Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy 2018!

Happy 2018 everyone! Boy do I have a lot in store for you today! Along with the new year, I have decided to make some changes about the way I run my blog. As you know, I had a challenge for myself way back in 2016, to read 150 books in that year. By the time 2017 came around I had made it 137 books, so last year I tried again. And yet again I failed, landing a grand total of 88 books. Not nearly as well as I had done the year before. In case you don't remember, or you weren't a reader of my blog back then, I had rules for what books counted and what books didn't.

To refresh your memory:

Rule 1) Every book that I read has to be a book that I have not read before this year. For instance, if I read the same book twice this year, I cannot count it as two books read. But if I haven't read the book in a couple of years, however, and I read it again THIS year, I can count it once.

Rule 2) I have to read the book all the way through for it to count.

Rule 3) I do not count picture books. Yes, I know. Picture books are books too, but if it counted every time I read one of those, I would be done incredibly quickly and I want to make this a real challenge!

Rule 4) Graphic novels count, too (of course).

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Forever or a Long, Long time by Caela Carter

Image result for forever or a long long time indieboundHello everyone! Since we had the day off from school on Friday, I had a lot of time for reading. I finished reading a book called Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter. I thought this book was absolutely amazing, and it was one that I HAD to share with you.

Forever or a Long, Long Time is a book about two siblings named Flora and Julian. Flora and Julian have spent most of their lives moving from foster home to foster home, and so they don't remember their beginning. They don't know where they came from. They don't know that they were born. All they know is that they always have each other, and that they always will.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

Hello everyone! I know that I haven't made a trailer for any of the books that I have posted about recently, and today I have a trailer that I just HAD to make. I read As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell over the summer, but never got around to posting about it. I got so into this book, and brought it with me even if I didn't intend to read it at that moment. I have always loved fairy tales (messed up fairy tales especially--like this one!) and thought that this book would be perfect to create a trailer for! Be warned, this book is darker than it seems and will pull you in from the beginning. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson (a birthday post)

Hello everyone! A good friend of mine had her birthday a couple of days ago, and in honor of her birthday, I would like to post about one of her favorite books. My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson was recommended to me by this friend over a year ago, and I enjoyed it! So today I will recommend it to you!

My Diary from the Edge of the World is written from the perspective of a girl named Gracie Lockwood, who lives in a world just like ours... except for the fact that humans aren't the only species in charge. Sasquatches roam about the woods, genies are always up for gambling, dragons migrate south for the winter, and so much more. But there are also dark clouds. Dark clouds that will take a person away to die.

When a dark cloud arrives at Gracie's house, they know that it is there to take away her sickly little brother Sam, and the Lockwood's will do anything to keep their family together. Even if it means journeying to The Extraordinary World. A place that may not even exist...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

Hello everyone! As you may know, I recently wrote a post for Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova. (You can click here for that post!) I have decided to also write a post for Brave, another graphic novel by Svetlana Chmakova. Brave takes place in the same school as Awkward, so some of the characters overlap from book to book. I've gotta say though, I think I enjoyed Brave even more than Awkward! So if you are a fan of Awkward, you have to read this book!

Brave is about a boy named Jensen who is a part of the Art Club. Jensen is a dreamer, not always the best student, and doesn't know many kids outside of his club, and the ones he does know, don't treat him nicely. The Art Club has always been his safe haven. Jensen doesn't always fit in with his group of friends, and they aren't always super nice to him, but he doesn't think that is much of a problem. I mean hey, he has friends right?