June TBR // I’m taking part in Whatever-a-thon!

Its been so long I took part in a readathon, I jumped at the chance when I saw Whatever-you-want-a-thon (or Whatever-a-thon for short) doing rounds on Twitter. (you can find the announcement video with all the details here).

I’m part of the team Middle Grade Monarchs, so most of the books on my TBR are going to be middle grade BUT June is also pride month, and there is a HUGE point bonus on reading lgbtq books, so I’ve tried to incorporate some of them in my TBR as well. My goal for this readathon is to read 6 books (which I think I’ll manage, but just barely), but even after removing so many books I really wanted to read, the smallest TBR I could come up with has….drumroll please….10 books! I realize that’s a lot more than my goal, but I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving any of these out. Huh, guess that just means more options for me, right? (says she who is now going to have a difficult time choosing what to read first because there’s no way she can read them all😭). My bookworm tendencies aside, lets move on to see all the amazing books I have on my June TBR!! (as always, you can click on the cover image to visit the goodreads page and add a book to your TBR as well!)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)
Small Spaces (Small Spaces, #1)
The House in the Cerulean Sea
Orphans of the Tide (Orphans of the Tide #1)
Believe

Cemetery Boys
Pegasus and the Fight for Olympus (Pegasus, #2)
The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, #4)
The Unbreakable Code (Book Scavenger, #2)

  • The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  • The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Orphans Of The Tide by Struan Murray
  • Pegasus And The Fight For Olympus
  • The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  • Believe by Julie Mathison

So that’s it. (whoa, this post is a baby compared to my usual posts😂) I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these books in the comments!

I have some little things to say!

Um…definitely not my best title. But I couldn’t think of anything else, because today’s post is not about any one topic, it is basically a pile-up of all the different posts I’ve been wanting to do, but had simply no time or energy to do so.

Medieval-a-thon Wrap-Up

I had taken part in this readathon, which ran from 10th January to 10th February. I wanted to do a separate post on this, but as stated earlier, I couldn’t. So I won’t bore you with the details, I’ll just share my bullet journal spread for the readathon, which will pretty much tell you how I fared in this readathon.

Yes I am a princess, bow to me everyone!! And the crow illustration is for Six Of Crows😊

Trope-ical Readathon

I had participated in the previous round of this readathon in August last year and it was a lot of fun. Now there is a new round coming up in March. You can see all the information about it in the host’s blog post here. I don’t know for sure whether I will be participating this time, but you should definitely join this! And please do consider joining Team Non-Fiction/Poetry as it is running low on members.

Hiatus Anouncement

So here it is. The thing I have been delaying since the end of January. You may have noticed that my last post was around 13 days back, and how I keep saying I don’t have time and stuff. I am really facing a big time constraint, what with so many exams coming up in the end of February and most of March too. Plus, Idk why, but I have not been feeling like posting anything lately. I mean, I get ideas, but then I can’t seem to process them and put them down here. I have decided that a hiatus is probably the best thing for me at the moment. I am not sure exactly how long I’ll be away, but most probably, I will be back around the last week of March (I’m looking forward to that birthday post!). But this does not mean I will forget that something called WordPress exists, so I will still read your posts and comment on them as I usually do (unless of course, I drown in the sea of textbooks surrounding me😱).

Goodreads

I am now on Goodreads!! *dramatic bow* Better late than never, right?

So I joined Goodreads in January this year, and I was giving myself a little time to get used to it before I told you. The thing is, given the huge number of people who use Goodreads, I am unable to find any of you there. That’s why I have a request. Can you please add me as a friend on Goodreads? THIS is my profile.

Alright, that was all I wanted to say to you! Don’t forget to add me as a friend on Goodreads! See you next month (hopefully!).

January TBR // ft. 3 Readathons and BuJo spreads

Hey guys, happy new year! How’s the new year treating you?

Today I bring to you all my reading plans for this month. First off, I am taking part in not one, not two, but three readathons this month!! Crazy, I know! I have never attempted such a feat before and I have no idea if I will be able to pull it off. The thing is, all three readathons sounded so amazing, and I couldn’t even imagine dropping any one of them. Okay, now the names of the readathons – Explore-a-thon, Among Us Readathon, and Medieval-a-thon. Go check them out on Twitter!

Believe me, it was HARD work creating a TBR to fit in the prompts of two readathons, and then I found Medieval-a-thon, and I really really wanted to take part, but I most definitely did not want to start over from my TBR again, so I have decided I will read the books according Explore-a-thon and Among Us Readathon, and then somehow try to fit them with Medieval-a-thon. Also, Medieval-a-thon takes place from 10th January to 10th February, while the other two are from 1st-31st January, this is another reason I still haven’t decided my ‘profession’ for Medieval-a-thon, and will just go along whatever I read.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my TBR!

Tin by Padraig Kenny

Christopher is ‘Proper’: a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher’s best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher’s world is changed for ever… What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human.

Unlocked by Shannon Messenger

In this extra special installment of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, the story picks up right from Legacy’s particularly devastating cliffhanger. But chapters alternate between Sophie and Keefe’s perspectives to give readers deeper insights into both beloved characters. New powers will be discovered. Hard truths from the past will come to light. And all of your favorite characters will find themselves tested in ways they never imagined.

OMG, this got delivered today (January 1st), and I am soooo excited!

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand before the cult can cause any more damage. Demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

The Reader by Traci Chee

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

Tinkle Double Digest

I know you might be surprised seeing this on my TBR. I give these old comics of mine a re-read from time to time, and a class for Explore-a-thon required me to read a comic, so I though, why not?

These are the five books on my TBR. I have included synopses as well, so if any catch your attention, do make sure to add them to your TBR as well!

Now for my BuJo spreads. I am making three different spreads for the three readathons, but I am still working on Medieval-a-thon because I still have a some more days till it starts. Right now I am sharing the spreads of Explore-a-thon and Among Us Readathon.

That was it for this post! I would love to know your thoughts on these books if you’ve read any of them, and whether you’re taking part in any read-a-thons this month!

My Believathon progress so far (+Mini reviews of the books I read)

Hey y’all! As many of you already know, this month I am participating in this super cool readathon called Believathon, wherein we have to collect clues from the Manor of Make-Believathon, and return the stolen Maleficarum to its rightful place. If you didn’t know about it, you can check out my November TBR + BuJo spread for Believathon blog post.

So, I have to share some exciting news regarding my reading progress this month, which is….I have completed my TBR! Yes, you heard it right, I have read all the 5 books on my TBR, with 10 more days to go until the month ends! This is seriously a huge achievement, considering I didn’t get anywhere close to my previous 2-3 months’ targets. This was precisely why this month I had set my TBR to only 5 books, in hopes that I might be able to read all of them. And now here I am!

What I am going to do for the rest of the month, you ask? Sit back and relax, most definitely NOT. I am going to be reading even more books, so that I can contribute to the 1 million pages mark that all of us Believathon-ers (I am referring to my fellow Believathon participants) are trying to achieve. Anyway, here is a little something about each of the books I read in these 20 days.

Legacy by Shannon Messenger

Okay, this is the last you’ll hear about this series for a while, I promise😂! I haven’t been able to get hold of book 8.5 yet, so you’ll definitely get a break from me blabbering about KOTLC. But not for long!

Anyway, this was obviously a five star prediction, and it definitely deserves those five stars(obviously!). Although, the cliffhanger!! Though I had expected this after reading all the previous books (all the books in this series end in cliffhangers, in case you’re wondering), this. Was. The worst. Cliffhanger. Ever. Or should I call it the best? Either way, it has left me dying to know what happens next!

Frostheart by Jamie Littler

This was the book nearly EVERYONE was reading for Believathon, so I decided to give it a try too. The book was great, and Tobu is my favourite character (he is an exiled yeti, by the way). Still, I feel the book is a little overrated, and there wasn’t anything too mind blowing or anything. I guess I’ll give it 4 or maybe 4.5 stars.

The School For Good And Evil by Soman Chainani

This book has been on my TBR for what, three months now? I finally read this this month, and I think I would have been better off if I had left it unread. I mean, the plot was great, two separate schools for Good and Evil, and pink-loving Sophie and black-loving Agatha are put into the ‘wrong’ schools. So yeah, a really good story could have been made out of this. But I’m afraid this was not the case. Most of the time I hated Sophie, she really was the worst mc. Yeah, I know she is supposed to be ‘Evil’ and a witch, but did she really have to be that bad, that too towards Agatha, who never wanted anything else other than both of them to be safe? Anyway, when I was halfway through the book, I had made up my mind that I would definitely not continue reading this series. But the ending was better than the whole story put together, so maybe I will read the next books after all. Let’s see.

The Haunting Of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

As I have mentioned before, I am not a big fan of horror. Even the slightest mention of ghosts and spirits gives me nightmares for a couple of days😄. But I desperately wanted to collect all the 13 clues for Believathon, and two of them went like – “book that features ghosts” and “book with supernatural element”, so I decided to put aside my fears and try this one out. And it was pretty good (though, as predicted, it did give my nightmares 😂) and I think I’ll be reading the sequel – The Bewitching Of Aveline Jones too. 4 stars to this book!

Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

I, uh…wow! I finished this book this afternoon itself and just…wow! I think this might just become my current favourite series after KOTLC. A girl with amazing powers, a magical world full of wonder (literally! There is this substance called Wunder which apparently holds a lot of importance throughout the series), a prestigious society who holds difficult trials, what’s there not to like?! My favourite character is Jupiter North, Morrigan’s patron. He is kind, witty, humorous and a whole lot of other things whose combination makes him an awesome person. I actually laughed out loud a couple of time while reading, earning me strange looks from my mother. This book was a five-star prediction, and five stars it gets. Looking forward to reading the next book, Wundersmith real soon!

Those were the books I had in my TBR and have read so far this month. Any middle-grade books you read recently and loved? I would love some recs from all of you. So I guess that is it for this post, let me know your views on these books in the comments. Bye, until my next post (which hopefully would be real soon!).