Day 1 of Booktubeathon 2017

Alright… To tell you the truth the first day did not go as planned. I accidentally slept in and when I tried to listen to the book I was reading last night, I discovered I did not have the internet, which meant that I could not download the book onto my iPod. Which meant I was behind on my reading. I was hoping to finish Serafina and the Black Cloak on my way to work and start Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. I was even hoping to be almost done with that book today.

Sadly, that did not happen. I spent 30 minutes uploading pictures of my camp for work, ate lunch, then I actually spent the hour working on my Instagram challenge. I then spent about an hour reading, in which I was able to finish Serafina and the Black Cloak and start Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. About an hour later, I decided that I should get a bit more work done, so I decided to sort Lego. I did not continue reading or switched books at that time.

However, I can claim that I did finish one book (about 30 pages) and read about 94 pages in another. That is not bad. Not what I expected, but it was still good, and I still got some reading done.

In addition, my picture for the first challenge did not go as planned. The first Instagram challenge was to finish a book cover. I can tell you that I was not happy with it when I posted it, but I was running out of time, and I wanted to get back to reading. To stay on top of my schedule that I had set up for myself. I must say that I am grateful for all the likes. It made me realize that I did do a good job on the challenge. I was just being hard on myself. I know that it is not perfect, but it is decent and it does look like it can go with the rest of the book.


So what are my plans for tomorrow? I would like to finish Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.  I can easily do that while I am eating lunch and doing the Instagram challenge if I can get ahold of the audio book. Do the reading the books outside challenge. That can be completed after work and before I pick my sister up. I am also hoping to start either The Girl who Drank the Moon or The Dark Prophecy. I am hoping to get a bit more reading in tomorrow. This is funny since I have less time to read.

So wish me the best luck in my endeavors. I am also hoping the very best for yours.

If you are participating in this readathon let me know down below. How are you doing? Have you completed any challenges yet? And what is your game plan for tomorrow?

Until tomorrow. Happy reading!

Now it is off for those of us to save Ariel and Kristina from the Demon that has kidnapped them both on Twitter.


Bout of Books update Day one and two

I know that I am a bit behind, but I am participating in the Bout of Books readathon. Sadly my first day I did not get any reading done. I have really no excuse as to why I did not read. I was not working that day. I had the whole entire day to read. I just did not feel like reading. I will be honest, and admit that I was not feeling well, but that usually does not affect my mood in reading. I am just a little burnt out from last year with all the last minute reading that I did to make sure that I was able to get to my goal of 150 books.

I will also admit here that day two was the same as day one. I did not get any reading done.

As for the challenges for day one. I actually forgot that Bout of Books was happening until I receive the Twitter update. By then, I was out of the house helping my mom shop and get items for this weekend’s event. By the time we got home, it was a little late and all I wanted to do was to get to bed and sleep.

Hopefully, day three will be better. Technically I am not working in the morning so I could read for a few hours. Since I did borrow a lot of books from the library, I do want to read those books first. My plan is to read The Ms. Marvel comics volumes three through five over the next two days and hopefully finish Every Heart A Doorway by Friday.

That is my plan for the rest of Bout of Books. I will have an update tomorrow to let you know how everything is going.

I will see you next time. Until then, 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!

The Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 Update

Day one was interesting. I did not get a lot of reading done. It is my birthday today and I decided to spend time with family by going to see Finding Dory. However, I did get to finish Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (about 150 pages).  I will not write a review right now since I do want to think about it instead of just quickly writing one.

I have also decided to change my plans on what book I would read for the seventh challenge. I have just bought the ebook and audio book for the group read. I have never done the mix read that amazon promotes, where you can switch back and forth between the audiobook and the ebook. I would like to see how it work. Originally if I start with an audiobook I either end with an audio book or with the book itself. I do not switch between the two formats.

The other change that I will be making is for the challenge of reading a book with you favorite mythical creature/character. I have decided to change it to a reread, Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts. I feel like rereading that book more than continuing the Unwanted series. I am going to follow my desire and enjoy this readathon with a change of plans.

In short, I have finished one book, about 150 pages in total for this readathon. I am not sure what tomorrow will bring since it is the US Independence Day and I am planning on helping out with a pancake breakfast followed by some cat sitting and 4th of July festivities.

Day one and most of Day 2 of Holiday Booktubeathon

Day one was a little slow for me. I did finish one book. I finished The Frist Dragon by James A. Owen. Then I started Ungifted. However, due to the fact that I was celebrating Christmas with my dad, I spent most of the day with family. I only got 60 pages read with Ungifted. I believed that if I focused a bit more I would have gotten farther, but I needed that break between the two books.

