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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

Goodreads

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

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In Love-athon 2018 TBR!

Sorry this is really late! My family visited for the weekend and I hadn’t gotten the chance to post my TBR. The theme for this is Valentine’s Day! The challenges are set around those books that feature romance and love and all that cutesy deliciousness! I don’t typically read much romance, but tis the season!

The hosts for the readathon are: HardbackHoarder, Paper Faerie, The Bookish Babbler, Tiny Book Dragon, Cristina’s Journey, and jordyn, discombobulated.

The dates of this readathon are 9th February – 15th February 2018.

It was one of those rare and beautiful occurrences where a lot of the challenges fitted with books I am already looking to read very soon, so here is my TBR!

I’m already doing quite well, and on track to completing most of the challenges. But I’m not pushing too much, as the Contemporary-athon is also starting tomorrow, and most of the books here would also fit for those challenges as well! You only need to aim for 7 of the 10 challenges, but I’m over-ambitious!

 

1/ Love, Life and The List by Kasie West 35068742

Challenges: 1. Read a book from your favourite romance author, 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover.

Goodreads

I’m slightly twisting this, but I’m halfway through The Fill-In Boyfriend and I am seriously enjoying it, so I’m classing Kasie West as my favourite romance author after only half a book (sue me). This is also fulfilling most of the Contemporary-athon challenges, so I’m picking it up when both the readthons overlap! Planning skills.

 

 

 

171609012/ Rapunzel by Brother’s Grimm

Challenges: 3. Read a book with a prince/princess, and 4. Read an original fairy-tale and watch the Disney movie or a film adaptation.

Goodreads

I’ve already completed these, so more detail will be given in my wrap-up, but I was so excited to read an original fairy-tale then watch the adaption. It was such a fun and interesting challenge and I want more readathon’s to incorporate this kind of challenge!

 

 

 

3/ Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 13584792

Challenges: 2. Read a book that has your favourite romantic trope, 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover, 9. Read a classic love story, and 10. Read one of the hosts favourite Contemporary/Historical Romance books.

Goodreads

I’m not sure if quadrupling on challenges is allowed, hence why I got other books which fit the other challenges, but this is my main read for the readathon! I read this years ago for school and wasn’t too fussed about it, but I want to re-read it and see if my feeling have changed.

 

 

 

186677794/ Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Challenges: 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover, and 8. Read a LGBTQ+ love story.

Goodreads

This book I bought as a cover buy, and has been sat on my shelf for ages. I’ve never had a reason to pick it up… until now! I heard good things about this, but also some ‘meh’ things. So my expectations aren’t massive, and I’m hoping it’s at least quick and enjoyable!

 

 

 

82853245/ Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Challenges: 6. Read a book that takes place in a location where you would love to spend Valentine’s Day, and 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover.

Goodreads

I’ve had this on my shelf for too long, and it is set in New York, which is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day! I love the movie so I know what the main plot is, and it’s a short book so I should get this done very soon!

 

 

 

186604476/ The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

Challenges: 2. Read a book that has your favourite romantic trope, 7. Read a book with pink or red in the cover, and 10. Read one of the hosts favourite Contemporary/Historical Romance books.

Goodreads

As I mentioned above, I am already halfway through this and I’m liking it a lot more than I thought! I felt that this readathon was the right time to bite the bullet and finally dip my toe into the Kasie West hype! I don’t tend to read romance, but I am finding her writing really enjoyable.

 

 

Challenge 5/ Read a book while eating some Valentine treats.

 

I can incorporate this into any book I read really, and I have a lot of treats to snack on! Some Love Hearts and chocolate shall be eaten!!

 

So are any of you also participating in the Inloveathon? If so, what books are you planning to read? Any of these books you’ve read? What did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2018 Wrap-Up

Well, I’m only just getting around to this and the readathon ended a week ago, but better late than never, eh! I managed to complete all but one challenge, which I think makes it a success. If I complete over half the challenges, I class it as a successful readathon! I really much stuck to my original TBR, so there weren’t any sudden changes which is also a success for me!

 

 

1/ Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller [Goodreads]35963670

Challenge: 1. Group Book

Format: Library

page count: 368 (368)

 

I thought the premise was interesting and it definitely kept me hooked, I wanted to find out what was happening with the Locked-In Syndrome conspiracy! The main character was not very likeable, as I found him quite arrogant and really impulsive however it does seem that was intentional. It did bug me that the ‘damsel in distress’ was the main plot, as it was made quite clear she was fully capable of taking care of things herself! I don’t know if I would continue the series, but I still enjoyed it!

3 stars!

 

 

136022342/ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer [Goodreads]

Challenge: 2. Read a sequel, and 7. Read a blacklisted book (publishes before 2017)

Format: Paperback

page count: 452 (820)

I’m so glad I decided to continue with the series! I loved Scarlet, and the relationship between Cinder and Thorn really reminded me of Flynn Ryder and Rapunzel with their banter and witty comments. The story was really interesting and I felt it moved at a great pace! Its 400 pages plus but it didn’t feel like that at all, and I’m really keen to see how the story progresses!

5 stars!!

 

 

3/ Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes [Goodreads]35710320

Challenges: 5. Read a book mentioned in another book/movie/tv show

Format: Library

page count: 256 (1,076)

This book was mentioned in Everything, Everything, and since reading that I’ve been wanting to read this. I honestly haven’t stopped thinking about this since I finished it! I can best describe it as Forrest Gump undergoing an experiment to boost intelligence. I thought it was written superbly, as during the times Charly had a low IQ the author had deliberately written those chapters with loads of spelling mistakes and lack of grammar to mirror his intelligence at that time! The character growth was incredible and it really makes you think about intelligence and whether it gives you happiness. I took it out from the library but I’m definitely buying my own copy!

5 stars!!

 

 

 

4/ Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley [Goodreads]29231988

Challenge: 4. Read a book about mental illness

Format: Paperback

page count: 256 (1,332)

I had this book on my radar for a bit and have very recently acquired it after hearing loads of positive things about it. It’s about a boy who suffers from panic disorder and agoraphobia, but he is portrayed as someone much more than that, that he is a sweet kid with a nerdy side and great sense of humour and not just ‘the one with a mental illness’ and that’s such a positive message in this book!
I loved the development and growth that Solomon goes through, and the complexities of friendships and your sexuality. More though on my Goodreads review!

5 stars!!

 

 

 

293785175/ Lady Susan by Jane Austen [Goodreads]

Challenge: 6. Read a book under 200 pages

Format: Library

page count: 119 (1,451)

I never would’ve expected Jane Austen to write such a character! Especially at the age of 19 in 18th Century England! Cleverly written in letters, and well thought out. Lady Susan shows no shame and flirts/seduces men, single and not, in order to get what she wants. And within this short but packed story, secrets and plans unfold and I can’t really go into much detail because it’s such a short, quick-building story!

4 stars!

 

 

So those are the books I read for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon! I finished all but one challenge (read a book you’ve never heard of) with a total page count of 1,451. I’d love to know whether you participated in this readathon, and if so, how did you do?

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons · TBR's

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2018 TBR!

It’s time for another readathon, and the first one for me to start the year off! This is a readathon hosted by a variety of awesome booktubers twice a year (once in Winter, once in Summer) and includes reading challenges, a group book, along with video challenges, blog challenges, and instagram challenges! So there are a lot of things going on! I’m only partaking in the reading challenges and the group read.

This years hosts are: emmmabooks, Little Book Owl, Kelly’s Bookspill, Little Red ReaderThe Booktube Girl, Brittni’s Book Find, and dylanthereader5. There is also a page dedicated to the Biannual Bibliothon found here! Here’s also their instagram and twitter to keep up to date!

The dates of this readathon are 20th January – 26th January 2018, with the Group Book Chat on 27th January.

It was one of those rare and beautiful occurrences where a lot of the challenges fitted with books I am already looking to read very soon, so here is my TBR!

 

1/ Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller 35963670

Challenge: 1. Group Book

Goodreads

A book written by an actor from one of my favourite TV shows ever? Yes, please! From what I heard, this is about a virtual reality universe/game. Which I feel is getting a lot of buzz recently, possibly because of the upcoming movie release of the adaptation of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, so I am here for all the virtual reality books! Give them all to me!

 

 

 

136022342/ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Challenge: 2. Read a sequel, and 7. Read a blacklisted book (publishes before 2017)

Goodreads

I have had this book on so many TBR’s since reading the first book of the series, Cinder! I have no idea why I haven’t been able to pick it up in over 6 months, but here we are, it’s on my readathon TBR so I AM GOING TO GET TO THIS BOOK. All I know is that it’s a sci-fi retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and I looove the sound of that!

 

 

3/ Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes 35710320

Challenges: 5. Read a book mentioned in another book/movie/tv show

Goodreads

This book was mentioned in Everything, Everything, and since reading that I’ve been wanting to read this but didn’t really see it anywhere so it went on the backburner for a while, until this readathon was announced! I was able to put it on hold at my library and have now picked it up ready to start reading! And I know literally nothing about this book, I remember it being mentioned but can’t remember what else! What I gather from the covers are that it’s about a mouse?

 

 

 

362753854/ Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Challenge: 3. Read a book you’ve never heard of before

Goodreads

I picked this book up at Waterstones using a giftcard I got for Christmas, I saw it was a short book with a pretty cover, and reading the synopsis dragged me in. It’s about a girl who aspires to go to film school, however a terrorist attack occurs and the main suspect happens to share her last name. It seems to battle the topic of Islamophobia which is so relevant in today’s society and I haven’t heard of a book which battles this before! So, I’m excited!

 

 

5/ Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley29231988

Challenge: 4. Read a book about mental illness

Goodreads

I had this book on my radar for a bit and have very recently acquired it after hearing loads of positive things about it! It’s about a boy who suffers from agoraphobia, and I mentioned in my T5W 2018 Wishlist post that I wanted to see more mental health books with a male protagonist, and this comes along! I can’t wait to get around to this book, it gives me Under Rose-Tainted Skies vibes and I eagerly want to start reading this book!

 

 

 

293785176/ Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Challenge: 6. Read a book under 200 pages

Goodreads

I had taken this book out from my library just before New Years so I can bump up my reading challenge, but I didn’t get around to it. Mainly because I wanted it to be included in my 2018 reading challenge instead because I want to read all of Jane Austen’s books this year. It’s a very short book (just over 100 pages) so it shouldn’t take my long to read! And I also want to try and get to some of the Little Black Classics which are easily accessible at my library (yay!).

 

So are any of you also participating in the Biannual Bibliothon? If so, what books are you planning to read? Any of these books you’ve read? What did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx