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!

2016 Wrap up and 2017 Resolutions

I am not sure what to say about 2016. In some ways, it was not my best year, and in others it was. This year, a lot of events, both positive and negative that has happened. There was a lot that I have gained and learned about myself and what I am looking for in life, and in this blog.

Just to recap here are my goals for 2016.

1) I would love to read 150 books this year. That is what I placed on Goodreads for my challenge, and for an added bonus I would love to see if I can get to 200 books. I am mainly focusing on getting to 150 books this year.

I was able to make it to the 150 bookmark. I barely made this mark. I believe I had about 24 left of the year when I finally reached 150 books. There was a lot that I have learned about myself with this kind of goal.

The first lesson was motivation. I actually had some pretty heavy reading slumps in 2016. Some of them I believe were created because I was so far behind in my Goodreads reading challenge goal. Not only that, but Goodreads reminded me constantly how far behind I was. In the beginning, I did the math. It was not that bad. I would have to read about 3 books a week, in order to achieve my goal. When I looked back at 2015 it was doable. I truly believe that I would be able to easily cover 3 books a week. I was even planning four books a week. It was almost completing a book ever other day. However, I never planned for the events in 2016 to affect my ability to read.

The second lesson that I learned, was that this goal affects what kind of book that I would read in 2016. This was the year of short books. I barely read anything over 300 pages. according to Goodreads, my shortest book was 23 pages, but my longest book was 667 pages, and that book was mostly in pictures. When you look into the average length of a book that I would read in 2016, it was 168 pages. Even though I was happy with some of the books that I have read, I was not happy with what I was reading. I felt that I wanted to read a longer book, but I was stopping myself from doing so in order to make it to that reading goal.

2)Similar to last year in having 1 post a week. I decided that I will be a bit more specific. If you do the math, that is 52 posts this year. With my unique wording, I was not sure if I succeeded or failed this resolution. However, this year it will not be the same. I would love to do at least one post a week with no more than two weeks of no posting in between. Meaning, that I can have a 2-week break, but no more between one post and the next.

Let me be honest here, I have failed this goal. Yes, I have made it to my goal of 52 blog post, but I did not post every week. To tell you the truth I am not counting the month of December. It took me a while, but in the month of December, I realize that I was failing in this goal because I was too busy trying to keep up with the previous one, the reading goal. In trying to balance the two, I realize that I was making the similar posts, and I got away to what this blog was really all about the book reviews.  That in itself was making me unhappy. Even though in 2016 I actually tried and did a lot of blogging, I just did not do my best blogging, and that is not okay.

3) I would also like to improve on my upkeep on both my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Unlike last year, I will add the stipulation that I need 1 additional post per week that is beyond my usual “Look What I  Have Posted On My Blog” posts. I will also give a two-week leeway, similar to my previous resolution.

I also failed this. I ended up putting too much on my plate in 2016, and this was not something that I was able to accomplish. I even added Instagram into the mix. As crazy as it is, I am enjoying the world of bookstagram. It is working out for mini reviews and showing what I am currently and actively reading.

4) I would love to cut down my DNF Pile. I have learned so much this year about my DNF pile. I would like to tackle this pile and make sure that it will be smaller than what it is right now, which is 10 books long.

Let us take a moment to die of laughter. No really take this time to laugh now.

2015/2016 me was adorable and had such good intentions and hopes for the coming year. but if I was, to be honest, I not only failed I epically failed this resolution. I am now currently reading 22 books on Goodreads, 20 of them I have at least DNF’d. Instead of cutting it down, I doubled that pile.

5) I would love to read one of my books from my Bucket List TBR.

This was an epic year for the Bucket List TBR. This year I have read two books and read half of a series from that list. I have taken care of The Time Machine, Because of Mr. Terrupt and two out of the four main books from The Lunar Chronicles (should I count six since there are two spin-off books?). In fact, I am on the third book. This is the one thing that I am proud of. I have really tackled that list.

So let us move on to 2017 resolutions.

  1. I want to read a review 50 books. I am taking on what I have learned from 2016 and going back to my roots. I want to read for the fun of it, and I also want to take the time to make reviews on the books that I read. I want to a have the fun and enjoy reading whatever kind of book that I want to read.
  2. Originally I wanted to put down that I wanted to have 100 blog posts, but I realize that is not what I want. I was to write good quality posts. I want to feel good and happy about the work that I publish. I am okay with the post that I made in 2016, but I just don’t want to feel okay. I want to feel good about what I publish, not just pride.
  3. I am keeping a resolution from last year. I do want to upkeep with my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Definitely, check me out and follow me. Hopefully, you too can help me keep my goal of doing at least one post a week on all three social media sites. Click on the links to see what I have been up too lately. Make suggestions there. I really do appreciate the feedback.
  4. I would like to read more books out of my Bucket List TBR. Even if it is one book, I would be really happy that I have worked on this. I do not care if I just finish Cress this year, it does mean that I am working on completing my reading bucket list.
  5. I want to enjoy more out of life. I realize that last year I was not happy because I felt trapped. I feel horrible saying this, but I felt trapped in helping my mom take care of my grandma. If I wanted to do something I would ask her, and then I would feel bad that I left her to go do something fun. It was this weird cycle where I felt selfish fo wanting to have some fun in my life. But this year I want it to be different. I want to enjoy more out of life. I want to be happy.

I realize that two of my resolutions I cannot measure, and I am not sure how to go about with the reflection on it, but if you have suggestions or questions that I can answer in both July and December of this year, that would be great. You can post them down below.

I hope that you 2016 went well for you and that you are kicking 2017 in the butt.

I will see you next time. Until then, have some epic adventures and happy reading!

 

 

Owlcrate Unboxing April 2016

This month’s theme was Dystopia. I must say that this months box was one of the best boxes that I have received in a while. Other than the book, I enjoyed most of the items that were inside. So let’s begin.

The first item that I received was the card. For spoiler purposes, I will not post the back of the card right away, but I will post the front. I really did enjoy the image and I felt that it played into the theme very well. Defiantly a mix between Fahrenheit 456 and a few other dystopian novels.

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After that, the next item that I grabbed was a coaster from Evie Bookish. She is just a blogger with a few of her friends.

This coaster, however, is perfect! Not only do I need one for my room when I have water or cold drinks on the desk, but I love the design. It is absolutely gorgeous. I hate to tell you that I out of habit, I accidently used my poor sticky notes for 30 minutes when I had a cold drink in the room. Though I am getting used to using it now.

However, as a side note, even though the picture does not show it, my coaster was a little puffy. After the first use, it lost its puff. Is that normal? For those of you who have an Owlcrate, did you discover that after using the coaster? My coaster is still usable and it is still beautiful, I just found it weird that it lost its puff.

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Following that, was an item from the Geeky Cauldron. I was really stoked when I heard that there was another box when them participating in it. So far I have not been disappointed in it. It did not disappoint me yet. This month we got a Mocking Jay bracelet. I have worn it, and I can say that it is quite comfortable, however, I need to tighten some of the links in the chain. I had to do an impromptu fix while I was wearing it. Other than that, it is perfect and it goes with the arrow necklace, from Crystal Compas, that I received in October. In addition to the bracelet, I also got a 10% discount code. Just type in OWLCRATE to receive the 10%.

The next item I am not sure what I am really going to do with. It is a little notebook based off of George Orwell 1984. The notebook was interesting and I will find a use for it soon, but it is just something you have to check out. I have rarely seen notebooks with a table of contents, and a folder on the inside. In addition, the notebook is just the size of my hand, maybe slightly bigger.  Though I did love the quote in the back. When and if I read 1984, I might get the reference of the notebook.

The next item I got was a Katniss magnet. I am not sure what I am going to do with it since I do not own a fridge or anything magnetic to put it on, but I do love the artwork. This wonderful little piece came from HalfBoodPrints. It also came, with a coupon code for 30% off. Just type in THANKSYOU30 to get it.

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Before we move on, can I just mention that greatness of that title? I love it so much. It reminds me of Half-Blood Prince from Harry Potter.

Moving on. The next item I received was a vinyl decal from Shailey Ann Design. The design is from the Maze Runner. Again, this is another book that I have not read yet, but it sounds interesting. This was also one of the other items that I was not so big on. I really do not put stickers on anything. Though, the decal does look cool. What I did love was the instructions that were provided as well as a link and a 20% off future purchases. Just use the code OWLCRATE. I will admit that I have checked out her Esty store. I might actually break down and buy something. I am really liking a few of her items.

