Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon: Goals

The Wicked Wildfire Read-a-thon starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday June 24.

I really enjoyed the Bout of Books read-a-thon so I had to sign up for this one as well. My goals this time are pretty similar – get through some library books and review copies. I am gearing up for my Discover Australian Fantasy feature in July, so I’d like to get through as much of my review backlog as I can before the end of June. We’ll see how far I actually get!

My goal is to finish the books I’m currently reading and to read at least two additional books over the five days of the read-a-thon.

I also plan to visit as many blogs as I can during or after the read-a-thon.

If you’re visiting as part of the read-a-thon, welcome! Have you put yourself on the Big Book Blogger Map yet?

I’ll be posting my daily reading updates here.


Today’s progress: Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen – page 106 – 200 of 335 (94 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: None yet!
Comments: I didn’t get much reading done today – my little boy has a cold and didn’t want to go to sleep for the night. Hopefully he will be a bit better tonight!

Today’s progress: Finished Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen – page 201 to 335 (134 pages) + The Long Earth, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – 18% to 41% (about 77 pages) = 212 pages
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Comments: Much better attempt today. I had to finish Water For Elephants at lunchtime – the ending was great 🙂 It’s quite a grim book at times but the circus stories make up for it.

The Long Earth at the moment is more like a collection of various stories with one main storyline popping up every few chapters. It’s getting a bit technical at times and my sleepy brain is having trouble grasping the concepts. It’s very interesting so far, anyway.

Today’s progressThe Long Earth, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – 41% to 73% (just over 100 pages)
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Comments: The Long Earth thus far is mostly a philosophical imagining of what might happen if suddenly there were an enormous number of parallel Earths available for us to spread out on. It’s very interesting, but not super-exciting. I’m enjoying it, nevertheless.

Today’s progress: Finished The Long Earth, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (about 110 pages) and all of Ada Lovelace: Computer Wizard of Victorian England, Lucy Lethbridge (81 pages of rather large font)
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Comments: Okay, today I cheated a little by throwing in Ada Lovelace since it’s a children’s book and extremely short, but I borrowed it from the library a couple of weeks ago and had to throw it in somewhere! It was quite sweet – a very good retelling of the events of her life.

The cold I’ve had coming on for a couple of days has finally hit me today so I’m not sure how much I’m going to get read over the rest of the weekend…

Today’s progress: Destiny of the Light, Louise Cusack – the first 21% (about 95 pages).
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Comments: It was a busy day today plus I have a cold, so I didn’t get a whole lot read, but when my little one wouldn’t go to sleep tonight I sat in there with him and got quite a bit of reading time after all! Very enjoyable so far too!


In total I read 3 whole books plus 21% of a fourth – approximately 700 pages. I’m quite pleased with that considering how busy my week ended up being! I hope everyone enjoyed the read-a-thon and met their goals 🙂

Armchair BEA: Meet and Greet

Armchair BEA has arrived for all those who can’t make it to the real BEA! As the first event to kick off the week’s festivities, participants in Armchair BEA will be answering some interview questions, then visiting and “meeting” other bloggers taking part. Sounds like great fun, right? Right!

Without further ado, my five answers:

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

I’m Angelya and this is The Oaken Bookcase, a review site for Fantasy and Sci-fi books for all ages. Welcome! Do make yourself at home! I’ve been book blogging for just over three months now and I’m loving it, although it’s super-busy. I wrote a gaming blog before this which was much more relaxed, but the fast-paced book blogging world has me hooked now. I blog because I love to read books and share what I thought of them with everyone!

While you’re here, why not hang around and enter a giveaway or two? There are links on the sidebar there!

Amped, Daniel Wilson

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I’m reading Amped by Daniel H. Wilson and I’m really enjoying it so far.

It’s set in a not-too-distant future when neural implants make people more intelligent and “sharpen them up”. Non-amped people (or the so-called “pure humans”) feel threatened and want to level the playing field, and new laws allow anti-amped behaviour to basically becomes sanctioned prejudice. It’s a very interesting look at society in general.

3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I have a little son who is 14 months old. At the moment he loves pulling board books apart, so I’m busily trying to teach him not to do that (*wince*). The actual Oaken Bookcase is in his bedroom! Also, he knows Meg and Mog and Where’s Spot? by heart (well he makes noises at appropriate moments anyway).

4. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

Hogwarts, for sure. Do I really need to give a reason?

5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

Yes, actually! I was really surprised when this happened – I’d been reading mostly epic fantasies for a few years, mostly re-reading what was on my bookshelves. At the start of the year when I started reading book blogs and then blogging, I was introduced to the wide world of young adult and middle grade fantasy, and also read a lot more science fiction in general. Now, I’m not loving the sci-fi as much anymore, and I am really getting into the YA and MG on offer! I’m really pleased because blogging has exposed me to a range of books I wouldn’t normally choose to read, so now I have a better idea of what I really do like to read.

Now, make sure you go to the Armchair BEA site to check out all the other bloggers and their meet and greet posts! It was nice to meet you 🙂


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