Spring Clean Your TBR

I’m a sucker for TBR challenges and for making reading lists, so I thought I’d sign up for the Spring Clean Your TBR Challenge hosted by Faye & Caroline. I’m a bit late to the party, but the idea is to read some dusty books from the TBR pile in April. Even though this month is already pretty busy, one can’t blame a girl for trying to squeeze in just a bit more reading.

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

It’s still a few weeks off, but the sign ups for Dewey’s Readathon have opened! You can sign up as a reader, a cheerleader, a challenge host, or just donate some prizes for the event. This 24 hour readathon is held on April 25th this year. Some people choose to pull an all-nighter and truly read for 24 hours, while others just read whenever they can.

I’m not sure yet what my schedule will be like on April 25th, but I am usually more of a casual “read as much as I can” readathoner. As for what I’ll be reading, I’ll probably be working through a bit of my April to be read pile.

April Reading

Are you participating in the readathon?

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Opening Meme

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

I’m reading from a small town in the south of the Netherlands!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Such a tough question. I think I’m looking forward to reading more Harry Potter the most

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Can you believe I haven’t looked into the snack situation yet? I know we have cookies though, so I’m looking forward to some cookies

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Hi! I’m Celine, a twenty year old Culture Sciences student. I love all kinds of books, including fantasy, horror, and classics. If you’d like to know more about me, here are seven facts about me.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Hmm, I tend to read a lot during readathon, but I almost never participate in the blogging memes. So this year, next to spending some time on social media, I’m hoping to do a few of the mini challenges

TBR Read-a-thon

The TBR Read-a-Thon is a fun readathon hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s pretty low key, and is open for everyone with some kind of online presence (so Goodreads or Facebook are fine too). Novellas, ARCs, audiobooks, comics… Everything counts!

I always like readathons, because I love making lists and crossing things off lists, and they make reading more social. For this readathon, I’m hoping to finish at least one book, and I would like to visit at least five other participants on their blogs (or Twitter or whatever) to cheer them on.

Some books I might consider reading:

  • Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 3 by Hiromu Arakawa
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

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Friday: Readathon time! I’ve been feeling rather lazy today, so no reading as of yet. In the end I just dove into Fullmetal Alchemist. Truly, I don’t think I can go wrong with this manga.

Saturday: Boyfriend has come over, so not all that much reading time. But I did manage to finish Don’t Stay Up Late. A very nostalgic read, though not particularly scary

Sunday: I started reading Jackaby by William Ritter. It’s very well written and I can’t wait to read more!

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Love for Books Readathon

I haven’t done one of these in a while! The Love for Books readathon is hosted by Jessi from Novel Heartbeat. I’m really in the mood for a readathon. Will update this post with goals and books on the 8th!

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Goals

Because I’ll be abroad for two days, I probably can’t read all that much this week. My goals are therefore pretty conservative:

  • Finish two books Done!
  • Visit at least five other blogs participating in the readathon Done!
Progress

Monday: Today’s been quite busy preparing for going to Bruges tomorrow, but I still managed to finish Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I really enjoyed it.

Tuesday & Wednesday: Travelling! Since we travelled by train, I could read quite a bit. I read the entirety of Made You Up. I thought I was super late getting to this ARC, but I found out it’s actually coming out in May! Go me 😀

Thursday: I got started in Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward, one of my favourite writers ever. It’s fantastic so far, and I managed to read 80 pages.

Friday: Another 180 pages read in Lover Enshrined. These Black Dagger Brotherhood books are so addicting! And very easy to read.

Saturday: Managed 120 more pages in the Ward book, in between working on my thesis. I still have about two hundred more to go, so I’m not sure whether I’ll manage to finish it during the readathon, but I’ll give it a shot!

Sunday:

Falling for Autumn Readathon Wrap Up

We fell for autumn, and the readathon is over! Falling for Autumn was hosted by Ner, and in this week I hosted a Bookish Confession challenge for it. If you feel like opening up and sharing some confessions, feel free to visit the challenge post.

autumnwrapMy goals for the readathon were:

  • Read a book with an autumnal colour on the cover (red, orange, brown, gold)
  • Read a book with a male protagonist
  • Read the first or last book in a series

And the books I read during the readathon were:

I reached all of my goals by reading the first Locke and Key book, which is the first in a series, has a male protagonist, and an autumnal cover! I think I did pretty well this week, especially considering I couldn’t read this weekend at all.

