Bout of Books 17 {Wrap-Up = Total Fail}

Bout of Books

Participant 228~ Ner @A Cup of Coffee & a Book

Okay, I should’ve posted this before but, to be fair and honest with you all, I kind of forgot! And, as you can definitely see from my updates and progress, this Bout of Books was a total fail for me! Why? Well, because I spent two days running errands and then I was lazy because I was so tired – and also had a few University stuff to gather before unrolling! Not to mention that I lost all my progress because I decided to reset my phone – I had all my reading progress on my memos – and it kind of unmotivated me. 

Also, The Bone Witch is such a complex book I need to pay close attention to it in order to fully understand it so, whenever I picked up the book I was so tired I barely managed to read more than 10 pages a day! 

So you could say that this is just a small wrap-up to let you know that I’m a failure!

I actually thought this read-a-thon was going to go smooth but it ended up the contrary! Only the first day was an achievement but it all went down-hill from there! Oh well… maybe next time!!

In the meantime, here’s the books I read:


So, I finished Labyrinth Lost which I really liked. Wasn’t expecting it enjoy it as much as I did! And then I started The Bone Witch and even though I’m really enjoying it, it’s a little but more complex than I initially thought. I’m pretty sure I was around 45% done Sunday but since I lost all my progress, I can’t be certain! And I must have read around 300 and something pages total!

Overall, I’m not happy with this Bout of Books since I am the one to blame for my total failure. Hopefully next time it will be better but this one sucked great time for me!

I hope all of you who participated had a blast and read everything (or close to it) you had challenged yourselves to read. Also, don’t reset your phone during a read-a-thon if you’re writing down your progress there – I normally write it down on a separate piece of paper but this time I was stupid to trust my phone alone… never again!


Bout of Books 17 {Day 2/3/4}

Bout of Books

Participant 228~ Ner @A Cup of Coffee & a Book

Hello everyone and I’m so so sorry for my lack of updates in these last two days but I was running some errands and pretty much didn’t have time to come to the computer. But today I’m here and I’m going to update you on my (slow) progress and post all the challenges I’ve missed so, please, bear with me 😉

Day 2: Tuesday – 23/08


Reading: Labyrinth Lost – 100% done – page 327  (PDF), 315 (book) | The Bone Witch – 6% done – page 28 (PDF);
Pages Read: 62 pages;
Books Read: 1/4;
Total Pages Read: 176 pages;

Tuesday was a pretty slow day since I had a lot of things to do and barely had time to sit down and read. And when I got home I was so tired I read around 16 pages and fell asleep!! My feeling of accomplishment went downhill from here :S


The Nickster hosted at Bout of Books – Mix ‘n Match

Instructions: Pick out 10-15 books from your shelf, from your local library, or from a local bookstore. They can be any genre, any language, and any length. In each book, flip to a random page and pick the 1st word (articles such as “the”, “and”, “an”, “or”, etc. don’t count as the 1st word). Use all these 1st words to try to create an actual sentence. If the books are in different languages, feel free to translate them to all one language or leave them as they are! also, you can add in some articles, such as “the”, “and”, “an”, “or”, etc., if you want to make the sentence flow better. 

I had a hard time with this challenge since all the words I got barely managed to create a proper sentence. So I took a little bit of liberty and instead of one sentence, I ended up with three that don’t make any sense.

So, here are the books and the words I got:


  • him;
  • staring;
  • freeze;
  • into;
  • oldest;
  • sound;
  • even;
  • long;
  • resemble;
  • learning;

And here is the sentences I came up with:

“The oldest sister was staring into his eyes and they resemble(d) the past long forgotten. She felt herself freeze as the sound of his heartbeat was close to her. She was learning how to control her even breathing but failing at that since she was in love with him.”

See, how pathetic does this sounds? And it doesn’t make any sense at all! But it was the best I could come up with since I’m not that inspired today 😦

Day 3: Wednesday – 24/08


Reading: The Bone Witch – 20% done – page 87 (PDF);
Pages Read: 59 pages;
Books Read: 1/4;
Total Pages Read: 235 pages;

If Tuesday was a slow day for me, what can I say about Wednesday! I think you can gather just how bad it was but I have to be honest, I simply couldn’t read because I was so tired my eyes actually hurt and I didn’t want to force them.


