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#ThanksgivingReadathon 2018 Wrap-Up + I Met Jackie B @DeathbyTsundoku (the Host) IRL!


That’s a wrap on the #ThanksgivingReadathon 2018!  I had such a blast participating in this low pressure readathon.  It was the perfect way to knock a few of the shorter books off my TBR & boost my Goodreads reading status before the end of the year.

Not only did I participate in the readathon, but I got the opportunity to meet the host, Jackie B @Death by Tsundoku in real life during the readathon!  And yes, she is totally as awesome in real life as she is on her amazing blog!

Let’s see which books I finished, shall we?



I can now officially say that I’ve participated in a readathon!  I can now tick it off my bookish bucket list. I originally had 4 books on my #ThanksgivingReadathon 2018 TBR.  I did a pretty good job of sticking to my TBR, finishing 3 out of the 4 books on my TBR, and 4 books overall for the readathon.  I did read a book that was not on my original TBR, but that’s because it came in for me at my library and was a perfect book to read during a readathon.  #NoRegrets

Wednesday 11/21

  • Last 25% of Prince Caspian to finish it up before starting my readathon books
  • 100% of And the Ocean Was Our Sky Finished (book #1)
  • 15% of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Thursday 11/22

  • 85% of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – Finished (book #2)

Friday 11/23

  • 66% of The Secret of Nightingale Wood
  • 15% of The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Saturday 11/24

  • 34% of The Secret of Nightingale WoodFinished (book #3)
  • 35% of The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Sunday 11/25

  • 50% of The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Finished (book #4)
  • 46% of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Books Completed

» And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
5-Star Rating System

Feelings in  few thoughts:

  • I know there are mixed reviews for this one, but I really enjoyed it.
  • And the Ocean Was Our Sky is a retelling of Moby-Dick told from the perspective of a whale.  While I’ve never actually read Moby-Dick, I do know the basic plot.  I don’t think you have to have read Moby-Dick in order to fully “get” this retelling.
  • I adore how Patrick chose to come at this retelling.  I am here for unique and inventive!  It does take a bit to fully grasp what’s going on, but it does become clear.
  • Themes: legends (rumors), what makes a monster?, prejudices, etc.  I really enjoyed the morals behind the story the most.
  • If you need books with well fleshed out characters or in-depth plotlines, this isn’t going to be the book for you.  This is a very simple plotline without much character development.  Remember, this is a short story, but it does have a deep moral.
  • If I am being completely honest, I was a tad disappointed in the illustrations.  They were far too simple.  Had there been more depth to them, I feel it would have enhanced the story.  BUT the cover almost makes up for this *heart eyes*

» The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne


5-Star Rating System

Feelings in  few thoughts:

  • I knew this book was going to destroy me.  From reading the synopsis, I obviously THOUGHT I knew what was coming, but Boyne managed to still surprise me.
  • I’ve read MANY a WWII historical fiction, but never from the perspective of a child of a Nazi commandant.  I’d never really thought about this perspective much, but think it was an important perspective to tell.
  • This is my second John Boyne book, and he has knocked it out of the park both times.  Can’t wait to read more!

»  The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange


5-Star Rating System

Feelings in  few thoughts:

  • This book was beautifully written!
  • This book is tagged as a middle grade book, but I would almost classify it as a YA book.  Despite the fact the narrator is 12 (turns 13 in the book), the content & writing is above a MG level in my opinion.
  • This is definitely a darker, gothic style book with overall themes of grief & depression.
  • The audiobook was brilliantly narrated by the author herself!  She actually sounds a lot like Keira Knightly.  The narration was simply lovely.


» The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Feelings in  few thoughts:

  • I am actually not going to rate this one because I do not think print form is the way to go with this book.   I am going to re-read this one via audiobook, especially since it’s narrated by Stephen Fry.

I’d like to give a huge shout out to my friend Jackie @Death by Tsundoku for hosting the #ThanksgivingReadathon 2018!  Speaking of Jackie, I had the pleasure of meeting her in real life during this readathon!  How cool is that?!


Jackie grew up in Ohio, so she was here visiting family for the holiday.   We met up at a coffee shop where we discussed our buddy read, The Last Unicorn, while sipping coffee & enjoyed pastries.  From there, we walked over to the infamous book store, The Book Loft, where we browsed each of the 32 rooms full of books for 2 hours!


Jackie is exactly as I imagined her to be after 2 years of friendship over the blogosphere.  I had so much fun spending the morning with her!  Now that my son is reassured that Jackie is NOT in fact a sociopath that is out to kill me*, I hope this is the start of many more meet-ups for us.

*My 12-year-old worried for my safety when I told him I was meeting an online friend in person.  He MAY be a tad overprotective… no idea where he gets it from 🙂


Did you participate in #ThanksgivingReadathon 2018?  If so, which books did you read?

If you did not participate, what did you read over the holiday?

Comment below & let me know!

17 thoughts on “#ThanksgivingReadathon 2018 Wrap-Up + I Met Jackie B @DeathbyTsundoku (the Host) IRL!”

  1. I have some naive no-fear attitude when it comes to meeting people online. I drove straight to Jackie’s house, lol. I mean, I had my husband with me. At the time, Jackie was home alone, so who knows, maybe she should have been afraid of us! 😀

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    1. Jackie was the second blogger I had met up with in real life. I did meet up with a blogger friend at a big book event we were both attending, but again that was a public space. You guys are brave! I am not sure if I could have done something so intimate for our first meeting… Plus I would have given my son a heart attack lol


  2. ❤ ❤ ❤ It was AWESOME to meet you! You, likewise, are just as awesome as 2 years of internet friendship proved you would be. 🙂 I hope we'll be able to meet up more in the future!

    You had some GREAT Thanksgiving Readathon reads! You picked some ambitious books, as well. I don't know how you made time for so much reading with everything your family was up to. Well done!

    I second listening to the audiobook for The Hitchhiker’s Guide. It just… feels much more immersive and silly. Will you be listening to it sooner rather than later? Or holding out for any particular time?

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    1. Well I obviously wasn’t blogging or blog hopping, so I had time to read lol
      I’ll probably listen to Hitchiker’s Guide sooner rather than later since the book is fresh in my mind. I just feel like the humor of the book went over my head a bit in print form. I need to hear it performed I think.

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      1. I feel that way about a lot of books which are intended to be humourous. I always laugh more if I listen to the books read to me rather than reading the text myself. I felt that way about Scrappy Little Nobody; I started with the physical book and realized I wasn’t into it. Someone convinced me to try again with the audiobook. Blew me away.

        I hope that you find The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy better when you listen to it!


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