Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

Hey guys, I’m here with another readathon that I’m probably going to fail at, yay! But I really wanted to join this one because this readathon, hosted by Aentee @ Read At Midnight, focuses on diverse reading and reading #ownvoices books. Since diversity has been an incredibly HUGE topic of discussion this past year, I definitely wanted to join in this readathon and read some more diverse books.

My House: Hufflepuff represent, whoo whoo!

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When: January 1st to January 15th, midnight to midnight your time

Points: There are points to earn for your House, whichever you sign up for. I’m not going to explain the points, but you can find out how they work on the sign up post.

The Prompts: There are a few prompts that are based off of different spells from the Harry Potter series that you can pick books based off of. Here they are along with my picks:

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Alright, for this one I’m going with Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. As a plus-sized woman, and how one of the main characters is also large, I find this fitting. Also because I’ve always struggled with my identity as a big person and having people see me for who I am, which is a topic this book covers (or so the synopsis says).

Potential 39 points + 5 for completion = 44 points

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I think for this one I’m going to read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon because it has two characters who are diverse: a Jamaican female main character, and a Korean male main character, two groups of people which I’ve never read about, I think.

Potential 38 points + 5 completion = 43 points

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I’m going to read Style by Chelsea M. Cameron. This book features a f/f relationship, and Chelsea is a queer author, so it fits for the #ownvoices choice.

Potential 24 points + 5 completion points = 29 points

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I had the hardest time thinking of anything, so I’m going to pick something someone else is reading which is milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s a collection of poetry and prose about survival, love, loss, and other things.

Potential 20 points + 5 completion = 25 points

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I’m going to have to go with Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy because this book has been on my shelf for a while now and it features a teen who’s overweight and does beauty pageants and is confident in her body and I am here for that.

Potential 38 points + 5 completion = 43 points

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I’m going to pick Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz because I’ve heard so much hype and love for this book since joining the book community that I just need to read it for myself and see if it lives up to expectations.

Potential 35 points + 5 completion = 40 points

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This wasn’t recommended to me specifically but everyone and their mother has recommended this book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Once I finish Ruin & Rising, then I can move onto this book.

Potential 46 points + 5 completion = 51 points

Total Potential Points: 275 points
(this total doesn’t include any extra points such as review points & others)


Now will I read all of these in the two weeks this readathon takes place? Most likely not, but I’m going to read as much as I can because this is such an important and fun readathon, to broaden your horizons and read more diversely.

P.S. All of the banners were made by Aentee. I just edited the Hufflepuff one to include my info.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you planning on joining in on this readathon? What books do you plan on reading? What #ownvoices book did you pick? Which house are you representing?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about the books that we want to read this fall. Now, let’s be real: I probably won’t read all of these books this fall. If my pattern of not reading continues, I might be lucky if I finish one or two of these, BUT I’m going to try my best and read what I can. So here are the books I’m looking forward to reading this fall:

1 . The Goal by Elle Kennedy – Book #4 in the Off Campus series is out NOW and if I haven’t already started this by the time this post is up, then I need to slap myself because DAMN I AM HOOKED ON THIS SERIES. I’m also pretty sure this is the last book in the series, which makes me sad, but as my first foray into New Adult: I approve.

2. Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova – I have been reading this since it pretty much came out and I just keep PUTTING IT DOWN because new books come out and my interests change and then I’ve been in a rut AND I NEED TO FINISH IT. I love this series so much, and I need to know what happens next. Speaking of which….

3. Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova – This is the last book in the series and I obviously can’t read this one until I read the one before it (see above). I’ve heard good things about the ending and so I really just want to see what happens and how everything comes together.

4. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – I started reading this before my husband and I moved and I just put it down and haven’t picked it back up, but it’s SO cute so far and I’m really enjoying it, so I just need to finish it. I’m pretty sure I’d finish quick, too, because it reads really fast.

5. Style by Chelsea M. Cameron – This F/F story also reads fast and I like that the two voices of the two main characters are both different! I don’t think I’ve ever read a lesbian love story in novel form before (manga, yes), and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far, just, again, I pick things up and put them down.

6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – Honestly, this TBR is just the books I’m ASHAMED of having started and NOT having finished. Like, seriously, what is wrong with me? I’m pretty sure I started this book two years ago, so I just need to finish already. And it’s not like I’m not enjoying it, because I am! I think the size is just intimidating me.

7. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson – The third and final installment of another favorite trilogy of mine and I still haven’t finished it!? Ugh. I actually barely got through it because, like last year, I just wasn’t feeling it at the time I was reading it. It’s not that I don’t want to read it and see how everything comes to a close, I just wasn’t in the mood to read it at the time.

8. A Torch Agains the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I’m very excited and happy to read this sequel because they told us we weren’t getting one last year, but the reader hype was so real and now? WE HAVE THAT SEQUEL. I am very excited to see what happens next as I haven’t been spoiled by anything anywhere yet (yay!), so I hope to start this sooner rather than later.

9. Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews – I really enjoy this adult urban fantasy series a lot, and this is the fifth book, but I haven’t gotten super far in it. I do want to read it, though, because this series is ongoing and on it’s eighth book, so I need to catch up. (Plus one spin off book that I’ll be reading after this one…)

10. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – Another adult urban fantasy book that I’m interested in but I just need to finish reading. I started it but didn’t get far because, again, I just wasn’t in the mood to read it at the time. But so far it’s interesting, just a little info dumpy, but I think that kind of happens with the first books in adult urban fantasies, as far as I’ve noticed.

So there you have it, my list of SHAME. Honestly, I just want to finish these books so I stop feeling guilty that I haven’t yet. And also because I HAVE BEEN enjoying them, I just… you know.. stopped reading them.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What top three books are on your TBR for fall? Do you have a long list of SHAME books like me, or are you more hopeful for recent releases? Tell me all the things!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On Your TBR From Before You Began Blogging

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about the books that have been on your TBR for forever and a day before you began blogging. I actually find this really interesting because before I began blogging and joined the book community, I didn’t have a huge pile of books that were waiting for me to read them.

But here are some of the books that WERE on my TBR and may or not be anymore.

1 . The Hunger Games. Yup, that’s right, I still haven’t read this hugely popular series. It’s been on my TBR since the movie was announced and, well… I’ll get to it someday. I really enjoy the movies, and I know the books are awesome, I just need to read them.

2. Vampire Academy. I’ve given up on reading this series. It was a series I went to right after Twilight back in the day, and I only got up through part of book three before I stopped. I don’t plan on picking this one back up so sorry to those who loved this series.

3. Pride and Prejudice. Despite loving this story, I still haven’t read it! Blasphemy, I know, but when I read Sense and Sensibility (several months before I started blogging), I just felt like the language was difficult and the styles were just so different from what I was used to that I was nervous to pick up this one. But I will!

4. Harry Potter. FIVE THOUSAND YEARS IN THE DUNGEON. I know. But I’m working on it! I’m on Goblet of Fire, and it’s a beast of a book, but I find that when I’m reading it goes by quick? Magic, man.

5. The Mortal Instruments. AGAIN, THE DUNGEON. I’m on book five now, but I’m reading TMI and TID in order of publication, so I’m on Clockwork Prince… It’s confusing, I know, but I’ll finish it one day!

6. The Chronicles of Narnia. In my defense, the bind up of all of the stories is ginormous, and I just couldn’t bring myself to read all of them. And again, the language and style of the books are so different from what I’m used to that I find it hard to adjust sometimes. One day I’ll read these! I have read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe back in school and I really liked it (back when I was eleven or something), but I haven’t read any others.


These are the big ones that I started or wanted to start pre-blogging days, and as you can see, I’ve finished none of them. It’s been two years since I first started blogging and I haven’t even touched any of these books. So sad.

(Also, did you notice the color scheme for the second group of books? Green and yellow are really pretty together!)

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What books did you start back in the day and never finished? Are you joining me in the dungeon? How high up on your TBR have you placed these books or are you like me and just say, “I’ll read them one day?”

Read Them All Thon Pokemon Indigo League Readathon + TBR

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Guys. Guys. I need to do this readathon. It’s like all of my Pokemon Trainer dreams are finally coming true after all of these years.

So this epic readathon is being hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight and there’s a lot of fun rules and stuff, which I will list here, but also I’ll link back to her post, too (click her name).

P.S. All graphics are made by Aentee and are free to use for this readathon!
P.P.S. Pokemon is owned by Nintendo and I claim nothing. This is just for fun!

Let’s start off with the basics:

What Is It?

The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon is a 3 weeks long reading challenge based on the Kanto’s Indigo League. Long-time fans of the series would recognize this as the first set of gyms Ash Ketchum had to conquer in his quest to become the Pokemon Master. Now you, my friends, will also embark on a journey to become the very best. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead!

When Is It?

The read-a-thon will run for 3 weeks between Sunday 14th August to Sunday 4th September.

You can sign up anytime between now and the end of the read-a-thon.

My Pokemon

Now, there’s a bunch of fun associated with this readathon, and I’ll let you read all of the fine print on Aentee’s post, but here’s the Pokemon I’m going with!

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A stage three Pokemon is good for points, and I love Bulbasaur, so I’m choosing this little guy! Also, thank you to Aentee for making me the trainer card!

His next evolution: 150CP

The Challenge/Gyms

There are 8 reading challenges within this read-a-thon, based on the 8 gyms that are in the Indigo League. Earn a badge every time you complete a book!

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mooncalled

Well, this one’s pretty self explanatory, so I’m going to choose to read Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. This is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series and has been on my TBR for months now.

288 pages, potential +28CP

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theserpentking

Okay, some of you know that I don’t cry easily when it comes to books. At all. I might get teary or choked up, but it’s very rare that I cry. BUT, I’ve seen several recs for this one and I’m going to go with The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, because I started it months ago and never finished it, but I guess it’s supposed to be a tear jerker?

384 pages, potential +38CP

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thebookthief

I mean, what book would that be? I think for this one I’m going to go with The Book Thief by Markus Zuzack. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things and everyone and their brother/mother/sister/uncle’s best friend’s daughter’s dog has read, so, it’s officially my turn.

592 pages, potential +59CP

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aristotleanddante

For this one I’m choosing Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Friendship that turns out to be more while these two boys go out to find the truth of the world and who they are? Yes please!

359 pages, potential +35CP

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thebronzehorseman

I’m going to do a crazy thing and pick The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons for this book. Why is it crazy, you ask? Because it’s over 800 pages long in kindle form… I’m crying already, but I also want to read this one because Russia + romance.

811 pages, potential +81CP

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thenightcircus

I think for this one I’m going to finish reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I started reading this a couple months ago for a different readathon, but I only read the first two or three chapters before I stopped because I just wasn’t in the mood at the time. But I’m hoping to read it for this readathon!

512 pages, potential +51CP

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scarlet

Okay, so it’s not 100% red, but its focal point is red! For this challenge I’m finally going to read Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I’ve been putting it off for a long time and now I’m finally going to settle down and read it.

452 pages, potential +45CP

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legend

Alright, I’m not really into dystopian much anymore, but for this challenge I’ll read at least one more. For this one I’m going to choose Legend by Marie Lu. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this first book so I’m hoping to enjoy it.

305 pages, potential +30CP


Potential Total CP to Earn if I Finish ALL of the Books: 527 (includes +20CP bonus for each book finished)

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you plan on participating in this epic readathon? Which Pokemon did you choose? Did you choose lengthy books or reasonably sized books for this readathon?

Make Me Read It TBR

makemereaditYou guys voted for Make Me Read It, hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley, and the results are in!

I’m very excited to be reading the books you guys picked out. As I stated in my previous post, I’ll be aiming to read two books during the week, and they are:

If I have the time and energy to read more books, I will, but as it stands these are the two I will definitely be reading during the week!

Here are the results broken down in the poll:

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As you can see, the top two were definitely popular picks, but I see a lot of people also really enjoy Rebel of the Sands and Starflight. I’ll definitely check them out eventually, but for now I’m going to just focus on the two top books.

Here’s some reminder information about Make Me Read:

  • Time: July 9th-16th
  • The Rules: When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.
  • The Tag: #MakeMeRead on Twitter

So as it stands I’ll be reading Shadow and Bone first, then Lola. I hope to enjoy each book as I read it because they’re such well beloved books in their own right!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you participating in the readathon? What were your top books on your list that you’ll be reading? How many books do you plan to read?