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.

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The 2018 Year in Review

As I am sitting here on my freshly made bed, I have decided that I needed to look back onto this year and see the growth that I have made. To tell you the truth, I need to find something positive. I am going to a New Years party over at a friend’s house and my depression is starting to kick in. I am feeling melancholy and is in a desperate need of a hug and probably a good cry or a funny movie. Let’s go with a funny movie.

This year I read a total of 40 books and according to Goodreads a total of 7,710 pages. That is not bad. I also realize that this will not be accurate since I stopped using Goodreads for a while. I just was focused on reading and not using my phone to update on my reading.

What is sad that the best book that I have read this year happened last week while I was getting my hair done. Just to clarify. I did not force myself to read bad books, and all of the books that I have read, I did enjoy. It was that the best book of my year, I read last week. What made it sadder was that I was hoping that the author continued the book in a series, since the ending made it seemed that way, and there were no other books for me to read. Though I will say that I did enjoy the book and loved laughing at the silly antics that was going on with our main characters. That book was Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks.

I will also admit that I have been reading a lot more fanfic. That has taken over my reading time and what I have been focusing on in reading. I can tell you that I have read several series, some of them are not complete yet, and others are. Some of the fics that I have read, I have enjoyed just as much, or even more, than an actual book.

With that stated, I just realized that I did not write a New Year’s resolution for 2018. I have written it in my journal but forgot to make a post. In fact, looking at last year, I realize that I have not made as many posts as I thought I did. So let me quickly put up some reading goals for 2018

  1. Read 25 to 50 books – completed that goal with 40 books
  2. Read books for enjoyment, not to complete my reading goal – most of my books have been four stars and above. However, like I have mentioned earlier in this post I only had one book that I truly enjoyed and wanted more.
  3. Finished a book I started last year – I do not think I completed this goal. Let us be real here. I don’t even remember what books I have down from last year.
  4. Reread a book that I have reviewed – completed. I had to reread the Amulet series in order to follow through on the 8th book. I also reread the Three Sister’s Island Trilogy
  5. Participate in a writing challenge/ classes on WordPress – did not do
  6. Read one classic – I have done this. I read The Little Prince. This was one of my more disappointing books of 2018.
  7. Read on Shakespear Play – did not do
  8. Read a book from my Bucket TBR list – did not do
  9. Host a readathon – Did not do
  10. Participate in Booktube-a-thon and Reading Quest. I have participated in Booktube-a-thon but not the reading quest. I was not able to find the reading quest.
  11. Read a book that was over 400 pages long – completed. I read the second book in The Land of Stories series, which was 517 pages.

I am really impressed. Out of the 11 goals, I have completed about 5.5. I am not sure about the 10th goal. I did one readathon but not the other. What do you say? Should I count it?

Maybe I did not do as bad as I thought I did. I did better than expected since I was absent from this blog and all things book related. The hiatus that I took, was not bad, and I do hope that it will do me better than before. I realize that looking back, I needed this time off. It is giving me a better perspective on what my goals and accomplishments are in life. A better view on what I value, and what I want for the future. I still want to continue this. But I want this to be fun. I do not want this to be something that I feel like I have to do, I am forced to do. I believe that is why I had to step back. I miss blogging. I miss being with others who share the same interest that I have. I miss those friends that I have met and made growth in my writing because of them. With that, I do want to think things through on what my goals for 2019 will be. There will be many changes, and I am hoping that they will be good ones. I know that the changes that I have experienced this year are positive. They forced me to grow and to reevaluate on who I am as a person, and what I want in life. And I hope that 2018 was the same for you.

Here is saying goodbye to 2018 and kicking off 2019 in the right direction. May the next year bring in greatness for ourselves in both growth and adventures.

Until next time.

Super Bookworm

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.