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August Readathon Challenge!!!!!!!!

Hello pals of the internet, it’s been a while.

I’ve been a little slow on the blogging and reading train because I am participating in a program called Camp Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it usually takes place in November where people write a 50,000 word novel in ONE MONTH. Camp Nanowrimo is just another installment of the challenge that takes place in April and July. I’ve been behind on this endeavor and I’ve been trying to catch up, making the reading process practically undoable…AND IT SUCKS! But last night, I had a revelation. I saw all these videos on Booktube (a community of vloggers on Youtube that read and review books) about a Readathon that they had participated in last week called BookTube-a-thon where they take on many challenges in order to read more than they usually do. In this readathon, they took on 7 challenges. One of them was to read 300 pages a day…what? I was thinking about doing this challenge but I got turned off by that challenge. Even though the creators of the challenge said that you don’t have to participate in the challenges and just read at your own pace, I just decided that participating in the week long challenge would not advance me in my word count for Camp Nanowrimo. Now that I’m sorta caught up with my fanfiction novel (not really), I’ve started thinking about how I would achieve in reading the books that I’ve wanted to read, but never got down to it. THEN IT HIT ME! A month long Readathon in August! Woooo! Last night, I stayed up until 6:00 am planning for this and I’m really excited.

Here’s what I plan on doing during my own personal challenge:

-Read 12 books

  1.  HP and the Goblet of Fire (734 pages)
  2. HP and the Order of the Phoenix (870)
  3. HP and the Half Blood Prince (652)
  4. The Deathly Hallows (759)
  5. The Devil’s Highway (Summer Reading for School) (220)
  6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson (304)
  7. An Abundance of Katherines (229)
  8. The Kingdom Keepers (326)
  9. Pride and Prejudice (316)
  10. The Fault in Our Stars (451)
  11. Perks of Being a Wallflower (Reading this one again!) (213)
  12. Paper Towns ( 305)

-Listen to 2 audiobooks

  1. Looking for Alaska
  2. Peter and the Starcatchers

-Read 171 pages a day

-Blog about it every week.

I think that this challenge would be a good idea to do because I would be able to read many books before it is too late and I head off to college. I heard that when moving into the dorm, you should limit the amount of books you bring.

Many of the books on my list, like the John Green books, I have read half, but I’m deciding to just start over from the beginning to get a fuller affect from the books (I don’t know).

I wanted to read more books but I calculated that reading more than 171 pages a day to read 12 books was going to make my brain explode, and in doing that to myself right before the first da of college is probably not the best idea if I wish to, you know, get good grades and all. Maybe when I have a break in school (Winter?) I’ll do another challenge, but for now, this is it!

I understand that it will be hard for me to finish 12 books in a month when I don’t even read 12 books in a year (#slowreaderproblems) , but even if I read four books (finishing Harry Potter), that’ll be pretty cool.

If you want to join in, you can! 31 days of reading? Heck yeah!

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I’m Going to Azkaban

Guys, I did something truly wrong which the Ministry of Magic that presides in my mind will not tolerate…I DIDN’T FINISH HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN BY SUNDAY!!!! I’m throwing myself in Azkaban. What is wrong with me? It’s like I enjoy putting off reading these books! Well, to the tell the truth, by finishing it today, I had a full week to finish the book. However, I really am going to try and finish the next book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Sunday so I can start the remanding books at the beginning of each week! I’m finishing the books by the end of the month! I shall keep this Unbreakable Vow (even though I haven’t gotten to the point in the series where I am supposed to know what that is yet)! Sooo my review of the book compared to the movie…I think I liked the book way better. Wait not think, KNOW. Now that I have started reading, I sort of like using my own imagination to read the story instead of a movie giving me the visualizations that also tell the story (But I’m still gonna watch the movies after I finish reading the books!). As Madam Trelawney said, you have to be able to “See,” with your mind’s eye. I believe the problem I have is that before I start reading, I have negative connotations about the act itself. Do I really have to sit here and look at words for hours? What’s the pleasure in knowing that you have 300 pages to go to finish the book? Who da eff is Peeves? He wasn’t even in the dang movie! But then I get into the story more, and my imagination takes over and I can see and hear the story in my mind. Look guys and dolls, I know this sounds like I’m a first grader just learning how to read, but when you’ve been watching television, watching movies, or surfing the internet most of your life and you’ve just gotten into the joys of reading…you get excited, okayyyyy? I mean, yeah I’ve read books for school, but I’d try to rush through them quickly to get them over with.  I’ve also read for pleasure before (I mean, Perks of Being A Wallflower is one of my favorite books. I just finished it two months ago and I started that puppy in September/October 2012!), but having actually finished a book within a week, even within a month, is a MILESTONE for me. I feel like screaming to the Heavens! HUZZAH! Another thing I like about actually reading the books is something I thought I dreaded: reading the words on the page! Think about it, if you watch the movie or listen to the audiobook, you don’t really know if the author wrote something like this, “Shut up!”, or like this, “SHUT UP!” I always crack up when I see all caps because it makes me happy that I can relate to J.K. Rowling a little…SHE’S JUST LIKE ME I DO ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME! If only I had her genius…Ahhh those would be the days, eh? I also enjoyed the little flirtatious moments between Ron and Hermione. I know there weren’t many since their still young and they were fighting for much of the book because of a cat and a rat, but sometimes I would just fall back into my chair, hold the book up to my chest and go DAWWW! all over the place. There were also many laugh out loud moments that made me feel cool because I feel like all the great readers around the world laugh out loud when they read. Overall, the book was great, it was like a weeklong movie in my head! I enjoyed it and so far, this is my favorite book of the series. Hopefully I’ll enjoy the next book so much that I’ll finish it by the end of the week. Wish me luck! Happy reading everyone! I’ll have another blog post up when I finish the book or sooner!

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