Reading 23 Books in a Month? (Week 1 wrap up & week 2 TBR)

black-cat-clipart-halloween-hanging-bat-10It is week 2 of my attempt to read 23 books in a month.

If you dont know already: I was challenged to read 100 books this year and life got in the way so I fell horribly behind in my reading. Now to beat the challenge I have to read almost a book a day for a month.

It has been bloody good reading week this week, and if you cant tell by my little bat friend, I have been playing with Photoshop again. He needs a name! What will I call reading bat?

The Wrap Up

This week I finished a grand total of 7 books!

That sounds scarily impressive until you find out that a lot of them were graphic novels. I am using this week to catch up on my Marvel and DC graphic novels because I am behind.

I finished:

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien

As I mentioned in my last reading challenge update, I am currently in a huge Middle Earth mood so I have decided to reread all of The Lord of the Rings. I did plan to finish all three this week but I got a little busy so I will have to finish them next week. I am currently half way through The Two Towers.

If you haven’t read Lord of the Rings yet you should. Also I am pretty sure you have been living under a rock if you havent read Lord of the Rings.

Goth Girl and The Sinster Symphony by Chris Riddell

I have mentioned this series quite a few times on this blog. Goth Girl is a children’s series that is wonderfully addictive and full of Chris Riddell’s beautiful illustrations. I am so hooked on it that I now pick up new Goth Girl books every time they come out.

To read my review of the first Goth Girl book click here

Batman No Man’s Land Volume 3

I originally planned to read all of the volumes I own of No Man’s Land but I ended up procrastinating by reading other comics instead.

This is a very popular Batman story arc, and is considered one of the classic, must-read Batman arcs if you are a fan of the dark knight. I enjoyed this volume particulary because some of my favourite characters made more of an appearance, namely the extended Bat-family.

Loki: Agent of Asgard volumes 1-3

I may have read this entire comic series in 2 days. I ended up a bit addicted.

I have been planning on reading these graphic novels for a while. This series is entirely about the trickster god Loki (I assume you know who he is), and he has decided that he doesn’t want to be a villian any more so he starts working for the goddess Freya, rounding up gods who are hiding on Earth.

This was a pretty fun read and it will stomp all over your feelings. You have been warned.

I also think I enjoyed this series so much because my boyfriend pointed out that I look like female Loki. What do you think?

I think I might have to start adding some green to my wardrobe.


The books I am going to read this week are:

  • The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
  • The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Ice Man volume 1
  • Batman No Man’s Land volumes 4 and 5
  • Possibly a random Goosebumps book. I havent decided which one yet.

So what did you read this week?

Also I am still gathering questions for my 300 Follower Q&A so dont forget to ask me questions if you have any.



Reading 23 Books in a Month? (Update & Week 1 TBR)

So I have to read 23 books to meet my yearly GoodReads reading challenge goal of 100 books. This was originally 24 books but since my last post on this subject I finished another book. I am normally very good at reading constantly but this year I bought a house, adopted a cat and been very busy with work and socialising, so I haven’t been reading as much as I normally would. Apparently 2017 was the year I became stupidly popular. I am usually not that bothered about meeting reading challenge goals but my mum set me this target and I cant let her down.

So I have decided to write a To Read list every week this month to update you on my progress and how I plan to tackle such a high number of books in a month.

This week I will be reading:

The Lord of the Rings (All Three Books)

I hear you: “Spine Cracker, if you have 23 books to read why tackle something huge like Lord of the Rings?”

One word: Audiobooks. If I listen to books while I am working I can keep reading when I am not able to physically sit down and read. Realistically I should be able to listen to one of these a day…I hope. I managed the entirety of The Hobbit last week.

I have read these books before but I have been playing a lot of D&D lately and that has put me in a serious Tolkien mood. Right now I am at the start of the Fellowship of the Ring and they haven’t even left the Shire yet.

