Wrap Up: May 2020

Last month I read 17 books. I also I finished my JourneyAThon and Bookemon TBRs.

I track stats including genre, special formats like plays or graphic novels, some types of representation for authors and main characters, and my star ratings. I also track the different book “projects” I’ve created for myself. You can read the descriptions for each project on my About page.

The stats and reviews for last month’s books are: Continue reading “Wrap Up: May 2020”

Wrap Up: April 2020

Last month I read 25 books. I also I finished my O.W.L.s to become an Herbologist for the Magical Readathon.

I track stats including genre, special formats like plays or graphic novels, some types of representation for authors and main characters, and my star ratings. I also track the different book “projects” I’ve created for myself. You can read the descriptions for each project on my About page.

The stats and reviews for last month’s books are: Continue reading “Wrap Up: April 2020”

TBR: JourneyAThon and Bookemon, Round 3

The JourneyAThon and Bookemon readathons, both in round 3, will occur during all of May this year. I’ve participated in both readathons in earlier rounds, and they’re a ton of fun. Bookemon is all about reading books to collect Pokemon by types. For JourneyAThon, readers need to pick a path across a fictional map to the destination city, and there are lots of travel choices along the way!

Both readathons have awesome systems in place for picking teams and counting points to make it extra fun. I’ve found myself distracted by those features in past, putting more time into points than reading, so I’m just going to stick to matching books to prompts to guide my TBR.

The books I’m going to read, along with the prompts they fill, are:

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Wrap Up: March 2020

Last month I read a colossal 21 books! AND I finished all the challenges for the March of the Mammoths, Women’s History Month, and Sims-A-Thon readathons. It’s been so long since I accomplished that for a readathon.

I track stats including genre, special formats like plays or graphic novels, some types of representation for authors and main characters, and my star ratings. I also track the different book “projects” I’ve created for myself. You can read the descriptions for each project on my About page.

The stats and reviews for last month’s books are: Continue reading “Wrap Up: March 2020”

TTT: Books To Be Made Into Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is currently hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover, but I can’t really think of any signs that aren’t the same old, same old, so I’m doing a past topic instead: Books To Be Made Into Movies.

Now honestly, I’ve been disappointed by movie versions of books so often that I tend not to think, after reading a great book, that a movie should be made from it. (I’ve listed a few exceptions here and here.)

For the purposes of this list, I’m making the caveat that these books would make great movies IF AND ONLY IF the movie makers actually make the book’s contents into a faithful adaptation and don’t eff it up royally. Also, I might love a book to death, but books that focus on lush writing and internalized emotional arcs just won’t translate to a visual format, so I haven’t included those types.

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T5W: Favorite Character Names

Today for Top 5 Wednesday I’ll be listing 5 of my favorite character names. I’ve had a thing for names since I was a kid. I’d spend hours scouring baby name websites, making lists, and creating Sims with my favorites. For the purposes of today’s list, I’ll include more unusual names, over-the-top names, or name combinations to help me narrow down the options. Continue reading “T5W: Favorite Character Names”

TTT: Genre Freebie (Jewish Characters)

Top Ten Tuesday is currently hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Genre Freebie: pick a genre and build a list around it. I chose to feature my top ten books with Jewish characters. And only ONE of them is a Holocaust story, because while we should never forget, there’s more to Jewish life and history than World War II. Continue reading “TTT: Genre Freebie (Jewish Characters)”

TBR: O.W.L.s Magical Readathon – Year 3

Ah, a readathon of epic fantasy proportions. The premise is to choose a Harry Potter-related career and read books based on the testing requirements to enter that career. How fun is that? The creator goes through an incredible amount of work to set up the O.W.L.s readathon (April 2020) and, in a few months, the N.E.W.T.s readathon. I participated in both last year (trying to become a Curse Breaker) and had a blast. Full information about the readathons can be found at the Magical Readathon Twitter account.

Since I bought plants for the first time this year & haven’t managed to kill them yet, I’m feeling confident enough to pursue the Herbologist career. Below are the O.W.L.s I’ll need to achieve and optional seminar requirements, along with their reading prompts and the books I chose.

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