Waiting on Wednesday on a Saturday

So I missed waiting on Wednesday.  It wasn't intentional by any means but I had gotten a little sick and wasn't able to post anything. Today I am feeling loads better and I have to make up for the day that I missed.  So lets get to it

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme thought up by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Series: Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication date: May 27, 2014

From Goodreads: 


I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series

I cannot wait to get this last book in the series. I have put off reading the series until it was complete and now that its going to be I know its going to be an epic summer as I marathon this whole series.  I have seen the movie but I definitely want to read the books. I have been recommended them so often that its getting insane. I will definitely read them especially since its over. I also need to read the Infernal Devices trilogy as well. I own all the books, but you see the way that my TBR bookshelf it set up.. man.

Bloodlines #4

I just finished reading "The Fiery Heart" by Richelle Mead and I must say that I am in a state of shock and turmoil and I just have all the feelings in the world.
No seriously, I just don't know how I am going to deal with the fact that I have to wait till July to know what happens to the people that I have fallen in love with in this series.

Let me first say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Richelle Mead. I mean I just adore her writing and I cannot get enough. I remember when I got into Vampire Academy (which was right after twilight, and I was on a vampire high) and I couldn't put it down. After VA was over I just read other paranormal books, but I still had the longing for more of the characters in this series, which is why I was so glad that this series was written. Man oh man does this SERIES give me the feels. This is the 4th book in the Bloodlines series and I just... I mean I am just...

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines
Publisher: Razorbill
Date of Publication: November 2013

From Goodreads
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe

My feelings

I seriously just flew through this book because I loved it so much. I mean I could NOT put it down and I am so disappointed that I have to wait till JULY to read the next installment. I was trying to wait till about June to read this ( I had pre-ordered it and it was sitting on my bookshelf since then) because I didn't want to have to wait too long until I could read the next one. I was going through a sort of reading slump after I read  "Bittersweet" (review to come) and I wanted something that was going to hold my interest and by GOD this was definitely one of the best books I've read. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these characters and I really really wanted to see what was happening between Adrian and Sydney. I mean things were made clear in the last book and I just had to know if they had either gotten better or worse with the new addition at their school (I'm trying not to spoil this series) As soon as I began reading I knew that this was definitely the book to help take me out of my reading slump. I really needed this book to pick me up and it did.

Love is... a flame in the dark. A breath of warmth on a winter's night. A star that guides you home. 

Sydney and Adrian or SYDRIAN as they are now referred to have become one of my favorite couples. I just love how they are together. Their willingness to love each other despite the whole "taboo thing" is just so sweet. I don't know how many times I teared reading this book. I mean its a total 180 from the beginning of the novel. Sydney has now come into herself, doing a complete 180 from when we first met her in the Vampire Academy series, and so has Adrian. They have both grown so much that its hard to remember who they were when we first met them. We also see some new faces, and some old ones from the beginning of this series.  I would tell you that you would need to read this series as soon as you can, especially if you loved the Vampire Academy series. This does not stop with the action and it just give you all the feels in the world.  I'm here looking at the book and I'm like...

Definitely a 5 out of 5. If you follow me on goodreads you would see all the times I posted while reading this book. Or if you follow me on Twitter you will see the updates from goodreads about how I feel about this series. I mean seriously, seriously SYDRIAN has become one of my favorite favorite couples! 

I cannot WAIT

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly even that Jill  at "Breaking the Spine" holds. It where we highlight books that we cannot wait to read.

This Wednesday, the book that I cannot wait for is:

Silver Shadows by RICHELLE MEAD
Series: Bloodlines
Publication date: July 29, 2014

From Goodreads:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

I cannot, and I mean CANNOT wait to read this book. I am currently reading The Fiery Heart and I am loving it. I simply swoon for Adrian and Syndey's relationship and to think that things will happen that might prohibit them from being together! OH man I just can't wait. I will be at the bookstore (Barnes and Noble) when this comes out.  


Waiting on Wednesday

I decided to join in on a weekly anticipation kind of thing. I was looking online for memes and I think this one would be the best for me for right now. Just until I get into the groove of writing on a consistent basis.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

While there are already so many books on my TBR shelf (cough cough BOOKCASE), there are so many more that I want to get. SO many more that I feel like I have to have in my collection. So this week I am anticipating getting at the beginning of April

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 1, 2014)
       (From Goodreads)
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

This sounds like it is going to be SOOOOO good. I cannot wait. I am not going to pre-order it or anything but I will be at Barnes and Nobel buying this the same day it comes out.  I have a thing for re-tellings and this sounds EPIC!! 

