December is great because I love Christmas, my birthday is on the 17th and it is the perfect time for cozy readathons 💕
Here’s what my December plans look like:
A Christmas party at the Zoo on the 5th 🐘
Finnish Independence day celebration on the 6th 🇫🇮
Christmas shopping with a friend on the 16th 🎅
A day off work for reading all day on my birthday the 17th 🎂
Travelling to Finland on the 19th ✈️
Christmas at my partner’s parents; a warm cabin in the middle of snowy woods, winter stuff like snowmen (!), lots of great food (vegan everything!) and sauna ☃️
Relaxing at my mom’s after Christmas – and hopefully reading a lot! 📚
New Years with my brother and dad 🎉
What do your plans include? Are you celebrating Christmas? How about Hannukkah or Kwanzaa or New Years?
In Christmas I also hope to take part in a bunch of readathons! I’m co-hosting Currentathon and it will run for the entire month, Tis The Season A’Thon happens from 2nd to 8th of December and it challenges me to read Christmassy reads ✨ I’ll also take part in the December round of Magical Readathon although this round is all about surprising challenges within a story and so I can’t set a TBR for that one 😀
If you know me, then you know that I get extremely excited about readathons. Especially G @ Book Roast’s Magical Readathons are amazing and I’m always squealing from joy whenever a new announcement comes up.
In August it’s time to dive into NEWTs, or the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, that Hogwarts students complete on their seventh year of study to reach their preferred career. Book Roast has made it possible for us bookaholics to do the tests by reading! NEWTs is an extension of OWLs that happened in April (but you can still take part if you didn’t participate in OWLs). G gives you all of the details in her announcement video:
I am pursuing the career of a Metal Charmer, a mysterious profession of risky and careful work to produce intricate metallic objects with magical properties. Things like the time turner, the golden snitch, and much more!
As the profession of a metal charmer is exclusive, reaching the career is very difficult. That’s why I need to read 12 books in August 😱 that’s about 5 books more than I usually take up and I have already lost 10 days of the month for moving house! I’m panicked, hyperventilating and still kind of exhilarated.
Am I ready to give up all of my free time to reach this career? Yes. Am I ready to let my body decay while I stay in the same spot reading until I am a metal charmer? Yes. Will I procrastinate university work to reach my metal charmer magical career? Hell to the yes. Will I stop watching Netflix? NNnngggh, I don’t know man.
While I’m super focused on doing the best I can with OWLs, I simply could not ignore Samantha @ Thoughts on Tomes announcement of Tome Topple Readathon Round 8!! Tome Topple is one of all time favorite readathons, and the point is to read those big, intimidating tomes over 500 pages on your TBR. Tome Topple also hosts the most fabulous reading sprints I have ever seen so I simply have to take part (check their Twitter here for the sprints). But we have a problem: OWLs are about reading a crazy amount of books to reach a wizarding career while Tome Topple wants me to read a few humongous books. I’m here today to shuffle up my OWLs TBR to make room for Tome Topple!
January has passed and with it my hiatus, praise the bookish deities! I have just moved to a new apartment with my husband and our living room is buried underneath boxes. We broke free from the cancer-inducing-mouldy-disaster that was our previous flat and came out exhausted but victorious from our homelessness. (if you are majorly confused at this point, you can have a look at my hiatus announcement, I swear it explains a lot of things)
We absolutely adore our new apartment apart from a few worms and beetles that welcomed us home in the kitchen. We got through homelessness, I can defeat a couple wormies.
I hope to get straight back to the bliss of blogging, reading everyone else’s posts, and socialising with all of you 😍 Thank you so much everyone for your support, and I’m so sorry that I haven’t yet commented back! January was ridiculously tough but I read all of your messages and they meant the world to me in the middle of everything that was going on.
Today is also the perfect day to break my hiatus because today marks the first day of ReaD&Dathon! It is a DnD inspired readathon hosted by Kaylee @ The Enchanted Library and Tara @ The Three Bookshelves. I have never actually played Dungeons & Dragons myself but I have always wanted to try, and when I saw how this readathon works, I was sold. Bookish games with a chance to level up? Yep. Yup. Yes. There hasn’t been enough buzz about this new readathon and everyone is seriously missing out 😬 😬 I’ll first have some info about the readathon, then I’ll list aaaalll the challenges AND THEN I’ll reveal my TBR 😊 Feel free to scroll right down if you want to skip all the extra and get straight to the TBR business 👌
I love the Magical Readathons hosted by Book Roast and for the week of 8th to 14th of October we are given a special treat: the Charms Extra Credit readathon! I listed my readathon TBR in my October TBR post where I also hinted that I might be doing a week-long live blog for this readathon. So here we are! I’m really excited to get started, I have done these live blogs earlier for an independent 24 in 48 readathon and a 24 hour readathon, but doing it for a whole week is something brand new for me.
The challenges are:
🐶 Accio: Read a book at the top of your TBR
🔥 Incendio: Read a book with flames/fire in title or cover
✨ Lumos: Read a book with a light/white cover
🗝 Alohomora: Read a book that is first in a series
🦋 Rictumsempra: Read a book that gives you butterflies
You can check out this video for more info on the readathon. My goal is to finish at least two challenges during the following week and have loads of fun.
I’m hoping to do Weekend Aesthetics bi-weekly, and every aesthetic board will feature a book I’m currently reading or a book I have read previously. This week I made an aesthetic board of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.