Dewey’s Readathon: Readathon Wrap-Up

Readathon Wrap-Up:

Audiobooks Listened:

  1. What Big Teeth
  2. The Witch’s Kind
  3. The Pull of the Stars
  4. Wizard’s First Rule
  5. The Five

Books Read:

  1. The High Mountain Court
  2. Survive the Night

Books Finished:

  1. What Big Teeth
  2. The Witch’s Kind
  3. The High Mountain Court

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Readathon News: Hallowseveathon

Disclaimer: These Readathons are not owned or run by me. I find them by searching the month and year on Google. My main source has been Little Book Owl.

Readathons This Week:

  1. Hallowseveathon: This takes place from October 25th-31st. I’m not really sure much about it other than there are some fun challenges and that it seems to come from the UK. The link takes you directly to their Twitter page.

Ongoing Readathons Mentioned Before:

  1. FrightFall Readathon: This will take place the entire month of October. It’s ran by Seasons of Reading. I’m familiar with their readathons. I haven’t participated in one in a long time. Maybe it’s time to correct that. Check out their page to sign up and get more info about the readathon!
  2. Gothic Readathon: This also takes place the entire month of October. From the looks of it, they are a little more “strict”. I don’t mean that in the harsh term of the word. They just have more structured reading and challenges. They do provide an extensive list of reading material to choose from. It also looks like they do a twitter chat at the end of the event. They also appear to have a movie day planned for all participants as well!
  3. Gothtober Readathon: This one also takes place the entire month of October from the looks of it. You can find plenty of information on the official Twitter page. I could be wrong about this, but this appears to be their second year hosting this readathon. If I am wrong, please correct me in the comments.
  4. HocusPocus Readathon: Another month long readathon! I bet you can’t guess the inspiration behind this readathon! It looks really quirky from what I’ve seen on the Twitter page. I also noticed that this is their fourth round! That’s amazing! From what I can see, you earn points through the readathon. There’s also a group read!

Know of any readathons going on this week that I don’t have listed? Feel free to share! Tell me the readathon you’re most excited for!

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Sundays in Bed With… The Pull of the Stars

Hosted by: Midnight Book Girl

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by [Emma Donoghue]

I need to read this by Monday. It’s for our library’s book club. We meet the fourth Monday of every month. I have sadly nots tarted this book yet. I’ve been very scattered with reading lately. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it so much I read it in a matter of hours. Anything is possible right?

What are you reading today?

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Book Photo Sundays: 10/24/21

Disclaimer: Some photos may be photos that aren’t mine. I do not claim them. I do hope you enjoy them as well though.

I’d love to see some of your weekly photos!

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Dewey’s Readathon: Closing Survey

Closing Survey:

How would you assess your reading overall?

I think I did really amazing. In fact, I think this was one of my most successful readathons ever! I’ll have results posted on my blog with the hour by hour progress.

Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?

I actually didn’t this time around. My only focus was finishing as many books that I’ve been in the middle of for a while. I definitely succeed with that. I wound up finishing three books!

What was your favorite snack?

My favorite “snack” of the day was the sliders I made. It’s not really a snack persay. It was lunch. It was still my favorite. It was so good!

Did you add any new books to your TBR/wishlist after seeing what everyone else is reading?

Yes! Too many to count!

What was your favorite book or experience from this readathon?

Getting to connect with others while we enjoyed reading together. Even if we weren’t actually together.

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Dewey’s Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

Mid Event Survey:

What are you reading right now?

Currently reading The High Mountain Court by A.K. Mulford and listening to Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

 How many books have you read so far?

Read five, finished two

What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I’m not really sure. All of them!

Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

There were instances where my family wanted to chat with me. I talked a bit and then reminded them of readathon and went back to reading.

 What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How well I’ve been doing and how focused I’ve been!

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Author Spotlight: Ellie Raine

This week’s author: Ellie Raine

Book Spotlight:

Multiple Award-winning Gothic Fantasy. A Reaper knight embarks on an epic adventure to free his soul from his twin brother’s body.

Xavier, an apprentice Reaper knight with split magic, is thrust into a dark prophecy when his soul is ripped out and sealed inside his twin brother. To free himself, he must cross the five realms of Land, Sky, Ocean, Dream, and Death to find his missing body, hopefully alive. Unaware of their secret life, a young woman Reaper is sent on a mysterious mission to reunite the brothers. For it’s been Foreseen that the end of existence is near and the fate of the world hinges on these cursed twin Reapers being whole again. But none of them are prepared for what’s to come…

A vivid new world filled with deep lore rooted in magic, shrouded in gothic mystery, and seeping with extraordinary world-building.

Foreboding dreams. Visions of destruction. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Orbs of Azure, relics of the Dream kingdom obscured in legend, are said to be hidden in Aspirre’s subconscious plane and blessed by the wise Shepherd of Dreams. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, have a destiny to fulfill that will lead them to the Orbs of Azure, in time. But with Xavier’s soul still trapped in his brother’s body, even Willow’s ominous visions can’t show her what it will mean for the world. But there is one Seer who has more answers… her grandfather, the King of Dreams.

