Booktube-a-thon 2015 | Wrap-up

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I still can’t believe that Booktube-a-thon is over and that I survived it again. Oh my God, this week was fun! I read more than ever in one week, I finished 7 books! I read whenever I could and it was really amazing. It helped that I’m currenty on a vacation and have no internet most of the time, so I have pretty much nothing to do, except reading. Unfortunately, I didn’t watch all YouTube videos of all the booktubers, but I believe it was a lot of fun like last year. However, I plan to catch up with that once I come home. I also have to say again how much I admire Ariel (go check her channel) for making this all happen. She did an amazing job with all the challenges, giveaways, discounts and twitter sprints. You’re absolutely amazing!
Now for what I read during Booktube-a-thon… 5MJCU12s

DAY 1 (327): I started and finished The Girl on the Train by reading all 327 pages of it. It was for the challenge a book you really want to read.

DAY 2 (244): I started and finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower by reading all 203 pages of it. I also started Death in the Clouds and read 41 pages of it.

DAY 3 (250): I finished Death in the Clouds by reading the rest of 210 pages (I completed two more challenges: someone’s favourite book and a book you last obtained) and I started Water for Elephants, from which I read 40 pages.

DAY 4 (210): I read only 210 pages of Water for Elephants.

DAY 5 (200): I finished Water for Elephants by reading the rest of 82 pages. Challenge completed is author whose last name starts with the same letter as yours. I also started Paranormalcy and read 118 pages of it.

DAY 6 (300): I finished Paranormalcy by reading the rest of 136 pages and I started Easy and read 164 pages of it.

DAY 7 (320): I finished Easy by reading the last 119 pages of it. That way I completed a challenge to read a book with blue on the cover. Also, I started and finished Clarity by reading all 201 pages of it. I didn’t let go of it the entire time while I was reading it so that completes another challenge. It was also my 7th book so I completed the last challenge as well, which was to read 7 books.

That all makes my total 1851 pages, which is 130 pages less than last year but this year I managed to complete all the challenges, and last year I didn’t, so I’m happy with how I did this year. My average per day is 264 pages, which is very good for me. I’m proud of myself. How did you do in this read-a-thon? Which books have you read? Did you manage to complete all the challenges? Tell me in the comments!

P.S: Reviews on all of these books are coming soon.

Booktube-a-thon 2015 | TBR

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It’s that time of the year again and I’m super excited. I really enjoyed Booktubeathon last year and I hope this year will be even better. I will try to complete all the challenges, and since I’ll be on a vacation during the readathon, I’ll have plenty of time to read. Oh, and one more exciting thing! This year, I convinced my mom to also participate so we’ll be discussing books and have fun together. I may even post her wrap-up and tell you how she did at the end. Would you be interested in that?

For all the other informations about the readathon you can go check out the official BooktubeAThon YouTube channelTwitter account and Instagram account5MJCU12s

The challenges:
1// Read a book with blue on the cover
For this one, I have so many options, but I decided to go with Paranormalcy by Kiersten White because it seems like a fun and quick read – perfect for the readathon.
2// Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
I went with Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, since my last name starts with a G as well.
3// Read someone else’s favourite book
For this one, I asked my mom for her favourite book and she said A Game of Thrones. Then I told her it has to be a book that I haven’t read so she chose In Desert and Wilderness by Henryk Sienkiewicz because that was her favourite book when she was in middle-grade. It’s not something I would pick myself, but that’s what this challenge is all about, right?
4// Read the last book you acquired
For this one I’ll read either The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky or The GIrl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, because I bought these two on the same day and I really want to read them both.
5// Finish a book without letting go of it
This one is my favourite challenge and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I decided to go with a very short book, Clarity by Kim Harrington. It’s only 200 pages long so I should be able to read it in one sitting on the beach. Also, if I have to carry it around, it’s a light paperback so it won’t be heavy.
6// Read a book you really want to read
For this one I picked Easy by Tammara Webber. I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book lately and I want to read it so badly and I will.
7// Read seven books

And there you have it. These are the books I decided to read during this year’s Booktube-a-thon. Are you participating in Booktube-a-thon this year? What are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? Let me know in the comments.

TBRTakedown 2.0 and 7in7 Readathon | TBR

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TBRTakedown 2.0 is hosted by Shannon (leaninglights) and it runs from July 25th to July 31st. There are challenges you can try to complete during the readathon, but you don’t have to complete them if you don’t want to. For more information, go watch Shannon’s announcement video.

7in7 Readathon is hosted by Ashley (saidthestory) and it runs from July 27th until August 2nd. There are no challenges for this one, but the goal is to read 7 things (books, graphic novels, comics, novellas etc.) in 7 days. For more information, there is Ashley’s video.

