Spring into Horror Readathon TBR

This is my sign-up and goals post for the Spring into Horror Readathon, which is hosted by Seasons of Reading. It is a two week long readathon taking place from April 17th to 30th, and the goal is to read at least one scary book during that time. It doesn’t have to be a horror book, if you aren’t into horror – you can also use thriller, gothic, mystery, etc.

I went through my owned books and picked up a few physical books, a couple of Kindle books, and added one library book to the pile. My goal is to read one or two of these books during the two weeks and, if possible, continue listening to a few chapters of the Dracula audiobook that I started all the way back in November! I will be mainly tweeting my progress @maijareads.

The TBR pile


The Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham – finished, 4/5 stars
Murder of Angels by Caitlín R. Kiernan

These are the physical books I own. Two of them are modern classics: Hangsaman is a book that I want to go in blind, so I don’t know anything about it, and The Midwich Cuckoos features that beloved horror staple: creepy kids. Murder of Angels, meanwhile, is a sequel to Caitlín R. Kiernan’s debut novel, Silk. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Silk, but since the sequel was written so many years later, I might like it better.


Experimental Film by Gemma Files
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
Musta kuu by Mia Vänskä

Two of these are ebooks that I’ve bought not that long ago. Experimental Film is a movie-themed horror novel, and Wylding Hall is about a band. I like horror books that tie into other artistic mediums. Musta kuu (translation: Black Moon) is a Finnish horror novel that I borrowed from the library. It’s about a varied group of people vacationing in some cabins near an ancient sacrificial ground, because of course. That’s just what you do.

Are you taking part? What sort of horror books do you like, or do you read horror at all? Let me know in the comments!

Bout of Books 16

It’s been a year since my last Bout of Books Read-A-Thon, so I decided to take part in Bout of Books 16. I will also be posting on Twitter @maijareads.

My goals: Read a 100 pages a day.
Pages read so far: 507 | Books finished: 2

Wrap Up: Read 72,5 pages a day, finished The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, and Batgirl Vol.2: Family Business.

Reading Progress

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BoB16_Saturday
It was Eurovision Song Contest Finals day, so I didn’t spend a lot of time reading…

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I caught up a bit in my reading my finishing a Batgirl comic trade.

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So my Bout of Books reading and updating has not really gone to plan. Instead I’ve been watching movies and TV shows during the last days of a streaming service trial, and watching the Eurovision song contest. My reading has been about trying out the first chapters of different books.

Wednesday’s challenge: 5 Favorites
Here are my 5 favorite book to movie/tv adaptations:

1. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Movie directed by Edgar Wright, comic by Bryan Lee O’Malley
2. Interview with the Vampire
Movie directed by Neil Jordan, book by Anne Rice.
3. A Room with a View
Movie directed by James Ivory, book by E.M. Forster
4. Game of Thrones, Season 1 (and only Season 1)
Produced by HBO, book by George R.R. Martin
5. Pride and Prejudice (BBC)
Produced by BBC, book by Jane Austen

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Tuesday’s challenge: Show Off Your Shelves Photo Challenge
Here is my TBR shelf:
My TBR Shelf

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Monday’s challenge: Introduce yourself, using exactly six words.

Finnish fantasy reader, Lord Golden trash.
I could have also gone with Regency fantasy trash, but my love for Lord Golden triumphed.

What is Bout of Books

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 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 12: Wrap-Up

So Bout of Books 12 is officially over! I was sick for a couple of days and read almost nothing then, but let’s see how I did overall.

  • Pages read: 417
  • Books read: 2
  • Books started: 1
  • Challenges participated in: 1

I also met both of my goals! I wanted to finish reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, and start reading Ancillary Justice. And I took part in one challenge: describe what is happening in your book with series of images, the silly result of which you can see in my progress post.

Books I finished

The Lies of Locke Lamora The Sleeper and the Spindle
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch – 4 of 5 stars
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell – 5 of 5 stars

Books I started

Ancillary Justice
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie

Bout of Books 12: Progress

Here I will be posting about my progress for the Bout of Books 12 read-a-thon during the week.

