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The Bewitching of Alison Allbright by Alan Davidson

Standalone. Straw Hat (May 2012) Own
Alison Allbright has always sought refuge in day dreams - of having a glamorous mother and a lovely home, of being an exciting person, of doing all the things that the others at high school do - and more. When Mrs Considine appears, spinning her amazing web of fantasy and making those dreams come true, Alison is completely bewitched....until she discovers the catch.

I don't really know what I was expecting from The Bewitching of Alison Allbright but what I got was this mysterious, makes-you-think story that I had to finish in one sitting. 

Alison Allbright is selfish and shallow. You would think that would have dissuaded me from reading this book but I could understand her naivety of wanting so much more than she has especially at her age. I can see that part of her personality turning some people off especially as the story progresses but there was something so mesmerizing about what was going on in the story that it didn't bother me. There…

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Standalone. First Second (Oct. 2014) Own
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. 
But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. 

Video games and economics combine to create a beautifully illustrated and globally aware graphic novel. When I first discovered In Real Life I was aware that it was about video games and that's something I've never read about before. I also was al…

#FitReaders: March 13th Check-In

#FitReaders: It's been forever since I posted an update so I'm writing down all that I have done fitness wise these past four weeks. I need to be more consistent and do what I did in four weeks in one week.
0.78 miles in 8 min. 34 sec.
1.36 miles in 17 min. 17 sec.
0.78 miles in 8 min. 31 sec.
2.11 miles in 30 min. 3 sec.
2 miles in 30 min. 1 sec.
0.53 miles in 7 min. 37 sec.

Around 17 hours (Went to Universal!)

Workout Videos:
10 min. Lower Body Workout - 10 min.
Tank Top Arms - 8 min.
No Equipment Upper Body Workout - 12 min.
Quick Ab Workout - 3 min.
Fat Burning Tank Top Arms - 32 min.
Adios Love Handles - 10 min.
Butt and Thigh Pilates - 11 min.
The Scientific 7 Minute Workout Video - 7 min.
Fat Burning Tank Top Arms - 32 min.

Water Intake:
Around 524 oz of water
How did you do this week?

Ella Takes the Cake by Carmela and Steven D'Amico

Series. Arthur A. Levine Books (Sept. 2005) Library
Ella may be little, but she still wants to be a big help. Only, her mother says she's to small to slice the cakes, too young to bake the cookies... how's to do ANYTHING important? Ella finally gets the chance to make a big cake delivery, but with a runaway cart and that troublemaker Belinda Blue on the loose, can she get the job done? Ella better hang on to her good luck hat -- it looks like she's in for a bumpy ride!

All Ella wants to do is help her mom in anyway at her family's bakery. But, Ella is just too small to do anything important. All she's allowed to do is sweep the floor, not anything important like helping take out macaroons from the oven or slicing a piece of pineapple pie for a customer. It's only when Mr Banjo, the delivery man, leaves a cake behind that Ella has a moment to shine and show her mom that she can be a big help. 

This was a very cute book with illustrations that reminded me of The A…

March 2015 Plans

This is a very late March Plans but I haven't been able to get into reading or blogging for a while. I'm in the biggest reading slump! But, now that classwork has cooled down a bit I'll be posting more regularly and finally getting some reading done. 
I know it's not spring yet but it's coming up soon and I'm sure most of you living with cold weather are ecstatic for a break from the cold. Unless you really, really like snow. It's just hot over here all the time or it's windy. Mostly it's hot which is how I like my weather.
I'm really happy that I'll be able to see what everyone's been reading and doing the last four weeks. I have a lot of catching up to do.
February Stats
Total Books Read: 4 YA Books: 4 MG/Children's Books: 0 Adult Books: 0 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: 1 The Color Coded Reading Ch…

Blog Tour: Langston's Daughters

The Lockwood Legacy #1. Skye House (Dec. 2014)  Kate, Jenny, and Mandy. Langston Lockwood’s daughters. His tyranny drove them away. His suicide draws them home. They inherit his land, his millions, and his mysteries. Meet the women of the Rocking L and the men who come into their lives. Together, they begin the journey to discover the truth about The Lockwood Legacy. From the pain of the past they find the strength to build a dynasty.

Welcome to my tour stop for Langston's Daughters by Juliette Harper. This is an adult contemporary mystery that is also very focused on family, small town and ranch life as well as some clean romance. This is the first in the series. It is appropriate for ages 16+. The tour runs Feb. 23- March 6 with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information. Excerpt Kate held her tongue until the fifth suitcase hit the ground. "Mandy, for God's sake, how many clothes can one woman need?"

When her baby…

March Reading Road Trip Challenge Link-Up

I only read one book for this challenge all February long! I'm actually not surprised because February has always been a slow month for me. At least I think so because January is always a big reading month for me and school starts getting serious in February. I was pretty proud that I finally read The Host which was super long and slow paced.

The Host is very much like the movie if you wanted to know; just less action. I linked up one book in February thanks to a fellow challenger who reminded me that Never Never was set in Louisiana. Never Never was amazing by the way. 
So how did you do this past month? What books are you planning to read in March? 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 a…