Hello readers! Emojiathon was the first full readathon I’ve took part in since my summer-long reading slump, so I was really happy with how it turned out! I went a little crazy with doubling-up on challenges because YO GIRL NEEDS AS MUCH HELP AS SHE CAN GET! So even though I read a small handful of books compared to the amount of challenges, I still feel so accomplished in what I was able to read. Below would be the challenges I completed, along with the books I completed and a few words about how I felt about them.
Read the group book
Read Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
A book by a favourite author
Read Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson
Read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Read Out of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni
Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover
Read a book you said you were going to read but never did
Give an author a second chance
Read a diverse book
Read a scary book
Read a 5 star predicted book
Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere
Read a book that takes place somewhere other than where you live
Read a book set in Winter
Read a book that reminds you of a favourite song
Read a book that takes place outdoors
Listen to an audio book
Read a book that takes place in college
Read a thriller
Read a book about a social justice topic
Read something that’s less than 100 pages
Read a book that takes place on a boat
Read a book in under 24 hours
1/ The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis
Length: 341 pages
Challenges: Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover, A book you said you were going to read but never did, A book set in Winter, A book that reminds you of your favourite song, A book about a social justice topic
I really enjoyed this book, it gave me so many feelings about sexism in our society. It’s such an important book. I really connected to the main character and I loved her growth, and her blunt and honest personality. She wasn’t afraid of taking things with her own hands and standing up for not only herself, but others. It was really great reading about the female empowerment and women helping women. I especially loved the development of the friendship between Alex and Peekay. All the characters felt so real and were developed really well. The ending has honestly stuck with me, ripped my heart out!
2/ Radio Silence – Alice Oseman
Length: 403 pages
Challenges: Read Radio Silence, Read a diverse book, A 5 star predicted book, A book that takes place in college
I have fallen in love with Alice Osemans writing, it was so easy to read and flowed beautifully. It was a great story about academic students going through the process of university interviews, and end up figuring out the difference between what they thought they should do, and what they want to do with their lives. It highlights the problem with our society and how we’re pressured into decided what we’re to do for the rest of our lives when we’re barely through adolescence. It was another very important book and would definitely read more from this author.
3/ I Am Still Alive – Kate Alice Marshall
Length: 314 pages
Challenges: Read the group book, A book which takes place outdoors, A book which takes place somewhere other than where you live, Read a thriller, Freebie
I was expecting this to be a mix of suspense, thriller, and survival, but all I got was survival. Of course, I wanted to know how/if she survives in the end. But the story didn’t really develop from there. The main character mainly just complains about the fact her dad was killed (not a spoiler, it’s in the blurb) and she was left in the wilderness. I got a great feel of the atmosphere though which was chilling, and possibly the best bit of the book.
4/ The Sleeper and The Spindle – Neil Gaiman
Length: 72 pages
Challenges: Read a book by a favourite author, Read a book in 24 hours, Read a book less than 100 pages
I devoured this within half an hour, and I loved every second, wishing the novella had another 400 pages after it. Neil Gaiman just has a way with words, he’s like a wizard of literature. He was able to blend together two of my favourite fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White), and also add his own whimsical, dark twist on a brilliant story. The Queen took a feminist lead, and took matters into her own hands, and the Sleeper was not a typical girl ‘waiting for her prince to come’. The story flowed in such a way it felt like it came straight from the collections of Grimms Brothers or Hans Christian Anderson, but with a modern twist and dark atmosphere.
5/ Life of Pi – Yann Matel
Length: 319 pages
Challenges: Read a book that takes place on a boat, Listen to an audiobook
I felt quite underwhelmed with this unfortunately. I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting to be honest, but if I knew it was primarily about religion I would’ve been prepared. I’m not religious, and I have nothing against it or those who are, it was just more difficult to find any kind of connection to the story. Overall I liked the story, I just didn’t get the ‘wow’ factor.
Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer
Challenges: Read Letters to the Lost
Progress: 222/388 pages
Have any of you participated in this readathon? And if so, how did you do? What books did you read for the challenges? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!!