A week later, and Retellathon is at its end. Readathons always make me question my time management, honestly. How much time should I spend reading? How long can I nap? If I nap, can I stay up until midnight to finish my book and regret it the next morning? Pretty sure it’s a kind of science.
I was going strong until the end of the week. On Friday I did more sleeping than reading, and over the weekend I was busy with my mom. We did important, fun things: get ice cream, go to the grocery store four times, judge the competitors on a baking show, and play Mario Kart.
It was Mario Kart 8, in case you were wondering. Even my sister joined in, and we all know how well Mario Kart goes when you play as a family. Or maybe that’s just us. Regardless, here’s a quote with no context. “I’m a lesbian pancake!”
Think what you will.
As for the actual readathon, I completed my TBR and then some. I can be an overachiever when I want to be. 😉
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik – 2 stars. Undoubtedly the worst book I read during the readathon. It was so slow, with a sad lack of dragons and an unbelievably random romance. I can’t remember the last time, outside of school, that I was glad for a book to be over. Unpopular opinion, haha oops.
- Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell – 4 stars. While it’s not a new favorite, I think this was the best book of Retellathon. It was a fast-paced story with a bunch of interesting twists, and Phillip was a sweet, noble dork. 10/10 would recommend.
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – 3 stars. I had high hopes for this one because of the hype it and its sequels have gotten in the book community. However, it ended up being a rather average read, featuring an antagonist monologue and eluding to a romance I’d prefer didn’t exist. I plan to read the second book just because I’m curious.
- Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George – 3 stars. Another unfortunately average read. I didn’t entirely know what to expect from a Shakespeare retelling, as I tend to avoid anything related to Bill like the plague, when possible. I liked the 1920’s setting, but the two protagonists ruined this for me.
- The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton – no rating, as I’m still reading it. Technically, I shouldn’t include this at all, but I read the first half while Retellathon was still going and at almost 600 pages, that’s no small feat. At the moment I’m unsure how I feel about this book. It’s interesting, but I’m not sure why an additional ~300 pages are necessary. I guess I’ll find out, hopefully today.
Overall, not too shabby. I would’ve liked to have a full five books in this wrap up, but I did what I could. Naps are important, too, especially since school starts again next month. But we’re not going to focus on that yet. Yes, I’m absolutely in denial. Let’s not focus on that either.
Tell me: did you take part in Retellathon? If so, how did you do? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’m off to eat breakfast, hopefully finish The Queens of Innis Lear, and try not to nap too much. We’ll see how that goes, haha. I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…