Book Club FAILS

I have always wanted to be part of a book club. Something about being around people who enjoy a good book and want to discuss it together has always intrigued me. I have tried and tried and tried and FAILED at being part of one. My latest #epicFail happened at my school. The librarian at my school got word from other teachers that they wanted to be part of a book club. I was instantly jumping for joy because finally I would be able to partake in something that I have always wanted.
Oh Yeah, OH YEAH!!
But then something happened, and I knew it was going to because lets face it with the amount of work that teachers have to do on a regular basis how often are they going to really stay after school to talk about books. But I was still hopeful that there would be a book club because, there had to be. I really wanted there to be so since I really wanted it and it was with professional people who do what I love then this would happen right? RIGHT??

  Insert first problem:  The librarian couldn't be the facilitator of the book club for the first couple of sessions because was doing cheerleading so she asked me if I wouldn't mind taking on the reigns of being facilitator in the meantime until the season is over. I said yes, because of course I would since it was going to be book club. So I sent an email stating that I would be taking over for Ms. T until the season was over and she could put in more time with the book club. 

Insert second problem:  The bad thing about working with teachers is that they always have something to do, especially when it comes to the students. We chose our first book to be Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling and I was so excited because I loved loved loved Harry Potter so I just figured that this was the new series to read. I believed that this was going to be simple. WRONG... after weeks when  it was time to discuss many of the teachers emailed me back and said that they hadn't read the book yet. One teacher said that his kindle had broken and he would be replacing it soon and then he would be able to participate. UGH!! Not again was what I thought instantly 

Yet, I was still hopeful! I wanted to believe that this wasn't going to be like before. Nope, I refused to give in to the thought that I would not be able to have my book club! NO NO NO.. I rebuked the thought. then came the 

Third problem: VACATION!!  I had scheduled the meeting for the last week before winter break. I thought it would give everyone the time that they needed to read the book and to get themselves situated because we were going on winter break. I believed that this time was great because well, it was going to be WINTER BREAK. Can you guess what happened? We had to move the date AGAIN, because teachers were saying that it was the last week before break, and they wanted to give out exams, and they wanted to make sure that their grades were in before the ending of the year and blah, blah, blah!! 

This could NOT be life. Are you kidding me???? I mean seriously is this going to happen AGAIN??? Well it did and I was just about through. I went and told Ms. T that this wasn't going to happen and she insisted that I give it another go. She was hopeful that the teachers would pull through and they would just do what they said that they would do. 

Fourth problem: THEY LIE!  After sending out one more and hopefully FINAL email I set the date for after winter break, before regents week. I figured this was the best time because there was NOTHING and I mean NOTHING that was happening during that time. I even got a few teachers to email me back and say that they were in. They were definitely going to be part of the book club. Even the one with the broken kindle said that he would be part of it (something about he getting a new kindle for christmas) I didn't want to jump for joy just yet but my prayers were coming true.. YES!!! ABOUT DARN TIME! 

I knew it was going to happen. I just had to wait it out! I had to have a little faith. I just needed to be patient and to think positive and it all would work out. So I sent the email with date and time and location and even asked one of the teachers to bake some chocolate chip cookies so that we can have them while we dissect this book. It seemed like everything was looking up. The book was read, the place was selected, the location and time was also out there all that had to be done now was meet and talk right? Simple enough and there should be no problems right? What could possibly go wrong now after all this time?

Fifth Problem: OH, that's today. I forgot!! Those were the exact words that I received in some emails. WTF?!? I mean seriously, seriously! No, really SERIOUSLY!!!  You have got to be kidding me. I had spent weeks, and I mean WEEKS putting this together to get emails about forgetting the date and making "very important" plans that could not be changed. Well forget it. I don't want this anymore. The inconsistency is just!! UGH.... That's it I QUIT. I don't know if ever will be part of a book club. Maybe one day when I'm a mother and I am around other mothers who want to get away from their kids and want to socialize I'll have it then (maybe if I move to the burbs) but right now I don't think this will EVER happen. UGH

I'm so over this!! 

So, the quest is halted for the book club thing. In the mean time I'm going to just blog about books and see what happens. Or I hope someone finally puts one together and invites me because I have tried to be the facilitator and it has never panned out. Maybe if someone else does it and I am just a participant maybe that will work but as for me being the one to organize it NO WAY!