Show Off Your Shelves Photo Challenge – Bout of Books

Wednesday’s challenge was to show-off my bookshelves so it was an easy one to do! So, here are my bookshelves:



I’m missing a few books in these last shelves that are on my mum’s room!! Also, I’m sorry how blurry the pictures are. They looked fine when I took them and only when I uploaded them did I realised they looked horrible :S

Day 4: Thursday- 25/08


Reading: The Bone Witch – 20% done – page 87 (PDF);
Pages Read: 0 pages;
Books Read: 1/4;
Total Pages Read: 235 pages;

Can you believe I haven’t read anything today?! I’m hoping I’ll be able to catch after posting this but so far zero, niente, rien! 


Titles in the Tabloids – The Book Junkie


  • Think about the book you are reading or one that you finished during Bout of Books 17;
  • Create a “tabloid” type headline.  Make it fun, feel free to use sarcasm liberally;

Okay, I’m going to use Labyrinth Lost for this tabloid. Here we go:

“Hormonal teenager sends her family to limbo and blames her dead pet.”

Wow, doesn’t sound at all like the story but this was as close as I could get to a fun title without giving too much away from the story!


Bout of Books 17 {Day 1}

Bout of Books

Participant 228~ Ner @A Cup of Coffee & a Book

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 1 of Bout of Books 17!!!

Day 1: Monday – 22/08


Reading: Labyrinth Lost – 82% done – page 281 (PDF), 269 (book);
Pages Read: 114 pages;
Books Read: 0/4;
Total Pages Read: 114 pages;

Started counting as soon as it was midnight (it was around 1am actually) and I’ve got to admit I’m feeling pretty accomplished.

And I also have to say that tomorrow (day 2) and Wednesday (day 3) might be a little bit slow since I have to run some errands and might not be able to read that much. But I’m determined to finish Labyrinth Lost today and start The Bone Witch so there’s that 😉


Book to Movie Adaptation – Writing My Own Fairy Tale

So, I said I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in any challenge this time but today’s challenge is so easy I just had to do it. 

In this challenge you have to share your favourite and least favourite book-to-movie adaptation. You can share the reasons why or simply leave the names here. Pretty easy, right? So, here we go:

Favourite book-to-movie adaptation:

Stardust (Neil Gaiman) | Stardust (Matthew Vaughn – 2007)


I might be cheating on this one since I first saw the movie and then read the book but it’s one of my ultimate favourite fantasy books and movies. They’re different, that’s so sure; there are things in the book that don’t appear in the movie and vice-versa. But I think Matthew Vaughn managed to transport into the big screen the wonderful story that Neil Gaiman created, remaining faithful to the source material, but also adding a few new things to make it even more interesting (yes, Captain Shakespeare for instance). In a whole, I think book and movie complete each other 🙂

Least favourite/most hated book-to-movie adaptation:

Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl) | Beautiful Creatures (Richard LaGravenese 2013)

Beautiful Creatures

Oh man!! You guys have no idea how hyped I was for this movie. It movie had the perfect cast (Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson AND Viola Davis… really, simply perfect!) and I really loved the book so it had an amazing story to be a perfect movie! But they had to ruin everything! And when I say everything… I mean it! They changed the whole plot, there were things that didn’t make any sense and the ending… the ending!!! I left the cinema so upset, angry and sad… Why do they have this urge to pick up a book and change the whole story? It reminded me that time I went to see Eragon and left the cinema wanting to punch the director! 

Even though Stardust is different from the book, the main plot, the main characters, the essence of the Neil Gaiman’s amazing book is there. As for Beautiful Creatures (and Eragon now that I’ve mentioned it), lost everything in their poor executed movie that had everything to be a blockbuster and the next Twilight/Harry Potter. 

What about you guys? What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation? And your least favourite?


Bout of Books 17 {TBR}

Bout of Books

Participant 228~ Ner @A Cup of Coffee & a Book

Happy Sunday everyone!!

Today I’m bringing you my Bout of Books 17 TBR – all the books I’m planning on reading during this next week’s read-a-thon – the read-a-thon kicks-off tomorrow and you still have time to sign-up if you want (just click on the button above :D).

I’ve decided not to try to be too ambitious with my list since I always end up not reading all of the books I challenged myself. So, this time, I picked up only four books; one of them is to actually finish and other is a re-read.

