Bout of Books 18 Read-a-thon

Happy New Year, folks! I hope 2017 brings you copious amounts of enjoyable reads! As per usual, I will start my reading year with Bout of Books read-a-thon, and I encourage you to participate, as well!

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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 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th 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 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Monday
  • Pages read: 31
  • Books finished: 0

I only figured out it was time for Bout of Books late in the evening, so I read only 30+ pages before bed. The last book I have read in 2016 was Illuminae, which I got from my husband for Christmas, so now I am reading Gemina.

Tuesday
  • Pages read: 118 (Total: 149)
  • Books finished: 0

I am currently reading Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and I am about a third into it. I have seen a lot of reviews saying that people enjoyed Gemina a lot, but Illuminae was still their favorite, but I must say that I am liking Gemina more at this moment. It might be because I am reading them back to back, so I am better used to the format, though. Illuminae was a little more confusing, I guess.

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Wednesday
  • Pages read: 471 (Total: 620)
  • Books finished: 1

I can’t believe I’ve finished reading Gemina, it was such a good book! And I DID actually end up enjoying it more than Illuminae. I love this world immensely, and I was completely immersed in it. Now I don’t know what to do with myself, to be honest. There are 4 more days of the readathon, and I feel a book hangover coming!

Thursday
  • Pages read: 183 (Total: 803)
  • Books finished: 1

I picked up the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – you couldn’t possibly go wrong with this book. It is so gorgeous!

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Friday
  • Pages read: 160 (Total: 963)
  • Books finished: 2

I’m so glad that I’ve finally read the illustrated edition of Harry Potter – my mom gave it to me as a gift back in October. I read it in two sittings, and enjoyed it immensely! After finishing Harry Potter, I finally picked up The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, which was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016. I love this series so much! I really hope the concluding novel will not disappoint me.

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Saturday
  • Pages read: 0 (Total: 963)
  • Books finished: 2

My husband and I fell disgustingly sick, so we buried ourselves under eighteen warm blankets, drank tea, ate cake and watched movies all day. No reading whatsoever.

Sunday
  • Pages read: 49 (Total: 1012)
  • Books finished: 2

I am still slowly making my way through The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Although the story is progressing slowly, I am absolutely loving it! Kelsea is such a fierce, clever, and flawed character – she is definitely one of my favorite female leads!

Wrap-up

I am very happy with my reading progress and I had lots of fun during Bout of Books 18! I am so proud of myself for reading 1000+ pages! I was quite bad at commenting on other people’s progress since I got sick and didn’t have much energy, but I will try to make up for that next time. Thanks to everyone who followed Someone once wrote and who commented on my post – I appreciate it a lot! Happy new reading year, folks, I hope you will reach all your reading goals, enjoy every page read, and learn a lot of new things! xo

Bout of Books 16 Read-a-thon

One of my favorite readathons is here again! Since April was a very, very bad reading month, I am really hoping to get back on track with the help of Bout of Books. Sign up and read along with me! As usual, I don’t have a set TBR, or a TBR, for that matter. Right now I am reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and I plan to finish it. And then I’ll just see what I feel like reading. So many great books have come out recently! I am excited, are you?

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Monday

  • Pages Read: 63
  • Books Finished: 0

I am almost done with A Darker Shade of Magic – I have less then 100 pages left. Though the start of the story (the first half of the book, let’s be honest) was very slow and confusing, the pace has finally picked up and I could barely put the book down (I did have to sleep and work and do lots of other stuff that is not reading).

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Bookworm. Carefree. Curious. Foodie. Explorer. Wanderluster.

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Tuesday

  • Pages Read: 155 (Total: 218)
  • Books Finished: 1

155 pages! Now that’s more like it! On Tuesday I finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and gave it 3/5 stars. I liked it! I feel that it is a strong beginning to a potentially very interesting and intriguing series. I also started to ‘reread’ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass on audiobook (also, I have a new appreciation for audiobooks, as I’ve managed to listen to 60+ pages while on my 7k run/doing dishes/doing my makeup and getting ready to go out!). I need to refresh my memory, because I want to start reading the sequel as soon as I receive it (I’ve pre-ordered it ages ago, but BookDepository only sent it out at the end of last week). All in all, I’am very happy with my progress!

