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Trynda’s Bookbag | Twilight of Avalon & Authortube Readathon


Hi everyone, Trynda here.

Today, I’m bringing you another book bag video and I’m finally bringing you my thoughts on Twilight of Avalon and I’m also going to be touching on the Authortube Readathon that Alina Popescu started over on her channel. I’ll talk a little bit about Twilight of Avalon first and then, I will talk about what I’ll be reading for the readathon.

So, let’s get into it then.

I kind of had mixed feelings about Twilight of Avalon, it started off really good and I like the pros but I found that I was often left kind of wondering where the Tristan and Isolde storyline was, it was kind of confusing through a good portion of the book and then, near the end of it, unless I missed something, I don’t even think there was like a whole lot of romance, there was sort of romance but it seemed like it was missing a lot like I missed an entire romance scene and it was weird. I enjoyed the story but it sort of felt like there was a scene missing between Tristan and I feel like that may have been why the ending felt like it came on a little bit soon and I just set up for the second book a little sooner than I would have expected.

So, I enjoyed it for what it was, I enjoyed the story of it and I enjoyed the pros, I just was kind of confused where the whole romance triangle between Tristan and Mark came in. And u think that’s where it just felt a little bit short for me as I was expecting something and it didn’t quite meet it. I enjoyed the mix of Christian and pre-Christian ideologies that wove themselves through the book and I enjoyed how used people’s superstitions against them and it was really good character development. Otherwise, I enjoyed it. I would like to read the second one only because I want to know actually if there’s any romance but I’m left kind of feeling like I might waste my time and that’s kind of a weird feeling. I don’t get that very often.

So, now that I’m done talking about Twilight of Avalon, I’m going to move on to talking about the Authortube Readathon.

The Authortube Readathon was started by Alina Popesku and I will link her video down below. So, basically, Alina challenged the Authortube community to a series of challenges, some are on Instagram and also, some here on YouTube. So, a lot of books that I read fall into multiple categories but I picked out four that Im going to try and read over the period of, I think it was four days or six days, something crazy but I’m going to end up trying to read as many as I can in my list and if not, then those are going to be the next few books I’m going to read for my book bag series.

So, the related challenges we’ve been posed are:

  • read an history book
  • read a horror book
  • read a myth based book
  • read a paranormal or urban fantasy book
  • read a book with bad guys
  • read a sci-fi book
  • read a book by an Authortuber.

So, for mystery and a book with bad guys, I chose Blood Trail by Tanya Huff and basically, this is a book about vampires and solving mysteries. So, I though it was a perfect fit for this genre of book.

This next book is for the horror genre but it’s not necessarily fiction, it’s more of a non-fiction book but I’ve really wanted to read it for a long time so I chose to put this on my list and that book is Traveling the World to find the good death by Caitlin Doughty, I think I said that right. This book is basically about death rituals around the world and it’s been something that’s really interested me because I have a bit of a morbid side all of the time and I’m really interested in how people handle their dead and show respect to those who’ve moved on from this world into another.

For my myth based and paranormal urban fantasy book, I’m going to be reading Princess Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy. I saw this book on bookbub a long time ago and I ended up picking it up and I’ve really wanted to read it and it seems like a perfect fit for the myth based stuff just because it’s based off of Dracula’s daughter in some sense from the blurb so, I really want to read it and see how somebody’s taken a new approach to the old Dracula stories. So, I’m really curious about this book.

Last but not least, I’m going to be reading Alina Popescu’s Angel’s Feather for the sci-fi and Authortube book. I really wanted to read the Flyer chronicles for a long time and it just seems like the perfect opportunity to ass this to my reading list. So, those are the next four books you guys are expected to see videos about, I put a picture up on Instagram for the books and bath bomb challenge.

I ended up taking a bath this morning with the bath bomb I got, which I’ll put a picture right up over here, and I started reading blood trial today and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’m really excited for it because I know that this series is set of in the 90s, so there’s a lot less technology and it’s always interesting to see what kind of predicaments the characters get into just because they have no idea where each other are and they have no parking any or communicating with each other the same way cell phones let us do so, I’m really excited to see how they end up getting through their trials and that one. And I’m really excited for the other books.

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So, I think that’s it for now everyone, I’ll let you get back to your reading and I will talk to you in the next video.

Links Mentioned:
Alina Popescu’s Channel –

The AuthorTube Readathon Announcement #TATR18 –

The AuthorTube Readathon Reading Challenges:
1. The Clare Kauter Challenge – Read a Mystery Book
2. The Sarah Scharnweber Challenge – Read a Horror Book
3. The Nicki J. Markus Challenge – Read a Myth-based Book
4. The Trynda Adair Challenge – Read a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Book
5. The Amy Tasukada Challenge – Read a Book With Bad Guys
6. The Alina Popescu Challenge – Read a Sci-Fi Book
7. The AuthorTube Challenge – Read a Book by an AuthorTuber

The AuthorTube Readathon Instagram Challenges:
1. The Clare Kauter Challenge – Books and Bath Bombs – March 24
2. The Sarah Scharnweber Challenge – Books and Bunny Ears – March 25
3. The Nicki J. Markus Challenge – Books and Classics – March 26
4. The Trynda Adair Challenge – Books and Words – March 27
5. The Amy Tasukada Challenge – Books and Tea – March 28
6. The Alina Popescu Challenge – Books and Coffee – March 29

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Books Mentioned:
Twilight of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan & Isolde by Anna Elliott –

Blood Trail by Tanya Huff –

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty –

Princess Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy –

Angel’s Feather by Alina Popescu –

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Trynda’s Bookbag | The Lovecraft Compendium & Twilight Of Avalon


Hi everyone.

Trynda here, today I’m going be bringing you a book bag video where I talk about HP Lovecraft, the Lovecraft Compendium as well as Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliot.

I started reading the Lovecraft Compendium back in October sometime and I finished it up at the beginning of November and I just haven’t had a chance to shoot a video for it. But I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I thought I would, I really couldn’t connect with a lot of the characters because they just seemed to talk down to other cultures and it didn’t really sit well with me, I knew going into HP Lovecraft Compendium, what kind of writer he was and I thought that I could kind of get past it but it really just stuck with me and rub me the wrong way. I like how he often chose academically driven characters that were interested to know more about this culture of this like squid monsters but they always came off condescending and just downright disrespectful to other cultures and that didn’t sit well with me even remotely. I think of the short stories that were included in this collection, I really like The Call Of Cthulhu the best, it still had those same things that I didn’t really enjoy very much from the others but for the most part, that was really the only one I enjoyed and near the end, I was kind of just pushing through just to be done with it because I wasn’t enjoying it at that point.

All in all, I’m glad to have read this Lovecraft compendium but it didn’t really sit well with me and I probably won’t read H.P. Lovecraft’s work again.

So now that I’m done with the Lovecraft compendium, I’m actually going to be reading Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliot instead of Victoria and this is because I’m going to be working on the draft for Time to let go instead of On Fallen wings and I wanted something that had more of a Tristan in his old field because that’s what the main characters are kind of based off of in my work in progress and not so much of a strong queen-like female protagonist that On Fallen wings has. I really wanted to get my head in the Tristan in his old theme so, that’s why I’m going to be going with this one instead.

So, I think that’s it for now guys, if you like this video, make sure to leave a like and subscribe to my channel for more like them. If you have a recommendation that you’d like me to check out, then feel free to leave a comment down below. And I’ll leave links to all the books that I mentioned here today. And I think that’s it.

So, I’ll talk to you guys next time.

Back with another Book bag video after finishing The Lovecraft Compendium in November. In this episode I talk about my thoughts on The Lovecraft Compendium and Twilight Of Avalon jumping to the next book I’ll be reading.

Books Mentioned:
The Lovecraft Compendium – by H. P. Lovecraft

Twilight of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan & Isolde by Anna Elliott –

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The Bookbag | Neverwhere & H. P. Lovecraft Compendium –

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