Trope-ical Readathon: August 2020 Wrap Up

I participated in my first readathon, Trope-ical Readathon. The organizers JenJenReviews and Rob did such an awesome job. The bar has been set high and I look forward to more readathons in the future. It was fun to feel part of a community and reading together especially because my IRL communities do not read very much.

In total, I read a whopping 38 books…and a half. I didn’t think I would make the 16 for the readathon and then I created a reading log…Needless to say, I was surprised. Don’t even get me started on the half because my friends decided it would be fun to reconnect just as I was trying to finish the other half (I love them…but why….) and then the clock struck 12.

I CONFIRMED I WAS A MOOD READER.
I knew I was a mood reader but this confirmed it. I always joke that I am afraid of commitment. To an extent, I guess that’s true. I was set on reading all the books on my list but I couldn’t do it because it depended on how I felt at that particular moment. Of the original 16 books I planned to read, I switched out 9. Down to My Soul (trope: part of series) was moved to fulfill a different challenge (trope: strange names). What does this mean? I have a commitment rating of 43.8%, but if Down to My Soul is not counted, my rating would be 50%. Not bad for reading but relationships…well, I’d even be scared of me. (HAHAHA)

I won’t go into detail for each book except for a few.
My ratings are below.

500+ Pages
Part of Series
New Kid in
Town
Forbidden Love
Dead Parent(s)
Mixed Media
Recommended
Read
Fake Dating
Strange Name
Ebook
Enemies to
Lovers
Anonymous Text
Blast from Past
Retelling
Forgot on
TBR
Team Read

Today Tonight Tomorrow
I knew it was going to be good but it was even better than I expected. I’m still trying to finish my review on this one because I loved it so much.

My Soul to Keep
Kennedy Ryan is heading into favorite authors territory. After I finished reading, I kept rereading parts of it because I was still trying to come to terms with the feelings it stirred up. It was by no means perfect but it was close. And, to feel a love like that…sigh.

The Sun is Also a Star
I’m a serial rereader but I think this is a book where the first time will always be the best. I’m not even sure if I will be able to reread this. I’m trying to put my review for this one together too. I have to admit that I spent a few minutes bawling after I finished it.

Waiting for Tom Hanks
I enjoyed it but it was not as good as I hoped it would be. I connected with the main character and her love for the holy trinity (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail). Mine is more of a dynamic duo because I leave out When Harry Met Sally but I was annoyed by her as well. I wonder if it was because I saw myself in her…that would mean I’m annoying…hahaha

SEPTEMBER EXPECTATIONS
I’m probably slowing down a bit in September since school has started and grading will take up more time. With school fully online, it also seems like meetings are lined up nearly every few days so, again, less time to read for fun. With what time I do have, I might concentrate on bringing my Netgalley ratio up since I was approved for a few more books. I am also committing myself to reading The Poppy War (September) and The Dragon Republic (October) to get ready for The Burning God (November). I joined a Discord group so I hope that will motivate me to read it.

Trope-ical Readathon: August 2020

I am participating in my first readathon. WOOHOO!! After contemplating this for a while, I decided I would take the plunge. I’m already reading romance novels so why not join in on the fun? The Trope-ical Readathon is cohosted by JenJenReviews, and I am looking forward to it. After deciding on my TBR, I am starting to feel like it might be an ambitious endeavor…but then again, the problem,has never been the reading. It’s always been about my TBR and commitment. A goal that isn’t written down is just a wish so here’s to accountability with this post! (hehehe…commitment is scary)

Does anyone else have this problem? I currently have a long list but when I go to pick a book to read, I usually end up picking something that was not on the list. It usually goes a little like this:

  1. And now, I shall check books off my TBR.
  2. Oh, wait! This book sounds interesting. This is the book I shall read next.
  3. Let me pretend it’s always been on my TBR so I can technically say I did read something from the list and check off #1.
  4. Repeat steaps 1-3.

I have to admit that a few…okay, fine, a lot…of these were never on my “official” TBR but they sounded so interesting I had to add them. Then I picked those that I saved on my Kindle app but just never got around to reading because I kept finding other stuff to read. BUT…you see how one of the common challenges says to pick a book you forgot about on your TBR? I at least know for sure that was on my TBR. See…I got this. I am totally trimming down my list of stuff to read (hehehe).

When I decided to participate, I decided to make a map…at 3AM. This is my second iteration of it because I had to switch some books out. The library gave me time frames of anywhere from ~3 weeks to ~10 weeks so I have 16 books and will grab whichever team challenge I can get my hands on first.

Also, I feel quite guilty so I have to make a confession about The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea. This was one I had to substitute in because the library said Tweet Cute would get to me in ~10 weeks. Because strange name is based on the names as nouns trope so I figured I could use Flora. The main character is named Flora and disguises herself as Florin. Flora is a noun, therefore satisfies strange names/names as nouns…I know. It’s a stretch. But it’s been on my TBR for at least a month and I really want to read it. Humor me please. Flora isn’t a strange name. Whew! I’m so happy I got that off my chest.

My final list of books are below and linked to their Goodreads pages. Check them out!

500+ Pages
Part of Series
New Kid in Town
Forbidden Love
Dead Parent(s)
Mixed Media
Recommended
Fake Dating
Strange Name
Ebook
Enemies to Lovers
Anonymous Text
Blast from Past
Retelling
Forgot on TBR
Team Read

I am so ready to be swept off my feet with #TeamRomance. (I mean…just look at my pick for forbidden love.)