#TheOneReadathon wrap up

A few weeks ago, I told you all I was participating in The One Readathon to Rule Them All. Well, I did and I’m quite proud of everything I managed to read in the past two weeks. Here’s what I read, and where those books took me!

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan – 4.5/5 stars
I had been looking forward to reading this book for months. Actually, I forgot I had preordered the Kindle copy, and was surprised when it appeared on my ereader. I decided that it was the perfect time to read this because it’s a fantasy novel with an Asian-inspired setting in which 8 girls are selected as Paper Girls (concubines) to the King each year. I had seen some mixed reviews on this, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it. I ended up loving this! I will definitely continue the series because I need to know what happens next. Also, I love the romance between the girls!

Girls of Paper and Fire took me to:

🌍 Bree – fantasy in a non-European setting
🌍 Fangorn Forest – fantasy with magical creatures
🌍 Rivendell – fantasy with LGBTQIA+ representation
🌍 Rohan – fantasy with a female main character
🌍 Gondor – fantasy with POC representation
🌍 Minas Tirith – fantasy book
🌍 Mordor – conclusion to a series or the most recent installment of a series

This book alone took me around half of Middle Earth!

The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black – 4 stars
I wasn’t intending to pick this book up, to be honest. While I have enjoyed Holly Black’s Curse Workers series, this one didn’t really appeal to me. I don’t tend to love books about faeries, no matter how dark they are. But everyone was raving about it, and then I ended up finding it at my local library (which is nothing short of a miracle)! I gave this book 4 stars because of the second half. If the pace hadn’t picked up, and things hadn’t started to happen at some point, this would’ve been a 3-star read. The reason for that is that I think the characters aren’t very developed. The only one we actually know by now is Jude. I’ll write a full review on it soon, especially because I want to talk about the romance/the set-up for the romance and my feelings on it.

The Cruel Prince took me to:

🌍 Fangorn Forest
🌍 Rivendell
🌍 Isengard
– fantasy with a villain/morally grey POV/MC
🌍 Rohan
🌍 Minas Tirith

This book added Isengard to my list of places I’ve visited!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HP #2) by J.K. Rowling – 5 stars
It was time for a Harry Potter reread! I will say that if I had read this one for the first time as an adult, I probably wouldn’t have given it 5 stars. I’m not really surprised by that since this book has always been my least favorite of the 7. I also noticed during this reread how many ellipses and dashes J.K. Rowling uses in this book! It’s insane. Obviously, I still loved it because it’s Harry Potter and it owns my heart. But yeah, it’s still my least favorite. This book should’ve been a lot longer, so the plot was more developed.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets took me to:

🌍 The Shire – reread a favorite fantasy book
🌍 Fangorn Forest
🌍 Minas Tirith

This book added The Shire to my list of places I’ve traveled to! I couldn’t do a tour of Middle Earth and not visit The Shire…

Wundersmith (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend – 5 stars
I read the first book, Nevermoor, in September and fell in love with the world and characters of this middle grade fantasy. I knew I wanted to continue the series as soon as possible, so I ordered a copy of the second book which came out at the end of October. This readathon was the perfect time to pick it up. I think I loved it even more than the first book… I adore the friendship between Morrigan and Hawthorne. I love the bond between Morrigan and Jupiter, and how she actually goes to him with her problems instead of keeping everything to herself. I love the Deucalion Hotel and its inhabitants (especially Fen, the Magnificat). I appreciate the way this book talks about friendship, loyalty, prejudice, and apologies. I just love it SO MUCH.

Wundersmith took me to:

🌍 Fangorn Forest
🌍 Rohan
🌍 Minas Tirith
🌍 Mordor

That’s it, everything I read for #TheOneReadathon! I showed you all the places I managed to visit in Middle Earth through my reads, and I’m quite proud of it.

I ended up completing the Tourist Special Route, the Speedy Voyager Route, and the Nomadic Traveler Route. The only places I didn’t get to were Moria, Lorien, and Helm’s Deep. The Lorien one really bums me out because Lothlórien is one of my favorite places in Middle Earth. However, I think I traveled quite a way through the world in 2 weeks, no?

Did you take part in the readathon? Have you read any of these books?

6 thoughts on “#TheOneReadathon wrap up

  1. Yeay glad to hear Wundersmith was also a great read. I understand your feelings for The Cruel Prince. I really liked it when I read it (4 stars) but as time passes it doesn’t make me quite as excited. And a lot of things weren’t that memorable like most of the characters.


  2. So glad to hear you enjoyed these! Girls of Paper and Fire and The Cruel Prince are both books I’d like to get to soon, and I really need to make a start on the Morrigan Crow books because I haven’t seen a bad review yet.


  3. Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite in the HP series as well!
    I’m glad to see Girls of Paper and Fire and The Cruel Prince lived up to the hype for you! I am not a huge fantasy reader, but I’m keen to pick those up because they’ve received so much praise 🙂


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