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February 2015 Plans

January has come and gone. I've had a great start to 2015. I've exercised and read to my hearts content. I have a lot of reviews I have yet to write and a lot of books I still plan to read. I wasn't able to read a series in January but I was able to read a bunch of books for the Reading Road Trip Challenge and other challenges. I know I'll have many challenges I need to get through in order to keep along this path with school, books, blogging, and exercise but before those happen I want to go back to January and see all I have accomplished.
January Stats
Total Books Read: 19 YA Books: 8 MG/Children's Books: 3 Adult Books: 3 Graphic Novel/Manga: 3 Picture Books: 2
Books that fit into my yearly challenges:
Reading Road Trip Challenge: 7 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge: 5 2015 Monthly Motif Challenge: 1 The Color Coded Reading Challenge: 4 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge: 0 Prequel and Sequel Challenge: 0 Fairytale Challenge: 2 2015 Audiobook Challenge: 1 Snagged @ the Library…

#FitReaders: January 30th 2015 Check-In

#FitReaders: I didn't do so well last week but I killed it most of this week. I made sure to add 0.100 mi. every time I ran/walked this week. It was tough because it was cold this week. Also, I keep on stopping basically on Saturdays and that effects a few days after that. I don't know how not to do that.
Fri/Jan. 23rd:
1.2 mi. walk/jog/run - 19 min. 48 sec.
Upper Back, Arms, and Chest Workout - 23 min.
Intense Abs and Cardio Workout - 12 min.
Restorative Yoga Pilates Workout - 13 min.
60 oz of water
Thoughts: I felt the regret of not working out regularly really quickly into my run. The ab workout did nothing for me. I think I'll just stick to Blogilates for ab exercises because I always feel something with her.

Sat/Jan. 24th:
1.3 mi. walk/jog/run - 20 min. 7 sec.
Cardio and Total Body Toning Boot Camp - 14 min.
Fluid Yoga Stretches for Flexibility and Strength - 15 min.
36 oz of water
Thoughts: I'm doing too much cardio and not enough strength training. I need to keep that in min…

Waiting on Wednesday: Paper Things

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There’s just one problem—Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live.

When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. He and Ari have been "couch surfing," staying with Gage’s friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage’s girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping arou…

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon: Goals and Updates

A Winter's Repite Read-a-Thon is hosted by Seasons of Reading
I want to read everyday. I also want to be able to read three specific books: The Host by Stephanie Meyer, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. 
Monday, January 26th, 2015 Currently Reading: The Host by Stephanie Meyer Pages: 21 Thoughts: I forgot to read! And on the first day. I need to keep up with my reading and my poor show of comments this last week. My goal for tomorrow is to read 150 pages of The Host and catch up on my comments.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015:
Currently Reading: The Host by Stephanie Meyer Pages: 20 Thoughts: Well, I'm reading everyday which was my goal. I'm surprised by how little I'm reading lately.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Currently Reading: The Host by Stephanie Meyer Pages: 9 Thoughts: Another small reading day. I'm going to get a lot done tomorrow since I have time at school.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Currently Reading: The Host by…

Sunday Post: 1/25/15

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
Last week I didn't exercise as much as I wanted to so I've been pushing myself for the last couple of days which has been great although I regretted not exercising regularly very fast into my routine. 

I've been looking at how many reviews I need to do and books I'm planning to read for February and I'm way ahead of the posts I want to. If you didn't notice I went crazy with posts this January. I plan to not go as crazy next February especially because I'm sure school will get more intense since the first two weeks are done. I didn't do a review on Saturday like I planned but I will be reviewing All the Bright Places in February.

Last Week on the Blog:
A Winter's Respite and Other Challenges...Frogged b…

#FitReaders: January 23rd 2015 Check-In

#FitReaders: I did so bad this week! I didn't even record everything like I wanted so I have an overall weekly exercise of walking 70 min and water intake of 276 oz of water. I'm really angry at myself that I didn't do more but I'm just going to have to kick it up a notch this week. I guess school caught up with me? Whatever, I'm going to do awesome next time around.
How was your week?

Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

Standalone. St. Martin's Minotaur (January 2008) Library

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder---four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children’s fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children.
William and Annie’s unexpected savior comes in the form of an old-school rancher teetering on the brink of foreclosure. But as one man against four who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses, Jess Rawlins needs allies, and he knows that one word to the wrong person could seal the fate of the children or their mother. In a town where most of the ranches like his have turned into acres of ranchettes populated by strangers, finding someone to trust won’t be easy.

Blue Heaven is a little out of m…

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Standalone. Greenwillow Books (August 2003) Library
"Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew."

