A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | Progress Update #4 aka Wrap Up

If you’ve seen my TBR post, my first progress update, my second progress update, or my third progress update, you’ll be well aware by now that in June I was taking part in two readathons this: A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and The Sims respectively! This is by fourth and final progress update aka a wrap-up of how I did in the weeks gone by.

Reading Challenges & TBR

✓ Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
The Game of Thrones: first book in a series/trilogy
Take a bubble bath: Read a book over 400 pages

Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
House Targaryen: book with mythical creature or dragons
Make a friend: read a book that features friends

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Daenerys: book featuring a strong female character
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death

✓ Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Westeros: book set in a fictional place
Create-a-sim: read a book that is first in a series

– Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
House Tyrell: book with plant or green on cover
Get a promotion: Read a book you think will be 5 stars

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
House Stark: book that has family dynamic or siblings
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element

– The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
House Lannister: book with red cover
Reach the top of your career track: read a finale

The Assassin’s Curse (The Ananna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
House Greyjoy: book with pirates or story set at sea
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR

A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
House Baratheon: book with king or queen or royalty
Woo hoo: read a smutty book

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
A Clash of Kings: a sequel
Buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world

Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Wildlings: paranormal
Get a job: Secret agent – read a mystery book

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So this week was something of a rush when it came to reading. I finished up a whole bunch of booksand I’m really proud of myself for that – I finished Ghostly Echoes, A Princess in Theory, Her Royal Highness and Kingsbane (this one literally was eleventh hour as I finished it at 11pm on 30th June!). If only I’d had that same ‘let’s finish ALL THE BOOKS’ ethic throughout the month, eh? I’m annoyed at myself for not finishing up The Dire King and Fragile Things, to be honest. I’d started both of them and could have finished them in time if I’d just foregone watching Gilmore Girls and Parks and Recreation on Sunday afternoon but my brain clearly needed the break and I wasn’t about to deny it that.

But, let’s put that behind us, and what did I achieve?

A Game of Booksathon – 8 books, 8/11 challenges completed = I’m a Queen!

Simsathon – 8 books, 3272 pages, 34 points

All things considered, I’m pretty damn pleased with that! Thanks to the lovely hosts for creating such fun and creative readathons – I hope Simsathon will happen again and I will be continuing onto Round Two of A Game of Booksathon so it’s not quite over yet!

 

Did you take part in Simsathon or A Game of Booksathon? How did you do? What was your favourite book you read in June? Leave a comment below!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | Progress Update #3

If you’ve seen my TBR post, my first progress update, or my second progress update, you’ll be well aware by now that I’m taking part in two readathons this month: A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and The Sims respectively! I’m not doing as well as I hoped which means I have no time for chit chatting so let’s see how I did this past week, shall we?

Reading Challenges & TBR

✓ Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
The Game of Thrones: first book in a series/trilogy
Take a bubble bath: Read a book over 400 pages

Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
House Targaryen: book with mythical creature or dragons
Make a friend: read a book that features friends

– Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Daenerys: book featuring a strong female character
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death

✓ Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Westeros: book set in a fictional place
Create-a-sim: read a book that is first in a series

– Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
House Tyrell: book with plant or green on cover
Get a promotion: Read a book you think will be 5 stars

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
House Stark: book that has family dynamic or siblings
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
House Lannister: book with red cover
Reach the top of your career track: read a finale

The Assassin’s Curse (The Ananna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
House Greyjoy: book with pirates or story set at sea
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR

– A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
House Baratheon: book with king or queen or royalty
Woo hoo: read a smutty book

– Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
A Clash of Kings: a sequel
Buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world

– Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Wildlings: paranormal
Get a job: Secret agent – read a mystery book

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Since last week I have finished my re-read of The Raven Boys (LOVED it, again, obviously) and I’ve also started Kingsbane (100 pages in) and Her Royal Highness (66% in), on top of the books I was already in the middle of (Ghostly Echoes, Fragile Things, A Princess in Theory). Because why try to finish books one by one in a sensible and logical fashion when, instead, you could be spreading yourself thin in trying to finish all the books at once?

I’ve done some quick calculations and realised that, at this rate, I need to finish off a book a day (plus an extra book on one really good reading day) to complete the readathons. Yeah… so… that’s fun. I’m REALLY hoping that my usual tactic of reading multiple books in multiple formats will pay off and I will somehow manage to get all of this finished in the final week of the month. Clearly this is no small feat but my housemate Liz is off to Russia on Tuesday so I’m thinking that being home alone for the rest of the month will be very conducive to reading. Let’s hope I’m proved right on that count because I think that’s the only way I’m finishing off this TBR!

Have you been taking part in Simsathon or A Game of Booksathon? How have you done so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | Progress Update #2

If you’ve seen my TBR post, or my first progress update, you’ll be well aware by now that I’m taking part in two readathons this month: A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and The Sims respectively! Let’s not waste any time and just jump in to seeing how I did with my reading this past week, shall we?

