Contemporary-a-thon Round 5 Wrap Up

Since it has been almost a week since the contemporary-a-thon ended I thought I should hurry and post my wrap up before it gets to be too late. Here is my Contemporary-a-thon Round 5 TBR if you want to check out all the things I was planning on reading for each challenge. Also, to be totally transparent, I finished two of the books on this list after the readathon ended but I’m still counting them since I was more than half way through them when time ran out. Which in my book totally counts. Right?

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Challenge completed: Read a diverse contemporary

This is a middle grade book about George who was born a boy but knows she is a girl. She wants to play Charlotte in the school play of Charlotte’s Web because she really connected to her character and it will also give her the chance of presenting herself to the world as a female. Not only does George’s school not allow her to do this she is also being picked on at school for being different and her mom isn’t receptive to what George is going through. I really appreciated that even though this is a middle grade book it didn’t feel too juvenile.  This is a beautiful , well done and important story that I think everyone should read. I gave this book to my ten year old to read because one of the best things about books is how it gives us perspectives that we wouldn’t have otherwise. Also, I think every school should have this book available because I feel like it has the potential to help so many.

Rating: 5/5

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Challenge completed: read a contemporary with an illustrated cover

This was a fun romance read. I love football so I really enjoyed this behind the scenes look at the game from a girlfriend of one of the players. This was the author’s first book and I am really hopeful that each book in this series is just going to get better and better. Some of the drama in this book felt unnecessary because it didn’t do anything to further the plot along. In fact most of the time it was confusing because there were times the main character, Marlee, would say she avoids conflict but then she is constantly fighting everyone. Which would have been fine if it didn’t seem to conflict with how the author was trying to portray Marlee. Overall I really liked Marlee and her friends and I absolutely loved the love interest Gavin. The ending of this book really brought my rating down because I hated how the author completely changed a character just to have this big conflict at the end. The conflict did not need to be so over the top and the pacing of everything was just so off. However, like I said before, I have high hopes for the rest of the series because for the most part this was a really fun and sweet romance.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Challenges completed: read a contemporary with plants on the cover (the roses on the pants pockets)/ read a contemporary with yellow on the cover/ read a hard hitting contemporary

I LOVE this book. I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. This is a beautiful story about twin sisters who have just graduated high school and their lives during their last summer at home on the island they have never left. Georgina and Mary are born into a family with magical powers and I loved how the author wove the magic into this beautiful and powerful coming of age story. The magical elements of this book only made this book more beautiful and heart wrenching. This is one of the best YA books I have ever read.

Rating: 5/5

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Challenge completed: read a contemporary that has been recommend by someone in the book community (literally everyone who has read this)

Omg this book you guys. I was so in love with this book… until the ending. If I could just give Evelyn Hugo’s story a rating it would be five stars. I loved her story and I love her so much. She is a character who will stay with me for a long time. However, all the choices the author made when Evelyn was done telling her story annoyed me. One of my biggest bookish pet peeves is when an author gets to the end of the book and repetitively tells the reader what the story meant. You just told a beautiful story that conveys your message we do not need you to flash it in bright lights at the end to make sure we got it. Also, if you didn’t want to read all 391 pages of this book you could just flip to the last two where the author summarizes the entire freaking book. Wtf? It was so unnecessary and I still don’t understand why she made those choices at the end. Obviously most people love this book (over 110,000 people have rated it and it has an average of 4.32) so take my critiques with a grain of salt. I do plan on re reading this book multiple times in my life. I will just do like I plan on doing with Game of Throne rewatches… avoid the ending.

Rating: 3/5

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Challenge completed: read a 2019 release

I really wanted to like this book so much more than I did. Millie is a great character but I never once believed that she really liked Princess Flora. The only redeeming quality that Millie has for Flora throughout the majority of the story is that she is pretty. Obviously I knew there was going to be a romance between the two but I never once felt it was believable. All the drama between them didn’t do anything to help me feel a connection between them. I did really like Flora’s character so maybe this book would have been better if told from her perspective. Overall, this was a just a bland YA romance.

Rating: 2/5

~Cassie

 

Contemporary-a-thon Round 5 TBR

The fifth round of the contemporary-a-thon starts Monday Sept. 23- Sunday Sept. 29. I am so excited to be participating and I seriously can’t wait to read every single book on my TBR. A lot of the books on my TBR can be used for at least one more challenge but I really wanted to find seven books that fit each challenge. In a perfect world I will be able to read all seven, especially since contemporaries tend to be quicker reads.

  1. Read a 2019 release

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Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.

Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.

The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.

She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?

2. Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover 

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A magic passed down through generations . . .

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

An island where strange things happen . . .

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend . . .

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

3. Read a diverse contemporary (aim to read something outside of your own experience)

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When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

4. Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover

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Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there’s a new player on the horizon, and he’s in a league of his own…

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There’s just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team’s wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee’s return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin’s relationship to survive the season.

5. Read a dark/hard hitting contemporary 

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“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.

6. Read a contemporary with plants on the cover

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Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

7. Read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community

Basically everyone who has read this has recommended it!

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.

~Cassie

#Classicsathon

August is the start of the #Classicsathon and I am happy to be participating this year. This is a super chill readathon meant to give some love to classics. This readathon was started by lucythereader over on Youtube and I will leave the link to her announcement video right here if you want some more information. The only challenge is to read at least one book. I feel like this couldn’t have come at a better time for me because of my current slump. I’m also currently reading a classic as part of my Fox Book Club so I know that I will for sure win this readathon.  I did go through and pick some books off my shelf and from my library that I hope to read this month and I will be sharing them below. Most of them are on the smaller side so I hope I can knock a few of these off my list.

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Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But his perfect life is shattered when he is framed by a jealous rival and thrown into a dark prison cell for 14 years.

The greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, and revenge ever written, The Count of Monte Cristo continues to dazzle readers with its thrilling and memorable scenes, including Dantès’s miraculous escape from prison, his amazing discovery of a vast hidden treasure, and his transformation into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo—a man whose astonishing thirst for vengeance is as cruel as it is just.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

*This is the book that I am currently reading. I am almost half way through and really enjoying it. Unfortunately this is an abridged edition which I didn’t know when I bought it. I do appreciate the added notes and essays that give a better understanding of Dumas as well as what was happening historically during his life. I have decided that I won’t be rating this version since it is not the complete book and will hopefully pick up a beautiful edition sometime in the future to read.

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Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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‘In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop… There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white’

The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright’s eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his ‘charming’ friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg, as “perfect as the moon.” With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security…

A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature, greed, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

~Cassie

 

Smutathon TBR

I have never participated in this readathon before and I was going to pass this time because the next round of buzzwordathon takes places mid June but I have decided to go for it. I have so many romance books on my kindle that I never prioritize and this seems like the perfect opportunity to read some. Here is the link to the official smutathon twitter account where you can find all the official information and links to the hosts. 

 

I’m not sure how many books I will be able to read but I would like to complete as many of these challenges as possible. Here’s what I plan on reading:

One Word Title

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Roomies by Christina Lauren

Friends to Lovers

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My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Finish a book in one day

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Minding Amy by Saskia Walker

Out of your comfort zone

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The Agreement by S.E. Lund

Second Chance

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Adam (Riding Hard #1) by Jennifer Ashley

I’m excited to take part in this fun readathon and also knock some books of my kindle tbr. Good luck to you if you are joining in on smutathon!

~Cassie

Buzzwordathon Round 3 Wrap Up

I finished three books during the buzzwordathon which isn’t too bad except for the fact that one of the books only took me 20 min. Which to be fair I didn’t know going into it that it was going to be so short and I don’t even know if it really counts. Here are the books I read and links to their Goodreads pages and my review of it.

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Review

Rating: 4/5

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Review (as part of a mini review collection)

Rating: 4/5

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Review (as part of mini review collection)

Rating: 1/5

I just finished the following book today:

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My review for this one will be out on Thursday 🙂

Rating: 4/5

I am roughly over half way through the following book:

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I hope to have this finished and reviewed next week.

Wrap Ups

Everyday of the readathon I did a wrap up on my blog. The first two days I took pictures throughout my day but I wasn’t too happy with what I was putting out. Day 3 I started just summarizing my reading throughout the day and I feel like it was much more effective. I liked talking about my thoughts while I was reading and I will continue doing some sort of reading diary throughout the year.

Buzzwordathon Day 1

Buzzwordathon Day 2

Buzzwordathon Day 3

Buzzwordathon Day 4

Buzzwordathon Day 5

Buzzwordathon Day 6

Buzzwordathon Day 7

My husband and I are working our way through Game of Thrones and that definitely hindered my productivity this readathon. I know I brought it up a lot during my wrap ups but I love that show and I can’t wait for the new season to start. So it was definitely a worthwhile investment to spend that time with my husband. I usually do the majority of my reading at night when my kids are sleeping so it was interesting trying to fit it in during my day. Overall, I had a good time and I love doing anything related to books so it was a total win in my book. I do wish that I had been able to hit my four book goal but I am choosing to be ok with it.

~Cassie

 

Buzzwordathon Day 7

We made it! The final day of the readathon. I did not read four books like I wanted to but I am really enjoying the last two books that I started for the readathon.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I only finished the chapter that I started on Saturday but that was all that I read of this one. Since I’m watching Game of Thrones with my husband at night I am not able to read for long periods of time which is really hindering my progress with this book. I usually read a chapter here and there throughout the day and it’s just not working for me with this book. I have sort of come to a stand still with this one.

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillian

On Saturday I read 11% of this and on Sunday I got all the way to 46%. There has been some unexpected stuff happening and I still have an idea of what I want to happen but honesty this story could go anywhere. It is becoming more of a difficult read though the more we get into the investigation. Ben is a missing 8 year old and I have a 9 and a 7 year old. I can’t help but put myself in Rachel’s position and it is a heartbreaking situation.

Books Completed: 3

Check back tomorrow to find out my thoughts on the readathon as a whole. And thanks for coming on this journey with me ❤

~Cassie

Buzzwordathon Day 5

This was a pretty productive reading day for me. I’m pretty happy with my progress so far in the readathon. I have two days left and I hope to finish out strong.

What Happened In Vegas by Sylvia Day

I was scrolling through the Libby app seeing if there were books that piqued my interest that had a buzzword in the title and I found this terrible book. The only plus side to this read was how insanely short it is. I have now technically finished 3 books but this book was basically a chapter long. I have already reviewed this along with some other books and you can check out my full thoughts on this book here. Long story short it was a 1 star read for me. I would rather have read another chapter of the book I started after this one.

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

I have wanted to read this book since it first came out in 2015 and I have no idea why I kept putting it off. I am only 7% into the story and I am hooked. I want to find out all the things and I can’t wait for the story to unfold. The reason I am so invested already is because of the way the story is told. The prologue is told from 1 year after Rachael’s son Ben went missing. The book is told from Rachel’s point of view and also the lead detective, Jim and his perspective is, I think, mainly told through reports he is writing to his therapist. Um yes please. It is starting off so strong and I am predicting that this will be a five star read for me. I recently read and reviewed (the last book in a collection of mini reviews) her newest release I Know You Know and I gave it four stars.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I think on Day 4 I was on page 76 and now I’m on page 140 so I made a lot of good progress on this. I’m roughly half way through and we have finally gotten to the adoption part of the story. I don’t know why I’m so hung up on when that finally happened because I am really liking this book a lot. I just get so caught up on what the synopsis says that I thought the adoption would be a bigger part of the story. This would be so much better described as a book about family dynamics centering around mother daughter relationships. If I had to rate it right now I would probably give it 4.5 stars and I think it will be interesting to see what I give it once I finish it.

Books Completed: 3(ish)

~Cassie

 

Buzzwordathon Day 3

Hey everyone. I have decided to switch things up from how I was previously doing these readathon updates. After I published day 2’s post I spent some time thinking about what I really want to accomplish with these posts. The first two days I was basically doing Instagram on my blog and I didn’t really like it. My blog is for me to talk about books and I felt like I was barely doing that. What I really want to do is to give you daily updates about what I am thinking about each book as I read it. I also want to update you on my daily progress through the readathon. So I am going to be trying out a new format for these updates.

The Nowhere Girls

I finished my first book of the readathon!! I have already reviewed this on my blog so I will leave a link to that post here.

Little Fires Everywhere

I did read a chunk of this book and I am now on page 71. I am liking it but I’m also confused because the synopsis says its about how a community deals with the adoption of a Chinese American baby and none of that has happened yet. I don’t even have a clue one who is adopting the baby and this is only a 336 page book so I’m not too sure how things are going to unravel. But everyone raves about this book so I still have high hopes for it.

Home is Where the Bark Is

After I finished Nowhere Girls I went on to my kindle app and just scrolled through to see if anything got my eye that had a buzzword in the title. I saw this one that I recently bought and I figured it would be perfect because it is a cozy mystery. I love cozy mysteries so much and I haven’t read a single one this year. They are also super quick reads so it has that going for it to. If you aren’t familiar with cozy mysteries they are basically fun stories told in a small community setting where there isn’t a lot of violence. Everything is super light and fun. These are feel good stories that I enjoy so much. My favorite ones involve baking and inns. The one that I am currently reading is obviously about dogs and the main character is trying to figure out who killed the dead person in her yard. I read 68% of this one.

If you are participating in buzzwordathon I hope that you are having a successful readathon. If you aren’t participating I hope that you are having a great reading week.

~Cassie

Buzzwordathon Day 2

Here is how the second day of the Buzzwordathon went for me:

10:14 am

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I finally made myself a cup of coffee and read a chapter of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. This is one of the books that I started last week and its due back to the library early next week. I finished part one and I think this might be one of the best written non fiction books that I have ever read. I will do a full review of this once I am done reading it.

12:32 pm

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After my little one went down for a nap I did some stuff in my planner and then continued on reading Nowhere Girls.

