October 2017 TBR

I know I am a bit late. Right now it is only 8 days after the start of October. However, I still want to give you an idea of what I want to read for this month. Due to my crazy schedule and plans, I have planned to only read four books, and one of those books I am almost done. Let us get started.

The first book is a book I want to finish and I am about 50 pages towards the end. That book is Everything All At Once by Bill Nye. I am enjoying the book and I am finding it quite inspirational. It is just taking me a while to finish it.

Another book that I want to read is called A Sea of Shattered Glass by Kyla Stone. I have actually been given this book for free to read for an honest review. I am about fifty pages into the book, and so far I am enjoying it. I am looking forward to how the story will play out.

The next book that I want to read has been the book I have been looking forward to reading since the beginning of the year. It will be bittersweet to finish this series, but I am looking forward to opening this book and reading Magus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead. Let’s just say that this book has been on my TBR since the beginning of the year.

Last but not least, I am hoping to read Haunting the Deep. I didn’t even know that this book was going to be out until I saw the book trailer. I have to say real quickly that I am really glad that they got the same actors to play in the book trailer. Of course, I am stoked to start reading this book. I loved and enjoyed the last the first book in the series, so I am looking forward to what will be happening next.

Those are the four books that I am planning on reading in the month of October. What books are you planning on reading this month? Do you have any fun and spooktacular plans for this month? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time. Happy and spooky reading!

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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!

 

Booktubeathon 2017

I find this very fitting that WordPress just informed me that it is my four year anniversary. Why? The reason why I started this blog was to document my experience with booktubeathon back in 2013. I can honestly say that I am excited to not only participate in Booktubeathon this year but to be back on my blog. A lot has happened and there is a lot of catching up to do, but today I just want to focus on the challenges and the fun that I will experience for booktubeathon.

In case you want to know, Booktubeathon is a week long readathon hosted by Ariel Bissett. It is a week where booktube gets together to have fun, read, and to complete some challenges, not just reading, but with videos and Instagram.

This year reading challenges are…

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover
  2. Read a hyped book
  3. Finish a book in one day
  4. Read about a character different from you
  5. Read a book outside
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover
  7. Read 7 books
  8. Read the group book Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

I do not have the video and the Instagram challenges. Those are usually given the day of that given challenge.

This event is fun and it is happening from Monday, July 24th to Sunday, July 30th.  It starts at midnight in your area, and end at midnight in your area. It is not like some of other readathons, like Dewey’s 24-hour readathon, where everyone starts at the same time. It is one of my favorite experiences is seeing all the different times that these readathons start and end. I really do recommend for everyone to try it out.

I am really excited to share with you all the books that I am planning on reading. However, I must admit that I got a little too crazy. I just saw that the readathon was coming, watched the reading challenges video and started grabbing books off my shelf. In short, I have currently 17 books (18 if I do not finish my current read) that will fit the challenges, and barely any time to read any of them.  I was looking at times for reading, and not doing video or Instagram challenges, and my worst days this week is on Tuesday and Thursday where I have 3.5 hours of reading time. If I take an hour to do the Instagram challenge, I would be left with 2.5 hours of reading. However, this year I would like to try to do at least one to two video challenges as well. I will see. I really want to read more than anything.

I figure that the best thing to do is to share with you all the books that I picked in excited glee.  Show you the top picks that I wanted to read by the end of this week. I figure if I do not read all the books that I wanted to, for what ever reason, I have at least several options to choose from to help me succeed with this readathon.

Here are all of the books that I grabbed while I was preparing for this year’s Booktubeathon.

  1. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
  2. Click Clack Quackity Quack By Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  3. The Book No One Ever Read by Cornelia Funke
  4. The Trails of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
  5. Almost Home by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  6. Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton
  7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespear
  8. New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
  9. Mosquito Land by David Arnold
  10. Story Thieves by James Riley
  11. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
  12. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
  14. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  15. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  16. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  17. A Million Junes by Emily Henry
  18. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty – The book that I am currently reading and hoping to finish before the readathon tomorrow.

Now I thought of the many ways to show you how I could easily succeed these challenges. It was the one thing that made me almost make a video of my TBR. However, I figured out how I can successfully make that TBR.  Are you ready? I hope so…

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover

2. Read a hyped book

3. Finish a book in one day – Here are all of the books that I could finish in a day

4. Read about a character different from you

5. Read a book outside – So I have been having some health problems for a while and one of the issues that I have is light sensitivity. With the fear of the light sensitivity, I have decided to read some short books. I do feel like I am cheating a bit, so I choose two books for this challenge.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover – I am starting to realize that my buying and book choosing habits. I really need to stop and think things through.

7. Read 7 books -I know that these are more than seven books, but these books are my top choices that I want to read throughout the week. I do want to point out that I did not put these books in the order of the challenges or how I want to read them. I just wanted to list books that I really want to read for the readathon.

8. Read the group book Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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That, my dear friends, is my TBR for the booktubeathon. I do hope that I will be able to get through as many books as possible this coming week. I will post my schedule for the coming week down below. I just did not have enough time to figure out which books I want to read at which time. I might just end up filling in the calendar and letting you know what I have been reading throughout the week with my update.

Without futher ado, we must begin, since the first sprint is going to happen any minute.

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!

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!

July Wrap up and August TBR

July was a really good month in reading. I did a lot of catch up with my Goodreads yearly reading, thanks to Booktubeathon. I also completed the challenge this month during Booktubeathon.

I read a total of 18 books, maybe 17. This equates to 3,922 to 39720 pages read. I am really happy with the outcome of this month and all the reading that I was able to accomplish. Now one of the books is really weird. It is a series of books within a series. In doing some research with the most recent book that I am reading, I have discovered that books one through four are all part of the first “book.” I do not know how else to word it. On one had Goodreads does recognize the first book as an individual book but at the same time part of a compilation.

Moving onto August. I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do since we are getting towards the end of summer and starting with school in a few weeks. On one hand I am ready for school to start, but on the other hand, I still want a little bit more time to relax and enjoy the summer weather.

The challenge that I get to achieve this month is to “read a book in one day”. I am looking forward to this challenge since I have completed it before.

  1. I do want to finish the Blood and Snow series by RaShell Workman. I have left
    1. The Revenant in Training
    2. The Vampire Christopher
    3. Blood Soak Promises
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling
  3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K Rowling
  5. Flunked by Jen Calonita

I am thinking of doing  The Vampire Christopher as my book in one sitting. Almost all the other books I have started but I have never finished, and it is time for me to finish them.I can tell you that I am excited to start and finish The Cursed Child.

What are your reading plans for the month of August? Do you have any fun adventures planned for the last few days left of summer (or winter)? Let me know down below.

Have a great week and I will see you 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!