Buzzwordathon Day 6

I contemplated all day if I should post this because day 6 was a complete fail :< It was a thunderstorm and hail kind of a day which just puts me into the mood to lay on the couch and watch tv all day. Although, instead of doing that I got sucked into a Reddit vortex instead. Which is also irritating because if I was going to be reading I should have been reading my readathon books. I don’t often have lazy days though so I’m trying to not beat myself up too much about it. That does mean that I’m probably only going to finish the 3 books that I have already read earlier since I have lots of stuff planned for Sunday.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I read a whole 6 pages of this. I think this book is superbly written and I have so many thoughts on this but I feel like they are half formed because I only know a little more than half the story. I definitely feel like you could administer a personality test based on who you think the baby belongs to. Ng does an incredible job of not taking sides and just leaving it up the reader to decide. I’m also really annoyed at the character of Izzy. I don’t understand her intense rudeness to others. Well, her mom I understand but not the way she talks to strangers and family friends. I also can’t believe this book was written in 2017 and yet perfectly captures 1997.

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillian

I only read 4% more of this book. I remember hearing this book has a great ending and I have an idea of what I want to happen and I can’t wait to see if I’m right. I don’t want to say what it is in case I’m right or close to right and accidentally spoil someone. I will say at 11% into this that I can’t imagine anyone who enjoys thrillers not liking this book.

Books Completed: 3

My new goal is to hopefully have these two books finished by the time I post my readathon wrap up on Tuesday. Hopefully day 7 is a much better reading day.

~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 4

This is going to be the shortest update ever but I didn’t do much reading this day.

Home is Where the Bark Is by Stella St.Claire

I finished this one! This was a super fun read. I will be doing another collection of mini reviews on Saturday and this book will be included in that post. In case you don’t want to check that out I will let you know now that I gave this book four stars. There are two more books that our already out in this series and I want to try to find them at my library.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 

I only read one chapter of this. I’m still liking it and I still have no idea who the adoption story centers around. I saw that Reese Witherspoon said this is a great book about motherhood which I can completely understand. I haven’t really been prioritizing this book but I do plan on finishing it before the readathon is over.

Books Completed: 2

Sorry this is so short. I feel confident that I will have a more productive Day 5.

~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