Day two was a bit better. I still have some more reading to do, but I did finish Ungifted. I am debating which of the two books I want to pick up and read.

Other than reading, I still have some planning to do for tomorrow’s Lego class. In addition, I am going to a party in a half hour. I am not sure if I have any more time for reading. Let me show you all the challenges that I have completed in the past two days.

  1. Read a book with white on the cover
  2. Read a follow-up to something that I enjoyed this year
  3. Read a gift
  4. Read 3 books

With the challenges set up, here are a list of books that I am planning on reading during the Holiday Booktubeathon 2015.

  1. The First Dragon
    by James A. Owen. This book does not really fit any of the challenges. It does fit my TBR jar challenge and I do want to finish the book. I am about half way through.
  2. Ungifted by Gordon Karman. This covers that “Read a follow-up to something that I enjoyed this year.” Lately, I have been in a kick of kids doing some great stuff. This quirky book seems to fit right into what I feel like reading. In addition, I also bought this book for myself as a gift.
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This book takes care of two of the challenges. The version of the book that I have is white with the magician going between the red and gray London. I also got this book as a Christmas present to me.
  4. Ink and Bone by Rachel Cain. I borrowed this book from the library and it is due in a few days. I have gotten 10 pages done. It is time to start reading.

Writing 101 – Day 1

Why do you write? Write for 15 – 30 minutes.

I write because…

This month I will be tackling two projects. I will be participating in writing 101 and blogging 201. I do love being in the blogging university and getting a chance to see everyone’s response as well as a chance to interact with new people. It also forces me to gain better blogging habits and help me find ways to improve my writing and my blogging. I just wanted to let you know that there will be other posts beyond book and book reviews for the next month and a half.

For the first day in Writing 101, I am supposed to tell you why I write. I wish that I can give you a simple answer, or some inspiring quotes and ideas that will explain to you wy I write. The purpose of my writing and shared experiences. however, I am not that simple or perfect.

I write to improve myself. The idea of sharing ideas can be hard and I have dealt with most of my life being told that I am not a writer. That my writing sucks. That I cannot achieve my goals because of how bad I write. I cannot attain my dream job, being a teacher, due to my poor grammar and spelling skills. From a young age (3) to the day I stopped going to college (after I receive my BA) I was constantly told how bad my writing is. So I write to improve.

I write to improve my writing. To obtain my dreams and goals in life. To quiet the evil voices telling me that I am no good. To prove to myself that I am not only good but worthy.

So why a blog?

I blog to get feedback. As much as a journal will help me, grammar/spelling check does not give me enough feedback. to improve, one must seek others and be brave to front them and ask them for their honest opinions.

Why devote a blog to books and book reviews?

Well, I do better with a format/formula. Do A, B and C and my writing will be decent and better than average. My writing is focused, the spelling is decent, and the grammar is good. However, the moment that the formula disappears, I become lost and my writing shows it. Reviews provide an easy format for me to follow. However, the reality is, the reason why my blog is about books is because the opportunity presented itself. I wanted to track and share my experience while doing a readathon and blogging was the only way that I do share my experience anonymously.

End of the Year Reading Sprint – Day One

How did the first day of the End of the Year Reading Sprint went for you?

For me, it was not that bad. I was able to complete a book today and started completing another, and sadly discovered that I had to replace one of my book with another due to the fact that I lost my place in that book and just decided to reread the book later on next year.

The book that I got rid of is Defying Mars by Cidney Swanson and I am replacing it with Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn. As I mentioned earlier I lost my place in Defying Mars and discovered that I did not post where I was at on Goodreads. Due to the fact that I wanted to get a lot of reading done, I decided it was best for me to replace that book, than to spend a few hours trying to find my place. I also realized that I was not in the mood for a space adventure and wanted a little bit of the fairy tale adventure. So far Unenchanted is not disappointing. In fact, it has come to my senses that I do not know all of my Grimm Fairy Tales.

So in all, it was a good day. I have finished one book, The Sudarshana by Aiki Flinthart, and I am over half way done with another.  I am hoping that tomorrow if everything goes right I might be able to get two books done tomorrow. I would love to finish Unenchanted, which I have 82 pages left, and Lovestruck in London which I have 151 pages left.

I do hope that your first day went wonderfully well, and that you enjoyed all of your adventures. I look forward to many more sprints with you and a chance to share our adventures together. I also hope that your holiday season is going great. Happy Reading, and see you tomorrow.