April is bringing us two excellent readathon events and I am so in the mood for some social and virtual reading. I love online reading communities and the two described below are two of my favorites. I hope you will join one or both so that we can share book experiences and can collectively increase our TBRs.
The lovely Michelle is hosting once again this most awesomest of readathons – an entire month of horror!!!! This one runs April 1- 30. The goal is to read at least one scary novel. It includes several genres such as horror, thriller, paranormal, mystery, and gothic for example. I love me an excuse for reading more frightening books, so of course, I am so in!
Follow my quest here or on my twitter. The official hashtag is #springhorror.
April is also Dewey’s readathon month. This year, this 24-hour goodness takes place April 6th. I love this bi-annual readathon and usually host one or two social hours in the Goodreads group or on the Dewey blog. I will update you on this once I have my time slots confirmed.
A while ago, I wrote a post about how I prep for a 24-hour readathon, if you feel so inclined, check it out here. You can also follow my updates here or on my twitter. The official hashtag is #readathon.
I had a really great time with this readathon. I quite enjoyed focusing on gore and horror instead of romance in the first half of February. Though if you know me, that’s usually my general MO throughout the entire year. I read a lot of books in January (see my wrap-up here), so I didn’t devour books at the same rate this time but I was able to finish 3 that I consider suitable for this challenge (and a few others that didn’t fit the bill).
Each one of these had been on my TBR for a very long time and I was really looking forward to tackling them. Both, The Exorcist and Rebecca, blew me away. Brilliant writing. Brilliant plot development. Brilliant message. I felt a little disappointed after finishing Let the Right One In. I can’t exactly describe why but I just know something was missing, and that something was something crucial. I’ll be elaborating my reviews for these novels in my monthlies, which is my monthly wrap-up post where I review each book I read. I hope the Splattertine’s Day readathon gains traction and I will be doing it again next year with a bunch more bookish peeps! Thank you mall3tg1rl for hosting this!
mall3tg1rl created this most bestest readathon, which runs (get it!) February 1 through February 14. The idea is that we will be reading actual gooey stories and, y’all know, I am ALWAYS UP FOR THAT. I already have both The Exorcist and Let the Right OneIn on my TBR for this month, so they perfectly segway into this reading challenge. I’ll see what else I can unearth ;).
Most interactions for this readathon will probably be on Twitter and you can follow me @evilbibliotaph, mall3tg1rl @malletgrrrl, and the official hashtag #Splattertines2k19 there. Join us!
I had a great Thanksgiving week surrounded by friends who are like family. We went to the library and picked out books, played football outside, went to a College basketball game, cooked a lot of food, played tons of boardgames, and watched a few Christmas movies. I was able to finish The Picture of Dorian Gray, Supernatural Tales, and started reading Welcome to the Show. I am counting all those toward #thankfullyreading, #csreadathon, and the 75 BOOKS (Goodreads group) Thanksgiving readathon.
The #csreadathon is actually part of the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, which runs through January 6. There are different levels to reach and I am well on my way to get to Christmas tree!
The #tistheseasonathon just ended last night and I am happy to report I was able to fulfill all their categories!
Here is my little summary of the books I’ve read since Thanksgiving (in the order I read them):
I am currently finishing up Magician: Apprentice which will mark book #6 for #csreadathon and also fulfills a Popsugar reading challenge. I am also listening to In Cold Blood.
How are you guys faring? Are you doing any reading challenges this month? I have two more upcoming: #magicalreadathon2018 organized by Book Roast and #shortathon18 hosted by Howling Libraries. Look out for updates for these on my blog and on my Twitter.
This will be my blog post with a running list of all the Christmas-themed goodness I’ll be participating in. I love Halloween because it soothes my soul. I love Christmas because it has my heart. I wish I could take October through December off every year and just read books, books, and more books. I know Thanksgiving is still in between but I just can’t wait for Christmas. I enjoy the foodie experience for Thanksgiving but there is so much more to do for Halloween and Christmas. If you read my blog regularly, you know I participated in multiple Halloween-y readathons and generally devour horror books, so it comes as no surprise that I also need to partake in Christmas reading challenges. What is surprising is that I rarely read holiday type books. I am going to change that this year!
The readathons below are organized by start day and theme. This list is, of course, ever evolving.
In my mind, this is a let’s be thankful for books readathon that runs November 21 – 25. It’s free-form aka read what you want with the goal to cheer each other on (use #thankfullyreading on Twitter and Instagram). I am hoping to make good headway with my current reads and to finish 4 more books toward my Popsugar reading challenge by the end of November, thus I will probably focus on those reads during Thanksgiving. I also always read with my friends’ kids. They visit me every year and we make a special trip to the library to pick out books to read together. Follow me on here or on my Twitter during this readathon.
Seasons of Readings has quickly become my favorite resource for seasonal readathons. It’s a sweet group experience with lots of chats on Facebook and Twitter. This readathon takes place November 19 through December 2 and kicks of the longer Christmas reading challenge for which I noted down some of the categories! Let’s put it that way, I hope to level up to Christmas tree! The actual challenge runs November 19 through January 6 and I’ve started to compile potential reads. Be sure to check my progress on here and on my Twitter (#csreadathon).
Cozy mysteries by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
A few fine Booktubers and Bookbloggers are hosting this lovely readathon that even features specific prompts. Prompts make my heart grow two sizes because there basically is nothing better than checking off something I’ve done. This readathon runs December 3 through 9. I’ll be updating my progress here on the blog or on my Twitter account (#tistheseasonathon) and yes, my book list, per ush, is subject to change. I have a few more books left that I want to read this year and I will try to match them to these prompts. I will also double dip between readathons.
Read a book while listening to Christmas music. I know this book is set during the fall (or so the synopsis says) but I think it would be a creepy but cozy read with holiday music: Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Plus, I had already planned to read this one during December.
A short book (>200 pages). I have really stepped up my novella game this year and have come to love a good short story. I think I will read Skipping Christmas by John Grisham for this.
A holiday-themed book. Again, I am kinda using these prompts to read a bunch of fluff romance novels. The Gift by Cecilia Ahern definitely fits the bill.
bonus: group read ofSnow in Love (various authors). This one looks promising. I hope I’ll get to it.
Book Roast is hosting yet again another Magical Readathon. She usually has lovely challenges but I specifically love this one: it’s sort of a choose your own adventure/path! This readathon runs from December 17 through 26 with the goal to Attend the Christmas Feast. Book Roast is very active on her Twitter, so be sure to check that out and follow the official hashtag #magicalfeast2018. I’ll be updating here on the blog and also on my Twitter. Here is a quick preview of the reading prompts. I can’t wait to carve out my path!
Finish your coursework (finish your current read)
Help Hagrid decorate the trees (a book with a golden detail)
Have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins (a book you think will be humorous)
Visit 3 Broomsticks for muller pixie wine (a book that should only take you a day/evening)
Exchange presents at your Common Room (a book featuring/about friendship)
Sneak into the kitchen to gift dobby odd socks (a book that has an item of clothing on the cover)
Attend a Yule Ball (a book you’ve been preparing yourself for)
Fly around snowy Hogwarts grounds (a book with a building on the cover)
Put on your knitted sweater from Molly Weasley (a book featuring parents or focuses on family)
Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library (a banned book)
Bring a festive treat to Hedwig at the Owlery (a book with an animal on the cover/title/series name)
Attend the Christmas Feast (watch a Harry Potter movie; this is optional)
My plan of attack for this is to just go with the flow. I am not going to pre-plan which path I’ll take. I’ll see what books on my shelf, on my Kindle, or in the library strike me fancy and if they would allow me to advance to the next step!
What are your reading plans for the holidays? Are you participating in any fun readathons?
Well, as you may have glanced from my monthlies, I didn’t get that much reading done in September and halfway through October. So, with a sad twinkle in my eye, I am telling you now that I got ZERO books read for Readers Imbibing Peril. Instead, I watched a lot of horror films and shows and ordered a bunch of horror books. I feel like that counts in spirit. For Something Wicked This Fall Comes I actually finished 5 works:
I’ve linked to my Goodreads reviews or you can read my monthly wrap-up here on the blog. I think next year I am going to be a bit more prepared for these readathons. I ordered a bunch of books that I’ve been meaning to (re)read and would like to own but they didn’t come in on time. That won’t happen again!
Well, here we are. Dewey’s 24-hour readathon is over. Time went by soooooooo fast! I struggled a lot this time. I was constantly sleepy despite my multiple coffees. I read very slowly averaging only 27.1 pages per hours read; which is super duper low for me. My most accomplished hour was 66 pages in a Goosebumps book. I am a little disappointed, to be honest, but I am trying to not be too harsh on myself. I do want to celebrate this day!
I read! I am celebrating that! My time spent with books over the past two months has been minimal and this readathon kicked me back in gear. I also enjoyed my 4 hours of social media moderating in our Goodreads group, on Twitter, and on the Dewey’s blog. I had some really awesome conversations and got a ton of new book suggestions!
Here is my official wrap-up survey:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? All of them this time.
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! I finished The Bloody Chamber and Welcome to Dead House. I made it about 2/3 through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I read about 20 pages of The Picture of Dorian Gray. And I listened to almost 4 hours of Neil Gaiman reading Fragile Things.
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Definitely The Bloody Chamber. What a lovely collection of dark and creepy adaptations of fairytales.
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy? Just continue to be your awesome selves!
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? P(participate in April 2019) = 1. I’ve volunteered in the past (writing warm-up posts, hosting on the blog or on Twitter) and would love to get even more involved.
How is it going? How are you holding up? I’ve had the hardest time this readathon. I feel like I’ve been sleepy right from the beginning despite the fact that I am continuously pumping myself full of caffeine and food and water.
I’ve had a few interruptions too but all in all, I made decent progress. I was able to finish The Bloody Chamber and get about 2/3 through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before “having” to take a social media timeout.
I hosted hours 14 and 15 in our Dewey’s Goodreads group and am in the midst of keeping an eye on the official blog and tweeting my heart out @readathon (hours 16 and 17). I do really love interacting with everyone on Twitter. While I am doing that I’m being serenaded by Neil Gaiman reading Fragile Things and I gotta say his voice is just so soothing.
For the rest of the readathon, I am planning to finish Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and read a few Goosebumps books. I also have the third volume of The Sandman series at the ready. I hope I get to that as well.
I hope everyone is bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Because I am not. Mornings are not my thing but what wouldn’t I do for books?!
I am still in PJs with coffee in hand. I am going to start my readathon with tales from The Bloody Chamber. Here is my book stack for today!
I’ve also always wanted to read books from the Goosebumps series, so I have a few to choose from that as well.
Books on my Kindle include The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), Year One (Nora Roberts), From a Buick 8 (Stephen King), and a bunch of others that don’t fit the theme but definitely could be read if the mood strikes.
What is your first book? Do you have any traditions to start the readathon off with?
Bookish peeps, it finally is that time again: Dewey’s readathon! I am so looking forward to this weekend – Saturday (Oct 20th) will be spent reading, eating, blogging, and being utterly happy. September and October have been a pretty bad struggle bus for me. I have read very little, I am late on any of my blogs, and I have been overall pretty detached from my books and book clubs. All this will change this weekend. I am going to use the readathon to find my way back to my lovelies. With it being fall and nearly Halloween, and with me (technically) participating in a few other spooky themed readathons, I will focus on reading only the creepy, the weird, the odd, and the dubious.
Just writing out this list of potentials gets me even more pumped for Saturday. Now, I just need to think of my snacks. I already picked out my reading nook in the new house and hope I will have lots of virtual reading dates with each and every one of you.
P.S.: Maybe I will manage to take some pictures of my TBR for the blog. I am still waiting on a few library copies to come through.