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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Day 1 of Booktubeathon 2017

Alright… To tell you the truth the first day did not go as planned. I accidentally slept in and when I tried to listen to the book I was reading last night, I discovered I did not have the internet, which meant that I could not download the book onto my iPod. Which meant I was behind on my reading. I was hoping to finish Serafina and the Black Cloak on my way to work and start Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. I was even hoping to be almost done with that book today.

Sadly, that did not happen. I spent 30 minutes uploading pictures of my camp for work, ate lunch, then I actually spent the hour working on my Instagram challenge. I then spent about an hour reading, in which I was able to finish Serafina and the Black Cloak and start Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. About an hour later, I decided that I should get a bit more work done, so I decided to sort Lego. I did not continue reading or switched books at that time.

However, I can claim that I did finish one book (about 30 pages) and read about 94 pages in another. That is not bad. Not what I expected, but it was still good, and I still got some reading done.

In addition, my picture for the first challenge did not go as planned. The first Instagram challenge was to finish a book cover. I can tell you that I was not happy with it when I posted it, but I was running out of time, and I wanted to get back to reading. To stay on top of my schedule that I had set up for myself. I must say that I am grateful for all the likes. It made me realize that I did do a good job on the challenge. I was just being hard on myself. I know that it is not perfect, but it is decent and it does look like it can go with the rest of the book.

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So what are my plans for tomorrow? I would like to finish Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.  I can easily do that while I am eating lunch and doing the Instagram challenge if I can get ahold of the audio book. Do the reading the books outside challenge. That can be completed after work and before I pick my sister up. I am also hoping to start either The Girl who Drank the Moon or The Dark Prophecy. I am hoping to get a bit more reading in tomorrow. This is funny since I have less time to read.

So wish me the best luck in my endeavors. I am also hoping the very best for yours.

If you are participating in this readathon let me know down below. How are you doing? Have you completed any challenges yet? And what is your game plan for tomorrow?

Until tomorrow. Happy reading!

Now it is off for those of us to save Ariel and Kristina from the Demon that has kidnapped them both on Twitter.

Bout of Books 17 – Day 1

Alright… Let me be real here, I did not get a lot of reading done today. Let’s just say that today was not a good day in general. As much as I want to read An Ember in the Ashes, I just am not in the mood to listen to it. On top of that, I did not get one book done, but I did get to read about 80 pages today in P.S. I Like you. No matter how much I try, I just want to read that book. That is all I am thinking about. I just love the main character.

That is the sad patheticness of my life. Only 80 pages read. I did get to help my sister get ready for school after she slept in, freeze two credit cards, went to the college to help my one on one participate in a walking class, get her signed up, freed my keys from my locked car, and now I am writing this post. So far the highlights of my day have been writing this post and reading.

Now, let’s get onto the challenge. Today’s challenge is to look at books to movies adaptations. This was done by Writing My Own Fairytale. The challenge is to share both our favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptation. We could explain if we want to, but it is not necessary.

My favorite book to movie adaptation is The Book Theif. I loved this book, and the movie is no different. The movie was beautifully well done and honored the time period as well as the book, even through their differences.

My least favorite book to movie adaptation will have to be Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. I do not know where to begin. Maybe those who have read the book and seen the movie can help me out. I was not happy with the movie.

So that my friends is day one. I do hope that tomorrow will be better. I have decided to change my plans and to try to read the Saga series between job one and job two. Maybe even fit some more of P.S. I Like You while I am at work. I am also hoping that I will get be able to start my audio book to tomorrow.

If you are participating, how is your reading? Are you keeping up? Are you having fun? I do hope that you are having some fun. I will see you tomorrow. Happy reading!

Bout of Books TBR

Okay. I am so stoked to get this party started. Next week is the Bout of Books Readathon (August 22 to 28th). I am not sure how I am going to do since I will be balancing multiple jobs next week, but I would like to get a least a few books read.

If you want to sign up, it is easy. Just go to their site http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com/, and fill out a form on the bottom. You will also need to make a post on either your blog, twitter, or some other social media source to tell the world that you are participating.  It is super simple. There are also some great contest for you to participate in along the way.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So here are the books that I am planning on reading for Bout of Books

  1. Saga Vol. 4
  2. Saga Vol. 5
  3. The Vampire Christopher
  4. Blood Soaked Promises
  5. P.S. I Like You
  6. Ember in the Ashes

I feel as though that is a bit ambitious. However, I picked many quick short books. I also picked an audiobook so that I can maximize the time that I spent reading. I have about 16 hours to read from Monday to Saturday. I have most of the day Sunday to read, as you can see with the schedule below. IMG_2538[1]

My plans are to read the graphic novels on Monday and Tuesday. Both of those library books are due on Wednesday. After that, it is more along the lines of what I feel like reading, but I feel as though I would get more done if I focus on the short stories on Wednesday and Thursday ( The Vampire Christopher and Blood Soaked Promises). Ember in the Ashes is my audio book that I will listen to while I am getting ready and traveling to work. I am hoping that I will be able to finish this 15.5-hour book within this week. I am planning on reading P.S. I Like You on both Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be my catch up day if I fall behind.

