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First Readathon Wrap Up- It' s Pretty

I think my first readathon went very, very well. I'm not just thinking about what I read or how much I read but about the day in general. It was gorgeous weather, I had very few distractions, and I was able to stay on track with only two breaks. The first was to go food shopping (it had to be done, People!) and then second to attend an event at the local B&N where they were introducing new tabletop games. I only stayed for one round of Kodama, but it was soooo much fun.

The readathon was already a success because I didn't set a book limit or minimum page count restriction on myself. I had a stack to choose from and read what I wanted when I wanted to. All day! Success!

I think I also managed to post about 7 readathon themed posts on IG and this will be the 3rd blog post. There was also a donation made to Room to Read, and I honestly didn't know about  that until the last minute so I gave what I thought was fair. I'll be better prepared in October!

The Stuff I Finished (in order read). All links go to Goodreads.

Mr. Pants: Slacks, Camera, Action  This series is hilarious. I love it.

Marie Antoinette-Phantom Queen  The photo above is from this gorgeous graphic novel with an intriguing ghost story that takes place in two different time periods

The Complete History of Why I Hate Her Dudes, I loved this. Think Single White Female meets Dirty Dancing minus the dancing. It was really good and I have met more than one Carly in my life.

The City Born Great N.K. Jemisin's 2017 Hugo Nominated Short Story so very, very good

Motor Girls  It was good, but here is where I realized that nonfiction just slows me down. I read it anyway because I promised myself no pressure, but I read nonfiction at a much slower pace.

Cut It may have had something to do with how late it was by then, but I didn't love this. I know it's a YA classic, and I know it's size makes it appealing to reluctant readers. I can appreciate it.

Hansel and Gretel This is the Gaiman version, and there are ZERO surprises here. I'm not crazy about the smeary illustrations, I know they were created to make hype for the opera-I just think they look like a kid fingerpainted them and the storytelling is the exact story we expect. Nothing new here at all.

The Stuff I Read but Did NOT Finish by the Last Hour

The Dream Quest of Villet Boe I love it, it's awesome, I'll finish it- just didn't finish during the readathon. The Kindle says I'm at 34%. I'll probably finish it tonight.

Behind the Throne This was the novel I was reading before the readathon started and I read some while eating dinner. Pg 142-210. It's fun, it's action packed, but it suffers from bloat. There are chapters that exist to remind the readers of info the novel has already dumped. That's trying my patience. A good editor would have this story tightened up and in kickass order. I still plan to finish and read the sequel. I just hope the writing has become a little more disciplined.

So, I truly feel that it was an awesome experience and cannot wait to do this again in October. Lessons learned: eye up books to put in October's stack and maybe fund raise a bit for the charity.


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