Reading push: bout of books 8.0 read-a-thon

So I decided to participate in the bout of books 8.0 read-a-thon, because I am taking way too much time to finish Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin.

Bout of books is a reading marathon in which the goal is simple: read more than you usually do. It was created by Amanda and Kelly from Bout of Books Blog.

I am studying at university and working at the same time, so I have very little time for reading. But this week I wanted to give myself a push to finish GoT already, and have decided I must finish it by Sunday.

I am currently on page 482, so I have 325 pages to go. It isn’t much, but most days it’s hard for me to read because I’m really tired. This is why I made myself undergo this challenge: it’s less than 70 pages a day, and I can totally do that. Let’s see how I do! I’ll keep you updated.

How about you? Are you participating? How many and which books have you decided to finish? Let me know!

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Bout of books 8.0 readathon wrapup

So I’ve been away for a while… Yeah. I’m sorry, but I’ve been reading a lot! (Also busy with work and university…)

I finished Game of thrones, by George R. R. Martin and gave it 4 stars (out of five). Then I started reading Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, and listening to the audiobook at the same time. This way I can learn the pronunciation of many words! 😀

I did enjoy participating in this readathon, but I couldn’t enjoy it very much since I had (and still have) a lot of work to do. So when my holidays come, around December 15th, I will participate in a readathon again 🙂

What are your thoughts? Did you like it? What do you think about readathons? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Reading slumps and how I got out from mine

I’d been on a reading slump for a long time when I got in touch with books again. I will now endeavor to tell you a little bit about it.

I’m an avid and quick reader, and have been since I can remember. On school holidays I used to read until my eyes fell off, and stay up until crazy hours just reading on my bed (in fact, when I was twelve years old, I read  Harry Potter VI in four days, and ended up seeing black and white dots everywhere, from eye-exhaustion). During school time, I used to think it was virtually impossible to read, because it took me years to read a simple book (it’s evident that you’ll take several months reading a classic such as Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield if you’re fifteen, studying for school, and reading it in a foreign language, but I didn’t realise this at the time), but I now know you can read AND be at school/university. There is another reason why I held this mistaken belief: I’d been on a reading slump for a long, long time. Only, I didn’t realise it.

It started some time before I had my first boyfriend: I was obviously distracted by the infatuation of it all and didn’t care much for reading, or anything other than staring stupidly at him and smiling. Last Summer holidays, however (last January and February), I read quite much; still, I didn’t break the slump, because they were books for university, and I didn’t read that much anyway. When I got back to classes I was so busy with study and work that I completely neglected any books that wouldn’t help me pass a mid-term. It wasn’t until Winter break that things changed: I got introduced to the BOOKTUBE concept. And fell in love with it.

I saw so many people who read SO much! They read at least five books per month EVEN when they were in schooltime… I was amazed, and realised it could be done. But the real realisation came when I saw this girl’s channel, Katytastic (link below), and it became my constant companion. She’s a regular BookTuber with really good ideas, charisma, and great “camera-talking-abilities”, though she talks about a genre, young adult books, which I hate. So why be awaken by her specifically? I hardly know. Maybe, because she was the one owning the most books, or the one who read the most, or the fact I was introduced to the concept of “book challenge”. The truth is, after watching most of the videos on her channel, she inspired me to start reading again, and reading a lot.

She was doing BookTube-a-thon at the moment, and I wanted to do something similar, so I created my own book challenge: I had to finish five books before 08/10/13, which was a big enough challenge for me. It worked out really well: I finished a book I had been reading for some months, read another in less than four days… And then really messed it up when I learned the concept of “book haul”. I couldn’t avoid starting the new books I’d bought, so the titles on my book challenge were altered. I am not unhappy, though: the aim of it all was to get me reading again, and it did excellently, so I’m very satisfied 🙂 It kept me reading a LOT, and I’m planning on finishing GoT next week to start with the next one as soon as possible.

