O.W.L. Magical Readathon 2020 TBR

A4217102-B285-4FDE-90EB-8DBD1B6603A0It’s time for another readathon. Yes, I just finished one readathon and am getting ready to start another. And it is The O.W.L. Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast over on You Tube. It runs from April 1st to April 30th. And as with all of my reading challenges and readathons I am focusing on reading books on my TBR pile. It is a Harry Potter themed readathon that is in two parts. The O.W.Ls are in April and the N.E.W.Ts are in August. Basically, like Hogwart’s students, you sit  “exams”/prompts that correspond to the career you have chosen in the Wizarding World. Rather than trying to explain it all myself, do click on this link and watch Book Roast’s You Tube video which explains the readathon in detail.

It may seem daunting at first, but when you read through the Wizarding Careers Guidebook it all begins to make sense. The career I’ve chosen is Seer. For my O.W.L exams I must complete three “exams” (prompts). And I have also chosen to add on a certification for Mermaid Linguistics which requires me to sit for one more exam. So all together I have four books to read in the month of April.

So here is my list of exams and the book I’ve chosen for that prompt.

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  • Ancient Runes: Heart on the cover or in the title. The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter. (Heart on the cover.)
  • Astronomy: Night Classes: read majority of  this book when it’s dark outside. TBA. I’ve a bunch of books on my Kindle TBR that I can read late into the night before I go to sleep.
  • Divination: Third Eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read. The book is number 209 on my Mt. TBR list on GoodReads. It’s The Daughters by Adrienne Celt.
  • Herbology: Mimbulus mimbletonia: Title starts with an MMapping the World of Harry Potter edited by Mercedes Lackey. An appropriate book for a Harry Potter themed readathon, no?

45D80688-1F69-4A05-9343-B9A0B9398E02After seeing all the work Book Roast does for this event and how creative it all is, it just makes me more excited about participating. She put together such a fun event. I will include links to the videos and google documents below so that you download and print what you need.

Here are a list of links to most everything you need for this readathon:

Click here for the You Tube Video.

Click here for the Magical Readathon website.

Click here for Owl prompts and Owl Letter

Click here for Wizarding Careers Guidebook PDF

Be sure to look at the video notes for links to Instagram and Twitter for Book Roast and the Magical Readathon. What do you think? Do you like readathons and have you participated in this readathon? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

 

April TBR

April is shaping up to be a busy month on my blog. Not only am I focusing on a theme for the blog, but I’m planning on celebrating National Library Week , Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon the last weekend of the month, and it’s also National Poetry Month. I will post poems on all my social media and here on the blog. I hope I’m able to keep up.

To shake up things a bit for my blog I’m focusing most of my bookish posts and memes on the Brontë Sisters and their novels. I am planning to write about TV adaptations of their novels and their poetry, too. I think it could be fun  for me to write, and hopefully read, about the Brontës.

TBR:

Here is my list of books I’m planning on reading this month. I’ve not included the books I’m planning on reading during the readathon because I’m still thinking about that final list. I’ll write more about it later on in the month.

The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff. Sigh. I’ve had this on my currently reading list since last October. I like this book, but I needed to set it aside to complete all my reading challenges in the Fall. I want to get back into it, but I’ll probably need to start it all over again.

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams  I’m reading this for the Book Riot Reading Challenge this year.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell.  I’m reading this one too for the Book Riot Reading Challenge.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë.  I haven’t read any of Anne Brontë’s novels, so this is sort of a requirement for this month’s theme!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë It’s been a number of years since I read this and I need to read it for a bookish post later on this month.

What are your reading and blogging plans for April? Have you ever had a theme for your blog? How did it work out? Would you do it again? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Dewey’s Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Or What I Learned About Myself During the #readathon. 

The first thing I learned? That reading like this takes stamina. And the best way to prepare is get a goodnight sleep the night before it begins. Because, of course, I was like a kid on Christmas eve. I could not sleep! Due to that I had to take a short nap early on in order to keep going. I also ended up taking a short nap of 30 minutes during Hour 22 (3 to 4 am my time). Which is totally fine.

The second thing I learned? It takes me forever to visit social media and comment on said social media. Next time I will do that more sparingly and limit the amount of social media I visit. However, I will try to complete more of the mini-challenges and sprints. Completing the few I did do was fun. And the sprints? they helped me focus. Except for the last hour sprint. My eyeballs didn’t co-operate at all!

