Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 4

It is Tuesday which means it is day 4 of the summer Biannual Bibliothon! While yesterday wasn’t the best reading day, today was a lot better so that makes me very, very happy. However, I am still one book behind and that means I have to read TWO whole books tomorrow in order to catch up, but I am feeling optimistic.

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My main task for today was to finish reading The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, a book very similar to Narnia. I started it yesterday and left myself about 200 pages to read today, and I am happy to say that I finished it! I went into this book knowing little to nothing, and was SO pleasantly surprised. This was a haunting, whimsical, and beautiful fantasy book that is about family ties and finding yourself in a world that you feel lost in. The writing style was magical yet also simple but descriptive at the same time…I don’t know how to explain it really, but I loved it! The characters were so real and so vivid in my mind, and I liked them each for different reasons. Ugh, it was so good. I ended up flying through the last almost half of the book, and gave it a 4.5/5 stars because yeah, it was that amazing!

Next I was planning on picking up Legend by Marie Lu. It wasn’t originally on my TBR but I wanted to pick it up because a) it is only 300 pages and b) I needed a seventh book to complete all the challenges for the Biannual Bibliothon. However, I made the smart decision to continue reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, the second book in The Raven Cycle because in order to read Blue Lily Lily Blue, one of the books on my readathon TBR, I needed to finish this one. So, after finishing The Light Between Worlds, I picked it up and flew through the last 150 or so pages in one sitting. To be fair, I did listen to about 40 of those pages via audiobook, but the rest I just sat down and finished. It was a GREAT addition to the series and even though it was not part of my TBR, I thought I would still talk about it in my update. The characters and relationships are fantastic, as well as the setting of Henrietta, Virgina, and overall, the book definitely gets a 4 or 4.25/5 stars!

That was my reading update for today, and I will be back tomorrow with a brand new blog post as well as another reading update for day 5! Wow, day 5. This readathon is just whizzing by but I am so pleased with all I have gotten read, and all the fun I have been having. Let me know what you are reading right now, readathon or not, because I would love to know!

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 3

So…I actually did not finish a book today! I am okay with that though because my day was super draining and busy, and sometimes there are just days like that and it is important to remember this.

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Anyways, today I picked up The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, a fantasy book set in Engand during 1949-1950, and a magical land called The Woodlands. I really had no idea what to expect going into this book because it isn’t even out to the world yet, but I am really happy to say that what I have read, I have really, really enjoyed! This book is whimsical and interesting, and I 100% am going to finish the last 200 pages tomorrow morning, and then start and finish a fourth book as well. I refuse to fall behind! But yes, so far I am enjoying this book and it is heading towards a 4/5 star rating for me, and I am really excited to finish it and find out what happens. This book comes out sometime in November this year and I recommend checking it out!

That was my reading update for the third day of the Biannual Bibliothon, and while I didn’t finish my book, I did read 150 pages so it was still successful! I’m going to head to bed now but I will be back tomorrow with another update 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2018 + Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2

Happy Sunday!

Since I usually doing reading + writing updates on Sunday, I thought I would wrap up day 2 of the Biannual Bibliothon and the second week of Camp NaNoWriMo all in one post! Before I get into this update, I did want to say that I will not have any Biannual Bibliothon challenge blog posts going up for the next two or three days (not 100% sure which ones I already wrote). I just lost track of time! However, the days I don’t post a challenge post I will still post a regular blog post in its place because I always have a few ready to go. Anyways, let’s get into this most likely lengthy update!

 

BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON DAY 2 UPDATE:

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I am very happy to report that I am still on track with finishing seven books by the end of the Biannual Bibliothon because I finished my second book for the readathon today! Today I picked up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, and to be honest, it was a struggle getting this one done. Lately, I have not really been in the “old school” dystopian mood, which is the genre of this book, so it took a little extra willpower to finish it. Also, it was on the longer(ish) side of being about 488 pages which is really long if I am not loving the story. But I did finish it, and I am very happy to have this book done and read before the movie comes out which hits theaters August 3rd. I am disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped, but I didn’t dislike…I am just okay with it. The concept was very similar to all the other dystopians I read, but I do not blame the author at ALL because this book came out in 2012 and dystopian was very “in” back then. Overall, I would give The Darkest Minds a 3/5 stars, and while I don’t have any plans to pick up the rest of the trilogy…series? Whatever it is, who knows?

