Hello, my angels ~
I’m /so/ excited about this post because one of my dear friends, Chanelle (@chanelletime), has created a readathon around VSCO girls and that,,,, is just incredible.
This readathon runs from January 1-31 and we’ll run over the prompts as I run over my books!
Before we begin, you may notice that this post is uhhhh pretty late and that is because I’ve been busy with my new semester beginning and getting re-acquainted with university. So I’m sorry about that! But because of this, I’ve already knocked out a few challenges and we’ll go ahead and talk about my thoughts when we get to them!
Let’s get into it!
Hydroflask > A hard hitting contemporary or a book that’s 400+ pages
For this prompt, I’m going with a book that’s 400+ pages!
(That may be a mistake because I’m back at uni this month but WHO CARES)
I’ve been in a /loose/ process of rereading the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series and this is the perfect time for me to get to the next book in the series!
Let’s see how it goes 🤪
A few days older Ash here! So, I’ve been thinking about this pick and I realized that there’s another book I could use for this one, and I’ll probably choose between the two by whatever my mood reading self wants more whenever I get to this prompt.
This other book is . . .
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman!
I tried to read this book in December but I got into a reading slump so I just put it aside and didn’t read much in for a while.
Whether I get to this book during this readathon or after, I do want to read it because, based off of what I’ve seen in other reviews, it seems like it will most likely break my heart.
Love that for me!
Scrunchies > a book with a gorgeous cover
First, I had The Starless Sea as this prompt’s book but that was before my dear friend Allie sent me 3 books — Illuminae included.
With the hardcover copy, when you take off the dust-jacket, the cover looks like a blackout file and it’s the coolest shit.
No doubt that The Starless Sea has a gorgeous cover, but Illuminae‘s made me lose my shit.
Over-Sized T-Shirts > a book out of your comfort zone
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction and when I do, it’s primarily true-crime related historical fiction *cough* *cough* The Stalking Jack the Ripper Series *cough*
But I picked this book up on a whim at Target a few months ago because I had seen it floating around and thought about giving it a shot! I’ve only ever read one other book that was historical fiction in relation to the Holocaust so I feel like this one was a good pick for this prompt!
I’m also in a history class this semester at uni that focuses on the Holocaust specifically so it turned out being perfect!
VSCO > a book loved by one of your faves
When I saw this prompt, I knew I was going to do one of the many books that I’ve read because of Nikki.
My options were The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Devouring Gray, and They Both Die at the End —
I went with The Devouring Gray because I really wasn’t in the mood to cry I’m in enough emotional turmoil as it is.
As of me writing this post, I have already reread this book and I’m feeling everything I felt this first time, all over again.
God, I can’t wait until The Deck of Omens is released.
Sksksk and I Oop > pick a random book
My grandmother got me this book for Christmas and I knew I had to read it right away!
But that feeling intensified when one of my dearest friends Allie (whom I mentioned above) also bought it (she’s so sweet please check her out I love her bye) for me for Christmas!
So, in truth, I don’t really have a choice.
I actually finished this book last night, as of me writing this, and my thoughts are still
incoherent fresh, but I will say that this book holds the ranking for my favorite book of the year so far. It was so beautiful, so entrancing, and so lovely — I could spend forever immersed in its pages and not get bored. I’m planning on writing a full review for it but, honestly, who knows when that’ll be.
Polaroid > a non-fiction or nostalgic book
So, I actually had Alice in Zombieland for this prompt because it’s the source of so much nostalgic for me but I had planned on reading it as part of a buddy read with one of my university friends (who you guys may be hearing from later ;)) but we pushed off Alice in Zombieland and replaced it with another book, which I’ll talk about in a bit.
I was planning on reading it alone and then rereading it with her later, but then it hit me —
I have the perfect book for this prompt!
Love’s Executioner is a non-fiction book about a psychotherapist who describes 10 of his patients. I used to want to be a clinical psychiatrist and one of my high school teachers actually gave me this book, hence the nostalgic. Even after I decided to pursue English, this book has kept it’s space in my heart and I will always come back to it —
And it’s the perfect time for a reread!
Mario Badescu > a book that’s overhyped
Originally, I was going to read the first volume of Paper Girls (a recommendation from the readathon’s founder herself) until one of my fave’s (Allie has made her return) bought me the first volume of Heartstopper for Christmas!
So I read that on February 4th, in the passenger seat of a car which was taking me back to Uni.
And it was so cute :<
I can’t wait until I get the second volume so I can gush all over again.
Puka Shell Necklace > buddy read with a friend
Honestly, it could be that I end of finishing both of these books this months, I don’t really know.
But! Both of them I am buddy reading with a uni friend of mine. I know for sure I’ll finish The Catcher in the Rye, but Ninth House is still up in the air.
Stickers Galore > a manga or a graphic novel
Listen, I made the decision to read some pretty big books during my first month back at university —
I had to give myself a little bit of a break.
I’m good, but I’m not that good.
Group Book > Frankly in Love by David Yoon
And finally — we have the group book!
I’ve actually already read Frankly in Love, so yay for me!
That is all I have for today, you guys!
Happy New Year, angels and until next time — don’t miss me too much.