First, let us discuss the Badges of Honor I managed to achieve during the Royal Weekender!
These were the badges that I, as a bard, could win if I completed each of these tasks. I was close to getting all eight, but I only ended up with seven. Here are the ones that I won, and with what.
Oath Maker – I shared my TBR with you lovely folks a few days before the Royal Weekender took place, thus securing this badge for myself!
Power Surge – I participated in a two hour long sprint on Saturday, from 8AM-10AM EST. I managed to read 78 pages during that time, which was fantastic!
Tome Champion – I managed to complete Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse on midnight on the dot Sunday night/Monday morning. It was quite good!
As you can see, the only badge I did not win in this was the Tournament Ready badge, as I was unable to attend the tournaments due to 1) my forgetfulness, and 2) my laptop crapping the bed because of a slug.
Yes. A slug got into my laptop and now I have to get a new part to fix it. So. That happened and I didn’t read all the books I wanted to, but I did finish reading the one book that was my primary goal, so, yay me!
And the Bard specific badges I won:
Superior Inspiration – Percy Jackson is all about Greek mythological retellings, so yay!
Song of Joy – For my song, I chose Crazy for Love by Mondays, which is a cute song perfect for closing your eyes and just having a blast dancing to.
Soft Heart – The cinnamon roll character in the Percy Jackson series, I find, is Grover. He seems like such a cinnamon roll, and I want to protect him.
Simple Soul – All of the covers of the books are illustrated, and so, this simply fit!
So, as you might have already be able to tell, I completed only Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse.
You can check out my complete review here, but in short, I really enjoyed it! I think this is my favorite of the series so far, and I’m really excited to continue reading and see what happens next in the exciting life Percy is having.
The books I didn’t get to were the first six volumes of My Hero Academia, which is a manga series (an anime!) by Kohei Hoshitori. Due to the unforeseen circumstance with my laptop, that took a chunk of my time out from reading, but I am still glad I was able to finish at least the one book for the event – which was the primary goal, anyway!
Overall, this was a fun event, and I’m definitely excited for the full Bookie Trials event in July. I can’t wait!
Did you participate in the trials? What team were you on and how did you do with your goals? Do you think you’ll be participating in the bigger event later this year? Let me know in the comments!
Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! I know I’ve been absent for a while, but I’m attempting during these trying times to kickstart my love of reading novels once more with my first readathon of the year!
Last year I participated in The Bookie Trials as a Mage, going across the Queendom to read the books in my challenge group as much as possible. Though I did not complete my quest, I still had a blast and am excited to be joining this 48 hour readathon.
This particular weekender readathon is coming up this weekend, March 28-29, 2020.
I also must let you know, that I am not a Mage this time around, as I took the newer quiz that came out over the winter and am, in fact, a BARD! I am very excited to be joining this group of lively people, storytellers, musicians, poets, and orators, and setting off on the quest to earn my Honor Badges throughout the weekend while I read a book or two on my TBR.
What are on these honor badges? Well, the goal is to earn the eight badges during the weekend – four for everyone, four based on your team – and to be an Honorable Person of the Queendom.
Let’s start with the badges that everyone can earn first, shall we?
Oath Maker: Shared Your TBR – The first badge is one that I’ve earned just by sharing this post with my TBR! I’ve made an oath as a Bard to read the book(s) I’ve set out for this Royal Weekender, and I’m sticking to it/them!
Tournament Ready: Joined a Competition – This second badge is for joining one of the competitions on Twitter during the weekend. This is separate from the next badge, Power Surge.
Power Surge: Completed a 2 Hour Sprint – During the weekend, there will be a couple two hour sprints where each team – Bards, Outlaws, Magi, and Scribes – will compete against one another to read as many pages as they can within those two hours.
Tome Champion: Completed a Book – You’ve done it! You’ve managed to complete one book this weekend. Congratulations, you’ve earned this badge of honor!
Now let’s talk about the Bardic Badges that I shall gain this weekend~
Superior Inspiration: Read a Retelling – Pretty self-explanatory, this badge is for reading a book based on a retelling! The retelling can be one as old as time, or as new as the day is young.
Song of Joy: Dance with Your Eyes Closed – This is a self-care badge that has nothing to do with a book, but rather to look after yourself during the weekend. Each team has their own specific ones, and this one is perfect for the bards to let loose and have fun.
Soft Heart: Cinnamon Roll Character – This is for all of the uwu’s to be had, as this one focuses on all of the soft characters that you find in novels. Ones that you just want to squish their cheeks and protect with your life.
Simple Soul: An Illustrated Cover – Who doesn’t enjoy looking at pretty things? A beautiful illustrated cover is just the thing to be had. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so if one person finds it beautiful, and another doesn’t, that’s okay.
And now, for the TBR!
As this is only a 48 hour weekend, I want to keep my choice(s) simple. Oh, a few things to mention: yes, one book can satisfy all of the prompts! Yes, you can read a graphic novel, manga, audiobook, ebook, comic, etc. So with that, I am choosing…
Percy Jackson and the Olympians III: The Titan’s Curse
I started reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for my first time as an adult back in 2018. I had never given it a go, but I decided to on a whim one day and found that I really enjoyed it! It’s such a fun, fast-paced series about a boy who doesn’t seem to fit in at any of the schools he’s attended, until one day things go a little crazy and he’s suddenly being attached by a mythical creature – thus beginning his journey and discovering just who, and what, he is, and so I want to continue it with the third installment in the series.
So, for the badges, this book hits all three!
Superior Inspiration: This book is a retelling about the Greek gods in a modern day setting!
Soft Heart: The cinnamon roll is totally Grover. He’s adorable and I want to protect him.
Simple Soul: I mean, look at that cover! Definitely illustrated, as is the whole series. And this one is really cool looking!
I’m only choosing one book that I’ll actually be focusing on for this readathon, BUT I do have a… “few” more that I’ll at least start if I have the time and energy to do so, and they are:
My Hero Academia, volumes 1-6 by Kohei Hoshitori
What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?
Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny…
I started watching My Hero Academia when it first began airing a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the characters and the series. It even inspired me to create some of my own original characters that could fit into the world! It’s action-packed, gripping, funny, and a lot of fun.
Bonus Points: There’s several cinnamon roll characters (Deku, Ochako, Iida, Kirishima, etc.), as well as super illustrated covers as they’re manga.
So if I have the time and energy to do so, I’ll read these first six volumes since I have yet to do so – and I own volumes 1-15!
As for the self-care prompt, I have a whole playlist on my phone called “Jam” and I fully plan on listening to that while closing my eyes and just jamming out to some of my favorite tunes, letting go of some of the stress and sadness the world has been feeling lately – at least for a little while.
Alas, my dear friends, this is where this Bard’s introduction and TBR comes to a close! I hope that this fun little weekender readathon inspires you to join not only this weekend, but also the bigger event set to take place this summer in July.
Are you joining in the Royal Weekender? Which team are you representing? What’s one book you hope to read during that time?
Hey! So I wanted to make a list of books I hope to read this year that can fit the categories for the POPSUGAR reading challenge. I don’t have all of the prompts filled as I might find other books to fit the prompts, plus I’m giving myself options since my goal is to read 25 books this year, not 52. (But if I do all of these challenges, then yay for me!)
I won’t necessarily be reading these in the order listed, either, since I’m such a mood reader. I also picked as many books as I could already on my shelves, on my kindle, or on audible that I already own.
Oh hi, so, I haven’t done a challenge on my blog in a millennia, and since I haven’t decided if I want to rejoin the Booktube community (because I’m lazy and don’t know if I want to make videos), I decided I’m going to do the challenge and post my results here!
The challenge was originally created by Keeping Tabs on YouTube.
So it’s a 20 questions challenge to see just how well you know your books. Now, I’m not going to race against the clock, but I’m going to do my best to find the books on my shelves! So this post will be a bit image heavy.
Here we go!
1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?
2. Do you have a book with three or more people on the cover?
3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?
4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?
5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?
6. Do you have a mass market paperback book?
7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?
8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?
9. Do you have a book with two maps in it?
An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir
10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?
11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (celebrity/athlete/politician/etc)
12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?
13. Do you have a poetry book?
14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?
15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?
16. Do you have a book of short stories?
17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?
18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?
19. Do you have a graphic novel?
20. Do you have a book written by two or more authors?
And that’s everything! This was a fun challenge, and some of these prompts were actually a lot harder to find things that I thought they were going to be. I tried really hard not to use repeats, so I’m pretty proud of myself!
If you want to do this tag, please feel free to do so! It’s fun to explore your shelves and get acquainted with your books every once in a while, you know?
Do you have any books by an author with the same initials as you? Or how about a book that starts and ends with the same letter?
Hello lovely people~ I hope you’re doing well. SO, today I have an interesting post to talk about and that is The Picky Pledge Challenge. I was perusing Alexa’s blog over at Alexa Loves Books and stumbled upon her post for this year’s challenge about book buying habits.
First off, what is The Picky Pledge? It’s a challenge that was created by Alexa and Hannah of So Obsessed With to reflect on your book buying habits and to become more intentional with the books that are read, to read more backlist books, to read books already on your shelves, and reduce the amount of review books received.
Honestly? I think it’s a great idea! This past year I didn’t buy too many books, I don’t think, but I can still change my habits and really focus on the books I already own and give them some love, you know? So, I decided I’m going to join in this challenge along with them!
I don’t really have statistics of what I read and bought and such, so I won’t be going over them in this post, but I hope to next year when I do a recap of this challenge.
Speaking of, here are the categories that they set to focus on for this year!
I find these to be very reasonable and fun to do! I also find them to be in line with the Beat the Backlist Challenge that I also am taking part in this year. I’ll keep track of the goals for this specific challenge here on this post (as well as in a separate document on my computer lol), in case you want to see how I’m doing with it!
So what about you? Are you up for the challenge? Be sure to check out Alexa’s and Hannah’s posts and their own goals for the year! Let me know in the comments below what your reading goals are and what some of your buying habits for the new year are.