Thursday, February 22, 2018

Duodecathon February Wrap Up

I actually wanted to do the award winning book challenge but I just wasn't in the mood for The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin and since I couldn't find any other books I wanted to read for this challenge right now I just changed it and decided to do the books with multiple points of view one. The Duodecathon overlapped with the Alphabethon and since I wanted to do both I had to find books meeting both challenges which was not that easy at first. So it was quite convenient that the Duodecathon is so flexible because you choose which challenge to do each month. Since I didn't participate in January I still have 11 challenges to complete so I will probably do two challenges in one month sometime this year. There are a few challenges that I'm unsure about so maybe I just delete one of them from my list. All in all I read 3 books for this challenge which I'm really happy about! I'm really looking forward to doing this each month.

Read 1,200 pages
Read the second book in a series
A book about a villain/antihero
A book published the year you were born
A 2018 bestseller
An award winning book
A book with multiple points of view
A book with antonyms in the title
A banned book
A book with a great first line
A "high school" book you haven't read
A book recommended by someone in the Duodecathon group

Challenges completed: 1

If you have any recommendations for "A book published the year you were born (1995)" or "A book with a great first line" please feel free to comment below. I would really appreciate it! Are you participating in Duodecathon this year? What are you planning to read for each challenge?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alphabethon E Wrap Up

So... that happened 😉 I really failed miserably at the 5th round of alphabethon. I only read 4 books and one of them wasn't even with an E (don't kill me). But since I'm off to a really bad start with reading this year I consider it still at least a little successful (even though I had 11 books on my alphabethon tbr).
So at the beginning of the weak I finished Mockingjay cause I had already started it and I just couldn't put it down for the whole week. I know, I know no E! But at least the readathon got me to read more even though I cheated.
Also I like that readathons get me to read books that I normally wouldn't pick up in that moment. It takes away the pressure of choosing which book I want to read the most because during a readathon I just choose the book that fits the challenge the best. On to my books I really read for this readathon so books where the title or the author starts with and E:
I really liked all of the books I read during the readathon (more about my thoughts about the books in my February Wrap Up). Actually I finished the last one (Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles) a little bit after the readathon ended but I still count it cause I tried to finish it in time.
I think the concept of this readathon is great cause you can participate no matter what genre you like to read. In addition to the condition to read only books with E there are a few reading challenges. Here are all the challenges and the books I read (or didn't) for each on: 

1) Read a book over 400 pages - I wasn't in the mood to read an extra long book for this readathon
2) Read a book under 200 pages - Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg
3) Since Alphabethon will take place the week of Valentine’s Day read a romance novel. - The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
4) Read a book with two E’s - Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg
5) Read a book with a MC whose name begins with E. - Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
6) Read a book with an E setting. (world, city, state, country,etc.) - I couldn't find a book for this challenge
7) Read 7 books - I had 11 books on my TBR and failed this challenge miserably but all in all I read 4 books this week

So I finished 4 of the 7 challenges which means this readathon wasn't a complete fail. I'm really looking forward to the next round of the Alphabethon (I hope I will have time to participate)! Comment below if you have participated in this round of the alphabethon and tell me which books you read. Also if you plan to participate in the next round.

Friday, February 9, 2018

February 2018 TBR

Hello. I'm really bad at sticking to TBRs but because I wanna do a lot of Readathons this month I'm trying to plan my reading. Could be that I'll be switching it up before the Readathons start though. Also I don't think I will get a lot of reading done till the 12th cause I'm currently on ski holiday. But the rest of my time will be spent reading since I have February off of university. I hope I can catch up to my 2018 reading goal and maybe even read ahead a few books. Also I'm doing a few reading challenges this year starting in February (more info on my reading challenges page).


Already finished my first February read: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. This book is action packed and mysterious and I would highly recommend it if you haven't read it already. I read it for the fourth time around and I still love it. Also I'm crying every time I read this series but I just can't stop rereading it.  I'm excited to finish this series!






Current Reads


I'm currently reading three books:

Otherworld

I'm approximately one third in and I don't know what I should think about this book. Most of the time I'm totally confused but I'm really curious how this all turns out.

Turtles All The Way Down

I'm halfway through with this book and I don't think it's gonna be my favorite John Green book but let's see. More about my thoughts in my February wrap up.

Mockingjay

Also I'm currently rereading Mockingjay. I hope to finish this series soon (maybe even this weekend). I'm listening to the audio book for part of it and I'm not a huge audio book fan (I think it's harder to concentrate on) so I'm glad that I've already read this book a few times. This series will forever be one of my all time favourite!

