Read-a-thons

Summerathon Wrap-Up! (2019)

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

 

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

 

33877465. sy475 Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

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

Pages: 352 (paperback)

Goodreads

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

3 STARS


 

 

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

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

Pages: 400 (hardcover)

Goodreads

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

4.5 STARS


 

 

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

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

Pages: 362 (hardcover)

Goodreads

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

5 STARS!! (ALL THE STARS)


 

 

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

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

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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The Book Junkie Trials TBR! (2019)

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

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

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

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

The High Queendom Map


 

Orc Grove

30223025Dread Nation – Justina Ireland 

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

Prompt: Read a gruesome, dark, or gritty book

Pages: 455

Goodreads


 

 

Ol’ Pirate Road

26889459The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware  

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, MYSTERY, THRILLER, SUSPENSE

Prompt: Read a book partly taken place at sea

Pages: 344

Goodreads

 


 

 

Glimmer

32191710Astrophysics For People in a Hurry – Neil DeGrasse Tyson  

ADULT, NON-FICTION, SCIENCE, PHYSICS, SPACE

Prompt: A beautiful/colourful book

Pages: 224

Goodreads

 


Draconic Isle

891592Temeraire – Naomi Novik  

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

Prompt: A book featuring dragons

Pages: 340

Goodreads

 


The Bookish Grail

818478Stardust – Neil Gaiman  

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ADVENTURE, ROMANCE

Prompt: Group book

Pages: 194

Goodreads

 


 

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

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Summerathon TBR! (2019)

This month there is where we start seeing summery readathons! The first I am participating in is the Summerathon.

The readathon was created by Amy from acourtofcrownsandquills, and she is also hosting along with Heather from Bookables, Melanie from meltotheany, Aimee from Aimee Reads and Jen from Pinot and Pages. The readathon is running from 21st – 27th June! There are 6 prompts; five reading and one freebie. There is no set amount of books you need to read, just read what you can and complete as many/little prompts as you want, and you can also double-up/triple-up on prompts or bend them to fit your TBR! There is also a Twitter account for the readathon found here along with their Instagram page linked here to follow all the updates and join in with discussions! Below are the various reading prompts along with my TBR.

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

 

FYI. It feels nothing like summer in the UK right now; it’s been grey and cloudy, the weather’s either raining or windy or both, I haven’t seen the sun in what feels like an age, and the temperature hasn’t risen above 16C in two weeks… But hopefully reading some summery books is going to help me believe that I’m actually on a beach in Hawaii or something.

I originally only had two books in my TBR, but because I hadn’t done Romanceathon as originally planned, I added a few books from my June TBR to fit more prompts, below are the books I’m planning to read with the prompts!


 

 

33877465Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, TRAVELLING, ITALY, FAMILY SECRETS

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

Pages: 352 (paperback)

Goodreads

 


 

 

40087230If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, RETELLING, SHAKESPEARE

Challenges: Sunrise colours on the cover, a ‘beachy’ read

Pages: 362 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

41154268With The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, COMING-OF-AGE, CULINARY, DIVERSITY, OWN VOICES, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Food on the cover, sunrise colours on the cover

Pages: 400 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 


 

 

43425166Girls on the Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, FEMINISM, SOCIAL ISSUES, HARD-HITTING, TRIGGER WARNINGS

Challenges: Book ft. a road trip/travelling/summer holiday, set in Summer

Pages: 240 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 


 

So those are the books I’m planning to read to fulfil Summerathon 2019! If my calculations are correct, I’ll need to read on average 194 pages a day to finish these books. But I feel like I haven’t had an opportunity to read much this month so I’m itching to find some reading time amongst work!

So are any of you also participating? If so, what are you planning to read? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think of them? And how are your reading plans going for June? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

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Buzzwordathon Round 4 TBR! (2019)

It is time for another Buzzword Readathon! The idea for this readathon is that we read books that include the ‘Buzzword’ within the title or series name. The Buzzword for this round is ‘You, and it could be any forms of that word i.e. YOUR, YOU’RE, YOU’D, YOU’LL, YOU’VE, YOURS, etc. The hosts for the readathon are BooksandLala and chanelletime, and it will be running from 12th – 18th January. There are no reading challenges, just the main aim of reading books with the buzzword! There is a Goodreads recommendation page for books including the Buzzword, and also a Twitter account to stay up-to-date on all the jazz.

So as usual, I have LOADS of books which could fit, so I won’t be listing a set TBR, just a list of books that have ‘you’ in the title and I’ll get to as many as possible hopefully!