I wonder

Teach me Obi Wan!!
As a new book blogger I sit and look through loads of book blogs and I see this reoccurring trend, or rather this reoccurring theme that everyone got the memo for except for me,  and that is that these bloggers read a whole lot of books. You might be thinking, "well isn't that what a book blogger is supposed to do? Aren't they supposed to be reading a lot of books?" Yes, but how do they read so many books in so little time is my questions.  I sit and wonder how people can read so quickly. I think I read pretty quickly, especially if the book is interesting, but when I see that these bloggers pull about a book a day I wonder how they do it and if they have other jobs other than reading books and blogging about them? This isn't to say that book blogging cannot be a full time job and if that is what their full time job is then I tip my hat off to you and that answers my question, but for those who aren't only book blogging, how do you find the time to read so quickly and so much? Teach me Obi Wan!! I want to know the secrets of the Jedi.

 I know some of these book bloggers are stay at home moms, but that's a full time job that offers no downtime so how do they do it?

I am a teacher and I don't seem to have time to do anything other than plan lessons, write lessons and correct paperwork and try to fit in the gym every once in a while, and by once in a while I mean I haven't been there for the last 3 months (don't judge me). I really wonder how they are able to read so quickly. Where do you find the time to sit and read so quickly without 1. Falling asleep 2. Read all day?

I recently saw this huff post article on how to read a book a week and I found that it was do able so I am putting myself in this challenge to try and read a book a week for the next couple of months. My reading challenge for the year is 50 books and though that seems like a lot, I don't think it is. Not to compare myself to other readers but I have seen that some people have already read 60 books an its MARCH! How do you average 30 books a month, and given that February was only 28 days that would be freaking remarkable. Am I on the slow scale when it comes to reading? I mean I really want to blog about books and such but if I am not going to be keeping up with these other book bloggers then I really really need to reevaluate my choice in blogging.

I guess I'll keep with what I already do, and then worry about the catch up later. I know I shouldn't compare and though I am really trying not to, I kind of am envious. I want to be able to do that. This almost feels like I'm not sitting at the cool kids table at lunch in High School.

Just thinking out loud!

Oh Libba Bray!

I think I really like Libba Bray. This it the second book that I have read by her and I must say that I am in love with her writing style. I like how she builds the characters and the setting in her novels. She is very detailed and after I have finished reading her books I miss the characters and I am eager to dive right back into the world that I just left behind.

I just finished reading  A Great and Terrible Beauty and I really really enjoyed this book. It took some time to get into but as the story went on I found myself really loving the time period, the story and of course the characters in the story line.

Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Published: September 2003, Simon & Schuster
Series: Gemma Doyle #1

Goodreads Synopsis: 
A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.
THOUGHTS:   I really liked this book.  I picked it up because I saw so many YouTube/BookTuber(s) video's that said that this book was amazing, actually some said that the whole series was great and so I had to see for myself. I must say that I am thoroughly pleased with this novel.  Libba Bray does an amazing job with the characters that by the end of the novel you really are sad that the book has ended. I enjoyed the time period that Bray talked about in the novel. This book has that historical aspect to it without it being an actual historical novel. When we first meet Gemma  she is a spoiled little brat who lives with her parents in India.  She complains and complains and doesn't let up on her mother and you wonder why she is this way with her. After a tragic event (her mother commits suicide in an effort to protect her from an unknown evil) Gemma gets her wish to go to London to a school where she will be made into a lady. 
 It is at this school that I really begin to like Gemma as a protagonist. She is quirky and she doesn't back down. When Felicity first meets her she is mean to her and her roommate Ann. Gemma stands up for Ann even though she doesn't know Ann, she doesn't like that the other popular girls are bullying this one helpless girl. Gemma then becomes the target and instead of cowering away she stands up to these girls.  I really really like Gemma after that. I am a sucker for a girl who doesn't let the popular girls get the best of her. I always seems to root for the underdog, and that is exactly what Gemma is until she makes friends with the most popular girl. Gemma catches Felicity making out with a Gypsie (this was forbidden! who knew?!?) Indebted to her, Felicity and Gemma become close friends.  Talk about keeping your enemies closer than your friends.  
Gemma also has to worry about this guy who keeps visiting her at strange times and places, Kartik. At first Gemma is bothered by him, but then she longs for him. I sense romance coming, and its forbidden romance at that so you know its going to be good.  Gemma has dreams about him, and even though he is mean to her and tells her that she cannot and should not wield her magic she is so drawn to him. She wants him to like her, she gets jealous when she thinks he is looking at other girls. I tell you I squealed like a little girl when she kissed him to prove to his "friends" that he was hers (this was to get them to see the fortune teller)
By the end of this book, I am so happy for the girls. I want them to be happy and I want their friendship to grow.  I get angry when Felicity does something to betray Gemma and say to myself " I KNEW IT" but Gemma like a good friend is there to save her friend. The story ends  where you want to know what happens to Gemma and her friends. You want to know if she and Kartik fall for each other. You also want to know what happens to the magical place and the dark power that is after her.  I cannot wait to read the next book so that I can answer these questions myself. 
All in all I would say that this was a very good book. 

