April TBR

April is here and with it a global pandemic and a ton of time to read. Along with the O.W.L.S I am planning to complete the April Year-a-thon reading challenge as well as reading a couple of additional books.

as well as one of the following books…

Overall, I am hoping that I can get all 10 of these books read as well as finally finishing ‘The Secret History’ Which I have been reading for a couple of months already!

What are you most looking forward to reading this month?

O.W.L.S 2020 Readathon TBR

I am so excited that the O.W.L.S are upon us. This is one of my all time favourite readathons, hosted by Gee from Book Roast on YouTube. The O.W.L.S have happened every April for the past 2 years with this being the 3rd year its run. It really couldn’t come at a better time either!

Gee has also created a careers guide which is linked to her announcement video each time and has this year added some more career options. Even with these awesome additional careers I still chose one that was in the original guide and that is…

This means that to pass my O.W.L.S I need to read 8 books, for each of the subject prompts which are as follows.

These are the books I’m picking up for each prompt.

Heart Rune: Read a book with a heart of the cover or in the title

I’ve decided to reread ‘Wild at Heart’ by K.A. Tucker for this prompt. I know that its one that I enjoy and even though I only recently read it for the first time, I cannot wait to get back into it!

Magical Qualities of Number 2: Balance/opposites: read something outside your favourite genre

For a book outside my favourite genre I decided to go with ‘Empress of a Thousand Skies’ by Rhoda Belleza, a science fiction. I don’t really have many genres I don’t like but I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and contemporaries lately.

Lumos Maxima: White Cover

I’m not really sure yet which book I want to read with a white cover yet so I’ve got three options to choose from ‘The Dream Thieves’ by Maggie Stiefvater, ‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff and ‘The Dragon Republic’ by R.F. Kuang. I am leaning towards ‘The Dragon Republic’ since I recently completed ‘The Poppy War’ and I want to be up to date before the third book is released.

Grindylows: Book set at the sea/coast

After watching Emma at Drinking by my shelf, do a 24 hour readathon where she read all the Lemony Snicket, I knew I wanted to read them again since I realised that when I read them as they came out I never finished them. I got up to book 3 which I remember being set by the sea so I decided to save ‘The Wide Window’ for the O.W.L.S.

Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title that starts with M

After narrowing it down from my three options, I decided to pick up ‘Maybe This Time’ by Kasie West for the prompt. I want something fun and light to throw into this TBR so a contemporary seems like the best option.

A book from the perspective of a muggle (Contemporary)

For the contemporary I wanted to mix it up a little bit and pick up ‘Heartstopper: Volume 3’ by Alice Oseman, a contemporary graphic novel. This is one that I am so excited to pick this one up!

Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

I actually found it really difficult to find a book that filled this prompt and after going through my graphic novel collection and found that ‘Thor: God of Thunder Reborn’ by Jason Aaron, Mike Del Mundo and Christian Ward fit the bill perfectly!

Animagus Lecture: Book/series that includes shape shifting

I don’t think I have any other books on my shelf that have shape shifter as a feature which works out perfectly because I am almost done with my Twilight reread, which means I can fill this prompt with ‘Breaking Dawn’ by Stephenie Meyer.

I am so happy that it’s O.W.L.S season again and I really cannot wait to get into all these wonderful stories. This readathon could not have come at a better time, so if you have the chance, join in, let me know if you will be participating and we can connect as a community and read some amazing stories together!

April Book Haul

April has (insanely) come and gone and throughout the month I got some books that I ordered during March – when I wasn’t on a book buying ban – and that I received in April. Not that I need to add any more books to my TBR, but here we are.

‘The Field Guide to the North American Teenager’

By Ben Phillppe

Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs.

Yet, against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris. Be it loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making. He even starts playing actual hockey with these Texans.

But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life—along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

‘Spider-Gwen: Greater Power’

By Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Tom Taylor, Chris Visions, Rico Renzi, Marcio Takara

Spider Gwen Volume 1

GWEN STACY IS BACK IN THE WEBS AND HAS AN ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MYSTERY TO SOLVE!

THE SPIDER-WOMAN of Earth-65 was convinced that the Lizard’s threat died in her arms along with Peter Parker. But a new reptilian rampage leaves her with doubts not only about Peter’s life, but also his death. While her father, Captain George Stacy, struggles with Gwen’s double life, troubles mount as the Osborns make their debut — and Gwen finds herself on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most-wanted list! Perhaps Jessica Drew, the Spider-Woman of Earth-616, can offer some wise lessons about power and responsibility that might come in handy when Gwen battles the Goblins! Plus: Discover who wields the shield as Earth-65’s Captain America joins the fray — but will she be on Gwen’s side?

