Treesofreverie’s April Read-A-Thon: Reading Challenges

The other thing that the end of April means is that it is the end of the readathon for Treesofreverie! I think I did quite well. Here are the books I read:

Wuthering Heights

A Wrinkle in Time

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Scorch Trials

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

In addition to the books we were reading, there were challenges we were given to complete. Here are the ones I finished.

This is the official list of challenges for anyone who is looking to push themselves during the April Read-A-Thon:

  • Finish an entire book in ONE day
  • Read a book by an author you haven’t read before
  • Read a book about books
  • Read outside
  • Read out loud
  • Finish a book in a series you’ve not yet completed
  • Read a graphic novel or manga
  • Read a book with an LGBTQ+ character
  • Read a Classic
  • Read a book in the Fantasy genre
  • Read a book in the Contemporary genre
  • Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read
  • Read a poetry book
  • Read a collection of short stories
  • Read a book by an indie or self published author
  • Recommend a book to a friend or a fellow book blogger based on what they’re currently reading
  • Share some of your favourite quotes from the books you read during the Read-A-Thon
  • Write a book review for one of the books you read during the Read-A-Thon
  • Take pictures of your reading progress
  • Show off your books by taking more pictures
  • Start a TBR Jar
  • Start a reading journal
  • Organise a book swap with friends

This was a great readathon project! And, what’s really great is I just found out about a new challenge being held in May by Tee the Quoter. This is not a readathon, but a Favorites challenge. Every day I’ll be posting a favorite “thing” about what I’m reading. Here’s the list!

Now, some of these might just be pictures and will be posted to my Instagram and Tumblr accounts, so make sure you’re following those. Some may be reviews that I post here. Either way, I’m excited to have some prompts for different books to write about!

A Wrinkle in Time

When I was in fourth grade, I both loved and hated story time. I loved it because, of course, it involved books, and what else is more wonderful than that? Fourth grade also meant long division…which was the worst thing ever. Story time was way better than long division.

However, we usually only read one or two chapters at a time, and I wanted to grab the book and read the whole thing in one sitting. Listening to someone read a book that slowly to me was cruel and unusual punishment. It still is–that’s why I don’t listen to audiobooks unless I’m doing something productive.

I vaguely remember reading Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time back then, but only pieces of it seemed familiar. I remembered Mrs. Whatsit, and the image of the Sameness houses all in a line with the clumsy boy who dropped the ball. Other than that, everything in this read through was new to me.


After just finishing Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy recently, the themes in this sci-fi young adult fiction novel stuck out like a sore thumb. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Sci-Fi really just isn’t my thing, I guess. I wanted to like it, but it just isn’t believable to me, and I find it strange and awkward. The IT seemed like the GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ, only it wasn’t so great and powerful. It was just mean and robotic. Charles was supposed to be “special,” but was taken in pretty damn easily. And I really didn’t understand what Calvin was supposed to be at all. He was somewhere between normal and Charles’s breed of special too? I think the roles needed to be more clearly defined.

What really got me though, was that the plot built and built and built, and then BOOM. Ending. We get 3 pages of Meg on IT and then poof they are back at home, with no real time to breathe. I’m not even sure how that even happened. There’s no, “Oh, the brain is dead, here’s what happened to Camazotz.” I mean, what happens to that whole planet now that their brain is destroyed? Or did she even kill it? We don’t really know, because they get whisked away so fast.

Maybe I’m overthinking a children’s book, but there are a lot of questions I need answered at the end of this one. Is there a fandom for A Wrinkle in Time? I bet there are a bunch of theories and ships and canons we could come up with!