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TisTheSeasonAthon 2018 Wrap-Up!

The first readathon of December has finished, and I had a blast! Even though I only had one short book to read for it, I still went out and read other festive books. So I doubt it needs to be said that I completed all the challenges! Except for the voluntary group book, which I have bought and will read outside of the readathons.

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a book with red or green on the cover.
Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music.
Read a warm and fuzzy book.
Read a short book.
Read a holiday themed book.
*Group Book: SNOW IN LOVE – MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, NIC STONE, KASIE WEST & AIMEE FRIEDMAN.

 

 

 

1/ The Deal of a Lifetime – Fredrik Backman36229962

Format: Kindle

Length: 96 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with red or green on the cover, Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music, Read a warm and fuzzy book, Read a short book, Read a holiday themed book.

I am slowly making my way through Fredrik Backman’s books, only because each of his books so far have pulled at my heartstrings. I really liked this book, it was told from the perspective of an older gentleman getting ready to meet his son after leaving him and his mother years ago, and he ponders about his life, the mistakes, regrets, and excuses. He is then met with an opportunity to make something right. Even though this was a very short book and was over within an hour, I still felt my heart aching at the end. Of course I would’ve liked a bit more of a developed story, but I fear if it was, I would’ve definitely cried at the end. Silver linings, right?!

3/5 stars

 

 

348792832/ One Day in December – Josie Silver

Format: Paperback

Length: 417 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with red or green on the cover, Read a warm and fuzzy book.

Technically this wasn’t part of my official readathon TBR, but because the other book was so short and I pretty much read this during the readathon week, I might as well add it in! And I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this; it was adorable without being cheesy, it was predictable in a few bits but still felt realistic. I adored the relationship between Laurie and Sarah, such a genuine female relationship to read about. I got huge ‘One Day’ vibes thorough-out the book, with a bunch of ‘almost’ moments and ‘will they/won’t they’ vibes. One of my biggest pet peeves in books is when a simple bit of communication would’ve solved a lot of issues, but in this case it sort of made a bit of logical sense. The ending really felt like something out of Bridget Jones, which I was all for, but it was over very abruptly and I wanted more about after the kiss. Overall I got my fluffy, holiday romance kick out of this book, and it totally got me into the mood to read more!

4.5/5 stars!

 

So that’s my wrap-up for the TisTheSeasonAthon 2018! They have recently announced that they would be bringing it back next year which is music to my ears! I’m excited to see what Bookables will bring to the readathon next year!

So what did you guys read during this readathon? Did you complete all the challenges? What are your reading plans for the rest of the month? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts TBR!

This is my final readathon of the year and the 3rd part of my December TBR! I’m so happy that Gi planned this readathon and gave us another piece of the Magical Readathon! This round is based around Christmas at Hogwarts and follows a pathway system – you pick your own path to get to the end, and each step is a different reading prompt. It will take place from 17th – 26th December, it is longer than a standard week long readathon because (as with previous rounds of the Magical Readathon) you cannot double-up of any of the challenges! There are 5 reading challenges in total. So you need to have one book for each step in the path. As I mentioned earlier, this readathon has been created and will be hosted by the amazing Gi from Book Roast.

Below is the map of the pathway, and all the available reading challenges can be found on the Announcement video

Christmas at Hogwarts readathon

 

Finish your coursework

finish your current read

 

 

Help Hagrid decorate the trees

book with a golden detail

 

Visit 3 Broomsticks for muller pixie wine

a read that should only take you a day/evening

 

 

Attend a Yule Ball

book you’ve been preparing yourself for

 

 

Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library

read a banned book

 

 

Attend the Christmas Feast

watch a Harry Potter movie (optional)

Of course I’m not making this optional!

Read-a-thons

A Very Merry Readathon TBR!

Following from a previous post, this is the second part to my December TBR, and another Christmas readathon! In the same theme of the previous readathon, the key for A Very Merry Readathon is to read holiday/Christmassy books! A Very Merry Readathon is running from 10th-16th December. There are 5 reading challenges, and I believe you are able to double/triple/quadruple up on challenges too. The hosts for this year are Paper Faerie, Tiny Book Dragon, Cristina’s Journey, A Cup of Wonderland, Stacy’s Stories, and The Bookish Porcupine. To stay updated on the action, they have created a Twitter account to follow as well!

Below are the challenges as well as my TBR for the Readathon!

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a book that is set during the holidays.
Read a book with a christmassy colour on the cover (I.e. red, green, silver, gold, blue).
Read a book with illustrations in it.
Read a book that was given to you as a gift.
Read a book just because you want to.

 

 

My New Crush Gave to Me – Shani Petroff36127936

Challenges: A book set during the holidays, A book with a christmassy colour on the colour.

YOUNG ADULT; CHRISTMAS; ROMANCE; CONTEMPORARY;

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

39088508Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul – Nikita Gill

Challenges: A book with illustrations, Given as a gift.

POETRY; SHORT STORIES; FANTASY; FEMINISM; RETELLINGS; FAIRY TALES;

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand33843251

Challenges: Read a book just because you want to

YOUNG ADULTS; FANTASY; RETELLINGS; CHRISTMAS; PARANORMAL

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you guys reading this month? Anyone also participating in this readathon? If so, what are you reading? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

WINTER Reading List [2018]

This may be a bit late… Not sure when Winter ‘officially’ began because our weather in the UK has not been typically ‘wintery’ until the last couple of days! These are all books I hope to read before the end of the year, and also thorough out the beginning of next year! You should find some holiday books, some warm and fuzzy books, some winter romance, historical fictions, and some atmospheric reads! I hope all these books give the wintery vibe, and I am in the perfect mood to read all of these!

 

  1. The Bear and The Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  2. One Day in December – Josie Silver
  3. Hunted – Megan Spooner
  4. My New Crush Gave To Me – Shani Petroff
  5. Winter – Marissa Meyer
  6. The Deal of a Lifetime – Fredrik Backman
  7. His Dark Materials – Phillip Pullman
  8. The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand
  9. My True Love Gave to Me – Misc.
  10. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  11. Winter Street – Elin Hilderbrand
  12. Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling
  13. A Shiver of Snow and Sky – Lisa Lueddecke
  14. Everybody Sees The Ants – A. S. King
  15. The Golem and the Djinni – Helene Wecker
  16. Winter – Ali Smith
  17. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
  18. They Both Die in The End – Adam Silvera
  19. The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
  20. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
  21. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
  22. The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  23. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys
  24. Frostblood – Elly Blake
  25. Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel
  26. The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli
  27. Everless – Sara Holland
  28. A List of Cages – Robin Roe

 

So what books are you hoping to read this winter? Any of these you’ve already read? What did you think of them? Any new recommendations? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

TisTheSeasonAthon 2018 TBR!

Here’s my first part of my TBR for December, TisTheSeasonAthon is the first readathon of the year (as far as I know) dedicated to the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas time! The perfect chance to start reading all the Christmassy/feel-good/warm and fuzzy books!

This readathon consists of 5 reading challenges and will take place from 3rd – 9th December, and we are free to double/triple/quadruple up on challenges! There is also a Group Book for you to read if you wish. This will be hosted by Heather at Bookables, Amy at acourtofcrownandquills, Chelsea Dolling Reads, Kristin from SuperSpaceChick, and Trina from Between Chapters. To follow the action, there is a Twitter account and an Instagram page!

So let the Christmas reading commence! I guess this post will only be useful to those who want to complete this readathon with just one book, and a short one at that! Below are the challenges and my TBR!

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a book with red or green on the cover.
Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music.
Read a warm and fuzzy book.
Read a short book.
Read a holiday themed book.
*Group Book: SNOW IN LOVE – MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, NIC STONE, KASIE WEST & AIMEE FRIEDMAN.

 

 

The Deal of a Lifetime – Fredrik Backman36229962

Challenges: A book with red or green on the cover, Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music, A warm and fuzzy book, A short book, A holiday-themed book.

ADULT; CHRISTMAS; NOVELLA; CONTEMPORARY

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Congratulations for getting through that long and tedious TBR! (I kid of course) I am hoping to participate in 2 other readathons which take place consecutively and straight after this one, so I needed to make it as doable as possible if I want to complete all the readadthons and I don’t want to burn out before the Christmas at Hogwarts readathon!

So are any of you taking part in this readathon? If so, what are you planning to read? And if not, what are your reading plans for December? Have you managed to complete your reading challenges or are you still rushing to finish them in time? I’d love to know!

Stay tuned for my Very Merry Readathon and Christmas at Hogwarts Readathon TBRs!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

DECEMBER TBR [2018]

Here it is, the final month of 2018! Time to get as much read as possible to boost our reading challenges… or maybe that’s just me? This months TBR is going to be different, mainly because I am challenging myself by reading for 3 back-to-back readathons which will take up the majority of the month. Soooo, I thought it’ll be easier to link my posts for my readathon TBR’s for the month. There are collectively 9 books which is pretty much as many as I usually include in a TBR anyway, and a lot of the books I really want to read I have pushed back to the New Year!

 

TisTheSeasonAthon

3rd – 9th December

Official Announcement by Bookables

My TBR

 

 

 

A Very Merry Readathon

10th -16th December

Official Announcement by Paper Faerie

My TBR

 

 

 

Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts

17th – 26th December

Official Announcement by BookRoast

My TBR

 

So what are you guys hoping to read in December? Anyone else participating in some of/all these readathons? Have you also starting planning your reading goals for next year? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

NOVEMBER TBR/PRIORITY READS [2018]

It’s nearly the end of the year and I’m slightly panicking… only two more TBR’s for 2018, how is that possible?! I haven’t read half the books I was planning to read this year, and keeping track of those books went out the window around August/September time anyway. But I’m still gonna try and read some of the book still on that list (and I’ll stick a ‘*’ beside those books for reference (something I’m gonna try and implement next year to keep on top of my yearly TBR books!

This month sees no readathons I’m participating in, which makes me breathe a sigh of relief to be honest! I’m only casually taking part in Non-Fiction November and Lalathon by not setting a TBR or using the prompts. I need to go easy on myself this month I feel! So here is my ‘easy-going’ TBR for November!

Main Priority

The Rattled Bones – S. M. Parker

Uprooted – Naomi Novik*

If We Were Villains – M. L. Rio

Average Priority

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story – Christie Watson

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson*

Low Priority

In Order to Live – Yeonmi Park*

Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado

City of Ghosts – V. E. Schwab

 

~ADDITIONAL~

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman*

Dread Nation – Justina Ireland

You – Caroline Kepnes

 

So what are you guys planning to read this month? Have you read any of these and if so, what did you think of them? Any new recommendations/favourites of yours? Have you started thinking about reading plans for 2019 yet? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx