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The Reading Rush: day 6-7

SATURDAY, 25 Juy 2020

10.55 – Day 6 of The Reading Rush and it’s raining. Yuck! Well, chores are mostly done. I have been to the supermarket, I have fed and cleaned the pony paddock. I just had a coffee with my husband (not that that’s a chore!) and now I am ready to sit down with The Dinner. I am quite curious to see where it’s going. There has been mention that they found out something about their sons, but what is it? I am not sure what I would call this book? It’s very slow and mundane, but there’s an edge to it. I am not bored at all!

Koch, Herman - Het Diner17.47 – Funny how as I try and document my reading daily, my updates become further apart! I am on page 203 of The Dinner. I found out what awful thing the sons did. Vile people, all of them. The narrative  is starting to drift all over the place and it is losing me a little. I have about a third to go.

I was thinking that I want to read some fantasy once I have finished this one. I am craving some fantasy for some reason. I may continue the Blackthorn & Grim series by Juliet Marillier.

23.59 – I have finished The Dinner. I decided I wanted to finish it before bed and I managed! I am pretty proud of myself.

I will decide tomorrow whether to read a fantasy book or one of the other two books that I had on my Reading Rush TBR. After all, I have completed all the challenges with the four books I have already read. I think I chose well this time. I enjoyed all four books and they were all very different. I ticked three books off my TBR that had been on my shelves a while.

It is pretty much 26 July now, so I will take it easy these final few days of the month and not concentrate on reading so much.

Night night!

SUNDAY, 26 July 

10.04 – I finished my four books of The Reading Rush, which complete all the challenges, and I have decided not to read any more of The Reading Rush TBR.

I had been reading It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne in bed the last few nights. I like a light read before bed that is easy to dip in and out of. I am enjoying it, so I have decided to continue with that time for a bit this morning before picking up Tower of Bourne, Holly - It Only Happens in the MoviesThorns by Juliet Marillier, the second book in the Blackthorn & Grim series that I have been meaning to continue for yonks!

My Airbnb guests are leaving today and I have new ones arriving tomorrow, so I have some cleaning to do today and I want to exercise my Shetland pony as the specialist vet confirmed he is a bit overweight. We need to sort that out. The problem is that he has been lame and I have not wanted to force it, but he is a lot better right now, so I need to up his exercise.

15.22 – I am loving It Only Happens in the Movies so much I can’t stop reading it! So Tower of Thorns will be put off until I finish this one I am afraid. This is the kind of YA I love. It’s basically a romcom, but I just love the characters and there are serious issues being discussed. On a side note, I also love how it talks about losing your virginity in real terms. I think it’s good for teenage girls to read books like this that give a realistic view of what it’s like and romanticised versions. I am 53% in right now. I could finish this today, but I think it will probably roll into tomorrow. I am really enjoying it though!

MONDAY, 27 July

08.53 – I forgot to update and post yesterday. The Reading Rush has officially ended. I completed my four books and I am very pleased with how the week has gone. My absolute favourite book I have read was The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart. I LOVED that book. However, I liked all all my books. My ratings were as follows:

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The ratings got steadily worse! I did like The Dinner, by the way. I just had some issues with it. The above four books completed all The Reading Rush challenges.

On a side note, I discovered that this copy of About A Boy, which I picked up for 1 euro in the charity shop is actually a first edition. I kind of like that!

I am currently still reading It Only Happens in the Movies, which I hope to finish today. I have also got Tower of Thorns down from my upstairs shelves, so I will probably start reading that today. I won’t have a ton of time for reading today and since I have read a lot in the past week I am going to take it easy!

If you participated in The Reading Rush, let me know! Back to normal now!

Have a great week, peoples!

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The Reading Rush: Day 3-5

WEDNESDAY, 22 July

Challenges finished:

  • read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart -> Australia)
  • read a book that starts with the word ‘the’. (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read the first book you touch (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)

Challenges in progress:

  • read a book completely outside your house (Hyperbole and a Half)
  • read a book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more of (Hyperbole and a Half – graphic novel)
  • read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen (About A Boy)

IMG_20200723_120938_121.06 – Can’t believe this is my first update today, but it has been a pretty busy day. I did post my WWW Wednesdays post earlier today and I also wrote up my review for The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland). I finished that one this morning and I absolutely loved it! It got a full 7 stars from me!

I read a bit more of Hyperbole and a Half in the hammock down the back of the garden, but really did not have that much time for reading outside today. Fingers crossed I can cross that one off tomorrow, as after that the weather is supposed to be a bit wetter again.

I have started About A Boy (Nick Hornby) for the movie challenge. I coincidentally picked the harback up in a charity shop for €1 a couple of weeks ago.  I am about 60 pages into that one. I can so see the movie characters whilst I am reading this! It’s a pretty easy read and it is under 300 pages. Since I don’t have so much on tomorrow, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to finish it tomorrow. My aim is to get to page 100 tonight. I am on page 60 now, so fingers crossed!

THURSDAY, 23 July

09.02 – Right, I am fully planning on finishing About A Boy today, and Hyperbole and a Half. The latter I definitely want to finish, as it’s my book for reading outside and today it is the warmest day for a while. It’s only 24 celcius, so it’s not even that warm!

I don’t have a lot of chores on today and only one errand towards the end of the afternoon, so in theory I have lots of time for reading. Unfortunately, I am also feeling really low on energy… If I did not have a child to look after, I would be curled up in bed right now! I don’t know why I am feeling so tired. I only got up an hour ago.

200722Anyway, I am having a coffee right now. Hopefully, that will help me!

13.26 – I haven’t read as much as I would have liked (of course). I spent quite a bit of time with my ponies this morning. I did sit with them and read a bit of Hyperbole and a Half, so that counts. My girl has a horse riding lesson later today, so I will hopefully finish that book whilst she is doing that. I have about 70 pages to go, but it’s a graphic memoir, so should be pretty quick. I am enjoying it a lot!

I am not even halfway in About A Boy, so I doubt I will be able to finish it today. I will try though!

18.29 – Pizzas are in the oven, but I thought I would write a quick update. I just finished Hyperbole and a Half about five minutes ago. I swear I recognised far too much of myself in that book! It was a fun time, a recognisable time, but definitely a fun time.

Let’s race against the clock and see whether I can write my thoughts down before the pizzas are done!

FRIDAY, 24 July

00.37 – I am about to go to bed, but technically it’s Friday. Did I manage to finish About A Boy? Of course not! I am on page 205 and have about 70 pages to go. Oh well, tomorrow’s another day! Or today… Whatever…

I can’t complain with the amount I have read so far, so I won’t. I don’t think I have much on tomorrow, so fingers crossed I can get About A Boy read in the morning, so I can start my final read, which will probably be The Dinner by Herman Koch.

08.28 – Just had my breakfast and a big coffee and I am about to start reading. Like I said, I am hoping to finish About A Boy today, so I can move on to The Dinner, which would complete my final prompt. That is also the one that intimidates me the most as I know how polarizing that book is!

11.13 – I finished About A Boy and just posted my thoughts on it. It was an enjoyable read! After lunch I will start reading The Dinner by Herman Koch. I will be reading the original Dutch version (Het Diner), which will be weird, as I hardly ever read books in Dutch. Am I apprehensive? Yep!

16.48 – I have had a bit of a funny afternoon. I have been doing some macrophotography in the garden and I started feeling all weird. Kind of light-headed and nauseous, so I took IMG_20200724_172713some time out to lie down, which seemed to have helped. Once I started feeling a little better I started reading some more of The Dinner. I am 80 pages in and I am really enjoying it. It reads far more easily than I expected and the Dutch is not an issue for me. In fact, it is a very Dutch book and I can’t imagine reading a translation. The Dutchness also make me wonder whether that is an issue for a lot of foreign readers. So far, so good.

23.24 – About to go to bed. I managed 107 pages of The Dinner, which is more than I expected. It puts me in a pretty good place for finishing my four main books for the Reading Rush. The book is exactly 300 pages.

Unfortunately I also went on Abe Books tonight, mainly because I have a problem, and I ordered 18 books! Oh dear! To be fair, this is the first time this year that I went a bit crazy. I have been very restrained with my book buying this year, and I am allowed a treat! They were all relatively cheap (mostly) out of print books, so I think that’s fair enough.

Challenges finished:

  • read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart -> Australia)
  • read a book that starts with the word ‘the’. (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read the first book you touch (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart)
  • read a book completely outside your house (Hyperbole and a Half)
  • read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen (About A Boy)

Challenges in progress:

  • read a book in the colour of your birthstone, which is aquamarine (The Dinner)
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The Reading Rush – Day 1-2

MONDAY, 20 July 2020

08.15

4. Read the first book you touch.

7. Read a book that takes place on a different continent from where you live.

2. Read a book with a title that starts with ‘The’.

Ringland, Holly - The Lost Flowers of Alice HartThose are the categories my first book works for. I put my Reading Rush TBR in a pile at midnight and closed my eyes, randomly touching one. This would be my first read of the Readathon and would dictate what else I would read.

