Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Deal Me In/Fill In the Gaps 2 and 1/2 Year Update









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It has been 2 and 1/2 years since I started my Fill in the Gaps/ Deal Me In 5 year challenge. This was a personal challenge I set for myself to read 100 books that I picked off my TBR list in 5 years. I am officially at the halfway point. I thought this would be a good time to update you on how I think the challenge is going and my thoughts and feelings halfway through.


I recently just realized that I have not read very many books for the deal me in/fill in the gaps challenge is year. I thought well maybe I'm losing interest in the books I put on the list and they just aren't the type of books that interest me anymore. When I first made the list I was reading a lot of fairy tale retellings. While I still read that genre I often choose to read more contemporaries nowdays. I looked through the list and here is what I realized. The books I chose to be on this list are books I want to read. At this point in the road most of the books that didn't make the cut have already been weeded out and replaced by other books. The books that remain on the list have past the test of time with me. When I look at the list they are all books I want to read soon. When I made my coyer summer reading list many of the books that are apart of this challenge made it on the list because they are still books that I care about. I really think I did an amazing job with this list.

So far I have read 31 books off the list for 2015 and 2016 combined. At this point in the year I have read 3 books off the list. Here is what I realize that while I still want to read the books I'm not reaching for them as often as I was one or two years ago. Because this is a static list it does not keep up with the new releases, so the newer books are getting chosen over the backlist books. I still think that this challenge is reachable and I hope to have my total up to 45 books or more by the end of the year. I'm just going to have to remember to choose books from the list more often. So far I haven't had to play catch up and I don't want to start now.

I have also made a page in my bullet journal to help me remember what books I want to read by the end of the year to stay on track with this challenge.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017 Reading Assignment Challenge Quarter 2 Update

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I managed a B for the 2nd Quarter of the 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge. I read PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han in April and How to Be Brave by Katherine E. Kottaras in June. I really enjoyed both of these books and I'm glad to have read both of them. I have 8 books left on my 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge. I'm hoping to complete all of them, but at the least I would like to complete 5 more books off the list, which is one book a month since I have already read my book for July. I'm excited that I get to pick a lot of new books for the list for this next year. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge Week 1 Update


I can't even tell you how excited I am that I finally read Clockwork Princess. I have been meaning to finish this series for a long time. I think Clockwork Princess took about 200 pages to get into, but once I got into this book I just flew through the remaider of the book and it was 560 pages long. It was wonderful and I so enjoyed the ending. I'm glad that I have finally accomplished this series. 












I'm currently reading The Names They Gave Us. This is a great book as well. I really have been enjoying this book by Emery Lord and I'm looking forward to finishing it sometime in this upcoming week. 




So far I have took one book off my beginning TBR List for this challenge and I have read 5 books off my COYER challenge list. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer TBR Wipeout Sign Up and TBR List


This is the 2nd year of the Summer TBR Wipeout. This is my last chance to get a lot of reading time in before I start teaching in the fall. Then I'm not sure how much time I will have to read. I'm hoping to read 6 books for this challenge as was my goal last year and I was really close. I'm currently participating in Coyer Summer Reading List, so that is the list I will post here to continue to check off books. I'm currently reading Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare and I'm at page 211 of 568. 





The books with stars over them are the books I have read so far for the challenge. I have checked off 4 books so far. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I was not tagged by anybody specific just thought this would be a fun tag to do to share some of my favorite books I have read in 2017. 

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2017

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. This book was so wonderful and got me back into my reading mood. I love the daddy/daughter relationship and I think it was fun to have a guy as the main character. Nicholas Sparks still writes amazing romances even after his own divorce. 


I've only read sequels and none have been super great. I chose PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han. This book was not as good as the first book, but I did end up liking the book and I'm excited to read the last book of the series. 
   

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

There are a lot of amazing new releases out this year. I chose The Name They Gave Us by Emery Lord. I loved her first book Open Road Summer and I need to catch up on her books. I hear this one is a tear jerker, so be prepared. 

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Coming Up for Air is a netgalley book I got early and it is amazing. I just started it and I love it so much already. This is my second half of the year release I'm already reading. 

