The Annual Harry Potter Readathon

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I’ve found this perfect readathon right around the time that I was thinking that I want to reread the Harry Potter series. What timing! It runs from the 15th May to the 6th August (just before I fly back to the UK). The schedule for each book is here but you don’t have to follow it!

For this readathon (tumblr here), the plan is to read the entire Harry Potter series, the Fantastic Beasts screenplay, the Cursed Child screenplay, the four Pottermore short stories and the three companion books (Tales of Beedle Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages). I have most of them on my Kindle, the exceptions being the screenplays and Bard and Beasts companion books. Hopefully I will be able to get them from the library but if it doesn’t happen, it won’t be the end of the world.

There will be challenges, bookmarks, quizzes and basically, it just looks like a really fun time. Tumblr FAQ!

I’m really looking forward to it!

#HPReadathon2017

 

Tome Topple Wrap Up

The TBR for this readathon (and introductory video) is here.

How I Did 

So I got the dates a little mixed up for this readathon. I was thinking it started on Monday and then finished on a Sunday. I don’t know why, especially considering how I double checked the dates a few days before it started. So I started last Monday and I’m about halfway through my second book, A Conjuring of Light.

Good news it that I finished one book! Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr is an own voices book about three generations of Palestinian Christian women and it was over 700 pages so it was long. I did enjoy it, I liked the characters and the similarities between each generation as well as how it was obvious that you can love each other because you’re family but that doesn’t mean you understand each other. I don’t want to spoil too much but there was a lot of common ground between the three generations, including the fact that I got frustrated with them and wanted to shake them at times.

Conjuring of Light – well, I like it better than the second book already. Lila is actually doing stuff that isn’t selfish thrillseeking so I feel more kindly towards her. Kell and Lila still have no chemistry though and no amount of kissing can convince me otherwise. Rhy and Alucard are the sweetest though and I adore their scenes together.

Challenges

1. Read more than 1 tome – does the quarter of A Conjuring of Light count?
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series – same question about A Conjuring of Light
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

So I didn’t definitely complete more than one challenge but I did read something which has been on my TBR for a while and finish it. How did everyone else do?

Now I have a few days to finish A Conjuring of Light so I can start the next readathon I have planned which is Readathon of Kings. I still haven’t found a book by a Dutch author that is easily available to me (either on my Kindle or in my library) so I might have to miss that challenge.

 

Readathon of Kings

Readathon of Kings

As much as I love readathons such as Diverseathon and Borrowathon, I do like readathons that are new and have a different theme around them. Readathon of Kings is a Dutch-themed readathon starting on their King’s Day (27th April) and ending on the last day of April (30th April). The Twitter account is here. Plus the challenges are interesting as well, so I thought I would wind down from Camp Nanowrimo by doing a small readathon.

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

As always, I’m going to try and focus on books I already own and books that are relatively short as the readathon will only be three days long.

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Tome Topple Readathon

A readathon I haven’t seen before is Tome Topple which is a two week long readathon (7th April – 20th April) where the focus is on big books. The only qualification of books is that a single work has to be over 500 pages. I’ve got a few of those waiting in the wings.

Challenges 

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

Since I have several books which would fit the criteria on my Kindle, it was hard to narrow it down! I won’t be able to complete all the challenges, but I think #1, #3 and #5 should be done if I manage to finish my TBR.

The Goodreads group is here if anyone wants to know anything more.

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A Very Arcish Readathon TBR

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So I’ve signed up for NetGalley recently, which is awesome. I thought it would be a while because I got approved for anything, but I have five ARCs ready to be read and not a clue which one to start with. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself to get these books read but then this post came along as if my worrying had been heard.

This is a month long readathon where you try and get to as many ARCs as possible during the month of April. As I will be working and no longer on holiday, I definitely won’t be reading as much, but I’m hoping to get to this TBR.

The TBR may fluctuate as I get in new ARCs (like if The Love Interest gets approved, you know I’m reading that straight away) but I think I’m going to aim for at least five books on my ARC list.

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FemPowerAThon Wrap Up

So this readathon was super fun and definitely helped by their enthusiastic Twitter account. My TBR is here where I have six books to fill the eight challenges.

I was able to fill all my challenges in the end, thanks to The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo have a secondary character be a woman with depression so challenge #5 was ticked off. I didn’t finish The Alchemists of Loom, though I did start it, but The Terracotta Bride was about a lesbian woman so all the challenges were still ticked off. I also read Ida which was about a woman in a relationship with a genderqueer character, Daisy, which also fulfilled the terms of the challenge.

Favourite Book of the Challenge: The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo. Funny, with a romance that made me smile. The only thing I disliked about it was how short it was!

Least Favourite Book of the Challenge: The Terracotta Bride. The novella was well-written but it was too short and not in a good way like Cho’s other book. It had an interesting idea but it could be expanded on, plus the ending was fairly depressing.

I was very glad I did this readathon, it made me read books that had been on my TBR list for a while and they were all thoroughly enjoyable. I’m liking The Alchemists of Loom as well.

Beat the Backlist TBR

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Now I like TBRs. For readathons, reading challenges, season TBRs, monthly TBRs, etc. I have a March TBR and a TBR for my newest readathon which is scheduled to post this week (Fempowerathon here) and then I saw thriceread make a post about Beat the Backlist and the temptation was too great! This is a yearly challenge, much like Mount TBR on Goodreads, where the focus is on books published before 2017 and is hosted by Novel Knight. For this challenge, I do have the option of including all the books I’ve read this year that qualify for the challenge but I think that would be too easy, so I’m only going to do books I already own, published before 2017, starting from today (13th March 2017). Goodreads shelf here.

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