Over the last month, I have been participating in a readathon. This readathon is aimed at people who don’t have school all month or mock exams starting a week from the end date. But I participated anyway. Because why not?
I read a total of twenty books over the month, which added up to over 6300 pages. As well as a couple of half books that I had already started, and one really bad one that I gave up on.
These are the books:
I am clearly a professional photographer.
And these are the ones I was going to read but ran out of time for: (although I might stay up late and try to finish Little Women)
Right. So this readathon was made up of challenges, and you were required to complete as many as possible within the month. There were regular challenges, mega challenges, and fun challenges. And this is how I completed them.
1. Read a book with a book on the cover: The Poetry Girl and It’s Not The End Of The World both have some sort of book on the cover.
2. Read a book with something shiny on the cover: That was going to be The Quiet Little Women. Which I didn’t read.
3. Read a book with a character name in the title: Rachel. That is the name of the book.
4. Read a book your mum/dad/important family figure loves: This Side Of Heaven. Also Little Women, which I haven’t finished. My mum loves both of them.
5. Pick a number, go to the library, find a shelf, count from one end, and get the book that the number lands on: I picked eight, and, on my third attempt at finding a decent book, landed on By Any Other Name. Which was very good.
6. Read a book you almost forgot was even on your shelf: Daddy-Long-Legs. Oh, and The Secret Garden and A Little Princess.
7. Read a book you’ve been meaning to read but keep putting off: The Noughts & Crosses series. And Insurgent, which I didn’t actually read. And Little Women, actually. And The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, which I did read.
8. Read a classic: That was going to be Little Women, but I suppose The Secret Garden and A Little Princess could be classics as well.
9. Read a sequel: Knife Edge, and Learning. And Insurgent, which, again, I didn’t read. I’m very repetitive here.
10. Go into a book without reading the synopsis: I think I did that for The Poetry Girl.
11. Read a book you can finish in a day: Ha. That was basically all of the ones that I read in the first two weeks. Not even kidding. Most of them, actually, were finished in a day. I’m a fast reader.
12. Read that book that your friend has been threatening you to read for ages: Paper Towns. Rachel wanted me to read it so we could go watch the movie. And then, because the library was stupid and slow, we didn’t get to see it, because it finished three days before we were going to go see it.
13. C’mon, it’s summer. Read a romance: Actually, it’s winter. But Rachel is a romance, and the Bailey Flanigan series is as well. And a couple of others could possibly be classified as romances.
14. Read a book by an author you’ve never read: Noughts & Crosses series. The Poetry Girl. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Born Ugly. On The Night Of The Seventh Moon. By Any Other Name. I really branched out with my authors this month.
15. Pick out a book at the library just because of the cover: Well. My first attempt at that failed, because the book sucked and I returned it before I finished it, which never happens. My second attempt was Born Ugly. Because everything else just looked blah.
1. Read a book over 400 pages: I actually read four of them. All of the books in the Noughts & Crosses series are at least 400 pages. And three of the ones that I didn’t read were over 400.
2. Read a whole series: How about two whole series? Noughts & Crosses, and the Bailey Flanigan series.
3. Read a book set where you live: Well. There ain’t much written around here. The closest I could get was The Poetry Girl, which is a New Zealand book. And really weird. Someone needs to write a good book set in New Zealand.
4. Pick out two or three books where the titles make a sentence: Hmm. Haven’t thought about this one. On this side of Heaven, learning the perks of being a wallflower double cross. I have no idea if that makes sense. Also, that’s more than two or three books. That’s four. Anyone able to come up with something better?
5. Reread a book you read last summer (ie winter), or read a book or sequel by the same author: I can’t remember what I read this time last year, other than TFIOS and Divergent. So if I had read Insurgent, that would’ve completed this challenge. ACTUALLY. IT SAYS BOOK BY THE SAME AUTHOR. I READ PAPER TOWNS. I WIN.
1. Make a book rainbow: This is my pathetic attempt:
Also I didn’t even read one of them. But oh well.
2. Arrange your TBR for the month super artfully: Well. I’m not super artful. And I did this when I had already read most of them. But this is my again pathetic attempt:
You can’t argue with a smiley face. Also, the eyes are made out of series, because I’m awesome. Also, I didn’t even read some of these. Yay me.
3. Reenact a scene from a book with a friend: That didn’t happen.
4. Make a fort and read in it: I was going to do this in my younger brother’s room with him, because my room is too messy. But then he was too busy. So that didn’t happen either.
5. Dress up like a book character: I’m sure at least one of them wore jeans and a hoodie at some point. Boom. Done.
6. Match up the perfect beverage to go with your book: Right. I’m going to go drink a hot chocolate while I read a bit more of Little Women. They match perfectly.
7. Treasure hunt: poke around your house and find a book that sounds good (and will complete one of the challenges while you’re at it): That was the two not-Little-Women-but-Little-Women-related ones. That I didn’t read. But I will read them, eventually.
There you have it! That was my attempt at completing the August Readathon, while I had school and camp and general life-ness going on.
Now, you may be wondering why on earth I read so many books, and yet didn’t review any of them for Wordy Wednesday. My reason is that I wanted to wait until I had completed the challenge and read all of them, so that I could start doing mini reviews. I didn’t want to review them all individually, but I did want to review them all, so I was waiting until I had read them all, so they could be properly grouped into groups of 3-5, and reviewed. And that is what I will be doing over the next few weeks for Wordy Wednesday. Mini reviews on all of the books that I read this month. Should be pretty fun.
Please try and come up with a better sentence thing that I did. And be on the look out for the first mini reviews, starting Wednesday! This was a fun month, and I can’t wait to tell you all about the books I read.