Hello everyone I’m Susie and welcome back
to read Susie read. So the last bit of July and the beginning of August has
just been full of readathons for me. And since, you know, a common theme of the
past year or so of my youtube videos has been that I haven’t really been reading
a lot. I thought that I would share with you this condensed bit of reading that kind
of makes up for the lack of reading over the past year and a half or so.
First readathon that I participated in, it was a little tiny readathon that
you may have heard of – BookTubeathon. BookTubeathon took place
between July 18th and July 24th. The first thing that I finished for the
BookTubeathon was the audiobook version of ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I picked this up on audio because one of
my favorite Book Riot podcasts informed me that this audiobook was
narrated by Lin-manuel Miranda, which is of Hamilton fame if you are unaware. And
since I’m a total fangirl I restarted my Audible account just so that I could
listen to this book. It was a great experience and it actually fulfilled the
challenge of reading a book or experiencing a book that you found through BookTube. And the next few things that I finished actually overlapped with the
second readathon that I participated in which was the 24 in 48 hours Readathon which took place July 23rd and 24th,
which was at the tail end of the BookTubeAThon. I love that readathon so much
like the goal is to try to read 24 hours in that span of 48 hours and because you
know I have an almost non-existent attention span. And my friend and I went
on a little mini vacation to participate and read I only got about seven hours out of the
twenty-four which is the goal but that’s way better than I would usually read
over the course of a weekend so I consider it a win. But the first thing
that I finished during that readathon was ALEX AND ADA VOLUME TWO by Jonathan Luna. This is the second trade in the series I
believe there’s one more trade coming out. It was a superb continuation of the
series and it actually also fulfilled the challenge for the booktubeathon of
the book with yellow on the cover. Next I listened to another audio book
which helped me get to that hefty seven hours that I got over the course of the
readathon and it was WHY NOT ME? by Mindy Kaling. I really
enjoyed listening to her first book IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME. It was an excellent
experience, but this one was a little bit of a disappointment. I do think that in the future I will
continue to give her stuff a shot but there was something kind of shallow about
this one that just didn’t, didn’t get me the way the first one did. Over the
course of the BookTubeathon and 24 and 48 hour read-a-thon I did make
significant progress in HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi, but I hadn’t finished it quite yet. Fast forward a week to the 7 in 7 Readathon,
which took place from July 31st to August 6th. I had the absolute joy of being able to
host this readathon alongside some of my other BookTube friends we ran reading
sprints all week over at the Twitter account. And I even, I made a video, TBR,
and everything. While I didn’t quite get seven things read in seven days I’m
really happy with the reading that I got done. So the first thing that I finished during
the read-a-thon was, of course not on my TBR, and was completely impulsive read or
listen in this case but it was THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien. I saw
an Audible deal for the audiobook that was read by Bryan Cranston, so I got it. You can easily see why this book is
called a masterpiece by many and I also. This experience cemented the idea or the
fact that I tend to be able to listen to fiction on audiobook if it’s read by a
voice that I recognize i.e. the Lin-Manuel Miranda and then now
with Bryan Cranston, but I do hope that in the future that I can revisit this
may be in a combination of audio and with the written word. And during the 77
read-a-thon I finally finished HOMEGOING by Yaa
Gyasi. Easily one of my new favorite books. I recognize that because it’s a debut
it’s imperfect there are flaws but this spoke to me in a way that only like
favorite books that I love can really do. I do recommend not reading it the way
that I read it. I think that this book would be best enjoyed in one or
two sittings over a course of a couple of days rather than of course of a
couple of weeks and if I could do it again that’s how I would do it. But I do
recommend giving this book a try. It’s good stuff. Next, I read this single issue of
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL and I’m completely obsessed and enamored with
all of these characters so much so that I went to a bookstore trying to find the
trade that contained this one. And because I hadn’t paid attention to the fact that it
said “our second number one so far this year” and hadn’t saw a really helpful
comment on my last video about the nature of this book. I got all confused because it wasn’t in
the first trade. It was in the third trade and I was like but I’ve only read
this one so ended up not getting anything. But I do think that I will go
back and read the first trade and the second trade in order to get back to the
point where this one is because I’m just I’m already in love and geeking out
about THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL. Next I picked up and read THE STRANGE LIBRARY by Haruki Murakami. I think that this, this little short story is what you
expect when you read Haruki Murakami, or a lot of Japanese magical realism
literature. It was perfect for the readathon. It was
short and engaging, but also like I said it gave you everything that you expected
from Murakami, like dealing with serious things with a whole bunch of the
fantastic mixed into it. And it was like I said perfect for the readathon because
it was short and engaging. At the beginning of the 7 in 7 readathon a book that so many
people were waiting for and excited about was released. And prior to the
release I had done my best to forget that it was going to happen because i
wasn’t really interested in reading it. And I had all these mixed feelings about
not wanting to read it. But because I’m susceptible to peer pressure, at the
beginning of the readathon I picked up HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. And I
put this book off until the very end of the readathon. Literally until the last
day because I knew that the longer I waited to read this book the likelihood of me
getting spoiled was going to happen and had already heard things that had
already started to influence my opinion. So I knew I needed to get it out of the
way. And I read it all in one sitting which is great and no pun intended it’s
a magical experience when you don’t usually get to sit down and read things
all in one sitting but overall I really mixed feeling that don’t want to talk
about. I feel like I’ve already said too much to influence anybody else’s
experience so if you love Harry Potter or even like Harry Potter, experience it.
Maybe experience it in a way like from the library or something. But keep in
mind that if I ever talk about this book in any great
depth I am really impressionable and my opinions might have been influenced
by those few other people’s opinions who I trust that I saw before reading it. But that’s a thing. And like I said I finished that on the
last day of the read-a-thon so I had a few hours left. So I started ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart. I’m about two-thirds of the way through
this and by the time you see this video I will have finished it. It’s a graphic memoir about a couple who
lose their daughter very young and unexpectedly and it’s dealing with grief
and just living your life after something like that happens. And I’m
really enjoying it, as much as you can enjoy something so hard hitting and sad. Those are all the things that I read
over the course of the BookTubeathon, the 24 and 48 hour read-a-thon, and 7 in 7 Readathon. And I kind of purposefully did as much reading as I
could during those readathons so that i could get ahead on my Goodreads reading
challenge, even though I have since the beginning of the year lowered it
considerably. I wanted to get ahead so that I could
put as much time and energy into reading MIDDLEMARCH, because I’m planning on
participating in Middlemarch Madness, which is this excellent read along that Rincey is
hosting. Follow the hashtag on Twitter or go check out Rincey’s video. But I
did a silly thing where I decided I was going to focus all of my energy the
first week of August on reading and participating in the 7 in 7 readathon. So at the time of the filming of this video I’m about 200 pages behind.
And big books that are also classics super intimidate me. So if you you have any like good vibes, if you’re
participating or if you have read MIDDLE MARCH in the past – please send them my way. I’ve already been reassured that once I
get into it I will get into it so I’m feeling a little more at ease about it. But it is still super daunting. That’s all that I have to share with you today. Those are all the things I’ve read recently and the things that I plan on
reading in the near future. As always please feel free to share any of your
thoughts or comments on any of the books that I mentioned here today. And I hope
to see you soon with a new video. Bye!

