Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon (Hour Zero)

Twice a year, there is a 24 hour readathon. It takes place in October and April. I usually miss it, but sometimes I catch it just in time.

I’m a mood reader, so I can’t create a TBR. I will, however, be finishing these two books for sure.

 

Both of these I have already started. One on the Kindle app on my phone, the other in a physical copy. So that gives me enough difference to bounce between the two if need be. Now, on to the challenge!!

 

 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m reading in Antioch, TN, which is just outside of Nashville.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Finishing Monster. The Gone series was one of my favorites, so when I randomly found out he was coming out with a new one, I was super excited.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I don’t pre-plan snacks, but it will probably be the inside of some Oreo’s.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am really boring, ha. Single mama, with an almost-two-year-old, I teach preschool. I’m an extreme couponer. I’m the world’s pickiest eater. I’m also a Pinterest junkie (leave me your links to follow you in the comments!) That’s me in a nutshell.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? The last one I participated in was a looooong time ago. But I remember putting a lot of pressure on myself. I’m not going to do that this time, I’m just going to have fun!

 

 

 

Good luck to everyone participating!

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Harry Potter Reading Challenge

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Hey everyone! I’ve been gone for like, 100 years, I know. It’s been a crazy, crazy, past few months. I’ve been wanting to come back to DRB, but needed something to kickstart my first post back. I saw a tweet on Twitter about the House Cup Reading Challenge, and I decided to sign up. I’m not sure exactly how much I’ll get done, but I’m hoping this will push me to read more over the course of the next month. I’m throwing on an added goal of reviewing every book I read. THAT’S RIGHT. Kicking it up a notch!

I decided to join the Ravenclaw house for this challenge. I’ve never really been able to pick a house that fits me specifically, I’m kind of a combination of all the houses. So I picked one, and Ravenclaw it is.

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The reading challenge has a list of categories that you can complete for points to contribute to your house.

Main Challenge

The main challenge is to read one book for each year Harry, Hermione, and Ron were in school. So Year One, Year Two….all the way up to Year Seven. Each of these books are free choice. Which is perfect, because I’m a mood reader, who can never make up her mind on a book. Each of these gets you twenty points. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be reading yet. I’m thinking I’ll probably at least finish these….

but that could change. Depends on the day.

 

Bonus Challenges

There are also bonus challenges that you can read books for to try and get more points. You cannot use any of the books from the main challenge to fit these categories.
Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

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This challenge is hosted by Kelsey from Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, Alex from Book Daisy Reviews, Lauren from Live, Love, Read, and Erica from Escape Under the Cover. To see more information about it, you can check it out here.

 

Have any suggestions on what books I can use for the bonus categories? Are you participating in the House Cup Challenge? Let me know in the comments below!

Let’s Get Personal : “How Do You Have Time?”

One of the things I used to love about book blogging was the sense of camaraderie between bloggers. We loved on each other, we sang praises, we built each other up. Not that I don’t see that now, but seeing as how I’m a bit removed, it’s something I missed. When I came back to blogging, I considered doing a couple Danie Reads Books-specific features. I debated about Let’s Get Personal for a bit, because I am careful to put too much out there. Between my job, and my son, I’m hesitant to put too much of myself out online. But, then I realized….that sense of friendship was BECAUSE we put ourselves out there. So, I’m starting Let’s Get Personal. Graphic to come, after I find someone who can actually make them, ha.

 

One of the things I’ve had a couple people ask me, is “how do you have time to read and blog?” Well, that’s easy. I make time. BOOM DONE.

 

No? Okay. Here we go then.

 

For those of you who don’t know….I’m a single mama. I have a 1.5 year old son, Noah, who will be two in October. I have him full-time. This means from sun up to sun down, he’s with me (or in daycare). The exception being the 7-8 hours a week (or every other week, or every three weeks, or once a month…but that’s another story) that his father takes him on Sundays. He’s a pretty rad kid, with an awesome sense of humor, a huge sense of curiosity, and a love of books and music like his Mommy.

 

I also work 50-ish hours a week as a preschool teacher. I teach 15 two and a half year olds. It’s exhausting, it’s draining, it’s SO MUCH FUN. But it does involve a lot of work, both in my actual classroom, and with stuff I take home. Not to mention trainings, staff meetings, and conferences.

On top of THAT, I go to school. Full-time. I’m (slowly) working on my bachelors in Early Childhood Administration. This usually amounts to 15-ish hours a week of homework, studying, writing, etc.

And then the blog.

So, how do I manage? Easy. I plan every day of my life out. I’ve tried many, many planners before. They always got pushed to the side, and forgotten about. So now I have a stupidly expensive planner, I decorate it with stickers, and I spend more money on it than I should. Why is this a good thing? Because I’m not spending freaking $70 on a planner that I’m not going to use.

This is my decorated planner, before it’s written in. Some things I write are private (specific to kids in my class, or related to my son’s father, etc), so I won’t post that here. But yeah.

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So, this is an Erin Condren LifePlanner. In the top row, I write specific date-related things. If I have a class that night, if Noah has a doctor appointment, etc. Middle row is my to-do list for that day. And on nights that I have class, it’s my list of homework for the next week. Bottom row is anything else. “Talk to XYZ’s parents about _____,” “get gas,” “phone bill due.” That type of stuff.

My typical  VERY BRIEF weekly schedule looks like this :

SUNDAY : Noah-free from 9AM-5PM. I mainly work on homework this day, because I’m able to focus and power through without stopping. If I have Noah, then I’m usually cramming as much homework as I can into his nap time.

