MINI READATHONS FOR THE WIN!

Hey guys, back in December I posted the result of a 24-hour readathon I did by myself and today I was feeling a bit bored and like I really wanted to do something myself and have a productive day. Since my first readathon went so well I decided I would live write my readathon again for you guys. 

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READATHON TBR

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

ZENITH / HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

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MY GAME PLAN

This morning while I was no the way to a work meeting I got an email saying I was accepted for an e-arc for Zenith on Netgalley so I decided wI would like to have it read by soon as it comes out on the 16th of January (just over 10 days from now). I also chose Harry Potter to listen to as I am reading a Harry Potter book every month this year.

Zenith – 544 pages

Harry Potter – 332 pages

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9:30 – 11:00 AM

I wanted to do a full 24-hour readathon today but I couldn’t because I had a work meeting this morning. (Spoiler: it was boring af)

NOON

Finally home after work, can’t believe I have to go back next week.

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12:20 PM

Okay, so I haven’t actually started reading yet but my Harry Potter audiobook is downloading onto my phone and I am catching up on Booktube videos

12:30 PM

I have finally started listening to the audiobook (the Stephen Fry version because I’m no fiend) and I’ll listen to it as I make lunch and brainstorm some blog posts.

Lunch: Salad (lettuce, [cucumber, capsicum, red onion, salt & pepper all marinated with lime], tomato)

2:09 PM

I’m halfway through chapter 5 of Harry Potter and I think I might pause it once I’ve finished the chapter so I can write a review of start Zenith.

4:00 PM

Okay so I just shut down my computer and sat down to really dive into Zenith but I got 1% of the way in and quickly realised that I am not going to love this book. Zenith reads like an overly descriptive author’s first book, it feels unedited and rushed and who the hell names a character Androma Racella??

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4:43 PM

I’m hoping to pick Zenith back up later but until then I think I’ll listen to HP and write a blog post or two.

6:22 PM

Lee Jordan’s Quidditch commentary is 👌👌👌

7:30 PM

TIME FOR DINNER

(Pasta with spinach and tomatoes – Sauce: Sundried tomato with a ricotta base)

8:37 PM

I am currently on chapter 12 of Harry Potter and doubt I’ll finish it today so I think I’ll just pick up Zenith in an hour or two because I may or may not have fallen down the void of HP conspiracy theories.

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10:38 PM

So… instead of reading Zenith I decided to be responsible and pack because I’m going away tomorrow. Whoops?

And after that, I wrote some blog posts because I won’t have access to my laptop/ wifi for the rest of the week. 😭

Currently listening to: Harry Potter (chapter 13)

10:55 PM

Finished chapter 13 of HP but because I have to go for a longass drive tomorrow I figure it’s probably time to go to bed now. However, I am hoping to pick Zenith up again tomorrow!

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THE RESULT

  • I managed to write some blog posts and take some stress off my mind
  • I packed my bags
  • I started Zenith and got three quarters of the way through Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

WILL I CONTINUE?

As you guys know, I am going on a mini vacation today (when this is being posted) so I will be taking Zenith, Aquaman Vol 1 (from my last readathon) and my copy of All My Friends Are Superheroes. Hopefully, I will be able to get a large way through Zenith as I didn’t manage to get past the first chapter throughout my readathon.

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What are you planning on reading this month? Have you done a 24 hr readathon lately?

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READATHONS I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR | 2018 EDITION

Hey guys, so today I am coming to you guys with my readathon to do list for 2018! I found that throughout 2017 I really enjoyed readathons, though I didn’t participate in as many as I would have liked, so I thought I would share everything I am hoping to participate in. 

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Keep in mind that I don’t think the readathons have been announced, but I think this is the months they were on in 2017. Though, if I can find when they’re on this year I’ll write the date next to the readathon.

