1. Bout of Books 13 + #CrushYourTBR

    May 10, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    I am participating in not one but TWO readathons this week, and I wanted to let you know what they are in case you want to join in!

    The first one is called Bout of Books, which runs from Monday the 11th to Sunday the 17th. This one has pretty loose rules; you basically set your own goal and then can participate in the challenges along the way if you so choose. I’m actually hosting Wednesday’s challenge here on my blog, so make sure to stop back and see what it is!

    Then on Friday the 15th – Sunday the 17th (it overlaps, which is actually kind of nice – double motivation!) I’ll also be participating in #CrushYourTBR, which is also a pretty casual TBR meant to encourage people to get through the books on their shelves at a quicker rate than normal. It’s great.

    I’ve got a pretty over-ambitious TBR for the week, but I plan to start bringing a book to work and reading on my lunch break, which will help. I might not get through all of these, but by george I’m going to try.

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    I’ll likely be tweeting about the readathon experience over the course of the week, so make sure you’re following me on Twitter if you want to see my updates. It should be a lot of fun, and I’m dying to start. There are some books in that stack I’ve been meaning to read for months, so it should be great.

    Let me know if you’re participating, and what you’re hoping to accomplish. Happy reading!

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  2. Free Comic Book Day ’15

    May 8, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, YouTube videos by Kristina Horner

    Free Comic Book Day has been a favorite event of mine for years now, and 2015 was no exception. In fact, this was hands down my best Free Comic Book Day yet! I picked up all the standard free comics that looked amazing, but I also happened upon some crazy deals and scored some finds you totally won’t believe. It was wonderful. I went a little nuts, but I have no regrets. 😀

    Did you check out Free Comic Book Day in your own town? What was the best thing you picked up?

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  3. April Reading Wrap Up

    ♥ Posted in: Books, YouTube videos by Kristina Horner

    I read TEN books in April, which is probably the most I’ve ever read in a single month before. I was so proud of myself for finding time for all of this, and I filmed this wrap up video to tell you all about it!

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  4. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 4/25 – Wrap Up!

    April 26, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon yesterday, April 25th. I cheated a little, starting Friday night, but I had the evening to myself so I wanted to get reading early. Technically I was supposed to start at 5am my time, but I started around 7pm the night before because I knew I’d be sleeping through many of the pivotal reading hours.

    Basically I just made my personal 24 hours of reading a little more convenient to keeping a regular sleeping schedule.

    My goal for the readathon, as I stated in a previous blog post, included a stack of a two books I was halfway through and a couple graphic novels I’d been meaning to read. As I got closer to the actual event, I revised my goal to include one more short novel and to read at least 500 pages over the course of the day.

    Here’s how I did:

    Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: I read the 275 pages I had left. 5 hours.
    Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: I read all 144 pages. 1 hour.
    Sex Criminals Vol. 2 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: I read all 128 pages. 1 hour.
    Doll Bones by Holly Black: I read 133 pages, making it about halfway. 2.5 hours.

    Total pages read: 680 pages
    Total books completed: 3 books
    Total hours read: 9.5 hours

    I didn’t do quite as well as I was hoping, but I had a fantastic time and I knocked a few books off my TBR, which really was the ultimate goal. I still haven’t finished Sorcerer’s Stone and now I’m always halfway through Doll Bones as well, but.. I’ll finish those soon. I’m looking forward to getting really serious about my TBR after this, because I have to start whittling it down. I have to.

    I believe the next readathon I’ll be doing is Bout of Books, and I am very much looking forward to it. I might also host a readathon this summer for my book club, if anyone is interested. Happy reading!

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  5. Embarrassing Book Haul

    April 25, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, YouTube videos by Kristina Horner

    Ugh, I said I wasn’t going to buy any more books for awhile, but then this happened.

    I swear, my book fast starts now. Pinky swear.

     

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  6. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

    April 23, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    I’ve been craving a readathon lately, and luckily – there’s one this Saturday! If you haven’t heard of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I highly encourage you to go check it out. It’s fun and relatively low commitment, since it’s only 24 hours. Here’s my TBR:

    deweys 24 hour readathon tbr book pile

    I realize this is incredibly ambitious for a 24 hour period, but I am about halfway through both Since You’ve Been Gone and Sorcerer’s Stone already. I hope to finish each of those books, and get through two graphic novels I’ve been sitting on for awhile. It’ll be tough, but I’m gonna try!

    Are you taking part in the readathon? If so, what books are you hoping to read? Leave a comment, let me know, and join me on twitter this Saturday! I’ll be tweeting about my progress when my nose isn’t in these books. So excited!

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  7. March Wrap Up / April TBR!

    April 7, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, YouTube videos by Kristina Horner

    Hello lovely blog readers! This is my reading wrap up for the month of March. I read mostly audiobooks and ebooks this month, but there are a few physical books in there. It was a busy month with cosplay construction also going on, but I still managed to read 7 different things!

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  8. March Book Haul!

    March 21, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, YouTube videos by Kristina Horner

    Hey guys! Here’s my March book haul!

    I’m super happy with the new books I’ve added to my collection, but I’ve also realized I need to take an active stance on not buying any MORE books until I’ve put a healthy dent in the ones I already own. What’s your TBR like? Excessive? Let me know in the comments!

     

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  9. February Reading Wrap Up!

    March 8, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, YouTube videos by Kristina Horner

    Here are the books I completed in February! I read a total of 9 books, hitting 9 of the challenges in the Popsugar Reading Challenge.

    I am zooming ahead of schedule for reading 50 books this year, but I have a feeling that convention season is going to slow me down a bit — and that’s just around the corner!

    What are you reading right now? Have you read any of the books I talked about in this video?

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  10. 2015 Reading Challenge

    February 10, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    Okay, I wasn’t going to do this reading challenge, but hearing other people talk about things is the biggest catalyst in making me want to do those things. So here I am. Doing the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge. I’ll be updating this list all year long as I tackle the challenges, so check back if you want to see how I am doing.

    Challenges Completed: (46/50)

    A book with more than 500 pages: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    A classic romance (Persuasion)
    A book that became a movie: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
    A book published this year: The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
    A book with a number in the title: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    A book written by someone under 30: The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories by Simon Rich
    A book with nonhuman characters: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
    A funny book: Sex Criminals Vol. 2 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky 
    A book by a female author: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    A mystery or thriller: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
    A book with a one word title: Hazed by Mark Sable
    A book with short stories: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
    A book set in a different country: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    A non-fiction book: The Opposite of Loneliness 
    A popular author’s first book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
    A book a friend recommended: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    A Pulitzer Prize winning novel: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    A book based on a true story: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
    A book at the bottom of your TBR list: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    A book your mom loves: Old North Dakota German Cookbook
    A book that scares you: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
    A book more than a 100 years old: Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
    A book based entirely on its cover: In Real Life by Corey Doctorow and Jen Wang
    A book you were supposed to read in school and didn’t: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    A memoir: Bossypants by Tina Fey
    A book with antonyms in the title: Glory O’brien’s History of the Future by AS King
    A book you can finish in a day: The Woods: Vol 1 by James Tynion IV
    A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to go: Magical Girl Apocalypse
    A book published the year you were born (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)
    A book with bad reviews: Doll Bones by Holly Black
    A Trilogy (Magic 2.0)
    A book from your childhood: Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
    A book with a love triangle: The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
    A book set in the future: Cress by Marissa Meyer
    A book set in high school: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
    A book with a color in the title: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
    A book that made you cry: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
    A book with magic: Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer
    A graphic novel: A Wrinkle in Time the Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle/Hope Larson
    A book by an author you’ve never read before: This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
    A book you own but never read: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    A book that takes place in your hometown: Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer
    A book that was originally written in another language: Magical Girl Apocalypse
    A book set during Christmas: PS. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
    A book by an author who has your same initials: The Kite Runner Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini
    A play (from joe!)
    A banned book: On The Bright Side I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
    A book based on or turned into a tv show: The 100 by Kass Morgan
    A book you started but never finished: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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