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DAY FIVE! ReadingCram 2.0: Chills and Thrills Read-a-Thon! Update & Spell It Out Challenge!!

So, I have not done every well in the read-a-thon so far. I probably have only read 14 pages... I feel so bad about that. But I am planning to read a lot over the weekend because school and applying to college is time consuming! While I am not doing so well, I hope everyone else is and I hope you guys are all having fun! :D So on to the challenge!

"Oct 28--Spell it out Challenge--Pick one of the following words: Ghost, Witch, Zombie, Howl--using each letter, find a title of a book they've read this year to "spell it out." FOR EXAMPLE
G  Graceling by Kristin Cashore H  Hollow City by Ransom Riggs O Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz S  Sanctum by Sarah Fine T  Timebound by Rysa Walker

Q,X,and Z the letters can be anywhere in the title. Post on social media somewhere."
W Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion   I   If I Stay by Gayle Forman
 T  Tempted by P.C. Cast & Kristan Cast  C  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare   H  House of Hades by Rick Riordan

So there is my challenge! Hope everyon…

DAY TWO! Reading Cram 2.0: Chills and Thrills Read-a-Thon! Teaser Challenge!

"Oct 25--Teaser Challenge--randomly open the book you are reading and post 2 sentences from the read ADDING 3 spooky/Halloween words of your choosing into the teaser! Post on Twitter, blogs, YouTube, etc." -Juliababyjen' Reading Room

Spooky Words: decaying,bone-ridden, and bloodied!

"The decaying queen-witch had crossed the bone-ridden pass south of Mount Belly in a couple days. Her goats were tethered to a bloodied thorn bush, which they chewed without enthusiasm" - Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Sadly, I have not read as much as I would like to since I have been surprisingly busy. But I hope everyone is having a good time


DAY ONE! Reading Cram 2.0: Chills and Thrills Readathon! TBR Challenge!

"Oct 24-- TBR challenge--List what books you are planning to read for the read-a-thon, on your blog, YouTube, etc. You don't have to stick to the list FYI :)"- Juliababyjen
These are not in any particular order and I may or may not read these. This is a rough idea of the books I'll be reading or trying to read. Three of the six books were recommended to me by MonsterMen13 on YouTube...well not exactly to me but in general.  Also just because I wrote down six books does not mean I'll get to them or that I will read six books.  **The themes are based off of the summary and friends** Stardust by Neil Gaiman; started Spooky Theme: Witches... I started this during the Octobathon and did not finish.

Horns by Joe Hill Spooky Theme: Thriller, Mystery... I heard about this book from padfootandprangs07 a while back. Then my friend recommended it to me. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  By Ransom Riggs Spooky Theme: Paranormal Jesse from Jessethereader talked about …

#Octobathon: Oct 17-19th Wrap Up!

While I did not know about this event until the last day, Sunday 19th, I still kinda participated because I did the Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon. So I'll count Saturday.. I started off my weekend by reading Before I Break By Alec John Belle. This is a contemporary novel about a homophobic character named Cyril and how he unknowingly becomes friends with a gay male named Avery. Then it is all about how Cyril's life spirals out of control. I loved the plot, the characters, and the topics discussed. For a full length review, you can check out my blog post. Rating: 5/5 Stars Number of Pages: 288, only story.
The next book I picked up was Coraline by Neil Gaiman, which is a horror-fantasy novel. This novel was about a young girl named Coraline who discovers a door to another home that resembles her own, but better. This includes parents called the other mother and the other father. She then has to fight for her life. I thought this book was great. It had a riveting plot that ke…

Reading Cram 2.0: Chills and Thrills Readathon!

Hey guys, girls, and all those in between! It's UnderYourGrace aka Ashley and I am participating in the Reading Cram 2.0: Chills and Thrills Readathon! It is a read-a-thon created by Juliababyjen and Danasquare. It is hosted by them, Rachel @APerfectionCalledBooks, and Little Red Reads. It goes from October 24th to October 31st! I will be having twitter sprints, most likely with my friend Jenny or by myself. So feel free to join us! Also I will be doing daily updates and some of the reading challenges. For more information, check out the link by clicking on Juliababyjen's name above. Hope you guys join me in this read-a-thon!
-UnderYourGrace aka Ashley 

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Final Update!

Hi Guys, so I participated in the Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon yesterday and it was wonderful! My TBR, To Be Read, list was:

Before I Break by Alec John Belle
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough (Re-read)
Stardust by Neil Gaiman 

I finished Before I Break by Alec John Belle and Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I also started but did not finish Stardust by Neil Gaiman....can you see the trend? :D

I also participated in twitter sprints with such lovely people like @alyssawho. I did this through the first half of the read-a-thon, but I took a nap, which was only going to last for a hour and fifteen minutes. But no... I slept through my alarm! :(

Any who, I still in enjoyed this so much and I cannot wait for the next one, which I will definitely be taking a part in! Also I want to try being a cheerleader for the next read-a-thon! I hope everyone who took part in the read-a-thon had a wonderful time and I will talk to you soon!

-UnderYourGrace aka Ashley

Dewey's End of Event Meme

Hey Guys! Just posting the Dewey's end of Event Meme! I hope everyone had fun for the past 24 hours and got a lot of reading done! :D

Which hour was most daunting for you?
I think hour 12 was the hardest because I ended up getting a screaming yeah hour 12.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Before I  Break by Alec John Belle or Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough!Although I did not read Once a Witch yesterday, I have read it many times before and I still love it!
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Hmm...I cannot think of anything at the moment.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I think the cheerleaders worked really well because they kept giving me a kick to read when I started to get sidetracked. 
How many books did you read?
Two books!!! I'm so happy!
What were the names of the books you read?
Before I Break by Alec John Belle and Corali…

Dewey's Mid-Event Survey!

Hey guys! Just posting a mid-event survey for the Dewey read-a-thon! I'm having to much fun and I cannot wait for the second half!
1. What are you reading right now?
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
2. How many books have you read so far?
Two! I'm so proud!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I can't decide between Stardust or Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Yes....I try to do what ever is needed really fast to continue on!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
It surprises me how much I'm enjoying reading for almost 12 hours straight and I am still excited!

Before I Break by Alec John Belle

I finished a book today called Before I Break by Alec John Belle, who is insanely nice.

When religiously raised Cyril Hayes begins his junior year at East Hill High School, every choice he makes suffers a greater consequence, and while facing challenges of friends, family, and love, learns that hate and intolerance are also a very large part of our world today.

Cyril Hayes is seemingly just like any other male his age. He has the perfect girlfriend, Melissa Summers, his best friend, Jake Rivers, and a lawyer father who brings home enough money to support his family and then some. When Cyril begins his junior year, he doesn't expect his life to spiral out of control when he meets Avery Branson, the new kid in school who has a big secret: he's gay. At first, Cyril doesn't handle this truth well, due to the way he was raised, but as the story progresses, he ventures deep into the reality of homosexuality and begins to accept Avery for who he is.

Not everyone …