Readathon Plans and check in

Okay so I have pretty much been absent from my blog for some time now and J don’t really have any excuse for it. It just haven’t been in the mood to write up a blog post and if I am honest just don’t really have many ideas for what I want to write. I could always do a book tag but I can never find one that I really like so instead I just stopped posting and that needs to change. I just need to find some inspiration again.

I know it will come to me eventually but I just wanted to at least write something and this is what this blog post is, just a check in to let you know my plans for the next few months, not that I have much but stay tuned for a couple of what I think are rather exciting annouments.

Reading Plans for the next three months:

So I am in the middle of, or have just started, way to many series so in the months of May and June I want to try and focus on getting up to date with ones that are yet to be completed and also actually finishing out ones that are.

Exactly how well that will go I am not sure but there are a few that I want to prioritise so I am making myself accountable and posting them right underneath here. I think I am going to with a few series that I want to get to finishing ASAP.

So I only actually need to complete the second Volume of Wires and Nerve graphic novel, as far as I am aware there is only two but I will have to check up on that one.
I think it’s volume 3 I am up to in this although I might just binge the whole series in June because I am not sure and it’s been a while since I picked one up. At least it’s manga and that makes it a pretty quick read.
Such a fun middle grade series where Disney villains are school teachers, of course there is much more to it than that but it’s a fun time and I do want to finish out the series.
I think this is more a companion novel, but I still really want to get to it just to finish the series and be done with another one.
I adore Reichs in this. I love the humour and the darkness it entails. Overall I am enjoying this series but I do want to get it finished, although if it went on forever I would never complain.
A cozy middle grade, that I really have no excuse to not get read soon, been putting it off for ages and not sure why. I need to bite the bullet and read it. I know I am going to love it and wait way to long for the next book in the series
Finally for series I want to finish I have been working my way through the collectors Editions of Pokemon Manga and currently there are 10 out in the UK, not sure if more are going to be published or not but I am up to volume 7.
I have been loving this series and again not sure why I haven’t finished it yet but it’s so much fun and the twists and turns are just perfect.

And that is it for series I want to get finished for now. Of course there are also series that I really want to start, but hopefully I can at least wait until I finish a series before I begin a new one, of course we know that won’t happen. So just going to post a couple of series and trilogies I want to get to as well, no captions for these just a few front covers.

Of course there is more there is always more but I would be here forever if I listed them all so these are just the ones that I am most excited about starting and of course the ones that I want to finish as soon as I can.

Now if you are still here it is time for the most exciting part. Me and my sister are planning a year long Readathon. It’s going to be based around Lilo and Stitch. .

There will be a Discord and it will involve recruiting characters to help you collect up all the known experiments and we might even create a few of our own for good measure. But it’s going to be a blast and I hope you can join us. The plan is to begin on July 15 and run until July 15 but we shall see.

Until next time, hopefully it won’t be too long this time.

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22 Books to Read in 2022

I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do this. I have no idea how this will go. But come the end of the year I will see what I have read and what I haven’t.

Yes it is almost the end of January, so might re visit this at the end of January 2023 and see then, but you never know.

The Books decided to list them rather than just put the covers on. Simply because I want to get back into actually writing blogs.

  • 1. Silence of The Girls – Pat Barker
  • 2. A Deadly Education – Naomi Novick
  • 3. The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting – Evanna Lynch.
  • 4. All of Us Villains – Amanda Foody and Catherine Lynn Herman
  • 5. The Extraordinares – TJ Klune
  • 6. Helen of Troy – Margaret George
  • 7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • 8. Fall of Giants – Ken Follett
  • 9. The God Game – Danny Tobey
  • 10. Girl A – Abigail Dean
  • 11. The Girl in the Blue Coat – Monica Hesse
  • 12. Phantom Limb – Lucinda Berry
  • 13. Red Dragon – Thomas Harris
  • 14. Ponti – Sharlene Te’o
  • 15. House of Furies – Madeline Roux
  • 16. A Little Life – Hanya Yanigahara
  • 17. How To Stop Time – Matt Haig
  • 18. The Vanishing Half – Brit Benett
  • 19. The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister – Anne Lister
  • 20. The Holiday – T.M.Logan
  • 21. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep – H.G. Parry
  • 22. Troy – Stephen Fry

And there we have it. I will check back in a year and see what I have actually read from this list.

How many do you reckon? I am going to go with 15. I know some of them I am desperate to get to. So really hope I do.

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

It’s finally here. There is going to actual real people taking part in a Frozen themed Readathon and I am so excited to be hosting it. I will be most active on the Discord but if you don’t have Discord of course you can still take part. There is no points system for this it’s just a nice way to have some.fun reading in the month of December.

