Sbooktober Sbooktacular Reading Adventure TBR


Well, I’m back at it with another October Readathon. This week I have considerably more time to dedicate to it, so I think the results will be better.

Readathon: Sbooktacular Reading Adventure 

When: 10/25-10/31

Who: Novel Thoughts

Challenges:


Route:

Team: SbookyVampire

My TBR

Trick-Or-Treat: Book of My Choosing:

Book Set in the Past/ Book With Magic:


Book With Orange on the Cover:


Read After the Sunsets/Dark in the Title 


Gothic:



It’s overly ambitious, but next month is NaNoWriMo so I probably won’t be reading as much (you know until I realize that there is no way I’m making it to 50,000 words and give up) and need to take advantage of this week.

What are you reading for Halloween?

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October Owlcrate Unboxing AND a Spookathon Update

Well it’s THAT time of the month again… the time when I stumble home from work to find a treat on my doorstep: 

OWLCRATE IS HERE!


October’s Theme: Find Me in the Forest


I was pumped for the theme because I love woodsy rustic aesthetics and I had a really good feeling what the book would be (I was right). I was excited to hear that there would be a candle and a mug… so without further ado…

This coaster Kristin Askland coaster is easily my favorite item! I love the art style, foxes are my favorite animal and it’s a nice Thoreau quote.

An In the Wick of Time candle based on The Raven Cycle series… a series I DNFed hardcore. But it smells pretty. 


Loose leaf tea from Riddles Tea Shoppe

The much buzzed about Harry Potter mug…  I was slightly disappointed in it. It’s not really my taste and I actually prefer the design of the box… oh well, I’ll still use it. 

A Princess Mononoke art print by Audra Auclair.

Adorable magnetic bookmark from Craftedvan. I love them. 

Finally, THE BOOK! Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. I knew this would be the book, and I’m so excited!

Here’s the whole thing. It’s a nice box with some really great things in it. I was a little underwhelmed by the mug and candle but I love everything else.

I did skip November’s box because I think I know the book and none of the fandoms mentioned appeal to me.

SPOOKATHON UPDATE

Finished:


Started but will probably DNF it:

I’ve given it 75 pages and it’s just doing nothing for me… I’m taking a break from it for now. 

Currently Reading 

I love the cover, I love the premise… I’m giving it a shot. I’m also watching Addams Family Values, so we’ll see how much reading actually gets done tonight. 

Unboxing: September Uppercase 

As you may remember, Owlcrate’s September box theme (Mythical Creatures) didn’t appeal to me at all and I opted to skip this month with them. 

But I didn’t want to go a month without a box…especially my birthday month (more on that later) so I opted to try out Uppercase this month, and I was not disappointed!


First of all, how effin’ cute is the packaging?! It’s not bulky and doesn’t take up space in the way other boxes do. I mean I can’t be the only one who for some reason takes forever to throw out boxes, can I?


Inside the cute bag are delightful little treasures!

  • A signed copy of Warcross by Marie Lu
  • A Warcross button
  • Hogwarts house crest coasters
  • An Uppercase exclusive “Book Queen” keychain 
  • An ALA Banned Book Week sticker 
  • A Reading Experience bookmark 

For the price (it’s one of the most affordable book subscription boxes) it’s a great buy! I’m really pleased with it, and actually can’t wait to read Warcross!


I’ll be back on Owlcrate next month for their “Meet Me in the Forest” theme, and I’m debating trying out LitCube’s “It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus” box.

So Basically… I’m exhausted, or 24in48 Readathon Wrap-Up Post

Well, dear readers. We did it. I say “we” because a good number of you were with me throughout most of the 24in48 journey, and for that I’m pretty darn grateful.

I’ve now put roughly 48 hours between me and the readathon, I gone to work, I’ve watched a lot of The Great British Baking Show, and I think I’m recovered enough to reflect and wrap up.


It was definitely an experience. I mean I went into this assuming I would cop out around hour 12 and be proud that I made it that far. But somehow (I’m going to say that it was the much needed boost I got from reading Moxie) I managed to read for 24+ plus hours. Which is pretty cool. I read six books in the equivalent of one day. I managed to live blog pretty much the whole thing AND I won the Hour 42 challenge!

Before I close this chapter for good, I’ve got a few reflections:

Best Book I Read: A Million Junes by Emily Henry This book was so good and such a surprise. I cried ugly tears and hugged the book to my chest when it was over. Loved it.

Worst Book I Read: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle ugh… this book. I was so excited to read it! It had such a cool premise! But it was SOOOO boring! I just ugh… so bad.

Favorite Book I Read: Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu THIS BOOK! This book excited me so much as I read it. I listened to Riot Grrrl music and wanted to smash the patriarchy from start to finish. It’s not perfect, it isn’t as intersectional in its feminism as I’d like it to be. But I really liked reading it.

Highlight: All the awesome support from the online book community! It was amazing! 

Highlight 2: Finishing my 4th book and realizing I was kind of crushing it.

Lowlight: Losing my entire clock at 19:50 hours…I legit cried.

Lowlight 2: Being bit by a f@*#ing spider! BTW it still itches sooooo bad.

I had so much fun! Bonus, I earned my book buying ban relief day! I’ll share what I got when they arrive from Amazon.

I will totally do this again.

Moxie Girls Fight Back!

I just finished Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu and IT IS SO GOOD!


I’ll be doing a full review later this week. But ugh it is so good! I can’t wait for people to start reading this book!

Speaking of fighting back…

I’m still pushing on despite my loss of my official clock…


I’ve got roughly 2 and a half hours left to go. I won’t be able to start and finish a whole book in that time, so I’m going to try to finish my eARC of Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust.


See you on the other side!

Day 2: The Home Stretch.

I have EIGHT HOURS to go!

I’m breaking from my original TBR and am going to kick today off with the e-ARC of Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu that NetGalley sent me.


I’ve read too much about murder and violence this readathon… I had nightmares…weird nightmares.


See you in a bit!