June Book Wrap Up & July TBR

June Reading Wrap Up

Most of my reading through June was for the Tome Topple Readathon which I posted about here:

https://emlinian.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/tome-topple-readathon-wrap-up-june-2016/

So the only books that I actually finished this month were for that and were:

  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition) by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean
  • Gone by Michael Grant

I didn’t have time for the Duodecathon this month as well so have had to skip it but will hopefully be able to participate in the next one, and catch up on the challenges later.

June Book Haul

I did however buy a lot of books this month!

First off I bought the Zoella WHSmiths Bookclub Bundle which includes:

  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

Then I got Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings because it was on sale and I love Sasha’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/abookutopia).

Before finally using up all of my audible credits to buy:

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The last 4 of the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling
  • Binge by Tyler Oakley

July TBR

So I’m actually writing this in July so have already read Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling, both of which are great and I will talk about them in July’s wrap up if not in separate posts.

I would also like to finish Binge, reread Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and read On the Road.

I haven’t planned out the duodecathon yet so I may have to change or add some books, but this is all that I have planned for this month anyway.

 

In separate news, I’m going to Yalc in London in July (the YA Literature Convention) which I’m really excited about, so there shall probably be quite a few books bought this month too, and I hope anyone else going has a great time as well!!

 

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Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up (June 2016)

I took part in another readathon for 2 weeks, the Tome Topple Readathon which focuses on reading tomes (books over 500 pages) and was really fun. I loved how active their twitter account was and the challenges so would love to do this one again sometime.

Wrap Up

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition) by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean – I had already started this so only read 48 Pages but isn’t a tome anyway, just my book for the graphic novel challenge

Gone by Michael Grant

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Challenges

I completed all of the challenges which is awesome so here’s the list and which of my books counted:

Read more than one tome (500+ pages)  – I ended up reading 3 tomes

Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!) – For this I read the Batman graphic novel

Read a tome that is part of a series – All 3 of my tomes are actually the first book in their series

Read over 500 pages in one week – I read Lady Midnight in 3 days, The Cuckoo’s Calling in 4 days, and Gone in 4 days so I completed this challenge will all 3 tomes too

Read an adult novel – I read The Cuckoo’s Calling for this one

Links

Here’s the link to the main post for Tome Topple including the YouTube video:

Tome Topple Readathon Sign-Up | Readathon + Giveaway

And here is where I find out about readathons:

http://www.littlebookowl.com/p/read-thon-calendar.html

My next readathon will be the June Duodecathon which I will do a wrap up post for too.

May Book Wrap Up & June TBR

May Reading Wrap Up

I’m actually not going to go into detail about the books that I’ve read this month because I’ve already talked about most of them in my exam reading wrap up and May Duodecathon wrap up:

https://emlinian.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/exam-period-reading-wrap-up/

https://emlinian.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/may-duodecathon-readathon/

But here are all of the books that I finished in May:

  • The Faerie Queene Book 2 by Edmund Spenser
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Claire, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

May Book Haul

After my exams were finished I went and bought Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire, then just read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy as an ebook, but I’m not really counting that because I don’t want it as an ebook, so will buy the physical copy when that finally comes out.

June TBR

This is my first TBR post but just means ‘to be read’ and so here is what I am planning to read in June (although June has already started so I have already read/started some).

For the Tome Topple Readathon (6th-19th) I want to read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire, The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling), and then I’d like to finish Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison & illustrated by Dave McKean.

I then want to read Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen before the June Duodecathon begins.

Finally, for the Duodecathon (24th-30th) I want to finish Emma by Jane Austen and then complete the spell out your name in books challenge by reading 2 books beginning with M and 1 beginning with A, but I’m not sure which ones yet as I want them to be quite short and I don’t really have any that are, so may just find some random cheap ebooks for those.

 

I’m not sure if I will keep doing posts like these, or if I want to do them differently, I just wanted to try it out as I think it’s fun, but my next post will probably be a wrap up for the Tome Topple Readathon, or a discussion post for one of the Cassandra Claire books.

May Duodecathon (Readathon)

Wrapping Up the May Duodecathon

For day 1 of the readathon, I read the last 3 stories from Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy (Stories 8-10) and 2 chapters of Moby-Dick (chapters 74-75).

In day 2 I read 12 chapters of Moby-Dick (chapters 76-87).

In day 3 I read 5 chapters of Moby-Dick (chapters 88-92).

For day 4 I read 8 chapters of Moby-Dick (chapters 93-100).

In day 5 I finished Moby-Dick, reading 35 chapters (101-135).

Then over days 6 and 7, I read 3 chapters of Emma (15-18)

Totals & Thoughts

Emma by Jane Austen (3 chapters – 22 pages) – Despite liking this story I find the actual book really slow and hard to get through, I think I’m just going to save the rest for the June Duodecathon so I can use it for challenges.

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (62 chapters – read as an audiobook) – This was a weird one, I’m glad I read it as an audiobook so I didn’t have to really pay attention when it was talking about random whale facts etc. Really I just think it needs a load of editing but other than that it’s quite interesting.

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman (3 stories – 70 pages) – I loved this and so am excited to start reading  Lady Midnight, I wish this was out as a physical book already though as I didn’t like reading it as an ebook but want to read Lady Midnight and not be spoiled for this one.

Challenges

Read a book by your favourite author (Cassandra Claire – Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy)

I’ve decided that the way I am doing challenges is that I shall count it as complete if I finish the book within the readathon, or read most of it during the readathon, and so I didn’t count The Bane Chronicles last month because I only read a small part of it and didn’t finish it within the readathon, but Cassandra Claire is definitely one of my favourite authors as I am so obsessed with her books right now.

Links

Here’s a link to the Duodecathon Goodreads group:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/156177-duodecathon

And then if you want more readathons here is the list that I am using to find them:

http://www.littlebookowl.com/p/read-thon-calendar.html

I’m now doing the Tome Topple Readathon, which you can find here:

https://thoughtsontomes.com/2016/05/28/tome-topple-readathon-sign-readathon-giveaway/

I didn’t read very much in this readathon but am hoping that my reading will pick up properly now that I am back home from summer, I’ll be posting a wrap up for the Tome Topple Readathon on here though so we shall see then 🙂

Exam Period Reading Wrap Up

ReaThis is just going to be a wrap up of my opinions on the books I read through the couple months of exams and revision, so I’m not going to go into a load of detail or give proper reviews but just random thoughts about each book.

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling (Audiobook – Stephen Fry Edition)

The Harry Potter series has always been a part of my life pretty much, but over the last couple years has become a really large part of it. I have met a lot of friends through the fandom and had a lot of fun because of it all. The Stephen Fry audiobook versions finally became available on Audible so I thought it would be a great way of being able to reread the series. I think that I last reread the series before reading the Deathly Hallows for the first time, which must have been about 7 years ago now, and there is just so much that I had forgotten and really appreciate now. The narration by Stephen Fry is amazing and I’m going to continue with listening to the series as I have some spare audible points saved up.

Everyman by Anonymous

So this is just a play that I had to read for university and it is basically just an old morality play where a character called Everyman is told that he is going to die and so has to go around and find evidence that he’s a good guy before he is then judged by God. I found this pretty hard to read because although the story is really simple, the language is hard to get through and the iBooks edition that I was reading wasn’t always clear about who was speaking.

Light in August by William Faulkner

This was another university book and I read it through the audiobook, and although I think that this is a good book, and has some really interesting messages, I did not like reading it. Basically, parts of it just made me uncomfortable, which I understand is kind of the point, but still just means it’s not fun to read, although I would still say it’s worth reading, just be aware of this.

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Another university book, but I really like Shakespeare so it was fine, my only problem was that I had to revise both this and his other play The Merchant of Venice at the same time and so kept getting confused between the two. However, Measure for Measure is a comedy about a law forbidding sex outside of marriage, and so Isabella’s brother is going to be executed and she has to go prevent, it which basically means a bad time for her. It’s a pretty short play and I quite liked it, but I do prefer Shakespeare’s tragedies to his comedies.

The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione

So this book was yet another university book and consists of 4 sub-books: book 1 is about what makes a great courtier in general, book 2 is about humour, book 3 is about what makes a good court lady (and stories of women being brave etc), then book 4 is what makes a good ruler and good politics. My favorite was book 3 which is strange because it also made me the most annoyed as some of the statements in this one from certain characters are pretty misogynistic, but then that just made it interesting in comparison to the rest of the book which I thought was mostly really dull.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Claire, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan

I loved this book! Obviously, this one is not for my university course but was just for fun, as it is a collection of short stories so was quite nice to read over a long time while revision was going on. Cassandra Claire has quickly become one of my favourite authors as I read the mortal instruments and infernal devices series, along with watching the film and first series of the TV show (which I am obsessed with and cannot wait for the next season). I thought this book was just great as it gave some brief background to Magnus’s life and I liked the later stories especially, but don’t want to really say any more about that here because of spoilers about the mortal instruments series. Basically to avoid spoilers in any of Cassandra Claire’s books make sure you read them in the order that she wrote them because the series all overlap, which is a lot of reading but so worth it!

