Day 3 Booktubeathon 2017

With all the extra time I had in reading, you would think that I got a lot of reading done. Sadly, I did not But I did get one book done and at least I did start an audio book for The Dark Prophecy this morning, so that is in the plus column.  In all, I finished Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index and got about 90 pages into The Dark Prophecy.

So far I have completed three out of the eight challenges. I just finished reading the group book and I read a book with a person on the cover. So I am excited for slowly finishing these challenges and getting all my books read. If possible, I am hoping to get The Dark Prophecy finished by tomorrow.

I am not sure if that is going to work. I am losing an hour of reading, with the extra hour that is going into my camp, but I also decided to not participate in tomorrows challenge. I technical have a photo and an outfit that I could use for the challenge, but I do not want my identity known on my blog or Instagram account. So that might give me an extra hour. I am not sure. We will see how much reading I will complete in the day. I still want to post something crafty and fun for tomorrow on my Instagram account.

Though today’s challenge was a bit hard. We were to take a reflective image of our current read. I was happy with my work, but with all the other images that I saw for the challenge, I am not surprised that I lost. It was not as good as some of those other images. I do encourage you to check them out. Look it under the #btatreflect. I will place the image that I submitted down below.

But for now, I want to talk about my game plan for tomorrow. I am planning on immersing myself in the world of The Dark Prophecy. I do have the audio book, so I am planning on utilizing that audio book to help me get some more reading time. Hopefully, I will be able to get a few chapters done while I am getting ready for work. I am not sure about hearing the book and driving to work. Lately, I have been stuck on the same song for the past few days and I have not been getting any reading done in the car. My realistic goal is to get 3/4 of the way through the book. I only want 100 or so pages left to finish on Friday. If by some miracle I finish this book tomorrow, I do have The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Story Thieves. I might also take in 13 chairs. I am due for a short quick read. I am starting to feel that need for a quick pick me up.

So enough about me, I want to know about you. If you are participating, how is your adventuring going? Did you get a lot of books read? Have you enjoyed all the books that you have read so far? What challenges have you completed? Are you having fun?

I do hope that you are having fun and that you are enjoying all of your adventures. I will talk to you on Friday. Until then, happy reading!

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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!

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!

 

 

A Little Hiatus

I am just writing to let you know that I am taking a small break. My grandma recently passed away and my mom needs help organizing the event and getting everything ready for the funeral this coming Saturday. On top of it, I just haven’t felt like writing or doing anything for the past few days. I am hoping to be back to blogging around the 17th or the 24th. I am not sure when, but I wanted to let you know that I am just taking a short break. Have a wonderful holiday. Happy reading!

Cramathon day 3

Alright… I will admit, I did not get as much reading as I had plan.  Originally I was suppose to be at work for a few hours, which meant that I had the majority of the day for myself.  The day even started out perfectly. I was able to finish The Rest of us Just Live Her by Patrick Ness before I started work. In fact I had a spare hour left to read The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron.  After that, evrything went down hill.  I only needed to work for three hours.  Three! However, when was don, we made such a mess that I decided that it was only right to put things back in order. What was suppose to be finished by one at the latest, was finished by 2-2:30. I got home a little late, made a little lunch and got destructed by this magical thing called the Internet and life. I was not able to get back to reading until 5, by then I got really sick. I am not sure what it was, but I am still feeling the effects. At least I was able to fish my second book, but by the time I finish all I wanted to do was go to bed and sleep. That is what I just did.  I did not even bother to update Goodreads or my blog.  I was just exhausted. 

My goal for today is just to read The First Dragon by James A. Owen. It is only a 258 page book.  I am just going to take it slow today.  

Wishing everyone the best for today. I will talk to you later, and happy reading. 

Future (Bucket List) TBR reads

It is amazing how much time that this post took me. I started writing this post at the end of September and now it is the middle of October. I was actually inspired to do this TBR because I was not in the mood to read let alone to create a TBR for October (which by the way is no where near completed). To give you an idea what this TBR is about, it is a list of books I would love to read, but never get a chance to do so. Kind of like a bucket list TBR. Just to note, this list is in no particular order, I just have it in numerical order to look nice.

