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

Read-a-thons · TBR's

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

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

Read-a-thons · TBR's

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2018 TBR!

It’s time for another readathon, and the first one for me to start the year off! This is a readathon hosted by a variety of awesome booktubers twice a year (once in Winter, once in Summer) and includes reading challenges, a group book, along with video challenges, blog challenges, and instagram challenges! So there are a lot of things going on! I’m only partaking in the reading challenges and the group read.

This years hosts are: emmmabooks, Little Book Owl, Kelly’s Bookspill, Little Red ReaderThe Booktube Girl, Brittni’s Book Find, and dylanthereader5. There is also a page dedicated to the Biannual Bibliothon found here! Here’s also their instagram and twitter to keep up to date!

The dates of this readathon are 20th January – 26th January 2018, with the Group Book Chat on 27th January.

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!

 

1/ Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller 35963670

Challenge: 1. Group Book

Goodreads

A book written by an actor from one of my favourite TV shows ever? Yes, please! From what I heard, this is about a virtual reality universe/game. Which I feel is getting a lot of buzz recently, possibly because of the upcoming movie release of the adaptation of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, so I am here for all the virtual reality books! Give them all to me!

 

 

 

136022342/ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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

Goodreads

I have had this book on so many TBR’s since reading the first book of the series, Cinder! I have no idea why I haven’t been able to pick it up in over 6 months, but here we are, it’s on my readathon TBR so I AM GOING TO GET TO THIS BOOK. All I know is that it’s a sci-fi retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and I looove the sound of that!

 

 

3/ Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes 35710320

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

Goodreads

This book was mentioned in Everything, Everything, and since reading that I’ve been wanting to read this but didn’t really see it anywhere so it went on the backburner for a while, until this readathon was announced! I was able to put it on hold at my library and have now picked it up ready to start reading! And I know literally nothing about this book, I remember it being mentioned but can’t remember what else! What I gather from the covers are that it’s about a mouse?

 

 

 

362753854/ Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Challenge: 3. Read a book you’ve never heard of before

Goodreads

I picked this book up at Waterstones using a giftcard I got for Christmas, I saw it was a short book with a pretty cover, and reading the synopsis dragged me in. It’s about a girl who aspires to go to film school, however a terrorist attack occurs and the main suspect happens to share her last name. It seems to battle the topic of Islamophobia which is so relevant in today’s society and I haven’t heard of a book which battles this before! So, I’m excited!

 

 

5/ Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley29231988

Challenge: 4. Read a book about mental illness

Goodreads

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 agoraphobia, and I mentioned in my T5W 2018 Wishlist post that I wanted to see more mental health books with a male protagonist, and this comes along! I can’t wait to get around to this book, it gives me Under Rose-Tainted Skies vibes and I eagerly want to start reading this book!

 

 

 

293785176/ Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Challenge: 6. Read a book under 200 pages

Goodreads

I had taken this book out from my library just before New Years so I can bump up my reading challenge, but I didn’t get around to it. Mainly because I wanted it to be included in my 2018 reading challenge instead because I want to read all of Jane Austen’s books this year. It’s a very short book (just over 100 pages) so it shouldn’t take my long to read! And I also want to try and get to some of the Little Black Classics which are easily accessible at my library (yay!).

 

So are any of you also participating in the Biannual Bibliothon? 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

Read-a-thons · TBR's

CRAMATHON TBR! [2017]

Cramathon is a readathon that will be taking place 26th December 2017 – 2nd January 2018. This would count for a readathon in both years, and it’s a chance to ‘cram’ the final books of the year which you still need to read! It will be hosted by Allie @ HardbackHoarder, Jay @ TheAwkwardBookworm, Dylan @ Dylanthereader5, and Julia @ JuliaSapphire.

 

…READING CHALLENGES…

 

– book with under 200 pagesThe Grown Up

A few books on my TBR will fit into this, so it can easily be completed. The book I’ve chosen is The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn, I am yet to read any of her books so this can be a good start. It is less than 100 pages so was almost the shortest book on my TBR too. The writing has huge spacing as well so shouldn’t take more than an hour! This could also take the challenge of a favourite colour on the cover, because the writing is yellow.

 

33295690– with LGBTQIA+ rep

This one was a bit difficult, because I don’t actively seek out these kind of books. If it’s there, it’s fine, but it’s not something I actively search for. Allie from HardbackHoarder mentioned Dress Codes for Smalls Towns by Courtney C Stevens for her TBR, so I am using that too! It was already on my TBR and I have been meaning to pick it up so decided to get it on my Kindle. It will be the longest of the books here but it is a comtempory so shouldn’t take to long!

