Fictional World Travel

Fictional World Travel

This is the first challenge for the Bout of Books read-a-thon. It’s hosted by Between Library Shelves. Basically, you choose 3 to 6 books of places other than the country you currently live in to visit.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien {Middle Earth}

Let’s be real. If this is not on your list, you are lying to yourself. Ent, wizards, elves. come on.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini {1970s Afghanistan}

This time period fascinates me. I think the stark comparison between the Afghanistan in the 70s and the Afghanistan of today would be cool to see.

Collected Novellas by Gabriel Garcia Marquez {Columbia}

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ (GGM) ability to describe the setting of his works is amazing. I would love to do a GGM pilgrimage of his house and other parts of Colombia would be cool.

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang {China}

I’ve always wanted to go to China, so this one was a no brainer.

If you do decide to do the challenge, let me know in the comments below.



Bout of Books 14

That’s right. It’s read-a-thon time! This is the kick I need to get back to blogging, and this is also a great excuse to buy new books. I’ll be posting my TBR soon. Let me know if you are participating as well.

Read-a-thon, bring it.

For those of you who have never heard of the Bout of Books read-a-thon, here is a description.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books

Books on the Nightstand Summer Bingo


Books on the Nightstand is one of my favorite book podcasts. If you are not listening to them, you should be! They are currently hosting a summer bingo. Basically, one would get a randomized bingo card, and you have from Memorial Day to Labor Day to complete the card. You can get your own bingo card here.  While I did start later in the summer, I am still going to try to get as many of these completed, and I will probably try to complete it even after Labor Day. These should help me complete the bingo card that I created earlier this year.

If you decide to join, let me know!


  • Nonfiction in graphic novel format: My Friend Dahmer
  • That you started but never finished:
  • About a subject that challenges you:
  • By a local author:
  • Translation:
  • Set in a place you want to visit:
  • By an author born in the same year as you:
  • Found in a used bookstore:
  • A literary magazine or journal:
  • Last book of an author before he/she died or retired:
  • Recommended by a family member:
  • Poetry collection:
  • Free Space:
  • A short story anthology:
  • Set in Australia/Oceania:
  • That you think you will dislike:
  • Borrowed from the library:
  • About a religion with which you are unfamiliar:
  • Written by someone under 21:
  • Published before 1900:
  • Written by an author you have met:
  • Published over 100 years ago:
  • Has been on your TBR for longer than 2 years:
  • 10 short stories:
  • Set in South America:



Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon

The Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon is here!

You can sign up here. I’ve been craving a read-a-thon for a while now, so as you can tell, I’m super psyched for this. The Dewey 24-hour read-a-thon is exactly what it sounds like. It runs 24 hours at starts at the same time for everyone regardless of what timezone you are in (i.e. the US eastern time zone (-5) would run from 8am to 8am while Hawaii (-11) would run from 2am to 2am). You can look-up your start time here.

This year, I have a lot of things going on while the read-a-thon is taking place, so I don’t expect to do a lot of reading. However, I’m going to try my hardest! My goal is to read as much as I can from the two books I am reading. My goal is to read at 100 pages. We’ll see how that goes. If you are participating, let me know!



Book & Blogger Swap Reveal

For this swap, I was partnered with the lovely Sara from Carpe Librum Girl. You can check out her all her social media links below. Her instagram is pretty amazing, and she is currently coordinating a bookswap through her account. Go check it out! She sent me the three required books plus two additional books. Thanks, Sara! You da best! Here is a description of the contents of my box:

  • Night Circus (A book from your partner’s wishlist)
  • Atonement (A book from your partner’s wishlist)
  • Middlesex (A book you have read and loved)
  • Canone Inverso (A book you haven’t read, but think looks interesting)
  • Birthright (bonus graphic novel)
  • Tazo passion tea. It’s actually one of my favorites. Lucky guess.
  • Assortment of bookmarks. It’s like Sara knew I lose these more often than I’m willing to admit.

Book Swap 2 Reveal

If you participated in this swap or you have read any of these books, leave a comment below.

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