Bout of Books Read-a-thon wrap up

So the Bout of Books Read-a-thon is over, and I thought I would share with you how I did. I aimed to finish at least one, if not more than one novel and if I didn’t finish a book then to make it at least 50% through the book that I was reading at the start of the read-a-thon. Now, I did not finish any books, I am still reading the same book as I was at the start of the read-a-thon, however I did make it over 50% through my current read. At the end of the the read-a-thon, I stand at 59% through Teri Terry’s Slated as compared to where I was at the start of the read-a-thon which was 111 pages or 24% through the book. Now whilst this may not be as much as some people have read over the course of this read-a-thon, I am quite proud of myself, I’ve read 152 pages over the course of this week, and made it almost 60% of the way through my book, a book that I have found difficult to get into but now look on track to finish. So that seems like a result!

I’ve really enjoyed doing this read-a-thon and hope that the next one will be at a time when I have far more time to devote to reading, like over the holidays rather than during a school week!

Bout of Books Challenge #4

Yesterday’s challenge, Book Haiku, didn’t really appeal to me so I didn’t do it, but today’s challenge Modern to classic from Ranty Runt of A Reader, sounded great so I decided to get involved. This is kind of hard, you have to pick a book that you think will be a classic in 100 years that was published in or after 2005. I don’t want to choose something obvious, something that everyone else will choose like Harry Potter because that would be boring, so instead I’m going to go with something that isn’t so well known now, but I’m hoping could be a classic in 100 years. The book (s) I’ve chosen is Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series.

The reasons I think that it will eventually become a classic:

1. Abortion will always be a hot topic issue, and this book handles that issue and all of the issues relating to unwinding in a very sensitive, unbiased and balanced way.

2. The characters are beautifully drawn, and very well developed throughout the four books.

3. There is also excellent world development.

4. That Scene (those of you who have read it will know what I am talking about), is so beautiful and heartbreaking and poignant, it will be remembered by all those who have read it for years to come.

Update on read-a-thon: I may not finish the book I’m reading by Sunday but I will make it to at least 50% through, which was one of my goals, so yay for that!

Bout of Books Read-a-thon Challenge #2

Today’s challenge is created by Lolo Fangirl, and in this challenge, I have to pick two of my all time favourite characters, and even though they are both my favourites, choose one as the winner. This is the ultimate character face-off. For mine I have decided to go with two of my favourite female heroines, Katniss Everdeen and Hermione Granger.

Character #1: Katniss Everdeen

(Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)

Who: Katniss is the heroine of The Hunger Games, and becomes the symbol for the districts’ rebellion against the Capitol.

Pros: Great fighter, cares a lot about her sister, fiercely loyal

Cons: Obsesses over guys, kind of loses it in Mockingjay, indecisive

Character #2: Hermione Granger

(Harry Potter series by JK Rowling)

Who: Hermione is the heroine of Harry Potter, best friend to Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, and the smartest witch of her age.

Pros: Incredibly smart, never apologises for who she is, fiercely loyal, brave, stands up for her own opinions

Cons: Can be a little annoying (first two books), sticks to the rules (okay this kind of goes out the window pretty quickly but it’s annoying at first), limited sense of humour

Winner: Hermione Granger

I do like Katniss, at least in the first book, but I grew up with Hermione. Hermione was someone I aspired to be like, who I looked up to and she shows that mental strength can be just as important as physical strength.

So there’s the second challenge of then readathon, I am 36% through my current book, so should be on track to get to 50% before the end of the read-a-thon.

Bout of Books Read-A-Thons Challenge #1

So the first challenge of the Bout of Books Read-Athon is a Bookish Survey by Writing My Own Fairytale.

Q1. How do you organise your shelves?

I have three Bookshelves and all of my books are ordered together in series, and all books by the same author are generally together, but it’s not necessarily always alphabetical because it depends on the size of the books and the shelves!

Q2. What is one of your favourite books that is not in one of your favourite genres?

Umm this is a tricky one, since most of my favourite books are in my favourite genres but I think my favourite book outside a genre I don’t usually read is Black Beauty as it is a classic (not sure if that counts as a genre but I don’t usually read them so it works for here!) and I really loved it.

Q3. What is the last five star book you read?

That would be Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. You can check it out under the review tab.

Q4. What book are you most looking forward to reading during the read-a-thon?

I’m looking forward to reading all of the books on my TBR list, whether I’ll get to any of them this week is another question.

Q5. What book do you recommend the most?

The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman. That series of books is amazing!

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon hosted by Amanda @On a Book Bender and Kelly @Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon which begins today and ends on Sunday 17th May. It is low pressure, and there are challenges, giveaways and a grand prize but these are completely optional.

This is my first time doing this sort of thing, and I’m really excited but I probably won’t finish many books, because I have so little time leading up to exams! Hopefully doing this might help me finish more books though.

Here are my goals for this read-a-thon:

1. Finish at least one, possibly more than one novel.

2. If I do not finish the book I am currently reading, then I would like to have made it at least halfway through.

I will share how much I managed to do next Sunday! Wish me luck!