Newts Readathon Week 2/ August 6th to August 12th

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  • Last week I mentioned my Youtube watch later and how I’m trying to get that down. I continued that journey this week and not surprisingly my watch later got much longer. I watched a lot of videos in the last week but so many amazing videos were posted in the last week that the number seems to never go down. I’m currently sitting at 499 videos. I mean at least I’m under 500 this week. My goal for next week is to stay under 500.
  • I’m writing this post really late because my work week was really stressful and long. I worked 3 days of really long shifts and barely did anything but work and sleep on those days.
  • I’m currently working on some blog posts(motivation has struck again) I’ve very excited to have some more content back up other than my weekly wrap-up hopefully soon.

On to the Newts….

I’m keeping track of my progress by using @DEJ’s TBR Books report card for Slytherin! If you haven’t checked them out they are gorgeous and have really helped me keep track of where I am on my Newts

NEWTS Report Card week 2

I finished one more class for my NEWTS! I read a total of 7 new books since my last update meaning I am about 2 books behind where I would like to be and honestly, it is Tuesday and I haven’t read anything since this weekend so I’m even further behind but at least I’m making progress. I do plan to read some more tonight and I’m hoping to get at least one book finished tonight. Anywho on to what I did manage to read

Divination

(o) Read a mythology book- Asgard Stories

Care of Magic Creatures

(A) Animal on the cover- Guardians of the Taiga

(E) Book under 160 pages- Depression & Other Magic Tricks

 

Muggle Studies

(A) By a favorite author- Goldie Vance vol. 3

Herbology

(A) Book with a green cover- Paperweight

(E) Book with Illustrations- Goldiee Vance vol. 4

 

History of Magic

(A) Book that fits in the Hogwarts Library- Wicked Plants

And that’s a wrap for week 2 of the #Newtsreadathon2018 progress is moving along. How was your week?

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Newts Readathon Week 1/ July 30th to August 5th

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  • I spent the first part of this week trying to catch up on Youtube videos before Booktubethon was in full swing. I started at about 100 videos and I’m at about 350 now so that for sure didn’t work. However, this is one of my favorite times of the year for Booktube. I love being able to find new people to follow and this is usually when I find tons.
  • NewtReadathon started on the first and I have been reading for that as much as possible I’ll talk much more about that below.
  • For the first time in a long time, I am on track with my Goodreads reading challenge and I couldn’t be happier!

Read before my Newts

I took it easy before my Newts and only read this short story.

On to the Newts….

I’m keeping track of my progress by using @DEJ’s TBR Books report card for Slytherin! If you haven’t checked them out they are gorgeous and have really helped me keep track of where I am on my Newts.

At the time I am writing this I have read 8 books! I have also completed 2 exams all the way to Outstanding!. I didn’t make a TBR and decided to just wing it. So far that is working for me. However, I am worried about DADA since the first challenge is to read the last book in a series and I don’t have anything for that right now.

NEWTS Report Card week 1

Even though you can’t really see what I have read on this chart I still think it is interesting to share. I’m actually really surprised that I’ve stayed in the same classes versus spreading out across the card. I initially planned to read all of the acceptable then move on but that didn’t pan out.

Transfiguration

(A) Book with a Grey Cover- Sachiko

(E) By an author, you’ve never read before- The Flinstones vol.1

(O) Features royals- Cutie and the Beast

Divination

(A) Set in the future- The Jetsons vol. 1

(E) Book under 200 pages- Blood Stain vol.1

Arithmancy

(A) Book with at least 300 pages- Lady Killers

(E) The book ends on an even number Blood Stain vol.2

(O) Book is not the first in a series- Blood Stain vol.3

I tried to calculate how fast I would need to read to get all 36 books done in time for this readathon and what I’ve figured out I need to read about 1.25 books a day or about 9 books a week( for 28 days) so I have a little bit of wiggle room.


How is your reading week going?

 

Mermaids of Eriana Kwai Blog Tour and Review

Ice Massacre
Mermaids of Eriana Kwai Book 1
by Tiana Warner
Genre: YA LGBT Fantasy
 
A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to
his death.
The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the
island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every
year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island
must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in
the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a
mermaid’s allure.
Eighteen-year-old
Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived
with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of
survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a
ruthless mermaid killer.
For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela
must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest
battleground.
 
 
Ice Crypt
Mermaids of Eriana Kwai Book 2
 
From award-winning author Tiana Warner comes the sequel to Ice Massacre,
the #1 Amazon Kindle Best Seller.
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Meela has just returned from the Massacre—the annual attempt to wipe out
the mermaids threatening her people’s survival. After forming an
unlikely connection with Lysi, a mermaid she was trained to kill,
Meela is determined to stop the war between humans and merpeople for
good. She knows of a legendary weapon that could bring peace if she
uses it against King Adaro, ruler of the Pacific Ocean. But her
people have plans for future Massacres and refuse to help her uncover it.
While Meela works in secret to unearth the Host of Eriana, Lysi is held
captive under Adaro’s tyranny. Sent to the battlefront, Lysi joins
forces with a band of rebels that could either bring her freedom—or
have her executed for treason.
Separated by the vast Pacific Ocean, Meela and Lysi must find a way to defeat
King Adaro and end the war that has been keeping them apart.

 

Ice Kingdom
Mermaids of Eriana Kwai Book 3
The final adventure in the Mermaids of Eriana Kwai trilogy …

Meela and Lysi have unleashed Sisiutl, legendary two-headed serpent of the
Pacific Northwest. It was supposed to be an ally that would help them
win the war. Instead, it has fallen under the control of King Adaro,
ruler of the Pacific Ocean. If Meela and Lysi can’t stop him, Adaro
will use the deadly serpent to rid the oceans of mankind. 

With the American military using catastrophic weapons of their own to
retaliate, Meela and Lysi must make peace between humans and
merpeople before one race destroys the other. The journey will risk
their lives and put their relationship to the test—but the
vengeance that has been consuming Meela’s thoughts, day and night,
might prove even more dangerous.

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Ice Massacre was a really interesting read. I loved the premise of this novel. I don’t read a lot of mermaid stories because I feel like they are really the same novels just told a little different. However, with this one I was really compelled to give it a go with the awesome story, we were promised. Female warriors with a lesbian love interest was all I needed to be sold with this story.
We end up with more than I could have imagined. I loved the theme of a past friendship it reminded me of that Disney movie Fox and the Hound in that sense. The once friends turned enemies is a plotline I love maybe because of that movie but I digress. Anyways, I really liked reading the story from Meela’s point of view I thought she was an interesting viewpoint. She was an excellent warrior but had really believable flaws like being squeamish at the sight of blood. I also liked watching her learn and sympathize with the merfolk as the story progressed.
Also, an interesting thing for me was trying to figure out when this book was set in. Depending on the scenes I had a flip-flop feeling on when this was taking place was it historically set or futuristic. A lot of modern things were mentioned like T.V. shows that Meela was watching in her flashbacks (I-Carly and Spongebob) to the boating lifestyle this village survived on. This isn’t a bad thing by any mean but was a unique thing at least to me not being able to pinpoint a “timeframe” that this book takes place in.
I really loved the flashback chapters in this I think was really well done and it made me super excited to see their relationship progress in this book/series. Even though this is more of a slow-burn romance, I would say friendship at this point, we are only on the first book and I have no doubt that it will progress as the full story unfolds.
Besides, the romance we do have a lot of action as well as a long time on a boat ( a month?) When this part of the story started I was really worried about how it could unfold. A boat full of teenage girls could go either way I loved seeing the girls adapt to being at sea and finding their “sea legs” even though Dani was a pain through this I really was drawn into the dynamic on the boat and it went really fast for me and I couldn’t believe how fast I finished reading this book. I read this all in one sitting and I totally recommend having the other 2 books on hand if you plan on reading this since it does end in a cliffhanger way. Also if you check out the descriptions of the other two books they sound like they are going to be jam-packed with a lot of awesomeness and I really wish I had the other two books so I could binge read this series. I totally recommend this series and I think its an awesome take on mermaids that people have been waiting to happen.
 
Tiana Warner is the best selling author of the Mermaids of Eriana Kwai
trilogy. Her books have been acclaimed by Writer’s Digest, Foreword
Reviews, and the Dante Rossetti Awards. She holds a bachelor’s
degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
Tiana enjoys riding her horse, Bailey, and is an active supporter of
animal welfare.
 
 
Follow the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!
 
 
 

 

Weekly Reading Wrap-up July 23rd to 29th

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  • This week I turned 23! I didn’t really do anything for my birthday but I did have the day off.
  • My mom also had a birthday this week and we spent it together as a family and honestly didn’t do much, Which seems to be our theme this week.
  • School will be back in session for us on August 2nd so we went back to school shopping this week. My sisters will be going into 9th grade and Kindergarten.
  • I personally have been feeling really off lately. I think it due to the fact that I really didn’t let myself slow down so far this year. I’m starting to feel more like me lately and enjoying doing things I love like blogging again and I am so excited.
  • Also, one of my best friends got married this week it was a lot of fun spending time with her and her new husband!
  • I went on a KU romance binge and had a lot of fun nothing like a really fun relaxing reading week before the month-long readathon.

Read This Week

          

Currently Reading

This is a quick read from KU I will for sure have this done before Midnight so I can start on my Newts

Purchased/Borrowed

  

Posts this week

Weekly Wrap Up July 16th to 22nd


And this is it for me this week. Next time around I will be posting progress for the #Newtsreadathon

How was your reading week?

Weekly Wrap Up July 16th to 22nd

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  • My sister’s 5th birthday was this week. We spent 2 days celebrating the first day we went to the zoo. The weather was really nice and they had a new aquarium center that was really interesting. The next day we went to Chuck E Cheese and my sister had an amazing time.
  • Also, I spent a lot of time working on my blog more behind the scenes. One of them being the formatting of this post. I had the goal to make it look better a while back but never managed it.
  • I’m bringing back reviews! One of the hardest things for me is writing reviews. So I sat down and really thought about what was important to me in a review and how to format it. Honestly, I should have done this sooner I am so excited to get back into the swing of things.
  • I last minute decided to join in the #GetGraphic readathon. I was really feeling reading Manga so I jumped right in.

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Weekly Wrap-up July 9th to 15th

Hello and welcome to another late wrap-up. Last week I posted my #Smutathon tbr and participated in the amazing readathon I had a lot of fun and managed to read 7 books. Which was amazing!

You might have noticed that I didn’t post a wrap-up last week and that’s because I didn’t read a thing. :l

The work week wasn’t too bad. Since it’s summer we have less coverage so we are all working a little bit less than what we do during the school year which made me have plenty of time to read this week.

      

7 books! Even though I didn’t read for each challenge I had a lot of fun. I kinda want to read all of the romances now though.

I had a lot of fun reading books I might not have gotten to if I didn’t participate in this readathon including Into the Storm which was one of my favorites last week. My TBR also grew a little bit after seeing everyone else’s posts.


How was your reading week? Any great books this week?

My Journey to Discovering Myself: The DNA is In!

I actually can’t believe it took me so long to write up and create this post. Honestly, I just wasn’t sure how to present the information. This was one of the most exciting things for me to do. I’m very close to my mom and her side but not in contact with my dad’s side at all. My last post I kind of talked about what I was expecting in my results you can check out my predictions here.
The first thing I noticed when I got my results was that none of my DNA was a big section. All of my results are less than 20% which was really interesting. My mom did her DNA at the same time as me and her results had larger % than me but I honestly wasn’t surprised by that since I’m Biracial and she is not.
On to the results! The results were broken up into higher probability and lower probability. There was also a range scale on each meaning the percent could differ? I honestly was confused about that.
Europe West
18%

Nigeria

15%

Ireland/Scotland/Wales

12%

Benin/Togo

9%

Iberian Peninsula

8%

Cameroon/Congo

7%

Mali

6%

Great Britain

6%

Low Confidence Regions

Europe South
4%
Scandinavia
3%
Ivory Coast/Ghana
3%
Senegal
3%
Africa Southeastern Bantu
2%
Europe East
1%
Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers
1%
Finland/Northwest Russia
<1%
European Jewish
<1%
Ok woah, look at that! It looks like my DNA is centered around Europe and Africa which wasn’t too shocking since my mom is white and my father is black. however, I was surprised not to see Native American but I posted in my intro that Ancestry has a bad rap on “finding” native heritage. One of the things that really surprised me with my results was the Europian Jewish. I was always told about Jewish heritage it also didn’t show up at all on my mom’s DNA. My mom’s DNA was more centered around the UK her largest percent was 35% Great Britain so I was kind of surprised I don’t have a large

percentage. I’m hoping to do a project with this information in the future. However, I haven’t figured out what I want to do as of yet. I was thinking of doing a reading challenge where I read books about or from those areas with some contents like facts or trying a recipe from the area. Which  I would then document on my blog of course.


What about you have you ever taken a DNA? Planning to?