Read-A-Thons

All The Read-A-Thons: October 2017

Hey, bookworms! Here we are, once again, at the beginning of a new month. And a new month means new read-a-thons! So here they are! October 2017 Read-A-Thons.

1-30 FrightFall Read-A-Thon

There is a lot to this read-a-thon so I have linked it all below.

Sign-Up and Information

Guidelines

1-30 Empty Shelfie

This is a year-long read-a-thon hosted by @Zether90, @DragonQueenBook, and @BookishTaylor on Twitter. The goal is to read your own books with monthly challenges and buddy reading.

Info:

Twitter

Goodreads Book Club

2-8 #AYearAThon (LGBTQIAP+)

This is a week-long read-a-thon that occurs once a month that has a theme and is hosted by Ke-sha, Alyssa, Kristina, Kerri, and Katie (links on Goodreads page). This month, the theme is LGBT+ books. The goal is to read LGBT+ books with the challenge to read Poetry and Short Stories.

Info:

Goodreads Group

6 (5pm)-8 (midnight) #GetGraphic Read-A-Thon

I couldn’t find much on this, but here is the twitter: Twitter

7-13 Duodecathon

This is a once a month read-a-thon that has twelve challenges. You pick one challenge a month to complete. Here are the 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

Info:

Goodreads Group

8-14 FemPowerAThon

There isn’t much announced for this but I will leave the Twitter and YouTube links below.

Info:

Twitter

TayliciousReads

Nicole Craswell

16-22 Spookathon

This is a yearly read-a-thon hosted in October by Books and Lala, Paige’s Pages KC, and Shannon Said. I will leave the Twitter link below. I didn’t find a whole lot on this but the twitter has some info: Twitter

21 Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon

Info I was unable to pull info from this. All info linked<—

23-29 Alphabethon Round Four

I already made an announcement for this. But, a new co-host has joined us! Miranda!

31-11/1 Hallowreadathon

Info The information for this readathon has not yet been posted.

 

Thanks for reading. Sorry there is not a whole lot of info. A lot has yet to be posted.

#QOTD: Which read-a-thons are you participating in?

Happy reading, you crazy bookworms!

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Book Review

Warcross by Marie Lu – Bookworm’s Book Nook s1e5

Hey, bookworms! Today, I bring you season one episode five of Bookworm’s Book Nook! Today, I will be giving you both my spoilery and nonspoilery thoughts, opinions, and feels on Warcross by Marie Lu.

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Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: September 12th, 2017

HC or PB: Hardcover

Page Count: 368

Goodreads Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Read: 9/29 – 10/02 (2017)

AVG Rating: 4.28/5

My Rating: 4.5/5

My Nonspoilery Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book! Definitely in my top ten books of 2017. I loved the characters and the whole NeuroLink idea. Too bad it doesn’t actually exist. The plot was consistent and there wasn’t a whole lot that changed in the characters. Basically, if you love virtual reality and/or SciFi, this is the book for you. Now, if you haven’t read it yet, you should go because I am about to go full spoilers on you in…

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SPOILERY THOUGHT TIME!!!

First off…what the hell was that ending?!?!?! 1) Totally called Zero as Sasuke. 2) Oh my god, what the fuck is Hideo thinking, trying to control people? 3) Can I please have book two? Please, with a gooberberry sunrise on top?! This book was absolutely amazing! The only reason it isn’t a five-star read is because I predicted who Zero was about 75-100 pages until the end, and I hated the Hideo/Emika relationship. I loved that we had a hacker protagonist which I don’t see a lot of in books. I loved Hammie the most because she is badass and awesome.

When that bomb went off, I freaked! I literally through the book and went to bed. Then, the very start of a romance made stop reading for a few hours. To me, it completely ruined the book. The very idea of Emika and Hideo makes me gag. The idea, though, of NeuroLink is incredible! Maybe in the 20-30 years, some genius might be able to create the very first pair of glasses that work the same. I think my OTP for this book is gonna be Roshan and Tremaine. They were a couple after all, and I know that they still have feelings for each other.

 

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Those are most of my unjumbled thoughts, opinions, and feels on Marie Lu’s Warcross. If you have read it, give me ONE sentence to describe your feels. If you have done a review on either your blog or YouTube, send me the link.

#QOTD: What was your favorite read of September?

Thanks for being here! For more reviews, check out the links below. For more bookish stuff, check out my previous blogs and/or social media (linked in the Hit Me Up page). If you have questions or post suggestions, you can message me via social media or email. I post blogs every Monday and Friday, so follow me to be notified. I also post other things such as polls, currently reading, and daily wrap-ups on my books amino linked below. Happy reading!!!

Bookworm’s Book Nook Season One

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Last Episode: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

TBR

October 2017 TBR

Hey, bookworms! Today, I am going to share with you my October 2017 TBR. I will hopefully be reading these, plus more. These four, however, I am reading just to read and maybe review, and do not include my Alphabethon TBR books. Anyway, enough rambling. On to my TBR.

1. Warcross by Marie Lu

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Goodreads Synopsis:

          For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I actually already read this, and I loved it. You all should get a copy and read it too!

2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (#QUEEN)

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Goodread Synopsis:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered and his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to read this! I hope it’s everything it needs to be.

3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Goodreads Synopsis:

          In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison, and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

I am very late to this. I cannot believe I haven’t read it yet.

4. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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Goodreads Synopsis:

          I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

I can’t believe I haven’t read this one either. I am very late on reading the new books.

 

So those are the four books I want to read in October. Comment below telling me ONE book you are most excited to read this month.

#QOTD: How many books are on your TBR for October?

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Favorite Blogs:

The Newbie’s Guide to Read-A-Thons

Get To Know Me Book Blog Tag

Other Stuff:

All The Read-A-Thons: October 2017

Hit Me Up (Social Media)

Book Review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Bookworm’s Book Nook s1e4

Hey, bookworms! Welcome to episode four of season one of Bookworm’s Book Nook! For today’s episode, I thought I’d share my thoughts, opinions, and feels on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I recently read this as part of the Cosmo Read-A-Thon with Amy from BookwormGirls88. Many thanks for her! Now, on to the episode!

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Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Published: February 28th, 2017

HC or PB: Hardcover

Page Count: 453

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Read: 9/18-9/22 (2017)

AVG Rating: 4.61/5

My Rating: 5/5

My Non-Spoilery Thoughts:

This is absolutely my favorite read of this year! The storyline and characters blew me away. Angie Thomas is now one of my auto-buy authors. First off, I was drawn into the story by the end of the first chapter. This book will keep you reading whether you want to stop or not. Now, if you have yet to read it, you may want to leave because I am about to go all spoilers on you…

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Oh my god! This book was AMAZING even though it crushed my soul and tried to kill me!!!!!!!! I absolutely loved Starr. One of the best characters to be written ever. She was so detailed. I loved Chris as her boyfriend. The whole black-girl-dating-a-white-boy thing is not something I see in books much. Even though this book deals with hard topics such as racism and police brutality, it still kept enough of other things to create a wonderful story. It pains me that this kind of stuff happens in reality.

And then we have the two families: Big Mav and King. I hated King and Iesha. I thought they were horrible. That is until Iesha put herself in harm’s way to protect Seven and his sisters. I hated the way Khalil died over a stupid hairbrush all because the cop thought it was a gun. I hated that 115 got away with murdering Khalil. I hated Hailey and her stupid racist comments. I loved that badass Starr threw the tear gas back at the cops. And the fact that TANKS were brought into the Gardens is abso-bloody-lutely ridiculous! There is too much in this book for me to express my feelings. Bottom line is: Whether you are black, white, Chinese, or any skin type, whether you are a cop, a gang member, or anything else, YOU NEED TO READ THIS MOST WONDERFUL AND AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Those are most of my unjumbled thought, feels, and opinions on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. If you have read it, give me a five-word sentence to describe this book.

#QOTD: Do you think the cop should have been charged and sentenced to jail time for killing Khalil?

Thanks for being here! For more reviews, check out the links below. For more bookish stuff, check out my previous blogs and/or social media (linked in the hit me up page). If you have questions or post suggestions, you can message me via social media or email. I post blogs every Monday and Friday, so follow me to be notified. I also post other things such as polls, currently reading, and daily wrap-ups on my books amino linked below. Happy reading!!!

 

Previous Episodes:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – s1e1

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – s1e2

Hospital High by Mimi Thebo – s1e3

Fun Blogs:

The Newbie’s Guide to Read-A-Thons

Alphabethon Announcement

Get To Know Me Book Blog Tag

Additional Information:

Brand New Blogging Schedule

Social Media

All The Read-A-Thons: October 2017

Wrap Up

September Wrap-Up

Hey, bookworms! I’m back! And after taking a two-week long pause from blogging, it feels good. During the two weeks that I’ve been gone, I have been ill. I caught a bad cold, and it kept me from doing anything but sleep for the most part. But, I’m back and I have my September wrap up here for you! So, without further delay, let’s get started.

The first book I read this month was The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

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This is the final book is the Heroes of Olympus series, the second series in the Percy Jackson mega series. I enjoyed rereading this via audiobook. The man who narrates is very talented. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars.

Second, I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

          When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

I loved this book so much! It was such a perfect Cinderella retelling with just the right amount of fairytale. I actually reviewed it so I will link my review down below. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Third, I read Hospital High by Mimi Thebo.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

My life had been saved…and boy, was I annoyed. Humour and attitude keep Coco going when things get grim. Her relationships with her mother, hospital staff, and other injured teens sustain her when her school friendships fall apart. But although everyone’s working to give Coco a normal life, Coco doesn’t think ‘normal’ is enough… When she was fourteen, the author Mimi Thebo died in a car accident. Hospital High is a young adult novel based on the day she died and the subsequent three years spent recovering from the accident.

I enjoyed this book. I received it as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I will link the review as well as NetGalley below.

Fourth, I read Teenage Psychic on Campus by Pamela Woods-Jackson.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Caryn Alderson may be a psychic medium, but she can’t predict her own life. She’s totally blindsided when she discovers her boyfriend has cheated on her. Her best friend Annabeth attempts to jump-start Caryn’s stalled love life by introducing her to Gary Riddell, a fellow college freshman who can talk to ghosts. To paranormal groupie Annabeth, their abilities make them the perfect match. Unfortunately, Gary’s acting career and Caryn’s love of journalism clash when Caryn writes a hatchet piece about Gary’s acting abilities and then publishes it in the campus newspaper. Dating is definitely out!
Then the two of them are asked to help the campus Ghost Stalkers club investigate a haunting at a local farmhouse. Caryn and Gary must combine their offsetting paranormal skills to locate more than just ghosts.

This is probably one of my favorite reads of the year. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Fifth, I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

This book absolutely killed me! I buddy read it with Amy @ BookwormGirls88. I will have a spoiler/nonspoiler review up hopefully Monday or soon after. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.

Sixth, I read Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

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Goodreads Synopsis;

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

I loved this book so much! It was an amazing retelling of the origin of the red queen. I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Lastly, I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue MacKenzie Lee.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still, it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

I loved this bookand I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

So those are the seven books I read this month. I will have reviews and such linked below.

#QOTD: What was your favorite read of September?

Thanks for being here today, and happy reading!

 

Reviews:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston- Bookworm’s Book Nook s1e2

Hospital High by Mimi Thebo – Bookworm’s Book Nook s1e3

Other Links:

Hit Me Up

NetGalley

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