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2019 Goals – Midyear Check-In!

Following from the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, I thought it’ll be fun to have a look back at the goals I created at the beginning of the year, and find out where I am with them and whether I’ve been following them or just completely forgot them. Hope you enjoy!!

1/ Read 70 books. 100% COMPLETED

This was an easy smash! I’m currently on 74 books so it’s safe to say I did well with this goal! If I keep my pace going, I’m likely to double this goal by the end of the year, watch this space!

2/ Read more non-fiction. 50%

So far so good! I have stayed on track to read one non-fiction a month and I would continue this, not just to the end of the year but next year as well! I found that it’s add more substance to my reading months.

3/ Read books that have been on my TBR the longest.  30%

I’m slowly getting through these… there’s now 18 left from the beginning of my Goodreads account when there were 22 at the beginning of the year, so I am still kind of on track to reduce this to 50% (11 books). I could easily read 7 of these before the end of the year, the real question is whether I remember to add them to my TBR’s!

4/ Participate in 5 readathons. 100% COMPLETED

This was well done for sure! I’ve participated in Polarthon, Contemporary-athon, Mental Health-athon, Asian Readathon, Summerathon, 2 x Buzzword Readathons, OWL’s Magical Readathon, and currently participating in The Book Junkie Trials. So that’s 8 already! Many more to come in the rest of the year for sure, and I’ve been enjoying my time!

5/ Focus on reading Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen. 30%

I’ve been slacking a bit here tbh, I still have 3 books from Jane Austen to finish, and I haven’t tackled any Thomas Hardy which is a shame. I would be reading more of them in the autumn/winter months, but I need to pick up the slack on this goal. If I finish Jane Austen’s, I might be tempted to move Thomas Hardy books into my goals for next year as he as considerably more books.

6/ Complete 4 series. 70%

So far I’ve completed the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows duology, and on the last book of the Winternight trilogy. So I still need to start and finish one series, and finish another. So it is hopeful!

7/ Go back to monthly wrap-ups. 100% COMPLETED

I have been doing this and will be continuing for the rest of the year, I’m glad that I’ve gotten back a routine of monthly TBR’s and wrap-ups!

8/ Complete Popsugar Reading Challenge OR 52 Books Around the Year Challenge. 75%

I’ve been adding books throughout the year, and there’s only a handful of prompts which haven’t been completed, but I am certain I will complete at least one, if not both reading challenges!

 

So overall, I need to focus on my Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy reads, and also the books that have been on my Goodreads shelf the longest. I also need to focus on completing the last book of a series, and also starting/finishing another. All the other goals I’ve either completed or very confident that I will complete!

 

I hope you enjoyed my midyear check in! How are you guys doing for your reading goals this year? Have you been smashing them out or need a bit more TLC in the second half? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK-OUT TAG 2019!

This is the first time I’m doing this tag, I have always enjoyed watching these tags on BookTube so I thought to do the same here! At the time of writing I’ve read 74 books so I’ve had a great reading year so far and I’m excited to get into the questions!

The tag had been done numerous times by pretty much everyone at some point, I tried to link the original tag but I couldn’t find it unfortunately.

 

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019?

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019?

I’ve read a fair amount of sequels (mainly from the same series) but I think it would be The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden, which is the second book in the Winternight TrilogyBut also Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

There’s quite a few I really want to get to, A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer and Middlegame by Seanan McGuire is still top. But now that I’ve read the Grishaverse, I now want to read King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2019?

5. Biggest Disappointment?

6. Biggest Surprise?

If I’m Being Honest was definitely a big surprise, I didn’t expect to have a contemporary romance as one of my favourite books of the year so far!

7. Favourite New Author?

I’d say Leigh Bardugo, because I really, really enjoyed all the Grishaverse books!

