Many of you have probably heard of the Book Junkie Trials – or are participating, yourself! It’s been all over Twitter for the past three weeks, so I would be surprised if you haven’t even seen anything about it.
I posted my TBR at the beginning of this challenge and explained the readathon in more detail, so if you’re interested, check that out here. I’m going for the status of Quest Champion, which means I have to complete all four team’s challenges, totaling in seven books!
july 5, day eight
Hello! I had a Pilates class this morning (oh my, ow!) and then I finally got to pick up Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannonfrom it’s imprisonment at the library! I have only a few short days to read it, but good lord it’s an intimidating size! This is supposed to count towards the Draconic Isle challenge, to read a book that features dragons. As one is a dragon-trainer, I think it works well. Wish me luck!
Well I didn’t get to read much today, I ended up running a lot of errands, getting a gym membership, being in pain from a great workout, and doing blog stuff, but now that it’s 11pm, I’m ready to roll :)
I feel like I should just say upfront that I’m very intimidated by this book. It’s huge. And every time I open to page 1, some excuse comes up that takes me away from it, and I’m sure it’s the intimidation. I’LL LOVE IT, OKAY?? I just need to sit down and read it.
july 6, day nine
Hello! Sooooo… my mom signed my family up for a gym membership last night. And guess what she woke me up at 9am for? A muscle conditioning class!! Ow. I was proud and in major pain and sore when we finished the circuit… then the instructor made us do it again!! WHAT?! Needless to say, it’s an experience I don’t want to repeat. Yet I’m doing it again tomorrow morning because … well I don’t know why.
So I spent the morning curled up in a smol ball, just aching and reading Priory. I’m now on page 155, so yay for reading! Sitting down and reading it makes a huge difference, especially now that I’m in the story. There are at least 4 distinct storylines to follow in 4 different parts of the world, all with their own cast of characters (which explains the book’s size) so it was very hard for me to follow at first, but now I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve settled into the story and am enjoying myself immensely. The attention to detail in this book is great!
I love how well Ms. Shannon varies her character’s voice. It’s always very clear whose perspective I’m reading from, and they’re all four very tangible and separate, which is difficult to achieve for a book with multiple POV’s. I’m only a little over 1/8 of the way through, since I had to work until 11pm tonight, but I’m planning on reading a little bit more before finallysleeping and murdering myself at the gym tomorrow *cries*
july 7, day ten
We are ten days into the readathon! And I’ve read 3.5 books. Something seems off here… Let me put it this way. I’m 29.4% through the readathon time-wise, yet I’m only 15% through my total page count. I need to catch up!
My plan is finish Priory tomorrow, and then finish Stardust by Wednesday.
By the way… I did NOT end up going to exercise class because I pulled my hamstring so badly. It actually woke me up several times and walking huuuuuuurts. So I’m not stressing that out more than I need to. I worked 12-930pm, so I didn’t get a whole lot read this morning, but I did manage to read 110 pages.
“With her dying breath, she restored joy of a dragon and, in doing so, restored the world. Is there a more honorable thing to do with a life?”
I’m finally getting really into the characters! Ead is the Lady of the Bedchamber (like a favored lady-in-waiting) for the Queen of Inys, and she is actually there on a secret mission to protect her with “sorcery,” although the Queen doesn’t know. Because if she did, Ead would most likely be killed for her use of sorcery. She’s a very strong character that I’ve really come to enjoy! Her characterization is very subtle, because everything that she portrays is a farce, part of her disguise to keep the Queen safe. But the more I learn about her background, the more intrigued I become !
july 8, day eleven
Today was the day that I was “scheduled” to finish Priory of the Orange Tree. However… that did not happen. I had various errands to run, dinner with the grandparent’s, and I ended up sleeping far too much after such a late run last night with Priory.
I passed the halfway point today, and definitely saw the split in the book, where it should have ended and the second book could have started back up again. It would have been a cliffhanger, but that was the expected end. I respect Ms. Shannon’s decision to keep it one book… but by god it’s big.
I also needed a bit of a break, so I moved over to Work in Progress by Staci Hart, towards the Crimson Peaks Challenge, to read an old favorite. I read Work in Progress not too long ago, but I pleasantly enjoyed it and felt a bit nostalgic towards it while describing it to a friend of mine, so I decided to pick it up while taking a brief night off from Priory. Which I WILL be finishing tomorrow! I work 9-5pm, so I have the night to finish the remaining 184 pages.
I’m getting to that point in the book where I procrastinate finishing it, because the end is looming and I can feel it and I don’t’ quite want to get there yet. It’s like I get anxiety for my characters at their climax. So rather than procrastinate reading altogether, I’m being productive by crossing off a future challenge! Since it’s outside the Mage quest, it’s totally legal! (I think)
july 9, day twelve
So last night I took a pause from Priory of the Orange Tree and picked up Work in Progress towards my first Outlaw Challenge at Crimson Peaks: reread a favorite. I wouldn’t say that Work in Progress by Staci Hart is one of my very top favorite books, but I am affectionate towards it. I just read it about a month ago, and I was talking about it to someone and got a hankering to read it again.
Today … I still needed a break. I announced that I was pausing Priory on Twitter, and @KayleeM93 (an Outlaw) put it best.
It really made me laugh :)
Work in Progress follows Amelia Hall, a book blogger who wants to be a book editor / publisher, and Thomas Bane, a writer who can’t seem to write. Amelia hates his books – or so the world thinks, based on her scathing reviews – but truth is, she loves his writing and world building, and hates his characters. When he gives her an offer she can’t refuse to get him out of his rut and help him write a book, she accepts. Despite the fact that she’s a timid, shy flower who can’t even go grocery shopping she’s so anxiously shy.
But when their little business arrangement turns into a Marriage of Convenience to save his public image… sPaRkS iGnItE. I actually finished it today, and while I still think it’s a sweet, fun read, I was a little more pessimistic during this read. I initially loved it so much because of Amelia, who is everything I want to be. She loves books, is cute and quirky with high morals and a strong backbone when it comes to those ethics and her opinions, and she wants the same job I do! But this book does require a high suspension of reality, because it’s pretty unbelievable. As in, basically it would neverhappen in reality, for a variety of reasons. Read my full review here to see what I mean.
july 10, day thirteen
I’m so sorry but another day of nooooo progress! I worked all day and then came home to babysit the neighbors until 11pm. I was going to read after their bedtime, but they ended up calling their mom and convincing her to let them stay up and watch a movie. So…. No reading. Zip. Nada.
I have to get up early tomorrow morning for work, so I’ll read as much as I can, but I still have to go to bed and can’t stay up and finish it (like I normally would).
She could fight them. If she had to shed blood, so be it. She had already lost her honor, her name, and her dragon. There was nothing left to lose.
july 11, day fourteen
I finished Priory of the Orange Tree!! I went to bed with literally 20 pages left because I could .. Not… stay… awake!!
Honestly… the ending was a little anti-climatic. I’m a tad disappointed. There was SO MUCH build-up (750 pages y’all) and the end battle managed to last … five pages? But the way the character’s lives were tied up satisfactorily, but I also have questions?? It was left pretty open-ended, so there’s possibility for a sequel, but wow.
My favorite part of this book was the build-up and the world-building! It was so extensive and interesting! I really appreciate the way Ms. Shannon didn’t preach and explain the religions too extensively, instead, letting us explore and discover it alongside the characters as they discovered new facets to the legends the religions are based on.
In the end… Ido think this was a tad over-hyped and I can’t help but feel that people hyped it up and loved it so much because this was their first foray into a real Epic fantasy that’s lengthy and intricate like Priorywas. Because it was a great and fantastic book! But by no means do I think it was better than Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind, which holds the candle by which to measure all books of this type, in my opinion.
Anyway, I did complete a few more challenges today … but it’s also the start of the Biannual Bibliothon! So you’ll have to wait until my update comes out about that, since I’m doing the two challenges in conjunction for the next nine days :)
Are you participating in the Book Junkie Trials, or a different readathon, this month? What are some of the books you’re reading? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!