Off the Grid Readathon ii

Off-The-Grid Readathon II Review

Posted January 25, 2019 by Amber in Readthons & Reading Challenges / 4 Comments


A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the Off-The-Grid Readathon! This is the second time I’ve done this readathon and I really enjoy it. It gives me the opportunity to get out of my head and away from social media and mindless drivel for a bit and into the world of a book… and really focus on it.

In review, the Off-the-Grid Readathon is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm and Justine @ I Should Read That. It’s a three-day event where you read whatever you want, but the condition is, you’ve got to put your electronics away and seriously sit down and read. Now, my participation in this one is about halfway since I work all day Friday, but it’s overall a really successful readathon for me and I love it.

So… how did it go this time?

Well… I mean… not to brag… but I read six books.

Last time, I read three books and DNF’d two.  That said, I didn’t include any audiobooks, last time, and I really only read Friday night and on Saturday.  This time, I listened to an audiobook through work on Friday, then switched over to books I own.  And I read straight through until about 7pm on Sunday.

I mean, also, if I’m being honest here, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is probably going to be my shortest book all year.

Here’s how my weekend went!



Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh / ★★★★
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu / ★★★★

Friday was a work day, but I took advantage of the time to finish listening to Flame in the Mist, which had been my commute book for the week.  I really enjoyed it, particularly liking the characters’ resolve and the complicated obstacles they had to overcome.

After work, I finished Moxie.  Honestly, I couldn’t have put done Moxie if I tried!  The girl power vibes were SO STRONG in this one and I think that my soul’s been dying for a feminist read.  So so good.  I wish this book had been around ten years ago, or that feminist culture was more accessible to me back then.



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander / ★ 1/2
Romanov by Nadine Brandes / ★★★★

My TBR jar is weird and unpredictable.

I spent my Saturday morning curled under a fleece blanket with Lady Elizabeth on my lap and read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cover to cover.  I should note – this is the edition published in 2001, the paperback “textbook” with Ron and Harry’s scribblings.  After slogging my way through it (honestly, I’ve never liked this one?) I checked out some other reviews and all the positive ones said that they’d read the new illustrated editions.  So that makes a difference, if this is something you’re interested in!

After I finished that, I did Adult Things like throw away all the expired pills in our medicine cabinet (oops) and balance the check book.  But after lunch, I dug in again.

I really, really loved Romanov guys.  My review isn’t going to drop on here until May 1st, since the book doesn’t come out until late spring, but it’s already up on Goodreads and it’s just. So. Good.  I’m trash for Anastasia retellings anyway (and suddenly they’re coming in spades!) but I’ve been DYING for a historical fiction one and Nadine Brandes just does magical work here.  It’s really good, go add it to your TBR.  Please.  Now.  I’ll wait.



Descendant of the Crane by Joan He / ★★ 1/2
Holes by Louis Sachar / ★★★★ 1/2

Whelp, I’m going to be one of those horrible, salty dissenters because I know Descendant of the Crane is on a lot of peoples’ Most Anticipated of 2019 lists… but I honestly didn’t care for it.  The concept of the story was interesting, but the execution didn’t really work for me personally.  This review will drop at the end of March, but like Romanov, it’s already on Goodreads, so you can check it out.

After I finished Descendant of the Crane, I intended to close out on the Off the Grid Readathon.  It had killed my January TBR, so I was happy.  But then I pulled Holes from my TBR Jar.  I love this little book, and at about 230~ pages, it was such a quick read, so I read half of it before dinner, and the other half before bed. ?


TLDR? I got a LOT of reading done this weekend, caught up on ALL my ARCs, and made a serious dent in this year’s reading challenge.  Plus, it’s really nice to just sit and read for a while, drinking tea and cuddling with my kitties.

It’s the little things in life.

If you want to join in for the next Off-The-Grid Readathon, it’s taking place on April 12th. I hope you’ll participate!  It’s a great readathon!


What’s your most successful readathon?

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4 responses to “Off-The-Grid Readathon II Review

    • Amber

      That’s awesome! I know the 24-in-48 is going on right now, I have so much respect for y’all doing that one! Also Novel Knight has been listening to audiobooks while she does her thing… that little trick may encourage me to try next year!