Monthly Archives:: May 2015

May 31

Sundays in Bed With… Nowhere But Here

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

Nowhere But HereToday I’m reading Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry. I haven’t met a McGarry book I didn’t like, but this one makes me a bit nervous as I’m not sure how I feel about Motorcycle Gangs. I know they aren’t the bad kind (I also know that in real life most cyclists do not belong to gangs that are bad) but I’ve never ventured into this territory before so I’m not sure how I feel about that aspect. But we shall see. I’m 3 chapters in and so far it’s good!

 

 

I’m also listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was in a bit of a reading slump and my friend Katie recommend jumping into a HP book to kick the slump and it worked! I’m really enjoying it two as this is only my third time through this book.

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


May 29

Best Letter I’ve Ever Seen

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As the end of the school year approaches I had my students write a “Dear Future Geometry Student” letter. This letter needed to include a variety of things: Expectations, favorite thing, advice, etc. I received several great letters (and sadly a few bad ones as well) but this one absolutely did me in.

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Kimberly


May 26

Review * Joyride by Anna Banks

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Joyride by Anna BanksJoyride by Anna Banks
Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

What I Thought…

• Joyride is quite a bit different from Banks’ Of Poseidon series. Joyride focuses on Carly, whose parents have been deported and no one knows she’s just living with her brother and Arden, the rich kid who lost his sister.

• Their paths cross in a unique way one night as Arden tries to scare his grandfather away from drinking. I liked that Arden addressed the issue that until that night he didn’t know Carly existed, even though they went to the same school and had a few of the same classes. Carly did go out of her way to remain invisible, but

• Carly and her brother are working hard to earning the money to get her parents brought back. They aren’t doing it the legal way and things don’t exactly go as planned.

• Arden blames is father for his sisters death as he wouldn’t acknowledge her mental illness. This made me real sad, but I also know that this is how people sometimes react. Arden’s mother is torn between dealing with her daughters death and taking medicine to forget. Arden does everything he can to not do what his father expects.

• One night Carly and Arden go on a joyride, which sets in motion a chain of events that effects not only Carly and Arden but their families as well. It unfolded fairly fast, but that didn’t detract from how wonderfully it was written.

• Banks has a way with words. Everything from start to finish flows and weaves in and out beautifully.

Overall Joyride packed an emotional punch that I wasn’t expecting and left me with warm fuzzies at the end.

Kimberly


May 26

Top Ten Tuesday * Beach Reads!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Books I’m taking to the beach this summer.

I’m not actually sure that I’m going to make it to the beach this year, but I love beach reads! Summer is perfect for the light and fluffy and fun, though I like some serious thrown in there too.

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These are some of the books I plan on hitting up this summer, which for me begins in THREE WEEKS!!!!

Kimberly


May 19

Feeling Validated

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Throughout both my first and second year teaching I’ve loved doing it. It’s had it’s hard and stressful moments for sure, but overall I couldn’t be happier making this change. As my second year of teaching comes to a close I can say that I finally feel validated in my the career choice.

Every year our students take the state mandated SOL tests. Last year was rough for me. It was only my first year teaching, but there is a lot of pressure on students and teachers on these tests, and it didn’t go particularly well for me. My Geometry pass rate was 60%, under the state recommended pass rate of 70%. My fellow teachers were very supportive and reminded me constantly that as a first year teacher I was not expected to have the same scores as veteran teachers, but it still stings. I like to be successful at the things I do!

This year has also had it’s ups and downs but teaching the same thing for a second year helped a lot in terms of how I understood the material and my ability to explain it to students.

I still have one class left to test, but for my other two classes my pass rate is 78%!! I could not be more excited!!! I finally feel like I do actually know what I am doing!

Kimberly


May 17

Oh the Places You’ll Go… Changes are Coming!

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RTB2Blogging has been hard lately. I just don’t seem to have much to say in the way of books. I’m not interested in writing reviews, Top Ten Tuesdays or feature posts… or anything really. I’m still reading, quite a bit actually, but I’m not keeping up with Feedly nor commenting on other people’s blogs. I wish I could say that it’s a time thing, but it’s not, I just don’t have the desire.

I’ve thought long and hard about what I want to do with this blog. I’ve considered stopping, but that made me a little sad as I love my little blog (which I know is weird to say when I’m having trouble with it). Rather than stop I’ve decided to make it more of an eclectic blog. I realize that that might not be what people are looking for, but that’s ok, this blog is for me anyway.

