Spookathon is a readathon created by three lovely women (booksandlala, paigespages and bookerly) where horror/thrillers are finally given free reign. This is it’s second year (last year I failed), but I’m determined to do better this time.
AKA the time I conquered reading.
All hail, cuz I done goooood. Well, as long as you don’t count the flop that was my attempt at the Fairy-a-Thon. If I’m being honest, I completely forgot about the challenges for this one. I read so many books, and gave out so many 5 stars! Are you jealous?
Username: Evie by Joe Sugg [Graphic Novel] – 2 stars. The premise was so good, and the hype was real. Unfortunately, the execution doesn’t match. On the brightside the artwork was gorgeous.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – 2 stars. Ugh. Nope. I’m not sure if this is a series that I will be continuing. I dislike these characters. I really do.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer – 3 stars. This didn’t hit me in the feels like Twilight did, but the ending redeemed it for me. As much as I would miss Nessie, I appreciate that Edythe gave Beau the choice that Edward never would have given Bella in book 1. Jessamine and Archie are my new Twilight OTP, hands down.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – 3 stars. I wanted to love this one because JOHN GREEN, but it was average and I wasn’t in love with any of the characters. The story was fine, but mere curiousity kept me going and now I want to try David Levithan as a solo author.
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. This one is very Stephenie. An almost insta-love relationship, heavy on vivid descriptions and a false sense of security. I grew to love the romance and the action but it was a bit slow, hence the uncertain rating.
Superfail by Max Brunner [Graphic Novel] – 4 stars. Oh how cute can one book be??? I loved it. LOVED IT! We tag along as a group of defective superheroes attempt to save the world from The Man with No Name, and what ensues is a series of mishaps that are just to adorable to ignore. Release date: October 17, 2017. Get this one!
Caraval by Stephenie Garber – 4 stars. The ending saved this one for me, otherwise this would have been a 2.5 star read. I didn’t much care for the characters or their story, but I did like the idea of the game itself. However, the little teaser that the end left me with has me intrigued to read the next book. Hopefully it stops at book 2, otherwise this one would be equally drawn out and possibly bordering on painful.
With Malice by Eileen Cook – 5 stars. Now I need more Eileen Cook in my life. I loved the writing and the mystery of the whole thing and I felt so sorry for our main character. To have such extensive memory loss must be terrifying, made only worse by the fact that you’re being accused of killing your best friend. Horrifying.
If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch – 5 stars. OMG! I can’t wait for you all to read this one. I’ll do a full review closer to the release date (Jan. 11, 2018). Stay tuned
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars. How I missed the Lunar Chronicles and that wonderful universe. My only qualm with this book was the lack of Iko. My three favorite of the short stories were: After Sunshine Passes By (poor Cress), The Mechanic and Something Old, Something New. The little glimpses into my favorite character’s past and that one beautiful look at their future, was everything that I expected to get from this collection.
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini – 5 stars. Be prepared to have your heart hurt and your blood pressure raise because this one touches some nerves. A beautiful story of two women who deserve happiness and peace, but instead get saddled with abuse while living in war torn Afghanistan. This one hurts guys, but it’s so worth it.
In progress: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (10% complete), Mask of Shadows (9% complete).
BOOKS READ: 11
PAGES READ: 4150 plus 35 pages of Mask of Shadows and about 13 pages of Juniper Lemon = 4198
What have you read for the month? Tell me, tell me!
AKA my July TBR
After what can only be considered a too long hiatus from readathons and challenges, I have decided to enter the fray once more. The challenge? There’s two. The first one is:
“THE BOOK LOVER’S CHALLENGE”
It is hosted by one of the Goodreads groups I’m in (YA Buddy Reader’s Corner), and every month they have challenges and read-a-longs. But it’s been a while since I’ve participated in anything the group had to offer. It’s time to stop avoiding, ignore the performance anxiety, and JUST DO IT.
The challenges (July 1st – 31st):
COVER LOVE – Read a book with a cover that you l♡ve
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (any of the books on my TBR list really)
AUTHOR LOVE – Read a book by an author that you l♡ve
Will Grayson, Will by John Green (too many to choose from!!!)
GENRE LOVE – Read a book from a genre that you l♡ve
With Malice by Eileen Cook (basically any YA book could fit here)
FREEBIE LOVE – Read a book you got for free! (can be kindle freebies, review copies etc.)
I haven’t decided on which book I’ll use for this category just yet.
RECOMMENDATION LOVE – Read a book that was recommended to you by a friend, or read one of your friend’s favourite books.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman
BIG BOOKS LOVE – Read a BIG book! (over 500 pages)
The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
CHARACTER LOVE – Read a book with a character you l♡ve
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, any HP book.
Challenge two (July 1st – 31st):
A Classic Fairy Tale, A book that Disney dramatized, A book you read as a child –
A book that’s set in the summer – With Malice*, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
A book with blue or green on the cover – Stars Above, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Hellig
A book to only read outside – A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz