Read-a-thons · Wrap-Ups

OWL’S Readathon/April Wrap-Up! [2019]

Well April didn’t even last 5 seconds! But at least that means it’s time for another Wrap-Up post. I was participating in the OWL’s Magical Readathon which was the month-long readathon hosted by Gi from BookRoast. I always participate and have loads of fun, and this year was no exception! I felt really inspired to read lots this month and it worked as I read 12 books, and I even knocked off an entire trilogy which was my main goal! Below is a breakdown of what I read, along with mini-reviews of each book, I’d love to know what you think down in the comments section!

MONTHLY WRAP UP

(*note: the total page count also includes the 221 pages I read for Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which was to complete my Arithmancy OWL exam. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it quite on time so substituted a different book for the prompt!)

 

36558751before we were yours – lisa wingate

format: Audible/Kindle

length: 480 pages

OWLS CLASS: CHARMS

Goodreads

A historical fiction novel about the child trafficking scandal by Georgia Tann/Tennessee Children’s Home during the Great Depression, so not a pleasant topic, however I urge everyone to read it! I knew nothing about this before going in, and I’m glad I know now. This book alternated between past and present and also gave dual narration, which worked extremely well for this book and I’m a massive fan of. It was executed brilliantly here! However I preferred the chapters in the past up until about 3/4 through when the mystery element develops more. I was holding back tears at the end and it left me staring into space for about an hour afterwards, which is always a good sign in my eyes!

5/5 stars!!

 


 

33294200the poet x – elizabeth acevedo

format: paperback

length: 368 pages

OWLS CLASS: MUGGLE STUDIES

Goodreads

I did really enjoy this, however I really feel that I would’ve liked it more if I had the Audiobook (which unfortunately isn’t available in the UK?!). It was a quick read and I grew to love the characters. Despite it being told in verse, we get a lot of character development from Xiamara and her family. I enjoyed the important topics that were discussed and handled well, however I would’ve liked more about the slam poetry club as well as we don’t see much of that until the second half. When the Audiobook does eventually become available I will definitely re-read it to see if my rating changes!

4/5 stars!

 


 

16059492shadow and bone – leigh bardugo

format: paperback

length: 358 pages

OWLS CLASS: CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES

Goodreads

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! It was very entertaining, I could not put it down and read it very quickly. I loved the Russian setting and finally learning about the Grishaverse, and seeing Alina’s power develop and create friendships with the other Grisha, it gave a slight ‘magic school’ vibe which I love! However, I was expecting the last 100 pages to be filled with action rather than just the last 30 or so. All the action seemed to be over as quickly as it started, and the chapters where they were looking for the stag seemed to drag on a bit more than needed.

4.5/5 stars!

 


 

18525661seige and storm – leigh bardugo

format: paperback

length: 432 pages

OWLS CLASS: POTIONS

Goodreads

It’s hard to separate my review of this and the first book because I literally carried on straight after the first one so it’s all blended to one. But from what I remember, I loved how the story developed, and we meet Nikolai! I had a feeling about who he was at the beginning and I was right. He made the book for me. So charismatic and funny and witty. Not much I remember plot-wise, nothing was happening and then sudden bursts of events and then back to nothing. It would’ve annoyed me but I was already enjoying every second with the characters!

4.5/5 stars!

 


 

21858566the giver – lois lowry

format: paperback

length: 224 pages

OWLS CLASS: HISTORY OF MAGIC

Goodreads

Wow! Such a though provoking book! I was expecting that from a children’s book, and I can see why others call this the ‘beginnning of dystopia’. I loved the world and the fantastical elements were well-done and interesting. I won’t continue with the series because I heard it doesn’t get better which is a shame, and I am happy and contented with how this went anyway. I’ll be looking to see the film soon!

4/5 stars!

 


 

18479697oryx and crake – margaret atwood

format: paperback

length: 436 pages

OWLS CLASS: HERBOLOGY

Goodreads

I’m not sure what to think about this book. Whilst I acknowledge Atwood’s talent for world-building and creativity, I really felt lost for the majority of this book. When I finished it, I couldn’t fully explain what happened and I had to go to a summary post to actually grasp the plot. There wasn’t much of a plot to be honest, and it felt like it was a ‘world-building’ book to build up the world for the rest of the series, which I appreciate, but I didn’t feel at all pulled by the characters or the story and I have no desire to continue unfortunately. But I’m glad I’ve read it because I was intrigued about it for a while.

