Aiming at reducing my TBR

Hi, there! How’s everything? Hope everything is going great for everyone; especially, reading wise.

As it is still the beginning of the year, I’d like to share with you the most important reading resolution: reducing my TBR. On the first days of this month I decided to count the amount of books on my TBR, which amounted to 299 at that moment. Up to this day, I’ve managed to finish 8 and plan on reading at least 8 more by the end of this month.

In order to achieve this goal and the one of not participating in more readathons than the ones I can honestly handle, I am participating in Pageathon https://twitter.com/pageathon and Backlist Bookathon https://twitter.com/BBookathon. On the side, I enrolled in three yearly events: #AYearAthon, a yearly one that includes a different prompt every month lasting just one week each time https://twitter.com/AYearAThon; Around the Year in 52 books, a challenge with a weekly prompt for a book https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/174195-around-the-year-in-52-books; and the Popsugar Challenge 2020 https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/20872524-post-your-2020-reading-list. There’s still time to join most of these, if not all!!

On this post, I’ll focus on my TBR for the Backlist Bookathon and my January TBR for the AYearAthon.

The first one is starting tomorrow and runs from 15th Jan to 15th Feb. As it focuses on backlist books, it’s a perfect opportunity for you if you realised there are too many unread books on your shelves or you’ve been buying too many. There are 10 prompts and I chose one book for each of them.

You can find my Backlist Bookathon TBR on the featured image for this post.

For the AYearAthon, running this month from 13th to 19th, we had to choose a colour, for which I, surely, selected my favourite one blue/turquoise. I’ll be reading as many as I can from these ones: Cress by Marissa Meyer, Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, Muerte de Tinta by Cornelia Funke, Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert and La Galatea, a minor novel by Miguel de Cervantes -most of them included in the Backlist Bookathon TBR.

I’m also participating in a Contemporary Book Club organised by the lovely Steph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8ZL-Ok7utg. Our January pick was Get a Life, Chloe Brown and I seem to be one of the last ones reading it, but you still can join!!

I’d love to know the readathons and challenges you got yourself into in the month of January and you’re free to share your TBR too! You never know when other’s selections will come in handy.

Thanks to those who read this all! Don’t forget to like and subscribe if you enjoyed!

Bear hugs!

Anne

Transfer by Terry M. West. A review

I was kindly sent a copy of his work by Terry in exchange for an honest review.

“The world’s a raging dumpster fire, Howie”

This is the first line of the book, which made me smile and foresee I was going to love reading it.

I like horror books and films, so I decided to ask for a copy of Terry’s work.

This book has 78 pages in which he does not miss one detail. The story is never felt as too short or missing some necessary aspect to further understand something else within.

I should state a warning for language, for you to choose if reading it or not.

The book is perfect in length, concise and complete. Its characters fit current stereotypes regarding generations (Millennials and Generation X), including their perfect portrayals through comments and jokes that made me laugh out loud.

The way it is told allows you to imagine the whole thing as in a short film, which I’d say must be made!

Once I had started I felt stuck to the chair. It was impossible to stop reading because I needed to know what came next.

The only complaint I have is that it took me back to The Ring, so the ending was quite predictable for me in some way -not totally, though-. I believe I’ve watched a film with a similar ending, but I haven’t been able to place it so far.

That’s all I can say without spoiling it.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this review!

Bear hugs!

Anne

Global and cultural thoughts affecting our reading.

Hi, there!!!!! Knowing the year started 8 days ago does not refrain me from wishing you a very Happy New 2020!!!! Hope everything is great, but not good enough so there’s room for improvement throughout the year.

This post contains my reflections and opinions about the reading tendencies I’ve found within current readers. Please note that everything included is a personal opinion and not a true statement. Hope you enjoy it loads (even if you think differently). Feel free to respectfully express your own thoughts any time; I’d love to read them!

The first idea that got me to write this post is that we obviously live in a world that works too fast! New discoveries and pieces of technology come out every single day, information is literally at the reach of one’s fingertips. To summarise it, the world doesn’t walk any more; it spins!! This makes speed a reading tendency, which is translated into a well written and developed book being unliked because it is not fast paced.

Inclusiveness is a must. I do agree that we nowadays understand others in a way we never did before, which allows us to accept them wholly and embrace our differences. We seem to finally get that difference has never been a synonym of wrong; it simply differs from others. We’re all special. However, that does not mean everyone else is forced to see the world as we do and/or share our opinions. I believe reading books in which a point of view unlike ours or from another historical moment or place enriches our vision at the same time it strengthens our believe system or helps us understand -even if we do not share- other opinions. As I see it, differences make the multiverse beautiful and interesting.

Another aspect I’ve found quite shocking is that whenever an influencer within the bookube or book blogging community, there are many viewers who feel offended if the former disagree on their thoughts regarding a certain book.

We are readers, dears. Well, from my point of view, the knowledge acquired from reading should indeed lead us towards openness. This does on only mean the abovementioned, but also that we’re supposed to learn to get closer to others’ opinions and not take things personal. They’re not against you, they’re simply another person expressing their own views about a certain thing you happen to see differently.

That being said, I’ve also found most members within the community to be incredibly supportive, accept and love differences and act even better than some friends in real life.

If you’re reading this, I’d love to read your respectful opinion on these matters.

I do love you!

Thank you so much for being you and belonging to this incredible community of readers, helping to make the world a better place.

Bear hugs!!

Xxx

My reading year

Hi, there!!! How’s everything going?

This is not a post in which I enlist all the books I’ve read throughout the year and the rating I gave them (I believe that’d be tedious!), but one in which I explain to you a bit of a couple of them, my before and after from the beginnning of the year regarding reading and my findings on this matter which helped me to know myself much better and understand the community.

I discovered booktube some time in autumn last year and readathons in December, also 2018. They are the reason why I moved from reading about 12 books per year to having read 90 in 2019 😲 so far (and it’s not even finished!). This bookish community has really been a lifesaver and I do feel extremely grateful! There’s finally a place where I belong!

The main reason why I continued watching booktube vieos at the beginning was that I realised I was only reading classics, technical or simply old books, so I was missing all the fun of discovering new authors, topics, trends, and even worlds. For example, I had never read a manga or enough graphic novels. I also had no idea what a bujo, a reading journal and a reading planner were (or that they existed).

So, I’ve been feeling like a child, opening my eyes, brain and heart to a whole new multiverse I couldn’t see previously, feeling more excited with every bit that has brought me unlimited joy, anticipation and enthusiasm.

Another aspect I absolutely love fom this community is the support and affection among its members, along with the incredible people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made, such as my dearest Stephanie from Steph Loves (you should totally check her channel if you have not yet done so, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO6LVKw5aTZ331lTWx6UIwA) and my great ‘neighbour’ Lis, the only bookish friend I’ve found who lives in the same country, who I love talking to!

Anyway, community feelings aside, my top books of the year are: Reina Roja (Red Queen) by Juan Gómez-Jurado, the best thriller I’ve read in years with perfectly built, original characters and many surprises from beginning to end; Scythe by Neal Shusterman, a dystopian future world in which humanity cannot die naturally with a strong political and religious criticism between and on the lines; Frostheart by Jamie Littler, a beautiful and elaborate middle grade I cannot tell you anything about because you must read it asap; and he first three books from the tetralogy The Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, an involving thriller in which reading and books are the centre you wouldn’t want to miss. It goes without saying, that all of these received 5 stars.

As if starting a bujo and this blog was not enough, I’ve also participated in many readathons (more than I was capable, to be honest), but there are three of them who have made the difference for me. The first one is the Magical Readathon, organised by G from Book Roast ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsIJyv-pQSrKP4Ogj6WYIdg). This is increibly detailed! With her perfectionism and surprising creativity, G gets you so involved you believe in magic again. I cannot praise it enough! Could give you paragraphs and endless text explaining it, show you he prompts, tell you it’s Harry Potter inspired and you wouldn’t come close to imagining the amount of love and effort she puts into it.

December bujo cover

The second event is the Book Junkie Trials, created by Rachael Marie ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJiXMAaVQr61h-c6Io316Ug), in which you are transported into a Medieval setting, her being the almighty Queen of the Realm. I can certify, if you participate in the preparations she demands, you’re be rewarded. I won a $15 giftcard from Amazon!! Her creativity and elaboration of it make you travel in time as much as a book does.

Last but not least, the cute Believathon, made by Gavin Hetherington, a wonderful human being whose channel makes you laugh and smile in equal parts (https://www.youtube.com/user/gavh2k6). This readathon consists of reading middle grade books, taking you back to childhood or allowing you to remember you should never lose the magic of childhood or disregard these genre because you think there’s nothing in it for you to learn (I assure you there is).

Finally, aside from the booktubers mentioned and all my community members and friends, I could not finish this post without mentioning Codie from https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCurj0D-0rPKPuMryxgOKPeg, a humble and wonderful human being I cannot stop myself from watching; and Jadey from Jadeyraereads at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9kvyautMuW7gfh_G_WKRKw, who’s a crazy, lovely and natural person I’d love to meet one day. She has to be so much fun!

I’m cannot thank all of you enough for helping me bring magic, reading and trust back into my now rich life!

Bear hugs and much love!! Xxx

Anne.

The Book Junkie Trials. Winter Quest.

Through this modern tool, I hereby present you with the results of the effortful task of gathering all the imperative supplies for the urgent matter that lies ahead: saving my Daemony, Sirius Black from the claws of the evil enchanter who kidnapped him!

Firstly, it was essential to obtain a BOAT for the long journey through the dark and immense Eastern sea, found in “El Conde de Montecristo” (The Count of Montecristo) by Alexandre Dumas. This being my favourite book of all times. A massive boat that would surely not fail me.

Once I had this, my partner in crime and I were able to bargain for stunningly purple CARVED ROBES thanks to The Creature Vault from the magical world of Harry Potter not to offend the Orcs at Orc Eaves.

Then, we realised some WOOD had to be collected in order to keep the Beacon of Hope lit and our spirits high throughout the exhausting journey. We were able to do so on The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

The Serpentine Allegiance was also needed, for which the DRAGON on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling taught us the intricate language of this land. Being a Mage (a magic practitioner with the ability to acquire wisdom using supernatural means), my main ability could not be left out.

But I was not yet secure, for I was to pass Rural Haven and let its inhabitants know I was thankful, so Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend was kind enough to gift me with some of her STARLIGHT. I additionally decided to show the citizens of Eastern Escape my partnership via the POC on Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

Graves End was also to be passed, so it would be respectful to carry some FLOWERS, offered to my by the graceful Tahereh Mafi through her Witchwood magical object.

As I must hide from the Frost Giants, without FIRE I’d have perished. I was able to obtain some of it on the beautiful Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, who had some to spare.

As not everything is meant for protection, at the hard times our planet goes through, it is also mandatory to rebuild some of it. The Desolate Ruins will soon spring to life after my arrival, because I will be planting some VINES using A Court of Thorns and Roses. Oh, I can already foresee the beauty of this land in the future!

I was informing of the purpose of this task, saving my Daemony, Sirius Black, a furry black cat so important to me, he must be buried in my own land. For this, I was able to obtain the BONES of a skull found in Daemonic Residue on Locke&Key Volume 1, by Joe Hill, the son of the master of these lands.

And lastly, although dragging myself out of tiredness, it was my obligation to sneak for the dark shard. This meant gathering a BLACK ROBE, which I obtained from my own house at Hogwarts because “help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it”. This robe had been presented to my by the headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).

You shall find all these items on the magical picture presented above. A map of the lands to pass is somewhere among the lines of this letter.

I am finally ready to start this quest to save Sirius Black!!

Yours truly,

Anne

PS: During my journey, I will be using 2 essential tools that will cover the 11 requirements set by Her Majesty Rachael Marie as my TBR, Scythe by Neil Shusterman and The Queen of Nothing (no offence, my dearest queen) by Holly Black.

Indecisive “Readathony” December

Hi, there!! How’s everything?

My story with readathons started nearly a year ago, when I got fired from a horrible company, got a much better teaching job and had to take forced holidays at Christmas. The first thing that happened was Booktube, which got me hooked instantly thanks to G from Book Roast and Little Book Owl. I was actually thinking of starting a channel, though I decided to go step by step and get to know the community through standard participation first.

A year later, I’ve just taken my Gillyweed (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, for a book with water on the cover) and already got into saving a sibling of mine from the lake (Enchantée, by Gita Trelease) for the Second Task of @triwizardathon (found here: https://twitter.com/triwizardathon ). This readathon continues in December with its Third Task taking place 9th-15th Dec. If you’ve just found out, no worries, you can join in late and still add up points to your school!

As I have found myself not able to discard many challenges and feeling anxious when I must do so with one that appeals to me, I’m also about to take a hard-to-prepare quest, the Winter Quest for The Book Junkie Trials, running from 2nd-9th of December! If you think you can become a worthy quester, you can watch the annoucement video by the lovely Rachael Marie on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3vFuhI_CZ0&t=472s or go straight to the Twitter page https://twitter.com/TheBookieTrials and find out more. I dare you to do so!

Additionally (YES, there’s more!!), I could not say no to the festive season, so I bought myself a cute snowman (see pic above) to participate in the Christmasathon (https://twitter.com/christmasathon), which lasts the whole month of December, seen thanks to the loveliest girl ever, Steph Loves, whose booktube channel I totally recommend! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO6LVKw5aTZ331lTWx6UIwA.

Despite me knowing this list was going too far, the fact that my university semester has just ended made me greedy for reading, so I enrolled myself into co-hosting (Team Lion King) for Musicals-a-thon, whose name speaks by itself, but just in case, it’s a month-long readathon based on musicals. https://discord.gg/w6eEaq Being my first co-host, I’m not sure if I’m more scared or excited!! 🙂

Last but not least, there’s an event I anxiously anticipate 3 times a year, the Magical Readathon https://twitter.com/MagicalReadthn organised by one of the most trustworthy and creative people I “know”, G from Book Roast, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsIJyv-pQSrKP4Ogj6WYIdg. All we know for this year’s winter one is that it will happen from 1st to 31st of December and prompts will be known as it goes. There’s no video annoucement yet. I cannot wait for this one!!!

Mmmmmmm do you guys think I should also do the Grinchathon??? Still thinking about it… Do you think I’m addicted?

If you’re interested in finding out my TBRs, thoughts and reviews regarding these, don’t forget to follow!!

Bear hugs!

Anne

Triwizard Tournament. Task 1. Dragons!

Any Harry Potter fan will know what I’m talking about when mentioning the Triwizard Tournament, but this one is special.

The Triwizardathon is a readathon you can check on https://chaptercharms.wordpress.com/triwizardathon/ or https://twitter.com/triwizardathon that consists of the three tasks included in the tournament created by J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Participants were sorted into a school: Beauxbatons, Durmstrang and Hogwarts, depending on their birthday, and I made it to Beauxbatons!

This first task took place between 11th and 17th November, in which I managed to read a total of 700 pages, thought impossible to achieve, initially. 🙂

My school was assigned the Hungarian Horntail (to tell you the truth, it’s the dragon I wanted!), so the prompt was to read a book with a lot of action. In my case, this was The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians I). This is a great way to teach Greek mythology to young people, so I highly recommend it for a gift to any adolescent you may know. It’s fun, there are things happening all the time and you feel emotionally attached to the story. This one got 4/5 start from me.

You could choose among 3 different methods to retreive the golden egg from your dragon, from which I chose the Conjunctivitis Curse to blind it. The book was one in Spanish called Amuleto(Lucky Charm) by Roberto Bolaño, a Mexican writer. It is magical realism for adults, so quitee crazy, but totally worth it. It was 3/5 stars, just because it took me some time to get involved.

Task 2 (25th Nov-1st Dec) is approaching and I cannot wait!!!! My TBR is coming!

Hope you enjoyed this. Don’t forget to follow!

Bear hugs!

Anne

Just Me

Who am I?

My name is Ana Isabel, although my friends call me Anne (please, do so). Well, to be honest, they also call me Hermione Reloaded, but that’s another story I promise to tell at some point (I reckon you have an idea why).

Why do this?

I simply love books. I’m a book addict and hoarder (or close to be) and I don’t feel guilty even for a bit… should I?

The thing is I read so much and participate in so many readathons that I thought it would be a great idea to be able to share my thoughts on them with those interested in reading me.

Gosh, I’ve wanted to do this for so long I cannot believe I’m actually doing it!

My whole life I thought I didn’t have the talent to write well enough for others to read and that I wasn’t creative enough. I finally gathered the courage to do this and I hope some of you can enjoy it as much as I am enjoying my first post.

Oh, I nearly forget!

I’m half Danish and German, half Spanish and French, which makes me feel a world citizen.

If you have any more questions about me, please leave a comment and I promise I’ll reply as soon as my busy life allows me, which would basically be every other day the latest!

Much love,

Anne (or Hermione Reloaded)

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