All posts for the month May, 2014

Bout of Books Read-a-thon Update Post

Published May 13, 2014 by ElisaChristy

So I’ll will be adding to this post during the week to show my updates in the read-a-thon. So…

Monday Update:

Books Completed today: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There – Catherynne M. Valente

Books Started today: Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (yes I know it wasn’t in my goal post), but I started it a month ago and found it under my bed so now i have to finish it!

Notes: I did do a review of the Fairyland book (linked above) and I also managed to record a video review for the book, which I’m editing and should have ready to go up on youtube by the end of the read-a-thon. I haven’t managed to much interacting with the community as I was at work when the live chat was on…but there’s always tomorrow (when I am also at work for most of the day) and I did not participate in any challenges today, but that’s why I gave myself the goal of only doing two throughout the week.

So onwards with Rebecca!

Tuesday Update:

Books Completed today: None but I did get more then half way through Rebecca, so I will probably finish it today easily enough.

Books Started today: I read the first page and a half of The Maze Runner – James Dashner

Notes: If I manage to finish Rebecca by today I may be able to post a review of it by Thursday and Wednesday is the day I intend to try a challenge or two.

Wednesday Update:

Books Completed today: None, but I have my entire evening free today to finish Rebecca and I read the first three chapters of The Maze Runner.

Books Started today: So I started the Maze Runner yesterday really, but as I really only read about a page and a half I think I can count as starting it properly today.

Notes: So far I have failed in all my other goals.

Thursday Update:

Books Completed today: Rebecca. and I am now about a third of the way through The Maze Runner

Books Started today: None but I should get onto the second Maze Runner book before midnight tonight if I read on the train on my way out.

Notes: A review of Rebecca will probably appear before the week is out (that’s as specific as I can be) and I have the day of work tomorrow so can try the challenge tomorrow, although I am out of the house for most of the day so don’t know if I’ll actually achieve the challenge.

Friday Update:

I didn’t complete any books today or do any challenges. It looks like I may finish The Maze Runner today, but even if I don’t and don’t finish it by the time the read-a-thon ends on Sunday I will still have read at least one more book than I would probably have done this week otherwise.

Saturday Update: two thirds of The Maze Runner down! Can I finish it tomorrow though?

Sunday Update:

Books Completed today: Maze Runner by James Dashner

Notes: Three books in one week is much more books than I would otherwise have finished this week.


The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There (Catherynne M. Valente) Book Review

Published May 12, 2014 by ElisaChristy

Video review of this book can be found here.

So I have finished my first book for the Bout of Books Read-a-thon, though I did start this book a few weeks ago, which is how I could finish it on the first day.

The story is the second in the series following September and her adventures in Fairyland, though it is more a continuation rather than a sequel to the first book.

“‘I think…that in my world, folk agree to a kind of marrying season, when it comes to marrying. Some agree to be hunted and some agree to be hunters. And some don’t agree to be anything at all.”

The first book ended with us being reminded that September had lost her shadow, so in this book her quest in Fairyland is related to retrieving it. Her shadow fell beneath Fairyland and became Halloween the Hollow Queen. Shadows in Fairyland, when they have fallen away from their body become more solid and alive, and they have in them all the things that their body wants to be and do but will not out of fear, so September’s shadow is braver than her.

“What was a person, if not the things they knew and the faces they wore?”

While I am not sure if I like this book as much as the first one in the series I think the overall story is stronger and it carries on a lot from the first book showing the rules of Fairyland, that can be related to any book of this genre, such as the power of First Kisses and the fact that First Borns were very valued currency until they were devalued because market trader’s ended up with too many mouths to feed.

“Hearts are idiots. They’re big and squishy and full of daft dreams. They flounce off to write poetry and moon at folk who aren’t worth the mooning.”

The writing style as well, while still very fairytale and magically written seems to be a bit more structured than in the first book, but there are many more characters and things to introduce in this book that I think a lot of the fairytale-like writing may have been cut out to accommodate that, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“Friends can go odd on you and do things you don’t like, but that doesn’t make them strangers.”

The book still has, like the first one, many many lines and phrases I want to quote – more than I can legitimately put in this review – and i know it is a book I will read many times again, as I’m sure I will the third one When I bet around to reading it.

Bout of Books Read-a-thon Goal Post

Published May 12, 2014 by ElisaChristy

So this year I am participating on the week long read-a-thon by Bout of Books.

I am taking the read-a-thon as opportunity to get down my to be read list, because I currently have way too many books that have been sitting on my shelf for months. So my goals for the Bout of Books Read-a-thon 2014 are:

1. Finish these five books:

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Bout of Books TBR


From top:

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There – Catherynne M. Valente

The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison


2. I also recently went on a kindle book buying spree and am going to try to read as many of those books as well including:

The Maze Runner Triology – James Dashner

The Midnight Mayor, The Minority Council and The Neon Court – Kate Griffin

The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland for a Little While – Catherynne M. Valente

3. I also plan to do at least three reviews of the books I do manage to read – though not necessarily this week!

4. Comment on blog posts and interact with the bout of books community as much as I can – I have no idea how well I will do on this one though.

5. And finally participate in at least two challenges throughout the week.

I may have given myself too much to do…




Bout of Books Read-a-thon 2014

Published May 6, 2014 by ElisaChristy

The bout of books read-a-thon is a week long read-a-thon and the first read-a-thon I am officially signing up for. For more information and the chance to sign up here you go:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team