Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2018

Hello lovely people~ So, fun announcement to make! I’m joining in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon! Not only that, but I’m also one of the blog hosts this round! Very exciting.

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Dates of the Readathon: January 20th-26th

My Host Date: Wednesday, January 24th

All information about the challenge I’ll be presenting to you will be posted on midnight January 24th, so you’ll have the full day to go for the challenge and do you best with it!

Here are the lovely hosts that will be participating in this year’s readathon. This year there are the main Booktube hosts, Instagram hosts, as well as blog hosts, so please check them out!

Main Hosts

Emmmabooks | Brittni’s Book Find | Kellys BookSpill | Little Red Reader | The Booktube Girl | Little Book Owl | Dylanthereader5

Instagram Hosts

Brooks_books_ | Readbyrae | readbyamanda | charlottelupin | coffeecocktailsandbooks | bookish.army | the_daily_bookstagram

Blog Hosts

Reader Rayna (me) | Victoria @ Latte Nights |Sam @ Will Read for Booze | Jen @ Fire Whiskey Reader| Cody @ The Bookworm in Me | Gabi @ Be A Bookish Gal | Laura @ Laura’s Literary Letters

Each host will have a different date, so be sure to check out all of the hosts’ pages to see what they’re doing for that day of the week.

So, as I’m a host I definitely want to attempt to take part in the reading challenges – at least what I can. I’m busy taking a class and trying to figure out my life, but I’m going to do my best to participate!

Check out the Reading Challenges Video for more information, but here are the reading challenges:

READING CHALLENGES:
1. Read the group book: OTHERWORLD by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
2. Read a sequel
3. Read a book you’ve never heard of before
4. Read a book about mental illness
5. Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/show etc.
6. Read a book under 200 pages
7. Read a backlist title

You can double up on challenges (i.e. read a book that’s 200 pages and about mental illness), but you cannot triple up on challenges.

TBR

  • Eidolon by Grace Draven – a sequel and a backlist title (was published in 2016).
  • The Space Between Stars by Anne Corlett – a book I’ve never heard of before (I just got the book on Jan. 6th)
  • Saga, vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan – under 200 pages

That’s all I’m going to put down just because I know that I don’t have much energy to do things outside of my norm lately so I’m just going to aim to read these two books for the challenges. If I finish one of these books before the readathon, then I’ll just update this post with a new selection.

I hope you’re all excited and will participating this round! Check out Biannual Bibliothon’s twitter for fun things!

Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

Hey guys, I’m here with another readathon that I’m probably going to fail at, yay! But I really wanted to join this one because this readathon, hosted by Aentee @ Read At Midnight, focuses on diverse reading and reading #ownvoices books. Since diversity has been an incredibly HUGE topic of discussion this past year, I definitely wanted to join in this readathon and read some more diverse books.

My House: Hufflepuff represent, whoo whoo!

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When: January 1st to January 15th, midnight to midnight your time

Points: There are points to earn for your House, whichever you sign up for. I’m not going to explain the points, but you can find out how they work on the sign up post.

The Prompts: There are a few prompts that are based off of different spells from the Harry Potter series that you can pick books based off of. Here they are along with my picks:

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Alright, for this one I’m going with Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. As a plus-sized woman, and how one of the main characters is also large, I find this fitting. Also because I’ve always struggled with my identity as a big person and having people see me for who I am, which is a topic this book covers (or so the synopsis says).

Potential 39 points + 5 for completion = 44 points

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I think for this one I’m going to read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon because it has two characters who are diverse: a Jamaican female main character, and a Korean male main character, two groups of people which I’ve never read about, I think.

Potential 38 points + 5 completion = 43 points

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I’m going to read Style by Chelsea M. Cameron. This book features a f/f relationship, and Chelsea is a queer author, so it fits for the #ownvoices choice.

Potential 24 points + 5 completion points = 29 points

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I had the hardest time thinking of anything, so I’m going to pick something someone else is reading which is milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s a collection of poetry and prose about survival, love, loss, and other things.

Potential 20 points + 5 completion = 25 points

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I’m going to have to go with Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy because this book has been on my shelf for a while now and it features a teen who’s overweight and does beauty pageants and is confident in her body and I am here for that.

Potential 38 points + 5 completion = 43 points

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I’m going to pick Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz because I’ve heard so much hype and love for this book since joining the book community that I just need to read it for myself and see if it lives up to expectations.

Potential 35 points + 5 completion = 40 points

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This wasn’t recommended to me specifically but everyone and their mother has recommended this book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Once I finish Ruin & Rising, then I can move onto this book.

Potential 46 points + 5 completion = 51 points

Total Potential Points: 275 points
(this total doesn’t include any extra points such as review points & others)


Now will I read all of these in the two weeks this readathon takes place? Most likely not, but I’m going to read as much as I can because this is such an important and fun readathon, to broaden your horizons and read more diversely.

P.S. All of the banners were made by Aentee. I just edited the Hufflepuff one to include my info.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you planning on joining in on this readathon? What books do you plan on reading? What #ownvoices book did you pick? Which house are you representing?

Read Them All Thon Pokemon Indigo League Readathon + TBR

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Guys. Guys. I need to do this readathon. It’s like all of my Pokemon Trainer dreams are finally coming true after all of these years.

So this epic readathon is being hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight and there’s a lot of fun rules and stuff, which I will list here, but also I’ll link back to her post, too (click her name).

P.S. All graphics are made by Aentee and are free to use for this readathon!
P.P.S. Pokemon is owned by Nintendo and I claim nothing. This is just for fun!

Let’s start off with the basics:

What Is It?

The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon is a 3 weeks long reading challenge based on the Kanto’s Indigo League. Long-time fans of the series would recognize this as the first set of gyms Ash Ketchum had to conquer in his quest to become the Pokemon Master. Now you, my friends, will also embark on a journey to become the very best. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead!

When Is It?

The read-a-thon will run for 3 weeks between Sunday 14th August to Sunday 4th September.

You can sign up anytime between now and the end of the read-a-thon.

My Pokemon

Now, there’s a bunch of fun associated with this readathon, and I’ll let you read all of the fine print on Aentee’s post, but here’s the Pokemon I’m going with!

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A stage three Pokemon is good for points, and I love Bulbasaur, so I’m choosing this little guy! Also, thank you to Aentee for making me the trainer card!

His next evolution: 150CP

The Challenge/Gyms

There are 8 reading challenges within this read-a-thon, based on the 8 gyms that are in the Indigo League. Earn a badge every time you complete a book!

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mooncalled

Well, this one’s pretty self explanatory, so I’m going to choose to read Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. This is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series and has been on my TBR for months now.

288 pages, potential +28CP

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theserpentking

Okay, some of you know that I don’t cry easily when it comes to books. At all. I might get teary or choked up, but it’s very rare that I cry. BUT, I’ve seen several recs for this one and I’m going to go with The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, because I started it months ago and never finished it, but I guess it’s supposed to be a tear jerker?

384 pages, potential +38CP

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thebookthief

I mean, what book would that be? I think for this one I’m going to go with The Book Thief by Markus Zuzack. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things and everyone and their brother/mother/sister/uncle’s best friend’s daughter’s dog has read, so, it’s officially my turn.

592 pages, potential +59CP

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aristotleanddante

For this one I’m choosing Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Friendship that turns out to be more while these two boys go out to find the truth of the world and who they are? Yes please!

359 pages, potential +35CP

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thebronzehorseman

I’m going to do a crazy thing and pick The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons for this book. Why is it crazy, you ask? Because it’s over 800 pages long in kindle form… I’m crying already, but I also want to read this one because Russia + romance.

811 pages, potential +81CP

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thenightcircus

I think for this one I’m going to finish reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I started reading this a couple months ago for a different readathon, but I only read the first two or three chapters before I stopped because I just wasn’t in the mood at the time. But I’m hoping to read it for this readathon!

512 pages, potential +51CP

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scarlet

Okay, so it’s not 100% red, but its focal point is red! For this challenge I’m finally going to read Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I’ve been putting it off for a long time and now I’m finally going to settle down and read it.

452 pages, potential +45CP

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legend

Alright, I’m not really into dystopian much anymore, but for this challenge I’ll read at least one more. For this one I’m going to choose Legend by Marie Lu. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this first book so I’m hoping to enjoy it.

305 pages, potential +30CP


Potential Total CP to Earn if I Finish ALL of the Books: 527 (includes +20CP bonus for each book finished)

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you plan on participating in this epic readathon? Which Pokemon did you choose? Did you choose lengthy books or reasonably sized books for this readathon?

Biannual Bibliothon & Make Me Read It Wrap Up

Well, I had a lot of fun doing both of these readathons even if I didn’t finish all of the books I set out to read. But that’s okay! I still managed to get some read and reviewed and I enjoyed the ones I did read.

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For this readathon I only completed one book out of the five I was hoping to get to.

Here’s what I read:

  • Girl Against the Universe: Completed!
  • The Unexpected Everything: 23 pages read
  • Red Rising: 6% read
  • The Archived: N/A
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: N/A

I didn’t have a chance to start all of the books I wanted to, but I still managed to read some books, which I enjoyed.

As for the video challenges, I completed three of the seven:

The character channel takeover challenge was definitely my favorite and it sparked some creative juices. I wish I could do more videos like these ones but I don’t know exactly what I would do!

Make Me Read It

The two books that were voted for were Shadow & Bone and Lola and the Boy Next Door for this readathon.

  • Shadow and Bone: Completed!
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door: 59 pages read

I just ended up running out of time, unfortunately. And, like most of the country, I’ve been obsessively playing PokemonGO! so that hasn’t helped me at all.

In Conclusion

I read two books completely and read a few more that were interesting to me, and one that was hard to get into but I hope gets better. I had a lot of fun with both of these readathons and I just might join them again next time! Maybe life will be nice and let me not be as busy next time.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

How did your reading weeks go? Did you complete all of the goals you were trying to reach, or did you stumble a bit?

Make Me Read It TBR

makemereaditYou guys voted for Make Me Read It, hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley, and the results are in!

I’m very excited to be reading the books you guys picked out. As I stated in my previous post, I’ll be aiming to read two books during the week, and they are:

If I have the time and energy to read more books, I will, but as it stands these are the two I will definitely be reading during the week!

Here are the results broken down in the poll:

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As you can see, the top two were definitely popular picks, but I see a lot of people also really enjoy Rebel of the Sands and Starflight. I’ll definitely check them out eventually, but for now I’m going to just focus on the two top books.

Here’s some reminder information about Make Me Read:

  • Time: July 9th-16th
  • The Rules: When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.
  • The Tag: #MakeMeRead on Twitter

So as it stands I’ll be reading Shadow and Bone first, then Lola. I hope to enjoy each book as I read it because they’re such well beloved books in their own right!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you participating in the readathon? What were your top books on your list that you’ll be reading? How many books do you plan to read?