Hey Guys! I hope you’re all ready for this week’s Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon… I know I am! I’ve never done a read-a-thon before – this is my first!
For those of you who don’t know, Summer Lovin’ runs from July 1-7. This is a no-pressure Read-a-Thon – the point is to have fun and to tackle your summer TBR list. Set your own goals and enjoy participating in posts, challenges, and giveaways! It will all culminate in a 24-hr marathon read-a-thon, from Saturday July 6th at 10am EST, to Sunday July 7th at 10am EST. Sign ups are open through July 6th!
Today is Day One of the read-a-thon, and the topic is “Class Orientation”. So let’s get this party started!
A little about me…
My name is Nikki, I’m 25, and I’m blogging from Seattle, WA. Living in Seattle can be rainy, but it is currently GORGEOUS weather outside, so I can’t wait to take advantage of it, and get some sun while I’m reading this week. I’m definitely glad that the weather is cooperating for Summer Lovin’! ;) And one other major event is happening in Seattle this week (Tuesday, actually)… I’ll get to that in a bit. ;D
I’ve always loved reading, since I was really little, but I’ve only recently started blogging (as of March 4 of this year). I got into blogging because I really wanted my own space to reflect on the books I liked, and from what I’d seen of the blogging community, you all just looked like my people. ;) So here I am! And it’s been so much fun getting to know other bloggers, whether they share my tastes or not. This is such a diverse and awesome community. Personally, my favorite genres are (all YA) scifi/fantasy, contemporary, paranormal, dystopian, post-apocalyptic… Yeah, I’m all over the place, lol.
My reading selection…
I work full-time, so having to work during the read-a-thon is kind of a bummer… BUT, thank goodness, I get a four-day 4th of July weekend, yay! So despite my probably-slow first days, I’m seriously excited to fill this week with as many summery reads as I can.
Below is a list of the books I’m eying for the read-a-thon this week. There’s no way I’ll read them all, but I’m a serious mood-reader, so if I don’t have a lot to choose from, I’m going to have a problem, lol. First I’m going to finish the book I’m currently reading: In Your Dreams, by Amy Martin, which I will probably finish tonight. Then, I want to read at least 4 other books for the read-a-thon (trying to one-up my average of 3 books per week), so the first row are my serious goal-books – including my first Sarah Dessen!! The second row are books I will use as either A) backup, if for some crazy reason I want to swap them for any of the first four, or B) unrealistic extras, if by some miracle I end up finishing four books and need more.
So that’s that! I think I’ve got a pretty good selection, what does everyone else think?? :D
The excitement continues…
Finally, I’m FLIPPING OUT WITH EXCITEMENT about this week because not only is it Summer Lovin’, but I’m going to see Neil Gaiman on Tuesday!!! Last Wednesday, I snagged one of the last tickets to the Seattle Ocean at the End of the Lane event/signing, and I am beyond excited. I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan (I haven’t read all his books, but Neverwhere, Stardust, and The Graveyard Book are favorites, plus he wrote a couple episodes of my favorite show, Doctor Who). I am so excited to hear him read from his new book, and to get my copy signed. :D I’ll be posting photos to Twitter and Instagram, so be sure to follow me there if you’re not already!
This is gearing up to be an AWESOME week, and I couldn’t be more excited! Let’s do this!
Challenge 1: Teaser Tidbits
The first challenge for this read-a-thon is to post a “Teaser Tidbit”
- Grab the book you’re currently reading (or recently read)
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page NO spoilers allowed! Choose passages void of spoilers. The goal is to entice, yet not ruin the book for others!
- Share the title & author, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser comes from… In Your Dreams, by Amy Martin, which I’m currently reading. I’m reading the eBook, so to find a “random” page I held the “back” button on my e-reader and counted for a while until I randomly stopped on a page I’d read before. No way was I going to flip forward and possibly spoil myself! lol ;) So here’s a couple sentences from that page.
My eyes flutter open to find his eyes closed[…].
“Kieran, wake up,” I whisper, shaking his shoulder as footsteps get louder on the stairs. “Oh, God – come on…”
– page 98, In Your Dreams eBook
Bwahahaha. I love this moment because it sounds sinister… And I’m not going to say whether it really is or not. No spoilers! Like I said, I’m not finished with it yet, but it’s quite good so far. Check it out on Goodreads if you’re a fan of YA paranormal romance!