Saturday, 25 June 2016

Fantasy Favourites Read-A-Thon

Hi booklovers

A while ago Olivia (click on her name to go to her blog) and Inge invited me through Goodreads (Click on the link if you want to follow me there) to join the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-Thon. This looked like fun, so I decided to join them. Plus, the read-a-thon will take place in July, which is when I'm on my break.

This read-a-thon takes place from Sunday the 10th of July until Monday the 18th of July and this is my introduction post.

1. Who are you?
My name is Annelies, I'm a 35 year-old teacher who loves to dive into all kinds of stories and tales.

2. Why are you joining the read-a-thon?
When I got invited through Goodreads and I saw that it was a fantasy read-a-thon, I thought it looked like fun. Like I said before, it takes place in July which is ideal for me since I'm on my summer break and I will have more time to read. And when I saw that we could read the Throne of Glass series, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to pick up Queen of Shadows, because I still need to read that one.

3. Which books do you intend to read?
Oops, I already answered this in the previous question, but I'm planning on reading 'Queen of Shadows' by Sarah J. Maas. I pre-ordered this book last year but because it's massive I hadn't gotten around to reading it just yet. I am planning on reading the summaries for the rest of the books on Recaptains so I can dive straight into QOS.

4. How many pages do you think you’ll manage?
I'm hoping to read the entire book, which is 645 pages. I think I will be able to finish it, but I'm not planning on putting any other books on my TBR. If I do finish it, I might start rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses so I can move on to A Court of Mist and Fury. I'm not going to read any of the other suggested series since I've read the Grisha trilogy at the beginning of the year and I have no interest in picking up the Percy Jackson books.

5. What’s your favourite thing about the fantasy genre?
I love how authors are able to invent this completely new world, whith magical creatures and enchanting places for me to get lost in. I admire how authors are able to take a single idea and turn it into a complete story.

6. Which fantasy books do you always recommend?
Hmm, that's a tough one: I usually recommend Harry Potter, but I also think the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy by Philip Pullman is really good. I also really like 'The Wheel of Time' series by Robert Jordan, although I haven't finished it completely.

7. Which fantasy books are you dying to read?
I just ordered 'The Wrath and the Dawn' by Renee Ahdieh and 'The Raven Boys' by Maggie Stiefvater, so I'm pretty excited to read those. I'm also curious about ACOMAF.

8. If you could travel to one fantasy world, which one would it be? (I know it’s hard, but try not to say Hogwarts.)
I would really love to visit the Winter kingdom in Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I really love the winter season and I think it would be special to have that season all year round.

I'm really looking forward to this read-a-thon and hopefully I'll be able to complete all the challenges.

Are you taking part in this read-a-thon? Have you read Queen of Shadows? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now



  1. Hello, Annelies! Thanks for joining us :D I really do hope it'll be loads of fun, and good luck with your reading challenge! 645 pages sounds like a lofty goal.

    Can I ask why you're not interested in Percy Jackson? :)

    1. Hi Inge, thanks for inviting me to join :-) I'm hoping to finish QOS, but we'll see. I've heard a lot of great things about the Percy Jackson series, but I'm not sure if it would appeal to me. I'm afraid I might be getting a bit old to enjoy it, I don't know. Maybe I'll pick it up from the library one day and give it a go. :-)

  2. Hey, I'm also taking part! :) Good luck with your goal - I've only read Throne of Glass and didn't like it enough to continue the series, but I hope you'll enjoy Queen of Shadows!

    1. Hi Vlora, good luck with the read-a-thon! I hope I'll enjoy QOS too, because it's been a while since I read Heir of Fire. I started with The Assassin's blade and that gave me a little perspective on why Celaene did certain things in Throne of Glass. I just checked out your blog and I left a comment there :-)

  3. Hope reading goes well and thanks for joining in as well! I absolutely love The Wrath and the Dawn so I hope you'll enjoy it when it arrives at your door. Hopefully you can finish the book in the time and maybe get started on some others if you can!

    1. Thanks for inviting me :-) I'm hoping to at least get through QOS and anything extra I can read will be a nice bonus :-) I hope I'll like The Wrath and the Dawn too, I've heard so many great things about it :-)