O.W.Ls Readathon

I saw a little about the O.W.Ls readathon towards the end of it back in April on Twitter, but as it was mostly over, I just shrugged it off.  I now know, through Mel & Kelly‘s TBRs, that it’s running again in July, ready for the N.E.W.Ts readathon in August, so I definitely want to take part this time around.  The idea was started by Book Roast who is a Youtuber, and the aim is to read books which fit certain criteria for Hogwarts subjects. Subjects you pass can then be continued at N.E.W.T. level later on.

To get an Outstanding you need to complete 5 or more OWLs, so I’m aiming for that at least. I’m hoping to tick off as many as possible, so I have more options in August, but we’ll see where we get to!


Planned TBR:

Progress:

 

Total OWLs passed: 10

#SeasonalSeries Readathon – Final results

Sorry I’ve been so absent – I haven’t been around much at all since I posted to say I was joining the Seasonal Series readathon back in March! I’ve been moving house and pretty much getting lost in wedding preparations, but I have still been reading, even if it hasn’t necessarily been very targeted to the readathon.  Here’s the progress I made, however accidentally, on the readathon.

Spring Tasks

1. take a walk while listening to an audiobook – The Boy on the Bridge – COMPLETE
2. read a book while drinking lemonade – Our Dark Duet – COMPLETE
3. read the first book in a series – The Darkest Minds – COMPLETE
4. try to unhaul a book you’ve lost interest in – Several! – COMPLETE
5. read a book that’s been on your shelves way too long – Our Dark Duet – COMPLETE
6. read with rain in the background -> real rain or sounds – The Outcast – COMPLETE
7. read a book with pink on the cover – Beneath the sugar sky – COMPLETE
8. read a book from a middle grade series
9. read a series with a new book coming out in 2018 – A Torch Against the Night – COMPLETE
10. read a book of a series where the parents of the MC aren’t dead – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue – COMPLETE
11. read a book with character growth – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue – COMPLETE
12. read a book while eating chocolate – I mean probably most, but we’ll go with Black Widow: Forever Red – COMPLETE
13. Free Space: read any book of a series – Working for Bigfoot – COMPLETE
14. read a book where only the first book of a series is out – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue – COMPLETE
15. read a book set in the real world – Leah on the Offbeat – COMPLETE
16. read a book with a spring colors on the cover – Beneath the sugar sky – COMPLETE
17. finish a duology – Our Dark Duet – COMPLETE
18. use a flower as a bookmark
19. read a book with great friendship – Belgarath the Sorcerer – COMPLETE
20. read the second book in a series – Authority – COMPLETE
21. read a book while sitting outside – A Court of Forst & Starlight – COMPLETE
22. read a book that is (partly) set in spring – Belgarath the Sorcerer – COMPLETE
23. read a book with green on the cover – Authority – COMPLETE
24. read a book that includes an animal – The Extinction Trials – COMPLETE
25. read a book under 300 pages – Fairest – COMPLETE

Total: 23/25
Bingo? YES (multiple directions!)

Series progress during the challenge:

  • A Torch Against The Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2, up to date)
  • The Boy on the Bridge (The Girl with All the Gifts #2, up to date)
  • Authority & Acceptance (Annihilation #2 & #3, up to date)
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3, up to date)
  • Leah On The Offbeat (Creekwood #2, up to date)
  • Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5, 1 book left in series)
  • A Court of Frost & Starlight (A Court of Thorns & Roses #3.1, up to date)
  • The Outcast (Summoner #4, up to date)
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue (Guide #1, up to date)
  • Working for Bigfoot (The Dresden Files #15.5, 1 book left in series)
  • The Extinction Trials & The Extinction Trials: Exile (Extinction Trials #1 & 2, up to date)
  • Black Widow: Forever Red (Black Widow #1, 1 book left in series)
  • The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1, 2 books left in series)

#SeasonalSeries Readathon

I came across the Seasonal Series readathon on Twitter yesterday, and couldn’t resist joining in.  It’s a three-month long readathon running from March 20th to June 20th, and it’s all about trying to read books from series, which sounds pretty good to me! I’ll be doing the Spring board  – although I have to admit I liked the look of the winter board, it is technically spring here, so it just seemed sensible to use the spring board!

Spring Tasks & Possible TBR:

1. take a walk while listening to an audiobook
2. read a book while drinking lemonade
3. read the first book in a series – Wintersong
4. try to unhaul a book you’ve lost interest in
5. read a book that’s been on your shelves way too long – Seraphina
6. read with rain in the background -> real rain or sounds
7. read a book with pink on the cover – Beneath the sugar sky
8. read a book from a middle grade series – Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
9. read a series with a new book coming out in 2018 – A Torch Against the Night
10. read a book of a series where the parents of the MC aren’t dead – The Darkest Minds
11. read a book with character growth
12. read a book while eating chocolate
13. Free Space: read any book of a series – A Court of Frost and Starlight
14. read a book where only the first book of a series is out – The Extinction Trials
15. read a book set in the real world – Ten Thousand Skies Above You
16. read a book with a spring colors on the cover – The Treatment (yellow)
17. finish a duology – Our Dark Duet
18. use a flower as a bookmark
19. read a book with great friendship – Six of Crows
20. read the last book in a series – Conqueror
21. read a book while sitting outside
22. read a book that is (partly) set in spring
23. read a book with green on the cover – Authority
24. read a book that includes an animal
25. read a book under 300 pages – Shadowsong

As you can see, I haven’t picked out a book for every task, and I doubt I’ll get through all the ones I’ve picked, but it’s fun to try and plot out.  I guess I’ll see how many points I end up with at the end!

Bout of Books 21 Sign up and updates

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

I love Bout of Books and I pretty much always take part, so this is no exception. I’ve actually just finished my current read last night so I’m not sure what I’ll be starting with this week! I’ve just borrowed a variety of books from the library though so I have plenty to choose from.  Last Bout of Books I smashed my target and hit 2000+ pages, but I’m working 6 of 7 days this week, so I’m setting my goal at 1000 pages.

Goals:

  • Read 1000 pages
  • Finish 2 books
  • Visit other blogs 🙂

Possible TBR:



Progress

Well I didn’t stick to my possible TBR at all – only one of these books (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes) featured in my reading this week!

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (audiobook)
Started at: 37%
Finished at: 100%

Total pages: 202
Time spent listening: ~7 hours

The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Started at: 0%
Finished at: 100%

Total pages: 480
Time spent reading: ~5 hours

Truly Madly Guilty
Started at: 0%
Finished at: 100%

Total pages: 415
Time spent reading: ~ 4 hours

Mythos (audiobook)
Started at: 0%
Finished at: 10%

Total pages: 43
Time spent listening: ~ 1.5 hours

 

Total pages read: 1140
Total books completed: 3
Total time reading:
~17.5 hours

Sbooktacular readathon TBR

The Sbooktacular Readathon Adventure is a ‘choose-your-own adventure’ style readathon that runs from the 25th-31st of October, and is hosted by Novel Thoughts.

For this readathon, you choose a pathway through the map, and end up joining 1 of 5 teams. I went on a library splurge yesterday, and the Team Witch pathway happened to fit the best (I think) with what I picked up, so that’s the team I’ll be joining.

Team Witch

  1. Read a book of your choice
    S.T.A.G.S (back up duplicate: One Dark Throne)
  2. Read a book set in the past
    Dragon Teeth
  3. Read a book with magic in it
    A darker shade of magic (backup duplicate: One Dark Throne)
  4. Read a book with orange on the cover
    Skitter (backup duplicate One Dark Throne)
  5. Read a book only after the sun has set
    Reborn
  6. Read the first book in a series
    A Natural History of Dragons (backup duplicate: A Darker Shade of Magic)
  7. Read a fantasy novel
    A Gathering of Shadows (backup duplicate: One Dark Throne OR A Darker Shade of Magic OR A Natural History of dragons)

The readathon has a house cup element as well, and you earn points by:

  • Posting YouTube videos about your readathon experience. (20p)
    Can be: TBR videos, reading updates, daily or weekly vlogs, wrap up videos.
  • Posting blogs about your readathon experience. (20p)
    Can be: TBR posts, reading updates, wrap ups.
  • Posting photos of your TBR or reading progress. (10p)
    Post with the hashtag #sbookyreads and your team hashtag so that we can find your posts.
  • Tweeting about the readathon. (10p)
    Tweet with the hashtag #sbookyreads and your team hashtag so that we can find your posts.
  • Participating in Twitter sprints. (5p)
    Tweet with the hashtag #sbookyreads.
  • Finishing books. (100p)
  • Completing readathon challenges. (100p)
  • Completing your entire readathon path. (200p)

I’m not sure how many books I’ll get finished, but I’m going to do my best to at least finish the full 7 challenges and get the 200 points for finishing my pathway. You can use 1 book for more than 1 challenge on the same pathway, which is why I’ve picked out duplicates for more categories, so if I am short on time I can still fit everything in. You can also move onto additional challenges/pathways after you finish your own, so I might do that too if I can!