SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE BOOK TAG! // THE MATE-A-THON STARTS SOON!

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a fun new book tag! This one was created by Liza @ DuskAngelReads because the Mate-A-Thon is coming! You can read more about the readathon here, but it starts at 12:01 AM on the 12th of October!

You can find the readathon’s Twitter here!

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5 TIPS ON READATHONING TO THE MAX // I give you all the advice because I’m a pro???

Hey guys! I’m a bit stressed at the moment and so naturally, I am procrastinating writing all my assignments and pretending my real life isn’t happening by talking to you lot! And today I am trying to give you guys some readathon advice since we have so many coming up in the back end of the year!

Remember the Mate-A-Thon is happening from the 12th to the 19th of October!

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THE MATE-A-THON READATHON ANNOUNCEMENT + MY TBR // An Aussie Readathon! This is so exciting!

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new and very exciting blog post! Today I’m announcing on my blog, that I am officially a co-host of a new Aussie readathon, the MateAThon!

MateAThon12th - 19th October

The host is Liza @ DuskAngelReads and my cohosts are Sam @ OnebookishGirl & Jayce @ ItsmeJayse.

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DO READATHONS ACTUALLY HELP WITH READING?

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with another discussion on my blog and I’m talking about whether or not readathons actually help us with reading books. Does participating in readathons frequently (or, at all) help increase the rate at which we read a book, or is it just a lot of hype and stress for a normal or mediocre result?

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HOW MUCH DO WE READ WHEN WE READATHON?

So, do we actually read more books when we participate in a readathon? I know that I’m pretty crap at 24 hour readathons and 3 week – month long readathons. But, I am pretty good at week-long readathons. I find that for me, I get burnt out after roughly a week but, during that week I do read quite a few books, and definitely, more than I would have read without the motivation from the readathon.

Also, it just depends on which type of reader you are. Readathons aren’t for everyone, and some people really excel at 24 hour readathons and will read thousands of pages. Whereas, others excel more so over a longer period of time and will use the pressure of the readathon to help propel them forwards.

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THE PROS AND CONS OF READATHONS?

THE PROS

•The motivation to read that comes along with joining a readathon can increase the rate at which you read books.

•Helps with your reading challenge

•Gives you a motivation to read

•Having others do the readathon with you, gives you so much support and makes it so much more fun! The community can be at it’s best when there’s a readathon going on!

THE CONS

•There is suddenly so much pressure to read!

•It’s so stressful! Why am I not reading fast enough? Am I in a slump? What should I read next? But, they’ve read more than me! I’m reading so so slowly!

•The story doesn’t always sink in if the readathon is really short and you’re reading a bunch of other books

•Readathons don’t always help you to read more, sometimes they just make you stressed and tired.

•Month-long/lengthy readathons can cause reading slumps

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MARVEL-A-THON UPDATE WEEK THREE

Hey guys! I continued my updates for the Marvel-A-Thonso here is my week 3 update!

You can find my weeks two and three updates on my blog.

[Marvel-A-Thon was created by Jamieson @ Jamishelves]

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PHASE 2

IRON MAN 3 • Bad Romance
THOR 2 • Ice Wolves
CAP 2 • DP/Spidey Vol 0
✖GOTG • #skip 2
AVENGERS 2 • Wires & Nerve Vol 1

PHASE 3

CIVIL WAR • [rivalry or enemies]
✖DR STRANGE • #skip 3
GOTG 2 • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
SPIDERMAN • Spider-Gwen Vol 0
THOR 3 • Jane Eyre
INFINITY WAR • The Final Empire
BLACK PANTHER • The Hate U Give
CAPTAIN MARVEL • Spider-Gwen Vol 1
AVENGERS 4 • [know nothing abt]

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MONDAY 18

10:02 AM

I have no idea what to read halp.

I know I need to finish Final Draft so I can review it but, I’m not enjoying it and I kinda want to dnf it…

8:32 PM

I just finished reading Spider-Man/ Deadpool Vol 0 and oh my god no. I was in need of a laugh and this was just boring as hell.

TUESDAY 19

Today feels like it’s going to be a flop. I do want to read, but I have no motivation to do so, so I think I’ll just distract myself with blog posts and How To Train Your Dragon 2 and then tomorrow I’ll go nuts with some reading!

WEDNESDAY 20

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Poster

10:04 AM

So far, I have made a fully purple breakfast (porridge & a smoothie: just add blueberries) and I have also written a few blog posts so I am feeling slightly productive. Now, I’ going to put a poll up on Twitter & Instagram to see what I should read next!

You guys will decide between Ice Wolves & Wires and Nerve Vol 1 which will hopefully distract me from my How To Train Your Dragon withdrawals.

8:13 PM

I just started reading Wires & Nerve and so far and I am really loving the art style. I’ve really stressed myself out in the last hour trying to figure out what my route to and from school is going to be for Uni. Basically, Mon-Wed I’ll be catching a 5:30am bus and getting home around 7-8 pm so I am less than enthused about this! But, I’m hoping getting back into the world of The Lunar Chronicles will help calm me down!

THURSDAY 21

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve, #1)

11:35 AM

I just finished Wires & Nerve Vol 1 and I really enjoyed it! It wasn’t perfect and I hate her love interest but, Cress and Thorne made my day and totally convinced me that I need to re-read the series asap!

8:29 PM

I really haven’t had much reading progress today. I decided to bake some cupcakes and try to convince my parents to help me search for a new laptop (I think I was successful??). I have listened to maybe 2 minutes of Ice Wolves before putting it down. I am mostly just in the mood to watch Friends and chill for the night. I will definitely be picking it back up tomorrow though! Seriously, if I don’t finish Ice WOlves by the end of the week you guys need to yell at me!

FRIDAY 22

Guess who hasn’t read a single thing today! I’ve spent most of the day watching Friends and writing blog posts! I haven’t so much as picked up a book, though I have discovered a new favourite movie (The Mummy with Brenden Fraser) tonight! I do hope to finally pick up a book tomorrow though!

SATURDAY 23

Elementals: Ice Wolves

1:11 PM

I’m finally reading! I just turned on my audiobook for Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman. So far I’m not too fussed on it but, I’m hoping to warm up to it soonish. Especially, because I want to finish it before I go to the Lifeline Bookfest tomorrow and conveniently forget about all the books on my tbr.

SUNDAY 24

Today was the Lifeline Bookfest! Naturally I dragged mum and my brother and they got bags of books, while I got a stack of Brendan Fraser dvds, a Halsey album and another copy of Peter Pan. I don’t know what happened, maybe I malfunctioned or something??? I think I’ll go back later in the week though, because I have been saving up for this for ages, so I might as well check it out on different days.

Anyway, all this to say that I didn’t read anything today. I mostly spent the day looking at books so I never ended up actually picking one up and reading it, oh, the irony!

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MY WEEK THREE WRAP UP

THOR 2 • Ice Wolves (432 pages) [started]
CAP 2 • DP/Spidey Vol 0 (272 pages)
GOTG • #skip 2
AVENGERS 2 • Wires & Nerve Vol 1 (238 pages)

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MARVEL-A-THON UPDATE WEEK TWO

Hey guys! So, as you might know, Jamieson over at Jamishelves has been hosting the Marvel-A-Thon and as you might also know, I am participating. I have been “live” blogging my experience so far, so hopefully, you’ll enjoy this new update!

Are you participating? Let me know in the comments!

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You can click here to see what I read in week one

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PHASE 2

IRON MAN 3 • Bad Romance
THOR 2 • Ice Wolves
CAP 2 • DP/Spidey Vol 0
✖GOTG • #skip 2
AVENGERS 2 • Wires & Nerve Vol 1
ANTMAN • The Bourne Identity

PHASE 3

CIVIL WAR • [rivalry or enemies]
✖DR STRANGE • #skip 3
GOTG 2 • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
SPIDERMAN • Spider-Gwen Vol 0
THOR 3 • Jane Eyre
INFINITY WAR • The Final Empire
BLACK PANTHER • The Hate U Give
CAPTAIN MARVEL • Spider-Gwen Vol 1
AVENGERS 4 • [know nothing abt]

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MONDAY 11

The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)

8:05 AM

It’s a new day and it’s a new week of the Marvel-A-Thon! Last night I ended up only getting to page 30 of Bad Romance but so far I am loving it. I then decided to do something completely out of my norm, and watched The Bourne Identity, which as it turns out, I really enjoyed. So, last night I also picked up the book to see if I could keep that good luck going, and so far I’m roughly 5 chapters in (I’m listening on audio) and I’m really liking it.

4:53 PM

I have had a pretty meh day so far, mostly I’ve just been really deflated and low on energy so I haven’t really done anything of substance. The only good thing I can say that I’ve done is that I’m pretty much halfway through The Bourne Identity, though I am really questioning why I thought it would be a good idea to read an almost 600-page book in a readathon???

TUESDAY 12

9:07 AM

I haven’t read anything so far today and I’m only roughly 9/22 hours into Bourne. But, I think I’m just going to spend my day trying to control my anxiety and blogging since I’ve missed so much time due to wifi-deprivation (it’s a thing, right?)

WEDNESDAY 13

11:58 AM

So far today I’ve been decently productive. I’ve baked some cookies, listened to some more of Bourne, made tonight’s dinner and outlined a blog post or two.

