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!

Thirteen Review

I am happy that I am finally getting another review done. It is taking me a while to do so, but at least I am getting there. The book that I am reviewing is Thirteen by Tom Hoyle. This was the first book that I got from Bookly Box. I have been meaning to review this book since the beginning of September.

IMG_2560Thirteen is about a 12-year-old boy, Adam, struggle to survive after a cult found him. The cult believes that kill him will fulfill a prophecy of bringing the world to a new order.

I did give this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. Even though I had some problems with the book, there was a lot that I enjoyed.

The parts that I enjoyed was its pacing, how it was well written, and how there was lots of suspense and emotions. I really enjoyed the pacing, it helped with the suspense. There were very few slow movements in the book, and those moments were explained later on in the book. Not only did the pacing helped with the suspense, it also helps create an emotional bonding, or loathing, with some of the character, even those that did not stay that long within the story. In the end, I would just have to say that it was well written for its conciseness and suspense. However, I did have a couple of issues with the book.

All the issues that I have with the book are content issues. I feel as though these issues do contain some spoiler, if you do not want to read them, that is okay. These issues did affect the rating of the book. The biggest issue that I had was the believableness of some of the scenes. One scene, in particular, was when Adam was at the station with his neighbors while being interviewed with the cop. The cop turned to the neighbors and ask for them to leave and not even a second after they closed the door the cop got us and arrested Adam. When he walked through with Adam he claimed that Adam was going to be sent to prison for his confession. The main issue that I had with the scene was the lack of response with everyone, especially the neighbors. The only person who responded with shocked was Adam. I also don’t know if I watch too many cop programs, but I find it interesting that Adam was allowed to be with a cop by himself. No parental supervision, no CPS or lawyers. I cannot see this scene being legal. I am also not sure if it is a UK thing because this book does take place in London. The last two problems are spoilers since they take place at the end of the book. One of those problems was when Adam and his friend Meghan, were at court talking about the experience that they went through. The judge was just passive  and told both kids that they were very brave and smart. No apologies, nothing. Everyone was just happy. Again, I am not sure if it is a US thing, but I feel as though with the media being involved, there should have been a public apology and some compensation to both Meghan and Adam for all the trauma that they have been through. It was the biggest disappointment ever. The other problem that I had with the end was how it set up the second book. We know that the cult did not die down, and they are still planning on killing Adam for vengeance, but what I don’t understand was who was setting it all up. I am pretty sure that a key character, the leader, died, but the way it was written, made it sound like that person was still alive. The last issue that I had was being able to recommend the book.

The main issue that I have with recommending this book is the torture and the many wicked ways to kill people. I feel as though those would be a trigger for those who cannot handle such content. For those who can, I would recommend the book. It is very fast pace, and it is not a book that you will regret reading. Even though I was disappointed with the book, I was satisfied with the story as a whole.

That my friends is my review for Thirteen. I do hope that you enjoyed the book. If you have any questions or thoughts about the book, leave them down below. I will see you next time. Happy reading!

Day four of Booktube-a-thon

Man, my eyes are hurting me. I need to take a break, but with the 300 page a day limit count, I cannot. I have been trying to take breaks today, but I only got through 106 pages of an actual book. I got a hold of To Kill a Mockingbird. I have listen to at least 5 hours of the book, roughly 5 cd’s. I am wondering why I have chose this book for audio. I do not remember this book being this long. However, I am enjoying this book, and loving the reader.

Sadly, this day did not go as planned. I am hoping that I will be able to catch up tomorrow. I just had to many distractions and had such a late start. Tomorrow I want to finish What Happen to Goodbye, and start Ready or Not.  I would also like to get 100 pages done of Kydona, but with the way things are going and how far behind I am, I will be glad if I will be able to at least accomplish the first two items on my list. However, I am hoping that I will get another four CD’s done for To Kill a Mockingbird. Being around chapter 12 with that book is making me feel a little easier.

Let’s see what tomorrow will bring.