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.

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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.

Booktube-a-thon 2018

It is that magical time of year again. I cannot believe that a year has gone by, and I know that I have not been posting since the last readathon. However, I do want to participate in Booktube-a-thon and tell you all of the good books that I will be reading and what challenges there will be.

It has taken me a while to decide how to do this, but I have decided that I will give you the challenges first and then give you the list of the books that I would like to read during Booktube-a-thon. When I am giving you the list of books, I will tell you what challenges will be completed. The only challenge that will not be associated with any of the books will be challenge one, becasue I am planning on using that on one of the first few days.

So here are the seven challenges that I will be completeing for this years booktube-a-thon.

  1. Let a coin toss decide what you want to read
  2. Read a book on something you want to do – I decided that I wanted to be epic, awesome and confident in myself.
  3. Read a book to movie adaptation
  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

These are the books that I am thinking about reading during the readathon. Some of them are a bit more permenant. Lately I have been a tempermental reader and I realize that I have to be in the mood to read the book. I am hoping that is not going to affect my ability to succeed in this readathon. Let us get started!

  • A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle – I will admit that this is a reread, but I love this book and I love how our main character goes from being doubtful about her abilities to being confident within herself. I am even more excited to see this movie. This book will cover challenges 2, 3, and 4.
  • The Trials of Apollo #3: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – I am keeping up with my tradition of reading a Rick Riordan book during booktubeathon. Sadly, my mom has the copy of the book, so I am hoping that I can steal it to read it quickly before she notices. This will cover challenge 4.
  • The Land of Stories #3: The Grim Warning by Chriss Colfer – I will admit that I am not sure if I am going to read this book during the readathon. I tend to be very picky and pick books that are shorter. In addition, I have read book one and book two aloud. Reading a book aloud is completly different than reading it to yourself, and it is slower. However, I am a bit tired. This book will cover challege 4.
  • Twice Upon a Time by James Riley – I am hoping that I will be able to finish this book. I have started it a few years ago, and realize that my mood changed while I was reading this book. This book will cover challenge 4.
  • Hazel Wood by Melissa Alberta – I have the owlcrate cover of this book, and it is absolutely beautiful. This book will cover challenge 4 and 6
  • Listen to your hear by Kasie West – This book will cover challenge 4
  • You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner – I have been looking forward to read this book for a while. I got it during last booktubeathon. This book covers challege 2 and 6.
  • The Loathsome Dragon – This book has been on my TBR for a long time. I finally found the book and I am hoping to read this soon. This book will cover challenge 4 and 5.
  • Silent to the Bone – I found this book a long time ago at a library book sale and it has been sitting on my shelf taunting me. The premise of this book is a bit darker than what I normally read, but I cannot help myself but wanting to read this book. This book will not cover any of my challenges.
  • Catching Stars – Also a book that will not cover any of the chalenges, but I have started reading this book a few weeks ago. I do want to finish it during booktubeathon.
  • Sky in the Deep – The last book that does not complete any of the challenges. I am just interested in reading this book.

I am sorry that I do not have the authors for the last three books. I need to find the pile that I have created for this readathon. Hopefully, I will find it and will be able to edit this and post the authors names of those books.

For now, I am going to go to bed and rest.

October 2017 TBR

I know I am a bit late. Right now it is only 8 days after the start of October. However, I still want to give you an idea of what I want to read for this month. Due to my crazy schedule and plans, I have planned to only read four books, and one of those books I am almost done. Let us get started.

The first book is a book I want to finish and I am about 50 pages towards the end. That book is Everything All At Once by Bill Nye. I am enjoying the book and I am finding it quite inspirational. It is just taking me a while to finish it.

Another book that I want to read is called A Sea of Shattered Glass by Kyla Stone. I have actually been given this book for free to read for an honest review. I am about fifty pages into the book, and so far I am enjoying it. I am looking forward to how the story will play out.

The next book that I want to read has been the book I have been looking forward to reading since the beginning of the year. It will be bittersweet to finish this series, but I am looking forward to opening this book and reading Magus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead. Let’s just say that this book has been on my TBR since the beginning of the year.

Last but not least, I am hoping to read Haunting the Deep. I didn’t even know that this book was going to be out until I saw the book trailer. I have to say real quickly that I am really glad that they got the same actors to play in the book trailer. Of course, I am stoked to start reading this book. I loved and enjoyed the last the first book in the series, so I am looking forward to what will be happening next.

Those are the four books that I am planning on reading in the month of October. What books are you planning on reading this month? Do you have any fun and spooktacular plans for this month? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time. Happy and spooky reading!

September Wrap Up 2017

Let me tell you the truth. I have not been doing a lot of reading, and obviously, have not been writing. However, I did get to experience a lot of things. This month have been very interesting.

During this month I got to experience severe back pain from stress. The pain was so severe, I could barely move or function. For about two weeks, I was just trying to manage my back pain. I did not get a lot of reading in since there was not a comfortable position for me. I am doing better now, but I do feel the tension in my neck and shoulders once in a while. I just try to continue my stretches and to keep my neck straight.

The other exciting moment was being a part of a book signing and book talk. On the 10th I got to see Bill Nye the Science Guy. That was the highlight of my month. I got his book signed and I am trying to finish it. His book, Everything All At Once, is really good. I love the idea of applying the nerd mentality to everything and by using this mentality we can improve the world (“Or dare I say it… Save the World”). I am halfway through the book, and I can tell you that it is an easy read. It is not as technical as I thought it would be. There are a few moments where he does get technical, but you can just feel his passion throughout his writing.

The other highlight that has happened is that I got to rescue a kitten and keep him. He is very cute and loveable. All he cares about is people and love. I would like to introduce you to Thor, my loveable orange tabby kitten.

The other exciting thing that I got to experience was getting a new glasses prescription. This summer was very interesting. I was due for new glasses at the beginning of summer since Covered California does not cover vision, I had to get vision through the district (my main job). I tried this new doctor and my new prescription kept getting me sick. The best way for me to describe it was a low-grade migraine. I was dizzy, nauseous, light sensitive and tired. In addition to the first prescription, I experienced two distances of the same object. Almost like a funhouse effect, but it wasn’t fun. The second prescription that I got from him also got me sick, similar to the first prescription, but without the funhouse effect. I still could not judge distance very well, but I was not happy that I kept getting sick. I ended up switching doctors and I am very happy that this prescription does not get me sick and that I can see.

In addition, to everything, I also started getting a lot more hours. So I have been very busy with work.  I am just learning to adjust to the ebb and flow of working several jobs.

So are you ready to see how much I have read this month?… Be impressed since I only finished one book and read two.

31423181The book that I finished this month was The Star Theif by Becky Lindsey. This book is about a clever girl who is whisked away on this adventure and a fight between people and constellations. I gave this book three out of five stars. The book started really well and I was really hooked into it. I was enjoying the adventure and the excitement that was happening. About halfway through the book, I was just not feeling the book. I wanted to finish the book because I was invested in the characters and their decision. However, I was not invested in the plot, or with two of the characters that were the catalyst for the plot. The other issue that I had with this book was timing issues. It is not timing with the plot, but it is timing as in the ages of the characters. There is one character whose age does not match with the story. There is one character that when they tell the story it sounds like he vanished when he was about 40 to 50 years of age, but when you see him he is in his 80’s. The problem is, the man was only gone for 10 years. That is the main reason why I gave the book three out of five stars. Once the story of how the problem was created, I was not able to see beyond the impossible math and time travel that had happened. Other than that, I really do think that kids would really love this book. And it is a fun read if you look beyond that age issue.

71yuoinb2plOne of the books that I was able to read this month was Unschooled by Allen Woodrow. This book is really fun and looks into a crazy week full of shenanigans during spirit week for the fifth-grade class. I gave this book three out of five stars. This book was a lot of fun and I did enjoy it. However, the lack of special needs students in this school was the main reason why I gave this book the rating that I did. You did have some people who were injured and were wearing casts, however, there was no one that was in a wheelchair or no one who is different from the normal education population participating in any of the spirit week competitions. Working in special education highlight this, and it was interesting while I was looking at my student who would have loved to participate in some of those activities. Beyond that, it is a fun and crazy read that I do believe people would enjoy.

81iaj2ynetlThe last book that I read this month was Is it Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman. This is a fiction work based on the true story of her mother being a part of the 1,000 children’s project during WWII. There is not a lot I can say about this book. This book was amazing. I felt very connected to her mother and her experience during WWII, and what it must have been like to be a German Jew in American during that time. I do recommend you get the book with the bonus materials because it does tell you more information about her mother and her story. I do recommend this book and I would love to see this book in classrooms.

That is my month. Hopefully, I will be able to post another post up soon with my intentions for October. I am not sure if I want to make this month a theme, but I am excited for some of the books that are coming out this month, and I cannot wait to read them.

How was your month of September? Did it go smoothly for you? What books are you looking forward to?

Until next time. Happy reading!

First week of the Reading Quest

Let me be honest here. My first week did not go all that well. I thought that if I started with a quick middle grade I would be off to a great start. Sadly I am not. I am only a 152 pages into The Star Theif. Even though the book has a lot of action, I feel as though this book is a bit slow. We are finally able to see some of the plot that is going to drive this book forward.

I am hoping that next week I can stop playing around with games and movies on my iPhone, and actually get some reading done. I am hoping to be done with this book by Wednesday. I will let you know on Twitter and Facebook how that is going. I also bought some of my TBR for this challenge as audio books. I am hoping to start The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue tomorrow. I have looked at how long the audio book is, and it is 10 hours and 47 minutes long. I spend about an hour a day in my car driving to and from work. It would take me about 11 days to finish this book. Even if I do speed up the reading, I will still end up finishing this book by next week. I am looking forward to this book, I have heard so many great things about this book. I am also hoping that I will start Rebel Belle by Wednesday and finish it by Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

I am not sure if I will stick to this plan. I realize that I could get through The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue faster if I read the book during my free time at work, and just change the placement of the audio book while I am driving. However, my goal is to complete two books by the end of this week, and have a third book half way done. With this bad start, I am just hoping that I will finish my main quest.

I am also hoping that by participating in Bout of Books 20, I will be inspired to read more and get more than what I have planned for this week. I do not think that I will be participating in a lot of the challenges this week, just because I do want to focus more on reading. If you are interested, click on the link. You can sign up for Bout of Books 20 all through tomorrow. It is a lot of fun, and it will start on Midnight in your area.

So that is my update for the reading Quest Challenge. I am sorry that my writing was a bit all over the place. I have been a bit distracted. Part of it is the solar eclipse that is going to happen tomorrow. I will sadly not get the chance to see totality, but I will get a partial and I am hoping that I will get to see at least a little bit of it. I do live in the bay area and sadly the weather is going to be foggy around that time. I am hoping to get to see the tail end of it. I have also started school/work and there is a need to balance out everything, and I was not as prepared as I thought I would be. I am hoping that now that everything is starting to settle, I will be able to get back into the groove of work, work, work, read!

I do hope that you did enjoy the update. If you are participating in either the Reading Quest or Bout of Books let me know down below. How are you doing? What books are you planning on reading? What books have you completed, as well as the challenges for the Reading Quest? In addition, are you going to see the eclipse tomorrow? Will it be partial, full, or are you lucky enough to experience totality? Please let me know your experience down below. It is my dream to experience totality.

In addition, are you going to see the eclipse tomorrow? Will it be partial, full, or are you lucky enough to experience totality? Please let me know your experience down below. It is my dream to experience totality. I just was not able to take the time off due to responsibilities.

As always, I wish everyone a wonderful and safe night. May you enjoy all your adventures.

Happy Reading!

From, Super Bookworm

Chairs, Prophecies, and Thieves…Oh, My!

I have looked at all the reviews that I have done this year, I found out that I have done about five out of the fifty that I wanted to do. I am about ten percent through on the reviews. I have plenty of books to review, and about a week and a half before I start my crazy schedule to fit in more reviews. Though to be honest, some of these reviews are on my Instagram account. At least we know that I have been working on keeping my Instagram and Twitter account active.

So… Are we ready? I will be focusing on completing the reviews for the books that I have read during Booktubeathon. Those books will be Thirteen Chairs, Trails of Apollo the Dark Prophecy, and Story Thieves

IMG_2547Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton is about a boy named Jack who goes into this house on a whim. You get to experience in being in a house with ghosts telling ghost stories.

This book completed the challenge to read a book you bought because of the book cover. I also read this book in one day.

Let me preface a few things before I begin this review. I get easily scared. I do not do well with the horror genre, which is why I tend to stay away from it. I do not like reading a book to scare me. I do not find that enjoyable. When I bought the book, the cover intrigued me and I read the synopsis. After reading the synopsis I wanted the book. No part at this time did I ever got the vibes that I would be scared. I was just stoked read a book with some short stories. You would think that somewhere along the lines I would think scary stories with the premise of ghost telling ghost stories in an abandoned house. Instead, I was like, “Hmmm… Jack went inside and he is a curious boy. I am curious to know what Jack experienced.” The worst offense. I saw this book twice before I bought it.

In the end, I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. If I could give out partial ratings, I would be giving this book three and a half stars out of five.  I was creeped out by the first three stories in the book. However, once I got to the Red Tree (the fourth book), I was not as scared. The first three stories made me think about my buying habits and what I was getting myself into. After that fourth ghost story, the rest of the book just didn’t scare me. There were a few that were unsettling, but not scary. Most of my negative ratings are going to come from this fourth story.

Most of my negative ratings are going to come from this fourth story. Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed the premise of the fourth story. I enjoy folk tales and I enjoy reading about folk tales from different parts of the world. However, I did not enjoy the heavy accent. There were so many grammatical errors, that I found the accent more of a nuisance than adding magic to the story. I felt that I spent more time trying to understand what the character was saying than enjoying the story he was giving. If it were not for the fact that I was reading this book for Booktubeathon, I would have most likely skipped this story. I feel as though this was the book that changed the feel and the pace for the rest of the book. In this case, the order of the stories did matter, and I felt as though he should have moved this character’s story towards the end of the book. I understood why certain charters went when they did, but this character could easily have swapped places with another character.

The parts that I did enjoy, was the fact that each character has their own persona in telling their story. It did add a bit of magic and realism to the story. I enjoyed getting to see each character play out their own little quirks throughout their time telling their ghost story. I know that I spent a paragraph complaining about the character’s accent in the fourth story. The other character’s persona, quirks, and accents did not deter me from the story itself. I also enjoyed some of the stories. I felt as though some of them theme and message. These stories were very intriguing and held my interest, even the ones that scared me. I had a hard time putting the book down because I was interested and invested in these stories.

Before I recommend this book, I will have to note there are a lot of trigger warnings. This book has so many that I feel that it should have a trigger warning on. This is considered as scary/ horror book. You are supposed to be afraid when you read this book. I know that I have established myself as someone who gets easily scared, which is why I am putting these trigger warning on here. This book does cover, death, theft, murder, possession, different types of mental illnesses, suicide (both accidental and on purpose), people cutting themselves, and bullying. I might have spoiled the book, and I am sorry. I just want to be extra careful, because I want people to be safe and to make a consciouses choice base off of their own needs.

I do recommend this story. If you are a person seeking a book to terrify you, and you are used to the horror genre, this book is not for you. That is the conses on Goodreads. Those who are used to and love the horror and scary genre, are not scared with these stories. However, if you are a bit afraid and do get easily spooked, this book might be for you. I do recommend skipping The Red Tree which is the fourth book. Understand that if you are skipping this story, you are skipping the character leaving the book. I recommend getting to the end of this character’s chapter. The author separated the book once the stories start, so our main character Jack, his story arc is continued in italics. Skip this story and read the italics at the end, and if you are interested in this story, read it after you are done with the book.

IMG_2546The next book that I read was The Trails of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. This book actually covers several of the challenges like reading a hype book, read a book with a person on the cover, and read about a person different from you.

I don’t want to give out spoilers due to the fact that this is the second book in a series. But this book just continues on with Apollo’s adventure in trying to restore order with the oracles as a human.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads, and honestly, even if I was given the choice of partial ratings, I would still keep it five out of five stars.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book more than the first one. A lot of the problems from the first book haven’t gone away, but I can say it was not as cringe worthy as the first one. Apollo had done a lot of growing up and maturing throughout this book, as well as the time between the first and the second book. I enjoyed seeing a bit more of that mature side. It wasn’t all about “oh woe is me” and “I am a god. Where is my godly greeting?” We still had this in the book, but not as much as the first one. The other thing that I enjoyed is seeing the interactions of our characters. It was nice to see how Apollo and Calypso argue. It was nice to see them be a bit normal and quarrel a bit. In addition, I enjoy getting to spend some time with Leo and some of his crass humor. I also had more emotions in this book. There has been death in previous Rick Riordan books, but you just didn’t feel them as much. I just felt that the losses that we experienced in this book, felt more, or had more weight, than in some of his previous books.

The only problem that I had in this book is that it got annoying for both Apollo and Calypso having to explain to the same people that they did not have access to their powers. The times that they use them were weird coincidences. It was nice to see Apollo come up with a theory as to why he had access to his powers when he did, but it is a bit annoying to have to go through the rules over and over again. This also includes information. It got annoying for the same people to know and understand that you cannot have godly information inside a human mind, to be shocked that Apollo has no memory of certain events in his past. I feel like a better question to ask is why he has access to the parts that he has.

Other than that, the book is amazing and I do recommend this to everyone. However, you do need to read the first book before you read this one.

IMG_2540The last book in this long review, that I will be reviewing is Story Thieves by James Riley.

This book also covered several challenges for Booktubeathon. It covered, to read a book about a character that is different from you, and to read a book with a person on the cover,

This book is done in two perspectives. You have Owen who is the son of a librarian who is complaining about how boring life is, who gets his world turned upside down when he finds out about book jumping from his classmate Bethany who is half fictional. Both characters jump into a story and have to fix a mistake that Owen made when they jumped into his favorite story. Owen is stuck in the story and trying to fix what happened in the story, while Brittany is trying to fix things in the normal world when two of the characters from the story jumped out of the book and discovered the truth of their origins.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. Even with partial ratings, I would still give this book four out of five stars.

As much as I want to hit the ground running with things that I did like about the book, I do want to talk about the one thing I did not like about the book. There was one thought that was prevalent thought throughout the book. That thought was, “this has been done before.” I do believe that this is because I read a lot of books that had to deal with book jumping. This year alone, I can count three books that deal with the idea of our main character, or characters, book jumping. I do not know if this topic is slowly becoming popular, but I felt as though this has been done before. On top of that, James Riley has written a series about a story book princess who grew up in the normal world and was transported back into the fairy book world.

With that stated, here are the reasons why I loved the book. One of them, is all the literary reference, especially towards Harry Potter. In the beginning of the book, so many books are referenced. Even the made up story is noted as a knock off to Harry Potter. In addition, I enjoyed jumping into War of the Worlds. All of the stories that have book jumping, our characters mainly jump into your typical fairy tales or beloved classics like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Another thing that I enjoyed, was that with all the referencing that existed in the book, our author even referenced himself. It was interesting to see his other works on the shelves of the library as well as the librarian talking about her experience with him. That was quirky and cool. A third reason why I liked this book, is that James Riley played with your typical tropes. I do somewhat have a problem with it, in that it made me feel like I was reading something that I have read before. However, I enjoyed how he changed those tropes in the story. for example, one of our characters had your typical catch phrase and wink but changed the moment he realized how different things were. Another trope was Bethany’s father and how the parents met. Who was the story book character followed the typical trope, but how they met, wasn’t the same as the other books. Though it does make me wonder as to what book the character parent came from. In all, the story was fun, the characters were kind of believable, but the writing was amazing and I enjoyed the premise of the book. There were a lot of moments that I really enjoyed that stood out (that I cannot tell you due to spoilers), and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

In all, I do recommend this book to everyone. I do feel as though you will have fun and enjoy yourself in a world full of fictional characters in our world, and those of us in their world.

That is it for this review. I am sorry that this was a long post, but I do hope that you enjoyed all three reviews. If you have read any of the books, or have questions on what I have read, please leave a comment down below.

Until next time.

Happy reading from Super Bookworm