Wrap Up

Wrap Up | #NEWTsReadathon2018

NEWTs

The NEWTs Examinations are complete! What happened to the month of August? I feel like it flew by. I sat for so many exams and read as much as I could. I have to admit I did not read all of my TBR, which you can find here TBR| N.E.W.T.s Readathon 2018, but I did read quite a lot so that is a win in my book.

Overall I loved this readathon and would not hesitate to participate in it again in the future. It was a lot of fun and was challenging at the same time. I give a lot of credit to Book Roast who came up with the OWLs and NEWTs readathons. You can tell she put in a lot of time and effort into creating them and making them fun for all. Anyway, here are the details and my wrap up for the NEWTs!

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NEWTs I Was Eligible to Take

Potions – Attempted – Grade: O

Charms – Attempted – Grade: E

Arithmancy – Not Attempted

Herbology – Attempted – Grade: E

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Requirements Check List

  • Must have O in one subject – DONE!
  • Must pass at least 2 examinations – DONE!

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Books I Read

 

The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson

5stars

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

2stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

2stars

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

5stars

Night Shift by Stephen King

3stars

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

3stars

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

4stars

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood

My full review:REVIEW |Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

5stars

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

3stars

Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel

4stars

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Did you participate in the NEWTs? How did you do?

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Writing and More

Bullet Journal & Migration | August 2018

Recs

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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Wrap Up

#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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I am Still Reading

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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NEXT BOOK

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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What are you currently reading?

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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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Announcement Video

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My TBR

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Are you participating in this readathon? What prompt is your favorite?

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Wrap Up

August 2017 | Wrap Up

Well this month I felt like I read a lot, but at the same time I felt like I didn’t. I did end up reading 5 books during a readathon, but other than that I did not read so much. I feel like that is going to start to become a pattern. We shall see what happens.

I Read:

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Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo

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Rating: 4 stars!

On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.

Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.

And It Came to Pass by Laura Stone

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Rating: 4 Stars!

Adam Young is a devout, young Mormon following the pious path set forth for him by his church and family. But when his mission trajectory sends him to Barcelona, Spain, with a handsome mission companion named Brandon Christensen, Adam discovers there may be more to life and love than he ever expected.

Poems Selected by Himself by Robert Graves

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Rating: 5 stars!

Since these poems, written at the fairly constant rate of four or five a year since 1914, are offered to a public considerably larger than they reached in hard-cover form, I have omitted the more baffling or shocking ones. The order is roughly chronological.

I Reviewed:

REVIEW | And It Came to Pass by Laura Stone

REVIEW | Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo 

Bingo Update:

I managed to get 2 bingos, next time my goal is to get 3.


What did you read this month?

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Book Haul | August 2017

Book Haul

It is that time of the month once again to share with you the books I picked up this month. August turned into a huge book month for me. A book I preordered came out, there was a library sale, and I took a trip to an independent bookstore. I was also lucky enough to receive a few books from publisher to review via print and ebook. Without further delay here are the books I am adding to my every growing TBR.

Physical Books:

The Dire King by William Ritter

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The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook.

11/22/63 by Stephen King (Read)

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Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

Selected Poems by Robert Graves (Read)

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You can find a mini review here: Wrap UP | 7 in 7

Since these poems, written at the fairly constant rate of four or five a year since 1914, are offered to a public considerably larger than they reached in hard-cover form, I have omitted the more baffling or shocking ones. The order is roughly chronological.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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The orphan Pip is destined to become a blacksmith like his brother-in-law Joe. But when Pip meets the beautiful Estella Havisham, he yearns for a gentleman’s education in order to woo her. A mysterious legacy answers his ambition, and changes the course of his life, taking him far from the Marshes of youth—far, so he thinks, from his early terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, and his sister’s class resentments. In this fictional autobiography, Pip’s coming-of-age story becomes representative of the changing social landscape of nineteenth century England. As Pip’s education provides upward social mobility, he must also learn hard lessons about self-delusion and forgiveness, love and loss, and the true nature of his Great Expectations.

Eating Mindfully by Susan Albers

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This book introduces and adapts the concepts of mindfulness and acceptance to the observation and management of eating habits. The result is a series of exercises and meditations that reinforce healthy habits and lead to greater tranquility at meals.

Misery by Stephen King

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Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets: Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in nineteenth-century American literature. Though he earned his central place in our culture as an essayist and philosopher, since his death his reputation as a poet has grown as well.

Audiobooks:

Under the Dome by Stephen King

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On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away.

Books from Publishers:

With Ballet in My Soul by Eva Maze

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A life spanning close to 100 years is noteworthy, if only because of its longevity. The rich life of a woman committed to a professional vision ahead of its time, filled with glamour, excitement, and adventure, is truly remarkable. Narrated in her own words, this is the story of such a woman, Eva Maze, who, from the time she left Romania as a teenager in 1939, dreamed of being a ballet dancer, and through a series a circumstances, became instead one of the most successful theatrical impresarios in Europe – with a career spanning more than 40 years.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”


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TBR

August TBR | 2017

TBR

This month I am keeping my TBR short. Last month I did read quite a lot, but the last two weeks of July I did not pick up a book at all. I do no want to force myself to read, because I feel like it will make the situation worse.


The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech

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Playing to packed houses while her hit song rushes up the charts, country singer and fiddler Jo Lover is poised to become a big Nashville star like her idols, Loretta, Reba, and Sheryl. To ensure her success, Jo has carefully crafted her image: a pretty, sassy, down-to-earth girl from small-town Virginia who pours her heart into her songs.

But the stage persona she’s built is threatened when her independent label merges with big-time Capitol Records, bringing Nashville heartthrob JD McCoy—her first love—back into her life. Long ago Jo played with JD’s band. Then something went wrong, they parted ways and took their own crooked roads to stardom. Now, Jo’s excited—and terrified—to see him again.

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I am currently buddy reading this novel with my amazing penpal Raven. You can find her on instagram @worldmadeofwords.


Call Me by Your Name: A Novel by Andre Aciman

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The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

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I picked this book up while I was on vacation and since I failed at the booktubeathon this year I want to make sure I read it this month.


Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933 by Blanche Wiesen Cook

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Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and injustice and advancing the rights of women; and in her private life, forming lasting intimate friendships with some of the great men and women of her times.
This landmark biography provides a compelling new evaluation of one of the most inspiring women in American political history. Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, it presents an unprecedented portrait of a brave, fierce, passionate political lerader of our century.

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This is another vacation read I picked up and have not started yet. This book is the first of a trilogy about Eleanor Roosevelt, I plan on reading one book from this series a month.

 


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August 2016 | TBR

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Where did the Summer go? I can’t believe that it is already August and I am building my TBR. This month my goal is to get through some monsters I have on my shelf before work gets overwhelming for me and only short and sweet novels  keep me sane. I plan on reading 5 books in total. Who knows if I will stick to this, but right now it is my plan.

  1. The Shining by Stephen King
  2. Sleep Doctor by Stephen King
  3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. The Silver Witch by Paula Brockton
  5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I am going on a bit of a vacation so I am packing at least two of these bad boys into my bag. What are you reading this month?