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Wednesday

  • Pages Read: 178 (Total: 396)
  • Books Finished: 1

I am very happy with my progress at the moment. On Wednesday I continued reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and started A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I am enjoying both books, but rereading ACOTAR I am finding Feyre ridiculously annoying and dull. A Gathering of Shadows has started slow like the prequel, but I still like it – V.E. Schwab is an amazing storyteller.

Thursday

  • Pages Read: 146 (Total: 542)
  • Books Finished: 1

I’m slowly making my way through both A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I can’t believe the readathon is halfway through! I’m happy with the amount of pages I’m reading every day, but I wish I’d read more (#bookwormproblems) 😉 I’m enjoying the books I’m reading a lot, though! Fantasy, man. Although it’s only been a year since I’ve read ACOTAR, there are a lot of things I didn’t remember and some thing I didn’t catch before. And Feyre becomes less annoying towards the middle/end of the book, which I appreciate.

Friday

  • Pages Read: 70 (Total: 612)
  • Books Finished: 1

Usually, people have more free time toward the end of the week, but for me it’s the opposite – less and less reading time with every day. I don’t think I’ll finish both my current reads by the end of the week, but I’m still proud of myself for choosing reading over other activities during the readathon. And the further I get in ACOTAR, the more I want to read the sequel! A Gathering of Shadows is amazing, too. I’m very intrigued by the magic tournament in Red London.

Saturday

  • Pages Read: 36 (Total: 648)
  • Books Finished: 1

Saturday was very busy due to tons of fun, weekend stuff, so I’ve only read a few pages of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab before falling asleep. On the bright side, if it weren’t for the readathon, I probably wouldn’t have read at all, so I’m happy! (:

Sunday

  • Pages Read: 226 (Total: 874)
  • Books Finished: 2

Yay! On the last day of Bout of Books 16.0 readathon I finished my reread of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and I couldn’t be happier about it, since I’m pretty sure the sequel will get here on Monday.

Wrap-up

During Bout of Books 16.0 readathon I read 874 pages and finished two books: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I also started A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I am quite happy with my progress, even though this is the least I’ve ever read during Bout of Books. As always, I can’t wait for the next readathon! See ya then!

Bout of Books challenge: Bookish Would You Rather

This is going to be impossibly hard, but I do enjoy those would-you-rathers (:

Would you rather:
Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?

I could survive dog-eared pages, but I could not stand my book smelling like Cheetos, so I would rather lend books to someone who dog-ears pages.

Would you rather:
Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?

As fun as meeting authors might be, I would much rather meet one of my favorite characters: Jamie or Claire Fraser or Hermione Granger or Harry Potter 🙂

Would you rather:
Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?

Definitely never be allowed in a library again. I used to go to my local library a lot a few years ago, but since I moved to a different country I haven’t been once. I do live in book stores, though.

Would you rather:
Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?

This is just cruel. Can I just choose to kill off one of my favorite characters after he or she has lived a loooooooong and happy life with their other half? I would be perfectly fine with that.

Would you rather:
Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?

I quite enjoyed Twilight, to be honest. I thing this series got me into reading. I haven’t yet read The Scarlet Letter, though. I think I’d be okay with both, but I choose Twilight.

Bout of Books 15 Read-a-thon

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Happy New Year! It is finally the time for Bout of Books 15! I feel like participating in a readathon is the perfect way to kickstart a new reading year, and I look forward to a week (and a year) full of new stories, adventures, and characters! For anyone who doesn’t know what Bout of Books is, read on.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

If that sounds like something you’d like (what’s not to like?), be sure to join!

Monday

  • Pages Read: 114
  • Books Finished: 1

Monday was not the best reading day, but I did manage to finish Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. It was a fast-paced, action-packed and exciting read, and a great conclusion to a very unique and strange series. I definitely liked it better than the previous instalment, though not as much as the first book, which is, and will always remain, my favorite. The ending felt very rushed and too convenient; I would have preferred not to have the last chapter at all. But all in all, I am a fan of both this series and Ransom Riggs, whose imagination and masterful writing kept me entertained for hours on end.

Tuesday

  • Pages Read: 117 (Total: 231)
  • Books Finished: 1

I have been reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and despite the hype and very mixed reviews I am enjoying it a lot so far. True, the story is not at all unique and has that “commoner becomes a princess” trope, but it is quite fast-paced and the main character is beautifully flawed and morally ambiguous, and the secondary characters seem very interesting.

