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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

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Books I Didn’t Get to In 2017!

“–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritise in 2018.”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!

Apologies for no T5W post last week! I had already done a post about my “bookish goals” for 2018, so I didn’t want to duplicate that. But I liked the sound of this week because I could relate SO HARD. I had so many books I wanted to get to at once, there were just simply some I couldn’t get to, and still haven’t been able to get to!

 

5/ City of Bones by Cassandra Clare24885537

I was meaning to start this series last year, but it just kept getting pushed back as there were just other books I wanted to read more. It’s not that high on my priorities, but it’s still on my ‘next read’ shelf by my bed, so that’s something!

 

 

 

 

 

 

132067604/ Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

This has been on so many TBR’s ever since I read Cinder in summer. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up. I’ve always ‘almost’ pick it up, but I just haven’t!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch27833670

I don’t know why I hadn’t gotten to this, I was planning to read it around autumn time when it’s dark, cold, and creepy, because this felt like the perfect thriller to read around that time. But various readathons came up and I lost track of time, next thing I know the season has passed and it’s time to get into the winter/Christmas spirit…

 

 

 

 

 

126001382/ Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A movie adaptation that even my non-reader friends are talking about, and that’s saying something! So I wanted to pick it up when everyone else was reading it, but I have started it now and should have it finished before the movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/ We Are The Ants by Shaun David HutchinsonWe Are the Ants | Book by Shaun David Hutchinson ...

I’ve been scared to pick this up, I’m not gonna lie. I’ve heard so many positive things about it, I feel like it’ll give me too high expectations. I’m hoping to lower my expectations and get into it shortly!

 

 

 

 

So are there any books which you wanted to get to in 2017, but run out of days in the year? Any of these you’ve read and want me to prioritise the most? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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A Letter to the Book Community – A Thank You

Let’s first rewind to about a year ago, I was reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell after seeing it recommended on Zoella’s beauty channel as part of her ‘Zoella Book Club’ with WHSmith. I gravitated to this book and this book only in the selection because the main character had anxiety and was going to college, and also because the exclusive cover was is yellow i.e. my favourite colour. Upon finishing this book, I had so many feelings and thoughts that I needed to vent. None of my friends read much so it was boiling up inside me. Thus I turned to YouTube and typed in ‘Fangirl Review’, and I came across a review from the one and only polandbananasBOOKS and I FINALLY found someone talking about literally the same feelings I had and felt a million times better! Strumbling across that video was like finding the door to Narnia at the back of the wardrobe; a door to a whole different world I never knew existed! My life truly changed from this day, I discovered more BookTubers, the idea of TBR’s and Wrap Ups and book hauls and bookshelf tours! I was instantly drawn in and addicted.

It’s safe to say, I’ve fallen back in love with reading. I can even say I’ve fallen in love with it even more now; it’s become a part of my life which I can’t do without. Everyone I have met/spoken to online has been so incredibly friendly and I truly feel like I have found my place! I love books, and this community almost feels like a second family to me now. I find myself a lot happier than I ever was, and that is purely down to reading and my discovery of the book community.

I can never personally thank every single person I have interacted with in the last year, but just know, if you have ever left a comment, replied to my comments, or liked any of my posts, then this thank you goes out to you, for helping me little by little feel welcome and happy within the book community.

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

January Priority Reads/TBR [2018]

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Happy new year, readers! The beginning of the month means TBR!

How I do my TBRs is slightly different, I instead have a ‘Priority’ list of books; 3 as my ‘main priority, 2 as an ‘average priority‘, and 3 as my ‘lowest priority. This basically organises which books I want to get to the most. Of course I may not stick to this during the month. I also may include extra books I wish to read which didn’t get added to my Priority Reads but still wanted to pick up.

So in January, I hope to read…

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1. A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab

2. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

4. Lost Boy – Christina Henry

5. Scarlet – Merissa Meyer

6. The Rose Society – Marie Lu

7. Every Day – David Levithan

8. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

 

So what books are you hoping to read this month? Which are you starting your reading year with? Any of these you read, and if so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

DECEMBER WRAP-UP! [2017]

The final month of the year, and one hour until midnight (in the UK) and I completed 100 books, which is double what my reading challenge was! I’m so thankful for all the books I was able to read this year, the good and the bad. I have learned what books I enjoy, and genres that weren’t my cup of tea. I hope to explore more amazing stories, but until then here are the books I read in the final month of 2017!

 

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 5                 •  Contemporary – 7
  • 2 star – 1                • 100-200 pages –  3            •  Classics – 1
  • 3 star – 2                • 200-300 pages – 3             • Fantasy – 3
  • 4 star –  6               • 300-400 pages – 0             • Mystery/Thriller – 1
  • 5 star – 5                • 400-500 pages – 0            • Author gender:  7 female/ 7 male
  • total – 12 books!       •500+ pages – 1

 

                Total pages: 2,095!!

Not my greatest, but despite it being the busiest month of the year, I was very pleased to what the amount that I did!

 

 

26847374LOWEST RATING – THE GROWNUP

Author: Gillian Flynn

No of Pages: 79

Goodread Rating: 2.75/5

It was just weird, and not in a good way! The main character is basically a fraud ‘palm reader’ and ends up being dragged into a family matter she had absolutely no business in. The ending felt so abrupt as well and brought no explanation whatsoever. I don’t understand why Gillian Flynn decided to have this published; it doesn’t really do anything and is very forgetful. Luckily it was a very quick, easy read. I did like the writing though so I will pick more of her stuff up later.

 

 

 

A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees24874345

Author: Yoshida Kenkõ

No of Pages: 51

Goodread Rating: 3/5

I read this so I could end the year on 100 books. It was enjoyable for a short story. Some passages I really enjoyed, especially the one about books. But a lot of them felt outdated, which is not surprising seeing as it was first published in the 14th Century!

 

 

 

31368214Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

Author: David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

No of Pages: 240

Goodread Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed this as I did the first one, but I didn’t feel as connected with them. It felt like a lot of the flame had died out and the characters felt a bit out of place, especially as we jump ahead to a year later from the ending of the first book. I will say though, it does picture the realness of relationships and the struggles of coping with another half of whom is not feeling like themselves. Something I can definitely relate to.

 

 

 

The Julian Chapter20878809

Author: R. J. Palacio

No of Pages: 84

Goodread Rating: 4/5

I loved Wonder at the beginning of the year, my only downfall was that we didn’t get Julian’s point of view, maybe because it wouldn’t have flowed well with the message of the book. But I’m glad to have finally got his POV, it gave more understanding to Julian as a character. Although it doesn’t negate the nasty things he did/said, it does give him more depth and more of a back story.

 

 

 

 

26365537Kindred Spirits

Author: Rainbow Rowell

No of Pages: 96

Goodread Rating: 4/5

I heard this was a short story based around a girl going to the premiere of the new Star Wars film, and what came out this month? The next Star Wars film! So I felt this was perfect to read whilst I was in the Star Wars bubble, and it was really good. I’m back into loving Rainbow Rowell, because some things I haven’t liked from her. If this was a full novel, it would’ve been up there with Fangirl definitely!

 

 

 

Quidditch Through the Ages31702362

Author: J. K. Rowling ( Kennilworthy Whisp)

No of Pages: 219

Goodread Rating: 4/5

I just love reading about ‘history’ and I highly praise J.K. Rowling for the immense detail put into this. I really enjoyed it and found it so interesting, especially how the game spread worldwide and developed, and the medieval games!

 

 

 

 

7741325Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Author: David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

No of Pages: 260

Goodread Rating: 4.5/5

The perfect Christmassy book in my opinion! I was a massive fan of the notebook idea and setting each other challenges, it was really fun to read! They dealt with fears and things they wouldn’t necessarily do on their own, and helped them grow and develop. Only downfall was the anti-climactic feeling of when they finally met, as it is built up naturally throughout the book.

 

 

 

A Monster Calls8621462

Author: Patrick Ness

No of Pages: 216

Goodread Rating: 4.5/5

 

After this being on my shelf for well over a year, I picked it up to read during the 24 hour read-a-thon and I don’t know why I had been putting it off for so long. It was so beautifully written and raw. I haven’t experienced much grief in my life so I wasn’t able to personally connect to the emotions in this book. But I still loved it and it will definitely with me for a long time.

 

 

 

30335557Orbiting Jupiter

Author: Gary D. Schmidt

No of Pages: 79

Goodread Rating: 4.75/5

This books was incredibly hard-hitting. In such a short book, I felt for the characters, especially Joseph. I was moved in a way I really wasn’t expecting. My only criticism is that it was too hard-hitting for a middle grade book? It was simplistic as you would expect for a middle grade, but too simplistic for the nature of the book. I felt like it needed more depth, and this would’ve meant it would be for an older audience.

 

 

 

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Author: Fredrick Backman

No of Pages: 79

Goodread Rating: 5/5

This book made me cry, and smile. It tore my heart out in such a little book! It’s my first time reading a Backman book, and his words were so beautiful and poetic. The words and messages can be applied to most, because a lot of us have experiences death and having to ‘let go’, and the importance of holding on to memories. I’ve been thinking about the book ever since I finished it, which is a sign of a truly special book.

 

 

 

35704107A Journey Through A History of Magic

Author: J. K. Rowling

No of Pages: 79

Goodread Rating: 5/5

This was a gift for Christmas from my boyfriend, and it didn’t take more than a few hours for me to pick it up and read it cover to cover! It is near impossible for me to rate a Harry Potter themed book less than 4 stars. I just love the world and learning more about it. Also, the illustrations were incredible as well. There is not much else I could say, because if you love Harry Potter you will understand!

