Bout of Books 22 | Sign Up & TBR

Oh, look, Emma is back armed with nothing but good intentions and a TBR to foolishly try to participate in yet another readathon even though she kind of sucks at them in terms of productivity! Yep, it’s time for another round of Bout of Books, everyone’s favourite low-key readathon!

For those unaware of the delight that is the Bout of Books readathon, the organisers have a handy blurb available to clue you in:

bob22The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So this coming week I will be participating in Bout of Books 22 to the best of my ability. I don’t have too much planned, aside from going to see a comedy gig on Friday night, so I should be able to get some much-needed reading time in after work and (especially) at the weekend. Often with Bout of Books, I end up being really quite overly ambitious with my TBR (for proof: see my previous Bout of Books Sign Up & TBR), and my May TBR is pretty damn optimistic already, so I have tried to be conservative and realistic with what I can achieve this time round when constructing my TBR for the readathon. Without further ado, let’s take a look at it…

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Spring Cosy Reading Night | TBR

Hello, folks! I come to you today with a tentative TBR for the upcoming Cosy Reading Night. This is the Spring round of the Cosy Reading Night and will take place during the hours of 7:00-10:00pm GMT on Friday 20th April and I’m really looking forward to going into my weekend by dedicating an evening to getting cosy with a book and a cup of tea. But I’m getting ahead of myself so let me explain for those unaware: Cosy Reading Nights are an evening dedicated to snacks and reading, hosted by the lovely Lauren from Laurenandthebooks from YouTube. You can check out her announcement video here.

This Cosy Reading night comes handily during the OWLs Readathon that I’m currently taking part in, so I’m hoping it will provide a much-needed boost to my reading progress for that. I don’t have huge ambitions for this Cosy Reading Night, I just thought I’ll probably be reading anyway so I might as well make the most of it and participate in this little event. It will make me feel more accountable/less susceptible to getting distracted by watching old episodes of The Great British Bake Off on Netflix (the struggle is real, guys, seriously). So let’s have a gander at what books I plan to read on Friday night, shall we?

TBR

  1. Saga Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  2. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  3. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

 

 

As you can see, I’m aiming fairly low by choosing to put on my TBR two graphic novels and a book I’ve already started. In fact, it might get to Friday with me already having finished The Dark Days Club and, if that’s the case, I’ll be starting another book from my OWLs Readathon TBR. Regardless of how much (or how little) I end up reading, I’ll be sure to get cosy with a book and my cup of tea which, let’s face it, are the minimum requirements to participate in this lovely low-key readathon.

Are you joining in with the Cosy Reading Night on Friday? Have you participated in a Cosy Reading Night before? Let me know in the comments!


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OWLs Readathon | Progress Report

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I am currently taking part in the OWLs Readathon run by Gintare of Book Roast. I found out about the readathon a few days into it so I didn’t have time to post a proper TBR on here, but I did make a Twitter thread which I’ve been updating periodically with my reading progress throughout the readathon. However, I thought it might be nice, now we’re at the halfway stage of two weeks, to do a more official progress report of sorts so both you (and I) can see where I’m up to and what I have left to read for the remaining two weeks of the readathon. You in? Great, let’s begin…

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TBR | Easter Weekend Readathon

Hi everyone, it’s Thursday so that means it’s time for… nope, not a Tag Thursday after all! Like a lot of people, I’m officially heading into a 4-day weekend thanks to Easter. I have tomorrow off work (there’s nothing more glorious than a weekday off from work) as well as Monday, and it feels so good to not be in work now until Tuesday – I practically skipped out tonight after setting the out-of-office message on my emails. I was already planning to have a fairly low-key Easter weekend; I’m not a big religious observer of it so I don’t have family plans in that respect (plus my family is, you know, well over 100 miles away). I’m going for food and to the cinema on Saturday but aside from that I was just planning to rest and relax. And also read. I’d really like to just read in lovely long uninterrupted blocks of time. What a handy dandy time for a readathon!

It turns out, Kate from Reading Through Infinity thought much the same and she decided to set up an impromptu readathon which will take place over this coming weekend – you can find her announcement and TBR post here, if you’re curious. It’s very low-key and has simple guidelines – two of my favourite things for a readathon – so I’m definitely participating as much as I can.

For those interested in taking part you can check out Kate’s announcement post for more details but, in a nutshell, the Easter Weekend Readathon starts at midnight in your timezone on 30th March and runs through until midnight on Monday 2nd April but you can take part in as much or as little of that time as you want, depending on your own commitments. I have very few commitments so I should be well-placed to get some serious reading in, providing I don’t end up slumping for no apparent reason. Also, as it’s nearing the end of the month, I’d like to finish up some of these books so that I can start April afresh with a new TBR. Let’s see, shall we?

