A Very Ambitious August TBR (Newts Readathon 2019!)


Hi Readers

The NEWTs magical readathon is happening again and I couldn’t be more excited! A month long readathon is just how I like to spend my Summer. 

This readathon follows the OWLs readathon, which happened in April, and is hosted by The Book Roast. It comes with so many challenges and to complete them all, you would have to read 36 books in a month! I’m not aiming to do that, but it is pretty close. 

Here are all of the challenges/subjects and what I plan to read for them. 

Ancient Runes –
Recommended by a Friend – Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Written In Past Tense – Nick and Norahs Epic Playlist by Rachel Cohn
On My TBR For Ages – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (maybe).

Arithmancy –
Ends on an even page number – No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

A Standalone Novel – Joyland by Stephen King
Longer Than 350 Pages – Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Astronomy –
Moon in the Title – The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Night In the Title – Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
A Sci-Fi or Stars on the Cover – Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Care of Magical Creatures –
Title Starts With An A – Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Under 300 Pages – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Birds on the Cover – The Orchestra of Minorites by Chicozie Obioma

Charms –
Gorgeous Cover – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Under 150 Pages – War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
A Paperback – The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

Defence Against the Dark Arts –
Black Under the Dust Jacket – The Wall by Jonathan Lanchester
First Book That Comes to Mind – To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
An English Author or Set in England – Lanny by Max Porter

Divination – (I won’t be completing this one).
A White Book 
A Short Story
Last Book Borrowed From Your Library

Herbology –
A Green Cover – Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadines Evaristo
350-390 Pages – Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
Flower on the Cover – 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds In This Strange World by Elif Shafak

History of Magic –
A Fantasy – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
With A Map – Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Reread A Favourite Or A Classic – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Muggle Studies –
The Cover Includes A Photo – The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Set In the Real World – Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
A POC Author – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Potions (I won’t be doing this one).
A Friends Favourite
Hogwarts House Colours
Has A Prologue

Transfiguration (I won’t be doing this one either). 
Not the First in A Series 
Over 500 Pages 

I don’t know if I have time to do this but I really hope to read all of these. Let me know if you’re participating in NEWTS this August!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

The Reading Rush (BookTubeAThon) Wrap Up


Hi Readers

Well, another round of the most manic and fun readathon out there has come and gone. It was a week where I finished a series, found a new favourite and created a lot of fun new bookstagram pics (which are now archived because I like my theme!)

Here’s a day by day account of how my readathon went. 


Weirdly, I started off quite slowly. I only got through 167 pages of my first book, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. I did spend quite a lot of the morning trying to get the perfect picture of books flying in the air (and gaining a papercut in the process) for the instagram challenge. 


So, on this day I did get a bit distracted thanks to miss Taylor Swift announcing an announcement (who else is listening to The Archer on repeat?) Anyway, I was able to finish my first book with Crazy Rich Asians, which I ended up using for the Debut Author challenge. I was also able to read a little but of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. 


I finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue, completing the Purple on the Cover challenge. On this day I made the first changes to my orginal TBR as I really didn’t feel like reading Animal Farm. I realised I could use The Raven King for that but then I needed a new book for meant to read last year. I decided I could read Truly Madly Guilty, which was actually on my TBR for last years booktubeathon. 


This was the day I found a new favourite book. I decided to put Truly Madly Guilty aside because I couldn’t hold off read The Sun is Also a Star any longer. I used this to check off the Long Title challenge. I was so moved by this story, a review is definitely coming soon. 


First thing I did on day 5 was finish Truly Madly Guilty for the Meant to Read Last Year challenge. I also started the last book in The Raven Cycle series, The Raven King. 


This was my favourite day of the readathon for sure. Not really because of what I read but because the events were so fun. BooksandLala hosted her annual twitter sprint scavenger hunt game and the hosts did I live stream read in, which was fun to participate in. As for read I randomly added Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye to my TBR and started it because I really felt like a gothic read. 


