Happy Monday, friends! August is over, which means that this round of Read-a-thin is also over!
For those of you who don’t know, Read-a-thin is a read-a-thon based around reading books on your TBR. You can find more about it on their Twitter page here! I joined super last minute because I had fallen into a reading slump and wanted some structure. Luckily, it definitely helped me get back into reading! Let’s see how I managed.
The challenges and my TBR
Challenge: read a thin book
Book: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
I ended up really enjoying this book! It was a fun and entertaining read that felt very real and genuine. Full review is coming!
Challenge: read a book in a series
Book: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Status: in progress
I started this book, but have yet to finish it. I’ve been loving what I’ve read so far, though! I’m taking it to school with me so I can read it ASAP.
Challenge: read a book that’s been on your shelves for two years
Book: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Status: not started
In my defence, I did try to read this book. I thought we had it on Kindle but couldn’t find it, but also never checked on my Kindle app so we could have it and it’s just not synced to my physical Kindle. I still want to read it this year, though.
Challenge: read a book with a bright-coloured cover
Book: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 stars, rounded to 4)
I really enjoyed this book, too! It was super interesting and well-researched (as always), and I loved the relationships of this book. I just felt like the pacing was a little off in some places. Full review to come!
Challenge: read a book recommended by a friend
Book: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
TBH, I was skeptical about this book when I first started it. It took me about two weeks to get past the first two chapters. But after that, I flew through it and loved it. I loved the characters a lot. My biggest complaint was that the main character was dumb sometimes, but it made her feel very real and genuine. Full review will come soon.
Personal challenge I made for myself: finish book two of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Wooo! I’m two thirds of the way through this brick of a book. It’s finally started happening? And I’m really enjoying this. If it wasn’t so big, I’d bring it back to school with me to read so that I don’t forget what’s happened.
So that’s how Read-a-thin went for me this time around! Overall, I’m super happy with this round. Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Did you take place in Read-a-thin? Let me know!
Also just a heads up, I’m starting school again this week, so I’ll be a little distant again. The first couple of weeks in particular will be super busy because I also have job interviews, so don’t be alarmed if I’m away for a few days. Follow me on Twitter if you want to keep up-to-date about my more day-to-day life!