Oct 17, 2015

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Start + Mini Challenges + Update + Wrap Up!

Once again, it's time for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon
As always, the read-a-thon for me starts at 2 pm on Saturday, and ends at 2 pm on Sunday.

And this will be my 12th time participating.
I've been thinking about what I'll read, and what I'll eat, and if I should set any goals, and I kept changing my mind, but at this last second (while I'm writing this post), I decided to just read as much as I can, and whatever I decide at the moment, and my only set goal is to read at least 6 hours
As for what I'll be reading, I have quite a lot shorter books (both on my kindle & on my bookshelf) I might read, as well as longer ones, and I might even re-read a favorite one, so lots to choose from, but I didn't make a list of possible reads!
So, that's it! I'll update this post with my progress & probably some challenges I'll do!
I hope everyone will have a great time, so HAPPY READING!!!!! 

Introductory Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
- As always, from my home in Skopje, Macedonia (that's in Europe).
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
- To be honest, I don't have one, but I'm looking forward to re-reading something by Neil Gaiman (my most fav author), as well as reading something spooky (I'm in a mood for that right now).

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
- My homemade delicious ice cream. Usually, for the fall edition of this read-a-thon, I can't buy one (they don't sell it here anymore when the weather gets cold), but I've found that it's the perfect thing to wake me up in the night when I start to get sleepy, so this time, I made it myself ;)
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
- I just turned 29 last Monday (can't believe I'm 29), I adore caramel sauce (caramel ice cream & vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce, yum [see #3 lol] & I've been blogging since 2009, though this year I've been procrastinating, so I'm hoping to get back to it any day now (maybe this read-a-thon will be the push I need)!
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?
- Well, last time I made a list of books to read for the read-a-thon, and I didn't track the time I've spent reading, and I had no goals, and this time, I don't have a set list of books to read for the read-a-thon, I decided to count the time spent reading, and my one & only set goal is to read at least 6 hours!

Cover Escape Mini Challenge:


The moment I read what the challenge is, I knew I had to find a book with a beach cover, and a beach under moonlight, yes, please! I'd love to escape there :)

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?
- Dead Boy by Laurel Gale.
2. How many books have you read so far?
- 5 books.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
- The Brigadier's Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
- Yes, I had. I just did what I had to do, and as fast as I can, so I can go back to reading.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
- I really like the different challenges. They seem especially fun.    

 Recommendation Train:

To a reader that loved Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I recommended A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Also, I listed one of my Gaiman reads as my fav, too.

4 Seasons 4 Books Mini Challenge:


Update #1: 

At first, the read-a-thon didn't go as planned (there were some interruptions), but even after all that, I'm actually quite happy with everything that I read. Ok, they're all childrens books, but it was more than I expected. So far I read:

The Neil Gaiman books were all re-reads, and I loved them all over again. I also started a couple of other 2 books: Dead Boy by Laurel Gale (40% read - I'm returning to it right away) & Seaside by Wylde Scott (20% read). So far, the time I've spent reading is 3 h 11 min!


Update #2:

I finished reading Dead Boy, and this book actually turned out amazing & unexpected, and I loved it! I also started reading The Brigadier's Runaway Bride, but now it's time to get some sleep. It's almost 7 am here, and I need some rest, at least a few hours, and then I'm planning to read again. Time I've spent reading since my previous update is 2 h 41 min, and that makes a total of 5 h 52 min, so I'm pretty much done with my only goal.

Wrap Up:

I'm late with the wrap up, but it was a great read-a-thon for me! I reached my goal (read for about six and a half hours), read the 6 books mentioned aboth, as well as read 20% from Seaside & 80% from The Brigadier's Runaway Bride, so they both together make another book ;) And did plenty of challenges as well, and of course, I'll participate again :)

Oct 9, 2015

FrightFall Read-a-Thon + Update + Wrap Up!

Seasons of Reading

As always, the FrightFall Read-a-Thon is hosted by Michelle a.k.a The True Book Addict at her read-a-thon dedicated blog Seasons of Reading!
This time, I'm really late, but only with my post & signing up. I've actually started reading on Monday. Anyway, I've been neglecting both my blog and reading my books for the last few months, but I'm trying to get back to it, and yes, I've finally been reading again for the read-a-thon. Not as much as I used to, but one step at a time :) Though in my case, 2 steps at a time, since I'm reading 2 books at the same time. Same old me ;) 

For more info & to join the read-a-thon, visit the post HERE.

What I've been reading?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a re-read for me, but the perfect fairytale-like & horror-like read for this read-a-thon, and once again I'm thoroughly enchanted by it! And yes, I'm finally reading H. P. Lovecraft! Wow, this author is awesome. I had no idea what I was missing, and so far, all the stories in this collection are between great & brilliant, so yes, I'm looking forward to finishing both of these books, and it's something that I'm sure I'll do before this read-a-thon is over.


I finished reading both The Ocean at the End of the Lane & The Zombie Stories of H. P. Lovecraft. I also started Trigger Warning: Short Fictions & Disturbances by Neil Gaiman, though I don't think I'll finish it before the read-a-thon is over.


Wrap Up:

Ok, so it was a good read-a-thon! I re-read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman & I read The Zombie Stories of H. P. Lovecraft featuring Herbert West - Reanimator and More! Loved both of course! I also started & read 30% of Neil Gaiman's collection Trigger Warning: Short Fictions & Disturbances!