Did you participate in the readathon? Did you reach your goals?

Falling for Autumn: Bookish Confessions

As part of the Falling for Autumn readathon hosted by A Cup of Coffee and a Book, I’m hosting a challenge! I did this challenge for the Bout of Books readathon as well ages ago, and it was just so much fun. It’s called Bookish Confessions, and you’re invited to share yours! Though this challenge is designed for the readathon, feel free to join even if you aren’t readathon-ing with us.

confessionspngTo participate, either (1) share a funny/embarrassing/interesting confession or (2) answer the this or that questions below. You can post the answers on your blog or here in the comments.

I’ll go first. My confession is that I prefer to keep my books in such a pristine condition, that it interferes with my ability to actually read them. I KNOW.

I’m one of those people that hates it when the spine of a book breaks, so I can’t open a book fully. For some particularly tight bindings I’ve developed this technique where I just kinda peek into the book so I don’t have to completely open it. I’ve perfected holding a book open at a right angle (so you can only read one page at a time before you have to turn it a bit). Sometimes it’s hard to read the text close to the spine.

What is your bookish confession?

Or, if you’re stumped for something to share, answer these questions:

Physical book or eBook?
Paperback or Hardcover?
Reality or Make-believe?
Adult or Young-Adult?
Dog ears or Bookmarks?
Breaking the spine or Barely open the book?
Tea or Coffee?
Reading in bed or On the couch?
Series or Standalone?
Original or TV Adaptation?
Defy motion sickness or Audiobooks?
Author crushes or Who-was-that-guy-again?
Interview or Guest post?

Falling for Autumn Readathon: Goals

It’s readathon tiiiime! Hosted by Ner, Falling for Autumn is her first readathon. I’m also hosting a cool challenge for this readathon on the 24th, so make sure to come by next Wednesday. You can sign up over here.

There are also some official challenges for the readathon (which are optional and can be found in the sign up post). A few of them are too hard for me, but I will try these:

  • Read a book with an autumnal colour on the cover (red, orange, brown, gold)
  • Read a book with a male protagonist
  • Read the first or last book in a series

I’ve browsed a bit, and found two books that together tick ALL of these challenges. Without further ado, here is my TBR for the readathon:

autumnfinishI have to admit that I’ve tried to read The Silkworm for another readathon before, but so far it hasn’t worked out yet. I do want to read this book pretty badly though, especially because I really enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling. Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft is the first volume in the Locke & Key graphic novel series, and it’s great so far. It’ll be a really quick read, which is perfect for a readathon.

Are you participating in Falling for Autumn? What are you reading next week?

The Crazy Reading Month That’s September

Although I’ve never seen myself as a particular mood reader, it turns out I actually am. My reading comes and goes. Unlike other book lovers I don’t necessarily read every day – some days I might read an entire book, and then I won’t read for five days. The summer of 2013 was especially notorious: in the space of two months I read 40 books. This summer was actually pretty average for me, but since the semester started again, I’ve turned into a reading devil.

So far I’ve read:

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My favourite of this batch is Of Things Gone Astray. I haven’t gotten to reviewing this book yet but oh my goodness it is amazing. It doesn’t release until 2015 which is rather sad because I want everyone to read it NOW. It’s literary fiction about a bunch of people that have all lost something. A woman has lost her sense of direction, a man’s job has disappeared, another woman’s front of her house is gone. The combination of these surreal scenes combined with a healthy dose of realism made it one of my favourite books of this year.

Other books I’ve really enjoyed include Hounded and the graphic novel The Midas Flesh. Also enjoyable were Asylum and The Selection. I was a bit disappointed with both Grave Secret and Attachments; they weren’t bad books at all, but they didn’t quite fulfil my expectations. I feel rather undecided about Eren and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Both were interesting to a certain extent, but I wasn’t very invested into the stories.

Part of the reason I’ve been reading so much might be in the fact that I spend a lot of my time on trains – and there is absolutely nothing better to do on a train than reading. I’m curious if I’ll keep this reading spree up, or if the drive to read will fizzle and disappear in a few days. Until it does, I’m stockpiling reviews!

Have you ever had a reading craze, where you just had to read EVERYTHING?