Reading Check-in: Catching up with my Goodreads Reading Goal!


Welcome to my second Reading Check-in post 🧑 And happy holidays!

You can find the previous instalment here: Trying to Tackle My Currently Reading Pile: Reading Check-in πŸ“š

Here are the reading challenges that I’m currently working on:

I also took part in Tome Topple Readathon in December!

Over the past few weeks I have managed to finish a massive ten books! Most of these were short ones or novellas, but regardless, I’m very happy to be progressing with my reading goal for 2022 😁

Without further ado – let’s get into it!

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Everything I Have Read During My (way-too-long) Hiatus βœ¨

Hello there!

Well oops it has been a minute since I posted πŸ™ˆ I got busy with my PhD, which caused me to sit by a computer for such long hours that my brain couldn’t handle blogging on top of that. I’m still working on the PhD (and the horrid deadline is getting real close yikes) so I’ll probably still pop in and out – but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about blogging and couldn’t resist to jump in again πŸ₯°

Long story short – I’m back! How are you all? Let me know what you have been up to this year!

I have been on a long reading slump this year, but over the past few weeks it has finally started to clear. In this post, I get to talk about the books I have read so far this year and overall how I’m doing with my reading challenges 😎 Let’s jump in!

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Currentathon Mini-round Announcement: 6th to 8th September

Today I have something incredibly exciting to share with you all!

I am a new co-host of Currentathon along with the wonderful Gina @ Randomly Bookish Gina (check her booktube here) and Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Nook (check her bookstagram here). For the past month we have been hard at work to prepare a weekend long round of Currentathon!

The Readathon will run from Friday the 6th of September to Sunday the 8th of September (next weekend!). The idea of Currentathon is to dedicate time for your current reads and for books that you started but then put down for some reason. I love this readathon so much because I always have a gazillion books that I’m reading at the same time. Join us for a weekend of reading and finishing current reads! We have two games and we will be running loads of reading sprints on the twitter account: @Currentathon

This round is centered around one big challenge: Colour. Choose one colour and find it in the cover of all the books you are planning to read during the readathon. While you read books with your chosen colour on the cover, complete additional challenges on our Currentathon Bingo!

Bingo Squares

I looove readathons with bingo cards and I’m so happy that we ended up including one for this mini-round of Currentathon. Bingo is entirely optional but a fun addition if you want to make the readathon weekend a bit more interactive. Most of the challenges are easy to do so no need to stress about finishing dozens of books within one weekend.

At the beginning of the readathon we will make a thread on the Currentathon twitter account where you can introduce yourself for the other readathon participants and leave your social media handles. You can also cross off squares by marking your chosen colour on the middle of the bingo, following a new friend from the Currentathon twitter thread, sharing your TBR and reading spot online and much more.

To complete the square ‘Read a book with a complementary colour on the cover’, you need to take a quick look at this graphic:

So if your chosen colour is white, read a book with black on the cover instead!

Collecting stars

We couldn’t be happy with just one game, so we added another one. Try to collect as many stars as possible during the readathon weekend by simply reading, taking part in sprints, posting online, and playing the bingo. Colour in the stars around the bingo squares.

You don’t have to take part in the bingo to collect stars and vice versa. Also, you don’t need to do either of the games to take part in the readathon!

I really hope you will take part in Currentathon! I’m super excited already!

Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to take part or if you have any questions.

We will be running loads of reading sprints on the Currentathon twitter account, and I’ll be running some for the first time ever. EEEK.

Do you tend to read loads of books at once? Do you put down books for various reasons before you have finished them?

I do both πŸ™ˆ Sometimes I’m really enjoying a book and it still gets neglected! Also, I tend to read so many books at once that I take a long time to finish one of them Next weekend will be a perfect opportunity to pick those books back up again πŸ˜‚ Next weekend will be a perfect opportunity to pick those books back up again and finish some current reads πŸ’ͺ

Keep your eyes peeled for my TBR post later this week πŸ‘€

Thank you so much for reading!

✨ First Blog-versary, Giveaway + The Liebster Award✨

Hello my fellow bookaholics!

A week and a year ago I set up The Bookaholic Dreamer and wrote my first ever blogpost, a Newbie Tag with a bunch of gifs and distasteful, awkward jokes. I wanted to have a channel in which to share my love of books so that I could stop exhausting my partner and friends with all the endless TBRs, wrap-ups and recommendations my mind was full of. It felt like a brave but lonely decision; I was certain that I would have a lot of fun writing posts about books but I also knew that no one would ever stumble across this place. Until you suddenly did. And it wasn’t lonely anymore. Instead, I suddenly was able to join in on the community that I was a big fan of. I was welcomed into a world full of fellow bookaholics.

It can be quite lonely in the world even when you are surrounded by family and friends. For me this was because of my intense bookish-ness. While I could get my partner to read some of my favourite books, he wouldn’t go quite as hyped about new releases or book covers as I would. Many people around me meant to be kind, but they also told me that I should be on a pub crawl instead of reading on a Friday night, and that I should downsize my bookshelves or get rid off editions I love. What made me lonely, was a complete lack of people who would fully understand my love for books. People to whom I could talk about Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman and who wouldn’t need a backstory about the brilliantness of the Illuminae Files. Or people who know the feeling when you are asked what you did the day before and you want to respond that you were fighting dragons, solving a murder mystery or falling in love in a space ship. Now I have all of you.

Thank you for being there.

I wanted to celebrate this one-year birthday somehow here in the blog in addition to giving this monologue that caused me to ugly cry for 20 minutes. First of all, there will be a giveaway! I have never done one of these before so I’m quite nervous 😬 At the bottom of this blogpost you will find a Rafflecopter and some instructions, and you could win Β£15 worth of books from Wordery. The giveaway is not sponsored by anyone but my own warmth-filled heart and thin wallet, and the giveaway is open for anyone to whom Wordery ships to (INT).

To celebrate, I also wanted to do something that I haven’t done in a while but love doing; a tag! Bibi @ Bibi’s Book Blog kindly tagged me at the Liebster Award recently. Thank you so much Bibi! You should check out her blog, she not only does amazing tag posts but also great reviews, giveaways and discussions!

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OWLs Magical Readathon Update & Tome Topple TBR

We’re almost halfway through April and in the middle of OWLs Magical Readathon. If you haven’t the faintest about what I’m talking about you can check out Book Roast’s announcement video here, or my TBR with info on the readathon here.

While I’m super focused on doing the best I can with OWLs, I simply could not ignore Samantha @ Thoughts on Tomes announcement of Tome Topple Readathon Round 8!! Tome Topple is one of all time favorite readathons, and the point is to read those big, intimidating tomes over 500 pages on your TBR. Tome Topple also hosts the most fabulous reading sprints I have ever seen so I simply have to take part (check their Twitter here for the sprints). But we have a problem: OWLs are about reading a crazy amount of books to reach a wizarding career while Tome Topple wants me to read a few humongous books. I’m here today to shuffle up my OWLs TBR to make room for Tome Topple!

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March Wrap-up with Mini-reviews and Delicious Stats

Hi there! Welcome to my Late As Always Reading Wrap Up ℒ️

How was March for you?

For me, it included a great deal of stress and anxiety at university, too little time to read and it finished with a bang of celebrations. Both tears and grins, pretty mixed feelings I would say.

I also have some news that I want to share with you all. 🎊 πŸŽ‰ At the end of March I got to hear that I have been granted full PhD funding to start my doctoral studies in the University of Edinburgh in September! 🎊 πŸŽ‰ I have been designing my PhD project for years now while working on my bachelors and masters degrees, and I’m still over the moon about this all! I get to study recreational reading in everyday contexts to see how reading influences our lives and how it fits into the hassle of everyday life. My partner and I will be moving to Edinburgh this Summer! 🎊 πŸŽ‰

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I have been crying from happiness non-stop since I heard the news 2 weeks ago.

I am so greatful and very excited to start my PhD. It’s surreal that I get to say that; I’ll start my PhD! EEK.

But I also read books in March!

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Week(end) Aesthetic: A Thousand Splendid Suns + a New Blog Header!

It is most certainly not the weekend on this dark Monday evening, but I’m just a tinyyy bit late from my posting schedule. So how about we jump into the mindset of a Saturday 4pm for awhile? I wouldn’t mind that actually 😁

Today is a very exciting day because I get to show you my new blog header! A couple days ago I happened to win Kat @ Novels and Waffles’ blog header competition on twitter. Kat is not only a great blogger with some really cool posts, she is also an amazingly talented graphic designer! I couldn’t have won a better competition!

My new header should be live now, and it is absolutely gorgeous! Kat did such a great job. Isn’t it amazing!!

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On to the weekend aesthetic!

The weekend aesthetic is inspired by the lovely Jordan @ the Heart of a Book Blogger who does these features every week

This week I decided to feature A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini that I finished this morning. It was an emotional book, but sadly not quite as emotional as I was expecting πŸ€” Or maybe I have morphed into a feeling-less rock.

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September TBR Cloud

Hello September! I’m excited for pumpkin spice everything but a bit less excited and much more stress-kind-of-nervous for the start of university.

My masters studies start next week but I’ll do my best to keep up the blogging and reading throughout the term! Nevertheless, university forces me to lower some of my ambitious reading plans and the amount of books I manage to finish in a month will most likely drop from the magical 8-11 books to about 3-5.

So, let’s talk about TBRs! I love them. I love planning and I really like browsing my bookshelves to pick the ones I’m most excited about. But I end up not following about 98.99% of my TBRs. I’ll look at my plan and be like NAAAH, maybe I’ll start this one instead. August was a brand new level of fiasco for me: I made a full TBR for the NEWTs readathon but of the 10 books I finished last month, only 3 were in my TBR. Actually, a day after I wrote my TBR post I finished my first book of the month which most definitely was not in my TBR. It seems that random books just end up in my arms and I start reading them.

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Me, pretending to read a book from my TBR while reading something completely unplanned instead.

This month, I decided to give free reign to my moody reader brain. I’ll prompt myself to read a bit of different things so that I don’t drive myself into a reading slump (for example by bingeing 7 dark fantasies) but I’m free to pick whatever I want within the prompts. Kind of like a free-form reading challenge for myself! And I love reading challenges! I made some TBR clouds that include some books I might pick up during September (or I might not, knowing myself). I also have a couple arcs that I need to read and review, those I’ll be reading no matter what complaints I compose at the time.

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