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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

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

Fingersmith

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

Redamancy

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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November Wrap Up/Winter Plans

I’ve been procrastinating this post all month because I kept wanting to wait until I could get a picture of the whopping three books I read last month, but it hasn’t worked out, so we’re just doing this.

Last month was NaNoWriMo, and the most recent round of Tome Topple happened. I did post about my Tome Toppple plans, but I didn’t expect to actually finish a book (I don’t think I ever have before during Tome Topple). How did I do? Well, I read all three of the books o_O That’s right, I made it through Night Film, The Witches: Salem, 1692, AND The Diviners last month while also participating in NaNoWriMo. What?! I can’t believe it.

In my last update about all of this in November, I hadn’t finished my last book or NaNoWriMo. There was still time to fail. But…I didn’t. I don’t know what happened last month, but I was on fire.

I completed an actual entire first draft of a novel for the first time ever. It’s horrible, it needs so much editing and rewriting, but I actually did it! My final word count was 54,724 words! (The “goal” word count is 50k.)

Not only did I finish an actual first draft of a novel, but I also plan to go back and make it better probably during the spring. I can’t believe I really did it omg. I’m not going to lie, there’s a tiny bit of pride happening because of this.

I was also going to post my Bookish Bingo wrap up, but I totally lost track of what I read for the prompts and I didn’t do great with it anyway because I didn’t get much reading done this autumn.


That brings me to my winter reading plans and such!

First of all, Winter Bookish Bingo, yesss! I’m totally participating. Head over to Pretty Deadly Reviews to see the prompts for this round.

King of Scars comes out in January(!!!) so I’m considering pre-ordering that because I NEED IT! Aaah! Now I can finally read Wonder Woman: Warbringer because I’ll have another Leigh Bardugo book to read soon! You guys, I can not even begin to put into words how freaking excited I am for this book! It’s probably my most-anticipated 2019 release, honestly.

I’ll probably talk more about a few other 2019 releases I’m excited about in a later post (there’s a T5W with that prompt this month, but I’ll probably narrow it down to books released in the first half of the year).

Otherwise, I think I’m just going to try to read as much as I can before the end of the year. I’m definitely not hitting 30k pages read, but right now it doesn’t seem like I’m going to hit 25k, which was my goal once I started climbing out of The Great Reading Slump of 2018 :/ *sigh* 

And, hopefully, I’ll actually follow through with making some changes to this blog soon. I need to write a couple of reviews, and I have some ARCs I need to read and review soon. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping I actually get all of that done this month.


I really meant for this to be kind of short, but I rambled a lot more than I expected, oops. I just sat down and really felt like writing a blog post, so…here we are 😛

I hope your winter is off to a lovely start, and (if you celebrate any holidays this time of year) I hope your holidays are filled with joy ❤

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Tome Topple & NaNoWriMo

I probably shouldn’t have decided to participate in Tome Topple during November, but I had to try it. I posted my tentative TBR, expected to read a total of about 12 pages, and feel like a big failure again. That’s how things usually go, but I keep participating because it’s fun and does motivate me to start some of my longer, more intimidating books.

Then something strange happened, a day or two after the readathon started.

I finished my first tome (Night Film). And then I finished my second tome (The Witches: Salem 1692) a couple days later.

This is, I believe, the first time I have participated in Tome Topple and managed to actually finish even one tome.

Now, I’ve started The Diviners, which was supposed to be my back-up book (in case I couldn’t get into either of the tomes I most wanted to read this round). I’m not far into it yet, and I might not finish it by the time this round ends, but at least I’ve started it, I suppose.


NaNoWriMo has also been strange this time. Last year was the first time I “won” (reached 50k words by November 30th), but I didn’t actually finish my story. I still haven’t :/ I’m not entirely sure I want to finish that one, but I digress.

Writing has been a struggle on several days, which I’m used to. I almost gave up, which is also typical of me. But I just broke my previous “wordiest day” record (5,156 words written in one day, which happened last year) by writing 5,515 words yesterday, I’ve written over 42k total words, and I think I’ll actually finish this story and hit 50k words this month.

Maybe that’s not impressive at all (it’s probably not), but I’m pleased because this story was unplanned. For 2016 & 2017, I wrote from an outline. This year, I jumped in with the barest shred of an idea, and the story has changed a lot from my initial vision. It’s going to need a lot of editing, but that’s another strange thing about this round: I actually want to edit this one and make it better.

Last year, I said I would finish my story and edit it, but my heart wasn’t in it because I wasn’t satisfied with it. (I’ll probably end up entirely re-writing that one eventually, if I ever touch it again.) But I’m actually looking forward to making this story better, after I take a month or two to recover from cranking out a rough draft in a month 😛

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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?