FantasyAThon Round 2 TBR

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There’s nothing like a fun readathon to finish the year with!

Many of you know that fantasy is my favorite genre, so as soon as I heard about the second round of FantasyAThon, I started working on my TBR!

FantasyAThon was started by Madi at The Book Pusher, and this year is being co-hosted by Ali from Ali Corvere Books and Julie from Pages and Pens. If you’re interested in their TBR videos, here they are:

The readathon will be starting on December 13 and finishing up on December 22. This means that participants will have two full weekends to get reading done, which I’m thankful for.

Here are the challenges:

  • Read a diverse fantasy
  • Read a debut or backlist title
  • Start a new series or read on in a series
  • Read a hype train fantasy
  • Finish a fantasy you started but didn’t finish
  • Read a fantasy in a format you don’t normally read
  • Read one of the hosts’ favorite fantasies
  • BONUS: read Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw

My official TBR for the FantasyAThon contains four books, including Winterwood, but if I have time, I’ll try to read more. 


Here is my official FantasyAThon TBR: 

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Completes the following challenges:

  • Read a hype train fantasy
  • Read a hosts’ favorite (Ali Corvere’s)
  • Start a new series

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Completes the following challenges:

  • Read a diverse fantasy
  • Finish a fantasy you started but didn’t finish
  • Read a backlist title

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Completes the following challenge:

  • Read a fantasy in a format you don’t normally read

I very rarely listen to audiobooks, although I want to learn to love them. I’ll be listening to the audiobook version of this novel.


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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Completes the following challenge:

  • BONUS: read Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw

For Winterwood, I would like to read it, but it all depends on whether or not I get it from my library or not. I’m currently on a book-buying ban for financial reasons, and it’s currently on-order at my library with two holds ahead of me. I doubt I’ll get to it, but hopefully, it’ll work out.


Are you planning on participating in FantasyAThon? If so, what books are you planning on reading?




 

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Contemporary-a-thon Wrap-up

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Last week, I shared my TBR for Contemporary-a-thon, round 5.

I had planned on reading at least four books:

In the end, however, I only finished one – Again, but Better – because I started reading Joe Hill’s The Fireman on my Kindle and I’m enjoying it so much that I stopped reading everything else.

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I’m still technically reading The Right Swipe, which I started and got about fifty pages into, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to stick with it or not. It’s by no means bad, I’m just not really in a contemporary romance mood right now. This time of the year, I get really into high fantasy, magical realism, and horror, so I might save it until I’m in more of a romance mood.

There are a number of readathons that I want to participate in for October (all horror-themed, of course), so hopefully, I’ll be more successful during those ones.

Did you participate in round 5 of Contemporary-a-thon? If so, what did you read? Let me know in the comments!




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Contemporary-a-thon TBR, Round 5

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Contemporary fiction is a genre that I don’t pick up often because I tend to choose a lot of science fiction, fantasy, or historical fiction when I’m looking for my next read.

I found out this morning that today is the start of Round 5 of the Contemporary-a-Thon, so I figured it would be a great opportunity for me to read some great new books!

If you haven’t heard of the Contemporary-a-Thon, it’s being hosted by Melanie at Meltotheany, Chelsea at Chelsea Dolling Reads, Julie at Pages and Pens, and Natasha from My Reading is Odd.

For the time being, I’m planning on doubling up on several of the prompts, but if I have time to, I’m going to try to read a different book for all seven challenges.

Let’s get right into my TBR! Synopses are courtesy of the publishers and Goodreads.



Read a 2019 Release

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Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.


Read a book with yellow on the cover
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Read a diverse contemporary

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules:

– Nude pics are by invitation only

– If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice

– Protect your heart

Only there aren’t any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night… and disappears.

Rhi thought she’d buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won’t fumble their second chance, but she’s wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…


Read a dark/hard-hitting contemporary
&
Read a book with plants on the cover

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A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White

Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish the job?

As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a writer, adventurer, and ranch heir who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.


Read a book with an illustrated cover
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Read a book beloved by the book community

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.



So, what you see above is my official TBR. If I have time to read seven books, I’ll definitely try to read more.

Are you participating in the Contemporary-a-thon? If so, what are you reading?




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Re-Read-A-Thon 2019

I first heard about this readathon through Elliot Brooks’ Youtube channel, and since I’ve been wanting to reread some old favorites, decided I am going to participate.

(As a side note, if you aren’t already subscribed to Elliot Brooks’ youtube channel, I recommend you check it out. She’s one of the best booktubers, in my opinion, and I’ve gotten an insane number of great recommendations from watching her videos.)

The readathon has a dedicated Twitter page, and several hosts:

Here’s my list of books I’m reading during this readathon:

  • Giving a Book a Second Chance: Retrovirus by Jimmy Palmiotti is a graphic novel and one of the first books I read when I received my Amazon Kindle as a Christmas gift. I remember not liking it, but I don’t remember much else about it, so it’s a perfect book to give a second chance.
  • A Recent Favorite: I adored Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue when I read it in 2018, and I’ve been itching to re-read it.
  • An Old Favorite: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien has been one of my favorite books since I was a child. I can’t even begin to guess at how many times I’ve read and reread this novel, but I’ll still continue to reread it until I’m on my deathbed.
  • Game Changing Book: I was never a comic book fan until I met my boyfriend, who introduced me to this new, wonderful, absorbing world. One of the first series I fell in love with was the Doctor Strange and Punisher mashup, Magic Bullets by John Barber.I’ve been looking for an excuse to reread it.
  • Unpopular Book: I remember reading J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye back in high school, but I remember absolutely nothing about it. I know this is a book that many people hate for a variety of reasons, and I’m interested to see what I’ll think of it.
  • Childhood Favorite: I just purchased a full set of the Harry Potter novels, which I’d lost when my family’s house burned down when I was nineteen. It’s been years since I’ve read the series, so for this challenge, I’ll be reading the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Popular Book: I’m being lazy with this challenge because this is already quite a bit of reading, so both Harry Potter and The Hobbit are doubling up for this one.

Are you participating? If so, let me know in the comments! I’d love to have some more bookish accounts to follow!