Read-a-thons

Magical Readathon (OWL’s Exams) TBR!

I was so excited when I saw the announcement for this readathon, there was no doubt that I’ll be participating, because the only thing better than reading and the Harry Potter franchise is when they merge together!

The Magical Readathon is based on the Ordinary Wizarding Levels (OWL’s) students are required to take at Hogwarts. The official Hogwarts letter with the challenges/pass grades is attached here.

It was created and will be hosted by Gi from Book Roast, and will be running from 2nd April – 29th April.

In true Ravenclaw fashion, I am going to set myself high by setting a TBR based on each of the topics! Of course, as with the OWL’s, there will be set grades for the amount of book read/exams sat and passed. To get the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’, you will need to complete five of the challenges, which is where I am setting my bar! 5 books in 4 weeks shouldn’t be too tricky, right?!

 

ANCIENT RUNES: Read a book with a symbol on the cover 23846013

The Rose Society – Marie Lu

 

 

 

 

ARITHMACY: Read a book with a number in the title or cover20640318

The Girl in 6E – A. R. Torre

 

 

 

 

22878833ASTRONOMY: Read a Science-fiction novel

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

 

 

 

 

CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES: Read a book that includes magical creatures/has 37541225one on the cover

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

 

 

 

 

35997419CHARMS: Read a fantasy book

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS: Read a book featuring secret societies/clubs 8987191

The Mockingbirds – Daisy Whitney

 

 

 

 

 

 

36697848DIVINATION: Read a book featuring prophecies

The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw

 

 

 

 

HERBOLOGY: Read a book with a nature-related word in the title 38619945

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

 

 

 

 

 

25587463HISTORY OF MAGIC: Read a Historical fiction

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

 

 

 

 

MUGGLE STUDIES: Read a muggle non-fiction book 168484

Feminism is for Everybody – Bell Hooks

 

 

 

 

1175481POTIONS: Read a book with alchemy

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSFIGURATION: Read a book that deals with shape-shifting OR has a cat on the 33017343cover

A Cats Love – Morgan Brand

 

 

 

 

 

So, call me ambitious, but I feel that if I really buckled down I could definitely get most of these completed. Any of you also participating in the Magical Readathon? Which topics are you hoping to complete? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

 

 

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APRIL TBR/PRIORITY READS [2018]

First things first, there is no March wrap-up. This is because I had only read two books (thanks personal life) and I thought it’ll be better if I started doing wrap-ups for every five books, so I guess this was the perfect opportunity to do so! I have nearly finished two and halfway through another, so the wrap-up should be done soon!

So now that the month of March is over and done with, I can finally focus on the future and hopefully get back into my reading! I think this TBR has the most books I’m really excited for, so I’m more determined that ever to get to all of them! I will also be attempting the Magical Readathon (OWL’s exams) set up by G from Book Roast which is running from 2nd-29th April.

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 April, I’m looking to read…

 

PRIORITY READS BAR JPEG1. The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw

2. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

3. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

4. To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

5.  Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

6. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

7. The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

8. A Wrinkle In Time – Madeleine L’Engle

 

So what are you guys reading in April? Any recommendations on what to read? How are you celebrating Easter? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

SPRING Reading List [2018]

So the clocks in the UK have gone forward this morning, which usually marks the start of Spring for me! Hopefully now all the snow has passed and we can start to look forward to the new season approaching! Here’s a list of books which I feel I’ll be in the mood to read during Spring, so there’s literary fictions, historical, coming-of-age contemporary, all those amazing genres! I would put the seasonal reading list books into a jar, and pull them out at random when I’m stuck for a read, as this seems like a good way to actually read more of the reading list!