So this is the story of my reading slump, and how I got out from it. Of course it doesn’t end here: I have already created a new challenge for myself which I’ll explain in future posts, but that’s all for today.

What are your experiences in regards to reading slumps? Have you got out from them? If so, how did you manage? Leave me a comment with these or any thoughts on the topic, I want to know your opinion!

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Useful links:
Katytastic Book Vlog
http://www.youtube.com/user/Katytastic

Cool feeling

I’ve been reading Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin for about a week now, but because I’ve been doing other stuff as well, I’ve only read about 150 pages. This is why you can’t expect me to know too much about the story yet, but there is one thing I can and will talk about in this post: feelings.

The Stark family, the first family that is presented to us, lives in a cold and snowy region; they are known as really cold people; and their words are “Winter is coming”, you get the picture. So much presence of the cold in this book (so far) made me want to talk about sensations in books.

Sometimes, when an author is skilful in their art, they will make you feel things, and probably the things they want you to feel. George R. R. Martin’s great ability for images and description has done this: he manages to literally chill me to my bones every time he talks about that extreme winter. Probably, to be fair, much has to do with the fact that I am currently in Winter, and a cold Winter like I haven’t felt in a long time, but his writing craft cannot be overlooked: every word, every description helps build the sensation of cold.

All his characters are stern, all weather conditions are harsh, and all places give you the feeling of deadly cold. He has managed to make me feel actual cold! (And that is a lot to say, I don’t usually relate so much to books, much less books so descriptive).

I have discovered a new thing about vivid descriptions and I love it! And if you haven’t started this book yet, you SHOULD!

What about you? What did you feel reading this book? Or what other sensations or feelings have you got from books? I’m interested to know! So leave a comment or make a blog reply.

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Myself

As I am just starting this blog, I thought it proper to present myself: I am a 19-year-old, quite short, curly-haired, cute and always-book-in-hand girl. I have a major love for literature and the English language, which is why I started this blog. I am going to be a great writer and I would also love to work in the publishing industry as much as I can.

To get started on this blog, I have a few ice-breaker questions I found on the web:

. Favourite childhood book?

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling.

. What are you reading right now?

Game of thrones – George R. R. Martin

. What books are on your TBB list? (To Be Bought)

My TBB list is so long… It now includes 150 books, but it never grows smaller, it always grows bigger and bigger.

. Bad book habit?

Reading ahead a little bit on the same page when I get nervous about what is happening, sort of to check that everything is ok.

. Do you have an e-reader?

Nope. My eyes get tired REALLY easily from reading just books, so if I am in front of screens for long periods of time, my eyeballs will probably dry up and fall.

. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?

I can’t stand reading more than one book at a time, usually because I get mixed up and confuse some characters… Also, because I have this feeling that I haven’t and MUST finish something before starting something else.

. Favourite book you’ve read this year?

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë.

. Can you read on the bus?

Of course! Actually, while I’m on university and working, travelling by bus is pretty much all the time I have for reading.

. Favourite place to read?

My bedroom, sitting on my bed.

. What is your policy on book lending?

I hate lending my books (unless it’s to my mom, grandma or boyfriend, in which case I love it), because I take GREAT care of them and know my friends are not as obsessive as I am, but I’ll probably lend almost any book to my friends so that they don’t get angry at me… I know, lame : P

. Favourite genre?

Probably… Fantasy. I love magic ♥

. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens. It’s just really really long, took me some months to finish it.

. Favourite poet?

Rubén Darío. And I also have a favourite poem, by him! “Sonatina”.

. What book are you planning on reading next?

Probably, Evernight, by Claudia Gray. Though if I get too pumped up about Game of thrones, I’ll just jump into the second book of the series: A clash of kings.

What are your answers to the questions above? Leave them on the comments or make a blog response : )

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Starting

I am starting this blog because I want to start getting into the world of Literature, the publishing industry and the book-blogging experience. I don’t know very well what I’ll be doing in this blog: tomorrow I will decide and start blogging 🙂

I’ll go to bed now. 

 

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