Read-a-thons

Summerathon TBR! (2019)

This month there is where we start seeing summery readathons! The first I am participating in is the Summerathon.

The readathon was created by Amy from acourtofcrownsandquills, and she is also hosting along with Heather from Bookables, Melanie from meltotheany, Aimee from Aimee Reads and Jen from Pinot and Pages. The readathon is running from 21st – 27th June! There are 6 prompts; five reading and one freebie. There is no set amount of books you need to read, just read what you can and complete as many/little prompts as you want, and you can also double-up/triple-up on prompts or bend them to fit your TBR! There is also a Twitter account for the readathon found here along with their Instagram page linked here to follow all the updates and join in with discussions! Below are the various reading prompts along with my TBR.

~The Challenges~
1: Read a ‘beachy’ read
2: Read a book with sunrise colours on the cover
3: Read a book featuring a road trip/travelling or summer holiday
4: Read a book set in summer
5: Read a book with food on the cover
6: Drink your favourite summery drink while reading

 

FYI. It feels nothing like summer in the UK right now; it’s been grey and cloudy, the weather’s either raining or windy or both, I haven’t seen the sun in what feels like an age, and the temperature hasn’t risen above 16C in two weeks… But hopefully reading some summery books is going to help me believe that I’m actually on a beach in Hawaii or something.

I originally only had two books in my TBR, but because I hadn’t done Romanceathon as originally planned, I added a few books from my June TBR to fit more prompts, below are the books I’m planning to read with the prompts!


 

 

33877465Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, TRAVELLING, ITALY, FAMILY SECRETS

Challenges: Read a ‘beachy’ read, set in Summer, food on the cover, a book ft. travelling

Pages: 352 (paperback)

Goodreads

 


 

 

40087230If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, RETELLING, SHAKESPEARE

Challenges: Sunrise colours on the cover, a ‘beachy’ read

Pages: 362 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 

 


 

 

41154268With The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, COMING-OF-AGE, CULINARY, DIVERSITY, OWN VOICES, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Food on the cover, sunrise colours on the cover

Pages: 400 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 


 

 

43425166Girls on the Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, FEMINISM, SOCIAL ISSUES, HARD-HITTING, TRIGGER WARNINGS

Challenges: Book ft. a road trip/travelling/summer holiday, set in Summer

Pages: 240 (hardcover)

Goodreads

 


 

So those are the books I’m planning to read to fulfil Summerathon 2019! If my calculations are correct, I’ll need to read on average 194 pages a day to finish these books. But I feel like I haven’t had an opportunity to read much this month so I’m itching to find some reading time amongst work!

So are any of you also participating? If so, what are you planning to read? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think of them? And how are your reading plans going for June? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

Read-a-thons

Buzzwordathon Round 4 TBR! (2019)

It is time for another Buzzword Readathon! The idea for this readathon is that we read books that include the ‘Buzzword’ within the title or series name. The Buzzword for this round is ‘You, and it could be any forms of that word i.e. YOUR, YOU’RE, YOU’D, YOU’LL, YOU’VE, YOURS, etc. The hosts for the readathon are BooksandLala and chanelletime, and it will be running from 12th – 18th January. There are no reading challenges, just the main aim of reading books with the buzzword! There is a Goodreads recommendation page for books including the Buzzword, and also a Twitter account to stay up-to-date on all the jazz.

So as usual, I have LOADS of books which could fit, so I won’t be listing a set TBR, just a list of books that have ‘you’ in the title and I’ll get to as many as possible hopefully!

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  1. I’m Fine and Neither Are You – Camille Pagán
  2. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  4. The Way You Make Me Feel – Maureen Goo
  5. Listen To Your Heart – Kasie West
  6. By Your Side – Kasie West
  7. You’re Doing Just Fine – Charlotte Eriksson
  8. The Brain: The Story of You – David Eagleman
  9. Your Soul Is a River – Nikita Gill
  10. Watching You – Lisa Jewell
  11. I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh
  12. You – Caroline Kepnes
  13. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
  14. Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
  15. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrick Backman

 

We’ll see which of these I hope to read in the next week, they are all on my TBR and want to get to them soon anyway!

