July 2016 Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

In July, I read six books to my surprise. Most of them were short, easy reads and it helped that I liked all of them.

  1. Carrie by Stephen King
  2. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
  3. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Fearless 3: Run by Francine Pascal.

Santa Barbara Book Haul

Santa Barbara

This past weekend, I went to Santa Barbara, CA. We had a great time and the weather was nice. I bought a few books from a couple of used bookstores. The first one we went to is called The Book Den. I bought One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan al-Shaykh, Bright Shadow by Avi and The Green Mile (Part 4) by Stephen King. I realized later that The Green Mile is part 4 of a 6 part series. I might buy the other parts online.

Santa Barbara Book Haul
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The other books I actually bought from $5 or Less Bookstore in Simi Valley. I bought A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Molly’s Story Collection (American Girl).

I’m very excited to read them. What books did you buy or get recently?

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Nora

The Name Game Book Tag

I decided to pretend I was tagged in a book tag that’s popular among Booktubers and instead write a post on it instead. The Name Game is a tag where you pick books starting with the letter of your name. I’m going to pick from books I’ve read.

NNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry
OOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
RRilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
AAngela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

There you go! I tag anyone who wants to do this!

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Nora

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24 in 48 Readathon has finished!

The 24 in 48 Readathon ended Sunday night and this being my first readathon, I think I did good. I read for a total of 5 hours in the 48 hours. I spent some time with family and friends as well, so it might not seem like I read much but for me, it’s sufficient. That’s an average of 2.5 hours a day. A lot more that I average on regular days. Someday I’d like to read more, of course, during the next readathon or maybe have my own personal readathon.

Even though it was only 5 hours, I finished two books, Go Ask Alice and Fearless: Run which completed my goal of reading 18 books this year, which I keep track of on Goodreads. Of course, I will continue to read more books till the end of year and hopefully I’ll read at least 6 more. My last years goal was to read 17 books, but I actually ended up reading 23. I would like to use the rest of year to get to 24.

What are you reading goals for this year?

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Nora

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24 in 48 Readathon

This weekend is the 24 in 48 Readathon and I am planning on participating. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a readathon where you read as much as you can for 24 hours within a 48 hour period. The great part is you don’t actually have to read for 24 hours, you can read as much or as little as your time allows. I do have plans this weekend but they aren’t big ones┬áso I plan to read as much as I can in between. It’s my first marathon and I’ve been wanting to participate in one for a while now. I plan to read the Fearless books, which is a series and I have 14 books of it. I really want to finish that series so I hope I read a good chunk of it. Plus they are small books, good enough to carry around.

I might do status updates here on my blog but definitely on my Twitter. If you want to learn more about 24 in 28 Readathon and/or sign up, go here.

In other news: On Sunday, I might even do hourly journaling in my physical paper journal for the hell of it and also because I’m almost done with that journal and can’t wait to start on my new journal.

Anyway, let me know below if you’re participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon!

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora

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Eleanor & Park and Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Reviews

Eleanor & Park

 

This week, I finished reading two books, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Eleanor & Park is about two teenagers, seemingly different, fall in love. We follow along as they meet, awkwardly and uncomfortably get to know each other and fall in love. I really liked this book because it was an easy, light read, funny, set in 1980’s, one of the main characters is half Korean (I love all things Korean) and the other has bright red hair and chubby. It also has some drama to sink your teeth into.

Next, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I found this at Goodwill and thought it was interesting. I love children’s books (as well as young adult) and I really liked this one. It’s a diary of a kid in middle school name Greg Heffley with comic drawings on every page. There is no plot, climax, rising action, etc. since it is a diary, just anecdotes from his life. Greg never seems to get his way even though he tries very hard, it always backfires. It was a very quick and enjoyable read.

What did you read this week?

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Nora

Kit and Winnie – Book Reviews

Winnie The Pooh

This week, I finished reading Kit’s Story Collection by Valerie Tripp and Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne.

Kit’s Story Collection a collection of six books in one book that I found at Goodwill. It is about a girl named Kit, who is a part of American Girl, and what she and her family go through during the Great Depression. I don’t much care for the dolls but I really liked the writing and thought it had a clear and understandable plot, making it enjoyable to read. With this in mind, I think it’s perfect for young, impressionable minds. I’ve read the Molly books when I was younger and enjoyed those as well, so I thought I’d read Kit’s story, too. I might need to do a reread of Molly’s story since it’s been a while.

I also finished reading Winnie-The-Pooh by the original creator, A. A. Milne, before Disney bought the rights. I really enjoyed the language from the start and it was a very fun and funny little book. I highly recommend it for the young and young at heart.

Thank you for visiting my blog,
Nora