Tome Topple Readathon #4 TBR

tome topple.jpg

Tome Topple Readathon Part 4 is underway! Well technically it started on August 4-17, but I’m currently in the middle of a book and won’t be able to start this readathon until Monday, August 7, 2017.

As usual the readathon is hosted by the amazing Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and along side her are other amazing youtubers. Also, first time ever you can also participate in the Instagram Challenge that Sam has on her IG account, which I think is equally awesome.

The challenges this round is the same as the previous round and they are:

1. Read more than one Tome
2. Graphic Novel Break (must also be 500+)
3. Read a Tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy Read a Tome
5. Read an Adult Novel

For the buddy read, you can head over to the Goodreads group to see if there are others who are reading the same books as you. They also have a twitter account @Tome_Topple, where you can participate in games, reading sprints, etc.

Here are the books I’m planning on reading for this round of Tome Topple:

This time around, I’m not aiming for ‘Read a Graphic Novel’ since I don’t really have the attention span to read such a thick graphic novel. Also, I don’t really buddy read since I like reading on my own pace, and I never want to discourage people from reading at their own leisure.

So that’s it for me this round of Tome Topple and I hope I’ll do a better job this time than Round 3, which I totally failed!

 

Advertisements

Science Fiction Summer Readathon TBR

So it’s been awhile since I participated in a Readathon, because I did so badly on the Tome Topple Readathon during April, I just decided to take a few weeks off from everything readathon. Anyways, I’m back now and with a NEW readathon and its the Science Fiction Summer Readathon hosted by Seasons Reading.

The Readathon is from June 1-7, it’s a bit weird that it begins in the middle of the week, but that’s ok, at least its the beginning of the month. The time also follow 12am CDT so that will be 1am EST for me. So basically its time specific. This is a Science Fiction genre only readathon, but I think the host also allows Fantasy novels to count, since they do sometimes come hand in hand. There is also a social media hashtag for those who wants to tag anything related to the readathon. #SciFiSummerJune

Anyways, here is my TBR for the Readathon. I really wanted to veer away from fantasy novels and focus on sci-fi books, but at the same time I wanted to use only books that I actually own. So here are the three books that strictly Science Fiction on my TBR shelf.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed in being able to read at least two of these three books. I would be very surprised if I will be able to do so, but still hoping.

Tome Topple Readathon

The third round of Tome Topple is finally here! I love this readathon because it encourages me to read huge books, as in 500+ pages. As usual the creator of this readathon is Sam of Thoughts on Tomes, and she has other youtubers helping her run sprints and things on Twitter. I’ve done fairly well on the other two Tome Topple, but this one I feel like I’m so behind. The readathon has actually started, April 7 to 21, and I still haven’t pick the books I want to read.

Anyways, here are the challenges for this round of Tome Topple. It’s actually pretty similar to the other challenges from previous TTR.

  1. Read More Than 1 Tome
  2. Read a Graphic Novel
  3. Read a Tome That’s Part of a Series
  4. Buddy Read a Tome
  5. Read an Adult Tome

Here are my potential reads. Seriously, even I don’t know which of these I’m going to be reading.

I’m sorry that’s all I got. I don’t even know if I’m actually going to be reading these actual books, but I’m crossing my fingers. I’ve been on a long standing slump that started the beginning of this year and I’m not really sure if I’ll be able to read any of these.

I will try to look for a graphic novel that 500+, but last time I had a problem and most likely I won’t be able to find one I would enjoy this round as well.

Buddy read for me is also tough because I tend dance to the beat of my own drums and I don’t really want to disappoint other people. I usually read the first few chapters of a book to see if I’m drawn to it, before I actually proceed on continuing it. So I don’t want to say yes to someone and fail on them.

***

Let me know down below if you guys a are also participating in the Tome Topple Readathon!

Borrowathon TBR

borrow.jpg

The second round of Borrowathon is happening between March 19 – 26 and I’m super excited! I’ve been putting off creating my TBR because my Lumberjanes didn’t come in from the library yet and I’m super bummed out!

Anyways, for this round of Borrowathon the host has created challenges and they’re all pretty interesting.