The Rock Trolls couldn’t be in the picture as it took all of them to take the picture.

So here we go all the information you need is right here. Any questions just ask me

I have included blank copies of each Team’s Prompt Boards incase you want to use them over on the Discord or Twitter, if using Twitter use the Hashtag #DoYoWantToBuildASnowman

Obviously the second rule may have to be bent a little if you are using some Teams Perks.

Also just to clarify you can only use the perk for your own team and not others, plus you can only use your team perk for your teams prompts.

Team Elsa:

Team Anna:

Team Olaf:

Team Kristoff:

Team Rock Trolls:

30 Books In 30 Days

Okay so I decided to read a book for each day of November in November, yes I might be crazy as my birthday is in November and so not expecting to be able to read every day and I have tickets to go and see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, which my sister bought me for my birthday and the new Pokémon Game comes out so I know I will be addicted to playing that but I have a lot of books to get through before the end of the year, not books I need to get through just books that I want to read. So splitting all that up with manga, graphic novels and actual novels I am going to see how far I get.

Nothing on this list is totally set in stone as it might change if I get some of them read in October. I will be doing an update post at end of November or beginning of December to document how well I did or how well I didn’t do.

Wish me luck.

1. Pokémon Collection 01
2. Pokémon Collection 02
3. Pokémon Collection 03
4. Pokémon Collection 04
5. Pokémon Collection 05
6. Pokémon Collection 06
7. Pokémon Collection 07
8. Pokémon Collection 08
9. Pokémon Collection 09
10. Shadowblack
11. Ash
12. Get A Life Chloe Brown
13. Take A Hint Dani Brown
14. Act Your Age Eve Brown
15.The Colour Purple
16. Finding Audrey
17. Shadowsong
18. We Are Okay
19. Cemetery Boys
20. The Book Smugglers
21. Sanctuary
22. Court of Miracles
23. Unbirthday
24. One True Loves
25. Peter and the Starcatchers
26. Annie
27. Children of Blood and Bone
28. Cold Hearted
29. Looking Glass
30. Cress

A Cover Is Not The Book Readathon

It’s time to finally announce the Readathon that I have been working on for the past couple of months. I do have plans to host more after this, based on other Disney films.

Have you guessed the film yet? Of course you have it’s Mary Poppins. I did decide to combine both films as it seemed more fun and gave more range of different prompts and teams.

This readathon will take place from July 1st to August 10th. You can either start it when it turns midnight on July 1st in your timezone or in the BST timezone. Although it will end at midnight BST on August 10th regardless.

So as I mentioned there will be teams, and it may be slightly competitive but I am no good at creating spread sheets so I will be making a Google form to fill in with a simple way for me to tally up prompts, unless anyone is able to make me a spread sheet. I would be forever in your debt for

The Teams are: Team Mary Poppins, Team Banks, Team Jack and Team Bert

Now let’s get into the prompts, which will also be in the discord. Links to that and the Twitter page will be at the bottom of this blog.

  • Prompts:

Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way so naturally you must read a 5 star prediction.

Bert: The loyal friend who is always there to cheer up those who are feeling down so read a book with a loyal friend/character

The Banks: This family comes with a whole set of problems, yet in the end they always come together so read a book with strong family values/relationships

Jack: This cheerful Leary was not only the apprentice of Bert but Mary Poppins was his nanny when he was a boy so read a book with a mentor or someone who looks out for another character.

  • Mary Poppins:
  • The Perfect Nanny: Read a book with either a nanny or a foster family.
  • Sister Suffragette: Read a book set during the suffragette movement or with women empowerment
  • The Life I Lead: Read an autobiography or a fictional work where someone specifically tells their own story.
  • A Spoonful of Sugar: Read a book that you think will be a light-hearted read.
  • Jolly Holiday: Read a book set in a country other the country you live in
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Read the longest book on your TBR. Manga or graphic novels can’t be counted for this prompt.
  • Stay Awake: Read a book in one sitting or over a 24 hour period
  • I Love To Laugh: Read a book you think will make you laugh
  • Feed The Birds: Read a book with a bird on the cover
  • Fidietly Fiduciary Bank: Read your most expensive book.
  • Chim Chimney: Read a book where the main character has a job
  • Step In Time: Read a book you want to read or the first book you think of
  • Lets Go Fly A Kite: Read the final book in a series or the last book in a series that is published.
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Can You Imagine That: Read a fantasy set in a different world.
  • The Royal Dalton Music Hall: Read a book that features music or a musician
  • A Cover Is Not The Book: You get double points for this book but can only complete it once. Read a book that you don’t like the cover of.
  • The Place Where The Lost Things Go: Read a book where a character loses someone or a book set in Heaven
  • Turning Turtle: Read a manga
  • Trip a Little Light Fantastic: Read a book where the main character needs guidance or gives guidance
  • Nowhere to Go But Up: Read the next book in a series
  • Underneath the Lovely London Sky: Read a book set in London

Now that we have the prompts sorted let me get into the points. I am going to have to trust you not to lie about it all.

