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2014 Challenges: Books or Otherwise

My theme for 2014 is TheYear of Magical Storytelling. Last year it was "The Year of Awesome Books" but... it stopped turning awesome when I started taking on too much books that I didn't set out to read. My goal this year is to read interesting stories I enjoy and those that are based on what I consider "magical storytelling" to be. For my challenges I plan to read genre, blogosphere, and personal challenges.
Genre Challenges:
Classics Goal: 12 books

I feel like I haven't given classics a chance. I keep on saying I don't like them but I've been surprised by a couple of them so I want to read some next year to finally determine if I've been right or wrong this whole time. 



This January there will be an event specifically for children's classics I will be participating in as well as The Wizard of Oz Readalong. My goal is to read 3 classic children's literature. Here is some info on the event from the host at Simpler Pastimes:


Last January, I rea…

Merry Christmas! ~ 2013

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Merry Christmas everyone! I've had a great Christmas and I hope you have too. My family has been so good to me this year. I got the books I wanted and a couple of movies from my brothers. They seem to like their gifts from me so it's been a great day of gift giving, family, and some great new board games my brother received. I've been having a lot of family time in the last couple of days so I expect to respond to you all your comments as soon as tomorrow. I hope you had a great day!
What Can You Expect Here in the Last Days of the Year:
Book Favorites (where I categorize my favorite books, characters, covers, and more)2014 Challenges (I may have stopped keeping track of my challenges last year but hopefully with these new challenges I'll be able to actually track and accomplish the goals I set)Book Reviews (I still have 2 more books I need to read for my modified goal of 105 books this year so expect at least 2 more book reviews)Plans for Next…

Sunday Post: December 22nd 2013

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received and share news about what's coming up for the next week ahead.
If you don't know by now the semester finals are over for me! That's why I've been blogging so many books lately. I'm so happy to be done! And I'm genuinely excited for my classes next year. Everything turned out great in the end. I'm so excited for Christmas this year even though there has been exactly  one day where there was a breeze. It doesn't feel very Christmasy but with the Christmas movies I've been watching it's been pretty fun. I'm excited to give the family members actual gifts this year that I hope they like. I hope you all had a fantastic week!
Last Week on the Blog:

Last week I reviewed: The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by…

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus

Standalone. Scholastic (September 2013) NetGalley Failing math but great at writing, Gregory finds the poetry (and humor) in what's hard. Gregory K is the middle child in a family of mathematical geniuses. But if he claimed to love math? Well, he'd be fibbing. What he really wants most is to go to Author Camp. But to get his parents' permission he's going to have to pass his math class, which has a probability of 0. THAT much he can understand! To make matters worse, he's been playing fast and loose with the truth: "I LOVE math" he tells his parents. "I've entered a citywide math contest!" he tells his teacher. "We're going to author camp!" he tells his best friend, Kelly. And now, somehow, he's going to have to make good on his promises. Hilariously it's the "Fibonacci Sequence" -- a famous mathematical formula! -- that comes to the rescue, inspiring Gregory to create a whole new form of poem: the Fib! Maybe Fib…

Crash by Lisa McMann

Visions #1. Simon Pulse (January 2013) Library If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.
Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that. What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow. The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember. In this riveting start to a…

Sia by Josh Grayson

Standalone. Self-Published (November 2013) Own When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.


This book had all the right elements to make it a win for me. Sia wakes up not knowing who she is and when she finds out about her life and the way she's been acting she decides to turn her life around by helping the less fortunate. She wants to help the homeless specifically because she witnes…

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Standalone. Simon & Schuster (May 2010) Library  When you're on a road trip, life is all about the detours.... Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move across the country and needs Amy to get their car from California to Connecticut. There's just one small problem: Since her dad died this past spring, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger, the nineteen-year-old son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute... and dealing with some baggage of his own. Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father's death were not what Amy had planned on this trip. And traveling the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado Mountains, crossing the Kansas plains, and visiting diners, dingy motels, and Graceland were definitely not on the itinerary. But as they drive, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you may need the most -- and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find yo…

The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook

Standalone. Simon Pulse (December 2012) Library Teen con artist Sadie might be over her head. To escape her backwards small town, delusional mom, jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised, she also must leave Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time, until her mother wipes out her savings. 
Brendan helps devise ultimate con. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax, and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, she suddenly has more than just money to lose.


At first I already felt like this was just going to be an alright read. It didn't seem like it was going anywhere but, having read previous books by Eileen Cook I should have known better. It got quite interesting, quite fast when I knew what Sadie's real ultimate con was g…

Top 12 Most Anticipated Middle Grade Books of 2014

I found a list on Goodreads filled with Middle Grade books coming out next year. I wanted to share what I discovered and what I'm looking forward to read next year with all of you. The books below are based on my opinion and what I'm excited to read next year. This Top 12 list is not in order. There are other MG books coming out next year that I'm excited about and others that are still not mentioned yet on this list I'm sure. If you have any books you've discovered that are coming out next year whether they be Middle Grade reads or not I'd love to read what they are. 

A powerful novel about friendship and family that calls to mind Bridge to Terabithia

Twelve-year-old John Fischer Jr., or "Little John" as he’s always been known, is spending his summer helping his father with his tree removal business, clearing brush for Mr. King, the wealthy owner of a chain of Texas dollar stores, when he hears a beautiful song that transfixes him. He follows the melod…