May Update 2017

I realize that it has been quite a while since I made a post. Part of the reason was that I did not feel like writing. I figured that if I didn’t feel it, that would show through my writing, and I wanted to write a quality post. The other issue that I had was a sprained wrist during the months of February and March. I ended up injuring my right wrist and didn’t realize how much I needed it to complete even the simplists of tasks since I am predominantly right handed. My main focus was trying to get work done, and complete the basic tasks that I needed to complete, like writing out reports and driving.  It really has changed my focus on how much I use this hand.

So even though I was not writing any posts, I was still reading, and I got a lot of reading done, during these pasts few months. I have counted and I believe that I have read a total of 30 books since the last time I made a post. That is not bad since I wanted to read 50 books this year. A lot of the book I have enjoyed, and there are very few that I did not enjoy.

I am planning on making some more posts. I do want to get the Owlcrate, Bookly Box, and Book of the Month posts up. I do realize that I am behind on those posts. I would also like to do a couple of reviews. I also wanted to do a post on my attempt on completing some May Instagram challenges. I will admit that it did not work out this month. but I am hoping to find some more challenges. I decided to just focus on one challenge next month, and add those to this blog. In addition, I would also like to complete some book tags that I would like to participate in.

Hopefully I will get all of this done today, and that I will be able to claim a very successful three day weekend. Until next time, happy reading!

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May Owlcrate Unboxing 2016

I know it has been almost a month since I got the box, but I have been so busy with the end of the school year that I finally just got time to do this post. I will admit that this has been one of my favorite boxes. I will admit that when I first heard about the box, I was not excited about this box, but was interested. I am really glad that I have decided to keep this box. I was not disappointed in the contents. So instead of continuing on with this introduction, let’s get on with the unboxing.

The theme for this month was Steampunk. I did love the card that came with the box. I found it very creative and fun. Like the previous unboxings that I have done, I will only show the front of the card right now, as to not spoil the rest of the unboxing. If you do want to see the back of the card and all the items that I got with the box, I will have a slideshow down below, at the end of this post.

The next item that I received was a ring from Sparks Emporium. The ring was a clockwork angel from the Infernal Devises, which is a prequel from the Mortal Instruments Series. I love this ring and I have worn it several times. I did try to get a close up of the ring, but the pictures were not turning out. So I will apologize for the small image of the ring.

The next item that I received was a pin/brooch from Elope. I do collect pins, and I like the clockwork dragonfly, but it is a bit heavy. Other than that, I am counting down the days that I can officially wear this thing to make my friends jealous.

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The next item that I grabbed from the box was from Espionage Cosmetics. I have heard a lot of great things about their nail products and was excited to try them out. I am not a huge nail paint/ design person. I usually do not like anything on my nails. I might actually try these nails out. I checked out their prices for other nail art, and they are not that bad. the most expensive nail wraps are $12.00 and they are part of the licenses nails. Some of them even glow in the dark. You can get 25% off if you join their mailing list.

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This product was the main reason why I kept this box. The next item is from Crystal Compas. I have another jewelry item from them before and I love it. I am glad that I am not disappointed. From Crystal Compas, we got a skeleton key necklace. I really love it, and a lot of people have made some great comments about the necklace. you can get 50% off their products for a month by using the code OWLCRATE

The next item we got was a Peter Pan art print from Creative Daffodil. I like how simple and basic this artwork is. It pays tribute to Barrie and his work, but at the same time, it feels modern. You can get 20% off any of their works by typing in the code OWLCRATE.

Finally, the last item I took out of the box was the book. This month we got Everland by Wendy Spinale. We can we take a moment to appreciate that author’s name is Wendy. She just wrote a steampunk version of Peter Pan. I am not sure what I am more stoked about. The steampunk version of Peter Pan or the fact that a woman who is named after the Wendy wrote it.  After reading her letter to the readers and finding out how obese she is with Peter Pan, only made me want to drop everything and pick up the book. Forget the end of the school year and all the paperwork that needs to be completed. The author also chose to give the readers some cool art tempory tattoos. I am hoping to be done with this book soon.

Unlike the previous boxes, we got a preview of the June box, which is Royalty. I am stoked about this box. So much so that I am counting down the days until I get it. Right now I have about 6 days left. I believe I did some awesome timing with the May box. I am looking forward to the June box, and it is perfectly timed since I will be going on a weekend convention the following weekend that does look into fancy dresses and queens and princesses.

Finally, here is everything, all together, that I got from the Steampunk box. As I have mentioned before, I really did enjoy this box and I found it fun. I am enjoying the book Everland right now and find the world fascinating and entertaining.

If you are interested in getting your own Owlcrate click on the link here. They have different plans so you can try them out.

I do hope that you will have a great day, and I will see you next time. Happy reading!

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Reading Update – May 2016

I cannot believe that we are already half way done with this month. Where has the time gone? I know that I was looking forward to that three-day weekend at the end of May, but I am really wondering if I should just be worried about how fast this year seems to be going.

I just wanted to let you know where I am standing on with my reading. I can tell you that I finally feel like I am free of that reading slump. It just took a couple of good rereads to get me out. As of right now, I have finished both challenges. So let us begin.

I have completed three books so far. I have started a fourth, and I am hoping that I will be able to complete it sometime this week. Giving me a total of 973 pages. Let’s just say that I am dancing and celebrating right now. I feel like I have accomplished something right there.

Below is the list of books that I have planned on reading. The books that have a strike through are the books that I have completed.

  1. I would like to finish Scarlet by Marissa Mayers. I am only 100 pages away from the end. That is not even an hours reading for me. Even though I am enjoying the book, I don’t want it to end.
  2. I would also like to finish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I am listening to that book. I am a little over half-way done to completing it. About 3.5 – 4 hours left.
  3. The List by Siobhan Vivian
  4. Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen – Part of February’s Challenge. I have had this book on my shelf for several months with the intention of finishing this duology, but somehow never having the chance to finish it.
  5. The Three Sister’s Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts. I traditionally reread these books around this time of year, which will be competing May’s challenge. The title of the books are…
    1. Dance Upon the Air
    2. Heaven and Earth
    3. Face the Fire.

I do hope that the rest of the month will continue to be a good reading month just like the first half. I hope that all your reading plans are working out for you. Until next time. Happy reading!

Bout of Books – Day 7

Okay. I know it is the last day, but I believe that I only got about 30 minutes of reading done. I might get another 10 to 15 minutes after I do this quick reflective blog.

As a whole, I am glad that I participated and got a lot of reading done during this readathon. I was able to start and finish two books, participate in two challenges, and started and completed 100 pages of a third book. That is not half bad. I was hoping to do all three books and maybe get a fourth finished. One of the things that I forgot was how slow I read the following book of this series, no matter how many times I have read these books. It is crazy. I believe that it is all part of the nostalgia of the experience and not wanting to end a great adventure.

As for blogging wise, I wish I was able to fit it into my schedule a bit better. As I mentioned in my previous blogs, my week has been quite crazy and busy. So a lot of my time was spent reading. I realize a few hours after I finished yesterday’s post how nostalgic I was sounding. I felt as though it was a bit depressing. Part of it is the fact that the readathon is coming to the end, and I was feeling that nostalgia, but not to the level of depressing. I am usually a bit nostalgic at the end of events because I start to realize how much I am going to miss being there or doing it, such as school and the end of a schedule of learning. In one way I am looking forward to summer and my birthday, but at the same time, I am not looking forward to ending my schedule of going to school to learn something new. The same can be applied to this readathon, where I am looking forward to other readathons, and a little break until the next one, but at the same time I do not want the fun to end with all the challenges and the great adventures we are sharing.

There are a few changes I would like to make before the next Bout of Books readathon (August 22). Let us call it my next steps to improve.

  1. Better preparation – I completely forgot about Bout of Books even though I signed up for it last month. That was part of my problem, it was too far in advance for me to remember about the readathon. For one of my jobs, I get a weekly schedule and I am lucky to get the schedule on Friday, most times I get the schedule on Saturday, and there are a few times where I get the schedule on Sunday. for August, even though it would be the first week of school for us, I would like to map out my week and plan what books to read as well as when I am going to read the books and my blogging schedule.
  2. To create a specific TBR for Bout of Books. I know that this relates to the previous next step, but I this year I created TBR after I started the readathon. This did end up working out, but I felt unprepared. I do not like that feeling of being unprepared, yet I also feel as though I had a lack of focus.
  3. As a blogging practice, I would like to keep track of the number of pages and how many books I read. I might just keep the TBR and strike through all the books that I have completed. It would not only be really cool to see the progression of reading, but I believe that it will help with that focus.
I am just going to start off with those three.
I do hope that for those of you who participated in Bout of Books, you had a lot of fun. I know that I had a lot of fun. For those who did not, come join us in August. The sign up should be starting around late July.
I do hope that your weekend went perfect and was filled with adventure. I will see you next time. Happy reading!

Bout of Books Update – Day 5

Okay, I realize that I am bit behind on my reading and readathon plans. Though this is the most that I have read in a long time.  For this readathon alone, I have read two books and I am starting on my third.  Not bad considering the reading slump I have been in.  Nothing like a good readathon to help you out of a slump. 

I will admit that I was not able to participate in the fun activities that were planned for this Readathon. Though I am not upset with how everything went. I am proud of the reading that I have accomplished. Even today is a little bit crazy as I am trying to find a way to fit in everything that I want to accomplish. 

I must admit that I am a little sadden that the readathon will be ending soon.  In one way I wish for another week. A week to do all the challenges and reading. Which brings me to today’s challene, in which we are to look back and pick a favorite moment of this Readathon.  I will definitely say the reading. 

I do hope that for those of you who participated in the Readathon, you had fun and was able to accomplish everything on your Readathon to do list.  For those of you who did not, there is another Bout of Books Readathon coming soon.  

I wish for everyone to have a great weekend. See you next time. Happy reading! 

Bout of Books Day 3

I first want to apologize for not updating frequently. This week has been weird. Between four jobs, homework, and this readathon, I have not been able to update until today. Even today was weird. I had a training that went over time for one job and was almost late for the second. But even with all the craziness, I still got some reading done.

So far I have read only one book. I have started Dance Upon the Air, by Nora Roberts, on Monday and finished it yesterday. I have also started Heaven and Earth. I am hoping to finish that book by tomorrow. My goal is to get The three Sister’s Island Trilogy completed for this readathon. I have also started reading Flunked by Jen Calonita. This book looks promising since I am 35.6% done with it. I do feel as though I am flying through it.

Moving on to the challenge for the day. Today’s challenge is called Five favorites. The rules are…

Pick the topic of your choice and share your 5 favorite books that fit. Topics could be a favorite genre, a favorite trope, book boyfriends, or ANYTHING. There’s no limit to where you can take this!

The topic that I am going to choose is favorite series.

  1. 80AD by Aiki Flinthart – For some strange reason, this book is still unknown with only 389 ratings on Goodreads. Which is sad since it is so good. On top of it, the series is still free at Barnes and Nobel.
  2. The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica By James A. Owen – I know that I have probably mentioned this series before, elsewhere on my blog. Let me reiterate my point on the epicness of this series. Great classic authors + the discovery of their inspiration of their stories+tons of mythology from around the world. Come on, read the series and join me in knowing and experiencing this epic journey.
  3. Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts – I realize that this is my only adult series on this list. However, I do need to claim that this trilogy is more than the romance that Roberts is known for. The story is just epic and the growth that the characters go through is amazing. Romance is just a bonus.
  4. Unwanteds by Lisa McMann – I have yet to finish the series, but I now own the books. I do plan on finishing the series, but what I have read is amazing and fun.
  5. The Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi – This series is still in the works on being completed, however, the artwork is amazing. I could not have this list complete without it. I will admit that the first two books are a little slow, but they are important as they are for world and character building/ development. Once you get to the main story, it is awesome and epic. Even if you do not want to read it for the story, at least go through the books for the artwork.

That is the challenge. It was hard to just keep it down to five series. I do hope that you will check out some of these series and read them.

Right now, it is time for me to get back to reading. I am hoping to give another update tomorrow. Until then. Happy reading!

April Wrap Up and May TBR 2016

Okay. I am starting to see some hope. The last two weeks of April were good. I was able to get most of my reading done in those two weeks. I am hoping that my reading slump is finally coming to an end. Looking back I realize that I have read a total of 13 books this month. I am really happy with that number. Some of those books were not on my TBR, I am hoping to write a review shortly, instead of listing them here.

Moving on, I want to focus on May’s TBR. In looking back at the TBR jar challenge, I have realized that I have not finished February’s challenge. May’s challenge is to read a book that I have already read at least once, and February’s challenge is to read a book that I have own but never read.  With those two challenges set, let us begin.

  1. I would like to finish Scarlet by Marissa Mayers. I am only 100 pages away from the end. That is not even an hours reading for me. Even though I am enjoying the book, I don’t want it to end.
  2. I would also like to finish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I am listening to that book. I am a little over half-way done to completing it. About 3.5 – 4 hours left.
  3. The List by Siobhan Vivian
  4. Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen – Part of February’s Challenge. I have had this book on my shelf for several months with the intention of finishing this duology, but somehow never having the chance to finish it.
  5. The Three Sister’s Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts. I traditionally reread these books around this time of year, which will be competing May’s challenge. The title of the books are…
    1. Dance Upon the Air
    2. Heaven and Earth
    3. Face the Fire.

I am just starting off with those seven books. I am hoping that I will be able to read more this month, but I wanted to start off small. I am curious as to what books you will be reading during the month of May.

I do want to wish all our mothers out there a wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day. I do hope that your day is filled with joy, laughter, and wonderful memories.

I will see you next time. Happy Reading!