Reading Wrap-Up: Olympic Games Edition [June 2020]

Previously- Wrap-Up: Meet Your Myth Taker Edition| Coming Soon: June Reading Wrap-Up

The Olympic Games Readathon celebrates all things Greek Myths and Percy Jackson. The books that you read all depend on your assigned Camp Half-Blood Cabin. I was assigned the Aphrodite cabin by a quiz, and did a lot better in this readathon than in the Meet Your Myth Taker one.


Aphrodite is often invested in the love lives of mortals. Read a romance to curb her curiosity: 

Bound by Vengeance by Cora Reilly ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the fifth book in Cora Reilly’s Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, which is an adult fantasy romance series. The books each act as companion novels, following a different couple every time (so far), and this one follows Cara, whose father is part of the Las Vegas Camorra, and Growl their enforcer. Bound by Vengence was a bit different from the previous novels in the fact that we’ve never met Cara and Growl before. After Cara’s father is discovered to be a traitor she is given to Growl as a punishment for herself, and a reward for him. In theory, this should have been angsty as hell, but I didn’t really feel it. Maybe it’s because we’re so devoid of our familiar characters, but I did find it hard to make a connection with them. There also seemed to be a lack of plot development as it felt we jumped from enemies to working together extremely quickly. Possibly this could have been bridged though more Growl perspective (as it stands it felt 90/10 in Cara’s favour). As a romance novel, it was fine but it’s not one of my favourites of the series. The book did get an extra point for having dogs though.

Read a book with a cover you think is beautiful:

The Beautiful by Reneé Ahdieh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Since this was a re-read feel free to check out my sort-of-review on Goodreads. Otherwise I still love this book and am so excited for the sequel!

Read a book with a strong, independent, female main character: 

Faefever by Karen M. Moning ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was a re-read to remind me what had happened in the series so far. My feelings haven’t really changed. If you want to know more check out my mini review on Goodreads.

Aphrodite speaks fondly of her daughter Juliet and her short-lived romance with Romeo. Read a classic novel in remembrance of them: 

White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [Did not finish]

As his lover, Aphrodite spends a lot of time with Ares. Complete a prompt that honours him– Read a book with a red cover:

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.

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Archery: A book shorter than 200 pages: 

The Future by Neil Hilborn ⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Trigger Warnings for mental health, depression, and suicidal thoughts*

Neil Hilborn is a great poet, and you can see just how fantastic he is on Button Poetry’s YouTube. I’ve seen him live twice and would love to go again sometime when things are a little more normal. That said I didn’t really connect to this collection as I did to his first collection, Our Numbered Days. of all genres poetry, I think, is the most personal so it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly why the collection didn’t work for me on a personal level. On a more critical level, it’s a good, solid collection but it lacks the spark that you see in ‘The Future’ and in some of his older poems. That said I am looking forward to reading whatever he comes out with next.

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Canoeing: A book with a blue cover:

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel to the super-popular contemporary Crazy Rich Asians and follows the lives of the super-wealthy society in Singapore and Asia. Although it’s been a good while since I read the first book it was so easy to slip straight back into this world. Kevin Kwan is an artist as painting a picture of this alien world which makes it absolutely irresistible. The descriptions aren’t elaborate in a poetic way, but rather in a way to illustrate the lavish splendour to perfection. The plot is fast-moving, despite the fact that the bare bones of it are reasonably simple. This is achieved through Kwan’s use of perspectives, which switches almost every chapter through a variety of characters, and sources, eg. reporters, gossip blogs, etc. Overall the book feels so smooth and easy, which usually means it was impeccably planned to make it seem this way. I adored China Rich Girlfriend, and my only regret is that I waited this long to read it.

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Pegasus : A book published within the last 5 years:

Captain America: Captain of Nothing by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others. [Did not get to]


What about you… Did you participate in the Olympic Games readathon, and if so what cabin were you in? If not then do you have a favourite Greek God or Godess?

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