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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.

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 8)

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Feelings:

Im falling asleep now which is just making me re-read the same page at least twice each time before I can move on. I have officially been awake for 24 hours already thanks to my long arse working day. I have downed a full V in the time between this post and the last so I think I am going to back for 2-3 hours. I don’t want to miss any challenges after all.

What I Read:

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

Pages Read: 89

Operation: Quotation!

To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairytale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth – deep down, I always did.

I was just a girl.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

 

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 7)

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Feelings:

I think I have to nap, like, right now.

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

Pages Read: 42

Halloween Preparation

Share your creepy Halloween read with the world. Post on your Blog, Instagram or Twitter and I’ll take this hour to put down my book and stalk everyone.

Check out the host blog.

The book I want to read this halloween is:

MissPeregrines

 

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 7 Challenges + Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

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Day 3

Pages Read: 250

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Day 4

Pages Read: 445

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Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 251

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 7

Pages Read: 312

Books Started:

  1. What She Left by T.R. Richmond
  2. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 

I feel ok about this week of reading. I was a day behind and I did a lot of travelling between work and tafe and more work. I got some reading in though and I had been in a huge slump since moving and this I think has broken me out of it :)

Total Pages Read: 2057

Books Finished:

Outlander an abundance of katherines

Books Unfinished:

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What To Read Next Challenge

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great – something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.

For more info check out the host blog.

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What’s Left of Me: I am putting this book here because next to The Host, its the only book I know of that deals with issues of double identities living in the one body. I found it really easy to read and I flew through it in one sitting.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: I am putting it on the list because it was my surprise of the year. Its not the kind of book I would ever pick up but I really enjoyed it and found it to be funny and honest.

Ava Lavender: I cannot put this one into words. You know where the story is going but that doesn’t ruin anything. Its a tragically beautiful story that everyone should read. Its on its own level.

 

And thats all for this read-a-thon! I hope you all had a great week.

 

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Bout Of Books 13 – Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 5

Pages Read: 298

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert
  3. Half Bad by Sally Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 289

Books Finished: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Started: Half Wild by Sally Green

Books Read: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Day 7

Pages Read: 92

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Half Wild by Sally Green

 

So while I still have a nearly an hour left before my final day in this read-a-thon draws to a close, I am going to rest it here I think and call the end for me. While sometimes I can handle doing two weeks of read-a-thons, apparently this is not one of those times. I feel extremely sleep deprived, always having to be up with the sun and staying up late so I can actually get some reading done in the day. This plus the stress of hating my job and family issues that have been happening its taken a toll on me and I feel just destroyed and unwell. Having pushed through Half Bad must not have helped, because it made me feel like stopping earlier.

So today, day 7, I call a bust because I decided to go have a bit of fun and take my best friend, her little sister and her little friend to Dreamworld for the day. It was awesome, so I don’t feel bad about not spending the day reading. I finished 3 out of the 4 books I planned on reading, and I got half way and more through a couple of other books as well which adds up. So yay me! I also really liked taking part in all the challenges <3

So here are my end results:

Total Books Read

(Completed)

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(Not Completed)

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Total Pages Read: 1702

I hope you all had a wonderful Bout of Books 13, as I know I did!

 

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Book Review – The Hostile Hospital

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Title: The Hostile Hospital [A Series of Unfortunate Events 8]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 221

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children’s miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.
There are man pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.
I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally we would build into the sadness that is these books but with this one we start off their and it only gets worst and worst as we read on.

Because the children lost their friends and current caretaker and were framed for murder in the ending of the last book, they are on the run and for the very first time truly on their own. They try to get in contact with Mr. Poe to try and explain things to him and hoping, with no great hope at all since he has never really been useful, that he can help them clear their names and get them off the streets and off the run. Before they can get a response from him however they are forced to move on because someone realises who they are.

I cannot really talk about this book too much without giving away a lot of spoilers so I will try and keep this review brief.

The children end up tricking their way into working in a file room that has records on many many many things after following another false lead about V.F.D. After a comment maid by the person who runs the records, they think they can finally find something out about Jacques Snicket, but when they turn up nearly completely empty in their searches, they discover a single photograph and sentence that rocks them to their core so much that their situation goes from bad to near death without them even realising it.

