Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour #readathon Fall 2017

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
     Northern Cali (just outside the fire-zones going on)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 
     A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, #1)  The Dead House

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  
    I have raspberries & brownies to enjoy!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
      I am an indecisive mood reader (and snacker for that matter) so I have more books and food ready that what I can possibly enjoy but give me lots of options which is ideal for me.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?     I have been participating for a few years now, this is the first one which I might do semi-spooky themed.  I have a decent chunk of horror, suspense or otherwise spooky novels as options this time that, pending me mood, I hope to work on.

10 Years in 10 Books

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prep, Pre-prep and other 24 readathon tips and tricks.

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It's almost here.  Dewey's 24 hour Readathon!
Now some of you may wonder why I am posting about preparation now.  The event is still over 2 weeks away!  Well, to me, there is more to it. 

First off, I am sharing this in the hopes that maybe some of you will join my in the readathon.  It is a huge internet event with over 2000 participants! And this year is the events 10 year anniversary!! WOOHOO! All around the world, at the same time, readers put aside the next 24 hours to reading.  Can't do that much time?  Thats okay! Everything is your pace and pressure free (accept wanting you to join us). If you got even 30 minutes you can spare, join us!  4 hours is good, 10 is great and if you can do the whole 24-AMAZING!!  The only objective is to have fun!  Some don't even read, they just cheer or host events!  The only goals are ones you put on yourself (if you even want to).  Blogs, twitter, facebook and goodreads are all very active with updates, fun challenges, cheering and more!

So as you can tell I start prepping well in advance.  Nothing here is a must.  Just what I do and a few tips and tricks to make the readathon run smoothly.  Now I treat this October day like a holiday.

1-1 weeks before the readathon:  Firstly, SIGN UP on the main sight.  Then:

-Already, I am starting some book stacks of books I might want to read.  I collect a huge and wide variety that will likely reach 4-5 stacks at first.  I scour my shelves, visit the library, etc.  As the readathon creeps closer I will start eliminating books that I will not get to for sure (more on this later).  I check out other's stacks, or past readathon stacks, etc for ideas and inspiration.

-Clean the house & wrap up projects.  My mind is easily distracted so I want as many possible distractions as possible out of the way.  Dirty dishes/laundry, fix-it piles etc can easily pull me away from a book to work on them.  The more up on things I am, the better.  The easy stuff that easily repeats itself (dishes, etc) I just keep up with but dusting, organizing, etc I do asap this month.

-Make a snack/meal idea list.  I make a long list of ideas that sound good, then work on eliminating ideas to a realistic level of munchies and easy to eat foods.  I always make food before the event for easy eating.  Also, keep in mind foods that need 2 hands (cutting meats, etc) or are messy, sticky (such as Cheetos) and it helps with this elimination.  I get ideas that are healthy, salty, sugary, filling, and energizing for good variety.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Death Island by Kelsey Ketch Cover Reveal & giveaway

** I do not normally do cover reveals but this is for an author I really like and highly recommend.**


Death Island by Kelsey Ketch
Genre: New Adult
Publication: December 31st, 2017
Cover DesignerDesiree DeOrto Designs


Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.

However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history.

There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon 2017

 

So this is a fun month long readathon where any and all books are welcome with only 1 rule:
"the one main "rule" of FrightFall is that you must read at least ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart)."  
More are highly encouraged for the theme!  
My month reading is a high mix but I have a few possibilities.  All book I read will be shared here
 
Sorry, I have no solid TBR.  I am doing 3 challenges in goodreads groups and a few readathons this month, and toss in some health issues and a new job it is going to be an interesting ride!

READ:
 Skip Beat!, Vol. 32Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles, #2)Asylum (Asylum, #1)The Orphan ChoirThe Door in the Dragon's Throat (The Cooper Kids Adventures, #1)Skip Beat!, Vol. 33Poison (The Dragonian, #3.5)

"Scary" qualified per this challenge that I finished: 
 Asylum (Asylum, #1)The Orphan Choir

Monday, September 25, 2017

Health Issues are killing my reading challenges and social interactions.

Hi everyone!  This is just a quick post to say sorry for being so quiet these past several months.  It has been a rough few months. with some health issues and the past week and a half in particular.  I completely stopped tracking my readathon progress even!  I just couldn't muster the energy.  My reading is so down for this year as is and challenges, reviews, etc are just out of the question as the reading is what counts.  

On the plus side, as the cooler weather rolls in, I hope to start having more energy to finish listing all my books on Goodreads and finalize all shelving (at least for awhile lol).  Also October means Halloween, and creepy or spooky reads which I love.  And Dewey's 24 readathon is in a few weeks.  I hope to have the energy to do that one.  It is my favorite! 

So since I have been so quiet here on the blog, to see what I have been up to catch me on goodreads to twitter.  Those are my go-to's lately for bookish talk and updates especially since I can do those on my phone while I'm laid up.  

Oh, and with halloween coming up, I would love some recommendations on horror, suspense, spooky or creepy novels, stories, comics, manga etc.  Also movie recs or video game recommendations welcome!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tackle You TBR Readathon as Summer ends 2017


Another readathon is about to start!  This is another very open readathon where anything goes.  I have no idea yet what I will be reading.  I recently took on a second job so my time is becoming more limited.  So it just depends how much downtime I have.  But I hope to get some good reading in this month and this is perfect motivation!  Hope to see you then! 

Progress will be made on this post as I go along!


9/11 Day 1 

Made Progress In:

Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone, #3) Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)
Pages Read: 225 



9/12 Day 2
Made Progress In:
 Legion (Talon, #4)  Beauty is the Beast, Vol. 1  Asylum (Asylum, #1)
Pages Read: 310

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bout of Books 20-Daily Updates

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I signed up last week for twitter updates but then figures a running post of updates here would be easier to link to.


End of Day 1:

Finished:
The New Hunger (Warm Bodies, #1.5) 

Started/Made Progress in: 

 A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2)  Thunderlight (The Dragonian, #2)  Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2) 

Pages read:345

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tome Topple Readathon- Round 4

This is my first Tome topple readathon!  I wanted to participate in the last one but other challenges made this nearly impossible as it was all about the short books I was reading lol.  But this month I have a few I might get to in the next couple weeks.  Be sure to click the link to check out one of the hosts (Thoughts on Tomes) announcement videos. 

This runs today (4th) until the 17th. 

The challenges
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

My TBR:
 The Right Hand Of EvilA World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2)The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil, #3)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Skip Beat! (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 9: Includes Vols. 25, 26  27The Walking Dead, Compendium 2 

These will fullfill all requirements and then some of I do them all.  I am not placing them yet as I am not sure which I will actually finish.  One is sort of a cheat since I already (even if barely) started it prior to today. I will periodically update this post either when I finish a book or at least mid challenge.  It all depends how much I read.  I have 4 other challenges on goodreads I am also doing so this month is going to be some CRAZY reading!


End results:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

REVIEW: These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips



These Things I've Done by Rebecca PhillipsGenre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: August 2017
Pages: 352
Published by: Harper Teen

Official Synopsis:  "A contemporary YA perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Jessi Kirby, THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who accidentally caused her best friend’s death and, a year later, is still grappling with the consequences.

Before:
Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.

After:
It's been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn't racked with guilt over her role in her best friend's death. Dara thought nothing could be worse than confronting the memories of Aubrey that relentlessly haunt her, but she soon realizes it isn't half as difficult as seeing Ethan, Aubrey's brother, every day. Not just because he's a walking reminder of what she did, but because the more her feelings for him change, the more she knows she's betraying her best friend one final time."



My thoughts:  A touching story of how one girl copes after losing her best friend. But not just a simple loss-oh no. Her friend died right in front of her and she (along with some others) holds herself responsible. I can't even begin to properly get the emotional baggage that must come with.

Friday, July 21, 2017

24 in 48 Readathon July 2017


 

So I am joining this VERY last minute.  It started per the12 am ET start time so I am already over an hour behind...

Starting line-up
The Heir (The Selection, #4)The Crown (The Selection, #5)The RulesThe Saints (Quarantine, #2)Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone, #2)Skip Beat! (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 9: Includes Vols. 25, 26  27

 Most of my reading will be on Saturday as I work a short shift on Sunday.  I have no idea if I can do 24 hours but I will try!

Hour Zero Qs:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

 

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2017

 It's a tie!!!

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened 


I loved both of these so much!!!

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2017

All In (The Naturals, #3) 

Honestly, I loved this series.  It just gets better and better but this one was my favorite of them as I finished it this year.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Legion (Talon, #4) 

I had though I would have gotten to this already, but my library has been delayed in getting copies and I've been too broke to bookshop.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year 

The Silver Mask (Magisterium,  #4) 

I've really been enjoying this series and am eager for this upcoming release

 

Biggest Disappointment

  The Ring and the Crown (The Ring and the Crown, #1) 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far.


 

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far.

I have had a bit of a slow read year.  Mainly because I actually have not been reading many graphic novels which is weird for me. But still...  Also I have found myself trying to finish up several series so I can have start new ones.  Therefore, I've been doing a fair share of re-reads.  So to keep things fair, I will not be sharing any of those on this post.  These are the 10 books I read for the first time that I enjoyed the most.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)
All In (The Naturals, #3) Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst, #1)