My favorite thing to do when I get to work in the morning is to have a cup of tea and scroll through WordPress and catch up on all the blog posts. It’s like my version of reading the news, but way less depressing. This morning I saw a fun Read-A-Thon posted by Marta over at The Cursed Books and I’m HOPING it will help me cruise through my current TBR pile.
Head over to Marta’s blog to get the full details, but if you live in the US then it starts today at 2pm and ends on Sunday at 3pm. If you are on Twitter use the hashtag #SmashYourTBR so we can all follow along.
There aren’t any rules to this Read-A-Thon, but Marta provides some challenges if you are feeling adventurous.
I’ve decided that I’m going to try to crush my current library hoard I have going on at the moment. You know, when you put a bunch of books on hold because it’s fun, but then they all come in at once? Yeah, that. PLUS I’m trying to finish up a couple of books that I’ve been reading off and on for a while now and I just need to rip them off like a band-aid and FINISH.THEM.
Here are the books I have selected for the Read-A-Thon
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
This was one of my impulse check outs from the library. With it being October, I wanted something festive to read and at only 286 pages I thought it would be a quick read. I’m about half way through it and I don’t know what to think about it yet. I watched the movie as kid a lot because my mom loved it, and the book is very different from the movie (aren’t they all). I’m enjoying the book more, but I foresee myself giving it three stars on Goodreads if it continues the way it is.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Okay, this book is way out of my comfort zone for sure, but that’s why I wanted to try it. I also want to see what all of the hype is about. I watched about two episodes of the TV show before I lost interest so I don’t have high hopes for this book, but you never know! Some books have surprised me.
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
This is the book that I have been reading on and off for about two weeks now simply because I’ll get to really interesting parts and binge it, and then I’ll get to a part where I’m kind of bored and stop. Thankfully I think I’m past all of the boring/plot building stuff, and with just over 100 pages to go I’m sure I’m in the ‘oh my god what is happening’ parts. Which is why I have stopped again. It’s like knowing something bad is about to happen so you stop because you don’t want to know, but you want to know, but not really. That part. BUT! I REALLY need to start Kingdom of Ash, and I’m curious to see what this big plot twist at the end of TOD is so, like a band-aid I’m just gonna rip it off and power through.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Does this one even need explaining? I’m sure me and almost everyone in the book community will be reading this this week/weekend. I at least want to start it. I know for sure I won’t be able to finish it simply due to the size and I have to adult at some point this week. BUT, I’m going to aim for a good chunk of it read–at least 100 pages.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is a book that I have had on my TBR pile for YEARS now, and I don’t know why I haven’t read it?! Some of my good friends have talked about how amazing it is, and all of the reviews on Goodreads seem to rave about it as well. I have the paperback edition so it will be easy transporting on my commute to work.
So there you have it! Will I finish them all by the time the Read-A-Thon is over? Probably not, but the important thing is to finally have something forcing me to start. It helps me sometimes to know that I will be accounted for it if I don’t do it. 😉
I will be updating my progress on my Twitter so follow me @KaceAceFace. I will probably also do an overall progress report type post on here next week after the Read-A-Thon ends — so stay tuned.