30 Day Book Challenge // Day 14.

Hi 🙂

A quick post, because I am going to go see Insurgent tonight with the boyfriend. We are re-watching Divergent before the movie starts.

Day 14: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished).

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I don’t think I have ever told anyone I read a book and not actually have read it or finished it. There are two books that I started, but haven’t finished yet though. I do plan on finishing them and I don’t tell anyone that I have read them. I might mention that I started them, but I never claim to have actually read them through completely.

I read the first Harry Potter book pretty quickly and started to read the second. I couldn’t get into the book, so I put it on hold and started to read others. I do plan on picking it up again and eventually reading the rest of the series at some point this year. I swore a long time ago that I would never read any of the books or see any of the movies, but now I want to. I’m not really sure why I told myself I would never get into Harry Potter whatsoever, but it seems kind of silly now that I think about it. I am looking forward to reading this book and the rest of them, hopefully soon.

Endgame: The Calling I started when it first came out and then about 30% (according to Kindle), I stopped reading it. It wasn’t horrible, but I couldn’t really get into it or stay focused on it. It felt like it was taking me so long to read it and I found my mind drifting to other things. There are so many points of views that I started to get lost and confused. I am actually waiting on the audiobook from the library to listen to at work. I don’t think I can physically read it myself. I know it might sound like I hate the book, but I don’t and I didn’t get so far into it to where I can even say I completely hated it. It has just taken so long to really get into it. My fault, not the book’s…at least that is how I view it right now. I do plan on finishing it even if that means listening to it.

Dax got a haircut today! He always looks so cute with his haircuts. ❤

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Check out my previous couple posts for the 30 day blog challenge. 🙂

  • Day 13 here: Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelletes, etc.).
  • Day 12 here: Favorite poem or collection of poetry.

Anyway, I am off to finish Divergent with the boyfriend. He started it without me (I am listening though). Bye! 🙂

WWW WEDNESDAYS #4 & DAY 13.

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This is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads links in the pictures

Currently Reading:

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I am finally able to read Dorothy Must Die guilt free. I was so excited when I bought it that I put whatever book I was reading at the time on hold just to start it. I eventually felt guilty about doing that and couldn’t let myself enjoy the book, so I stopped reading Dorothy until I finished those. I am listening to the Beautiful Creatures audiobook at work. It was always a back and forth struggle with me on deciding if I ever wanted to read the series. I decided to listen to the audiobook since the library had it. So far I really like it and the audiobook is an enhanced version, so there are so many sound effects and music playing, lol. I feel like I am actually in the book and I also get a better sense of the surroundings. Like if it’s raining, you get to hear the rain and thunder. It’s pretty fun. Also, the song that is always mentioned in the book, with this enhanced version they play the song.

Recently Finished:

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I recently finished The Glass Arrow over the weekend and I really loved the book! It was the first book of the book club I am in (Bloggers’ Book Club). A post about my thoughts will be coming over the weekend. I have it typed up, but I’m gonna post it on the weekend. I finished Lost In Babylon! It was one of the three books I started, but never finished. I kind of cheated and listened to the audiobook at work to finish it. I’m still glad I did though.

Reading Next:

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I am excited about both of these books. I got the audiobook from my library for Eleanor & Park, so I’ll be listening to that at work. I recently bought We Were Liars, so I’m excited to start it. After these I need to start on the books I got from Netgalley.

What are you currently reading? Finished reading? Reading next? Or link me to your post!

Since I won’t be home tonight to do day 13 of the book challenge, I am going to include it in this post and I am going to try to make it a small, so this post isn’t so long.

Day 13: Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelletes, etc.).

The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald

“The Day Boy and the Night Girl begins by telling of a witch named Watho who, in her pursuit of complete knowledge, undertook an experiment to mold two people from birth by strictly controlling their environments.”

