Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019 – Day 4 Blogging Challenge!

Having participated in the wonderful Biannual Bibliothon for years, and even winning a book a couple of years ago, I was astounded and incredibly excited to be chosen as a host for this year’s winter version. This is one of my absolutely favourite readathons, and I’m so excited!

If you didn’t know, the Biannual Bibliothon (BIBIB) is just that – a readathon with YouTube, blogging, and Instagram challenges, as well as Twitter sprints, that takes place twice a year. The dates for this readathon are January 12th – 18th, and there are reading challenges too on the BIBIB YouTube.

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately #4

I’ve been reading so much already this year, and I thought I’d share with you guys what I’ve been reading! I’m thinking I might do this every week as some of you guys have commented that you loved reading these (thank you so much! <3)!

December

Since my last post, I read 3 books at the end of the year:

  • The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie 3/5 – not as good as previous novels of Christie that I have read, and a little confusing, but still good! I probably won’t be watching the TV series, which is why I read this!
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes 3.5/5 – okay read, fairly interesting, but only one character really captured me and then I didn’t feel like he really had justice done!
  • Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco 4/5 – my least favourite of the series so far – Cresswell was not done justice! But I still loved it.

January

I’ve read 5 (5!!) books since the start of the year, and here they are:

  • Spark by Alice Broadway 3.5/5 – this one was slower than it’s first book, but I’m ready for the final book!
  • A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly 3/5 – this was disappointing as I was so excited about it, but the main character, Mattie, was fantastic.
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 5/5 – I absolutely loved this book! I related so much to Willie and just loved the book as a whole.
  • The Librarian by Salley Vickers 4.5/5 – I kept reading for the characters of this wonderful book. They felt like real people, and that’s a mark of a great storyteller.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie 5/5 – this was a fantastic Christie! Even though I actually knew the murderer going in (thanks, critical essays, for spoiling books), I was constantly questioning myself, and the ending was still shocking! I wish I hadn’t known but that wasn’t the book’s fault.

So here are some books I read lately! Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?

I recommend books based on your blog #7 | Taryn and Her Books

I recommend books based on your blog” is a bi-monthly series where I recommend a different blogger three books based on their blog content and blog design! 

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This week, I’m recommending books to Taryn from Taryn and Her Books. Taryn is a relatively new blogger – blogging since August 2018 – although she’s been on bookstagram and book Twitter way before then! She reads and blogs a lot about diverse literature, so I’ve tried to reflect that in my recommendations too. (I am trying to read more diversely as well, but I’ve been more conscious of my recommendations this time around.)

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Top 6 Books I Read In 2018!

As it is the last day of the year, I thought I would share my top 6 books of 2018! Not all of these came out in 2018, but they were the favourites of the 103 (!!!) books I read. I’ll be doing a 2018 reading wrap-up tomorrow, because there’s still time to read for the rest of the day!

Is it just me that thinks this year has been ridiculously long?! Thank goodness I made a 2018 Favourites shelf on Goodreads, otherwise I would not be able to do this list at all… Anyway, speaking of that, these books are just in the order I read them!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas folks! If you celebrate this holiday, I hope that you have a wonderful day full of food, friends, family, laughter, and love.

Today’s blog post celebrates the end of blogmas too, so here’s my top 5 favourite posts of this season of blogmas:

  1. Harry Potter Spin-Offs The Fans Really Want
  2. How Do I Read So Many Books?
  3. Books I Bought This Semester
  4. Why I Love Harry Potter at Christmas Time
  5. The Icelandic Reading Tradition

I have really enjoyed blogmas this year, and I hope that you have enjoyed reading my posts too! And if you’ve been writing your own blogmas posts – well done to you! I hope you had fun writing them all.

Until the next time! ❤

The Icelandic Christmas Eve Book Giving Tradition | blogmas day 24

I would love to visit Iceland. It’s such a beautiful country, and not only that but it publishes more books per person than any other country in the world. Doesn’t it sound like heaven?

The written word is bound up in oral storytelling, and, like many cultures, the Icelanders told a lot of stories – it’s where we get a lot of Norse mythology from! So it’s really no surprise that Icelanders read a lot. Fun fact: apparently one in 10 Icelanders will publish a book!

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately #3 | blogmas day 22

I’m back with another one of these posts because I’ve read 9 books since the last one! I’ll try and do one more before the end of the year too, because although there’s only 9 days of the year left, I’m still hoping to read a bunch! Hyperlinks in the titles are to reviews on my blog.

For uni, I read:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (4/5): I completely forgot how great this book was! Flynn’s writing style is honestly amazing, and I really want to read more of her novels.
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (4/5): another reread, this book has completely changed my life and I owe it a lot. Plus, it’s a great book too; Capote’s writing is something else.
  • City of Glass by Paul Auster (3.5/5): this was a really bizarre novel but I actually really enjoyed it? I think I’ll read the rest of the trilogy – they’re only novellas anyway!

And outside of uni, I read:

  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (5/5): god this book was honestly incredible. It really made me think about things being, well, lost and found. I loved it.
  • Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson (4.5/5): this was part of a blog avalanche I did, and it was such a fantastic book. I really related to Ro, the main character, and when it comes out next year I really suggest you read it!
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (4/5): this book was perhaps a little young for me, but still scary and exciting! I’m looking forward to book #2 coming out.
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (3/5): I found the writing of this book both a bit difficult and yet brilliant to deal with, but the story was something I struggled with more. Still, it was an enjoyable read.
  • Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell (2/5): I feel very bad because this was a gift but I really did not like this book. It was dull, dragged on, and even the murder, which should have been really interesting and clever, was boring…
  • Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (5/5): I LOVED this book! It’s one of my absolute favourites of 2018, and I so recommend it! My review went up just yesterday, so check it out if you’d like!

I’ve actually read a lot more in the past three weeks than I thought I had, and some really great books too! Have you read any of these? Do you want to?

Book Review | Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

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1915. War with Germany has been raging, but the Isles of Scilly are largely unaffected. That is, until a girl washes up on the shore of one of the islands, and rumours about her begin to circulate. A stunning story about love, justice, community, surprisingly poignant for the modern day.

Michael Morpurgo, if you didn’t know, is one of my absolutely favourite authors, and this wonderful book of his definitely did not disappoint.

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