#radreadathon Wrap Up

This last week, May 23-29, there was a readathon that I participated in. It was so much fun! There were challenges to complete which were so fun to figure out what I would read for those challenges. 

The challenges were: 

  • Read a book with 500 pages or more – “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas (I had planned on reading “Queen of Shadows” for this one but I didn’t get to it)
  • Read a book with 250 pages or less – “Moonshine” by Tim O’Rourke or “Until November” by Aurora Rose Reynolds
  • Read a book with “Queen” in the title – “The Snow Queen’s Captive” by Jill Myles (again I planned on reading “Queen of Shadows”)
  • Read a book by a new author – can be either “Moonshine” by Tim O’Rourke or “The Snow Queen’s Captive” by Jill Myles
  • Start a series – “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas or “Until November” by Aurora Rose Reynolds
  • Finish a series – “Moonshine” by Tim O’Rourke 
  • Read a purple book – “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas

So in total I have read 6 books in the week of the #radreadathon. I think I did pretty good even though I did not complete all the books I had planned and read more short books than long. 

Photo source: here 

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Not Just For School

My return to my website

After three months of thinking, I decided to open this website up and keep it running. I had so much working on this over the term and I have been missing posting things! I have so many ideas what I can do with this website which makes me so excited.

What will I be posting?

  • Reviews of books that I read
  • Pop figures I get and the ones I have been so excited about
  • Book hauls
  • Book tags
  • Anime I have watched
  • Music I find
  • TV shows I like
  • Movies I like (possibly review them as well)
  • What am I reading now?

I have so many more plans! I hope I can make them all happen.

Tsum Tsums

Over the past year or so, I have been collecting something called “Tsum Tsums” from the Disney store. They are little stackable plush that are the different Disney characters. Every 1st, and now 3rd, Tuesday of every month the Disney store releases new Tsums. I fell in love with them after reading that they came from Japan and the word Tsum comes from the Japanese word 積む or tsumu which means to stack. 

I keep trying to tell myself that I won’t buy anymore and then I see what the next ones are going to be and I am like “I NEED TO BUY THESE!!!” I am most definitely obsessed with them because they are so adorable! They are fun to collect and find places where I can place them. 

The newest ones that I just got were for the movie “Zootopia” and now I see that the next ones that are going to be released March 1 are the ones for “Tangled” which is one of my favorite Disney movies so I will definitely need to get those! 

Find out more about Tsum Tsums: here 

U.S. Covers versus U.K. Covers 

I never knew that the size of U.K. books were different than those here! There’s a large difference between sizes and the books in the U.K. tend to be stiffer than those here, our books are considered “floppy” and makes it so you won’t break the spine as easily. I don’t know why I didn’t think that the covers may be different in some cases since I knew that the covers of the “Harry Potter” books were different between the U.S. and Canadian/U.K. covers. The U.K. 

Which do I like more?

I tend to like the U.K. covers more than the U.S. covers. I like the different colors and styles that they use for their covers. Look at the “Mistborn” trilogy covers, the style looks so pretty compared to the U.S. covers. The one on the left is the U.K. cover and the one of the right is the U.S. cover. The U.S. cover makes the series look like a typical fantasy book and the U.K. cover looks like it is more in-debth with the series and it gives it an almost mysterious look. 

There has been times that I like the U.S. covers more than the U.K. but I do tend to like the U.K. ones more. I do like that the U.S. books are “floppy” so I won’t break the spine and make the book look ugly. 

Reading in Japanese

I have started trying to read different manga and books in Japanese. I have now accumulated 5 different manga series in its original Japanese and 2 book series that were originally in English but now is in Japanese. I try to read as much as I can possibly read to see how much I can read. I have enough Japanese knowledge that I can get through quite a bit of the book. There are times when I do not know the kanji that is written so I have to look it up or ask my tutor about it. I find I really enjoy reading in actual Japanese for manga.

For manga I have:

  • Elfen Lied” by Lynn Okamoto: a gory manga that I love a lot! The story is very intense and sometimes it is hard to keep up with.
  • Gakuen Alice” by Tachibana Higuchi: I first read this series in English until Tokyopop closed down and stopped distribution of manga. I love the characters and story.
  • Hana to Akuma” by Hisamu Oto: This is a cute manga that I really enjoyed reading and it was easy to read.
  • Help” by Kiyo Fujiwara: This is a really cute manga and it is really easy to read in Japanese.
  • V.B. Rose” by Banri Hidaka: Like Gakuen Alice, I read this first in English but didn’t get to finish it in English so I finished it in Japanese.

