Friday, August 4, 2017

The Reading Quest - A Reading Game Read-a-thon!

Hello All - 

UPDATE: I am not sure I will be able to participate in this Readathon as I just got lots of assignments for my grad school classes that start in a week! :(

I am getting ready to participate in another readathon (WHAT am I thinking!?... Who am I!?), but I think I am going to go a bit more low key with this one, as I only have a few weeks before grad classes start up again! And, I want to participate in the Viewathon which is starting soon. I never caught up this summer on all of my shows from when school was in session. It's extremely hard for me to watch TV when I am working full time and taking two grad school classes so that is a MUST before they all ramp up again! I got a bit side-tracked... back to the subject at hand. I learned about this Readathon from one of my favorites!!! (Click here for Riley's Blog! I absolutely adore her!!!) This readathon is different, in that, it is a game - where you can actually 'level up'! *NerdAlert* Love it!

All of the beautiful artwork you see in this post is done by CW at Read, Think, Ponder! *heart eyes emoji*

#TheReadingQuest was created by Read at Midnight so be sure to check them out!! And sign up here if you are interested: (All details are provided here, as well) -- This readathon takes places from Sunday 13th August to Sunday 10th September, 2017. 

This challenge is a month long (another reason that I really am going 'low key'). You pick a character and travel your character's path on the adorable bingo board shown above by reading a book that matches the challenges on that path. You want to get as many Experience Points (EXP) as possible by leveling up, and completing the quest. For each book you complete, you will receive +10EXP (unless it is a graphic novel, in which case you will only receive +5EXP). Bonus****: If your book is written by a marginalized author, you receive +20EXP. Your character also gets Health Points (HP) which is based on the number of pages that you read. You receive +1HP for every 10 pages you read (again, unless it's a graphic novel, in which case you will only receive +1HP for every 20 pages you read). You can also earn HP by posting on social media and using the #TheReadingQuest. 

There are also side quests you can participate in at anytime. These are located in the middle of the board. Tell me this does not sound like the most fun readathon!? The characters you can choose from are listed below.

I am definitely picking the Mage! I mean, is that character not the cutest? Ok, well, it also helps that the challenges on that path are the ones I am most interested in!  You can see the challenges and side questions below. I will be updating this with my TBR within the week! I hope you can join us and take part in it, as well!

MAGE PATH (these will be first priority)

A book with a one-word title: 
A book that contains magic: 
A book based on mythology: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordin
A book set in a different world: 
The first book of a series: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

SIDE QUESTS (these will be a second priority)

GRIND - A book with 500+ pages: Winter by Marissa Meyer
TIME WARP - A book set in either the past or the future: 
OPEN WORLD - Read whatever you want: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
MINI GAME - Read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection: 
ANIMAL COMPANION - A book referencing an animal in the title:

I have about 4 books that I really want to read this month so I am going to try to incorporate them into this readathon! Keep checking back to see my completed TBR. 

Thanks to  CW of Read, Think, Ponder for the artwork within the post.

Readathon Wrap-Up!

This will be up shortly!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 Blogger Challenge!

The first day blog challenge is answering the following questions:

1.What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
  • Isn't that a great question? I have changed my TBR a million times but here is the 'plan', but it will probably be changed up a time or two mid-readathon!
    • Group book (Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh)
      • N/A
    • Read from a host's favorite genre (options are: Magical Realism, Historical Fiction, High/Epic Fantasy, Diverse Books, Dystopian/SciFi, Paranormal or Urban fantasy)
      • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling Illustrated Edition
    • Read a book that has been or is still banned
      • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (and Harry Potter!!)
    • Throwback challenge (I picked graphic novel)
      • Saga: Vol 4 by Brian Vaughan
    • Book to movie/tv adaptation
      • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling Illustrated Edition
    • Read a book you've seen somewhere other than BookTube
      • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
      • Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky  Albertalli
2.What is your favourite genre to read in Summer?
  • That's tough b/c this year, I have read a lot of fantasy but typically, I feel like that is a Winter kind of genre. I would say thriller and contemporaries but this summer I have mixed it up quite a bit.
3.Where is your favourite place to read in the summer?
  • The pool or the beach. I just get distracted too easily!
4.What is your favourite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
  • Read a book in a day. It's hard but it's SO rewarding!
5.What fictional character would you hang out in the summer if you could?
  • That is a very hard question. Hermione, perhaps!!
6.What are your plans for summer?
  • I live about 20 min outside DC in the suburbs or Maryland so we go to the Eastern shore, to the beach, 3 times a summer b/c my BF LOVES it! So, we have already gone twice. We have one more trip planned (the week grad classes start again!!) and I am going to see my mom for a short trip to FL in August as well! Other than that, I took off this summer for classes so I am reading!!!!
7.Do you have summer reading playlist,If not what would be on it?
  • Not particularly for summer but, I keep a few spotify playlists up to date. I have a country one, a workout (running) one, and an alt/indie one.
8.What is your favourite summer movie?
  • Probably a silly 80's movie. I can't think of anything off hand.
9.What book do you read every summer,if not what thing do you do every summer?
  • I don't have one. But our beach trips are definitely every single summer for the past 4 without fail.
10.What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?
  • I am not sure what tags I will do but I am taking part in many readathons!!
    • Biannual Bibliothon
    • Book Tube-a-thon
    • International Buddy-a-thon
    • Bout of Books
    • ARC August

