Michelle the Mage Has Arrived – #TheReadingQuest Sign Up

The Queen of read-a-thons, Aentee, has created another amazing read-a-thon: The Reading Quest. If you haven’t heard of it yet, go click on that link to check it out because it looks like a lot of fun!

I kept putting this post off, even though I’m really excited about the read-a-thon, because I dreaded putting my tbr together haha. I’m on a bit of a book buying ban (which I already broke to buy Ps. I Still Love You but it was only 8 euros! still though rip) so I only want to read books I already own. That was a bit of a challenge and I’m still not entirely sure.

I chose to be a mage, because ~MAGIC~

LOOK AT THAT CUTE ARTWORK. CW, who made all the art for this read-a-thon, is so talented. Go check out her blog for more amazing art.

MY TBR

The first character path I’m going to take is the one of the Mage. My TBR for that one is:

💛 FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES – Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
💛 A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT WORLD – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
💛 A BOOK BASED ON MYTHOLOGY – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
💛 A BOOK THAT CONTAINS MAGIC – Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
💛 A BOOK WITH A ONE WORD TITLE – Marked by Kim Richardson

If I have the time I might try the Rogue path as well:

💛 BANNED BOOK – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
💛 A BOOK COVER WITH A PARTIALLY OBSCURED FACE – I’m stuck on this one, as I could use Iron Cast but I could also use that for a side quest
💛 A BOOK WITH <500 RATINGS ON GOODREADS – The Soul Thief by Kim Richardson
💛 A BOOK PUBLISHED BY A SMALL PRESS – New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
💛 A BOOK WITH A ONE WORD TITLE – Marked by Kim Richardson

Side quests:

💛 MINI-GAME: Emmavolume 1 by Kaoru Mori
💛 RESPAWN: Merlin The Lost Years by T.A. Barron (has been on my shelves for years maybe I’ll actually pick it up again this time)
💛 TIME WARP: IRON CAST by Destiny Sora or I might use this one for the Rogue path, I don’t know yet
💛 EXPANSION: SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN ANGELS by Rhys Ethan

I wonder how many of these I’ll actually read? I am excited though, it feels like we’re all going on one massive quest together haha

Are you participating? What class did you choose? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

#ReadThemAllThon Sign up and TBR Pile

So the awesome Aentee had the amazing idea to organise a readathon inspired by Pokémon. Naturally I have to participate. How can I not? Click on her name to be taken to her explanation post. The readathon runs from August 14th to September 4th which is perfect, because school starts again the next day.


Chosen Pokémon

I love all the Kanto starters, but since I always pick a water Pokemon as my starter, Squirtle has a special place in my heart (I don’t have a Squirtle plushie yet and this definitely needs to change soon. Same with Charmander). Aentee has added something extra to win points (CP: combat power) Since Squirtle has three evolutions I’d be able to get more points, since you get extra points when your Pokémon evolves. You get those points from each 10 pages you read and other little challenges (check out her post for all the details!)


The Gyms a.k.a. the Challenges

For this readathon I’m mostly going to try to read books I already own, since I need to save money (for London in October!) and those unread books deserve some love.

Pewter Gym: The First Book In A Series

Merlin: The Lost Years. It’s been on my shelves for two years now I think. It’s time I finally read it. I do have more first books in series on my kindle app (yay for Amazon freebies lol), but seriously, I need to read this and a readathon is the perfect opportunity.

326 pages, potential +32CP

Cerulean Gym: A Book That Might Make You Cry

Les Miserables, which again has been on my shelves for quite some time (about as long as Merlin I think haha. Though I put Merlin off because back then I was still waaay too attached to BBC Merlin (still am. I can’t see any other actors portray those characters) and Les Mis because it’s so intimidating) Even though its size is incredibly daunting, it’s time to at least start it. I’m going to be realistic and not aim to actually finish this, but I want to at least start it. IT’S TIME. And I know it will make me cry because the film did and I’m very emotional.

According to Goodreads my copy has 1263 pages, so potential +123CP (not like I’m going to read 1263 pages anyway lol)

Vermillion Gym: A Book With Thunderous Hype

Wink Poppy Midnight. I’m not sure if it’s still hyped, but a few months ago before it was published I saw it on a lot of blogs. Also it’s quite short which is ideal for a readathon.

247 pages, potential +24CP

Celadon Gym: A Book That Focuses on Diversity

I HAVE NOTHING. NOTHING. Not on my shelves, Kindle app or ibooks app anyway (that is unread) so please recommend me something (that is a bit popular so that I can find it here in The Netherlands). Only for this challenge I’ll go out and buy something

Fuschia Gym: A Book With A Great Romance

Persuasion. Fun fact: I tried to read this two years ago for another readathon but I wasn’t in the mood. I really want to read more of the classics I own (just remembered that that is one of my 2016 goals lol) and I loved P&P, so I need to read more Jane Austen anyway

249 pages, potential +24CP

Saffron Gym: A Book With Fantasy/Supenatural Elements

Talisman by S.E. Akers. It sounds like an interesting read and has good ratings on Goodreads (though not that many). I really hope that it is interesting since it has 600+ pages and if it’s a slow read it’s not a good choice for a readathon… If I really can’t get through it I’ll drop it and choose another freebie on my Kindle app though, since I’ve got quite a few fantasy reads to choose from.

642 pages, potential +64CP

Cinnabar Gym: A Book With A Red Cover

Harry Potter Film Wizardry. This will most likely be a quick read, so perfect to balance out some of the bigger ones.

160 pages, potential +16CP

Viridian Gym: A Book With Post-Apocalyptic Setting

Born to Magic. This one was quite difficult since I didn’t think I had one, but I looked through my Kindle app and searched for each one of them on Goodreads and voila: Born to Magic was found. It takes place in the future when technology no longer exists, but magic does.

345 pages, potential +34CP


Well it’s a good thing this readathon lasts three weeks because this is a very ambitious tbr (lightly put lol). Are you participating? Let me know in the comments!

Falling For Autumn Wrap Up

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Yesterday was the last day of the Read-a-Thon and I didn’t read AT ALL (or maybe I read a few manga pages? Not much anyway). I’m quite bummed about that, but I was busy with schoolwork and later that day I was having so much fun talking with everyone on Twitter that it just didn’t happen haha (I didn’t even forget, I got tired and went to bed).

So how did I do this year?

  • Read a total of three (3) books – 24 books
  • To read at least 150 pages per day – I didn’t read 150 pages yesterday, but I did read 150 pages on all the other days, so therefore half a strike haha
  • To read a book with the colour orange and/or brown on the cover – Many of the Tsubasa volumes have brown on them and volume 14 even has both
  • To read a book out of your comfort zone (a book from a genre you don’t normally read) – I thought I hadn’t done this, but then I realised that xxxHolic is psychological, which is something I usually don’t read!
  • To read a book with a word in the title that’s associated with autumn (autumn itself, leaf, acorn, chestnut, spider, cobweb, Halloween, etc…)
  • To read a book that scares you (whether it’s a horror book, a book that intimidates you, you can pick up whatever reason for a book you scare you)

(3.5/6) goals were accomplished! I’d say this read-a-thon was pretty successful.

How did you do this read-a-thon? Or maybe you’re participating in a different one? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #8

Time for another weekly wrap up! Remember when I said I was slowly recovering in my last wrap up? Yeah, I’m still sick! But like I said in one of my read-a-thon posts (can’t remember which one) don’t worry!

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If you’ve been following my read-a-thon posts you know I’ve been reading quite a bit!

  • Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts
  • All That Glitters by Rachel Roberts
  • I’ve started Cry of the Wolf by Rachel Roberts. I’ll review the first three books in the series as I have them as an omnibus
  • I reread volume 10 to 28 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
  • I read the first two volumes of xxxHolic

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I saw the first episode of the new Muppets show. While I enjoyed it, it didn’t feel like The Muppets! I kind of miss the old format, but I will keep on watching. (My favourite line: ‘No, not THAT kind of meeting’)

Wednesday was pretty much dedicated to schoolwork (except for a short break to watch The Muppets)

I stayed home from school on Tuesday and Friday. On Tuesday I watched Easy A and on Friday Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. And now I want to reread the book again. It’s a never-ending circle guys

Yesterday Avid Reader, Elly and I started talking about how cool it would be if we bloggers/booklovers/awesome people all lived in the same apartment building and that grew into a village in which the three of us, Gabi and Jillian are the mayors. It will have a gigantic bookshop and library, lots of tea and chocolate, dragons, a machine that can make fictional characters real and a clone machine so we don’t have to share, Pokémon, Hogwarts and so much more that I’ve already forgotten haha. Oh and it will be called Tea Town and this will be our anthem: T is for Tadahhh I’m here! E is for excellent and A is for awesome sauce! If you want to be a villager, let us know haha.

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Like I said last week, until I’m completely caught up this section will feature blog posts I read this week, not necessarily ones that were posted this week.

