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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – October, 2014

Dewey's Readathon
Dewey’s readathon is the event I’ve been waiting for since April – and the wait is finally over. The readathon is back! If you haven’t participated before and are wondering what it’s all about, check the official website. The aim of the readathon is for us to spend the next 24 hours reading – it doesn’t matter where you are, whether you’re a blogger or not, or what genres you like, everyone and all types of books are welcome. We also take part in hourly challenges and chat with other participants throughout the day. It’s always tons of fun and is a brilliant way to make new friends, so if you’re free this weekend, do join us – it’s not too late to sign up.


One of the things I realised after 5 readathons under my belt is that I always end up reading long books. Which can become a bit exhausting towards the end of the readathon, especially if it’s not a particularly easy read. So I decided to change things up a bit. This time, I selected 3 short and easy books and 2 longer ones. The fact that 4 out of 5 books are review copies is just an added bonus.

Dewey's Readathon TBR

I’ll probably start with the Guinea Pigs Online books (review copies from Quercus). They’re all around 170 pages but since they are children’s books, I should be able to get through them fairly quickly. I’m already halfway through Wonder so the plan is to read the second half and then move on to Cut Out (review copy from Hodder & Stoughton). I already read the first 100 pages of Cut Out as well but I have another 300 to go.


Bout of Books 11 – Goals!

Bout of Books 11

Bout of Books is a  week-long read-a-thon organised by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It runs from Monday, 18th August to Sunday, 24th August. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

I’ve always said it but I’ll say it again: Bout of Books is one of my favourite read-a-thons ever. It was the very first bookish event I’ve ever participated in three years ago and this is where I met some of my oldest bookish buddies, who I consider very good friends even today, so BoB will always be a special event for me.

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to join in this time because I’m going on holiday on the 24th (and who knows how much time I’ll have between work and packing) but I really need to catch up on reading and I need some motivation – plus I missed chatting to you all – so I decided to sign up. AND I CAN’T. WAIT.

My goals:

  • Finish two books: I’m not the fastest reader and I know I won’t have an insane amount of time, so finishing two books would be perfect already.
  • Participate in as many challenges as I can (at least 1 each day)
  • Find new people to follow on Twitter and the blogosphere: One of the things I love about BoB the most is how great the community is and how many friends you can make in one week, so I’m really looking forward to chatting to you all.


Bout of Books 10 is (Almost) Here!

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It’s that time again! Bout of Books is (almost) here! For everyone who hasn’t participated before, Bout of Books is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

The books I’ll be reading this week are…

The Broken by Tamar Cohen

The Lying Down Room by Anna Jaquiery

I have one review copy I need to finish by next week (The Broken) because I’m part of the official blog tour and I need to write my review, so the first book I’ll pick up is definitely going to be Tamar’s novel. I really enjoyed one of her previous books, The Mistress’s Revenge, so I can’t wait to finally read this.


Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – April, 2014

Dewey's Read-a-Thon

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again – it’s April, which means that Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is FINALLY back! What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon, you ask? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and chat to fellow readers on Twitter. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to make a dent in our TBR pile, have fun and make friends at the same time.

After much deliberation, staring at stacks of unread books, chin stroking and pacing around the room, I managed to come up with my number one TBR choice for this year’s readathon. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while you’ll already know that:

a) I’m a bit of a mood reader
b) I’m not the slowest reader ever but I’m definitely not the quickest either.

So I usually try to narrow my read-a-thon TBR list down to a handful of books a few days before the event and then find the one I want to read the most right before the readathon kicks off. I’ve done this readathon quite a few times but I don’t think I’ve ever managed to finish more than two books, so I never have a huge stack of books to choose from.

This time I decided to start with Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. I’m still a newbie to the RR fandom but I’ve just finished her latest novel, Landline, and absolutely loved it so I couldn’t wait any longer. I HAVE to read Fangirl.

