End of Readathon Reviews!

Archery- Read a book less than 200 pages- Goosebumps- One Day at Horrorland- R. L. Stine 5/5

My fiance had me read this book to him so he could share in my readathon experience. My throat was sore afterwards but it was worth it. I spent two hours with my loves, reading, my fiance, and my animals.

Pegasus Riding- I ended up dropping this prompt as I did not have the time to finish all the activities with four months until my wedding, applying for my social work exam, and working overtime.

Canoeing- Read a book that takes place on or near a body of water- Goosebumps- Deep Trouble- R.L. Stine- 4/5

I finished this book in about a half hour before bed. I thought it was odd for a Goosebumps book, but good enough for me to pick up the sequel for one of the books I plan to read in August.

Climbing Wall- Read the next book in a series- Vampire knight VOL 2 – Matsuri Hino 5/5

I absolutely adore this manga! The romance, drama, twists and turns are amazing! Getting to know Zero more in this installment was wonderful!

Capture the Flag- Read your most anticipated book- Shabanu Daughter of the Wind by Suzzane Fisher Staples

I like this book enough to pick up the sequels on my kiddle app, but I have concerns about the white washing of this novel. I will be researching more into it.

I have several books lined up for next month if I can fit everything in!

Late July Reading Update

Read a book with a Dark Cover- Death Note VOL 1: boredom by Tsugumi Ohba 5/5

Death note is a much better manga than it is an anime, in my opion. I can feel the character of Light better in the Manga and better understand his motivations. The rest of the series will make it to my TBR list.

Choose a book from your TBR at Random- DeadlyEducation by Naomi Novik 5/5

I listened to this book on audio while catching up on paperwork at work. I loved this book. The main character El really pulled me in. She reminds me a bit of myself in high school, a bit anti-social- not all by choice- not popular, and suspicious of people when she is sought out. El’s reactions are genuine to a bullied/ostracized teenager and it really made me feel heard. In addition, the school was masterfully executed if terrifying. I will be reading the sequel when it comes out in September! 

Link to a blog discussing potential racist undertones for further reading and education- https://www.google.com/amp/s/bookriot.com/racism-in-naomi-noviks-a-deadly-education/amp/

Read a book Featuring a wealthy Character- Vengeful by V.E. Schwab- Swapped out for The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

While I love V.E. Schwab her books are heavy to me, it takes me longer to read than other books of similar page lengths, with my level of work and overtime this month along with scheduling difficulties I had to swap for a lighter book, I will be coming back to this book! 

Cousins by Karen M. McManus 5/5

The cousins is an interesting tale, the Story family is from an island, they own a resort on this island and have a lot of money. Enough to turn the heads of people with less scruples than one would hope. This story(LOL) follows 3 generations from the same family. Without spoilers, there are many twists and turns, there are no good guys at the end of this tale just many shades of grey. I highly recommend this book for mystery lovers and people who believe that no one is all good or all bad.

Thank you for reading!

July Reading- Halfway update

I am not as far along in my reading as I had hoped, a mixture of household emergencies, and being pulled in for my on-call shifts had made it difficult to squeeze in my reads. I have altered my goal to finish all my Hades cabin prompts this month and complete all my other reads I am unable to finish this month by the end of the August. 

Hades Prompts

Read a standalone novel- House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig 5/5

This book is a modern spin on The 12 Dancing Princesses tale. I really enjoyed this book, the macabre feel, mystery, romance, and dare I say, magic made this book hard to put down! At first, I had trouble keeping all the characters straight in my head, there are over 16 people important to the story, but somehow Erin Craig makes it work. I highly recommend the audio book it is an odd mixture of a soothing voice telling a chilling tale. I look forward to adding her next book, Small Favors to my personal library. 

Read a book where a character must hide their Identity- To Catch a Killer –By Sheryl Scaborough 4/5

One of the main characters, I will not name who, is hiding a big secret from everyone else in the book. As the title suggests someone in this tale is the Killer. I have suspicions of who the killer was by page 60 and had confirmed in my head where this tale was heading after page 90, I did not figure out the motive until the big reveal in the final chapters. While not a perfect book, it was good enough that I purchased the sequel for delivery while I was reading the final five chapters. My fiancé tried to drag me to bed at around 930pm on one of my days off and was unable to as I was so set on finishing the book that night. If you like young adult murder mysteries this book may be for you. 

