Hello and welcome to JULY with me. How did we get here? July? How can it be July?! Anyway.
Last month I completed two readathons, despite my last minute anxiety that I might not manage it. I was quietly impressed with myself, even if there were two cross over books between the two challenges. I tried to keep cross over books as few as possible but was also realistic with myself, knowing there were only so many books I could read, and wanting to complete both challenges.
I also broke the rules as they stood and changed some of my book choices during the challenge, to try and cover a couple of authors of colour when the Black Lives Matter movement struck a cord with us all, having realized my list of books was very white. I didn’t want to make many changes as I had planned out to try and approximate covering it all with my health factored in. Although I only made these small changes, I am going to make an active effort to read more authors of colour going forward.
When I originally set out my plan for Make Your Myth Taker I picked my role as Spy turned Assassin at book three. I stuck to this path, and enjoyed most of my books. Although I didn’t come up with a story behind my character as I know a lot of people taking part did, I enjoyed the mental picture I carved as a possibility, especially reading some fantasy books. And of course, the big excitement was my Secret Book, which you might have seen on my social media….
So here I made two changes. When I added in Queenie, I had to shift around ACOTAR to second book, meaning that The Mercies sadly ended up back on my shelf for another occasion. However, no regrets! I loved Queenie as a character and as a book, and I’m so glad I made the decision to keep ACOTAR in the pile as it’s swiftly become a book series I love, and I’m already impatient for the newest installment to be released.
Before The Coffee Gets Cold was the only book I didn’t enjoy fully from my list, but I’m putting this down more to things being lost in translation than being a poor quality book. The idea behind it was more than sound, and a bit like The Starless Sea it was disappointing that I didn’t love it as much as I had wanted to.
Hament, however, excelled all my expectations and I adored absolutely every single page. It was a stunning book, one of those that I’m sad is over and that I can’t read for the first time all again. Easily, as I mentioned in my last post, one of my top books of the year.
All in all, my Spy to Assassin transition via books went wonderfully well and I had so much fun with the whole idea behind this readathon. It’s absolutely something I’ll join in again. Thank you to the organizers for the inspiration and for the joy of it all.