#TheReadingQuest

Wow. It has been a while since I have been on here! Hello internet! *shouts into the void* *blows dust off the keyboard*

Ahem, anyways, you may be wondering, Carolyn what on earth has brought you back to this corner of the internet? Well…me…I have decided to join a most epic and noble quest, The Reading Quest. This reading challenge is crossed with a video game-like quest to tackle those towering TBRs, gaining HP and EXP along the way to become the fiercest reader in all the land!! 🤓📚📖 

Hosted by Aentee from ReadAtMidnight.com, this quest runs from August 13th to September 10th. Click here to go to the sign-up post if anyone would like to join!

Make sure you pack extra supplies! Reading snacks, tea, tissues to cradle your tears from all of the book feels, etc. 

You can choose from four different characters: the Knight, the Bard, the Rogue and the Mage. Each will lead you down a different path with book challenges that you must complete before moving onto the next character.

 I will be starting as the Knight and here is my TBR! Starting EXP and HP are both 10

Challenge: The First Book in a Series

Book: The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

EXP: +10

HP: +31

Challenge: A Book with a Verb in the Title

Book: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

EXP: +20

HP: +33

Challenge: A Book with a Weapon on the Cover

Book: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

EXP: +10

HP: +42

Challenge: A Book with a Red Cover

Book: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

EXP: +10

HP: +31

Challenge: A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation

Bool: Tokyo Ghoul #1

EXP: +5

HP: +22

Once those are all complete, I will mostly likely continue along the board by completing the Bard challenges. But that will be another post. I am going to try and do once or twice a week updates with page and point counts, key word here being try.

If you decide to take up the challenge, please comment below with your TBR post!

See you on August 13th!!

#TheReadingQuest artwork credit to CW of Read, Think, Ponder. Thank you for the beautiful art!!

2014 Goodreads and BookTube-a-thon Challenge!

Hello everyone! In yesterday’s post I mentioned the 2014 BookTube-a-thon challenge. The challenge was a fun way to tackle your TBR pile with some challenges and to read as much as possible in one week!  Since I was unable to participate in this year’s BookTube-a-thon, I have decided to combine it with the challenges from last year to make myself one giant reading challenge for August. I recently increased my 2014 Goodreads challenge from 150 books to 200 books, so I could use the help!  Some of the books are ones that I read in school but I still consider them part of my TBR list because I don’t remember much about them plus I would like to revisit them for fun. My TBR is getting obscenely long so it is time to make a plan and take it down! 🙂

2013 BookTube-a-thon Challenges:

1) Read a classic – The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

2)Re-read a book – Looking for Alaska by John Green
DFTBA ❤

3)Read something that had been on your shelf for forever – Bizarre History by Joe Rhatigan

4)Finish a series – I have read the original Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner but I still need to read The Kill Order which is the prequel to the series.

5)Read something over 500 pages – On top of this challenge, I am also rereading the Harry Potter series. I love rereading it every couple of years and going back to that time of dressing up for book releases, having day-long parties before the movie releases and all of that fun stuff! So my book that I will re-read will be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I aim to have Prisoner of Azkaban finished before August starts which shouldn’t be an issue. I know this should be for the re-read a book challenge but I don’t really have any books over 500 pages that I want to dive into right now.

6)Read 300 pages a day – This is the one challenge that I know I won’t be able to complete 😦 With the Erie County Fair in August and working some pretty dismal hours, I shall try my best but on the 11 and 12 hour days, I’ll be lucky if I stay awake long enough to read 100 pages!

7)Read an audio book – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and narrated by Tim Curry. I have been meaning to finish this series for ages! I have read up to the 6th book, The Ersatz Elevator, but it has been so long that I really need to start from the beginning and go through them all again.

2014 BookTube-a-thon Challenges:

1) Start and finish a series – Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

2) Read a book with pictures in it – The Cartoon Introduction to Macroeconomics by Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein (I recently have been needing something economics-related in my life so I found these cartoon introduction books. I read the into to Microeconomics and really enjoyed it!)

3) Read a book from the genre you have read the least this year – Historical Fiction – Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

4) Read a book someone else picks out for you – My friend Kara has been trying for ages to get me to read some Agatha Christie so I shall be reading Murder on the Orient Express.

5) A book with red on the cover – Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

6) Read a book-to-movie adaptation – Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

7) Read 7 books in 7 days – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey; The Expats by Chris Pavone; The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson; Mrs Queen Takes the Train by WIlliam Kuhn; Harry, a History by Melissa Anelli; and the Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman

August Reading Challenge

TOTAL NUMBER OF BOOKS – 20
TOTAL NUMBER OF PAGES – 6,011

LET’S DO THIS!!

Makeup Timer Challenge

Hello everyone! I have seen a few of these Makeup Timer challenges going around and figured I would take it on. What you do is time yourself to see how long it takes you to do all of your makeup. If you haven’t done this, try it out and leave the link below! If you have done it, leave your link below so I can see if anyone might take longer than me! I do hope someone does…oops 🙂
The look that I went for was my nicer going out in public look.

Primer – Benefit the Pore-fessional – 49 seconds

Foundation – Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Full Coverage Foundation in Fair-Light-Honey with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – 1 minute 35 seconds

Concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Custard – 43 seconds

Highlighter – Benefit High Beam – 23 seconds

Powder – Benefit Agent Zero Shine – 53 seconds

Brows – Naked Palette – Buck with angled brush – 28 seconds

Bronzer – Tarte Park Avenue Princess with Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki brush – 39 seconds

Eye Shadow – Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad to the Bronze – 30 seconds
Inner Corner – Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette – White Lie – 40 seconds

Eyeliner – Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner – Dark Brown – 39 seconds
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner – Whiskey – 21 seconds

Mascara – Benefit They’re Real – 27 seconds

Brow Bone highlighter – Chella Highlighter – Ivory Lace – 27 seconds

Lipstick – Mac Flamingo (A24 – Lustre) – 23 seconds

Setting Spray – Urban Decay Chill – 12 seconds

TOTAL TIME *gulp* – 9 minutes and 9 seconds (not as bad as I thought it was going to be!)

Here is the finished look!

Makeup Timer Tag