Sunday, Jan 11th
Pages read: 60
Reading: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Saturday, Jan 10th
Pages read: 83
Read: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Finished

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Friday, Jan 9th
Pages read: 64
Reading: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Friday’s challenge by The Book Monsters:
Describe what is going on in your book by a series of images.

I give you The Lies of Locke Lamora:
elf
hobbit_barrel

Thursday, Jan 8th
Pages read: 8
Reading: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
I was still feeling sick on Thursday, and the only reading I did was in bed before falling to sleep.

Wednesday, Jan 7th
Pages read: 8
Reading: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I was sick on Wednesday, so I just watched TV from the sofa instead of reading. Read one of the interludes, though.

Tuesday, Jan 6th
Pages read: 58
Reading: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Monday, Jan 5th
Pages read: 136
Reading: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Finished

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Bout of Books 12

I quite abruptly decided to take part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon, which started today. I spent most of the end of last year reading graphic novels, so I’m trying to kickstart my book reading again with this read-a-thon.
The book covers take you to Goodreads.

What is Bout of Books?

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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Planned Reading List & Goals

The Lies of Locke Lamora Ancillary Justice
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie

I started reading The Lies of Locke Lamora all the way back in November, when I suddenly but the book down and went on that graphic novel binge. I’m already halfway through, and I want to finally get to finishing it. And I just got Ancillary Justice from the library. Reading it is part of my 2015 SFF Reading Challenge, and I can’t wait to get started! I’ve heard really good things about it.

Most likely I will be picking something else up, as well, but these two are definitely the ones that I want to read this week! Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle has been calling my name, too, and it would be the perfect length for a read-a-thon side-read…

Current Reads: Middle Grade (#AYearAThon August)

The August theme for #AYearAThon is Middle Grade. I continue with my tactic of picking up two books I own from my physical TBR shelf.

This post is also linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The book covers link you to GoodReads.


Watch the video or just read about the books below. (And excuse my appearance, our apartment was boiling hot today!)

Planned Reading List

The Book of Lost Things The Dark is Rising
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising #2) by Susan Cooper

These are my main picks. Both have been on my shelves for a while, so it is high time that I got to them. They both sound very interesting, so I think I’ll have fun this week! I’m going to start with The Book of Lost Things today.

Extras

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1), by Catherynne M. Valente

This is the group read for the month. I borrowed the ebook from the library, and will read it if I have time left over from my main picks.

What are you reading this week? Comment or leave a link below!

Current Reads: Classics (#AYearAThon July)

The theme for this week is Classics over at the #AYearAThon, and so I picked up the two classics I own but haven’t read from my physical TBR shelf.

This post is linked at “WWW Wednesdays”, a weekly reading meme hosted by Should Be Reading. As usual, the book covers in this post link to GoodReads.

I recently finished


Brave New World
Brave New World

By: Aldous Huxley
Genre: Dystopian classic
First published in 1932

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing, and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers.

I just finished the book this morning. It was interesting, but I didn’t much care for the main plot elements. The ideas & concepts were clearly the carrying force of the novel. The authors foreword (better to be read after finishing the novel), written in 1946, was also very interesting. There were a couple of things in the book’s future that seemed funny and endearing in our modern day, like a large government facility storing all their information in “eighty-eight cubic meters of card-index”.

What is up next


Rebecca
Rebecca

By: Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Gothic literature classic
First published in 1938

Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again…

Rebecca was the other classic sitting unread on my shelves, so that is what is next on line. I will start it today. I know absolute nothing of it apart from it being a gothic romance/mystery, and I like it that way! I want to be surprised.

Other possible reads


These are the classics & modern classics I have currently on loan from the library. If I have time left this week, I’ll choose from one of these.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd A Wizard of Earthsea Hamlet Cat's Cradle
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (reread)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

I will be very happy if I manage to knock those two books out of my overflowing physical TBR shelf! The library books are just a nice bonus if I get to that. Can you recommend which one of them I should read first? Happy reading, everyone!

Bout of Books 10 Wrap Up

So, Bout of Books is over. This is my wrap-up post – you can also take a look at my starting goals, as well as my daily reading progress for this read-a-thon. You can also visit the Bout of Books official site.

So, how did I do?

