Tome Topple Plans

The next round of Tome Topple begins Friday the 16th at midnight! (For me, that’s about 4 hours from the time this posts.) If you don’t know what Tome Topple is, check out Sam’s (Thoughts on Tomes) video.

Basically, it’s a read-a-thon that lasts 2 weeks, and the goal is to read books 500+ pages in length.


This post was supposed to have a picture, but… Well, between the weather and NaNoWriMo, I never got around to it :/

I really doubt my ability to finish a single book. Honestly, most Novembers are terrible reading months for me because of NaNoWriMo taking up so much of my time. After writing, I don’t have it in me to read, so I usually end up watching/re-watching shows to let my brain chill out.

But, I do have a tentative TBR:

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff– This book has been on my TBR since before it came out. I picked up a used copy last summer or early autumn, and…it’s sat on my shelf all this time. But, now I have my physical copy and the audiobook from the library, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. My copy has 496 pages, but other editions are listed as over 500, and in my opinion, 496 is close enough anyway (especially for non-fiction).

Night Film by Marisha Pessl– I got a copy of this from the Dollar Tree at some point :O To make it easier, because this is NaNo month, I also checked out the audiobook. This book is one of those with extras (photos, articles, etc.), so I need my physical copy handy for that stuff, but at least I can kind of multi-task while listening when I’m on regular pages. This one has 606 pages, and I have already started reading it, but I still have about 550 pages left to read.


Those are the only two I’m really, really hoping to read during this round. (I actually started The Witches a few months ago, but I didn’t get far, so I’m going to start over.)

If, by some miracle, I get through those, or just can’t get into either of them? I’ll probably move on to The Diviners by Libba Bray. That one has been on my TBR at least once before for Tome Topple, I think. I’m too lazy to go check the page count, but I think it’s between 500 and 600.


If you’re participating, what are you hoping to read this round?

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FrightFall/Something Wicked This Fall Comes

Noooo, I forgot to post this earlier this week >_<

I completely missed my note to myself to check back on the Seasons of Reading blog to find out about signing up for these events, but I don’t think I’m actually too late, yet.

click to go to the sign up page

FrightFall runs throughout the month of October, and this year there’s also the Something Wicked This Fall Comes event (a read along of Something Wicked This Way Comes) going on over at Castle Macabre.

Basically, FrightFall is a spooky books readathon, but the only requirement is to read at least one book for the event.

I’ve been saving most of my horror, gothic lit, etc. for this event and it’s finally about to begin! (Actually, the pre-event readathon is currently happening this weekend.)

I’m most excited, I think, to dive into Something Wicked This Way Comes because I’ve been saving it for autumn since I bought it earlier this year, and then holding out for next month since the Something Wicked This Fall Comes post went up at the end of August.

Tome Topple Plans + TBR

I’m kind of addicted to read a thons and reading challenges, but few get me as excited as Tome Topple, and I am so ready (haha, no, I’m not) for the next round!

If you’re not familiar with it, Tome Topple is a read a thon that usually happens a couple times a year(ish) that was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes over on YouTube.

Unlike a lot of read a thons, the goal isn’t to read as many books as you can. Instead, it’s to tackle “tomes” (books over 500 pages). Here’s the announcement video for this round if you want to check it out to learn more. There’s also a Tome Topple twitter, and a goodreads group!

This round of Tome Topple begins June 29th and ends July 12th.

Honestly, I’ve kind of failed at Tome Topple in the past :/ But, I’m still going to try this time around, and just hope I make it through at least part of one book by the end. 

There are mini-challenges during Tome Topple, but I don’t know if I’ll do any. I have a couple of books that would count for “part of a series,” and most of them are “adult books,” so I might get to cross off one of those.

I still haven’t decided 100% what my book (or books) will be, but I’ve narrowed it down from a list of like 30 books. I decided to try to only pick a book (or books) that I’ve owned since before this year, and then I narrowed the list down more by figuring out which ones I’ve wanted to read the longest and/or heard the most good about.

That…barely thinned down the list, honestly haha. (I also passed on a couple of non-fiction books I have, but I’ve owned both since last year, so…I might decide to pick one of those up later.)

If you’re doing TT and want to buddy read one of these, let me know! (That’s one of the mini-challenges.)

My TBR Choices

(AKA books I’ll be picking from literally as soon as I start reading, because trying to pick one before that will result in me having no desire to read it by the time the read a thon begins :/ )

 

Kindle books

  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (a re-read)

 

Physical books

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Villette by Charlotte Brontë; The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri; The Diviners by Libba Bray; The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton


I meant to have this scheduled and posted way earlier today, but stuff came up and I’m only just finishing this post at 9PM, eek. Only three more hours until Tome Topple begins, yay!

Happy reading, and good luck to anyone participating 🙂

April Wrap Up

I can not believe it’s already May, wow.

Part of that is because Mother Nature seems a bit confused and is still living in March. Weather here has been so weird, bouncing from highs in the 70s to having snow the next day. It’s not totally unheard of or anything, but it’s definitely been the chilliest spring we’ve had for a while, which hasn’t upset me (I hate the heat). But, because it was still spring and things were still starting to bloom and such, my allergies were horrendous and I felt awful most of the month. Which meant I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted.

Oh well, things still worked out pretty well. I participated in two read a thons over the weekend (Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon as well as the monthly read-a-thon in the goodreads group All About Books), and read five books 😮 Total pages was 927 (894 for the books I started and finished, plus a chapter from LOTR).

While I’m really happy about those numbers, I’m a little irritated that life got in the way on Saturday and Sunday, because I was soooo close to topping 1k pages. That’s petty, I know. But I was so close 😛

Ok, on to the rest of the wrap up…

I read:

april wrap up

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo– I loved this one and I highly recommend it. 5/5 stars, reviewed here.
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff– Not my favorite from the trilogy, but still 4.5/5 stars, reviewed here.
  • Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday by Justin Richards– I’m really liking the Time Lord Fairy Tales, but not quite loving them. I gave this one 3.5ish/5 stars.
  • Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine– Goosebumps were my obsession when I was a kid, and I’m enjoying revisiting some of them. I think I liked this one better 20 years ago, but it was still a fun 3/5 stars read.
  • She Who Destroys the Light: Fairy Tales Gone Wrong by Shahida Arabi– I talk more about why I gave it 3ish/5 stars in my review.
  • It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett– This one was a fun and quick read that I gave  4/5 stars. Reviewed here.
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ranson Riggs–love the Miss Peregrine’s series, so I’ve been wanting to read this for ages. I finally got around to it and gave it 5/5 stars.
  • Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams– This was a re-read for me and just as much fun the second (third?) time around. 5/5 stars and this one might be my favorite of the 5 part trilogy 😛
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson– I never read this as a kid, so I got to count it for a prompt in both the PopSugar and Book Riot reading challenges, whoo! I didn’t love it, though, so 3/5 stars.
  • Deadpool, Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way– I. Love. Wade Wilson/Deadpool. I’ve unfortunately only read a few of the comics, but I’m working on slowly remedying that by grabbing volumes when they’re cheaper for Kindle. I really liked this one (5/5 stars) and I can’t wait to get through the next two volumes because volume 3 has the comic that was the first one I ever read ❤ (And I am ridiculously excited for the new movie! If you are, too, let me know in the comments!)

11 books isn’t my best, but it’s the best I’ve done all year so I’m pretty happy with it.

I’m hoping to get through even more in May because I’m woefully behind on my yearly page goal. I keep trying to get to 30k pages in a year, and I never make it 😦 I got so close back in 2013 (29,521), but missed it because I got really ill the last week of December.

As of right now, I’m almost 3,600 pages behind. Ouch :/

But I have a plan, which, if successful, will get me back on track hopefully by mid May. (Spoiler alert: I’m going to binge my way through the Heroes of Olympus series, then hopefully get in a few graphic novels and a comic trade or two.)


Usually this is the point where I’d post my Bookish Bingo progress, but I think I’m going to start just posting those separately when the season wraps up. 

I haven’t really examined my Book Riot or PopSugar lists to see what else I can cross off, but the children’s book prompts weirdly stuck in my head, so I know I can cross those off. Or at least I’m 90% sure I can :/

Since we’re almost halfway through the year, I think it’s time to compare my mental/wishful TBR with prompts on both lists (and the Bingo card) so I can work on prioritizing some of them.


Ok, I think that’s enough babbling. Time to go grab some coffee and hopefully dive into a new book. Happy reading, everyone 🙂


How was your April?

What was your favorite thing you read?

If you participated in Dewey’s and posted about it, leave a link so I can check out your TBR and/or wrap up!

It’s Readathon Time!

Whooo!

Ok, that was way more enthusiastic than I actually feel right now because it’s almost 3AM Saturday morning while I’m writing this, and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon starts in like…5 hours, soooo… I need to sleep so I can try to read later! (This post is being scheduled to go up just before the Readathon officially begins. At which time I will hopefully be getting some sleep :/ )

I might make a post or two here if anything amazing/exciting happens (like me actually finishing a whole book), but mostly I’ll probably be updating on twitter and goodreads.

But there’s a chance I’m not going to be able to participate for much of the Readathon because life stuff might be getting in the way. *overly dramatic sigh* 😦 I’m crossing my fingers, though.

I planned to take pictures of my tentative TBR, but I kept changing my mind every 2 minutes and the light was never good anyway because it’s been rainy here on and off all week.

So, here’s a quick list I made up on the spot of some books I might grab at some point during the Readathon!

(I do not expect to even finish one of these books. These are just the ones that are either time-sensitive, or feel most appealing as I’m writing this post, so I’m more likely to pick up one of them.)

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien This one is my ongoing (aka “I am never going to finish this, help!”) book that I’m moving through slowly and just hoping to finish by the end of the year. Finally. So it’s 50/50 whether or not I’ll read any from it, but it’s a possibility.
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab A book that has been sitting on my shelf, glaring at and judging me for a few years now, this one is a strong contender for the next book I might start.
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs I love the Peculiar Children series so much, and the only reason I haven’t already read this is because I had to prioritize a couple other short story collections first. But this weekend, it might happen at last!
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta This is one of my library e-books right now, and honestly it’s not a strong contender because I’m not feeling in the right mood just now. But that could be totally different later today!
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore My other library book, which I’m on the fence about right now, but I’m keeping it as an option just in case.
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik A book that’s been sitting on my shelf longer than I meant, but I’m really kind of feeling it right now after re-reading the synopsis last night.
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw I accidentally picked this up during release week (I had forgotten when it came out and happened upon it as if fate directed me), and I am so excited! This was one of my most anticipated 2018 releases but I’m trying to prioritize books I’ve had longer. Still, the temptation to dive in is so strong!

Yep, that’s a lot of books. I have an idea of the kind of mood I’m in (fantasy, probably), but my reading moods can change suddenly, so who knows what I’ll actually end up reading. I could end up diving back into The Divine Comedy, or re-reading a Hitchhiker’s Guide book, or grabbing a comic trade, or a middle grade novel, or…well, you get the idea.


As a side note, I’m also doing a read a thon in a goodreads group that lasts all weekend, so when I was thinking about my Dewey’s TBR, I was also factoring in that read a thon in case I start reading before the 24 Hour Readathon starts. (Unlikely, but I might grab a book 5 seconds after I schedule this just to squeeze in a few pages before bed since I finished two books for that second read a thon earlier today. Reviews for those will probably be up next week.)


Let me know if you’re participating in the Readathon, and I’m wishing happy reading time to those of you who are!

Dewey’s 24 hour readathon wrap-up, etc.

Short post because I’ve got a busy day, but I’m reasonably pleased with how I did. 

I finished Heart-Shaped Box and gave it 3/5 stars (and wrote a ton of ranting in my goodreads review in spoiler tags, instead of reading :/ ). I read about 225 pages of it yesterday.

Then I read the first volume of Outcast, which I also gave 3/5 stars. I really liked the art, but the story was just “meh” for me, so I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series.


Today I’m off to the city that’s home to the closest B&N for me, so cross your fingers and wish me luck.

I want to go, because I actually got just enough money for my birthday last week to buy a new book (which surprised me because I wasn’t expecting to get anything at all), and I’ve narrowed down my options to three books I want.

I don’t know if I’ll even go to the bookstore, but I’m hoping for it. I’ll decide which book I get after I’m there and see if they even have any of them in stock.


If you participated in the readathon, let me know how you did & your favorite thing you read 🙂 

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

Whoops, almost forgot to post this :O

I actually remembered the readathon! But then I forgot to do the signing up part until it was almost half over :/

Anyway, I missed some of the first few hours because I desperately needed some sleep, but I’ve been reading as much as I can since I got up. (I have a kid who sometimes needs things, like food, so I haven’t been able to read constantly.)

I’ve only read about 125 pages, but I’m almost finished with Heart-Shaped Box and very much want to go on a long rant about it, but I’m saving that for reviewing it on goodreads, because ~spoilers~ and such.

My goal isn’t really to get through several books, but I would like to finish this and either take chunk out of another novel, or read the first volume of Outcast. Or, maybe I’ll finish this and then binge another Goosebumps book or two.


Are any of you participating in the readathon?