Once Upon A Read-a-Thon: Goals and Mini-Challenge

Published July 9, 2012 by Jennifer Elizabeth

Wednesday: Once Upon a Read-a-Thon  Mini Challenge: Hosted by The Reader Bee.

What is your most anticipated book for 2012?
(It can be an upcoming release, or one that’s already been released.

I am dying to get my eyeballs on Finale, by Becca Fitzpatrick (released Oct. 2012)

AND Tiger’s Destiny, by Colleen Houck (released Sept. 4, 2012)

I am a dedicated fan of both series and cannot wait to learn what happens to Nora and Patch (Finale) and Kelsey and Ren (Tiger’s Destiny).  Both of these covers are incredible, drastically different, and eye-catching! I have been waiting and waiting for both to be released–it feels like forever!! I suppose it is the ‘nature of the beast’ when you begin reading the series as it is released instead of reading it once all the books are out.  I was lucky enough to begin reading Harry Potter after the majority of books were released, so I never had to wait to read the next book ;).  I don’t enjoy waiting! HA! 🙂 Leave me your link in the comment section so I can see which books you are eager to read!

Monday: Once Upon a Read-a-Thon  Mini Challenge: Hosted by IB Book Blogging.

Question 1:

What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why? Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.

I am in love with Becca Fitzpatrick’s cover for Finale, the final book in the Hush, Hush series which is released this Fall.  The greys, blacks, and hints of white are so beautiful. And, what’s better than another sneak peek at Patch?!!

Also, I cannot get enough of the artistry and pure creativity of Tahereh Mafi’s Unravel Me cover design.  WOW. Just WOW.  The new designs for her covers are spectacular!!  That eyeball screams “TOUCH ME! READ ME!” LOL!

Question 2:

Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?

I wish I could answer no to this question, because I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; however, it is impossible not to these days.  There are some phenomenal cover designs and some cheesy designs.  I will be the first to admit that covers intrigue me and compel my eyes and fingers to reach out and grab the best looking designs!

The Start:

And so another read-a-thon begins!  The Once Upon a Read-a-thon is hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination, Angela at Reading Angel and Candace at Candace’s Book Blog.  It runs from 12:01 am on July 9th to 11:59 on July 11th.

This time around my goal is to specifically read for personal writing improvement, not just pure entertainment.  I am aspiring to write a young adult novel and a children’s book series.  My writing journey now needs to focus more on research and less on personal entertainment ;).  However, I am used to making do with whatever is thrown my way.  So, books may change and the numbers may change., but ‘ll do what I can to meet my goals.  Best of luck to all participants!  These three days will fly by! 😉


1. Devour a few inspirational words from wonderful writers.

2. Connect with some new book lovers! 🙂

3. Decrease my TBR mountain 😉

Books to be read:

You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

Open Heart by Emlyn Chand -Didn’t get the chance to upload this book onto my Kindle so I switched to The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper per recommendation of Emlyn Chand, since it was loaded already. 😉

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

Monday Updates: Read and completed You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

Tuesday Updates: Began reading The Dream Slayer by Jill Cooper per recommendation of Emlyn Chand.  I was able to get about 18% through the novel, only because I had to work in the evening and was quite busy with my little guys during the day :).  Hoping Wednesday brings more reading time my way ;).

Wednesday Updates:


12 comments on “Once Upon A Read-a-Thon: Goals and Mini-Challenge

  • Good luck with the challenge! I love books on craft! (Though, doesn’t anything we read turn into a book on craft eventually?)
    Not to pile anything else on your TBR pile, but I think you would love Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. It’s technically written for screenwriters, but is hands down the most helpful book on plotting and structure that I have ever read.
    Ursula LeGuin’s Steering the Craft is equivalent for style/beauty of sentence.
    Finally, Cheryl Klein’s Second Sight is incredible–but perhaps best read once you are ready to revise your rough draft. (The author is an amazing editor with Arthur Levine Books.)

    • YES! Thank you for the recommendations! I will definitely check out those books and add them to my research-friendly pile ;). Your input is so very much appreciated and helpful!!! Thank you Faith!!

  • Great goals!! Definitely my same goals for this read a thon. Ohhh.. and Unravel me. Simply MAH VE LOUS darling! Gorgeous. I have yet to read them but added her entire series to my goodreads! YAY! Thank you!

    Good luck on your goals and reading!

  • Good luck! WOW. I hadn’t seen FINALE’S cover yet. I haven’t read any of her books (I know, I know…) but I adore all the covers.

    Another rec is Stephen King’s ON WRITING. It’s fascinating and I learned a lot reading it. Reading about his journey is really interesting whether you’re a fan of his works or not, too.

    • Rachel, thank you for commenting and visiting! 🙂 So funny you should mention Stephen King’s ON WRITING–I discovered it two days ago and was surprised to see he had written that type of book. I am very intrigued and intend to read it as well! 🙂 W

      And, whenever you have free time, pick up a copy of Hush, Hush. It is such a fast read–and I bet you won’t be able to put it down ;).

  • Ooh, I can’t believe that I haven’t seen Finale’s cover yet! Very pretty. I still need to read Silence, though! I also like Unravel Me’s cover as well.

    I hope that you end up enjoying your books! I love that your reading books about writing to improve your own- so wonderful. ❤

    Good luck and have fun during the readathon!!

  • It’s SO hard not to judge a book by its cover… especially nowadays! Publishers make the most beautiful covers, there’s no way we can resist. (*.*)

    3 books! The best of luck to you. ;D

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