The Reading Quest Readathon

I am not sure if this is a reading challenge or a readathon, but this looks like so much fun, that I had to sign-up. The challenge came from Aentee from Read at Midnight. She actually called it The Reading Quest. Before I begin, I also want to CW of Read, Think, Ponder for the artwork. That is who design the board and the characters.

The challenge starts on Sunday, August 13th and ends on Sunday, September 10, at midnight, in your area. The challenge looks simple. You pick a character and you follow the purple path on the Bingo board. That is the main quest. The blue tiles are the side quests that you can follow. There are even points that you can achieve while you participate. I have a left a link up above (the second link) so you can check out all of the rules and the game board itself.

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I have chosen to become a Mage, and I will follow the path starting on the bottom left with the Mage up until I reach the knight.

Before I begin, I must note that when making my TBR there were a lot of questions, and most of them were answered when I scrolled down. However, some of these questions were focusing on books that I have chosen for this readathon. I will star those quests in question. The quests for the Mages, and the books that I have chosen are…

  1. Read a book with a one-word title – I have chosen Carival by Stephanie Garber. I am looking forward to reading this book. I have owned this book for quite some time.
  2. Read a book that contains magic –  I am going with The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This one I am sure will count.
  3. Read a book based on mythology – I am a bit proud of my book choice. I feel a bit clever and ingenious with this book choice. I am going to be reading The Star Theif by Lindsey Becker. This book is about one girl’s adventure with the mythical constellations.
  4. Read a book set in a different world – I have chosen to read Cress by Marissa Meyers.
  5. Read the first book in a series – This was a bit difficult to find. I had to scour my shelves to find a book that would work. I tend to start series, not finish them. Alas, I was able to find one book. The book that I have chosen is Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

I have even grabbed some book that will work in some of the side quests. Those side quests and book are…

  1. Expansion: read a companion novel or a short story* – Originally I read the box as to read a second book or a companion novel and I was celebrating because that meant that I could read Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty. Then upon further inspection, thanks to this blog post I realize that it was short story or companion novel. If I can magically fit this in I would love to finish my serial box series. There is one more book that I have left with Remade. I am hoping that I can get to the last book which is The End of the Beginning.
  2. Time Warp: read a book set in either the past or the future – I have chosen to read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. I have heard a lot of great things about this book and I am really looking forward to reading it.
  3. Potions: read a book concocted by 2 or more authors* – I am not sure if I am cheating, but I proud of myself for thinking of this. I want to read Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Amerlle. It is 13 short stories written by 13 different authors. I believe that it should count.
  4. Open world: read whatever you want – I am hoping to get to You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner. In looking at the book, I do not think that this book will fit in any of the boxes. I am not sure, but I am really looking forward to getting to this book. Plus, it is one of my short ones.
  5. Respawn: read a book that you DNF – I am hoping that I can finish Twice Upon a Time by James Riley. I have started this book, but DNF it because I was caught in a minor reading slump in the beginning of the year. I did enjoy the book, and I am hoping to finish it within this reading challenge/ readathon.

I know that this is a lot, and I am not sure if I will make through to all of these books. Though I am hoping. In the following week, I will come up with a game plan that might work out, to help me stay on track. For now, this will be my TBR. If there are any changes, I will let you know.

I do hope that you will join me in this epic quest. Until next time. Happy reading!

 

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August Wrap-up & September TBR 2016

August was a pretty good month. I was able to read about 10 books. That is not bad. I am happy with the books that I have read, and I am looking forward to the books that I will be reading for this month. I was able to complete my challenge for the month of August, but not with the books that I planned on using. I ended up reading Saga Volumes 1 – 4. All of those books took one day to read.

I was planning on making this month be a theme, but that did not work. Instead, I am going to be reading books that have interested me, or that I need to finish. The challenge that I got for September was to read a book that was published before I was born. So here is the TBR.

  1. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin – This book is a bit darker than I thought it would be. It has its intense moments. I will say that I am stoked in having a stong, kickass physically disable main character.
  2. Saga Vol. 5
  3. Blood and Snow #3 and 4 – I have to finish the thrid part and start the fourth. The books are not that long, they are now becoming teadious.
  4. Cress by Marissa Mayers – I have started this book, and I need to end it. I am getting to a very intense part of the book, and I am just not ready for all the feels.
  5. Afterworlds by Scot Westerfield – This book is huge and heavy. I am not sure if I will be able to carry it with me. But I would love to try and read this book.
  6. Ember in the Ashes – I cannot remember when I started this book, but I think it is high time that I pick it back up and finish it.
  7. The Little Prince – my challenge book.

That is my TBR for the month of September. I am hoping that I will be able to stick to it better than August. Until next time, happy reading!

1st Bookly Box Unboxing – August 2016

I wanted to try another bookish box to see what others are like. This box is the Bookly Box. In this box, you get the book, a book bag, two bags of tea, and a couple of bookish items to help you read. In addition to these items, you will also be linked to a community to talk about the items you receive, and a chance to help those around the world receive a book of their own. That idea of helping those around the world did sell the box.  The box is 29.99 with a 5.99 shipping which comes to 28.98 a month. Unlike other subscription boxes, they do not have multiple box deals, it is a month to month subscription. However, they do have different genre boxes. I chose the children’s (7 to 14) box.  Let’s get started.

The first thing that I will show you is what I saw when I first opened up the box. In it, you will see the card on which area we are helping out this month as well as the book bag. This month Bookly Box is partnering up with Books For Africa in sending books to the Western Equatoria State.

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I then decided to take close up pictures of the card and the information provided to us. I am not sure which book they sent there. That is the only complaint that I have. I am very curious as to which book(s) they sent to that part of the world. I did find the reading fascinating and interesting, and I do hope that you will take the time to read the cards, like me.

I then took the bag out of the box. This is a close up picture of that bag. I must say that I was surprised with the quality of the bag. I thought the material would be a lot more rough and weak, but it is very sturdy and usable.

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The book that I got for this month is Thirteen by Tom Hoyle. The book seems very interesting. It is about a cult trying to kill a 13-year-old boy born at the turn of the millennium before he turns 14 to save society. My only problem is that I am having a hard time seeing 7 to 13-year-old reading this kind of book. It is very suspenseful, very thrilling, but it is also very dark.

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The next item that I grabbed out of the bag was the bookmark. I really do like this bookmark. However, I realize that I probably should get some counseling since it took me a while to realize that there are two different people, not the same person stuck in this weird cycle of forever going up this ladder.

The next item that I got was the two bags of tea. I am not a tea drinker, but they do seem interesting, so I might try them out.

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The last two items that I got were a book light and a book holder. The holder works by placing your thumb in the whole and using it to hold the book open with one hand while you are drinking or eating. I still need to master using this device since I feel like it covers up more words that help me read. The book like is good, and is pretty strong. However, it is also really small. I tried using it last night and I kept only getting one-page lit. I had to place the light on my body facing the book in order to get the whole book. I have tried different positions with the book and nothing seems to work better than the light being on me.

That was it. It is a very small box, but so far it has been a good one. I am interested to see what I will get next month.

You can also get a Bookly Box with a recurring 10% discount on your purchase with the code SUPERBOOKWORM.

I do hope that you enjoyed this unboxing and I will see you soon. Happy reading!

Bout of Books – Day 6

Okay. I know that I did a review for day six, but I still had plans to continue reading that day. I realize now that I should have waited until today to talk about yesterday, but there is nothing that I can do about that now.

Day six was not that bad. I spent most of the day either working or helping my mom and dad. It was not until 4:00 in the afternoon was I able to start reading. When I wrote about the previous days, I was still thinking about reading more of Thirteen, and I did. More than the 20 pages that I planned. I believe I read about 40 to 50 pages. The book is getting to be really good and intense. In one instance I am having a hard time putting to down, and in another, I am having a hard time continuing because of everything that is happening.

In the end, I really thought that my reading went very well for the day. I will talk to you tomorrow with my wrap-up with this readathon. See you next time. Happy reading!

Bout of Books Day 4, 5, & 6

Alright, the last few days have been hectic. On Thursday my Grandma got sent to the hospital via ambulance due to a high fever. She is doing fine now, but we have been given the notice that she has about two more months to live. That news has not set in yet, due to the fact that I have been trying to balance taking care of my sister, my mom, and helping my mom around the house.

In all that has happened, Thursday was a good day for reading. I was able to finish P.S. I Like You, and I also read It’s Halloween. I have then proceeded to start and continue to read Thirteen on Friday. I am only 74 pages into the book. It is not an easy read. It is definitely an intense thriller book. I am not sure how to word it, but it is not something that you can breeze through.

In the process of the past few days, I was not able to participate in any of the challenges. Thursday’s challenge was to create a tabloid headline with a book that you are currently reading or a book that you have read. At the time I was not sure what I was going to say or which book I was going to pick, and I still don’t know what to do with this challenge. Everything that I came up with sounds dumb. The best one that I can come up with is :”Thirteen-year-old is in danger of death by  crazy millennium cult!”

Friday’s challenge was fun, and I did have a response to it but was not able to get to a computer at all that day. The challenge was to connect a book with a song. Which is interesting because I sometimes naturally do that. For example Face the Fire, the song that I have stuck in my head for it is Lady Gaga’s Judas. Somehow I was reading that book and listening to the Just Born This Way album and the song seemed to fit so much that I am not able to let it go. Judas does fit this song perfectly if you have read this book.

So those have been my last few days. I am hoping to get another 20 pages done with Thirteen before the end of tonight. Then make some more posts for this week. See you next time, and happy reading.

Bout of Books 17 – Day 3

Alright, time to look at how much reading I have done today. Today was a bit different. I feel like I got a lot more reading done today. I am not finished with P.S. I Like You, but today feels different. It probably because there were Twitter posts about just enjoying reading the books that you are reading, and not to worry about the book count. These are the type of statements that I needed to hear. It is making me happier and so much more relieved. I most likely only read 100 pages. As for tomorrow, we will see what I feel like reading. I am most likely sure that I will finish P.S. I Like You tomorrow since I cannot put it down. I am also hoping to start and finish Saga Volume 5. I am not sure what will happen tomorrow.

Now it is time for today’s challenge. Today’s fun challenge was to take a photo of your bookshelf. I hope you enjoy the view. It is not all of my books. Some of my books are at other locations and I have yet to have the time to clean it up. As you can tell, I never finished my Modge Podge project. It still looks good.

IMG_2573[1]I better get going. I need to get ready for work tomorrow. To be honest, I am hoping that I will be responsible enough to get to bed so that I will be awake for tomorrow. I will let you know tomorrow how that turned out. Until next time, happy reading!

Bout of Books 17 – Day 2

Okay… I know what you are thinking. How much reading did I get done today?

Well… I found out that I have made it to chapter 8 before the big reading slump took place for An Ember in the Ashes. I did get through Saga Volume 4 and hopefully, I will get some more reading for P.S. I Like you before bed. As far as the reading count goes, I got through 1 graphic novel and 100 pages.

So what is my plan for tomorrow? Well, I need to finish volume five of Saga, and at least get started on An Ember in the Ashes. I am not sure how that is going to work out, since tomorrow is my really crazy day.

Now let’s move onto the challenge. This sounds easy, but it was a bit challenging and fun. A lot of the books and pages I choose had tons of articles. If you need examples of the different types of articles click on the link to help you out.

The Nickster hosted at Bout of Books — Mix ‘n Match (instructions right below!)


Pick out 10-15 books from your shelf, from your local library, or from a local bookstore. They can be any genre, any language, and any length. In each book, flip to a random page and pick the 1st word (articles such as “the”, “and”, “an”, “or”, etc. don’t count as the 1st word). Use all these 1st words to try to create an actual sentence. If the books are in different languages, feel free to translate them to all one language or leave them as they are! also, you can add in some articles, such as “the”, “and”, “an”, “or”, etc., if you want to make the sentence flow better.

I grabbed 13 books. Here are my books and the words that I grabbed.

  1. An Ember in the Ashes, we (127)
  2. P.S. I Like You, I (247)
  3. City of Bone, one (225)
  4. The Secret Garden, if (127)
  5. Uprooted, light (179)
  6. Stars Above, now (209)
  7. Unwanteds, eliminators (236)
  8. Wicked Lovely, sisters (177)
  9. Counting By 7’s, young (247)
  10. Half Upon A Time, many (201)
  11. This is Where it Ends, would (97)
  12. Dumplin, work (243)
  13. Hamlet, doubt (57)

Here is my sentence

If we light now, the young eliminator sisters would work many doubt.

Sadly, I cannot tell you what it means, but it does sound interesting. I can tell you how much this challenge has highlighted the use of articles that we use everyday in the English Language.

I do hope that you enjoyed this little update. See you soon, and happy reading!