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

Brandon from If I’m Being Honest, or Jordy from Girl Against the Universe. They are the sweetest guys, and nerdy. *SWOON*

9. Newest Favourite Character?

By far it is Nina from Six of Crows, and Vasilisa from the Winternight books is a close second.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

Becoming by Michelle Obama made me cry. Several times. Happy and sad tears.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo made me feel really happy, because of the growth of the main character and all she managed to achieve. Also, Book Love by Debbie Tung made me smile so much!

12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

I would say more of Book-To-TV adaptation… Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and also The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

All of them..? But I need to finish Jane Austen’s books, I have Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility to read. I also want to get to some of the series I have, such as Arc of a Scythe, Three Dark Crowns, Truthwitch, The Last Namsara, Red Sister, etc, etc…

 


 

I hope you enjoyed this tag! If you want to also do this then I tag you to do so!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

Top 10 Reads of Spring 2019!

Spring is over. It felt like a weird transition period where the weather went from cold to hot at random points. At least now it really feels like Summer now! I had read 33 books from March-May which is really good and still on track with my goals. I had big life changes in the past few months hence reading not being as high as it was in Winter. But again I’m definitely not complaining or disheartened, as I still read a great deal of books!

Narrowing those down to just 10 and then putting those in order was oddly quite easy, possibly because I had a few stand-out faves. I won’t go into much detail about them here (because clearly I loved them!) so I’ll link their Goodreads and also any review/posts I mentioned them in! Hope you enjoy!

 

 

This Song Will Save Your Life10/ This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

“All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion – DJ’ing.
But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise? An irresistible novel about hope, heartbreak and the power of music to bring people together.” – Goodreads

I discussed my thoughts in my May Wrap-Up!

4/5 stars!


 

Turtles All the Way Down9/ Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity. ” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my May Wrap-Up!

4/5 stars!


 

 

357959608/ What I Lost – Alexandra Ballard

“What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her–girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again. She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size-zero obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my March Wrap-Up!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

Circe7/ Circe – Madeline Miller

“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.” – Goodreads

I have a review in my April Wrap-Up!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)6/ Six of Crows Duology – Leigh Bardugo

“Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist: Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached); Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world); Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it). Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.” – Goodreads

I reviewed this in my May Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

Brave New World5/ Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, and a perverse distaste for the pleasures of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress … Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece. ” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my April Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

Good Omens4/ Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (re-read)

“According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes NutterWitch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . . ” – Goodreads

I reviewed this in my May Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!

 

 


 

 

Before We Were Yours3/ Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

Memphis, Tennessee, 1939: Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents. But they quickly realize the dark truth… Aiken, South Carolina, present day: Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organisation, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country, Before We Were Yours is a riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale.” – Goodreads

Further reviewed in my April Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)2/ Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling

“It is the summer holidays and soon Harry Potter will be starting his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is counting the days: there are new spells to be learnt, more Quidditch to be played, and Hogwarts castle to continue exploring. But Harry needs to be careful – there are unexpected dangers lurking…” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my March Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

Daisy Jones and The Six1/ Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

“For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.” – Goodreads

I reviewed this book in my March Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

So those were the top 10 books I read in Spring, all of which I rated 4 stars and higher! What were your favourite books? Any new recommendations? What are you most looking forward to in Summer? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

JULY TBR (2019)

How is it July?! July is my birthday month yay! I’m 26 on the 4th so as I’m writing this it’s the day before my birthday. I still act like a little kid when it gets to my birthday, it’s funny! Also in July, it’s the Book Junkie Trials which I am planning to smash out of the park. I have already announced my official TBR for the Mage pathway, so the rest of the month will be trying to visit as many of the other sights as possible, and I’m eager to get to everywhere so watch this space! So my July TBR will be fitting in with the other prompts.