CAMP NANOWRIMO WEEK 2 UPDATE:

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This is a very successful update because I also managed to write about 15,600 words this past week! This brings me up to a total of about 32,000/50,000 words for the second draft of my WIP, which I am calling Project Mystic, and I am ECSTATIC about my progress. Everyday I have been getting about one and a half hours of writing done, meaning I’ve been writing about 2,000-3,000 words written everyday. This is awesome because not only am I writing this a lot faster than I thought, but because it means I get to FULLY take Sundays off which is really nice for my brain. I do love writing of course, but we all need a break every once and a while. If I continue blasting out the words I will most likely reach my Camp NaNo goal by the end of next week…however I am nowhere near done draft 2. I am hoping it will only take until the middle of August to finish, but who knows?

Anyways, to quickly wrap this up, I started and finished ONE book today and wrote over 15,000 words for this second week of Camp NaNo which I am SO happy about. That is all for today though, I hope your reading/writing is going well, and I will see you tomorrow with some more content!

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 – Favourite Summer Books!

Hello! Happy day 2 of the summer Biannual Bibliothon. I hope you are getting lots of reading in, but most importantly are having fun. Today’s challenge is brought to us by @ArtemisStarlite, and they have given us the challenge to talk about some of our favourite summer reads, so that is what I am here to do!

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Summer is the perfect time to just read, read, and read. While I love enjoying new books, I also love diving back into some of my old favourites during this lovely time of the year. I decided to come up with a list of my top five favourite summer reads. Each one reminds me of summer in a different way. Maybe because it takes place during the summer, or because it is a light and fluffy novel that one usually picks up during the summer. But without further ado, here are my summer reads!

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski 

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This book follows two friends, Sydney and Layla, who travel to Europe together after the sudden breakup of our main character’s best friend, Layla and her boyfriend. However, along the way they run into her ex, and his very mysterious and attractive friend who Sydney can’t help but fall for. This is a fun and light hearted book that definitely gave me the travel bug, which is why I enjoy it so much. It is the perfect read for at the pool, just to lounge in the sun with and read about this adventure.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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This is another contemporary that focuses around two friends, however in this one, our main character, Emily’s best friend named Sloane suddenly disappears, leaving behind a summer bucket list for Emily. Emily hurries to complete it in the hope that it will lead her to Sloane, along the way, making new friends and experiencing new adventures. I always pick this book up in the summer, and I am excited to give it another read soon! It gives me all the warm feels, and I love how I can sit down and finish it in just a matter of hours.

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

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Summer is also the perfect time to go back to some of my favourite series, because of the mounds of time I have. One of those series is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, which is one of my by far one of my favourite series ever. It centers around a girl named Clary Fray who after her mother disappears, is thrust into a world of angels and demons, a world she has had a foot in her whole life. This series consists of six books, plus a connecting trilogy called The Infernal Devices, and another one called The Darker Artifices which is AMAZING by the way. These books are full of romance, action, and adventure, and I can just see myself sitting in the sun on my porch and cracking them open for the millionth time.

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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Another favourite series of mine is the Heroes of Olympus series, which is a companion to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which follows kids who are part of a world where Greek myths and legends are true. These books have had my heart since I was ten years old, and it is so much fun to get whisked away to this magical world of Greek mythology and hilarious characters like Percy…it will make you want to hide away for an entire week until you are done and that is all you can ask for from a series.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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And of course I have to have more contemporaries in my list of favourite summer reads because that is a given, and this has been a favourite of mine for a few years now. Not only does the orangey-yellow cover give me summer vibes, the entire romance and story just gives me those warm, summer vibes as well. Lola and the Boy Next Door follows a girl named Lola Nolan who swore never to wear the same thing twice. Her wardrobe is crazy and wild, always something new, but always very her. At the moment her life is perfect…she has a great boyfriend, an awesome best friend, and is heading into her senior year of high school. However, all it is turned upside down when her first love moves back in next door, and suddenly old feelings rise to the surface. When I look at it I just want to grab an iced coffee, sit outside in the summer sun, and give it another well-deserved read.

Those are some of my favourite summer reads, and I hope you enjoyed! I will be back tomorrow with a brand new blog challenge so get excited, as well as for my updates where I give you a quick summary on what I actually read everyday. As I am writing this, my eyes are sore and my head aches and it isn’t even the Biannual Biblithon yet! So if my updates are, and have been a little lazy, it is because balancing Camp NaNoWriMo, blogging, and doing a readathon is hard…but sooo worth it. Anyways, happy reading!