MONDAY-FRIDAY : Wake up at 4:45AM. Leave for work at 6AM. Usually get home around 6PM. Sometimes earlier, if I’m lucky. Noah duty until 8 when it’s his bedtime. Class from 8-9 on Mondays, from 7-8 on Wednesdays. Clean, laundry, dishes, etc after classes, or after Noah goes to bed. I try to be in bed by 10, and read until about 10:30.

SATURDAY : Blog stuff, or taking Noah places.

 

A lot of my reading gets done on my hour lunch breaks at work, or when I’m in bed for the night. Not having a lot of time is hard, but we make it work. I like staying busy, it keeps me from ever being bored.

 

Do you have a lot of things going on besides your blog? What do you do to manage it all?What do you think about the Let’s Get Personal feature? What type of things would you like to hear me talk about with it? It can be anything at all, as long as it’s about getting to know each other. Let me know in the comments!

 

The Sunday Post [5] & Stacking the Shelves [1]

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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I also decided to try linking to Stacking the Shelves, which is weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.

LIFE : Man, where have I been? It’s been a super busy couple of weeks. I’ve had some school stuff going on, some work stuff going on, some life stuff going on. All at once. I went to a signing for Victoria Schwab, Madeline Roux, and Joelle Charbonneau. I also went and brought two tubs of books to my local used bookstore for store credit. I ended up getting $80, so I went on a bit of a shopping spree. Other than that, it’s been a pretty uneventful two weeks, just really busy.

BLOG : I’ve been sucking at blogging. Too much going on. I’m hoping to have a Top Ten Tuesday this week, a Can’t Wait Wednesday, and one or two reviews this week. I’ve read a few books the past couple weeks.

BOOKS I BOUGHT BUT PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE : Y’allllll. I bought so many books the past few weeks. To be fair, a lot of them were from the store credit I got at the used bookstore. BUT STILL. I need to stop. For real. I think I’m just going to take a picture of everything I bought. It’s probably easier that way. Sorry in advance, I am awful at taking book photos. Definitely not a bookstagrammer (although I do love to follow them)! Links below lead to Goodreads.

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Whoa, that’s a lot of freaking books. Twenty-one. I am definitely on a book buying ban for a bit.

So that’s it for me this week! Have you read any of the books I just bought? I’m currently reading The Unexpected Everything, then I’ll probably read Empire of Storms. And then who knows. What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

The Sunday Post [4]

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

LIFE : So, this week ended up being slightly less crazy than what I wrote about last Sunday. My sister didn’t move back to TN, which was a bummer. But I know she made the right choice for herself and my nephew, to stay in Providence. My brother came home from college for a week, so that was fun! It was really great to just hang out and have some sibling time. Wednesday night, my next round of classes started. So I spent some time adjusting to having class again. Thursday night I went to a book signing with Brigid Kemmerer, Emery Lord, Tara Altebrando and Sarah Tolcser. It was super fun, and everyone was so great about me having to bring Noah. Thankfully, he was the best behaved toddler in the world and just played with his Hotwheels cars and ate Goldfish while we sat in the back and listened. Parnassus Books has a dog that wanders around the bookstore, and Noah was LOVING it. When we met the authors and got my books signed, he got some stickers from Emery Lord and he was SO excited. He pointed to them for the rest of the night until he fell asleep. When I tried to take them off his shirt before bed, he got VERY VERY angry at me.

Friday I went to an opening for an art store that my mom sells some of her paintings in. There was live music, wine, and lots of really great artists. It was a a fun night, and I was so proud of my mom for the work she’s doing.

 

BLOG : This week was a pretty short on the blog front, since I had so much stuff going on. I’m hoping for a better week this coming week. I’ve been debating a post on my planner and time management, and how I juggle full time work, school, single mom life, and part time blogging. A few people have commented asking questions, or tweeted at me. Let me know if there would be any interest in a post like that, maybe I’ll put it together this week!

REVIEW : Once Upon A Dream by Liz Braswell

Top Ten Tuesday : 10 Most Recent Books I’ve Added To My TBR

Can’t Wait Wednesday [2]

This week I will have a review of the behemoth that is Heir of Fire, possibly one on Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and maybe a post on time management and/or my unofficial summer of series. Who knows? Not me! Ha.

 

BOOKS I GOT BUT PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE : 

 

I did good this week! No books for me!

 

 

 

How was your week? Would you have any interest in the time management post? What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments below!

Can’t Wait Wednesday [2]

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. It’s a weekly meme to spotlight new releases.

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A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realized he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.
When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California’s most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished.Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he’s no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he’s initially too traumatized to speak, but he’s alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he’ll recover his memories; all that matters now is they’re together again.It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing.

He isn’t Daniel Tate.

He’s a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he’s not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried.

 

Here Lies Daniel Tate, by Cristin Terrill, is being released on June 6th, 2017. So technically, it will be published the day this post goes live. BUT because I’m writing this a few days early, I’m still waiting for it. Boom, totally counts.

I am really intrigued by unsolved mysteries. There are actually a couple cases similar to this, with a boy who has gone missing and then returns, only it isn’t the actual boy. Two of the most famous ones are Bobby Dunbar, and Walter Collins. A movie was actually made about Walter Collins’ mother, called The Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie. It was an interesting movie, and if you are an unsolved mystery junky like myself, I definitely recommend watching it.

What book are you waiting to be released?

Top Ten Tuesday : 10 Most Recent Books I’ve Added To My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List.” I think I’m going to spin it a little though and just do the 10 most recent books I’ve added to my TBR, without any genre. Since coming back to blogging, my TBR has EXPLODED. I’ve been adding books like crazy.

 

 

 

SO MANY GOOD BOOKS. I’m super pumped to read all of these!

 

What books have you added to your TBR lately? Anything good? Because, you know, I really need to add even more books to mine.