Contemporary-A-Thon TBR

After having missed every previous round, I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be taking part in the fourth round of the Contemporary-a-Thon! This round will take place from 11th February to the 17th, so we’ll have a full week to read as many contemporary books as possible.

The hosts for this round are CHELSEA, JULIE, NATASHA, and MEL.

There are seven challenges for this readathon, and I’ve managed to get my TBR down to four books that cover all seven challenges. I wish I could have gotten it down a bit more because four books is a lot for me to read in one week, but these are meant to be challenges, so it’s ok if it’s hard.

➽ 1. Read your most recently purchased or acquired contemporary

➽ 2. Read a contemporary with blurple (blue or purple) on the cover

➽ 3. Read a diverse contemporary

➽ 4. Read a dark, taboo, or emotional book

➽ 5. Read a contemporary you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to

➽ 6. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format
I’ll be reading all of the above books as ebooks!

➽ 7. Read a contemporary with a picture on the spine

I’m really excited about taking part in this readathon! Let me know if you’ve posted a TBR and I’ll come and check it out. If not, hit me with your contemporary recommendations so I can make a note for next time.

Bout of Books TBR

The 24th round of Bout of Books is here! I haven’t taken part in this readathon in a while, but since I’m getting back into blogging this year, I thought it would be a good way to join in with the community and read a bunch of the books right at the beginning of the year. First up, we have two books that I’m in the middle of. Rosewater has become by work book, and I’ve read about 150 pages so far. It’s a bit of a weird book, and I can’t tell if I like it or not, but I’ve been reading that on my lunch breaks at work and I plan on continuing that this week. Yesterday I started The Wolf in the Whale, and I plan on continuing with that one in the evenings. I’m enjoying it well enough so far, but since I’m only a couple of chapters in, it’s a bit difficult to judge right now.


Rosewater by Tade Thompson

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Then I’m planning on reading two more books, because reading two books in one week isn’t ambitious enough. I absolutely have to read (or at least start) The City of Brass so I can recap it ready for when the sequel is released this month. It sounds like something I am going to love, so I have high hopes. I then picked a smaller book so I could (hopefully) smash through it, and that one is The Picture of Dorian Gray. I’m trying to read more of the classics from my shelf this year, and wanted to start with something small.

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The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

If you’re taking part in this round of Bout of Books then let me know in the comments below, and feel free to link up your TBR so I can check it out!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2017


It’s almost time for my favourite event of the year! Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! The readathon has been running for an entire decade now, and I have been taking part for five or six years. It’s always an exciting twenty four hours when the book community gets together to chat about books, marathon some books, and encourage each other.

I’ll be updating my progress on Twitter this time around because it’s faster than updating the blog post. I’ll probably start a thread or something.

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24 Hour Readathon TBR

24 hour readathon

It’s time for my favourite event of the year! I couldn’t be more excited. For the first couple of readathons I’ve had to cut my time short (or not read at all) because I was so busy and things kept cropping up. This time the stars aligned and I’m not doing anything apart from a quick food shop and sleeping. WIN! 

Here’s my potential TBR. As always, I’m not expecting to get to all of them but I would like to read at least three, especially since I’m already in the middle of both Ivory and Bone and The Secret Speech. I’ll be starting the readathon by finishing of Ivory and Bone, and then reading The Fill-In Boyfriend for some light contemporary fluff from one of my favourite authors. After that, it’s a free-for-all! Which ones would you recommend?

24 hour readathon tbr

Bout of Books 14: TBR

This week is my last week of hectic working hours, and of course it’s the week that Bout of Books 14 falls on! I’m not sure how much time I will have to read, so I’ve only picked out a small TBR. I honestly doubt I will be reading any more than this, especially as I’m almost at the end of Hawaii Five 0 and I’m using that to help me chill after work. But! I am hoping to read two books and start one, so I have my fingers crossed.

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