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  1. I was going to say that I wish I had known about Middlemarch Madness but my August classics goal is to finally finish (or at least mostly finish) War & Peace so that would've been a fail if I had picked up Middlemarch. I did just finish Daniel Deronda by her though and it was amazing!

  2. I started reading big classics this year and was so pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed Villette by Charlotte Bronte…so..Go Susie!! Just treat it like any other book …it's in English, written by a female author etc….nothing to fear I promise..๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  3. You know, you might really enjoy Alice Hoffman's Museum of Extraordinary Things on audio. It's narrated by Judith Light (primarily, but also Grace Gummer and Zach Appelman). Classic Hoffman with a good dose of magical realism.

  4. Yay, I'm so glad you loved Squirrel Girl and that second #1 worked out for you! It's just such an upbeat comic, and the characters are great!

    I actually read The Strange Library for BookTubeAThon last year or the year before that, and I agree, it's a really good book for a readathon.

  5. I loved Middlemarch so sending you aaaaaaaall the good vibes ๐Ÿ™‚ it was a really long time ago that I ready it but I think as I recall it went quite quickly one I got into it because I was really invested in the characters and it is hard to see where things are going for them for a lot of the book so I wanted to keep reading to find out. Hope you enjoy it and it's not too painful catching up!

  6. Well done on all the books you read. Hope you are enjoying Middlemarch. I am working my way through Alias Grace by Margaret Attwood and quite enjoying it.

  7. I was planning on ordering Aristotle and Dante from my local bookstore, but I did NOT know about LMM!! Now I have to join audible…

  8. Congrats on all the books you were able to read ๐Ÿ™‚ I've heard people talking about Homecoming and it sounds really interesting so it's nice to hear you enjoyed it

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