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.

book cover (4)8. A Shiver of Snow and Sky – Lisa Luddeke
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!

Strangeathon TBR!

Strangeathon TBR!

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October seems to be the month for Readathons! As the Magical Readthon finishes on the 13th of October I thought I could dive straight into another one. I really wanted to do a Halloween one because I have so many spooky books I want to read. I found the Strangeathon on Twitter, a readathon hosted by Rachel Verna.

This readathon runs from 13-31st Oct, and has 14 prompts. I thought this would be a great chance to get quite a few books off my TBR and I’m also on holiday for 10 days which means I’ll hopefully get through quite a few challenges. I doubt I’ll manage all 14 but it was really fun to pick books for the prompts. I tried to be tactical about my choices and pick shorter books/ones I’m really dying to read – so let’s dive in!

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1. Deathly Time: Read a book where death plays a big part. 
Originally for this I had planned to go with Scythe by Neal Schusterman, but I recently got sent a copy of The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke and I am desperate to read it. The main characters are death traders so I thought that suited this challenge pretty well!

2. Thriller Killer: Read a thrilling book. 36355177
I recently went to an event at Bloody Scotland with Thriller/Horror writers and one of them was C. J. Tudor. She talked about her book The Chalk Man and it sounded so dark and thrilling I had to pick it up. It sounds amazing and I think it’s going to be a perfect fast paced read for the readathon.

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3. Halloween Icon: Read a book with something iconic to Halloween on the cover.
For this I’m reading Strange Ink by Gary Kemble. It has a nice creepy skull with a rose on the cover and it sounds so good. I’m also on the blog tour for this one so stay tuned for that!

300954644. The Stella Special: Read a book with a part of a skeleton on the cover.
I could have doubled up and read Strange Ink for both challenges but for this I went with The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I bought a copy of this at YALC and I have been dying to read it ever since. I also have The Heart Forger so if I love it I might switch something out to read the sequel.
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5. Summer Slasher: Read a book set at summer.
For this I went with My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. It sounds like the perfect summer slasher type book and I’m so excited to read this one!

382553426. Horror Monster: Read a book with a creature that is often the villain.
For this I’m reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kirsten White. I still haven’t read And I Darken yet but I also have this in my back up spooky reads pile so perhaps I’ll get to them both this month. This book obviously features Frankenstein’s monster which I thought was a perfect choice for a horror villain.

39098246 (2)7. Gives Chills: Read a book about something that freaks you out.
Now I’ve cheated slightly with this one. The subject matter for this book doesn’t necessarily freak me out but Laura Purcell’s writing does. Her first book The Silent Companions is terrifying. I read it a year ago and honestly I still think about it. If The Corset is anything like that, I’m definitely going to be freaked out.

457938. Tales From the Grave: Read a short story collection. 
I don’t have an awful lot of short story collections so for this I’m going with The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s quite short and only features a few short murder mysteries so I should get through this one pretty quickly!

369596399. Setting Fun: Read a book with a spooky location.
For this I’m reading Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. This will probably be the first one I read because I’m excited to see the difference between this and her adult fantasy writing. This middle grade is set on a creepy old farm so I think that works really well.

3638582810. Blood Red: Read a book with a red or orange cover.
For this I thought I would go with Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager which honestly I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. It has a suitably dark and orangey cover so I’m hoping this one lives up to the hype.

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11. Darkness Within: Read a book in the dark or in darker conditions than usual.
For this challenge I figured I could pick anything so I’ve gone with Sawkill Girls. I’ve got my candles at the ready to read this spooky and atmospheric book.

3909339412. Striking Words: Read a book based solely on the title.
I honestly bought The Price Guide to the Occult because it had such an interesting title so I think it’s going to work pretty well. It’s also quite short so hopefully it helps me fulfil this challenge!

2818723013. Lucky Number: Read a book with 13 chapters or 13 in the title.
So this one I am also cheating. I looked through all the books on my TBR and none of them have thirteen chapters and the only book I could find with 13 in the title was The Thirteenth Tale and it isn’t particularly a spooky book. So I decided for this to read The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – it was 10 on the cover and that’s pretty close right?

3596081414. The F-Up: Read a book that doesn’t fit any of the challenges.
For this I tried to go with something as far from spooky as possible so I’ve gone with The Accidental Bad Girl. I didn’t manage to get to this during Contemporary-AThon so I thought this would be the perfect time and a way to lighten up the scary reads!

So that’s my slightly insane TBR for Strangeathon. Honestly if I manage to read half of them I will be impressed with myself but I’m excited to try. Are you participating in any Halloween readathons? If you are what are you reading? Also if anyone has read any of these and can tell me which ones to pick up first or if I should avoid any let me know!

 

 

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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

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This is going to be a slightly embarrassing Top Ten Tuesday because this is one of my really terrible habits. I have so many authors that I love and I read one of their books and I buy everything they release and then I never read it. I could probably do a top 20 for this but here we go with top 10 books by my favourite authors that I still haven’t read.

1. State of Sorrow – Melinda Salisbury34640572
I absolutely adore Melinda Salisbury’s Sin Eater’s Daughter series. It broke my heart and made me stay up all night and is honestly just one of my most favourite works, so when I heard she had a new book out full of magic and politics I was dying to read it. It came out earlier this year and have I read it yet? Nope.

2. Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo23437156
This is probably the worst one. I love Leigh’s writing and have read everything else she’s released but for some reason I still haven’t read these yet. I know I’m going to adore them and they will no doubt be five star reads, but for some reason they continue to stare at me from my shelf, continually unread.

279933973. Sharp Ends – Joe Abercrombie
Joe Abercrombie is one of my all time favourite authors so when this came out I went to three different bookshops to see if they had it in stock and eventually got a copy. That was in 2016 and for some reason I still haven’t read this gorgeous looking book yet.

4. The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden38204046 (1)
Now I know this doesn’t actually come out until next year however I am incredibly excited to read it and it is my most anticipated release of next year. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I still haven’t picked it up, hopefully I will get to it soon because I’m dying to know how it all ends.

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5. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R. R. Martin
I pre-ordered this beautiful book when it came out a while ago and this is another one I still haven’t gotten around to. I’ve read one of the stories previously so I’m going to say that it kind of counts towards reading it?

6. Road Brothers – Mark Lawrence36358837
I am dying to pick up a copy of this and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I have no excuse because it’s been out for ages and I still haven’t went and ordered a copy. I love Mark Lawrence’s writing style so I have no doubts that this is going to be an amazing book.

160968247. Pretty much everything by Sarah J Maas
I’ve read the first two Throne of Glass books plus The Assassin’s Blade and I really loved them. I haven’t read the rest of the series or the ACOTAR books yet (though I own every single one of them) so I really need to catch up on this series that so many people love. I’m hoping that perhaps with Kingdom of Ash coming out I can binge read them. (Maybe).

8. The Corset – Laura Purcell39098246 (1)
The Silent Companions is honestly one of the spookiest books I’ve ever read and I adore the story and the gorgeous writing style. The Corset came out recently and I was so excited when I saw it in my local Waterstones but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Can I make an excuse and say I’m holding off till Halloween to read this one?

9. Immortal Beloved – Cate Tiernan7823549
Cate Tiernan was one of my favourite authors growing up and I still really love her Sweep series and the Balefire books. I own the three Immortal Beloved books but I’ve never actually read them and I think that perhaps I’m nervous I won’t enjoy them as an adult given how much I loved her books as a teenager. I definitely need to bite the bullet and get around to it at some point soon, even if it’s just to make space on my TBR!

10. Touch of Power – Maria V. Snyder10445208
Maria V. Snyder’s Study series is insanely good. Even after taking a break and coming back to them years later, this series is just so so good. If you haven’t read it honestly this would be my one recommendation, read Poison Study. Anyway despite loving this series I’ve never read her Healer series, despite owning them all – another one I desperately need to get to.

So that’s my Top Ten Tuesday for the week! What are some books by your favourite authors that you haven’t read yet? Or do you manage to keep on top of them all? And if you’ve read any of these please let me know what you thought – it might be the kick I need to finally pick them up!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Autumn TBR

Book Review (10)It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week we’re talking about books that are on your autumn TBR. I’m terrible at sticking to a specific TBR but there’s a fair few books I want to get to over the next few months, so let’s dive in!

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1. The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden
This appeared in the post the other day and is pretty much my most anticipated book of 2019. I love The Winternight Trilogy and I’m dying to know how it ends so this is definitely going to be on my TBR over the autumn. The Winter of the Witch is coming January 9th 2019.

2. Damsel – Elana K. Arnold36260155
I was lucky to recieve a copy of this at this year’s YALC and it sounds like such a magnificent read. The story follows a young woman who wakes up in the arms of a prince. She has no memory of what has happened previously, but she is told she has been rescued from a dragon, and she will sit on throne beside this handsome prince. She soon learns however, that not everything is as it seems… Damsel is coming out October 2nd and sounds so so good!

418324963. The Girl King – Mimi Yu
This intense fantasy story follows two sisters as they become rivals in a war to become Emperor – ‘All hail the girl King.’ It’s being compared to the likes of Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. I’m super excited to read it. This was another ARC that I received at YALC and I have been itching to read it. The Girl King is publishing 10th January 2019 from Orion Books.

4. Sawkill Girls – Claire LeGrand38139409
Sawkill Girls sounds like such a good book and I’ve heard really amazing things about Furyborn too (I have a copy but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.) “Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep. He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.” I’m dying to read this one too so will hopefully get to it soon because it is definitely eyeing me on the shelf! Sawkill Girls is publishing 2nd October 2018 from HarperCollins.

364309245. Beneath the Citadel – Destiny Soria
This was another YALC book that I haven’t had the chance to pick up yet. The cover is stunning and a dark fantasy is definitely what I want to read when it’s dark and cold outside. I’ve seen a few really positive reviews of this already and I’m already predicting that it’s going to be a five star read. Beneath the Citadel is publishing 9th October 2018 from Amulet Books.

6. The Corset – Laura Purcell 39098246
I read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell last year and adored it. It was the perfect Halloween read and genuinely scared the life out of me. The Corset sounds like it’s going to be just as dark and eerie and although it doesn’t publish until 20th of September, my local Waterstones already had it on the shelves. I picked it up straight away and I’m not I’ll manage to wait till Halloween to read it.

36604545 (1)7. The Familiars – Stacey Halls
The autumn is always my favourite time of year to read witchy stories so I think it’s the perfect time to pick up The Familiars by Stacey Halls. This gorgeous book is a historical fiction about two women accused of witchcraft and looks like it’s going to be a stunning read. The Familiars is publishing 7th February 2019 from Bonnier Zaffre.

8. The Sisters of the Winter Wood – Rena Rossner37854049 (1)
This is another one that I think will be a perfect autumn read. When it arrived in the post I couldn’t stop staring at that stunning cover. It’s described as ‘filled with magic, folklore and the dangers of the woods’ so I think saving it for autumn is the right choice. The Sisters of the Winter Wood  is publishing 27th of September from Orbit Books.

380879129. Vicious – V. E. Schwab
This is on my TBR because Vengeful is coming out and I still haven’t read Vicious yet. I know so many people love this book and I’m desperate to read it and see if it lives up to the hype. I haven’t read any of Victoria’s other books apart from City of Ghosts so I’m really looking forward to trying this one out.
10. We Sold Our Souls – Grady Hendrix37715859 (1)
Grady Hendrix writes the perfect Halloween books (if you haven’t read My Best Friend’s Exorcism get on it!), and We Sold Our Souls is no exception. The story follows a lead singer who sells his soul for stardom. When the band he left behind finds this out they embark upon an epic journey to confront the man who ruined their lives. This sounds dark and intense and such an amazing read. We Sold Our Souls is publishing 18th September 2018 from Quirk Books.

So that’s the top ten books on my autumn TBR. I’m dying to read all of them but I’m so bad at sticking to TBRs so honestly if I manage to read half of them I’ll be pleased. What books are you dying to get to during the autumn?

Contemporary-athon TBR!

Contemporary-athon TBR!

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So last month I managed to read thirteen books. This month has been pretty busy and I was ill for a week so I haven’t gotten through that many books yet (current tally is 5 books). I’ve also been really enjoying reading contemporary books recently which is absolutely not my usual genre. I figured the perfect solution then was to join in with the contemporary-athon, which is happening from the 17th to the 23rd of September and is hosted by @BookHangover_ on Twitter and Youtubers Page and Pens, Chelseadolling and MyReadingIsOdd.

There are seven challenges and I doubt I’m going to manage all seven but I will try and see where we end up!

342204801. Read a book with orange on the cover
I toyed with a few different books – my first instinct was to go with I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman but I spied Another Place by Matthew Crow on my shelves and I have been meaning to read it forever. I tried to go with shorter books so I can get through all seven, but this sounds like a really gripping read and it has orange on the cover!

2. Read a book that is dark/taboo/spooky
39018329I found it difficult to pick just one book for this because I have quite a few spooky books I’m dying to read. I decided to go with Easy Prey by Catherine Lo as it’s coming out in October and means I can get a review up when I’m done. Easy Prey is a mystery following three high school students who are suspected or releasing racy pictures of a teacher online. Each of them has a motive, but which one is guilty? This sounds so intriguing and I can’t wait to read it!

352477693. Read a diverse book
I first picked up The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas because I still haven’t read that yet (I know I’m terrible), but I’ve really been loving the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before books so I thought I could round off the series with Always and Forever Lara Jean. I really enjoyed the first two and I raced through them so hopefully that will help with reading seven books in such a short time period!

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I was a bit unsure about what this meant but the description says it can be anything whether that’s a graphic novel, an audiobook or a ebook. I had a look at my audiobooks and I didn’t have anything that fit the bill but I do have a ebook of Sarah Nicole Lemon’s Valley Girls, so I picked this. I loved Done Dirt Cheap so I’m hoping this is just as good! I’m not a big ebook person as they tend to give me headaches, but I do also have a physical copy and can cheat a little!

38185855 (1)5. Read a book with your initials on the cover
For this I’m going with The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente. I was sent this by the lovely folks at Quirk Books a couple of months ago but I haven’t had the chance to pick it up. It looks so cute and fun that I thought it would be the perfect choice. My initials are NLS so they all appeared on the cover too.

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Pretty much every book I picked up for this readathon fitted this category. I’m hopeful that if I don’t get all seven read I can double up with this challenge as well. In case I manage to fly through them all I’ve gone for A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews. I got this in an Illumicrate and have been meaning to read it ever since.

359608147. Read a predicted five star read
This was another that I had loads of choice for but I ended up going with The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan. I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and it sounds so good. After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex boyfriend, Kendall just wants to keep her head down and graduate but she is drawn into a web of drug dealing after her online identity is hacked and used to steal from a dealer. It sounds so intense and gripping and I really hope it will be a five star read!

So that’s my Contemporary-AThon TBR. Are you participating in the readathon? If you are what are you reading? And if you’ve read any of these let me know if you enjoyed them or I should swap them for something else!