#February2020ReadingWrapUP

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For the month of February, I read five books.

As always books are listed in the order that I read them and are linked to my Goodreads reviews.  Screenshots are also from Goodreads.

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For the month of February, I read:
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3171169042
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3171169042
Giant Days Vol. 11 by John Allison: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3140043517
Giant Days Vol. 12 by John Allison: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3140043913
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3140043913

Stats:

Pages read:737
# of days that I read: 7

Weekly page stats:

1/31/2020-2/6/2020 1,251
2/7/2020-2/13/2020 112
2/14/2020-2/20/2020 0
2/21/2020-2/27/2020 227

Book Haul:
Giant Days Vol. 12 by John Allison- Library
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o- Library
The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela McColl- Library

#January2020ReadingWrapUp

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For the month of January, I read seven books.

As always books are listed in the order that I read them and are linked to my Goodreads reviews.  Screenshots are also from Goodreads.

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For the month of January I read:
The Call of the Wild by Jack London: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3116446026

The BFG by Roald Dahl: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3116460014

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3125496878

Lobizona by Romina Garber: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2666484746

Belichick and Brady by Michael Holley: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2246814342

The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2980641645

Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1991723805

Stats:
Pages read: 1,993
# of days that I read: 16

Weekly Page Stats:

1/3/2020-1/9/2020 731
1/10/2020-1/16/2020 66
1/17/2020-1/23/2020 281
1/24/2020-1/30/2020 710

Book Haul:
The BFG by Roald Dahl- Library
Moonshot by Alessandra Torre- Library

Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega- Barnes and Noble Pre-Order
Lobizona by Romina Garber- NetGalley and Barnes and Noble Pre-Order
Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older- Library
Giant Days Vol. 11 by John Allison- Library
The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman- Library
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire- Library
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli- Library
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg- Library
Stuart Little by E.B. White- Barnes and Noble
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit- Barnes and Noble

#January2020ReadingGoalsUpdate

Reading Goals and Challenges

I thought it would be a good idea to update my followers on how I’m doing with my goals and challenges, and in a way, I feel like doing this holds me accountable.  You can find my 2020 Goals post here, it also includes links to the challenges that I will be doing.

Reading goals: 5 out of 115

Challenges:
Goodreads: 5 out of 115
The 2020 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge: 4 out of 10
Library Love Challenge: 4 out of 60+

#WeekAheaed43

week-ahead

It has been forever since I’ve done one of these posts, the last one I did was in February of last year.  However, seeing as how I have a few posts planned for this week I thought I would resurrect it and let my followers know what to expect this week on the blog.

Monday 1/13/2020: StartOnYourShelfAThon announcement post
Tuesday 1/14/2020: ZodiacAThon announcement post and book ideas
Wednesday: 1/15/2020: eBook Unhaul
Thursday 1/16/2020: Book Review 2
Friday 1/17/2020: Friday Update (normal)

 

#January2020CalendarGirls

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Temporarily hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile and Dani @ Mousai Books. Normally hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading and Darque Reader Reads. From Katie’s blog: Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.  It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

The theme for January is New Beginnings: Your favorite first book in a new series.

I had somewhat of a hard time coming up with a book for this one as I really haven’t read too many series that aren’t completed yet.  I looked back in my Goodreads and found two possibilities but I’m going to go with my favorite between the two.  One of my favorite books that I read last year, and is a first in a new series with the sequel being published this April is:

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Screenshot from Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads: “The Library of Ever is an adventure across time and space, as a young girl becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge.

With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored—until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contains all the universe’s wisdom. Every book ever written, and every fact ever known, can be found within its walls. And Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian.

She rockets to the stars, travels to a future filled with robots, and faces down a dark nothingness that wants to destroy all knowledge. To save the library, Lenora will have to test her limits and uncover secrets hidden among its shelves.”

#October19WrapUp

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For the month of October, I read 11 books.  I completed a series and a trilogy.

As always books are listed in the order that I read them and are linked to my Goodreads reviews.  Screenshots are also from Goodreads.

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For the month of October I read:
Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2997885963

Bunnicula by James Howe: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3000421920

A Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3008954621

War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3000423099

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2290038722

A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2750131292

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2665951953

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2655650497

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2737091772

The Collected Stories of Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3027614881

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3028789186

Stats:
Pages read: 3,761
# of days that I read: 24

Weekly page stats:
Week of 9/27/19-10/3/19: 683
Week of 10/4/19-10/10/19: 620
Week of 10/11/19-9/17/19: 1,585
Week of 10/18/19-10/24/19: 448
Week of 10/25/19-10/31/19: 786

Book Haul:
Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes- Library
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition- Barnes and Noble
A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer- Library
War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes- Library
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh- Library
The Magic Misfits: The Minor Third by Neil Patrick Harris- Library
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney- Library
The Collected Stories of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne- Library

#SpookyMiddleGrade

challenge

To help me get back to blogging regularly, I have decided to participate in BlogTober hosted by Hâf from the Library Looter and Anniek from Anniek’s Library.  Today’s prompt is Spooky Middle-grade.

For me, this one was somewhat easy.  For this one, I decided to go with a classic middle-grade and that is Bunnicula by James Howe.  It’s not the most spooky but it is a little spooky,  I mean the main character is a vampire bunny.

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#HowITrackMyReading

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Today I am going to tell you how I track my reading.  I know a lot of people track their reading using a bullet journal, and that it works really well for them but bullet journals aren’t for me.  I do use a journal to track my reading, and it’s a journal that I’ve had since elementary school, I actually did a post about it a while back which you can find here.  While the set up is basically the same, my writing in my journal has gotten less messy.  I also started keeping track of how long I read each time I read, I use the Bookly app to do this.  My reading journal isn’t the only way that I keep track of my reading, I also use excel spreadsheets.  I use excel spreadsheets to keep track of how many books I read each month, where I get my books from, the number of pages I read each week, the number of pages I read each month, and the format that I read.  The way that I track how I read is the way that works best for me, and it helps me keep track of my goals.

#SecretGardenReviewPt1

Review

I’m pretty sure that I wrote the following review when I was in fourth grade. There will probably be some grammatical errors as what I am posting is the original that I wrote in fourth grade, I think. The following is part 1 of a review of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

         Mary woke up one night from the pouring rain pelting down. No matter what she did, she could not get back to sleep. She kept hearing all these noises. There were gusts of wind rushing all around the house. After about an hour of tossing and turning, Mary heard a crying noise that she had heard before. She sat up in bed, and decided to explore.
        The crying noise was coming from down the corridor. There was a passage, with a tapestry covering. Mary had seen Mrs. Medlock coming out of this passageway before, when she was exploring the house. She noticed a glimmer of light coming from under the door. She heard that the crying noise was coming from behind that door.
        Mary went into the room and saw a very thin you boy who was laying in a big four poster bed. He didn’t seem to be in pain. He seemed angry. He looked at her and asked who she was. When she told him she was Mary Lennox and that Mr. Craven was her uncle, he said, well, I’m Colin Craven, and he’s my father! Mary said that she didn’t even know that her uncle even had a child. Colin told her that the reason no one told her, was that he never wanted anyone to see him.
        Mary wondered why he didn’t want anyone to see him. He told her that he was always sick, and that if he didn’t die soon, that he would become hunchbacked. Even his father didn’t want to see him, because when he was born, his mother died. Colin overheard people saying that his father hates him because of that.
       Colin kept staring at Mary and making her feel uncomfortable. She asked him why he was doing that. He said because she seemed unreal, like a dream. He wanted to hear all about Mary. They both told about themselves. Colin said that all the servants have to do whatever he says, if they don’t, he will get angry and then get sick. Besides, everyone believes that he will die soon.
       I think it is horrible that Colin stays locked up in his room all the time. He never wants to go outside, he says that he doesn’t even like fresh air. It makes me happy that Mary finally found him. Now they have someone their own age that they can talk to. Maybe Mary can talk Colin into leaving his room and going outside. I think if he started to move around and get fresh air and see and talk to people, maybe he wouldn’t get sick so much. Maybe he needs to start telling himself and others that he’s not so sick and that he’s not going to die, and maybe he will start to get healthy.