Well it is once again time for one of my favourite Read-a-thons for the year.
It’s the Winter Biannual Bibliothon time.
Once again the amazing hosts have made some great challenges that I will hopefully be completing although I do have a couple of books that I can double up with if I need.
So onto the Reading Challenges and the books I have chosen:
Challenge 1: Read the Group Book – Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Challenge 2: Read one of the hosts’ 5 star reads – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Challenge 3: Read a book that got you into reading – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Challenge 4: Read an adult genre – Vicious by V. E. Schwab
Challenge 5: Combine your favourite genres with your least favourite format or the opposite – Toil and Trouble by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe
Challenge 6: Read a book with a cover you don’t like – Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi
Challenge 7: Read a book by an author you’ve never read before – Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
As per normal there are video challenges however this time around I will not be participating in them. I will though be doing a vlog over the week.
Other challenges that I would like to participate in are the Instagram and Blog challenges through the week.
The Instagram hosts are:
And the Blog hosts are:
Tracey from Truffle Reads
Libby from Libby Reads
Becky from Coffee Cocktails and Books
Hannah from Sprinkled with Words
Danielle from Poetry Books YA
Jackie from Evil Queen Books Blog
Megan from Under the Book Cover
So today’s topic is Winter TBR and as always because I am in the Southern Hemisphere it is actually Summer here so I am just going to list some of the books that are going to be on my TBR over the next few months.
& The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
I have started the first one yesterday and both are on my TBR for this week’s Christmas at Hogwarts readathon.
Catwoman by Sarah J Maas.
This book has been on my TBR for ages so I really want to sit down and get to it.
A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J Maas
I’m not quite sure about when I am going to start this series. I really want to but I think I should finish the Throne of Glass series first.
Circe by Madeline Miller
I did start this book a while ago but I feel like I need to start it again to do it justice.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
I was going to read this in October and then I had my reading slump so I want to get to this soon.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
This is a reread for me but I want to reread it and then go on with the series.
Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi
Like Circe I had previous started this but I want to start from the start again.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I was highly anticipating all year and then it got released in the middle of my slump. A lot of groups also had this book as their pick and I really really want to pick it up soon.
Vicious by V.E Schwab
Many people have raved about this book for years and since the second book has finally come out I MUST read it.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I am seriously in a Harry Potter marathon mood right now so I am going to marathon all 7 books and each of the movies after I have read the books
So G has done it again and created an amazing readathon starting today all they way until the 26th of December. Now this readathon is a little bit different in that the reading prompts are in a choose your own adventure layout.
You can check out G’s video explaining it all here and but here is the pathways that you can follow:
So the idea is that you follow the footsteps to find your way to the Christmas Feast at the end of the readathon.
Here is a list of all the stops and their reading prompts:
Finish your coursework – finish your current read
Help Hagrid decorate the trees – book with a golden detail
Have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins – a book you think will be humorous
Visit 3 Broomsticks for muller pixie wine – a read that should only take you a day/evening
Exchange presents at your Common Room – read featuring/about friendship
Sneak into the kitchen to gift dobby odd socks – read that has an item of clothing on the cover
Attend a Yule Ball – book you’ve been preparing yourself for
Fly around snowy Hogwarts grounds – building on the cover
Put on your knitted sweater from Molly Weasley – read with present parents or a focus on family
Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library – read a banned book
Bring a festive treat to Hedwig at the Owlery – animal on the cover/title/series name
Attend the Christmas Feast – watch a Harry Potter movie
So the path that I will be taking is:
Finish my coursework: I have only just started The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
Visit 3 Broomsticks for muller pixie wine: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Exchange presents at your Common Room: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Put on your knitted sweater from Molly Weasley: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Attend the Christmas Feast: Harry Potter Movie Marathon
I will also be vlogging this readathon and posting it on my BookTube channel at the end so please check that.
Let me know if you are also participating in this readathon.
So this week is a Freebie week and I have decided to do a past topic that I haven’t done.
I chose my top 10 books I could re-read forever and I might be cheating a little by adding some series that I would re-read the entire series.
Covenant Series by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas
Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco
Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling
Ok doing this list has now got me really excited to re-read these books and I am going to do that over the holidays.
Ok so it is fair to say that it has been a difficult month and a half, and most things in my life have been affected but in particiular all of my hobbies that I normally get a lot of enjoyment out of.
Everything in my life was moving along nicely and I had a pattern. Well I did until my partner of 8 years decided it was time to have a conversation about our relationship and where it was going. Always a great thing to hear…….
Now I know that breaking up of a relationship is not the end of the world but it is still a very difficult thing and as this is my first relationship I do feel like it makes it that much harder. Now don’t get me wrong, I do know that this was coming as he had changed his thoughts on getting married and having kids from when we first started, but this is the person that I have been with since I was 18 and there is a huge difference between thinking that break ups should occur and actully going through it. So needless to say there has been some tears.
One of the hardest things is the fact that we have the same friendship group so it is really important that we are still friends and this is especially important as we own a house together and have decided to rent it out for 12 months so that we can build up seperate deposits for our own places in the future, but it has left me with an entire house to pack up and try to fit into my old bedroom at my Dad’s place. On top of that I have been using his car for the last 5 years so I had to quickly buy a car.
There has just been so many things going on and also because we are in the lead up to Xmas I am already busy most weekends and now I have the pressure of people wanting me to move ASAP. Unfortunately this has all meant that I haven’t had the time or the patiences to sit down and write posts or even finish editing the videos I already have filmed.
I hope that you all understand that I have needed this break for my own welfare and not adding any extra presure on top of what is already going on. I am working on the back list of post and videos but I am more focused on making sure that I have my love of reading as an excape not just another task on my very long to do list.
Ok that is enough about my personal life.