BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2022 – SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

APRIL – a book with LITTLE or BIG in the title

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
A Little Hope by Ethan Joella
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

MAY – a book with a direction in the title

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

JUNE – a book with ALL in the title

All Adults Here by Emma Straub


Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrations)

AUGUST – a book with an item/object in the title

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

SEPTEMBER – a book with LIGHT or DARK in the title

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

2022 FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2022 Introduction linked here
Goodreads group linked here

Until next time, Meryn


BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2022 – FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

JANUARY – who, what, where, when, why, how

How Lucky by Will Leitch
The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson
What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri

FEBRUARY – pronouns or possessions

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

MARCH – a book with a location in the title

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Olympus Texas by Stacey Swann
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

APRIL – a book with LITTLE or BIG in the title

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
A Little Hope by Ethan Joella
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

MAY – a book with a direction in the title

Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

JUNE – a book with ALL in the title

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2022 Introduction linked here
Goodreads group linked here

Until next time, Meryn


BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2022 – INTRODUCTION

A look ahead to what I hope to be reading in 2022

I’m so excited to start planning and reading for the buzzword readathon, created and hosted by Kayla of Books and Lala on booktube! In her words, “The Buzzword Readathon (#buzzwordathon) is a monthly readathon, running the first week of each month (1st through 7th). Each month has a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. Alternatively you can complete this as a year-long reading challenge, and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge!”

This is my second year participating in her reading challenge and I couldn’t’ be more excited to start this new year with all new prompts. This time around I had 550+ titles on my Goodreads TBR list when selecting my top choice and my back up options

In 2021, I read 25 books throughout the year, six of which I rated 5 stars. Here’s hoping to that some of these titles become new all time favorite books

JANUARY – who, what, where, when, why, how

Top choice:
How Lucky by Will Leitch (BOTM)

From my TBR:
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang 
The Girl Who Died by by Ragnar Jónasson, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition by Emma Dabiri
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

FEBRUARY – pronouns or possessions

Top choice:
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (BOTM)

From my TBR:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
His & Hers by Alice Feeney
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover (2022 release)
The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture by Grace Perry
The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I’ve Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance by Matt Ortile
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

MARCH – a book with a location in the title

Top choice:
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (2022 release)

From my TBR:
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner (2022 release)
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles 

APRIL – a book with LITTLE or BIG (or similar word) in the title

Top choice:
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

From my TBR:
A Little Hope by Ethan Joella (BOTM)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Land of Big Numbers: Stories by Te-Ping Chen
Little Gods by Meng Jin
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier  

MAY – a book with a direction in the title

Top choice:
Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison

From my TBR:
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power 
Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body by Savala Nolan
My Left Foot by Christy Brown
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

JUNE – a book with ALL in the title

Top choice:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

From my TBR:
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All by Ben Reiter
Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie (2022 release)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Top choice:
Book Lovers by Emily Henry (2022 release)

From my TBR:
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (2022 release)
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrations)
What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong, Jason Pargin

AUGUST – a book with an item/object in the title

Top choice:
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From my TBR:
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé 
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot (Translator)
Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

SEPTEMBER – a book with LIGHT or DARK in the title

Top choice:
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

From my TBR:
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (2022 release)
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall (2022 release)

OCTOBER – a book with an animal or creature in the title

Top choice:
Animal Farm by George Orwell

From my TBR:
Bunny by Mona Awad
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears by Laura van den Berg 
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

NOVEMBER – a book with “ING” in the title

Top choice:
The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

From my TBR:
Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Passing by Nella Larsen
Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance by Mia Bay
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
The Hunting Wives by May Cobb (BOTM)
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Resting Place by Camilla Sten (2022 release)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune  
Watching You by Lisa Jewell

DECEMBER – a book with a number in the title

Top choice:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

From my TBR:
1984 by George Orwell
49 Uses For A Walking Stick by Frank Hopkinson
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
One by One by Ruth Ware
One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (BOTM)
The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin Brockmeier


2021 BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE

2021 INTRODUCTION linked here
2021 FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 THIRD QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION linked here

Goodreads group linked here

Until tomorrow, Meryn


BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2021 – FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE + CONCLUSION

FOURTH QUARTER UPDATE

And just like that, the 2021 Buzzword Readathon has come to an end! Here’s what I read in the last quarter of the year:

October – elements

A Slow Burning Fire by Paula Hawkins
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

November – “lost”

The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

December – day/month/season

Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom
November 9 by Colleen Hoover


2021 CONCLUSION

I know literally everyone says it, but I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year. I’m so glad to have found Kayla of Booksand Lala on youtube (channel linked here) in 2020 and join in on her buzzword readathon. I can say without a doubt, this challenge has encouraged me to pick up books outside of my comfort zone – stories I may have never reached for otherwise.

All in all, I read 25 books in 2021 for the challenge. Of the original 12 I selected back in December 2020 to read throughout this year, I finished 10 of them. I tried to read The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton twice, but ultimately DNF’ed it twice and lost interest with The Dictionary of Lost Words, it was boring me to tears.

Of the 25 titles I read, six were 5 stars, ten were 4 stars, eight were 3 stars, and one was 2 stars, for an average rating of 3.84 stars. My six 5 star favorites were The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Silence of the White City, The Dutch House, Catherine House, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and Tuesdays with Morrie.

I can’t wait to see what books I pick up in 2022 for Kayla’s buzzword readathon!

Until tomorrow, Meryn


BooksandLala blogpost linked here
Goodreads group linked here
INTRODUCTION linked here
FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here
THIRD QUARTER UPDATE linked here

BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2021 – THIRD QUARTER UPDATE

Surprised myself this quarter with reading 6 books considering we moved out of our apartment in July and were road tripping across the US during August and September. I tried so hard to get into The Devil and the Dark Water in September but found it so slow going, so I gave up with the hope to revisit it in October.

July – “last”

The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

August – time of day

Survive the Night by Riley Sager
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Endless Night by Agatha Christie

September – “dark”

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware


What I’m planning to read in the next 3 months:

October – elements

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
A Slow Burning Fire by Paula Hawkins (2021 release)

November – “lost”

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

December – day/month/season

Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom
November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Until tomorrow, Meryn


BooksandLala blogpost linked here
Goodreads group linked here
INTRODUCTION linked here
FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here

BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2021 – SECOND QUARTER UPDATE

Half way through the year and half way through the Buzzword Readathon! Of the 7 books I read in the past 3 months for this challenge, 3 I gave 5 stars and 2 I gave 4 stars with no real duds in the bunch. I know it’s barely the middle of the year but I’m already excited to find out the 2022 prompts!

April – space/galaxy terms

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Martian by Andy Weir

May – “house/home”

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

June – name/title

Deacon King Kong by James McBride
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


What I’m planning to read in the next 3 months:

July – “last”

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly

August – time of day

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Survive the Night by Riley Sager
Endless Night by Agatha Christie

September – “dark”

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Until tomorrow, Meryn


BooksandLala blogpost linked here
Goodreads group linked here
INTRODUCTION linked here
FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here

BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2021 – FIRST QUARTER UPDATE

I can confidently say this challenge has pushed me out of my comfort zone and into some books I never would have read otherwise *cough, cough* Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic and A Brief History of Time. No duds in this first quarter of the challenge and happy to report two 5 star reads in February! Excited to see what I get into in the next quarter of the challenge.

January – “dream”

Big Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

February – a colour

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune
The Silence of the White City by Eva García Sáenz

March – “time”

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking


What I’m planning to read in the next 3 months:

April – space/galaxy terms

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Martian by Andy Weir

May – “house/home”

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

June – name/title

Deacon King Kong by James McBride
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Until tomorrow, Meryn


BooksandLala blogpost linked here
Goodreads group linked here
Introduction blogpost linked here

BUZZWORD READATHON + READING CHALLENGE 2021 – INTRODUCTION

In December, I stumbled upon booktuber Kayla, of BooksandLala on youtube, and became quickly infatuated with her videos, content, and book recommendations. One of her recent videos (imbedded below) introduces her Buzzword Reading Challenge and I immediately started making plans to join in the fun.

According to her Goodreads challenge group page, “The Buzzword Readathon (#buzzwordathon) is a monthly readathon, running the first week of each month (1st through 7th). Each month will have a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. Or use this as a year-long reading challenge, and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge!”

I had a lot of fun combing through my TBR list (of 275+ titles) on Goodreads and looking at her recommendations to make my list. Being the type A that I am, I couldn’t pick just one. I don’t know that I’ll read more than one a month but I like having options at the ready in case I can’t get my top choice from the library!

January – “dream”

Top Choice:
Big Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe

Other:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

February – a colour

Top Choices:
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
The Silence of the White City by Eva García Sáenz

Other:
Black Buck by by Mateo Askaripour
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Golden State by Ben H. Winters
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

March – “time”

Top Choice:
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Other:
Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by M. Gottman
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

April – space/galaxy terms

Top Choices:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Other:
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

May – “house/home”

Top Choices:
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Other:
The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
Crooked House by Agatha Christie
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

June name/title

Top Choices:
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
His and Hers by Alice Feeney

Other:
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

July – “last”

Top Choice:
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (2021 release)

Other:
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

August – time of day

Top Choices:
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Survive the Night by Riley Sager (2021 release)

Other:
Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger
Endless Night by Agatha Christie
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

September “dark”

Top Choices:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Other:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Secrets by Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

October – elements

Top Choices:
A Slow Burning Fire by Paula Hawkins (2021 release)
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Other:
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center 
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

November – “lost”

Top Choice:
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Other:
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner 
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff 

December – day/month/season

Top Choices:
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Other:
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner 
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
November 9 by Colleen Hoover

BooksandLala blogpost linked here
Goodreads group linked here

Until tomorrow, Meryn