#ReadersCrossing Reading Challenge

Disclaimer: Nintendo owns Animal Crossing, this is a non-profit reading challenge organized by Aentee. This post is not sponsored.

#ReadersCrossing is a reading challenge created by Aentee, based on the newly released game by Nintendo called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. It will take place from December 10 to 31 so we have three whole weeks to complete the challenges. Take a look at Aentee’s post for more info and to sign up.

My favorite theme in the game is Natural so I will be reading five across. Here is my TBR for #ReadersCrossing: 

  • Blessings by Anna Quindlen (set in your country)
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (yellow cover)
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker (classic)
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (animal on the cover)
  • The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale (wilderness setting)
 
If you would like to more info on the game, here’s mini-review (not sponsored):

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a mobile simulation game where you complete the requests of cute animals, craft items and decorate your campsite as well as visit other player campsites. It’s a pretty addicting game and I’ve been playing it for more than a week now. I used to play Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the DS but not anymore. I like this game better because, first of all, you can be play it on a mobile phone, the animals are in rotation so there are new cute animals to meet frequently. In New Leaf, you are given a town with a few animals that don’t come and go. Unless you go to friends towns. In Pocket Camp, you see other players in different areas and can make friends with them. I’m really enjoying this game so far!

Here’s is my info if you want to be friends in-game:

Readers Crossing

I will be updating my progress and experience earned for #ReadersCrossing on my Twitter and Instagram, so follow me there to keep up to date!

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Nora

Bout of Books Readathon 2017 – Wrap Up & Thoughts

Last week, I participated in another readathon called Bout of Books. It was right after 7 in 7 Readathon. I felt kinda burnt out after having read 7 books in a week so I think that may be why I only finished two books and one of them I had already started. But nonetheless, I met a wonderful bunch of people and had fun.

I read One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan Al-Shaykh and Alone With You by Marisa Silver. Read my thoughts on these books next week on my August Wrap Up post.

Did you join Bout of Books? If so, how did it go?

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Nora

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7 in 7 Readathon 2017 Wrap Up

I found out about a readathon from Lala called the 7 in 7 Readathon, where you read 7 things in 7 days. They could be short books, long books, graphic novels, verse… anything as long as you can read it. So opted for 7 short books that I rented out from the library. I was able to read all 7 books within the 7 days! Yay!

My favorite books, in no particular order, are The Stranger, Kitchen, and Coraline. If you like stats, all 7 books totaled 1,002 pages.

  1. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  2. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  3. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  4. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  5. The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

A more detailed post of my thoughts on each book will be in my August Wrap Up post next month.

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Nora

BorrowAThon 2017 Round 2 Wrap Up

Last week was round 2 of the 2017 BorrowAThon (@Borrowathon). I had a lot of fun participating and meeting fellow readers even though I only finished reading two books. It ran from March 19 thru March 26 and the objective is read borrowed books, whether from the library or a friend. There is also a set of six challenged that you can optionally do, which I tried.

The first challenge is Try before you buy, which I planned on reading Spinster: Making A Life Of One’s Own by Kate Bolick but I abandoned it. I think it’s a nonfiction memoir type of book and I’m not that into those.

Next is A Graphic Novel which I read and finished Smile by Raina Telgemeier. I really liked this book.

Another challenge was Try a New-to-you author which I tried to read Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi but I abandoned it. It was sort of a stream of consciousness book mixed with a plot which I couldn’t get into. The writing style was lovely, though.

Next challenge is A book recommended to you which was Shelter by Jung Yun but I didn’t get to that week. But I finished it this week. I will discuss it in my March 2017 Reading Wrap Up post.

Next is A book with your favorite color on the cover, which was While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (It has a purple cover, my favorite color!). I didn’t get to this book but I would like to someday read a Kurt Vonnegut book.

And lastly, A book that involves a library in some way, which I read The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami.

I will talk a little more about the books I read during the Borrowathon in my March 2017 Reading Wrap Up post next week. I really had a lot of fun participating in Borrowathon and meeting new people, doing Twitter chats and sprints. I can’t wait until Round 3 which is in November. Borrowathon was created by Riley (@rmfickfack). I’m so grateful for her taking time to host as well as Lala (@ObbsandLala).

Did you participate in the Borrowathon? If so, what was your favorite book?

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Nora

#Borrowathon TBR

#Borrowathon is a readathon that I will be participating in and it’s a readathon where you read books that you’ve borrowed either from a library or a friend, which I think is a brilliant readathon idea. It is from Sunday, March 19 @ 12 am until Sunday, March 26 @ 11:59 pm. I think readathons are a great way to get some extra books in and so far I’ve only finished one book so far (while abandoning a few). #Borrowathon has 6 optional challenges that you can participate in and get some ideas on what to read.

Here are the books I plan on reading based on the challenges:

1) Try before you buy: Spinster: Making A Life Of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
2) A Graphic Novel: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
3) Try a New-to-you author: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
4) A book recommended to you: Shelter by Jung Yun
5) A book with your favorite color on the cover: While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (It has a purple cover, my favorite color!)
6) A book that involves a library in some way: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

I also plan on participating on Twitter with Sprints and Chats as well as updating how my reading is going so follow me!
Are you going to participate in #Borrowathon? What are you going to read?

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Nora

24 in 48 Readathon has finished!

The 24 in 48 Readathon ended Sunday night and this being my first readathon, I think I did good. I read for a total of 5 hours in the 48 hours. I spent some time with family and friends as well, so it might not seem like I read much but for me, it’s sufficient. That’s an average of 2.5 hours a day. A lot more that I average on regular days. Someday I’d like to read more, of course, during the next readathon or maybe have my own personal readathon.

Even though it was only 5 hours, I finished two books, Go Ask Alice and Fearless: Run which completed my goal of reading 18 books this year, which I keep track of on Goodreads. Of course, I will continue to read more books till the end of year and hopefully I’ll read at least 6 more. My last years goal was to read 17 books, but I actually ended up reading 23. I would like to use the rest of year to get to 24.

What are you reading goals for this year?

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Nora

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24 in 48 Readathon

This weekend is the 24 in 48 Readathon and I am planning on participating. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a readathon where you read as much as you can for 24 hours within a 48 hour period. The great part is you don’t actually have to read for 24 hours, you can read as much or as little as your time allows. I do have plans this weekend but they aren’t big ones so I plan to read as much as I can in between. It’s my first marathon and I’ve been wanting to participate in one for a while now. I plan to read the Fearless books, which is a series and I have 14 books of it. I really want to finish that series so I hope I read a good chunk of it. Plus they are small books, good enough to carry around.

I might do status updates here on my blog but definitely on my Twitter. If you want to learn more about 24 in 28 Readathon and/or sign up, go here.

In other news: On Sunday, I might even do hourly journaling in my physical paper journal for the hell of it and also because I’m almost done with that journal and can’t wait to start on my new journal.

Anyway, let me know below if you’re participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon!

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Nora

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