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!

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!

TBR Tag!

TBR Tag!

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I saw this tag over at Bookish Coffee Blog and thought it looked really fun! As always my TBR is pretty much out of control so I know there’s plenty of books for me to talk about!

How do you keep track of your TBR?
I use a spreadsheet created by Kaleena from Reader Voracious (it’s brilliant you should try it) and it keeps try of all the review books I have and when they’re due. The books I’ve bought just live on my shelf until I feel the notion to pick them up. I keep thinking about making a proper TBR shelf on Goodreads but I’m not sure if the amount of books will overwhelm me a little.

Is your TBR mostly print books or e-books?
Mostly print. I do read ebooks occasionally and I occasionally I use Netgalley but I struggle with reading electronic books because I get headaches.

How do you decide which book on your TBR to read next?
It’s usually whichever book is next in terms of reviewing obligations but if I don’t have any review books it will usually just be whatever I’m in the mood for or maybe something that I’ve seen on getting good reviews on other blogs and Goodreads.

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A book that’s been on your TBR the longest
Heartless by Marissa Meyer has definitely been on there a while. I’m definitely still interested in reading it but for some reason I just haven’t picked it up yet.

book cover - 2019-03-01T142202.525A book that you recently added to your TBR
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman arrived in the post this morning so that’s definitely the most recent addition to my TBR.

book cover (82)A book on your TBR strictly because of the beautiful cover
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos isn’t on there only because of the cover but I was certainly drawn into buying it for the cover.

book cover - 2019-03-01T142437.038A book on your TBR you never actually plan on reading
I mean I hope that I get to all the books on my TBR one day but there are probably some intimidating classics on there that I realistically won’t get to – maybe Dubliners or War and Peace.

book cover - 2019-03-01T143051.847An unpublished book on your TBR you are excited for
One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence! I’m so excited for the release of this book.

book cover (2)A book on your TBR that everyone else has read but you
Nevernight. I’m not even going to say anything else because I know how much I need to read this book.

book cover (85)A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.
Definitely Night Film by Marisha Peshl, everyone says this book is brilliant.

Untitled design (80)A book on your TBR you’re dying to read
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. It arrived last week and I’m so excited to dive back into this story.

The number of books on your TBR
I’ve never actually counted because I think it would make me cry, definitely in the hundreds!

So that’s my version of the TBR tag! I’d love to know how many books are currently on your TBR, hopefully I’m not the only one with a crazy amount!

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!

Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts TBR!

Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts TBR!

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Christmas is almost here which means it’s time for another readathon. This time I’m participating in the Magical Readathon again, this time the theme is Christmas at Hogwarts. This readathon is run by BookRoast, and if you want anymore information on the readathon you can check out her channel here!Β The readathon starts tomorrow and runs until the 26th of December. Each prompt is designed as an activity at Hogwarts and you pick the ones which you would most like to do!

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So here are the challenges I’m hoping to complete:

book cover (3)Finish your coursework: Finish the book you are currently reading
I’m currently in the middle of Lifelik3 by Jay Kristoff but I don’t have very long left in it so it’s possible I might finish it before the readathon starts. If that happens I’m planning to pick up To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.
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Have a snowball fight with the Weasleys: Read a book you think will be humourous

I still haven’t gotten around to reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (my bad), so I’m going to read it for this prompt. I’ve heard people say it’s plenty funny so I’m hoping it will be a fun read.

book cover (32)Visit the 3 broomsticks for mulled pixie wine: Read a book you can finish in a day or an evening
I recently got a copy of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce in my Illumicrate and it seems like quite a short read so I think I could probably read that in a single day. I’ve always wanted to read books by Tamora Pierce so this is going to be the perfect opportunity.

book cover (33)Sneak into the kitchen to gift dobby odd socks: read that has an item of clothing on the cover
For this I am picking up Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco because I think I’m one of the last people to actually read this series and I’m already three books behind. It seems quite short and a fun adventure so I’m hoping I can power through it quickly!

book cover (34)Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library: read a banned book
I did some googling and found that The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky is banned in some places. I read it a long time ago and I’ve really been meaning to reread it so this is definitely my chance.

Attend the Christmas Feast – watch a Harry Potter movie
Hopefully around Christmas I’m going to marathon a few of the films because it has been so long since I’ve watched them. I love The Goblet of Fire movie so I might even start there and just watch the later ones.

So that’s my TBR for the Christmas at Hogwarts readathon. Are you participating? If you are what are you reading?

Books I Want To Read Before the End of the Year!

Books I Want To Read Before the End of the Year!

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It’s getting to that time of year! How scary is it that 2018 is almost over already? With a little over a month to go before January 1st I still have a ton of books I want to read, and my TBR is no shorter than it was in January. I thought I could make a slightly ambitious list of books I’d love to squeeze in before 2019 begins!
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1. City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty

This has been on my TBR for ages and I know the sequel is coming out in 2019 so I would love to get to it before the end of the year. It sounds like such a brilliant fantasy book that I know I’m going to love it.


book cover (1)2. Gemina – Ami Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

So recently I did a post where I predicted books I thought would be five star reads and one of them was Illuminae. I picked it up as part of Tome Topple and it was absolutely amazing. I’ve already picked up a copy of Gemina so I definitely have to continue on with this series ASAP.
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3. State of Sorrow – Melinda Salisbury

I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read this yet. Favourite author? Check. Book sounds amazing? Check. I suppose I’m hyping it up a bit in my head but I’m hoping to bite the bullet and read it really soon.


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4. To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo
Little Mermaid inspired book? Yes please. I met Alexandra at YALC this year and she was really nice and signed for forever so I definitely want to get to this ASAP because I have a beautiful signed copy calling me from my unread shelf.
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5. Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess is a book that caught my eye a few months ago and I actually have a Netgalley ARC of it to read too. I’ve heard mixed things about it but it sounds like it would be up my alley so I’d love to get to it soon.


book cover (2)6. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

With me reading and loving Illuminae so much I’m really interested to read Nevernight so I thought I would add this to the list. I know so many people love this series and it has been on my TBR for ages so this is definitely a good excuse to dive in.

Untitled design (98)7. Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant
I saw lots of people reading this over Halloween and I really hoped that I would get to it then but it just didn’t happen. I’ve actually never read anything by Seanan McGuire so I’m hoping this will be a good introduction to her work because I really want to try her Wayward Children books.

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This is another one that I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. It’s a gorgeous book and it sounds incredible – someone please tell me off if I don’t get around to reading this soon because book two is already out and I haven’t even read the first one.
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9. Circe – Madeline Miller

I bought a stunning hardback copy of this when it came out earlier in the year but for some reason I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I’ve heard some really amazing things so perhaps I can binge read it over the Christmas holidays.
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10. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

Another Netgalley E-ARC that I also have since bought a copy of. I’ve seen so many people give this four and five star reviews and I’m honestly so excited to read it. It’s actually a little bigger than I thought it was but I’m really hopeful I can squeeze it in before the end of the year.

So those are the 10 books I’d love to get to before the end of the year! I’m probably being a bit over ambitious because I have review books for January to tackle in December too, but I thought it would be fun to include this in my end of the year wrap up and see how many I ticked off the list! If you’ve read any of these do let me know what you thought and if there’s any you think I should prioritise first!

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!