Saturday, September 26, 2015

FrightFall Read-a-thon Signup

Seasons of Reading

It is time for spooky reads and Michelle at True Book Addict, Castle Macabre and The Christmas Spirit blogs has a read-a-thon to get you in the Halloween spirit. You can sign up at this link.
For the read-a-thon, you only have to read one "scary" book. This can be a mystery, thriller, Gothic novel, or something similar for those of you like me who do not read horror. I think my scary book is going to be Dracula by Bram Stoker, since I also chose it for RIP X this year. Otherwise I am going to see what else I need to finish that week for the rest of my reading list. As always thanks to Michelle for hosting!



Monday, September 21, 2015

Re-Readathon #2 wrapup


This was hosted by Bex at An Armchair by the Sea. Well I did finish The Iron Trial and managed to read about 10 chapters of HP and the Order of the Phoenix and about 40 pages of Little House on the Prairie. I did not quite make my three book goal, but I did finish one book and I had fun! Thanks to Bex for hosting! I would definitely do this re-readathon again!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Re-Readathon Challenge: Favorite Rereads List


This is hosted by Bex at An Armchair by the Sea and you can sign up at this link.
For this challenge, Bex asked us to list our favorite rereads or books we would like to reread. For me there will be lots of fantasy reads, mainly middle grades or YA.

1. Harry Potter series: Of course this series is number one and I try to reread it every other year or so. I always get stuck on book five, because the ending tears me to shreds and also Umbridge is the most evil villain of all times and I spend the book so mad at her. The third book is one of my absolute favorite books ever, so obviously this series is tops.

2. Chronicles of Narnia series: Currently my husband is reading this series to me at bedtime. This is our time to bond over a series we loved as children and it makes me happy that he is willing to do this for me. I was in middle school when I discovered this series and he was much younger when he and his brother would read this series together. I have trouble relaxing and falling to sleep and being read to is one of the few things that actually helps me to sleep.

3.Rick Riordan's fantasy books: Percy Jackson and the Olympians is another favorite series of mine. I picked up the Lightning Thief when I first started working full time at the library and was stuck at our branch. I had cleaned the entire library and no one was inside, so I decided to browse the shelves and look at some series books to see if we needed to purchase the next in the series. I picked up the Lightning Thief and that was that. I still need to finish Blood of Olympus and I know it is because I am afraid it is truly the end of Percy and Annabeth's journey.

4. The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel: Loved this series although the end rips me to shreds. I love how he mixes in all the different mythologies, shows the depths we will go for love, and how the sacrifices in the end still manage to make me tear up, even though I have read it three times.

5. Legend by Marie Lu: Another favorite read of mine and yet another series I keep putting off the ending book. I love her writing and each time I read Legend like I have never ever read it before. I have to read Champion at some point, but I am still afraid of letting this series go.

6. Pern series: Another series I have not finished, but that I like to pick up the first few books and reread. I am hoping to start Dragonquest really soon. I love McCaffrey's world-building and even though I get ticked off at her male leads and want her female leads to be a bit more kick-butt, they are still well developed characters.

7. Little House on the Prairie series: To me these remind me of my childhood. I am rereading them for the first time since middle school and they remind me of being read to as a young girl. I know there are some issues with the depictions of Native Americans and if I ever have children I will discuss this as I read these to my children. I always loved the way the family held together through everything.

8. These are books I plan to reread some day. All of Sarah J. Maas's books. I still need to finish Heir of Fire and start Queen of Shadows, but I loved the first two in the Throne of Glass series. A Court of Thorns and Roses blew me away and I am so excited that it is a series. I thought it was a standalone for so long. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is another one I would love to reread and I can't wait until Carry On comes out.

Thanks Bex for this challenge! I loved thinking about what I like to reread and strolling down memory lane!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

My September TBR: And the Winner is...

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This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. And the winner is... a tie between

Wildflower (Wildflower, #1)  HeroThe 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

This was the highest number of responses I have ever had with this challenge, so thank you everyone who voted! All three titles had three votes a piece and we just could not break this three way battle. So Random.org determined that the winner is...
 Hero

 I went to Random.org and the number it chose corresponded with Hero's number in my original Google form vote, so Hero it is! However, this just proves I need to finish all three books this month, so I am going to try to do it. Thanks again to Michelle for hosting this!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Booking Through Summer Reading Challenge Wrapup

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This was hosted by kimberlyfaye reads and BookNerd Betsy. 
I did a poor job at getting into the social aspect of things, but not too shabby with my reading. I think I may have commented a few times, but forgot the mini-challenges and forgot to comment on most of the posts I read. However I still enjoyed it! I wanted to finish 10 books and I managed to finish 12, so not too bad!
This is my completed reading list.

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Aphrodite the Beauty and Artemis the Brave by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
El Deafo by CeCe Bell

Thanks to the two great hosts and I had fun! 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Re-Readathon #2 TBR and goals


This is hosted by Bex at An Armchair by the Sea and you can sign up at this link.

I would like to finish at least three rereads. I have started the Iron Trial, which I need to reread for a reading challenge at work and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I always get bogged down in the fifth HP and I am hoping this rereadathon will keep me motivated to finish it in a timely manner.
I had also started rereading the Little House on the Prairie series and hope to read Little House on the Prairie, since I managed to reread Little House in the Big Woods earlier this year. Another possibility is Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey, since I read Dragonflight last year and want to reread the series or at least reread what I managed to read of the series when I was younger.

Thanks to Bex for hosting!




RIP X Signup

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Image used with permission, property of Abigail Larson.

I am a little late signing up, but I do enjoy this challenge. This year The Estella Society is hosting and you can sign up at this link. I think I will try for
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This is four books that fit the categories of Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, or Supernatural. I know I want to read Oblivion by Kelly Creagh, which brings in Edgar Allan Poe and the world he created. I would also like to read Dracula for my classics challenge. The Sign of the Book is a mystery that is for my book club that I need to read this month. For the fourth book, I am not for sure. I have a few possibilities, but I will pick the fourth book at a later date.

I may also do some short stories and a scary movie or two, but for now I am focusing on the four books. Thanks to   Andi and Heather, of the Estella Society for hosting this! I am ready for fall weather and moody stories!


COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt Wrapup Post

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The COYER Scavenger Hunt Challenge was hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading, and Books, Movies, Reviews.Oh My!
I had a blast with this. Unfortunately I was not as socially active as usually due to craziness at work, but I did manage one readathon and occasional Facebook posts.
These are the books I was able to finish during COYER:
Killer Frost
An Abundance of Katherines
Crimson Bound
A Whole New World
The Girl with the Windup Heart

I had hope to finish 6, but 5 is not too bad. Thanks again to Berls, Michelle, and Stormi for hosting!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge: August Update


Bookish Resolution Challenge


This is hosted by Michelle at Because Reading is Better Than Real Life and Laura at Trips Down Imagination Road and you can sign up at this link.
My resolutions:
1. Read at least 6 Classics this year.
2. Finish at least half of the challenges that I signed up for this year.
3. Finish at least 4 series this year, particularly ones where I have only the last book in the series left to read.
4. Try to blog more, like at least 10 posts a month.
5. Get healthy!

1. I have finished 4 Classics now. I read Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote and Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery last month, but I still need to review them.
2. I have now started all my challenges and I think I have met my goals for one of them. This is definitely an improvement over last month.
3. I have completed this goal!!! I finished The Girl with the Windup Heart last month, completed my 4th series. I am still going to try to complete a few more series.
4. I did a great job blogging last month with 22 posts!
5. HAHAHA! I gained 6 pounds last month. I am going to start back hardcore this month, because last month was unacceptable!

Thanks to Michelle and Laura for hosting! How did you all do this month?

My September To Be Read List

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This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. This month I am going to focus on three books that I need to read for the high school freshmen reading challenge that I cosponsor with the high school librarian. We pick four Bluegrass Award finalist or winners a piece and do booktalks for the students. From those 8 books, they chose one to read and do a project on it. We pick the top projects and each group has a chance to win the grand prize of $100. This year I loved Iron Trial one of my picks, but the other three have not caught my interest, so this month I am going to have you all pick my next read for this, since I need to have all four finished by the end of October. Here are my three choices:


First Choice:
Wildflower (Wildflower, #1)
Poppy
Contemporary is one area I read little of, but we want to use this book, since Alecia is a Kentucky author. The story sounds sweet, a family of singers trying to get their big break. A girl falling for a fellow country music star, while she is chosen as a solo act over her family. I am hoping I can get interested in this soon.


Second Choice:
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
Putnam
Dystopian and I am kind of tired of dystopian novels, but I have heard good things about this. We try to pick a couple of books that could appeal to either gender, so aliens trying to take over the world, sounds like it could be for either one.


Third Choice:
Hero
Philomel
This is one of our "boy" books, since Wildflower is one of our "girl" books. The plot sounds promising, a boy trying to learn how his father's murder, while dealing with emerging superpowers. He never knew his father was a superhero and now he must become one.


Please help me find where to start with our challenge and choose the one that sounds best.








Tuesday, September 1, 2015

El Deafo by CeCe Bell

This book works for the Newbery Challenge and for the Book Blogger Recommendations Challenge. This was a Newbery Honor this year. I will say I like that the awards went to more unconventional style books, two verse novels and a comic book. I think this will make the award more attractive to young readers while holding on to the literary merit that each book has. 
El Deafo
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This is another autobiographical book chosen for the Newbery this year and this one is in comic book format. CeCe's characters are bunnies, but the story is taken from her childhood. She had meningitis which caused her deafness. At first she attends a school where her classmates are all deaf, but when her family moves CeCe is in a class where she is the only one who is deaf. Her teachers must use a microphone that is connected to a device called the Phonic Ear, because of this device CeCe imagines herself as a superhero named El Deafo. Some of CeCe's friends take advantage of her deafness and she uses her device to spy on the teachers. Eventually she finds a true friend and she tells her about imagining to be El Deafo.

The illustrations and story line are well done and draw the reader into the story. By using rabbits instead of people, she appeals to animal lovers, comic readers, and to those who have a disability or want to understand someone who has a disability. The story does not necessarily make CeCe's deafness something that holds her back, even though Bell shows how people took advantage of her at times. CeCe embraces her differences and becomes her own superhero. A very sweet story with great graphics and likable characters. I think this was deserving of the Newbery Honor and is one I would booktalk with 4th grade. 4 cups of cocoa.