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Biannual Bibliothon Day 7 – Summer Road Trip

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Summer? Again. Great.

This one has two questions. What are your summer road trip essentials? & What books are you dying to get to by the end of summer?

Again, it is winter here so I will answer the books that I am dying to get to by the end of winter.

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Okay, so first road trip essentials.

– Good company
– Great music
– Snacks
(Lollies: chicos, snakes, red frogs – Chocolate: Freckles & basically anything Cadbury! – Chips: Smiths Sour Cream & Chives Thins, Smiths Chicken, RRD Honey Soy Chicken & Twisties ZigZag)
– Phone chargers (We need constant music!)
– Camera
– Fridge (for drinks and choc when it is hot as balls here in Aus)

Well, that is all I can think of. I didn’t put books on the list as for one I prefer driving whenever we go out of town. Also, I get car sick if I try and read in a moving car. So yeah.

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Now onto the books that I want to get finished before Winter ends.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
A Closed and Common Orbit & Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Life L1k3 by Jay Kristoff
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken
Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 6 – Summer Vacation

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Again do they realise it isn’t Summer everywhere?!

This challenge is to choose someone that you would love to go on vacation with. So pretty simple.

This one was created by Obsess With Amanda

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This was a difficult one but I think I would choose Bear from The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni. Bear is one of the 3 best friends to the Main Character of The Medoran Chronicles, Alex. Bear isn’t usually found without Jordan but I can only choose one.  He is funny, sarcastic and I think he would be a tonne of fun on a road trip/holiday.

Well this is a short one, but there it is.

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 5 – Summer Views

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First off do they realise it isn’t summer in the rest of the world?
Secondly, I skipped day 4 as quite simply I have no idea how to do it. It is poorly explained and I was so lost.. So screw it.

Now onto Day 5. For this one, all you have to do is describe your perfect reading spot during summer. Well, guess what, it isn’t summer, it’s the middle of winter. So instead I am going to describe where I generally read in Winter.

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Okay, so where I live it gets cold but not freezing. There isn’t snow or anything but the last couple mornings it has been down to -3 which is cold compared to the temps I’m used to in Summer where it can get up past 50. So yeah it’s cold atm.

So I have two reading spots. And it all depends on whether it is windy or not.

If it isn’t windy I will sit outside on the patio. As we only have normal outdoor chairs that aren’t that comfortable I wheel my big office chair out there. I sit next to the table with my feet either on one of the chairs or upon the table, whatever is comfortable at the time. I generally have my big Kmart blanket with me too as it is great. It is HUGE. I put it behind me and sit down in it and then wrap it around my legs & shoulders. So it’s like a burrito.

Now if it is windy then I don’t sit outside. Instead I sit on my lounge chair. It is right under the heater so I will most likely have it on. Then I will just curl up on my chair with my Kmart blanket & a pillow to lean on. It’s pretty simple. No matter if it is winter or summer I generally only read at home. There isn’t anywhere nice to go and read like a park as all the parks are on the main highway and it’s too noisy with all the trucks heading through town. So I just stay at home.

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 3 – Tell Me a Story

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Okay, so I don’t know how I’m going to go with this one as I literally haven’t written a story since Year 10 (about 6 years ago). I did always enjoy writing and my problem in school was finding a place to stop, I just wanted to keep going! Anyway, this challenge you have to take characters from different books and put them in a short story together. You must choose at least 5 characters to include & those characters have to be from at least 4 different books.

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Please don’t judge my writing too badly. I’m used to writing blog posts, not stories. I already know I don’t know the correct placement of speech and I will probably fuck up the tense and POV at some point.

Update: I’m 1,100 words in and this story is just going places by itself. See this is what I mean by not knowing how to stop! Argh what do I do? Do I just try and end it swiftly or what???

Update 2: This story is becoming more than I anticipated. So I am going to end it there for this challenge so it isn’t too long. Even though that isn’t actually an ending, it is just when all 5 characters meet, so that covers the challenge. However, I am still writing! If you want to know how it continues then let me know in the comments and I may post more of it later. However, I will be changing the names as this is not fanfic and I started out with the intention of trying to stick to the characters personalities but that went out the window when this story took a life of its own. I also just don’t feel right using those names when they are the names of characters I love for a whole other reason!

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Ginny was excited, not only was she visiting the city of Beldin for the first time but also meeting 2 new people. Ruby was finally introducing her to the 2 best mates from her hometown that she had been hearing about for the 2 years since Ruby moved to Sanbok. Compared to Beldin, Sanbok was the size of a pea compared to a horse. She had never been anywhere so big and she was keen but nervous.

