Hello, and welcome to the first time I think I am going to abandon a readathon at the half way mark post. The Book Junkie Trials has been going on since the beginning of the month, and I signed up excitedly as a Magi in the hopes of reading and accruing points with my Magi brethren. Unfortunately this readathon really isn’t for me, so, I am going to share why below alongside my update!
The readathon itself is being held across the internet by @TheBookieTrials on Twitter. There is a great twitter thread that links back to all the information about the readathon, and there is links to the Youtube channels of the hosts and group leaders. A great amount of effort and thought has gone into the readathon which is pretty awesome, and so a huge shoutout should go to the girls.
Let’s start with how the reading is going and then jump into a low down of why I am not long for this readathon:
Orc Grove – Twisted Steve Cavanagh
Ol’ Pirate Cove – Sea Witch Sarah Henning
Glimmer – The Paper and Hearts Society Lucy Powrie
Draconic Isle – The Lost Plot Genevieve Cogman
The Bookie Grail – Stardust Neil Gaiman
I am going to do my best not to seem patronising, because I know different people read at different rates and have different levels of success, but, this isn’t a good reading month for me and I am sliding into a reading slump. The nature of this readathon is completely predicated on reading a book one after the other and completing one before you move onto the next. It also hinges on choosing a TBR at the beginning of the readathon and then sticking to it.
Now, neither of these things are inherently an issue for the majority, and I am not saying that the readathon is bad or poorly planned, it just doesn’t unfortunately fit my reading style. I am a mood reader and change what I plan on reading on whim, chopping and changing as I go. If I don’t like a book I simply read something else, or read something alongside it so I can finish it, and that wasn’t the idea of the readathon. I also find it really hard to only read 1 book after the other. I am constantly reading 2/3/4, sometimes 5 books at once and that works for me, and I have felt like I couldn’t do that during this readathon (to the point where I have read books to the epilogue and not finished them as it didn’t work for this readathon).
I really liked the idea and wanted to continue, but I also didn’t want to put myself in a slump or continue with something that wasn’t working for me and that I didn’t enjoy. I think this is the first time I have bailed out of a readathon like this and I am gutted because it is so well planned and hosted, it just wasn’t flexible enough for me and promoted my personal worst reading habits. I really do mean it when I say a huge thank you to the hosts, because they have done and are doing an amazing job, it just unfortunately hasn’t turned out to be my bag.
Are you taking part in the Book Junkie Trials?
Which team are you in? What have you read?