Icy waters. Intertwined fates. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Pearl of Emerald, a relic of the Ocean kingdom drowned in ancient fables, is said to be lurking in the depths of Marincia’s icy waters and blessed by the graceful Artist of Beauty. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, learn of their destiny that leads them to the Pearl of Emerald. But when a selfish queen goes to war with Grim, they must survive a dual battle with both the living and the dead.

High storms. Air-bound ships. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Phoenix of Scarlet, a relic of the Sky kingdom overshadowed by ancient tales, is said to soar through the thunderous skies of Culatia’s floating islands and blessed by the thrilling Archer of Storms. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, learn that their destiny isn’t what they were told as they meet the Phoenix of Scarlet. Now they want nothing to do with the prophecy surrounding them. But it’s too late to turn back now, for if they stop now, they could lose the ones they love most.

Divided kingdoms. The End of Existence. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Blossom of Gold, a relic of the Land kingdom thought lost to the times, is said to rest within the overgrown ruins of Everland’s lost city and blessed by the nurturing Gardener of Life. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, reluctantly face the destiny they’ve grown to despise as they are taken to the Blossom of Gold. They only hope it’s the right choice.

About Ellie Raine:

Writer’s Digest award-winning fantasy author Ellie Raine is a voracious BookWyrm when it comes to epic adventures, detailed world-building, and thrilling battles. Fueled by coffee-bean concoctions brewed by the finest caffeine alchemists in the kingdom of Atlanta, Georgia, she only emerges from the depths of these daring tales when she is summoned back to the physical realm to spend time with her brood.

Her high fantasy series, the NecroSeam Chronicles, has won several awards including First Place in Fantasy for Writer’s Digest, a Silver Medal for Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, and additional awards from Readers’ Favorite and  the Book Excellence Awards.

She is a lover of ravens and a dreamer of dragons, but above all else, she is a scribe to the stories that guide her.

Interview With Ellie Raine:

1.    Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

My main series right now is the NecroSeam Chronicles, an award-winning gothic fantasy adventure saga. There are five books total for the general series, and two prequels out so far. Outside of the NecroSeam universe, I also have a children’s illustration book, and an adult fantasy noir called Nightingale with Pro Se Productions. I have a few books in the works right now that I’m testing the waters of, but I’m still deciding which one to finish next.

2.    What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author? 

That would be my first creative writing course in college. I went to the Art Institute of Atlanta for Game Art and Design, then needed an extra elective to fill up my credits. I picked creative writing because it wasn’t full. Didn’t have anything to write, so I just wrote the story I was going to make into a game, and boom—I was in love. Never looked back after that.

3.    What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

When I was first starting out, I had to constantly remind myself that I was writing for me, and that I was writing what loved, not what someone else wanted. When I started getting positive feedback for my books in messages and reviews, I printed those out and framed them on my wall so I didn’t forget that someone out there at least loved what I did. Nowadays, I’ve received a few awards and fan mail, so when I’m feeling like the worst writer in the world, I see them on my wall right above my computer so I can’t forget they exist.

4.    Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

Absolutely. One example is a character in the NecroSeam books named Octavius. He has a type of magic that lets him sense the presence of germs that he describes as feeling like little pin pricks against his skin. The inspiration for that comes from a condition I have called Irlene Syndrome. Basically, I see in pixels. My vision is filled with little colorful dots that vibrate and dance around everything I look at, like static on a T.V. screen. When I created Octavius, I translated my visual experience as if it were a tactile one, and I imagined the static would feel like prickling if I could touch it.

5.    Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

The main twins Xavier and Alexander were definitely the easiest characters to write about for me because their personalities are more or less modeled after the two moods of my husband, whom I met when we were 10. I’ve known him for so long, it’s hard not to accidentally slip him into some character personalities at this point.

As for the hardest character to write, I think the villain, Macarius, was the hardest. I’m not a murdering megalomaniac, so trying to write in the eyes of a psychotic serial killer was challenging.

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Dewey’s Readathon: Opening Survey

Opening Survey:

What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Lithia Springs, Georgia (United States)

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I think I’m most looking forward to finishing High Mountain Court by A.K. Mulford

Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I don’t really plan snacks out. I’m a mood eater and reader lol

Tell us a little something about yourself!

My name is Nikkie. I run a blog called Star’s Books &Tea. I’ve been blogging and writing reviews since 2013. I also love gaming, coloring, and photography.

If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I will stay more focused this time around.

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On This Day: October 22nd

October 22nd:

1879- Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

1962- Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba and imposes a naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis

1836- Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of the Republic of Texas

1906- Henry Ford becomes President of Ford Motor Company

1907- Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth buys Barnum & Bailey circus

1916- US suffragette Inez Milholland collapses during a speech in Los Angeles (dies weeks later). Her last word’s are to President Woodrow Wilson “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”

1926- J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal

1934- In East Liverpool, Ohio, notorious bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd is shot and killed by FBI agents

1936- 1st commercial flight from mainland to Hawaii

1938- Chester Carlson demonstrates 1st Xerox copying machine

1968- Apollo 7 returns to Earth

1969- Paul McCartney denies greatly exaggerated rumors of his death

My source and more facts at On This Day

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