For those of you playing Romanceopoly along with us, you may have seen that last week we had our first Readathon to try and get some books crossed off our boards. So we thought it would be a good time to give you a quick wrap-up of how our reading went.
- Read a book with red on the cover
- Read a book with abs on the cover
- Read a book with an illustrated cover
- Read a book with a one word title
- Read a new to you author
- Read any book on the UTC/PLB recommendation lists
- Read a book you already own
I was excited. This is my first ever readathon and it was a for a challenge that I constructed. I had it all planned out perfectly. Then life happened and I didn’t read a single darn thing until the very last day! I actually kept a vlog of the readathon week and posted it daily IGTV. So, if you want to see me not reading, not wearing make up and not winning at life check them out! However, on Sunday, the very last day I nailed it and read two books, both of which I really enjoyed so although it started and middled badly, like a good romance book, it had a happily ever after.
ENVY by Lana Pecherczyk – 3.5 Stars
Prompts: abs on the cover, one word title, new to you author
Romanceopoly Challenge: Warrior’s Way
This book combined by love of two different things: romance books and superhero films. Having a romance which involves a band of superheroes was a great idea and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell – 4 Stars (maybe)
Prompts: red on the cover, illustrated cover, already own
Romanceopoly Challenge: Growing Pains Place
This book is beloved by so many people and I was really eager to start it and see what all the fuss was about. Now I have read it, I can see exactly why it has stuck in the hearts of so many people. Am I one of those people? Probably not. But, that doesn’t stop me from being able to appreciate it and I would certainly recommend people give it a try.
I have to admit I was so excited for this readathon but the week before this started I was crashing into a reading slump and it took me through part of the readathon. And I’ll also be honest here and say part of that slump was because of THE SAVIOR, which wasn’t as good for me as I was hoping for (in fact I barely just finished reading that book just a couple of days ago). So I started a little slumpy and had to rearrange my TBR to fit that. Instead of being able to read 5 books like I was hoping I downgraded to 3. But with those 3 I still managed to hit all the prompts! So I’ll still call this a success for me.
HARD TIME by Cara McKenna – 4 Stars
Prompts: Red on the cover, Abs on the cover, UTC Recommendation, Book you already own
Romanceopoly Challenge: Corner Dungeon
I’ve had this book on my TBR since it came out. Annie had read and loved it and I just had to see how I would feel about a hero that was in prison. So when we set up the Romanceopoly board and this particular corner challenge, I knew this was the book for it. I’m so glad I read it. While I can’t say it’s my favorite book I’ve read by McKenna, I think she’s such a talented erotic romance writer. This book was seductive in a way that swept me off in the story. I was hooked and enamored from the very first letter that Eric had Annie write for him. From there and during the time where the letters go back and forth I couldn’t stop reading. I admit the book lost some steam for me after that but overall I was really impressed with how much I got to care for this unconventional hero. I didn’t even feel the insta-love much and that’s something that usually turns me off. So kudos to Ms. McKenna for a great story full of passion. I can’t wait to read more of her backlist.
RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston – 4 Stars
Prompts: New to me author, Illustrated cover
Romanceopoly Challenge: Library
This is a debut author and a new adult m/m romance. I was sold on this story because it’s about the First Son of the US and the Prince of England. I mean, can we get any more politically complicated than that? There is something endearing about this story, a light-heartedness for parts of it but also something deeper and more emotional at other times. While I think the writing could’ve been a little better, I do think that it’s a strong debut and a fun story that I recommend picking up. This comes out mid May!
IDOL by Kristen Callihan – 4 Stars
Prompts: One word title
Romanceopoly Challenge: Subway Downtown
I’ve had this series on my TBR since this book came out. For one reason or another I always forget about it or put it down and now I’m several books behind. Rockstar romances aren’t exactly my thing. But Kristen Callihan’s writing can probably sell me on anything. I found this story really sweet. It doesn’t focus on the sex drugs and rock and roll aspect of the lifestyle. Killian was just a nice guy and it was easy to like him. I think the relationship that develops between Libby and him has some parts that made me think of A STAR IS BORN. Obviously with a better ending. And I’m really interested to read the next two books in the series because I loved the supporting cast of characters. So I think I’ll be diving in sooner rather than later. I need more hours in the day.
Even though this readathon was scheduled, I was so not ready for it! I felt like it totally crept up on me and I didn’t feel prepared as I felt like I should have. As a result, I only updated on social media once, which is such a shame because I enjoyed the book I was reading at the time. Hopefully, I can be better prepared for the next one and share more often on Instagram next time!
AGONY OF THE LEAVES by Laura Childs – 4 Stars
Prompts: Illustrated cover, Book you already own
Romanceopoly Challenge: Cozy Corner
You’re probably thinking, didn’t you say that she was going to read ENGLISH BREAKFAST MURDER in her video? Well, yes, I did and that was my mistake for not checking before hand because when the readathon week arrived, I realized that I didn’t actually have that particular book on my shelves already. I had mistaken it for another one. Therefore, I had to make a slight adjustment to my pick, but that’s okay because it still fits into all the categories chosen.
Now, let me tell you a little about the book. I loved it! While I used to enjoy Childs’ other series more than this one in the beginning, I’ve found that this series continues to get better with each book. And now that I’m getting towards the end of the series, I’m finding the mysteries to be much more complex and intriguing. So although I hadn’t meant to read this book in the first place, I’m happy to have read it now.
TRAPPED by Alison Aimes – 3 Stars
Prompts: Red on the cover, Abs on the cover, One word title, new to me author, UTC recommendation
Romanceopoly Challenge: Alien Avenue
Out of my picks, this was the one I was most worried about, which was why I saved it for the last one. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because I tend to struggle with Sci Fi, so I didn’t want to start out with a genre that wasn’t my thing and then fall into a slump during the readathon because of it. It turns out that I made a good decision because I definitely struggled with this one a bit more. It’s an interesting read, but perhaps the concept is not my thing. As this was my first time reading this author, I’m still unsure of what to think, but I’m glad to have my Sci Fi categories out of the way for this challenge.
Did you participate in the Readathon?
How did you do?
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