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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 21st 2017

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.

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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!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get Around to 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!).

The Lies About Truth

1. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

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.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

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.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

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!

Gabriel (The Styclar Saga, #2)

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.

Every Last Word

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.

Your Voice Is All I Hear

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.

A Thing of Beauty

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).

Shadowshaper

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.

A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram, #1)

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.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

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. 🙂

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.

Top Ten Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite Authors. A torturous topic since there are so many great and amazing talented writers! Narrowing it down was hard. I had to pick between Neil Gaiman, Libba Bray and multiple others for that tenth one. Tough choice it was. So this is just a pretty good sampling of authors I love, but these are not all of them by any means. Also they’re not listed in any particular order as I love them all for various reasons.

JK Rowling – Surely this is no shock at all. I’m a long time Harry Potter fan and always will be. The world she created within London and Hogwarts, these books are pure comfort and will always mean so much to me.

Douglas Adams – I LOVE Hitchhiker’s Guide. Fun, hilarious, and wonderful British humor, it’s made me laugh more than any other. Granted I still have yet to read Terry Prachett, but Douglas Adams was an awesome comedic writer.

Scott Westerfeld – I adored the Leviathan series and cannot wait to read more of his books! Don’t really have much to say other than that.

Garth Nix – For the longest time, Shade’s Children was the book that turned me into a fan of his. Even after reading and DNFing Ragwitch (his first novel), I still knew I liked him. Then I finally read Sabriel and it sealed the deal. Even favorite authors can write books you’re not a fan of, but they’re still awesome anyway.

Courtney C. Stevens – Yes, she only has 1 book out so far, but that book was a message to the child inside me and helped me speak. Plus, I loved her writing style and I eagerly await her next book.

Tamora Pierce – Although I haven’t read any of her more recent work (though I’d like to), like many other girls she was my entry point into high fantasy. I’ve read both the Alanna series and The Immortals series, and I still think about and love that one scene in the 2nd Immortals book which I read over a decade ago. It was probably responsible for my love of wolves.

Margaret Atwood – Again, I’ve only read one book, The Handmaid’s Tale, but absolutely fell in love with her writing and I NEED MORE but there are so many books I need to read. *groans about so many books, so little time*

Suzanne Collins – I loved The Hunger Games and really want to read more books from her.

Edgar Allan Poe – This is my favorite classic writer. I love his stories, I love his poems, and I treasure my complete collection. I even saw his house in Philly!

Libba Bray – I love her equally as an author and a person. I used to read her LJ all the time. A Great and Terrible Beauty is a favorite and I also adored The Diviners. Wasn’t so enthralled with Going Bovine, but I still love her writing.

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc.). Luckily, I actually have a quote book! Unfortunately it’s very incomplete…so some will be pulled from that notebook, and others will be pulled from Goodreads (but I’ve read all these books of course!). I really need to remember to write down quotes and passages I like into it…

“Don’t simply knock and wait for the door to be opened. Go look for the keys. Some fit the lock better than others” –Sati by Christopher Pike

“Love binds things together, and strife separates them.” –Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner

“In a strange way, it sort of makes sense. That along with love comes other four-letter words. Like hate, obviously. And loss. And gain. And most important, grow.” –Love and Other Four-Letter Words by Carolyn Mackler

“Good looks could hide hideous hearts” –Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

“There are times in life to grow, and there are times in life to shine.” –What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci

“No one can live in the light all the time.” –A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

“Heroes aren’t born or made, they make themselves. There are probably lots of heroes who never do anything heroic. It doesn’t matter. Failing doesn’t matter. What matters is trying again.” –Prospero’s Children by Jan Siegel

“Bravery comes one day at a time.” –Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

“There’s no shame in crawling when one can’t walk.” –Graceling by Kristin Cashore

And lastly, I just have to include Harry Potter. This was tough because there are SO MANY great quotes. Ultimately, I chose this one from the fifth book:

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

Top Ten Recently Added To-Be-Read Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week is recent To Read adds, which I always have on Goodreads. Surprisingly all but the last book were added in March. If I have the release date listed, then it’s not out yet, but all those without a date are currently out.

Innocent

Added this one when I entered a GR giveaway, but I’m definitely intrigued by the summary. It sounds like it’ll be an emotional ride but if well done, it just might be amazing.

A Sense of the Infinite
This one also seems like an “issues” book and I haven’t read her first book, Wild Awake, yet but this sounds like a great contemporary and I look forward to hopefully reading it someday. Release Date: May 19th, 2015

The Cage (The Cage, #1)
I need more of Megan Shepherd, enough said. The premise of captive teens in a human zoo sounds intriguing… Release Date: May 26th, 2015

Kissing in America
This sounds like a great summer read that fulfills my wanderlust. I guess I just like the idea of road trips. Release Date: May 26th, 2015

The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1)
World travel, mystery, adventure, and conspiracy with a fast pace? How could I not put this on my TBR? I love a great action adventure with high stakes, which is what this sounds like from the summary.

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)
Haven’t read the first book yet, but since I’m fairly certain I’ll love it, I just went ahead and added the second already.

White Space (Dark Passages, #1)

I loved the idea of Inkheart but found it boring. With this similar concept but much darker and thrilling according to the summary, this one sounds awesome and I really want to get my hands on it.

Rebel Mechanics

Alternate history, New York, steampunk and magic…it’s like all the things I love. I wish I could read it now! I’ll have to wait until July though. Release Date: July 14th, 2015

The Lies About Truth

I love Courtney C. Stevens, since I’ve read her debut book. She’s become a favorite and I’ll read anything she writes. Release Date: November 3rd, 2015

Lies We Tell Ourselves

This sounded interesting when I added it, but I don’t know when or if I’ll actually get to it. It’s a historical fiction, which I do like, so there’s that.

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