Lost-A-Thon Challenges

Did you miss my big announcement? Well have no fear! The info is now here!

Starting April 1st until April 30th, my friends & I will be hosting Lost-A-Thon! It’s a ReadAThon for our group #OurLostLibrary (find us on twitter, our Goodreads Group or instagram). We would love if you would join us! It’s open to everyone (you don’t have to join OLL to participate) & rules are listed in a previous post here on my blog.

Now to the challenges and their explanations!

Lost-A-Thon Challenges:

1. Book Collecting Cobwebs- this is the book that you’ve had on your shelf forever. The one you always mean to pick up, but never do.
2. 500+ pages- a book in any format that says its over 500 pages.
3. Less Than 250- a book that’s under 250 pages. This includes graphic novels, novellas, manga, you name it! If it’s under 250, go for it!
4. Jumped Out At You- this is a challenge for casual readathoners. This challenge means you can read any book that appeals to you at the moment. Are you an emotional reader like me? This is the challenge for you.
5. Library Book- a book that you borrowed from your local library
6. Favorite Author- do you have one? Read one of their books!
7. Retelling- any type of retelling counts. It doesn’t have to be a fairytale but I can’t think of any other examples lol
8. Diverse Book- this means a main character who is different from you & showing you experiences you will never experience yourself.
9. Book From A Series- this can be book 1 or book 5. As long as its apart of a series, it counts!
10. Book With Magic- I love magic! Does your book have any form of magic/magical elements? It counts!
11. Buddy Read- Read with a friend! Maybe your friend isn’t participating in Lost-A-Thon? That’s ok! As long as you buddy read it!
12. Favorite of a Friend- has a friend been bugging you to read a particular book on your shelf? Now’s the time to do them proud and pick it up!
13. Free Choice- read anything you want and it counts as a completed challenge!
14. Book You Got On Sale- Did you buy a book from Bookoutlet? Find a book at a sale? Get a great Kindle deal? Those books count here!
15. Mystery or Thriller- Does it have a mystery element? Is it creepy and thriller-ish? It counts!
16. Beautiful Cover- pretty cover buys included here.
17. Female Author- the author must be female. This does include if a man & woman co-wrote a book.
18. Recently Added To Your Shelf- did you purchase a book in the past couple weeks and place it on your shelf? You can count it! You are not required to read really old books 🙂
19. New To You Author- An author you have never read before. Hope you love them!
20. Re-read- reading a book for the second, third or fifth time? This is the challenge for you!
21. Middle Grade Book- I really love middle grade books for readathons. They go so quickly and give you a sense of accomplishment. So go for it!
22. Bestseller- this needs to be a best selling book via any website or written on the cover
23. Award Winner- this book needs to win some awards lol yeah, thats all Ive got. If it won any type of award, it counts.
24. Author From Outside The USA- it’s always good to support authors from all over the world. Now’s your chance!
25. Book Written By 2 Authors- 2 authors must co-write this book. If 2 names are on the cover, I’d count it.

I hope you love our challenges and have a great time! This is all about fun and flexibility! Lost-A-Thon is a no pressure readathon (because those are our favorites).

As previously explained in my last post, you only need to complete 5 challenges to complete a bookshelf (win!). Oh and they are stackable! (You can read 1 book that meets 2 or more challenges!) Good Luck & let us know if you are joining in!

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#OurLostLibrary’s Lost-A-Thon

I posted this Read-A-Thon announcement on Twitter Saturday evening. I wanted to share it with all of my fabulous followers so you can join in!

Find more info @ourlostlibrary on twitter and please come join us! Here’s the info!

“Starting In April!!!!😁☺️

Welcome to #OurLostLibrary’s
Lost-A-Thon where you create your own personal bookshelf! Choose 5 Challenges from our Bookshelf Board (at random) and complete them for the win!

It takes 5 “books” (challenges) to complete a shelf. If you would like to fill multiple shelves, you can!☺️

This is a Month Long Read-A-Thon. So sit back & enjoy! Here are the rules…

1. #OurLostLibrary is all about making old books new again. So for this Read-A-Thon, choose books already on your shelf or from your local library.
2. Post your TBR on social media using Booktube, your Blog or Instagram. (We will also be hosting Book Chats on Twitter) Don’t forget the hashtag #OurLostLibrary Lost-A-Thon so we can find out what you are reading, catch your updates & spread the wtord!
3. Challenges ARE stackable. This means that 1 book could meet 2 or more challenges!😍 We want this to be as FUN & EASY as possible!
4. You don’t have to be following @ourlostlibrary to join in. Of course we WANT you to follow 😂 but you don’t need to be. Everyone is included.
5. Lastly, create a Wrap-Up video or post book reviews for each book you complete. Use the hashtag #OurLostLibrary so we can find them. The idea behind this…so we can easily find book reviews for “older” books. By typing in one simple hashtag, they will all be at our fingertips. Now we can find our next favorite book!
Thanks for joining us!! Stay tuned for further updates!☺️💕”

My TBR is coming soon!!

My New Life: Changes & Growth

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you may have missed the news that my Dad passed away the beginning of December. Even now, it’s almost impossible for me to be typing these words. Let’s sum it up as…I was the epitome of a Daddy’s Girl and my life will never be the same.

Thus begins “My New Life.”

There are many ways to begin this post, but I will start by saying that I’m about to put my heart on this page. If you want to skip the sappy stuff, scroll down to my Games and take a look. If you want to know more about me…here ya go!

As of right now, and hopefully to change, I am a stay at home mom. My dad was my rock and now he is gone. I don’t have a set direction for my life and that makes it incredibly difficult. I thrive on lists and plans…I don’t have one.

So I throw myself into my bookish world where everything is comfortable. There are such amazing friends and fantastic conversations. I laugh and I connect with other adults. This is something a stay at home mom does not get to do very often! Oh the joys of adult conversation and happy distractions!

I’m seeking a purpose in 2018. I want something for myself. I want a task to keep me busy and keep my spirits up. If I’m not busy, I dwell on my loss.

Last summer, I started a Goodreads group called “OurLostLibrary.” It was a place to come together over books that people have forgotten about. I was so tired of trying to keep up with the new releases (all my OWN personal choice. No one told me I needed to do that) When I obtained cheap books at book sales, they weren’t new. They were a few years old and guess what? No one cared about those reviews. They went unnoticed. I felt discouraged. I knew there HAD to be other people like me; people who read books from book sales or from their local library. Books that weren’t NEW. I wanted to form a group so we could read each others reviews, be there for each other and recommend great affordable books! So I created the group.

Soon after its creation, I discovered booklice in my home. I’m not sure which “old” book brought them in but I was done. I won’t get into it. I can’t. Suffice it to say, I lost all of my books. OurLostLibrary got thrown to the side. I couldn’t promote books if I didn’t have any! I couldn’t show them on Bookstagram. I couldn’t tweet reviews if I wasn’t reading. It was heartbreaking. I worked so hard, we were picking up steam and it was gone before I knew it.

I tried to bring back OurLostLibrary, but people moved on. The excitement was gone. My brilliant idea was just a memory. I tweeted like crazy and posted games on Instagram. No dice.

So I move on. I decided I was going to get a Kindle. It’s the only thing I asked for for Christmas. “I’m going to get all of my books back!” I said. “I’m going to read like I’ve never read before. I’m not gonna let this set back stop me. OurLostLibrary will be BACK!”

My dad and I worked on finding the perfect Kindle for an affordable price. It was “our” thing. It was his Christmas gift to me. He never got to give me that gift. It was the hardest thing to receive Christmas morning. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to use it. I did though. I knew he wanted to me have it and how excited we were. I knew he’d want me to read ALL THE BOOKS. So I read.

I have my Kindle and I am working to reestablish the bookshelf I once had. I brought OurLostLibrary back. I won’t give up. It’s much harder now. I still don’t have the ability to search my shelves, take pictures I was once able to take but I’m trying. I don’t have the internet capabilities to do my Booktube channel anymore…even though I wish I could every single day of the week. (My internet is from the stone age. I don’t even have wifi. It’s a mess and I’ll never be able to afford better. So I deal) Not having a channel, it makes it that much harder to promote. Oh man what it would be like to post new games on my channel each week! I miss it and appreciate those that have it,  so I won’t give up!

As part of my new journey, I created TWO games. My hope honestly is that something takes off. Whether that’s OurLostLibrary or one of my games, it doesn’t matter. I’m searching for a purpose. I want something to look forward to each day that’s just my own. I want to keep busy so I don’t dwell, as I said. If one of these blossoms into something bigger…I will have succeeded! I will have constant interactions with people and goals and plans! It’ll be glorious!

