Thursday, December 14, 2017

Black Friday 2017 Book Haul!


GUYS. STOP LETTING ME BUY BOOKS. This is definitely going to be my last book haul of books that I purchased myself (aside from BoTM) for a WHILE. I do not need any more books for a long time. I have so many that I'm excited to read! Check out the list below and the video above to see the books that I picked up around Black Friday!

Paperback Swap

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Phantoms by Dean Koontz

Book Depository

Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Warcross by Marie Lu
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Euxupery

Book Outlet

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
2AM at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Christine by Stephen King
Insomnia by Stephen King
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Want by Cindy Pon
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Amazon

With Malice by Eileen Cook
Lumberjanes, vol. 6: Sink or Swim by Noelle Stevenson et. al.
Lumberjanes, vol. 7: A Bird's Eye View by Noelle Stevenson et. al.
21 Proms edited by Scholastic
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

Book of the Month

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Audible/Kindle eBooks

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Audiobook
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Kindle eBook
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Kindle eBook
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Kindle eBook

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#GrinchAThon TBR!


I am so pumped for this readathon!

So my BookTube pal Izzy decided to come up with an alternative to the holiday readathon and I am so thrilled to take part. It's called the #GrinchAThon and it's going to take place December 17-23, 2017. It's aimed at folks who do not enjoy the holiday season OR for folks who might have a harder time with the holidays than others. I fall into the latter category for sure.

While I love the idea of the holidays and love the decorations and movies and traditions, I alwayalwaysalways have a really difficult time constantly being out of the house. As an introvert, having no time to recover between work every day during the week and social gatherings every weekend really impacts my mental health in a negative way. Not to say I don't enjoy spending time with my friends and family (because I absolutely do!), but unfortunately the reality of my experience with anxiety is: more exhaustion = more anxiety. It's really not a super fun time.

That's why I'm so thankful that Izzy came up with the #GrinchAThon. It's going to be a nice way to relax in the week leading up to Christmas and focus on some non holiday-related reads and *hopefully* distract from the stress. If you're interested in joining in with this readathon (and I totally recommend you guys do!) then check out the challenge announcement video and the GrinchAThon Twitter page for more information!


Here's what books I'll be reading next week and the challenges that they are corresponding with:

1. A book you've been meaning to get to

Popular by Maya Van Wagnen


2. A mental health related book

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

3. A feel good read
Lumberjanes, volume 6: Sink or Swim by Noelle Stevenson et. al.


4. A book with a black cover/A dark book

The Shining by Stephen King

5. A warm book
Lumberjanes, volume 7: Bird's Eye View by Noelle Stevenson et. al.

6. A diverse book
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dear Santa...

I say it every year, but I absolutely love to do these blog posts, especially since I've gotten older. I've found it more difficult in recent years to answer the question "What do you want for (insert gift-giving holiday here)?" I find that being on the spot with that question, I can never actually remember things I'm actually interested in owning that I wouldn't typically go out and purchase for myself. This blog post every year kind of forced me to really think about the items I'm interested in receiving, and I think they're so much fun to pull together AND to read from other folks' blogs! Here's what I have on my radar for this year's holiday season:




I've been eyeing this book for a couple months now. It's an adult horror novel that has some themes that are very reminiscent of Scooby Doo and I am SO INTRIGUED. The only thing that has been holding me back from purchasing this book myself is the price. I haven't seen this book go under $19 since it released, even on Amazon, so I continue to wait to read this beauty until it falls under a price that I can justify. I would LOVE to find this under the tree Christmas morning, though!


This has got to be hands-down the cutest Harry Potter Funko Pop I've seen to date! Luna is, of course, a fan favorite and I feel like her Lion Head scene is iconic. I would love to add Lion Head Luna to my Funko Pop collection, especially to put near all of my editions of Harry Potter! <3



For some reason, NETFLIX KEEPS REMOVING ALL OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS THIS YEAR. As someone who prefers to watch the same 5 shows on repeat, this is heartbreaking for me. Scrubs was one of the casualties this year, and I would absolutely love to own the series so I can watch it anytime I'd like. (I also wouldn't mind 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother, two more of my favorites that got the ax from Netflix in 2017!)

