My GIANT October 2021 TBR | can I complete two readathons?!

It’s October! The season of cosiness, autumn, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and plenty of Gothic, spooky books.

This month, I am actually posting a to be read/possibility list, because I want to participate in two readathons, and therefore there are lots of books I want to complete. So far, I’ve read two books in October (though none are on my TBR…), so I’m already doing quite well I think!

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Books I Want to Read This Summer!

It really does feel like summer is checking in here in the UK! It has been hot, and it’s got me thinking, of course, about what I want to read this summer. Let’s take a look at my TBR…

I am planning on doing a “summer of series” this year, which I’ll talk about later on, but I’m only sketching that out to be the six week summer holiday (as I’m a teacher!), so all of these books are the standalones I want to dive into. This TBR is therefore pretty short, because I have many other books to read…

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My Book Cart! | what is a book cart and how to use one

Ever since Matilda pulled her cart home from the library, stuffed with books, I’ve wanted my own portable bookshelf too.

Back in the years of 2018-2019, smaller versions of Matilda’s book carts were all the rage on bookish Instagram and YouTube! And after thinking about it for a long time I decided to get one about two years ago.

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5 of My Favourite Spring Reads

Spring is finally feeling properly here. There’s the smell of cut grass in the air, birds are chirping far more than normal, and the occasional frost crunches under my boot.

I bloody love spring. So, I’ve tried to bring in some of my favourite books to enjoy at springtime in the hopes that you’ll enjoy them too.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This book screams of new beginnings, new friendships and romances, and the opening acts of summer. Especially considering what’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s the perfectly uplifting book to help get you through some dark nights. Elizabeth is such a spritely character, I challenge you to find a better spring classic!

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

On a whim, I asked a bookseller at a Waterstones in London to recommend me his favourite book, and Siddhartha fell into my hands. It’s about a man who goes on a journey of discovery. Spring is all about finding yourself anew and throwing off the constraints of winter. If you’re looking to renew yourself this spring, it might be worth seeing how a classic did it too.

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The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy

I noticed yesterday a rather large buzzy bee who was annoying my dog. I actually thought it was a hornet at one point, and got a bit scared, but it made me smile when it buzzed off to go and find some more flowers. I think bees are beautiful, and so is this collection of poetry by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. A sunny poetry collection perfect for a weekend outside.

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A Room with a View by EM Forster

This one is more summery, but I think it speaks of new beginnings and being yourself. Following your heart, if you want to be so cliche. As it is, I love EM Forster, and as A Room with a View is probably his most famous and the first I read, I have to recommend this one. It’s nicely short, so will take an afternoon with a blanket to read.

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Of course, I had to add on another romance. The Song of Achilles is one of my favourite books, and I challenge you to find one people love more! It’s beautifully rendered and brings Ancient Greece vividly to life. I highly recommend this one, and it’s perfect for reading in the sunshine and tucked up in bed.

Those are some of my favourite spring reads. What are some of yours?

Until the next time!

TBR | O.W.Ls Magical Readathon 2020!

Hello all! It’s that time of year again – for the month of April, I, and many Witches and Wizards, will be taking my OWLs (or Ordinary Wizarding Levels for those Muggles out there). To learn more about it, head to this link. This readathon is run by the lovely BookRoast!

The OWLs work by the fact that you pick your career, and do the OWLs that are associated with it. This year, we also have the opportunity to do extra training! Me, being the extra person I am and also having 2 weeks of Easter holidays to fill, I have books for all 12 prompts.

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Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

What’s this?! A Sprinkled With Words blog post?! I know, count it as a March miracle.

Anyway, today I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is a meme started by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is top ten books on your spring tbr [to be read] and believe me, I have a bunch! All of these books apart from #8 are already on my shelves!

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Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019| tbr

Hello all! Tomorrow is the first day of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and I’m excited to share my TBR with you guys. I know it’s kind of late in the game, but I’ve only just come back to university, so didn’t quite know what books I would have on me.

There are 7 reading challenges, but as I can’t get the group book at the moment, I’ll be aiming to complete six of them. You can check out the reading challenges here!

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Why I Stopped Setting TBRs

Truly, I am terrible at sticking to a schedule.

I make my to-do lists daily and on my phone because I regularly delete and add things. I double-book myself on the regular. I actually list lateness as one of my characteristics.

So it surprises me that, for many months, I have been setting TBRs. Especially considering that, apart from readathons, I don’t think I’ve ever completed them.

I stopped setting TBRs for a similar reason I stopped setting myself reading challenges – because I stopped caring what other people think about my reading.

I was introduced to setting TBRs by the online book blogging community, and whilst I don’t necessarily think they’re a bad thing, I never used to set them before. That makes me feel like I only set them because everyone else did.

The good side of TBRs is that I’m likely to read more, but the downside is that they really stress me out. And another good side is that I read books that have been on my bookshelf for absolutely ages, but I am such a big mood reader that I pick up these books and end up not enjoying them as much as I may because I’m not in the right head space for them.

Setting TBRs does make me excited because it’s another chance to get through the sheer amount of books on my bookshelf, but I’m glad I’ve stopped setting them. For me, it’s much more fun being able to pick a book off my shelf when I fancy it rather than working my way through a pile of books that I wanted to read at the start of the month, but 25 days later are not looking like my cup of tea right now.

I’d love to know what you think about setting TBRs – if they’re something that you regularly make yourself, or if you, like me, have given up on making them!

Until next time,

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