Read-a-thons

Charms Extra Credit Readathon Wrap-Up!

Hey readers! Another readathon has come and gone, and I managed to complete all the challenges and therefore get 5 extra days for the OWL’s exams next year! I did have a slight panic and thought we might have had to read one book for each prompt like in the Exams and not allowed to double-up, but I re-watched the announcement and couldn’t find anything to say otherwise, so I’m counting it! So this was by far an outstanding success, I want to get going on the other extra credit readathons there are! Below are the challenges and the ones I completed, with the books I finished for each of the prompts!

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Alohamora – 1st in a series
Incendio – ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in the title/cover
Accio – a book that’s top of your TBR
Rictusempra – abook that tickles/excites you
Lumos – a light cover

 

 

314261161/ A Promise of Fire – Amanda Bouchet

Format: Audiobook

Length: 13 hours (441 pages)

Goodreads

Challenges: Alohamora (1st in a series), Incendio (‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in title/cover)

I felt quite conflicted with this book, at many points I wanted to stop, but I also wanted to keep going. I didn’t realise that it was more of a romance with fantastical elements rather than the other way round. So I felt quite bored for the majority of the time when it was focused on the romance. The main character got on my nerves quite a lot, she seemed to have the mentality of a teenager when trying to deny her feelings towards the love interest and saying things like ‘I hate myself’ or ‘I want to die’ because of the ’embarrassment’ of those feelings. The story itself was entertaining enough and I could’ve loved it with it’s mythological elements, if it weren’t for the romance. However, I do think this was well-done for the genre and the writing was very, very good and extremely well edited. Hence me giving 3 stars mainly for that aspect as I couldn’t deny that the author is a talented writer.

3 stars

 

 

She Must Be Mad – Charly Cox39294682

Format: Kindle

Length: 200 pages

Goodreads

Challenge: Lumos (light cover), Rictusempra (book that tickles/excites you)

I was so excited when I heard the premise of this poetry collection, as it seemed like my perfect collection. The majority of the poems I thoroughly enjoyed and some of the things said will be cemented into my mind. I just didn’t completely get on with the writing style of this collection; I didn’t feel much of a rhythm and most of the time it didn’t feel like poetry, just chopped up sentences. Despite this I was right in my feelings about the  overall messages being perfect for me. I was able to relate to a heck of a lot of stuff; mental health, relationships, heartbreak, anxiety, feminism, etc. So overall I did love the message and what this collection symbolises, but can’t give 5 stars because of the writing and formatting.

4 stars

 

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco33784373

Format: Paperback

Length: 430 pages

Goodreads

Challenge: Accio (book that’s top of TBR)

Oh my goodness. I loved loved LOVED this! I really enjoyed the first book, and after hearing the positive reviews of this, I was so eager to read it! The story had me captivated right from the beginning, jumping straight into the plot and the beginning of the mystery. Unlike the first book, I wasn’t able to be certain on who the killer was. In this book, I had a few suspicions on a lot of the characters, and when it came to the reveal, I was taken by surprise! The characters, and their relationships, were so well developed. The Headmaster I literally wanted to punch several times! They all seemed very complex and I was engrossed all the way through. I can’t wait for the third book to arrive as I want to dive straight into it, despite my current readathon plans!

5 stars!!

 

So did you guys participate in this readathon? How well did you do? What other reading plans have you got in store? Any thing you’ve been enjoying recently? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

 

Read-a-thons

Spookathon 2018 TBR!

Another October readathon, and not the last! I’ve been eagerly anticipating this readathon since… I finished last year’s to be honest. Any chance to read spooky/horror/thriller books! I am not yet burnt out from the first readathon of the month (Charms Extra Credit) so this should also go well.

The Spookathon Readathon is basically a chance to read spooky books! Therer are 5 challenges, which we can double-up if we please – there is no minimum book amount (music to my ears! ❤ ) and they are also buddy-reading a book if you wish to participate in that as well. The readathon will be taking place from 15th-21st October, and is hosted by Booksandlala, Bookerly, and Peter Likes Books (all of which have also posted their TBR’s so they should be recent videos on their page!)