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 1

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For the past week or so I have been reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, the second book in the FANTASTIC Raven Cycle series, and I really, really wanted to finish it before the Biannual Bibliothon started and…I did not. I decided that it is okay though, and since I like to take my time with these books, I decided to just read 50 or so pages until I finish it (hopefully on Tuesday though!) before jumping into Blue Lily Lily Blue (the third book), which I actually decided to add to my TBR! Instead of re-reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the millionth time, I decided it would be more productive to continue on with the Raven Cycle and read the third book for the challenge of reading three chapters and then choosing one book to read out of the three…TECHNICALLY, I am not cheating. I read the first chapters of the first two books in this series, and am reading the THIRD one during the Biannual Bibliothon so it is ALRIGHT, okay? Ah. It is only day one of the readathon and I am already exhausted, but still having a grand old time.

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Anyways, now for what I am ACTUALLY reading for the readathon. So, today I decided to start the readathon off with reading From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon, and I am happy to say that I finished it! I would be really disappointed if I didn’t finish it though, because it is a fun, light hearted contemporary and is only 330 pages. I did have a busier day than expected though (that involved LOTS of writing of words), but I managed to pull through and finish one book today which makes me very happy that I am not already behind in the Biannual Bibliothon. Overall, I enjoyed From Twinkle, With Love, and would probably give it a 3.5/5 stars. It was cute and quirky, but the main character did aggravate me quite a bit. However, she was real and authentic and creative so I can with a full heart, say to pick this book up because it will give you some feels! Tomorrow, I am thinking of picking up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and I am excited to see how I like it!

That is all for my day one update and I hope you enjoyed, and had a fantastic day whether you are participating in this readathon or not. Alsoooo…I might have vlogged today so I am going to look back at the footage that is probably trash, but if it isn’t TOO bad I might think of editing it and uploading it so keep an eye out for more news on that!

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 – Favourite Vacation Spots

Happy Day 1 of the summer edition of the Biannual Bibiothon! I am so, so excited to spend the next week reading, blogging, and writing since it is also Camp NaNoWriMo, and then sharing it will all of you. Today’s blogging challenge is being hosted by Evil Queen Books blog so make sure you go check her out! She gave us the challenge of telling our three favourite vacation spots, so that is what I am here to bring to you today, as well as recommending some books tied to these locations.

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Mexico

 

I am actually part Mexican, so going back to Mexico to visit family is always a fun time. To name one place I love the most would be really hard, but I do love Puerto Vallarta if I want somewhere more touristy. Chiapas is where my family lives, so that is another place that has my heart. To be honest, I haven’t read too books influenced by Mexican culture, but one book I can think of is Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova which has Hispanic main characters and is also mainly influenced by Hispanic folklore. This book follows a girl named Alex who is a bruja, and after doing a spell to get rid of her magic, she accidentally banishes her family, leaving her with a strange, unpredictable boy named Nova to help her find them.

Greece

 

I am kind of cheating on this one because sadly I have not been to Greece, but I have wanted to since I was ten years old. I know I would Greece because what is not to love? It is a country of bright blue water, a matching sky, and beautiful architecture. The reason I want to visit so badly is because of my love for Greek myths and legends, which I developed after reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. It is about a young boy named Percy who discovers his father is a Greek god and is thrust into the crazy world of gods and demigods, after he is blamed for stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt. It is filled with adventure and awesome characters, so definitely check it out if you haven’t already for some odd reason.

California

 

California has been a favourite vacation place of mine for a while because there is so much to do! The weather is (usually) really nice, and they’re beaches are the ones from the movies, so whenever I go to one, I feel like I am on set of 90210. A book that takes place in California that I want to recommend is Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins which takes place in San Francisco. It follows a girl named Lola who vows never to wear the same thing twice. Every day she is something new, her outfits wild and crazy, but always her. And at the moment her life is perfect. She has a great boyfriend, a great best friend, and is in her last year of high school, but all of that is spun around when her first love moves back next door, stirring a lot of old emotions that she has tried to forget about.

Those are my three favourite vacation spots and the books that I paired with them, and I hope you enjoyed! If you are participating in this readathon, and any of the blogging/vlogging challenges, update me on your progress and link me some of your finished products below! That is all for now, but I will see you later today with my day 1 update, and tomorrow with my blog post for day 2.