2.5/5 stars

 


 

11517032brave new world – aldous huxley 

format: Audible/Kindle

length: 114 pages

OWLS CLASS: DIVINATION

Goodreads

I loved this! I thought it was very imaginative and creative as a dystopian, and something that I can foresee happening in 100 years or so. I never see books about biological engineering and from this I found it to be quite interesting, especially when they start ‘conditioning’ people to go down certain routes in life where they ‘think’ they’re doing freely, but aren’t! It’s quite a scary concept actually! I thought it was extremely well-written and engaging with the characters, and the ending had me speechless. Really made me think. When this gets compared to 1984, I would prefer this over that, it is so much easier to read and not as dry in my opinion!

5/5 stars!!

 


 

22718800ruin and rising – leigh bardugo

format: paperback

length: 427 pages

OWLS CLASS: DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS

Goodreads

I was letdown by the final book of this trilogy, which is a shame because of how much I enjoyed the first two! It was more difficult to get through. The chapters were 20-30 pages long as compared to 10-15 pages in the first two, and this straight away takes me longer to read and thus reducing my overall enjoyment. I don’t think I was as disappointed with the ending as a lot of people were. I was never much of a fan of the Darkling, and Mal really was my least favourite character in the whole series, and Nikolai deserves so much better. I want to hear more about his story and where he goes from here. I also really wasn’t happy with who Alina ends up with, but I guess I’m in the minority there!

3/5 stars

 


 

39507318the library book – susan orlean

format: Kindle

length: 336 pages

OWLS CLASS: TRANSFIGURATION

Goodreads

Reading a book about books and libraries? Of course I’ll enjoy it!  I learned so much about the Los Angeles Library fire in 1986 and also a lot about book conservation which I found extremely fascinating! You can feel the love the author has for the library and books through the pages and I appreciate that. Libraries are so important and need to be kept open! I immediately wanted to run to my local library and spend the day there as this made me love and appreciate libraries again!

4/5 stars!

 


 

30841101the star-touched queen – roshani chokshi 

format: paperback

length: 352 pages

OWLS CLASS: ASTRONOMY

Goodreads

I have no idea what happened here except for the painful insta-love. Don’t get me wrong, Roshani Chokshi’s writing is TO DIE FOR, but it did seem to drown the plot too much and didn’t give us much of the characters either, which is a shame because the potential for a great book was there. The Hades/Persephone retelling was what drew me in (along with the gorgeous cover) and it just didn’t seem to be executed as well as I would’ve wanted. I’m still going to pick up more of the author’s books, I just think this one was just not for me unfortunately.

2.5/5 stars

 


 

30076369lumberjanes volume 1 – noelle stevenson et al.

format: Kindle

length: 128 pages

OWLS CLASS: ARITHMANCY

Goodreads

I had no intention of picking this up, up until the final few days of the readathon and I still needed to complete Arithmancy and Ancient Runes, and I was desperate. I usually avoid graphic novels as I never see the appeal, but I thought it was worth a shot considering how short it was, and I actually enjoyed it! Not as much as the hype surrounding it, but I really loved the message and the characters (Ripley and Molly were my faves!) and the story was entertaining. The only thing that got under my skin was the overuse of the phrase ‘what the junk’, but that’s a minor detail and I will for sure be continuing with the series.

4/5 stars

 


 

32993458circe – madeline miller 

format: paperback

length: 427 pages

OWLS CLASS: ANCIENT RUNES

Goodreads

This was such a fantastic read! I was vaguely aware of the myths revolving the character Circe, but I was impressed by how accessible Madeline Miller made it. It was so fun to read about and I even went on to research the other characters in this. I’m already a massive fan of Greek mythology and I know Miller is considered well-educated within Classics and clearly knows her stuff! All of the stories of Circe were woven in together perfectly and I am definitely going to be reading more from her. I didn’t give it a full 5 stars, mainly because it did seem like something was missing. I didn’t know what it was, but it didn’t give me the ‘buzz’ a 5 star read would give. Still would very highly recommend!

4.5/5 stars!

 


 

Now let’s see which of the OWL’s I was able to complete and what I did to complete them!

