I can’t believe it’s May already! Here in Australia it’s getting cold and wet at times as it turns into winter, so I’ll be doing a lot of reading in coffee shops and on trams. There’s only one readathon I’ve got planned for this month and that is the Harry Potter readathon which starts on the 15th May.
I’ve found this perfect readathon right around the time that I was thinking that I want to reread the Harry Potter series. What timing! It runs from the 15th May to the 6th August (just before I fly back to the UK). The schedule for each book is here but you don’t have to follow it!
For this readathon (tumblr here), the plan is to read the entire Harry Potter series, the Fantastic Beasts screenplay, the Cursed Child screenplay, the four Pottermore short stories and the three companion books (Tales of Beedle Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages). I have most of them on my Kindle, the exceptions being the screenplays and Bard and Beasts companion books. Hopefully I will be able to get them from the library but if it doesn’t happen, it won’t be the end of the world.
There will be challenges, bookmarks, quizzes and basically, it just looks like a really fun time. Tumblr FAQ!
I’m really looking forward to it!
I was worried that when I started to work, the amount of reading I would do would go down. Thankfully I can read on trams so when I’m on the tram for an hour round-trip, I get a lot of my reading done then. Let’s not talk about how I’ve stayed up late finishing a book I couldn’t put down and then was so tired the next day. Definitely not as many books as in March, but I am doing Camp Nanowrimo at the same time!
Books I Read
- Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
- Rose Petal Graves (ARC)
- The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1)
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
- Captive Prince
- Muddy Waters (Otherwhere #1) (ARC)
- Three Daughters
- Frostbite (ARC)
- Strawberry Summer (ARC)
- The Upside of Unrequited
- Code Silver
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
- Boy Meets Boy
- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
- The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
- Starting From Scratch (Housemates #5)
- Breakaway (Scoring Changes #1)
- An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2)
- Broken Angels
- Mask of Shadows (ARC)
- Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1)
- Helping Hand (Housemates #1)
- Childhood’s End
So I thought this would be hard. I really enjoyed Starting From Scratch, The Dream Thieves, Strawberry Summer and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before but I think my favourite book of the month was Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It was just so enjoyable and light, with some great conflict and a really sweet romance.
Least Favourite Book
Rose Petal Graves. God, that book was a slog. I enjoyed parts of it but the main character was just so aggravating with her character swinging between irrational and logical so fast that I couldn’t get a handle on how she was going to react. It was a shame that the world-building and plot were good, I just couldn’t get past the characters.
Reading and Writing Goals Update
I took part in three readathons this month and I discovered that month long readathons are too long and I’m horrible with dates when they start on any other day apart from Monday. I did the Tome Topple readathon, the A Very ARCish readathon and the Readathon of Kings. I think I did pretty well at each readathon and wrap-ups for the latter two will be coming later this week.
I’ve filled 22 squares on the Diversity Bingo square and I found this interesting post on Tumblr about the ‘own voices’ tag can force authors to be out with their sexuality and gender before they feel ready. That’s not saying #ownvoices isn’t important, because it is (article here) but I will say that if I can’t find the author having willingly put their gender/sexuality bio on their website, I won’t be messaging them asking if their book is #ownvoices.
I’ve read 6 books on my Beat the Backlist challenge, I read 8 books for Flights of Fantasy and I’ve read 96 which mean I’ve beaten my Goodreads challenge of 80 books. I won Camp Nanowrimo (which means I reached my word count of 50k) but I have to finish my novel in this month of May. I’ve started doing reviews on Goodreads for every book I read and the longer reviews on my blog. Feel free to friend me on Goodreads if you want to follow all my reviews!
This is a blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme this week is ‘covers’ so I decided to do five of my most favourite covers and five of my least favourite. Now I’ll be going through my Goodreads list here so I’ll probably miss some but oh well.
For me, a good cover is one which makes me pick up the book but it’s also one that makes me want to purchase a physical copy of the book after reading it on my Kindle. A bad cover puts me off reading the book at all.
(all covers link to Goodreads)
From the fertile hills of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant townhouses of Georgetown, Three Daughters is a historical saga that chronicles the lives, loves, and secrets of three generations of Palestinian Christian women.
Born in rural Palestine, just before the dawn of the twentieth century, Miriam adores her father and is certain his love will protect her, but she soon finds that tradition overrides love. Uprooted by war, Miriam enters a world where the old constraints slip away with thrilling and disastrous results. Miriam’s rebellious daughter, Nadia, is thrilled with the opportunity for a modern life that her elite education provides. But when she falls in love with an outsider, the clan reins her back with a shocking finality. Nijmeh, Nadia’s daughter, is an only child and the path her father, the sheikh, sets for her is fraught with difficulties, yet it prepares her for her ultimate journey to America, where she finds her future.
Each woman, in her own time and in her own way, experiences a world in transition through war and social change…and each must stretch the bounds of her loyalty, her courage, and her heart.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
A book blogger meme hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks blog where the three main categories are:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released