Monday, October 24, 2016

BookBuddyathon TBR & Wrap-up

Similar to last week this read-a-thon has five challenges two of which I personally changed to fit my goals since I am reading by myself. I will talk about the first two which have remained the same and then the two I changed.

 Read a book with pictures in it.

For this challenge I already had The Monstrous picked since I knew I would be reading it at the same time as the last read-a-thon. Between each story there is always a creepy drawing of what the next story will talk about.

 Read a book just because.

I decided to read Memoirs of a Geisha because I have yet to finish it. I also decided to take a picture of myself with crazy hair and upload it here for all to see. (:

 Buddy read a book with your buddy.
Changed to:
Read the sequel to a series you've started.

I will be reading Zoe Sugg's Girl Online: On Tour which I totally forgot about because I read the first book at the beginning of last year. The third book comes out in November so it's the perfect time to pick it up. 

 Read a book that's title starts with the first letter of your buddy's name.
Changed to:
Start a new series.

I couldn't figure out what book to pick when I went to the library and then noticed these three books and remembered that a lot of BookTubers I watch had talked highly of it so I decided to pick them up.

Read 5 books.

So if you've counted then you will notice that based on my picks I already have 6 books picked out, but I plan to read the new series towards the end of this read-a-thon meaning I'm only planning to read the first book this week. So the last book I chose to read is Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy because I started it and totally forgot about it.

Monday October 24
I had the whole day to read The Monstrous today, I ended up reading 133 pages. In between reading I went to the library with my brother in order to look for books for this read-a-thon. We spent almost two hours there because my brother was playing Pokemon Go, the only reason he decided to go with me. It gave me enough time to look around and see if anything caught my attention or if there were physical copies of the Ebooks I am waiting to read. 

Tuesday October 25
Today I read the last 51 pages of The Monstrous. Then for the rest of the afternoon I read 97 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. So in total I read 148 pages.

Wednesday October 26
Before heading into work I read 22 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. After work I read 10 pages of Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy (whose title I am not a fan of b/c length). So, in total I read 32 pages today, typically for a work day.

Thursday October 27
Before work I read Memoirs of a Geisha and while I was riding the train I read it too so I got to read 33 pages. Then while at work I got to read 9 pages of Behind every mean girl. So in total I read 42 pages.

Friday October 28
I didn't have to go into work today so I started my morning off by reading the last 20 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. I then went on to read Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy and read the remaining 118 pages. So I read 138 pages in total today. I was planning to start a new book in the evening, but that just didn't happen.

So, for this read-a-thon I completed only two challenges, and only read 3 books out of the 5 I planned on reading. Which is actually fine wi me because now I can start fresh with my new book series and not have other books waiting to be picked up again. There will be more read-a-thins in November so stay tuned for those.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spookathon TBR

Some read-a-thons have a few challenges that you have to accomplish throughout the week in order to have had a successful read-a-thon. These next two read-a-thons are just like that, today I will be talking about the books I plan to read in accordance with each challenge for the Spookathon. I have 7 days to finish the 5 challenges for the read-a-thon that starts tomorrow Monday, October 17 and ends Sunday, October 23. The good thing is that if one book falls into more than one category you can use that book for any or all of those challenges so in the end you don't have to read 5 books total.

1. Read a thriller
Basically two of the book on my list fall into this category, but if all else fails I can read a Stephen King novel, Gyliann Flynn book, or anything from this list...

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
The Monstrous is a book that I saw once while walking out of the library, I took a picture to remember the title and I finally picked it up.

3. Read a book with red in the cover
Innocent by Eric Walters was given to me a few months before it came out last year and I never got around to read it so better late than never.

4. Read a 2016 release
I have been waiting to get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for a while now, if I happen to get it during the read-a-thon I plan on reading it straight away.

5. Read a book with a creature
The last book I want to finish reading is Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.

More updates for this read-a-thon will be posted next week. The wrap up will also have a long recap of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon on that Saturday section.

See you then (:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Spookathon & Dewey's Wrap-Up

Monday October 17
Workday: Only 3 hours of down time before prime time television because it's that time of the year again. I only read 29 pages of Library of Souls today because there was a lot of noise and distractions. 

Tuesday October 18
Today was my day off, I didn't read a lot though because I felt lazy and kept procrastinating. Not only with videos, but with appointments. I had an eye appointment scheduled today so that took around two hours out of my day, I then came home and looked for new glasses online. I did this all afternoon, and ended up choosing one of the first glasses I saw. Once they come I'll share them and what I think. I read 80 pages of Library of Souls, just a few pages from the end.

