It is finally done. I feel so proud of myself for this Final Bibliothon. Out of the 9 Reading Challenges, I managed to finish 7 challenges! I consider that as a big success. And I also managed to read 6 books in a week. WHO AM I? I used to read a book for a week or more lately but now? 6 books?? I used to read like that back in High School!
- Read the group book (Aurora Rising) – ❌
- Adult Book – ✔
- Graphic Novel – ✔
- A book from an author you’ve never read before – ✔
- A book based on its cover – ✔
- Free choice/wild card – ✔
- Read a book you were really excited for, but never picked up – ✔
- Read a predicted 5-star reads – ✔
- Read one of the hosts’ 5-star reads – ❌
Before diving into the books that I have read, I will talk about the books and the challenges that I did not finish.
These are the two books that I did not read from my TBR. I already knew that I will not be able to read Aurora Rising for two reasons: I do not have the physical book and I want to read it when I already have the complete series in hand. I find that when it comes to series/trilogy/duology, I enjoyed it more if I binge read all the books. So that’s that.
As for Daisy Jones & The Six, I really wanted to get into this book. I have heard the hype about Taylor Jenkins Reid and I feel like this is a good place to start. But I ran out of time. Maybe I will pick it up soon (whenever that is).
For this wrap-up I will list it down based on the order of what book I have finished first.
Challenge: A BOOK BASED ON ITS COVER
Page Count: 19
I may have cheated on this one. I am almost done with this book when the bibliothon started but still, I managed to finish it on the day of the bibliothon so I’m counting it.
Thoughts: This book is so much better than Glass Sword. We get to see the court and how Maven really stands with the people that he rules, specially the Silvers. But I am not a fan of the multiple POVs. One POV feels like a tolerable version of Mare from Glass Sword & the other one is probably necessary to show the events that transpires on her side but that does not mean that it’s likable. I also like Mare’s character development in this book. She finally grow up and outstripped her whinny self.
Challenge: FREE CHOICE/WILD CARD
Page Count: 336
Thoughts: There are some stories in this book that I really loved. But there are stories that does not really appeal to me and I did not get the extent of the story that the author was trying to portray to the minds of the readers. But overall, I think Summer Days & Summer Nights are much better. However, some of these stories are more memorable than those in the said book. (Or maybe I’m just biased because Rainbow Rowell started this book and Laini Taylor ended it.) But this is a festive read that would definitely set the mood during the holiday season.
Challenge: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Page Count: 186
Thoughts: This is the first psychological thriller graphic novel that I have ever read. I really don’t know what to expect with this because I do not know how a psychological thriller would be portrayed in a graphic novel but it clearly delivers. I just wish that it’s longer and some aspects are delved into deeper than it is in the story. It was enjoyable and definitely a good read.
Challenge: A BOOK FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE NEVER READ BEFORE
Page Count: 320
Thoughts: The first half of this book is confusing. I really don’t know what to expect with this book while I was reading it. It focuses on family dramas and the life of the people who lived in the house and the secrets that they all keep from one another. I have never read anything quite like this. After reading almost half of this book, I finally get the hang of it but I almost DNF it because it does not really capture my attention in the beginning and that’s not the mood that you want to be in if you’re in a readathon. But still it is a very interesting journey although the characters are unlikable which probably added to the factor of why I have a hard time getting into the story.
Challenge: ADULT BOOK & A PREDICTED 5-STAR READS
Page Count: 384
Thoughts: I was a little hesitant when I started reading this book because I am not in the mood to read a contemporary. However, Sarah Morgan would really captured me in her words and her characters. I could not put it down and I could not stop reading this book once I started it. This series is the reason why I fell in love with Sarah Morgan and it makes me nostalgic that after 6 books I am finally moving on to another series by her. Good thing she wrote a lot of books.
Challenge: READ A BOOK YOU WERE REALLY EXCITED FOR, BUT NEVER PICKED UP
Page Count: 759
Thoughts: I finally finished the Harry Potter series. Such an achievement for me. I was really scared to read this series because I’m afraid that I will not like it as much as the others. But I ended up loving them. Now I know why everyone have this urge to reread this series again and again. J.K. Rowling is brilliant. It felt like she already have everything plotted out from the very beginning. From the first book up until this book, you will see all the little clues and details that J.K. Rowling has left for us to find and decipher. This book is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Brilliant, just brilliant.
I can’t believe that I managed to read 2,004 pages in a span of 1 week. Again… WHO AM I? It feels good to finally get the hang of reading again and prioritizing it out of everything. I love it and I missed this feeling. I’m hoping that I could keep this reading mood.
And because I feel like I am in the mood to read, I am joining this year’s Reading Rush! I will post my TBR tomorrow.
Till next time!