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Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon – an Update

2 a bit days left of #SWUR and here’s where I’m at…

*Monster in My Closet (Monster Haven #1) by R.L. Naquin – Read Aug 4 (only to finish up the last 50 pages or so)

*Destiny’s Fire (Kythan Guardians #1) by Trisha Wolfe – Read Aug 6

*The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – I started this last week so I was on page 117 and today, I read about 90 pages.  I’m not expecting to finish this monster this week but am reading it slowly but surely 🙂

*Howards End by E.M. Forster – Read Aug 8

*The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden – Progress: 72% and totally enjoying the adult dystopian thriller…

*Promised (The Syrenka Series #1) by Amber Garr

*Chosen (The Chosen #1) by Denise Grover Swank – I don’t think I’ll get this far but I think I’m going quite well this readathon

How are you all going with your goals?

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon

2 days into #SWUR and I’ve just managed to do my first post.  Not that it means I was reading that much, oh no… as always the case, the weekend usually proves to be too busy for a read.  Although I did get to read some…  Here’s my list for this readathon:

*Monster in My Closet (Monster Haven #1) by R.L. Naquin – Read Aug 4 (only to finish up the last 50 pages or so)

*Destiny’s Fire (Kythan Guardians #1) by Trisha Wolfe – Progress: 61%

*The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – I started this last week so I was on page 117 and today, I read about 90 pages.  I’m not expecting to finish this monster this week but am reading it slowly but surely 🙂

*Howards End by E.M. Forster

*The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden

*Promised (The Syrenka Series #1) by Amber Garr

*Chosen (The Chosen #1) by Denise Grover Swank – I don’t think I’ll get this far but… am just hoping…

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon: Final

Okay Dokey, my eyes are literally burning!!  I’ve finished Seers of Light a couple of hours ago (read over the read-a-thon finishing line as I had to work today).

Again, I’ve had so much fun with these readathons but I think it’s time for a bit of a break although…  I’m so behind with my Anna Karenina read along 😦 and after these great reads, I’m not sure if I can handle diving back in there.  *Courage, man! Courage!*

Moving right along, final challenge I’ve chosen for today is hosted at The Reader Bee:

My most anticipated 2012 Release is…  *Drum Rolls*

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff

G’Night, peeps! I’m gonna need some eye drops and a dose of Vitamin Zzzzzzz…

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon: Day 2

Yay! I’m happy to say I’ve finished Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail and have started the next book: Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy.

The day hasn’t been without interruption – life has its own curve ball! So, I haven’t read as much as I would like BUT…  I’m pretty happy with my progress so far.  I’m not sure how much farther I can go though as I’m really feeling the lack of sleep & too much reading (sore eyes!) so I may have to hit the sack a little earlier tonight as I’d have to work tomorrow (sad face).

Again, I’ve opted to only join in 1 of the Mini Challenge

Brought to you by Stiletto Storytime

Below in the comments simply share a foreign author whose work you adore. I personally am from the United States but we may have readers from all over so just make sure the author you share is from a country other than your own. Tell us why you like them. Are there any books by them in particular that you would recommend? How did you come across their work? The whole point is to share and allow us all to discover a new author that we might otherwise never have been exposed literally open up a whole new world of books for one another.

Oh, gosh!  Where do I start?  Firstly, I’m in Australia so about 90% of books I read are by ‘foreign’ authors!  I’m going to limit myself to translated works (ie. books I read in English but was originally written in another language).  I’d have to say Carlos Ruiz Zafón.  I just love The Shadow of the Wind – a haunting story of a priceless treasure (book!).  He totally brought another world to my doorstep.  I would love to go to Spain one day 🙂

K – that’s all, folks!  I gotta get back to reading before my eyes shut down 😉 xx

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon: Day 1

Aaah… I’m glad work is done for the day!!  I think I’m doing well so far with this Read-a-Thon.

I’ve finished up the last 170 pages of Shadow of Night (Review coming right up after this update post!) and am on page 127 (of 316) of Kings and Queens.  I hope I can finish K&Q tonight and… I have the day OFF tomorrow!  Yipee!  Hopefully I can finish another book for #OUReadathon 😉

There are 2 Mini Challenges but I wanna go back to my book quickly so I’m just going to do one.

Hosted by Bailey @iBBookBlogging is the ‘cover’ challenge;

Question 1:

What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why? Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.

Is there even a Question?!?!?  Of course, it’s gotta be Stormdancer!!  Check it out, doesn’t it just blow your mind off?!?!

Question 2:

Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?

I was going to answer with a resounding Yes but the I read the question over and over again and realised that the answer really is No…  The cover would probably first attract my attention – begging me to pick it up, but if the blurb / reviews aren’t interesting at all, then I wouldn’t read it.  However, if the cover is very attractive and the blurb is remotely interesting, then I’d add it to my TBR.

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

Once upon a read-a-thon is hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination, Angela at Reading Angel and Candace at Candace’s Book Blog. This will be my second Read-a-Thon in a month!  I only achieved half my goal last time so let’s hope I’ll do better this time around.  I’m trying to set myself a modest goal but we’ll see, it is actually modest by whether I achieve it or not :p

As I’m participating in the Anna Karenina Read Along, I will have to fit in my read of Parts 3 & 4 which will be approximately 25% of the book (about 200 pages).

I’m also hoping to fit these 2 in:

But FIRST, I’ll have to finish off the last 170 pages of

Good Luck, everybody!  Read On! 🙂

Wacky Wednesday

Did I really naively believe that July will be a quieter month?  Uhh… yea, I did, D’OH!  It’s totally NOT working out for me :p  Let’s not fool ourselves though, it might be crazy but I’m pretty sure to be having a blast!