  • ANCIENT RUNES  Circe
  • ARITHMANCY Lumberjanes vol 1
  • ASTRONOMY The Star-Touched Queen
  • CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES Shadow & Bone
  • CHARMS Before We Were Yours
  • DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS Reducto: Ruin & Rising
  • DIVINATION Brave New World
  • HERBOLOGY Oryx & Crake
  • HISTORY OF MAGIC The Giver
  • MUGGLE STUDIES The Poet X
  • POTIONS Next Ingredient: Siege & Storm
  • TRANSFIGURATION The Library Book

 

So there we are, all 12 OWL’s completed! Now I can go onto the NEWT’s with all my options open! How did you guys do in the OWLS if you participated? What else did you read in April? Any new favourites or recommendations? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

APRIL TBR [2019]

Now I know that my OWL’s TBR is basically what my TBR for the month will be, but I still wanted to prioritise the books I’m reading because I’m just that bit extra! Conveniently, my priority list consists of 12 books, and there are 12 books I’m trying to read for the OWL’s! But if I don’t get to everything, I have to prioritise the one’s I really want to complete in order to do certain careers in the NEWT’s exams. For more information see my OWL’s TBR where I also have links to the original posts!

 

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

Shadow & Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Circe – Madeline Miller

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Siege & Storm – Leigh Bardugo

Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

 

  • Kindle/Audible pick: The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Classics pick: Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Non-Fiction pick: The Library Book – Susan Orlean

 

So what are you planning to read this month? Are you participating in the OWL’s readathon? How’s your reading challenges going? What have been your highlights for the first quarter? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

March Wrap-Up! [2019]

Hello guys! It’s time for another monthly wrap-up! There’s a few days left of the month but I don’t see myself finishing anything soon. I’ve also given myself a few days breather before I start the Magical Readathon! As you could check in the graph below, this month was not as packed as January and February were. I read fewer books, but still 10 books in a month is impressive in my eyes so I ain’t complaining! It’s been a busy month by trying to prepare to move house, but I had a more fulfilling month by having most scoring 4-5 stars! After the monthly break-down below, I have a mini review of the books I read.

MONTHLY WRAP UP


 

 

827791the color purple – alice walker

format: paperback

length: 262 pages

Goodreads

This book was just lost on me. I couldn’t get on with the writing if my life depended on it. And because of that I couldn’t really connect with the characters, and when there’s so many it’s even harder! I liked the ending with the final letters but that was about it. I understand this is a staple for feminism and survival, and I understand the importance of this literary classic, but it didn’t really stick well with me unfortunately!

2/5 stars


 

 

 

23357458all the bright places – jennifer niven

format: paperback

length: 388 pages

Goodreads

I knew the controversy and subject matter with this book and I was able to take what I read with a pinch of salt, which made me enjoy it a lot more. I really grew to care about both the characters, and how they were able to find each other when they were both struggling with issues in their lives. The ending really hit me, even though I was expecting it. How Violet reacted to it really showed how far she came and how strong she had become, and I really liked that and take that as a positive message from the book. I wrote more in my Goodreads review here!

4/5 stars


 

 

 

38232344in an absent dream – seanan mcguire

format: hardcover

length: 204 pages

Goodreads

This was very atmospheric and it was interesting to get Lundy’s background, and I still adore Seanan McGuire’s writing and storytelling. I would continue to obsess over this series. But I found that with this book, whenever there was a point of action, it was more or less skipped over and we go to after those events occur. I would’ve liked to get more detail on how some of those events unfold, especially when a character is killed off early on and the story of how they died and how they had to battle a creature of some sorts, it was never really developed and I would’ve loved to see more of that, even if it meant adding an extra 100 pages!

4/5 stars


 

 

 

40552494i’ll be gone in the dark – michelle mcnamara

format: paperback

length: 416 pages

Goodreads

I found this very interesting, and I love true crime. It was really terrifying at times, and other times I lost interest because I just wanted just the true crime aspect and wasn’t that interested in the random biographical points of the author and it felt like it took away from the main point of the book. The topic was really interesting to me and the amount of research this woman did was incredible. It was bittersweet at the end when the author died before they found the Golden State Killer, but I feel a lot of what she did aided in the discovery of him which is a nice thought.

3/5 stars


 

 

 

35795960what i lost – alexandra ballard

format: paperback

length: 400 pages

Goodreads

I have never read a story about eating disorders, and I can already say this one is a favourite. The author put in so much research and the story flowed really well. I can’t say much on the accuracy on treatment centre’s, but I felt the sensitive issue was dealt with so well. I understood Elizabeth’s inner monologue and her relationship with food. Seeing her growth and recovery, and also her struggles were all really well done. Also, it was interesting to see her relationship with her parents and with the other patients. My only problem was the minor ‘secret admirer’ plot which I rolled my eyes at.

