Monday, 31 August 2015

Beat the Heat Read-a-Thon UPDATES Week Two

GOALS:
  • Read at least 150 pages a day
  • Read at least 6 books over these two weeks
  • Complete three mini-challenges
WEEK TWO

Monday August 31st
Number of pages: 215
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Tuesday September 1st
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Wednesday September 2nd
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Thursday September 3rd
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Friday September 4th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Saturday September 5th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Sunday September 6th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 215
Finished books: Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Books read in Week Two


Sorry guys, I know I failed this week. I had to do some shopping and then I attended FanExpo 2015 in Toronto (which was a blast!).

Thanks for reading! Comment below and let me know where your update page is!

Monday, 24 August 2015

A-Z Reading Challenge UPDATE: 08/24/15 - Ideas for Authors


This is a list to help myself out. I am listing author last names for books I need to read. This is books I own so that I can cross them off the list.

A- Catch Me If You Can by Frank W Abagnale
Next Summer by Hailey Abbott
Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Feed by  M T Anderson
Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout
Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

D- Tales of the Slayer Vol.1 by Doranna Durgin

The Iron King by Maurice Druon
Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd
Lessons in Love by A Destiny
Never Too Late by A Destiny
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Skin by Ted Dekker
Adam by Ted Dekker
The Boneman's Daughter by Ted Dekker
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Crave by Melissa Darnell
House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

E- Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols


F- This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

I- N/A


J- yolo by Sam Jones

Possession by Elana Johnson

N- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


O- This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Opal

Envy by Gregg Olsen
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler 

P- Starters by Lissa Price

Thirteen by Tonya Pines
Any Christopher Pike book
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
The Visitation by Frank E Peretti
The Gift by James Patterson
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Q- N/A


T- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Bane by Keary Taylor
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

U- N/A


V- N/A


X- N/A



Y- Blood Red Road by Moria Young

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Z- The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

I know this doesn't help much for viewers, but it helps me. Hopefully if you are participating in this challenge, you'll get some ideas from here. And please if you have any recommendations for ones that I have empty, let me know! :D

Beat the Heat Read-a-Thon UPDATES Week One


GOALS:
  • Read at least 150 pages a day
  • Read at least 6 books over these two weeks
  • Complete three mini-challenges
WEEK ONE

Monday August 24th
Number of pages: 336
Total pages read: 336
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

Tuesday August 25th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 336
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

Wednesday August 26th
Number of pages: N/A
Total pages read: 336
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

Thursday August 27th
Number of pages: 206
Total pages read: 542
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Friday August 28th
Number of pages: 97
Total pages read: 639
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Saturday August 29th
Number of pages: 99
Total pages read: 738
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Currently Reading: 

Sunday August 30th
Number of pages: 205
Total pages read: 943
Finished books: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington
Currently Reading: N/A

Books read in Week One




Comment below and show me your update page! I'll be sure to check it out!

Beat the Heat Read-a-Thon SIGN-UP!

The Rules:

  • The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from August 24th at 12:00 AM to September 6th at 11:59 PM. What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal, and for three weeks you read as many books as you can/want to reach your goal!
  • There will be mini-challenges throughout the Readathon for participants, along with a grand prize giveaway at the end!
  • Sign up at Phantasmic Reads or at Novel Heartbeat. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by August 28th.
  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post – even if it’s just a “Let’s do this!” thing – and add your post URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! (You are welcome to use the template we provide in the kick-off post as well.)
  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress so we can see that you participated.
  • Follow along on Twitter and share your progress with the hashtag#BtHReadathon!
So I'm (Sydney) going to be joining! Right after Bout of Books, I'm on to my second read-a-thon! It starts today!

Bout of Books Update 7: August 23rd


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals:
- Read at least 3 books
- Complete at least 3 challenges
- Read at least 1200 pages

I've never previously participated in a read-a-thon, but I hope it all goes well!

