Hey all, Dani here.
I just wanted to share my experience as a participant in Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon, which took place April 23-24. I know there was a lot of activity on social media throughout the event and they did bookish giveaways and such, but I didn’t venture into that part of everything. I really just wanted to try and eliminate a few books from my TBR pile.
I started the event at the beginning, which was 8:00 am for me, and I closed my final book at 7:00 am this morning. In the end I completed five books, so I figured I would give a little timeline of my day and very brief reviews on what I read.
At 8:00 am Saturday, April 23, I started my readathon experience with The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. A friend of mine had recommended the trilogy to me and it sounded interesting so I added it to a recent bookhaul.
I finished my first book at 10:48 am, with only a couple of minutes of distraction. Overall I give The Paper Magician a 4 star rating (our of 5). It was a relatively quick read with an interesting concept and I’m curious about what will happen next, but it was also the shortest book I read at 224 pages, so I also feel like there could have been a bit more development over the course of the novel. I really did like that paper magic is not just origami that comes to life, but also when reading aloud, an illusion of the story can be shown above the book. As someone who gets swept up in imagining and picturing what happens in books, that was really cool.
So, at 10:50 am I began my second book of the day: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas. It is sort-of a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and I usually love fairy-tell reimaginings so I gave it a shot.
I finished reading my second book of the day at 12:42 pm. Overall, I give A Wicked Thing a 4 star rating. The story starts with Aurora being awakened by Prince Rodric’s kiss and goes on from there. Rodric was kind of a weak pushover to me, and his parents were evil and awful. I really enjoyed Tristan, and grew to like Prince Finnegan, so they were probably the saving grace of the story. Aurora was all right as a character but I’m still waiting for her to get a grasp on how her life is now and start to really take charge. Most of the book she just sort of let others tell her what to do. I will probably read the next book though, just to see if there’s more of my boys and to see if Aurora harnesses her power and fights back to save her kingdom.
So here’s where I got a bit distracted for the day. My LARP (live action role playing) group meets on Saturdays at 1:00 pm, and usually only a few of us show up so it ends in a couple hours. I figured that would be a nice little break and change of scenery. Nope, I was wrong. A group of people from another LARP park came up and we actually ended up battling for almost five hours..and then we all decided to go out for dinner.
I made it home around 7:30 pm, having gotten plenty of exercise and quite a bit of sun. Seriously, my face is still a little red. I settled upstairs in my room to get back to my readathon though, and jumped into my third book: Borderline by Mishell Baker.
Unfortunately all the sun, exercise, and then food worked against me and I ended up taking a nap from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm.
At 2:50 am on Sunday, April 24, I managed to finish Borderline, which I gave a 5 star rating and definitely recommend to others. The protagonist/narrator is Millie, who was a film student and director who had both legs amputated after a failed suicide attempt, and then she’s given a second chance to do something with her life by joining the Arcadia Project, which apparently oversees the relations between Earth and Arcadia, the fey realm. The characters and their relationships were so real and delightfully complex. Most every character had some sort of mental health issue and I thought it was all handled so so well. I’m really looking forward to the next book. Plus, that cover is awesome.
After reading Borderline I wanted something that would be a bit lighter, easier, and a quicker read. I’ve been sitting on Soundless by Richelle Mead since it was released last fall so I figured it was time to actually read it. I opened the book at 3:00 am and finished it at 4:50 am.
I love Richelle Mead and usually give her an emphatic 5 star rating, but Soundless was only a 4 star for me. It was good but because it was nothing more than a standalone, and one that is shorter than all other Richelle Mead books, it didn’t quite have the depth of character that I really enjoy. I think that she handled the concept of a village where nobody could hear, and then having protagonist/narrator Fei suddenly gain her hearing was explained rather well. I can’t imagine that was easy to write as someone who has always been able to hear. But other than that it was just all right for me.
Seeing how much time was left and judging how tired I was by this point, I knew I would only be able to get through one other book for the readathon, so I settled on Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I began reading at 4:55 am and finished the book at 7:07 am, feeling very tired and wanting to get some sleep.
It was a good read though, and I gave it 4 stars. The narrative voice was awesome. It was like reading a book of the Wild West, but actually set in basically the Middle East. There were gunslingers and djinni and it was just really cool. The characters were interesting and I really liked Lin. I’m curious to find out what’s going to happen next.
Overall I read 5 books for a total of 1562 pages. I probably could have read another 2-3 books if I had not taken that lengthy LARP break followed by a nap. But it’s okay, because it was still a rather fun day. And I already know of another readathon taking place in a month, but I’ll have more details on that later.
Well, I need to get back to my writing for Camp NaNoWriMo now. I’ll see you all for my regularly scheduled post on Tuesday.