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

book cover (74)A Book More Than 350 Pages

corsetFinish A Book You Started

vassaDiscounted Discoveries: anything you got on sale

book cover (86)A Book By A Female Author

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!)

book cover (88)A Book With A Love Triangle

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

Untitled design (62)Book Rec from OLL

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

Untitled design (33)Free Choice

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!

Strangeathon Wrap Up!

Strangeathon Wrap Up!

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I recently participated in a spooky Halloween readathon called Strangeathon. The challenge was to read fourteen books in two weeks which I didn’t manage at all because I was working on passing my theory driving test (I passed!) I did manage a fair few of the challenges though so I thought I would do a quick wrap up post. I’m not really going to talk about the books because I talked about most of them in my October wrap up so if you want to know more you can take a little look here!
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Challenge #2 – Thriller Killer: Read a thrilling book

I picked up a little penguin classic of Shirley Jackson’s The Missing Girl and two other tales. These were thrilling unsettling tales that I absolutely flew through and I enjoyed them. Overall rating for this one was 3/5 stars.

Challenge #3 – Halloween Icon: Read a book with something iconic to Halloween on the cover
For this I read Strange Ink by Gary Kemble. It has a skeleton on the cover and it was dark and gripping and a really well done thriller. You can take a look at my full review for it here! I gave it 4/5 stars.

Untitled design (18)Challenge #6 – Horror Monster: Read a book with a creature that is often the villain
For this I read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein as Frankenstein’s Monster is often a horror monster. I absolutely loved this book and it was one of my favourites of last months reading. I gave it 5/5 stars.

Challenge #8 – Tales From the Grave: Read a short story collection
For this I picked up some classic Edgar Allan Poe tales in The Murders In the Rue Morgue. These three tales are seen as the forerunner to well known detective stories by the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle. They were really fascinating and I gave them 3/5 stars.
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Challenge #9 – Setting Fun: Read a book with a spooky location

For this challenge I completed Strange Places by Katherine Arden which was a spooky fun ghost story that I completely adored. It’s set on a haunted farm which I thought was a pretty spooky location and I gave it 5/5 stars.

Challenge #10 – Blood Red: Read a book with a red or orange cover
I had originally planned to read Last Time I Lied but I ended up reading Spellbound by Cate Tiernan which has an orangey/red cover. I’ve really been enjoying revisiting this fun witchy series and gave it 5/5 stars.

Untitled design (70)Challenge #11 – Darkness Within: Read a book in darker conditions that normal
I picked up Bram Stoker’s Dracula for this because I haven’t read it in so long. I ended up reading it on the Kindle and pretty much only read a few chapters in bed each night in the dark so that definitely counted as darker conditions than normal.

Challenge #12 – Striking Title: Read a book based purely on the title
Without a doubt I had to read The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton. The title really drew my eye and I was really excited to read this witchy tale. I enjoyed it but I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I’d hoped so I only gave this 3/5 stars.

Untitled design (22)Challenge #14 – The F-Up: Read a book that has nothing to do with Halloween
I ended up reading Sleeper: Red Storm by J. D. Fennell for this as I had a blog tour review coming up for it. I really enjoyed this action packed spy thriller and it had nothing Halloweeny about it so it fit the bill really well and I gave it 4/5 stars.

So I completed nine out of the fourteen challenges and I’m pretty pleased with that! Did you participate in any readathons in October? If you did what did you read?

Magical Readathon – Charms Extra Credit Wrap Up!

Magical Readathon – Charms Extra Credit Wrap Up!

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So for the Magical Readathon I was hoping to try and read five books and that will give me a five day head start next year. Alas that didn’t quite work out. I read three books from my TBR, started the fourth and then also finished a book that wasn’t on my TBR at all –  so let’s take a look at the books I managed to read.

Untitled design (5)Challenge #4 – Rictusempra (a book that tickles you in the right way i.e an exciting trope/genre/theme)
For this I went for The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw because I love stories about witches and I got this book for my birthday. I thought it would be totally up my street and I was absolutely right. It was full of surprises, it was so atmospheric and beautiful and I flew through it. I gave it 5/5 stars and a full review for this book will be coming really soon!

Untitled design (6)Challenge #2 – Accio (Read a book at the top of your TBR)
For this I read Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller. I read Daughter of the Pirate King earlier and the year and have been dying to pick this up. This was another birthday book so I was really excited to get to it. The second instalment was a lot darker, dealing with the horrible things Alosa’s father has done. I enjoyed it a lot, but not as much as the first book in the series, so I gave it 4/5 stars.

Untitled design (7)Challenge #5 – Lumos (Read a book with a light cover)
I’ve had this book on my TBR for quite a while so I went with One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus. This book is so twisty and turny, I really had no idea who was behind the murder and who was telling the truth. I also liked the romance aspect of the story, it was nice to have that additional layer to the story. I read this one really quickly and gave it 4/5 stars.

Untitled design (8)Challenge #1 – Alohamora (Read the first book in a series)
Now I had originally planned to read Mirage by Somaiya Daud, and I have started this and am really enjoying it, however I did end up starting and finishing Vicious by V. E. Schwab. This is the first in her Villains series with Vengeful having just come out. I was dying to read them both so who can blame me for picking up Vicious? I absolutely loved the complex morally gray characters and the dark plot of this story. Needless to say I gave it 5/5 stars and I can’t wait to read Vengeful.

So those are the books I managed to read for the magical readathon. I’m pretty pleased with my four out of five challenges complete and I really enjoyed all the books that I read. I’m still hoping to read the two other books I mentioned – Mirage and The Winter of the Witch – this month, so check back for my October wrap up and see if I manage it!

Magical Readathon Charms Extra Credit TBR

Magical Readathon Charms Extra Credit TBR

The Bibliophile Chronicles (7)The Magical Readathon: Charms Extra Credit is a readthon that was created by BookRoast over on Youtube. This readathon is Harry Potter related and allows you to sit exams based on the classes at Hogwarts. I didn’t manage to participate in them this year, but they’re running again in 2019 so I thought starting off with this extra credit was the perfect way to start. Doing the extra credit now will give me a head start for the OWLs when they come around next year. I really enjoy participating in readthons, and challenging myself. This readthon is running 8-13th of October and has five challenges. I don’t know if I’ll manage to read them all but they’re all books I’ve been dying to read so I’m hoping that makes a difference!

Spell #1: Alohamora – read a book that’s first in a series.39726818
For this I’ve decided to go with Mirage by Somaiya Daud. This is the first in a new science fiction fantasy series, featuring a young slave girl who is used as the body double for a princess in case she is assassinated. I bought a copy of this recently and have been dying to pick it up. I’m hoping it will be an exciting and intense read!

36682619Spell #2: Accio – read a book that’s top of your TBR.
I deliberated on this one for ages because there are so many books on my TBR that I am desperate to read. I eventually decided on Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller. I read the first book in the series earlier in the year and absolutely loved it. It was such a fun and quick read. I got a beautiful hardback copy of this for my birthday so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pick it up.

Spell #3: Incendio – a book with the words ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in the title/series name, or a flame picture on the cover.38204046 (2)
For this I’ve gone with The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. It’s quite a big book but I have been dying to read it for so long and it has flames on the cover, making it the perfect excuse to read the conclusion to what is one of my favourite trilogies ever.

35297394Spell #4: Rictusempra – book that ‘tickles you the right way’ (exciting trope/theme/genre)
One of my favourite themes in books is witches. October is the perfect time of year for witchy books and I have so many of them to read this Halloween. With that in mind I decided for this challenge to go for The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw. This was another book I got for my birthday and I have been hoping to pick up ASAP.

Spell #5: Lumos – book with a light cover.34931507
It took me ages to find a book on my shelves with a white cover. I narrowed it down to a few but most didn’t fit the kind of book I was looking for for a readathon (literary fiction/non-fiction), but I finally found One Of Us Is Lying by Karen MacManus and I thought this would go so well. It has a white cover and is a perfect twisty turny thriller for the readathon.

So there we have my Magical Readathon Charms Extra Credit TBR. Are you participating in the readthon? If you are what are you reading? and if you’ve read any of these let me know what you thought of them!