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OWL’s Magical Readathon! [2019]

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

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

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

 

 

Ancient Runes

37552456Circe – Madeline Miller

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

Prompt: Read a retelling

Pages: 344

Goodreads

 


 

Arithmancy

12067Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, URBAN FANTASY, HUMOUR

Prompt: A book with 2+ authors

Pages: 412

Goodreads

 

 


 

Astronomy

30841101The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

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

Prompt: A book with ‘star’ in the title

Pages: 352

Goodreads

 


 

Care of Magical Creatures

35384793Shadow & Bone – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ROMANCE, ADVENTURE

Prompt: A book with a land animal on the cover

Pages: 416

Goodreads

 


 

Charms

32148570Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

ADULT, FICTION, HISTORICAL FICTION, BASED ON REAL EVENTS

Prompt: Age Line/Read an adult book

Pages: 469

Goodreads

 


 

Defence Against The Dark Arts

22718800Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ROMANCE, ADVENTURE

Prompt: Reducto/A book beginning with “R”

Pages: 427

Goodreads

 


 

Divination

11517032Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

ADULT, FICTION, CLASSICS, SCIENCE FICTION, DYSTOPIA

Prompt: A book set in the future

Pages: 114

Goodreads

 

 


 

Herbology

18479697Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

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

Prompt: A book with a plant on the cover

Pages: 436

Goodreads

 


 

History of Magic

21858566The Giver – Lois Lowry

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CLASSICS, SCIENCE FICTION, DYSTOPIA

Prompt: A book published at least 10 years ago

Pages: 224

Goodreads

 


 

Muggle Studies

39067298The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, POETRY

Prompt: Read a contemporary

Pages: 361

Goodreads

 

 


 

Potions

18525661Siege & Storm – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ROMANCE, ADVENTURE

Prompt: Next ingredient/Read a sequel

Pages: 432

Goodreads

 


 

Transfiguration

40019010The Library Book – Susan Orlean

ADULT, NON FICTION, BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS, TRUE CRIME

Prompt: A book with sprayed edges or a red cover

Pages: 337

Goodreads

 

 


 

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

 

THANKS FOR READING!

 

Abbie xxxx

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Buzzword Readathon Round 3 TBR!

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

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

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

 

 

2209787The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Stephen King

FICTION, ADULT, THRILLER, HORROR, SUSPENSE

Pages: 226

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

35795960What I Lost – Alexandra Ballard

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

Pages: 400

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

34964957When The Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLamore

FICTION, YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, MAGICAL REALISM, LGBT

Pages: 270

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

18721778Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

FICTION, ADULT, FANTASY, URBAN FANTASY, ADVENTURE

Pages: 372

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

34845395I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

NON-FICTION, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MEMOIR, CLASSICS

Pages: 317

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

34538386How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne

FICTION, ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, WOMEN’S FICTION

Pages: 368

Goodreads

 

 

 


 

 

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

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

 

Abbie xxxx

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Contemporaryathon Round 4 TBR!

Hey guys! Contemporaryathon is back for it’s forth round! The topic for this readathon is really self-explanatory, you just have to read Contemporary books! I love reading contemporary, especially when I’m struggling with what to read next, or need a break from fantasy/science fiction series, or just need some fluffy, light-heartedness in my life!

 

It will be taking place from 11th – 17th February 2019 and has a total of 7 reading challenges, you are more than welcome to double/triple up on challenges! There will also be a live-show hang-out on Chelsea’s channel on 16th February at 6pm PST / 9pm EST (I am in the UK, so it’ll be 2am so unfortunately I won’t be able to join). It is hosted by the same lovely girls; Julie from Pages and Pens, Natasha from myreadingisodd, and Chelsea from Chelseadollingreads, and is introducing a new host Mel from Meltotheany. There are Booktube video challenges to post your TBR (on Chelsea’s announcement), Daily Vlog playlist (on Natasha’s announcement), and your wrap-up video (on Julie’s announcement) There will be photo challenges on their Instagram page as well! See below for all the challenges…

 

~~THE CHALLENGES~~
1. Read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired
2. Read book with blurple (blue or purple lol) on the cover
3. Read a diverse contemporary (keeping in mind that it is Black History Month!)
4. Read a dark/emotional/hard-hitting contemporary
5. Read a contemporary that you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t
6. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format
7. Read a contemporary with some sort of picture on the spine

 

And here are the books I’m hoping to read to fulfil those challenges!

 

31351689Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, HARD-HITTING, TRIGGERS, ABUSE, LGBT

Challenges: Hard-Hitting, Non-Traditional Format

Pages: 304

Goodreads

 


 

 

 

35795987Bad Romance – Heather Demetrios

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

Challenges: Hard-Hitting, Picture on the Spine, Meant to Read in 2018

Pages: 384

Goodreads

 


 

35046013I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maureen Goo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, HUMOUR, REALISTIC FICTION, DIVERSITY

Challenges: Diverse, Picture on the Spine, Meant to Read in 2018

Pages: 325

Goodreads

 


 

 

39939417Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, CHRONIC ILLNESS REP, REALISTIC FICTION, DEBUT

Challenges: Blue-Purple on the cover, Most Recent Purchase, Non-Traditional Format

Pages: 288

Goodreads

 


 

 

38224633The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, DIVERSITY, OWN VOICES, DISABILITY REP

Challenges: Blue-Purple on the cover, Non-traditional Format

Pages: 336

Goodreads

 


 

 

So are any of you also participating in Contemporaryathon? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of these? And if so, what did you think of them? Any recommendations based on these choices? What are your reading plans for the rest of February? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Polarthon TBR! [2019]

Sup readers! Today I’m bringing my TBR for the Polarthon. It is a new readathon created and hosted by the beautiful Jade from JadeyRaeReads. Her favourite genre is Polar Fantasy which are basically fantasies within a Northern/wintery setting, so this readathon is to try and read books from that genre! This readathon is taking place from 4th – 10th February and it set up as a create-your-own-adventure map. All you need to do is climb the mountain by completing reading prompts at each stage of the mountain. There are 5 stages, thus 5 reading prompts and only one per prompt. The graphic map can be found here or on the official announcement video!

I decided to choose mostly middle grade books that Jade had recommended, her TBR is also linked here, which I would also suggest checking out as Polar Fantasy can be hard to find. But here is my official TBR!

 

Starting at the bottom of the mountain…

24937342Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Prompt: Cosy Read

Pages: 397

MIDDLE GRADE; FANTASY; POLAR; MAGIC; SERIES

Goodreads

 


 

 

Heading straight up the mountain…

36653792Sky Song – Abi Elphinstone

Prompt: Blue Cover

Pages: 273

MIDDLE GRADE; FANTASY; POLAR; ADVENTURE; MAGIC

Goodreads

 


 

 

 Heading right…

24485589Hunted – Meagan Spooner

Prompt: Silver Cover

Pages: 374

YOUNG ADULT; FANTASY; RE-TELLINGS; ROMANCE; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; FAIRY TALES

Goodreads

 


 

 

Heading right again…

32602009A Shiver of Snow and Sky – Lisa Lueddecke

Prompt: Snowy Cover

Pages: 341

YOUNG ADULT; FANTASY; POLAR; MAGIC

Goodreads

 


 

 

Going slightly left to the top…

40210239Frost Fire – Jamie Smith

Prompt: Polar Fantasy

Pages: 288

MIDDLE GRADE; FANTASY; POLAR; ADVENTURE

Goodreads

 


 

So are any of you participating in the Polarthon? If so, what are you planning to read? Have you read any of these, and if so, what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

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Buzzword Readathon Round 2 [2019] Wrap-Up!

I would say that I was a lot more relaxed with the Buzzword Readathon as I was already participating in the Biannual Bibliothon which had challenges to complete. For the Buzzword Readathon you just have to read books featuring a variation of the chosen buzzword, LIE, in the title or series name. So you just had to read as many books as you could – no challenges, no minimum book count. I made it through two and a bit books, which I can’t complain about when added on to the rest of the books I read that week! Hope you enjoy my wrap-up for the Buzzword Readathon!

 

363858271/The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager

Format: Kindle

Pages: 368

Goodreads

*Readathon buddy-read*

I was pleased with this one! It was a brilliantly atmospheric camp-sight environment. Set around the childhood game ‘Two Truths and a Lie”, we follow Emma who’s camp mates disappeared 15 years ago, and she gets invited back to the very camp. She is set on uncovering the truths of the girls disappearances, whilst most people around her see her as either crazy, guilty, or both. I loved the dual timeline aspect and how we slowly started to unveil the truth, and then still be taken by complete surprise at the twist ending! I didn’t see it coming but it was extremely clever. I was drawn into the story from the first page and was constantly intrigued and second-guessing myself and the character’s intentions. It felt creepy and haunting, I now love camp-site settings and want to read more!

4 stars!

 

 

361464832/Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica

Format: Kindle

Pages: 384

Goodreads

This was very forgettable. Even after reading it I wasn’t entirely sure I knew what I read. It’s alternating between Clara trying to figure out her husbands death as she finds the situation suspicious, and Nick leading up to the accident, and ultimately his death. It really bugs me when the main character is unreliable, and even more so when she seems to change her mind on what actually happened and I was confused. Although I did find the story intriguing and saw it was definitely building up which kept me on my toes and eager to find out what happened, but in the end it turned out very anti-climatic and rushed, like she never had an idea on how she would finish the book. Not sure if I’ll pick up more from this author; the writing was not bad, it was good enough that I could breeze through this book in a day, but if the climaxes in her other books are similar to this one, I’m not sure if I will, we’ll see.

2.75 stars

 

 

262406632.5/Seven Ways We Lie – Riley Redgate

Format: Paperback

Pages: 129/343

Goodreads

I’m not far enough into this to get a feeling on how I feel on this yet. It is taking a while to build up, as we are looking through the perspectives of seven different students at the high school so it was expected. I do like the idea of the book and I am making guesses on which characters represent which deadly sin, which I’m finding really fun! I am seeing quite a good mix of diversity and representation as well, and it’s good that I can tell which of the characters I’m reading from the changing writing style – it’s all too common when multi-perspective books sound with the same voice. So I do have high hopes, just hoping for the plot to start thickening fairly soon though.


.:SUMMARY:.
Books completed: 2, and 1 unfinished
Challenges completed: N/A
Total pages read: 881

 

So did you also participate in this readathon? If so, what did you reads? Have any of you read this books mentioned? What did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019 Wrap-Up!

My first readathon of the year is completed! I had such an amazing reading week and things went a lot better than expected, especially as I set myself the difficult task of participating in two readathons AT THE SAME TIME (Buzzword Readathon wrap-up will be up tomorrow). I also was able to stick to my TBR and didn’t substitute any different books in, although I did come very close to that! Overall, I’m happy with what I’ve done, and definitely started the year off with a bang. Hope you enjoy my wrap-up of the books I read for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon!

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read the group book
Read a host’s 5 star book
A book with a cover you don’t like
An adult book
Your favourite genre in your least favourite format (or vice versa)
Read a book that got you into reading
An author you’ve never read from

 

 

4641641/ Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling

Format: Paperback

Pages: 317

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book that got you into reading.

I remember reading this before the movie came out, and I loved knowing the twists and seeing them brought to life! We also get introduced to Lupin and Sirius which are my faves in the series. Save to say that I still absolutely loved this book, just as much as the first time! I don’t think it would still be my favourite of the series, I need to re-read the rest to find that out. But I just love how things keep getting darker and darker!

5 stars!!

 

 

375693182/ Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean

Format: Kindle

Pages: 384

Goodreads

Challenges: Read the group book, read your favourite genre in your least favourite format.

I loved the idea of this book, and it is (currently) a standalone which you never see in fantasy YA! However, overall I thought the execution was quite flat. I didn’t agree with the pacing, it started off okay but the last 100 pages or so were simply so fast that it just felt rushed. I did think the world-building was excellent and it felt very vivid! It also includes snippets of the Japanese gods of which the folklore was based on, and I thought that was a very nice thing to have in and it developed more of the atmosphere! The relationships were quite stereotypical and insta-lovey, and it felt like the author was trying to push the strong female ‘feminist’ lead but that made the decisions seem very bizarre. I did really love Akira and how he dealt with Mari, which I thought was a very clever thing to add which you don’t really see in YA!

3 stars

 

 

433059523/ Fire and Heist – Sarah Beth Durst

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 290

Goodreads

Challenges: A book with a cover you don’t like.

I was pleasantly surprised with this book! The plot was very interesting and unique and I enjoyed seeing the development of the plot. However I wanted more world-building, especially regarding one of the twists. The writing I thought was very simple, which meant I was able to breeze through but it is clear this book was targeted to the younger/pre-teen side of YA. The romance was extremely cliche and took us too far away from the plot – it wasn’t a long book so I felt I would’ve enjoyed this a lot more if there were more dragons and less romance. Ending was underwhelming and not memorable, and the consequences didn’t seem to be as ‘high-stake’ as I was expecting.

3.5 stars

 

 

319319414/ Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia

Format: Kindle

Pages: 405

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a host’s 5 star pick, An author you’ve never read from.

Oh this was so good. I can’t believe I waited this long to read this! I read it on my Kindle so I’m definitely gonna buy a physical copy as soon as possible. I loved the slow burn romance and I definitely got a Fangirl/Fault in Our Stars/Radio Silence vibe! The relationships felt genuine, not just romantic but also with family. There were definitely issues in communication from all areas which could’ve easily been avoided and saved a lot of stress and chaos for Eliza. But I found Eliza extremely relatable, especially in terms of her inner monologue on how to deal with the awkward social situations and it honestly seemed realistic. I found the writing really good and I was able to breeze through the story in no time, I was so immersed in Eliza’s life. Also, I loved her brothers! They were so sweet in the end which was a shame because Eliza doesn’t really talk to them for the majority of the book.

4.5 stars!

 

 

134554625/ The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Format: Paperback

Pages: 177

Goodreads

Challenges: An adult book.

I’ve had this on my TBR FOR SO LONG. Now I’ve finally read it and I’m very glad and proud of myself for doing so. The fact that I read it in a few hours makes me feel slightly bad though. I thought this was a very interesting and philosophical book. We follow a young shepherd who goes on a journey to find worldly treasure, and it is very much a story of destiny – finding your purpose in life and not letting anything stop you from pursuing it. It feels like how the universe itself wants you to follow your heart, and the only thing in the way of achieving your dreams is you yourself, which is quite comforting in a way especially when you don’t know how to achieve your dreams/don’t know what they are yet. I think this book should be taken with a pinch of salt, as it does read very sexist, bizarre and old-fashioned, and the writing is let down by the translation but that was expected.

4 stars!

 


.:SUMMARY:.
Books completed: 5
Challenges completed: 7
Total pages read: 1,573

 

So did you also participate in this readathon? If so, what did you reads? Have any of you read this books mentioned? What did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Buzzword Readathon Round 2 [2019] TBR!

Hey guys! It just so happens that two readathons I highly anticipated ended up falling upon the same week, so here we are with another readathon TBR and a LOT of reading I need to do! Luckily this one has less rules so I can technically read one book and I would’ve completed it, but alas, I chose a few books because I cannot make up my damn mind on what I want to read.

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 Lie, and it could be any forms of that word i.e. LIE, LIAR, LIES, LYING, LIED. The hosts for the readathon are BooksandLala and myreadingisodd, and it will be running from 14th – 20th January. There are no reading challenges, just the main aim of reading books with the buzzword! There is also a Twitter account to stay up-to-date on all the jazz.

Below is my TBR for the readathon:

 

36385827The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager

ADULT; MYSTERY;THRILLER

Pages: 368

Goodreads

*also the Readathon buddy-read*

 

 

 

 

23592175The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

YOUNG ADULT; FANTASY; MYSTERY; HISTORICAL;

Pages: 410

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

40389728All The Beautiful Lies – Peter Swanson

ADULT; MYSTERY; THRILLER

Pages: 309

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

So are any of you also participating in the Buzzword Readathon? If so, what are you planning on reading? Have you read any of these books, and what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

 

Abbie xxxx