That is my TBR and plans for Bout-of-Books 17. What are your plans? Are you planning on participating in Bout-of-Books 17? There is still time to sign up if you want to participate. It is a lot of fun and I am looking forward to my week of craziness.

I will talk to you soon. 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 Day 6

How much reading did I get done today…. Hmm…. Let me be honest, I just did not feel like reading. I would like to say that I didn’t but I got some pages done. I have read five pages from Uprooted and idiotically started Paper and Fire when I realize that I needed to go back to Ink and Bone. I do not know why, but somehow I mixed up the two book and for the longest of times I could not figure out what was going on. Let me tell you I was confused for my whole entire drive to work, which is about 30 minutes. It was not until after work did I realize that I accidently picked the wrong audiobook. Opps. Oh well.

As of officially last night, I was able to complete all seven challenges. I so far read a total of nine books consisting of 1,671 pages. Anything that I do now is bonus reading material. which is good because I am only one book behind my Goodreads reading goal.

I am not sure if I will read later on tonight as well. Uprooted is finally starting to take my interest again and I am having a hard time putting it down. However, I am craving my new obsession with Korean Drama with a web series called Doctor Crush. In addition, I am also craving a bed, since I have gotten very little sleep this whole week. I believe the most amount of sleep I got this week is seven, which was last night. Let me tell you, it was hard getting up this morning to get to work.

Tomorrow is going to be different. I am not sure what will be done, but I do believe that I will be able to continue wth Ink and Bone. For this job, I will be cleaning and waxing the floors for the whole entire house. I figure it will take me about five hours to complete. Thus I will be able to go through about half of the book (hopefully). We will see.

I will talk to you tomorrow. Happy reading!

Booktubeathon Day 1!

I cannot believe that we are almost done with day one of Booktubeathon. Strangely, I am only an hour behind my schedule time. I am extremely proud of myself. I have finished one book, 18% of another, and in 30 minutes I will be also to start the Spiderwick Chronicles. The book that I got to finish was The Time Machine, and I was able to start listening to More Than This.  I am hoping to keep this pace up and to continue reading.

For tomorrow I am thinking of continuing listening to More Than This and I might read Sorta Like a Rock Star. I am not sure. I know the book is due soon, so I should finish that, but I also want to get started on some of the other books on my TBR. We will see what I feel like reading tomorrow.

Now onto the review. I have decided to keep the format that I did with Everland. I feel like that this format is simpler. I will admit that there will be some SPOILERS. There is no way around it since these spoilers are what helped influenced my rating.

13706928_120120881758330_1698675885_nThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells. This book completes the challenge of reading a book that is older than you.

Rating – I really wish that Goodreads allowed half and partial ratings. For if I was to honestly rate this I would go about giving it 3.5 stars out of 5. Instead, I deiced to go with 4 out of five stars. I ended up liking this classic a bit more than some of the other classics that I have recently read, which helped it gained a .5 star rating.

Summary – This book is about a scientist adventure into the far future with his time machine.

Pros – There were so many things that I truly enjoyed about this book. One, I learned a lot about the past. I did not know that there were portable cameras in late 1800, let alone Kodaks. I thought the type of cameras that existed back then were your old fashion still cameras. The big bulky ones on the side here. I also enjoyed the dual perspectives of the story, like a story within a story. It was nice to see someone else’s view on the accounts that the time traveler told. Finally, I enjoyed the theme about the nature of man and how our choices affect our future. It was somewhat similar to the Jekyll and Hyde in the idea of the two sides of what a man is. I really enjoyed how it is making me think, and wonder how far are we to the society that H.G Wells wrote about.

Cons (yes there are spoilers)- I do have a couple of cons that annoyed me at the end of the book. They are related to each other. The fist annoyance that I had was our Time Travelers lack of thinking, whether it was taking stupid risky moves (like going down a scary dark pipe after everyone tells you not to) to freaking out the inhabitants. It annoys me so much that he sees himself as so much more superior to these inhabiants but he makes these stupid decisions that can cost lives. In addition, he also just stupidly goes back after his near death encounter without a thought on how he can change his device so that the same problem won’t happen a second time. The other thing that annoyed me was that he forgot to bring stuff to help him document his trip, like a camera, or a paper and pen. How are you a scientist and still lack the proper equipment to help prove your case? Finally, we also have those “convenient” moments.  During one of our stupid reckless trips, our scientist discovered that he only had four more matches left and realize that he was recklessly using supplies that he should have saved. Later on, he goes into a museum and discovers matches! How convenient is that?

Recommendations – I will admit that I am being a bit bias and recommending this book to everyone for the sake of curiosity. I really want to know what is your take on this classic. On one hand, I did enjoy the adventure and  the ideas that the book provided. I enjoyed the fact that the book made me think about what is humanity and how our choices can effect that meaning of humanity. On the other hand, the conveniences, at the end of the book, were a bit annoying.

That is my review of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. My friends, the sun has finally set and it is time to start reading the after sunset book. I will see you tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening. Happy reading!