FebMarApr Wrap-Up and Challenge Update | 2016

Hello, everyone! I can’t believe it’s already May! This has been the fastest spring season I’ve ever experienced. Between standardized testing at school, field trips, and coaching high school softball, it has flown by.

In fact, I haven’t posted a wrap up since the end of January. Oops. To rectify the situation, here is my wrap-up of the last three months.

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In the months of February, March, and April, I read a total of eleven books. They haven’t been my best reading months, but I feel like I read a whole lot more. Maybe that’s because I’m not including my read alouds that I did with students including Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Here’s what I read outside of the classroom, including the star ratings and date of which I finished each book:

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February Book Stats:

  • 5-Star Books:  None
  • 4-Star BooksThe Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan; Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • 3-Star BooksThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Other Book Facts:

I did not enjoy The Raven Boys as much as I thought I would. It was very slow and hard to read for me. I’ve heard that the next two books are better, but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue. I certainly won’t be purchasing any of them.

Book of the Month:

Of these three books, I enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I liked the callbacks to Anna and the French Kiss and enjoyed the novel even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Lola.

Book Reviews:

None.

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March Book Stats:

  • 5-Star Books:  The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  • 4-Star BooksA Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • 1-Star BooksNever Mind My Thigh Gap by Sarah Newtwon

Other Book Facts:

I read A Study In Charlotte for a book group called “The Story Squad” on Goodreads/YouTube.

Never Mind My Thigh Gap was a review book, but I’m struggling writing the review for it because I disliked it a lot and don’t want to be too harsh. It’s coming.

Book of the Month:

I binge-read The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. I received it in an OwlCrate and read it in one sitting.

Book Reviews:

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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April Book Stats:

  • 5-Star Books:  None
  • 4-Star BooksThe Good Girl by Mary Kubica; What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler; Flawed by Cecelia Ahern; Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • 3-Star BooksFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • 2Star Books: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Other Book Facts:

I wanted to give The Love That Split the World a lower rating, but I liked the rating.

Book of the Month:

I had no 5-Star reads, but my favorite book I read this month was Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. I received it in an OwlCrate and read it in one day. Even though it wasn’t all that special and very similar to other dystopian novels, I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

I want Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After, thankyouverymuch.

Book Reviews:

None….yet.

Six Squared Challenge Update

This year, I am working to complete the Six Squared Challenge created by bookstacksamber. To keep track of my progress, I have a word document that breaks down each category into tables.

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Challenge Stats:

  • New Releases (Debut Authors): 6/6 – 100%
  • New Releases (Loved Authors): 0/6 – 0%
  • Books to Start a Series: 4/6 – 66%
  • Books to Complete a Series: 1/6 – 17%
  • Book to Movie Adaptations: 1/6 – 17%
  • Goodreads Choice Winners/Nominees – 3/6 – 50%
  • Total: 15/36 – 42%

See you later!

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Read-A-Thon Update: The Conclusion

Hello, everyone! The 24in48 Readathon is officially over! I almost finished!

In fact, I’m kind of grumpy about it. Check it out.

Final Stats:

Books finished
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Room by Emma Donoghue
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Time read: 22:12

SO CLOSE!

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Really, I’m quite proud of myself. It was much easier to complete in the summer time when I wasn’t working. A lot more curveballs were thrown my way this time around. I’ll definitely participating in the next ‘thon in July.

I was also lucky enough to have won one of the challenges and will be receiving  a $10 Starbucks gift card, Amazon gift card, or book from The Book Depository.

Expect reviews of my completed books coming your way soon.

Happy reading and I will see you soon!

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Read-A-Thon Update: Hour 18 – January Owlcrate Unboxing!

Hello everyone! I’m having a very bookish weekend. I received my very first Owlcrate book box today! I am so excited to open this box and check out the loot.

If you have not yet received your January box and do not want to be spoiled, stop right here!

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I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited for a box to arrive in the mail! I’ve watched about one hundred unboxing videos, but as I was holding this box on my lap, it was like I’d never seen one of these before. I can’t cut into it fast enough.

January’s Owlcrate theme is “Magic” and according to the sneak preview posted by Owlcrate, there will be a Funko Pop figure inside this box! Since the theme is magic, I’m betting it’ll be a character from Harry Potter. Maybe not…it could be any other magical character. Hmm…

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Left: Oh my gosh, I don’t think I am prepared for what’s about to happen. If the card is this beautiful, I can’t even imagine what’s in store!

Right: Ron! Ron! Ron WEASLEY! He’s even got a bit of Spello-tape on his wand! He is going to make a fantastic addition to my bookshelf. I might even battle him with Voldemort. Muahaha!

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Both: Ooh, this is a pretty bookmark. I haven’t yet read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, but it’s in my plans for the very near future as part of the #SIXSQUAREDCHALLENGE. I really like the light side of this bookmark. It is gorgeous. I really like the artwork in general for this bookmark.

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Left: Ooh, this is pretty! What is it? ….Throne of Glass! I really like the color scheme of this print and the choice of quote. This is definitely going to be on my wall. I’m not all that fond of the font, but only because I’ve seen this font (or a very similar one) EVERYWHERE, from blogs to videos to commercials on television to a brand of fruit juice. I still really like this print! The bookmark and this print are both from Evie Bookish.

Right: Chapstick! It’s called Patronus…oh my gosh it’s chocolate. That’s perfect. It does have mint in it, though, which will give me an asthma attack…but my sister will very much enjoy this lip balm. It’s from Geek Fire Labs.

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Last, but certainly not least…

The BookWorlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley – This edition was released by HarperCollins Canada on January 5, 2016.

I know nothing about this novel. I see that it was very recently released, so it will qualify for the #SIXSQUAREDCHALLENGE to read 6 New Releases of 2016. Excellent! I wonder if this was on anyone’s most anticipated releases videos/blogs…I’ll have to check on that.

After reading the synopsis in the dust jacket, I am to understand that this is a historical fiction novel based on the Brontë sisters and their childhood writings, imaginations, and the worlds they created and in which they played. This sounds so interesting! The cover is beautiful and the finish on the dust jacket feels so great to touch. I hope to read this one sooner rather than later.

Overall thoughts: For my first Owlcrate, I am ecstatic! I picked a great time to gift myself a 3-month subscription. I bought this as a birthday present to myself…maybe in three months, my elementary school will hire me for a full time position (mine is until the end of the school year) and I can gift myself more months! I’m loving this service already.


 

Now, for the read-a-thon update portion of this post.

My brother showed up today to help my father move some things out of the attic. I rarely see him so I spent a lot of my time today catching up with him. Then, dad enlisted the two of us to help clean out the attic. Yuck. I’m also responsible for cooking dinner for the family this evening. I might need to make this a late night to catch up on reading.

Hour 18 Stats:

Books finishedShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Time read: 4:54

Currently readingRoom by Emma Donoghue


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Read-A-Thon Update: Hour 12

So far during this read-a-thon, I’ve been pretty successful, if I do say so myself. While this ‘thon is intense, it’s a read-when-you-want-to and participate-when-you-want-to kinda deal. I don’t know if I’m going to reach 24 hours, but I’ll be absolutely impressed if I come close!

Here are my stats:

Books finished: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Time read: 3:13

Currently readingRoom by Emma Donoghue


The challenge for the 12th hour of the 24 in 48 Readathon is to post a picture of your reading nook. I’m keeping it comfy and cozy today.

My cozy reading corner for the #24in48 readathon featuring a TARDIS lamp and a map of Westeros and Essos.

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I need to get back to reading, but I’ll see you when I check in for Hour 18!

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Read-A-Thon Update #1: The First Six Hours

I spent them sleeping.

But that’s okay! I just need about 12 hours of reading per day. I can absolutely handle that.

Readthon Update

Every six hours, the hosts of the 24 in 48 Readathon hold challenges and contests at 24in48.com. For the first challenge, I am going to be completing a quick survey.

 

  • Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

I am reading from Pennsylvania in the United States.

  • Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

I have! I completed the 24in48 readathon when I first participated last June! It was so much fun that I’m really happy this one fits into my schedule.

  • Where did you hear about the readathon?

Twitter, BookTube, the blogosphere…pretty much everywhere.

  • What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

I am most excited about Room by Emma Donoghue and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I finally was able to get my hands on the last two books of the trilogy and want to read them before Six of Crows. I know I don’t have to, but I want to.

  • Tell us something about yourself.

It seems like it was in my destiny to participate in this particular readathon. I’ve got nothing on my schedule this weekend! I have a teacher in-service on Monday, so that means that I don’t have to prepare lessons until then. I also had a bunch of meetings this past week, so I don’t have any more to prepare for awhile! I can actually do nothing but read. This is normally not the case because #teacherproblems.

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I guess the something about myself is that I am a Special Education teacher in an Elementary School. I work with about 20 different children in 3rd and 4th grades that need extra help in the areas of reading. It’s really time consuming, but it is extremely rewarding. I love my job!

  • Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

I’ll be here at A Bumble of Books (formerly Kacie’s Bookshelf), Twitter (@kaciedilla), and Instagram! Check out the links below to find me!

If you are participating in the 24in48 readathon, reach out and talk to me! Let’s be ‘thon buddies!

It’s time for me to get back to reading. See you soon!

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Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | September 2015

Hello! It’s October already! It feels like I just posted last month’s wrap-up…time is flying by.

For me, this month is all about camping, football games, hot chocolate, and of course, Halloween! I think I’m dressing up as Tina Belcher this year. We’ll see.

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September was a weird month for me. As you know, my brother was in a pretty bad motorcycle accident. He is very lucky to be alive and the doctors said that he is recovering much more quickly than they anticipated! That’s great!

I spent two weeks at his house, taking care of him and his dog. We did a lot of Netflix binge-watching since he is unable to do a whole lot. Unfortunately for me, that was a big distraction from my reading plans!

Here’s what I read this month:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (5/5 stars, of course) – finished 9/2
  2. Bob’s Burgers, volume 1 (4/5 stars) – finished 9/2
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir (5/5 stars) – finished 9/14
  4. Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman (4/5 stars) – finished 9/17

I only read four books and one of them was a compilation of comic books. That’s okay! I loved what I managed to read this month and that is what is important!

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Here’s what I started in September, but haven’t finished yet:

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’m struggling with this book and I don’t know why. I’m very much interested in the plot, but I also find it a bit weird. I know I’m not supposed to fully understand the “challenge” that the characters are participating in, but it’s vague enough that what I’m reading still sounds like exposition. I’m 65% through this book, but feel like nothing is happening. I’m currently taking a break and reading something else until I’m ready to come back to it.
  2. Armada by Ernest Cline – I started this book yesterday and am already in love. This book got a lot of mixed reviews, so I was a little unsure about it. I adored Ready Player One and I heard that if you loved RPO, then Armada was going to be a let down. I’m 32% through this book and things are heating up. I’m getting really excited about this. There will absolutely be a review to come.

That’s it for me! I’m not building an October TBR because I never follow those anyway. I still have some library books to read. I do have plans of finishing Illuminae before its release date at the end of the month. You can look forward to its review as well!

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon!

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#BookTubeAThon Reading Update | Day 1

Hello readers! How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic. We cooked our meals over a fire and went four-wheeling around the property. I didn’t get a lot of reading done, but I’m ready to remedy that situation.

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That’s right, fellow book lovers. I’ve decided to join in the BookTube-A-Thon this week. It runs from August 3 – August 9 (in your timezone) and is one of the most participated in read-a-thons I’ve seen. There are seven reading challenges to complete, but what makes it special is that each day, the official BookTube-A-Thon channel announces video challenges. Participants then have the rest of the day to film and post a YouTube video that completes the challenge. The hosts choose their favorites and award these lucky winners with a book from The Book Depository!

Today’s video challenge was: Book Dominoes

I did not film a video entry for this challenge due to lack of books and space, but I hope to participate in future video challenges. If I do end up posting a video, I’ll post it here for you as well.

There are also Twitter sprints involved in this read-a-thon and daily Instagram challenges. Like the video counterpart, winners of the Instagram challenges win a book from The Book Depository.

Today’s Instagram challenge is:  Post a picture of a book surrounded by items related to that book.

Here’s my entry:

(The winner will be announced tonight, August 3, at 11:30 PM Eastern Standard Time if you’d like to enter as well!)

I am such a video game dork and I am loving Ready Player One.

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Let’s talk about the reading challenges.

I’m not going all out with the reading challenges. I’m not even picking a TBR. I’ve got some stuff to do this week so I cannot devote the entire week to reading, so I’m just winging it. As I finish a book, I’ll pick another one that goes along with another challenge.

That being said, here are the challenges:

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book
  4. Read the last book you acquired
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it
  6. Read a book you really want to read
  7. Read seven books

Now, I am in no way expecting to complete all of these challenges. I’m relaxing this week. I’ll probably reread a favorite children’s picture book for challenge five (I’m a teacher; I have lots of picture books).

But guess what! I’ve already completed a challenge and am pretty darn close to finishing a second.

Last night, I started reading at midnight to kick things off! I started with We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, which has blue on the cover:

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I finished it! It was…alright. I know this book was well loved on BookTube, but that’s all I knew about it. I gave it a 4-star rating at face value. I may analyze it more in review form and that rating could change.

This morning, I started reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This will either satisfy challenge 3, 4, or 6. I have about 100 pages left and I really don’t want this book to end.

I don’t know what book I’m going to pick up next. I’m excited to read someone else’s favorite book, so here is the audience participation portion of the post (holy alliteration, batman!).

What’s your favorite book? Let me know in the comment section below!

If you are participating in BookTube-A-Thon, I wish you luck! It’s going to be a fun week.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my posts. I super appreciate it. I will see you soon!

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