Saturday, December 9, 2017

December To Be Read List Winner

Thank you to everybody who voted for my December To Be Read List Winner. Bah, Humbug won by one vote. I'm so excited to read this book. I think it should be good. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Challenge Sign Ups

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I'm so excited to sign up for two reading challenges. My goal is to read 6 Christmas books in December. It might be a big goal, but they are quick reads and I have some days off school. Here is my December TBR. I hope to get through all of these books. I'm currently reading 1225 Christmas Tree Lane.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December TBR List Christmas Edition Let's Vote

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Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.

For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer's block - until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for his villain to hide the weapon. He digs into the snowman to discover two things: the weapon fits int he body just under the head, and the snowman was supposed to be the back drop for Lexi's next show.

From this improbable beginning comes friendship. Can there be more for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood?

 Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.

Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As family secrets emerge and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs. Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.

After years abroad, Garrison Brown returns home to Vancouver to build a new life. When his beloved grandmother passes away a few weeks before Christmas, Garrison goes to her house to sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While Garrison hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left Garrison with some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends--plus a sizeable monetary gift for the new owners. Garrison's job is to match the cats with the right owners without disclosing the surprise gift. Along the way, he may just meet someone who can make him stay. Humorous and heartwarming, this latest Christmas story from bestselling author Melody Carlson is the perfect gift for pet lovers and anyone in whose heart Christmas holds a special place. (

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

COYER Winter Switch Sign Up and the List

I'm going to participate in the switch. I have my list separated so that I can easily look at it for any part of the challenge. The switch consists of three parts. The strict you can only read ebooks, the list you can only read books off the list, and the one with the twist which means that you can read any book, but you have to pick one format for the whole time. 

  • December 16 – January 12: The List
  • January 13 – February 9: The Strict
  • February 10 – March 9: The One with the Twist
I'm so excited to participate in this edition of COYER and I'm hoping I can be sucessful moving books off this list. I can read books that aren't on the list after January 12, but I still would like to focus on mostly books on the list. 

 These four books are all kindle books. I don't read kindle books as quickly, so I didn't choose as many. I'm hoping to be able to finish these four.

 These books above are books I do not own and will be borrowing from the library.
 These books are books that I own physical copies of.
These are the Christmas books I would like to read. I included my TBR List Winner for December, which will be a Christmas book. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

December Christmas Monthly TBR

I love Christmas time. I always read a lot of Christmas novels around Christmas time. These are the books I really would love to read this Christmastime. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors to read at Christmastime, so there are a lot of her books on my list.

What books are you planning on reading this Christmas season? Do you have any favorite Christmas authors?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dewey's Readathon October 2017: Finish Line

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I went to bed around 11:00, which is hour 16. 
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I know you guys have worked hard on cheerleading and you just don't get the results you want, but I would love to see official cheerleaders come back and not just to twitter, but for the blogs too. 
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? the hourly updates and the mini challenges were great. 
  5. How many books did you read? 0
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? . The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
  8. Which did you enjoy least? -
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will be back in April to participate as a reader again. 
8:16 to 8:36 pg 160-183
10:00 to 10:30 pg 183-207
10:45 to 10:47 pg 2017-210

Pages Read: 50
Time Read: 53 minutes
Total Pages Read: 103 pages
Total Time Read: 2 hours 13 minutes

I have been in a reading slump lately and I was hoping I would find my motivation with this readathon and although I was motivated to read. I was more distracted than I have been in the past. This was also my busiest readathon. I went shopping and visited my grandma. 

April 2013: 296 pages
Oct 2013: 92 pages
April 2014: 440 pages
Oct 2014: 417 pages
April 2015: 360 pages
Oct 2015: 256 pages
April 2016: 187 pages
October 2016: 183 pages
April 2017: 192 pages
October 2017: 103 pages

April 2013: 8 hours 6 minutes
Oct 2013: 3 hours 44 minutes
April 2014: 11 hours 24 minutes
Oct 2014: 8 hours 44 minutes
April 2015: 9 hours 13 minutes
Oct 2015: 4 hours and 38 minutes
April 2016: 4 hours and 38 minutes
October 2016: 5 hours 40 minutes
April 2017: 4 hours 24 minutes
October 2017: 2 hours 13 minutes

It was by far not my best readathon, but I always do better during the April readathon, but in the meantime I did get some reading done and I'm happy with that. This was my 10th dewey's readathon. I have loved this readathon for 5 years and I will continue to love this readathon even when life wants to get in the way. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

10 Year in 10 Books: Dewey's Readathon 10th Anniversary

In honor of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon's 10th anniversary they are hosting a special challenge featuring books released in every year that Dewey's readathon has happened. It is hard to believe this event is already 10 years old. They have hosted 20 readathons. This is my 10th readathon, so I have participated in half of them. I have not missed a readathon since I discovered this event. For my 10 books I chose books that were my favorites, books that I raved about on my blog, and books that I still remember enjoying even though it has been years since I read them. 

2007- Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
2008- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
2009- Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
2010- Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
2011- Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
2012- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
2013- Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett
2014- To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
2015-The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
2016-My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brody Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
2017- The Names they Gave Us by Emery Lord

I 100% recommend all these books. They are all books I have chosen as favorites. I did notice it got harder to pick 1 favorite from the release year once I got past 2010. I have read so many 2013 releases that it was hard to pick a favorite for sure. That year has been my favorite year in books for sure.

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.  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

COYER Summer Reading List Wrap Up

Summer COYER has come to an end. Boy did I love this summer's reading list challenge. I'm a list person and I love making lists, but it is rare that I ever stick to them. I did great with COYER's reading list. I really read mostly books from the list this summer. We had to choose 30 books to put on the list. I knew that I wouldn't complete all 30 books, but it was fun to try.

I read 8 books off the list and the good news is that 3 of these books are ebooks and one is a book I own. I'm glad to have read all these books. They were all great.

I'm super excited to see what is in store for the COYER winter switch. Sign up goes live on November 18.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

July and August Wrap Up and Sept-Nov TBR

 July was a great month for reading. Clockwork Princess is so far the longest book I have read this year and I'm so glad to finish the Infernal Devices series. Flame in the Mist is my least favorite for the month. The book was good, but the story was hard to follow at times. I loved all the other books. They were such great reads.
August was a month for fairy tale retellings. Before Midnight was a retelling of Cinderella, Wild Orchid the ballad of Mulan, and The Crystal Heart rapunzel. I loved all three of them. Before Midnight takes my favorite. We also went on vacation in August, so I didn't get as much reading done.

The end of the year is fast approaching, so I'm in challenge mode to get my challenges done before the end of the year. I only have three books left for Monthly Keyword, but I'm behind on my books I own and Deal Me In challenge. I'm going to play catch up for the rest of the year. One of my big goals this year was to read all the 2013 releases I missed that I put on my top ten tuesday. I only have four left, so I totally can do it. Here is a list of books I want to read by the end of the year.

1. Things we Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
2. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
3. Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz
4. Poison by Bridget Zinn
5. Golden by Jessi Kirby
6. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
7. Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
8. Forever and Always Lara Jean by Jenny Han
9. Stitching Snow by RC Lewis
10. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sunquist
11. Friendship by Emily Gould
12. The Summer of Everything by Catherine Clark
13. 738 Days by Stacey Kade
14 The Dear One by Jacqueline Woodson
15. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacy Lee

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My TBR Overwhelms Me

I absolutely love Goodreads and tracking my TBR, but sometimes my TBR overwhelms me. My goal since I created my Goodreads account back in 2012 has been to keep my TBR manageable. I'm constantly trying to read books off the TBR list, but not add as many books as I erase. Back in 2014 I decided to create a spreadsheet of my Goodreads TBR list, so I could see how many books I have read off the list and see if I was making progress on getting the list down. I started this project back in 2014 with 238 books. I still have 131 books from the 2014 list that have not been read. 232 books from 2015 I haven't read and that leads me up to my current Goodreads TBR, which is at 392 books. I have to admit that it is crazy that my TBR has grown to almost 400 books. When I look though the list there are some amazing books on the list that I want to read, but don't know if I will ever have the time to read. I have always sat somewhere in the 300s and been fine with it, but 400 books for me is a lot.

Sometimes my TBR overwhelms me. I just want to lower the number of books on the list and make some progress. I love my spreadsheet and I love seeing the progress I make over multiple years. I also think the individual challenges I do keep me reading books off this list at a pretty consistent rate. The books that I really worry I will never read apear on the 1st page. Many have been there since I joined Goodreads and I still haven't read them.

At the end of the day I need to enjoy what I'm reading and sometimes it is isn't all about the numbers. At the end of the day my TBR serves a purpose to help me remember books that I want to read and if I don't read some then that is just how it is going to be.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon Sign Up

I'm signing up for the Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon. This Read-A-Thon runs from September 11th-September 24th.  I plan on working off the remainder of  my summer TBR List. I will post my TBR List in a few weeks after COYER is over and I know what is left on the list. 

Summer TBR Wipeout Wrap Up

During the Summer TBR Wipeout I decied to use my COYER summer reading list. For coyer I had to choose 30 books fullying knowing I would not read all 30 books off the list, but I chose a mixture of books that I wanted to read this summer hoping I would at least get to some of them. Throughout the summer I have mostly stuck to this list without problem. I read 7 books off the list at this point. I might add a few more before COYER finishes up. I have not finished The Crystal Heart yet, but I think I will finish that this weekend. 

This challenge literally flew by. I enjoyed every second and it really motivated me to move some books off my TBR. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge Update #2

Since my last update I have managed to read one more book off my TBR list. I finished The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord and boy I loved this book so much. It was sad, but at the same time it was a fun summer read. I really think the main character Lucy grew so much over the course of this book. 

I finished Flame in the Mist this week for the biannual bibliothon. This book was not part of my summer tbr or my tbr at all, but I enjoyed this book and it left so many questions. The sequel needs to come soon. 

I'm currently reading Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey. I'm loving this book so far. I needed myself a good fairy tale retelling to take a break from contemporaries. This book is not on the list either, but the next book I'm planning on reading is on the list, so I will get another one checked off before the finale of TBR Wipeout. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Make Me Read It Readathon Sign Up and Poll

The Make Me Read It Readathon is taking place from August 6th-August 13th. We are going to be on vacation again during this readathon, but I'm determined to make it work this year. I'm going to make a poll and you can vote for three. I will choose the one with the most votes to read.

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 this 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 now days. 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.