I love readathons. If you don’t know what readathons are, they’re virtual events where many readers read during a certain time-frame and there may be prompts for what books to read, challenges, reading time goals etc. They’re super fun because others are reading at the same time and it motivates you to read even more.
While I love readathons and want to participate in all of them, I’m usually unable to. Every time a readathon interests me, I either have plans or a lot of work to do. And this time was no exception. But I really wanted to participate. I just got out of my reading slump of over two months but still wasn’t back to the same reading pace as before. I thought this readathon would help, and it did!
The #7d7bReadathon was hosted by @ecstatic_yet_chaotic on Instagram with the goal of reading any 7 books in 7 days, 16th through 22nd July.
I marked the date in my bullet journal because I was anticipating it but since I hurt my hand and wasn’t able to write, I didn’t see my bujo. Hence, forgetting about the readathon until I saw reading updates of other participants. By that time it was day 2 of the readathon. If I still wanted to join in, I had two problems. One, I was behind and two, my internship eats up a LOT of my time. I didn’t think I could finish 7 books by Sunday.
But by day 3, unintentionally I finished two books and got hope. So I jumped in on the readathon and was determined to read 7 books.
(P.S. I wrote about 1k words of this post before I lost all of my work. I’m writing this the second time round so if it sounds boring and uninterested, please bear with me.)
Here are the books that I read with a few thoughts on each of them.
#1. Right Text Wrong Number by Natalie Decker
I was in the mood to read contemporary and I wanted to read something that I haven’t heard of before. So I was surfing through a random list on Goodreads when I found this. It sounded good enough so I took it.
My main problem with the book is the characters. They were very bitchy for no reason and they were moody as heck! One second they’re flowers and hearts, and the next they’re knives and snarls.
This book was about the popular twin who has dyslexia but keeps it a secret. The sequel is about the other twin who is bookish and “weird”. I wanted to read that but since I didn’t like this one much, I was wary. I read the sample on Goodreads and I’m so glad! Where I expected her to be less bitchy and moody, she was MORE. Oof.
My rating: 2/5 stars.
#2. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
I’ve had this for a while but didn’t pick it up. Why, I don’t know. But after that last contemporary book, I needed a good one and finally picked it up. GUYS. IT BROKE MY HEART.
I expected nothing less from paperfury and I’ve read reviews that say this but damn I HATE SO MANY FEELINGS. The book was darker than I expected, though. Definitely not something you’d expect with a pretty cover like that. I honestly expected something a little fluffy, at least? Oh well. I’ll write a proper review for this soon.
Trigger warning: domestic abuse.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
#3. Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
Right before I started this book was when I decided to jump into the readathon after all. Now, I was behind by one book. So I needed to read two books in one day to catch up. I’m normally a fast reader but when I read romance? I’m super fast. Especially if it’s new adult romance. By the time you ask if I’ve started another book, I would have already finished another.
So I went on Goodreads, the source for all my random readings, and saw this one.
While the title and the cover make it seems like erotica, it’s actually not. It has a sweet love story inside with not many explicit scenes. And those are very easy to skip or skim-read. Safe to say, I finished this one really fast.
Oh by the way! When I saw this on Goodreads, I was on my laptop and wasn’t logged in. I didn’t care so I just surfed. Later when I was going to add the book as read, I saw that i had already read it! I had absolutely no recollection of the book, plot or story. I saw that it was years back and around the time I was reading from the library, so maybe that’s why I didn’t realize at all? Smh.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
#4. Tease by Sophie Jordan
Okay so thankfully I hadn’t read this one before. It’s the sequel to Foreplay. It was pretty good as well. While there was this stupid “twist” about the main character that I didn’t care for, and didn’t make sense, the book was good enough.
The good thing about both these books was that there wasn’t really any drama. Any setbacks were related to the characters’ own issues and not meddling people or jealous people. That made it very easy for me to breeze through both these books.
My rating: 3/5 stars
#5. Warcross by Marie Lu
For about a week, I’d been really wanting to reread Warcross but I managed to hold back by telling myself that I had a huge TBR that I needed to make a dent in. But because of this readathon, I was reading new books and so started rereading Warcross. One reread out of seven new reads (technically) is okay, right?
And yes I totally loved the book again and it gave me all the feels and I love the world-building and Emika and Marie Lu and basically everything.
I’ve been seeing the Wildcard ARCs rolling out to people I follow and I’M SO JEALOUS. I NEED THE SEQUEL NOWWWWWWW.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
#6. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
I went out on Saturday and had absolutely no energy to read when I got back home, so I didn’t read at all. Which means that on Sunday, the last day of the readathon, I had two books left to read.
I started reading Legendary over a month back, during my exams, but then I couldn’t continue it because I had to study. Later I just somehow never felt like picking it up. I had read about 10 pages but even that was better than starting a new book so for book 6, I picked up Legendary again.
Good thing I joined the readathon which made me finish reading Legendary because otherwise who knows until when I would have left it off.
It was pretty good! I didn’t enjoy it as much as Caraval, though, because of the world-building which wasn’t along the same lines, and the amount of personal story intertwined. I’ll write a full review to tell y’all all about it.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars.
#7. Save The Date by Morgan Matson
I finished Legendary by the evening of Sunday but I still had one book left, and I wasn’t in the mood for more new adult romance. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to finish another, since I also had some other work to do. I put up a poll on Instagram and most voted that they think I can do it, so with that confidence I picked up Save The Date.
I underestimated it’s length, though. It’s a pretty big book. I’ve read two other books by Morgan Matson, and I liked them well enough. But this book??? IT WAS SO GOOD, Y’ALL. I was blown away!
I always love plots centered around family and this book took that to a whole new level. This is now one of my YA favs simply because it’s a brilliant story and it’s about family. I will write a review on this, gushing enough to give it justice.
But let me just say, I’m so happy this book exists. It made me laugh and it made me cry. It made me yearn and it made me hurt. It’s ❤
My rating: 5/5 stars.
In conclusion, I’m very glad that I participated in the giveaway, albeit late. Thank you Mridula for hosting it! I enjoyed it a lot and it got me my reading pace back.
I noticed that there were a lot of readathons being held recently, including the popular 24-in-48 readathon. Did you participate in any? Did you read any of the books I mentioned, or do you want to? Let me know in the comments!