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#Octobathon: Oct 17-19th Wrap Up!

While I did not know about this event until the last day, Sunday 19th, I still kinda participated because I did the Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon. So I'll count Saturday.. I started off my weekend by reading Before I Break By Alec John Belle. This is a contemporary novel about a homophobic character named Cyril and how he unknowingly becomes friends with a gay male named Avery. Then it is all about how Cyril's life spirals out of control. I loved the plot, the characters, and the topics discussed. For a full length review, you can check out my blog post.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Number of Pages: 288, only story.

The next book I picked up was Coraline by Neil Gaiman, which is a horror-fantasy novel. This novel was about a young girl named Coraline who discovers a door to another home that resembles her own, but better. This includes parents called the other mother and the other father. She then has to fight for her life. I thought this book was great. It had a riveting plot that kept me entertained and I loved how brave Coraline was. My favorite quote was "'Because' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.'"
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Number of Pages: 160, only story.

Lastly, I started but did not finish Stardust by Neil Gaiman. This book is a fantasy novel about about a young man named Tristran Thorn, who is on a quest to find a star to win the hand of  his love, Victoria Forester. On Saturday, I read up to page 20 then stopped. Then on Sunday I read up to page 143. So far I have enjoyed it a lot and I think it is way better than the movie, which is still good. My favorite character so far has been "the little hairy man". Yes, I know that is not a name but that is how the character is described because he does not give his name.

I had a crazy amount of fun and I cannot wait for Jenny's next read-a-thon! Shout out to her and her amazing work! You go, darling!

-UnderYourGrace aka Ashley

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1. Read What YOU Want to Read.

This is incredibly important. If you are not reading something you want to read and your pushing yourself to read it, then put it down and take a break. Read something you want or take a nap. If your doing this, it could led to a reading slump or watching Netflix... I totally did that! Not that there is anything wrong with taking a break! Or watching Netflix...

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