Magical Readathon Results

October 1, 2021

Welcome back! It is officially Spooky Season and I am here for it. Bring on the sweater weather, the dark books, the hot chocolate and the candles. I usually get more reading time during the next few months – and I’m okay with that! Today, however, I will be chatting about my September books (aka my Magical Readathon Results).

I read 7 books again this month and was able to check off most of the prompts for September’s Magical Readathon. I’ll add them to each book, so you can see how they match up.

My Magical Readathon Results (the books I read in September):

The Last Olympian book cover

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Prompt: a book with a school setting

The final Percy Jackson book (in this round) wrapped things up well. I wasn’t crazy about the repetitive running up and down Manhattan’s streets though. It felt a little like a club only New York regulars were included in. Calling out 5th, 33rd, 21st and so on as explanation for the surroundings did nothing for my imagination. Besides that annoying point, it was an entertaining read and I’m happy to continue exploring Riordan’s universe.

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.5/5

Pages: 381
Genre: Greek mythology, adventure, fantasy, middle grade

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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Prompt: a standalone book

I won’t talk too much about this book since the joy lies in the discovery of the story. It’s a more traditional thriller with a group of friends who come together for New Years Eve – carrying a lot of “baggage”. As their New Years retreat in the harsh Highlands unfold, alcohol and old grudges make them wild and unpredictable. It takes a while to get there though, so the first 150 pages or so aren’t very exciting. We jump a bit in time, before and after a tragedy, which thankfully made me more curious to continue the story. I’m glad I did.

My rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads rating: 3.6/5

Pages: 400
Genre: mystery, thriller, contemporary, adult

The Ones We're Meant to Find book cover

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Prompt: a book that keeps tempting you (top of your TBR)

One of the most shocking books of the year! I had no idea what I was getting myself into here. Was it fantasy? Sci-fi? A thriller maybe? The answer is all of the above. In under 400 pages I got everything I’ve ever wanted. The settings are strange and futuristic with a constant hint of suspense. Something isn’t right, and our main character Cee knows it. She just can’t remember anything from before she was alone on her little island – except having a sister. We jump back and forth between the two sisters as things escalate and eventually come together in a giant what the hell?!

My rating: 5/5 !!!
Goodreads rating: 3.7 (how?!)

Pages: 384
Genre: sci-fi, mystery, thriller, fantasy, YA

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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Prompt: a five star prediction

Bang on! Five stars for a five star prediction. Ariadne is by no means an easy book to read. It’s written in a beautiful and lyrical style – one that’s meant to be savoured. It’s also a heavy story that I needed to take an emotional break from now and then. The unfairness is heartbreaking and the gods are merciless. It’s an amazing reading experience full of love and magic but it’s also a strong comment on the women of Greek mythology, who are always the ones getting hurt or ignored.

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

Pages: 390
Genre: Greek mythology, fantasy, historical, adult

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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
Prompt: read a mystery

Another twisted thriller. The Wives contain more psychological drama than actual mystery though. You can’t trust anything in this book. Neither the characters or their interactions are what they seem. What starts off as a story about polygami (which is already crazy enough) becomes a whirlwind of lies, suspicion and mental games. The ending was very unsatisfying for me but it’s a pretty intriguing story otherwise.

My rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads rating: 3.6/5

Pages: 336
Genre: psychological thriller, mystery, suspense, contemporary, adult

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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
Prompt: a book with supernatural elements

This book was a wild ride. It is insanely dark and twisted! If dead things, infections and bugs freak you out, this is not a book you want to read. I absolutely loved it though. I don’t know what it says about me but crazy books are really growing on me. It’s just so refreshing to be surprised by a story and actually feel something while reading – even if it is complete horror. The Hollow Sisters will intoxicate you and make you long for more. Read it if you dare.

My rating: 5/5 !!!
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Pages: 304
Genre: fantasy, horror, mystery, thriller, magical realism

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Asgard Stories by Mary Foster
No prompt, just extra fun

It’s not just Greek mythology I can’t get enough of. Norse mythology is equally thrilling, it just hits different. Growing up in Scandinavia, I know the Norse gods well and have heard their tales since I was a kid. While it was fun to be back in the world of Odin, Fenris, Yggdrasil etc., certain things are lost in the English translation. The short stories make it a very easy read and one that’s easy to break into different reading sessions.

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

Pages: 130
Genre: Norse mythology, adventure, short stories

That’s the end of my Magical Readathon Results.

Did you join the Magical Readathon in September? If so, how did it go?

I know excuses aren’t necessary when it comes to reading but I really do have a lot on my plate right now. I feel like it is affecting my reading choices (nothing too heavy or too epic). It should slow down around November when my internship ends (fingers crossed). I’m hoping the last couple of months will be filled with chill and cozy reading time. In the meantime I’m using my own advice on how to read more when time is not your friend.

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