Spookathon TBR!

Spookathon TBR!

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Things have been pretty busy at the moment and I haven’t been posted (or reading) as much as I’d like, but I’m hoping a Halloween themed readathon will be just the thing to get my reading back on track. I’m going to participate in Spookathon, the readathon run by BooksandLala, running 14th-20th of October. My TBR is going to be these beautiful books:

Read a thriller: Final Girls – Riley Sager
Copy of book cover (75)Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
 
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
 
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Read something with red on the cover: This Lie Will Kill You – Chelsea Pitcher
Copy of book cover (76)Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.

Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

Read something with a spooky word in the title: The Witch of Willow Hall – Hester Fox
Copy of book cover (77)Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

Read something set in a spooky location: The Lost Ones – Anita Frank
Copy of book cover (78)Some houses are never at peace.

England, 1917
 
Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.

Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella – sobbing in the night, little footsteps on the stairs – and as events escalate, she finds herself drawn to the tragic history of the house.

Aided by a wounded war veteran, Stella sets about uncovering Greyswick’s dark and terrible secrets – secrets the dead whisper from the other side…

In the classic tradition of The Woman in Black, Anita Frank weaves a spell-binding debut of family tragedy, loss and redemption.

Read something you wouldn’t normally read: Unexplained – Richard Maclean Smith
Copy of book cover (79)Based on the ‘world’s spookiest podcast’ of the same name comes Unexplained: a book of ten real-life mysteries which might be best left unexplained. . .

Demonic possession in 1970’s Germany.

UFOs in Rendlesham forest.

Reincarnation in Middlesbrough.

To this day, these real life mysteries and very many more evade explanation.

Based on one of the most successful paranormal podcasts ever, with over 10 million streams and downloads to date, Unexplained consists of ten chapters focussing on a different paranormal event, from Australia to Germany, the UK to Zimbabwe, using the stories as gateways to a journey beyond the veil of the uncanny, exploring what they reveal of the human experience.

Taking ideas once thought of as supernatural or paranormal and questioning whether radical ideas in science might provide a new but equally extraordinary explanation, Unexplained is The Examined Life meets The X Files.

So those are the books I’m hoping to tackle for Spookathon! If you’ve read any of them I’d love to know what you thought, and if you’re participating, definitely let me know what you’re planning to read!

Hogwarts-A-Thon TBR!

Hogwarts-A-Thon TBR!

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I had such fun doing the N.E.W.T.S readathon last month I thought I might join in with this Harry Potter themed readathon too. Starting today, September 1st it is hosted by Georgi from @niffler_reads and @laureads on Twitter. It runs for the whole month and features 8 prompts, so let’s dive into my TBR!

Copy of book cover (51)Platform 9 3/4: Read a sequel
For this I’m reading Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff, as I imagine a whole load of other people are. It’s number one on my priority list so I figured I’m best reading it first!

Copy of book cover (50)Welcome to Hogwarts: A book over 384 pages
For this I’m going with Bloodchild by Anna Stephens. This is my other majorly anticipated book and it comes out right at the start of September so I should definitely get to it. According to Goodreads it has 503 pages, so it fits in nicely.

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I had hoped to get to We Hunt the Flame during the N.E.W.T.S. but I didn’t manage to read it so I’m adding it on for this month. It has a blue cover and I’m a Ravenclaw so I should definitely get to it for this readathon.

Copy of book cover (52)Ghosts of Hogwarts: Read a contemporary
The New Boy by Paula Rawsthorne has been on my TBR for a while so I thought it would be perfect for this prompt!

Copy of book cover (53)Mr Ollivander: A book over two years old
Six of Crows is on my list of books to read by the end of the year and I still haven’t gotten to it so I’m adding it to this readathon for sure.

Copy of book cover (54)Diagon Alley: A book with lots of hype
I recently read and loved The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang and totally loved it so I would really loved to get to the sequel, The Dragon Republic, this month.

Copy of book cover (55)Flourish & Blotts: A random book from your TBR
I need to read A Shadow on the Lens by Sam Hurcom for a blog tour later in month. I’m really looking forward to reading this one, it sounds brilliant.

book cover - 2019-04-16T211642.383BONUS – Forbidden Forest: A book with dark themes
This is a bonus prompt if you read the other books, and for this I’m going with Crowfall by Ed McDonald because I honestly can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. I’ve loved the first two books and they’re dark and creepy so I’m sure Crowfall will be too.

So those are the books I’m hoping to read during Hogwarts-A-Thon! If you’re participating I’d love to know what you’re planning to read!

N.E.W.T.S Magical Readathon TBR!

N.E.W.T.S Magical Readathon TBR!

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In April I participated in the O.W.L.S Magical Readathon and had so much fun, it really pushed me to read some extra books and that is definitely what I need this month. I started a little late because I was moving house, but I’m so excited to dive into my TBR. If you want to know more, G at BookRoast has all the details!

I completed 10 O.W.L.S in April but there are three prompts for each exam this time around so I’m not sure how many I will make it through but I’ve created a TBR to give me a shot at getting Outstanding in each.

