#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. 

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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.

Ten Book Series I Want To Start

I was looking around my Goodreads page and began a list of books I wanted to start and then I figured that I could narrow that down and make a blog post about it! So I will give the list and the reason I want to start the book series.

  1. “An Ember In The Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir: I have wanted to read this book since I heard about it before it came out. I got the book the day it came out but have not started it yet. It sounds incredible and has got amazing reviews so far which makes me want to read it even more.
  2. “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin: I have watched a few episodes of the series and I really liked it and I heard that the books are just as good, though I have heard that they are slow and too detailed in parts, so I need to pick up these books.
  3. “Mistborn” by Brandon Sanderson: I have heard amazing things about this series and I really want to read this series. I was worried to read an epic fantasy but then I started to read “The Name of the Wind” and realized I could easily fall into the intense world of fantasy.
  4. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas: I have read Sarah J. Maas’ “Throne of Glass” series, well the first one at least, and I really enjoyed her writing style so I want to read more of her books.
  5. “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard: These books have such pretty covers and amazing premises that I have no idea why I haven’t read this series yet. There are some bad reviews but I figure that I will like it because it sounds like it would be right up my alley.
  6. “Little House” by Laura Ingalls Wilder: I grew up watching this TV show and I absolutely loved it. I remember when I was younger I had taken the books out of the library but I don’t think I read them for whatever reason. I really want to read the series and relive my childhood.
  7. “Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes: This is a young adult epic fantasy that sounds so interesting that I think whenever I am in the middle of a book that I should read the series but then when I get done the book I forget about them and I start the cycle again.
  8. “Bitten” by Kelley Armstrong: This is her adult series that I have wanted to read ever since I read her Young Adult series. All of my friends say that it is really good and I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet.
  9. “Paper Gods” by Amanda Sun: These books are set in Japan, enough said.
  10. “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare: The first spin off series in the Mortal Instruments’ world. This is set in the past and I have heard nothing but good things about this series and I really want to read it after I read “City of Glass.”

 

The Goodreads Tag

This is the Goodreads Tag that was created by SpiralBookmark, you can find her here.

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

  • The last book that I have read was “Forbidden Forest” by Tenaya Jayne.

2. What are you currently reading?

  • I am currently reading “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss.

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

  • The last book I added to my ‘to read’ shelf was “Wires and Nerve” by Marissa Meyer.

4. What book do you plan to read next?

  • I plan to read “The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson next.

5. Do you use the star rating system?

  • Yes I do, unless I do not know how to rate the book if my feelings are conflicted about the book.

6. Are you doing a [2016] Reading Challenge?

  • Yes I am, I have challenged myself to read 52 books this year.

7. Do you have a wishlist?

  • I do not have one on Goodreads but I do have one on Amazon and Chapters.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

  • I plan to buy “Dark Soul” by Tenaya Jayne next.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

  • “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” – Dumbledore; “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

10. Who are your favorite authors?

  • Some of my favorite authors are: J.K. Rowling, Marissa Meyer, Diana Wynne Jones, Cassandra Clare, Laini Taylor, Sarah J. Maas, Arina Tanemura, Yuu Watase, Julietta Suzuki.

11. Have you joined any groups?

  • Yes I have. I have joined: #AYearAThon, Listen Along Audiobook Club.

12. Are there any questions you would like to add?

  • No I believe these questions are good and encompass Goodreads perfectly.

 

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The Coffee Book Tag

This is a tag created by BangadyBangz on YouTube. You can find his video on the tag here.

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

  • For this question I think I would have to say the “Mistborn” series by Brandon Sanderson because the books are so long and intimidating. There are so many people on YouTube who talk about this series and I really want to get into them.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

  • I think the “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling because they just seem to be an excellent series to read in the winter.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?

  • My favorite children’s book is definitely “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones. While I did not read this book until I was in my 20s and after I had seen the Studio Ghibli adaptation, it is still classified as a children’s book.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

  • I would have to say “Winter” by Marissa Meyer. This is the last book in the “Lunar Chronicles” series and I couldn’t put it down and I was so worried that certain characters would die and I had to know how it would finish.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

  • “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James is definitely everywhere, there is no escaping seeing that book at least once on a trip to the bookstore.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout

  • For this one I am choosing an author who is both self-published and regularly published, Jennifer L. Armentrout.

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

  • I was expecting a lot more from “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

  • “The Hunger Games” trilogy was definitely both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

 

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