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.

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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

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

Serafina and the Black Cloak Meets Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index Review

The problem with coming up with a TBR for a readathon is that now all I want to do is to read all of the books that I have chosen. Sadly, in this case, I cannot. I just don’t want the stress of having to come up with a replacement book. I still have some books that I need to finish reading, but I decided that I was due for some reviews. So let’s hope that this will not be a really long post.

I will start off with the books that I have read in Booktubeathon.

IMG_2542The first book that I got to finish in Booktubeathon was Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. This book is about a girl who lives in the basement with her father. One night as she is going through the house she sees a little girl running away from a man in a black cloak. When she is following the duo, she sees that the girl gets swallowed up by the cloaked figure. This brings us to the adventure of our girl trying to figure out who this cloaked figure is while trying to save the people whom he has consumed.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. If I was to be honest, I would have given the book four and a half stars out of five. I really love our main character Serafina. I not only love her sense of right from wrong, I really enjoyed how realistic she felt. I enjoyed her honesty. She was not afraid to admit how terrified she was going through some of her situations that she was in. The only issue that I had with our main character was that I felt she was a bit too mature for a 12-year-old. The other issue that I had about our main character is her success in interacting with the world for the first time. for the 12 years of her life, the world never knew that she existed. the only human interaction that she had was her father. I felt that she was too successful in being able to interact with people and her new surroundings. I am sorry, that was the one really unrealistic aspect of Serafina. In a way, I really wanted to see her develop and grow from this new experience. There was no growth, in which Phycology and science claim there is a need for.

As the story itself, I enjoyed it. There were parts of the book where there was little to no action, and the book did go back and forth with the action. I will admit that those slow parts are your most important parts because there is a lot of details hidden within those sections. There were a couple of times where I had to reread sections because I felt like I was missing something. The other thing that I enjoyed about the story was there were a couple of moments in which I was creeped out. Let me highlight the word couple. I can actually tell you there were two moments that I was creeped out. The story isn’t horror. I would say it is a mystery with a couple of thriller vibes.

I did do a combination of reading the book as well as listening to the audio. I will have to say that the audio performance was really good. Cassandra Campbell is a great voice actress, and I felt as though she gave Serafina more of that realistic feel. I also felt as though she brought the story to life.

In the end, I do recommend reading this book. I believe that everyone will enjoy it. If you do not have time to read it, I do recommend the audio. I know that you will love listening to Cassandra Campbell’s voice and how she brings the story to life with her words.

IMG_2539The second book that I read during Booktubeathon was Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel. This book is about Juniper coming to terms with the loss of her sister and dealing with the grief that comes with it. In addition, you also have her trying to find closure with finding this mysterious lover whom her sister wrote a love letter to.

This is the part where I will try not to divert too much, but I do wish that Goodreads allow partial ratings for books. If I am to be honest, this book is 3.5 stars out of five. Instead, I am going back and forth giving the book three to a four-star rating. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the writing. I enjoyed the growth of our main character. It is just that I feel disappointed with this book. I just felt as though there should be more to this story. I am also disappointed in how this book ends (I am not going into details for a spoiler free review). I get why the author did what she did, but I still don’t feel the closure. I believe that a book should give you at least a different perspective, but should also fulfill you and inspire you. As much as this book does give you a new perspective and a different take on an experience, it did not fulfill me.

Before I recommend this book there are a few trigger warnings. In this book, there is abuse, talk of suicide, bullying, abandonment (from both a parent and friend), and a little bit of residual trauma from the accident. With that said, if you are triggered by any of these or just the talk of loss, don’t read this book. It is not worth it. I rather you be alive and safe than trying to read this book.

With that said, my recommendation for this book is to read it at your own choice. I do not feel confident in recommending this book to you (This is the other reason why I gave this book three stars on Goodreads). On one hand, I want you to read it for the sake of having a dialog about this book. I want to talk to you about who you think You might be, and about your thoughts on this book. On the other hand, I also do not want you to feel as disappointed about this book as much as I am feeling. As much as this book does give you a new perspective and a different take on an experience, I believe that when you finish a book you should be fulfilling.

I do hope that you enjoyed the reviews. If you have any questions or concerns or you just want to talk about the two books leave me a message down below.

Until next time.

Happy reading!

Day 6 Booktubeathon

So how many pages did I read today?… Well, let me see. I know for a fact that I have read 84 pages from one book and about 33 pages from another book. Giving me a total of 117 pages. Not my best. I just did not feel like reading. In fact, I spent most of my day running errands and procrastinating. I am not sure why. Yesterday went really well. I was able to start and finish Thirteen Chairs, as well as get 8 chapters into The Girl Who Drank the Moon. That was an impressive feat since I did not start reading until 2:30 in the afternoon. So I am really happy with yesterday’s result. I even finished The Dark Prophecy on Thursday. Which leaves me with just about 2 books left, if I do not count Serafina and the Dark Cloak.

So what are my plans for the rest of Booktubeathon? Well, I am now reading Story Thieves. I figure that will be an easy quick read. I am also hoping to quickly read The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I figure since both of those books are middle-grade books, I can easily get through both of them. Don’t get me wrong, The Hate You Give is an amazing book, it is just not something that I can quickly get through. It is a book demanding that you take the time to read it thoroughly and digest its content.

Right now, I am taking a break from reading to write this post. I am hoping to get 20 more pages read from Story Thieves before midnight. I will then get a few hours of sleep, and wake up tomorrow morning to get back to reading. I am hoping to do a wrap-up sometime tomorrow night, if not Monday afternoon. With my wrap-up, I would love to show you all of my pictures that I have taken since Wednesday.

Until then, I wish you the best of luck with the last day of Booktubeathon. Until then, happy reading.

Day 3 Booktubeathon 2017

With all the extra time I had in reading, you would think that I got a lot of reading done. Sadly, I did not But I did get one book done and at least I did start an audio book for The Dark Prophecy this morning, so that is in the plus column.  In all, I finished Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index and got about 90 pages into The Dark Prophecy.

So far I have completed three out of the eight challenges. I just finished reading the group book and I read a book with a person on the cover. So I am excited for slowly finishing these challenges and getting all my books read. If possible, I am hoping to get The Dark Prophecy finished by tomorrow.

I am not sure if that is going to work. I am losing an hour of reading, with the extra hour that is going into my camp, but I also decided to not participate in tomorrows challenge. I technical have a photo and an outfit that I could use for the challenge, but I do not want my identity known on my blog or Instagram account. So that might give me an extra hour. I am not sure. We will see how much reading I will complete in the day. I still want to post something crafty and fun for tomorrow on my Instagram account.

Though today’s challenge was a bit hard. We were to take a reflective image of our current read. I was happy with my work, but with all the other images that I saw for the challenge, I am not surprised that I lost. It was not as good as some of those other images. I do encourage you to check them out. Look it under the #btatreflect. I will place the image that I submitted down below.

But for now, I want to talk about my game plan for tomorrow. I am planning on immersing myself in the world of The Dark Prophecy. I do have the audio book, so I am planning on utilizing that audio book to help me get some more reading time. Hopefully, I will be able to get a few chapters done while I am getting ready for work. I am not sure about hearing the book and driving to work. Lately, I have been stuck on the same song for the past few days and I have not been getting any reading done in the car. My realistic goal is to get 3/4 of the way through the book. I only want 100 or so pages left to finish on Friday. If by some miracle I finish this book tomorrow, I do have The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Story Thieves. I might also take in 13 chairs. I am due for a short quick read. I am starting to feel that need for a quick pick me up.

So enough about me, I want to know about you. If you are participating, how is your adventuring going? Did you get a lot of books read? Have you enjoyed all the books that you have read so far? What challenges have you completed? Are you having fun?

I do hope that you are having fun and that you are enjoying all of your adventures. I will talk to you on Friday. Until then, happy reading!

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