Yesterday evening around eleven PM, I was starting to fall asleep, so I called it a day for the read-a-thon. While the second half wasn’t as prolific as the first, I still immensely enjoyed it and read from almost all the books I had intended to read. I normally don’t plan these things, so I was glad I mostly stuck to my plans.
I didn’t expect to but it went well yesterday and I was able to blackout the card – earning me bragging rights. That is, if you consider this cover minimalist enough? – I did.
Maybe a quick overview of some of the squares:
- Winter – This was Golden Compass for me, only read the first couple of chapters yesterday but mention of Lapland, the Northern Lights etc.
- Blindfolded – I used random.org to select my first new read and it was Djinn City
- Outside comfort zone – Here I put Call Me By Your Name since romantic coming-of-age stories are not my usual cup of tea.
- TBR – The Golden Compass again; added to GR in 2015 so way too long on the TBR.
- Less than 3 word title – Dead Wicked (Djinn City would have worked as well)
- Released within the last year – Gideon the Ninth (Sept 2019) or Dead Wicked (July 2020)
- Diversity – The MC from CMBYN and Gideon the Ninth are LGBT+ and Saad Z Hossain is from Bangladesh and his characters in Djinn City as well.
- Title with D – Dead Wicked or Djinn City
- Non book – An article on Pinokkio movie adaptations my sister sent me.
- First person – Call Me By Your Name
- Blue Cover – Call Me By Your Name or The Golden Compass
- 2 genres – Any pick from Fantasy, Detective, Fiction, Non-fiction
- Traveling – This one was a bit harder, but in CMBYN they take a trip to Rome and there has been talk of expeditions and travel in The Golden Compass
- Make your own challenge – My challenge was to finish three books, which I did. Gideon the Ninth during the Ninth hour of the challenge, Dead Wicked during the Eleventh hour and CMBYN during the 19th hour. In between I started two new books, Djinn City and The Golden Compass and managed to sneak in a couple of chapters from Breath from Salt. Unfortunately, the only book I didn’t manage to read from was The Doomsday Book.
I would say this has been the most successful read-a-thon for me yet, probably because there were little distractions and it was so warm. Here are some stats to end with:
Gideon the Ninth
Call Me By Your Name
The Golden Compass
Breath from Salt
+/- 530 pages
I will be joining Bout-of-Books next, which will start August 17 and will last an entire (but less intense week).