 

 

 

A Gathering of Shadows26236443

Author: V. E. Schwab

No of Pages: 508

Goodread Rating: 5/5!!

The second instalment of the Shades of Magic series, and it was well worth it! I loved diving further into the world and the other kingdoms within Red London. The Element Games were brilliant and it was so entertaining to read about, and the final 100 pages were phenomenal. I need to pick up the final book asap, but I also don’t want to say goodbye to the incredible characters.

 

 

BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF

DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS – COURTNEY C STEVENS (47%)

JANE STEELE – LYNDSAY FAYE (199/432 pages)

STARS ABOVE – MERISSA MEYER (93/369 PAGES)

TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES – THOMAS HARDY (152/480 PAGES)

THE MARTIAN – ANDY WEIR (132/369 PAGES)

 

So what have you read in December? Any new favourites or anything you’d recommend? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!! (and Happy New Year!)

Abbie xxxx

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2018 Reading Goals!

Hello, fellow bookworms! It’s 6pm in the UK on New Years Eve, so I’m thinking about how I will go through 2018 and what I want to improve. I’m also reflecting on a great reading year and thinking about my goals for 2018. I decided to not participate in the year-long challenges, as they made things more stressful and was reading books I didn’t really want to. So I will make a list of books for each prompt, but will only refer to it if I need inspiration on what to read next. It will be taken really lightly, and my goals are more focused on particular authors or genres.

 

1/ Read 70 books

I absolutely surpassed my 2017 goal of 50 books, by reading 100! I want to still have a fairly obtainable goal as I don’t want to set it to 100 and force myself to read. So 70 feels like a good, stable amount of books in the year.

 

2/ Read all Jane Austen’s works

I have all of her books on my shelf, but I never really reach for them. I have read Pride and Prejudice and that was many years ago, so I plan to read all of her published books.

 

3/ Read all Bronte’s works

Along with number 2, I have all their books on my shelves. Luckily this year, Lucythereader is hosting a Bronte Book Club throughout the year, which will have a different book every 2 months for the whole year, which is very doable. I’ll link her video with more info on this if you’re interested!

 

4/ Read all Thomas Hardy’s works

I grew up in Dorset, which is also the birthplace of Thomas Hardy. But I am yet to read all of his works, something I’m ashamed about! So I will hopefully read all his stuff.

 

5/ Do Rainbow Book Challenge

This is just a bit of fun. I just need to read a book of each colour in the rainbow, which wouldn’t be too difficult.

 

6/ Re-Read Harry Potter

Re-watching the Harry Potter movies throughout the Christmas period, I’ve realised how much of the books I have forgotten. So I want to re-read the series.

 

7/ Participate in 5 readathons

I’ve enjoyed the readathons throughout this year, but because it’s my first year back into reading, I wasn’t very well prepared for them! This year I will have more preparation and be more aware of certain readathons during the year. 5 is very reachable and no doubt I will participate in more!

 

8/ Participate in Tome Topple

Something else I wasn’t really aware of until it was too late. I have too many big books on my shelf which I am yet to read. So hopefully participating in Tome Topple will help me read this books and give me more motivation!

 

9/ Read more Poetry and Non-fiction

Both these genres I have only really been exposed to recently, and I have added a lot to my TBR. So I plan to get my hands on more poetry and non-fiction.

 

10/ Finish 4 series

I have a problem with starting series and not finishing them, I think I’m currently in the middle of about 6/7 series! So I want to finish most of these, and including any series I am yet to start.

 

 

So what are your reading goals for 2018? Are you looking forward to the New Year? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

2017 Look in Review

Best Reads of 2017

It’s New Years Eve, and the post I’m most excited about making. My top books I read this year! It’s the first year I’ve properly got back into reading and happy to have read 100 books! From that were loads of amazing books, some shocks and disappointments, but the hardest was to narrow down my favourite books. I’ve somehow managed to narrow it down to 12 books (one for each month?) and it took me such a long time. It was so tough that I needed to put in an Honourable Mentions section. Hope you enjoy! I won’t be going into detail, as I would’ve gushed about them in their respective Wrap-Ups and Goodreads reviews, of which I will link!

 

3007580212/ the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

Poetry

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

11/ The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon28763485

Contemporary

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3570410710/ Harry Potter A History of Magic by J. K. Rowling

Fantasy

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/ Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys7824322

Historical Fiction

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

133581318/ The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Classics

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/ Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie9735478

Classics

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

262368986/ More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Contemporary

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas32613366

Contemporary

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1230c-illuminae-kaufman-kristoff4/ Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Sci-Fi

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

3/ A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas23766623

Fantasy

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5e3a4-97815098395512/ The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

Contemporary

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/ A Darker Shade of Magic V. E. Schwab23403402

Fantasy

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honourable mentions

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There we have it; my favourite books of 2017! What were your favourite of the year? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx