Astrothon was a week-long readathon hosted by Fey of Fey’s Bookish World, whose post on Instagram directed me to this event. All of the prompts were based on the solar system. My goal was to read 3 books for this ‘thon, which I accomplished! You can also use the same book for up to two prompts twice, so I did that a couple times as well.
Here’s what I read:
sun: finish a book in 24 hours
I read this book while subbing for another librarian at one of our tiniest library branches. It was not a good pick for reading in public because it made me want to cry numerous times. On top of being emotional because of the abuse, it made me want to cry because of all the music stuff, which as a musician (former musician???? I don’t play much anymore. or at all, really), made me want to cry happy tears, and Beck was so soft and precious and made me want to cry, and it was Cait’s book which made me want to cry EVEN MORE. Basically, my reaction to this book was a bucket of uncried tears. The writing in this book was so so good and exactly as amazing as I expected it to be, the story was super gut punching and emotional, and I just…sigh. This book, y’all.
mercury: a book with an important message
venus: a book by a female author
I was hoping to feel seen by this book because of my own weight struggles, and I did, somewhat at least. It’s about a girl whose mom just got off of this extreme weight loss show and is obsessed with healthy eating and controlling her daughter’s eating as well. I think the main messages behind this book is that there is more than one way to be healthy, and what’s important is being in control of your body and how you feel about it. Savvy is in control of what she puts into her body and likes herself how she is, but her mom, even after the extreme weight loss, is ridiculously out of control and still hates herself. Both are important messages. Plus, this one had a cute, sassy romance and a great sister relationship that both made my heart happy. This one also almost made me cry while on desk though, so basically, I really need to stop reading sad books while at work. Though I guess since I’m in a library, people might be a bit more understanding over a librarian crying over a book they’re reading.
pluto: a book written in a nontraditional format
uranus: a character with a cold demeanor
Nice Try, Jane Sinner is about a recent high school dropout, Jane, who goes on a reality show in order to move out of her parents’ house while she attends community college and tries to get her life together. Now, I read a REALLY early draft of this when I was an editorial intern, and I thought it was pretty good then, and I am so happy to see someone eventually published it because it is so good. I loved the diary and script formatting and thought it made the story flow perfectly. I wasn’t expecting to see myself represented in this book even though Jane has depression, but I did. I felt like if my depression could talk, it would speak with Jane’s voice, which is biting, borderline cruel, and sassy as hell. Reading this book actually made me realize that one of the reasons I find it hard to see myself as a nice person even though everyone thinks I am one is because the voice of my depression is so loud and mean. Seeing my depression in this light made me think that the depression is what makes me think I’m mean, even though the reality could actually be totally different.
This book ended up meaning a lot to me in weird ways that I wasn’t expecting, plus it was just a great, well-written story that I will be recommending to everyone I know.