Spring Fling Read-A-Thon Progress

It’s about a week into the Spring Fling Read-A-Thon, which runs from May 15-June 15. I lovelovelove read-a-thons, and I’m hoping to use this one to knock a few books off my TBR list that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Today, since it’s Friday and a typically low-view day, I am going to share my progress on the read-a-thon so far…

Flower Power – a book covered in flowers

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This book was so meh it inspired me to write an entire post about how terrible meh books are. I found Rome, the protagonist, to be super forgettable and flat, and the same could be said for many of the secondary characters, with the possible exception of Lux. Lux was WAY more interesting than Rome, and I wondered why the book hadn’t been written about her instead. I loved the concept of the powers/gifts that the girls all had, and would definitely like to be an Enough, like Mercy. I thought the plot was very predictable, as was the romance, and honestly don’t really know what the point of the story was. Not great.

 

 

Popping Daisies – a new spring release

 

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Unfortunately, this book also disappointed me. I really wanted to love it because I adored I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE, but this one was definitely not as good as that book. I found Clara very annoying and immature, and didn’t ship the romance at all. The secondary characters, including the romantic interest and excluding Rose, were all very flat and underdeveloped. Clara got a little less annoying as the story evolved, but ultimately I didn’t like her very much, which made it hard to get through. I did love the food truck talk, though!

 

Birdsong – a musical book

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This book was so. Freaking. Good. I love a good teen celeb book, and this one was very unique and cool. It was fun and entertaining while also maintaining a bit of grit with the parental issues and Emmy’s drinking. It was also SO QUEER!!!! This book is such a win for the queer community, featuring all types of queer people and INTERSECTIONALITY and also QUEER PEOPLE BEING FRIENDS!!! I’ll be screaming about the queer rep in this book forever and ever.

 

 

Ice Cream – a book that melts your heart

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I was super convinced I would love this book, and I was super right!! This book was absolutely delightful and adorable, and also a little bit over-the-top, but in a really perfectly executed way. I adored Winnie, and completely shipped her romance. I liked how over-the-top the romance “prophecy” was, but thought it worked well when juxtaposed with the drama of the Bollywood movies Winnie loves so much. I also really liked that Winnie had a girl best friend who stuck with her throughout the book, and thought it added to the story a lot. This book for sure melted my heart, and I can’t wait to read more from Nisha Sharma.

 

Remaining Categories

  • Blooming time – a book set in spring
  • May flowers – a book you always reread in spring
  • Spring clean – a book you’ve been meaning to read forever
  • Nature calls – a book surrounded in nature
  • Spring showers – a book that makes you cry
  • WILD BEAUTY – group read-a-thon book

Since it’s only about 2 weeks into the read-a-thon, hopefully I’ll have time for a few more of these books, in addition to some other books I’m reading for other reasons. I hope to read at least 3 more books for this challenge.

 

Are you participating in the Spring Fling Read-a-Thon? How are you doing? Do you know of any other upcoming read-a-thons I should know about?

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