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White Cat by Holly Black

The Curse Workers #1.Margaret McElderry(Jan. 2010)Library
Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn't fit in at home or at school, so he's used to feeling like an outsider. He's also used to feeling guilty; he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.
But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas and a plan to con the conmen.

Okay so White Cat felt so out of the box for me. Con artists, gangsters, and a completely new world where magical powers were real. Those magical powers might have been real, but people with them were not accepted. Mostly "curse workers" were hated and feared which is nothing new with fantasy books. The idea of curse workers on the other hand is a wholly new idea that cou…

All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry

Standalone. Viking Books (Sep. 2013) Own
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.

Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.

But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

I really wanted to read All the Truth That's in Me when I saw it's cover. You get to feel and see…

#FitReaders: May 29th 2015 Check-In

#FitReaders: Major improvement in my water intake and a small improvement in my exercise. I'm going to try slowly but surely to get back to the amount I was doing earlier this year.

Friday, May 15th, 2015:
Fitness Blender Fast Abs Kelli's Abs and Upper Body Strength Training Workout 64 oz of water
Saturday, May 16th, 2015:
20 minutes of walking 64 oz of water
Sunday, May 17th, 2015:
5 Minute Butt and Thigh Workout 72 oz of water
Monday, May 18th, 2015:
64 oz of water
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015:
25 minutes of walking 64 oz of water
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015:
32 oz of water
Thursday, May 21st, 2015:
25 minutes of walking 32 oz of water
How did you do this week?

Audiobooks for Beginners

I've listened to three (edit: four) audiobooks in my life. I know that's not a lot compared to others, however, I've learned a lot on what really great audiobooks have in common. This is my humble opinion to what I think beginner audiobook listeners should know in order to choose the right book. Here's a little back story on my experience with audiobooks:

I decided to give audiobooks a chance after seeing several bloggers listen to and enjoy their audiobooks. The first audiobook I listened to I wasn't really interested in. It was kind of boring to be honest. This year I'm participating in an audiobook challenge in order to give audiobooks a second chance. They have grabbed my attention, made me laugh, made me cry, and left me wanting more.

As you can see so far my luck has been really good with audiobooks. In fact, my experience has inspired me to write about what makes a good audiobook in my eyes. I'd love to know from expert and novice audiobook listener…

Made of Stars by Kelley York

Standalone. Entangled Teen (Oct. 2013) NetGalley
When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance's quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

Then someone turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance's family. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent...they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?

My initial thoughts before I read M…

10 Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

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

Books in my beach bag are any books that I think I'll absolutely love because everything's better at the beach!

Don't Look Back - I know this plot well - girl get amnesia and becomes a better person - unfortunately the book I read with the same plot was horrible. Everyone loves this on Goodreads so I'm looking for redemption.
Unbreakable - Secret societies, ghosts, and demons all by Kami Garcia.
Darkness Becomes Her - I love looking through the eyes of a character who is different, but being someone who is feared without knowing who you are - that's the interesting part.
The Sea of Tranquility - This is sure to hit me hard. A girl who doesn't speak and a boy who has lost everyone. 
The Selection - I need to read this book already. It's sure to be amazing.
Faking Normal -Another one that is sure to hit me hard.
I Was Here - I just like sad books don't I?
Something Real - Com…

Honey by Sarah Weeks Read by Rebecca Soler

Standalone. Scholastic (Jan. 2015) Library
Melody never knew her mother. She died just after Melody was born, and it's been just her and her father for nearly eleven years now. Compared to the stories she's heard of her mother's remarkable personality, Melody feels completely unremarkable.

And then her father starts acting mysterious. Determined to figure out what's wrong, Melody follows some leads to a nail salon, where she makes new friends, and even finds an old one from her mother's past. But friends aren't enough when Melody discovers that she's going to get a new stepmother, one she detests.

And what she wishes for more than anything . . . is to have her mother to talk to. So much for an eleventh birthday surprise, right?

Told with a generous helping of heart and humor as only Sarah Weeks can, HONEY tells the sweet story of a girl whose eleventh birthday brings the most important gift of all.

You know that song "You Are My Sunshine"? It's lyr…

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale // An Audiobook Review

Books of Bayern #1.Blackstone Audio(Feb. 2013) Library
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. 
Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.

So this was my very first experience with an audiobook that I enjoyed. This is a really long book to listen to. I'm so smart that I can't do anything, but listen to a book. I can't …

#FitReaders: May 22nd, 2015 Check-In

#FitReaders: I got about as much as I did last time... I'm going to really make myself do more this week since I feel like I'm doing as much as I used to do before FitReaders. I did have my vegan day this week wich was really good. It was mostly a lot of pasta and fruit. I'm trying to do more than one-day eating vegan and seeing how it goes. Wish me luck!

Friday, May 15th 2015:
48 oz of water
Saturday, May 16th 2015:
48 oz of water
Sunday, May 17th 2015:
32 oz of water
Monday, May 18th 2015:
32 oz of water
Tuesday, May 19th 2015:
20 minutes of walking 32 oz of water
Wednesday, May 20th 2015:
54 oz of water
Thursday, May 21st 2015:
25 minutes of walking 74 oz of water
How did you do this week?

Bout of Books #13: Wrap-Up

Total Books Read: 4

All of these books were really good. I especially loved Made of Stars. I fell in love with that story.

Pages Read: 1238

Total Reviews Completed: 3

I had such a great time this Bout of Books. How did you do?

Blog Ahead Wrap-Up

Blog Ahead is officially over. Let's see how I did:
June Posts Coming Up:
June 2015 Reading Road Trip Link-Up June 2015 Plans Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea by Teresa Bateman Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed by J.C. Phillipps Wild Born (Spirit Animals) by Brandon Mull The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh Enchanted by Althea Kontis
I'm pretty happy with how much I was able to write these past two weeks especially since above are only the June posts I have planned. I made sure I was completely set with May before I got to my June posts so I have so much more free time to continue to blog ahead. I do not have to think about planning for May which is great since I can focus on school more.
May Posts Coming Up:
Made of Stars by Kelley York
Honey by Sarah Weeks Read by Rebecca Soler
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale // An Audio Book Review
Audio Books for Beginners
All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry
Ten Books I Plan to Have in My Beach Bag This Summer
White Cat by Holly…

#FitReaders: May 15th, 2015 Check-In

#FitReaders: I walked more this week than I have in a while. I wish I would have done more strength training though. I need to work on balancing my workouts each week with my other responsibilities.
Friday, May 8th 2015:
100 Rep Lunge Challenge 64 oz of water
Saturday, May 9th 2015:
48 oz of water
Sunday, May 10th 2015:
35 minutes of walking 48 oz of water
Monday, May 11th 2015:
Strong, Lean, Toned Arms 48 oz of water
Tuesday, May 12th 2015:
20 minutes of walking 48 oz of water
Wednesday, May 13th 2015:
48 oz of water
Thursday, May 14th 2015:
25 minutes of walking
24 oz of water

How did you do this week?

Release Day Blitz: The Fever by Megan Abbott

Title: The Fever
Author: Megan Abbott
Pub. Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 336 
Find it: Amazon, Barnes &Noble, iBooks, Goodreads
The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, The Fever affirms Megan Abbot's reputation as "one of the most exciting and ori…

Bout of Books #13: Challenges

I'll be doing Bout of Books differently this time around. This will be where I'll be posting challenges each day so you can check back here and see what challenges I'm doing if you like. I will also have a separate post for my book progress. These two posts will be up all week. I'll be adding reviews once Bout of Books is over.

