Xmas Booktubeathon Wrap Up

C360_2014-12-22-14-08-03-238So I exceeded myself with this readathon. I changed my tbr books a little bit by changing The Narrow Road to the Deep North to Saga Vol. 2. Also I finished 7 books this weekend! One of them was A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which I will talk more on my A Very Dickens Christmas Read-along Wrap Up. I also read three graphic novels, and my favorite from those was definitely Saga vol. 2. I love the artwork in this and all the different characters we are introduced to. Would you like me to talk more about the graphic novels/comics/manga’s I have read? I have been thinking that I could start next year a series talking about favorite comics.

Maus 2 was really interesting to read. I haven’t read that much about the world war’s so it was really interesting to see it told from the perspective of the person who lived through one of them. After this I read a Finnish graphic novel, about a transgender who didn’t really know how to identify herself/himself. I feel that this was little bit confusing sometimes and I would have preferred there to be more dialogue even though it’s a graphic novel.

The books that I finished were Talon by Julie Kagawa, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle. I really liked all three of these, but I think that The Bone Season was my favorite. It was just so fast spaced and the romance in it didn’t bother me at all and I wanted to read the next book in the series straight away. Talon was also a good read, maybe a little predictable sometimes but I liked it a lot. And it has dragons! Definitely checking out the next book when it comes out! Let It Snow was my Christmasy type read and it was cute. I loved the story from Maureen Johnson, mainly because I found the couple to be just so cute! The other stories were also cute but I couldn’t really connect so well to them as I did to Jubilee and Stuart.

All in all, I feel that this read-along went very well. Can’t wait my next read-along which actually starts on the 5th of January! Did you participate on Xmas Booktubeathon? I hope you have a lovely holidays and Christmas if you celebrate it!

Bout of Books 12

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, 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 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’ll be participating on this read-a-thon right at the beginning of the year. This is my first time participating in Bout of Books read-a-thon and I am excited! I have had so many great experiences on different read-a-thons so I can’t really wait to see what other people are reading and how they are doing and so on. I’ll be posting my tbr closer to the starting day, but it might be that this week I would try to read the last books I have from my library at the moment.

Are you taking part on this read-a-long? Comment down below!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon | Wrap Up

Now it’s over – the 24 hour read-a-thon. I had a great time, meeting new people and reading books. I finished 3 books and 1½ graphic novels. I didn’t get to my reading goal but I don’t feel too bad about it because I wanted to have that many books to have some variety when selecting the next book to read.

The first book I finished was John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley. In this book Steinbeck describes how he travels around the USA with his dog. He wanted to do this road trip because he felt that he couldn’t write anymore about the America because he didn’t know it. It’s only 200 page book but still this took most of my time to read, about six hours in total. I really liked it though, it was really beautifully written and how Steinbeck described the places and people he met, it almost was like I was there, seeing everything he could see. Also there were many beautiful sentences in this book that I would love to citate. I gave it 4 stars in Goodreads.

The second book I read was Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton. It’s a YA, fantasy book and 374 pages long. I read this one lot faster than Steinbeck’s book. I think it was because fantasy is more familiar genre to me so I’m used to reading it and also it being YA it didn’t have difficult sentences. Witch Finder is about Luke who wants to become a witch hunter because a black witch killed his parents. To become one he has to kill a witch. And he choose to kill Rosa Greenwood. Rosa is trying to save her family from losing their home when she meets Luke. Luke has only two weeks to kill her but can he do it? This was a nicely written book but it didn’t really surprise me any way. Even though there was a small cliffhanger at the end of the book, it doesn’t really want to make me read the next book. I gave this 3 stars in Goodreads.

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After these two books I wanted to read something different and decided to pick up Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. This is a graphic novel about Marjane herself when she was a kid in Iran. There is war and Islamic revolution and Marjane had to grew up in the middle of this changes. It was a really good read, I got to know a lot about history of Iran that I didn’t know. I’ll be definitely going to read the second graphic novel soon. I gave this 5 stars in Goodreads.

At this time the clock was already over 2 am in Finland. I decided to read couple chapters from Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters before going to sleep. I slept for about seven hours and woke around 11 am. My boyfriend was still asleep so I decided to stay in bed and finish my book, hoping that I wouldn’t wake him up. I finished it one hour before the end of the readathon. I think most of you what Percy Jackson is, but the book I was reading is the second book in the series. Percy is half blood which means that he’s father is Poseidon the god of sea. In the Sea of Monsters someone has poisoned the tree that protects the summer camp where Percy goes and only way to save it is to find the Golden Fleece. But nobody has seen it in hundreds of years. I gave this book 5 stars in Goodreads because it was just that good.

Then I had only about hour to left of the read-a-thon. I decided to start reading Maus 1 and got it about half way through. It’s about WW2 when Germans did bad things to Jews. The mouse in the book are Jews and the cats are Germans and with this Maus shows us how brutally Jews were treated. Based on what I have read, I feel it’s a great and sad story and I probably give it 4 or 5 stars in Goodreads.

End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?  

18th because that was the hour I first woke up but decided to sleep still.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Maus by Art Spiegelman

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

No, this really great and I am so glad that I participated!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The cheerleaders did a great job in twitter and I think the Goodreads group was a great idea, now I could go there and meet new people before the read-a-thon started.

How many books did you read?

3 books and 1½ graphic novels.

What were the names of the books you read?

Travels With Charlie
Witch Finder
Persepolis
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Maus 1

Which book did you enjoy most?

Persepolis.

Which did you enjoy least?

Witch Finder.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’ll definitely participate next time too. I would like to be a cheerleader next time if I have enough time.

I want to thank you to people who organized this, everyone who participated, cheered for me or just commented on my tweets, thank you so much, without you I wouldn’t have made it! Thank you also for the door prize I won! Hopefully I see you again, at least on the next read-a-thon!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon | Opening Meme

It’s the last hour before the Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon begins and to past this time, the lovely people hosting this read-a-thon posted an opening meme. If you have time in your hands this weekend you should check out and participate here!

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am from Finland.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

This is a hard question. I think Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore or one of the graphic novels, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Bitterblue because I loved the first book Graceling and even though the second book wasn’t as good as the first one, I still want to see what happens next. I picked Persepolis because I haven’t really read many graphic novels before and I have seen many people talk about this so I decided to give it a go.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Chocolate!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love reading! That didn’t come as a surprise though, I think. What else? I’m at the moment in university, studying international business and actually two months ago I came back from Japan where I was doing my exchange year.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I didn’t participate last time, I am rather new in the book blogging/vlogging community, so I didn’t know about this read-a-thon before. I am most looking forward to meeting new people, discussing about books and of course all the reading I’ll be doing!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Tomorrow, 18th of October starts Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. Basic idea is that you read as much as you can in 24 hours. This is my first time participating in it and I am really excited! You can find more info here, if you too want to participate. I’ll be posting mostly about my reading progress in my twitter but I’ll be writing a post how it went on Sunday when it’s over for me.

So the books I am going to read are:

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1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
2. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
3. Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
4. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
5.Bitterbue by Kristin Cashore
6. Maus 1 by Spiegelman
7. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I don’t think I’ll be able to read all of these books but I wanted to have different choices, so that if something doesn’t feel right at the moment I can start reading other book. Hopefully I just don’t start all of these books without finishing none.

Are you going to take part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon? What are you planning to read and have you read any of these books? Tell me on the comments!