Booktubeathon Wrap-up

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This year’s reading challenges were:

1/ Let a coin toss decide your first read.
2/ Read a book about something you want to do.
3/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.
4/ Read a book with green on the cover.
5/ Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time.
6/ Read a book with a beautiful spine.
7/  Read seven books.

I started Booktubeathon with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. This has been a high one on my TBR for a little while now and I’m really glad I got a chance to read this one. This helped me get through challenge 2 (traveling Europe) and 4.

the gentlemans guide

Then I moved on to Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. I love poetry and I especially love Spoken Word. I wore my bonnet the whole time and since it covers my head I’m counting that as a hat so challenge 5 completed.

long way down

Next I read Eleanor and Park. Also an audiobook. This wasn’t for the challenges, I just really wanted to read it.

eleanor and park

Then I re-read Black Movie by Danez Smith. It was just as beautiful as before.

black movie

After that I read Fat Kid Rules the World for challenge 1 and 6.

fat kid

Five books and five challenges is pretty great for me. I think I only got through three last year. This was a fun week of fun reads and I’m happy to have participated. I’ll have my reviews out for these books in the coming weeks. Booktubeathon 2018 was a success!

Did you participate in Booktubeathon this year? If not, do you plan on trying it out next year?

Summer Book Tag

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I spotted this on the Thrice Read blog and decided it was worth a shot.

LEMONADE: PICK A BOOK THAT STARTED OFF BITTER BUT THEN GOT BETTER

the sun is also a star

There was a lot of negativity going on at the beginning of this but as the day proceeded, some serious character development went on. I’ll be posting my formal review next month, so keep an eye out for that.

GOLDEN SUN: PICK A BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE BEYOND COMPARE

love and first sight

I listened to Love and First Sight as an audio book. While listening, I would close my eyes and smile to myself because of how cute a lot of the scenes and dialogue were.

TROPICAL FLOWERS: PICK A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY

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This one’s set in the Motherland.

TREE SHADE: PICK A BOOK WHERE A MYSTERIOUS OR SHADY CHARACTER IS INTRODUCED

still life with tornado

The main character of Still Life with Tornado is just an endless mystery. She’s like a puzzle that’s missing part of the middle.

BEACH SAND: PICK A BOOK THAT WAS GRAINY AND THE PLOT BARELY DEVELOPED

I honestly couldn’t think of something for this. If a book is too confusing or boring, I usually don’t finish it. Leave some suggestions down below!

GREEN GRASS: PICK A CHARACTER(S) THAT WAS FULL OF LIFE, MAKING YOU SMILEthis side of homeI loved Maya Younger and her character was one I could relate too on more levels than one.

WATERMELON: PICK A BOOK THAT HAD SOME JUICY SECRETS

kite-runner

If you haven’t read this before, it’s a must. There are so many layers to The Kite Runner.

SUN HAT: PICK A BOOK WITH A VAST, BIG UNIVERSE/SETTING

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I love A. S. King’s surreal novels, her world building and story line are so creative.

BBQ: PICK A BOOK IN WHICH A CHARACTER WAS PORTRAYED AS A HUNK

twilight

I haven’t read this in YEARS but come on. This book fits the prompt sooo well.

 

I challenge you, yes YOU dear reader to complete this challenge!

What I’m Watching

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I’ve been so into the World Cup this month and now that it’s over, I feel so incomplete. I really do love watching soccer. Even if all my favorite teams lost (Spain, Nigeria, and Portugal). France’s victory was quite something. Croatia definitely made their mark, though. Who doesn’t love an underdog?

Watch Marlon Episodes - NBC.com

I don’t have a show review this week but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching Netflix. I started watching the show Marlon. I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while but I didn’t have cable when it came out last year. Season one is currently on Netflix so I watched it and it definitely gave me some My Wife and Kids vibes. I have Xfinity now so I’m going to start watching season two. It’s a pretty funny show and Marlon Wayans is great. His hour long comedy special “Woke-ish” is also on Netflix and it is absolutely hilarious.

Kim's Convenience - CBC Media Centre

I just started watching Kim’s Convenience yesterday. It’s a really cute sitcom about a Korean-Canadian family. Mr. Kim runs the convenience store and his daughter Janet is a photographer in art school. Mr. and Mrs. Kim’s relationship is very interesting. Their son Jung is estranged and works at a car rental agency. I’ve seen a couple episodes so far and I think I’ll continue watching it.

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As far as TV goes, I’ve been watching a lot of The Loud House on Xfinity On Demand. It’s one of my favorites as far as the newer cartoons go and it’s honestly really good. The premise is interesting, the show is really funny, and there’s always a lesson at the end. It has everything I loved about my favorite cartoons growing up.

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I haven’t liked a lot of the new shows coming out on Disney Channel, but Stuck in the Middle is really good. Harley is the middle child of the Diaz family. Being stuck in the middle of six other siblings isn’t easy but Harley’s inventions often help save the day. I love how the main character is so into STEM. Her inventions are pretty creative.

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Craig of the Creek is a new show on Cartoon Network that I’m absolutely loving. It’s a show about a black boy who has adventures with his friends down at the Creek near his home. The characters on the show are great and I love the family dynamic. It’s another one of those shows the always has a lesson at the end.

All in all, I’m loving the diversity I’m seeing in a lot of these newer shows. Not every new show is the best, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all bad either.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Book Review)

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a story about a Native American boy by the name of Junior. He has lived on the Spokane Indian reservation his whole life. Born with a plethora of health conditions that left him often bullied and ostracized, Junior begins to realize that maybe Spokane isn’t meant to be his only home.

Junior makes the bold decision to attend an all-white school outside of the rez. During his first year of high school, Junior faces discrimination, ridicule, and tragedy. Despite it all, he continues to attack the obstacles with humor, wit, and his original cartoons.

I’ve been hearing great things about this book for years now but I never got around to reading it, until recently. I was lucky enough to find this beauty at my local thrift store for a major bargain. I’m happy to add this to my book shelf.

Junior’s struggle was so raw, so honest. His ostracization from the people of the reserve for not being Indian enough and the discrimination he encountered at his school were well described. I could empathize with Junior’s situation.

I breezed through this novel in two days. It was absolutely wonderful and I’m already thinking about giving it a second read. This is definitely a five star book.

5/5 Stars

Mini Book Haul

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I recently went thrift shopping for the first time with my best friend. I never knew how great the deals were on books. We went to Goodwill and then The World of Thrift, it was great. I didn’t spend more than a total of $9 on these books which is a steal. Full reviews coming soon.

The books I purchased were:

sherman alexie

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

I’ve been hearing great things about this book for years now. I never read it back in my middle grade days so why not now?

mindy kaling

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

I have been watching a ton of The Office lately so when I saw this, I just couldn’t resist.

library of souls.jpgA boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

I read books one and two a few years ago and I’m excited to continue this adventure. My Review of Hollow City

time traveler

A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn’t stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships.

I have committed a terrible bibliographic sin. I watched the movie long before getting the book. For this, I must right my wrong. Even if I have to go through 500 pages to do it.