Believathon: The Stack is Finalised!!!!

I am so excited to have finally finalised my list for Believathon!!

Believe in the Impossible Readathon is a Middle Grade Reading challenge created by BookTuber Gavin Hetherington bringing together a group read and selection of a minimum 4 books from a list of 10 prompts and ALL CELEBRATING MIDDLE GRADE!!

I decided to go for the full eleven and I also decided that I would read back on my TBR as tempting as it is to fill this up with brand new loveliness I wanted to take this opportunity to read those gems I have so far missed the chances to read. Each of my selected books are at minimum a year old but the majority are within the last 5 years.

You can download a handbook from the official twitter account and there are tie in candles and mugs available for those inclined!

From November 1st as you read a book you can submit your participation here:

The Believathon Book

Frostheart by Jamie Littler

The Prompts

I struggled to put this list together as there are so many amazing books and in the end I had to be tough and when I couldn’t be tough I used the magic solution which is let Littlefae pick!!

I’ve also put a few of my own recommendations for these prompts should you wish to give it a go!

Read A Book Featuring Magic

The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison

Recommended: A Pinch of Magic, 13 Treasures, Snowglobe, Starfell, The Last SpellBreather

Read A Book Featuring a Myth or Legend

Simply the Quest by Maz Evans

Bonuses I know about: Friendship, Magic

Recommended: The House With Chicken Legs, The Girl Who Speaks Bear, North Child

Read A Book Featuring Real Life Issues

Murder at Twilight by Fleur Hitchcock

Recommended: Jemima Small versus the Universe, Scavengers, The Girl with Space in her Heart, Check Mates

Read A Book set in the Past

The Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine

Bonuses I know about: Friendship

Recommended: Murder Most Unladylike, Anna at War, The Girl Who Walked On Air, A Girl Called Justice, The Golden Butterfly

Read A Book with a strong sense of Friendship

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Bonuses I know about: Friendship, Animal Character

Recommended: Murder Most Unladylike, The Clockwork Sparrow, The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart

Read an atmospheric or creepy book

Twister by Juliette Forrest

Recommended: The True Colours of Coral Glen, Potkin & Stubbs, The Switching Hour, The Ghosts of Howlfair, The Night’s Realm, Seaglass

Read a Seasonal Book- I’m taking winter!

Eye of the North by Sinéad O’Hart

Recommended: The Girl Who Speaks Bear, North Child, Clifftoppers: The Fire Bay Adventure, The Way Past Winter

Read A Book Featuring an animal character

Podkin One Ear by Kieran Lockwood

Bonuses I know about: Magic

Recommended: I Cosmo, The Girl Who Speaks Bear, The Last SpellBreather

Read A Classic Childrens story

Moondial by Helen Cresswell

This I was spoiled for choice here and was struggling between this, A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner and The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.

Again it came down to Littlefae’s choice.

Re-read one of your childhood favourites

Hacker by Malorie Blackman

I read this to absolute pieces as a child, I couldn’t choose between this The Magic Faraway Tree and Mr Galliano’s Circus both by Enid Blyton so Littlefae chose for me.

Bonuses I know about: Real Life Issues

I am so excited to get started on this challenge!!

Who else is joining in?


17 thoughts on “Believathon: The Stack is Finalised!!!!

  1. A fantastic list! I adored Eye of the North – think it’s my favourite book I’ve read this year and the one that got me back into reading middle grade – I’m going to try to re-read it over half term. I’ve got The Gift of Dark Hollow on my list – it’s been sitting on my TBR too long! Twister and Simply the Quest are both fantastic!

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    1. Me too! I’ll post my list on Saturday when I’ve had a breather from this last couple of hectic days! I’m glad I’ve got half term to catch up on all my reading commitments so I can enjoy reading the Believathon prompts in November!

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  2. I love seeing what you’ve chosen! I’m going to post my choices today too. Funny that you’ve chosen Cogheart for friendship, as I’m going to be reading the 3rd in that series Skycircus for the same prompt!
    I’d picked The Box of Delights for my classic but seeing Moondial is swaying me now…
    The only one I’ve not picked yet is my childhood fave.

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    1. I found some prompts harder than others after all how do you know something has a strong sense of friendship til you’ve read it? Cogheart was a great choice since I’ve already read SkyCircus and so know there’s going to be friendship! hooray for Littlefae who helped me be brutal where I was indecisive- she was very firm about Moondial!!
      Looking forward to seeing what you choose!!


    2. That was exactly my thinking on the friendship prompt, and the exact same reason I chose Skycircus as I’d read the first two so knew it had a strong friendship!
      Good for Littlefae being brutal! I’m going to stick to my guns but might try to squeeze Moondial in before the end if the year too!
      And I’m so pleased Podkin made your final cut too!

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  3. What a beautiful selection of books! ❤ 🙂 Good luck with Believeathon, I'm sure you'll really enjoy it 🙂
    I'll definitely see if I could participate with my current tbr pile. I'm a bit behind with it at the moment but want to take part if possible 9though I doubt I'd have time for all prompts, I'm just not that fast a reader,lol but I read so many mg books so it seems silly not to! 😀
    If you don't mind me asking: What does signing up do? I've never officially signed up to any reading challenges before although I've seen them floating around the blogger community for a few years.

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    1. Thank you!! You can get away with 4 books if you want to do a micro challenge as long as one is Frostheart. This is the first challenge I’ve done that requires logging reading centrally but I think all the ‘signing up’ does is log when you read a book so Gavin can share things with us at the end like the number of books/pages/popular prompts/books etc and for me at least I think it helps you have something go that helps spur you on- other challenges might award points or keep a score as a team/house etc but not this one. You don’t have to do anything to join in you can just read along, blog or post on social media if you want too.
      I hope you join us in even the smallest way it would be great- and I’m clearing a chunk of my TBR list in the process!!

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    2. Sounds great, I’ll see if I can join in the micro challenge definitely, and hopefully next year I’ll be more prepared and can go for the full list of prompts! 😀

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