All Hallows’ Read Challenges


Hi Everyone,

These are the reading challenges extending throughout the whole week. Those who complete the most challenges (participants will comment progress on the festive reads website at the end of the read-a-thon) will be randomly selected to get first pick, second pick, then third pick from among three prizes. The prizes are:

Room by Emma Donahue + Senora series sticker + espresso bookmarks+ barnes and noble tote

write notebook + signed david estees bookmark + mini stationary set + book mark pens

zaria fierce trilogy e book card

As with every readathon we operate, you must be 18 or older OR have parental permission to qualify.


  1. Read a spooky book
  2. On Halloween, you pretend to be someone or something else. Read a book in a genre that is out of the ordinary for you.
  3. Read a book with any of the following: ghosts, vampires, witches/wizards, or faeries.
  4. Halloween only lasts one night, so select and read a book you can finish in one day.
  5. Halloween is also about having a fun time with friends and family so read a book  book you feel nostalgic about.
  6. During Halloween, it is hard to decipher who is who since everyone is in a costume. Pick a book by a debut author or an author you have never read before.
  7. Read a book on Kathy’s or Olivia’s Festive Reads Halloween list.

One of the reading challenges is to read a book on Olivia or Kathy’s Book Pick List. Below are seven books Kathy and Olivia would recommend, select one!

Kathy’s Books:

  1. The Diviners by: Libba Bray
  2. Heist Society by: Ally Carter
  3. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by: Sarvenaz Tash
  4. The Princess Diaries by: Meg Cabot
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by: J.K. Rowling
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by: Madeleine L’Engle
  7. Frankenstein by: Mary Shelley

Olivia’s Books:

  1. The Shining by: Stephen King
  2. Water for Elephants by: Sara Gruen
  3. Jackaby by: William Ritter
  4. The Program by: Suzanne Young
  5. Room by: Emma Donoghue
  6. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by: Holly Black
  7. Anna Dressed in Blood by: Kendare Blake

This is the daily challenge schedule:



Please participate and share, it would really mean a lot to everyone involved!

Kiss 4


All Hallows’ Read

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Hi Friends,

I hope everyone is super excited for Halloween on Monday, I know I am! To celebrate this eerie holiday, Olivia at Brewing Up Books and I have created a readathon with lots of awesome prizes and challenges planned. Every day starting tomorrow until the end of the week there is an interactive challenge planned on a different blog as well as existing reading challenges that extend every day of the week. All of this information and more will be featured on our website for all of our new holiday readathons Festive Reads. Everyone is welcome to join and I hope you comment your daily updates on the website and do not forget to follow our Twitter for updates (@ReadsFestive). Good luck and have a spooky Halloween!



Kiss 4


Chapter Kathy: Not Everyone Has to Love You and Why That’s Okay

Hi Friends!

All of you know me as that girl with the book blog. If you follow me regularly you may know me as the college freshman with the book blog who has a tendency to make bad jokes and post irregularly.

Yes it’s true that I am all of those things, but something you don’t know about me is that I trust EVERYONE.

  • Gee Kathy should you really blog that on the internet?

Meh I’m a millennial, the internet has not failed me yet.

  • But what about your unhealthy dependency on electronic sources that leads to a decline in interrelational communication on a face-to-face level and a lack of ability to focus on-

Boi, yolo

Anyway, I have always had this irrational frustration where I think that everyone needs to love me. If I even have the slightest hint that someone is not happy with me or that I let someone down it drives me to the brink of insanity. But what I’ve come to learn so far during college is that this idealogy is extremely unhealthy. It grew so bad that I could not focus on anything at all except trying to resolve problems that were not always there in the first place. My turning point came when one of these situations occurred and I was stressing about it so much that I literally would start shaking when I thought about it. I talked to my older sister, who is the wisest person I know and had a discussion with her. It basically led to me realizing that I cannot keep putting myself through this anxiety everytime I think I may not have left a great impression with someone.

If you are having issues with the same thing keep in mind that NOT EVERYTHING IS YOUR FAULT. Sometimes we do things or say things that we do not realize are sending the wrong message to someone and that’s okay (unless of course you purposely offend someone then obviously that is a different case). No one is perfect and no one can do everything. Keep in mind that there are two sides to every story and often there is more than one person contributing to a problem. Try to look at every issue and see what YOU can learn from it because even if you didn’t actually do anything, there is always a takeaway. As my sister told me, and I’m paraphrasing a bit, every problem is as big of a deal as you make it. That is not to devalue what’s happening of course but it’s saying that by taking the extra energy to try your best to not get affected by something small then the long term result will be so much better. Using this thought process has definitely helped me to not waste my time worrying about people not liking me when they are probably not worrying about me at all.

Do any of you do this too? What helps you cope?

Positive Vibes,

Kiss 4




Books I Brought to College

Hey Lovely People,

Here is the updated list, I’m sorry that the pictures did not work the first time I posted this, so I’ll just list them for you!

So I had such a hard time selecting which books to bring to college but I did it! Here are the books I brought:

Heidi by: Johanna Spyri

A Little Princess by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Just One Day by: Gayle Forman

Pandemonium by: Lauren Oliver

The Bane Chronicles by: Cassandra Clare

All the Feels by: Danika Stone

Girl Online by: Zoe Sugg

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by: Ransom Riggs

The Heart of Betrayal AND The Kiss of Deception by: Mary E. Pearson

Princess in the Spotlight by: Meg Cabot

Wuthering Heights by: Emily Bronte

Love, Lies and Spies by: Cindy Anstey

The Freshman Survival Guide by: Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


What did all of you bring with you to school? If you’re not in school, what books would you bring if you had to choose?

Kiss 4