Since these two readathons are overlapping, I decided to make one TBR post for both. I will focus mosty on TBRTakedown challenges and when I complete all of these, I’ll just pick up whatever I want to read in that moment. I try not to put much pressure onto myself, especially because Booktubeathon is happening the week after and I really want to do well in that one.

TBRTakedown challenges:
1. First Book in a series
2. Sequel Book in a series
3. Out of your comfort zone (genre, author, reviews, etc)
4. On your shelf over a year (or the longest)
5. Most recently hauled book

The first book I plan to read is The Elite by Kiera Cass. This one will complete a challenge to read an unread sequel, since this is the second book in The Selection trilogy.
Then I’d like to read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and this one would complete two challenges. It’s the book from my most recent haul and it’s out of my comfort zone since I don’t usually read a lot of mystery/thriller books.
And lastly, I managed to combine two more challenges so the first book in the series which has been sitting on my shelf for more than a year is Covet by J. R. Ward. It’s the first book in the Fallen Angels series and I’ve been really wanting to read it lately, so why not.

These are all of the books I plan to read and everything else I end up reading will depend on my current mood. I will definitely be doing a wrap-up when these two readathons end, so make sure to check that out.

Are you going to participate in any of the readathons? What do you plan on reading? Let me know in the comments!

Bout of Books 12.0 | Wrap-up

I participated in my first Bout of Books read-a-thon and I completely failed. I’m not happy at all with how much I read, but it could’ve been worse either. At least I read something.

DAY 1 (107 pages): I read 97 pages of Arthur and the Minimoys and finished that book (I started it before the read-a-thon, this was the second half of the book) and 10 pages of All the Light We Cannot See (I already started that book before read-a-thon as well).
DAY 2 (41 pages): I read another 41 pages of All the Light We Cannot See.
DAY 3 (200 pages): I read All the Light We Cannot See again, read 200 pages of it.
DAY 4 (139 pages): I started reading Cinder and I read 75 pages of it. I also listened to The Bane Chronicles as an audiobook and I finished the story The Midnight Heir which makes 64 more pages.
DAY 5 (222 pages): I read 148 pages of All the Light We Cannot See and finished it. I also read 74 pages of Cinder.
DAY 6 (61 pages): I read another 61 pages of Cinder.
DAY 7 (72 pages): I read 72 more pages of Cinder.

My goal was to read 1500 pages, but halfway through the week I changed my mind and chose some more realistic number and I set it on 1000 pages, and now we’ll see how I did.
I read 842 pages! That’s not good, but it’s not that bad either. I finished two books, one short story and started another book. That’s good.

This was the first time I really failed at read-a-thon, but since it’s only my third read-a-thon ever, I still need to learn a lot, right? However, I’m still happy with what I read and I’m looking forward some new challenges and read-a-thons. I really love these things. Next BoB is happening in May, so chech out for that.

Reviews of all the books I read during read-a-thon:
Luc Besson – Arthur and the Minimoys (Arthur #1)
Anthony Doerr – All the Light We Cannot See
Marissa Meyer – Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson – The Bane Chronicles

LittleReadaThon #1 | Wrap up

Catriona from Little Book Owl hosted a readathon in her Little Book Club and I decided to participate because the past week was my last week before the school started and I wanted to read as much as I can. You can check my TBR for this readathon as well, you will see that I didn’t stick to it very much, or at least not all the time. And this is how I did.

DAY 1: I started Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout and read 128 pages of it and I was halfway through. I also started an audiobook, Panic by Lauren Oliver and listened to it for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

DAY 2: I finished Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout by reading second half of it, the rest of 123 pages. I also listened to Panic by Lauren Oliver for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

DAY 3: I started Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson and read poor 30 pages of it. I also listened to Panic by Lauren Oliver for 3 hours.

DAY 4: I read 109 more pages of Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson. I also managed to finish Panic by Lauren Oliver by listening to it for 1 hour and 10 minutes. I started another audiobook as well, Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and listened to it for 2 hours and 5 minutes.

DAY 5: I read 95 pages of Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson and listened to Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

DAY 6: I finished Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson by reading the rest of 110 pages of it. I also listened 3 hours and 15 minutes of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

DAY 7: I finished Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes by listening to it for 2 hours and 5 minutes. I also started and finished If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman by reading all 154 pages of it.

During readathon I managed to read total of 5 books and 1550 pages and I’m very content with the result. Of course, I could’ve read more because I was actually slacking during the whole readathon, but I still made a lot of reading. The biggest help to it were audiobooks because if it weren’t for them, I would probably read less. However, I managed to read 5 awesome books and all of these got 5 out of 5 because these were just amazing. Very good reading week. For the end, here are all the books I read this week and links to my reviews on them.

