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My #TheReadingQuest Sign Up and TBR

Hello! If you haven’t heard of #TheReadingQuest, you can find all the info you need by clicking here!

In general terms (if you don’t want to click), it’s a reading challenge that lasts from August 13th to September 10th, and it’s video game themed! Right up my alley right? When I heard of it, I knew I had to participate! There are four class paths to take: Knight, Bard, Mage, and Rogue. For this challenge, I have chosen the Knight path. (This lovely art was created by ReadThinkPonder)

Reading Quest Board

Each ‘player’ starts out at Level 1, with 10 Exp and 10 HP. Level ups happen every 50 Exp acquired. Every book completed regardless of format gives you 10 Exp, unless it was by an #ownvoices author which gains you 20 Exp. Another exception is a graphic novel or manga, which only gives you 5 Exp. If you complete your path before Sept. 10th, you automatically get 50 Exp, and 30 for every additional completed path.

Health points add up as follows: You get +1 HP for every 10 pages read, or +1 HP for every 20 minutes of an audiobook. Graphic novels/manga are +1 every 20 pages. Tweeting relevant tweets under the hashtag give +1 HP each, up to 20 max. Photos of quest books or your challenge TBR are +1 HP and count towards the social media 20 HP max.

There’s a prize at the end for whoever gains the most Exp and HP, which I already know won’t be me lol. I’m just doing this for fun and to push myself to read regularly again!

So without further ado, here’s my TBR!

First Book of Series: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

A Book with a Verb in its Title: Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Matlin (an #ownvoices author)

A Book with a Weapon on its Cover: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill (there’s a bow and arrow)

A Book with a Red Cover: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (Been meaning to read it for the longest time)

A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (never read, but just re-watched those movies a few weeks ago)

Hope that might have piqued your interest to join in on the fun. Happy Reading!

My (Very Late) Bout of Books Wrap-Up

So sorry for the lack of posts; I honestly got addicted to crocheting so that took up basically all my time. You’ll also notice this reflected in my page counts as I didn’t read a thing for 3 days. No shame though, as I created a nice gift for a friend’s birthday and had loads of fun with yarn. The crochet bug is here to stay, but I’ve tamed it a bit since.

Anyways, here’s what the rest of the days looked like:
Wednesday – 32 pages
Thursday and Friday – 0 pages
Saturday – 99 pages (best day of the readathon!)
Sunday – 0 pages (I crocheted, played Ocarina of Time and had a migraine this day, so I honestly don’t think I would have read this day regardless)

Total for the week: 170 pages, all in The Winner’s Curse

Yes, I could have done better and would have if not for the “aha” moment where I finally understood how to do a granny square and read patterns, which burst open the creative side of me. So I’m STILL currently reading said book, but I only have about 100 pages left. I’ll be reading a bit tonight and tomorrow, hoping to finish at some point tomorrow. I said I’d read yesterday, but I only read about 20 pages before I picked up Zelda again (my moods change quickly I guess). I’m hoping I succeed in finishing, and then I can finish the book I don’t like at all but only has 30 pages left, THEN finally get into Mistborn and give Origin another try. I’m also reading Vol 5 of Amulet on Saturday.
I still haven’t decided how I feel about readathons. The community and excitement from other readers is fun, but I don’t tend to do that well and sometimes it makes me feel inadequate or guilty for choosing movies/tv shows/games/whatever over reading.

On the PLUS side, crocheting is a perfect opportunity to get more into audiobooks! I find I can listen to stuff with full focus while I’m crocheting so that’s cool to know. Suggest some great audiobooks for me to check out! I’m not on audible, I just use my library, but my library does have new releases. I even looked for a Winner’s Curse audiobook during the readathon when I realized “I can’t stop crocheting” but if there is one, my library doesn’t have it.

Quick Bout of Books Update and Challenge #3

So it’s been a sorry start to Bout of Books 13, as I’ve ended up being productive in all other ways AND joined a class so been busy with that as well. So these are sad numbers but here they are:

Day 1=8 pages

Day 2=31 pages

Hopefully tonight I can get at least 50 in (but I’m also distracted by shiny games so…the struggle)! Ah well, at least there’s the weekend in which I’m determined to do at least 100 a day. I’ll be happy with 50 though (I have no idea what my plans will be, so gotta keep it somewhat open).

