Read-A-Thin: May 2018

Read-A-Thin was created by Jessica at Jessica Marie, Amanda at A Court of Books and Love and Chelsea at A Very Bookish Girl.  There is also a Goodreads group that you can check out here.

I first discovered this awesome read-a-thon over at Ally Writes Things (who you should definitely check out by the way!), and instantly knew that I had to give it a go for myself.  I have never taken part in a read-a-thon before, as they almost always seem to fall on a day or week when I am super busy, and so I was super excited to finally find this one that just fits my reading habits and schedule so well as it is a month long read-a-thon.

Read-A-Thin is a Read-A-Thon aimed at shrinking or ‘thinning’ your TBR down, something mine is in desperate need of at the minute.  There are 15 challenges in total, but don’t worry, you don’t have to complete all of them!  The goal is to either complete 6 challenges, or read 3 books (you can double up on challenges in order to do this).  There are loads of different challenges to choose from, so there is bound to be something to fit your TBR!

Whilst this read-a-thon does fit my schedule more than most, May is still a pretty hectic month for me, as I will be spending the entirety of it revising for my A Levels in June, so reading will definitely not be my top priority within it.  However, I would love to begin getting back into the habit of reading in my study breaks instead of just spending 15 minutes on my phone, which is exactly what tends to happen at the minute.  I also hope that taking part in this read-a-thon will just generally motivate me to read more in my free time, as I have definitely begun to get out of the habit of doing so.

So here are some of the books I hope to read during this read-a-thon!

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Fortunately this challenge didn’t take too long to think of a book for, as I’m pretty sure that Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo is the only book with a super-hero theme that I currently own.  This book has been on my TBR ever since it was first released last August, and so I would love to be able to get to within this read-a-thon.  Although it certainly isn’t one of the books that has been on my TBR for the longest, I can definitely see it going that way if I don’t read it soon, so hopefully I will succeed in knocking it off by the end of the month!

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For this I just had to choose When My Heart Joins The Thousands by A. J. Steiger, as ever since this book came out back in February, I have been dying to get around to reading it.  I just love the sound of this one, as it follows two main characters who sound really unique and different to your usual YA protagonists, and so I can’t wait to dive into their story and meet them for myself.  I also haven’t been reading much contemporary lately, and so by now I am definitely craving this kind of read.

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I have a little confession to make, in that I have never read a graphic novel or manga.  So when I saw this on the list of challenges, I knew that it was the perfect time to pick up my first graphic novel by reading Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.  I only picked this one up recently, as it just sounds so like so much fun, and definitely like something that I will enjoy.

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As an adult historical fiction novel, The Muse by Jesse Burton is almost as far out of my comfort zone as you can get.  I’m pretty sure I may have picked this one up even before reading and loving The Miniaturist, and so now I am even more excited to hopefully dive into this one this month.  I am also super interested to see how the dual narrative over two different time periods works, so hopefully I can get round to this soon and discover that for myself.

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With blue as my favourite colour, I had a fair few choices for this challenge as I own quite a lot of blue books or books with just a little bit of blue on the cover.  So for this challenge I eventually decided to go for Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, as I am desperate need of continuing on with this series, especially after the recent cover reveal of King of Scars, and so this read-a-thon seemed like perfect chance to do so.

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For this challenge I just had to pick Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, as I first picked up this book even before finishing the Mortal Instruments series, and so it has definitely been sitting on my shelf for a good while now.  I also would love to be able to catch up with Cassandra Clare’s books before the release of Queen of Air & Darkness, and so this one is next on my to-read list in order to accomplish this.

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Are you taking part in this Read-A-Thon – what books are on your TBR?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?

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