DEARathon Recap

DEARathon 6-8 Sept 2018 Recap

DEARathon 6-8 Sept 2018

I love taking part in readathons. It's fun to join together with the rest of the bibliophile community to share our love of reading.

I took part in the DEARathon (Drop Everything and READ!) last week, and it was so much fun.

One thing that drew me to this particular readathon was that it didn't involve any challenges or special requirements for what to read. This gave me complete freedom when picking which books to read, and wasn't too challenging either.

Drop Everything and READ! hosts impromptu readathons throughout the year, and I'll definitely be on the look out for future events to take part in. DEARathon is hosted by @LittleBookOwl and @LittleRedReads

Official Twitter for the event is

DEARathon also offered the most entertaining reading sprints I'm come across so far during a readathon. Well done ladies!

My TBR for the readathon:

Letters From Alice by Petrina Banfield
Letters From Alice by Petrina Banfield

About the book:

Two women. One secret. Will they be able to keep it under wraps?
It is a stormy evening in 1920s London. When newly qualified almoner, Alice, stepped into the home of Charlotte, a terrified teenager who has just given birth out of wedlock, she did not expect to make a pact that would change her life forever. Thrown into secrecy after an unexpected turn, Alice is determined to keep bewildered Charlotte and her newborn baby safe. But when a threatening note appears, she realises that Charlotte may need more protection than she first thought. But from who?
Based on extensive research into the archive material held at the London Metropolitan Archives, and enriched with lively social history and excerpts from newspaper articles, LETTERS FROM ALICE is a gripping and deeply moving tale, which brings the colourful world of 1920s London to life. Full of grit, mystery and hope, it will have readers enthralled from the very first page.

Grab a copy:

Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale
Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale

About the book:

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes the highly anticipated sequel. Told from one man’s two perspectives, Everything We Left Behind effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance in an exploration of loss, resilience, and the compelling need to protect the ones we love at all cost.
Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancĂ©e, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.
Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.
Grab a copy:

Here's a vlog I did during the readathon:

Did you take part in DEARathon? What are your favourite readathons to take part in?

Have you read either Letters From Alice or Everything We Left Behind? What did you think of them?

DEARathon 6-8 Sept 2018 Recap #Readathon

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Book Review: The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad

Book Review: The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad

Disclosure: I got sent a free copy of this book for review via I Read Books Tours.

Book Review: The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad
Whether you are young or old, The Life and Lessons of a Young Author can offer those who dream of finding the right path in the world of writing and publishing. Sunayna Prasad shares her experience as a young author and discusses what went well for her and what she suggests to those who long for success.

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Booktastic Link It Up Thursday: A Meme For Book Bloggers

Booktastic Link It Up Thursday

As the summer holidays are coming to an end, it's time to get back into the swing of things. As I mentioned in a recent post Back to Work with a New Plan of Action I'm going to be making a few changes. 

One thing that is changing is the Booktastic Link It Up Thursday! I want to grow this idea and so I'm turning it into a weekly meme instead of just a link up party.

Every Thursday you can link up your book related post. Posts can be book reviews, book hauls, book related meme posts... as long as the post is book related it counts :)

So what's changing?

First change is that I'll no longer be setting up a linky for you to post your links to. Your links can be posted directly into the comments section of the weekly post.

Second change is that I ask you to link back to the weekly blog post here on my blog some where in the post you're linking up. 

As before I ask that you link up blog posts ONLY please. Other types of links will be deleted.
I'd also appreciate it if you follow me on any social media of your choice (I'm JoLinsdell everywhere). Of course, I would love it if you subscribed to my newest posts ;)

Why join the link up?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! 

Please grab the Booktastic Link It Up Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

Booktastic Link It Up Thursday: A Meme For Book Bloggers

Let's grow this party!

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Everyone works hard on their posts and loves visits/comments/pins from others. Please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Now on to the party!

I'm looking forward to seeing all your book related posts every week.

Booktastic Link It Up Thursday: A Meme For Book Bloggers

Would You Rather Book Tag

Would You Rather Book Tag

I got tagged! A big thank you to Laura at tropetrinitytrilogy for tagging me to do the Would You Rather Book Tag. Check out her video at
Original video by Ethereal Theory at

The tag...

Would You Rather...

1: read a great book with a bad ending or an okay book with a great last few chapters
2: have good characters or good world building
4: have a perfect fairy tale ending or have a bittersweet ending
3: have a really likable main character or a really relatable main character
5: have your lovable sidekick die at the end of the story or turn on your main character at the end of the story

My answers:

I tag

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Interview with Jenn from Bound to Writing

Interview with Jenn from Bound to Writing

Welcome back for another interview with a book blogger. My guest today is Jenn from Bound to Writing. Let's give her a warm welcome

1) Introduce yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? and Where do you blog?
My name is Jenn and I’m a book blogger and self-published author. I’m from New Jersey and we don’t act anything like the people from the Jersey Shore. I blog at Bound to Writing.

2) Why and how do you blog? What made you start?
I started blogging after I finished a social media marketing class in college. We had to run out own blogs for the class and I loved the idea of starting my own not based on social media. I’ve always had a love for books and writing so I started my own book and writing blog.

3) How long have you been blogging?
I recently passed my 1 year anniversary of blogging.

4) What advice do you wish you'd had when you started?
That it’s a lot of work. I never realized how much time and effort it takes to run a blog. Even after a year, there is still so much to do with creating posts and posting on social media that it takes a lot of time.

5) How much time do you devote to blogging each day/week/month?
Each day, I try to spend at least an hour to two hours blogging. Whether it’s blog hopping, writing posts, or on social media.

6) How often do you post to your blog?
Currently, I post 4 times a week.

7) What motivates you to keep blogging about books?
What motivates me is that I love the community. I love interacting with everyone and sharing my thoughts about books and my own writing.

8) Is there something you wish authors knew about your blog or blogging?
I wish authors knew how much effort book bloggers put into reading and reviewing their books. It’s extremely time consuming and sometimes it feels like they don’t understand that.

Interview with Jenn from Bound to Writing #BookBlogger #BookBlog

9) What's your most popular blog post?
WritingResources: Pinterest Writing Boards. I’ve never seen a post so popular on my blog. It discusses writing boards that I’ve found very useful on Pinterest.

10) Do you write reviews for every book you read?
Yes! If I finish a book, I like to share my thoughts on it. I started my blog to share my thoughts about bookish topics and it’s only fair that my followers know what my thoughts are on all the books I’ve read.

11) How many book reviews do you normally do a week?
I’ve recently changed my schedule so I only post my book reviews every other week. But those posts contain reviews for the books I’ve read over that period of time.

12) What genres are your favourites?
I love all things YA. My favorite genres in YA are contemporary, romance, and mystery.

13) What are you currently reading and why did you choose to read it?
Forever Disguised by Annie Woods! I was given a review copy of this book, but I chose to read it because I loved First Came Forever, which is the first book of the series. I am definitely going to be spending a lot of time awake tonight to read this one!

14) Do you have any plans for your blog in the future?
My mind is always thinking of new content for my blog, but it will always remain a book and writing blog.

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