Monday: What I’m Reading Now 7/17/17

What’s up!

Things are going pretty well. I started watching El Chapulín (the animated version), and it’s funny and easy to understand. I’m finally learning a bunch of Spanish and getting more confident in my speaking too. Very excited about that! ¡Quiero ser bilingüe!

What I’m Reading Now:

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I have read 21 pages so far. The beginning’s interesting and I look forward to reading more. Sometimes, stories set in (American) high schools get overdone and terribly cliche, so a story set in middle school is almost a fresh breath of air.

 

 

 

What I Read Last Week:

32671347Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli by Ben Costa & James Parks (208 pages)

Nice little surprise worth reading perhaps a bit confusing at times. Wonderful artwork!

 

 

 

 

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

 

 

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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 6/26/17

Hey guys, I thought I would give a little update because I’m always reading even if I don’t review.

What I’m Reading Now:

31177599The Adventures of John Blake by Phillip Pullman (illustrated by Fred Fordham).

I have read 23 pages so far. I somewhat have an idea of what’s going on.

 

What I Read Last Week:

33956433City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Pretty good! A little slow and dragged at times but good. I was so mad at first when I thought Tina was in love with her half-brother. I was like all these cute Kenyan boys and she got to like her brother!? With that being said (no, he wasn’t her half bro after all), I didn’t care for the romance at all and didn’t see why Michael was so pretty. Throw stones if you wanna, but the book could’ve done without Michael and not missed a beat.

I absolutely loved Bug Eye and detested Ketchup pretty much like everyone else did.

There were some heavy themes of rape, survivorship, and family bonds. I liked Tina, but I didn’t exactly care or not care for her. I know some people didn’t like it, but I was genuinely surprised at who the big boss was.

Overall, it was good (but too long) and I wouldn’t read it again.

28686840Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

People on Goodreads were so maddddT (yes, I meant the T) that a fat girl wanted a relationship and with a good-looking guy at that. What? Can’t round girls desire to be loved and be with attractive people? And yes, it’s dumb and unrealistic for her to think she would marry and have a kid with her (first?) boyfriend, but she was also a teenage girl. Let her have her dreams.

With all that being said, I didn’t enjoy this book. It was hard to read through Jack being so jerky (when he could’ve just told his family!). I liked Libby’s narrative better but she was whiny too.

I also really liked the sprinkle of diversity since Jack and his brothers were multi-ethnic and the few diverse school friends. I was surprised when Carolina the super-model pretty, popular mean girl was dark-skinned because generally that character trope is written as a blonde or brunette white girl. Anywho, Carolina was too flat of a character too.

I had never known about prosopagnosia, so this book definitely brought awareness to me.

Overall, I don’t recommend the book because it ended too cliche and high school love is oh-so-special and long-lasting. And I just couldn’t STAND Jack’s cheating dad. He just burned me up.

30419642Kid Savage by Joe Kelly and Ilya

Hated it. I didn’t like the art, story, or characters. Would not read again.

 

 

 

34057436Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special by Rugg and Maruca

It was okay, pretty cute. I found Jesse’s school friends to be adorable.

 

 

 

 

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

 

Monday: What I’m Reading Now 4/10/17

Monday’s almost over but whatever.

Well, finals are coming up, so I have at least 1-2 weeks left of school. I am so relieved because this felt like the longest semester ever. To be honest, I hadn’t planned on doing an IMWAYR post, but it gives me an excuse to put off some homework ( I know procrastination is bad).

What I’m Reading Now:

32145067Wide as the Wind by Edward Stanton

I have entered what feels like a million Goodreads contest, but this is the first (and currently the only one) that I have won! Concerning the presentation, it looks pretty nice, sleek cover and I like the small font. I have read 0 pages so far.

 

22292486 X by Ilyash Shabazz (and Kekla Magoon)

I have read 0 pages so far because I have been so busy! Mind you, I have been writing papers all week.

 

 

22238420Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era edited by Lean’Tin Bracks and Jessie Carney Smith

Super long title! I am writing a paper on black women’s contributions to the Harlem Renaissance, and this was my absolute favorite source.

 

10337115Defining Moments: The Harlem Renaissance by Kevin Hillstrom

Another one of my sources. I have read 35 pages of it so far. This book gives a great chronological overview of the Harlem Renaissance.

On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance by Kareem Abdul-Jabar (and Raymond Obstfield)

83755I have read 0 pages so far, but I think the presentation is nice! And yes, this is another one of my sources.

 

 

What I Read Last Week:

12558285 Splintered by A.G Howard

I was so done with this book. Everyone’s like ohmygawd Morpheus! Nah, Morpheus can go sit in the corner with Jeb too. Something that annoyed me with this book is why could Jeb never be wrong (Alyssa always reasoned herself to be at fault), and why all the white girls had fake dreadlocks. Not to mention mental issues and medical procedures in this book were not handled very well. Overall, I am not interested in any of the sequels.

I will say the best scene was when the mad tea party goers chased that poor duck and ripped it to shreds. I don’t know why I found that scene funny because it was supposed to be brutal.

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Anyway, if finals don’t take all my time, I will try to do some reading outside of my sources.

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

 

Monday: What I’m Reading Now 3/27/17

My big brother’s really gone, guys, and not in a dead way. He has moved and found a great job, which is, again, great but the vacant room next to mine seems a little lonely. Things have to change eventually. At least, books are always a constant.

