Revisiting | Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge Vol. 2

revisiting

Once again I am here with an update to my Read 5, Buy 1 challenge, you can find the original post here: Lets Talk | My Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge. I am still doing very well and I am very happy with my progress. This update I did find a bit of a loophole for my 5th book, but I am not mad about it since I still have removed 5 books from my TBR.

 

Books Acquired

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Description: When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts’ mysterious and sometimes frightening powers — and as their own powers begin to surface — the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into “normal” society.

But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes — in the form of a menacing backyard ghost — the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift — and their key to a future of love and passion. Funny, haunting, and shamelessly romantic, Practical Magic is bewitching entertainment — Alice Hoffman at her spectacular best. –goodreads.com

I had to pick up this book when I saw it was on sale. I have loved the movie that is loosely based upon this novel since I was a young child and I have been curious about the book since I found out it was a book.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other. –goodreads.com

I am curious to see if I end up liking this book. I hear either people are loving it or they end up really not liking it. This books seems like there is no middle ground.

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Revisiting | Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge

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#NEWTsReadathon2018 | August 6th – August 12th

NEWTs

Books I Finished

Night Shift by Stephen King

Night Shift

This is a short story collection by Stephen King, I read this to complete an E in potions. Some of the stories I loved, and some were just okay, but over all I really enjoyed it. Even though Stephen King is known for writing monstrously long books, I do find he does very well with short stories and I find them a good way to get a good sampling of this work.

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I am Still Reading

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Tess Sharpe

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Since I am horrible about sticking to my TBR, I have decided to read this eArc to fulfill my requirement to read a book with magic in it to achieve an A in charms. I at this point in time I have read 6 of the short stories and I loved each of them even though they were so different from one another.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

If you read my recent post, Lists | Un-listened to Audiobooks, you will know that I have quite a few audiobooks I need to get through. Strange the Dreamer is once of them. So I decided to listen to it so I can get an O in Potions. At this point I am a little over an hour into it, not too far, but I am enjoying it.

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Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Next I want to pick up Fresh Ink, I am so excited to read these short stories since there are quite a few authors in here that I truly enjoy their work. This will work for an E in Charms. 

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Bullet Journal & Migration | August 2018

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Hello everyone, this month is exciting because I get to migrate over to a new bullet journal, my 5th one. I cannot believe I have been using bullet journals for that long, time sure does fly. So this month not only will you get to see my August spreads, I am also sharing my trackers and other things I am carrying over.

Once again I am experimenting with recording a video and then adding it to my blog post. This way I can explain all the aspect in more detail and you can move to the sections you are most interested in. The past two I have done I am enjoying, I always love learning how to do new things. Without more rambling, here is my migration into my new bullet journal and my August spreads.

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REVIEW | Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

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Description

Camden, NJ, 1948.

When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute—unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way. –goodreads.com

 

What I Liked

The one thing this book did that stands out is the fact that is broke my heart reading it. Even from the description you are warned that this is going to be a story where a man is going to abuse an 11 year old child, it did not prepare me for how much of a reaction I had. I was angry, disgusted, and devastated. This book made me cry, which has not happened for a while. Now it might sound weird to say that this is something I liked, but the writing and the way this story is told really made me invested.

Another thing I liked was that this novel was written in the manner that it was. Sadly, this story is based off of a true one, you can search the name Florence Sally Horner to find out about her case. But, it is also the case that inspired a novel well known called Lolita. I personally hated Lolita, it was creepy and rubbed me the wrong way. I felt like this story did more justice in telling the story of a child who has been abused.

What I Didn’t Like

One thing I have to point out is that some points were difficult to read, but I would not remove anything from this book. It simply is a personal preference and I still really enjoyed reading this heart breaking book.

Overall Thoughts

While this book is filled with abuse of various kinds, made me very angry, and told an awful story. It did so in a beautiful way. The first thing I noticed when I started this book, right in the first chapter when she confronted by the “FBI” man, they way the story was written sounded like the narration was from a young girl. You can feel her confusion, her terror, and worry not just read about it. Over all if you are able to read this type of content I would highly suggest this novel.

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Author Links

T. Greenwoodwebsite: https://www.tgreenwood.com

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Book Information

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: August 7th 2018

List Price: $26.99

ISBN: 9781250164193

Pages: 352 pages

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* I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Lists | Un-listened to Audiobooks

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So if you are new here, my name is Luna and I love audiobooks. I have been listening to them for years. For me, they are reading and they count. When I listen to an audiobook I actually absorb more information. I am not sure if it is because I am more engaged in the story or it is because that is my strength. Either way, that is just how my brain works.

So, over the years I have listened to audiobooks on cassettes (yes, I have listened to audiobooks for that long), CDs OverDrive, and through audible. Since having a subscription to audible and loved ones gifting me credits, I am fortunate enough to have an abundance.  Over the years I have not gotten to quite a few of the audiobooks, 16 in fact.  So, I thought it would give me a bit incentive to share some of the older audiobooks I own, but have yet to read.

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#NEWTsReadathon2018 Week 1 | July 30th – August 5th

NEWTs

Books I Finished

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962

4stars

Sadly, this does not count towards the NEWTs because I finished it on the 30th. This is the third and the final installment in the trilogy written on former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Over all I felt like I enjoyed Volume 1 and 3 the most. I enjoyed all three, but there was something about reading about her early and late life where she seemed more herself then being a side player to events. If you are interested in this former first lady I would highly recommend this trilogy. They can be read out of order if you prefer a particular time period as well, a nice little bonus.

The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson

The Missing Girl

5stars

This counts as an A for Muggle Studies because it is a book by one of my favorite authors. Once again Shirley Jackson has blown me away with this collection of short stories. Her writing is beautiful and very engaging. Her stories always end up being so much better and have so much more to them then you would originally think.

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

The Diary of a Bookseller

2stars

This book meets the requirement for E score on Muggle Studies woohoo! So when I picked up this book I was sure it would be more along the lines of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jennifer Campbell, which I loved! This on the other hand was dull and mundane. It was more of  what the owned did and the daily workings of a bookshop and not really to much about the interactions with the customers. While I can see why some people would like this book, it was not what I expected at all and was left a bit disappointed. 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

2stars

Finishing this book counts as an O in Muggle Studies! Compared to the rest of the series, I felt like this was filled with too much drama for the sake of plot instead of drama happening because of the plot. It left me not really being invested or caring much about what happened to the characters because I kept saying to myself, “eh, this again it will workout for the most part”. I truly loved and enjoyed book 1 and 2 in this series so I am hoping this is just a dump in the road and I will be picking up the novella from the library at some point in the future.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper

5stars

This book counts as an A in Potions. I read this short story back in college and I loved it back then. This short story really makes you think and it holds up when reread. There is so much imagery in this short story, it is just beautiful and it also makes you super angry in all the right kind of way.Divider

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Night Shift by Stephen King

Night Shift

So far I am enjoying this collection of short stories. At this point I am nearly 100 pages in so I am happy with my progress. I am aiming to have this done by Tuesday of next week, fingers crossed!

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Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

Close Enough to Touch

This book I picked up on sale with never having heard about it before. The description had me right away with the words librarian, 10 years of solitude, and a touch could kill. Sounds like something that could be very interesting and enjoyable.

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Bullet Journal Revisited| July 2018

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This month I decided to try something new when it comes to sharing my bullet journals outcomes and spreads. This month was the last month in my currently Bullet Journal so I decided to try some new things and see what worked and what didn’t before migrating into my new one. Let me know what you think!

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TBR| N.E.W.T.s Readathon 2018

NEWTs

So a few months ago there was an amazing readathon that was organized by BookRoast on youtube that revolved around the OWL Examinations in Harry Potter. Well I am happy to say that I passed all of my OWLs that time around so I am able to take part in the NEWTs Readathon that is taking place the entire month of August. If you would like to see how I did during my OWLs here is the link to my wrap up. Wrap Up| Magical Readathon OWLs Exams

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I am eligible to sit for the N.E.W.T examination in Charms, Potions, Arithmacy, Herbology and Muggle Studies. Since my goal is to be a potions master I need to get an O or outstanding on my NEWT for potions. To do that I must meet the following challenges.

Potions

A: Has a name of a color in the title
E: Read a book with a male lead character
O: Book over 350 pages long

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The Requirements

  • Must have O in one subject
  • Must pass at least 2 examinations
  • Can only sit for subjects that you passed the OWL level
  • You must go in order when working towards an outstanding (A prompt, E prompt, O prompt).
  • Any format is acceptable
  • One book one prompt

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My TBR

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A Week in Review | July 23rd – July 29th

a week in review

This week I read a lot less than I have last week, but I am still very happy.  I read two books in full and one was a 5 star read. So I think overall, this week was a reading win.

Books I Finished

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

5stars

So I ended up loving this book even though it is very different from the movie I love. I didn’t think I would react well to there being a difference, but it was nice. It kinda felt like the characters were maybe a different generation or something, it is kinda hard to explain. Either way, this is a lovely story of family, magic, and secrets.

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Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust

 

I am still reading this eArc. I am enjoying it quite a bit, but it is so heart wrenching! I am happily reading away with some raw emotions.

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962

by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962

This is the third and final installment of the Eleanor Roosevelt trilogy I have been reading for the past year. I am excited to get to this stage in her life and I am looking forward to seeing how she is portrayed and what Cook focuses on.

“This is a sympathetic but unblinking portrait of a marriage and of a woman whose passion and commitment has inspired generations of Americans to seek a decent future for all people. Modest and self-deprecating, a moral force in a turbulent world, Eleanor Roosevelt was unique.” – goodreads.com

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Revisiting | Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge

revisitingSo not that long ago I shared my Lets Talk | My Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge and I wanted to update you guys on the progress. While you can see my reading habits from A Week in Review posts, but I don’t really posts hauls anymore because I don’t buy many books. So I figured this is my haul of sorts.

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While I said I was in the mood for a new adult book, I ended up opting for a very different type of book. This year I have found a new author I have been loving and that is  Shirley Jackson. Since reading A Haunting at Hill House I have been wanting more, so I ended up getting The Bird’s Nest.

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The Bird’s Nest by Shirley Jackson

The Bird's Nest

Description: “Elizabeth Richmond is almost too quiet to be believed, with no friends, no parents, and a job that leaves her strangely unnoticed. But soon she starts to behave in ways she can neither control nor understand, to the increasing horror of her doctor, and the humiliation of her self-centred aunt. As a tormented Elizabeth becomes two people, then three, then four, each wilder and more wicked than the last, a battle of wills threatens to destroy the girl and all who surround her. The Bird’s Nest is a macabre journey into who we are, and how close we sometimes come to the brink of madness.” – goodreads.com

While this content is something in the description alone has me interested, I know there will be more to the story. Jackson has a way of creating an atmosphere of creating a world that just makes you feel as the characters, so I am very excited. Having read a another book of hers and knowing how that book ended up playing out so differently than I thought my imagination is going all over the place with the possibilities. I am very happy with my choice.

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