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.

Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge – Final Round

Hi, lovelies! I’m back today with the final nominees for the GoodReads Choice Awards. I will only be going through the categories I will be voting in, or will be deciding between more than one book to vote for. I’ve been having fun with this, the pressure to catch up on the series I’ve fell behind on has been motivating. Let’s get into it.

Fantasy

Read:

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

TBR:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Romance

Read:

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

TBR:

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Science Fiction

Read:

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

TBR:

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Graphic Novels

Read:

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

TBR:

Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

Read:

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Aime Kaufman
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
The Wicked King by Holly Black
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Finale by Stephanie Garber

TBR:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Middle Grade

Read:

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

TBR:

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

So, I have around two weeks to read twelve books. Will it happen? Who knows. But I’m going to try! Some books are higher on my priority list and I will make sure to get to them first. Have you read any of the nominees? Share with me below which you think you might vote for!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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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 Twenty-Four: Amanda’s Samhain Witch-A-Thon TBR

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Hi, lovelies! Who else is excited about the latest round of WitchAThon? I always have such a good time with this readathon and I’m sure this round will be no different. Here’s a link to the informational thread about the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the readathon: WitchAThon Twitter. I’m going to right into the prompts and the books I plan to read for them. I’ll be doubling up a few challenges to help with being able to actually complete them all.

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Samhain is a time for honoring your ancestors… so once again, pick a book that features your heritage

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

This book was given to me by my aunt and is actually about an ancestor of mine. So, this is the perfect reason to read it.

This Sabbat is a time when the veil is thinnest, pick a book that features communing with the dead… (ghosts or mediumship or necromancy)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

We are heading into the darkest part of the year…Pick a book that promises to be dark & twisted

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Witches often make offerings to spirit guides or gods…Pick a book that involves a pantheon of deities

The Wicked & The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieran Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Dancing around the bonfire is a Samhain tradition…Pick a book thats has fire on the cover

The Wicked & The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieran Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Many celebrate the Sabbat as Halloween and dress up, post a picture of your costume and tag the readathon

I’m going to wear a t-shirt with a pumpkin face on it to match my daughters adorable pumpkin costume. I’ll share some pictures in my wrap up.

Read the group book

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

These are what I’ve decided to try to read for this readathon. It starts today and ends on Halloween, so I’m going to go get reading now!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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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WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. I’m hoping to finish it today.

Antonia- I’m currently ready Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- the book I most recently finished was Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi and I adored it.

Antonia- I most recently finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- Next, I will read one of several options I need to read before Monday: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen for my book club, an arc of Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett, or Red Sister by Mark Lawrence which is due back to the library soon.

Antonia- Next I’ll read Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Can you tell I’m on a Throne of Glass binge?

Thanks for reading our W’s this week. What are yours? Leave them in the comments or leave us a link to your post.