A (very) Late TBR for the #OWLsReadthon2018

This Readathon actually happened from April 2nd – April 29th, but I heard about it last minute and decided not to participate. I had so much homework at that time, but I was really disappointed because I love Harry Potter. Then I heard that the N.E.W.T.s Readathon was announced for August, so I decided to take some make-up exams if you will.

This is my O.W.L.s In July TBR:

Arithmancy: A book with a number on the cover
Giant Days Volume 5

Astronomy: A science fiction novel
Obsido by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Care of Magical Creatures: A book that features magical creatures
Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Charms: A Fantasy Book
Ruin of Stars by Lindsey Miller

Defense Against the Dark Arts: A book that features a secret society
The Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan

Herbology: A book with a nature word in the title
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Muggle Studies: A non-fiction book
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lockhart

There are also challenges for Transfiguration, Potions, History of Magic, Divination,  and Ancient Runes. I couldn’t find books to fit the challenges and I could only read 12 books in a month if I had more prep time. That’s my plan for next years O.W.L.s!

The Grading for the O.W.L.s is as follows:

Outstanding: at least 5 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations: at least 3 OWLs
Acceptable: at least 2 OWLs

If you’d like more information you can click on the picture below to watch the announcement video from BookRoast.

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#tometopple Wrap-Up

My very first Tome Topple Readathon has come to an end. Was it successful? Yes! Even though I only finished one book – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. WHICH WAS AMAZING and I wish my TBR wasn’t a skyscraper because I would sit down and re-read the whole series right now.

I did make progress in The Name of the Wind but I never started The Magic String of Frankie Presto. I know, shame on me.

I definitely want to participate in the readathon again and my goal will be to finish two tomes next time. If you participated, I’d love to chat about what you read or would read if you participate next round!

#ATSOReadathon 2.0 – My TBR

 

The Read-a-thon is fast approaching and hopefully, that means you guys are getting as excited as I am! Nothing gets me more pumped for a read-a-thon than putting together my TBR so here’s what I plan on reading:

Reading Challenges:

1. Read a book by a new-to-you author
For this challenge, I chose A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

2. Read a graphic novel
For this challenge, I chose Giant Days Vol. 4 by John Allison – I love this series!

3. Read a book with a one-word title
For this challenge, I chose Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – I have heard nothing but good things which is impressive for 96 pages!

4. Read a book you’ve read before
For this, I’m choosing Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone because I want to re-read the series this year.

5. Read a book that has been made into a movie 
For this challenge, I chose Wonder by R. J. Palacio – I need to watch it before I watch the movie.

6. Read a non-fiction book
I have been meaning to read this for over a year! For this challenge, I chose The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

7. Read 7 books!
Well, I hope to read more than that actually. I would like to also read Fifteen Dogs by Andre AlexisFirst & Then by Emma Mills, The Ice Dragon by G R. R. Martin, and The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. That brings me to a total of 10 books, but who’s counting?

I just want to have fun and read some short books, my last two were 600 and 700 pages! I’m also excited to see all your TBRs and photos for the photo challenge! (For more info on that, go to @novelcravings on Instagram and for more info on the read-a-thon, find the announcement post here.

 

 

AllTheShortOnes Readathon 2.0

I am happy to announce that I will be hosting the readathon again this year! It’s a bit late notice but I wasn’t sure I would be able to host it until now. I do hope some of you will join me, this is a really laid back readathon and last year was a lot of fun.

Dates: March 18th – March 31st

Goal: To read books that are roughly 300 pages or less. A ‘short’ book is going to be different for everyone so feel free to be flexible with the page count. There are also 7 reading challenges to complete.

Reading Challenges:
1. Read a book by a new-to-you author
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a book with a one-word title
4. Read a book you’ve read before
5. Read a book that has been made into a movie
6. Read a non-fiction book
7. Read 7 books!

Giveaway: Make sure to follow me on Instagram @novelcravings for photo challenges. Each photo you post with the hashtag #ATSOReadathon will be entered to win a book from Book Depository. (up to $15 CAD).

Don’t forget: to link your sign-up post in the comments below, I would love to see your TBRs. And share your progress on Instagram and/or Twitter, I will be posting on both platforms – it’s a good way to connect with others participating in the readathon.

 

My hope is that everyone has fun reading shorter books that they may have overlooked. I know I tend to gravitate towards thicker books. Perhaps some of those could meet other challenges you have this year and if not it will certainly boost your Goodreads count!

#ATSOReadathon Wrapup

First I would like to thank everyone who participated in my very first readathon! I don’t feel I was the best host and I appreciate you all sticking it out with me. Some of you have already asked if I will be hosting again in the future. The short answer is yes, but I don’t know when and I think I will make a few changes, including bringing on a co-host. March became so much busier than I could have imagined and I failed to keep in touch with you all and host as many sprints as I would have liked.

All that aside, I’m happy to report that I read a total of 11 books for the readathon and I’ve been hearing higher numbers from a lot of you! Congratulations to all of you for kicking some serious TBR butt! And regardless of how many books you read, I hope you enjoyed the readathon because that’s what matters most. I know I did and I’m flattered that so many of you would like to see me host it again.

Here are the books I read and reviewed, I can’t wait to see what all of you read this past month!

The Coming Storm by Robb Kidd – 135 Pages

Saga Vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan- 160 Pages

Shadows and Dreams by Cody Matthew – 35 Pages

Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce – 208 Pages

The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman – 192 Pages

Harley Quinns Greatest Hits by Paul Dini

Summer of Sloane by Erin L Schneider – 304 Pages

North of Nowhere by Barbara Sleigh – 94 Pages

Born to Race by Blanche Perrin – 148 Pages

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander – 144 Pages

Angelfall by Susan Ee – 288 Pages

I thought I would read so much more and it’s terrible that as the host I didn’t, but life happens. I’m still happy with the books I read and I’m glad I gave some re-reads a chance. I would love to hear what your favorite short book was during the readathon, and also let me know if you would like to see a readathon like this again in the future!

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who joined I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see you all join. Please link your wrap ups and reviews in the comments so that we can all share our reading experience and get a conversation going. And lastly, don’t forget to fill out this google form if you haven’t yet. This is how I will be drawing the winner for the book from Book Depository on April 7th!