The Book Junkie Trials & Medievalathon TBRs

Why, hello there. It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it? Well, today I’m coming at you with a couple of TBRs as I make July a super busy month filled with writing for Camp NaNoWriMo, as well as two month long readathons, and moving to a new state! Fun fun!

The Book Junkie Trials

This first readathon is The Book Junkie Trials, created and hosted by Rachael Marie of Rachael Marie Book Junkie. Her announcement video covers all the bases as far as what the reading challenges for every team are, so I’ll let you peruse that, but basically there are four teams: Scribe, Mage, Outlaw, and Bard. You take a quiz to be determined which team you’ll be a part of, and then you can follow the respective leader’s video to learn about each trial and their destinations to The Bookie Grail.

So I am part of the Magi team, and as such, we are following the map that Rachael Marie created from Orcs Cove, down to Ol’ Pirate Cove, through Glimmer, into the Draconic Isle, and finally to the Bookie Grail.

Each stop has a specific goal that each team must achieve in their respective routes to reach the Bookie Grail.

  • Orc Cove: Some say there are no talking to orcs, but a good political relationship is needed. Learn some orc customs by reading a book that is gruesome, gory, or gritty.
  • Ol’ Pirate Cove: Shiver me timbers! You’ll be walking the plank if you don’t learn how to sail better. Read a book that takes place, at least in part, at sea.
  • Glimmer: This isle is alight with gems and crystals, one of the most picturesque spots in the High Queendom. Make sure you fit in with a beautiful or colorful book.
  • Draconic Isle: Oh my! This island is swarming with wyverns and dragons. Brush up your draconic knowledge with a book that features dragons.
  • The Bookish Grail: Here you find a lost manuscript, delivered on this forgotten isle by a fallen star. Read the group book: Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

And each team has one ability and one flaw that can either help or hinder them. So the Magi’s ability is time manipulation. We have a three day lead on all other teams (which means we were able to start our first book on June 28th).

As for our weakness: One of our spells went awry, and now they are forced to read a book outside their comfort zone.

So here’s my TBR for this readathon:

  • Orcs Cove: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (already completed with my time ability)
  • Ol’ Pirate Cove: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • Glimmer: Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova
  • The Draconic Isle: A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
  • The Bookish Grail: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I want to say my flaw book is Sea of Monsters because I don’t read middle grade all the often, if at all (minus the first Percy Jackson a few months ago).

This readathon lasts the whole month, so I’m excited to dive into these books!

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This readathon is also taking place for the whole month, and it’s hosted by Holly of Holly Hearts Books. Her announcement video explains in detail everything that is taking place for this readathon, but basically it’s like a build your own character RPG type of thing, and I am here. For. It.

So the more books you read, the higher your rank will become, from lowly peasant all the way up to king or queen.

And the way this works: you get to dress your character.

  • Crown: A book where a character fights for the throne.
  • Helmet: A book with a dragon on the cover.
  • Breastplate: A shiny book.
  • Shin guards: A thick book.
  • Boots: A book that has yellowed over time.
  • Cloak: A book with red on the dust jacket.

But not only do you get to earn your armor, you also get to pick a weapon of your choice!

  • Sword: A book with something pointy on the cover.
  • Dual blades: A book with assassins.
  • Bow & arrows: A book with elves.
  • Ax: A book with mercenaries.

So, here is my TBR for this readathon:

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

This is a very hopeful TBR lol I don’t know how many I’ll actually get to finish, but I hope it’ll be a lot of them over the course of the month!

Let’s chat! ❤

What do you think of these readathons? Are you participating? What’s your most anticipated read? How many books do you have set out to read for July, even if you don’t participate in these readathons? Let me know!

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?

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.

Rereads for 2016

Hey guys! I wanted to talk about the books I plan on rereading this year. I honestly haven’t reread a book in so, so long! I only reread one book last year and I really want to reread some books I haven’t picked up in years. So here are the books I hope to reread this year:

Vanish and Hidden by Sophie Jordan.

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These are the second and third books in the Firelight trilogy and I loved this trilogy so much when I read it back in high school, and since I reread the first book, Firelight, last year, I figured that I have to finish rereading the other two. It’s a story about people who can turn into dragons and how one family leaves the comfort of their home to live away from them – and the dangers that ensue afterward.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

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As one of my favorite books of all time, you’d think I’d have reread it more frequently, but I’ve actually have only read it twice, and that was a long time ago. So I figured I’d reread it and see if I love it as much as I did as a young teen or if my tastes have changed. But I just remember loving the clone aspect of it and of the mystery surrounding the main character, Matteo. Here’s hoping it’s just as awesome as the first time.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

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I read this book back in my early teen years and absolutely loved it. My dad wouldn’t let me read it at first because of the sexual content, but really? Not the worst thing I’ve read in terms of sex, let me tell you – even at that age. So when I read it, I fell in love with the characters and the story and how it just broke my heart and made me swell with love. I also saw the movie adaptation and thought that it was pretty faithful to the book, which I was glad for. So I definitely want to reread this and see if I like it just as much as back then.

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah.

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I read this for a school project my freshman year of high school. We got to choose whatever book we wanted, and I had had this one for years, untouched and unread, so I decided to read it. And oh. My. God. This one just rips your heart out and tears it into a million pieces. I remember it making me angry, sad, excited. So many emotions from one story; and I think it’s partly because it’s a true story. I wonder if I’ll feel the same emotions on the second read through?

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb.

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I read this as my last summer reading I’d ever had to do, and I’m so glad this was on the list. Usually the books on the lists are boring and I’d never read them (literally this was the ONE YEAR I actually completed my summer reading 100%), but this book was just amazing. I loved the story of a ghost woman who was just trying to find her place, and of a ghost man who had taken up residence in someone, and how the two fall in love and more. It’s just a beautiful story and I want to reread it to see if I still think that it is.

And that’s all I have planned for rereading this year. I think that it’ll be good to get back into some of my old favorites because I loved them years ago, why wouldn’t I now?

Are you planning on rereading any books this year? Let me know!