Month in Review // So Many Readathons! – April | Part 1

My brain is tired.

This Month in Review post is going to look a little different!

This first post is just going to be about what I read, watched and listened to because… well there’s a lot! I mean it’s mostly books. But like. A lot of fucking books.

Well that’s not entirely true. It’s mostly because I decided to participate in loads of readthons! Not bad for someone who participated in their first ever readathon this year!

And I just couldn’t figure out a way to format things in a more space-efficient way without sacrificing how I like my posts to look. Perfectionism is a curse, honestly.

I didn’t want to put everything in one post because then it would have been v. v. long. and no one has the attention span for that…I sure don’t!

So you can find Part Two for this post as an extra post, outside of my usual blogging schedule, on Thursday!

If you would like to buy any of the following books please consider using my Book Depository Affliate link!

If you click on any of the fan art in this post it will take you to the artist’s page!

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🔎 UnsolvedAThon 🔎

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*Means that I had books for both clues.

UnsolvedAThon was created by Laura @ The Book Corps!

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Clue 1*

[Ryan’s Path] The Search for the Mysterious Mothman – Read a book about a mythical creature or a monster.

[Shane’s Path] The Harrowing Hunt for Bigfoot – Read a book about a mythical creature/monster.

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Clue 2

[Shane’s Path] The Strange Disappearance of D.B. Cooper – Read a mystery or thriller book.

The Rook│✅│

Clue 3

[Shane’s Path] The Haunting of the Salem Witch Trials – Read a book involving witches.

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Clue 4

[Shane’s Path] The Horrifying Murders of the Zodiac Killer – Read a retelling.

Toil & Trouble│✅│

Clue 5

[Shane’s Path] The Secret Society of the Illuminati – Read a book about or involving a secret society.

The Rook│✅│

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Clue 6

[Ryan’s Path] The Enigmatic Death of the Isdal Woman – Read a book involving spies or espionage.

The Morning Star│✅│

Clue 7

[Ryan’s Path] The Haunting of Hannah Williams – Read a book involving ghosts or spirits.

City of Ghosts│✅│

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Clue 8*

[Ryan’s Path] The Historic Disappearance of Louis Le Prince – Read an unknown book or a book that has less than 500 ratings on Goodreads.

Rad Girls Can│✅│

[Shane’s Path] The Thrilling Gardner Museum Heist – Read a book involving a heist or thieves.

Clue 9*

[Ryan’s Path] The Haunted Town of Tombstone – Read a book about an outlaw/a group of outlaws.

The Morning Star│✅│

[Shane’s Path] Horrifying Cases of Ghosts and Demons – Read a collection of short stories/anthology.*

Toil & Trouble│✅│

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Clue 10

[Ryan’s Path] The Odd Vanishing of Amelia Earhart – Read a book with a female main character.

The Rook│✅│

Toil & Trouble│✅│

City of Ghosts│✅│

I did it!

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🦉 O.W.L.s TBR 🦉

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Half way through the month I watched a few O.W.L.s TBR video’s on Youtube and decided I would participate as long as the books I was already reading for the UnsolvedAThon would fit the prompts.

If you don’t know what the O.W.L.s readathon is you can check it out in the link above. It’s basically a readathon created by Gintare @ Book Roast on Youtube so us mere muggles could experience the exams that students at Hogwarts have to experience!

I had initially wanted to join O.W.L.s when I first heard of it in March but brushed it off as impossible since I was already doing a pretty major readathon.

Well it turns out that I could participate without having to read any extra books I hadn’t already decided to read!

I decided to sit my exams for the Professor career. There were quite a few career’s I would have preferred but unfortunately it was required to read the History of Magic prompt, which is a book at least 10 years old and I just didn’t have time to add another book to my TBR. Plus the only books I know I own that meet that requirement are IT and Game of Thrones and fuck that. I definitely don’t have time for those!

