Considering I had only one readathon planned for this month, I ended up taking part in three of them. This was a successful reading month for me, not only due to readathons and books read, but I finished a few books that I have had on my ‘Currently Reading’ list for a while, such as Eternity in an Hour, Wake, Outlander and The Queen of the Tearling. I managed to read two books on my September TBR.
August was a good reading month for me in terms to books read and staying on my August TBR. There were some books I didn’t manage to get to, most of the books on my TBR for the Tome Topple Readathon but I did get to read a few books that have been on Goodreads TBR for a while, like The Unexpected Everything, Crown of Ice and Underground Railroad.
If you ever fall into a reading slump, do two 12-14 hour train journeys on your own and you’ll read out of sheer boredom if nothing else. That said, I read some really good books this month and some that have been on my TBR for a very long time. It was a good reading month, in terms of both quality and quantity. The readathons I took part in were really fun and I’m glad I did them (even if they all seemed to overlap).
So, this was a busy reading month for me. I took part in six readathons, which would be absolutely fine if they didn’t all overlap. Emojiathon and The Annual Harry Potter Readathon were set for the month and I had seven books in total for those readathons. But then I went a little reading challenge mad and I signed up for Read-O-Rama Readathon, Library-a-thon, Because Dragons Readathon and Alphabethon. All of them lasted a week and the Because Dragon RAT started two days later than the other two. I had great fun reading all those books I have been meaning for a while but I’m going to try and not do it again. Because I gave myself seventeen books to read in a little over a week (while working at the same time) and then wondered why I didn’t get anything done. Good thing the internet was screwy the whole week so I really didn’t have anything to do.
I was worried that when I started to work, the amount of reading I would do would go down. Thankfully I can read on trams so when I’m on the tram for an hour round-trip, I get a lot of my reading done then. Let’s not talk about how I’ve stayed up late finishing a book I couldn’t put down and then was so tired the next day. Definitely not as many books as in March, but I am doing Camp Nanowrimo at the same time!
Books I Read
- Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
- Rose Petal Graves (ARC)
- The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1)
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
- Captive Prince
- Muddy Waters (Otherwhere #1) (ARC)
- Three Daughters
- Frostbite (ARC)
- Strawberry Summer (ARC)
- The Upside of Unrequited
- Code Silver
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
- Boy Meets Boy
- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
- The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
- Starting From Scratch (Housemates #5)
- Breakaway (Scoring Changes #1)
- An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2)
- Broken Angels
- Mask of Shadows (ARC)
- Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1)
- Helping Hand (Housemates #1)
- Childhood’s End
So I thought this would be hard. I really enjoyed Starting From Scratch, The Dream Thieves, Strawberry Summer and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before but I think my favourite book of the month was Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It was just so enjoyable and light, with some great conflict and a really sweet romance.
Least Favourite Book
Rose Petal Graves. God, that book was a slog. I enjoyed parts of it but the main character was just so aggravating with her character swinging between irrational and logical so fast that I couldn’t get a handle on how she was going to react. It was a shame that the world-building and plot were good, I just couldn’t get past the characters.
Reading and Writing Goals Update
I took part in three readathons this month and I discovered that month long readathons are too long and I’m horrible with dates when they start on any other day apart from Monday. I did the Tome Topple readathon, the A Very ARCish readathon and the Readathon of Kings. I think I did pretty well at each readathon and wrap-ups for the latter two will be coming later this week.
I’ve filled 22 squares on the Diversity Bingo square and I found this interesting post on Tumblr about the ‘own voices’ tag can force authors to be out with their sexuality and gender before they feel ready. That’s not saying #ownvoices isn’t important, because it is (article here) but I will say that if I can’t find the author having willingly put their gender/sexuality bio on their website, I won’t be messaging them asking if their book is #ownvoices.
I’ve read 6 books on my Beat the Backlist challenge, I read 8 books for Flights of Fantasy and I’ve read 96 which mean I’ve beaten my Goodreads challenge of 80 books. I won Camp Nanowrimo (which means I reached my word count of 50k) but I have to finish my novel in this month of May. I’ve started doing reviews on Goodreads for every book I read and the longer reviews on my blog. Feel free to friend me on Goodreads if you want to follow all my reviews!