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.


#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!

TBR for #tometopple Readathon

Guys! I am so excited to be participating in Tome Topple Readathon for the very first time! I hope I can participate in some reading sprints and photo challenges but mostly I just want to tackle some tomes! My goal is to finish at least one but I have three in mind.

If you want to know more about the readathon, I recommend watching Little Book Owl’s video – she is one of the hosts. Basically, it’s a readathon for books over 500 pages and the challenges this round are:

1. Read more than 1 tome – (HOPEFULLY!)
2. Read a graphic novel – (NOT THIS ROUND)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series – (YES!)
4. Buddy read a tome – (MAYYYYBE)
5. Read an adult novel – (YES!)

So, the books I plan to read are, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The Magic String of Frankie Presto by Mitch Alborn, and possibly finishing The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Even though I have already begun I still have 504 pages to read so I’m counting it.

If you will be participating as well, I’d love to hear what you plan to read. If you aren’t participating what is one tome you’d like to get to one day?

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!