Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour #readathon Fall 2017

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
     Northern Cali (just outside the fire-zones going on)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 
     A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, #1)  The Dead House

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  
    I have raspberries & brownies to enjoy!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
      I am an indecisive mood reader (and snacker for that matter) so I have more books and food ready that what I can possibly enjoy but give me lots of options which is ideal for me.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?     I have been participating for a few years now, this is the first one which I might do semi-spooky themed.  I have a decent chunk of horror, suspense or otherwise spooky novels as options this time that, pending me mood, I hope to work on.

10 Years in 10 Books

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Prep, Pre-prep and other 24 readathon tips and tricks.

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It's almost here.  Dewey's 24 hour Readathon!
Now some of you may wonder why I am posting about preparation now.  The event is still over 2 weeks away!  Well, to me, there is more to it. 

First off, I am sharing this in the hopes that maybe some of you will join my in the readathon.  It is a huge internet event with over 2000 participants! And this year is the events 10 year anniversary!! WOOHOO! All around the world, at the same time, readers put aside the next 24 hours to reading.  Can't do that much time?  Thats okay! Everything is your pace and pressure free (accept wanting you to join us). If you got even 30 minutes you can spare, join us!  4 hours is good, 10 is great and if you can do the whole 24-AMAZING!!  The only objective is to have fun!  Some don't even read, they just cheer or host events!  The only goals are ones you put on yourself (if you even want to).  Blogs, twitter, facebook and goodreads are all very active with updates, fun challenges, cheering and more!

So as you can tell I start prepping well in advance.  Nothing here is a must.  Just what I do and a few tips and tricks to make the readathon run smoothly.  Now I treat this October day like a holiday.

1-1 weeks before the readathon:  Firstly, SIGN UP on the main sight.  Then:

-Already, I am starting some book stacks of books I might want to read.  I collect a huge and wide variety that will likely reach 4-5 stacks at first.  I scour my shelves, visit the library, etc.  As the readathon creeps closer I will start eliminating books that I will not get to for sure (more on this later).  I check out other's stacks, or past readathon stacks, etc for ideas and inspiration.

-Clean the house & wrap up projects.  My mind is easily distracted so I want as many possible distractions as possible out of the way.  Dirty dishes/laundry, fix-it piles etc can easily pull me away from a book to work on them.  The more up on things I am, the better.  The easy stuff that easily repeats itself (dishes, etc) I just keep up with but dusting, organizing, etc I do asap this month.

-Make a snack/meal idea list.  I make a long list of ideas that sound good, then work on eliminating ideas to a realistic level of munchies and easy to eat foods.  I always make food before the event for easy eating.  Also, keep in mind foods that need 2 hands (cutting meats, etc) or are messy, sticky (such as Cheetos) and it helps with this elimination.  I get ideas that are healthy, salty, sugary, filling, and energizing for good variety.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Death Island by Kelsey Ketch Cover Reveal & giveaway

** I do not normally do cover reveals but this is for an author I really like and highly recommend.**


Death Island by Kelsey Ketch
Genre: New Adult
Publication: December 31st, 2017
Cover DesignerDesiree DeOrto Designs


Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.

However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history.

There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon 2017

 

So this is a fun month long readathon where any and all books are welcome with only 1 rule:
"the one main "rule" of FrightFall is that you must read at least ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart)."  
More are highly encouraged for the theme!  
My month reading is a high mix but I have a few possibilities.  All book I read will be shared here
 
Sorry, I have no solid TBR.  I am doing 3 challenges in goodreads groups and a few readathons this month, and toss in some health issues and a new job it is going to be an interesting ride!

READ:
 Skip Beat!, Vol. 32Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles, #2)Asylum (Asylum, #1)The Orphan ChoirThe Door in the Dragon's Throat (The Cooper Kids Adventures, #1)Skip Beat!, Vol. 33Poison (The Dragonian, #3.5)

"Scary" qualified per this challenge that I finished: 
 Asylum (Asylum, #1)The Orphan Choir

Monday, September 25, 2017

Health Issues are killing my reading challenges and social interactions.

Hi everyone!  This is just a quick post to say sorry for being so quiet these past several months.  It has been a rough few months. with some health issues and the past week and a half in particular.  I completely stopped tracking my readathon progress even!  I just couldn't muster the energy.  My reading is so down for this year as is and challenges, reviews, etc are just out of the question as the reading is what counts.  

On the plus side, as the cooler weather rolls in, I hope to start having more energy to finish listing all my books on Goodreads and finalize all shelving (at least for awhile lol).  Also October means Halloween, and creepy or spooky reads which I love.  And Dewey's 24 readathon is in a few weeks.  I hope to have the energy to do that one.  It is my favorite! 

So since I have been so quiet here on the blog, to see what I have been up to catch me on goodreads to twitter.  Those are my go-to's lately for bookish talk and updates especially since I can do those on my phone while I'm laid up.  

Oh, and with halloween coming up, I would love some recommendations on horror, suspense, spooky or creepy novels, stories, comics, manga etc.  Also movie recs or video game recommendations welcome!