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.
I joined in the last round of the Buzzwordathon and when I saw theannouncement videofor the final round I knew I had to participate again! It will be held from Monday 21st through to Sunday 27th so for next week I will just pause on the Bookopoly and pick up the three books I could find in my TBR that match the Buzzword which is NIGHT … I am super excited to be participating again and will hopefully be reading some great books!
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Language of Thorns : Midnight Talesand Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
This month I am going to be participating in Becca’s Bookopoly Readathon, for all information regarding the readathon see her announcement videoHERE. So what I am going to be doing is rolling and moving around the board whenever I am in the mood to pick up a book. I know if I do all the rolls at once I am not going to stick to what I pick and will inevitable fail. So I am just going to take it day by day and when I’m in the mood to read I will roll the dice and pick books out of my owned TBR!!
I had a lot of fun during the course of this readathon. Unfortunately I didn’t end up completing the four books I had picked that corresponded to the path that I ended up taking I only read three…. I went backwards and started from 9: Black SailstoA: Washed Ashore and then 6: Bawdy Songs I just didn’t have enough time to finish off with 1: Captain’s Cabin! I did end up changing my TBR a little from what I posted but I completed some great books!!
9: Has a black cover-The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum
A: A book published 3+ years ago –Binti by Nnedi Okarafor
6: Has Romance – Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron