Monday, 23 March 2015

Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon: Kick Off & Book Photography!

Hi there!

Woohoo! All systems go, and begin reading read-a-thoners! I Without further ado, let's see the challenge for today. But first here's my reading update, which I will keep changing as I read.

Reading Update: Obsidian (Lux #1) - 68 pages

First up we have some book photography! I had the most fun this morning running around and taking pictures. Days and challenges like this make me want to start an instagram, honestly.
Which books are on your TBR?
I really want to try and read the third Harry Potter book, the second in the Lunar Chronicles and the first of the Lux series. One of each featured series!
Where are you going to be reading this week?
I'm not lying when I say that the majority of my reading will probably happen when I should be sleeping because the daytime is for schoolwork. So, my bed is guaranteed as a reading space. (Don't you love the Doctor Who pillows?)
Where is your blogging area/space/desk?
It's as organized as it is gonna get xD
What is your current favourite fantasy book?
Current for me usually means latest that I have enjoyed. And I would have to say that would be A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and also The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud.
What is your least favourite fantasy book?
Blergh, The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorenson.
Can you find on your shelf a book that includes aliens?
This is practically the only alien book I have read so far and this is technically from my sister's shelf. But I loved The Host by Stephanie Meyer!
Can you find on your shelf a book that includes mythology?
Percy Jackson for life, of course :D
Can you find on your shelf a book that includes magic?

Again, thank you sister. Although Eragon by Christopher Paolini has a lot of dragons in it, there is magic too. I should really get round to reading Inheritance at some point...

Can you find on your shelf that is steampunk?

I decided that I wasn't allowed to use any of the Lunar Chronicles to answer this question, hence Ticker by Lisa Mantchev won out. I have yet to read this one though!
I'm doing extra!
Because you know, you can never get too much when it comes to blogging.
1. Now that Bartimaeus is chained to you, what do you want to force them to do with you? (Assuming you have their consent.)

We will definitely be sneaking into concerts and bookish shops in the middle of the night. He would definitely know how to do it correctly, as well.

2. What books is Bartimaeus reading?

Probably 12 Years A Slave. A serious read, but then he would be trying to figure out a way to his own freedom and trying to find some pointers for himself. If not, it would be a superhero comic.

 3. Roleplay a scene where you and Bartimaeus are fighting over a scene/character in the book you are currently reading.

Olivia: Kestrel! She's torn between two worlds.
Bartimaeus: Couldn't she just choose one already? Jeez, I have had enough of her complaining.
Olivia: It's not as simple as that...
Bartimaeus: Sure sounds simple to me.
Olivia: Psssh, that's because you would kill the person controlling you and then move on. Unless you were stuck with them for too long.
Bartimaeus: Of course I would. Everyone should fear me. And talking about killing those controlling you...

 4 You've already spent 12 hours chained to Bartimaeus. How do you feel about them now? Anything irritating you yet?

I'll probably never get enough of the sarcastic comments, but it might bother me that he has something to say about every little thing I do. And the fact that he is usually right.

5. How do you spend your day with Bartimaeus during the read-a-thon?

Reading! Of course xD But also meeting my friends during school. I would love to hear his opinions of everyone.

6. What would your relationship status with Bartimaeus be if you got to keep them after the read-a-thon?

Friends, definitely.

7. Bartimaeus is at your mercy. What have you always wanted to ask them? What do they answer?

Can he please get me a new suitcase with all my TBR wishlist books? Thank you!

8. If given the chance to, would you like to go back to Bartimaeus's world after the read-a-thon?

YES please! It's like London with magic. What is there NOT to love?

