January 2018 Wrap Up

I cannot believe that the first month of the year is done. Can you? I will have to say that I am proud of myself and all the reading that I have done this month.

Out of the six books that I planned to read last month, I read four. I did start the fifth book, but I just did not get around to reading it. I have read 66 pages of The Storm Runner. I have also decided to DNF Match Me If You Can. That book kept annoying me, and I sadly only got to 14% of the book done. The character is annoying and I just wished to move on beyond the point of the book. Since reading is for enjoyment, I decided it was best to DNF the book. The sad part is that this was one of the books that I was really excited to be reading. In addition to that, I was also able to add two more books to the list of books that I have read last month. Let’s just say that last month was a great month for audiobooks.

As for reviews, I have decided to just focus on the books that I have not reviewed before.

I have put up a review for Pi in the Sky, Morrigan’s Cross, Circle of the Godsand Valley of Silence. 

Now onto the other two reviews. Let it Snow and Trapped. I am going to start with the easier and shorter of the two and that is Trapped. 

Image result for trapped book coverTrapped, by Michael Northrop, is about six teenagers trying to survive while being trapped in their school during a massive snowstorm. I ended up giving this book three out of five stars on Goodreads.

I really loved the concept of the book. The idea of looking into survival and seeing what it takes to survive in an environment that isn’t friendly or kind. Having to deal with people that you would normally never deal with, and how six people can help contribute to everyone’s survival. I also really enjoyed the format that the book was in. Northrop wrote in first-person and you got to experience this episode of their life through their eyes. I did enjoy reading that internal dialog and the thought process that our main character was having throughout their time being trapped in the school. I also enjoyed these internal dialogs because it made me think about the legal ramifications of what these students needed to do in order to survive. It made me wonder about where does this line cross when it comes to survival and being “civilized” and not breaking and stealing things.

Even with all the good that came from the book, there are a few bad. One of the negatives is the slow start. The more I think about this and the book, the more it made sense. The storm wasn’t right away. It was a slow build up. However, I still feel as though we spent more time in the beginning with before they got trapped than the after. Another issue that I have is the believability of the teacher. In the story, this teacher is noted for going into big messy storms and helping others deal with the cleanup and the aftermath of such natural disasters. He even mentions his time dealing with the cleanup and helping out with Katrina (2005). However, for some reason, this guy thought it was okay for him to just walk right out to check out what that blinking light was all about? Really? It is set up that this coach has had the training to deal with natural disasters, and he is even complaining about the storm before it is becoming a big problem. I just cannot understand why someone with that kind of training, recognizing these signs, and even starts telling these students about it would go out there, knowing that the consequences would be deadly. I have a hard time wrapping my head around it. And speaking about problems with my head wrapping around. The other believability issue that I had is the cell phone battery life. These kids have been playing games on their phones, and one person has even used their phone as a flashlight, and you want me to believe that their cell phone batteries lasted a week? Are we for real here? Even if I have done the math correctly and assume that the story takes place around 2007 or 2008, the average life of a cell phone was two days, and that was your normal flip phone. After that, I can guarantee you that battery life just gets shorter.  The major issue that I had with this book was the wish that Northrop just flushed the book out a bit. I know that our storyteller is a high schooler, but I do want more details as to what was going on while he was talking about each individual problem that they had to face. He talked about what was the best thing to burn but never talked about how they got to that conclusion. In addition, it just made the storyline feel shorter than the timeline that our main character gave from the beginning of the book. These kids were supposed to be stuck at a school for a week, but it never felt like they were there for a week. Furthermore, I wished there was more of a conclusion to the book. I will admit that there are some spoilers here. But I am glad that our main character was able to get some help, but I wanted to see more of the aftermath of their ordeal. Him having to tell his story to parents and other officials. The types of injuries and medical issues that they will face from having to be in that cold environment all week long. Having the book end the way it did, just left me unsatisfied.

As for recommending this book, I would have to say no. I will admit that the book was well written, but I was just left unsatisfied. I just wished that there was more than my thoughts about these characters and the situation that they went through. I do feel as though one should not only read for pleasure but for enjoyment and sanctification.

Image result for let it snow book john greenThe other book that I read last month was Let it Snow. This book was three stories centered around the same place at the same time. It starts off with a teenage girl going down to Flordia by train in the middle of a snowstorm and the train getting stuck. You get to meet different characters and deal with their personal journies throughout each story.

I ended up giving this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. To tell you the truth, I enjoyed the first two stories. There were parts that had me laughing so hard that I had to stop reading just to take a breath. However, I was just not as invested in this book as I hoped that I would be. There were too many moments while reading this book that I looked forward to finishing this book, or just wishing for it to end. In addition, I also got tired of every story mentioning this one breakup over and over again. It was annoying by the time I got to the third story and read the same breakup.

Do I hate the book? No. I can honestly say that I do not hate the book. I guess that I had such a high expectation that I was disappointed that I did not love it as much as I thought I would. For that reason, I cannot recommend this book to everyone. I would have to personally know you in order to recommend this book. I would also like to note that you do have to read the book in the order that they are in. The more I thought about it, the more I realize that the order does matter. Even though these characters are not as important in the other stories, certain events are noted and will spoil the other stories if you read them out of order.

Those are my reviews for the books that I have read in January. Now I have also made a promise about a review about an app that I was trying out, Bookly. I will say that I am enjoying using the app. I will also note that the app does work better for a physical book than an audiobook. One of the things that I have discovered is that I cannot find audiobooks on the app (they only have the physical page books), so I am left doing some quick math to figure out the percentage of the book that I have read. It is no big deal unless I have to quickly get to work and I do not have the time to do the math. What I am after is similar to what Goodreads does with different formats with books. With Goodreads, you can choose audiobooks, paperback, hardcovers, and ebooks. In all, I am enjoying the app and I am finding that it is helping me stay on track with reading. It is reminding me to read and has helped me keep track of my reading habits. I am looking forward to using this app some more.

Until next time,

Superbookworm.

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January 2019 Update into Pi

I am sitting at my dad’s house trying to desperately stay on top of my game as I am writing this post. My computer decided to fall apart a few days ago, and I am sitting here trying to type this up on my work iPad. I am finding out how much I hate typing on something other than my laptop. It is just driving me insane. But I know that if I leave the broken laptop as an excuse for not writing this post, than I will be starting this year off on the wrong foot. I need to be more proactive. However, nothing drives me insane more that having difficulty editing my work. I am already missing the use of Grammarly, a decent keyboard, and my mouse. I guess I am more of a laptop person than I realize. Though I do want to let you know what my first week of the New Year has been like.

First off, I have finished a book. I am really happy about that as well. I finished Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass. I have given the book four out of five stars on Goodreads, but if I were to be honest I would have given it 3.5 stars. I have read some of her books before and I have loved them, but this book was not as up there as the others. I am not sure if it was just my extra high expectation or if it was just not what I wanted or needed at the time.

Before I begin with the review, let me give you a quick summary. If you want a detail summary click on the link to take you to Goodreads. Pi in the Sky is about a boy named Joss who is tasked with bringing Earth back, with a human girl, after the Powers To Be had to take it out of time due to it breaking the laws of physics.

To begin this review, the book was a little technical, especially for a kids book (this was geared towards 9 to 12 year olds). There was a lot of theoretical physics being thrown in. As an adult who loves science it works, but for a kid between the ages of 9 to 12, I feel that it is a bit high up there in their ability to understand abstract concepts. Though I will have to admit that she did a good job in making high abstract concepts reachable. How reachable, I am not sure, I am not 12 and haven’t been since 2001. I guess I will need to find myself a 12 year old to help me answer this question. But to continue on, these abstract concepts are necessary for you to understand what is going on in the story. They are the main plot points of this story. The other complaint that I have with the story is the slow start. I actually could have cared less about the story until you made it about 80 pages in. I do want to be into the story within the first 10 to 15 pages. I am glad that I continued, but I would have normally left the book. I will say that I did love the character growth. I felt as though our main character did grow into this nice entity who is now believing in themselves. In looking back at one of my favorite works from her, Every Soul a Star, I realize that my favorite characters are the one that do the most personal growth. Not only in attitude towards their world, but attitude towards themselves and their self confidence. This is no exception. Your main character does this huge change in viewing themselves as an important bringing and realizing that they do have some significance. This character goes from hating his life and the job that was assigned to him, to realizing that there is importance to what he does. The other thing that I enjoyed was the quotes. I guess I am a great sucker for quotes, but I did enjoy them, and loved how she used quotes from all sorts of scientist and authors throughout the book. I just found them really cool to read, and would love to add them to my cool quote collection. The last thing that I liked, is the end of the story. Not because it was the end, but just how she ended the book. I just liked how it wrapped everything up. It wasn’t your typical the end moment, more like everything was good, and all was well. I am realizing that this is a bit hard to describe, it just let me tell you, I was pleased that I did not feel the impending “that is it?” at the end of the book.

Now to the hard part, do I recommend this book. After finishing the book and thinking about it for a day or two, I realize that I would recommend this book to adults. As I have mentioned earlier, I am not sure if these high abstract concepts are to hard for a 9 to 12 year old to handle. However, I do feel as though and adult would enjoy the story, especially those who love science.

Now onto other things. I am now currently reading Morrigan’s Cross and Let it Snow. So far I am about half way through with both books. I am hoping to get more reading done with Let it Snow after I finish this update. I will admit that I am enjoying the audiobook for Morrigan’s Cross more than I thought I would. If anyone is interested, when you do the audiobook, don’t go at a faster speed than the normal pace. It does work most of the time, but the heavy accent makes it hard to understand when the reader decides to read faster. Though I am enjoying the Irish accent, I feel it adds more to the story. As for Let it Snow, I am laughing through it. Like Pi in the Sky it was a slow start, and it did not grab my attention. I completely forgot that it was 3 stories in one. It is interesting how all three stories interconnect with each other. Other than that, I feel as though I am rewarding myself every time that I am opening this book. Why? I am not sure. There are parts of the story where I am laughing so hard that I am crying, I am thinking that it is because I am into the other story more.

I have been using the Bookly app for all three books. I have realized that the app does not really allow you to do audiobooks, so I am stuck trying to solve the percentage of how much I am reading each time I finish. Which sucks, but it is working out. With Let it Snow, I had the misfortune of it miscalculating the number of pages that I have read. I had to add a time that I read the book and accidentally claimed that I was father in the book than what I actually was. In reading the review, I was able to fix the problem and now I am on the correct page without having to not count my reading time to get to the wrong page. The app is very strict about not letting you go back in the book. If you claimed that you have read 10 pages, you cannot do another reading session and claim that you are on page 9. The only other problem that I have with the app is that it wants me to pay for the subscription, which I find a little expensive. Right now they are having a sale, and for a year you would pay $20 instead of the usual $30. I still find it a bit expensive, for something I am not sure if I would be using the whole app for.

That is my update and my first review of 2019. Let me know how you are doing after the first week of the New Year. Have you had any grand adventures? Also let me know what you think of this post.

Until next time,

Super Bookworm.

January 2019 TBR

Even though I am going to be super busy, I still have goals that I want to accomplish. I also want to start off on the right foot. To do that I am going to be making my TBR for the month of January. I do know that I have a lot of books here that I most likely will not be able to get through this month, but I always love giving myself some options. A little variety does not hurt. So, let’s start off the TBR!

