Read-a-thons

Cramathon (Summer 2018) Wrap-Up!

Hello readers! It’s getting to the time of year where there are more and more readathons, with 3-4 that I’m interested in during July alone! READATHONS GALORE ❤

So I’m catching up with my posts before things get hectic. So I’m bringing my wrap up for the Cramathon which finished about a week ago (or maybe longer by the time I upload this). There were 7 challenges in total, and I managed to complete 5 of them, which is great going in my opinion! I also got part-way through the other challenges. See below for the books I read for the challenges and my views of them!

 

 

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1. A predicted 5 star book

2. A book out of your comfort zone

3. A book that has been on your TBR for a long time

4. A  LGBTQ+ ownvoices book

5. something that is not a standard novel 

6. A book with your favourite colour on cover

7. Read 7 books

 

 

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1/ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Format: Paperback

Length: 400 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: 1. A predicted 5 star book

Not only was this truly a 5 star book as predicted, it’s also easily one of my favourites of the year so far! I didn’t want this book to end. I was so absorbed in the characters lives, felt for them, cried with them. It felt as if I was reading about a real-life Hollywood star, and wanted to further research the films and famous people mentioned. This book did such a great job of depicting the cost of fame, and how things are not always as they appear within headlines. The LGBT rep was so positive. The message being that you shouldn’t be afraid of loving someone because of how you might be judged, and that life is too short. I could’ve read an extra 1000 pages of this and still find it just as enjoyable and gripping. It was so easy to read as well, which was great because I was recently struggling to keep interest in what I was reading. Everybody should read it, the hype is truly deserved.

5/5 stars!

 

 

 

 

157893102/ Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe – Cullen Bunn & Dalibor Talajić

Format: Kindle

Length: 96 pages

Challenges: 2. A book out of your comfort zone, 5. Something that is not a standard novel (comic)

Goodreads

I found this fun and enjoyable to read. I was surprised with the amount of 1 star reviews, I mean, what were people really expecting with this? My first impression was a comic full of satire and a bit of fun, and that’s what I got so wasn’t disappointed. I won’t continue the series though, I have no desire to see what’s in the rest of the comics, mainly because I struggle to enjoy comics as it is and they’re not something I would necessarily reach for in a hurry. There isn’t really much more to say about this, the title gives away what it’s about and that’s genuinely what happens.

2.75/5 stars

 

 

 

 

3/ 12th of Never – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro15734464

Format: Audio CD

Length: 7h 6m

Challenges: 5. Something that is not a standard novel (Audio CD)

Goodreads

This was quite disappointing. I’ve read the first few books of the series and really liked them, but this, 12th in the series, didn’t feel on par. The first ones were written solely by James Patterson, and it’s pretty obvious that he had little to no Input for this book. Maxine Paetro has taken a pretty good series and flushed away all that was good about it. Half was about the actual plot and the courts, and the other half was about her baby which was not relevant and nor did it follow the pattern of the other books. I’m glad I haven’t read the books 4-11, because I feel like I would’ve wasted my time and seen the series fall slightly book by book. I think it’s safe to say that this series has had its day.

2/5 stars

 

 

 

 

4/ Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella27823777

Format: Paperback

Length: 280 pages

Challenges: 3. A book that has been on your TBR a long time, 6. Has favourite colour on cover

Goodreads

The book deals with an incredibly difficult topic but in a way that mixes humour into it to make it lighter and easier to read. I really liked how this wasn’t a girl-has-mental-illness-then-meets-boy-and-is-magically-cured story. Audrey helps herself through her family and therapist and even though she isn’t 100% in the end, she’s still working on and coping with her illness. I had some issues with the book. One being that issue Audrey’s recovery seemed a bit fast and unrealistic, and the romance seems very unrealistic as well. Another is that we never got told exactly what happened to Audrey to cause her mental breakdown. Also, Why was the mum so paranoid and obsessed with her son playing video games? It was just annoying.

3/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

5/ Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman36336078

Format: Audiobook

Length: 7h 43m

Challenges 7. Read 7 books (uncompleted)

Goodreads

This book was beautifully poetic. It’s difficult to review, as it’s not really plotted. Once I got passed the explicit/sexual nature, I started to really enjoy this. I found myself caring for the main characters and eagerly anticipating what was going to happen with their relationship. I felt quite emotional with the ending as well, but I understand why the author did things that way. This book is so character driven, and also focuses a lot on the writing. Both which was excellent.

4/5 stars

 

 


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2811696629904219 The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher (Read 7 books) 62%

Not Your Sidekick – C. B. Lee (A LGBTQ+ ownvoices) 37%

 

 

 


 

So that’s all the books I read for Cramathon Summer 2018 and the challenges. I always enjoy a good readathon and anticipating the next bunch to start in July/August. Half the fun is the reading, but the other half is choosing the books for the challenges!

Have any of you participated in this readathon? And if so, how did you do? What books did you read for the challenges? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Cramathon (Summer 2018) TBR!

