Last Week Squees + Marvel-a-Thon Update, Week 4

Marvel-a-thon is almost over, and I can tell you this much – I’m not going to complete everything. It’s unfortunate, but I figured it was a bit lofty to read 21 books in a single month, even when reading at a pretty good clip, like I tend to. I’m cool with it, I had a good time! And I still have a few days to make some last-ditch progress. But let’s get on with what I’ve read this week.

Last Week Squees

The First Squee, a Tearjerker

You guys. I finished Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein on Monday, and it broke me. I’m shattered. I’m ruined. I’ve already told at least 3 separate people to read this one, because it’s so good. I don’t have words yet, and hopefully I’ll find them before I write the review. Because oof. OOF. But it’s so so good. And from now on, when I start freaking out, when I am having a rough day, I just need to think this:

Fly the plane, Maddie.

*sobbing forever*

The Second Squee, Filled with Rage and Fear

So it’s taken me way too long, but I got through The Handmaid’s Tale this week. I was horrified. I was angry. I AM angry. But it was also so well-written that I can’t find anything bad to say about the actual structure of the story or anything. It’s sparse, and Margaret Atwood is very purposeful in what details she includes and what she leaves out. It hits HARD. And I’m angry that this is something that could foreseeably happen! Rage. So much rage.

The First Scorn, Just Not For Me

Something I’ve been discovering more and more is that a book that I find issues with might be perfect for someone else. And Arrowheart by Rebecca Sky was definitely one of those books. I just didn’t like the story. The writing itself wasn’t bad or anything, and the characters were decently well-developed (at the point where I DNFed), but I didn’t like how heteronormative it was. Women (specifically the Hedonesses) could control men by stealing their wills? Idk, it wasn’t for me. But I’ve read some good reviews and think that some people will really like it!


Marvel-a-Thon Update – Week 4!

There are four days left in Marvel-a-Thon, and I’m relatively pleased with my progress. I’m employing the use of my skips this week in order to advance into Phase Three, but I won’t be able to finish. That’s okay! I’ve read some great books and made myself really focus on reading again this month. And I’m glad for that! Anyway, here’s the last weekly update before my big final update later this week:

Phase One: Complete!

  • 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: Completed
    • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Avengers Challenge: Completed
    • #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

Phase Two: In Progress

  • Iron Man 3 Challenge: Skip
    • Arrowheart by Rebecca Sky
      • I DNFed this one too, so it’s another skip
  • Thor: The Dark World Challenge: Skip
    • Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison
      • Skipping so I can move to Phase Three
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier Challenge: Completed
    • Iron Princess by Meghan March
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1 Challenge: Completed
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron Challenge: In Progress
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Ant-Man Challenge: Skip
    • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
      • Skipping so I can move to Phase Three

Phase Three: In Progress

  • 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: In Progress
    • Butterface by Avery Flynn
  • Avengers 4 Challenge: Not Started
    • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Stats:

  • Phases Completed: 1
  • Challenges Completed: 7
  • Challenges in Progress: 2
  • Skips Used: 4 (2 were DNFs)

Upcoming Reads

I’m currently in the middle of Butterface by Avery Flynn and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’m loving both of them (even with Butterface‘s terrible title)! After that, I’m moving into my ARC August TBR (unless I can squeeze in one more from the above list before Tuesday)! Lots of books to read, and never enough time to read them in.

Who else is doing ARC August this year? I’m so excited about it!

Happy reading!

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