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A Very Merry Readathon 2018 Wrap-Up!

I’ve finished my second readathon of December and I’m definitely in a Christmassy mood! I have been really enjoying the Christmas-themed readathons and I’m happy with myself that I managed to complete all the challenges! I guess I am feeling determined to finish as many books as possible before the end of the year! Some books have been swapped around from my TBR, but nevertheless all challenges were completed!

 

~~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.

 

 

1/ My New Crush Gave to Me – Shani Petroff33158563

Format: Kindle

Length: 266 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book that is set during the holidays, Read a book with a Christmassy colour on the cover.

Incredible cheesy and not-at-all original… But I still enjoyed it and it made my heart flutter from the cuteness. It read like a typical winter rom-com, you knew what was going to happen, but you still wanted to see the ending… and I actually loved the idea of planning a romantic Secret Santa to show your feelings, it was cute and well-done! Such a cute, quick, christmas read! I never really like ‘love triangles’ and communication problems, but it seemed to work in this book, and the female friendships were really good. I enjoyed the main character as she was sensible in dealing with her emotions and was not typically naive like I see in loads of rom-com scenarios.

3.5/5 stars

 

 

 

390885081/ Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul – Nikita Gill

Format: Hardcover

Length: 176 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with illustrations, Read a book that was gifted to you.

I can’t even begin to explain how amazing this collection was. It flowed beautifully from different fairytales and folklore we all know, and each and every one had a superb re-imagining; not only with feminist views but also general self-empowerment, believing in yourself, and being more understanding of others’ pasts. Each imagining was clever and well-thought out, and the writing was lyrical and mesmerising. I tried to list all the ones that stood out to me, but I was writing down about 98% of the pieces! There was a good mix of poetry and short stories, and didn’t feel forced or dragged out. It was perfect – I will re-read this to my children one day.

5/5 stars!!

 

 

 

1/ Very Good Lives – J. K. Rowling23731881

Format: Hardcover

Length: 74 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book because you wanted to. (Also qualifies for ‘Read a book with illustrations’)

I quickly swapped this book from another I had on my TBR because it can lead on into the next readathon. I am so happy I read this, I knew J.K. Rowling gave a speech at Harvard but I never got around to watching/listening to it, and my God! It is so inspirational. My favourite quotes were “The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.”, and “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case, you fail by default.” Would recommend this to EVERYONE. We can all take something from this speech.

5/5 stars!!

 

Those were all the books I have read for the A Very Merry Readathon, completing all 5 challenges! What books have you been reading recently? Anyone sprinting to the end of the year to complete their reading goals? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

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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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Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts TBR! [2018]

This is my final readathon of the year and the 3rd part of my December TBR! I’m so happy that Gi planned this readathon and gave us another piece of the Magical Readathon! This round is based around Christmas at Hogwarts and follows a pathway system – you pick your own path to get to the end, and each step is a different reading prompt. It will take place from 17th – 26th December, it is longer than a standard week long readathon because (as with previous rounds of the Magical Readathon) you cannot double-up of any of the challenges! There are 5 reading challenges in total. So you need to have one book for each step in the path. As I mentioned earlier, this readathon has been created and will be hosted by the amazing Gi from Book Roast.

Below is the map of the pathway, and all the available reading challenges can be found on the Announcement video

Christmas at Hogwarts readathon

 

Finish your coursework (finish your current read):37677906

The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand

Pages: 416

Goodreads

YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, RETELLINGS, PARANORMAL, CHRISTMAS

 

 

 

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39337278Help Hagrid decorate the trees (book with a golden detail):

The Crimes of Grindelwald Screenplay – J. K. Rowling

Pages: 272

Goodreads

FANTASY, FICTION

 

 

 

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35924698Visit 3 Broomsticks for muller pixie wine (a read that should only take you a day/evening):

the witch doesn’t burn in this one – Amanda Lovelace

Pages: 192

Goodreads

POETRY, FEMINISM

 

 

 

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38926444Attend a Yule Ball (book you’ve been preparing yourself for):

The Dark Between the Stars – Atticus

Pages: 240

Goodreads

POETRY, ROMANCE

 

 

 

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Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library (read a banned book):

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling

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Pages: 251

Goodreads

CHILDRENS, FANTASY

 

 

 

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Attend the Christmas Feast

watch a Harry Potter movie (optional)

Of course I’m not making this optional!

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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! What are you guys reading? Are you taking part in this readathon? 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