4. Dobble

I don't remember who I saw this from, but I was watching through Instagram stories one day and someone I follow was playing this game and it looks SO FUN! I don't want to spend the time explaining how to play it, so here's a quick handy video if you're interested in how it works:




Another game that I'm super interested in owning. I stumbled across it when Brett and I were in GameStop one day and it looks so cute and fun! I would love to own this for my 3DS and maybe it can rekindle my love of video games. It's been a long time since I've played and I want to get back into it!


Amazon keeps suggesting such fun statement purses and I gotta tell ya - I LOVE IT! I found this one as I was perusing through the site and absolutely fell in love. I tend to wear solids and neutrals, so I would love to have something bold and fun that I can add to a plainer outfit. I think something like this would be perfect for a night out!


I saw this in GameStop a few weeks ago and was immediately like, "NEED". Like I mentioned above, I haven't been playing my 3DS as much as I'd like to. I still love my 3DS and love playing it, but it often get put on the back burner when I have free time because I'm usually reading! However, I'd still like to get games and accessories for my 3DS because they're just so freaking fun and adorable! <3


And you can't go a Christmas as a Harry Potter fan anymore without wanting to get one of these amazing illustrated editions from Santa. I absolutely love the fact that these are being produced and 100% want/NEED the Prisoner of Azkaban to keep my collection up to date! :D

What do you want for the holidays this year?
Let me know in the comments!

Check out my Dear Santa posts from previous years!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BookTuber BookTuber Tag! ♥


When I originally saw this tag I knew I had to do it despite not being tagged. This is a tag for BookTubers to shout out other BookTubers, and I have felt so much love from the BoookTube community so I wanted to spread a little more! Take a look at my answers for each of these questions and especially make sure you check out the BookTubers that I mentioned in this video because they are all so awesome! <3

People I Mention/People I Tag:

Kristina, Sophie, Joce, Lauren, Simon, Julie, Dana, Chelsea, Christina Marie, Alyssa, Michael, Izzy,Morgan, Becky, Anita, & Andie!

Original by Peter Likes Books

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December 2017 TBR!


BLAAHHH IT'S THE LAST MONTH OF THE YEAR! Time to scramble to get all of our reading goals completed for 2017! I have quite a few books that I definitely need to read in order to meet all of my reading goals for the year and if I'm being honest, I'm panicking a little bit. O_O But it's okay! We'll make it through! I'm actually very excited to finally be getting to some of these titles, so hopefully that will make scrambling to the finish line all the more fun! :D
The Shining by Stephen King
Kindle book for December, Group read with Becky, Michael, & Anita

Series to Finish/Catch Up To

Lumberjanes, volume 6: Sink or Swim by Noelle Stevenson et. al.
Lumberjanes, volume 7: A Bird's Eye View by Noelle Steneson et. al.
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Reading Challenge Picks

A book set during a holiday: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
A book by an author that is no longer living: It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
The first book you see on your shelf: Maus, vol. 1: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman

2017 Goal Picks

Non-Fiction: Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
Classic: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Diverse: Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
TBR Jar: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Friday, December 1, 2017

November 2017 Reading Wrap Up!


Okay, I'm just going to cut to the chase - I read a shit ton of books in November. After feeling slumpy AF through the end of September/beginning of October, my reading came back with a vengeance in November and I read ALL THE THINGS! I'm just going to let my wrap up and stats speak for themselves. Let me know if you've read any of these books and let me know what you thought! :D

READING STATS FOR NOVEMBER

Participated in 2 readathons (#BorrowAThon & #ContemporaryAThon)
Completed diverseTBR jarclassic, and nonfiction reads
Completed 4 reading challenges
Continued 1 series
5,453 pages read
21 books completed

BOOKS COMPLETED

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Physical copy, 3.75/5
Buddy read with Megan

Lumberjanes, vol. 5: Band Together
Physical copy, 4/5
Continuing a series

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": the Authorized Graphic Adaptation
Library book, 4/5

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Library book, 4/5

Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer
Library book, 1/5

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman
Library book, 4/5

Bitch Planet, vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Library book, 4.5/5

March: Book One by John Lewis
Library book, 5/5
Non-fiction pick for November

Wonder Woman: Love and Murder by Jodi Picouly
Library book, 3/5

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
Library book, 2/5
Classic pick for November

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Physical copy, 5/5
Traveling book

The One-Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
Library book, 5/5

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Physical copy, 4/5
Reading challenge fulfilled: The newest book to your shelf

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Physical copy, 4.75/5
Diverse pick for November
Buddy read with Michael

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Physical copy, 3.5/5
Reading challenge fulfilled: A book with a green cover

The Bear by Claire Cameron
Physical copy, 4.5/5
TBR Jar pick for November

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Physical copy, 1/5
Reading challenge fulfilled: The book that has been on your shelf the longest

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake
Audiobook, 3.75/5

More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera
Physical copy, 4.5/5
Traveling book

Snow White by Matt Phelan
Library book, 4.5/5
Reading challenge fulfilled: A book with a color in the title

Barefoot Gen, Vol. 3: Life After the Bomb by Keiji Nakazawa
Library book, 4/5

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Book Talk: The Lunar Chronicles



I've been wanting to make this book talk for a while (and I'm thinking I'm going to continue making book talks for series that I finish), but I'm finally sharing my spoiler-free thoughts on The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! This YA sci-fi series that is based on fairy tale retellings is an extremely enjoyable and entertaining read and I really had fun during my time reading through each of these books! Click play on my video to find out about my thoughts on the series as a whole.

Books Discussed:

Cinder
Scarlet
Cress
Fairest
Winter

 All by Marissa Meyer

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Vlog: Miscellaneous Vlog | September & October 2017



Over the past few weeks I've been recording random video clips of exciting things I've been participating in. Time got away from me and I never posted any of the footage, so I thought I'd throw it all into one miscellaneous vlog! In this vlog you'll see me attending the Katy Perry concert at the Garden, running the Wineglass Marathon in Corning, NY, and getting the chance to watch the Patriots vs. Chargers game from some amazing seats! It was great to look back on these awesome memories, so I'm excited to share them with you all! I hope you enjoy. :)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Haul Revisit #2 | Tackle Your TBR & RYBSAT Round 9 Vlogs


Happy Black Friday, everyone! In the spirit of spending ridiculous amounts of money, I thought I'd post a book haul revisit and see if I've actually read the books I've spent my money on! This time around I'm taking a look at the books I hauled during my RYBSAT Round 9 & Tackle Your TBR vlogs from last fall, which totaled in 22 books between the two vlogs. Click play on the above video to see how I did! :)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Vlog: #ContemporaryAThon!


Last week I participated in the #ContemporaryAThon! This was such a brilliant idea to focus on just reading contemporaries for the duration of a readathon. Contemporaries are so much fun and such a breeze to read so I'm happy the Chelsea and Julie came up with this idea! I had a really fun week focusing on my TBR and also hit a very exciting milestone on my channel! Hit play to see what I got up to over the course of the week. I hope that another round of ContemporaryAThon comes about sometime in the future! :)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

BookTube About Me Tag!


It's been a bit since I've done a book tag, and posting this seems to have come at a very serendipitous time because I recently surpassed the 1,000 subscriber milestone thanks to a shout out from the lovely  Chelsea Dolling Reads! What better way to introduce myself to my new friends than answer some random questions about myself? :P Press play to hear my answers for this tag and keep reading to get the questions so that you can do this tag yourself!

Questions:

1. What do you study/what is your job?
2. What is your favorite social media channel?
3. If you had another channel what would it be about?
4. Do you play any instruments?
5. What are your hobbies other reading?
6. Favorite TV shows?
7. What got you into reading?
8. What are your favorite and least favorite genres?
9. What books define your childhood?
10. Tell us an interesting fact about you

Original Tag by Harriet Rosie
I was tagged by Becky at Beck's Books!

I TAG:

Alyssa @ Books and Cats

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fall 2017 Book Haul!


Hooray! It's finally time for another book haul! These are some of my favorite videos to watch and to make, so I'm always very excited when I get to sit down and show off the books that I've purchased over the course of the last few months. This time around I managed to rack up 34 books

I know what you may be thinking - what happened to your Project 5 book buying plan?! (You're probably not thinking that but I feel weird not explaining myself SO I'M GONNA.) Basically, it went out the window this fall. I went through a really tough period of time in September/October and one of the things that brought be comfort was buying new books, so I allowed myself to do so. 

Overall, though, I'm finding that through my Project 5, I have less of an inclination to buy books that I'm not sure if I'm genuinely interested in and don't have foreseeable plans to actually read in the near future, which was the whole point of putting myself on this plan in the first place. So, SUCCESS! Moving forward, I think I'm going to continue to be cautious with my book buying and if I'm finding that I'm back on a "buy 20-books from Book Outlet for no real reason" habit, I'll turn back to Project 5. It's honestly been such a great help in learning to curb my book buying habits!

Anyway, here are the books that I've purchased for myself this fall. If you'd like to hear me talk briefly about each of these books, click play on the video above! Definitely let me know if you've read/enjoyed any of these books. I'd love to hear from you!

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Audiobook

It by Stephen King
Physical copy & audiobook

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Physical copy

Sourdough by Robin Sloane
Physical copy
September Book of the Month box

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Physical copy
September Book of the Month box

Startup by Doree Shafrir
Physical copy
September Book of the Month box

This One is Mine by Maria Semple
Physical copy

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North
Physical copy

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Physical copy

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Physical copy

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Physical copy

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Physical copy

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey, White House Years by David Litt
Audiobook

Lumberjanes, volume 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson, et. al.
Physical copy

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Physical copy

Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
Physical copy

The Long Walk by Stephen King
Physical copy

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Physical copy

Misery by Stephen King
Physical copy

The Power by Naomi Alderman
Physical copy
October Book of the Month box

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Physical copy
October Book of the Month box

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
Physical copy
October Book of the Month box

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Physical copy

Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
Kindle eBook

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake
Audiobook

Artemis by Andy Weir
Physical copy
November Book of the Month box

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Physical copy
November Book of the Month box

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Physical copy
November Book of the Month box

The Shining by Stephen King
Kindle eBook

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Kindle eBook

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Kinde eBook

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
Kindle eBook

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Kindle eBook

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Kindle eBook

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vlog: #BorrowAThon Round 3!


I'm so sad that #BorrowAThon round 3 has come to an end. I always have such a great time with BorrowAThon. The community around this readathon is so awesome and I think this round has been the best one yet! Major shout outs to all of the hosts that helped me out this round, as well as all of the folks that joined in and had a great time with us! Click play on the vlog above to see what I got up to last week and to hear my thoughts on all of the books that I read throughout the readathon! :)

Check out more round 3 videos on this playlist!
And don't forget to follow BorrowAThon on Twitter!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

#ContemporaryAThon TBR!


GUYS! I'm so excited for this readathon! A few weeks back, Chelsea and Julie announced the ContemporaryAThon which, pretty obviously, is a readathon that encourages you to read exclusively contemporaries for a week. I am ALL ABOUT THIS! Contemporaries are usually so much fun to fly through and such feel-good reads and honestly, that's what I need in my reading life right now. I am so excited! :D The readathon will be 7 days (November 13-19, 2017) and Chelsea and Julie are encouraging folks to just have a low-key fun time, which I'm totally here for.

Keep reading to see what I'll be reading for this readathon and click play on the video above to learn a bit more about the books I picked! :)

The most recent contemporary book that you purchased/acquired
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

An adult contemporary
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

A contemporary with characters on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

A romance that is 5 years old or older
This is the only challenge I didn't have a book I could read on my shelf! It's okay, though. 
Romance doesn't tend to be my favorite genre, anyway.

A contemporary that is not set in summer
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

A dark/taboo contemporary
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Buddy read a contemporary
I will be buddy reading both Little Fires Everywhere and Dark Matter with Michael!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2017 TBR!



Somehow it's November again and it's time for another monthly TBR! This month I will be participating in two readathons - BorrowAThon (TBR here) and ContemporaryAThon. Because I'm posting separate TBRs for those readathons, I'm only talking about my goal reads and a miscellaneous buddy read I'm planning for this month. Trust me, there's a lot more on my reading plate in November! Stay tuned to find out what else I'm reading this month, but for now, here are my goal picks for November.

Buddy Reads

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Buddy read with Libby

2017 Goal Picks

Classic: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
Non-Fiction: March by John Lewis
Diverse: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Buddy read with Michael
TBR Jar: The Bear by Claire Cameron

October 2017 Reading Wrap Up!


October has been a fairly decent reading month considering everything that has been going on in my personal life on top of going through a reading slump at the beginning of the month! I am really thankful that I'm back in the groove of reading and I'm hoping that this groove continues for the rest of the year! Keep reading to see my stats and the books that I read during the month of October, and to hear what I thought of each title, hit play on the video above!


READING STATS FOR OCTOBER

Participated in 1 readathon (#SpookAThon)
Completed diverseTBR jarclassic, and nonfiction reads
3,874 pages read
10 books completed



BOOKS COMPLETED

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Library book, 4/5

Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Library book, 5/5

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight
Kindle e-Book, 4/5
Non-fiction pick for October

Final Girls by Riley Sager
Physical copy, 4/5
Buddy read with Becky & Michael

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Physical copy, 4.5/5

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Physical copy, 5/5
Classic pick for October

It by Stephen King
Physical copy/Audiobook, 4/5
Buddy read with Becky & Michael

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years by David Litt
Audiobook, 4.5/5

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Physical copy, 3/5
Diverse pick for October

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
Physical copy, 4/5
TBR Jar pick for October

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vlog: #SpookAThon 2017


Happy Halloween, friends! 

To celebrate, not only am I wearing my Georgie Denbrough costume to work today (see below), but I'm also sharing my #SpookAThon reading vlog with you all! This year's SpookAThon came at the tail end of a reading slump I was going through, so vlogging AND reading during the week proved to be a bit difficult for me. However, I did manage to snag a bit of footage over the weekend and was able to put a ~somewhat~ decent vlog together. I'm happy that this readathon pulled me out of my slump and will now remember to pick up a thriller or two if I'm ever feeling slumpy again in the future! ;) Click play to see what I got up to over the weekend of SpookAThon!

My Georgie costume, complete with paper boat!
I'm not supposed to take stuff from strangers...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#BorrowAThon Round 3 TBR!


AHHHH BORROWATHON IS SO SOON! 

I'm so excited that I've already picked out my TBR for the readathon and wanted to share it with you all! If you're looking for information on Round 3 of BorrowAThon, check out my information blog post. If you're just curious what I'm reading for the readathon, check out my above TBR video or see my list of books below! I can't wait to see what everyone else will be reading for this readathon and to get back to interacting with everyone who participates in BorrowAThon and makes it super great! :D

ROUND 3 TBR

1. Give an author a second chance
Wonder Woman: Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult

2. Start a new-to-you series
March: Book One by John Lewis

3. A book with 5 or more words in the title
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

4. A 2017 release
Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

5. A book you found in a #LibraryHaul
Bitch Planet, vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

6. A book featuring a library
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

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)