EmojiThon 2018

This March I decided to participate in Emojithon, a read-a-thon hosted by four BookTubers in which you read books for emoji-themed challenges. You can find their Twitter page here. Emojithon happened during the entire month of March.

There were an entire list of emojis and their challenges, but I’m just going to cover the challenges and books that I completed since I’m behind.

 

The first book I completed was The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. I read this for the Audiobook challenge. 🎧 I ended up giving this one 4 stars.

 

Next I read Animorphs: The Suspicion by K.A. Applegate for the Sci-Fi challenge.👽 I gave this one 4 stars.

 

 

I read One Piece #7: The Crap-Geezer by Eiichirō Oda for the Freebie (any book you want) challenge. 📚 I gave this 2 stars.

 

 

I read Big Little Lies for my Buddy Read Challenge 👭 and for the Mystery/Thriller Challenge 🕵. I gave this 5 stars.

 

I read Gold Medal by various authors (published by Riverside Reading Program) for Read a book with your favorite color on the cover. My favorite color is Blue and the ribbon on the cover illustration is blue. 🎨 I gave this 5 stars.

 

I read Heidi by Johanna Sypri for the Book Older Than You Challenge 👵 and Book That Has Been Adapted Challenge 🎥. I gave this 3.5 stars.

 

I also read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson for the Fantasy Book Challenge . I gave it 5 stars.

 

So, all in all, I read 7 Books and completed 9 Book Challenges. I’m pretty happy overall with everything I read and had a great time.

 

If you participated, what did you read? Or have you read any of these?

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb Goals Wrap-Up & April 2018 Goals

Despite February being such a hectic month, I actually accomplished more goals then I was expecting.

Reading Goals

1. Finish The Count of Monte Cristo

2. Read The Phantom of the Opera for my classic book

2. Read a book from my childhood

3. Finish Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (quarterly true crime/buddy read)

4. Read a new children’s book

5. Participate in ContemporaryAThon

6. Finish my Dawn VCA Recaps

7. Read at least six books.

8. Read Secrets of the Morning for a series re-read.

 

I continued to be so busy that I didn’t attempt any goals for March. I still accomplished most of my typical goals (classic, kid’s book, and childhood book). I sadly didn’t get my nonfiction or true crime quarterly read finished but I will just try and attempt two during the next quarter.

 

Since I’m still adjusting to my new work and home schedule (as well as my husband’s crazy work schedule), I’m going to go pretty easy on myself.

 

Reading Goals

1. Read The Scarlet Letter for my classic read.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book.

4. Finish Perfect Town, Perfect Murder for my True Crime quarterly read

5. Read The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher for my Non-Fiction quarterly read

6. Read Red Clocks for my Group Read

 

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Do a writing prompt for a friend

 

 

What goals did you accomplish so far this year or are there any you have for April?

 

Books in January, February, & March 2018

Since I am so behind on the last three months, I decided I would just combine all three months into one post and keep it simple this time.

 

Books In January 2018

* I also read The New Year’s Party (Fear Street Super Chillers) by R.L. Stine but forgot to include it in the photo.

 

Favorite: Illustrated Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Childhood Book: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
New Children’s Book: Immi’s Gift by Karin Littlewood
Group Reads: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs
Re-Read: The New Year’s Party by R.L. Stine & Dawn by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman)
Least Liked: Conspiracy 365: January by Gabrielle Lord

 

I did not finish my classic for the month.

 

Aside from Conspiracy 365: January by Gabrielle Lord, I enjoyed everything. I also read half of Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenet and the City of Boulder by Lawrence Schiller.

 

So overall, I read 8.5 books.

 

 

Books In February 2018

 

Favorites: You by Caroline Kepnes & Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Childhood Book: Dive In by Riverside Reading Program (various authors)
New Children’s Book: Plenty of Love to Go Around by Emma Chichester Clark
ContemporaryAThon Books: You by Caroline Kepnes, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, & French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Re-Read: Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman)
Classic: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Least Liked: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

 

For the most part, I enjoyed everything I read.

Overall, I read 8 books.

 

Books In March 2018

 

* I also listened to the audio book for The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn but was unable to find a physical copy for this picture.

Favorites: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty & Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Childhood Book: Gold Medal by Riverside Reading Program (various authors)
New Children’s Book: Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola
EmojiThon Books: Heidi by Johanna Spyri, One Piece #7: The Crap-Geezer by Eiichiro Oda , Animorphs #24: The Suspicion by K.A. Applegate, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, Gold Medal by Riverside Reading Program (various authors) & Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Classic: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Least Liked: One Piece #7: The Crap-Geezer by Eiichiro Oda

 

For the most part, I enjoyed everything I read.

Overall, I read 8 books.

 

What are some of your favorite 2018 books so far? I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying!

 

ContemporaryAThon Results

Even though I was really busy with work and moving, I still managed to do pretty well for ContemporaryAThon. Here are my results:

 

I read French Milk by Lucy Knisley for my first book and gave it 3.5 stars. It met the “Read a contemporary graphic novel” challenge. 200 pages.

 

I listened to the audiobook for Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and gave it 5 stars. It was super cute and met the challenges of “read a newly acquired contemporary”, “read a hyped contemporary”, and “read a diverse contemporary.” The audio book was 6 hours and 44 minutes.

 

You by Caroline Kepnes was a book that I half read the physical copy and half listened to the audio book for. I gave it 5 stars and it met the challenge for “read a dark or taboo contemporary.” I highly recommend the audio version because the narrator does a fantastic job. Not a book for the faint of heart. 424 pages.

 

I started the audio book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han but sadly didn’t finish it before the end of the readathon. It would have met a few of the challenges. I listened to 3 hours of the audio book.

 

So I read 3 books and met 6/7 challenges. The only challenge I didn’t meet was “Read a contemporary with pink on the cover”. I think that’s pretty good, considering, and I enjoyed everything I read.

 

Did you join in for ContemporaryAThon? If so, let me know what you read.

 

 

 

Hiatus Apologies

Hey guys,

I know it’s been a while. Just wanted to apologize for the long hiatus! During the second week of February, something exciting happened. We bought a house! And then we got out of our lease but only had 30 days to do it so it’s been one crazy month. My reading somewhat suffered, my writing definitely suffered, and obviously this blog did as well.

I’m still getting unpacked and used to my new house and work schedule but I’m hoping to get back into regular posting soon. Since we’re already halfway into March, I probably won’t bother with a Reading or Writing Goals post but I am still attempting my usual monthly reading goals (one classic a month, certain books read, read a childhood & new kids book, etc).

Stay tuned for my ContemporaryAThon results, February Book Pics & Goals, and more VCA Recaps! I’ve missed blogging and my readers so much!

 

ContemporaryAThon TBR & Rules

 

Hey guys, February is still being a hectic month but I’m going to attempt a read-a-thon anyway. This will be my first read-a-thon for 2018! ContemporaryAThon is hosted by Chelsea Dolling,  Julie at Pages and Pens, and Natasha at My Reading is Odd.

 

ContemporaryAThon is a week-long read-a-thon that is going on from Monday, February 12th until Sunday, February 18th.  There will also be a Live Drunk Show on Feb 17th on Julie’s Channel. Details are here.

 

Here are the Challenges:

1. Newly acquired contemporary

2. Contemporary book with pink on the cover

3. Read a hyped contemporary

4. Read a diverse contemporary

5. Read a dark or taboo contemporary

6. Read a contemporary graphic novel

7. Read a contemporary that was recommended to you

 

And here is my TBR!

 

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

There’s mixed reviews on this one on BookTube but the Love, Simon movie looks pretty cute so I want to read it before seeing that. This one is on hold at my local library but I did manage to get the audio version. If I’m able to get a physical copy during next week, I’ll read what I haven’t listened to. This meets the challenges of #1, #3, and #4.

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I read this one last year but didn’t get to the other two books. This year my goal is to finish the trilogy so I can do that. I do remember most of the plot and characters but I find trilogies and series more enjoyable when I read them within the same year. So this will be a re-read for me. This one was also not available at the library but I have the audio. If it becomes available, I will also read the physical copy. This book meets the challenges of #2, #3,  and #4.

 

YOU by Caroline Kepnes

This is a thriller contemporary that I’ve been wanting to read since last year. I own a physical copy but also have the audio on Overdrive in case I want to listen to some of it. This book meets the challenges of #5 and #7 (several BookTubers have recommended this).

 

French Milk by Lucy Knisley

The graphic novel challenge was very difficult because my library doesn’t have a lot of selection in this department and I couldn’t purchase anything new at the moment. Anything people had recommended me was either already checked out or not available at all so this was the closest I could find.

Even though this is autobiographical, it looked to have taken place not too long ago. I’m also supposed to go to France later on this year so it sounded like something I might want to read. This meets the challenge of #6.

 

So these are the four books I am attempting for ContemporaryAThon. Are you participating and if so, what books are you reading? I’d love to know!

 

February 2018 Goals

 

February is here and while it looks like a very hectic month for me in my personal life, I’m still hoping to accomplish some of my goals for 2018. I have decided to not attempt any writing goals until we March so for this month I will just be focusing on reading in between my super busy schedule.

Reading Goals

1. Finish The Count of Monte Cristo

2. Read The Phantom of the Opera for my classic book

2. Read a book from my childhood

3. Finish Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (quarterly true crime/buddy read)

4. Read a new children’s book

5. Participate in ContemporaryAThon

6. Finish my Dawn VCA Recaps

7. Read at least six books.

8. Read Secrets of the Morning for a series re-read.

 

These are my goals for this month. What are your goals for this month and how are they going so far?