Do you guys ever find yourself in a position where you want to read but you also feel like you don’t really have the time (when like, you 100% do?) because that was me on Friday.
I had Saturday and Sunday ahead of me with absolutely no plans whatsoever which is perfect to get some reading in, right? Yeah, I thought so too but I also felt like I didn’t have time (don’t ask me why I don’t understand it either) which is why I decided to do an impromptu readathon and asked Caro and our friend Sandra if they wanted to join, which they both did.
What we ended up going with was a 24in48 type readathon to take full advantage of the weekend ahead and while I didn’t read for 24 hours I still managed to finish two books and a total of 1.200 pages.
Here’s how my weekend went:
I had set myself an alarm for about 9am on Saturday as I had to run a few quick errands in the morning and then I figured I’d get to reading before noon. Well, my sister ended up texting me as I was walking home from running errands to ask if I could watch my nephews – which, we all know I’ll never say no to.
I didn’t get to reading until probably around 2 or 3pm on Saturday which meant I had already ‘wasted’ a good 14 hours of reading time. That was bad. But I figured any reading was better than none, so I picked up my first book of the weekend: All These Beautiful Strangers.
I had gotten a review copy of this during the summer last year and I hadn’t gotten to it yet – I just never found myself actually in the mood to read a mystery/thriller novel even though the synopsis sounded really good to me.
BUT. With the luck I’ve had with this particular genre lately, I figured this was the perfect time to jump into this book.
And while I did enjoy this book overall, in the end, I don’t think I’ll be thinking about it too much in the future or really mention it again – which sucks.
All These Beautiful Strangers had some things going for it: family secrets, secret societies and the school setting. But it felt like it took us too long to get to the unraveling of events (this book is also on the longer side with just over 500 pages).
Don’t get me wrong, I did really enjoy the reading experience and going on this journey with our main character but it’s just not a book I see myself ever going back to or really bringing up again.
That’s the reading I got done on Saturday. I think I clocked in at around 5 or so hours and while that isn’t a lot, I was still optimistic I would get more reading done on Sunday so everything was good.
But then I decided I’d have breakfast at my parents’ and hang out with the nephews again and by the time I got home it was around noon, I think. Again, 12 hours of reading time ‘wasted’.
Here’s something you should know about me: I often do things at the last minute. That’s kind of my Thing. So, with just about half the day left I figured I would set myself a good challenge. I checked my audiobooks to see what I felt like reading and decided on (the translation of) Godsgrave which comes in at around 23 hours.
If you’re wondering how I listened to a 23-hour audiobook in less than 12 hours that’s because I never listen at the regular speed anymore. I’m up to at least 2.3-2.5 times the speed, and even faster when I have a physical copy to read along in.
So, at around noon-ish on Sunday, I sat down in bed with my physical copy of Godsgrave and my audiobook and started reading. I was lucky that I didn’t have to make dinner yesterday so I didn’t take away too much of my reading time – I just had to heat it up and eat it, which were perfect little breaks in my reading to keep me motivated and excited to keep reading.
Here’s something I should mention first: I was 100% set on never actually reading Godsgrave after I finished Nevernight last year. I didn’t click with the writing style, I didn’t like the excessive amount of swearing and I didn’t enjoy the way the sex scenes were written (that’s all I got from my own updates as I don’t remember much about the book), among other things.
But then the weirdest thing happened. I found myself really, really enjoying Godsgrave. I didn’t mind the swearing (it is so weird how ‘fuck’ in German has such a different meaning and weight to it? Like, if you use the word ‘fuck’ in the English language that’s the most normal thing to me – but hearing it in German was different and had more of a punch to it). I loved the way the sex scenes were written- we got a threesome early on and then an across multiple pages and in detail sex scene between to women. I swear I’ve never read oral sex on a woman be described this way. You’ll get it with oral sex on a man but rarely or ever on a woman. It was refreshing.
Something else that was quite refreshing was Mia Corvere, the main character. Man, she is ruthless and awesome and I actually adore her? I’ve seen quite a few booktubers praise her so, so much and I didn’t get it after Nevernight but I see it now. I definitely see it.
As for the writing style that didn’t click with me last time, I wonder if I enjoyed it more because it was translated this time around? I guess we’ll find out when I read Darkdawn later this year, because yes, I now 100% want to continue and finish this trilogy. Who would’ve seen that coming?
But something I don’t understand is why this book gets shelved as Young Adult so often? With the language used, the brutality and bloodshed and the very explicit sex scenes? This doesn’t feel like Young Adult to me, at all. I feel like this would be more appropriate in a New adult type of setting rather than Young Adult.
I had such a fantastic time reading this book and the last bit had me in a constant state of ‘OMG’ and with my mouth hanging open while reading it. Revelation after revelation, I’m telling you guys. I can’t wait to see how Jay Kristoff wraps this trilogy up and what’s yet to come for Mia and everyone else involved. It’s gonna be great, I hope!
This book ended up getting 5 stars from me and has made it onto my favorites shelf on Goodreads. Which might have been the biggest plot twist of them all. xD
Overall, I ended up reading 1.200 pages this weekend and I did it all in just over 13 hours. Especially on Sunday, I was unable to put down the book I was reading because I needed to know how things would turn out and what else Jay would throw at Mia because she hasn’t been through enough yet.
I’m honestly so glad I decided to do this little readathon because it ended up giving me the kick in the butt and motivation I needed to start off a new reading month in the best way possible! Plus, I’ve made progress on my ‘box of shame’ which is fantastic. There’s actually room in there for more books now!
Have you guys read either of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Have you ever been in a position where you were certain that you wouldn’t continue with a series but then you read the sequel and suddenly you’re super hooked? How do you guys motivate yourself to get more reading done? Are you fans of little readathons? Let me know in the comments down below – I can’t wait to hear from you! 🙂