Review: Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth

18679049Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth
Genre: 
Contemporary
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★

This was the first YA book I read for the #cramathon and I’m really pleased because it was the perfect book to start with: fast, short and overall enjoyable. Seven Days was a book I also got from the library, which I’m so grateful for, because while I did like reading it, it’s not the kind of book I would have wanted to spend lots of money on. So, if you’re dying to read a certain book but are apprehensive about whether you’ll like it or not, why not check out libraries? Now, on to the review… Continue reading “Review: Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth”

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Read-A-Thons!

There are so many amazing read-a-thons happening at the end of the year to try and help you reach your GoodReads challenge, so we thought we would compile a list of the read-a-thons we plan on partaking in over the next month! There are a bunch of different challenges to make the events more fun, so hopefully we’ll be able to complete the challenges and read as many books as possible!

#CRAMATHON

The first read-a-thon is the #Cramathon! It’s hosted by WhittyNovels over on YT, but is open for booktubers and bloggers alike! You can watch the video announcement to find out more about it, if you haven’t already, but it’s running from the 19th to the 21st.

Challenges:
1. read an audiobook or ebook
M: Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend
B: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
2. read a bind-up
The Selection Short Stories by Kiera Cass
3. finish a series/read the last book of a series
M: Resist by Sarah Crossan
B: Into The After Light by Alexandra Bracken
4. read a book under 200 pages
We’re going to double up and us The Selection Short Stories for this too!
5. Finish a book you DNF’ed
M: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
B: Tithe by Holly Black
6. Read a graphic novel
We haven’t got any manga or graphic novels on our shelves we haven’t read yet!
7. Read 5 books total

#HolidayBookTubeAThon

Next is the #HolidayBookTubeAThon, part of the BookTube-A-Thon, one of the biggest read-a-thons ever! It’s hosted by the lovely Ariel Bisset, and Maddie and I were twitter hosts for the summer BTAT, so of course we’ll be joining in with the Christmas edition!
This read-a-thon happens between the 27th-29th December, and so far no challenges have been announced, so it’s just a chance to read the books you got over the holiday period!

#TBRtakedown

The final read-a-thon, and it’s hosted by LeaningLights on YT, you can find the video announcement here! The TBRtakedown happens from January 4th-11th, so you can get on top of your TBR at the very beginning of the year!

Challenges
1. Read a book from your most recent book haul.
M: The Next Together by Lauren James
B: Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger
2. Read a book on your TBR Shelf that’s been there for over a year (or longest).
M: Panic by Lauren Oliver
B: Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve
3. Read a book outside your comfort zone! (Genre, content, etc).
M: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melissa Salisbury
B: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
4. Read a first book in a series
M & B: Across the Universe by Beth Revis
5. Complete a series/Read a sequel in a series
This one may change, so we’ll leave it blank for now!
6. Read a FIRE color book (Fire colours such as shades of red, pink, purple, lilac, burgundy.) Lucky Colors for 2016
This one depends too!
7. Read a non-novel item: poem, verse, novella, short story, etc.
Any of the Alice Osman short stories!

Summer Cramathon Wrap-Up | 2015

Bee and I attempted, and that’s the key word, to participate in WhittyNovels’ Cramathon this summer, which happened from the 10th-13th July! There were a number of challenges to complete, but the main goal is to read as many books as possible to contribute to your Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Without further ado, here’s how we did. Spoiler alert: it’s not great!

Read a…:
1. Children’s Book
Bee: ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis (and half of ‘The Horse and His Boy’.) We own all of the books, but I only remember having ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ read to my class in Year 4. About time to read the whole series, nearly ten years later?
Maddie: ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’ by J. K. Rowling. I’ve never actually read the whole thing through, with all Dumbles’ annotations too, because I hadn’t finished the HP series during my first read. It was lovely to get to appreciate it again, and seeing how much I love fairy tales, this one was perfect!

2. Hardback
Bee: Attempted to read some of the stories in ‘My True Love Gave to Me’, edited by Stephanie Perkins, but the book is kind of huge (and pink, therefore, cute.)
Maddie: Sneakily, I used ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’ for this as well! Haha! There wasn’t a rule against doubling up!

3. Two Books in 24 Hours
Bee: Narnia books and my graphic novel choice. Short books = easy win!
Maddie: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ by Sara Shepard and Beedle again. (Gosh, that guy just keeps popping up!) I really enjoyed PLL, it was the perfect book to read because it was relatively short and the storyline was so addictive, I couldn’t stop! This is definitely a series I’ll continue this year.

4. Graphic Novel
Bee and Maddie: The only graphic novel we own and haven’t read was ‘Marceline and the Scream Queens’, so we both read that one! It was really lovely for Marce and PB to be the main characters for a change. The art style was super simple and the colour palette was adorable. If you like ‘Adventure Time’, would totally recommend!

5. Book in Verse
Ooh, neither of us managed to do this one because we don’t own any. Definitely going to have to look into it though! It sounds so unique!

6. Novella
Maddie: After reading ‘These Broken Stars’, I decided to read ‘This Night So Dark’, which is the prequel to the series, before the Icarus crash. Overall, I was a little disappointed at the ‘extra information’ we were given, or the lack of it! Hopefully, the next book in the series will impress me more!

7. At least 5 books
Unfortunately, I only got to read 4 books over the Cramathon because I only started on the 11th, so was a day behind, and then on Monday was with friends on a day trip, so didn’t have much time to read. However, I really enjoyed the challenges and the Cramathon I did get to participate in, so I hope to participate again fully in the Christmas season.