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Readathon Frenzy!!

Hello Everyone -

I am so excited to take part in THREE readathons that are overlapping next week! The first is Book Tube-a-thon. The second is the Biannual Bibliothon. And I am taking part in an International Buddy-a-thon. There is no way I can do all of the challenges for one, much less for all three. I always have high hopes but I read less than a quarter of what most BookTuber's read during readathons so I will do my best. I will have a lot of overlapping challenges. I have posted them below. There are also a lot of books that fit many challenges. It seems like every book I wanted to pick had a person on the cover. :)  Wish me luck -- this is such an ambitious TBR!
If  you want more information for the readathons, I have included that too!

Also, Hardbackhoarder on YouTube created an AWESOME google doc to share for tracking Book tube-a-thon here - check her out on YT here: Hardbackhoarder

Book Tube-a-Thon (July 24 - 30, 2017)

Info here

  • Read a book with a person on the cover
    • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Read a hyped book
    • Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Finish a book in one day
    • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Read about a character that is very different from you
    • The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan (Audio book)
  • Read a book completely outdoors
    • Saga: Vol 4 by Brian Vaughan
  • Read a book you bought because of the cover
    • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle
  • Read 7 books

Biannual Bibliothon (July 23 - 29, 2017)

Info here

  • Group book (Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh)
    • N/A
  • Read from a host's favorite genre (options are: Magical Realism, Historical Fiction, High/Epic Fantasy, Diverse Books, Dystopian/SciFi, Paranormal or Urban fantasy)
    • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  • Read a book that has been or is still banned
    • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (and Harry Potter!!)
  • Throwback challenge (I picked graphic novel)
    • Saga: Vol 4 by Brian Vaughan
  • Book to movie/tv adaptation
    • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
  • Read a book you've seen somewhere other than BookTube
    • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    • Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky  Albertalli

Buddy-a-Thon (July 28 - 30, 2017)

My buddy is kayleebob on twitter and she is in Canada, while I am in the US! I am very excited to read with her and read her recommendation!

  • A book with a strong friendship
    • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • A book that takes place outside the country you live in.
    • Night by Elie Wiesel (Also, our buddy read!)
  • A book recommended by your international buddy. 
    • Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky  Albertalli

My final TBR:

Image result for a man called ove by fredrik backman

Image result for the handmaid's tale book

Image result for a wrinkle in time barnes and noble edition

Image result for night elie wiesel

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Image result for harry potter and the chamber of secrets illustrated

Image result for saga volume 4 by brian vaughan

Are you taking part? If not, what are you reading this summer? Let's chat!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Update on life - & next Read-a-Thon

My second semester of grad school is getting ready to wrap up and I cannot even tell you how much I am looking forward to the only summer I will not be taking classes until I get my MPH! This semester, I am taking the dreaded Biostatistics and it has been KILLING me! Many a' tears have been shed. Literally.

It is nearing the end and the final is May 19th and of course, unfortunately, it is cumulative and not open book. I have NO idea how I am going to get through it, but I have to b/c it is 30% of our grade.  I also have my behavioral health exam but it's take-home so I feel better about that. The next three weeks with school and two back to back out-of-town weddings are going to be very trying but May is here and the reward will be incredible!

I am VERy much looking forward to reading A LOT this summer. Of course, albeit a very stupid idea, I am going to try to participate in the Bout of Books readathon in May... before school is over which is downright silly but this is one of my favorite readathons so I want to at least try! I will be using the template below and have absolutely no idea what my TBR will look like yet. To find our more information go here:

I will keep you updated and post again with my TBR and will be sure to post a wrap up, like I did for the Borrrow-a-thon!

Til then, live well!!

Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading a day/on the weekend/all week.

My Goals

  • [this can be as detailed or as vague as you'd like]

Books to Read

  • [add the books you hope to read here] [or don't add any. your call.]


Number of books I've read today:
Total number of books I've read:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Borrow-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Hello everyone!

I recently participated in the Borrow-A-Thon readathon from March 19 - 26th. I actually was pretty successful considering I work full time, am in grad school part time, had my parents staying with me, and two bridal functions all in the same week!

The challenges were:

  1.  a book you would like to purchase
  2. a graphic novel
  3. an author you've never read before
  4. a book that has been recommended
  5. a book that's cover has your favorite color
  6. a book that features a library

While I tried to select more books to complete these challenges (the more, the better, right!?), I figured I would only get through three. And since there was overlap, I technically completed EVERY challenge but one! :)

I started and completed the books below and in order. Under each, I will give my thoughts, when I read each, and what challenge/s they fulfilled. 

 This book fulfilled challenge #6 - Featured a library! It was a short book and had pictures. It was only 96 pages and I finished it during the first day's sprints. While this is a strange book, I was so intrigued and wanted to see what happened next. It was a very easy and fast read. It was different from anything else I had ever read before so I appreciated that. I would gave this book 4 stars.

The second book I read - the very same day, was Saga, Volume One. This fulfilled challenge #2 and was 160 pages. I LOVED every second of it. I have tried a few graphic novels in the past but this was the first to grab my attention and keep me 100% invested. I loved the character, the story development, the variety of stories being told, the art, etc. I already have the next volume waiting for me at the library. I can't wait to see what happens next. I was waiting to find a graphic novel that captured my attention and this one was it! I love it so so so much! I will read all of them! I gave it 5 stars!

I read this book third and started it on the second day but did not finish it until March 26th! It was only 173 pages. This book technically fulfilled every other challenge, but #5, having my favorite color. It actually helped me complete #'s 1, 3, and 4. It was a book I have been wanting to purchase but had not found at a reasonable price. It was an author that I had never read before, as well as, a book that had been recommended to me by so so many on the BookTube! :) I liked it... It actually reminded me of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I may have liked this one more. It held my attention more in the beginning than in the end, which is strange. But, I liked hearing about the worlds where everyone came from. I think the second book will be better than the first but it will be interesting to see which direction they take the story. I liked it but did not love it. I would give it 3.5 stars.

This was the only book I did not read and the challenge I did not complete was #5 - favorite color on the cover. I almost started it the last day but knew I could not complete it so I continued with the previous book I was reading before the readathon started (The Raven Boys).

SUMMARY:  I borrowed every book from my local library. Overall, I only read 4 days of the readathon but read a total of 429 pages and my average rating was 4.16 stars. I completed 5 of the 6 challenges but only read 3 books. I am pretty happy with my results, seeing as I had so much going on that week! 

Thank you so much to the hosts of the readathon and thank you for always making those sprints fun! You can find the hosts on YouTube and Twitter. Details below. 

The next Borrow-A-Thon is from November 5 - 12, 2017. Details will be available in the future here: 

@rmrickfack - YouTube Channel: (creator of the challenge)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Optimists Die First - Book Review!

Optimists Die First -- By: Susin Nielsen

I recently read this book and did not have any expectations going into it, as I am more into YA fantasy, rather than contemporary but I LOVED IT! There have been several YA contemporary books that while others absolutely loved, I did not feel the same about. I sometimes think it's because I am older and see life differently now. Perhaps though, it was just the specific books because this one, I absolutely adored. I loved the characters and thought they were a good mix of quirky, nerdy, sweet, realistic, and funny. There were quite a few quotes that I highlighted in my e-book that really got me thinking. I truly believe everyone has a story and our experiences shape who we are today. This book highlights a few young adults that have gone through traumatic events that have altered their life in some way. It has affected how they live and they are all trying to work through it. Oddly enough, as I was reading it, I was smiling.... and happy. When I told my boyfriend what the story was about, he told me it sounded so dark, depressing, and tragic. I guess saying it out loud did make it seem that way, but the story overall is uplifting and hopeful. I don't know much about specific mental health issues so I am not sure if the author portrayed the mental health aspect of it correctly but because there is a spectrum, I thought it was done well. I read this book in two sittings and really enjoyed it!  I highly recommend it for a quick read! 

When I finished the book, I tweeted about it and the author tweeted back - which is always a nice touch! Leave a comment below if you plan on reading it!

Til next time....