Why this teacher TEACHES!

While I mainly wanted to use this blog to write about books and book reviews, and hauls, and everything else that maybe related to reading, I do believe that I should also write about what I do. I am a teacher, not just any type of teacher, I am a high school special education teacher who specializes in ENGLISH and I love and enjoy my job. To me its not a job, its an adventure that I embark on everyday and I take on the challenges every single day. This isn't to say that I don't have moments when I question my job choice, but I do not regret my choice in becoming an educator.
One question that I continually get and I think many teachers get is, "why did you become a teacher?" While that answer will vary depending on the day you ask me, and also what went on throughout the afternoon after school ended I may just say to you that, "I wanted to make a difference in this world, something that would seem small to others but would be huge for me." You could argue that I didn't have to become a teacher to do this, and you would be right but I felt that being a teacher was the right career choice.

When I first became a teacher I had this idea, or rather this goal and that was to save each and every student that walked through my door. Never did I imagine that I would encounter some of the hardest headed individuals in my life. I believed that if I told my students that they could do anything that they set their mind to, they would just eat it up and they would motivate themselves to become the future doctors, and lawyers and maybe even presidents of tomorrow. After about 2 months enter REALITY check. Being a teacher was not what I had expected at ALL. My students where the most difficult in the world (I may be over exaggerating a little but that's how I felt at the time.) I came home many afternoons and wondered what was wrong with me, and would I, or rather could I see myself doing this for a long period of time. After days and even months of debating I realized that this is exactly what I want to do. This job, this adventure is what I was made to do. And though I wanted to just walk out of the doors I never did and I stuck to it. 

 Teaching special education is by far the hardest job ever. My students are given labels beyond the ones that they already carry the judgment that they get go hand in hand with their skin color, ethnic background and socioeconomic status. My students are given these stigma's to further hold them back from being productive members of society. Now, this isn't to say that having learning difficulties is false, I am not saying that at all. What I found was that my students were given these labels because of minor infractions that they had when they were in elementary or junior high school. Now as their teacher in high school it is mu job to teach them that they are more than just a label, more than just a neighborhood and a color and a race. NO more boxes to be put in. Stop checking off boxes just start learning and living. I'm still learning and I'm still growing. I believe I learn as much if not more from my students than they learn from me. My joy comes from  knowing that they have become masters of their own destinies (I sound like I'm living in a fictitious world, probably sounds like one of the books I've read) but I do believe in everything that I say and do for my students (my kids as I call them) I go to bat for my kids to make sure that they are given what they need in this world to survive.

While I sit here and tell you of all the beautiful things that I feel about teaching there are also some not so good things that I feel about teaching. Many of my students were treated so badly from previous teachers that they've lost hope in teachers so when I come along trying to give hope and direction, they just brush me off and ignore what I tell them. Some kids lives are so bad that they cannot see the benefits of going to school, some kids are so educationally deprived that they cannot catch up so they refuse to try. Some kids just don't want to because they feel that the outside world is better than what school is offering them. Am I mad about this? Yes, I am. Can I understand why this happens? Yes I can. Do I accept it and not push forward? HELL NO. I cannot get mad at them because if you're continually told that you're incapable and then someone comes along and says you are, you're not going to automatically believe that you're able to. I've had my fair share of students drop out, or curse me out (not really, but you get the point) or just quit trying all together because of the things that they endured growing up. I realize that times are tougher now for the kids than when I was in high school. There are so much more worries in this world and though I want to shelter my babies (students) from them I cannot, but what I can do is arm them with the tools needed to make their lives better.

This teacher TEACHES because I feel that I provide something for the world to appreciate.  This teacher teaches because I am passionate about education. This teacher teaches, because if it wasn't for a teacher to give me sound advice and to be one of my biggest supporters I don't know where I would be. I learned to read because of a teacher. I learned to imagine and live in my books because of a teacher. I learned that the words on pages become pictures in my mind because of  a teacher. I learned, because of a teacher, therefore... because of a teacher I became one.

This is the main reason why I chose teaching. I want to do what my teacher did for me. I want to be that one teacher that students remember for years to come and in these last 5 years I can honestly say that becoming a teacher was by far the BEST decision that I have made in my entire LIFE!