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Cramathon Wrap Up!

So Cramathon happened back from June 10th to the 17th, and despite all the crazy in my life, I decided I wanted to participate. Of the seven challenges, I completed five! I thought that was pretty good given it was happening during a very busy and crazy work period. Since the read-a-thon ended I am still working on the last two challenges, which are finishing Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now (which I am enjoying a lot!) and staring Dear Martin.

 Predicted 5 Star Read – Sadie by Courtney Summers – It was, in fact, a five star read and definitely what I needed to be reading in my life. I am going to have a review coming closer towards the date, as well as another post discussing Sadie a bit more loosely in weeks to come. Let’s just say if you love a thriller, you need this book. 5/5 Stars.

Book Out of Your Comfort Zone – Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi – This book was so WEIRD, but so beautifully written that I couldn’t take my eyes off the page. It’s a difficult book to describe, but one if you’re interested in works by Nigerian writers. 4/5 Stars.

A Book That Has Been On Your TBR A Long Time – The Dust Devils by Sean Williams – I finished the first book in this series earlier in the year and enjoyed it. I decided to check out the sequels, Dust Devils and The Scarecrow and for me this series just didn’t do it for me. It was an okay fantasy series, but I just never truly felt invested. 2/5 Stars.

LGBTQIA+ Ownvoices Book – Wide Awake by David Levithan – This book was weirdly uplifting, kind of utopian, and a very interesting take on if the world wasn’t filled with discrimination. Not the most realistic book, but definitely one I loved just because I loved how hopeful it was throughout. 4/5 Stars.

Something That is Not a Standard Novel – Dear Martin by Nic Stone – INCOMPLETE

Book With Your Favourite Colour on it – Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis – INCOMPLETE.

Read Seven Books – Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres – Yes, yell at me! I decided that this was my freebie book for the read-a-thon since I already had it started and had finished on the first day. You can read my review here. 4/5 Stars.

Five out of seven challenges isn’t too bad. The next read-a-thon I am hoping to participate in is #TomeTopple which starts on June 29th. I will be so happy if I complete two 500+ page books (well one comic, one book). We shall see. Let me know if you participated and whether or not you completed the challenges! 🙂

#TomeTopple Readathon


It’s been awhile since I have participated in a readathon, but I thought for the month of April I’d continue to work my way through my Shelf of Shame. Frankly, having 200+ unread books and working at a library is both the best and worst things in the world, so readathons really are an amazing way to motivate yourself to work through the TBR. This readathon happens for two weeks, from April 7th to the 20th in your timezone.

Well, Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes created a really great readathon and one that focuses on those pesky 500+ page reads. If I am being honest, I always find myself super intimidated by the chunkier books, and perhaps that simply stems from the fact that I am always worried about padding in books. However, I have a few chunky books in my Shelf of Shame that I thought this would be a great chance to knock one or two books out of my TBR.

Here’s what I have selected as my TBR:

  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

There are also challenges you can do to make your experience a bit more rewarding as well. They are:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

With the two books I’ve selected, I feel like I may be able to complete challenges 1, 3, and 5. Except that A Conjuring of Light fits all three of those challenges. I think this readathon is going to be a lot of fun, and definitel check out #TomeTopple to see what folks will be reading these next two weeks. I’ll let you all know at the end of the month how well I did! 🙂


#TBRTakedown 5.0 Results

Sooooooo…. #TBRTakedown 5.0 happened back at the beginning of February and I never did share my results with you guys on how I did. It ran from Feb 6-12 and was hosted by Shannon @ Leaning Lights, who if you’ve never watched her booktube channel, you should, she is a treasure. I was hoping to complete all five books and challenges, and sadly only completed three (though I read the other two books I missed this month as well). Here’s a picture of my TBR:

c3yabjkxuaa9zts The Challenges! (* indicates it was completed during that week)

1) TBR Shelf for Over a Year – The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart (3.5/5 Stars)

2) Most Recent Book Haul – The Crossover by Kwame Alexander* (4/5 Stars)

3) First Book in a Series – A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee* (3/5 Stars)

4) Sequel in a Series – Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard (3.5/5 Stars)

5) Out of Your Comfort Zone – The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine (romance)* (1/5 Stars)

So the only two book I didn’t get to were The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and Windwitch. However, I did make time this month to finish them and I am glad that I did. If you ever have the chance to participate in this readathon, you absolutely should make the time. It’s a ton of fun to do the challenges and come up with a workable TBR for the event. Hopefully Shannon runs another one soon!

#ARCAugust Week 3 & 4 Wrap Up!


#ARCAugust is hosted by the amazing Octavia & Shelly @ Read. Sleep. Repeat and if you aren’t participating — you should be. Let me talk to you guys about epic fail — the reason there was no week three update was because I had only read one book off my list. It was an amazing book, but one book wasn’t worth making an update post over. However, I have managed to knock more off my list coming into the final week. Let’s see what I have completed, shall we?

  • The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Hwang Sun-mi (September 6)
  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (October 4)
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton (October 11)
  • Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin (September 6)
  • Girls Like Me by Lola St.Vil (October 4)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 4)
  • Speed of Life by J.M Kelly (October 11)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (September 6)
  • Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel (September 20)
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
    by Adam Gidwitz (September 27)
  • Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (November 1)
  • Afterward by Jennifer Mathiu (September 20)
  • Write This Down by Claudia Mills (September 27, ebook)
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (September 20)
  • Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands (September 6)

Total Read:11/16

I am SO CLOSE to finishing my list if you can believe it. I am currently in the middle of Girls Like Me (well, ten pages in), so I think I can manage getting these last four titles done. Who wants to take bets that I can do it?

