Hello! Today I have for you my Wrap-Up of the Holiday Themed 24-Hour Read-a-thon hosted by Zoe Herdt. All updates on Twitter and Instagram about everyone’s progress was at #Readathonbyzoe, in case you wanted to check out other people’s progress and what everybody did as well!
Zoe has hosted other 24-Hour read-a-thons before, like the one she did for Halloween, but this is the first one I participated in! On her last one, she read the entire book of IT by Stephen King in those 24 hours, and that was IMPRESSIVE. I have no idea how she did it!
This read-a-thon took place last Saturday, December 9th, and MANY things happened that day. I hope you enjoy this post and let me know in the comments if you participated and what you read!
During Zoe’s Christmas Read-a-thon, I was reading The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. This book follows the story about a dragon slayer, Asha, the King’s daughter.
In the land where she lives, story-telling has been forbidden because words of tales spoken out-loud lure the dangerous dragons out of their hidings.
When she was a child, Asha sneaked out of the palace and told the stories that she loved every single night. Until the most ancient of all dragons- and the most powerful one- was led to her.
The dragon destroyed her city and murdered hundreds of people, burning Asha as well. Assumed dead and left alone in the wild, Asha agonized until the Commander’s son found her.
Years after, Asha slays every dragon and brings its head to the king, but that still doesn’t free her from the guilt of having attracted the dragon that ended so many lives, as well as the hate.
She must marry the cruel Commander’s son in an attempt to recover her people’s favor. But when she is offered a way to gain her freedom, she takes it, and in exchange, she must conquer the most powerful dragon of Firgaard. Also, the one that was led to her all those years ago.
I started the day on page 60 and finished up on page 120. So I read 60 pages during the entire read-a-thon, which is not much at all. But I had a FABULOUS time with this book, and I am loving it so much. The most prominent thing I feel about it is that its atmosphere and mood remind me of the T.V. shows Vikings and Game of Thrones! It has the vibe of both, and I am really excited to see how this story will turn out.
The Last Namsara is the first book in a new trilogy, Iskari, and it is an amazing book. If you love dragons and amazing, smart main characters ( as well as story-telling), then this book is for you. It was also featured in Fairy Loot’s November box, Ladies that Slay, so I was very happy to see that many more people have it in their hands and are enjoying it as well.
Some other Dragon books on my list are: Tess of the Road and Seraphina, both by Rachel Hartman, Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows, Eragon, and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, which apparently also has Dragons! I am so excited!
I sat down to read for a while, but I didn’t actually spend all day doing so because I had to go other places. I woke up on December 9th and had some breakfast. Then I spent some time writing on the blog for Blogmas and answering comments.
Finally, after doing all of that, I sat on my living room’s sofa and read while listening to my December Playlist! My song list included a lot of Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez’s new song “Wolves”, and Lady Gaga. I will link it in case you want to check it out.
I had the best time and I really enjoyed the book. I read most of the 60 pages in one sitting and only stopped because I had to have lunch and then leave the house.
We went to a friend’s house to spend the rest of the day, and it was great too. My new camera had arrived at their place because I had sent it to them, so they gave it to me that day. If you didn’t know, I’m starting a new Booktube channel soon, and I am SO excited about it! I have a tripod and a new camera, and I just figured out how to kind of set everything up. It’s really cool and I cannot wait to film my first video! I will show it to you on the blog as soon as I do!
My friends also read some of the same books I do, and they are particular fans of the Percy Jackson series and everything written by Rick Riordan! It was really hot outside because we’re already in Summer, so we went into the pool and played ping-pong. Their Christmas tree was already up and it looks gorgeous! My family hasn’t even put it up yet, and that’s too bad. We may be spending Christmas at my grandmother’s house, though, and she has the BEST-EVER decorations! Her tree is true #goals.
We watched the movie Inside Out, which really surprised me for its complexity and deepness. It was a really well thought-out kid’s movie, and I actually enjoyed it A LOT MORE than I was expecting too! Then I read a bit more on my friend’s couch.
Overall, the read-a-thon went really smoothly. I didn’t get as much of the book done as I would have liked, but I had an awesome time with the story. On Sunday I sat on my couch again and read until midnight, but then I had to go to sleep because I was really tired. I got to page 200, so I read 80 more pages. It was fantastic. I will definitely post a review of the book!
I hope you guys enjoyed my update and wrap-up of the read-a-thon. Hopefully next time I will film my progress and experience too! What did you read this weekend? Did you participate in Zoe’s read-a-thon? Have an awesome day! <3
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