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March TBR

Sooo I have a fraught relationship with TBRs – I’m generally good at sticking to them if it’s for a short-term thing, i.e. a readathon, but if it’s a month-long or (worse still) year-long, I promptly forget about every single book I wanted to read as soon as I write it down on some form of TBR. Like I said, “fraught” would probably be an apt descriptor.

However, as I’ve been drawing out my monthly bullet journal spreads thus far this year, I’ve happened to include a page for that month’s TBR. Sure, I do add to the page throughout the month if I decide to read something that wasn’t originally on there, but I also still really try to think ahead and plan what I want to read for the upcoming month. So as I was drawing out my fresh spreads for March, I thought if I’m doing this anyway – and, let’s face it, making it quite permanent considering it’s right there, in my bullet journal, in black ink – why not also tell my blog/the internet about it and give myself even more accountability? ‘Why not’ indeed.

Handily, this isn’t just your average March TBR though, it’s also a TBR for a readathon, specifically Zoe’s 24-hour long readathon, aptly named Readathon by Zoe, which is happening this Saturday, 3rd March. Hopefully setting a TBR for both a very short-term goal that is that readathon and for the whole of March will play to my strengths and I’ll manage to actually stick to said TBRs. If I don’t, well, then this post was just a nice indication of what books I felt like reading at this present moment in time, a snapshot of my reading taste at this point in the year, if you will. We shall see…

March TBR

 

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Femmeuary Cosy Reading Night | TBR

Hello, folks! I come to you today with a tentative TBR for the upcoming Cosy Reading Night. It will take place during the hours of 7:00-10:00pm GMT on Wednesday 21st February and I’m really looking forward to dedicating an evening to getting cosy with a blanket and a book, a cup of tea, and maybe some snacks, whilst I hunker down and get to reading.

For those unaware, Cosy Reading Nights are hosted by the lovely Lauren from Laurenandthebooks from YouTube you can check out her announcement video here. This Cosy Reading Night takes places during “Femmeuary”, an initiative Lauren is following for the month of February in which she reads, watches, and listens to things created by women. In the spirit of this comes the Femmeuary Cosy Reading Night, and so I’m going to put any male reading on hold for a night whilst I tuck into some writing created by women.

TBR

  1. Carol/The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill
  3. the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

As you can see, I’ve tried to be realistic about my TBR this time round, and I’ve chosen a novel, an illustrated book, and a poetry collection so that I can take my pick of whatever medium and genre I feel like reading on the night. Hopefully (fingers crossed!) I will be able to complete at least one of these fully in the three-hour readathon but, if not, I’m sure I’ll complete them soon since they’re all on my existing TBR anyway. It would be really great if I could get to reading The Price of Salt in particular because I really want to watch the film starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett (and I need to read the book first, obviously) and the novel also conveniently fulfils the “read an own voices book” for the Around the Year in 52 Books reading challenge – two birds with one stone, eh? But mostly I just hope to enjoy the low-key fun that is Cosy Reading Night.

Are you joining in with the Cosy Reading Night on Wednesday? Have you participated in a Cosy Reading Night before? Let me know in the comments!


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24in48 Readathon (Jan 2018) | Sign-Up & TBR

What’s this? Another foolhardy readathon sign-up post – yep! This time I’m participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon which is running this weekend, from 12:01 AM EST on Saturday 27th up until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday 28th January. The basic principle is very simple – you try to read for 24 hours within a 48-hour period.

If my calculations are correct, if I waited to start reading at the official time of 12:01 EST that would be 5:01 am where I am over in GMT and, whilst I love readathons, not enough to wake up at 5am on my day off, I’m afraid. However, I am planning to go for this method anyway (over changing the readthon to be 12am my time) because I’ve never tried it this other way before and I suspect it might work out better for me. Plus, even though I’ve previously planned to stay up past midnight and start reading before going to sleep for a bit on Saturday, I never actually did that, so I suspect sticking with the official times might actually be better in the long run. We shall see!

The folks who’ve been around on my blog for a while might remember that I took part in the 24 in 48 Readathon back in January and July last year and had a blast both times, with relative success during both! I like the idea of these shorter term readathons because they’re a quick and easy in-and-out sort of approach, with participants just trying their hardest to squeeze reading into their day(s) wherever they can. I like that attitude, and it has a great community feel too. However, unlike some of the uber dedicated participants, I’ve never managed to make it to the hallowed 24 hours, not even close at 14.5 and 16 hours respectively. So these days I tend to aim for a nice 12 hours of reading which, for me, on a weekend when I’m off and want to just laze about, is still pretty challenging. This round I’m aiming for 12 hours of reading again because everyone loves consistency, right? I probably had success in January 2017 because I had a range of genres and mediums to choose from and I’m a big advocate of that tactic during readathons in general, so I’ll definitely be doing that again this time.

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Obviously there is no way on god’s green earth that I’m going to finish all of these books, even though I’m halfway through some of them already, but that’s entirely not the point – I like to have a selection of things to dip in and out of, so I don’t get bored or slumpy during the readathon. Also it’s good to have things that are portable (i.e. eARCs and ebooks) or good for squeezing reading in at the same time as doing errands (i.e. audiobooks), and that has seemed to work well for me in the past too. I might even have a look if there are any graphic novels that I can borrow through my local library or on Amazon Prime Reading to mix it up even more! Ambitious? Perhaps. Foolhardy? We shall see…

(PS – I will definitely be using Twitter to update how I’m doing throughout the weekend so check out my Twitter thread of updates if you’re curious about my reading!)

Are you participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon this weekend? Do you have your TBR all ready and are raring to go? Or have you participated in any short readathons in the past, like the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat readathons!


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Bout of Books 21 | Sign Up & TBR

Hi everyone, it’s the first readathon of the year for me – it’s Bout of Books time! Having felt a bit bogged down with readathons and reading challenges in the last quarter of 2017, I stopped putting so much pressure on myself to participate in every readathon and instead had a nice little break, so I missed out on the last Bout of Books round back in August. However, now, I’m fully rested and raring to go again with readathons so Bout of Books 21 has come at exactly the right time for me!

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 like Bout of Books largely because it’s so low-key that there aren’t really reading challenges or any restrictions on what you can or can’t do – so long as you just read, you’re already winning at the readathon! So here we have it, this is officially my very low-key sign up. Although there aren’t specific prompts or challenges, it’s still probably advisable to have some kind of TBR in mind so I don’t go rogue and start reading something utterly ill-advised like Les Miserables or something. Here’s the stack I’ve impulsively decided on – I’ll (try to) read from this selection of books over the course of the readathon.

TBR

    1. The Fandom  by Anna Day
    2. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
    3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
    4. How Not To Be a Boy [audiobook] by Robert Webb
    5. Princess Diaries: Take Two [audiobook] by Meg Cabot

I’ve tried to include a range of genres and mediums so hopefully no matter where, or when, or what mood I’m in, I can do a bit of reading for the Bout of Books readathon in some form or another. Plus this should help jump-start my audiobook listening which was lacking, to say the least, in the latter half of 2017. Hopefully anyway… fingers crossed!

If you want to keep up with my (admittedly sparse) updates during the course of the readathon, I’ve started a Twitter thread of my updates.

Are you participating in this round of Bout of Books? Comment below if so, I’d love to chat books and we could help cheer each other on!


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The House Cup Reading Challenge | Wrap Up

As you may remember, I enthusiastically (and a tad foolhardily) signed up for the House Cup Reading Challenge – if you don’t remember, you can find my sign-up/tbr post here! The readathon lasted from Sunday 15th October until Sunday 12th November and was hosted by Lauren of Live, Love, Read/@BetweenDPages; Alex of Book Daisy Reviews/@booksydaisy; Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf/@Kelsenator; and Erica of Escape Under the Cover/@slychica08. The aim was to read some books based on the challenges which were Hogwarts-themed!

You earnt points based on the number of books you completed which fulfilled the Main and Bonus Challenges (20 points and 10 points respectively) and then reported your points to your House’s Head Girl at the end of the readathon. Using the hashtag #housecupreadingchallenge on Twitter also earnt you 1 point per tweet (limited to 20 points total).

I periodically (read: when I remembered) updated a progress thread via Twitter which you can find here. And let’s see how many challenges I managed to complete, shall we?

The Reading Challenges

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The House Cup Reading Challenge | Sign Up & TBR

Guess what everyone? I haven’t learnt from any of my mistakes in the past few months (don’t join in on multiple readathons and readalongs, folks) and I’m enthusiastically signing up for the House Cup Reading Challenge. That’s right, it’s a Harry Potter themed readathon… so you can see why I had an issue saying no, right?

The readathon is taking place from Sunday 15th October until Sunday 12th November and is hosted by Lauren of Live, Love, Read/@BetweenDPages; Alex of Book Daisy Reviews/@booksydaisy; Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf/@Kelsenator; and Erica of Escape Under the Cover/@slychica08. The aim? Read some books based on the challenges which (you guessed it) are Hogwarts-themed! You earn points based on the number of books you complete which fulfill the Main and Bonus Challenges (20 points and 10 points respectively) and then report your points to your House’s Head Girl at the end of the readathon. Using the hashtag #housecupreadingchallenge on Twitter will also earn you 1 point per tweet (limited to 20 points total). Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

The Reading Challenges

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