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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?

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon

Tackle Your TBR Readathon

It’s been absolutely ages since I was able to take part in a read-a-thon properly, so when I saw Celine’s post about this event I knew I had to sign up. The devastating fact is that I haven’t had time to pick up a book ever since I moved to London last week. I was so busy with moving all my stuff and finding my way around Surrey that I didn’t even have time to check my blog or think about reading. Which is understandable if you’re in such a situation, but I miss blogging and curling up with a good book. So this read-a-thon will be a perfect opportunity for me to set aside a small amount of time each day for reading only.

Hosted by Colorimetry and Tressa’s Wishful Endings, the read-a-thon runs from 8 September till 21 September. If you’d like to join the fun, you can still sign up here.

Since I’m quite busy during the day, my plan is to keep it pretty low-key and finish two books in the next 11 days. I’m already halfway through Locked In by Kerry Wilkinson so I want to finish this one and read one more book. The second book in question might be The Returned by Jason Mott (which I got for review so I should probably hurry up) but since I’m notorious for not sticking to my own lists, I might change my mind. :D

Did you sign up for the read-a-thon? What are your goals?

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2013: Goals & Updates

	 Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2013

Yep, that’s right, folks. The previous read-a-thon hasn’t even finished and I’m here with another one. This one is slightly shorter as it starts tomorrow morning and ends at 11:59 p.m on Wednesday. Since this week’s been pretty unproductive, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to catch up in the next few days – and what better way to motivate myself than by joining yet another read-a-thon, right? The event is hosted by Angela and Loretta at Reading Angels, Candace at Candace’s Book Blog and Lori at Pure Imagination. If you’d like to sign up of simply find out more, click here.

Since I don’t know how busy next week’s going to be or how bad my reading slump’s going to be, my one and only plan is to finish the book I’m currently reading PLUS one more. That’s it.

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon goals

I’m currently reading (and loving!) Lost and Found so the plan is to read whatever I can’t finish tonight, plus Insurgent. And then catch up on reviews because I’m way too far behind and haven’t posted anything review-like in ages. As always, I’ll update this post daily so if you’re interested in how I’m getting on then make sure to check back later. :)

What are your plans for the read-a-thon and what are you planning on reading?


Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon: Goals and Updates

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon
Hurray, another read-a-thon! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to participate in one so I’m really looking forward to this. But what is it exactly? It’s basically a week-long read-a-thon event hosted by seven independent bloggers. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes, Twitter parties and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs. And lots of reading, of course. Sounds great, right? If you’d like to join in (do, do!) then click on the banner above and you’ll be redirected to the sign up page.


Since I’ve been in a reading slump since early June, my only plan this time is not to have any plans. I’m hoping that it’ll help me get out of this slump as soon as possible and the only way to do that is to make this as low-pressure an event as possible. Following Hannah‘s advice (whose reading habits are very similar to mine), I’ll try to read at least 100 pages each day. Which means that I’ll hopefully read at least 2 books by the end of this week. I’ll try to take part in as many challenges as I can but this time round, my main focus is on reading. I’ll also be tweeting from @bookswithacuppa during the week so make sure to give me a holler if you’re participating!


Day 1 – Monday

My to-be-read pile is literally endless but I decided to go for a mystery/thriller because, well… I figured slow-paced books and reading slumps don’t really go well together. This book, as well as ten other copies to be given away to UK/IRE readers, was kindly donated for my Crime Fiction Month feature next month by the lovely people at Orion, so keep an eye on the blog in August if you’d like to win a copy. Shameless plug over :D

Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham

Pages read today: 69
Pages read total: 69
Books read total: 0

It’s Day 1 and I’m failing already. I don’t understand how it is even possible that I don’t have any exams to study for or lectures to attend or work to be done, and I still don’t manage to read more than 69 pages. *headdesk* All right, I did start a bit late because I still had some blog posts to be done, but still. I’ll need to start a bit earlier tomorrow and try to catch up.


Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon – Goals, Updates

The #WWReadathon is – finally -back! But what is it about, you ask? The Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of February 7-14 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! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun! In the meantime, Bex and April will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! How cool is that?

Regular readers might know that #WWReadathon 1.0 was the very first read-a-thon I’ve ever signed up for and where I met some amazing people who have since become my bookish best friends and this is why it will always hold a special place in my heart. So when I saw April’s post about this month’s event, I knew I had to sign up.

My goals are:
  • Participate in most of the challenges
  • Take part in both Twitter chats you know I spend a ridiculous amount of time on Twitter anyway
  • Check out other people’s blog posts, leave them some comment love and meet new friends on Twitter
  • Read and review at least two books
  • Read at least 100 pages a day

The two books I’m aiming to finish:


Day 1 – February 7, 2013
Number of books read in total: 0
Number of pages read today: 235
Number of pages read in total: 235
Mini challenges completed today: 1

Day 2 – February 8, 2013

Number of books read in total: 0
Number of pages read today: 184
Number of pages read in total: 419
Mini challenges completed today: 0

Day 3 – February 9, 2013

Number of books read in total: 1 (Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton)
Number of pages read today: 93
Number of pages read in total: 512
Mini challenges completed today: 1

I’ll post regular updates on Twitter (on @bookswithacuppa and my blog’s account, @bbt_blog) and I’ll add my completed challenges to this post as we go along. If you’d like to join in the fun or check out the full read-a-thon schedule, you can do so by clicking here. Sign-ups are open until the 11th so you’ve plenty of time :) Hope to see you guys on Twitter and good luck to anyone who’s participating!

PS. make sure to leave a comment with a link to your goals so that I can check them out!