Tackle That TBR Rad-A-Thon… Wrap Up

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Three days ago we have ended the Tackle That TBR Read-A-Thon. Participating was an amazing experience. Knowing that you and a bunch of other book lovers are reading and hoping to accomplish the same goals is very exciting and gave me a feeling of belonging to this amazing community of readers.

But being involved in organizing and promoting it was even better, especially because the event was not initiated by me. Lauren from The Bookish Fairy took a chance and allowed me to help out. So I’d like to thank her (again) for this opportunity. Between us, I hope we will do it again together for the end of this year as well, and even better!

Starting the year with a read-a-thon was a terrific idea, since it gave me that impulse to read a lot. Having good books was a major help too. I pushed myself to complete all the challenges and from my TBR of 7 books , I managed to complete 5. See below the titles with links to my reviews where available, remaining ones will be posted in the following week for sure:

  1. Indiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1) by Hannah Fielding
  2. Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity by Gregory V. Diehl
  3. Marking Madden (Hearts of Hollis: Book One) by L. Leslie & Nicole Dykes
  4. Silver Blood (Series of Blood #1) by Emma Hamm – review is in progress. I liked it also, but I didn’t understand some of the elements. So I am checking it out a little more.
  5. A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1) by Josie Jaffrey – review is in progress. I liked the book quite a lot, but it has some issues especially in regards to the main character and the plot development. I’m still deciding on a rating.

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As for the challenges, I managed to complete them all:

  • A book I really needed to read: A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1)
  • A book in a series: Silver Blood (Series of Blood #1)
  • A standalone: Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity
  • A book that has been on my TBR for over a year: Marking Madden (Hearts of Hollis: Book One)
  • 5 books read: see the list above

Except the reading, this read-a-thon was the perfect opportunity to organize all my books and the ARCs I have received since starting my blog. So this is another accomplishment.

That’s all guys, thank you again to all those who have participated and congratulations to all the books you’ve finished.

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Tackle that TBR Read-A-Thon…. TBR :)

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Yes, it’s here finally! The Winter Holiday is here and with it, the Tackle That TBR Read-A-Thon. Oh, you don’t know about it yet? Well, I told you to check my Facebook page!

So this is a read-a-thon created by my friend Lauren, over at The Bookish Fairy  (Love the name, love the blog, love her reviews, so go check her out) and she invited me to tag along for the ride. We are hosting together this event from Midnight December 22nd in your time zone until 11:59 PM January 5th. I know most of us want to spend some quality time with family, but that’s why we have 2 weeks! Should give you plenty of time to read a little and cross some of the books that have dust  and cobwebs on your shelves.

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Join by following us on Twitter and as well on our Facebook event page and let’s have some fun reading J We do have challenges:

  • Read a book you really need to read, for example an ARC that you still haven’t read yet.
  • Read a book in a series.
  • Read a standalone.
  • Read a book that has been on your TBR for more than a year.
  • Read 5 books

And sprints will be held regularly.

I wanted to include here different books than the ones in my December TBR, but from that list there are 4 that I must finish. Here is what I am planning to read:

  1. Indiscretion by Hannah Fielding (Must finish this book, as I have started it more than a month ago!)
  2. A Bargain in Silver by Jossie Jaffrey (copy received from the author such long time ago and I really do love this series!)
  3. Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity by Gregory V. Diehl (also received from the author and publisher 2 month ago)
  4. Brand Identity Breakthrough: How to Craft Your Company’s Unique Story to Make Your Products Irresistible by Gregory V. Diehl (also received from the author and publisher 2 month ago)
  5. Marking Madden by L. Leslie (on my TBR since February… yup!)
  6. Silver Blood (Series of Blood #1) by Emma Hamm (on my TBR since November, 2016 November!)
  7. Dream Me by Kathryn Berla (on my TBR since…. I forgot)

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I am so excited to read all these books! I hope to read at least 6 of them and all will help complete the challenges. I can’t wait to see your TBRs. Share them by tagging us on Twitter, or share them on our event page on Facebook J

Good luck and have fun!

Tome Topple Wrap-Up

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Not a success at all, but a fun experience!

 I was so ready and so excited to participate. I’d even had all the books lined up and could have completed most of the challenges (link to my TBR is here). However I didn’t even manage to finish one book! I spent the first week doing my best to finish “Stronger Within” by Coral McCallum, but I could not, so I set it aside. Then I picked up “Indiscretion” by Hannah Fielding, which is a lovely book. Or at least it is, as far as I’ve went through.

 “Stronger Within” unfortunately has made me loose some of that enthusiasm, as I could not connect with the story or with the characters at all. Please, if someone has read it, give me an impulse to go on finishing it because right now, I have nothing.

 “Indiscretion” is a completely different story. It gives such great descriptions of Spain and its culture. The emotions are there, so I am moving forward to finish it these days.

 So here are my results, which I am not proud of:

  1. Books on my TBR: 4

Completed: None (Zero, Nada, Niente!!!)

  1. Total page count in TBR: 2,062

Completed: 534 (yey, only 26%! *Rolling eyes*)

  1. Challenges that could have been completed: 3

Completed: see item 1

 On the bright side, I had so much fun interacting with the hosts and participating in the sprints. I will definitely participate again in the next rounds, hopefully with better books! Happy reading!

Tome Topple Readathon TBR

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Yey! It’s my first time participating in the Tome Topple Readathon and I am very very excited, especially because I’ve pushed back these books especially for this event.

For those of you who are not familiar with tome Topple, this readathon is at round 5 already and will start on November 17 at midnight in your time zone and will end on November 30. The idea is to read books that are over 500 pages that may seem scary because of their long length. It’s a good feeling knowing that somewhere in the world someone is going through (enduring) a big read.  Let’s meet the hosts:

Sam – http://youtube.com/user/thoughtsontomes

Catriona – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOhq5F-joK8qQPekd-jU1g

Adriana – http://youtube.com/user/perpetualpages

Sarah-Jane – http://youtube.com/thebooklife

Sian – https://www.youtube.com/user/readersr…

Ish- http://youtube.com/ReadingRealm

Caz – http://youtube.com/user/littlebookowl

Joce – http://youtube.com/c/jocesquibblesreads

 

As most readathons, there are several challenges that make things interesting:

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult novel

I hope to complete challenges 1, 3 and 5. But let’s  check out my list of books and see if I have a chance:

Stronger Within (The Silver Lake Series Book 1) by Coral McCallumstronger within

I have received the entire series from the author two months ago or even more. So I’m using the excuse that I was saving it for the Readathon.

Goodreads blurb:

Stronger Within is Book One of the Silver Lake series.

Lori – in recovery following a serious accident, our fragile heroine is at a crossroads in her life and has sought sanctuary at the beach.

Jake – hard working and with a heart of gold, a struggling musician who is chasing his dreams as front man of local rock band, Silver Lake.

Vulnerability meets rock in this tale of two creative souls following their own paths in life. When their paths collide neither of their lives will ever be the same again.

Stronger Within, set in the small town of Rehoboth, Delaware, is a contemporary love story telling a fast paced tale of rock music, convalescence and unexpected love. It’s a tale of friendship, family and following your heart.

Page count : 626 (as per Goodreads)

Impossible DepthsImpossible Depths by Coral McCallum

This is the second book in the Silver Lake Series. Since I’m reading book 1, I might as well go ahead with book 2.

Goodreads blurb:

After a successful tour, Jake, Lori and the rest of Silver Lake are busy making plans for the future – new arrivals, new business ventures, new music and a new tour. An unexpected turn of events throws these plans into turmoil. Life for Silver Lake will never be the same again.

Can Jake and Lori maintain their relationship, gruelling schedules and overcome tragic losses? Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to find how strong you truly are.

Friendship, love, family and music dominate this contemporary romance as the Silver Lake family rise from seemingly Impossible Depths.

Page count : 423 (as per Goodreads) – don’t judge me yet! I know, over 500. But wait a sec!

Bonded Souls by Coral McCallumBonded Souls

Book 3 in the series and that’s the last of them. So even if Book 2 doesn’t have the necessary amount of pages, I want to finish the series, since two of the books have over 500 pages. And it compensates. And any book over 400 pages is scary for me, ok? I’m a cry baby!

Goodreads blurb:

With their wedding vows still ringing in their ears, the new Mr & Mrs Power start a new year with new projects, new tours and a new arrival on their minds.  However, a chance meeting for Jake with, not one but, two of his musical idols ensures life will never be the same again. A dark twist of fate forces Jake to confront the demons of his past and takes the Silver Lake family on an emotional and intense journey.

As rock ‘n’ roll, love and family intertwine to perfection, will Silver Lake emerge unscathed? Will the bonds of friendship hold true? Will Jake and Lori remain Bonded Souls?

Page count : 508 (as per Goodreads)

IndiscretionIndiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1) by Hannah Fielding

I have received this book in paperback format form the author. I am so excited to read it! I love my Kindle app, but I’m a sucker for paperbacks and hardbacks! Hannah was kind enough to send me a copy and it’s only fair I put it for my Tome Topple TBR.

Goodreads blurb:

A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.

Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.

Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?

“Indiscretion” is a story of love and identity, and the clash of ideals in the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?

Page count : 464 (as per Goodreads) – no!!! The book I have has 497 pages + 8 pages of prologue = 505 pages – over 500, nailed it baby!

 

I will probably start with the last book, as I have only the first one in the series, then move on to the first three. Whish me luck, because I still have to go through my normal TBR books for November.

If you want to follow the event, look it up on Twitter @tome_topple. Let me know if you are planning to participate and which books are on your list. I’ll do my best to check in and give my progress from time to time. I may be more active on social media though probably (hopefully). Have fun and read more J