Oh for SHAME

When I started this blog, I thought that I would have the time to do some of the things that I love like reading and writing, but what I have found is that those two things took a back seat to this big thing called LIFE! 

Life has a way of coming at you with its ups and downs and turning your plans into wishes and that's where I have been these last couple of months. Looking at my blogging rate and my reading rate I must say that life has definitely screwed me over or I really need to establish a fixed schedule because the one that I have now is NOT working. 

In the last couple of months I haven't been able to read as many books as I've wanted mainly because work and work and work has made me its slave and I have been breaking my back to make sure that its done right. I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to the work that I do. 

Though I haven't been reading as much, my purchasing of books hasn't ceased. My YouTube addiction has only increased my want to buy more books.  I do plan on getting back into my reading frenzy, though I do not think I will make my 50 books by December 31st challenge for the year. 

Lets see how this goes. 

Currently I'm reading "Cuckoo's Calling" and "Allegiant" hopefully I get to finish these soon.

Things have got to be better. 

Oh btw, you can find me on Goodreads. 


I feel confident that things now will be better than they were. In the mean time keep your fingers crossed for me. 


In a reading slump

I am currently in a reading slump. I should have read so many more books by now, but unfortunately I haven't been reading much. Ok, well I haven't been reading at all! I picked up the second book in the UGLIES series and started to go through it, but then I put it down and I haven't been able to pick it up since.

What the hell am I doing? What happened to my 50 book challenge? Didn't I say that I was going to read that many books by the end of this year?

Have any of you gone through moments when you just don't want to read at all? Have you ever just left things go and just resorted to doing your own thing?

No??

Anyone?

I know someone out there understands what I'm doing

Anyway,  I'm going to try and pick up where I left of with my reading and see how well I do. I know I have the summer to read and catch up but I am also aware of the fact that its going to take a lot of work on my part to catch up and I know that complaining about it and doing nothing isn't going to lead me anywhere.

So here is to a new week of reading and playing catch up!



What happened??



I just finished reading Insurgent, and I must admit that my anticipation or my enthusiasm  for this series has died. Don't get me wrong but I did enjoy the book, but I do believe that it was too long and there were scenes that were too drawn out for the way that it ended. I was expecting the second book to follow in the footsteps of the first, but add to it. I was hoping that with this installment of the trilogy we would be given the background information as to the reasons for the factions, and what happened before there was factions, and so many other questions but none of those questions were answered. I was left feeling like I just reread Twilight, but instead of the lead female characters name being Bella it was Beatrice (wait, I think I just figured it out... GO ME)




Ok, so back to my review of this book: We pick up where Divergent leaves off. Tris and those who were able to escape the Duantless headquarters are on the train. They are headed towards another faction in hopes of attaining help, and also warning them as to what is going on with the Erudite. They get there and find that things aren't what they were hoping for and after an attack they have to leave again! We spend the rest of the book seeing Tris do stupid things and Four (Tobias) so in love that he comes to her rescue.
Tris was definitely NOT this helpless in the first book, so why is she so helpless now? I just want to scream COME ON!  WOMANUP  



If that wasn't bad enough we have to read through Tris shutting down and freezing up when faced with obstacles because of the things she has been through during the Abnegation attacks. Now don't get me wrong, I understand that Tris is a daredevil, she enjoys putting herself out there and fighting and what not but does she really need to be helpless as well, and does she always have to be unarmed and crying? I believe if it wasn't for Tobias she wouldn't have made it through most of those simulations. The amount of times she just flakes or she freezes annoys me to the point where I want to shoot her myself to put her and me out of misery. Throughout the whole book, we constantly hear one thing DIVERGENT, DIVERGENT, DIVERGENT, it isn't until the middle or towards the end of the book that we finally get to know what being Divergent is, and what makes Tris so wanted. We also get to see Christina as well as the other people who were left behind.

