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!

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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!

   
 

January Wrap Up and February TBR

So far, January has been a good Month. Not only have I read 5 out of the 6 books on my TBR list, I have also read an additional 28 books. I even got to complete the challenge for this month. So far I am feeling really good about this month, and I am hoping to keep it up.

  1. The School of Good and Evil by Chainani
  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
  3. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
  4. The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals
  5. The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan  
  6. The Staff of Serapis by Rick Riordan

As you can tell by the list, the book that I wanted to finish reading is still needed to be finish reading. I have about 130 pages left in the book. Sadly, I am not in the mood to read this book. However, I am planning on finishing the two graphic novels that I have started. That I know I can finish pretty quickly.

In addition, I also got contacted by an author, and was notified about one of their books. It was exciting to speak with this author, and to see that they were happy with their rating. I am still happy and honored about the whole ordeal, and the event still seems surreal.

Now onto my February TBR. I want to keep this month short. I just want to take it slow this month. The books I have chosen, I am really excited to delve into and start reading now. So here is my February TBR list.

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  2. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  3. Fated by Alyson Noël
  4. Echo by Alyson Noël
  5. Mystic by Alyson Noël

The challenge for this month is to listen to an audio book, so I am planning on listening to the second Harry Potter book. I already have the audio book on my device to listen to. I laughed when I saw this challenge because I was planning on listening to this book anyway. I am looking forward to continuing the series.

I do hope that your week is going great and that you have experience many adventures along the way. Happy Reading and see you next time.

January 2015 TBR

I am so happy to be creating my January 2015 TBR! I know that it is a bit early, since I am still writing this towards the end of December of 2014, but I know what I want to read for the start of this coming year and I am ready to share this list of books! So without further ado, let’s begin!

160654731) The School of Good and Evil by Chainani – I must admit that I do want to finish this book. However, I am not in the mood to finish it this year. Though I do have plans to finish this in January. If I keep putting this book off, I might not finish this book, and so far that book is really good. This book is about two girls who live ordinary lives being transported to a story book world in which they go to school and try to survive their new surroundings.

157138802) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – Another thing I must admit. I have already started this book and I am about 100 pages into the book. It is really good, and I am really liking this world.  I am looking forward to what will happen later on in this book. This book is about an Assassin’s chance to redeem herself by participating in a tournament to work for the kind.

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3) Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern – I heard a lot of good things about this book, and decided to check it out. One of those cheap books that I paid $2.00 for. It is about two people finding their place in the world with their disabilities.

 

218971634) The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals – I chose this book because of the synopsis. It sounds really interesting. It is about a girl who tries to breakout of her awkwardness but discovers that no matter what, awkwardness will always exist. It is a really short story, being a little over a 150 pages.

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5) The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan  – This book is a crossover between Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles with Percy and Carter. That is the best that I can explain this book. This book is only 28 pages long.

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6) The Staff of Serapis by Rick Riordan – Like the book above, there is not a lot that I know. Again it is the same crossover but with Annabeth and Sadie. This book is only 42 pages long!

 

I am also hoping to participate in a TBR jar challenge. however, the first challenge that I received was to read a 2015 debut novel. Since Photo: Starting a new challenge called the TBR Jar challenge. I will make a post about the challenge soon. Here is my first challenge to start the new year.the first book that I am interested in won’t be published until February of 2015, I decided to pull another challenge out and to put that challenge back in. My next challenge is to read an author that is new to me. To complete this challenge I will be reading the Sarah J. Mass and Cammie McGovern book. Both authors I have not read before, and I am looking forward to their writing. I want to see if the hype is what it is all about. I know that I have started the Sarah J. Mass book a few days ago, which is why I am also added the McGovern book to be fair and accurate.

Just so you know, I will explain all about this challenge in my next post. It just seemed like a fun idea, and it guarantees that I will be reading 12 book this year. I like the idea that it is encouraging me to go outside my comfort levels and to explore new realms.

I do hope that you enjoyed my January TBR. I am looking forward to all the books that I am planning on reading this month. I do hope that your new year will bring in lots of love, joy, and adventure.