Friday, October 20, 2017

Guilty Reader Book Tag

This original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire. I don't think that I am a very guilty reader. Just like how I am, in real life, I don't really feel like I have to hide what I think or feel about things -- and that includes books.

Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given? 

Regifted, no, but I have traded a book for something else when a step-grandparent-in-law got me a book I already had. I switched with my sister (in law) Kathleen for a shirt she didn't like but I did from the same person.

Monday, October 16, 2017

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 8 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!

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

#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