I have made a last minute decision to participate in the Medieval-A-Thon hosted by Holly Hearts Bookson booktube! It seemed super fun so I figure why not give it a go. It runs from the 10th January through to the 10th February so I have a whole month to hopefully get through my TBR and achieve the skill I am hoping for. I have decided to try to master two professions a Blacksmith & a Seamstress which will enable me to rise to the rank of an Empress!
My TBR for Medieval-A-Thon includes:
Read a book with gold, silver or bronze in the title or cover – The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
A book you’re scared to read – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
A book with a weapon on the cover – The Hunter and the Mage by Kaitlyn Davis
A hardcover – Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin
A series finale – A Sky Beyond the Storm
Read a book your unsure about – Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
First book to a series – Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
A book embossed or foil on the cover – Lightbringer by Claire Legrand
The last book you bought/borrowed – The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
Prettiest book on your shelf – These Witches Don’t Burn by
Definitely going to count this round of the Tome Topple Readathon a success! I was able to complete 1 book during the two weeks that had over 500 pages! I definitely had hoped that I would be able to read more but I’ve had a busy couple of weeks and alas was unable to commit enough time to complete any more tomes. But like I said in my TBR even if I only read one of these books it would still count as a success and this book I had been meaning to read for AGES now so I am happy!
As I said in my TBR post whenever I was in the mood to pick up a book I rolled and moved around the board and picked a book that corresponded to the prompt I landed on. For this particular readathon I only did 5 rolls, I was having a little bit of a slumpy month and I didn’t want to force myself to pick up a book just because it fit whatever I landed on. I did a pretty good job matching what I was actually interested in reading to what I landed on so I am pretty stoked with my results and this readathon. I thought it was a really fun, unique concept and I will definitely be participating in any future rounds. My rolls were: 8-9-5-8-5
Foiled Cover – A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Community Shelf (Read a book that matches the current season) – The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos
Chance – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
5 Star Prediction – Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao
Friend Pick – The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I had a very successful week and ended up completing all three books that I had in my physical TBR that had the word NIGHT in the title! I figured since I already introduced the three books in my TBR post it would seem a bit redundant to just post the same three books as my wrap up, so I wanted to do a little mini-review of the three books and give a little overview of my thoughts!
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo – It’s been a while since I have read any books from the Grishaverse so it took me a minute to get situated back into that world. These stories didn’t really focus on any of the grisha’s and their abilities it was more so like the fairy tales that these characters grew up with. I have to say the actual book and the illustrations were beautiful and really kept me engaged in the stories. There were definitely some I liked more than others but overall I think they all flowed well together. There was always some form of twist to the stories that you couldn’t really predict and they were all very original and unlike anything I have ever read before! With that being said I don’t think anthologies are formats that I like to read, I much prefer one central overarching storyline and characters that I could follow. I did get bored occasionally but this was a super quick, easy read that I am glad I completed!
Night Film by Marisha Pessl – As I wrote in my review for some reason I thought Night Film was about a reporter who witnesses like a murder and is on the run from the people who committed this murder. I have no idea where this came from, maybe I’m mixing it up with the plot of another book, so at the start I was a little confused as to what was actually happening. I think this book was really easy to get into and become engaged with these characters and the mystery behind Ashley’s suicide. The supernatural element of the story again caught me off guard but I was into it right away. There is this steady build up of tension and anticipation throughout the course of the storyline and the eventual ending just fell a bit flat for me. Hopper and Nora are ejected out of the plot quite quickly and there’s no real resolution there and also I guess maybe Marisha was trying to tie back to everything we have been told about the Cordova’s films and their ending and wanted to mirror that for the actual story.
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I was already going to read this book as I’m trying to get through the series before the fourth book comes out in a few months so this was perfect for me to add to this readathon. One thing I enjoyed in this book particularly was we got more perspectives from the other characters aside from Elias and Laia. Helene in particular I was definitely happy that we got more of an insight into her character and the difficult choices she has had to make. In An Ember in the Ashes the world is quite contained just to just the Academy, but now the world has expanded so much and we get more of a feel for the Empire.