Yesterday was the last day of this round of #DiverseAThon and what a spectacular failure it was for me. My main goal was to get through The Bone Witch and then at least start another book (ideally finishing a second), but I really didn’t come near that goal. The two main reasons why I didn’t do so well were that 1.) This was my first full week back at school and work and therefore I didn’t have very much free time and 2.) the world has been in complete and utter chaos which made it very hard for me to focus on reading.
Regardless, I did manage to get through The Bone Witch. Just barely. But I did it! I finished it last night. I’m not totally sure what I thought of this. I loved the world-building and the fact that the story was very clearly influenced by Japanese culture, particularly the asha who were clearly based on geisha. But in terms of the actual plot, it felt like it was missing something to me. Nothing really got going until around halfway through the book and even then it was mostly Tea’s training to become an asha which, truthfully, was rather boring. Anyway, long story short: I’m not quite sure what I thought of this and need some time to sort out my thoughts. Keep an eye out for my review which will likely be posted towards the end of February since this book doesn’t release until March 7th.
I have to say that even though I didn’t get very much reading done this week, I’m not really upset about it. This was meant to just kind of be a fun way for me to feel motivated to read diverse books rather than something I really wanted to stress myself out over. And as you all probably know by now, I’m planning to read a lot of diverse books throughout the year so I don’t really care that I didn’t get more than one read this week. They’re not going anywhere. 🙂 On the other hand, I am a little disappointed I didn’t end up making it to any of the Twitter chats. I don’t even have a good excuse for it. I just haven’t been in the mood for Twitter chats recently and so I’ve skipped them (in the past week alone, there have been 3 different ones that I was interested in but didn’t actually participate in). Oh well, there’s not much I can do about it now, haha. I’ll definitely be participating in DiverseAThon again in the future, hopefully with more success!