TBR

My EMOJIATHON TBR

I hadn’t heard about the Emojiathon till I saw Alyssa at PucksandPaperbacks post her TBR and it’s a super cool month long readathon. It’s hosted by DylanTheReader5, NayaReadsandSmiles and MickeyBetweenThePages and runs throughout June and there’s lots of different challenges for you to try and complete. You can find out more about the twitter sprints that are going to be held over the month on the @emojiathon Twitter account and here is a list of the challenges – the main goal is to complete four challenges but there’s no real limit.

Now, as I always say with my readathon TBR’s, I like to have some choice so I have tried to find a book for every challenge. So, without further ado here’s my TBR.

Read a book that was gifted to you: Filmish by Edward Ross
This was sent to me by Ellie for the last round of the NinjaBookSwap, it’s a graphic novel all about the history of film and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for ages.

Read a thriller or horror: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
This is a recent buy and sounds like a thriller with a missing child and the mother not knowing who to trust.

 

Read a futuristic/sci-fi book: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid and/or Saga Volume Six by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
I started The Diabolic at the end of last year and got half way through it, then put it down and never picked it up again. I can remember a lot about it so hopefully I’ll be able to start from where I left off. I love Saga so this should be no problem.

Read a book that takes place in a different country than your own: Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
I’ve borrowed this off a workmate to read for my Read the World Project as it is set in Russia – it’s supposed to be a proper page-turner.

Read a book you’re annoyed at yourself because you haven’t read it yet: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
I’ve heard such great things about this book and can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.

Read a book in under 24 hours: The Trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by Sybille Bedford
This little book is only 80 pages’ love so it’s definitely an easy one to read in a day.

Read a book about a current event: Nasty Women
This is a collection of essays I backed on Kickstarter. All the essays are about what it is like to be a woman in the 21st century.

Read a book about a marginalized group: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
The main character in this book is intersex and I’ve never read a book about that before.

 

That’s my TBR! Let me know if you’re taking part in the Emojiathon, I think it’s a clever and different kind of readathon compared to the ones I’ve taken part in before

My #AroundTheWorldAThon TBR

Thanks to the Readathon News Twitter account (a great place to learn about different readathons happening each month) I heard about the Around The World-AThon readathon. The aim of this readathon is to read books that are either set in certain countries or the authors are from those countries and it’s the perfect thing to give me a push with my own Read the World Project.

The Around The World-AThon is hosted by Aprilius Maximus and Melbourne on my Mind and it runs from midnight wherever you are on Monday 15th May till 11:59pm on Sunday 21st May. There’s just two challenges for this readathon:
1. Read a book set within the set countries
2. Read a book by an author from an area within set countries

And the set Countries/Territories are: China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

This is great for me as I haven’t read any books in these countries yet for the Read the World Project and while I don’t have a potential book for every country I’ve got a few to choose from.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami would fit for Japan, both as it’s set within the country and the author’s Japanese. I bought this book at least a year ago and I think I mainly picked it up because I liked the cover and the title was quite eye-catching.

The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung is a good book for China. I picked this up on the London Bookshop Crawl earlier this year and it sounds like it’s right up my street. It’s a kind of dystopian look at China with political commentary as well as humour.

The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea by Bandi is a series of short stories about life in North Korea by a North Korean writer who smuggled the stories out of the country. I’ve heard amazing things about this book and while North Korea is often the butt of the West’s jokes, there’s still people living there in trouble.

Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas by Colour-Sergeant Kailash Limbu would work for Nepal. I’ve been interested in the Gurkha’s and their history with the British army for a while now so when I discovered this autobiography I knew I had to read it.

So those are my four possible reads for the readathon. As usual, as long as I read one of them during the week I’ll be happy. That being said, with one of the books being a short story collection I might manage to make it two books read this readathon.

Anyone else going to be joining in the Around The World-AThon?

All The Short Ones Readathon TBR

All The Short Ones is a month long readathon hosted by Jessica at Novel Cravings. The aim of the readathon is to read as many of your short unread books, those that are 300 pages or less, during the month of March – they can also be novellas, poetry collections, comics and graphic novels.

I head of this readathon via Kristen’s Twitter when she shared her TBR and I thought it was a great way to get reading more books. I’ve nearly finished reading Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah so once I’ve finished that these are the books I’ll probably be picking up.

