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Bout of Books 15: Update Post

Bout of Books

I’m participating in Bout of Books 15! The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @Reading the ParanormalFor my TBR click, here!

Below are my updates for the first few days of the read-a-thon!

Day 1 Update 

Pages Read

The Raven Boys – 128 pages

Cress – 100 pages

Total Page Read Day 1

228 pages

Total Read-a-thon Pages

228 pages

Books Finished: 0

Day 2 Update

I was a bit busy today because I went out with a few friends, but I managed to squeeze some reading in!

Pages Read:

The Raven Boys – 130 pages

Total Page Read Day 2

130 pages

Total Read-a-thon Pages

358 pages

Books Finished: 0

Day 3 Update

Today was the first day back at school for me, so I failed today, but it’s okay I’ll try to catch up tomorrow!

Pages Read:

Red Queen – 85 pages

Total Page Read Day 3

85 pages

Total Read-a-thon Pages

443 pages

Books Finished: 0

Day 4 Update

Wow! Today was an amazing reading day.  I got a lot of reading done, but I’m going away this weekend and very badly procrastinated on the packing.

Pages Read

The Raven Boys – 68 pages

Red Queen – 258 pages

Total Read Day 4

326 pages

Total Read-a-thon Pages

769 pages

Books Finished: 2! (The Raven Boys and Red Queen)


There’s still three more days of the read-a-thon, and I plan on continuing to read! I’m really happy about my day 4 reading. However, let me just say, my emotions were all over the place when I finished those two books. I have a road trip this weekend, so I might be able to get some reading done or some review writing done!

How are you all doing in your read-a-thons?

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Bout of Books 15 | Day 1 Update

Bout of Books

I’m participating in Bout of Books 15! The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @Reading the ParanormalFor my TBR click, here!

 

Day 1 Update | Day 2 Challenge

Pages Read:

The Raven Boys – 128 pages

Cress – 100 pages

Total Page Read Day 1: 228 pages

Total Read-a-thon Pages: 228

Books Finished: 0

Challenge

Today’s challenge is hosted by the wonderful Lori @ Writing My Own Fairy Tale. 

Would you rather:
Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?

A: Dog ears – that’s more fixable than orange cheeto dust!

Would you rather:
Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?

A: Author of choice – I get to hear about all the characters she/he has created!

Would you rather:
Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?

A: Book store – Library has an amazing selection, plus, I don’t have to pay!

Would you rather:
Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?

A: Favorite couple to break up – at least they’re still alive

Would you rather:
Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?

A: This one is hard… I’ve never read Twilight, so probably that! Maybe Scarlet Letter if I can just Sparknotes it, but that’s cheating.


 

How was your first day of Bout of Books/all the other readathons going on right now? Did you do a challenge? Link me in the comments below!

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Bout of Books 15 Read-a-thon TBR

What I'm Reading

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, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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I’m excited to be participating in my very first Bout of Books! I can’t wait to join all the twitter sprints and challenges, and hopefully, I’ll get some reading done for the new year.

My Tentative TBR:

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – I am currently reading this 1000+ paged book, but I probably won’t finish before 1/4/2016, so we’ll see how much of this I can read!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – this is for a buddy read I’m doing with Kate from Kate Reads Lit! You should go follow her, she’s awesome.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – this is for a buddy read I’m doing on Goodreads!

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow – ARC from Netgalley, it’s published on Jan. 26th, so I need to read it soon!

That might be all I can get through in a week, especially if I read a lot of Way of Kings.


Are you participating in one of the many, many read-a-thons going on this week? Tell me your TBRs below!

Also, HAPPY NEW YEAR’S DAY EVERYONE! Here is to an amazing 2016!

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Month in Review: December 2015

Monthly Wrap Ups

Hello Everyone!

I know it isn’t the end of December yet, but I wanted to get this post up before my 2015 End of the Year post.  I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday season, and for those who don’t celebrate,  I hope you are having an awesome December in general!


Books I Read:

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – One of my top books of the year! I’ll post a review of it soon

The Heart Led Leader by Tommy Spaulding – This was sent to me for review.  It’s a business-nonfiction read and pretty eye-opening!

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella – Sophie Kinsella never disappoints! She was able to handle mental illness flawlessly in this novel.

Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins – A slightly ridiculous paranormal read, but still entertaining for when I needed a break

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – One of my favorite classics of all time

Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs – Continuing on the urban fantasy/paranormal train, I am really enjoying the Mercy Thompson series!

I didn’t read as much this month, but I became a lot more active Twitter and Instagram.  I made so many new bookish friends, and I am forever grateful for them!


Blog Posts:

Well, I didn’t post any book reviews this month (*guilty face*), but I promise, a Six of Crows review will be coming!  I did some other fun things on my blog this month and I have a lot more planned for the future.

2016 Reading Challenges – Probably my most important post.  This has all the reading challenges I want to do next year! Maybe we have some similar ones?

Tag: Seasons of Book Blogging – I was actually tagged to do this one! It was a lot of fun to match up books with the month.

Tag: Christmas Book Song Tag – In the spirit of the holiday season, I combined two awesome things: music and books.

T5W: Series I Want to Start Next Year – *guilty face* for not reading these earlier!

16 Books I Have to Read in 2016 – *guiltier face* for not reading these yet!


What I am Currently Reading:

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Yeah, I’m reading two Brandon Sanderson books at once, and I probably won’t finish either before 2015 ends, but it’s okay.  I love his epic fantasy and it’s perfect to read during the winter season (except its 75F degrees outside and flowers are blooming)

 


Instagram:

I’ve changed my Instagram theme and finally found a method of taking and editing pictures that I really like! I think they look a lot better than they did before. Plus, the Funko Pops don’t hurt ~ Follow me on  Instagram here.

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Hermione and her books

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Random Thoughts:

I have a lot of new stuff coming up and will be more specific in my 2016 Goals and my 2015 Wrap Up posts. However, I just want to say I am really, really excited for the new year! I will be a lot more active from now on on both my blog and my social media.


How was your December?

Stay warm (or cool),

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Month in Review: November 2015

Happy December Everyone!

I haven’t done a monthly “wrap up” since May…Wow it has been awhile. So, I wanted to do an update post on the different things I read and enjoyed during the month of November.  November has been a pretty great month for me. I’m so glad I got Thanksgiving break to relax a bit before the hectic (but amazing) holiday season!


 

Books I Read:

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

P.S. I Love You by Jenny Han – the perfect end to the duology

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

(Goodreads Pages are linked in the titles)

Wow I actually read a lot for me this month, and I am happy to say I really, really enjoyed most of these reads! I was introduced to some amazing new authors and series (Winner’s Curse, Colleen Hoover, Book of Ivy, etc), and I cannot wait to read more!


Book Reviews Posted:

Everything I Never Told You – my feels. definitely a favorite of the year

Gap of Time – made me want to read Shakespeare!

Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson writes the best female protagonists

Falling Kingdoms – middle-of-the-road review

The Winner’s Curse – an amazing start to a fantasy series

Honorable Mention: Goodreads Review of my first Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love

Really proud of myself for reviewing at least half of what I read! I am hoping to post and review a lot more in the future.


Movies and TV Shows:

I am still on my Friends watching binge.  I try not to binge-watch too much, so I’m only on season 6 right now.  I just have to say, Monica and Chandler are my absolute favorites!

In honor of the new Bond movie, I watched Casino Royale (Daniel Craig’s first Bond film) and absolutely adored it.  Can’t resist those spy movies.  In the spirit of spy movies, I also re-watched Kingsman: The Secret Service and loved it even more than the first time.  Colin Firth and Taron Egerton are baes, and Samuel L. Jackson is a kick-ass villain.

Finally, in theaters, I saw the finale of the beloved Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 2.  Yes, I brought the tissues.  Being a book lover, I had some issues with the movie, but I still loved it and was sad to see the franchise end.  It has been a good 7 years. (Yes, I was a Hunger Games hipster).


Music:

Halsey and Adele. Enough said.


December Thoughts:

I don’t usually do TBRs because I can never follow them, but I am so excited for December.  I absolutely love the holiday season, and December is my favorite month.  I want to spend some time with my family and friends and holiday break will be the perfect time for that.

Reading wise, I always tend to gravitate towards fantasy novels during this time of the year (and all other times) and curl up next to the fire.  Cross my fingers on finishing The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson!


How was your November? What are you looking forward to in December? Tell me in the comments below!

Stay warm,

A

 

 

 

 

Weekend Reads: Thanksgiving 2015 Edition

Thanksgiving is coming up this week for all us USA-ers which means a lot of turkey and some free time!  During this thankful holiday season, I am very thankful that I will have some time off to read and catch up on my TBR before the year ends.  I wanted to do a Weekend Reads post – extended into the entire week – for what I am currently reading and want to read during Thanksgiving break.

Current Reads:

In normal Alice fashion, I am in the middle of a couple books right now.  One is a much recommended classic, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  The other novel I am reading is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  The cover for Jane Eyre is absolutely stunning, and the other…not so much.  However, I am really enjoying both books!

To Be Read:

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After I finish the two that I am currently reading, I hope to pick up some of these books.  I have heard so many good things abut Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, and I loved her Fire and Thorns trilogy, so I am excited to try her most recent novel.  I finished The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel about two days ago, and I really want to pick up The Revolution of Ivy! The first book ended in a pretty big cliffhanger, so I am itching to read this one.  Also, if I am in the mood for some YA Contemporary, I want to pick up Since You’ve Been Gone even though YA Contemporary is not my favorite genre, Morgan Matson is queen! Finally, back to my favorite genre – fantasy – and one of my favorite authors – Brandon Sanderson – I want to pick up book one of the Stormlight Archives: The Way of Kings.  This is about 1000 pages, so I probably will not be able to finish it, but I cannot wait to get started!

Do you all have any reading plans for this week/end?

 

 

May 2015 Wrap-Up

So, I kind of disregarded my TBR that I made at the beginning of the month. Oops.  However, I did read a total of 14 books which I am pretty proud about.


Gatsby_1925_jacket1. Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This was a read for school, but it is one of my favorite assigned readings for school.  I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars.  I enjoyed the story and Fitzgerald’s writing is always gripping.  I’m trying to read more classics, so this was a start.  I also bought a bind up of two more of Fitzgerald’s novels and some of his short stories because I really enjoyed this book! For more of my thoughts about Gatsby, read my review here.


daughter-of-smoke-and-bone2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – A fantasy novel about angels and demons which I gave 5 out of 5 stars.  I love this trilogy so far, and I’m excited to continue on with the rest of the books.  I had planned to read the second book this month too but never got around to it.  The romance is also really interesting in this book, but I don’t want to say much about it because spoilers.  Also, the main protagonist has blue hair.  That’s awesome.


3. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth – So, I never read Allegiant, and I heard that Allegiant ruins Four’s character for a variety of reasons.  However, I still like Four based off of the first two books in the series and wanted to learn more about his backstory.  I enjoyed reading from his point of view about before and after he meets Tris! Gave this a 4 out of 5. Full Review is here.


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4. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – Probably one of my favorite books I read this month along with A Monster Calls and Red Rising. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and the antihero type feel of his character, and the twists and turns in this novel were always exciting and unexpected.  Five star read! Check out my full review here.


5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – This month was full of amazing books! This story was so touching and I definitely teared up towards the end of the novel.  Seeing the struggle that the boy goes through during this novel is heartbreaking, yet real.  I definitely recommend this to everyone.  It was my first Patrick Ness novel and I’m looking forward to reading more of his writing.


6. A Girl in 6E by Alessandra Torre – I only gave this novel a 3 out of 5 stars.  It’s about a girl who has homicidal tendencies, so she locks herself in an apartment to prevent herself from murdering anyone.  As a result, she resorts to being a webcam girl in order to make a living.  It has a really interesting premise and I enjoyed the story about the character, but it was an erotic thriller novel which isn’t really what I like to read. Some parts weren’t as believable, but recommend to those who like Dexter and are okay with erotica!


7. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – This was amazing! It’s been compared to The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and I definitely see those elements, but it is a really unique dystopian world that Pierce Brown has made.  There are elements that are completely mindblowing and the there should be a lot more hype about this series.  I know people say it is hard to get into at first, but it is worth it! For all my thoughts, see my full review here.


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8. The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I love Marie Lu! Her Legend trilogy was phenomenal and this trilogy has definitely captured my interest.  Oddly enough, this novel took me a little while to finish, especially for its size.  However, I really enjoyed reading from the main character’s point of view; she has a very dark, antihero tone and being in her mind is terrifying yet amazing at the same time.  It takes a bit to get into this world, I think, but it is definitely worth it in the end! My full review is here!


9. All 6 Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead – I don’t know why I did not pick up this series sooner! It is actually a vampire series that impressed me (unlike the Twilight saga).  The narrator Rose annoyed me sometimes, but I loved most of the side characters and the main love interests, Dimitri and Adrian.  I thought the love triangle was not that necessary since it was pretty obvious who Rose would end up with, but I still loved both characters.  I enjoyed the action and politics and the world that Richelle Mead created! I’m not sure if I want to read the Bloodlines series because I know it’s centered on Sydney.  While I liked her, I don’t know how interested I am in her story.


So, that was all the books I read in the month of May.  I’m pretty proud of myself for reading this many even though I didn’t read any of the books on my May TBR post. Maybe I shouldn’t do TBR posts because I don’t think i work too well within parameters!  Leave me a comment about your reading experience this month!

Talk to you later,

A