Below are the challenges for the readathon, along with the buddy read, and also my TBR for the challenges! Enjoy!

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a thriller
Book with purple on the cover
Book not set in current time period
Book with a spooky word in the title
Book with pictures
Group book – TOIL & TROUBLE 15 TALES OF WOMEN AND WITCHCRAFT

 

 

 

Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough35343330

Challenges: Read a thriller

ADULT; THRILLER; MYSTERY; SUSPENCE

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

36426163Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft – Various

Challenges: Book with purple on the cover, Book not set in current time period, group book

YA; ANTHOLOGY; FANTASY; PARANORMAL; WITCHES

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz7104430

Challenges: Book with spooky word in the title, Book with pictures

CHILDRENS; YA; SHORT STORIES; HORROR

Goodreads

 

 

 

So those are the books I plan to read for Spookathon 2018! I’ve doubled up on most so I only really need to read 3 things; one an anthology and another is less than 100 pages, so these are more than achievable. I have no reason to think I wouldn’t be able to complete this!

Are any of you participating? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of these? What are your reading plans for the rest of the month? Do you love Autumn/Fall reads as much as I? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Charms Extra Credit Readathon TBR!

Hello readers! Due to myself participating in three readathons this month, I will not be creating an October TBR as these readathons would take up the whole month! The first starts today (bit short notice I know) which is the Charms Extra Credit Readathon!

If you’ve been following for a while, you’d know that I took part in the OWL’s Readathon in April and attempted the NEWT’s Readathon in August, this is the next readathon for the year. The aim of this readathon is to prepare ourselves for the Charms exam in the Magical Readathons next year, so with each prompt you complete, you can start a day earlier. 5 prompts could lead you to get 5 extra days!

The host for this readathon is the same for the past Magical Readathons, which is the lovely G from Book Roast. You can find more information on the readathon on her announcement video, and there is a Google Docs of the necessary charms found here! This will be taking place 8-14 October 2018.

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Alohamora – 1st in a series
Incendio – ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in the title/cover
Accio – a book that’s top of your TBR
Rictusempra – abook that tickles/excites you
Lumos – a light cover

 

31426116A Promise of Fire – Amanda Bouchet

Challenges: Alohamora (1st in a series), Incendio (‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in title/cover)

NEW ADULT; FANTASY; ROMANCE; MAGIC; PARANORMAL; MYTHOLOGY

Goodreads

 

 

 

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco33784373

Challenge: Accio (book that’s top of TBR)

YA; HISTORIAL FICTION; MYSTERY

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

She Must Be Mad – Charly Cox39294682

Challenge: Lumos (light cover), Rictusempra (book that tickles/excites you)

POETRY; FEMINISM; MENTAL HEALTH

Goodreads

 

 

 

So these are the books I hope to read for the Charms Extra Credit. I reckon I set myself a reasonably doable TBR, so fingers crossed it goes well! I’ve already started some of these so if I keep up this pace I could get a few days head-start in April!

Are any of you participating? If so, what will you be reading? Have you read any of these books? What are your reading plans for October? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Emojiathon (September 2018) Wrap-Up!

Hello readers! Emojiathon was the first full readathon I’ve took part in since my summer-long reading slump, so I was really happy with how it turned out! I went a little crazy with doubling-up on challenges because YO GIRL NEEDS AS MUCH HELP AS SHE CAN GET! So even though I read a small handful of books compared to the amount of challenges, I still feel so accomplished in what I was able to read. Below would be the challenges I completed, along with the books I completed and a few words about how I felt about them.

