I’ve completed ‘Phase One’ of the Marvel-a-thon! 😀
These reading prompts are based on the collection of films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Finally our good friends Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and the Avengers as a whole – can get on to solving problems that the world REALLY cares about, like what I’m going to read next!
Though most of the books that I read as part of this readathon, were pretty average – I did get to cross off some of the titles I’ve owned for ages, and they’re now off my shelves and bound for their new homes.
- Iron Man: Iron Man started the MCU timeline – Read the first book in a series.
- “Girl Online” by Zoe Sugg & Siobhan Curham
I’m not really the age demographic for this book, but love following Zoe Sugg online so thought I’d check this one out. It was a fairly cheesey tween romance, but kept me reading til the end. Perfect for middle grade readers, in this age of increased social media influence. 3 out of 5 Fishbirds.
- Hulk: Bruce Banner is famous for his green alter-ego – Read a book with a green cover.
- “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury
While I found the writing to be quite lyrical, every time I put this book down to live my life – I never wanted to pick it up again. I might come back to it in the future, but I have discovered there’s a movie version I can watch, so I might just do that and call this one a fail. 1 out of 5 Fishbirds.
- Hulk (Again) : Because I had a hard time with the book above, I picked a second green book from my shelves just to redeem myself. It did not go well either.
- “Pieces of Her” by Karin Slaughter
I liked the present day storyline well enough, however the flashback chapters were snooze-worthy and didn’t make for an enjoyable read. I felt the pacing lost momentum every time we went back to Laura’s past – and I would have been much happier discovering her in small portions alongside Andrea’s arc. 2 out of 5 Fishbirds.
- Iron Man 2: Iron Man 2 is one of Marvel’s most unpopular movies – Read a book that’s unpopular.
- “Horror House” by J. N. Williamson
I saved this gem from a second hand bookstore, so thought it would fit the bill for an ‘unpopular’ read as it was gathering dust on the back shelves. A few pages in, and I found out why it was not residing in a forever home … How can a house with teeth on the cover, be boring! As soon as Thomas Edison appeared, I rolled my eyes right out of this story. 1 out of 5 Fishbirds.
- Thor: The Thor movies are based on Norse Mythology – Read a book that involved myth or mythology.
- “The Orphan” by Robert Stallman
Look at this cover!! There was no way I could leave it in the second hand bookshop either 🙂 They had the whole trilogy of this werewolf series (werewolves being a mythology unto themselves). Sadly, the cover art was the best part about it. I enjoyed the story until a third of the way through, when it started to get a bit gross and unnecessary in relation to some of the underage characters. 1 out of 5 Fishbirds.
- Captain America: Captain America is set during WW2 – Read a book set or written in World War Two.
- “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
War, what is it good for? Reading about! 😀 I groaned a lot when I first picked this one up, even though I’d obviously wanted to read it at some point in my life as I own it. Turns out past me was kind of right – it was paced really well and I’m glad I read it. Saying that, any book set around WW2 is bound to be a bit depressing, and this was no exception. Glad to have ticked it off the list of modern classics though. 3 out of 5 Fishbirds.
- The Avengers: The Avengers is the first time we see the MCU heroes together. Read a book with multiple perspectives.
- “Sourcery” by Terry Pratchett
Probably the weakest of the Discworld novels I’ve read so far. I found this one a slog to get through & the pacing really slow despite a lot of activity in the story. My fave characters are still Death and the Luggage. I’d be happy not to hear from Rincewind for a bit, as I think his character arc is pretty shallow. I was glad to read that others had felt the same way, so I’m keen to keep going with the rest of the series 🙂 2 out of 5 Fishbirds.
See you in Phase 2!