My 2017 Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR!

Summer 2017 Biannual Bibliothon

Hey y’all! 😉 Not-so-long ago, I created an announcement post saying that I’ll be participating in the Biannual Bibliothon as well as the 24 in 48 readathon! (I’m also a blogger host, so make sure to click the link above to check out all of the blogging prompts for the week!) I decided I wanted to wait a few more days to make my TBR for the read-a-thon, so here it is!

The challenges are as follows:

233080871) Read the group book

The group book this time actually just so happens to be Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh! I… Had to completely change my TBR for another readathon to accommodate this. Argh.

 

259378802) Read a book from a host’s favorite genre

Caz’s favorite genre is historical fiction. Now, usually I’m rather put off by historical fiction, but after reading A Tyranny of Petticoats, I’ve been thinking about trying some more anyway. So why not start with an author who actually wrote one of my favorite stories from that book? I’ve been wanting to pick up A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee for a while anyway.

66248713) Read a book that has been banned

I actually own the bind-up of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are (it’s called What Goes Around) by Courtney Summers! I’ve already read the first, so for this challenge, I’m going with Some Girls Are, which was on the 2015/2016 banned list.

300378704) Throwback challenge

(Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up)

 

I was SO excited about Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson when I first heard about it, but somehow I never actually got around to ordering/reading it. I’m still excited. YES.

86214625) Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation

I’ve actually been hearing about A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness quite a bit lately! It looks super interesting and I’ve heard that both the book and movie are amazing, so I’d absolutely love to give it a shot.

314509606) Read a book you heard about somewhere other than BookTube (or the blogosphere)

I… Ahem. Bought this book as a cover buy. Because it was sparkly. #sorrynotsorry I looked it up on Goodreads first, but THOSE SPARKLES THOUGH. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser it is.

120000207) Read a book with LGBTQ+ representation

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz is… A long title. But everyone praises this book so highly, and I can’t believe I haven’t jumped onto this bandwagon yet. I can’t wait to read it!


Now, I have to say, although I’ve just chosen seven books, I definitely can’t promise that I’ll read all of those in just one week. My goal is to read 5 of these 7 books, although I am, of course, shooting for all of them. 🙂 And, fortunately for me, the 24 in 48 readathon is happening the day before and first day of this readathon, so that will definitely give me a head start! Wish me luck, I know my fingers will be crossed! 😉 What’s on your TBR for this readathon, or perhaps the BookTubeaThon? Or if you’re not participating in either, what’s a book you recently added to your TBR? (P.S. If you haven’t already, make sure to vote for which books I should read for the #MakeMeRead Readathon!)

Lots of Love, Amy ❤

The #MakeMeRead It Readathon is BACK!!!

(If you’re just here for the poll, scroll down past all my ramblings)

OMG. YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I AM. (Well, I mean, you do now.) I participated in the Make Me Read It Readathon last year and it actually became my second-most viewed post ever. In case you didn’t know, I have my top 5 most popular (most viewed) posts of all time in my sidebar. I try to keep it updated, but it doesn’t change very often anyways, so it’s not really a big deal. Anyway, about a week or so ago, I realized that I hadn’t updated it in quite some time, so I started to go through these posts. (If you’re wondering, the top 4 and 5 spots changed, but not the first three.) When I clicked on this one, I realized that this readathon was just over a year ago, and I clicked back to Ely’s blog to see- YES. IT’S BACK! I’m so glad I didn’t miss it this year. This is an extremely fun readathon and I can’t wait to see what happens. I would’ve included this one with the other readathon announcements, but I didn’t find out about it in time!

But enough of my rambling. This readathon is hosted by the lovely Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea and Titles.

What’s this readathon about?

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

When will it take place?

The Make Me Read It Readathon will start at August 6th and end at August 13th. You can start once it hits 12am in your time zone. The readathon itself lasts for a week!
Since this is an interactive readathon, there is about a month to get some kind of initial post/photo/video/etc. where your readers can vote for which book you read! You can either have a poll, or just rely on the comments, have votes count more than once, honestly this is all up to you! If you plan to participate, make sure you have all your books ready for August 6th!
With all that out of the way, on to the choices! I’ve chosen ten books that I own, ten because I don’t think I’ll read that many but I need some wiggle room, and owned books because there’s no guarantee what library books I’ll have. I’m guessing I’ll probably read 3 or 4 books, especially because some of these are a bit longer. I tried to pick short books, but apparently, I don’t own any!

And here’s the poll! As with last year, feel free to vote for multiple books, whether you’ve read and loved them or you’ve just seen them around and think I might enjoy them. 🙂 I will also be manually adding the votes from my Goodreads poll (which is identical) again.

Which books did you vote for and why? Let me know in the comments down below! If you’re participating, feel free to leave a link to your poll, I’d love to come vote! 😉 Aaaand if you haven’t already, be sure to check out my post announcing all of the blogging prompts for the Biannual Bibliothon (I’m a blogger host).

Lots of Love, Amy ❤

Down the TBR Hole: They just keep coming!

Down the TBR Hole

Can you believe this is the eighth week I’ve done this already??? That’s insane! I mean, it’s… Kind of working… XD You can check out last week’s Down the TBR Hole here!

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

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How to get out of a reading slump: A guide from a recently recovered bookworm!

How to get out of a reading slump

Well hello there! Quite recently, I was in a huge reading slump for a couple of months. Before that, I was in a minor reading slump for the entire beginning of the year. And I’ve just finally pulled myself out of it. So I figured, why not share that experience with you guys? In an extremely rambly, most incoherent how-to guide, of course. Let’s get to it, shall we?


How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

Royal Pains

1) Watch a lot (some might say too much) of TV

For a few days, all I did was watch TV. I mean, try not to let it get too out of hand, but I think it’s good to immerse yourself and be interested in some kind of story. And it’s less work than reading. My particular weapon of choice happened to be Royal Pains, which my mom showed me and now I am obsessed with. (Watch it. It’s on Netflix. It’s amazing.)

2) Read ALL THE FREE STUFF ONLINE

I have NO IDEA why this worked, but it really set the ball rolling for me. It started when I saw a tweet from someone on Twitter (obviously) asking people to read her book for free on Swoon Reads to help it get published. Well I DONE DID THAT. I quite enjoyed What Happens Now and I wish Hazel all the best! After that, I got into the whole Swoon Reads thing, but I wanted the reading I was doing to count towards my Goodreads goal (heavens knows I need it), so I started in on a couple of 2019 releases- The Finding of Secrets by Dee Garretson (which I am over halfway through and still enjoying) and Scratch That by Tiana Smith (which I’ve hardly begun at all).

The Starkillers Cycle

Serial Box

At the same time, I started reading The Starkillers Cycle by Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard, and attempted to get into some serial fiction from Serial Box (although I failed at that one).

A Tyranny of Petticoats

3) Read some short stories (or better yet, a collection of them!)

I just so happened to have A Tyranny of Petticoats checked out from the library, and this was the perfect time for me to pick it up! A Tyranny of Petticoats is a historical fiction anthology written by 15 different popular authors, all about strong women in history. And let me tell you, it was. AMAZING. I would read a story, go do something else for a bit, read another story, and so on and so forth. It was extremely helpful for getting me back into reading ACTUAL THINGS.

The Enemy Within

4) Do a buddy read with someone!!!

Tiana (@ The Book Raven) and I had talked previously about doing a buddy read for The Enemy Within, because we’d both been approached by the author for a review request. Tiana and I are fairly good blogging friends and we always have a fun time talking, so of course the buddy read went extremely well and I had a fantastic time! I definitely think I got more out of the book than if I’d read it by myself, and if this opportunity hadn’t come up, who knows when I would’ve gotten around to reading this!

5) Only read the books on your TBR that you’re MOST excited about!

Maybe this is a given, but it’s definitely important! I started a list (I believe while I was on vacation or in the hospital) of books I desperately wanted to read when I got home. I add to it when I see/remember a book I really want. Like now. And then when it comes time to order some new books or pick the next one out that I want to read, I have my list in hand! I’m calling it my “Top TBR”, and I literally just created it in my notes app on my phone. I highly recommend it!

6) READ ALL OF THE THINGS.

I’ve read four books in as many days. (The first three had the word every in them.) I’m halfway through a fifth. Coincidence? I think not. My reading slump is GONE and I’m SO HAPPY. And ready for ALL THE READATHONS. (Cough 24 in 48 and Bibib cough) And another one in August which you will be hearing about VERY SHORTLY and I am EXTREMELY EXCITED about. Although I’M SURE YOU CAN’T TELL.


What did you all think of my little how-to guide? I definitely recommend trying some of these methods if you’re in a reading slump; they certainly worked for me! But then again, not everything works for everyone. Let me know what your methods for getting out of a slump are, or what you’ve recently read! I’d love to hear from you all. 🙂

Lots of Love, Amy ❤

The Spring Cleaning Book Tag: Unhauling More Books!

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Hey guys! (I know it’s not spring, shhh let’s just pretend shall we) As many of you may know, I (fairly recently) started doing the Down the TBR Hole meme, in which you go through 5-10 books on your TBR and decide whether to keep them or let them go. As I started with about 700 books on my TBR (and continue to add more as I go, argh), I definitely deemed this idea necessary for me. However, with 700 books to get through and only doing ten per week, I’m sure you can do the math- that’s a long time (70 weeks) and it’ll be even longer as I’ve already added extra books and I’m sure that won’t stop. So I figured, why not try to get rid of a few extra?

