Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dewey's 24 hour Readathon October 2017: Hour 12 Update

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
2. How many books have you read so far? none
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Just One Year
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? We went shopping, so I didn't read much for several hours. Just getting back into the readathon. 
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I love the hourly posts. They are so creative this year. 

8:08 to 8:31 pg 107-124
8:43 to 8:46 pg 124-127
9:17 to 9:25 pg 127-131
10:08 to 10:09 pg 131-133
10:20-10:23 pg 133-136
3:29 to 3:49 pg 136-150
4:42 to 5:02 pg 150-160

Total Pages Read: 53 pages
Total Time Read: 1 hour 20 minutes

So far this Dewey's readathon is off to a slow start. I read some this morning before we went shopping. I'm working on finishing The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, so I can start Just One Year before the readathon is over. I'm going to try to stay up late tonight to get a lot of reading in. 

Dewey's Readathon October 2017 Starting Line

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? South Dakota
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Just One Year, Forever and Always, Lara Jean
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? don't know (didn't plan snacks this time around)
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! My name is Rachael. I have been blogging for four years now. This will be my 10th readathon. I can't believe how long I have been participating in this readathon, but I think it is such a great time to read with people around the world.  I'm a first year special education teacher just trying to figure out things. 
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
This is a normal Saturday. We are going grocery shopping, but I'm hopping I have lots of time to read. 
This is a scheduled post, but here is my plan for Saturday:
I'm planning on waking up around 7:00 to 8:00 am and reading in bed for an hour. Then I will eat breakfast and get ready to go grocery shopping. When we get home then I will spend the rest of the day laying around and reading. I'm planning on starting the day reading Just One Year by Gayle Forman and moving on to Forever and Always, Lara Jean if I have time. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

September Monthly Wrap Up

My reading has slowed down a lot since school started. I miss those summer days where I had more time to read, but I'm really enjoying my job as special education teacher and I'm doing a good job managing stress and asking for help when I need help.

Because You Love to Hate Me did not live up to my expectations, but I did enjoy a few stories in the anthology. I really enjoyed Sneaky Snow White and The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

This upcoming weekend I have Dewey's 10th Year of Readathon. I'm so excited to join in on this fun readathon again. It is almost wrap up season and if you have been around my blog long enough you would know that I love wrap ups and goal posts, so look forward to lots of wrap ups come December and January. I am doing pretty well on my year long challenges. I'm trying to finish Monthly Keyword, but I don't think I'm going to make it on my Homework Challenge. I will carry over some of those books into next year.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Top Ten Books I want to read this Fall

As the end of the year approaches I'm in full on challenge mode. I'm trying to finish up the rest of my challenges by December 1st, so I can start reading Christmas books. These are the 10 books I would like to read this fall. 

1. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby- kindle book-own
2. Just One Year by Gayle Forman- physical book-own
3. Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz- physical book-own
4. Poison by Bridget Zinn- don't own
5. 738 Days by Stacey Kade- don't own
6. Golden by Jessi Kirby- physical book-own
7. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson- don't own
8. Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice- don't own
9. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han- physical book-own
10. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee- don't own

I own a number of books on this list, which will help reduce my physical tbr, but also complete some challenges. I hope that I'm able to get back in the reading mode and get some of these books read.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books I Read the Year I started Blogging

I'm a week late on this week's top ten Tuesday post. I thought that this post was so much fun I didn't want to miss out. The topic for Tuesday September 12 was your top ten favorite books from the year you started blogging. In no particular order here are my top ten favorite books from the year I started blogging. 
Started my book blog changed my reading habits in a lot of ways. Suddenly this door was open and there were so many book recommendations that I almost didn't know what to do with them. Starting my blog gave me a creative outlet to talk about books and share the books that I love. When I look back at 2013, the year I started my blog, I read a lot of fairy tale retellings. I didn't know anything about fairy tale retellings until I started my blog. I started following Debz Bookshelf, The Book Rat, A Backwards Story, and Daily Prophecy. All of them are huge fairy tale retelling fans and they really started my love for fairy tale retellings. My love for Disney very naturally tranfered over to my new love for fairy tale retellings. 

I started blogging the year that The Fault in Our Stars was all the rage. I mean every blog and booktube channel was raving about The Fault in Our Stars, so I had to give it a chance and I really enjoyed it. My sister read the entire Divergent series before I even started. Hunger Games had really started the distopian craze and Divergent continued this fandom. In 2017 distopian has lost popularity, but there are still good distopian books coming out. 

I remember I shipped hard over St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss. I absolutely loved this book and it was a quick read for me especially since I had just started my first year of college. Firefly Lane was a book that I reread in 2014. I loved Firefly Lane. It still is one of my all time favorite books and I highly recommend it. 

It was so much fun reflecting on the books I read in 2013 and when I looked at my shelf on goodreads these are the 10 books that really stuck out to me and here we are 4 years later and I still remember how it felt to read these books and what the book was about.