Wednesday

  • Pages Read: 88 (Total: 319)
  • Books Finished: 1

Meh, I would have loved to read more, but with the busy, festive day I had, I am still quite proud of my 88 pages. Let me tell you, I am still enjoying Red Queen a lot, but, objectively, it does lack originality and world building. The main character Mare reminds me of so many YA heroins – Celaena (Throne of Glass), Katniss (The Hunger Games), Tris (Divergent), Alina (The Grisha Trilogy) – in the sense that she is strong, very good at hiding her emotions, very bad-ass, and working against the “system”. Though it is all wonderful, I would have loved it more if Mare was more unique.

Thursday

  • Pages Read: 66 (Total: 385)
  • Books Finished: 1

I can’t believe how slowly my reading is going. I really hope to catch up over the weekend. So many books, so little time. Red Queen annoys me a little right now, yet I am still enjoying the heck out of it. Only a little bit is left, and I cannot wait to see what happens.

Friday

  • Pages Read: 258 (Total: 643)
  • Books Finished: 2

On Friday I finished Red Queen. Overall, I really liked it. The plot “twists” did not surprise me at all, and I was kind of annoyed at that, since I saw them coming since the first chapters. But the fact that things are always more complicated than they seem definitely adds to the reading experience – building a new world should not be easy, and anyone can betray anyone. (By the way, we are told that anyone can betray anyone very early in the book, and this phrase was very prominent in the story, so I guess that is why the “twist” wasn’t at all twist-y.) I also started Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and managed to read a third of the book. I absolutely love it so far. The plot is very enticing; the language – beautiful and descriptive; the setting – absolutely amazing; the main characters – interesting and intriguing, and very authentic.

Saturday

  • Pages Read: 159 (Total: 802)
  • Books Finished: 2

I am still reading Passenger, and I really, really, really love it! It is a very exciting adventure and time-traveling story that also deals with very serious topics, e.g., women equality and race issues. I can’t wait to finish it!

Sunday

  • Pages Read: 191 (Total: 993)
  • Books Finished: 3

On the last day of Bout of Books I finished Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and it is definitely my favorite book of this year so far. I enjoyed it immensely! I also started Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, but 20 pages in, I couldn’t get into reading, so I just went to sleep. Will probably re-read it from the beginning once more today.

Wrap-up

I really enjoyed this Bout of Books readathon; I read a total of 993 pages (couldn’t read those 7 pages to reach a 1,000 for the life of me), and finished 3 books. I finished both the books I started last year (Library of Souls and Red Queen), and picked up a new release (Passenger), which I loved! Passenger is the kind of story I loved reading as a kid – a girl looking for treasure, traveling through space and time, having adventures of her life. I have never re-read a book, but I have a little list of books I would like to re-read in the future, and Passenger is there alongside with Outlander. Hope you had a great reading week, as well, and I’ll definitely see you for Bout of Books 16.0!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Mini-Challenges

#1 Introductory Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I am reading in Ukraine, and the readathon started at 15:00 on a wonderful, warm, yet windy Saturday afternoon.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I am reading The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher, and this book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. I really look forward to continuing the wonderful reading experience.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Trail mix, cookies, and tea, oh my.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I want to visit every continent!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I’ve never participated before, and I’m not stressing about setting specific goals and reading as much as possible. I want to spend my Saturday reading and talking books!

#2 Cover Escape

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These covers are the most beautiful things in the world!I would love to escape into Doon, it is such a perfect, magical place!

#12 Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now? The Aeronau’t Windlass by Jim Butcher.

2. How many books have you read so far? 1. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Aeronau’t Windlass by Jim Butcher. I am halfway through, and I am loving it!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? All the time! I am just not stressing about them and enjoying reading when I can 🙂

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE PARTICIPATING, it is amazing!

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Beautiful covers of awesome books. I am proud of my selection 😉

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#21 #BookBeverage Photo Challenge

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Join all book lovers and read ALL DAY on October 17th! Sign up here.

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What is Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadathonIt’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. Here is a handy, simple-to-read time zone list.

What is the date of the next Read-a-thon? TODAY, October 17, 2015. Yay!

I LOVE readathons! Even though I have participated in only two, I find it is an awesome excuse to read all day and talk books with fellow readers. It is my first time participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I don’t have a set TBR or any specific goals. I am now reading The Aeronaut’s Winlass by Jim Butcher, and I want to continue reading it, and possibly finish it, and I also have a couple of graphic novels I want to look into/continue, just to shake things up: Through The Woods by Emily Carroll (a great read for October, isn’t it?), and Charmed: Season 9, Volume 2 (even though I wasn’t particularly impressed by the first volume, I want to give this series a chance, since I used to love Charmed, the tv show).

Happy reading!

#AYEARATHON – June 1-7: Finish/Catch Up on a Series

A #YEARATHON is this wonderful thing I stumbled upon on Goodreads, and when I saw the June theme, I knew: IT IS TIME. Time to finally introduce myself to Sarah J Maas. So, my very ambitious goal of the June 1-7 #ayearathon is to start/catch up on Throne of Glass series.

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Monday

  • Pages read: 128
  • Books read: 0

I’ve read first 128 pages of Throne of Glass, and I must say I am enjoying it so far. I cannot say I am hooked quite yet, but I can see why people like this series so much. Sarah J Maas’ writing does not read like YA; it reads more like a high fantasy. And it features intricate court politics, curious mysteries and a subtle hint of magic – what more could a girl ask for? A girl could ask for entertaining characters, that’s what – good thing there are a whole bunch of them. Starting with an 18-year-old sassy assassin with a vulnerable side, an eccentric prince, a dignified Captain of the Guard, and finishing with an insufferable princess and dreadful Ladies of the Court.

Tuesday

  • Pages read: 276 (Total: 404)
  • Books read: 1

I can’t believe I actually managed to finish Throne of Glass. I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads and I will be writing a review as soon as I have the time. But, OH MY, this book! I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but, thankfully, it did – it is a captivating read full of unusual, amusing and intriguing characters, engaging storyline, and fascinating world. And even though you are pretty sure about the ending right at the beginning, it’s the stuff in between that keeps you reading, because, as I mentioned before, Sarah J Maas is an excellent storyteller.

Wednesday

  • Pages read: 204 (Total: 608)
  • Books read: 1

On Wednesday I continued on with the Throne of Glass series and managed to read almost half of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas. Right now I am liking this book a little less than Throne of Glass, because 200+ pages into it, the direction this book is taking plot-wise seems a little bit confusing, and the new characters don’t seem very interesting. The first book had this relatively fast-paced quest and some mysteries to solve, while this one kind of drags a bit. I thought that the assassin will have some heavier duties. I do like that we get more and more glimpses of Celaena’s background – she is such a fascinating character! Though I am pretty sure I already guessed some more facts about her history that hadn’t been revealed yet.

Thursday

  • Pages read: 229 (Total: 837)
  • Books read: 2

I finished Crown of Midnight and started Heir of Fire. The sequel to Throne of Glass definitely picked up in the second half of the book – I could not stop reading it! I was telling myself “Just one more chapter… just one more chapter” and then I ran out of pages and had to start the next one. Oh the webs Sarah J Maas weaves… I mentioned previously that I might have guessed some facts about Celaena’s background – and I was right. My mind wasn’t blown at that “cliffhanger” in the end, because I feel like a lot of foreshadowing was done and it clicked for me quite early in the book. I would have rated it 4/5 for the first half, but it is a solid 5/5 after finishing it. I am officially addicted to this story and these characters.

Friday

  • Pages read: 63 (Total: 900)
  • Books read: 2

Friday turned out to be not the best day for reading for some reason, but I still managed to catch up on a little bit of Heir of Fire. I find that the beginning is quite slow-paced, and switching between perspectives does not help get into reading. But judging by the first two books in the series, soon I won’t be able to put this one down and I can’t wait to see what happens.

Saturday

  • Pages read: 124 (Total: 1024)
  • Books read: 2

I am reading through this series so fast that I never stopped to consider that the next book comes out only in September. I so don’t want to wait for it! Heir of Fire seems all over the place for now, main characters being on different continents and all. I am enjoying this book immensely, but I can’t wait for it all to tie together.

Sunday

  • Pages read: 203 (Total: 1227)
  • Books read: 2

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish Heir of Fire in time. Even though I probably could have read those last 200 pages, I really didn’t want to rush through it, because it is such an amazing and thrilling read! I will be finishing it in the next couple of days, because I’ve ordered A Court of Thorns and Roses and it should come any day. I need more Sarah J Maas in my life, thank you.

Wrap-up

A total of 1227 pages read and 2 books finished. I am really happy with my reading progress of the past week, and I am even more happy that I finally got to read Sarah J Maas! Throne of Glass is such a great series. It reads like an epic fantasy worth of George R. R. Martin with its intricate plot, multidimensional characters, beautiful descriptions and abundance of dark secrets.