The Faerie Queene (Books 1&2) by Edmund Spenser

Back to university books I had to read the first two books of this, and so due to the language being so tricky I had the audiobook on while I read the physical book which worked pretty okay. Shmoop has amazing summaries for each canto if you need to study this, but I really didn’t like this book. It’s meant to be a great English epic about knights and quests etc. but I feel like a lot of the plot is repetitive and then, in the end a lot just comes down to fate/chance.

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

So this one is really similar to The Book of the Courtier as they can be seen as handbooks for how to be a good prince/courtier. Again, I’d say this was pretty dull, but was good to use in comparison with Castiglione in an exam.

April Duodecathon (Readathon)

Wrapping up on the April Duodecathon!

Day 1 coincided with the last part of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon so I read half of “The Rise of the Hotel Dumont” from The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Claire (& Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan) and 6 chapters of William Faulkner’s Light in August for that. Then, after the 24-hour readathon finished I read the last 4 chapters of Light in August and then half of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

Day 2 I finished reading Measure for Measure, then read 46 pages of Baldassare Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier. On the walk home from uni I then listened to 3 chapters of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, before I then listened to the audiobook of The Faerie Queene while also following along in the book for 5 cantos (67 pages). Finally, having finished my university reading for the day, I read another story from The Bane Chronicles; “Saving Raphael Santiago”.

Day 3 I listened to 8 more chapters of Moby-Dick on the way to and from uni, read 66 pages of The Book of the Courtier, and 74 pages of The Faerie Queene, including the end of Book 1, before ending with another story from The Bane Chronicles; “The Fall of the Hotel Dumort”.

Day 4 I read 11 chapters of Moby-Dick, 58 pages of The Book of the Courtier, and 3 cantos of The Faerie Queene.

Day 5 I got through 3 chapters of Moby-Dick and the entire last book in The Book of the Courtier (64 pages)!

Day 6 was 3 chapters of Moby-Dick and 3 cantos of The Faerie Queene.

Then day 7 was a light day with only 1 canto of The Faerie Queene and 22 pages of Machiavelli’s The Prince

Totals!

Last 4 chapters of Light in August by William Faulkner

All of Measure for Measure by Shakespeare (100 pages)

2 and a half stories from The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Claire, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan (94 pages)

The last 3 books of The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione (240 pages)

28 chapters of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

16 cantos of The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser (232 pages)

22 pages of The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

Challenges!

Listen to an audiobook (Light in August, Moby Dick, and The Faerie Queene)

I was hoping to do more than one challenge seeing as I only just joined and so have missed 2 Duodecathons but due to reading mostly coursebooks I couldn’t really do this, but by the time May Duodecathon starts I will have finished with my exams so maybe then I will get a few more challenges done!

Links!

This readathon was really fun so I can’t wait for May’s, here’s the link for the Duodecathons:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/156177-duodecathon

And then if you want more readathons here is the list that I am using to find them:

http://www.littlebookowl.com/p/read-thon-calendar.html

Although I won’t be doing one until the next Duodecathon seeing as the ones in the meantime clash with my exams, so hopefully I will find time to blog around those but if not then there will definitely be a wrap-up post for the May Duodecathon 🙂

 

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

So it has been 20 days since I last posted even though I said it would only be a week, but in this time, I finished my last piece of coursework for the year and have planned and begun my exam revision too. I then decided to take part in Dewey’s 24-hour readathon for the first time both because I thought it would be fun and because I have a LOT of books to read in my revision.

The readathon began at 1pm here in England but I didn’t start until 7pm, yet on day 1 I finally managed to finish Everyman (by Anon), a play from the 15th century that I had been halfway through for months despite how short it is. I then read 6 chapters of Light in August (by William Faulkner) on audiobook before taking a break from uni books to start The Rise of the Hotel Dumont (by Cassandra Claire and Maureen Johnson) which is one of the stories within The Bane Chronicles.

On day 2 I then finished The Rise of the Hotel Dumont before listening to another 6 chapters of Light in August until the readathon ended at 1pm again.

However, after the fun of the fun of the readathon I then didn’t want to wait until the next of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathons in October so tracked down a list of readathons happening this year and there just happened to be another one on there starting today! So having finished a 24-hour readathon, I have now begun a week-long one: the Duodecathon (which can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/156177-duodecathon).

Details for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon for anyone who wants to join in October: http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

Hope any of you participating in the readathon had fun, and if you didn’t participate I would definitely recommend it!