TBR Takedown 5.0 | TBR

It’s time for yet another readathon – this time there’s another round of TBR Takedown. TBR Takedown is hosted by Shannon from leaninglights (her YouTube & Twitter) and this round, TBR Takedown 5.0, will start at midnight on Monday 6th February and run through until 11:59pm on Sunday 12th. There are a series of challenges to try to complete but it’s mostly low-key, which is exactly how I like my readathons. For more information, or to read/tweet along once it gets started, see the readathon Twitter.

I’ve previously participated in TBR Takedown and thoroughly enjoyed it, with varying degrees of “success” in the attempts, but everyone loves a trier, right? The readathon should hopefully be the extra push needed to get me to prioritise reading this upcoming week, and to finish off some books and/or make significant progress with them because they’re way too long for me to think I could actually finish them in a week – more on that in a moment.

I’m very indecisive which is why I struggle to set TBRs and actually stick to them, but for the sake of argument, I’ll probably (I’m like 80-85% sure) be reading some of the following books in order to complete the readathon challenges:

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  • TBR shelf for over a year – War & Peace
  • Most recent book haul – The Dark Days Pact Caraval Norse Mythology (if I procure it in time)
  • First book in a series – The Queen of the Tearling
  • Catch up on a series – The Invasion of the Tearling Lirael 
  • Out of your comfort zone – Saga Vol. 4

I’m currently in the middle of reading both The Queen of the Tearling and War and Peace and I’m listening to the audiobook of Lirael for my re-read of the Old Kingdom trilogy on my train ride to/from work. So it’s highly likely I’ll be prioritising these books anyway, so might as well join in with readathon challenges at the same time! I will hopefully be posting daily updates periodically but, if not, I’ll definitely update via Goodreads and Twitter so please do add me/say hi if you frequent either of those sites.

Are you participating in TBR Takedown this upcoming week? If so, please do pop into the comments and let me know what you’re planning on reading!


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#TBRTakedown 3.5 Wrap-Up

TBR Takedown 3.5 happened this past weekend so I thought it was high time to do a little wrap-up of how the readathon went for me. For anyone who doesn’t know, TBR Takedown is a readathon hosted by Shannon from the booktube channel leaninglights – you can find her TBR video for the readathon here. This round was a shorter format so took place last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and I had a lot of fun with following the #TBRTakedown hashtag on Twitter and, of course, reading the books I picked in my TBR.

 Day Minus One (7th April)

10.30pm – Since I have an important application due tomorrow which I need to stress over, I think I might cheat and start the readathon a little early. Seeing other people do this on Twitter isn’t helping to restrain me!

11.00pm – I cheated and started (and finished) Saga Volume 1 before it’s even hit midnight. Suffice to say, people weren’t wrong, it’s great, I loved it. In fact #damnthatsgoodstuff seemed to be my attempt at a mini-review on Twitter and, as Shannon agreed, it’s as good as any. Think I might read a little of the novel I chose for this readathon, Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook, until I feel sleepy enough to go to sleep.

Day One (8th April)

8.00pm – I’ve spent most of today working on (or procrastinating working on) my application so it was probably a good thing that I managed to read Saga Volume 1 and some of The Butcher’s Hook last night/this morning. I’m now 112 pages into it and it’s… well… not quite what I was expecting, more upfront about the adult themes than I expected. That’s all I will say for now.

Day Two (9th April)

7.00pm – After visiting family as we do every Saturday, I came home about 5pm and sat down to read the final 1/3 of The Butcher’s Hook. Still not sure what to make of it – it certainly took a turn I wasn’t expecting and it was very evocative, interesting, well-written etc. Just not sure how much it will stick with me… though the description of the butchers at work definitely will. Must review this one asap.

I also came home to a parcel- my pre-order of Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger has arrived finally. I say finally but it’s only been out two days I think, still that’s quite slow for Amazon. In any case I need to decide whether to stick to my TBR and move onto Saga Volume 2 or whether to pick that up instead. I should probably return to the book I was reading before the readathon (Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass) if anything because I was really enjoying that and it reads quite quickly despite its intimidating size. I’ll mull over my options whilst my food cooks I think.

Day Three (10th April)

9.00pm – My brain is not conducive to reading right now, but I’m likewise indecisive as to what film or TV show to fill the time with. Think I might finally try to catch up with what I’ve missed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, namely Age of Ultron.

11.30pm – I did end up watching Age of Ultron – side note, does anyone feel like that film tried to introduce way too much stuff into it? I was confused as to decisions and motivations for a lot of the screen time tbh. Also the decision to pursue Banner and Natasha- I mean seriously why? Anyways, back to the readathon, I have about 30 mins before it finishes where I am so I might read a few more chapters of The Aeronaut’s Windlass until midnight/I fall asleep.

Conclusion

Overall I’m so pleased with what I managed to read over the course of TBR Takedown. I know to some people only reading one novel and two graphic novels might be a little slow-going but for me that’s great! Especially when a readathon takes place over the weekend which are actually the worst times for reading for me because family stuff etc. etc. Also, I finally read Saga which I’ve been meaning to do for months, probably years at this point, but the only problem with that is that I now want to buy the other volumes but am only a semi-book buying ban. Meanwhile The Butcher’s Hook was a very surprising read, though I should have expected it from the title! I even wrote a review already for it – again, for me, that’s good going to have written a review already.

So, overall, I would call TBR Takedown a success and I’m really glad I took part, and once again Shannon from leaninglights did such a great job of hosting. I’d highly recommend you check out TBR Takedown and here’s to the next round!


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#TBRTakedown 3.5

Today I bring you my intentions for a little readathon called TBR Takedown 3.5. TBR Takedown is hosted by Shannon from leaninglights and this round of the readathon will run from midnight on 8th April until midnight on 10th April. For more information you can watch Shannon’s TBR video or check out the readathon Twitter.

I like the format of this readathon because it makes it very casual and perfect for indecisive people such as myself. I’ve decided to really restrict my TBR for this readathon because I know from experience that if I set overly ambitious TBRs I never complete them. However Shannon does specify some challenges to help shape your readathon TBRs – and you can definitely double-up on books, an element which speaks to my lazy side! So with those in mind my TBR for #TBRTakedown is:

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I’ve been on a bit of a library kick at the moment which means I really neglect my own collection but, hey, I’m still reading so as long as that stack of library books gets smaller I suppose that’s still fine. In that vein I recently checked out The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis. This is a début historical fiction novel set in Georgian London and, from what I can gather, it tells the story of Anne who is set to be married off into a loveless marriage when into her life comes the butcher’s boy, Fub, who complicates matters. I assume romance ensues, society isn’t happy, snobbery abound etc. etc. I’ve heard positive reviews of this one so I’m looking forward to reading it.

Second is a graphic novel which I’m sure needs no introduction – Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. The first issue of Saga has been on my TBR since late 2014 so this first volume definitely fulfils the challenge criteria, as well as being something I keep meaning to read but always find excuses not to. I’m very hesitant to try this since so many people have raved about it – is anyone else hesitant to try something because so many people like it and there’s a pressure to also like it? Well, I feel that with Saga, which is the only reason I’ve not yet read this epic sci-fi graphic novel series. I have the first two volumes so, hopefully, I’ll be able to read both of them during the readathon and it is technically fulfilling the criteria to catch up with a series since this is definitely the first step in making an effort to catch up to where everyone else is- eagerly awaiting the sixth volume.

So, there we have it – that was my very low commitment TBR for TBR Takedown. Are you participating? If so please do leave your TBRs or TBR posts in the comments below, I’d love to see what everyone else is planning to read.


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#TBRTakedown 3.0

This coming week is Shannon from leaninglights’ readathon #TBRTakedown 3.0, which runs from 4th at 12:00 AM to 10th at 11:59 PM. I’m optimistic for the first readathon of the year as, hopefully, this will kick off my 2016 reading since I’ve been lingering with The Hero of Ages for what feels like forever. As seen in Shannon’s announcement video, there are some suggested challenges for the readathon and I’ll be giving them a go but undoubtedly I’ll deviate from this TBR halfway through because I’ve never been very good at sticking to plans and to-do lists, as much as I enjoy making them! But here are my hopeful picks for each of the challenges:  

  1. Book from most recent haul – The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
  2. Book on TBR shelf for a year or more – A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  3. Book outside comfort zone – The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
  4. First book in a series – A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  5. Complete/continue a series – The Elite by Kiera Cass (or, if I haven’t finished it by the time the readathon starts, the remainder of The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson)
  6. Fire coloured book (red, pink, purple, lilac, burgundy) – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  7. Non-novel item (poem, novella, play) – Very Good Lives by JK Rowling or Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

So, if all goes well and I somehow manage to stick to this, I’ll have finished the week having read 5 books – The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1, A Thousand Pieces of You, The EliteBig Magic, and Very Good Lives. I’m most doubtful about The Elite since it has been probably a year since I read the first book, The Selection, so I’m not entirely sure I’ll remember what happened and who everyone is, but we’ll see! The rest should be very do-able and I’m looking forward to all of them, especially A Thousand Pieces of You since I’m curious to find out if the story is as lovely as the cover itself.

So all that remains is for me to wait for midnight and then get reading. I think I’ll probably be stalking the readathon hashtag via Twitter and Instagram and updating throughout on the former. Anyone else participating? Do you have TBR posts yourself? Link me below if so, I’d love to see what others are reading and cheer on others with their reading.

Happy Reading!