7 in 7 Readathon TBR!

7 in 7 is a readathon that’s taking place from the 14th-21st August! The aim is, of course, to read 7 books in 7 days – mostly to keep your Goodreads challenge afloat in the summer so you’re not a panicky mess in December.

Bee and I are currently staying at our university house, so have access to about 2% of our books, so the choice is limited to say the least…unless we pick up our Kindles and get on top of all that NetGalley reading >___< Instead, we’ll use this as an opportunity to tick off a lot of the books on our summer reading list for university.

So, here’s what we plan on reading:

P O E T R Y  C O L L E C T I O N S:
Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo
Sunshine by Melissa Lee-Houghton
Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry

C L A S S  R E A D I N G:
M: The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
B: The Association of Small Bombs by Kara Mahajan

Y O U N G  A D U L T
A Change is Gonna Come by BAME authors (short story collection)

All of that gives us the opportunity to pick up two random choice books that we might be feeling in the moment. So, although this is quite a boring TBR in terms of genuinely pleasurable reading, if we put it out on the Internet that we’re going to read this stuff for class, then we’re bound to do it! (Hopefully…)

There’s some cross over with this readathon and Tome Topple so I’ll be continuing to read Dragonfly in Amber and *fingers crossed* Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I’m not enjoying the books all most at all because the relationship is so toxic but it’s for one of our university modules and is our lecturer’s obsession, so we can’t get away with not reading it!

We’ll probably still be reading Invictus by Ryan Graudin as well with our lovely BookTube20Somethings reading group: Carys, Kate and Lily.

Good luck to anyone else planning on participating, and we promise that we’ll try and keep a better schedule with blogging so that we don’t disappear for weeks on end! Happy reading!

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Reading Double: TBR & Sprint Times

It’s almost time for our readathon to start! We’ve been planning and anticipating this for weeks, so it’s so exciting to think that tomorrow it’ll actually be happening. We’re so excited to share what we’re reading with everyone!

Bee and I have finally decided on what we’re each going to read, after having a few options lined up. With the readathon starting tomorrow and all, we just had to go with our hearts! We’ve both gone for two stand alones written by the same author, which also happen to be some of each other’s favourite books.

Bee will read…
‘Beautiful Broken Things’ & ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’ by Sara Barnard

Maddie will read…
‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ & ‘Tonight the Streets are Ours’ by Leila Sales

The best part is that both of our pairs work out at around the same word count, so we should be able to read at the same pace. Hopefully we like them as much as the other did!

On the readathon’s Twitter (@ReadingDouble), we’ll be hosting sprints throughout the day, all set to GMT. The schedule is as follows:

SATURDAY: 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, 8-9pm

SUNDAY: 10-11am, 3-5pm, 8-10pm

We hope you can join us for some of those times over the weekend, whether or not your taking part in the readathon, if you’re reading, we’d love to cheer you on!

ReadingDouble: Readathon Announcement! (24th-25th June)

Exciting news! In just two weeks, Bee and I are going to be hosting our very first readathon! It’s called Reading Double and takes place from 24th-25th June. 

To take part, all you have to do is read two books that share of common feature, for example, the books could be written by the same author, be part of the same series or genre, or have the same colour on the cover! Below is our announcement video:

We also put together a list of duologies that would work perfectly for the readathon if you want to check that out too! Maybe it’ll inspire your TBR if you want to take part.

We’ll be running reading sprints over on Twitter (@ReadingDouble) and if you want to take part, you can share your TBRs and reading progress using the hashtag #ReadingDouble across all social media.

We’re so excited to be doing something like this for the first time ever. Readathons are one of our favourite parts of the bookish community, and we’re beyond excited to host our own! Over the 23rd-26th June, we’ll be posting daily updates here on our blog too!

 

Read-A-Thons!

There are so many amazing read-a-thons happening at the end of the year to try and help you reach your GoodReads challenge, so we thought we would compile a list of the read-a-thons we plan on partaking in over the next month! There are a bunch of different challenges to make the events more fun, so hopefully we’ll be able to complete the challenges and read as many books as possible!

#CRAMATHON

The first read-a-thon is the #Cramathon! It’s hosted by WhittyNovels over on YT, but is open for booktubers and bloggers alike! You can watch the video announcement to find out more about it, if you haven’t already, but it’s running from the 19th to the 21st.

Challenges:
1. read an audiobook or ebook
M: Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend
B: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
2. read a bind-up
The Selection Short Stories by Kiera Cass
3. finish a series/read the last book of a series
M: Resist by Sarah Crossan
B: Into The After Light by Alexandra Bracken
4. read a book under 200 pages
We’re going to double up and us The Selection Short Stories for this too!
5. Finish a book you DNF’ed
M: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
B: Tithe by Holly Black
6. Read a graphic novel
We haven’t got any manga or graphic novels on our shelves we haven’t read yet!
7. Read 5 books total

#HolidayBookTubeAThon

Next is the #HolidayBookTubeAThon, part of the BookTube-A-Thon, one of the biggest read-a-thons ever! It’s hosted by the lovely Ariel Bisset, and Maddie and I were twitter hosts for the summer BTAT, so of course we’ll be joining in with the Christmas edition!
This read-a-thon happens between the 27th-29th December, and so far no challenges have been announced, so it’s just a chance to read the books you got over the holiday period!

#TBRtakedown

The final read-a-thon, and it’s hosted by LeaningLights on YT, you can find the video announcement here! The TBRtakedown happens from January 4th-11th, so you can get on top of your TBR at the very beginning of the year!

Challenges
1. Read a book from your most recent book haul.
M: The Next Together by Lauren James
B: Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger
2. Read a book on your TBR Shelf that’s been there for over a year (or longest).
M: Panic by Lauren Oliver
B: Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve
3. Read a book outside your comfort zone! (Genre, content, etc).
M: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melissa Salisbury
B: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
4. Read a first book in a series
M & B: Across the Universe by Beth Revis
5. Complete a series/Read a sequel in a series
This one may change, so we’ll leave it blank for now!
6. Read a FIRE color book (Fire colours such as shades of red, pink, purple, lilac, burgundy.) Lucky Colors for 2016
This one depends too!
7. Read a non-novel item: poem, verse, novella, short story, etc.
Any of the Alice Osman short stories!

Summer Cramathon Wrap-Up | 2015

Bee and I attempted, and that’s the key word, to participate in WhittyNovels’ Cramathon this summer, which happened from the 10th-13th July! There were a number of challenges to complete, but the main goal is to read as many books as possible to contribute to your Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Without further ado, here’s how we did. Spoiler alert: it’s not great!

Read a…:
1. Children’s Book
Bee: ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis (and half of ‘The Horse and His Boy’.) We own all of the books, but I only remember having ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ read to my class in Year 4. About time to read the whole series, nearly ten years later?
Maddie: ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’ by J. K. Rowling. I’ve never actually read the whole thing through, with all Dumbles’ annotations too, because I hadn’t finished the HP series during my first read. It was lovely to get to appreciate it again, and seeing how much I love fairy tales, this one was perfect!

2. Hardback
Bee: Attempted to read some of the stories in ‘My True Love Gave to Me’, edited by Stephanie Perkins, but the book is kind of huge (and pink, therefore, cute.)
Maddie: Sneakily, I used ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’ for this as well! Haha! There wasn’t a rule against doubling up!

3. Two Books in 24 Hours
Bee: Narnia books and my graphic novel choice. Short books = easy win!
Maddie: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ by Sara Shepard and Beedle again. (Gosh, that guy just keeps popping up!) I really enjoyed PLL, it was the perfect book to read because it was relatively short and the storyline was so addictive, I couldn’t stop! This is definitely a series I’ll continue this year.

4. Graphic Novel
Bee and Maddie: The only graphic novel we own and haven’t read was ‘Marceline and the Scream Queens’, so we both read that one! It was really lovely for Marce and PB to be the main characters for a change. The art style was super simple and the colour palette was adorable. If you like ‘Adventure Time’, would totally recommend!

5. Book in Verse
Ooh, neither of us managed to do this one because we don’t own any. Definitely going to have to look into it though! It sounds so unique!

6. Novella
Maddie: After reading ‘These Broken Stars’, I decided to read ‘This Night So Dark’, which is the prequel to the series, before the Icarus crash. Overall, I was a little disappointed at the ‘extra information’ we were given, or the lack of it! Hopefully, the next book in the series will impress me more!

7. At least 5 books
Unfortunately, I only got to read 4 books over the Cramathon because I only started on the 11th, so was a day behind, and then on Monday was with friends on a day trip, so didn’t have much time to read. However, I really enjoyed the challenges and the Cramathon I did get to participate in, so I hope to participate again fully in the Christmas season.