Monday, October 16, 2017

Plan With Me: Creating & Co {R.I.P. Readathon}

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R.I.P. Readathon

The RIP Readathon is hosted by Paige of Creating and Co - it runs from October 16 to the 22nd. There are 7 challenges (listed below), plus daily photo challenges and three bonus challenges. PLUS Paige created a readathon sticker kit just for this week and I will be sharing that later today here on the blog, but it should be live on Youtube the same time this post goes up.

My TBR contains three books and I'm hoping to get through these three for sure.

  1. CREATURE FEATURE: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  2. 2017 RELEASE: The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
  3. BOOK IN 1 DAY: Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  4. SPOOKY COVER: The Sandcastle Empire
  7. ADAPTATION: Sleepy Hollow

Friday, October 13, 2017

Series Challenge - Update #3

At the beginning of 2017 I was in the middle of 63 series. In March, I went through my TBR on Goodreads because it was over 3000 books and that is entirely too many. I decided to take some of the series off of my list because I was no longer interested in finishing the series and life is too short for subpar reads. In August, I went and removed a ton more books off my TBR and I'm around 1500 now - which is so much better than 3000!

As of 10/1...
I have finished 1 series (with all the books released up to Dec 31, 2018).
I have started 5 new series (and added 1 back on that I thought was done, but wasn't - whoops)
I have read 7 books in series

So not using math from the last update (because I'm sure all my adding and subtracting won't be correct), I am currently in the middle of 53 series.

You can check out my list of series books here. I will be back for my final update in January.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The House Cup Reading Challenge [TBR]

I discovered this reading challenge last week and was totally game for anything Harry Potter themed. This challenge is hosted by Lauren of Live, Love, Read, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. It runs from October 15 to November 12. Sign ups close on October 14.

During this challenge, you will start as a first year student and go through your seventh year at Hogwarts with some additional bonus challenges thrown in.  You can find out more information on the blogs linked above - all the links go to the information posts!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017


The FemPowerAThon is a week long readathon hosted by Taylor of Taylicious and Nicole of Nicole Craswell. It focuses on celebrating women! I went back in the archives a bit to find some books that were recommended in the previous FemPowerAThon that took place last spring and these three books are all ones I have on Kindle, so they seemed like the ones to go with :)

Updated on 10/16: I spent most of the week finishing I'll Give You the Sun  and I started A Wrinkle in Time but haven't made it through it as quickly as I have wanted. I read quite a bit of it yesterday but it's been a really hectic crazy week with lots of things not going how they should, so I haven't really been reading as much.

Total books finished: 0
Total pages read: 169 (I'll Give You the Sun) + 118 (A Wrinkle in Time)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September Book Haul

I decided to start sharing all the good books I'm picking up in month. One, just because, and two, because I think it may help me keep track of what books I am buying and remind me to READ THEM.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Review: Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki

Publish Date: October 10, 2017
208 Pages [Kindle edition]
Published by Amulet Books 

Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries.

Today is no exception. When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one, they didn’t expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns.

This hilarious, rollicking adventure series brings the beloved Lumberjanes characters into a novel format with brand-new adventures.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Plan With Me: Little Dog Paper Co {Pumpkin Spice}

#AYearAThon [October TBR]

Each first full week of the month, a #AYearAThon readathon is held and there are themes and challenges for each month. In the month of October, the theme is LGBTQIAP+ with the challenge of reading poetry and short stories. It runs from October 2 through 8.

I will not be attempting any poems or short stories, but I will be attempting to read 3 books because I'm insane. Last month, I struggled through one book all week, but I'm hoping the books I selected will be great reads. I think 2 of the 3 will be five star reads and the other will be a solid 4. In the three books combined, there is gay, lesbian, and trans representation.

Updated on 10/10: I didn't read nearly as much as I had hoped last week even though I am absolutely loving I'll Give You the Sun. I had a bit of an off week and I'm hoping to be back "on" this week, even though it is my big kids' fall break and it's already been packed full of activities. I actually didn't read at all over the weekend.

Total books finished: 0
Total pages read: 215 (I'll Give You the Sun)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Monthly Reading Goals + TBR

I'm going to try a different format because I've been watching loads of Booktube lately and enjoy how a few of the new-to-me channels do theirs (like Sam's Nonsense, for example).