Brek, her black stallion jerked his head and brought Ginny out of her thoughts. She looked ahead wondering what Brek could hear, but she couldn’t see anything around the corner in the track up ahead. The trees were too thick on either side to even see where the path led. Ruby brought her mare, Vera, closer and gave her a grin. She glanced down to Brek, seeing his ears still pricked. Ginny knew straight away that they must be almost in Beldin.

She kept her eyes ahead as the path began to turn and then a set of massive gates came into view. The gates were wide open and through them, Ginny could see a street with children playing a game of tag. Vera & Brek both moved uneasily as we got closer to the gate. Ginny already knew why, there was a Tavern on a corner within the gates and out the front, there were 6 horses tied waiting for their riders. We hadn’t seen other horses for 5 days on the back roads to Beldin, a couple donkeys and an older lady with a dog but that was it. Brek & Vera were reacting to the sight. She leaned down and laid her hand on Brek’s neck and he snorted and calmed. Brek had been with her since he was a foal and she felt like they knew each other better than she could ever know another human.

The gate guards nodded at Ginny & Ruby as they rode through. They slowed to a walk and Ruby turned to Ginny.
“How are you feeling?” she asked, looking nervous.
Ginny understood, this was Ruby’s town and she was worried about what Ginny thought.
Ginny smiled at Ruby, “I love it already.”
There were kids playing in the street, the houses looked warm and welcoming and nearly every one had a small garden with colourful flowers out the front. She wanted to explore. They rode past the Tavern they had seen from outside the gate. Ginny could see it clearer now and there was a man asleep on the bench at the front of the Tavern. The bench was right next to the horses tied there and the horse on the end had a brown thing hanging out of its mouth, chewing. Ginny looked harder and realised it was a hat, she laughed, assuming it had come off the sleeping man. Ruby followed Ginny’s gaze and started laughing as well.
“Yep, this feels like home,” Ruby said smiling, still looking in the direction of the Tavern.

“How far to Enne’s house?” Ginny questioned.
“A while yet, it’s on the other side of the city.”
They rode through the streets of Beldin for 20 minutes before getting to a busier part of town. Ruby pulled Vera to a stop and dismounted, Ginny followed her lead and did the same.
“It’ll be easier to get through the crowd on foot,” Ruby commented. Ginny could only just hear her over the chatter around them, so she just nodded and followed Ruby into the crowd. Ginny guessed this was the main shopping area in Beldin. There were people carrying produce & supplies everywhere and sellers out on the street attempting to yell over the crowd offering samples and advertising products. It was amazing and new. Sanbok was nothing like this!

Sanbok had a total of 3 stores in town. A saddlery where you could purchase anything made of steel and leather that a farmer or rider would require. A bakery, that also included a stall out the front where the local fisherman and farmers could set up and sell their fresh meat and produce for the week. Then lastly a store run by an older lady who could make anything from a wedding dress to a fishing net. It was the go-to for all supplies/clothing needed in Sanbok. There was also a few businesses in town such as the smithy & Tavern but if you needed anything else you had to travel to the next town to the west, Karna.

Ginny followed Ruby through the crowd only stopping to let a couple of kids run past in front of Brek. Ginny could tell that Brek was alert and wary, he had never seen this many people and animals in one place. Ginny followed Ruby until they made it out of the crowd. Ginny lead Brek up beside Ruby & Vera as they crossed onto a bridge.

“This is the East side of the city, the bridge isn’t really in the middle but we use it as a marker anyway. Enne only lives a couple of blocks from here.”
“Awesome, it will be good to sit down on something that doesn’t move.” She patted Brek on the neck, “no offence buddy.”

They turned a corner passing a lavish looking dress shop. Ginny turned back to Ruby. “How do women function in those dresses? They are wider than Brek!”
“You’ll have to ask Enne that one. I was never one for big skirts but Enne lives in them. She does still manage to work and ride in them too. I’ve never understood how.” Ruby looked thoughtful and then pulled herself up short. “Turn here, second on the left.”
“Will Jax be here?” Ginny asked.
“I’m not actually sure, hopefully.”

They pulled up in front of a small quaint looking house. Even though the house was small, Ginny could see the block of land behind it was big enough for a small paddock that had 3 horses & 2 sheep in it. Ginny & Ruby tied their horse to the front fence of the house and Ruby walked over to the door and knocked. Ginny stood back, not wanting to interrupt the reunion but when the door opened a dark-skinned middle-aged lady stood at the door glaring. She looked at Ginny, who tried to smile in a friendly way but the woman kept glaring. Then she looked back at Ruby, obviously focusing on her properly for the first time and the glare fell away.

