Reflection on 2016

Well, this is interesting. I did not know that I started this. I am glad that I decided to go back into unfinished posts. All the questions look like they are a part of some readathon, but I am not sure which one. Even though we are almost half way through the year, I would still like to answer these questions.

Let’s begin.

1. Did you reach your 2016 reading goal?

I barely made it. Towards the end of the year, I ended up reading a lot of graphic novels and novellas to get to my goal. 2016 was a weird year. It was the year of my most massive book slump. I did not feel like reading that year.

2. What were your favorite books this year?

I would like to take a moment to appreciate that whoever wrote this questionnaire wrote books and not book. Thank you for realizing that one cannot simply just choose one book, no matter how hard one tries. As a result here is my list of favorite books of 2016.

  • Remade – This was a series that I have grown to love. However, I have not finished the last book. I kind of wanted to wait for the next season to read the last book.
  • Are we there yet? – I loved this children’s book. It was fun and creative.
  • Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
  • How to Hang a Witch
  • P.S I like you
  • Wonder
  • More Than This
  • The war that saved my life

These are just some of the few books that I loved from last year.

3. What were your least favorites?

This year was the year that I actually experienced some pretty disappointing reads. I do attribute it to a number of books that I challenged myself to read. Here are a few of the books that I was not so happy when I finished them.

4. Was there a book that made you stretch out of your comfort zone?

I would have to say that The Call made me stretch out of my comfort zone. The book was great, but it is was also terrifying.

5. Did you discover any new genres?

I don’t know if it would count, but I discovered Serial Books. They were easy to get hooked on, and a quick fun read.

6. If you participated in any of our yearly challenges, what was your favorite?

I cannot answer this question since I do not remember where this questionnaire came from. I will have to say that I enjoyed doing both of the Book-tube-a-thons as well as the bout of books.

That is my quick reflection of all the books that I have read in 2016.

I do hope that you enjoyed this post, and sorry that it came out so late. Hope to see you soon. Happy reading!

June TBR 2017

May was a great month in reading. Out of all the books that I posted on Instagram for my TBR, I ended up reading four books, plus an additional seven that was not on my TBR. That is a total of eleven books. Those books were…

  1. Ms. Marvel Vol. 4
  2. Ms. Marvel Vol. 5
  3. Hello Universe
  4. Morrigan’s Cross
  5. Dance of the Gods
  6. Valley of Silence
  7. A Night Divided
  8. Dance Upon the Air
  9. Heaven and Earth
  10. Milk and Honey
  11. The Upside of Unrequited – Though I did finish this book on the fourth of June, though most of it was read in May

Out of all the book, there were two that I loved. The Upside of Unrequited and Hello Universe were my favorite books. I will be doing reviews on both of those books later.

Moving forward. This month I wanted it to be a bit different. I wanted to finish a bunch of books that I started this year that I would really like to complete, as well as finishing my May TBR. However, life has been interesting and all the book that I have requested to be put on hold all became available at the same time. Some of those books I found out that I will not be able to renew. My library has that feature where you cannot renew really popular books. Here are the four books that I need to read by the end of this month.

  1. We are the ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  2. One of us is Lying by Jaren M. McManus
  3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  4. The Circle by Dave Eggers

If I have time this month I would like to finish The Impossible Fortress and Twice Upon a Time.  That is if I have time. I am going on a little vacation and one of my books are due while I am on vacation. So I am hoping to finish that book before this weekend.

I am curious as to what books you are planning to read this month as well as what good books you have read last month. Let me know in the comments below. Until next time. Happy reading.

Last day for Bout of Books

Alright. I had every intention to make a daily update, but that did not happen. My schedule was really weird this week, but it was lighter than most weeks. This coming week is insane. I am working from 7:30 in the morning to 6:30 at night. I am just sitting here looking at my schedule going, well my break was nice while it lasted.

In the course of the week, I did get to read two books. In reality, I did read two episodes of the serial book that I am reading. I did get to read part of a comic, and some more from another book (Every Heart A Door).

In challenge wise, I was able to do most of the challenges. It was not that bad. I ended up doing day’s one challenge on day one without even realizing it, and day 2 focus on 2017 goals. The only challenge that I did not participate in was the poetry spine challenge. I just did not want to reorganize my shelves after that challenge. As it stands, I still have to clean up from the Winter Booktubeathon challenges. Four out of five challenges completed, not bad. I am really happy with the success with some of these challenges.

In the end, considering how my week went last week, I am really glad about how everything turned out. I know that I would normally talk about my next steps, but today, I just want to bask in the glory of actually trying and feeling good about what I have accomplished. I really do want to enjoy more out of life, and taking a step back and doing something for the fun of it, not for the success is a huge deal. Believe it or not, it was really hard to do. I never realize how much my happiness and my self-worth was tied to being successful and getting everything done and having it be perfect. It was nice to hold myself back and to tell myself that I had to enjoy what I am doing, I have to be happy. that was a huge learning experience for me.

I will see you this weekend. Until then, happy reading!

24 Hour Dewey Readathon – October 2016

Let me be real here. It was not one of my best readathon outcomes. I was only able to finish a book, and on top of that, I felt as though I failed. Though I am happy with my response on Twitter, and how everyone was helping me feel good about myself. Even though I was not able to do any of the challenges, or get many pages read, I was still able to enjoy the book that I finished.

  • Which hour was most daunting for you?

Almost all of it. I was mainly only able to read in the afternoon to early evening. By the time 10:00PM hit, I was so tired from my week, I had to go to bed.

  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
  1. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
  2. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

I really don’t. I feel kind of bad not being able to participate in it as much as I was planning on to in the beginning of this month.

  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Honestly, I felt as though I am not qualified to answer this question. I was not able to participate in it as much as I was planning to.

  • How many books did you read?

Let me be honest, I was able to finish a book. About 250 pages.

  • What were the names of the books you read?

I finished How to Hang a Witch by Ariana Mather.

  • Which book did you enjoy most?

The only one I finished. Which I am glad, because thinking about it, it would have been disappointing if I didn’t enjoy the book.

  • Which did you enjoy least?

Luckily none.

  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I would love to participate in next year’s readathon. I believe that I will just stick to a participant reading their books. I am not sure what the next readathon will bring, and I do not want to put too much on my plate.

That is my Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon experience. I am not sure what the next few months will bring. Things have been super crazy at home. In addition, I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. Why? I am not entirely sure, but I will be happy if I could get to 25,000 words instead of the 50,000 words that are required by the end of the month of November. I am planning on getting ahead of some blogging to make up some of those weeks that I will be focusing on the writing challenge.

That is all folks. I will see you soon. Happy reading!

A Super Halloween 2016 TBR

I am really stoked. I have a lot planned for the month of October. There are two readathons that I am hoping to participate, and a TBR that I have been planning since August. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s quickly do a wrap-up for the month of September.

September was an interesting month. I was able to read a total of 13 books, but I only read one book that was on my TBR. In addition, I was able to complete the challenge for the TBR jar. Instead of reading The Little Prince, I read a few books written by Beatrix Potter. So in one way, it was a good month. All the books I have read, have been pretty good. Below is the list of all the books that I have read in the month of September.

  1. Princess are Not Perfect by Kate Lum
  2. Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert
  3. The Big Blue Spot by Holwitz Peter
  4. Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
  5. Willie Wins by Almira Astudillo Gilles
  6. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
  7. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  8. Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham
  9. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
  10. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
  11. The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
  12. Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee by Mark A. Cooper
  13. Remade: Shadows and Dreams by Matthew Cody

Now for October’s TBR. I am planning on making this month a spooky Halloween theme. Even if the book just has your usual witches, goblins, ghosts, and other paranormal fun, the idea is to read a book that is in the spirit of Halloween. Even my TBR challenge jar will participate in this theme. The challenge of this month is to read a book I should have read in high school. This was a hard challenge to complete because I read all the books that our teacher assigned to us. However, I decided to be a bit creative since my class was not able to read our “traditional” Shakespear book when I was in 11th grade. So, let’s begin with this TBR.

  1. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mathers
  2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  3. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
  4. Foretold by Carrie Ryan
  5. A Madness so Discrete by Mindy McGinnis
  6. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  7. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  8. The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby
  9. MacBeth by William Shakespeare – the TBR challenge book
  10. Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – Can we count mythology? There are monsters in mythology.

I am a bit excited for this month’s TBR list. I am also a bit afraid that I will not be able to complete it. I usually don’t do scary books. I am willing to try it, and figure Halloween is the best time to get into the spirit. I do have some other books on reserve if I cannot handle the scariness but still follow under the Halloween umbrella. Those books are…

  1. How to Train Your Dragon – again with the mythical beast.
  2. Rebel of the Sands – apparently there is magic
  3. Heir Apparent
  4. This Savage Song
  5. Finish the Unwanted series.
    1. The Island of Legends
    2. The Island of Shipwrecks
    3. The Island of Graves

We will see what this month will bring.

As I have mentioned before, there are two readathons that I will be participating in this month. The first one is the Fright Fall Readathon. that will be happening from October 3rd to October 9th. The theme is to read scary books. The second readathon is the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon on the 22nd of October.

What are your plans for the month of October? Are you planning on reading any scary books? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, happy reading!

August Wrap-up & September TBR 2016

August was a pretty good month. I was able to read about 10 books. That is not bad. I am happy with the books that I have read, and I am looking forward to the books that I will be reading for this month. I was able to complete my challenge for the month of August, but not with the books that I planned on using. I ended up reading Saga Volumes 1 – 4. All of those books took one day to read.

I was planning on making this month be a theme, but that did not work. Instead, I am going to be reading books that have interested me, or that I need to finish. The challenge that I got for September was to read a book that was published before I was born. So here is the TBR.

  1. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin – This book is a bit darker than I thought it would be. It has its intense moments. I will say that I am stoked in having a stong, kickass physically disable main character.
  2. Saga Vol. 5
  3. Blood and Snow #3 and 4 – I have to finish the thrid part and start the fourth. The books are not that long, they are now becoming teadious.
  4. Cress by Marissa Mayers – I have started this book, and I need to end it. I am getting to a very intense part of the book, and I am just not ready for all the feels.
  5. Afterworlds by Scot Westerfield – This book is huge and heavy. I am not sure if I will be able to carry it with me. But I would love to try and read this book.
  6. Ember in the Ashes – I cannot remember when I started this book, but I think it is high time that I pick it back up and finish it.
  7. The Little Prince – my challenge book.

That is my TBR for the month of September. I am hoping that I will be able to stick to it better than August. Until next time, happy reading!

July Wrap up and August TBR

July was a really good month in reading. I did a lot of catch up with my Goodreads yearly reading, thanks to Booktubeathon. I also completed the challenge this month during Booktubeathon.

I read a total of 18 books, maybe 17. This equates to 3,922 to 39720 pages read. I am really happy with the outcome of this month and all the reading that I was able to accomplish. Now one of the books is really weird. It is a series of books within a series. In doing some research with the most recent book that I am reading, I have discovered that books one through four are all part of the first “book.” I do not know how else to word it. On one had Goodreads does recognize the first book as an individual book but at the same time part of a compilation.

Moving onto August. I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do since we are getting towards the end of summer and starting with school in a few weeks. On one hand I am ready for school to start, but on the other hand, I still want a little bit more time to relax and enjoy the summer weather.

The challenge that I get to achieve this month is to “read a book in one day”. I am looking forward to this challenge since I have completed it before.

  1. I do want to finish the Blood and Snow series by RaShell Workman. I have left
    1. The Revenant in Training
    2. The Vampire Christopher
    3. Blood Soak Promises
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling
  3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K Rowling
  5. Flunked by Jen Calonita

I am thinking of doing  The Vampire Christopher as my book in one sitting. Almost all the other books I have started but I have never finished, and it is time for me to finish them.I can tell you that I am excited to start and finish The Cursed Child.

What are your reading plans for the month of August? Do you have any fun adventures planned for the last few days left of summer (or winter)? Let me know down below.

Have a great week and I will see you next time. Happy reading!