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Blog Ahead (mini) Sign Up

I participated in the month long Blog Ahead last November. I was so ahead with my posts and it was wonderful. I don't really have vacation in June. More like the end of June and beginning of July so this is perfect for the days I have summer class. Also, since Bout of Books is coming up I'll have more to review. The only thing is that I need to review for this month too. I have about twenty one posts planned for May. I was thinking I review/write a discussion post in May and just write another post afterwards for June. It'll be a lot of writing, but I have about a week and a half until my summer class so I'm ready to do this. This event is hosted by Herding Cats Burning Soup. The info below is from their blog post on Blog Ahead:
The Goal:
To create a 2 week blogging buffer by increasing your total number of scheduled blog posts by 14.
What Counts?:
Any posts that are completely finished and ready to go live.
This can be weekly memes like Waiting on Wednesday, Cat Thursday, …

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Standalone. Knopf (Jan. 2015) Own
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

It's been a while since I've read All the Bright Places so I'll try my best to communicate how incredible this book is.
I a…

Bout of Books #13 Sign Up + Goals

Bout of Books is happening soon so I'm declaring that I'm signing up. I plan on doing as amazing as ever! 
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Booksblog. - From the Bout of Books team

Goals:

- Read everyday
- Review all books I read
- Participate in challenges

Want to sign up? Click here.


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Judy Moody Predicts the Future by Megan McDonald Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Judy Moody #4. Candlewick Press (Feb. 2005) Own
Judy Moody ate one, two, three bowls of cereal. No prize. She poured four, five, six bowls of cereal. Nothing. Seven. Out fell the Mystery Prize. . . .
Judy definitely has a mood for every occasion. And now she has a mood ring to prove it! The mood ring’s Extra Special Powers have put Judy in a predicting mood, and her outrageous predictions have everyone wondering if Judy really is psychic. According to "Madame M" (for Moody), the Toad Pee Club’s long-lost mascot will reappear, Judy will earn the coveted Thomas Jefferson tricorn-hat sticker for Great Job, Good Thinking—and love may be the real reason behind her teacher’s new eyeglasses. Will Judy’s latest adventures put kids in a very Judy Moody mood? (Signs point to yes!)

Judy Moody in general is one of the more popular series for kids. I've only read one book featuring Judy Moody and I remember enjoying it. I can't say I fully enjoyed this one, however I believe that m…

How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts

Standalone. Entangled Teen (Feb. 2015) YA Bound Tours
A girl who’s lost everything meets a guy who can fix anything. Just one problem: Falling in love isn't an option. Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn't just skip town, he bailed on his family. Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone. But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself...if she has the courage to follow it.


How (Not) to Fall in Love is a difficult book to review because there were parts I enjoyed but really most of what this …

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Standalone. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (May 2014) Library
A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.


So I read Peter Pan and I hated it. Peter is a selfish little boy and Wendy just felt like she was being used. But, I still have always enjoyed the story whenever I've seen…

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle #1. Putnam Juvenile (April 2014) Library
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

Harper Price is what you would call the Queen Bee of her high school. What'…

It's a Tiger by David LaRochelle Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Standalone. Chronicle Books (Aug. 2012) Library
Kids and parents alike will rejoice in this lively read-aloud picture book, as the main character runs into (and away from) a tiger over and over again as the plot gets sillier and sillier. Perfect for acting out while reading, It's a Tiger offers just the right amount of excitement without being too scary, and a sweet ending with a bit of a twist.


It's a Tiger! is a really vibrant picture book that follows a boy who wherever he goes there's a tiger there waiting for him. This is a really colorful book which has illustrations that jump out from the page. 


It's a Tiger! would be such a great read-aloud for younger kids especially since they can "read-along" when the boy discovers that the tiger is near. I think kids will get a kick out of this book. It’s a picture book that can really get them excited to read or be read to because they can follow along with the story easily.



Enjoy the trailer for the book below:



#FitReaders: April 24th, 2015 Check-In

#FitReaders: It's been three weeks since my last check-in. I've realized some things which have been interesting to explore. First of all, I need to eat more. I've lost weight which isn't good for me unless it includes me eating more healthily. I know that doesn't quite make sense but, I've been exploring veganism. I know my parents would never want me to stop eating meat and I'm quite a meat eater so I don't know if I would ever fully be able to. But, I'm planning to add more grains, fruits, and vegetables to my lifestyle and maybe one day I'll try to be vegan. I've been looking at it more and more and it's just something that I think would be best for me. I don't know if my body would respond well to being vegan so I always have to think of that. It's not like I'm going to be vegan right away anyways, I've just been thinking a lot about this. So what does this have to do with eating more? Well I've found out that ve…

#FitReaders: April 3rd Check-In

#FitReaders: This post will be for my last two weeks of exercise. Sadly I didn't do any running or workout videos but I was able to get a great amount of walking done which before FitReaders I never would have. I just need to work a little harder and get running and strength training in again. I also need to focus on eating more to gain weight. 
Walk/Run: None!

Walk:
7 hours and 50 minutes 

Workout Videos:
None!

Water Intake: 352 oz of water
How did you do this week?

April 2015 Plans

March was one of my worst reading months ever! I read two books. Only two! Well, April is a new month and I've been finally catching up with everyone on their blogs so I'll be back in the swing of things in no time.  
March Stats
Total Books Read: 2 YA Books: 1 MG/Children's Books: 0 Adult Books: 1 Graphic Novel/Manga: 0 Picture Books: 0
Books that fit into my yearly challenges:
Reading Road Trip Challenge: 0 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge: 0 2015 Monthly Motif Challenge: 0 The Color Coded Reading Challenge: 0 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge: 0 Prequel and Sequel Challenge: 0 Fairytale Challenge: 0 2015 Audiobook Challenge: 0 Snagged @ the Library Challenge: 0 Graphic Novels and Manga Challenge: 0 The Re-Read Challenge: 0 NetGalley Reading Challenge: 0 I Love Picture Books Challenge: 0
Pages Read: 368
Books Read: The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser The Bewitching of Alison Allbright by Alan Davidson
Favorite Read: The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

April Plans
My April plans ar…

April Reading Road Trip Link-Up

It's already April and many of you are blasting through your challenge! Great job getting those challenge reads in Bev @ My Reader's Block, Reading Chronicles, Sue, and Lady Bren. I've been slowing down on my challenge so this month I plan on 5 books towards my Adventurer goal. 
So how did you do this past month? What books are you planning to read in April? Are there any real good books that explore the states setting? Make sure to let me know in the comments and link up your review updates below using this format:
State (Book) @ blog/twitter/goodreads.  For example: Florida (Because of Winn-Dixie) @BooksOnHerMind
If you want to check out what this challenge is all about you can gohere. Thanks to all who are participating! Remember if you need help ask and I will answer.
Link Up!