Well, my first book is The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, by Holly Ringland. It is the biggest book on my TBR, but also fits three categories. It is on my 20 Books of Summer TBR as well as my 2020 TBR. I guess it;s a good one to start off with.

My daughter (8) thinks she may participate. We will try and choose some books for her today.

10.18 – About to make some coffee, after which I will spend some time with my lovely ponies. A specialist vet is coming for my Shetland pony Pippin on Wednesday. He is having some lameness issues that I can’t seem to solve and my normal vet appears a bit useless with it. Maybe they just think it’s only a Shetland pony, so who cares? Well, I care! He is only 11 and could have 20 years ahead of him, so if I can help him, I will! This particular vet has a mobile clinic and is able to do x-rays. I am not sure he will think it necessary, but at least we have the option. I just want to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

I have started The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. I am only 15 pages in. This is definitely a book I could end up loving. It has pretty small font and it has 370 pages, so was this a wise choice for a readathon TBR? Maybe not, but at least it ticks 3 boxes!

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17.33 – I am only on page 30! That’s not much progress, is it? I like the book, but I have simply not had much time to read today. I trained my ponies, then had lunch and spend choosing books for my daughter, who wants to participate in the readathin. She chose three books. Then her friend came to play and I had coffee with his mum. Before I knew it it was 16.45!

Just posted my adult romance taste test.

I am about to do dinner. It will have to be pasta tonight 🙂 Hopefully I can concentrate on reading my book tonight! Not the best of starts to The Reading Rush so far!

22.54 – I managed 100 pages so far today. I am loving this book so far. It already broke my heart a thousand times, but so, so so good! I love the mention of all the Australian things, like Vegemite, anzac biscuits, kookaburras, possums and galahs. It makes me happy and maybe a little nostalgic to the year I spent in Australia in my early twenties. I loved that country so much. Waking up to the sound of kookaburras and Australian magpies… There’s nothing like it. I would love to return some day… It made me realise I want to read more books set in Australia full of Australian things. Any recommendations welcome!

TUESDAY, 21 July 2020 – DAY 2

11.38 – I am 164 pages into The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart right now. I had planned to read 200 pages yesterday, but only managed half that. I am pretty sure I won’t be able to catch up today, but if I can get to page 300 I will be very happy. So far, I am absolutely loving this book. It’s perfection. I love the writing, the characters, the descriptions. It’s definitely has a tinge of sadness and horrible things have happened. So far, I think this may be a new favourite… We’ll see!

23.26 – Completely forgot to update today! My parents came over this afternoon and we did some gardening together, so that was my afternoon gone. I did manage to read another 100 pages. I am about to start page 271. I am happy with that. I have about 100 pages to go.

Brosh, Allie - Hyperbole and a HalfI guess for a 7-day readathon to take 3 days over the first book is not great, is it?! However,  it can count it towards three categories if I need to.

I did also read the first 47 pages of Hyperbole and a Half in the garden earlier today. This graphic memoir / graphic book (not a novel!) could count for for two categories as well (genre I would like to read more of and read a book outside)

I am planning on finishing both these books tomorrow if I can. The vet is coming to look at Pippin, my Shetland pony, in the morning, but apart from that I should have time to read. I hope.

Goodnight!

(and let me know if you’re participating!)

L. xx

 

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Off The Grid Reading Diary – Day 3

Off The Grid Readathon – day 3 of 3 (Sunday)

08.14 – Hello, fellow book friends! Already fed my ponies, though I still have to go poop scooping (glamorous, I know!), but I am having breakfast first whilst watching some Booktube videos.

I also have to prepare my Airbnb cottage for guests arriving this afternoon this morning, so though I will have some time to listen to my audio book, which is I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Andalou, which is heartbreaking!

I hope to get a bit of Queenie in this morning, but it may be the afternoon before I start reading it. I will be starting on page 239 when I do.

Have a great day!

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14.01 – Right, cottage ready for new guests. Just had lunch and did a bit of reading. I am about to start page 362. There are only 30 pages or so to go, so I should finish easily today. Probably some time this afternoon. I have loved reading Queenie. It deals with so many important issues that need more attention; mental health, racism, self image, family dynamics. At the same time, it is so readable and I am simply rooting for Queenie. I just want to give her a big hug (even though she doesn’t like hugs).

