The House Cup Reading Challenge Update Post


The hosts of The House Cup Reading Challenge are Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Lauren of Live, Love, Read, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. The House Cup Reading Challenge took place from October 15th to November 12th (today). The point was to get from a first year student to a seventh year student by reading seven books before the month is over with. I represented Ravenclaw. The house Head Girls who you report your points to are listed below:

Gryffindor: Lauren @BetweenDPages
Hufflepuff: Kelsey @Kelsenator
Ravenclaw: Alex @booksydaisy
Slytherin: Erica @slytherinchica


I used the #HouseCupReadingChallenge hashtag during the reading challenge. It’s 1 point per update tweet (20 points total limit). I ended up tweeting 10 updates for 10 points.



Challenge Categories and Points Breakdown


Main Challenge (20 points each)
First Year: book of reader’s choice – The Sun Is Also a Star (20 points)
Second Year: book of reader’s choice – This is War (Checkmate Duet #1) (20 points)
Third Year: book of reader’s choice – Monstress Vol. 1 (20 points)
Fourth Year: book of reader’s choice – Saga Vol. 7 (20 points)
Fifth Year: book of reader’s choice – Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 (20 points)
Sixth Year: book of reader’s choice – Rat Queens Vol. 1 (20 points)
Seventh Year: book of reader’s choice – Hooking Up (20 points)



Bonus Challenges (10 points each)
There are 13 bonus challenges, but books you read for these can’t count for the main challenge:
Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship – This is Love (Checkmate Duet #2) (10 points)
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery – The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett (10 points)
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature – Once Upon a Frog (10 points)
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers – Beautiful Creatures (10 points)
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel – The Fortunate Ones (10 points)
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group


Final Points Count:
10 points – Twitter updates
140 points – First-Seventh Year books
50 points – Bonus Challenge books
200 points for #TeamRavenclaw!!!!!


Maybe I didn’t do as well as some people with the challenge, but I’m so happy with what I all read. I had some reading slumps and still managed to read 12 books (mostly due to audiobooks and graphic novels). If you participated, how’d you do with the challenge? Let me know in the comments!

The Reading Quest Update Post


Aentee from Read at Midnight hosted #TheReadingQuest! The quest took place from August 13th to September 10th. I chose the Knight path.


My stats from this challenge are as follows:

EXP: 150

HP: 341

Level: 3

Books finished: 9

Total pages read: 1,779

Audiobook hours: 48 hours 44 minutes



The Knight’s Quest:

  • The first book of a series – Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon – approx. 8 hours
  • A book with a verb in its title – Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally – 304 pages
  • A book with a weapon on its cover – Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward – 434 pages
  • A book with a red cover – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – 421 pages
  • A book that has a TV/Movie adaption – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – approx. 13 hours 45 minutes
  • Grind: A book with 500+ pages (side quest) – Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens – 530 pages
  • Open World: Read whatever you want (side quest) – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – approx. 12 hours 20 minutes
  • Mini Game: Read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection (side quest) – Seducing His Student by London Hale – 92 pages
  • Time Warp: A book set in either the past of the future (side quest) – Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – approx. 14 hours 40 minutes





I shared some updates on Twitter via the hashtag #TheReadingQuest. Overall, I’m really happy with my progress. After being in a reading slump, finishing 9 books is great. All of the artwork was provided by Aentee of Read at Midnight, and was created by CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

May 2016 Readathons

I plan on participating in Read Your Book Shelf A Thon (May 1-8 #RYBSAT), Book Buddy A Thon (May 7-13 #bookbuddyathon), and also Bout of Books 16 (May 9-15 #boutofbooks). Below are my tentative TBR books for each readathon. Because the Book Buddy A Thon & Bout of Books 16 dates mostly overlap, I’m keeping almost the same TBR for both. Here are the quick and dirty (tehe) rules of each readathon:

  1. RYBSAT: Pick a spot on your book shelf & read from there forward
  2. Book Buddy A Thon: Pick a buddy & then read books that meet these challenges
    1) Buddy read a book
    2) Buddy’s favorite color
    3) First initial of buddy’s name
    4) Choose 3 books & let your buddy pick one
    5) Any book
  3. Bout of Books 16: A week long readathon, usually from 12:01 AM on a Monday through 11:59 PM on a Sunday in whatever time zone you’re in. It’s low pressure, meaning you’re only asked to push yourself to read more than you normally would during any given week.


Read Your Book Shelf A Thon TBR:

The Boy Most Likely To Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold How We Fall


Book Buddy A Thon TBR:

Pushing the Limits The Wrong Side of Right Love Story How To Love The Unexpected Everything


Bout of Books 16 TBR:

Pushing the Limits The Wrong Side of Right Love Story How To Love The Unexpected EverythingHearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross


Are you participating in any of these readathons? If so, which ones?

Spring Cleaning Readathon Wrap-Up Post

Spring Cleaning Readathon


My good friend Lucy from Books With Lucy hosted the Spring Cleaning Readathon this past weekend. I had to finish up some previously started books on Friday, on top of working 9 hours, so I didn’t get that far on my originally planned TBR list. But overall, I’m happy with my progress during the readathon, which you can see below. I participated in some reading sprints (especially on Saturday) & made some updates using the #SpringCleanReads hashtag.


Friday: Second Chance Summer – 279 pages & finished – 5 stars

What I Thought Was True – approx. 6.5 hours (i.e. approx. 211 pages) & finished – 4/4.5 stars

Saturday: Nowhere But Here – 257 pages

Sunday: Nowhere But Here – 239 pages & finished – 5 stars

Walk the Edge – 28 pages


Second Chance Summer What I Thought Was True Nowhere but Here Walk the Edge


Books I Didn’t Get To: Not If I See You First, and If He Had Been With Me

  Not If I See You First If He Had Been with Me


How’d everyone else do with the readathon if they participated?