So I have said this before but again when I was a child I was not a reader so for me it was very difficult to find even 10 books that I read as a child but here are some that I have particular memories of.

10 The Faraway Tree Series by Enid Blyton

So I remember having a lot of Enid Blyton books around the house and I used to pretend to read them all the time. I wanted to be a reader really bad but for some reason I didn’t sit down and actually read them until much later.

9 Tashi by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Illustrated by Kim Gamble

I have very fond memories of being in Primary School and my Teacher at the time would read Tashi to the class at the end of the day. I remember absolutely loving the story however I haven’t read them since so I have no idea how they hold up now and I’m not sure if I want to risk my fond memories of this series.

8 The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Terry DiTerlizzi

Such a quick and easy Middle grade series to fly through.

7Roald Dahl

Who doesn’t love Roald Dahl stories.

6 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

I have always loved Sherlock Holmes stories and still love finding new adaptation of my favourite stories.

5 Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales

4 Everything by Dr Seuss

Who could not love Dr Seuss? With all the tongue-twisting sentences and the completely ridiculous stories I was in love.

3 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I have loved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ever since I first heard it and wished that I could find a new world to explore. This story sparked many imaginative worlds for me to play in.

2 Harry Potter

So of course this series is on my list because it is impossible to deny the impact that Harry Potter had on my reading. While it wasn’t the first series that got me into reading it was the first series where the books were over 300 pages.

1 A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I love this series and I owe this series a lot. It was the first series that I read and completely fell in love with and it was the start of my love for reading. Without this series I don’t think I would have believed that I could read a series. And yes I know that these books are short but a series with 13 books in it freaked me the hell out.

happy reading

 

July TBR

Ok so who am I right?????? It has been such a long time since I have posted anything and for that I am so sorry. So before I jump into my most likely wishful thinking TBR list let me just explain what has been going on in my life.

So as you may or may not know my other passion apart from reading is Pole Dancing and everything aerials. Last year I was lucky enough to make it into my first competition for Pole and this year so far I have gotten into 3 Pole comps and 1 Lyra comp so I have been very busy trying to get those routines stage ready. On top of that, I have also started instructing in both Pole and Lyra. This has been amazing although it is taking up a lot of my time lately and I am trying to work on finding the perfect balance of everything I love. So in short time is the reason for my absence. I have just not had the free time to write any posts.

So onto my TBR:

Firstly I would like to admit that this is highly ambitious given how busy I have been and will be for the next month but lets give it a go.

Firstly I would like to read Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

Margaret Rogerson - Sorcery of Thorns

This book has been getting a lot of hype at the moment and sounds really good so I can’t wait to start reading it.

Next I want to read Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson - Truly Devious

This has been on my TBR pile for quite some time now and the third and final book is coming out at the start of next year so I really want to get into this series.

Next I want to read Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Stephaine Garber - Caraval

So with this book I wanted to wait until the entire series was released as I have a feeling that I will just binge it all so it may also mean that Legendary and Finale will also be on this list.

Stephaine Garber - LegendaryStephaine Garber - Finale

And then lastly I’m going to add The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Renee Ahdieh - The Wrath and the Dawn

 

Ok that is all I am going to put on my TBR for this month. Again I realise that this is ambitious and I might be setting myself up for failure but these are the books at the top of my list for now.

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So once again BookRoast has prepared an amazing readathon for April and I am super excited to participate in the OWLs readathon once again.

So the main difference that BookRoast has done this time around is that there’s more of a focus on completing the OWLs and then the NEWTs in order to participate in a chosen wizarding career. I will link the document here that lists the careers and requirements.

As I did last year, this year I am also going to try and aim big so for this readathon and for the NEWTs later this year my aim is to make it as an Alchemist which requires the completion of all 12 OWLs. I do also have some back up careers that do not require completing all 12 and I will break them all down at the end of this post.

But now for the exam requirements for each subject and how I am planning on passing them.

Ancient runes – Read a retelling
Arithmancy – Read a work written by more than one author
Astronomy – Read a book with “star” in the title
Care of Magical Creatures – Read a book with a land animal on the cover
Charms – Age-line: Read an adult book
Defense Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: Read a book that starts with an “R”
Divination – Read a book set in the future
Herbology – Read a book with a plant on the cover
History of Magic – Read a book that was published at least 10 years ago
Muggles Studies – Read a contemporary
Potions – Next Ingredient: Read a sequel
Transfiguration – Read a book with sprayed edges or a red cover

The Grades:

