Last day for Bout of Books

Alright. I had every intention to make a daily update, but that did not happen. My schedule was really weird this week, but it was lighter than most weeks. This coming week is insane. I am working from 7:30 in the morning to 6:30 at night. I am just sitting here looking at my schedule going, well my break was nice while it lasted.

In the course of the week, I did get to read two books. In reality, I did read two episodes of the serial book that I am reading. I did get to read part of a comic, and some more from another book (Every Heart A Door).

In challenge wise, I was able to do most of the challenges. It was not that bad. I ended up doing day’s one challenge on day one without even realizing it, and day 2 focus on 2017 goals. The only challenge that I did not participate in was the poetry spine challenge. I just did not want to reorganize my shelves after that challenge. As it stands, I still have to clean up from the Winter Booktubeathon challenges. Four out of five challenges completed, not bad. I am really happy with the success with some of these challenges.

In the end, considering how my week went last week, I am really glad about how everything turned out. I know that I would normally talk about my next steps, but today, I just want to bask in the glory of actually trying and feeling good about what I have accomplished. I really do want to enjoy more out of life, and taking a step back and doing something for the fun of it, not for the success is a huge deal. Believe it or not, it was really hard to do. I never realize how much my happiness and my self-worth was tied to being successful and getting everything done and having it be perfect. It was nice to hold myself back and to tell myself that I had to enjoy what I am doing, I have to be happy. that was a huge learning experience for me.

I will see you this weekend. Until then, happy reading!

24 Hour Dewey Readathon – October 2016

Let me be real here. It was not one of my best readathon outcomes. I was only able to finish a book, and on top of that, I felt as though I failed. Though I am happy with my response on Twitter, and how everyone was helping me feel good about myself. Even though I was not able to do any of the challenges, or get many pages read, I was still able to enjoy the book that I finished.

  • Which hour was most daunting for you?

Almost all of it. I was mainly only able to read in the afternoon to early evening. By the time 10:00PM hit, I was so tired from my week, I had to go to bed.

  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
  1. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
  2. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

I really don’t. I feel kind of bad not being able to participate in it as much as I was planning on to in the beginning of this month.

  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Honestly, I felt as though I am not qualified to answer this question. I was not able to participate in it as much as I was planning to.

  • How many books did you read?

Let me be honest, I was able to finish a book. About 250 pages.

  • What were the names of the books you read?

I finished How to Hang a Witch by Ariana Mather.

  • Which book did you enjoy most?

The only one I finished. Which I am glad, because thinking about it, it would have been disappointing if I didn’t enjoy the book.

  • Which did you enjoy least?

Luckily none.

  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I would love to participate in next year’s readathon. I believe that I will just stick to a participant reading their books. I am not sure what the next readathon will bring, and I do not want to put too much on my plate.

That is my Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon experience. I am not sure what the next few months will bring. Things have been super crazy at home. In addition, I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. Why? I am not entirely sure, but I will be happy if I could get to 25,000 words instead of the 50,000 words that are required by the end of the month of November. I am planning on getting ahead of some blogging to make up some of those weeks that I will be focusing on the writing challenge.

That is all folks. I will see you soon. 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!

July Wrap up and August TBR

July was a really good month in reading. I did a lot of catch up with my Goodreads yearly reading, thanks to Booktubeathon. I also completed the challenge this month during Booktubeathon.

I read a total of 18 books, maybe 17. This equates to 3,922 to 39720 pages read. I am really happy with the outcome of this month and all the reading that I was able to accomplish. Now one of the books is really weird. It is a series of books within a series. In doing some research with the most recent book that I am reading, I have discovered that books one through four are all part of the first “book.” I do not know how else to word it. On one had Goodreads does recognize the first book as an individual book but at the same time part of a compilation.

Moving onto August. I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do since we are getting towards the end of summer and starting with school in a few weeks. On one hand I am ready for school to start, but on the other hand, I still want a little bit more time to relax and enjoy the summer weather.

The challenge that I get to achieve this month is to “read a book in one day”. I am looking forward to this challenge since I have completed it before.

  1. I do want to finish the Blood and Snow series by RaShell Workman. I have left
    1. The Revenant in Training
    2. The Vampire Christopher
    3. Blood Soak Promises
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling
  3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K Rowling
  5. Flunked by Jen Calonita

I am thinking of doing  The Vampire Christopher as my book in one sitting. Almost all the other books I have started but I have never finished, and it is time for me to finish them.I can tell you that I am excited to start and finish The Cursed Child.

What are your reading plans for the month of August? Do you have any fun adventures planned for the last few days left of summer (or winter)? Let me know down below.

Have a great week and I will see you next time. Happy reading!

Booktubeathon Wrap-up

For those of you who have participated, how was your booktubeathon? Mine actually went very well. I was able to complete all of the challenges and read a total of 9 books. Not half bad. The only books that I did not finish on my TBR were Uprooted and More Happy Than Not. I was even able to participate in all of the Instagram challenges and got a review in.

To give you an update on Sunday, I was not able to get as much reading as I thought I would get done. I tried to listen to Truth Witch, but I was not feeling it. In truth, I was just not into listening to another audiobook. In addition, the work that I did took longer than planned. I was there from 10AM to 8PM. Let me tell you that I am still sore and tired from doing the floors. However, I was able to get about another 20 pages done from Uprooted. But that was it. All I wanted to do, that evening, was to take a shower and sleep after my long day at work.

Other than that, I considered Booktubeathon 2016 to be a great success. I did all of the reading challenges and participated in both the Twitter and Instagram platforms. I had tons of fun, and I cannot wait for the December Booktubeathon.

I will post all the pictures that I have posted on Instagram and Twitter in a separate post. It will be one of the posts that I will make sure that I do not copy for Twitter since most of the pictures will be repeated on that social network. I will even give you reviews on the books that I have read during the week of Booktubeathon. I do hope that your week is going perfect and that you are enjoying all the adventures that life has to offer.

See you 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!

January 2016 wrap up

I cannot believe that we are at the end of January and will start February in a few days. Wow! 2016 is going by in a blur. I can tell you that 2016 did start off kind of well, but crazy at the same time. Within less than 72 hours of being in 2016, my grandmother fell and rebroke her hip. It took a while for anything to happen since she had a mild cold and her blood pressure was a little off. I, at least, spent 2 weeks in 2016 either working, helping my mom, or visiting grandma. She is doing better and is placed in a nursing home until she can be a bit more independent.

Reading wise, I have not gotten a lot of books read. According to Goodreads, I am 2 books behind schedule. However, I have read a total of 9 books this month. I am not upset with that number. Considering how crazy this first month has been, I am very happy with reading 9 books. Here are the nine books that I have read so far.

  1. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser #1) by Meghan Ciana Doidge. This book looks at a young woman who loves baking and dabbles in the little magic that she has. However, she starts to discover that there is more after she gets involved with some murders happening around her local magical community. I gave this book 3.5 stars out of five. It was one of those books that I really expected more. I am not saying that it was bad, I am just saying that it was not satisfying. I actually finished this book with no desire to finish this series.
  2. The Woods Vol. 9 &10 by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas. This is just a continuation of the graphic novel series that I started reading last year. I gave this book four out of five stars for volume 9 and five out of five stars for volume 10. I realized shortly after continuing with these books how much I forgot and missed with the passage of time, However, the storyline is getting interesting even though some of the other storylines were cut. You are starting to see the storylines merge with each other. The artwork is still wonderful. To add on, volume 10 did have an epic ending to the point where I was upset that I could not finish the series.
  3.  Stargate by Shelia Black. This book was a summary of the 1994 movie. I was expecting more details and plot from the book, even though the book was only 40 pages longs. I am just disappointed that there isn’t more. I ended up giving this book three out of five stars.
  4. Half Upon a Time (#1) by James Riley. I do not know how to explain this story without ruining the story. Just accept that it is a fractured fairytale where characters from different fairy tales interact along with a girl that has been raised in this world. I absolutely loved this book and found it cute and fun. I ended the book on a high where I wanted to pick up the rest of the series and finish it. However, I will admit that I did not enjoy the abuse that one of the characters received throughout the book, especially since this character is helping our other characters. In the end, I did give this book five out of five stars.
  5. Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This book is about an 11-year-old genius who becomes an orphan and is being taken care of by strangers who were compassionate enough to help her in her time of need. I did give this book five out of five stars for its story line.
  6. Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. This book is about a young man who befriends a peer before they die of cancer. I did give this book three out of five stars because it was funny. However, I do feel as though the book was negative, at least, the main character was negative to himself, and it lacked growth and a plot. I do not recommend this book.
  7. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This book looks into the bravery of an 11-year-old cripple who escaped her abusive mother during WWII. It was one of the books that I was upset with how fast I finished it. I gave this book five out of five stars.
  8. Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe. This book is also a bit hard to explain without spoiling the book. However, I can tell you that this book is about a 14-year-old girl in a lower class working with a person from an upper class coming up with a cure for an epidemic in their city. I did give this book four out of  five stars. It was in an enjoyable read.

I will give detail book review later on. I just wanted to give you a little taste as to what I have read and my thoughts on those books.

To continue on, my two challenges that I am participating this year are doing pretty well. Other than 2016 Around the year in 52 books, I am also working with a 2016 TBR Jar Challenge. I will make a post about that TBR Jar for 2016, don’t worry.

For the Around the Year in 52 books, I have completed six out of the fifty-two challenges. I have also completed the TBR Jar challenge for this month which was – A Book that Intimidate You.

I do hope that you have enjoyed this update and I cannot wait to talk to you soon. Happy Reading!