In my enthusiasm to get to skating I forgot that muscle memory was a thing and end up falling way more than I should so I’m going to be training for not on the rink this summer while my skating friend is across the country doing non-profit work. I’m retraining my leg to do some work it doesn’t to do lots of streches maybe Switch sports, yoga, running. Yeah, lots of reading too but no fun for me. Last time I fell I also bruised my major writing wrist, so I will be off again for awhile. Only a few days though till it patches itself up though. Ugh bones why you be so annoying.
For our Chopped Seek and Find we came up with a week of prompts to keep everyone interested for our little Easter adventure of fun where there will be prizes, surprises and who knows what else.
Flower – The first book that you think of or the first book that you see.
Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for Girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home; it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile, or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.
Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.
Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?
Chocolate – Plot twist or a surprise
Her name is unimportant.
All you must know is that today she will become one of the four saints of Haven. The elders will mark her and place the red hood on her head. With her sisters, she will stand against the evil power that lives beneath the black mountain—an evil which has already killed nine of her village’s men.
She will tell no one of the white-eyed beasts that follow her. Or the faceless gray women tall as houses. Or the girls she saw kissing in the elm grove.
Today she will be a saint of Haven. She will rid her family of her mother’s shame at last and save her people from destruction. She is not afraid. Are you?
Cake – Multiple POV
Flight or Fight
This is an ARC so I can’t say too much about it but I know it’s going to be very cute.
Bunny – a short read
Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board
Dany, Madison, and…wait-another Dany?!-must navigate some very complicated friendships while trying to capture a magical dog that is turning their town upside-down!Almost everything is going great for Dany. She and Madison are still best friends, she still has her magic sketchbook, and the new school year is looking up. But when Dany creates a duplicate of herself to secretly help with homework and raise her social status, the two of them accidentally unleash a magical dog that wreaks supernatural havoc on the town. Now, with the big school dance coming up, time is running short for Dany, Madison, and their friends to set things right before the night is completely ruined!
Amazon: Making Friends 2
Sun – Non-book prompt – such as watch bookish videos, take a bath etc have some self care
Play video games.
Moon – a mystery
All for One
Tania de Batz is most herself with a sword in her hand. Everyone thinks her near-constant dizziness makes her weak, nothing but “a sick girl.” But Tania wants to be strong, independent, a fencer like her father—a former Musketeer and her greatest champion. Then Papa is brutally, mysteriously murdered. His dying wish? For Tania to attend finishing school. But L’Académie des Mariées, Tania realizes, is no finishing school. It’s a secret training ground for new Musketeers: women who are socialites on the surface, but strap daggers under their skirts, seduce men into giving up dangerous secrets, and protect France from downfall. And they don’t shy away from a sword fight.
With her newfound sisters at her side, Tania feels that she has a purpose, that she belongs. But then she meets Étienne, her target in uncovering a potential assassination plot. He’s kind, charming—and might have information about what really happened to her father. Torn between duty and dizzying emotion, Tania will have to decide where her loyalties lie…or risk losing everything she’s ever wanted.
Amazon: All for One
And finally carrot – a title that starts with a c
Cece Rios and the Dessert of Souls
Living in the remote town of Tierra del Sol is dangerous, especially in the criatura months, when powerful spirits roam the desert and threaten humankind. But Cecelia Rios has always believed there was more to the criaturas, much to her family’s disapproval. After all, only brujas—humans who capture and control criaturas—consort with the spirits, and brujeria is a terrible crime.
When her older sister, Juana, is kidnapped by El Sombrerón, a powerful dark criatura, Cece is determined to bring Juana back. To get into Devil’s Alley, though, she’ll have to become a bruja herself—while hiding her quest from her parents, her town, and the other brujas. Thankfully, the legendary criatura Coyote has a soft spot for humans and agrees to help her on her journey.
With him at her side, Cece sets out to reunite her family—and maybe even change what it means to be a bruja along the way.
I’m also reading this final one to help finish up my dwarven character for Orillium as I needed to read a book set in the desert.
So what are you all going to read, I can’t wait to see all your lists!
Though you may think of astrological work and tarot as more associated with Halloween we do have the Vernal Equinox coming up so I decided to start a series of posts of books each Zodiac sign, might like based on traits traditionally assigned to the sign. Now we’re going to make it a little interactive by making some polls by how well you think these fit, with maybe some stickers up as prizes.
Eastern and Western
We will be explore both Eastern and Western would like now I want this to be interactive too, I’m personally a Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon Taurus Ascending in the Western Zodiac. And a Metal Horse in the Asian Zodiac.
Now if you have now idea what that means that’s okay these post will kind of an intro to how to figure out your Zodiac and the astrological world in general it will also help me bring two of my favorite things together. The astrological world and tarot and the book world and reading. As for the Tarot portion I’m going to be doing books that would fit all of the Major Arcana, it’s okay if you don’t know what that means either we’ll be taking a dive through tarot as well.
Feedback and Tags in Astrological Posts
I definitely want everyone’s feedback especially if they are particularly drawn to a card or sign, do you think my book predictions are spot on please tell me #astrolistbooks or #tarotlistbooks and please tell me if I’m wrong and you have better ideas feel free to turn this into a tag if you want to we are going to start out tomorrow with Aries and go from there. As for the Tarot posts we will be starting with the Fool the day after. I look forward to learning more about tarot, teaching you guys and pairing up books with signs.
I can’t wait to hear from you guys in the comments or on Twitter.
The Counterclockwise Heart is a tale of magic, friendship, responsibility, lies, love and what makes a hero. In my review later today you’ll see my thoughts about this wonderful new book set in a well written fantasy land by great author Brian Farrey who also brought us the award winning The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse.
Amazon: The Counterclockwise Heart
Later today I will be sharing my opinions on this book and I’m very excited to tell you all what I think, until then, wait and be excited about this lovely book.
Here we are, after a few weeks of waiting and announcements our Readathon finally begins! Now the signup will continue for ten more days for those of you who might have been a bit late to the party. Make sure to check out check out the Readathon account of Twitter @choppedread as this is where we will be making announcements.
Information and Important Links
Just in case this is your first time hearing or seeing about this Readathon or Chopped. No worries, no previous knowledge of either is needed this I will list all our important links below. The sign up sheet is here. If have no idea what about something please feel free to ask either @TheBlindScribe or myself @PlaidReader, but you might want check these links first as they answer basic questions For example the Readathon begins today and goes through the 28th.
We are loosely based on the American cooking game show Chopped. But knowledge of the show is not required. Basically you read a book based on basket ingredients during our three rounds and make meals after each round this is outlined more in these important documents Chopped 101 and Chopped: Meals Explained you may want to look at these documents if you haven’t already before the beginning the readathon.
There is also a great version laid out here by one of participants @ReaderPenguin_ that lays out the prompts in a great way if you are a visual learner.
This is a great thing to reference if you don’t feel like looking at all my charts.
Prizes For Readathon
Next is my favorite part prizes! I can’t wait to see how the prizes shake out once this all begins.
As for point/pages we’re going to be counting them just to see who gets a specific digital prize and a real one yet to be determined this goes to the person or persons if there is a tie who has read the most by the end of the readathon. You may log your points/pages here
Also the prize packages there are two, one for our US participants who will be getting a will getting signed copies of A Place at the Table and Long Lost. For the International Prize winner they will get $20 to Book Depository or the same amount off your Amazon Wishlist whichever is better for you. This prize will be randomly drawn.
There will also be digital prizes for everyone who participated!
Overall I hope you guys have a great time and @TheBlindScribe and I just want you to know to know we may say we’re judges but we’re really just here to support you and would love to see your TBRs or any work related to the readathon.
As well as my other Readathons I’m taking place in the year long Readathon by blog The Quiet Pond. They are having authors join them a companion to their larger quests this time the have Racquel Marie, author of Ophelia After All. The book is about
A teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness, called a hilarious and heartfelt comedy by author Raquel Marie.
Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys – way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart. She couldn’t change, even if she wanted to.
So when she finds herself thinking more about cute, quiet Talia Sanchez than the loss of a perfect prom with her ex-boyfriend, seeds of doubt take root in Ophelia’s firm image of herself. Add to that the impending end of high school and the fracturing of her once-solid friend group, and things are spiraling a little out of control. But the course of love—and sexuality—never did run smooth. As her secrets begin to unravel, Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she’s always imagined or upending everyone’s expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all.
Amazon: Ophelia After All
Since the book has roses as a central plot point we were supposed to make a rose after our favorite book cover. We could write draw, make a description of the rose, and then put the book cover with it.
Here is my best attempt at a rose modeled after Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities Nightfall. I really liked this challenge because I got to draw a bit, which I should really do more of. I can’t wait to get the pride rose prize for my garden. And I really enjoyed this companion challenge!
This week has lots of great books coming out, from books about friendships to thrillers and books about about body positivity, we’ve got a little something for everyone.
All My Friends (Eagle Rock Series, 3
Middle-schooler Bina has everything she’s ever wanted. She has new friendships and a new band whose song is about to be featured on her favorite television show.
But being in the spotlight is hard. When Bina and her band are offered a record deal, her parents are not thrilled. Now, Bina is barely speaking to her mom and dad. To make matters worse, Bina and her best friend, Austin, are still awkward around each other after their failed first date.
Can Bina untangle the various melodies in her heart? Or will fame go to her head?
Amazon: All My Friends
The Ghoul of Windydown Vale
In this action-packed mystery from award-winning author Jake Burt, Copper Inskeep holds Windydown Vale’s deepest and darkest secret: he is the ghoul that haunts the Vale, donning a gruesome costume to scare travelers and townsfolk away from the dangers of the surrounding swamps. When a terrified girl claims she and her father were attacked by a creature – one that could not have been Copper – it threatens not just Copper’s secret, but the fate of all Windydown.
Max’s first year of middle school hasn’t been easy. Eighth-grade hotshot Johnny Pro torments Max constantly, for no other reason than Max is fat and an easy target. Max wishes he could fight back, but he doesn’t want to hurt Johnny . . . just make him feel the way Max feels.
In desperation, Max writes to the only person he thinks will understand: imprisoned supervillain Master Plan, a “gentleman of size.” To his surprise, Master Plan wants to help! He suggests a way for Max to get even with Johnny Pro, and change how the other kids at school see them both.
And it works! When Master Plan’s help pays off for Max in ways he couldn’t have imagined, he starts gaining confidence—enough to finally talk to Marina, the girl he likes in class who shares his passion for baking. He’s finally starting to gain friendships. With Master Plan in his corner, anything seems possible . . . but is there a price to pay for the supervillain’s help?
For this round @OliviaTempleto6 and I wanted to make this the most fancy and decadent round. Like you were really having elegant dinner. Not to say dessert isn’t also fancy but you will definitely fill up on books here.
Steak and Lobster-an expensive book or one the looks fancy.
It’s not everyday you learn you might be related to related to Anastasia or that the tragic princess actually survived her assassination attempt and has been living as the woman you know as Aunt Anna. I love the design on the cover and the idea of the book and the idea behind it. That’s why I’m choosing it for this prompt.
Amazon: The Storyteller
Edible Glitter-a book that has magic or a fantasy
The battle or war in this case isn’t directly against a thing or another person, it’s against magic itself and those who practice it. When Josslyn Drake finds herself infected with a dangerous piece of magic in world where it, not only illegal but dangerous and deadly she must ally with the unlikely Jericho Nox, who offers her a deal: his help extracting the magic in exchange for the magic itself. Will deal be worth it or will Josslyn find herself in more trouble than she imagined as she learns about the world, magic and things she never expected.
Amazon: Echoes and Empires
Spaghetti-Good Friendships or Multiple Points of View
Six not so human kids have been kept in the Playroom, a government facility that was has been protecting them. Or at the very least keeping them safe from the eyes of the judgmental word where some would consider them nothing more than animals. They are at home there until a security breach forces them them into the real world and the path of the Collector.
Can the group band together to thwart the Collectors plans, or will they end of the next part of his collection?
Amazon: Another Kind
Dark Chocolate Truffles-a book from a darker genre mystery, horror, thriller.
Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves
On a frozen wasteland of a planet, a girl is on the run with a wolf who is born to be a killer but bound to be her guide. As they fight to escape ice goblins, giant bears, and a ruthless leader intent on trapping them both, one question drives them relentlessly forward: where do you turn when there is nowhere to hide?
Amazon: Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves
Come back tomorrow and check out the final and most difficult portion of my TBR, the dessert.
This is the Introduction/Welcome post to the Chopped: Romance Dinner Theme Readathon. Your judges will be the lovely @OliviaTempleto6 and myself, @Plaid_Reader. If you’ve ever seen the show Chopped, this readathon will take a similar format, only ingredients will serve as reading prompts. You will have to come up with unique dishes based on the prompts we give you. The readathon will run from February 1st-28th, with a celebration on March 1st.
How will you create dishes from reading books you ask? Your imagination, based on the books you’ve read and the food in the the prompts imagine a what a meal would look like, you can interpret this any way you like, art, writing, collage, music etc.
Like the real game of Chopped, the game will be broken into three rounds, Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert. You’re welcome to take on the rounds in whatever order you choose but we’ve built them so they get tougher as you go, so you may want to take them in order.
|1) Steak and Lobster|
|2) Edible Glitter|
|4) Dark Chocolate Truffles|
|2) Ring Pops|
|3) Baked Alaska|
You may be asking what all these foods mean and why you’ll have to deal with edible glitter, that’s me @Plaid Reader’s fault, I’m the evil judge. Anyway let me give you an introduction to what these foods mean:
|Spaghetti||Good Friendships or Multiple Points of View|
|Champagne||A Protagonist with Anxiety|
|Steak and Lobster||An expensive book or one that looks fancy|
|Ring Pops||A book where someone gets married or a wedding shapes the plot.|
|Yuzu||A book with a sweet and tart protagonist.|
|Dark Chocolate Truffles||A book from a ‘darker’ genre horror, mystery, thriller.|
|Leftovers||A book you started but didn’t finish|
|Baked Alaska||A book with a surprise|
|Edible Glitter||A book about magic or a fantasy|
|Milkshake||Two people must go on a quest|
|Pizza||A comfort read|
We will be counting pages and there are cute digital rewards available along the way. So make sure you enter your pages and make note when you finish a book.There may be rewards along the way but however you do just remember everyone is champion no matter how many books you pages or books you read. We’re happy to have everyone here at this readathon.
Though everyone will get a prize for participating in the readathon. The top 3 readers. I see you people who can take down a 600 page book like nothing, will get a special prize. So keep reading, and enter those pages in our tracker!
There will be two winners at the end of the readathon, one US and one international. We will be doing a random draw for both. The US winner will receive a signed copy of A Place at the Table by Laura Shovan and Saadia Faruqi, a lovely middle grade book about food overcoming cultural borders. While the international winner will get $20 in Book Depository credit so long as they ship to your country.
If you have any questions about any of the prompts not cover in the introduction or need help with your dishes please contact your judges on Twitter. We are here to help, not to critique and would love to see TBRs for this Readathon. Also check out our introduction video here.
I felt like I should explain my absence yesterday. It was the anniversary of my shattering my ankle last year, which has still has had lasting effects. Keep your ankles safe be careful on the stairs. They are no fun to break. I still can’t bake and or go skating or do many other things I dreamed of doing COVID, if I have to be stuck inside during COVID, and we are following hard COVID protocols. So activities at home are pretty much all my activities. So I’ve been a bit bitter about it not getting to do what I want. But I’ve got a lot of good things coming my life especially my readathon with co-host The Blind Scribe which we will be announcing next week, expect great things.
But the truth was I was pouting an accident with chronic illnesses just didn’t seem fair. But the truth of the matter is it probably helped get me my disability. I’m also waiting for my disability backpay money to come through so I can move out. There are just lots of things I can’t do here like I want to set up a vlogging studio in my new place and start vlogging and of course that dream bookshelf room from IG.
I guess I’m just feeling stuck, but I need to make sure that doesn’t impact my reading and my blogging, that’s why I’m planning to be here every day. I know I need self care, but I also need consistency. I’m going to dive more into my blogging work.
And hey at least it was not both ankles and I’m mostly done re-relearning to walk again. I’ve also got therapy coming up for my back where they think I might have nerve damage and my leg where I’m still not walking perfectly.