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Mid-month/Readathons Check In

We’re halfway through the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, as well as Spring Into Horror, and Tome Topple began on Saturday. My original TBR for the O.W.L.s is here, and for the other two, it’s here, if anyone is curious.

Honestly, I did not expect to even come close to finishing any of my TBRs, because trying to juggle books to make things work for three different Readathons was a big challenge. Then Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon happened (my wrap up post is here), and that helped a lot. I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible, because it’s been a shockingly good reading month so far.

I’ve read:


Redamancy by Kat Savage– This one was read for Dewey’s, and I used it for Defense Against the Dark Arts for the O.W.L.s Readathon.

Emily the Strange Volume 3: The 13th Hour (Emily the Strange (Quality))

Emily the Strange Vol. 3: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger & Buzz Parker– Another Dewey’s book, which I also used for Care of Magical Creatures for the O.W.L.s (there are cats on the cover).

Saga, Vol. 2

Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples– Yep, another for Dewey’s. I counted this one for Arithmancy for the O.W.L.s Readathon.

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik– I finished this one during Dewey’s, but I’d started it for the O.W.L.s before that as my Transfiguration book.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire– I barely squeezed this in before Dewey’s ended, and used it for Potions.

Little Darlings

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding– I read this eARC (review coming in a few days!) for Spring Into Horror, and used it for Herbology.

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales, #1)

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan– I picked this one up for Ancient Runes.

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole– I finally got this (audiobook) from the library and counted it for Muggle Studies.

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)

Feed by Mira Grant– This was my first read (well, listen, because my library only had the audiobooks of the Newsflesh series) for Tome Topple (which I’m counting as an Adult Book for the challenges), and it worked for Divination for the O.W.L.s, as well as Spring Into Horror.

Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)

Deadline by Mira Grant– I just finished this one as my second book for Tome Topple (I’m using this for part of a series, for the challenges), and it also counts for Spring Into Horror. I swapped out my original choice for Charms so I could also squeeze this into the O.W.L.s also.

To break that down, here’s where I stand:

  • I’ve read 10 total books so far this month (4 were under 200 pages, with 2 being comics and 1 each of poetry and a novella, and 3 books I read were audiobooks).
  • That puts me at 10 of 12 books for the O.W.L.s Readathon (I still need Astronomy and History of Magic).
  • I’ve read 3 books for Spring Into Horror.
  • I read 4 whole books (and completed a 5th I was almost finished with already) during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.
  • I’ve read 2 books for Tome Topple.
  • I’ve DNF’d 1 book for Tome Topple and the O.W.L.s Readathon (it was my Astronomy pick on my original TBR lists).

I have to say that I’m very grateful for audiobooks haha. But, after Blackout (the 3rd book in the Newflesh series, which I’m starting today), I think I’m out of audio options that I can use for more than one Readathon.

I did deviate from my original TBRs a bit, but I’m not unhappy about it. The plan was to focus more on books I own for Tome Topple, but oh well 😛 I’m really liking the Newflesh books, and they’ve been on my mental and goodreads TBR for ages.

(I really need to make a featured image for Readathon posts :/ )

If you’re participating in any Readathons this month, how’s it going for you?

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April: The Month of Read-a-Thons (sign ups and TBR)

April is a busy read-a-thon month, holy crap. I’m participating in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon (my post about it), but that’s not all! There’s also Spring Into Horror, Dewey’s 24Hour Readathon, and Tome Topple. I’m late in posting this because A) I wanted to wait for the Tome Topple announcement, and B) I was juggling around books trying to multi-task and see how many books I could make work for more than one readathon 😛 Finally, I think I have a plan.

The Readathons:

Spring Into Horror runs throughout the month of April (check out Seasons of Reading for more info and to sign up if you want to join in!), and I am at least going to try to participate. Basically, for Spring Into Horror, you should read at least one scary book. Horror is encouraged, but if horror isn’t your thing, you can also go for something like a Gothic novel, mystery, thriller, etc.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is happening this weekend (April 6th), and you can find more information here.