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Tips for a Successful Readathon

Summer is a popular time for readathons so I thought it would be a great time to share some of my tips and tricks to have a fantastic and productive readathon. The summer session of the Biannual Bibliothon is only a few days away (July 14th – July 20th), and also the annual BookTubeAThon is coming up at the end of July, so it is the perfect time to get prepping for lots of reading.

Anyways, here is how to increase your reading quantity and quality wise!

  • Read in Sprints – Sometimes reading for long periods of time is hard, and you find yourself getting distracted easily. If that is the case, then maybe think about setting timers where you read for anywhere from 20 mins to an hour. I recommend not setting TOO short of sprints because it might be hard to immerse yourself in the world and story if you do not allow yourself enough time to read…so I recommend at the least, 20 mins each sprint but the more time the better!
  • Watch Readathon Vlogs! – There are so many readathon vlogs on YouTube for you to watch that will get you ready and motivated to read. Vlogs like readathons or just writing vlogs get me so inspired to be creative, and I am planning on making myself a playlist for upcoming readathons so I can always turn to it when I am lacking in motivation.
  • Choose Shorter Books – It’s smart to choose shorter books rather than long books during a readathon because obviously you will get through them quicker, but remember to read what you want! I usually pick books with a page count of 200-400ish pages. If I know I will LOVE it I don’t care about the page count, but I am a slowish reader so I like to go with books on the shorter side since I am trying to read as much as possible in the given amount of time.
  • Pick Books You Are Excited About – This seems obvious, but it is important to choose books YOU want to read. Yes, maybe there are some books on your shelf that you feel like you NEED to read, but if you don’t feel like reading them then just choose a book based on your gut feeling.
  • Schedule in Your Reading for the Day/Week/Months… – Depending on how long the readathon is, schedule ahead some reading time everyday. Don’t pressure yourself to read too much if you really don’t have the time, just fit in as much time as you can and feel capable doing…but don’t overdo it!

Those are some of my tips for a successful readathon, and I hoped you enjoy! Make sure you let me know if are participating in any readathons and what books you plan on reading because I would love to know 🙂

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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 7: Write a Book Recommendation

It is the last day of the Biannual Bibliothon…can you believe it? I hope yours was as productive as mine, but I also hope that you had a blast reading, as well as following me along my own journey!

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The blogging challenge for day 7 is hosted by @Laura’s Literary Letters and is to write a book recommendation. I was very excited to tackle this challenge, however it was hard to choose which book to recommend…so many choices. Anyways, after a lot of careful decisions and comparisons, I came to conclusion to recommend the lovely book, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is the first book in the Precious Stones trilogy, and is a book of time travel with a dash or two of romance. In Ruby Red, we follow our main character, Gwen, a sixteen year old girl whose family has a secret, they possess a time travelling gene. Gwen had always been accepted that her cousin Charlotte possessed the gene, happy to stay out of the spotlight and carry out a normal life, but when she travels back in time, frantic and confused, she realizes that it isn’t Charlotte who has the gene, but herself. Now Gwen’s life is flipped upside down and she is thrust into the spotlight, the burden of the being a time traveler suddenly dropped on her shoulders because time traveling doesn’t just mean going back in history, but is also means putting up with her new annoying, yet ridiculously handsome, time travelling partner, Gideon. We follow Gwen as she lives this new life of adventure, and learns to accept it and everything that comes along with it, including dark secrets that come into light throughout the book.

If you love a book with adventure and a relatable main character, you will love this book! It is a fun, easy read, and you will fly through it, desperate to move onto the next books, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. I also recommend this book because there is a movie! It may originally be in German, but on YouTube you can find the dubbed version and it is a very well adapted movie, one I highly recommend. So pick this book up from the library, or purchase a copy yourself because you won’t regret it!

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That is all for my day 7 challenge, as well as the final challenge of the winter Biannual Bibliothon. I am already counting down the days till the summer Biannual Bibliothon, and also the BookTubeaThon! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 6: Favourite/Most Memorable Book of 2017 + Day 6 Reading Update, also, stay tuned for my final reading update coming later! Thank you so much for putting up with these blog posts, and just being amazing. You guys mean so much to me and whenever you like a blog post or comment it puts a smile on my face!

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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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