10 Reading Challenges Using Words from Book Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles.

Which of course is a too good topic to apply to reading challenges to let it go to waste – Yes, I do realize a topic that cannot be turned into a reading challenge is like having too much chocolate.. there is not such thing… but I’m getting off topic, which is:

10 Reading Challenges Using Words from Book Titles

1. One Word Book Titles
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) by Rachel Hartman Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead

2. Book Titles Chain
Lake Silence (The Others, #6) by Anne Bishop Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach, #1; Too Far, #1) by Abbi Glines
Lake Silence
Silence Fallen
Fallen Too Far

3. Book Title Alliteration 
Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4) by Jennifer Estep Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6) by Charlaine Harris
Tangled Threads
Definitely Dead

4. Book Titles with common word
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) by Richelle Mead Half-Blood (Covenant, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5) by Rick Riordan
Blood Promise
The Blood of Olympus

5. Book Titles Word Hunt 
Words to hunt: Bites | Burns | Strikes | Bleeds | Slays

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2) by Ilona Andrews Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3) by Ilona Andrews Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4) by Ilona Andrews Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5) by Ilona Andrews

6. Word Pairing Book Titles
Match a book to a book using antonyms in the title

Pair 1: Girls/Boys
A.Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs
B.The Raven Boys

Pair 2: Frost/Heat
A. Frost Burned
B. Dead Heat

Pair 3: Night/Day
A. Night Myst
B. Days of Blood & Starlight

Pair 4: Dark/Light
A. Dark Descendant
B. Midnight Blue-Light Special

Pair 5: Hunger/Feed
A. The Hunger Games
B. Feed

7. Use Book Titles to Spell a Word
M – Moon Called
A – All the Little Liars
G – Gameboard of the Gods
I – I Hunt Killers
C – Curse on the Land

8. Number Or Name in Title
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1) by Michael Grant
One for the Money
Eve & Adam

9. Book Titles with punctuation
Infected: Prey
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

10. Use words from book titles to make a story
Eve, the voice said, you must enter the Carnival of Souls and Warm Bodies and give your Lover Eternal The Wicked Kiss so he can see through the Web of Lies and together you will save The Kingdom from being Frost Burned. Only then you can wish for the end of the Shadowfever and have your Lover Awakened.


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Wreaking Havoc #1: Draco Malfoy

There is this  Portuguese saying, very common among those born from the 70s on, that can be roughly translated as “loving to watch the circus burning”. Not  literally, of course, it means wreaking havoc with general opinion. Or the innate tendency of causing discord among peers. When you’re a teaser at heart, sometimes is hard to restrain yourself to push and push, to the point when you basically sit back with some popcorn and watch the results of you doing. Basically, some of us have a powerful inner Loki and know how to use it.

So, let’s wreak some havoc, shall we?


Draco Malfoy: Lack of choice or born that way?

From his first appearance, we are led to hate the kid. He is a rude spoiled brat that turns into a despised and pitied lacking moral fiber young man. Hermione Granger punching him on the mouth had me cheering out loud (and envying her a bit too). But, was it really his fault? Did he had any choice?

He was basically brainwashed by his death eater father and knew nothing else. Maybe he felt that he had no choice, his only future was the continuity of the family heritage.

Sure, we can argue that Sirius was born into a purist and dark family too but chose the light path instead. However, Sirius and Draco did have some differences that changed the outcome. First, Sirius was not an only child. He was not the main and sole target of his family vitriol feeding. Second, he was put in Griffyndor, and more important, in James’s and Remus’s gang. Honestly, between Draco and Peter Pettigrew, Draco I can understand, Peter just deserves to burn in hell fires for all eternity.

And then, the moment when everything could change, Harry Potter, the boy who lived refused to shake his hand. Refused him, Draco, who had never been denied, how dare he? Clearly the fame got into his head. Or maybe is the company he’s keeping. He felt humiliated and denied. And, at 11 y.o. the sole reason of his life became to squish the bug.

It makes us wonder. What if Harry had shaken Draco’s hand?


On the Harpie’s Nest #3: when following author’s blog makes you cry

You don’t need to be a bookworm to have a favorite author. You also don’t need to be a bookworm to follow said author’s blog or communications to the world. However, how you react to the news, well… let’s say bookworms are used to have their feelings shattered, and sometimes, following authors carry risk hazard.

I am quite picky about following them. Because I tend to jump into every text they send my way, and them become a pile of anxiety and frustration till the book is out and I’m holding it on my hands.

Ilona Andrews’s is a particularly tough subject to me. I battled with myself over the years, because their snippets are worth the authors’ weight in gold… they also are bittersweet sometimes because…hello…excerpts and my inability not to read them, even if release date is twenty years away!!!

Anyway, I lost that battle. So, I follow them. And get mail notifications from every post. And resigned myself to be brokenhearted a couple times a week. It comes with the “bookworm” title I guess.

So, this morning, I had an email waiting for me. They shared with us, with the world, that the first draft of Magic Triumphs is done. I was really happy for them. I could feel the sheer joy and relief on those words. I was all smiley and sending good vibes from this side of the Atlantic. I even did a mental happy dance. Also, my inner fan girl was all excited. Kate Daniels phase 1 is done. It’s going to be ready on time. The turning wheels of books publication process phase has begun, and can’t be stopped now!!!


And then brain caught up…

Kate Daniels is done.

My all time favorite series is done.

It ends now.

It’s going to have the words “The End” at the end.

I’m going to read those words.

It’s time to say goodbye.

To get into a one last adventure with Kate and the Beast Lord.

To fight and bleed and laugh and shout at them.

It’s time to let them go.


I might or might not be fighting tears as we speak…since…you know… I’m at work right now… and I share a table with another 4 co-workers…. male co-workers…. that don’t read….

*wipes tears*

I also want to kick Elsa’s butt, because no matter of how many times I hear that damn song, Let It Go is hard as hell.

I thought the world was ending when Cut&Run last installment was out. I was wrong. So wrong.

*hugs tightly to all Kate Books*



Top Ten Tuesday: The Harpie’s Daunting Reading Plan till 2018

My TBR pile is the size of mount Everest.

Between the unread physical books on the shelf, Kindle freebies, books on my TBR shelf on goodreads, ongoing series, new releases I didn’t know I wanted to read till I was researching for this post, ARCs I have requested that are number #11 in a series I only read the first 2 or 3 installments (yes, plural), ARCs requested and unread, and goodreads discussion groups read ahead, the LIST NEVER ENDS. And you know what? I wouldn’t want it other way.

Well… maybe being a little more organized with my ARCs archiving dates… Sure, winning the lottery would be nice too, but although it would give me more free time to read, it would also allow for me to have a castle full of books, which means I could add all the books to my TBR… and unless I could have a time-turner to create reading pockets, I would turn into a poor rich girl, crying ugly tears because I have all the books in the world and no way of reading them all. *slaps shelf*

We can’t have that.


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

Which would be more accurately translated as the Harpie’s Daunting Reading Plan till 2018. Specially because some of the ARCs do not correspond to the book in the series Im currently at, meaning there’s a bit of reading required to get there.

Hi, my name is Sonia and I have a NetGalley addiction. It has been 3 days since my last request.


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On the Harpie’s Nest #2: Guilty Pleasures

It’s confession time here on the Harpy’s Nest, and the hot topic of today is… Guilty pleasures!

And no, I don’t mean chocolate. As much pleasurable as chocolate is, I don’t feel any guilt when having it. Specially the luscious-melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate. It’s indulgence at its best. Sinful. Almost erotic due to the moans and expression of delight it causes. But never EVER guilt inducing.

I’m talking about those books I actually feel guilty of how much I enjoy reading them. Either due to mentality reasons… like admitting you actually like porn when society dictates you should think it’s gross… or because it’s embarrassing… like farting in the yoga class… or because it doesn’t meet standards, like gorging on fast food till your are so full you’ll throw up if you move, and you know that is not good food, but you love it anyway.

And since we’re talking about pleasures, it’s LIST TIME. I do love me some lists. And I feel no shame or guilt admitting it.


1) The Twilight series

I don’t know what guilts me the most. The way I trash-talk the books, calling it (with a snobbish tone) “that sample of sublime literary work”, that I disliked the first one so much, me thinking books #2 and #3 are oh-so-boring or the fact that I got so completely obsessed by book #4 that I re-read it/listening to it so many times I actually know each line, each pause, each breathing and each freaking intonation and emphasis. I still get back to the series once in a while. And just when I though it couldn’t be worse? We have the movies. That not only I set myself to watch EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. it shows on TV, I also want to buy them… desperately… *ashamed*

Me and my sister have this little addiction to identify two recurrent things during the whole Twilight movie. If we turn it into a drinking game, we’d be throwing up before the vampire baseball game. You don’t believe me? Fine. Follow instructions bellow choosing one of the options (or both if you’re feeling really hard-core):

  • Prepare the vodka or tequila or a beverage of choice and shot glasses.
  • Get Twilight the movie.
  • Hit play.
  • Drink a shot every time Edward shows a stalking behavior or stalkish reference
  • Drink a shot every time Edward looks constipated/nauseous.
Which curiously enough is every time he smells Bella, is near her or talking about her feelings for her. Because nothing says I love you like having to plug your nose to avoid taking a whiff at you.
  • Good luck!feather

2) The Fifty Shades series

What, you weren’t expecting it? Seriously? It started as a Twilight fan-fic, so OF COURSE it had to be part of this list. Although this particular one, is hard to swallow. Because there’s a LOT of things I have to say about it:

  • It sells a completely dysfunctional and abusive relationship as romance. ROMANCE. Now, as much as I love books with alpha-male over the top with hard to define boundaries, Christian is an ass. The excuses used for his behavior don’t stick, and instead of a powerful dominant personality I end up looking at him like a petulant teenager that throws a tantrum every time things don’t go his way. And I refuse to call something romance when one of the participants is actually scared of the other. Because she CRINGES every time his mood changes. That is not healthy.
  • The writing is poor. Sure, I don’t expect some erotic novel to be worthy of a Nobel – I actually stopped reading one, because the style was too Oxford English to me – but, I do expect editing, correct spelling, and grammar rules to be applied.
  • The Subconscious and Inner Goddess. Oh my gosh. It started as funny, but quickly enough turned silly and annoying and… PLEASE STOP SOMEONE KILL ME NOW. Good thing their appearance diminish from book to book, because otherwise we needed to change the title to the Wanna Be Dominant Man-Child and the Multiple Personalities Chick.
  • The unreality of the…. of everything, actually. From how much money he makes an hour, to her reactions, the secondary characters, not to mention the so called BDSM lifestyle.
  • The Twilight/Fifty Shades analogies. Okay, it was originally fan-fic. But that was the first book, right? Right? Heck, there was even a Grey book like the intended and never published Midnight Sun. Let me guess… it was already written and they waited till the twilight 10th anniversary to publish it… isn’t it a bit too much?

That being said. I listened to the 3 in a row.

And I … enjoyed it.

Actually, I liked the “story” so much that I promptly proceed to read them in ebook format, to make sure I hadn’t lost anything due to the audio. Which make me think about what was I reading. By the time I reached the honeymoon, I was ready to set them on fire. And I still…read.. Grey when it came out… WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

I also watched the movie. Twice.

What? Naked Jamie Dornan… enough reason. Which reminds me I need to watch the second one.


3)Mushy Romance and Angsty books

In real life, mushy romance makes me want to puke. In books? I ate it by spoonfuls. Seriously, things like managing to get invited to a family thing because you know it will be a hard time to your love-interest and you want to be there for support? Or the little cute nicknames and little gestures?


And I love…love… love ANGSTY books. The ones that make you cry ugly tears mixed with snot while they rip your steel bleeding heart out of your chest and leave you a pitiful mess on the floor gasping for air and sometimes feel actual pain because of all the emotional meltdown.

I know, awful. How can I do that to myself.? And more important,why?



4)Uber possessive alpha males

You know the type, the dominant I know what is best for you and the you’re mine and I’m going to tie you to the bed for you to stay put and nobody gets to look at you type. And if they’re alpha werewolves/shapeshifters that go ape crazy with the need to claim? SHEER PERFECTION

5)M/M Smutty Romance

I did start this post by mentioning porn, right? I used to feel embarrassed by admitting I enjoyed M/M Romances. Better yet, that I liked to read some very hot, steamy & graphic novels about two (and sometimes three) hot guys going at each other. Now? I still don’t announce it to the Universe, but, I post reviews, and even mark the books on goodreads. I still feel a little uncomfortable, but I also think people should read what they enjoy reading. And if you add 3 + 4 + 5 in the same book, you’ll get a very Happy Harpy and that’s always a good thing.


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Magic For Nothing: A long time overdue review

Magic for Nothing
by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

I have some explaining to do. Because how can I read a book and than wait SIX months to review it? Good question. Well… I wanted it to be PERFECT. I wanted it to be AMAZING. I wanted for it to be WORTHY of the excellent masterpiece I read and borrowing a line from one of my guilty readings, I needed new and better words to describe it.

Well, sadly, I didn’t learn them. But, my awe for the book hasn’t changed during all this time. And revisiting the blurb, only makes the wait for the next installment so much harder.

Anyway, if you’re an Incryptid fan – and if you’re not, what are you waiting for? – you know that every once in a while, we change main characters and POVs. We also get to first see the future main characters from their siblings eyes. Which causes for building an image about said characters that gets all shattered and revamped when we finally met them.

So, here we have little Antimony, which we kinda look as a spoiled brat, that stays home brooding and has her revenge putting spikes on her pit traps to make them look cooler. Which means I was all giddy with excitement to know another side of Antimony. So, imagine my surprise when she turns out to be… exactly as her siblings saw her! What? Seanan what are you doing to me? That can’t be… and the mission? What type of parents send her younger daughter to the other side of the Atlantic to act as a spy? Really? Whinny and bratty Antimony? And what kind of secret organization is SO FREAKING EASY TO FIND AND ENTER?! Those were the concepts we learn from the synopsis and that the author actually feds to us when we start the book…. And then the story continues and…

Okay, so six months passed, so this is what I recall:

1) The Covenant is SCARY as HELL
2) We should not EVER doubt Seanan McGuire. NEVER.
3) Antimony is my favorite character/Sibling.
4) Aisling Mice are da best, and I would want a colony of my own, but sadly my cats disagree with me
5) This series is freaking amazing and the previous five were just a sample of the awesomeness we had in store…
6) This book destroyed me. Al this time and I can still remember every twist, every expression, every painful thing that was said, and written that happened… My heart breaks all over again, my outrageous voice sounds and my need for the next one is as strong as it was when I first read it.

Is it March yet?


NBRC event: The Great Library Cross Promotion

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