Have any of you read these books? If so, what did you think? Any you think I should prioritise? Any others you think I should pick up instead? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Mentalhealth-athon Wrap-Up (2019)

In case you weren’t aware, for May I was focusing on reading mental health books for Mentalhealth-athon and also Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (Month in the US). For Mentalhealth-athon there was a Bingo board which you didn’t necessarily have to follow, but I wanted to. I was originally aiming to complete the whole board, but I had to change my plans halfway through the month when life got busy. We can see below that I still was able to accomplish one ‘bingo’ and also most of the challenges which I am happy with!

 

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So lets break down all the prompts and where I got with them:

 

Group Book

For Group Book, I wasn’t able to start because my order of Sparrow by Sarah Moon didn’t arrive until 25th May, and I was already trying to fit in other books to finish so I didn’t get to start it unfortunately.


 

Own Voices

  • Book: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Mental Illness: OCD
  • Rating: 4 stars

I went into my thoughts for this in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

Non-Fiction

  • Book: Girl, Interrupted
  • Author: Susanna Kaysen
  • Mental Illness: Personality Disorder
  • Rating: 2.5 stars

More of my thoughts in my May Wrap-Up post.


 

Anxiety

For this prompt, I was hoping to read Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman but I only managed to get about 80 pages through, I am going to finish it this month so it’ll be included in my June Wrap-Up no doubt.


 

Schizophrenia

  • Book: Made You Up
  • Author: Francesca Zappia
  • Mental Illness: Schizophrenia
  • Rating: 3 stars

I go into more detail in my May Wrap-Up post


 

OCD

  • Book: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Mental Illness: OCD
  • Rating: 4.5 stars

More in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Intersectional

For this I was also going to read Starfish, but I should have it finish by my June Wrap-Up!


 

Bipolar

I was hoping to read A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom, but sadly didn’t get around to picking it up.


 

Hosts Pick

  • Book: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Mental Illness: PTSD
  • Rating: 5 stars

More in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Personality Disorder

  • Book: Four Weeks, Five People
  • Author: Jennifer Yu
  • Mental Illness: Personality Disorder (also OCD, eating disorder, depression)
  • Rating: 3 stars

More of a review in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Phobia

  • Book: The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories
  • Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Mental Illness: Phobia (also depression)
  • Rating: 2.5 stars

Reviewed more in May Wrap-Up.


 

Eating Disorder

  • Book: Four Weeks, Five People
  • Author: Jennifer Yu
  • Mental Illness: Eating Disorder (also OCD, personality disorder, depression)
  • Rating: 3 stars

More detail in my May Wrap-Up!


 

PTSD

  • Book: Six of Crows
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Mental Illness: PTSD
  • Rating: 5 stars!

More in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

Other

  • Book: Beneath a Meth Moon
  • Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Mental Illness: Addiction
  • Rating: 3.5 stars

There’s a review of my thought in my May Wrap-Up!


 

Depression

  • Book: This Song Will Save Your Life
  • Author: Leila Sales
  • Mental Illness: Depression
  • Rating: 4 stars

I have gone into more detail in my May Wrap-Up post!


 

So overall, I completed most of the prompts, and I read a lot of mental health books which had been on my TBR for ages, so I still class this readathon as a win!

Did any of you participate in the Mentalhealth-athon as well? What did you read? Any new recommendations? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

Wrap-Ups

May Wrap-Up (2019)

Hey readers! May is over and it’s time for a reading wrap-up! May didn’t seem to last, and now it’s already 9th June, so time is slipping by! Too many books, too little time! There was also 2 month-long readathons that I participated in, and they were the Asian Readathon and the Mental Health-athon. One I did better than the other but that was expected! My respective wrap-ups for those will come soon!

But overall I am happy with my progress this year, my plan to read 10+ books a month is still going strong and I am doing really well this year. This month I had read a total of 11 books, so it was a slower month than the rest of the year, but again I’m not worried or upset about it. So lets see my stats and also what I thought of the books I read in May, starting with the first read on to the most recent!

 

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28485534good omens – terry pratchett & neil gaiman

format: Audible

length: 432 pages

Goodreads

I know this has gotten a lot more buzz recently in response to the TV adaption, but this was a re-read so it didn’t affect my expectations. As a massive fan of Neil Gaiman (this was the first book I read of his!) I knew I was going to still love this, and I wasn’t wrong! It’s so typically British with it’s humour and story-telling and I enjoyed myself so much, possibly even more so now I understand more of the references! I mostly listened to the Audiobook (whilst reading the book a little) and it added to my enjoyment. I was catching myself smiling or full-on giggling at moments. I do see why people didn’t enjoy this, particularly those who don’t know British humour, but it is firmly still a favourite of mine!