For the Professor career you get to choose which subject you want to teach! I would have chosen to be a History of Magic professor but, like I said, none of the books on my TBR fit the prompt. Instead I have chosen Ancient Runes!.. Or maybe astronomy???

I don’t know! I just covered both topics and then I’ll decide when its time for the N.E.W.T.s, a readathon connected to the O.W.L.s, in August! Not being able to choose which subject is very on brand for me.

Ancient Runes 

Read a retelling

Toil & Trouble│✅│

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Arithmancy

Read a work written by more than one author

Toil & Trouble│✅│

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Astronomy

Read a book with Star in the title

The Morning Star│✅│

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Care of Magical Creatures

Read a book with a land animal on the cover

City of Ghosts│✅│

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Charms

Age-line: Read an adult book

The Rook│✅│

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Defence Against the Dark Arts

Reducto: Read a title that starts with R

Rad Girls Can│✅│

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Herbology

Read a book with a plant on the cover

Toil & Trouble│✅│

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Muggle Studies

Read a contemporary

The Morning Star│✅│

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Transfiguration

Read a book with sprayed edges or red Cover

City of Ghosts│✅│

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I did it!

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🗓 YA Bookaholics April Readathon 🗓

April 11-15

I decided last minute, again, to participate in another readathon! This one was hosted by the YA Bookaholics group on Goodreads and for that one we kept track of how many pages we read!

I was hoping to read more, but it did kick my butt into gear to finish two books!

Thursday

Sawkill Girls│61│Toil & Trouble│36│Total 97 Pages│

Friday

Sawkill Girls│80│Total 80 Pages│

Saturday

Sawkill Girls│138Toil & Trouble│53│Total 191 Pages│

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Sunday

Sawkill Girls│181│Total 181 Pages│

Monday

The Rook│16│Total 16 Pages│

Grand Total

│565 Pages│

I think I might continue to participate in this reading-sprint style readathon each month, from now on, as it really makes me want to read more! Hopefully next time I’m not working every day of the readathon!

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📫 Unexpected Readathon Time – April 📫

April 18-22

Destiny @ Howling Libraries hosts unexpected readathons over in her group on Goodreads!

I decided to participate this month since I was already doing so many readathons, what’s another one???

Like the Bookaholics readathon, I chose to keep track of my progress by pages read.

Thursday

The Rook│69│Total 69 Pages│

Friday

The Rook│17│City of Ghosts│100│Total 117 Pages│

Saturday

The Rook│35City of Ghosts│64│Total 99 Pages│

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Sunday

The Rook│46│City of Ghosts│121│Total 167 Pages│

Monday

The Rook│9│Total 9 Pages│

Grand Total

│461 Pages│

Not as good as the Bookaholics one but I still feel like a read a lot! More than I would have otherwise.

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April’s TBR

I’ve Got This Round│✅│

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Read

I’ve Got This Round│Mamrie Hart│🎧│📖│🎧│★★★★★│Read Apr 6│

Rad Girls Can│Kate Schatz│📥💚🏳️‍🌈💋🔆🙏🏻♿️🌹➕🚺│📥🌏│🔎🦉│▶️│★★★★│Read Apr 7│

toil & trouble.jpgToil & Trouble│Tess Sharpe│📖│🏳️‍🌈💋🔆🙏🏻🧠🚬🌹🚺│📖🌏│🔎🦉🗓│✅│3.5★│Read Apr 16│

City of Ghosts│Cassidy Blake #1│Victoria Schwab│📖│🔆│📖🌏│🔎🦉│✅│★★★★│Read Apr 21│

The Rook│The Checquy Files #1│Daniel O’Malley│📖│🔆🧠│📖🌏│🔎🦉│✅│★★★★│Read Apr 27│

The Morning Star│Shadow of the Templar #1│M. Chandler│📖📱│🏳️‍🌈│📖🌏│👩‍💻🔎🦉│✅│★★★★│Read Apr 30│

I literally read finished this book 3 minutes before midnight.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes│Caitlin Doughty│🎧│🔆🙏🏻🧠🌹│🌏│🎧│▶️│