Dewey's Readathon 2014

As always, I’ll post regular updates on my Twitter page (@bookswithacuppa) and will be updating this post with mini-challenges and some general updates along the way. If you’re on Twitter and you’re participating too, do say hi – it’s always nice to meet fellow readathoners. :)


End of the Year Readathon 2013

End of the Year 2013 Readathon

When I saw Ellie’s post about this event sometime last week, I started wondering how many books I managed to read this year so far and realised that I’m quite far behind on my yearly goal. I wanted to read at least 60 books this year but after an insanely busy summer and moving houses I fell a bit behind. 2013 is not over yet, though, and I hope I can catch up in the remaining few weeks – or at least squeeze a few more books in. So I decided to jump on the bandwagon and join the End of the Year Read-a-thon, hosted by Juliababyjen’s Reading Room and Dana Square. The read-a-thon runs from 9 to 22 December, 2013 and includes lots of reading (obviously), fun challenges and awesome prizes. If you’re like me and you want to squeeze a few books in before 2013 comes to an end (how is it December already???), you can still sign up here.


Just like Ellie, I don’t really have anything specific I absolutely must read, but I’d like to read at least the following 4 books this month:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield Bait by J. Kent Messum The Troop by Nick Cutter

With the exception of Bait, which was a giveaway win, all of these are for review. The Book Thief and The Troop are both going to be released in early January so I’d like to read them and schedule my reviews as soon as possible. Bait seems shorter than the rest so I hope I can squeeze another book in but we’ll see. :)

What books are you hoping to finish before we say goodbye to 2013?

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon: Challenges

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thonIt’s all about the read-a-thons this weekend, isn’t it? In other words, Dewey’s twice-yearly 24-hour read-a-thon has just kicked off. I’m not doing a separate post with my goals since they’re pretty much the same as my goals for the Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon and I already posted about those yesterday.

As I’m 100 pages into Knife Edge, that’s the one I’ll start with and will hopefully finish by the end of Dewey’s read-a-thon. I’m also planning on chatting to fellow read-a-thoners on Twitter and complete a few challenges. I’ll post these, as well as my updates here. :)


I. Hour 1 Challenge: Introductions

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

I’m reading from England! *waves*

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

Knife Edge. I absolutely loved the first book and I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Erm… I must confess I haven’t really prepared any snacks this time. I know, I know…I’m pretty sure we have some ice cream in the freezer and I have loads of crisps as well so those two are a definite must. Also, PORRIDGE! I have a weird obsession with Sainsbury’s Express Porridge so that’s another thing I’ll eat later on.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Why do I find this question so difficult to answer?! Well… *clears throat* I’m 23, I’m a Hungarian born blogger who lives in England and have been running this blog for 2 years now. I’m a crazy cat woman, I love travelling, comedy, I drink an insane amount of tea and I love crime fiction.

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

I don’t think I participated in the previous one (I was still in the middle of my uni exams) but I did the one before that. One thing I’ll probably do differently this time is to spend less time with challenges. Also, I’ll make sure to get some sleep as well. The last time I participated I was trying to stay up for the entire 24-hours and I felt a bit sick afterwards…


Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon II: Goals and Updates

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon II

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon is back! I actually didn’t realise  it until earlier this evening so I’m a bit late to the party, but better late than never, right? Basically – for anyone who’s new to this event – the WWReadAThon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of October 11-20 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile. And of course there are also lots of challenges and fun things to do while you’re taking a little break. If it sounds like something you’d like to do, you can still sign up here.


I really want to catch up on my review copies so I’m planning on finishing these three books by the end of the read-a-thon. I’m about 90 pages into Knife Edge so I hope I can read the rest by the end of tomorrow. I also need to write at least four or five reviews which I’ve kept putting off for weeks now.

WWReadathon TBR

Knife Edge | Mutton | A Tap on the Window

If you’ve signed up for the read-a-thon, what books are on your to-be-read list? If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think?