The Endless Possibilities Readathon!

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News flash: I am in a reading SLUMP. And a writing slump. Just a general slump. Lately, I’ve had all the motivation and creative drive of a wet towel on the bathroom floor. Wadded up. Damp. No good for anything. Didn’t even make it to the laundry basket. Just a towel on the floor.

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So, because of this slump, I haven’t finished a book since the very beginning of May. When Tina the Bookworm posted about this Endless Possibilities readathon, I thought it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get myself reading again!

The readathon runs Thursday through Saturday, June 4th through the 6th, and is basically an excuse to read as much as you can and chisel a (hopefully sizable) dent in your TBR list. Sign ups are here, there’s a Facebook group, and the only other rules are to post your intended reads ahead of time! So, here goes —

My Endless Possibilities Readathon Picks

uprootedcoverUprooted, Naomi Novik

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

Even though I have no conceivable idea how to pronounce “Agneiszka”, I’m looking forward to reading this. It’s my first ever book from NetGalley, chosen almost entirely because the cover is magnificent, and I hope I like it. I’m always up for a good fantasy — wizards and dragons? Exactly my kind of story.

The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelsonskyeverywhere

Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

I’ll Give You The Sun, Nelson’s second book, was nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful, so I figure if there’s any book liable to lift me from my limp-damp-towel-state and crack me back into shape (I’m hilarious), this should be it! If it’s half as gorgeous and visceral as Sun, it’ll be an amazing book.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind

perfumeIn the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

WELL THAT’S A CHANGE OF PACE, ISN’T IT? My friend Courtney was pushing for me to read this during the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, but I just didn’t get to it. It’s nice to pick a bunch of different tones and genres for a readathon, though, to keep things varied and interesting, so I’m slapping it on my TBR for this event — I’m sure I’ll love it, it sounds messed up, which I have a frightening tendency to enjoy … Plus, the cover is so beautiful.

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So, there you have it! My Readathon picks. (I’m hoping I don’t completely forget I signed up for this, and wake up June 7th with the vague inkling I’ve forgotten something…) Are you doing the Endless Possibilities Readathon? Even if not, what’s next on your TBR? Leave a comment, let’s talk!

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13 thoughts on “The Endless Possibilities Readathon!

  1. I’m not doing the readathon – but I’ve heard amazing things about Uprooted! The SFF book blogs I follow have given it either perfect or near-perfect grades, so I’m convinced I’m missing out on something special. Will you share your thoughts on here once you’ve read it?

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    1. That’s good to hear! I haven’t read any reviews for it, but that other people have loved it is certainly promising. And yes, I’d like to start doing reviews — this should be a good time to start.

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  2. Hmmmm
    I haven’t ever participated in too many readathons before, so this might be fun! Maybe I’ll join in!
    I read The Sky Is Everywhere not too long ago, and thought it was pretty good. Personally, I don’t get all of the Jandy Nelson hype, but maybe that’s because I haven’t read I’l Give You The Sun.
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

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    1. Hmm, maybe The Sky Is Everywhere isn’t nearly as good as I’ll Give You the Sun! I guess I’ll find out soon. 😀 I hope you consider joining the readathon, it should be good!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! I’ve only been blogging for a couple months, so that anyone is even reading this blog, let alone enjoying it is seriously great. I’ll have to check this out!

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  3. I’m so sorry that you’re having a reading slump, Christina! It must feel frustrating not to have the motivation to read anything… although I can understand, as I used to have a 4-month slump, too! Although, the “endless” word in the marathon title is kind of ironice, considering Uprooted is pretty long and dense 😛 I paused at 50% because it was taking a while for the story to get a move on, but make no mistake, it’s a really well-written book!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Slumps are the worst! I’m hoping I’m on an upward swing, though, I finally finished a book this morning that I’ve been inching through all month. (An Ember in the Ashes … which was … fine.) And eesh, your review doesn’t bode well for Uprooted! “Long and dense” are exactly what I *don’t* want right now — I’ll give it a go, though, and drop it if it’s too slow.

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  4. I’m so sorry about the reading slump – it sounds devastating! I hope that the readathon will be the thing to get you out of that fugue. Anyway, I read Perfume a couple of years ago and I absolutely loved it! It’s haunting, it’s creepy, and a hundred percent mesmerizing. You’ll fall in love with the protagonist despite his…er…horrible habits.

    Happy reading and best of luck with the readathon!

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    1. Haunting, creepy, and mesmerizing? Ack, it’s going to be difficult to hold off until June 4th to crack this one open! As for the slump — this morning, I finally finished the book I’ve been slogging through all month (An Ember in the Ashes. I liked it okay, but my slumps always happen when I’m forcing myself through I book I’m not in love with) so hopefully my motivation is coming back!

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