Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019 Day 4 Challenge

Hello readers! Today’s Biannual Bibliothon blogging challenge comes from Sprinkled With Words and it is to click bait 3-5 of your favorite books!
I want to try to stay spoiler free for this challenge, but that’s really hard, so I’m going to use classics and some Harry Potter, so that even if you haven’t read them before, chances are, you already know everything.

Pride and Prejudice

He left her and then married her younger sister!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 

He had WHAT on the back of his head?!!?!?!??

Little Women

You’ll never believe what Amy did to Jo’s manuscript!

Alright, that’s it from me today. Happy reading!

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Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019 Day 3 Challenge

Hello readers! Today’s Biannual Bibliothon challenge is bookish madlibs. The prompts are as follows:

  1. Book character
  2. Magical artifact
  3. Large number
  4. Magical creature
  5. Book character (same as #1)
  6. Magical land you DO NOT want to visit
  7. Period of time
  8. Relaxing activity or hobby
  9. Villain or least favorite character
  10. Competitive activity
  11. Kind gesture

So I am looking at this for the first time now and I haven’t seen the story yet.

  1. Ginny Weasley
  2. The Mortal Cup
  3. 14, 000
  4. Hippogriff
  5. Ginny Weasley
  6. Thule
  7. 3, 000 years
  8. Taking a bath
  9. Voldemort
  10. Exploding snap
  11. Christmas card

and here is the story

The 2019 Winter Biannual Bibliothon was in full swing, but you were craving just a bit more adventure. As you settle in to pick up your current read, Ginny Weasley barges into your room, surprising you. You’re told that Ginny’s land is in trouble and you’re needed to aid in finding The Mortal Cup, the only item that will restore peace and that you’re the only person that can help.

Ecstatic to finally be the chosen one, you agree to help Ginny on this quest! As you begin to travel to their land, you find out that others have tried and failed to retrieve this magical artifact and that you are the last hope. You also find out that because no one has succeeded in this quest, no one knows what you’re up against. There are rumors that you need to defeat 14, 000 Hippogriffs.

Excited, yet nervous, you and Ginny locate the wise elven protector of the land to learn as much as you can about this artifact and how to retrieve it. The elf informs you the artifact is located in the deepest part of Thule, to your dismay. You and Ginny venture for 3, 000 years to make it to this new land.

Along your journey, you spent your free hours training to master taking a bath, hoping this new skill will give you an advantage against your unknown foe. Shortly after arriving at this dangerous land, you finally are face to face with your nemesis, Voldemort.

Though you’ve been training, coming face to face with your foe begins to strike you with fear. Your companion encourages you to be strong and reminds you that you’ve been preparing for this. When you go to use your new skill, you learn that Voldemort is a master. Nervous, you use the only maneuver you have left. You challenge them to Exploding Snap. Taken aback by this tactic, they hesitate before reluctantly accepting your challenge. Filled with new confidence, you quickly defeat them!

Begrudgingly, Voldemort awards you the magical artifact, vowing revenge.

You and Ginny return to their home land, where you are greeted with cheers and applause. You’re thanked repeatedly for returning the artifact and saving the land. Ginny even shows their gratitude by giving you a Christmas card.

The next thing you know, you are back home with your book in hand. For a moment, you think you made up the whole thing, but then you see the glint of the magical artifact out of the corner of your eye. When you look over, nothing is there, yet you know your adventure was real. With a smile growing, your turn back to your book, already ready for another adventure.

 

and that’s all! This was so much fun, so I hope you play along too! Happy reading!

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019 Day 2 Challenge

Hello readers! Today’s Biannual Bibliothon challenge is: make a list of 12 characters that you would bring to a Christmas tea or Christmas party.

I am feeling like I want a party full of really smart people with whom I could have some interesting conversations. We can have tea and play board games. I’m inviting Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Tessa Gray, Catarina Loss, Nova Artino, Violet Baudelaire, Nancy Drew, Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Shirley, Stevie Bell, Denna (from Of Fire and Stars), and Charlotte Holmes (Sherry Thomas’s version, not the Brittany Cavallaro version). I genuinely want to be friends with all of these characters and I think we would have a good time together.

I am going to try to do all 7 blog challenges, so see you tomorrow, and happy reading!

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019 Day 1 Challenge

Hello readers! It’s the first day of the winter round of the Biannual Bibliothon and today’s blogging challenge is Winter Snow Storm Fun:
Name 3 book characters, 2 types of food/drink and 1 song you’d want to have to survive being in a car with, in the middle of nowhere during a snow storm.

Characters: I don’t want to pick anyone who gets anxious is small spaces, will do anything gross, or will be too annoying. And no couples, because that would be very awkward. I want Isabelle Lightwood, because she smells like vanilla. Hermione Granger because you can trust her to keep a cool head. Denna, from Of Fire and Stars because her fire magic can keep us warm.

Food/Drink: This is very practical, but water. I love being hydrated, and it just seems like a good idea if we’re going to be stuck somewhere for a while. And then maybe some kind of soup or stew that would stay magically warm.

Song: Not sure if this is a How I Met Your Mother kind of situation or not, but if it is, and the one song is stuck on repeat, so we have to listen to it nonstop for hours, then I want to be safe and go for something classical (can an entire symphony be considered a song? because if that doesn’t count as cheating, that’s what I want). If it’s just a song that I would want to listen to at some point during the adventure, then Complicated by Avril Lavigne, because I keep the album that that song is on in my car and it always seems to be a huge hit on road trips.

Happy bibliothon and happy reading!

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2019 TBR

Hello readers! I had an absolute blast with the Biannual Bibliothon last year, and I sucessfully completed all of the reading challenges for both rounds, so of course I am back for my third round of the Bibliothon. I love this readathon, and this time, I am so excited that I get to be a little more involved, because I am an instagram host! Lookout for my challenge on the Biannual Bibliothon instagram page next Wednesday, January 16, or join me on Twitter that same day at 6-9pm EST for some fun reading sprints!

The Biannual Bibliothon comes with lots of fun challenges. I will be here participating in most of the blog challenges, and over on my instagram participating in the photo challenges. I don’t make videos, so I will be skipping those, but there are also 7 reading challenges. Hopefully I can maintain my streak and complete all 7 challenges, so here is my TBR.

  1. The first challenge, as always, is to read the group book, which is Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean.
  2. The second challenge is to read one of the host’s five-star reads. For this, you can choose from Pivot Point by Kasie West, Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zapia, Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choy, or Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I already own Emergency Contact and Eliza and Her Monsters on e-book, so I might pick either of those, but I also have The Graveyard Book checked out from Overdrive, so I might read that instead. I am leaning towards Graveyard because it’s a bit shorter, and I’m having trouble doubling up on challenges, so I want to squeeze in as many shorter books as I can. My TBR is always subject to change, so we’ll see what mood I’m in next week.
  3. Challenge number three is to re-read a book that got you into reading. This challenge is really hard for me, because I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t into reading. I read a ton of books as a kid, and I don’t remember most of them. I went to the library often, and I have vague recollections of books that got me really excited about reading, but I can’t remember enough to track them down. Instead, I’m going with The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. I got the first three books in this series for Christmas when I was 8 or 9, and I devoured them on vacation in Florida that  year. My dad then bought me the fourth book which I read in one day during a snow storm. It was the first book I ever read in one sitting. So I was already a voracious reader when I picked these books up, but I’m sure they would have gotten me into reading if I hadn’t already been hooked.
  4. The fourth challenge is to read an adult genre book. I am going to leave this one open for now so I can see how I feel next week. If I’m feeling overdosed on other types of books, then I might read a historical romance as a way to recharge.
  5. The fifth challenge is also a tricky one for me. It is combine a favorite genre with a least favorite format, or vice versa. When it comes to physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks, I don’t really have a favorite or least favorite. If I have a headache, I might choose a paper book over an ebook, and if I have a lot of laundry to fold, I might opt for an audiobook, so I struggled with this challenge for a long time. If you consider short stories a format rather than a genre, then it is definitely my least favorite format. So I’m thinking I might read a YA fantasy short-story anthology. Maybe I’ll actually finish Toil & Trouble which I have been reading for months now.
  6. Challenge six is to read a book with a cover you don’t like. If I end up reading a historical romance, then it’s pretty much guaranteed that I won’t like that cover. Otherwise I’ll just go through my goodreads and pick out something with an ugly cover to try.
  7. Lastly is to read a book by an author you’ve never read before. I am going to double up on challenges for the group book and use Empress of All Seasons for this one too.

Can you tell I don’t want to commit to anything? This is probably all going to change as soon as the readathon starts, but hey, gotta have something to write about, right?

Anyway, I’ll be back soon with more of my rambly book thoughts, so until then, happy reading!

Bout of Books Challenge – Character Dinner Party

Hello readers! Today the Bout of Books challenge is mine and I have been loving reading everyone’s responses.

The challenge is Character Dinner Party. You are hosting a dinner party for 5 of your favorite characters. Who do you invite and what food do you serve?

I want to host some of my more recent favorite characters that are also generally less talked about.

First up, Drusilla Blackthorn. While reading Queen of Air and Darkness, by Cassandra Clare, I was impressed again and again by Dru. She is so level-headed and resourceful, and she really looks out for her family, even if it is in small ways, like making sure she approves of her older sister’s wife, or staying with her younger brother even when she wants to rush off into battle with her other siblings. I admire her so much and can’t wait to see more of her in The Wicked Powers.

Second, Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Vasya is so loyal to the magical creatures that she befriends and does everything she can to ensure their survival and comfort when it’s within her means. Plus, after she gave up so much of her food to the household spirits, I just really want to feed her.

Third, Lia from The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. Lia starts the story off by making some questionable decisions, but as soon as she sees how her choices might have negatively impacted other people, she sets out to make it right. This is one of the best character arcs I have seen in a long time, so I would love to hang out with Lia for a bit.

Fourth and fifth, I want Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, although, I might actually want the versions of them from The Dark Artifices. I know I only started reading these books a couple of years ago, but I feel like I’ve grown up with Jace and Clary, and I wouldn’t want to have a party without them.

As for food, I really enjoy making pizza, and I like to think I make a pretty good one, so homemade pizza party it is!

Make sure to check out the Bout of Books blog for information on how to join the readathon and participate in the challenges.

So far, I have been reading Renegades by Marissa Meyer, and have a really good time.

Until next time, happy reading!

Bout of Books 24!

Hello readers! If you’ve been here a while, you have probably noticed that I frequently participate in the Bout of Books readathon. It’s just such a nice way to try to make a bit more time for reading.

This round of Bout of Books overlaps with the Biannual Bibliothon for a couple days, so I don’t want to be too strict with my Bout of Books TBR. I am currently reading Renegades by Marissa Meyer, so I would like to at least finish that, and then I might either finish one of several other books I picked up and put down for a later time, or I might start the second book in The Remnant Chronicles. We’ll see how I feel.

My challenge idea was chosen for this round, so check back on the Bout of Books Blog on Tuesday 1/8 to see what it is! I will be writing my own post for it as well!

See you tomorrow for my character dinner party challenge and until then, happy reading!