│Murasaki Shikibu│Khutlun│Sayyida Al-Hurra│Mochizuki Chiyome│Doña Ana Lezama De Urinza & Doña Eustaquia De Sonza│Bygone Badass Broads│Mackenzi Lee│📖│🔆🚺│🌏⚡│▶️

│”Stagecoach” Mary Fields│Yennenga│Annie Jump Cannon│Wilma Rudolph│Alfhild│Calafia│Keumalahayati│Marie Marvingt│Iara│Jane Dieulafoy│Rejected Princesses│Jason Porath│📖│🔆🌹🚺│📖🌏✨│▶️

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Sawkill Girls│Claire Legrand│📲📚🏳️‍🌈💋🔆🚬🌹➕🚺│🌏│📚📲│🗓││★★★★★│Read Apr 14│

│Average Rating: 4.5★’s▶️ 5

Structured TBR Pass or Fail?

Must Read:  7/5│📥 1/1│📤 0/0│📖 4/2│🌏 6/3│ 10/10│ 5/5│

Allowances: 📚 1/1│📲 1/1│📕 0/0│📗 0/0🎧 1/2│

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Past Grey Reads

☁️ Book Review // Girl Made of Stars – I Am Broken

☁️ Grey Reads // Everything’s On Fire and I Couldn’t Be Happier – Girls of Paper and Fire

☁️ Grey Reads // Bloody Moors & Candy Castles – The Wayward Children 2 & 3


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Film & TV

Month’s TBW

game of thrones GOT briene of tarth moodboard.jpgGame of Thrones│Season 2-3│✅│

The Bold Type│Season 3│✅│

Brooklyn Nine-Nine│Season 6│✅│

RuPaul’s Drag Race│Season 11│✅│

On My Block│Season 2│✅│

Captain Marvel│✅│

Avengers Endgame│❌│

I plan on seeing this with my mum on Mother’s Day!

Us│❌│

I was going to see this while my car was being serviced but there wasn’t a screening on at the right time for me.

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Watched

Younger│Season 1-4│🎥│2015│💭 Darren Star│🌟 Sutton Foster, Miriam Shor, Hilary Duff│

There is so much about this show that I don’t like, that annoys me a ridiculous amount and yet…I can’t stop watching it. It’s a problem. And there’s only 12 episodes each season and they’re only 20 minutes each. It’s so easy to put this show on and not think about anything but how stupid the characters are.

Except Maggie. I love Maggie.

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The Bold Type│Season 3│📺│2017│💭 Sarah Watson│🌟 Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy│

I love this show so fucking much. I was hoping Younger would be just an older version of The Bold Type… And yet The Bold Type shows far more maturity, actually has character growth, and I don’t want to punch any of the main characters which is far more than I can say for Younger.

RuPaul’s Drag Race│Season 11│📺│2009│💭 RuPaul│🌟RuPaul, Michelle Visage│Watching weekly episodes│

I’m still living for this season. I’m glad to see more of Plastique’s personality and Vanjie is still giving me life.

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Game of Thrones│Season 2-5│📺│2011│💭 David Benioff, D.B. Weiss│🌟 Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington│

I—I forgot what an actual shit storm I had to endure. Like I knew. But I forgot how bad it was all the time. It just doesn’t stop. 

But I’m loving making snide smart-ass comments throughout now that I know what happens.

Like bitch, you about to dieeeeeeee.

Fuck your honour, I’d rather survive, to be honest.

Also this re-watch is just a reminder of how fucking much I love Tyrion. And Briene. And Arya. And Sansa, god I love her so much more now. And Podrick, bless him.

Mum and I are getting through the seasons so quickly (thank you Easter weekend!) that now I’m worried we’re gonna finish it before the last season is completely out.

Captain Marvel│🎥│2019│🎬 Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck│🌟 Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn│

I went and saw this with my mum and omg it was sooooooo good.

This was better than Wonder Woman. I would die for Carol Danvers and Fury and his fucking cat.

Also I would fucking love to see grown up Scientist Monica in End Game, kicking ass STEM style.

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Bonding│Season 1│📺│2019│💭 Rightor Doyle│🌟 Zoe Levin, Brendan Scannell, Kevin Kane │

Youtube

│Ladylike│Devin Shares Her Sexual Assault Story

I sobbed, like ugly crying, can’t breath, quiet sobbing.

Obviously it’s a very triggering video so please don’t watch it if it’ll harm your mental health!!!! You’re health comes first!

If you’re someone who wants to try and understand what its like for women who experience sexual assault then this is a good video to watch.

│Jessica Kellgren-Fozard│Royal Inbreeding Gone Wrong! (Was It Ever Right?) // Charles II [CC]Am I Disabled Enough? // ft. Hannah Witton [CC]LGBTQ+ Relationships Should Be Taught In Schools [CC]Royal Drama! // How Historically Accurate is Mary Queen of Scots? [CC]A Lesbian Queen of England!? How Historically Accurate is The Favourite? [CC]The Bisexual Artist Who Changed The World From Bed // Frida Kahlo [CC]Deaf, Blind and Awkward // Helen Keller // #DisabilityHistoryMonth [CC]The deaf princess who became a style icon // Queen Alexandra // #DisabilityHistoryMonth [CC]

OMG. So i stumbled upon this youtuber ages ago because I saw that she did a video on how historically accurate The Favourite was and I was panning to watch that movie. So I watched it and then forgot about Jessica’s video but she popped up in my feed again and so I spent almost the entire last day of the month binge watching her videos when i should have been doing food shopping.

Anyway I love her, she’s disabled, and super gay and vintage and really outspoken about being disabled and super gay and I love her.

She is also someone who makes learning history really fucking fun. Her Royal Inbreeding Gone Wrong! video is especially funny and she also has a video on disabled & queer historical figures and a video on how historically accurate the Mary Queen of Scots movie is!

A lot of her videos are closed captioned (not just the predicted captions, like actually people sat down and took the time to create accurate captions for her videos) and I super appreciate it as someone with audio processing issues and a mum who can’t sleep with any volume above like a 5. You can tell which ones by the [CC] in the title!

She’s amazing and if you’re going to check out any new youtubers in the immediate future, it should be Jessica.

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Music

billie eilish.gif│YUNGBLUD│11 Minutes + Halsey│Loner│Falling Skies + Charlotte Lawrence│

│Dodie│Burned Out│

│Troye Sivan + Lauv│i’m so tired…│

│Steve Aoki│Waste It on Me + BTS│

│Billie Eilish│idontwannabeyouanymore│bury a friend│bad guy│you should see me in a crown│all the good girls go to hell│

│Ariana Grande│NASA│fake smile


Past Grey Watches

☁️ Grey Watches // I Hate It So Much I Love It – A Christmas Prince

☁️ Grey Watches // It Has To Be A Shit Show – A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

☁️ Grey Watches // I Wanna Bone Jude Law and Kate Winslet – The Holiday


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I’m honestly in Game of Thrones Overload

What did you do this month?
What did you read?
What did you watch?
What posts did you write that you’re super proud of?

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3 thoughts on “Month in Review // So Many Readathons! – April | Part 1

  1. This is such a great wrap up! Thank you so much again for participating in my readathon and I’m so glad you solved it! I’m definitely going to check out that youtuber you mentioned, Jessica. She sounds awesome! And I’m so glad you’re enjoying game of thrones! Season 8 is currently stressing me out and I’m so scared for the last 2 episodes 💕 have a great May!

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    1. Thank you for hosting such a great Readathon! It was a lot of fun!

      You definitely should! She’s amazing I’m a little obsessed

      I am! And also not 😂 there’s just so much terrible stuff it can feel too heavy but it is good being able to see how far all the characters come (if they’re still alive that is) over a short time period! I am terrified of season 8 🙈 I don’t know if I’m ready

      You too 💕

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