15.09 – Done! I loved this book so much. The ending as just perfect to me. I think we all recognise parts of Queenie in ourselves, whatever colour or sex we are. We all need to appreciate the things that make us unique, that make us who we are. Because we are all that… unique and special. I will go and right my thoughts on this book and slip it back on my shelf with a smile on my face.

22.15 – I gave Queenie 6 out of 7 stars in the end. Really enjoyed it.

Wane, B J - Submitting to the RancherI have been reading Submitting to the Rancher to fill the gap to the start of The Reading Rush. To be honest, it’s not floating my boat at all. The writing is not entirely bad, but I almost DNFd it about 40% in. I am clearly only comfortable with the BDSM aspect up to a certain point.  I am 75% in now and I am sure I will finish it, but I doubt I will ever read a  true BDSM romance again. Not… my…. thing.

23.35 – About to head to bed. I finished Submitting to the Rancher. I ended up giving it 2 stars. It not that bad, but it was simply not for me. I had some issues with the way sex was used to solve ANY issues. I mean, what? No!

I will post a brief review of that one alongside a couple of other adult romances soon. I really don’t have much to say about them to be fair. I did already post my review on Goodreads.

The Reading Rush is up next – exciting! I am aiming to read 4 books.

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The Reading Rush TBR

This is probably my favourite readathon and one of the few I participate in. Check out the website for more information.

There are 7 prompts. I will choose a couple of books for each challenge, so I can sort of decide to double up or not:

1. Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birthstone.
Choice 1: The Dinner (Herman Koch) – I have this one in its original language, Dutch (Het Diner). It appears to be a very polarizing book, but I have been meaning to get to it for ages. It’s on both my 2020 TBR and my 20 Books of Summer TBR
Choice 2: Flames (Robbie Arnott) – I have heard such good things about this book. I keep meaning to read more Australian fiction.

2. Read a book with a title that starts with ‘The’.
Choice 1: The Dinner (Herman Koch) – see challenge 1
Choice 2: The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart (Holly Ringland) – More Australian fiction. I have had this book on my shelf for a couple of years, but have not gotten around to reading it yet,.

3. Read a book that inspired a movie that you have already seen.
Choice 1: About A Boy (Nick Hornby) – Enjoyed the movie and I am curious what the book is like.
Choice 2: The Black Stallion Returns (Walter Farley) – Used to love this movie and this middle grade series as a child and have been meaning to re-read for ages. Maybe I could even watch the movie again!

4. Read the first book you touch.

Will do this to decide what book to read first.

5. Read a book completely outside your house.
Choice 1: Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh) – a graphic novel seems perfect for this kind of challenge! I have heard good things about this one.
NO SECOND CHOICE

6. Read a book in a genre you’ve always wanted to read more of.
Choice 1: Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh) – I always mean to read more graphic novels.
Choice 2: The Black Stallion Returns (Walter Farley) – This is a middle grade book in a series I used to love as a child and I would like to re-read it. I hardly ever read middle grade these days.

7. Read a book that takes place on a different continent from where you live.
Choice 1: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland) – see challenge 2
Choice 2: Flames (Robbie Arnott) – see challenge 1

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Now, normally I would be ambitious and choose a different book for each prompt, but I want to keep things low pressure for myself, so I will probably end up doubling up some of the challenges. I have 6 books on my list! Very unlikely that I will get to that number though. I would be very happy with 4.

The most likely books I will read are The Dinner (for birthstone and ‘the’), About A Boy (movie), Hyperbole and a Half (for outside and genre) and finally The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (continent). I expect the easiest read to be Hyperbole and a Half and the most intimidating read is The Dinner.

Fingers crossed 😉

Are you participating? What does your TBR pile look like? Please link your TBR below.

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Off The Grid Readathon Diary – day 2

Off The Grid Readathon – day 2 of 3 (Saturday)

Carty-Williams, Candice - Queenie11.13 – I have done the grocery shopping earlier. It’s a warm day today, so I am hoping to be able to read in the sun today inbetween chores.

I started on page 27 of Queenie this morning. I am bout to start chapter 4 on page 63. I really like it so far! I like how it glimpses to earlier events in her life and relationship a bit at a time.