You get 100 points for each 100 pages you read and 50 points for any number less than that. So if a book is 499 pages then you get 450 points. However you would also get 450 points for a book with 401 pages.

On top of the page count you get 50 points for each prompt you fill out. Although you can only use a book to cover a maximum of four prompts.

The only book you can’t double up is the book you pick for the prompt A Cover is not the Book. The double points for this work out as 200 in place of 100 and 100 in place of 50 in the way that is explained above

Also remember you get double points for reading a book for your own teams prompt. But you can only complete that prompt once.

Rules:

If you think a book counts for a prompt then it counts but you can always ask in the discord, which I will list below. You can also ask on the official Twitter page or on my personal Twitter, again which will be down below.

For a book to count you must fi out the Google Docs form that I will release a few days before the Readathon starts. Any books entered before the start date will not be counted.

I think that is everything covered if there is something I have missed then I will address it.

Before we get any further let me get one thing clear

Although seriously of you confused about something ask over on Twitter or discord
  • Discord: Where most of the action will be is https://discord.gg/DWFnyKRqn9
  • If the discord link doesn’t work then just contact me on one of the above Twitter accounts (preferably my personal Twitter) and I will send you a link.

Book Aesthetics

So we are onto day three of Blogtober, on the day of doing this the library computer wasn’t having any of actually saving pictures so I hope that the images work as I had to add them using links and I really don’t have a clue how to do that so I guessed, wordpress doesn’t make some things easy does it?

I had so much fun doing this and might actually try and come up with more books at some point to do it again with, granted I just found most of these on internet and didn’t actually make them myself it was so much fun. I think I enjoyed myself way to much doing this.
So basically I just picked some of my favourite books and pulled together some aesthetics for them, something that I think everyone should try and do, you will be surprised at how fast time flies when you are doing it. Just pull together your favourite books and go. You know what they say time flies when you are having fun and fruit flies love bananas.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. – Stuart Turton
This is definitely one of my two favourite books of the year so far, can you guess the other one? It is down below, but can you guess it before you get there?

Now lets move onto the next one.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Now I love this series so much and it is one of the few where i love the film just as much as the books. So I had way to much fun with this one, but do you have any idea how hard it was to find one for each character, in the end I decided that I had spent to much time on this and wanted to move onto another one.

The third one that I would like to do is this
Eliza and her Monsters – Francessca Zappia
This my favourite book along with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, did you guess right?
Now this could prove difficult and I might actually have to go away and make my own for this, something that I am really looking forwards to but we shall see. I will let you know below if I had to create my own.
THERE ARE MONSTERS IN THE SEA – I generally want this tattooed to my arm, but way to scared of needles to do it, maybe one day.

How about a final one before I leave it there. For my last one i am going with something that I hope will be fun to play with and that is:
Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
I love this book and it wasn’t something that I had ever really thought was my thing, but apparently it is so we are going with it, can’t wait the sequel in November.

And that is all for this blog folks, here is to hoping that it actually works and that the library computer hasn’t messed it all up, but we shall have to wait until October 3rd to know for sure. If it worked I hoe you enjoyed it, if it doesn’t work then please blame them computers at my library for not allowing me to save pictures to add myself and forcing me to use links and trying to work out how to actually do it in the first place.
Until tomorrow, if I am still here.
 

Cosy Places To Read.

So it is day two of Blogtober and I am still here, yes you heard me correctly I l;asted until day two, should really be that surprised, but I am actually.

For today as you can see by the title I decided to share with you some cosy places to read, or to put it better some of my favourite cosy places to read. So without further ado lets get into it.

My all time favourite place to read, more so in the colder months when it is dark by 4pm and the world seems to be plunged into a total black and white apocalyptic horror movie, when every sound you hear turn into fear that it is going to be the end of the world and the zombies and undead are coming to get you and eat your brains, is my bed. There is something so warm and comforting about reading in bed, with a hot cup of tea and on the plus side there is always the notion that being under the duvet means that you are safe from everything around you. I really have no idea why that is, but it always just seems to be the way. No matter what is going on outside the room, if you are under the duvet then nothing can harm you. Not to mention that if you are reading you are also backed up with, to quote Doctor Who, Books, the most powerful weapons in the world.

