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#TheReadingQuest TBR

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With time passing by at an ungodly speed, I have come to realize that I have way too many books lined up to read, and much too little time to read them. Which is why I’m scrambling to participate in every single readathon I come across. I’ll be participating in the #MakeMeRead Readathon from August 6th to 13th, and as soon as that finishes, I’m going to launch into #TheReadingQuest Readathon challenge hosted by the wonderful, magnificent, talented Aentee over at Read at Midnight.

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What is #TheReadingQuest Challenge?

The Reading Quest Challenge is a video-game inspired reading challenge, where you have to fill out a bingo card of sorts with main quests, side quests, and characters.

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It runs from August 13th to September 13th, and is hosted by Aentee from Read at Midnight. You can read her announcement post for the full details, the rules, the prizes, and the challenges within the challenge itself.

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The character I’m going to be starting off with is the Mage. Most of you know how much I love magic and fantasy, and I’ve been feeling like I’ve neglected the genre these past few months, so this will be a great way to dive right in. After, I hope to get to the other characters as well, if the challenge goes well, I’m not going to set up a TBR for them, just the main quest. So, as a Mage, the row I must complete is the first down.

TBR for main quest:

First book in a series: City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

A book set in a different world: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

A book based on mythology: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

A book that contains magic: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

A book with a one-word title: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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Like I said, I definitely hope to read more than just these five books. I hope to get to some of the side quests, as well as some other characters if the challenge goes as well as I hope it will. But these are the five books that are my main priority, and I’m so excited to read them all.

I’ll continue to update the character card as I gain experience points, and all my live updates for the reading challenges will obviously be on my Twitter profile (I’m kind of a Twitter junkie, if you’re unaware), so if you’re interested in those, you can follow me on there.

Let me know in the comments below whether you’re participating, and if you are, link me to your TBR post so I can check out what you’re going to be reading!

A Very Arc-ish Readathon: Announcement & TBR

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Hello, everyone! Today, I come to you with an announcement for a readathon that I’ll be hosting in April. Us bloggers have the privilege of getting our hands on ARCs – whether those are physical ARCs or digital ARCs through Netgalley and Edelweiss and such. And sometimes, we go overboard and request too many at the same time, or sometimes life gets in the way, throwing off our reading schedules and we fall behind on all those ARCs that we need to get to. I’m way behind on the review copies that I need to read – my ratio is falling behind, and I really need to get my shit together. I thought that I’d spend the month of April clearing out my shelf – and then I thought, why not get others to join in?

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The readathon runs from 12:01 AM (your time) on April 1st to April 30th, 11:59 PM (your time).

G O A L S  A N D  C H A L L E N G E S

This is a low-pressure, low-key readathon, and so it doesn’t really have any challenges. The only goal is to read as many ARCs as possible; if you’re feeling ambitious, and are trying to catch up on your 80% ratio goal on Netgalley, aim for that. If your goal (like mine) is to just read as many ARCs as possible, and hopefully read everything on your shelf, you can do that. Take it easy – I know reviewing and blogging can be stressful as it is; you don’t need to add more pressure on yourself by adding unnecessary challenges.

H A S H T A G

I’ll be tracking my progress on social media, specifically Twitter, using the hashtag #AVAReadathon. You can join the conversation by using that hashtag; it’ll be fun to engage with other users more readily!

G I V E A W A Y

At the end of the month, I will randomly pick two winners who will both win a pre-order of a book of their choice. This can be a pre-order of an ARC you read and really enjoyed, or it can be anything else – as long as it’s a pre-order. The giveaway is open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships to you), and if you’re an international participant to whom TBD does not ship, you will be able to choose an eBook pre-order that will be gifted to you.

H O W  T O  E N T E R

You must put up a post on your blog (or Instagram, or Twitter, or Tumblr – literally just anywhere on the Internet) announcing the readathon, and if you’d like, make a TBR. You can link your posts in the linky at the end of this post. Please also link this post in your own posts so that other people who want to participate can easily find this information.

And that’s about it for what the readathon is and the prizes. If you’d like to know more, or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this post and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


W H A T  I ‘ L L  B E  R E A D I N G

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#DiversityDecBingo TBR


The Readathon Event


Hey, all. So, if you don’t follow me on Twitter (psst, you should), you might not know that a few friends and I are hosting a diversity readathon event in the month of December. Called the ‘Diversity December Bingo,’ it’s a team-venture that runs from December 1st – December 31st, 2016. It’ll be a month full of diverse reads where you can read books written by marginalized authors, or books about characters belonging to marginalized groups, and maybe win a prize while you do so.

So this is how it works. From the 25 squares below, you choose one line – this line can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. You read one book from each category in the line you’ve chosen, and once you finish your 5-book challenge, you’re entered into a giveaway. More details on the giveaway will be coming up soon (follow Twitter for more updates, or simply track the #DiversityDecBingo hashtag!)

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If you decide to join, leave a comment down below with a link to a TBR post, tweet or Instagram post, and I’ll add your name to this post so people can come find you. Also, you can use the #DiversityDecBingo hashtag on social media to keep track of others who are participating, come up with some ideas for your own TBR and keep up with all the awesome diverse books out there.


My TBR


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I chose this particular line because I have not read nearly enough books with any of these aspects; I have yet to read a book with a main character who is a native. I’m ashamed to say that I have had abysmal exposure to f/f relationships in YA. I’ve read only two books in the past with biracial main characters, no books with neurodiversity, and just one book with an asexual character. Because all of the books below are already on my TBR, I thought this would be the perfect line to finally get to these books:


With that, I’ll end this post. I hope you consider joining me in my very first hosting adventure, especially because it’s something I’m super passionate about. The other ladies who are hosting this with me are all inspirational and wonderful, so come say hi on Twitter (or here). If this goes really well, we’re hoping to do a bi-annual or annual event where we can get together and read diversely more and more. <3


Participants’ TBRs

BiblioNyan | 4thHouseontheLeft | What the Log Had to Say | Sprinked Pages


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#ReadThemAllThon TBR

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Hello, everyone! Today, I’m coming to you with another readathon TBR. As a new semester of university draws closer, I’d like to knock many books off my TBR as is possible.

The Pokémon Indigo League Read-a-thon is hosted by the lovely Aentee @ Read at Midnight. The read-a-thon takes place from August 14th to September 4th, and your goal is to read 8 books to ‘earn’ 8 Pokémon-themed badges. Aentee has a ton of fun bonuses that make the read-a-thon all the more compelling, so do check out her sign up and information post to get all the details. I know I’m two days late- I hadn’t planned on participating, since I haven’t been reading much, but this readathon is too fun to pass up. Also, the hype has seriously sucked me in, ha.


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and i darkenAnd I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White | 475 pages | Potential: +47CP

Goodreads Synopsis: “No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.”

Note:

This book has some crazy hype going for it, and ever since I heard that it has tons of political intrigue, I knew I had to pick it up. Books with complicated politics are some of my favorites, so I’m looking forward to this.


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22822858A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara | 720 pages | Potential: +72CP

Goodreads Synopsis: “When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.”

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I’m such a huge fan of dark, thought-provoking, heartbreaking stories, and I have heard from multiple people that this fits all those definitions perfectly. I’ll make sure I have a bunch of tissues on hand when I start this. Also, what a massive tome.


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unexpected everythingThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | 517 pages | Potential: +51CP

Goodreads Synopsis: “Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?”

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Just like with all of Morgan Matson’s books, the Unexpected Everything has been getting unprecedented levels of hype. I’ve enjoyed her other books in the past, but have yet to be blown away by them. But considering this book has strong familial relationships and a vanilla core, I’m interested to see what it has to offer.


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eltyEverything Leads to You by Nina LaCour | 312 pages | Potential: +31CP

Goodreads Synopsis: “A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.”

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I have been trying to diversify my reading lately, so I’m so glad that this category exists in this readathon. I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about this book, and I don’t think I’ve read many books with F/F pairings. I’m excited!


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The Rose and the DaggerThe Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renée Ahdieh | 416 pages | Potential: +41CP

Goodreads Synopsis: “In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.”

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Guys, I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. Honestly. I loved the Wrath & the Dawn, and I’ve just been putting this off for the longest freaking time. I’m glad I’ve made the decision to pick it up during this readathon! Khalid and Shazi’s romance is swooooon-worthy.


Goodreads | Amazon

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Beauty of DarknessThe Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson | 688 pages | Potential: +68CP

Goodreads Synopsis: “Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.”

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I’m surprised by just how much I’m excited to read this book. I thought the first book in the series was alright, but the second one definitely stepped it up a notch. The conclusion is freaking massive, and it’s been getting fantastic reviews! I can’t wait to read it – it might be the first book I pick up.


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27833670Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | 342 pages | Potential: +34CP

Goodreads Synopsis: “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

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I have a copy of this book. I received it for free in exchange for an honest review, so I was already hoping to get to it this month. This readathon is the perfect opportunity to do so!


Goodreads | Amazon

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world afterWorld After (Penryn and the End of Days) by Susan Ee | 320 pages | Potential: +32CP

Goodreads Synopsis: “When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?”


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Total Potential (including completed bonus): 536 


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#MakeMeRead | Readathon TBR

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The Make Me Read It Readathon runs from July 9th to July 16th, starting and ending at midnight wherever you are in the world. It is hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley, and Ely @ Tea and Titles. You can use the #MakeMeRead hashtag to interact with others taking part.

After much voting and back-and-forth between the several titles I listed in my Google survey, we now have a final TBR! These are all in order of highest to lowest votes:


Are you participating in this readathon? If so, what’s your TBR? Let me know in the comments below- and as always, happy reading! x

Vote for My ‘Make Me Read It Readathon’ Reads

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The Make Me Read It Readathon runs from July 9th to July 16th, starting and ending at midnight wherever you are in the world. It is hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley, and Ely @ Tea and Titles. If you want to participate, you have 11 days to sign up over here, and you can use the #MakeMeRead hashtag to interact with others taking part.

Since summer is well under way and I had to bump my Goodreads reading goal down to 50 from a 100, due to the time that college eats out of my life, I have decided to partake in as many readathons as possible. This way, I’ll be able to maybe get a head start on my reading challenge before I head off for my junior year- before textbooks and lectures become my life again.

I had never heard of this readathon before today when I came across Jess’s post (you should check out her blog; she posts quality!), and I thought it was such an ingenious way to read some popular books already on your TBR. Honestly, I have so many well-known books on my shelves that I haven’t gotten to because I’m scared they won’t meet the hype. But this readathon pushes me to do just that, depending on voting and what not.


More about the Readathon:
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

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#TomeTopple Readathon TBR

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Hello, everyone! Today, I’m bringing to you a TBR for my first Readathon of the year. The #TomeTopple Readathon is hosted by Sam over at Thoughts on Tomes, and it runs from June 5th – June 19th. The goal is to read as many pages as you can from books over 500 pages long.

This readathon is such a great idea, because often when it comes to readathons, we’re so focused on reading as many books as possible that we avoid the longer books on our shelves. Having a readathon focusing solely on long books gives us the chance to read the books we would otherwise avoid, as well as get some great books done. There are five challenges, in total, which you do not have to complete but it’s fun if you do.

The Challenges:

  1. Read more than one 500+ page book
  2. Read a graphic novel to give yourself a breather
  3. Read a 500+ page book from a series
  4. Read a 500+ page adult book
  5. Read over 500 pages in one week

My TBR:

lairofdreamsLair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray | 613 pages | Challenge 1, 3

I read the Diviners what seems like forever ago (it was in October 2014), and I was so excited for the sequel to come out. When it did come out, I was in a huge slump and I didn’t want to pick up a book this big. But now that I’m steadily coming out of this slump, this readathon is the perfect opportunity to read this. I’ve heard mixed things- people have said that it’s not nearly as good as the first one, but I’ll keep an open mind and try to enjoy it for what it is, rather than what I want it to be.


23253083Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima | 535 pages | Challenges 1, 3

When I heard that Cinda Williams Chima was coming out without another series set in the same world as the Seven Realms Chronicles, I was beyond excited. I read the Seven Realms last year, and it was fantastic. I grew to love her writing, her world-building and how morally ambiguous her characters were, but you still somehow root for them. I’ve heard nothing but really great things about this since it came out, and I’m looking forward to diving back inside Chima’s head.


game of thronesA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin | 694 pages | Challenges 1, 3, 4

Ever since I read the horror that was A Court of Mist and Fury, I decided that I wanted to re-read A Song of Ice and Fire. I have read the entire series before, so re-reading five tomes this year was a decision that took much deliberation, but the sixth book (if God and GRRM are good) releases later this year, and I wanted my foundation to be perfectly solid before I picked that one up. On top of that, Riley Marie (from YouTube channel rileymarie) is hosting a read-along for the series (one book every month from June to October), so this fits in perfectly. I’d also urge anyone who has been wanting to get into this series to give this book a try in the next two weeks!


So that’s all for my readathon TBR. I’m probably not going to be reading a graphic novel, just because I’m not a huge fan of them (and I also don’t own one that I have not read.) But hopefully, I’ll be able to get through these three tomes with time to spare, and I may even start another one. If you’re participating in this readathon, let me know in the comments below what your TBR is. And if you’ve read any of the books mentioned here, let me know what you thought of them.

24 in 48 Readathon TBR & an Epic Tale of the Fail of Fails

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So let me begin by explaining what I mean by the second part of the title of this post. At the beginning of this year, I noted down a bunch of readathon dates in my planner. The first readathon I was interested in this year was the 24 in 48 readathon, in which you basically read for 24 hours from 48. I, for some reason, thought that this was going to take place on January 19th. I don’t know why, but that’s how it is.

But it’s not taking place on the 19th. It started on the 16th, and I became aware of this fact after the readathon was halfway done with. Now, I’m adamant on taking part in this even if I failed epically. So, my personal 24 in 48 readathon is going to run from midnight on January 17th to midnight on January 19th. I’m breaking all the rules here, but I need to get out of my reading slump like yesterday, and this is probably the key to doing that. Note: it is now 2 am on January 17th, so I’m already 2 hours into my readathon.

Now, without further ado, let me introduce the books I plan on getting to.

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins:

I’m already 60% through this, so I plan on finishing it during this readathon. Look out for my review some time soon. I will probably be rating and reviewing each of the twelve stories this bind up consists.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira (eARC):

I’m 40% through this. Again, I plan on finishing this during this readathon. I don’t know why I haven’t DNF’d this yet – perhaps because I feel obligated to read and review something I requested from the publisher. But at this moment, it’s making me angry because of how bad it is.

Shadow Kiss (The Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead:

I read the second book in the series early last year, and I never got around to reading this installment, even though I’ve heard it’s great. This series is incredibly fast-paced, so I think I’ll be able to finish this, despite its slightly-above-average size.


Alrighty guys, that’s all the books I have in my TBR right now. I hope I’ll be able to get through all three. And if I’m able to do that in under 24 hours, I’ll probably pick up something new. Perhaps get a headstart on another readathon happening immediately after this one.

Have you read any of these books I mentioned above? What were your thoughts? Are you taking part in this readathon, and if so, what are some books you plan on reading? Leave a comment down below to let me know, and as always, happy reading <3

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