Read-A-Thons

All The Readathons: November 2017

Hey, bookworms! It’s a new month so that means a new Readathon List! So, here we go!

The first four happen all month long:

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Nonfiction November

Remember November

Read-A-Thin

 

3-5 ReadORama

Little info is given: ReadORama

5-12 BorrowAThon

A week-long readathon that encourages you to borrow books, either from the library, a friend or family member, other. Hosted by Riley from rmfickfackBorrowAThon Twitter

6-12 #AYearAThon (New To You Authors)

This is a year-long readathon with a new theme every month. This month, read books by authors who are new to you. Goodreads

11-12 Read24h

A 24-hour readathon that starts Saturday at noon and ends Sunday at noon. Created and hosted by Minie Houselook. Read24h

18-22 TBR Takedown

A 5-day readathon hosted by Shannon @ Leaning Lights. Challenges are:

Oldest book on your shelf

Most recent haul

Continuation in a series

First book in a series

Out of your comfort zone

Additional Info: Twitter

Big thanks to Jessica and Libby! They are the ones who told me about TBR Takedown. Go check them out! They are super cool girls and their blogs are bomb!

20-26 Christmas Spirit Readathon

Seasons Reading

22-28 Duodecathon

Duodecathon is a monthly, week-long readathon with each month having a different challenge. But, you get to pick your own challenge out of this list, but dont\’t repeat challenges:

– Read 1,200 pages
– Start OR finish a series
– A 2017 debut author
– A short story
– A graphic novel
– A nonfiction book
– A book that has been on your TBR FOR 2+ years
– A book with multiple authors
– A book you picked because of the cover
– A book that has to do with traveling
– Someone else’s favorite book
– The first book on your shelf you haven’t read

Goodreads

23-30 Holiday Emojiathon

Info: Twitter

 

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#QOTD: Are you participating in Nanowrimo 2017?

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Book Tag

It’s Been a While Book Tag (Original Tag)

Hey, bookworms! Welcome to another post! Today, as you can see by the title, I am doing an original tag I created this past May on my secondary blog, but I wanted to put it up here. So, let’s get on with it!

1. A book you loved as a child but haven’t read in at least five years

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is my favorite childhood series. I never read the whole thing, but I read most of them. I hope to reread them soon.

2. The first book you ever put on your Goodreads Read shelf and the date you finished it

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Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer and I guess I never marked the dates so I don’t have a finished date.

3. The last time you read a book with fewer than 150 pages, and what book was it

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In His steps by C.M. Sheldon. I read this on May 7th, 2017. It was required of me for my English class and I hated it.

4. The first book you ever bought and how long ago you bought it

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and I bought this in February of 2016 just before my 20th birthday and it is one of my favorite books ever!

5. Age you were when first read your favorite book, age you were when you last read your favorite book, and the title of your favorite book

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is by far my most favorite book in existence. I read it the first time when I was 18 and the last time I read it was for the Summer 2017 Biannual Bibliothon and I was 21.

6. Link to your first book review and how long it’s been since you wrote it

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The first book I reviewed was Flame in the Mist by Reneé Ahdieh soon after I read it for the Summer 2017 Biannual Bibliothon.

7. How many years has it been since you got into reading?

Six, I think. I was fifteen and in the 9th grade.

8. What book(s) got you into reading and how long has it been since you read them?

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The entire Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and I am currently rereading them for the tenth time.

9. When did you read your first tome ( a book with 500+ pages) and what was it?

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and I read it about three or so years ago.

10. Who was your first bookish crush and how long has it been since you met them?

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Kishan from The Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck and it’s been about five or six years since we’ve met. Look at him! He’s gorgeous!

I Tag:

Kirstie @ Upside-Down Books

Jessica @ Reading With Jessica

Amy @ Bursting with Books

Libby @ WolfLibby0914

Kris @ Boston Book Reader

Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook

 

That’s it for my first original book tag. What did you think? Took a bit of time to put together but I am in love with the outcome.

#QOTD: Who was your first bookish crush?