Because it is a hardback and I hate reading those in bed, I started an adult romance on my Kindle last night. It is called Submitting to the Rancher by B J Wane. No idea why I ever got this, because it’s a BDSM romance and am Wane, B J - Submitting to the RancherI into that kind of kink? Not really, but if I don’t like it I will happily DNF it. I am only about 20 pages in and it’s not too bad. I needed a third book for my 3 adult romance mini reviews and it kind of fits with two I have already read, which were historical fiction with BDSM in it. Maybe it is like ‘Try A Romance Genre’. I was not too impressed with the first two to be fair. I doubt this one wil float my boat particularly, but you never know! I may discover something new about myself… 😂 At least it will be another book read off my Kindle TBR. What romance genre should I try next? Regency? Highlander? Aliens? Contemporary? Let me know if you have opinions!

Anyway, my hubby just made me a coffee and I will go back to reading Queenie. Laters!

13.03 – I am on page 115 and really enjoying this book. Queenie is both relatable and makes me angry for being such a pushover! My plan is to get at least to page 200 today, as the book is 390 pages.

I am also enjoying not looking at my phone at all. No Facebook, no twitter (which to be honest I hardly ever check anyway), no Instagram, etc. I did watch a couple of YouTube videos earlier. Is that allowed?

Anyway, today is all about getting some house chores done and reading this book that I am loving so far. I am feeling good. About to pick some wineberries with my daughter. The bush in my garden is suddenly starting to burst with them.

17.01 – About to start preparing dinner. We’re having picnic dinner, because of the nice 200718aweather, so not cooking, though some assembly required.

I did some gardening and then sat outside reading for a bit. Also, me and my eight-year-old daughter spent some time photographing butterflies in the back garden. Good times!

As for the book, I really like it, but man, I want to give Queenie a good shake. She really needs to grow a backbone. Of course, I am still waiting for some background information, so who knows what she’s been through already. I do find myself really rooting for her.

21.15 – I have done well. I got to page 213, so I got to my goal of page 200 and surpassed it for once. Yay! At least I am over halfway. I started this morning on page 27, so if i can get to page 227 before I go to bed I would be very happy.

We are about to sit down and watch a movie. We decided to watch Murder Mystery, a Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. I hope it’s decent!

See you on the other side!

23.14 – About to head to bed. I will try and read few more pages of Queenie before I do so.

What have you been reading this weekend?

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Off The Grid Readathon Diary, day 1

Off The Grid Readathon – day 1 of 3 (Friday)

08.21 – Just had breakfast (only a breakfast bar as I am not at all hungry this morning) and I am about to go and feed my ponies and to clean their paddock. After that, I will start my reading day. The timing of this Readathon is great, as I do not have much on this weekend! I have guests coming in my Airbnb, so I will be listening to some of my audio Marrs, John - The Onebook whilst preparing it. My audio book at the moment is I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings my Maya Andalou. I really enjoy listening to that, but audio books take me a while, so I have not put it on the Readathon TBR.

The first book I have put on my TBR is The One by John Marrs. I started it yesterday afternoon and already managed to read a third, so I hope I will be able to read the rest today. It’s such an intriguing concept. I think literally all the characters make me feel unsettled in some small or big way.

The other book is Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, which is on my Summer TBR. I have heard such good things about that one.

My daughter has school until noon today, after which she is on her summer holidays. We meant to go and visit family and friends  in England during the holidays, but due to COVID we have decided not to for now. That makes me kind of sad, but we will do our best to make her holiday fun anyway.

I will update once I had the time to do some reading.

10.03 – I got to around the halfway mark in The One. Still enjoying it. It is interesting to see the choices the characters are making. I wonder where these individual stories will go. I have not read a thriller in a while and though so far this is not immediately 200717‘thrilling’, it is definitely ominous and has a undercurrent of unpleasant tension.

Just having a coffee and I will read a bit more. I do need to train my ponies as well, so I am just trying to figure out whether to do one this morning and one this afternoon or leave both till after lunch.

14.00 – It’s chore time, so I am stepping away from the book – I repeat, I am stepping away from the book! Truly, this book is compulsive reading! I am 81% in and I am confident I will finish it today, but I have done enough reading for now. I need to get some sh!t done today.

My opinion at 80% is that this is a pretty awesome book. Maybe it won’t make my favourites list, but it’s definitely a good read. I am curious to see how it wraps things up in the end.

17.25 – I just finished the book! The ending pretty good, though it did not blow my mind. Now I need to decide whether this is a 5-star or a 6-star book. It was definitely a good one… But how good?

