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NEWTs Magical Readathon 2019 TBR

It is time for the NEWT’s exams! This is part of the Magical Readathon hosted by Gi at BookRoast, where we sit the OWL exams for the month of April, NEWTS for the month of August, and Extra Credit throughout the year. It’s always so much fun even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan!

I am going for the Mind Medic career, which means I need to get an O (Outstanding) in Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts, and E (Exceeds Expectations) in Potions, Transfiguration, and Muggle Studies. In order to get the grades A, E, and O, of which each has a prompt, you’ll need to read a book that fits that prompt. For ‘Acceptable’ you read a book to fit that prompt for that subject, for ‘Exceeds Expectations’ you’ll need to complete the prompt for ‘Acceptable’ before ‘Exceeds Expectations’, and for ‘Outstanding’ you’ll need to complete ‘Acceptable’ and ‘Exceeds Expectations’ before starting. See the Announcement video from Gi for further information.

There is a Magical Twitter and Instagram page, as well as a Discord group! The Google Docs for all the prompts and career handbook will be found linked.

 

 

CHARMS

Acceptable

35181314Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION, SPACE

Prompt: Read a book that you think has a beautiful cover

Pages: 480

Goodreads

 

 

 

Exceeds Expectations

43307358. sy475 Heartstopper Volume 2 – Alice Oseman

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, GRAPHIC NOVEL, ROMANCE, CONTEMPORARY, LGBT REP

Prompt: Read a graphic novel/comic/manga

Pages: 315

Goodreads

 

 

 

Outstanding

36465043. sy475 Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, POETRY, REALISTIC FICTION

Prompt: Spongify – Read a paperback book

Pages: 336

Goodreads

 

 

 

DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS

Acceptable

40030680. sy475 King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, MAGIC, GRISHAVERSE

Prompt: Book that’s black under the dust jacket

Pages: 514

Goodreads

 

 

 

Exceeds Expectations

31366479. sy475 Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

ADULT, FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION, THRILLER, MYSTERY

Prompt: Gilderoy’s memory charm – first book you think of

Pages: 342

Goodreads

 

 

 

Outstanding

45041Mansfield Park – Jane Austen

ADULT, FICTION, CLASSICS, ROMANCE

Prompt: Cornish Pixie! Read a book set in England or by an English author

Pages: 454

Goodreads

 

 

 

MUGGLE STUDIES

Acceptable

40061989Always Never Yours – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

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

Prompt: Cover which includes an actual photo element

Pages: 384

Goodreads

 

 

Exceeds Expectations

25327818Night Owls – Jenn Bennett

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, ROMANCE

Prompt: Read a book set in our real world

Pages: 296

Goodreads

 

 

POTIONS

Acceptable

34726991. sy475 Spellslinger – Sebastian De Castell

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, MAGIC

Prompt: Read a friend’s favourite book FORBIDDEN SECTION

Pages: 400

Goodreads

 

 

 

Exceeds Expectations

34443972. sy475 Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, RETELLING

Prompt: House Ingredient: book with a cover in your Hogwarts house colours

Pages: 369

Goodreads

 

 

 

TRANSFIGURATION

Acceptable

36203875Summer of Salt – Katrina Leno

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, MAGICAL REALISM, LGBT

Prompt: Read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation

Pages: 256

Goodreads

 

 

Exceeds Expectations

40624617. sy475 Escaping from Houdini – Kerri Maniscalco

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, HISTORICAL FICTION, MYSTERY

Prompt:Read a book that’s not the first in a series

Pages: 416

Goodreads

 

 

So are any of you planning to participate in the NEWT’s readathon? What are you planning to read in August? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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The Reading Rush TBR! (2019)

Here is my TBR for The Reading Rush 2019! The Reading Rush was previously known as Booktubeathon and is hosted by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay (previously padfootandprongs07). This year they have re-branded and now also have a website where you can create a profile, add friends, track progress and even collect badges! My profile is linked here so feel free to add me if you wish!

The readathon will be running from 22nd-28th July 2019 and consists of 7 reading challenges and a bonus challenge to read 7 books. You can double/triple up on prompts and there’s no book minimum (unless you want to complete the bonus challenge!).  See below for the challenges and my planned TBR!

I wasn’t going to participate this year because of all the other readathons, but… they have created a website to log your progress and that stuff is like crack to me. And I also was able to match the prompts with the books already on my TBR for the Book Junkie Trials. #winning


 

~THE CHALLENGES~~
1. Read a book with purple on the cover
2. Read a book in the same spot for the entire time
3. Read a book that you meant to read last year
4.  Read an author’s debut book
5.  A book with a non-human main character
6. A book with 5 or more words in the title
7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
BONUS: Read 7 books

 


 

 

40680973the mermaid’s voice returns in this one – Amanda Lovelace

NON-FICTION, POETRY, FEMINISM

CHALLENGES: 1/ Purple book, 6/ 5 words or more in the title, 2/ read an entire book in one spot

Pages: 208 (Paperback)

Goodreads

 


 

 

 

364514Sense & Sensibility – Jane Austen

FICTION, ADULT, CLASSIC, ROMANCE

CHALLENGES: 7/ Book to movie adaptation, 4/ an author’s debut book, 3/ meant to read last year

Pages: 386 (Paperback)

Goodreads

 


 

 

 

23282612You – Caroline Kepnes

FICTION, ADULT, THRILLER, MYSTERY, CONTEMPORARY

CHALLENGES: 3/ Meant to read last year

Pages: 423 (Paperback)

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

 

34916111Blood & Sand – C. V. Wyk

FICTION, YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, HISTORIAL FICTION, ALTERNATIVE HISTORY, ROMANCE

CHALLENGES: 4/ An author’s debut book

Pages: 320 (Hardback)

Goodreads

 


 

 

 

15704307. sy475 Saga vol. 1 – Brain K. Vaughan

FICTION, SCI-FI, GRAPHIC NOVEL

CHALLENGES: 5/ Non-human main character, 2/ read an entire book in one spot

Pages: 176 (Kindle)

Goodreads

 


 

 

 

24641800The Demon in the Wood – Leigh Bardugo

FICTION, YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, MAGIC, SHORT STORY

CHALLENGES: 2/ Read an entire book in one spot

Pages: 30 (ebook)

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

 

46825294Girl Without a Face – Nasser Hashmi

FICTION, YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY

BONUS: Read 7 books

Pages: 240 (ebook)

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

So there’s my TBR for the Reading Rush 2019! I am really excited for this as it’s my first time actually being able to participate! And I am loving the website too.

Are any of you also participating in the Reading Rush? If so, what are you reading? How is your reading month going? Any new favourites? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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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

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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

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