TW: Eating disorders, anxiety, self-harm

4.5/5 stars


 

 

 

7925907i know why the caged bird sings – maya angelou

format: paperback

length: 320 pages

Goodreads

Well, this first autobiography was RAW. I couldn’t comprehend the amount of terror and abuse Maya had to go through even in the early stages of her life, and she still managed to graduate two years early! The way she tells her story is so emotional and honest, but without any bitterness or resentment over what she went through. It’s told very poetic and lyrical, and gave enough details without trying to rub it in your face, she brought light to the issues she faced and how she was able to rise above. That in itself shows an incredible and inspirational woman.

4/5 stars


 

 

 

37670368how do you like me now? – holly bourne

format: kindle

length: 368 pages

Goodreads

This is my first try at Holly Bourne and I was pleasantly surprised. It was really easy to read and enjoyable. My main reason for enjoying this so much was that I found it incredibly relatable to something I went through regarding an old relationship, I swear Tom was based on my ex! That aside, this book offered so much honesty and rawness about the pressures of ‘getting older’ for women and the social pressure to settle down and have kids. This is definitely for the age range of mid-20’s/30’s to get something from, otherwise it may not be as relatable.

4.5/5 stars


 

 

 

18721778neverwhere – neil gaiman

format: paperback/audible

length: 372 pages

Goodreads

Gaiman never fails to amaze me. His world-building and story-telling skills are some that there is no comparison. I loved how this was an ode to London, but also a grim realisation about the state of London, how homelessness is a major problem for the city. The magic system was so unique and entertaining, I loved the world of London Below and it’s comparison to normal London. This book was also hilarious! I love Gaiman’s satire and the British humour he included. I am now extremely excited for the sequel he might be releasing later this year, and another chance to dive further into this fantastic world!

5/5 stars!


 

 

 

40554141daisy jones and the six – taylor jenkins reid

format: hardcover

length: 368 pages

Goodreads

I don’t know if I have a new-found love for books about musicians or books set in the 70’s, but I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this book. I devoured it within two sittings with no trouble at all. I could’ve easily read more revolving around these characters. It was told in interview format so that may not be favourable for everyone. I adored the characters, they were all so flawed and complex, I could swear I was reading about real people. Full of strong, independent women who don’t follow the norms of society. Daisy and Billy were incredibly developed and fleshed out. Seeing the inside of a band recording, and the creative disputes that can arise. There was so much more than just a story about a band, it was their personal and family lives. The ending ripped my heart out. I am just in awe of what Taylor Jenkins Reid can do!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

 

864890harry potter and the goblet of fire – j. k. rowling

format: paperback/audible

length: 636 pages

Goodreads

It was the first time re-reading the fourth book, I only ever re-read the first 3. I completely forgot most of the things that happened in this book and it has rapidly become one of my favourites of the series. There is a massive change in shift from the third to the fourth which I didn’t truly appreciate first time reading, but now as an adult it feels perfect. I loved Goblet of Fire and the competition aspect! I can’t wait to see what my opinions are of the final three books after re-reading them as an adult!

5/5 stars! *re-read*


 

So how many books did I read off my official TBR? Let’s see!

TBR books:

 

The Winter of The Witch – Katherine Arden

The Priory of The Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon (128/848 pages)

In An Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

When The Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore

How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne

Cress – Marissa Meyer

Persuasion – Jane Austen (43/284 pages)

Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott

 

  • Kindle/Audible pick: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling *re-read*
  • Classics pick: The Color Purple  – Alice Walker
  • Non-Fiction pick: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – Michelle McNamara

 

= 7/12 TBR books!


 

So what did you guys read and enjoy in March? Any new favourites to recommend? How has the first quarter of 2019 gone for you? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

OWL’s Magical Readathon! [2019]

IT IS BACK! This is by far my favourite Readathon series of the year, we have the OWL’s in April, NEWT’s in August, and Extra Credit randomly through the year. Because I completed the Charms Extra Credit last year, I can start my Charms read 5 days before the official start, hence the entire TBR coming earlier! The idea of this readathon comes from the wizarding exams in Harry Potter, so for each subject there is a specific reading prompt, and to pass a subject you just need to read the book you selected for that prompt! There are 12 subjects, and there is also a PDF booklet Gi has created for the Wizard Careers if you want to carry this onto the NEWT’s readathon and qualify for a magical career!

