Monday, July 1, 2013

2013 Summer Lovin' Read-a-Thon: You're the One That I Want

It's reading time!!

Are you participating in the Summer Lovin' Read-a-Thon? It's a no pressure, at your own pace read-a-thon hosted by the Pink Ladies over at Read-a-Thon Central. Sign ups are open until July 6th!

Darian and I started off our read-a-thon last night with a bang. He made it until midnight before he crashed out and I stayed up until nearly 2 a.m. I have to say...I'm loving the book I'm reading. I was so excited to start Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. I knew nothing about the real woman behind Alice in Wonderland  before beginning this book and I have been sucked in. In fact, I've been becoming a frequent visitor of Wikipedia and Google search in order to find out more about the real history of the novel. I'm fascinated.

Today's participant post for the read-a-thon is intended to help spread the word about favorite books and summer must haves. What a wonderful idea! I'm always on the hunt for another good book. Friends tease me that I have so many books that I want to read that I'll never be able to read them all, but I think I'm just a little bit of a book hoarder. That's the way I show the love, people. ALL THE BOOKS!!

To give you a dual perspective, both Darian and I are providing you with our favorite books and go-to summer reads. Happy reading everyone!!

Elle :

I love a good book and I very rarely find books that I don't like. But...I certainly have my favorites and there are books out there that I would read over and over again without any question. My number one pick has remained the same for over a decade.

Yes, it's a little musty and a little old school, but Jane Eyre will always be my first love. I could read that book a million times and never be sick of it. Jane is such a great character. She is strong and yet still womanly. I love how she holds her ground. Besides...I'm a sucker for a semi-unconventional love story. Haven't read it yet? Why not!?!'s a classic, but it's not boring. I promise. Well worth the read.

(Click any of the photos for more information on these awesome books!!)

I have a whole host of other favorite books. Always good picks? My winners of my 2011 BOTY (Book of the Year) and my 2012 BOTY.


Already read those? Try these! (In no particular order.)

Darian :

I would recommend any Rick Riordan book. 


My favorite book is The Mark of Athena

I would also recommend The Hunger Games series.

The How to Train Your Dragon series I would read over again and recommend.

I'll keep on reading for the Read-a-Thon!


  1. Oh I think you are my new best friends. :-)

    There's a book about Alice out there? How did I not know this!? I know it wasn't one of your fav list, but I am so getting that book now.

    And everything on your list - awesome! I have read several of them and the ones I haven't I am definitely going to check out. It looks like we have similar tastes in books (yes, both of you).

    So happy to have found you on the read-a-thon.

    Meagan @ Reviewing Wonderland
    Pink Lady

  2. Ah, The Hunger Games! One of my favourites! I'm so happy to see it on both your lists. :) The Help is sitting on my shelf now and I should really get around to it. Your main picks are also books that I want to read! Jane Eyre sounds interesting and my friend has been raving up and down about Rick Riordan's books. :)

  3. There are lot of my favourites too! Like Water for Elephants and The Millenium trilogy!

  4. Elle I absolutely LOVE The Secret Lives of Dresses and The Night Circus however, I despited The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so never went further with the series, that was a hard read and I forced myself to finish it :( I will be checking out the other books in your list.

    My Day 2 Participation Post

  5. This list is very much towards my taste. I have The Help on my list too. I haven't read it yet, but hope to this summer. Water for Elephants has been in my eReader for too long and I am hoping to tackle that this summer too.

  6. Reading near my laptop is dangerous! I fall down into that google/wiki rabbit hole and have to claw my way back out somehow. But it *is* fun to have a better grasp on the events in the book I'm reading.

    Here's my readathon post


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