Another place that I like to read is curled up on the rug in front of my fire, when jack Frost is running amock outside and threatening to come into your house and wrap you up into a enormous bear hug and you just can’t seem to get warm, then fear not, curl up in front of the fire with a good book and just block him out. Trust me soon he will get bored when he sees that you really don’t care, on the plus side you can always threaten him even more with a cosy warm read of your choice. I am sure that you will soon be all warm and cosy and emerged in another world where Jack Frost is unable to come a pinch your fingers and toes.

Although this isn’t usually a place that I personally read I know that my sister loves to get comfortable on the sofa and just read for hours, for some reason I can’t do that, but it is something to perhaps keep in mind, you never know you might just surprise yourself and I am sorry but I have no chilling stories of the undead coming to get you whilst you read, as there is no duvet to protect you on the sofa, or of Jack Frost coming to pinch your fingers and toes, as there is no fire there to keep you warm, but still it might be a good place to read, just don’t take my word for that one.

One more place is quite simple and probably your first choice, if it wasn’t one of the places that I have listed above and that place is your usual favourite reading spot. I know we all have places that we love to dedicate to reading and that we always seem to be found in, for me that place just happens to be my bed, although I am thinking about perhaps investing in a smaller sofa bed to do my reading in, that will work right? Some of us just like to snuggle up in a favourite spot in a warm blanket with a hot cup of our chosen beverage and read. So I say go to that place, find your reading place, a place that will never fail to transport you into a another world, no matter what the world around you is doing. Leave this world and teleport instantly into that world you are reading about, be that Narnia, Hogwarts, Miss peregrine’s Peculiar Loop, or even just to japan, or Victorian London, whatever you choice of world or place to teleport to, do it.

Finally how about a seat by the window, where you can hear the rain drumming against the window pain, who is the Jack Frost of rain, anyway the rain demon is battering your window pain with rain and you are all nice a warm and cosy, almost mocking it, with a good read and just not having to worry about getting cold or wet, because you do have the fire on a and warm blanket, right? Nothing is more relaxing than the sound of rain on the window when reading, at least not in my opinion, except maybe the sound of a crackling log fire, so get on those phones and get a free fire app, yes there are available I have one myself, and anywhere can become a cosy warm fireplace to just read a book. Bonus if there is a real one of course.

 

Untill Tomorrow Guys.

Blogtober Plans

So if I did this correctly then it is October 1st and therefore the start of blogtober, although I am not to sure that I am going to get a blog up for each day but we will see. I am determined to try and keep it up. Might try and do some random idea for blogs, using a random items generator and do a blog post on that item, but I think I am going to mainly focus on books.
The plan was to do my October TBR but I am not sure what I am doing with it just yet as I pulled out of one Readathon and decided to take part in another one, so that is all haywire at the minute, so instead I am just going to try and do an October wrap up on 31st and let you know what I have read through the month.
I think mainly this post is or was going to just be a way to tell you all that I do plan on taking part in Blogtober and that the Readathons I am taking part in are HocusPocusReadathon and also going to try and take part in Victober as I would like to try and get back into reading a few classics, tried it a few months back and just never actually got around to it.
So although I have almost got my Readthon TBR planned, as I am writing this ahead of time it is most likely to change.

The final thing that I would like to get out there is that my LinkToThePastReadathon , which I am so excited to be hosting is going to be taking place in the Month of November, but please do check it out before then as there are some advantages to that, as you can pick your team in advance. Although if you are not bothered about your team then I will randomly generate you one. There is a giveaway at the end of of it for two winners, which I have put at the bottom of the blog. Also there is going to be a quick little sign up sheet, which I will link on the information post about the readathon, that you can find on my twitter KateADale, which will also have a link to the blog post and anything that you would like to know just DM me (on twitter) and I will get back to you ASAP.
So do look out for that. to finish off I am going to say good luck with your reading, no matter what Readathons you are taking part in or if you are just reading for pleasure this month and going with what you feel like. get in some of those spooky reads that you have been saving up for all year and I hope you reach your reading goals for the month.=, if of course you set them. I know that some people don’t and just pick up what they feel like and don’t really keep track of how many books they read.
I do have to admit that untill recently, July I think, I never really used to keep track. I just one day decided that I was going to keep a journal of what I was reading, make a monthly TBR and try and stick to it. So far I am doing okay and actually really enjoying myself and getting into the swing of things now.

Sorry this is rather a short post, but the next ones will be longer, hopefully. Please don’t hold me to that.

