Why I Like Readathons

One really weird thing about me is that I like preparation processes and because I’m about 100% sure that no one knows what I mean by that, let me explain.

I like preparing for things; I like getting ready for events. On the blue moon occasions that I actually go out with friends to a bar or to a club, I like the part of the night where you get ready at home with a couple of friends. When I was in high school and going to the school dances, I loved the getting ready process more than the actual dance. Another example is that I love packing for trips, I don’t know about you but when I pack I imagine all the adventures that I am going to have and I am in the belief that the outfit choice can make or break your day and the fun time you could have had.

I’ve gotten off track.

Ashleigh over at afrolicthroughfiction leads these great discussion posts, awhile ago she posted a discussion about readathons and it got me thinking a lot about why I love readathons.

One of the simple things I like to do for readathons is to prepare for them, whether the readathon is for 24 hours, a weekend, a week, or two weeks. Preparing is a simple yet fun way for me to get pumped and excited for it. My prep includes figuring out my TBR, cleaning the house, making meal plans, and crossing off other small items from my to-do list. Not only does a readathon help me feel accomplished with my TBR pile but also with the rest of my life, I now have a lot of my little tasks completed, a meal plan for the week, and a clean house. Life is a little more organized.

Hermit status: Another fact about me, honestly, I am a massive recluse. Big time introvert. I very rarely ever go out, I don’t like going out, I am perfectly happy with just being at home with my cat and the bf most days. Whenever its readathon time my excuse for not going out is “Sorry I’m currently in the middle of a readathon, catch you next week?”

*Side note* my best friend Sam has a mental radar for when I am in the middle of a readathon because that is when she wants to go out. It never fails.

Bookish Community. I love the book community around readathon time, everyone’s excited and everyone is sharing what they are planning on reading, where they are reading at. Everyone is fangirling over reading choices and it’s wonderful. There’s a strong sense of union among book nerds because we’re all doing this together, we’re all putting aside a lot of precious time to read. And especially if a handful of people are reading the same book. When that happens I feel like it’s the bookish equivalent of a multiplayer online game, does that make sense? Everyone is reading it with you, they’re having the same experience and it’s a fun bonding opportunity.

Are you still with me? Did I lose you after the Xbox live comparison?

Things I need during a readathon
Crock pot/slow cooker (amazing kitchen tool. If I could marry it, I would.)
For readathons, I recommend preparing soups or chili and other easy meals I always like to make a batch of pulled pork and just eat pulled pork sandwiches.
snacks (I can’t be the only one who gets hungry when they read.)
my weakness are chips either Salt and Vinegar or Cool Ranch Doritos, besides chips I like ice cream sandwiches, apples, veggies and hummus.
coffee (Bookworm yolos-Just one more chapter. Sleep is for the weak. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.) Coffee is needed for those yolos.
Comfy place to read. Bed. Chair. Couch. where do you like to read? I’ll read anywhere as long as I’m comfy
Music- I do listen to music when I read. There’s something about having music on that really helps me direct my focus on whatever is in front of me when I don’t play music I notice that my thoughts go everywhere and it distracts me. I listen to scores mostly, I love the score from Assassins Creed 2 and Batman Arkham Knight.
Comfy Clothes- Sweatpants/leggings and an oversized t-shirt.

Pokemon Go Tag

header

The Pokemon Go tag was created by  Aentee at Read at Midnight and all the graphics were created by her.

The lovely Dee at Bookishkhaleesi tagged me to do this and I love Pokemon so let’s do this!

starters

For a couple years, I wasn’t really reading that much, I liked to read but I didn’t have the passion for reading that I had growing up and in my teen years, then I bought Throne of Glass and my passion instantly refueled. I purchased ToG two years ago and just devoured it and it honestly got me back into reading and I probably wouldn’t be blogging if it weren’t for ToG so I have a lot of love for the series.

 

pikachu

Harry Potter! I grew up with HP, and will always love it! A funny thing happened the other day, my mom was watching HP and the Deathly Hallows part 2 and she kept calling asking what did he name his son? What’s going on at the part with Harry and Dumbledore? I thought it was hilarious lol.

zubat

I honestly have minimal interest in Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, I’m sure that I’ll read it at some point but for now, it doesn’t really interest me.

ditto

Until it was pointed out to me I didn’t see the comparisons, but since it was pointed out that Clipped Wings started off as Twilight fanfic, I can’t stop comparing it to Twilight.

 

snorlax1

The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, I really want to get to them and they are book goals for this year but I am so intimidated by them.

gengar

 

I don’t know what to put for this one, I guess I’ll go with Days of Blood and Starlight because I didn’t want to go to bed without reading this.

nidokingqueen

Feyre and Rhysand!!

rapidash

Legend by Marie Lu

eevee

I’m gonna go with the Grisha trilogy, I love Six of Crows and will always love to see more stories from the Grisha world.

magikarp

Angelfall, I was surprised by how dark and badass the story was.

legendary

 

I’ve been seeing a lot of hype for Caraval by Stephanie Garber but I definitely want to read it when it comes out

mewtwo

The Slytherin Editions of the Harry Potter series!!! Anna at MyBookishDream just posted about them in her TTT and they are beautiful!!!

pokeegg

For this question I’m gonna go with Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill, the plot sounds really interesting and the cover is gorgeous!

lure

*Deep Inhale* Victoria Schwab, Sarah J Maas, Cassandra Clare, Marie Lu, Laini Taylor…Those are the top ones.

serverdown

Empire of Storms! Its been a really long year ever since I finished Queen of Shadows.


I’m super late to this tag so I have no idea who’s done this and who hasnt.

Clipped Wings Review

61xs4aHnu6L._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_

Clipped Wings
by Helena Hunting
paperback
391 pages
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads:

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?

My Thoughts:

591575

(*Not my graphic*)

“Everyone has scars, Tenley. If we’re lucky, they’re only on the outside”

Warning: there will be lots of me man gushing over Hayden.

Hayden is gorgeous and sexy and hot and I’m head over heels in love with him. I love when male characters are tattoo artists. He is totally my new book boyfriend. Not only is the man extremely sexy with all his tattoos and piercings, but he also reads! Hunting was not playing fair when she wrote out his character because
A. I’m convinced that Hayden is my soul mate and
B. Hayden was perfection.
#Bae

giphy (6)

It really wasn’t fair not only was he incredibly sexy with his ink and piercings and straight forward flirting but also he was tender and playful with a kitten!!! And the man drives a 68 Camaro! My heart!

I wanted to dive into the book and steal him away for myself!

giphy (10)
^Me chasing after Hayden^

Now if we’re going, to be honest with each other, which I hope we are 😉 I didn’t care about Tenley at all for the first 50 pages or so. I just wanted more of Hayden.

But then, Tenley broke my heart way open; the girl straight up obliterated it! She is adorable and loveable and she will make you feel all the feels!

giphy (7)

Both Hayden and Tenley have extremely tragic backstories and I have a feeling that Inked Armor is going to be even more heartbreaking, I’m really hoping that book 2 will go more into Hayden past and we can learn a little bit more about him.

This book is basically composed of three things: A very sexy man who I have a giant crush on, lots of heartbreak and grief, and smut. I love it!

Yes, there is a good amount of smut, if you arent comfortable with those kinds of scenes, I would warn you against reading this.

One of my weaknesses in NA is when on of the characters is a tattoo artist, I love those scenes where one person is getting inked and the two start connecting; for me, those scenes are so intimate and sensual.

The only thing I didn’t like was the possessiveness Hayden had for Tenley, I don’t like when guys are possessive IRL and I don’t like seeing it written out and romanticized. That was a huge issue I had with Beautiful Disaster. However what made up for it was the self-awareness and realization that being so possessive is not okay and that he didn’t need to act like that.

So yeah I wanna talk more about Hayden but I’ll save that for Inked Armor’s review.

Has anyone else read this? If so I’d love to have someone to talk with.
If not, I encourage you to pick this up 😉

 

 

WWW Wednesday 8/17

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What have you recently finished reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What have you recently finished reading?

36094232

Nothing.

So I am currently in a reading slump and I cannot figure out why for the life of me. Seriously. Just at the moment, reading is not my top priority, I had an incredibly busy weekend. I’m not a social person and I don’t go out often but over the weekend I had two birthday parties and a family reunion to go to, and now I am just wiped out.

I think my slump has been formed just by feeling busy and overwhelmed, hopefully, that changes soon.

Reading-Slumps

Wanna hear something really sad? I’ve owned Nevernight since last Tuesday, do you know how many pages of it I’ve read in the last week? 20. I’m only on chapter 3.  I’m really liking what I’m reading but I just can’t seem to sit down and read, or when I do sit down and read, I start falling asleep.

Help me!


What are you currently reading?

At the moment I’m trying to cure my slump with a cute and fluffy contemporary novel and if that doesn’t work, I have an angsty sounding NA novel that sounds like it could help. Fingers crossed.

But PS I Like You is super adorable!


What do you think you’ll read next?

51ZDy5SRnGL

I have no idea! Depending on how I like Clipped Wings I might pick up Inked Armor which is book 2. I guess I’ll just see how it goes.


Do you have any reading slump cures? If so please help a girl out!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Ashamed that I Haven’t Read Yet

ttt

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

My Top Ten Tuesday is going to be about Books I’m ashamed I haven’t read yet.

a.k.a

Shame post.

giphy (5)

I’m ignoring my book goals for 2016 list for this post because that list is a work in progress and while I’m ashamed that I haven’t read anything on that list yet…because working on it.

LOTR111

  1. The Lord of the Rings trilogyI’ve read the Hobbit and I loved it and I’ve wanted to continue on with the LoTR but its just not a high priority at the moment. Which makes me sad. One day.

    19063

  2. The Book ThiefI don’t know why I haven’t read this, but it’s kind of daunting. I know it’s going to be really emotional and I’m just not ready to take that on.

    51grMGCKivL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

  3. To Kill A MockingbirdStrangely I never had to read this in high school, a lot of other classes did but never my class. I know it’s well loved and it’s a book that I really want to read.

    13638125

  4. ViciousYes! I still haven’t read this!!! Soon. I will read this soon!

    brave-new-world-book

  5. Brave New WordA couple of my good friends have highly recommended this to me and again, I don’t have an excuse of why I haven’t read it, just haven’t yet. I love dystopian novels and this one sounds amazing but yet…I don’t know.

  6. A Cinda Williams Chima novelI have read so many good things about her series! I own the Warrior Heir and The Demon King and I just don’t know which series to start with! Also, I feel like I should finish a few series before I start another one.

    51R01tTjjtL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

  7. The Dream ThievesA couple months ago I read the Raven Boys and I really enjoyed it, the plot was interesting and I really liked the characters but I just haven’t picked up the rest of the series yet… I own the rest of the series but just haven’t gotten to them yet…

    51J9D25ZMGL

  8. Fear and Loathing in Las VegasHunter S Thompson is my favorite journalists, I’ve read some of his articles that he wrote for Rolling Stones and I’ve read about his opinions on Richard Nixon. So I know that I love him as a journalist. I’ve seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and whenever I have a bad day and need cheering up, I’ll watch the first five minutes of the movie for the bat scene and always have a good laugh. But I haven’t read this book!? I know that the book will be better than the movie but the movie can be really intense and I guess I’m just intimidated by the assumption that the book will be extremely intense.

  9. Fire and BitterblueI read Graceling last year and loved it. But I haven’t continued with Cashore’s other books, I’ve heard that Fire isn’t as good and is slow paced, but I’ve also heard good things for Bitterblue so I don’t know when I’m going to get to them.

    51naG-FeFpL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

  10. Shadow of the WindTo be honest, I’ve owned this book for probably close to 8 years, I bought it at Borders (that has to be a good example of how long I’ve owned it.) I have picked up this book numerous times and every time I stop at the exact same page. I have never read past page 20 or something like that. Don’t know why but I’m ashamed about it.

    Interestingly enough, the same thing happened with Confessions of a Shopaholic, I tried reading it several times and only got to page 15, I think, but I just dnf’ed that one because I had no interest in it anymore. I still want to read Shadow of the Wind.

    20160601_210809

*Bonus* A Dance with Dragons

I have been reading this book for so long…I hate myself for how long I’ve been reading this. I’m tempted to DNF it but at this point the battle between me and ADwD is personal and I refuse to let the book win…

Stubborn? Who me? Nah not at all…now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be in denial having a staredown with A Dance with Dragons.


So that’s my post of shame. Are there any of these that you want to read but havent?

The Back to School Readathon! PS I’m a cohost :D

195602

I’m so excited for this!

So, over on Goodreads, I’m in a couple groups that are centered around polls. About a week ago another member named Camille posted a poll explaining that she wanted to create a readathon and was looking to see if anyone was interested in participating, cohosting, or helping with the organization. I responded that I would love to help cohost, and it’s happening!

It’s called the BacktoSchool readathon and it’s taking place from August 22nd to the 28 and I’m one of the hosts! I’ll be hosting sprints over on the btsreadathon twitter handle Wednesday the 24th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and I will probably hold reading sprints on my personal twitter 🙂

The idea is to power through as much as your tbr as you can before school starts! I know that for me especially, I had a very difficult time balancing my fun reading with my school reading and assignments.

Go to the Goodreads group for more information!

Your TBR can be however long and however you want it to be, but if you’re like me and you like to do reading challenges: here are the optional reading challenges for the readathon:

  1. Read a short book (Open to interpretation, if you consider it to be a short book then it qualifies)
  2. Read a book over 400+ pages
  3. Read the 1st book in a series
  4. Read a book from the Host Recommendations list
  5. Read a book set in Summer
  6. Read a book that’s been on your TBR over 6 months
  7. read 7 books

*Bonus Challenge!* Procrastinate and watch some Netflix!!

There’s also an Instagram challenges for bookstagram you can choose to partake in 🙂

Monday – take a pic of your TBR pile
Tuesday – your snack or drink
Wednesday – summer books recommendation
Thursday – your reading spot
Friday – show your reading progress
Saturday – a shelfie
Sunday – favorite books you’ve read for school

Please follow @btsreadathon on Instagram – Camille will be reposting her favorite pictures! You just need to use a hashtag #btsreadathonDayX (replace the X with 1-7)

My TBR

The Outsiders (Under 250 pages)
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (400+ pages)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (1st in a series)
The Sky is Everywhere (Host Recommendation)
Second Chance Summer (Book set in Summer)
White Hot Kiss (Book on TBR for over 6 months)
I’m choosing to leave my 7th TBR book option empty and I’ll see what I feel like reading when I come to it.


So that’s it for today

let me know if you decide to participate! I think it’ll be super fun 🙂

Every Last Word mini review

20160630_202930

Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone
hardcover
368 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads 

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


My thoughts:

This was wonderful! Probably one of my favorite contemporaries to date. Cute and a little fluffy but it had its fair share of dark moments.

I was hooked from page 1 and I never wanted to stop reading. Sam was so endearing and my heart broke for her so many times while watching her battle her OCD and trying not to let it affect her everyday life.

One thing I really loved was how the chapter headers were set up. Part of Sams OCD was an obsession with the number 3, so the title of the book is three words, all the chapter titles are 3 words. Another thing Sam did was while making a playlist she would pick out a song that was the defining song for the playlist, within that song she would study the lyrics and pick out three words that would define that song/playlist and that was the title for the playlist. The chapters were titled the same way and I loved that! It added a special touch to how everything was set up.

I also loved AJ and if Tamara wanted to write another book centered around him, I would devour it in a heartbeat! He was a really interesting character and I really wanted more of him.

I loved Poets Corner and I found myself wishing that my school had something similar, I would have loved to have been a part of the top secret poetry club.

I really want to say more about this but I don’t want to spoil anything…I almost feel like you should go into this book not knowing too much about it.