Category: Read-A-Thon


The Under-Hyped Readathon has ended once again, and I was able to read more than one book this time! Go me! I ended up reading three books, and I started a fourth one. I did want to read more, but I’m happy with how many I was able to read in a week.

Below are the books I completed, along with Gifs to help express how I felt about each one.

They Did It With Love by Kate Morgenroth – 4/5

This book reminded me a lot of Desperate Housewives, which I used to watch a lot. It was fun to watch all the drama and see what the characters would do next. Be warned, there are a lot of affairs!

 

The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde – 4/5

This was a very sad story about loss and blame. You just want to hug the main character and tell her that everything will be ok. It was an enjoyable read, but it’s probably not for everyone.

 

Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge – 3/5

The first few bites of this “cake” were amazing. The story sucks you in and completely immerses you in all the action, but in the second half everything changes, and I didn’t enjoy the direction it went.


I really enjoy picking up books that sound interesting but don’t have many ratings. It’s a gamble sometimes but it’s great when it works out. Most of the books I read are ones that have been highly recommended or talked about a lot. The Under-Hyped Readathons have helped keep me excited about books that I think sound cool when I buy them. Hopefully I can keep up this momentum for the rest of the year.

Let me know if you participated in this readathon or what you’ve been reading lately. Happy reading!

The Under-Hyped Readathon is back! I had a lot of fun participating last time, and I thought I would try again this time and maybe read more than one book. One of the reasons I love this readathon is because you get to see books you might never have heard about before.

The readathon is like last time and if you want more information you can go to The Under-Hyped Readathon’s Goodreads page. The readathon starts on January 19th and ends on January 25th. The only rules are that the books have to be considered under-hyped. This time around there is no limit to what under-hyped means, so you can read a book that you feel doesn’t get enough love or whatever you deem under-hyped. I’m going for books that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads.

Below is the list of books that I plan on trying to read during this week. Of course, I won’t be able to read them all, but I’ll be able to pick from a variety. (All links go to their respective Goodreads page)

  1. A Stake in Murder by Donald Allen Kirch
  2. The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  3. The Killing Room by John Manning
  4. Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge
  5. They Did It With Love by Kate Morgenroth
  6. Love Me, Love Me Not by Libby Malin
  7. The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Let me know if you’re participating in this readathon or what you’re planning on reading. You can also let me know if there are any other readathons that you’re participating in. I would love to know. Happy reading!

CramAThon Conclusion

I thought I better post my wrap-up of the CramAThon since it’s been almost a week since it’s ended. Life is finally calming down after Christmas, and I hope everyone had a great holiday. I didn’t read as many books from my TBR as I initially planned. I only read two books, but I did manage to finish three of the challenges.

The books I finished were:

  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
    • I enjoyed this book, but there were some moments that dragged. Maybe I’m a little biased because I watched the movie before reading the book. Either way, I do hope to continue the series to see what happens next.
  • Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge
    • This was an okay read. It wasn’t what I was expecting, and I feel it could have been done a lot better. The fairy tale stories were darker, but there wasn’t a whole lot added to them to make them stand out.

The challenges that I finished were:

  • Read a children’s book.
  • Read a hardback.
  • Read a book in verse. (or poetry)

Only one of the books on my TBR were actually read, even though I did start several others. However, once I started reading Savage Spawn by Jonathan Kellerman, I lost all of my momentum. Since I only read two books for the CramAThon, I picked several other books to fulfill my 60 book reading challenge on Goodreads. I should be able to finish it by tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

CramAThon TBR

Sorry I haven’t been that active lately. The holidays have been crazy, and I’ve been incredibly busy. Since my schedule for posting has been all over the place, I’ve decided to participate in the CramAThon hosted/created by Whittynovels.  I’m hoping this gets me back into reading and maybe back into posting every week.

The readathon is to help you complete your Goodreads reading goal by reading a bunch of small books. I’m excited about this because I get the chance to read some of the books that I might normally skip over. I’ve already completed my Goodreads goal to read 40 books. I’ve managed to read 53 books so far, but I hope to make it to 60 by the end of the year.

The CramAThon starts on Saturday, December 20th and ends on Wednesday, December 24th. Below is the list of challenges just to make it more interesting:

Challenges:

  1. Read a children’s book.
  2. Read a hardback.
  3. Read 2 books in 24 hours.
  4. Read a graphic novel.
  5. Read a book in verse. (or poetry)
  6. Read a novella.
  7. Read 5 books total.

I’m going to shoot for completing five of these challenges. I won’t be able to complete numbers 4 and 5 because I don’t have any unread graphic novels or own any books in verse. Here are the books I’ll be reading:

Of course I don’t expect to read every one of them, but I’m going to try. I’m going to count the three novellas by Marissa Meyer as one book since they’re pretty short. Child of God and A Feast of Snakes are two books I’ve been wanting to read since college. The subject of Savage Spawn intrigues me, and I’m really interested to see what it has to say. Overall, I’m just excited about all of these books and can’t wait to start reading them. Let me know if you’re participating and what you plan to read.

 

I found out about this amazing readathon from She Reads She Blogs. It’s being hosted by Books of Amber and Readers in Wonderland. The goal is to read or reread The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves in preparation for the October 21st release of Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

So far, I’ve only read The Raven Boys, but I really liked it. I’ve been putting off reading The Dream Thieves because I wanted to wait for Blue Lily, Lily Blue to be released so I could just marathon the books. This readathon is perfect for that. Since I’ve already read The Raven Boys, I’m going to start on Sept. 28th with The Dream Thieves. I’ll most likely still participate in the discussions, and if I see that I can’t remember anything from the first book, then I will definitely reread it before continuing on with the series.

There’s still time to join in on this readathon if you are interested in participating. To sign up and for more information about the schedule, giveaway, and events, click here.

If you decide to participate make sure to let me know. I’m so excited to start reading!

 

The Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon is over! I really enjoyed it because I was able to read books that have been on my shelves for a long time.

I managed to read three books for this read-a-thon:

In addition to reading three books, I was able to complete two of the challenges for the read-a-thon. I also started The Time Machine by H. G. Wells and The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma, but I haven’t finished them yet.

On two of the days, August 13th and 14th, I didn’t read any pages. This was because Chad and I went to a Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI concert on the 13th. It was amazing. We ended up getting home at 2 a.m., and we both had to work the next day. Suffice to say once I got home after working, I didn’t want to do much of anything besides sleep.

I have all of the following information on the original post, but I thought I would put it here as well.

  • August 1st
    • Pages read:  104 from Overnight
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 2nd
    • Pages read: 47 from Overnight and 8 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 3rd
    • Pages read: 130 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 4th
    • Pages read: 26 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 5th
    • Pages read: 67 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 6th
    • Pages read: 40 from Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 7th
    • Pages read: 12 from Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 8th
    • Pages read: 84 from Killing Mr. Griffin and 10 from The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 9th
    • Pages read: 87 from Killing Mr. Griffin and 15 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 10th
    • Pages read: 8 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 11th
    • Pages read: 10 from The Time Machine and 28 from The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 12th
    • Pages read: 11 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 13th
    • Pages read: 0
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 14th
    • Pages read: 0
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 15th
    • Pages read: 7 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books

One week down for the Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon. I’m glad there’s another week because I haven’t read as much as I had hoped I would by this point. I haven’t been keeping up with the 100 pages a day, but I’ve been reading every day and just trying to enjoy it. I’ve managed to finish two books so far, and I’m hoping to finish the third sometime today. I hope everyone is enjoying the read-a-thon.

Day 1: Friday

  • Book Started: Overnight by Adele Griffin
  • Pages Read: 104

Day 2: Saturday

  • Book Finished: Overnight
  • Pages Read: 47
  • Book Started: Zombie Blondes by Brian James
  • Pages Read: 8

Day 3: Sunday

  • Book Continued: Zombie Blondes
  • Pages Read: 130

Day 4: Monday

  • Book Continued: Zombie Blondes
  • Pages Read: 26

Day 5: Tuesday

  • Book Finished: Zombie Blondes
  • Pages Read: 67

Day 6: Wednesday

  • Book Started: Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  • Pages Read: 40

Day 7: Thursday

  • Book Continued: Killing Mr. Griffin
  • Pages Read: 12

Day 8: Friday

  • Book Continued: Killing Mr. Griffin
  • Pages Read: 84
  • Book Started: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • Pages Read: 10

I’ve been on a readathon kick for the past two weeks with the BookTubeAThon and the Under-Hyped Readathon, so I want to keep up the reading momentum and join another. I found out about the Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon from lเttlє๏ภเ๏ภฬгเtєร, and I decided that I would like to participate in this one as well.

As it states in the picture, it will be two weeks long, starting on August 1st and ending on August 15th, and it’s hosted by Books & Cleverness. This readathon is a great way to read books that have been on your bookshelf for way too long. I know I have quite a few of those, so this is a perfect readathon for me.

For rules and how to sign up: Click here

For the challenges and her TBR: Click here

Challenges:

  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a classic.
  • Read a book written before 2010.
  • Read at least 100 pages a day.
  • Read a book that’s been neglected by you for a shameful amount of time.

My TBR:

Progress:

I will be posting my progress for each day below, so be sure to check back if you would like to see how I’m doing each day.

  • August 1st
    • Pages read:  104 from Overnight
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 2nd
    • Pages read: 47 from Overnight and 8 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 3rd
    • Pages read: 130 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 4th
    • Pages read: 26 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 5th
    • Pages read: 67 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 6th
    • Pages read: 40 from Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 7th
    • Pages read: 12 from Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 8th
    • Pages read: 84 from Killing Mr. Griffin and 10 from The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 9th
    • Pages read: 87 from Killing Mr. Griffin and 15 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 10th
    • Pages read: 8 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 11th
    • Pages read: 10 from The Time Machine and 28 from The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 12th
    • Pages read: 11 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 13th
    • Pages read: 0
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 14th
    • Pages read: 0
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 15th
    • Pages read: 7 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books

The Under-Hyped Readathon has ended, and I’m torn between being happy and disappointed. On the one hand, I read a fantastic book, and on the other hand, I only read one book. I finished Vicious by V. E. Schwab (Victoria Schwab), and I started The Fever by Megan Abbott. I wasn’t able to read as much as I wanted to, but I had a lot of fun participating.

I’m really glad I read Vicious because it was amazing. It’s now one of my favorite books. I feel like this Gif is the best way to show how I felt after I finished it.

Vicious kind of put me in a tiny reading slump because I seem to only want to read stories involving this world and the characters. I really hope there’s a sequel to this book. I need more! If you read the description for this book and think it sounds at all interesting, you should definitely give it a shot!

I’m really enjoying these readathons because they are giving me extra incentive to read books I might not otherwise read. Let me know if you’re participating in any readathons or read-alongs or what you read this week.

BookTubeAThon Conclusion

BookTubeAThon has come to a close. This was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I participated. Chad also decided to participate in this readathon, so I’ll include his results at the end. We actually ended up completing the same amount of challenges, even though I ended up reading 645 more pages than he did (Shh, don’t tell him). We both started a series but neither of us finished them. Chad is going to carry his book over into the Under-Hyped Readathon because it has less than 1,000 ratings. I’ll be switching to Vicious by V. E. Schwab. Anyway, here are the results for the BookTubeAThon challenges:

My Results:

Monday:

  • Finished Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (160 pages)
  • Completed Challenge 1 (book with pictures)

Tuesday:

  • Finished The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (180 pages)
  • Completed Challenge 5 (book from genre I’ve read the least)
  • Completed Challenge 6 (book to movie adaptation)

Wednesday:

  • Finished Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks (99 pages)
  • Completed Challenge 4 (book someone picks out for you)

Sunday:

I managed to read four books (1,084 pages), and I completed four challenges. This was a successful readathon, and it helped me get back into reading after my break. I was able to read some books that I have been meaning to read for a while.

Chad’s Results:

  • Finished Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks (99 pages)
    • Completed Challenge 1 (book with pictures)
  • Finished The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (180 pages)
    • Completed Challenge 5 (book from genre I’ve read the least)
    • Completed Challenge 6 (book to movie adaptation)
  • Finished Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (160 pages)
    • Completed Challenge 4 (book someone picks out for you)

I decided to participate in the challenges mostly just to help motivate Heather, but I really enjoyed it once we got going.  I hadn’t read an entire book in more than a year and it felt good to get back into reading.  The Great Gatsby really slowed me down though, and I had to take a  few days off before reading Saga.  – Chad