Final Mythothon Update

Okay so with the Mythothon Completed – or at aleast over here is my final update.
So I may not have managed to read 25 books but I gave it one hell of a go and I am rather proud of what I managed to achieve, considering I am the slowest of readers. So here it is my final Mythothon, enjoy.

 

book update

1. Iris – The Hour Glass Factory – Lucy Ribchester
2. Free Choice -Sympathy – Olivia Sujic
3. Artemis – The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me – Rhoal Dahl
4. Hebe – Brer Rabbit Collection – Enid Blyton
5. Hades – landline – Rainbow Rowell
6.Apollo – Grimms Fairy Tales- Brothers Grimm
7. Athena – Me After You – Jojo Moyes
8. Hermes – States of Passion – Nihad Sirees
9. Poseidon – Peter Pan – J. M barrie
10 Hepatesus – Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard
11. Hydra – A Tiny Bit Marvellous – Dawn French
12. Herakles – Hush Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick
13 Demeter – Flowers in the Attic – Virginia Andrews
14. Ehcinda – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
15. Ancient Greece – The Other Bolyen Girl – Philippa Gregory
16. Persephone – A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
17. Achillies – The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Em,mily. M . Danforth
18. Hestia – MIss peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
19. Homer – Twisted Fairytales Anthology – Various
20. Zeus – Jabberwocky – Lewis Caroll – to be fair I am reading this one as of November 30th – may not get it finished today.

 

Books I wanted to read but didn’t get around too –
Gaia – The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Ares – Mistress of All Evil – Serena Valentino
Dionysus – The Beast Within – Serena Valentino
Hera – The Fairest of Them All – Serena Valentino
Aphrodite – The Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare

 

Sooooooo,
All in a ll I am pretty proud of what I managed to achieve. Please do take a look at the readathon that I am going to be hosting and more importantly have fun and keep reading.

 

best Wishes

Christmas Readathon

Christmas Readathon.

I created a readathon to get us all through Christmas and the Holidays.
It begins on December 1st and ends on December 31st.
Winners will be contacted via Twitter or Email. Its your choice.
Either message me on WordPress to enter with your progress or update regularly on twitter using #DecemberReadathon
There will be a winner selected at random from those that have completed each prompt and the winner will be sent a book and a few other little treats to enjoy. Be aware I will need your address to send you your prize.
In order to enter you can sign up either in comments or via Twitter just tag me @KateADale and #DecemberReadathon Sign up and I will add you to the pool.
At the begining of January I would like you to send me your final lists via Twitter or WordPress and I will randomly pick a winner
Good Luck

Rules:
A book can only be used under one prompt, no using a book multiple times.
There will be 2 winners randomly selected
1st prize is a book and a few other items, including a special postcard not decided what yet
2nd prize – A book and postcard

Unfortunately I am only able to ship winning prizes to the UK due to costs, although please don’t let that discourage you from taking part and having fun.
Good Luck!

Christmas Tree – A book with a Christmas tree on the cover
Tinsel – A book that seems to be everywhere you look.
Lights – A long book thst is at least 400 pages, bonus if its over 700 pages
Baubles – A beautiful book that you would hang on the tree so everyone could see it.
Santa Claus – A book with Santa Claus on the cover or a book that takes place on Christmas Eve.
Presents – A book where the main character receives a present, can be good or bad.
Turkey – A book with a bird in the title or a book about a bird.
Brussel Sprouts – A book that seems to have a divided opinion about it.
Cranberry sauce – A book that is short and sweet, can be short stories
Snowman – A book you read each year or a book you could only read at Christmas
Frozen – A retelling of a fairytale or disney film
Angels – A book where someone dies and goes to heaven or a book with an angel on it
Elves – A book that has either elves in or a book that has lot of minor characters in it.
Family – A book where a family comes together through everything
Nativity – A book that has religion as part of the story, can be any religion you want.
Reindeer – A book with animals on the cover or in the title, bonus if its a reindeer
Winter – A book that takes place in Winter or has the word winter in the title
December – A book you bought in December, or was bought for you in December
The Grinch – A book with a character that always ruins things for others either with or without meaning too
Scrooge – A book with a grumpy character who everyone seems to dislike
Christmas Cards – A book that you got posted to you through your letterbox
Christmas Carols – A book that has singing in it or someone who loves singing. Anything to do with singing will do for this prompt
Gingerbread – A book with either someone who is a baker or someone who cooks a lot
Snow- A book with a white cover
Happy New Year – A book set over the new year or a book that takes place over the course of a futuristic year.

Bonus – a book with the word Christmas in the title. Not a compilation of stories, must be a novel of at least 150 pages