TBR Takedown

It’s A Wrap! #TBRTakedown 3.5

Hey guys!!! As you probably know, I joined the TBR Takedown Readathon, which was held from April 8th to 10th and hosted by LeaningLights. It’s been a great three days. I didn’t spend all of my time at home reading, because I had to go to church and study a lot since my exams are coming up tomorrow (wish me luck!!!). But here’s the updates on my progress during the readathon.

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Day One

Number of pages read: the last 104 pages of Between the Lines, and the first 55 pages of And Then There Were None
Time spent reading: 1 hrs 23 mins.

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Between the Lines was a novel by Jodi Picoult written together with her daughter. I was surprised to find that it was actually a young adult novel and that it was a more of a fantasy. I read and loved My Sister’s Keeper but that was all I read by Picoult, although I do know that she mostly writes for adults. I was severely disappointed by this book. I have already read this novel days before the readathon starts and although it was a fast-paced book and easy to read and good for a readathon, I just didn’t like it at all. I will write a longer review in my monthly wrap up, but to summarize it, it wasn’t a good start to the readathon.

After I finished Between the Lines I immediately continued with And Then There Were None. It looked short – I had no idea of knowing because I was reading an ebook and ebooks can be very deceiving, but I knew I would fly through it. And I did! Until I got sleepy and put it down.

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Day Two

Number of pages read: the last 265 pages of And Then There Were None, and 98 pages of You’re Never Weird on the Internet
Time spent reading: 3 hr 36 mins.

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This Saturday I spent mostly reading. I woke up voluntarily at 7 am, had breakfast (croissant with mango, banana, and strawberry smoothies!), and proceeded to read when the sun was up. I was hooked with And Then There Were None. At first it was kind of hard to get to know all the characters and get into the zone, but once I was in the zone, I was addicted. I was supposed to study but I just couldn’t stop reading! By the time I finished the book at around midday, I was determined to not stop for the readathon. But for my further thoughts on the novel, I will definitely write a review about it and post it soon!

Afterwards I read Felicia Day‘s memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). I didn’t know Felicia that much, I only knew her as an actress. But she really made me enjoy reading about her life. Her narration is so fun and funny, and it was a great light read for a readathon. I didn’t read that much at night, instead I got hooked in YouTube videos because I was weak and didn’t have the willpower to read more. But to sum the day up: I didn’t get out of my pyjamas, I stayed in the house all day, and all I did was walk to the toilet, then walk to the kitchen, then walk back to the sofa, and the cycle continued. It was a good and productive day, I must say.

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Day Three

Number of pages read: 25 pages of You’re Never Weird on the Internet, and 33 pages of The Catcher in the Rye
Time spent reading: 31 mins

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The last day of the readathon was, to put it simply, the least. I woke up early and read some more You’re Never Weird on the Internet while having breakfast, but afterwards I didn’t read anything much, except starting The Catcher in the Rye while I was spending a long time in the toilet (you know what I was doing there, I don’t have to specify it here). Then I spent the whole day outside, enjoying the sun. I went to church and afterwards went to the city center to meet up with my friends (we had to do a “meeting”, but afterwards we spent like 2 hours talking about nothing and eating ice cream because the weather was just so beautiful). I basically wasted valuable sunlight by not reading and socializing with friends. Bad Ayunda. You’re supposed to lock yourself in your house and read the whole day!

Anyways, I’ve never read The Catcher in the Rye before but I have heard mixed reviews but I wasn’t very pulled towards any of the characters during the first 33 pages I’ve read so far. The main character seems okay although I feel like he’s a little bit annoying at times. We’ll see how the book goes.

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Wrapping It All Up

Books read in total: 2 finished, 2 currently reading
Pages read in total: 580 pgs
Total time spent reading: 5 hrs 30 mins
Average pages read per day: 193

I spent a wonderful three days! Although I couldn’t completely focus because in the back of my mind my conscious keeps nagging me to study for my exams (which is on Wednesday – wish me luck!) and on the last day I couldn’t a hundred percent spend all my time reading because I met up with my friends and such. But, overall, it was super fun and exciting, I managed to read quite a lot and explored some interesting books to read. I can’t wait to go through another readathon!

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Did you join the TBR Takedown Readathon last weekend? Do you like readathons? What are your thoughts on the books I read? Share your thoughts in the comments down below! Anyways, enough talking about books – I gotta study!!!

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#TBRTakedown 3.5 Readathon: Goals and Books To Read!

It’s been months since I’ve done a readathon, and I’m super pumped to take down some of my books in this one! TBR Takedown Readathon 3.5 2016 is created by Shannon @ LeaningLights and this is my very first time participating! This readathon takes place from April 8th to April 10th.

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Here are the books I’m planning to read in those three days:

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

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This is a memoir of Felicia Day, American actor, internet figure, and overall hilarious person. I’m a huge fan of her from Supernatural, and I know this will be a light and fun read. Not to mention that title is excellent. Can’t wait to start getting to know her better!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Considered as a classic in mystery fiction, this is my first Agatha Christie novel. It’s about a curious group of strangers who were chosen as weekend guests to a private island and one by one these people start to disappear, until there were none… I honestly don’t know much about this book, other than the fact that it’s famous and it’s really, really good. I’m in a huge mood for mystery and crime fiction, so I know I will love this!

This book was also chosen as my book club’s April group read. The name of my book club is The Book Basilisks Book Club and you are free to join it if you want to here!

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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I’m probably one of the fewest people in the book blogging community who has never read this book. This is a classic young adult novel about the life of a sixteen-year-old boy, and that’s pretty much what I now. It is also featured in the 100 Books List which I am planning to tackle, and this is one of the books I’m looking forward to read the most.

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And the goals I’m planning to reach:

  • Finish 2 books
  • Read a total of 500 pages
  • Read a minimum of 3 hours a day
  • Post daily updates and a wrap up at the end of the week

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Wish me luck for my third readathon! I hope I can keep up the spirit throughout these three days and there will be nothing taking me away from my comfy couch where I will curl up for hours the whole day. A little bump in the road information is that my exams will be coming the next week so I might have to spend most of my time studying instead of reading, but I guess reading would be something I could do to relax after studying for several hours. Hopefully I won’t be forced to go anywhere that weekend!

For regular updates on the readathon, be sure to follow me on Goodreads and Twitter. Are any of you joining? If you are, don’t hesitate to link your TBR Takedown 3.5 post here! I wish you all good luck! ❤