Hey y’all! I wanted to do a quick wrap-up of the items that I read for Tome Topple and the 7 in 7 Readathon.
The first book I read was The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. I did a full review on my GoodReads for this book. I really enjoyed it but at times I felt that it was a little long winded and I did not really like the main character. I have another one of Lionel Shriver’s books on my shelf and I will be reading it……eventually.
I veered off my TBR because I was not in a head-space to get back into the world of Kell, Lila, and Rhy, so I read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This has been on several TBRs (most recently my Read-a-thin TBR) so I obviously really wanted to read it and I could kill two birds with one stone. It took me about 100 pages to get into the format, but once I did I flew through this book. The size was a little daunting but there was no point at which I felt that anything could have been cut. I would highly recommend this book and I will definitely be picking up Gemina soon.
7 in 7 Readathon
I ran out of steam on the last day of this readathon and only managed to finish 6 books (which I ain’t mad at). Here is what I read:
I started this readathon with The Windfall by Diksha Basu. This was my Book of the Month Club pick for July. This story is a satire about new money vs. old money and takes place in India. Also, it discusses the Indian immigrant experience. I enjoyed this story and there were several laugh out loud moments. It was nothing that particularly stuck with me, but I am glad I read it.
The second book I finished was an ARC of In the Deep Blue Sea by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone. This is the second book in the Jack and the Geniuses series and I LOVED it, just as much as the first. This book comes out September 12 and I will be doing a full review of this book soon.
The third book I read was This Savage Song by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab. This is the first book in the Monsters of Verity Duology. This book is basically a story about how when humans commit a violent act there is a physical monster created. The plot follows Kate, a human, and August, a monster and their adventure. I really enjoyed this book and after the first 20% it was impossible for me to put this book down. I did a full review on GoodReads.
The fourth book was Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg. Openly Straight is the story of Rafe who moves to an all-boys school because he is essentially tired of being the “poster boy” for gay at his home school and wants to shed his label. The story explores the idea of labeling, figuring out how to be comfortable in your skin, and the fluidity of sexuality. I really enjoyed this and Toby had me in stitches for most of the book.
The fifth book was Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. This is the story of Emily who wakes up at the beginning of the summer to find that her best friend Sloane had moved without word. Emily then receives a letter from Sloane with 13 things for her to do over the summer. Adventures ensue from there. I liked this book overall, but there were some parts that I found myself annoyed with Emily and I really didn’t like Sloane all that much. The exploration of friendship, finding yourself, and figuring out life in general made this a fun and surprisingly fast read.
And, the final book was Ghost by Jason Reynolds. OMG!! I LOVED this book! This is the story of Ghost (Castle Cranshaw) who lives with his mom after his dad went to jail. He eventually joins a track team and the story goes from there. Jason Reynolds is an amazing story teller and this is an excellent middle grade book that I will be recommending to EVERYONE!! I can’t wait for the second book in the series, Patina, to come out on August 29. I will be doing a full review for this book soon.
Well that’s all that I read for these two readathons. I will do my Read-a-thin wrap-up when I do my monthly wrap-up at the end of the month.
Did you guys participate in either readathon? How has your reading been this month?