Bout of Books 13.0 – Day Three


Today I continued reading from Shadow Scale and am not hating it as much. I still really just want to be done with it, but I am just getting closer. I am going to try and finish this book by the end of the week and then start another review book. I will read this during study hall then after school. I just want to be done and move on to another book!

Wednesday, May 13th:
Today’s Read(s):

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books read: 1
Total number of pages read: 218

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Bout of Books 12.0 Readathon Wrapup


I joined in on Bout of Books 12.0 because it fell during a good time and I wanted to read more than normal. I didn’t read that much more than I usually do, but I did finish one book and one graphic novel. I finished Blog Inc and To Dance, and got further in The Power of Half. I am so close to done with The Power of Half, and I just need to sit down and finish it. I didn’t read as much as I’d planned to, but I got a couple hundred pages read. I am really not that great with readathons, but really want to be more committed to them. The next readathon I participate in I will make sure to commit. Did you participate in Bout of Books?

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#thanksreadathon


Happy Thanksgiving week everyone in America! Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday because we host it at my house and I love the food and eating pumpkin pie. I decided why not add a few books into Thanksgiving break. I found this readathon on Instagram by @blueeyedbiblio. She has decided to host this readathon, so if you’re interested check out her Insta. Using the hashtag #thanksreadathon post a picture of your TBR and what you’re planning on! The purpose of this readathon is to read 3 books in 5 days. I’m planning on reading…. *bum bum bum* (cue Belt voice from The Croods)

The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back – Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen

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The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles #1) – Stuart Hill

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The Key to Rondo (Rondo #1) – Emily Rodda

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It would be really awesome if a bunch of people participated! Instagram with #thanksreadathon :)

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#24in48 Readathon


Today I haven’t had a ton of time to read, unfortunately, but I plan to stay up very late reading. For more information on this readathon look at the tumblr page here. Here are a series of questions they asked everyone to answer!

  1. What part of the world are you reading from this weekend? – Iowa, United States
  2. What book are you most looking forward to reading? – Take Me Tomorrow – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. Are you planning on reading from someplace besides your house or apartment this weekend? – Yes! I read at a bridal show I helped at!
  4. Tell us something about yourself! – I love drinking tea. I also love to dance.
  5. If you’ve done this readathon before, do you have any tips for other readers? If you haven’t, is there anything you’re nervous about? – I have never done this readathon, but I’m nervous because it is almost impossible to read 24 hours for me! I’ve been really busy this weekend and have things to do tomorrow. I will try and do the best I can to read as much as possible though!

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24 in 48 Readathon TBR


I just found out about the 24 in 48 Readathon today, but decided I had to join! I am so excited to be part of this. For more information check out their tumblr page. Here is my very optimistic TBR for the next two days:

  1. Zombies vs. Unicorns (chapter 2 – for book club)
  2. The Book of Charlie
  3. Take Me Tomorrow
  4. Girl In Between
  5. King Dork Approximately

This is, like I said, a very ambitious TBR. I will start at midnight Central Standard time. It is currently 11:40ish and I will be starting to read right at midnight! Good luck to anyone participating, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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#FridayReads (14)


Happy Friday! Today I didn’t have school so I got to stay home. I got to start Zombies vs. Unicorns, which is my book club read, and started to crochet a hat. For the books of the week, I’m currently reading Zombies vs. Unicorns and The Book of Charlie. I’ve only read one of the short stories in Zombies vs. Unicorns, and I’m not sure I like reading anthologies. I knew they were short stories, and it won’t be a bad book, but I already know that I don’t like anthologies that much. I am really in the mood for some high fantasy right now, but I have review books that need to be read and reviewed as soon as possible. I’ve decided that I’m going to read the first Game of Thrones book over Christmas break. I get that it’s a ways away, but I am so pumped. I think I’m going to be confused, but I really love fantasy, so I’m going to go for it. Also, I almost have 200 followers! This week I will try and get some books for the giveaway. I will also be participating in the 24 in 48 hour Read-a-thon this weekend. The idea is to read 24 of the 48 hours in the weekend. It starts at midnight tonight. I will stay awake and read as much as I can tonight/early hours tomorrow :) Join here! I will be posting a TBR later tonight, it will be very ambitious, but I want to be optimistic about this!

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Review: Gathering Blue (The Giver #2) – Lois Lowry


Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) – Lois Lowry

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Title: Gathering Blue

Author: Lois Lowry

Release Date: January 1, 2000

Publisher: Ember

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 240

Source: Bookstore

In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

In a village there is a hierarchy. Our main character, Kira, is in one of the lowest branches. Kira lives with her mother, and her father is suspected to be killed by the Beasts that live in the Field. Kira is born with a twisted and crippled leg and was supposed to be sent out to the field as an infant, but her mother pleaded and begged to keep her at home. Her mother won that tiny battle, and Kira was kept at home. As infants the villagers are named a one syllable name, and as they age they add more syllables to their name. The oldest person in this book has a four syllable name. That four syllable name is the person that Kira visits to learn to dye thread and yarn. There is something special about Kira. She can embroider and weave. She is put in charge of fixing the Robe. The Robe is the story of their people. The Singer wears this special robe at the Gathering while he sings the history. Kira learns to make the colored threads, but doesn’t know how to make blue. Blue is the color she most desired to make, so her friend goes and finds the plant to create blue. Based on the reviews on Goodreads I was really skeptical. NO ONE LIKED THIS BOOK. I enjoyed this book. Everyone was freaking out that it wasn’t the world as The Giver, but it was. It wasn’t the advanced utopian world, but it was the dystopian side of it. If everything was as advanced as The Giver then it would be a completely different world. I loved that it showed the other side of the world.

Characters:

Kira had two friends. Matt who was in the lowest branch of the hierarchy, and Thomas, The Carver. Thomas carved wood like Kira embroidered. Kira and Thomas were lovable characters. Matt was so cute. It was unclear to how old he was, but he was adorable. He had a pet dog that he nurtured back to health, and he grew up in the Fen. Because he lived in the Fen he had a weird accent. He was probably my favorite character.

Who Would I Be?:

Even though Kira has a twisted leg, I’d choose to be her. I love sewing, and embroidery is kind of like that. She’s just a lovable character. She lost her mother, but she pushed through. She lost her dad, but she pushed through. She was such a strong main character.

Series:

The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) – Lois Lowry

Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) – Lois Lowry

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