I thought to do my Sbooktacular Readathon Wrap-Up separate from my October TBR, as there have been a considerable amount of books read. Which I am very proud of!
I didn’t get around to completing all the challenges, I managed 4 of the challenges and was halfway through another 2. I was quite busy with employment so my reading went on the back burner this week, but I am still pleased with how I did!
1/ The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
No of Pages: 289
Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
I was part way through this during Spookathon and couldn’t complete it then, so I carried it over to Sbooktacular instead! I read this for the first challenge of ‘Read a book of your choice’. This was a re-read, but I couldn’t remember much of the story so most of it felt new again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters Neil Gaiman had created! It was just a joy to read about Bod’s adventures. It’s a perfect read for both adults and children alike, and I will no doubt read this to my future children!
2/ The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
No of Pages: 238
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
I read this for the next stage on the map, which was a book set in the future or past, and I chose the past. I enjoyed this, but I feel sorry for American teenagers who have to read this for classes, as there are many other great pieces of literature which are still relevant. This story is no longer relevant and is quite outdated, although it was interesting reading about a separate time period and how social norms have differed over the years. The story didn’t seem to be one which would ‘stick’ like other famous classics.
3/ The Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
No of Pages: 224
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
I read this for the next step in my path which was to read a book with a red spine or with orange on the cover, and I chose a red spine, because this book is beautiful! I absolutely loved this book so much!! There was so much more magic that was left out of the movie, and I only just realised the movie adaption was probably the first book to movie flop. The movie does not do the book justice at all, the book was phenomenal and loved every single word. No doubt would read this over and over again! Such a re-readable book, easy to read and just full-on enjoyable!
4/ A House at the Bottom of a Lake
Author: Josh Malerman
No of Pages: 156
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
The next stage was to read a book after sunset, and as this is the shortest book on my TBR, I chose it to fulfil this, and ended up reading it within a few hours. I really enjoyed this book despite how short it was. Josh Malerman has a real talent of creating the perfect atmosphere for a horror/thriller. You were following the two teenagers, as they discover the house, and begin exploring, it felt like you were there next to them and I felt quite creeped out at a few points. You’re there wanting to find out what’s happening just as much as the teenagers were. The only down point was the ending; it felt slightly anti-climatic and underwhelming, it didn’t really explain what was happening and whether it was actually real. I do have a feeling that was intentional though, to leave the reader unsure as to whether it was real or imagination and Josh Malerman did a good job.
And that concludes all the finished books for Sbooktacular Readathon! I am in the middle of two other books which were meant for two other challenges, and another which I quite simply could not get around to sadly! I really enjoyed the path aspect of this readathon and found it really fun. I hope to do it again next year!
Who else participated in this readathon? How well did you do? If not, what have you been reading/enjoying recently anyway/ I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!