Cramathon 2017 Participation: December Week 4 TBR

 

 

I was at a loss when it came to TBRs this week. Luckily, there is Cramathon going on this week. As the name suggests, this readathon involves cramming books as the year draws to an end. It runs from December 26 to January 2nd.

▸ A book with under 200 pages

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman sounds like the way to go. I am not scared or intimidated (lies! I am scared of this dude’s writing, because he sounds absolutely brilliant).

▸ A book with LQBTQIA+ representation

Ash by Malinda Lo is calling to me. This is going to ease me into checking out more retellings on my TBR (I am looking at you, Cinder).

▸ Shortest book on your TBR

I have shorter books than this, but I am going with either We Are Okay by Nina LaCour OR Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette Kowal.

▸ Book that has your favorite color on the cover

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton has to be one of my favorite looking covers I own. And, I understand that this is about favorite colors, but I am twisting it a bit. This color combination is excellent.

▸ A book that was gifted to you

Technically, all my books have been gifted to me by my mom. So, I was thinking of going with History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.  It’s time for some heartbreak and reflection in general.

▸ One of the hosts’ favorite short books / a book a friend recommends

Vicious by VE Schwab was one of Inge’s favorites this year. I want to check it out. A sequel for this novel is in the making. I need to catch up.

 

▸ Read 7 books

I have two other books to (keep) reading this week: Three Dark Crowns and A Madness so Discreet. 

*Runs off screaming around the universe*

 

        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

Reader’s Crossing Continued (Week 3 of December 2017 TBR)

 

We’re now beginning our third week of December, 2017. I am slowly making my way through the Reader’s Crossing challenge, so here is my continued attempts to participate. Okay. So, I made it through most of the cute challenges. I now will cross into Cool territory.

 

I am first in need of finishing up a middle grade novel, and I am still debating if I’m in the mood to read some contemporary.  My current contemporary stash has some nice contenders: The Upside of Unrequited and the final Lara Jean novel are leading the race to my TBR.

celebrity

I don’t have an unread book written by a celebrity. So, what I am thinking of doing is reading Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. This book deals with celebrity culture and televised competitions. That, and it is a fresh take on a classic.

Another option is to read the second Selection novel, The Elite, as it deals with a royal family and televised competition to be married into that family.

award winner

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake won a couple awards.  I want to see if it is a fun read. Definitely intrigued by it, especially now that I have read Born Wicked which had a nice take on sisters.

Hopefully, it’ll go by fast, because I read some mixed reviews on this one.

recommended reads

So, this is a bit of a cheat, because I have certain books I want to get to. The cool thing is that we have this Goodreads thing where people share their favorites.

Inge liked Vicious this year, and I have it on my TBR. It is about villains, and this is winter time with gloomy weather. That is one option. I am hesitant to read this one, because that’s the last Schwab book I have that is unread, and I am not really too keen on her Archived books. So.

EDIT: My sister also voted for this one, because, “the cover is pretty.”

set in your country

I am very doubtful that I’ll get to this one, but let’s brainstorm together. Adam Silvera has written two unread books on my shelves. The other contender for this challenge is A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. It’s a thriller/mystery novel set in the United States. I’ll have to weigh the options here, because I may be in the mood to cry (Silvera books would then be more appealing) or be curious (McGinnis book would win then).

so

This is kind of the general list of books I am hoping to get to this week. What are your reading plans for the week?

        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

Readers Crossing (Week 2 of December 2017 TBR)

The lovely Aentee has created yet another awesome reading challenge. This time, it is inspired by everyone’s latest craze: Animal Crossing. Look, I am not hip. I was not on board the Pokemon Go! train. Needless to say, I am also not on the Animal Crossing hype either. My sister was super kind and helped me create my face in the game (my iPod is not compatible with these games. I wish I could join you all).

 

Surprise! I chose the Cute path (according to my sister, this is what I should start with). Let’s see if I have to cry about that choice because no books fulfill it.

Ahem. Composure. Alright, here we go.

First challenge: read a manga or graphic novel

*Maniacal laughter* I don’t own any comics or manga, because I don’t like that type of book. Sister, you picked the worst path for me. Why is this happening. OH my God.

Ahem. Composure. Alright.

Okay, after a discussion with my sister, I was advised to read a book related to geek culture. So. The one that fits the bill is Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde.

second challenge: pink cover

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

I want to read this book so badly, okay, because this author makes me smile. There is a Southern belle at the center of this book. It’s all I needed to know before picking this one up. I am ready for this.

third challenge: main romantic plot

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Based on my reading this past week, I realize that I can read at least two books at a time. This novel is kind of a mystery and an adventure, mixed in with a lesbian romance. So. It may end up being a nice breather from fantasy novels that I have been reading. Slowly, I have been transitioning into less intense settings. A contemporary should be a good change of pace.

Fourth Challenge: Middle grade/children’s novel

I’ll create a poll to see which one you’d recommend for me.

EDIT: Someone recommended Howl’s Moving Castle. I am kind of intimidated, but let’s give it a shot anyway.

fifth challenge: contemporary

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The possibility of me getting to this one seem weak. Nevertheless, I want to get to it at some point over the course of this readathon/reading challenge.

