I Should Have Read That Book Tag

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

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I saw this tag over at Ruby’s Book Blog and thought it looked like fun so I thought I would give it a go. This tag was created by the lovely BooksNest.

231252661. A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
One of my closest friends is forever recommending books by Clare Mackintosh. I’m getting more and more into crime fiction and I picked up a copy of I Let You Go. She also gave me a copy of I See You, so I really need to get cracking on trying her books.

173333192. A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
This is probably the majority of my TBR to be perfectly honest. I’ve had Burial Rites by Hannah Kent on my TBR for the longest time and every time I pick it up I think it sounds like such a brilliant read and then I never get around to actually reading it.

206176363. A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
I’m completely terrible for starting a series and never finishing it. A prime example is the Throne of Glass series. I’ve read The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight – I own the rest of the series but haven’t picked them up yet.

128734. A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
I really like reading classics and I studied English Literature at University so have read a fair number – I haven’t yet read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier yet so I really need to get around to that.

28374007 (1)5. A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
I could probably make a list a mile long of popular books I haven’t read yet but I’d really liked to get around to reading Three Dark Crowns because so many people seem to love that series.

183710316. A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet
This was quite a difficult one because I’m a bit of a stickler for reading the book before I see the movie but I saw A New York Winter’s Tale at the cinema and enjoyed it. I later learned it was originally  a book so I bought a copy and haven’t read it yet – does that count?

42190061 (2)7. A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
I’ve been seeing The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman all over Instagram lately and I am really excited to read that one. I’m definitely hoping to get to it this month.

So that was the I should have read that tag! If you fancy having a go consider yourself tagged!

Books On My TBR I Really Need to Read!

Books On My TBR I Really Need to Read!

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AKA these books have been on my TBR for ages and I still haven’t read them.

1. A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab
book cover - 2019-03-21T124821.794I have no excuse for why I haven’t read this series yet. I’ve read and loved so many of Victoria’s books but I still haven’t started this series. I think I might be building it up too much in my head and I’m now scared I’m not going to love it as much as I want to.

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. 

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

2. The Extinction Trials – S. M. Wilson
book cover - 2019-04-30T162009.235My boyfriend bought me a copy of this book and I was super excited to read it but for some reason I just haven’t picked it up yet. There’s been a few sequels and I’ve seen tons of people talk about how much they love it  but it still sits on my TBR judging me.

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…

3. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
book cover - 2019-04-30T162337.569So many people love this book and I know I really need to read it. I’ve heard people talking about her new book that is coming out at the end of the year so I would love it if I could read this before then.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

4. The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
book cover - 2019-04-30T162549.201This is one of the books that have been on my TBR the longest. I also have Circe to read and they both look like beautiful, stunning reads but for some reason I always seem to pick something else from my TBR.

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

5. Sleeping Beauties – Stephen & Owen King
book cover - 2019-04-30T163206.096Stephen King is an author I really want to read more of. I own quite a few of his books but I’ve only read one or two. I picked up Sleeping Beauties because I thought it sounded really fascinating, but it’s also absolutely huge and I think that’s why it’s been on my TBR so long.

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. 

If they are awakened, and the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. 

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. 

Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?

6. Invictus – Ryan Graudin
book cover - 2019-04-30T163525.142I got given an ARC of this at YALC one year and Ryan was kind enough to sign my copy. I was super excited to read it and I still haven’t gotten around to it. Why?!?

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

7. Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant
Untitled design (98)I picked this up on a whim in Waterstones one day and then when I went home I saw loads of booktubers talking about it and saw people raving about how good it was. I’ve put it on my TBR for readathons a few times but I always end up reading something else.

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

8. Red Rising – Pierce Brown
book cover - 2019-04-30T164739.535This is one of those series that are so hyped I’m scared to start it in case I don’t love it as much as I hope I will. I’ve seen that my local library has this on audiobook so maybe that’s the way to go? If you’ve read/listened to this one I’d be really interested to know what you thought!

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

9. Falling Kingdoms – Morgan Rhodes
book cover - 2019-04-30T165114.341I saw this and a few of the sequels in a secondhand bookshop and bought them all because they sounded interesting and they were really cheap. They’ve been sitting there for a while and I’m honestly not even sure what they’re about at this point.

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…. 

10. Wicked Saints – Emily A. Duncan
wicked saintsNow this one is cheating slightly because I only got it last week but it was one of my most anticipated releases, I specifically ordered it with the intention of reading it on holiday last week and guess what? I read four books on holiday – none of them Wicked Saints. I’m determined to not let this sit on my TBR forever because it sounds brilliant.

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..

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

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

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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!

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! 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?