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Read-A-Thon

Bout of Books Readathon #11

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Huzzah, another readathon is upon us! I am a big fan of Bout of Books, and this time it falls in a perfect spot, just a bit before college starts back up in the first week of September. It’s been a little while since I tried to do a readathon, and I do say try because it hasn’t gone well in recent times. However, this go around I’ve got specific books I want to get to and plenty of time to do so! Without further ado, my potential list of books that I’ll try to read most of! (The goal if I have one is 10+ books at least)

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Evolutionary History by Edmund Russell

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

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Currently Reading:

Books Finished: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Evolutionary History by Edmund Russell, The Book of Contemplation by Usama Ibn Munqidh, Europa and the Bull, I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre, The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Pages Read: 1,196

Snacks: Bananas and Water


Booktubeathon 2014

Booktubeathon 2014

Hello everyone, as per usual I have found myself unable to resist joining a readathon mostly because they are freaking awesome, so I’ll at least be attempting to participate in Booktubeathon for the next week (it goes from July 14-21st). However, I don’t do booktube stuff myself, so I’ll be sticking to just the reading challenges, but if you want both those and the video challenges watch the video about all of that here. Without further ado, my books for the challenges!

Belladonna 1. A book with pictures – Joinville and Villehardouin: Chronicles of the Crusades. Yes, this is a history textbook, but it is told with two eyewitness accounts of the crusades, and I’m trying to get ahead for next semester. There aren’t a lot of pictures in this one (a couple maps mostly), but I need an excuse to read this and take notes, so there it is. 😛

 2. Start and finish a series – This is a tough one, especially since you can only double dip and no more than that, but I went with the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series written by Fiona Paul, mostly because I should have ages ago. o_o

 3. A book with red on the cover – I’m double dipping here and using Belladonna (book 2 of SotER) as my book with red. 🙂

 4. A book someone else picks out for you – No one has told me recently, but Epic Reads has recommended Another Little Piece often enough that I’m going to finally get to it if at all possible. ^.^

Fear the Reaper 5. A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year – I haven’t read much horror this year, so I’ll go with Fear the Reaper, an anthology by a variety of authors including one of my favorites, Jeremy C. Shipp!

 6. A book to movie adaptation – In this one I need to watch the movie too, so I’ll go with Hearts In Atlantis, one of the few Stephen King books I haven’t read, and one of many that has a movie adaptation. The movie probably won’t be great, but I’m sure the book will be! 🙂

 7. Read seven books – I’ve already listed seven books, but I’ll throw another one on here just to be safe, and that’ll be Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, simply because I’ve been looking at it for quite some time and I’d like to give it a go.

So there you have it, my books for the 7 reading challenges for this year’s Booktubeathon! Let me know if you are participating, if you are if you’ll be joining me in the challenges and/or what books you’ll be reading whether for them or in general. Thanks as always for reading, and good luck!

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Currently Reading:

Books Finished: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes, Venom by Fiona Paul

Pages Read: 809


Ides of March Wrapup

Ides of March Read-a-thon

Well that could have went better. A combination of ALL THE FEELS from the two series ending books I did read (The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer & The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan), sickness, and sports overload made it so I didn’t even read my usual book/day. This was probably the worst I’ve done in a readathon, especially one of this length, but oh well, nothing to be done now. School starts back up this week so I guess I’ll have to work around that too.

How did you do with your goals? Did you participate in any challenges? What was your favorite read for Ides of March? Let me know and thanks for reading! ^.^


Ides of March Readathon

Ides of March Read-a-thon

To help those doing the month long challenge Take Control of Your TBR Pile and for those who just want to participate for a few days and knock out some of those books piling up. To count towards the participation prize you must read a book published before March 1, 2014. This is an easy stressfree read-a-thon. Enter challenges, clean-up your TBR pile and make a few friends. If you would like to host a challenge please contact me!

