Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon Challenges, TBR & Progress

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Since I got back from my vacation, I realized just how quickly August is approaching. That also means for me, my Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon will be in full swing in just about 5 days! Ah! As you can probably tell from this post title, I’m announcing (a little later than I was planning to) the challenges that some of you lovely people helped me come up with in the Goodreads Group¬†that I’ve created for the Read-A-Thon. Feel free to join it, I’ll be adding discussions for the challenges, etc. in the near future! I’ll also be including my TBR that I hope to read during those two weeks, and I plan to make this my “master post” of sorts for my daily progress. Those of you that have joined: feel free to do something similar to track your progress and see how you do on challenges! If you don’t feel like it, it doesn’t make a difference to me, though! I want this to be a really laid back and fun read-a-thon! ūüėČ

Those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about: here is my post¬†in which I announced the Read-A-Thon, give the rules, sign-up info, etc.


Challenges

With a little help from my blog friends I’ve got a few challenges that you can participate in if you want to! A little incentive to pick up something that’s been sitting around that you haven’t thought about lately.

  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a classic.
  • Read a book written before 2010.
  • Read¬†at least 100 pages a day.
  • And of course…the books must be neglected by you! One that’s been sitting unread for quite a while!

My TBR

  • Read a book set in the past: The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Read a classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (School summer reading book, but if I can make it count, I’ll do it!)
  • Read a book written before 2010:¬†The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Others:
    • Fear by Michael Grant
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • Pandemonium¬†&¬†Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Progress

Check back to this post to keep track of my progress throughout the Read-A-Thon! Link me to your progress posts in the comments so I can see how you’re doing, too!

On Twitter use the hashtag #DustingofftheShelf so we can all chat and keep each other motivated!

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Week in Review: July 6th

Week in Review

Week in Review is a weekly post in which I wrap up what’s happening in my life, in books, and in blogging (inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads)!

What I Did:

on the fence happinessTo all of my American readers out there – I hope you had/are having a great holiday weekend! I went to my local parade and ate delicious breakfast pizza and topped that off with mouthwatering fried dough. I love that stuff… My mom and I drove out to an indie we never visited, and while their selection was okay, we weren’t fond of the staff, who were somewhat pushy and rude. ūüė¶ They were also selling old ARCs, which pretty much immediately put me off to the store. We were disappointed, but are planning more little excursions to other indies this summer, and my vacation is coming up so I’m very excited to visit the indie there that I know and love! After that I went to Barnes and Noble (as usual!) on Tuesday, and was sad to see that they didn’t have On the Fence by Kasie West, which was releasing that day. Eventually I went back later in the week and was triumphant in purchasing a copy!

Links I Loved:

  • Aimee and Dyan @ Deadly Darlings are looking for co-bloggers! If you’re interested blogging for the first time, or looking to blog with others, definitely check out their post and see if their blog may be the right fit for you!
  • Miguel @ The Quirky Reader posted a much better review and discussion of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo than mine.
  • Asma @ IceyBooks wrote an awesome gif-post about how she is becoming a lover of contemporary after preferring fantasy. The same thing happened to me, so naturally I love her post!
  • Christine from polandbananasBOOKS and Kat from Katytastic made a hilarious discussion video about the season 4 premiere of TEEN WOLF, which you all know I watch and obsess over. If you’ve seen the premiere episode you must watch this!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

IMG_4297Bought:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan –¬†The cover. It glows in the dark. ‚̧
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck –¬†For school summer reading…yay…
On the Fence by Kasie West –¬†SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. (I actually already read this now and my review will be up on Monday!)

  

For Review:

How We Fall by Kate Brauning (from Edelweiss) –¬†You don’t know how excited I was when I saw I was accepted for this!
The Fog of Forgetting¬†by G.A. Morgan (from Publisher) –¬†I was contacted by the publisher and asked if I’d like to review this one. I’m also going to be a part of the blog tour (post up this Tues. with my review!). It’s more middle grade, but it’s being compared to adventure stories like Harry Potter and Narnia so I was like “Ummm YES!”
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston (from NetGalley) –¬†Been wanting to read this one since¬†I first heard about it back when it was released. This was a “Read Now” on NetGalley so I jumped at the chance!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I finished a 3 books this week: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, and On the Fence by Kasie West. Every single one of them was either really good or AMAZING so I was happy with my reading this week for sure! I’m currently reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (for school), and am starting The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan very soon!

On My Blog:

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Let me know all about it in the comments!

xo, emily