Monday, October 16, 2017

#SpookAThon 2017 TBR!


Happy #SpookAThon everyone! I didn't get around to posting my TBR over here yet. The last few weeks have been particularly difficult for me (I talk a bit about it in my most recent Friday Reads video), so I've kind of been skimming by, trying to take care of myself to the best of my ability, and so things like social media posts, reading, and basically everything else in my life besides Netflix got placed on the back burner. Over the last few days, though, I've been really trying to change my attitude and put more effort into being happy. Things have since made a turn for the positive and I hope they continue to do so!

ANYWAY, I wanted to share my TBR for SpookAThon with you all, now that I feel well enough to sit down and write a blog post. SpookAThon is running today, October 16th, through Sunday, October 22nd and it's one of my favorite readathons because it focuses on ~spooky~ reads which I absolutely love! Here's what I'm planning to pick up and read this week:

Final Girls by Riley Sager
A book with a spooky setting

I Let You Go by Clark Mackintosh
A book that features a childhood fear

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
A thriller

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
A book with a scary word in the title

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
A book with orange in the cover

Check out my TBR video below to hear me talk more about each title and why I chose them for SpookAThon! :)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

#BorrowAThon Round 3 Announcements!

AHHHHH IT'S ANNOUNCEMENT DAY FOR ROUND THREE OF BORROWATHON!


If you're not familiar, BorrowAThon is an eight day readathon where the only rule is you have to read borrowed books. This could be borrowed from the library, from a friend, a family member, a partner, a coworker, a stranger, etc. As long as you don't personally own the book, you can read it for BorrowAThon! :D This round will be taking place from Sunday, November 5th at 12AM in your time zone and will be going through to Sunday, November 12th at 11:59PM in your time zone.

I'm so excited for this round of BorrowAThon! We have so many fun things planned for this round and the BorrowAThon community is always such a lovely group of people to hang out with every time a round comes along! I can't wait to be surrounded by so many amazing people in the bookish community and celebrate our love of reading! I have thrown together *all* of the information for round 3 in this post, so if you prefer to read your information, be sure to continue reading! If you'd rather see my idiot face tell you the information, skip to the bottom to watch my announcement video! :P

HOSTS!

I have an amazing team of hosts this round that I am so thrilled to be working with! They're going to be helping me make this round the best one yet and I feel so lucky to have them on my side to help bring you an awesome event! Here's who will be hosting this round:


Riley (me) - @rmfickfack
Alyssa - @booksandcats97
Andie - @andie_reads


Megan R. - @RogersReads79
Megan B. - @lightening_boot


Michael - @mrh0691
Kaeley - @kaeleyscruggs

SPRINTS!

We will, of course, be giving the people what they want with sprints this round! We will be having them at a consistent time every night: 9PM - 12AM EST. That way you'll know when to expect a round of sprinting each day of the readathon! A different host will be running sprints every day. If you're curious of who will be hosting which night, check out the schedule below!


Day 1 (November 5) - Riley
Day 2 (November 6) - Alyssa
Day 3 (November 7) - Andie
Day 4 (November 8) - Megan R.
Day 5 (November 9) - Megan B.
Day 7 (November 10) - Michael
Day 8 (November 12) - Lisa

CHATS/LIVE SHOWS!

Chats are my absolute favorite part of this readathon each round and this time we're going to be doing them a bit differently. Instead of hosting chats on Twitter like we have for the past two rounds, we're going to be hosting them on my channel in the form of some live shows! We will be live streaming on my channel and there will be a chat room that we will be able to interact with you in real time. I'm so excited to try this version of chats for round 3 and hopefully everyone will have a chance to join in one of our two chat times!


Live Show/Chat #1: Sunday, November 5th at 8AM EST
Live Show/Chat #2: Saturday, November 11th at 7PM EST

SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE!

The lovely Kaeley will be hosting an Instagram challenge over on her blog Spoilers May Apply during round 3 of BorrowAThon! There will be more information released about this challenge during the readathon, so keep an eye out for information regarding the challenge on our Twitter page!



READING CHALLENGES!

The moment everyone has been waiting for - the round 3 reading challenges! We have 6 challenges again this round which are completely optional. You can try to accomplish as many or as few as you like, and you can even double up challenges if you'd like. If you find a book that accomplishes all 6 challenges, go for it! These are just for fun. :)


1. Give an author a second chance
2. Start a new-to-you series
3. Read a book with 5 or more words in the title
4. Read a 2017 release
5. Read a book you find in a #LibraryHaul
6. Read a book that features a library

Stay Up to Date!

All updated information for BorrowAThon will go up on our Twitter page first, so make sure you are following us at @BorrowAThon for all updated information! Also make sure you're using the hashtag #BorrowAThon to share your TBRs and readathon updates so we can find you and connect with you!

Check out my announcement video below if you'd like to see me talking about all things Round 3!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 2017 TBR!


Happy October, friends! I LOVE October and spooky season, so I am thrilled that one of my favorite months is here! I have picked out a couple of spooky reads to tackle this month and also have quite a few buddy reads I will be taking on, but I am really excited to get to all of them and I hope to have a really successful reading month in October. I hope you're able to enjoy your October as well! :D

I will be having a Halloween-themed live show on my channel on Saturday, October 14th at 8PM EST, with special guest Michael! I hope to see you there. :)

Reading Challenge Picks

The newest book to your shelf: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Buddy read with Becky & Michael

A book with a color in the title: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

2017 Goal Picks

Diverse: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Buddy read with Becky
Classic: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Non-Fiction: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight
TBR Jar: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Other Buddy Reads

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Buddy read with Shannon

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Buddy read with Becky & Michael

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Buddy read with Megan

September 2017 Reading Wrap Up!


September, as anticipated, was a bit of a slower reading month because I had SO DAMN MUCH GOING ON. I basically worked the majority of the month and ended it with a trip to upstate New York for a marathon I was running! Needless to say, reading was a bit more challenging this month, but I still managed to read 8 books which I am actually really happy about!

READING STATS FOR SEPTEMBER

Participated in 1 readathon (#TheReadingQuest)
Continued 1 series
Finished 1 series
3,158 pages read
8 books completed


BOOKS COMPLETED

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Illustrated by Jim Kay
Physical copy, 5/5
Reading challenge fulfilled: A re-read


The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Physical copy, 3.75/5
Continuing a series


Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green
Physical copy, 4/5
Classic pick for September


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Physical copy, 4.5/5
Buddy read with Michael


Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox
Kindle e-Book, 3.5/5
Non-fiction pick for September


Winter by Marissa Meyer
Physical copy, 4/5
Finish/catch up to a series (fulfilled 1 of 3)


Chemistry by Weike Wang
Physical copy, 5/5
Diverse pick for September


The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
Physical copy, 3/5
TBR Jar pick for September

Monday, September 25, 2017

SSSBC July & August Vlog

Don't worry guys, I didn't forget about this project!
(That doesn't mean I got that much more done on it, but it was always in the back of my mind! :P)

The rest of my SSSBC Project went about as well as it did in June. I continued to fail to prioritize making time to write creatively, and it ultimately became a source of stress for me than a fun, creative outlet. I'm pretty bummed that this project really didn't go as planned, but I will say that I did learn a lot about myself and a lot about creative writing.

I definitely want to do something like this again in the future and to continue on with my caffeine writing project, but I'm not going to put a set timeline on myself for when I revisit it. I hope it will be sometime in 2018, but I think we'll just have to see whenever the writing bug bites again. I would like to set aside a period of time (like a week or a month) where all I do in my spare time is write and see what happens, so maybe that will be something you'll see from me in the future!

Overall, I think this was a really positive experience, even though I was stressed about it a lot of the time and I didn't do as well as I had hoped. We will try again, though, and we'll do better next time!

Watch the below vlog to see my last two months of SSSBC and some final thoughts on the experience!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Haul Revisit #1 | Summer 2016 Book Haul

Today over on my channel I am taking a look at my Summer 2016 Book Haul and seeing how many of the books I hauled have been read or not. Julie at Pages & Pens is the brilliant mastermind behind this idea and I had so much fun looking back on the things I purchased last summer! 

I've actually done surprisingly well with this particular haul. Out of the 22 books I hauled I've read 17 of them and still have 5 left that I'm still really interested to get to. I'm not sure if future book hauls will be the same way, but at least I'm starting out on the right foot with this haul revisit! Click play to see how I fared. :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Vlogs: #TheReadingQuest

Here it is! My vlogs from my experience during #TheReadingQuest! I put them all in a handy little playlist for you all so you can see me gradually spiral deeper into madness as the weeks progressed. :P In all seriousness, I really enjoyed my time participating in The Reading Quest. It was a really unique way to stay motivated with my reading, and even though it was tough to find time to read over the course of the last two weeks, I somehow still made it work and am really proud of how much I was able to read! Click play to see my progress from my TBR all the way to my very last page!


