Pagesathon TBR!

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Hey everyone! I know I’ve been quiet on here the past couple weeks, but I’m working on getting my blogging back into more of a schedule.  By June, I plan to be fully back to my regular blogging schedule.

Anyway, I’m excited to announce that I will be participating in the Pagesathon, hosted by Louisedanielle.reads and the Bookgeekery!  The readathon runs from May 27th through June 9th.  Today, I’m sharing the books that I hope to get read in these two weeks.  So, here we go!

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‘Tistheseasonathon Wrap-Up!

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Hello! So last week I participated in the ‘Tistheseasonathon, that went from December 3rd through the 9th. You can check out my TBR here. Today I’m going to be sharing how I did!


Alright, so technically I finished all the challenges, but I did not get to my whole TBR.

Here were the challenges:

CHALLENGE ONE: READ A BOOK WITH RED OR GREEN ON THE COVER.

CHALLENGE THREE: READ A WARM & FUZZY BOOK

CHALLENGE FOUR: READ A SHORT BOOK (200-250 PAGES)

CHALLENGE FIVE: READ A HOLIDAY THEMED BOOK

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The Christmas Remedy was the first book I read, and technically, that means I finished challenges 1, 3, 4, & 5. 😏

This was a really cute book, but it wasn’t super Christmas-y until the very end. // ⭐⭐⭐1/2 // My Review

CHALLENGE TWO: READ A BOOK WHILE LISTENING TO HOLIDAY MUSIC.

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Then, I listened to Christmas music while reading Silent Days, Holy Night, which means I finished challenge 2, as well!

This was such a sweet and heartwarming read. I could totally see it being on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries someday! // ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // My review

And, that’s all I read, lol! So, I sort of completed this readathon, just not in the way I had hoped. 😂


Did you participate in ‘Tistheseasonathon? Or are you participating in any other readathons this month? Let me know how you’re doing/did!

Thanks for reading! 🎄


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December TBR + Tistheseasonathon & Classicsathon TBRs!

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Hello everyone!  I am so excited for the books I plan on reading this month! Christmas is my favorite time of year, and so December is going to be filled with holiday-themed reads.  I’ve also decided to participate in the ‘TisTheSeasonAthon – which starts today, December 3rd, and runs through the 9th – and the ClassicsAThon, which runs through the entire month of December.  Because everything was starting all around the same time, I decided to create one big TBR post!

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Sbooktober Readathon Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! Well, the Sbooktober Readathon is officially over, and Halloween day is almost here.  Last Sunday, I shared my TBR and now it’s time for me to wrap up how this readathon went for me!


Unfortunately, I didn’t get everything on my TBR read.  But, this week was pretty busy for me, so I’m not surprised at all.  But that’s okay, because readathons are just supposed to be fun! 🙂

Alrighty, here’s the challenges I did get to:

 JOIN SBOOKTOBER

READ A HALLOWEEN THEMED BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE (THRILLER, SUPERNATURAL, GOTHIC, ETC)

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Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel was such a fun and festive read! It was absolutely perfect for Halloween.

 

ENTER THE HAUNTED HOUSE

READ A BOOK THAT INCLUDES A HAUNTED HOUSE.

PERFORM AN INCANTATION

READ A SHORT STORY OR POETRY COLLECTION.

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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn was my first experience with her writing, so I had no idea what to expect going into this story.  Even though it was a short story, it was still so mind twisty and intricate.  While there parts I, personally, didn’t care for, The Grownup was such a wild ride, and I definitely have an interest in reading more of Gillian Flynn’s books!

 

HOWL AT THE MOON

READ A BOOK AT NIGHTTIME.

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So, I started Undead Girl Gang, but I didn’t finish it.  I may finish it, but I may wait until next Halloween to get to this one.  From what I read, I liked it, but didn’t love it, and being that I still have some other books I want to get to this month, this one is kind of being pushed to the side for now!


And that wraps up the Sbooktober Readathon for me!

Let me know if you participated and how you did. 🙂🎃👻

Thanks for reading!

Sbooktober Readathon TBR!

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Hello!  In honor of Blogtober and Blogoween, today I’m sharing with you all my TBR for the second readathon I’m participating in this month!

The Sbooktober Readathon started today, October 21st and goes through October 27th!  You can click here to get all the details!

I’ve decided to join the Lycans team, led by Vanessa @ Paper Faerie! 🐺🌕

Alright, here’s the challenges and the books I’ve chosen:

 Join Sbooktober

Read a Halloween themed book of your choice (thriller, supernatural, gothic, etc)

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What better book to start things off with than Hocus Pocus?! It just screams Halloween!

Clan Up

Pick a clan and read a book featuring your mascot (Corpse brides can read a book involving any type of bride, and vampire bats can a read a book with vampires or bats).

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I bought this book a couple years ago, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it.  Being that it involves werewolves, I thought now would be the perfect time to read Unleashed!

Enter the Haunted House

Read a book that includes a haunted house.

Perform an Incantation

Read a short story or poetry collection.

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I’m combining these next two challenges, and reading the short story, The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.  I’ll be honest, I’m kind of scared to read Gillian Flynn’s books, so I’m starting with a short story to get a feel for her writing style!

Face Your Fears

Read a book based on something you are, or have been, afraid of.

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The Fall of Candy Corn will be a reread for me, but it’s one I remember enjoying so much!  This series is about a girl who works at a theme park, and just like most theme parks, this one goes all out for Halloween and features tons of haunted houses and scary mazes.  I am so afraid of jump scares, like they do in theme parks!

🐺Lycan Challenges🌕

Howl At The Moon

Read a book at nighttime.

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Undead Girl Gang is actually Sbooktober’s group book, and I decided it would work really perfectly for this challenge!

Pack Instinct

Read a book you feel like everyone else has read and you don’t want to miss out on.

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Everyone I know who has read A Discovery of Witches loves it so much! I really do feel like I’ve been missing out.  Hopefully I’ll love this one just as much as everyone else seems to!


And there you have it! That’s my [overly ambitious] TBR for this week!  While I won’t be able to read them all, I’m really looking forward to reading a lot and trying to get to as many as I can. 🙂

Let me know, are you participating in the Sbooktober Readathon?

Thanks for reading!

Spookathon TBR!

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Hey everyone!  So, I wasn’t planning on participating in the Spookathon this year, because I was already been planning on doing the Sbooktober readathon, and I just didn’t know if I would be up for two readathons back-to-back.  That being said, I feel like I’ve really been lacking with my reading this month, and I’ve decided maybe back-to-back readathons are just what I need!  So, I’m going for it!

The Spookathon started yesterday, October 15th, and runs through the 21st.  You can get all the information you need for this readathon by clicking here!

Today, I’m going to be sharing my TBR for the readathon!  You will definitely be seeing a few familiar titles if you read my October TBR post, but I’m going to be sharing the books I want to specifically read this week.  You will see a few new ones though, too!

Challenges

1. Read a thriller

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This book is probably more horror than thriller, but I’m using it anyway.  I picked up Lights Out from a library book sale because it looks like it will be one of those fun and cheesy 90’s horror/thriller novels.

2. Read a book with purple on the cover

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I’ve been hearing such wonderful and creepy things about this novel.  My sister recently read Small Spaces, and she loved it.  So, I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

3. Read a book not set in the current time period

4. Read a book with a spooky word in the title

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For these next two challenges, I’m using The Witch of Willow Hall!  I’ve already started this one, and so far it’s really good.  This is a very promising read!

5. Read a book with pictures

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I’ve been reading tons of Halloween-themed pictures books to my nieces and nephews, and I know I will read them more this week! Does that count?!


And that’s my little TBR for this fun and spooky readathon!  I haven’t gotten much read this week because I’ve had tons of school assignments due (hence, why there was no post yesterday 😦 ) but I’ve submitted just about everything that is due for a while, and I’m hoping that I can get more reading done for the rest of the readathon!

Thanks for reading!

#CLASSICSATHON TBR!

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Hello!  Today I’m going to share with you all the classic books I hope to read during the month of August for the #ClassicsAThon, hosted by Lucy Powrie, AKA, Lucy The Reader!  This is a super chill readathon, and it started August 1st, and goes throughout the entire month of August, ending on the 31st.  I’m jumping in a few days late, but that’s okay, I’m going with it!  The goal of the readathon is simply to read as much, or as little, classic literature as you want.

I’m sure I won’t get to all the books on my TBR, especially since I have other, non-classic books that I hope to read this month as well, but it would be really nice if I was able to read as many of them as I can.  I also think the #ClassicsAThon will really compliment my own #2018ClassicsChallenge, and help cross off a few more books!

So, without further ado, here’s all the classic books I want to read this month:

The Count of Monte Cristo

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I’ve been reading The Count of Monte Cristo off and on all summer.  One of my summer goals was to read a large classic, and with over 1,000 pages, this book has been doing its job!  That being said, I’m only on chapter 20, so I still have quite a while to go.  While I don’t know if I’ll be able to actually finish the entire book this month, I’d really like to get a good chunk of it read!

The Trees

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I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about this book.  I found out about The Trees from my grandma, and it’s supposed to be really good.  It takes place in Ohio at the end of the 18th century, and from what I’ve gathered, it’s a bit of an Ohioan classic.  Since I live in Ohio, I thought I’d give it a read!

Elsie’s Holiday at Roselands

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This series is considered a Christian classic, but it’s also a bit controversial.  It was written back when slavery was still acceptable, and so, there are some derogatory comments and abusive actions in this book.  That being said, the series was rewritten and revised in the early 2000’s and that series was one of my favorites when I was growing up.  Now that I’m older, I’m curious about the original series though, and I’ve started reading it.  Elsie’s Holiday at Roselands is book 2 in the series!

Anne of Ingleside

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Many of you know my love for Anne!  So, it’s no surprise that I would want to add a book from this series on my TBR.  I’ve been hesitant to read the rest of the Anne series for the simple fact that I love these books so much I don’t wan them to end.  That being said, I still really want to finish the series.  So, I’ve decided it’s time to continue on!

Rebecca

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I can’t even tell you how many wonderful things I’ve heard about Rebecca!  This book sounds so intriguing, and it is one that has been on my TBR for so long now.  I am so excited to read this book!


And there you have it!  That’s my TBR for the #ClassicsAThon!  Like I said, I probably won’t get these all read, but I’m hoping to get a good amount of reading done this month, so we shall see.

Let me know if you’re participating in this readathon, and if you are, what’s on your TBR?  Even if you’re not participating this time around, share with me your favorite classic book in the comments!

Thanks for reading!


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Cram-A-Thon Wrap-Up!

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Hello!  Last week I participated in the Cram-A-Thon.  The goal of this readathon was to complete 7 books in a week.  I decided to join last minute (check out my TBR here), so I wasn’t sure how well I was going to do.  That being said, I actually did incredible!?!  While I didn’t manage to read 7 books, I’m still so proud of how much I accomplished!

Here’s what I managed to read:

1. A Predicted 5 Star Read

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I read Sanctuary by Meg Cabot for this challenge.  While it wasn’t my favorite book in the series, and so, not quite a 5 star read after all, it was still a solid 4 stars, and I’m so happy to have read it. I really enjoyed it!

2. A Book That’s Out of Your Comfort Zone

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For this challenge, I read the poetry book, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace.  I’m not a huge poetry person, so I didn’t love this book.  However, I really felt the emotion and the author’s passion behind her words.

3. A Book That’s Been on Your TBR for a Long Time

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Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter was such a fun and adventurous read!  As a huge cat lover, this series is perfect for me, and this book was so fun and intriguing to read.

4. A LGBTQ+ Ownvoices Book

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Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp was a really unique and important read.  It focuses on the importance mental health.  I admit I was hoping for a little bit more from this book, but regardless, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.

5. Something That’s Not a Standard Novel

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Goldie Vance by Hope Larson was such a cute and fun graphic novel!  I loved the illustrations, the mystery, and all the characters.  Goldie, herself, reminded me quite a bit of Nancy Drew and Penny Parker (the original Carolyn Keene’s own mystery series).

6. A Book with Your Favorite Color on the Cover

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My favorite color is pink, so I decided to go with The Borrowers by Mary Norton for this challenge.  This is the only book I wasn’t able to complete for the readathon.  I only had about 40 pages to go, but I was SO tired on the last night of the readathon that I just couldn’t finish the book.  I did finish it the next day though, and this book was so enjoyable!  It was completely different, and wayyy better than the movie.


Overall, I’m so pleased with how much progress I made for this readathon!  I really didn’t expect to read more than 3 books, and instead, I nearly completed everything.  I’m honestly so proud of myself! 🙂

If you participated in the Cram-A-Thon, how did you do?  Thanks for reading!


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2018 Classics Challenge – Update #1

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Hey everyone! Earlier this year, I announced that I was doing a 2018 Classics Challenge.  You can find out all the info about it in my original post, here!

Now, my original plan was to share a post for each classic book I read.  Well, so far, I haven’t done that, lol!  So, I’ve decided that I will just update you all with how I’ve been doing so far.

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So far, I’ve read three classics this year.  Here are the books I read, and a little bit of my thoughts about each of them:

19th Century Classic

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I read The Picture of Dorian Gray in April, and quite enjoyed it.  Dorian was such an interesting and memorable character to me.  This book appears simple, but is so, so complex.  Even though this book isn’t very large, there were parts that felt a bit slow, but overall, I really did enjoy it.

 

Classic Under 200 Pages

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I read Breakfast at Tiffany’s back in February, and while it was a quick read, I, personally, did not enjoy it too much.  I found myself being unable to connect to the author’s writing style, and thus, found myself unable to connect to the story or the characters.  I really just think it was more of my personal preference though!  To hear my full thoughts, I wrote a review about it, here!

 

Children’s Classic

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I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in March, and I really enjoyed it! Out of all three classics that I’ve read this year, so far, this one has been my favorite.  The plot and concept were so intriguing and so well done.  I really loved seeing the Christian parallels throughout the story, too.  The characters were so charming and Narnia itself was just as magical and enchanting as everyone else always says, also.  This book was so readable, and honestly, just such a delight!  To hear my full thoughts, click here to read my review!


That’s all the classics I’ve read so far in 2018!  I still have quite a ways to go if I want to complete my challenge, but I think I can still do it. I’m working on reading a classic over 500 pages right now.  I decided to go with The Count of Monte Cristo which is over 1,000 pages, so please wish me luck with that! 😜

I’m going to try to share my progress more often now, so look for more updates soon!  Also, if you’re reading any classic books that fit any of the challenges, be sure to share them with me and follow along with the hashtag #2018ClassicsChallenge!


Thanks so much for reading!


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