Hello everyone! How are you today?
I’ve been quiet for a few days now and it’s pretty much due to finishing stuff off. Last week I took my end of year exam so I’ve officially finished my Uni course for this year, had my birthday in the first week of December (20 years old!) as well as finishing off some books for readathons, which I’ll talk about now.
OKAY, the first readahon I’ll be going through is Tis-The-Season-a-thon. This went from the 2nd of December to the 8th of December. Altogether there were five prompts + the bonus book. You were able to work these prompts anyway that’s good for you. I managed to complete the five prompts but not the bonus book which was 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. My main priority was the prompts so I consider this a success!
A Book With Snow on the Cover, A Holiday Themed Book
How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan & Joanna Schupe
This book covered two prompts. As it had snow on the cover and each story was set in Christmas. Pretty straight forward.
This was a fun Christmas read. I’ll be honest, I saw Tessa Dare and knew I had to read it. I had never read anything from the other authors so it was a great way to sample there work. This was a Christmas anthology with 4 novellas with 4 authors. This was a pleasant read, although, as they are novellas each story felt rushed at the end. In some ways each story did feel a bit repetitive. It wasn’t amazing but I got what I want out of it which was a fun historical romances that were set at Christmas time. I did love how there was a small connection within each story with the shortbread biscuits. That was cute.
A Book You Read While Enjoying You Favourite Holiday Treat, Book titled Related to Music
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This was my first time reading the book. I found a great audiobook on YouTube to read a long with and pretty much went through this in one sitting. This was great for lounging with on bed with my hazelnut latte. I am really happy to have finally read this and I did enjoy it. The last chapter made me so happy and had me smiling.
The only con for me was the language. The only reason why I don’t read classics is because the language can make me feel disconnected. That did happen quite a few times but was able to take the basic information with me throughout the story. Reading along with the audiobook did really benefit me.
A Book You Received as a Gift
Geronimo Stilton Reporter #4: The Mummy With No Name
Publication: January 2020
For the final prompt I read and ARC I received from NetGalley so it was like a gift to me.
This was a cute, quick read. Geronimo Stilton is a series that gives me nostalgia as I read it all throughout primary school. They are fun, goofy reads and I enjoy them as they hold a soft spot in my heart. Fun with a mini mystery on the side.
I will say though that I prefer the novels to the graphics novels but still fun to read. Also, as these are targeted towards a younger audience the mystery wasn’t obviously complex but sometimes it’s good to read these stories too.
Next readathon is the Triwizard Readathon. This went from the 9th of December to the 15th of December. There was a miimum of reading two books so that’s what I did.
Blast-ended Skrewt – Book Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This was a book outside of my comfort zone due to the topic as it was around a major world event, the Islamic Revolution. This was an autobiography told through a graphic novel form. I definitely learnt a lot especially with the treatment of women. I did like how it was told in graphic novel form as for me it was easier to follow. It was very moving and made me feel so many things and I’m so happy to have read this as I learnt a lot.
Make sure the trophy isn’t a portkey and read a book involving any kind of travelling
The Survivng Trace by Caia Reads
This was the perfect read for me right now. It was what I needed. It wasn’t flawless as I even saw spelling errors (missing letters) but it didn’t decrease my reading experience. For time travelling it’s usually hundreds of years in the past so it was nice to read about it set in the early 1900s. What I really liked as well was that it wasn’t just her travelling to that time and trying to work her way around. It was how there was already a version of herself in that time (1915) that she replaced and she’s now trying to fit in with the life that’s already been set up for her. Although, it seems like not many people liked her previous self.
I loved the whole setting of the story and it was cute, funny and I fell in love!
So, that is my readathon progress so far. I still have The Currentathon going on as it’s for the whole of December. Some of the books I’ve read for my other readathons can fit prompts for it so that’s really handy. I’m also contemplating with joining the Winter Magical Readathon hosted by G. Even though I’m a few weeks late it’ll be all good as she has mentioned, if you’d like, you can do it at your own pace. Still not sure but I love the amount of effort G has gone into it, she’s incredible!
Thanks for reading!
Until next time…