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. 🙂
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.
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!
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?
4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?
5. What book do you recommend the most?
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
I’d heard many things about this graphic novel series through watching videos from various booktubers last year, and when I heard people comparing it to Miyazaki I knew I HAD to read it. I was able to find it on Overdrive from my library, so I put it on hold and waited.
This was the first graphic novel I ever read on my Kindle Fire HD, and I’ve got to say I really like it for them. Of course, I do prefer bound copies, but the graphic novel on the kindle was just perfect. Anyway, let’s get into what really matters, shall we?
Plot: I did not expect to get teary right at the very beginning, but then we continue on and get to the main storyline of these two kids who end up in an old family home filled with secrets; and one of these secrets leads them into a whole new world ala Narnia, only darker. There are friends to be found though, in the form of robots built by their great-grandfather, and the real adventure begins. I felt reminded of Spirited Away, though I can’t really pinpoint why; perhaps it’s the weird creatures, though they don’t resemble No Name in the slightest. I definitely felt that it was inspired by Miyazaki in style and plot, but being that I absolutely love Studio Ghibli, it was great for me.
Characters: I adore the bunny character! His name is Miskit and I found him to be fun to read about. He’s pretty much the one in charge, leading the other robots and protecting the two kids. As for Emily herself, the older sister trying to find and save her mother while keeping an eye on her little brother, she’s a good kid. I’m sure there will be more character development as the series goes on (there are 6 volumes out now, with 3 more coming in the future).
As soon as I finished the book, I immediately put holds on the next two. I’m eagerly waiting for them to pop up on my Kindle; I check my library app regularly in anticipation! If you love gorgeous art, a strong story that will have you both teary and smiling, and cute characters that would fit right into the Studio Ghibli world, this graphic novel is for you. A 5 star read!
Update: Since writing this review, my holds came in! I’ll be reading them shortly, but there won’t be formal reviews on them in order to avoid spoilers. You can see how many stars I give them on Goodreads though, but I have high hopes that they will be just as wonderful. 🙂