Blogtober Day Four: Gothtober Readathon

Hello, lovelies! There are so many fun readathons this month, but one in particular caught my eye. I love the title. I love the prompts. I love the books I’ve chosen for the prompts. This month I am participating in the Gothtober Readathon. You can find all the information for the readathon here on their twitter. It’s running all month long, so I have plenty of time to read the books on this list and also read the books on my other TBR lists. Though some books made more than one list. Let’s get right into it.

LGBTQ+

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

BIPOC Author

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Disability Rep

Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

Lies

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Female Protagonist

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Forgien Country

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Modern Retelling

Slayer by Kiersten White

Bones

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Oldest Purchased

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Red

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Undead Character

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Grey Morality

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Dark Academia

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

These are the books I’m hoping to read for the Gothtober Readathon. I love this readathon and I’m so so excited to pick up all of these books.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Pop Culture ReadAThon TBR

Hello, lovelies! Today I’m here with another TBR list, is anyone surprised? Well, this one is a fun one and I have a huge list because there are a ton of prompts. There are four bingo boards to choose from and I decided to choose the team for Family Affair. I love all the movies on this list and I loved the prompts with them too. If you’re interested in more details about the readathon the whole information thread is here. I’m going to leave the bingo board I’m hoping to complete here in my post, but there are three others to choose from.

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Matilda – Read a middle-grade book:

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

The Addams Family – Found family trope:

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Kevin  McCallister – Read a standalone:

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

“Welcome to Good Burger” – Read a book that is related to food:

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

The Parent Trap – Read a book that is written by more than one  author:

Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

Space Jam – Read a science fiction book:

The XY by Virginia Bergin

Jumanji – Read a book set in a “wild” landscape:

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

Now and Then – Read a book with multiple timelines or points of view:

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

The Little Rascals – Read a book 200 pages or less:

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Thomas J – Read a tear jerker:

Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Wednesday Addams – Book with a dark cover:

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

The Mighty Ducks – Read a book with a competition:

The Ballad of  Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Addams Family Values – Read a domestic thriller:

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Dr. Dolittle – Book with a character that has a special ability:

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

“You’re Killing Me Smalls” – Read a book involving sports:

Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters by Emily Roberson (this is a huge stretch but it’s the closest I’ve got)

Billboard Dad – Read a book with  matchmaking:

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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I’m really excited for this readathon. It’s going to be a ton of fun. I’m glad to have a huge TBR too because it gives me lots of options to pick up whatever I’m in the mood for and maybe I’ll actually follow my TBR this time.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Olympic Games TBR

Hiii, lovelies! I’m back with another TBR post. I’ve been trying not to do so many readathons this year because I feel like it stressed me out a bit too much last year. I’ve done some low key without posting anything about it (aside from on Twitter). But this one sounds like too much fun and I have to participate. Here is the link to their twitter which has all the specifics for this readathon. It’s taking place for the entire month of June. I’ve taken the quiz from Uncle Rick’s website and I am a child of Hades (is anyone surprised by this? Because I’m not.) So, there are a few fun prompts and I’ll be listing them with what I  intend to read below (but if you’ve been here before you know I’ll probably read a completely different list of books.) Let’s get into the challenges.

Hades Challenges:

The Ghost King: Read a book featuring the undead.

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Bring a book back from the dead by reading something you have already read before.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

The Underworld is a dark and dreary place. Read a book with a dark cover.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Death comes randomly and without warning. Choose a book from your TBR at random. 

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 4: Rising Action by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Hermes is the only Olympian free to visit the Underworld. Complete a prompt that honors Hermes. [Caduceus: Read a book with a snake on the cover.]

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Optional Advanced Challenges:

Sword & Shield: A book featuring a character whom you would not get along with.

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Monster Fighting: A book featuring magical creatures.