If you're curious about how my stats progressed during the week, check out my The Reading Quest tag on my blog! :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Five Star Predictions!

Mercedes from Mercy's Bookish Musings came up with the fabulous idea a few months back of making some predictions of which books on her TBR shelf would definitely be 5-star reads for her. Since then, this idea has really taken off on BookTube and I thought I would join in on the fun! Here are five books that I will be reading over the course of the next few months that I think I'm going to give five stars to!


Books Mentioned

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Make sure to watch the video to hear the synopsis of each one of my picks. I will be making another video once I get through these five books as an update on my thoughts for each book, so stay tuned for that video! I'm excited to embark on this reading journey and *hopefully* find some of my new favorite books!

(And no, I did not realize I was holding a different stack of books in my thumbnail than the ones I talk about in this video. That's what I get for filming multiple videos at a time! :P)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LIVE STREAM: Bookshelf Re-Organization & Saturday Hangout! {09.09.17}

Saturday afternoon I did my first live stream over on my channel! I mainly was focusing on re-organizing my bookshelf, but I had the most fun interacting with everyone in the chat room. It was such a blast hanging out with everyone that I'm already making plans for my next live steam which will happen in October and will also be featuring a guest or two. CAN'T WAIT! (Keep an eye on my channel and my Twitter for more details TBA soon!) I hope you enjoy watching back this live stream and I hope to see you in the chat room in October!

Monday, September 11, 2017

#TheReadingQuest Week 4 Update & Wrap Up!


We've come to the end of #TheReadingQuest!

I'm kinda sad to see it end. It's been going on for such a long time and I've gotten so used to reading, vlogging, and questing every day! I had such a great time participating in this extremely unique readathon and I cannot wait until Read at Midnight share her next brilliant reading idea with us all!

Week 4 was another big success for me. While I didn't finish all of the books that I set out to accomplish for the entire quest, shifting my focus to the Mage Quest Path really benefited me these past two weeks and I managed to successfully read all of the books that I wanted to for the Quest Path! I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to finish everything within the last 6 days of the quest, especially because I put myself in the position where I had to read an entire book on the very last day of the challenge. However, I managed to get everything done for the Mage and I am super happy about it!

Below you'll find all of my stats for week 4 as well as my final stats for the entire Reading Quest and a list of every book I finished over this past month for the challenge! If you're interested to see my experience in vlog form, check out my #TheReadingQuest playlist on my channel. I will also be uploading the playlist right here to my blog after I manage to get my final vlog edited and uploaded, so stay tuned!


WEEK 4 STAT BREAKDOWN

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
519 pages
Completes Set in a different world Mage Quest Path challenge
Marginalized Author
+20 EXP
+51.9 HP

Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green
270 pages
Completes Book based on mythology Mage Quest Path challenge
+10 EXP
+27.0 HP

in progress...

Winter by Marissa Meyer
301/823 pages
Grind side quest
+30.1 HP


TOTALS AFTER WEEK 4

Pages read: 3,250
Books completed: 9
Quests completed: 9
Level: 3
EXP: 130
HP: 323

ADDITIONAL STATS

Social media posts: +20 HP - max (see my Twitter update thread here!)
Completing Mage quest by 9/10/2017: +50 EXP

CHARACTER TOTALS

Level: 4
EXP: 180
HP: 343

ALL BOOKS COMPLETED

Barefoot Gen, vol. 2 by Keiji Nakazawa
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Release by Patrick Ness
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green

Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: Throne of Glass

I finally got around to trying out my first Sarah J. Maas book last week and read Throne of Glass, the first book in the Throne of Glass series. This book counted toward one of my #TheReadingQuest challenges and I was actually really excited to get into this series after hearing it receive so much praise in the BookTube community. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy my experience reading this book and felt the need to tell y'all why. 

