Bookoplathon Wrap Up

As I said in my TBR post whenever I was in the mood to pick up a book I rolled and moved around the board and picked a book that corresponded to the prompt I landed on. For this particular readathon I only did 5 rolls, I was having a little bit of a slumpy month and I didn’t want to force myself to pick up a book just because it fit whatever I landed on. I did a pretty good job matching what I was actually interested in reading to what I landed on so I am pretty stoked with my results and this readathon. I thought it was a really fun, unique concept and I will definitely be participating in any future rounds. My rolls were: 8-9-5-8-5

Foiled Cover – A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Community Shelf (Read a book that matches the current season) – The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos

Chance – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

5 Star Prediction – Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

Friend Pick – The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

September Wrap Up

I have been feeling kind of slumpy lately and just not in the mood to read, so I am glad that I managed to complete what I did. Twelve books in a month whilst in the middle of a slump and still participating in two readathons I think is definitely a win for me!

The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor⭐️3/5 stars

The One by John Marrs⭐️4/5 stars

The Guest List by Lucy Foley⭐️3/5 stars

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne. A Brown ⭐️3/5 stars

The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos – ⭐️4/5 stars

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ⭐️5/5 stars

He Started It by Samantha Downing ⭐️3/5 stars

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao⭐️4/5 stars

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo ⭐️3/5 stars

Night Film by Marisha Pessl⭐️3/5 stars

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir⭐️4/5 stars

Well Met by Jen DeLuca⭐️5/5 stars

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Buzzword Readathon Wrap Up

I had a very successful week and ended up completing all three books that I had in my physical TBR that had the word NIGHT in the title! I figured since I already introduced the three books in my TBR post it would seem a bit redundant to just post the same three books as my wrap up, so I wanted to do a little mini-review of the three books and give a little overview of my thoughts!

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo – It’s been a while since I have read any books from the Grishaverse so it took me a minute to get situated back into that world. These stories didn’t really focus on any of the grisha’s and their abilities it was more so like the fairy tales that these characters grew up with. I have to say the actual book and the illustrations were beautiful and really kept me engaged in the stories. There were definitely some I liked more than others but overall I think they all flowed well together. There was always some form of twist to the stories that you couldn’t really predict and they were all very original and unlike anything I have ever read before! With that being said I don’t think anthologies are formats that I like to read, I much prefer one central overarching storyline and characters that I could follow. I did get bored occasionally but this was a super quick, easy read that I am glad I completed!

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – As I wrote in my review for some reason I thought Night Film was about a reporter who witnesses like a murder and is on the run from the people who committed this murder. I have no idea where this came from, maybe I’m mixing it up with the plot of another book, so at the start I was a little confused as to what was actually happening. I think this book was really easy to get into and become engaged with these characters and the mystery behind Ashley’s suicide. The supernatural element of the story again caught me off guard but I was into it right away. There is this steady build up of tension and anticipation throughout the course of the storyline and the eventual ending just fell a bit flat for me. Hopper and Nora are ejected out of the plot quite quickly and there’s no real resolution there and also I guess maybe Marisha was trying to tie back to everything we have been told about the Cordova’s films and their ending and wanted to mirror that for the actual story.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I was already going to read this book as I’m trying to get through the series before the fourth book comes out in a few months so this was perfect for me to add to this readathon. One thing I enjoyed in this book particularly was we got more perspectives from the other characters aside from Elias and Laia. Helene in particular I was definitely happy that we got more of an insight into her character and the difficult choices she has had to make. In An Ember in the Ashes the world is quite contained just to just the Academy, but now the world has expanded so much and we get more of a feel for the Empire.

✨ NEWTS Magical Readathon Wrap Up ✨

Even though I am no longer supporting the author of the series this readathon is based on I (being the pedantic completionist I am) felt the need to finish off and complete the NEWTS this month! I decided to stick with my original career as a Spell Maker and I managed to complete and pass all of my NEWT exams which I am actually super stoked about! I needed an O in Ancient Runes, E in Arithmancy, E in Astronomy, E in Charms, O in History of Magic and an A in Transfiguration which is a total of 13 books.

A: Bathsheda Babbling – Author Name that stars with B (first or last)

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

E: Read a Classic

Anna K by Jenny Lee -best I could do lol

O: Love Rune – read a Romance

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

A: Precision is key – read a non fiction

Growing up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

E: Book that ends on an uneven number

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A: Star Chart – star on the cover/in title

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

E: Read a Sci-Fi

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A: Cheering Charm – read a humorous book

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

E: Glacius Freezing Charm – read a book set in winter

The Missing of Clairedelune by Christelle Dabos

A: Read a historical fiction

Burn by Patrick Ness

E: Book with a mainly black cover

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

O: Book recommended by someone older than you

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

A: Lapifors Spell – animal on cover/title

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

August Wrap Up

Overall I had a pretty solid reading month, I ended up completing 14 books! I pretty much loved all of the books I read, there were a couple that were just ok but I’m really happy with what I ended up picking up!

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren⭐️4/5 stars

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai⭐️4/5 stars

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss⭐️5/5 stars

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff⭐️5/5 stars

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff⭐️4/5 stars

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty⭐️4/5 stars

The Missing of Clairedelune by Christelle Dabos⭐️4/5 stars

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor⭐️4/5 stars

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum⭐️5/5 stars

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron⭐️2/5 stars

Queen of the Conquered by K. Ancrum – ⭐️3/5 stars

Anna K by Jenny Lee⭐️3/5 stars

Home by Nnedi Okorafor ⭐️3/5 stars

Burn by Patrick Ness⭐️3/5 stars

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