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#FitReaders: October 28, 2016 Check-In

Not the greatest last two weeks. I'm trying to run instead of jog because I've completely just failed at jogging outside after I did so well for seven minutes straight outside. I need to reexamine everything again. So frustrating!!!
Maybe distract myself with music?
Running/Jogging and Walking
Sunday, October 23, 2016 1.33 miles in 23 minutes and 23 seconds  (Calves killed me after this. I forgot I run oddly and felt super-self conscious afterwards...)
Monday. October 24, 2016 1.02 miles in 20 minutes and 11 seconds
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 0.51 miles in 12 minutes and 14 seconds (distance wasn't recorded the whole time)
*I'm thinking I'm just going to have to go for it every day I can. I've been trying to run on my toes for some time just because my dad recommends it to fix my weird run thing. I don't do it the whole time but I feel like I've gone 50 steps backwards when I was doing so well. I know running is different from jogging but I need to be abl…

Grimm Fairy Tales: King Thrushbeard

(This post discusses the story of King Thrushbeard in detail)

Grimm's Fairy Tales has a wide range of fairly tales that aren't just the popular ones which I've either grown to dislike, enjoy, or be extremely indecisive about. I don't know what to make of the "lesson" in King Thrushbeard but I find it highly memorable.
A king had a daughter who was beautiful beyond measure, but so proud and overbearing that none of her suitors were good enough for her; she not only refused one after the other, but made a laughing-stock of them. The main character is a princess who thinks she is amazing and everyone else don't matter. Now the king gets angry with her because she mocks all the suitors so he promises she will marry the next beggar that comes to her house and she has to get married. First of all, I don't condone the whole princess doesn't get to choose who she's married like she's the king's property but it's pretty much what she deserv…

#FitReaders: October 14, 2016 Check-In

Friday, October 7, 2016
2,135 steps
0.719 miles in 14 minutes
Saturday, October 8, 2016
2,063 steps
0.737 miles in 14 minutes
Sunday, October 9, 2016
2,451 steps
0.861 miles in 16 minutes (I made a mistake. Last time I should have jogged five minutes straight but only did four so I went from jogging four minutes straight to six and I can't believe I survived)
Swam 12 laps in pool and played for more than an hour with family in the pool.
Monday, October 10, 2016
6,035 steps
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
1,492 steps
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
3,704 steps
0.949 miles in 18 minutes and 2 seconds
Thursday, October 13, 2016
2,170 steps
Previous Goal: Be jogging 7 minutes straight by next check-in (Missed by one day) I finished this today outdoors and learned a lot. I need to change up my form, actually stretch, and start learning how to breathe. My brother says to jog on my tip toes so I'm going for it tomorrow.
New Goal: Be jogging 10 minutes straight by next check-in
How was your fitness w…

Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside

Volume 1. DC Comics (May 2015) Library
Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles!

Barbara Gordon, daughter to Jim Gordon the detective who famously knows the bat himself, is going to college while living a secret life as Batgirl. She's in a new town called Burnside where there are a lot of tech savvy young adults. That's where somebody has figured out her identity and has sent a swarm of villains after her. In a new modern look by Babs Tarr, Batgirl gets a whole new story that's beautifully drawn and colored.

I love the new look that Barbara has going on …

Traveling on the Open Road

This is a discussion from the Royal Challenge hosted here @ She's Got Books on Her Mind.
If you are a particularly adventurous person you explore new places. You pack a lot of food, clothes, and precautionary items. But what if you are going in a trip and you are a reader? What books would you bring on your trip?
I know what I will bring. My must have books in my traveling bag would be:

A Week in the Woods is not only a favorite of mine but is all about a boy who comes to love nature. There's a big nature trip he prepares for even by reading some classic books by Jack London. 
My Side of the Mountain is all about a boy who starts living in the woods. This book might just come in handy if I need some tips on making friends with a falcon. 
It may seem like I'm going into the woods on this trip but I just may be going from town to town and you know what book is great for that? Safe Haven where a woman is running away from her past. I loved reading this book with my mom and it woul…

Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb

Standalone. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (Nov. 1st, 2016) NetGalley
Return to the magic of Burnett's classic tale with a brand-new character as she discovers a very secret garden.

It's 1939, and the occupants of the Craven Home for Orphaned Children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall, a fancy manor in the English countryside, to escape the Blitz. Emmie would hardly call the orphanage "home," but her heart breaks knowing that leaving Craven means leaving her beloved cat, Lucy. Away from everything she's ever known and trapped in imposing Misselthwaite, Emmie finds herself more miserable than ever.

But soon she starts discovering the secrets of the house-a boy who cries in the night, a diary written by a girl named Mary, and a garden. A very secret garden…

I absolutely loved the 1993 film version of The Secret Garden, My dad just bought it one day and thought I would like it. If I was smart I would have watched it right away. As I watched, I became mesmerized by that…

If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Standalone. Harlequin Teen (Oct. 25, 2016) NetGalley
Readers of Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel from debut author Abigail Johnson, about finding the strength to put yourself back together when everything you know has fallen apart.

