TBR Takedown 3.5 Wrap Up

TBR Takedown 3.5 is over and I had a lot of fun during the weekend! I found that even though I didn’t have a lot of time on my hands, I did enjoy what I did read and I had fun doing it.

TBR Takedown took place from April 8-10 and had four challenges:

  1. Standalone – a book that’s not part of a series
  2. Most recent haul – your most recent purchase from your most recent haul
  3. Catch up in a series – an opportunity to catch up on that series you’ve been putting off
  4. TBR shelf over a year (or the longest) – you know the ones

Here are the results:

Overall I’d say that’s an accomplishment considering I usually struggle to finish books during readathons.

Here are some shortened thoughts on the books I read and the challenges I completed for this readathon:

Standalone & Most Recent Haul

I found that This is Where It Ends was a very fast-paced, intense read with four characters that each played a major part in the plot of the story. Though there were some problems within the book, I thought that the overall story was well done and that it did what it set out to do: create a heart pumping, fast paced narrative of school shootings in the U.S.

Catch Up in a Series & Been On the Shelf 5ever

Though I didn’t get too far into the book, I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far of Splintered. I’ve recently gotten into an Alice in Wonderland retelling kick, so this is feeding that need just right. I’m finding the main character is growing on me and I’m really interested to see how things unfold in the rest of the book. Plus, the font color throughout the whole book is purple! Extra points!

So yeah! Even though I didn’t finish one book, I finished the other, and I’d say that this was a successful readathon.

Did you participate in TBR Takedown 3.5? What books did you read and how many challenges did you complete? Let me know!

Springtime Read-a-thons Wrap-Up

Okay, so as you may or may not know I participated in several read-a-thons over the past several weeks. From #RYBSAT to bout of books 13 to crushyourTBR to #TBRTakedown, I’ve participated in all of them. Does that mean I was successful in achieving what I had hoped to read during those times? No, no I was not.

BUT that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have fun or enjoy myself – I did! I just have this sense of guilt when I don’t read for days on end during even the most relaxed of read-a-thons.

With all that said, let me jump into what I read during the various read-a-thons and how they went and all that.

My first ever read-a-thon was bout of books 13, which was round 13 of this fun read-a-thon. It ran from May 11-17 and was full of fun challenges hosted on other blogs that were optional to participate in for prizes.

For this read-a-thon, I was hoping to read four books for the read-a-thon. Here’s what I did read:

I did not finish:

Now, crushyourTBR also coincided with bout of books as it ran from May 15-17. My goal was to just finish Ember, but I didn’t.

Moving on, #RYBSAT was immediately after these read-a-thons, running from May 18-25. This particular read-a-thon consisted of picking a spot on your shelf and reading as many books as possible from that spot on.

I finished “An Ember in the Ashes” before starting anything, but I did start reading “Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi. I didn’t finish it until last week.

But I did finish reading “The Assassin’s Blade” by Sarah J Maas, even though it was on my TBR for bout of books. So yay for that!

And lastly, #TBRTakedown ran from June 1-7, and I only ended up finishing “Unravel Me.”

Suffice it to say: I suck at read-a-thons. To put it shortly:

  • Amount of books I was hoping to read through all of these read-a-thons: 13
  • How many I actually read: 5

Okay, so that’s not horrible, really, but if I had read all of the books I was planning to, my TBR would be 13 books lighter. So close and so far away.

Does this mean I’m going to give up participating in read-a-thons? Nope. I’m still going to participate in them even if I fail. They’re fun, engaging, you meet new people and make new friends, and you get to read. It’s awesome.

Have you participated in any of the above read-a-thons? Or have you participated in any this year that weren’t mentioned? How did you do? Would you be interested in participating? Let me know!

June 2015 TBR + #TBRTakedown Readathon

Well, we’re half way through the year already (can you believe it?) and it’s time for another TBR challenge for the month. Whether or not I get to all of these books is up for debate, but I’m going to do my best.

BUT FIRST. Let’s start off with the #TBRTakedown Readathon hosted by Shannon of Leaning Lights over on YouTube (and here’s my video if you want to check it out).

This is another readathon that’s pretty relaxed, but she gave five challenges you can opt to try out during the week. And, well, I decided to try it out.

  1. A book that’s been on your shelf for at least a year. For this one I chose “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin. Now, I’m not going to attempt to read the rest of the book as I’m already 33% through it from when I stopped almost two years ago, but I am aiming for at least another 100-200 pages read.
  2. An unread sequel. Now, I’m not really cheating (but I kinda am) in that I’m going to finish “Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi. I didn’t get to finish it last month and I really want to, sooo, yeah.
  3. The first book in a series. For this one I chose “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve heard so many great things about it that I figured I’d definitely give it a go.
  4. A book that’s out of your comfort zone. Well, this can be either based on genre or content, and I chose content. I picked “Stolen” by Lucy Christopher, which is a book about kidnapping and since I’ve never read about that subject (nor am I fond of the subject) I figured it fit.
  5. A book from your most recent haul. And for this one I chose “Magonia” by Maria Dahvana Headley (since I already read all the other books from my latest haul). I think it’s going to be an interesting read and I hope to enjoy it.

Alrighty, so that’s all I hope to read throughout the week. Will I get to all of these books? Probably not, but it’s okay as long as I try to read what I can.

As for the rest of my TBR for the month, I plan on reading:

  • Ignite Me” by Tahereh Mafi, this third and final book in the Shatter Me trilogy.
  • Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor. I’ve been dying to finish this trilogy and the third book will be coming out in paperback on July 7th, so it’s not too far away from now!
  • The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson. I really want to start reading this trilogy and see what all the fuss is about. I don’t doubt that it’s a great book, I’m just interested to see how it goes and all that.

As for my TBR Jar Challenge for the month, it’s to read a book that won an award. Well, “Stolen” by Lucy Christopher won or was nominated the Pulitzer prize, so… killing two birds with one stone!

I think that’s enough books to last me the month, don’t you think? Maybe I’m being too ambitious, but I hope to at least start some of these books, if not finish them.

What are your reading plans for the month? Let me know!