Hey everyone! How are you doing? The Booktube-a-thon has just ended, so I’m writing this post to update all of you on how I did and give you mini reviews of the books I read. The readathon went great! I finished all the challenges and read a total of nine things! I’m really proud of that. Before we get into this, I’d like to thank the lovely Ariel Bissett for hosting this amazing readathon!
If you want to see my updates from during the week, click here.
Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee
Let a coin toss decide your first read.
Read a book about something you want to do. I’d like to be a badass lady 😉
I started the readathon off with Bygone Badass Broads and I highly enjoyed it. I always like to learn about badass women who did amazing things. This was perfect! I liked that this wasn’t dry like a textbook, but told in a contemporary, sassy way. The art was absolutely stunning! My only negative, was that it often felt more like stories than about real life women. This book is similar to Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, which I read earlier this year. I liked this one better though as it fit more into my age range. I would highly recommend it and gave it 4 out of 5 stars!
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Read a book with a beautiful spine
Then I continued on to Undead Girl Gang, which I gave 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed reading this book. (All my reviews have started this way recently hahaha) Anyway, I liked the characters and their development. I liked the plot, even though it was a bit hard to get into. There’s a certain point where things get fast-paced, though. I saw the plot twist coming, but I liked it. The writing style was good. Overall, this was an entertaining read that went deeper than I thought it would. I’d recommend it.
Goldie Vance vol. 1 by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams and Sarah Stern
Read a book with green on the cover. (It’s there, I swear.)
I decided it was time to read a comic, so I picked up Goldie Vance. It had been recommended to me, so I wanted to give it a shot. It was just okay. I liked the characters, but the plot was a bit too simple and predictable for me. The ‘romance’ made me feel uneasy, because Goldie seems so much younger than Diane. I liked the art style, though. Overall, this didn’t do much for me and I don’t think I’ll remember it for long. I ended up giving it 2.5 out of 5, which made it the lowest rated on this list.
Giant Days vol. 1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman and Whitney Cogar
Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time.
I wanted to give another comic a chance, so I read Giant Days next. Sadly, I only gave this 2.5 out of 5 as well. That ties it with Goldie Vance as the lowest on the list. The story felt mismatched and the plot line all over the place. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, but I didn’t dislike them either. I was simply indifferent about them and I know I’ll forget about them soon. The art style was nice.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Read seven books.
This was an amazing novel, one that I would highly recommend! It’s the kind of book everyone should read. It’s thought-provoking in its look on today’s society. Nic Stone does an amazing job of showing all the big and tiny ways of racism. I love that this book affected me, from feeling angry, frustrated and powerless in certain scenes to self-reflection and cheering for the romance. The romance was only a tiny portion of the book, though and it was relevant. The main character Justyce was great and I liked the other characters and the nuances they brought as well. The pacing was good and made me fly through this novel. I swear I was halfway through before you could say ‘Dear Martin’. Overall, I would most highly recommend this, especially if you liked The Hate U Give! I gave it 4.5 to 5 out of 5 stars.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.
I re-read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire last month, so when I heard this challenge, I knew Mockingjay would be the perfect fit. I read it on audiobook, which was a new experience for me and I must say, I liked it! The book itself was amazing. This series remains one of my favourites. Although Mockingjay is my least favourite of the trilogy, I still love it and would give it five out of five stars! I love the writing style and the pacing is perfect! The plot is entertaining, thrilling and exciting throughout. I’ve also really grown to love these characters. The movie adaptations are really good as well. I had never seen Mockingjay and I was pleasantly surprised.
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
Read seven books.
Then I was scrolling through Scribd, looking for another short read. I stumbled upon this poetry collection. To my surprise, I liked this book. I always thought I wasn’t into modern poetry, but apparently that’s not true. I especially liked the first quarter of the book (I. the princess) . It touched me in a way I didn’t expect. I would definitely recommend it and I ended up giving this 4 out of 5 stars.
At this point, I was five days into the readathon and I had completed all the challenges. And even though I couldn’t read at all on Saturday, I still had some reading time on Sunday. So I decided to go on. I thus read two extra books!
The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace
Since the first poetry collection in this series was such a pleasant surprise and I could use a short book, I decided to pick this up. Sadly, I didn’t like it as much. The poems didn’t touch me in the way the poems in The Princess Saves Herself In This One did. I was a bit underwhelmed. Still, there were some good poems in there and I tabbed some pages. Overall, I think a middle-of-the-road three is a good rating for me.
Interior Space by John Irving
This is a short story that’s also published in Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving. I don’t think it’s published independently in English, but it is in Dutch. I picked this up, because my friend wanted me to get into John Irving. She was succesful, I’d say, although I don’t know when I’ll actually pick up another book by him. We’ll see. Anyway, I really enjoyed this. I’d say the plot was all over the place and didn’t have clear direction. However, I found that I didn’t mind. It was still entertaining throughout and even funny at times. I would recommend this and ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
7 challenges completed
9 things read:
2 poetry collections
1 short story
1613 pages read
1 readathon conquered
I hope you liked this update! Did you participate? How did you do? Tell me down below! As always, thanks for reading! See you next time!