 

 

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  2. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  3. You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner
  4. The Female of The Species – Mindy McGinnis
  5. Far From The Tree – Robin Benway
  6. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
  7. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  9. A List of Cages – Robin Roe
  10. Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark Sullivan
  11. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  12. One Last Thing Before I Go – Jonathan Tropper
  13. Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder
  14. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  15. The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw
  16. The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert
  17. Flame in the Mist – Reneé Ahdieh
  18. Wicked Like a Wildfire – Lana Popović
  19. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  20. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  21. Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
  22. To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo
  23. They Both Die in the End – Adam Silvera
  24. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom
  25. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
  26. The Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  27. Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
  28. Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel

 

 

What are you planning to read this Spring? How many of these have you read, and if so, what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

My Top Reads of Winter! [2017/18]

Hey readers! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA recently, I lost my job and split from a 3 year relationship which lead to me moving back home 200 miles away, so not only have I not had much of a chance to read, I’ve been a bit too distracted to post! But everything is all settling now so I’m ready to get back into the swing of things, and I’m here to tell you my favourite reads of Winter!

 

 

 

 

5/ Highly Illogical Behaviour – John Corey Whaley 29231988

I haven’t seen that many mental health books that focus on a male sufferer. This book was a breath of fresh air in not only that respect, but the fact that someone is more than just their mental illness, and I found that message to be imprinted in so many parts of the book! It was relatable, if mental health and LGBT rep, you felt for the characters and their struggles with making friends, you also see how it may affect the parents and how they have adapted. You really get an overall positive message regarding mental illnesses and what it may actually be like to live with it, or someone with it, on a daily basis! Highly recommend! The Goodreads page is linked here if you’re interested!

 

 

 

132067604/ Scarlet – Merissa Meyer

The second book of the Lunar Chronicles, and I enjoyed this more than I thought! I enjoyed Cinder, but this was on a different level. It may be because the plot was really interesting in my opinion, and I loved seeing the pieces fit together with Cinder. I was able to fly through it with ease and I just ate the story up! I understand it may have been a bit too tedious or long-winded for some, but I found it perfect! Marissa Meyer’s writing is just so addicting, I love her writing style. I have a good feeling about the rest of the series! Here’s the Goodreads page for more info!

 

 

 

 

3/ Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes 35710320

I wasn’t expecting much from this to be honest, and I wasn’t really aware of what it was about, except that Algernon was a mouse! We follow a man with a low IQ undergo a scientific experiment to increase his intelligence. I think the author did an absolute perfect job with the message from this book. It highlighted how we have developed a strong need for knowledge and to get smarter, but also how getting smarter can make you realise all the things you may not have noticed before. It really explains ‘ignorance is bliss’ in the most profound way. I really enjoyed how the author put in spelling mistakes and grammatical errors where the man had a low IQ. You don’t get books about personal development on quite this scale! Find it on Goodreads here if you want to see more about it!

 

 

345369562/ Quiet Girl in a Noisy World – Debbie Tung

This was a series of comics strips illustrating Debbie’s life as an introvert and the daily struggles that came with seemingly simple activities. I felt so connected to it, it was like reading a comic strip of my own life! It’s comforting to read someone’s perspective on life be so similar to yours, and you end up not feeling so alone! I would recommend this to every single introvert in the world, and also some extroverts who may not understand our internal struggles or ways of thinking. It’s definitely something to pick up whenever you’re feeling down or lonely! Please find here the Goodreads page if you like to learn more!

 

 

 

1/ The Martian – Andy Weir 18007564

This is the story of a Mars mission gone terribly wrong, one man is left behind and has to survive with very little. We follow through Mark Whatney’s logs, and some scenes back at NASA. Even though it’s been almost 3 months, I still think about this book and how much I loved it! I am craving a follow-up story so much! Mark Whatney’s narrative is second to none and incredibly entertaining. You can feel inspired by his positive and can-do attitude within the situation and also make you think that things are not as bad as you might think. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and please do not feel discouraged with the scientific jargon! The Goodreads page is linked here for you!

 

 

So those are my favourite reads of Winter! I loved every one of these and would recommend everyone to pick them up! Have any of you read these, and if so, what did you think of them? Any recommendations based on these favourites? I’d love to know!

Stay tuned for my Spring Reading List!

 

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W Freebie – Unread Authors I Need to Read!