And, finally, round 8 of Tome Topple is happening from April 13th (12:00 AM in your time zone) until April 26th (11:59 PM in your time zone). I am so excited for Tome Topple, omg. I’ve been saving a couple of things specifically for this read-a-thon, because I knew I might need the extra motivation of a read-a-thon to get through it haha. Check out Sam’s announcement video here.

Read-a-Thons TBRs:

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Little Darlings

I have an eARC of this thriller (which comes out at the end of the month!), and I can use it for Herbology for the Magical Readathon as well as Spring Into Horror.

Feed by Mira Grant

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)

I’m saving this one for Tome Topple, but this zombie horror novel has been on my TBR for ages, so I’m really excited to finally get to it. In addition to Tome Topple, I can also count this for Divination for the Magical Readathon and use it for Spring Into Horror.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters


This has been on my Tome Topple TBR in my head for months, but I think it can also count for Spring Into Horror? I’ve seen it listed as a mystery, so… But, it can also work for History of Magic for the Magical Readathon.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)

I’m using this for Astronomy for the Magical Readathon, and for Tome Topple.

Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger

Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour

I’m planning on reading this one for Dewey’s, and it would work for Care of Magical Creatures for the Magical Readathon.

Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga, Vol. 2

This was my pick for Arithmancy for the Magical Readathon, and I’m going to try to read it during Dewey’s this weekend.

Redamancy by Kat Savage


April is National Poetry Month, but this year I don’t think I’ll be able to read much poetry because I don’t have many unread collections, and I didn’t think I had any that I could work into a the Magical Readathon. Thankfully, I remembered this one, and I can use it for Dewey’s, as well as Defense Against the Dark Arts for the Magical Readathon (title starts with “r”).

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

My final pick for the Dewey’s Readathon is this novella, which I can use for Potions for the Magical Readathon because it’s a sequel.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

This one can be used for Tome Topple and the Magical Readathon, for Charms (an adult work).

This month is not off to a great start, as far as reading is concerned (I’ve only read about 10 pages for the Magical Readathon 😦 ), but I’m hoping it improves soon. I’m really excited to dive into these, but I doubt I’ll actually get through four books for Dewey’s, even if they are very short haha.

Let me know which book(s) from my TBR you think I should prioritize 🙂

Are you participating in any of these readathons? How about any others (or other challenges)?

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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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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

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 🙂

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Tome Topple Read-a-Thon: Half Point Update

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Ok, so the halfway point was yesterday, and I’m late, but I’ve been ill most of this week and really dropping the ball with basically everything, including blogging :/ Oops.

The Journey So Far:

I started with The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. This book has been on my shelf for well over a decade, and I’ve tried to read it at least half a dozen times. I never made it beyond about page 5. This time, I tried the audiobook and alternated between reading and listening. I made it about 100 pages in and decided I hate the book and will never finish it. It’s now permanently shelved “DNF” and I’m unhauling it whenever I can make it to a used bookshop.

Then I moved on to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. This one has been on my TBR for, well, basically forever, but I’ve only owned three copies. Yeah, only three copies. One was a Kindle freebie, though. Anyway, I’ve tried to read this more times than I can count and never made it more than about 10 pages in. I finally picked up the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, which I really enjoy, but I’ve still only made it to page 43. Ouch. I think I’m just not in the right mood, so I’m just going to try to get through it by the end of this year.

Finally, I picked up East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I’ve only read The Grapes of Wrath and The Pearl, but I like Steinbeck’s style. I didn’t realize until recently that apparently liking his writing is an unpopular opinion. I was always under the impression that his writing was generally liked/loved. I’ve had the most success with this one, flying through a whopping 138 pages in the first 24 hours of reading it. I think I’ll actually finish this one by the end of the read-a-thon.

I might not finish multiple tomes this round, or even make it through a significant chunk of more than one, but I’m ok with that. My goal was to just get through as much of at least one book as possible, and I think I’ll succeed at that.

If you’re participating, how’s Tome Topple going for you?