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 😀

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.

Day 2 – Tuesday

Pages read today: 100
Pages read so far: 169
Books read total: 0

Today was a pretty good day. I decided to stay up late and try to finish my daily goal, which I did. :) I’m now halfway through my book so hurray! In hindsight, I should have started with something different: turns out Talking to the Dead is a police procedural, so it’s not exactly the fastest-paced mystery I’ve read. Also, I’ll need to pick a different genre for my next read – I think I feel a genre burnout coming up…

Day 3 – 6:

Pages read so far: 378
Books read total: 1

The past few days have been insane and apart from looking for a job and getting no sleep because of my cat who’s ill this week, I didn’t get much done. I haven’t caught up on reviews or finished a single book. :( And I still don’t feel like reading. *sigh* It’s not getting worse – my reading slump, I mean – but it’s not getting any better either.

Update: I just finished my book, hurray! I’m feeling a bit more optimistic but I really must catch up on reviews soon – I have three more to write.

Day 7:

Lost and Found by Tom Winter

It’s the very last day of the read-a-thon and I decided to get some last-minute reading done and try to go back to my initial plan of reading two books by the end of the week. I picked up Tom Winter’s Lost and Found, which was one of my most anticipated books of 2013 and I’m so glad I did. It’s just as good as I hoped it would be and I have a feeling that I might be able to finish it tonight. We’ll see!

Pages read today: –
Pages read so far: 378
Books read total: 1


  1. says

    Aw, that sucks you’ve been in a slump for so long! Doing no goals usually help me too. Hope you’ll get out of it! :)

    • says

      That sounds like a great challenge! The funny thing is, I don’t even have to study for exams or go to university, so I would have plenty of time to read. And 100 pages isn’t that much either. But I’m still struggling for some reason. :(

      Let’s hope we can both catch up this week! Happy reading!

    • says

      Yep! I started it about a week ago but since I was still in the middle of this slump, I realized it’s waaaaaay too slow for my liking. So I had to go back to my good ol’ thrillers and mysteries. The first 10% I did manage to read was quite interesting, though :)

  2. Dianna (Stories After Twelve) says

    I hope you get out of the reading sumo soon, Vicky! And that book sounds pretty good. So going to check it out on Goodreads!
    Good luck with the read-a-thon! 😀

    • says

      Aw :( I know, I was in the same boat during my last year at uni. And even if you do have a bit of time, you’re too tired to read or blog.

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