OWLCRATEATHON ROUND 2 TBR

 

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Owlcrate is hosting the second round of their yearly readaton and I just had to be a part. This readathon is going to occur from the 10th to the 23rd of February and there are only three challenges. Totally manageable.

 

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THE CHALLENGES: 

 

 

Read the Owlcrate book you’ve owned the longest

Read at least two different genres

Read two books!

 

 

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MY TBR: 

 

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The first two books on my TBR are my priority… the others would be a bonus.

 

 

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

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The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

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The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Are you going to be joining in on Owlcrateathon? What will you be reading?

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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UNICORN READATHON ROUND 2 TBR

 

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Unicorn Readathon is in its second round. It is a readathon that focuses on reading books with magical creatures. Books can be included if there is a magical creature on the cover or in the title. This readathon is hosted by @royahellbender, @paperfaerie, and @thefancyhatlady. The Unicorn readathon will be running from the 04th to the 10th of February.

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

 

Drink, Slay, Love by Beth Durst

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey

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Exquisite Captive by Heather Demitrios

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The Dragon’s Curse by Bethany Wiggins 

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

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Are you going to be joining in the Unicorn Readathon? What do you think of my TBR?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

FEBRUARY 2018 AYEARATHON

 

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AYEARATHON is a monthly readathon with a theme and challenge that runs for one week. The February readathon is running from the 05th to the 11th of February.

 

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THEME: NEW TO YOU AUTHOR

CHALLENGE: TRANSLATIONS

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Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer

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The Princess and the Captain by Anne-Laure Bondoux

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The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis

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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

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I’m actually really excited for this round and think I’ve picked out some books I’m going to love. All the books I have chosen are New To Me Authors of translated books. Will you be joining in on this round of AYearAThon?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

Biannual Bibliothon: Blog Challenge Day 7

 

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It is the final day of the Biannual Bibliothon and the host of todays Blog Challenge is Lauras Literary Letters. The challenge is:

 

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MY LADY JANE BY CYNTHIA HAND, BRODI ASHTON & JODI MEADOWS

 

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PUBLISHER: Harper Teen

DATE PUBLISHED: 07th June 2016

PAGES: 491

GENRE: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

 

 

 

A wild romp through Tudor England.

I thought “The Tudors” was excellent, I didn’t know what I was missing out on. This retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey is full of sarcastic humour, famous references and shape shifting human / animals.

I am going to discuss my love for this book in three sections:

THE CHARACTERS:

This book is told from the perspectives of three characters. I was hesitant going in. I thought this would be choppy and confusing but it worked seamlessly. These writers were made to write together

Edward: We all remember King Henry VIII only boy son, well now he is King and dying. I loved this character so much; I was invested in him the whole way through his storyline. His motivations are so human and I desperately wanted him to get a happy ending.

Jane: Which reader doesn’t love a bookish character? Is there anyone out there – speak now or forever hold your peace. Jane is strong willed, intelligent and independent in an era when these qualities – let alone her red hair – are frowned upon.

Gifford (G): Oh, G. How I feel for you, being saddled (hahaha) with that awful name. I think G was the character I was most hesitant about hearing from but his chapters were full of humour. I love seeing how his relationship with Jane grows – seeing as the wedding day is their first encounter. I swear, I absolutely adore this character.

THE SETTING:

This setting was like taking a trip back to “The Tudors”. I love this time in history, the fashion, the politics, and the punishments. As long as I don’t have to live there – I like my head where it is, that you very much!

THE PROSE:

I know the prose of this book will not work for everyone. There is something about it that just works for me. Every time I saw a reference I knew I just about leaped out of my chair. I seem to have a thing for sarcastic humour and funny dialogue. My Lady Jane has that in buckets. I have read books before where the narrators have interrupted the story at times and really did not like this. In this book however, I found the style of writing leant itself to being interrupted at times. And they didn’t do it every other paragraph, which was appreciated greatly.

I would love to read another Twisted Historical Tale from these ladies and will be keeping an eye out, maybe Anastasia or Marie Antoinette. Please ladies, I need more!

In conclusion, this book was exactly what I was after. It was long, but I loved every minute of this twisted historical tale.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

24IN48 READATHON TBR

 

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The 24 in 48 readathon is exactly as it sounds. Read for 24 hours out of 48. This readathon is running this weekend from midnight 27th of January to 2359 28th of January. I am going to join in this time. I have a preliminary TBR but will just read by ear with the aim to get as close to 24 hours as I can.

 

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MY TBR: 

 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

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iZombie Vol 1 by Chris Roberson

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Ms Marvel Vol 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

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Saga Vol 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

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Are you joining in on this readathon?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

Blog Challenge – Tell me about your favourite read of 2017!

 

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Day 6 of the Biannual Bibliothon brings about another challenge. This one hosted by A Bookish Girl. This challenge is:

 

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Describe your favourite read of 2017

 

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THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE NAD VIRTUE BY MACKENZIE LEE

 

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This book was so much fun! An entertaining romp across the European countryside and cities with pirates, highwaymen, mysteries, and love. I was smiling as I followed Monty and his company across Europe.

Monty is fraught with imperfections, from his almost constant inebriation to his uncanny ability to find trouble wherever he goes. This just endeared Monty to me with his undeniable charm. I found Percy to be a great juxtaposition to Monty as he didn’t mind fun but knew when to get serious. Felicity was also a stupendous character (truly, they all were). She provided a sense of seriousness and a level head on the journey. She had so much character development in this book I am overjoyed there will be a book about her coming up.

Let’s talk about diversity. If you’re looking for a historical fiction book with fun and adventure but also packed full of diversity, look no further… here it is. Not only is Monty bisexual, but Percy is of a darker complexion (which brings up many a conversation about the slave trade). Not to mention Felicity’s femininity is also broached on the grounds of propriety.

With mystery, adventure, diversity and a truly stellar cast is it any wonder I am awestruck by this book? I would also note that I read and listened (audiobook) to this book at the same time. The audiobook narrator does a fabulous job and just added to my experience. I cannot praise this novel enough.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

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MY PLAIN JANE BY CYNTHIA HAND, BRODI ASHTON & JODI MEADOWS

 

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PUBLISHER: Harper Teen

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 26th June 2018

 

PAGES: 464

 

 

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BLURB: 

 

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

 

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My Lady Jane was my favourite read of 2016 and I have been greatly anticipating this book ever since. June cannot come fast enough.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

Biannual Bibliothon Challenge: Rewrite a Favorite Scene

 

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The challenge for day 5 of the Biannual Bibliothon is hosted by Reader Rayna. The challenge is to Rewrite a favourite scene.

 

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Please excuse my writing…

 

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Well, this is great. Jane thought.

She was perfectly happy with her nose in a book. She didn’t need to be married or even be the Queen. But no, everyone else thought they knew better than her and now she is stuck here… locked up. Going to lose her head at dawn.

Tears prickled at the edges of her eyes and she quickly brushed them away.

Think. Jane looked around trying to find a way out. There was a small window but it was barred. She would not die here, she couldn’t. Could she?

Pacing the room her panic grew as she saw the awful blush of dawn on the horizon. She was out of time. Footsteps grew louder and the rattle of keys had Jane freezing in her place.

As the lock in the door squeaked Jane could’t help but elicit a small squeak herself as her panic overcome her.

Then, a horrible pain overcome her and a bright light filled the room. Jane screamed with her eyes tightly shut.

Upon opening her eyes Jane’s head brushed the roof and she looked down at a stunned jailor who was somehow so small now. Jane lifted her hand to her brow. But, it wasn’t her hand.

A grey trunk brushed her brow and now Jane understood… she was an elephant. In utter shock she began to jump (as much as an elephant can) and tried to run. However, she was quite big now and the room very small.

The jailor was crushed up against the wall as with a groan the floor gave way underneath her and Jane fell down to the ground floor and just like that, she was free.

 

 

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This was a scene from

 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

 

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The difference in this scene is that Jane turns into an elephant instead of a ferret. I wondered what it would be like to be stuck in the Tower of London while turning into an elephant and what escape options that would offer.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP TEN TUESDAY

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that now has a new home with That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic for this week is…

 

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Books I Liked But Can’t Remember

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey

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Ash by Malinda Lo

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Switched by Amanda Hocking

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A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody 

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My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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What is your top book that you enjoyed but don’t really remember.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

Holiday/Winter Fantasy Bucket List

 

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The Blog Challenge for Day 4 of the Biannual Bibliothon is hosted by The Bookworm in Me.

The challenge is:

 

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Here is my list:

 

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  1. Attend the Yule Ball – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  2. Make Fictional Boyfriend Gingerbread Men with Cath – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  3. Attend a New Years Eve party hosted by Magnus Bane – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  4. Have a Snowball Fight with Rose and Lissa – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

  5. Attend a holiday party hosted by the Peltiers at Sanctuary – Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  6. Build a Snowman at Camp Half Blood – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

  7. Trim a Christmas Tree with Blue, Gansey, Adam and Ronan – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  8.  Enjoy a hot chocolate and good book with Kelsea Glynn – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

  9. Open gifts with Monty, Percy, & Felicity – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

  10. Enjoy a Christmas feast with Jane and G – My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows 

 

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I loved creating this list. What would be on your list?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati