Books

Sleepless Again – 24 Hour Readathon

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Everyone in the book community lately has been taking part in these really great read-a-thons. Whether they take a week, or the really crazy 24 hour ones, the book community has been thoroughly enjoying these. For me it’s been fun watching the vlogs and updates but I haven’t had the opportunity to participate in any of these lately. I am just looking out at all the kids playing and having fun.

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Then I realized I can just have my own personal readathon! I mean why not? I’ve been a little stressed out lately and even got really damn sick there for two weeks, and I want a chunk of time where I can sit down and read without interruptions. Reading has always helped me stay calm, and I think something like this would be great for me. So that is exactly what I am going to do! I will be holding my very own 24 hour readathon.

But Joana, what does that even mean? Well hold onto your balls or your books I guess…

The Sleepless Again Readathon (name inspired by my fave band In Flames) will be starting Saturday August 5th at 10:00am and finishing on Sunday the 6th at 10:00am. In that 24 hour time period I will be reading as much as I possibly can.

coffeeWhat about sleep? Well sleep is optional. Depending how I feel I may sleep, or I may be a champ of irresponsibility and marathon the shit out of this. Plus that’s why I will be drinking tons of coffee. I know, I make healthy decisions, but why else was coffee invented?

 

Can I join the Sleepless Again 24 Hour Readathon?

Of course! The more the merrier I would say! Make sure to follow me on Twitter where I will be posting about my misadventures and possibly some reading sprints! This isn’t about reading as many books as possible, it’s about having a chunk of time for yourself to read something you’ve been meaning to read. Of course you can sleep in between, and just read as much as you can. Not everyone is a speed reader not everyone has a history of insomnia (raises hand) and can stay awake for 24 hours straight. This is about you and that book you’ve been eyeing on your shelf, it’s about relaxing and enjoying some peace of mind.

Also I live in Germany and will be starting it 10am my time, but you will just start it 10am your time. Don’t get up at 4am to start reading, I don’t think that will end well.

Things you might want to have around:

  • Obviously, the book(s) you plan to read
  • WATER!
  • Snacks
  • Coffee or Tea
  • WATER!
  • Comfortable pillow or blanket if it’s not too hot where you are.

NOTE: Make sure you eat and have plenty of water. DO NOT FORCE yourself to stay awake if you cannot handle it. I take no responsibility for your tiredness or headaches the next day. I know what my body can handle. Know what yours can handle too and don’t go beyond that.

Other than that I am really excited to be doing this for myself! Join me. Comment down below if you’d like to take part!!

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Book Reviews

History is All You Left Me – Book Review

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This book was sent to me by the publisher as an eARC, this in no way influenced my opinion on the novel.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera took me by surprise. In the best and yet most emotional way possible. This is a SPOILER FREE review so please feel free to continue reading. It follows Griffin who’s first love and ex-boyfriend Theo died in a drowning accident. This breaks Griffin apart as expected. The story bounces back and forth between the present where Griffin is dealing with his grief, and to the past (history) where his relationship with Theo grew and blossomed.

I loved this style of going between the past and present. This story also shows Griffin’s struggle with mental illness. This hit home for me. When I was 14 I had to deal with a form of grief I had never experienced before, and it shot my anxiety to places I could never put into words, but Adam Silvera certainly tried for me. People deal with Grief in very different ways, and when you experience something of that magnitude at a young age, it stays with you forever. Surely it stays with you at any age, but when you are young and you feel so invincible … it strikes you down hard.

At the core of this novel is a story about friendship, love, and loss. Adam Silvera writes in a way that makes you truly believe these aren’t just characters in a novel but real people. I love that so much because I could feel what these characters were going through. The way Griffin and Theo come together and how they’re torn apart feels so real that it hurt my soul to read it. In the end this novel is also about healing.

This took me on one hell of a ride, and if you haven’t read this book, then I don’t know what you are waiting for. It may seem like a heart breaking story, and yes it is, but it’s just so much more than that. The themes and messages in this novel are incredible.

Originally I had given this novel 4 stars on Goodreads, but it’s been a couple of days since I read it, and I just keep thinking about it and that’s a sign of an important book. I changed my rating on there.

This novel gets 5 out of 5 Metal Horns from me!

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If I were a Book..

I found this idea in the depths of Tumblr somewhere, and I thought it was a pretty neat idea. I wanted to do it as well and maybe give a little reason why I chose the books in this particular list.I don’t think it needs to describe any bit of my personality, it is just a cool way to recommend books, and to have books recommended to me. So don’t forget to share some of your recommendations down below. So here we go, If I were a book…

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If I were a fantasy book, I’d be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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When I first read this book, I couldn’t help but connect to the story. Harry and his friends were entering their awkward years and I was pretty much in my awkward years. The story of course is wonderful, but I just connected to it in many ways.

If I were a science fiction book, I’d be Ready Player One

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Which I guess is only because of the video game aspect of the novel, because believe it or not I didn’t actually love this book like everyone else on the planet seems to. I don’t read much Science Fiction apparently so this was hard to find an answer to. Maybe I will find some more Sci-Fi to check out in 2016. Make some recommendations down below if you would like. 😀

If I were an adult fiction book, I’d be A Darker Shade of Magic

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I am almost done with this book and I only started it a couple of days ago. It has been a while since I have dived into a book and really could not put it down. Well of course I have to handle my responsibilities for the day, but I am reluctant to actually put this book down instead of just reading it straight to the end. I know all of her books written under V.E.Schwab are adult novels, so I am going with this one even though I have yet to finish it, it is just that good.

If I were a young adult book,I’d be The Diviners

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This book is one of my favorite reads of this year, and I am still hoping to get to the sequel before the year is up. (yes, I realize I only have a month left to do so) It takes place in 1920’s New York City, which for some reason has always been quite fascinating to me. I highly recommend this creepy read!!

If I were a non-fiction book, I’d be Furiously Happy

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I have mentioned this book A LOT lately, and really I cannot help myself. Jenny Lawson has made me feel a lot more comfortable in my own anxiety filled skin. I know that sometimes I cannot help the way I feel, and I should not have to apologize for that.

If I were a graphic novel, I’d be Rat Queens

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I read the two volumes that are out, and I have to say that they are two of my absolute favorite Graphic Novels, but I also want to say that Lady Killer Which is a completely different novel, is also up here because I was so pleasantly surprised by it when I got a digital review copy, and I really want more people to check it out.

If I were a horror/thriller book, I’d be Career of Evil

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This book dragged me out of my reading slump this month. Thank you Ms.Rowling! This book falls more on the crime/thriller/mystery area but I had to throw it up here, because if you haven’t checked out this series yet, then I think you need to do so NOW.

If I were a historical fiction book, I’d be Fall of Giants 

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This book was long and sometimes, I felt like it was dragging, but the premise of it is quite interesting, and though I have yet to finish the series, I think if you’re really into historical fiction, that this might just be your cup of tea.

If I were a children’smiddle grade book, I’d be Sword of Summer 

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This is the new series by Rick Riordan who’s definite claim to fame was the Percy Jackson series. I flew threw this book, and think anyone that loved Percy Jackson will love Magnus Chase. I loved this book a whole lot more than I ever loved the Percy Jackson series, which I did not finish reading because I lost interest mid way through the second book.

 

I deleted some parts of this because I just couldn’t find the right books to recommend. I hope you check out some of these and please leave me some recommendations down below, as I hope to make a giant list of books I will hope to read in the next year.

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