Bout of Books update Day one and two

I know that I am a bit behind, but I am participating in the Bout of Books readathon. Sadly my first day I did not get any reading done. I have really no excuse as to why I did not read. I was not working that day. I had the whole entire day to read. I just did not feel like reading. I will be honest, and admit that I was not feeling well, but that usually does not affect my mood in reading. I am just a little burnt out from last year with all the last minute reading that I did to make sure that I was able to get to my goal of 150 books.

I will also admit here that day two was the same as day one. I did not get any reading done.

As for the challenges for day one. I actually forgot that Bout of Books was happening until I receive the Twitter update. By then, I was out of the house helping my mom shop and get items for this weekend’s event. By the time we got home, it was a little late and all I wanted to do was to get to bed and sleep.

Hopefully, day three will be better. Technically I am not working in the morning so I could read for a few hours. Since I did borrow a lot of books from the library, I do want to read those books first. My plan is to read The Ms. Marvel comics volumes three through five over the next two days and hopefully finish Every Heart A Doorway by Friday.

That is my plan for the rest of Bout of Books. I will have an update tomorrow to let you know how everything is going.

I will see you next time. Until then, happy reading!

Gobble-up Books Readathon Update

To tell you the truth, I am not doing to0 well on this readathon. For those of you are participating, I am sorry. The first two days have been crazy. Wednesday was a bit crazy. In the beginning, I forgot, and my the time I remember it was too late. I was trying to balance work, NaNoWriMo, and celebrating Thanksgiving with my dad. Looking back I could have easily done some sprints inthe afternoon, but I just got caught up in writing that I actually forgot to set up some sprint times. As for Thursday, just Thanksgiving took over. It was a good thing that I was planning on not making thanksgiving a big day, but I never planned on just ignoring it.  I was not planning on spending the whole day in the kitchen making Thanksgiving dinner, that in and of itself threw me off.

I do hope that yesterday was better. I tried to fit in more reading sprints and make it a bit more fun. Looking back, it might not have been what I have planned, but it did work out a lot better than I expected. And today, I am making some adjustments to what I have learned from yesterday. Though I will admit that the times will slightly change.

I know that I claimed that the reading sprints for today will be 8AM, 12PM, 3PM, 6PM, and 9PM. I accidently overslept today and it threw off everything. So the new times are 1PM for 10 minutes. 4PM for 30 minutes, and 7PM for 30 minutes. I will also have another sprint at 7:45PM for 15 minutes. Depending on how my headache is doing, I might add another one around 9 or 10PM. My sister supposes to be doing a parade around 5PM. I will see what will need to be done. I might end up going to the parade, or I might end up watching my grandma. I am not sure what we are going to do. I do have plans on still being able to host the sprints no matter what happens.

As for reading. I haven’t done terribly. Out of the four challenges, I did complete two. I finished a DNF book and I was able to finish a book under 200 pages yesterday. The is good. The book that I started with this readathon, is not really hooking me. I feel a little left out because the book is so hyped up that I am sitting here wondering what am I missing? The books that I did do yesterday was Junie B., First Grade Cheater Pants and I finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I still have two more books to go and two more days left of this readathon.

As for those of you who are participating. How is the readathon working out for you? How many books have you finished? Are you having fun?

Well, I have to go. In about 10 minutes we will have another reading sprint on both Facebook and Twitter. See you there and happy reading!

Gobble Up Books Readathon

I am sorry that this post got out a little later than plan. But I am hoping everyone who desires to participate in the readathon can still join in on the fun. The readathon is still at its usual time from Midnight on Wednesday, November 23 to 11:59PM on Sunday, November 27.  Because of the fact that this readathon is surrounded by America’s Thanksgiving holiday, this readathon is not as hard-core as other readathons. I also understand that not everyone has Thanksgiving at the same time and that everyone will be working. But I do hope that you can join in the fun.

Unlike last year, which I just had the goal of reading as many books as possible, this year I am planning on having a few reading challenges.

  1. Read 4 books – I know that the readathon is 5 days long, but I do want to give the opportunity for people to spend time with friends and family during the weekend, especially if you are celebrating the holiday.
  2. Read a book that you did not finish (DNF).
  3. Read a book that is less than 200 pages. I was also thinking that if you have a book that you have not finished but you have less than 200 pages, that that book can count.
  4. Read a book that you have already read.
  5. Do not combine the challenges.

That is it, everyone. I do hope that you will get to join me in this readathon. I will be doing sprints on both Twitter and Facebook, throughout the readathon. I cannot wait for this to start.

Happy Reading!

24 Hour Dewey Readathon – October 2016

Let me be real here. It was not one of my best readathon outcomes. I was only able to finish a book, and on top of that, I felt as though I failed. Though I am happy with my response on Twitter, and how everyone was helping me feel good about myself. Even though I was not able to do any of the challenges, or get many pages read, I was still able to enjoy the book that I finished.

  • Which hour was most daunting for you?

Almost all of it. I was mainly only able to read in the afternoon to early evening. By the time 10:00PM hit, I was so tired from my week, I had to go to bed.

  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
  1. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
  2. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

I really don’t. I feel kind of bad not being able to participate in it as much as I was planning on to in the beginning of this month.

  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Honestly, I felt as though I am not qualified to answer this question. I was not able to participate in it as much as I was planning to.

  • How many books did you read?

Let me be honest, I was able to finish a book. About 250 pages.

  • What were the names of the books you read?

I finished How to Hang a Witch by Ariana Mather.

  • Which book did you enjoy most?

The only one I finished. Which I am glad, because thinking about it, it would have been disappointing if I didn’t enjoy the book.

  • Which did you enjoy least?

Luckily none.

  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I would love to participate in next year’s readathon. I believe that I will just stick to a participant reading their books. I am not sure what the next readathon will bring, and I do not want to put too much on my plate.

That is my Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon experience. I am not sure what the next few months will bring. Things have been super crazy at home. In addition, I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. Why? I am not entirely sure, but I will be happy if I could get to 25,000 words instead of the 50,000 words that are required by the end of the month of November. I am planning on getting ahead of some blogging to make up some of those weeks that I will be focusing on the writing challenge.

That is all folks. I will see you soon. Happy reading!

A Super Halloween 2016 TBR

I am really stoked. I have a lot planned for the month of October. There are two readathons that I am hoping to participate, and a TBR that I have been planning since August. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s quickly do a wrap-up for the month of September.

September was an interesting month. I was able to read a total of 13 books, but I only read one book that was on my TBR. In addition, I was able to complete the challenge for the TBR jar. Instead of reading The Little Prince, I read a few books written by Beatrix Potter. So in one way, it was a good month. All the books I have read, have been pretty good. Below is the list of all the books that I have read in the month of September.

  1. Princess are Not Perfect by Kate Lum
  2. Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert
  3. The Big Blue Spot by Holwitz Peter
  4. Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
  5. Willie Wins by Almira Astudillo Gilles
  6. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
  7. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  8. Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham
  9. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
  10. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
  11. The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
  12. Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee by Mark A. Cooper
  13. Remade: Shadows and Dreams by Matthew Cody

Now for October’s TBR. I am planning on making this month a spooky Halloween theme. Even if the book just has your usual witches, goblins, ghosts, and other paranormal fun, the idea is to read a book that is in the spirit of Halloween. Even my TBR challenge jar will participate in this theme. The challenge of this month is to read a book I should have read in high school. This was a hard challenge to complete because I read all the books that our teacher assigned to us. However, I decided to be a bit creative since my class was not able to read our “traditional” Shakespear book when I was in 11th grade. So, let’s begin with this TBR.

  1. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mathers
  2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  3. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
  4. Foretold by Carrie Ryan
  5. A Madness so Discrete by Mindy McGinnis
  6. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  7. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  8. The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby
  9. MacBeth by William Shakespeare – the TBR challenge book
  10. Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – Can we count mythology? There are monsters in mythology.

I am a bit excited for this month’s TBR list. I am also a bit afraid that I will not be able to complete it. I usually don’t do scary books. I am willing to try it, and figure Halloween is the best time to get into the spirit. I do have some other books on reserve if I cannot handle the scariness but still follow under the Halloween umbrella. Those books are…

  1. How to Train Your Dragon – again with the mythical beast.
  2. Rebel of the Sands – apparently there is magic
  3. Heir Apparent
  4. This Savage Song
  5. Finish the Unwanted series.
    1. The Island of Legends
    2. The Island of Shipwrecks
    3. The Island of Graves

We will see what this month will bring.

As I have mentioned before, there are two readathons that I will be participating in this month. The first one is the Fright Fall Readathon. that will be happening from October 3rd to October 9th. The theme is to read scary books. The second readathon is the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon on the 22nd of October.

What are your plans for the month of October? Are you planning on reading any scary books? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, happy reading!

Booktubeathon Wrap-up

For those of you who have participated, how was your booktubeathon? Mine actually went very well. I was able to complete all of the challenges and read a total of 9 books. Not half bad. The only books that I did not finish on my TBR were Uprooted and More Happy Than Not. I was even able to participate in all of the Instagram challenges and got a review in.

To give you an update on Sunday, I was not able to get as much reading as I thought I would get done. I tried to listen to Truth Witch, but I was not feeling it. In truth, I was just not into listening to another audiobook. In addition, the work that I did took longer than planned. I was there from 10AM to 8PM. Let me tell you that I am still sore and tired from doing the floors. However, I was able to get about another 20 pages done from Uprooted. But that was it. All I wanted to do, that evening, was to take a shower and sleep after my long day at work.

Other than that, I considered Booktubeathon 2016 to be a great success. I did all of the reading challenges and participated in both the Twitter and Instagram platforms. I had tons of fun, and I cannot wait for the December Booktubeathon.

I will post all the pictures that I have posted on Instagram and Twitter in a separate post. It will be one of the posts that I will make sure that I do not copy for Twitter since most of the pictures will be repeated on that social network. I will even give you reviews on the books that I have read during the week of Booktubeathon. I do hope that your week is going perfect and that you are enjoying all the adventures that life has to offer.

See you next time. Happy reading!

Booktubeathon 2016 Pictures

I spent a while thinking about how I was going to organize these photos. Originally I wanted to do it day by day, then I thought to separate between Instagram and Twitter. In the end, I am hoping that the day by day photos will work. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these photos.

Day One

Okay, the Instagram challenge for day one was to take a photo of a book in a landscape that matches the story. I chose to do I am Princess X at a table with some coffee and a notebook for some notes. I have both the original and the one that I posted on the Instagram side by side for your viewing.

IMG_2303 Okay, I took this picture because of a book sprint to show what book I was reading during that book sprint.

IMG_2316 The final picture of the day was to show what book I would be reading that evening along with what I will be drinking to stay awake. I told the land of Twitter that I would drink either Hot Chocolate or something else to help me stay awake all night long.

Day Two

Again, another side by side shoot for what I decided to do for the Day two Instagram challenge. On Day two, we can to create a rainbow stack of book. I chose to make a rainbow. However, if you do have Instagram I do encourage you to see the winner of this challenge, it is amazing. Though I can tell you that this was a hard project and I was a bit upset that I did not win. Getting those books to balance on each other were not easy. I could also kick myself for the filter that I chose for this challenge. On one hand, it did make all the colors match from one side to the next, but it sadly made the red book look pink. Uhggg!

The next photo was to post a photo of our TBR for booktubeathon on Twitter with the #AlmostBookstagram. I must say that it was a bit hard. I took several photos and felt as though none of them would be worthy for Instagram (though it was only my second day using Instagram as Super Book Worm.) Again you can see the different photos that I have made, with the final product on the bottom.  I will admit that the lighting in my room is not the best for photos, even at 8AM in the morning.

I even took a photo of me working and listening to my book at the same time. Yes, I did get at least two hours of reading done! God, I love my job. I was helping my boss purge some folders during our down time.

The final photo that I took was for Twitter. The challenge was to take a photo of your bookmark. I was borrowing a ruler from work and decided to use it as a bookmark for one of the books that I was reading. It did the job, and the Bookmark.. the ruler, is now back to where it belongs.

Day Three

Day three challenge for Instagram was to take a picture of your favorite book quote. I did not know what to pick so I chose to use on of the books that I was reading for the Booktubeathon. I do love the quote and found it hopeful and necessary with what is happening in our world today. Let it be a reminder that we should all be “hope spreaders.”

 

Day Four

The Instagram challenge for this day was to take a picture of your snack and the book that you are reading. I ended up taking a picture of my breakfast. That day was a little bit crazy and I was not sure if I would be able to get in a good snack photo at the time.

I also decided to share a little fun quote while I was reading the Hidden Oracle. You got to love Percy. I was just dying of laughing as well as agreeing with him when he made the statement “But the list never seems to end.” I also included some other fun parts of the book that I thought were enjoyable.

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In addition, I also took a picture of my delicious lunch. I had a hamburger in a tortilla bread with some hashbrowns. It was really good.

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Finally, I also was giving a book rating to a book that I was reading on Twitter.

Day Five

The challenge for Instagram on day five was to take a photo of your favorite classic. I was so upset that I forgot to go to the library to get The Chess Garden, but it worked out that I was able to grab my next favorite, A Wrinkle in Time. I was trying to recreate what Meg’s desk would look like. This was another one of those photos that grew and changed the more I thought about it. The end product that I turned in is on the bottom. I am actually proud of how the photo came out. I need my glasses to see. So a clear photo is a blessing.

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The next photo I am not sure. I believe it was for Twitter I believe it was to show people what I was reading. I know that I did switch from More Happy Than Not to Sorta Like a Rock Star. So I believe that I gave a rating to More Happy Than Not then I moved onto Sorta Like a Rock Star. Why the photos are out of order are beyond me.

Day Six

The Instagram challenge for day six was to take a picture of a second-hand book or a book given to you. I chose a book that was given to me by my grandmother. She claimed that she did not like the book because it had too much fantasy. I thought I would not like the book because it would have too much romance. I am glad that I have read this book. It is one of my favorite yearly reads.

The next picture was for Twitter. It was for a book recommendation. I chose to recommend The Unwanteds. I enjoyed the book and thought others would too.

After that, another contest was for some pretty covers. Then for some books that we would love to read. a future TBR you could say.

I also took some photos that were not in some contests, but just for fun. The first one was showing that I was watching Legally Blond and reading Uprooted. After that, I took a picture of what I was reading. The twitter sprint at the time was a lot of fun, and we were focusing on ghosts, and I was showing that I was reading about a place that had a lot of death. That twitter sprint was a lot of fun.

Day Seven

The last day, I was not able to participate with booktubeathon as much as I would like. That was the day that I ended up working for 8 hours. Though I did get in the Instagram photo. That challenge was to take a picture of a book outside. Not very creative, but I wanted to get that seventh challenge done and I only had an hour left.

That is all the photos that I took for the Booktubeathon. Let me know what you think. I do hope that you enjoyed getting to see the original as well as the filtered/ edited copy. They were a lot of fun to take. See you next time.

Happy reading!