WWW Wednesday 21

Hello! It’s late, and today has been a crazy day, so I’m going to go straight into my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words, and how it works is each week I answer three questions:

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WWW Wednesday 20

Hello and happy national tell a fairy tale day! Anyways, right now I’m back with my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words, and how it works is each week I answer three questions:

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WWW Wednesday 19

Hello and happy Wednesday, everybody! Tonight has been pretty crazy for me, and I have a french grammar test tomorrow, but right now is time for WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words, and how it works is each week I answer three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani and The Teacher’s Funeral, by Richard Peck.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently reread It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas, the Novice, by Taran Matharu and Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements. I also finally finished Crooked Kindom, by Leigh Bardugo which was so so so so sad, but incredibly written.

If you want to see all the books I’ve read so far this year, check out my Goodreads, where I (mostly) keep up with all the books I read.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next, I really want to reread both The List, by Patricia Forde and Frogkisser, by Garth Nix.

*I also was experimenting with a different style of featured image in this post and the last one, so I’d love to hear what you think about that. I’m also going to be experimenting with redoing my blog’s graphics, keeping them kind of similar, but a little different? I’ll figure it out. But anyways, that should be happening in the next couple of days.

What are you currently reading? What do you think about my blog’s old graphics vs the new ones I’m trying out? Chat with me in the comments below! I’d love to hear your opinion!

Happy Reading,

Aria

WWW Wednesday 18

Hello, and happy Wednesday! Today was the semi-final of OBOB, which is a reading competition that I’m participating in, and I won the battle so tomorrow I will be in the final which is very exciting, but also stressful because I’m the spokesperson and I will have to speak in front of everyone who shows up. (That’s 6th, 7th and 8th graders plus teachers and so yeah, it’s a lot.) Today was also my last day of algebra finals, which I’m glad to be done with!

Anyways… Right now, it’s time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On a World of Words, and how it works is each week I answer three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am still currently reading Crooked Kindom, although I have made a lot of progress. I am rereading the Novice, by Taran Matharu, and The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently reread The Only Road, by Alexandra Diaz, House Arrest, by K. A. Holt, and Hattie Ever After, by Kirby Larson. I listened to Hattie Ever After, and the person who reads it is really good.

If you want to see all the books I’ve read so far this year, check out my Goodreads, where I (mostly) keep up with all the books I read.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next, I think I’ll read Black Radishes, by Susan Lynn Meyer, reread It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas, and The Teacher’s Funeral, by Richard Peck! I’m keeping my weekly TBR the exact same because I didn’t actually get to any of the books above!

What are you currently reading? What do you plan to read next? Have you read any of the books in this post? Chat with me in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

November Wrap Up

Hey! I can’t believe it’s already December; the season of holidays and snow! (haha it doesn’t snow in Eugene in December) I am so excited for winter break, and fun fact: Hanukkah falls right over Christmas this year!

Anyways, November has been a crazy month, but I actually managed to read quite a few books, so here’s my hopefully mostly complete list of the books I read in the past month, and by TBR (to be read) for the next month.

Books I read:

My TBR:

In December, I’m going to continue to reread the OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) books, but I there are also some books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. I actually either own or borrowed from the library all of the books on my TBR, so here’s a picture of them, and a list of the titles:

  • The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak
  • Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Pox Party, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing #1, by M. T. Anderson
  • The Giant Pumpkin Suite, by Melanie Heuisier Hill
  • Girl on a Wire, by Gwenda Bond
  • The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell
  • For Black Girls Like me, by Mariama J. Lockington
  • All the Answers, by Kate Messner
  • Orange for the Sunsets, by Tina Athaide

That TBR and rereading the OBOB books is a lot, but I am going to try!

Posts I want to Write:

This month, I want to write:

  • 3: Top Ten Tuesday
  • 4: WWW Wednesday
  • 3 4: Let’s Talk Bookish
  • 4: Book Reviews

That’s 15 posts, which is a lot, but I really want to post more, especially book reviews, because even though they are the hardest posts to write, they are still really fun, and I enjoy it a lot!

So, that pretty much wraps up my month in books, so I hope you all have an amazing December!

Happy Reading!

The Novice, by Taran Matharu

This is the first actual review that I’ve done in almost a month, and I’m going to try to start writing at least a paragraph or two on each book that I read, but for now, my thoughts on The Novice.

To be honest, I wasn’t actually that excited to read it in the first place. It seemed a lot like a bunch of other, mediocre books that I’ve read. The Novice is about a boy named Fletcher, an orphan who was working as a blacksmith’s apprentice, and discovers that he has the ability to summon demons.

He ends up going to a school where he learns to harness those powers and learns spells and magic. The students train all year for an ending battle of duels, where the winners will be chosen to become high ranking officers in the ongoing fight against the orcs on the elven front.

The part that I liked the best about this book, was actually the middle section. The first part started out, not really slow, but not really making a lot of sense, and not really fitting together well.

The middle part, however, was fast paced, intriguing, and really made the first part make way more sense.

The ending was disappointing. I knew that the Novice was part of a series called Summoner, but the way that it ended was a total cliff hanger. It was a hanging-by-one-hand-off-the-steep-side-of-Mount Everest hanger. It was really annoying that it ended like that!

I did read the sneak peek at the next book, but that didn’t actually start right where the last book had left off. Personally, I would have loved to have the second book in the trilogy the second I finished the Novice, but sadly, I didn’t have it with me.

So, in conclusion, I would recommend the Novice if you enjoy reading books with fantasy elements like spells, demons, orcs, elves, dwarves, and books involving a select few with a special power used to protect the rest.

What do you think? Have you read this book before? Do you like cliff hangers, or do you prefer when books end with the main conflicts resolved?

Chat with me in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. How it works is I answer 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Novice, by Taran Matharu

I’m not that far in, but it has surprised me so far. I didn’t think it looked great, but it’s actually okay!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas, and The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani. I’m fairly certain that I read another book, but I don’t remember what it is…

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next, I’m going to read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, and Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay. I just got copies of both of them, and I’m really excited to read both of them!

Thats it, so

Happy Reading!