Activities Prompts

Sword and Shield- Read a book featuring a Character you would not get along with- Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell 3.5/5

This is the first book I picked up, I listened to it on audio while working the long holiday weekend as a break from murder mysteries. I had just binge listed to the third season of Counter Clock. My fiancé was right I did find someone to dislike in this book, Nick. He is slimy! I also do not like Ren but that is more for the fact that she is misinformed about mental illness than anything else. Over all, the book was good, not great. I found the parts of the book that were bits of fan fiction or bits of another book jarring and frustrating. I know it developed the main character but it felt to me as a grab to make the page count longer. 

Prompts I switched reads for- 

Monster Fighting- Read a Book Featuring Magical creatures- Raven’s Shadow- Patricia Briggs 

I Switched this book to Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs. 5/5

I switched to this book because for the past few days reading an electronic copy has been easier than toting around a paperback or hard back. It is still a Patricia Briggs book. I LOVED this book. Of the series this is my second favorite in Alpha and Omega. I laughed, I cried, and I was truly invested in the leads Anna and Leah. The background story makes my heart ache but it makes the characters so much more believable. I cannot wait for the next installment! 

Pegasus Riding- Read a book Published in the past 5 years- Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Replaced with White Bird by R.J. Palacio 3/5

I still intend to read Mirage, however I needed another audio book to lighten my page count. Between stress, work, and a killer headache, I wanted to read the day I picked up this book but could only listen to something on low. I also wanted to pick up something that would fill a prompt. I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed Wonder by R.J. Palacio but I am not sure how I feel about this expansion on the world of Auggie.  I suppose it would be better if I picked up the graphic novel but that is not at the root of my concern. The book aims to teach children about the Holocaust and correlate that to modern day “immigration” issues (Read human beings cannot be illegal) but I am unsure if it is culturally appropriate for someone outside of the culture to write from the perspective of a genocide. I will reserve judgment on this portion until I have more time to process. However, I will say that this graphic novel is for older children or younger children with adult supervision to answer questions and unpack the trauma here. 

Other recommendations for a graphic novel on the Holocaust isMaus and Maus II. The book is written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman depicting his Father’s experiences from living through the Holocaust. It is rich details and reflections by the author. Content warning because of war, trauma, and suicide.

Activities Prompts

This is the second set of prompts for this month and it will be great if I get to them, but I will not force myself. There is a lot going on and I am not sure how much spare time there will be between working overtime, my normal job, chronic illness, and what may happen with my partners work injury.

1. Sword and Shield- Read a book featuring a Character you would not get along with- Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

I let my Fiancé pick this book because UI could not think of anything. According to him, “I picked this because there must be a character you won’t like in it.” So, there you have it readers, a book because I can’t like all the characters in a book.

2. Archery- Read a book less than 200 pages- Goosebumps- One Day at Horrorland- R. L. Stine

If this is not my normal reading you are right, I asked for suggestions from my fiancé because I do not have anything under 250 pages on my own shelf, so I had my partner look at the shelf he has of books I “need to read”.

3. Pegasus Riding- Read a book Published in the past 5 years- Mirage by Somaiya Daud

If you remember my post from a while back this was one of the books I added to my list in an effort to have more voices from persons of color in my personal library and on my reading list. This is one of those books.

4. Monster Fighting- Read a Book Featuring Magical creatures- Raven’s Shadow- Patricia Briggs

I added this book to my list in part because it was a recommendation from my partner and in part because this is another book by the author who writes some of my favorite paranormal romances- The Alpha and Omega series. Here’s hoping this book is as good as Alpha and Omega.

5. Canoeing- Read a book that takes place on or near a body of water- Goosebumps- Deep Trouble- R.L. Stine

I do not have many books that take place by the sea and the number of pages in my TBR was getting daunting by this point in my list. Dear fiancé came to my rescue with another Goosebumps book. We will see how this goes.

6. Climbing Wall- Read the next book in a series- Vampire knight VOL 2 – Matsuri Hino

I LOVE the Vampire Knight Manga and I am so happy to re read VOL 2 before moving on to VOL 3. My wallet will not be happy with my choices, but my brain will be happy.

7. Capture the Flag- Read your most anticipated book- Shabanu Daughter of the Wind by Suzzane Fisher Staples

This was part of a book haul I had at a local second-hand shop. They have a good selection of YA fiction. I know nothing about this read but what the dust jacket says and the front cover but I am excited none the less.