Readathon of Kings Wrap Up

Readathon of Kings

This readathon was for the last weekend of April (27th-30th April) for the Dutch holiday, King’s Day. My TBR is here.

Challenges:
1) Read a book with Orange OR red-white-blue on the cover
2) Read a book by a Dutch author
3) Read a book involving Royalty
4) Read a book you bought because it was cheap

I actually completed my TBR! I read a lot of other books because I was sick and didn’t do anything else apart from read but I finished reading Air Awakens and Vicious. With these books, I completed three out of four challenges.

Air Awakens was definitely not as good as I was hoping it to be. My review is here but basically, the bad parts of the book were so bad for me that they overshadowed the good parts.

Vicious, on the other hand, I loved. My review is here. I think I’m going to get a paperback copy as soon as I’m back in the UK, that’s how much I loved this book.

This was a really fun readathon and I’m glad I did it, especially since I managed to read two books that had been on my TBR for a while.

 

New Year’s Reading and Writing Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Reading

In 2016, I had a good reading year. My Goodreads goal was 25 books because I was trying to get back into the swing of reading again. I read 132 books so it can be safely said that I did well in that goal! For this year, I have made the goal of reading a minimum of 80 books.

Now I will be going abroad for eight months and taking physical books with me will take up room in my bags that could be used for other things. I have 32 books on my shelves which I haven’t read. Three are sequels to books I haven’t read, so they can wait until I come back, which leaves 29 books. I plan to read at least 10 books before I leave on the 23rd January. Then when I come back, I will finish the rest of them off before I buy anymore.

I will be doing the Mount TBR challenge on Goodreads (a challenge where you try and get through your unread TBR list, both physical books and e-books). The rule is that you can move up mountains but you can’t go down, so I’m going to start low and say I’ll start on Mount Blanc. 

I also want to read more diversely. I liked the look of the Diverse December Bingo and ohbookish did a post about a yearly Diversity Bingo 2017 and I would like to try to read one book from every square.

I have rediscovered my local library. I won’t be able to use it when I’m abroad but when I’m here in the UK, I want to use it as much as possible. Show my support! I will aim to take 20 books out of the library.

  1. Read minimum of 80 books
  2. Read 10 physical books I already own.
  3. Read 24 books that I already own.
  4. Read a book for every square on the Diversity Bingo 2017.
  5. Read 20 library books.

 

Writing

So I’ve been both successful and unsuccessful on my writing goals this year. I haven’t got a book any closer to publishing, but on the other hand I’ve won Camp Nanowrimo and Nanowrimo all the times I’ve done it. I have been far more frequent in my blog posts, especially now I’m watching Booktube and seeing all the reading challenges going on.

I would like to continue with the frequency of blog posts so I’m going to try and post one book review a week and one discussion post a week. 

On my personal writing front, I’ve got a novella in the works which I’m hoping to get done by the end of January and sent off to my beta readers by then. And I would like to finish the Dragon Keepers trilogy and get the first one at least ready to publish by the end of the year. Basically a book published at the end of the year. 

I see all these great blog posts on wordpress but I never know what to say, or think that no one really cares what I say. However I know how much I like getting comments, so my goal will be to comment at least once a week on someone’s else blog post.

  1. One book review a week
  2. One discussion post a week
  3. One book published (on Amazon) at the end of the year
  4. Comment on someone else’s blog at least once a week.

 

And to top everything off, I’ll do a monthly update about all these goals. It will help to make sure I don’t forget about this goals and will bring my mind constantly back to them.

 

Holiday Booktubeathon Wrap Up

This was a quick little readathon that I didn’t do as well on as I could have, partly because I was ill but partly because I was torn between how many things I had to get done by the end of the year and then getting none of them done because I couldn’t decide what to work on.

I finished The Games which was a near-future thriller with Frankenstein’s monster outsmarting his creators. And then killing loads of people. It wasn’t a deep thinking kind of book, the characters weren’t terribly well-developed and the whole subplot with Pea didn’t seem to fit very well with the rest of the plot. However I read this book in one sitting because it was fast-paced and action-packed. If you’re looking for a quick book that doesn’t require much thought, then this is definitely the right book.

I read part of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition). I know the story already but I was re-reading it now I got both Illustrated Editions for Christmas. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and I am so glad they decided to produce these copies. Really, really nice.

I’m halfway through The Final Empire and I am really loving it so far. It’s more of a heist book than I thought but the world-building and the magic system is just brilliant and I really like the characters so far. I need to finish this so I can return it to the library on Tuesday but that shouldn’t be a problem. I’m very glad I picked this book up!

During this readathon, I read a lot of other books on my Kindle. Quick books that didn’t require much thought but did take up my time I could have spent reading the books for this readathon. However it was an enjoyable few days nonetheless and I’m glad I took part!

Bookmas Wrap Up

Well, I had a lot of fun during Bookmas. Sometimes I get books that I’m really looking forward to because their summaries sound like a lot of fun and they’re recced everywhere and then I get scared about actually reading them because I’m worried they won’t live up to the hype. Bookmas helped me to push past this and actually read the books I had on my shelf.

I didn’t finish my TBR because I had a lot more Christmas stuff to do than I thought, but I think I did pretty well and the videos were super fun to watch as well. I will be doing full reviews for some of these books as well but this is just a quick wrap-up.

Previous Bookmas post here

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Nanowrimo!

It’s that time again! First day of Nanowrimo has already gone by and I just about managed to do my word count in the last hour before my bedtime routine which considering I’m not doing anything else is pretty bad. I was very productive of everything else, just not my novel!

NaNoWriMo 2016 Participant Flair

There are tons of word crawls on Nanowrimo website, there are Nanowrimo write-ins and the Nanowrimo Twitter does word sprints pretty much all the time during November – I intend to use all these methods to get my writing done.

Boo!

Boo!Maldon Williams was nine years old when he saw a clown murder his parents. The clown used a kitchen knife to cut their throats from ear to ear, and blood dripped down the walls in thick, oozing rivers.

Ben Night was once a successful author, whose career now seems washed up. But his horror novel ‘Clownz’ is about to become all too real. Real enough to break into his own home.

Jane Brady is the police detective investigating a string of monstrous killings, connected only by Night’s book. Has its villain, Sparkles The Clown, inspired these real-life atrocities?

From the pages of fiction, Sparkles walks the world, leaving behind only the flayed faces of his victims and a single word written in blood:
“Boo!”

Goodreads, Amazon UK 

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