The Bookie Trials Royal Weekender Wrap-Up

Hello, friends! I come to you today to talk about my adventures through the land of the Queendom, and what I managed to accomplish this weekend with my fellow Bards~

If you’d like to see what I wanted to read, as well as the Badges of Honor I set out to achieve, then check out my TBR post here!

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!

Magical Readathon | TBR

Hello there, magical people~ I hope you’re doing well. Today I’m going to be talking about the Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast over on YouTube. This readathon is themed around the Harry Potter universe and includes classes in twelve subjects at Hogwarts, as well as twelve potential careers (and extra seminars and courses) you can take in your time at and after Hogwarts! This seemed like such a fun activity, and I was a bit too late to join the last few times I saw the announcements, but I’m finally early and ready to try this readathon for myself!

Now, if you would like all the details about the readathon, there are links in the video that Book Roast talks about the announcement here, but to summarize, it’s an event that’s taking place for the entire month of April from the 1st to the 30th, and during that time you pick books based on the prompts given for each of the twelve classes, and each class comes with a prompt designated to it:

  • Ancient Runes: Heart Rune – heart on the cover or the title
  • Arithmancy: Magical qualities of number 2 – balance/opposites – read something outside of your favorite genre
  • Astronomy: Night classes – read majority of this book when it’s dark outside
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Hippogriffs – creature with a beak on the cover
  • Charms: Lumos Maxima – white cover
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts: Grindylows – book set at sea/coast
  • Divination: Third Eye – assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read
  • Herbology: Mimbulus mimbletonia – title starts with an M
  • History of Magic: Witch hunts – book featuring witches/wizards
  • Muggle Studies: Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
  • Potions: Shrinking Solution – book under 150 pages
  • Transfiguration: Animagus lecture – book/series that includes shapeshifting

You can also pick a career path to take after your Hogwarts career (this is totally optional) and allows you to focus on and potentially narrow down which books from which class you read. Careers include: Alchemist, Astronomer, Aurologist, Auror, Broom Maker, Care of Magical Children, Culinary Sorcerer, Curse Breaker, Graphic Designer, Healer, Herbologist, Hogwarts Professor, Journalist or Writer, Librarian, Mage of Visual Arts, Magizoologist, Metal Charmer, Mind Medic, Ministry Worker, Potioneer, Quidditch Referee, Seer, Spell Maker, Trader of Magical Tomes, and Wandmaker. (For more on these, check out the video I linked above!)

So for this readathon, I want to get back into the swing of reading novels (as has been in the case in almost every post I’ve made lately lol), but I didn’t want to overwhelm myself as it’ll be the first actual readathon I participate in this year. Picking a career was tough, but I decided to go with Writer, and I might double up with Graphic Designer, if I have the time and energy to do so. I’ll also be taking a bonus course called Merpeople Linguistics.

Let’s break this down!

Writer O.W.L.s Needed

  • History of Magic
  • Muggle Studies
  • 1 other subject of your choice (I chose Astronomy)

The books I chose for this Writer O.W.L. are:

Graphic Designer O.W.L.s Needed

  • Ancient Runes
  • Charms
  • History of Magic
  • Transfiguration

The books I chose for the Graphic Designer O.W.L. are:

And for my extra course/seminar, the Merpeople Linguistics course, I’ll be reading a book for Herbology: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This one will be a reread for me.

Oh man, it’s a lot to take in, but I’m very excited. All of these books (except for Heartless) are also on my POPSugar Challenge for 2020, so I’m killing two birds with one stone.

I’m definitely aiming for just the first three books in the Writer’s career O.W.L.s as I don’t want to overwhelm myself, but I think having plenty of options is good for this challenge.

There will also be other challenges hosted on the Twitter, @magicathon, and there’s also a discord for you to join if you want! (Links in the video listed earlier in this post!)

Are you going to be joining the readathon? Which career are you aiming for? Is this your first O.W.L.s? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

The Bookie Trials Royal Weekender | TBR

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!

This is The Bookie Trials Royal Weekender, hosted by Rachel Marie on YouTube!

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.

Bard badges of honor (top) and badges everyone can earn.

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?

The Book Junkie Trials & Medievalathon Wrap-Ups

Well, July was a stressful month, let me tell you. Not only did my husband and I move to a new state, but I just plain old overwhelmed myself with the amount of books I was hoping to read. So let’s talk about the books I actually did read for these readathons, my progress, and what role or location I ended with at the end of July!

The Book Junkie Trials

Looking at my TBR for this super fun and LARGE trial, I’m actually kind of sad I didn’t get all the way to the Grail. That’s right folks, I got stuck on Glimmer, distracted by all of the shiny, lovely things that the island held. I was on my way to the Dragon’s Cove, but I decided to make my home here.

Map was created by our lovely host, Rachael Marie. I just doodled over it.

What I Read

  • Orc Grove: “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness | Review
  • Ol’ Pirate Road: “The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan | Review
  • Glimmer: “Crystal Crowned” by Elise Kova | Okay, I’m 51% of the way through the book as of this post, so…

What I Had Left

  • Draconic Isle: “A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent” by Marie Brennan
  • The Bookie Grail: “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman

Medievalathon

I failed hard at this readathon, but it’s fine. Next time I won’t be such huge books for each read lol

Images made by the lovely host, Holly.

What I Read

  • Breastplate: “Strange the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor | Review to come because I got about 50% through before I ran out of time for the month.

What I Had Left

  • Crown: “The Queens of Innis Lear” by Tessa Gratton
  • Helmet: “A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
  • Shin guards: “Stupid Love Comedy” by Syusyusyu Sakurai
  • Boots & weapon: “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore
  • Cloak: “Crown of Feathers” by Nicki Pau Preto

My Thoughts

Both readathons were very fun in concept, it was just the execution on my part that was lacking. I took on way too many books that were all fairly large (90% of them were over 500 pages), and considering I’m the type of reader to read every single word on a page, making me slow, it just wasn’t feasible for me.

I definitely want to participate in these readathons again if they take place again! I love the ideas of the teams for the Trials, and I love the concept of building your own armor for Medievalathon. I thought both creations were unique and very community oriented, allowing others to come together and rally one another.

I haven’t seen readathons like that in a very long time, I think.

For the Trials, I also really enjoyed the micro-challenges on Twitter. They were simple, fun little bits that allowed people to not only get more points for their teams, but get a conversation going. There was also the more competitive piece that I didn’t take part in that I’m sure those who did had a blast with.

For Medievalathon, I enjoyed how Holly introduced things such as “kingdom statuses” on Twitter, letting people know if their kingdom was thriving, or if there was a plague, and then incorporating page amounts to reach in order to mend and heal, or just relax.

Overall, I think both readathons were a success for others, but a flop for me. I mean, I still read some of the books I set out to read, but I wish I hadn’t hit a huge existential and depressive wall early on in the month (plus moving and unpacking and running around like chickens with our heads cut off). It’s okay, though, I still had fun and I’m still looking forward to more fun readathons from these two individuals!

Let’s Chat!

Did you take part in either of these readathons? What did you read in July? Which was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Disney-a-thon TBR

That’s right, I’m joining another readathon! Everyone’s coming up with a lot of good ones lately, so I’m excited to join!

And, really, if you don’t know me by now: hi, my name is Rayna and I love Disney.

So as soon as I saw there was going to be a readathon based around Disney, OF COURSE I HAD TO JOIN. Disney-a-thon, here I come!

Let’s go over the details of the readathon and then I’ll jump into my team and my TBR!

Hosts: Izzy of izcurrentlyreading, Ally of nature of pages, Francisco of Books Under Covers, and Divya of celebrityreadshush.

Time: August 1st-31st

There are four teams for this readathon, and each of the hosts is going to be head of their team:

  • Izzy is hosting Team Aladdin
  • Ally is hosting Team Tangled
  • Francisco is hosting Team Lion King
  • Divya is hosting Team Mulan

Each team has their own prompts and reading goals, but I’m going to talk about my team: Team Aladdin!

So each team has a total of five books to read (this is including the group book for their specific team), and each group has a special ability granted to them by one of the characters in their movie!

Here’s the prompts and how many points they’re worth:

  • Jasmine: a book that features royalty – 10 points
  • Aladdin: a book that includes romance – 10 points
  • Magic Carpet: a fantasy book – 10 points
  • Jafar: a book that sucks you in as if you’re in a trance, and one you must read only at night/in the dark – 25 points
  • Abu: this is the group book: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – 50 points

Our special ability is granted by, you guessed it, Genie! Our special ability allows us to DNF a book if we’re not liking it and keep our points for that specific prompt, excluding the group book.

I’m pretty excited because for my TBR I picked books that I think are going to be really fun to read – and they’re all ebooks, which makes me feel like I’m reading faster, even though I’m probably not lol

Here’s my TBR!

  • Jasmine: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Aladdin: The Risk by Elle Kennedy
  • The Magic Carpet: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • Jafar: The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Abu: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I’m going to take it easy this month and only participate in this readathon. Last month kind of overwhelmed me, haha!

Let’s Chat!

Can you keep one jump ahead of the bread line? One swing ahead of the sword? Or are you going to be swept under by the Cave of Wonders? (If you’re participating in this readathon, let me know and tell me what team you’re on!) Which book are you most excited to read in August?