I want to help people. It’s part of who I am. Other people’s problems will sit with me and eat away at me until I can find a way to make it better. I’m not good at expressing that, so it comes off quiet or uncaring but believe me…I care. I know there are people with TONS of books on their shelves that they want to get through. I know there are small booktubers who just want one person to notice them. One big booktuber to RT their post and big things will happen…I’ve been there! Bloggers who just want someone to read the words they spent so long working on, only to get ignored. I’ve been there! The bookstagrammer who gets 5 Likes on a picture they slaved over all day long? Yes! I get you!

So I create games. It helps give me purpose and it helps me bond with people who are in the same boat as I am. Yes, that takes lots of Retweets and getting people to even notice those RTs but it’s worth it when it succeeds. If you’re gonna put in all the work, you might as well have FUN…so GAME ON!!!

 

*MY GAMES!!!!:

#FictionalDating is fast becoming my favorite game idea for 2018! I couldn’t be more excited! It’s a bookish game based off of the tv show, Love Connection. Here are the rules!

Step 1: CHOOSE 3 books that have been on your shelf for awhile.

Step 2: DATE THEM: Read a chapter from each book. How did they measure up?

Step 3: CHOOSE YOUR SOULMATE: Choose the book you want to complete and let us know how the “relationship” went aka a book review.

Use #FictionalDating @LetsBookAboutIt so I can Retweet and promote your content! (Also, so I can check it out!!! Hehe)

Booktubers, Bloggers, Instagram and even Twitter (if that’s the only form of social media you have J ) It’s for EVERYONE!

This game is PERFECT for members of OurLostLibrary! You can find us on Twitter and Instagram @OurLostLibrary. Come join us!! I run Follower Highlights, 10 Second Challenge (ask me if interested!!!), and Friday Games! Weekends are weekly recaps! We encourage you to share what you are reading and help you get those books off those shelves! We also have a GoodReads Group OurLostLibrary, come see! You could end up finding your new Favorite book!

 

*My Second Game is #CandyCoatedChallenge!!!

Yes, this is as yummy as it sounds!

1) Once a month, you will be given a delicious candy and its clue!

2) Find that candy in your local checkout (OR print a picture off of the candy)

3) Show everyone the books (and candy!!!) that match the given clue!

4) You can show 1-100 books for each clue! It’s up to you!

5) Make a video/blog post! Post on Instagram or Twitter. Show everyone that candy and the books inspired by it! Use #CandyCoatedChallenge and don’t forget to tag me so I can find you!!!

January’s Candy & Clue:

*Snickers: A book that makes you laugh. Think of a book that gave you a good “snicker” and tell us all about it!!

The last Monday of every month, I will give you the next months clue. This month, that will be the 22nd! I may even run Twitter Polls to determine the next candy, so keep watch!!!

 

If you are interested in any of the things mentioned in this post, please let me know. It really boosts my spirits to see people interested in things that I’m passionate about. If you participate at all, PLEASE tag me and let me know! I really want to make sure that I see your content! Retweet as much as you can! This blog is tiny and barely sees any traffic. My tweets tend to disappear in the abyss that is called a Timeline lol So, ANY retweets no matter how many followers you have…well it puts eyes on this. Even if that’s one set of eyes lol it’s a set, right??? Thank you!!!

Also, thank you for reading all of this. I haven’t blogged in awhile and I had so much to say! Yikes! You deserve a medal! Lol You are amazing and I appreciate you! Thank you again!

The Kind Worth Killing Book Review

This is a book review for The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson 🙂

This was a birthday gift and I chose to read it for @OurLostLibrary, my Goodreads Group.

TRIGGER WARNINGS for Possible Rape and Inappropriate Interactions with a child. I can’t really give away much more than that without tiny spoilers. If you would like to know more, message me privately. While I thought the scenes were disgusting and dark, it didn’t happen the way that I thought it was going to. Suffice it to say, the character has “issues” and this back story would help you understand why.

The plot twists were incredibly well done. Going into a book like this and being a mystery reader for many years, I had a few guesses as to how this could all go down. Ladies and Gents, I tip my hat to Peter Swanson. He got me good! Things unfolded quickly and suddenly I’m grasping at previously given info going “OMG!!” It was fabulous!

There are two POVs in this book. They alternate chapters. Normally, I am not a huge fan of jumping from one character to the next. I have read books where both characters’ voices sounded the same. Then you struggle to ascertain who is speaking and get back into their head. It’s not always my thing. THIS however, was brilliantly done. I could easily determine who was speaking and (the icing on the cake) I was EQUALLY interested in both characters! When does that ever happen? Usually one side is much more interesting than the other, but this author did an incredible job.

Our characters are Ted and Lily. I don’t want to get into too much detail, because the story is a ride worth taking. If I give too many facts, it takes away from the excitement. Basically, Ted is the man who wants to kill his wife. Lily is a riddle that you will have to solve. It’s brilliant!

Given the subject matter, there are obviously darker moments in this book. If crude language or subject matter is not your thing, you may want to shy away. I did not find the overall book to be crude in nature, but it has its moments sprinkled throughout. It sets a tone. It has a purpose. I never felt like, “Oh that wasn’t necessary.” I just wanted to give you a heads up!

 

Overall, I was very impressed with this book. It’s the kind of book to get you out of a slump. It entertaining and completely gripping. You have to know what happens next and keep getting surprised at every turn. The ending was amazing and not at all what I expected going into this book. This is 5 star read and I highly recommend it!

Monthly Recs: Auto Read Authors

 

I am so excited to participate in this month’s Monthly Recs, created by Trina at Between Chapters and Kayla Rayne at Kayla Rayne. I have been away from my blog and this community for quite awhile and I’m excited to come back!

 

I actually found this topic much harder than I expected! As it turns out, I’ve changed my reading habits  quite a bit! I’ve been trying to read new and keep up with the trend. I’ve been burned by this strategy and so my outlook has kind of changed.

Middle Grade:

Brandon Mull is still and always will be an Auto Buy Author. When I need a fun middle grade book, I turn to him. I loved Fablehaven so very much. The entire series was so magical and the main characters are just so realistic. I felt like I was working on a magical preserve and I never wanted to leave (even when bad things happened lol)

Rick Riordan and I have a strange relationship. While I think his humor is very “Older Dad Trying Sooo Hard To Be Young And Cool,” I still love his books. I loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I am currently in the middle of the Heroes of Olympus series and I can’t wait to get back to them. I am eager to read all of his other books. They are full of adventure and really help you escape reality when you need too.

YA:

Beth Revis has become a new favorite author. I loved the Across the Universe series. I can’t recommend it to you enough! If you love a great Space Adventure, this is it!! It’s not full of too many Sci-Fi terms that you can’t understand. It’s a very easy read and it really keeps the pages turning. I am very eager to read The Body Electric (it’s on my shelf!)

Marissa Meyer is definitely a new Auto Buy Author. Although, some of her books could have been edited down just a bit, I still loved The Lunar Chronicles. I also highly recommend Wires and Nerve. I’m not usually a graphic novel fan, but I really enjoyed Iko’s story. I will more than likely pick up Volume 2.

Adult:

Victoria Laurie is my new favorite cozy mystery writer. I am in the middle of her Ghost Hunter Series and it’s wonderful. I love the paranormal aspect to her books. The mysteries are solid. The characters are wonderful and diverse. I think it’s a great series for anyone who enjoys paranormal OR a good mystery. I am eager to pick up her Psychic Eye books as well.

Robin Hobb is incredible. I am so glad I was recommended this author and even though I’ve only read her first book (lol), I still highly recommend her. Her writing is absolutely beautiful. I’m not one for long descriptions and yet Robin Hobb could go on for pages and I wouldn’t get bored. Her first book in the Elderlings series is called Assassin’s Apprentice. It’s about a young boy growing up in a castle. There are lots of eventful things that happen to him, but this book isn’t filled with massive twists and turns. Yet, I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t stop thinking about Fitz. I adored this character (and others). It’s remarkable to me. If you know me, you’d know how big a deal this is. I get bored quite easily. If you haven’t checked her out, run to library and grab this book!

Confident in YOUR Content???

If you have read my post on OurLostLibrary via Goodreads this is a little more detailed version of that. If you haven’t, well here are my thoughts on the current status.

 

I have noticed that quite a few of us “bookish people” are struggling with our channels, blogs, content.

How do you feel about your content? Do you have struggles? Are you confident? How do you deal with doubts?

I, personally, struggle to feel included. I joined Booktube so that I had “adult” time with people who loved to read as much as I did. Sadly, my internet (with speeds only a cave man could appreciate) did not allow me to continue. Booktube felt natural and I miss it a great deal. In my heart, I’ll still always be a Booktuber.

After Booktube was no longer possible, I didn’t know where to turn. So I tried my hand at blogging. I do have things to say (sometimes too much to say) and I enjoy blogging. Yet the evil internet reared its ugly head and made WordPress a Nightmare for me. It took forever to get a post to actually publish and sometimes I’d have to quit and come back another day. It wasn’t worth the hassle and that’s why I’m not consistent and never have pics like everyone else.

So I took a break. Ever since then, I’ve been in limbo. I’ve tried IG and love it, but I’m no ground breaker in the pic department lol

I think it’s hard to keep up with public demand. I walk a fine line between trying to get noticed and yet still being me. I don’t want to stress myself out over the very thing that’s supposed to bring me much needed joy. Right???

So then I created Our Lost Library. I found that the “new” books are the books that people want to read about. It makes sense, they are NEW! You get to be the first person to read them, review them and get views because of them! I’m definitely not dogging new books. I have a pretty stack from my birthday that is eyeing me up! I’m just saying that the demand to keep up with “new” is quite difficult. If you don’t have “new,” you are more likely to be ignored, like I felt. It’s very tricky.

I created Our Lost Library with my favorite people, because I want to bring awareness to the older books. I want them to be cool too. I want a community of people who will come search the “older book” section every once and awhile. We aren’t saying “Don’t Read New Books!!!” We are saying, “Don’t You Forget About Me” Bwahahaha! We want to post pics and reviews about books that haven’t been talked about in awhile (or ever, if a hyped book drew a lot of attention). We want to gain views from them and excitement. Share stories and swap heartaches over books time forgot.

Will this Group be a success? I don’t know. I sure hope so. I hope to look at my phone and find lots of fun convo’s each day. I hope to help people promote their older books and encourage others to read amazing books they didn’t know existed. I hope to show off my books and have people actually be interested in my content. I hope it works. I hope you join and you love it. I hope to do everyone who joins or helped create it…proud.

My end goal was and still is…make friends. Make lots of friends! I want to have fun, silly conversations everyday with a few people and feel like I got my “adult” time in. I want to laugh over books, cry about books, and share it all with wonderful people. ARCs are cool. Massive followers…yeah that’d be cool. It’s just not necessary. Developing close relationships with my followers….that’s the real gold.

So where do I fit in? I don’t know. I haven’t found my rhythm yet. How about you?

OurLostLibrary July Pop Quiz

Hey!!! Welcome back!! If you haven’t read my last post, this Pop Quiz is from my Goodreads Group, OurLostLibrary which celebrates the books that we may have forgotten about (1995-2015). I created it with a few amazing ladies and I hope you will check it out and try our Monthly Pop Quizzes! So, let’s get started on July!!!

  1. Red, White….find a book that’s BLUE!!!  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It’s a rough read, but changes you in a profound way.
  2. Fireworks are loud, but pretty. Name a book that strikes a cord, but in the best way. I don’t know if you are religious, but the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins blew my mind. It talks about The Rapture and if you aren’t familiar with that let me just tell you this….Imagine that you are driving your car down a major highway and everyone that believes in God, just disappeared all at once. CRASH!!! The car in front of you no longer has a driver and the car behind you doesn’t have one either. Scariest of all, your family in the back seat is GONE. What happens next is pandemonium all over the world. The books are gripping and you furiously flip through pages at a break neck speed. Yet, to think of this actually happening as foretold in the Bible, truly terrifying.
  3. BBQ Time!! Name a book that puts a fire in your belly. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Just the title alone makes me all giddy. I wasn’t sure if I would like this book and I ended up loving it. I couldn’t stop turning pages and read it SOOO quickly. It’s an amazing and unique book that you simply must try!! I have such a passion to share this book! lol
  4. Everyone needs a book by the pool! What book would you recommend? Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. I’m about to do a reread of this book and will post a review as soon as I can. I loved this lighthearted and simple read. It’s silly and fun, yet packs an interesting story. In my mind, there’s nothing better than a light, fluffy book in the summer.
  5. I’m packing up for vacation and I need an adventurous book. What do I pack? Well, I’m definitely not running low on adventurous books. lol! I think for this quiz I will go with the Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis. My friend Michelle recommended it to me and during my buddy read….I about lost my mind! There were times when I was freaking out to my friend, Jody (my buddy read buddy lol) and we couldn’t stop reading when we were supposed to. We both ended up loving the trilogy and if you are looking for a Space Adventure…this is a great choice!

That’s all for this Pop Quiz!! Hope you join us soon!! Just as before, please post answers on Social Media under “OurLostLibrary July Pop Quiz”, @OurLostLibrary #OurLostLibrary from July 1st-August 6th. Remember ALL books need to be published from 1995-2015 to fit in with our group! I can’t wait to read your answers!!! 🙂