November was an odd month. Very up and down for me. I’ve had great days and some really bad ones. But all in all, it was okay I guess.
Readingwise it wasn’t bad at all. While I had quite a few days where I couldn’t read at all, even though I had plenty of time, I managed to get a lot of books read. Some I wanted to read for a long while now and overall I had a blast with this readathon. I loved the prompts and they fit the Gods so well.
I tried to write my initials with the books I read (in the Bingo Board) N and if I could E though I didn’t really anticipate managing an E. It was fun trying though!
So without further ado let’s talk books!
I’ve read a total of 18 books. (Though two were incredibly short … so yeah.)
Ebooks: 4 (two Review Copies and two Short Stories/Novellas)
Switched between Audio and Physical: 3
Athena. Goddess of Wisdom, Strategy and Crafts. Read a book that’s not the first in the series.
I planned to read Lair of Dreams, Physics or Frost like Night … buuuut to no ones surprise I didn’t. I am the biggest mood reader and a #rebel. I don’t do what I’m told. Even if I am the one doing the telling.
I actually read The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare for this. I gave this 4 Stars as it was quite enjoyable and a quick read (or listen). I’m actually really liking the characters which is a relief after my hatred for Clary and Jace & Co.
Ares. God of War. Read a book with a compelling antagonist or a written from the villain’s POV.
I did read Vengeful! I’m a #Queen. Ok, no. But I really really wanted to read this. I loved Vicious so freakin’ much and Vengeful sure didn’t disappoint. 5 Stars! The ending is mean, though. I want a third book … like yesterday. Pretty please.
Victor and Eli are just my fav little villains. And Sydney and June.
Dionysus. God of Wine. Celebrate this year by reading a 2018 release.
Sugar Spells by Lola Dogde. It’s the second book in a cosy little witch series. Seriously, if you need something different or an easier and fresh read between your dense high fantasy books .. this might be it.
Loved the idea of the first book: a witch who can bake spells (good luck into a cupcake, happy feelings into a pie etc) and the second books was even better. If you want to read my more in depth thoughts you can here for book 1 and here for books 2
Aphrodite. Goddess of Love and Beauty. Read a book with a beautiful cover.
There isn’t much to say about this prompt. I originally wanted to read Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. And I got halfway through … but I didn’t finish it. So I opted for a VERY short short story or novella or whatever. I do think the cover is pretty though.
Zeus. King of the Gods. God of the Sky. Read a book at least 400 pages long.
This was also one of my options for this and look at me being all good and actually reading what I told you I would. Bonus points because this was a review copy. And I’ve always wanted to read something by Yrsa Sigurdardottir! I did enjoy it and I’m curious to see how the dynamic between the two main characters develop in the second installment. Also, this was quite graphic and brutal so be warned.
The Hydra. Multiheaded Serpent. Read a book with more than one POV.
Again, this was not only one of my options but a review copy (and now one of my new favorite books). I loved it. Really! 5 Stars. Loved the worldbuilding, the characters, the unlikely friendships. I need the next book rn and I’m a little devastated that I got declined for e second book. Oh well, I guess I have to buy the English version then. Which has stunning covers so I’m not really complaining!
Daleina is an amazing mc and I can’t wait to read what Sarah has in store for her next.
*I read the German version but decided to put the English Edition cover here so you know what I’m talking about
Again, not one I can tell you a lot about. Another one of those very short novellas for the Lux Series. I only read them because I wanted to get them off my TBR and because I wanted to have a book for Free Choice ^^ No, but honestly. They are cute, but nothing special.
Gaia. Primordial Earth Goddess. Read a book which was published at least 5 years ago.
I had the Clockwork Prince planned for this but I ended up reading Iron Witch. It’s a book about fae which is my #mood right now. Unfortunately this book was just meh. Nothing special at all. I’m not intrigued to read the next in the series which is unusual for me. Normally I have to see everything through to the end. But I don’t remember that much about it. Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it. I think I was very generous and gave it 3 Stars? It’s probably more of a 2.5 though.
Demeter. Goddess of Agriculture. Read a book with a nature word in the title – e.g. leaf, wind, flower etc.
Another one I actually followed my original plan with. Prince of Thorns. I’ve wanted to read this series by Mark Lawrence for a while now. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well, that might sound weird considering what this is about. I mean Jorg, the mc, is practically a 14 year old psychopath. I’m not kidding. He’s killing people left and right and doesn’t care. At all. And I loved it. The book was a tiny bit confusing in the middle, but the ending was satisfying. Also, I would die for this cover and color scheme…
Artemis. Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt. Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title.
I had many options for this on my TBR post. Including Beyond a Darkened Shore and The Wolf. Both books I really wanted to read. Yet, did I do that? No, of course I didn’t. Honestly, I can’t with myself sometimes ^^
I read Lament though. which has been on my TBR for at least 3 years. So, not bad at all. And it’s, you guessed it right, another Fae/faerie book. Also, Queen Maggie wrote it, so you better believe I liked it. It’s not her best, by far. But it still has the same magic feel to it for me. 4 Stars.
Hephaestus. God of Fire and Smiths. Read a book with a disabled character.
Six of Crows. I finally read it and I’m so glad I did. I put it off for so long because I got spoiled for the ending of Crooked Kingdom (still incredibly mad about that!!) and I wanted to try to forget it … but obviously that didn’t work.
I loved this book so much. Kaz is my baby and Inej is awesome! Love Jesper and Wylan and just ahhh. Everybody. Nina is so cool and I absolutely loved her scenes with Mathias. The dynamic between them, the flashbacks! I could gush about this for hours, but I’m gonna stop now.
Hestia. Goddess of the Hearth. Read the first book in a series.
The plan was The Winner’s Curse, Lament or Red Queen. I actually read Madame le Commissaire. A book I got free in exchange for my reading data. It wasn’t very good imo though. The writing style annoyed me to hell! But I guess it was what it tried to be. An easy mystery read for vacation or something. Not really my thing though.
Hermes. God of Travellers and Thieves. Read a book set in a country not your own.
The Hate U Give. A book I hesitated to pick up for quite some time. Not only because of the hype, but also because of the theme. I always felt like I couldn’t say I didn’t enjoy it and I feared that that might be the case. I’m happy to say that I DID enjoy it. I did have some issues with it as well, but I’m not gonna go in depth about it. It’s definitely an important theme to write about and I’m happy books like this exist. Even though books where the message IS the book aren’t necessarily my go-to. I’m more the fantasy and as far removed from reality as we can get and without any hit-you-on-the-head messages and morals kinda gal. But again, I think it’s quite cool that this book not only exists but gets a lot of hype and attention.
And that concludes all the prompts to make an N. I’m not tech adapt enough to actually do that … or just to tired rn. But you can image a line crossing every prompt off on the board above right?
Now for the adictional prompts:
Hebe. Goddess of Eternal Youth. Read a Middle Grade or Young Adult book.
I’m currently rereading all the Artemis Fowl books. In German because the narrator is amazing! Rufus Beck is king. And just … the nostalgia. I loved Artemis as a kid and I love him and his adventures now. Just pure gold. Read book 3 for this or rather listened to it. And just … 5 Stars. Nothing more to say.
Homer. Read a retelling (of a myth, fairy tale, classic novel etc.)
Forest of a thousand Lanterns … I debated DNFing it at around 20% jusT BECAUSE I couldn’t care less about the characters and what happened to them but some lovely soul on Goodreads told me I would enjoy it if I continued and YES, I did! Loved the slow develoment of our MC and just … I mean, it’s an Evil Queen Retelling/Origin Story. And it’s goood! I’m really hyped for the sequel now!
Persephone. Goddess of the Underworld and Springtime. Read a book which is less than 200 pages.
I had exactly one book on my TBR that was under 200 pages. So this wasn’t really a challenge of sticking to my original plan.
And the Ocean was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. This one is .. difficult. I loved the idea, the unusualness of it. the illustrations are absolutely stunning and I liked the story. But something was missing. Can’t really put my finger on what though. the ending wasn’t really my thing I guess.
Apollo. God of Prophesy, Plague and Poetry. Read a collection of poetry or short stories.
Edgar Allan Poe is my aesthetic. So for this I decided to read a collection of his stories. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories. I already knew them all, but I loved listing to them again quite a lot.
Hades. God of the Underworld and Riches. Read a book which you got for free (library, from a friend, ARC, Kindle offer etc.)
I got an audiobook of the German translation of All the Crooked Saints for review in November. So naturally I changed my plans for this prompt to fit it in. If you don’t know this already: I’m Maggie Stiefvater trash!
And I really loved this book. She has has a way with words. Now this doesn’t have an awful lot of plot, but I didn’t mind that in the slightest. I loved the characters and the way of introducing them. If you wanna know more about my thought, my review is here.
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What are your thoughts?
Did you also participate in this readathon?
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