So I’ve posted my prep, and now for the update post. I shall post any updates and challenges here, unless I suddenly change my mind and decide to do separate posts! My aims are to read as much as I can and meet some new lovely blogging peeps.

Starting Point

Here’s my first read of the day and my glass of apple juice! I’m going to move over to the bed now that I’ve had a mooch in my chair and grab a pint of Summer Fruit cordial and maybe a cookie. At this point, I am 5 books behind on my Goodreads reading challenge so I’m aiming to catch up as much as I possibly can with that! Realistically, I might only manage 2 or 3 books but that would be wonderful. Let’s go!

The Reading

Last Updated: 13:01 (GMT)

Pages Read:ย 356

The Wish List by Jane Costello – Pages: 481/481
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris – Pages: 163/321

Sidenote: I won one of the hourly giveaways! ๐Ÿ˜€ So happy! I picked one of the “book of your choice from Book Depository” options as I’m not in the US I figured it’d be nice and simple to pick an intl option and this way I can hopefully pick up more Seanan McGuire which I’m determined to collect before I start reading. Yay!

21:10 – I really should switch to another read so I don’t burn out but I so badly want to see the heroine’s happy ending now everything’s going a bit tits up for her!

23:40 – Okay I’m getting tired. Gonna head to bed and do some reading in bed and consider getting some sleep. I had considered staying up but I’m so close to having a normal sleep pattern!

10:46 – I’m up! I spent a few hours reading in bed after I signed off and finished The Wish List – huzzah! Then got a good night’s sleep. Sorry, I needed it. Now I have the ‘deciding what to read next’ issue – meep! I’d like to read some of the review books I have on the way but it’s Sunday so may have to wait until Monday, or later, for those to arrive. So perhaps something quick and fun.

13:01 – And we’re at the end! That was fun. ๐Ÿ˜€

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

South Wales! It’s a lovely day outside and there are many tourists which means you’ll likely get me whinging about noisy drunks tonight.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Honestly? The one I’m currently reading because I already know I’m loving it.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Well I have Chili Doritos and biscuits and cookies baked yesterday, how on earth could you make me choose?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am also a gamer and my fiancรฉ is currently addicted to Skyrim which is making me covet Oblivion (same game world for non-gamers reading this). It’s an astonishingly wonderful high fantasy game and it’ll be a struggle to keep me away for the next 24 hours!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, whatโ€™s one thing youโ€™ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I didn’t, so I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can read in a 24 hours period! I’m a slow reader so it’ll be a fun little task to see if I can catch up on my Goodreads challenge.

Book Spine Poetry

Mine’s not brilliant because I want to get back to reading but here’s a book spine poem from me!

Can you keep a secret? Son of the shadows Cold magic One day, Between the lines, The darkening dream Evermore.

Can you keep a secret?
Son of the shadows
Cold magic
One day,
Between the lines,
The darkening dream

Book Appetit

Oh christ I’m terrible with food, so a menu? *flail!*

Well I’m reading a chick lit about a gal with a 4 drink limit and a budget, however, I don’t think alcohol is really the way to go in a book discussion else I’m say a bottle of wine, so it has to be warm, comforting tea.

As for the food, I’d be inclined to get a Chinese takeaway but so far there’s mention of M&S ready meals, pasta, barbecue food, and a trip to a Michelin star restaurant. So I think the ideal situation to discuss this book would have to be a barbecue complete with dressing up as if going to a Michelin star restaurant. There’ll be ribs, burgers, sausages, salad and all sorts.

Re-Title Your Current Read

The Unfinished Business

Okay so I may have stolen it from the blurb but it’s a title that would catch my eye.

Self Portrait

Too busy reading to pay attention, did I get me?

Book Puzzle

So for this one, we’ve been tasked to put together a little word puzzle that spells out a book title. I always love these on Big Fat Quiz of the year so here’s my puzzle!

Almost forgot to finalise my book puzzle! So I picked a random book from my shelf, and here we have Ray Charles, a van, and some boys. Get it? Ray. Van. Boys. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Best and Worst Covers

Oh I love comparing covers but there isn’t much on my pile really worth comparing, so I shall go with New Moon. Only two covers to speak of but the lovely striking red and black UK cover had me lovingly stroke my copy when it first arrived a couple of weeks again. Then the one to the right is just.. boring. If I saw it in a shop or a library, I wouldn’t look twice, which is a shame because this sounds like a phenomenal read.


Sentence Challenge

Oops! My image for this one turned out a little blurry.

The lost girl betrayed the red queen under the never sky.

The lost girl betrayed the red queen under the never sky.

Finishing Point

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hmm.. some time around hour 9 I think I was very tempted to put the books down and go do something else but I kept on.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Rachel Caine’s Morganville series, for sure.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Not that I can think of, no. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh.. perhaps just have one hashtag on twitter so that it’s easier to follow conversation. Andย maybe have one or two cheerleaders dedicated to cheering on peeps on Twitter.

What do you think worked really well in this yearโ€™s Read-a-thon?

It all worked well together.

How many books did you read?

Just the one. ๐Ÿ™‚

What were the names of the books you read?

I finished The Wish List by Jane Costello.

Which book did you enjoy most?

Ahem.. :p


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

It depends on everything going on at the time but I enjoyed it a lot so likely! Just as a reader, I’d think. Or perhaps a challenge host. We’ll see.