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May AYearAThon & RYBSAT Round 8

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AYearAThon is a read a thon that happens each month throughout the year with different themes. You can find the goodreads group here. RYBSAT happens a couple of times throughout the year and is where you pick a spot on your shelf and read from that point onwards. You can find the event at its twitter here.

Hello everyone! I feel like it has been forever since I was partaking in AYearThon because of studies and I thought May’s (2nd-8th) Finish/Catch Up would be a good theme to join in again. So many things I need to finish! But then I also have RYBSAT at the same time (1st-8th) so I had to find a spot on my shelf that filled both ideas. This is what I came up with:

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I am starting from Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier and then working my way down and across. I hope to at least finish a couple of the books, but I still have assignments to do even though my major one has been handed in so I don’t want to be to ambitious.

Now I will be cheating a little for RYBSAT as I am nearly done with Soundless by Richelle Mead so I intend on finishing (and hopefully have finished it by the time this post is published) on the first day and then going to my official starting point and reading.

Now because RYBSAT seems to be pretty twitter based, I will be doing regular updates about it on my twitter account @ThWrittenWord, and then I will be doing updates every couple of days on here about both read a thons. Hope you guys join in and have fun!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookworm Delights

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

I love love love this weeks theme. There are so many things I love about books that are not just whats inside them.

1. Meeting people in my day to day life who feel the same way about books as I do. This wins the top spot because it basically doesn’t happen.

2. The smell of books. It settles my soul.

3. The hunt. Spending ages in a new or old book store looking for something to take home with me. While I don’t like second hand book stores too much because I like my books to be perfect, when I find a book in one that is what I want and is in good enough condition the rush is amazing. I basically run to the counter.

4. The moment in the book where the title or the cover make sense. It doesn’t happen much with the cover, but when the scene clicks its awesome. Brings new life to the cover.

5. Finding book related items and understanding them. Things like jewellery, and bookmarks. While these happen more after movies or shows of books happen, I love it when they happen without a movie, and I can identify them with just my knowledge of the book.

6. When publishers go above and beyond the outside of the book. When there is deckled edges, when the book is embossed under the dust jacket, and when the outside page spines have print on them. Just stunning.

7. Re-organising my bookcase. I love it when I have new editions to my growing library and it means I have to re-think where things go. I love to organise.

8. Receiving books in the mail that I was not expecting. This is something I wouldn’t even know if not for this community. Thank you so much to the publishers for all the ARCs that they have been sending me.

9. Finally picking up a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Getting through my TBR which just keeps growing is an amazing feeling.

10. Just the mindset I get when I snuggle into bed with a cup of lemon and honey tea or some juice all cuddle up with my cat and just relax with a book.

Be sure to share your lists!

If you want any of the books listed please click on the thingyami below.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Wrap Up)

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Feelings:

AND WE ARE DONE! I only took a really small nap this time, and managed to finish off three separate books so I am feeling really good about what I have accomplished this time around. Thanks for the fun times guys!

Books Read:

special dragonfly in amber animals of farthing wood soundless

Total Pages Read: 886

End of Event Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 8, right before I took my 3 hour nap. At that point I had already been awake for 24 hours due to work, so there was no fighting the sleep that needed to happen.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think a good way to pick books for read-a-thons is to pick smaller, simpler reads. This way you can fly through them really easily and feel good about how much you have accomplished. Having an audio book on hand is also really good for the time when you are doing challenges and physically cannot read a book at the same time, or have real world things to deal with.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

I couldn’t possibly think of a thing! The community and the activities are make it so awesome and we already have such amazing people join in the challenge. Its nice to know others are suffering with me somewhere haha.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

For me personally, I really focussed on when I went to sleep the day before the thon to try and make myself last longer. It sort of worked.

5. How many books did you read?

I finished 3 books and started a 4th.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

See above pictures.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Probably The Animals of Farthing Wood Colin Dann since it is filled with childhood memories to me.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

This I will give to Special by Georgia Blain. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, I found it really easy to read and was enjoyable, but because the ending got a bit messy to me and nothing really got wrapped up in a way I liked.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Umm yes and more yes as long as I remember when its happening cause I tend not to remember these things until it is too late. I would love to help host at some point or offer prizes but that will have to wait and see what kind of position I am in closer to the next one.

 

How did you all go with yours! If you want to share your progress/end posts be sure to do so because I love to see how much reading everyone achieved!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 23)

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Feelings:

I don’t think I will finish the book in the challenge, but I will be so damn close I might as well just finish it straight after. And I loved this challenge, I could do this all day. English was my jam (despite the fact I cannot spell).

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood Colin Dann

Pages Read: 40

Literary Limeric

Open the covers and you will see,

More wonders than you thought could be.

With every word and line,

In no amount of time,

Into another world you will be set free.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 22)

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Feelings:

Im hoping to get this book finished too. Having three done will just be awesome. I better get a move on! Stay away sleepiness, I have reading to do.

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood Colin Dann

Pages Read: 75

A Perfect Reading Day

I am easy to please when it comes to reading. My perfect day would be for it be lightly raining and cooling down a sunny day without it being too overcast. This would allow me to be in a comfy bed with lots of pillows and a lamp above me and to be able to lay under a blanket without over heating. I also desire sushi and lots of juice.

Reading Fuel Recipe Challenge

Now I am hopeless when it comes to cooking, about the only thing I don’t stuff up is pasta or rice so instead I am going to mention some of my favourite snacks relating to books. Now, when I select a snack I take into consideration a number of things such as if it for a read-a-thon with a short time limit such as this one, and what that food is going to do to my hands. I do not want any grease or other marks going onto my books! My go to snack for this read-a-thon because of how short it is and not want to pause to eat and wash my hands too much is sushi because that is easily done with chopsticks if I feel its going to damage my book, and because it doesn’t require a bowl it doesn’t hinder me reading while I eat. For longer read-a-thons I enjoy a number a baked goods, as well as things like mandarins because of the segments makes it east to snack while reading one handles. I just have to watch out for those juices!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 20)

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Feelings:

Yaaay to finishing books! I really never thought I was going to get through that bloody book. The audio books of those are so long. That was months of listening for me.

What I Read: Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon FINISHED

Pages Read: 69

Pump Up The Jam

  1. Tipsy by J-Kwon
  2. Dynamite by Taio Cruz
  3. I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  4. Titanium by David Guetta
  5. Royals by Lorde
  6. My Medicine by The Pretty Reckless
  7. Spitfire by The Prodigy
  8. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  9. Fireflies by Owl City
  10. Centuries by Fall Out Boy

Scary Good

Thanks to this challenge it has come to my attention that I dont seem to read scary books… I think I used to by have stopped for some reason. I must fix this. Anyway I picked too because one is drawing on pretty old memories.

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I remember being pretty stressed out in points of this book despite it being about zombies.

 

 

 

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I chose this book because I was scared to read on. I knew what was coming and with each page I read I got closer and closer to it and I didn’t want to but I couldn’t stop reading.

 

 

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 18)

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Feelings:

I finished a book and I am about ti finish another. I am feeling so pumped right now. Food trip break I think!

What I Read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  2. Special by Georgia Blain FINISHED

Pages Read: 168

Literary Wanderlust

Where would I travel or what would I do if I was in the the setting of my current book?

Since I am reading Dragonfly in Amber right now this is super easy for me. The answer is everything and everywhere. I Want to visit all the castles, watch them train horses, watch their ceremonies and pagan celebrations (and join in that last one). And above all I would spend vast amounts of time at Craigh na Dun and all the stone circles. I adore Scotland, and I would be happy doing pretty much anything as long as I was not suffering in the process or going to become diseased.

 

Twitter challenges links:

Diversity Shelfie

They Said What? I used the two books I am reading right now to create the sentence.

 

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 15)

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Feelings:

I feel breathless with the rush of it all. I think I have finally caught up with challenges other than he food once because no food is coming to me right now. I snacked on some leftover pizza and I sort of want to take another nap I think I will be ok to break out another V.

What I Read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  2. Special by Georgia Blain

Pages Read: 101

Mad Tea Party Challenge

March Hare – Miss Margaret. She collects people, so I can picture her hosting this part.

Mad Hatter – Chimo. In a world where everything including how people are made is based on high power groups, a rebel would argue about time with them.

Dormouse – Ivy. Never fitting in with the Specials she sleeps away the classes.

Alice – Fern. She is a Special in amongst the normals and must never show her true self.

Book used: Special by Georgia Blain.

Book Mashup Madness

Im choosing to do the two books I have been reading for the read-a-thon thus far.

Special in Amber

After going to far through the rocks and leaving her love behind, Claire has kept her secret for 20s and had to raise a Special daughter after she ‘won the Lotto’ and she was genetically altered. Now, after whisking her daughter away and wiping her from the data system, the only way for them to be safe is to go back. Can changing Jamie’s past change her daughters future?

Weird Cover Hunt

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 13)

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Feelings:

I feel like I am just rushing to keep up with challenges now. Its not very nice. Why on earth are they all so big?

What I Read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Pages Read: 44

Alphabet Soup

Book used: Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon, ebook.

Agony p324

Bookshelves p11

Carriage p339

Dissolution p1027

Ensconced p799

Flames p1643

Grisly p1643

Highland p45

Inflicted p1012

Journey p1652

Knife p1718

Ludicrous p1351

Mumbled p1647

Necessarily p1687

Obstacles – 1722

Petrified p1174

Quilt p1166

Rummage p786

Scattered p770

Tugging p1721

Unutterable p1776

Volition p1364

Weariness p1434

X – no such word in either of the books I have been reading have one that starts with x. I searched every x in the ebook formats, and nadda. Have one instead that sounds like X. Exhausted p1780

Younger p1775

Zombie p1757

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

dragonfly in amber

 

 

 

 

2. How many books have you read so far?

I have yet to finish either but I have been reading two books at the same time. See above.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

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4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Sort of. There was a part here and it was very loud and hard to focus on reading when I wanted to join the fun. I put my headphones on for this to try and down out the noise. My boyfriend also got a bit drunk which means he kept coming in and wanting attention so which I limited him to a kiss per hour. It sort of worked.  Then I slept, which there isn’t any dealing with that.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How long its taking me to do some of these challenges. Aren’t these things supposed to be quick so we can get back to reading after a short fun breaking?

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 11)

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Feelings:

So I had a nap in hour 8 and awoke this hour to see that I won a prize in hour 9. Very exciting. I don’t know what to do about Dragonfly In Amber. When I was falling asleep I was listening to it on audio book and I am not sure I got it all… To go back as far as I think I need to and count the pages again? Or just go forward and trust I didn’t miss too much?

What I Read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  2. Special by Georgia Blain

Pages Read: 32

Share A Quote

Since I cannot help myself, I am going to share two. They are short and are both from Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon.

I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of flower’s stem.

and

Torn between the impulse to stroke his head, and the urge to cave it in with a rock, I did neither.

Character Destination

I choose Rose Hathaway because really, if there are no strigoi to kill she would make the trip amazing.  Now the actual destination part I find hard. Being in Australia there isn’t really anywhere I want to road trip here much…

I suppose we can start off in Victoria even though I don’t live there and drive along the Great Ocean Road and see things like the 12 Apostles, then drive all the way up to northern Queensland and do things like the Great Barrier Reef, and finally Daintree Rainforest.

 

 

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