Also, nostalgia has brought me to rewatch episodes of Code Lyoko and other French-origin cartoons (Totally Spiez, Cedric, Corneil and Bernie, Dragon Hunters etc) dubbed into English. I remember watching the show in the afternoons on Miguzi. Ulrich was always my favorite character, and Aelita used to take her sweet time with those towers. The entire Yumi/Ulrich couple was frustrating but fun to watch, and I never cared about Jeremie lusting after Aelita. Most people remember the show for those massive foreheads, but I always think about how angsty and dramatic it was. To be honest, Code Lyoko was my soap opera because Yumi and Ulrich could never get their romantic relationship together, Xana always tried to kill people in the most soap opera-ish way possible, and of course, Aelita’s family issues.

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Enough strolling down memory lane! Most of you wanna know what I have been reading, so I’m going to tell ya.

What I’m Reading Now:

31213700Boy X by Dan Smith

I have currently read 84 pages, and I am not super impressed with any of the characters yet because they are pretty bland as of now. I have never been a fan of dystopian-like stories. I guess there is just enough depressing junk in real life that I don’t want to read about it arbitrarily. Of course, this is not a slight on the story itself. Once I finish it, my review of this book will be up soon!

What I Read Last Week:

17408897 Princess X by Cherie Priest

Pretty good! Here’s my review!

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 3/12/17

My Spring Break’s over! I did not get around to getting my driver’s license because I had homework to do over the break, a paper and a review for a test today. Yeah, one of my teachers for real scheduled a massive test the first day back.disney sad crying pixar sadness

I watched Suicide Squad on DVD last week. On a scale of 1-10, I gave it a 6. It had its admirable moments but nothing I would watch again. The ending was too anticlimactic. I liked Diablo and Amanda Waller the most (Deadshot was fine but I felt like Will Smith was just acting as himself). Killer Croc and his dialogue disappointed me and made me roll my eyes.

Anyway, this is what ya girl’s reading!

What I’m reading now:

106134 Bone: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith:

So far, I have read 0 pages of Bone. I have seen this book a bunch of times at my local library, but I have always ignored it. I enjoy graphic novels a lot, so I finally decided to read it. My expectations for this book are average, neither high or low.

What I Read Last Week:

A bigger selection than usual because I had free time.

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Newsprints by Ru Xu:

This was a fun read. You can read my review of it for my full thoughts.

 

 

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Caveboy Dave by Aaron Reynolds:

A gross but charming book that has me ready for a sequel. I gave a mini review.

 

 

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Goldie Vance by Hope Larson:

The artwork was wonderful! A couple surprises here and there as well.

 

 

 

Trayarus and the Enchanted Crystal by Dan TDM (Dan Middleton):

30256121I could not get into this book. It was a graphic novel, had pigs, and an overall cartoony style. But, I did not like the characters and I got so bored I skimmed through the pages. I think this might be a great book for someone else, but for me, it was not fun.

 

 

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Hackerteen by Marcelo Marques:

Overall, a meh book. Full review here.

 

 

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

 

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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 2/20/17

Happy Monday! Unless, of course, you’re like Garfield and hate Mondays.

Last week, I had been super busy with my college workload. I had to learn a skit for my Spanish class, pull an all-nighter to finish a history paper, and do some edits on an English paper. Hopefully, I will see the fruits of my labor this week?

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Spring break seems so far away. In the fall semester, I had so many holidays and days of school off. I want to work on my stories, my art, and my study for driving. If I don’t laze around too much this break, I want to try and get my license. I wanted to get my license last winter break, but I was too lazy. For me, it seems like it would be difficult to study for all my classes and then try to remember information for the written car test.

Anyway, enough of that irrelevant junk!

What I’m reading now:

30324Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klause

Unique title. I’m going to be disappointed if chocolate has no relevance to the story. Maybe the author wanted to use “sweet blood” but thought it would sound too vampire-ish?

So far, I have read 120 pages and Vivian’s still not too likable to me. I will explain why in my upcoming Blood and Chocolate review.

Here’s a decent quote from the book (there are a lot of corny and cringeworthy ones to skim through):

“It was then she realized that she didn’t know how to make friends.”

I hope the story’s ending leaves me with a good impression. Cause right now…

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What I Read Last Week:

22042763Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor

This was a fun and imaginative read. If you like seeing shy characters become more confident and fantasy elements, then consider this book.

Bye!

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

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Monday: What I’m Reading Now 1/30/17

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This week I am in a New Edition craze! I’ve grown up on “Candy Girl”, and the subsequent solo efforts of the group too. My mom used to play “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown so often, that I knew the words by heart before I had seen the video. Of course, I love (and still to this day dance to ) “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe. I have really enjoyed watching New Edition’s biopic that broadcasted on BET. It’s given me a lot of insight on the group I did not know. Bobby was a rebel from a young age! Also, the little boy actors are so adorable and precise with their dance moves. I can truly say I had no favorites in New Edition because each member was essential. I liked Johnny Gill too even though he reminds me of the Cookie Monster at times. It’s all the growling he does!

Enough rambling!  Let’s talk about books because you should know what I’m reading.

What I’m reading now:

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

This is the next book I will be reviewing! I have already finished the book, which means I have read all the pages. I tend to like books centered around children and teens, as opposed to adults. It’s about a little redhead girl who finds out about the death of a girl at her school.

Here’s a quote from the book, that I like a lot:

“As she wove in and out of all the people – rushing, talking, eating, laughing; some in clumps, some alone – she realized that no one, no one at all in the airport, or on the entire planet for that matter, knew her thoughts, knew what she was carrying inside her head and heart. And at that very minute, what was inside her head and heart made her feel as though there was no one else in the whole world she would rather be.”

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What I Read Last Week:

402013Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

This was a bunch of fun to read! Here’s my full review of it: here. I have started reading the fourth book in the series.Georgia’s still hilarious to me! I guess you can say I have become a fan of this series.

Bye!

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