#DiverseAThon Wrap-up

Another (late) read-a-thon wrap up!

I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I only FINISHED one of the books on my #DiverseAThon TBR, but the point of the read-a-thon was not to read as many books as possible, it was to read DIVERSE books. It felt good to read in support of a movement. Diversity in literature is incredibly important. We need to learn about each other, understand different cultures, people, religions, sexualities, etc. other than your own. Reading has helped me do all of these, and fueled my desire to go different places and immerse myself in different cultures.

This read-a-thon was created and hosted by four amazing booktubers and ran from September 12th to September 19th.

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My original TBR included 3 books:

an-ember-in-the-ashesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Status: I had such high expectations of this book because of the amount of hype surrounding it. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. That being said, I was able to get halfway through the book before I finally allowed myself to put it down. I just couldn’t invest myself in it the way I wanted to. I hope to return to it later with a clear mind.

 

ari-and-danteAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Status: This book pulled me out of the book hangover/slump I felt coming on. It was the perfect book for me to read after reading a constant stream of fantasy books. It was the only book I finished for the read-a-thon, but it had all the elements of the perfect book for the DiverseAThon. This book was an Own Voices book, and also included people of color, and the main characters are both part of the LGBTQ+ community. I’ll have a book review up soon!

 

the-rose-and-the-daggerThe Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Status: I didn’t even get to start this book, and I’m incredibly sad. Before this read-a-thon started I was reading ACOTAR and then Captive Prince, so I lent out my copy to someone…I still don’t have it back…

 

 

Even though I didn’t read many books for this read-a-thon, just being involved in it was a profound experience. The amount of people that came together to stand up for diversity in literature, and in life, is incredible. It’s so important that everyone has representation, something or someone to identify with.

Did you participate in the read-a-thon? What did you learn from the experience?

 

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#DiverseAThon TBR

Here we go again! 

I seem to always find out about Read-A-Thon’s I want to join the day before they start. I really wasn’t planning on doing another one so soon after #ReadThemAllThon but I’m willing to do it for this. 

The #DiverseAThon is the reaction of four lovely, amazing ladies to the video questioning and putting diversity down that’s been going around lately.

I haven’t seen the video, nor do I intend to give it any attention (it doesn’t need another view, I’m sure) beyond supporting diversity in literature and in life.

I owe my open-minded inclination to inclusivity to reading. I’ve learned more than I even realize about the world and all of the different people that live in it from reading a wide selection of diverse books. These books have fueled my desire to travel and experience different peoples and cultures outside the United States. 

Diversity will always have a place and purpose in literature. Whether it be sexuality, race, religion, socio-economic…etc, a person cannot go through life without experiencing diversity. 

That being said! Here’s my TBR for this week long Read-A-Thon, starting September 12th and ending September 19th in which you can discover exactly what diversity means to you. There aren’t any challenges, the only guidelines being that it’s a week long and you read and discuss diverse books. 

Links to the hostesses YouTube announcements:

Christina Marie, Joce, Monica, and Whitney

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an-ember-in-the-ashesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Goodreads Synopsis

Sabaa Tahir identifies as a “British-born, American-raised South-Asian descended writer,” which makes her extremely diverse to me. I’m not sure how much diversity is within the book itself, but I feel it is every bit as important to support diverse authors as it is to support diverse content and characters!

This book has also been on my TBR forever, and being so late to the party, I already had it on hand.

 

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The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Goodreads Synopsis

I loved the Wrath & the Dawn. I loved the world, diversity, and learning about Middle Eastern culture through a Fantasy book.

The sequel is sure to be every bit as diverse. Not only is the book and characters diverse, but Ahdieh is also of mixed race. 

I adore her writing and the way she supports diversity in her books and makes it incredibly magical.

 

ari-and-danteAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Goodreads Synopsis

I have been needing to read this book for months. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I support everything that is LGBTQ+, and always will. 

I love seeing more and more LGBTQ+ because I remember a time when the only place I could easily find such topics was diving through the depths of Mibba and Wattpad. 

My TBR’s are ALWAYS ambitious. Reading 3 books (including the semi-mammoth that is An Ember in the Ashes) in the span of a week, working full time, working out, and keeping up with my blog and bookstagram just doesn’t seem possible! But I’ll do my best. I love that we’re all coming together to support diversity in the best way we know how!

#ReadThemAllThon Wrap-up

My first ever reading challenge has come to an end!

I’m very happy to have participated in this challenge. Even though I didn’t reach my goal, I read a lot of good books and put a dent in my TBR!

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My goal for this Read-a-Thon was to read 8 books, each following the rules of one of the challenges and earning me a gym badge and combat power points for the Pokemon I chose.

In the end, I completed 5 out of the 8 challenges…which I’m pretty happy about since my list was entirely over-ambitious.

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Book Choice: The Raven Boys by Maggie SteifvaterCover_ravenboys_300

Status: Completed August 30th

Pages: 409

Thoughts: I don’t currently have a full review posted on this book. I’m not sure if I’ll post one but it wouldn’t count anyway. Just know that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I gave it a 4/5 Stars and I can’t wait to continue with this series!

CP: +40+20+2+2=64

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Book Choice: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera9781616956776-400x600

Status: Completed August 15th

Pages: 300

Thoughts: This book hit me so hard. It was the perfect mix of incredible happiness and the deepest, darkest sadness. I cried so much. So much. I gave this book a 5/5 Stars and I would read anything Adam Silvera created. I have a full review of it posted!

CP: +30+20+20+2=72

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911Xmhn9+rLBook Choice: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Status: Completed August 16th

Pages: 327

Thoughts: This was hyped before it was even contemplated by J.K. Rowling. I didn’t find it fantastic, not anything compared to the 7 book series. It’s something completely separate for me. My advice: go into it with an open mind. I gave this playwright a 3.5/5 Stars. My full review is posted!

CP: +32+20+20+2=74

Evolution: Shinx to Luxio

+50 CP

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Book Choice: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh51ZanRZ7R4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Status: Completed September 3rd

Pages: 388

Thoughts: I fell in love with this book from the beginning. It took me no time at all to become enthralled in the beauty and darkness that is The Wrath & the Dawn. I loved the characters, the plot, and the writing. It was an all around amazing book and I gave it 5/5 Stars. I hope to get a full review up soon just because I need to express my thoughts on this book!

CP: +38+20=58

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Book Choice: Outlander by Diana Gabaldonoutlander

Status: Completed August 28

Pages: 627 (might as well have been 850)

Thoughts: THIS BOOK. This book is the one that killed all of my chances at completing this Read-a-Thon…and it was beyond worth it. I adored this book. I loved the plot and the characters. Gabaldon is a fantastic writer. This romance was more than epic and I will never get over Jamie and Claire, nor do I want to. I will be reading the entire series and I don’t care that it’ll take me forever. I gave it a 4/5 Stars and can’t wait to read the next one!

CP: 62+20+2=84

Evolution: Luxio to Luxray

+50 CP

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Book Choice: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwabthis_savage_song_cover

Status: Not completed by the end of the Read-a-Thon

Pages: 427

Thoughts: I didn’t finish this book in time for it to count for the Read-a-Thon. Although I could get points for the pages I did read, I’m not going to bother because I’m lazy. I enjoyed this book. I had some issues with it, but overall the good far outweighed the bad and I can’t wait for Our Dark Duet! I gave this book a 4/5 Stars (after changing my mind multiple times between 3.5 and 4).

CP: 0

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Book Choice: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maasacotar

Status: Not started/finished before September 4th

Pages: 416

Thoughts: I just started this book and am about 100 pages in. Enjoying it so far!

CP: 0

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Book Choice: The 5th Wavethe fifth wave

Status: Still chilling on my TBR shelf…

Pages: 457

Thoughts: None because I probably won’t pick this book up until October if I’m lucky.

CP: 0

Final Pokemon Update:
luxrayName: Luxray

Trainer: Amanda

Blog: A Bookish Invasion

Type: Electric

Evolutionary Stage: 3

Combat Power: +462

**CP Breakdown: +10 Startup+202 Pages+40 Reviews+100 Badges+10 Tweets+50 Evolution+50 Evolution

#ReadThemAllThon TBR Sign-up

Disclaimer: I do not own Pokemon. All rights for Pokemon used in this post belong to Nintendo. Also, I don’t own any of the pictures used in this post. I found them all on Google Images with the exception of the Gym banners and the featured image, those were created by Aentee.

What is the #ReadThemAllThon?

This is a Read-a-Thon that takes place from August 14th to September 4th, you can sign up at anytime through the end of the challenge. It was created by Aentee at Read at Midnight and you can check out her original post to learn all the specific in’s and out’s of it here.

In summary, there are 8 reading challenges based on the 8 Indigo League gyms. You choose a Pokemon if you want, and completing the challenges earns you badges. You can also earn Combat Power (CP), again check out the original post for specifics, that help you evolve your Pokemon. In the end, whoever has the Pokemon with the highest CP wins the challenge, earns bragging rights, and a prize that Aentee has not yet announced!

To the fun stuff!
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Name: Shinx

Trainer: Amanda

Blog: A Bookish Invasion

Type: Electric

Evolution: 3

 

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Cover_ravenboys_300Book Choice: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis: Link to the Goodreads synopsis

I have been wanting to start this series for so long but have yet to get around to it! There are so many good things said about it, I feel like I’m missing out. I’ll use this challenge to get this book read!

Pages: 409

CP: +40

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9781616956776-400x600 Book Choice: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Synopsis: Link to the Goodreads synopsis

I don’t know if this will make me cry, but based on the little bit I know about it, it may! We shall see. I’ve heard some really great things about this book and I’m excited to dive into it!

Pages: 300

CP: +30

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911Xmhn9+rLBook Choice: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Synopsis: Link to the Goodreads synopsis

I have been excited about this since the moment I found out that it was a real thing that was happening. My love for books began with Harry Potter in 5th grade, so obviously I will take any chance I can to get back into the world. And it’s had serious hype from the Harry Potter community.

Pages: 328

CP: +32

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Book Choice: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh51ZanRZ7R4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Synopsis: Link to the Goodreads synopsis

I have been so excited to read this book, and it fits perfectly into this challenge. This book seems to have a lot of diversity!

Pages: 388

CP: +38

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outlanderBook Choice: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis: Link to the Goodreads synopsis

This book sounds so fascinating, and from what I’ve heard it has an epic romance in it? We will see if it’s as epic as people say!

Pages: 627

CP: +62

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Book Choice: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwabthis_savage_song_cover

Synopsis: Link to the Goodreads synopsis

The premise of this book sounds amazing. And a YA book with no romance plus monsters? Yes please!

Pages: 427

CP: +42

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acotarBook Choice: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis: Link to the Goodreads synopsis

This is another series I have been wanted to get started on (I’ve been really into series’ lately), and the first book just so happens to have a red cover. Perfect!

Pages: 416

CP: +41

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the fifth waveBook Choice: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Synopsis: Link to the Goodreads synopsis

Yes, I do realize that this will be the 6th series I’m going to start during this challenge. There’s just so many I’ve been wanting to read! This has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a long time. I hope I’ll enjoy it.

Pages: 457

CP: +45

Potential CP from completed books (with the bonus): 490

Total CP possible if I finish all books in the challenge, post reviews of them, and my Pokemon evolves to its third form: 750

**Above number does not include possible points from tweeting with the tag #ReadThemAllThon

This August TBR is really ambitious. But these are the books on my TBR shelf that fit the challenges and that I’ve been needing to read.

Let’s GO!