So this past week I participated in the #TBRTakedown readathon hosted by BookTuber and book blogger, @leaninglights. This was my first readathon, and I was incredibly excited – and hoping to tackle some books.
It took place from June 1st – June 7th, and there were five fun challenges. If you want to learn more about #TBRTakedown, see Shannon’s original video here (even though the readathon is over, the challenges are great! I definitely read a variety of books because of the challenges. I encourage you to use them throughout the month if you didn’t get the chance to participate).
Here’s a list of what I actually managed to read. Because I had a busy week, I used the same book for some of the challenges.
3 – “A first book in a series on your TBR shelf.” & 5 – “A book from your most recent book haul.” – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
I started the week off strong. I FINALLY picked this book up at Barnes and Noble two weeks ago. I’ve heard so many great things about this series, so I was excited to get started. I started this book before the readathon began, but I had only read 180 pages. So I started #TBRTakedown from page 181, and managed to finish it the second day of the readathon… and I really liked it. It started off a little slow, but by the middle/end, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to pick up the next book.
4 – “An ‘out of your comfort zone’ book on your TBR shelf.” – Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
This was my first graphic novel ever, and definitely out of my comfort zone! It was a quick read (I finished it the second day of the readathon, as well), and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while – ever since I finally bought it a few months ago – and I’ve also been wanting to get into graphic novels. I’m now craving more graphic novels (if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments below!) Although the short stories were a little creepy and confusing at times, the pictures were absolutely beautiful.
2 – “An unread sequel sitting on your TBR shelf.” – Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
I absolutely loved Anna and the French Kiss, but as of this past week, I still hadn’t read the companion novels. I finally picked this up, and finished it by the fourth day of the readathon. I loved it! Not quite as much as Anna, but almost. It’s a great contemporary read, and I definitely recommend both Anna and Lola. I can’t wait to pick up Isla sometime soon.
1 – “A book that’s been on your TBR shelf for over a year.” – Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan
Ever since this book was released last year, I’ve been itching to buy it. I finally got it back in April, but I was waiting to read it until I officially graduated college. Finally, after a year of waiting, and graduating a few weeks ago, I was really hoping to read it this week… I did SO great during the rest of the readathon. For some reason, once I reached this book, I hit a bit of a reading slump. I only read 70 pages by the end of the readathon. I hardly read at the end of the week, but from what I managed to read before the readathon ended, I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to finish this within the next day or so, though.
So as the #TBRTakedown readathon comes to a close, I officially managed to read: 3 Books, and a total of 967 pages.
Although it’s a little low, I’m actually really happy with this count! For the first half of the year I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to read. It looks like I’m (for the most part) out of my reading slump, and catching up for my 2015 reading challenge goal!
Until next time, you can find me on Goodreads.