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make th…

Books on Her Mind Weekly Recap #3

October has been the greatest blogging time this whole year! I'm working on Blogging Ahead which I've re-planned out. I'm still working on October posts but I'll soon be working on my November posts very soon. 
I'm linking this to The Sunday Post hosted @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Books Read

Phantom Limbs - Return to the Secret Garden - If I Fix You

Challenge Updates

I completed the Goodreads Challenge! I have read more than 150 books this year and have more than 100 books I want to review... I'm planning on working on finishing these reviews the rest of the year and the beginning of next year.

I have also completed the Graphic Novel and Manga Challenge. I decimated it after I read most of Dragon Ball Z.
I've started up #FitReaders again. You can see my last post here. I am training for a 5k and my last program jog/walk was 5 minutes walking, 4 minutes jogging, and then 5 minutes walking. I am on my third week today of the program. I have to expedite …

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Standalone. Atria Books (Nov. 2012) Library
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insin…

Grimm's Fairy Tales: The Frog Prince

(All things Frog Prince are being discussed in detail in this post)

If you ever been read or have read The Frog Prince yourself it has probably been from a collection of a Mother Goose like book. It's the nice version where a princess drops her favorite golden ball down a well and a frog fetches it for her. Now everything is basically the same from the original but I didn't realize how selfish and ridiculous a story can be.

In the original version of The Frog Prince, the girl runs away from the frog forgetting all about her deal with him because she only cares about her golden ball. Basically, this girl is extremely materialistic. Then comes the time where the frog calls out to her and she complains about him to her father. Now I've got to commend this father. He asks her what happened and tells her to do right by the frog who helped her in her time of need. The girl is being really bratty about it but allows the frog to eat from her food and sit by her. Eventually he is …

#FitReaders: October 7, 2016 Check-In

I'm officially on Week 2 of my 5k program. I have to speed it up some if I'm going to be able to complete it before my race. I'm going into the 4 minute jogging without stopping and I'm so scared but excited! I'm such a bad jogger/runner but honestly I've impressed myself. I haven't given up on the jogging parts. I've been pushing through so well. Pretty proud of myself. One day at a time.
Friday, September 30, 2016
3,397 steps
Saturday, October 1, 2016
1,178 steps
Sunday, October 2, 2016
3,217 steps
Monday, October 3, 2016
407 steps

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
2,141 steps
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
6,776 steps (most of the day spent helping with Matthew preparation)
0.647 miles in 13 minutes (3 minute jog)
Thursday, October 6 , 2016 
2,011 steps
0.665 miles in 13 minutes 1 second (3 minutes and 30 second jog)

Goal: Be jogging 7 minutes straight by next check-in
How did you do this week?

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

Standalone. Candlewick (Sept. 13, 2016) NetGalley
How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable …

Going on a Quest

This is a discussion from the Royal Challenge hosted here @ She's Got Books on Her Mind
Everyone knows that for a hero to get their happily ever after they must go on a quest. I'm not talking about a quest to saving a damsel in distress, which is the norm but I like the girls or guys saving the day equally, I'm talking about a quest full of danger, heroics, and destiny. If I were to go on a quest, I would go far and wide to places I can only dream of and places I hope to see one day.
The Quest
First of all, I have to have a reason for this quest. My imagination in this area only goes so far as what I've read and seen in books and movies. But, it's happening to me so it has to be cool and won't have any giant spiders (*cough* *cough* Harry Potter) coming to eat me. So on this quest I plan on....
Saving my kingdom from a villain most foul who seeks to destroy me and the kingdom I love by casting a curse, a sickness spell, on my people. My goal is to find a spell …

If I Should Wake Before I Dream by Brittany Mershon

Book #1. Kindle Direct Publishing (2016) Author/Group
Ever wonder what happens if you die in one of your dreams? Tessa never thought much about her death or her dreams until the night she managed to escape from the mysterious fire that killed her parents. Desperately seeking the truth about what happened that night, Tessa discovers she is revisiting the tragedy every night in her dreams. What she doesn’t realize is that a handsome stranger has his eye on her each time she watches her lake house burn.

Tessa can't escape her dreams of fire and feelings of despair as she tries but fails to save her parents from a fire she doesn't remember how she survived. She's seen as an outcast by her sister and her schoolmates. It's not too surprising since she can't remember how she survived, how the fire started, and that her hair inexplicably turned from blond to bright orange. Things start to unravel when a mysterious boy named Raven inside her dream starts talking to her - in …

Blog Ahead 2016

Hosted @ herding cats & burning soup
The goal is to hunker down for the month of October and increase the number of scheduled posts you have by 30.
I've done Blog Ahead in the past and it has helped me before so I thought I would join in. This will be a little tough on me because I don't have any pre-done posts for October so I am going to have to work through October before I get into November and beyond posts.
Books to Review:
Phantom Limbs by Paula GarnerThe Bone Witch by Rin ChupecoLock & Mori by Heather W. PettyMind Games by Heather W. PettyReturn to the Secret Garden by Holly WebbDead Girls Society by Michelle KrysIf I Fix You by Abigail JohnsonThe Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie WestIf I Dream Before I Wake by Brittany MershonSudden Crush by Camilla IsleyArto's Big Move by Monica ArnaldoHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. RowlingBad Girls Don't Die by Katie AlenderFrom Bad to Cursed by Katie AlenderAs Dead as it Gets by Katie AlenderNursery Rhyme Comics Ba…