Category: Challenges

BookTubeAThon TBR

BookTube-A-Thon is a week-long YouTube readathon hosted by ArielBissett. It focuses on bringing the BookTube community together for a week of reading and chatting about books. Yay!

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This year the readathon runs from July 30th to August 5th and the seven challenges are…

  1. Let a coin toss decide your first read
  2. Read a book about something you want to do
  3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
  4. Read a book with green on the cover
  5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time
  6. Read a book with a beautiful spine
  7. Read 7 books

You do not have to do all of the challenges and you can combine them as well if you want. So the book with green on it could also have a beautiful spine and so on.

There are video challenges and Instagram challenges as well but I probably won’t be doing those.

Book Stack Elaine Howlin Book Blog BookTubeAThon TBR 2018



In no particular order

  • The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
  • Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Second SexThe Bloody ChamberThe Last UnicornThe Surface BreaksObsidian Butterfly

Definitely subject to change cause I’m a mood reader but these are the books I would like to read. I’m not sure about The Second Sex because it’s under 100 pages and it’s really extracts from the actual book so it may not count…. I’ll probably end up listening to a 3rd Anita Blake audiobook anyway so that’ll make up the count.

BookTubeAThon TBR 2018 Elaine Howlin Book Blog

Are you taking part in the readathon? What are you planning to read this month?


Jazzy June Readathon TBR

Jazzy June is a readathon hosted by Books & Munches all about rereading favourite books. There are no tasks or challenges involved and no book quota. You simply reread a few favourites. Check out Kathy’s original post about the readathon here.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

I’m rereading Harry Potter at the moment as part of a video series I’m doing where I read a chapter a week, listen to a podcast doing the same and post a video about my thoughts on these. My first video for this series will be out on Sunday. Check out my announcement post here.

Falling for a Dancer Falling For A Dancer

I adore this book. It’s set in the 1930’s which is one of my favourite time periods and focuses mainly on home life. The story follows a young woman who becomes pregnant and is married off to a widower in West Cork who has a few kids in need of a mammy. The book is about her life here, going from living in town to a very rural setting, from being free to being responsible for the care of several children and how she tries to find some semblance of happiness and doing something for herself, making decisions for herself.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) Magic Bites

This is Book of the Month for one of my Goodreads groups and it works perfectly for the challenge I’m doing in another group plus I loved it the first I read it. So lots of reasons to read this this month. It’s an urban fantasy book about a world where magic and technology are constantly at odds with one another. They kind of sway up and down between being the most powerful force at a time and eventually one of them will rule. When magic is high most technology doesn’t work and vice versa. The series centres on Kate Daniels, a mercenary, who is on the hunt for the murderer of her guardian. This brings into contact with various magical and human factions within the world where she discovers more people are being killed and is pressured by these factions to find the killer. It’s a great introduction to the world and the series just gets better and better.

The Irish Readathon

The Irish Readathon is a reading challenge taking place for the whole month of March hosted by Fred Weasley Died Laughing (Aoife), Jessica – Breathe and Read, AlffBooks (Stephen), and Leanne Rose.

The goal of the readathon is to read books by Irish authors or about Ireland. You only need to read one book in order to participate but there are some challenges that you can do if you want.

I realise we’re halfway through the month now but I only discovered the readathon this week and really want to join in. Luckily I’ve already read some books by Irish authors this month and there are only four challenges.


1. (Leanne’s challenge) Read a book by an Irish author published in the last 10 years

2. (Stephen’s Challenge) Read an Irish classic (or modern classic)

3. (Jessica’s challenge) Read a book by a female Irish author

4. (Aoife’s challenge) Read a book based or focused on an event in Irish history

Bonus: Read a book with green on the cover.

The books

What I plan on reading…

I am so bad at sticking to TBR’s so really this is a list of Irish books that I have on my shelf waiting to be read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Collector's Library)The Playboy of the Western WorldThe Mystery of Mercy Close (Walsh Family, #5)Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from HistoryDays Without EndThe Good PeopleHoldingThe Book of Lost ThingsZom-BGirls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act DifferentlyOld Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland: Myth * Landscape * TraditionA Girl Is a Half-formed ThingAsking For ItThe Lesser BohemiansThe Heart's Invisible FuriesSaloméMammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family, #6)Falling for a DancerThe Glorious HeresiesThe Little Book of CorkMy Life in the IRA: The Bor...Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling: Just a Small-Town Girl Living in a Notions World

The Watchlist Irish readathon 2018 Irish tv shows and movies

For a little extra touch of Irishness, I’ve decided to watch some Irish TV shows and films as well. I would like to watch mainly stuff set in Ireland but I will probably include some things by Irish directors or starring Irish actors as well.

Derry Girls debuts on January 4 on Channel 4
Derry Girls
The Young Offenders
Rent This Is My Father Online DVD Rental
This is my Father


Interview with the Vampire

So that’s it for my Irish Readathon plan. If I actually stick to any of it it will be a miracle.

Are you doing the readathon or any other readathons this month? Have you read many books about Ireland or written by Irish authors?

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March Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession.


The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.


In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, “The Ides of March are come”, implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone. Caesar’s death was a closing event in the crisis of the Roman Republic, and triggered the civil war that would result in the rise to sole power of his adopted heir Octavian (later known as Augustus)


March 1st – 31st 2018

Read 2 to 6 books to complete the challenge

1. Read a book tagged ‘historical’ or with time-travel.
2. Read a book with a male main character or male author.
3. Read a book set in Europe (or with a European character) or with a political theme.
4. Read a book with a theatre show in the story or begins with a letter in POMPEY.
5. Read a book with an author or character whose name has TWO letters from JULIUS CAESAR.
6. Read a book with a knife or sword on the cover or with a war in the story.