read this even though it didnt really count for this prompt as a) it isnt YA and b) when I started reading it found it to be more Sci-fi than fantasy but who cares I read it anyway. Damn this little story packed in so much. I really wish there was more as I want to know how everything in this universe resolved and how they came to be also. Really enjoyed it.
This was the real surprise of the readathon for me. I was scrambling on scribd for a short YA Fantasy I could read in the time. Honestly, who would have guessed that would have been the hardest prmpt for me! I had heard Dead Good book reviews mention Tamora Pierces writing and really loving it (so I am counting this for the 2020 Board roll 2: Recommended read also). I really really liked it. This has a magical talking badger!!!! enough said.
ROLL 4 – 2020 BOARD: CONTEMPORARY/ROMANCE
Rick Spears, Emmett Helen
Another eARC graphic novel which I counted for the contempory prompt, even though it was set in the 90s (for me that’s contemporary). The art for this was great and it was such an interesting story. I finished this at exactly 11:52 pm on Sunday so I think it was a good way to finish off the readathon.
I really did love this readathon! It was great to just sit down and unashamedly read all weekend! I enjoyed the jumping into all those little reads I have found some great series too that I can’t wait to read more from! It was just lovely to have a weekend of books!