The Sbooktacular readathon took place from 25th October through to 31st October. It was a readathon unlike any that I have participated in before, and I had so much fun. It has definitely helped get me out of this weird reading slump that I’ve found myself in these last few months.
This is the path that I chose to follow which meant that I was supporting team Sbooky Witch this week.
Here is the list of challenges and what I ended up reading for each:
1. Read a book of your choice: For this, I went for The Witches by Roald Dahl. I felt that this was very apt for my team and was a short read to kick start my week. I started this at midnight on the 25th and got through it within an hour. I gave this 5/5* as it was a childhood favourite and was a great start to my readathon.
2. Read a book set in the past: I chose Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen for this challenge. Playing with Fire is a story told from two points of view, one in the present and one in the past. One half follows Julia, a modern day musician. The other half follows Lorenzo, a Jewish musician from the past. The parts following Lorenzo were so beautiful and were written with grace and dignity. 4/5* for this one!
3. Read a book with magic: I went for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling for this challenge. A very ambitious choice and this took up most of my week. I ended up listing to most of this on audiobook so that I could get on with my daily tasks at the same time. I’ve been meaning to reread this for a long time so I am pleased that I managed to complete it. Obviously 5/5*
4. Read a book with orange on the cover: I chose Fireblood by Elly Blake. I received this book from NetGalley and it is one that I have been highly anticipating, ever since I read the first in the series, so I was extremely happy to finally get to this. I have a full review on my blog if you wish to see my full thoughts, but I loved it. Another 4/5*
5. Read a book after sunset: For this, I read The Witches by Roald Dahl again. I read this as soon as the readathon started which meant I had completed two challenges pretty much straight away!
6. Read the first book in a series: For this I ended up reading The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. This was impromptu but as I was staying with a friend for the most of the week (this did, however, mean that I was able to adopt a sbooky cat), I didn’t have the book that I had intially planned on reading. Again, this is something that I have no read since I was in primary school and was a very welcome surprise. I gave this 4/5*
7. Read a fantasy novel: For my final challenge, I went for Fireblood by Elly Blake.
I managed to read a total of 1950 pages, completed all challenges and read 5 books this week. I am so pleased with how the readathon went and I hope that I have done team sbooky witch proud.
I am now going to spend the next few days catching up on all the Netflix I have missed out on!
Let me know if you took part in this readathon and how you all got on!