Passing Grades:
Outstanding – Sit (and pass) at least 9 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations – Sit (and pass) at least 6 OWLs
Acceptable – Sit (and pass) at least 2 OWLs
Failing Grades:
Poor – Sit only one OWL
Dreadful – Start but not finish any OWLs
Troll – Don’t show up at your OWLs examinations

So now for the books that I am planning on reading to pass all of my exams

Ancient Runes – A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Arithmacy – When It’s Real by Erin Watt
Astronomy – The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Care of Magical Creatures – The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
Charms – Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Defence Against the Dark Arts – Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Divination – The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Herbology – The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
History of Magic – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Muggle Studies – Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Potions – A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
Transfiguration – Girls of Paper and Fury by Natasha Ngan

So even though my aim is to be able to pass all 12 in order to study to be an Alchemist here are my back ups and what the subject requirements are:

Mind Medic – Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Charms, Defense, Herbology, Muggle Studies, Potions & Tranfiguration

Hogwarts Professor (Potions Teacher) – Defence, Potions and 5 others of my choice

Auror – Charms, Defence, Herbology, Potions, Tranfiguration

So basically the minimum I want to read is 5 books over the 30 days. I will also be doing weekly updates as both a blog and a vlog to track my progress. I have worked it out and I need to read 144 pages per day to complete all of these books which would be a total of 4,294 pages.

I hope you will all join in for this readathon as it is going to be heaps of fun!

Go Slytherin!

happy reading

24 in 48 Readathon

It is that time again for the 24 in 48 readathon and I am really hoping that I can complete this challenge, although I have a hectic weekend planned.

So for anyone that doesn’t the idea of this readathon is that you read for a total of 24 hours in a 48 hour period. Now you can choose to either start in your own time zone (which is what I normally do) or start with the group. For me the group start time is 4pm on Saturday but my only problem is that I have work until 11pm which sucks but hopefully I can get in a few hours once I get home.

The main book I am planning on reading is The Gilded Wolves By Roshani Chokshi but I have also have The Awakening by L. J. Smith which is the first book in the Vampire Diaries series as an audiobook.

Updates

Hour 0: 4pm – at work

Hour 1: 5pm – at work

Hour 2: 6pm – at work

Hour 3: 7pm – at work

Hour 4: 8pm – at work

Hour 5: 9pm – at work

Hour 6: 10pm – at work

Hour 7: 11pm – 32.45 mins of audio book and 30 mins of my book

Hour 8: 12am – yer I crashed

Hour 9: 1am – sleep

Hour 10: 2am – sleep

Hour 11: 3am

Hour 12: 4am

Hour 13: 5am

Hour 14: 6

Hour 15: 7

Hour 16: 8

Hour 17: 9

Hour 18: 10am – watching Harry Potter

 

Ok i’m just going to wrap this up here as it is embarrassing how badly I failed this. I had so much going on and I was absolutely hating the narrator for the audiobook so instead of listening to that I had Harry Potter marathon.

So in total in the 48 hours I read a grand total for 2.5 hours.

On the plus side, next time that this readathon is on it is difficult to do any worse.

happy reading

2019 Reading Goals

Ok I know that this post is extremely late as it is already day 24 of 2019 but I have been meaning to make my reading goals post for quite some time. The problem is that I have been changing up my goals a lot however I am finally happy with them and need to set them in place as I am really lacking in my reading so far in 2019.

Ok onto my 12 reading goals for 2019

  1. Read 100 books for the Goodreads Challenge
  2. Complete Mt Ararat (48 books) for Mt TBR
  3. Read the 6 main Jane Austen books
  4. Track my daily reading
  5. Read 50 pages a day
  6. Complete the A-Z book challenge
  7. Read at least 1 book from my TBR jar per month
  8. Complete 5 book series (Series that are completed but I haven’t finished them)
  9. Participate in 6 readathons
  10. Keep up with The YA Room BOTMs and attend the book club meetings
  11. Read 6 subscription box books that I have either received in 2019 or earlier
  12. Maintain all the book related pages in my Bullet Journal

Other book related goals are:

Blog Goals

  1. Post twice a week
  2. Post a review every month
  3. Post subscription box reveals on my blog
  4. Have posts ready and scheduled a week prior

Booktube Goals

  1. Upload 3 times a week
  2. Have videos ready and scheduled a week prior
  3. Film reading vlogs for all readathons
  4. Film a weekend reading vlog every second weekend
  5. Upload at least 1 review every month

I will also be creating a Reading Goals page on this blog so that I can stay countable to 4 reading challenges that I am aiming to complete.

Also on top of this post I will be doing a video about my challenges where I will go into further detail about them.

Let me know what reading goals you have set for yourself.

happy reading