Read-a-thons

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

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

Read-a-thons

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