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, & Boya Sun

I’m very excited about this list of books, so hopefully, I’ll manage to mostly stick to this TBR. Are you participating in this readathon? If so, who is your godly parent and what will you be reading?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Amanda’s O.W.L.s Readathon Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! I’m here today to share how I did on the OWLs this year! The magical readathon is one of my favorite readathon’s every year. G, our hostess, puts so much thought and effort into this event and I’m so grateful to her for giving the world this fun and fabulous reading event. So, this year I was aiming for the career of “Trader of Magical Tomes” which required the completion of four specific OWLs. I managed to complete those and more. See my TBR post to get the full details about what I needed to complete. Let’s talk about which OWLs I managed to pass this month!

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Ancient Runes – Heart Rune: heart on the cover or in the title

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favorite genre

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Astronomy – Night Classes: read the majority of this book when it’s dark outside

The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: a creature with a beak on the cover

Kaijumax Season Three: King of the Monstas by Zander Cannon

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

Defense Against the Dark Arts – Grindylows: a book set at the sea or coast

Kaijumax Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly by Zander Cannon

Divination – Third Eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read

The Martian by Andy Weir

Herbology – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with M

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young, Jean-François Beaulieu, & Dean Rankine

(I’m counting this because the title of the volume is ‘madly ever after’ and I don’t have anything else to use for this prompt.)

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: a book featuring witches or wizards

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Muggle Studies – Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary) 

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Potions – Shrinking Solution: a book under 150 pages

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu

Transfiguration – Animagus Lecture: book or series that includes shapeshifting

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Did you participate in the OWLs this month? Did we read any books in common? What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s O.W.L.’s Readathon TBR List

Hey, lovelies! I’ve been trying to chill out with the readathons this year and I think I’ve done pretty well. I’ve participated (low key without posting anything) in a few but nothing too crazy. I’m feeling like I’m heading into a reading slump so I thought the OWLs would be a good way to keep me motivated. If you’re interested here’s the link to G’s announcement video which is where you can find all the details and links.

For the 2020 OWLs, I’ve decided to go with the career of “Trader or Magical Tomes” because doesn’t that just sound wicked cool? The description for this career that G has created literally starts off “Have books always been your one true love?” Like yes, sign me the hell up. I have to pass four OWLs to succeed in this readathon. I’ll explain which four and what their prompts are below, as well as what books I’ll be reading for each subject.

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Ancient Runes – Heart Rune: heart on the cover or in the title

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: a book featuring witches or wizards

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Transfiguration – Animagus Lecture: book or series that includes shapeshifting

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

These are the books I’m (loosely) planning to read for the OWLs, but if you’ve been here before you know that I don’t usually stick to my TBR lists. We shall see how it goes this month since it is a smaller TBR. I might even try to manage some of the other prompts if I finish these ones.

What are you going to be reading in April? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

End of Year-A-Thon: Round Two!

Hello, lovelies! The ever wonderful Vicky @ What Vicky Read and I are back again this year to host one of the final readathons of the year, End of Year-A-Thon! Last year, we came up with this readathon as that last-ditch attempt to reach our GoodReads goals, to read those last few books we swore we’d read in 2019, and to have fun reading with friends in the final few days of the year.

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Somehow my TBR has gotten even longer than it was this time last year, despite reading over 200 books so far in 2019. And I’m sure I’m not alone in this. We all struggle from the ever-growing TBR lists. This readathon is here to help!

Remember all those books we talked about in January that we definitely planned to read in 2019? Well, if you’re like me, you’ve only read a handful of those. We have come up with a few changes to the prompts we created last year, that will hopefully assist in finishing off those last few books you’ve been dying to read before the end of the year.

There are six prompts, which I know seems like a lot, but feel free to use one book for more than one prompt. Combine however you see fit or don’t use the prompts at all, just come and read with us from December 26th until December 31st.

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Read a 2019 release

Read a book with a red cover

Read a book from a series you haven’t finished

Read a book under 300 pages

Read a book released before 2019

Read a diverse book

Personally, I will be selecting one book for each prompt because I’m a lady that needs options to choose from when doing readathons. I’ve already started thinking about what books I will be including in my TBR  for this. My TBR post will be coming in early December, so keep an eye out for that!

