Tuesday, 10 December 2013

End Of The Year Read-a-Thon 2013 - Updates

If you would like to know what this End of the Year Read-a-Thon is all about, Check out my post here. This is where I'll be posting my daily challenges and updates.

Day 2
Well, it's day two of the read-a-thon and I'm doing okay, about three quarters of my way through Christmas At Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop. I've only challenged myself to read three books before the 22nd of December but with Christmas swiftly approaching work and my evenings off are going to get insanely busy so I'm happy with that amount!

Day 2 teaser challenge, hosted by Book Loving Hippo. Open the book you're currently reading to a any page and post two sentences from that page.

"Back at the sweetshop, she smiled at every child who came in, all of them bursting with secrets about what Santa was bringing them; all enraptured by the tiny train in the window; little cheeks rosy; eyes bright and round; parents tired but happy. She knew everyone now, and they knew her." - Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop by Jenny Colgan

Day 3
Day three and I've finished Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop. I really enjoyed it, it really got me into the Christmas spirit so bring on the festivities! I've started The Book Thief and it's unusually written, from death's point of view, but I am liking it so far.

The day three challenge is hosted by Jessica at Let Me Tell You A Story and it's a list of your top ten books read in 2013. This was a hard one, especially as I've discovered a few brilliant series this year but instead of putting all of them, I've just put my favourite one to represent the whole series.

In no particular order :-
  • Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Sanctum by Sarah Fine
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson
  • These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
  • The Boy From Baby House 10 - Adam Philips
Day 4
I'm still on The Book Thief an I'm absolutely loving it. I didn't like the way it was written at first, I didn't feel that it was very emotive, but I am so into it now. I stayed up way too late last night reading it, 'just one more chapter' hehe.

Today's challenge is hosted by Lori at Writing My Own Fairy Tale. It's a spine poetry challenge! For all of the rules, check out Lori's page. I mainly use a Kindle so I can't take a pretty picture of my spine poem!

Silent Tears fall
After The Fear.
Will You Love Me?
One Step Too Far.

It's a pretty feeble attempt I'll admit but I TRIED!!

Day 5
The day five challenge is hosted by Emily at Falling For YA and she wants to know your favourite book to movie adaptation. I loved The Hunger Games, book and film version. I found that the film was actually quite true to the book which made it much more enjoyable. I'm really looking forward to seeing Catching Fire as I imagine that it'll be really good too!

Day 6
Today's challenge is a seasonal one, hosted by Michelle at Book Briefs.

  • Recommend a good book for a snowy day :-
  • Recommend a good book for a rainy day :-
  • Recommend a good book for a beach day :-
  • Recommend a good book for a spooky night :-
Day 7
I finished The Book Thief today. My God. I'll write a full review on it soon but all I'll say is that it was amazing. I've started Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver and I'm enjoying it so far.

The day seven challenge is hosted by Cindi at Mommasez. You have to pick a book you read in 2013 and describe the book in only 166 characters. 

Foster carer, Casey Watson takes in a fourteen year old mother and her baby. They help Emma care for her baby whilst they care for Emma too.


  1. That right there makes me want to read the book! Great looking Christmas read! Enjoy!

    1. I would thoroughly recommend it! A really great book to get you into the Christmas spirit :)

  2. Aww lovely teaser! I love holiday books, they're always so cute.

    Here's my teasers at Bookmunchies (:

  3. I'm jealous that you are getting to read a Christmas book. I'm not going to be able to read any Christmas books until I finish my reading challenges.

    1. Aww, I had to include it! The best excuse to stay up late and finish it ;D

  4. I LOVE your poem, I think its really good!

  5. Cathy, thanks so much for including Sentence of Marriage in your Top Ten list!

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas.

    1. You are very welcome, I loved all three and I've only just found out that there's another which I haven't yet read!! Exciting stuff :D They're really good, plenty of historical details but still a great storyline!

      A merry Christmas to you too :)