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#StayHomeReadingRush Readathon Wrap-up 2020

Well that was quick and efficient!

I was slightly behind on my reading but now I’m ahead!! I ended my workday on Friday checking GoodReads; I was 1 book behind schedule. This morning checked GoodReads again. Now I keep my GR up to date all the time but the mobile app doesn’t show your goal progress as well at the web page does. As I refreshed the page this morning it told me I was 2 books ahead of schedule. BOOM!!! nailed it! I’m officially back on track *she says and looks forward to her 3-tome May TBR and TomeTopple…*

This readathon was a 4 day long readathon from the 16th to the 19th April – a weekend readathon! It was a fairly low key readathon and the atmosphere was in general quite chilled. The weather was shitty on Saturday too which made it a perfect stay at home and read day, normally I would spend most of the day on the allotment doing my daily exercise; digging.

There were Instagram challenges which I did 1 of 4 cause I forgot the rest (LOL), and IG live read-alongs which I participated in only once during the first day and for the rest I kind of forgot about everyone else and dived deep into the world of books.

The video below was the original announcement video by Ariel.

Reading Challenges

Books Read

I did fairly well. I finished four books and made a dent in the fifth and sixth one. Very pleased with this 😀 even though two of these book were already started by the time the readathon started. It’s not cheating, it’s fitting in 🙂

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A re-read for me and I loved it even more than the first time. The first time I read it I was on a plane and couldn’t just ugly cry all over the pages of this book. This time around I made sure to listen to the audiobook version and to be wrapped up at home so when the sad bits (yes plural) happens I don’t have to stop and pretend not to cry or wipe my eyes to be able to see anything let alone read! With the audio I just let the tears stream.

What a beautiful book!

I love this book so much!

Reading challenge: A book with a house on the cover


An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd – whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself – Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

The Man in The High Castle by Philip K. Dick

It was a struggle to get through mainly because this world is a horrible place to be. A world where the Nazis won the 2nd WW is not a reality I want to be in, but I managed to get through it. I quite revealed on the other end of this book. This is not a book I would read again. And I don’t think I’ll check out the TV show either…

Reading Challenge: Read a book in the same room the whole time, A book with a house on the cover


Philip K. Dick’s acclaimed cult novel gives us a horrifying glimpse of an alternative world – one where the Allies have lost the Second World War. In this nightmare dystopia the Nazis have taken over New York, the Japanese control California and the African continent is virtually wiped out. In a neutral buffer zone in America that divides the world’s new rival superpowers, lives the author of an underground bestseller. His book offers a new vision of reality – an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis powers were defeated – giving hope to the disenchanted. Does ‘reality’ lie with him, or is his world just one among many others?

Anything For You (Blue Heron #5) by Kristan Higgins

What a bunch of cuteness with a hint of smut! And the food and the wine and the other people I know from the other stories are all there. Oh and the pets! Always the pets. A fluffy poodle this time 🙂

Reading Challenge: Read a book that will make you smile, Read a book in the same room the whole time, A book set somewhere you wish to go (I mean wine yard country… who wouldn’t?!?)

To be fair, I started this book because The Man In The High Castle was such a sad world and I needed something happy, light and fluffy where everyone are happy in the end. Though it didn’t stop there. Once I finished this all I waned was to read book ! again. I originally read it in 2016 so it was a while ago now.


Before you get down on bended knee… 

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O’Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she’s got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it’s the perfect time to get married.  

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who’s now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she’s positive married life isn’t for her. 

But this time, Connor says it’s all or nothing. If she doesn’t want to marry him, he’ll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he’s never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn’t quite as sure as she thinks…

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

I squeezed in another book from by April TBR that I forgot about while making my Reading Rush TBR.

This poetry collection about dogs made me smile, laugh and almost cry. It was a quick easy pop in and out type of read and I enjoyed it. But there were some short stories in here too which I didn’t expect and enjoyed less that the actual poetry, though I’m no poetry expert and I’m probably wrong. Also I don’t own a dog and I’m definitely not the target demographic for this.


Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poet’s relationship to the canines that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Oliver’s poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers, but through her extraordinary vision these observations become higher meditations on the world and our place in it.

Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver’s beloved Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life emerge as fellow travellers and guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – NOT FINISHED!

I didn’t manage to finish this book but I made it to page 65 which isn’t bad for me during one Sunday morning.


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

The Best Man (Blue Heron #1) by Kristan Higgins – NOT FINISHED!

Didn’t finish this but made it 30% in. I’m in such a romance mood after reading both The Flatshare and Anything for You, all I wanted was to dive into another book I already had and already had read. I remember this being fairly funny and very cute, and so far that is the truth. Its almost a bit like Bridget Jones with much less awkward moments, instead they are all funny. Poor sweet Faith. LOL.

I’ve been here before and its good to be back 🙂

Reading Challenge: Read a book that will make you smile


Sometimes The Best Man Is The One You Least Expect…

Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she’s ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family’s vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there’s some great scenery there….

Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief – and best friend of her former fiancé. There’s a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it’s not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she’s having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle. 

Well that was short and sweet… phew!

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