BookTube: Non-Binary November Readathon TBR

Hi everyone! As you may or may not have seen, I’m running a readathon in November with two of my closest friends on our joint YouTube channel. You can find out more about the readathon on our channel and in this blog post.

Today’s video is my TBR for the readathon! I’m super excited to start this readathon and read these books on my TBR.

Are you joining us for the readathon?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Non-Binary November Readathon

Hi everyone! I’m here today with a really exciting announcement. As you probably know, I run a YouTube channel with Blue and Alex and we’ve decided to run a month long readathon together!

Key information

  • The readathon is called the Non-Binary November readathon, will run from 1st-30th November and aims to read and promote books by non-binary authors and with non-binary rep!
  • You can cover more than one prompt with each book if you need to – for example, The Bone Witch covers non-binary author, non-binary side character, non-binary author of colour, N or B in the title and a colour of the non-binary flag (purple!)
  • Our group book is The Bone Witch which we all be reading and encourage you to join us for!
  • You do not need to read non-binary books for all of the prompts if non-binary is not specified, however it would be great to make sure they are LGBTQIA+!
  • The hashtag we are using for this readathon is #NBNOV, which can be used on Twitter to join in and discuss the readathon
  • We have a giveaway! All you have to do is subscribe to our channel and tweet using the hashtag #NBNOV, and you will be entered to win either The Bone Witch or a non-binary book of your choice. The giveaway ends at midnight on November 1st and the winner be will announced the following day and contacted via Twitter.
  • Prompts are below the video, which also provides this information!

Prompts

  • Read a book with a non-binary main character
  • Read a book by a non-binary author
  • Read a book with the letter N or letter B in the title
  • Read a book with a cover that has one or more of the non-binary flag colours (purple, yellow, white or black)
  • Read a book with a non-binary side character
  • Read a non-binary book by an author of colour
  • Read a book that represents another gender identity
  • Read a book recommended by a non-binary reviewer (like Blue!)
  • Free space!

Watch this space for another video with prompt ideas, books recommended by Blue, and all of our TBRs! I will also post a blog post with my TBR closer to when the readathon starts.

Want to join us? Just post on your platform with your TBR an read with us in November!

-Beth

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Make Your Myth-Taker TBR 2020

Hi lovely readers! Today I’m writing my TBR for the Make Your Myth-Taker Readathon. I had absolutely no plans to join this readathon or any idea what it was about until I saw a post about it on Geeky Galaxy and it grabbed my attention. I saw it and just couldn’t resist finding out if I could join AND read the Throne of Glass books too. It’s a little ambitious for me but I’m going to give it a shot!

The readathon is aimed around mythical creatures, and has prompts to follow in order to ‘become’ that creature. The announcement video below tells you much more about it!

The Character

I went for Goddess! This was mainly due to the prompts that fit what I want to read in June, but it’s also partly due to being drawn to the Sorceror characters in general, they are all so beautiful.

The Prompts

It’s time to introduce you guys to the books I chose for the readathon!

Featuring Fae

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As soon as I saw this prompt I knew I could include at least one Throne of Glass book in here which will help me out as I am already buddy reading the series with Alex! Although I’m not sure where exactly Fae come up in the series, I know they are in the world in general so I think that counts.

A book with a foiled cover

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Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife. When Lo-Melkhiin – a formidable king – arrives at her desert home, she knows that he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice – leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man. But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king …if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster.

It was really hard to find a book with a foil cover I actually think I will be able to squeeze in! I eventually chose this as my cover has a foiled feather on it.

Highest Rated

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Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

I did cheat a little and went for the standalone with the highest rating as a lot were not the start of a series! However, I’m really excited for this one.

Randomise your TBR

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Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat.
But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about.
As her college decision looms, Rosa collides – literally – with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

I was lucky the randomised one came out with a standalone too, and a fairly short read I think I should be able to fit in to my busy reading month!

I’m so excited for this readathon especially now I have chosen my books! Are you going to join in and if so, which character are you pursuing?

-Beth

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OWLs Wrap-Up 2020

Hi all! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of the OWLs, and I’m very happy to say I managed to complete my OWLs to become a Magizoologist and a bonus course for Animagus training! This means I read 6 books for the OWLs this year.

If you’re confused or want to know more about how the OWLs works, I’d refer to my TBR post here which explains about the magical readathon.

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As I explained above, I decided to go for the Magizoologist exams, which meant I had to read four books under the prompts listed below.

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover

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Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is
 after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .

I did enjoy this book, but not as much as I’d hoped after adoring The Raven Cycle. You can see my review here!

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

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Frank Li is a high school senior living in Southern California. Frank’s parents emigrated from Korea, and have pretty much one big rule for Frank – he must only date Korean girls.
But he’s got strong feelings for a girl in his class, Brit – and she’s not Korean. His friend Joy Song is in the same boat and knows her parents will never accept her Chinese American boyfriend, so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom.
Frank thinks fake-dating is the perfect plan, but it leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love – or himself – at all.

I was a little hesitant going into this one, but I ended up really enjoying it! My review is here.

Herbology – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with an (i)

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For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.
Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.
Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

I read this one so quickly as it was so addictive to read and has made me very excited for Radio Silence! My review can be found here.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

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A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.

I read this on the last day of OWLs and enjoyed it! It’s not something I’d usually read, but I sped through it as it was only 120 pages.

BONUS course: Animagus Training

Arithmancy – Read a book outside of your favourite genre

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Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George. Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.
So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.

I read this one as it is an adult contemporary and I don’t usually branch out to adult, but this ended up being a fast favourite. I adored it, and you can find my review here.

Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

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No one in modern-day Seoul believes in the old fables anymore, which makes it the perfect place to for Gu Miyoung and her mother to hide in plain sight. Mihoung is a Gumiho, a nine-tailed fox, who must eat the souls of men to survive. She feeds every full moon–eating the souls of men who have committed crimes, but have evaded justice. Her life is upended when she kills a dokkaebi, a murderous goblin, in the forest just to save the life of a stupid boy. But after Miyoung saves Jihoon’s life, the two develop a tenuous friendship that blooms into romance forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

This was a mixed one for me, but I did end up liking a lot about it. You can read my review here.

Potions – already covered above!

-Beth

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OWLs Readathon TBR 2020

Hi everyone! I’m here today for a very exciting reason – the OWLs start tomorrow! I’ve been excited about this readathon since August when I took part in the NEWTs for the first time. It feels great to be doing it all the right way round this year and participating in the OWLs first!

The Ordinary Wizarding Levels are inspired by the exams taken in Harry Potter. It’s a month long readathon that runs throughout April, and the goal is to pursue your chosen career in the Wizarding World. In order to pass your exams and graduate in your chosen subject, all you need to do is….READ! Sound good? Sound confusing? The video below from the host of the readathon should help everything make sense a little easier.

It might help to check the website for more information too and read the induction on the Magical Readathons! I’ve also included the Careers guide and prompts letter below.

Wizarding Careers Guides 2020
O.W.L.s letter and prompts

If you want to join, you choose a career, find the list of classes you must take to pursue that career under ‘OWLs’, and then refer to the prompts letter to find the corresponding prompt to your classes. Once you have your prompts, you just have to find books that fit your prompts and you’re ready to take part!

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The career I chose this year is a magizoologist! This career means I have to pass just 4 OWLs, which means I may have enough time to also complete a course (listed at the end of the Careers Guidebook). My 4 prompts are below along with the books I have chosen to read.

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover

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Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is
after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .

I’ve had this sat around since the release, so I’m really looking forward to delving back into this world!

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

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Frank Li is a high school senior living in Southern California. Frank’s parents emigrated from Korea, and have pretty much one big rule for Frank – he must only date Korean girls.
But he’s got strong feelings for a girl in his class, Brit – and she’s not Korean. His friend Joy Song is in the same boat and knows her parents will never accept her Chinese American boyfriend, so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom.
Frank thinks fake-dating is the perfect plan, but it leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love – or himself – at all.

I tried to read this book last September, but I went through a bit of a hard time and only managed to read the first chapter. Now seems like a good a time as any to try it gain!

Herbology – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with an (i)

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For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.
Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.
Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

This isn’t something I’d usually jump for, but it’s Alice Oseman and I will read everything she ever writes.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

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Goodreads

A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.

I was struggling to find a short book on my TBR that is under 150 pages, but I stumbled across this one! I’ve ordered a copy which hopefully won’t take too long to arrive.

BONUS course: Animagus Training

Arithmancy – Read a book outside of your favourite genre

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Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George. Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.
So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.

One of the books on my TBR outside of my comfort zone is this one – it’s an adult contemporary, but it’s also about something I’m very passionate about (outdoor swimming!), so I’m excited to read it.

Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

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Goodreads | Waterstones

No one in modern-day Seoul believes in the old fables anymore, which makes it the perfect place to for Gu Miyoung and her mother to hide in plain sight. Mihoung is a Gumiho, a nine-tailed fox, who must eat the souls of men to survive. She feeds every full moon–eating the souls of men who have committed crimes, but have evaded justice. Her life is upended when she kills a dokkaebi, a murderous goblin, in the forest just to save the life of a stupid boy. But after Miyoung saves Jihoon’s life, the two develop a tenuous friendship that blooms into romance forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

It took me a while to find a book that includes shape-shifting, but my friend Sophie told me this one does! It’s been sat on my shelf since YALC last year, so it’ll be good if I can get to it.

Potions – already covered above!

I’ll be completing the bonus course if I manage to get through my OWLs quickly, so we’ll see!

Are you joining the magical readathon?

-Beth

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