The first week of the N.E.W.T.s readathon has passed, and I’m here to give you a little update. Usually I would wait until the end of the readathon and do a wrap up then but since this readathon spans the entire month of August, I figured it would be easier to give you updates every week. So what did I manage to read for the first 7 days of the readathon (August 1-7)?
I started the readathon off by picking up The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson.
I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for ages. I started reading the Mistborn series in 2014, which means I’ve been invested in this world for quite a while already.
To be honest, I was afraid I wouldn’t like The Alloy of Law as much as the first three books in the series. After all, it’s set 300 years after the events of The Hero of Ages, and revolves around an entirely different set of characters.
I am happy to be proven wrong by Brandon Sanderson. I ended up really enjoying this book, even though it does feel like the first book in a series: a lot of time to set up the world and characters, so they can be fleshed out in the next books. I gave it 4 stars, and I can’t wait to read the next book. Even though I’ll have to buy it first and I’m really trying to lessen the amount of books on my shelves.
Finished: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Earned: Acceptable in Charms (read a book with magic in it)
Next, I decided to start reading Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. I’ve had this on my shelf for about a year, and I still hadn’t picked it up. The challenge to reach an ‘Exceeds Expectations’ in Charms is to read a book with a cover that charmed you. The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous.
I was a bit disappointed in this book, to be honest. I had quite high expectations because I’d seen people rave about it before. For me, it was an okay read. It wasn’t really a 4-star read, especially when compared to The Alloy of Law, but I also liked it better than the books I’ve rated 3 stars this year. So a 3.5/5 it is.
I’m not sure what it is about this book that made it so hard for me to connect to the characters and get invested in their story. The only thing I know for sure is that this book could’ve been shorter. I felt like it dragged in some parts, and kept repeating others. I know the repetition serves a purpose, but it still gets annoying after a while.
Finished: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Earned: Exceeds Expectations in Charms (cover that charmed you)
After reading Spellbook of the Lost and Found, I decided to pick up Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee & Susan McClelland. I bought this at YALC last week, because it seemed interesting and was signed by the author.
I needed something completely different after just reading an epic fantasy novel and a magical realism one, so this seemed perfect. In addition, the prompt to earn an Outstanding in Charms was ‘read a book you think will leave a mark’. Since this is a non-fiction book about the author’s life in North-Korea and his eventual escape, it was perfect for this readathon.
I absolutely flew through this book and managed to read it in only a few hours. Sungju Lee’s story is so powerful, interesting and harrowing. It taught me quite a bit about life in North-Korea, without the prejudices we get as Western people. I already know this will be one of my favorite books of the year, and I’ll recommend it to everyone.
Finished: Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee & Susan McClelland
Earned: Outstanding in Charms (book that will leave a mark)
That’s what I read during the first 7 days of the readathon!
Have you read any of these books?
Are you participating in the readathon?