The DA Readathon is officially over and I have collected all my points as well as some thoughts about the experience.
The short of it is: I loved everything about this challenge. As a readathon, it was casual enough, it lasted two weeks, and there was very little pressure (unless you count my personal ambition to collect lots of house points for Ravenclaw). My favorite part was probably the reading prompts which corresponded with spells from the Harry Potter universe, and the fact that this readathon encouraged people to read diverse books. Not only were these prompts accompanied by lovely graphics, they also give the readathon a bit of structure. They also helped me choose books. If your TBR is as big as mine, picking a handful of books can be quite overwhelming. Most of all, though, every book I read because of this readathon, has been fantastic and I’m so glad I participated.
First of all, let’s see how many House points I’ve collected for Ravenclaw:
Points for pages read: 101
- Kissing the Witch: 228
- Labyrinth Lost: 336
- Six of Crows: 285
- Borderline: 168
As you get one point for every 10 pages read, I added the “left-over” pages up until I reached another 10.
So for Kissing the Witch, I get 22 points, plus 8 left-over pages. For Labyrinth Lost I got 33 points, plus 6 pages. Those 6 added to the 8 pages from Kissing the Witch make 14 pages which got me another point (and 4 left-over pages). And so on. I hope I interpreted the rules correctly here. Otherwise, somebody let me know, please.
Points for books finished: 10
- Emma Donoghue – Kissing the Witch
- Zoraida Córdova – Labyrinth Lost
Points for reviews posted: 10
Points for social media: 5
- I tweeted my official Dumbledore’s Army Read-A-Thon House ID card, proudly representing Ravenclaw in this challenge.
- I tweeted about my first read Kissing the Witch.
- I tweeted about Labyrinth Lost because it’s a wonderful book and I’m so glad I picked it for this readathon.
- I tweeted about my status. Still very excited about the readathon.
- And one more tweet with me bragging about my points (although most people are waaaay ahead of me, I’m still proud).
Now to the books I’ve read, started and didn’t get to:
I finished two books and reviewed both of them. They were both fantastic reads by new-to-me authors.
Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch is a short story collection which retells well-known fairy tales, but with a lesbian twist. The connections between the stories may not have made a lot of sense but the stories themselves were wonderful, sometimes dark reads.
Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost was just lovely all around. Lacking a bit in characterisation, the book had great world building, a bisexual protagonist, an intriguing magic system, and a wonderful depiction of family! I really loved it and can’t wait for the sequel.
I almost finished two more books. These are very, very different reads, but I fell in love with them equally.
I don’t think I need to say much about Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows as everybody except for me seems to have read it. I’m in the last third of that book and by now, I know this thieving crew well enough to be quite emotionally invested.
Mishell Baker’s Borderline, on the other hand, is something I usually wouldn’t read. It’s Urban Fantasy set in Hollywood, featuring a disabled, mentally ill protagonist who tried to kill herself. If I hadn’t read a ton of great reviews, I would have said that’s a bit much for one book. But it works beautifully. Millie’s Borderline Personality Disorder is always there, but it never gets “in the way” of the plot, if you know what I mean. This is not an “issue book” like they made you read in school. It’s a great mystery with an unusual Urban Fantasy world – in that I haven’t met any werewolves yet – and the protagonist’s voice is so wonderful, it’s hard to put the book down. I read about half of that book during the readathon.
Unfortunately, because work left me too tired to read on most days, here are the books I didn’t get to. But I am determined to just continue reading them as if the readathon was still going on, I just won’t award myself any House points. 🙂
- Madeline Miller – Song of Achilles
This book tells the love story between Achilles and Patroclus and I hear tissues are needed for reading this.
- Nicola Griffith – Hild
A historical fantasy featuring a kick-ass heroine? Sign me up. Also, I heard this is a slow, more character-driven book and while some people don’t like those, it’s totally my thing.
- Siliva Moreno-Garcia – Signal to Noise
I am so looking forward to this story, set in 80ies Mexico City. I heard it’s magical realism and there’s lots of music (thus the cover), and that sounds like it could be amazing!
Thanks to Read at Midnight for the amazing challenge. I hope you will host this readathon (or a similar one) again next year!