First week of the Reading Quest

Let me be honest here. My first week did not go all that well. I thought that if I started with a quick middle grade I would be off to a great start. Sadly I am not. I am only a 152 pages into The Star Theif. Even though the book has a lot of action, I feel as though this book is a bit slow. We are finally able to see some of the plot that is going to drive this book forward.

I am hoping that next week I can stop playing around with games and movies on my iPhone, and actually get some reading done. I am hoping to be done with this book by Wednesday. I will let you know on Twitter and Facebook how that is going. I also bought some of my TBR for this challenge as audio books. I am hoping to start The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue tomorrow. I have looked at how long the audio book is, and it is 10 hours and 47 minutes long. I spend about an hour a day in my car driving to and from work. It would take me about 11 days to finish this book. Even if I do speed up the reading, I will still end up finishing this book by next week. I am looking forward to this book, I have heard so many great things about this book. I am also hoping that I will start Rebel Belle by Wednesday and finish it by Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

I am not sure if I will stick to this plan. I realize that I could get through The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue faster if I read the book during my free time at work, and just change the placement of the audio book while I am driving. However, my goal is to complete two books by the end of this week, and have a third book half way done. With this bad start, I am just hoping that I will finish my main quest.

I am also hoping that by participating in Bout of Books 20, I will be inspired to read more and get more than what I have planned for this week. I do not think that I will be participating in a lot of the challenges this week, just because I do want to focus more on reading. If you are interested, click on the link. You can sign up for Bout of Books 20 all through tomorrow. It is a lot of fun, and it will start on Midnight in your area.

So that is my update for the reading Quest Challenge. I am sorry that my writing was a bit all over the place. I have been a bit distracted. Part of it is the solar eclipse that is going to happen tomorrow. I will sadly not get the chance to see totality, but I will get a partial and I am hoping that I will get to see at least a little bit of it. I do live in the bay area and sadly the weather is going to be foggy around that time. I am hoping to get to see the tail end of it. I have also started school/work and there is a need to balance out everything, and I was not as prepared as I thought I would be. I am hoping that now that everything is starting to settle, I will be able to get back into the groove of work, work, work, read!

I do hope that you did enjoy the update. If you are participating in either the Reading Quest or Bout of Books let me know down below. How are you doing? What books are you planning on reading? What books have you completed, as well as the challenges for the Reading Quest? In addition, are you going to see the eclipse tomorrow? Will it be partial, full, or are you lucky enough to experience totality? Please let me know your experience down below. It is my dream to experience totality.

In addition, are you going to see the eclipse tomorrow? Will it be partial, full, or are you lucky enough to experience totality? Please let me know your experience down below. It is my dream to experience totality. I just was not able to take the time off due to responsibilities.

As always, I wish everyone a wonderful and safe night. May you enjoy all your adventures.

Happy Reading!

From, Super Bookworm

Day 6 Booktubeathon

So how many pages did I read today?… Well, let me see. I know for a fact that I have read 84 pages from one book and about 33 pages from another book. Giving me a total of 117 pages. Not my best. I just did not feel like reading. In fact, I spent most of my day running errands and procrastinating. I am not sure why. Yesterday went really well. I was able to start and finish Thirteen Chairs, as well as get 8 chapters into The Girl Who Drank the Moon. That was an impressive feat since I did not start reading until 2:30 in the afternoon. So I am really happy with yesterday’s result. I even finished The Dark Prophecy on Thursday. Which leaves me with just about 2 books left, if I do not count Serafina and the Dark Cloak.

So what are my plans for the rest of Booktubeathon? Well, I am now reading Story Thieves. I figure that will be an easy quick read. I am also hoping to quickly read The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I figure since both of those books are middle-grade books, I can easily get through both of them. Don’t get me wrong, The Hate You Give is an amazing book, it is just not something that I can quickly get through. It is a book demanding that you take the time to read it thoroughly and digest its content.

Right now, I am taking a break from reading to write this post. I am hoping to get 20 more pages read from Story Thieves before midnight. I will then get a few hours of sleep, and wake up tomorrow morning to get back to reading. I am hoping to do a wrap-up sometime tomorrow night, if not Monday afternoon. With my wrap-up, I would love to show you all of my pictures that I have taken since Wednesday.

Until then, I wish you the best of luck with the last day of Booktubeathon. Until then, happy reading.

Booktubeathon 2017

I find this very fitting that WordPress just informed me that it is my four year anniversary. Why? The reason why I started this blog was to document my experience with booktubeathon back in 2013. I can honestly say that I am excited to not only participate in Booktubeathon this year but to be back on my blog. A lot has happened and there is a lot of catching up to do, but today I just want to focus on the challenges and the fun that I will experience for booktubeathon.

