2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 7: Reading Update!

Helloooo! It is day 7, the final day of the Biannual Bibliothon, and let’s just say I managed to end with a bang.

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Today I managed to complete 2 books, both which I briefly started yesterday. Most of my day was occupied by school and homework, however I managed to squeeze the rest of my reading in during then. I managed to complete the last 6 hours of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan on audiobook, and I loved it! I cannot wait to listen to more of the Percy Jackson books on audiobook because it is so fun and entertaining to listen to Percy’s adventures. The other book I managed to read was one I picked up late last night and that is London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton. This was for the challenge of reading a book I have never heard of before, because before reading it, I had no idea what it was about. I enjoyed it, the writing was a little weak and the characters were kinda flat, but overall I thought the story was light hearted and fun, and was a nice way to end the readathon.

 

Day 7 Reading Count:

Books Finished: 2

Pages Read: 551

I had such a blast participating in the 2018 winter Biannual Bibliothon this year, and highly encourage any of you to participate in the summer session! There won’t be any reading/writing update this weekend for the obvious reason that I have been doing these reading updates all week, but on Monday I will be back online with a new blog post, and later next week I will share my January TBR where I touch on all the books I read this month, as well as what I managed to complete this readathon. Thank you for following me on this readathon journey, and I hope you enjoyed all the blog posts I put out this week! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 7: Write a Book Recommendation!

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 6: Reading Update!

I know for a fact that what I will be taking away from this readathon, is my newfound love for audiobooks. Especially ones of books I have read previously, thus making it easier to follow the story. Throughout this readathon I have listened to a current total of just over 2 audiobooks, and enjoyed them both! Audiobooks are great for readathons because there is so much time during the day where you can’t physically read a book, but a lot of those times you can spend listing to a book instead.

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Anyways, now for what I read today. This is quite random, but I decided to listen to the audiobook for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, the 4th book in the Percy Jackson series. So far I am 4 hours and 30 minutes into it (163 pages) into it, and just decided to start listening to it because I enjoyed the books so much, that I was sure the audiobook would be another amazing experience. So far I am really enjoying it, but no surprise there. I also started London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton, and I am liking it so far. The writing is a little weak in my opinion, but I am having fun following the main character as she follows her dreams in London. I am only on page 43 but I’m just so exhausted that I can’t bring myself to read anymore. Hopefully I will be able to power through it tomorrow since it is under 400 pages!

Day 6 Reading Count:

Books Finished: 0

Pages Read: 206

That is all for my day 6 reading update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 6: Favourite/Most Memorable Book of 2017!

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 4: Holiday/Winter Fantasy Bucket List

Happy day 4 of the Biannual Bibliothon! I cannot believe it is already day 4…that means we are half way through which is insane. I’m definitely really sad that it is almost finished because despite it being only day 4, I have gotten a lot of reading done and am extremely motivated to keep reading.

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Okay, now on to the blogging challenge for today, which is to create a holiday or winter fantasy bucket list where you create a list of 10-15 activities you want to complete with book characters from at least 3 different books. This challenge is hosted by Cody @ thebookworminme so definitely check them out! So the characters I chose to complete these fantasy bucket list items with me are Mark Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare, Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, and Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead…interesting group right? I just love these character and think that going on some wintery adventures with them would be a blast. Anyways, now onto the bucket list!