5 STARS!!


 

 

31371681made you up – francesca zappia

format: paperback

length: 445 pages

Goodreads

After reading Eliza and Her Monsters, I was excited to read more from her (even though this was published first) and expecting a lot. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Eliza, although there were aspects I really did enjoy. I felt like I got a lot of insight into what it might be like to live with Schizophrenia as it is something that’s not widely discussed or known about. The pacing was off and it did drag quite a lot; it didn’t need to be 400+ pages in my opinion. I did think it was giving a good message about putting your mental health first and understanding that everyone is fighting a battle of their own. I gave more detail in a review on Goodreads.

3 stars


 

 

99300the yellow wallpaper & other stories – charlotte perkins gillman

format: Kindle

length: 70 pages

Goodreads

I found this more insightful rather than enjoyable, it was really interesting to see how sexism and mental health was dealt with in 18th-century USA. The author was clearly extremely talented and before-her-time, especially the feminist perspective she used for each story. I just didn’t enjoy my time reading the main story (who would when it deals with a mentally-ill women being trapped in a room with yellow wallpaper because her husband didn’t feel her postpartum depression wasn’t a ‘valid illness’..?) and I don’t think it will leave a lasting impression, maybe if I read a bigger collection? Still would recommend if looking for feminist stories!

2.5 stars


 

 

18114890this song will save your life – leila sales

format: paperback

length: 276 pages

Goodreads

This possibly is one of my favourite coming-of-age books. I loved seeing Elise’s journey, and how determined she was to keep learning, and keep trying. The female friendships were enjoyable to read as well, and we also saw how she coped with living in two families (her dads and her mums new family) and the complications from that. It felt quite similar to my own experiences. Although I felt heartbroken for the Dad for most of the book, he seemed to be really lonely and he was seeing his only family, Elise, less and less frequently. The main male character was a SERIOUS a**hole, I got a bad feeling about him from the beginning. I didn’t like how he treated any of the female characters and also how he got very jealous with Elise’s talent and progression with DJ-ing. All in all, I very much enjoyed this! Explored depression really well and could easily relate to my own experiences.

4.25 stars!


 

 

15812832beneath a meth moon – jacqueline woodson

format: paperback

length: 183 pages

Goodreads

This was a very difficult read, despite how short it was. It was a topic highly out of my comfort zone as it heavily focused on the main characters substance abuse. Woodson’s writing is beautiful and poetic as she describes Daneau and her path to addiction and recovery, she really goes through some terrible things and it was really difficult to read at times. I would very much like to read more from the author to see if it was just because of the subject matter which stopped me from fully enjoying and appreciating her poetic writing. Time will tell!

3.5 stars


 

 

6508785the handmaid’s tale – margaret atwood

format: Audible/paperback

length: 324 pages

Goodreads

This dystopian book was definitely terrifying. Simply because it was very realistic. It’s not difficult to imagine how close to reality it could be to live in this misogynistic, highly religious society. I am always in awe of Atwood’s ability to craft a world, the amount of detail that she went into was astounding, especially as the world seems possible now. I enjoyed how the story was told, as we’re only getting Offred’s perspective and only witness things that happen to her. I feel that vagueness made me more terrified about the world. It ended very abruptly but I understand why, because we are getting her perspective in tape entries, it makes sense for the ending to be where it was and so abrupt. The pacing was slow in parts and it wasn’t a “fun” read but this book will leave you thinking!

4 stars


 

 

35499526turtles all the way down – john green

format: Kindle

length: 288 pages

Goodreads

“I would never slay the dragon, because the dragon was also me. My self and the disease were knotted together for life.” I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! I heard mixed things and didn’t expect to like it at all. We experience the main character’s struggles with OCD and knowing this was also an own voices book as John Green also has OCD, I never realised how crippling the illness actually is! There is a slight cross over with anxiety so I understood a little bit but honestly my mind was blown. I loved the main character and how she came to terms with accepting her illness, and also the people around her were so lovely and understanding. The side plot with the investigation didn’t really seem to fit at the starts and I felt like it was thrown in to give the book a bit more ‘substance’, but I understand it was also part of the development of a side character and their relationship with the main character, so it did all blend together at the end.

4.5 stars!


