Reading Double: TBR & Sprint Times

It’s almost time for our readathon to start! We’ve been planning and anticipating this for weeks, so it’s so exciting to think that tomorrow it’ll actually be happening. We’re so excited to share what we’re reading with everyone!

Bee and I have finally decided on what we’re each going to read, after having a few options lined up. With the readathon starting tomorrow and all, we just had to go with our hearts! We’ve both gone for two stand alones written by the same author, which also happen to be some of each other’s favourite books.

Bee will read…
‘Beautiful Broken Things’ & ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’ by Sara Barnard

Maddie will read…
‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ & ‘Tonight the Streets are Ours’ by Leila Sales

The best part is that both of our pairs work out at around the same word count, so we should be able to read at the same pace. Hopefully we like them as much as the other did!

On the readathon’s Twitter (@ReadingDouble), we’ll be hosting sprints throughout the day, all set to GMT. The schedule is as follows:

SATURDAY: 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, 8-9pm

SUNDAY: 10-11am, 3-5pm, 8-10pm

We hope you can join us for some of those times over the weekend, whether or not your taking part in the readathon, if you’re reading, we’d love to cheer you on!

Review: Spellbook for the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

I had seen a lot of hype surrounding this book on twitter – lots of authors and publishers getting ARCS, which were beautiful, by the way. So, it’s one that’s been on my radar for a while, even though I had no idea when it was coming out. Then I went book shopping with Maddie and happened to see Spellbook For The Lost and Found on the table and I NEEDED IT. I picked it up practically as soon as I got home (which hardly ever happens) and I feel like I genuinely have some stuff to say about it, so let’s get to it.

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Series To Read Before 2018!

What time is it? TBR Shame Time! Around the middle of the year, it’s always a good plan to re-evaluate what’s on your TBR and what your priorities are before 2018 rolls around, because it’s going to come sooner rather than later if January to June is anything to go by. I swear we were making our reading resolutions a week ago…

Tiny Pretty Things by Donielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra

This is only a duet, so really I have no excuse for not starting it because it’s not a lifetime dedication like Cassandra Clare series. But, it’s TOP of my list because I’m desperate to read about ballerinas at a boarding school. Ever since Bee and I got hooked on Dance Academy at the beginning of the year, ballet has been my favourite topic and this will be fabulous, I know it.  Continue reading “Series To Read Before 2018!”

Favourite Fictional Father Figures!

Richard Manners in Geek Girl

It just so happens that any one of these favourites posts can be used to promote the Geek Girl series. Funny, that. Richard is a fantastic dad. He may not always make the right decisions, or completely understand his daughter, but he’s there to support her (by taking free trips to Russia!) and generally be a maverick of the household. We absolutely love that Holly Smale wrote a family that inverts the tradition of the mother to be the one to stay at home and the dad to do the work. It’s so positive to see.

Hagrid in Harry Potter and Whatever He’s Up To

Every one who’s ever compiled a list like this is guaranteed to have any male character bar the Malfoys and Voldemort from Harry Potter. Out of every other contender for best father figure, I’ve chosen Hagrid because he’s the only one, in my opinion, who loves Harry because he wants to. Lupin and Sirius love him because he’s a miniature James, and brings back a piece of their shared past. Dumbledore cares for him because he turns out to be a selfish pusher of his own agenda. Hagrid loves him, full stop. Yes, he may put Harry in the radius of dangerous magical creatures, but whatever.

Dad Edwards in Second Chance Summer

I may not know his name, but he’s crucial to the story, and still manages to give Taylor some beautiful life lessons with the time he has left. This was a difficult father-daugther relationship to read about because illness gets in the way, and neither of them want to admit that their time is limited, but I think this story really proves how much loved ones matter to a person, and that no matter how much time you have with someone, it’s always worth being together. Excuse me while I go sob now.

Mr Bennett in Pride and Prejudice

A man that loves his daughters and irritating his wife. Although P&P definitely isn’t a comedy, Mr Bennett provided the light hearted jokes just when you needed them, and didn’t really care about what society thought of his family, as long as they were happy. I also really appreciated how he didn’t shame Lydia for what happened to her, whereas Mrs Bennett was distraught for days. No wonder everyone likes their father best!

Dad Marx in The Museum of Heartbreak

He just loved dinosaurs and wanted to share that love with the world, even in inappropriate scenarios. Dinner party conversation? Dinosaurs. Break up conversation? Dinosaurs. Definitely one of the stand out characters of a rather wishy-washy read.

Top 5: Side Relationships!

Before you wonder, this Top 5 Wednesday topic is not about your favourite relationship that had a side piece, like I first thought 😂 No one wants to promote disloyalty in relationships, for sure! This topic is all about your favourite couples that never got the spotlight. We’re big fans of secondary characters, and love it even more when they get their happily ever after. BUT, this week also meant that I had to delve back into the 2013-2014 archives of my reading tastes because secondary characters are only usually granted well developed relationships in series with three books or over, and seeing as I’ve managed to complete a measly two series this year, I was limited for choice. So, get ready for some oldies but goodies! Continue reading “Top 5: Side Relationships!”

ReadingDouble: Readathon Announcement! (24th-25th June)

Exciting news! In just two weeks, Bee and I are going to be hosting our very first readathon! It’s called Reading Double and takes place from 24th-25th June. 

To take part, all you have to do is read two books that share of common feature, for example, the books could be written by the same author, be part of the same series or genre, or have the same colour on the cover! Below is our announcement video:

We also put together a list of duologies that would work perfectly for the readathon if you want to check that out too! Maybe it’ll inspire your TBR if you want to take part.

We’ll be running reading sprints over on Twitter (@ReadingDouble) and if you want to take part, you can share your TBRs and reading progress using the hashtag #ReadingDouble across all social media.

We’re so excited to be doing something like this for the first time ever. Readathons are one of our favourite parts of the bookish community, and we’re beyond excited to host our own! Over the 23rd-26th June, we’ll be posting daily updates here on our blog too!

 

Review: City of Saints & Thieves

Apparently this book has already been optioned for a movie?? That’s so exciting! And, I think it’s probably best to put a caveat on this review, and say I’ll probably enjoy a movie of this more! So, City of Saints & Thieves is marketed as this sort of thriller/mystery story, but the one question I was left with after finishing was: where was the thriller?

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