I’ve just finished taking part in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and I had an absolute blast! I devoted a full day to just reading and it was sheer bliss, it was great to know that loads of other people were doing the same thing!
I prepared my TBR in advance:
I’ve decided it’s time for another Read-A-Thon experience and this time I have decided to go for a shorter one, Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. It takes place on Saturday 23rd April and everyone around the world starts at exactly the same time, my start is 2pm. I will be trying to stay awake for the full 24 hours and read as much as I possibly can. We’ll see how that goes.
I did it! I managed to complete all the set challenges in seven days. That’s seven challenges, six books and 2515 pages! For a while towards the end, I really didn’t think I would manage it. I am unashamed to say that I take an extraordinary amount of pride and satisfaction from this accomplishment.
Yesterday was the penultimate day of the Winter Biannual Bibliathon and, luckily, it went a little better for me than day five. I managed to finish The Rook by Daniel O’Malley and then get stuck straight into Seal of the Worm by Adrian Tchaikovsky.
I thought the plot of The Rook was phenomenal. You get just enough information that you think you know who the book’s main conspirator is but are still doubting yourself until the big reveal, keeping you hovering on the edge of your seat. It is a remarkably clever novel with plenty of action and supernatural occurrences, nudged along by a nice helping of office politics. If you like spies, super powers and secret plots, I suggest you read this book immediately. I gave it a 4/5 stars.
I then moved onto Seal of the Worm, my final book for this read-a-thon … it’s also the biggest. Weighing in at 614 pages, Seal of the Worm is the tenth and final book in Tchaikovsky’s Shadows of the Apt series. I started reading this series about a year and a half ago at my other half’s insistence. I am so glad I did, I have enjoyed this series greatly and the final book appears to be no exception.
- Pages Read Day Five: 346
- Total Pages Read: 2084
- Challenges Completed: 6
I did not have a great day for reading yesterday, I was very easily distracted and did not manage to finish my book, The Rook by Danial O’Malley, as I had hoped to. What I did read of it I enjoyed. I went into this book blind for the’judge a book by its cover’ challenge and am very glad that I did.
A woman wakes up in the body of Myfawny Thomas under unusual circumstances, she has no memory of anything. Luckily Myfwany had planned for this eventuality and left a series of letters cluing her new occupant in on what is going on. Myfawny has been trapped inside a conspiracy and it needs to be figured out. She is also a high ranking member of a supernatural secret service dedicated to keeping Britain safe from anything unnatural. Sounds pretty good, eh?
So far, it is a great story with lots of intrigue, action, and a vast array of unusual powers. I hope to finish it soon and will let you know my final thoughts. I am beginning to think that I may not quite finish my sixth and final book inside my seven day time limit but I will do my level best. Either way, this has been an incredibly fun and rewarding experience so far.
- Pages Read Day Five: 336
- Total Pages Read: 1738
- Challenges Completed: 5
I have just finished day four of my read-a-thon and I am having so much fun! It’s great to devote so much time reading excellent books. Yesterday I managed to finish The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Just. I was falling asleep as I cracked the final ten or so pages and had to make myself stay awake to finish.
The book was a phenomenal sequel. I was completely captivated by the first novel The Queen of the Tearling (you can read my review here) but I wanted to know more about the world to explain why things had progressed the way they did. This book explained everything with excellent flashback scenes that tell the tale of what was happening less than a hundred years from now. It was great seeing Johansen’s vision of what our future is like and I’m completely satisfied with her world building. The characters were also fleshed out some more in this novel and I was pleased to see that Johansen is not afraid to give some of them a much darker tone. The plot was exciting, full of mystery, magic and chaos. I seriously recommend this series to anyone who likes fantasy with a slightly political feel. I gave this book 5/5 stars.
Today (day five) I am starting The Rook by Daniel O’Malley for the ‘judge a book by it’s cover’ challenge so I have absolutely no idea what it’s about!
- Pages Read Day 4: 404
- Total Pages Read: 1402
- Challenges Completed: 5
Yesterday was day three in my read-a-thon and a day filled with Terry Pratchett. I managed to finish reading Guards! Guards! and start on The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.
I absolutely adored Guards! Guards!. It was wonderfully surreal and fantastical but still managed to greatly resemble real life. Terry Pratchett brought many and varied characters to life and developed them fully. The story line made ironic use of traditional tropes, making them seem ridiculous. The writing was colourful with many a clever turn of phrase and every character had its own distinctive voice. I would recommend this book to anyone (as it has been recommended to me, qualifying it for the ‘recommended more than once’ challenge). Overall, I gave it 5/5 stars.
Last night, I also started reading The Invasion of the Tearling for the ‘favourite genre’ challenge -although I am well aware that all my chosen books fall under my favourite genre, fantasy. I had aimed to read about 200 pages last night but overestimated my reading speed. I only managed about a hundred before falling asleep, but they were a hundred pages I enjoyed very much indeed.
- Pages Read Day 2: 354
- Total Pages Read: 998
- Challenges Completed: 4