Wednesday October 19
I finished reading the last 19 pages of Library of Souls, the last book in the Peculiar Children series, this morning. I then read two stories (46 pages) in The Monstrous and stopped in order to hang out with my brother for the rest of the afternoon. I also took a quick nap somewhere in between that time and watched a few videos. I basically read 65 pages today on my last day off this week so that's telling you how this read-a-thon is going for me.

Thursday October 20
Workday: I had three hours to myself after work when I finally got to read.
Today I read 43 pages of The Monstrous and to tell you the truth I'm not in love with the book. The stories inside aren't scary and are very complex, the hot weather doesn't help either since I start to get sleepy when I read.

Friday October 21
Workday: I went into work a bit later, but got out even later than I originally intended to stay. When I work longer I get a longer break so I actually read a bit at work today.
I finished the story I started reading yesterday this morning before work and began a new story. This new story is actually really good and I want to finish it, I even read a bit at work, but once I got home my neighbors had really loud music on right next to my bedroom window so I couldn't read. So today I only read 14 pages of the monstrous.

Saturday October 22
Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon|Spookathon|BookBuddy
I was planning to do a play by play of what I did every hour during the 24 hour read-a-thon today, but it would be very bleak to say the least. I was asleep the first 7-8 hours of it after 3 hours of getting ready and commuting I worked for another 6 hours and after an hour of going back home, I ended up in church, another hour lost. At the end of the night I had only read 11 pages of The Monstrous.

Sunday October 23
I worked the same hours as yesterday, but since it is Sunday there wasn't much traffic on my way to work so I got to read a bit before work. Once I got out of work I had to go run errands so I didn't read much that afternoon. For my final day of this Readathon I read 21 pages of The Monstrous. On the bright side it finally feels like fall weather, it was nice and gloomy today and it started to rain when I was out and about.

Although this read-a-thon wasn't eventful, I feel like this next week is going to be better since I am currently reading and it's my day off so I have time to read and am planning to go to the library. That explains why I didn't put up a TBR for BookBuddyathon, I knew I would still be reading The Monstrous, but other than that I have only two other books to read. One of the challenges is to read 5 books and I didn't have any that I could or would want to read next. Plus, although this is a read-a-thon were you have to read a book with a buddy, I am reading all books for myself and not with anyone else. So I still need to choose two books that won't really work with two of the challenges. Once I get all my books together I'll post that TBR or post it along side the wrap-up at the end of the week, we shall see.

Monday, October 3, 2016

FrightFall Wrap-Up

Monday October 3
I worked all morning today so I didn't get to read until maybe 6pm. I read a few pages of Library of Souls before starting work, around 5 pages although one photo takes up an entire page so let's say 3 and a half pages read. After work I read the first 69 pages of The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. So in total I read around 74 pages on my first day.

Tuesday October 4
It was my day off which meant an entire day for me to read. I read The Unexpected Everything hoping to finish as much as I could today because it is due in about four days. I read a total of 203 pages today.

Wednesday October 5
Today I finished reading The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, I only had 74 pages left to read. I then read 35 pages of Behind Every Mean Girl...there's a tragedy, but had to stop because it felt similar to The Unexpected Everything. After giving myself a break I continued reading Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, I stopped after a while so I only read 52 pages. After reading a little bit of each book  I read 161 pages in total today. 

Thursday October 6
Today was a busy day, I pretty much worked all day and once I got out there was so much traffic that I only had a few hours to rest. In the two hours before falling asleep I read 49 pages of Library of Souls.

Friday October 7
Another busy work day today where I decided to take a break from reading once I got home. I read a few pages of Library of Souls before and after work, but in total it was only 19 pages. I took the train home so I read a few pages of Memoirs of a Geisha which I have yet to finished, I keep it in my bag for train rides or other moments where I can sit down and read; I read 8 pages of that before having to stop. So in total I read 27 pages today which makes me wonder if I'm even going to finish my one goal for the week, read a scary book.

Saturday October 8
Today was all about number 8 not only the date, but also the number of pages I managed to read. I picked up Library of Souls before work and that's about it once I came home I just had no motivation to read. 

Sunday October 9
There's something about weekends where I just can't ever find time to read, which can be fine since I'm usually relaxing either way (when I'm not at work). Today I only read 8 pages (again) after work, but kept getting distracted so I decided to stop.

Basically I failed this week since I didn't get to finish reading my "scary" book which was the one and only challenge this week. I love week long read-a-thons, but they can get stressful if you have to work. Finding time to read was hard before, after, and during work and by the last few days I was burned out, as you can see. 

In the next weekly read-a-thon hopefully I have more time to read or just relax and not stress about reading every free moment that I find.