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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!

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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.

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t

Woohoo, a meme I can participate in! This one is a breeze for me.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! Hopefully I will keep up with these and do them regularly…but we’ll see. This isn’t in any particular order, as I really want to read them all. Hopefully this post will remind me. And yes, I just pointed out one of these as being my next read, but still want to include it anyway. Hopefully I can manage all of these this year, but I have such a huge TBR with a constantly changing mood that I just don’t know.

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1) Since You've Been Gone Lailah (The Styclar Saga, #1) Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

I'll Give You the Sun Afterworlds A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) Rites of Passage

Split Second (Pivot Point, #2) The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings: I’ve wanted to read this book since I heard about it! Unfortunately, was never able to preorder it and when I saw how many holds there were at the library, it looked like it would take months to actually get it. Then other books (and games, let’s be honest) got my attention and it just didn’t happen. I REALLY want to buy this one but I’m dead broke and can’t buy any books right now, at all. I did buy The Fear Trials though as I had just enough in my Amazon account. Still waiting to read it though.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: All the praise for this book has me hyped to read it, so hopefully I can get to it this Spring or Summer.

Lailah by Nikki Kelly: I want to read this since I met the author and she was adorable! I actually did read the first chapter since I didn’t have what I was currently reading on me, but had to set it aside. I’m excited to get back into it though and that is happening soon!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch: Gorgeous cover + epic sounding fantasy? How could I not want to read this?

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: The story seems like it’ll be a good contemporary, so I definitely want to give it a try.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld: I’ve loved this author since reading the Leviathan series. Then I heard the synopsis of this one and seriously want this book ASAP. I petted it at Barnes and Noble during Black Friday, knowing I didn’t have the funds to take it home. I need this book.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray: THAT COVER. Instant attraction. And then to find out it has to do with parallel universes? I just hope the actual story will hit the mark for me.

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley: Another contemporary that will probably hit me right in the gut (and make me feel totally unfit I bet, but maybe it can provide motivation to exercise lol). I haven’t read a military themed book in a very long time, but I really want to read this one.

Split Second by Kasie West: Read the first book, need to get to this one. This series was a surprise for me, as I went in with no expectations and found a great read. I very much want to read more from Kasie West, starting with this sequel.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: A recent purchase thanks to Book Outlet, but all the good things I’ve heard during 2014 definitely made me want to read this. And I’m totally going to get to it this year!

Favorite Reads of 2014

As the year is coming to an end, I realize how I only have 13 days left to finish all my current books. In addition to them, I want to fit in another. I don’t like being in the middle of a book when midnight hits; preferring to start my reading list fresh for a more accurate record of completed books. Perhaps this is OCD as it doesn’t really matter, and I am definitely not that way with my games (that would be crazy, considering some games have no real end or require hundreds of hours when I play multiple games at the same time).

But I am this way with books. And I’ll be honest, the amount I’ve read this year is PITIFUL. It’s not even 20. I try not to be too harsh on myself though; I have issues that have made reading more difficult which directly relates to my slow reading pace. In the next year, I plan on finally seeking help, as I really do want to improve, so I can fit in the books I want to read. So how many have I read?

14 finished. 3 in progress, 1 more I want to start and finish (determined to spend this weekend reading, so hopefully life/my brain will let me). Yet still I’d like to share some favorites.

My favorite overall book this year was also a 2014 debut. That book was Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. I actually wrote a review of this one, it had a huge impact on me. Click on the cover for a link to that review.

Faking Normal

Other favorites were The Madman’s Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity, both by Megan Shepherd. They were a bit disturbing, but great retellings of classic horror stories. The first was inspired by The Island of Doctor Moreau, the second was inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The third book, A Cold Legacy, comes out on January 27th, 2015, and I’ll surely be reading it when I get a library copy. That one is inspired by Frankenstein, and concludes the trilogy.

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)          Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)           A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter, #3)

I also rather enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and may pick up Hollow City next year.

There are a few books I definitely want to get to in 2015, not including new releases (because really, there are SO MANY). You may already know some, if you watched my Book Outlet haul video. So this is just a quick list.

1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
3. Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
4. Lailah by Nikki Kelly
5. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
6. At least 1 Classic, hopefully 2

Of course, I’d like to read more, but these are definite reads. I hope to start January with Cinder and Lailah actually. However, I’m a mood reader, so I could change my mind on what I pick up first. What were your favorite books in 2014? Do you have a preliminary TBR list for 2015?

December Update

It’s December! Wow…and we’re 7 days in already and only read a graphic novel so far. I finally picked Sabriel back up, so hopefully I’ll get it finished this month. I have a few other graphic novels to read, since they’re due back to the library soon.

I’ve been playing Smash Bros Wii U, and picked up SMT IV again after finishing Professor Layton 5. I’ve also finished my Let’s Play for Long Live the Queen, so go check that out if you haven’t!

Anyways, I have some news to share! First I want to say, look out for Wednesday’s video. It’ll be my holiday-themed video where I’ll talk about favorite Christmas/Winter themed books and games, and you’ll learn about my giveaway! I hope people will sign up for my giveaway; I’m really excited about the game I’ll be gifting to a random winner.

Next, we’re getting close to the point where I’ll have to decide my next Let’s Play. I’m thinking of doing a newer game, but haven’t settled completely on which one yet. I’d love to do a console game, but I’m still working out logistics to do that. So we’ll see. But before then, I have a haul video coming. It actually should have been posted a while ago, but… I’ve been both busy and a little lazy when it comes to that.

Still working on Simon The Sorcerer 2, which will probably wrap up at the end of the month or beginning of January. That’s my guess.

Another thing is that I’ll be adding a new page to this blog, sharing pictures of my crazy dog Sandie. 😀 She sleeps in various funny ways, so if you like dogs, check out Sandie’s Corner. I’ll add that this week. Alright, well I’m going to get some more reading done before Once Upon a Time starts. Have a great day!

Weekend Convention Wrap-Up

Went to Geek Girl Con (GGC) in Seattle over the weekend, where I filmed the Fierce Reads panel. I bought the book Lailah by Nikki Kelly the day before the panel, as I’d seen bloggers gush over it and thought it was the perfect time to pick it up since she was there for signing. Also had my copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer for signing that I brought with me. The video for that will go up soon, which I guess would count as the start of booktubing…though I can’t promise when the next book related video will go up after that, since there’s a lot of content I want to do.

I played a few games, and got a free copy of Zoo Tycoon for the Xbox 360. EMP (Experience Music Project) had indie games available to play, a sample of games that will be showcased in an upcoming exhibit at the museum. I enjoyed Monument Valley, but it’s too short for the price, I feel. $4 mobile games should have more than 10 levels. Still well done though. Wasn’t interested in Gone Home and didn’t play Broken Age (it was usually being played, and when it wasn’t, I had to move on). I didn’t get a chance to play in the Ubisoft-sponsored console area, though I did see others play Child of Light.

Also saw a really cool card game with a board called Phoenix Covenant (described as MTG meets Chess). Currently it is a Kickstarter. Would definitely buy this game if they succeed! Would be perfect for hubby and I (it’s a 2-player game, though apparently there are to be different modes of play that allow up to 4).

Overall I had a great time as always. This is one of my favorite cons; it’s also the first one I ever attended. It was my third year going, as I was not able to attend the first (regrettably, as  I missed meeting Scott Westerfeld that year).

Stay tuned for reviews; they’ll be written and posted this week. I know I’ve been really busy lately, but soon that will be changing.

More Simon the Sorcerer and a Small Book Chat

Here’s a double video post, since I didn’t make one on Friday. When this game is finished, I will be starting Simon the Sorcerer 2 right away. After that? Who knows, I’m not sure yet. Hopefully an RPG or an action game for a change of pace. I really want to start booktubing, I just don’t have the time right now! But I really want to talk books. That will happen as soon as I can.

I will however be participating in a readathon for the week of Halloween! I have 3 books chosen, since I really don’t think I can handle more than that anyway. I’ll be doing the actual sign-up for that soon, and have a dedicated blog post for it so you all can see what I’ll be reading. Feel free to join in, officially or unofficially, and enjoy some themed reads with your coffee/tea/beverage of choice.

My review is coming shortly for the indie game I mentioned previously. I hope to have that written and posted this week. I just played a few more levels the other day, before relaxing with Lego City Undercover (which is a great game to play when you have a headache honestly). Those levels were tough.

Special videos may be posted in October as well, because I’m going to a con and will be filming stuff there. Hopefully I get good footage! I’m also going to try to film the Fierce Reads Panel, hoping to get close enough for good audio quality to share it… I honestly haven’t read any of the authors, but I do have Cinder which I hope to get signed (and yes, Cinder is yet another book on my ridiculously long TBR).

Anyways, I’m out of here for now. Part 9 is coming on Wednesday.

Part 7:

And Part 8:

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