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?