  1. Have a Snowball Fight in the Land of the Fae – Doesn’t this sound amazing? Thanks to Mark being half faerie, he would be able to get us there so we could have an epic snowball fight. Yes I would probably lose because I would be against Mark who is a Shadowhunter and Rose who is a vampire protector…I might have a chance against Percy? Maybe? Probably not but it would be epic still!
  2. Take Up the Hobby of Dhampir Training – The winter time is the perfect time to take up a new hobby, so why not some badass training? I mean, sure I would be the only one needing the training since Mark is a Shadowhunter who has spent his entire life training, Rose is already a trained Dhampir, and Percy is a son of Poseidon who definitely has used his sword more than once. I guess it would be fun for them to excel as I fail.
  3. Make Some Cool Camp Half Blood Necklaces – Nothing brings people together during the winter time like a good craft, and ever since I read the Percy Jackson series I have desperately wanted a Camp Half Blood necklace that all the characters have, representing the years they have been at camp. It would just be a lot of fun and a good bucket list activity.
  4. Visit Boreas in His Ice Palace – If you didn’t know, Boreas is the Greek god of the North wind and in the Heroes of the Olympus series, Piper, Leo and Jason travel to Montreal, Canada where he has a massive, epic ice palace. Not only would that be incredibly cool to see a magical ice palace, but we would also get to see Montreal! Even though Percy didn’t go there himself, he is tight with Piper, Leo and Jason so I’m sure he could hook us up because I have always wanted to see the ice sculpture contest they have during the winter in Montreal. It would be so much fun.
  5. Visit Idris! – Speaking of visiting places, Idris would be so gorgeous in the winter and I would love, love to see it. Mark is a Shadowhunter and we could get Magnus to portal us all in and we would just have a lovely, magical trip to Idris, the land of the Shadowhunters. We could go ice skating, go dress shopping…there are no limits.
  6. Ski Trip with Rose’s School – So in Frostbite by Richelle Mead (the 2nd book in the Vampire Academy series), Rose and Lisa’s school goes on a ski trip in the mountains. I mean, I’m not the biggest skier but I would love to snuggle up around the fire with my friends. Honestly, I can’t see Percy as a big skier, but Mark is very graceful and Rose is tough so I’m sure they’d have no problem.
  7. Go Christmas Shopping at the Shadow Market – That would be fun, right? The Shadow Market is part of Cassandra Clare’s Shadow World and is where downworlders tend to scheme and rip people off, and sometimes Shadowhunters wind up there too. I mean it might be a little sketchy and unsafe, but I think we would find some really cool gifts. Personally, I would be all over the fortune tellers and whatnot because it would be so intriguing.
  8. Dance with the Fae – Another trip to the land of the fae, and while going to their parties can be dangerous, but as long as you refrain from eating or drinking anything, you’ll be fine! I mean, we have Mark to pull us out if we fall into the trance of wanting to dance for the rest eternity so all would be well.
  9. Go Winter Cave Spelunking with the Strigoi – In Vampire Academy, the Strigoi are these evil vampires that hide out in caves because they can’t stand the sunlight. Yes, it would dangerous but caves are so cool to adventure into, especially during the winter. Also, I would have 3 strong fighters with me so they could definitely take them on. Maybe after taking up some of Rose’s Dhampir training, I wouldn’t be useless either!
  10.  Exchange Gifts with the Greek Gods – And finally, after all of these crazy, winter bucket list adventures, we will end off by exchanging gifts with the Greek gods! Maybe a gold, plastic crown for Zeus, a mirror for Aphrodite, and some sunglasses for Ares? It would be interesting and I’m sure they would feed us some fantastic food afterwards.

Those are my 10 winter/holiday fantasy bucket list items and I hope you enjoyed! It took me a while to come up with them but hopefully they are somewhat creative and funny. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 3: Favourite Winter Scene + 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 3: Reading Update!

Thanks, and happy reading 🙂

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 2: My Bookish Drink

Happy day 2 of the Biannual Bibliothon! I hope your reading is going well but that most importantly, you are having fun 🙂

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So today’s blogging challenge is to create a bookish drink that is based on a book or character and then share its recipe, a picture of it or a picture of you drinking it. This one is hosted by the blog “Will Read for Booze” so you should definitely check them out! This was a tough one for me because I am awful at creating food/drinks that actually taste good…however I tried and that’s all that matters!

The Blue Twist

Inspired by Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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Like a slushie, it is sweet, cold but very blue. Perfect to sip on while walking around on a sizzling summer day, and will leave you wanting more…I present to you, The Blue Twist!

  • 1/2 Cup of Crushed Ice
  • 2-3 Drops of Blue Food Colouring
  • 1 Can of 7 Up or Sprite
  • 2-3 Drops of Lemon + Lime Juice
  • 1 Cup
  • 1 Blue Straw

This drink perfectly represents Percy Jackson because his mother is obsessed with making any drink or food she can blue. His birthday cakes are always blue, as well as the candy she brings home for them at the end of her shifts at the candy store. Including the lemon and lime juice is essential because Percy Jackson is a very sarcastic character, and it adds that bit of “jazz” to the drink.

