Bout of Books is Back!

bsziyc0Hi everyone! I have decided that July and August are officially the best months for reading! Pretty much all of the best events happen and its so exciting. Unfortunately I have been bad about posting about all of them and I have been pretty busy so I have been a bit of a from-a-distant participant. However, I am putting up a post about this one! Here comes Bout of Books, and I am jumping in! From August 19th through 25th I will be reading with the BoB readathon. They are doing Twitter chats, daily challenges, giveaways, and more. I have participated in this event once or twice before and it is always a good time. 8/20 is the last day to sign up so if you miss this go-round, you can check out the next date on their Twitter or blog!

Is anyone else participating? Stay tuned for updates!

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July is Here!

Hello and happy July! We are in the second half of the year and it feels surreal (to me, at least)! In this post I’m going to do a little run down of what I have ahead for this month.

bookending_summerBookending Summer 2019 & Tidyathon
Bookish postings
Tidying up my TBR list & old blog posts (much needed!)

Goodreads Challenges:
– Wheel A Thon
– FLOAB Camping
– Summer Days Challenge

Readathons
– TBR Knockdown 24 – Theme: MAGIC!
– 24in48

So what else is happening in July? Are you participating in any fun bookish events? Let me know in the comments!

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Mid-Month O.W.L. Check-In

bridgeIts Monday again–fancy that! So is it just me…I can’t help but hear pink frog lady Umbridge at the chalkboard spell out “O-W-L’s!” every time I write it out somewhere?! lol It makes me giggle but cringe all at the same time. Its amazing how she is almost a worse villain than Voldemort. She is just awful! I have heard people say they will never forgive J.K. Rowling for writing such a terrible character. I don’t know that I take it that far but she is absolutely dreadful. Anyway, back on topic.

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This photo is not mine but sadly, I do not know who to give credit to.

We’re halfway through April (yikes!) so I figured that this would be a good time to check in regarding my progress in my O.W.L. exams! I chose 3 careers as a lofty goal for myself. I’ll be really happy if I fulfill a full one of them. But we’ll see. Never say never! My first career goal is Curse Breaker and here is how that is shaping up:

Ancient Runes(Retelling) …. Brightly Burning
☑ Arithmancy(Book written by more than one author) …. Lumberjanes Vol. 1
☑ Charms(Adult book) …. Girl, Wash Your Face
☐ Defense Against the Dark Arts(Reducto: book starting with an ‘r’) …. The Raven’s Tale
Potions(Next in series) …. Darken the Stars
☐ Transfiguration(Sprayed edges or a red cover) …. The Hummingbird Dagger An Anonymous Girl

Progress = 2 completed, and 2 in progress out of 6 total
My second career aspiration is Aurologist, and my final goal was Seer. Here’s my listings (and lack of progress)for those:

Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. Lost Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. Watchmen
History of Magic(published at least 10 years ago) …. Pippi Longstocking

Ancient Runes(another retelling…I’m really not that into retellings) …. The Sleeper and the Spindle
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. The Chaos of Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. V for Vendetta

Yeah…haven’t even started those. I did go so far as to pick a couple of them up from the library! Yay for me! But that’s about all I’ve got.

How is your O.W.L. progress coming? If you aren’t in the magical readathon, how is your April reading so far?

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O.W.L.s Readathon 2019! Opening Post

Its here! The magical time of year when we read for our O.W.L.s. This time around, we’re really striving for something big…careers! Our wonderful creator and host BOOK ROAST has made up an entire list of magical careers and ‘exams’ to fulfill the necessary requirements for them. To watch the full informational video on this year’s exams, you can head over to the video here. So without further ado, here are my plans for the readathon, including my lofty aspirations for careers and my TBR:

9ff414f9e72ee3ccb22cae33732f4fd0First up, I’m going to go for Curse Breaker. I can just see myself traveling around, removing jinxes, hexes, and curses from objects or buildings. I love the challenge, the mystery, the precision, and the adventure of it. My requirements for this career are:
Ancient Runes(Retelling) …. Brightly Burning
Arithmancy(Book written by more than one author) …. Lumberjanes Vol. 1
Charms(Adult book) …. Girl, Wash Your Face
Defense Against the Dark Arts(Reducto: book starting with an ‘r’) …. The Raven’s Tale
Potions(Next in series) …. Darken the Stars
Transfiguration(Sprayed edges or a red cover) …. The Hummingbird Dagger

4b91f492858df9b2bd8701cc9aa599d4My second and side career is going to be a Seer. I would love to seek out (or have come to me) mystical glimpses into the future! Pretty mystical! And who knows, maybe I could figure out some of those hexes before they strike?! O.W.L. requirements for this career path include:
Ancient Runes(another retelling…I’m really not that into retellings) …. The Sleeper and the Spindle
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. The Chaos of Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. V for Vendetta

And if I am really kicking ass, I am going for a third career: Aurologist. So for this one I need to dive into these subjects:
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. Lost Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. Watchmen
History of Magic(published at least 10 years ago) …. Pippi Longstocking

So that’s where I’m at right now. Time to start reading!

Are you participating in the O.W.L. exams? What career(s) did you choose?

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February 2019 Readathons

We’re almost through the week and I hope that you all are having a good one. Happy Valentines Day if you’re into that. 🙂 I hope that your reading for the month is going better than mine is. I’m actually a bit behind. I would have thought that with the snow and ice we’ve had I would be farther along with my goals but nope! Oh well. Here are some readathons I have found to catch me (and maybe you) up for the rest of the month:

42-65375859InLoveAthon – Sunday 2/10 thru Saturday 2/16 … Reading books about love. Books and sprints and watch-alongs, oh my!

Fierce Females Readathon – Friday 2/15 thru Thursday 2/28 … Group Read = Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

VaLITines Readathon – Friday 2/1 thru Thursday 2/28 … BINGO and Challenges all month long!

Lost-A-Thon – Friday 2/1 thru Thursday 2/28 … A wide variety of genres to read from any time in the month.

So there we have it. I know I am going to jump in on Fierce Females and VaLITines, and maybe the others….I’ll see. I’m also in a couple group challenges on Goodreads as well. Are you active with groups on Goodreads? Are you doing any other monthly challenges or readathons? Tell me which ones–I’d love to know!

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24in48 Readathon Wrap-Up

fc2So this weekend was the return of the 24 in 48 hour read-a-thon. The goal of this RAT is to dedicate 24 hours to reading out of a 48 hour period of time. This is my third time participating I think? Give or take. I know I’ve been in on the fun before. The hosts introduced some awesome new swag for this time around and they were able to gather up a ton of prizes for entrants. Speaking of entrants, they are saying we hit over 2,500 readers for this round. Isn’t that incredible?

34213319-Sigh- So how did I do. Well, I exceeded my reading time….which was awesome! I actually hit 48 hours of reading time overall! WOO!! I finished a sneak peak of Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, which I was reading for a NetGalley review. I think it will be a pretty good book. While I felt that the title and cover are rather cliche (a perfect blend of Red Queen and Three Dark Crowns), the book has potential to have a few of its own ideas and a fast-paced story. The book releases on February 26th and you can check out the Goodreads page with synopsis and all here.

30129657Next up, I finished the audiobook of Honor Among Thieves by Rachael Caine and Ann Aguirre. This is a YA sci-fi novel about two teenagers chosen to be elite “Honors” and enter space with a race of aliens called Leviathan. The Leviathan keep many secrets, as do the Earthens regarding the relationships between the two races and soon enough, Zara and Beatriz find themselves amid a war they never thought could even be possible. This is a book with a second installment coming out on February 9th, and I will have a full review up on this first book soon.

I also read quite a bit in Six of Crows, and started into The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hardcastle. I was cruising around Booktube the other day and I saw several 2018 wrap-ups and reader after reader kept saying “You have to read this book” over and over so I went ahead and requested it from my library. So now I have about four different buddy reads going all at the same time and I’m trying to keep up!

Did you participate in 24in48 this weekend? How did you do? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear about it!

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January 2019 Readathons

Hey everyone! Today I will be sharing a few of the Read-a-thons for this month that I am aware of and that I will be participating in. If you have been following me on social media at all, whether via blog, Twitter, or IG, you will know that I am a RAT addict. I love jumping in on read-a-thons of all kinds for several reasons.

b72f83555612cab4f01bf10b505d7a81First of all, there are so many different types so depending on the ‘thon, it may get you reading a genre that you don’t read very much. For example, I am going to try the Mangathon later this month and I have NEVER read ANY manga before in my life. However, a couple of my dear IG friends have made stories with manga recommendations and I am going to try some out and see what happens! Who knows, maybe I’ll love it! Maybe not, but from what I hear, they can be relatively quick reads and I can get some books read and onto my GR challenge! Woo! A second reason that I love read-a-thons is that motivation to set aside some time to read. For RAT’s with time requirements (Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon, the 24in48, etc.), I love them and really try to reserve that time in my calendar if I can. These events only happen twice a year so it’s not like these other RAT’s that are weeklong or a different theme that I find every weekend, but when I do participate in the up-all-night challenges, I get SO MUCH READING DONE and it feels like such a triumph. The final reason that I will state for my addiction to read-a-thons is the community. Yes, there is community to be found all the time for book chatting, but when you’re doing a ‘thon, you’re all working on the same goals, you’re talking about similar books and goals, and then you’re looking toward the next time you get together and do this all over again. I just love the updates and the encouragement (and the prizes…what? noooooo) and the general buzz of excitement down to what you’re snacking on and listening to.

The LATE-A-THON ~ January 1-31

“OFF THE GRID” READ-A-THON” ~ January 11-13

MANGATHON ~ January 21-27

24IN48 READ-A-THON ~ January 26-27

WINTER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON ~ January 12-18

So there is a good list for January to get you started. Are there any here that you are participating in? Did I miss any that need to be included? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogmas Day 2: Christmas Readathon

FontCandy (31)If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know that I am an addict when it comes to challenges and readathons. Over the past month or so, I have found a community of friends and bloggers who have taken me in, and within this group are the hosts for this event. To check out the original Christmas Readathon Challenges page, check out Amy’s blog here! There is also a link to join up if you’re interested.

And now for the break down:

FontCandy (32)1) Read a book you can make a Christmas related word out of the title and/or authors name. You can choose one out of these 5 words to make: Christmas, Reindeer, Mistletoe, Bells, Jingle. 
A Christmas Carol
2) Read a book with a number between 1 to 12 in its title (e.g. Ready Player One)
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
3) Read a book you have been putting off to read for the entire year
Six of Crows
4) Read a book you got within the first 3 months of the year that is unread
TBA ….
5) Read an angel book
The Stupidest Angel
6) Read an extravagant/sparkly/beautiful/decorative book that is unread
TBA ….
7) Read a book set in winter
TBA ….
8) Read a book with a white or light blue cover
Mr. Dickens and His Carol
9) Read a book with snow on the cover
TBA ….
10) Read a book that has been on your TBR since last year
TBA ….
11) Read a book you have bought as a gift for a friend
TBA ….
12) Read a book with ‘Frost’, ‘Snow’, ‘Ice’, or ‘Light’ in the title
The Light Between Worlds

Are you doing any challenges or readathons this month? Looking forward to any bookish events? Let me know!

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Read-a-Thon Wrap-up!

readathonLast week was a big…no…HUGE week for read-a-thons. I threw my name in for participation for two RAT’s and they were both so awesome and did a lot for me in terms of helping me reach some reading goals that I had for myself! The first RAT, I blogged about…it was a weeklong read-a-thon called the Spookathon. All week long, I made progress on my audiobook (Dracula), my hard copy book (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein), and my ebook (Southern Magic). I finished my ebook during the week so by the weekend, I was ready for business.

uihxu47i_400x400The weekend was the main event: Dewey’s 24-hour Read a Thon. Dewey’s RAT is 24 hours of non-stop up all night reading. Yeah baby!! This event happens twice each year and this was my fourth time participating in three years. I love this event and I always mark my calendar and look forward to this one.My goal was to finish everything I had started and see how far (if at all) I could get into something new. Well, I did it. Bully for me! Dracula? Check. Elizabeth Frankenstein? Check. I started the second book to the Southern Magic book, as well as another book: Haunting the Deep. So overall, I consider my weekend pretty successful!

On the down side, I am still a bit behind on my progress for the year so I still have catching up to do in order to hit my goal for the year….BUT this is a good time of the year to read. SO. I have to stay optimistic! Back to the books!

How are you doing on your reading goals? Do you set your goals high to try to stay on target? Or set low and surprise yourself?

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First Readathon of 2018: Winter Biannual Bibliothon!!

Its here! The #winterbib began at midnight today, January 20th! In case you didn’t know, readathons are pretty much my favorite things in the whole entire world. I love any excuse to put everything aside and read as much as possible. Unfortunately I’m not quite as dedicated to them as I used to be because I work more now than I used to but I do the best I can. The Biannual Bibliothon can be found and followed on Twitter if you’d like to jump in and participate!

Here’s a preview of what my very ambitious reading list looks like for the week! Its going to take a trip to the library, as well as the use of an Amazon gift card I got for Christmas (lol):

The group book: Otherworld by Jason Segel

A sequel + A backlist title = Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

A book about mental illness + A book you’ve never (hardly) heard of = A List of Cages by Robin Roe

A book mentioned in another book or movie + A book less than 200 pages = The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Are you participating? What does your reading list look like? Are you doing video, blog, or Instagram challenges?

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