Reading Challenges & TBR

✓ Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
The Game of Thrones: first book in a series/trilogy
Take a bubble bath: Read a book over 400 pages

Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
House Targaryen: book with mythical creature or dragons
Make a friend: read a book that features friends

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Daenerys: book featuring a strong female character
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death

✓ Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Westeros: book set in a fictional place
Create-a-sim: read a book that is first in a series

– Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
House Tyrell: book with plant or green on cover
Get a promotion: Read a book you think will be 5 stars

– The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
House Stark: book that has family dynamic or siblings
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
House Lannister: book with red cover
Reach the top of your career track: read a finale

The Assassin’s Curse (The Ananna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
House Greyjoy: book with pirates or story set at sea
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR

– A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
House Baratheon: book with king or queen or royalty
Woo hoo: read a smutty book

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
A Clash of Kings: a sequel
Buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world

– Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Wildlings: paranormal
Get a job: Secret agent – read a mystery book

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Since last week I have finished Nevermoor (which I ADORED and promptly bought the sequel to read) and I’m still reading/listening to A Princess in Theory (54% listened to), and Ghostly Echoes (11% listened to). I’ve also started reading Fragile Things (I took the book with me to Scotland but read maybe 80 pages total?) and The Raven Boys (which is a re-read so will fly by quickly). Although I know I should just focus my attention on one book and finish it off, multitasking my reading is what has always helped me succeed with reading challenge in the past so I’m hoping that proves true this time too.

You might be able to tell that after last week’s slow start, this week has followed much the same pattern. I mentioned in my last progress update that I had a trip away planned and, true to form, I did very little reading on the holiday because I was too busy wandering around the Scottish highlands, hanging out with friends, and petting their adorable cockapoo puppy. Priorities, eh? This upcoming week should be quieter though and I don’t have much planned outside of the house so I’m hoping to catch up and get back on track with these readathons in the next few days.

Have you been taking part in Simsathon or A Game of Booksathon? How have you done so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | Progress Update #1

As you may recall if you saw my TBR post, I’ve decided to take part in a couple of readathons this month: A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and The Sims respectively! I thought I would update for these two readathons every Monday, but there wasn’t much point in me updating you last Monday as I’d barely read anything… so here we are with the first progress update for how I’ve been doing in the readathons so far this month.

Reading Challenges & TBR

✓ Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
The Game of Thrones: first book in a series/trilogy
Take a bubble bath: Read a book over 400 pages

Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
House Targaryen: book with mythical creature or dragons
Make a friend: read a book that features friends

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Daenerys: book featuring a strong female character
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Westeros: book set in a fictional place
Create-a-sim: read a book that is first in a series

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
House Tyrell: book with plant or green on cover
Get a promotion: Read a book you think will be 5 stars

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
House Stark: book that has family dynamic or siblings
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
House Lannister: book with red cover
Reach the top of your career track: read a finale

The Assassin’s Curse (The Ananna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
House Greyjoy: book with pirates or story set at sea
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR

– A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
House Baratheon: book with king or queen or royalty
Woo hoo: read a smutty book

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
A Clash of Kings: a sequel
Buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world

– Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Wildlings: paranormal
Get a job: Secret agent – read a mystery book

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As you can see I’ve completed one book so far which is… good, but not where I need to be if I plan to finish all of these books in June! However, i have also started a bunch of books; as you can tell I’m partway through Nevermoor (181 pages read), A Princess in Theory (35% listened to), and Ghostly Echoes (10% listened to) so I’m hoping that will work in my favour since multitasking reading usually works out well for me. Fingers crossed!

I will say that, overall though, it has felt like a bit of a slow start to a readathon. I guess that’s what I get for participating in a readathon when I have weekend trips away planned and I choose to read chunky books at the start of the month. I actually have another trip away planned for the end of this week/into this weekend so it’s highly unlikely I will make up for my lack of reading progress this week – however, you never know, maybe those 4 hour train journeys will be smooth enough rides that I can read without feeling sick. Here’s to hoping, right? I’ll update you on how that goes next Monday!

Have you been taking part in Simsathon or A Game of Booksathon? How have you done so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | TBR

As we’re coming to the end of May and I’m (hopefully) coming to the end of reading Les Misérables I decided to look to the future outside of long French classics. However, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I’ve decided taking part in two readathons immediately afterwards is clearly the sensible thing to do. Luckily in June there are a couple of really great sounding readathons with challenges that (thankfully for my sanity) overlap quite well – A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon.

As you can probably guess from the title of the first one, A Game of Booksathon is based on the A Song of Ice and Fire series and is hosted by Noura and will be taking place from 1st June to 1st July. For this readathon the challenges are based on houses and places from Game of Thrones so you have reading prompts such as ‘Westeros’ or ‘House Stark’. You also pick a house to belong to during the course of the readathon and each book you read wins points for those houses. I found it a little tricky to choose a house because any personality quiz I do online tells me I’m a Targaryen. Whilst trying not to be alarmed by that fact, I was watching the Blackwater episode of Game of Thrones earlier and exclaimed “ooo WILDFIRE!” so perhaps I’m not not a Targaryen after all. So I’ll be reading for them during this readathon.

The second readathon is taking place between 1st and 30th June, the Simsathon, hosted by Bianca Reads, and is clearly based on the computer games series The Sims. I have a confession: I’ve never really played The Sims properly or for any length of time. I never really got the point of it much. Sorry/not sorry. (If it’s a saving grace I did enjoy comparable games like Theme Hospital?) However, regardless of how much I do or don’t like the game itself, the idea of a readathon based around its challenges sounds fantastic so I’m taking part.

Let’s see what books on my devised TBR will do for what challenge, shall we?

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