March/Emojiathon Wrap Up 2018

So this month I participated in the Emojiathon. I usually participate in readathons to help me pick my TBR and to push myself to read more. I prefer longer readathon's spanning at least a month because I work full time and cannot read 7 books in a week. I'm lucky to finish one book haha.

But I have to say, I am very happy with my efforts for the Emojiathon. I managed to complete 12 challenges out of 25. And while this may not seem like a lot I am very satisfied and proud of my reading.

1. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★

I gave this 3.75 stars. Unfortunately I'm just not feeling this series like everyone else seems to. But I did enjoy this book more than the first. There was a lot going on in this instalment but I like that in the end things were starting to connect. So what might seem like a fractured story with lots of things going on everything is slowly coming together.

My favourite aspect of this story is the setting. Henritta is a town I would definitely like to visit.

Challenges -

Read a book that everyone’s been telling you to read
Read a diverse book (Sexuality, Mental Illness, Race, Religion, etc)
Read a book that you’ve started and haven’t finished

2. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K Rowling ★★★★★

I absolutely loved this. So I found out about these eBooks last year when I first bought my Kindle. I decided to read it after I finished rereading Harry Potter which I finished last year so I don't know what took me so long to get to this. I always loved Professor McGonagall, she was always amoung one of my favourite characters but this made me love her even more. This collection of short stories gives a really good insight into characters that got too little time in the books. Definitely recommend giving this a read if you are a Harry Potter fan. You can buy it from the Pottermore website.

3. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K Rowling ★★★★

This collection was a little more dry than the Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, at one point they listed the past Ministers of Magic with a line or two describing them. Some were funny others a bit dull. But it was still some what interesting.

Challenges (apply to both) -

Read a book that you haven’t read yet and don’t know why

Read an ebook

4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer ★★★★ 

I watched the movie a very long time ago. I had no intention of picking up the book but people said it was pretty good. The first 100-150 pages was so boring, I was so close to putting it down. But I pushed through and ended up really enjoying it. If you like post apocalyptic books with a dash of romance I think you'll enjoy this.

Read a Sci-Fi book

Read a road trip book/a book that features travel

Read a book that’s been adapted

Read a book that you’re cautious to start (a book out of your comfort zone)

5. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave ★★★

If you are sensitive to animal suffering then stay clear of this book. I would classify this book as a middle grade as the main character was 13 but there was some graphic scenes in here. This was a relatively short book and I believe it would have benefited from being longer. If I'm being completely honest I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know what happened. However because of the length I feel as though the ending was rushed and also bits of the character arcs. There was a character arc/redemption that came out of nowhere, I think there needed to be an extra 100 pages at the very least. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I reread it? Probably not.

Challenges -

FREEBIE! Read any book that you want

Read a fantasy book
6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston ★★★★ 

*4.5 starts. I love Cinderella retellings and this was no exception. I like the fandom aspect of it and how passionate these characters were. I enjoyed the overall plotline, I liked the reveal. The only thing lacking was the end, I wish Elle was stronger, while she could stand on her own 2 feet there were parts of the book where she was the equivalent to a rain soaked puppy that needed rescuing. I just wanted more from her. If she put the passion she has for Starfield into her personal life she would be a force to be reckoned with. Overall, amazing read.

Challenges -

Read a book with your favourite colour on your cover - Purple

So all in all I had a really good reading month.

Have you participated in any ReadaThons?

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