 

 

32336077four weeks, five people – jennifer yu

format: Kindle 

length: 384 pages

Goodreads

This was okay. I didn’t really connect with the story, but I loved the development of (most of) the characters. There were things I agreed and disagreed with overall which affected my enjoyment. I do understand that being in nature and seperated from ‘society norms’ can aid in mental health recovery, but I felt the ‘counsellors’ were rubbish. They didn’t seem to help much and were just there for adult supervision. I did like the message I found which was that recovery doesn’t happen overnight, it is a slow progress and could take years, or you may not ever recover, you just learn to live with the illness, which was what I learned when trying to recover. I thought it was good to include a male character with an eating disorder as that is never touched on (in society or books) and it was great to see tackled. Also seeing forms of personality disorders were interesting but I can’t tell how accurate they were. Overall, I enjoyed this, but not enough to rate it any higher.

3 stars


 

 

36301029a thousand beginnings and endings – ellen oh et. al.

format: hardcover

length: 336 pages

Goodreads

I don’t seem to get on well with anthologies. Even though I enjoyed most of these, there were some I didn’t and that lowered my overall enjoyment. I really liked seeing retellings of Asian myths and folktales, and also learning about said myths/folktales. I really felt like I learned a lot about Asian cultures that I didn’t really know about. I would love to learn more about other myths and folktales. I definitely enjoyed Bullet, Butterfly, Forbidden Fruit, and The Counting of Vermillion Beads the most, but others I can’t really remember what happens and they didn’t really stick with me.

3.5 stars


 

 

29975820six of crows – leigh bardugo

format: paperback

length: 495 pages

Goodreads

Let’s just say it now: I AM LEIGH BARDUGO TRASH. I really loved this! The plot development and tactical planning was so entertaining. I flew through the last few sections and things kept surprising me and before I knew it, I was reading Crooked Kingdom. The relationship between Matthias and Nina was incredible, their history and development was amazing and Nina is my queen. All the witty banter was also hilarious and I want separate novels written about each of these characters. We get so much development into them but I still want more from them. I can’t say enough good things about this, but I will say that my enjoyment was helped because I read the Grisha trilogy beforehand. I honestly believe you need to read that before getting into this because the magic system isn’t explained. I also loved all the nods to the trilogy too!

5 stars!!


 

 

68783girl, interrupted – susanna kaysen

format: paperback

length: 262 pages

Goodreads

The writing was very jarring and all over the place, but I feel like that was probably intentional. Going through an experience like this, it makes sense that things aren’t chronological and sort of blend into one mesh of memories and emotions. It did bring down my enjoyment of the book sadly. It was more interesting and enjoyable. I liked learning about how mental health (specifically personality disorders) are dealt with in this time period where mental health wasn’t widely known let alone accepted. It must’ve been a horrifying thing to go through the experiences the author encountered in her time at the hospital and I am forever thankful that there is more acceptance and knowledge about mental health now.

2.5 stars


 

Unfinished:

  • Starfish – Akemo :78 pages

So let’s see which books I managed to complete off of my TBR!

TBR books:

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C Dao

Four Weeks, Five People – Jennifer Yu

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Ellen Oh et. al.

Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom

Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

 

  • Kindle/Audible pick: The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Classics pick: The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Non-Fiction pick: Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

 

= 9/12 TBR books!


 

So those are all the books I read for May, mentalhealth-athon and Asian Readathon! I hope you enjoyed!

What did you read in May? Have you read any of these books, and if so, what did you think of them? Any differing opinions? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

JUNE TBR (2019)

Hey Readers, happy June! I am being VERY ambitious this month, as every book on this TBR I am itching to read, so I am determined to read ALL OF THESE in June. Let’s go! There are also some readathons happening this month, and the one’s I hope to participate in are Buzzwordathon, Romance-athon, and Summer-athon (linked some announcement videos) and I will have my TBR’s for those closer to the start. I don’t know why I prioritised these, as all of them are pretty high priority to be honest. But we’ll see where the month takes me! I’m gonna need to be really organised in June!

