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Bout of Books Readathon #11

bout of books 11

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:


January & February Wrap-up

January & February Wrap-up

Somehow it is already March! The first two months of the year went pretty quick, and while I’m not as ahead in my challenges as I’d like to be I’m at least on pace which is good. While I know a few people regularly check my widgets on the sidebar to keep up with my progress, I still figure a recap of how this year has gone so far wouldn’t be remiss. I’m going to go over challenges, my favorite books, my least favorites/biggest disappointments, and what I’m looking forward to in the coming months. Here we go! ^.^

Challenges

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge – The overall reading challenge I use to keep track of my progress, out of the 365 books I have for my goal this year (a book a day challenge in case you haven’t heard about it) I’ve read 62. I do count novellas in this, so it is a little padded, with 15 of them being of shorter length. I’m on pace, managing to stay a few books ahead, but I had hoped to have a bigger cushion at this point. Oh well, not a bad start!

 Mount TBR/2014 TBR Pile Challenges – The goals are different for these two (200 for Mount TBR, only 50 for 2014 TBR Pile) but I’m counting TBR books for both and am currently at 44 which is a ways ahead of even Mount TBR’s needed pace. I’ve done a pretty good job of trying to read TBR books for the majority of my reads, but since it is early in the year it has been easier since there just haven’t been that many books released in 2014 yet. As the year progresses this might be more difficult, but I’m thrilled with this progress! TBR book of note – Pivot Point by Kasie West

 New Author Challenge – This is one of my two new challenges this year and I’m having a blast with it! The biggest possible goal amount on this one is 50, and right now I’m at 26 which I’m pretty ecstatic about. I imagine this one will slow down if/when I work more on my next goal, but for now I’ve been experiencing plenty new authors and for the most part loving it! New Author book of note – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 Seriously Series Reading Challenge – I do want to start, continue, and finish more series this year and I set a goal of 75 books total (rather than a series amount) and am currently at 19. This does mean I’m ahead of where I need to be, but most of these came in January, so in March I’m going to try to read and complete at least 3-4 series to get back into it. SSR book of note – Three by Kristen Simmons

 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge – This is my other new challenge this year and what sparked the idea for my weekly Killing My Kindle feature that is on Thursdays. I set a reasonable goal of 75 eBooks and am currently at 22 which is a solid start, just a bit ahead of my progress on SSR. I’m using eBooks for two features that run almost every week so I have no doubt that I’ll surpass 75 here, though I’m not sure by how much. Ebook of note – Fosgate’s Game by David C. Cassidy

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Favorite Books

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – This was such a great read and the sequel, Lady Thief, was excellent as well. Love this Robin Hood retelling! ScarletUS.indd

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab – An excellent sequel to The Archived. The world is amazing, I love Schwab’s writing style, and the characters are excellent. Can’t wait for book three!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – I knew the serious material in this one, but I didn’t expect to get as emotionally invested as I have. This book is amazing, touching, and so sweet. All the feels!

Most Disappointing Books

Vitro by Jessica Khoury – My only DNF so far this year and with the potential it had this sucked even more than usual. Ugh. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – A beautiful cover, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and an awesome world, what could go wrong? Everything else apparently. The MC was whiny, the love triangle sucked, the book was jumbled and all over the place, and I skimmed the last 75 pages or so and found the ending to be exactly what I figured it would be. *groan*

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – I didn’t know you could make time travel, aliens, war, and a quirky MC boring. It didn’t seem possible, but Slaughterhouse-Five proved me wrong. What a drag to make it through this one, oh well.

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What’s Next?

More Series! – I plan to read at least a few series as I mentioned before including: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Secrets of the Eternal Rose by Fiona Paul, The Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles.

Readathons! – Ides of March: Mar. 13-17th hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, UKYA Day: April 19th a 24hr readathon hosted by Lucy at Project UKYA, and Dewey’s Readathon: April 26th hosted by Dewey!

Read All The Books! – Seriously, I just want to read as much as I possibly can, get ahead on my overall reading challenge, and somehow keep blogging every day. Let’s do this!


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