As Tris and Four and the other Dauntless (non-traitors) make their way from one faction to another there is this plaguing question of what exactly it is that there is to hide, and why did Jeanine want to hide it? What was the reason for killing all those Abnegation leaders? I was thinking it was something really big, and juicy but when I got to the end of the book, I was just sitting there with a face that read. THIS IS IT? THIS IS THE BIG SECRET THAT PEOPLE WANT HIDDEN?

I was expecting so much more from this book. I was really hoping for some eye-opening revelation from the author but instead I was a little disappointed. I am not going to say that I am not going to read the final installment of the book. That's definitely NOT what I'm saying. I cannot wait till October for the final book. I really want to know what is going to happen. Lets just hope that the final book is better than this last one. I hope you're continuing to read along with me.

Here is to hoping that the final book is a good as the first

Guess what I got???

After work I stopped by my local library, OK it was the library across the street from my job, but it was the local library none the less and guess what...

THEY HAD INSURGENT!!!

So you know what I am reading right now!!!!

YES, THANK YOU LAWD!!





There will be a review of the book as soon as I am done with it.  I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself. Can you tell!!

Reading continues...

Since I've finished Divergent a couple of days ago I have been searching for something else to read. I feel like I have lost a best friend now that I am done, but I will be going to the library to get Insurgent so I'll be ok again in a couple of days. Still with the lack of reading material I still wall slided...

Anywho, I logged onto Goodreads and entered that I finished reading this book, and even though I'm sad that I have finished and haven't gotten the second book yet I am still happy. I am a little happier that I am on my way to achieving my goal of 50 books by December 31st, what I've also realized is that since I am starting so late isn't fair to because I didn't have an actual year to read that many books, but I think this is another reason why I like and I'm inclined to do the challenge. With this late of a start I have to finish 50 books in 10 or so months.

Onto the reason for this post: A couple of months ago, (lets say late 2012) I started reading a series on my kindle. The series was a spin off or spoof the the Snow White story, but it was told in a paranormal romance (vampire) genre. I must say that I have a slight fascination with this type of genre especially since I finished reading Twilight all those years ago.  I had read books 1-5 around December and I couldn't wait to finish the series and see what happened to the main character,h Snow Merriweather White and her 7 hot next door neighbor friends. The author had taken a while for the rest of the series to get completed that I forgot to even look for it on Amazon, and to make matters worse I had gotten so wrapped up in life, and was frusterated with waiting that I began to do other things.

Anyway, while I was reading Divergent and packing up my cart on Amazon with books that I wanted to read I checked in on this series, and found out that the series was almost finished, and then when I finished reading Divergent I had to get something to take up my time, so I looked again and found that RaShelle Workman finished the series...

I was HYPED!!! I think I even busted out a dance!

Yeah man, I swear I hit the dougie seeing that this series was done. Yeah I did the dougie, mine went a little something like this....


 
Well not exactly like that but you get the point, (I see the eye rolls just because this is a computer doesn't mean I don't know you're give me the O_o)
 
I couldn't wait, and I dived right in and purchased the rest of the books in the series.  Never mind the fact that I had somewhere to go this past Friday night. I just started reading and couldn't stop. I was fascinated and very impatient. I needed to know what happened, I just had to know if what I believed or thought was true. Now I must say the books weren't the best, I did find some grammatical errors, and I often found myself drifting from reading, and there are still so many questions that I have for the author now that I am done reading the series. But I must also state that I was very much entertained by what she did write. I could visualize the story, and I really saw myself hoping and praying for a happily ever after scenario like in the fairytale.  I think I got it, well I really don't know since I do have so many questions about the ending but I think I got it, or I hope I got it, now that I think about it and seeing as that there aren't more books in the series I want to say that I got it, I need to say that I got it. SO yeah, that's it. I GOT THE HAPPY EVER AFTER SCENARIO, but if I didn't RaShelle Workman owes me an explanation or two as to what happened.

For those of you who have some downtime and want a quick read I think you should definitely check out this series. Its cute, and fun and I had a wonderful time reading, I think you should check it out.

