I’m a teeny bit later than I planned to be in writing this post, but this is such a strange time all round, I’m going to give myself a break on that one!
The Easter readathon is an annual readathon hosted by Kate at Reading Through Infinity, which takes place over the Easter bank holiday weekend. I posted my TBR here, so check that out if you haven’t seen it, or carry on reading to see how I got on.
There were five prompts, and I chose a book for each of them. I could have combined a few, but I knew I’d probably be able to read five books in four days, and I did!
Prompt completed: Read a book that’s under 250 pages
I absolutely 100% loved this book. I had no idea what to really expect when I went into it, but it felt like a properly traditional children’s book that was a bit daft, a bit silly, and very weird, but in the best way. It reminded me a lot of books like Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood, or The Wishing Chair, but without all the racism and classism. Fidge is a fantastic main character. Wed Wabbit has been on my shelf for years, and I’m so glad I finally got round to reading it! 5/5
Prompt completed: Read a book that gives you spring vibes
I picked this book for this prompt because it look kind of spring-like on the cover. Ultimately, it was a bit disappointing for me. I adored Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged, and this sequel had been on my shelf for about as long as Wed Wabbit had. It was interesting in that it showed you what can happen if you marry someone on impulse without actually knowing that much about them, but I loved Sofia and Conall’s relationship in the first one, so to see what happens to them in this one just made me sad. It’s still well written though, and I can’t say it’s not realistic. Still disappointing though. 3.3/5
Prompt completed: Read a book involving family/friends
To be fair, I think every book I read for the readathon covered this prompt, but I’m glad I chose to read this one specifically (sent to me for free by Little Tiger). I’ll review this one in full closer to publication date, but Oh. My. God. I was so surprised by this book and how much I enjoyed it. You definitely need to be keeping an eye out come July! 4.5/5
Prompt completed: Read a bok with a yellow or green cover
Confession time: I was on the street team for this book and absolutely failed at doing anything to promote it. I’m so sorry Akemi! Having finally read it, I really enjoyed it – more than Starfish, less than Summer Bird Blue. Harley is a bit of a brat, but her character development is beautiful, and I loved the way Akemi showed Harley’s struggle with mental health and connecting to all the different aspects of her heritage. The love interest was also perfect! 4.5/5
Prompt completed: Read a book about new beginnings
I’m not a big sci-fi reader generally, but I love Emma Newman and her work with a fiery passion, so I will read anything she writes. I was a bit behind with the Planetfall series, but I’ve now caught up, and this book was as stunning as the two that came before it. The science mostly goes over my head to be honest, but I love how Emma can write it in detail, without the fact that I don’t get most of it affecting my enjoyment of the book. This is such a good series – I highly recommend it.
Prompt completed: None
So this wasn’t on my TBR, but I hadn’t finished it before the readathon started. It would have nicely fit the family and friends prompt, or the new beginnings one, as we meet Robin, just as he’s rejected from all the drama schools he’s applied to and he realises he doesn’t know what to do now. This was a netgalley copy provided by Pan Macmillan for free, and as the book isn’t out until August, I’m not going to spoil my review here. I enjoyed it a lot though, and it very much reminded me of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, one of my favourite musicals. 4.5/5
I also started Atlas Alone, the sequel to Before Mars, but I didn’t finish it and so I’m not including it officially. My review of it should hopefully be up soon though, if you want to know what I thought!
So I completed all the prompts, read all the books on my TBR, plus one, and rated all but one of them above 4 stars. I think that’s pretty good going! I also had things I needed to do on the Monday, so I only really participated until the Sunday evening, but it was lovely to spend most of three days just reading. Many thanks to Kate for hosting!
Let me know in the comments if you participated in Easter Readathon this year, or if you’ve read any of the books above!