2019 · Readathons · TBR

FemmeFanTale Round 2 Readathon Wrap-up

It wasn’t a bad one 🙂

This readathon was a 8 day-long readathon from the 18th to the 25th August. It focuses on fantasy books written by women and it was right up my street! I managed three and a half out of five planned reads which isn’t bad for me but also isn’t the best I’ve ever done.

Jean from Bookishthoughs was running it along with Jill from thebookneuk.

Here is the announcement video:

Reading Challenges Completed

Books Read

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Pages: 256p

Reading Challenges: Middle Grade, Stand alone, Not set in my country,


I didn’t complete this, and ended up DNF’ing it in the end. It wasn’t fantasy it was more childrens horror. It wasn’t to my liking, but then I don’t like horror books. And I wasn’t a big fan of the characters. The writing was good though and if you like horror this might be for you 🙂

Goodreads Synopsis Doll Bones:

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. 

But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Pages: 280p

Reading Challenges: YA, pre-2000 publication


I read this in one day. It was such a quick read and so good! I highly enjoyed this read and the twist at the end. I will definitely check out the rest of the series.

Goodreads Synopsis The Thief

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities. 

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Pages: 432p

Reading Challenges: Retelling, BAME, YA, Not set in my country.


This was so cute and magical and amazing! I do not regret buying this at all! Loved it! There were so many cultural references that it felt like I was there.

Goodreads Synopsis Wicked Fox

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret – she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway. 

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

Blood Is Another Word For Hunger by Rivers Solomon

Pages: 25p

Reading Challenges: Less than 150p, Stand Alone, Adult, BAME, Queer, Not set in my country.


This was a weird and wonderfully imaginative short story about anger and rebirth(?), literally… with some elements of mental health.

Goodreads Synopsis Blood Is Another Word For Hunger

Anger is an energy. A young girl, a slave in the South, is presented with a moment where she can grasp for freedom, for change, for life. She grabs it with both hands, fiercely and intensely, and the spirit world is shaken.

Did anyone else participate in this readathon?

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