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Marvel-A-Thon Update #1

Hello bookish friends!

The first week has already passed us by and I’m quite pleased with my progress so far. I’ve read 917 pages out of 1,960 pages for Phase 1 and have completed 3 books and am in the middle of 1 and just started another.

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I kicked off the readathon by picking up Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi for the Iron Man: Read the first book in a series challenge which I ended up really enjoying. It was a fun read with great, well-rounded characters and a very well-paced plot. I loved reading about the Hindu mythology and was really excited to continue reading to find out who we’d meet next on Aru’s quest. You can read my full review for this one here. I highly recommend picking it up! (Indian mc own voices).

I then read The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas for the Hulk challenge (read a green book) and didn’t enjoy it quite as much. I didn’t find the plot too exciting and it left me wanting a lot more. I also feel like it ended a bit too quickly and didn’t tie up the story as well as it could have. I did love the main character though and I loved her voice and being inside her head. It’s just a shame the plot wasn’t as great as the characters. It was still a worthwhile read though and perfect if you just fancy reading a light YA contemporary. (Autistic mc own voices).

I then picked up my favourite read of the month so far, Peter Darling by Austin Chant. I think this might be one of my new favourite ships, the romance is so perfect. It includes all of my favourite tropes – enemies to lovers, forced to work together with your enemy, etc. I desperately want more from this story. It was beautifully written and was a really fascinating take on Neverland. I loved the ending especially. I definitely want to check out more of Chant’s works! (Trans mc own voices & m/m relationship).

I’m about halfway through Maus by Art Spiegleman. It’s a graphic memoir about the author’s father and his family surviving through Nazi Europe so I don’t feel like I can review this as I normally would. It’s an incredibly interesting, harrowing read and I’m glad I’ve finally picked it up.

I’ve also just started The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan. I’m only a few chapters in but enjoying it so far. I don’t think I’ve ever not enjoyed a Rick Riordan book so no surprises here!

For the next week I plan to finish my two current reads, then go on to pick up I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman to complete Phase 1. I’ll then probably read Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire and Vicious by V.E. Schwab. That will get me to 2,489 pages out of 5,435. Fingers crossed I have a productive reading week!


Are you participating in the readathon? How did your first week of reading go?

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Week 1 #TheReadingQuest

Hello bookish friends!

The first week has already passed us by and I’m quite pleased with my progress so far, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I have read a total of 628 pages for the challenge so far. Considering I spent the first day reading the last 237 pages of The Way of Kings Part Two by Brandon Sanderson for Tome Topple, I’d say I’ve had a pretty successful week!

Here are my updated stats:

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I have finished reading Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, completing the ‘Read the first book of a series’ challenge. This book was also on my absolutely-must-read-or-else list for 2017 so I’m very happy to have finally read this one. I found myself really enjoying it, despite the love triangle and the other tropes. I think I’ll probably do a full review for this one too (which I haven’t done for a while – eek). I ended up giving this one a solid 4 stars. Very pleasantly surprised!

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Although I haven’t managed to finish any other book so far this challenge, I have started a couple of others. I am about halfway through Release by Patrick Ness and am hoping to have it finished by tomorrow morning. I’m really connecting to the contemporary story but the magical realism aspects of the book are a little (a lot) confusing and take me out of the ‘real’ story. I’ll have to wait and see how this plays out in the end but I have very mixed feelings about this one.

I am also buddy-reading a couple of Sherlock Holmes stories for the ‘Multiplayer’ side quest with my Mum and I’ve read one of the stories so far. Originally, I was only planning on reading the one but, seeing as it was only 25 pages, I felt a little guilty crossing off a square having read so little! So two stories it is. Which works for me because I definitely found myself wanting to read more of the stories, anyway.

So that’s it for the first week of #TheReadingQuest readathon. For the next week, I am hoping to have finished up reading Release, start and finish The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, read another Sherlock Holmes story and possibly read You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour for the ‘Potions’ challenge.  This would take me to 90 EXP and Level 2. It also means that I would have to read a total of 857 pages which means reading just over 122 pages a day, which sounds pretty doable to me!

Are you participating in the readathon? How did your first week of reading go?
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Book-Tube-A-Thon Update #1 | 2017

Hello bookish friends!

Similarly to last year, I will be writing down my reading goals in the morning of every day and coming back to the post in the evening to see how I did and write a little about the books I’m reading.

I plan to focus on two books for the first half of the readathon, read the book I chose for the read in one day challenge, then focus on the other two books for the second half of the readathon, whilst reading Deathly Hallows and the graphic novel throughout the seven days.

Monday Reading Goals:

  • The Baking Life of Amelie Day – p.54 (54 pages)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – p.269 (61 pages)
  • The Last Olympian – p.152 (114 pages)

This will bring my total pages of the day at 229 pages.

Monday Reading Achievements:

  • The Baking Life of Amelie Day – p.54 (54 pages)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – p.269 (61 pages)
  • The Last Olympian – p.152 (114 pages)

I managed to read 168 pages in total which isn’t completely terrible!

Thoughts:

I started off the first day of Book-Tube-A-Thon by watching Game of Thrones because priorities. Then I started my reading day by picking up The Baking Life of Amelie Day. I wasn’t expecting the MC to be as young as 13 and I think that really shows in the narration. Amelie feels pretty immature and very teenagery (thinking she knows better than her Mum, etc). She even said the fatal words: ‘I am not most girls.’ Ew. But, she’s young, and I used to think that way too before I grew up, so I can’t really pass judgment. It’s just annoying seeing this in books. It makes for a very predictable, one-dimensional personality. The writing is a little too simple for my liking, also. I don’t think I’m really enjoying this book as much as I thought I would. I like the baking bits and it’s a really short read, so I’ll continue on with it anyway.

I then picked up The Last Olympian which I’m really loving. I’ve enjoyed each book more than the last in this series and this one is no exception. I particularly love Nico in this. Easily my favourite character. I can’t wait to finish this series and move onto The Heroes of Olympus series!

I didn’t manage to get to Harry Potter today, but that’s okay. It’s only the first day of the readathon, so I’m just getting into the swing of things. I’ll do better tomorrow!

How was your first day of the Book-Tube-A-Thon? Have you managed to complete any of the challenges yet?
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New Posting Schedule & Life Update

Hello bookish friends!

So it’s no secret, I’ve been a terrible blogger so far this year. I’ve been inconsistent and when I have posted, my heart just hasn’t really been in it. But I’m hoping that will all change now that I’ve got the entire summer to focus on my bookish social media.

Basically, I work in a University (law) library as part of the Evening and Weekend team and, seeing as the school year is over, the library is closed until mid-September for evenings and weekends.

I’ve also decided to do the Library Science masters next school year at the uni I work at. So I’m going to be EXTREMELY busy working part-time and studying come September.

And that’s why I’d really like to do as much fun stuff as I can for this summer because I am not used to studying after being out of the education system for a couple years. So I plan to make the most out of the free, relaxing, easy time I have until my course starts and I have to start working again.

SO. I am hoping to keep to a posting schedule over the summer period. I want to be posting, ideally, three times a week at 6pm. On a Wednesday, Friday & Sunday (with a few Top Ten Tuesdays popping up now and then). I feel like, with the time I have off, this is really doable. Especially since loads of readathons are coming up and I’ve started posting on my Bookstagram account again, which has given me plenty of motivation to re-start this blog, too!

I already have a few posts scheduled for the coming week or two so I’m way ahead of the game! And I’m only thinking positive thoughts!!

Wish me luck guys ☺️
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