#Hallowreadathon 2!

Round Two! Last year I started the #Hallowreadathon as a way to spend a holiday that I don’t really tend to celebrate. It was a lot of fun and turned Halloween into my favourite holiday. So I thought I’d continue it again this year. It’s a low key, two day readathon on Halloween and All Saint’s Day which happens to be a Saturday and Sunday this year so all the more reading time!

I also decided to put up a few challenges this year. Nothing too difficult but I think it’ll spice it up a little, the challenges for booktubathon are always really fun.

1. Read a book with orange on the cover! 
Halloween has a lot of colour choices I could’ve gone with but when I think Halloween, I think pumpkins. So- orange!

2. Read a book you’re scared of.
This can be taken different ways, you can read a book that is going to be scary with zombies or vampires or whatever, or a book that scares you because it’s so big/ old/ etc. Anything out of your comfort zone.

3. Read two books.
Two days. Two books. We can do it!

I’ll be putting up a post with my choices in a couple days once I narrow it down. I was surprised at how many books in my TBR pile had orange on the cover. And of course, have fun! I’ll be tweeting through the whole thing with the #Hallowreadathon hashtag and as a little bonus, I’ll be giving away a book and some halloween candy to a random person who follows me on Twitter and uses the hashtag over the weekend.

Will you be joining the readathon?

My #5Books7Days Readathon Wrap-Up!

The #5Books7Days readathon ended at midnight on Sunday and I kept reading right up to the bitter end. I didn’t make it to five books, not helped by my trip down to London at the beginning and then over to Wales at the end. It’s been a busy 7 days! I had a TBR and stuck to it at the beginning… Things changed.

My #5Books7Days Readathon Wrap-Up including From Dead to Worse and Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris, Magisterium: The Iron Trial and Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, and Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

After finishing of the last 100 pages of my pre-readathon read; From Dead to Worse I picked up Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris. As expected I flew through this on the train back from London and enjoyed it! Sookie is a good way to start a readathon. But I decided to switch over to a book I’ve been sent for review next.

So I picked up was Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare*. I was blown away by this one and my full review will be going up soon. I was so stoked about the series I went on to start Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare*. But 88 pages in I decided to stop until I’ve finished my review of The Iron Trial so I don’t get confused.

Then I had a bit of a look through of my books for something shorter, and found the 150 page Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty that I started waaaaay back when I was about 12 and never finished. So I started at the beginning and read to the end. It was- okay? Worth reading once but I don’t think I’ll ever read it again.

So three full books, one end and one beginning! Not too shabby. What did you read?

My #5Books7Days Readathon TBR!

The #5Days7Books readathon starts on Monday, runs from the 10th-17th and I’m really excited. I hit a bit of a reading slump at the end of July/ beginning of August so I’m hoping that this will get me out of it. There are just so many books on my TBR that I’m dying to read! Plus, this coincides with a trip down to London and the two two-hour train journeys are perfect for reading. So what will I be reading?

Dead and Gone and Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
I’m currently reading From Dead to Worse and hopefully I’m going to finish by tomorrow for the start of the readathon. I’m loving this series and these are the last two books of the set of ten I own. Once I finish these I need to buy the last three so I’m holding off until I have read all the books I have until I buy them. Trying to curb that book buying! I have a lot of confidence in Charlaine Harris’s writing and they’re nice quick easy books for a readathon!

Magisterium: The Iron Trial and The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare*
Both of these have popped through my letterbox in the past two weeks and there’s been a lot of hype around them in the past year. I really liked The Spiderwick Chronicles that Holly Black wrote with Tony DiTerlizzi so I’m hoping I’ll like these just as much because- and this is pretty unheard of in the book blogging world- I’ve never read a Cassandra Clare book before. Yep. These will be my first. Also, I’ve been really liking magic in books lately since I read Half Bad.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers*
This is a debut novel that originally had huge success on Kickstarter and was then picked up by Hodder & Stoughton. It’s being published half way through the readathon on the 13th and I’m hoping to get a review up for you as soon as possible because I’m really excited about this one. I think it’s going to be great. Sci-fi is one of my favourite genres it’s hugely under-represented on my bookshelves so this will be something different for me.

Are you joining the #5Books7Days readathon? What are you going to be reading?
*These books were sent to me for review. I am not obligated to talk about them. Amazon links are affiliate links.

#CrushYourTBR Readathon Round Up!

Three days, two hosts, one readathon. My plans for the #CrushYourTBR readathon were optimistic to the point of unrealistic but I made an attempt to crush! It was more a little dent in the end but still. It’s quite nice to have an excuse to yourself to do nothing but reading, even if I did find myself tidying and studying over the weekend. Either way, here’s my #CrushYourTBR readathon round up!

Stack of two books with bookmarks in

I just got new bookmarks. Thus enjoying matching my bookmarks to the books.

Picture of The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy and The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

On Friday I started by picking up The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy, it was a busy day with eye appointments and book shopping and to make it even harder, I didn’t really enjoy the book. I read 54 pages before calling it a loss. What I expected from the blurb, the description and the cover was a hard edged apocalyptic survival story. What I got was pretty much fantasy. There was human beings with black eyes, an mechanical owl that could record then project it’s recordings, and the skipping between characters was just too fast and confusing for me. It’s a shame because I was so looking forward to this and it just wasn’t my cup of tea. To the paused shelf it goes!

On Saturday I decided to start afresh even with the disheartening Friday and picked up The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice. I wanted to go for a book as opposite to The Dead Lands as I could. And a story about the 1950’s upper class seemed like a good change! This book is wonderful. I read 114 pages and was utterly enchanted. the characters, the setting, everything is just perfect.

I continued The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets on Sunday and got up to 274 pages. It’s a slow paced book, but by no means is that an insult. I just wanted to savour it so probably not the best pick for a readathon. I’m so pleased I started this book though, Miranda Hart was right with her quote on the cover, I really love it.

So overall I read 328 pages in all. A good double what I would normally read in three days and got two books off my six book TBR pile. I think next readathon I will pick more fast-paced books but the #CrushYourTBR readathon was great fun!

Did you #CrushYourTBR? What did you read?

#CrushYourTBR Readathon TBR pile!

So I’m a bit late on this considering that the #CrushYourTBR readathon starts- well, today. But I’ve had a really busy week and I really just wanted to get this post up so I don’t have any excuses and back out because I really like the idea of this readathon. It’s run by Jacquelyn of YA Bookmark and Raeleen of Padfootandprongs07. I’m taking the opportunity to hopefully crush though my TBR pile of books I’ve been sent for review. I get behind on them because I’m a mood reader and it makes me feel bad seeing this pile of amazing books go unread. I don’t technically have to read and review any of them but I want to. So what is on the pile?

Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie*
I swear I was sent this last year and I feel so bad that I haven’t read it yet. Mood reader problems right there, historical fiction is just not something I reach for very often! But I’m in a rare mood for it lately, which is lucky because 4/6 of this pile is historical fiction. This is a novel about the invention of the printing press and the story behind the first printed bible. I’m fascinated with the origin of books so this has me intrigued.

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice*
This is actually being republished after ten years with a new foreward by Miranda Hart! Set in the 1950’s, it’s a story about an 18 year old living in a world post-WW2 with her eccentric family. I’m looking forward to it, it seems like the kind of thing I read when I was younger, that whole family drama thing, and really enjoyed.

If You Go Away by Adele Parks*

Set in WW1, this is the story of a man who consciously objects to the war and a woman whose husband signs up and leaves her. It’s a historical romance and has the tag line; ‘Can he love her more than he hates war?’ Sounds good to me! It’s such a strange idea to me that such a huge amount of the population could be enlisted because of a world war and needing so many men, compared to now where being in the army is more of a career.

The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye*

This is a book that showed up out of the blue one day and immediately drew me in. It’s set in New York in 1848, and from what I gather is about the newly founded NYPD, a serial killer, and an orphan. This isn’t at the tip-top of my pile as far as priorities but we’ll see how I feel as the readathon goes on!

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy*
I need no persuasion to read this book, I’ve been dying to ever since I got my hands on it. It’s a post-apocalyptic story, which is a genre I love in TV shows (The Walking Dead, The 100, Z Nation, Defiance, etc.) so I think I’ll love this one. Small survival community? Check. Oppressive government? Check. Mutated creatures? Check. Sounds great!

A Song of Shadows by John Connolly*
John Connolly is one half of one of my favourite writing teams; he writes the Chronicles of the Invaders series with Jennie Ridyard so I’m excited to see the difference when it’s him alone. This is the thirteenth book in a crime series so I’m hoping I don’t have to have read the past books. In general with this genre, you don’t have to. 

A little ambitious but I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully I can smash though two or three and I won’t feel so bad about my new purchases- haul(s) coming soon!

Are you joining the readathon? What are you planning to read?

*I was sent these books for review. I am not obligated to talk about them.

Halloween Read-A-Thon!

Halloween is a bit of a boring holiday for me, I’m not much of a party person and since I’ve passed the age where trick-or-treating is cute, I tend to spend my night in watching bad horror movies and pausing to pass out candy. However! This year I thought I’d host a little Halloween Read-A-Thon or my #hallowreadathon as I’m calling it! Basically from Friday (Halloween) to Saturday (All Saints Day) I’m going to be reading. A lot. And I’d love it if you joined me.

All you have to do is read! And I’ll be posting some fun questions and chats on my twitter with the hashtag #hallowreadathon. If you want to join then just show up with a book, and if you leave your twitter name in the comments I’ll be sure to follow you so I can see your updates!

Will you be joining?