Reading Wrap-Up: Make Your Myth Taker Edition [June 2020]

Previously: Expiry Date Review | Coming Soon: Olympic Games Wrap-Up

The Make Your Myth Taker Readathon is run by Ashleigh@FrolicThroughFiction and Charlotte@charkar_ through the month of June. It did not go as planed and I’m sad to say that I didn’t quite finish. However, these are the books that I did read in my attempt to become a Jester who was also spy.

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A Fun Middle-grade:

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.In my original review/thoughts, I said that I have a soft spot for Nico and Luke, which has not changed. I also said that I was going to finish the series, and while that did not happen in 2015, it will happen in 2020. At least I’m going to do my best. Overall this is such a beloved series, and I have right there on that bandwagon. However, this one is not, in my opinion, the strongest in the series. I really do not like the labyrinth as a location and that really slows the plot down for me. I’m hoping that once I read the next book I will love this one more because I will be able to see the series in its entirety for the first time.

Red/Purple/Gold cover:

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

After reading the first book in the Midnight Texas trilogy in April I knew that I wanted to crack on with these books. This is an urban fantasy series set in a small Southern American town where no one is quite what they seem. The structure of the novel is clever in the way that you don’t quite realise that you’re getting dragged into a big plotline, as opposed to the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Midnight. This does mean that it can feel as though it takes a while for the plot to get moving, but I find the inhabitants of Midnight do fascinating that I don’t mind spending a bit of downtime with them. I do think that this is Harris’ best writing, which is something I love to see in the author’s newer books because it shows that they are growing. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read Charlaine Harris that I’d forgotten why I used to read the True Blood books constantly. I think that once I finish this trilogy I might return to those books and finally finish the whole series.

A Book About Books:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón [Currently Reading]

I switched this book purely because of price, and because I have heard amazing things about it. It is a bit more literary than I was anticiapting whih does not make for speedy reading. Unfortuentley Carlos Ruiz Zafón did pass away this month which makes the reading process bittersweet.

Performance Elements-:

Henry V by William Shakespeare ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Henry V is one of William Shakespeare’s history plays which follows Henry V of England primarily around the Battle of Agincourt. I doubt there’s much I can say about this play that has not already been said, and I’m not here as an academic. I’m always torn when it comes to this play because there are parts which I am utterly in love with, but there are also parts which I don’t care for. I almost wish there was more focus on Henry himself as a character because I find him a fascinating figure. It’s such a shame that we’re not treated to a Hamlet level look at the complexities of Henry. Of course, there are plenty of moments which touch upon this, particularly the comparison between King and soldier, but I wanted a lot more of it.

Extra Skills: Royal Spy

A Secret Book:

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really loved this book and am in the process of writing a fully review.

An Under-hyped Book:

The Book of Common Dread by Brent Monohan [Didn’t get to]

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What about you?… Did you participating in this readathon, and if did you finish?

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