#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!

#TheReadingQuest Sign Up

The Reading Quest is a readathon hosted by Aentee (with awesome character art by CW of Read, Think, Ponder) which runs from Sunday 13th August to Sunday 10th September, 2017.  I’ve selected to play as a Knight (it had to be Knight or Mage!), but I might try and finish a few extra side quests too! I’m still tweaking my TBR, and since I’m a huge mood reader it might change anyway, but here’s what I’m planning at the moment.

Level: 2
Overall XP: 80
Overall HP: 115

Knight:
​The First Book Of A Series: ​
​​A Book With A Verb In Its Title: When Dimple Met Rishi *
​A Book With A Weapon On Its Cover: ​One Dark Throne *
​​A Book With A Red Cover: Wonder Woman: Warbringer *
A Book That Has A TV/Movie Adaptation:  Everything, Everything *

Mage:
​A Book With A One Word Title:
​A Book That Contains Magic:
​A Book Based On Mythology:
​A Book Set In A Different World:
​The First Book Of A Series: ​

Bard:
A Book That Has A TV/Movie Adaptation:  Everything, Everything *
​A Fairy Tale Retelling: Lost boy
​A Book Cover With Striking Typography:
​A Book Translated from Another Language:
A Banned Book:​

Rogue:
​A Banned Book:
​A Book Cover With A Partially Obscured Face:
​A Book with <500 Ratings On GoodReads:
​A Book Published By A Small Press:
​A Book With A One Word Title:

Side Quests:
​Potions – A book Concocted by 2+ Authors:
Multi-player – Buddy read a book:
Grind – A Book With 500+ Pages:
​Time Warp- A Book Set In Either The Past Or The Future: ​Spirit Walker
Open World – Read whatever you want!: Death Note 2
Respawn- Read A Book You Previously DNF:
​Expansion- Read A Companion Novel or Short Story:
​Mini-Game- Read A Graphic Novel, Novella, or Poem Collection: Ms Marvel volume 2
Animal Companion- Book Referencing An Animal in The Title:

* Marginalised author
Finished

Harry Potter Month readathon progress & goals

As you may have heard, Micheline and I are hosting Harry Potter month throughout the month of July – a celebration of all things Harry Potter! You can post about pretty much anything Harry Potter related, take part in the House Cup at any time throughout the month, and – new for this year – we have the Harry Potter readathon element!

The readathon is a brand new element for this year’s Harry Potter Month, and although I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like recently, of course I’m taking part! I didn’t plan out my July TBR particularly well for this – Clash of Kings at 750+ pages isn’t a great choice for binge-reading… – but I am hoping to join in with the 24 in 48 readathon so that should help, and I don’t mind taking half points for a couple of the graphic novels I’ve added to my TBR recently.

I’ve finished 8.5 books on average each month this year. If I managed that many this month, and they were all novels, I’d be looking at 160 or 180 points in total. Knowing I’ve got a few large books on my TBR though, and that I’m hoping to read a graphic novel or two, which are worth less points, I’m aiming for 150 points in total.

My possible TBR

[The logical thing to do would have been to pick books that fit the prompts…instead I’ve just picked the ones I’d already put on my July TBR and a few others I fancied, because I know that in all likelihood I’ll deviate from the list anyway, and I’m just hoping it’ll work out in the end…]

  1. Skin Game
  2. The Novice [20, 6th July]
  3. Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? [10, 9th July]
  4. Hawkeye v1: My Life as a Weapon
  5. One Dark Throne
  6. A Clash of Kings
  7. The Last One [20, 8th July]
  8. Fierce Kingdom [20, 19th July]
  9. The Inquisition [20, 18th July]

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Completed all tasks [25 bonus points]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

  • Read a book where someone is wrongfully accused or punished
  • Read a book where a person hides who they are or wears a disguise – Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? (9th July) [10]
  • Read a book with time-travel

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

  • Read a book with sports
  • Read a book with dragons
  • Read a book with a contest of some kind – The Last One (8th July) [20]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

  • Read a book with a character you hate
  • Read a book which features a rebellion
  • Read a book with a prophecy
  • Read a book of 800+ pages

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

  • Read a book that you expect will make you cry  – Fierce Kingdom (July 19th) [I thought for sure there’d be a hard-hitting animal death, or a character you’d get attached to that didn’t make it so I expected to cry…but I didn’t] [20]
  • Read a book with an anti-villain (or someone who’s doing the wrong things for what they feel are the right reasons)
  • Read a book with a romance element

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

  • Read a series finale
  • Read a book with an anti-hero
  • Read a book with unrequited love
  • Read a book of 600+ pages

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them

  • Read a book with mythical or supernatural creatures (vampires, werewolves, dragons, magical animals all valid!)
  • Read a book that’s a spin off or prequel from something else
  • Read a book where the main character travels far from home

Current points total: 155