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At 157 pages there’s Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, a classic I’ve been meaning to read for ages, How I Came to Know Fish by Ota Pavel has 136 pages and would count towards my Read the World Project as would Nineveh by Henrietta Rose-Innes (236 pages) and The Fencing Master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (212 pages). Then I have some comic trade paperbacks – Saga Volume Six by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, Mockingbird Volume One: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk and Ibrahim Moustafa and The Fix Volume One: Where Beagles Dare by Nick Spencer, Steve Lieber, Ryan Hill and Nic J Shaw. I have more unread graphic novels that I can pick up if I manage to read all these and/or fancy something a bit different.

I’m looking forward to seeing how I do. My main goal is to read at least four of these but really, I’ve got near enough the whole month so that, and more, should be doable.

There’s still time to sign up if you’re interested in taking part – you can do so here and sign ups close on the 7th. You can also use the hashtag #ATSOReadathon on Twitter and Instagram to see others progress and to share your own.

The Read the World Project

Louise Marie over at A Novel Haul has decided to do something pretty cool. She wants to try and read a book from every country in the world before her 30th birthday in 2021. You can read her post about this project here. It got me thinking, I always want to try and read more diverse books, stories and voices, so maybe I should give this a go as well?

So I’m going to and I’m going to have a very similar time-frame as Louise Marie. My 30th birthday is in September 2021 and by then, I want to have read a book from every country in the world. That gives me nearly five years.

I’ve started listing countries with the help of the internet and I currently have 172 countries on my list. I must be missing some as when you google, “How many countries are in the world?” it says there are 195 but I have five years to figure out which ones I’m missing.

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I’ve had a look through my bookshelves and I currently have seven unread books that are set in various countries around the world. This is the thing about this challenge, I’ve yet to decide if I want to work it out so it’s just that the book is set in a country, or if I should go by the author’s nationality as well. This might make things a bit interesting as you’d have some books like And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini which is set in Afghanistan and is written by an Afghan author, but then there’s a book like Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon which is set in Germany but is written by an American author. I suppose I’ll have to see how I do with finding books for different countries, but it’s something I’m thinking about at the moment.

If you have any suggestions for books by international authors or are set in countries that aren’t England or the USA that would be much appreciated. And if anyone else would like to join in with the Read the World Project, then just go ahead. You can set whatever time-frame you’d like and the hashtag that’s being used on Twitter and Instagram is #readtheworldproject.

My Tome Topple Readathon TBR

This readathon is created and co-hosted by ThoughtsonTomes from November 18th till December 1st and the aim of it is to read those huge intimidating books that are over 500 pages long that have been sitting on your shelves for ages.

There’s a few challenges you can try and complete which are below but really the main thing is to read some long books.

The challenges:
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

I took part in the (I believe) first Tome Topple Readathon in June and it gave me the push to finally read American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Since then I haven’t really read any more of my big books so this is another chance to read another of my 500+ page books that have been on my shelves for ages.

I like having some choice when it comes readathon’s so here’s the books I’ll maybe be reading in the latter half of this month. There’s two books that I’d really like to read during Tome Topple and those are A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab which has 511 pages and is an adult novel that’s also a part of a series and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff which has 599 pages and would also fit the part of a series challenge. Naturally if I read both of them I’ll have completed the read more than one tome challenge. I didn’t think I had a graphic novel that’s over 500 pages but turns out Runaways: The Complete Collection Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and others has 528 pages (according to Amazon) so that is definitely on my TBR and will help break up all the many pages I hope to read.

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As I’m prone to changing my mind when it comes to readathons I’ll also have a couple of other tomes on standby in case I can’t get into Illuminae or A Gathering of Shadows for whatever reason. Those books are The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon which has 531 pages, and fits the adult novel challenge and the tome that’s a part of a series challenge, Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden which has 516 pages, fits the part of a series challenge and I think it’s considered an adult novel, and The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson which has 517 pages, it doesn’t fit any challenge but it has been sitting on my shelves for almost six months and seems like a fun, easy read.

I haven’t said anything about buddy reading yet that’s because while I don’t know anyone who is taking part in #TomeTopple and who are reading the books on my TBR, there’s a Goodreads group where you can discuss popular books so I’ll be checking that out over the weekend to see if anyone else is going to be reading some of my tomes.

Theoretically I should be able to complete all the challenges but like with the first Tome Topple Readathon I’ll be happy if I read one big book.

I’ll probably be tweeting about my progress @ElenaM52 and you can find out more about the readathon and all the co-hosts here. Good luck to all those who are taking part!

Non Fiction November TBR

Non-Fiction November is a readathon/challenge hosted by NonFicBooks and ABookOlive over on YouTube. The point of the challenge (as the name of it suggests) is to read more nonfiction books during November than you would normally read in a month. So if you normally read a couple of nonfiction books a month, try reading three, and if you never read nonfiction just try and make the time to read at least one nonfiction book.

I go through phases of reading nonfiction; I suppose I usually end up reading a couple of nonfiction books a year and it depends what books have grabbed my attention.

There are four challenges for this readathon, they are basically four words and you can interpret them however you wish. The words are; New, Controversial, Important and Fascinating. They are broad categories and they can be combined so you don’t have to read one book per challenge word.

When I looked at my bookshelves I actually only have a few non-fiction books that are unread – well I have like four autobiographies but besides from that I don’t have a lot of non-fiction. I could have easily made up my TBR with autobiographies of actors and comedians but I decided to try and keep it a bit eclectic. So the books I have on my TBR for Nonfiction November are:

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The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla which is a collection of essays from British people of colour about what living in modern in Britain is like. I already started this book when I got it at the end of September but I’ve only read a few of the essays and would really like to finish as I’ve found it very interesting. As it’s a new release it fits the New challenge and I’d also say it is an Important book, especially for someone like me who is a young white person in Britain so I can learn more about my country and how it treats people of colour.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. This book has been on my shelves for over a year and it’s from the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, an online retailer that draws A-List publicity. It’s all about women in business and how to channel your passion and hard work while keeping your insecurities from getting in your way. This would fill the Fascinating category as while I’m not really a business-minded person I do find it interesting reading about women in traditionally male-dominated areas and how they succeed.

The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton. This is a memoir from Graham Norton who is an Irish television and radio presenter and host of the hugely popular and amazing The Graham Norton Show. I love his humour and his show, I’ve actually been to the recordings of his show twice, so I think his memoir should be equally hilarious. I don’t think this fits any of the challenge words but that’s OK.

So those are the three books I’d like to read for NonFiction November 2016. Really as long as I read one nonfiction book in November I’ll be happy, especially as I spent most of this month in a reading slump. Also in the latter half of November is the TomeTopple readathon which’ll hopefully be taking part in soon – my TBR post for that will be up in the next couple of weeks.

Are you going to be taking part in Nonfiction November? The hashtag to use on all social media channels is #NonfictionNovember2016 and there’s a Goodreads group as well.

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week it’s time to be honest and to shed a light on the books that have been on our shelves since before we started blogging. I set this blog up in the summer 2013 but only started regularly blogging from the start of 2014. So these books will have been sitting unread on my shelves for at least two and a half years.

Always Looking Up by Michael J Fox
I love Back to the Future and Michael J. Fox so when I went through a bit of an autobiography phase many years ago, his was one of the ones I bought. I still haven’t read it.

The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
When there was a film adaptation of The Dark is Rising in 2007 I was all like, “I want to read the book before seeing the film” so I bought a big bind-up of all the books in the series. I’ve still not read any of the books and I’ve also never seen the film.

Last Man Standing by David Baldacci
This book actually belonged to my grandfather. I think we got it him for Christmas one year, he liked it and when I said I was interested in it he let me have it.

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
I love the Bourne film trilogy so thought “Why don’t I give the book a go?” but that still hasn’t actually happened.

The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan
I bought this book years ago when it seemed to be everywhere in bookstores. Maybe I haven’t read it because I’ve kind of drifted away from fantasy over the past few years… who knows?!

Jack Reacher: One Shot by Lee Childs
My gran bought this for me when the Jack Reacher film came out in 2012. I love spy/thriller stories so I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

So I couldn’t find ten unread books that have been sitting on my shelves for over two years. I’ll take that to mean that by 2019 all the books that I have currently unread will pretty much all be read and my unread books will be new ones! What books have you still got sitting unread on your shelves?