Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WICKED WILDFIRE READATHON GOALS

The Wicked Wildfire Readathon starts next week and I am going to take part. This will be my first time participating.

WW Read-a-Thon

Below is the description of the readathon taken from here:
The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of June 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 meanwhile, we will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! You can posts updates on your blog, Twitter, Goodreads or Facebook — as long as the profile is public and we all can enjoy your reading progress!

Books to Read
1. Geist by Philippa Ballantine
2Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
3. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
5. Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
6. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen (narrated by James Langton)
7. The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman (narrated by Steve West)
8. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (optional)

My Goals
time spent readingI am going to read on my lunch break at work and after work each day. I have some plans for the weekend, but will be reading when I have some free time then as well.

books: I went through my TBR list and realized that I have around 100 series that I want to read and the majority of them are speculative fiction so I decided to stick to first books in series from that genre. These are all books that I am pretty sure I am going to like so it should be a good reading week. Storm Front would be a reread and I don't think I am going to get to it during the read-a-thon, but I decided to include it in case I read the others faster than anticipated.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

BOUT OF BOOKS 7.0: ACROSTIC POEM

The first challenge for today comes from Harley Bear Book Blog:
Remember back in elementary school when you would write your name vertically down the page then next to each letter you'd write an adjective describing yourself that starts with that letter?  Well that's the idea for today except with...wait for it...books!
This one is short and sweet. Atrostic poem for Emma by Jane Austen: 

Monday, May 13, 2013

BOUT OF BOOKS 7.0: BOOK SPINE POETRY

The first challenge for the week comes from Escape Through the Pages: 
It’s easy – using books you have on hand, line up their spines to create a poem out of the titles. There is no theme and no set number of books to use, just do what pops into your head...You CAN use extra words outside of the books titles, BUT, you can only use as many extra words as you have books. 
It is a bit melodramatic, but I think it turned out okay.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

BOUT OF BOOKS 7.0 GOALS AND UPDATES

I am going to participate in Bout of Books 7.0. I really enjoyed it last time and am looking forward to trying it again. Goals template adapted from here.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Time Devoted to Reading
I will be reading all week. I have work Tuesday-Friday and I am on-call for work on Sunday but I think that should still leave a decent amount of time for reading.

My Goals
My goal is to read at least 4 of the average length books from the list below and all of the short books (the play, the letters, the poem, the short stories), participate in at least 3 challenges, and visit five blogs from the participants list each day.

Books to Read
1. The Black Count by Tom Reiss
2. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
3. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
4. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
5. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
6. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
7. Beowulf by Unknown (translated by Frederick Rebsamen)
8. Legend by Marie Lu
9. The Wildcats of Exeter by Edward Marston
10. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde (narrated by Derek Jacobi)
11. Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson (narrated by Dion Graham)
12. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (narrated by Phil Gigante)