In case you want to know, Booktubeathon is a week long readathon hosted by Ariel Bissett. It is a week where booktube gets together to have fun, read, and to complete some challenges, not just reading, but with videos and Instagram.

This year reading challenges are…

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover
  2. Read a hyped book
  3. Finish a book in one day
  4. Read about a character different from you
  5. Read a book outside
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover
  7. Read 7 books
  8. Read the group book Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

I do not have the video and the Instagram challenges. Those are usually given the day of that given challenge.

This event is fun and it is happening from Monday, July 24th to Sunday, July 30th.  It starts at midnight in your area, and end at midnight in your area. It is not like some of other readathons, like Dewey’s 24-hour readathon, where everyone starts at the same time. It is one of my favorite experiences is seeing all the different times that these readathons start and end. I really do recommend for everyone to try it out.

I am really excited to share with you all the books that I am planning on reading. However, I must admit that I got a little too crazy. I just saw that the readathon was coming, watched the reading challenges video and started grabbing books off my shelf. In short, I have currently 17 books (18 if I do not finish my current read) that will fit the challenges, and barely any time to read any of them.  I was looking at times for reading, and not doing video or Instagram challenges, and my worst days this week is on Tuesday and Thursday where I have 3.5 hours of reading time. If I take an hour to do the Instagram challenge, I would be left with 2.5 hours of reading. However, this year I would like to try to do at least one to two video challenges as well. I will see. I really want to read more than anything.

I figure that the best thing to do is to share with you all the books that I picked in excited glee.  Show you the top picks that I wanted to read by the end of this week. I figure if I do not read all the books that I wanted to, for what ever reason, I have at least several options to choose from to help me succeed with this readathon.

Here are all of the books that I grabbed while I was preparing for this year’s Booktubeathon.

  1. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
  2. Click Clack Quackity Quack By Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  3. The Book No One Ever Read by Cornelia Funke
  4. The Trails of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
  5. Almost Home by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  6. Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton
  7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespear
  8. New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
  9. Mosquito Land by David Arnold
  10. Story Thieves by James Riley
  11. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
  12. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
  14. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  15. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  16. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  17. A Million Junes by Emily Henry
  18. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty – The book that I am currently reading and hoping to finish before the readathon tomorrow.

Now I thought of the many ways to show you how I could easily succeed these challenges. It was the one thing that made me almost make a video of my TBR. However, I figured out how I can successfully make that TBR.  Are you ready? I hope so…

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover

2. Read a hyped book

3. Finish a book in one day – Here are all of the books that I could finish in a day

4. Read about a character different from you

5. Read a book outside – So I have been having some health problems for a while and one of the issues that I have is light sensitivity. With the fear of the light sensitivity, I have decided to read some short books. I do feel like I am cheating a bit, so I choose two books for this challenge.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover – I am starting to realize that my buying and book choosing habits. I really need to stop and think things through.

7. Read 7 books -I know that these are more than seven books, but these books are my top choices that I want to read throughout the week. I do want to point out that I did not put these books in the order of the challenges or how I want to read them. I just wanted to list books that I really want to read for the readathon.

8. Read the group book Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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That, my dear friends, is my TBR for the booktubeathon. I do hope that I will be able to get through as many books as possible this coming week. I will post my schedule for the coming week down below. I just did not have enough time to figure out which books I want to read at which time. I might just end up filling in the calendar and letting you know what I have been reading throughout the week with my update.

Without futher ado, we must begin, since the first sprint is going to happen any minute.

Until next time… Happy reading!

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A Letter to the World

I know that I tend to stay away from politics, but I feel as though this is a much-needed letter to the world. I hope that you can find this in your heart to understand my stance and need to write this letter.

Hello World,

I know that times are crazy and many people are fearing for their lives, their rights, and their safety since this election. Many things have happened since Tuesday and the past seventy-two hours have been a blur.

I know for myself, I have been going through mix emotions, fears, and experiences. I am glad that I am writing this letter seventy-two hours instead of twenty-four hours after the election. I hope that the extra time will help me sit down, think, and reflect on the comings of our nation. To give me enough time to write down words of wisdom, instead of words of fear and hate. Most importantly, give me time to figure out the correct words to use so that all my ideas and emotions will come out as coherent and justified, not something you can easily roll your eyes and say “there’s another privilege female Millennial complaining.”

First off, I want to claim my right to this letter by stating that I DID participate in this election. I not only voted for my state’s proposition, and my city’s measures, I also voted for my state’s representatives and our future leader of this country.  This process was not short for me. I spent over a week carefully making my decision. I have notes on the proposition as well as my pro’s and con’s lists for each one. I have made notes comparing each candidate and carefully selected one that I believed will best represent our country as a whole and help us move into a brighter future. I will admit that some decision were hard. The choice for who I will choose to be president was a hard one. And was not something I took lightly. My top two picks were not chosen because they were female, but because of their platform and the power that their party had in their voice.

I can tell you here that I almost went with Jill Stein. I loved her stances on the issues at hand and thought she would make an amazing president. However, there was another female candidate, Hillary Clinton, that I thought about too. One that was part of the party that I am in. Her stances were similar to Stein’s. Believing in equality and equal access was a huge issue for me, that I am glad that she supports. Health care was another issue for me. Like many Millennials, healthcare is expensive and Obama care and Covered California is my saving grace. It is the only way on how I can afford my asthma medication and to get great care when I need it. Stein’s stance was better in that she wanted to provide free healthcare for all, while Clinton wanted to make a few small improvements on the current program. Both candidates still promised me my medical and affordable access to my much-needed medication.  Though in the end, I choose Clinton. Not because she was a part of my party, but because I feared the other strong candidate who showered the world with his hateful speeches and made fun on those who supported him because they were not his “ideal” perfect supporters. I was stuck between choosing a candidate who would have been amazing as president but has my voice not be heard, or have my voice be heard and pray that this candidate will deliver what she promise and to stop the hate and promote love and equality.

Stating that I am upset with the turnout of the election, is an understatement. When it was 8:21PM, pacific time, I made my facebook post on how terrified I was because Trump was winning the electoral college vote. Seeing that did terrify me because I feared what he was going to do to those that I work within Special Education. My stepmom made my dad call me at 9PM. This is a huge ordeal for me because my dad has a policy of not using his phone after 8PM. He was the one who calmed me down and stated that all is well. This is just a ploy with the media to keep our interest in this election. The worst case scenario, which is the best for the media, will be that neither candidate will get the 270 votes and congress will have to choose. Congress will, of course, choose Clinton. I went to bed with the plan of not going back on social media and a prayer that all will be right in the world. When I found out the next morning that Trump won, I was numb. My biggest fear had been realized. At that point of time, my thoughts were “now what”, and “how can I keep my student safe and alive for the next year and a half?” And of course I had my hopeful voice of Trump is not inaugurated until February, I have until then to make a decision.

I hate to tell you that my first twenty-four hours was focused on being able to breathe and to not having a panic attack. My thoughts were on how my student is going to save me from the dark depths of my mind, and bring her bright warm, happy smiles and laughter to cheer us all up. To my student, who shows me that love does exist in even the most horrific and dark times. I will also admit that I also took to reading. At the time I was reading Rick Riordan’s latest Magnus Chase book. I passed the section where we met Heimdall and the thought of how many selfies did he take with the current president to not realize that there is a problem down here. That book is amazing and funny, and definitely, something that the world needs to read right now to help us get into a brighter spirit.

Now comes the increasing problem of “what’s next?” Millions of Americans are upset with the results of the electoral college. Children are coming to school in fear and crying over what is going to become of them and their families. Most of these kids are legal citizens, fearing that they will be deported because they are the wrong color, they are not white, or worse, the wrong religion, not Christian. Some of these kids fear their own health. Fear that these programs that help get them medical treatments and medicine that they need will go away. Teenagers walked out of their classrooms in protest on the results and insisted on the need for equality and love, refusing to accept the outcome knowing the amount of cleanup that will happen in the future.The school that I am working for, has issued counseling to all students since they are now on the level of stress and fear equivalent to those who have PTSD because of this election. Schools have issued decrees on students not talking about politics in fear of everyone safety.  And yet in my corner of the education world, our classroom is spreading love to everyone. We are playing Uno, Skippo, and Sushi Go. We are playing Wii Dance Party 2014. The adults are talking about politics, while the students are loving us and helping us out in our everyday lives. My student smiles and spreads her cheer, while another make sure that all of our devices are charged. A couple of students play games with us, and others teach us in their own way to hold onto hope for a better tomorrow by just living each day to its full potential.

