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Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2018 TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Why am I adding a week long readathon to my schedule right now? I don’t typically have the greatest luck with these sorts of events, but I’m in a reading mood, and I’m hoping this will help give my TBR a bit more direction. The bibliothon goes on twice each year, in a summer session and a winter session. It is hosted by several different Booktubers, Bookstagrammers, and Book Bloggers. You can find out more by checking out the videos here.

Anyway, I’m going to try and read as much as possible, but if I can complete some of the reading challenges then that is definitely a bonus.

The first important part to mention is that this readathon is being held from July 14th through July 20th.

Each session, there is a group read, and after the week is over, they meet to discuss it. For this particular session the group read selection is The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. I already read this book a couple months ago, so obviously I’m not going to be doing this challenge.

There are six other book prompt/reading challenges:

  1. Choose from someone else’s TBR
  2. Try the first chapter of three books and then pick one
  3. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year
  4. Read a predicted 5 star read
  5. Own voices — different than you
  6. Read the last book you bought

Here’s what I have on my TBR so far: And I Darken has been on my TBR for over a year, My Hero Academia Vigilantes is a predicted 5 star read, Trail of Lightning is an own voices novel, and City of Lies was part of my most recent book haul.

I’m still looking at other people’s TBRs for a good selection for that one. And I don’t know what three books I’ll pick up to read the first chapters before picking one, so that’ll probably be a random choice.

But hopefully I’ll be able to read all of these books. I think a couple of them are a decent length, so we’ll see what happens.

Are you participating in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon? Let me know in the comments, so we can keep up with our progress through the week.

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Dewey’s Reverse Summer Readathon

Hey all, Dani here.

So I have participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathons for the past couple of years. They take place each April and October. The goal is to read as much as possible in the 24 hours of the readathon. And I have gotten used to the fact that the readathon starts for me at 8am on a Saturday and goes until 8am on Sunday.

But surprise! They have decided to do a summer readathon, and they are calling it a reverse readathon because it will be starting at 8pm–on a Friday (at least where I live) and going until 8pm on Saturday. The readathon will take place starting on July 28th and you can find out more (and sign up) by going here.

I don’t know how much I’m going to actually read for this event, but I do plan on participating for at least a little bit. Obviously this means that I need to figure out a TBR. But I’m already having a pretty good reading month so far in July, so I can’t exactly begin to guess where I’ll be in my planned TBR. Plus, with readathons, I like to pick some books that I know I can read fairly quickly.

Okay, well I looked around my library, and I think I’ve come up with a few options for this readathon, and they should all be fun and fast reads, which make them perfect for events like this. And who knows, maybe I’ll be able to dedicate a lot of the readathon’s 24 hours to reading and I’ll actually read more than this. I guess we’ll find out in a couple weeks.

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That is all for today. Are you going to participate in Dewey’s Reverse Summer Readathon? I’ll be updating on Instagram throughout the event and then will have a section in my wrap-up talking about how I did with the readathon. And as always, I will be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (12)

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to the beginning of May. Wow, this year is really flying by. Pretty soon I’ll be releasing my Most Anticipated Summer Releases post and my Favorite Reads of 2018 (Part One) post. That is just crazy to think about. It also tells me that I have a lot more reading I need to accomplish before the year is up. Thankfully there are a lot of great new books that have just been released or are coming soon.

So here we are at the part where I talk about my recently completed reads, my current reads, and the reads I hope to start very soon.

As for recently completed reads, I read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw over the weekend, and then I finally finished Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett.

Now, for current reads…I don’t really have an update. At this exact moment I am not reading anything. However, either later today or tomorrow after work, I will be doing my laundry and I hope to read Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol 2 and Blue Exorcist Vol 1 & 2 while waiting for my clothes.

Then there is what I am hoping to start reading soon. I’m probably going to start my May reads with Queen of the Tearling, maybe. I actually haven’t decided yet.

Anyway, that is all for today. Happy reading everyone. I’ll be back soon with another bookish post.

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April Wrap Up and May TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Another month has come and gone, and it was a pretty good month for reading and books. Since Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon just ended this past weekend, I am doing my readathon wrap up in this post instead of a separate one.

First up is my list of books read over the month of April. As always, if I have a review of the book up, I will include a link to it in case you missed it or you are new to the blog.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (5 stars)

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy (5 stars)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (4 stars)

Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins, Issue #6 by Matt Coville (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol 1 by Kore Yamazaki (5 stars)

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (4 stars)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (5 stars)

Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (4 stars)

So, for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I did just all right, starting and finishing two books during the readathon. It took me most of the day to complete my first read, mostly because Signy Cullen came to visit and we hadn’t seen each other in well over a year so we did a lot of talking. And after finishing my 525 page first book, I wanted something shorter and faster to read, which led from reading the amazing fantasy book by Adeyemi to the mysterious book by Ernshaw. It was a quick, though a bit predictable, read at 305 pages, so overall I had a pretty good time.

There is one other readathon update I need to put in here and that is my fiance’s report. He decided to join me and read a backlog of manga we’ve been collecting. So in both books read and page count, my fiance totally beat me for the day, and I am so proud of him. Here is his wonderful stack of now completed manga.

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Now it is time for my book haul and monthly OwlCrate unboxing.

The Harry Potter pencils are great, my fiance rather enjoys the coffee, and I am happy to have another beautiful pillowcase. Hopefully I’ll be able to read Ace of Shades very soon.

Finally, it is time for my May TBR. I decided that I wanted to try something different, and copy something that I saw another book blogger do recently. This time around I asked my fiance to go into my library and choose 4-6 books for me to read in the month of May. So, needless to say, this should be an interesting month of reading.

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This seems like a pretty cool TBR…though I’ll have to add a couple books…you know, like the latest release from Rick Riordan.

Anyway, that’ll be it for today. I’ll be back soon with another bookish post.

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What I’m Reading (11)

Hey all, Dani here.

First thing to mention in this post…please help me decide on my TBR for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I have a poll attached to my post here, and it will be open for two more days.

Next up, let’s jump into what I’ve read recently, what I’m currently reading, and what I’m hoping to read soon.

First up, today was laundry day, so I actually did manage to do some reading today. I read all three volumes of Avatar: the Last Airbender – Smoke and Shadow and it was wonderful. I’ve really missed Aang and Katara and Zuko and Sokka. It was missing Toph, but it was still a great story.

Oh, I also managed to read the first volume of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, which I was really intrigued by. It was a strong first volume, and I plan to read more of it soon.

As for current reads, I’m still working on Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. I will blame my recent illness for me not accomplishing a lot of reading in the past couple weeks. Hopefully I am actually on the mend and will be getting back into the swing of writing up more posts and reviews and such now.

Finally, in the column of what I’m hoping to read soon, I am planning on a lot of reading this weekend on account of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. In the past, 24 Hour Readathons have been typically very productive for me, so I am super hopeful that it will be a great weekend. Plus my fiance is planning on reading a bunch of manga, and my best friend–Signy Cullen–is also coming to visit and will be reading as well. I am actually pretty excited about hosting a reading party.

Okay, well I think that is about all for today. I’ll be back soon with another bookish post.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR – April 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

It is almost time for one of my favorite readathons again. The next round of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon will be taking place this weekend. You can find your exact start time by using this link here. For me, the readathon will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, April 28th and it will end at 7:59 am on Sunday, April 29th.

Thankfully, since this is one of my favorite readathons, I have convinced my fiance to give me a reading day instead of our normally scheduled Dungeons & Dragons.

This naturally means that I need to figure out what I’m going to read, and here is where I would like the help of all you lovely people. I have a few different options for what to read, and I can’t decide which one I’d rather do right now, so I’m going to share the options with you and then you can vote at the end of this post. The poll will close at midnight Friday, April 27th, so when I wake up on Saturday morning, I’ll be able to see the results and can just start reading.

All right, let’s just go over the options.

Option #1: Animorphs series read

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Okay, this picture contains literally the entire series from my childhood (mostly because there is another row of books behind the front row. I’ve been talking about wanting to read through the series again, because this was one of my major childhood obsessions, and I want to see how the books hold up after all these years. If this is the option chosen, I want to see how many of them I can read in the 24 Hours. Since they are pretty much about 120 pages or so each, I’m thinking I can make it through a good portion of the 63 books of the series–this includes the specials because the main series is just 54 books.

Option #2: Iron Druid Chronicles series read

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I read the first few of these rather quickly, and then it got to the point where they were coming out in hardcover for a year before finally coming to paperback. And I love that it means Kevin Hearne is becoming more successful, but as a fan that has been with him since the early paperback days, and who has to have matching sets on my bookshelves, this success also feels like I’m being punished for being a fan because then I have to wait longer. Anyway, I want to reread the first few so that I can continue on with the series, especially since the final book just released in hardcover. Plus these books are hilarious and include a lot of folklore and mythology.

Option #3: Finish April TBR

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These are the books from my April TBR that I still haven’t read. They all sound really interesting, and this would probably be a good time to try and read them so I can be very productive with this month’s TBR. Plus, I still have this feeling that I should just sit down and read Children of Blood and Bone without interruption, so a readathon would be a good choice. And I just received my copy of Ace of Shades in the mail, so it really is a good time to pick it up.

All right, so there you have it…the three options I am giving you lovely readers. Now vote and help me figure out which books to read this weekend. My Dewey’s TBR is in your hands.

 

I do believe that is all for today. I will be back soon with more bookish content.

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Review: The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

Hey all, Dani here.

I hope you all are having a lovely day. Right now I imagine that I am figuring out where to go for dinner with my fiance, and then we’ll settle down in our hotel room and enjoy our jacuzzi tub. (Honestly, this might end up helping me with my writing project for Camp NaNoWriMo…I’ve written fantasy or paranormal stories with elements of romance, but this is my first actual romance). My series review for The Paper Magician series continues now with the second book, which I read recently during a 24 Hour Readathon–the latest session of Readathon by Zoe, actually.

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Summary

Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4.5 stars

Wow, this was a great second novel. Before the announcement of the fourth book, I would have praised this for being a fantastic middle novel to a trilogy, but now it is just properly a series. And I’m not going to complain at all about that, because I am really enjoying the magic system and the characters.

Ceony’s journey gets so very interesting with this installment. There are consequences from the previous book that come up in this one. Also, the potential relationship between Ceony and Emery Thane develops further, in a way that it really couldn’t in the first. Ceony being in Thane’s heart really helped her develop feelings for him, but I wanted to see more from his side. Though the story is focused on Ceony, I do feel that I got that development.

I flew through this book as well. Obviously I read it during a readathon, so I’m reading at a fairly fast pace anyway, but I feel like this book did maintain a faster pace, which is excellent after the steady building of the world from the first. There is more paper magic, and we learn more about some of the other magic forms as well, particularly glass magic. I was so intrigued by all of the new magical details.

Needless to say, I am super excited about reading the third book very soon, and then I’ll be ready to read the upcoming fourth book before it is released in May.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of The Glass Magician from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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March Wrap Up and April TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, where did March go? Seriously. I am trying to figure out how we are 25% through 2018 already. Time is flying by so quickly now, and that is crazy to me.

Anyway, let’s just jump into what I read in the month of March. As always, if I have a review already posted on my blog, I will include the link to that post just in case you missed it or want to check it out. I’m working on clearing out my backlog of reviews so expect many more in the upcoming months.

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (4.5 stars)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (4 stars)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (4 stars)

Vox Machina Origins Issue #5 by Matthew Colville, Matthew Mercer, Olivia Samson, and Chris Northrop (5 stars)

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (3 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 11 by Kohei Horikoshi (5 stars)

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (5 stars)

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (5 stars)

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner (4.5 stars)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (5 stars)

Overall not a bad month, though I probably could have and should have read more Middle Grade novels.

All right. Well with the wrap up complete, it is time to move on to my March book haul. There were a lot of great releases in March, so obviously I ended up getting quite a few books, but overall I didn’t go overboard and have a massive haul, which is nice. This is the part where I share my book haul photos and then show off my monthly OwlCrate unboxing–and spoiler alert: I loved this month’s box.

Seriously, I managed to get through the month only buying a handful of books. That is pretty impressive.

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I’ve always wondered if I would like an infinity scarf or not, and now that I have one, I can honestly say that I rather like it. Oh, and this OwlCrate edition of Heart of Iron is so lovely. I mean, did you see the purple stained pages? So awesome. I got the Hanna Donnelly candle, but apparently there was a Kady Grant one as well. The mug is pretty great too; I’m excited to have another mug in the same size/style as the Harry Potter one from a couple months ago. Oh, and the book is actually signed this month, instead of just being a signed book plate. OwlCrate, you guys are doing wonderful things with your subscription box. I’m glad to be a subscriber. And I’m looking forward to the April box as well, because yet again the book is one on my highly anticipated list, which is excellent.

Finally, I suppose it is time to share my April TBR. Now I’ve done okay with my TBRs so far this year, reading typically around half or so of the books I mention, so I’m feeling decent about continuing to share the books I’d like to read in the month. Plus, the next session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon will be taking place on April 28th, so I’m thinking it should be a pretty good month of reading. But as usual, the readathon TBR will be up closer to the event, because I may change my mind on what I’m reading for the day. Actually I’m kind of hoping I can convince my fiance to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon with me.

Anyway, here is my tentative April TBR.

Of course the TBR can always change, grow, and/or shrink based on my reading mood. But there are a few of these that I really want to read, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to do it.

Then again, I’m also trying to get back into writing, so I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April as well. I’ve set a really low goal of writing 10,000 words on my novel over the course of the month, and hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish that while also keeping up with my reading.

I hope you all had wonderfully productive reading months in March. And if you feel like talking books with me in the comments, let me know what book you are most looking forward to reading in April.

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Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Hey all, Dani here.

Finally I have a review up for Middle Grade March. This is a book I read during the latest Readathon by Zoe, but I wanted to make sure I put up an actual review for it instead of just saying that I really enjoyed it. So, Neil Gaiman is just one of those authors that I continuously heard lots of great things about, and I eventually gave him a chance with the Sandman comics. A good friend of mine recommended that series, and I loved them all. Since then I’ve been wanting to read more Gaiman, and I’ve managed to read StardustThe Sleeper and The Spindle, and now The Graveyard Book. I’m really enjoying what I’m reading, and I definitely plan to continue making my way through all of Gaiman’s published works.

Let’s jump into the review now.

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Summary

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages. 

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

The first few chapters of this book were absolutely outstanding. I was pulled into the story very quickly, and the way things were described or the ways some of the characters spoke left me laughing. Several times I had to pause in my reading to read a passage to my fiance, and he found it all very interesting too. This book certainly has an interesting premise, and as always I love the way Gaiman describes things. Also, the realistic yet also otherworldly way that the atmosphere of the story makes you feel.

And yes, Bod does have a number of adventures as he grows up in the graveyard and learns from those around him. But I can admit that there were points where I felt like the story dragged a bit more than I’m used to with a Gaiman story. That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t interesting though. Perhaps my feelings were also partly due to reading this during a readathon.

All in all though, this is a lush world, with intriguing characters, and looking back I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to wanting to know more about the Jacks. The story switches from Bod and his life, to the man called Jack, the one who killed everyone else in Bod’s family. Jack has been looking for Bod this whole time because his job killing the whole family isn’t complete.

We get to see Bod grow up, from toddler to young boy, to middle grade young man, and it is interesting to see the friends he makes and the lessons they teach him. I did really enjoy this read, even if I didn’t give it the 5 star rating that seems typical with any Gaiman book I read. I definitely like how Gaiman can take a quirky concept and make it seem fairly normal.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of The Graveyard Book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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Readathon by Zoe Wrap Up

Hey all, Dani here.

I’ve already read as many books in March as I did in the entire month of February, so I’m feeling pretty good about my reading so far. On Saturday, my fiance had a guys only hangout with his friends, which left me free to participate in a 24 Hour readathon, hosted by Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe on YouTube).

Anyway, though the readathon was scheduled to start at midnight in each time zone, I decided that getting a good night’s sleep in was more important. So I woke up a little before 7:00 am, grabbed my stack of books and something to drink, and settled in on the couch to read.

I decided this time around to randomly decide what I was reading, so each time I was ready for a book, I would grab one of the dice I typically use for Dungeons & Dragons, and roll it. The number rolled would be the one I read, starting at the top of my stack of books and counting down the spines.

So my first read of the day was The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg…or at least I thought it was. I made it all of one chapter in before getting the feeling that I was missing something. A quick Goodreads search revealed that I had somehow mis-shelved my books, and I needed to be reading The Glass Magician instead. Thankfully I didn’t really notice anything spoilery, so it worked out all right.

I finished that book at 9:15 am, and then decided to make up a quick bite to eat before diving into my second book, which ended up being A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.

I finished my second book of the day at 11:00am, so I can honestly say that the readathon was really working for me. Both books I read were pretty good, and I was feeling like I could possibly make it through a few more books with the pace I was keeping.

The dice gods then decided that my third read would be The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and I started reading that at 11:15am. Honestly this is about when the readathon started to slip away from me.

First I had to drop my fiance off at his friends’ apartment, so we wouldn’t have to worry about any chance of driving under the influence of alcohol–we’re both pretty responsible about that. But, after making a quick Starbucks trip, and then dropping him off, I decided to grab lunch from Chipotle.

Then it became pretty difficult for me to focus on my reading. The apartment started to feel quiet and empty, even when I had Netflix playing in the background. So I didn’t finish my Neil Gaiman book until 3:45pm.

I still thought maybe I could get back on track, and at 3:55pm,  I started Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I watched the movie several years ago, but the book had just sat on my TBR.

Not anymore. I will say that I did at least manage to get through the book…but it took most of the rest of the evening, with breaks to go to our local nerd store and get new miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons, and then I took a break to do a mini ghost hunt in the apartment, and then I made myself an adult milkshake (which was delicious), and then a couple hours after that I went and picked up my fiance.

Overall though I am pretty pleased with how I did with the readathon. I finished four books, for a total of 1179 pages read, in less than 24 hours. I’m going to try and have proper reviews up for some of these reads pretty soon.

Did any of you participate in Zoe’s 24 hour readathon–and how did you do? If not, did you read anything great recently? Thanks everyone and I’ll be back with another post again soon.