Monday, July 8, 2013

Once Upon A Read A Thon 2013

I am participating in the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon hosted by Pure Imagination, Candace's Book Blog, and Reading Angels!

This Read A Thon runs from July 8th to July 10th.

Click any of the above links to sign up!

I'm super excited about this Read A Thon. I haven't participated in one for a while, but I fully intend to read as much as I can! It's going to be challenging because I work full time, but I think I'll be clearing my lunch schedule for some much needed reading time!

Here are the books I'm looking to read:

The Turning by Francine Prose
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
Project Paper Dolls by Stacey Kade
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Finish: Jane Eyre audiobook (in progress)
Finish: The Replacement (which has been half read since beginning of year)

Wish me luck!

Mini Challenge 1- Cover to Cover Blog

1. Which book am I most excited to read in the coming year?
I am super excited to read Champion by Marie Lu when it comes out later this year. I read Prodigy and Legend so fast! 

2. Which book would you re-read if you had the time?
I love reading Jurassic Park. I try to make time for the Harry Potter series as well. But if I had some extra time, I would like to read The Historian again.

3. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
That's a really hard question.
I think I'd like to meet the Weasley brothers from Harry Potter. I think they would be fun to hang out with and get to know.

Mini Challenge 2 - Better Read Than Dead

You're in a bookstore and you've just purchased 5 books you've been dying to read, when the apocalypse hits. (Zombie, Demons, Vampires, Dean Winchester vs. Sam Winchester (yes, I'm watching Supernatural reruns) I don't care what apocalypse). You've got one chance at survival, what 2 books do you take and what 3 other items do you take? 

This is very tough. Do I grab something for survival? Or entertainment?
Depending on the type of apocalypse, do I go for sunscreen or water or garlic?
These are all serious questions.

I think I would grab- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and The Historian. I love those books and they are massive, so while I'm waiting for the end of the world, I might as well read some of my favorites. (If I can make my husband carry another two books with him, I might make him take Pride & Prejudice and The Siren by Tiffany Reisz (erotica). I mean, we are going to have some free time on our hands....)

I would also pick up a crow bar (because I fear zombies and according to the Zombie Survival Guide, a crow bar is your best friend), bunny food (for my two bunnies) because I am a practical bunny mama, and probably chocolate. Because my husband is grouchy without it.

Great mini challenge!!

Mini Challenge 3 - IB Book Blogging

Make your dream guy using characteristics, personalities, looks, and anything else you can think of from your favorite book boyfriends.

Hmm, tough one. Tough because I am already married.
How about the best characteristics I find in books that apply to my hubby?

Mr. Darcy - accent and strong character.
Sam from Wolves of Mercy Falls series - songwriting, guitar playing, sensitivity
Dimitri from Vampire Academy - strength, speed, stealth, and fierceness
Matthew from A Discovery of Witches - knowledge, protectiveness


July 9th- update:
Finished Through to You and The Turning
Going to start reading Fathomless
Hoping to finish Jane Eyre tomorrow evening

Note to self: Reading during lunch is the way to go!!

Mini Challenge 4 - Dizneee's World of Books

1. Favorite Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
2. Favorite Book within that genre: The Vampire Academy series, the Drake Chronicles... the list goes on! 
3. Favorite Character in that genre: So hard to choose. I do love Lucius from Jessica's Guide.

This was actually a very hard one for me to answer. Because all of these guys are so hard to choose from! :)

Wrap up! July 11th-
Well, I did pretty well! I read three YA books and finished my audio book of Jane Eyre, which is what I was really hoping for with the full time gig going.
I'm pretty happy with my progress!
Most of all, I think I'll try to take a couple of days every week to read at lunch. It was relaxing and I made some serious reading progress too!

Great Read a thon!


  1. The character I would love to meet is probably Hermoine or Harry!

    1. OMG I was really thinking about Hermoine and Harry too! Thanks for reading!!

  2. I can't believe I forgot the Weasley brothers, they'd be a hoot to party with LOL

    I've been wanting to read Project Paper Dolls by Stacey Kade, hope you enjoy and looking forward to your review.

    I really must start the Marie Lu's series, I've currently got book 1 and 2 on my shelf, just haven't had time to read it, maybe I'll read it just before Champion is released, and how gorgeous is that cover for Champion?

    Good luck!

    My #OUReadathon post.

    1. Thanks for commenting Angelica!

    2. Kim I also felt the same for the Apocalypse challenge I didn't know if I wanted to answer with practicality or just go with my favourite items and books LOL

      My OUReadathon

  3. Good luck with your goals!


  4. I need to read Legend!!
    Good luck with your goals! Hope you have extra lunch reading time ;)

    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by Angela!

  5. You can never go wrong with Harry Potter books and characters. :)

    Good luck with your reading.

    Here's my goal:

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Kaitlin!

  6. good luck with the challenge. i was just thinking about jurassic park the other day and how i want to read it again. maybe i will...

  7. The Weasley brothers would be so much fun. One of my picks to meet was Hermione, mostly because she was always the character I related most to growing up and still do now. Good luck with your goals!

  8. Great choices...I have The Historian waiting on my shelf...need to make time to read that one!

    My Once Upon a Readathon Goals & Updates
    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  9. Good luck with your goals. And love your choice of the weasley brothers.

    Jenn @ Book Beats

    1. Thank you Jenna! Good luck with yours as well!

  10. I loved the Weasley brothers too! :)
    Good luck with your goals and happy reading!

    1. Thanks Vicky! Good luck with yours as well!

  11. It would definitely me fun meeting Fred and George haha. And the other brothers too :) Good luck with your reading!

    1. Good luck Nara!! I'm having a great time so far!

  12. I included the Weasley Brothers to my list too ^^

  13. Love the way you did the challenge, Kimberly. Your hubby sounds like quite the catch. :)

  14. Two books read! Bravo! I hope that they were enjoyable. Best of luck with the rest of your goals. Enjoy.

    1. Thanks Belle! Hope the challenge is going well for you too!

  15. I love that you picked Harry Potter characters as the ones you'd like to meet! I picked Lily Potter so she could explain the whole James-Snape fiasco that J. K. Rowling refuses to!

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog!

    - Farhana @ Digesting The Words