I can’t believe September is almost over already and I’ll be writing my September wrap up soon! Can’t believe how fast time flies. I haven’t done many writing posts this month, nor have I done a Discussing Hufflepuff or a Blogsterdam. I probably won’t do those anymore this month, but hopefully everything will be back to normal next month so I can regularly blog again!

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Falling for Autumn Day 5

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Hey guys! I wish I could’ve updated more during this read-a-thon, but on Wednesday I was busy all day with schoolwork and was too exhausted to blog afterwards and I stayed home from school yesterday and today, since I’m not feeling too well. I might go to the doctor on Monday if things continue like this. DON’T WORRY THOUGH. I’m fine. It’s more that I’m getting sick of being sick haha.

ANYHOW. How is the read-a-thon going so far since I last updated on Tuesday?

  • As I predicted I finished Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts
  • I finished All That Glitters by Rachel Roberts
  • I started Cry of the Wolf by Rachel Roberts (it’s an omnibus featuring these three books haha)
  • I finished rereading the entire Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle manga (I’m planning on writing a post about it now that it’s fresh in my mind again, so I can properly tell you guys why you MUST read it haha), which means I’ve read volume 11 to 28 so 18 volumes
  • I’ve read the first two volumes of xxxHolic. I’ve never really been interested in it, but I feel like I need to have read xxxHolic in order to understand Tsubasa World Chronicle 

The official challenges of this read-a-thon:

  • Read a total of three (3) books – I’ve read 22 books haha, yay for manga!
  • To read at least 150 pages per day – So far so good!
  • To read a book with the colour orange and/or brown on the coverI had actually picked The Silkworm for this challenge, but I can actually pick almost all of the Tsubasa volumes I read since Shaoran has brown hair and is on almost all of the covers. There’s also brown on the cover of Circles in the Stream.
  • To read a book out of your comfort zone (a book from a genre you don’t normally read) – Not yet! Rachel Roberts’ books are fantasy, which is my comfort zone. It’s also middle grade and while I usually read young adult, it’s not exactly outside of my comfort zone either.
  • To read a book with a word in the title that’s associated with autumn (autumn itself, leaf, acorn, chestnut, spider, cobweb, Halloween, etc…) Not yet.
  • To read a book that scares you (whether it’s a horror book, a book that intimidates you, you can pick up whatever reason for a book you scare you) – I’m still not planning on reading a book for this challenge. I don’t read horror (nor do I even have a horror book on my shelf) and a book that intimidates me would be Les Mis, and I won’t be able to finish that during this read-a-thon haha

CHALLENGE

Day 5’s challenge is the 394 Page Sentence! For this challenge I have to turn to page 394 of my current read (or one I plan to read) and read the first full sentence. Then I have to write a continuation of 55/75 words. Since my current read doesn’t have a page 394 I could also turn to page 31, but since I’m upstairs and my book is downstairs (so lazy, I know) I’ll be picking a book I’m planning to read, if not during this read-a-thon then next week: The Silkworm (I do hope my copy has over 394 pages…) It does! Phew, that could’ve been awkward haha. The original sentence will be in green, my continuation will be in blue.

After a brief pause Fancourt said:

”I am actually a rabbit from a faraway land.”

Strike and Robin looked at each other.

”I knew it.” Strike whispered.

”So it’s true then. You’re the one who kidnapped Alice.” Robin looked at the man in disgust.

Fancourt threw back his head and laughed.

”Kidnapped? That stupid child followed me on her own. Why would I kidnap that brat? She keeps on nagging and nagging: ‘White Rabbit, why are Tweedledee and Tweedledum called that way? White Rabbit, why is the Red Queen red? White Rabbit, White Rabbit…!”

Ah a little bit more than 75! Woops. Also don’t ask where the hell this came from guys. I have no idea haha. Sooo whoever Fancourt is, I’m sure he’s not actually the White Rabbit in disguise, and I doubt The Silkworm will turn out to be a fantasy novel. Don’t take this too serious haha.

How’s your read-a-thon going? If you’re not participating, what are you currently reading? If you are participating, have you done the 394 Page Challenge? Let me know, I want to check out yours!

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Falling For Autumn Day 1+2

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

I was stuck at school until 7 PM yesterday and by the time I got home I was so exhausted I couldn’t blog anymore! I barely even read. Thus progress of day 1 and 2 in one post.

My progress so far:

  • I’ve read 113 pages of Circles in the Stream by Rachel Roberts (around 30 pages yesterday and the rest today). The day isn’t over yet though, so I will continue this book (and most likely finish) once I’m done with this post
  • I read about half of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volume 9 on the train home and finished it
  • I finished volume 10 today (I’m still shocked at how little I remember haha)

I don’t really notice how many pages I read while reading manga, but I do think I’ve read 150 pages today (reading 150 pages every day is one of the challenges)!

CHALLENGE

Ner’s description:

In this Book Bingo all you have to do is share the books that you’ve read or will read that match the bingo below. You can repeat books that match more than one category. It’s all entirely up to you how to do it.

My Bookish Bingo:

  • A book that’s in the middle of a series – Lola and the Boy Next Door
  • A book set in another country but yours – Fangirl (since I live in The Netherlands, I can name a lot of books here haha)
  • A book that came/will come out in your birthday month – More Happy Than Not came out last June (I haven’t read it yet)
  • A book that became/will become a movie/tv-series – City of Bones
  • A book with more than 500 pages – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A book that scares you – Winter. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN
  • A book with numbers/a number in the title – I Am Number Four
  • A book written by a male author – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  • A book from a foreign author – The School for Good and Evil (again, a lot of authors I read are foreign to me since I live in the Netherlands)

I will now continue reading! If you’re participating in the read-a-thon, how are you doing? If you’re not, what are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #7

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I’m slowly recovering from my cold- yay! Hopefully I’ll be entirely better soon so I can get back to blogging regularly. I might not do a Discussing Hufflepuff and Blogsterdam this month, but I will definitely do them again in October (it’s almost October already??? What even???). Also woops I still haven’t posted my Q&A answers! Soon guys, I promise.

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  • I’ve finished Queen of Shadows and I haven’t decided on my rating yet. I’m just not sure how I feel.
  • I’ve started rereading Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle which I’ve wanted to do for a while now. There’s so much I’ve forgotten!

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As I mentioned in my last wrap up I had to hold an elevator pitch on Monday, according to my teacher I did well except I shouldn’t sway that much haha. I personally didn’t think it went that well, but as long as she thinks it was good haha.

I WENT TO SEE LIFEHOUSE ON TUESDAY AND THEY WERE AMAZING

My iPhone is now full of pictures of one of my classmates, as we held a photo shoot for a design assignment (we had to find or make pictures associated with certain words) which was fun. The pictures are hilarious haha.

I went to Boekenfestijn on Friday, which is an inside book market where they sell cheap books, which was fun! I’d go again next time, but the other places are a bit far away for me. I’ll wait until they’re in Utrecht again!

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Until I’m completely caught up both on school and blogging, I’ll be showcasing posts that I read this week and liked, so it doesn’t matter when it was posted.

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

The Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon will start tomorrow! I participated last year, but didn’t do so well (I finished one book and couldn’t get through my second), but I hope things will be different this year! I’m also going to host a challenge on Sunday and I’m really excited about that. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still do so until the 22nd here.

The rules:

  •  There’s no need for you to have a blog in order to participate. You can enter by using your Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads and YouTube;
  •  You don’t need to enter every single day. As long as you’re signed-up, read and do a wrap-up at the end, there’s no need for you to show your progress every single day;
  • The sign-up form will be open until September 22nd;
  • Please leave a link to this post on your blog or any other social networks you’re participating with;
  • ATTENTION: only participants of this read-a-thon can enter any of the giveaways hosted!

There are also some official challenges (which I totally failed at last year haha):

  • Read a total of three (3) books – I’m planning on reading an omnibus which contains three short books, so hopefully I’ll succeed at this one!
  • To read at least 150 pages per day – I hope school won’t get in the way of this one
  • To read a book with the colour orange and/or brown on the cover – The Silkworm has orange/brown colours
  • To read a book out of your comfort zone (a book from a genre you don’t normally read) – I’m planning on reading The Silkworm, and while I enjoy mysteries/detectives, I don’t read them that much so it counts!
  • To read a book with a word in the title that’s associated with autumn (autumn itself, leaf, acorn, chestnut, spider, cobweb, Halloween, etc…) – I associate silkworms with autumn haha. (yeah totally using one book for three challenges- ssh)
  • To read a book that scares you (whether it’s a horror book, a book that intimidates you, you can pick up whatever reason for a book you scare you) – I’m probably not going to do this one haha. I don’t really enjoy reading horror (nor do I have a horror book on my shelf) and a book that intimidates me for example is Les Mis, and I’ll never be able to read that in (less than, considering I want to read at least 3 books) a week!

Even though I’m going to be busy with school, I’m really looking forward to this! :) I hope I’ll do well haha.

How was your week? Are you participating in the Read-a-Thon? Let me know in the comments!

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