Readathon

Read Until You Dropathon Wrap-Up Post

Read Until You Dropathon is the reason I read more in August than in any other month of this year – and also the reason I finally caught up on my Goodreads challenge. The idea comes from libraryofcerys on twitter and she also posted prompts for the readathon. The idea was to read 31 books in August – not realistic for me, so I just tried to read as much as I could.

Final count: 14 books!

A book that is less than 100 pages

The Death of Ivan Ilych

Loved it! It’s not an easy read though, it made me have a crisis about my life and mortality. I highly recommend it. Read for 1001 books challenge.

A book that has less than 3.8 average rating on Goodreads

Foe

I dislike Robinson Crusoe so I didn’t really have any interest in reading this retelling but it fit the prompt and it’s also on the 1001 books list, so why not. I enjoyed it more than I expected to – but that’s still not much.

Have a friend pick a book

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

This was a surprise. I read the blurb before reading the book, but I got the feeling that it’s a light rom-com, and I was completely wrong. It wasn’t an easy read at all – you know that feeling when you want to save a character from themselves? Pretty much my feeling the entire time I was reading this.

A quick read

The Fall of the House of Usher

A really quick read. I read this short story ages ago but I barely remembered it so I read it again – another one for the 1001 books list. It’s creepy. But it’s actually not that great.

A book you always say you’ll read but never do

Fahrenheit 451

FINALLY. I’ve been saying I want to read this for the last 15 years. It’s really good and really important. Will reread eventually.

Non-fiction book

Letters of John Keats to Fanny Brawne; Written in the Years MDCCCXIX and MDCCCXX and Now Given from the Original Manuscripts

I prefer Keats’ letters to his poetry. The guy has a way with words. How do you even respond to some of these?

A sapphic book

This Is How You Lose the Time War

This is probably my most unique read in a while. I’m not sure I completely ‘get’ this book, but I hugely enjoyed reading it and will reread it again.

Most recent purchase

The Reader

I have read this book before but I recently bought a copy and read it again and it’s still one of my favorite WWII books. One more for 1001 books!

A new to you author

The Postman Always Rings Twice

It’s one of those books where I think the story is kinda interesting but the writing style just isn’t for me at all. The story can’t save that. I don’t think I”ll read this author again. One more crossed out for the 1001 books challenge.

E-book, audiobook or a graphic novel

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Creepy. Creepy creepy creepy. I watched the movie before and wasn’t really into it. The book is much better. But I still had the feeling that something was lacking. Hm.

A book by a black author

Passing

I’d never read anything about the issue of ‘passing’ before, so that in itself was interesting. Very well written novella, I’ll check out the author again. And yet another book for the 1001 books list.

A book with at least ten words in the title

The Road Not Taken: A Selection of Robert Frost’s Poems

Some I like, some I didn’t like – I think I need to read them again to really see. Poetry can take a while to really get to me.

Pick a book at random

Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street

That was weird. It was really boring at first, I almost gave up – but I pushed through and the story just became more and more bizarre.

A book that starts with the last letter of you last read

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)

Another one I meant to read for ages. Amazing book. Will read the rest of the trilogy. Also on the 1001 books list.

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