Monday, October 22, 2012

22 on 22 Read-a-Thon: Reading Goals & Update

This will be my very first Read-a-Thon, but it's for a good cause. It's Bianca's Birthday Week! It's being hosted by Alexa @ Pages of Forbidden Love. If you want to sign up, the Sign Ups are still open. 

Reading List:

Progress Updates:
Oct 22: Day 1
Pages Read Today: 88
Total Pages Read: 88
Time Spent Reading Today: 1.75 hrs
Total Time Spent Reading: 1.75 hrs
Feelings: Purity is going good. Almost done. Need to finish Shatter Me, but really want to finish it on audiobook, because that's how I started it. I just wish I could move up the waiting list at the library a little faster :)

Mini Challenge:
Today we are starting things off pretty easy with just some general questions about your reading habits:

1. What book did you start reading for this read-a-thon?

I just started Reflected in You.
Even though it wasn't on my list.
I tend to stray from TBR's.

2. What is one of your favorite books to re-read?

I haven't re-read any so far. 
But most likely:
Harry Potter #1
13 Reason Why
Beautiful Disaster

3. Do you have a strategy for read-a-thons to maximize your time?

Just my regular strategy.
Read an hour in the
morning and in the night.

4. Do you snack while reading?

It depends. Usually I don't.
Because like I said it's 
usually 6 am or 11 pm.
But if it's the daytime 
and I'm hungry. Why not?!

Oct 23: Day 2
Pages Read Today: 95
Total Pages Read: 183
Time Spent Reading Today: 1 hr 56 mins.
Total Time Spent Reading: 3 hrs 56 mins.
Feelings: Finished Purity this morning. It didn't end how I imagined, but overall it was good. Review will be up for that soon. Instead of moving on to finish Shatter Me, I decided to start listening to Reflected in You on audiobook. I was just too eager to get to that one.

Mini Challenge:
Today’s challenge is all about showing off the top book you are waiting on!

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Disaster Book #2
Expected Publication: April 16, 2013
[Goodreads - Amazon - B&N]


Beautiful Disaster told in Travis point of view.

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

Why I can't wait:
Seriously, I think Beautiful Disaster was the best book I've read this year! And I do believe it's my favorite book. I can't think of a book that I would want to re-read more than this one. I've told everybody I know about it. 

So for the sequel to be the same AMAZING story, but from Travis' point of view, will be really insightful. And to learn about his life even more. And really get to know him as a person. Wow! This is really going to be great. And really be one hell of a ride!

Oct 24: Day 3
Pages Read Today: 40
Total Pages Read: 223
Time Spent Reading Today: Listened for 1 hr. 3 mins.
Total Time Spent Reading: 4 hrs. 59 mins. 
Feelings: I didn't get nearly as much reading done as I'd hoped. I really need to step it up tomorrow!

Oct 25: Day 4
Pages Read Today: 44
Total Pages Read: 267
Time Spent Reading Today: 1 hr 10 mins.
Total Time Spent Reading: 6 hrs. 9 mins. 
Feelings: Still not reading as much as I need too. But tomorrow will be the day. Friday and the weekend.. I WILL read a lot!

Oct 26: Day 5
Pages Read Today: 267
Total Pages Read: 496
Time Spent Reading Today: 5 hrs. 56 mins.
Total Time Spent Reading: 12 hrs. 5 mins. 
Feelings: I really made time today for reading. I had my audiobook on my phone and took it everywhere. Listened to it in the shower, while doing blog posts, while eating and while getting ready to go see my local annual Rocky Horror Picture Show performance. I wanted to finish Reflected in You, but I was pretty tired. So I shall finish that on day 6. And find something else to start. 

Oct 27: Day 6
Pages Read Today: 42
Total Pages Read: 538
Time Spent Reading Today: 1 hr.
Total Time Spent Reading: 13 hrs. 5 mins.
Feelings: I finished Reflected in You.. I don't really know what to say about that book. I'll have my review up for that as soon as I figure out how I felt. After that I went shopping, and then came home and watched a movie, so unfortunately I didn't read any more than that yesterday. 

Oct 28: Day 7
Pages Read Today: 0
Total Pages Read: 538
Time Spent Reading Today: 0
Total Time Spent Reading: 13 hrs. 5 mins.
Feelings: I really wanted to get some reading done today, but I had to work. And after work, I was so lazy I just decided to watch a movie instead. 

Mini Challenge:

1. What was your favorite part of this read-a-thon?
Getting to see how much I actually read.
2. Did you enjoy the mini challenges?
Yes, it gave me something else to say rather than pages numbers.
3. What was your least favorite part of this read-a-thon?
Not getting as much read as I wanted to.
4. Anything I should do differently if I were to host another read-a-thon?
No, I think it was perfect. Good job Alexa! :)

Final Thoughts:
I loved doing this read-a-thon. It was my first if you didn't already know. And it's pretty cool to try and push yourself to read as much as possible and to time yourself and keep track of page numbers. It really makes me think of how much time I don't spend on reading when I could be, because I'm not doing anything really important. Haha. 


Happy Birthday Bianca!


  1. Looks like you have a managable pile of books to read. I liked Shatter Me but there was something that kept me from loving it, same thing with Anna Dressed in Blood. I guess I just had very high expectations when I read each one because of the hype behind each book. They are still good reads though so I hope you enjoy them.

    Thanks for joining us for the read-a-thon, happy reading!

    1. I'm 20% into Shatter Me, and so far I like it. I don't know that I'll love it though. And I know a lot of people have loved Anna Dressed in Blood, but I have a feeling it's not going to be my sort of thing. I guess I'll know when I finally read it.

      You're welcome :)

    2. I think reading Beautiful Disaster from Travis' pov will be interesting because I honestly felt his pov was missing in the first book. I wanted more of his background to be answered. Can't have a hot bad boy but with no bad boy past so that was the biggest thing I didn't like about Beautiful Disaster so I'm hoping with his story being told it will clear up the things I didn't like the first time around.

  2. Yay thanks for joining! Hope you like all the books :) God luck.

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks. I hope I get a lot read. You too :)

  4. YES! I can't wait for Walking Disaster! :D

  5. Yay for first readathon and two books finished. :) Did you like your reads?

    1. Yay! Thanks. I did, I thought I would like them better, but they were still good.


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