 

 

– shortest book on your TBR24874295

Now this is a really short book, and has been on my normal TBR for ages, so it was about time I should read it! I could’ve picked any of the Little Black Classics to fulfil this challenge, however I do want to start reading all of Jane Austen’s works so that is why I chose The Beautifull Cassandra. It’s only sightly shorter than The Grown Up, so I should be able to read it quite quickly! Maybe for the final days in order for it to count towards my 2018 challenge to read Jane Austen.

 

 

22509768– book with your favourite colour on the cover

My favourite colour is yellow! And I have a fair few books I could’ve chosen from, but I chose Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist because I already saw the film (before I knew there was a book) and I have recently read David Levithan/Rachel Cohn’s Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and really enjoyed it! So I thought I would enjoy this one too!

 

– book that was gifted to you20893323

I’ve already read this book year’s ago and had a separate copy. But I saw this gorgeous edition in Waterstone’s and asked my mum to buy it for me as an early Christmas present! This is one of those books which seems to have several beautiful editions, but I just couldn’t turn this one down!

 

 

 

 

 

31373633– one of the hosts’ favorite short books

If you watch any of the hosts announcement video’s, they will list the books that fit into this. Allie from HardbackHoarder had this as her favourite, and it sounds really good so immediately bought it! Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer is also less than 200 pages so could also fit the first challenge. I really want to get to this one first, as it sounds so beautiful and heartbreaking.

 

 

 

– 7 books2535324731368214

Every readathon needs to have a free book challenge in my opinion! There are two books which I might want to read for the final challenge, and both are christmassy books I have yet to pick up! It’s either Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, or My True Love Gave to Me. Both I think will be quick reads, and will extend my Christmassy feeling.

 

 

So what are you looking to read for Cramathon? Any books you still need to get to before the year is over? I’d love to know!

 

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons · Wrap-Ups

Sbooktacular Readathon 2017 Wrap-Up!

I thought to do my Sbooktacular Readathon Wrap-Up separate from my October TBR, as there have been a considerable amount of books read. Which I am very proud of!

I didn’t get around to completing all the challenges, I managed 4 of the challenges and was halfway through another 2. I was quite busy with employment so my reading went on the back burner this week, but I am still pleased with how I did!

 

1/ The Graveyard Book ad02c-thegraveyardbook

Author: Neil Gaiman

No of Pages: 289

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

I was part way through this during Spookathon and couldn’t complete it then, so I carried it over to Sbooktacular instead! I read this for the first challenge of ‘Read a book of your choice’. This was a re-read, but I couldn’t remember much of the story so most of it felt new again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters Neil Gaiman had created! It was just a joy to read about Bod’s adventures. It’s a perfect read for both adults and children alike, and I will no doubt read this to my future children!

 

 

122962/ The Scarlet Letter 

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

No of Pages: 238

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I read this for the next stage on the map, which was a book set in the future or past, and I chose the past. I enjoyed this, but I feel sorry for American teenagers who have to read this for classes, as there are many other great pieces of literature which are still relevant. This story is no longer relevant and is quite outdated, although it was interesting reading about a separate time period and how social norms have differed over the years. The story didn’t seem to be one which would ‘stick’ like other famous classics.

 

3/ The Wizard of Oz Read the Rainbow: Red

Author: L. Frank Baum

No of Pages: 224

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

I read this for the next step in my path which was to read a book with a red spine or with orange on the cover, and I chose a red spine, because this book is beautiful! I absolutely loved this book so much!! There was so much more magic that was left out of the movie, and I only just realised the movie adaption was probably the first book to movie flop. The movie does not do the book justice at all, the book was phenomenal and loved every single word. No doubt would read this over and over again! Such a re-readable book, easy to read and just full-on enjoyable!

 

Pre-order A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman ...4/ A House at the Bottom of a Lake

Author: Josh Malerman

No of Pages: 156

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

The next stage was to read a book after sunset, and as this is the shortest book on my TBR, I chose it to fulfil this, and ended up reading it within a few hours. I really enjoyed this book despite how short it was. Josh Malerman has a real talent of creating the perfect atmosphere for a horror/thriller. You were following the two teenagers, as they discover the house, and begin exploring, it felt like you were there next to them and I felt quite creeped out at a few points. You’re there wanting to find out what’s happening just as much as the teenagers were. The only down point was the ending; it felt slightly anti-climatic and underwhelming, it didn’t really explain what was happening and whether it was actually real. I do have a feeling that was intentional though, to leave the reader unsure as to whether it was real or imagination and Josh Malerman did a good job.

 

And that concludes all the finished books for Sbooktacular Readathon! I am in the middle of two other books which were meant for two other challenges, and another which I quite simply could not get around to sadly! I really enjoyed the path aspect of this readathon and found it really fun. I hope to do it again next year!

 

Who else participated in this readathon? How well did you do? If not, what have you been reading/enjoying recently anyway/ I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx