My Top 5 Books of 2019!

I know it’s quite late on into 2020 already, but I still wanted to share my top books for 2019 – just in case you’re already looking for more reading material!

These are in no particular order, though my 4 honourable mentions at the end didn’t quite make it into the top 5.

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2020 Reading Goals

It’s been a hot minute since I last posted – June, apparently. But I want to get back into blogging in 2020, because I love it and I miss it so much.

Today I thought I’d share with you my 2020 goals for reading and this blog! Last year, I read 53 books in total, which, considering how busy I was, I think is pretty good. I want to read about the same this year, as my TBR is constantly getting bigger!

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7 Of My Anticipated 2019 Releases | blogmas day 20

Today I thought I’d share just 7 of my most anticipated 2019 releases! I really want to get my mitts on all of these! I’ve tried to put them in date order for their releases. There are probably books I would be ridiculously excited for but don’t know about yet too, so I might do another one of these books in the future! 

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The Marvel Readathon 1.0 | days 5, 6, and 7 | wrap up!

I can’t actually believe it’s been a week since I first started this readathon, and now it’s all over! I have had such a great time, although I wish that I could’ve got more people reading. Hopefully, next time I’ll give more notice and get more people to join in! Thank you so, so much to everyone who read, Tweeted, blogged, commented, and liked posts on both my blog and the readathon blog, I hope that you had a good time reading and celebrating the OGs.

I didn’t post at all on Days 5 or 6 because I was a) very, very busy, and b) travelling! Anyway, with that said, I would love to catch up with the challenges I missed, beginning with Thor! This challenge was to suggest a mythological character you’d love to drop into the modern day. I think that I would really enjoy seeing Heracles brought back, as well as the gods themselves. I think it’d be really interesting to see what they would make about other religions and the modern world.

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Day 6’s challenge was based around my favourite boo, Hawkeye, and the challenge is to shout out a reading buddy who’d keep lip about Budapest! Of course, I have to tag my lovely reading buddy Natalie.

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And day 7’s challenge was inspired by all 6 of them: the Avengers themselves. This one was to say your favourite moment from the 2012 film, and I have to say that the battle of New York was my favourite scene, but if I had to break it down? It would be this moment (or, perhaps, the one with Hawkeye above where he jumps off the roof):

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The slow-mo here that speeds up almost immediately afterwards just gives me shivers!

And now for what I spent literal hours on: the reading. I had 6 books on my TBR, and I managed to read… 5, and get partway through the 6th. Here they are in order of what I read, plus the page count.

  1. Black Widow: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, 4/5, 149 pages
  2. Hawkeye: Hunted by Meagan Spooner, 4/5, 374 pages
  3. Thor: Circe by Madeline Miller, 4.5/5, 352 pages
  4. Hulk: Mythos by Stephen Fry, 5/5, 416 pages
  5. Iron Man: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 3.5/5, 172 pages
  6. Captain America: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, 244/384 pages

So overall, I read 1707 pages, which I think is pretty good going over the past week!

On Day 5, I didn’t read anything, and on Day 6 I read whole of Mythos by Stephen Fry, which was very good by the way. I travelled home, which is why I didn’t blog as I didn’t really have the time – it takes me about 4 1/2 hours to get home from University!

I had such, such a great time hosting this readathon, as well as actually reading and doing all of the challenges. If you participated, I really hope you enjoyed it too! thank you so much for joining in!

I’m planning on holding the next readathon at the end of July, but make sure to keep up with the ‘thon blog and Twitter for the dates and challenges of the next readathon. And yes, I’ll stop spamming you with Marvel readathon stuff…. for now!

Until the next time, Hx

The Marvel Readathon 1.0 day 4 update | Black Widow

It’s over half way through the readathon now, which feels a bit unreal!

Today I finished Circe by Madeline Miller and I was going to start book 4 of the readathon but I was so tired and instead i took myself on a treat to the cinema and watched Deadpool 2!

Oh my gosh, it was so good you guys, I really recommend it! Like, I would pay to go to the cinema again just to watch the end credits, truth be told!

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Anyway, so I’ve read 3/6 books now, and 875 pages overall! I’m pretty happy so far, and hopefully I’m going to be adding up more over the next 3 days!

Today’s day honours the one, the only, Black Widow and the challenge is to suggest a book that you’d read when you chill out at Avengers HQ, so I think that one I would read would be something like The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. It was such an enthralling, delicious book & I would highly recommend it!

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Anyway, I’m not sure whether to pick up Mythos or The Winner’s Curse next, but I guess I’ll find out tomorrow!

Until the next time, Hx

The Marvel Readathon day 2 | Iron Man!

Hello all! It’s the second day of the readathon and I thought I’d share an update of my reading thus far!

I spent the day at a really lovely estate in Norfolk, I’ll be sharing a full blog post later but for now here have a pretty picture:

Anyway, I didn’t think I would read that much today but I actually read a whole book! The book I read was Hunted by Meagan Spoonerwhich was 374 pages, so 374 + 149 brings my total of the readathon so far to 523 for the readthon so far which I think is pretty good going!

And today’s challenge is to share my reading spot. I read a little beside the lake at the estate, but I came home and finished the book on the sofa with a really lovely cup of tea, so here is a photo of that!

The sofa isn’t always the comfiest place but it was pretty good. For some reason, I read this book really fast, and zipped through about 100 pages an hour. It was great!

Anyway, today is celebrating the modern OG, Mr Tony Stark himself – Iron Man!

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If you want to join in with the readathon, hop over to the blog or the Twitter, and hit up my Twitter if you want to keep up with me! ;P

Until the next time, Hx

Marvel Readathon 1.0 | day 1 update | Captain America <3

Hello friends! The Marvel Readathon started today (follow the Twitter and the blog, and I run it so yes I will be promo’ing at all times) and I thought I would share the first day. If you want to take part, there’s always time to join in! All you have to do is, well, read, but if you want to connect on Twitter or WordPress, go for it.

Anyway. Each day, I’ve decided to run challenges and today’s is to say hello in a Marvel gif. I’ve shared this gif so many times now but every time I see it it makes me smile!

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Anyway, if you want to read my TBR then head to this link to my previous blog post, but today I managed to already scrawl one of them off. Today I read The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter meaning that I read 149 pages. It’s one of the shortest on my TBR and therefore didn’t take me that long at all, but yay one already knocked off the list!

Anyway, today honours the OG of the OGs – Captain Steve Rogers.

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Much love for this guy.

Until the next time, Hx

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2018 | the final stats

So Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon finished about three hours ago and I thought I’d share my final stats, following the post I did half way through the readathon.

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Coffees consumed: 4
Teas consumed: 0
Diet Cokes drunk: 4 1/2
Tears shed: 2
Books read: 2
Comics/graphic novels read: 3
Pages read: 1393
Hours read: 10 (ish)

So there’s all my stats! I’m really impressed with how much I read – 5 books in all! Here’s a list + ratings.

  • Shakespeare: Text Into Performance by Peter Reynolds – 3.5/5
  • Black Widow: Deadly Origin by Paul Cornell – 3/5
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy – 4/5
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – 5/5
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – 4/5

My favourite book of the readathon was 100% The Song of Achilles – I absolutely LOVED this book and am gutted I didn’t read it sooner. I know it won’t take me long to reread, and I’m so excited for Miller’s new book, Circe!

I will be reviewing all of these (or the latter three, at least) on my review blog in the upcoming days/weeks if you’d like to check that out!

Overall I really enjoyed the readathon. The atmosphere around this readathon is always brilliant, and I think next round I might even sign up to host a mini-challenge…!

Did you partake in the readathon? If so, how did it go for you?

Until the next time, Hx

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon | the halfway point! | April 2018

We’re 12 hours in to this April’s Dewey’s readathon, and I thought I would do a quick update, because so far I’ve actually been reading quite a lot! (My eyes are tired 😦 BUT I downloaded an audio book so I might try that soon!)

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Coffees consumed: 3
Teas consumed: 0
Diet Cokes drunk: 4
Tears shed: 1
Books read: 1
Comics/graphic novels read: 2
Pages read: 1066
Hours read: 7? I think? (Should probably be timing this!)
Current read: The Song of Achilles, p281/352

I actually can’t believe I’ve been reading all day! I’m nearly finished with The Song of Achilles but I’m think going to stop reading and have a bit of sleep. I am 100% expecting to bawl when I finish it so I’m not sure when exactly I want that crying spree to be! However, I’m reading it so fast, I think it’ll won’t take me too long, especially as there are only about 80 pages left.

Are you participating in the readathon? How is it going for you?

Until the next time, Hx

4 Children’s/YA Authors You Should Read At Least 1 Book Of!

Hello everyone! Today I thought I would share some authors I think everyone should read at least 1 book of in the children’s / YA genre.

All of these authors have a big place in my heart, and I think that they’re brilliant. And yes, they are considered children’s authors, but I would honestly recommend them to any age – I would definitely read all of them now!

  1. Michael Morpurgo
    Image result for michael morpurgoMichael Morpurgo is a story maker, or at least that’s how he describes himself in one of his autobiographies, Singing For Mrs Pettigrew. He writes books that often centre around animals and history, and outcasted individuals. Some of his famous books are War Horse, The Wreck of the Zanzibar, Butterfly Lion, and Kensuke’s Kingdom. I would recommend starting pretty much anywhere, but any of his more famed books are always a good place to start.
  2. Rick Riordan 
    Image result for rick riordanRick Riordan is one of my personal top 3 favourite authors, so of course I’m going to recommend him! His novel list is substantial, which means that there are lots of places to start (although of course I would suggest either Percy Jackson or The Kane Chronicles). Rick’s books are full of action, friendship, myths, and in his new series (now that he has the publisher’s hooked), Rick is bringing out more and more diverse characters. I’m excited to see where his new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, will go.
  3. Image result for enid blytonEnid Blyton
    Have you ever met a British adult who has not read at least one Enid Blyton book? Enid Blyton is such a staple in most homes, and I would highly recommend reading her! Personally I started with Malory Towers and that will always be my favourite series, but the Famous Five, Secret Seven, or Twins at St Clare’s books are also good places to start.
  4. Terry Pratchett
    Image result for terry pratchettAnd finally, the king of weird lit and fantastical novels: Terry Pratchett. Pratchett passed away in 2015 but his novels are still read but many, many people – including me! All of his books can be read as standalone but reading them in series may help. You can head over to my Discworld Reading List, where I’m recording what I’ve personally, read, but just Google it if you want to learn more of where to start!

I hope that this has given you a place to start! Perhaps you’re looking for a book for a young reader or you’re looking for yourself (no shame in looking for kids books, don’t worry!), but I hope that you’ve discovered something!

Until the next time,

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