My reading goal/challenge

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*I’ve actually already read Chasing Vermeer, Warm Bodies and Carry On

I have 42 or was it 43?… I have 40 something unread physical books on my shelves at the moment and I only have until March 20th to read them. I’ll be moving countries then so I want to read as many books as possible so I can start sending them home. I don’t want to send them all now and not have any books at all with me. I just can’t do that.

It would be impossible for me to read 40 something books in 3 months so I decided to set a more possible goal instead. I will try to read 1 book per week, which means that I can read about 13 books before I have to send them home. This is not even close to 40 but 13 is already a bit of a challenge for me. I’m a slow reader, plus, I don’t like to read for long periods of time. I get tired and then I get headaches, and it’s just not fun. My main concern with this is falling into a slump. Forcing myself to read too much might result in that.

Woo! Wish me luck!

START: December 21, 2015

END: March 18, 2016

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[Review] Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

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Synopsis

Three stranger receive a letter asking them to help solve a hundred year old crime. Who are they and why them?

Two sixth graders begin to realize that there’s no such thing as coincidence when seemingly unrelated events begin to connect.

What is the old lady down the street hiding is she really who she appears to be?

What is making their teacher so upset? Is she in trouble? Does she need their help?

Oh the mystery!

Score 4/5

Some of my favorite events? in life are coincidences. Especially the ones that seem so random you have to wonder whether or not there’s something else at work. I love the excitement and that feeling of surprise coincidences bring when they come together. It’s so much fun!

This book is full of that. When random events start to come together Calder and Petra realize that things maybe are not so random after all. That if perhaps you look closely enough, you’ll see that life is full of patterns that reveal something important, something secret.

I really liked that the characters also questioned whether a coincidence was actually meaningful or if they had just started making stuff up. I would have given it 5 stars except that towards the end it felt like they were starting to go in circles. I think this book would have been a bit better hand it been a few pages shorter and gotten to the big reveal a little quicker. But over all, this was a very enjoyable read and it certainly kept me guessing.

 

‘Tis the Season Book Tag

I was tagged by Cathy @ Bookishfall  and Jen @ Combustible Reviews to do this tag. Thank you for tagging me!

 

Favorite Winter Read?

Hmm, I don’t have a favorite Winter read. I usually read by  mood. I also don’t really re-read books, so I don’t have a favorite book I read every year during the holidays.

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A Book With Blue On The Cover.

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Snuff by Terry Pratchett is probably the prettiest book with blue on the cover I own. Such beautiful shades of blue. My picture doesn’t really do it justice, but it’s very pretty.

 

 

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A Book You’d Use As A Star On The Christmas Tree.

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Jackaby by William Ritter

This book is also a beautiful shade of blue and I think it would look lovely on top of my Christmas tree. Specially if the tree is decorated with white and golden decorations. I think it would make a nice contrast.

 

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A Fictional Place That Would Be Perfect For A Winter Vacation.

Hogwarts of course. I know it’s now a bit  cliche, but seriously why not? All the beautiful, and magical, decorations plus the amazing feast. It’s just perfect.

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A Fictional Character I Would Take With Me On A My Winter Vacation.

I would take Luna Lovegood on vacation with me. I have a feeling we would end up in some sort of crazy adventure. Maybe not fighting evil, but perhaps chasing after some mythical creature or solving the case of the mysteriously missing shoes. I would also love to see the world through her eyes. It would be so awesome and 1000x more interesting!

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A Book On My Wish List.

Ahh!  Too may on my list. I’m on a book buying ban and wont be able to buy book for a while. But there is one book I really want and that is the new Harry Potter illustrated edition. Harry Potter is something I will force my children to read. What better way to grab their interest than with pretty pictures?

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Favorite Drink, Treat & Movie

My favorite winter drink is eggnog. I haven’t had eggnog for 3 years now, and I really really miss it. I can’t wait to go home so I can have some next year. I love the Christmas shaped sugar cookies with the green and red sugar on top. They’re so yummy and remind me of all things good and happy! My favorite movies are Elf and Harry Potter.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this tag! And thank you for reading!

I would like to tag DrAwkto @ The Inki Awkto to do this tag!

The Childhood Book Tag!

This tag was created by RiverMoose @ RiverMoose-Reads, please check out her blog!

Childhood Book Tag

  1. First book you remember reading on your own?

The first book I remember reading on my own was The Secret Garden in Spanish. It was absolutely amazing and beautiful. I still somewhat remember what the cover looked like. The very first book in English that I read on my own and bought on my own was Let’s Get Invisible by R.L. Stine. I immediately fell in love with his books and my love for reading was shaped!

2. First book you remember having your parents read to you?

I don’t think my parents ever read to me when I was little. Perhaps my mom used to read to me when I was very little, before I can remember. My earliest memories are from when I was 4 or 5.

