To Best the Boys

To Best the BoysEvery year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.

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Tome Topple Round 8

Tome Topple is also on Round 8! This readathon is focused on reading big books, so those books that are over 500 pages which intimidate you. I have so many books like this and this Tome Topple I am going to use the opportunity to knock some of these books off my TBR. Plus two of them are due back to the library at the end of April so I really have to get on them.

This round is running from the 13th – 26th April, so over two weeks. There is some slight overlap with Alphabethon but only one day so I’m not too worried.

The Goodreads group is here and the Twitter is here.



  • Read an adult book
  • Read a tome that has been on your TBR the longest
  • Read a tome in a genre you don’t normally read
  • Read more than one tomes
  • Read a tome that is part of a series

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Alphabethon Round 8


I’m already doing two readathons during the month of April, both of them long ones, but I love doing the Alphabethon and when I saw the next round was during April, I knew I would have to take part in it. Round 8 is all about the letter ‘H’ which means books that have the title or author’s name start with ‘h’.

This runs from the 8th to the 14th April and the twitter is here.


  • Since April showers bring May flowers- read a book that has rain or flowers on the cover.
  • Read a book with double H’s. Ex. Title and Author’s first name.
  • Read a Huge book (400+ pages)
  • Read a Hardback book
  • Read a Historical Fiction book or a book with a Historical moment in it.
  • Hook, line, and sinker – read a book that reeled you in from page one. ( When choosing your TBR, go ahead and read those first pages)
  • Read a book that has a character that has a name that begins with H.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange TreeThe House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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March Wrap Up

This was the month of one of the worst reading slumps I’ve had in the last couple of years. Normally if I’m not picking up any books, I’m listening to audiobooks on the way to work but I haven’t been working much lately and I’ve been listening to music instead of audiobooks. I DNFed a book because I just wasn’t feeling it and I just felt guilty every time I listened to something else.

That worked to some extent but it still wasn’t a great month for me creatively. I wanted to do so many readathons and novel planning but it just didn’t go how I wanted, especially for the first half of the month.

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April TBR

I haven’t been doing so good with these TBRs for this year so far but I’m hoping to get back on track now. This month is the month of the O.W.Ls readathon and Camp Nanowrimo and, while I have a very long TBR for the readathon, I always like to read non-fiction when I’m trying to do Nanowrimo.

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