Romanceopoly Readathon Wrap Up

Last week was the #Romanceopoly Readathon and I’m so happy that I participated because I loved everything that I read. Which is kind of annoying because they were all books that I have been meaning to read for months. But that was the point of the readathon so I shouldn’t feel too annoyed. There was also a book that I had originally put on my TBR (and like a million other TBR’s) that I actually decided to read during the Weekend Smutathon  that I also really love and highly recommend. That book was Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey and I can’t wait to read more from that author in the future. But I bring it up to say that I *technically* completed five books during this readathon if you allow that book to count hehe. Also, I am so over the moon excited that the first book that I completed for the readathon was IT! I have no joke been reading that book on and off for three years and I finally decided that I can’t just keep putting it off any longer which again is silly since I really love that book.

Read a book that has the longest title on your tbr/ Read a book that is already on your bookshelf or tbr

Journey’s End (Read a fantasy where the main character is a magic user)

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Rating: 4.5/5

This was an almost perfect book to me. I loved the characters, the action, the plot, the magic… it just all worked for me. The only reason I didn’t give it a full five stars is because it took me a little more than 10% of the book to get into the story. Which normally I wouldn’t care too much about but when I say I couldn’t get into it I mean that I could not read more than a couple pages without my attention wandering. But I have heard that the second book in this series is better than this one so I am really looking to read that one soon.

Read a book that is the same color as the challenge card/ Read a new to you author or series

Coffee Shop (Read a book recommended to you by a friend)

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Rating: 5/5

I am a huge lover of Nordic Noir crime novels so this of course was right up my alley. This is a dark and twisted tale that is truly centered around a hypnotist although the crime that starts out the story is equally as compelling. As soon as I finished this book I immediately went a bought the second book in the series and I really just want to read them all as soon as possible. All the Scandinavian authors that I have read do such an amazing job of telling such twisted, compelling and well thought out stories.

Read a book that has been recommended to you

Solider Street (read a romantic suspense where the h/H is in the military)

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Rating: 3.5/5

This was a fun murder mystery with a spooky setting that is basically a locked room mystery. I really liked the story and how it is set at a hotel on the Oregon coast. This is a romantic suspense but there wasn’t a lot of romance. Also, this is the second Christina Dodd book that I have read and I just don’t connect with her writing as strongly as I do with other authors. She has really great stories but I just fail to have a strong connection to any of her characters.

Read a standalone

The Gym (Do some weight lifting… read the longest book on your tbr)

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Rating: 5/5

Reading this book has left me completely in awe of Stephen King and his ability to write a story. We all know IT as the story of Pennywise but it is actually the story of Derry Maine and it is such a complex and rich story. Even though I read it over a long period of time I never felt lost when I picked it back up. This book is also twisted and dark and Stephen King has a very disturbing mind. Also, I would just like to say that it took King four years to write this book and it only took me three to read it ha!

Read a book with an animal on the cover

Spring (Read a book where it: Has a green or yellow cover; Has flowers on the cover; Has the word “spring” in the title; Where the hero or heroine is a gardener or farmer

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Rating: 4.5/5

This is the cutest rom-com and I totally understand why this is so many people’s favorite Christina Lauren. Olive and Ethan had the best banter and I loved seeing them falling for each other. I fell short of giving it the full five stars because I feel like major plot points of this book were taken from movies that I have seen multiple times so it felt a little stale to me. Drop Dead Gorgeous (which is one of my favorite movies) and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are the two movies that I kept thinking of while reading the first half of this book.

~Cassie

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