So Bout of Books 20 is done and I didn’t feel like I acclompished much to be honest. It didn’t really feel like a readathon, I really missed the sprints and the twitter intense communities of other readathons. I get that it’s a lowkey kind of readathon but since I rediscovered my competitive trait, I kind of missed that.
But here is my wrap up
– Kane and abel by jeffrey archer *544 pages* (also accurate for The Reading Quest mini game: grinding: Read a book with more than 500 pages)
– Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David levithan*310 pages* (The reading quest mini games; Potions; a book conducted by 2 authors)
Caraval by Stephanie Garber *406 pages* (A book that contains magic)
(I also read I think 350 pages in ‘all the light we cannot see’ by Anthony Doerr and loving it)
It was a while since I read a John Green book and I was a little anxious because I thought I grew out of them, but turns out… You can’t grow out of John Green books. I don’t care what anybody says, his writing style is amazing and it reads so fast. I think I finished Will Grayson (2x) in 2 days and I can still remember details of the book. I liked the idea of the plot and it kind of got me back into writing. I had a few ideas for a story myself.
I always enjoyd writing, but for some reason I lacked of inspiration for a few months and it frustrated me so much. I wanted to have a good idea, so I started to keep them in a journal. At the end of the summer I had 2 ideas, which I could actually combine into 1 story. For me as someone with no love-label, it’s really hard to find books with characters that speak to me on that level. Most books have either a hetero couple or a gay couple, at least the couple has a label. But if you’re 25 and you still don’t know what your label is, it’s hard to find connection with the characters.
So why not write a story about that myself.
I haven’t been counting my XP and HP points for the first and second day of the readathon, but I did manage to finish 3 books (1984, we were liars and Will Grayson, Will Grayson which means up to 865 pages + the additional 130 pages of today means I read 995 pages in 3 Days, so much more than I would usually read!)
I’ve been reading more and more and enjoying it more and more, even though I’m not really enjoying the books I’m reading now. Kane and Abel deffintly improved when deeper in the story but Caraval is just…. there’s no development. It’s the same thought proces throughout the 400 pages of the book. She thinks she’s thinking it all through, but her mindset didn’t change and she keeps forgetting it’s a game… it’s repetetive and getting slightly annoying. But It’s also for ‘The reading quest’; Read a book that contains magic, so I kind of don’t want to dnf, because every page counts….
Readathons motivate me so much, I didn’t know I had this competive trait in me.
Happy Reading !
Bookupdate, second half of august.
I decided that this is the first ever summer I’m going to participate in Readathons because reading on your own is fine, but reading with other readers motivates me even more. I discovered that readingsprints are super super motivating and I can actually read a decent amount of pages in a certain time. I need to learn to stop compare myself to other readers because I am in my core, a slow reader (that was at least the case with Stephen King’s – Under the Dome).
I have been pretty active during the 7in7-Readathon, I failed, but I did alright for my first readathon. I read 865 pages in total, in 7 days.
I am now participating in “The Reading Quest”, created by ReadingAtMidnight and BoutOfBooks. For either of those I don’t really have a TBR pile because I’m a big mood reader. I did kind of plan what I could read for the bingo board of The reading Quest, but I already changed that the moment the readathon started, so yeah, that’s that.
The second weekend in September is also the final date to finish Jeffrey Archer’s – Kane and Abel… This book…. I didn’t like it at the beginning, I got really angry with Jeffrey for certain stuff and the sexism (since it’s taking place in the 1920’s and earlier). I like the story of both boys, but the writing style is new for me so it’s going to take a while to get used to, but since this book is over 400 pages, it shouldn’t be a problem.
I’ve always wondered why I stopped going to libraries; maybe it was because they didn’t have a large collection of English YA or maybe I thought the cover of books were more important then the story, but I refound my love for libraries and got 4 books.
All the light we can not see from Anthony Doerr
2 John Green books; WillGrayson, Will Grayson (which I absolutly loved, I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads) and An abundence of Katherine,
and I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Caraval from Stephanie Garber, wich I’m not enjoying all that much. I guess that’s the problem with overhyped books, sometimes they do live up to the expectation but sometimes they give more frustations because it’s not what you thought it would be. I don’t like the characters, they feel very one dimensional and there’s no character development at all. The world building is something I do like in this book because of the details.