Friday, December 8, 2017

2018 Mount TBR Reading Challenge 

One of my big focus points for 2018 is to get through my older books, books that have been on my shelves for a long time, etc so I feel I can better keep up with new releases with less guilt.  So, in addition to Beat the Backlist, I am doing this challenge to.  Yes they heavily overlap, but with 2 challenges I hope the motivation will be that much stronger.  

So Mount TBR is about reading books I have owned prior to the Challenge year.  YAY!  Motivation to clean up my shalves so I can get new lovelies on them (or even just make enough room to fit all my books onto the shelves....

My goal: Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR 

 I think I can probably do more and although I hope to get through more but I have a bunch of books I want to read that I don't yet own so we shall see.  Can I make it to Olympus? (150+ bks) Challenge level subject to change.
As I finish a book, I will share the covers here to share what I've read.  I will try to update every 2-3 weeks I think. 
See you in 2018 to begin!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 Holiday AdventureAThon

AdventureAThon TIME
7 "Choose your own adventure" Readathathon challenges
Dec 13-24th

I found this fun readathon at one of the hosts sites.  Novel Thoughts and 3 others are hosting this fun event.  Click the link to learn more!I am going for some more simple, easy reads for this being I am SUPER busy with work (I will literally be working every day except Christmas from the 14th-28th).  I hope to get through all of these.  Technically I started Clockwork Angel but didn't get very far so I am using it.

My chosen path (subject to change slightly before the readathon starts)

 Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #0.5)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2018's Beat the Backlish Challenge Goal & TBR


So I tried this challenge this past year, but it seemed to fall apart for me on a few levels.  Well it is back and simplified and I love it so I am returning to give it another go!

I am hoping to read at least 100 books published before 2018.  More is ideal and reasonably possible. I am going to try and update this at least monthly to share what I have read (see toward the bottom) and what I have lined up for a TBR (will be keeping it around 100 book options for at least the first 6 months).  Keep an eye on it as it will change as I read things!! 


This is my TENTATIVE starting TBR for this challenge (subject to change based on my mood and also if I read any of these before the year is out-honestly I might just read something else from my goodreads to-read list.) in no particular order:

Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1) Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2) White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3) Green: The Beginning and the End (The Circle, #0) The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1) The Donors Dawn of the Jedi:  Into the Void Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith) The Walking Dead, Compendium 3 One Piece: East Blue 4-5-6, Vol. 2 (One Piece: Omnibus, #2) Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3) Many Bloody Returns

Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga, #3) Independent Study (The Testing, #2) Graduation Day (The Testing, #3) The Shadow Dragons (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #4) The Dragon's Apprentice (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #5) Rise of the Governor (The Walking Dead #1) The Handmaid's Tale Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)
Moonbeam (Beam, #1) Darkbeam Part I The Journal of Blake Leaf (The Dragonian) Above

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Coyer 2017/2018 Winter Switch


  • The challenge begins December 16th at 12am EST and ends March 9th at 11:59pm EST.
  • You must create a sign-up post anytime between now and January 20th on blog, goodreads, fb, google+, etc. Be sure to indicate if you’re doing regular COYER or The Switch. Link your sign-up to the linky below.
  • You can choose to do regular COYER – which is the same as The Strict – or COYER Switch.
  • Link your reviews to the linky that will be provided on the Kick-off Post.
  • There will be three grand prize winners – $10 gift card – one for the linky review list, and two for Switch participants.
I will be doing the switch which has 3 components: The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist. I get to pick which time-frame below to do each one. 
  • December 16 – January 12
  • January 13 – February 9
  • February 10 – March 9
What is  The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist?

The Strict:
This is good old strict COYER. The rules:
  1. Every book you read must be an eBook or audiobook.
  2. Every book must be either free or less than $5.
  3. No library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited.
 The List:
For The List, you guessed it… you’re making a list!
  1. Make a list of up to 30 books you want to read.
  2. Every book on the list must be in your possession BEFORE you put them on the list.
  3. You can add 5 new books for every 5 books you read.
  4. Books on the list can be any format, any price, obtained any LEGAL way… so that means library books, KU, borrowed, etc.
**I'll be making one on goodreads closer to the time I start**

The One with the Twist is probably my favorite…
    1. You can read ANY book. ANY price. Obtained any LEGAL way.
    2. The Twist is, you have to stick with one format. If you choose audiobooks, then only the audiobooks you read during this phase will count. If you choose eBooks, then only eBooks you read during this phase will count. ETC….

I participated in Coyer for the first time this past summer and had a lot of fun I am eager to do this.  And it is a great way to get through the holidays and kick off the new year!

  • December 16 – January 12 The twist (all physical books only will count)
  • January 13 – February 9 The List (will create on goodreads in early January so stay tuned)
  • February 10 – March 9 The Strict

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour #readathon Fall 2017


Hour 0

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
     Northern Cali (just outside the fire-zones going on)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 
     A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, #1)  The Dead House

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  
    I have raspberries & brownies to enjoy!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
      I am an indecisive mood reader (and snacker for that matter) so I have more books and food ready that what I can possibly enjoy but give me lots of options which is ideal for me.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?     I have been participating for a few years now, this is the first one which I might do semi-spooky themed.  I have a decent chunk of horror, suspense or otherwise spooky novels as options this time that, pending me mood, I hope to work on.

10 Years in 10 Books

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prep, Pre-prep and other 24 readathon tips and tricks.

It's almost here.  Dewey's 24 hour Readathon!
Now some of you may wonder why I am posting about preparation now.  The event is still over 2 weeks away!  Well, to me, there is more to it. 

First off, I am sharing this in the hopes that maybe some of you will join my in the readathon.  It is a huge internet event with over 2000 participants! And this year is the events 10 year anniversary!! WOOHOO! All around the world, at the same time, readers put aside the next 24 hours to reading.  Can't do that much time?  Thats okay! Everything is your pace and pressure free (accept wanting you to join us). If you got even 30 minutes you can spare, join us!  4 hours is good, 10 is great and if you can do the whole 24-AMAZING!!  The only objective is to have fun!  Some don't even read, they just cheer or host events!  The only goals are ones you put on yourself (if you even want to).  Blogs, twitter, facebook and goodreads are all very active with updates, fun challenges, cheering and more!

So as you can tell I start prepping well in advance.  Nothing here is a must.  Just what I do and a few tips and tricks to make the readathon run smoothly.  Now I treat this October day like a holiday.

1-1 weeks before the readathon:  Firstly, SIGN UP on the main sight.  Then:

-Already, I am starting some book stacks of books I might want to read.  I collect a huge and wide variety that will likely reach 4-5 stacks at first.  I scour my shelves, visit the library, etc.  As the readathon creeps closer I will start eliminating books that I will not get to for sure (more on this later).  I check out other's stacks, or past readathon stacks, etc for ideas and inspiration.

-Clean the house & wrap up projects.  My mind is easily distracted so I want as many possible distractions as possible out of the way.  Dirty dishes/laundry, fix-it piles etc can easily pull me away from a book to work on them.  The more up on things I am, the better.  The easy stuff that easily repeats itself (dishes, etc) I just keep up with but dusting, organizing, etc I do asap this month.

-Make a snack/meal idea list.  I make a long list of ideas that sound good, then work on eliminating ideas to a realistic level of munchies and easy to eat foods.  I always make food before the event for easy eating.  Also, keep in mind foods that need 2 hands (cutting meats, etc) or are messy, sticky (such as Cheetos) and it helps with this elimination.  I get ideas that are healthy, salty, sugary, filling, and energizing for good variety.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Death Island by Kelsey Ketch Cover Reveal & giveaway

** I do not normally do cover reveals but this is for an author I really like and highly recommend.**

Death Island by Kelsey Ketch
Genre: New Adult
Publication: December 31st, 2017
Cover DesignerDesiree DeOrto Designs

Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.

However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history.

There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon 2017


So this is a fun month long readathon where any and all books are welcome with only 1 rule:
"the one main "rule" of FrightFall is that you must read at least ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart)."  
More are highly encouraged for the theme!  
My month reading is a high mix but I have a few possibilities.  All book I read will be shared here
Sorry, I have no solid TBR.  I am doing 3 challenges in goodreads groups and a few readathons this month, and toss in some health issues and a new job it is going to be an interesting ride!

 Skip Beat!, Vol. 32Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles, #2)Asylum (Asylum, #1)The Orphan ChoirThe Door in the Dragon's Throat (The Cooper Kids Adventures, #1)Skip Beat!, Vol. 33Poison (The Dragonian, #3.5)

"Scary" qualified per this challenge that I finished: 
 Asylum (Asylum, #1)The Orphan Choir

Monday, September 25, 2017

Health Issues are killing my reading challenges and social interactions.

Hi everyone!  This is just a quick post to say sorry for being so quiet these past several months.  It has been a rough few months. with some health issues and the past week and a half in particular.  I completely stopped tracking my readathon progress even!  I just couldn't muster the energy.  My reading is so down for this year as is and challenges, reviews, etc are just out of the question as the reading is what counts.  

On the plus side, as the cooler weather rolls in, I hope to start having more energy to finish listing all my books on Goodreads and finalize all shelving (at least for awhile lol).  Also October means Halloween, and creepy or spooky reads which I love.  And Dewey's 24 readathon is in a few weeks.  I hope to have the energy to do that one.  It is my favorite! 

So since I have been so quiet here on the blog, to see what I have been up to catch me on goodreads to twitter.  Those are my go-to's lately for bookish talk and updates especially since I can do those on my phone while I'm laid up.  

Oh, and with halloween coming up, I would love some recommendations on horror, suspense, spooky or creepy novels, stories, comics, manga etc.  Also movie recs or video game recommendations welcome!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tackle You TBR Readathon as Summer ends 2017

Another readathon is about to start!  This is another very open readathon where anything goes.  I have no idea yet what I will be reading.  I recently took on a second job so my time is becoming more limited.  So it just depends how much downtime I have.  But I hope to get some good reading in this month and this is perfect motivation!  Hope to see you then! 

Progress will be made on this post as I go along!

9/11 Day 1 

Made Progress In:

Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone, #3) Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)
Pages Read: 225 

9/12 Day 2
Made Progress In:
 Legion (Talon, #4)  Beauty is the Beast, Vol. 1  Asylum (Asylum, #1)
Pages Read: 310