Biannual Bibliothon Day 1: Message in a Bottle

Hey there everyone, here is my video for the Biannual Bibliothon challenge for day one! The challenge is called Message in a Bottle and you’re supposed to write a letter to your favorite character, so I chose to write to Aelin from Throne of Glass (because did anyone NOT see that coming? I mean, seriously.) I had a lot of fun with it even if it is a little choppy, but I’m still very proud of it!

If you want to skip over the TBR section, my entry starts at 3:23.

As far as stats go for the readathon, I’ll post what I’ve read on the next day’s blog post. So for today, since it’s the first day, I won’t post my stats of what I’ve read until tomorrow’s post, and so on.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who would you write a letter to? Would you write it to your favorite or least favorite character? Or would you write as one of your favorite characters to another character, such as Clary writing to Jace?

Biannual Bibliothon TBR

Hey peeps! I obviously love doing things the last minute because I’m joining in the Biannual Bibliothon! If you don’t know what that is, it’s a readathon that’s hosted twice a year by some lovely people: Emma @ emmmabooks, Kelly @ Kellys Bookspill, Momo @ The Booktube Girl, Selena @ OhxXxSNAP13, Sierra @ sierrareads, Brittni @ Brittni Finds Books, Kassie @ MissSassyKassie, Red @ Little Red Reader, and Meagan @ Meagan Precourt and it’s all about coming together as a community to read some books, make some fun videos, and have a good time. This particular summer readathon is taking place from July 3rd to July 9th.

So for this summer’s readathon, there are seven reading challenges and seven video challenges, all of which I’m going to do my best to participate in. You are able to double up on the reading challenges, so I’m totally going to cheat and do that.

Reading Challenges

  1. Read the group book – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.
  2. Free read/wild card – Choose whatever book you want.
  3. Read a book from the host’s recommendations:
    • Momo’s Choice: The Clockword Scarab by Colleen Gleason
    • Selena’s Choice: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
    • Kelly’s Choice: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
    • Red’s Choice: Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick
    • Emma’s Choice: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
    • Meagan’s Choice: The Archived by Victoria Schwab
    • Kassie’s Choice: Arabat by Clive Barker
  4. Read a book with your favorite mythical creature – Witches, werewolves, vampires, oh my!
  5. Read a book you’ve been putting off picking up – You know the one that’s staring at you right now.
  6. Read a book from an author you’ve never read before – Spread your wings and reach out to the horizon!
  7. Read a book in a different format than you normally read – This can be in any form you don’t read most, so if you read physical books, try an ebook. Or read a webcomic, manga, graphic novel, audiobook, whatever!

Okay, so I’m going to double up on a few of these challenges, so here are the books I’m planning to read this week:

Now I’m not expecting to finish reading all of these this week given a) I’m a slow reader, b) I have a full time job, and c) I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month so I also want to focus on that. I’m going to try to read partials of all of the books, but really try to finish a couple of them.

Video Challenges

  • Sunday, July 3rd – Message in a bottle: Write a letter to your favorite (or least favorite) character.
  • Monday, July 4th – Character Channel Take Over: Let a book character take control of your channel for a day.
  • Tuesday, July 5th – Redesigned: Redesign a book cover.
  • Wednesday, July 6th – Creative Book Review: Film a book review in a creative way (i.e. poetry, while baking, singing, etc).
  • Thursday, July 7th – The Missing Scene: Create a scene that is missing from your favorite book to movie adaptation.
  • Friday, July 8th – What Would I Do?: Insert yourself into a scene from a book and react to it.
  • Saturday, July 9th – Scavenger Hunt: Find the list of items (or create them): President Snow’s white rose from The Hunger Games, Thalias tree from Percy Jackson, a creepy doll from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Harry’s glasses from Harry Potter, a witchlight from The Mortal Instruments, antique key from The Archived, Edward’s jacket from Twilight.

I’ll be posting the first challenge later on tonight and then I’ll also link it in a new post later on tonight, too. This week I’m going to have some days where there are two posts per day, so that’ll be fun!

So that’s what I’m planning on reading and doing for this Biannual Bibliothon! I’m pretty pumped because I love that they gave a lot of creative ideas for the video challenges, so maybe that’ll help to inspire me in not only my video making, but also my writing.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you participating in this readathon? If you are, what video are you most excited to make? What book did you choose for the one you’ve been putting off? Tell me all the things.

Make Me Read It Readathon

makemereaditHey guys, I discovered this cool readathon hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley where it’s all about YOU, my lovely peeps, voting on what books I should read for this readathon! It sounds wicked exciting, so let’s go over the ground rules, the times, and the books I’m interested in reading – and you choosing from!

When: July 9th-16th in your timezone

The Rules: Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
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: If you’re a Twitter or Instagram user, you can join in the fun chatting and such with the hashtag #MakeMeRead.
The Books: Alright, so since I’m a slow reader who has zero motivation to read during work weeks lately, I’m going to list six books for you guys to choose from, but my actual goal is to read a minimum of two books. I’m purposefully not picking ginormous books for this reason. You have a max of three choices:
Note: The poll will be recreated at the beginning of next week, June 26th, and again on July 3rd, as the time limit for the poll is only for a week, but I will keep tallies of the votes!

Throne of Glass Readalong

IMG_3111I’m hosting my own readalong for next several months! I’ve actually been debating posting about it, but darn it, I’m going to. Also, sorry for the lateness of this post!

So, it’s no surprise that I love the Throne of Glass series. It’s my favorite series, actually, and I wanted to do something fun leading up to the release for the fifth book, Empire of Storms, so I thought I’d ask a few friends if they’d want to join in with me, and then they invited people, and those people invited some people, and now we’ve got a decent sized group doing this readalong! I’m actually pretty pumped because I didn’t think it would turn out to be like this, but hey! Here we are!

This readalong is pretty laid back as you have about three weeks to read each book, and there will be discussions on Twitter after each book.

Here’s the schedule:

June 5th – 25th: Throne of Glass [Discuss on 25th]
June 26th – July 16th: Crown of Midnight [Discuss on 16th]
July 17th – August 6th: Heir of Fire [Discuss on 6th]
August 7th – August 27th: Queen of Shadows [Discuss on 27th]

BONUS: Read one novella from The Assassin’s Blade per book read (so read the first novella along with ToG; the second novella with CoM, etc).

The discussion times will be determined on Twitter, so if you want to join in the group I can add you to the DM message (as long as you’re following me, because I think that’s how the DM system works), and you can also use #ToGReadalong throughout your time reading.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you plan on joining in on the readalong? What book are you most excited to read? If you want to join the Twitter group or have any questions, please let me know!

Genrethon Wrap Up

I swear, every time I participate in a readathon something in my personal life drags me down and I find myself struggling to keep up with it all. Ahhhhh. I mean, I still participated and I had fun, but this week was just a load of ups and downs and not a lot of reading time.

So, genrethon is over (sadface) and it was a less than stellar week because I didn’t finish a single book, BUT I still read some things, so here are some stats:

Magical Realism

thenightcircus

The Night Circus: 46 pages

I only read the first chapter of the book because I didn’t have much time, or the time I want to invest and dive into the book. I hope to do so eventually, though, because I know this is a very beloved book.

Horror

asylum

Asylum: 150 pages

WHY MUST THERE BE PICTURES IN HERE? WHY. Other than the unsettling pictures, I’m enjoying what I’m reading so far. It feels like a “classic” kind of school horror story and I really like that feeling about this book.

Memoir

binge

Binge: 12 pages

Oh Tyler.

Total Pages Read: 208 pages

I mean, that’s not horrible. At least I still read a bit from each book I was setting out to read for genrethon. Things just kept getting in the way in my personal life, so there’s that.

Otherwise I had a fun time and I know some people got enjoyment out of my Twitter hashtag #raynareadsasylum. Oh man. Here’s a few:

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So that was a fun experience. I’ll finish the book, I promise, but I don’t know how I’m going to handle it!

So that’s it for the genrethon! I hope to participate next time and actually try to finish at least one book, hopefully. Until then, I’ll just keep reading.

Did you participate in genrethon? What books did you read? What was your favorite and least favorite? Let me know!