I have other things to talk about. As a high school teacher I have plenty of stories (cute and ridiculous) and ideas that I could share. I have things I want to share about my home improvement stuff. I’ve also been working on a very personal post that I’m not quite ready to share yet, but come hell or high water I will be sharing it in June!

I hope to be able to put together some things this summer that will be awesome. I know I will have the time, it’s the desire I’m worried about.

I’ve been blogging for over three years now and that is quite a bit of time, but things have changed, including me. I don’t have the desire to own all the books like I did before (I’ve culled a large amount of books). I’ve made serious use of my library’s ebook/eaudiobook collection (I always look there first before purchasing).

Another sign things are changing… I’m not even that upset that I couldn’t go to BEA this year. To be honest, I’m glad I’m not going. The other two times I went I read less than half of the books that I got. Cost to benefit ratio of attending BEA is very low for me.

I’m not even in to book signings that much. I had fun at the last one that I went to, but a good part of that was the company I kept more than the authors that were there.

I’ll still be reading (forever), there were still be books on this blog, I’m just not sure how much. There will be other things too. Not sure of how much either. Basically, I’m winging it!

I hope that everyone understands, and enjoys the new posts that will be coming your way!

Kimberly


May 11

Bout of Books Challenge – Bookish Survey

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BoB-200x200-NodateThe first challenge of Bout of Books is here and I’m actually ready. *Pats self on back*

The Bookish Survey is hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale.

1. How do you organize your shelves?

I have one shelf for my Mass Market Paperbacks, one for Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers and one for my TBR books. All are alphabetized by author because that’s how I roll.

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

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This is a tough one, but I think I’ll go with Pivot Point by Kasie West, but there are other contenders.

 

 

 

3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

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All Played Out by Cora Carmack. It was exactly what I needed when I read it.

 

 

 

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?

False Memory by Dan Krokos. I started reading False Memory in the beginning of April and lost it, but I spent yesterday finding it so it’s all good now!

5. What book do you recommend the most?

I know this is going to sound a little crazy, but I don’t actually recommend a lot of books, and when I do recommend books it’s based on what I think someone would like more than pushing just one book at people. With that said, I would say the two books I’ve generally recommend the most are Gone Girl and Ready Player One.

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Kimberly


May 07

Bout of Books 13 – Bring It On!

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what I say here, because things change anyway, but it’s standardized testing week at my school which means I won’t have any work to do outside of school because there will be nothing to grade!

My Goals

To read. Have fun. Maybe participate in a twitter chat.

Books to Read

  • Finish: False Memory (if I can find it!)
  • Finish: Every Last Breath (audio)
  • June Release Books: The Revenge Playbook, Can’t Fight This Feeling, Kiss Me, Miss Match Under the Lights
  • The Heir (because I know it will only take a hot minute to read this)
  • Whatever I feel like

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Kimberly


May 04

Review * Wrong About the Guy by Claire LaZebnik

Reviews 2 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Borrowed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Wrong About the Guy by Claire LaZebnikWrong About the Guy by Claire LaZebnik
Published by HarperTeen on April 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Claire LaZebnik's latest twist on a beloved classic asks the age old question: Could the girl who knows everything be wrong about the guy?

As the stepdaughter of a TV star, Ellie Withers has it all: an amazing house in LA, a devoted friend who loved her before she even knew who Ellie’s stepfather was, and a burgeoning romance with handsome Aaron Marquand. But Ellie isn't the kind of person who’s content with simply having it all—the people in her life have to be equally happy. And, of course, she knows exactly what they need.

When Ellie’s plans for her family, her friends, and even her love life don’t turn out the way she imagined, she begins to wonder if maybe she could stand to learn a thing or two after all. Most surprising, though, is that the perfect person to teach her is the last person she'd expect.

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Kimberly


May 02

April In Review

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April was a crazy month for me. It was spring break and my dad came for a visit, which was awesome. I bought a new heat pump, which was not awesome. I was able to read more than I anticipated I would be able to, which was awesome. My refrigerator started leaking, which was not awesome. That’s pretty much how my month went.

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New Books

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From Netgalley

Can’t Fight This Feeling by Christie Ridgway

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Purchased

All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Asa by Jay Crownover

Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

Fall With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout

Upcoming in May

Some changes!

 

 

Kimberly