“Ruby, my girl, is that you?”
“It is Aunty Cam”
The woman stepped forward & hugged Ruby, who stiffened. Ginny looked curiously at Ruby wondering why she wasn’t returning the affection to this lady, Cam, she obviously knew well and then she noticed that Cam was shaking violently. Ruby grabbed Cam by the wrists and pulled her back to look her in the eyes. Ginny could see tears streaming down the woman’s face.
“Aunty Cam, whats the matter? Where is Enne?”
Cam couldn’t bring herself to speak she just shook her head.

Ruby lead Cam inside and sat her down at a table. Ginny followed, closing the door and standing awkwardly near it not knowing what to do. Ruby put her arms on the arms of Cams chair looking down at her.
“Cam, what is happening?”
“They found out about Enne, they took her,” Cam whispered.
“Found out what? Who took her?”
Cam breathed deeply, “you girls best sit down, I’ll explain everything.”

Ginny moved towards the table sitting next to Ruby and across from Cam.
“I’m Ginny, by the way,” Ginny said into the silence.
Cam looked up at Ginny and gave her a half-hearted smile.
“I’m Camelia, Enne’s mum, but Enne’s friends have always called me Aunty Cam.”

There were tears rolling down her cheeks & Ruby leaned forward and took her hand.
“Please, what’s happened to Enne?”
Cam took another breathe and clasped both her hands around Ruby’s.
“Okay,” she took a deep breathe, “Enne is a Fryza”

Ginny’s tensed and Ruby went still. Of course, they had heard of Fryza before but never anything more than stories.
Cam continued, “She has shown signs for about 4 years now, but of course we kept it from everyone. It’s not that Enne would ever use her abilities to harm, but there are others that might try and force her to. Then a couple of weeks ago she was out near the river with Jax. They were coming home from hunting, she was walking along the bank and she fell, on instinct, she used one of her abilities. Of course, Jax knows by now she slipped up in front of him before and had to tell him the truth. Jax was understanding though and didn’t treat her any different because of it. Anyway Someone must have seen Enne slip and realised what she was. They followed them back into town and when Jax went into the bakery to pick up some bread they got her. When Jax returned to the alley beside the bakery she wasn’t there, he looked further down the alley and caught sight of Enne being dragged around a corner. He made chase but lost them.”

Cam was no longer crying, she had a hard look on her face now, she looked dangerous.
“I’ve been trying to find information around town but either no one knows or no one will talk. Jax has been doing the same but we haven’t been able to find even a clue as to where she could be or who might have her.”

Cam stood from her chair and moved towards the kitchen, starting to put together something to eat Ginny guessed. Neither Ginny nor Ruby spoke for a long time, both lost in their own thoughts.
Then Ruby spoke, “you can go home if you wish. I had no idea what would be waiting for here for us and I don’t want to drag you into this when you don’t even know Enne. I will understand if you want to leave.”

Ruby sat in silence for a minute, thinking, then just as she was about the answer there was a knock on the door. Cam moved towards the door and pulled it open. Her tough stance dropped instantly and she stepped back. Two boys came quickly into the house and closed the door. A tall blonde-haired boy looked straight at Cam and shook his head, seeming not to have noticed Ruby & Ginny sitting at the table. The other boy who was a bit shorter and not as heavily muscled as the first looked straight at the table where Ginny & Ruby sat. Without taking his eyes off the girls he poked the other boy in the side, causing him to swing around to glare at him. However, as his eyes flicked over the room he finally noticed Ruby sitting at the table. His eyes darted to Ginny once but then returned to Ruby.

“Jax,” she said softly and jumped out of her seat and embraced him. He hugged her back tightly. The other boy stepped around them and walked towards Ginny. He held out his hand to her and she took it and shook.
“Bear,” the boy said.
“Ginny,” she replied in turn and nodded her head at him.
“That is Jax, obviously you are a friend of Ruby’s. I knew her when she lived here but I was never close to her. I only became friends with Enne & Jax after Ruby left for the country.”
Not knowing what to say Ginny just smiled, luckily at that moment Ruby pulled Jax over by the arm and introduced him to Ginny.
“Nice to finally meet you, you better live up to the expectations I have based on all the letters I got from Ruby here.” and he nudged her in the side. Ruby punched him in the shoulder in return.
“I’m as badass as Ruby made me out to be, I promise,” Ginny replied and got a grin from Jax in return and a snort from Bear.

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*This does not feature any of the worlds from the books listed below & the characters don’t have the same abilities that they do in their own books.*

Character Bibliography:

Ginny – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Bear – The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni

Ruby – The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Enne – Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (Even though you didn’t actually meet her, just heard of her)

Jax – Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Aunty Cam – Made up character

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 – Favourite Summer Reads

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So it is Day 2 and today the challenge is to talk about your favourite summer reads. However, I am not really a seasonal reader and it doesn’t matter what season it is I always read the same genre. So instead I am going to talk about some of my favourite reads that I read during the Summer months, so December, January & February for Aus.

This challenge was created by Starlite Book Nook

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So here is a list of my faves read during the summer months:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
The Long way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hollow City & Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Well, there are all the ones I can find. I just went through my Goodreads but I don’t know when I read some of the books I read before getting Goodreads.

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 – Favourite Vacation Spots

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So it is Day 1 of Biannual Bibliothon and this year I have decided to participate in the blog & Instagram challenges! If you want to see my Instagram challenges then head over to @duskangelreads on Insta.

This challenge was created by Evil Queen Books

For this one, you have to talk about your top 3 vacation spots.

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First off it’s called a Holiday in Aus, not Vacation. So that is what I will be using.
So I don’t know if I have 3 spots as we don’t holiday too often and we generally go to the same place as it’s amazing. The other places I’ve only gone once and I wouldn’t exactly say they are favourites. So I only really have 2.

The first is Pottsville in NSW.

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When I was born my parents were living in this area. After moving back to where both my parents are from (and where I still live now) we still went back to Pottsville most holidays to visit friends of my parents. However, none of those friends is still in Pottsville so now we just go back for holidays. Pottsville is a small village on the coast just below the Qld/NSW border. When my parents lived there it was a small fishing village but now it is a lot more touristy. No matter where you are in Pottsville you aren’t that far from the beach or Mooball creek. Outside of peak holiday time, you can get a decent house in Pottsville for a week for a great price which is what we do now that I am out of school and no longer only have the school holidays to go anywhere. I’ll leave some pics below. But outside of peak time Pottsville is a fairly quiet nice little time on the beach and has an awesome Chinese restaurant & fantastic Fish & Chips. It’s also not far from a lot of other little towns along the coast there so there is tonnes to look at and plenty of beaches. Not far away is a miniature animal farm & crystal castle which are both awesome touristy kinda places. Also not far away is Tweed Heads so there is access to shopping, movies, fast food and everything else that is in a bigger town. There is also awesome second-hand stores in Tweed and I have found some good bookish gems.

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The other one is Hervey Bay. Which is a pretty common Qld holiday destination. But I enjoyed myself while there. Again it’s on the beach, plenty of shopping & awesome food places up the esplanade. There is also a sealife place. I can’t remember what it is called and there are heaps of parks and stuff which is great if like me you have a dog that you take on holidays.

I don’t have pics of this one as it was a while back and I don’t know what hard drive they are on. But it is an awesome place.

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Updated Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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So I swapped some things around on my TBR since posting my initial TBR! So here is my updated TBR!

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Biannual Bibliothon 2018 TBR

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So it is time again for Biannual Bibliothon! This ReadAThon has reading challenges, Instagram challenges, blog challenges & video challenges! I will be doing the reading challenges, maybe the blog challenges & Instagram challenges! I was thinking of doing the video challenges but I simply don’t have the time while participating in TBR Jar ReadAThon & Tome Topple ReadAThon.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 14th till 11:59 pm on the 20th of July.

Reading Challenges:

1. Group book: THE WICKED DEEP
2. Choose from someone else’s TBR
3. Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1
4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year
5. Read a predicted 5 star read
6. Own voices – different than YOU
7. Read the last book you bought

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Group book: The Wicked Deep

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Choose from someone else’s TBR

Okay, so I have 2 options for this one! How I choose these was I just went onto WordPress, searched ‘TBR’ & went through all the TBR posts until I find one that had a book that I owned on it.
I can’t afford to just purchase another book atm. Also, it won’t even get here in time as the reading challenges were only announced 2 weeks before the ReadAThon & it takes near 2 weeks to ship to Aus from Book Depository.

Okay, the first book I found on Books and Prosecco & you can find that TBR HERE.

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My second option I found on Shelving This & you can find that TBR HERE.

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Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1

Okay, so obviously I have 3 books & on the day before Biannual Bibliothon, I will read a chapter from each & choose. That is the only day between Tome Topple & Biannual Biblothon so it won’t be wasting my Tome Topple time.

Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year

I have had a physical copy of Cat Among the Pigeons for a long time now, but I will be listening to the audiobook instead of the physical.

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Read a predicted 5 star read

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Own voices – Different from you

This one is about a Taiwanese-American & I’m an Aussie. So different!

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Read the last book you bought

Okay, so the last book I bought was the graphic novel of From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell but I am reading that for Tome Topple. The one before that was Heart of Iron which I have already read. The purchase before that was actually about 5 or 6 books at once, so I chose one of those.

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ReadAThon Guide – July 2018

I’m back for the next month’s ReadAThon guide! This month is exciting as I’m hosting my own ReadAThon! So yes I am featuring it first, shameless self-promo!! This is going to be a hectic couple month as there are a lot of ReadAThons I want to join coming up! There is just a lot of ReadAThons happening! I’m also posting this a little early as one of the more popular ones is crossing over from June into July but starting in late June and I want you to have prep time.

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TBR Jar ReadAThon!

Yes, I am finally hosting a ReadAThon!! Here is all you need to know! I have a full announcement linked below but this is just your main overview!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 2nd till 11:59 pm on the 8th of July.

TBR Jar ReadAThon

So, this ReadAThon it is exactly as it sounds! You put the names of books in a Jar (or mug, or cup, or hat, whatever works) and pull one out, read & repeat until the ReadAThon ends. You also set your own goal. So make a goal with how many books you want to read in the week of the ReadAThon and aim for that number!
As for what books you put in the jar well that depends on you! You can put all the books on your TBR into the jar, you can put the books you are anticipating & really want to read in the jar, if you are doing another reading challenge for the month you can put the names of all of those books in the jar or you can do what I will be doing which is get 2 jars, one for physical/eBooks & one for audiobooks. I read a lot more audiobooks than physical and I don’t want to be limited waiting for an audiobook to come out of the jar. So I will have 2 separate & you can do that too if you are someone that reads audiobooks like I do.

Well, that is the main gist of how it goes. I go into some extra info in my announcement to cover any questions I may have got so feel free to check that out!

Giveaway!

There is a GIVEAWAY for this ReadAThon too! If you are participating then all you have to do is let people know on whichever platform you prefer (Instagram, Twitter, blog, Booktube, Litsy, etc.) that you are participating. Then go to my announcement post & in the comments either leave the link to your post or where I can find it (I know for Instagram & such it isn’t as easy to get a link as it is for other platforms, so just tell me where & your handle and I will check it out!) And that is how you enter! Make sure you use the Hashtag #TBRJarRAT & if it is on Twitter you can tag @TBRJarRAT too!
If you are unsure how to announce it, it could be as simple as posting a pic of your TBR jar and say you are getting ready of #TBRJarRAT or if you want a bit more then you can tell us all the books that are going in your TBR jar! Whatever works is fine, just make sure you link back to be entered!

TBR Jar ReadAthon Announcement Post

TBR Jar ReadAThon Twitter

Copy of Goodreads Synopsis

Now, onto all the other ReadAThons! As usual it is split up into time frames for easy browsing. If there are any others you know of then please let me know! Be aware this is for ReadAThons only, not Reading Challenges.

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Read Your Face Off – 24 Hour ReadAThon

Read You Face Off is a Goodreads group that does monthly reads & discussions and stuff. However, they do hold a 24 Hour ReadAThon as well. There are no rules, just read as much as you can in 24 hours!

The ReadAThon goes from 9:00am on the 14th till 9am on the 15th of July.

24 Hour ReadAThon Event

Read Your Face Off Book Club

Indian Lit ReadAThon

This is a ReadAThon dedicated to reading books by Indian Authors or Authors that originated from India. It is a 48 hour ReadAThon and your goal is to try and complete at least 3 books in this time. There are 10 challenges for you to choose from, so you have some variety & you can also use 1 book for up to 3 challenges. There is also a Sign Up form that I have linked below.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight (IST) on the 7th till 11:59pm on the 8th of July.
This one everyone starts at once! So you will have to google the conversion from IST to your time zone to figure out when you need to start reading.

Reading Challenges:

1. A book with a queer main character
2. A banned Indian book
3. A book translated from any regional Langauge of India
4. A book with an ethnic design on the cover
5. A book with an Indian name in the title
6. A book by an author of the same Indian state as yours
7. An Indian folklore book or a book based on Indian mythology
8. A book perfect for a rainy day
9. An award-winning book by an Indian author
10. A book set during India’s Freedom Struggle

Indian Lit ReadAThon Announcement

Indian Lit ReadAthon Sign Up

Indian Lit ReadAThon Twitter

Indian Lit ReadAThon Instagram 

24in48 ReadAthon

This one is pretty simple you aim to read for 24 hours within a 48 hour time block.

The ReadAThon goes from 12:01am on the 21st till 11:59 pm on the 22nd of July.

The only other thing you need to know is that you need to sign up with the form in the bottom of the 24in48 ReadAThon announcement post which I will leave below. They said they had nearly 2,000 people sign up last time which is crazy & I was one of them.
Also use the hashtag #24in48 on all social media.

Announcement & Sign Up Post

24in48 Twitter

24in48 Instagram

24in48 Facebook

24in48 Litst: @24in48

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Biannual bibliothon

This is one of the major ones and one I will be participating in! Biannual Bibliothon is a week long ReadAThon that happens twice a year! Once in Summer and then another in Winter. This ReadAThon has everything! There are Reading challenges, Video challenges, Blog challenges, Instagram Challenges, Reading sprints, a group book & an awesome group of people! They also have quarterly reads and hold live shows to discuss those books on the Biannual Bibliothon YouTube, however that is seperate to the ReadAthon. The book for May – August is Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. If you just want to do the ReadAThon that is fine too.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 14th till 11:59 pm on the 20th of July.

Reading Challenges:

1. Group book: THE WICKED DEEP
2. Choose from someone else’s TBR
3. Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1
4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year
5. Read a predicted 5 star read
6. Own voices – different than YOU
7. Read the last book you bought

Biannual Bibliothon Announcement Video

Biannual Bibliothon Reading Challenge Announcement

Biannual Bibilthon Twitter

Biannual Bibliothon YouTube Channel

Biannual Bibliothon Instagram

Video Challenge Announcement

#BecauseDragonsRAT

This is round 5 of this awesome Fantasy based ReadAThon and again I will miss it as it hits right at the same time as TBr Jar ReadAThon does and unless I put only fantasy books in my jar and ignore the reading challenges it just won’t work. Anyway as I said this is for Fantasy lovers, so Fantasy books only & this one has reading challenges & a giveaway!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 1st till 11:59 pm on the 7th of July.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read a fantasty with red on the cover
2. Read a fantasy based on a mythology you are unfamiliar with
3. Read a fantasy with a strong friendship (The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni – Yes I will recommend this series anywhere I can!)
4. Read the last fantasy book you acquired
5. Read a fantasy with dragons (#BecauseDragons 😂)

Everything else is explained in THIS Instagram post including how to enter the giveaway! She also uses her own Twitter at times too.

TweetAThon

This is Round 2 of TweetAThon & this is a week long ReadAThon held on Twitter. This one has Reading Challenges & reading sprints!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 9th till 11:59 pm on the 15th of July.

Reading Challenges:

1. Verified: A book by a verified author (I’m assuming that means an author that has the blue tick verification on Twitter)
2. Tweet Tweet: A book with a bird on the cover
3. Trending: A hyperd book
4. #TBT: A book by a favourite childhood author
5. Read 5 books

TweetAThon Twitter

Read-Eh-Thon

Okay this one I had to dig for info but I have now figured out that this is an 8 day long ReadAthon all about reading canadian books/authors! No you don’t have to be Canadian to join. There are Reading Challenges & multiple giveaways. The Reading Challenges are optional.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 1st till 11:59 pm on the 7th of July.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read a book with red on the cover
2. Read a book by a Canadian women
3. Read a book by an Indigenous author
4. Read a book set in a provience you’ve never visited
5. Read a book with “E” & “H” in the title.

You can double up on challenges. So 1 book can count for 2 challenges

Read-Eh-Thon Twitter

I will link all the announcements from all the hosts as you need to follow to keep an eye out on how to enter giveaways (that will be announced in each persons dedicated TBR video)

Ashley @ SaidTheStory’s Announcement

Lala @ BooksandLala’s Announcement

Natasha @ MyReadingIsOdd’s Announcement

Zoe @ YerABookNerdZoe’s Announcement

The last partial host is Joce @ SquibblesReads but she doesn’t have announcement up due to being pregnant & sick.

BookTube-A-Thon

This is another really popular one and another I will be doing! This is a week-long ReadAthon that is happening at the very end of July & into August! As it is so far away we don’t have info yet but I will feature it again in my August ReadAThon Guide or you can keep an eye on their Twitter.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 30th of July till 11:59 pm on the 5th of August.

BookTubeAThon Twitter

BookTubeAThon YouTube

StrangeAThon

This is a week long spooky themed ReadAThon. This one has Reading Challenges, reading sprints & live streams.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 9th till 11:59 pm on the 15th of July.

Reading Challenges:

1. Undead Summer: Read a book with someone without a pulse
2. Lazy Days: Take the full ReadAThon to read a book
3. Halloween is everyday: Read a book you’ve been saving for October
4. Abandoned TBR: Read a book from another TBR that you didn’t get to
5. Friday 13th: A book about Luck or Serial Killers
6. Bonfire: Read a book with matches, lighters, fire or smoke
7. Lonliest Review: Read a book that you’ve heard no one talk about
Bonus Challenge:
The F-Up: Accidently pick a book that doesn’t fit any challenge

StrangeAThon Twitter

Astrothon

This one is an 8 day long ReadAThon that has reading challenges! The goal is to finish 4 books & you are allowed to use 1 book for 2 challenges.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 1st till 11:59 pm on the 8th of July.

Reading challenges:

Sun: Finish a book in 24 hours
Mercury: A book with an important message
Venus: A book by a female author
Earth: A book you see yourself represented in
Mars: A book about someone/something lost
Jupiter: A book you can finish in one sitting
Saturn: A book with an eye-catching cover
Uranus: a character with a cold demeanour
Neptune: A book with blue on the cover
Pluto: A book written in a non-traditional format
Moon: A book in a series

The announcement for this one is on the Insta account @book.by.book

#AYEARATHON

This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read.

So this ReadAThon has 2 parts, first, there is the theme. So the idea is to try and read books related to that theme and then there are the challenges, they are an extra challenge and not necessary but add some extra fun.

This ReadAThon happens every month so here are all the future challenges in case you wanted to plan!

Jul 2nd – 8th
Theme: TBR Catch Up (Let’s meet those halfway marks on our goals!)
Challenge: Read A Trilogy

Aug 6th – 12th
Theme: Family Favourites (Read your mums/brothers/cousins/etc favourite book)
Challenge: Read the longest book on your TBR

Sept 3rd – 9th
Theme: #OwnVoice Novel
Challenge: Short Stories

Oct 1st – 7th
Theme: Thrillers
Challenge: Big Books (400+ pages)

Nov 5th – 11th
Theme: NaNoWriMo Winners (Books that begun as a NaNoWriMo project and were eventually published)
Challenge: Read the shortest book on your TBR

Dec 3rd – 9th
Theme: Books under 300 pages
Challenge: Read books recommended to you by others

#AYearAThon Goodreads

#AYearAThon Twitter

DUODECATHON

This ReadAThon also is every month. This one has 12 options for challenges that you can pick from and the idea of this is that you participate every month by the end of the year you will have done all the challenges.

Upcoming dates:

July: 22 – 28
August: 8 – 14
September: 1 – 7
October: 8 – 14
November: 22 – 28
December: 22 – 28

Challenges to pick from:

Read 1,200 pages
Read the second book in a series
A book about a villain/antihero
A book published the year you were born
A 2018 bestseller
An award winning book
A book with multiple points of view
A book with antonyms in the title
A banned book
A book with a great first line
A “high school” book you haven’t read
A book recommended by someone in the Duodecathon group

Duodecathon Goodreads

Retell-A-Thon

This one is an 8 day long ReadAThon all about reading retellings! This one has Reading Challenges & you can double up, so 1 book can count for more than one challenge! There is also a group book as one of the reading challenges.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 8th till 11:59 pm on the 15th of July.

Reading Challenges:

1. Love at first sight: A retelling of your favourite fairytale
2. True Love’s Twist: Read a queer or gender-flipped retelling
3. Faraway Kingdom: Read a retelling of a fairytale from your heritage
4. Under a Spell: Read the Group Book
5. Unhappily Ever After: A retelling with a dark twist.

Group Book:

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

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RetellAThon Twitter

RetellAThon Announcement Twitter Thread

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Tome Topple ReadAThon

This one is the reason I wanted to get this up a little early as I know how popular it is and it does cross over from June into July. This is a 2 week long ReadAThon and the main challenge is to read Tomes. If you don’t know a Tome is any book over 500 pages. This ReadAThon has optional Reading Challenges, Instagram Challenges & will have reading sprints happening on Twitter.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 29th of June till 11:59 pm on the 12th of July.

Some rules are you can only read Tomes, so over 500 pages or very very close. If a book is 499 then go for it. The Creator has said that 475 is an absolute minimum but over 500 pages are prefered. Also, another rule is that short story collections DO NOT count as a Tome even if they have more than 500 pages. Graphic Novel bind ups DO count as it’s very hard to find Graphic novels over 500 pages, whereas bind ups are a collection of 2 or more volumes together in 1 book. Audiobooks do count as long as the physical copy of the said book is a Tome.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read more than 1 Tome
2. Read a Graphic Novel/Bind Up (Over 500 pages)
3. Read a Tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy Read a Tome (You can head to the Goodreads group linked below to find a buddy if you wish)
5. Rean an Adult novel

Tome Topple Announcement

Tome Topple Twitter

Tome Topple Goodreads Group

ThoughtsOnTomes Instagram (Where Instagram Challenges will be announced

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Summer Alphabethon – Month Long Special

This is an extra round of Alphabethon that will be a month long instead of the usual week. This is happening during the american Summer holidays, so they decided to make a special month long ReadAThon.

The ReadAThon will go for the entire month of July.

If you have heard of Alphabethon before you will know that each round they read a single letter of the Alphabet. BUTTT for this month long edition your challenge is to read the entire Alphabet! Okay, maybe not all 26 but challenge yourself as much as possible. The next challenge is that you have to read in Alphabetical order! So you can’t just pick and choose letters, you have to read A then B then C, etc.
Another rule is this time books will only count if the first letter in the title is the specific letter. Usually Author first & last name counts too but for this month long edition only book titles count.

Alphabethon Announcement Post

Alphabethon Twitter

High Summer ReadAThon

This is a month long ReadAThon that has no reading challenges besides just to challenge yourself and read more than usual. There is also a bonus Christmas in July mini ReadAThon happening (28th – 31st July) wherein you are challenged to read Christmas books.

The ReadAThon will go for the entire month of July.
However, this one you are encouraged to all start at the exact same time rather than midnight in your time zone. So it starts on Midnight on the 1st of July in Central US Time. So you will need to convert to your time so you know when to start & finish.

High Summer ReadAThon Announcement Post & Sign Up

Seasons of Reading ReadAThons Facebook Page
This is where they talk about all of the ReadAthons that are hosted throughout the year, not just the High Summer ReadAThon. They hold about 5 or 6 a year.

Around the World ReadAthon

This is a month long ReadAThon all about reading books from different countries. This ReadAthon works on a Bingo Board but the unique thing with this Bingo Board is you have to pick a starting point somewhere on the board and then make your way around using the adjacent squares (Horizontal does count). Also, all the books you read must be by authors from a country besides your own unless the bingo card says otherwise.

The ReadAThon will go for the entire month of July.

Bingo Card:
*This image belongs to the host of the ReadAThon I’m just sharing info!

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There is a description of what each square means in the announcement post that will be linked below.

Around the World ReadAthon Announcement Post

Book recommendations for Around the World ReadAThon

Road Trip ReadAThon

This is a month long ReadAThon based on taking a road trip and I actually love the idea of this one!

The ReadAThon will go for the entire month of July.

Basically what you do is choose a state/country. They are basing it on the US states but if you are outside of the US you could still choose to do the US OR you could do your own states/countries/territories/provinces (whatever word you use) OR you could choose another random continent and use their States & such. You could be in the UK but choose Australia and use our states & territories.
Anyway after you choose your state you read a book set in that state, then you move to the next state, however, it has to be a connected state. Like if you were on a Road Trip, you can’t just start in Queensland jump over Northern Territory and choose Western Australia instead. You have to travel from state to adjacent state. You just keep doing this until the end of July!

They have an example on the announcement post which I will link below.

Road Trip ReadAthon Announcement

Copy of Goodreads Synopsis

Well, that is all the ReadAthons I can find!

If you know of any other ReadAThons happening in July then please either comment or tag me on Twitter or Instagram @duskangelreads

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2018 Winter Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up

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So the Winter Biannual Bibliothon finished over 12 hours ago for me here in Aus. I am really happy with how much I read even though I didn’t complete every challenge. So let’s get straight into what I read!

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The only challenge I did not complete was the ‘Read the group book’ challenge. I started Otherworld by Jason Segel but I wasn’t really feeling the book after a couple chapters so I put it down and picked up something else on my TBR instead.

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Read a Sequel

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Read a book you’ve never heard of before

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Originally for this challenge, I was going to read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee however when I got to reading it, I just didn’t feel like picking it up so instead I was just scrolling through audible to see what I could spend my credit on that I hadn’t heard of before and I saw Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. At that point, I thought ‘why don’t I just find an Agatha Christie book I haven’t heard of’ so that is what I did. One of my 2018 goals was to read more Agatha Christie books, so this helps!!

Read a book about mental illness

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In this book, Michael, our Mc, has anxiety & OCD so yes this features Mental Illness.

Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/TV show

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Read a book under 200 pages

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Read a backlist book

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I listened to about 40% of Strange the Dreamer during the ReadAThon but I started it before the ReadAThon & didn’t finish it during the ReadAThon either but I was up to 71% at the end of the ReadAThon.

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I only read 2% of this book as I started and then fell asleep as I was exhausted after working all day at the Australia Day Pool Party at the Aquatic Centre I work at.

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I also listened to 12% of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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Well, that is all for my wrap up! The #24in48 ReadAThon started as Winter Biannual Bibliothon finished so it is currently going on. I will have a Wrap Up for it up in a couple days as well as reviews for Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, The Rest of us just Live here & Darkness, Be My Friend over the next day or so.

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