 

Middlegame – Seanan McGuire

Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Burdugo

If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund Broka

Girls on The Verge – Sharon Biggs Waller

Girl Against The Universe – Paula Stokes

With The Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

The Way You Make Me Feel – Maureen Goo

By Your Side – Kasie West

Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

 

  • Non-Fiction: Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Classic: Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
  • Kindle/Audible: The Cactus – Sarah Haywood

 

So what are you guys hoping to read this month? Participating in any readathons this month? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think? Any which are also on your radar? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

MAY TBR (2019)

*IT’S GONNA BE MAY!* Apologies for the weeks delay in posting my TBR’s, it’s been a busy first week as it was my best friends Hen Party weekend! So it’s the start of another month! After last months OWL’s Readathon, I thought I would’ve been too burnt out to participate in another readathon, but no. I’m participating in another TWO MONTH-LONG readathons! I have already posted my TBR’s for both the Mental Health-athon and the Asian Readathon (along with relevant info for them), and all the books on my TBR will of course mirror those books, but I have still set them in order of priority in case I end up not being able to complete all the books. I hope it all goes well, most of these books have been on my shelf for ages so I’d love to get some of those read!

 

 

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C Dao

Four Weeks, Five People – Jennifer Yu

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Ellen Oh et. al.

Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom

Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

**EXTRA**

Beneath a Meth Moon – Jacqueline Woodson; Orange – Ichigo Takano

 

  • Kindle/Audible pick: The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Classics pick: The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Non-Fiction pick: Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

 

So what are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? Are you participating in the Asian Readathon or the Mental Health-athon? What else are you planning to read in May? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

 

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Asian Readathon TBR! (2019)

So not only would one readathon be enough, I decided to also try for the Asian Readathon! The main objective is to read books by Asian authors or books including Asian characters.

This is a readathon hosted by Cindy from readwithcindy, Sandra from gotathingforthings, Chloe from bookswithchloe, Ellias from elliasreads and Kav from xreadingsolacex. Along with the other readathon I’m participating in this month, Asian Readathon will also last for the entire month of May. There are a total of 5 prompts, of which you need to read books that feature Asian representation, either by a character or the author. There is also a Group Book of which the live show will be on Saturday, May 25 at 6pm EST on readwithcindy’s channel. You are able to double-up/triple-up on the prompts, and there are even books you can read to fit all 4 prompts which are listed in the Google Docs along with all the necessary information you will need! There is also a Twitter account for the readathon linked here, and even a Youtube playlist if you’re interested in checking those out. So lets see below for the reading prompts:

 

~~THE CHALLENGES~~
1. Read any book by an Asian author
2. Read a graphic novel featuring an Asian character or written/drawn by an Asian author
3. Read a book featuring an inter-sectional Asian character/written by an inter-sectional Asian identity
4. Read a book by Asian author that was originally written in their native language
5. Read the group book: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh
**EACH book you read should feature a character or author of a different Asian ethnicity. This is to encourage cultural diversity.**

 

So lets see the books I’m planning to read!:

 

33958230Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C Dao

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, RETELLINGS, MAGIC, ROMANCE, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Asian author

Pages: 363

Goodreads

 


 

 

35430013A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Ellen Oh et al

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, ASIAN MYTHOLOGY AND LEGEND, RETELLINGS, ANTHOLOGY, SHORT STORIES, MAGIC, ROMANCE, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Group book

Pages: 336

Goodreads

 


 

 

32790585Orange, volume 1 –  Ichigo Takano (Amber Tamosaitis – Translator)

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, MANGA, GRAPHIC NOVELS, ROMANCE, POC REPRESENTATION, E-BOOK

Challenges: by Asian author originally written in native language, Graphic novel

Pages: 384

Goodreads


 

 

40611543Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, MENTAL HEALTH, COMING-OF-AGE, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Inter-sectional

Pages: 353

Goodreads

 


 

So those are the books I want to read for the Asian Readathon! Are any of youalso participating, and if so, what will you be reading? Are you also doing both readathons or only doing one? If not, what are your reading plans for May? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons

Mental Health-athon TBR! (2019)

I know I just did a month-long readathon last month , but I’m ready for another one! This month there is the Mental Health-athon, where we would read mental health books!

The readathon was created by Nicole from A Beautiful Chaos of Books, and she is also hosting along with Cait from Chaptercviii and Rachael from Rachael Marie Book Junkie. The readathon is running for the entire month of May! The prompts are to read various books with specific mental health representation, whether it’s from the main character or any other character. There is a Bingo board for all 15 reading prompts. There is no set amount of books you need to read, just read what you can and complete as many/little prompts as you want, and you can also double-up/triple-up on prompts or bend them to fit your TBR! There is also a Google Docs link for more information along with details on the competition and what each of the hosts’ book picks were! There is also a Twitter account for the readathon found here. Below are the various reading prompts along with my TBR.

 

~~THE CHALLENGES~~
1. Group Book – Sparrow by Sarah Moon
2. Own Voices
3. Non-Fiction
4. Anxiety Representation
5. Schizophrenia Representation
6. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Representation
7.  Inter-sectional Representation
8. Bipolar Representation
9. Pick a Hosts Book
10. Personality Disorder Representation
11. Phobias Representation
12. Eating Disorder Representation
13. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Representation
14. Other Mental Illness Representation
15. Depression Representation

So let’s see the books I’m hoping to read for the readathon!

 

34358905Sparrow – Sarah Moon

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, TRIGGERS, MENTAL ILLNESS, GRIEF, THERAPY

Challenges: Group Book

Pages: 272

Goodreads

 


 

35504431Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL ILLNESS, REALISTIC FICTION, COMING-OF-AGE

Challenges: Own Voices

Pages: 288

Goodreads

 


 

68783Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

ADULT, NON-FICTION, MEMOIR, PSYCHOLOGY, MENTAL HEALTH, TRIGGERS, PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, TREATMENT, RECOVERY

Challenges: Non-Fiction

Pages: 169

Goodreads

 


 

 

40611543Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, MENTAL HEALTH, COMING-OF-AGE, POC REPRESENTATION

Challenges: Anxiety rep, Inter-sectional rep

Pages: 353

Goodreads

 


31371681Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL HEALTH, ROMANCE, TRIGGERS

Challenges: Schizophrenia rep

Pages: 445

Goodreads

 


33318533Four Weeks, Five People – Jennifer Yu

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, MENTAL ILLNESS, TRIGGERS

Challenges: OCD rep, Personality Disorder rep, Eating Disorder rep

Pages: 384

Goodreads

 


 

 

35130947A Tragic Kind of Wonderful – Eric Lindstrom

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL ILLNESS, MENTAL HEALTH, TRIGGERS, MEDICATION, LGBT REP, POC REP

Challenges: Bipolar rep

Pages: 346

Goodreads

 


29975820Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, FANTASY, HEIST, ADVENTURE

Challenges: Hosts Pick, PTSD rep

Pages: 495

Goodreads

 

 


 

18114890This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, COMING-OF-AGE, MENTAL ILLNESS, ROMANCE, MUSIC

Challenges: Depression rep

Pages: 288

Goodreads

 


 

8217236The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

ADULT, FICTION, CLASSICS, SHORT STORIES, HORROR, GOTHIC, FEMINISM, MENTAL ILLNESS, PHOBIAS, E-BOOK

Challenges: Phobias rep

Pages: 63

Goodreads

 


 

 

15812832Beneath a Meth Moon – Jacqueline Woodson

YOUNG ADULT, FICTION, CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC FICTION, ADDICTION, DRUG USE, MENTAL ILLNESS, FAMILY, DEATH, TRIGGERS

Challenges: Other (addiction) rep

Pages: 182

Goodreads

 


 

 

So are any of you also participating in Mental Health-athon? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of these? And if so, what did you think of them? What are your reading plans for May? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

Read-a-thons · Wrap-Ups

OWL’S Readathon/April Wrap-Up! [2019]

Well April didn’t even last 5 seconds! But at least that means it’s time for another Wrap-Up post. I was participating in the OWL’s Magical Readathon which was the month-long readathon hosted by Gi from BookRoast. I always participate and have loads of fun, and this year was no exception! I felt really inspired to read lots this month and it worked as I read 12 books, and I even knocked off an entire trilogy which was my main goal! Below is a breakdown of what I read, along with mini-reviews of each book, I’d love to know what you think down in the comments section!

MONTHLY WRAP UP

(*note: the total page count also includes the 221 pages I read for Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which was to complete my Arithmancy OWL exam. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it quite on time so substituted a different book for the prompt!)

 

36558751before we were yours – lisa wingate

format: Audible/Kindle

length: 480 pages

OWLS CLASS: CHARMS

Goodreads

A historical fiction novel about the child trafficking scandal by Georgia Tann/Tennessee Children’s Home during the Great Depression, so not a pleasant topic, however I urge everyone to read it! I knew nothing about this before going in, and I’m glad I know now. This book alternated between past and present and also gave dual narration, which worked extremely well for this book and I’m a massive fan of. It was executed brilliantly here! However I preferred the chapters in the past up until about 3/4 through when the mystery element develops more. I was holding back tears at the end and it left me staring into space for about an hour afterwards, which is always a good sign in my eyes!

