Last Saturday, my friend Morgane and I hosted a 24 hours readathon. It wasn’t our first time – we both hosted some on our own over the past year. Doing it together was, however, new, and doing it next to each other as well. I slept at her place Friday and Saturday night, and we got to spend the entire day together, reading, reading… and reading.
If you want to see exactly what we did, you can either go on my Instagram page and watch the “24h readathon” stories available on my account, or you can watch this readathon vlog!
I decided to wrap-up this readathon on this blog post as well, so you all know what I read and what I achieved.
I am proud to say that I read 1610 pages this time, which is way more than my last readathon (I read 1300 pages), with five different books :
- Son of the Dawn by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan, 3/5 stars
I can’t say I didn’t like it because I am weak and some of my favourite characters were mentionned, but… It was short and felt completely useless toward the Shadowhunter world. 3 stars is a really great rating for this novella, and it’s only because I am too emotional when it comes to this series.
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, 2/5 stars
Please, do not hate me. I really wanted to like it. I mean, the cover is basically my aesthetic. But… I have to be honest, I disliked the MC with everything I had. I couldn’t understand her and I thought she was acting like a ten years old, which can sound very rude to people who related to her and please, do not take this as an insult, but I just couldn’t get her. I also disliked one of the love interest, even more than the MC. And the plot… I’m sorry, but I didn’t get it either. Nothing made sense and those letters, which are supposed to be important considering the title of the book, are useless. Everything could have happened without it. Also, I felt as if the cuteness was forced into it, as if because she wants a pink room, bakes and wears beret it’s supposed to be sweet. Well, it really wasn’t the right book for me. However, I am sure that it can make a great movie, one that is cliché but still funny like Mean Girls or Wild Child, so I can’t wait for that.
- 180 Seconds by Jessica Park, 4/5 stars
Here is a book I simply adored. The romance, guys. THE ROMANCE. It was everything I needed at this moment during the readathon. Jessica Park is gifted when it comes to make you root for a couple. I couldn’t give the book 5 stars because I felt as if the end was forced with all the dramatic things happening, but I still cried so I guess that it worked nonetheless?
- Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan, 2/5 stars
I don’t know what I did to end up hating two books in one day, which barely ever happens, but oh well it did. Reason to Breathe is very hard to review because it deals with a very important and heartbreaking topic: abuse. The MC in this book is beaten by her aunt, and it is awful to see. Reading reviews, I was shocked to see that people were calling her “weak”. No matter if the book is good or not, they shouldn’t have to say this because it is unfair and cruel.
I didn’t dislike the book for this, but for many other reasons. For example, nothing happened and it was almost 600 pages long. The first half of the book looked like this : she was abused, she went out with her best friend, she said no to go out with her crush, she was abused, she went out with her best friend, she said no to go out with her crush, she was abused… You got it. And the second half was a bit different because she ended up dating a guy who isn’t her crush for god knows why the reasons, and that was it. Nothing happened. And it’s okay if they didn’t deal with the abuser or even if her friends did nothing to help even though they knew (well, that was weird), but nothing happened and I was bored.
The MC could also be quite annoying because she only cared about boys and everytime she talked, it was to talk about it. I found it so weird to see her and her best friend talking about all that when more important things were happening. And it may be only for me but it felt quite weird to see that no matter what happened to her house and how badly she was treated she managed to have the best grades, be part of a football team (I think), write for the high school journal, go to parties with her best friends etc. Well, let’s just say I got bored and I don’t think it was supposed to happen.
- Warcross by Marie Lu, 4/5 stars
It was my first Marie Lu ever and I simply adored it. It was fun, enjoyable and colourful. I loved every single characters and couldn’t stop laughing, smiling and more. I couldn’t give it 5 stars because I guessed the end quite quickly, but it still was amazing.
So… Here it is for the wrap-up! In the end, I had such a great day and we had a lot of fun with Morgane. It was hard to keep track of everything as we were trying to vlog and keep everyone updated on Instagram/Twitter/Goodreads about how we were doing but it was amazing, even more to share it with so many people online.
We’ll see you soon for the next one!
How was your experience if you joined it? Have you ever join a readathon?