I finished up Jane Steele and actually ended up using it for a challenge (even though I didn’t think this would count for any of them). This book was inspired by Jane Eyre and there’s a lot of similarities between the two, so I decided it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to watch the Jane Eyre film and count this for book to movie adaptation. I also started and completed We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson for the Read in the Same Spot challenge. 

Overall Results:

Purple on the Cover – Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Read In One Spot – We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 
A Debut Novel – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Meant to Read Last Year -Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Morriarty – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
A Book and Movie Adaptation – Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye – ⭐ ⭐ 
A Non-Human Main Character – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – ⭐ ⭐
A Five Or More Worded Title – The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Total Books: 7
Total Pages: 2,908

I would like to say I’m looking forward to slowing down on my reading, but seeing as the NEWTs are right around the corner I don’t think that’s going to be happening any time soon. 

Let me know how your readathons went!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

The Reading Rush (Booktubeathon) TBR!


Hi Readers!

I’m not going to lie, this is something I look forward to all year and I’m excited that it’s coming back around again. This year looks like it’s going to be bigger and better than ever and I can’t wait to get my reading game on.

The Reading Rush (previously known as the booktubeathon) was the first readathon I ever participated in and so far I haven’t missed out on a single one since. This year it has a website where you can track your reading and earn badges! 

Feel free to add me! My Account

It’s a week long and starts 22/07 and ends 28/07. It comes with reading challenges so I’ve based my tbr on those.

As always I’m being quite ambitious but this readathon has always done wonders for my reading momentom and I do like to challenge myself. So, here is my overly ambitious TBR!


A Book With Purple On The Cover – Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater 

I am loving The Raven Boys series at the moment and I’ve been told this is the stand out favourite. 

Read A Book In One Spot – We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

This book could be a potential new favourite for me so I’m definitely very excited to get to it. My spot will probably be my usual spot so this challenge will be easy peasy.

Read A Debut Novel – The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

I have read this book before and gave it two stars. Her second book is one of my all time favourites and I just want to give her debut a second chance. 

A Book You Were Meant To Read Last Year – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The final book in The Raven Boys series. I’m scared. 

Read And Watch A Book To Movie Adaptation – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I’ve wanted to watch this movie since it came out but I always have to read the book first but just never got to it. So, now is the time. 

A Book With A Non-Human Main Character – Animal Farm by George Orwell

Another book I’ve read before. I read this for my English Lit GCSE a few years ago now. I’m excited to revisit it. 

A Book With 5 Or More Words In The Title – The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

This is another one that could possibly be a new favourite. I’m so excited for this. 


Do you plan on taking part in this years The Reading Rush? Let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Queer Lit Readathon TBR


Hi Readers

For the month of June I’m going to focus on reading LGBTQIA+ books which coincides perfectly with the Queer Lit readathon, a seven day readathon that is taking place in the first week of June. 

The Queer Lit Readathon comes with a bunch of challenges and a bingo card which you can find on their twitter. I’m basing my TBR on some of the challenges but I’m not really worrying about getting a line or completing them all. My aim is to just read queer lit. 

Here are the books I want to read for that…

The Group Read – We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I hadn’t heard of this book before but I love the sound of it. If I have the time I’ll try getting to it. 

Own Voices – Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson – I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now and seeing as this is basically a staple in queer lit this is definitely a good time to get to it. 

New Author – The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth -I saw a lot of buzz about this last year and now that the film is on Netflix I think I should probably get to it. 

POC Author/Main Character – This is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – I love YA contemporary but sometimes they’re hit or miss. I’ll have to give this a try but I have a few books that could complete this challenge. 

Historical Fiction – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’ve wanted to reread this since I first finished reading it last year. I’m so excited to but also nervous I won’t like it as much this time around. 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy – Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy – I had no idea this book was queer until I saw it in a recommendations video for this readathon’s challenges. I have high hopes for this one. 

Are you taking part in the Queer lit readathon? 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X


April Reading Plans: OWLS Magical Readathon 2019!


Hi Readers

April is going to be a very exciting reading month. Not only because I have some (hopefully) amazing books lined up but because the reading this month is made 10x more exciting by The Book Roasts second round of the OWLS readathon!

This year she has gone above and beyond to make this readathon as unique and special as possible. For all the info click the link below!


Basically this is a month long readathon that comes with twelve reading prompts based on Hogwarts subjects. This year you can choose a career to aim towards and I’ve chosen librarian, although I hope to be able to complete all the challenges anyway.

Here’s what I plan to read!

Ancient Runes – A Retelling – Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – This is a retelling of the Illiad exploring more of the women’s stories. 

Arithmancy – A Book With More Than One Author – My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton – I’m so excited for this book. It’s kind of a rewrite of Lady Jane Grey’s life. 

Astronomy – A Book With Star in Title – Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – I’m not overly excited for this book but my options were limited for this prompt.

Care of Magical Creatures – A Book With A Land Animal on Cover – Life of Pi by Yann Martel – This is a book I’ve been saying I’m going to read for ages now and there’s a tiger on the over. 

Charms – An Adult Book – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Thanks to the Charms extra credit readathon in December I have four extra days for this book so I thought I’d go for a long one.   

DADA – A Title Beginning With R – Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – This is in dire need of a reread. 

Divination – A Futuristic Book – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I think. I gave this a go before but it wasn’t what I was expecting so I put it down. Hopefully I enjoy this time around. 

Herbology – A Book With A Plant on Cover – In true exam style I’m going to wing this one. I have plenty of books that could fit this brief. I’ll see what I have time for. 

History of Magic – A Book Published Ten Years Ago – Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell – I love a quaint cosy classic. 

Muggle Studies – A Contemporary Book – Ghost Hall (CosyreadingNight April 4th) by Sarah Moss – Cosy reading night is basically an evening you dedicate entirely to reading. Ghost Hall is just over 100 pages so I figured it was perfect for that. 

Potions – A Sequel –  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – If I like Angels and Demons I’ll finally give this a try.

Transfiguration – A Book With Sprayed Edges Or A Red Cover – Firestarter by Stephen King – This will probably be my Dewey’s read. It sounds exciting enough to keep me up through the night. 

Do you plan on taking part in this readathon? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X


Contemporary-A-Thon TBR


Hi Readers!

After a dismal reading month in January I have a pretty large TBR for this month and a readathon will definitely be a big help in getting through that.

This readathon is dedicated to reading contemporary books for a week. It comes with 7 challenges and hopefully I’ll get to all of them.

Last contemporary you acquired – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman 

A book with the colour purple or blue on the cover – The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 

A diverse contemporary – The Poet X by Elizabeth Avecedo 

A hard-hitting contemporary – Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown 

Meant to read in 2018 – A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A different format – I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

A picture on the spine – Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

7 books in 7 days. That’s quite ambitious, especially as I’ve only just finished my 7th book of the year so far. But these are all pretty small and I tend to read contemporary faster. Hopefully I can do this? 

Let me know if you’re taking part in this readathon. 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

24in48 Readathon TBR


Hi Readers

This weekend the 24 in 48 readathon is happening. A chance to make reading your only priority for a whole weekend. The aim is to read for 24 hours within a 48 hour time frame. It’s basically a more chilled version of a 24 hour readathon.

So far this month I’ve read a total of four books. I’m saying that’s a bad number but it is way smaller than what I would usually read. I’d like to use this readathon to hopefully up my total a little bit.

I’m hoping to finish at least two books. The first being The Long Way to A Small and Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I’m in the middle of this and I hope to finish it pretty quickly tomorrow.

I’d also like to read Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and, if I have time, I want to try and possibly start A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. 

Are you taking part in 24 in 48? Let me know what you plan on reading!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X