  1. Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass. I actually started reading this book a few days before the new year with the intent of being able to finish it. So far the book is good, and I am enjoying it. Right now, the story is a little slow, but I am looking forward to the magic that Wendy Mass brings into her book.
  2. Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes – I have been meaning to read this book for quite some time. It was one of the three books that Rick Riordan presented for up and coming authors. I has also been one of my most anticipated reads of 2018.
  3. Trapped by Michael Northrop  – I guess I was looking at covers for a wintery feel, wanting to make this month all about snow and winterish feels. However, I lost that with the other 4 books that I joined in. the premise sounds interesting and I am hoping that it is just as good as it sounds.
  4. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – I got this book at Target a year ago (I believe). I felt that a good contemporary would be a good mix from my usual. I also started around the same time I picked up Pi in the Sky.
  5. Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts – This will be a reread. However, I am hoping that I will be able to get through it via audiobook. I want to get into listening to books while I am driving to work. I just want to find ways to add more reading into my busy schedule.
  6. Match Me If You Can by Susan Phillips – I believe that this is also another audiobook. I kind of got sucked into it with the premise and I have been eyeing this book for quite some time.

That is my TBR for 2019. I am also trying out a new app called Bookly. The app is suppose to help you stay on task with reading. It tracks how much time you spend reading and how fast you are reading. So far I am enjoying it. I will let you know at the end of the month what I think of the app.

Until next time,

Super Bookworm

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!

Bout of Books Day 3

I will admit that day three actually went better than day one and two. I actually read a book. Not one of the books that I was planning on reading, but it is still a book, and it was 197 pages long.

The book that I read was Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. I did read the prequel book, Smile, so I knew what to expect and a little bit more about these characters. In reading other people’s reviews about this book, I did realize that it does make a difference in the understanding of the story and the characters.

This particular comic looked on a road trip that Raina took with her mom, sister, and brother to Colorado. Along the road trip, you get to see some past experiences that Raina had about growing up with her sister and her brother.

I really enjoyed this book. I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads.
Mostly it was because I was able to relate to this book so much, with the sibling rivalry, and the love that you have for your siblings. There are moments where the book is touching and sad, but I did see the humor that existed throughout the book.

In looking at the artwork. It was the same as Smile. I did enjoy the color pallet that was chosen, and I also liked how the characters were drawn. Even though they were cartoonish, I still felt as though they were realistically drawn, as proportions wise. There were no super model bodies within the pages of this book.

I do recommend this book. I believe that everyone would love and enjoy this book. However, I will add the stipulation that you do need read Smile before you read this book. The way that this book is written and formatted as though you have read the previous book. I do recommend the previous book, Smiles.

That is it. That so far is what I have accomplished for day three.

I will see you tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!

January 2016 wrap up

I cannot believe that we are at the end of January and will start February in a few days. Wow! 2016 is going by in a blur. I can tell you that 2016 did start off kind of well, but crazy at the same time. Within less than 72 hours of being in 2016, my grandmother fell and rebroke her hip. It took a while for anything to happen since she had a mild cold and her blood pressure was a little off. I, at least, spent 2 weeks in 2016 either working, helping my mom, or visiting grandma. She is doing better and is placed in a nursing home until she can be a bit more independent.

Reading wise, I have not gotten a lot of books read. According to Goodreads, I am 2 books behind schedule. However, I have read a total of 9 books this month. I am not upset with that number. Considering how crazy this first month has been, I am very happy with reading 9 books. Here are the nine books that I have read so far.

  1. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser #1) by Meghan Ciana Doidge. This book looks at a young woman who loves baking and dabbles in the little magic that she has. However, she starts to discover that there is more after she gets involved with some murders happening around her local magical community. I gave this book 3.5 stars out of five. It was one of those books that I really expected more. I am not saying that it was bad, I am just saying that it was not satisfying. I actually finished this book with no desire to finish this series.
  2. The Woods Vol. 9 &10 by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas. This is just a continuation of the graphic novel series that I started reading last year. I gave this book four out of five stars for volume 9 and five out of five stars for volume 10. I realized shortly after continuing with these books how much I forgot and missed with the passage of time, However, the storyline is getting interesting even though some of the other storylines were cut. You are starting to see the storylines merge with each other. The artwork is still wonderful. To add on, volume 10 did have an epic ending to the point where I was upset that I could not finish the series.
  3.  Stargate by Shelia Black. This book was a summary of the 1994 movie. I was expecting more details and plot from the book, even though the book was only 40 pages longs. I am just disappointed that there isn’t more. I ended up giving this book three out of five stars.
  4. Half Upon a Time (#1) by James Riley. I do not know how to explain this story without ruining the story. Just accept that it is a fractured fairytale where characters from different fairy tales interact along with a girl that has been raised in this world. I absolutely loved this book and found it cute and fun. I ended the book on a high where I wanted to pick up the rest of the series and finish it. However, I will admit that I did not enjoy the abuse that one of the characters received throughout the book, especially since this character is helping our other characters. In the end, I did give this book five out of five stars.
  5. Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This book is about an 11-year-old genius who becomes an orphan and is being taken care of by strangers who were compassionate enough to help her in her time of need. I did give this book five out of five stars for its story line.
  6. Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. This book is about a young man who befriends a peer before they die of cancer. I did give this book three out of five stars because it was funny. However, I do feel as though the book was negative, at least, the main character was negative to himself, and it lacked growth and a plot. I do not recommend this book.
  7. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This book looks into the bravery of an 11-year-old cripple who escaped her abusive mother during WWII. It was one of the books that I was upset with how fast I finished it. I gave this book five out of five stars.
  8. Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe. This book is also a bit hard to explain without spoiling the book. However, I can tell you that this book is about a 14-year-old girl in a lower class working with a person from an upper class coming up with a cure for an epidemic in their city. I did give this book four out of  five stars. It was in an enjoyable read.

I will give detail book review later on. I just wanted to give you a little taste as to what I have read and my thoughts on those books.

To continue on, my two challenges that I am participating this year are doing pretty well. Other than 2016 Around the year in 52 books, I am also working with a 2016 TBR Jar Challenge. I will make a post about that TBR Jar for 2016, don’t worry.

For the Around the Year in 52 books, I have completed six out of the fifty-two challenges. I have also completed the TBR Jar challenge for this month which was – A Book that Intimidate You.

I do hope that you have enjoyed this update and I cannot wait to talk to you soon. Happy Reading!

January’s Owlcrate Unboxing!

I am so excited to share with you this months Unboxing.  The theme for this month is Magic. I must admit that I really was looking forward to this month and the possible Harry Potter references. I will admit that I am not disappointed in this box. So, let us begin!

   
 Of course the first thing that I found in the box was the card.ni will only show you the front down below, but I can tell you that I do love it.  I do not feel like it is magical, but something to deal with card came like Pokemon, or magic. I do love the card, when I saw it it felt like this box fufilled its purpose. 

   
 The next item in the box was a pop figurehead.  I got Professor Snape. This is somewhat ironic since I was thinking of getting one after Alen Rickman passed away. I am really happy that I got this one.  It is so adorable. 

  
To continue on the Harry Potter train we have a Patronus Chapstick.  How else are to combat the forces of darkness? This flavor is a white chocolate mint. Don’t get me wrong, it smells good, but it is not my happy flavor. Though it is useful. Sorry about the crummy shot. It was hard to take a picture of it. 

 We also received some artwork from Evie Bookish. She made both the book marks and the quoted picture. They are both beautiful. I will let the artwork speak for themselves.

   
   
In addition, we also received a code for a book. The book is not free, but at a discounted price. I have yet to check it out. I have been really busy this week. 

   
 Finally we have the book and the letter from the author.  I have not heard of this author or this book, but it does seem interesting, and incannotnwait to read it. In addition to the book, we did get a paper doll. 

   
   
 Of course the last thing to share with you is the empty box and the back of the spoiler card.  I do hope that you have enjoyed this Unboxing.   Happy reading!