September Wrap Up 2017

Let me tell you the truth. I have not been doing a lot of reading, and obviously, have not been writing. However, I did get to experience a lot of things. This month have been very interesting.

During this month I got to experience severe back pain from stress. The pain was so severe, I could barely move or function. For about two weeks, I was just trying to manage my back pain. I did not get a lot of reading in since there was not a comfortable position for me. I am doing better now, but I do feel the tension in my neck and shoulders once in a while. I just try to continue my stretches and to keep my neck straight.

The other exciting moment was being a part of a book signing and book talk. On the 10th I got to see Bill Nye the Science Guy. That was the highlight of my month. I got his book signed and I am trying to finish it. His book, Everything All At Once, is really good. I love the idea of applying the nerd mentality to everything and by using this mentality we can improve the world (“Or dare I say it… Save the World”). I am halfway through the book, and I can tell you that it is an easy read. It is not as technical as I thought it would be. There are a few moments where he does get technical, but you can just feel his passion throughout his writing.

The other highlight that has happened is that I got to rescue a kitten and keep him. He is very cute and loveable. All he cares about is people and love. I would like to introduce you to Thor, my loveable orange tabby kitten.

The other exciting thing that I got to experience was getting a new glasses prescription. This summer was very interesting. I was due for new glasses at the beginning of summer since Covered California does not cover vision, I had to get vision through the district (my main job). I tried this new doctor and my new prescription kept getting me sick. The best way for me to describe it was a low-grade migraine. I was dizzy, nauseous, light sensitive and tired. In addition to the first prescription, I experienced two distances of the same object. Almost like a funhouse effect, but it wasn’t fun. The second prescription that I got from him also got me sick, similar to the first prescription, but without the funhouse effect. I still could not judge distance very well, but I was not happy that I kept getting sick. I ended up switching doctors and I am very happy that this prescription does not get me sick and that I can see.

In addition, to everything, I also started getting a lot more hours. So I have been very busy with work.  I am just learning to adjust to the ebb and flow of working several jobs.

So are you ready to see how much I have read this month?… Be impressed since I only finished one book and read two.

31423181The book that I finished this month was The Star Theif by Becky Lindsey. This book is about a clever girl who is whisked away on this adventure and a fight between people and constellations. I gave this book three out of five stars. The book started really well and I was really hooked into it. I was enjoying the adventure and the excitement that was happening. About halfway through the book, I was just not feeling the book. I wanted to finish the book because I was invested in the characters and their decision. However, I was not invested in the plot, or with two of the characters that were the catalyst for the plot. The other issue that I had with this book was timing issues. It is not timing with the plot, but it is timing as in the ages of the characters. There is one character whose age does not match with the story. There is one character that when they tell the story it sounds like he vanished when he was about 40 to 50 years of age, but when you see him he is in his 80’s. The problem is, the man was only gone for 10 years. That is the main reason why I gave the book three out of five stars. Once the story of how the problem was created, I was not able to see beyond the impossible math and time travel that had happened. Other than that, I really do think that kids would really love this book. And it is a fun read if you look beyond that age issue.

71yuoinb2plOne of the books that I was able to read this month was Unschooled by Allen Woodrow. This book is really fun and looks into a crazy week full of shenanigans during spirit week for the fifth-grade class. I gave this book three out of five stars. This book was a lot of fun and I did enjoy it. However, the lack of special needs students in this school was the main reason why I gave this book the rating that I did. You did have some people who were injured and were wearing casts, however, there was no one that was in a wheelchair or no one who is different from the normal education population participating in any of the spirit week competitions. Working in special education highlight this, and it was interesting while I was looking at my student who would have loved to participate in some of those activities. Beyond that, it is a fun and crazy read that I do believe people would enjoy.

81iaj2ynetlThe last book that I read this month was Is it Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman. This is a fiction work based on the true story of her mother being a part of the 1,000 children’s project during WWII. There is not a lot I can say about this book. This book was amazing. I felt very connected to her mother and her experience during WWII, and what it must have been like to be a German Jew in American during that time. I do recommend you get the book with the bonus materials because it does tell you more information about her mother and her story. I do recommend this book and I would love to see this book in classrooms.

That is my month. Hopefully, I will be able to post another post up soon with my intentions for October. I am not sure if I want to make this month a theme, but I am excited for some of the books that are coming out this month, and I cannot wait to read them.

How was your month of September? Did it go smoothly for you? What books are you looking forward to?

Until next time. Happy reading!

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The Reading Quest Readathon

I am not sure if this is a reading challenge or a readathon, but this looks like so much fun, that I had to sign-up. The challenge came from Aentee from Read at Midnight. She actually called it The Reading Quest. Before I begin, I also want to CW of Read, Think, Ponder for the artwork. That is who design the board and the characters.

The challenge starts on Sunday, August 13th and ends on Sunday, September 10, at midnight, in your area. The challenge looks simple. You pick a character and you follow the purple path on the Bingo board. That is the main quest. The blue tiles are the side quests that you can follow. There are even points that you can achieve while you participate. I have a left a link up above (the second link) so you can check out all of the rules and the game board itself.

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I have chosen to become a Mage, and I will follow the path starting on the bottom left with the Mage up until I reach the knight.

Before I begin, I must note that when making my TBR there were a lot of questions, and most of them were answered when I scrolled down. However, some of these questions were focusing on books that I have chosen for this readathon. I will star those quests in question. The quests for the Mages, and the books that I have chosen are…

  1. Read a book with a one-word title – I have chosen Carival by Stephanie Garber. I am looking forward to reading this book. I have owned this book for quite some time.
  2. Read a book that contains magic –  I am going with The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This one I am sure will count.
  3. Read a book based on mythology – I am a bit proud of my book choice. I feel a bit clever and ingenious with this book choice. I am going to be reading The Star Theif by Lindsey Becker. This book is about one girl’s adventure with the mythical constellations.
  4. Read a book set in a different world – I have chosen to read Cress by Marissa Meyers.
  5. Read the first book in a series – This was a bit difficult to find. I had to scour my shelves to find a book that would work. I tend to start series, not finish them. Alas, I was able to find one book. The book that I have chosen is Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

I have even grabbed some book that will work in some of the side quests. Those side quests and book are…

  1. Expansion: read a companion novel or a short story* – Originally I read the box as to read a second book or a companion novel and I was celebrating because that meant that I could read Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty. Then upon further inspection, thanks to this blog post I realize that it was short story or companion novel. If I can magically fit this in I would love to finish my serial box series. There is one more book that I have left with Remade. I am hoping that I can get to the last book which is The End of the Beginning.
  2. Time Warp: read a book set in either the past or the future – I have chosen to read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. I have heard a lot of great things about this book and I am really looking forward to reading it.
  3. Potions: read a book concocted by 2 or more authors* – I am not sure if I am cheating, but I proud of myself for thinking of this. I want to read Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Amerlle. It is 13 short stories written by 13 different authors. I believe that it should count.
  4. Open world: read whatever you want – I am hoping to get to You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner. In looking at the book, I do not think that this book will fit in any of the boxes. I am not sure, but I am really looking forward to getting to this book. Plus, it is one of my short ones.
  5. Respawn: read a book that you DNF – I am hoping that I can finish Twice Upon a Time by James Riley. I have started this book, but DNF it because I was caught in a minor reading slump in the beginning of the year. I did enjoy the book, and I am hoping to finish it within this reading challenge/ readathon.

I know that this is a lot, and I am not sure if I will make through to all of these books. Though I am hoping. In the following week, I will come up with a game plan that might work out, to help me stay on track. For now, this will be my TBR. If there are any changes, I will let you know.

I do hope that you will join me in this epic quest. Until next time. Happy reading!

 

Bookly Unboxing – September 2016

Alright. I know it is quite soon for another unboxing, but I am behind on my posts, and I wanted to take the time to catch up. Though the book How To Hang a Witch is nearby and tempting me as well as the Alexander Hamilton Soundtrack. Let us move on to the unboxing.

The first thing that I saw when I opened the box was the card of who we were helping and the Bookly Box Bag. This month we are helping those in Beitbridge, Zimbabwe get books and a public library.

This month, I enjoyed our fun bookish items. For this month we received a notebook and a pen. What was great was that it was another quill pen, but in a different color. I was thinking of getting another one, but getting one in this box was great, and I do like the color choice. I feel as though the black pen will not get as dirty as the white one.

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Of course, we got the standard bookmark. I do like the quote, but I am not sure if it is a theme for this month, or if it was just chosen to be placed on a bookmark. The quote does not match the book. It is still a great quote. It states, “Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

The box also comes with two tea bags. Not being a tea drinker I need to come up with a plan on what I am going to do with these tea bags. Maybe I will bring them to work and try them out then.

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The last item was the book. This month we got Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee. I will be posting a review of the book soon. The one thing that I will remark is that I do love the binding of this book. I feel as though all paperbacks should be bound up like this.

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I will admit that I enjoyed the bookish items more than the book. I do appreciate that Bookly Box gives out a variety of books and giving the unknown authors a chance to shine.

That is it, folks. I know that this is a very small box, but I enjoy its short and sweetness. I am very interested to see what will be happening next month.

If you are interested, you can also get a Bookly Box with a recurring 10% discount on your purchase with the code SUPERBOOKWORM.

I do hope that you enjoyed this unboxing and I will see you soon. Happy reading!