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  1. I’m Fine and Neither Are You – Camille Pagán
  2. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  4. The Way You Make Me Feel – Maureen Goo
  5. Listen To Your Heart – Kasie West
  6. By Your Side – Kasie West
  7. You’re Doing Just Fine – Charlotte Eriksson
  8. The Brain: The Story of You – David Eagleman
  9. Your Soul Is a River – Nikita Gill
  10. Watching You – Lisa Jewell
  11. I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh
  12. You – Caroline Kepnes
  13. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
  14. Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
  15. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrick Backman

 

We’ll see which of these I hope to read in the next week, they are all on my TBR and want to get to them soon anyway!

Have any of you read these books? If so, what did you think? Any you think I should prioritise? Any others you think I should pick up instead? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Mentalhealth-athon Wrap-Up (2019)

In case you weren’t aware, for May I was focusing on reading mental health books for Mentalhealth-athon and also Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (Month in the US). For Mentalhealth-athon there was a Bingo board which you didn’t necessarily have to follow, but I wanted to. I was originally aiming to complete the whole board, but I had to change my plans halfway through the month when life got busy. We can see below that I still was able to accomplish one ‘bingo’ and also most of the challenges which I am happy with!

 

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So lets break down all the prompts and where I got with them:

 

Group Book

For Group Book, I wasn’t able to start because my order of Sparrow by Sarah Moon didn’t arrive until 25th May, and I was already trying to fit in other books to finish so I didn’t get to start it unfortunately.


 

Own Voices

  • Book: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Mental Illness: OCD
  • Rating: 4 stars

I went into my thoughts for this in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

Non-Fiction

  • Book: Girl, Interrupted
  • Author: Susanna Kaysen
  • Mental Illness: Personality Disorder
  • Rating: 2.5 stars

More of my thoughts in my May Wrap-Up post.


 

Anxiety

For this prompt, I was hoping to read Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman but I only managed to get about 80 pages through, I am going to finish it this month so it’ll be included in my June Wrap-Up no doubt.


 

Schizophrenia

  • Book: Made You Up
  • Author: Francesca Zappia
  • Mental Illness: Schizophrenia
  • Rating: 3 stars

I go into more detail in my May Wrap-Up post


 

OCD

  • Book: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Mental Illness: OCD
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

More in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Intersectional

For this I was also going to read Starfish, but I should have it finish by my June Wrap-Up!


 

Bipolar

I was hoping to read A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom, but sadly didn’t get around to picking it up.


 

Hosts Pick

  • Book: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Mental Illness: PTSD
  • Rating: 5 stars

More in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Personality Disorder

  • Book: Four Weeks, Five People
  • Author: Jennifer Yu
  • Mental Illness: Personality Disorder (also OCD, eating disorder, depression)
  • Rating: 3 stars

More of a review in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Phobia

  • Book: The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories
  • Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Mental Illness: Phobia (also depression)
  • Rating: 2.5 stars

Reviewed more in May Wrap-Up.


 

Eating Disorder

  • Book: Four Weeks, Five People
  • Author: Jennifer Yu
  • Mental Illness: Eating Disorder (also OCD, personality disorder, depression)
  • Rating: 3 stars

More detail in my May Wrap-Up!


 

PTSD

  • Book: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Mental Illness: PTSD
  • Rating: 5 stars!

More in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

Other

  • Book: Beneath a Meth Moon
  • Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Mental Illness: Addiction
  • Rating: 3.5 stars

There’s a review of my thought in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Depression

  • Book: This Song Will Save Your Life
  • Author: Leila Sales
  • Mental Illness: Depression
  • Rating: 4 stars

I have gone into more detail in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

So overall, I completed most of the prompts, and I read a lot of mental health books which had been on my TBR for ages, so I still class this readathon as a win!

Did any of you participate in the Mentalhealth-athon as well? What did you read? Any new recommendations? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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Asian Readathon TBR! (2019)

So not only would one readathon be enough, I decided to also try for the Asian Readathon! The main objective is to read books by Asian authors or books including Asian characters.

This is a readathon hosted by Cindy from readwithcindy, Sandra from gotathingforthings, Chloe from bookswithchloe, Ellias from elliasreads and Kav from xreadingsolacex. Along with the other readathon I’m participating in this month, Asian Readathon will also last for the entire month of May. There are a total of 5 prompts, of which you need to read books that feature Asian representation, either by a character or the author. There is also a Group Book of which the live show will be on Saturday, May 25 at 6pm EST on readwithcindy’s channel. You are able to double-up/triple-up on the prompts, and there are even books you can read to fit all 4 prompts which are listed in the Google Docs along with all the necessary information you will need! There is also a Twitter account for the readathon linked here, and even a Youtube playlist if you’re interested in checking those out. So lets see below for the reading prompts:

 

~~THE CHALLENGES~~
1. Read any book by an Asian author
2. Read a graphic novel featuring an Asian character or written/drawn by an Asian author
3. Read a book featuring an inter-sectional Asian character/written by an inter-sectional Asian identity
4. Read a book by Asian author that was originally written in their native language
5. Read the group book: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh
**EACH book you read should feature a character or author of a different Asian ethnicity. This is to encourage cultural diversity.**