Page thirteen of the Baudelaire file was not a crowded sheet of paper – there was just one photography and a sentence to make an author cry himself to sleep even years after the photograph was taken, or to make three siblings sit and stare at a page for a long time, as if an entire book were printed on one sheet of paper.

The end of this book had me freaking the hell out. This is the first time I was actually thinking that someone was going to die and I was just dying on the inside and screaming at the words on the page (or the ones being read to me anyway). If at all possible the end of this book lands the children in an even worst situation than the end of the one before it, and we are left with still no answers and more questions that just make you want to cry with frustration because all of these questions and hints at things you don’t even want to hope are true because if they aren’t will break your heart must just be destroying these kids on the inside.

The sad truth is the truth is sad.

That is all I am going to give you for now. I didn’t want to have a spoiler filled review because if you don’t care about spoiler and read this I don’t want you knowing when you go in. I want you to read it then come back and discuss things with me. I need someone to talk to about these books!

 

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AYearAThon – November (Wrap Up)

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And we have come to the end of our November read-a-thon. Its not the best I have ever done in one by far, but I am still really happy with what I have done. It has been a wonderful, relaxed week and mostly stellar books!

Day 1

Pages Read: 516

Books Finished:

  1. Glitches by Marissa Meyer
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Day 2

Pages Read: 382

Books Finished: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Day 3

Pages Read: 361

Books Finished:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 4

Pages Read: 308

Books Started: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 5

Pages Read: 301

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Books Finished: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Day 6

Pages Read: 417

Books Finished:

  1. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Day 7

Pages Read: 330

Books Finished: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Total Books Read

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Total Pages Read: 2615

Now since I am moving over the whole month of December and will have spotty access to the net I will no be partaking in anymore read-a-thons this year. I am glad I could finish on such a positive note.

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Book Review – The Vile Village

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Title: The Vile Village [A Series of Unfortunate Events 7]

Author: Lemony Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 228

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children’s lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The story is much more interesting to me now that we are getting bigger picture stuff.

The children head off to a town called V.F.D and the children hope by making this town their new caretaker they can finally find out the mystery the Quagmires tried telling them about when they were captured at the end of the fifth book. They arrive and find that this is not the case however.

The general town seems to be just as bad as all the other people that are supposed of take care of them, but luckily for the children they catch a small break by being placed in the care of Hector, someone who listens to them and is actually willing to help as long as they do their townly duties first. I loved Hector, he is one of the few adult characters in this series who actually seems to have a brain, a soul, and bravery at the same time. While he starts off not being able to speak or really even look at people who frighten him he actually develops as the story goes and by the end he is willing to stand up for himself and the children and tries to save their lives.

This book finally seems to just focus on the bigger picture of the story rather than just the same random bad stuff that happens to the kids. No answers are given within the pages of this book however. The only that remotely gets solved, and this is a SPOILER is the Quagmire triplets. The children find them and rescue them in the final moments. The Baudelaires were suppose to escape with them and Hector in a giant air balloon that can never land and live in peace in the sky, but as the Baudelaires are climbing the rope they get attacked and must stop climbing and let their friends and closest thing to family fly off without them. I was so devastated for them. I don’t think living in the air for the rest of your life would be great, but they could have worked out a way to get down later and then started new perfect lives with their new wonderful family. But of course they don’t get that. END SPOILER

We just get more and more questions. Who the hell is Jacques Snicket, what dies our author and Beatrice have to do with all of these things that are happening. What the hell does V.F.D stand for! At one point we think we are going to get some answers, but they just all float away. The book ends in the worst position the children have ever been in before.

I would say read this book for sure. Knowing what I know about the others I might even say skip numbers 3 and 4 cause I hated them and they were pointless. But I would suggest reading the rest like me because how on earth else are we going to get answers?!

 

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Bout Of Books 11.0 – Day 7 Challenges + Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 374

Books Read:

  1. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Fire Prince by Emily Gee

Day 2

Pages Read: 171

Books Completed:

  1. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Fire Prince by Emily Gee

Books Started: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

Day 3

Pages Read: 34

Books Started: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Day 4

Pages Read: 82

Books Read: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Day 5

Pages Read: 204

Books Finished: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Books Started: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Day 6

Pages Read: 21

Books Read: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Day 7

Pages Read: 150

Books Finished: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Books Started: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

 

So I don’t know if I consider this a dud thing or not. I read a few books and I participated in most challenges. I didn’t do all my goals though, I barely had time to read and do challenges let alone commenting to people so that fell flat. I hope I will have more time next time this challenge comes around. Yesterday was a total dud though. I didn’t do any barely reading and I didn’t do the challenge. I accidentally, and I really do mean accidentally, got drunk. One minute I was perfectly fine spacing out my drinks so they barely phased me at all then WHAM they all hit me at once hours later. I didn’t stick with my reading goals all that closely either because I think its better just to do what grabs you in a challenge.

MOVING ON.

Total Pages Read: 1036

Books Read (Both Completed and not Completed):

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And now onto the final challenge for this read-a-thon! Because of how the times work for me the challenge is still happening while the weeks has actually ended.

5 Book Challenge

It is 11:00 PM on a Sunday night. You are laying in bed thinking about all of the things you must do the next day. Tasks of the coming days consume your thoughts and while your mind is somewhere else you are caught off guard by a flash in the sky that is followed by a large wailing screech that pierces the air and shatters your bedroom window. Slowly you move to the window and what you see catches your breathe and causes you to stumble back a few steps. The aliens (at least you think they are aliens) have began to enter the city and destroy everything that is in their path. Through the window your view is consumed with destruction, screaming people and large flames that are dancing across the city at a fast pace. You notice that the creatures are heading in your direction and you realize you probably have about fifteen minutes before they reach your home. That means you have only about ten minutes to gather your belongings and escape before you are caught in the attack from the aliens invading the city.

Given the short amount of time you are only able to take 5 books with you. What books would you pick to take with you as you escape and prepare for the end of the world. Would you choose books that would help you survive in the post-apocalyptic world ,books for pleasure that would make you happy and take you to a fantasy reality or books that you can’t live without?

For more info check out the host blog.

Its scenarios raised here where I really wish I had some ‘how to survive in the wild’ kind of books upon my shelf. Will my Man vs Wild memories and my books be enough?!

The books I choose are:

1. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This I picked because I would not be able to live without it.

2. The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Its got aliens taking over the world. Surely I can learn something? Its being great is a plus though.

3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I used to read it at least once a year until my copy died. It also has the added bonus of being a reminder of my mother. (I assume since both my parents are useless they die in the early advances of this invasion so I need memento of each of them).

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4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Because it will remind me that words are beautiful, not just the story they tell.

5.I really really really wanted to give this to The Hobbit or something in honour of my dad, but it doesn’t satisfy my fantasy needs completely so I am giving this spot to The Redemption of Althalus by David Eddings. My dad introduced me to this author though so I still have memories here.

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I have only included books I own on my shelves right now. When I get other books on my shelves rather than my kindle this list would change a bit.

 

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AYearAThon – August (Wrap Up)

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Day 1

Pages Read: 232

Books Finished: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Books Started: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket 

Day 2

Pages Read: 372

Books Finished:

  1. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket 
  2. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

Books Started: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Day 3

Pages Read: 256

Books Finished:

  1. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
  2. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snikcet

Day 4

Pages Read: 230

Books Finished: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Day 5

Pages Read: 53

Books Started: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Day 6

Pages Read: 175

Books Finished: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Day 7

Pages Read: 269

Books Finished: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

Books Started: The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

Total Pages Read: 1587

Well I am quite pleased with what I accomplished during this week. I read double what I thought I would be able to read. Audio books seems to work when I am busy. I liked most these books quite a lot but I will be taking a break from them because I just can’t handle doing anymore in a row.

I don’t think I will participating in the next months topic, and maybe the one after that, so don’t expect anything from me for this then.

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