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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 7

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Hello my lovely people of blog land. We are now into hour seven of this wonderful read-a-thon and I thought this would be a good time to update you all on how things are going. As this read-a-thon started at 10pm for me, I had already been up over 12 hours when it started. This means in hour seven, at 4am, I am struggling to keep my eyes open as I read and I think that I may need to take a nap for an hour or two to try and wake myself back up a little.

Currently Reading: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Total Pages Read: 168

Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 

I am reading from the land down under! (Australia)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I didn’t really create a stack for this read-a-thon because I know my mood will probably change and I have been going through a bad (horrible) reading slump, but I am going to say that I am most looking forward to starting my second book as that means I completed one!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I know I will at some point go and get myself sushi because I always do, and it will be glorious.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am 24, own a cat, live with 4 other people and aspire to work in a wildlife sanctuary (as well as read books for a living haha)
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I completed forgot to have a nap before the read-a-thon started this time so doing something differently has gone out the window already! But it will still be enjoyable.

Happy Birthday Poem

In this mini-challenge, I challenge you to read a poem written by a poet born in October, to celebrate the October setting of the Dewey Readathon. I have listed the birthday followed by poet name and title of poem and a link to read the poem on-line. Please read one of the following poems and make a comment about which one you read and how you liked it

Challenge page.

For this challenge I chose number four (Oct. 21) Jilly Dybka:  “Carnaval of Souls.”

Carnival of Souls

The bird-like woman
at the ramshackle carnival—
the only one riding
a roller coaster in the rain.

At the ramshackle carnival
the sparse crowd seeks shelter.
A roller coaster in the rain
has but one passenger.

The sparse crowd seeks shelter.
The only one riding
a roller coaster in the rain:
the bird-like woman.

I like this poem because to me it speaks of great personal struggle or sadness, and the desire, or the overwhelmingness of it is stopping someone from letting it go. In a situation most people would avoid, like a ramshackled roller coaster in the rain, a single woman fails to seek shelter with the rest of the people.

Book Memories

That’s all I want from you- your book memories!  Just leave a comment, or a link if you’re posting it on your blog or twitter or litsy or instagram or tumblr or goodreads or whatever social media site you most prefer.

Challenge page.

For this I am going to go with really my first clear bookish memory of my father reading The Hobbit to me as a child. I think it was this early interaction with a proper book (not just a picture book) and it being fantasy has really shaped me as a reader even though because of my dyslexia there was a very painful time in my life where the idea of reading anything seemed to out of reach.

If you would like to see my answers to other challenges check out my twitter account.

 

Till Next Time . . .

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Brisbane Writers Festival 2016

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So this weekend I went to Brisbane Writers Festival! This isnt an even that I would normally consider going to as I went to the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the things I went to see where just not things I am interested in and I struggled not to fall asleep.

But then Melina Marchetta posted that she was going to be at BWF and my world stopped. I had a mini breakdown and went on a hunt to see who, when and where. I had it all worked out except on the 10th I also had a baby shower to attend so I made my friend push it back by half an hour so that I could do all the things and not be too late for that :D

So on the 10th I got up bright and early to go make sure I got a park and I could look around and make sure I got a good spot in Melina’s book talk for the book Tell The Truth Shame The Devil which the publishers were kind enough to send to me so I had managed to read it before the talk. I had all this extra time up my sleeve because I had read someones ‘guide to surviving BWS 2015’ and they had said rock up super early because there was a line for carparks and what not. Well thank god I didn’t mind being early because this was not the case. I don’t know if it just wasn’t as busy this year or if that person was talking about the weekday events but it was rather quiet on the weekend.

I loved every moment of the talk and I can now proudly say that my favourite book is signed. It feels soo good. I just wish I had had the guts to ask her for a picture, but she was so serious and composed the entire time. I was just so flustered!

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Then after Melna’s talk I went to a booktalk with Jay Kristoff for his book Nevernight. Holly hell that man is tall! He came in like a dark lord towering above us all but was super happy and friendly the whole time. Again I really really enjoyed this talk despite the fact that I have yet to actually read this book. I do have a copy, just haven’t gotten to it yet with my schedule :( I think in terms of talks I liked this one even more because Jay told us a few different stories about a few other books as well, and he was just so damn happy and enthusiastic the entire time.

This super friendly attitude was sort of my downfall here though. I was like the 5th person in line, but he was so friendly to everyone that it took like 20 minutes for him to get to me and by then I am freaking out because I was already going to be late for the shower and everyone was taking pictures so I wanted a picture too but then I freaked and sort of invaded his personal space and bhfiebkjrkjbrjkbf. I was very embarrassed for myself. I look spastic in the picture too!

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Then I raced down to the shower and proceeded to get drenched helping her get presents inside the house when the shower was over.

Moving on to the day to, the very first thing I did was see that David Levithan was about to come out for his signing, and while I have yet to read any of his works, some of them where for sale there so I thought why the hell not and picked up a few of his works and had him sign them for me. It was a bit awkward because I couldn’t comment on anything of his so I just asked him how his day was going haha.

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I then went straight to Meg Rosoff’s book talk on her latest book Johnathan Unleashed, which I have not read because I have not heard very good things but I had just got given and read How I Live Now so I was interested in listening to what she had to say. She had a very different kind of way about how she did the interview. It was very serious but also funny in a serious kind of way, sort of a sarcastic funny. She at one point said how she wished she got asked or compliment more on other works besides How I Live Now and was sort of sick about hearing about it so this lead to me awkwardly apologising for not having a more original  book for her to sign as I was the first person in line XD

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Then I had Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman talking about Illuminae. This was just as fun as the Nevernight talk. This talk had the same host and she was really good at asking the right questions and keeping everything fun. Jay and Amie are just the funniest thing together they get along so well. I am a bit ashamed to admit that I didn’t realise they were Australian authors that had just gotten then works published in the US first because it was a bigger market. I just assumed they were from the US because thats where the books were first happening.

Again I got a photo with these two. I wasn’t going to because no one before me and the girl I was in line with had gotten pictures, but then the girl asked me to take a picture and I just said only if you don’y mind taking one for me as well! You can see if this picture I was very conscious not to invade anyones space haha.   I also had the guts to asked a question during the panel about whether or not they felt pressure for writing the third book because of the success of the first two and they said that it was already written and they try not to look at reviews as to keep true to what they wanted to write. This is probably a good way of doing things. But yes, just two of the most friendly people in the world.

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And then of course no literature day is complete without getting hold of some stationary.

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And that all I have for you guys today, sadly there will be no TTT this week as I do not have time, but for the first time in a very long time I might have the weekend off so I hope I can get some posts in there somewhere.

 

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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 – Autumn TBR

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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 Books On My Spring Autumn TBR

I love these lists because I always have so many books to be reading. Looking back on my last few TBR’s there are lot of books I didn’t get to, but I did at least half of them which seems like a good achievement. I will not be paying attention to release dates or anything.

1. Soundless by Richelle Mead.

2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.

3. The Siren by Kiera Cass.

4. Unforgiven by Lauren Kate.

These four are all ones I have been sent to by publishers for review but I just haven’t gotten to yet D: I need to read them quick smart.

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5. Winter by Marissa Meyer.

6. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas.

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

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8. Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst.

9.  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

10. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes.

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Be sure to share your lists!

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Book Haul – January

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I know there is a book that I missed in my December haul, but I am not at home and I don’t remember it now, so it will probably just randomly pop up in one of my hauls in the months to come when I finally give it some attention.

This haul is very small, its just two books that were sent to me for review by HarperCollins so I would like to give them a big shout out and thanks. Thank you HarperCollins!

passengerpassage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

 

siren“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

 

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2016 Reading & Blogging Resolutions

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Welcome everyone! I am so looking forward to the year to come so we might as well get started.

Reading

 

 

 

 

I think I am going to do my reading challenges a bit different this year. Less but more. I am going to do less challenges but I think they are going to be more challenging than the ones I have done in years past.

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 90 books this year. I chose to keep the number the same because I want to try and not use single mangas towards it.
  • A-Z Challenge: Read 26 books that follow the alphabet.
  • Read at least 5 books that have been turned into movies/series, watch their movie/series counter parts, and review them both.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 12 books by a debut author.
  • Reread at least 3 books.
  • DNF books you are not liking after 150 pages. This one I will ignore if I get told it gets better in the second half.

Blogging

 

 

 

 

  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags.
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community.
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days!
  • Take notes while reading for reviews.
  • Review every book I read, even if its just a partial review.
  • Schedule my posts and reviews in advance.
  • Update the blog in one way or another (looks, domain name, youtube)
  • Be more active on social media in relation to the blog.

 

I think I shall leave my resolutions at that for now. I am working very hard on trying to get into my desired work field right now and have huge assignments this year and I don’t want to over stretch.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – 2016 Series Resolutions

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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 Series I Will Finish In 2016

Welcome to 2016 everyone! I cannot wait to see what you all have to say for this one. I chose to do series I will finish because I am already doing a resolutions post, so this one can just go into slightly more detail. The following series (must have more than one book to apply) are in no particular order.

1. Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier.

2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

3. The Archived Duology by Victoria Schwab.

4. The Hybrid Chronicles by Kat Zhang.

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5. Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green.

6. Nana Series by Ai Yazawa.

7. Agent of Hel Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey.

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8. Cursed Kingdoms Trilogy by Emily Gee.

9. Shatter Me Collection by Tahereh Mafi.

10. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.

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

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