#ATSOReadathon Wrapup

First I would like to thank everyone who participated in my very first readathon! I don’t feel I was the best host and I appreciate you all sticking it out with me. Some of you have already asked if I will be hosting again in the future. The short answer is yes, but I don’t know when and I think I will make a few changes, including bringing on a co-host. March became so much busier than I could have imagined and I failed to keep in touch with you all and host as many sprints as I would have liked.

All that aside, I’m happy to report that I read a total of 11 books for the readathon and I’ve been hearing higher numbers from a lot of you! Congratulations to all of you for kicking some serious TBR butt! And regardless of how many books you read, I hope you enjoyed the readathon because that’s what matters most. I know I did and I’m flattered that so many of you would like to see me host it again.

Here are the books I read and reviewed, I can’t wait to see what all of you read this past month!

The Coming Storm by Robb Kidd – 135 Pages

Saga Vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan- 160 Pages

Shadows and Dreams by Cody Matthew – 35 Pages

Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce – 208 Pages

The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman – 192 Pages

Harley Quinns Greatest Hits by Paul Dini

Summer of Sloane by Erin L Schneider – 304 Pages

North of Nowhere by Barbara Sleigh – 94 Pages

Born to Race by Blanche Perrin – 148 Pages

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander – 144 Pages

Angelfall by Susan Ee – 288 Pages

I thought I would read so much more and it’s terrible that as the host I didn’t, but life happens. I’m still happy with the books I read and I’m glad I gave some re-reads a chance. I would love to hear what your favorite short book was during the readathon, and also let me know if you would like to see a readathon like this again in the future!

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who joined I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see you all join. Please link your wrap ups and reviews in the comments so that we can all share our reading experience and get a conversation going. And lastly, don’t forget to fill out this google form if you haven’t yet. This is how I will be drawing the winner for the book from Book Depository on April 7th!

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#ATSOReadathon Update

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Halfway Update

I can’t believe we’ve already reached the halfway mark of this readathon! I really hope that you’re all enjoying it so far and excited to continue. To be honest, I hit a reading slump early on but thankfully with these last few books I think it’s over.
Here’s what I’ve read so far….

I also DNF’d….

On a side note, I am so proud of myself for deciding to DNF this many books. I used to make myself read through a book no matter how much I disliked it, and how long it took me. I’m glad that I am being more decisive and giving my time to books I enjoy instead. That aside, I still have about ten books to choose from for the rest of the month and my goal is to finish half of them. I will be hosting some more sprints this weekend and all of next week. Hopefully it gives me the kick I need to reach that goal. They will be at 12PM and 8PM PST, and I hope some of you will join me.

I will be sharing all my reviews with you at the end of the month and I can’t wait to read yours!

Lastly, there was a lot of confusion about the sign-up process. I don’t want anyone to miss out on the giveaway, so I’m asking everyone participating to fill out this google form. This is my first time hosting a readathon, so I appreciate everyone’s patience.

That all for now, happy reading and I will talk to you all again in fourteen days!

All The Short Ones Readathon

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Announcement and Sign Up

I don’t know about you but I start out the year with huge reading goals and ample enthusiasm and by March I’m starting to slump a little. What better way to give me a boost than a readathon? The only thing is, sometimes I find them overwhelming. They are usually only a week long and involve reading a specific theme or number of books. As a single mom and someone with a busy life, it’s just not possible sometimes. What I really want is a readathon thats a longer and was a little… easier? While still pushing me to read more. So I created All The Short Ones Readathon.

The goal of this readathon is to read books that are 300 pages or less, as many as you can in the month of March. They could also be novellas, graphic novels, books of poetry, etc. An easy way to see which of the books on your TBR are 300 pages or less is to go to Goodreads and sort the books by number of pages. That’s how I compiled my list that I’ll be sharing with you below.

Dates: March 1st – March 31st

Giveaways: At the end of the readathon, one lucky winner will get a book of their choice from Book Depository, up to $15 USD.

You will receive one entry for your sign up post, which you can link in the comments below, and one entry for every book you read and reviewed in your wrap up post. (Which you can link in the comments of my wrap up post on the 31st of March) Bonus entries for anyone who posts their TBR for the readathon, using the hashtag #ATSOreadathon

**Reviews can be on a blog or on Goodreads and can be full length or just a couple of paragraphs, summarizing your thoughts**

You can also use the hashtag to connect with others participating in the readathon, find a buddy read, and stay up to date with everyone’s progress.

My hope is that everyone has fun, reading some shorter books that they may have overlooked. Perhaps some of those could meet other challenges you have this year and if not it will certainly boost your Goodreads count!

Here are All The Short Ones I hope to read for the readathon.

There may be a few that I’m forgetting but these are the ones I can think of at the moment. I might not get to them all but I intend to try, and I will be starting with the shortest and working my way to the longest of my short books. Half of these are books I read more than ten years ago that I have wanted to reread and see if I still enjoy them but I never make the time. So now is the time!

I really hope some of you decide to join up and participate, it’s going to be a very laid back sort of challenge but hopefully a lot of fun as well! Don’t forget to link your sign up post in the comments below so myself and others can check it out. Also, please share this readathon with others on Twitter and Instagram, you can find my handles below.

Jessica @novelcravings

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Reading Reflection & Looking Forward

It’s that time of year when I feel suspended in a moment where I’m looking back on where I’ve been while simultaneously looking forward and wondering/planning what is yet to unfold. January always feels like a fresh canvas and that makes me excited. This is the first year in a while that I haven’t had any idea what I want to do with that canvas. It’s been a little unsettling, and I can’t help but think this is because I’ve lost touch with myself in the business of being a mom. (As well as a friend, dog owner, worker, blogger, daughter, etc.) So I really want to take some time this month to give myself the time I need to reflect and reconnect with myself. That does include my reading and blogging goals, which I feel are a 180 from last years.

Blogging Goals

As a blogger, I didn’t really have any expectations when it came to followers last year. This year however, I would like to accomplish the following milestones on social media:

  • 1000 Twitter Followers
  • 250 Blog Followers
  • 2000 Instagram Followers

Hopefully, that means more giveaways too! This is more about pushing myself to be more consistent in posting and content then really being concerned with how many followers I get. I do believe thought that the two go hand in hand. I would also like to post at least four reviews each month and make sure to do them within three days of finishing the book. Last year I put them off and put them off and eventually I felt like it wasn’t fresh enough in my mind to review. This year I also have a review book to take notes in as I read and so far it’s been working out great, and I think its improving the quality of my reviews.

Reading Challenges!!

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  • I had a Goodreads Goal of 55 books and I ended up reading 73!
  • For Around The World In 52 Books I read 46 out of 52 books
  • I had a goal of 16 books for Flights of Fantasy and I read 41!!
  • I had a goal of 16 books for Backlist Books and I read 40!!
  • I had a goal of 35 books for #RockmyTBR and I only read 18
  • And I had a goal of finishing 6 series and I only finished 4

So I’m considering the year a success because the best part was that I read a LOT of books I wouldn’t have otherwise. I consider my biggest failure to be that I didn’t connect with the #RockmyTBR, Flights of Fantasy or Backlist Books community. After March I really just forgot all of that. I love, love, love the book community but I am really awful at participating in challenges like that, sorry guys! If I was to sign up for another I would sign up for just one so I could really commit myself to it. I also feel like some of the challenges like Flights of Fantasy weren’t really a challenge for me, and that’s the point right? So I wouldn’t participate in that again.

In 2017 I want to focus on reading books I own or books I can borrow from the library. I said this last year but this year I’m really dedicated. And honestly, I bought enough books last year that this shouldn’t be a problem. I will NOT be putting myself on a book buying ban but I’ve promised myself I will only buy books I’ve borrowed from the library and would reread. (Could be books I borrowed in previous years or in 2017) Or a book that is the next in a series I’m reading.20170106_220326

So here are my 2017 Reading Goals:

  • I’ve set a Goodreads goal of 65 books
  • I want to finish 10 series!! (cheer me on guys, I need it)
  • I would like to reread at least 9 books
  • I want to read half of the books on my TBR shelf and to make it fun I will be posting a photo of that shelf monthly so you guys can see it (hopefully) slowly emptying.
  • Only buying books that I have read, loved and would re-read. So that means reading the books I currently own or borrowing from the library or Overdrive. The only exception I’m giving myself is if the book is a continuation of a series I love.
  • I also want to HOST a reading challenge in March! It will be fun, easy and there will be giveaways, so I hope you’ll join me! More information to come! 

 

And thats it folks! Thank you for reading and please let me know in the comments below how you did on your reading challenges and which ones you plan on participating in this year. Happy Reading!

Around the World in 52 Books Update!

Here is a quick update of my progress for the Around the World in 52 Books challenge. If you’re also participating let me know how you’re doing and what you read for some of the challenges! If the challenge is crossed out I have completed it and if there is no title beside it then I am open to your suggestions!

1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

2. A book set in a different continent The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015 ???

5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name (Last name) Lirael by Garth Nix

6. The highest rated on your TBR Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

7. A book about books Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

8. A classic book with less than 200 pages Lord of the Flies by William Golding

9. A book that was mentioned in another book Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin

10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

12. A childhood classic Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

13. Reader’s Choice The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title Where She Went by Gayle Forman 

15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago) And I Darken by Kiersten White

16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

17. A book with a beautiful cover Air Awakens by Elise Kova

18. A book on a summer/beach reading list The Selection by Kiera Cass

19. A non-fiction book ???

20. A book with a first name in the title Cinder by Marissa Meyer

21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

22. The first book in a new to you series The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

23. The next book in a series you are reading Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater

24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.) The Pirate Lord by Sarah J Maas

25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you The Abyss Surround Us by Emily Skrutskie

26. A book everyone is talking about Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion) Empire Of Storms by Sarah J Maas

28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir Maggie Smith by Michael Coveney

29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name The Seventh Bride by Ursula Vernon / T Kingfisher

30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own ACOTAR by Sarah J Mass

31. A work of young adult fiction Genius: The Game by Christopher Husberg

32. A historical fiction book Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

33. The 16th book on your TBR The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas

34. A book about mental illness Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

35. An award winning book Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read Matilda by Roald Dahl

38. A book about an anti hero The Rose Society by Marie Lu

39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list – A graphic novel that everyone is talking about Rat Queens by Kurtis J Wiebe

40. A novella from your favorite genre The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J Maas

41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction) Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

42. A top 100 fantasy novel The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night Abhorsen by Garth Nix

44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public A court of mist and fury by sarah j maas

45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

46. A crime/mystery story We were Liars by E Lockhart

47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

48. A dystopia Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

49. A book with a great opening line Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

50. A book originally written in a language other than English Ruby Red by Kersten Gier or Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

51. A short story from a well-known author The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling

52. A book published in 2016 Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Wow, 37 of 52 so far… which means I am about two books behind schedule! Ooops. Which leads me into tomorrows post where I will be listing the top ten books I MUST read before the end of the year. It is fast approaching guys! I can’t belive it.