O.W.L.s Magical Readathon | Participation and TBR

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Hello, today I’m announcing my participation on the OWLs round of the Magical Readathon!

The Magical Readathon is a two-part Harry Potter themed readathon. The first part, the OWLs, will take place April 1st through the 30th. The second part, the NEWTs, will happen in August later this year.

During the month of April, I will be sitting my OWL exams by reading books to fulfill different prompts. And then in August, I’ll be honing my passed OWL topics for the NEWT exams – more prompts, etc. Throughout the whole thing, I will be trying to achieve the goal of getting a wizard career!

From this point onward, I’m going to go into what I’m doing specifically. If you’d like to learn more about the process to participate or if you’d like to join, here is the announcement video explaining everything in detail! The video links the prompts and careers and all the info like that.


So, looking at the careers, I think I’m going to try to go all-out. I’m gonna go for Alchemist. It requires the most reading to complete, so I’m gonna be nuts and try to get it. I figure, even if I fail, I’ll likely achieve a different career along the way.

From the career brochure, the Alchemist description is the following:

So… all twelve OWL topics offered are needed for Alchemist. So I’m going to make a TBR for all twelve topics – the prompts can be found on the OWL Prompts list.

My tentative TBR is as follows:

Ancient Runes: Retelling

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This book is a retelling of a Russian Folktale (though don’t ask me which one) and it’s on my 10 in 2019 list, so it’s the perfect time to jump into it.

Arithmancy: Work written by more than one author

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I’ve had this book for ages. I’ve been waiting for the hype to die down a bit. I’m not sure how I’m gonna like this one, honestly. I hope I love it!

Astronomy: “Star” in the title

StarCraft: Frontline, Volume 1 (Starcaft)

StarCraft: Frontline vol 1 by Richard A. Knaak. A manga for this one, because I want reading twelve things in one month to be, you know, actually feasible. This is the only book I own already that has ‘Star’ in the title, so this is it, man.

Care of Magical Creatures: Land animal on the cover

The Meowmorphosis

The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook and Franz Kafka – This could potentially end up being my retelling one if I don’t get to Bear and the Nightingale, but this book is a retelling of Metamorphosis by Kafka, but the main character wakes up one day to find he turned into a kitten. Should be nice and weird.

Charms: Age-line, an adult work

This… I’m going to leave this open. The majority of what I read is adult fantasy, so I’m just going to plug in a book I end up reading during the month and call it a closed deal.

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Reducto – title starts with ‘R’

Rave Master, Vol. 01

Rave Master vol 1 by Hiro Mashima – Technically a reread, but I’ve acquired some new volumes of this series within the past year recently and it’s been years since I’ve touched the series, so I want to start again at the beginning.

Divination: Set in the future

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Now, I think this is set in the future, because it mentions a ‘New Beijing’ as a city, but it doesn’t mention a date, at least not in the synopsis. So if this isn’t set in the future, do tell me.

Herbology: Plant on the cover

Attack on Titan, Vol. 17

Attack on Titan vol 17 by Hajime Isayama – There is grass on the cover. Pbtbt.

History of Magic: Published at least ten years ago

Case Closed, Vol. 2

Case Closed vol 2 by Gosho Aoyama – Published in 2004! I’m going to ignore that 2004 was 15 years ago. Ugh.

Muggle studies: Contemporary

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Another one that I’ve been waiting for the hype to die down on. I’ve never read a Rowell book, and usually I’m not a huge fan of contemporary. I’m hoping this can prove to be a really good one, though.

Potions: Next ingredient – sequel

Case Closed, Vol. 3

Case Closed vol 3 by Gosho Aoyama – Reading this volume will have me up to all the ones I currently own. I read vol 1 forever go, bought two and three, and then never read them. Time to strike them off the TBR.

Transfiguration: Sprayed edges or red cover

Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – I mentioned recently that this book is on my imminent to-read list, so this’ll be my opportunity to jump into it.


