Read-a-thons

InLove-athon 2018 Wrap Up

I hope everyone had a good Valentine’s/Galentine’s/Palentine’s Day on Wednesday! I spent it with my love and had a relaxing evening with pancakes, a bath (with a book, of course), and a movie night so I enjoyed myself! I hope you all had a great day however way you have spent it, anyway, on to the books I read for InLove-athon!

 

1/ Rapunzel by Brother’s Grimm17160901

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: 32

Goodreads

Challenges acquired: 3. Read a book with a prince/princess, and 4. Read an original fairy-tale and watch the Disney movie or a film adaptation.

I knew I was going to enjoy this before going into it, but I was pleasantly surprised with the comparison between the original fairy-tale and the Disney adaptation (Tangled), and which bits they kept true to the fairy-tale, and the bits they went off tangent (and believe me, there were some shocking bits). I won’t go into which those were, because it’s such a short fairy-tale, but I’ll say this: I finally know where the name Rapunzel came from!

4/5 stars

 

 

 

186677792/ Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: 307

Goodreads

Challenges acquired: 6. Read a book that takes place in a location where you would love to spend Valentine’s Day, 5. Read a book while eating some Valentine treats, and 8. Read a LGBTQ+ love story.

I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I absolutely loved the film-making aspects and really enjoyed learning about the characters and their jobs within the Hollywood scene. In my opinion, the romance came a lot later than I wanted, and the story felt more about how Emi got over her ex and how a certain other character comes to terms with her past. I still enjoyed it either way, and the journey they took from finding that letter inside the record had me gripped and ultimately I flew through this!

3.75/5 stars

 

 

 

3/ The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West18660447

Format: Kindle

No of Pages: 346

Goodreads

Challenges acquired: 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover, 2. Read a book that has your favourite romantic trope, and 10. Read one of the hosts favourite Contemporary/Historical Romance books.

I am very mixed about this, overall I enjoyed my time, but I was really struggling to like the protagonist. She was very snobby, self-absorbed, and just treated people awful and always expected the worst from everybody. I loved Hayden and his sister, I liked how we saw all the characters develop, and the romance was very cute. But Gia didn’t deserve him in my opinion, and as much as I like the fake-boyfriend trope, a lot of the problems could’ve been avoided if she wasn’t constantly lying and putting her popularity over her friends.

3.5/5 stars

 

 

Total Pages Read: 1,032

Challenges Completed: 8/10

 

So even though I didn’t get through all the books I wanted to, I managed to accomplish most of the challenges, which I am extremely happy about! And overall, I enjoyed what I read and felt proud for reading 3 books in a week (2 and a bit technically, but that’s not the point).

 

So, what did you guys read for the readathon if you participated? If not, what have you been reading and loving lately? Have any of you read these books and agree/disagree with my views? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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Contemporary-athon 2018 TBR!

Contemporary-athon is a readathon focused on purely reading contemporaries, and has a series of reading challenges.

This readathon is running from 12th – 18th February 2018.

The hosts for the readathon are: HardbackHoarder, Paper Faerie, The Bookish Babbler, Tiny Book Dragon, Cristina’s Journey, and jordyn, discombobulated.

I’m struggling to keep my attention and stay awake in the evenings recently due to changes in medication, and I’ve been busy with life so I think reading a bunch of contemporaries would help me!

 

1/ Love, Life, and List by Kasie West 35068742

Challenges: 1. Read the most recent contemporary that you purchased/acquired, 2. Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover, and 3. Read a hyped contemporary book.

Goodreads

This sounds like it’s right up my alley, and I’m not going to lie, but the main character has the same name as me so I got more excited because of that! But I think it sounds really interesting, about a girl named Abby (me) who makes a list (me) because she needs to push herself out of her comfort zone (also me) and also has a love of art (and also, me). So I’m expecting to enjoy this one!

 

 

 

306538532/ The Upside of Unrequited by Becki Albertalli

Challenges: 4. Read a diverse contemporary book, 7. Read a contemporary book that has been recommended to you

Goodreads

I have been extremely hesitant in picking this up, and I’m not really holding that much expectations for this. I really didn’t like her other book, Simon vs The Homosapiens agenda, and I got this in an OwlCrate box last year. I remember it being extremely hyped so I got excited for it, without even knowing what it was about! But I’m trying to keep open-minded for this!

 

 

 

3/ Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung 34536956

Challenges: 6. Read a contemporary(ish) graphic novel

Goodreads

I struggled for a while to think of graphic novels for this challenge; I’m not much of a fan of graphic novels, and I can’t really think of many contemporary graphic novel! This is honestly more of a graphic memoir or a series of comic strips, but it was the closest I could think of and it is actually something I’ve been dying to read! Its about someone who is introverted and their daily life.

 

 

 

64088624/ Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Challenges: 5. Read a dark/taboo contemporary

Goodreads

This is about a girl who gets abducted, and that’s it! That’s pretty taboo, right? I’m hoping I enjoy it because I don’t really hear much about this book. I remember picking it up years and years ago because I liked the butterfly on the cover, I must’ve thought it would be a light, fluffy read. I was very wrong!

 

 

Are any of you also participating in this readathon? What will you be planning to read? Have you read any of the books I mentioned, and if so, what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

 

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons · TBR's

In Love-athon 2018 TBR!

Sorry this is really late! My family visited for the weekend and I hadn’t gotten the chance to post my TBR. The theme for this is Valentine’s Day! The challenges are set around those books that feature romance and love and all that cutesy deliciousness! I don’t typically read much romance, but tis the season!

The hosts for the readathon are: HardbackHoarder, Paper Faerie, The Bookish Babbler, Tiny Book Dragon, Cristina’s Journey, and jordyn, discombobulated.

The dates of this readathon are 9th February – 15th February 2018.

It was one of those rare and beautiful occurrences where a lot of the challenges fitted with books I am already looking to read very soon, so here is my TBR!

I’m already doing quite well, and on track to completing most of the challenges. But I’m not pushing too much, as the Contemporary-athon is also starting tomorrow, and most of the books here would also fit for those challenges as well! You only need to aim for 7 of the 10 challenges, but I’m over-ambitious!

 

1/ Love, Life and The List by Kasie West 35068742

Challenges: 1. Read a book from your favourite romance author, 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover.

Goodreads

I’m slightly twisting this, but I’m halfway through The Fill-In Boyfriend and I am seriously enjoying it, so I’m classing Kasie West as my favourite romance author after only half a book (sue me). This is also fulfilling most of the Contemporary-athon challenges, so I’m picking it up when both the readthons overlap! Planning skills.

 

 

 

171609012/ Rapunzel by Brother’s Grimm

Challenges: 3. Read a book with a prince/princess, and 4. Read an original fairy-tale and watch the Disney movie or a film adaptation.

Goodreads

I’ve already completed these, so more detail will be given in my wrap-up, but I was so excited to read an original fairy-tale then watch the adaption. It was such a fun and interesting challenge and I want more readathon’s to incorporate this kind of challenge!

 

 

 

3/ Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 13584792

Challenges: 2. Read a book that has your favourite romantic trope, 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover, 9. Read a classic love story, and 10. Read one of the hosts favourite Contemporary/Historical Romance books.

Goodreads

I’m not sure if quadrupling on challenges is allowed, hence why I got other books which fit the other challenges, but this is my main read for the readathon! I read this years ago for school and wasn’t too fussed about it, but I want to re-read it and see if my feeling have changed.

 

 

 

186677794/ Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Challenges: 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover, and 8. Read a LGBTQ+ love story.

Goodreads

This book I bought as a cover buy, and has been sat on my shelf for ages. I’ve never had a reason to pick it up… until now! I heard good things about this, but also some ‘meh’ things. So my expectations aren’t massive, and I’m hoping it’s at least quick and enjoyable!

 

 

 

82853245/ Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Challenges: 6. Read a book that takes place in a location where you would love to spend Valentine’s Day, and 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover.

Goodreads

I’ve had this on my shelf for too long, and it is set in New York, which is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day! I love the movie so I know what the main plot is, and it’s a short book so I should get this done very soon!

