Make Me Read It Readathon – TBR

First; thanks to everyone who voted on the poll! 726 votes in total, that’s amazing!

I’ve posted the results of the poll behind the cut below. I don’t know yet how many books I’ll try to read – last year I got through 6 or 7 but then I had a couple of audio books at the top to help me out. Which I don’t have this year X) But I will read the books in the order they have been listed behind the cut!

If you’re curious to find out more about the Make Me Read It Readathon, check my previous post about it and also visit our hosts – Ely and Val!

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Make Me Read It Readathon 2017 (time to vote!)

It’s readathon time! I’m so excited to see that this readathon is back this year as well – it’s definitely one of those that just makes me want to read as much as possible. Just as last year it is hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley. Below you’ll find the official information (directly from their pages) as well as some information about where to find my poll and what books you can choose from this year.

What is the Make Me Read It Readathon?

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.


This year the readathon takes place between the 6th and the 13th of August – which is perfect for me because that’s right before I start working again after the summer (I start on the 14th). It does mean that I won’t be able to use all of the last day for reading, as I will have to prep some stuff, but I will hopefully be able to read quite a lot.

Anyway; just like last year I’ve added quite a few books to the poll, just because I have quite a few to choose from. The poll is open from today (12th of July) to Monday (17th of July) and I’ll most likely add use the Top 10 as my TBR.

The poll is available here. You need to be a member of the group Polls for our Souls on Goodreads, but that is nothing but a quick click away 🙂

To read more about the books in the poll, check below the cut!

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BookTubeAThon 2017 – TBR

It’s time for the readathon that started my readathon addiction – the BookTubeAThon 2017!

I’m really excited about the challenges this year and timewise this readathon should work perfectly for me. Unlike last year, however, I won’t do a video TBR because I just got back from the IQA European Games (i.e European Quidditch Championships) and I got a pretty bad sunburn on my face. So instead I’ll just post my pile on Instagram and you can find it below.

So a couple of days ago the challenges for this year's #booktubeathon were announced. I'm stoked! 😀😀 These are the books I'm hoping to read during this weeklong readathon. Some of them do work for multiple challenges, but I'm hoping to get through all of these and possibly a 7th book – but leaving that open 😊 Which book's intended for which challenge is written on my blog – link in my description 🤗 . . #bookstagram #instabooks #booktography #bibliophile #booknerd #bookaholic #bookgram #bookphotography #booklove #booklover #bookaddict #bookworm #tbrpile #tbr #booktubeathon2017 #booktubeathonTBR #theheartofbetrayal #maryepearson #thewrathandthedawn #reneeahdieh #theblackkey #amyewing #traitortothethrone #alwynhamilton #princessofglass #jessicadaygeorge #thescorpionrules #erinbow

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Challenge match-up

#1 Read a book with a person on the cover

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

#2 Read a hyped book

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

#3 Finish a book in one day

The Black Key by Amy Ewing

#4 Read about a character that is very different from you

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

#5 Finish a book completely outdoors

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

#6 Read a book you bought because of the cover

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

#7 Read seven books

Not pictured in the TBR-pile, but if I have time I’ll read one of the following books (which one will depend in part on how my TBR for the Make-Me-Read-It-Readathon):
Sentinel by Jennifer L Armentrout
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

Princess of Thorns

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Started: July 23, 2016
Finished: July 25, 2016

So last summer I read Of Beast and Beauty, which I absolutely loved and could not stop thinking about for so long – but prior to reading that I’d read the excerpt for this book and enjoyed this as well. Needless to say I had high hopes that I would like the full story as well. And I did, for the most part. The characters are really well written and the world’s intriguing and it feels like a gritty sequel to Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, like something set in George RR Martin’s universe. Which I really enjoy – I’ve always liked having a lot of details and not leaving things out and not being afraid to describe things as they are.

However, the ending… no, not up to my standards. It was too fast and finished up too easily and, yeah, all of these complications were solved in 30-40 pages. I felt like this book needed a longer, more complicated ending in order to get the story to wrap up nicely. Still a cute ending, but yeah, too simple. Hence why I knocked a star from the rating.

Also, in case you’re wondering, there are other fairy tales referenced in this as well, such as HC Andersen’s The Wild Swans (heartbreaking story) and Grimm’s Rapunzel. So not just one fairy tale retelling; multiple ones, woven together! Very Once Upon a Time 😉

But yeah, in my opinion, Of Beast and Beauty was better than this one.


Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #4: read a book by one of your favorite authors

The White Rose (The Lone City #2)

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Started: July 21, 2016
Finished: July 23, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Alright, so this was a bit of a letdown compared to book down. Definitely felt like the infamous “second book” in a trilogy that acts as a bridge between the first and the third – not much happened in my opinion, other than solving some stuff from book one and setting up stuff for book three. Yes, there were some important events, but it did not feel as intense as the first book.

I am, however, vey excited about the possibility of a Garnet/Raven ship sailing because they’re so cute together! Also, more Lucien, thank you!

Once again, however, there is a major cliffhanger at the end and I’m really excited to see what happens and how they solve this problem, aaand hoping that I won’t get disappointed in book three. By the looks of the cover (this edition series) it looks pretty cool.


Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #1: read a book with yellow on the cover

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)

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Started: July 20, 2016
Finished: July 21, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

First; I love this world! It’s such an interesting location with so many different cultures and ideals and people – and it’s all described in a very colorful way that draws you in. I haven’t read many books with djinni (yet; I have several on my TBR), but what I found interesting with this wasn’t that the writer started with an explanation of the djinni and their powers etc – she just mentioned them in passing, as if it was something anyone already knew, and then when it became necessary to add more information she did. It felt more real 🙂

So yes; world building in this book is very good and if I were to write a review based on just that it would be a 5/5 star novel. However, I also have to take other things into account. Such as characters and relationships – and that did not strike me as something as well developed as the world itself. The characters were interesting, certainly, but I didn’t feel invested in them. It was easy to predict what the main character would discover about themselves in the end. The main character’s romantic relationship felt rushed – I actually enjoyed the antagonistic relationships with her uncle’s family and with her half-brother on the djinni side a lot more than the romance, which is saying something. I do, however, have high hopes that there won’t be a love triangle here. At least not between characters already introduced. Mind you, I’m not opposed to love triangles, but if the original romance is badly written a love triangle might make me discard the book entirely.

Will I continue this series? I believe so, but I’m not sure if I’ll buy the next installment right after it’s published. Not until I’ve seen some reviews on it.


This book was read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #3: Read a book you discovered through BookTube

The Great Gatsby

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Started: July 18, 2016
Finished: July 19, 2o16

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars

It’s a classic, it’s got old-style writing, old style plot line, and yes I was expecting that it would be a bit slow to start with because that’s how I usually experience classics. Lots of details to go through and all of that. But I found this particularly slow considering the length of it – it took about a third of the book for the story to get started and that was a bit too long for me. Though I did enjoy the rest and, as I haven’t seen the movie (not even the trailer, tbh), I went into it completely unknowing of what may or may not happen. Which is what I like to do when it comes to classics – though it’s unusual that I’m able to actually do it.

But anyway, yes; enjoyed the story, but it took too long to get it going and thus it was a very, very slow read considering the length. And it is one of those novels that I think you should read even if it’s not your main genre.


Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #2: read a book only after sunset