In September, I finished 7 books putting me 11 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge. I also DNF'd 1 book. I'm currently at 49 books read for my goal of 52 books in 2017.
  • Mistrust by Margaret McHeyzer (333 pages, 2016, Kindle, YA Contemporary) - 2 stars - counted towards mini September challenge, yearly Netgalley challenge, the Throwback Book Club challenge and Overused YA Tropes Bingo
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (407 pages, 2017, Hardcover, YA Fantasy) - 2.5 stars - counted towards mini September challenge
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (608 pages, 2015, Hardcover, YA SciFi) - 4.5 stars - counted towards my series challenge (but isn't a finished series yet)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (135 pages, 1865, Paperback, Childrens) - 4 stars - counted towards my movie/tv adaptation challenge and the Throwback Book Club challenge
  • Frazzled by Booki Vivat (240 pages, 2016, Hardcover, Middle Grade Graphic Novel) - 5 stars - counted towards my series challenge (but isn't a finished series yet), the Throwback Book Club challenge, and Diversity Bingo
  • Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (224 pages, 2015, Paperback, Middle Grade Graphic Novel) - 5 stars - counted towards my series challenge (but isn't a finished series yet) and the Throwback Book Club challenge
  • Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich (314 pages, 2015, Paperback, Adult Mystery) - 5 stars - counted towards ABC challenge and Throwback Book Club challenge.
  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (513 pages, 2017, Hardcover, YA Historical Fiction) - 1 star - DNF
Pages read: 2261
Pages DNF: 67
Average pages read per day: 77
Total pages: 2328

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Monthly

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Friday, September 29, 2017

My Most Anticipated Releases for October

I decided that my TBR posts were getting a little bit too long, especially with these fall releases, so I am now going to do separate posts for the TBR lists and anticipated releases. October is full of many many releases for YA and Middle Grade novels. :)


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Review: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

Publish Date: October 3, 2017
320 pages [Kindle edition]
HMH Books for Young Readers


Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

My Thoughts:
I was gifted this book via Netgalley.
I have been very interested in crime-like stories lately and was pretty pumped when I was approved to read this novel because it sounded similar to the tv show Psych's version of a psychic. I am always happy to read about another Shawn Spencer! This story starts out with teen psychic Skye Thorn giving someone a tarot card read. Skye is a very easy perspective to read from and I really liked her voice. She comes from a single parent home and her mom is kind of one of those spaced out moms who wants to be friends rather than a parent to their child. The story continues where Paige Bonnet has gone missing. Paige is the daughter of a judge who wants to run for Senate and a popular girl in the school that Skye never really spoke to. 

I enjoyed the storyline very much, but I had problems with how characters were introduced and it seemed like they would get fleshed out, but it never actually happened. Some characters were more insignificant and didn't add anything to the story so it was confusing to get random bits of detail about people who weren't really part of the story. I was surprised by the twists and really liked them, but then the ending was very odd to me. I don't really understand why Skye chose to continue her future with the person she did. Overall, the plot was great (minus the ending), the characters were meh, and there were bits and pieces I had issues with throughout the the random pop culture references that were out of place and talking about washboard abs even though there was literally no romance in the book. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Plan With Me: Nicole Alexia Designs {Autumn}

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Prideathon [TBR List]

Prideathon is hosted by Maddy, Marta, Em, and Kav. It is a biannual readathon that is focused on promoting LGBTQIAP+ books. There will be group book and reading and bookstagram challenges included. The dates for this round of Prideathon are Sept 25 thru Oct 1.

I have read a lot of books with LGBTQIAP+ representation lately and I would like to continue to do so. I'm looking forward to finding more wonderful reads and educating myself on a topic I, as a straight cisgender person, do not live and will never have firsthand experience knowing.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

This is an original tag from Isabeau's Literary Musings and it's Harry Potter, so I'm absolutely going to do it!

1 Favourite book? Prisoner of Azkaban
2 Least favourite book? Goblet of Fire or Half Blood Prince
3 Favourite movie? Goblet of Fire
4 Least favourite movie? Prisoner of Azkaban
5 Favourite quote? “I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed.”

6 Favourite Weasley? Fred/George
7 Favourite female character? Hermione
8 Favourite villain? Bellatrix
9 Favourite male character? Sirius
10 Favourite professor? Professor McGonagall

11 A, Wash Snape's hair, or B, spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself. - A
12. Duel A, an elated Bellatrix, or B, an angry Molly - A
13. Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. flying car. -  A
14. A, Kiss Voldemort. Or B, give Umbridge a bubble bath. - A
15. A, ride a hippogriff, B, ride a firebolt - B

16 Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books? Dumbledore. I feel he wasn't book Dumbledore and that set the tone for a lot of the movies to not be as accurate.
17 Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?  Goblet of Fire.
18 Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore? I think Gambon looks more the part, but I think Harris acted more the part.
19 Your top thing (person or event) which wasn't included in the movie that annoyed you most. PEEVES and a lot of the intricacies of Prisoner of Azkaban
20 If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be? The third movie. I didn't like how much of the third book they left out and I don't think they really did the book justice.

21 Which house was your first gut feeling you'd be a part of? Ravenclaw
22 Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore (or another online sorting quiz)? I actually was originally sorted into Hufflepuff, but the new "more accurate" quiz put me into Ravenclaw.
23 Which class would be your favourite? Transfiguration or Care of Magical Creatures
24 Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn? Accio, for sure.
25 Which character do you think at Hogwarts you'd instantly become best friends with? Hermione or Luna

26 If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be? The cloak
27 Is there any aspect of the books you'd want to change? This can be a character, and event, anything.  No, nothing.
28 Favourite marauder?  Moony!
29 If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be? Fred. Although all the others are heartbreaking...the twins should be together, alive.
30 Hallows or horcruxes? Hallows

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Review: Freefall by Joshua David Bellin

Publish Date: September 26, 2017
368 pages [Kindle edition]
Margaret K. McElderry Books

When the 1% and the 99% clash, the fate of the human race hangs on the actions of two teens from very different backgrounds in this thrilling sci-fi adventure.

In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can’t wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and is 99% of rejects.

Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight though the feed directly at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.

When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what’s happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it’s time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.

Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices—and the enemies—he made in the past?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Plan With Me: Creating & Co {Thrive}

I Suck at Read-a-thons [TBR List]

 Image from Sam's Nonsense

I love the idea behind this readathon so much. The ISATRAT is hosted by Sam of Sam's Nonsense. The other readathon/reading challenges are lower pressure for me because I don't want to try and do too much, but I also love that this one is so low pressure. I totally think I can do this. Below are the challenges from Sam.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The End of the Year Book Tag

I decided that I wanted to start doing a few book tags here on the blog for fun. The first one is the "End of the Year Book Tag" started by Ariel Bissett. The year is winding down now that September has hit and it's time to wrap up the reading stuff :)

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I need to finish The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket, Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Version by JK Rowling, and Roseblood by AG Howard. I've started all four of these books and then put them down because I got sucked into others.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#TheReadingQuest [Finish Line]

All artwork is designed by CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

I'm bummed that The Reading Quest is over :( I ended up finishing my Rogue quest line and reading 2 side quest books (and part of a third). I wish I would have been able to read more, but I was dangerously close to falling into a reading slump with some of these books. The highest rated one for me was the 24 page graphic novel for the mini game side quest. The rest were all 3 stars and under. I ended up with 120 EXP and 144.2 HP reaching a Level 3. Overall, I really enjoyed this reading challenge. I love the premise and loved participating! :)


  • A banned book: Drama by Raina Telgemeier (238 pages, graphic novel) +5 EXP, +11.9 HP
  • A book cover with a partially obscured face: Mistrust by Margaret McHeyzer (333 pages) +10 EXP +33.3 HP
  • A book with under 500 ratings on Goodreads: Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (159 pages) +10 EXP, +15.9 HP
  • A book published by a small press: The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli (134 pages) +10EXP, +13.4 HP
  • A book with a one word title: Caraval by Stephanie Garber (401 pages) +10 EXP, +40.1 HP
  • MULTIPLAYER: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (read 16 pages) +0 EXP, +1.6 HP
  • GRIND:
  • MINI-GAME: Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson (24 pages) +5 EXP, +1.2 HP
  • ANIMAL COMPANION: Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki (208 pages/marginalized author) +20EXP, +20.8 HP
  • 4 instagram posts so far +4 HP 
  • 2 twitter posts +2 HP
Level 3 //  120 EXP // 144.2 HP

Monday, September 11, 2017

Plan With Me: Little Dog Paper Co {Yellow Brick Road}

I had a crazy hectic week and weekend, so I did not have time to film a Plan With Me during the week like I usually do. I filmed on Saturday afternoon after 2 back-to-back, partly overlapped soccer games. I used my phone (Samsung GS6) to record my first voiceover, so please excuse any flub ups, amateur here :)

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Book Review: Mistrust by Margaret McHeyzer

Published July 29, 2016
333 Pages [Kindle edition]

I’m the popular girl at school.
The one everyone wants to be friends with.
I have the best boyfriend in the world, who’s on the basketball team.
My parents adore me, and I absolutely love them. My sister and I have a great relationship too.
I’m a cheerleader, I have a high GPA and I’m liked even by the teachers.
It was a night which promised to be filled with love and fun until…something happened which changed everything.