3. Book you read because of your parents? Because of a friend?

I think I started reading Harry Potter because I saw a friend with a Harry Potter book. She didn’t recommend it, in fact, I don’t think she even liked it but the cover looked interesting so I looked more into it.

4. Favorite book from school?

I honestly loved almost every book we read in elementary – high school, with 2 exceptions. I hated The Old Man and the Sea and Crime and Punishment.

5.Favorite book in elementary?

Probably Bridge to Terabithia. That might have been the first time a book made me cry.

6.In Middle school?

I can’t remember which books we read in class, I want to say Of Mice and Men? But that might have been high school. However, I do remember reading Harry Potter, and boy do I love Harry Potter!

7.In high school?

The Joy Luck Club, The Great Gatsby, and Into the Wild. All amazing books! But my absolute favorite is actually a short story called The Scarlet Ibis. It was absolutely heart wrenching. Although I was appalled by what the protagonist did, I could relate to how he felt. I strongly suggest you read that short story. It’s short and I’m sure you can find it on google.

8.Book you gave up on as a kid that you’d like to revisit?

Crime and Punishment (I read it in HS but I’m old enough that high schoolers are kids to me now), maybe I’ll like it more now. I almost finished it the first time I read it.

9.Book you checked out from the library the most as a kid?

R.L. Stine books, that’s all I would read.

10.Book you made all your friends read?

I haven’t forced any of my friends to read but I do often recommend John Dies at the End and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

11.The book that made you love reading?

Let’s Get Invisible by R.L. Stine.

12.Favorite middle grade read?

The Secret Book series by Pseudonymous Bosch.

13.Favorite young adult read?

At this time I’d have to say Fangirl.

14.First long series you read as a kid?

Harry Potter unless Goosebumps counts!

15.How did you learn to read? How old were you?

School and just practicing on my own. I was maybe around 8 or 9 when I learned how to read in English.

16.How obsessed were you with the scholastic book fairs as a kid?

Not much. I mean I loved it and I loved going in and looking at all the amazing books, but I was too poor to buy any. It wasn’t until 5th or 6th grade that I begged and begged my parents to give me money for a book. I bought Let’s Get Invisible by R.L. Stine. I actually still remember the smell of the little room when you walked in. That wonderful new book smell. Beautiful~

 

And that is all! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers and getting to know me a little~

I would like to tag Cathy @ Bookishfall to do this tag! Actually, it would be awesome if you could ALL do this tag!

[I.Y.B.H.A.S] Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

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Book: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Song: In the End by Black Veil Brides

Odd Thomas is by far my favorite protagonist. He’s just amazing. Even after all he’s been through, all that he’s lost, he still remains kind, and good, and never loses sight of what he needs to do. He doesn’t let fear over come him, he doesn’t let anger cloud his judgement, and even though sometimes the situations thrust upon him are too much for anyone to handle, he keeps going.

Odd Thomas is a fighter! Odd Thomas perseveres.

Like wise, In the End by the Black Veil Brides is about perseverance. It’s about not giving up even when other people are trying to put you down. You need to persevere and get back up when you fall. Your life matters, do something amazing. Don’t let other people tell you you can’t do something.

Fight for yourself, fight for who you are!

[Review] Mort by Terry Pratchett

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Mort has become Death’s apprentice. The job’s not too bad. He gets food and a place to stay, some company, and time off. Best of all, Mort doesn’t have to be dead to take the position. Everything is going well until something unexpected happens. Mort falls in love. And what is the one inevitable consequence of love? People start making stupid decisions. Mort prevents the death of his love when in fact, he was there to collect her soul. Now reality is unraveling while Mort becomes more real than ever.

Score: 5/5

Mort is the first ‘Death’ book in the Discworld series. I absolutely love Terry Pratchett’s wit and humor. It is absolutely hilarious. Not only that, but anyone* can relate to the characters and their situations simply by being human. His ability to mix contemporary with humor and fantasy is pure genius.

This is the second Discworld book I’ve read, and I can’t wait to read more! If you’ve never read any of his books before, I highly recommend you start with this one. It is not necessary to read his very first published book to understand this one.

*by “anyone”, I mean people who had had a first job, people who have fallen in love, or people who have perhaps been too long at their current job and feel it’s time for a change. You know, the “adulty” type of people or people who have done “adulty” things.

[Unbookish Wednesday] Snow…ugh!

First snow of the year here in South Korea!

First snow! Ugh, this sucks.

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First REAL snow day while at work. The kids loved it of course. And yes! It was awesome and beautiful but the aftermath always sucks.

Nnnuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!

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I had been dreading winter/snow since mid summer, seriously. I don’t like snow. It’s slippery and dangerous, and makes getting to work more difficult. Actually, since I live downhill, getting getting can also be a bit of an adventure. Especially since my street is not THAT well traveled, so the snow doesn’t always get cleared up. Also, when someone does bother to sweep the place they always leave a thin, extremely slippery, layer of snow behind. That just adds to my horrors.

But sometimes do look better covered in snow~

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