Summer Biannual Bibliothon and Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR! 

Two Readathons are soon upon us – the Biannual Bibliothon and the Booktube-A-Thon! Here’s my TBR.

Challenges in bold are for the Biannual Bibliothon, and challenges in italics are for the Booktube-A-Thon. 

  1. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (host’s favourite genre, Caz’s, historical fiction; read a book completely outside)
  2. Charlotte’s Web by EB White (banned book; a book about a character who is very different from you!)
  3. Front Lines by Michael Grant (throwback – a book set in a foreign country; a book you bought bc of the cover)
  4. The Vegetarian by Han Kang (a book you saw somewhere other than booktube; finish a book in one day)
  5. Solitaire by Alice Oseman (LGBTQIA+; read 7 books)
  6. Flame in the Mist by Reneé -Ahdieh (read the group book)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (book-movie adaptation)
  8. The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass (a book with a face on the cover)
  9. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (a hyped book)

I’ll be participating in the blogging challenges. Some will go up on here, and some will go up on Sprinkled With Words. 

Are you participating? What’s your TBR?

Make sure to follow my YouTube to watch the upcoming videos! ❤️

Royalty Readathon: TBR!

So. I am a nonce. Aka, I thought today was the 19th May, not the 20th – aka, when the Royalty Readathon starts!

The Royalty Readthon was started by ToBeRead both on Twitter and WordPress, and I’m lucky enough to be a cohost! I’m hoping to be able to run some sprints on Twitter – you can follow me @MB1098, and you can also follow the hashtag, #RoyaltyReadathon.

Anyway, here is my TBR for the readathon. There are 5 challenges, and I am hitting all 5… but with a twist!

SFF (sci-fi fantasy) with a royal protagonist:

For this one, I am reading The Queen by Kiera Cass. This is an eBook novella in the The Selection series. I haven’t actually finished the series, but my library doesn’t currently hold The Crown, so this’ll have to do! It’s nice and short and should be speedy to get through.

Royalty fairytale retelling

For this one, I’ve chosen Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This is the first in The Lunar Chronicles series and I recently bought it; I am SO excited to read it!

Real-life royalty

I’ve chosen Tsar: The Lost World of Nicolas and Alexandra by Peter Kurth. I’ll be picking this one up from my uni library… tomorrow, hopefully! I’ve always been interested in the Tsars of Russia, so it’ll be nice to actually pick up a book about them.

Long-lost royal book

For this one, again I’m reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I actually have another book I need to read for university this week, so reading this much on its own is going to be a big ask!

Contemporary novel with a royal character

Now, this is where it gets interesting. I couldn’t actually find a book I was interested in. So. Here’s the plan.

Not only am I a reader, I am also a writer; therefore, I am going to write my own contemporary novel with a royal (or ‘royal’ – there’s your hint!) character! I’ll be uploading around 2000 words, or 2 chapters (short chapters <3) on Wattpad every day, and it’ll hopefully be a short story about 10-15k long by the end of the week.

You can follow me on Wattpad here, and remember to check out my Twitter! I’ll upload the whole thing (maybe in 3 parts?) on my blog at the end of the readathon.

So there you have the readathon! Remember to follow the Royalty Readathon on Twitter, and use the hashtag #RoyaltyReadathon! Feel free to post your TBRs in the comments below.

Happy reading, and happy royal reading! ❤

24 in 48! | January 2017

24 in 48 is a readathon that focuses around one weekend. The idea is to read for 24 hours out of the 48.

I’ve heard of this readathon before but never participated in it… until now. Here’s my TBR:

  1. The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield
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  2. In Search of Lost Time: The Way by Swann’s by Proust, translated by Lydia Davis
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  3. In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way by Proust, translated by Monticliffe
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And if I have time, I want to read Trapped in Silver by Emily Sowden and Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner which are ARCs and reviews are due Feb 7th!

