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The End of the Year Book Tag

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This book tag was created by Ariel over on Youtube. It sounded fun, so we decided to do it!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Nicole: All of them? Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, and Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh is just two of them.
Isis: I need to finish the book I’m currently reading: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. It’s a good book, but it’s pretty long for my usual taste. I’m hoping I finish it soon. Other than that, I’d just like to finish all the books I’m currently reading on GR. There’s just too many to list.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Nicole: The Diviners by Libba Bray. It has magic and deals with the occult which always makes me think of fall for some reason.
Isis: I’ve been reading Point Pleasant by Jen Archer Wood every fall for the past few years. It’s set in October, and it’s sort of a monster book with an eerie vibe. I even have a soundtrack for it. That’s my go-to fall book. I’m not sure if I’ll read it again this year, but I might.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Nicole: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan comes out October 3rd. I can’t wait.
Isis: I’m looking forward to Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It comes out October 10. Although I fear I may be too old to enjoy a John Green novel, the teenager in me is still super excited to get back into his stories. I have high hopes.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Nicole: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Follow Her Home by Steph Cha, and The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin.
Isis: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Nicole: I expect to love The Fifth Season and The Ship of the Dead.
Isis: I think The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee definitely has its potential to become a new favorite. I’m about 150 pages into it and I’m already in love with the writing style. I love the dynamic between the three main characters and I’m looking forward to more. I’m hoping it stays consistently good.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
Nicole: I did but I don’t think it’ll happen. I never stick to anything.
Isis: No. I don’t like to think that far ahead. I don’t even know what I’m going to read after I finish my current reads.
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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Update #3 and Wrap Up

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Day 6: My plan for Saturday was to do nothing but focus on finishing Iron Cast. Unfortunately, real life stuff came up and I had to move suddenly. Before it all went to shit, I read  67 pages. 

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Day 7: I had no time at all to read on Sunday.

So to wrap BookTube-A-Thon up I read two books, and got almost halfway into a third. While my plans didn’t pan out, I’m happy I got that much done because usually I would have read maybe one book. Overall, I finished 699 pages this week. I took notes on the two books I finished, so reviews for those will be coming up in the next week. 

BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Update #2

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Day 4:

I read a lot on Thursday, and ended up finishing up Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. The story really picked up, and I had no problem finishing it. I think I gave it four stars. It was around 11 P.M. when I finished so I also decided to pick up my next book for a little bit of reading. I choose to the the person on the cover challenge, and got 32 pages of Iron Cast done. So I ended up reading 232 pages in day 4.

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Day 5:

I read for a lot of this day as well. Though I got a lot less pages done. I only got through 88 pages. I feel like Iron Cast isn’t the best book for a read-a-thon because it’s a slower paced book, but I am enjoying myself. It’s picking up the pace as well, so I’m hoping to finish it Saturday. Honestly, I think if I push myself I could end up finishing five books for this at the most. Here’s hoping.

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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Update #1

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Day 1:

I decided to first tackle the read a book in one day challenge. It was the easiest thing to do aside from reading the graphic novel. But I wasn’t in the mood to go outside, so Saxby Smart kept me company.

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I finished this in four hours. It was the quick, easy read I expected it to be. I took a bit of a break to eat dinner, and watch day one vlogs then I decided to start Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. I was hoping to at least get half through this one though ideally I would have finished in order to get really ahead. Unfortunately, I had a harder time focusing and only read 62 pages. I finished day one with 286 pages read.

Day 2:

Tuesday was a bad day for me. I didn’t open the book at all.

Day 3:

Wednesday was a busy day for me, so I only read a little bit. But it was better than Tuesday. I read 26 pages.

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There’s four days left, and I doubt that I will finish six books in that time. I’m not gonna worry about it though. I’ll finish as many as I can, but it’s 1:13 AM right now and I’m not tired. So I’m gonna spend my time reading while watching a playthrough of The Walking Dead season 1 from one of my favorite youtubers since I just finished the New Frontier. It was so bad that it made me miss Lee. It’s something I do a lot that I find helps me focus on my book a lot more.

Favorite Childhood Reads

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Isis:

I never read much as a child. I do remember reading Clifford obsessively and these Maisy books because they had little pop ups. They were my favorites as a kid.

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Nicole:

I read a lot more than Isis. Not like now, but I’ve read a lot of different books. I remember rereading a lot of the same book over and over again. Unlike now when I rarely ever reread books.

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I’m pretty sure that I read all the Dr. Seuss books, and a lot of The Berenstain Bears seriesI would finish one book in one sitting and start on the next one right away.

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I was obsessed with Winnie-the-Pooh when I was little. I vaguely remember the book, but I watched the movies over and over again. My room for years only had Winnie-the-Pooh decorations.

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I had a lot of these Little Golden Books. I read a lot of them but Aladdin and 101 Dalmatians were a couple of my favorites. I would read these and then watch the movie and then read these again.

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My kindergarten teacher used to read to us everyday. I don’t remember any of the books she read except with the Junie B. Jones series. I loved these. I loved Junie, and all of her mishaps. I found this through my teacher, but I loved it so much that I would go to the library to get the ones she didn’t read.

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I remember always picking this series up though I don’t remember what actually happened during it. I do want to find these in thrift shops or the library and reread them when I can. 

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I’m so glad I decided to do this post, because I’ve been trying to figure out the name of this book for ages and I could never find it. I tried one more time so I could add it to this list, and I finally figured it out. In elementary school sometimes if you got there early they would take you to the library and the librarian would read to everyone until it was time to go to class. This was one of the books she read though I never got the full story since sometimes I would miss school or come later so then I missed out on parts of the story. But I always wondered what happened at the end. Now that I remember the title, I’m going to look it up and read it again.

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We had to read these books in fifth grade, but I never minded the work involved because I loved these stories. With Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry especially. I went to the library and got all the other books in the series. When I finished them all, I was so upset that it ended that I wrote my own fanfiction of it. Not that I knew the term then.

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These aren’t so much children’s books, but I felt the need to add them here. I didn’t read as much as I got to middle school, but these books were my everything. I would get in trouble all the time for reading the Maximum Ride series in class. I never liked getting in trouble, but I just had to know what was going to happen. Though by the time I think the third or the fourth book came out I was over them. I think I read all the books that Lois Duncan had out. I would read them in one or two sittings because I was so captivated, and then I would immediately go to the library to get another one. This was also the time I picked up Harry Potter, and became obsessed with that. Then, for years Harry Potter books or fanfiction was the only thing I read.

T.V. Show Spotlight: 3%

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Name: 3%

Seasons: 1

What It’s About: It’s a dystopian thriller, and Netflix’s first original Brazilian production. It’s set in a future  where people generally live in bad conditions. However, there’s a paradise called the Offshore, but in order to be able to get there they have to pass a series of tests. You can only have one chance at it in your life, and only 3% pass it. It follows multiple people over the eight episode season.

My Thoughts: I had no idea what to expect from this, but I loved it so much more than I thought I would. With every episode there was a twist I wasn’t expecting. I grew fond of all the characters, and enjoyed watching their journey. There was one episode I didn’t like as much, it was bit slower though it was important overall, but I liked all the others. Though the audio took a bit to get used to. Since it’s from Brazil, the original is in Portuguese, so when I switched it to English studio it’s slightly off. But it isn’t a big deal. Also, trigger warning for suicide and some torture in the later episodes. It just got renewed, so I can’t wait for the second season.

Rating: 8 out of 10