Sunday, January 6, 2019

My Bout of Books TBR


About Bout of Books
The Bout of Books Read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple at Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog

There are no actual reading challenges but there is a Bout of Books Instagram challenge. You can find my Instagram at @juliecornewell.


There are also other challenges:
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 24. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 1/7
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 1/8
Character dinner party

Wednesday 1/9
Six degrees of separation

Thursday 1/10
Synopsis rewrite

Friday 1/11
If this, then that

Saturday 1/12
Dream cast

Sunday 1/13
Stretch goal

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Other Readathons
I am also participating in the monthly challenges January Jam Jar and Tome Infinity and Beyond.

 


I also have begun my own yearlong reading challenge The 2019 Book to Screen Challenge.



My Bout of Books TBR
I am still finishing up Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.


After that I will let my January Jam Jar decide. I will update this post with my other books.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

My January Jam Jar TBR and First Pick


I'm a Libra so when I saw Books & Munches was hosting the January Jam Jar Readathon I got excited because I knew I could spend the month of January not plagued by indecision about what to read.


The rules are simple. Put the names of some books in a jar and whatever one you draw you have to read that book.

I'm going to be doing different rounds of this. The first will be with all books that have become movies because I am hosting the #2019BooktoScreenChallenge and want to start it right away. I also plan on participating in #TomeInfinityandBeyond2  this month so some of my choices are also science fiction books.

The second round will be books that have not become movies. I haven't yet decided what books those will be so that TBR will be posted later this month. I do want to choose science fiction books that will count towards Tome Infinity and Beyond.

 I haven't decided what I will do after these first two rounds. I suppose it will depend on other readathons going on at the time. 

For the first round these are the possible choices: 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus 
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I know that's a lot of choices. I'm a true Libra, what can I say? Not all of them are science fiction books. The book Red Sparrow is something I've been wanting to read because the movie stars Jennifer Lawrence even though it's honestly really out of my comfort zone. But I promised myself I would stick to whatever I picked no matter what.

Turns out what I picked was actually the book I wanted to read the most! It's not a science fiction book. It is...


I can't believe I got my first choice! That never happens when I do these kinds of games.  

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 End of the Year Book Survey


The 2018 End of the Year Book Survey was created by The Perpetual Page Turner.


Number Of Books You Read: 17 (It was not a good year.)
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy


1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
Bird Box by Josh Malerman

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Merciless by Danielle Vega

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Hunt of the Unicorn by C.C. Humphreys (Good way)

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?


5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Best series started: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Best Sequel: Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Josh Malerman

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?


11. Most memorable character of 2018?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Has been my favorite book since childhood)

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
“Love. That was what she had that IT did not have.” ― A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Quentin and Alice in The Magicians by Lev Grossman

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which (supernatural besties) from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman (Reviewers on Goodreads said it was the scariest book they ever read.)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
Julia Wicker from The Magicians by Lev Grossman

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Settng You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Merciless by Danielle Vega (Was so excited to read this but it was meh.)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Elevation by Stephen King (Disappointment with the description of the ending. I wanted more.)



1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?
Book Roast on Youtube

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Bipolar II made it extremely hard to focus on reading and blogging this year.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?
Read AND post reviews on my blog of  at least 50 books

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Announcing The 2019 Book to Screen Challenge!


I don't know why but I have always loved reading books that are turned into movies or television shows. I enjoy imagining the characters in my head and then seeing who they choose to play them and if they match how I imagined them to be. I also enjoy seeing if the plot is the same or different from the book. I also want to know if the book or the show ends up being better. And believe it or not, there are a few times that I have thought the movie and television show was better!

So this year I decided to host a reading challenge with a theme that covers some of my favorite books to read: Books that are turned into movies and television shows!

This isn't just a reading challenge but a watching challenge as well. Because of that, this challenge is a bit more complicated and involved than your usual reading challenge.