As you all know I love readathons with a passion, and this one is being hosted by one of my favorite book bloggers, Kimberly at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, so it is absolutely perfect! This also happens to fall on the end of my spring break so it is a great time to get some extra reading in before classes pick back up. Here are some of the books I am considering reading during the readathon! ^.^

The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Rogue by Gina Damico

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Horde by Ann Aguirre

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

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Currently Reading: Rogue by Gina Damico

Books Finished: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Pages Read: 623

Snacks:


Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2 Recap

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon

Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2

I do so love readathons, and the WWReadathons are always amazing, but alas this one is over. The Twitter chats were a ton of fun, the books for me were mostly excellent despite not reading as much as I wanted, and overall it was a great time of bookish goodness. Over the course of the readathon I read 9 books and started a tenth, reading a total of 2,850 pages, not too shabby! Now, without further ado, here are the books I read! ^.^

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – 2/5

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor – 3/5

Three by Kristen Simmons – 5/5 – reviewed it here!

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen – 5/5

Split Second by Kasie West – 5/5

Tommy Nightmare by JL Bryan – 2/5 – reviewed it here!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – 5/5

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4/5

The Future of Us by Jay Asher – 4/5

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (started)

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I can’t wait to participate in more readathons in the near future as well as the next WWReadathon! How did you do for this readathon? Did you meet your goals or even surpass them? What was your favorite read during it? Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon

Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon Vol. 2

The  Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of February 7-17 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

In the meanwhile, we will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! You can posts updates on your blog, Twitter, Goodreads or Facebook — as long as the profile is public and we all can enjoy your reading progress!

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I’m a huge fan of the WWReadathons and even though I know this post is going up a day late I’m still excited to participate. Unfortunately this particular readathon is during a time I’m semi-busy (I’m working the day this is posted & Monday, plus college stuff is due this coming week), but I will try to read as much as possible (as always) all the same!

I don’t really have a set list of books for this readathon simply because I wasn’t aware it was happening until the day of! So I’ll just put ten books I’m considering reading during it and update as I read. Sound good? Off we go!

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Rogue by Gina Damico

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Three by Kristen Simmons

Elemental by Antony John

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Horde by Ann Aguirre

The Future of Us by Jay Asher

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

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Currently Reading: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Books Finished: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor, Three by Kristen Simmons, Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen, Split Second by Kasie West, Tommy Nightmare by JL Bryan, If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Future of Us by Jay Asher

Pages Read: 2,804

Snacks: Yogurt, Animal crackers (RIP Shirley Temple), Dr. Pepper, way too much pizza


Bout of Books 9.0 Recap

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Well it was fun while it lasted, but this edition of the Bout of Books readathon is over! I hope you all had fun with the twitter chats, challenges, and bookish goodness this past week! For me it was a resounding success, easily the best I’ve done in one of these readathons so far. I read a total of twelve books (two of which were novellas) getting me to a total of just over 3,000 pages! I got to experience new authors, continue some series I love, and have a blast with the twitter chats. I didn’t do any challenges, but that’s fine, my focus was on ze books. Now, without further ado, here are the books I read!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 5/5 – reviewed it here!

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – 5/5

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – 5/5

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – 5/5

Unhinged by A.G. Howard – 4/5 – reviewed it here!

Giggles by Michael Crane – 2/5 – reviewed it here!

Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan – 5/5 – review coming on Thursday!

The Wicked Woods by Kelly Apple – 5/5 – special review coming on Friday!

Scorch by Gina Damico – 5/5

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney – 4/5

The Wicked Wolf by Kelly Apple – 3/5

Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp – 5/5 – review coming next Monday!

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Overall I’m pretty happy with the reading I got done despite having two days where I didn’t complete a book, one of which I didn’t read altogether. The readathon was a blast as always and I can’t wait to participate in the next Bout of Books as well as plenty of other readathons in the near future. The next semester of college starts today so it is back to the grind, and it is events like this that help me get ahead on the blog, I can’t thank Amanda and Kelly enough! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Bout of Books 9.0

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, Jan 6th and runs through Sunday, Jan 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love the Bout of Books read-a-thon, it’s definitely a favorite of mine and probably the best there is for read-a-thons longer than 24hrs. There are always great prizes, fun challenges and of course, the amazing twitter chats! I’ll be visiting my grandma for the majority of the readathon, so I don’t know if I’ll get to as many books as I’d like, but I love it too much to pass completely, so I will try and fit as much reading time as my schedule (and politeness) allows. As always the challenge updates as well as updated stats will be below so look for that, and the books listed are only some of what I may or may not read, enjoy the read-a-thon!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Horde by Ann Aguirre

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

The Future of Us by Jay Asher

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Pressure by Jeff Strand

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Stats

Currently Reading:

Books Finished: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline,  The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger, Unhinged by A.G. Howard, Giggles by Michael Crane, Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan, The Wicked Woods by Kelly Apple, Scorch by Gina Damico, The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney, The Wicked Wolf by Kelly Apple, Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp

Pages Read: 3,013

Snacks Eaten: Coke, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Hostess Cupcakes, Yogurt, poptarts, and pizza!


Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

How can you not love Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? It is easily one of my favorites of the year and the amount of awesomeness they pack into it is always amazing. Challenges, twitter conversations, prizes and wonderful hosts throughout the 24 hours makes for a crazy but super fun day of (kinda) reading. Anyhow, on to my books! This is by no means a full list, but it has a bunch I’d really like to get to and I have SOOO many to choose from. ^.^ If you want to join in on the fun click the pretty picture above or on Twitter by using the hashtag #readathon! Oh and my challenge posts will be under the list so look for that!

Scorch by Gina Damico

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David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescherthirteen reasons why

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder

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Stats

Currently Reading: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (pg 265)

Books Finished: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder

Pages Read: 1,341

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 13 hours 45 minutes

Snacks Eaten: 3 Nutri-grain bars, chips & salsa, grilled cheese, ice cream, and MORE chips & salsa!

Challenges Participated In: Introductory Questionnaire, Book Tunes, Mid Event Survey, Best of Your Reading Year, Turn to Page, Mini Challenges

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Challenges

Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Small town USA, aka Cologne, MN
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chips and Salsa!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a nerdfighting wrimo that paints LotR figures. Sexy, I know.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? The last time I was doing Dewey’s I got distracted by too many non-bookish things, so the goal for today is to get lots of reading in as well as participating in some fun challenges!

Book Tunes: The Opal Deception paired with Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation!

Mid Event Survey:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I‘m doing fine in terms of being fully awake, but the last book was somewhat of a mood killer.
2) What have you finished reading? The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3) What is your favorite read so far? The Opal Deception, I’m a sucker for Artemis Fowl books.
4) What about your favorite snacks? I think I enjoyed the chips and salsa the most so far, might have more later on.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I did interact a little bit with one of the #TeamTiger cheerleaders, her Twitter handle is @toofondbeth and her blog is http://toofond.wordpress.com/!

Best of Your Reading Year

1. Best Book of Your Reading Year: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

2. Best Author of Your Reading Year: Sean Beaudoin author of Wise Young Fool (5/5), Going Nowhere Faster (4/5), and Fade to Blue (5/5)

3. Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year: Doll Bones by Holly Black

4. Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year: Jeremy C. Shipp author of Monstrosities, Attic Toys, Attic Clowns, Cursed, and Vacation

Turn to Page

“I would rather read than ______ any day!”: I would rather read than play with the loosened gold teeth of dead men any day! – Liesl & Po

Mini Challenges

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Both hours 22 & 23 were tough as they came at 4-6 A.M. for me.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? All things Artemis Fowl!
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, loved it!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were amazing!
  5. How many books did you read? 5 finished, I’m working on #6!
  6. What were the names of the books you read? David and Goliath, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Opal Deception, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Bloodlines, and Liesl & Po
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell was fascinating!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, while short, drove me a tad crazy near the end with the style.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will, reader all the way!

Fraterfest Wrap Up

Fraterfest

Fraterfest Wrap Up

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon is a fun way for bloggers to attack their TBR piles, specifically the books that contain “things that go bump in the night” (think vampires, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, etc.) and is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Hey everybody! I hope you enjoyed Fraterfest as much as I did and that all of your reading goals were met, surpassed, or destroyed by all of the reading you got done! ^.^ I had a lot of fun reading some twisted books, one with some naughty vampires, and even a MG! I managed to finish a total of six books despite having two days of not reading and they are:

Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder

One of the best things about the readathon was that I enjoyed all of the books I read, which might be more luck than anything. My favorite read was Doll Bones by Holly Black, a middle grade read, and something that is normally not in my range of go-to books. Reviews for all of these will be posted in the coming weeks. I didn’t participate in any of the challenges and I missed the Twitter chat due to homework, but overall I had a lot of fun and a book/day is pretty good.

How did your Fraterfest go? Did you meet the goals you set? If you didn’t are you satisfied with how much you did manage to read? Let me know, and thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Fraterfest Read-A-Thon Schedule

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon Schedule

Fraterfest

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon is a fun way for bloggers to attack their TBR piles, specifically the books that contain “things that go bump in the night” (think vampires, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, etc.) and is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

It’s that time of year again! Time for one of my favorite readathons of the year, Fraterfest!!! My overall TBR is ridiculous and thanks to that I have PLENTY of scary/creepy/bizarro/horrific reads to choose from! Without further ado, my reading list, and as always I don’t plan to read ALL of these, they are just what came to mind initially and are subject to change. Let’s go!

Reading List

Pressure by Jeff Strand

Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Scorch by Gina Damico

Rogue by Gina Damico

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder

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Challenges

Challenges are open beginning at 9 AM (EST) and will remain open until October 9 at 12:01 AM

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Stats

Currently Reading: Vacation by Jeremy C. Shipp

Books Finished: Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder, Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp, Doll Bones by Holly Black, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Pages Read: 1,563


Fraterfest Read-A-Thon Schedule

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon Schedule

Fraterfest

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon is a fun way for bloggers to attack their TBR piles, specifically the books that contain “things that go bump in the night” (think vampires, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, etc.) and is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

It’s that time of year again! Time for one of my favorite readathons of the year, Fraterfest!!! My overall TBR is ridiculous and thanks to that I have PLENTY of scary/creepy/bizarro/horrific reads to choose from! Without further ado, my reading list, and as always I don’t plan to read ALL of these, they are just what came to mind initially and are subject to change. Let’s go!

Reading List

Pressure by Jeff Strand

Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Scorch by Gina Damico

Rogue by Gina Damico

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder

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Challenges

Challenges are open beginning at 9 AM (EST) and will remain open until October 9 at 12:01 AM

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Stats

Currently Reading: Vacation by Jeremy C. Shipp

Books Finished: Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder, Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp, Doll Bones by Holly Black, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Pages Read: 1,563


Bout of Books 8.0 Wrap Up

Bout of Books 8.0 Goals

Bout of Books 8.0

I would say this was a pretty successful readathon for me with working 6/7 of the days. I finished three full length books and two novellas and managed to get reviews done for all of them before the readathon finished! Huzzah, progress! Wise Young Fools, Croak and Monstrosities were all fantastic reads and while The Nightmare Affair wasn’t a great read I didn’t dislike it so the reading I did was a lot of fun. Jennifer’s Journal was part of a GLA that occurred during the readathon on Twitter but it doesn’t really fit with the rest, it was funny though. How did you do? Did you read as much as you hoped? More? Less? Are you satisfied regardless? As long as I get more reading in than I otherwise would I feel like these are successes so I’m definitely happy since I stocked up on reviews. See you in January!

Wise Young Fools by Sean Beaudoin (finish – currently on page 186/412)

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (finish – currently on page 166/367)

Sheep and Wolves by Jeremy C. Shipp

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

Croak by Gina Damico

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

False Memory by Dan Krokos

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Stats

Currently Reading: Pigments of My Imagination by Angela Kulig

Books Finished: Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin, The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett, Jennifer’s Journal #1: Snatched by the Greys, Monstrosities by Jeremy C. Shipp, Croak by Gina Damico

Pages Read: 905

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 8hrs 35min

Snacks Eaten: Ice cream & Supreme Pizza!

Participated/Participating In: Pairathon & GLA!


The Books, Brains ‘n Blood Read-a-Thon

Books, Brains ‘n Blood Read-a-Thon

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The Books, Brains ‘n Blood Readathon is hosted by the lovely people over at My Shelf Confessions from August 2nd to August 6th. It doesn’t look like there are any “theme” requirements for books, but I saved some creepy reads just for the occasion. If you would like to sign up, and you know you would, just click on the lovely picture above and join in on the fun! As usual my list of possible reads and stats are below!

Brain Candy by Jaleta Clegg

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Sheep and Wolves by Jeremy C. Shipp

Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp

Zombie Punter by Zoe E. Whitten

Touched by Zoe E. Whitten

Blood Relations by Zoe E. Whitten

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Stats

Currently Reading: Sheep and Wolves by Jeremy C. Shipp & The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett & Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin

Books Finished: A Bad Day For Voodoo by Jeff Strand, Touched by Zoe E. Whitten

Pages Read: 345

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 3hr 35min

Snacks: Ice cream and pizza!


Bout of Books 8.0

Bout of Books 8.0

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

That’s right! It is nearly time for the Bout of Books readathon and I am really excited! Bout of Books is one of my favorite readathons and this one happens to fall the exact week before I start my college classes so it is PERFECT for building up reviews before my life gets INSANE! I highly recommend you sign up! This is just the sign up post so my list and stats and what not will be going up right away on the 19th, see you then! ^.^


Doin’ It Dirty

Doin’ It Dirty

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All ze naughtyness shall be had! I can haz schmexy reads? Why yes you can! Also you can apparently have a bunch of made up words, huzzah for you! (I wrote this while I was really tired and about to collapse, my apologies.) So what is this? A READATHON!!! All about sexy, dirty and naughty stories meant to set your body on fire (well not literally) and to give you a break from all those other types of books you normally read. Unless you read erotica type stuff all the time, which is totally cool, basically keep doing that.

Anyhow! It’s for one day, 12 hours (of which I’ll be available for about 8 of after work) and there is sexy reads to be had, an awesome twitter chat to join and even drinkage (if you are old enough) so you should join up! If you want to take part click the sexy picture above! Now, onto my goals! I saved a bunch of Leigh Wilder’s work so I’ll be reading ALL of that stuffs. Other than hers who knows?! I have a few things on my kindle I can/will read, a sexy book to finish by Tina Folsom in print and I’m sure I could be roped into buying some stuff if you have suggestions! So without further ado my list (of potential reads that I won’t likely get to all of):

Addicted to the Bite by Leigh Wilder

Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder

Saturday Night by Leigh Wilder

The Beauty and the Beast by Leigh Wilder

The Red Shoes by Leigh Wilder

Brian is Gay (and so am I) by Leigh Wilder

Boy by Leigh Wilder

Gabriel’s Mate by Tina Folsom

Wicked Lustful Tales Volume 1 by My Writing Den

Restored to Love edited by Antonia Adams

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Stats

Currently Reading: The Red Shoes by Leigh Wilder and Gabriel’s Mate by Tina Folsom

Books Finished: Addicted to the Bite, Saturday Night and The Beauty and the Beast – all by Leigh Wilder

Pages Read: 59

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 35 minutes

Snacks: Pizza!


Once Upon a Readathon

Once Upon a Readathon

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This readathon is hosted by Angela and Loretta at Reading Angels, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and Lori at Pure Imagination. It is the first time I’ll be taking part in the Once Upon a Readathon but, like the countless others I seem to always be doing, it sounds like a lot of fun! ^.^ If you’d like to sign up just click the pretty picture above. I have Tuesday off so hopefully I can pack in a few of these b/n that day and my time before work! You guys know the drill, book list of ones I might read (but not reading ALL of) below and stats at the bottom updated multiple times a day!

Beta by Rachel Cohn

Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

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Stats

Currently Reading: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Books Finished: Beta by Rachel Cohn; Peter the Wolf by Zoe E. Whitten, Drain Me Dry by Leigh Wilder, In the Dark by Leigh Wilder

Pages Read: 769

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 6 hrs 45 min

Snacks: Rice Krispie Bar, PB&J (2)


Books, Brains ‘n Blood Read-a-Thon

Books, Brains ‘n Blood Read-a-Thon

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Oh another readathon? Why thank you, I’d love to! If you read my blog you know that I love attempting doing readathons whenever possible, even if I really don’t have much time to read during them they are too fun to pass up! The Books, Brains ‘n Blood Readathon is hosted by the lovely people over at My Shelf Confessions from August 2nd to August 6th. It doesn’t look like there are any “theme” requirements for books, but I’ll be saving some creepy reads just for the occasion. If you would like to sign up, and you know you would, just click on the lovely picture above and join in on the fun! There are all sorts of other events going on such as a blog hop, challenges and some prizes being given away if you want to do more than just the readathon.