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I bought this book because of the beautiful cover and it was a disapointment. It was a fairy tale retelling of beauty and the beast set in the desert. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the main character had a name. That is something I just couldn't get over. 

BIGGEST SURPRISE

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradely was a totally unexpected favorite of this year. When I was doing my special education student teaching the teacher was reading this aloud to his class. I picked up the audiobook from the library and just loved it so much. I still think this book was awesome and think about it a lot. 

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR

Nicola Yoon is my new favorite author this year. I have read The Sun is Also a Star and Everything Everything by her so far. They have both been great books to read. 

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I'm going to choose Olly from Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon and Levi from Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally. The boys in these books were both so caring and great boyfriend material. 


NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Russell from Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. I think he is the best single dad and he did amazing providing a life for his daughter while dealing with his own divorce. 

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

I do not have a book that made me cry this year so far, but I'm sure there will be one yet that will be a tear jerker. 

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

My Name is Rapunzel by KC Hilton is a book I have wanted to read for awhile and I'm glad I finally read it. I think it was a great book. It made me happy the way that the author followed the story of Rapunzel, but made changes to make it her own. I loved My Name is Rapunzel. 

FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

Everything Everything is my favorite film adaptation I have seen this year. Before I Fall is the only other book to movie I have seen this year. I just recently saw Everything Everything and I think it did a wonderful job following the book as well as making it interesting for the audience. I really enjoyed this book and movie. 
   

FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

I love the Series post I do every January to track the series I want to start and ones I have finished in the past year. I think it is fun to see the progress. 

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR



Hands down this category goes to Wanderlost by Jen Malone. I have not read this book yet, but the cover is beautiful. 

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

I have so many books I would love to read this year. One I would love to have read by the end of the year is the last Lara Jean book. 


Thank You so much for joining me for the Mid Year Freak Out. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you have done this tag leave me a comment below with your link, so I can check it out!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

June Wrap Up and July TBR

June was a great month for reading. PS I Like You is my least favorite book by Kasie West so far, but I still enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the rest of the books I read this month. Everything Everything became a quick favorite for the year. I really enjoyed learning about Anna Kendrick and finally reading How to be Brave. It Started with Goodbye was a great 2017 release and I highly recommend it.


I read 2/7 books off my June TBR. I'm currently reading Clockwork Princess, so there will be another book off the list. The only new book I added this month is Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, which I have checked out from the library as an audiobook. I'm planning on reading mostly books I own in July. I own Something in Between, The Name They Gave Us, and Windfall. I have Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross and By Your Side by Kasie West checked out from the library. I'm hoping for a good reading month.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday 2013,2014,2015,2016 Releases I Missed Mid Year Update

Today I'm posting an update on the releases I missed posts that went live in January. I don't usually do midyear updates, but I have been trying to read books off these lists this year and make progress on this list. This is the last year I'm including 2013 releases, so I especially want to get those done before I won't be held accountable for them anymore. Here is an update picture of my 2013,2014,2015 releases. I started this year with 22 books to read and now I'm down to 17 books. 
This is an update on my 2016 releases I missed I started the year with 16 new releases and I have read 2 books off the list so far this year. 
I have read 7 books off these lists for this year. I think that is a great dent to the list especially since many of these are 2013 releases. 
1. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 2016
2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 2016
3. My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton 2013
4. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston 2015
5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman 2013
6. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle 2013
7. How to be Brave by Katherine E. Kottaras 2015

I need to get around to some of these 2014 releases. I'm hoping to continue making progress on these titles throughout the rest of the year. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

My To Be Read List June 2017 Winner


The winner for this month is Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz. I'm so excited to read this book. I own this book also, so it will help with my challenges and my TBR. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

April and May Wrap Up and June TBR

 April was my last full month of student teaching and boy did I understand how much teachers want to be done towards the end of the year. I was enjoying my experience, but so ready to be done at the same time. I listened to Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island on audiobook on the way to school. Allie and Bea is a book I recieved through netgalley. It took me a while to read, but I really enjoyed it. The two physical books I read this month are PS I still Love You and Two by Two. I really enjoyed both of these books. I read Jake Reinvented with one of my junior English students.
May was a slower month for reading. I finished Just One Day and Geekerella pretty quickly. I read PS I Like You by Kasie West for the rest of the month. I really enjoyed Just One Day. It was mysterious and it kept me guessing throughout the book. I think Geekerella was cute, but I wasn't the biggest fan. I'm glad I was able to have a few naptimes to finish this book quickly.

I'm very proud to announce that on my last TBR I have read all the books I set for myself. It may have only had three books, but I'm still proud that I have read them all. My TBR for June is a bit ambitious. I really want to read all these books this month, but some might roll over to July.



Saturday, June 3, 2017

My To Be Read List June 2017: Let's Vote

I haven't even read my May book, but I couldn't resist having you guys vote for another TBR List book. I'm honestly so excited about every book I chose this month and the good news is that I own two of them. Realisticly these would all be books I would like to read in 2017. I hope I can make that happen. I have a very ambitious TBR for June, so I'm hoping that I will be able to get these checked off the list. These are all books for my COYER summer challenge also.

 Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz
Wanderlost by Jen Malone



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

COYER Summer Reading List Sign Up


I'm so excited for COYER this summer. The summer COYER allows you to read books in any format although I did take some books from my kindle because I do need to work on those books. This summer the challenge is to create a summer reading list of 30 books and read as many books as possible off the list. I made a list and I'm hoping I will read most of these books. I chose them from the 2013,2014,2015, and 2016 releases I meant to read lists as well as books I own that I want to read soon. 



My Bullet Journal Page to keep track of what I read. 




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde (no spoilers)

Book: Allie and Bea
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
Publication: May 23, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Read: March 10-April 9, 2017
Summary (from goodreads):


Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

 When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

 Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *

My Thoughts:
The beginning of Allie and Bea is a mystery. We start off the book by meeting Bea and we have no idea how these two characters stories will connect. There is a lot of background information that the author goes over in the first part of the story. When we are introduced to Allie their stories are still completely separate. Allie's story in the beginning is very intense and heartbreaking. She goes through so many things that a child should never have to go through. Then fate brings Allie and Bea together. 

For me after they met is when the story started to make sense. I understand the title of the book after they meet. Then they started their adventure. Their adventure was really interesting at first, but it did have times that were boring. I really enjoyed getting to know these two characters better and how they connected over the course of the book. 

Hyde put in serious themes to Allie and Bea. These are situations that can happen to real people. Allie's situation weighed on my heart as a teacher because I have students that are in the foster system. Allie came from a good situation, but her parents got themselves in some deep trouble. I can't say I understand Bea's situation, but it is a good example of how people don't always choose to be homeless. Bea was barely making it by and after he money got stolen she had limited options. I think Allie and Bea is a great book. I really enjoyed learning about the characters and I think many other people would enjoy this book. The ending was a great conclusion to the story. I was happy for the characters and their future. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My TBR List Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman (no spoilers)

Book: Just One Day
Author: Gayle Forman
Publication: August 20, 2013
Source: Own
Read: Apr 29-May 7, 2017
Summary (from goodreads):

Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

 A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

My Thoughts:
Just One Day was my April TBR list read. I have had this book on my TBR list since it came out and I purchased it last year. I have wanted to read this book for a long time, but it has been put on the back burner multiple times. I'm happy to have finally read this book.

I think the one word I would use to describe this book is mysterious. Allyson had a roller coaster 24 hours that changed her life forever. Then she had to go home and face the music of normal life. She has graduated high school and heads off to her first year of college. Allyson goes on a journey to find herself.

I have to say the part that I found hard about this book was her obsession with Willem. I couldn't understand how she could feel such a deep connection to him after one day. There were parts of the book that were slower because there wasn't much going on, but overall the book was fast paced. I really enjoyed Allyson's story and her journey through her first year of college. In her year at college she thought about Willem a lot, but this book was more about Allyson overall. Allyson found herself through her quest to find Willem and that is the message I take away from the book. I will be reading Just One Year soon.

This was my April TBR list. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

And the Winner is.....TBR List May 2017


You guys did great just picking a book without the summaries. Kill Me Softly won by one vote. I have had this book on my goodreads TBR for awhile, so I'm excited to read it.