 

Middlegame – Seanan McGuire

Scythe – Neil Shusterman

Dread Nation – Justina Ireland

The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo

Cress – Marissa Meyer

You – Caroline Kepnes

Orange Vol. 1 – Ichigo Takano

The Winter of The Witch – Katherine Arden

Heartstopper – Alice Oseman

 

  • Non-Fiction: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  • Classic: I am Legend – Richard Matheson
  • Kindle/Audible: Miracle Creek – Angie Kim

 

EXTRA:

Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix – J. K. Rowling


 

 

So what are you guys hoping to read this month? Participating in any readathons this month? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think? Any which are also on your radar? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

June Wrap-Up! (2019)

So June is swiftly over, and I literally blinked and it was the middle of the month and I had only read 2 books… But luckily I picked things up in the second half and managed to read a total of 10 books. This is possibly the lowest amount that I’ve read this year so far, but it’s okay because I’m only a few books away to completing my Goodreads challenge of 80 books! Below are my stats for the month, followed by all the books I read and my thoughts!

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31371709girl against the universe – paula stokes

format: paperback

length: 416

Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, I related to the main character with her anxiety (not so much the hints of OCD or PTSD) I loved the relationships Maguire had with everyone in the book. It was great that her therapist had a very patient technique with Maguire and helped her come to resolutions by herself. The friendship group she had were incredibly supportive of her recovery and didn’t force her to do anything, Maguire was scared but determined to conquer her fear, which I loved to see. The love interest also had issues of his own to resolve, so instead of ‘romance curing a mental illness’, it was two people who care about each other, having separate issued to resolve, but stuck together and helped each other through these. It was so nice and beautiful to read about. I had a few technical critiques about the tennis scenes, I found it very unlikely that in her first match that they were able to break each other’s serve so frequently, and I found it unlikely that Jordy would be able to serve at speed of a matured professional. But they’re minor issues!

4 STARS


 

 

Becomingbecoming – michelle obama

format: hardback/Audible

length: 426

Goodreads

Gosh. I cried several times. I loved every second of this, and I love Michelle a lot more. I never knew the things she had to overcome in her early life, how driven she was to succeed in the face of adversity, poverty and racism. How she continually grew as a person and overcame so many difficult times in her life. It was so funny when she spoke about her encounter with Barack! Seeing their relationship bloom and hearing Michelle talk about it, I could hear her smiling when she talked about him. I found her story so relatable, even though I’m not black, not American, not a former FLOTUS, not a mother. That was how powerful her story was. I was still able to find a tonne to take away from this reading experience. I want to read this over and over again, especially after any hard days.

5 STARS!!


 

 

39874309. sy475 ps i like you – kasie west

format: paperback

length: 336

Goodreads

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I was expecting! I heard this is not a favourite amongst Kasie West fans so I had low expectations. But I really enjoyed it! I really loved all the relationships in this book. Lily’s relationship with her best friend, her parents, her siblings, and her secret pen pal were all written so well. I loved the family dynamic and her little brothers were like little cinnamon rolls. Although it was  predictable who the pen pal was, it was still an adorable read and I loved seeing how both sides developed and how they were they were pen pals but they didn’t know that the other knew. It was a quick, sweet read as are all of Kasie Wests books.

3.5 STARS


 

 

40864708the way you make me feel – maureen goo

format: paperback

length: 352

Goodreads

The main character was hilarious and edgy and didn’t take things too seriously. When she basically re-created the prom scene from Carrie it was so cheesy it was amazing! I was more involved in the friendship development rather than the romance, but that was because they were arch-enemies turned friends which I love to read about. I enjoyed how many other types of relationship were explored, family/father-daughter/absent mother-daughter, friendships with new and old, they were all so healthy and fleshed out. The love interest was so nice, nerdy and respectful, I just wanted to hug him! Also all the food they were making sounded so delicious, I wanted to hunt down this food truck and eat it’s entire contents! This was overall a quick, light, cute read and would recommend for a fun summer read.

3 STARS


 

 

39073285crooked kingdom – leigh burdugo

format: paperback

length: 549

Goodreads

I can’t go into much detail about this because it is a concluding novel in a duology. I enjoyed it so very much, I still loved all the characters and Nina is always my queen. The stakes didn’t seem as high as they were in Six of Crows and there was more tactical planning in this one. I was still on edge for the majority of this book about what on earth was going to happen and how the group were ever going to be free. The banter between everyone was first class! The development of relationships was beautiful! I only had one main issue, I didn’t like it when someone has major character growth and then it all be for nothing (can’t go into more detail because of spoiler). Apart from that, I was overall content with the ending and everything wrapped up well.

4.5 STARS


 

 

38739562with the fire on high – elizabeth acevedo 

format: hardback

length: 400

Goodreads

I don’t think I’ve ever read a 400-page book so quickly in my life, before I knew it  I was already halfway! I loved the story and the growth the main character had. It showed the struggle between wanting the spend time and support her daughter, and also wanting to follow her dream to become a chef. The author’s writing is so easy to read and flows so beautifully. The romance was so sweet and it showed how the main character tried to hold back because of how it might affect her daughter. And I loved the relationship with the grandmother. I would’ve liked a bit more exploration on what it’s like being a young, single mother, and it did annoy me when she kept calling her daughter ‘Babygirl’, so much so that I got confused when they used her real name because I had to think back to who it was! But apart from that I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend.

4.5 STARS


 

 

40611543. sy475 starfish – akemi dawn bowman 

format: Kindle

length: 353

Goodreads

I don’t know why it took me so long to read this! I really enjoyed this book. I can relate to the main character when she got rejected from the school she wanted to go to and had to change her plans. I didn’t read to change as much, but was still a crazy process! I can’t remember hating a character as much as her mother and uncle. I had serious rage whenever they did something, I hated them so much. The blossoming relationship was adorable, and the main characters friendship was really nice. I loved the art influence within the book, I really wanted to see some of the painting that she described at the end of the chapters. I’d be very interested to read more from this author because I enjoyed her writing and characters.

4 STARS


 

 

33877465. sy475 love & gelato – jenna evans welch

format: paperback

length: 352

Goodreads

This was a great summery, ‘beachy’ read. I loved re-exploring Italy, it felt like I was back on holiday there! And all the gelato testing really had me wanting to go back! It was a very fun, cute romance but I found it really unnerving and unrealistic when all this happened in the space of a week. The relationship developed so quickly, it was literally insta-love (which became ‘real love’ after a week?) I thought it was strange that you’d invite a girl to your house and introduce them to your mother on the same day you met! Howard was by far my favourite character, and I felt really sad for him because of the twist, he was such a sweetheart and just wanted the best. If there was less ‘who’s you daddy?’ plot then I would’ve rated it higher possibly. Nonetheless I still enjoyed my time.

3 STARS


 

 

40087230if i’m being honest- emily wibberley and austin siegemund-broka

format: hardback

length: 362

Goodreads

This was the perfect contemporary for me, everything about it I loved! Amazing Shakespeare and nerdy references! It was like Mean Girls, but if Regina decided to befriend the Art Freaks. I knew who the love interest was, but it was such a slow-burn and a ‘hate-to-love’. The chemistry between them was gorgeous, and seeing the guy come out of his shell and the main character seeing who he really is was adorable. The dynamics of the main character were so incredibly well done, I saw her struggling between what she thought was right and what was right for her. Her family was interesting and really showed how the main characters personality was the way it was. She was using brutal honesty as a way of hiding her emotions and being ‘tough-skinned’ and ‘successful’ like her dad. The friendship development was so beautiful as well. I loved how it tackled the issues with social cliques and how we are actually more similar than we are different, but because we stay in the ‘clique’ we find comfortable, we never know who we may find.

5 STARS!! (ALL THE STARS)


 

 

50397northanger abbey – jane austen 

format: Audible

length: 239

Goodreads

Another Austen book I really enjoyed! Seeing as this was technically her first and wasn’t published until after her death, her writing was still as amazing as it is with her more well-known books. I loved the satire of the gothic era, it gave the book more of an edgy, different atmosphere to it. The main character was very spunky and funny and I loved her spirited nature! There was quite a lot of drama considering the shortness of the book so I kept the pages turning and finished the book easily. The romance was cute as well, and such a slow-burn. The book also dealt with issues of class and scandal (well, what was classed as ‘scandal’ in 1800’s) which was very interesting to read about. I am yet to be bored by a Jane Austen book and I’m excited to continue her books!

4 STARS


 

And let’s see how much of my June TBR I actually managed to read!

Middlegame – Seanan McGuire

Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Burdugo

If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund Broka

Girls on The Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller

Girl Against The Universe – Paula Stokes

With The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

The Way You Make Me Feel – Maureen Goo

By Your Side – Kasie West

Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

 

  • Non-Fiction: Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Classic: Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence (Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen)
  • Kindle/Audible: The Cactus – Sarah Haywood

 

= 8/12 TBR books!

 


 

So those are the books I read in June! Not my highest amount of books, but I enjoyed every one of the books I read, which is a massive win!

So what did you guys read in June? Have you read any of these, if so what did you think? Any recommendations based on what I read? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

 

 

Read-a-thons

Summerathon Wrap-Up! (2019)

Summerathon was a whole bunch of fun, and it got me reading more than I had for the rest of the month. All these books I just flew through and I loved them! And I managed to complete all of the challenges, so very successful! Let’s get into the books I read and what challenges they fulfilled, and also my thoughts on them.

 

~The Challenges~
1: Read a ‘beachy’ read
2: Read a book with sunrise colours on the cover
3: Read a book featuring a road trip/travelling or summer holiday
4: Read a book set in summer
5: Read a book with food on the cover
6: Drink your favourite summery drink while reading

 

33877465. sy475 Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

Challenges: 1. Read a ‘beachy’ read, 3. a book ft. travelling, 4. set in Summer, 5. food on the cover

Pages: 352 (paperback)

Goodreads

This was a great summery, ‘beachy’ read. I loved re-exploring Italy, it felt like I was back on holiday there! And all the gelato testing really had me wanting to go back! It was a very fun, cute romance but I found it really unnerving and unrealistic when all this happened in the space of a week. The relationship developed so quickly, it was literally insta-love (which became ‘real love’ after a week?) I thought it was strange that you’d invite a girl to your house and introduce them to your mother on the same day you met! Howard was by far my favourite character, and I felt really sad for him because of the twist, he was such a sweetheart and just wanted the best. If there was less ‘who’s you daddy?’ plot then I would’ve rated it higher possibly. Nonetheless I still enjoyed my time.

3 STARS


 

 

With the Fire on HighWith The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

Challenges: 2. sunrise colours on cover, 5. food on the cover

Pages: 400 (hardcover)

Goodreads

I don’t think I’ve ever read a 400-page book so quickly in my life, before I knew it  I was already halfway! I loved the story and the growth the main character had. It showed the struggle between wanting the spend time and support her daughter, and also wanting to follow her dream to become a chef. The author’s writing is so easy to read and flows so beautifully. The romance was so sweet and it showed how the main character tried to hold back because of how it might affect her daughter. And I loved the relationship with the grandmother. I would’ve liked a bit more exploration on what it’s like being a young, single mother, and it did annoy me when she kept calling her daughter ‘Babygirl’, so much so that I got confused when they used her real name because I had to think back to who it was! But apart from that I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend.

4.5 STARS


 

 

If I'm Being HonestIf I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley andAustin Siegemund-Broka

Challenges: 1. a ‘beachy’ read, 2. sunrise colours on the cover, 6. drink your fave summery drink whilst reading

Pages: 362 (hardcover)

Goodreads

This was the perfect romance for me, everything about it I loved! Amazing Shakespeare and nerdy references! It was like Mean Girls, but if Regina decided to befriend the Art Freaks. I knew who the love interest was, but it was such a slow-burn and a ‘hate-to-love’. The chemistry between them was gorgeous, and seeing the guy come out of his shell and the main character seeing who he really is was adorable. The dynamics of the main character were so incredibly well done, I saw her struggling between what she thought was right and what was right for her. Her family was interesting and really showed how the main characters personality was the way it was. She was using brutal honesty as a way of hiding her emotions and being ‘tough-skinned’ and ‘successful’ like her dad. The friendship development was so beautiful as well. I loved how it tackled the issues with social cliques and how we are actually more similar than we are different, but because we stay in the ‘clique’ we find comfortable, we never know who we may find.

5 STARS!! (ALL THE STARS)


 

 

Now that I’ve read some summery reads, it’s finally feeling like summer in the UK! All of a sudden the weather did a 180 and it’s now sunny and hot, it’s like a miracle!

So did any of you also participate in the Summerathon? If so, what did you read? Have you also read any of these? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

The Book Junkie Trials TBR! (2019)

I have decided to jump right into another readathon, and it’s an exciting one! The Bookish Trials is a Month-long readathon and Competitive event taking place from 1st – 31st July 2019. The main creator and Queen of the Queendom is Rachael from Rachael Marie Book Junkie. You can take part in two ways, either the Quest to The Bookish Grail, or the Competitive Trails. Here I’m going to go through the details for the Quest, if you’re interested in the Competitive Trails you can see Rachael’s Announcement Video for details on the Trails or for further information. Everything here has been created by Rachael and it’s all so incredible! In addition, she has recommended books for each of the prompts here! Be sure to be following to Twitter page and check the Google Drive for any additional bits!

There are four teams, Mage, Scribe, Bard, and Outlaw, (you can take a quiz to be sorted, or pick a team you prefer) and each team has a leader, a strength and weakness, and as it’s a quest to The Bookie Grail, each team also has a set quest where each step is a different reading prompt! There are 4 prompts that are set for each team, and then the final reading prompt which is the Group Book which everyone will need to read to complete the quest. As it is a quest, each prompt needs to be completed in order of your path and is only one book per prompt. You will need to log your completed books onto the Progress Tracker so you can get points for your team on every book you complete! It is 10 points for prompts in your set path, 50 points for reaching The Bookie Grail, and 5 points for each additional book.

I chose to be in the team of the Mages, and The Marquess of Magi is the lovely Becca from Becca And The Books. Because we can bend time, we get a 3 day jump on the readathon, so we get to start on 28th June instead of 1st July. But for the weakness, because one of our spells went weary, we would have to read a book out of our comfort zone. Below is the map, and the Magi are starting at the Orc Grove and working our way through Ol’ Pirate Road, Glimmer, the Draconic Isle and finally to the The Bookish Grail.

I will also be trying to go for Quest Champion which is to complete all the prompts, for that I am going to do a separate post as this one is likely to be long enough already!

The High Queendom Map


 

Orc Grove

30223025Dread Nation – Justina Ireland 

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, RETELLING, FANTASY, HORROR, HISTORICAL, PARANORMAL, ZOMBIES, ALTERNATE HISTORY

Prompt: Read a gruesome, dark, or gritty book

Pages: 455

Goodreads


 

 

Ol’ Pirate Road

26889459The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware  

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, MYSTERY, THRILLER, SUSPENSE

Prompt: Read a book partly taken place at sea

Pages: 344

Goodreads

 


 

 

Glimmer

32191710Astrophysics For People in a Hurry – Neil DeGrasse Tyson  

ADULT, NON-FICTION, SCIENCE, PHYSICS, SPACE

Prompt: A beautiful/colourful book

Pages: 224

Goodreads

 


Draconic Isle

891592Temeraire – Naomi Novik  

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, HISTORICAL, ALTERNATE HISTORY, DRAGONS

Prompt: A book featuring dragons

Pages: 340

Goodreads

 


The Bookish Grail

818478Stardust – Neil Gaiman  

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ADVENTURE, ROMANCE

Prompt: Group book

Pages: 194

Goodreads

 


 

So those are the books I’m reading to complete the Book Junkie Trials! Are any of you also participating? If so, which team are you on? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx