Merlin Read-a-thon TBR – 2021

In my last post I mentioned that I was in a bit of a reading slump and that I wanted to get involved with some more read-a-thons, and then as if by chance I discovered the perfect read-a-thon. Merlin is one of my comfort shows. I’m obsessed these characters and their adventures and you’ll regularly find me re-watching watching my favourite moments, except for the final episode as I don’t think I’ve yet to emotionally recover from the heartbreak.

I loved the show so much that I remember seeing an advert in the paper for Birmingham Comic Con where some of the knights (Percival, Mordred, Leon, and my one true love Gwaine) would be attending. This was a sign, so a friend and I booked tickets and travelled up to Birmingham to meet them! I’ve still got all their autographs, photos and the memory of our conversation that still makes me cringe a little, but nevertheless it’s a day I will never forget!

The read-a-long will run from 1st-15th August and is kindly hosted by Kat, Emily, Ro, Tazmyn and Kay, and if you’re interested in joining in with all the fun then be sure to check out the announcement video and Twitter page. The aim of the read-a-thon is to work through levels of wizardry by reading your way through different reading quests. There’s so much choice with theses prompts so you’re able to create and customise your own experience, and I just love how detailed and thoughtful each prompt is, it’s so creative!

I’m very much a mood reader so it’s possible that my TBR will change in the next couple of weeks but I thought it was best to go into this read-a-thon with some sort of plan! Let me know in the comments if you’re doing this read-a-thon and what’s on your TBR!


You come across a royal ass who challenges you to your first fight! To come out unscathed read an authors debut

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. This book has appeared on many of my monthly TBR’s and I think it’s about time that I finally ticked it off my list!

To win the tournament you must defeat a cheating opponent, read a book with a snake on the cover

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I swear I must be the only person in the blogging community who hasn’t read this book yet! I already know that this book is going to be one of my favourites of the year, and I think it’s just it’s size that keeps putting me off! I also keep seeing loads of incredible fan art and everyone’s excitement for God & Monsters has given me that extra push to start reading!

Gwaine is in trouble at the local tavern. Be a good friend and help him out. Read a book featuring friendship

The House on the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune. Another popular book I still haven’t read! I don’t think I’ve yet to read a bad review so it’s fair to say that I’m going into this book with high expectations! Loads of you have recommended this book to me so I’m pretty confident that it’s going to be love at first page!

You have found the sword in the stone! To claim it and finish your quest, read a five star prediction

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint or Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber. I’ve been so excited to dive into both of these books and now is the perfect time to sit down and enjoy them!

What I’ve Been Reading At University #4

I wrote a few posts like this during my first year of University and I got some great feedback and response from all of them, so I thought I’d keep you all updated with what I’m reading in my second year! This year I was not only able to choose my own modules but more of them too, which means more books to read and study!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly – Hollywood has sadly butchered this book and this is a clear a case where the book is far better than the film. The concept, the characters, and the prose all come together to make this classic tale a masterpiece and it was so interesting when it came to analyzing it!

The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin – Fans of Avatar will love this book because both have a very similar plot and message in regards to consumerism and deforestation. I’d never heard of Ursula Le Guin, however, I’m looking forward to reading more of her novels later in the year as her writing is so detailed and complex and it just makes you think.

Avatar (2009) dir. James Cameron – Avatar is one of my all-time favourites films because of the thought and craft that went into creating such a masterpiece and if it wasn’t three hours long then I’d watch it a lot more. However being able to study and analyse it, is a dream come true and as sad as it sounds I’m actually enjoying reading lengthy essays about the science, creation and meaning behind the film.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathan Hawthorn – The first book of the year that I hated. For me, there was nothing good about this book, and I understand that it is a celebrated American Classic so my apologies if my thoughts offend you. It took a lot of effort read and I hated pretty much all the characters especially Dimsdale!

The Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey – I’m a sucker for a good Western novel or film, so when I saw my lecturer getting very excited about the prospect of sharing her thoughts and starting lengthy discussions, I knew it was going to be a good read! Thankfully I loved it and my American Literature module has redeemed itself, the characters, storyline and open landscape all came together to create this brilliant story that is far more than just a western adventure!

The Poetry of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Two of my all-time favourite poets due to their beautiful and magical representations and relationship with nature. Both poets mastered the ability to transport their readers to faraway places and breathtaking scenes through the power of the imagination and it’s been a real joy to study and appreciate some of their finest work!

What I’ve Been Reading At University

For those who don’t know both myself and Eleanor are now in our first year of University, Eleanor is studying Midwifery at the University of West England and I’m studying English Literature at Chester. To be honest it’s been really difficult to read whilst at University thanks to our workload, long hours and reading lists. However being an English student I have been able to read some really interesting and enjoyable books so I’d thought I would share what I’ve read so far!

  1. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – I’d heard a lot about this play before studying it and I was really looking forward to it. I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny!
  2. First Love Last Rites by Ian McEwan – Pre-warning this book is very weird, I mean seriously weird. But after re-reading it, I am beginning to enjoy it and understand it more.
  3. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – This was a hidden treasure on my reading list and I’m glad that I was able to read it. It was a very short story filled with drama and twists…
  4. Hard Times by Charles Dickens – Probably one of my least favourite reads just because it was so complicated and detailed but nevertheless I’m glad that I’m finally being able to read so of Dickens work.
  5. Atonement by Ian McEwan – I loved this book!! It was heartbreakingly beautiful, and if I have to recommend any book on this list it would have to be this one.
  6. Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling – Who would have thought that I would be studying Harry Potter at degree level? Certainly not me! But I’m loving it and it’s even better that my lecturer is a massive fan like me.
  7. Hunger Games by Suzanne Colins – I am meant to be writing an essay of the Hunger Games now but instead, I’m writing this blog post and procrastinating. I love discussing all the different themes and discovering more about the book!

Please let me know if you’ve found this interesting and enjoyable because if so, then I’ll do another post later in the year with an update of the books I’ve read and studied.