Intergalactic Book Tag

The questions:
1. Space: Name a book that is out of this world – that takes place in a world different from our own.

Saving Mars by Cindy Swanson – I know that I am cheating with this book, but I loved this stellar book. In addition, most of this book takes place in space, not on Earth.

2. Black Hole: Name a book that completely sucked you in.

A book that has sucked me in was More Than This by Patrick Ness. I remember reading it during Booktubeathon and all I wanted to do was to continue reading it. Forget work and responsibilities, let’s just read!

3. Lightspeed: Name a book you are anticipating so much that you wish you could travel at lightspeed to get to it.

The main book that I am anticipating this year is The Hammer of Thor, the second book in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan. As it stands, I am already thinking about preordering the third book. I love this series and I am looking forward to getting back to some awesome characters. 

4. Nebula: Name a book with a beautiful cover.

Image result for tales of the peculiarI am not sure what to choose. I believe that all covers are beautiful in their own way. However, I will choose Tales of the Peculiars by Ranson Riggs. I just love the simplicity and elegance of the cover. 

5. Multiverse: Name a companion set or spinoff series you love.

For this, I would go with the Explorer graphic series. Even though they all claim to be part of a series, they are just companions to each other that explore different questions and ideas. I loved most of the stories and the artwork in phenomenal. 

6. Gravity: Name your favorite romantic pairing that seems to have a gravitational pull to each other.

Trust me I am laughing internally with all the puns that are through my head. The one pair that stood out to me for this category was Cinder and Kai from the Lunar Chronicles. Right now they not only have a literal but a physical attraction to each other. To be fair, I have been rooting for these two love birds for quite some time now. 

7. The Big Bang: Name the book that got you started on reading.

There are two books that have this title. the first one being Anne of Green Gable and the second one is The Chess Garden. I have explained both in a previous post long ago. You can click on the link here

8. Asteroid: Name a short story or novella that you love.

I have two. The Strike of the Christmas Toys by Mary Lee Stanley and Cian’s Apples by Brian L. Lee. Both of these short stories were the first purchases that I have made with my Nook and they have stuck with me ever since. 

9. Galaxy: Name a book with multiple POVs.

I will have to say  the Heroes of Olympus, by Rick Riordan, was one of my favorite multiple POV books that I have read. The style worked really well with the book and I loved how it did not slow down or deter from the reading. 

10. Spaceship: Name a book title that would be a great name for a spaceship.

The three somewhat recent books that I have read that I believe would make a great ship name would be Wonder, Everland, and Ember. I am tied between Everland and Ember. On one hand, I would like Everland to be a ship name because it would be cool to have a lost boy feel, and be a part of a crew that can call themselves “The Lost Crew.” I would need someone who would be willing to call themselves Peter in this case. However, Ember would be cool to have as a ship name because it would represent hope and light in a dark vast place. I have not read the book, but I have read the graphic novel, and I did love the graphic novel. 

That my friends is the Intergalactic Book Tag. I definitely would love your opinion on what book title would be a great name for a spaceship. You are also free to do this tag as well. I am interested to see your answers to these categories.

I am hoping that you will get to see a lot more of me in the next few weeks. I am planning on getting a lot more reviews done, as well as finishing a couple of unfinished posts. The last few weeks have been a bit crazy with my grandma being in and out of the hospital, my car being in the repair shop, and starting classes as well as balancing several jobs. Definitely a bit crazy.

Until next time. Happy reading!

Review of The Call

Alright. I am a bit excited to get things started. I know that it has been a while since my last post, and I hope that I will be making it up with a book review.

img_26151I did finish The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. I feel as though that this book is a mixture of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. The book takes place in Ireland, where it has been separated from the rest of the world because of the Fae. In doing so, the Fae has the ability to call upon the teenagers and hunt them in the land that they were forced to live (due to an ancient treaty), the Gray Lands. The teens have 3 minutes in our time to survive in the gray lands, or else they will either die or become part of the wildlife. You are following a group of teens who are going to school to be trained to survive in the Gray Lands and their experiences as they are getting called.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. There were so many things that I enjoyed with this book. Of course there were those few things that I did not enjoy, but in the end, the book did stick with me for a few days, and I really did enjoy the book overall.

Let me start off with our pros. I really enjoyed that it was a dark, suspenseful, and an intense read.  The book was not easy to put down, and there were moments where I was debating on whether or not I should be responsible or not, because I wanted to read the book and not go to work or do things that I knew that I had to get done. Another thing that I enjoyed and loved was how the characters were relatable, even the characters that I hate. It made the events believable and real. It also helped you sympathize with the characters and what they have experience in the Gray Lands. O’Guilin wrote his characters in such a way that you would understand their thinking and reasoning behind such choices and experiences. I especially loved our main character. I enjoyed the fact that even though she is physically disabled, yet she is still strong and smart. In fact, I remember reading the first few pages and celebrating on such an amazing character. I am more in love with her on the fact that she hates it when people baby her because of her disability. I also enjoyed how O’Guilin used these characters to play with labels and teach us to not judge a book by its cover. He did not just pick on the whole weak being able to survive, but also played with other cliches such as the strong hero being the bad guy or the depressed sick teacher being the leader of darkness. Finally, I enjoyed the different themes within the book, such as friendships, love, kindness, growing up and what it means to be human, not just survival.

However, as much as I loved our book, there are two things that I did not like about the book. Sadly, this does take place at the end of the book and there will be spoilers (so if you want to skip this, you may). The first thing that I did not like was the amount of loose ends that happened at the end of the book. It just left so many unanswered questions that I felt as though we could have had an extra chapter to happily tie those up. Some of my questions are:

  1. What happened to the traitors? Did they get their wish granted?
  2. What was with the crazy woman who wished to be in the Gray Lands? What was her exact wish? Did she make sure that she would not be hunted while she lived in the Gray Lands?
  3. Were there more wars between Ireland and the Fae?
  4. Was Ireland ever able to connect back to the real world?

The other thing that I did not like was how depressing the ending was. Here we are supposed to celebrate the human’s victory, but we end it with a sad reminder of death and loss friendships. Those were the main two problems that I had with the book.

In the end, I would love to recommend the book to everyone. However, I do fear that this book could trigger some people who have anxiety or suffer from PTSD. I can tell you that this book did cause some anxiety problems, and I was struggling with it, but the book was worth it. In the end, I can only speak for myself when it comes to my anxiety. But I do recommend this book to anyone who would like to read dark and intense books, especially if you like both the Hunger Games and the Game of Thrones. It is beautifully formulated and a lot of fun to read and experience.

That is it for the review on The Call. I do hope that your weekend went great and that you will have a wonderful week. See you next time and happy reading.

August Wrap-up & September TBR 2016

August was a pretty good month. I was able to read about 10 books. That is not bad. I am happy with the books that I have read, and I am looking forward to the books that I will be reading for this month. I was able to complete my challenge for the month of August, but not with the books that I planned on using. I ended up reading Saga Volumes 1 – 4. All of those books took one day to read.

I was planning on making this month be a theme, but that did not work. Instead, I am going to be reading books that have interested me, or that I need to finish. The challenge that I got for September was to read a book that was published before I was born. So here is the TBR.

  1. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin – This book is a bit darker than I thought it would be. It has its intense moments. I will say that I am stoked in having a stong, kickass physically disable main character.
  2. Saga Vol. 5
  3. Blood and Snow #3 and 4 – I have to finish the thrid part and start the fourth. The books are not that long, they are now becoming teadious.
  4. Cress by Marissa Mayers – I have started this book, and I need to end it. I am getting to a very intense part of the book, and I am just not ready for all the feels.
  5. Afterworlds by Scot Westerfield – This book is huge and heavy. I am not sure if I will be able to carry it with me. But I would love to try and read this book.
  6. Ember in the Ashes – I cannot remember when I started this book, but I think it is high time that I pick it back up and finish it.
  7. The Little Prince – my challenge book.

That is my TBR for the month of September. I am hoping that I will be able to stick to it better than August. Until next time, happy reading!

September 2015 Book Haul

Okay, I will be experimenting with a new format. I keep seeing Book Hauls on Booktube and wanted to do one this month because of all the great books that I bought/ received this month. The total price of books that I have bought this month is about $60.00, which isn’t bad for 71 books (21 I bought and the 50 I got online). This does not count for the two books that I received this month for a review. For the purpose of shorting a potential mile long blog, I will only be showing you books that I have a hard copy for.

If you like the format or have any questions, please let me know in the comment section below.

Let me start off with my proudest accomplishments. I was able to grab this set for $28.00. It is not that bad. I am really proud of this find and a great buy. It took me a while to get all of the books, but in the end, I am more than willing to show this one off. Just to note, I did not get these books at the official Library Book Sale.I got all but book five before the book sale and the fifth book a few days after the book sale.
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Here is the other set that I have. I got this set at the end of July not expecting to get it until mid-October due to the release of another book that I bought with this set. I was more than thrilled and excited that I got this book sooner than I expected.

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Okay here are the books that I have bought at the library book sale.

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Just to add in one more book from the Library, I did not get it at their official book sale but got it earlier. I was impressed that it was not specially priced book and got it for only $2.00

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Alright! Here is the final physical copy book that I got this month thanks to Owl Crate.

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Please let me know what you think. Is this format doable? Also, if you want the fifty ebooks that I got for September, let me know in the comments below.