In September I took part in Tome Infinity and Beyond, a science fiction readathon created and hosted by Megan @ Tome Infinity.
The aim was to save the world from an apocalypse depending on which team you joined – Team Natural Disaster, Team Supernatural, Team Warfare or Team Disease – by reading a book either set in or by an author from each of the continents around the world. I joined Team Natural Disaster and I managed to save four continents!
(I’m sorry Africa and South America – I really wanted to save you, too!)
I was really excited for this readathon but, of course, it just happened to fall across the time in September when I was on holiday with friends for five days, so I did no reading at all during that time, but I’m not that sorry. I had an amazing time in Denmark!
Considering I only managed to read one book before I went on holiday and then crammed another three in the weekend before the readathon ended, though, I’m pretty pleased with my progress and I managed to save North America, Asia, Australia and Oceania, and Europe. I also mainly strayed away from my TBR, so what did I read?
I did manage to stick to my TBR for North America and read Emma Berquist’s Devils Unto Dust which I did really enjoy, but didn’t love quite as much as I thought I would. I was also surprised by how long it took me to read; I thought I’d power through this book in a couple of days, but it ended up taking me six days to read so I spent longer on North America than I expected. I’m glad I finally crossed it off my TBR, though, and I gave it 4 stars – look out for my review next week!
Next up, rather than read the novella by Aliette de Bodard that I’d initially planned to read, something made me reach for Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale to save Asia instead. Why did I think a novel over 600 pages long would be a good idea for me to pick up for a readathon I only had three days left of? No idea! But I sped through this book and I read it in half the time I read Devils Unto Dust. This dystopian novel has been on my TBR for ages so it was so satisfying to cross it off my TBR at last. I’ll be reviewing this one for Sci Fi Month this November, so look out for my review then!
Then I read another novel over 600 pages which I also managed to read in just a couple of days: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I tried reading The Swan Book, which was originally on my TBR for Australia and Oceania, after I finished Devils Unto Dust, but I just couldn’t get into it and I wasn’t enjoying it. It’s still a novel I really want to try, but I didn’t want to force my way through it and hate it. I’ve heard so much praise for Illuminae since it was published, though, and when I remembered both Kaufman and Kristoff are Australian and I found the Kindle edition for less than £2 I figured it was a sign that I should jump on the bandwagon and read it!
Thanks to it being a novel told through multimedia, such as emails and online reports, it’s a novel you can speed through despite its chunky length, which was perfect for me! I read it on the last day of the readathon and saved the continent just in time. This is another one I’ll be reviewing for Sci Fi Month!
Longbow Girl was originally on my TBR for Europe and it’s another book I started and then put down because I wasn’t in the mood for it. I was really tempted to finally read Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill after Battle Royale whet my appetite for more dystopian fiction, but I didn’t have time and I didn’t want to rush it. Instead I picked up a little novella on my shelf, Damon L. Wakes’ Ten Little Astronauts which is a sci-fi story inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
It was a short, quick read, so I was able to read it in one sitting after I finished Illuminae and save Europe. Considering Europe’s my continent, I’d’ve been pretty disappointed with myself if I didn’t save it.
Ultimately I had a lot of fun with this readathon, it was such a fun idea for a readathon, and it has me ready to celebrate sci-fi this November!