No fancy cover, because I didn’t like what Goodreads had and Amazon wasn’t any better. It was first published in 1882! There is also so many variations of the cover, which is crazy! I read this a couple years ago and I loved the story so much. I loved the characters and the ending was perfect. The witch kept the boy (Photogen) from seeing the night and kept the girl (Nycteris) from seeing the day, but one day she finds a way out of the chamber that she is kept in and every day sneaks out. It’s a cute little story. I would suggest that everyone read it. It’s a super short read, but even with how short it is, it is amazing! ❤ One of my favorites.

In case you missed it, you can check out my day 12 post about a favorite poem of mine over here and some random rambles and pictures. 🙂

30 Day Book Challenge // Day 12.

Hi 🙂

I hope everyone had a good day today! I’m just going to jump right into today’s post and then a random little update and some pictures at the end.

Day 12: Favorite poem or collection of poetry.

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The cover makes me dizzy, lol. Goodreads linked in the cover.

So for today’s post I am supposed to post a favorite poem or collection of poetry. I have done a post on this book before, but I love it so much. You can check out my other post about this book that I used for the 2015 reading challenge over here. I am going to post two poems from this book in my post, because they are all so great and it was hard to really choose! The book is filled with amazing photography, poems, and words. I love it so much! Anyway…

The Layer’s Unseen
“There is magic even here, in gridlock, in loneliness, in too much work, in late nights gone on too long, in shopping trolleys with broken wheels, in boredom, in tax returns, the same magic that made a man write about a princess that slept until she was kissed, long golden hair draped over a balcony and fingers pricked with needles. There is magic even here, in potholes along back-country roads, in not having the right change (you pat your pockets), arriving late and missing the last train home, the same magic that caused a woman in France to think that God spoke to her, that made another sit down at the front of a bus and refuse to move, that lead a man to think that maybe the world wasn’t flat and the moon could be walked upon by human feet. There is magic. Even here. In office cubicles.”

The AWOL Hearts
“Let’s play hopscotch in malls. Let’s drive fast with the top down. Let’s turn up the music as loud as it’ll go. Let’s put a couch on an island in the middle of the freeway and wave at everyone on their way to work. Let’s hug strangers in parking lots. Let’s hand out secret messages at traffic lights. Let’s make lists of all the things that make us smile and tick them off, one at a time. The world will carry on without you and me when we’re gone. Let it carry on without us, today.”

What is one of your favorite poems or a collection of your favorite poems? Let me know in the comments!

Random update:
I’ve been good with not buying any books and I am proud of myself for that. I did however, buy other things. I bought a new pair of shoes (TOMS – which will be here Friday!), I bought a new book light and I am totally excited about it (Doctor Who of course – that’ll be here this week too), and I ordered some things from Bath & Body Works and it was delivered today! I am so glad I had a $50 gift card for B&BW and a 20% off coupon. The total at the end was about $60, so I only had to use $10 of my own money! 🙂 That’s always exciting. Today I baked cookies with my younger sister and decorated them. I also saved some for my niece and nephew to decorate. That’s always fun.

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The little bags (four little bags) have more hand santizers in them. I still haven’t opened them yet. I need to, because I want to smell them, lol. I also need to reorganize all my B&BW stuff over the weekend. I just have so many pocketbacs (hand sanitizers), ugh. Maybe almost 500? I’m crazy.

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My decorated cookies! SPRINKLESSSSSSSS! I only ate one and then let everyone else have the rest. I just wanted to decorate. And then me…always reading. 😉 I’m using my Supernatural bookmark. I love my boys and so glad they are back tomorrow!

That’s all for this post! In case you missed it, you can check out my day 11 post about five random books on my to be read list over here and if you love cats, you can see a cute picture of my kitten ColbyJack at the end of the post, lol! 🙂 I might not do my post for tomorrow, because I’ll probably go to the movies to see Cinderella with the boyfriend. I also still need to post the entry I wrote for The Glass Arrow. I think I might post it over the weekend. It’s sitting in my drafts. Anyway, that’s all! BYE!

30 Day Book Challenge // Day 11.

Hi 🙂

I am so glad that today is pretty much over. It was such a busy day and so many annoyances. I really dislike Mondays, because they are always so busy. I think the only thing I love about Mondays is that some of my favorite TV shows are on; Bates Motel and The Following. I am beyond excited that the new seasons started back up. Now I need Hannibal to start back up and everything will be right in the world; at least my world anyway. Do you have any Monday night favorite TV shows?

Anyway, onto why I am really here…

Day 11: Any five books from your “to be read” stack.

For this topic I decided to go with some of the books that have been on my reading list for awhile and since I do the Friday Frinds posts and those show the newest books added each week.

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The Moaning of Life: The Worldly Wisdom of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
S. by J.J. Abrams
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

Anyone that really knows me knows that I love Karl Pilkington. He understands me. We are the same person. If he was God, I would totally worship him. He has several books out and I want to read them all. I’ve read one of them, which was his journal entries while he was doing the first season of An Idiot Abroad, so hilarious.

‘I’ve been on the planet for forty years now, and I’m still none the wiser as to what it’s all about really. I’ve never worried about life’s big questions. People at my age sit about pondering “why are we here?” The only time I ever asked myself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote.'”

My older sister bought me a Karl Pilkington shirt – it says “I won’t be socializing. I don’t do that.” – I love this man.

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All of these books sound SO good to me and I really have no idea why I haven’t read them yet. I’ve had them on my list for so long and they kind of just got lost with my never-ending add sprees. I have seen a few people on here and seen on Pinterest where they have made a TBR jar and draw books from there to read next. I was debating on if I wanted to do this or not. It would help to get to the older adds.

I have so many good books (well, might be good books) on my TBR list and it’s kind of sad that they get lost, because I am adding so many every week. I need a better solution to this problem. I have ideas forming in my head. I think I need to write them down, sort them out, and put one or more into play. Honestly, this can get kind of overwhelming when you want to read so many books. sigh.

What are some of the books from your reading stack? Any that are really old? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Anyway, it’s getting late and I want to at least get one of my TV shows in tonight before I have to go to sleep. By the way, I probably have just as many TV shows that I watch as I do books that I want to read, lol. It’s kind of crazy that most people my age are worried/stressing about work, money, kids, family, weddings, or other “adult” stuff and I am over here stressing about what to read or watch next. Remember when I said I don’t feel at all 27? Well, there you go.

A ColbyJack picture, just because.
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Goodnight

30 Day Book Challenge // Day Ten.

Hi 🙂

I am so glad it is Friday! I am looking forward to a weekend of catching up on sleep and reading. The work week went by really fast, but it was also really busy at work. I definitely got overwhelmed a lot with work this week and took it out on my books by not reading as much as I usually do. Earlier today I did my Friday Finds post and you can check it out over here in case you missed it. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a post about some of the books I added to my to be read list this week. 🙂 Onto day ten…

Day 10: Favorite childhood book.

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. I loved this book as a kid. It was so fun and filled with so many amazing things! I remember one of my teachers  would read a chapter to us every week from this book. It was one of the greatest parts of going to school as a kid. I still think Mrs. Gorf is scary! I sadly don’t remember exactly everything in the book, because it has been SOOOOOO long since I have read it. I am going to do a reread of it; I want to relive part of my childhood and the book is so great. I think every kid should read this book or every parent should read this book to their kids! I still have a copy of it and I have to be careful with the pages, because it’s so old. I love it though. 🙂

Last year I read the first chapter of this book to my niece and nephew, because I wanted them to experience this amazing book. I took this picture last year of my nephew Jackson. He was totally into the book and it was a proud moment for me, lol.

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^^^ I am still totally excited about the book! 😉 ^^^
What is one of your favorite childhood books? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

  • You can also check out my day nine post about a book I didn’t think I would like, but ended up loving over here.

Fangirl.

Hi 🙂

This post is going to be two different challenges into one post, since I am going to use the same book for both. I am doing day nine of the 30 day book challenge and a topic from the POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge.

Day 09A book you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Also, A book by a female author.

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I’ve heard so many things about Fangirl and noticed so many people loved the book. I read the description and it didn’t really sound like a book I would like, so I never read it. I continued to hear good things about it and I continued to go back and forth deciding if I should read it. I recently discovered that I could listen to audiobooks on an app on my iPhone that connects to my public library, so I decided to listen to Fangirl while working this week. I ended up liking it a lot more than I ever thought I would.

This was the first time I read (well listened in this case 😉 ) a book by Rainbow Rowell (although I do have two other books that have been on my TBR list), so it was interesting to finally see how she writes. I felt like I could relate to Cath a lot, even now. I loved the story and I loved the parts of Simon Snow that were included and the fanfiction that Cath wrote about Simon and Baz. Levi…oh Levi, he was perfect. I love my boyfriend to death (been with him a little over seven years), but I won’t lie, there were times I wish he were more like Levi, lol. All guys need a little Levi in them!

I am glad I finally gave in and read the book. I think that the book is relatable for a lot of people, especially younger people, fresh out of high school, trying to make it in the real world and through college. Finding yourself and what really is important in your life. I never did college like that (small community college in Fort Myers for me), but it was nice getting a small peek into that. Sometimes I did get annoyed with some of the characters and the story, but overall I really liked it.

I am also excited that Rainbow Rowell is releasing Carry On as a real book! I am excited to read more about Simon and Baz. Throughout the book I was wishing I could hear more about them. The little scenes about them were nice, but I wanted more of it. Carry On is supposed to be released this year in October, so that is something to look forward to!

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Have you read Fangirl? If so, what did you think and are you looking forward to the Simon Snow story?

  • You can check out my previous post from the POPSUGAR reading challenge about a book by an author with my initials over here.
  • You can also check out my day eight post about a book turned into a movie and completely desecrated over here.

Off to have dinner and possibly read or find a new show on Netflix. Have any Netflix suggestions?

30 Day Book Challenge // Day Eight.

Hi 🙂

I am currently trying to set up my iPod on my new computer. It’s kind of annoying and I lost all my playlists. I was so proud of my playlists as geeky as that sounds, lol. I guess when you connect your iPod to a new computer, they have to completely wipe it and put everything back. I have a ton of music, so it’ll probably take most of the night. My iTunes also doesn’t want me listening to music for some reason, ugh. Anyway, here is my day eight post.

Day 08: A book turned into a movie and completely desecrated.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I can actually name quite a few that can fall under this, but I chose The Lightning Thief, because Percy Jackson & The Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series are some of my favorite books! I was so disappointed with the movie, like so disappointed. I sat there and pointed out every single thing that was wrong with it and it drove my boyfriend crazy. I didn’t understand how they could take such a great book and turn it into crap!

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I am convinced that the director read an entirely different book. I decided to torture myself even more and go see The Sea of Monsters with my boyfriend, niece, and nephew. Same thing. So depressing. I decided to compile some random things I found on the internet and post them in this blog post.

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The movies were a HUGE let down. I’m not a person that normally likes the book to movies, but I always make myself watch them. I hate it even more when the movie is done completely wrong and nothing at all like the book. One of the things I hated the most was that the age of the characters were completely wrong, so I felt like the personalities weren’t really the same. The age gap kind of changed their personalities. Blehhh. I get angry just thinking about it!

Have you read The Lightning Thief? How did you feel about the movie? Is there any other books to movies that you felt were completely desecrated?

I am off here though! I have a discussion with the book club on the first half of The Glass Arrow. If you missed it, you can check out my day seven post about a book I’ve been wanting to read, but still haven’t read over here. Bye 🙂