Day 2 Booktubeathon 2017

How did my day go?…. Let’s us be real, I did calculate that I have three hours of reading time today. However, I did complete the Instagram challenge last night, so that made it 4 hours. How much reading did I get done?… Well, I did complete one challenge, and I read about 114 pages from Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.

So what challenge did I complete? I did the reading outside challenge. I was under a shady tree with my sunglasses on. Not my preferred reading style, but it had to be done. I did better today than I thought I would. The two books that I completed and read were The Book No One Ever Read and Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure. I gave both books a three out of five stars. Both books just lacked depth. The Book that No One Ever Read, felt like it missed an ending. I would go more into details about it, but I do not want to spoil the book. In the Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack, I just felt it lacked a story line. You had the same characters from the previous stories and books, but it was not as magical or as fun as those other books.

So what are my plans for tomorrow? Well, I got news from my boss and she is giving me the afternoon off. Which is good. Instead of working two hours in the morning I will be working three, which equates to an additional hour of reading. I will also not be picking my sister up, which is giving me more time in reading. So what do I want to do with all that extra time?

If I do not finish Juniper Lemon tonight, I will finish that tomorrow. In addition, I am planning on reading The Dark Prophecy tomorrow. I just got the audio book of it, so that will put me in a head start with reading it and getting those pages read. This is good. I am hoping to at least finish two books tomorrow. If I manage to get all that reading done, and I still have more time, I would also like to start The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I also have that book as an audio book. Which means I can utilize my time a bit better and organize my day to support all the work that I need to get done.

However, I was hoping to get my Instagram challenge for tomorrow done. It was nice getting it done a day early. That gave me an additional hour of reading in today. However, I ended up using that time sorting Legos. I still have a lot to sort, but I can leave that for next week, and get all the reading done. I did the important sets that had to be completed now.

But before I had to go and get ready for work tomorrow, I wanted to show you my entry for Booktubeathon. Today’s challenge was to show the world your favorite classic. I really do like this photo, and I found it a bit more fun and creative than what I did in the last one. I hope that you will enjoy it too.

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But before I go, I do want to ask you, if you are participating in Booktubeathon, how are you doing? Have you completed any of the challenges? If so which ones? Are you enjoying any of the books that you have chosen to compete for this readathon?

Until next time. Happy reading!

Booktubeathon Day 1!

I cannot believe that we are almost done with day one of Booktubeathon. Strangely, I am only an hour behind my schedule time. I am extremely proud of myself. I have finished one book, 18% of another, and in 30 minutes I will be also to start the Spiderwick Chronicles. The book that I got to finish was The Time Machine, and I was able to start listening to More Than This.  I am hoping to keep this pace up and to continue reading.

For tomorrow I am thinking of continuing listening to More Than This and I might read Sorta Like a Rock Star. I am not sure. I know the book is due soon, so I should finish that, but I also want to get started on some of the other books on my TBR. We will see what I feel like reading tomorrow.

Now onto the review. I have decided to keep the format that I did with Everland. I feel like that this format is simpler. I will admit that there will be some SPOILERS. There is no way around it since these spoilers are what helped influenced my rating.

13706928_120120881758330_1698675885_nThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells. This book completes the challenge of reading a book that is older than you.

Rating – I really wish that Goodreads allowed half and partial ratings. For if I was to honestly rate this I would go about giving it 3.5 stars out of 5. Instead, I deiced to go with 4 out of five stars. I ended up liking this classic a bit more than some of the other classics that I have recently read, which helped it gained a .5 star rating.

Summary – This book is about a scientist adventure into the far future with his time machine.

Pros – There were so many things that I truly enjoyed about this book. One, I learned a lot about the past. I did not know that there were portable cameras in late 1800, let alone Kodaks. I thought the type of cameras that existed back then were your old fashion still cameras. The big bulky ones on the side here. I also enjoyed the dual perspectives of the story, like a story within a story. It was nice to see someone else’s view on the accounts that the time traveler told. Finally, I enjoyed the theme about the nature of man and how our choices affect our future. It was somewhat similar to the Jekyll and Hyde in the idea of the two sides of what a man is. I really enjoyed how it is making me think, and wonder how far are we to the society that H.G Wells wrote about.

Cons (yes there are spoilers)- I do have a couple of cons that annoyed me at the end of the book. They are related to each other. The fist annoyance that I had was our Time Travelers lack of thinking, whether it was taking stupid risky moves (like going down a scary dark pipe after everyone tells you not to) to freaking out the inhabitants. It annoys me so much that he sees himself as so much more superior to these inhabiants but he makes these stupid decisions that can cost lives. In addition, he also just stupidly goes back after his near death encounter without a thought on how he can change his device so that the same problem won’t happen a second time. The other thing that annoyed me was that he forgot to bring stuff to help him document his trip, like a camera, or a paper and pen. How are you a scientist and still lack the proper equipment to help prove your case? Finally, we also have those “convenient” moments.  During one of our stupid reckless trips, our scientist discovered that he only had four more matches left and realize that he was recklessly using supplies that he should have saved. Later on, he goes into a museum and discovers matches! How convenient is that?

Recommendations – I will admit that I am being a bit bias and recommending this book to everyone for the sake of curiosity. I really want to know what is your take on this classic. On one hand, I did enjoy the adventure and  the ideas that the book provided. I enjoyed the fact that the book made me think about what is humanity and how our choices can effect that meaning of humanity. On the other hand, the conveniences, at the end of the book, were a bit annoying.

That is my review of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. My friends, the sun has finally set and it is time to start reading the after sunset book. I will see you tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening. Happy reading!

For the Love of Classics TBR 2016

I cannot believe that this readathon is just around the corner. I felt like it was yesterday when I was planning this and thought, yeah, great weekend idea. With only five days left, I have decided to get ready and to create a TBR for this readathon. Let’s begin!

I have set up some challenges. And here they are for review.

  1. To read at least one old classic book
  2. To read at least one modern classic book
  3. To listen to a classic book
  4. To read at least four classic books in five days.
  5. To have fun!

Here are the books that I am planning on reading.

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly – This is only of my many old classic books. I have read parts of this books for a class that I took in college. After I read the parts that I needed to read for class, I became a little curious about reading the whole book.
  2. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Again, this is another old classic that I will be reading. However, I believe that this is a reread (again from that same class) and, I have performed a play version of this so there are times where I mix the book and the play together. This will be interesting.
  3. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells – Again, this is another old classic that I had to read parts of for that class I took in college. I am looking forward to this book since finishing the Imaginarium Geographica series.
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I have the audio version of this book and I am a little skeptical about reading it. I have heard mix views on this books. On one hand, I have heard nothing but great things, but at the same time, I have heard nothing but bad things.
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – This book will be a reread and I am trying to currently listen to the book. However, the audio book is just frustrating me, so I might switch to reading this book.

I am looking forward to this readathon and please comment below for your plans for next weekend. What are you planning on reading? You can let me know of Facebook and Twitter with #classiclove2016.

Can’t wait to see you next time. Happy Reading!

For the Love of Classics Readathon

I have decided why not and make plans for this special holiday weekend. Originally I was supposed to watch my grandma, but it looks like she will not be out of the convalescent home.  I am not sure what is going on, and what plans my mom has for me that weekend, but I have decided that it is important to plan for something fun. That is where this readathon takes place.

I have realized that I sorely lack in the department of classic literature, and decided that I need a bit of class. A whole entire weekend devoted to just reading classics, whether it’s modern or old classics. I understand that the term “classic” is very broad and tends to be discussed/ debated in the literary world. Here I will define classics as books that demonstrate enduring quality/qualities that have withstood the test of time. Generally, for me, that author has to be dead, and the book about 25 plus years old and still being popularly sold. Modern classics are authors that are alive with books that are about 10 plus years old whose books are still being popularly sold.

The dates for this readathon is February 11th at 12:00 AM to February 15th at 11:59 PM. You can follow me on facebook and Twitter. I am planning on doing a couple of reading sprints. As I have mentioned before, the whole purpose of this weekend is to try to read as many classics as possible. But here are a few challenges to get everyone revved up.

  1. To read at least one old classic book
  2. To read at least one modern classic book
  3. To listen to a classic book
  4. To read at least four classic books in five days.
  5. To have fun!
I hope that you will be joining me that weekend. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and to know what your plans are. Until next time, happy reading.

Around the World in 80 Day – The Review

Not only was this book part of my TBR challenge, I also used it for the Cram-a-thon last weekend. I am glad that I have read the book, but even more so that I finished it. I do want to apologize. There will be spoilers. I also want to apologize if I offend anyone.

Around The World in 80 Days, by Jules Vern, is about a classic English Gentleman, name Phileas Fogg, who travels around the world in a set amount of time for a bet.

I gave this book two out of five stars on Goodreads. I will admit that I am not a huge fan of the classics, however I do have some books that are my favorite that are classics. In addition, I will admit that I did go into this book with high expectations due to the fact that this was the book that help put Vern on the map for great authors during that time. I gave this book the following rating for the reasons below.

Let’s start with the reasons why I did not like this book. First of all, all the characters are flat and two-dimensional. There is little to no growth for our characters. Fogg just had a means to get to an end, and everyone else was just there along for the ride. There were a few things that I did expect because of the time period of the novel. I did expect some sexism and racism, and was not surprise that Aouda (are only female) had little to no speaking parts, let alone was labeled as a thing to be rescued. Another thing that I did not like was the writing. I felt that the writing was flat and boring. The book is written as event one happen than another. There were little to no details about the views that our characters were seeing, experiencing, feeling, or about other people. If you do get details about other people, it is mainly because an event is going to happen that surrounds that person. Even then, not everyone is described. For example, I got excited over the fact that we finally got a detailed description of a person that Fogg was fighting with in San Francisco, only to find out that we got to see that person later on. I also felt like I turned in a paper similar to this writing format and I received a C on it. I was very surprised that this was the book the put Jules Vern on the map. I also felt like nothing was believable. I understand that technology has improved in the 142 years since the book has been published. I just felt that the events that happened in the story would not even happen in real life. Almost everything went according to plan for Mr. Fogg. Even in today’s world, we still plan for delays and cancellation of flights and such nots. Even in our best of planning, we still don’t get what we want. I was also surprised in how Mr. Fogg was a void towards emotions throughout the book until the end. No matter what delay our party experienced, everyone was worried for the exception of Mr. Fogg. He claimed it was all “a part of his plan.” You planned for a bunch of Native Americans to invade a train while you were about to start a fight? Who plans for that? It is equivalent to any one of us planning for a hijack airplane. What do you do to prepare yourself for such an event? And even more, Mr. Fogg was upset about being arrested, because that was the one thing he didn’t plan for. Really?  Another problem that I had, was the love interest that exist in the book. You never really got to see it developed, unless it was Aouda. I am still having a hard time believing that Mr. Fogg fell in love with this woman, and wanted to marry her.

Though the main reason why it grabbed that extra star was how the book made me think. Not just about the reality of this obscured fantasy, but what life was like during the late 1870’s. I was very surprised to see Vern writing about a cop drugging an innocent servant to keep Fogg from traveling around the world. In today’s world, the cop would be put under scrutiny with the media and the charges on Fogg and his servant would be dropped. I could not help but wonder how as well as why Vern would add that in his story. Were cops under the scrutiny of the media and public for the same reasons ours are?

To end this lovely review I will say if you are not into classics, this is not the book for you. I am actually not going to be recommending this book to anyone. I was not a fan of this book. I do not regret reading this book, but I am not going to let everyone else waste their time with it either. If you have read the book please let me know what you thought about the book in the comments below.

Thank you for everything. I do hope that your weekend went perfectly. See you next time and happy reading!