Well folks, we’ve reached the mid-way point (or thereabouts) for the Marvel-A-Thon readathon so I thought I’d do an updates post, a progress report if you will, to hold me accountable for what I said I’d read and to also try to reassure me that I have read a lot, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now. Of course, I’ve been doing my usual Twitter updates thread for the readathon but I figured it might be nice to sit down and do a slightly more lengthy post explaining what I’ve achieved so far and why I skipped some challenges etc.
(If you have NO IDEA what I’m talking about, please pop over to my Sign Up & TBR post first because I explain about the readathon and its challenges over there.)
PHASE ONE – COMPLETED
✓ Iron Man: first book in a series: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My forever favourite. 5/5 stars A++++ would recommend.
✓ Hulk: book with a green cover: The Witches by Roald Dahl *BUDDY READ*
This was a buddy read with my good friend and housemate, Liz, and we both took this as an opportunity to revisit what is considered a childhood classic for some. I can’t remember whether I’ve even ever read it before (or whether I just knew the storyline) but I enjoyed it – oddly dark and creepy, as Roald Dahl’s children’s books often are.
✓ Iron Man 2: an unpopular book: Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart
Of the E. Lockhart books I’ve ever seen reviewed, this is the one that didn’t seem to garner that much praise. I don’t understand why, I thought this was incredible, and I found this so very deliciously compelling in the way that the other books of hers I’ve read (We Were Liars and The Disreputable History) also are.
✓ Thor: a book with myths/mythology: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (audiobook) *GIVE TO BUDDY*
I’ve been meaning to re-read this one for a while on audiobook since I read it first time round… and I love Neil Gaiman’s voice (it’s like butter) so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that. I also needed a quick audiobook to listen to in the background at work. And, since I’d done a buddy read with Liz, I was able to “give” her a freebie book to help her along in her own challenge – she said she wanted this one!
✓ Captain America: book set/written in World War 2 *SKIP*
I didn’t have anything set/written during World War 2 lined up to read, and I didn’t want to seek out a book I wasn’t 100% interested in just to fulfil a reading challenge in a readathon, so I decided to use the skip option and move onto the next challenges instead.
✓ Avengers: book with multiple POVs *GET FROM BUDDY*
Remember that buddy read I mentioned? Well, as well as giving your buddy a “freebie”, you can also ask them for one, so I asked Liz for this one and I think she read Prodigy by Marie Lu.
PHASE TWO – IN PROGRESS
Iron Man 3: book that will challenge you: Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh
I’m currently reading this, slowly, bit by bit. I struggle to consume non-fiction in one sitting which is probably the only reason why I haven’t already finished this off since it’s not that long at all. I loved Ruby on Great British Bake Off and I like her style of “fuck it, eat what you want to eat”, but this is still challenging in many ways because it runs contrary to a lot of the discourse nowadays surrounding “clean” eating.
Dark World: book with siblings: The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
I’m reading/listening to this one on audiobook and I’m really enjoying it. Unfortunately, unlike other audiobooks I’ve listened to, I can’t speed up the narrator without it being distorted to the point of being indiscernible so it’s taking me a while to get through this. I have about 5 hours left to go so fingers crossed I finish it sometime this weekend/next week.
✓ Winter Soldier: main character is a villain/anti-hero: Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
This one was a buddy read between me and Liz, and I’m glad she chose to read the Artemis Fowl book along with me because I’ve recently been wanting to re-read this series to see if I still love it as much as I did when I first read it when I was younger. So far, so good.
✓ Guardians: set/written in the 80s: The Sandman Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman
Since Liz and I have done the aforementioned buddy read in this phase, I’m also going to give this one to her so she can use it for her readathon challenge. What did I think of it? It was weird and freaky and I’m not sure I really understood it, to be honest. I’m glad I read it because I enjoy Neil Gaiman’s work and I always felt like a bit of a fraud for never having even seen The Sandman comics before now – however, I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to read the next volume since the art style just isn’t really my cup of tea.
✓ Ultron: book involving AI *SKIP*
I’m not all that into robot/AI narratives as a rule and the only one I can even immediately think of that’s already on my TBR is the second Wayfarers book by Becky Chambers. Unfortunately, I don’t really feel in the mood to read sci-fi so I’m just going to skip over this challenge.
✓ Ant Man: book involving a heist/thieves *GET FROM BUDDY*
Since we’ve done a buddy read in this phase too, I’m getting this one from Liz – she read the first Artemis Fowl book to fulfil this challenge so thank you very much for donating it to the cause, Liz.
Civil War: book about enemies/rivalry: Vicious by V.E. Schwab *BUDDY READ*
Dr Strange: involves medicine: Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby
Guardians 2: set in/involves space: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Spider-Man: YA book involving secrets: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Ragnarok: a popular book: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Infinity War: book that fulfils multiple challenges: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Black Panther: own voices with black main character: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Captain Marvel: book with a female main character: State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
Avengers 4: a book you don’t know anything about: The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse
Considering we’re at the halfway stage, I don’t think I’m doing too badly at all. Since you’re allowed two skips per phase (and you can accumulate them), I think I should be able to finish off this readathon providing I continue my reading pace and maybe use some of my skips on some of phase 3’s challenges. Only time will tell… I’d better get back to reading then!
Are you taking part in the Marvel-A-Thon? Let me know in the comments below if so and we can cheer each other on with our reading!