#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?