Yesterday, I was watching some reading vlogs when I decided to do my own 24 hour readathon. I usually participate in the #24in48 readathon, but am not available during the next round. Instead, I figured I’d create my own 24 hour readathon at a time that suits me best to boost my reading a bit.
I started reading on January 17th at 14:00 and ended today at the same time. I honestly had such a great time! I read far more than I’ve been reading lately, and it had all the excitement of a readathon without any pressure. Every once in a while, I posted an update on Twitter to keep track of my progress.
So what did I actually end up reading?
I was still reading A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke when I started the readathon. When the 24 hours kicked off, I was 158 pages into this book. After 2.5 hours of reading, I finished it!
This is a polar fantasy novel that revolves around Ósa and Ivar, who live on the island called Skane. Generations of her people have lived on this cold island, guided by the lights the Goddess communicates through. On clear nights, colored lights illuminate the sky. Green means all is well, while blue warns them of the upcoming snowstorm. And when the lights turn red, it’s time to be scared. Red is a warning of danger to come. For the first time in 17 years, the lights turn red above their heads.
I absolutely loved this. This is such an atmospheric read, and works perfectly well as a standalone. I do believe there is a companion novel that is a prequel, but I’m not entirely certain of that. The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars is because I believe it should’ve been a bit longer so we would’ve been given more time with the characters before the lights turn red.
Aside from that, I have no complaints about this book. It was atmospheric, tense, action-packed, and I was so attached to the characters. Especially Ivar.
📚 I gave A Shiver of Snow and Sky 4.5/5 stars.
📚 I read 183 pages of this book during the readathon.
After finishing my first book, I picked up The City of Brass (Daevabad trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty, a fantasy novel I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I’m currently kicking my past self for not reading this sooner. I fell in love with this book from page 1, and I just know it’ll end up a 5-star read even though I haven’t finished it yet.
If you don’t know what this novel is about, I’ll try to provide a small synopsis that doesn’t include any spoilers. It follows Nahri who lives in Cairo and makes a living as a con artist/thief. She pretends to do magic and predict the future for rich people, using her skills to keep her stories believable. She’s always been able to sense illnesses in people. She doesn’t believe in magic, but sees no problem in faking it to earn some money. One day, a zar (a sort of exorcism) she stages ends up going differently than expected and Nahri might actually find herself face to face with a djinn.
I haven’t finished this book yet so I won’t talk too much about my feelings on it, but it’s absolutely fantastic so far. It reminded me of why I love epic fantasy so much. I fell into this world so easily, and was hooked from the very beginning.
📚 I read 420 pages of The City of Brass during the readathon.
SO HOW DID IT GO?
I’m really happy with how much I managed to read during the 24 hours! I think if I do this more often, I’ll be able to read even more in the future. I’m not used to focusing so much on reading in one sitting anymore, and it takes some getting used to.
I managed to read 603 pages! I finished one book (which I really enjoyed) and read 77% of another (which will definitely end up being a new favorite).