General thoughts: The moment has finally arrived where I can no longer use the readathon as an excuse to spend every spare second of my day reading. BookTubeAThon 2018 has drawn to a close, and I have had the best week. I read more this week than I have in a long while (and my Goodreads goal is looking all the healthier for it,) I interacted with so many new readers and bloggers, and I managed to keep up with posting a blog post every single day. For me, that’s what BTAT is all about.
Today I finished reading Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, and I really enjoyed it. Although I’m sure you could say that there were some clichés in the novel, I do think in some instances it is quite hard to avoid them. Bennett kept us guessing throughout as to the outcome of the problems that Zorie was facing in the world outside of her campsite, which meant that there was always a continuous feeling in the back of your mind of wondering how things were going to possibly work out when she returned to “civilisation.” Zorie and Lennon themselves were both characters that I was undoubtedly rooting for, and their relationship was one that I really enjoyed seeing explored with all the revelations that came along with it. The beautiful setting, also, provided the perfect background to do that in. Overall, I would definitely recommend it as the ideal read for summer, as although it does have some darker themes running throughout, at its core it’s all about love, with a few stars thrown in here and there.
On to the readathon as a whole, I had a very varied time in terms of the ratings that I gave to each book that I finished – not a single one of them got awarded the same amount of stars, which for me, is quite unusual! Here are the books I read in the order that I read them:
Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan – 1/5 stars
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – 5/5 stars
Stardust by Neil Gaiman – 3/5 stars
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett – 4/5 stars
As you can see, I had different experiences with all of these books! I’m definitely thinking that next year I will not choose the book for “read seven books” as one that I really want to read, because I was especially disappointed that I didn’t manage to get to By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, but I am planning on reading that after I’m finished with my current read! All in all, however, I was so pleased with how everything in this year’s BookTubeAThon turned out.
Pages read today: 134
Final total of pages read: 1167
Challenges completed today: 1 (Read a book about something you want to do)
Final total of challenges completed: 3
Final total of books read: 4
If you took part in the BookTubeAThon this year (or any readathon that has been going on lately, I know there have been a few floating around,) I’d love to know how it went for you. This year’s BTAT was so much fun, and there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be wanting to participate again in the wonderful chaos next year.
Have a beautiful day,