Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TTT Freebie Week: Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

TTT this week is a freebie! I want to highlight things that I'm grateful for. With so many changes and challenges happening in life right now it is good to "hit pause" as I say to my students and reflect on the good things.

I am thankful for...

1. My husband. He let me set up my bookcase the way I want and bought extra large bins for my books that don't fit in the bookcase until we can find a place for them. He's been so helpful around the house while I work full time, go to graduate school, and be a wife and a mom. Though sometimes (a lot) he gets on my nerves, I know he loves me and he is doing his best.

2. A new house that we just moved into that has 2 bedrooms so that Baby Jay can have his own room.

3. My school (job). I'm thankful to work here even though some days can be very hard, I am blessed to have a job where I can have fun once in a while (and have holidays and summers off ^_^).

4. Stories of all kinds whether it is a k-drama or a book or a movie or a tv show. I'm so thankful for stories that can take me away and help to get my mind off of things.

5. K-pop. Thank God for k-pop. K-pop makes all bad days better.

6. my shopping addiction.

7. My Baby Jay for being the light of my life. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful baby boy.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Scholastic Book Fair: Day One

Here are some images from day one of the book fair. So excited to go back tomorrow. I've already picked up the first two books in the Last Apprentice series for $5 and Katherine Longshore's Manor of Secrets for $3. What a steal! ^_^

Monday, November 09, 2015

Scholastic Book Fair

EEEPP!!! I'm so excited! it's today, it's today it's today!!! My students think I'm crazy but I'm so psyched. My class is going to the Scholastic Book Fair at our school today, tomorrow (parent's day) and Friday. YAY!

I will keep you posted with all of the goodies they get (and all of the goodies I get) this week ^_^

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Halloween Activities With My Students

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

 TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is a Halloween themed freebie. So here are ten Halloween/Fall activities I love to do with my students. 

1. Door Decorating contest! The kids wanted a zombie graveyard ^_^. Here is what our door looks like this year: 

2. Staff costume contest. This year I have 7 paraprofessionals in my class plus me. We decided to dress up as Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts: Jupiter, Venus, and Mars and Chibi Moon. 

3. Writing spooky stories: The students are either writing their own stories or using this website: to create their stories. Then they are designing a book cover for their story. We are putting them in an anthology and sending it home to parents. 

4. PARTY! We are having a Harvest party tomorrow as an alternative for the students that do not celebrate Halloween. The kids are bringing in cupcakes and things and they will be reading their spooky stories. 

5. On Friday the whole school goes all out and there is a haunted house and a dance with a student costume contest. 

6. Decorating the classroom. We made a huge tree with tons of leaves. The kids made baskets of apples and corn. Lots of color for the fall season. 

7. Pumpkin decorating. The kids love this one and they get so creative with it! 

That's all I can think of for now. ^_^ 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Baby Jay's Winter TBR list

Yes, I know he doesn't read much yet BUT he loves for me to read to him and he likes to look at the pictures. His board books are his favorite toys. So here is a list of books on our mama and son TBR list.

Llama Llama, Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boyton
Counting Christmas by Karen Katz
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z 
Eating the Alphabet y Lois Ehlert
Hello Ninja by N.D. Wilson

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ten Wishes I'd Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

TTT peoples!!! I am so pumped for this week. This week is: Top ten wishes I'd ask the Book Genie to grant me. 

Dear Book Genie, please...

1. let me come by Winter and Heartless very soon. I'm almost done with Cress and the idea of waiting is already getting to me.

2. let my husband understand my love for books. I will never stop buying books and he needs to have patience with me.

3. give me book shelves and shelving space... I just moved to a new apartment and I need a way to display my books and arrange them so I can have access to them and the baby cannot (I have a little Tarzan).

4. let me be able to read all of the books on my never ending TBR list before I die.

5. give me the strength and patience to read the Game of Thrones series so I can talk about it with my husband.

6. let my husband be open to other books aside from Game of Thrones so we can have more to talk about.

7. let my son keep up his love for books so it can be something we share. He is so adorable with his board books and how he sits and concentrates on every page like he's reading.

8. give me the patience with my new class this year and the book reports I have to read.

9. give me a book that I absolutely love and need on my bookshelves. I haven't come across one in a while and it's very disappointing.

10. help me come up with a TBR list for the winter season that I can cuddle with while the baby naps.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

editing blog

Please excuse blog appearance. I'm having trouble with this layout and I need to make some edits.

Thank you.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Top Ten Author Duos I'd Love to See Write a Book Together

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
 TTT again. This week is a good one: Top ten author duos I'd love to see write a book together. I don't know if some of these have collaborated yet, but these are sort of the match-ups I would like to see. 

1. Laurie Halse Anderson and David Levithan OR Laurie Halse Anderson and John Green 
YA realistic fiction at it's finest. 

2. Jennifer E. Smith and Susane Colasanti 
Feel good YA with multiple POV. I think these two would be a good match. 

3. Lili St. Crow and Kendare Blake 
For the little horror lovers in us all. 

4. Marissa Meyer and Rosamund Hodge 
Dark fantasy with lust and romance. 

5. Katie M. Stout and Stephanie Perkins
Yes. I went there... I just want to see what would happen. I want to see what they would come up with. 

6. Jackson Pearce and Alex Flinn 
For fairytale retellings with a little bubblegum pop 

7. Elizabeth Scott and Deb Caletti 
YA realistic fiction with female leads. I think it would be interesting to see what this combo comes up with. 

8. Holly Black and Melissa Marr 
Holly Black and Julie Kagawa 
Julie Kagawa and Melissa Marr 
Faeries, faeries and more glorious dark, sexy faeries. 

9. Gayle Forman and Rainbow Rowell. 
Eleanor and Park meets Where She Went

Monday, October 12, 2015

From The Library: October

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts. But since I've been getting all of my books from the library lately, it seems most appropriate to share out.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.

Usually it hurts to wait, but considering I'm reading a series it's ok. I just hope they get here as soon as a finish the previous books. 

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

What books have you borrowed from the library this month?

Review: Pointe

title: pointe
author: brandy colbert
book birthday: april 10,2014
rating: 2 stars

blurb from goodreads:

Theo is better now.

She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she's been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.

 This was not a book for me. I thought it would have been interesting to read a book about an African American ballerina with more than the typical eating disorder issues but this was just dull. 

This was not a mystery, thriller or kidnapping story. This is a coming of age story about Theo coming to terms with the fact that bad stuff happened to her and for her to find some healing. 
I didn't like Theo. I wanted interaction with Donovan and spent the whole book waiting and it didn't come until close to the end of the book. I wanted more dance and less boyfriend drama. Don't get me wrong, I did feel for her character, she had went through a lot during her teen years. Her story is a sad one, but it dragged and was kind of boring in some parts. It felt like just someone with teen angst sometimes. 

I did like the book more toward the end. It was slow, very slow moving beginning into the middle. After the climax it was fast paced and interesting.  The trial was the most interesting part for me. Once all the connections about the ex boyfriend happened and Theo started to see how messed up things would be if she didn't speak up the story got better. Another thing is you think that Theo as a ballerina would have been more health conscious other than minding her eating choices. I have heard and read about ballerinas smoking but it was kind of weird for me, like ballerinas gone wild.

There were so many characters that were introduced but not followed up on. Like the girl that Theo confided in that I seriously cannot remember her name. She was an important in Theo's story but she was never fully developed. Also, Theo's relationships were never fully expanded on. We know she slept around, became "the other woman" but all of that seemed pointless in the overall story. I definitely skimmed those parts wanting more of the mystery and backstory between Theo and Donovan.

Bonus points for being a POC novel about an African American ballerina in a small town. The subject was wonderfully addressed in Pointe.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Top Ten Bookish Things I Have Stopped/Want to Stop

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is: Top ten bookish things I have stopped or want to stop.

Have Stopped:

1. Forcing myself to finish books I'm not enjoying.
Yea, this one took me a while. I used to skip to the end to see if I would be impressed. Sometimes reading the ending worked and I would be like "Oh crap! How did they get there?!" and I would finish reading. That hasn't happened so much lately. I think I just don't have the time or the patience.

2. Not reading the classics
I've kind of given up on this one.

3. Trying to finish a series when I've lost interest
Again, I think I just don't have the time or the patience and I want to read something that will keep me awake on the train.

4. Reading books because they're popular in the YA community.
I've decided if a book doesn't catch my interest then I won't read it until I'm ready instead of jumping on the bandwagon and reading it on it's book birthday.

Want to stop:

5. Adding books to my TBR list that I know I'll never read.
Like the Game of Thrones series...

6. Caring what people think of my blog posts or of what I'm reading.
I like fantasy, a lot. I also like cheesy romances once in a while.

7. Putting books on hold from the library that I have to wait more than  a month for and when I'm finally able to read them I've lost interest.
Yea, not sure if this one will stop. It's going to be a hard one to break.

8. Buying physical books
I will NEVER stop, but I know it annoys my husband because he says we don't have the space so I have thought of stopping once or twice.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Shadow Queen

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's "can't-wait-to-read" is:

title: the shadow queen 
author: r.j. redwine
book birthday: february 23, 2016 

blurb from goodreads: 

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR list

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR list. (pictures to be added later. this computer is giving me trouble -_-)

1-4. Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
       Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter

5. Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

6. Soundless by Richelle Mead

7. What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

8. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

For December: 

9. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

10. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished Yet

Top Ten Tuesday again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week is: Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished Yet.

1. Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I read the first book and haven't gotten into the series. I think the movie kind of ruined it for me. 

2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Loved the first three books in the series. I read the fourth and thought "whyyyyy?!" I am one of those that thinks the series was good as a trilogy. 

3. Hush Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
I read the first 3 in the series a while back but got bored waiting for the last book in the series to come out and I forgot about it. It may be time to re-read this series. 

4. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
I started Allegiant and got bored reading the first few chapters... then a coworker told me everything and I haven't gone back. 

5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
I don't know why I haven't revisited this series because I loved the first book. Another one I must re-read to see where the story goes. 
6. Tales of Beauty and Madness series by Lili St. Crow
I am currently reading the third book Kin. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves fairytale retellings. 

7. The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima
I read the first three in the series when I was in early college. Now that there is more to the story, I have to re-read the series and buy the next two! 

8. The Syrena Trilogy by Anna Banks
Of Neptune is on my TBR list. I will probably be reading it after I finish the Tales of Beauty and Madness series. 

9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I KNOW! Why haven't I continued reading this series?! Another one I MUST read this year. 

Looks like the rest of this year is going to be spent on reading and completing series. I need to focus because I like to read holiday themed books around the holidays ^_^ Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Winterspell by Claire Legrand are on my TBR list for the holiday season. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Tell the Wind and Fire

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's "can't-wait-to-read" is:

title: tell the wind and fire
author: sarah rees brennan
book birthday: april 5, 2016

blurb from goodreads:
Tell the Wind & Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone.

The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life…

Tell the Wind and Fire is a retelling of the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens