A Little Update

Okay, so I have a post that I plan on never posting. It is just basically me ranting about what happened to my old laptop. In a weird way,  it did help to write it all down and to get it out of my system. I truly believe that if I did not, that I would end up not being able to write anything good until I did. Now I get all of the fun in just moving everything from the old laptop to the new one and downloading apps and programs that I used in the past onto this laptop. I am sadly still in the process of just moving all of my music, I have not even focused on documents and programs that I would like to have on here. the only downside is that almost everything is an app, and I am not able to have an on my desktop, instead, I have to have it pinned to my taskbar. It is a little annoying. I do miss having the desktop icon for audible, Overdrive, and iTunes. It is weird how you get used to something so small and trivial.

Okay, moving onto the update. I have decided to try to do the blogging university for writing. However, I am behind several days (8 days) but I am hoping that I will be able to catch up with the blogging prompts. I am also planning on doing the reading update either next weekend or the first weekend in February. I still need to make my TBR for February. Reading wise, I only have two books left on my original TBR for this month. I still have to read Match Me if You Can and Storm Runner. However, where I stand, Match Me if You Can might be DNF. I am hoping that by switching formats I will be able to continue the book. If anyone has read this book, let me know what you think of the book down below.

That is it for the update. Until next time,

Super Bookworm

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January 2019 Update into Pi

I am sitting at my dad’s house trying to desperately stay on top of my game as I am writing this post. My computer decided to fall apart a few days ago, and I am sitting here trying to type this up on my work iPad. I am finding out how much I hate typing on something other than my laptop. It is just driving me insane. But I know that if I leave the broken laptop as an excuse for not writing this post, than I will be starting this year off on the wrong foot. I need to be more proactive. However, nothing drives me insane more that having difficulty editing my work. I am already missing the use of Grammarly, a decent keyboard, and my mouse. I guess I am more of a laptop person than I realize. Though I do want to let you know what my first week of the New Year has been like.

First off, I have finished a book. I am really happy about that as well. I finished Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass. I have given the book four out of five stars on Goodreads, but if I were to be honest I would have given it 3.5 stars. I have read some of her books before and I have loved them, but this book was not as up there as the others. I am not sure if it was just my extra high expectation or if it was just not what I wanted or needed at the time.

Before I begin with the review, let me give you a quick summary. If you want a detail summary click on the link to take you to Goodreads. Pi in the Sky is about a boy named Joss who is tasked with bringing Earth back, with a human girl, after the Powers To Be had to take it out of time due to it breaking the laws of physics.

To begin this review, the book was a little technical, especially for a kids book (this was geared towards 9 to 12 year olds). There was a lot of theoretical physics being thrown in. As an adult who loves science it works, but for a kid between the ages of 9 to 12, I feel that it is a bit high up there in their ability to understand abstract concepts. Though I will have to admit that she did a good job in making high abstract concepts reachable. How reachable, I am not sure, I am not 12 and haven’t been since 2001. I guess I will need to find myself a 12 year old to help me answer this question. But to continue on, these abstract concepts are necessary for you to understand what is going on in the story. They are the main plot points of this story. The other complaint that I have with the story is the slow start. I actually could have cared less about the story until you made it about 80 pages in. I do want to be into the story within the first 10 to 15 pages. I am glad that I continued, but I would have normally left the book. I will say that I did love the character growth. I felt as though our main character did grow into this nice entity who is now believing in themselves. In looking back at one of my favorite works from her, Every Soul a Star, I realize that my favorite characters are the one that do the most personal growth. Not only in attitude towards their world, but attitude towards themselves and their self confidence. This is no exception. Your main character does this huge change in viewing themselves as an important bringing and realizing that they do have some significance. This character goes from hating his life and the job that was assigned to him, to realizing that there is importance to what he does. The other thing that I enjoyed was the quotes. I guess I am a great sucker for quotes, but I did enjoy them, and loved how she used quotes from all sorts of scientist and authors throughout the book. I just found them really cool to read, and would love to add them to my cool quote collection. The last thing that I liked, is the end of the story. Not because it was the end, but just how she ended the book. I just liked how it wrapped everything up. It wasn’t your typical the end moment, more like everything was good, and all was well. I am realizing that this is a bit hard to describe, it just let me tell you, I was pleased that I did not feel the impending “that is it?” at the end of the book.

Now to the hard part, do I recommend this book. After finishing the book and thinking about it for a day or two, I realize that I would recommend this book to adults. As I have mentioned earlier, I am not sure if these high abstract concepts are to hard for a 9 to 12 year old to handle. However, I do feel as though and adult would enjoy the story, especially those who love science.

Now onto other things. I am now currently reading Morrigan’s Cross and Let it Snow. So far I am about half way through with both books. I am hoping to get more reading done with Let it Snow after I finish this update. I will admit that I am enjoying the audiobook for Morrigan’s Cross more than I thought I would. If anyone is interested, when you do the audiobook, don’t go at a faster speed than the normal pace. It does work most of the time, but the heavy accent makes it hard to understand when the reader decides to read faster. Though I am enjoying the Irish accent, I feel it adds more to the story. As for Let it Snow, I am laughing through it. Like Pi in the Sky it was a slow start, and it did not grab my attention. I completely forgot that it was 3 stories in one. It is interesting how all three stories interconnect with each other. Other than that, I feel as though I am rewarding myself every time that I am opening this book. Why? I am not sure. There are parts of the story where I am laughing so hard that I am crying, I am thinking that it is because I am into the other story more.

I have been using the Bookly app for all three books. I have realized that the app does not really allow you to do audiobooks, so I am stuck trying to solve the percentage of how much I am reading each time I finish. Which sucks, but it is working out. With Let it Snow, I had the misfortune of it miscalculating the number of pages that I have read. I had to add a time that I read the book and accidentally claimed that I was father in the book than what I actually was. In reading the review, I was able to fix the problem and now I am on the correct page without having to not count my reading time to get to the wrong page. The app is very strict about not letting you go back in the book. If you claimed that you have read 10 pages, you cannot do another reading session and claim that you are on page 9. The only other problem that I have with the app is that it wants me to pay for the subscription, which I find a little expensive. Right now they are having a sale, and for a year you would pay $20 instead of the usual $30. I still find it a bit expensive, for something I am not sure if I would be using the whole app for.

That is my update and my first review of 2019. Let me know how you are doing after the first week of the New Year. Have you had any grand adventures? Also let me know what you think of this post.

Until next time,

Super Bookworm.

January 2019 TBR

Even though I am going to be super busy, I still have goals that I want to accomplish. I also want to start off on the right foot. To do that I am going to be making my TBR for the month of January. I do know that I have a lot of books here that I most likely will not be able to get through this month, but I always love giving myself some options. A little variety does not hurt. So, let’s start off the TBR!

  1. Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass. I actually started reading this book a few days before the new year with the intent of being able to finish it. So far the book is good, and I am enjoying it. Right now, the story is a little slow, but I am looking forward to the magic that Wendy Mass brings into her book.
  2. Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes – I have been meaning to read this book for quite some time. It was one of the three books that Rick Riordan presented for up and coming authors. I has also been one of my most anticipated reads of 2018.
  3. Trapped by Michael Northrop  – I guess I was looking at covers for a wintery feel, wanting to make this month all about snow and winterish feels. However, I lost that with the other 4 books that I joined in. the premise sounds interesting and I am hoping that it is just as good as it sounds.
  4. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – I got this book at Target a year ago (I believe). I felt that a good contemporary would be a good mix from my usual. I also started around the same time I picked up Pi in the Sky.
  5. Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts – This will be a reread. However, I am hoping that I will be able to get through it via audiobook. I want to get into listening to books while I am driving to work. I just want to find ways to add more reading into my busy schedule.
  6. Match Me If You Can by Susan Phillips – I believe that this is also another audiobook. I kind of got sucked into it with the premise and I have been eyeing this book for quite some time.

That is my TBR for 2019. I am also trying out a new app called Bookly. The app is suppose to help you stay on task with reading. It tracks how much time you spend reading and how fast you are reading. So far I am enjoying it. I will let you know at the end of the month what I think of the app.

Until next time,

Super Bookworm

The 2019 Goals

I know yesterday I wrote a sad melancholy post about my experience in 2018. Last year was a year of growth, and I have learned a lot. Not just about myself, but on other things that matter in my world of education. In addition, I tend to get a little depressed and melancholy around the end of anything. It does not matter. The last day of school is always bittersweet. On one hand, I am looking forward to taking a break, but on the other, I am sad that I will not see those that I care about, work with, and know for a while. With that said, let us begin with my goals for 2019.

  1. My reading goal for this year is to read 12 books. I know that seems small, but I have realized that the lower the number count is for my goal, the better my reading experience is. I am not forcing myself to finish books, or trying to force myself to complete tasks. I am focusing on what I want to read, and whether or not I am enjoying the experience. Really, that is what reading should be. An enjoyable experience to help me relax.
  2. I would like to make a minimum of 12 posts. Ideally, 1 post a month. This is just to gradually get me back into the habit of blogging. My schedule is hectic and crazy. I start one job at 7:30 in the morning and continue my day until 6:30 at night. On top of that, I will have to go back to school to learn a foreign language so that I can continue my job, and by then, I most likely will be ending my day by 9:30 at night. I want to accomplish this goal, and I am hoping that it will not be as bad as I am making it sound like in my head. The idea of my day is just stressing me out.
  3. Reread a book – Unlike last year, I am not going to put the stipulation of whether or not I have reviewed it. But looking back, I realize that this was the best goal for me. Sometimes I do need to step back and reread a book that I have loved. Just to be comforted and enjoy the story one more time.
  4. I also want to participate in the new booktubeathon, The Reading Rush. I am looking forward to participating and I am planning on having my calendar booked just for the event.
  5. I would also like to see if I can participate in the Reading Quest Challenge. Last year I was not able to do so. Mostly because the only time I went online was to read fanfic and pay bills. Okay, I read fanfic on my phone. Anything related to blogging, books, and bills are done on my laptop, and I am saving money to get myself a new laptop. So to be honest, I was not actively searching. However, I am not seeing it being updated since 2017. So I do not think that I missed it.
  6. I want to read a book from my bucket list TBR. I am not sure what is happening. I want to read these books, I just cannot pick them up. Even if I finished the third book in the lunar chronicles I would be happy that I have accomplished something.

Those are my reading and blogging goals for 2019. What are some of your goals for this year? I am hoping that you will accomplish them and learn new things along the way.

Until next time,

Super Bookworm.

The 2018 Year in Review

As I am sitting here on my freshly made bed, I have decided that I needed to look back onto this year and see the growth that I have made. To tell you the truth, I need to find something positive. I am going to a New Years party over at a friend’s house and my depression is starting to kick in. I am feeling melancholy and is in a desperate need of a hug and probably a good cry or a funny movie. Let’s go with a funny movie.

This year I read a total of 40 books and according to Goodreads a total of 7,710 pages. That is not bad. I also realize that this will not be accurate since I stopped using Goodreads for a while. I just was focused on reading and not using my phone to update on my reading.

What is sad that the best book that I have read this year happened last week while I was getting my hair done. Just to clarify. I did not force myself to read bad books, and all of the books that I have read, I did enjoy. It was that the best book of my year, I read last week. What made it sadder was that I was hoping that the author continued the book in a series, since the ending made it seemed that way, and there were no other books for me to read. Though I will say that I did enjoy the book and loved laughing at the silly antics that was going on with our main characters. That book was Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks.

I will also admit that I have been reading a lot more fanfic. That has taken over my reading time and what I have been focusing on in reading. I can tell you that I have read several series, some of them are not complete yet, and others are. Some of the fics that I have read, I have enjoyed just as much, or even more, than an actual book.

With that stated, I just realized that I did not write a New Year’s resolution for 2018. I have written it in my journal but forgot to make a post. In fact, looking at last year, I realize that I have not made as many posts as I thought I did. So let me quickly put up some reading goals for 2018

  1. Read 25 to 50 books – completed that goal with 40 books
  2. Read books for enjoyment, not to complete my reading goal – most of my books have been four stars and above. However, like I have mentioned earlier in this post I only had one book that I truly enjoyed and wanted more.
  3. Finished a book I started last year – I do not think I completed this goal. Let us be real here. I don’t even remember what books I have down from last year.
  4. Reread a book that I have reviewed – completed. I had to reread the Amulet series in order to follow through on the 8th book. I also reread the Three Sister’s Island Trilogy
  5. Participate in a writing challenge/ classes on WordPress – did not do
  6. Read one classic – I have done this. I read The Little Prince. This was one of my more disappointing books of 2018.
  7. Read on Shakespear Play – did not do
  8. Read a book from my Bucket TBR list – did not do
  9. Host a readathon – Did not do
  10. Participate in Booktube-a-thon and Reading Quest. I have participated in Booktube-a-thon but not the reading quest. I was not able to find the reading quest.
  11. Read a book that was over 400 pages long – completed. I read the second book in The Land of Stories series, which was 517 pages.

I am really impressed. Out of the 11 goals, I have completed about 5.5. I am not sure about the 10th goal. I did one readathon but not the other. What do you say? Should I count it?

Maybe I did not do as bad as I thought I did. I did better than expected since I was absent from this blog and all things book related. The hiatus that I took, was not bad, and I do hope that it will do me better than before. I realize that looking back, I needed this time off. It is giving me a better perspective on what my goals and accomplishments are in life. A better view on what I value, and what I want for the future. I still want to continue this. But I want this to be fun. I do not want this to be something that I feel like I have to do, I am forced to do. I believe that is why I had to step back. I miss blogging. I miss being with others who share the same interest that I have. I miss those friends that I have met and made growth in my writing because of them. With that, I do want to think things through on what my goals for 2019 will be. There will be many changes, and I am hoping that they will be good ones. I know that the changes that I have experienced this year are positive. They forced me to grow and to reevaluate on who I am as a person, and what I want in life. And I hope that 2018 was the same for you.

Here is saying goodbye to 2018 and kicking off 2019 in the right direction. May the next year bring in greatness for ourselves in both growth and adventures.

Until next time.

Super Bookworm

A quick update

I know that we are getting towards the end of booktubeathon and sadly I have no motivation. I am about 50 pages away from the end of one book and about a fourth of the way through with another. I might just rent my movie and complete one of the challenges just hoping that will motivate me. I am not sure what is going on. Hopefully I will find my motivation soon.

I did however complete one of the photo challenges today. So I did get something done. Today’s challenge was to match your cover photo of a book with a background. I got this wall tapestry from OwlCrate and it made me think of these book and I thought that the designs match. I figured why not. Let me know what you think. I was not able to do much editing. For some strange reason I cannot get on photoshop.

Day 1 and 2 of Booktube-a-thon

The question of the night here. How much reading have I done in the past two days?  Let us begin to laugh because the answer is two. Yeah, you have heard me. Two books. I have read a total of 261 pages for those two books. So far, with the books that I have read, they have been okay. Both a Wrinkle in Time and The Loathsome Dragon have been about 4 out of 5 stars (I will put a review up soon).

However, I have started two more. You’re Welcome Universe (10% finished) and The Burning Maze (12% done)and I am enjoying them. I have been laughing at The Burning Maze, and have enjoyed the start of You’re Welcome Universe.

With all that reading done, let me show you what challenges that I have completed.

  1. Let a coin toss decide what you want to read – I am surprised that I have not done this challenge yet. I am not sure why. I thought I would have tossed that coin by now.
  2. Read a book on something you want to do – I decided that I wanted to be epic, awesome and confident in myself. I might put this challenge back on as not completed. After rereading A Wrinkle in Time, I just felt disappointed that I was not inspired to be awesome or epic. The person who I was looking towards to help inspire me, didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book, I just don’t feel like it would help me complete this challenge.
  3. Read a book to movie adaptation As I mentioned earlier, I still need to see the movie, t on the bright side, I have finished the book, so I am halfway done with this challenge.
  4. Read a book with green on the cover
  5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time
  6. Read a book with a beautiful spine
  7. Read 7 books

In the end, even with the surprise twist of how everything worked out, I am happy with what I got done. I am hoping that tomorrow I will have most of You’re Welcome Universe done, if not completed, and a few more chapters of The Burning Maze. I am also hoping to get some of the Instagram challenges done. One of the things that I have realized is that I have not done any of the challenges or the reading sprints since the start of this readathon. I am hoping that I can get more in tomorrow, both reading and participating.