Bookish Survey
Hosted over @ Writing My Own Fairy Tale

1) How do you organize your bookshelves?
I have two bookshelves and some shelves that circle around half my room. On those shelves I mostly books I have yet to read. I just put the extra books I couldn't fit in my bookshelves there.
On my smaller bookshelf I have most of my favorite books including a whole shelf for all of my Rick Riordan books. 
On my larger shelf I have an array of books that might not be as special to me as the ones on my smaller bookshelf. Although, I do have newer books on there and some other favorite series of mine including the Grimm Sisters and the Series of Unfort…

Bout of Books #13: TBR + Progress

My to be read list for the Bout of Books Read-a-thon includes:

The Truth About Twinkie Pie - Food books make me happy
Enchanted - Finally going to read this.
The Sledding Hill - Fits my Reading Road Trip Challenge requirement.
Where Things Come Back- Fits my Reading Road Trip Challenge requirement.
Monstrous - This is going to be epic.
Red Glove - Continuation of Curse Worker trilogy. I hate Cassel's mom already.
Black Heart - Continuation of Curse Worker trilogy. Please be okay Cassel.
Right Behind You- Fits my Reading Road Trip Challenge requirement.
Elsewhere - This ones going to be amazing, I know it.
Liesl & Po - Lauren Oliver!

I'll be happy if I get around to reading five of these books.

I'll be doing Bout of Books differently this time around. This will be where I'll be updating my progress each day so you can check back here and see how I'm doing if you like. I will also have a separate post for challenges I participate in. These two posts will be up all week. I…

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you all have a wonderful day. I'm heading out to the beach with my mom for a day of relaxation. Remember to appreciate the mother figures and women in your life that have shaped you today. Love those that love you!
Do you have anything special planned today?

#FitReaders: May 8th, 2015 Check-In

#FitReaders: I wish I would have gotten more done this week yet I'm still happy with what I was able to do. It's going to be harder next week with my Summer class, but I'll try my best to keep up with my workouts. I also want to make sure I run next week which I haven't done in a while. 

This week I tried out doing a vegan day which was interesting because I don't know how to cook. I didn't plan as well as I should have and I think it'll go better next time. I did learn how to make spaghetti which is actually easier than I expected. I know with further days like this I'll learn to cook, prepare meals, and plan meals for myself like an adult. 

I experimented with a smoothie for my breakfast: two bananas, one mango, almond milk, and spinach. It tastes better than my last smoothie I tried making (raspberries have too many seeds...) and it tasted good but, it was too cold for me and felt a little weird. I think I'll just stick to eating the actual fruit a…

My Song Journal

I've been recently thinking about this book - Songs for a Teenage Nomad. In it the protagonist, Calle, has a song journal where she links a song with a memory. So I decided to give it a whirl. First, here are some examples from the book:
Get Out the Map
"... the air smelling like honeysuckle, I dangle my arm from the passenger window, aware only of the honeysuckle air, Indigo Girls on a scratchy radio, and a white sun. And that everything we own has been packed into the back of a battered orange mini van... again..."

Perfect Blue Buildings
"... Mom plays Counting Crows all morning in the yellow light of the apartment. I am a shadow lingering about her. She looks through me, wanders the rooms. The curtains are drawn tight against a brown LA sky. Ted is late again, and Mon cries while she sings..."

Here's how I did:
Dancing Queen
"Listening to the Dancing Queen next to my dad in the car "Turn it up!" Singing along like I own it. Feelings of twirl…

Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

Standalone. Sourcebooks Fire (September 2010) Own
What is the soundtrack of your life?

After living in twelve places in eight years,Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school...Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance.

Yet before she knows it, friends creep in-as does an unlikely boy with a secret. Calle is torn over what may be her first chance at love. With all that she's hiding and all that she wants, can she find something lasting beyond music? And will she ever discover why she and her mother have been running in the first place?

Songs for a Teenage Nomad is a book that I've been wanting to read for years. It looked like it was similar to my favorite books so I had to read it. I also have love books about music so I knew this was going to be an instant hit for me. What I didn't realize was…