Read-a-thons

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019 TBR!

It’s the first readathon of 2019, and it’s the next round of the Biannual Bibliothon! Twice a year we are treated to a bunch of video, blog, Instagram and reading challenges, as well as giveaways!

It is taking place from 12th – 18th January and has 7 reading challenges. We can double-up on challenges but no more. This rounds hosts are MissSassyKassie, Little Book Owl, Brittni’s Book Find, The Booktube Girl, Little Red Reader, Zarriah Rose, and Dylanisreviewing. In order to keep up-to-date on the action and any reading sprints, there are Twitter and Instagram accounts, and also their YouTube channel. The live show for the group book takes place on 19th January on their YouTube channel!

Below are the reading challenges and also my TBR:

 

~~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

 

 

37569318Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean

YOUNG ADULT; FANTASY

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

Pages: 384

Goodreads

 

 

 

31931941Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia

YOUNG ADULT; CONTEMPORARY; MENTAL HEALTH; ROMANCE

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

Pages: 405

Goodreads

 

 

 

464164Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling

CHILDREN; FANTASY; MAGIC; ADVENTURE

Challenges: Read a book that got you into reading.

Pages: 317

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

43305952Fire and Heist – Sarah Beth Durst

YOUNG ADULT; FANTASY; DRAGONS

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

Pages: 290

Goodreads

 

 

 

 

13455462The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

ADULT; CLASSIC; FANTASY; PHILOSOPHY

Challenges: An adult book.

Pages: 177

Goodreads

 

 

 

So those are the books I’m planning to read for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019! Are any of you participating in this readathon? If so, what books are you reading? Are you also participating in the blog/instagram/video challenges? What are your reading plans for the rest of January? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

 

Abbie xxxx

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Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts Wrap-Up! [2018]

The final wrap-up of 2018 is a readathon wrap-up! This was the third instalment of the Magical Readathon that we were treated to by the lovely Gi @ BookRoast! Because we are not allowed to double-up on these challenges, I thought I would have a harder time getting them completed.

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Finish your coursework (finish your current read)
Help Hagrid decorate the trees (book with a golden detail)
Visit 3 Broomsticks for muller pixie wine (a read that should only take you a day/evening)
Attend a Yule Ball (book you’ve been preparing yourself for)
Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library (read a banned book)
Attend the Christmas Feast (watch a Harry Potter movie)

 

 

1/ the witch doesn’t burn in this one – Amanda Lovelace35924698

Format: Paperback

Length: 192 pages

Goodreads

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

This was a very good poetry collection! Not as good as the Princess collection, but still enjoyable, albeit a bit repetitive in parts. I got a lot of feminine power from it and I loved that! I still adore Lovelace’s poetry writing. I would recommend the collection and looking forward to the Mermaid collection next year!

4/5 stars

 

 

 

2/ The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand

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Format: Paperback

Length: 416 pages

Goodreads

Challenge: Finish your coursework (finish your current read)

This was so much better than I was ever expecting! I loved all the references to A Christmas Carol and it was a brilliant twist on the original. I really wasn’t a fan of the romance though, and I found some of Holly’s choices were a tad questionable. The ending I really didn’t see coming, and I’m glad what I feared what was going to happen, didn’t happen. I breezed through this and thoroughly enjoyed this perfect Christmas read!

4.75/5 stars

 

 

3/ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling224912

Format: Paperback

Length: 251 pages

Goodreads

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

A re-read of a favourite, of course I loved it still! There’s not much I can add to the profound love of this series. I adore the characters, the storyline, everything! And I cannot wait to continue on with my re-read of the series.

5/5 stars!!

 

 

 

4/ The Crimes of Grindelwald Screenplay – J. K. Rowling39337278

Format: Hardcover

Length: 272 pages

Goodreads

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

The screenplay from the movie of the same name. Even though it’s a screenplay of a film I’ve already seen a couple of times, there isn’t much to add. But within the book is beautiful illustrations and it’s always great to re-visit the story without going back to the Cinema to watch it again!

5/5 stars!!

 

 

5/ The Dark Between Stars – Atticus Poetry

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Format: Hardcover

Length: 240 pages

Goodreads

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

I am amazed with Atticus’ skill with words. I cannot describe how he manages to communicate things I cannot do so! It wasn’t as impactful as the first poetry collection, and I didn’t have as many tabbed, but I still loved it all as a collection. And again, the photography that goes along with the pieces are beautiful and the book honestly feels like a work of art.

4/5 stars

 

 

6/ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Image result for deathly hallows part 2

Format: DVD

Length: 2 hours 10 minutes

Challenge: Attend the Christmas Feast (watch a Harry Potter movie)

I have been re-watching the Harry Potter movies all through December, and I delayed watching the finale so that I can include it into the readathon challenge! I still tear up at the end and I always love the story no matter how many times I watch it, read it, or spend copious hours researching on wiki.

5/5 stars!!

 


Number of Challenges: 5
Number of Books Read: 5
Completed Challenges: 5

 

So have any of your participated in this readathon? How did you do? Did you enjoy what you read? Have you also read any of these books, and if so, what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

 

Abbie xxxx

 

 

Read-a-thons · Wrap-Ups

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

 

Read-a-thons · Wrap-Ups

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