5/5 stars!!

 


 

33294200the poet x – elizabeth acevedo

format: paperback

length: 368 pages

OWLS CLASS: MUGGLE STUDIES

Goodreads

I did really enjoy this, however I really feel that I would’ve liked it more if I had the Audiobook (which unfortunately isn’t available in the UK?!). It was a quick read and I grew to love the characters. Despite it being told in verse, we get a lot of character development from Xiamara and her family. I enjoyed the important topics that were discussed and handled well, however I would’ve liked more about the slam poetry club as well as we don’t see much of that until the second half. When the Audiobook does eventually become available I will definitely re-read it to see if my rating changes!

4/5 stars!

 


 

16059492shadow and bone – leigh bardugo

format: paperback

length: 358 pages

OWLS CLASS: CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES

Goodreads

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! It was very entertaining, I could not put it down and read it very quickly. I loved the Russian setting and finally learning about the Grishaverse, and seeing Alina’s power develop and create friendships with the other Grisha, it gave a slight ‘magic school’ vibe which I love! However, I was expecting the last 100 pages to be filled with action rather than just the last 30 or so. All the action seemed to be over as quickly as it started, and the chapters where they were looking for the stag seemed to drag on a bit more than needed.

4.5/5 stars!

 


 

18525661seige and storm – leigh bardugo

format: paperback

length: 432 pages

OWLS CLASS: POTIONS

Goodreads

It’s hard to separate my review of this and the first book because I literally carried on straight after the first one so it’s all blended to one. But from what I remember, I loved how the story developed, and we meet Nikolai! I had a feeling about who he was at the beginning and I was right. He made the book for me. So charismatic and funny and witty. Not much I remember plot-wise, nothing was happening and then sudden bursts of events and then back to nothing. It would’ve annoyed me but I was already enjoying every second with the characters!

4.5/5 stars!

 


 

21858566the giver – lois lowry

format: paperback

length: 224 pages

OWLS CLASS: HISTORY OF MAGIC

Goodreads

Wow! Such a though provoking book! I was expecting that from a children’s book, and I can see why others call this the ‘beginnning of dystopia’. I loved the world and the fantastical elements were well-done and interesting. I won’t continue with the series because I heard it doesn’t get better which is a shame, and I am happy and contented with how this went anyway. I’ll be looking to see the film soon!

4/5 stars!

 


 

18479697oryx and crake – margaret atwood

format: paperback

length: 436 pages

OWLS CLASS: HERBOLOGY

Goodreads

I’m not sure what to think about this book. Whilst I acknowledge Atwood’s talent for world-building and creativity, I really felt lost for the majority of this book. When I finished it, I couldn’t fully explain what happened and I had to go to a summary post to actually grasp the plot. There wasn’t much of a plot to be honest, and it felt like it was a ‘world-building’ book to build up the world for the rest of the series, which I appreciate, but I didn’t feel at all pulled by the characters or the story and I have no desire to continue unfortunately. But I’m glad I’ve read it because I was intrigued about it for a while.

2.5/5 stars

 


 

11517032brave new world – aldous huxley 

format: Audible/Kindle

length: 114 pages

OWLS CLASS: DIVINATION

Goodreads

I loved this! I thought it was very imaginative and creative as a dystopian, and something that I can foresee happening in 100 years or so. I never see books about biological engineering and from this I found it to be quite interesting, especially when they start ‘conditioning’ people to go down certain routes in life where they ‘think’ they’re doing freely, but aren’t! It’s quite a scary concept actually! I thought it was extremely well-written and engaging with the characters, and the ending had me speechless. Really made me think. When this gets compared to 1984, I would prefer this over that, it is so much easier to read and not as dry in my opinion!

5/5 stars!!

 


 

22718800ruin and rising – leigh bardugo

format: paperback

length: 427 pages

OWLS CLASS: DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS

Goodreads

I was letdown by the final book of this trilogy, which is a shame because of how much I enjoyed the first two! It was more difficult to get through. The chapters were 20-30 pages long as compared to 10-15 pages in the first two, and this straight away takes me longer to read and thus reducing my overall enjoyment. I don’t think I was as disappointed with the ending as a lot of people were. I was never much of a fan of the Darkling, and Mal really was my least favourite character in the whole series, and Nikolai deserves so much better. I want to hear more about his story and where he goes from here. I also really wasn’t happy with who Alina ends up with, but I guess I’m in the minority there!

3/5 stars

 


 

39507318the library book – susan orlean

format: Kindle

length: 336 pages

OWLS CLASS: TRANSFIGURATION

Goodreads

Reading a book about books and libraries? Of course I’ll enjoy it!  I learned so much about the Los Angeles Library fire in 1986 and also a lot about book conservation which I found extremely fascinating! You can feel the love the author has for the library and books through the pages and I appreciate that. Libraries are so important and need to be kept open! I immediately wanted to run to my local library and spend the day there as this made me love and appreciate libraries again!

4/5 stars!

 


 

30841101the star-touched queen – roshani chokshi 

format: paperback

length: 352 pages

OWLS CLASS: ASTRONOMY

Goodreads

I have no idea what happened here except for the painful insta-love. Don’t get me wrong, Roshani Chokshi’s writing is TO DIE FOR, but it did seem to drown the plot too much and didn’t give us much of the characters either, which is a shame because the potential for a great book was there. The Hades/Persephone retelling was what drew me in (along with the gorgeous cover) and it just didn’t seem to be executed as well as I would’ve wanted. I’m still going to pick up more of the author’s books, I just think this one was just not for me unfortunately.

2.5/5 stars

 


 

30076369lumberjanes volume 1 – noelle stevenson et al.

format: Kindle

length: 128 pages

OWLS CLASS: ARITHMANCY

Goodreads

I had no intention of picking this up, up until the final few days of the readathon and I still needed to complete Arithmancy and Ancient Runes, and I was desperate. I usually avoid graphic novels as I never see the appeal, but I thought it was worth a shot considering how short it was, and I actually enjoyed it! Not as much as the hype surrounding it, but I really loved the message and the characters (Ripley and Molly were my faves!) and the story was entertaining. The only thing that got under my skin was the overuse of the phrase ‘what the junk’, but that’s a minor detail and I will for sure be continuing with the series.

4/5 stars

 


 

32993458circe – madeline miller 

format: paperback

length: 427 pages

OWLS CLASS: ANCIENT RUNES

Goodreads

This was such a fantastic read! I was vaguely aware of the myths revolving the character Circe, but I was impressed by how accessible Madeline Miller made it. It was so fun to read about and I even went on to research the other characters in this. I’m already a massive fan of Greek mythology and I know Miller is considered well-educated within Classics and clearly knows her stuff! All of the stories of Circe were woven in together perfectly and I am definitely going to be reading more from her. I didn’t give it a full 5 stars, mainly because it did seem like something was missing. I didn’t know what it was, but it didn’t give me the ‘buzz’ a 5 star read would give. Still would very highly recommend!

4.5/5 stars!

 


 

Now let’s see which of the OWL’s I was able to complete and what I did to complete them!

  • ANCIENT RUNES  Circe
  • ARITHMANCY Lumberjanes vol 1
  • ASTRONOMY The Star-Touched Queen
  • CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES Shadow & Bone
  • CHARMS Before We Were Yours
  • DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS Reducto: Ruin & Rising
  • DIVINATION Brave New World
  • HERBOLOGY Oryx & Crake
  • HISTORY OF MAGIC The Giver
  • MUGGLE STUDIES The Poet X
  • POTIONS Next Ingredient: Siege & Storm
  • TRANSFIGURATION The Library Book

 

So there we are, all 12 OWL’s completed! Now I can go onto the NEWT’s with all my options open! How did you guys do in the OWLS if you participated? What else did you read in April? Any new favourites or recommendations? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

TBR's

APRIL TBR [2019]

Now I know that my OWL’s TBR is basically what my TBR for the month will be, but I still wanted to prioritise the books I’m reading because I’m just that bit extra! Conveniently, my priority list consists of 12 books, and there are 12 books I’m trying to read for the OWL’s! But if I don’t get to everything, I have to prioritise the one’s I really want to complete in order to do certain careers in the NEWT’s exams. For more information see my OWL’s TBR where I also have links to the original posts!

 

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate

Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

Shadow & Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Circe – Madeline Miller

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Siege & Storm – Leigh Bardugo

Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

 

  • Kindle/Audible pick: The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Classics pick: Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Non-Fiction pick: The Library Book – Susan Orlean

 

So what are you planning to read this month? Are you participating in the OWL’s readathon? How’s your reading challenges going? What have been your highlights for the first quarter? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx