Can you believe that it is march already?? Seriously, where is the year going? Anyways, for those of who didn’t know (and a reminder for those who did) I took part and helped co-host Woody’s Roundup Readathon throughout the month of February and it was so much fun! If you want to know what the readathon was about, my post is here, and if you want to see what my planned TBR for the readathon, my post is here.
Since it is the end of the month, it’s time I tell you all the books I read and give a sentence or two about what I thought of each of them because otherwise you guys would be here for ever lol.
I actually read all of the book I planned, with one DNF so Frostheart (my team book) was used for the missing prompt, I just switched a book around so that will be talked about under changes!
Woody – a book with a historical setting
Ever Alice, by H.J.Ramsey
ESCAPE score: 55
It fulfilled the prompt because the parts that were set in the real world were set in the past, and (I will be saying this a lot so brace yourselves) I loved this book!
I actually read this as part of a blog tour, so if you want to read my full review you can find it here.
Peas in a Pod: a book featuring close siblings
Children of Virtue and Vengeance, by Tom Adeyemi
ESCAPE score: 53
I actually read the majority of this book on the love reading sprints Lily hosted over on her YouTube so if you want to see my very immediate reaction you can go and check that out lol.
But, I loved this book so much and now I need the next book in the series because oh my lord that cliffhanger ending has me shook. And of course, the close sibling relationship came into play throughout the book in more ways than I expected so it definitely fulfilled the prompt.
Mr Pricklepants: a book you consider “serious”
The Black Kids, by Christina Hammonds Reed
ESCAPE score: 45
I did really enjoy this book but couldn’t write give it five stars. Of course, the book is actually serious because it covers racism and the riots that went on in LA during in 1992 because of discirmination. A deeply serious book that I read very quickly and enjoyed reading a lot, I also learnt a lot more about the experience of BIPOC through this book, both historical and of course present as these issues are sadly still relevant today.
Chuckles: a book you think is sad
The Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christie Lefteri
ESCAPE score: 46
This book was sad, in fact I teared up at the end, but it was also full of hope and that was something I really liked about the book. The main characters went through so much hardship and still had a lot ahead of them even though they had reached the UK from Aleppo there was still hope and healing especially at the end of the book and that is one of the many reason why I loved it.
Buttercup: a fantasy book
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein
ESCAPE score: 57
I think you all know how this fills the prompt lol. I read this as part of a readalong for the LOTR series so there will be a fuller review coming at some point in the future when that is finished, but I absolutely adored jumping back into the world of Middle Earth and it was quite comforting to re-read this book after all this time.
Forky – read some trash
Would Like to Meet, Rachel Winters
ESCAPE score: 52
Now I know that romance isn’t trash in the slightest and I love it so much, but because I read so much fantasy and serious books all the time I consider romance my “guilty pleasure” (again, not trying to out down the genre I’m just saying), hence why I chose it for this prompt. I read this book on Valentines day while watching reading sprints and it was so much fun! It was fluffy and funny and awkward and just really great to read. This book was actually gifted to me by Lily a little while ago and I am so glad that I finally read it.
Now onto the prompts that I changed my books for.
Trixie: a book that has computers at the focus
My plan was to read a Pocketful of Stars for this prompt but when I read it I realised it dint really have that much to do with computers. So instead, I used Frostheart, by Jamie Littler to fill in this prompt (my team book which can be used to fill any prompt).
ESCAPE score: 51
I again, really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and full of wonder and magic! I loved the world that it was set in and the magic system and basically everything about it so I will be trying to read book 2 as soon as humanly possible given the insane amount I have given myself to read this month lol.
Dolly: a book with a purple cover
My plan was to read Broken Branches but halfway through I DNF’ed because I just east enjoying it at all and didn’t even want to pick it up to just finish.
So instead, I read Pocketful of Stars, by Aisha Busby
ESCAPE score: 56
A pretty self explanatory prompt fulfilling so I will leave that there but I adored this book. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I loved it so much. It was so magical and so real at the same time as well as raw and that really touched me. This book made me sob after I had finished it because of the ending and it also made me tear up a few other times as I was reading it also. A really powerful read that I thoroughly recommend.
I “stole” both of these from Lily’s TBR and I am so glad that I did. I was meant to read them in the live sprints but they didn’t happen so I just joined some other reading sprints during the day and read them then instead!
Aliens – a book with a green cover
Camp, by L.C.Rosen
ESCAPE score: 54
Another self explanatory prompt filling so let me just get onto how I felt. I adored this book! It was so sweet and just the absolute best and I am now fully joining the hype train for this book. End of discussion lol.
Hamm – a book to do with money or wealth
Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
ESCAPE score: 56
I am going to use the same reasoning as Lily, which is that the book is about money or wealth because it is about the children of world leaders and they use their money to see each other all the time. Another book I read in a day and adored so much. It was cute and funny and the ending was so sweet and I got a little teary eyed at one point. Another book I am fully joining the hype train for!
If you do want to read fuller review then you can do so on my goodreads!
Ok, so that is everything I read for Woody’s Roundup and it was so much fun! Thank you to Lily for organising it and coming up with all of the prompts and everything, she did such an incredible job so you guys should defineitly go and check out her YouTube channel right now.
Did you take part in the readathon? Did you have a favourite book from last month? Tell me in the comments!
Stay safe, stay healthy and keep learning!
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