This readathon had been created and hosted by the wonderful Gi from Book Roast, and the OWL’s readathon will be taking place for the whole month of April (1st-30th). For those who had done the Charms Extra Credit can potentially start this subject on 27th March. There is 12 subjects in total, and the grading system is as follows: 2 passed exams – Acceptable, 6 passed exams – Exceeding Expectations, 9+ passed exams – Outstanding. As with before, there can only be one book per prompt so no doubling up! You can find the announcement video here, and there is also a Twitter account to keep up to date! If you want further information, the OWL’s prompts are linked here, as well as a further explanation on the readathon here.

I am being quite ambitious and looking to do every subject in the OWL’s, so 12 books! I had a look at the incredible booklet that Gi had created for the Careers, and I have a few options I want to keep open. I am leaning towards a Healer, but I’m also keeping my options open for Aurologist, Librarian and Magizoologist. So below are my books for each of the OWL’s subjects!

 

 

Ancient Runes

37552456Circe – Madeline Miller

ADULT, FICTION, RETELLING, FANTASY, ANCIENT GREECE, MYTHOLOGY, HISTORICAL

Prompt: Read a retelling

Pages: 344

Goodreads

 


 

Arithmancy

12067Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, URBAN FANTASY, HUMOUR

Prompt: A book with 2+ authors

Pages: 412

Goodreads

 

 


 

Astronomy

30841101The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ROMANCE, ADVENTURE, MYTHOLOGY, RETELLINGS

Prompt: A book with ‘star’ in the title

Pages: 352

Goodreads

 


 

Care of Magical Creatures

35384793Shadow & Bone – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ROMANCE, ADVENTURE

Prompt: A book with a land animal on the cover

Pages: 416

Goodreads

 


 

Charms

32148570Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

ADULT, FICTION, HISTORICAL FICTION, BASED ON REAL EVENTS

Prompt: Age Line/Read an adult book

Pages: 469

Goodreads

 


 

Defence Against The Dark Arts

22718800Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ROMANCE, ADVENTURE

Prompt: Reducto/A book beginning with “R”

Pages: 427

Goodreads

 


 

Divination

11517032Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

ADULT, FICTION, CLASSICS, SCIENCE FICTION, DYSTOPIA

Prompt: A book set in the future

Pages: 114

Goodreads

 

 


 

Herbology

18479697Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION, DYSTOPIA, POST APOCALYPTIC

Prompt: A book with a plant on the cover

Pages: 436

Goodreads

 


 

History of Magic

21858566The Giver – Lois Lowry

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CLASSICS, SCIENCE FICTION, DYSTOPIA

Prompt: A book published at least 10 years ago

Pages: 224

Goodreads

 


 

Muggle Studies

39067298The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, POETRY

Prompt: Read a contemporary

Pages: 361

Goodreads

 

 


 

Potions

18525661Siege & Storm – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ROMANCE, ADVENTURE

Prompt: Next ingredient/Read a sequel

Pages: 432

Goodreads

 


 

Transfiguration

40019010The Library Book – Susan Orlean

ADULT, NON FICTION, BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS, TRUE CRIME

Prompt: A book with sprayed edges or a red cover

Pages: 337

Goodreads

 

 


 

So that’s my TBR for the OWL’s TBR! I hope you enjoyed, I had so much fun planning my books for this readathon as always! Are any of you also participating in the OWL’s? What subjects and careers are you planning for? What are your other reading plans for April? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

 

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

SPRING Reading List! [2019]

The Spring Equinox (20th March) marks the start of Spring! At least where I live… I don’t really mind Spring, but because it’s that much closer to hot weather already has me crying inside. BUT it does mean I enjoy contemporaries, poetry, and fantasy! There isn’t really much to a theme for this season, these just seem like the books that are rising on my radar and am interested in reading soon!

 

  1. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  2. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  3. Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
  4. The Priory of The Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  5. Girls on The Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller
  6. Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. A Heart in a Body in The World – Deb Caletti
  8. The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory
  9. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  10. Maybe In Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  11. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  12. All The Ever Afters – Danielle Teller
  13. The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory
  14. Wicked Like a Wildfire – Anna-Marie McLamore
  15. Circe – Madeline Miller
  16. The Dreamers – Karen Thompson Waller
  17. Made You Up – Francesca Zappia
  18. Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippencott
  19. Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
  20. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  21. Normal People – Sally Rooner
  22. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  23. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
  24. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  25. The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
  26. Monday’s Not Coming – Tiffany D. Jackson
  27. The Library Book – Susan Orlean
  28. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

 

So what are you guys planning to read in Spring? Do you gravitate towards a certain genre or plot? Any of these you recommend I get to first and make my priority? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING?

 

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Buzzword Readathon Round 3 TBR!

It’s already time for another round of Buzzword Readathon, and it feels like we just had one! Because we did and I’m not at all complaining because I love the theme for this round!

The idea for this readathon is that we read books that include a certain ‘Buzzword’ within the title. The Buzzword for this round is actually a GROUP of words! They are ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘Where’, ‘Why’, and ‘How’. They are known as the Five W’s and How / 5W1H / Six H’s of writing, which are the ‘key’ questions needed to collect or provide information on something. You can read books with any of the words you want, whether it’s just one or all of them! The hosts for the third round of the readathon are BooksandLala and chelseadollingreads, and it will be running from 18th – 24th March. There are no reading challenges, just the main aim of reading books with the buzzword! There is even a Goodreads page listing books with any of these words! There is also a Twitter account to stay up-to-date on all the jazz.

I’ve decided to try and read one book for each of the buzzwords, so six books in total! Below is my TBR, enjoy!

 

 

2209787The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Stephen King

FICTION, ADULT, THRILLER, HORROR, SUSPENSE

Pages: 226

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

35795960What I Lost – Alexandra Ballard

FICTION, YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL HEALTH, TRIGGER WARNINGS

Pages: 400

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

34964957When The Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLamore

FICTION, YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, MAGICAL REALISM, LGBT

Pages: 270

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

18721778Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

FICTION, ADULT, FANTASY, URBAN FANTASY, ADVENTURE

Pages: 372

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

34845395I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

NON-FICTION, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MEMOIR, CLASSICS

Pages: 317

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

34538386How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne

FICTION, ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, WOMEN’S FICTION

Pages: 368

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

So are any of you participating in this readathon? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of these and what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

 

Abbie xxxx

Seasonal Reading Lists

Top 10 Reads of Winter 2018/19!

It’s time for a fond farewell to Winter. As much as I hate the dark mornings and dark evenings, I have loved evenings by the fire and drinking Hot Chocolate, and of course Christmas! Spring is literally just around the corner, and new beginnings ahead! I had read a whopping 42 BOOKS in Winter which goes to show I love using the cold/dark weather as an excuse to stay inside and read!

Narrowing those down to just 10 and then putting those in order proved to be quite a struggle, but I knew the books which needed to be on the list and quite a few stood out as well! 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!

 

 

3487928310/ One Day in December by Josie Silver

“Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away. Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be. What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.” – Goodreads

I posted a mini-review on Goodreads, here!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

183002609/ Emma by Jane Austen

“Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my February Wrap-Up!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

319319418/ Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my January Wrap-Up!

4.5/5 stars!


 

 

376779067/ The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

“On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything…” – Goodreads

I have a review on my Goodreads page!

4.75/5 stars!


 

 

237318816/ Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling

“In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life’s most important questions with acuity and emotional force.” – Goodreads

5/5 stars!!


 

 

392961145/ Book Love by Debbie Tung

“Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries! Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.” – Goodreads

Reviewed in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

322005954/ A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

“THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED… The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.” – Goodreads

5/5 stars!!

 

 


 

 

357959873/ Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

“Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. A deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest portrayal of a destructive relationship, Bad Romance is a young adult novel about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.” – Goodreads

Further reviewed in it’s own post (spoilers) and in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

361144092/ The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson

“Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients. Through the smallest of actions, nurses provide vital care and kindness. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung. In this age of fear, hate, and division, Christie Watson has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, and of the urgency of compassion. ” – Goodreads

Reviewed in it’s own post and also in my January Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

 

350043431/ The Bear and The Nightingale/The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden

“At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.” – Goodreads

Book 1 in my January Wrap-Up, and Book 2 in my February Wrap-Up!

5/5 stars!!


 

So those were the top 10 books I read in Winter, all of which I rated 4.5 and higher! What were your favourite books read in Winter? Any new recommendations? What are you most looking forward to in the new season? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx