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!

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Booktubeathon 2017 Wrap-up

In some ways, I am glad that Booktubeathon is over, and in some ways, I am missing the crazy hectic fun that happens in a week worth of reading and challenges. Some of the things that I am missing is the community as well as some of the crazy challenges. I know that I was really busy last week, but in the end, I am glad about all the I have completed.

In the end, I have read a total of 8ish book. If one of my books don’t count, I have seven. I had about 50 to 60 pages left of Serafina and the Black Cloak. Sadly, I was not able to finish that book before the readathon, but I did finish it Monday morning. I then read Juniper Lemon Happiness Index and finished that book on Wednesday. Tuesday, I also read and finished my books for outside, which was The Book That No One Ever Read and Click-Clack Quackity-Quack. After I finished Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index on Wednesday, I started The Apollo Trials – The Dark Prophecy, and I finished that book on Thursday.  I then complete;y read Thirteen Chairs on Friday. I did not accomplish much on Friday. I just did not feel like reading. The same could be said on Saturday. I believe that I was starting a reading slump around that time. Most of my Friday afternoon was also devoted to my sister’s crises. Starting around Thursday or Friday I started listening to the audio book for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I know I tried to read some pages from The Hate You Give. I know that I listen to 40 pages from The Girl Who Drank the Moon, and I read about 30 pages from The Hate You Give. As much as I was enjoying those two books, I was just not in the mood for them, so I switched it up with a middle grade. Saturday I started Story Thieves, and I finished that book on Sunday afternoon. I realize that with only a few more hours left in the day, I wanted another book, but it needed to be quick. I started a book in June and never finished it, so I quickly finished Face the Fire with an hour and a half left to spare. In total, I read 1,818 pages. Not bad, but it is not my best. In past Booktubeathons, I have managed to read over 2,100 pages. Between work and that mini reading slump, I am really happy with how much I have managed to complete. I am also happy that I was able to complete all of the challenges. For a while, I was afraid that I would not be able to complete them.

In total, I read 1,818 pages. Not bad, but it is not my best. In past Booktubeathons, I have managed to read over 2,100 pages. Between work and that mini reading slump, I am really happy with how much I have managed to complete. I am also happy that I was able to complete all of the challenges. For a while, I was afraid that I would not be able to complete them. Sadly, I did not get to do any of the video challenges. A lot of those challenges did not appeal to me. The one that did, is taking me a while to think about what I want to say and do. I would love to do a post on just that challenge.

To quickly end thing before I go, I do want to share with you some images that I posted throughout the week. These are mostly Bookstagram challenges, and some of those challenges you have seen. I did add some fun challenges that came from Twitter, like the scavenger hunt. That was a lot of fun. So sit back and relax, and enjoy the slide show of some fun adventures that I had last week.

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That is it, folks. I am sorry for the long post, but I do hope that you enjoyed it. I also hoped that those of you who participated in Booktubeathon you had a lot of fun. If you participated in any of the challenges, leave them down below. I would love to see what you did during the week of Booktubeathon. If you did not participate in any of the challenges, that is okay. Tell me down below how it went for you. Did you have fun? What books did you read? How many challenges did you complete? I really would love to know.

Until next time, happy reading!

 

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!