Category Archives: Book Challenges

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Oct 2017): Update

It doesn’t matter how much you read, it matters if you’ve had fun. This was my first ever 24 hour reading challenge and I had a blast! I’m a slow reader and given to re-reading paragraphs over and over again if I enjoy them. It was weird to race through the book and not keep going back to previous pages. Here’s how I spent my 24 hours:

(In my time zone, the challenge began at 5:30 PM on Saturday)

Saturday morning: I began reading The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (from page 400-ish) to get a head start. It has a total of 735 pages in my mass paperback edition.

5:30 PM: The challenge begins and where am I, you ask? I’m at my friend’s place getting progressively tipsier. Great.

6:30 PM: I get home and begin to read The Other Boleyn Girl… or do I?

8:00 PM: Oops, I just spend all my time on YouTube watching Graham Norton episodes. I officially start reading now, I promise!

9:00 PM: On page 500 now. The plot is monotonous as hell…

9:30 PM: I have a little dinner: delicious Thai green curry and rice. I continue reading while enjoying a cup of flavoured yoghurt.

12:00 AM: Some painfully slow reading continues (on page 544) and I’m tired so I go to bed!

8:00 AM: I wake up and talk to my beau. The reading can wait!

8:30 AM: I start reading The Other Boleyn Girl again.

9:30 AM: Page 560. The plot is finally progressing and getting more fast paced.

11:30 AM: Page 640.

12:30 -1:30 PM: A glorious nap is taken. Later, lunch and a break!

3:30 PM: Page 680

4:30 PM: I finish reading my novel (I’ll link my review for this soon). I start with Last Sext by Melissa Broder, a short poetry collection.

5:15-ish PM: I finish the poetry book. Feeling confused but being glad to have understood and enjoyed a handful of poems.

Fin. Thanks for reading!

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Autumn Readathon TBR 🍁

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So many exciting readathons! I’ve been looking forward to Mercy’s reading challenge all month. It takes place between 22nd – 28th October. Here are my picks for the Autumn Readathon challenges:

(1) Read a gothic or spooky book: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

(2) Read a non-fiction novel that is “autumnal”: American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

(3) Read a novel set in a cold location: Same as 1. I believe it’s set in England during the wintertime

(4) Read a historical novel: Same as 1.  It’s set during the 1920s, haha!

Additional challenges:

(5) Read a short story collection: I’m going to choose between The Dead Husband Project by Sarah Meehan Sirk or Helen Oyeyeami’s What is Not Yours is Not Yours!

(6) Read an adult novel with young female protagonist: The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss (I started this one recently, but finding it a bit slow atm)

I haven’t decided if I’ll be posting my updates periodically or all at once at the end of the week.

In the meantime, happy reading! ☕

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Oct 2017) TBR

I really wanted to participate in ReadByZoe’s 24 hour Halloween reading challenge but life came in the way, I suppose. But fret not because Dewey’s day long readathon is happening this Saturday (21st October). In my timezone, it’s 5:30 PM on Saturday until 5:30 PM the next day. Frankly, I didn’t read last week and I’m in a mini-slump. I hope this book challenge will help me get out of it and encourage me pick up more novels this month.

What I’m hoping to finish reading for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon:

  1. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory: I’m about 350 pages in this massive 735 page novel! Fingers crossed I finish it soon.
  2. The Bay of Foxes by Sheila Kohler: I’m about 30% into this little novel. The plot is a bit slow but intriguing so I will continue on with this one.
  3. Folk by Zoe Gilbert: I kindly received an arc of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. It’s another short one so… fingers crossed!
  4. Last Sext by Melissa Broder: I thought it would be fun to throw in a poetry collection in here because it’s very quick and fun to get through.

Happy Reading, bookworms! 😄

Booktube-a-thon 2017 Update

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Challenges completed: 2

Books completed: 3, total pages: 874

Enjoyment level: 100%

The week started off with a whimper. I planned on reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and finishing the first challenge soon but alas, a hundred pages in and I wasn’t feeling it. I put it aside (gasp) and picked up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Absolutely fell in love with it and finished it in two days. For this book, I completed the ‘read a hyped book’ challenge. Next, I decided to pick up A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams because it is the shortest book in the world. The story was really… interesting. Remind me why it’s so famous again? Maybe the literary nuances were lost on me. This play was for the challenge ‘pick a book with a person on the cover.’ Marlon Brando is a person. And the other woman who he’s kneeling in front of (Side note: I really have to watch the movie adaptation soon).

My third and final book for the week didn’t fulfil any challenges. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is batshit insane. I was hoping to finish it in a day, damn you nighttime and treacherous sleep. Psssh! Anyway, I finished it during the next morning. Highly recommended. I really enjoyed this week, and I wouldn’t ever have finished 3 novels in a week if it wasn’t for booktube-a-thon. My TBR is growing everyday but sadly there aren’t enough hours in a day. I read at a snail’s pace, fam. You understand my pain!

Booktube-a-thon 2017 TBR

Disclaimer: I am not a YouTuber. Also, I am not going to finish seven books in seven days.

But this should be loads of fun, right? Yes!

The Booktubeathon is hosted by Ariel Bissett (who is an awesome human being) and will take place between 24th – 30th July of this year. Here are my picks for each challenge:

  1. Pick a book with a person on the cover: For this I choose The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I was planning on reading this next, anyway.
  2. Read a hyped book: Can I choose The Shadow of the Wind again? Haha, if not that, it is The Night Circus by  Erin Morgenstern.
  3. Finish a book in a day: I’m pretty sure I can get through Clara’s Daughter by Meike Ziervogel in a day because it’s a very short thriller.
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you: Birdie by Tracey Lindberg is about a Cree woman. It should be a harrowing and interesting read.
  5. Finish a book outdoors: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. A play counts, yes?
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover: I would be repeating a book here –The Night Circus by  Erin Morgenstern. It’s such a gorgeous cover!
  7. Read seven books: WELL. If I had to pick two more books, they’d be – Orlando by Virginia Woolf and Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough.

Let the games begin!