That is all for my day 2 blogging challenge for the Biannual Bibliothon and I hope you enjoyed! I will leave a link to their Instagram and YouTube so you can check it out for any info on this readathon. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 1: Reading Update! to see what I managed to read yesterday. Happy reading!

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3 Reasons to Read

Reading is great and is something I absolutely love to do, so I thought I would put together a short list of three reasons why you should start reading regularly!

  1. It’s fun

Staring at ink on paper may not sound fun, but it really is. Books are a great way to go on an adventure without having to go anywhere. If you find the right story, you will never want to put the book down and just keep wanting to read for eternity which is what a book should do!

2. It is a Great Stress Reliever

Whenever I am feeling stressed out or overwhelmed I run a hot bath and read. Reading takes your mind of whatever you are dealing with and whisks you away from the world. A tip I have for this is to pick out books that you have already read before, and love, because then you know that you will finish it feeling great.

3. You Can Learn New Things

Reading is a wonderful way to learn new things. Maybe you learn about a new culture, a new place or even a new hobby, you can really learn anything in books. When I read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, I was introduced to the fascinating world of Greek mythology, and just fell in love with it! It has been almost six years now and I love Greek mythology still, but also others such as Roman and Egyptian.

Those are three quick reasons why you should start reading and I hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Why You Should Watch 13 Reasons Why!

BookTube-A-Thon Reading Wrap Up!

Today is the last day of the BookTube-A-Thon and I am very happy to say I completed all of the books I planned on reading! BookTube-A-Thon was very fun and exciting and I really enjoyed participating in it this year and will without a doubt be participating next year! I won’t be going into full detail about what these books are about but if you are interested then check out my BookTube-A-Thon TBR 2016 post.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – This was the first book I completed for challenge #1: Read a book with yellow on the cover. I really enjoy all of Morgan Matson’s books so it was fun reading this one! I am glad I chose to read this book first because it was a really easy read that set me in the mood for more reading! 4/5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – It was so good diving back into the Harry Potter world! I flew through this book like always and loved every single second of it. I used this book for 3 challenges and they were challenge #2: Read a book after sunset, challenge #5: Read a book that is older than you, and challenge #6: Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation. I also really loved reading the book and than rewatching the movie so that just made completing this book so much more fun! 5/5 stars.

Champion by Marie Lu – I read this book for challenge #3: Read a book you discovered through BookTube because I first heard about the Legend trilogy over BookTube. I really liked this book, but it was a bit slower than the first 2 books in the trilogy. I still flew through and overall I really enjoyed the series! 4/5 stars.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I completed this book for challenge #4: Read a book by one of your favourite authors. I absolutely loved re reading this book! It was easy and so much fun and it didn’t even feel like I’ve read it a couple million times… Anyways, of course I loved this book and I am so happy I decided to read it again! 4.5/stars.

Those are all the books I read during the BookTube-A-Thon! I would have chosen and read more but I went camping for the last 3 days so I decided to just read 4 books. Hope you liked it!

 

 

 

Greek Gods Tag (original)

I love Greek Mythology so I decided to create a tag using the 12  Olympian gods + an extra goddess and god as questions! Hope you enjoy it and comment below your favourite of the gods 🙂 Mine is either Artemis, Athena or Apollo…

1. Zeus – Name a book that is the king of all the books on your shelf.

Zeus is the King of gods and is also the god of the sky and lightning, so for this one I am going to go with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare because it is one of my favourite books ever, and the things is huge! It definitely triumphs by shelf.

2. Hera –  Name a character that seems sweet but is deadly.

Hera is the Queen of gods, along with the goddess of family but she can be quite…salty and evil sometimes. And for this one I am going to choose Juliette from Shatter Me because she can be really sweet but she is deadly because she can kill with her touch. Also, throughout the books she becomes less nice and more aggressive, thus revealing her deadly side even more.

3. Poseidon – Name a character that is pretty chill.

Poseidon is the god of the sea, earthquakes and horses and while sometimes he is extremely deadly, he tends to be quite calm and chill. So my answer for this one is Baz from Carry On for this one because he seems really relaxed and chill, and yes I know he is a vampire but his attitude is just like ‘I don’t care’ which gives me that ‘chil’ vibe I guess.