“–Since these are posted a bit later than usual, you get a freebie! Was there a previous T5W topic you are bummed you missed? Now would be a good time to do that topic!”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s which is moderated by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

This is the first T5W post I’ve done in over a month! Mainly due to romance-related topics in February which I couldn’t contribute to. But I’m glad to be doing them again and very pleased that today’s is a freebie, so we can choose any topic we want to do! Which is perfect for me, when I haven’t done a post in a long time!

I decided to go for a slightly easier topic which I have endless options to choose from, and is something I find really relevant now as I definitely have a few unread authors that I really want to get to soon! It’s no particular order, really. Because honestly I want to get to all these authors ASAP!

 

5/ Francesca Zappia (Goodreads)

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I was hesitant to give into the hype of Eliza and Her Monsters, but when people said it gave them similar vibes to Fangirl (aka one of my faves) I was swiftly convinced! And I have Made You Up on my shelf and waiting to pick it up, although I have heard mixed things on how the mental health aspect was dealt with in the book, I’m still eager to read something with Schizophrenia and have been interested to see for myself!

 

4/ Blake Crouch (Goodreads)

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I have heard amazing things about Dark Matter and it sounds so interesting, another that’s just sitting on my shelf waiting to be read! I have also heard good things about his series called Pines from some Book-tubers whose opinions I trust! His books just sound like the gritty stuff that I can get sucked into!

 

3/ N. K. Jemisin (Goodreads)

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I heard The Fifth Season is a dystopian, but not the ‘stereotypical’ kind that we had shoved down our throat for a while, and I’m just excited about the synopsis and it just sounds like something I will adore! I have recently acquired the entire trilogy so I’m expecting to binge through the entire series, watch this space!

 

2/ Robin Hobb (Goodreads)

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Another which I hear nothing but good things! I did actually start Assassin’s Apprentice a few months ago but put it down because it felt like it was going to blow my mind and I needed to prepare myself (I can’t be the only one who does that, right?). Robin Hobb seems to be the Queen of Fantasy and I really should get into her books sooner rather than later!

3/ Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads)

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Now I feel so ashamed that I haven’t read any of Brandon Sanderson’s books! But (in my defense) his books are SO BIG and people that I trust have rated him as an all-time favourite author, so it’s intimidating to say the least! I don’t really know what I’m waiting for really! Maybe I’m just scared of the inevitable reading slump I’ll get when I finish a book/series by him? Yes, we’ll go with that…

 

So that concludes my Top 5 Wednesday for this week! I hope you enjoyed my post! Are there any unread authors that you’ve been wanting to read from? Have you read from any of these authors and wanting to slap me silly for not doing so yet? If so, which of their books/series would you recommend starting with? (In particular with Brandon Sanderson, I have no idea where to start with him!) I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie

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MARCH TBR/PRIORITY READS [2018]

Happy March 1st everyone! I know it doesn’t feel like it, especially where I am because of the snow, so I hope everyone is safe and warm! Also, happy World Book Day! Sadly loads of schools have closed so there aren’t any photo’s of kids and their costumes. Nevertheless, it’s time to put together my TBR for March! I had a real tough time deciding what I wanted to read, as nothing is really jumping out for me to read, so this is very likely changing as the month goes on!

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 March, I’m looking to read…

PRIORITY READS BAR JPEG1. OBSIDIO – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

2. A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab

3. Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews

4. Night Film – Marisha Pessl

5.  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

8. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë

 

So what are you guys reading in March? Any recommendations on what to read? Any snow where you are? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP! [2018]

Another great reading month! Despite it being considerable shorter month than January, I was still able to read 10 books! At this rate, I could easily overtake my highest books read in a year, but it’s still only two months in so I don’t want to get ahead of myself! I’m just enjoying all the books I’m getting through!

 

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 1                 •  Contemporary – 5
  • 2 star – 0                • 100-200 pages –  1            •  Classics – 1
  • 3 star – 5                • 200-300 pages – 1             • Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 3
  • 4 star –  3              • 300-400 pages – 7             • Poetry/Short Stories – 1
  • 5 star – 2                • 400-500 pages – 0            • Author gender:  7 female/ 3 male
  • total – 10 books!       •500+ pages – 0               •Age range: 3 Adult/ 6 YA/ 1 Children’s

                Total pages:  2,934!!

Average rating: 3.85 stars       //     60% paperback, 20% hardback, 20% Kindle

I usually would start with the lowest, but  because I ended up DNFing a book this month, I’ll have to start with that, and I fear I have a very unpopular opinion.

 

 

30653853The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: DNFed @ 49 pages

Goodreads

It’s not that her characters or writing is unbearable, I just couldn’t get hooked into the plot. Nothing drew me in and I wasn’t overly excited about the ‘plot’ beforehand anyway, so it was difficult to keep reading. When I usually get this, I give the book 50/75 pages before I decide to continue or not, but I just couldn’t continue. I had so many books I was excited to read that I couldn’t justify spending any further time on a book I’m not interested in. As much as I love diversity in books, it seemed this was the only good thing about the book, and that’s not enough to hold my attention, unfortunately.

 

 

Lost Boy by Christina Henry35224165

Format: Paperback

No of Pages: 318

Goodreads

It took a while to get into the book, the first half or so was based around the boys Peter had took, and what it was like to really be around him. He was quite a fearful character, and you could feel the tension between him and Jamie. It was like watching a time-bomb count down and suddenly all hell breaks loose, and that’s precisely what happened! It felt like there needed to be a second half to the book, but there never is. As we are all very aware of the fairy-tale or Disney adaption, I feel we can feel in the gaps.

3/5 stars

 

 

 

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West18660447

Format: Kindle

No of Pages: 346

Goodreads

We follow Gia who has recently been dumped by her boyfriend Bradley, just before they were to enter the school dance. In panic, Gia asked a guy sat in his car to pretend to be her boyfriend for the evening. And everything spirals from there. I read this as part of the Inlove-athon which overlapped with this Contemporary-athon! So my review for this book will be found in that wrap-up here.

3.5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour18667779

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: 307

Goodreads

Everything Leads to You follows Emi who is working in Hollywood as an intern set designer, and is trying to get over her ex-girlfriend who dumped her for the umpteenth time. She and her best friend, Charlotte, come across a letter written by a recently deceased famous actor, and we follow them as they uncover the meaning behind the letter and try to return it to it’s rightful recipient.  I read this as part of the Inlove-athon, so my  review for this is found here.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen13584792

Format: Flexibound

No of Pages: 315

Goodreads

Everybody knows what this is about, so there is no need to give a synopsis in my opinion! I re-read this as part of the Contemporary-athon so my thoughts on Pride & Prejudice can be found there.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

Rapunzel by Brother’s Grimm17160901

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: 32

Goodreads

I learned so much about the adaption after reading the fairytale, and can understand the similarities! I read this as part of the Inlove-athon challenge to read a fairy-tale and then watch the adaption (Tangled), my thoughts can be found there.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde28245707

Format: Kindle

No of Pages: 262

Goodreads

Over the course of a weekend, we follow three friends as they are at SuperCon, a massive convention. I picked this up in place of a diverse read for the Contemporary-athon after DNFing The Upside of Unrequited. My review can be found in that wrap-up here.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung34536956

Format: Paperback

No of Pages: 177

Goodreads

Debbie Tung illustrates her life as an introvert and the many obstacles that come along with that. I read this for Contemproary-athon for the challenge to read a Contemporary Graphic Novel. So my review can be found here.

5/5 stars!

 

 

 

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 24987978

Format: Paperback

No of Pages: 372

Goodreads

When James Halladay, the creator of OASIS, dies, he leaves his entire fortune to the player who can uncover the Easter egg he had hidden within the game. We follow Wade as he goes through this journey. This is full of humour, 80’s references, and truly an enjoyable read. I felt connected to the characters and loved each of them, I didn’t want it to end!  I have a more in-depth review on Goodreads here.

5/5 stars!!

 

Have you read any of these books? If so, do you agree or disagree? Any new favourites of the past month? And what are you’re reading goals for March?  I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx