Read-A-Thin Announcement & TBR May 2022

It’s that time of the year to participate in my favourite readathon, Read-a-thin. It takes place in February, May, August, and November every year and is a month-long. It is hosted by Donna at momsbookcollection and Amanda from MANDA THE BIBLEO. It started in 2017 by Amanda, and then Donna joined the team. Before I forget, please go say congrats to Amanda since they just had a baby.

The Challenges:

Self Care Prompts 

Do something creative 

It would be a good idea to get some bookastagram photos ready to go.

Reorganize your shelf (physical or online)

I need to take in order which books I want to read first.

Get cozy and read for a bit

I like to listen to a book before I go to bed.

Take a self care day

Probably it would be a day of writing.

Clean/Declutter one area of your home

It never works out for me.

Sit outside or open a window and read for 30 minutes

I already do it before I enter my work.

Watch a t.v. show or movie

Netflix has a few things that caught my eye, like the heartstopper series.

Make a drink or food or buy/order something to drink and eat

The Plant Based Whopper from Burger King is to die for.

Read the buddy read

Goodreads Blurb:

Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him? 

It doesn’t look like something I would pick up on my own but never say never.

Do one thing you’ve been putting off

Like unhauling some books, I will never read?

Have a bath or shower, RELAX!

Take a 30 minute Social Media Break!

Reading Prompts 

Forgotten on tbr or ereader 

Goodreads Blurb:

When journalist Charlotte Rivera is assigned to interview Joey Parker, the drop dead gorgeous quarterback for the Dallas Bullets, she knows that she is in a world of trouble. The interview turns into the prelude to a fast and furious passion connection that leaves them both stunned. As they tenderly explore the heat that spirals between, danger brews in the shadows and they may pay a higher price for love than they ever imagined!

Find out in this exciting first book of Craving Her Curves!

Read a book toward one of your yearly goals

Goodreads Blurb:

It was a donut emergency. A dough or die moment.

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. It would explain why, from the moment Baxter DeCavhalo comes crashing into my kitchen, I’ve been acting out of character.

Why I’m sharing secret donut recipes, licking frosting off fingers that aren’t mine, and falling for the off-limits neighbor. I know better, I need to be focusing on my bakery and my next donut creation…but there’s just something about Bax that keeps me coming back for more.

It’s not the heat of the kitchen that’s getting to me, it’s Bax. And this slow burn is about to combust.

Under 280 pages

Goodreads Blurb:

I work in security. But I couldn’t protect her feelings.
Last Christmas, she gave me her heart. And the very next day, I left the country.

Now I’m home for the holidays…and for good. I know it will take more than an apology and a couple holiday sweet treats to win her back over, but if there’s any time of year to wish for a miracle – this is it.

She may be my best friend’s little sister, but I’m ready to put it all on the line for her. It’s time to make her see she’s always been mine. It’s now or never

Read a book that is in a series

Goodreads Blurb:

I got a snake you can drain.
I hear you’re good at laying pipe.
I’ve got some nuts you can tighten.

Oh, you know a phallic pipe joke? Cool. I’ve heard them all. Trust me, they don’t make me blush anymore.

As the only female plumber in the family business and the newest member of an all-male construction crew, I’ve developed a thick skin. Usually I’m ready for anything.

Doing my cousin a favor, I take a late-night plumbing call thinking it’ll be an easy fix. What I’m not prepared for is to be mistaken for a homeless man or to find a soaking wet hunk glaring at me.

I have to work fast not only to fix his perception of me, but also the burst pipe that is flooding the Bake, Rattle & Roll bakery.

Working around pastry chef Harrison Daniels throws a wrench in my plans. I’m going to have to use every tool in my arsenal to resist falling for him and his sweet, tempting words.

He’s out to prove he’s worth the risk and I’m starting to agree.

Read a book from a subscrition box or the oldest book on your TBR

Goodreads Blurb:

Serena has learned to live with her past, locking her secrets and nightmares deep inside her. But when her boyfriend of six years abruptly leaves her, she’s catapulted back into pain, nursing a broken heart. When indulging in mountains of chocolate doesn’t work, Serena decides the best way to deal with her shattered heart is to indulge in something else. A rebound…

The night she swaps her usual Sprite for tequila, she meets James. The encounter is breathtaking.
Electrifying.
And best not repeated.

James is a successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. A man who has amassed a fortune by taking risks. A man who has shunned commitment completely, and still does. He’s the exact opposite of Serena. But sometimes opposites attract. Sometimes they give in to burning passion. Sometimes opposites are perfect for each other.

James is everything her damaged soul could want. His kisses are intoxicating, his touch out of this world. He makes her forget. He grants her peace from her pain. But as they grow closer, Serena discovers she isn’t the only one with a past. James carries the scars of a past much darker than hers. One that has left him damaged, hurt, and wary of love. A past that gives him the power to shatter her.

Now James and Serena must find a way to mend one another. Or risk losing each other forever. 

Start a new book

Published in May

Goodreads Blurb:

It’s October and the entire town has come out to celebrate the Haunted Honey Hollow Festival. In between doling out cupcakes and partaking in the festivities myself, I happen to stumble upon a body—not just any body—one that has far too many skeletons in the closet for me to ever sift through. Add to it my already complicated love life, the ghost of a black cat named Thirteen, a surprise that I never see coming and you’ll have the most frightening Halloween Honey Hollow has ever seen.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Flowers on the cover

Goodreads Blurb:

When twenty-one-year-old Bentley Menichelli loses his sister to cancer, he can’t find anything to live for. Across the country, eighteen-year-old Dorothy Monroe’s family is falling apart after the death of her father – just as Dorothy is prepping to move for her first year of college. When college starts, Bentley is charged with vandalism and serves as a university night janitor. It’s on one of his night shifts that he lays eyes on Dorothy, cooking after hours.

He peeks in at her nightly, falling in love with her as she cooks. The night he thinks he’ll finally meet her; a drunk driving tragedy turns their community upside down. It is a full year later that they meet again. Dorothy is blinded by the accident, and Bentley is hard at work with his startup facility for the deaf and blind. They’re brought together once more, ultimately consummating their romance as Dorothy overcomes a debilitating depression and learns to see with her other senses.

Bentley and Dorothy, two people both entwined with tragedy. Yet their poignancy will intersect with creation’s most treasurable values, reminding us all that even the most difficult cards dealt in life can yield sensational journeys: beyond pessimism, beyond demise, to the inner power of love and forgiveness

Title with 5 words in the title

Read a 2017 Release

Goodreads Blurb:

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.

DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.

It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim … and the more innocent the better.

Read a Graphic Novel

Goodreadread Blurb:

In this volume we’ll see the Heartstopper gang go on a school trip to Paris! Not only are Nick and Charlie navigating a new city, but also telling more people about their relationship AND learning more about the challenges each other are facing in private…

Meanwhile Tao and Elle will face their feelings for each other, Tara and Darcy share more about their relationship origin story, and the teachers supervising the trip seem… rather close…

Read from a Genre you love

Goodreads Blurb:

Emily Crawford is entering her last year of her master’s program and is ready to be done with school. Not that she has anything figured out once she graduates. The only thing she does know is that her sexy professor is taking up too much space in her brain.

Sophia Beauchamp has struck out twice in love and doesn’t believe the third time will be the charm. That is, until the beautiful Emily Crawford shows up to her master-level English class. Sparks fly as the undeniable chemistry abounds around them.

During winter break, the two realize they’ve fallen hard and fast for each other. But when a secret surfaces, how will they overcome it to find their happily ever after?

Buddy Read

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