*WARNING: This review will contain spoilers! Proceed at your own risk*


Throne of Glass follows a notorious assassin, Celaena, after she is released from a life sentence in prison in order to compete in a tournament in order to become the King's Champion (or the assassin that will do the King's bidding). As Celaena competes in this tournament, there are a slew of murders against her competition that cannot be explained. ....that's really the gist of the plot. And I think that speaks volumes to the quality of this story - there really isn't that much to it. It's a really basic fantasy assassin story (at least that's how it's marketed) and I was actually pretty excited to get to it based on the fact there was a badass female lead and the fact that people seemed to freaking LOVE this series. Unfortunately, the way it is marketed is not what I got from this story.

Celaena is supposed to be the world's greatest assassin, but unfortunately she got caught and thrown in prison with a life sentence. We don't know too much else about her backstory other than the fact that someone in her life was killed. There's really no basis or proof that she is the world's greatest assassin other than the fact the narrator tells you she's the worlds greatest assassin. If you're going to make a big claim like that, you need to back it up with proof. That's persuasive writing 101, and SJM failed in that department.


Not only do we not see proof from her past that shows us that she's the world's greatest assassin, we see on *multiple* occasions Celaena making mistakes, messing up, and all around being a kind of awful assassin. In the assassin's competition, her "handler" Chaol*, tells her to not use all of the skill that she possesses so people don't find out who she is (she's trying to hide her identity for really no obvious reason), which is the way SJM covers up for Celaena for being terrible, but I just didn't buy it.

Speaking of Celaena trying to cover up her identity, there's a point in the book where her identity gets out to the other competitors, but no one seems phased about it. Characters were just like "Oh, I guess that's that Calaena girl. Huh." and Celaena and Khaol were all like "Well I guess they all know now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯"... Like... WHY COVER UP THE IDENTITY OF A CHARACTER IF NO ONE IS GOING TO CARE ONCE IT'S REVEALED?! Such a waste of time.

Meanwhile, during this assassin's competition, all the competitors keep getting brutally murdered in the castle they're all staying in by this ~mysterious~ monster, but basically no one is really that concerned and all activities continue as normal. Literally dozens of competitiors are torn to shreds by this unknown creature and everyone's like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. (Basically everyone is like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ the entire book and there's no real stakes in this story it seems.) THAT'S NOT HOW PEOPLE WOULD REACT IF PEOPLE KEPT GETTING MURDERED IN THE SAME DAMN BUILDING YOU'RE SLEEPING IN EVERY NIGHT. Like... really?! C'mon SJM. Give these characters some range of feeling.


This book is under disguise of being a really awesome badass assassin story and if you really boil it down, it just mainly focuses on a really dumb love triangle between Celaena, Khaol, and Prince Dorian. It seems like Khaol and Dorian are both really vaguely intrigued by Celaena but again, there's no real stakes in this love triangle and it doesn't seem like there's any actual emotion from any of the three characters. The biggest connection that any of the characters have within the triangle is the fact that Celaena and Dorian both like reading books and they're both excited that the other one reads books. Like... that's it. Probably one of the dumbest attempted love triangles I've ever read and again, a total wast of time.


While I really disliked everything stated above, I really did enjoy the scenes of the assassin's competition. I really wish that the book focused more on these and raised the intensity of the scenes as well. This had the potential to be very Hunger Games-esque and could have been really fun and gripping to read, but we barely got anything from the assassins competition and that was a huge disappointment. Really the assassins competition was the only thing saving this book from a 1-star rating from me, and if there was more of that kind of content in this book I really would have had a great time reading it. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

Overall, I gave this book...
2/5 Stars!

Have you read any of the Throne of Glass series? If so, what do you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!

*Why the fuck is his name spelled this way, yet pronounced "Kale"?! Fantasy names are so frustrating.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

#TheReadingQuest Week 3 Update!


3 weeks down, 1 week to go! As anticipated, this past week has been absolutely insane at work which definitely impacted the amount I was able to read. (Seriously, I've been working since Monday, August 28th and I still haven't had a day off.... #9consecutivedays #someonehelpme) I did shift focus onto completing my Mage path and I'm happy to announce that I have ticked off two more books on this path! I now only have two more books to read before completing the path and I *think* I can do it. I also just got word that I will be getting both Saturday AND Sunday off this weekend and I AM SO EXCITED OMG. I will definitely be spending most of the time reading and hopefully completing a few more challenges!

