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TisTheSeasonAthon 2018 Wrap-Up!

The first readathon of December has finished, and I had a blast! Even though I only had one short book to read for it, I still went out and read other festive books. So I doubt it needs to be said that I completed all the challenges! Except for the voluntary group book, which I have bought and will read outside of the readathons.

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a book with red or green on the cover.
Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music.
Read a warm and fuzzy book.
Read a short book.
Read a holiday themed book.
*Group Book: SNOW IN LOVE – MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, NIC STONE, KASIE WEST & AIMEE FRIEDMAN.

 

 

 

1/ The Deal of a Lifetime – Fredrik Backman36229962

Format: Kindle

Length: 96 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with red or green on the cover, Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music, Read a warm and fuzzy book, Read a short book, Read a holiday themed book.

I am slowly making my way through Fredrik Backman’s books, only because each of his books so far have pulled at my heartstrings. I really liked this book, it was told from the perspective of an older gentleman getting ready to meet his son after leaving him and his mother years ago, and he ponders about his life, the mistakes, regrets, and excuses. He is then met with an opportunity to make something right. Even though this was a very short book and was over within an hour, I still felt my heart aching at the end. Of course I would’ve liked a bit more of a developed story, but I fear if it was, I would’ve definitely cried at the end. Silver linings, right?!

3/5 stars

 

 

348792832/ One Day in December – Josie Silver

Format: Paperback

Length: 417 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with red or green on the cover, Read a warm and fuzzy book.

Technically this wasn’t part of my official readathon TBR, but because the other book was so short and I pretty much read this during the readathon week, I might as well add it in! And I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this; it was adorable without being cheesy, it was predictable in a few bits but still felt realistic. I adored the relationship between Laurie and Sarah, such a genuine female relationship to read about. I got huge ‘One Day’ vibes thorough-out the book, with a bunch of ‘almost’ moments and ‘will they/won’t they’ vibes. One of my biggest pet peeves in books is when a simple bit of communication would’ve solved a lot of issues, but in this case it sort of made a bit of logical sense. The ending really felt like something out of Bridget Jones, which I was all for, but it was over very abruptly and I wanted more about after the kiss. Overall I got my fluffy, holiday romance kick out of this book, and it totally got me into the mood to read more!

4.5/5 stars!

 

So that’s my wrap-up for the TisTheSeasonAthon 2018! They have recently announced that they would be bringing it back next year which is music to my ears! I’m excited to see what Bookables will bring to the readathon next year!

So what did you guys read during this readathon? Did you complete all the challenges? What are your reading plans for the rest of the month? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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A Very Merry Readathon TBR!

Following from a previous post, this is the second part to my December TBR, and another Christmas readathon! In the same theme of the previous readathon, the key for A Very Merry Readathon is to read holiday/Christmassy books! A Very Merry Readathon is running from 10th-16th December. There are 5 reading challenges, and I believe you are able to double/triple/quadruple up on challenges too. The hosts for this year are Paper Faerie, Tiny Book Dragon, Cristina’s Journey, A Cup of Wonderland, Stacy’s Stories, and The Bookish Porcupine. To stay updated on the action, they have created a Twitter account to follow as well!

Below are the challenges as well as my TBR for the Readathon!

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a book that is set during the holidays.
Read a book with a christmassy colour on the cover (I.e. red, green, silver, gold, blue).
Read a book with illustrations in it.
Read a book that was given to you as a gift.
Read a book just because you want to.

 

 

My New Crush Gave to Me – Shani Petroff36127936

Challenges: A book set during the holidays, A book with a christmassy colour on the colour.

YOUNG ADULT; CHRISTMAS; ROMANCE; CONTEMPORARY;

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

39088508Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul – Nikita Gill

Challenges: A book with illustrations, Given as a gift.

POETRY; SHORT STORIES; FANTASY; FEMINISM; RETELLINGS; FAIRY TALES;

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand33843251

Challenges: Read a book just because you want to

YOUNG ADULTS; FANTASY; RETELLINGS; CHRISTMAS; PARANORMAL

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you guys reading this month? Anyone also participating in this readathon? If so, what are you reading? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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TisTheSeasonAthon 2018 TBR!

Here’s my first part of my TBR for December, TisTheSeasonAthon is the first readathon of the year (as far as I know) dedicated to the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas time! The perfect chance to start reading all the Christmassy/feel-good/warm and fuzzy books!

This readathon consists of 5 reading challenges and will take place from 3rd – 9th December, and we are free to double/triple/quadruple up on challenges! There is also a Group Book for you to read if you wish. This will be hosted by Heather at Bookables, Amy at acourtofcrownandquills, Chelsea Dolling Reads, Kristin from SuperSpaceChick, and Trina from Between Chapters. To follow the action, there is a Twitter account and an Instagram page!

So let the Christmas reading commence! I guess this post will only be useful to those who want to complete this readathon with just one book, and a short one at that! Below are the challenges and my TBR!

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a book with red or green on the cover.
Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music.
Read a warm and fuzzy book.
Read a short book.
Read a holiday themed book.
*Group Book: SNOW IN LOVE – MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, NIC STONE, KASIE WEST & AIMEE FRIEDMAN.

 

 

The Deal of a Lifetime – Fredrik Backman36229962

Challenges: A book with red or green on the cover, Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music, A warm and fuzzy book, A short book, A holiday-themed book.

ADULT; CHRISTMAS; NOVELLA; CONTEMPORARY

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Congratulations for getting through that long and tedious TBR! (I kid of course) I am hoping to participate in 2 other readathons which take place consecutively and straight after this one, so I needed to make it as doable as possible if I want to complete all the readadthons and I don’t want to burn out before the Christmas at Hogwarts readathon!

So are any of you taking part in this readathon? If so, what are you planning to read? And if not, what are your reading plans for December? Have you managed to complete your reading challenges or are you still rushing to finish them in time? I’d love to know!

Stay tuned for my Very Merry Readathon and Christmas at Hogwarts Readathon TBRs!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Charms Extra Credit Readathon Wrap-Up!

Hey readers! Another readathon has come and gone, and I managed to complete all the challenges and therefore get 5 extra days for the OWL’s exams next year! I did have a slight panic and thought we might have had to read one book for each prompt like in the Exams and not allowed to double-up, but I re-watched the announcement and couldn’t find anything to say otherwise, so I’m counting it! So this was by far an outstanding success, I want to get going on the other extra credit readathons there are! Below are the challenges and the ones I completed, with the books I finished for each of the prompts!

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Alohamora – 1st in a series
Incendio – ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in the title/cover
Accio – a book that’s top of your TBR
Rictusempra – abook that tickles/excites you
Lumos – a light cover

 

 

314261161/ A Promise of Fire – Amanda Bouchet

Format: Audiobook

Length: 13 hours (441 pages)

Goodreads

Challenges: Alohamora (1st in a series), Incendio (‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in title/cover)

I felt quite conflicted with this book, at many points I wanted to stop, but I also wanted to keep going. I didn’t realise that it was more of a romance with fantastical elements rather than the other way round. So I felt quite bored for the majority of the time when it was focused on the romance. The main character got on my nerves quite a lot, she seemed to have the mentality of a teenager when trying to deny her feelings towards the love interest and saying things like ‘I hate myself’ or ‘I want to die’ because of the ’embarrassment’ of those feelings. The story itself was entertaining enough and I could’ve loved it with it’s mythological elements, if it weren’t for the romance. However, I do think this was well-done for the genre and the writing was very, very good and extremely well edited. Hence me giving 3 stars mainly for that aspect as I couldn’t deny that the author is a talented writer.

3 stars

 

 

She Must Be Mad – Charly Cox39294682

Format: Kindle

Length: 200 pages

Goodreads

Challenge: Lumos (light cover), Rictusempra (book that tickles/excites you)

I was so excited when I heard the premise of this poetry collection, as it seemed like my perfect collection. The majority of the poems I thoroughly enjoyed and some of the things said will be cemented into my mind. I just didn’t completely get on with the writing style of this collection; I didn’t feel much of a rhythm and most of the time it didn’t feel like poetry, just chopped up sentences. Despite this I was right in my feelings about the  overall messages being perfect for me. I was able to relate to a heck of a lot of stuff; mental health, relationships, heartbreak, anxiety, feminism, etc. So overall I did love the message and what this collection symbolises, but can’t give 5 stars because of the writing and formatting.

4 stars

 

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco33784373

Format: Paperback

Length: 430 pages

Goodreads

Challenge: Accio (book that’s top of TBR)

Oh my goodness. I loved loved LOVED this! I really enjoyed the first book, and after hearing the positive reviews of this, I was so eager to read it! The story had me captivated right from the beginning, jumping straight into the plot and the beginning of the mystery. Unlike the first book, I wasn’t able to be certain on who the killer was. In this book, I had a few suspicions on a lot of the characters, and when it came to the reveal, I was taken by surprise! The characters, and their relationships, were so well developed. The Headmaster I literally wanted to punch several times! They all seemed very complex and I was engrossed all the way through. I can’t wait for the third book to arrive as I want to dive straight into it, despite my current readathon plans!

5 stars!!

 

So did you guys participate in this readathon? How well did you do? What other reading plans have you got in store? Any thing you’ve been enjoying recently? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

 

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Spookathon 2018 TBR!

Another October readathon, and not the last! I’ve been eagerly anticipating this readathon since… I finished last year’s to be honest. Any chance to read spooky/horror/thriller books! I am not yet burnt out from the first readathon of the month (Charms Extra Credit) so this should also go well.

The Spookathon Readathon is basically a chance to read spooky books! Therer are 5 challenges, which we can double-up if we please – there is no minimum book amount (music to my ears! ❤ ) and they are also buddy-reading a book if you wish to participate in that as well. The readathon will be taking place from 15th-21st October, and is hosted by Booksandlala, Bookerly, and Peter Likes Books (all of which have also posted their TBR’s so they should be recent videos on their page!)

Below are the challenges for the readathon, along with the buddy read, and also my TBR for the challenges! Enjoy!

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a thriller
Book with purple on the cover
Book not set in current time period
Book with a spooky word in the title
Book with pictures
Group book – TOIL & TROUBLE 15 TALES OF WOMEN AND WITCHCRAFT

 

 

 

Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough35343330

Challenges: Read a thriller

ADULT; THRILLER; MYSTERY; SUSPENCE

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

36426163Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft – Various

Challenges: Book with purple on the cover, Book not set in current time period, group book

YA; ANTHOLOGY; FANTASY; PARANORMAL; WITCHES

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz7104430

Challenges: Book with spooky word in the title, Book with pictures

CHILDRENS; YA; SHORT STORIES; HORROR

Goodreads

 

 

 

So those are the books I plan to read for Spookathon 2018! I’ve doubled up on most so I only really need to read 3 things; one an anthology and another is less than 100 pages, so these are more than achievable. I have no reason to think I wouldn’t be able to complete this!

Are any of you participating? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of these? What are your reading plans for the rest of the month? Do you love Autumn/Fall reads as much as I? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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Charms Extra Credit Readathon TBR!

Hello readers! Due to myself participating in three readathons this month, I will not be creating an October TBR as these readathons would take up the whole month! The first starts today (bit short notice I know) which is the Charms Extra Credit Readathon!

If you’ve been following for a while, you’d know that I took part in the OWL’s Readathon in April and attempted the NEWT’s Readathon in August, this is the next readathon for the year. The aim of this readathon is to prepare ourselves for the Charms exam in the Magical Readathons next year, so with each prompt you complete, you can start a day earlier. 5 prompts could lead you to get 5 extra days!

The host for this readathon is the same for the past Magical Readathons, which is the lovely G from Book Roast. You can find more information on the readathon on her announcement video, and there is a Google Docs of the necessary charms found here! This will be taking place 8-14 October 2018.

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Alohamora – 1st in a series
Incendio – ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in the title/cover
Accio – a book that’s top of your TBR
Rictusempra – abook that tickles/excites you
Lumos – a light cover

 

31426116A Promise of Fire – Amanda Bouchet

Challenges: Alohamora (1st in a series), Incendio (‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in title/cover)

NEW ADULT; FANTASY; ROMANCE; MAGIC; PARANORMAL; MYTHOLOGY

Goodreads

 

 

 

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco33784373

Challenge: Accio (book that’s top of TBR)

YA; HISTORIAL FICTION; MYSTERY

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

She Must Be Mad – Charly Cox39294682

Challenge: Lumos (light cover), Rictusempra (book that tickles/excites you)

POETRY; FEMINISM; MENTAL HEALTH

Goodreads

 

 

 

So these are the books I hope to read for the Charms Extra Credit. I reckon I set myself a reasonably doable TBR, so fingers crossed it goes well! I’ve already started some of these so if I keep up this pace I could get a few days head-start in April!

Are any of you participating? If so, what will you be reading? Have you read any of these books? What are your reading plans for October? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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Emojiathon (September 2018) Wrap-Up!

Hello readers! Emojiathon was the first full readathon I’ve took part in since my summer-long reading slump, so I was really happy with how it turned out! I went a little crazy with doubling-up on challenges because YO GIRL NEEDS AS MUCH HELP AS SHE CAN GET! So even though I read a small handful of books compared to the amount of challenges, I still feel so accomplished in what I was able to read. Below would be the challenges I completed, along with the books I completed and a few words about how I felt about them.

 

~~~CHALLENGES~~~

Read the group book
*Freebie*
Read Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
A book by a favourite author
Read Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson
Read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Read Out of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni
Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover
Read a book you said you were going to read but never did
Give an author a second chance
Read a diverse book
Read a scary book
Read a 5 star predicted book
Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere
Read a book that takes place somewhere other than where you live
Read a book set in Winter
Read a book that reminds you of a favourite song
Read a book that takes place outdoors
Listen to an audio book
Read a book that takes place in college
Read a thriller
Read a book about a social justice topic
Read something that’s less than 100 pages
Read a book that takes place on a boat
Read a book in under 24 hours

 

1/ The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis25812109

Format: Paperback

Length: 341 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover, A book you said you were going to read but never did, A book set in Winter, A book that reminds you of your favourite song, A book about a social justice topic

I really enjoyed this book, it gave me so many feelings about sexism in our society. It’s such an important book. I really connected to the main character and I loved her growth, and her blunt and honest personality. She wasn’t afraid of taking things with her own hands and standing up for not only herself, but others. It was really great reading about the female empowerment and women helping women. I especially loved the development of the friendship between Alex and Peekay. All the characters felt so real and were developed really well. The ending has honestly stuck with me, ripped my heart out!

4.5 stars

 

 

253224492/ Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

Format: Paperback

Length: 403 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read Radio Silence, Read a diverse book, A 5 star predicted book, A book that takes place in college

I have fallen in love with Alice Osemans writing, it was so easy to read and flowed beautifully. It was a great story about academic students going through the process of university interviews, and end up figuring out the difference between what they thought they should do, and what they want to do with their lives. It highlights the problem with our society and how we’re pressured into decided what we’re to do for the rest of our lives when we’re barely through adolescence. It was another very important book and would definitely read more from this author.

4.5 stars

 

 

 

3/ I Am Still Alive – Kate Alice Marshall36849537

Format: Hardback

Length: 314 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read the group book, A book which takes place outdoors, A book which takes place somewhere other than where you live, Read a thriller, Freebie

I was expecting this to be a mix of suspense, thriller, and survival, but all I got was survival. Of course, I wanted to know how/if she survives in the end. But the story didn’t really develop from there. The main character mainly just complains about the fact her dad was killed (not a spoiler, it’s in the blurb) and she was left in the wilderness. I got a great feel of the atmosphere though which was chilling, and possibly the best bit of the book.

3 stars

 

 

 

233015454/ The Sleeper and The Spindle – Neil Gaiman

Format: Hardback

Length: 72 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book by a favourite author, Read a book in 24 hours, Read a book less than 100 pages

I devoured this within half an hour, and I loved every second, wishing the novella had another 400 pages after it. Neil Gaiman just has a way with words, he’s like a wizard of literature. He was able to blend together two of my favourite fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White), and also add his own whimsical, dark twist on a brilliant story. The Queen took a feminist lead, and took matters into her own hands, and the Sleeper was not a typical girl ‘waiting for her prince to come’. The story flowed in such a way it felt like it came straight from the collections of Grimms Brothers or Hans Christian Anderson, but with a modern twist and dark atmosphere. 

5 stars!

 

 

 

5/ Life of Pi – Yann Matel170453

Format: Audiobook

Length: 319 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book that takes place on a boat, Listen to an audiobook

I felt quite underwhelmed with this unfortunately. I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting to be honest, but if I knew it was primarily about religion I would’ve been prepared. I’m not religious, and I have nothing against it or those who are, it was just more difficult to find any kind of connection to the story. Overall I liked the story, I just didn’t get the ‘wow’ factor.

2.75/5 stars

 

 

 

UNFINISHED::

33857632Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer

Challenges: Read Letters to the Lost

Progress: 222/388 pages

 

 

 


 

 

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