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The Full Monte Read-Along: Week Three/Chapters 41-61

Hello, Bonjour, Hola, how are we all? Welcome back to my Full Monte Read-Along updates where we are on a distinctly more positive note than we were this time last week. I have to say that I struggled a bit through week two and was worried, but I’m pleased to report that things have brightened distinctly since the book has headed to Paris. Maybe I just need this book to be in France to enjoy it? I promised I wouldn’t leave all the reading to the end of the weekend again, but of course I did, and for once it wasn’t a bad thing. I was pretty absorbed by the end of it and managed to read the extra chapter that puts my edition/end point in line with everyone else!

I’ve signed up to take part in The Full Monte Read-Along hosted by Laura @ Reading in Bed. We’re all joining together to read/weight lift this French bad-boy, and post about it every Monday, sharing lots of insightful stupid, serious funny, and important irrelevant aspects and thoughts on the week’s ‘assigned’ reading. You can follow my ‘progress’ through my Goodreads and this handily coded spreadsheet that changes colour when I have actually done what I am supposed to.

*warning* spoilers for The Count of Monte Cristo ahead.

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Guys! GUYS! GUYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYS! I have some awesome news about a new readathon in town! It’s called Marvelathon, and in case you haven’t already guessed, it’s based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I found about it yesterday, which was also the day it started, but needed some time to think about the rules and the challenges and my TBR and twitter thread and not getting too over excited about a potentially super event!

Now, the rules and the challenges and what not. There are quite a few of them because there’s lots of films, so I’ll be copying a lot from the host’s post keep on track with all the correct info and the good stuff. This amazing month-long readathon is being hosted by Jami and is her magical brainchild, and is taking place throughout the month of June; she deserves all the plaudits for creating an amazingly thought through readathon. Her readathon announcement post can be found on her blog: Jami Shelves but she can also be found at the twitter handle @jamishelves.

Let’s get started shall we?

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Bout of Books 22: Day 3

It’s Day 3 of this thing which means tomorrow we are actually half way and that fact is scaring me a little bit, I don’t want to lie to you guys!! I am off work today (I’m not sick of anything, I am working the weekend so I have today off instead) so I am going to try and get some hard reading done. I haven’t held any twitter sprints this time round, but that might change tonight. I have some free time later, so if you’re around and fancy a reading buddy…

I’m also a Bout of Books expert, here to help the lovely ladies at Bout of Books with all your readathon related enquiries, and to offer all round support and help for the readathon! So please, comment on my updates, and tweet me here!


10:30am: I had a lie in this morning and it was absolutely delightful. I slept a little better last night and even though my eyes and nose are funny again from the hayfever I seem to have developed this year, I am feeling a little more alive. I am taking my Gran to the local garden centre for lunch, so I am going to see if I can squeeze in a little more reading before I go.

11:15am: So I’ve taken my challenge picture and put it on Instagram, I’ll need to update the challenge section in a little bit. It was a good one today!

14:00pm: I took my Gran to the local garden centre for lunch and a small shop today which was nice. The weather is starting to improve and the plants were out and the whole thing was lovely. I haven’t spent much time with her recently so it was nice to do something together! I got some fancy jam and some bedding plants, I really need to sort out Barry the Hanging basket because he is looking a little dead!! In other news, my parents have floated the idea of going to Russia next year, and after a few minutes it has escalated to a multi city journey that starts in Moscow, goes to St. Petersburg and finishes in Tallinn, Estonia. You can see where I get it from.

16:30pm: I texted Emma about an hour/90 mins ago saying Deadpool 2 was out and suddenly out quiet evening of reading has dissolved into a Bakchich tea and a trip to the cinema. I’m quite excited though, for both. I love Bakchich and I’ve been waiting for Deadpool 2 for ages!!

21:45pm: The food was incredible, as always. I have shawarma and falafel and hummus and it was just amazing. Turns out I adore middle eastern food. Deadpool 2 was also pretty funny. It wasn’t as good as the first but then sequels hardly ever are, but it was funny and ridiculous. I was sat next to a Spanish set of friends and was a little depressed that they could understand it completely in a second language but couldn’t help smiling at how hilarious he found it.


Coming soon!

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Bout of Books 22: Day 2

Hey, hey, hey, we’re back and reading, and having fun together, right? It’s Day 2 already and things are going pretty well for me so far. Did you manage to get some reading done yesterday? Did you do the challenge? Did you manage to join in with the twitter chat? Sadly I missed it as I have a very early start today and needed my rest, and it fell at 2am for me! Don’t forget, you can still sign up, so make sure you’ve added your link here.

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Travel in Retrospect is Under Construction

Hi Folks! I have a little bit of an announcement to make! I’ve decided to take the plunge and make some changes to my blog. I debated the pros and the cons in a Blog Spring Clean post a while a go, and have opted to go ahead and make some alterations. It’s a little bit scary, a lot exciting, and a fair amount more work than I hoped but things are moving and grooving, finally! Continue reading “Travel in Retrospect is Under Construction”