Duodecathon (February 15 - 21)

The Duodecathon is a monthly readathon where you choose one from 12 challenges each month. This month I chose the "An award winning book" challenge and plan to read The Fifth Season from N. K. Jemisin for it. This book won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016. I've heard a lot of good things about this book and am really excited to read it. For more info on the book and the synopsis go to the Goodreads page.






Readathin (February 1-31)



The goal of this readathon is to read books you already own so you can thin out your tbr! There are 11 reading challenges for the February 2018 Read-a-thin but according to the guidelines you have to do 6 to "complete" this readathon. I'm planning to read a lot more than six books in February and I found 8 books that match the challenges. Here is a complete list of the challenges including my planned reads for each one:

1.) 2017/2018 Release - Everless by Sara Holland
2.) Buddy Read - Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia (Group Book!)
3.) Least Favorite Emoji - I don't really have a least favorite emoji but I hate all the people emojis with yellow skin so I chose City of Bones by Cassandra Clare for this one cause Jace looks kinda yellow on the cover ;P
4.) Read a New To You Author - The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King (I got the third one on netgalley and really wanna read this series now)
5.) Finish a Series - Hope to finish a few series this month but the first one I will hopefully finish is the Hunger Games trilogy with Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
6.) A Book with a Spring Themed Cover - The White Rose by Amy Ewing (I figured that roses are pretty springy)
7.) A Book with a Red, Pink, or White cover - Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg
8.) It's Black History Month, read a book by a Person of Color - The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
9.) Read a book feat a Diverse Relationship (not m/f)
10.) Read a Smutty Book
11.) Read a book with NO Romance

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Alphabethon (February 12-18)

The goal of this readathon is to read the Alphabet and this is Round Five so the letter is E. So I mainly looked for books that fulfill this goal but I also tried to find books matching the additional reading challenges. Let's see which books I can finish! Here are the Reading challenges and my Alphabethon TBR:

1) Read a book over 400 pages - The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
2) Read a book under 200 pages - Garnet's Story by Amy Ewing (Novella of The Lone City Series)
3) Since Alphabethon will take place the week of Valentine’s Day read a romance novel. - The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
4) Read a book with two E’s ( either author’s first and last name begin with E, title and author’s last or first name…you get it.) - Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg
5) Read a book with a MC whose name begins with E. - Everless by Sara Holland
6) Read a book with an E setting. (world, city, state, country,etc.) - I couldn't find a book for this challenge but I'm open for recommendation (comment below if you know any books with an E setting and an E title or author!)
7) Read 7 books - all in all I have 11 books on my TBR for this readathon so I hope to read at least 7 of them.

Rainbow Reading Challenge

This months color is orange. I have three books on my TBR for this challenge:
  • Turtles all the way down by John Green
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Everless by Sara Holland

Monthly Key Word Challenge

I chose the word Heart cause I couldn't find any books I wanna read with the other key words and my book for this Challenge is Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia!


Possible Reads

There are a few books outside from any readathons and reading challenges that I hope to read this month (if I finish all the other books) but will probably push to the next month. We will see :)


These are all the books I plan to read in February 2018. I hope I can finish at least 14 of them! Let me know if you have read any of them and what your thoughts were on the book. Also let me know if you are doing any of the readathons or reading challenges I mentioned and what you are planning to read for them. Comment below and link your February TBR if you did one :D

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Readathons I wanna do in February 2018

These are only the Readathons I wanna do in February 2018. There will be a lot more, but I can't do them all because not all of them can be combined. So I chose just a few that I will participate in and try to do all challenges of. I'm also planning to do a few Reading Challenges this year starting in February. So I will post my complete February 2018 TBR including the Readathon TBRs soon. For a whole list of Readathons happening in February look at the Monthly ReadAThon Guide of Duskangelreads or at the Readathon Calendar of Little Book Owl!