Astronomy

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A: Moon on the cover or anywhere in the title:
Empress of A Thousand Skies Rhoda Belleza
E: Word ‘night’ in the title or series names: Nevernight- Jay Kristoff
O: Read a sci-fi book (or stars on the cover): The Stars Now Unclaimed – Drew Williams 

Arithmancy

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A: Book that ends on an even number: A Chain Across the Dawn – Drew Williams
E: A standalone: Hunted – Megan Spooner
O: Book that’s longer than 350 pages: Tidelands – Philippa Gregory

Charms

Copy of book cover (41)A: Read a book you think has a gorgeous cover: A Dress for the Wicked – Autumn Krause
E: Read a comic/graphic novel/manga: Batgirl of Burnside – Cameron Stewart 
O: Spongify (softening charm) read a paperback book: The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich

Defence Against the Dark Arts

Copy of book cover (15)A: book that’s black under the dust jacket: Blood and Exile – Brian Naslund
E: Gilderoy’s Memory Charm! First book you remember from your TBR: Perfectly Preventable Deaths – Deirdre Sullivan
O: Cornish Pixie! Swat it away with a book written by an English author or set in England: D.O.G.S – M.A. Bennett

Divination

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A: Read a white book: Suicide Club – Rachel Heng
E: Read a short story or collection of short stories: Wastelands: The New Apocoloypse – John Joseph Adams
O: Read the last book you bought/ got from the library: Shrouded Loyalties – Reese Hogan

Herbology

Copy of book cover (43)A: Mandrake! Headphones on, listen to an audiobook: These Rebel Waves – Sarah Raasch
E: Read a book between 350 and 390 pages: The Sword of Silence – Shaun Curry
O: Read a book with a flower on the cover: All the Bad Apples – Moira Fowley – Doyle

History of Magic

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A: Read a fantasy: Into the Crooked Place – Alexandra Christo
E: Read a book that includes a map: We Are the Dead – Mike Shackle
O: Tom Riddle’s diary, reread an old favourite (or read a classic): A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare

Muggle Studies

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A: Cover that includes an actual photo element: Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager
E: Book set in our real world: Sanctuary – V. V. James
O: Book written by a person of colour: We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal

Potions

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A: Pollyjuice potion, read your friends favourite book! Feed – Mira Grant
E: Book with the colour of your Hogwarts House: Dragonslayer – Duncan M. Hamilton
O: Book that starts with a prologue: Magic For Liars – Sarah Gailey


Transfiguration

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A: Read a book with LGBTQA+ representation: Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
E: Read a book that’s not the first in a series: Dark Ink – Gary Kemble
O: Read a book over 500 pages: The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang


So those are all the books on my N.E.W.T.S TBR! I know I won’t get to them all but I’m hoping to at least read all the A’s and maybe get to a few O’s! What are you reading for the magical readathon?

A Game of Booksathon TBR!

A Game of Booksathon TBR!

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I’m starting this a little late as I only just discovered this brilliant Game of Thrones themed readathon from Noura over at Perks of Being Noura. I love all things Game of Thrones so I thought this would be the perfect readathon to challenge myself to get some of those great big fantasy tomes off my TBR.

The readathon runs the whole month of June and you can find out all the details here. There are 11 prompts as well as the option to read the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (I’m skipping this because I’ve read the series a few times).

I’m hoping I don’t burn myself out reading too many fantasy books but a lot of these I can use for multiple prompts, and I can always swap them out for something shorter – here goes!

The Game of Thrones: First book in a series/trilogy
Lost Gods – Micah Yongo
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House Targaryen: Book with a mythical creature/dragons
Stormtide – Den Patrick
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Daenerys: Book featuring a strong female character
The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
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Westeros: Book set in a fictional place
The Wolf – Leo Carew
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House Tyrell: A book with a green cover or a plant on it
The Girl King – Mimi Yu
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House Stark: A book with family dynamics or siblings
The Deathless – Peter Newman
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House Lannister: Book with a red cover
Maresi – Maria Turtschaninoff
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House Greyjoy: Book with pirates or a story set at sea
These Rebel Waves – Sarah Raasch
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House Baratheon: Book with a king/queen or royalty
Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
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A Clash of Kings: Read a sequel
Soul of the Sword – Julie Kagawa
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Wildlings: Read a paranormal book
Perfectly Preventable Deaths – Dierdre Sullivan
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So those are the books I’m hoping to tackle for the readathon. If you’ve read any I’d love to know what you thought of them (and which ones to prioritise). If you’re participating I’d love to know what you’re planning to read!

 

Scallywagathon TBR!

Scallywagathon TBR!

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This is going up slightly late but Scallywagathon is a pirate theme readathon that is happening this week May 5th – May 12th. This time around the theme is pirates in space and the aim of the readathon is to follow a path on the map and complete the associated reading prompt. You can find out lots more about the readathon over at their Twitter!

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So I’m starting with challenge number 5 and following a path from there. These are the books I’ve chosen and I’m so excited to read all of them!

book cover (43)5. Navigate the stars – A book that has stars on the cover.
For this I’m going with The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston. I read and loved Geekarella so I’m really excited for this companion novel!

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

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For this I’m going with Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I’ve heard incredible things about this and I recently saw someone talking about it saying if you love the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy then you’ll absolutely love this. Can’t wait!
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

book cover (44)C. Afeared – A book you’ve been afraid to read
I’m going with King of Fools by Amanda Foody. I absolutely adored Ace of Shades and I’ve seen a few people say there are some heartbreaking moments in this. I am not prepared.

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends.

book cover (45)10. Assessing the booty – Read a recently hauled book.
For this I’m going with Aurora Rising by Ami Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I started yesterday and I’ve already read a big chunk of it – I’m loving it so much.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

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

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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

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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

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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)

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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!