I have found my reading mojo, and guys, it’s because of this readathon. It’s possibly my favourite readathon I’ve ever done. We’re just over halfway through this awesome readathon, and it’s just so fun and entertaining, and I’m reading a good variety of books, without reading anything for the sake of it. I’ve been updating my twitter thread regularly, but thought it would be nice to have a little look back at the books I have read and enjoyed, and what is yet to come.
This amazing month-long readathon is being hosted by Jami and is her magical brainchild, and is taking place throughout the month of June; she deserves all the plaudits for creating an amazingly thought through readathon. Her readathon announcement post can be found on her blog: Jami Shelves but she can also be found at the twitter handle @jamishelves. It focuses on the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and features challenges based on themes from the films plots.
Phase I ✔
Challenges Completed: 5 | Challenges Skipped: 1
Phase I was a relative breeze. I decided to read some shorter books that would allow me to re-engage with reading, and tried to make sure I was reading books that I wanted to experience rather than reading something for the sole purpose of ticking a box. As a result, I finished Phase I in just over a week and ended up successfully using the buddy reading system limiting my skip to one in the phase. I loved the idea that I had to finish this to move on, it actually made me read somewhat tactically and defintiely made me choose a varied selection of books.
Iron Man – First in a series ✔
Spellslinger Sebastian de Castell ⭐⭐⭐
I have been trying to read this for so long, but could barely remember what happened, so I decided to start again. It made so much more sense the second time round. I don’t know if this is because I was focusing more, or whether it was because I had read it twice, but it was much better then second time round and I flew through it. I like the idea even if I don’t think it’s particularly well written/edited.
The Incredible Hulk – Green Cover – Buddy Read ✔
The Witches Roald Dahl ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have a really pretty collection of hardback Roald Dahl books, so I took this opportunity to read a Roald Dahl book that I’ve never experienced before. The edition I have has a very hulk green cover, and provided the perfect buddy read, so we both embarked on it. I don’t know why it surprised me that it was quite so creepy, it is a Dahl story after all. I just love his storytelling, especially when combined with Quentin Blake’s quirky illustrations.
Iron Man 2 – Unpopular Book ✔
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated J K Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is my favourite Harry Potter novel, but surprisingly (to me at least) it has the lowest rating of the series. I find it funny, engaging, magical, and exactly what a children’s story should be. It has twists and turns, history and hijinks, and a healthy dose of ridiculousness that is just special. The illustrations that Jim Kay are the closest thing I have to reliving reading these for the first times, because reading these books with such spectacular pieces of artwork within the pages is unbelievable.
Thor – Based on mythology – Buddy Gain ✔
Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman
Even though I like Neil Gaiman, this was a challenge I was looking at with some trepidation, but thankfully Emma likes Norse Mythology (the subject and book) so it was the perfect thing to take as a buddy read from her.
Captain America First Avenger – Set in/written in WWII ✔
I was going to try and read a novel by Agatha Christie for this challenge, but I realised quickly that I was only reading something to fulfil a challenge and not because I actually wanted to read the book I had listed at the time. I have 2 skips a phase so I’ve used one on this and I am carrying one forward for Phase III.
The Avengers – Multiperspective – Buddy Donate ✔
Prodigy by Marie Lu ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I read the first book in this series quite some time ago and really liked it. I am quite the fan of dystopian literature, and even though this isn’t the best example I have ever read, I do really like the series. I could just about remember the first novel, so I plowed on with the second and found that the book was moving away from the original premise. I still enjoyed it even though I noticed more flaws than I did the first time round, and it had the added bonus of being a book that I could donate to Emma to help her complete Phase I.
Phase II ✔
Challenges Completed: 5 | Challenges Skipped: 1
Once again, I managed to use the buddy reading system to complete most of the challenges in this phase, and carefully selected the books I read to allow me to move onto Phase III as soon as possible. Many of the books that I am most excited to read happen to fit challenges in phase III best, so I chose a lot of shorter books for this stage. I definitely noticed that I didn’t enjoy the books in this phase as much as the first overall, which is a bit of a shame. Once again, Emma and I teamed up, and I managed to finish this challenge today, giving me half the readathon to finish the rest of the challenges.
Iron Man 3 – Challenges you ✔
Milk And Honey Rupi Kaur ⭐⭐
I really struggle with poetry. I don’t often get it, I find it difficult to read, and often don’t see the point or the message behind the words. I decided to embark in a poetry collection instead of a classic in the hope I would find some pieces I liked. I finished it, although it was difficult, with some hard messages, and can at least say that I have read some poetry this year, even if I didn’t particularly like it.
Thor The Dark World – Features siblings ✔
Royals Rachel Hawkins ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Oh this was trashy chick lit at it’s dodgy finest. It was definitely a book that was published at the right time, taking advantage of the recent Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It was pretty awful, with dodgy history and cultural references that bordered on racist. It was funny, and cliché filled and was the perfect distraction this week.
Captain America Winter Soldier – Starring villain/anti-hero – Buddy Read ✔
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl 2) Eoin Colfer ⭐⭐⭐
This buddy read was the last novel I read in this phase, and I have to say I didn’t like it as much as the first. I really quite like Artemis, despite my better judgement, but felt like we didn’t see much of him in it, and what we did see was not Fowl at his best. I like these books, but I don’t think I would hurry to read the next quickly after this instalment.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 – Written/set in 1980’s- Buddy Gain ✔
Sandman Vol. 1 Neil Gaiman
There seems to be a trend forming that I receive a Neil Gaiman piece for my buddy gains. I was going to happily read another Roald Dahl book for this challenge as many of his best stories were written in the 1980’s, but Emma and I had bothered to include another buddy read and I decided I would rather accept this than read a book that I have been able to move to the next phase.
Avengers Age of Ultron – Featuring Artificial Intelligence ✔
Books featuring Artificial intelligence just isn’t really my thing. I read and enjoyed The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet that features the AI Lovey, and I was going to read the second companion novel by Becky Chambers, but when it came to it, I just didn’t want to force myself to finish something I wasn’t ready to read. I have only used a 1 of 6 skips, so it seemed like the right time to take advantage of the surplus I have and skip another challenge.
Ant-Man – Heist/Thieves Buddy Donate ✔
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl 1) Eoin Colfer ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I received these books as a child but never read them because of my love affair with Harry Potter. Emma recently bought the box set of all the books, so I thought it was a good change to experience them. She sold them well, and I really enjoyed it, although wish I had experienced it as a child. I know I would have loved them when I was younger, and can’t help but wonder if I couldn’t fall in love with this because I was just a little bit old to experience it for the first time and enjoy it to the max.
Some of the books I am going to read in Phase III have changed since my original post. I have changed my mind, made use of skips earlier on, and looked into new options for audiobooks and children’s stories that I didn’t have when I wrote the initial post. I have managed to save 4 skips for this phase, so if I embark on some longer reads and don’t manage to finish many books, I am going to be able to skip challenges I have no change of getting to. I have started this phase, and finished a book already, but realistically the rest of this readathon is going to be devoted to enjoying some of the books in this phase.
Captain America Civil War – Rivals or enemies – Buddy Read
Vicious V E Schwab
At the time of writing, I am about two-thirds of the way through this buddy read, and like all other V E Schwab books I’ve finished, I am loving it. I don’t really know why it has taken me so long to read it, but I am really enjoying it.
Doctor Strange – Featuring Medicine
Fragile Lives Stephen Westaby
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Set in Space ✔
Saga Vol. 1 Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Why have I not read this before? Why have I ignored all of the hype and never picked it up? It’s gloriously weird, easy to follow, and perfectly meshes ordinary stories and themes in an extraordinary space setting. I adore the artwork and the characters are easy to identify and understand. I think I will be flying through the next few volumes.
Spider-Man Homecoming – YA involving secrets
Eve of Man Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Thor Ragnarok – Popular Book ✔
The Twits Roald Dahl
Of all the Roald Dahl books that I have read of late, this is the one that I haven’t liked quite as much. I know that they are dislikeable, but I didn’t like reading about the actually couple, which meant that I didn’t like the first third of the book too much. It did have a lot going on, some ridiculous, and featured some great pranks, but I didn’t love it.
Black Panther – Own voices novel feat. black protagonist
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
Avengers Infinity War – Fulfils multiple challenges
The Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi
Captain Marvel – Female protagonist
Elizabeth is Missing Emma Healey
The Avengers 4 – Unknown plot/story
Rivers of London Ben Aaronovitch
Are you taking part? What are you reading/skipping?