Finally, if you want to stay updated on all things End of Year-A-Thon follow either myself or Vicky on twitter, Amanda’s Twitter & Vicky’s Twitter. Leave a comment with any questions and let us know if you will be participating! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #EndofYearathon

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day One (Part Two): Amanda’s Gilmore Girls Readathon TBR

Hi, Lovelies! Yes, I know another readathon. They are just so fun and I love all the themed ones. So, I’m going to try to mix and match books so I’m not setting myself up with a huge tbr but, who knows what I’ll end up reading honestly. Onto the prompts!

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A book with a school setting in honor of Yale & Chilton

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

A mother/daughter relationship in honor of our favorite mother/daughter duo ever

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Any book set in fall or winter in honor of beautiful Stars Hollow & Lorelei smelling snow

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

A book with complicated love interests in honor of Rory, Dean, & Jess

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

A book by an Asian author or has Asian representation in honor of our favorite best friend, Lane

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The next book in a series you haven’t finished yet in honor of A Year in the Life

Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

A book with food on the cover or is a crucial part of the storyline in honor of Luke’s Cafe

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

What will you be reading this month? Have you read any of my choices for the readathon? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogtober Day One: Amanda’s Bookeyman-A-Thon TBR

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Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to say Happy October! It’s the prime time of the spooky season and I’m so excited to be participating in a Spooktober readathon that is hosted by two of my favorite bookish friends, Alana @ The Bookish Chick & Books in the Skye. I shall leave the link to the twitter thread with all of the info here. I have chosen Team Clan because fifteen-year-old me would never let me choose anything other than the Vampires. There are a few challenges that I will list below with my chosen books. The Bookeyman-A-Thon will be going on for the whole month of Spooktober. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some spooky books.

Read the Group Book:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Read a book you’ve been dying to sink your teeth into – Read a backlist book:

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

You need to feed and all you see is blood – Read a book with a red cover:

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Make your immortality count and become well known – Read a book with over 15,000 ratings on GoodReads:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Sunrise Challenge: You need to avoid the sunlight – Read a book only at night:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

I’m beyond excited for these prompts and the books I’ve chosen to read for this readathon. Tell me in the comments about what you’re planning to read for the spookiest month of the year!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s ContemporaryAThon Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! I loosely participated in this round of Contemporaryathon. I say loosely because I was (and still am) on vacation, visiting with some friends and family. So, I didn’t really plan to read every book on my TBR list, but I did want to have options. Let’s get into what I managed to read this week and what challenges I completed.

Read a 2019 release

The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Read a diverse contemporary (aim for something outside of your own experience)

Moonstruck Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle

Read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community (and shout out the creator!)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Shout Out: Rocky @ Blonde With a Book

I read about three and a half of the challenges this round (I’m not quite done with The Liars of Mariposa Island. Though I didn’t manage to read a ton, I had fun with the prompts this round. Have you managed to read books from your physical TBR like I did for this one? Let me know below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Contemporary-A-Thon TBR

Hi, lovelies! Who is excited for Contemporaryathon?! I certainly am. I’m loving mystery/thrillers and spooky reads right now, so I tried to incorporate as many of those as I could into my TBR for this readathon.

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Read a 2019 release

The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Read a diverse contemporary (aim for something outside of your own experience)

Moonstruck Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle

Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover

Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno

Read a dark or hard-hitting contemporary

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Read a contemporary with plants on the cover

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community (and shout out the creator!)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Shout Out: Rocky @ Blonde With a Book

What are you going to be reading for this readathon? Have you read any of these books? Let me know below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Zodiacathon Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! Let’s talk about how I did for the Zodiacathon! I have all the information for this readathon on my TBR post, so if you want to know more, feel free to check that out. Today I’m just going to go over what the challenges were and what I managed to read for each of them. Let’s get into it!

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Moon Sign: Capricorn

Buddy read a book with someone (there’s ten of us!) who shares your moon sign.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Capricorn: Read a magical realism/speculative fiction book.

Moonstruck Volume One: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, & Kate Leth

Sun Sign: Leo

Leo: Read a library book.

