Pondathon Sign-Up

Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

What is the Pondathon?

The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest.

Have fun participating in the Pondathon readathon by joining one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect points and signing up! You can also follow the story of the Pondathon as it unfolds, and participants can also complete ‘side quests’ during the readathon to collect extra points. The readathon takes place from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020. More information about the readathon can be found here.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  1. To join the Pondathon, simply sign up anytime between January 18th 2020 to March 5th 2020.
  2. Choose a team, create your own animal character for the Pondathon and create a character card!
  3. Create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#Pondathon’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond or @artfromafriend on Twitter or Instagram in all your updates! We’d love to see all of the beautiful and awesome characters that you create!

My Pond Character

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Hey all, my Pondathon character is called Essiey, she’s the guard of lore! She devours books of all genres hoping to pick up more interesting tidbits to guard. She’s part of team Varian and will do her best to help defend the pond.


My Pondathon TBR

 


Rebel (Legend, #4)

Rebel by Marie Lu

This is the fourth book of the ‘Legend’ series and I’m so excited to get to this finally, I preordered this but had to wait for ages for it to get to me. Luckily I was able to get it at all though, I did the other three books as part of a readalong and I’m really intrigued to read this one.


The Mercies

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Norway lore! Perfect read for Essiey/myself and I absolutely loved Hargrave’s novel The Deathless Girls so I requested this on NetGalley and preordered it, I’ll get to the eARC before the physical copy lol.


Of Cats and Elfins: Short Tales and Fantasies

Of Cats and Elfins by Sylvia Townsend Warner

A book of short stories and fantasies by a female author. Handheld Press is one of my favorite publishers, they bring female authors into the spotlight, bringing them from the same time as those great male literary writers, showing we were. always there writing as well.


The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso

I signed up for the blog tour of this, I liked the blurb and I won’t lie, the cover caught my eye! I’m intrigued by a Queen who has to bring her people together, though, the reason they’re in the mess might be her fault in the first place. I love a good redemption arc.


Off Balance (Aunare Chronicles, #2)

Off Balance by Aileen Erin

This is the second book of the Aunure Chronicles and I ADORED the first book, Latinx main character with this inner strength that just made me fangirl, and aliens, evil corporations, and more! Ahhh I cannot wait to read this!


The Island Child

The Island Child by Molly Aitken

I requested this for Canongate, I loved the blurb and I’m lucky enough to be on the tour for this as well! It’s completely immersed in Irish Folklore and I am all here for that.


Night Spinner (Night Spinner, #1)

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Another cover pick from NetGalley but I totally am here for the book as well, a Hunchback retelling where…our hunchback is a girl! Magic, retellings, Hugo inspired…I’m here for this!!

That’s all I’ll have up on the TBR for now but I’ll add things as I go!

November Rewind

 

 

Another busy month, hit the two year wedding anniversary with the hubby, had Thanksgiving, spawn’s Scottish Dance Festival day, school Christmas Fayre, present shopping, and reading of course!

[Reminder from the last Rewind: I’ll also be on holiday in a place with pretty sorry internet, so, for a couple of weeks in December all the posts will be scheduled ahead and I’ll be pretty quiet. Just like now. As I wait for my new charging cord. Still.]

Anyway, onto the books!

 

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The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment, #0.5)

 

Kim, Leon, and The Sky Path To Africa: Easy Read

 

Died and Gone to Devon

 

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A Death in Harlem

 

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The Conspiracy of Magic

 

Blind Witness (Book one of the Charters' Mysteries Series)

 

Fawkes

 

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

 

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Tears of Frost (Heart of Thorns, #2)

 

Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection

 

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Sound (The Reprobation Series Book 3)

 

The Company of Eight

 

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)

 

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

 

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)

[My Review of this is just me saying ‘OH SHIIIIT’ on GoodReads]

 

The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3)

 

The Pursuit of William Abbey

 

Ghoster

 

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1)

 

Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)

 

Total Count: 20

 

Posts From Around the Book Blogger Verse

Bookwyrm Bites: I Made November Cakes & Labyrinth Cakes

favorite reads over the course of bookwyrming thoughts

Cuppa Clo: Novel Newcomers: Weirdest Places I’ve Read

Fictionally Sam: Bloggers I’m Thankful For

Novel Lives Monthly Wrap Up

Reader Voracious: Diverse YA Science Fiction Books to Read this Sci-fi Month

Other Things Going On

Fictionally Sam: Mrs. Claus Readathon

Reader Voracious: Readers Choice Awards
[The nominations form closes at 23:59 on November 30, 2019, general voting will begin on December 3, 2019]

 

My Other Posts

October 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

Leigh Bardugo Event

No We Don’t Do It For The Free Books

Reader Voracious: Bookish Readers Choice 2019

An Anniversary in Books

Update and Giveaway Announcement!

Favorite Historical Fiction Books: The First Half of 2019
[This post is currently down but will be back up soon!]

 

Now, what’s on for next month?

 

Lots of backlist Author request book reviews, two blog tours, and other things! I’ll be busy with mini’s birthday, going on holiday, and throwing money left and right for the dog boarding lol. I’ll also be updating my blog a little, overhauling my patreon stuff, and generally being cold and wishing for warmth.

Thriller Thursday

Bringing you Thriller Thursday again, and this one was meant to go up in October, you know, before the move threw everything up in the air and laughed at my plans.

So.

Let me present to you one of my newly faved thriller series that I’ve had the joy to start this year.

The Reprobation Series

 

Catherine Fearns is an amazing author and she has put so much research and creativity in these books that there’s no way I couldn’t love this series. So, prepare to hear me fangirl screech…you know as usual when I love a book.

I mean it’s got murder mysteries, demonic occult, supernatural, metal bands, and more!

ARE YOU NOT INTRIGUED?!

The reason I’ve waited on posting about these books on my blog is simply because I was waiting to read the third book, and now that I’ve finished it, it’s time!

We’ll start with book one!

Reprobation

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GoodReads:

Are you one of the elect?

Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.

When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.

Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.

Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

 

My Review

 

I hadn’t heard of this book before and how much I regret not reading this sooner! I loved so much about this. Firstly, we have a Calvinist Nun and the lead singer of a Norwegian Metal band solving crimes together, it’s like the metalhead version of Father Brown haha, and in the best ways.

We have a few characters at play and the way Fearns hints at the supernatural and otherworldly is perfect, she combines Christian mythology/theology with a police procedural to give you a spectacular murder mystery and the set up for a great set of books. Not to mention she keeps the length of the novel perfect, not overwhelming you or bogging it down unnecessarily so the pacing is just right. All too often a great thriller can be diminished by carrying on too long but Fearns doesn’t make this mistake.

What I really enjoy is Fearns giving us a new twist to murders/murder mysteries, she keeps it fresh which for someone like me who reads a copious amount of thrillers, well, it’s so nice!

Fearns provided me a copy of her awesome novel in exchange for my honest review.

 

Onto Book 2…

Consuming Fire

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GoodReads:
What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen.

Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

 

My Review

Another knockout novel by Catherine Fearns! In this one, we continue with this thread of the unknown and supernatural that was introduced so wonderfully in book one and Fearns expands on it while keeping true to this also being a mystery as well. There’s once more a lot of theological ideas and they’re all put in a way for the readers to understand but it’s clear that Fearns has done her research.

This time the focus was more on Darren and even his partner Matt rather than Dr. Helen Hope. I do admit to missing Helen and Mikko interacting but I was also so happy to get to know more of Darren and the rest of his ‘squad.’

The ending for this was such an epic ending that I cannot wait for the next book, I am left waiting on pins and needles.

What I really enjoy is Fearns giving us a new twist to murders/murder mysteries, she keeps it fresh which for someone like me who reads a copious amount of thrillers, well, it’s so nice!

Can’t wait to read the next one!

Fearns provided me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review which I am very happy to give. 

 

Finally, Book 3!

Sound (The Reprobation Series Book 3)

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GoodReads:
Can you hear it?

A professor of psychoacoustics is found dead in his office. It appears to be a heart attack, until a second acoustician dies a few days later in similar circumstances.

Meanwhile, there’s an outbreak of mysterious illnesses on a council estate, and outbursts of unexplained violence in a city centre nightclub. Not to mention strange noises coming from the tunnels underneath Liverpool. Can it really be a coincidence that death metal band Total Depravity are back in the city, waging their own form of sonic warfare?

Detective Inspector Darren Swift is convinced there are connections. Still grieving his fiancé’s death and sworn to revenge, he is thrown back into action on the trail of a murderer with a terrifying and undetectable weapon.

But this case cannot be solved using conventional detective work, and D.I. Swift will need to put the rulebook aside and seek the occult expertise of Dr. Helen Hope and her unlikely sidekick, guitarist Mikko Kristensen.

 

My Review

You may have noticed that the other two reviews were already on GoodReads but not this one, it’s being written here first. Wooo, celebrate.

This continues much where we left off with Darren. He’s been on leave after the crushing ending to ‘Consuming Fire’ and the events that seem too weird to be true continue to happen.

However this has nothing more to do with fire and everything to do with sound.

There’s a new case, two murders both staff, lecturers/experts in acoustics, one in psychoacoustics and also has synesthesia.

[I will say it was so interesting to have a character with synesthesia, it’s something we talked about a bit in Uni as part of the music program but I only knew of one person who had it, so that already caught my interest.]

The excitement I had in knowing Mikko was back was like a kid on Christmas, he is my favorite but also I love the chemistry between Mikko and Helen. This also means the band was back too, and it’s great.

The tension building from the last two books is palpable, it was coming off the page and making me sit hunched over in earnest as I read.

There’s another metal band, though, different sub-genre than our lovable gang, and they were such a cool part of the book, their concert definitely left me with some atmospheric chills.

There was a twist that I DID NOT see coming and I was SHOOK by it haha, like I can’t believe it happened, it was intricately weaved in from book one and I still had no inkling it was going to happen.

Forest was in this again and as horrible as he was, I was happy and satisfied with his ending but I’ll keep the spoilers to myself. This also has left a lot of questions though at the end of this book, wondering what will happen to my favorite trio next. Helen and Mikko especially, as I will go down with that ship.

Darren seems to be engaging in something that could prove to be a crazy awesome thread to continue on.

Another success by Fearns, and possibly my favorite of the three! Thank you to Fearns for providing me a copy of the book, and in exchange I’ve given my honest review.

 

 

 

 

September Rewind

 

 

It’s that time of the month again where I watch Netflix as I struggle to list out the books I read. BUT this also means that tomorrow is October!!! Remember to click on the pics to be taken to either my review or the GoodReads page.

 

So this is new but, Currently Unrated:

[I have no idea what to do with this one, so, it’s remaining unrated for now.]

 

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[Rounded to Three cups for the blog tour, it’s more of a case of me just not being capable of enjoying ‘sappy’ romances]

 

[I’ve rounded this up to 3 on GoodReads, it’s got a really interesting plot but I felt like things needed to be fleshed out more, and sometimes the style seemed a bit immature, but, I think it shows a lot of promise as well and I liked the ending! I’ll be writing up a full review later. The author was nice enough to send me a copy, so thank you for that!]

 

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Total Count: 27

 

Still Currently Reading:

[I would have finished it if it were not for all the damn tours I signed up for, but I adore this book so far]

 

 

Favorite Posts from around the book blogger-verse

 

Kal @ Reader Voracious: 6 Books to Haunt You this Spooky Season

Clo @ Cuppa Clo: How We Manage School And Blogging (ft Jayati @ Its A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile)

Clo @ Cuppa Clo: Reality of Being a Book Blogger

Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall: A BOOKWORM’S GUIDE TO REMOVING STUBBORN STICKERS

Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites: My Long-Term Relationship with Fanfiction

Lauren @ Northern Plunder: The Importance of an Author’s Online Presence | Guest Post by Bronwyn Eley

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: Ultimate Guide To Stories That Have Bisexual Representation

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: BE Autumn Announcement

 

Patreon Shoutout Section

Thank you to Sam @ Fictionally Sam for being my first patreon!!! If you haven’t seen her blog yet, you should definitely check her out, she’s got great content and an amazing blog look.

 

What I’ve Posted

Charity Shop Finds!

The ‘Strong’ Female Character Archetype

I’m on Patreon!

Bookending Autumn Approaches!!

Cover Reveal: Windborn by Mary Fan

Favorite Thriller/Mystery Books: The First Half Of 2019

Tag Time: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Thriller Thursday

Spooky Reads and Recs

 

This month was pretty much a blur of Blog Tours, and as much as I absolutely adore books, I will from now on limit myself to no more than 10 blog tours a month starting in November. [There is 11 for October as I forgot about one I’d already signed up for yonks ago lol]

I didn’t get to go to the Jay Kristoff event in the end but I was so happy that I was able to give my ticket to someone who really wanted it. BUT I am going to see Leigh Bardugo four days before my birthday, YAY. AND the husband is coming with me!

Expect my first Illumicrate Unboxing probably tomorrow, so, be warned, spoilers will be there. Also, we may FINALLY be moving in October, it looks promising! This means I may be a bit absent in the community but I promise that I will be around as much as I can. Especially with BE Autumn! I can’t wait to do my hosted posts and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts.