A Winter’s Respite Read-a-thon 2013

Winter's Respite ReadathonDespite being a huge fan of readathons, I’ve actually only ever participated in a couple (and all of them the Dewey’s 24 hour ones – which are OMG so much fun). For some reason, I always seem to miss them!

So when I happened upon Kay’s (The Infinite Curio) starting post for the Winter’s Respite Readathon today, I figured it must be fate. Unlike the 24 hour readathons I’ve participated in, this one is a whole week long. Very very different experience, I’d imagine, so I am eager to see how I will enjoy it.

So, what is this readathon all about? As Michelle (The True Book Addict) puts it, it is “a week of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries.”

So, here are my goals for this week:

  • Finish A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – I have been slowly reading this for the past, oh, 9 months? I want it done with!
  • Start and finish The Holders by Julianna Scott.
  • Start Heist Society by Ally Carter.
That’s all for me. I don’t want to set the bar too high, as I have a large amount of work to get done this week. But still, this seems reasonable!  I’ll be updating this post daily with a wrap-up of my reading that day.
If you still want to join the Winter’s Respite, you can! Just head here.


Well, despite a slow start, I think I did rather well! I got almost 100 pages further in A Clash of Kings and I managed to start and finish Heist Society (which I adored!). It was a victory, I say. 🙂


23 January
I caught a really bad cold pretty much just after signing up for this readathon! So, I haven’t been able to get any reading done (I can never focus on pages while ill). I am hoping tomorrow I will be fully recovered and will be able to tackle my TBR books!

24 January
Pages Read: 46 (although hoping to get more done before bed!)
Book tackled: A Clash of Kings – page 645 of 969
Today has been… A slow one for reading. I only managed to read while on the bus (although reading while on public transport is one of my very favourite things).

25 January/26 January
Pages Read: 47
Book tackled: A Clash of Kings – page 692 of 969
Today has been… The thing about this book is that some chapters just fly by (Arya, Bran) while others just take ages to get through (Catelyn, I’m looking at you!).

27 January
OK, so the plan for today: finish necessary work stuff, then read Heist Society. While I am not hating A Clash of Kings, it is getting tedious!

… later that day…

Pages Read: 364
Book tackled: A Clash of Kings – page 726 of 969
Heist Society – completed!
Today has been… Victory! I finished off Heist Society in a single sitting. It was just absolutely brilliant – I am buying the sequel online right now.

Monday Reading (Oct. 22nd, 2012)

Book Pumpkins by Hanna Gritton (Etsy)

Book Pumpkins by Hanna Gritton (Etsy)

In this weekly event hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World Of Books where we discuss what we’ve been reading this week (and, occasionally, what we haven’t).

The only reading I’ve gotten done lately was during the Dewey’s Readathon – which was wonderful and fabulous and I cannot wait for the next one. But that said, I wish I had had more time to read this week!
Currently Reading:
  • Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead – For some reason I am having trouble getting into this. First time that’s happened with a Mead book…
Finished during these past two weeks:
  • Defiance by Lili St. Crow – Good, but not great.
  • Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead – While I’m still not a graphic novel person, I really did enjoy this!
  • Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles – This book was what us fandomites know as crack. It falls into the so-bad-but-so-good-for-me category.
Up next from my TBR pile:
  • Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells – I ADORE this series so I am both super excited to see how it ends and super sad about never getting to read another book about Sabine!!

Oh, what a challenge (The 2010 wrap-up post)

reading_medieval_-_2The challenges of 2010.  The suffering and guilt, the fantastic books and prizes – here’s a wrap-up of the challenges I conquered, and the ones that nearly conquered me!

There was the 100+ Reading Challenge, over at (what once was) J.Kaye’s Book Blog.  I managed to get 71 books read, which was a record for me but still didn’t get me over the bar.  It was also the first year I participated in The Story Siren’s Debut (YA) Author Challenge – for which I read and reviewed 9 out of 12 debut novels. Then there was J.Kaye’s YA Reading Challenge, for which I read a grand total of 37 books.  Pretty impressive given the fact I’d set out to read only 25.

I also took part in two of Literary Escapism’s New Author Mini-Challenges.  These were super fun, as they only lasted a month and I actually managed to complete them!  First there was The League of Reluctant Adults Mini-Challenge (where I discovered Jaye Wells and Richelle Mead), and then there was the Deadline Dames vs. Fangs Fur & Fey Mini-Challenge.

The award for most neglected challenge of 2010 goes to… the Finish that Series Challenge.  To be honest, I just forgot about this one once I’d signed up for it.  You didn’t have to check in monthly, there were hardly any wrap-up posts, and well… I still managed to complete the Mercy Thompson series (although a new book has since been released!).

The only challenge I regret not completing was the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Readalong.  I managed to get half-way through Two Towers before I accidentally abandoned the books.  I truly do plan on finishing this series at some point in my life – just a shame I didn’t manage to do it in 2010!

I also participated in two of Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thons.  I didn’t get too many books read, but they were great fun! I really look forward to the September 2011 Readathon.