So, let’s see what I have decided to read for this next week:



All page numbers are according to Goodreads – they might actually vary with the book itself (since apart from Throne of Glass, they’re all earcs from NetGalley!)! As for Labyrinth Lost, I’m not entirely sure how many pages I have left but on Day 1 progress (tomorrow!) I’ll let you know 😉

I’m still not sure if I’m going to be able to participate in all challenges since I really want to mostly read and not spend all my days updating my progress. But it’ll depend on the challenge and how much I have read. We’ll see how that goes 😉

For everyone participating or not, good luck with your reading ^_^



Bout of Books 17 – Sign-Up Post & Schedule

Bout of Books

Participant 228~ Ner @A Cup of Coffee & a Book

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


My first read-a-thon in what feels like AGES!!! Seriously, apart from my own read-a-thon last year, I haven’t signed-up for any and I kind of miss it. And one of the reasons I’ve decided to participate in this one has to do with me being a little bit slow with my reading! I have only read two books total this month and it’s already August 19th!! So, I’ll be using this as a motivation to read even more!

As for my TBR, it’ll come around Sunday once I sort what I want to read during the read-a-thon!

So, who’s participating?


Monday 8/22
Writing My Own Fairy Tale — Book to Movie Adaptation (My challenge)

Tuesday 8/23
Bout of Books — Mix ‘n Match

Wednesday 8/24
Bout of Books — Show Off Your Shelves Photo Challenge

Thursday 8/25
The Book Junkie — Titles in the Tabloids

Friday 8/26
Janey Canuck — Book in a Song

Saturday 8/27

Sunday 8/28

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion
Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)


Wrap-Up: Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon


And Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon 2.0 is officially over!! This has been a crazy week with a lot of challenges, amazing guest-posts/interviews and much more. I had a blast and I hope you guys had fun as well. 

You can share with me your Day 7 or an overall wrap-up on the linky below:

And don’t forget the giveaways happening right now: a signed postcard by Taran Matharu (Day 1) and a ebook copy of A Magic Dark & Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic (Day 6). I might change the terms and everyone who wishes to participate can do so (no longer for participants only :P).

As for my progress, let’s just say that I only managed to read one of the books I had planned: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. It was part of the ‘book out of my comfort zone’ challenge (it’s a western book and it’s definitely a genre I haven’t read before) and as well as ‘a book with orange on the cover’. I mean, the cover of this book is simply breathtaking and it’s filled with autumnal colours. Check it out:

And now for the Cover Puzzle Challenge from Day 4 answers:

* Cover 1: Queen of Shadows [Throne of Glass #4] – Sarah J. Maas (a book in a series);

* Cover 2: Their Fractured Light [Starbound #3] – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (last book in a trilogy);

* Cover 3: City of Bones [The Mortal Instruments #1] – Cassandra Clare (a book I’ve read last year – new UK cover);

* Cover 4: A Court of Thorns and Roses [A Court of Thorns and Roses #1] – Sarah J. Maas (first book in a new series);

* Cover 5: Witch Hunter [The Witch Hunter #1] – Virginia Boecker (a book I’ve read this year);

* Cover 6: Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman (a book on my TBR) – already mentioned above since it was my reading for this read-a-thon :D;

Did you get them all? I think they weren’t too difficult but, then again, they’re always easy when it’s you who comes up with the puzzle, right? hehe xD

I hope you guys had fun with this Read-a-Thon. Hopefully next year there’ll be more and I might be able to create a specific blog for this. It’s something to consider. 

I want to thank to everyone who participated, to the authors who contributed with their guest-posts and their giveaways and my wonderful hosts; Gabi and Michelle! You are the BEST!!! 

See you all next year ^_^


Day 7: Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon {The Writing Hufflepuff Challenge}

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Day 7 – September 27th

OMG!!! This is the final day of Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon 2.0!!

To be honest with you, I don’t want this to end. I had such a blast with this read-a-thon I wish I had extended the date for a couple more weeks. Oh well, the best I can do is wait till next year’s one 😀

So, did you had fun with Jenny Adams Perinovic yesterday? I really loved her answers and it just gave me a small insight of how complicated (and at the same time accomplished) publishing a book can be. I hope you had learned something new ’cause I did 🙂

Also, you can share with all of us your progress for yesterday Day 6 on the linky:

Today is, as I mentioned, the last day of this read-a-thon and I have a great blogger closing this year’s Falling for Autumn 2.0 and I couldn’t be more excited. If you guys don’t know Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff, you ought to. And her Falling for Fashion challenge is simply the best!! So, hop on to her blog and have fun with her challenge  (remember: different timezones might result in Michelle’s post not being up just yet. Just keep refreshing and returning to her blog until her post goes live)


Have fun guys and see you all tomorrow with the Wrap-Up post 🙂


Day 6: Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon {Interview with Jenny Adams Perinovic}

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Day 6 – 26th September

It’s Friday and Day 6 Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon!! I hope you had fun with yesterday’s Cover Puzzle Challenge and I hope it was too hard for you to guess.