  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have always wanted to read this series, and I have actually tried. However, because of school, I was never able to finish the series. I even have two copies of the book (all three books bound) and the books on audio on my MP3 device. I would love to finish the series, I am tired of hearing great this about this book.
  2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I am not into scary books and movie, however, the premise of this book is fascinating and I want to read this book. I have been wanting to read it for a while now, but have been to afraid to do so.
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – I have read a portion of this book aloud to the kids that I was babysitting. At the time that I was reading the book, I was making a mental note to pick it up and read it. However, the reality is that I never picked it up once I went home from that babysitting job.
  4. The Lunar Chronicles by Stephanie Mayers – This series is actually a little bit of a shocker. After the Twilight fiasco (It being a horrible thing to pick up Twilight and reading them) I vowed to never pick up another Stephanie Mayers’s book. I was not in the mood to deal with the drama of a popular series or which team I needed to be on. Once was enough. However, the Lunar Chronicles have gained some really positive momentum. This really positive vibe has made me to reevaluate my decision. On top of it, I love fracture fairy tales and the curiosity of how Mayers made the story her own is one I want to read.
  5. The Immortals Trilogy by Alyson Noel – Around 2008 I was helping out at my sisters’ elementary school book fair. As was the deal, I could help out and receive three books for free. One of these books was the spin off series for this series, The Riley Bloom Series. I love Riley Bloom and her sister Ever does exist in this series. It was not until I was into the third book did I realize that I was reading a spin off, and thus when I found out I wanted to read the original Immortals series.
  6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker – Let me be honest. I wanted to watch this movie because Whoopi Goldberg was in it. However, once I found out that there was a book, I wanted to read the book. I will also admit that I really know nothing about this book except it is taking place in the south.
  7. Becasue of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea – A long, long time ago(2011), when I got my first Nook, I was introduced to Goodreads, and well Goodreads introduced me to this book. It was the first book they suggested to me because of my love of middle grade novels. The book sounded fascinating on how one teacher changed the life of six kids, however my budget said no to buying the book and thus why this book is on this list.
  8. MacBeth by William Shakespeare – I have always wanted to read this book since I first heard about it freshman year of high school, even after the disaster with Othello during my senior year of high school. Part of that allure was knowing that the play was considered cursed. I just wanted to know what made it such bad luck to say the word in the drama/acting world. However, the more I spend time looking at the play the more that I fear that I will not like it, or gain the full experience when I read it by myself.
  9. The First Dragon by James A. Owen – This is the last book from James A. Owens Imaginarium Geographica series. I have real all the other books, but something stops me from reading this one whenever I try and pick it up. Part of it is that I do not want the series to end and not finishing the last book means that the series will continue for however long that I want it to continue. Eventually, I do want to pick up this book and find out what happen to all my friends and authors.
  10. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery – I will admit that I read the first book in this series. However, at the time, I never knew that it was a series and I just read the first book.Ever since I found out that it was a series I wanted to reread the first book and to finish the rest of the series.
  11. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells – Remember one of my previous books where I mentioned how I want to know what will happen to all my friends. Well James A. Owen’s characters are authors throughout history taking care of both our world and  The Archipelago of Dreams. Because of Mr. Owen, I wanted to read books based off of the character/authors that I was reading. Well one of my favorite characters is H.G. Wells. I would love to read his work and be able to compare it with the character that Mr. Owen brought back to life.
  12. Inkworld Series by Cornelia Funke – Let me be honest, I only finished the first book, and that book was daunting. It was also the book that brought me into a huge reading slump. I would spend hours reading and feel like I did make any progress. Hence why it is on this list. I would love to finish this series, but I do not want to be discourage from reading either.

So there it is, my grand bucket list TBR. I do hope that you found this fun and that I will get to see you soon. Happy reading!

Blogging 101 Prompt 6

Today’s Prompt: Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year?

The most interesting person that I have met is the student that I have worked with this past year. Due to security reasons, I cannot use her name throughout this post. I have tried to pick someone else, but I could not think of anyone else that I would want to talk about. This post was a little hard to do. Please let me know what you think.

A little over a year ago, I was hired to be a one on one aid for a young woman in a wheel chair. I was only given the information that she was a senior in high school, her name, classroom, and that she was in a wheelchair. Nothing else. A little while later, I would find out that a friend’s mom have been working with her and I will soon be taking over her job. I was also told a bit more information, stuff that I would know what to do for the day and what to expect.

A few weeks later I finally got to meet her. A young woman with scrawny arms and legs sitting in a fitted green wheelchair. She seemed so much smaller than I imagine, but I figured the contracted legs and arms, as well as the wheelchair, made her seem small. Her blue eyes sparkled with strength and her smile lit up the room, replacing the words that she could not speak. She has long straight brown hair that was styled in a messy bun updo. That day she was wearing black sweat pants, a pink jacket, and purple and pink shoes. I realize that she was tube fed, and her pump was in a little backpack in the back of her wheelchair.

Over the next few weeks I got to learn about her preferences. I learned that she loved dogs through her excitement over seeing dogs on our daily outings. Her preference to be with people, and how she is a very social butterfly. She enjoyed all the shenanigans that happened in the classroom and hated being left out in any and all class activities. She enjoyed being on the city bus, and staying on it just to see the traffic of people. Over the months I also learned that she was a planner, and planned her little activities.  She also enjoyed making messes and watching other people clean it up, knowing that she could not clean up the messes due to her condition. I also realize how expressive and demanding at times she could be. Through her different smiles, as well as facial expressions, she spoke volumes of her wants, needs, and desires.

As months went by, I slowly learned her different expressions. She mainly carried her smile, but I started to learn about her different smiles. When you asked a yes or no questions a full smile, that light up her face and brings her body up, means yes. If she ignores you or what your are holding up, it was a no. A smile with a hand out towards you means that she want what you are eating. It was a smile of hope of you sharing and her being able to eat normal food, full of flavors and textures. However, as time went by, she has changed this gesture from a smile to an open mouth in hopes you will just plop your whole lunch in her mouth. She also had a sly smile, a smile that was not as big as her happy yes smile, but had a mischievous glint in her eyes, meant she was planning something or manipulating someone. It was also though this smile that I learned what a twisted mind this young woman had. She enjoyed seeing me in a walking boot, the P.E teacher almost falling off the ladder, or anything else on that path, like slapstick comedy. I have gotten use to smile and the laugh that sometimes associated with this smile. It tells me what is happening in our area. It is this laugh that other people mistaken this young woman for being happy, and she knows it. She has learned the art of laughing and how to get people to do her bidding. Beyond her smiles and laughs, she also has a pucker face. The first pucker face is done as though you ate something very sour. This face is associated with foods she does not like. The other pucker is softer, and it makes her look like she is about to cry. I am still working with this expression, since it is new, but I believe it means that she is upset about something, or is not feeling well.

In all, she is a lovely young woman who is not only lovable but fun. We enjoy our adventures and being with the crowd. Even through her hardships with her body, she is resilient and continues to fight in enjoying her day and doing normal activities. I enjoy getting to spend the day with her, and get excited over anything new we get to experience. I am looking forward to the many new adventures we will have together.