Because Dragons Readathon

Can I do another readathon at the same time as TimeHopAThon? Maybe not, but I’m going to try anyway! It’s a fantasy themed readathon (intro post here) and it runs from tomorrow (20th February) to the 26th February.

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Challenges:
1. Read a diverse fantasy book. (could be #ownvoices, could be a POC author, could be a diverse cast of characters, or set in a part of the (real) world you are not familiar with)
2. Read a fantasy book with a steamy romance.
3. Read a fantasy book with purple on the cover. (any amount is sufficient)
4. Read the next fantasy book in a series. (continue a series or start a new one)
5. Read a fantasy book with dragons in it. Because, duh.

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Top Ten Books Where The Romance Could Be Improved

So I think I am finally getting the hang of this Top Ten Tuesday thing from Broke and Bookish. Apart from how I continually forget to post on a Tuesday and forget to link back to the blog!

So, in honour of Valentine’s Day, this is my top ten books which could have been improved if the romance was non-existent, better, more diverse etc.

It is posts like these where I’m glad I started entering all the books I’ve read on Goodreads. Makes it so much easier.

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#DiversityBingo Update

This is my first update post, mostly to just remind myself that I am trying to fill out all thirty six squares on this bingo. I’m taking part in #Diverseathon this January and that is going well-ish. I’ve finished one book and started the second so there’s that.

In January, I read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler and Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath. Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer also had some bisexual/pansexual side characters in it but no labels were used and it wasn’t any of the main characters so it won’t be included on this.

Rejected Princesses – Diverse Non-Fiction. Short passages on women around the world who don’t quite fit into the Disney Princess ideal but are still awesome and terrifying. A very enjoyable book.

Kindred – MC of Colour in SFF/Black MC (Own Voices)/POC on the Cover. This book could fit any of these categories so as I read on, I’ll decide which one it fits in best. For the moment, I’ll go with Black MC (Own Voices). 

If I finish Twelve Years a Slave for #Diverseathon then that’ll be Diverse Non-Fiction as well. If I finish Tale of Genji (all 700 pages of it), then I’ll put that as West Asian Setting and it’ll be in my February update.

I found a great post for #DiverseBingo which includes list of recommendations. Here ohbookish gives a list of recs for the first line of the Bingo card. I’m definitely going to be checking some of them out.

Holiday Booktubeathon Wrap Up

This was a quick little readathon that I didn’t do as well on as I could have, partly because I was ill but partly because I was torn between how many things I had to get done by the end of the year and then getting none of them done because I couldn’t decide what to work on.

I finished The Games which was a near-future thriller with Frankenstein’s monster outsmarting his creators. And then killing loads of people. It wasn’t a deep thinking kind of book, the characters weren’t terribly well-developed and the whole subplot with Pea didn’t seem to fit very well with the rest of the plot. However I read this book in one sitting because it was fast-paced and action-packed. If you’re looking for a quick book that doesn’t require much thought, then this is definitely the right book.

I read part of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition). I know the story already but I was re-reading it now I got both Illustrated Editions for Christmas. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and I am so glad they decided to produce these copies. Really, really nice.

I’m halfway through The Final Empire and I am really loving it so far. It’s more of a heist book than I thought but the world-building and the magic system is just brilliant and I really like the characters so far. I need to finish this so I can return it to the library on Tuesday but that shouldn’t be a problem. I’m very glad I picked this book up!

During this readathon, I read a lot of other books on my Kindle. Quick books that didn’t require much thought but did take up my time I could have spent reading the books for this readathon. However it was an enjoyable few days nonetheless and I’m glad I took part!

Top Ten Best Books of 2016

The great thing about the end of the year is you get to make posts about ‘5 best….’ or ’10 worst…’ and then ramble on. I decided to do the ‘Top Ten…’ meme by The Broke and the Bookish otherwise I would have quite happily talked about twenty books and this post would have stretched on and on and on.

This post does not mean that I think that these books are all objectively the best but they are the ones I most enjoyed this year. I have done books I have read this year, rather than books that have been published this year.

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