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Over the past weekend, between Friday 10th and Monday 13th July, the #CRAMATHON 2015 book challenge took place (hosted by Whitney over at WhittyNovels) and for the first time in my bookish life I decided to take part in a read-a-thon. I don't regret the decision, although I do wish I dedicated a bit more of my Monday to getting some longer works read as I feel I did just go for some easy ones here. However, there are the things I did manage to get through over those four days of cramming and what I thought of them:

The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson - 4/5, a collection of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales, surprisingly lacking good moral messages but cute reads as a whole.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - 4/5, such a Gilman fan, this collection contained 'The Yellow Wallpaper' which I've read a thousand times, along with some of her other short stories. A very enjoyable read and suitably spooky.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - 4/5, the classic, honestly a little bit of a letdown on the philosophical side but still beautiful and very upsetting at times.

Ariel by Sylvia Plath - 3/5, finally finished reading this poetry collection from Plath, very emotional and definitely easier read aloud in my opinion. Struggled with some of the imagery, connected well with all of the rest.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard - 3/5, another bit of a letdown, but still a very funny read. As a Hamlet fan I was obviously never going to hate it.

Civil War: The Road to Civil War TPB by J. Michael Straczynski and Brian Michael Bendis - 4/5, a re-read (I think, I can't really remember), getting prepped for the Civil War film and surprised by how many crossovers there are going to be with other Phase Three films, especially Thor.

Swamp Thing Volume One by Alan Moore - 5/5, the highlight of this entire experience, absolutely beautiful and perfectly crafted. A very good, tidy story told very, very well. Excited to pick up the rest of the series.

[Not pictured] Pretty Deadly Volume One by Kelly Sue DeConnick - 2/5, I wish I enjoyed this but the art style was such a struggle for me. A promising story by one of my favourite comic writers.

M x

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