O.W.L.S. Magical Readthon TBR!

O.W.L.S. Magical Readthon TBR!

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This was supposed to go up earlier in the week but as I’m late to everything that’s about right!

The Magical Readathon is a readathon run by G over at BookRoast which sees students taking their Ordinary Wizarding Levels at Hogwarts. The readathon runs for the month of April and this time around there are 12 subjects with prompts for each one however the readathon also includes a list of future careers in the Wizarding World. Students are encouraged to pick subjects based on the career they are most interested in. (You can see all the careers here)

I’m making a TBR for all twelve prompts because after a disastrous reading month in March I’m hoping this will help me power through some books. The career I’ve chosen is Magizoologist because I’d love to hang out with all the amazing creatures. So for this career I need to complete the following subjects: Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology and Potions. These will be my priorities for the readathon! (I’m not sure how well I explained all that but if you head over to G’s channel she has all the details)

So to the TBR!

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Ancient Runes: A Retelling

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Arithmancy: A book written by more than one author

book cover - 2019-04-03T105924.120Astronomy: A book with ‘star’ in the title

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Care of Magical Creatures: Land animal on the cover (there’s a meerkat in there I promise)

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Charms – Age-line: read an adult work

book cover - 2019-04-03T110151.500Defence Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: title starts with an R

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Divination: Set in the future

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Herbology: plant on the cover

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History of Magic: published at least 10 years ago

book cover - 2019-04-03T110806.863Muggle Studies: Contemporary

book cover - 2019-04-02T135442.190Potions: Next Ingredient: Sequel

bldthTransfiguration: Sprayed Edges or Red Cover

So those are the books I’m hoping to read for the Magical Readathon! If you’ve read any of them already definitely let me know your thoughts and if you’re participating let me know what you’re planning to read!

Lost-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Lost-A-Thon Wrap Up!

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I had big hopes that I was going to rattle through quite a few books for the Lost-A-Thon especially because so many of them were books I really wanted to read. Unfortunately I hit a bit of a slump and didn’t get to as many books as I’d hoped. This will be pretty similar to my February wrap up but I thought I’d do a separate post of the ones I did read for the readathon!

Untitled design (40)Long Term TBR: A Book that’s been on your TBR forever
For this I read The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano. I’ve had this for ages and always really wanted to read it because I love Lauren DeStefano’s writing. I found it a little chaotic and the story was pretty predictable so while I probably will continue the series I felt a little disappointed overall. (2.5/5 stars)

the callingA Book Less Than 250 Pages
For this I read The Calling by Cate Tiernan. The Sweep series is a childhood favourite and I’ve really loved revisiting these books. They’re fast-paced and fun reads and I can’t wait to pick up the next instalment. I’m honestly surprised that I still love them so much all these years later.  (4/5 stars)

vassaDiscounted Discoveries: A book you got on sale
For this I chose Vassa In the Night by Sarah Porter which really wasn’t my cup of tea. I really struggled with this and I think this is part of the reason I didn’t get around to reading more books because it took me so long to finish this one. I didn’t like the characters, the plot didn’t make sense and I didn’t really get any enjoyment from the story. (1.5/5 stars)

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Historical Conversations: A book that makes you think

I read The Familiars by Stacy Halls for this one and it was a really brilliant story about female friendship and the witch trials. I read it one day at work and it’s probably my favourite historical fiction that I’ve read this year. (4/5 stars)

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Mystery Genre Pick: Contemporary

I chose contemporary because it’s something I don’t read all that much of. I ended up reading Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivan. I thought this was a solid read, I wasn’t over fond of the characters but I enjoyed the plot. (3.5/5 stars)

blood and sandA Book With Red on the Cover
I finally read Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk for this one. This is another book I have mixed feelings about. I loved the female Spartan determined to reclaim her homeland idea but the story felt too focused on the romance between Attia and the Gladiator who becomes her owner for me to give it a higher rating. (3.5/5 stars)

So those are the books I read for Lost-A-Thon. Let me know some books you’ve read recently and what you thought!

Adventure-A-Thon TBR!

Adventure-A-Thon TBR!

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March has been a bit of a rubbish reading month for me and I’ve read hardly anything these past few weeks. To try and kick myself back into gear I’m going to participate in the Adventure-A-Thon. This is a fab readathon run by My Novel Thoughts and you can find out more about it here!

The readthon is running from the 25th to the 31st of March and features a choose your own adventure map. Whichever team you choose is the one you earn points for by completing the reading challenges.