17.54 – I decided on 5 out of 7 stars for The One in the end. I really enjoyed it and it was a very compelling easy read, but I do not think it will stay with me for a long time. We will be having dinner in a moment and after that I will probably make a start on Queenie by Carty-Williams, Candice - QueenieCandice Carty-Williams.

21.40 – I have started reading Queenie – I am only 25 pages in, but so far I really like it. I am very curious where the book is going. I may not read much more tonight. I am about to do a post on my TBR for The Reading Rush, which starts on Monday. Yep, back-to-back readathons!

22.33 – Leaving it at this today – I am very happy that I managed to finish The One today.

On a side note, we have been having fun watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air for the first time in 25 year or whatever and man, it’s still funny. Sadly, episode six of the first season, where Will and Carlton get stopped by police in their dad’s lawyer friend’s Mercedes is still way too relevant today… Carlton’s realisation at the end of the episode that he had been stopped because of the colour of his skin was pretty heartbreaking.

It’s 25 years later and not enough has changed…

Goodnight. L x

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Off The Grid Readathon (17-19 July) TBR

The Off The Grid Readathon runs from 17-19 July and is hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm and Justine at IShouldReadThat!

Basically the challenge is simple – stay off social media and read some effin’ books! They also encourage you to read a book by a black author. I decided to join this readathon last minute, because, well, why not?

My TBR consists of my current read and one that is on my Summer TBR.

My current read is The One by John Marrs and the other book I really hope to read over the weekend is Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, as I have been hearing such good things about that book.

That is it. I am trying to keep things simple here! I feel there is a possibility that I will manage these over the weekend. I am about a third into The One right now (so I am cheating a little!) and I am loving it so far.

I will try and do a reading diary over the weekend! I will also post my TBR for The Reading Rush tomorrow, which starts on Monday. Yay for back-to-back readathons – here’s fingers crossed that I don’t get burn-out! 😉

Are you participating in any readathons? If so, which one and what are you reading?

L x

 

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Book Cover Challenge

To make things a little interesting for myself for the second half of the year, I have added a little challenge to see how many of these I can fulfil by the end of the year. This is a list inspired by one in the Fantasy Buddy Reads group over on Goodreads. I think it’s a fun thing to do. I will run my challenge from 1 July until 31 December. Please join if you fancy!
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Red cover
Orange cover
Yellow cover – Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh)
Green cover
Blue cover
Purple cover
Pink cover
White cover
Black cover
Metallic cover
Cover with the author’s name in the biggest font – About A Boy(Nick Hornby)
Cover with the title in the biggest font Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel
Cover with a photograph – Uncommon People(David Hepworth)
Cover with an illustration
Cover with a building
Cover with a boat/ship
Cover with a vehicle
Cover with a tree/forest
Cover with a flower – The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland)
Cover with a mountain
Cover with a night sky
Cover with a man
Cover with a woman
Cover with a mammal
Cover with a bird
Cover with a magical creature
Cover with a weapon
Cover with a crown
Cover with a cloak
Cover with a dress – The Flatshare (Beth O’Leary)
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I will see how I go with these. I will allow myself to double up challenges. So, say if I read a book with a black cover with a sword on it, I will count it for two categories.

 

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2020 Reading Goals

I can’t believe I haven’t done this post yet, but then I have hardly been blogging for a few months!

So, let’s set some goals for this year. If I don’t quite reach them, that’s ok, but I like having some goals to strive for!

1. Prioritize my 20 for 2020 TBR – I ‘failed’ this challenge last year, because I did not prioritize my yearly TBR enough. Definitely keeping this in mind with my reading plans this year.

2. Read my owned books. This goes for the books on my shelves as well as my e-books. I have so many, there is no need to buy any new ones. That does not mean I won’t be buying any books, but I will definitely cut back on buying books in 2020.

3. Keep listening to (non-fiction) audio books – I only started listening to audio books in the latter months of 2019, mainly whilst doing chores, and I enjoy it. I have discovered I only listen to them when I am doing other stuff and though I can catch all the words I definitely much prefer consuming non-fiction in this way, especially autobiographies. I will keep that in mind when choosing my next audio books.

4. Plan in series – I think it is a good idea that when I start a series to read the books reasonably close together. So maybe if I read the first book of a series in January, plan to read the next in February, etc.

5. Set a Lingering Books TBR of six book for 2020. – This is to encourage reading books I am not that likely to pick up otherwise.

6. Reading more diverse books. 

7. Read a wider range of genres. 

That’s it – not an incredibly ambitious list, but just one to keep in mind.