Read-A-Thin (Whole February)

The Read-A-Thin is a monthlong readathon. The goal is to finish 6 challenges out of 11 but only with books you already own. There are a lot of reading sprints on their Twitter page which I love!
For more information go to the Goodreads Group

Alphabethon (February 12-18)

Another readathon I wanna do is round 5 of the Alphabethon. It's a readathon centered around (you guessed it) the alphabet. So every readathon is focused on another letter of the alphabet. This is round 5 so the letter will be E. There are also reading challenges and even a giveaway. All the information can be found on the host's blog: Bookaholicbanter Blog and the Twitter Page

Duodecathon (February 15-21)

This is a monthly readathon and here is how it works: You pick one challenge every Duodecathon to complete out of the list of 12 challenges, so by the end you will have completed all the challenges. All the reading challenges can be found in the Goodreads Group




So these are all the readathons I wanna do in February. If you are participating in any of these let me know. Also if you are participating in any other exciting readathons please link them in the comments ;)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

My snow day reading list

It’s day one of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2018 and I'm already behind on my reading goal. I have already finished a novella and started reading the group book Otherworld. But since I've not a lot of time to read next week I wanted to get ahead of my reading. Hope to finish my goal of reading a book per challenge but if I can't do it I will just double up on some.
But enough about the reading challenges. Let's get started with the blog post challenge.

There are a lot of books I would read on a snow day because it's just the perfect weather for reading. Also I normally don't select my books by the weather outside so I have a lot of very different books on this list. So here it is:

My true love gave to me

I love to go outside when it's snowing because it's my favorite weather. I will do a snow angel or have a snowball fight or build a snowman. But if you go outside into the cold weather it's nice to warm yourself up in between. Maybe with a cup of tea and a good book. My true love gave to me from a bunch of different authors is the perfect book for this. Since it's a collection of shortstories you can just read one of them and then go back outside when you feel warm again without having to pause a novel.


The Selection

Winter is ball season where I live. The first book that came to mind when I think about parties with people in pretty dresses is The Selection by Kiera Cass. Also it's a very fast read so perfect for Winter Biannual Bibliothon ;)




Anna and the French Kiss

I think snow is very romantic as is Paris. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favorite contemporaries of all time and I love the description of Paris in it. It's like being teleported to the city of love.



Love & Gelato

This book is a little bit strange for a snow day reading list because it plays in the summer and they eat ice cream which you normally don't do that often in winter. But if you have enough of winter and the snow it's nice to put your head in a book and dream about summer. I read this book in July but I think I would have liked it just as much on a snow day.




Twilight

I haven't recommended this book in a long time. Not because I don't love it anymore, on the contrary. I will always love Twilight. I just feel like everybody has already read it. But it came immediately to my mind because Bella is struggling a lot with snow and especially the slippery ice. (And who wouldn't love being caught by a sexy vampire on a snowy day)



Wanderlost

A lot of people are travelling south when it's snowing to avoid the cold. But if you don't have the opportunity to travel in the winter time you can always do it by reading a story about traveling. I always love to go to new places with book characters and one of my favorite travel stories is Wanderlost by Jen Malone. It's just a nice read to escape from especially stressful times :)


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This list wouldn't be complete without a Harry Potter book on it. Of course any Harry Potter book would do it. Also I think any time is a good time to reread Harry Potter but I just feel more like diving into this world on a snow day because I love it the most when it's winter time in Hogwarts. For me Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the most wintery, snowy book because of the winter ball. Also who can get cold while reading about getting burned by dragons ;D




That's it for my snow day reading list. Would you read any of them in the winter time or do you prefer different books. Comment down below! I would love to chat about it.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

My goodreads reading challenge is to read 100 books this year! Last year I did it :D
In addition to my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I try to do another challenge every year to read books I wouldn't have picked up normally.

In 2015 I did the TBR-Jar-Challenge. This year I thought about doing the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I'm so glad that they published a Challenge again this year so I can participate.
I hope I can read a book for all 40 challenges. We'll see ;)


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: Dreaming of Antigone - Robin Bridges

Uncharacteristically for me I've read a lot of Contemporary YA lately. In between I also read Dreaming of Antigone. I didn't like it as much as some of the others, but it was still a great book. I liked the way the main characters fell in love with each other and although it was a little bit unrealistic and instalovey it kind of makes sense that they would turn to each other for comfort after what happened before the book. I think there was happening a little bit too much at the same time for such a short book. Which means it was very fast-paced, but some topics felt a little bit rushed and I thought they could have been exploit a little bit more. I liked the characters very much. I love it when main characters are passionate about something. It gives them personality and makes them become alive. Also I often learn something new about hobbies the main characters practice. Still I couldn't quite connect with the main characters. But in the end I really liked the story and especially that it deals with so many serious topics. And even though I kind of guessed the plot twist it was still surprising and very interesting. I just think because of all the serious topics and sad events the characters were just coping a little bit to well and that was the only thing that made me really feel a little bit disconnected and not emotional enough considering all the terrible and heartwarming events. Oh yeah and by the way I LOVE this cover.