Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books 19 | Wrap Up

Monday May 8
On the first day of the read-a-thon I had to work most of the day so I only read around 9 pages of A Monster Calls, meaning Chapter 1. I arrived to work a few minutes early so since I downloaded the book onto my phone I read until I had to clock into work. I woke up to an email notification from the library confirming that I now had my hands on Girl Online: Going Solo. I have two days off from work so I plan on finishing Androids and picking up Zoe Sugg's book. I might save A Monster Calls for workdays just because I already have it on my phone, but who knows I might be in the mood for that at some point before Thursday. 

Tuesday May 9
I decided to tackle Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep first since I only had a few chapters left. I read all 84 remaining pages and then relaxed for a bit by watching a few videos on my phone. Then I downloaded Girl Online onto my iPad which I had been charging while I read Androids. I'm thinking I can finish it by Wednesday afternoon since I didn't download it on my phone and will have to wait to be near my iPad to read it. I read 131 pages out of 235 which means tomorrow I should be able to read the remaining 104 pages, if I don't feel lazy like I did today.

Wednesday May 10
I finished reading Girl Online, possibly the last book in the series, and for some reason I feel like even though it is a middle grade book it was so good. The main character does so many hobbies and among those she blogs and throughout the novel we see her posts and how it relates to her life and what is happening at that moment. It made me want to start writing all over again, the same way she does and uses her blog as a personal diary, but my life isn't as interesting as hers. I loved it because of that though. 
I didn't read for the rest of the afternoon since my family and I spent it celebrating Mother's Day.

Thursday May 11
I got to work early so I read a bit of A Monster Calls, once I got out of work I read some more for about an hour. 

Friday May 12
I didn't have to go into work until later on in the day so I read more of A Monster Calls. I had a tough day so once I got home I relaxed for a few hours before going to bed. 

Saturday May 13
I finished reading A Monster Calls, I only had a few chapters left to read. I decided not to pick up another book because weekends always go by too fast and I don't have time to read like I do on weekdays. I didn't get a hold of the next Princess Diaries book or either of the other two books I placed on hold for this read-a-thon. 
While I was at work I downloaded The Monstromologist, but had no time to actually read it.

Sunday May 14
I read nothing before, after, or during work. It was a long day and once I came home I wanted to relax and watch Once Upon a Time's 2 hour season finale and just end the day there. 

Although I didn't read much on certain days I'm glad I participated in this week long readathon because it made me read more than I would usually have. Did anyone else participate and if you did do you know of any upcoming readathons that are similar that I can also join? 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bout of Book 19 | TBR

I have been in the mood to read recently and since I didn't get to participate in Dewey's 24 hour Readathon because of work, I thought I would try Bout of Books; It's a week long read a thon and there's a bigger chance of actually reading at some point in the week. 

I recently watched Princess Diaries so I read the first two books and have been waiting to get the third book. I have a few of the others for a few days before having to turn them in so if I get the third book on time I will read the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.  

I started reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep about a month ago because I was taking the train a few days out of the week and I wanted to read for those 30ish minutes. I haven't finished yet, but I want to get to it during this week.

The next book I want to read is A Monster Calls, it has been on my TBR since before the movie came out so I finally got a hold of it. Hopefully I can actually watch the movie afterwards. 

I have a few more books on hold so hopefully I get them during the week. I have the last book in the Lara Jean series by Jenny Han which I won't get since it's a huge hold list and I'm nowhere near #1. I also have the third book in the Girl Online: Going Solo series by Zoe Sugg, I am either first or second in line for that book. 

So based on my list I can only really read 2 books until I actually have the other books in my hands. So if I finish Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and A Monster Calls without getting any of the others I will borrow another book or pick one of my own books to read. I will post a final list of what I read throughout the week so come back next Monday to see how my week went.  

Monday, October 24, 2016

BookBuddyathon TBR & Wrap-up

Similar to last week this read-a-thon has five challenges two of which I personally changed to fit my goals since I am reading by myself. I will talk about the first two which have remained the same and then the two I changed.

