So, I’m finally posting a wrap up to a readathon because i. kind. of. finished. one? Yeah, I’m just as surprised as you are because I’ve joined quite a few readathons in the past few months and only finished maybe one book from them, so, even though I didn’t read all the books that I set aside for the readathon, I did read quite a bit — all of which were 5 star reads! Woo!
The books that I planned to read and did read:
I read The Lightning-Struck Heart for the prompt Read a Book from a Favourite Author, because I adore TJ Klune and GUYS!!!! I fucking loved this book! Seriously, I read this book and then completely ignored the other books I set aside for the challenge because I wanted to finish the series! I now have one book left. So — read this series!!
I read Balefire for the prompt Read the Next Book in a Series You Like. Balefire is the 10th book in the Griffin & Whyborne series and I was super excited for it. I think there’s one book left in this series, and as the second-last book, it was awesome. We get to see the main villain in the flesh for the first time ever and I low-key want to go back and read the first few books again, because Griffin and Whyborne have come so far and I was getting emotional reading them so in tune with one another, and want to read them flirting again.
The books I didn’t plan to read but accidentally did but it worked out ok because I rated them 5 stars:
So I hadn’t planned to read either of these books during the week of the Five-Star readathon … but. I. Did. Anyway. So…
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is INCREDIBLE. It’s a non-fiction novel about a black woman named Henrietta Lacks who passed away in 1951 from cervical cancer. Scientists took her cells from her cancer — without her consent — and went on to use those cells to create the polio vaccine, as well as breakthroughs in the study of herpes, leukemia, influenza, hemophilia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, AIDS, cloning, and in vitro fertilisation. Rebecca Skloot, the author, spent ten years researching Henrietta’s life along with Henrietta’s family, specifically her daughter, Deborah. Despite the fact that Henrietta’s cells are so important to medicine — they are actually the very first cells to become ‘immortal’, as they are still growing today — no one actually knew anything about Henrietta, not even her real name. Nor did Henrietta’s family know what happened to her cells until over 30 years later. It’s a powerful, sad novel and I encourage everyone to read it.
I really didn’t plan on reading the next book in the Tales of Verania series, A Destiny of Dragons. I had originally planned to just read the first book, but book one dug itself into my heart and I had to binge the whole series. Which I did. In seven days. That’s 1700 pages. I’m amazing. Anyway, I freaked adored this book because it ups the tension from the first book — which was mainly funny and sweet — by adding a prophecy and a chosen one element, plus keeping all the hilarity and romance from the first book. I highly recommend this series and will be writing a series review at some point in November for it!
Did you join the Five-Star Readathon? If so, did you manage to read as many books as you wanted? Which ones did you read? Let me know!