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2023 Enchanted Readathon - Week Three

Hello, fellow book nerds! We're at the halfway point of the readathon!


Let's see... how many prompts have I completed...


8/16

I'd say for being halfway through the readathon and having half the prompts completed for this readathon, I'm right on track! I'm more than happy with where I'm at. I'm doing so much better than where I was last year during this readathon. I've been having so much fun with this readathon, I've honestly been doing so poorly with reading this year due to work and life being so busy and stressful. I'm glad I finally took the plunge to get back into reading more regularly. I've missed it.


So what did I read?


I read Lore Olympus Volume 5 by Rachel Smythe for the Mount Olympus prompt.


Last week I reread Volumes 1-4 for the Time Turner prompt, in preparation for this release. Originally I had forgotten this was coming out this month, so I had initially picked Go the Distance to be my pick for this prompt. Then when I remembered this was releasing, I changed my mind and wanted this to be part of my readathon. I considered placing this as my romance book for the Oleander prompt but ended up giving it to the Mount Olympus prompt. This prompt asked that you read a book with Greek gods!


Oh, I breezed right through this book almost as soon as it was delivered. I couldn't wait. I'm already eagerly awaiting the next volume, set to release in May 2024. Again I highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys graphic novels and Greek mythology retellings, especially with Hades and Persephone!


Then, I finished The Prox Transmissions by The Starset Society for the Gothmog prompt!


This prompt asked that you read a book that you find intimidating. I mentioned last week that this was a prompt that could be interpreted in many ways. I took it to be a book that you might find intimidating because of how real it feels. I picked up The Prox Transmissions as a recommendation by my boyfriend, its one of his favorite books. And oh man... This threw me through a loop. I really didn't know what to expect with this one. I have so much I want to say. I'll definitely be diving deep into this one when I write my review for this. I went through so many emotions. And my boyfriend gave me a laugh when he saw my frustration at the end of this one. It's definitely a scary potential reality for our society. There was a lot of science that went behind this one. It gave me strong vibes of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.


Lastly, I also read Beauty Reborn by Elizabeth Lowham for the Philosophers' Stone prompt!


This prompt asked that you read a young adult book! I've been in the mood for more Beauty and the Beast retellings. After A Soul to Keep, I was itching for another! This definitely scratched that itch, it was a much tamer retelling in comparison to A Soul to Keep. But it was a little darker in its own way. More than even I expected. Our Beauty in this retelling was hoping to be eaten by the beast because she didn't want to be alive anymore. She was running away from this reimagining's Gaston who forced his love onto her despite her refusal. This was a very touching story of healing around one of my favorite retellings, it was a beautiful quick read.


So what am I reading next?


I'm currently reading Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix...


This is for the Grimm Grinning Ghosts prompt, which if it wasn't obvious enough, asks that you read a book with ghosts. I've been wanting to read Horrorstor forever, I've heard such good things about this one. And just a few pages in, I can already tell this is going to be a humorous read! I loved the set up of an Ikea knockoff store that's haunted by ghosts. I can't wait to see how this plays out.


That's it for this week's check in! I'm excited to see what I can get through this next week. I think I could actually finish all 16 prompts. I'm very hopeful! Do you think I can do it?

 

Interested in taking part in my Enchanted Readathon? For more information on this year's Enchanted Readathon and for the full prompt list click here.

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