I am hoping to finish Bourne tonight, or at least get really close to the end. I didn’t get much of anything done yesterday, but I did plan my uni classes which was pretty intense for me. I will be starting Uni in July so no pressure but I am feeling pretty pressured. Yesterday I was pretty anxious so all I really did was sort out some Uni stuff and watch Tangled (because I’m an adult and an amateur Disney fan).

10:32 PM

I finally finished The Bourne Identity! Maybe now I can finally pick up a new book!

THURSDAY 14

What even is reading. Ugh, I did everything except pick up a book today. Baking? Check. Pasta? Check. All the cooking? Check. Wash dog? Check.

FRIDAY 15

I am a terrible blogger it’s official. I have no blogging mojo and no will to read. Although, I do have a review scheduled for Final Draft in a couple of days so I think I’ll try to chill and start reading the book. Wish me luck (send help).

SATURDAY 16

Final Draft

So, Final Draft was a bust. I got roughly 32% of the way in before putting it down and just never picking it back up. Im 99.6% sure I’m in a reading slump but I’m trying to push through it.

I ended up seeing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society at the cinemas with my mum and LOVING IT so I picked the book up at the shop while I was there and I’m really hoping to love it just as much as every else. *fingers and toes crossed*

SUNDAY 17

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

11:31 AM

I am feeling thoroughly underwhelmed by this week. I loved week one but so far I have only managed to read one more book and to then get myself into a reading slump. I am really loving Guernsey though, so I’m hoping to finish it today and then to hopefully keep my momentum going with a comic later tonight. Either way, a slump is a slump and hopefully, next week will be more successful.

8:44 PM

I just finished Guernsey and I loved it! I will say that I loved the movie just a little bit more, but it was a wonderful book either way! I don’t think this fits any challenges, but I’m glad I read it nonetheless. I’m going to bed now because Winter exhausts me but, I am hoping to pick up a comic or two tomorrow to hopefully kick my *ss into gear with phase 2!

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MY WEEK TWO WRAP UP

 

GUARDIANS OTG Skip #2

ANT-MAN The Bourne Identity (566 pages)

OTHER: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (275 pages)

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MARVEL-A-THON UPDATE WEEK ONE

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with my “live” “week 1” update for Jamishelves’ Marvel-A-Thon! I haven’t done one of these for a while but so far I’m feeling pretty confident, and I hope you guys enjoyreading my progress. I feel like so far this readathon has really pushed me to pick up different types of stories that I probably would’ve pushed back and not picked up for years, so thanks Jamieson!

Marvel-A-Thon was created by Jamieson over at Jamishelves and you should all bow down to her because she is amazing and I love her for taking so much time to make this readathon!

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PHASE ONE

phase 1oneMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 2: Cosmic Cooties  Scooby Apocalypse, Volume 1  Circe  Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)

PHASE TWO

phase two 1 two twoThe Sun and Her Flowers  The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)  Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 0: Don't Call It A Team-Up  Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve, #1)

PHASE THREE

threeRocket Raccoon, Volume 1: A Chasing Tale  The Upside of Unrequited  Alex + Ada, Vol. 2  The Hate U Give  Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power  Ice Wolves (Elementals, #1)

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FRIDAY JUNE 1

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

9 AM

OKay, so I am already moving off my tbr, but I’m sick and not really in the mood for anything much at the moment, so I think I’ll listen to Caraval while I play some Solitaire or write a blog post. I’m a bit sick at the moment and I should be going on a holiday (omg, what is this unheard of word???) at the end of the month so I’m trying to get ahead of my blogging schedule for once in my life.

11:27 AM

Caraval, Chapter 35

I’m almost finished Caraval and now I’ve officially written some more blog posts. Apparently being confined to a bed is great for writing posts. I just finished writing my review of Undead Girl Gang and oh, boy did I not like that book! I think I’ll try and write some more recommendations now, as I need a bit of a pick me up and they are my favourite post to write!

12:35 PM

Whoop whoop! First book down! I think I’ll count this as the Iron Man challenge, first book in a series. Honestly, I really want to pick up Legendary (the sequel) but it doesn’t fit into any of the challenges so I might have to pick up something else or just not count Legendary towards a challenge!

SATURDAY JUNE 2

Legendary (Caraval, #2)

2:35 PM

So, it’s day two of the month and I am well and truly sick! I ended up feeling pretty mentally and physically exhausted last night so I didn’t do any more reading but, I watched the 2015 Cinderella and was asleep by 10pm.

Today has pretty much been a similar story, I’ve hung out with the dog most of the day and exhausted half my tissue supply. I am starting my audiobook for Legendary as I write this but I think my main goal for today will be to try and make my throat better, so I can talk more easily.

8:39 PM

I just finished up re-watching The Princess Bride with the fam while I wrote some blog posts. It was so much fun to watch that movie again. I haven’t watched it in so long and I forgot how ridiculously hilarious it is! In terms of Legendary, I am roughly 12 chapters in and really enjoying it!

SUNDAY JUNE 3

11:17 AM

I know it’s getting pretty late now, but I swear I’ve been up since at least 8 this morning. I’ve had my porridge and I’m currently listening to some more of Legendary and taking advantage of the good blogging mood I’m in!

1:55 PM

Legendary is taking me a bit longer to read than I originally assumed, but I am still really enjoying it. So, I think I might push the rules a bit and include it as my Hulk challenge, green on the cover. I’m going to try and finish it by the end of the day but I have no idea if that’s going to happen!

MONDAY JUNE 4

The Song of Achilles

11:28 AM

So, I have been up since 7:30 this morning but of course, I am only just updating you guys now. Last night, I finished Legendary and I predicted the ending from pretty far away but who cares because I loved it. Also, guess who finally read something off her tbr! I also read volume 1 of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and loved it probably too much.

I started off my morning by baking cookies and listening to The Song of Achilles and while they were in the oven I ended up reading Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol 2, which I finished and also really loved.

I think I’ll count Moon Girl V1 towards my Iron Man 2 prompt because apparently the world is full of buzz kills and I think Vol 2 could also fit with the Hulk prompt too.

TUESDAY JUNE 5

8:00 AM

I haven’t read anything so far today because I ended up sleeping over at a friend’s place and we had a really great time. We ended up watching Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri & Thor: Ragnarok. It was actually really nice to be able to chill for once.

7:18 PM
I’m home now but I’m pretty tired so I think I’m just going to put some Once Upon A Time on and go to sleep early so I can pick The Song of Achilles up tomorrow morning.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 6

EDIT: The Internet was out for Wednesday and our Internet provider can’t send anyone out until Monday, so I didn’t get to update you guys. But I will now!

Basically, I didnt do much because it was game one of State of Origin (aka. The biggest event of the year in Aus) so I pretty much spent the day being anxious (I’m from NSW but, I live in QLD so it’sactually kind of dangerous around this time of year). I hate SOO so I went and saw Solo with my mum & brothers (we all hate football lol) instead and I loved it, I gave it all the stars!! 9.5/10 would definitely see again!

THURSDAY JUNE 7

No wifi again so I had to get creative. Basically ya girl needs wifi to be a blogger and ya girls got none. Instead of blogging I ended up baking cookies  (from scratch, because I’m a pro) and listening to The Song of Achilles. So far, I’m 187 pages in and I’m feeling pretty meh about it. I already know the story and I’m not loving A or P so I’m feeling a disconnect from the story. Hopefully I’ll start enjoying it soon!

Also, I read Giant Days Vol 1 today, yay for reading!

FRIDAY JUNE 8

9:51 AM

Finally, I’m updating you on the day of!

I just picked up Three Dark Crowns again and I’m hoping to finally make some leeway with it. It’s realllly slow but I’m trying to reserve judgement.

4:36 PM

I’ve spent most of the day either cooking, chilling with the dog or reading Three Dark Crowns. I’m roughly 260 pages in and really starting to enjoy it. We’re really in the thick of things now and getting to know the characters so I’m actually quite enjoying it, though it takes up a lot of brain power.

SATURDAY JUNE 9

12:40 PM

So far I’ve had a pretty slow reading morning. I planned on finishing 3DCs last night but ended up watching Tarzan for the first time and then rewatching Frozen (why do so many people hate Frozen??).

I think my goal for today will be to finish Three Dark Crowns and hopefully to read some more of The Song of Achilles. *fingers crossed*

5:32 PM 

I have finished Three Dark Crowns oml finally! (I really enjoyed it and will hopefully be picking up book 2 soon!)

SUNDAY JUNE 10

10:05 AM

Welp, it’s finally happened folks, I have finally read The Song of Achilles. All I can say is that I am definitely in the minority with this book. I think it was pretty meh. I was bored most of the time reading it and I’ll be honest, I think it was pretty overhyped.

I don’t know if I’ll read anymore today. I wanted to do a phase per week but there’s no harm in starting earlier so maybe I’ll pick up something else later in the day.

(Sorry if I just chucked hate on your favourite book 😧❤)

5:37 PM

I just started Bad Romance by Heather Demitrios and so far I’m really enjoying it – the writing is great! I think I’ll read some more tonight and then I might starts season 5 of Once Upon a Time. Either way, I think I’ve had a successful “first week” (if a week was 10 days lol) to the Marvel-A-Thon and I’m excited to continue!

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MY WEEK ONE WRAP UP

IRON MAN Caraval (407 pages)

HULK Legendary (432 pages)/ Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol 2 (136 pages)

IRON MAN 2 Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol 1 (160 pages)

THOR The Song of Achilles (368 pages)

CAPTAIN AMERICA Skip #1

THE AVENGERS Three Dark Crowns (407 pages)

OTHER: Giant Days Vol 1 (128 pages)

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