Believathon #3 – The Mystery of the Missing Maleficarum

Believathon is a monthly readathon run by the brilliantly bookish Gavin, who is an expert on all things MG (and who seems to have found a way to stop time because I honestly don’t know how he fits all his bookish doings in!)

I have loved taking part in both the first two Believathons (you can see my posts about those here and here) but I really didn’t think I’d manage this month’s, because of this small stack of books I need to read for work…

However, I was desperate to find a way to take part, so I’m going to try and double up and with a little bit of cheating (oops, sorry!) I think I can do it. So, here’s my choices for the prompts this time:

The KeyRead a Mystery:

Taylor and Rose: Secret Agents – Peril in Paris by Katherine Woodfine

I’m already listening to this, so maybe it’s cheating just a tiny bit, but I only started it at the very end of October do I’m sneaking it in as my first book!

The Fingerprints – Read a book by an author from another culture to you:
When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten

My first proper read for the challenge with no cheating! I’ve already finished this and will post my review shortly!

The Scream – Read an audiobook:


Taylor and Rose: Secret Agents by Katherine Woodfine, read by Jessica Preddy

Potentially doubling up with The Key here but after that I’ll be listening to the others, so this prompt will be one or all of these!

The Torn Page – Read a book with a supernatural element:

Storm by Nicola Skinner

I’m reading this one at the moment!

The Crown – Read a book set in an alternate world to our own:

A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons

I have high hopes for this one!


The Spilled Ink – Read a book that features ghosts

I’m doubling up with this one. Storm here too.

The Dagger – Read a book that has a dangerous setting

Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray

I’ve been wanting to read this for SO LONG!

The Backpack – Read a book by a new-to-you author:

All of the books I’ve chosen bar the Taylor and Rose audiobooks fit this prompt!

The Footprints – Read a book which features a prominent villain:

I am hoping one of the other books I’ve picked will have a despicable villain I can double up here with. Otherwise, I’ll come back to it…

The Hand Mirror – Read a book with a beautiful cover:

Moonchild – Voyage of the Lost and Found by Aisha Bushby

This is beautiful but if you’re struggling for this (I don’t know how you would be, there are so many stunning covers out in MG now!) my favourite cover (and an equally stunning book) recently has been October, October.

The Chain – Read a book with a colourful cast of friends:

The Mask of Aribella by Anna Houghton

Honestly I’m not sure about this one, but I’ll give it a go!

The Flash of Lightning – Read a book that incorporates folktales

There are so many fantastic books for this prompt – any Sophie Anderson for a start if you’re stuck got ideas! – but none of the books I need to read count, so I’m going to come back yo this. I have a curve ball, sneak it in, sort of cheating idea which I might throw in for it…


The Shadow – Read a book first published in 2020:

Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm

This is another I’m not convinced I’ll love but I am prepared to be surprised…!

And that’s me picked and done!

What do you think of my choices? Are you taking part in Believathon – what have you chosen? Or if not, what would you choose?

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