Today I’m here with my Easter Readathon 2020 Wrap Up! This last weekend was the Easter bank holiday here in the UK. Although we’re in the middle of a lockdown/work from home/isolation situation right now, and I’ve personally not been “in” work for almost a month, this weekend felt different thanks to Kate’s Readathon.
I’ve loved taking part in the Easter Readathon for the last few years. I think this year might have been my most successful yet. I set out to read three books and for maybe the first time ever, I stuck to and completed my TBR!
The first book I picked up this weekend was the latest instalment in Alice’s comic, Heartstopper. I loved the first two volumes so had high hopes for this – I was not disappointed. A super diverse LGBTQ+ romance, we follow Nick and Charlie as their relationship develops, through coming out to their family and friends and a school trip to Paris! There are so many cute butterfly-in-the-belly moments, but also discussions around some serious topics such as homophobia, self harm and eating disorders for which Alice lists support at the end of the book. Full review to come! 4/5 stars.
I’d heard some really great things about this retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in a private boarding school, so I couldn’t wait to pick this up. This was super sweet and a little cheesy read, packed with the YA romance tropes we have come to know so well. Despite these tropes, Sandhya also includes discussions on white/male privilege and feminism among others, weaving in a particularly strong message about self identity and standing up what you believe in. This was also another diverse read, with characters from all around the world and varying sexualities which I was so happy to see! Again, I’ll have a full review up soon. 3.5/5 stars.
Oh hi, my most anticipated read of 2020. It’s not something I talk massively about on my blog though I am pretty open on social media, but I’ve had a funny few months lately, struggling with my mental health. I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t creating, I wasn’t really posting online. I’d found myself in a bit of a hole really and knew things were bad when this book landed on my doorstep and I… just didn’t pick it up right away. In the past I’ve booked days off work to read SJMs latest releases, as I’m sure you know she’s my favourite author.
Anyway, back to the wrap up. I’ve finally started seeing an end to the funk I’ve been in and knew this weekend was the perfect time to tackle this monster of a book and wow. I was lost for words!
This is Sarah’s first adult novel and it definitely reads as such. There was much more mature content than in previous books, the world building and history were more complex and I know I’m not alone in saying that in the beginning it was a little bit much to get my head around.
There were also a lot of things we’ve come to know and love from Sarah’s work included in this, such as the strong almost tangible friendships, the extremely well developed and interesting characters, the good looking men (sorry, males heh heh), the fast paced and explosive action, TEARS, wtf moments and those really kick-ass coming into power scenes.
I devoured this story over two days, gripped by the plot, the action and the characters. The last 150-200 pages were an absolute rollercoaster and I couldn’t get through it quick enough to see what would happen next. Byrce Quinlan is f**king incredible and I need MORE. I am so excited for the rest of this series and I plan on re-reading by listening to the audiobook right away. 5/5 stars.
So there have my Easter Readathon 2020 wrap up! I am so happy with myself that I got through the books that I wanted to, particularly House of Earth and Blood which I knew I would just love. I read over 1,400 pages this weekend in total!
What did you read this bank holiday weekend?
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