Weekly Reading Update: 2nd-10th April 2021

Last weekend I participated in Easter Readathon, a readathon hosted by Kate @ Reading Through Infinity. I managed to finish reading 3 books over the weekend – Landline by Rainbow Rowell, Butterfly Brain by Laura Dockrill, and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I rated them all as 4 stars and I wrote a wrap up blog post of the weekend here.

On Tuesday I started reading The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary as an ebook on my laptop. I’m struggling to read eBooks on my laptop because of the screen, but there are some titles I have on there that I want to read in the next couple of months. Of course, if it gets too bad then I just won’t be able to read them.

I finished reading The Flatshare on Thursday, and was going to rate it as 4 stars, however I’ve been more interested in the CAWPILE system created by Gi @ Book Roast and I’ve decided to try and use this more. I think it’s a good way of really thinking about the different aspects of the book and using that to help my rating. I ended up giving The Flatshare 3 stars based on CAWPILE – I enjoyed the story and the relationship and the notes, but I didn’t always like the writing style of Leon’s chapters, and some parts were too cliched for my liking. I’m definitely going to use CAWPILE more in the future to help me decide my ratings when I’m not sure or want to think more critically about a book.

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I started reading Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle on Friday. I borrowed this as an ebook from my library, so I have to read it on my phone, which I’m finding easier than reading on a laptop screen. I saw this title as I was scrolling through the library app and I borrowed it as I want to read as many of the shortlisted books for the YA Book Prize 2021 as I can – reading this would bring me up to 7 out of 10. As of this morning I am halfway through and it’s a fantastic read so far, I really like the writing style and fast pace.

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For the following week I am going to try and settle my reading down – I feel like I’m trying to participate in too many readathons and reading sprints and I’m putting too much pressure on myself to read a lot, when I don’t need to. It’s hard when there are certain books I want to read this month, but I just have to keep telling myself that I can read at my own pace, and that the books aren’t going anywhere!

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