Gi @ Book Roast‘s festive Magical Readathon came to a close yesterday, and I’m pleased to say it was a success! I didn’t do much tweeting this time around, I went a bit wild during the N.E.W.Ts Readathon in August, but I’ve been celebrating Christmas with family and getting ready for a trip to see more family over New Year.
As I thought it might my TBR did change a bit during the readathon, all depending on what I was in the mood to pick up and what I felt like I could finish, but I enjoyed everything I read and I was really pleased with how many wintry/festive books I managed to pick up.
Finish your coursework
Finish your current read
Straight away I may have cheated because I’m actually still reading Dread Nation and Strange the Dreamer, but I was actively reading Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis when the readathon began and decided to count that one towards this prompt – I reviewed it here if you’d like to hear my thoughts on it. I enjoyed it a lot and I’m looking forward to reading more from Stephanie Burgis in 2019!
I was originally planning to try and finish Strange the Dreamer, but I read another chapter before the readathon began and realised I wasn’t quite in the mood for it. I’d like to finish it soon, though!
Have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins
Read a book you think will be humorous
I stuck with my TBR for this one and read Romancing the Werewolf by Gail Carriger, which I’d been looking forward to for months and saving for December because it’s set over Christmas. Again, you can check out my review here!
Naturally, I loved this one. I love Biffy and Lyall separately and together so I’m never going to complain about seeing more of them. Gail Carriger has cemented herself as one of my favourite authors this year.
Visit The Three Broomsticks for mulled pixie wine
Read a book that should only take you a day/evening to read
Funnily enough I read the majority of the books for this readathon in one sitting, mainly because all but one of them were novellas, but I stuck to my TBR again for this one and read A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews in a couple of hours one evening. It was so easy to read and a charming, festive Historical Romance. Check out my review here!
Attend a Yule Ball
Read a book you’ve been preparing for
Originally the lovely Natalie @ A Sea Change and I were going to buddy read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, but then we discovered Tracy @ Cornerfolds‘ 2019 Retellings Reading Challenge and decided we’d move our buddy read to January so we could count it towards that challenge (which looks so fun).
I was already planning to read How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger for this readathon, I’ve been devouring Carriger’s novellas this year, and considering I had to read the Parasol Protectorate series and Romancing the Werewolf to ‘prepare’ for this story, I decided to use How to Marry a Werewolf for this prompt instead.
I’ll be reviewing it soon, but it should come as no surprise that I loved it – especially with Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings playing a central role. It looks like this is going to be the first of a series of a paranormal romance novellas about the London werewolf pack, and I am here for it. I love Carriger’s werewolves and I will gobble up anything about them.
Bring a festive treat to Hedwig at the Owlery
Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the book/series title
I was originally planning to read How to Marry a Werewolf for this prompt, but I needed to pick another book and one that I could get through fairly quickly. I had a sudden craving for Middle Grade, so I decided to pick up Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers which has been on my shelves for a few years now. Not only does it have ‘serpents’ in the title, but there’s also a very cute cat on the cover – perfect!
This is another one I read in a day. Yesterday, actually! I finished it 25 minutes before the readathon ended so I just made it, but I’m pleased I managed to complete all the challenges even if I didn’t quite stick to my original TBR and I’m especially pleased I finally crossed this book off my TBR.
I’ll be reviewing it soon, but I liked it a lot – in fact I wish this book had been around when I was a child because I think I would have adored it.