Here are the challenges:

Here are my potential reads for to this round of Borrowathon. They are listed according to the challenges:

truthwitch.jpg

Try Before you buy: Truthwithch by Susan Dennard

state of the onion.jpg

Try a New-to-You Author: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

A Book Recommended to You: Do Not Disturb by Scott Sigler or The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Clarke

A Book with your Favorite Cover: Do not Disturb by A.R Torre or Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen

file.jpg

A Book that involves a Library in some way: File M for Murder by Miranda James

***

I’m keeping my finger crossed that I’ll be able to read at least three of these books. I’m being realistic because I know I won’t be able to read all of them, but still keeping my fingers crossed. Plus, I really want my Lumberjanes to come in, if it doesn’t I need to grab something else for ‘A Graphic Novel’.

Let me know if you guys are participating in the round of Borrowathon and if not, please, please come join us and support your local Library!

#BorrowaThon Wrap-up

It’s now Monday, November 14, 2016 at 9:45pm in Toronto, and I have just literally finished my 5th and last novel for the #BorrowaThon readathon. It was such a fun and amazing experience and I hope @rmfickfack will host another one in the near future!

There were no actual challenge to this readathon, but you were able to participate in a variety of events such as reading sprints, social media discussions and live chats on Twitter. I was able to participate in the reading sprints and the live chants, which I think is an awesome way to meet new people!

Anyways, I read a total of five books. I’m actually really surprised because I was able to read 4 of the 5 books that I listed on my TBR, which I didn’t think it would have been possible. Mind you these books were all short and all easy read.

Here are the 5 books I read and a short description on my thoughts on each book! (I’m listing them in reading order, from the first to the last book I read)

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

assassins-curse

Rating: 3/5 Stars

As much as I enjoyed reading this novel, I wasn’t all that blown away by the authors writing. It was simple and almost had a middle grade quality to it. I’m not bashing her content, because they were really well done and descriptive, but I feel that she was trying to make the book simple to incorporate more readers. I also wished that there would have been more magical quality in our heroine, from the description on Goodreads, I thought Ananna was going to unleash a power within her, but yea. Anyways, it’s not all bad. I really did enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean feel to the book and enjoyed the seafaring adventure. I’m curious enough with Ananna’s and Naji’s story to continue on to the last book in the duology.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

confessions

Rating: 2/5 Stars

I’ve read a couple of James Patterson’s books, both YA and adult, and I have to admit its always a hit and miss for me. I did enjoy his adult novels of the Women’s Murder Club, but wasn’t fond of his YA novel, The Maximum Ride Series. So obviously enough, when I saw this YA murder mystery book I was like ‘yes, please’. Unfortunately, my expectation for this book fell flat. I wasn’t able to connect to any of the Angel kids and as much as I did enjoy the mystery surrounding the death of Tandi’s parents, the ending of the mystery was such a let down. Also, there were aspects of this book that just wasn’t what I expected and they really were not a welcome addition. It’s safe to say I’m most likely not going to be picking up the next three books in the series.

Death of a Trophy Wife by Laura Levine

death-of-a-trophy-wife

Rating: 3/5 Stars

I’ve been reading this series none stop this year and I think I’ve finally hit my breaking point. As much as I enjoy the protagonist, Jaine, I think I need to put this series down for the year and focus on other books. I feel like these books are starting to become repetitive and when this starts to happen, I know I’ve worn myself on the series. That being said I enjoyed the book as much as I could. Of course Jaine’s antics always gets a chuckle from me and I’m glad the author included more of her friends in this book than the previous ones. That being said, I think this will be the last book I’ll be reading in this series for awhile.

Off the Books by Lucy Arlington

off-the-book

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I actually won’t have the same problem with this series as I did on the previous book because this is the last book in the series thats out, and I really loved it! Yes, I still have my hesitation with Lila, but she’s starting to grow on me. Not as much as the other characters, but slowly she’s winning me over. I really do love the other characters in this book, especially Makayla. The mystery in this book was well thought out. I enjoyed every moment of it and I’m happy with the outcome. That being said, I wish Arlington will hurry up and release more of her books next year. Maybe three more? Pretty please ^_^

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

uncommon-criminals

Rating 4/5 Stars

It’s been awhile since I picked up an Ally Carter book and I think this is such a perfect time for me to do so. Her books are always such a quick read for me. They’re light, fun and so exciting to read. I enjoyed this book from beginning to the end and the fact that she’s making a 4th book in the series is definitely the icing on top! Like I said I enjoyed this book and I’m happy to see the old gang back. The heist that they pulled off in this book seemed impossible and Carter did such an amazing job conveying all the difficult stunts that the teens had to pull off. I really wasn’t sure if I will be able to finish this book on time for the deadline, but I just couldn’t put it down and so glad about that! Although I do rave about how amazing this book is, I won’t be picking up the next book until I know the fourth one is out.