For the two Proust ones, I have to read at least 90 pages of each, and then I’m going to finish the Penguin edition and then the Vintage edition (probably – or the other way around). Ideally, we should read them alongside each other, so I might try that (like, read 50 pages, switch etc.) but one does have font about two sizes bigger so I guess we’ll see! Those two, and the Katherine Mansfield book, are for university and are my required reading for the next week. No one said you didn’t read books in English Literature! *distant cries*

You can keep up-to-date with me on:

  • Twitter – I’ll be posting often!
  • Litsy – again, I’ll be posting often. My username is sprinkledwithwords. 
  • Instagram – won’t be posting as often, maybe just once or twice, but I’ll probably put stuff on my Instagram Story and I might do a livestream so make sure you follow me!

I’ll be doing a blog round-up after the readathon is over, so make sure to check back to see how I did! I’m definitely aiming for 24 hours this weekend!

Are you participating in the readathon? Let me know in the comments below, and link me up to any of your stuffs!

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017!

photoI have had a great week, book-wise at least! (Okay, and life-wise, but this is for book-wise.) This week was the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and took place from the 8th – 14th January.

The Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon which takes place – you get it – biannually, once in the summer and once in the winter. It’s primarily based on YouTube and there’s a week’s worth of video challenges and there’s also 7 book challenges for you to do. Here’s what was on my TBR (and you can watch my TBR video here):

  1. Group book – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – book that’s been on my TBR for over a year – The History Boys by Alan Bennett
  3. 2016 release – Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  4. Booktuber recommends – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  5. A book I was excited for but never picked up – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  6. A retelling – Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  7. A diverse book – The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

I read 5 and a half books over this week, which is great as I’d been in a reading slump for the first week of 2017! I didn’t read Nutshell by Ian McEwan – okay, so I started it but didn’t finish it. It’s going to be a read I think I’ll need to concentrate on a lot so I don’t think a week of frantic reading, videoing and living was a good idea. However, because Heartless was published in 2016 I still covered the challenge! I also got just about half way through Stalking Jack the Ripper, which I’ll be able to finish soon and then watch the live show. 🙂

The video challenges were great fun! I managed to do all of them, so the hyperlinks below go straight to the video (although here’s the playlist if you want to see all of them and the last BIBIB I did, Summer 2016).

  1. Sh*t Angry Book Lovers Say – I really loved this challenge! The recording wasn’t exactly what I wanted but it was still so much fun.
  2. Throwback challenge – bookish makeup challenge. I’m not a makeup guru, so this makeup wasn’t the best thing in the world, but I really enjoyed doing it, and making the runes too!
  3. In the Life Of… – I chose to do ‘a day in the life of modern day Elizabeth Bennett’, but to be honest I didn’t do much. I wanted to go out but it was chucking it down with rain so that idea was written off! I enjoyed doing the video anyway.
  4. DIY as a fictional character – again, this wasn’t what I had hoped for, but I had a laugh making it anyway. Hermione Granger shows you how to make Gryffindor themed popcorn (thanks, Pinterest) and Butterbeer flavoured hot chocolate (which was actually really great).
  5. Character Lookbook – I think I misunderstood the purpose of this video after seeing the hosts’, but I had so much fun making it. I chose to do three characters – Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin, and Cecelia Bowen.
  6. Poem in book titles – I called this one The Secret and had great fun making it, and overlaying it afterwards! Unfortunately, my mic on my laptop isn’t the best in the world, though.
  7. New Year, New Me – NYRs as a fictional character. Again, this didn’t go how I want to, but again I had fun making it! I chose to do Eleanor, from Eleanor & Park.

Overall, I’ve had a really great week. My week was actually surprisingly busy, so I am super happy with the amount of reading I got done!

Oh – and you can watch my YouTube wrap up by clicking here.

So yes the Winter Biannual Bibliothon was a great, and fun, experience. I definitely recommend it if you want to go and join in for yourself! Roll on summer, and for the next BIBIB.