 Read a book with pictures in it.

For this challenge I already had The Monstrous picked since I knew I would be reading it at the same time as the last read-a-thon. Between each story there is always a creepy drawing of what the next story will talk about.

 Read a book just because.

I decided to read Memoirs of a Geisha because I have yet to finish it. I also decided to take a picture of myself with crazy hair and upload it here for all to see. (:

 Buddy read a book with your buddy.
Changed to:
Read the sequel to a series you've started.

I will be reading Zoe Sugg's Girl Online: On Tour which I totally forgot about because I read the first book at the beginning of last year. The third book comes out in November so it's the perfect time to pick it up. 

 Read a book that's title starts with the first letter of your buddy's name.
Changed to:
Start a new series.

I couldn't figure out what book to pick when I went to the library and then noticed these three books and remembered that a lot of BookTubers I watch had talked highly of it so I decided to pick them up.

Read 5 books.

So if you've counted then you will notice that based on my picks I already have 6 books picked out, but I plan to read the new series towards the end of this read-a-thon meaning I'm only planning to read the first book this week. So the last book I chose to read is Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy because I started it and totally forgot about it.

Monday October 24
I had the whole day to read The Monstrous today, I ended up reading 133 pages. In between reading I went to the library with my brother in order to look for books for this read-a-thon. We spent almost two hours there because my brother was playing Pokemon Go, the only reason he decided to go with me. It gave me enough time to look around and see if anything caught my attention or if there were physical copies of the Ebooks I am waiting to read. 

Tuesday October 25
Today I read the last 51 pages of The Monstrous. Then for the rest of the afternoon I read 97 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. So in total I read 148 pages.

Wednesday October 26
Before heading into work I read 22 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. After work I read 10 pages of Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy (whose title I am not a fan of b/c length). So, in total I read 32 pages today, typically for a work day.

Thursday October 27
Before work I read Memoirs of a Geisha and while I was riding the train I read it too so I got to read 33 pages. Then while at work I got to read 9 pages of Behind every mean girl. So in total I read 42 pages.

Friday October 28
I didn't have to go into work today so I started my morning off by reading the last 20 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. I then went on to read Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy and read the remaining 118 pages. So I read 138 pages in total today. I was planning to start a new book in the evening, but that just didn't happen.

So, for this read-a-thon I completed only two challenges, and only read 3 books out of the 5 I planned on reading. Which is actually fine wi me because now I can start fresh with my new book series and not have other books waiting to be picked up again. There will be more read-a-thins in November so stay tuned for those.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spookathon TBR

Some read-a-thons have a few challenges that you have to accomplish throughout the week in order to have had a successful read-a-thon. These next two read-a-thons are just like that, today I will be talking about the books I plan to read in accordance with each challenge for the Spookathon. I have 7 days to finish the 5 challenges for the read-a-thon that starts tomorrow Monday, October 17 and ends Sunday, October 23. The good thing is that if one book falls into more than one category you can use that book for any or all of those challenges so in the end you don't have to read 5 books total.

1. Read a thriller
Basically two of the book on my list fall into this category, but if all else fails I can read a Stephen King novel, Gyliann Flynn book, or anything from this list...

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
The Monstrous is a book that I saw once while walking out of the library, I took a picture to remember the title and I finally picked it up.

3. Read a book with red in the cover
Innocent by Eric Walters was given to me a few months before it came out last year and I never got around to read it so better late than never.

4. Read a 2016 release
I have been waiting to get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for a while now, if I happen to get it during the read-a-thon I plan on reading it straight away.

5. Read a book with a creature
The last book I want to finish reading is Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.

More updates for this read-a-thon will be posted next week. The wrap up will also have a long recap of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon on that Saturday section.

See you then (:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Spookathon & Dewey's Wrap-Up

Monday October 17
Workday: Only 3 hours of down time before prime time television because it's that time of the year again. I only read 29 pages of Library of Souls today because there was a lot of noise and distractions. 

Tuesday October 18
Today was my day off, I didn't read a lot though because I felt lazy and kept procrastinating. Not only with videos, but with appointments. I had an eye appointment scheduled today so that took around two hours out of my day, I then came home and looked for new glasses online. I did this all afternoon, and ended up choosing one of the first glasses I saw. Once they come I'll share them and what I think. I read 80 pages of Library of Souls, just a few pages from the end.

Wednesday October 19
I finished reading the last 19 pages of Library of Souls, the last book in the Peculiar Children series, this morning. I then read two stories (46 pages) in The Monstrous and stopped in order to hang out with my brother for the rest of the afternoon. I also took a quick nap somewhere in between that time and watched a few videos. I basically read 65 pages today on my last day off this week so that's telling you how this read-a-thon is going for me.

Thursday October 20
Workday: I had three hours to myself after work when I finally got to read.
Today I read 43 pages of The Monstrous and to tell you the truth I'm not in love with the book. The stories inside aren't scary and are very complex, the hot weather doesn't help either since I start to get sleepy when I read.

Friday October 21
Workday: I went into work a bit later, but got out even later than I originally intended to stay. When I work longer I get a longer break so I actually read a bit at work today.
I finished the story I started reading yesterday this morning before work and began a new story. This new story is actually really good and I want to finish it, I even read a bit at work, but once I got home my neighbors had really loud music on right next to my bedroom window so I couldn't read. So today I only read 14 pages of the monstrous.

Saturday October 22
Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon|Spookathon|BookBuddy
I was planning to do a play by play of what I did every hour during the 24 hour read-a-thon today, but it would be very bleak to say the least. I was asleep the first 7-8 hours of it after 3 hours of getting ready and commuting I worked for another 6 hours and after an hour of going back home, I ended up in church, another hour lost. At the end of the night I had only read 11 pages of The Monstrous.

Sunday October 23
I worked the same hours as yesterday, but since it is Sunday there wasn't much traffic on my way to work so I got to read a bit before work. Once I got out of work I had to go run errands so I didn't read much that afternoon. For my final day of this Readathon I read 21 pages of The Monstrous. On the bright side it finally feels like fall weather, it was nice and gloomy today and it started to rain when I was out and about.

Although this read-a-thon wasn't eventful, I feel like this next week is going to be better since I am currently reading and it's my day off so I have time to read and am planning to go to the library. That explains why I didn't put up a TBR for BookBuddyathon, I knew I would still be reading The Monstrous, but other than that I have only two other books to read. One of the challenges is to read 5 books and I didn't have any that I could or would want to read next. Plus, although this is a read-a-thon were you have to read a book with a buddy, I am reading all books for myself and not with anyone else. So I still need to choose two books that won't really work with two of the challenges. Once I get all my books together I'll post that TBR or post it along side the wrap-up at the end of the week, we shall see.

Monday, October 3, 2016

FrightFall Wrap-Up

Monday October 3
I worked all morning today so I didn't get to read until maybe 6pm. I read a few pages of Library of Souls before starting work, around 5 pages although one photo takes up an entire page so let's say 3 and a half pages read. After work I read the first 69 pages of The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. So in total I read around 74 pages on my first day.

Tuesday October 4
It was my day off which meant an entire day for me to read. I read The Unexpected Everything hoping to finish as much as I could today because it is due in about four days. I read a total of 203 pages today.

Wednesday October 5
Today I finished reading The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, I only had 74 pages left to read. I then read 35 pages of Behind Every Mean Girl...there's a tragedy, but had to stop because it felt similar to The Unexpected Everything. After giving myself a break I continued reading Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, I stopped after a while so I only read 52 pages. After reading a little bit of each book  I read 161 pages in total today. 

Thursday October 6
Today was a busy day, I pretty much worked all day and once I got out there was so much traffic that I only had a few hours to rest. In the two hours before falling asleep I read 49 pages of Library of Souls.

Friday October 7
Another busy work day today where I decided to take a break from reading once I got home. I read a few pages of Library of Souls before and after work, but in total it was only 19 pages. I took the train home so I read a few pages of Memoirs of a Geisha which I have yet to finished, I keep it in my bag for train rides or other moments where I can sit down and read; I read 8 pages of that before having to stop. So in total I read 27 pages today which makes me wonder if I'm even going to finish my one goal for the week, read a scary book.

Saturday October 8
Today was all about number 8 not only the date, but also the number of pages I managed to read. I picked up Library of Souls before work and that's about it once I came home I just had no motivation to read. 

Sunday October 9
There's something about weekends where I just can't ever find time to read, which can be fine since I'm usually relaxing either way (when I'm not at work). Today I only read 8 pages (again) after work, but kept getting distracted so I decided to stop.

Basically I failed this week since I didn't get to finish reading my "scary" book which was the one and only challenge this week. I love week long read-a-thons, but they can get stressful if you have to work. Finding time to read was hard before, after, and during work and by the last few days I was burned out, as you can see. 

In the next weekly read-a-thon hopefully I have more time to read or just relax and not stress about reading every free moment that I find. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Reading for Halloween

Hello Everyone!

I am back again to announce that this year instead of doing daily horror movies for the month of October I will be doing some form of read-a-thon almost every week of this month. The first one being in the first week of October and the three read-a-thons that follow will all be connected by one day. So while I am participating in one read-a-thon another read-a-thon will take place for only a day and also another read-a-thon will begin the day before the first one ends. Sounds complicated, it's not here is a list of read-a-thons I plan on participating in and the dates for them...

Fright Fall              October 3-9
Spookathon               October 17-23
BookBuddyathon               October 22-28          

So, as you can see three of the read-a-thons overlap.  In other words there will be an hourly post on October 22, a post for BookBuddy on October 21, and a wrap up for Spookathon on October 24 so I'll annoy you guys for a few days straight. We'll see how that goes and if I don't just end up making a very long post for two of the read-a-thons. 

Before my blog gets taken over by all these read-a-thon posts I thought I would share a few pictures of what I did today. I was in the mood to play around with my makeup and am already excited about Halloween so put two and two together and you get a random makeup look. I wanted to see which one was better an evil dead mermaid or a cute princess type mermaid. I was thinking pinks and purples and of course green and blue. Once I finished this look I realized that the "scales" should have been used on the opposite side. So with trial and error I realized that if I end up using this look I will use green glitter scales for the evil mermaid and the blue for the princess mermaid.

My lighting isn't good so you can't really see the glitter and the colors might be a bit off, but in person it looked pretty cool. I mean for a trial version it made me want to use glitter and pink eye shadow every single day of my life.  The glitter on the side of my face was actually blue even though you can't tell much on this picture and there is pink eye shadow on my eye along with purple glitter on top  of that and on the lower lashes, I finished the look by drawing on thick eyebrows and adding a black lip.

You can actually see the pink eye shadow on this side of my face and the colors are true to what they looked like, but once again you can't see all the glitter I had on (and still have on even after scrubbing everything off). This side was my favorite because of the pink lipstick, eye shadow, glitter, and pink cheeks. This just made me realize that I need to use my glitter for Halloween or as much as I can while I'm still in love with it. 

That's right if you couldn't tell by the second picture, I did half good and half evil of my face. This is how crazy I looked in the end. And once again the colors look faded and there isn't any glitter. My black lipstick is matte though which I accomplished by tapping black eye shadow on top of a black opaque lipstick while it was still sticky. The other side is a shiny pink color I loved to use a few years back and should have probably thrown away by now, but I don't think I would be able to find it anymore.

I had so much fun though just trying colors I wouldn't normally wear. I even feel like I am going to start tapping a bit of that glitter on the side of my eye next time I do my makeup just because it looked really pretty, maybe a muted skin tone color. Who knows if I'll actually walk outside wearing glitter though, we shall see.