Quick Nonessential Update

Hey, everyone!

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It’s been a good length of time since my last post. School and Irma took a lot of my time and mental energy, but I’m still reading. Actually, I won an ARC of Not Now, Not Ever that I’m currently reading (I’m on page 90).

Also, I’m getting for real, for real serious about publishing my first middle-grade children’s book, Dreaded Dinner Party. I am eyeing a November or December release date, but who knows I might have to push it back or forward.

Anyway, just a heads-up that I’m still active. I feel like I’ve used “I’m” too much in this post. Oh well…

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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.

 

 

Wrap Up

I have mentioned in my “about me” section that this blog was created for a college English course. This course has been one of my most challenging classes, but I think I have learned a lot. Hopefully, I am a better writer than I was before, and I know my MLA format has gotten a million times better.

To be honest, I have always wanted to start a blog where I reviewed books, but there was never the so-called “right moment.” If I had not taken this class, I still would not have a blog dedicated to books. At least, I know how to use gifs now!

The theme of my English course was banned books, and many of the books I have reviewed were banned or challenged. I would not have read some of these books like Blood and Chocolate or Julie of the Wolves without the assignment. Am I better from having read these books? I don’t know, man. Julie of the Wolves bored me, and I practically roasted Blood and Chocolate. But I loved Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging and read four of the sequels. I need to get around to reading the fifth book, Away Laughing on a Fast Camel. A little off-topic but the newer realistic covers for the Georgia Nicholson series lose the vibrant, cartoony feel without the illustrations.

 blush GIFSincere thanks to anyone that has liked, followed, or commented or even just read any of my posts. It’s pleasant to think that someone out there actually enjoys my content.

 

Just so you know (in case, some of you started tearing up) this is not my last post. Yeah, I will continue reading and reviewing. This is just a farewell post for my English class. More reviews to come! I hope you all will stick around.

 

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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.

 

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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 3/12/17

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 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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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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