As usual, keep reading for my stats from this week and overall, and make sure you check out my #TheReadingQuest playlist on my channel to see my vlogs from this experience! Stay tuned for my Week 4 update and wrap up which will be posted next week, and if you're participating in #TheReadingQuest, good luck and finish off strong! :D


WEEK 3 STAT BREAKDOWN

Release by Patrick Ness
287 pages
Completes Book with a one-word title Mage Quest Path challenge
Marginalized Author
+20 EXP
+28.7 HP

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Illustrated by Jim Kay
259 pages
Completes Book that contains magic Mage Quest Path challenge
+10 EXP
+25.9 HP

in progress...

Winter by Marissa Meyer
301/823 pages
Grind side quest
+30.1 HP

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
71/519 pages
Set in a different world Mage Quest Path challenge
+7.1 HP

TOTALS AFTER WEEK 3

Pages read: 2,532
Books completed: 7
Quests completed: 7
Level: 3
EXP: 100
HP: 251.2

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September 2017 TBR!


Blaahhhhh September is here :/

...and with it comes one of my busier times of the year work-wise. Because I'm really slammed during the month of September, reading can be a bit unpredictable. Last September I was able to read a really big number of books, but that might not be the case for this year. I really can't predict what the month will bring to me reading wise, but I've selected a bunch of books that I'm very excited to get to and have been eyeing as they've sat on my TBR shelf, so hopefully that will keep me motivated to keep reading a priority of mine throughout the month!

I'm also finishing up my journey on #TheReadingQuest this month and have a few books that I still need to get to in order to complete my TBR. I'm excited to have the chance to gain some more EXP and HP on my Quest and hopefully level up my character a bit more! Check out The Reading Quest tag on my blog to see how I've been doing so far, and my #TheReadingQuest YouTube playlist to see my progress vlogs!

Buddy Read Plans

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
with Michael

It by Stephen King
with Michael and Becky

2017 Goal Picks

Non-Fiction: Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox^
Diverse: Chemistry by Weike Wang
Classic: Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green*
TBR Jar: The Twenty-One Balloons by Willian Pene du Bois


#TheReadingQuest Reads

I'll be trying to get as many of these done *before* the end of The Reading Quest, but I'm going to continue to read from this list throughout September after The Reading Quest is complete.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Illustrated by Jim Kay
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Winter by Marissa Meyer
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rivka Brunt

*also counting toward #TheReadingQuest challenges!
^Kindle book for the month

August 2017 Reading Wrap Up!


August was another excellent month of reading for me! Like I was saying, I really wanted to take advantage of the last month before the craziness of the academic year came around, and I definitely did! I managed to get 17 books read again and I found a handful that I really enjoyed! I also participated in (and still am participating in) one of the *coolest* readathons - #TheReadingQuest. I'm having such a blast with this readathon and really hope Read at Midnight does something like this again really soon!

READING STATS FOR AUGUST

Participated in 3 readathons (#TheReadingQuest, 24 Hour Readathon, & #BoutofBooks 20)
Completed 1 reading challenges
Started 1 series
Completed diverse, TBR jar, classic, and nonfiction reads
5,549 pages read
17 books completed



BOOKS COMPLETED

Mooncop by Tom Gauld
Library book, 4/5

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Physical copy, 2/5
Reading challenge fulfilled: A book with an indigo cover

Barefoot Gen, volume 1 by Keiji Nakazawa
Library book, 5/5

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Physical copy, 3/5
Buddy read with Andie

The Unseen World by Liz Moore
Audiobook, 4/5

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Physical copy, 5/5
Buddy read with Becky

Barefoot Gen, volume 2 by Keiji Nakazawa
Library book, 5/5

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Physical copy, 4/5
Buddy read with Michael

The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhdorn
Physical copy, 2/5
Buddy read with Shannon

Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Physical copy, 4/5

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Physical copy, 5/5
Diverse pick for August

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Audiobook, 2/5
TBR jar pick for August

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Review)
Physical copy, 2/5
Star 3 new series (fulfilled 3 of 3)

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Audiobook, 3/5

Release by Patrick Ness
Physical copy, 4.5/5

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Physical copy, 3/5
Classic pick for August

Mad Women: the Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond by Jane Maas
Physical copy, 3.5/5
Nonfiction pick for August

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

#TheReadingQuest Week 2 Update!


Week 2 of The Reading Quest is complete! I'll be perfectly honest - it did not go according to plan. I had the whole weekend to read my butt off, but for whatever reason, I really did not prioritize it and kept getting very distracted by everything else (like watching the entire second season of Last Chance U ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). 

I've started to panic just the *tiniest* bit when it comes to this reading challenge because I have now entered the busy season at work (like, I won't have a *guaranteed* day off 'til September 10th... the last day of this challenge...) and have only ticked off one challenge along the Mage Quest Path. I've decided to switch gears and start to focus on my Mage Quest Path books (even though I've been really loving my side quest reads!) so I can at least finish that challenge, and then refocus on the side quests and get as many of those done by then end of the challenge. Hopefully I can still finish all of the books that I want to read, but we shall see!

Keep reading to find all of my stats for Days 9-16!
And don't forget to check out my #TheReadingQuest playlist on YouTube to see my vlogs of this experience!


TBR UPDATE

Two of my #TheReadingQuest TBR picks got called back to the library this week before I had the chance to read them, so I had to swap those out. Here's what I'll be reading in their place:

One World Title: Changing from Walkaway by Cory Doctorow to Release by Patrick Ness
Open World: Changing from We Are Okay by Nina Lacour to How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

WEEK 2 STAT BREAKDOWN

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
404 pages
Completes First book in a series Mage Quest Path challenge
+10 EXP
+40.4 HP

in progress...

Winter by Marissa Meyer
301/823 pages
Grind side quest
+30.1 HP

Release by Patrick Ness
109/287 pages
One word title Mage Quest Path challenge
+10.9 HP

TOTALS AFTER WEEK 2

Pages read: 2,024
Books completed: 5
Quests completed: 5
Level: 2
EXP: 70
HP: 200.4

Thursday, August 24, 2017

What's on my Kindle? E-Book TBR

I do not use my Kindle NEARLY enough. I love my Kindle Fire HD and I love reading on it, but I tend to forget to reach for my Kindle books because I don't physically see them on my shelf. I decided to do a What's on my Kindle video to revisit what I actually own for e-Books, and have also been inspired to try and read at least one Kindle book a month for the rest of 2017 to hopefully get me back into the habit of reading on my Kindle! Click play or keep reading to see what I currently own on my Kindle, and let me know which ones I should start with!


Unread E-Books on my Kindle 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
...But I'm Not Racitst!: Tools for Well Meaning Whites by Kathy O'Bear
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight
Tales of Iceland or Running with the Huldufolk in the Permanent Daylight by Stephen Markley
The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney
Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The 8 Mistakes of Amy Maxwell by Heather Balog
Amy Maxwell and the 7 Deadly Sins by Heather Balog
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

Monday, August 21, 2017

#TheReadingQuest Week 1 Update!


Week 1 of #TheReadingQuest is complete! I'm here to give you an update on my progress for Days 1-8. This past week was rather difficult for me to focus on reading. There has been so much happening in the United States that I've been wanting to pay attention to and it has made it extremely easy for me to fall down a Twitter rabbit hole in order to feel like I'm staying up to date on what's been going on in my country. Between that and also managing additional buddy reads that don't have anything to do with my #TheReadingQuest TBR, it's been really tough to get through the things I've wanted to read for this challenge.

However, with my BookTube Birthday 24 hour readathon and motivation from bookish friends, I managed to get through the majority of the books I wanted to complete for this quest this week and I am really happy with my progress thus far! I'm hoping that despite an increasingly busy schedule over the next 3 weeks I am able to complete the rest of the challenges I've set out to conquer! Keep reading to see my progress after the first week of #TheReadingQuest, and make sure to check out my #TheReadingQuest playlist on my channel to see my vlogs from the past week!


TBR UPDATE

I've added in Fairest by Marissa Meyer to complete the Expansion side quest
as it is a companion novella in the Lunar Chronicles series! :)

WEEK 1 STAT BREAKDOWN

Barefoot Gen, volume 2 by Keiji Nakazawa
Graphic Novel, 240 pages
Completes Mini-Game side quest
Marginalized Author
+10 EXP
+12 HP

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
465 pages
Completes Multiplayer side quest
+10 EXP
+46.5 HP

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
306 pages
Completes Time Warp side quest
Marginalized Author
+20 EXP
+30.6 HP

Fairest by Marissa Meyer
222 pages
Completes Expansion side quest
+10 EXP
+22.2 HP

in progress...

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
77/404 pages
First book in a series Mage Quest Path challenge
+7.7 HP

TOTALS AFTER WEEK 1

Pages Read: 1,560
Books Completed: 4
Quests completed: 4
Level: 2
EXP: 60
HP: 129

Saturday, August 19, 2017

BookTube Birthday Bash! 24 Hour Readathon & #BoutofBooks 20 TBR!

Today is my BookTube Birthday! :D

*see my note on this TBR at the bottom of this post*

Today marks one year since I uploaded my very first book haul to YouTube, what I consider to be my first BookTube video! I've been on YouTube for nearly 10 years (!!!), but I feel like I really found my YouTube home when I entered into the BookTube community. I am so thankful I have found my way into this community. I have met so many great people, have participated in so many great events, and just all around have had the most fun I've had within an internet community as a part of BookTube. So in order to celebrate one full year on this wonderful slice of the internet, I am going to throw myself a BookTube Birthday Bash!

As this blog post & video publish, I am taking part in my very own 24 hour readathon. I had such a fun time during the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon and I've seen a lot of BookTubers do 24 hour readathons on their own so I thought, WHY THE HELL NOT TAKE ON MY OWN, TOO?! So I'll be spending my ~actual~ BookTube Birthday (August 19th!) reading for 24 hours starting at 8AM! I will also be taking place in Bout of Books Round 20 from August 21 to August 27. Bout of Books 17, which took place last August, was the first readathon I ever participated in so it only felt right to jump into their August round again this year!

I am so thrilled to be celebrating one year on BookTube and I am looking forward to another fun year filled with friends, videos, and, of course, lots and lots of books! :D Keep reading to see what I'll be reading during these two readathons, and watch the video above to hear a bit more about each one! <3

24 Hour Readathon TBR

Stitches by David Small
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Bout of Books 20 TBR

Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

***NOTE: This TBR was decided and video was recorded, edited, uploaded, and scheduled roughly three weeks prior to the August 11-12, 2017 events in Charlottesville, VA, and published one week after. The recently renewed uprising in white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and other fascist groups' rallies, demonstrations, and violence in the United States in the wake of the election of Donald Trump has made a few of the items on my TBR coincidentally (and unfortunately) very timely and more important to read than ever. Fighting hate with education is so important, and delving deeper into the horrific subject matter of WWII & the Holocaust (among many other subjects) will help me (and everyone) in that pursuit. Fuck Nazis. Fuck White Supremacy. Fight the hate and bigotry that is rearing its ugly head in our country any way you can. We cannot let history repeat itself.***

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vlog: #ViewAThon Round 1


Last week was #ViewAThon! It was a really fun week of watching TV & movies that I wouldn't normally watch and while I didn't do as well as I originally had hoped, I still found some things that I really likes and am looking forward to continuing! This was a fun little experiment and I hope to do another one of these in the future! Click above to watch the vlog and see how I did on my challenges! :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer 2017 Book Haul!


It's time for another book haul! It's always so fun to show off all of the new editions to my personal home library, and this one is no different. I have a *ton* of books to show you in this video. So many that I could not possibly lift all 31 of them in my thumbnail without giving myself a concussion. I hope you enjoy looking at all of my beautiful new books, and if you see any that I should definitely get to soon, let me know in the comments!

Books Acquired this Summer

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Citizen: an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (20th Anniversary House Edition in Gryffindor)
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (pre-order)
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Release by Patrick Ness
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (audiobook AND hardback)
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

June Book of the Month Box

Chemistry by Weike Wang
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

July Book of the Month Box

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

August Book of the Month Box

Eat Only When You're Hungry by Lindsay Hunter
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

If you'd like to reference my rules for #Project5, you can find them here!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Reads! {8.11.17} + Run with Me!


I have SO MUCH READING TO DO! Between several buddy reads, The Reading Quest, and just trying to accomplish my TBR goals for the month, this weekend is going to be chock full of reading. This weekend, my main focuses are the following:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Click play on the above video to hear what my full plans are for each book, as well as a fun update on a virtual race I'm promoting called the Dash for Donuts! If you're interested in signing up, you can do so with a 10% discount by using this link! And definitely let me know if you plan to run with me in September! :D

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Library Book Haul! {#003}


It's been such a long time since I took new books out from the library! I made a trip to my library last week to return a few books and I decided it was time to pick some more up. Here's my very long overdue (ha) library book haul from my last trip! I'm excited to get to all of these books. I really need to start making it a habit to do library hauls on my channel. They're so much fun! :D

Books I Checked Out:

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
Mooncop by Tom Gauld
Barefoot Gen, volume 1 by Keiji Nakazawa*
Barefoot Gen, volume 2 by Keiji Nakazawa

*Apologies for misreading this author's name in the video! I orginally read it at "Kenji" which is incorrect. It's Keiji!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Reads! {08.04.17} Buddy Read-a-Palooza!


Happy Friday, everyone! Here's another Friday Reads video for you guys. I've been really liking putting these quick videos together and while I don't think I'll be doing them *every* week, don't be surprised if you see them popping up on my channel more often! It's a nice way to check in at the end of each week and to share what my plans are for the weekend. I also really loving watching everyone else's! It's like we all get together to quickly check in with one another every week. :P Anyway, here are my reading plans for the weekend! I have so many buddy reads planned this weekend so I'm deeming it Buddy Read-a-Palooza! :P I'm looking forward to all of these books this weekend and hope they're all enjoyable reads!

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (buddy reading with Andie)
Geekerella by Ashley Poston (buddy reading with Becky)
The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn (buddy reading with Shannon)
Barefoot Gen, volume 1 by Keiji Nakazawa

#TheReadingQuest!

GUYS I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS READING CHALLENGE!
Between August 13th and September 10th, I will be taking part in...


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 and I am SO PUMPED to be taking part in this challenge. Read at Midnight has done a few of these really fun reading challenges in the past and I feel like I always miss them and they always seem so fun and unique. I'm excited I was able to find out about this challenge in time and I am PUMPED to participate!

This is a reading challenge that takes place over the course of 4 weeks. You must pick a character and complete that character's path on the bingo board (above) by reading a book that matches the challenges on the path. The aim is to get your character as many Experience Points (EXP) as possibles, level up, and complete its quest. For each book you complete, you will receive +10EXP, unless it is a graphic novel, which you will receive +5EXP. If your book is written by a marginalized author, you will receive +20EXP.

Your character also earns Health Points (HP) which correlates with the number of pages that you read. You receive +1HP for every 10 pages you read unless it's a graphic novel, which you will receive +1HP for every 20 pages you read. You can also earn HP by posting on social media using the #TheReadingQuest. Make sure you check out the sign up post to see detailed instructions on every way you can earn HP.

Additionally, there are side quests you can take on at anytime which are located in the middle of the board. I will definitely be reading to complete quite a few side quests and I love that they have included these to complete while you're working on your character path. These quest are fairly random and can be fulfilled with a lot of different types of books, so I definitely have a few of these in mind that I would like to attempt.


You might be wondering what character path I'm planning to take on. Well, because I always want to feel a bit ~magical~, I'm going to be going down the path of the Mage! Not only does the idea of the Mage really capture my attention, I really liked the challenges on the Mage's path and was excited to build a TBR surrounding the character. That will be the character I am playing with during this challenge and I am so excited to see how well she does! Keep scrolling to see what my TBR for this challenge!



MAGE PATH

A book with a one-word title: Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
A book that contains magic: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay
A book based on mythology: Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green
A book set in a different world: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness*
The first book of a series: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

SIDE QUESTS

POTIONS - A book concocted by 2+ authors: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
MULTIPLAYER - Buddy Read a Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
GRIND - A book with 500+ pages: Winter by Marissa Meyer
TIME WARP - A book set in either the past or the future: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead*
OPEN WORLD - Read whatever you want: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour*
MINI GAME - Read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection: Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa* (volume 1 or 2, depending where I am when the challenge starts)
ANIMAL COMPANION - A book referencing an animal in the title: Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rivka Brunt

*written by a marginalized author, +20EXP if completed


For a lot of these challenges, I was able to choose books that I was already planning on reading in the near future/are on current or upcoming monthly or readathon TBRs, so it really worked out nicely! I am excited to get to so many of these books. A lot of them have been waiting patiently on my shelf for over a year so it will be great to finally read them! :)

I am planning to do weekly updates of my progress here on the blog, as well as weekly vlogs of my experience of taking on this challenge, so be on the lookout for those! I am SO PUMPED for this challenge and I hope you are able to join in as well! See you all in a few weeks with my first update!

Shout out to Read at Midnight for this amazing challenge and to CW at Read, Think, Ponder for the adorable artwork!