***

That is a wrap for my #BorrowaThon books. I really had an amazing time doing this readathon and will definitely participate on the future ones.

Let me know if you guys participated and what are the books you read.

 

 

 

November 2016 Read-a-Thon TBR

There is a ton load of great read-a-thon for this month and I’m really excited to participate on all of them. Realistically, I won’t be able to participate in all of it. Therefore I had to narrow my choices to two. Fortunately for me, they’re being held in two different weeks, and so, I’m able to participate in both of them!

As usual these read-a-thons are both created by Youtubers. I know it seems that I do only Youtube/Twitter base challenges/readathons, but that’s actually because it’s a lot easier to find them on Youtube accounts. Next year, I promise, I’ll take more time searching for blog base challenges/readathons.

***

Anyways, the first read-a-thon that I will be participating in will be held from November 7-14. It is the Borrowathon, I’m not 100% sure who the creator is of this readathon, but I will leave the twitter link here. For this, we basically have to read books borrowed from the library or people, and this is to encourage more to borrow books.

Here is my TBR for this Read-a-Thon:

I know I won’t be able to get all of them, but these are just the potential books I’m going to read for the Borrowathon.

***

The other readathon that I’m going to be participating in is the Tome Topple Read-a-Thon. I actually participated on the first round of this readathon here is my wrap up for that readathon.

This read-a-thon was created by the Booktuber Samantha of Thoughts on Tomes. The challenge for this readathon is to read a book that has at least 500+ pages. I actually didn’t know there will be a second to this readathon in the same year and I’m really excited for this. Since the books are a lot heftier than most books usually pick during a readathon, Tome Topple will be a two weeks event starting on November 18 – December 1.

Last Tome Topple there were reading challenges, but as of now, no news has been made regarding them. Therefore, an update will surely come once they post the challenges.

Here is my TBR for this round of Tome Topple:

There is no way in this earth I will finish all these books in 2weeks, but these are just potential books that I will read for this readathon. As of right now, I’m really leaning on Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, since I did read the first book during the first Tome Topple. My only problem is that next book won’t come out til next year, I’m not sure I can stand the anticipation. That being said, these are the potentials.

***

That’s it for my TBR. Let me know if you guys are joining any Read-a-Thons this month or maybe you’re participating on the same ones listed above.

Youtube Spookathon

I know I’ve been participating on a crap-ton of challenges this year, but READ-A-THONS are a lot of fun to be a part of, especially during the Halloween month. So this year I decided to participate in a Youtube read-a-thon hosted by Books and Lala, Paige’s Pages and Bookerly. Which will run from October 17-23, 2016.

The CHALLENGES:

  1. Read a Thriller
  2. Read a book with red on the cover
  3. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
  4. Read a 2016 Release
  5. Read a book with a paranormal character/creature

As I’ve mentioned on my Wrap-up and TBR, I’m listing the potential books I’m going to be reading for this read-a-thon.

READ A THRILLER: 

dark-places

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

 

READ A BOOK WITH RED ON THE COVER

the-waking-dark

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

THEY CALLED IT THE KILLING DAY. Twelve people dead, in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn’t even know why she killed—or whether she’ll do it again.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world. West, the golden boy at war with himself. Daniel, desperate for a different life. Cass, who’s not sure she deserves a life at all. Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, who believes in fate, who believes in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far.

They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means that they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves.

READ A WORD WITH A SPOOKY WORD

in-the-shadow-of-blackirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

 

 

READ A 2016 RELEASE

reign-of-shadows

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

READ A BOOK WITH A PARANORMAL CHARACTER/CREATURE

shutter

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

Like I said, this list is not set in stone and I might have a change of heart while I’m reading. Also since we can double up on the challenges, I might read one book for two or three challenges. So we will have to see.

Let me know if you guys are going to participate in this read-a-thon or if you’re participating on a different read-a-thon.

Good Luck!