Second to the last item that I got from the box was a mini poster from The Star-Touched Queen. This was not in the letter/ postcard that I received from Owlcrate, however, it was in my box. I really liked the colors of this poster and was trying to figure out how to post it on my wall without ruining the book. I guess it is an add/ sponsor. If you ignore the back (the advertising), and just focus on the quote and picture, it is a great mini-poster. I will post the back in case you want to check out what it is all about.

Finally, the last item was the book with its wonderful letter and a mini poster.I will admit that I have never heard of this book, but after reading the synopsis, I am stoked and I cannot wait to read it. The book we received was Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. The story is about a young woman’s choice in a society where everything has to be perfect.This book does sound awesome, and I am stoked to be reading this book.

I do hope that you enjoyed this month’s Owlcrate unboxing. If you are interested you can order your own Owlcrate with the link that I provide you.

Let me know if you enjoyed this. I was not trying to promote any of the other sites. I thought it would be nice to provide the links in case you wanted to check them out further. Just to make your life easier. If you don’t like the links, please let me know in the comments below.

As always I will provide you with the shot of everything together and the back of the postcard. It is just a slide show, so just click on the box below. I do hope that you day will go wonderful and I will see you next time. Happy reading!

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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.

Halloween Booktag

The Questions
1. Favorite horror book?

Don’t have one since Horror is not my preferred genre for reading.

2. Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?

Like the person who came up with this tag, mine is a bit more vague. I am not sure which event scares me more, so I will put both of them down here. The first event that scares me is when i fell like the book is coming to a nice close only to discover that I still have 50 plus pages left in a book. Another even that scares me is when I am getting towards the end of the book and discover that the plot has not been resolved and I have about 10 pages or less in the book.

3. Would you or have you ever dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

I have dressed up as several book characters over the years. When I was younger, I dressed up as Dorthy from The Wizard Of Oz. I also dressed up as both Hermonie and Professor McGonagall for several years.  This year, I am going as Loki, even though he is not a book character. However, he is a comic character. So far the costume has not worked. Many people think I am some forest goddess.  Oh well. 


4. What do you think your favorite character would dress up as for Halloween
?

I am not sure what any of my favorite characters will dress up for Halloween.  So I will just pick a book that I have recently read and a character that I enjoyed. I will choose Alex from The Unwanteds. I believe that Alex will dress up as his favorite professor, Mr. Today. 


5. What is your favorite kind of horror? (gore, psychological thriller, spooky)

As I have mango ones before, horror is not my favorite genre. However, the rare time that I do read this genre, it is just for spooky experience. 


6. If books were as cheap as candy, which ones would you give out to trick-or-treaters?

Hmm… I would most liely look like a book store and give people their choice on a Halloween theme book. Ranging from small kid books, like The Witches Big Night, to Harry Potter, the Unwanteds, I will even throw in some horror for all ages.  Maybe Anna Dressed in Blood for the older kids/ teenagers. Something funny, something amazing.   Maybe some audio books as well, for those who struggle in the art for reading. This is a good question since I am out here waiting for tricker or treaters. I would really would love to hand out books and not candy. 

7. Halloween to-read list?

Beyond Anna Dressed in Blood, I do not have any. 

8. Recommend some Halloween reads!

Scary Mary. I do not remember,beer who the author is, but that was a fun book to read. 

Bonus Question!
9. What book scared you, but the book wasn’t meant to be scary or spooky?

Scary Mary.  There was this one scene where I was terrified, but was so invested into the story I had to read on. 

The Adams family book tag

I found this book tag and thought of how much fun it would be to complete it. Please check out the original Adams family book tag video. I do hope that you will enjoy.

1. Morticia Addams the mother and a witch.
What is your favorite witch book?

I have  read a lot of witch books over the years. I enjoy reading about magic and how each magic system works. However, I will end up picking a couple of series. Both series are written by Nora Roberts. The series that I have chosen are The Circle Trilogy and The Three Sister’s Island Trilogy. Both series have strong women who are not afraid of a little conflict.

2. Gomez Addams is a loving father.
Who is your favorite fictional dad?

The title used to be held by Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. However, after my experience with Go Set A Watchman, he is on the list anymore. I am not sure who to put here. I feel like that many of the book lack a solid father figure.

3.Uncle Fester Addams can generate electricity.
What books makes you light up so much that you cant stop yourself talking about it?

Right now the series that I am having a hard time not talking about is the Unwanted series. I just love the magic system of that book.

4. Wednesday Addams is obsessed with death.
If you could have killed off a character in any book who would it have been?

*Wicked Chuckle* Hmmm…. I believe I have made this position known when I wrote the review for this book, but I would love to kill off Dr. Caldwell. I hated this character so much as I was reading this book, and there were several cases I thought she was going to get the group killed because of her stupid choices. For a woman who was society’s last hop and greatest mind, she sure did make a lot of problems. I would be saving the crew from a lot of headaches and dangerous encounters if I just killed her off in the beginning.

5. Pugsley Addams has a vicious nature and plays nasty pranks on everyone.
Who is your favorite villain?

My favorite fictional character is Gaia from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I loved how she posed as a threat, and her powers are quite interesting and created some interesting challenges for our main characters.

6. Lurch is based on Frankenstein and a zombie.
What is your favorite adaptation of a story?

I would have to say the best book that I enjoyed that had adaptations of different stories is Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn. I enjoyed how she incorporated these storied into our world. It was interesting to see how the Fariy world meshed with our own.

7. Grandmama is an old classic witch.
What is your favorite old classic horror book?

I do not read a lot of Horror. If I do, it is because I am in the mood. I generally do not enjoy being scared.

8. Show us some of your horror books.

  

Remember when I told you that horror is not my favorite. I meant it. This is the only book that I own that is part of this genre. 

9. What are you going as for Halloween this year?

This year, I am going as Loki. I kind of wanted to be a villain this year. It is interesting because people think that I will going full cos-play, but that does not fit for either of my jobs. It is just my interpretation of Loki from items that I have from my closet.

10. Favorite Halloween films!!!

I have a few favorite Halloween films that I will just list below.

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. Halloween Town 1
  3. The Canterville Ghost (1986) – Yes I am very picky about the version.

I do hope that everyone will have a fun and safe Halloween. Happy horrorific reading!

Owl Crate Unboxing October 2015

finally, I got some time to myself. Sadly I am freezing at Starbucks waiting for my youngest sister, but it is still time that I am getting to do this post.  I must apologize for not being able to upkeep my posting like I have promised, I have just been busy.  By the time I finally get home it is time for me to get ready for bed.  But you do not want to hear me rant about my week, you want to see what this months Owl Crate box gave out. I will admit that this one was not one of my favorite boxes. However, I do believe that you will enjoy getting to see what I got. So let us begin. 

Of course the first thing that receive was the post card talking about this months theme and the items that I got in the box. But I will not show you the back of the card until the end. So here is the front. 

  
I will admit that I did enjoy the artwork on the post card.nit is something worthy of wall art. Definitely gave off that Halloween vibe.  The second thing that I got from the box was a small bag with Egar Allen Poe’s face all over it.  This was something that I was not into that much. In fac, I took the bag out and had tonexplainit to the kids that I worked with on who was on the cover of the bag and what he was famous for. But the bag is made of a really good quality, thick material and a sturdy zipper. Very functional and useful. Check out the bag bellow.  

 
The third item I grab was a two part item. I got some incence that was book related with a book mark that explained a bit more about the company. I didn’t see a code on the book mark, but I will double check. If there is a code, I will post it up. The scent was titled Vampire’s Lair. I really enjoyed this scent. It was a bit musty, but it made me feel like I was in an old library collection. Though I am not sure where I will place the scented beads. But all in all, I did enjoy the scent and their website is pretty cool.  

   
The forth item I loved. I found them really cute, and impossible to use due to their adorableness. This item was two book marks.  They were just too cute. Check them out yourself.  

 
Fifth items were cute. They were candy skulls erasers. I enjoyed the color and almost used them for decorating the classroom. But I decided to not to, because I did not want to share them. So they are now decorating my bedroom.  I enjoyed the colors and the details were simple but cute.  

 Okay, so now on to the last item I received. The book. This months book was A Madness SomDescreet, by Mindy McGinnis. I have been hearing about this book on book tube and have heard nothing but great and amazing things.  I do not know a whole lot about this book, but I am looking forward to reading it. I have heard so many great things about this book, and have actually thought about buying it for a while. 

Finally the last thing I promised to post for you . The back of the post card.  

 I do hope that you enjoyed this post.  Happy reading!