4. Hades – Name a book that is an outcast on your shelf.

Hades is the god of the underworld and of the dead and because of some reasons, he is also exiled from Olympus and being an outcast isn’t fun. My answer for this question I am definitely going to say The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy for this one because I really didn’t enjoy it. It felt like a second book usually does in a trilogy (a place holder), and it didn’t meet my expectations at all. For that reason, it isn’t as welcomed on my shelf.

5. Athena – Name a character who always has a plan.

Athena is the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy and I really was tempted to say Annabeth Chase for this one but that would be cheating instead I am going to say Hermione Granger from Harry Potter because she usually has a somewhat concrete plan, but even if she didn’t have a plan she is smart enough to come up with something at least.

6. Artemis – Name a character that just does their own thing.

Artemis is twin sister of the god Apollo and is the goddess of the moon and the hunt that she runs where she and some other girls called hunters, swear off men and run around killing monsters, just doing their own thing which I think is cool. Right after I typed this question up, one character popped in my mind and that is Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins because Lola has very spontaneous outfits and hairdos  and she doesn’t care if people look at her funny because that is just who she is.

7. Apollo – Name a book on your shelf that impressed you in multiple ways.

Apollo is the god of archery, medicine, the sun, music, etc, etc so he has lots of talents. For this question I am going to say An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because this book was absolutely fantastic! The plot was incredibly dynamic, the characters really stood out, the problems were totally messed up and the relationships were amazing. Ugh, everything about this book was satisfying.

8. Aphrodite – Name a book on your shelf that has a beautiful cover.

Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty and there are some books that seemed to inherit some of that beauty from her. The one cover on my shelf that I think is one of the prettiest cover is Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi just because the covers with the eyes are just so fricking gorgeous! They all are in the trilogy but Ignite Me is definitely my favourite.

9. Ares – Name a thick headed character. (No offense to Ares)

Ares is the god of war so he probably isn’t the smartest god around but he definitely isn’t alone. Now I wouldn’t exactly say this character is extremely stupid or anything, but in the first book she didn’t make the smartest choices, and that is Mia from the Vampire Academy series. She just pulled some stupid stunts that were not smart at all.

10. Hestia – Name a book on your shelf that makes you feel at home.

Hestia is the goddess of the hearth and home and while she isn’t technically one of the 12 Olympians, she deserves to be in this tag, so this question is pretty straightforward, and my answer for it is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I just adore this series so much and whenever I pick up the books I feel warm and happy.

11. Hermes –  Name a character you can never trust.

Hermes is the god of roads, travelers, thieves so naturally he isn’t the most trustworthy god. For my answer I chose Jacin Clay from Winter by Marissa Meyer because while he was trustworthy towards Winter, towards the other characters not so much. He did get better throughout the novel though.

12. Hephaestus – Name a character that is misunderstood.

Hephaestus, being the god of blacksmiths and fire doesn’t exactly seem like a warm and cuddly person but he is often misunderstood. So for my answer, I have chosen two characters because they both fit this question really well. Nico Di Angelo from the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series, and Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter because everyone sees them as what they look like on the outside, but on the inside they are different and more powerful then people know.

13. Dionysus –  Name a character you would party with any day.

Dionysus is the god of wine and partying so this seems like a fitting question. For this one I am going to have to say Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan just because Percy is a really fun and sarcastic person so I feel like it would be a good time being with him. Plus he can get people from Camp Half Blood to join us so it would be an even better party.

Hope you liked my original tag and if you would like to use this please give me credit but I would love to see your answers to these questions 🙂

 

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan Non-Spoiler Review

I just finished The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan today which is the first book his new book series so I decided to do a non-spoiler book review!

The Hidden Oracle is about the god Apollo, who is cast down to Earth by Zeus after angering him. The problem is that he has no godly powers and he is ordinary and utterly normal. At the same time something evil is on the horizon and Apollo has to learn to use what he has to stop it along with a few other companions. We even get to see some of the characters from his previous series!

I was really excited to start this book because I love all of Rick Riordan’s books. I have to admit I was a bit nervous that it wasn’t going to meet my expectations but I really enjoyed this book! There were slow parts but it is the first book in a new series so I didn’t really mind. It was so great seeing the old characters but I also loved meeting the new characters and getting to know a few better. Another bonus was that there was a lot of diversity in this book which I thought was great and I hope more authors add more diverse characters in their books. I think overall I would give this book a 4/5 stars just because while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the strongest book ever. I would still recommend it to middle grade readers or anyone who loves his other series!

Top 10 Favourite Male Characters

I have read so many books with amazing characters in them so in this blog post I will be sharing with all of you my top 10 favourite male characters! (Check out my last blog post!)

10. Harry Potter from Harry Potter is number 10 on my list. He is just a super strong character, having lost all his blood related family and being the ‘chosen one’ and I just had to fit him somewhere on this list obviously.

9. Prince Maxon from The Selection is number 9 and you are probably wondering why I put him before Harry and that is because just for some reason I love Maxon so much. He is sweet, sensitive and caring and he puts up with all of America’s stubbornness.

8. Daemon Black from the Lux series is number 8 on my list and here is why: he is gorgeous. He is smoking and he always comes back with snarky remarks that make me melt.

7. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door is number 7 because Cricket is just so god damn nice and awkward and funny. I love him so much but it was still a really hard decision between him and Etienne but ugh Cricket is amazing and adorable.

6. Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games is number 6 on this list because he is so nice and is always looking out for Katniss. He brings out the softer side in Katniss and for that I salute him.

5. Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians is number 5 because of his persassy skills. Percy was my first fictional crush and I just love his sass so he obviously made the list.

4. Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus series is number 4 because all the ladies love Leo. Leo is the odd one out but he is so funny and he needs someone to love him (sorry Calypso) so I will happily take the job up.

3. Mark Blackthorn from Lady Midnight is number 3 and I don’t know why I love him so much! Well maybe its because he is handsome and hilarious…yeah. But I just loved reading about Mark in Lady Midnight and I cannot wait to see more, even if he can get a little…weird.

2. Julian Blackthorn from Lady Midnight…yeah another Cassandra Clare character but can you blame me?! So Julian may have some ‘fire’ inside him where he can get really overprotective and scary over the people he loves but that makes me love him more. Julian is just my bae honestly.

  1. Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments takes home the grand prize of being number 1 and I KNOW another Cassandra Clare character but I just love him. He’s sarcastic, sweet, hot and ugh he’s amazing.

So those are my top 10 favourite male characters and I AM SORRY for the last 3 being from just Cassie’s books but I can’t help it if she writes beautiful characters so easily. It was hard taking Will Herondale off the list…it was.

 

 

20 Bookish Facts About Me

Here are 20 bookish facts about me and I hope some of them you guys can agree on some!

  1. I do most of my reading at night because I get distracted really easy.
  2. The book/book series that got me into reading was Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
  3. I read Percy Jackson when I was 9 and refused to read anything else until the summer right before grade 7 because I thought I was betraying the series by reading other books.
  4. My ultimate favourite series in the world is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare but my favourite book by her is Lady Midnight…if that makes sense.
  5. I love to write fiction so at the moment my dream is to become an author.
  6. When I read, I have the urge to act out all my favourite characters which is why I hate reading in public because I sometimes forget I am not alone…
  7. I own over 100 books.
  8. My average reading amount is 20-100 pages in an hour.
  9. I want to start a booktube channel this summer.
  10. I am obsessed with fandom merchandise and I even made my own TMI pillows
  11. I have been an active reader for almost 6 years now.
  12. Before I was 9, I was totally opposed to reading because it was hard for me to understand what I was reading.
  13. I didn’t read Harry Potter until I was 13…which was almost 2 years ago.
  14. I don’t mind lending books out but if one of my books gets bent I get very passive aggressive and will be bitter towards the person for who knows how long.
  15. One of my favourite books ever (that is not a Cassandra Clare book) is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabbah Tahir because its amazing.
  16. I only have one book signed called Kissing Frogs because I live somewhere where authors NEVER come.
  17. I almost went to BookCon this year but didn’t…
  18. I started a fan account a few years ago and it wasn’t until last year that I started posting actively.
  19. The first booktuber I watched was abookutopia but I don’t even know how I found her but she is amazing so go watch her!

20.I love collecting books but I have no money so its kind of hard to.

So those were 20 random bookish related questions about me and I hope you liked it! 🙂

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