I’ll be doing my main post for this readathon (with my list of books and stats and what not) closer to August. Hope to see you there!


Debut-a-Thon

Debutathon

Wouldn’t ya know it I’m going to attempt to do another readathon! I know, you are shocked, amazed, flabbergasted even! However, I did preface by saying “attempt” because I happen to work the next three days, so the only one I have off during the Debutathon (awesome name by the way) is Sunday. Regardless! I shall try and read a book or two as I have plenty of lovely debuts released in 2013 (the only requirement) so that I may enjoy the awesomeness that most of the blogging community already has. Yay for more review material? I do have a few I’m really excited to get into so hopefully I’ll find time (and energy) in the days I have to work so I can read more than one. If you’d like to join up just click the pretty photo above and follow the instructions! Without further ado, my list! (stats at the bottom per usual)

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson – Released June 8th, 2013

The Culling by Steven Dos Santos – Released March 8th, 2013

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett – Released March 5th, 2013

My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer – Released June 18th, 2013

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton – Released June 1st, 2013

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Stats

Currently Reading: My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

Books Finished: None

Pages Read: 120

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 1hr 24min


Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon

Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon

Wicked Wildfire Readathon

The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of June 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

I’m BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

That’s right! Frodo’s Blog of Randomness is back in full force starting this weekend, I know I’m excited and I hope you are too! If you follow the blog or my twitter @1FantasyFanatic then you know all about how work has scheduled me 50+ hours every week, well that has FINALLY come to an end and I have time to get back into blogging and the community that I love so much. I missed all of you! Hugs and happy dances for all! What better way to get back into the swing of things then to join a readathon and stock up some books to review for you guys, sound like a plan? Not like I could resist anyway, but the folks at My Shelf Confessions host a fabulous readathon and I really enjoyed the last one (Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon) so all the more reason to sign up!

Last time I read over 1,500 pages, and while I don’t have nearly the amount of free time I did then I still plan to read at least a few books and post some reviews as I get back into blogging on a regular basis. I’m mixing up my reading list a bit from the last couple that didn’t go so well in hopes to have some better success and get a bit more motivated! As always I don’t plan to read ALL of these books, but they are at the top of my current list. Stats at the bottom.

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Legend by Marie Lu

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Stats

Currently Reading: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, Blood Winter by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Books Finished: Wicked Intentions by Charity Langley

Pages Read: 304

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 2hr 45min

Snacks Eaten: Pepsi (1 can)

Challenges Completed:


Bout of Books 7.0!

Bout of Books

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love the Bout of Books read-a-thon, it’s definitely a favorite of mine and probably the best there is for read-a-thons longer than 24hrs. There are always great prizes, fun challenges and of course, the amazing twitter chats! I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in this one simply because work has been killing me lately (this week is light and I’m still working ~45hrs). However, I love it too much to pass completely, so I will try and fit as much reading time as my schedule and my energy levels allow. Because I wasn’t very successful during Dewey’s the list of books I want to read is the same with the only change being The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan replacing The Sea of Monsters since I finished that book and can’t wait to move on to the next! As always the challenge updates as well as updated stats will be below so look for that, enjoy the read-a-thon!

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

The Culling by Steven Dos Santos

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

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Stats

Currently Reading: Wicked Intentions by Charity Langley

Books Finished: 

Pages Read: 104

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 1hr 10 minutes

Snacks Eaten: Domino’s Fiery Hawaiian Pizza, Coke (1 can)


Dewey’s Read-a-Thon!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon!

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How can you not love Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? It is easily one of my favorites of the year and the amount of awesomeness they pack into it is always amazing. Challenges, twitter conversations, prizes and wonderful hosts throughout the 24 hours makes for a crazy but super fun day of (kinda) reading. Unlike my last go round with Dewey’s I am somewhat less prepared, I blame getting off a 50hr work week having much to do with that. Anyhow, on to my books (sorry no pictures, no time!). This is by no means a full list, but it has a bunch I’d really like to get to and I have SOOO many to choose from. ^.^ Oh and my challenge posts will be under the list so look for that!

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

The Culling by Steven Dos Santos

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

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Stats

Currently Reading:

Books Finished: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Pages Read: 279

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 3hrs 15minutes

Snacks Eaten:

Challenges Participated In:

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Challenges

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – Cologne, MN, USA (My bedroom)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? – Tossup b/n The Madness Underneath and The Sea of Monsters

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? – I always get Domino’s for readathons, can’t wait! (Supreme if you are curious)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! – o_o I love books? Cliche… I used to paint LotR figures? Outdated… Umm…I’m on the back of Sarah-Jane Lehoux’s latest book!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? – I did participate in the last one and I had a blast combining reading with challenges and a bunch of social interaction, I think I’ll likely do the same thing again though I might go a little heavier on reading and lighter on challenges. We shall see!


Take Control – March 2013 TBR Pile Challenge

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You can use hastag #TakeControl on twitter and share your progress. Share the Take Control Button or this post on your blog, Facebook or twitter to earn an extra entry for each place you share. (Rafflecopter will post March 1st, so be sure and enter them)

*note this challenge can be done in conjunction with any other TBR challenge as long as the book is read between March 1st and 31st.

Another challenge that works perfectly with my 2013 TBR Pile & Mount TBR ones, and run by one of my best bookish blogger friends Kimberly, huzzah! I knew I was going to sign up for this but just wanted to wait until today, the 1st, to post it. Since I’m already doing 2 TBR challenges for the year (and am almost done with one, woohoo!) this won’t really change my reading habits all that much, though I think I will put a small twist on my focus for the month. For the month of March I will try and read as many of my series books that also qualify as TBR pile ones. Not only will this make a lovely dent in my TBR challenges, but I should make some great progress on my Seriously Series Reading Challenge as well! Aren’t these things great motivators? ^.^

So goals, because what is a challenge post without them?! Out of the 31 books I will be reading for the month (per my goodreads challenge) I will try and read at least 22 from my TBR pile (~70%). Sounds reasonable right? This should also help, as all of the books would be full length novels, to decrease my novella reading for the month. An additional challenge to overcome but I think I’m up to it! So here are the series I am working on that have books that qualify as TBR, most of the TBR books will be from these:

Dragoneer Saga – M.R. Mathias

Pendragon – D.J. MacHale

The Protector – M.R. Merrick

Shades of London – Maureen Johnson

Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor

The Iron Fey – Julie Kagawa

Scanguards Vampires – Tina Folsom

Legend – Marie Lu

There are other series that I might start (Unearthly, Under the Never Sky & Everneath to name a few) as well as ones that have not been completed but have books coming out in 2013 (Razorland series, Spellbound & Brightest Kind of Darkness are some). I can’t wait to whittle down some more on my TBR & Series challenges & piles! One thing to really look forward to, and incentive if you haven’t signed up for this yet, is there is a readathon! Weeeeeeeeeeee! I sure do love me some readathons! ^.^ Time to go read! *poof*

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Currently Reading:

TBR Books Read:

Pages Read:

Series Started/Continued:

Series Completed:


Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon

Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-Thon

Wicked Valentine's Readathon

Hosted by My Shelf Confessions

Oh come on, you all know me, I can’t resist a readathon! Besides, with reading a book a day there really is no reason for me not to join and socialize/read a bit more. Also, this is the perfect time for me to do one of these bad boys as I only work 3 of the days that this goes on, huzzah! ^.^

For anyone who wants to sign up you can click the pretty picture above or right here and make sure to use #WWReadathon on twitter to join in on the socializing fun! There will be prizes and challenges and twitter parties during the readathon so make sure to look for that! I’ll be using this as my update post throughout the readathon for any challenges I participate in as well as my reading progress.

Going into this I didn’t really have any specific goals outside of my usual book/day, but I suppose it would be to read 10 in the 7 days instead of 7 so I could get a little ahead for the weekend (since I work Friday-Sunday after the readathon). Here are some of the books I’m considering:

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Splintered by A.G. Howard

The Quillan Games by D.J. MacHale

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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Updates

Pages Read: 1,559

Books Completed: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin, Murder in Retrospect by Agatha Christie, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan, Against All Odds by Rick Cabral, World Serious by Paul Kocak & The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Snacks Eaten: Cherry Danish, Rice Crispy Bar, Pizza, Cheddar Bunnies