For originally English books I have:

  • Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling: This is an incredibly difficult to read in Japanese but it is an excellent goal to have for my learning Japanese.
  • How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowell: This was much easier to read and it is really cute to read in Japanese.

Top Ten Book Series I Need To Continue 

These are some books that I really need to continue and I plan to read these books this year for sure! The series are amazing and you will want to read more into them. Yes I know, more lists but I happen to like lists!

  1. Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo: I read “Shadow and Bone” back in the summer and I really enjoyed it and I really want to read the rest of the series this year!
  2. City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare: I have been watching “Shadowhunters” show on Netflix and I have really been wanting to return to the Shadowhunter world and finish the series since I started it back in 2009, oops.
  3. The Death Code” by Lindsay Cummings: The first book was really amazing! I really need to read this one and find out what happened to the characters!
  4. The Revolution of Ivy” by Amy Ewing: “The Book of Ivy” ended on such a cliffhanger that you need the second book so that you can find out what happened to Ivy.
  5. Twisted Perfection” by Abbi Glines: The one true romance novel on this list. I read the first four books of the series about Blaire and Rush and this is about two more characters within that world. I am not sure why I didn’t continue with this series because I really did enjoy the first four.
  6. Ten Thousand Skies Above You” by Claudia Gray: This world is so amazing and the way “A Thousand Pieces of You” ended it made me go “WHAT?!” I was so sad that I had to wait so long, I read the first right around the time it came out, and yet I have not read this one yet.
  7. Ensnared” by A.G. Howard: The twisted Alice in Wonderland, this story is so intriguing and I, again, do not know why I haven’t read this one and finished the series with this book.
  8. Spinning Starlight” by R.C. Lewis: This world is so different than anything I have ever read. It was so interesting to read about and this is a spin-off of “Stitching Snow” so I am a little apprehensive to read this but I still really want to read it at the same time.
  9. Ice Like Fire” by Sara Raasch: Surprisingly, the first book did not end on a cliffhanger but you finish the book knowing that it’s not the last you’ve heard from the antagonist.
  10. The Wise Man’s Fear” by Patrick Rothfuss: I am about 2/3 of my way through “The Name of the Wind” and I already want to read the next one! This world is so interesting to read about and I am wanting more.

Games I Like To Play

I am by no means a serious gamer but I do like to play an occasional game, usually until the game makes me rage hardcore. I typically play games for a little while, get bored or forget to play again. I like playing casually because it seems to make the experience more enjoyable for me. I have a lot of consoles and I play on my computer as well. I am by no means bragging, but I have a PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, WiiU, Xbox 360, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro, GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo 64 . I did not realize I had so many until I started listing them. I now tend to just play PlayStation 3, WiiU, and Nintendo 3DS because I have found a lot of games that I like to play on these systems.

Whenever I play “Assassin’s Creed,” I will get so immersed in the game that when I die I will rage like crazy. Even when someone talks to me I will snap at them to be quiet so I can concentrate. It is like that with most games even with a simple game like “Super Mario Bros.” I will rage.

I think the only types of games I do not become angry with but I will still be immersed in the game are games like “Pokemon” or “Animal Crossing.” I have liked “Pokemon” since my brother got “Pokemon Blue” and I would watch him play for a long time and then I finally started to play it myself. After that I started to collect all the “Pokemon” games that have come out since that time. Then with “Animal Crossing,” my friend introduced the game to me when “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” came out. I enjoyed that game more than I ever expected I would.

I enjoy playing “Super Mario Bros.” games with my mom a lot. My mom loved the games so she would always play the games with me no matter what they were or if she would lose, like in “Mario Kart” because she never liked racing games.

I am one of those people who like to watch YouTubers play games on YouTube. They have introduced me to so many different games, like “Town of Salem.” I enjoy watching these YouTube videos because they bring a comedic element to the games and they make even the most boring games funny.

Sources: Super Mario Bros., Assassin’s Creed, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Town of Salem, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox