swiftathon: how i did

Thursday was the last day of Swiftathon, a fun, Taylor Swift/Lover-themed reading challenge. If you want more information about the challenge, you can check out my sign up post here.

Today, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the books I read for the readathon and which prompts I managed to complete.


cruel summer

a book set in summer


OMFG, I HATED this book. The synopsis promised it would be funny and sexy, and it was neither of those things, and honestly, if you think this book is funny, you may need to have a look at your sense of humor. I don’t know why I wanted to read this book in the first place anymore other than the pretty cover, because looking at the synopsis, it is not a Mel book. The whole beginning catalyst for the story is that a messed up creative writing professor sleeps with his 19-year old student, which right away should’ve said I’d find this book super uncomfortable. The only likeable character in the whole story was the dog, Princess, and I don’t even like dogs. But I wanted to rip her away from those awful humans, or at least separate her and Becca from the book so they could be together away from the other trash people in the book. But I despised everyone in this story and the writing style got really repetitive and the voices of the characters all sounded the same. I have a lot of feelings about the messed up things that happened in this book but it would make this post super long so suffice it to say, I DID NOT like this book.



a contemporary romance


The basic premise of this book is that Nick and Naomi hate each other now that they’re engaged, but neither wants to break off the relationship because they’ll have to front the nonrefundable wedding costs if they do, so they prank each other to try and get the other to break things off first.

My main issue with this book was that the execution did not live up to the premise. It is never explicitly stated that either of them will have to pay the wedding fees, and it’s all in Naomi’s head that they’re both trying to get the other person to break up with each other. I also felt like the two characters had no personality other than hating each other, and we didn’t get to know their relationship before they started hating each other, so it was hard to ship. This wasn’t a bad book and I’m sure some people would enjoy it, but I just found the execution of the premise and character development to be extremely lacking even though the writing was enjoyable and I wanted to finish the story.



a book chosen by you


This is a book I had to read for work but wanted to make count for this readathon, lol. THIS WAS OUR PACT is a graphic novel set during the Autumn Equinox, where the town has a tradition of sending lanterns down the river. A group of kids decides that this year, they’ll follow the lanterns to find out what happens to them.

This was a sweet story that had a lot of Studio Ghibli-like characters and happenings. The main issue I had with it wasn’t even about the book, but about the fact that it was chosen by the children’s department of my library for kids, because I felt like younger readers would not be interested in the colors of the book because most of it is dark navy. Whenever I try to recommend a graphic novel to a young reader where it’s pretty monotone or black and white, they NEVER go for it. This is definitely a good story, but I think it would’ve been more exciting if the art had been more colorful and contrasting, and I don’t think it would be appropriate for readers who are tweens or younger.


you need to calm down

read an lgbt+ book


I finally got around to giving this one another shot. I liked the first half of it, but after the romance was introduced, it went kind of downhill for me. The pacing was a little choppy for me, and honestly I felt like the romance was a bit forced and Dani switched her feelings on Carmen too quickly considering she’d hated her most of the past few years. I did, however, really enjoy the writing style. It actually kind of reminded me of the writing style of CRIER’S WAR a little bit in that it felt very matter-of-fact and crisp, and to be honest, the writing was what kept me reading after about 60% of the way through.


So, in total, I ended up reading only 4 books for this challenge. I’m a little disappointed in that number because in the past I could read a lot more for readathons, though I know that my reading pace has slowed a lot in more recent years, especially since I started working full time. However, I did manage to read a book a week, so maybe that’s something to be pleased with.


Did you participate in Swiftathon? How did you do?



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