I am participating in three readathons this week. I have completed a good amount of reading today. I was in the mood for some graphic novels, so this consisted of most of my reading. I earned 8 points for the Crazy for Young Adult Books readathon. I also completed a challenge (that I hosted) for the Sweet Summer Readathon. You can find that challenge here. I did not listen to any of the The Scorch Trial audiobook (for the Sweet Summer Readathon optional challenge) but I hope to listen to some of that tomorrow. Below are the details of what I read and my thoughts. To see how what I read applies to each of the readathons, please see my updates post here.
Reading Completed:Today, I read a total of 411 pages. I surpassed my goal of 300 pages. Here is what I read:
- Read 18 pages of the first volume of Fables by Willingham and DNF due to adult situations and some foul language
- Started and finished Bone: Out from Boneville (graphic novel, 142 pages)
- Started and finished Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring (graphic novel, 64 pages)
- Started and finished Black, Graphic Novel version, by Ted Dekker (graphic novel based on a book,
- Started Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Baker (children's novel, 69 pages read)
Today's Thoughts:I began reading Fables because I was interested in the premise: characters from the fairy tales that we all know and love reimagined and fighting crime. Sounds awesome right? I found that this first volume just was not for me. I do not like reading books with adult content or even references to it. I also do not like foul language and so this series was just not for me and I decided to DNF the series.
I next grabbed the first book in the Bone graphic novel series. I loved this first volume. The humor that is child friendly was wonderfully placed and made me chuckle. The story was also very well written. I gave this graphic novel a 5/5 stars and I will discuss it more in an upcoming review. I do plan on continuing this series.
I then went to the library to return some books and pick up a few I had on hold. I decided that I was really in the mood for graphic novels right now. On an impulse, I picked up Harry Potter and the Deathly Boring, a graphic novel parody of the Harry Potter series. I loved the Harry Potter series and I was in the mood for some humor. This story really disappointed me. The book's language and humor seemed to be written for a younger audience, but the foul language suggested that it was written for a YA audience. Some of the jokes were funny, but most were dry. I gave this book a 1.5/5 stars and I will not be writing a review on this graphic novel.
While at the library, I also saw some graphic novels that are based off of books by one of my favorite Christian Fiction authors, Ted Dekker. I have been wanting to read them for a while, so I picked up the entire Circle graphic novel series (3 books) and the Lost Books graphic novel series (4 books). They are each around 150 pages or less. I hope to read most of them this week. Today, I read the first of the Circle graphic novel series, Black. I loved this book. It has great illustrations and the writing sticks to the feel and the storyline of the original novels. I gave this book a 5/5 stars and will talk about it more in my upcoming review.
Finally, I read some of a middle grade fairy tale story, Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Banks. So far, I am enjoying this book. I also got this by impulse at the library without realizing that it is the third in a series. So far it has been easy to pick up what is happening in the book, so I think I will continue reading it even though I have not read the first two books in the series.