20 Books Of Summer 2020 #20booksofsummer20

Wait, what? It’s All About Books joining in on the 20 Books Of Summer fun even though in Argentina it’s almost Winter right now?! Well yes, I just couldn’t resist joining the challenge this year as I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to both read more backlist titles as well as maybe forget about the upcoming cold Winter months for a bit… The 20 Books of Summer Challenge is hosted by Cath and runs between June 1st and September 1st. The aim is to read and review either 10, 15 or 20 books, and of course I will be going for the full amount as I like to torture myself. xD

To make things more challenging, I’ve decided not to include any ARCs in my TBR, which will be interesting as I have a ton due in the next couple of months and I’m not sure how much time I will have left for other titles. We’ll see how things go I guess? The list below is made up entirely out of non-ARCs: backlist titles belonging to a bunch of different genres with a few 2020 releases to spice things up… But no ARCs allowed even if I decide to swap some books later on.

I’ve decided to put together a separate progress report post that will be posted at the end of July.

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2020 Beat The Backlist: Official Update Post #BTB2020

I had a lot of fun with the previous Beat The Backlist challenges, so of course I signed up again. This challenge is hosted by Novelknight and in 2020 will be all about reading for the second year in a row. No extra complications or extra points for reviews, just getting those backlist titles read and earning brownie points for that. This challenge is all about reading all those poor neglected books on your shelves instead of just new releases. We all love our new releas-es, but those older books deserve our attention too right? 😉 Books have to be published before 2020 to count, and you can set your own goals as you see fit.

I’ve decided to set my goal at a total of 80 books published before 2020, with at least 30 of them published 2017 or before.

Aaaaand I’m on team TBR STACKER this year!!

On to the official update post part… Where I will share the books I’ve read that fit the challenge. Books are either orange for books published in 2019 or 2018 or green for books published before that. Books with a # in the end have been summited for points on the Novelknight BTB challenge page.

>>> Last updated September 16th 2020 <<<

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2020 (Netgalley) ARCS: The Complete List #NGEW2020

I joined this challenge during the last three years and every year so far turned out to be a big success. I’m hoping I’ll be less successful in 2020 though. Why? I want to focus more on my backlist titles; I managed to balance both better in 2019, but I didn’t meet the goal I was hoping for and I’m hoping to do better in 2020… This yearly challenge is currently hosted at Reading Between The Pages.

I’ll be aiming for SILVER – 25 books.

The list below is a list of ALL the ARCs I’ve been able to read in 2020. This includes other ARCs that won’t count for the Netgalley And Edelweiss challenge; those are marked in orange while the Netgalley ARCs are marked in green.

>>> Last updated September 18th 2020 <<<

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Magical Readathon: Winter 2019

I always love these readathons and while I’m basically swamped with ARCs this month, I couldn’t resist joining again. The Magical Readathons are Harry Potter themed readathons, and this Winter 2019 edition is all about Christmas at Hogwarts. This is the second Christmas themed readathon and it’s based on the second Harry Potter book Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets… Hosted by the wonderful Book Roast as always. ❤ More in her announcement video which you can find below! And check out the Magical Readathon website for more information and the weekly chapters and prompts.

In short, this readathon is divided into five chapters and each Sunday a new chapter and new prompts for the readathon are being unlocked. Your choices during the chapters will determine which and how many prompts you need to read each week! So far, the first three chapters are already unlocked, and the fourth will be up tomorrow; the last one will become available on the 29th. I’ll be using this post as an update post to keep track of the progress in the final pending chapters as well.

>> Last updated December 30th <<

FINISHED!!!!

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2020 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge #NGEW2020

I joined this challenge during the last three years and every year so far turned out to be a big success. So far I have managed to read no less than 88! NG ARCs this year and 16 other ARCs, with a few more lined up before 2019 is officially over; way more than I planned and in a way I’m hoping I’ll be less successful in 2020. Why? I want to focus more on my backlist titles; I managed to balance both better in 2019, but I didn’t meet the goal I was hoping for and I’m hoping to do better in 2020… This yearly challenge is currently hosted at Reading Between The Pages.

Challenge Guidelines

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. There is no deadline to sign up.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
  • Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts – it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
  • Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
  • The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.
  • Questions: Feel free to leave a comment below or use the contact page at the top of this post.
  • Help spread the book love and use the hashtag: #NGEW2020

The Levels

Bronze – 10 Books

Silver – 25 Books

Gold – 50 Books

Platinum – 75 Books

Diamond – 100 Books

I will be going for 25 ARCs, as I’m hoping to focus on my backlist titles again in 2020…


Are you joining this challenge? What are your goals? 


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Magical Readathon #NEWTSReadathon2019 Update Post

A little note before I continue with the #NEWTSReadathon2019 post… I’ve decided to go on a short blogging break to see if I’ll be able to get rid of the blogging slump that way. This basically means I won’t be posting any new content on It’s All About Books until August 21st and I will be limiting my time on social media as well. (Twitter is probably your best shot if you need to get hold of me before then.)

Looking forward to some self care and see you in two weeks! ❤ ❤

Remember I signed up for the N.E.W.T.s Readathon last month? I’ve decided to make a separate update post again to keep track of my progress. The Magical Readathon: N.E.W.T.s edition runs from August 1st to August 31st… Back in April I participated in the O.W.L.s, and after passing all twelve Hogwarts subjects I had a free pass for any career. I’ve decided to officially go for the Magizoologist career this year, which means I will be concentrating on the N.E.W.T.s for Care Of Magical Creatures, Charms and Herbology.

>> Last updated August 28th 2019 <

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Magical Readathon #NEWTSReadathon2019 TBR

It’s almost time for another Magical Readathon! In case you hadn’t heard of this readathon before, it’s a Harry Potter themed readathon hosted by the wonderful Book Roast and divided into two parts: the O.W.L.s in April and the N.E.W.T.s in August. The  readathon runs the whole month of August and you can find more details in the video below!

 

Back in April I participated in the O.W.L.s, and after passing all twelve Hogwarts subjects I had a free pass for any career. I’ve decided to officially go for the Magizoologist career this year, which means I will be concentrating on the N.E.W.T.s for Care Of Magical Creatures, Charms and Herbology. Below I’ll reveal a tentative TBR, which might change as there are still two weeks left before the readathon starts and who knows what I might read until then. 😉

First up the subjects needed for the Magizoologist career! For this career I need an O in Care Of Magical Creatures, and E in Charms and an E in Herbology, which basically means I need to read 7 books before the end of August… The needed titles are highlighted in the picture below and the prompt descriptions are on the left.

I don’t think I’ll be able to read the amount I did last year and complete almost all subjects (especially since I’ve decided to go on a two-week blogging break in August), but I’ve made a tentative TBR for the remaining nine Hogwarts subjects and we’ll see if I can manage to pass them all with an Acceptable at least. I won’t be stressing too much about reading them all though, but I guess it does help that a lot of these titles are books I can’t wait to read in the first place. 😉


Are you joining the N.E.W.T.s readathon this year? Have you read any of the titles on my TBR yourself? Any title you think I should read first?


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#BeatTheBacklist Epic BTB Bingo: Final 14 TBR

As you may already know, I have signed up for the Beat The Backlist challenge as well as the Epic BTB Bingo card this year and so far things have been going way better than planned. In fact, I’m down to my final fourteen prompts to complete the full bingo card! I wasn’t expecting to reach this number this quick, but I guess it shows I have really been reading my backlist titles this year. Want to see my progress?

I already have a few line bingos, but I want to get the full bingo and with only 14 titles left and 7 months to read them, I don’t think that will be too much of a struggle. I’ve decided to make a TBR for the prompts that are left so I don’t have to go hunting for titles whenever I want to read another bingo title.  Find out what books I picked for my final 14 below!

FINAL 14 TBR

ROW 1

# BANNED BOOK: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
# ANTHOLOGY: Alles Is Breekbaar (Fragile Things) by Neil Gaiman

ROW 3

# GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS WINNER: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
# BLURBED BY A FAVORITE AUTHOR: The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen
# SET IN A PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT: The Island by Victoria Hislop

ROW 4

# BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

ROW 6

# CHARACTERS WHO ARE TWINS: Cut And Run by Mary Burton
# A BOOK YOU LEARNED ABOUT FROM BTB: Ivory And Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

ROW 7

# BOOK ABOUT FOOD: The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana
# AMPERSAND (&) ON COVER/IN TITLE: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

ROW 8

# COVER LOVE: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
# POPULAR AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

ROW 9

# PART OF A DUOLOGY: Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
# NEXT IN A SERIES YOU STARTED: Force Of Nature by Jane Harper


Have you read any of these titles and/or which of these do you think I should give priority to?


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O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon 2019: It’s A Wrap! #OWLsReadathon2019

I had such a great time participating in this readathon! It started on April 1st and runs the whole month until April 30th… But I’m happy to announce that I’ve been able to complete all twelve O.W.L. exams already with three days to spare! It was a close call, mostly because I had a pile of ARCs I had to go through as well, but I’m happy to have finished all titles in time. Before I continue: if you want to learn more about the readathon, you can hear all about it in Book Roast‘s video below.

I’ve decided to officially go for the Magizoologist carreer this year, which means I will be concentrating on the N.E.W.T.s for Care Of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology and Potions when the N.E.W.T.s Readathon goes live in August. First things first though… Below a complete list of the books I read for my O.W.L.s. Covers of the books read for the different Hogwarts subjects are shown first in the order I read them and then marked green with the date I finished them added in the list that follows.

PROGRESS REPORT

Passed Hogwarts subjects: Charms // Muggle Studies // Defense Against The Dark Arts // Potions // Herbology // Ancient Runes // Transfiguration // Divination // Care Of Magical Creatures // Arithmancy // History Of Magic // Astronomy

#LIBRARIAN#
Ancient Runes: SONG OF SACRIFICE by Janell Rhianonn (finished April 9th 2019)
Arithmancy: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (finished April 21st 2019)
Defense Against The Dark Arts: RELEASE by Patrick Ness (finished April 4th 2019)
History Of Magic: THE MURDER ON THE LINKS by Agatha Christie (finished April 24th 2019)
Transfiguration: HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center (finished April 13th 2019)

#MAGIZOOLOGIST#
Care Of Magical Creatures: THE WOLF BORDER by Sarah Hall (finished April 20th 2019)
Charms: DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid (finished March 28th 2019)
Herbology: THE MURMUR OF BEES by Sofia Segovia (finished April 7th 2019
Potions: THE DARE by Carol Wyer (finished April 5th 2019)

#OTHERS#
Astronomy: THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner (finished 27th 2019)
Divination: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis (finished April 14th 2019)
Muggle Studies: THE SILVER LADIES OF PENNY LANE by Dee MacDonald (finished April 2nd 2019)


Have you joined the challenge? How are you doing so far?


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