Eek, welcome, hi there! It’s already Bout of Books time and I am super excited. It’s the third Bout of Books readathon of 2018, the 23rd edition overall, and my 12th time joining in with what has become my favourite readathon around. I was in a reading slump last time round and that really affected my involvement and enjoyment last time round. I’m glad to report that’s not the case this time round, I’m reading and enjoying the books I’m experiencing too. Let’s get signed up! Continue reading “Bout of Books 23: Sign Up and TBR”
Good evening witches, wizards, and muggles, and welcome to the NEWTs readathon sign up post. Gintare of Bookroast hosted the first magical readathon in April when I first sat my OWLs, but a reading slump and poor performance meant I jumped at the chance to resit in July. A last minute reading push has meant that I completed my Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, History of Magic, and Muggle Studies, and now as August has rolled round, it’s time to sit the dreaded NEWTs during the Magical Readathon happening for the whole of the month of August. For more readathon information, check out Gintare’s announcement video, or head over to the readathon hashtag on Twitter.
Now, how do you choose your NEWTs subjects? Well, that’s entirely dependant on which OWLs you passed during the last readathon (hence my July resit) and this time round it works on a level up system. Each Acceptable, Exceeds Expectations, and Outstanding challenge requires an individual book and to progress from Acceptable to Exceeds Expectations to Outstanding you must finish the challenge before first. Yep, I suddenly see why these are nastily exhausting! I’m aiming to try and get at least Acceptable in every subject I’m sitting, and at least 3 Outstandings, so let’s see what I’m going to be reading:
Hello, what do we have here? Is it another readathon? I think so! Because doing one or two at once is just not enough for some people! I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since the last tome topple! I’ve collected a few tomes since the last readathon, and I have a big challenge ahead that involves finishing The Count of Monte Cristo, so this really couldn’t have come at a better time for me.
Tome Topple is a two week readathon created by Sam aka Thoughts on Tomes and this time the readathon is taking place from midnight in your timezone on 29th June until 11:59pm on 12th July. The aim of this readathon is to read big books, aka books over 500 pages aka “tomes”, so unlike many readathon, it’s about the number of pages in a book rather than the quantity of books you manage to finish over the fortnight. Want more information? You can watch Sam’s announcement video or check out the readathon Twitter page and/or the Goodreads group.
Well, well, well, I think we’ve been here before, no? Yep, you guessed it by the title, I am giving the OWLs readathon another shot! The lovely Gintare, of Book Roast fame, hosted this wizarding event back in April, she she invited us all the take part. It ran for the whole month, and had 12 subjects to choose from, completing 5 of them earnt you Outstanding in your O.W.Ls. I was in somewhat of a reading slump at that point, so I didn’t do so well.
I really want to take part in the NEWTs readathon that is coming in August, so I am preparing myself by resitting my OWLs first. There are some guys doing the OWLs readathon for the first time in July, so I thought I would join them in the hope of finishing more of the subjects, because what you complete during your OWLs limits the subjects you can read during the NEWTs and I don’t want to be as limited as I am now!
At the end of June, we’re half way through the year. Yes, that’s right, we’re nearly halfway done with 2018 which is frankly quite scary. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been excited about the second half of this year for a long time and I am excited for it to come, but it’s kind of scary that it’s here already. I haven’t read nearly as many books this year at this point as I had last year, and even though I know it’s not a competition, I know I haven’t been reading much lately and that is irritating me. I do feel like things are getting better with reading, it’s all about the right book at the right time. Continue reading “June TBR”
D’you know what is the worst thing about being in a blogging and a reading slump? Being a book blogger. They work together and when things are great, neither is a trouble, but when they’re both hard work, well, you’re doomed. I’ve been in a slump for a couple of weeks now on both fronts and I am hating it, so, Bout of Books 22 could not have come at a better time! I’m super excited that my favourite readathon is back again, I’m on my 11th rodeo and excited to get reading and talking with you all.
We’re already a third of the way through the year, the sun is finally starting to shine more regularly and the temperatures are warming up. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about sitting with a book in the park, or by the river, on an afternoon stroll. I just finished writing my wrap up post, and wasn’t too impressed at the amount I read, so I am aiming high with an ambitious May TBR that should be useful when it comes to writing a TBR for Bout of Books 22 (you should all sign up!). Continue reading “May TBR”