How has been your week so far? You can let me know by leaving a link to your Day 5 progress on the little blue box (no, it’s not the TARDIS):

Interview with Jenny Adams Perinovic:

I so super happy to have Jenny Adams Perinovic (author of A Magic Dark & Bright) with us today. I you haven’t read her book yet I recommend you to do so because it’s a really good book.

She’ll be answering a few questions that I hope you guys will enjoy. Also, there’s a giveaway at the end of this interview so don’t forget to check that out.

  1. What inspired you or what is the story behind “A Magic Dark & Bright”?

Would you believe it started as a homework assignment? I completed a few courses towards my MA in Fiction at Johns Hopkins, and one of my first assignments was a short piece that told the story of a character from another character’s point of view. The first line came to me right away: Halfway through November, Charlie stopped coming to school. By the end of the assignment, I knew three things: the story was set in the mountains where I grew up, Charlie and Amelia had done a Bad Thing, and I could keep going in Amelia’s voice forever. SO MUCH has changed since then (including that first line!) but Charlie, Amelia, and Asylum have always been there.

  1. One of the things I really enjoyed was the magic and everything related to curses and ghosts. How was the researching process to make Asylum such a historical and magical place?

I LOVE RESEARCH. I’m in school to be a librarian now, so it’s definitely one of the things I enjoy most about writing books with a historical setting. For this book specifically, I read first-hand accounts of the French refugees who settled in Azilum (the original settlement that I turned into Asylum) and histories of that part of Pennsylvania. I pored over the original surveyor’s map from 1783. I also did a lot of research on European and Caribbean witchcraft traditions, too! And then I got to use bits and pieces of what I learned to form the bones of this story. And of course, I made a ton of stuff up–that’s the best part about writing paranormal stories!

  1. I am very curious about the title since I adored it. How did you come up with it?

It’s an allusion to a sonnet by Lord Byron–in fact, it’s mentioned in the book. 😉 

“SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o’er her face,
where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek and o’er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent, –
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

  1. How was the process of publishing your book?

In a word, it was empowering. I chose to publish A Magic Dark and Bright myself after facing positive rejections at every turn. So many people loved it, but felt that paranormal was too much of a hard sell. After some soul-searching, I decided that going indie was the way to go! And after talking to some like-minded (and incredibly talented) friends, AMD&B became the first title published by Bookish Group Press, which is what we call an “indie collective press”–that is, a small press made up of indie authors. So while AMD&B is technically self-published, I’ve never felt like I was on my own. It’s been really rewarding, and I’ve loved every minute of it! 

  1. What advices would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

Don’t give up…but don’t be unrealistic, either. It’s going to be a lot of work no matter which path you choose, and so much of it is out of your control, whether you’re indie or traditionally published. Believe in yourself, believe in your book, and keep writing.

  1. I love the cover of AMD&B. It’s gorgeous and fits the tone of the book rather well. I know you designed it and I’m curious to know about its process.

Thank you! I actually co-designed it with the lovely Serena Lawless. As soon as I saw the image, I knew it was THE ONE. And then it was a matter of going back and forth until we got the type just right.  

  1. Now, I think everyone is extremely curious to know more about AMD&B 2 and upcoming projects. Can you give us an insight of what to expect in the future?

AMD&B 2 is coming along slowly. I’m not a very fast writer, and the last six months have been full of major life changes, so I’m not exactly where I’d thought I would be right now. But that’s okay! I want to make sure that I give my readers a book they’re going to love…and I like to think they’ll forgive me if it takes a bit longer than expected. 🙂

I’m also working on a historical romance set in the circus, and an adult contemporary romance novel.

  1. And the last question, this is simply for fun, if AMD&B were to become a movie (or TV-series) who would like to play your characters?
Oh gosh, this is always SO HARD. This changes all the time–sometimes I’ll be watching a show and jump up and say, “That’s Charlie!” My current favorites are: 

Charlie: Josh O’Connor


Amelia: Dianna Agron

Diana Agron

And I realize that they’re both entirely too old to be Charlie and Amelia, but hey. We’re dreaming, right?

Thank you so much Jenny for your answers and for being a guest on my read-a-thon. And can I just say that Josh O’Connor is simply PERFECT for Charlie?! I can definitely see him as Charlie 🙂

And yes, we’re dreaming but I’m still hoping for an adaptation 😉

Also, that new romance set in a circus?! I so want it right now 😀

Also, if you guys haven’t check out this book, you have an opportunity to be introduced to Asylum by entering the giveaway happening right now… 

Giveaway Time:

Jenny Adams Perinovic was super kind and she’s providing a giveaway alongside her interview. One lucky winner will win a ebook ccopy of A Magic Dark & Bright and be introduced to this amazing story.  The giveaway is International and it’ll end on October 10th.


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Tomorrow’s the last day but there’s still a lot more to come. I know that Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff has something quite amazing waiting for you 😉


Day 5: Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon {394 Page Sentence Challenge}

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Day 5 – September 25th

Day five of Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon 2.0 is here!! We’ve made it this far and the weekend is just around the corner. Super excited for today’s challenge and to know how’s everyone’s progress going 🙂

But, first, did you had fun with yesterday’s Cover Puzzle Challenge? Be honest, was it too hard? Did you get any of the covers I shared? I honestly hope you liked it 😀

Now, this is the same old drill. You can share your Day 4 progress on the linky below and let everyone know just how this read-a-thon is going:

I’m so pumped about today’s challenge. I’ve been thinking about this challenge for a while now and I finally had a reason to share it with all the Potterheads and bookworms out there. Now, let’s start this first day with a funny challenge.

Let me present you the 394 Page Sentence!

In this challenge all you have to do is open your currently reading book (or one of the books you’ll be reading for this read-a-thon) and TURN TO PAGE 394 (*Snape tone*) and read the first full sentence.
If your book doesn’t have that many pages, then turn to page 31 (see what I did there?) and do the same.

Now write your own continuation of 55/75 words using that sentence. Your sentence can be after, before or in the middle of your own continuation. Let’s use some colours to distinguish it: green for the book’s sentence, blue for your own continuation.

I’ll share an example using none other than Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows:

“‘I need to break into a Gringotts vault.'”

“You need what?” Hermione said completely in shock at what I just announced. “Are you crazy? No-one breaks into a Gringotts vault and you know that.”

“But that’s the funny part of it” I said with a grin that made her raise her eyebrows and Ron to purse his lips, “I’m going to be the first one!”

(total words: 57)

See, it’s easy enough. In this case it was easier because I already knew HP but the fun part is coming up with all sort of scenarios with only one sentence.

You can leave a comment below with your sentence or a link to your blog (or any platform you’re posting it).

Have fun!!!  


Day 4: Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon {Cover Puzzle Challenge}

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Day 4 – September 24th

And we’re already half-way through Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon 2.0!! Today is the fourth day and I hope you had a blast with Gabi’s “So What’s Your Story?” post yesterday.

So, as you all know, you can leave the link to your Day 3 progress on this blue frog (toad?!) below:

Today ‘s challenge was based on Kelly’s Effortlessly Reading challenge and I really like it so I thought it would be fun to share it for this read-a-thon. So, ladies and gentleman I give you the COVER PUZZLE CHALLENGE!

For those who don’t know what’s this challenge all about, the Cover Puzzle Challenge is where I present you a portion of a book cover and you try to guess the book. And don’t worry, I’ll be sharing a few hints concerning the samples I’m giving you and all you have to do is leave a comment with your answers. Okay, let’s do it:

1. Cover Puzzle 1. 2.Cover Puzzle 2. 3.Cover Puzzle 3. 4.cover Puzzle 4. 

5.Cover Puzzle 5. 6.Cover Puzzle 6.

Here’s a few hints:

  • A book I’ve read this year;
  • A book in a series;
  • Last book in a trilogy;
  • A book I’ve read last year (new UK cover);
  • First book in a new series;
  • Last book in a trilogy;
  • A book on my TBR;

Again, you can leave a comment below with your answers. I hope this hasn’t been too difficult for you. I actually think I chose pretty obvious hints and covers. I truly hope you guys’ll fun with this challenge 😀

Tomorrow we’re going to have a brand new challenge that I’m super duper excited to share with you. So, don’t forget to keep up to date with this read-a-thon 🙂


Day 3: Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon {BooksABlog Challenge}

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Day 3 – September 23rd

And today is Wednesday and the third day of Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon 2.0!! Did you enjoyed yesterday’s Book Bingo Challenge? 😀

So, how is your progress doing this week? You can share your Day 2 progress on the linky to let us know how it’s going:

If you’re here for the first time and want to join this read-a-thon, you can still do it. All you have to do is to check out the official sign-up page here and be part of Falling for Autumn 2.0. There’s still a lot more things to come so you’re still on time to become a part of this troop 🙂

Today is dedicated to Gabi @BooksABlog. Go check out her blog and see what she has in store for you guys. Just click on the picture and you’ll be redirected to her blog (remember: different timezones might result in Gabi’s post not being up just yet. Just keep refreshing and returning to her blog until her post goes live)

Hope you’ll have fun and tomorrow there’ll be more challenges here, at A Cup of Coffee & a Book so I see you guys tomorrow 🙂


Day 2: Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon {Book Bingo Challenge}

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Day 2 – September 22nd

Welcome to the second day of Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon 2.0!! I hope you guys had an amazing first day and loved all of Taran Matharu’s answers. I sure did 😉 

Before getting into today’s challenge, don’t forget to leave the link to your Day 1 Progress on the linky:

Today ‘s challenge is quite easy and based on a lot of challenges people normally challenge themselves to do in the beginning of the year. Yes, I’m talking BOOK BINGO!

In this Book Bingo all you have to do is share the books that you’ve read or will read that match the bingo below. You can repeat books that match more than one category. It’s all entirely up to you how to do it. 

So, let’s check out what’s in this challenge’s Bingo:


Here’s my Book Bingo Challenge:

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You can leave a comment below with the link to your challenge or your list. Just let me know how your Bingo turned out to be 🙂

Keep a weather eye out for more challenges tomorrow, this time provided by Gabi @BookABlog 😉


Day 1: Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon {Guest-Post by Taran Matharu}

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

Day 1 – 21st September

It’s the official kick-off of Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon!!

First of all, you still have time to sign-up for this read-a-thon is still haven’t done so. All you have to do is sign-up on the linky (if you’ve signed-up already, skip this part!). I have decided to leave the sign-ups open till Wednesday so everyone can still join 😉

Now, you can all share on the linky your goals for this read-a-thon.

If you happened to have posted your goals with your sign-up post, just post the link again on the linky. 

Q&A with Taran Matharu:

I am really excited to have Taran Matharu (author of The Novice) in the blog today. He’ll be answering the questions YOU guys asked plus, there’s a giveaway at the end so don’t forget to check that out.

  1. How did you come up with a character that has a contrast? I mean a person who has a dark past but of good nature. (by AL Morales)

I think people with a dark past make for very interesting characters! Ultimately, we are shaped by the events of our lives, but we have a choice in how we allow them to affect us. Some people become better because of their difficult past and gain a strength of character and morality, while others let themselves be corrupted and weakened. Ultimately, it is those who better themselves that the reader will really root for.

  1. What should we expect in the upcoming book that you are writing? (by AL Morales)

More action! Fletcher and his friends will find themselves behind enemy lines, battling deep in the orc jungles in a race against time to save the Hominum Empire.

  1. Will you be writing more of the origins stories? (I’d really like to see the twins) (by Chelsea)

Maybe! I have to finish writing Book 3 first. I would most likely extend Origins, but I have thought about writing about the other characters too. 

  1. How many books are u planning to have in this series? (by Mason)

I am definitely writing a trilogy, but I have ideas on how to extend the series if the publishers want me to. 

  1. Where did you get your book cover done? (It’s really amazing!) (by Chelsea) – yes, it is gorgeous!

I have been working with an artist, Malgorzata Gruszka for a long time. She would design concept art and illustrations for me based on my writing. When I joined Wattpad, I needed a cover for the book and Malgorzata and I created it together. The publishers liked it so much they used her design!

  1. What are your tips in writing a successful story such as the summoner? (by AL Morales)

That’s a very difficult question to answer! I think that aspiring writers should reread their favourite books, but when they do so, analyse the writing and ask themselves how the author did such a good job. How do they transition from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, scene to scene and chapter to chapter? How do they build their world so that the reader understands it without info dumping? How are the characters so memorable and multidimensional? That is one of the best ways of learning how to write. 

  1. If the summoner origin and novice becomes a movie, where do you think is the place that could represent the academy and why? (by AL Morales)

That is tricky! I have always loved The Tower of London (I live nearby). The castle does remind me a little of Vocans, perhaps more on the inside than on the outside. Here are a few castles that look a little like Vocans in my mind:

  1. Which authors inspire you the most when it comes to writing? (by me, Ner)

The authors (and their series) that inspire me the most are, Discworld by Terry Pratchett, Harry Potter by J K Rowling, The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan, The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques and the Edge Chronicles by Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart. 

  1. If you were to select the actor to play the character of Fletcher (if it becomes a movie, which I am hoping), who would it be and what characteristics can you say that matches between the actor and Fletcher? (by AL Morales)

I’ll do you one better! Here are a few more:

  • Evan Peters as Flecther;
  • Saoirse Ronan as Sylva;
  • Tyler Posey as Seraph;
  • Mark Strong as Rook;
  • Aidan Turner as Arcturus;
  • Jack O’Connell as Othello;

Evan Peters might be a touch old to play Fletcher but he has a slightly haunted look in his eye, a gauntness around the face, similar hair to Fletcher (if dyed black) and the same paleness too. Evan is also a great actor (one of my favourites in fact).


  1. What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish their story on Wattpad? Or simply publish their story? (by me, Ner)

This is a great question! I put together an advice book, which you can read for free here:

Thanks Leonor 🙂

Thank you so much for being part of this readathon. Having an author who started as a Wattpad writer to become an international bestseller author is pretty exciting. I think I can speak for all when I say that is quite a dream come true. Specially knowing how difficult it can be to get a book published.

I also want to thank everyone who sent their questions to Taran through my form. You had amazing questions and it ended up being hard to pick up only ten questions (and also adding a few of my own).

Still, I hope you guys liked it and if you want, you can also read Taran’s story “Summoner: Origins” on Wattpad here.

Giveaway Time:

Taran Matharu was kind enough to provide a giveaway to accompany this guest-post. He’s giving-away a signed post-card to one lucky winner. The giveaway is International and it’ll end on October 4th.


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See you all tomorrow with more challenges and fun 😉


Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon {Schedule}

Falling For Atumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon

This year’s schedule for Falling for Autumn 2.0 Read-a-Thon is slightly late but it’s finally here. If you haven’t sign-up for the read-a-thon, you can still do so by going here.

In the meantime, here’s what will happen during the first week of Autumn/Fall, what blog hosts will feature a challenge and which authors’ will have a guest-post here on A Cup of Coffee & a Book:


Day 1 – September 21st: 

Day 2 – September 22nd: 

Day 3 – September 23rd: 

Day 4 – September 24th: 

Day 5 – September 25th:

Day 6 – September 26th:

Day 7 – September 27th: 

All posts will be up around midnight OR midday London/Lisbon time. As for my hosts’ time, it’s entirely up to them when they’ll publish their challenge since we are all from different time zones.  

Really excited about the guest-posts and the challenges. Hope you’ll have fun and enjoy this next week’s marathon of reading and reading. Good luck everyone 😉


Bout of Books 14 {Wrap-Up}

Bout of Books
Participant 41 ~ Leonor (Ner) @ A Cup of Coffee and a Book


So, Bout of Books 14 ended and I did not finished my goals. Well, I did finished one of the books and started the other one but, overall, I did not read as much as I had planned. I blame my second book. Though I was quite excited to read it, I’m just not connecing with it. Shame, really!

Check out my progress:

Witch Hunter

I finished Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker and I really but really liked it. Definitely one of my favourites from this year.

My review for this one will be up somewhere within the next two weeks and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoy YA fantasy books with witches.


I started Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. Damn, my expectations for this one were so high and I feel like I’m tumbling down. So slow, I’m not connecting with Joy (the main character) and I have no idea what’s going on. I’m 31% done and I think I might this one aside. Which is a shame ’cause the premise sounded way too good.

As for the challenges, I’ll leave a list here with the links so you can click and check them out 🙂

How was your Bout of Books this last week? Did you managed to fulfil all your goals?


Bout of Books 14 {Day 7}

Bout of Books
Participant 41 ~ Leonor (Ner) @ A Cup of Coffee and a Book


Nevermind my progress… didn’t read that much yesterday and I’m quite ashamed of that :S

Day 7: Sunday 23/08

Sarah Reads Too Much — What to read next?

In this challenge you have to recommend 3 (three) books only that I’ve read this year and that I think people should have on their TBR. I’m quite sure that the books I’ll be picking will already be on your TBR but, still, it doesn’t hurt to recommend books, does it?


I highly recommend you all to check these books out. Choosing only 3 felt like a betrayal to all the other books you guys should add to your TBR but these deserve a special place because they were unique in their own way and I think more people should pick them up. 

Which books do you recommend me to add to my TBR?And how was your Bout of Books this week?


Bout of Books 14 {Day 5 & 6}

Bout of Books
Participant 41 ~ Leonor (Ner) @ A Cup of Coffee and a Book


Reading: Hunter – (26% done – Page 54)
Pages Read: 67 p.
Books Read: 1/3
Total Pages Read: 359 p. 

Day 5: Friday 21/08

Blue Books and Butterflies — Character Soulmates

In this challenge you have to pick-up two characters from different books and pair them together. And I know just the characters I want for this 🙂


Faolan from The Bridei Chronicles by Juliet Marillier
Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Oh, man… I can totally see these two characters together. They are both assassins, stubborn and hot. Though I think Faolan would totally flip with certain things that Celaena would do and say – especially her admiration for pretty dresses. I totally ship Faolaena hehe xD

Day 6: Saturday 22/08

Steph in Wonderland — Road Trip

“For this challenge, I’d like for you to come up with a list of the top 4-5 states/places you’d love to visit and find a book (you either read or want to read) that takes place in that state/place or a book by an author who lives or is from there.”

Dang!! There are so many places in books I want to go!! Even the AU ones. But, check out the top 4 I created:

  • Hogwarts: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    (of course… who wouldn’t LOVE to visit Hogwarts?!)
  • New Zealand: Juliet Marillier
    (the Master is from New Zealand and it’s a place I would love to visit one day. And since I can’t actually choose The Lord of The Rings because they are set in Middle Earth – though the movies were filmed in NZ – I decided to pick up my favourite author :D)
  • Paris: Da Vinci’s Code by Dan Brown
    (I’m cheating in this one because I’ve been to Paris but I don’t really remember much. So I wish to go back there and enjoy it to the fullest!)
  • Scotland: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    (Though I haven’t finished the book – but I did watched the series (OMG!!!) – I so but so want to go to Scotland! Do I need to rally say whay?)

What about you? What are your character soulmates? And where would you love to go?


Bout of Books 14 {Day 4}

Bout of Books
Participant 41 ~ Leonor (Ner) @ A Cup of Coffee and a Book


Reading: Hunter – (16% done – Page 54)
Pages Read: 32 p.
Books Read: 1/3
Total Pages Read: 296 p. (again… pathetic!)

Day 4: Thursday 20/08

Kimberly Faye Reads — 4 Seasons Book Covers

‘For this challenge, you need to convey the four seasons in book covers – through color, title, cover, etc. You can be literal or take a more creative approach. Anything goes! Just show me four seasons in book covers.’

This was slightly harder than the other challenges. Coming up with books that matched the four seasons wasn’t easy. Specially Summer… But, I made it and here are the choices (by colour!):


  • Spring (Green): Graceling;
  • Summer (Red): Crown of Midnight;
  • Autumn (Orange/Lavender): Delirium;
  • Winter (White): The Iron Daughter;

Oh, and there’s Harry, so happy to be reunited with Celaena after two days. He simply adored her the moment he saw her. What can I do? Who can say no to that little face? 🙂

Which books did you picked for your four seasons?


Bout of Books 14 {Day 3}

Bout of Books
Participant 41 ~ Leonor (Ner) @ A Cup of Coffee and a Book


Reading: Hunter – (7% done – Page 22)
Pages Read: 63 p.
Books Read: 1/3
Total Pages Read: 264 p. (pathetic!)

Day 3: Wednesday 19/08

Rocky Top Real Talk — MASH

‘MASH is a fun little game where you write up options for your future and then after getting a number, go through until you have one choice for each category – and have your future right there in front of you!’

I had quite a blast doing this challenge. Check it out (and pardon my horrible spelling :S):

So, apparently I live in Gatlin (from Beautiful Creatures – using a lot of this book in this Bout of Books) with my significant other Perry (from Under the Never Skyswoon!!) with our pet daemon (from Northern Lights) and I work as a wizard (from every single fantasy book featuring wizards and witches – mainly Harry Potter and Witch Hunter).

Sorry, no Harry this time. He’ll be making appearances on challenges concerning showing off my books!

How did your MASH turned out? Let me know your future in the comments 😉