 

 

 

186604476/ The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

Challenges: 2. Read a book that has your favourite romantic trope, 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover, and 10. Read one of the hosts favourite Contemporary/Historical Romance books.

Goodreads

As I mentioned above, I am already halfway through this and I’m liking it a lot more than I thought! I felt that this readathon was the right time to bite the bullet and finally dip my toe into the Kasie West hype! I don’t tend to read romance, but I am finding her writing really enjoyable.

 

 

Challenge 5/ Read a book while eating some Valentine treats.

 

I can incorporate this into any book I read really, and I have a lot of treats to snack on! Some Love Hearts and chocolate shall be eaten!!

 

So are any of you also participating in the Inloveathon? If so, what books are you planning to read? Any of these books you’ve read? What did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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My 5 Star Reads! [2018]

Hi guys! I had an idea to create a list of all of  my 5 star books throughout the year. I’ll keep adding to them when the year goes on, I just thought it would be easier when it comes to picking my favourite books of the year! Especially as I started off the year strong with 4 5-star books already! It’ll also be cool to see which months I read the most favourites!

 

JANUARY

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FEBRUARY

 

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February TBR/Priority Reads [2018]

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It’s already a few days into February, so I apologise… A mixture of using a crap laptop, hand injury, and low mental health meant I couldn’t really post that much. But I’m here now and although it’s taken me 5 hours to do 2 posts… here’s my TBR!

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. This basically organises which books I want to get to the most. Of course I may not stick to this during the month. I also may include extra books I wish to read which didn’t get added to my Priority Reads but still wanted to pick up.

So in February, I hope to read…

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1. Love, Life, and The List – Kasie West

2. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

3. Everything Leads To You – Nina La Cour

4. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen

5. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

6. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

7. Every Day – David Levithan

8. The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

 

The majority of these are part of the readathons I’ll be participating in. The first which runs from 9th – 15th is the Inloveathon hosted by HardbackHoarder, Paper Faerie, The Bookish Babbler, Tiny Book Dragon, Cristina’s Journey, and jordyn, discombobulated.

The second overlaps with that one, and it’s the Contemporary-athon running from 12th – 18th, and hosted by Chelseadollingreads, Pages and Pens, and myreadingisodd, and luckily some of the books can meet multiple challenges from both! If things all go well, I might stab a chance at the Timehopathon which runs from 19th – 25th, and is hosted by Paper Faerie, Cherrie Walker, Tiny Book Dragon, The Bookish Babbler, and  Fred Weasley Died Laughing.

So this is really a month of readathons! And because they are contemporary-based, I should do quite well!

What are you hoping to read in February? Are you participating in any readthons? Any books I mentioned you read? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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JANUARY WRAP-UP! [2018]

It’s the first wrap-up of 2018! I have read 10 books which I’m so happy about, I started the year on a high reading wise, despite having a lot of personal health problems going down! Gold star for me! I think I already have a favourite book of the year, as well. Good times. Going ahead I think I’ll do wrap-ups for every 5 books, because if I keep up this pace I’ll have really long wrap-ups every month, and ain’t nobody got time for that!

 

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 1                 •  Contemporary – 2
  • 2 star – 0                • 100-200 pages –  1            •  Classics – 2
  • 3 star – 4                • 200-300 pages – 3             • Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 4
  • 4 star –  2               • 300-400 pages – 3             • Poetry/Short Stories – 2
  • 5 star – 4                • 400-500 pages – 2            • Author gender:  7 female/ 4 male
  • total – 10 books!       •500+ pages – 0               •Age range: 5 Adult/ 5 YA

                Total pages: 2928!!

Average rating: 4.125 stars       //     50% paperback, 30% library, 20% Kindle

 

As usual, I’ll go from lowest to highest… which may be difficult seeing as a read 4 5-star books!