So what is my “next steps”? Sadly, it is not as impressive as those teenagers who did their peaceful protest. I talked with the adults, and those in charge of covered California, as well as read the plans for the coming years to come from our new elected president. Yeah, you read that correctly. While everyone was protesting, I was reading and talking. Yesterday, I called Covered California. I needed to know about my future medical payment in January. What will be my cost for medial in 2017? Luckily for me, it was not as big as a payment rise like I feared. But while I was on the phone with the most amazing rep, I asked him the biggest question burning in all of our minds: what will happen to Obama Care and Covered California? His reply was that they did have their meeting yesterday and decided to carry on like always. A lot of the policies that are up in place to create these programs will take a least a year or more to take down. 2017 prices will stay the same and funding will exist throughout the year. 2018 will be different, but by then we will have a better idea of what is going to happen. The programs will most likely be in place, but their prices will reflect the ideals of the new president and by 2019 the programs might disappear. Knowing this, gave me a bit of hope. I have at least two years to figure out how I am to get medical at a price that I can afford with my never-ending student loans.

However, that does not ease my fear of what will happen to my student and those like her. This is a man who is being compared to Hitler. A man who promised to ship people away because they are different and believe that they have no business being a part of our country. To get rid of the different and unique individual that make our country great.  A man that the world has already seen a connection to concentration camps and deaths. What is one’s next step to this rising fear? Not just for our country but for the world.

For me, it is to breathe. We cannot make much of a difference if we do not breath. Hatred and hurting other and destroying their property is not a good. Your voice might be strong that way, but your message will not be clear. By spreading hate, your message will always be the opposite of what you want a say. We as a country need to sit and breath. To find our inner peace and begin to pick and choose our fights. To become a collective in our decisions on what we want to see in the next four years. And to do that through peace and happiness, not hate. We need this chance to breath and to look at this problem in a new angle. How can we improve the system?

For starters, we need to stop picking fictional characters and dead animals as a better choice for president. Let us be real here. I know that no one really likes our “top two” choices. But choosing fictional characters and dead animals is not making much of a statement. It is not proving anything to your country or the world. If anything, it has proven to the world at how uneducated and beyond stupid we are as a country. If you do not like the two candidates provided for you, look at the other ones. There were other party candidates as well as our primary contenders that  you could have chosen from.  You were not stuck with those two candidates: Trump and Clinton. There was a total of FIVE people on the ballot for president. I really do not want to read the next ballot telling people to please pick LIVING and REAL people who have not served as our country’s president for more than two terms. (Let’s face it. Everyone around the world loves Obama and wants him back in office. Sorry Michelle.)

The another problem that I had with this election was the lack of coverage for ALL of the potential candidates. The world most only likely knew of the two because of what the media portrayed. They only showed the two candidates from the two most powerful political parties. Now I know some people believe in a two party system, but I do not. I don’t believe that you should be stuck with choosing the lesser of two evils to represent  your voice. These parties have been created because people’s voices are not being heard. And this election proved it. How many people from other countries knew about Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, and Gloria Estela La Riva? Unless you have friends who supported these other candidates, most likely no. I can tell you for a fact, that the only reason why I knew more about Jill Stein and Gary Johnson was because I had friends who supported Jill Stein. I was never more upset in knowing that all our nominees will never participate in a debate together because of some weird issue that existed with money, polls, and politics. Never more did this election showed how little our voice matters. Unless we are with some big party, our voice will not be heard. If you are independent, your voice is on the list of being never being heard unless it is needed (which is most likely never).

If I could have one wish right now it would be a do-over. Not just this election, but the whole thing for the past two years. A do-over with the primaries, as well as the major election. When it comes time for the major election I want EVERYONE’S voices heard. I want ALL the candidates to be participating in the debates regardless of their polls, money, or whatever another excuse the media can come up with for not showing everyone. I want all of the world to know who is running for president. And the best part is that we can do this. Legally, Obama can serve as president for another two years. There is a clause in the presidential term that states that a person can serve as president for two terms or ten years. This was mainly in place leaving room for a vice president who becomes president to run for office twice. I know that it is a bit of a stretch, but it is doable and needed. But the reality is that no matter how much I wished for this to be, it will not happen. We are stuck with a man who promoted hate throughout his campaign. Who made fun of those who supported them just because they did not fit the status quo.

So my realistic dream is for us to continue to spread peace, love, and equality. To fight the good fight in keeping everyone’s rights, and to give rights to those who should have had them a long time ago. To continue to fight for much-needed programs, and ideas, that need to be around the United States and to do so without hate. To help our friends and neighbors feel welcome and loved, and to show the world that those who are a bit different are amazing. They are not useless. They are much-needed individuals who help brighten the world and change the world for the better. To show the world, that in order to move forward and to be competitive in the word market, we need the diversity and the uniqueness of everyones. Because what it comes down to, is that every voice matters and that every thought and idea can change the world for the better. It has the potential to make us a powerful collective and to help us excel and get ahead of the other countries that are better than us in freedom, equality, education, love, and peace.

For the world, that get to deal with the choice of the electoral college. I am sorry. I do hope that the next four years will not be as bad as what some have predicted. I hope that the next four years will show that we are a country capable of love and equality, not just hate. That the next four years will bode us in our favor, and we will not have to live in total fear. If anything were to happen, I am truly sorry.

Thank you for reading this.

Sincerely your friend,

Super Bookworm

Bout of Books Day 4, 5, & 6

Alright, the last few days have been hectic. On Thursday my Grandma got sent to the hospital via ambulance due to a high fever. She is doing fine now, but we have been given the notice that she has about two more months to live. That news has not set in yet, due to the fact that I have been trying to balance taking care of my sister, my mom, and helping my mom around the house.

In all that has happened, Thursday was a good day for reading. I was able to finish P.S. I Like You, and I also read It’s Halloween. I have then proceeded to start and continue to read Thirteen on Friday. I am only 74 pages into the book. It is not an easy read. It is definitely an intense thriller book. I am not sure how to word it, but it is not something that you can breeze through.

In the process of the past few days, I was not able to participate in any of the challenges. Thursday’s challenge was to create a tabloid headline with a book that you are currently reading or a book that you have read. At the time I was not sure what I was going to say or which book I was going to pick, and I still don’t know what to do with this challenge. Everything that I came up with sounds dumb. The best one that I can come up with is :”Thirteen-year-old is in danger of death by  crazy millennium cult!”

Friday’s challenge was fun, and I did have a response to it but was not able to get to a computer at all that day. The challenge was to connect a book with a song. Which is interesting because I sometimes naturally do that. For example Face the Fire, the song that I have stuck in my head for it is Lady Gaga’s Judas. Somehow I was reading that book and listening to the Just Born This Way album and the song seemed to fit so much that I am not able to let it go. Judas does fit this song perfectly if you have read this book.

So those have been my last few days. I am hoping to get another 20 pages done with Thirteen before the end of tonight. Then make some more posts for this week. See you next time, and happy reading.

Bout of Books 17 – Day 3

Alright, time to look at how much reading I have done today. Today was a bit different. I feel like I got a lot more reading done today. I am not finished with P.S. I Like You, but today feels different. It probably because there were Twitter posts about just enjoying reading the books that you are reading, and not to worry about the book count. These are the type of statements that I needed to hear. It is making me happier and so much more relieved. I most likely only read 100 pages. As for tomorrow, we will see what I feel like reading. I am most likely sure that I will finish P.S. I Like You tomorrow since I cannot put it down. I am also hoping to start and finish Saga Volume 5. I am not sure what will happen tomorrow.

Now it is time for today’s challenge. Today’s fun challenge was to take a photo of your bookshelf. I hope you enjoy the view. It is not all of my books. Some of my books are at other locations and I have yet to have the time to clean it up. As you can tell, I never finished my Modge Podge project. It still looks good.

IMG_2573[1]I better get going. I need to get ready for work tomorrow. To be honest, I am hoping that I will be responsible enough to get to bed so that I will be awake for tomorrow. I will let you know tomorrow how that turned out. Until next time, happy reading!

Booktubeathon Day 6

How much reading did I get done today…. Hmm…. Let me be honest, I just did not feel like reading. I would like to say that I didn’t but I got some pages done. I have read five pages from Uprooted and idiotically started Paper and Fire when I realize that I needed to go back to Ink and Bone. I do not know why, but somehow I mixed up the two book and for the longest of times I could not figure out what was going on. Let me tell you I was confused for my whole entire drive to work, which is about 30 minutes. It was not until after work did I realize that I accidently picked the wrong audiobook. Opps. Oh well.

As of officially last night, I was able to complete all seven challenges. I so far read a total of nine books consisting of 1,671 pages. Anything that I do now is bonus reading material. which is good because I am only one book behind my Goodreads reading goal.

I am not sure if I will read later on tonight as well. Uprooted is finally starting to take my interest again and I am having a hard time putting it down. However, I am craving my new obsession with Korean Drama with a web series called Doctor Crush. In addition, I am also craving a bed, since I have gotten very little sleep this whole week. I believe the most amount of sleep I got this week is seven, which was last night. Let me tell you, it was hard getting up this morning to get to work.

Tomorrow is going to be different. I am not sure what will be done, but I do believe that I will be able to continue wth Ink and Bone. For this job, I will be cleaning and waxing the floors for the whole entire house. I figure it will take me about five hours to complete. Thus I will be able to go through about half of the book (hopefully). We will see.

I will talk to you tomorrow. Happy reading!