Graphic Novels:

Nightwing New 52 and Batman: No Man’s Land (volumes 3 & 4)

These are some graphic novels that I have been wanting to get to for a while, so much so that Nightwing appeared on the TBR for a challenge earlier in the year. Graphic novels are perfect for reading challenges because you can get through one in a single sitting. Both of these have been on my TBR shelf for a while so it will be great to see them finally read.

Also, who doesn’t love Batman?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I read this book EVERY December without fail! It is also perfect for this challenge because it isn’t very long.

In my mind it isn’t Christmas until I have read a Christmas Carol. It is an odd tradition I came up with for myself years ago. I absolutely love this book and if you haven’t read it yet you have to. It is the holiday season after all.

So my plan is to read 7 books this week. Do you think I can do it?

It doesn’t seem that difficult. I might even throw another book in if I feel like I have the time. I will let you know how it goes next week. I will run out of short books eventually and that is when things will get trickier.

Can I Read 24 Books in a Month?

A Quick Reading Challenge Update:

So at the start of this year I decided to set myself a reading target of 100 books. My mother dared me to do it because I read 75 books last year easily. And the challenge hasn’t gone very well. It is now November and I have to read 24 books before the end of the year. And lets not forget, Christmas isn’t exactly the best time for reading. It is when everyone suddenly wants to socialise.

So, can I get 24 books read before the end of the year? I doubt it.

I decided to write a little post about this because I thought it would be fun to keep you all updated on my progress. Lets see if I can manage to read almost a book a day for the next month. It sounds impossible.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.


Spook Stock Halloween Readathon!

It is almost time for my readathon!!!

If you dont already know, I announced during the summer my plans to host my own Halloween themed readathon called Spook Stock.

The goal of Spook Stock is to celebrate Halloween, horror and all things dark and spooky. The horror section has been disappearing from bookshops in recent years so why not show it some love on Halloween month?

Horror not your thing? You can still take part, just make sure you have at least one book that is Halloween suitable. Thriller, crime, or books that are simply dark or contain monsters of any kind are perfectly fine.

The Rules are simple:

1. Read as much as you can in 1 week.

2. You can read whatever you like but there has to be at least ONE Halloween appropriate book in your To Read List.

3. Take part in daily blogging challenges that are posted throughout the week. (Not compulsory)


If you are taking part in Spook Spock simply write a blog post or social media status on your usual platform and link it back to this post with your TBR and I will share everyone who is taking part. We can be our own coven of spooky readers for the week.

The Readathon Dates: 23rd – 30th of October 2017


Thoughts & Progress: Bout of Books Day 2

Continuing my trend of sucking at Bout of Books this August, I bring you the wrap up for Day 2.

I was off work again, and that means more distraction and wanting to do anything but read. My Tuesday was spent getting some retail therapy in and instagramming things. On the bright side though I bought some cool patches for my patch jacket. Also a small child followed me around a shop shouting “She’s a vampire!” and pointing at me, maybe that was my punishment for not reading enough. I’m not a vampire, just to clear that up.

My partner wasn’t home last night so most of my reading was done lounging on the sofa, listening to The Cure and enjoying the thunderstorm outside. Northern Ireland had a glorious storm last night. It made for perfect reading weather.

So here is my progress for Tuesday the 22nd of August:

I read 109 pages of Goth Girl and the Wuthuring Fright. That was it. At least I read something that was actually on my TBR list this time.

Reading Plans for the Day:

  • Finish Goth Girl. I know I said that yesterday but I am determined to do it today.
  • Get at least half way through Mist in the Mirror.
  • Read some of I am Behind You because my lack of progress in this book is just getting silly by this point.
  • Start Nightwing Vol 1.


Thoughts & Progress: Bout of Books Day 1

We have survived the first day of Bout of Books! If you want to take part but haven’t signed up yet today is the last day to do so. Check out their website to join in.

So long story short, I suck.

I was off work yesterday and so I spent the first day of Bout of Books relaxing and watching stupid internet videos. I also read a book that wasnt on my TBR list for this readathon. Aw well, at least I read something. Better than nothing I suppose.

So here is my progress for Monday the 21st of August: 

I read 168 pages of Red Hood and the Outlaws volume 1 and finished it. This graphic novel wasn’t in my TBR list but after reading Death of the Family on Sunday I was still in the mood for more DC comics so I had to read another one that I have been meaning to get to in a while. Thank you for the recommendation J.W Martin at Storeys of Stories

21 pages of Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright. 

20 page of I am Behind you. I am enjoying this book but I keep getting distracted every time I try to read it.

Not the best start to a Bout of Books but I plan to make up for it today.

Reading Plans for Today:

  • Finish Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright. This book is illustrated so I should be able to get through it pretty easily.
  • Finish part one of I am Behind You at the least.

Now I am off to order myself some dinner and get reading.

Are you taking part in Bout of Books this month? If so share your progress with me and tell me what you are reading.

Also, what is your favourite take out food? Tell me.

Bout of Books 20 TBR

Time to do the same thing we do every few months, Pinky. It’s time for Bout of Books.

Even though I take part in Bout of Books every time it is on I can I feel like I have to do this one because I am hosting my own readathon in October. I need to get in the mood!

Read about my own readathon Spook Stock here

If you don’t already know Bout of Books is a readathon that occurs multiple times a year. You simply have to read as much as you can during the week and there are mini challenges that you can take part in throughout the week. Here is an extract from there website for more info:

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

Now onto what I will be reading for the next week.

I have made the grave mistake of buying lots of books and accepting a lot of books lately so I plan to use this Bout of Books as a way to clear some books off my TBR pile. This plan has made my TBR list for this readathon more than a bit challenging but lets see how far I get into it anyway.

I am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Page count: 544

I am currently reading this book and I am only 10% of the way through it. This is an ARC copy I recieved from NetGalley that I have to get finished before the book’s release. I will let you know what I thought of it once I am finished, I promise. Spooky so far though.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Page count: 461

This book has been on my TBR pile for a long time and I have mentioned it a few times on this blog. I wasn’t that interested in this book because it is about zombies but then I found out that it is written by one of my favourite comic book writers. I just had to add it to my list once I found that out.

Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell
Page count: 244

I am in love with the Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell. It is funny, beautifully drawn and the books are so easy to fly through. This is a children’s series but there are enough hidden literature references in there to keep adult book lovers happy. This is the 3rd book in the series. I have been buying them ever since my mum bought me the first book last year because she thought Goth Girl looked like me.

The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill
Page count: 274

I know nothing about the book other than it is a horror novel written by Susan Hill and I currently enjoying binge reading all things Susan Hill. This is a fun twist because I used to find her books dull before but now I love them. Hopefully this book will be as good as the others.

X-men Volume 2
Page count: 136

This has been on my to read list since I bought it and three others of the same series at a convention in June. I have been an avid reader and collector of X-men comics for ten years now. This is a series focusing on the women of the X-men and their mission to protect a baby and be the general badasses they usually are.

Nightwing Volume 1
Page count: 160

I have mixed feelings on DC comics at times but I have recently discovered a new saving grace: Robins! I am currently obsessed with all things related to the various Robins that Batman has had over the years. The Batfamily are the best. I picked up this series because I want to get to know Dick Grayson a little better. Normally I prefer things more focused on Damien or Jason so this seemed like a nice change.

Also I plan to fullfill my goal of cosplaying a Robin in 2018 but that is for a different blog post.

Final Page Count Goal: 1819

Will you be taking part in Bout of Books next week? If so, what will you be reading?
There is still plenty of time to sign up if you want to join in.

If you want to keep track of my Bout of Books progress or generally want a readathon pal I will be posting throughout the readathon on GoodReads, Instagram and Twitter