Read-a-longs and Read-a-thons

Trees of Reverie Read-a-Thon / Update 02

We’re nearing the end of this read-a-thon, and I regret to say I have not been able to be very interactive with others. I also keep forgetting to link up with the daily bookish challengens and so on. But I am reading which is the most important bit of this read-a-thon. So let’s get to the update portion.

Reading Update

Day 07 – 0 pages
Day 08 – 97 pages
Day 09 – 170 pages
Day 10 – 261 pages
Day 11 – 18 pages

Total pages read of first update – 805 pages
Total pages read of second update – 546 pages
Total pages read – 1351 pages
Books read – Siege and Storm (The Grisha 2) by Leigh Bardugo/Shutter by Courtney Alameda/Ruin and Rising (The Grisha 3) by Leigh Bardugo / Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl 1) by Eoin Colfer /The Tailor (The Grisha 1,5, novella) by Leigh Bardugo
Books Finished: 4 + 1 novella
Current Read: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs


Daily Bookish Challenges

Day 07
Create a wishlist of books written by English authors!

  • All the books by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman I don’t own yet. There are just too many to list here.
  • The Killings of Badger’s Drift (Chief Inspector Barnaby 1) by Caroline Graham
    Everyone who knows me, knows that I love Midsomer Murders, the tv show that is based on the characters in these books
  • Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
    I need to read the lesser known books by him as well of course

Day 08
If you could share and recommend only ONE book that you’ve read so far in 2015, which one would it be?

There were a lot of books I though were great, but for this I’d like to recommend:

Seraphina duology by Rachel Hartman (no this isn’t cheating at all).

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

The cover of Seraphina had been drawing me in for a while and I found the hardcover second-hand in 2014. But I didn’t read it until February of this year, because the second book would come out in that month, if I recall. The second book being Shadow Scale. I loved so much about Seraphina. But most of all I enjoyed the world building!


Day 09
What are your top five favourite young adult books?

Can I change this to series though?

  1. Bartimaeus Series by Jonathan Stroud
  2. Seraphina duology by Rachel Hartman
  3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  4. Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
  5. Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee

Day 10
If you could choose one relatively unknown, underrated or under appreciated book to share with others, which book would you recommend to others?

Indigo Springs (Astrid Lethewood 1) by A.M. Dellamonica

Indigo Springs is a sleepy town where things seem pretty normal . . . until Astrid’s father dies and she moves into his house. She discovers that for many years her father had been accessing the magic that flowed, literally, in a blue stream beneath the earth, leaking into his house. When she starts to use the liquid “vitagua” to enchant everyday items, the results seem innocent enough: a “‘chanted” watch becomes a charm that means you’re always in the right place at the right time; a “‘chanted” pendant enables the wearer to convince anyone of anything . . .

But as events in Indigo Springs unfold and the true potential of vitagua is revealed, Astrid and her friends unwittingly embark on a journey fraught with power, change, and a future too devastating to contemplate. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as Astrid discovers secrets from her shrouded childhood that will lead her to a destiny stranger than she could have imagined . .

One of my favorite books because of the magic system and how the book was written. But it is a book and an author I rarely hear about from other authors. And I think that is a shame.


Day 12
What are your top five favourite book covers?

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