Here is the Goodreads Synopsis:
"Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. Drink your true love's blood, become the Vampire, Snow White."


EVERY THOUSAND YEARS THE VAMPIRE QUEEN SELECTS A NEW BODY, ALWAYS THE FAIREST IN THE LAND, AND THIS TIME SHE'S CHOSEN SNOW WHITE.




I believe I rated them 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads because I couldn't give them a 3.5 star rating.  I do think that this series has promise and if it could be made into one solid book with more detail it would definitely get a 5 star rating!

All in all I enjoyed the series. 




Divergent#1

I finally finished reading Divergent and I must say that I AM IN LOVE!!!

Not since I read Twilight have I fallen in love so quickly with a book. I know that it took me a very long time to read this book, but I don't care cause now that I'm done with the first book I cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series to read it.



Published: May 3, 2011
Pages:  487 pgs
Characters: Beatrice Prior, Tobias Eaton, Caleb Prior
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Young adult literature
Synopsis from Goodreads: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her
My Review: I really enjoyed this book.  I couldn't put it down after reading the first 2 chapters. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to Beatrice after she makes her decision. From the beginning of the novel you can tell that Beatrice is the underdog, not only because of the way she looks but because of her faction, you realize that she is going to have to fight to get what she wants. From beginning to end you want to root for her, you want her to succeed and make it to the next round. You want her to find herself, and you hope she realizes what you already know about underdogs and their tenacity. As she grows in the novel you grow with her. Beatrice is picked on because she is small, and she comes from a faction that is selfless and plain. People don't see her as a threat so they make it a priority to frighten her, but what they do not know is that this small fry is not just going to roll over and take the beating. She is tough and resilient, and bright though she doesn't see it, but there is one person who sees this in Tris (the name she chooses to call herself during initiation). She has to watch her back from the beginning till the end, and with the help of her friends and this guy she is interested in she makes it through. Beatrice is special, she has something that others are afraid of, she possesses something that is deemed wrong and unnatural. In the beginning she was terrified of this gift, but at the end of the book she welcomes her difference. She embraces it and realizes that this is what is going to help her get through.  
I LOVED THIS FREAKING BOOK!!! 
 
I cannot wait to get Insurgent. I want to know what happens to the Tris, I need to know if she continues to make changes, how does her being different help her or hurt her along the way? What happens to those other people in her faction? What happens to her enemies? Are her and her brother OK? Does she continue to be brave, and finally I need to know if her and her love interest last!
So many questions!!! 
 
If you haven't had a chance to read this book, I would suggest you pick it up and dive into this dystopian society.   You will not regret it.
Oh by the way this makes Book 1 in my 50 book challenge. 
1 down 49 more to go!! 


 

Fifty shmifty!!




I've been seeing many book reviewers on YouTube talking about completing a challenge by the end of the year. Some are deciding to read 50 books, some are trying for more.  I think I will try and read 50 books by the end of the year. How did this sudden urge to put myself through hell come about you may ask? Well, here is how it all began.

I was doing my usual afternoon search on YouTube and heard many of the BookTubers talking about the challenge, and so I went onto Goodreads and looked up the challenge, and yes it was true. There was a challenge. Never one to pass up a good one I decided to take the plunge and sign up for it. The little voice in my head kept on screaming for me to stop but I didn't listen. I just avoided it and kept on with and here I am. How far I will get I don't know but be sure that I will do what needs to be done. I've already finished one book. Well, since I finished it before I started this book challenge does it count? I mean, I did start to read it in the beginning of the year and I recently finished it, but it was before the challenge. 

Normally, (when I say normally I mean if I didn't have this job that I have) I would say that reading that many books is nothing and I don't have a problem doing that, but at this point in my life I would say that reading 50 books by December is definitely going to be a challenge.