It’s time for another readathon, and another round of Cramathon! The last one was in the winter over New Years’ (and honestly feels like a month ago). The clue is in the title, and you simply need to cram in as many books that you’ve been putting off, along with some challenges.

This years hosts are: Hardback Hoarder, Julia Sapphire, The Awkward Bookworm and dylanthereader5. There is also a twitter account found here to stay up to date!

The dates of this readathon are 10th June – 17th June 2018, so it has already started (like that would put me off posting my TBR…).

So here are the challenges, along with the books I plan to read to fit that prompt, I swear this is my favourite part of readathons! There are 7 challanges so I chose 7 books, and most of them can fit more than one prompt, making it easier for myself to actually complete it.

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1/ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Challenges: 1. A predicted 5 star book

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157893102/ Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe – Cullen Bunn & Dalibor Talajić

Challenges: 2. A book out of your comfort zone, 5. Something that is not a standard novel (comic)

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3/ Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella27823777

Challenges: 3. A book that has been on your TBR a long time, 6. Has favourite colour on cover

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299042194/ Not Your Sidekick – C. B. Lee

Challenges: 4. A book that is LGBTQ+ ownvoices, 6. Has favourite colour on cover

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5/ 12th of Never – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro15734464

Challenges: 5. Something that is not a standard novel (Audio CD)

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281169666/ The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

Challenges: 3. A book that has been on your TBR a long time, 5. Something that is not a standard novel, 7. Read 7 books

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363360787/ Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman

Challenges 5. Something that is not a standard novel, 7. Read 7 books

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So are any of your participating in this readathon too? What books are you planning to read? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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(Extremely Late) Magical Readathon/O.W.L.’s Wrap-Up! [2018]

Somehow it’s taken me weeks to write just one wrap-up or blog post, let alone read anything! A mix of work schedule and mini-reading slump. *hooray* better late than never, right??

April mainly consisted of reading for the OWL’s readathon, which I absolutely loved to bits! I sincerely hope this readathon will come back, and along with the recent release of the mobile game A Hogwarts Mystery, I was full into the Harry Potter hype once again and had started re-reading the series.

The prompts for this readathon were fashioned into actual Hogwarts classes, and you had to complete as many as you could and would have a pass/fail grade at the end! I managed to get an ‘Outstanding’ grade for completing 5+ OWLS exams!

Below are the 6 classes I managed to complete, along with the books I read.

 

Astronomy: Read a Sci-Fi book

OBSIDIO by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff24909347

No of Pages: 615

Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads

This is the highly-anticipated conclusion to the much-loved Illuminae Files trilogy, and it was amazing! We see all the characters from the previous two books meet and team up together to save Kerenza. So much was going on and I loved it! It was a little slow in the first 100 or so pages, and I did find the ending to be too ‘convenient’. There were more ‘transcripts’ in this book than in the other books which did make it not as quick to get through compared to the previous books. But I still overall loved it and will definitely recommend this to all!

 

 

 

Charms: Read a fantasy book

35997419Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

No of Pages: 229

Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads

I fell in love with the concept of this book and thought it was such an important and relevant topic. We follow two characters in the Middle East and they find ‘doorways’ into Western civilisation. The contrast between these two worlds was so prevalent, and we follow how the characters cope with the changes of scenery. I did struggle with the writing style and I couldn’t completely connect with them, but nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed this and the last chapter was so bittersweet!

 

 

 

Defence Against the Dark Arts: Read a book with secret societies

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney8987191

No of Pages: 360

Rating: 2/5

Goodreads

I feel like I was too old for this kind of novel. If I read it back when I was obsessed with Gossip Girl, I definitely would’ve liked it more. But I found it very cliquey and full of ‘high school drama’ which I found tedious and frustrating. I did find that the subject matter was very important and would like to see date rape tackled more in YA novels, but because I couldn’t empathise with the characters, I couldn’t enjoy it.

 

 

 

Divination: Read a book featuring prophecies

36697848The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

No of Pages: 320

Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads

This was so enjoyable!I found it very eery, dark, and elusive which I was in the mood for. We follow a little town which is cursed by three sisters who were killed for witchcraft. I got massive Nordic vibes from the setting of the little town and it was so intriguing and full of secrets. As we go through the story we learn so much about the town’s history and figure out the mystery behind the three sisters. I want to read more books like this and also more from this author!

 

 

 

Herbology: Read a book with a nature word in the title

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling72193

No of Pages: 223

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads

A long overdue re-read of my favourite series! Everyone would know what this series is about in some way, and I haven’t re-read it in years. I thought this readathon would be the perfect opportunity to do so. I have missed this series, going back to the very beginning feels very nostalgic. Despite the first one being one of my least favourites of the series, it’s still a 5/5 stars! It is the perfect introduction to the series and the wizarding world. If you haven;t read this series yet, may I ask why?!?

 

 

 

Transfiguration: Read a book that involves shape-shifters/Has a cat on the cover

527885Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot

No of Pages: 49

Rating: 5/5

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Another favourite of mine! I loved this series of cat-related poems. They are not spectacular nor would they give you a deep philosophical journey, but they are so enjoyable and so creative, and lead the way to one of the most successful and my personal favourite musical. I also loved the little illustrations in this edition!

 

TOTAL PAGES: 2,168 (including 372 pages of unfinished books!)

 

I did start a History of Magic class (The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah) and Care of Magical Creatures class (Temeraire – Naomi Novik) but sadly wasn’t able to pass them in the end!

As I said earlier, Ilove this readathon and it was so much fun! Here’s to another OWL’s readathon in the future!

I know this wrap-up is a little bit late, reading has been on a bit of a back-burner/reading slump approaching so I simply lost track of wrap-ups etc.

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Magical Readathon (OWL’s Exams) TBR!

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

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

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

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

 

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

The Rose Society – Marie Lu

 

 

 

 

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

The Girl in 6E – A. R. Torre

 

 

 

 

22878833ASTRONOMY: Read a Science-fiction novel

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

 

 

 

 

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

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

 

 

 

 

35997419CHARMS: Read a fantasy book

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Mockingbirds – Daisy Whitney

 

 

 

 

 

 

36697848DIVINATION: Read a book featuring prophecies

The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw

 

 

 

 

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

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

 

 

 

 

 

25587463HISTORY OF MAGIC: Read a Historical fiction

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

 

 

 

 

MUGGLE STUDIES: Read a muggle non-fiction book 168484

Feminism is for Everybody – Bell Hooks

 

 

 

 

1175481POTIONS: Read a book with alchemy

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

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

A Cats Love – Morgan Brand

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

 

 

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Contemporary-athon 2018 Wrap-Up!

Hello readers! This is going up a bit late, I’ve had a bit of a rubbish week and hadn’t felt motivated to do my wrap-up and had urgent things to deal with!

So, for some reason I had it in my head that this readathon lasted two weeks (even though I wrote down the correct days on a previous post, and my diary) so I didn’t really get very far, but I still feel accomplished in all the things I read!

 

 

1/ The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West18660447

Format: Kindle

No of Pages: 346

Goodreads

7. Read a contemporary book that has been recommended to you, and 3. Read a hyped contemporary book.

I also read this as part of the Inlove-athon which overlapped with this readathon! So my review for this book will be found in that wrap-up here.

3.5/5 stars

 

 

 

345369562/ Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

Format: Paperback

No of Pages: 177

Goodreads

Challenges: 6. Read a contemporary(ish) graphic novel

This was fantastic! If there is only one book I could recommend for introverts or for extroverts to understand us introverts, it will be this book. It couldn’t be anymore relatable for me, and I really enjoyed my time reading it. I started to take pictures of the strips I related to the most, but after 20 pages I found myself taking pictures of most of the pages! Would highly recommend to anyone!

5/5 stars!

 

 

 

 

3/ Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde28245707

Format: Kindle

No of Pages: 262

Goodreads

Challenges: 4. Read a diverse contemporary book, 1. Read the most recent contemporary that you purchased/acquired, 

I picked this up because it sounded interesting and was fairly cheap on Amazon, and mainly because I was supposed to read a different book for the ‘diverse’ challenge but I ended up DNFing that one and I this was the quickest/best looking book  fit that prompt, and I am so glad I did! I enjoyed the range of diversity, and also how it tackled many issues such as sexism, feminism, media influences, mental health, and much more! I loved the characters and the romances, they were so cute and I found every page so enjoyable!

4/5 stars

 

 

 

4/ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen13584792

Format: Flexibound

No of Pages: 315

Goodreads

2. Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover

It was hard to get excited for this because it’s such a well-known story and such a staple romance. Overall I really enjoyed the plot and found the relationships between the Bennett sisters to be great and I really liked all of them. I did find Lizzy Bennett to be very stubborn, but also very passionate and hilariously witty at times. At first I though Mr Darcy to be an arse, but we learn about who he is and how things may have been misunderstood. I still very much enjoyed this and I see why so many people love it. It is the romance to triumph every other romance, because the characters slow development of feelings and how they fell in love because of their personality!

4/5 stars

 

 

 

5/ Love, Life, and List by Kasie West 35068742

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: 223/374

Goodreads

I unfortunately ran out of time and didn’t finish this, even though I started it near the end of InLove-athon… the week just flew past! But I’m still reading it, and loving it, and should finish it in the next 24 hours.

 

 

 

306538536/ The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: DNF @ 49

 

Goodreads

I’m sorry Booktube, but I just couldn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

Total Pages Read: 1,372

Challenges Completed: 6/7

 

What did you guys read for Contemporary-athon if you participated? Any books you loved? Have you read any of the books I mentioned, and if so, do you agree or disagree with my ratings? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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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

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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

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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