The answer is….
YES! I managed to complete all 10 prompts with my 6 books and managed to read an additional 3 books, as well as started another book, for a total of 9 and 3/4 BOOKS this month! This is such a big achievement for me since I usually get through two to three books a month, so nine books is a huge leap. It did help that a few of the books I read were under 200 pages as well. So let’s get started on my Believathon/November wrap up.
First, I read Frostheart by Jamie Littler as the group book. I gave it 4/5 stars. It was an enjoyable read but it felt a bit incomplete to me, like we only got halfway through our mission when the story ended. I guess it will be continued in the sequel which I’m hoping I don’t have to wait too long for. Other than that, it was a fun story. I loved Ash and Tobu. I felt that had a great relationship and that Tobu was just looking out for Ash and trying to protect him as best as he could.
Then I read Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan to fulfill the prompt of a creepy atmospheric read and I gave it 3/5 stars. I enjoyed this enough that I would like to continue on with the series but it was a bit dull. I think the series will get better as it goes along and we get more into the whole vampire aspect of the series.
Next was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling to fulfill your prompt of a magical read. I gave it 4/5 stars. Harry Potter was one of the nostalgia series that I am reading for the first time as an adult. The start was very slow and it took me a long time to actually get into it, but once we got to Hogwarts it really kicked off. I remember having the same problem when I read it as a child. But I’m lucky I pushed through again.
Next I read the abridged versions of The Wizard of Oz, Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan. I did not know they were abridged until after I started reading them. I do plan on reading the originals to make up for it at a later date. Alice In Wonderland was used to fulfil the classic and set in the past prompts, while the other two were used as additional reading. I gave Alice and Oz 4/5 starts and Peter Pan 5/5. If you’re not really into classics and want to try, I would recommend reading the abridged versions first to get a feel for the story and then moving to the originals.
Next I read Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah and it fulfilled the prompt of real life issue. I gave it 4/5 stars. This story is a sad one and very emotional. This story was actually based off the authors real life. Her life was hard and she never really felt like she belonged anywhere. Her family were cruel and I felt so much sympathy for her. Adeline has also written a book which is based on the stories she talked about writing in the Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter called Secret Dragon Society which I read as a child and will read as an adult soon.
Then I read Land of Elyon: Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman and gave it 5/5 stars. This is my favourite book series and I will never rate it lower than a 5. I love the characters and the story so much. This fulfilled the animal prompt as most of the important characters are animals. My favourite being the squirrel 🐿 , Murphy. He is so cute! It also fulfilled the prompts of childhood favourite and seasonal read.
Next was Heroes of Olympus: Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan which fulfilled the prompts myths and legends, and strong friendships. I gave it 5/5 stars. I loved it so much. These books have been jam packed with adventure and I always look forward to picking them up. I listened to this one on audiobook while following along in the physical book.
I then started The Tapestry: The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff, however, I ended up DNFing it at 43% read. This was one of those books that I loved when I was younger, but as an adult I couldn’t get into it. I found it really boring and it just wasn’t getting any better no matter how much I pushed through. I will not be giving a rating for this one as I didn’t finish it.
I then started Nevernight by Jay Kristoff in preparation for Piera Forde’s webseries. I’m really enjoying it so far. I will most likely finish this on the 1st or 2nd of December depending on how long I get for reading this weekend. I am currently on page 316 which means I have read the sexy scenes and I have to say Jay Kristoff writes much better and more accurate sex scenes than any female author I have read who decided to put that in their books. I usually don’t read books with sex in them, mainly because I don’t know it’s there until I get to it, but I was warned about it in this, so it’s ok.
Now for my TBR.
I mainly just plan on finishing Nevernight and I’m hoping The Toll by Neal Shusterman arrives at the library soon. Plus I preordered Children of Vengeance and Virtue by Tomi Adeyemi, so I would like to read that. I guess that’s my December TBR.
Well, thank you all for reading. What did you read for Believathon? Byes 👋