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Friday, 8 May 2020

Believathon TBR

Last year, I very loosely took part in the Believathon readathon, run by the awesome Gavin, from How To Train Your Gavin on YouTube. Gavin loves middle grade literature, and designed this readathon to celebrate children's fiction. This year, I want to make a conscious effort to read more middle grade so that I can stay on top of recent releases and recommend books to the children at school, so there's no better readathon to be participate in. This round, we're travelling through a map to get to the Book-Keeper's Stronghold. Today, I thought I'd share my TBR and the stops I'm hoping to visit during the Believathon.

We start at the Poacher's Pocket Inn, where we have to read the first book in the series. For this prompt, I've chosen to read A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison. This is a book that Gavin has raved about, so I picked it up, saving it for Believathon. This is the story of three sisters who are trapped by a curse, and we follow them as they work together to try and break the curse. Will the three magical objects, which have the power to change their fates, be enough to break the curse or will they plunge the sisters even further into danger. Sounds like a thrilling adventure to get the readathon off to a great start.

My next stop is The Yellow Brick Road, meaning that I have to read a book that I meant to read years ago. When I was completing my PGCE three years ago, I bought Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin after a visit by the author. I had the best intentions of reading it straight away but instead it sat on my bookshelf ever since. The book is about Billy, who is a lonely boy, whose mother is unwell. He loves swimming and David Attenborough films and enjoys pondering the wonders of nature. At school, Billy is bullied for his otherness, so I already feel for him. But when a mackerel swims up to him, blows bubbles in his face and calls him Fish Boy, Billy's life changes forever. Sounds like a lovely story.

After that, I'm off to The 100 Acre Woods, to read a book with yellow on the cover. For this, I'm reading Malamander by Thomas Taylor. This was one I hauled recently (you can read my haul here), with the intention of reading it for the Believathon. We follow Lost-and-Founder Herbert Lemon as he helps Violet Parma to try and find her parents who mysteriously disappeared. Soon the pair discover that their disappearance might be related to the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. I love the idea of a sea-monster, so I can't wait to get to this!

Next stop, The Brolly Rail, where we are reading a book featuring transportation or with transportation on the cover. I'm being slightly imaginative with this pick, choosing The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook. This was gifted from my wishlist (which you can find here) by the lovely Alice and I knew this would be perfect for the Believathon. The girl on the cover is riding an elephant - that's transport right? I can't wait to get stuck into Chaya's story. She is a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, who leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on an adventure through the jungle. Along the way, they steal the queen's jewels. Will this be the beginning or the end for the gang? I can't wait to find out!

At last, we arrive at the Book-Keeper's Stronghold, where we need to read the next book in the series. There are a few choices that I could have made for this, but I'm opting for Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend. I read Nevermoor last year and loved it, and have waited until now to read the sequel. I can't wait to return to the world of Nevermoor. We follow Morrigan Crow, a cursed child, who was doomed to die on her 11th birthday. But, in the nick of time, mysterious Jupiter North swoops in to save the day and takes Morrigan away to the magical world of Nevermoor. She has to take part in magical trials to stay and join the Wundrous society. I am so excited to see how Morrigan's life in Nevermoor continues to develop.

Understandably, I'm a little apprehensive about this long list of books. The readathon runs for two weeks from May 11th - May 24th, so five books in two weeks might seem a little intense. However, with lockdown having no end in sight, I've got plenty of time on my hands to get through these. I'm so excited.

If you are interested in the Believathon, check out Gavin's announcement video here. I'd love to know what you're choosing to read.

Love Lexie


  1. I've never heard of Fish Boy. It sounds so interesting.

  2. Winter is approaching, and I am so grateful to you for telling us about this beautiful book. On a winter's night, crawling on a blanket and reading any book with dried fruits would be doubly fun. PhD Dissertation Writing Services




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