Last Week Squees + Readathon Updates

I’m in the middle of a readathon weekend! It’s still July, so I’m still doing Marvel-a-Thon, and as you may have seen from my post yesterday, I’m also participating in the #24in48 Readathon this weekend. I’ll give updates on both, after I talk about my week!

Last Week Squees

The First, Neither a Squee Nor a Scorn

I finally finished The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, after like, ten days of reading. It was good, but it wasn’t my favorite. I think, much like now I’m not super into necromancer stories, I’m also not super into Hades and Persephone retellings. The whole God of the Underworld thing weirds me out, and I COULD NOT get past how Amar (in this case) was always making decisions for Maya without telling her why, just saying it’s what’s best for her. Eff that noise, I don’t like reading about relationships like that. But the reason it wasn’t a scorn for me was because of Chokshi’s writing. Omg, it was beautiful. I’m already planning on reading the sequel because I think I’ll like the trope a lot better in it, over this whole retelling nonsense. We’ll see!

The First Squee, Shouted from the Rooftops

Queen Zoraida Córdova comes at me again with the best romance I’ve read in a long time. This one was the final book in the On the Verge trilogy, called Life on the Level. And man oh man – I was almost moved to tears. It was her ode to Montana, a state I adore. It was her ode to addiction, to the people who need help and are trying to get their lives back. But most of all, it was her ode to nice guys, to good guys. This series is filled with strong heroines and nice guys with troubled pasts, and I was here for it. Oh my, it was New Adult at its very best. I’m still thinking about River and Hutch. I’ll be squeeing about this one for a long, long time.

The Second Squee, a Dark Anti-Hero Romance

I also listened to the second book in the Savage trilogy (ugh ugh ugh, that name, but at least I finally got the reason for it), which really probably should have been considered a novella, but I was into it. This one was Iron Princess by Meghan March. We got some of Kane’s perspective, finally, and that made the story so much better. And again, we were left hanging, and I’m not sure how this could possibly end well for Temperance and Kane. But I guess we’ll see! But it could be a while… my hold at the library isn’t predicted to come in for another four weeks. *sobs*


A Marvel-a-Thon Update – Week 3!

Twenty-one days down, ten to go! And I’m not nearly as far as I hoped to be. But this is where I’m hoping the #24in48 readathon helps me out! And I cheated, solely because of the audiobook versus regular book and my long daily commute. But I’m hoping to set it all right today by finishing up the last book of Phase One! Here’s the official update:

Phase One: In Progress

  • Iron Man Challenge: Completed
    • Savage Prince by Meghan March
  • The Hulk Challenge: Completed
    • I’m Not Missing by Carrie Fountain
  • Iron Man 2 Challenge: Skip
    • Smothered by Autumn Chiklis
      • I DNFed the book, so I’m counting it as a skip
  • Thor Challenge: Completed
    • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Captain America: The First Avenger Challenge: In Progress
    • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Avengers Challenge: Completed
    • #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

Phase Two: In Progress

  • Iron Man 3 Challenge: Not Started
    • Arrowheart by Rebecca Sky
  • Thor: The Dark World Challenge: Not Started
    • Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier Challenge: Completed
    • Iron Princess by Meghan March
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1 Challenge: In Progress
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron Challenge: Not Started
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Ant-Man Challenge: Not Started
    • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Phase Three: Not Started

  • Captain America: Civil War Challenge: Not Started
    • Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
  • Doctor Strange Challenge: Not Started
    • Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Challenge: Not Started
    • To See the Sun by Kelly Jensen
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming Challenge: Not Started
    • See All the Stars by Kit Frick
  • Thor: Ragnarok Challenge: Not Started
    • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • The Avengers: Infinity War Challenge: Not Started
    • Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  • Black Panther Challenge: Not Started
    • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Captain Marvel Challenge: Not Started
    • Butterface by Avery Flynn
  • Avengers 4 Challenge: Not Started
    • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Stats:

  • Phases Completed: 0
  • Challenges Completed: 5
  • Challenges in Progress: 2
  • Skips Used: 1

I’m disappointed in how behind I’ve fallen, but this weekend will hopefully help. Fingers crossed!


A #24in48 Update

Hey hey! I love these reading weekends. They’re so relaxing and fun. It’s almost 1:30 pm here, and I’m at hour 4.5. I have a long, relaxing afternoon ahead of me, and I’m reading for it. 19.5 hours to go!

So far, I’ve:

  • Finished Iron Princess by Meghan March (on audio)
  • Started The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (on audio)

And I’m about to dive back into Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein on paper. Here we go!


Upcoming Reads

For the weekend, check out yesterday’s post about my #24in48 TBR! As for the rest of the week, I’m heading into The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig on paper, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline on audio. If I’m having a good week, maybe I’ll be able to finish up Phase Two as well?! That would be adding Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison to this week too, which is a lot. Let’s see how the weekend goes!

So much reading, but I love it. You know I love it. ❤

Happy reading!

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