Finally: gosh darn it, I want to read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. The trick is to find a nice spot for it on the challenges.

        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

Minimoji-a-thon TBR

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a readathon is coming up today! Minimoji-a-thon is a readathon taking place from the 23rd of November to the 30th. Here is a link to the event’s twitter.  Essentially, the readathon is a miniature version of the infamous Emojiathon, which is driven by reading books inspired by certain emojis.

Here is a rather ambitious list of books I am hoping to read.

A book that has red & white on the cover

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Shiny new toy, read a new book that you’ve been dying to get your hands on

They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

A book with angels in it

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 

(Bending the rules a bit, because this is not about angels. But, the main character has wings. So. Debatable. Besides, I have a feeling she’ll be a lovely character)

Read a book with green on the cover

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder (I know. It’s a tiny bit of green, but hey, it works).

New year, new book! Start a new series.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I really want to read this one within the week.

 

Ghost of Christmas past; read a book that has been haunting your TBR for over a year

If I am done with Illuminae by this point, I want to start The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

 

 

Read a book with snow on the cover

This is also a stretch, but I truly don’t have any snow-books. However, I do have The Coldest Girl in Cold-Town by Holly Black. I am sure the cold-towns have nothing to do with weather. Nevertheless, I am relying on a literal take on this title.

are you sure about this?

I haven’t been reading this week (so far), and I think this readathon can help me refocus. Readathons help make my bookshelves less overwhelming. Hope you join this awesome readathon while enjoying the last week of November. For those who do celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful time.

 

        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

Week 3 of November 2017 TBR

 

November has been tough in some ways, but I am busying myself as much as I can. So: READING is a fun thing. I have a TBR for this week and it is as ambitious as ever. Let’s do this.

Challenge fun times

This week is part 1 of the Tom Topple, where book folk read tomes (500 pagers). As such, I am going to attempt to read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff this week. Perhaps I will not make it far, but the plan is to at least give it a shot.

If I do finish this one (which is highly unlikely, to be honest, but okay), I’d like to try starting The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness because, you know, I heard something terrible happens in this book. If it is not detrimental to the dog’s life, I should be (mostly) okay.

Gimme more

Yes, obviously, I don’t want to just read a huge book in one week. I’d like to try squeezing in some regular-sized books. Here are a couple of the ones I’m considering for the third week of November!

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder should be a quick read, and it is a shorter book (compared to the tomes, anyway). I like Snyder’s writing and I am a fan of this story thus far. Yelena and Valek: I missed you! It’s time to see what happens to them next.

If I do manage to finish this (which is, like, miraculous at this point), I would like to read A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard. The first book in this trilogy was such a nice, quick read.

this is not realistic…

There’s a reason I get sorted into Slytherin often. I am ambitious. But, also, I have been trying to increase my reading intervals daily. The holiday season is a good time to cozy up and read stories in bed. It’s my ideal way to deal with stress. As Katniss Everdeen says, “there are worse games to play.”

 

        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

Week 1 of November 2017 To Be Read and To Be Watched

 

 

November is upon us! As such, I am planning to read all the things. In addition, I’d like to watch all the things as well. A plan is needed. Here is what I have come up with. The lovely Books and Lala was talking about this Scallywagathon readathon taking place this week. I tried to use it to motivate my reading.

So, here’s the announcement videos for this readathon. And, the map for the readathon is here as well. Hope you can join us!!

To be read

New Series

4. A book that involves death

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

I am craving some Victorian time fun. This novel involves zombie-like creatures, so I am hoping I don’t get too scarred for life. Moreover, it is a steampunk novel. I need to read more of those. Besides, it has a reference to death in the title.

8. over-hyped book

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Friends voted on this book for me to read this week. I am intimidated by its sequels (both of which I already have). However, bravery is needed and a little bit of trust. Maybe the book is engaging. From what I understand, there is a princess who runs away, and she is followed by two men. An assassin and a prince. Who is who, basically. It sounds like a neat premise. I doubt I’ll figure out who is who, really. But, that’s okay.

detour a. stand-alone novel

Tell The Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

A retelling of A Tale of Two Cities, I believe, and it’ll probably be emotional because this is an OG love triangle for the ages. I don’t quite remember the details of the original novel. Hopefully this story isn’t too dependent on knowing the Dickens story in detail, because that would involve much Google research.

9. book on my owned-tbr

 

I’m going to be giving Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a shot this week (I hope!). Also: this is kind of funny, but all my TBR books are books I own. So, that’s nice (and overwhelming)

To be watched

I am watching a couple of new shows: Supernatural, Stranger Things, and Vampire Diaries. In addition, I am still watching The 100, Jane the Virgin. 

When stressed, I try to remember that I have New Girl and That 70s Show as options, too. Lots of fun ahead!

 

        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

#TheReadingQuest Sign up

Hello! I have been seeing a rumble of Reading Quest sign ups on Twitter. Because I am striving to read more, I will join the masses. This Reading Quest challenge was created by Aentee over at Read At Midnight. The graphics were made by the lovely CW over at Read, Think, Ponder.

Basically, the reading quest lasts from August 13 to September 10. From what I gathered, you pick a character class (sort of like Dungeons and Dragons?). Then, Bingo your way through the board.

I hope that made some sort of sense.  As always, I am freaking out that I somehow don’t understand the rules. So, if you notice any errors, please let me know.

Character Class:

It took me a couple of tries to decide which character class I’ll be for this. The typical approach is “bard,” because I like to write. However, I want to read more warrior stories. So. That’s the path I am on. Oh! Also, I picked the knight with the darkest skin, because they were the cutest to me.

Reading challenges/my quest route

The First Book In a Series: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

A Book With a Verb In the Title: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

A Book With a Weapon on the Cover: Fire by Kristin Cashore

A Book with Red on the Cover: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

A Book with a TV Show or Adaptation: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Rebelling already

Because my anxiety is already way too high, I am not competing. Instead, I am going to read and enjoy the process. My approach is to also add other books to my TBR as I go along.

Hope you join in on the fun.

 

        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

August Week 2 TBR And Readathin Participation

 

 

Ah, August week 2 is here, and so it is time to share my TBR. I want to say that I failed (on an epic scale) last week when it comes to my reading. Depression is kicking my butt, and anxiety as well. I will try better. There will be a readathon in August called the Readathin. I’ll link it here.  I’m hopeful.

the challenges

This readathon is a month-long journey and so I am hoping to keep updating my participation each month. Doing this will help motivate me and keep me accountable. My family is expecting some visitors, so to cope with my anxiety, I want to read more. Wish me luck.

Actually, let’s take a look at these challenges, and geek out together. Like I said, I am hopeful.

  1. Read a 2017 release
  2. Read a book that is the same color (or a similar color) as your birthstone
  3. Read a diverse book
  4. Read a book with a title or author with the same first letter as the first letter in your first name (the words “a” and “the” don’t count)
  5. Read a book that is related to your favorite emoji
  6. Read a book starting with a letter from TBR (the word “the” doesn’t count) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 
  7. Read a book with a summer themed cover
  8. Read a book with a warm colored cover (orange, red, yellow, brown)   Poison Study  by Maria V. Snyder 
  9. Start and finish a series
  10. Read a book in 24 hours
  11. Read a new to you author. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
  12. Book with water on the cover
  13. Read a book set in summer
  14. Buddy read a book
  15. Read a book recommended to you by someone in the book community
  16. Read a guilty pleasure read
  17. Read an adult/new adult book
  18. Read a book outside of your favorite genre
        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

Readathon: Booktubeathon TBR 2017

Hello! Because I have been failing to read this past week, I am hoping to come back in full force to finish up the month. I was watching a video by the lovely Ariel Bassett, when she announced the Booktubeathon’s dates for this summer. It’s going to be from the 24 til the 30th of July. Here’s a link to the announcement.

Are you ready to see what I have lined up for this awesome readathon? Let’s go!

The 2017 Reading Challenges:

1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.

Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

2/ Read a hyped book.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3/ Finish a book in one day.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

4/ READ ABOUT A CHARACTER THAT IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM YOU.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (all I know is there is a monster-type character in this one. And a vicious girl in it, too).

5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.

It’s unbelievably hot here in California, so this is probably not going to happen.

 

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.

The Elite by Kiera Cass (maybe?)

7/ Read seven books.

Two more books: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (if I am not done with it this weekend. If I am done, I’ll move on to the next book in the series, The Exiled Queen). 

And, I’d like to either start The Well of Ascension  by Brandon Sanderson or read The Coldest Girl in Cold-Town by Holly Black.

 

Your Turn

What are you going to read this week? Are you participating in any readathons? Leave a comment and share your TBR!

        April 2018 has proved to be a quick month but I
I have not been focusing my reading on the Popsugar reading challenges 2018. Mostly, I
      This week's reading plans will center around the Unicorn Readathon, which involves

Readathon: Make Me Read It Readathon

I am a fan of readathons and connecting with others. So, when my buddy Ely posted about the Make Me Read It Readathon, I knew it’d be a fun idea. The readathon was created by Val and Ely. 

 

How it Works

Basically, the readathon is going to run from August 6th til the 13th. You can pick any format of books, whether you own it or borrow it from the library, and list all the options you have in a poll. Yes, this readathon involves YOU voting for what I should read for that week. Now, because I read two things per week, I will perhaps give you 4-5 options.

Ready?

 

Which books should I read?

Graceling by Kristen Cashore
And I Darken by Kiersten White
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Soulless by Gail Carriger
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
SurveyMaker

 

Looking forward to seeing what you pick! Also, I hope you participate with us in this event. That’d be lovely. If you are participating, remember to put your polls as soon as possible to give people a chance to vote!

 

PS: Happy Monday.

 

 

    I was at a loss when it came to TBRs this week. Luckily,
  We're now beginning our third week of December, 2017. I am slowly making my
The lovely Aentee has created yet another awesome reading challenge. This time, it is inspired