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout – Obsidian (Lux #1) – 251 pages
2. Lauren Oliver – Panic – 408 pages
3. Brandon Sanderson – Steelheart (Reckoners #1) – 344 pages
4. Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Nobody – 393 pages
5. Gayle Forman – If I Stay (If I Stay #1) – 154 pages

LittleReadaThon #1 | TBR

Catriona from Little Book Owl is hosting an impromptu readathon in Little Book Club and I’m super excited because I want to read as many books I can next week and this readathon will help me a lot with it. You can find out everything about readathon here and Catriona will post updates on her blog. I plan to read at least four books during the readathon and I hope I will succeed.

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout – Obsidian (Lux #1)
I’m super excited about this book and I can’t wait to start reading it!

2. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
The movie is coming out and the book sounds interesting. I’m excited!

3. Lauren Oliver – Panic
There is always some audiobook and I chose this one because I want to read more Lauren Oliver.

4. Brandon Sanderson – Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
I borrowed this book from the library, it sounds interesting so I’m giving it a shot.

If I manage to finish all these books and still have some time left, I’m going to read Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3) but I don’t think that will happen.

I want to read as much as I can before the school begins and this readathon is a perfect way to do it. I’ll post a wrap up once when readathon is finished and I hope I’ll read a lot during next week. Wish me luck!

Booktube-a-thon 2014 | Wrap-up

I still can’t believe that Booktube-a-thon is over and that I survived it. Oh my God, this week was fun! I read like I never read before, I finished 6 books and started 7th, I read whenever I could and it was really amazing experience. I also had a lot of fun while watching YouTube videos of all the booktubers and they all did amazing jobs. I also have to say how much I admire Ariel (go check her channel) for making this all happen. She did an amazing job with all the challenges, giveaways, discounts and twitter sprints. You’re absolutely amazing!
Now for what I read during Booktube-a-thon…

DAY 1 (403 pages): I started Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl and I read 403 pages of it. I also started Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen as an audiobook so I can read/listen in every situation and stay productive.

DAY 2 (338 pages): I finished Beautiful Creatures by reading the rest of 136 pages and then I picked up Incarceron by Catherine Fisher and read 202 pages of it. I also continued with Keeping the Moon.

DAY 3 (252 pages): I finished Incarceron by reading the rest of 139 pages and then I started Sapphique by Catherine Fisher and read 113 pages of it. Also, Keeping the Moon.

DAY 4 (254): I finished Sapphique by reading the rest of 254 pages of it. Keeping the Moon was also happening.

DAY 5 (215 pages): I finished Keeping the Moon and added another 228 pages to my total page count because I didn’t count pages of Keeping the Moon in my daily page number (because it’s an audiobook). I also started The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger and read 215 pages of it.

DAY 6 (213 pages): I finished The Devil Wears Prada by reading the rest of 159 pages and I also started and finished Quidditch Through the Ages by J. K. Rowling what added another 54 pages to my page count.

DAY 7 (78 pages): I started Watchers by Dean R. Koontz and read 78 pages of it.

My total page count during Booktube-a-thon is 1981 pages and I’m a bit disappointed because my goal was to read 2100 pages (average of 300 pages per day) but I’m happy with what I read.

CHALLENGES:

1. Read a book with pictures – COMPLETED!
I decided to go with Quidditch Through the Ages by J. K. Rowling for this challenge because this book is very short and it was sitting on my shelf since forever and I’ve never read it before.

2. Start and finish a series – COMPLETED!
Of course I picked a duology because it was the easiest. I read Incarceron doulogy by Catherine Fisher: Incarceron and Sapphique, because I’ve wanted to read these books for a long time and I needed a little push to finally do it.

3. Read a book with red on the cover – COMPLETED!
This challenge was perfect to combine with some other challenge so I did it. I read Sapphique by Catherine Fisher.

4. Read a book someone else picked out for you – COMPLETED!
I had two books for this challenge. First one I picked from my TBR jar and it was Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen but the next day I told my mom about the booktube-a-thon so she picked a book for me too and it was Watchers by Dean R. Koontz.

5. Read a book from a genre you’ve read the least this year – COMPLETED!
It’s chick-lit. I never read chick-lit in my life so I picked The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger for that because I watched the movie recently and I wanted to read the book since then.

6. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation – COMPLETED!
It could’ve been The Devil Wears Prada and it would be easier but I decided to go with Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl because I really wanted to read this book and also watch the movie.

7. Read 7 books and/or the average of 300 pages per day
I didn’t complete that challenge but I was close. I needed to read only 119 pages more to hit average of 300 per day or 328 pages more to finish 7th book but I didn’t do that.

All in all, it was pretty insane week and I feel kinf of relief now when it’s done. I’m also very proud on myself, I never though I would read as much as I did and the first day was really cray (400 pages! In one day!).
I also reviewed all the books I read so here are the links so go check that out:
Beautiful Creatures, Incarceron, Sapphique, The Devil Wears Prada, Keeping the Moon, Quidditch Through the Ages

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