 

25868918Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Format: Paperback

Page count: 432

GOODREADS

This started so strongly; I loved the characters and the links toward the classic Jane Eyre. I enjoyed how Jane Steele killed those who deserved it, which is a great twist on the classic because there are so many characters who treat Jane Eyre very poorly, and in this re-imagining, the protagonist takes revenge for some of those characters. But I lost a lot of interest ever since Jane went to be a governess for Mr Thornfield; it felt like she lost her spunk and the momentum of the plot dragged. I couldn’t grip myself to what was happening and I started to care less and less until the novel was over. Very anti-climactic, unfortunately.

3 stars

 

 

 

Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller 35963670

Format: Library

Page count: 368

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! It’s a YA Science Fiction about a virtual reality game called Otherworld, owned by a massive multi-billion company which basically runs everything. It was a really fun read, but I don’t think I’ll be looking to pick up the rest of the series.

3 stars

 

 

 

24874295The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen

Format: Kindle

Page count: 64

GOODREADS

I was intrigued to read this collection of short stories written whilst Jane Austen was a teenager, you can see how she developed into the infamous author we know and love. These stories should be taken lightly, as they were only for the enjoyment of her family. If you go into this expecting something like Pride and Prejudice or Emma, you’ll be disappointed. It’s a very quick, light, enjoyable read!

3.5 stars

 

 

 

 

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C Stevens33295690

Format: Kindle

Page count: 352

GOODREADS

This was delightful! It did take me a while to really get into the story. I loved the friendships, and the idea of people from a small community coming together to save traditions. Overall, it was a heart-warming, positive read! I couldn’t fully connect with the main character as I’m not religious or struggling with sexuality, but for anyone who is struggling with their sexuality this is such a positive book for that! I loved how Davey didn’t rush or push Billie, and accepted her for who she was. Also, the Corn Dolly announcement scene was TOO PRECIOUS. Fuller review here!

3.75 stars

 

 

 

 

34078564Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

Format: Paperback

Page count: 260

GOODREADS

I haven’t read a lot of poetry recently, and when I finished this, I thought “why haven’t I?”. I find poetry so beautiful and personal, it’s hard to not relate to it. There were some poems which didn’t exactly hit the nail of the head, however I reached for my highlighter for the first time in years, because I wanted to go back and read some passages over and over again. I really like the uniqueness of pairing a poem with a song; there were some where I thought another song would’ve fitted better, but overall I’ll definitely be going back! A bit more here.

4 stars

 

 

 

 

Lady Susan by Jane Austen29378517

Format: Library

Page count: 119

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! I never would’ve expected Jane Austen to write such a character. Especially at the age of 19 in 18th Century England! Cleverly written in letters, and well thought out. Lady Susan is recently widowed and tries to marry a rich man, and marry her daughter Frederica to another rich man, in order to improve their wealth which was damaged from her late husband’s passing. Definitely what you don’t expect from Jane Austen!

4 stars

 

 

 

 

13602234Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Format: Paperback

Page count: 452

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! This is the second instalment in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and is a loose retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. It was incredibly entertaining and the story moved at a great pace. I loved the banter and friendship between Thorn and Cinder, I found myself laughing at some of their witty comments! For a 400+ book I read it so quickly! So eager to pick up Cress!

5 stars!

 

 

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whatley 29231988

Format: Paperback

Page count: 256

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! I want to read more mental health books that focus more on male characters suffering, and I stumbled across this, which was recommended by Emma Rund. It was brilliant, and the message that people are more than just their mental illness is very present in this. Such a positive reflection on mental health, and it deals with panic attacks really well, but I cannot comment on it’s accuracy on Agoraphobia. I have written more in my Goodreads review. Highly recommend!!!

5 stars!!

 

 

35710320Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Format: Library

Page count: 256

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! This is a classic science-fiction story about a man with a low IQ undergoing an experiment to increase his IQ, and his journey and progress, and all the events that happen as part of his increasing IQ. It was so incredibly though-provoking and I really wasn’t expecting it! It really makes you think about our constant need for knowledge, and whether intelligence is as important as we are led to believe.

5 stars!!

