Triwizard Tournament Readathon – First Task Wrap-up and Second Task TBR

WElcome to the Triwizard Tournament Readathon!

This readathon snuck up on me so this is my first blog on the subject and we’re at the end of the First Task. Probably stating the obvious here, but the challenges for this readathon are based on the Triwizard Tournament tasks in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. You can find more info at Chapter Charms.

Teams were decided on by date of birth, and I am on Team Durmstrang. For the first task, I had to Swedish Short-snout.

The prompt: These dragons are sought after to use their skin to make shields and gloves, re-read a favourite that makes you feel protected.

When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne

I’ve got to be honest, part of me was freaking out about this prompt because I’ve got so many books to read for the first time right now, and I didn’t think I had time to re-read anything. However, I can always count on the Winnie-the-Pooh books to give me warm fuzzies, and they are very quick reads.

There was also the method of defeating the dragon. I used distraction.

The prompt: Distract your dragon by transfiguring a rock into an animal, read a book with an animal on the cover.

Portable Curiosities: Stories by Julie Koh

With a cat on the cover! This was a really entertaining collection of short stories. There were some I didn’t really get, but others were fantastic. They were all a bit weird in some way or another.

So now that the first task is over, there is a week until the second task begins. In the second task, Harry and the other Triwizard Champions had to rescue a loved on from the Hogwarts Lake. Durmstrang team members will be rescuing a friend.

The prompt: Read a book about friendship.

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

I’m going to hope this works for this prompt anyway! Otherwise there’ll be a mad dash for me to find another one. But there’s such a large cast in the Diviners novels, I figure I’ll be able to make it work in one way or another.

And of course, the question is how do I rescue my friend from the lake? I’m going with transfiguration.

The Prompt: Partially transfigure yourself into a sea creature by reading a book about a sea creature.

Into the Drowning Deep by MIra Grant

I originally had this book down for the third task, under “read a book containing something you fear” because you can bet I am terrified of the ocean. I mean, I’m happy enough going to the beach, but anything more than a few feet underwater and I start getting bothered. But I didn’t really have anything else for any of the prompts for this challenge, so I’m moving it here. There’s till plenty of time to figure out my titles for the Third Task.

The second task runs from Monday November 25 to Sunday December 01, so I’ll be back with another wrap-up post sometime after that.

See you then!

October 2019 Reading Wrap-up

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At the start of October, I was speeding through a book every two days. I was hoping to keep that momentum up in the second half of the month, but alas, it didn’t happen. Still, I read a decent amount of books. I also participated in my first readathon, and I have already signed up for another one because I had so much fun!

Having said that, I’ve got other challenges to finish before the end of the year, plus a bunch of library books, so we’ll see how I actually go. Oh, and did I mention I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo at the same time?

Past Month’s Reading:

    1. Monuments by Will Kostakis (YA urban fantasy – 4 stars – review) (read September, reviewed October)
    2. Evangeline and the Spiritualist by Madelein D’Este (YA steampunk – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
    3. The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley (MG horror – 2.5 stars – review)
    4. Songbird by Ingrid Laguna (MG contemporary – 5 stars – review)
    5. Vampire Island by Adele Griffin (MG urban fantasy – unrated – not intending to review)
    6. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg (YA sci-fi/thriller – 5 stars – review)
    7. Serpent and Dove by Shelbie Mahurin (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
    8. The White Hornet by Celine Jeanjean (steampunk fantasy – 5 stars – review)
    9. Evangeline and the Mysterious LIghts (YA steampunk – 3 stars – review forthcoming)

Booktube:

I have a Booktube account where I talk about Australian books. I didn’t post for about six months but I said October would be the month when I got back into it and I meant it! I got two videos posted.

You can check out the channel whole here

Favourite Bookish Photo:

I always love the covers for Celine Jeanjean’s books and this one for the White Hornet is no different! You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: Too Flash by Melissa Lucashenko. This is a YA contemporary that I’m reading as part of my Australian Women Writers Challenge. I’m not very far in, yet, but it’s got a really authentic voice that I love.

Ebook: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I have to be honest, I wasn’t intending to read this series but a close friend recommended it so I’m giving it a go. So far, so good though it’s kind of on hold until I get some library books read.

Audio book: Circe by Madeline Miller. Audible kept recommending this to me so I selected it when Iw as at a loss about what to listen to. It’s not something I would normally read but I do enjoy my witches in fiction and Circe was kind of the original.

Planning to read next:

In my September wrap-up I said I was listening to the audio book of Illumination by Karen Brooks. This was way too long and I knew I wouldn’t get through it before it was due back, so I have the hard copy instead and that is next up. It is quite a hefty tome, though! Lugging it around is going to be annoying.

What are you reading? 🙂

September 2019 Reading Wrap-up

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After a slow start, I feel like I found my readin groove again in September. I got through 9 titles, and even though some of them were only short, it all counts!

Some of the books I read this month are not ones I’m intending to review on this blog, but where I’ve left more than a sentence on GoodReads, I’ve linked there instead.

Past Month’s Reading:

    1. Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Musical Drama (audio drama – 5 stars – no formal review – GoodReads thoughts)
    2. Evangeline and the Alchemist by Madeleine D’Este (steampunk fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
    3. Evangeline and the Bunyip by Madeleine D’Este (steampunk fantasy – 3 stars – review forthcoming)
    4. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (historical fantasy – 5 stars – review)
    5. Suicide Club by Rachel Heng (SF dystopia – 3.5 stars – review)
    6. The Modern Girl’s Guide to Safe Sex by Kaz Cooke (non-fiction/humour – 3 stars – no formal review – GoodReads thoughts)
    7. Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Powerby Sady Doyle (feminist/non-fiction – 3.5 stars – not intending to review)
    8. Doctor Who: Scratchman by Tom Baker and James Goss (sci-fi – 3 stars – no formal review – GoodReads thoughts)
    9. Monuments by Will Kostakis (YA urban fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

Booktube:

Moving house meant I didn’t get anything posted to Booktube this month. I feel like I’ve been saying this several months in a row, but really, October will be the month where I get back into it!

You can check out the channel here

Favourite Bookish Photo:

Gods and Jade and Shadow was a beautiful Mexican historical fantasy, and the cover was also gorgeous. You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: No physical book on the go at the moment.

Ebook: Evangeline and the Spiritualist by Madeleine D’Este. These novellas are very short, which is why I’m waiting to review them all at once, rather than one at a time. But they are sweet and entertaining.

Audio book: I have started Illumination by Karen Brooks, the third book in the Curse of the Bond Riders trilogy. I read the first two a couple of years ago and I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to this one. It’s 28 hours long! So will probably take me a little bit of time to get through. Fortunately, there’s a summary of the first two books at the start so I was able to refresh my memory.

Planning to read next:

I am kicking off the spooky season with a Christmas-y spooky read, The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley. I get scared so easily but it’s a kids book so how bad can it be, right? (Famous last words, I know!). I am participating in the Hocus Pocus Readathon, my first ever! Check out my TBR here.

What are you reading? 🙂

Combined July and August 2019 Reading Wrap-up

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I was travelling at the end of July and I’d read so few books during July it hardly seemed like they warranted their own post anyway. In August, I found my groove again and started making up for it. I’m still behind on my GoodReads 2019 challenge but I’m not too bothered about that. 

Past Month’s Reading:

July:

Covers of books I read in July

 

    1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (MG fantasy – 5 stars – not intending to review)
    2. Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray (YA historical fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    3. The Nowhere Emporium by Ross McKenzie (MG historical fantasy – 4 stars – review)
    4. Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman (YA urban fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak (children’s/humour – 4 stars – not intending to review)

August: 

  1. Covers of some of the books I read in August 
    1. Mother Tongue by Juliue Mayhew (YA historical fiction – 3 stars – review)
    2. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden (MG urban fantasy – 3 stars – not intending to review)
    3. Cleaning House by Jeanne G’Fellers (queer fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    4. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (contemporary fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. Women of Wasps and War by Madeleine D’Este (fantasy – 4.5 stars – review)
    6. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (MG fantasy – 2 stars – not intending to review)
    7. The Women In Black by Madeleine St John (historical fiction – 4 stars – review)

Covers of some of the books I read in August

It wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realised I had read three books by authors called Madeleine in a row. Ha. 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. For the last few months, this has been sadly abandoned, but I have a script ready to go to get back into it in September. 

You can check out the channel here

Favourite Bookish Photo:

For July:

the novel Good Omens

For August: 

the novel The Women in Black

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: No physical book at the moment.

Ebook: I am reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This has a folky, fairytale air to it that I am enjoying.

Audio book: I have started The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee but I’ve listened to less than an hour at time of writing. I’m not sure if Monty’s going to grow on me at his point. 

Planning to read next:

I have You Must Be Layla By Yassmin Abdel-Magied from the library. It has mixed reviews but will the second book by an Australian WOC for my Australian Women Writers Challenge (and the diversity challenge I set myself within the main one). 

What are you reading? 🙂

June 2019 Reading Wrap-up

This is a bit of a sparse post compared to  previous monthly wrap-ups. I was doing a musical, then I got sick, and work has been busy. So not only did I not get much reading done, but I also didn’t do much of anything else (Youtube, #bookstagram…)

Past Month’s Reading:

A bit of a slow reading month this month for a  variety of reasons, most of which can be summed up under the umbrella of “life got in the way”. Still, five books is better than no books.

    1. The Diviners by Libba Bray (YA historical fantasy/horror – 4 stars – review)
    2. The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder (playscript/comedy – unrated – not intending to review)
    3. Get the Girl Out by Lucy Bloom (memoir – 4 stars – review)
    4. A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle (romance – 3.5 stars – review)
    5. Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla (YA contemporary – 2.5 stars – review forthcoming)

 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. I only got one video posted this month, though I intend to get a bit more on top of it in the coming weeks. Sadly, I didn’t post a single video this month! I really need to get back to that! (I do have two in progress, so you can expect better things come July!)

Favourite Bookish Photo:

Erm… and again, nothing to see here! I posted one photo to Insta all month and it wasn’t bookish.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: I am part of the way through The Women In Black by Madeleine St John. This book is considered a bit of a modern classic in Australia, and I am enjoying it so far.

Ebook: I am reading an ARC of Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew, a YA novel set around the  Beslan School Siege in 2004. I have a feeling this one is going to be herat-rending.

Audio book: I am well on the way to finishing Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, the second in the Diviners series.

Planning to read next:

I’m honestly not sure! Mother Tongue is the last of my ARCs that are due before I got to America in a couple of weeks. Guess I’ll see where the mood takes me!

What are you reading? 🙂

May 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Does anyone else feel like May dragged on forever or was that just me? With everything I had going on, you’d think it would have sped past, but I feel like that actually made it slower.

Past Month’s Reading:

That being said, I managed another 8 books this month! At this rate, I am slightly behind my goal of 100 books in 2019, but I will come pretty darn close!

    1. P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones (YA contemporary – 4 stars – review) (read April, reviewed May)
    2. The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review)
    3. Lucid by Kristy Fairlamb (YA paranornal – 3 stars – review)
    4. Enchantee by Gita Trelease (YA historical fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review)
    6. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger (YA fantasy – 3 stars – not planning to review)
    7. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty (MG fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    8. The Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate (YA dystopia/fantasy – 4 stars – review)
    9. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale (magical realism – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. I only got one video posted this month, though I intend to get a bit more on top of it in the coming weeks. 

Favourite Bookish Photo:

Hey look, I used a prop! This was a beautiful, bittersweet book. I’ve read a few dud historical fantasies this year so I was really glad to find one that worked for me.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: I have just started Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee. I am prepared to have a lot of feels over this one.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment, though I have a few upcoming ARCs that I’ll be starting soon. 

Audio book: I am about a third of the way through The Diviners by Libba Bray, which involves the paranormal and an string of occult/ritual murders, and it’s set in 1920s New York City. It’s great!

Planning to read next:

I’m going to pick up Get The Girls Out by Lucy Bloom. I’ve been to one of Lucy Bloom’s talks and she is very inspiring, so I’m looking forward to reading her memoir.

What are you reading? 🙂

April 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Past Month’s Reading:

Another decent reading month with a total of 8 books read!

    1. Hive by A. J. Betts (YA dystopia – 3 stars – review) (read March, reviewed April)
    2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi/romance – 4.5 stars – review) (read March, reviewed April)
    3. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi/romance – 3.5 stars – review)
    4. A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi/romance – 4 stars – review)
    5. The Steam Engines of Oz by Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Erik Hendrix and illustrations by Yannis Roumboulias (fantasy graphic novel – 3 stars – not intending to review)
    6. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine (thriller – 4 stars – review)
    7. Romanov by Nadine Brandes (YA historical fantasy – 3.5 stars – review)
    8. The Winter Freak Show by Daniel Parsons (MG historical fantasy – 2 stars – not intending to review)
    9. The Doll Maker by Celine Jeanjean (steampunk – 5 stars – review)
    10. P Is For Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones (YA contemporary – 3 stars – review forthcoming)

 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. I only got one video posted this month, though I intend to get a bit more on top of it in the coming weeks. 

Favourite Bookish Photo:

So this is more about the book I’m writing than any that I read during the month, but I didn’t do any book posts! I’m really pleased with where my Camp NaNoWriMo project took me, though. The MS is now at 60000 words and I love the direction it’s taking!

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: Nothing at the moment.

Ebook: I am reading an ARC of Lucid by Kristy Fairlamb, which came out last week. I usually don’t pick up ARCs after their release date but I follow Kristy on Twitter and the book was Read Now on NetGalley and here we are. 

Audio book: I am about a third of the way through Enchantée by Gita Trelease. I don’t mind it but I think it’s going to take me a while to get through. 

Planning to read next:

I’m going to pick up The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer and get back into my Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Notables challenge. This sounds like an interesting one and it’s quite short, so I hope I will get through it quite quickly. 

What are you reading? 🙂

March 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Past Month’s Reading:

Nine books this month! It’s a bit of a record. And given that I was in a bit of a rough place for a couple of weeks, I’m actually surprised the total is that high. 

This month I began a challenge to read as many books on the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2019 Notables list, and I read four of them this month. 

    1. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review) (read February, reviewed March)
    2. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender (YA paranormal/thriller – 4 stars – review) (read February, reviewed March)
    3. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (YA fantasy – 3.5 stars – review)
    4. Bird Box by Josh Malerman (horror – 2.5 stars – review
    5. A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston (YA fantasy – 3.5 stars – did not review) 
    6. Between Us by Clare Atkins (YA contemporary – 5 stars – review)
    7. Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein (YA thriller – 3 stars – review)
    8. Catching Teller Crow by Ambellin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (YA magical realism – 2.5 stars – review)
    9. Hive by A. J. Betts (YA dystopia – 3 stars – review forthcoming)
    10. The Dying Flame by R. L. Sanderson (YA fantasy – 3 stars – review forthcoming)
    11. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi/romance – 4.5 stars – review forthcoming)

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. Here are the videos I posted this month.

Favourite Bookish Photo:

These are the first four books I read for the CBCA2019 Challenge. You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough. I have only just started this YA contemporary but I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment.

Audio book: I only just finished A Thousand Pieces of You this morning so I haven’t had a chance to start anything else.

Planning to read next:

I’m planning to start the ARC of Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine. I loved the first two books in the Stillhouse Lake series so I can only hope that this one is just as good.

I’m also intending to read Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray, because I definitely want to continue the Firebird series.

What are you reading? 🙂

February 2019 Reading Wrap-up

For the shortest month of the year, I sure felt like February was dragging on a bit! Still, I think I have hit my reading/blogging/reviewing stride again and I feel more up-to-date with my reading related goals (even if GoodReads tells me I am 4 books behind on my 2019 challenge). 

Past Month’s Reading:

managed to read six books this month!

    1. The Slave City by Celine Jeanjean (YA steampunk – 4 stars – review) (read January, reviewed February)
    2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review) (read January, reviewed February)
    3. In Another Life by C. C. Hunter (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review)
    4. Finding Aurora by Rebecca Langham (fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. The Zigzag Effect by Lili Wilkinson (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review)
    6. Second Star by J. M. Sullivan (YA sci-fi – 2.5 stars – review
    7. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
    8. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender (YA paranormal thriller – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

Favourite Bookish Photo:

A view of the spines of 4 library books
I told myself I was just going into the library to use the bathroom. But we all knew that was a lie. In my defence, An Enchantment of Ravens is totally on my TBR, which counts for something, right?! You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Booktube: 

I also started a Booktube channel this month! My plan is to talk about Australian books on it. Here are the videos I posted:

Currently Reading:

Physical book: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe.  I picked this up because of the circus setting. I am staying for the magical realism. I’m not far enough in yet to form an opinion.

Ebook: The Dying Flame by R. L. Sanderson. This is on a bit of a hold while I read my library books. 

Audio book:  Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Everybody’s watched the movie but since I don’t have Netflix, and also since I deal with horror better in books than on screen, I decided to read the book.


Planning to read next:

I have both ARCs and library books at the moment, so who knows? Though there is a good chance it will be An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. 

What are you reading? 🙂

January 2019 Reading Wrap-up

And the first month of 2019 is finished already!

Past Month’s Reading:

It’s felt a bit slow but still six books accounted for. 

    1. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire (fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    2. The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean (re-read – steampunk – 5 stars – 2015 review)
    3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
    4. The Black Orchid by Celine Jeanjean (re-read – steampunk – 4 stars – 2016 review)
    5. The Slave City by Celine Jeanjean (steampunk – X stars – review forthcoming)

I‘m a little bit behind on my reviews but I am hoping to get more into the swing of things this month. 

Favourite Bookish Photo:


I put this one together for the release of The Slave City, which is the third book in Celine Jeanjean’s The Viper and the Urchin series, which comes out today! You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book:  Nothing on the go right now.

Ebook: At time of writing, I haven’t started anything new since finishing Slave City. 

Audio book: I am about a third of the way through Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I was glad to be able to follow up 


Planning to read next:

I’m leaning towards In Another Life by C. C. Hunter, which is a YA contemporary and I’m hoping a bit of a thriller. There is a mystery involved at the least. I think I need something different after all the fantasy. 

What are you reading? 🙂