DAY 1: August 17th
Number of pages read: 392
Total pages read: 392
Finished books: N/A
Currently Reading: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Fictional World Travel

DAY 2: August 18th
Number of pages read: 97
Total pages read: 489
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

Book Scavenger Hunt

DAY 3: August 19th
Number of pages read: 312
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

MASH

DAY 4: August 20th
Number of pages read: N/A (I guess a day off :P)
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

Four Seasons Book Covers

DAY 5: August 21st
Number of pages read: 98
Total pages read: 899
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Character Soulmates

DAY 6: August 22nd
Number of pages read: 309
Total pages read: 1298
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
One Week Girlfriend by Monica MurphyCurrently Reading: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

DAY 7: August 23rd
Number of pages read: 141
Total pages read: 1439
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
One Week Girlfriend by Monica MurphyCurrently Reading: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

What to Read Next

So I completed all of my goals! I read three books, over 1200 pages, and completed 6 challenges! Comment below so I can see your final update!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

July Read, August TBR

Haha, I know I'm about a month late, but I like to keep it updated on my blog. So I already know what I've read in August, but I had a list from the beginning, and I can add a few books that I want to read in the next week and a half.

July Read:
A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
3.5 stars

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
3.5 stars

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
3.5 stars

August TBR:

  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

BOOK CLUB PICKS (Square in Wonderland - link here):


  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Thanks for reading! Comment below and let me know what you are reading in August!

May Read, June TBR

Once again, I know it's late but I want my blog updated!

May Read:
Keeping Her by Cora Carmack
3 stars

The Heir by Kiera Cass
3 stars

These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
4 stars

Take a Chance by Abbi Glines
2.5 stars

This Night so Dark by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
4 stars

One More Chance by Abbi Glines
3 stars

June TBR:

  • This Shattered World by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Faking It by Cora Carmack
  • Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
Thank you for reading! Comment if there is any reviews you want to see.

June Read, July TBR

I know that was a few months ago but I'm trying to keep my blog updated. Just for the sake of what books I've read, I created this list.

June Read:
Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
3 stars

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
2.5 stars

Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
3 stars

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
5 stars

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
3.5 stars

July TBR:

  • A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd (it's the only one I'm sure I'll read)
BOOK CLUB PICKS (Square in Wonderland - link here):

  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Thank you for reading, I know it's definitely late, but better late than never! :D

Bout of Books 14: What to Read Next Challenge


The What to Read Next challenge is hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much and is all about recommending three books you read this year! Make sure you check out her blog because she is going to be posting one big compiled list! I'm super excited, so on with the challenge!

1. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

This book has politics, romance, and a wonderful fantasy world! It's worth it to see how the characters interact and how Kestrel fits into this exciting world!

2. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

In this historical book, a girl sets off to find her father but quickly realizes that sometimes, some things are better left in the dark. This book is scary, intense, thrilling, and a bit romantic. One of my favourite books so far this year!

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

After watching the TV show (first 7 episodes) I knew I had to read it! It is one of my favourites now! The historical romance is beautiful and heartbreaking! Jamie and Claire are an amazing couple who go through so much, but it makes for a beautiful story.

Thanks for reading! Consider what I recommended, because they are great!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Bout of Books Update 6: August 22nd


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals:
- Read at least 3 books
- Complete at least 3 challenges
- Read at least 1200 pages

I've never previously participated in a read-a-thon, but I hope it all goes well!

DAY 1: August 17th
Number of pages read: 392
Total pages read: 392
Finished books: N/A
Currently Reading: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

DAY 2: August 18th
Number of pages read: 97
Total pages read: 489
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 3: August 19th
Number of pages read: 312
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 4: August 20th
Number of pages read: N/A (I guess a day off :P)
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 5: August 21st
Number of pages read: 98
Total pages read: 899
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

DAY 6: August 22nd
Number of pages read: 309
Total pages read: 1298
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
Currently Reading: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

DAY 7: August 23rd


Only one days left! I hope to read at least one more book!

Bout of Book Update 5: August 21st



The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals:
- Read at least 3 books
- Complete at least 3 challenges
- Read at least 1200 pages

I've never previously participated in a read-a-thon, but I hope it all goes well!

DAY 1: August 17th
Number of pages read: 392
Total pages read: 392
Finished books: N/A
Currently Reading: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

DAY 2: August 18th
Number of pages read: 97
Total pages read: 489
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 3: August 19th
Number of pages read: 312
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 4: August 20th
Number of pages read: N/A (I guess a day off :P)
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 5: August 21st
Number of pages read: 120
Total pages read: 921
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

DAY 6: August 22nd

DAY 7: August 23rd


Only two days left! I hope to read at least one more book, but hopefully two!

Bout of Books 14: Character Soulmates Challenge


Today's challenge is to find a character from one book and one from another and explain why they are perfect together! This challenge is hosted by Blue Books and Butterlies.

I choose Edward from The Madman's Daughter trilogy 


To be with Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood duo.


The best name I could think of was Enna. I don't usually make up names, so this was the best I could do. :P

I think they would be perfect together because Edward needs someone who isn't afraid of him or what he will do. Anna also needs someone who will support her and won't be afraid of her (what in the world does Edward have to be afraid of?). They both needs crutches and why not each other?

Thanks for reading 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Bout of Books Update 4: August 20th



The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals:
- Read at least 3 books
- Complete at least 3 challenges
- Read at least 1200 pages

I've never previously participated in a read-a-thon, but I hope it all goes well!

DAY 1: August 17th
Number of pages read: 392
Total pages read: 392
Finished books: N/A
Currently Reading: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

DAY 2: August 18th
Number of pages read: 97
Total pages read: 489
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 3: August 19th
Number of pages read: 312
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 4: August 20th
Number of pages read: N/A (I guess a day off :P)
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 5: August 21st

DAY 6: August 22nd

DAY 7: August 23rd


Only three days left! Super excited to see how everything goes!

Bout of Books 14: Four Seasons in Book Covers Challenge


Today's challenge is to find four books that represent the four seasons. It can be in name, picture, colour or more. It is hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads

SUMMER


Not my favourite book, but still worth a read.

SPRING


Once again, not my favourite book, but still cool to read.

FALL


Cute movie, cute book.

WINTER


Not my favourite book, but my one of my favourite seasons!

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed and comment and let me know what you did for each season!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Bout of Books 14: MASH Challenge


It is Day 3 of the Bout of Books read-a-thon. Todays challenge is to create and complete MASH using book characters or places. It is hosted by Rocky Top Real Talk.


I live in Canada in a shack with my husband Kayden Owens (Coincidence of Callie and Kayden) with our four children and pet lion. I work at McDonald's.

So obviously I didn't get the best MASH, but it was fun! This was one of my first times properly completing a MASH! :D

Thanks for reading! Comment below and let me know your results! 

Bout of Books Update 3 - August 19th



The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals:
- Read at least 3 books
- Complete at least 3 challenges
- Read at least 1200 pages

I've never previously participated in a read-a-thon, but I hope it all goes well!

DAY 1: August 17th
Number of pages read: 392
Total pages read: 392
Finished books: N/A
Currently Reading: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

DAY 2: August 18th
Number of pages read: 97
Total pages read: 489
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 3: August 19th
Number of pages read: 312
Total pages read: 801
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 4: August 20th

DAY 5: August 21st

DAY 6: August 22nd

DAY 7: August 23rd


Thanks for reading! Comment below and let me know what book to read! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Bout of Books Update 2 - August 18th



The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals:
- Read at least 3 books
- Complete at least 3 challenges
- Read at least 1200 pages

I've never previously participated in a read-a-thon, but I hope it all goes well!

DAY 1: August 17th
Number of pages read: 392
Total pages read: 392
Finished books: N/A
Currently Reading: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

DAY 2: August 18th
Number of pages read: 97
Total pages read: 489
Finished books: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Currently Reading: N/A

DAY 3: August 19th

DAY 4: August 20th

DAY 5: August 21st

DAY 6: August 22nd

DAY 7: August 23rd


Thanks for reading! Comment below and let me know what book to read! Wish me luck!

Bout of Books 14: Book Scavenger Hunt


It is Day 2 of the Bout of Books read-a-thon. Todays challenge is to complete the book scavenger hunt. This challenge is hosted by The Book Monsters. All the details are listed on their blog!

Book Scavenger Hunt:
1. A Book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

One of my favourite books!

2. A book you’re planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

So far this book is ruining me. It's so sad!

3. Blue Book(s)
The Selection by Kiera Cass

Loved this book! Not so fond of The Heir though.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The ultimate guy...

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Still have yet to read this one. I'm finishing Vampire Academy first. But I needed to include it, her name is Sydney!

4. Books from your favorite genre!
My favourite genre is fantasy (I prefer full-on fantasy).
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next!

5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves
Haha! I have 700 books on TBR and if I only count the ones I own it's about 350! Instead, these are some that I hope to read this week (and later this month).
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Hope you enjoyed the challenge! Comment below and let me know where your challenge is!