Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon Day 2

My Shelf Confessions

Day 2 Stats
Starting page: Page 138 of Anne of Green Gables, Page 1 of Dracula, Page 1 of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Finishing page: Page 148 of Anne of Green Gables, Page 14 of Dracula, Page 40 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Pages read: 64 pages
Book finished: –

I did so amazingly well on day 1 that it was bound to go downhill from there, lol. I had planned to read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in it’s entirety but sadly that didn’t happen. My edition only has 96 pages so really it was a no-brainer one-day read but I slacked. A lot! Instead of reading I spend time watching make-up collection videos on Youtube and watching The Biggest Loser. Both are also really fun to do but not in the middle of a read-a-thon!! Today I am going to be good again. Although it is already 12.30 and I have yet to read anything today. I did however get a nice sleep in. Those are much appreciated ;). The plan for today is to finish The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, read chapter 2 of Dracula and start Where She Went by Gayle Forman. Should certainly be very doable!

To make myself feel a little better, these are the stats from day 1 & 2:
Total pages read: 298
Books finished: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Did your day 2 go better then mine?

 

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon Day 1

My Shelf Confessions
The first day of Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon was a great success. I decided to give my current reads a rest and start fresh with the beginning of the marathon! I have wanted to read If I Stay for a while now, especially now that the movie has come out. I bought the boxset at couple of weeks ago and started reading it yesterday morning. I did not expect the shortness of the book! It was only 234 pages long. This means that I flew through it and that by the end of the day I had finished my first book. I really notice that setting myself lower goals is really motivating me to read more for some weird reason!

Day 1 Stats
Starting page: Page 1 of If I Stay
Finishing page: Page 234 of If I Stay
Pages read: 234 pages
Book finished: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

My goal for Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon is to read 4 books. After day 1 I have already reached 25% of that goal. I hope that I can keep up the good work! Now that my first day went so well I am confident that I can managed some pages in the books I had already started. I want to try and read a few chapters of Anne of Green Gables. Also read about 25 pages of Dracula and lastly I want to try to start and finish The Wonderful Wizard of Oz today!
How did your first day go?

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon 2014 – Sign-up & TBR

My Shelf Confessions

I have planned for a while to participate in this read-a-thon. I just love read-a-thon’s! But then I forgot about and suddenly it is here. It starts tomorrow! The last 2 weeks have been really bad for me in terms of reading. I have finished about 1.5 books and I am not happy with those numbers! Luckily this read-a-thon starts at the right time and gives me ample time to enjoy some reading in the rest of the month!

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon is hosted by My Shelf Confessions and takes place from October 17 to October 27, 2014. This gives me 11 days to read a massive amount of pages!

I am going to keep my goals rather simple; they are really aimed to get me reading again so I am not going to be harsh with myself :).
Goals:
1) Simple – read everyday, even though it is only 20 pages. I need to remember why it is so much fun to read again!
2) Try to finish 4 books during the read-a-thon. From previous read-a-thon’s I know that this is doable in 7 days but again I want to keep the pressure low.
3) Enjoy reading again! Participate on twitter, try my hand at the challenges and keep you guys up to date with progress posts here on Jirrine Reads Fiction.
4) Comment on 5 people’s progress every day. We are all doing this together and it is awesome to support each other :).

Well, now for my very tentative tbr:

1) If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I really want to see the movie but I want to read the book first.
2) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Same goes for this book.
3) Dune by Frank Herbert. Started this book a few weeks ago. It is massive but enjoyable so far. I would really like to get to the halfway point.
4) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. This book is fun although somewhat slow. I am nearing the halfway point so finishing this should be a formality.
5) Dracula – Bram Stoker. This read-a-thon is called wonderfully wicked for a reason so a good creepy book is a necessary element. Hopefully I will not be too freaked out by Dracula!

I am ready to get back into the groove with reading. Wish me luck! Oh and if you are participating leave me your sign-up post/tbr below. I would love to check it out!

 

Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There – Catherynne M. Valente

16128147Title: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Publisher: Much-In-Little
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Genre/themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Adventure
Source: From my own bookshelf
Series?: Book 2 in the Fairyland series

You can add this book to Goodreads by clicking the cover.

WARNING, THIS IS BOOK 2 IN A SERIES SO THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS.

Goodreads Synopsis:
In the kingdom of Fairyland-Below, preparation are underway for the annual Revels… but aboveground, the creatures of Fairyland are in no mood for a party.

It has been a long time since young September bid farewell to Fairyland, and she is excited to to see it again; but upon her return she is shocked to find that her friends have been losing their shadows, and therefore their magic, to the kingdom of Fairyland-Below… it spells certain disaster and September won’t stand for it. Determined to make amends, she travels down into the underworld where, among creatures of ice and moonlight, she encounters a face she recognizes all too well: Halloween, the Hollow Queen. Only then does September realize what she must do to save Fairyland from slipping into the mundane world forever.

Come and join in the Revels with September and her friends. But be warned: in Fairyland-Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem…

My Thoughts:
I started this book right after I finished my re-read of book 1. I was eager to see what more the author was going to do with the world. I must say that she pleasantly surprised me.

September is once again whisked away to Fairyland, although this time she manages to do so on her accord, as she follows the Silver Wind through a crack in the worlds. Her return starts off pleasantly but soon September notices that something is wrong. The shadows of all the creatures are disappearing. At first September is not quite upset, as she had already parted with her shadow the last time she was in Fairyland. But September’s shadow has taken on a new name and is now ruling the land beneath Fairyland. It is up to September to talk some sense into her shadow and save Fairyland from losing its magic.

September is faced with some difficult scenario’s in this book and I feel that is what makes this book much better than the first one. I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland but this book had much more depth. Usually Middle Grade Fairytale books are characterized by their black and white view of the world, where the main character is represent good and the villain represents evil. Although these stories can be lots of fun there is an enormous degree of predictability in those stereotyped books. After all, it is rarely that evil wins. Cathrynne Valente tried break down this binary of good and evil and that made for a very fun read!

When September is confronted with her shadow’s evilness, she is indirectly faced with her own evilness, as shadows take on all the bad traits that people normally not really express in their character. And September’s shadow has a valid point: why shouldn’t the shadows deserve their own chance at happiness? September is faced with a major dilemma: on the one hand Fairyland is losing its shadows and on the other hand there are shadows that she cannot rob of their newly received freedom. It is this conflict that makes this book so interesting, because this starting point there are so many scenario’s that can play out. There is a very real chance that evil might win this time!

As mentioned in the review of the first book, The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland, I do not really consider this book to be Middle Grade. First because it has much more depth than Middle Grade and secondly because there use of language is advanced. There were some words and phrases that I did not get, and although I am not a native speaker I do consider my language level adequate enough to comprehend 99% of what I read.

Bottom-line is that I enjoyed this book. September is a clever girl who really thinks for herself and questions the motivations of others. This makes for a very interesting journey in the quest for the shadows of Fairyland. Even if you thought that the first book was just ok, I still urge you to give this a try; there are so many wonderful things to discover in Fairyland!

5 Stars

October 2014 Reading Goals

Another month has begun. I can’t believe that we are less than a 100 days from Christmas. Only 3 months left in this year. Time is sure flying by. I have decided that for this month I am not going to set myself a tbr. Sure, there are a lot of books I want to read but this month I am just going to read what strikes my fancy. There is such a massive stack I can pick from; I know that I am going to read some good books! There are a couple of books that are planned because I have deadlines for reading them. First is We Were Liars by Ann Brasheres. This book will be the second book for the new book club I am in. Our first book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Our first meeting will be in 10(!) minutes. I am so excited! I have always wanted to be in a book club. I really hope we are going to have lots of fun with discussing the book. Another series I really want to start this month is Dune. I have the first 4 books on loan from the library and they have been setting on my shelves for more than a month now. I cannot keep them indefinitely so I need to get going. I think that Dune will be one of the first books that I start this month.

I am also currently reading Anne of Green Gables. I have heard from many people that it is truly a children’s classic but I have never read it. I have the first six books in the series and I plan to have them read before the end of the year. They are not that big so that should not be a problem. Another current read is Gone With the Wind. I have read about 360 pages but sadly I cannot loan the book any longer, as I already have it at home for three months. I plan on returning it and borrow it again at the end of the month so that I can continue to read it.

I would also really like to read If I Stay. The movie is now in cinema’s and when I can I try to read the book before the movie. I have the boxset so I really hope that I can power through those so I can see the movie! I am a little bummed that I already saw the cast, now I cannot make my own little head movie anymore :(. So this is some of the things I can read this month. Of course there is a lot more I can pick from. The stack also has Dracula by Bram Stoker, Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris, The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer, Four to Score by Janet Evanovich and Red Queen by Philippa Gregory to mention a few. I have enough that I am looking forward to! In two weeks I have three weeks off and there is a read-a-thon coming up so who knows how much reading I’ll get done this month :)!

September 2014 Recap

Yes I am back! I had a massive reading slump for about a week or so. I had some issues with my back (which are now completely gone!) and I spend a couple of days in bed with a massive cross stitching project, my new obsession, and a massive amount of Criminal Minds episodes! But this morning I finished a book again and I am ready to get my reading mojo back. Needless to say I did not really accomplish the goals I set for September but I am still happy with what I read :D!

In my September goal post, here, I set out the following goals:
General Goals:
(1) Read 15 books –> I managed to read 9 books and 1 novella
(2) Finish 2 series –> I did finish 1 series and I am really close with the other one!
(3) Read every day (even if it is only a couple of pages –> Apart from a couple of days at the end of the month I read every day so yeah!

From my 15 book TBR I set for September I managed to read 7, and I started another 1! I was on my way with The Passage by Justin Cronin as well but I just couldn’t get into it. I returned the book to the library and if the mood strikes I will try again :). Some of the books I own have been transferred to my October TBR. There will be a read-a-thon soon so I want to get a lot of reading done this month!

Books I read and reviewed this month:
22451703587316Girl of Nightmares - Kendare Blake286808Three to get Deadly - Stephanie Plum95913986631792

You can click the covers to go to the reviews!

Other books I read:
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Clicking the covers will take you to Goodreads. I certainly will review both The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and The Handmaid’s Tale. Especially about the latter there is a lot I want to say. Keep an eye out for those later this month :).

So, this was my September. What was the best book you read in September?