‘Spider-Gwen: Weapon of Choice’

By Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez

Spider-Gwen Volume 2

Gwen’s life is turned upside down after the SPIDER-WOMAN event at the worst time ever as Captain Frank Castle is bearing down on her. Does she stand a chance against Castle’s punishment?

‘The Devil’s Thief’

By Lisa Maxwell

Book #2 in the Last Magicians Series

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-travelling thief. 

‘How to be a Pirate’

By Cressida Cowell

Book #2 in the How to Train Your Dragon Series

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking Hero–dashing, brave, and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere. In this rip-roaring adventure he recounts his early days–when he still had a lot to learn about sword fights, shipwrecks, and homicidal dragons.

‘Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster’

By Liza Palmer

Carol Danvers kicks off her U.S. Air Force career with her first year at flight school, where she’ll be tested in ways she never thought possible-and make a lifelong friend, Maria Rambeau, in the process-in this atmospheric and exciting prelude to the upcoming Marvel Studios’ film, Captain Marvel! Focusing on Carol Danvers and Maria Rambeau as they wend their way through a space that was still very much a “boys’ club” in the 80s, the important social-cultural themes explored in this novel are sure to draw in not only fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but readers of social issue-focused YA who gravitate toward relatable protagonists learning to navigate the world around them, and to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.

‘Grim Tuesday’

By Garth Nix

Book #2 in The Keys to the Kingdom Series

The second incredible book in The Keys to the Kingdom, now in hardcover 
Arthur doesn’t think he will ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday — the house that contains an entire world. But Tuesday brings new challenges — in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the well-being of both Arthur’s family and his world. Arthur must retrieve the Second Key from Grim Tuesday in order to save everything — an adventure that will include stealing a Sunship, surviving a very weird work camp, befriending a bearlike spirit, fighting the void like Nithlings, and travelling to the scary Far Reaches for the ultimate showdown.

‘Nightfall’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #6 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.

The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.

All paths lead to Nightfall—an ominous door to an even more ominous place—and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they’re facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.

‘Flashback’

By Shannon Messenger

Book #7 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

In this unforgettable seventh book, Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat.

But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight.

Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for. 

Wrap Up: February 2019

Oh my gosh, February has come and gone. I definitely didn’t get as much reading done as I would of liked but I’ve still done some which is what matter!

I ended up finishing ‘Crown of Midnight’ By Sarah J. Maas at the start of the month and proceeded to spend most of the month reading ‘Heir of Fire’ By Sarah J. Maas. These books are monsters and they really take me a while to get through, so instead of moving straight into ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas I decided to read something lighter and completed ‘Fence’ Volumes 1 & 2 By C.S. Pacat as well as ‘Bloom’ By

Goal Wrap Up: January 2019

Book Discussion

TBR: February 2019

Review: ‘Crown of Midnight’ By Sarah J. Maas

Exciting Project!

Weekly Update: 10.2.19

Book Adaptation Tag

The Book Addiction Tag

Weekly Update: 16.2.19

Book Interview Tag

ABC Book Challenge – A

ABC Book Challenge – B

New Book Annotation Method

Weekly Update: 26.2.19

ABC Book Challenge – C

So this was a feature I have now transferred to my weekly updates but will still be posting into these monthly wrap ups. I’ve also started the ABC Book Challenge which will be a feature on my blog for a while. When it comes to life, things got pretty hectic in February and will be hectic for a while longer. We are in the process of moving, which is definitely not my favourite thing to do! But on more of a positive we have managed to book a photographer for our wedding which we are both really excited about! So its been a but of a crazy mixed bag these past four weeks!

Weekly Update: 6.3.19

This week has been a busy week I ended up reading more books than I thought I would.

I completed ‘Fence’ Volumes 1 and 2 as well as ‘Bloom’

I have finally diversified my reading a little bit deciding to start the month with ‘In an Absent Dream’ By Seanan McGuire. I am so excited to get into this and I know its going to be over too soon.

So the end of this week has seen me finally head to the doctors about the cough. I mostly only went because my ribs were really hurting and I couldn’t sleep. Ends up that I have a suspected cracked rib but just hoping for strained muscles. So I’ve been put on pain killers for the ribs and antibiotics for the coughing. The combination is making me feel absolutely wrecked! But lets hope they work.