Asian Readathon: May 2021

Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: May 31, 2021

I was supposed to be working last night but I needed to create my TBR for the Asian Readathon hosted by Cindy (withcindy). I was suddenly reminded of the Asian readathon while scrolling through my feed. (I know, I know…that’s not work either.) This is my first year participating in it, and I’m excited. (Look at me branching out and doing more readathons! Woohoo!) You can watch Cindy’s announcement video or access the Google doc for more information.

The goal of the readathon is to encourage reading more books by Asian authors and what better month than May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to do it in! While challenges can be combined, the twist is that books should feature a character or an author of a different Asian ethnicity. If one book features a Japanese character, then the next book read should a character of a different ethnicity/nationality for it to fulfill any remaining challenges. I really like the push for diversification.

  1. Read any book written by an Asian author.
  2. Read any book featuring an Asian protagonist.
  3. Read any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre.
  4. Read any nonfiction book written by an Asian author.
  5. Read any book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric.

I know that I’m not as productive when school/work is in session, but hopefully I can get these done. The most difficult one for me will be reading a nonfiction book. ACK! Unless it’s something I HAVE TO read, I tend to stay away from nonfiction because I use books for escapism…

PLANNeD TBR

This has already undergone multiple transformations because the diversity twist that seemed fun was a bit harder than expected. This is the final planned TBR–keyword is planned. Heh…

Author
Protagonist
Fave Genre
Non Fiction
Not U.S.-Centric

Trope-ical Readathon: March 2021 Wrap Up

Start Date: March 01, 2021
End Date: March 31, 2021
Completed: 14/16 Prompts
Switched: 4/14 Books
Points: I forgot to keep track

Alas, Trope-ical Readathon has come to an end. I only got to participate in a few sprints on Twitter because my schedule didn’t always align and then I’d forget as well. The sprints are helpful and allow interaction between participants. The madlibs were fun to partake in as well. I’m thankful to all the hosts for taking their time to help participants in obtaining their reading goals! I know they helped me complete a few of the books on here.

What I Hoped vs. How It Went

  • I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to complete all the prompts, but I learned that a readathon during the school year is harder than it looks. I’m surprised I completed as many as I did.
  • I’ve been trying to read Cinderella is Dead for the longest time, and it has continued to evade me! Argh!!
  • I was really excited about my buddy/group read. So what actually happened?
    No one was really motivated to read it so luckily another friend reached out during the beginning of the month. He invited me to attend a virtual book club, and I’m so glad he did because I friggin’ loved Ninth House. I’m still trying to complete the review so I can gush about how I much I enjoyed it.
  • We Free the Stars was a tome. It was wonderful! I’m still trying to put into words how much I liked it. When I finished it, I had to hug it and sigh multiple times.
  • I read additional books and did some rereads, but they didn’t fit the prompts. I hit a reading slump in the beginning/middle of the month due to work and other things, so rereading was helpful.

Final Trope-ical Readathon TBR March 2021

Dead Parents
Dystopia
N/A
Buddy
read
Has TV or Movie Adaptation
Weapon
Before 2000
Enemies to
Lovers
Challenge #1
Celebrity
Romance

One world title
Mixed Media
Multiple POC Characters
Challenge #2
Paranormal
Romance

N/A
Coming of Age
Ebook
Genre don’t usually read
Team Book

I had so much fun and am already looking forward to August! If you participated in the readathon, I’d love to hear about your experience. Or, if you know there are some more interesting readathons out there, let me know about them too! I’d love to participate in some more.

Trope-ical Readathon: March 2021

Start Date: March 01, 2021
End Date: March 31, 2021

I was ecstatic to find out that Jen and Rob decided to do two rounds of the Trope-ical Readathon. The readathon doesn’t begin until March 1 so there’s still a lot of time to sign up! This is one of the most organized readathons I’ve been a part of. Here are some things I like about it:

  • You can change the books on your TBR.
  • If you’re having trouble finding something to fit the prompts, they provide recommendations. It’s posted on the readathon page.
  • If you’re competitive, the leaderboard is automatically updated as people start entering points into a Google form. Not only does it help keep track of how the teams are doing but it also highlights the top contributor on each team.
  • You get points for every page you read even if it’s not a book on your TBR, so if you’re a mood reader like me, this means you still get points for your team if you deviate from the prompts.

For more information, check out the rules at Trope-ical Readathon.

  • I’ve been trying to read Cinderella is Dead for the longest time. Here’s hoping this is the time I finally read it.
  • I’m really excited about the buddy/group read that I’m doing with my IRL friends (gasp!). One of them decided her new year’s resolution would be to finish one book this year. Then we all decided to help each other with our resolutions–mine was to blog more and more consistently.
  • We Free the Stars totally counts because it’s being adapted. So it definitely counts!

Trope-ical Readathon March 2021 TBR

Dead Parents
Dystopia
Buddy
read
Has TV or Movie Adaptation
War Setting
Before 2000
Enemies to Lovers
Challenge #1
Celebrity Romance
One world title
Mixed Media
Multiple POC Characters
Challenge #2
Paranormal Romance
Coming of Age
Ebook
Genre don’t usually read
Team Book

Go #TeamRomance

Reindeer Readathon 2020: Wrap Up

Started: December 1, 2020
Ended: December 31, 2020
Exchange: 8/10
Total points: 130/225

I started off strong, beginning my first book, The Impossible Girl, as soon as it hit midnight in my time zone. I was optimistic. I knew I was going to get this done! I was going to commit to my TBR. Unfortunately, I only kept to my TBR for that one day because I found Sleeper, and it spiraled from there. Do I have regrets? NEVER!!! (hahaha).

I tried my utmost to complete The Burning God and We Hunt The Flame. I successfully completed We Hunt the Flame but was unable to complete The Burning God and opted for a different book. Being on West Coast time, I completely forgot to turn in my points for Comet! ACK! I was unable to complete The Christmas Star (500+ pages), thus unable to get the extra points with Sleighing It despite reading Break Me with the hope that I’d complete all the prompts so that I’d be able to get points for it.

I had fun doing this and participated in the card exchange. The chat on Twitter was great! Participants were super supportive of one another and that helped me get through the prompts. Although I didn’t stick to my TBR, I read some good books.

THE FINAL LIST

Dasher – 15
*Comet*
Dancer – 10
Cupid – 10
Rudolph – 20

Prancer – 15
Donner – 15
*Sleighing It*
Vixen – 25
Blitzen – 20

Congratulations to the winning team!
I look forward to participating in Reindeer Readathon 2021. It will be here before I know it!

Reindeer Readathon 2020

This is my second readathon. WOOHOO!! I decided to participate after Kathryn at Kathryn Books posted about it. It sounded like it would be lots of fun! You can check her post (here) for more information. You can also check out Breakeven Books‘ vlog for the announcement (here). If you’re already participating, I’d love to hear about your TBR!

After participating in the Trope-ical Readathon, I learned that I am very much a mood reader. I moved around nearly half the books on my TBR, and then also switched out the books for ones I felt like reading at the moment. Now, this TBR feels more like a wish list than anything else. But, aren’t all TBR’s like that? (hahaha)

I’m quite proud that this is a list compiled of books that will help make my leaning tower of TBR a little less leaning instead of with random books I found that were interesting. But…we’ll see how long that lasts. I’ve already switched out two books since I first created this list, and I’m already eyeing alternates. Those alternates are looking mighty interesting… (I know. I’m pretty hopeless.)

My “final” list of books is below with each linked to Goodreads along with the prompt and point values. Check them out!

Dasher – 15
one word title
Comet & Star – 30+15
intimidating book
Dancer – 10
sequel
Cupid – 10
genre you
love
Rudolph – 20
MC doesn’t fit in
Prancer – 15
has a map
Donner – 15
something
hidden inside
Sleighing It! – 50
completed all, extra points
Vixen – 25
fox on cover
Blitzen – 20
internal struggle

All right, Team Nutcracker, let’s go crack some…books open!
(What did you think I was going to say?)

Trope-ical Readathon 2020

I am participating in my first readathon. WOOHOO!! After contemplating this for a while, I decided I would take the plunge. I’m already reading romance novels so why not join in on the fun? The Trope-ical Readathon is cohosted by JenJenReviews, and I am looking forward to it. After deciding on my TBR, I am starting to feel like it might be an ambitious endeavor…but then again, the problem,has never been the reading. It’s always been about my TBR and commitment. A goal that isn’t written down is just a wish so here’s to accountability with this post! (hehehe…commitment is scary)

Does anyone else have this problem? I currently have a long list but when I go to pick a book to read, I usually end up picking something that was not on the list. It usually goes a little like this:

  1. And now, I shall check books off my TBR.
  2. Oh, wait! This book sounds interesting. This is the book I shall read next.
  3. Let me pretend it’s always been on my TBR so I can technically say I did read something from the list and check off #1.
  4. Repeat steaps 1-3.

I have to admit that a few…okay, fine, a lot…of these were never on my “official” TBR but they sounded so interesting I had to add them. Then I picked those that I saved on my Kindle app but just never got around to reading because I kept finding other stuff to read. BUT…you see how one of the common challenges says to pick a book you forgot about on your TBR? I at least know for sure that was on my TBR. See…I got this. I am totally trimming down my list of stuff to read (hehehe).

When I decided to participate, I decided to make a map…at 3AM. This is my second iteration of it because I had to switch some books out. The library gave me time frames of anywhere from ~3 weeks to ~10 weeks so I have 16 books and will grab whichever team challenge I can get my hands on first.

Also, I feel quite guilty so I have to make a confession about The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea. This was one I had to substitute in because the library said Tweet Cute would get to me in ~10 weeks. Because strange name is based on the names as nouns trope so I figured I could use Flora. The main character is named Flora and disguises herself as Florin. Flora is a noun, therefore satisfies strange names/names as nouns…I know. It’s a stretch. But it’s been on my TBR for at least a month and I really want to read it. Humor me please. Flora isn’t a strange name. Whew! I’m so happy I got that off my chest.

My final list of books are below and linked to their Goodreads pages. Check them out!

500+ Pages
Part of Series
New Kid in Town
Forbidden Love
Dead Parent(s)
Mixed Media
Recommended
Fake Dating
Strange Name
Ebook
Enemies to Lovers
Anonymous Text
Blast from Past
Retelling
Forgot on TBR
Team Read

I am so ready to be swept off my feet with #TeamRomance. (I mean…just look at my pick for forbidden love.)