I kind of had a not so good last week, thanks to injuring myself, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying stuff. So let’s get on with what I enjoyed over the holidays!
Our Star Wars trip got delayed due to snow, but we ended up seeing it on the 31st. We liked it! Despite the negative reviews going around, we still enjoyed it and while there were some things that could have been different, we appreciate the risks they took with it.
On Netflix, we binged Myths & Monsters. Loved the illustrations used in it and it felt like having a story read to you. It was a fun watch overall and I recommend it if you like mythology (though it mainly centers on European mythology).
I didn’t get any reading done, but I’m close to finishing Monster Hunter Stories, and of course continued on in XC2. Outside of those, I enjoyed a game of Carcasonne (great board game if you haven’t played yet and it’s easy to learn). I played Splatoon for the Splatfest but my team was decimated by Sweaters (meh, I’m still #TeamSock). I figured out and recorded on the Switch, and now I have my own personal one! That’s pretty big… ours needed a repair, so we bought another so we wouldn’t be without, now it’s back and all mine. ^_^
This year is all about making time for reading again (I have a 24 books goal), learning Unity (starting anyway), writing again, and crocheting a lot more projects towards a huge goal of mine this year.
Along with reading more, I should say that I’m not actually going to use Goodreads anymore.
May your 2018 be brighter than the past year. And as always, may it be filled with good books, good movies, good games and great experiences.
For the goal of getting my reading bug awake again, this readathon was a resounding success – in more than one way! Generally in readathons, I manage 150 pages and that’s it. I was on fire this readathon with a grand total that honestly I didn’t see coming.
My grand total of pages? 348 pages! That’s amazing for me, I’m quite happy about it. So now I get to talk about what I read.
First book read and only one finished, was It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot. If you were following along on Twitter or saw my quick Goodreads review, you’ll know I was gushing over it. I took a break halfway through for a nap, but if I weren’t tired/didn’t have to attend to my needs, I probably would have read it all in one sitting. It was set up as essays interspersed with short illustrations or comics and it was super relatable to me as someone with anxiety. It covers anxiety, depression, bipolar and ED’s, but the serious is broken up by sarcastic humor that made me chuckle. I’m really glad I read it and it gave me a boost.
After finishing, I took several hours as a break, as I needed to run errands and ended up at my favorite store (at which I got no books, but quite the haul of video games lol). Once I got home and ate and watched a little Netflix with my husband, I dove into Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin until page 57. That was a struggle as my eyes kept drooping, but I did it while uploading a video on Youtube. After another bit of a break, I read about 35 pages of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson featuring stories/comics by a ton of female authors. That took me to midnight, by which point I was done and desperate for sleep.
I’m feeling quite bad today, but I had so much fun and made time for a lot of socializing too. It was a great experience and I look forward to the next one in April. Big thing to do different next time though is to not neglect my self-care. This would not have been a problem if I didn’t go out, so I need to prepare better in that sense. Anyways, if you participated, how did you do?
It’s that time of year again! I’ve been participating in this readathon for a few years, and have to say, it’s my favorite. I generally only read around 6 of the 24 hours (as I tend to be doing other things), but the community keeps me coming back. It’s really encouraging and a lot of fun! Best of all, low stress. No one judges you for only being able to read 150 pages or so, because they’re pages you might not have read otherwise. It’s fun to see how many pages some people accomplish, even if it’s impossible for me personally.
Anyways, this year is the 10th Anniversary. 10 years of celebrating reading worldwide, which is awesome. If you want to sign up and participate, check out www.24hourreadathon.com. For me it begins on October 21st at 5 AM, so be sure to check the start date for yourself as the point of the readathon is to start at the SAME TIME, so it takes time zones into account. There’s a link on the right side of the menu bar when you go to the site that makes this super easy to check.
As for what I’ll be reading this Saturday, I haven’t quite decided! I might pick up The Lies About Truth because I’ve wanted to read it for ages, or maybe come Friday night I’ll grab a different book. My TBR is HUGE guys, so it’s a tough decision. The important thing is that I will be reading. Of course, if I’m unable to read physically (as my health sometimes does not allow for it and I can’t predict headaches), my reading will be through audio. Whatever I read, I’ll share on Sunday during my readathon recap.
I hope you’ll check it out and join in, even if you only have 2 hours to spare! I’ll mainly be updating throughout the day on Twitter, unless a challenge I want to participate in pops up that I’ll need to blog for.
So #TheReadingQuest was an epic fail lol. Unfortunately, I started with the book I was least excited about and that was just a bad idea. Then I started youtubing and that coupled with crafting killed any hope of reading. I don’t think challenges with defined categories works for me… it works better if I’m not trying to pick books to fit a category. So great idea, kudos to the creator, it just didn’t end up working out for me. I work better with 24hr readathons, because there I pick what I really want to read. I still want to read the rest of that stack, don’t get me wrong; I just wish I hadn’t started with Deaf Child Crossing. It wasn’t bad, just way too young so I was bored by it and couldn’t be bothered in the end.
Anyways, I’ve been fairly consistent with Youtube and have a system that’s working as I’m reducing to 3 times minimum a week (M, W, F). Sometimes my anxiety makes me not want to do it, but I’m trying to put myself out there in case I can make someone else’s day easier. Breaks from reality are good self-care anyway. So if you like Lets Plays, feel free to check it out! Along with this schedule, I’ll be committing to Sunday posts. I won’t be reviewing exactly, as I really don’t like writing them as it turns out, but I might do quick wrap ups of stuff I played, watched, read or what I’m looking forward to, or whatever else. I’m planning on doing Dewey’s 24 hr readathon as I do well with that, so will post on that and future readathons I do. Thanks for reading!
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)
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!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t! Almost every year this happens, books get released that I’m excited for, but then I never get around to reading them in that same year. It’s inevitable, and it happens to us all. This is also a common occurrence with video games because time, like money, is limited. However, I’m STILL planning to eventually get to these titles, but I’m leaving off Illuminae as it is currently being read (and loved very much, I might add! Worth the hype!).
If you’ve been reading my blog, this is no surprise, and it’s the very next book on my TBR, so I’ll be getting to it in just a few more days! I’m excited for it to both break my heart and fill me with hope and just to read an incredible contemporary again.
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I know reviews have been mixed, but since I heard about it, it sounded like it had potential and I still think I might like it, so I want to give it a try, even if I just read a library copy.
3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I loved The Diviners a whole lot and I cannot wait to continue on with this second book in the series. It was a long wait and I’ve extended the wait for myself, but I also have to be in the mood for 1920’s creepiness, and I just haven’t been. But soon!
4. Gabriel by Nikki Kelly
I did a blog blitz for this book, yet I still haven’t bought it. Really enjoyed the first book, so hope to get to this one sometime this year.
5. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
I heard really good things about this one, so it’s definitely on my list. It focuses on a girl with OCD, and I have a fondness for mental health related books.
6. Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
This is a book I found while randomly browsing Goodreads one day, and it made me click the “Want to Read” button pretty quickly. It just tugs at the heart strings with just the blurb, and I look forward to picking it up. Also deals with mental illness but from the perspective of a girlfriend trying to support the one she loves.
7. A Thing of Beauty by Bianca M. Schwarz
Another book I found just browsing. England, romance, historical fiction, and danger? I would like to read more adult fiction, and I love historical fiction in this era (early 1800’s).
8. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Look at that beautiful rare cover. I say rare, because of the WOC model, but besides it being a diverse book, it just sounds awesome. I also haven’t read urban fantasy in a while, so yes. Check it out for yourself and tell me you’re not intrigued by that blurb.
9. A Curious Tale of the In-between by Lauren DeStefano
I follow this author on Twitter and love her, also got a postcard promoting this book, so I need to read it.
10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Wasn’t really interested in her previous series (scratch that, after seeing that all my fave GR people gave it 4-5 stars, I guess I’ll just have to read that too), but I’ve heard wonderful things about this one. Heist plus magic and high fantasy is pretty hard to resist, especially after reading Mistborn.
*Note: Images are linked to Goodreads, titles are linked to Amazon. I get a small kickback if you use these links to purchase any of these books, so thank you if you choose to do that. 🙂
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is 10 Wishes I’d Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me. This is going to be a fun list!
1. My wish would be to read 40-50 pages an hour consistently. I could get so much more reading done if I could! Right now I’m still very slow, wavering at 20-30 pages per hour. Once upon a time, I could do 40. I’d love to get back to that speed, even though that’s probably still slow to many people.
2. If the book genie wants to give me more Brandon Sanderson books, I’ll happily accept :D. It might take me a long time to read, but his writing is worth it! No longer “intimidated” by their length, because there’s a high reward with them. I need more, but I’m kind of on a book buying ban.
3. An epic library room. Who doesn’t want this? It would be lined with bookshelves, with a nice writing desk (I like to write too), and a comfy chaise lounge to read in. Also being my room, it’d have a healthy stack of crochet blankets lol.
4. I’d love to know what kind of books Hermione Granger would read for fun, outside of the nonfiction we read about in Harry Potter. Like what does she read in her downtime? And how does fantasy work in their world? Does she like the genre, even while being a witch at Hogwarts? So many random thoughts lol.
5. A new bookcase. I need more space for books.
6. I wish I could know the name and author of a book I loved as a kid. It was a really cool book about a house this family moved into and the kids found this whole creepy attic that seemed massive, and all I remember is it was a scary story starring this boy and girl who I think were siblings with this house that was bigger on the inside. The odd thing is I do remember what the cover looked like, but that’s not too helpful…
7. Another book I loved and also read as a kid was about this girl who went to the mall and bought this creepy dollhouse and found herself sucked into it. It was fabulously creepy and I wish I could remember!
8. I wish the book fairy could give me a list of every book I’ve ever read, honestly. I only started keeping track in 2010. 😦
9. Dear book fairy, just make one person close to me read the books I like. It’d be so much fun to flail and fangirl with someone in real life. Hubby and friends have read HP, but I’m talking about currently, newer books or current series like Winner’s Curse.
10. Remember the last TTT? Make a book from Libba Bray and Neil Gaiman happen. IT WOULD BE SO COOL.
I loved the first book, so when I had the chance to be part of the launch for Gabriel, I grabbed at the chance! Read on to learn about these books and then enter the giveaway for your chance to win Signed Hardcover copies of both Lailah and Gabriel, provided by the author herself!
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #2
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015
The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.
Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He’s also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?
Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.
Check out the Styclar Wattpad page for preview chapters of Gabriel!
What did you do on your research trip to France?
Mainly, I visited all the locations used in the book! I also spent some time writing while I was there of course! I think the nicest thing about my research trip was that I ended up using my Auntie and Uncle’s barn conversion as a base for the property our gang find themselves staying in! Everything in the story from the barn, the village itself and various locations (including the snowy mountains) are completely real – you could even go and visit them all yourself!
Was the writing process for Gabriel a lot different than Lailah?
The writing process for GABRIEL was shorter, because this time around I was writing full time! But the actual ‘writing’ part was much the same. I start with a premise, have an idea in my head of the beginning/the ending/a specific character etc. and start writing! I only ever do rough outlines, it’s all pretty much in my head, which is another reason why I have often said I feel like this story was implanted in my brain sometimes and I am the mere mortal who gets to put pen on paper to bring it to life!
What can we expect from Gabriel (the novel)?
Gosh, A LOT! The story picks up right where it left off, and continues to be told form Lailah’s POV – The main cast are back, but we get to meet some lush new ones too! I am still a great fan of the twist – suffice to say, just when you think you know, really you have no idea! 😉 Oh, and also, did I mention… #NoMercy 😉
Would you say that you’re similar to Lailah in any way?
Naturally, Lailah and I have a few of the same traits, I think every character in my stories have a little piece of me, whether intentional or not! But I think we can all relate to Lailah’s plight, I think most of us go through a time in our lives where we are working out who we are and making choices that carve out who we ultimately end up becoming.
What are you currently reading?
I have a new baby, so my hands are a little tied at the moment! But I can tell you what I will be reading next *grabby hands* Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!!!
Any advice for aspiring authors?
If you have a story to tell, don’t stop until it’s told… and Never.Ever.Give.Up
How much of your personal experience is tied into this series?
A very large percent! A good example — In GABRIEL, Ruadhan tells Lailah ‘You only fail, if you never try.’ That is the very advice my Mom gave me, and one of the reasons I am living my dream today… I think it all goes back to that great advice you hear again and again about writing – about writing what you know. So in this case, for example, I know very well the true meaning and the importance of that message… Even down to the mythology in the story — it’s all based loosely on my own belief system (you’ll see plenty more of that in Book 2 and especially in Book 3).
And if you haven’t read Lailah yet. . . .
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?
Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).
From the author herself: LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6 months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.
Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series released on October 7th 2014.
These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.
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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!