Rules for the 2019 Book to Screen Challenge:
  • In order to count a book you must watch the movie or the television show. 
  • If it's a television show you do not have to watch an entire season. Ideally you should watch at least 3 episodes unless it is a mini-series. If it is a mini-series you must watch them all.
  • If you choose to read a book series turned into a television show you do not have to watch every corresponding season to count each book. (For example, there are four seasons of Outlander. You can count as many books of the Outlander series as you want as long as you watch some episodes of the first season of the television show.)
  • However, I won't be allowing this for a book series turned into a movie series. If you read a book series turned into a movie series you must watch every corresponding movie that has been released so far. (For example, if you choose to read the Harry Potter series you cannot count every book you have read unless you have also watched the corresponding movie.)
  • If there are a number of movie or television adaptions of the book you do not have to watch them all. You may choose to watch only one. 
  • If you have already read the book or book series but are just now watching the movie or television show you may count the book. Please note the approximate year or years you read the book or book series. (For example, I read The Mortal Instruments series years ago but have not yet watched the Shadowhunters television series.)  
  • If you have already seen the movie or television show before reading the book you do not have to rewatch it. 
  • The only exception is if the movie or television show won't be released until 2020 or later. If this is the case you may still count the book. 
  • If you have any questions about the rules please leave a comment on this post or tweet me
Additional rules for the 2019 Book to Screen Reading Challenge:
  • This challenge runs from Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019.
  • You may sign up anytime during the challenge. 
  • This is a low pressure challenge. I want you to choose your own reading goal. I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want. Even if you just read one book you can still participate!
  • Books can be any genre including fiction, nonfiction, comics, or graphic novels.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
  • You may include television shows and movies of any format including theater releases, DVD or Blu-ray releases, streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu, or shows on television.
  • You may reread books.
  • You may rewatch movies or television shows.
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges.
  • Use the hashtag #2019BooktoScreenChallenge on social media
  • If you could be so kind, please place the 2019 Book to Screen Challenge banner on your blog to help spread the word. 
  • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
  • When you have reviewed a book, movie, or tv show, you are encouraged to come back to this post and add the link to your review in the comments.
  • Please sign up using the link below.

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood



Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

I can't wait for...



Expected release date is September 10, 2019

That's correct. Even though the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale has shown us what happened to Offred, Margaret Atwood wants to tell us...what happened 15 years later.

Oh, so that's how she gets around the television show. Maybe George R. R. Martin could take a hint and do something similar so his series A Song of Ice and Fire is finally finished? Instead he decided to write prequels...but I digress. 

Here is the the description of The Testaments from Goodreads:

The wait is over. 

And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light. 

When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her – freedom, prison or death. 

With The Testaments, the wait is over. 

Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 

‘Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.’ - Margaret Atwood

Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 WholeLatteXmas Readathon Info and Sign Ups


I look forward to reading holiday books every year. 

There's just something special about curling up with a hot latte and a warm blanket with a good holiday book next to the lit Christmas tree while the snow falls quietly outside. 

Because of this I'm bringing back the #WholeLatteXmas Readathon! 

How the Whole Latte Xmas Readathon Works:
  • This challenge runs from Nov 23 - Jan 7.
  • You may sign up anytime during the challenge. 
  • This is a design it yourself challenge. I want you to choose your own reading goal. I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want. Even if you just read one book you can still participate!
  • Books can be any genre but must be winter or holiday themed. While the name of the challenge is Christmas, books about other winter holidays will count. This includes Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and New Year's
  • Books may have titles or cover art that features winter, frost, ice, freezing, the months of December or January, or anything else associated with the season.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
  • You may reread books.
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges
  • Use the hashtag #WholeLatteXmas
  • If you could be so kind, please place the Whole Latte Xmas Reading Challenge banner on your blog to help spread the word. 
  • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
  • When you have reviewed a book, you are encouraged to come back to this post and add the link to your review in the comments.
  • Please sign up using the link below

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl

 The topic this week is Top Ten Bookstores/Libraries I've Always Wanted to Visit

Five Fictional Libraries


1. Sunnydale High School Library in Buffy the Vampire Slayer



2. The Citadel in Game of Thrones



3. The Beauty and the Beast library



4. The Hogwarts library 



5. The library in The Librarians


Five Real Libraries


6. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland



7. The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 



8. The New York Public Library



9. The Linderman Library in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania



10. The Alexandria Library in Ancient Egypt


Bookstores


1. Sariavia Bookstore in Rio de Janeiro



2. Bart’s Books in Ojai, California



3. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California



4. The Book Barge in Barton Marina, England



5. Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore in Maastricht, Netherlands




6. Montague Bookmill on the Sawmill River, Massachusetts




7. Underground bookstore in Coober Pedy, Australia




8. Words on the Water in London, England




9.Libreria Alta Acqua in Venice, Italy




10. Atlantis Books in Santorini, Greece