ALL THE READATHONS

January

Diversathon

24in48 Readathon (Jan 27-28 2018)

February

Series Crackdown (Feb 09-18, 2018)

Emojithon

Owlcrate-athon

March

Readorama

Rybsat

April

Tome Topple

Aprilathon (April 2-8, 2018) – 7 day readathon

May

Bout of Books

The Buzzword Readathon (May 7-13 2018)

Borrowathon (May 20-27 2018)

June

Marvel-A-Thon (June 1st – July 1st 2018)

July

BookTube-A-Thon

24in48 Readathon

August

Tome Topple

ARC August

The Reading Quest

Rainbow Readathon

Unhaulathon

September

Banned Book-A-Thon

October

Rush Hour Readathon

Spookathon

November

Christmas Spirit Readathon

TBR  Takedown

December

All Year

Harry Potter Re-Readathon

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So..yeah, some months have 5+ and some have none, but I’m sure my list will grow over the new year. Let me know if you guys are participating in any of these readathons!

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Are you planning on participating in any readathons in 2018?

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I MADE MY OWN 24 HOUR READATHON???

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a different type of post, one I’ve never written before. Today I am sort of live writing my 24 hour readathon except it won’t really be live because I’ll be posting it the next day if that makes sense??? 

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READATHON TBR

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AQUAMAN VOL 1ARTEMIS / THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE

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MY GAME PLAN

As you can see by my tbr, I have a shorter book, a comic and a longer book (which I have already started) so it’s  petty standard readathon tbr.

Aquaman – 144 pages

Artemis – 305 pages

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – 452 pages

So why did I choose these books? Well, I am trying to prep myself for my reading goals next year. Next year I will be trying to only read the books that I own and library books, excluding arcs. This year I bought way too many books so I want to try and knock them off of my tbr shelf since there are roughly 40 on there.

All of these books are from the library and because Artemis is a new release it is a fastback aka. read it in 7 days or face the wrath of the library. So, because I borrowed it on the 22nd I want to have it read in the next day or two.

I also would like to read Aquaman volume 1. I recently watched Justice League and really enjoyed a certain character so now I need to read every comic and since the film is coming out Dec next year I really need to get started on distracting myself from how excited I am about that film. Also, if I end up with any extra time I hope to read more of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life or I will just pick up another comic.

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MIDNIGHT

At Midnight I picked my tbr so I could dive straight into my reading as soon as I woke up.

11:00 AM

I woke up around 9:30 and then made my typical breakfast (tuna, feta, cherry tomatoes and corn because I’m fun) and started my audiobook for Artemis around 11am.

I then made a coffee, I don’t actually drink coffee that often but I think it’s okay for today?

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NOON 

Artemis (page 50) – I definitely do not like Artemis as much as I loved The Martian. I am not digging the way Weir writes his women, and I think he should just stick to his own gender since he clearly knows nothing about women.

1:30 PM

As I listen to my audiobook (I am roughly 90 pages into Artemis) I am writing this blog post (my aim is for it to be like a written vlog if that makes sense?) along with my 2018 Blogging Goals post which hopefully will go up at the beginning of January.

2:30 PM

Artemis (page 162) – This is now a murder mystery? What??

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3:00 PM 

Time for a half hour break to plan to the menu for Christmas! I live in QLD, Aus so Christmas Day is usually around 40°, so add global warming to that and I am in a hellscape of heat.

So far I’m thinking:

  • Watermelon salad (feta, mint, watermelon)
  • Salad (Salad mix, carrot, beetroot, red onion, avocado, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, peach)
  • Mango gelato (frozen banana, frozen mango, water)
  • Salmon
  • Eggnogg because duh

I usually take care of the cold foods for Christmas and I have two younger brothers who, like me, prefer to eat colourful food, so I think I’m good so far. For Christmas, I try to make simple foods like salads (I make awesome salads ngl) and gelato. I have two brothers, both very different to each other: the elder is eating less and less as he gets older and is quickly becoming vegetarian (which means he eats even less than he used to) like me, and the other will eat anything he gets his hands on. And so, to meet in the middle I use a lot of fruit in my cooking: bases, flavour fillers or marinades.

To keep it cool I find fruit is also a really great cooking tool. You can use them in any kind of salad (no, I’m not weird) and they go with pretty much anything. But this year I’m staying lowkey and just making some gelato. My brothers both really enjoy mango and gelato is really simple and quick to make (five minutes with some frozen fruits and a blender) so it’s really easy to make. I could also make some raspberry gelato if I feel the urge.

5:00 PM

Currently writing a survey because I’m fun. Also, Artemis is boring af and I could not are less, not great for a readathon.

5:30 PM

Just finished Artemis.

In Summary: 4/10 Would not recommend

11:00 PM

Okay, so I think at this point I am probably not going to pick anything else up. I was really hoping to read Aquaman but I think Artemis has tired me out and now I don’t really want to read anything else today. I think I will definitely be picking up a comic or two and hopefully the audiobook of Call Me By Your Name tomorrow while I prepare all the food for Christmas day.

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I READ 

Artemis

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Do you do 24 hr readathons? Do you plan on doing any readathons during the rest of the year?

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HARRY POTTER RE-READATHON

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new readathon post! For 2018 I decided I ould try and do a year-long readathon, but I never end up completing them. So for 2018, I thought I would aim for a more laid back goal, hence, my Harry Potter readathon I am about to introduce you to!

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So, my readathon… my plan is just to read a book a month. I don’t plan on doing anything extreme.

THE PLAN

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JANUARY – HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

FEBRUARY – HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

MARCH – HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

APRIL – HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

MAY – HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

JUNE – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

JULY – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

AUGUST – THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

SEPTEMBER – QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES

OCTOBER – FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (SCREENPLAY & THE TEXTBOOK)

NOVEMBER – FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM 2 SCREENPLAY

DECEMBER – (basically the three Pottermore short stories) SHORT STORIES FROM HOGWARTS OF HEROISM, HARDSHIP AND DANGEROUS HOBBIES / SHORT STORIES FROM HOGWARTS OF POWER, POLITICS AND PESKY POLTERGEISTS / HOGWARTS: AN INCOMPLETE GUIDE

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Along with reading all these books (and probably listening to them on the bus to work but whatever), I will hopefully be watching the films along with them.

I would also love to be able to flip through some of the illustrated editions as I listen to the audiobook because I still haven’t gone through them.

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I would love for you guys to join me in my lowkey chill readathon because I know I haven’t read the books in a while and a bunch of you guys have never read the books before. So, I am excited to get into this series with you guys, having discussions here on my blog about the series throughout the year, and hopefully, you guys could join me in watching the films too!

 

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Will you guys be joining me in my re-read? When was the last time you read HP? Have you read HP?

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THE HOUSE CUP READING CHALLENGE | SIGN UP & TBR

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a tbr for a new reading challenge! I was planning to do a whole bunch of readathons this month but I’ve gotten really sick and naturally haven’t been able to do any of them.

I’m a bit late for this, the challenge actually started yesterday in my time zone but, I only just heard about this and it sounds like a whole lot of fun, plus it’s Harry Potter so duh, I’m doing it!

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October 15th – November 12th

You can find all information about the challenge and sign up here.

Goal: Read 7 books off your challenge tbr

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Hogwarts Student Questionnaire

Name: Ellyn

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff!

Wand Type: Spruce wood with a Phoenix feather core 14 ½” and Slightly Yielding flexibility

Pet: Owl (or maybe I would smuggle in my dog?)

Favourite Subject: Care of Magical Creatures

Favourite Professor: Hagrid

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My TBR:

20 POINTS

Invictus There's Someone Inside Your House The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)

FIRST YEAR: Reader’s Choice – Invictus

SECOND YEAR: Reader’s Choice – There’s Someone Inside Your House

THIRD YEAR: Reader’s Choice – The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

10 POINTS

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2) The Martian The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)

GRYFFINDOR: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine – These Broken Stars, fight me Lilac is a badass

RAVENCLAW: Read a book that revolves around a mystery – Hunting Prince Dracula

ASSTRONOMY CLASS: Read a book set in outer space – The Martian

CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature – The Hammer of Thor

OCCULUMENCY: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers – The Ship of The Dead

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I don’t know if I will end up reading all of these books, and if I’m honest my tbr will probably change a few times but oh well!

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Are you taking part in the House Cup Challenge? Are you doing any readathons this month?

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RUSH HOUR READATHON TBR

Hey, guys, today I’m coming at you with a bit of a different tbr than usual. Usually, on the first of every month I post my tbr, but this month I’m only posting my Rush Hour Readathon. I’m really excited to dive into all these books and you can read more about my readathon here!

I designed this readathon mainly just go declutter my tbr shelf, and to read the books that have been on my tbr for the longest time. Basically, in order to pick out the books for my tbr I just went to my Goodreads shelf and tried to pick out books that I wanted to read that had been there the longest. Also, it turns out that the first three books on my tbr I actually own physically, and the last two I have an audio, so I think that’s enough incentive for me to kick my butt into gear.

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DATES

01st – 08th October

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THE CHALLENGES

01 Read the book that’s been on your Goodreads or physical TBR the longest.

You You by Caroline Kepnes

I was given this book way back in 2014 or 2015, and was soo excited to read it but then I got into a massive book slump, and so naturally, we are now in the back end of 2017 and I still haven’t picked it up.

 

02 Read a book by an author you’ve been meaning to read more of.

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I really wanted to put a Game of Thrones novel for this prompt but I thought it would be better if I actually started Magnus Chase, as I own the first two books and my brother has also read and loved them.

 

03 Read a book from a series you’ve been meaning to continue/ finish.

Opal (Lux, #3)

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I have only read books 1 and 2 and I have had the series on my shelves for years so I think it’s about time I actually continued the series, as I am still really interested in what happens to the characters.

 

04 Use a different format (audio, ebook…etc. 

The Martian Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1) The Martian OR Shadow & Bone

I wasn’t too sure about what I wanted to read for this challenge so I chose two different books which I have audiobooks for. Whichever book I choose, I know I will love it!

 

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Are you guys doing any readathons this month? Please let me know if you join in with the readathon and link me to your blog post!

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Readathon Reads & Advice

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a readathon advice post! I recently announced my readathon, and I thought even if you aren’t participating, a lot of us do participate in readathons anyway, and because I love them I thought I would share some of the tips and tricks I have learnt so far!

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READATHON READS

A Wrinkle in Time Obsidian (Lux, #1) The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Coraline I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

A WRINKLE IN TIME, LUX, THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE…, CORALINE, I HATE FAIRYLAND

GOOD BOOKS TO READ DURING A READATHON

In terms of what you should read during a readathon, it really depends. If you have a short readathon (24 hours, 2-3 days) you should try to read smaller books. It also depends on what kind of reader you are. If you feel more successful reading 2-3 short books in 24 hours then you should do that, but if you feel a lot happier knowing that you read an entire 600 page book in 24 hours than dude you should go for it. During a readathon, you need to cater for yourself, pick the books you want to read, and then sit down and read them.

However, if you have a longer readathon (7 days, month-long), then you should try to get in some more variety. If you just read short books non-stop for an entire week, you will be exhausted before you’re even half way through it. If I do a week long readathon (monthlies are just wayy too hard and I get distracted too easily) I like to incorporate a short book, a few comics and graphic novels, and an audiobook. I find that this really helps if I have a bad day or don’t feel like physically reading. If I have an unexpected errand da then I know I have a short comic so I can still feel like I accomplished something, or I have an audiobook, so I still feel like I’m actively participating in the readathon.

For an average week long readathon my tbr would look something like this:

Daughter of the Burning City Coraline Winger (Winger, #1) I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1)

Audiobook – Daughter of the burning city

Short Book – Coraline

300-400 pg book – Winger

Comic – I Hate Fairyland

Comic – Giant Days Vol 1

I generally don’t like to have 7 books in a week long readathon, if there are challenges I tend to double up. I  never know what will happen in a readathon; I could get super obsessed with a tv show, or I could blow through 3 books in the first day – it’s a mixed bag. Usually though. I tend to do fine, reading at my own pace, and still finding time to do other things (like Bowling, it’s weird but it’s my go to fun activity when I’m not reading or on Netflix).

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READATHON ADVICE 

With any readathon,  I try to mix challenges and participate as much as I can. What helps with this is also changing up where and how I am reading. I usually switch up how I’m reading by sitting outside or by going for a walk and listening to an audiobook. Generally, I find that it also helps to avoid a slump by changing up what I read. Instead of reading 5 middle-grade books, I will try and give myself some options and some more variety in my tbr. I also want to emphasise that even if you have certain books on your tbr, you might feel differently about them in a week’s time so try to organise your tbr only a day or two before the readathon starts, and if you end up not wanting to read them during the readathon, that’s okay too. Just scavenge your bookshelf or binge-borrow some books from the library.

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Do you have any readathon advice? How do you plan your readathon tbr?

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RUSH HOUR READATHON ANNOUNCEMENT

This is more of a readathon for me than anything else but please feel free to join in! I’ve found that towards the end of the year I either feel really inspired to read or I just sort of flop. And since this is my last year of high school I know I won’t have too much energy for readathons in the next month or two so I figured why not just do it at the very start of the term!

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GOAL OF THE READATHON

I feel like all of us have pretty intense tbr piles and I have to admit that my Goodreads to be read shelf is pretty big. So my main goal with this readathon is to try and knock out some of the books that have been on my shelf for way too long.

I have books on my tbr shelf that have been there since I made my account, so I figure this is an easy way to help clean up my shelves.

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You guys don’t have to join in but I would love it if you did! I’m really excited for this readathon and have high hopes t knock some of the older books off of my tbr shelf, that way I can replace them with all the new releases coming out next year!

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DATES

01st – 08th October

THE CHALLENGES

01 Read the book that’s been on your Goodreads or physical TBR the longest.

02 Read a book by an author you’ve been meaning to read more of.

03 Read a book from a series you’ve been meaning to continue/ finish.

04 Use a different format (audio, ebook…etc.) 

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Are you guys doing any readathons in October? Please let me know if you join in with the readathon and link me to your blog post!

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Top 5 Classics Read in 2016 | Bookmas Day 5!

I really didn’t read too many classics this year so this list was a bit hard to compile but I got there in the end!

Macbeth – William Shakespeare

I read Romeo and Juliet last year and then I saw a modernised version of Macbeth which then inspired me to read it. I loved it and although I’ve only read two Shakespeare plays but I know this is going to stay a favourite of mine as I read more plays over the years.

Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)

MY REVIEW OF MACBETH

Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen

I read this last year and really loved it so I decided to participate in the Austentatious bookclub earlier this year. I loved it as much as I did last year.

Pride and Prejudice

MY REVIEW OF P & P

Persuasion – Jane Austen

This was one of the first novels I read this year and while I didn’t really love it at the time I have grown to appreciate the story over the year. This novel is a bit different to Austen’s other novels, the main character is older than her other heroines so the plotline and the perspective and maturity of the main is different.

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MY REVIEW OF PERSUASION

Amazing Spider-Man Issue 1 – Stan Lee

This year I read the first nine issues in the original Spider-Man comics. Spidey is my favourite hero so naturally I wanted to try and read some of the original works.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling

We all know that Harry Potter is going to be a classic, honestly I just consider it  classic already. This series changed my life and while it didn’t make me a reader it has definitely influenced me throughout my life so far. Harry Potter is by no means my favourite protagonist but him combined with character like Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, Neville and Hagrid I have been able to grow up surrounded by different people with different personalities and problems.

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Tome Topple TBR | 2016

The Tome Topple starts today! I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in this readathon but I still have some tomes on my TBR for this month and this will give me the extra push I need to read them.

I’m still not 100% sure if I’ll be following with the challenges but I’ll see how I go.

The readathon runs from November 18th – December 1st 2016

CHALLENGES:

01 Read more than one tome/ 03 Read a tome that is part of a series

Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant, #8) The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant, #9)

Last Stand of Dead Men – 604 pages

The Dying of the Light – 605 pages

02 Read a graphic novel

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes #1-4)Lumberjanes, Vol. 2:  Friendship to the MaxLumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible PlanLumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time

Volume 1 – 128 pages

Volume 2 – 112 pages

Volume 3 – 112 pages

Volume 4 – 112 pages

I mean that’s 464 pages. That’s pretty close to 500 pages.

04 Buddy read a tome/ 05 Read an adult novel

I won’t be doing these challenges.