The third thing I learned? Read books that are shorter in length. All of the books I piled up to read were long novels around 400+ pages. So I did not finish but one novel over the course of the day. Shorter novellas would have given me a better sense of completion even though I count page numbers for this challenge not number of books.

And the answer to the big question: Will I participate in this challenge again? Hell yes! It was such a blast from beginning to end. The next Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon is scheduled for October 22nd. I hope to see you all there.

Here are my stats for Read-A-Thon:

I read about 20 hours. The other four were filled with social media, blogging, eating, and napping.

I read two books: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters 344 pages. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (I didn’t finish this one.) 292 pages. Both of these books also count towards the Book Riot Read Harder 2016 challenge, so I killed two birds with one stone.

I completed three mini-challenges and completed three one hour sprints on Goodreads. My favorite challenge was the #WeirdCoverHunt hosted by the blog Outlandish Lit. Go to Twitter and see some of the crazy covers people entered into the challenge. Here is mine:

Tell me that this isn’t a slice of crazy.

Now I’m off to compete the official survey and visit the blogs of some of the fabulous readers I met during the athon.

What do you think? Would you participate in a read-a-thon?

 

Dewey’s Read-a-thon Updates

I’ll be posting updates for the #readathon throughout the day.

My first book of the day is Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. I started the book a week or two ago and I’m planning on finishing today during the #readathon. I started today on page 128 and am now just on 148. Slow start, for sure. I think I need more coffee!

Update Hour 3: I’ve finally made some progress! I’m on page 203 and read 55 pages since my last update. It’s very difficult to keep updating on all the platforms, so I’m going to make an adjustment. I’ll post less frequently on my blog, post hourly on twitter and on Facebook.

Update hour 12: well, I just completed my first sprint of the day. I read 53 pages in one hour! I’m finally only two pages shy of finishing my first book of the “a-thon.” In the next hour I’ll start my next book. It’s one that’s been on my libraries waiting list for two months, so I’m really glad it became available to read during this event!

Update Hour 16. Yup, its been 16 hours. I just completed my second sprint of the day. I read 47 pages this time. I should mention that I’m now about a third of the way through my second read of the  a-thon, Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, and I’m loving it. I’m so glad I’m reading during the a-thon. And I’m really glad that a book that is so engaging is what I’m reading during the later hours of this 24 hour read-a-thon.

 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

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Yes, it is true. I’ve gone deep into the book blogging world. I’m participating in challenges that measures how many books I want to read this year. I participating in the Book Riot Read Harder challenge and various other challenges on Twitter. But this weekend I’m participating in a challenge that has been on my radar for about six months. I discovered it last fall and I’ve been looking forward to it since. It’s the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I, along with book bloggers, lovers, and readers, across the web, will spend 24 hours on Saturday, April 23, reading. And I’m looking forward to it!

I have a pile of books ready and I’m putting together ideas for my snacks. Snacks, from what I can tell from reading the blog, Twitter, and Facebook, are an extremely important part of the a-thon. Any binging session whether its a TV show or a pile of books demands that the the one binging has sustenance. And so there has been a lot of discussion about goodies that will help you get through all 24 hours. While treats are good, many a-thoners argue that protein will help the reader stay awake.

In addition to snack suggestions, there is discussions about what to read to help keep you going during the event. Experts suggest that having a variety of books in the TBR pile is essential. Fiction, nonfiction, comic books and graphic novels, YA, novels, short stories are all suggested. But many who have participated in previous a-thons suggest saving easier reads, YA, and short stories for the early morning hours when it will be harder to stay awake.

Another fun part of this challenge is the social aspect. Participants are encouraged to blog, tweet, and FB during the challenge. We are encouraged to cheer each other on. It’s a great way, I think, to get to know other bloggers and book nerds out there in the world. In addition to the blogging and cheering are prizes. Yes, there are prizes! Bookish swag for the devoted bookish nerds. I would participate even without the swag, but that it’s a part of it makes it even more fun.

So, in anticipation of Saturday I’ve been planning. What to read, what to eat, and what goals to set for myself. Because that is a part of this too. Will I aim to stay up all night or read certain number of pages? Will I blog, tweet, etc. every hour or just when the spirit moves me? Since this is my first time my main goal is to try and stay up the entire 24 hours reading. I’ll take breaks, of course, but reading for 24 hours is my goal. Next time I might volunteer to cheer, but for this first one I’m just reading and blogging/tweeting.

Are any of my bookish friends interested in participating along with me this weekend? Suggestions for snacks to keep up my strength after midnight?