2:05 pm

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My boys and I had a snack and then I picked up some around the house. While I was eating I read some more of Nowhere Girls.

3:00 pm

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After snack we headed outside for some fresh air. I also managed to meal prep some breakfast items to set us up for the rest of the week. I’m obsessed with the egg bites from Starbucks but no way am I buying those often so I make my own egg muffins that are a pretty good dupe. I haven’t perfected my recipe yet so I can’t share it but if you they sound good to you then I’m sure you can find a ton of recipes from Google.

6:48 pm

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I needed to wash my hair so I took the time to do a mask and put on my favorite lip balm.   I also read the Nowhere Girls for about half an hour before this.

9:19 pm

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All the kids were in bed so I curled up on the couch with my husband and watched some Game of Thrones. We are into the 5th season now so we will probably be finished with the show early next month. I love this show so much but I’m really liking the 5th season because stuff is starting to differ significantly from the books. I also read a tiny bit of Little Fires Everywhere before bed.

Book Stats:

Nowhere Girls: 88%

Little Fires Everywhere: 34 pages

Today wasn’t a very productive readathon day. I kept finding myself distracted by housework and my kids. Which is why I usually do the majority of my reading when they are in bed but like I mentioned yesterday that isn’t really happening because of GoT. I still feel confident that I can finish 4 books this week so fingers crossed that happens.

~Cassie

Buzzwordathon Day 1

Today was the first day of the Buzzword readathon and it went ok… I still have a couple of books that I want to read this week so I spent a chunk of this morning reading those. One is a library hold that I am part way through and want to finish as soon as I can because someone else has it on hold for when I’m done. I also am really into a book on my Libby app and I don’t want to lose my momentum on that one. But for a first day I feel like I did pretty good. Here is how my day went:

8:00 am

I woke up and didn’t really do much for a couple of hours. My 7 year old slept in until a little after 9 (its spring break this week) so myself and my two other sons just had some quiet time until he woke up. Well, as much quiet time as a 2 year old can manage 🙂 This is when I read those two books I talked about above and also caught up on some Youtube videos. I also just hung out with kids and enjoyed a slow morning with them.

10:00 am

I finally got dressed and got my youngest dressed as well. We then went grocery shopping and came home and put away the groceries. Putting away groceries is one of my least favorite chores. I would much rather put away laundry than put away groceries.

12:18 pm

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I have no intentions of finishing this book durning the readathon but I thought I would include it since it does have a buzzword in the title. This is a really great parenting book and I have already learned so much from it. My 7 year old, Hunter and I sometimes clash and I don’t want to unnecessarily argue with my kids. I also don’t have this problem with my 9 year old so I want to learn a better way to communicate with Hunter. So far it has really opened my eyes to how I’m diminishing his feelings without even realizing it. I will do a full review of this book when I finish it but I thought I would mention it here if you are interested. I will probably only be reading this when I eat my lunch so I’m guessing it will take me at least a couple of months to finish it.

1:05 pm

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My little one goes down for a nap after lunch so I took this time to take some photos for my blog.

1:13 pm

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Once I finished taking pictures I went downstairs to hang out on the couch next to my sleeping son. I started my first official book of the readathon, The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. I got 18% through it before Spencer woke up. I am loving this book so far and I can’t imagine not giving it 5 stars.

4:11 pm

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It was such a beautiful day here that after nap time we hung out outside until dinner. When we lived in the Bay Area we didn’t have a backyard so we are all really loving having one now. I was planning on reading while my kids played but I ended up playing with them. I’m happy we got some good outside time in because the rain is supposed to come back in a couple of days.

6:55 pm

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After we played outside I did some work around the house and made dinner. 7 is when bath/showers start for my boys so I came upstairs to put away some laundry and finish my blog post for Tuesday (which is up now if you want to check it out :)).

7:53 pm

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My husband got home from work around this time so I got myself ready for bed and went downstairs to hang out with my family. My boys usually go to bed at 8 (my oldest reads for awhile before he falls asleep) but we let them stay up until 9 because it’s spring break.  My plan was to read a chunk of Little Fires Everywhere once they were in bed but I only got a couple of chapters in before me and my husband decided to watch Game of Thrones and eat some ice cream. We are on the finale of season 4 and we plan on being done before the last season premieres. Which really cuts into my reading time because most of my reading gets done when the kids are in bed but how does one say no to GoT.

Thats a wrap for day one. I hope you found this interesting or somewhat enjoyable. My days are a lot more go with the flow right now because there is no school or homework that needs to get done. I will see you back here tomorrow for Buzzwordathon day 2. Hopefully I will have gotten a lot more reading done.

Stats:

Little Fires Everywhere: 2 chapters

Nowhere Girls: 34%

~Cassie