I usually read for leisure or when its convenient for me, but  seeing how I have a challenge placed in front of me I think its going to be all out war with sleep and other activities just to try to accomplish this task.  Now here comes the real and I mean real problem WHAT THE HELL DO I READ? There are so many more books that I want to read where do I even begin and there are so many in cart on Amazon that I am overwhelmed.

My bookshelf is stocked with books that I have gotten over the years that need to be read and I haven't made any attempts. Should this be the ideal time to do so, or should I just say to hell with it and get the books that are in my cart on amazon and read those?  For advice I ask the bf and he tells me that I should read the books on my shelf because there was a time when I did want to read them, so why not! I should have known that asking him would lead to this response, but did I trust myself.. NO! So, I guess I will be reading the books on my shelf after all.

Now what if I don't accomplish this task will I fell less accomplished? Nah, I won't feel the least bit sorry for the fact that I didn't get to my goal, but I will feel bad if I didn't make any attempts.





Ok, here goes nothing.

50 books to read by December. I can do this. I know I can do this. I'm not a punk, I'm not a loser. I can claim this. I will claim this. I WILL READ 50 BOOKS BY DECEMBER, I WILL FINISH THIS CHALLENGE! So here goes nothing. 50 books!  0 down 50 to go!!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH wish me luck!


Books are my friend

When I first started this blog I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for. My first post on this page was about weight loss (like everyone else and their mother on this planet I battle with weight) and I must say in 2011 I was all about it, and then I kind of fell off, but that is for my other blog (click here).

While browsing the innanets, mainly YouTube I came across something that I found to be very interesting to me. Did you know that there are book reviewers on YouTube??? Insert shocked face right>>>>>>>
Color me stupid but I didn't know this existed. Where was I when all of this started? Have I really been this disconnected from the world to not know that there are people on the webs posting and talking about something that I know all too well about?? Was I stuck in an alternate universe where books and YouTube weren't aligned and now that I've penetrated the old force field I've found that this exists? FOR THE LOVE OF READING WHERE WAS I???

Ok, enough of the melodrama. Back to the purpose of this post, as 2012 was coming to a close I found myself engaging in more and and more BookTubers (that's what they're called). I would find myself coming from work and logging onto YT to find new and interesting book reviewers, I would look through their feed of posts and see what books they recommended (I wrote them down), I would look at the other people they liked  on their channels or on their feed and find out what books they read, and then I would write them down as well. I began to grow obsessed with BookTubers and I really wanted to be one.

Teach me Obie Wan...

WAIT!!! I have a problem.. its a slight problem but an issue none the less, what you may wonder would that problem be? Well, I DON'T HAVE ANY TIME!!! 

As a NYC High School teacher my days are consumed with students and work and also me trying being a good English teacher (I am still learning) and when I am not working I'm looking at ways to make myself a better person or rather a better teacher.





So how can I fix this passion to write about books, while being a teacher??  How can I make this obsession become reality? What can I do to finally rid myself of the sleepless nights of  books, books and more books???

AH, HA! I KNOW! Why didn't I think of this before? Finally it occurred to me what I should do! I should take this blog, you know the one about weight loss and make it about book!!! Yes that's what I should do, and that's what I'm going to do!

So here it is. I am turning this blog that was about weight loss and weight management and making it about something that I really know about, BOOKS. I love to read, I can and have read many books in my day why not have a space where I can write about what I've read and what I thought about what I've read.

Why didn't I think about this before? Why hadn't I put this in to action? Well, better late than never!  SO, here is what I plan to do. I am going to pick 3 books (this may not happen but I'll try) a month and read them and give full details about them on here. I'll tell you small things, and give my honest opinion and I will also try not to give spoilers about the book in case anyone wants to read it.

Wish me luck bookworms, I don't know if I will be able to keep up with this reading and posting thing, but I did make myself a promise to not procrastinate. If I do it and make it a habit then I believe I will get what I've always wanted... A GOOD HABIT THAT DOESN'T END!! 

I'll keep you posted on the books that I'm reading..

Until next post.