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry

Rising Sign: Gemini

Gemini: Read a sequel.

Sadly, I failed this challenge. I didn’t manage to read a sequel.

I managed to read four books (I also read The Disasters by M.K. England) and completed three of the four reading prompts based on my zodiac information. I adored all four books that I read between the 4th and the 8th which is amazing. Did you participate in Zodiacathon? What did you read? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Zodiac-A-Thon TBR

Hi, lovelies! This month I’m sticking to one short readathon for September. August was a little overwhelming with all the group reading I did. So I want to take it easy and do some mood reading before the spooky readathons start. This round of the Zodiacathon will start today, September 4th, and end on September 8th. Just a short four days! For the challenges, there are prompts for everyone’s sun, moon, and rising signs.

Moon Sign: Capricorn

Buddy read a book with someone (there’s ten of us!) who shares your moon sign.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Capricorn: Read a magical realism/speculative fiction book.

Moonstruck Volume One: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, & Kate Leth

Sun Sign: Leo

Leo: Read a library book.

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry

Rising Sign: Gemini

Gemini: Read a sequel.

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

I’m excited to read these ones! What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Mythathon TBR

Hi, lovelies! Yes, I am here with another TBR post today. There are just so many good readathons happening this month! So this particular readathon is called Myth-A-Thon and it’s hosted by the always wonderful Jesse from Bowties & Books. This is a month-long readathon with four different teams. Each captain has been cast as a mythic God and associated with the four elements. I’ve chosen to be on Team Hades – Fire because I am a Leo and it is Leo season and also I love Hades a lot. So this was the perfect team for me. There are a few challenges for this months reading so let’s get to it!

Hades is the God of flame: Read a hotly anticipated book

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Hades famously possesses an invisible cap: Read a book about a protagonist who is invisible to society

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Hades also owns a chair of forgetfulness: Read a book you’ve been shelving for far too long 

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Hades collects subjects for his kingdom and won’t let them leave: Read a book where the main characters must escape an immoral rule

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Read the group book

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I’ve already read this so I’m going to read another BATB retelling:
Beastly by Alex Flinn

This is what I’ve come up with for Myth-A-Thon! I’ve tried to mix a few books here and there from my two other TBR lists so that I can manage to share books for all the different challenges I’m going to attempt to complete this month. Let me know what you’ll be reading this August below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Disney Read-A-Thon TBR

Hi, lovelies! I’m back again with another TBR post. I’m participating in the Disney Read-A-Thon and I’ve chosen to be on Team Lion King! This is another month-long readathon. You can find all of the information for it on this twitter thread here! There are a few prompts for each team and a map to follow as well! I will be trying to complete my teams prompts first; then I will see how many of the other team’s challenges I can get to!

Simba: Read a book featuring a male protagonist

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Mufasa: Read a book featuring war and politics

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Nala: Read an adult romance

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Scar: Read a book – in one day – that will push your emotions over the edge

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Timon: Read the group book

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Special Ability: Pumbaa will take all your worries away! You don’t have to have a fixed TBR and can choose to change books at any time.

These are the books I will be trying to read in August! What will you be reading this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s BiblioGames Wrap Up

Hi lovelies. June has come to an end and we are officially in the second half of 2019! Where has the year gone? Today I’m sharing with you the things I planned to (and successfully) read in the month of June. Check out my TBR post here to get all the details on the BiblioGames. I read a total of 13,096 pages in the month of June (which includes the 50 bous pages I got for each TBR challenge I completed). Without further delay, here is what I read for this readathon in June.

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Homeroom – Group Book

Vicious and Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Gym – A Book in Format You don’t Typically Read

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

Lunch – A Book with a Satisfying Ending

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Super Villain Classes

Mad Science – Science Fiction Book

Record of a Space Born Few by Becky Chambers

Archery 101 – A Book with Badass Main Character

Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

Wold Domination – Buddy Read with a Team Member

Roar by Cora Carmack

What did you read in June? Did you participate in the BiblioGames?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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