 

So lets see the books I’m planning to read!:

 

33958230Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C Dao

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, RETELLINGS, MAGIC, ROMANCE, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Asian author

Pages: 363

Goodreads

 


 

 

35430013A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Ellen Oh et al

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ASIAN MYTHOLOGY AND LEGEND, RETELLINGS, ANTHOLOGY, SHORT STORIES, MAGIC, ROMANCE, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Group book

Pages: 336

Goodreads

 


 

 

32790585Orange, volume 1 –  Ichigo Takano (Amber Tamosaitis – Translator)

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, MANGA, GRAPHIC NOVELS, ROMANCE, POC REPRESENTATION, E-BOOK

Challenges: by Asian author originally written in native language, Graphic novel

Pages: 384

Goodreads


 

 

40611543Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, MENTAL HEALTH, COMING-OF-AGE, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Inter-sectional

Pages: 353

Goodreads

 


 

So those are the books I want to read for the Asian Readathon! Are any of youalso participating, and if so, what will you be reading? Are you also doing both readathons or only doing one? If not, what are your reading plans for May? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Mental Health-athon TBR! (2019)

I know I just did a month-long readathon last month , but I’m ready for another one! This month there is the Mental Health-athon, where we would read mental health books!

The readathon was created by Nicole from A Beautiful Chaos of Books, and she is also hosting along with Cait from Chaptercviii and Rachael from Rachael Marie Book Junkie. The readathon is running for the entire month of May! The prompts are to read various books with specific mental health representation, whether it’s from the main character or any other character. There is a Bingo board for all 15 reading prompts. There is no set amount of books you need to read, just read what you can and complete as many/little prompts as you want, and you can also double-up/triple-up on prompts or bend them to fit your TBR! There is also a Google Docs link for more information along with details on the competition and what each of the hosts’ book picks were! There is also a Twitter account for the readathon found here. Below are the various reading prompts along with my TBR.

 

~~THE CHALLENGES~~
1. Group Book – Sparrow by Sarah Moon
2. Own Voices
3. Non-Fiction
4. Anxiety Representation
5. Schizophrenia Representation
6. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Representation
7.  Inter-sectional Representation
8. Bipolar Representation
9. Pick a Hosts Book
10. Personality Disorder Representation
11. Phobias Representation
12. Eating Disorder Representation
13. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Representation
14. Other Mental Illness Representation
15. Depression Representation

So let’s see the books I’m hoping to read for the readathon!

 

34358905Sparrow – Sarah Moon

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, TRIGGERS, MENTAL ILLNESS, GRIEF, THERAPY

Challenges: Group Book

Pages: 272

Goodreads

 


 

35504431Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL ILLNESS, REALISTIC FICTION, COMING-OF-AGE

Challenges: Own Voices

Pages: 288

Goodreads

 


 

68783Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

ADULT, NON-FICTION, MEMOIR, PSYCHOLOGY, MENTAL HEALTH, TRIGGERS, PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, TREATMENT, RECOVERY

Challenges: Non-Fiction

Pages: 169

Goodreads

 


 

 

40611543Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, MENTAL HEALTH, COMING-OF-AGE, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Anxiety rep, Inter-sectional rep

Pages: 353

Goodreads

 


31371681Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL HEALTH, ROMANCE, TRIGGERS

Challenges: Schizophrenia rep

Pages: 445

Goodreads

 


33318533Four Weeks, Five People – Jennifer Yu

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, MENTAL ILLNESS, TRIGGERS

Challenges: OCD rep, Personality Disorder rep, Eating Disorder rep

Pages: 384

Goodreads

 


 

 

35130947A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL ILLNESS, MENTAL HEALTH, TRIGGERS, MEDICATION, LGBT REP, POC REP

Challenges: Bipolar rep

Pages: 346

Goodreads

 


29975820Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, HEIST, ADVENTURE

Challenges: Hosts Pick, PTSD rep

Pages: 495

Goodreads

 

 


 

18114890This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, COMING-OF-AGE, MENTAL ILLNESS, ROMANCE, MUSIC

Challenges: Depression rep

Pages: 288

Goodreads

 


 

8217236The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

ADULT, FICTION, CLASSICS, SHORT STORIES, HORROR, GOTHIC, FEMINISM, MENTAL ILLNESS, PHOBIAS, E-BOOK

Challenges: Phobias rep

Pages: 63

Goodreads

 


 

 

15812832Beneath a Meth Moon – Jacqueline Woodson

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, ADDICTION, DRUG USE, MENTAL ILLNESS, FAMILY, DEATH, TRIGGERS

Challenges: Other (addiction) rep

Pages: 182

Goodreads

 


 

 

So are any of you also participating in Mental Health-athon? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of these? And if so, what did you think of them? What are your reading plans for May? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx