Reading Challenge Wrap Up: February 2017

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2017!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well! If you’re interested in learning more about any of the challenges below, you can view my sign-up post!

Goal: 75

Read so far: 22

Books Read: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #2), How to Love by Katie Cotugno, Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks #2), Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1), Broken Prince by Erin Watt (The Royals #2), Archie Volume 2 by Mark Waid & Veronica Fish, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Komomo Confiserie vol 4

Favorite read of the month:

DARK MATTER BY BLAKE CROUCH

Goal: 40

Read so far: 3

Favorite Read of the month: Since I consider The Raven Boys to be paranormal, Windwitch wins by default even though I didn’t love it

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 3

Favorite read of the month: How to Love by Katie Cotugno AND Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett are so closely tied

Goal: 1-30

Read so far: 4

Favorite read of the month: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Goal: 20

Read so far: 4

Favorite read of the monthAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Goal: 30

Read so far: 14

Favorite Read of the month: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Also I am killing the RockMyTBR challenge, thankyouverymuch

Goal: 51-75 points

Points so far: 12 points

Favorite read of the month: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

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March Small Goals

I’ve seen a bunch of people post small monthly goals and I really like the idea of re-centering and re-evaluating everything more frequently.  It’s awesome to make yearly goals but it’s also easy to lose focus or forget about them entirely over the 365 day period we’re aiming to accomplish them in.  Having small monthly goals to help get to those bigger picture yearly ones is something I’m eager to try out!

Oops, I totally forgot to do a February small goals post until most of the way through the month so we’re just skipping it and resuming with March!

JANUARY CHECK-IN

1) Reorganize Bookshelves / Buy a new bookshelf (or two…) – I rearranged my shelves a little while ago and while there are some shelves I love, there are others that just aren’t working for me.  Plus, it’s been very confusing to find certain books since I moved them around because I don’t think my new system is organized enough.  And if you’re someone who watches my book hauls… you know very well that I could always expand my Potter shelves! 

DONEEEEEEEEE. I unhauled so many books and I organized my favorites and I’m loving my new shelves<3

2) Clean out kitchen & hall closet – I’m going to carry this goal over since our weekend in January seem pretty free which is the most exciting! We’ve been talking about possible getting a shelving until for our hall closet so I can organize what we have in there better too. 

ALSO DONE YASSSSSS. Now we never have to see this one on my goals list again!

3) Read The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – I’ve been dying to get to this book, I’m in full-blown fantasy mode which tends to strike me as soon as the holidays are over.  So far, I’ve read the first chapter but I had to put it aside momentarily so I could read The Amateurs by Sara Shepard for book club on Sunday.  That’s going to be quite the ridiculous discussion.  Cassie and I have already started a list of all the awful elements so far!

Nope, I enjoyed the beginning of this book but after getting some bad news about my grandfather I just hadn’t been in the right headspace for fantasy.  I needed something light and fun so this one got pushed to the side.  Then I read Kay’s review and since we have almost the exact same taste in books I decided it’s not worth the time investment for me to read something that’ll ultimately only end up being okay.

4) Cook better meals at home – I’m adding a fourth goal this month! Once I finish writing this post, I’m going to head over to pinterest and look for some simple healthy recipes.  Because of our long commute, I really don’t have the time to be spending an hour or more cooking on weeknights which is why Trader Joe’s frozen foods have been such a godsend in the past.  But I really want to start making some more homemade meals, even if I only devote 1-2 nights per week to cooking for a longer period of time.  Some things I want to try out are more Asian meals (ramen, pho, etc.) and those delicious looking smoothie bowls (although that will be more of a weekend breakfast food)! I have to remind myself that watching YouTube while cooking is pretty much the same as watching it in my bed or desk and I’ll be happier with the end result. 

So I have made some delicious smoothies and I also started making spaghetti squash but I feel like there’s still room for improvement here.

MARCH GOALS

1) Read all the books – Well, obviously not ALL the books because I do have the gift of unlimited time but I feel like I’ve had a rocky start to my reading year and I want to turn that around in March.  Both of the books I’ve started so far this month (The Star-Touched Queen and Mortal Heart) are completely gripping me and I just feel myself emerging victorious from this slump that has plagued me since December.

2) Clean out my closet… AGAIN  – I already did this one time after Marie Kondo-ing but I feel ready to do a second go around.  I still have more than I need and I really want to pare down my wardrobe even further.  Also along with this goal, I want to finish reading The Curated Closet!

3) Be more active / enjoy these random spring days that keep coming our way  – I can’t decided whether to be happy or horrified with our recent weather but I do know that I want to take advantage of it completely! After our little mini-vacay I’ve been craving some outdoor adventure and I refuse to let the extra sunlight pass me by!

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Tea & Book Chat: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Personal Thoughts:  So, Katie Cotugno is officially an auto-buy author for me.  The funny thing is, I fell in love with her writing style before ever reading either of her currently published books. I used to so look forward to Katie’s Friday blog posts about 5 good things and I’m sad she hasn’t been keeping up with them (although she is posting much more on twitter which is a plus!).  I read her sophomore novel, 99 Days in the latter half of 2016 and it was everything I wanted it to be and more.  I had been putting off reading How to Love because I’m not usually interested in pregnancy stories but boy am I glad that I trusted my gut and in my love of Katie’s ability to make me love anything.

Plot Summary:  How to Love is the story of Reena and Sawyer since he skipped town and she had his baby.  Reena adjusts to her new life with baby Hannah and the fact that she’ll never go to college and she’ll be stuck in her small Florida hometown forever while Sawyer travels around doing whatever he pleases.  Everything has become routine for Reena until one day, Sawyer resurfaces and declares that he’s there to stay.  Now she has to sort through her feelings both past and present to determine her future.

Critique:  All I can say upon finishing is that my emotions are shredded to pieces.  Katie Cotugno crafted one of the messiest, most complicated contemporary love stories I’ve ever read and I have such strong feelings about these characters! Reena is a very relatable teen.  She’s intelligent, she always does “the right thing” and she has a bright future ahead of her.  I really love the way in which the story was told.  Each chapter shifted from present day to the past during the time of she and Sawyer’s initial story. I loved the juxtaposition of the narratives and the way each scene was relevant to one another.  I found Reena’s anger to be justified and as the story unfolded, I slowly found myself falling more and more in love with Sawyer from the way he treats Reena in the present to how good he is with their child.  Both parties have made major mistakes in their time together and this is by no means a cute and fluffy story.  It’s complicated with a capital C.  I also loved the presence of family and the way religion affected Reena’s dynamic with her father.  Overall, I just love love loved this book.  As I neared the end I even tried to slow down my reading because I wasn’t ready for it to be over yet.

Do I Recommend?: Yes! Katie Cotugno is without a doubt one of my favorite authors at this point and I’m over the moon that her published works are about the double in the coming year because I cannot get enough of her words!

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Travel Diaries: Life Near the Beach (+ Away from the Internet) is Better

Warning: This post is going to be SO photo heavy and before I get into everything, here is the physical embodiment of what my dream of a future house will look like:

Last weekend, Andrew and I took a vacation day, turning our regularly scheduled two day weekend into a three day long mini-getaway.  We went to visit Andrew’s parents on the Jersey Shore and I have to say how completely charmed I am by the appeal of a small town with a sense of community.  It was so nice to walk around in a spacious and scenic area without constantly being stuck behind smokers or people walking too slowly.  When we were crossing streets, cars actually stopped to let us cross even if we didn’t have the right of way!  I was completely and utterly shocked by this since it feels like you’re often running across the street for your life in NYC.  Complete strangers would wave to each other, one of the only open breakfast spots in the town (SO DELICIOUS btw) only had a 20 minute wait for a table for walk-in customers, and porch life (which is basically what I aspire to) is a huge way of life for these folks.  Because we visited off season, there were a bunch of places that were closed or had shorter hours for the season but we’re definitely planning a trip back once it gets warmer so we can experience everything!

Saturday was my favorite day of our weekend.  Andrew’s parents took us to the aforementioned breakfast spot where I had a delicious broccoli and Vermont white cheddar omelet and fluffy homemade biscuits with a cinnamon butter spread that I wouldn’t object to putting on all the bread I consume henceforth. We then journeyed to the quaintest little town, a few minutes down the road and I immediately began to get major heart eyes for all of the beautiful Victorian style houses.  The vibrant color combinations, the sheer volume of spires (a brilliant stroke of architectural genius that’s pretty much a non-negotiable feature I want on my future home) and the homey feel of everything almost had me asking for the name and phone number of the local real estate agent.  We then walked to Asbury Park (there are like 5 towns that are all within walking distance of one another!) and enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather along the boardwalk!  We checked out the Asbury Park Convention Center which was holding a Roller Derby event and a Valentine’s Day Market.  I found a photographer that I really like and I may look her up online to purchase some of her prints.  There was also an entire store for Havianas which I never saw before! But I guess #BeachLife.  We also saw the Beachfront Hotel where we’re attending a wedding later in the year, the Asbury Park Bierhalle which I’m DYING to try and more adorable local eateries and businesses!  We walked so much that our legs were actually sore the next day (in that amazing I-got-so-much-exercise kind of way)!

*This is when I forgot to take any more photos from the weekend* Then on Sunday, the rainy and cold weather forced us to stay inside for most of the day but we did venture out to the most magical grocery store in the land.  They literally had full slices of pie and danishes, cups of coffee or apple cider and large pieces of cheese as samples! I can honestly say that I’ve never gone food shopping and been given a full slices of homemade cherry and blueberry crumb pie for free before.  They also had delicious locally sourced foods, gorgeous looking produce (#vegetarian), homemade salads and extracts I’ve never considered baking with before. And we ended our trip on Monday at a trendy new restaurant that had delicious food! Andrew’s mom and I split a vegan burger and four cheese grilled cheese and fries and we also had a giant buttery pretzel for the table!

Overall, last weekend was definitely one of our best in months.  Thinking back about what exactly we enjoyed so much has made me think a lot about the current state of our lives.  We spend 4+ hours per day commuting and 8+ hours per day working which really only leaves us with 1-2 hours of free time on any given weeknight (unless we’re willing to cut down the 6-7 hours we designate for sleeping or forget about preparing dinner and showering) and zero ounces of energy on weekends after we finish running our errands, cleaning our apartment and filming/editing videos for YouTube.  Some of the elements that contributed to how wonderful we felt afterward that really stuck out to me are 1) Andrew and I unintentionally unplugged completely (Twitter, YouTube, instagram-minus one photo I posted, and definitely Facebook) were so far from our minds that it barely occurred to us to check them.  Which also meant that there were times when my phone wouldn’t even be in the same room as me for hours on end and I didn’t even notice!  2) We spent a good portion of our relaxing time working on the most difficult 2,000 piece puzzle I’ve ever attempted.  Not going to lie, I became a little bit addicted- to the point where I was dreaming about finding certain pieces.  We didn’t get to finish it before we left but we did make a huge amount of progress and it felt so good to exercise our minds in a way that we don’t usually get to.  3) Speaking of exercise, I mentioned walking around to until our legs were sore and not only that- the air quality away from the pollution of the city is just so much better! It felt so refreshing and I didn’t even notice we were getting a workout until the next morning. And finally, 4) spending an entire day browsing around in small local businesses made me realize that I cannot even remember the last time I walked into an independent shop.  Like most people these days, I order 99.9% of everything I own from the internet because of convenience, competitive pricing and general lack of time.  Now we just need to become millionaires so we can afford a home there!

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Tea & Book Chat: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (Witchlands #2)

Personal Thoughts: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard was one of my favorite books of 2015 (I was lucky enough to read it early thanks to sprinting to the Tor booth on the first day of BEA) so obviously, I was feeling super hyped about reading Windwitch which is the second book in the Witchlands series.  It was one of my most anticipated releases for 2017 (I feel like I might say this a lot but I swear it’s true! I just get really excited about new books, OKAY) and I love the autumnal cover and the prospect of getting Prince Merik’s perspective.  The stars seemed to be aligned until I started reading and everything I loved about Truthwitch was just… missing.  Talk about a major disappointment.  I’m still interested in finding out where the story is going so I will most definitely be picking up Bloodwitch but this was just not the second installment I was looking for.

Plot Summary:  The events in Windwitch are a continuation of the story we got in Truthwitch.  I’ll be totally honest, it’s really difficult to come up with a coherent plot summary for this book because the story completely changed from the first book.  We’ve got Prince Merik who is on a crusade against his sister Princess Vivia.  He’s determined to prove that she has bad intentions and he’s traveling around under a false identity as everyone believes he died when his ship exploded.  Then we’ve got Safi, traveling around with Empress Vaness after also surviving a shipwreck.  Lastly, we’ve got Iseult and Aeduan (the Threadwitch and the Bloodwitch) on a mission to find Safi but getting into antics of their own.

Critique: Where to start? As an overall critique, I have to say that Windwitch was missing just about everything that I loved about Truthwitch.  One of the reasons I was so drawn to the series and why I became so invested to begin with is because of the friendship between Safi and Iseult.  In Truthwitch, we get to see all of these amazing best friend moments between two powerful ladies and then they’re separated for the entirety of book two.  Next, the story is completely sidelined in Windwitch.  There was so much set up for this epic tale in Truthwitch and not a single story line was continued or explored enough in book two.  This is my main issue.  Book two, it really felt like Book one, take two.  There was so much groundwork laid in Truthwitch that I was expecting a lot more action this time around.  While it wasn’t completely unenjoyable to learn about these new situations, the pacing was much slower than in it’s predecessor and I found myself getting bored.  There are also A LOT of narratives to follow.  Windwitch increases to five separate POVs so if there was a particular story line you aren’t as interested in, it feels like it takes forever to get back to the one where your heart is (cough *Iseult and Aeduan* cough).  There were some important strides made during the course of the story and there was a ton of character growth with the exception of Safi.  I also really wish the relationship between Threadbrothers and Threadsisters would’ve been explored further but I’m expecting that’ll be coming in future installments.  So overall, I liked Windwitch (despite all of the complaining I just did), but I just was expecting so much more out of it.  There’s now a TON of buildup between books one and two and I’m just hoping the payoff in the final two books will live up to my expectations.

Do I Recommend?: If you enjoyed Truthwitch as much I did, I would definitely recommend continuing on with the series but I would warn you that the entire feel of the story changes and to not go into it with high expectations.  Hopefully this will have been a necessary addition to what will be an epic fantasy story.

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#LoveAThon: Wrap Up + Giveaway

I can’t believe that another Love-A-Thon has already come and gone! Time really flies when you’re spreading book love! This was my third year participating and my first year joining as a cohost and I’m so pleased with our overall event! It was so much fun to read everyone’s posts, see their photos and videos and of course, chat in real time on Twitter.  Every single participant did such a wonderful job of showing love and support for everyone in the book community and it really touched my heart.  It makes me proud to be among such wonderful people. And there were so many participants that I’m still making my way through the list!

A huge, major, incredibly large thank you definitely goes to Alexa because she is really the heart of the Love-A-Thon.  All of the hosts worked hard to bring you this event, but Alexa is really the organizer and the brains behind the operation.  Her hard work deserves all the recognition<3  It was wonderful to get the opportunity to collaborate with Mel and Cee as well!  I truly admire each of them and I think we all made a great team!

So now, we’re ending this years event with yet another giveaway! So many publishers generously donated the books and merch going out to our winners (who will be announced shortly!) for each mini challenge so it seems fitting to have an overall wrap up giveaway too!

Prize Pack #1

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins, Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard, Arabella of Mars paper doll, Becoming Bonnie newspaper, Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan, I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil, This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (ARC), Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (ARC), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon + Dean Hale (ARC), Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (ARC)

Prize Pack #2

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard ,Arabella of Mars paper doll ,Becoming Bonnie newspaper ,The Nerdy + The Dirty by B.T. Gottfred, Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill, Updraft by Fran Wilde, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Gauntlet by Holly Jennings (ARC), The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (ARC), At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (ARC)

Prize Pack #3

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly, Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly, Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins, Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard, Arabella of Mars paper doll, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, The Infinity of You and Me by J.Q. Coyle, Spindle by E.K. Johnston, Dreamworld by Kit Alloway, Replica by Lauren Oliver, Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff (ARC), The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu (ARC), Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman (ARC)

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #7: Let Me Sing You A Love Song

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

Now’s the time to let your musical tastes shine! Dedicate a love song (or two or three) to your favorite book characters, and tell us why. Get as creative as you want, whether you decide to film a video, share a playlist or write out some lyrics and snap a photo.

Since my music tastes tend to be all over the place (seriously, I mainly listen to indie rock, showtunes and Disney music lol I swear I’m an adult), I decided to stick with Disney love songs since the widest range of readers will probably be familiar with them.

Lysandra & Aedion – Tale as Old as Time – This is definitely my favorite pairing of any that I’ve come up with.  Mostly because in their situation, Aedion is the beauty and Lysandra is the beast<3

Nicholas Carter & Etta Spencer – A Whole New World – What could be a newer world than time traveling together and searching for an astrolabe? 

________ – Once Upon a Dream – I’m not going to name my OTP couple here because spoilers but if you’ve read The Raven Cycle, I think you’ll get it :-)

Luna & Fowler – Now I See the Light – Since Reign of Shadows is a Rapunzel retelling, it’s only fitting! But poor Luna who has been locked away in her tower has not been out in the light of day past a very small perimeter near her home until Fowler comes along.

America and Prince Maxon – Love is an Open Door – I think that giant palace parties are what made me correlate Frozen and The Selection series<3

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #6: Valentine’s Day Care Package

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

Is there anything more exciting than receiving a surprise care package from one of your best book buddies? Didn’t think so! If you had the opportunity to surprise one or more of your favorite characters with a care package for Valentine’s Day, what would you be sure to include? Have fun virtually shopping for the character(s) you love and let us know via photos, collages, etc., what you would love to send them!

My Character – Lara Jean Song

My Care Package

Lara Jean - Valentine's Day Care Package

 

Lara Jean – Valentine’s Day Care Package by superspacechick featuring Anthropologie

 

1) Heart flip flops – These just seem so cutesy and Lara Jean to me! I picked up a pair of the mint version recently and I immediately thought of them when coming up with my care package – IPANEMA flip flops, $26
2) Pearl headband – This headband is wayyy too expensive to ever purchase but it would be in my hypothetical package.  Lara Jean is all about her pastels! Alexandre de Paris pink headband
3) Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set – This is another thing from the list that I own but I think Lara Jean would also get a kick out of the brushes being marketed as teddy bear hair.  Too Faced Cosmetics toiletry kit
4) Too Faced Blush – This is for Lara Jean to use her teddy bear hair brushes with.  She seems like a minimalistic girl when it comes to makeup so I could see blush being one of the only products used in her morning routine. Sephora Collection blush
5) Pastel teaspoons – Here we go again with the pastels! We all know Lara Jean is a baker and I thought these teaspoons would appeal to her! Anthropologie flatware
6) Measuring cups – See above. Plus they’re rose gold! Anthropologie kitchen gadgets tool
7) Pastel candles – I couldn’t pick just one scent to send Lara Jean’s way.  One is fresh basil, one is grapefruit and one is kiwano melon! Mercato Candle Jar | Anthropologie
8) Rifle Paper Co Print – UM HOW PERFECT IS THIS ALWAYS AND FOREVER HEART PRINT?!?! That’s literally the title to Lara Jean’s next book so I felt like I struck gold when I found it! Always and Forever Art Print by RIFLE PAPER Co. | Made in USA
9) The Curated Closet – Lara Jean is a regular fashionsita so I think this book about defining your style and learning how to shop for what works for you would be really interesting for her to read! The Curated Closet A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style…
10) Rifle Paper Co. Journal – Lara Jean is certainly a writer which is how she got into the mess she did in the first book so I thought a new journal where she could write her thoughts and feelings (and hide it VERY carefully from her family) would be perfect! RIFLE PAPER Co.
11) I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo – First of all, I’m dying to read this book! But I think Lara Jean would love it too because it has a Korean main character who is new to love and learning about romance from K-dramas.  Lara Jean experienced being new to love quite recently so I think she would relate! I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Link Up

 Giveaway

PRIZE PACK ONE (US GIVEAWAY ONLY):

Passenger, Vassa in the Night, Love and First Sight, A Season for Daring Greatly, Tor Teen pin, The Dark Talent pin, Amberlough pin

PRIZE PACK TWO (INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY ONLY):

Passenger, Truthwitch, Seven Days of You (ARC) Radio Silence (ARC), Metaltown tattoo, Tor sticker, Arabella of Mars paper doll, Becoming Bonnie newspaper

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #5: X Meets Y Challenge

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

Mix and match away! This challenge is made for you to combine the books and movies/tv shows that you love in some way, in order for other people to find new recommendations for things to check out. Whether inspired by characters or themes, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

If you liked Pushing Daisies then try The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard! The Architect of Song is actually a Beauty and the Beast retelling but there are a bunch of parallels to Pushing Daisies which I absolutely adore!

If you like Supernatural then try Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake!  Both involve awesome squads hunting demons in a super cool car!

If you like The Illusionist then try CaravalThe Illusionist has always been one of my favorite films! There’s a forbidden romance, everything about it is pure magic and there’s a scheme that reminds me of Caraval!

If you like Dexter then try The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis!  Both involve morally grey main characters who avenge the deaths of innocent people.  They also both touch upon very uncomfortable but important topics.

If you liked The Lunar Chronicles then try The 10th Kingdom!  The 10th Kingdom is a completely underrated television miniseries that deserves so much more love than it gets.  It’s a fun fairytale adventure story and I can definitely see fans of Cinder and Co. loving it!


If you like Illuminae then try Battlestar Galactica! BSG is another one of my favorite shows that I just don’t see talked about enough.  It’s quite the journey from season one to the end and it takes place on a military battelship in the depths of space.  Sound familiar? :-)

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #4: Sweethearts Candy Messages

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa ofAlexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

You’ve received a box of Sweethearts candy, and you’re asked to share the candy with a person or couple – fictional or real. Tell us who you’d give these messages to:

Love Wins – A couple you didn’t think would get together, but against all odds, they did – Cress & Thorne <3 One of my #1 OTPs of all time.  I love those two silly lovebirds!

I Do – A character you’d marry – That would have to go to my first book crush, Ron Weasley<3!

 

Dream Big – A character whose dreams you want to come true – Cath is so passionate about writing and she’s such a relatable and wonderful characters that I truly just want all the good things for her in her future.  I wish we could see how her second year of college went!

Crazy 4 U – A character you’re crazy about – Will Herondale <3 <3 <3 – You guys, I read the Infernal Devices series this year and I TOTALLY get it now.

True Love – Your Ultimate OTP – No explanation necessary.

Te Amo – A language you’d want to be wooed in – French of course! It’s the language of love<3

BFF – A character you’d want to be your best friend – Lara Jean! Get ready for so much Song sisters love over the next two days<3!

Wink Wink – A character you’d want to wink at you – Definitely Wesley aka Guyliner! He just has that certain something and he was irresistible to me from the first page he appeared on!

Sweet Talk – A character who knows how to sweet talk / flirt – Kvothe definitely doesn’t necessarily get flirting but he sure is a sweet talker.  His mouth gets him out of and into lots of trouble so life with him would be nothing short of an adventure!

Best Day – A moment from a book you wish happened to you or your IRL best day – I would love to attend Caraval, most likely as a spectator and not as a participant because the roses, chocolate and wine appeal to all of my senses! It sounds like it would be the experience of a lifetime.

Ooh La La – A character you’d want to slow dance with – I recently finished reading Alex, Approximately and Porter is for sure a new book boyfriend.  He’s a beautiful surfer boy with so very many layers and I have no doubt he would be a great dancer.

Love You – The character that gets your undying love – Gansey<3 He is my favorite Raven Boy of all time and I will love him forever and ever.

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