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!).

November TBR + BuJo spread for Believathon

Hi bookworms, and welcome to the start of a new month! November is going to be a really hectic but also an amazing month. For starters, I am taking part in Believathon for the first time! It is a middle-grade readathon hosted by an amazing person, Mr. Gavin Hetherington. You can find all the information about it here.

Since Believathon is a middle-grade readathon, I will be reading only middle grade books this month. That won’t be a problem at all, since middle grade is my favourite genre (I am 13 years old after all!) and I am always ready to explore new middle grades.

Without further ado, I present to you my TBR.

Legacy by Shannon Messenger

After just having finished Flashback, I just. Cannot. Wait. To read this! I want to know who Sophie’s parents are. I want to know whether Tam will come back. I want to know more about Wynn and Luna. And I want to see Alvar dead.

Wow, so the last one was pretty dark. But anyway, you get the point.

With this book, I will be getting The Key and The Crown for Believathon.

Frostheart by Jamie Littler

I have heard lots of good things about this book. And by the way, this is the only book I don’t have with me yet. I had ordered it two weeks back, and they sent me Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets last week! Hopefully, I will get the replacement by tomorrow.

This book will help me get The Fingerprints, The Dagger and The Backpack.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

This is one of those books I feel that everyone has read, except me. The concept of the book really attracted me, and I hope it will live up to my expectations. Gorgeous cover, isn’t it?

This book counts for The Footprints, The Handmirror, and The Chain.

The Haunting Of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

Horror is not really my genre. I have hardly a couple of horror books in my bookshelf, none of which I really liked. But I still decided to give this book a try because (1) Everybody who has read it has appreciated it, and (2) I really needed a book with ghosts and supernatural elements to fulfill the prompts for Believathon.

This book will work for The Torn Page, The Spilled Ink, and The Shadow.

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

This book has been on my TBR for quite some time now. I hope I finally get around to reading it this month. It is the first book of a series, and I am a series person (I just made that up, it means I love reading books that are part of a series 😀) so hopefully I will like the book.

This book will help me in collecting the clues The Scream and The Flash Of Lightning.

And that was my TBR. If I manage to read these five books, I will be able to collect all 13 clues and solve the mystery of the missing maleficarum!

I have also made a Bullet Journal spread for Believathon. It looks like this

Let’s chat in the comments! What is your TBR for this month? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? How did you like them? Let me know your thoughts and views. See you in my next post!