Olivia's Question: What do you like to take pictures of?
Olivia-Savannah x


  1. What a cool post, Olivia! I always have books on my TBR even though most are not fantasy. Just finished Organ Reapers by Shay West last night. It's scifi which I normally don't read, but this one was very interesting. Now reading The Sirena Quest by Michael Kahn

    1. Yeah, there is always a next book simply waiting to be read! I read Organ Reapers and did find it to be an odd combination of genres but an okay read. Looking forward to seeing what you think of The Sirena Queen (I love the title already :D)

  2. Lovely post! I wanted to participate in this, I even signed but then Uni happened. I had to do an assignment this week and another for next week so my reading would be probably non-existent =((( but I hope you get a lot of reading done this week =)
    I love to take pictures of books, I even have a bookstagram.

    1. Oh, it's a shame uni kicked into gear now! But of course, it should come first. I hope you will be able to breathe amongst all the work though! I have recently gotten instagram and would like to work on expanding it some more myself.

  3. Great post! I really need to read Scarlet too, I'm (hopefully) going to get it soon. And these pictures are amazing! You should definitely think about getting an Instagram :) I have my own where I post about books and bookish things. I'd follow you for sure!

    ~Cari @ My Addiction: Books

    1. Ahhh I am happy you are going to get it! Looking forward to know what you think. I do have an Instagram, I just have yet to upload pictures and start finding all those blogs I like xD

  4. I tried to read A Game of Thrones a while ago but couldn't get past the first half - do you think I should go back to it? Everyone is telling me I should but I'm dubious. Also good idea to have Bartimaeus as your read-a-thon slave! He'd be a handful though.

    1. I think you should try and get back to it. If you try it for a second time and still hate it, then it definitely isn't for you. But personally I loved it! Also, he would be quite a handful. I am sure that by the end of the week I would be exhausted of him xD

    2. I think it still worth trying it.. just give it another chance

  5. Oh, nice! I love how organized you are. :) I am too... although not that much haha. It's just that I have so many things on my desk!!! You seem to like nail polish a lot wow! Scarlet, Harry Potter #3 and Obsidian were such great reads, Scarlet most of all <3 Wonderful post!

    1. I am pretty organized, but that is basically because disorganization happens and then my life starts to run wild O.o Yes, I do really love my nail polish, almost as much as books! <3

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    1. <3 My friends made them for me! I can't believe their skills DD:

  7. Oh, I love the book photography. I get excited seeing other people's books :) I have yet to read A Game of Thrones, but I've heard all kinds of great things about it - let's see, hope you enjoy Scarlet. Fantastic post<3 <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. Book photography is too fun <3 I can't wait to know what you think of it!

  8. Great post, and I love how your desk looks! I've always wanted a white one to do book photography on. And omg that nail polish collection ♥︎♥︎♥︎ You should get an Instagram and we can all follow each other! Trust me, there is so much book porn <3

    I've not read the GoT series but your roleplay was pretty hilarious :D

    1. Ooh yes, it was different to get a white desk and can use a lot of cleaning at times, but I love it! Added you on Instagram ;) Oh, and my nail polish collection is pretty much a lot more than in that picture. Future photos to come!

  9. Great post :) I love fantasy genre so I am alway sopen to new suggestions and interested in seeing what other people read when it comes to fantasy genre.
    I love Lux series so I hope you will enjoy it!

    1. I am halfway through the first one and enjoying it so far, although I can't help my brain making comparisons to Twilight...

  10. I love your Doctor Who pillows!! Also, we have the exact same laptop!! The inside might be different, but outside is EXACTLY THE SAME! I saw your picture and I was like "wait, that laptop looks familiar!".

    I am a bit late with the readathon blogposts, but I will try my best to keep up!

    1. Late is always better than not here! Aaah I love my Toshiba <3 ahaha I am glad to see we have the same!

  11. I love your photographs! I couldn't do the first day for time and location reasons, and I was really bummed out about it, because these are such fun challenges! I probably would have used The Host and Eragon and Percy Jackson too. :D And your Percy Jackson editions are pretty!

    1. Thank you! Awh well, there will always be other challenges. It looks like we have a lot of books in common though!