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 3: Reading Update!

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Hmm, so didn’t get as much reading done as I hoped, however I did finish listening to Peter Pan! I had just over an hour left so I went for a walk and finished it off. Overall I really enjoyed it and would recommend listening to it in audiobook format! As it neared the end, I got really invested in the story and had a blast listening to it. I also finished The One by Kiera Cass which I am happy yet sad about, because these books just are so fluffy and make me feel all warm inside. There was only 70 pages left so I flew through the last few pages in like 30 minutes, however I did listen to 3 chapters in audiobook format because while I was walking around, I finished Peter Pan a bit earlier than expected so I gave it a shot and really, really liked it! Once I finished The One, I did not pick up another book on my TBR because before the readathon, I was reading On Writing by Stephen King, and since I only had about 100 pages left, I decided to pick it up and quickly finish it since I am currently on track with the readathon! It is day 3 and I have successfully read 3 books. Tomorrow, I think I am going to pick up All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, for the challenge of reading a book you don’t know much about. I was going to pick up The Book Thief, however it doesn’t fit with any of the challenge I have left…if I have time at the end of the readathon I will read it though, otherwise I will start it once the readathon is over!

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Day 2&3 Reading Count:

Books Finished: 2

Pages Read: 395

That is all for my day 3 reading update for the winter Biannual Bibliothon, and I hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to check out my blogging challenge for today: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 3: Favourite Winter Scene and be ready for my new post tomorrow!

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 3: Favourite Winter Scene

Happy day 3 of the Biannual Bibliothon! I hope you are reading lots of books and are enjoying my blog posts so far 🙂

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Today’s blogging challenge is to describe your favourite winter scene and why you would want to be in it. I am excited to share with you the book I chose and why the scene is my favourite and I hope you enjoy! As always, links to the Biannual Bibliothon YouTube and Instagram page will be linked below so make sure you check them out for more info.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is a cozy and adorable contemporary, about a young girl named Lara Jean who writes letter to all the boys she has loved before, and then seals it in a hatbox given to her by her mother with the intention of never letting anyone see it but her. But when all the letters mysteriously get out, she forms a fake relationship with an old friend and crush to keep secrets from getting out. This is one of my favourite books, and on page 300 Lara Jean goes on a ski trip with some of her classmates. Basically, it is an excuse to go skiing on the slopes with your friends, or hang out by the fire in the lodge and snuggle up with a book and a cup of hot chocolate. Not that I would want to get caught up in Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship, but I have always loved reading about the friendship between Lara Jean, Chris, Peter, as well as Peter’s friends and I would love to be apart of that! Hanging out at the ski slopes with them would be a blast.

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That is all for my day 3 blogging challenge and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s challenge, “2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 2: My Bookish Drink” and my “2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 2: Reading Update”

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 2: Reading Update!

Happy day 2 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

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So…today wasn’t as great of a reading day compared to yesterday, which sucks because I really wanted to get a lot of reading done today so I wouldn’t have to rush this coming week! Oh well, I am sure I will be able to finish my TBR for the readathon by Friday if I really try and also prioritize my time…yeah, prioritizing my time will be essential. Anyways, I did manage to read up to page 253 in The One by Kiera Cass, which means I read 223 pages of it today so that is still pretty good! I have 70 pages left of it so I have no doubt I will be able to finish it tomorrow, but I am sad though because I really will miss the story. Anyways, I also listened to a bit of my Peter Pan by James M Barrie audiobook today. I wanted to go for a long walk today to get a few hours logged in, but I wasn’t really feeling it so I just listened to it whenever I was getting ready, cleaning or just felt like it. Currently, I am 4 hours and 7 mins into it which means I have 1 hour and 8 minutes left. Again, I will easily be able to finish that tomorrow. I do think I will come back to the story of Peter Pan again since I am enjoying it so much, however I definitely want to read the physical book because I tend to space out really easily so I missed out on some details and story. Really enjoying it though! Once I finish these two books I don’t really know what I will pick out next…maybe Just Listen by Sarah Dessen? But I also want to start on All the Light We Cannot See or The Book Thief…hmm decisions.

Anyways, that is all for my day 2 reading update and I hope you too had a great reading day! Don’t forget to check out my blogging challenge for today: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 2: My Bookish Drink as we as my day 1 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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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 1: Reading Update!

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So day 1 of the winter Biannual Bibliothon is done, and I am very proud with what I managed to read. I decided to start of with The Elite by Kiera Cass, which is the second book in The Selection series, and I easily finished it in one day. I started it just after midnight, read until about one thirty in the morning, and then finished it off in the earlier afternoon. Even though I have read this book a few times, I still cried…maybe even more than I did the first three or so times I read it. I just love these books because they are so fun and entertaining to read. Anyways, this means I completed the challenge #2 which was to read a sequel, so yay! I also read some of Peter Pan by James M Barrie for challenge #5&6 to read a book mentioned in another form of media, and to read a book under two hundred pages. I decided to try out the audiobook version and I am really enjoying it! I am not a big audiobook person because I have never really given them a shot, but listening to Peter Pan just brings the story to life so much more. The narrator is great, and I am already two hour and forty-three minutes in, which translates to page 78 and that is about half way through. However, it is only nine forty-three in the evening for me and while I do have some homework I need to do, I definitely will be reading some more tonight. Currently I am reading Peter Pan still, as well as The One by Kiera Cass, the third book in the selection series. I wasn’t planning on reading this book during the readathon, but I just have to finish it before I move on to my other books I had picked up. Anyways, I am thirty pages into it and my goal is to knock out maybe two hundred before I go to bed and at least another twenty or so pages of Peter Pan! Overall though, a very successful day!

Day 1 Reading Count:

Books Read: 1

Pages Read: 444

That is all for my day 1 reading update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my post for the Biannual Bibliothon day 1 blogging challenge which was to create your snowy day reading list. I create a “Snowy Day Book Tag” where I share the books on my snowy day list 🙂

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2018 Biannual Biblothon TBR!

Despite January being a busy school month, and the month I am jumping back into writing, I am determined to not pass up a perfectly good readathon, especially since I have an overall reading goal of 75 books this year…anyways, if you don’t know what the Biannual Bibliothon is, it is a week long readathon hosted by some amazing BookTubers, where readers from around the world participate in reading, video, blogging and social media challenges twice a year. The readathon will take place on Saturday, January 20th to Friday, January 26th and will be a lot of fun! There are seven reading challenges to choose books for, and here are all the books I plan on reading.

#1: Read the Group Book

The group book is a book that you can read if you want, and if you do you can participate in their live show held after the end of the readathon. I will not be reading the group book this year, but if you are interested they will be reading Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I have no idea what it is about but I am sure it will be good!

#2: Read a Sequel

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At first I was going to read Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, but then I realized I was kidding myself thinking I could read this massive book (no matter how much I love it) during the few days of the readathon. Instead I decided to go with a shorter book that I haven’t read in a while, and that is The Elite by Kiera Cass. This is the second book The Selection series which is described as “The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games” which are two things I love so of course I am excited to re read the second book. 336 pages

#3: Read a Book You Never Heard of Before

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I have heard of this book before, but I don’t really have any idea of what it is about so I decided it fits the guidelines enough, and that book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I have heard this book is amazing so hopefully I can zip through it and I will love it just as much as everyone else does. 531 pages

#4: Read a Book About Mental Illness

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My TBR was in desperate need of a contemporary to make this readathon a smoother process, and considering I read this book the first time in just a few hours, I think it is fitting to add to my TBR. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen is a fun and easy to read contemporary that does involve mental illness when the main character’s sister is diagnosed with an eating disorder. We watch at how this impacts the family and the main character, Annabelle, and how this affects her life. 371 pages

#5: Read a Book That Was Mentioned in Another Book/Movie/TV Show, etc

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The trick to a readathon is picking short and quick books and that however, is something I haven’t really been doing…so I thought it would be smart and good for myself to choose a really short book and that is Peter Pan by James M Barrie. I have not read many classics, and since this is a short one I am hoping I will be able to get through it easily and then get encouraged to read more and more. I am really excited to read this book and I should be able to get through it in an hour or so! 176 pages

#6: Read a Book Under 200 Pages

Doubling up on challenges is also a smart thing to do with readathons, so I will also be reading Peter Pan for this challenge. It is a total of 176 pages which is obviously under 200 and I cannot wait to dive right into it!

#7: Read a Backlist Title

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For this challenge, you are supposed to read a book that was published before 2017 and I am thankful for this challenge because it doesn’t allow me to pick up a new release when I have so many unread books that have been sitting on my shelf since the beginning of time. Anyways, for this challenge, I will be reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! I am really excited and fingers crossed I actually read it, because I know I will love it like everyone else does. 552 pages

So those are all the books I plan to read for the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon and if you are looking for anymore info on it click the words “2018 Biannual Bibliothon” because they are linked to their YouTube channel! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post “Readathon Recommedations” if you are in need of some smart and entertaining book recommendations 🙂

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Readathon Recommendations!

The 2018 Biannual Bibliothon is approaching, so I thought it would be fit to make a blog post recommending some smart readathon choices if you are in need of some quick and fast-paced reads to add to your TBR. Hopefully you will give some of these a try and I hope you enjoy!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

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This is a perfect readathon read because it is not only a fantastic book, but it is also fast paced and short, aka the perfect readathon read. It actually amazes me how many people have heard about this book or watched the movie (which is also really good) and yet haven’t read the book! Just do it! Even if you aren’t planning on participating in a readathon soon, just read it anyways. This book follows Charlie, a high school freshman who has never found it easy to make friends and tends to keep to himself because of that, but when he meets a group of misfit seniors he finds a place where he feels at home, and discovers the importance of having friends.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I recently read this book, just a few weeks ago, and read it in only three hours! It was a fast paced mystery that had me flipping each page with so much anxiety (the good kind though) and anticipation. We Were Liars follows a girl named Candence whose “perfect” family escapes to their private island every summer, however she cannot remember what happened in the summer of her 15th year…all she knows is that it ended with her being found unconscious in the water. A few years after the almost unspoken incident, she returns to the island and to her family, trying to piece together what happened and we follow her along that journey as secrets unravel and truths are uncovered.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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This was another book that I finished in only a matter of hours, and also has a movie that is amazing! This book follows Louisa, a young woman in search of a job after being let go from her last one, and while job searching, she stumbles across an ad for a caregiver for Will Traynor, a young man who is quadriplegic. He is cold at first but they eventually grow a close connection, however their relationship is not without its hardships and tears. I love this book and really think it is worth the read!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Wrath and the Dawn was a book I read during the summer BookTubeaThon back in July, and this was such a fast-paced and entertaining read and I was glad I finally got around to reading it. It follows a girl named Shahrzad who is the next wife of the young king, Khalid. However, each night Khalid takes a new wife and by the morning she is dead. When Shahrzad’s best friend is the next victim of Khalid, she volunteers and amazes everyone when she is found alive the next morning, and the morning after that. She soon realizes that there is more to the king than everyone thinks, and he may not be the monster she thought. It is a little slow at first, but once you hit about 50 pages the world around you will dissolve.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Once you start Vampire Academy, there is a good chance you will just marathon the rest of the series and that is such an amazing feeling. Vampire Academy is filled with action, romance and is the definition of fun and fast-paced. It follows Rose Hathaway, a protector of her vampire best friend, Lisa, and after a year of running from their school, they are found and brought back. They were always told the outside world was dangerous, but they ran away from their school for a reason.

Those are 5 readathon recommendations and I hope you enjoyed! Keep an eye out for my upcoming blog post on my TBR for the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon, coming sometime this week, and also check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

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Reading/Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

I am currently working my way through Stephen King’s “On Writing” and continuously thinking why I haven’t read this sooner. A year ago I took it out from the library but never got around to actually read it, and then this last month I put my name on the waiting list for it, got it again and decided to give it a try. Surprise! I am loving it. I am just over half way through and if all goes to plan I will finish it before the day is done because it is that good! The next book I really want to read is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare…it would be a re read but I just really, really want to dive back into the world of Shadowhunters and also want to see the amazing characters in this book. Hopefully I will be able to finish Lady Midnight before the 20th, because I have decided to take part in the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon! I will have my TBR up soon as well as more info on this week long readathon, but I cannot wait for it to begin.

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Lately I have been writing so, so much which is amazing and I love it, however I do think last night I overworked myself. The past three days I have been writing at all hours of they day possible, but today I think I will just write later in the evening and try and resort back to my usual writing routine because sadly, I do have other things to get done…like my school work!

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My Writing Routine!

I made a blog post about my writing routine sometime in 2017, but it has changed a lot in the last month so I decided to make a revamped version so you guys can see what my process of writing looks like! I hope you enjoy and make sure to comment what your writing routine looks like.

6:00pm

Lately I have been writing at this coffee shop like three minutes from my house. It’s big, quiet and has lots of cute writing nooks. Since I go there to write multiple times a week, I usually just order a green tea so I don’t run out of money by next week. Once I have my tea, I open Spotify on my phone and listen to Spotify’s “Productive Morning” playlist because it is a massive playlist of calm music. I cannot write easily to music with lyrics, which is why I like this playlist so much, so if you are in search of a playlist like that then check it out!

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6:15pm

By now I have my music playing, my tea, and my Word document open on my computer so I dive into writing. I try not to write with any particular goal in mind, because I have realized that it is a lot harder for me to write with the pressure of reaching a goal of say 1000 words. Despite that, it is unusual for me to leave the coffee shop with at least 1000 words done.

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7:00-7:15pm

This is the time I usually finish writing for the night unless I am so distracted by my writing that I end up staying an extra thirty minutes or so. Sometimes this happens but I am usually too tired to stay any longer. As long as I get 1000 words down, I feel accomplished though!

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