Books · Reading Challenges

The Reading Rush – Day 1-2

MONDAY, 20 July 2020


4. Read the first book you touch.

7. Read a book that takes place on a different continent from where you live.

2. Read a book with a title that starts with β€˜The’.

Ringland, Holly - The Lost Flowers of Alice HartThose are the categories my first book works for. I put my Reading Rush TBR in a pile at midnight and closed my eyes, randomly touching one. This would be my first read of the Readathon and would dictate what else I would read.

Well, my first book is The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, by Holly Ringland. It is the biggest book on my TBR, but also fits three categories. It is on my 20 Books of Summer TBR as well as my 2020 TBR. I guess it;s a good one to start off with.

My daughter (8) thinks she may participate. We will try and choose some books for her today.

10.18 –Β About to make some coffee, after which I will spend some time with my lovely ponies. A specialist vet is coming for my Shetland pony Pippin on Wednesday. He is having some lameness issues that I can’t seem to solve and my normal vet appears a bit useless with it. Maybe they just think it’s only a Shetland pony, so who cares? Well, I care! He is only 11 and could have 20 years ahead of him, so if I can help him, I will! This particular vet has a mobile clinic and is able to do x-rays. I am not sure he will think it necessary, but at least we have the option. I just want to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

I have started The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. I am only 15 pages in. This is definitely a book I could end up loving. It has pretty small font and it has 370 pages, so was this a wise choice for a readathon TBR? Maybe not, but at least it ticks 3 boxes!


17.33 –Β I am only on page 30! That’s not much progress, is it? I like the book, but I have simply not had much time to read today. I trained my ponies, then had lunch and spend choosing books for my daughter, who wants to participate in the readathin. She chose three books. Then her friend came to play and I had coffee with his mum. Before I knew it it was 16.45!

Just posted my adult romance taste test.

I am about to do dinner. It will have to be pasta tonight πŸ™‚ Hopefully I can concentrate on reading my book tonight! Not the best of starts to The Reading Rush so far!

22.54 –Β I managed 100 pages so far today. I am loving this book so far. It already broke my heart a thousand times, but so, so so good! I love the mention of all the Australian things, like Vegemite, anzac biscuits, kookaburras, possums and galahs. It makes me happy and maybe a little nostalgic to the year I spent in Australia in my early twenties. I loved that country so much. Waking up to the sound of kookaburras and Australian magpies… There’s nothing like it. I would love to return some day… It made me realise I want to read more books set in Australia full of Australian things. Any recommendations welcome!

TUESDAY, 21 July 2020 – DAY 2

11.38 –Β I am 164 pages intoΒ The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart right now. I had planned to read 200 pages yesterday, but only managed half that. I am pretty sure I won’t be able to catch up today, but if I can get to page 300 I will be very happy. So far, I am absolutely loving this book. It’s perfection. I love the writing, the characters, the descriptions. It’s definitely has a tinge of sadness and horrible things have happened. So far, I think this may be a new favourite… We’ll see!

23.26 – Completely forgot to update today! My parents came over this afternoon and we did some gardening together, so that was my afternoon gone. I did manage to read another 100 pages. I am about to start page 271. I am happy with that. I have about 100 pages to go.

Brosh, Allie - Hyperbole and a HalfI guess for a 7-day readathon to take 3 days over the first book is not great, is it?! However,Β  it can count it towards three categories if I need to.

I did also read the first 47 pages of Hyperbole and a Half in the garden earlier today. This graphic memoir / graphic book (not a novel!) could count for for two categories as well (genre I would like to read more of and read a book outside)

I am planning on finishing both these books tomorrow if I can. The vet is coming to look at Pippin, my Shetland pony, in the morning, but apart from that I should have time to read. I hope.


(and let me know if you’re participating!)

L. xx


Books · Monthly Reading Wrap-Up

July 2019 Reading Wrap-Up: a readathon… or two!

Now, my TBR for July was pretty ambitious with ten books on it. Six of those were for Summerathon, which actually took place in June, but I used the prompts to set my July TBR.Β  So let’s have a look what those books were and whether I read them:

  • All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth)Β 
    • For Summerathon prompt to drink my favourite drink whilst reading
  • Summer: an anthology for the changing seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book set in summer
  • The Other Wives Club (Shari Low)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book featuring travelling
  • The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang)
    • For Summerathon prompt for a beachy read
  • Singletini (Amanda Trimble)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book with food on the cover
  • Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
    • For Summerathon prompt to read a book with sunrise colours on cover
  • The Bees (Laline Paul)
    • Book hauled in July 2017
  • The Secret Lives of Cows (Rosamund Young)
    • Book hauled in July 2018
  • Pan’s Labyrinth ( (Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke)
    • NetGalley e-ARC
  • Crashing the A-List (Summer Heacock)
    • NetGalley e-ARC


So, how did I do?

Well, pretty bloody fantastic, if I say so myself. I read a total of 15 (!!!) books in July, which is a lot for me. I also decided to take part in The Reading Rush pretty last minute and that bumped my numbers up as I read a few shorter books for that. You can check my TBR for that here if you like! I did try and fit in some of the books already on my TBR.

So what did I read and in what order (I don’t know why the order matters, but it does!!!)?



Then The Reading Rush started in 21 July:

  • 8. Sweetpea (C J Skuse) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
    • Prompt: purple on the cover
  • 9. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
    • Prompt: read an author’s first book
  • 10. The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
    • Prompt: read a book you mean to read last year
  • 11. Albert Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
    • Prompt: read a book in one place
  • 12. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
    • Prompt: read a book and watch a movie adaptation
  • 13. A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
    • Prompt: read a book with a non-human main character
  • 14. Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
    • Prompt: read a book with five or more words in the title

I am so proud of myself for doing so well and fulfilling all the prompts. For once, the timing just worked!

And finally to finish the month:

The only book from my July TBR that I did not manage to read was Summer: an anthology for the changing seasons. There is a chance I will read that one in August instead, even if I have not actually put it on my TBR. I will if I am in the mood for it. As for the prompt that I put it down for, there were other books set (partly) in summer, so I consider that prompt fulfilled either way.

So to sum up I read: 10 full length novels, 2 non-fiction books, 1 short novel, 1 poetry book ad 1 graphic novel. I am very happy with that indeed! I rated 10 of those books 5 out of 7 stars. I had one 2-star book and one 4-star book. The 6-star books held out until the end of the month, but I still managed to find three books worth that rating in my opinion. Unfortunately no seven-star books this month, but there was one that came close, which brings me to…

Carter, Brian - A Black Fox RunningBOOK OF THE MONTH:

Hands down my favourite book that I read in July was A Black Fox Running. Although it was not quite perfect for me, it came pretty close. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and it just felt like a very special book. It was first published in the 1980s and is written mainly from the point of view of a fox roaming Dartmoor in Devon and it’s so so good. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it definitely is mine!

And the cover of this new edition is just a joy to behold!




Books · Reading Challenges

‘The Reading Rush’ Wrap-Up

For once a readathon took place at the right time for me and it was a joy to participate in The Reading Rush, formerly known as the Booktubeathon.

So, this was my TBR:

1. Read a book with purple on the cover: Sweetpea (C J Skuse) – completed
2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time: Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone) completed
3. Read a book you meant to read last year: The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young) completed
4. Read an author’s first book: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope) completed
5. ReadΒ  a book with a non-human main character: A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter) completed
6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title: Daisy Jones and The Six (Tara Jenkins Reid)Β completed
7. Read a book and watch the movie adaptation: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan) completed

Yes folks, you see that right! I actually managed to read all of these books in the last week! I am so proud of myself. I did choose my TBR wisely for a change.

I started out reading Sweetpea, which I was halfway through when the readathon started to be fair, but hey, I have to give myself some slack where I can! I finished that one on Monday.

On Tuesday I finished The Secret Life of Cows and I read Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, which is a poetry collection.

On Wednesday I finished Albert Einstein, which is a graphic history that I would recommend to anyone who feels history can be a bit dry (I don’t think that by the way!).

On Thursday I finished Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and re-watched the movie, which was fun.

On Friday I finished reading the best book of the week, which was A Black Fox Running. That book was just…. *insert big lip smack here* πŸ˜‰

And finally, I finished Daisy Jones & The Six at five to midnight on Sunday! Just in time!

Double yay for myself!!! Seriously though, I really enjoyed this readathon, especially because there is a whole website dedicated to me. If you participated as well and if youΒ  are on there, let me know! In that case, how did you do?


Books · TBR

The Reading Rush 2019 – TBR

I plan to participate in The Reading Rush (formerly Booktubathon), which starts today and runs until 28 July.

This year, there is a website on which you can track your progress throughout the readathon.


1. Read a book with purple on the cover

I am currently reading Sweetpea by C J Skuse, which has bit of purple in the flowers on the cover. I have only 30% to go, so it’s cheating a little, but sobeit πŸ™‚

EDITED TO ADD: Since writing the majority of this post I have already finished this one!

2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time.Β 

I will be reading Einstein: A Graphic History of the Father of Modern Physics by Ned Hartley and Tom Humberstone.

3, Read a book that you meant to read last year.

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young. My mother-in-law gave this to me last year and I meant to read it sooner than later, but never got round to it.Β  I actually started reading this a couple of weeks ago and only got about 30 pages in and decided to save it for The Reading Rush.

4. Read an author’s first book.Β 

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was Wendy Cope’s first poetry collection as far as I can tell, so I will be reading that.

5. Read a book with a non-human main character.Β 

I will try and read A Black Fox Running by Brian Carter, of which the main character is a fox.

6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title.

I have Daisy Jones and The Six by Tara Jenkins-Reid on my TBR for this month and it fits this prompt, so there we go πŸ™‚

7. Read a book and watch the movie adaptation.Β 

I will read Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan for this one. It is pretty short and it’s a fun movie.


PS I may change things around a bit, depending how things go…