From reading slump to a readathon…? How did this go? Not too bad *smirk*
Well well well…
I had a reading slump for most of July. Though towards the end of last week I started to miss reading again which was perfect timing. I didn’t manage to finish the books I was already reading before the start of this readathon so I put them on hold, more like I finished on during the first half of the readathon…. However, I made a pretty ambitious TBR for this week. How did I do? well I managed 🙂
Anyway, this readathon was a week long from 20th to 26th July. It was pretty intense as the only goal was to read as much as possible. There was vlog challenges, daily Bookstagram challenges, reading sprints and read-ins, etc. There was a lot of stuff to do and I didn’t do any of them. I only read 🙂
The hosts are Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay. Here are their joint announcement video:
✅ Read a book with the colour of your birthstone -> emerald
✅ A book you enjoyed the movie adaptation of
❌ Read the first book you touch
✅ A book starting with THE
✅ A book outside your normal genre
✅ A book that takes place on a different continent you live on
✅ Read a book entirely outside
❌ Group book -> Such a Fun Age
The Gilded Wolves (Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
I loved this! I loved the Parisian 1890 setting and the bunch of misfits 🙂
I did feel like the carpet was dragged from underneath me when he book ended. Let me be clear (though I doubt I’ll manage that), This book does NOT end on a cliff hanger, not a massive surprise or any kind. I felt disappointed and tricked that the book ended, nothing more. lol! How rude for the author to end this book! lol!
The next book in the series comes out in September this year, but considering how I felt after finishing the first one I think I’ll have to wait until the 3rd and final book comes out in 2021… it will be a long wait.
I loved so many elements of this book; the setting, the characters, the time, the “magic”, the love interests and everything!
This book will be difficult to forget anytime soon.
No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.
Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg
This was not something I normally read and fell under the challenge of reading something from a genre you don’t normally read. However, I am converted! I currently starting my own business as well as doing my 9-5 job so this book was super motivational and helpful. I learned a lot! I can’t wait to delve into another book in the same genre. Watch out for the TBR and Wrap-ups in the future. As long as I’m in the star-up of my business there will be a busniness book or career book on there 🙂
However, this book was written in 2013 and I noticed. I have been learning a lot about feminist and sexism of the last few years so a lot of what she was talking about I already knew. But the book was still relevant.
Very much worth the short read!
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership. Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they’d feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in. The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women’s favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.
The Path Made Clear; Discovering Your Life’s Direction & Purpose by Oprah Winfrey
I was originally planning to read Dear John but I only had a day left of the readathon by then so I wanted something shorter and on audiobook. I went on to the library e-audiobook app to see what what available and shot. This book was one of them and I though “Why not”.
Its not my typical type of reading but after Lean In I was curious to this sort of self help book. And it was interesting. But forgettable. Its was a summary or interviews with other people throughout her entire career about the meaning of their path and decisions. People being interviewed includes Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay-z, Elisabeth Gilbert, etc. It was interesting to listen to their failures and how they cooped with them.
Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.”
That journey starts right here.
In her latest audiobook, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The audiobook’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us.
Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring listeners to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. These renowned figures share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.
The Path Made Clear provides listeners with a valuable resource for achieving a life lived in service of your calling – whatever it may be.
The Sleeping Beauty by C. S. Evans
Wow! That was different from Disney!! It was so tame and mellow and “wait for the prince to save you” which I knew but still slightly annoying. I wonder how the story would be if it had a complete gender swap. It was worth the read as it only took an hour or so, and its interesting to see the original versions of fairy tales but this wasn’t much lol
Sleeping Beauty has enchanted generations of readers, young and old alike. The king and queen have a fervent wish; to bear a son or daughter. Their wish is answered when a beautiful princess is born. Unfortunately, at the banquet to celebrate the daughter’s birth, an evil fairy places a curse on the child, when she is fifteen she will be pricked by a spinning wheel and fall into a deep slumber. But such is the joy of the occasion that the curse is forgotten and seldom recalled as the child grows up. But indeed the evil fairy was speaking the truth, and upon her fifteenth birthday, the princess, along with the king and queen, and courtiers, fall into a deep century long sleep. But all is not as it seems and salvation may be at hand!
It was a tight fit for all of these books and I didn’t manage to finish them all. I started easy and read The Sleeping Beauty in an hour. Haha! Done! Check! Next! Film adaptation challenge done, read all outside, and starts with The. Then I picked up The Gilded Wolves, which took longer time but still felt quite fast. Birthstone coloured book done, starts with The. Then I read Lean In on audio instead of reading. Not my normal genre done. Once I finished both on Saturday I considered just leaving it as is and not read on Sunday, but then I though I could just have a look on the library audiobook app to see if there was a short book available to read the same day and I found The Path Made Clear. One last read 🙂 I read this all outside too and it starts with The.
So I managed all but two of the reading challenges which I’m very pleased about 🙂
Anyone else participated in The Reading Rush this round? How did you do?