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I have gone for Team Dragon and I’ve chosen a bunch of books I’m really excited to read for this readathon that will hopefully help me out of this slumpishness. I usually find readathons help me to push myself and read quite a few things!

book cover - 2019-03-21T124821.7941. Fellowship: Read the group book.
The group book was chosen via Twitter and it’s A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. I’m so excited about this because it’s long been on my TBR so now I’ve got no excuses and can get reading!
book cover - 2019-03-21T124644.6982. Cliff: Read a book with a nature word in the title
The creators said you could use pretty much anything for the nature word so I’ve gone for Other Words for Smoke, smoke being my nature word because this gorgeous book arrived yesterday and I am dying to read it.

book cover - 2019-03-21T124740.3463. Toad: Read a book with green on the cover.
Now this isn’t a fantasy book but I’ve really been enjoying dark mystery/thriller type books recently and I didn’t have that many books on my TBR with green on the cover so I’m going for All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehforth. The cover shown here isn’t very green but the ARC is!
grhwoigw4. Fate: Read a book set in the past.
For this I’m going for Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I’ve heard some really terrific things about this book and I’m really excited to dive in.

book cover - 2019-03-01T142202.5255. Bewilder: Read a book with a plot twist
For this I’m going for The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman because even from the synopsis I’m getting witchy, twisty vibes. It’s one of my most anticipated releases so I hope it lives up to the hype!
book cover (85)Journey: Read a book over 500 pages.
This also isn’t a fantasy book but I don’t know if I’d make it through a really hefty fantasy book over 500 pages in time for the readathon. I’ve seen some rave reviews for Night Film by Marisha Peshl so I think it’ll be the perfect gripping read to keep me going.
book cover - 2019-03-11T210836.240Powder: Read a book by the fireside.
I don’t have a fire but the creators said you can use candles or a fire on Youtube or something to create the same effect. I’m at a bit of a loss for which book to go for for this one – I have two I’m really excited to read – The Graces by Laure Eve or Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly. They sound brilliant so if anyone has any thoughts definitely let me know which one to read!

So that’s my TBR for Adventure-A-Thon. If you’re participating definitely let me know what’s on your TBR and if you’ve read any of these which ones I should start with!

Lost-A-Thon TBR!

Lost-A-Thon TBR!

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It’s February already and I haven’t participated in a readathon! I love readathons so when I stumbled across the Our Lost Library Lost-A-Thon I couldn’t resist making a TBR and joining in. This readathon started yesterday, but it’s also a month long so I figured I had plenty of time to catch up. There are tons of different reading prompts and there’s no way I’m going to get to them all but I thought it would be fun to pick a book for each prompt and that gives me a whole lot of different choices throughout the month. The point of this readathon is to read older books that you have on your TBR but for me I might mix in some new releases that I already have on my shelf that I’m just dying to read!

book cover (83)New Year, New Book: A book you were given as a gift.

Untitled design (40)Long Term TBR: A book that’s been on your TBR forever

the callingA Book Less Than 250 Pages

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corsetFinish A Book You Started

vassaDiscounted Discoveries: anything you got on sale

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book cover (77)Finish A Series: 1 book or 5, it’s up to you!

book cover1New To You Genre: a genre you don’t really gravitate towards

book cover2Historical Conversations: a book that makes you think

Untitled design (63)Classic With A Twist: modern versions of classics (I’m stretching this a little buy oh well)

book cover3Deadly relationships: Domestic thrillers, paranormal romances

book cove4rDiverse Graphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga (I don’t own much in the way of graphic novels on my TBR and I don’t have any manga so I cheated on this one)

ffdTwenty-Somethings in Space

ruinFemale Fantasy

book cover (46)Middle Grade Retelling: Fairytale Retelling (Cheating again, I don’t have much middle grade on my TBR!)

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book cover (76)Mystery Genre Pick: Contemporary

slayerFaith, Courage or Strength: words used in the synopsis

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A Red Book

grhwoigwTBR Jar Pick: Sky in the Deep

Untitled design (98)Buddy Read: Buddy reading with my boyfriend

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killing jokePassion Project: something you’re passionate about – Batman!

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So those are my choices for Lost-A-Thon! I’m not sure how many I’ll get to – definitely not all of them but if I could read 10/12 I would be so pleased. Are there any you think I should prioritise – I’m honestly dying to read them all – if you do let me know below!

Readathon Wrap Ups!

Readathon Wrap Ups!

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I participated in two readathons recently so I thought I would do a quick wrap up post for them both just to see how I got on with the challenges!

Tome Topple

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The first readathon was Tome Topple, which is a readathon focusing on reading books over 500 pages. For this I had planned to try and read four books, including The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Illuminae. You can see my TBR post for the readathon here.

In the end I didn’t really read any of the books I had planned to read. I read Illuminae and loved it so much that I ended up diving straight into Gemina. I read the majority of Gemina but didn’t manage to finish it before the readathon ended. The challenges were:

book cover (1)Read more than one tome: Technically I did that though I didn’t finish the second.
Read a tome that is part of a series: Both books are part of the Illuminae files series.
Buddy read a tome: My boyfriend read Illuminae with me.
Read an adult novel: This is the one challenge I didn’t fulfil.

So although it didn’t go quite how I expected I’m so glad I participated because I’ve found a new series that I absolutely adore.

