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 Wrap-Up // ft. Wrap-Ups for Among Us Readathon and Explore-a-thon

January has been a whirlwind of a month! I had school examinations right from the beginning of the month till 15th, then had another really important examination on 26th (I know! Who keeps exams on Republic Day?) so the entire month seemed to pass by pretty quickly.

It was also a pretty good month on terms of reading, but not so much in blogging. I feel like I kinda neglected my blog a little, and just enjoyed reading other’s posts instead of writing my own. I also posted very infrequently and with long gaps, and now at the end of the month, suddenly three posts pop up on three consecutive days. (Atleast that’s how I have planned this post, are you reading this on the 31st, or after?) So sorry about that, I hope to be a little more consistent from now onwards.

Reading

I read 5 books (plus 1 comic, but I don’t count comics in my book count) this month, and a total of 2391 pages which is a quite a lot more than what I read last month. The books I read were (in order) –

Tin by Padraig Kenny [MY REVIEW]

My first book of the year!!

Unlocked by Shannon Messenger [My Rating – 4.5 stars]

The Red Scrolls Of Magic by Cassandra Clare [MY REVIEW]

The Reader by Traci Chee [My Rating – 3.5 stars]

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo [Review to come soon!]

Among Us Readathon Wrap-Up

I took part in this Among-Us themed readathon as a Cyan Crewmate, and to win I had to complete all my tasks, which I did!

Tasks Completed

Required Tasks

  1. Swipe Card – Read a standalone (Tin by Padraig Kenny)
  2. Alien Engine Output 1 – A comic (Tinkle Digest)
  3. Alien Engine Output 2 – A book with greater than 500 pages (Unlocked by Shannon Messenger)
  4. Upload Data 1 – LGBTQ+ Rep (The Red Scrolls Of Magic)
  5. Upload Data 2 – A Recommendation (The Reader by Traci Chee)

Bonus Task

  1. Fuel Engine 1 – Most recent purchase (Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

Points

1200 (for required tasks) + 100 (for bonus task) = 1300 pts in total.

Explore-a-thon Wrap-Up

To successfully complete my first term at the Explorer’s Academy, I had to complete atleast 5 classes for this readathon.

Basic/Required Classes

  1. Human History – A book set in a country outside my own (The Red Scrolls Of Magic)
  2. Technology – A sci-fi or a book with focus on some kind of tech (Tin)
  3. The many Peoples Of The Universe – A diverse read (Tinkle comic)
  4. Magics Of The Universe – A fantasy (The Reader)
  5. Survival Skills – A book over 500 pages (Unlocked)

Extra Class

  1. Basic Combat – A book that includes a battle or a fight (Six Of Crows)
Favourite posts from around the blogosphere

As I said, this month I read lots of posts by fellow bloggers. Here are the links to some posts by other bloggers that I enjoyed reading-

With that, my post is all done! Thank you for staying put and reading my post to the end (I am assuming you did😂).

How did you spend your January? Did you read some great books? Comment below!

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 August TBR for Trope-ical Readathon!

So I am officially announcing my participation in the Trope-ical Readathon! This month-long readathon has me all pumped up and ready to do some reading! (Wanna take part? Click here to know all about it- Trope-ical Readathon Info)

Without further ado, I would like to declare my TBR for this amazing readathon!

Now, a little close-up on the books from my TBR-

Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, for the trope – Strange Name

I really couldn’t find a book in which a character had a strange name, so I decided to go with the alternate prompt, which was to read a book whose title starts with the same letter as my name.

Racing in the Rain, as you can see, has ‘R’s in both the prominent words of the title, which made it the obvious choice for this trope. This one’s for all the dog-lovers out there!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, for the trope – Absent/ Dead Parents

I just completed the Mortal Instruments series, and now I find myself immensely drawn to the world of Shadow hunters. So right now, The Infernal Devices trilogy seems perfect (I plan on reading the entire trilogy in August, as you will see ahead in my TBR).

From what I know after skimming through the pages of Clockwork Angel, the main character, Tessa, lost her parents way back, and she and her brother were raised by an aunt.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, for the trope – Outbreak/Pandemic

This book is for the alternate prompt, which was to read a book that is part of a series. This is the second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, and I can’t tell you much about it right now, because I myself don’t know a thing about it! But, all the same, I can’t wait to read it!

The Seven and Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, for the trope – Amnesia

Come on! Amnesia? Which is the first book that comes to your mind when I say that? Pretty sure more than half of you will say it’s Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. So it was a pretty obvious choice, don’t you agree?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, for the trope – Artificial Intelligence

I am not a very artificial-intelligence-type reader (although I love AI movies!) so I am reading this book for the alternate prompt, which was to read an E book. Since none of the bookstores near me are open, most of my books for August are E-books, so this was a pretty easy one. With this I will finally finish the Infernal Devices trilogy!

And for the Team Challenges, I am going to go for –

The Keeper of Lost Cities, for the Magic Academy trope

This book is going to be a start of a new series, which, after reading all the reviews, I am really excited for. I had been told there was a magic academy in this, so straight away I picked this for the trope.

Fate and Magic, for the Time Travel trope

This is the only book on my TBR which I am not very enthusiastic about. The reason is that I did not find its prequel, Blood and Snow, the first book in this series, very interesting. But, from experience, I know books are capable of surprises. Let’s see.

From what I know, in this book, the main character Snow gets trapped in the mind of a queen who existed several hundred years ago, and is forced to live in her time until she finds a way to free herself from the queen’s mind.

And that, my fellow bookworms, was my TBR for August. What are you planning to read? Are you participating in any readathons? Let me know in the comments!

PS – This is actually the first time I have ever planned and written down my TBR. And maybe it was not that great and interesting, but I am slowly learning. Your suggestions would always be welcome!