Thanks for checking out my blog and I will see you all next time. Happy reading!

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Recommendations

My Top Seven Favorite LGBT+ Short Films

Hey, bookworms! today’s post is going to be a little different. As you can see from the title, it’s not bookish in the least. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with LGBT+ short films and I’ve picked my top 7 to share with you. Let’s get started!

Pretty Boy

Pretty Boy is the story of Sean, who is bullied for his sexuality. His Christian father finds some questionable magazines in Sean’s room, so Sean’s father buys him a session with prostitute Katie to try and “straighten” him out.

I absolutely love how this story plays out and I give it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. Viewer discretion advised. While it does not show everything, some things are not meant for younger people. And no, this is not a pornographic film.

Pretty Boy Link

It Gets Better

This is the love story of Pierre, a bullied teen, and Adam, a closeted Jock. The whole story revolves around peer pressure, bullying, and acceptance.

Even though it’s so short, this film packs a powerful punch. The storyline is incredible and the way everything plays out makes you want more of it. A definite 5 out of 5 stars.

It Gets Better Link

Prom?

Inspired by true events. This story is about two girls who have to decide between their pride or giving in, in order to go to prom together.

This is an absolute masterpiece. Once again, it’s short but encourages us to break the status quo and follow our hearts. 5 out of 5 stars.

Prom? Link

A Song for Your Mixtape

A story about a birthday party you weren’t invited to.

Break out the tissues, people! This one will leave you in tears! How can a seven-minute video reduce you to tears? Just watch! 5 out of 5 stars

A Song for Your Mixtape Link

Kiss and Tell

Morgan begins to question her sexuality during a wild night with her friends.

HOLY SHIT! This is such a good film! I have no words to describe it. JUST WATCH IT!

Kiss and Tell Link

Why Does God Hate Me?

A gay comedy about Matthew, a 14-year-old boy who lives in a religious town and has religious Homophobic parents, whose best friend Esther tries to “cure” him of his homosexual thoughts and tendencies. But a trip to San Francisco to attend an anti-gay rally with his parents shows Matthew that he may not be the one who needs curing.

I loved this so much because it showed me that I could be a Christian and be gay too and God won’t hate me for it. 5 out of 5 stars

Why Does God Hate Me? Link

In A Heartbeat

A closeted boy is at risk of being outed by his own heart when it pops right out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.

I’d be really surprised if you haven’t seen this yet but if you haven’t, watch it. It’s cute and funny and amazing. 5 stars.

In A Heartbeat Link

 

Those are my top seven fave LGBT+ short films! Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite LGBT+ short film is!

#QOTD: Have you seen any of the short films above before?

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I’m Writing A Book! Well, Two Actually – Book Writing s1e1

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I’m Writing A Book! Well, Two Actually – Book Writing s1e1

Hey, bookworms! Guess what: I’m writing a book! Well, two actually. One is an LGBTQ+ contemporary, and the other is a middle-grade fantasy. So, let’s get on with it!

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Both novels have a title. The fantasy series is going to be called Daughter of the Woods and the contemporary is Caramel and Ivory. Daughter of the Woods is hopefully going to have six books, one for each continent in the book. I’m hoping to make Caramel and Ivory a trilogy. My goal is to have the first draft of the first book of each series completed by the end of 2018. As of today, so far, DOTW has 10,543 words and eight chapter and C&I has 1,632. I want each book to have approximately 100,000 words. The way I write is to type 807 words a day leading to 300,000 in a year, so I have a lot of wiggle room in case I miss a day or I’m hit with writer’s block.

I’ve put together a playlist that really puts me in the mood to write. It’s a lot of upbeat music, mostly Pop and Disney. Don’t laugh. If you want to know, here are my top five most listened to songs:

Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

Disturbia by Rihanna

New Rules by Dua Lipa

One, Two Step by Ciara and Missy Elliot

I went on Twitter and Books and Writing Amino and asked for questions pertaining to my books, the process, playlist, and really anything and here are the questions.

Q. Who is the main character? A. Can’t tell you. It’s a secret. But I will tell you three side characters. In DOTW, I have Kazix, Thiarion, and Serephanie. In C&I, I have Cassia, Taylor, and Ocean. No more 😉

Q. What’s your story about? A. Another secret. Sorry. But I will tell you where they take place. DOTW takes place on the continent of Brui Echon. C&I takes place is a made up small town in Michigan called Arfield.

Q. Do you have a favorite genre that you write? A. Yes. I’m more comfortable writing LGBTQ+ stories and characters because it’s easier for me as part of that community. But I also like writing Fantasy because that’s what I started writing.

Q. How long have you been writing? A. About eleven years. I first started writing when I was ten because I was writing a sort of companion novel for my brother’s series. It was pretty cool.

Q. How can you sit and write every day? I used to love writing but I did it only on assignment. Never out of will. I have like two ideas for stories, but I really don’t like sitting and writing. How is it for you that you are writing a whole book?! A. Wow. Long question. Well, I don’t write every day. I can’t process the different things I want to happen fast enough. And I’m a mood writer. I have to want to write. I’ve found writing at night helps, because a) it’s relaxing and b) my ideas are better at night. My advice is that you take it slow. A hundred words here, fifty there. You can’t rush art. Plus, I have a writing tracker and I use word counts as motivation.

Q. Which of those elements (Characters, plot, my writing process, playlist) is your favorite to create/think up? A. Characters for sure. For me, characters are the foundation of any good story. I put together a little Character Creator on Google Docs that holds all of the necessary info. I’ll link it below.

 

Thanks for checking out my first writing blog. My plan for this is to post one at least every month, but maybe more depending on my progress.

#QOTD: Have you ever tried to write a book?

Please comment questions for next episode below or tag me on twitter with #BookwormBookWriting and your question. Happy reading!

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Wrap Up

November 2017 Wrap Up

Hey, bookworms! I am so sorry I haven’t posted since the beginning of November. With NaNoWriMo happening this month, I only read two books. Unfortunately, early in the second week of November, I hit a reading slump and got writer’s block so my reading and writing pretty much shut down, so these are the two books I read in November.

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

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Goodreads Synopsis:

           I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place. 
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning…

I gave this book four out of five stars.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Goodreads Synopsis:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

I gave this book four out of five stars.

 

Thanks for reading. For more bookish stuff, you can check out some of my other blogs or the Hit Me Up page linked below.

#QOTD: What was your favorite read this November?

Feel free to comment below with suggestions or use the Suggestion Box linked below. Happy reading!

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Reading Habits Tag

Hey, bookworms! Today, I’m doing the Reading Habits Tag! I was tagged by Jessica @ Reading With Jessica. You can see her post here. So, on to the tag!

1) Bookmarks or random piece of paper?

Definitely bookmarks. I have an entire jar on my shelf dedicated to them.

2) Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

If I have to, I will stop wherever but I prefer stopping at chapters.

3) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

My bed.

4) Do you eat or drink while reading?

I always have a bottle of water next to me when I read.

5) Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Nope. I can’t focus on the book if I hear things. If I can’t stand the quiet, I’ll try to find the audiobook and read along.

6) One book at a time or several?

I’m almost always reading multiple books at once.

7) Reading at home or everywhere?

Anywhere as long as it’s not loud.

8) Reading out loud or silently?

Silently. It drives me crazy when people read out loud.

9) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Sometimes. I try not to but sometimes there are one or two sentences between dialogue so I’ll skip them.

10) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Doesn’t matter to me. I think a cracked spine shows that the book has been loved before I got it, but I try to keep it looking new for as long as possible.

11) Do you write in your books?

Never. That is a big sin. If I need to write, I’ll tab it and insert a sticky note.

12) Who do you tag?

Amy @ Bursting With Books

Libby @ WolfLibby0914

and anyone who wants to do this tag.

 

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#QOTD: What is your favorite bookmark? Mine is this blue one with the word “read” on it in different languages.

Hope you all have a great day! Happy reading!

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