And that’s it! To achieve Alchemist, as stated, I have to complete all twelve of the above prompts. On the chance that I don’t, my NEWTs tbr will be altered to go after a career I’m able to get with the OWLs I did achieve. I’m hoping to get them all, though. So wish me luck!

If you’re participating in the Magical Readathon, let me know! Happy reading!

Tome Infinity And Beyond Readathon| January Currently Reading ’18

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Hello! There are a lot of things happening this month! Let’s start with the readathon.

Tome Infinity and Beyond Round 2

Tome Infinity has started! It actually began back on January 1st, but since I haven’t completed any books yet this month, I figured it’s not too late to hop on the bandwagon. This is a readathon where you traverse the solar system, looking for a habitable home. To get to a new planet, you must read a book fitting a prompt. At the end of the last round, I settled on Mercury. Round two introduces the process of settling on the planet – finding basic necessities such as food, water and shelter, and then slowly growing your civilization into a flourishing society.

This readathon runs from January 1st through the 31st, so it’s not too late if you’d like to join! If you didn’t participate in Round 1 and want to do Round 2, you can do so! Check out my original post on Round 1, where I link the account that runs the thing, the rules, etc. Basically, you’ll start as if you were in Round 1, settle on a planet you want, and then move into the Round 2 settling prompts. Here is the Goodreads group and the Twitter account where everything is organized, and here is the google doc with all the prompts!

For this readathon, instead of making a strict TBR, I’m just going to wing it – I plan to finish City of Dragons by Robin Hobb, which I know will fulfill some of the basic necessities prompts, and then I’ll just… go from there. I’ll either continue with the other books I’m already reading, or I’ll pick up new ones as I find out what prompts I still need to fulfill.

In that google docs link, there are also Instagram challenges, which I’ll be participating in here. I probably won’t do every one, but it’s always nice to have an excuse to pull books off the shelves and look at them. If you are participating in this readathon, let me know!

Now onto the books I’m currently reading!

Currently Reading

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsAs mentioned above, currently reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. Augh I’m adoring it. At the time of writing this (Friday night) I wanna finish it tonight. Will I? Maybe. We’ll see. If not tonight, definitely tomorrow.

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)This is the eighth book in the Temeraire series. I finally got over my mental block about it and scooped it up on audio. The narrator is helping me deal with the trope I’m not crazy about. The book overall is weirdly handling the trope well though, so fingers crossed!

 

 

Back-burner books

This list gets bigger every month, people! These are all the books I’m currently ‘reading’ but aren’t the focus at the moment. I really wanna hop back to, well, all of them. I’ll get to them, I’ll get to them. None of them will I DNF – I definitely wanna get to the end of them all. Wish me luck. And I say this, with the readathon going on and potentially new books being picked up. (I’m also going to do Bout of Books 24 starting Monday, but that’s a post for tomorrow. :”D). So, it might be a bit, but I will read them. Huff.


And that’s it! Are you participating in the readathon? Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

NaNoWriMo 2018

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Hello! Today I want to talk about NaNoWriMo!

If you’re unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, where during the month of November, hundreds of thousands of people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel! It started back in 1999, and there were 21 participants. Last year in 2017, there were over 400,000. If you would like to learn more, here is the NaNoWriMo official site, and here is me! Add me if you plan on participating!

I’ve been participating every year since 2008 (Though my user account shows only participation since 2011. I think it’s because my first three years were such utter failures but that’s ok). I can’t skip out now, even if I end up failing, I still need to at least try.

I’ve won NaNoWriMo three out of the seven times shown on my profile, and I plan to (try) to win again this year. After last year’s attempt though, the need for me to change my approach is very dire. Usually, I’m a pantser – I don’t really outline and just take an idea and go by the seat of my pants. The problem with that is, the past five years or so, I’ve been attempting to rewrite a novel idea I first had in 2010. Each year I tell myself that ‘this didn’t come out how you wanted it to last year, so try it again’ and each year I go in with a vague idea of what I want, and then hey, it still doesn’t turn out.

So this year, I do plan on rewriting, but I’m going to do it planner- style. During October, I will be outlining and making character sheets to the best of my abilities. I’m hoping it’ll result in at least a first draft that I will let see the light of day. So wish me luck! I really like this story idea – it’s stuck in my head for nearly a decade now – so I hope I can do it justice this year. All I can tell you really is that it’s about a lighthouse keeper and it’s a fantasy.

There will be one obstacle to my goal: I will be out of town between October 27th and November 3rd, and during those first three NaNo days, I won’t really have the opportunity to write. So I’m going to attempt to do a lot of catch-up on the 4th, and keep even from there. That’s the goal, buuuut from looking at past attempts, I tend to flounder until the last three or four days, and then I churn out 5 or 6k words per day at the very end and hit the goal way closer to midnight than I am comfortable with. So here’s hoping future-me stays motivated.

Also, writing this novel means that this blog will be taking a bit of a hit. Instead of three or four posts per week, I’m going to drop to two: Wednesdays and Saturdays. When NaNoWriMo is over, I’ll be hoping right into Blogmas 2018, so there will be a post every single day in the month of December to make up for it. So I’m ok with it, averaging out.


I think that’s about everything I wanted to say. If you’re in the western Pennsylvania region and plan on participating, let me know! I love participating in write-ins and I don’t mind driving a bit to a public place. Also if you’re participating period, add me on the NaNo site!

Happy writing!

Bout of Books 22!

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Hello! Bout of Books 22 is coming up, and I’ve decided to join again! This will be my uh… I have no idea, eighth time doing it? Maybe? Somewhere around there.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So! As stated above, the readathon begins on Monday and if you’d like to join you can follow the link above.

My goals:

  • Participate in at least 4 out of the 7 challenges. This will be done through this blog and via Twitter (shameless plug, I’ve decided to actually use twitter. I’M TRYING TO BE HIP, OKAY.)
  • Finish two books

Tentative TBR:

  • The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Flood by William Dietz

Any other books that I’m currently reading I know I won’t get to that week or are part of a buddy read therefore need to be paced.

Let me know if you’re participating! Happy reading!

Beat the Backlist 2018!

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Hello! Today I’m announcing my participation in the Beat the Backlist Challenge, hosted by NovelKnight!

This is a neato thing that I came across the other day and decided that it would be perfect for me!

It’s one of the neatest challenges I’ve ever come across – what you do is sign up and you’re assigned to one of four teams. Each team earns points and at the end of each month, a member of the team with the most points wins a book of their choosing! So there will be twelve winners total – this thing lasts all year! 😀 (and the sign-ups are open all year, hint hint)

To earn points for your team, all you have to do is read books that were not published in 2018! So it’s perfect motivation to me to read the backlog of unread books on my shelves. None of the books I own have been published this year, so I have about 300 potential reads to go through! Any book counts – rereads, manga, novels, nonfiction, all of it! The only limitation is its publication date. 2017 or earlier, peeps.

So when this post goes live, I’ll use it to officially sign up and then come back and edit it and insert my assigned team! 😀 So if you’re reading and there’s no team here yet, you’re reading it super early and I haven’t been assigned yet, hawhaw. Otherwise if there’s a team here now, then I have one!

My Team:

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Other things to note:

There will also be weekly instagram prompts all year to go along with the challenge, which are listed here!  I think this will be a fun thing to do! 😀

My goals:

  • Dedicate at least 2/3rds of my books read in 2018 to this challenge
  • Participate in at least 2/3rds of the Instagram prompts (btw, shameless plug: add me on Instagram, I wanna see all your lovely books)
    • (if you add me, be prepared to also see cats, coffee and alcohol)

And that’s it! Happy reading! 😀

GetGraphic Readathon!

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Guess who’s doing a readathon! Guess… who didn’t finish any books this month yet. :”D Time’s up, it’s me! This readathon is my attempt to knock down a good number of graphic novels and manga from my TBR. I heard about the readathon from one of the hosts, Sam, who posted a video giving all the details.

This readathon is one where you read graphic novels, comics and manga (as stated). It begins Friday October 6th at 5pm and ends Sunday October 8th at midnight. The whole point is try to buzz through as many as you can in the span of a weekend.

The creators of the readathon have a twitter handle (@GetGraphicThon) which will be hosting sprints, etc. Though I’m honestly not a huge twitter person, haw. So I’ll likely just be in here the whole time.

There are some neat things going on during the readathon, namely during-readathon reading challenges and pre-readathon countdown instagram challenges. I will be trying to do both of these! I’ll be posting the instagram challenges on my instragram. (Shameless plug. Follow me so I can follow you and see your pretty books :D)

The details on the challenges are:

Instagram Challenges:

10/2: Most Recent Graphic Read
10/3: Favorite Ongoing Graphic Series
10/4: Recreate the Cover
10/5: Favorite Graphic Art
10/6: #GetGraphic TBR

Reading Challenges:

1. Read from a new-to-you series
2. Read two installments of the same series
3. Read a work over 300 pages
4. Read a work with black and white art
5. Read a work picked out by a friend
6. Read at least 5 works


My TBR for this thing will be up closer to the start date. Let me know if you are participating! Happy reading!

Bout of Books 19 – Goals and TBR

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Hello, it’s Bout of Books time again! :”D I’ve been participating since…. Bout of Book 11 I think? So it’s been a few. I didn’t know this one was coming up at all until I saw Zezee’s post about it and had a mini spaz. So with it starting tomorrow, I’m totally participating.

For those unfamiliar, here is the blurb for the readathon:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This time around, the readathon is taking place between May 8th and May 14th, like the blurb says. Guess whose finals week that is?! Time’s up, it’s mine. :”D But! Guess who doesn’t have any finals this finals week?! Time’s up, it’s me! So I’ll be on campus working, but otherwise, I’ve got literally nothin’ going on – no assignments, no tests, nothing. So this readathon lines up perfectly with my schedule, yay!

Bout of Books Goals:

  • Read every day
  • Finish at least one novel (graphic novels dun count)
  • Participate in at least half of the challenges and make posts about them here

Bout of Books TBR:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – I’m currently about 25% through this one but haven’t picked it up in a few days. I’ll start Monday morning at whatever page I’m on then and just go from there.
  • The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – Another huge book. I’m barely into this one. It’d be nice to finish, but we’ll see how it goes
  • Chew vol 1 by John Layman – This is the most recent graphic novel purchase for me and I think I can get through it pretty quickly 😀
  • Attack on Titan vols 12-14 by Hajime Isayama – These are the last three volumes that I physically own. There are 21 or 22 out currently, so I’ll need to pick up more eventually, but I want to read the ones I actually have first, hawhaw.

And that’s it! Let me know if you’re participating too! Happy reading!

Blogmas 2016!

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Hello! I’ve decided I’m going to participate in Blogmas again this year, as I did last year. It was really fun last time, so I’m going to attempt it again.

If you’re unfamiliar, Blogmas’s full name is ‘The 25 days of Blogmas’ and it’s an event that happens during the 25 day count down to Christmas where you make a post every day. It’s a bit challenging coming up with material for that long, so one definitely comes across some interesting posts that you might not normally see. It’s very fun. So whether you’re a Christmas person or not, I hope you decide to participate, too!

During the middle of the month, I’m going to Malaysia. Those days, I’m pretty sure I won’t be writing. So if I get this right, I’ll have posts pre-written and scheduled to pop up on those days. So if you see me posting but otherwise not participating, that would be why. :”D

I’m excited.

And don’t even ask about my Nano. I’ve buried it. It’s gone. We shall not speak of it.

There will be a post up in a few days with a tentative post schedule for blogmas this year. If you’re interested in what I did last year, here’s the schedule I made for it.

If you’re going to try blogmas, do let me know. :”D We can be buddies!

Happy reading!

NaNoWriMo 2016

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Happy day! I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year, and I feel like it’s going to be an interesting one purely do to the format I’m going to be writing in. This year is going to be a bit different. Yes, there will be a rough draft of a novel and it will go towards a word count, but knowing me and my workload this semester, I already know it’s not going to make 50,000 words.

So what I’m doing to do is I’m going to include my projects into my word count. I’m writing (code), and it’s creating a thing, so I’m going to count it (cry). My projects this semester are two huge ones: Create a text miner that will read in raw medical data and do a bit of machine learning to harvest patterns from it, and create a linking package between a tic tac toe game and a NAO robot that will allow that robot to play the game with a human user. Both projects are huge and both will require so much damn code. So I’m going to count that code, just because I know it’s going to suck up hours of my time in November (and now – I’m already working on the damn things). My novel will be a reboot of one I wrote in 2010, so I already know the general plot, I’m just going to rewrite it from scratch since I didn’t like how it had turned out.

So my Nano plans are as follows:

Text Mining and NAO Tic Tac Toe projects as a priority. I’m going to count each line of code as one word, just because it’ll be hard to pick out words from brackets, operations, etc etc.

The novel reboot as a secondary project, because the first two are more important. D:

So yes. I’m doing Nano, but I’m definitely doing it in a very non-traditional way.

Wish me luck! If you’re participating, add me on the Nanowrimo website! 😀

Bout of Books 17 TBR

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Guten tag! I’ve decided to participate in the bout of books readathon again. I’ve been doing so since BOB 14 I think? 13? Something like that. So not nearly as long as a lot of people, but long enough. For those unfamiliar, here is where you’d sign up to participate and here is the blurb from their site:

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 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th 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 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I originally wasn’t going to when I saw the dates – August 22nd through the 28th – it’s the last week before classes start, during which I’m working full time on top of 12 or so hours of commuting. But because of this work and commuting, I’ve fallen into a book slump. I’ve read a grand total of five or six books this whole summer and I miss reading more. So, I’m going to try this readathon to jump start me back into my normal pace of reading. Otherwise I’m afraid this slump might continue into the semester.

SO HERE GOES NOTHING, PEEPS.

Reading goals:

Read every day
– Finish at least three books
– Write a review for each book finished (can happen after readathon is over)
– Participate in at least half of the challenges

Bout of Books 17 TBR:

Product DetailsDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)    Slaughterhouse-Five   The Invisible Man   Saga, Volume 1

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks. I’m currently reading this and it will be on my TBR if I don’t finish it this weekend. I’m about 2/3rds through it and hope to finish it up before Sunday night, but if I don’t, it’s numero uno on the list.

Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic. I’ve totally fallen into the Pokemon craze. I loved it growing up and lost touch until Pokemon Go came out. I realized there are 700-something of those little buggers now and I know the first three generations at most. So I’ve been studying. 😛 Yes, I’m actually reading this cover to cover. This is also a ‘will be on TBR if I don’t finish it this weekend’ book. Currently about 60% through it.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. This will be an audiobook, because let’s face it, twelve hours a week in the car leaves a lot of time for listening to stuff. This will be my first Vonnegut book and it’s been recommended to me by so many people. So here we go.

The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. Another audiobook, just in case.

Saga by Brian K Vaughan. Rereads for me. I purchased volume 6 last month and can’t remember what’s going on. So I’m just going to start at volume 1 and see how far I get.

I figure if I get through all the Sagas, I’ll pick up another physical book. Not sure what yet, but I’ll figure that out when and if I come to it.


And that’s it! Wish me luck and unslumpiness! Happy reading! :”D