Today’s challenge is hosted by Kristina Horner and it’s a haiku based on your current read. My current read is The Winner’s Curse, I’m 86 pages in right now.

Kestrel buys a slave,

He hates the Valorians,

But love soon will bloom?

This was harder than I thought lol. I had to take some time to think about it because of the syllable restriction. Anyways, hope everyone else is getting some good reading in!

Bout of Books Challenge #1 – Bookish Survey

It’s officially day one and the first challenge is a simple survey hosted by Writing My Own Fairytale. I might not do all the challenges, but I’m planning to do some. I’ll also post an updates on Wednesday, Friday and my wrap-up on Monday (Monday’s will include #CrushYourTBR since it’s covering Fri-Sun).

Anyways, check out my answers!

1. How do you organize your shelves?

Last time I organized I had a series shelf, a strictly Harry Potter/LOTR/Collections shelf, and the rest were organized by author mainly. I’ll probably keep this system, but I don’t know. Should I change it up? I now have too many compilations for it to fit on one HP shelf so may need to break that up. I’m curious how others organize though! One way I could never manage though is doing is by color: I need my series books to be together.

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

Probably The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m not big on the genre, but this book was my favorite from the ones I read in college.

3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

*checks list* Graphic Novel: Amulet series by Kazu Kaguishi (Vol 1-4)
Novel: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?

I’m most excited to finish The Winner’s Curse! I’m also super excited to start Mistborn right after. This is going to be an emotional week with these two AND the Agents of Shield season finale lol.

5. What book do you recommend the most?

I’ll recommend Harry Potter forever, but I’d also really love to see more people reading What Happened to Lani Garver.

Signing up for Bout of Books 13!

This readathon crept up on me… I still haven’t even posted about Dewey’s Readathon so at this point I’m feeling like it’s too late and time to move on (but if you want to know, I read 150 pages total that day). Anyways, I am planning to take part in this readathon and WILL be making posts and updates. The last time I tried BoB, I pretty much slacked off…but this time I really want to make the effort and not let other things get in the way of reading. In case you don’t know what Bout of Books is, read below:

Bout of Books

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, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th 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 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

While we don’t need to share goals, I would like to list out some for myself. So basically this is what I hope to achieve:

-Finish The Winner’s Curse (started this on the Dewey Readathon and haven’t picked up since, but I cannot wait to jump back in).

-Start and hope to finish Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

-Try picking up Origin by Jessica Khoury again, as I think I might be more in the mood for it now.

Keeping it simple, but that’s how I roll. I’m realistic to what I can actually pull off. These goals will get me through Friday, then I might add another book for #CrushYourTBR depending how things go.

Bout of Books 12 Wrap Up

I was NOT successful with this read-a-thon. Unlike the last time I participated in one, my brain had other ideas (no thank you, mental health issues…).

Anyways, so even though I had that and another round of insomnia to deal with, I did manage to read a grand total of 81 pages for the week. That probably sounds like hardly anything for most of you, but at least that’s a sizable chunk of my current read.

To bring you all up to date, this is my current read, though I’m debating whether to keep with it or not.

Dead Iron (Age of Steam, #1)

I was so excited to read it, it was calling to me, but… I overhyped it in my mind :/. It reminds me of the show Supernatural, but in the 1800s and with only one brother. My favorite character in the book isn’t even the “main character” or anyone to the main character, at least not up to this point, and I’m nearly a third of the book in if you count today’s reading. There’s 3 (sometimes 4) different perspectives, with POV switching nearly every chapter which kind of annoys me. After 100 pages, I still don’t know the reason for it and almost nothing has actually happened… Pretty much the setting is the best part at the moment. There’s nothing unique about these characters so I can’t get myself to care about them. This also probably did not help my Bout of Books experience. It’s just been a let down :(. But my mind is saying “well, it’s not horrible…so you should keep reading.” Therefore, dilemma. It’s how I feel about some TV shows that I keep watching, the difference is that at least watching those takes less time. I mean, I still find it fun, but I’m not wanting to grab it when I get the chance.

Also, the book constantly makes me think of the Wild Wild West movie that Will Smith starred it. This is not good, as that movie was a mess. This was a random pick up at Half Price Books, having never heard of it or the author, just being attracted to the title and words on the cover (not the man, he’s not that attractive to me). I’m not sure I will read her work again, unless recommended to me. I think maybe I’ll try until page 150 to decide whether to keep reading or not. Which means I’ll probably decide that tomorrow, though it saddens me too. I really don’t want my first read of 2015 to be a DNF book! :/

Yes, I could have finished the audio book I have on the backburner, but when I have weeks like this, music is my go to. So I listened to a lot of music, but that doesn’t count.

Hopefully everyone else had much success and thoroughly enjoyed their reads. I kind of can’t wait to get to my next book, which I’ve decided will be Lailah by Nikki Kelly.

Bout of Books 12.0 Readathon

Finally signing up for this readathon! This is my first time participating. I wanted to do it last time, but found out too late. So I don’t really have a TBR, since I’m not sure if I’ll read Lailah or Cinder next or something else.

But I hope to finish Dead Iron, finish my audiobook from last year, and start/read one more book. I might even add in a graphic novel.

I’m quite possibly not going to achieve this, but the point of readathons is to try and to have fun. So that’s what I’m going to do. Hope this week will end in success! Or at the very least, more reading done.

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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

Final #ReadingCram Wrap-Up

So today I didn’t actually read all that much…been really tired.

But I still finished one book and got pretty far into a second.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix COMPLETED (243 pages)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (on Page 143)

Pages read today: 36

Total pages: 386 (technically less if you take out the fact that there were pictures and neither started on page 1)

Overall, I’m happy. Yes, I could have done better but for a first time readathon, I feel very satisfied to have made the progress I did when I hadn’t had time for reading in a long time.

#ReadingCram Update and Amusing Bookish Videos

Quick stats on how these last few days went:

On Wednesday I finished Horrorstor. I really liked it. That was 46 pages. Then I got to page 26 in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but since it started at page 12, it was only a total of 14 pages.

So Wednesday’s page total was 60.

On Thursday I read another 61 pages.

Today was just 20, since I had a busy day and then was distracted by Halloween. I probably won’t read more tonight, simply because I want to play Costume Quest.

Tomorrow it’s Saturday, so since I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo and am not otherwise busy, I plan on finishing Miss Peregrine and feel confident I will.

And in case you didn’t know, #ReadingCram is still going on! It got a one day extension.

Anyways, saw this on Youtube earlier and thought it might amuse some of you. It amused me anyway.

SPOILER ALERT: you probably don’t want to watch if you haven’t read all of Hunger Games yet! It’s a Mockingjay parody (re: the movie).

#ReadingCram Days 4 and 5

Well, I’m not finding as much time as I might have liked to read… Of course, that third day was ruined by just not being in the mood to read. Anyways, I’m still on the first book, but I know for sure it’ll be done tomorrow, since I have less than 50 pages left.

Yesterday: 40 pages

Today: 47 pages

I COULD have read more tonight but I think that’s a bad idea judging on the upcoming chapter. I really like this book, but it’s genuinely creepy and turns my stomach in parts. The funny is kind of gone now…

Anyways, looking at my schedule, it looks like I’ll finish it early in the day and be able to start Miss Peregrine’s either before Tea Time or in the evening. So looking forward to that. This readathon kind of became a Quirk Books readathon, since I will only have time for these two. Have to say though, so far I’m thinking Quirk Books are most definitely unique!

I’m actually gonna do today’s challenge! I just…have to use the French word instead, because my titles in English really just amounts to “SHOTS” which doesn’t work. So I did the French word for Death.

M – Madman’s Daughter, The by Megan Shepherd

O – One, The by Kiera Cass

R – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

T – Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hope I’ll be able to complete the next book in time. If not, at least I’ll have made significant progress. 🙂

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