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!

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Gobble-up Books Readathon Update

To tell you the truth, I am not doing to0 well on this readathon. For those of you are participating, I am sorry. The first two days have been crazy. Wednesday was a bit crazy. In the beginning, I forgot, and my the time I remember it was too late. I was trying to balance work, NaNoWriMo, and celebrating Thanksgiving with my dad. Looking back I could have easily done some sprints inthe afternoon, but I just got caught up in writing that I actually forgot to set up some sprint times. As for Thursday, just Thanksgiving took over. It was a good thing that I was planning on not making thanksgiving a big day, but I never planned on just ignoring it.  I was not planning on spending the whole day in the kitchen making Thanksgiving dinner, that in and of itself threw me off.

I do hope that yesterday was better. I tried to fit in more reading sprints and make it a bit more fun. Looking back, it might not have been what I have planned, but it did work out a lot better than I expected. And today, I am making some adjustments to what I have learned from yesterday. Though I will admit that the times will slightly change.

I know that I claimed that the reading sprints for today will be 8AM, 12PM, 3PM, 6PM, and 9PM. I accidently overslept today and it threw off everything. So the new times are 1PM for 10 minutes. 4PM for 30 minutes, and 7PM for 30 minutes. I will also have another sprint at 7:45PM for 15 minutes. Depending on how my headache is doing, I might add another one around 9 or 10PM. My sister supposes to be doing a parade around 5PM. I will see what will need to be done. I might end up going to the parade, or I might end up watching my grandma. I am not sure what we are going to do. I do have plans on still being able to host the sprints no matter what happens.

As for reading. I haven’t done terribly. Out of the four challenges, I did complete two. I finished a DNF book and I was able to finish a book under 200 pages yesterday. The is good. The book that I started with this readathon, is not really hooking me. I feel a little left out because the book is so hyped up that I am sitting here wondering what am I missing? The books that I did do yesterday was Junie B., First Grade Cheater Pants and I finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I still have two more books to go and two more days left of this readathon.

As for those of you who are participating. How is the readathon working out for you? How many books have you finished? Are you having fun?

Well, I have to go. In about 10 minutes we will have another reading sprint on both Facebook and Twitter. See you there and happy reading!

2016 October Wrap-up and November TBR

I know it is a little late to post a TBR, but I had my list of books that I was planning on reading for the month of November. Somehow I made my November a really busy. Then my November has become crazy with a lack of inspiration. I know that everyone is feeling the shock of Trump being the US President-elect, but for me, there is some strange land of hope with all the protests that are happening around my area.

Let me get back on track and focus on Books. October was a decent month of reading. I did not get all that I hope and dreamed of reading. Which is sad, but the books that I did read I enjoyed. There was a few book that did weird me out. The book that I did read was:

The Midnight Horse – this was a book that we were reading in the classroom. It sounds interesting, but the book is boring.  I am hoping that we will not read it again next year. Don’t get me wrong. The book wasn’t bad, it was just boring and uneventful. I ended up giving this book two out of five stars on Goodreads.

Saga Vol. 5 – I had to finish this book before I turned it into the library. I did give this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. I still do not know what to make of the series. The artwork is beautiful.

Becasue of Mr. Terupt – I was using this book to help me control my math group for one of my jobs. It was working until the end when the kids lost interest because they decided to get the book at the library themselves and read ahead. I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. This is a beautifully well-written book. I do recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who want to share a wonderful and magical book with a young person in their life.

The Doll Grave Yard – This book was creepy and good at the same time. I am so glad that I read it. I do have plans on writing a full review soon.

Two Bad Mice, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and Benjamin Bunny –  I do not know what to say. I guess that I had such high expectation from these books and to say that I am shocked is a bit of an understatement. Most of the shock I realize comes from the fact that the cultural difference between the early 1900’s and now. There are so many things that I am having a hard time seeing being okay in today’s world. Some of these books were also slow and bit farfetched.

How to Hang a Witch – Just click on the link to see the full review. 

Now onto my November TBR. Please understand that I made this list in the beginning of this month, and some of these books I have read. In addition to finishing my October challenge, I will also try to complete my November challenge. The challenge for November is to read a book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF. I hope boss works here because I chose to read The Outsiders. It is a book she is trying to get our kids interested to be reading in class. Now onto my TBR list for November.

  1. MacBeth – October Challenge
  2. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor – finished
  3. The Dragon Rider – finished
  4. The Neptune Project – I have started
  5. The Outsiders – November Challenge

Ontop of that do have a readathon that I am planning on doing this month. Gobble-up-Books Readathon is taking place November 23 to November 27. It is around America’s Thanksgiving. I will be posting more information about the readathon in the comming week.

That is it for this wrap-up and TBR. I do hope that you enjoyed post and that your weekend has been a good one filled with adventure and fun.

Until next time. Happy reading!

 

 

Halloween Book Tag

Thanks to the wonderful internet, I was able to find this gem of a tag right before Halloween. I had all plans on finishing this post sooner, but trick-or-treater were comming to the door and I needed to see everyone’s costume. So without futher ado, let us begin.

1. Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?

I have a feeling that this is becoming my go-to book on anything about what I hate. Sadly it is because I had such high hopes and expectations and to be disappointed so badly at the end was beyond frustrating.  The only thing that I would need would be a physical copy of the book so that I could carve it up and light it on fire. That book is Perfectly Dateless.

2. Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Even though I am choosing this character as a treat, in his own right he is also a trick. However, I just love this character to bits, and comic relief is always perfectly times. The character that I am choosing as a treat is Brain from the 80AD series. This 10-year-old thief, can win everyone’s heart, and his smarts and wit can outshine every bad situation.

For my trick, I am going to go with Julian from Wonder and Wonder and Me. He was the most heartless annoying kid to ever exist in real life.

3. Candy corn- what book is always sweet?

Originally, I almost copped out and choose Harry Potter, but then I got to thinking and realize that I have several books that I love and enjoy. One of them being the 80AD series. However,m the biggest book that I find sweet is Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patrica Polacco. That book always makes me tear up at the end, and I just love sharing it with students of all ages.

4. Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

I am not sure who I would want to visit me as a ghost. I have a list of people that are good potential, but the more that I think about it the more I realize that I do not want to be visited. I am not in the mood for some otherworldly visitors.  However, with deep consideration, I would love to be visited by some of the characters from the Imaginarium Geographica series by James A. Owen. Though if I would choose one, I would choose Tummler. I just love that little badger and would love to see him light up as I take him on an adventure in our present day world.

5. Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?

There are a lot of characters that I would love to be for a day. Many of them, you would discover are very strong female characters like Professor McGonagle and Agnieszka. Mainly, I just want to be a powerful female with magical abilities.

6. Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

I have two favorite moments in the series. The first is when Harry is connecting with Sirrus Black at the end of The Prisoner of Azkaban. I really love that scene and it is heartbreaking because Harry is given the opportunity to leave the Dursley’s and to live with a person that loves him. My second favorite scene is when Professor McGonagle tells Peeves to turn the bolts the other way. The line, “It’s the other way Peeves.” was just as shocking to me as it was to Harry in the middle of the fifth book. This was the scene that redeemed the fifth book. I was so upset when it was not in the movie.

7. Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

To tell you the truth I did not take a large break from this book, but I did have to modify when I could read the book since it did affect me that much. The book that I am talking about is The Call. Even though that book is good, it is still bloody and gory. There are parts of that book that will give your nightmares’ nightmares.

There is one book that I am currently taking a break from. That is the Titanic Young Survivors Stories. That book is just too depressing.

That is the end of the book tag. I do hope that everyone is having a fun, safe, and dry Halloween.

Until next time. 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!

October 2016 Bookly Box Unboxing

This box is a little bittersweet. Bookly box has made some huge changes and they will be sending hardcover books next month. However, to do so they had to get rid of a couple of their boxes, and one of the boxes that they are getting rid of is the children’s box. This will be the last Children’s box unboxing. Let’s get started.

I was really happy to see that we were helping a country that I could pronounce its name and relativity knew where it was located. This month we were helping those in Liberia. Some of the facts that were given were really surprising like schools being shut down due to the Ebola virus. It was also interesting to see that less than 1/2 of the country is literate. I also found it interesting that unlike the other two cards, this card has a caution triangle on.

After I took the bag out of the box, I grabbed my two tea bags from the book bag. This month I got Calm Chamomile and Sweet Cinnamon Spice. I am just continuing on with my tea bag collection.

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The next few items that I took out were promotional. We got the bookmark, which the theme of the bookmark was cool. I really did like the quote. I also got a 20% off on Accessories from Bookly Box. However, I am not sure if you would be able to use the code since it requires you to log onto their website platform. If you can, here you go.

The next two items that I pulled out of the bag were the fun items. The first item that I pulled was the stretchable bookmark that has the finger pointing to where you are reading. I tried to use this bookmark with the paperback, and it kind of destroyed the book, it is an item that works with only hardcover books. the next item we got was a USB light. I was a bit confused as to why we were getting another light so soon after receiving the booklight in the August box. However, this light does work very well and I have used it as a light for my laptop’s keyboard. The only complaint that I have is that you cannot change the bulb of the light. I was also not thrilled with the color choice, but I decided that functionality needed to win.

The last item that I took out of the bookbag was the book. This month we got The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke. The premise of the book is a young girl who discovered that she is a mutant that can live in the sea, thanks to a government project, allowing her to live underwater and to communicate with dolphins. Since finding out about the project her and a group of other mutants now have to discover this underground city before a group of people take them away and experiment on them. This book seems really interesting, and I cannot wait to start reading this book next month.

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That my friends is the unboxing. I am a bit more impressed with this month box than the last one.  If you are interested, you can also get a Bookly Box with a recurring 10% discount on your purchase with the code SUPERBOOKWORM.

As a whole with the subscription, I have been impressed. I will admit that it is different than Owlcrate and it does take a bit to get use to. I do feel as though Bookly Boxes bookish items are more pratical than Owlcrates. Owlcrate tends to have bookish wear and nicknacks while Bookly Box has items to help you critically think and understand the book that they gave you. Unlike Owlcrate, in wich they give you hardcovers of the most anticipated books, Bookly box does support more of your unknown authors. I am not sure what is going to happen with the update, but there is talk of them switching from paperback to hardcover. I will admit that I was dissapoitned at first when I recieved a paperback book, but now I am perfecty okay with it, and I do not care that it is paperback. I will also admit that I am perfectly happy that this bookish subsription box is a charitable box, and they do work with Books for Africa to help bring more books into those improvish areas. They do keep a tally mark on how many books they help raised to be sent to that area.

The one thing that I am a bit upset about is the big update. With this big update they did get rid of the children’s box, as well as raising the subscription price by about $5.00. In the end, with out the discount, the supsription is more than Owlcrate, $33.99 plus shipping. Right now they are having a sale and the box is 26.99. With the 10% discount (not the sale) it is $30.60 plus the shipping (which comes to about $36.60). Owlcrate is $30.00 plus the shipping.

That is my take on the Bookly Box subscription.I am not sure what my plans are for next moth, I do want to see the big update change, so that means I have to pick another genre and I am having a hard time choosing between Scifi and Fantasy. We will see next month in my decision.

In case I do not make anther post, I do want to wish everyone a fun and safe Halloween. Things have been a bit crazy at home with my grandma being under hospice care, and balancing three jobs. I hae just been under a lot of emotional stress. Part of me just wants to take a day off and get away from it all. These subscription boxes, as well as talking to all of you have brought in some light in some emotional tuberulant times. I just want to thank you for everything.

Until next time. Happy reading!

 

Bookly Unboxing – September 2016

Alright. I know it is quite soon for another unboxing, but I am behind on my posts, and I wanted to take the time to catch up. Though the book How To Hang a Witch is nearby and tempting me as well as the Alexander Hamilton Soundtrack. Let us move on to the unboxing.

The first thing that I saw when I opened the box was the card of who we were helping and the Bookly Box Bag. This month we are helping those in Beitbridge, Zimbabwe get books and a public library.

This month, I enjoyed our fun bookish items. For this month we received a notebook and a pen. What was great was that it was another quill pen, but in a different color. I was thinking of getting another one, but getting one in this box was great, and I do like the color choice. I feel as though the black pen will not get as dirty as the white one.

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Of course, we got the standard bookmark. I do like the quote, but I am not sure if it is a theme for this month, or if it was just chosen to be placed on a bookmark. The quote does not match the book. It is still a great quote. It states, “Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

The box also comes with two tea bags. Not being a tea drinker I need to come up with a plan on what I am going to do with these tea bags. Maybe I will bring them to work and try them out then.

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The last item was the book. This month we got Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee. I will be posting a review of the book soon. The one thing that I will remark is that I do love the binding of this book. I feel as though all paperbacks should be bound up like this.

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I will admit that I enjoyed the bookish items more than the book. I do appreciate that Bookly Box gives out a variety of books and giving the unknown authors a chance to shine.

That is it, folks. I know that this is a very small box, but I enjoy its short and sweetness. I am very interested to see what will be happening next month.

If you are interested, you can also get a Bookly Box with a recurring 10% discount on your purchase with the code SUPERBOOKWORM.

I do hope that you enjoyed this unboxing and I will see you soon. Happy reading!