Happy Readathon Day!
It’s here it’s here it’s here!!!!! I don’t know about you, but I look forward to Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathons as much as (or more than) I look forward to other holidays now. I am going to try and stay up for all 24 hours this time, but I’ve never made it before and my expectations aren’t too high. I’m a person who really enjoys (and needs) her sleep, so we’ll see how I’m feeling as the night/morning goes on. I also always plan time to try to take a walk or go outside for some fresh air and human interaction for a little bit. But! Since you’re here for the updates and challenge entries, I’ll stop writing my intro now and let you see what you came here for!
The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White
Series: Camelot Rising #2
Published by Delacorte Press on November 10, 2020
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retellings
EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.
Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.
When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Published by Putnam/G. P. Putnam's Sons on March 3, 2020
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.
Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish--to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she'll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age--her tyrannical father has made that much clear.
And as Nannerl's hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true--but his help may cost her everything.
In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.
The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby
Series: York #2
Published by HarperCollins on May 14, 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Alternate History
Source: Rochester Public Library
Buy on Amazon
It was only a few weeks ago that the Biedermann twins, Tess and Theo, along with their friend Jaime Cruz, followed the secrets of the Morningstarrs’ cipher further anyone had in its century-and-a-half history—and destroyed their beloved home in the process. But the Old York Cipher still isn’t solved. The demolition of 354 W. 73rd Street only revealed the next clue in the greatest mystery of the modern world, and if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to discover what lies at the end of the puzzle laid into the buildings of New York by its brilliant, enigmatic architects, they will need to press on.
But doing so could prove even more dangerous than they know. It is clear that the Morningstarr twins marshaled all the strange technology they had spent their lives creating in the construction of the Cipher, and that technology has its own plans for those who pursue it. It is also clear that Tess, Theo, and Jaime are not the only ones on the trail of the treasure. As enemies both known and unknown close in on them from all sides and the very foundations of the city seem to crumble around them, they will have to ask themselves how far they will go to change the unchangeable—and whether the price of knowing the secrets of the Morningstarrs is one they are willing to pay.
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Series: Camelot Rising #1
Published by Delacorte Press on November 5, 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retellings
Source: Rochester Public Library
There is nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution -- send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife... and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name -- and her true identity -- is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old -- including Arthur's own family -- demand things continue as they have been, and the new -- those drawn by the dream of Camelot -- fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.
Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.
Update One: 8:11 am
I started my day with a one mile walk?!?! Like what??? and now I’m putting the finishing touches on all of my posts while I listen to the audiobook of The Clockwork Ghost. I’m already at 80%, so hopefully I’ll finish soon and switch my audiobook over to The Kingdom of Back! And that’s it for update one!
Update Two: 11:40 am
I finished The Clockwork Ghost! I also started The Kingdom of Back and now I’m at 7% on that. It’s weird because I don’t have that one on Kindle, so I’m switching between the audiobook on Libby and the OwlCrate hardcover version. I’m also 49% done with The Guinevere Deception, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish that soon and then begin The Camelot Betrayal! I also took a little drive to get an iced macchiato, because it turns out waking up at 5:30 is… really freaking early! Okay, time for a little snack and then it’s back to reading! 🙂
Update Three: 12:09 pm
Taking a quick break from reading to attend some Y’all Stay at Home Fest panels! If you want to join, enter here!
Update Four: 2:52 pm
I’m almost done The Guinevere Deception (77%) and Kiersten White replied to my tweet, and oh my god iced macchiatos are delicious!!! There’s a couple more Y’all Stay Home Fest panels I want to watch this afternoon, and then… more books! Yay reading!!!
Update Five: 8:54 pm
I finished The Guinevere Deception! I’ve just started The Camelot Betrayal. There’s one more Y’all Stay Home Fest panel I want to watch, and then it’s reading until I sleep time! Okay, off to log onto Zoom one more time…
Update Six: 10:08 pm
Finished all the panels for Y’all Stay Home Fest. The interactive game was SO MUCH FUN!!! I need to get back to The Camelot Betrayal now, because I’m really excited to read it! Oh! And I did Dewey Bingo (on the GoodReads group!) and I won! yay! 😀
I know it’s not official, but I am hosting a giveaway for my Vague Recollections mini challenge over here!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Camelot Betrayal! I’ve been waiting until today to start it so I’m really excited!!!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Less a snack and more of a drink, I’m looking forward to my Mountain Dew Code Red later!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I just got a new kitten named Phoebe! You can see her here!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Well, I actually woke up on time today! (a little early even) and before I started reading, I took a one mile walk! So… hopefully that’ll give me energy to keep reading all 24 hours today!
1. What are you reading right now?
The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White!
2. How many books have you read so far?
I’ve finished two and started two more!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
My answer is still The Camelot Betrayal. It’s what I’m reading right now!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Oh my god so many! But like really good ones? I watched … 4? I think? panels for the Y’all Stay Home Fest and they were all FANTASTIC! Plus I ate dinner (skipped lunch, oops) and spent some time just vegging out on social media
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How much fun I’m having? No, I always have this much fun. I guess how much energy I still have? Usually I either sleep late and don’t start on time, or I wake up early and start flagging around 7 or 8. But it’s 10:14, I’ve been up since 5:30, and I’m still full of energy! Yay reading!
And that’s it! I’ll keep updating this post until I go to sleep, so stay tuned for more info!