  • I finished 2 books & 1 novella
  • I also started reading 1 book and 1 novella
  • I read a total of 841 pages
  • My best reading day was 206 pages

I did well, although I did not quite meet my goal of 1080 pages read. I had planned on finishing Clockwork Angel by Cassanda Clare, but ended up getting only halfway through. On Thursday it looked like I would get all my reading done, but then on Friday I only ended up reading 50 pages – on Friday morning I only watched other people’s Bout of Books videos, and later in the day I went to the city with my sister, and we hanged out for seven hours! I had fun, though.

Overall, I think I did pretty well in the read-a-thon – I finished one of my High Fantasy Challenge books, and got started on the book I should really return to my friend soon. Underneath is the list of everything I read. All the cover images link to GoodReads.

Finished

The Sworn Sword Blood Oranges The Last Wish

The Sworn Sword (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #2), by George R.R. Martin
Blood Oranges (Siobhan Quinn #1) by Kathleen Tierney
The Last Wish (Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski

Started

Clockwork Angel The Mystery Knight

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassanda Clare
The Mystery Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #3), by George R.R. Martin

Bout of Books 10: Progress & Challenges

Here I will be posting about my progress for the Bout of Books 10 read-a-thon during the week. If I take part in any challenges, this is also where they will go.

My goals for the read-a-thon can be found here.
Pages read so far: 841 | Books/novellas finished: 3

Sunday

Reading Progress

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Challenges: Retitle Your Current Read

Today’s challenge is brought you to by Oh Magic Hour, and it is to give a new title to the book you are currently reading, or have read during the read-a-thon.

I am currently reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and I would rename it Magnus Bane in a Waistcoat, because that’s what I’m looking forward to most! :D He hasn’t made an appearance yet in the book, but all clues point to the fact that it will happen very soon. I can’t wait!

Saturday

Reading Progress

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Friday

Reading Progress

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I was out almost all day, shopping with my sister. All my reading was done on the subway to/from the city. So, not much at all was read that day, but I had fun!

Thursday

Reading Progress

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Wednesday

Reading Progress

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Tuesday

Reading Progress

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I’ve beginning to feel like a 100 pages is my max in a day… Then again, I’ve been spending my time on challenges and watching other people’s progress, too.

Challenges: Books I’m looking forward to

Here is a list of my most anticipated speculative fiction titles coming out this year. The links take you to GoodReads.

Monday

Reading Progress

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Challenges: If you like X, try Y

Monday’s challenge is to recommend some books to everyone. I will be giving you some fantasy recommendations, of course! What could be more fun than that? This challenge was brought to you by The Book Barbies. All the cover images link you to GoodReads.

If you like Jane Austen, try these books set in an alternate, magical regency era:
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Sorcery & Cecelia Shades of Milk and Honey

If you like the city of London, try some fantasy that is set there:
Rivers Of London Neverwhere

And finally, if you like middle-grade books, try some Diana Wynne Jones:
Howl's Moving Castle Charmed Life

Current Reads: Bout of Books 10

Another week, another read-a-thon. This week I’m taking part in Bout of Books 10. This post is also linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

What is Bout of Books?

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 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Planned Reading List & Goals

The Sworn Sword Clockwork Angel The Last Wish Blood Oranges

The Sworn Sword (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #2), by George R.R. Martin
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassanda Clare
The Last Wish (Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Blood Oranges (Siobhan Quinn #1) by Kathleen Tierney

Here is my reading list with a lot of carry-overs from my unimpressive #AYearAThon reading week. One novella, three novels. Together they make 1080 pages, which would mean I should read on average a 154 pages a day. It’s a lofty goal for me, since I’m a slow reader (it takes me about an hour to read 50 pages), but I think it’s doable! Some days I might read less, some more. I already started The Sworn Sword last week, and plan to finish it today. I have the whole week to devote to reading, thankfully!

Extras

The Mystery Knight The Three Musketeers Musta kuin eebenpuu

The Mystery Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #3), by George R.R. Martin
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – I’m already halfway through
Musta kuin eebenpuu (Lumikki Andersson #3), by Salla Simukka

This is my extra reading list in case I’m having trouble with one of my main picks, or, if by some miracle, I manage to finish everything else.

Are you taking part in Bout of Books? If so, leave me a link to your blogs/vlogs! I like to see what other people are reading.