Speaking of having a blast, I have just attended my first ever Book Launch event at a local library,  supporting a local author, Yay Nicola Moriarty!


 Did you know that ‘Free-Falling’ wasn’t the original title?  Nicola also revealed that her second book is in its editing stage and gave us a bit of a spiel on what it’s about.

I’m happy to say that Nicola has agreed to an interview with little old me so keep an eye out, maybe she’d tell us a little bit more about her second novel… 😉  Maybeeee….

On another note, I’ve also met, at the same event, a GoodReads-er who lives a few blocks away from me!  She saw note in a GR group (I think that could’ve been my note) about the above event and decided to come along, what a small world!

Let’s have a look-see what I’ve got myself into this month!

*MS Read-A-Thon – It’s for a worthy cause so I’m really hoping we’ll make our goals!  Help us out by spreading the word, pretty please 🙂

*Random Reads @I’m Loving Books – again I’ve committed to 2 books even though I failed last month :p

*Page Count Contest @Reading Angel **NEW**

*Anna Karenina Read Along @Five Alarm Book Reviews – I’m pleased to say that I’m 14% through on the 4th day of the month and am actually enjoying it!

*Once Upon a Read-a-Thon @Candace’s Book Blog (start: 9th)

*I’ve also got to read about 3 books in the upcoming August blog tours!

And… another **NEW** which I hope will help me be up to date with my NetGalley reviews

*NetGalley Knock Down @Pretty Deadly Review – I’m going to commit to read the following galleys this month:


And you know what’s been playing in my head all day? Since I’m a bit wacky, it fits the bill LOL

MS Readathon

My friends and I are very pleased this year to be able to put our much beloved activity (reading) into some good use!  MS Readathon used to be an activity for children at school but no longer!!  Adults can now participate and help raise funds for MS Australia.  Without further ado, let me introduce you to the team…

hhhmm…not my best photo :p

Dear Friends,
Gracepoint Bookclub is joining MS Read-A-Thon this year to raise some much needed funds for MS Australia.  We couldn’t put our hobby to a better use!
We are Annie, Tien, Jacklyn, Jonathan, Anthony & Robyn.  We aimed to read 26 books altogether… (the list isn’t yet complete)

M – Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Annie)

U – Ulysses by James Joyce (Robyn)


T – The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modessitt Jr (Anthony)


P – Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings (Tien)


E – Emma by Jane Austen (Robyn)

S – Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky(Annie)

C – Child 44 by Leo Demidov (Jacklyn)

L – Love Letters of Great Men by John C. Kirkland (Annie)



O – On The Road by Jack Kerouac (Annie)

S – Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness (Tien)


S – (The) Shack by W. Paul Young (Jacklyn)



A – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy -Read-a-long (Annie, Jackie, Robyn, & Tien)

D – Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (Robyn)


T – Truth by Peter Temple (Next Bookclub Read)

H – Hospital InPatient Waste Identification Tool (Robyn)

O – Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Tien)


Our goal is to raise $1,300 which works out to be $50 per books.  It doesn’t mean that you have to sponsor $50, it’s just how we worked it out.  Any amount you’d wish to give (at your discretion) is much appreciated.  Please also help spread the word, either share via FB, Twitter, emails, etc, we appreciate your support for our ambitious goal!

Thank you for your sponsorship (in donating, sharing, & reading this note).

Lots of love,

Annie, Tien, Jacklyn, Jonathan, Anthony & Robyn

 To find out more about MS (Multiple Sclerosis), click here.

Did you know?

– The average age of diagnosis of MS is just 30 years
– Three times more women than men are affected by MS
– More than 21,000 people in Australia have MS
– Every school day four people are told they have MS
– There is no known cause or cure

You can donate securely online using your credit card by clicking on the link below.
Team Gracepoint Bookclub – Username : gracepointbc / Password : readathon
All information is secure and all donations will be sent electronically to MS Australia. A tax-deductible receipt will automatically be sent to your inbox once the donation is verified.

You can also support us by spreading the word!  Share on on your FB wall, tweet it, pinterest it, email it, reblog it…  We are most grateful for your taking the time in reading this, sharing this, and /or donating to MS Australia.  Every little bit help. 🙂

Thank you in advance for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

WW Read-A-Thon – Finale

My FIRST Read-A-Thon is now officialy over and how did I go…?

Let’s revisit my goal:

  • Finishing up the last half of A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy 1) by Deborah Harkness
  • Finishing up the last half of Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen
  • Pride & Pyramids by Amanda Grange & Jacqueline Webb
  • Firelight (Darkest London 1) by Kristen Callihan

A little dissapointed at my performance (aren’t I the competitive one?!) but it couldn’t be helped as life was just unavoidable. LOL, I should be happy that I have a life, right?

  • Finished A Discovery of Witches, check out my review
  • Finished Doctor Zhivago, check out my short review
  • Read 50% of The Gingerbread House (I have since finished it and review is coming tomorrow)
  • I participated a little in the first tweet party (What FUN!) but unfortunately life got in the way of the second one (totally bummed for missing out! Next Time)
  • I got involved with a couple of the challenges in the beginning and then I kinda just forgot (um, I seemed to have lost my mind for a day or two there :p)

Overall, a lovely experience which I totally enjoyed!  I will definitely be participating in the next Read-A-Thon.  Thanks for organising such Fun Event, April (My Shelf Confessions) & Rebecca (Kindle Fever)