My favourite of the two weeks? When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. I have written a review for it, but to be honest I don’t think my review can even do the book justice in terms of what it entails as a novel. It’s beautiful, smart, sensitive, and I just hope everyone reads it.

With one week left to go, here’s hoping I can knock out these last four. Stay tuned to the blog over the next few months as all these books will have reviews on the blog. How is your #ARCAugust going? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments.

#Booktubeathon! TBR

I love #Booktubeathon even though I don’t booktube. I love being able to participate in the challenges and figure out what I want to read. Seriously, seven books in seven days? It’s insane, but totally do-able and I’ve been lucky that nearly every year I have done this, I have successfully completed the challenges. The event runs from July 18th to the 24th! Here’s what I will be reading and what challenges they will hit!


1/ Read a book with yellow on the cover. — Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley 
2/ Read a book only after sunset.  — Castle of the Zombies (The Fixers #1)
by Sean Williams 

3/ Read a book you discovered through booktube. — The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
4/ Read a book by one of your favourite authors.  — Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
5/ Read a book that is older than you. — The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, 

6/ Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation. — The Green Mile by Stephen King 
7/ Read seven books. — Planet Of The Cyborgs (The Fixers #2) by Sean Williams 

We shall see how I do! If you are participating, let me know down in the comments!

#TBRTakedown 4.0 TBR Post

Hey guys! I thought I’d share that I am participating in #TBRTakedown, which runs from June 20th to the 26th. This event is hosted by the amazing Shannon @ LeaningLights. Here’s her video to announce the event if you want to know more of what it is about!

I have been doing this event since Shannon started it, and it’s a favourite readathon of mine because I love the challenges and I find I accomplish so much in terms of reading when I do it. Here’s my TBR along with what books fit what challenges:


1. TBR over a year [longest] – The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
2. Sequel – Thanatos by Karen Dales (Book Three of the Chosen Chronicles)
3. First book in a series – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
4. Out of comfort zone [whatever that means for you] – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (Non-Fiction)
5. Most Recent Book Haul – How It Ends by Catherine Lo

Considering this is my week where I work seven days in a row, I think I can read all five of these books without too much of a problem. This comes with the joy of commuting between work places. At the end of the month you’ll find out whether or not I was successful, but pray for me that I will be because June has been a very trying month of being an adult and reading (and gaming, and writing, all my favourite things) have fallen a bit to the wayside.

Are you participating? Share your TBR with me, as I’d love to see what you’re reading for the event.

ARC August Announcement and Book-Tube-A-Thon TBR


The return of ARC August hosted by @ Read. Sleep. Repeat. is back and I am definitely participating again. I found ARC August to be such a productive reading event, as it forced me to power-through a lot of ARCs that were coming due. And let’s be real: River and I do a lot of reviewing — we love it and we get quite a bit of books to read and review. Sometimes, however, we just want to read our own books. My goal for ARC August is try to read another ten ARCs, which is what I successfully managed. I think it’s do-able, especially because I have a lot of September and October books piling up in my cue, so I need to get on this. Here’s the ten ARCs I’d like to tackle during the month:

  • Violent Ends edited by Shaun David Hutchinson (September 1st)
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (September 22nd)
  • The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (September 1st)
  • All Fall Down, by Ally Carter (Already Out)
  • Switch by Ingrid Law (September 1st)
  • Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier (September 1st)
  • What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler (September 22nd)
  • Another Day (Every Day #2) by David Levithan (August 25th)
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (August 25th)
  • Stand-Off by Andrew Smith (September 8th)
  • A Sense if Infinite by Hillary T. Smith (Already Out)

I realize this is more than ten. My goal is to read at least ten of these, but this is what is coming due soon in my Netgalley and physical ARC queues. Are there ones mentioned above that I must OMGRERADNAO?

I’ll be providing a weekly update on Fridays for the month of August. The updates will simply highlight what I read, what my goal for the week was and if I was successful. I’m not sure if River is going to be joining me in this, but if she is, the more the merrier!

Second, I’ll be participating in my second Book-Tube-A-Thon. I will not be tubing, because I don’t like my face in a camera, but I love this read-a-thon and its challenges. For those curious, it runs from August 3rd until the 9th. There’s seven challenges total, and these are the books I am planning to read for each challenge,


1. Read a book with blue on the cover — The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name — Jump (a.k.a Twinmaker) by Sean Williams
3. Read someone else’s favourite book — The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa (which is a book Kiki lent to me that she really loved).
4. Read the last book you acquired — One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
5. Finish a book without letting go of it – From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson
6. Read a book you really want to read —  Violent Ends edited by Shaun David Hutchinson 
7. Read seven books — Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Do I think I can read all thsee books during the event? Well, I’m going to try. Thankfully I have a long commute on a train when I go to work, so I get a lot of reading done. If you’re curious about information for the event, check out the Official YouTube Channel. I’ll also be Tweeting which challenges I complete throughout the week, so watch out for that as well.

Are you participating in Book-tube-a-Thon or ARC August? Let me know in the comments, so I can cheer you on and check out your progress! 🙂