Falling Into Fantasy Readathon

This readathon focused on reading those fantasy books that have been on your TBR for a while. There were eight challenges and I knew I wouldn’t finish all of them but in the end I completed four books and I really loved quite a few of them. If you want to see my full TBR you can take a look here!

The challenges completed were:

Untitled design (76)1. Read the first book in a series: I read Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart and really enjoyed this fast paced dystopian story.

2. Read a book that’s been on your TBR too long: I FINALLY read The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. These short stories set in the Grishaverse are so beautiful and a perfect read for this time of year.

3. Read a diverse fantasy: For this I picked up Mirage by Somaiya Daud and honestly Untitled design (97)this is one of my favourite new books. I loved everything about it and I’m desperate for more.

4. Read a book with multiple POVs: Grace and Fury fulfilled this challenge too, it has alternating POVs of two sisters.

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5. Read a new fantasy: I read Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa for this one. This imaginative adventure is a brilliant read and I have a full review posted if you’d like to know more you can take a look here!

6. Read a booktube recommended book: I’ve seen pretty much each of the books I read recommended on booktube but particularly Shadow of the Fox has been getting lots of recommendations there recently so that luckily fulfilled this challenge too!

So those are the wrap ups for the recent readathons I participated in. Are you taking part in any festive readathons? If you are let me know which ones and what you’re planning to read!

Falling Into Fantasy TBR!

Falling Into Fantasy TBR!

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Am I the crazy person that’s going to try and participate in two readathons at once? Yes yes I am. I recently posted my Tome Topple TBR, in which I’m hoping to read four big books over the next weeks (you can take a look here). But I also really wanted to join in on this readathon because it sounds fun and I have so many good fantasy books to read!

This readathon is being hosted by Penguin books and runs from today (the 18th) to the 25th of November. If you want to know more you can take a look at their website here!

So there are eight challenges and I’ve picked a book for each one. It’s unlikely I’ll manage to read all eight but you never know, so here goes!

Untitled design (76)1. Read the first book in a series
For this I’m going to try and read Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart because it’s been on my TBR for ever and it sounds so good!

2. Read A Book That’s Been On Your TBR Too Long
I thought for this one I could finally pick up The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. It’s such a beautiful book and I can dip in and out because it’s short stories.

Untitled design (77)3. Read An LQBTQ Fantasy
I’m so excited to pick up Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I’ve had this book for Christmas a while ago and I keep meaning to read it so I’m definitely making it a priority this time around!

4. Read A Diverse Fantasy
I’m going to pick up Mirage for this one after meaning to read it for another readathon and not getting around to it. It seems quite short too so I’m hoping I can fly through this one.

Untitled design (78)5. Read A book with multiple POVs
Another fantasy I’ve been meaning to read for so long is Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau. This book sounds terrific and I haven’t seen that many reviews for it so I’m hoping it will be a good one.

6. Read A New Fantasy
I recently got sent a copy of Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa and I’m participating in the blog tour at the end of the month so I figured this would be the perfect prompt to read this one.

Untitled design (79)7. Read A Sequel
The author Josie Jaffrey sent me a copy of her book The Gilded King and I loved it so much. She very kindly sent me the second book in the series, The Silver Queen last month and I’m itching to read it so now I have no excuses!

8. A Booktube Recommended Book
For this I’m going with Neverworld Wake by Marisha Peshl. I’ve seen so many booktubers talk about this book that I figured it would be a great one to read for the readathon.

So that’s my TBR for the Falling Into Fantasy readthon! If you’ve read any of these definitely let me know what you thought!

Tome Topple TBR!

Tome Topple TBR!

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This is my first time participating in the tome topple readathon. This time it’s running from 16th of November until the 29th. The only rule is to read those tomes over 500 pages that have been lurking on your TBR shelf! I actually have tons of great big books on my TBR so I’ve picked a few books that I definitely want to try and read over the two weeks and then hopefully I might get to a couple more. There are five challenges for the readathon:
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1. Read more than one tome

I’m hopefully going to fufill this challenge by completing the other ones and then I’ll have read more than one book but I’m definitely hoping to get to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee during the readathon!

2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)

This is the one challenge I’m not participating in. I looked through all the graphic novels I own and not a single one was over 500 pages and I am not planning to buy any so I’m missing this one out!

Untitled design (72)3. Read a tome that is part of a series
For this I thought I would pick up Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Ami Kaufman. I’ve wanted to read this for ages and although its nearly 600 pages I still think it will be a pretty quick and addictive read.

4. Buddy read a tome
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I’m buddy reading a book with my boyfriend and for this challenge we’re going to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This is one of the few Neil Gaiman books I’ve never read and I’m also dying to watch the TV series so hopefully we can get through this massive book during the readathon.
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5. Read an adult novel

I’ve got a few options for this one but I think I might reread Red Sister by Mark Lawrence and if I have time pick up Grey Sister in time for Holy Sister coming out next year. That way I can be all caught up!

So those are the books I’m going to attempt for tome topple! Are you participating in the readathon? If you are let me know what you’re planning to read and if you’ve read any of these do let me know what you think!