Bout of Books Day 3

I will admit that day three actually went better than day one and two. I actually read a book. Not one of the books that I was planning on reading, but it is still a book, and it was 197 pages long.

The book that I read was Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. I did read the prequel book, Smile, so I knew what to expect and a little bit more about these characters. In reading other people’s reviews about this book, I did realize that it does make a difference in the understanding of the story and the characters.

This particular comic looked on a road trip that Raina took with her mom, sister, and brother to Colorado. Along the road trip, you get to see some past experiences that Raina had about growing up with her sister and her brother.

I really enjoyed this book. I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads.
Mostly it was because I was able to relate to this book so much, with the sibling rivalry, and the love that you have for your siblings. There are moments where the book is touching and sad, but I did see the humor that existed throughout the book.

In looking at the artwork. It was the same as Smile. I did enjoy the color pallet that was chosen, and I also liked how the characters were drawn. Even though they were cartoonish, I still felt as though they were realistically drawn, as proportions wise. There were no super model bodies within the pages of this book.

I do recommend this book. I believe that everyone would love and enjoy this book. However, I will add the stipulation that you do need read Smile before you read this book. The way that this book is written and formatted as though you have read the previous book. I do recommend the previous book, Smiles.

That is it. That so far is what I have accomplished for day three.

I will see you tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!

Bout of Books update Day one and two

I know that I am a bit behind, but I am participating in the Bout of Books readathon. Sadly my first day I did not get any reading done. I have really no excuse as to why I did not read. I was not working that day. I had the whole entire day to read. I just did not feel like reading. I will be honest, and admit that I was not feeling well, but that usually does not affect my mood in reading. I am just a little burnt out from last year with all the last minute reading that I did to make sure that I was able to get to my goal of 150 books.

I will also admit here that day two was the same as day one. I did not get any reading done.

As for the challenges for day one. I actually forgot that Bout of Books was happening until I receive the Twitter update. By then, I was out of the house helping my mom shop and get items for this weekend’s event. By the time we got home, it was a little late and all I wanted to do was to get to bed and sleep.

Hopefully, day three will be better. Technically I am not working in the morning so I could read for a few hours. Since I did borrow a lot of books from the library, I do want to read those books first. My plan is to read The Ms. Marvel comics volumes three through five over the next two days and hopefully finish Every Heart A Doorway by Friday.

That is my plan for the rest of Bout of Books. I will have an update tomorrow to let you know how everything is going.

I will see you next time. Until then, 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!

 

 

2016 October Wrap-up and November TBR

I know it is a little late to post a TBR, but I had my list of books that I was planning on reading for the month of November. Somehow I made my November a really busy. Then my November has become crazy with a lack of inspiration. I know that everyone is feeling the shock of Trump being the US President-elect, but for me, there is some strange land of hope with all the protests that are happening around my area.

Let me get back on track and focus on Books. October was a decent month of reading. I did not get all that I hope and dreamed of reading. Which is sad, but the books that I did read I enjoyed. There was a few book that did weird me out. The book that I did read was:

The Midnight Horse – this was a book that we were reading in the classroom. It sounds interesting, but the book is boring.  I am hoping that we will not read it again next year. Don’t get me wrong. The book wasn’t bad, it was just boring and uneventful. I ended up giving this book two out of five stars on Goodreads.

Saga Vol. 5 – I had to finish this book before I turned it into the library. I did give this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. I still do not know what to make of the series. The artwork is beautiful.

Becasue of Mr. Terupt – I was using this book to help me control my math group for one of my jobs. It was working until the end when the kids lost interest because they decided to get the book at the library themselves and read ahead. I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. This is a beautifully well-written book. I do recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who want to share a wonderful and magical book with a young person in their life.

The Doll Grave Yard – This book was creepy and good at the same time. I am so glad that I read it. I do have plans on writing a full review soon.

Two Bad Mice, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and Benjamin Bunny –  I do not know what to say. I guess that I had such high expectation from these books and to say that I am shocked is a bit of an understatement. Most of the shock I realize comes from the fact that the cultural difference between the early 1900’s and now. There are so many things that I am having a hard time seeing being okay in today’s world. Some of these books were also slow and bit farfetched.

How to Hang a Witch – Just click on the link to see the full review. 

Now onto my November TBR. Please understand that I made this list in the beginning of this month, and some of these books I have read. In addition to finishing my October challenge, I will also try to complete my November challenge. The challenge for November is to read a book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF. I hope boss works here because I chose to read The Outsiders. It is a book she is trying to get our kids interested to be reading in class. Now onto my TBR list for November.

  1. MacBeth – October Challenge
  2. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor – finished
  3. The Dragon Rider – finished
  4. The Neptune Project – I have started
  5. The Outsiders – November Challenge

Ontop of that do have a readathon that I am planning on doing this month. Gobble-up-Books Readathon is taking place November 23 to November 27. It is around America’s Thanksgiving. I will be posting more information about the readathon in the comming week.

That is it for this wrap-up and TBR. I do hope that you enjoyed post and that your weekend has been a good one filled with adventure and fun.

Until next time. 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!

Bout of Books 17 – Day 1

Alright… Let me be real here, I did not get a lot of reading done today. Let’s just say that today was not a good day in general. As much as I want to read An Ember in the Ashes, I just am not in the mood to listen to it. On top of that, I did not get one book done, but I did get to read about 80 pages today in P.S. I Like you. No matter how much I try, I just want to read that book. That is all I am thinking about. I just love the main character.

That is the sad patheticness of my life. Only 80 pages read. I did get to help my sister get ready for school after she slept in, freeze two credit cards, went to the college to help my one on one participate in a walking class, get her signed up, freed my keys from my locked car, and now I am writing this post. So far the highlights of my day have been writing this post and reading.

Now, let’s get onto the challenge. Today’s challenge is to look at books to movies adaptations. This was done by Writing My Own Fairytale. The challenge is to share both our favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptation. We could explain if we want to, but it is not necessary.

My favorite book to movie adaptation is The Book Theif. I loved this book, and the movie is no different. The movie was beautifully well done and honored the time period as well as the book, even through their differences.

My least favorite book to movie adaptation will have to be Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. I do not know where to begin. Maybe those who have read the book and seen the movie can help me out. I was not happy with the movie.

So that my friends is day one. I do hope that tomorrow will be better. I have decided to change my plans and to try to read the Saga series between job one and job two. Maybe even fit some more of P.S. I Like You while I am at work. I am also hoping that I will get be able to start my audio book to tomorrow.

If you are participating, how is your reading? Are you keeping up? Are you having fun? I do hope that you are having some fun. I will see you tomorrow. Happy reading!

Bout of Books TBR

Okay. I am so stoked to get this party started. Next week is the Bout of Books Readathon (August 22 to 28th). I am not sure how I am going to do since I will be balancing multiple jobs next week, but I would like to get a least a few books read.

If you want to sign up, it is easy. Just go to their site http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com/, and fill out a form on the bottom. You will also need to make a post on either your blog, twitter, or some other social media source to tell the world that you are participating.  It is super simple. There are also some great contest for you to participate in along the way.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So here are the books that I am planning on reading for Bout of Books

  1. Saga Vol. 4
  2. Saga Vol. 5
  3. The Vampire Christopher
  4. Blood Soaked Promises
  5. P.S. I Like You
  6. Ember in the Ashes

I feel as though that is a bit ambitious. However, I picked many quick short books. I also picked an audiobook so that I can maximize the time that I spent reading. I have about 16 hours to read from Monday to Saturday. I have most of the day Sunday to read, as you can see with the schedule below. IMG_2538[1]

My plans are to read the graphic novels on Monday and Tuesday. Both of those library books are due on Wednesday. After that, it is more along the lines of what I feel like reading, but I feel as though I would get more done if I focus on the short stories on Wednesday and Thursday ( The Vampire Christopher and Blood Soaked Promises). Ember in the Ashes is my audio book that I will listen to while I am getting ready and traveling to work. I am hoping that I will be able to finish this 15.5-hour book within this week. I am planning on reading P.S. I Like You on both Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be my catch up day if I fall behind.

That is my TBR and plans for Bout-of-Books 17. What are your plans? Are you planning on participating in Bout-of-Books 17? There is still time to sign up if you want to participate. It is a lot of fun and I am looking forward to my week of craziness.

I will talk to you soon. Happy reading!