I also recently started to watch BooksandLala‘s channel on YouTube. I find her super entertaining and her closet unhaul videos are both genius and awesome (each month, she watches her book haul from two years prior, and any books she hasn’t already read or unhauled, she either has to read in the next month or get rid of). Although those would be pretty hard to replicate, I found out that she actually made a spring cleaning book tag/unhaul about a year ago! Not all of the topics will necessarily apply to me, as she was getting rid of physical books (including ones she’s already read), so I may adjust some of them to fit my purposes. Here goes! 🙂

(This ended up being long enough that I decided to split it into two parts, so this is part one of the tag)

1. A Book You Didn’t Like: A Book With a Cover You’re Just Not a Fan Of

(Of which you find the blurb equally disinteresting)

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Down the TBR Hole: And another one bites the dust!

Down the TBR Hole

And another one bites and another one bites and another one bites the dust-ah!

Hey y’all! I know I just did one of these a couple of days ago, but my TBR hole is just pitifully deep and I can’t afford to take a week off! As long as you guys enjoy these, I’ll keep doing them. XD Anyhoo, let’s just get right into it, shall we? If you want to check out “last week’s” post, you can click here!

(P.S. Yesterday I put up my post announcing that I’m a blogger host- meaning I’m hosting a prompt one day of the week that you can join in on- in the Biannual Bibliothon and participating in the 24 in 48 readathon! Make sure to check that out here!)

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

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24 in 48 AND Summer Bibib Readathons???

July 2017 24in48 and Biannual Bibliothon Readathons
Designed by Freepik

That’s right, folks, its that time of year again- the time when the sun decides it wants to murder our skin (unless you’re an Aussie, sorry guys), more books than I could read in my life are published, and ALL OF THE READATHONS COME OUT TO PLAY.

If you don’t know what a readathon is, it’s both supremely awesome and incredibly, devastatingly difficult. Basically, a bunch of people get together, usually on some kind of social media platform, and read as much as you can within a certain amount of time.

Now, my favorite two readathons happen to be overlapping this year. Oh joy. BUT I LOVE THEM SO MUCH HOW COULD I CHOOSE.

The first is the 24in48 readathon, which has a goal of reading 24 hours within a 48 hour time period.

24in48 July 2017 readathon

Last time, I wasn’t able to make the goal (I think I got about 22 hours), but it was still super fun and I got a lot of reading in anyway.

The next readathon is the Summer Biannual Bibliothon, which is just as cool, a week long, and a gazillion times more complicated.

Summer 2017 Biannual Bibliothon

And, I’ve been asked to be a blogger host! This readathon is hosted by seven booktubers, so there are video challenge prompts for every round. But this time around, they wanted to include as many people as possible! Therefore, they’ve asked seven bookstagrammers and seven book bloggers to be hosts for the round, with a different challenge each day. You can find the bookstagrammers and bloggers in the description of this video. And since I want to share this experience with as many of you as possible, I thought I’d try to spread the word about the blogging challenges! They are as follows:

Sunday- Nana @ 4 Teen Liars – The Blogger Book Tag

Monday- Kassie @ Miss Sassy Kassie – Write a Book Review

Tuesday- Dominique @ Pirates and Pixie Dust – The Villain’s Synopsis

Wednesday- Amy @ Bursting With Books (me!) – Roast a Book You Rated 3+ Stars

Thursday- Ashley @ Inside My Minds – Character Connections

Friday- Libby @ Wolf Libby – 25 Facts About Me

Saturday- Dylan @ Reading and Other Random Stuff – Write a Letter to a Character

As the readathon runs from Sunday the 23rd to Saturday the 29th, the blogging prompts are also hosted on the days of the week from the 23rd to the 29th. I hope you’ll join us! I’ll try to do as many of these as I can, but I’m not sure I’ll get to all of them. I’ll definitely be here Wednesday, though!

Along with the blogging, Instagram, and video prompts, there are also reading challenges (as it is a readathon, after all)! You can see the announcement video here. I will be creating a TBR for this readathon, but I recently watched BooksandLala’s guide to readathons, and she recommended not creating your TBR until right before the readathon (which I thought was genius). Therefore, I’m going to wait to make my TBR, and I’ll announce that in another post.

Aaaaand I think that’s all I needed to talk about! Hopefully I explained things well enough. Let me know if you’re participating in either readathon! I’d love to see any prompts you do for the Biannual Bibliothon if you do decide to join. Happy reading! 🙂

Lots of Love, Amy ❤

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