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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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!