Bonjour my loves!
I wanted to check in with you about the readathon I did this weekend! I mentioned it in passing in last week’s Weekly Tea Time for the Soul, but in short:
Shanah (Bionic Book Worm) and Justine (I Should Read That) announced they’d be co-hosting a weekend readathon in October, January, April, and July. The goal? Stay off social media and read. I was a huge fan of this idea, especially because I’ve been struggling with my new bookstagram. One day last week, I spent an accumulative three hours on Instagram trying to post, promote, and insert myself into the community… and 5% of my followers still dropped in the last two days…?
Ughhhhhhhhhhh I needed a break.
While I won’t say I was amazing at this, I was off my phone a lot. I’m one of those people who goes for her phone when she’s bored, so joining with others who were trying to disconnect was a good kick for me. I set my Forest app for between 30 and 120 minutes (depending on my mood) and just… read.
- Limited social media use: Success-ish. I logged about 10 hours in my Forest app, and that doesn’t include the time where I just kept reading even though my timer was up. Could I have been offline more. Absolutely.
- Read books: Success. I finished 3 books and DNF’d 2… and also started another one because SURPRISE thanks NetGalley.
I definitely could have spent even less time on social media and on blog posts and on errands, but adulting is what it is, and I worked Friday. If I had Friday off I think I may have been able to read another book, which is sweet. I rarely read a book in a day, so reading three books cover-to-cover three days in a row is big for me.
Unlike most people, I didn’t have a TBR for this readathon. I love that it didn’t require one – right up my alley. I’m very strict about using my TBR Jars to pull hardcopy books at random, because I’m a mood reader and left to my own devices, I’ll keep hoarding new books but only reread old favorites. When I finished a book, I pulled a new one.
That said, now that I know three books is achievable for me, I think I’ll pull those ahead of time in the future.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan / ★★★★ – This one was a really slow start for me. The chapters are wicked short and it sort of played with my head. It took almost until halfway through the book until I felt I was connecting to Leigh at all… but as soon as I got into it, I was taken aback by the beauty of the world and precisely how heartwrenching it was.
The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson / DNF – I got about 20 pages into this one and decided I didn’t really care for it. Then I talked myself down and said I wasn’t being fair, that I barely started it. At 60 pages, I wasn’t enjoying the aggressive characters or the attempted shock value any more, so I DNF’d it.
The Megarothke by Robert Ashcroft / DNF – Very similar to The Wolves of Winter; I started this one and it immediately rubbed me the wrong way. This was a PageHabit box, and I took a chance on the horror box thinking Stephen King. I’m not surprised that this wasn’t a good fit for me.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristoff / ★★ 1/2 – While there seems to be a lot of great reviews on Goodreads for this one, my experience across the blogs has been that the hype may have been a little blown out of proportion. I didn’t care for this one, but it had a lot to do with my inability to connect with the characters and the shallowness of the worldbuilding. There are a lot of people who love this as a retelling and a romance, so don’t discount it because I didn’t like it. 🙂
The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo / ★★★★★ – I’d only intended to participate in the readathon through Saturday night, but I got so wrapped up in The Deepest Roots that I couldn’t put it down. I had no expectations for this book (I don’t think any of my Goodreads friends have it on their TBR) but it was such a good magical realism story and there was a really strong female friendship… I loved it.
All these (non-DNF’d) books will be getting a more detailed review in the coming weeks. They’re also all books out of my 2016 Debut TBR jar!
Overall, I’d say that the readathon was a whopping success for me. Not only did I read three books, but I identified two other to donate, meaning I made progress on five different books for my Great Bookcase Crusade and the 2018 Debut Authors Challenge.
In other words, because of the readathon… I did in a weekend what usually takes me 2-3 months.
I really liked this readathon, and since Justine and Shanah said they’d be hosting it again in a couple month… I’m all in. And January is the perfect time to sit back in read where I live. Maybe I’ll even plan ahead and make some cookies. 😉