 

~~~CHALLENGES~~~

Read the group book
*Freebie*
Read Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
A book by a favourite author
Read Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson
Read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Read Out of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni
Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover
Read a book you said you were going to read but never did
Give an author a second chance
Read a diverse book
Read a scary book
Read a 5 star predicted book
Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere
Read a book that takes place somewhere other than where you live
Read a book set in Winter
Read a book that reminds you of a favourite song
Read a book that takes place outdoors
Listen to an audio book
Read a book that takes place in college
Read a thriller
Read a book about a social justice topic
Read something that’s less than 100 pages
Read a book that takes place on a boat
Read a book in under 24 hours

 

1/ The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis25812109

Format: Paperback

Length: 341 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover, A book you said you were going to read but never did, A book set in Winter, A book that reminds you of your favourite song, A book about a social justice topic

I really enjoyed this book, it gave me so many feelings about sexism in our society. It’s such an important book. I really connected to the main character and I loved her growth, and her blunt and honest personality. She wasn’t afraid of taking things with her own hands and standing up for not only herself, but others. It was really great reading about the female empowerment and women helping women. I especially loved the development of the friendship between Alex and Peekay. All the characters felt so real and were developed really well. The ending has honestly stuck with me, ripped my heart out!

4.5 stars

 

 

253224492/ Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

Format: Paperback

Length: 403 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read Radio Silence, Read a diverse book, A 5 star predicted book, A book that takes place in college

I have fallen in love with Alice Osemans writing, it was so easy to read and flowed beautifully. It was a great story about academic students going through the process of university interviews, and end up figuring out the difference between what they thought they should do, and what they want to do with their lives. It highlights the problem with our society and how we’re pressured into decided what we’re to do for the rest of our lives when we’re barely through adolescence. It was another very important book and would definitely read more from this author.

4.5 stars

 

 

 

3/ I Am Still Alive – Kate Alice Marshall36849537

Format: Hardback

Length: 314 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read the group book, A book which takes place outdoors, A book which takes place somewhere other than where you live, Read a thriller, Freebie

I was expecting this to be a mix of suspense, thriller, and survival, but all I got was survival. Of course, I wanted to know how/if she survives in the end. But the story didn’t really develop from there. The main character mainly just complains about the fact her dad was killed (not a spoiler, it’s in the blurb) and she was left in the wilderness. I got a great feel of the atmosphere though which was chilling, and possibly the best bit of the book.

3 stars

 

 

 

233015454/ The Sleeper and The Spindle – Neil Gaiman

Format: Hardback

Length: 72 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book by a favourite author, Read a book in 24 hours, Read a book less than 100 pages

I devoured this within half an hour, and I loved every second, wishing the novella had another 400 pages after it. Neil Gaiman just has a way with words, he’s like a wizard of literature. He was able to blend together two of my favourite fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White), and also add his own whimsical, dark twist on a brilliant story. The Queen took a feminist lead, and took matters into her own hands, and the Sleeper was not a typical girl ‘waiting for her prince to come’. The story flowed in such a way it felt like it came straight from the collections of Grimms Brothers or Hans Christian Anderson, but with a modern twist and dark atmosphere. 

5 stars!

 

 

 

5/ Life of Pi – Yann Matel170453

Format: Audiobook

Length: 319 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book that takes place on a boat, Listen to an audiobook

I felt quite underwhelmed with this unfortunately. I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting to be honest, but if I knew it was primarily about religion I would’ve been prepared. I’m not religious, and I have nothing against it or those who are, it was just more difficult to find any kind of connection to the story. Overall I liked the story, I just didn’t get the ‘wow’ factor.

2.75/5 stars

 

 

 

UNFINISHED::

33857632Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer

Challenges: Read Letters to the Lost

Progress: 222/388 pages

 

 

 


 

 

Have any of you participated in this readathon? And if so, how did you do? What books did you read for the challenges? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

AUTUMN Reading List [2018]

It is near the end of September already (say what?) so it’s time for a new season, and not just any season, my favourite season, AUTUMN! I have quite a lot of atmospheric books, some with dark plots, magical realism, and everything else that just makes for a perfect book to read when the weather gets cold, rainy and gray (in the UK anyway!) I have a lot fun doing these lists because I enjoy trying to find books I could be in the mood for during the season

 

  1. City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab
  2. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro
  3. The Raven Boys – Maggie Steifvater
  4. Tangleweed & Brine – Deirdre Sullivan
  5. Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco
  6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  7. Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  9. If We Were Villians – M.L. Rio
  10. A Madness So Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
  11. Graceling – Kristin Cashore
  12. Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
  13. In The Drowning Deep – Mira Grant
  14. You – Caroline Kepnes
  15. The Extinction Trials – S. M. Wilson
  16. A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge
  17. The Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  18. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  19. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
  20. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
  21. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North
  22. Strange Weather – Joe Hill
  23. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Various
  24. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
  25. Final Girls – Riley Sager
  26. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
  27. Everybody Sees The Ants – A.S. King
  28. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

So what are your plans for Autumn? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And are they any hear which you think I need to prioritise? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

EMOJIATHON TBR [2018]

Emojiathon is taking place during the entire month of September, so if you saw my September TBR, you would’ve had a little glimpse into my TBR for the readathon! The challenges are pretty self-explanatory, each reading challenge is paired against a certain emoji, and you just need to complete as many as possible within the month!

This years hosts are: The Awkward Bookwormdylanthereader5, Common Spence, and brittanysbooknook. There is also a Google Docs here for all the challenges/emoji’s and there is also a Bingo board if you’re interested!

The dates of this readathon are 1st – 30th September 2018, so it has already started over a week ago (better late than never, right?!).

One of the things I love about this particular readathon is the chance to double/triple/quadruple up on the challenges, which of course makes the process of planning a TBR that much more fun!

 

25812109The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis

5 Challenges: Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover, 5 star predicted book, A book which reminds you of a favourite song, A book about a social justice topic, A book that takes place in college

“A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives.”

Goodreads

 

 

I Am Still Alive – Kate Alice Marshall36849537

5 Challenges: Read the group book, a book set outdoors, read a thriller, a book you’ve been seeing everywhere, A book set somewhere other than where you live

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild meets The Revenant in this heart-pounding story of survival and revenge in the unforgiving wilderness.

Goodreads

 

 

23301545The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman

3 Challenges: Read a book by a favourite author, A book less than 100 pages, A book within 24 hours

“A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic”

Goodreads

 

 

 

25322449Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

3 Challenges: Read Radio Silence, Read a diverse book, a 5 star predicted book

“Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.”

Goodreads

 

 

 

31145133I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maureen Goo

3 Challenges: Read a book you said you were going to read but never did, A book set somewhere other than where you live, A diverse book

“Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life.”

Goodreads

 

 

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Various35430013

2 Challenges: Give an author a second chance, A book set somewhere other than where you live

“Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.  Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors re-imagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.”

Goodreads

 

 

170453Life of Pi – Yann Martel

2 Challenges: Listen to an audiobook, Read a book that takes place on a boat

“When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, with a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger for 227 days while lost at sea.”

Goodreads

 

 

 

Vinyl – Sophia Elaine Hanson27826791

1 Challenge: Read Vinyl

“All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, which keeps their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression—especially real music—is strictly prohibited.”

Goodreads

 

 

 

30038855Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer

1 Challenge: Read Letters to the Lost

“Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-travelling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.”

Goodreads

 

 

 

Those are the books I’m planning to read for Emojiathon! Have any of you read these? If so, what did you think? Are any of you also participating in Emojiathon? And what are you guys planning to read in September? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

 

TBR's

SEPTEMBER TBR/PRIORITY READS [2018]

Hello readers! I am fully back into the swing of things and I’m ready to set and follow a monthly TBR (yaay!). I’m also trialling another way of setting out these Priority Reads/TBR posts and try and make them look more aesthetic I suppose. There are two readathons this month which I’m looking to participate in; the Emoji-a-Thon from 1st – 30th September, and the Contemporary-a-Thon from 17th – 23rd September. I will be posting their separate TBR’s once they are finalised/closer to the day!

How I do my TBRs is slightly different, I instead have a ‘Priority’ list of books; 3 as my ‘main priority, 2 as an ‘average priority‘, and 3 as my ‘lowest priority. I’m also setting out at least one audiobook and/or ebook, and one classic and/or non-fiction book every month to try and push myself to use more formats and expand my reading.

 

Main Priority

Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

I Am Still Alive – Kate Alice Marshall

The Female of The Species – Mindy McGinnis

Average Priority

City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab

The Loneliest Girl in The Universe – Lauren James

Lowest Priority

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Various

You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

 

EXTRAS:

Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maureen Goo

Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley

Cress – Marissa Meyer

 

Have any of you guys read these? If so, what did you think of them? Also, what are you guys’ reading plans for the month? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx