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Off The Grid Readathon (17-19 July) TBR

The Off The Grid Readathon runs from 17-19 July and is hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm and Justine at IShouldReadThat!

Basically the challenge is simple – stay off social media and read some effin’ books! They also encourage you to read a book by a black author. I decided to join this readathon last minute, because, well, why not?

My TBR consists of my current read and one that is on my Summer TBR.

My current read is The One by John Marrs and the other book I really hope to read over the weekend is Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, as I have been hearing such good things about that book.

That is it. I am trying to keep things simple here! I feel there is a possibility that I will manage these over the weekend. I am about a third into The One right now (so I am cheating a little!) and I am loving it so far.

I will try and do a reading diary over the weekend! I will also post my TBR for The Reading Rush tomorrow, which starts on Monday. Yay for back-to-back readathons – here’s fingers crossed that I don’t get burn-out! 😉

Are you participating in any readathons? If so, which one and what are you reading?

L x


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July 2019 TBR (including Summerathon STRETCHED!)

Part of my July TBR is based on a readathon that took place 21-28 June just gone I love the idea of readathons, but there is no way I can read 6 or 7 books in a week! So I like to just use a readathon’s challenges to set my monthly TBR. In this case I will use this year’s Summerathon to span July instead.

So, let’s start by looking at the challenges:

Hoang, Helen - The Kiss QuotientChallenge 1: Read a beachy read

The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang)

I will take this to mean some chick lit – something that reads away easily and doesn’t require much thinking! The Kiss Quotient fits the bill. Everyone and her dog has already read it and loved, apart from me. I have had it on my Kindle for a while, so let’s go for it!

Jenkins Reid, Taylor - Daisy Jones & The SixChallenge 2: Read a book with sunrise colours on the cover

Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

The cover is what sold this book to me – it is stunning! I have not read any books by this author yet, but I have this one on my shelves and I have been eyeing it up!

Low, Shari - The Other Wives ClubChallenge 3: Read a book featuring a road trip, travelling or a summer vacation

The Other Wives Club (Shari Low)

This one takes place on a cruise, so definitely a summery read involving travel! This is the kind of book that I would probably ONLY read in summer, but I think it may be fun.

Harrison, Melissa (Editor) - SummerChallenge 4: Read a book set in summer

Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison)

A collection of nature writing centered around summer. That works! And a great excuse to slip this one in there. 🙂

Trimble, Amanda - SingletiniChallenge 5: Read a book with food on the cover

Singletini (Amanda Trimble)

This one is a low-rating prediction, but I am always ready to be surprised, so… I picked this one up for 25 cents very recently and the heart-shaped cherry in a martini glass on the cover makes it a decent enough fit for this challenge!

Klehfoth, Elizabeth - All These Beautiful StrangersChallenge 6: Drink your favorite summery drink while reading.

All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth)

To change things up a bit, let’s add a bit of mystery. I have been meaning to read this book over the summer, so let’s go with it! I will happily drink some prosecco whilst doing so… Or Rose, or whatever I have to hand at the time!


Paull, Laline - The BeesYoung, Rosamund - The Secret Life of CowsNow, I also like to go back to previous years and read a book from hauls from the year before. From my July 2017 haul I chose The Bees by Laline Paull and from my July 2018 I am hoping to read The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young. The latter is quite short, so that helps. My mother-in-law read it and then gave it to me, because she knows I loved this kind of book.

And finally, I have two e-ARCS I should be getting to ASAP! These are Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke) and Crashing the A-LIst (Summer Heacock), two very different books! I have already started Pan’s Labyrinth, but I know I won’t finish it in June. It’s very atmospheric so far.


So, my July TBR:

  • All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth)
  • Summer: an anthology for the seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison)
  • The Other Wives Club (Shari Low)
  • The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang)
  • Singletini (Amanda Trimble)
  • Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
  • The Bees (Laline Paul)
  • The Secret Lives of Cows (Rosamund Young)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth ( (Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke)
  • Crashing the A-List (Summer Heacock)

Now, that’s ten books to be getting on with, which is more than I have been reading for the last few months, so wish me masses of luck!

How many books are on your July TBR? Or do you even have one?








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Non-Fiction November & a small fiction TBR

I had already jotted down a few books to read in November when I stumbled across Non-Fiction November, created by Booktubers Olive and Gemma. Well, what finer excuse could there be to shake up my reading habits and add a bit more non-fiction to my TBR.


So, Non-Fiction November includes four one-word prompts: Love, Home, Scholarship and Substance. You can interpret them anyway you want, which I like. So these are the books I have gone for:

Humble, Kate - Humble By Nature


Home:  Humble By Nature (Kate Humble) – Kate Humble is probably best known as one of the presenters of BBC’s Springwatch. In this book she tells about her life as she moves from the city to a small holding in Wales. I have this one on audio book, narrated of course by Kate herself.

Isaacson, Rupert - The Horse BoyLove: The Horse Boy (Rupert Isaacson) – I have had this book on my shelves for ages, so this is the perfect excuse to read it. As far as I can tell it is about a man who takes his autistic son to Mongolia in search of healing and understanding. What greater love is there than the love of a parent for their child?

Yaffe, David - Reckless Daughter

Substance: Reckless Daughter (David Yaffe) – Ok, I am interpreting this very loosely, but why not read about a woman who wrote songs of substance? I think Joni Mitchell certainly fills that category. I already started this one, but I will probably not continue until November. So yes, I made it fit! 🙂


Medieval Lives - Jones, Terry and Ereira, AlanScholarship: Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives (Terry Jones/Alan Ereira) – Another book that I have meaning to read for ages, but has just been sitting on my shelf gathering dust. I hope it sort of fits this category? One of the writers, Alan Ereira, is a professor and I presume there will be some mentions of ‘scholarliness’ in the book. Plus it’s only 224 pages!

I also would like to get round to reading Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots by Sarah-Beth Watkins, which is about Henry VIII’s older sister. This is a book I got for review via NetGalley and I am looking forward to reading it. This is also a book that may be pushed into December though.


Because of Non-Fiction November I have had to tone down my prospective fiction TBR.

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 3 The Dragon Reborn

I definitely want to read third book in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, which is The Dragon Reborn. This is part of a buddy read on Goodreads for which I have re-read the previous two already.


Bronte, Charlotte - Jane EyreI also want really want to read Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), which I hope to buddy read with Abbey from Three Cats and a Girl. I have been meaning to read Jane Eyre for ages and a while ago I got myself this gorgeous clothbound edition, which looks fantastically autumnal. I love it and I cannot wait to read it!

I also have a few more e-books from NetGalley that I want to prioritise for this month. Some of these are starting to be Christmassy!

I imagine I will pick a couple of random books from my shelves as well, but we will see how much reading I get done!

I was going to read Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel), but I think I will push that one on to December. It’s a massive book and I have too much to read already in November!

Have you got any reading plans yet? Are you participating in Non-Fiction November?



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‘Currently Reading’ Update

I finished I, The Aboriginal  a couple of days ago, which I unexpectedly really loved.Lockwood, Douglas - I, The Aboriginal It told me so much about a culture I knew little about and did it so beautifully. I chose the memoir for my self-imposed reading challenge, which I call BookTube-A-Thon Stretched. It is basically all the challenged for the BookTube-A-Thon that took place at the end of the last month, but over a month instead of a week. I read Douglas Lockwood’s book for challenge 4 (Read a book about a character very different from you). 6 out of 7 stars for that one.

I started The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern straight after. I chose this book for Morgenstern, Erin - The Night Circus - detailchallenge 2 (Read a hyped book), as I have seen it mentioned a lot. It was a book I really wanted to read, so I ordered a second-hand copy and I have been looking forward to reading it so much. I am just over halfway and I am loving it so far! Sometimes I wish the character were a bit more fleshed out, but maybe the point is to keep an air of mystery, to not get too intimately acquainted with the characters. Nonetheless, I am enjoying my read very much!

What are you reading?

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‘Currently Reading’ Update

So I decided to do the BookTube-A-Thon reading challenges this month, deciding it was enough of a challenge for me to read 7 books in one month.

I finished Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World this morning, which left me free to start my reading challenge!

I am in abroad in England at the moment, to see family and friends, and I took a couple of books with me, knowing my challenge no 2 book, The Night Circus, would be waiting for me anyway.

In the end I picked up I, the Aboriginal by Douglas Lockwood, which is only about 250 pages long. It is my book for challenge no 4 (a book that has a character very different from you). It’s a memoir of an Aboriginal man from the Northern Territory in Australia. For some reason, I expected it to be a difficult read after reading Robert Jordan, but I am already 90 pages in and actually quite enjoying it. I love reading about different cultures and the aboriginal culture is so different from what I am used to that I am glad that I decided to read this book for this particular challenge.

Hopefully it will only take me another day or two to finish. I think I will be picking up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern next…

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Booktube-A-Thon 2017 – Strrrrretched!

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to do the Booktube-A-Thon, but in a stretched out diluted version of the real thing.

So I am neither a BookTuber nor someone who could ever dream of participating. I have a five-year-old on her summer holidays… One book a day? Neh, that is never going to work!

However, I did like the sound of the challenges, so I have decided to take those and run with it. Instead of doing them this week over the course of one week, I plan to do them in a month, this August to be exact. Seven books in one month is quite a lot for me, so it will still be enough of a challenge for sure!

So, the challenges and the books I plan to read are:

Booktubeathon 2017 TBR front + Morgenstern, Erin - The Night Circus

Challenge 1: Read a book with a person on the cover.

I am going for Waterloo Story by Peter Prince. This was on my list of books that have been on my shelf for years that need reading, and has half a face (of Elvis I think) on the cover, so counts for this challenge.

Challenge 2: Read a hyped book.

I will be reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I have heard so many good things about. I do not have this book in my possession yet, but I will be picking up my copy next week. I am really looking forward to this one!

Challenge 3: Finish a book in one day.

I am going to go with Lantern Fox by Garry Kilworth, which is only 87 pages! I am pretty sure it’s a children’s book, but Garry Kilworth usually writes much longer books and I love much of his work. I have had it a little while, so now is clearly the time to read it! It’s about a girl who meets a magic fox. Sounds right up my street! 🙂

Challenge 4: Read about a character who is very different from you.

I found a book on my shelf called I, The Aboriginal by Douglas Lockwood, which would fit this challenge perfectly. It’s a memoir of an aboriginal man from the Northern Territory in Australia. It’s from the 1960s I think and I am not sure what to expect from it.

Challenge 5: Finish a book completely outdoors.

Fingers crossed for nice sunny weather in which to lounge outside and read. If so, I will be reading a fluffy romance novel. I will be going with Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. This one is destined for the guest house anyway, so better I read it and get it out of the way. I will probably quite enjoy reading it…. In the sun…. Relaxing…. IF the sun ever appears, which is never a given!

Challenge 6:  Read a book you bought because of the cover.

Talking to the Dead by Helen Dunmore. I have had this book for ages. It’s such a cute little hardback. I only bought it because it was so pretty and I must have had it about fifteen years without ever reading it, just sitting pretty on my shelf. Now is the time! This challenge was made for this book! I have to say, even if I end up not liking the story, I will still keep it, because it is just so lovely to look at… Shallow much?

Challenge 7:  Read seven books.

So I can pick a random 7th book. I literally looked up and down our bookcase thinking about what I may want to read and I realised that there are three Greg Bear books on the shelves. They are my husband’s and I have never thought to read any of them. Why not? Maybe it is about time… So I have decided to go with The Forge of God by Greg Bear. I do not usually read Sci-Fi, so it will be a bit of an adventure into the unknown…

Booktubeathon 2017 TBR spines

I want to try and read all of the books above and fingers crossed I will get to complete those challenges, but between having house guests and my daughter being off school for most of August , I may still find it difficult enough to fit it in! I am looking forward to trying though!

Does anyone else fancy doing this?