 

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

Format: Paperback

Page count: 369

GOODREADS

I have a longer review here. I absolutely loved this! It’s definitely going to be one of my favourite books of the year, as I finished it near the start of the month and I STILL think about it constantly. I truly believe the hype is worth it, which was the main reason I put it off for so long. Mark Whatney’s humour and dialogue is so incredibly entertaining, and it was so nice how he stayed really positive and had a can-do attitude toward the massive problem he had. <spoiler> I would’ve loved to see more development on how Mark adapts once he’s back </spoiler> but that is just a tiny criticism which doesn’t take anything away from the overall rating!

5 stars!!!

 

So I think I’ve had a really good reading month! I don’t think I’ve ever read as many 5 star books as I have in January, and I have high hope for February with not 1, not 2, but 3 readathons I’m hoping to participate in!

What have you read this past month? Any new favourites or recommendations? Any of these you’ve read, and if so, what were your thoughts? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2018 Wrap-Up

Well, I’m only just getting around to this and the readathon ended a week ago, but better late than never, eh! I managed to complete all but one challenge, which I think makes it a success. If I complete over half the challenges, I class it as a successful readathon! I really much stuck to my original TBR, so there weren’t any sudden changes which is also a success for me!

 

 

1/ Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller [Goodreads]35963670

Challenge: 1. Group Book

Format: Library

page count: 368 (368)

 

I thought the premise was interesting and it definitely kept me hooked, I wanted to find out what was happening with the Locked-In Syndrome conspiracy! The main character was not very likeable, as I found him quite arrogant and really impulsive however it does seem that was intentional. It did bug me that the ‘damsel in distress’ was the main plot, as it was made quite clear she was fully capable of taking care of things herself! I don’t know if I would continue the series, but I still enjoyed it!

3 stars!

 

 

136022342/ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer [Goodreads]

Challenge: 2. Read a sequel, and 7. Read a blacklisted book (publishes before 2017)

Format: Paperback

page count: 452 (820)

I’m so glad I decided to continue with the series! I loved Scarlet, and the relationship between Cinder and Thorn really reminded me of Flynn Ryder and Rapunzel with their banter and witty comments. The story was really interesting and I felt it moved at a great pace! Its 400 pages plus but it didn’t feel like that at all, and I’m really keen to see how the story progresses!

5 stars!!

 

 

3/ Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes [Goodreads]35710320

Challenges: 5. Read a book mentioned in another book/movie/tv show

Format: Library

page count: 256 (1,076)

This book was mentioned in Everything, Everything, and since reading that I’ve been wanting to read this. I honestly haven’t stopped thinking about this since I finished it! I can best describe it as Forrest Gump undergoing an experiment to boost intelligence. I thought it was written superbly, as during the times Charly had a low IQ the author had deliberately written those chapters with loads of spelling mistakes and lack of grammar to mirror his intelligence at that time! The character growth was incredible and it really makes you think about intelligence and whether it gives you happiness. I took it out from the library but I’m definitely buying my own copy!

5 stars!!

 

 

 

4/ Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley [Goodreads]29231988

Challenge: 4. Read a book about mental illness

Format: Paperback

page count: 256 (1,332)

I had this book on my radar for a bit and have very recently acquired it after hearing loads of positive things about it. It’s about a boy who suffers from panic disorder and agoraphobia, but he is portrayed as someone much more than that, that he is a sweet kid with a nerdy side and great sense of humour and not just ‘the one with a mental illness’ and that’s such a positive message in this book!
I loved the development and growth that Solomon goes through, and the complexities of friendships and your sexuality. More though on my Goodreads review!

5 stars!!

 

 

 

293785175/ Lady Susan by Jane Austen [Goodreads]

Challenge: 6. Read a book under 200 pages

Format: Library

page count: 119 (1,451)

I never would’ve expected Jane Austen to write such a character! Especially at the age of 19 in 18th Century England! Cleverly written in letters, and well thought out. Lady Susan shows no shame and flirts/seduces men, single and not, in order to get what she wants. And within this short but packed story, secrets and plans unfold and I can’t really go into much detail because it’s such a short, quick-building story!

4 stars!

 

 

So those are the books I read for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon! I finished all but one challenge (read a book you’ve never heard of) with a total page count of 1,451. I’d love to know whether you participated in this readathon, and if so, how did you do?

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx