It’s that time guys, where we look back at how well or badly we did during a readathon. And as far as wrap posts go, this is one of the better ones I have had the chance to write. This readathon came at the perfect time and was so well constructed by Jami @ Jami Shelves that I really embraced it and took part with gusto. I completed the readathon, which is awesome, and even better than that, I enjoyed buddy reading and experiencing different books and genres.
It was also the first time I ever really did the Twitter Thread form of updates. Usually, I just reguarly update a master post, but that can get a little tiring, and if I’m honest, isn’t my favourite way of doing things, so this time, I made a thread and ran with it. It’s such an instant way of keeping track of progress and sharing with everyone else taking part. I think I’m going to use it for all of my readathon updates in the future.
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.
Phase III ✔
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. Emma did take one of my reads from this phase as we both read for Guardians Vol. 2 but I was a bit ahead of her during this phase and had skips left so I didn’t take one from her.
Captain America Civil War – Rivals or enemies – Buddy Donate ✔
Vicious V E Schwab
I’m just going to say it, V E Schwab is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, and I have since bought this stunning book in exclusive hardback because I simply couldn’t not own it. It was amazing, and rich in detail and fantastical elements that somehow made logical sense in the normal world. V has such a wonderful storytelling style, I can’t wait for the next instalment in this series.
Doctor Strange – Featuring Medicine
I had two different books in mind for this challenge as the readathon progressed but I simply didn’t have time or the inclination to take on another book near the end, and as I had skips to spare, I thought I would use them as none of the books I was going to read for the challenge were short or light reads.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Set in Space – Buddy Read ✔
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
I was all ready and raring to go with This Savage Song but I just ran out of time. I had pretty much only read the prologue and realised it just wasn’t going to happen. I really want to be able to enjoy this book, so I’ve shelved it ready for Tarot Reading and NEWTs readathons later this summer, I am quite sure I will be able to get it to fit for a challenge somewhere!
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
Again, this book switched a couple of times as I changed what I was reading and decided what I wanted to finish, and sadly I simply ran out of time to read either book I had planned. I used one of the skips for phase III to make myself feel a little less rubbish about not getting to it.
Avengers Infinity War – Fulfils multiple challenges ✔
Eve of Man Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
I’ve read contemporary novels by Gi and children’s books by Tom, and like them both. I also love dystopian novels and really like the premise surrounding this book. Yes, the premise worked and the idea that Eve was the only girl of reproducing age definitely created a solid framework, but there were a few holes and gaps that just about stopped it being a 5 star review.
Captain Marvel – Female protagonist ✔
Elizabeth is Missing Emma Healey
I picked this up a while a go in a charity shop, and really liked the sound of the premise despite it being a much slower read than I’d normally take on. It fits a challenge for Book Riot and Around the Year too. D’you know what, it’s OK. The story is good, engaging, and in some respects quite sad and harrowing, but for me, it just wasn’t the genre of book I would normally read, and it showed.
The Avengers 4 – Unknown plot/story ✔
Rivers of London Ben Aaronovitch
I literally had no idea what this book was about other than it had some form of fantastical element that isn’t eluded to in the cover. I don’t think I had much more of an idea when I finished to be honest, but, I loved it. I found it really funny (as in laugh out loud in the car funny), clever, and just found myself swept along by the myriad of fantastical beings and experiences in the same way Peter Grant is. Kibna Holdbrook-Smith also deserves a shout out for his amusing and sarcastic narration.
I finished! I completed MarvelAThon, I even had a skip left. Emma and I used the buddy reading system really week to help us and I think I paced myself really well. I am so thankful that this readathon came when it did, it really brought me out of my two month reading slump, and it has made reading this month that much more enjoyable!
Did you take part? How did you do?