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends. But they weren't -- and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it. Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. A family summer on Cape Cod should help banish those thoughts; instead, they seep in everywhere. And this year Martha's routine at her beloved grandmother's beachside house is complicated by the Manning boys. Jimmy, Tate, Luke, and Leo. But especially Jimmy. What if, what if, what if, what if? The world can change in a minute. 

I was startled by the summary of Olive's Ocean. It's been so long since I wanted to read it that I completely forgot what the book was about or maybe I never knew. The co…

Waiting on Wednesday: Villain Keeper

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

Unexpected magic, villainous teachers, and dragons in disguise await readers in the first book of a delightful new tween adventure series by debut author Laurie McKay.

All his life, Prince Caden has dreamed of being sent on a quest to slay a dragon. But before he has the chance, he is ripped from his home in the Winterlands of Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land with no magic and no dragons. But a prince must always complete his quest. And the longer Caden is in Asheville, the more he realizes there is magic in this strange land after all. More important, there may just be dragons here, too. But what if Caden’s destiny isn’t to slay a dragon, like he's always believed?

Fans of Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil and Chris Colfer’sThe Land of Stories will be transported by this first book in an epic …

Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde

Standalone. Harcourt (April 2013) Library
A princess should be as good as she is beautiful.

So says The Art of Being a Princess, which Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. But since she is neither particularly good nor all that beautiful, she skips her homework to visit the pond. There she meets a talking frog who claims to be a prince under a witch's spell. Imogene kindly kisses him to remove the spell - and gets turned into a frog instead!

Now the only way for the princess to un-frog herself is to convince someone else to kiss her. But before she can figure out a plan, Imogene gets kidnapped and becomes the unwilling star attraction in a third-rate traveling theater company. Can she find a way to undo the witch's spell - or will she be frogged forever?

I'm a lover of fairy tales and all that goes with it - dangerous journey's, daring rescues, princesses who save themselves (girl power!), witches, good versus evil, and of course happily ever afters. Telling me th…

A Winter's Respite and Other Challenges...

Hosted over @ Seasons of Reading
Technically this is a read-a-thon but I'm joining some other challenges which you can see further on in this post so this title sort of makes sense... I did so well in Bout of Books but I'm not giving much time to reading now with school. My goal is just to read everyday. 

Hosted over @ So Obsessed With and Belle of the Literati
I love rereading books but sometimes I put those books on the back burner to read new books I have yet to read but I really want to reread some books this year so I signed up for this challenge. I really like the way I can update my challenge too:
I don't have time to re-read because I don't want to get behind. 
Don't want to take time away from review books and get behind on posts for your blog? We don't either! If you feel like re-reading will set you back, you could write a re-read review. This portion is optional, of course, and not required to participate in the challenge or qualify for the giveaways. Bu…

Sunday Post: Getting Back in the Swing of Things

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
So the week back to school was interesting... My classes are harder and easier than I expected. I don't know what I'm in for but I'm pretty on top of everything so far. Things will get more complicated once I start to do micro teaches and field work. I've been horrible exercising this week so far. I'm a little angry at myself but tomorrow is a new day and Martin Luther King Day! As far as books I'm reading less but I've read some good books recently so I'm not complaining.

Last Week on the Blog:

Bout of Books #12: My Dysfunctional Family and #insixwordsBout of Books #12: Wrap-UpThe Shadow Society by Marie RutkoskiWaiting on Wednesday: BeastkeeperBlog Tour: Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander#FitReaders: Janu…

My Little Monster 2 by Robico

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun #2. Kodansha Comics (May 2014) Library
Big Brother
Haru's big brother suddenly appears with unclear motives. What is clear is Haru's hatred for his big brother. Haru disappears at the sight of his big brother and Mizutani is left with even more questions about Haru. What are her feelings for him? How can she make him like her? And what is the deal with his big brother?

My Little Monster continues with Haru avoiding his brother. There's a great amount of animosity he projects concerning his brother. He even lashes out because of his issues with his brother. With this volume we learn more about Haru's past, a connection with one of his friends, and a little understanding of why Mizutani cares only for her grades. I'm sympathizing with these characters now which is really wonderful because I really wanted this second volume of the series to be excellent which it is. I have no little things that bugged me at all. My Little Monster is very fast becom…

My Little Monster 1 by Robico

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun #1. Kodansha Comics (Mar. 2014) Library
Opposites Attract.... Maybe?
Haru Yoshida is feared as an unstable and violent "monster." Shizuku Mizutani is a grade-obsessed student with no friends. Fate brings these together to form the most unlikely pair. Haru firmly believes he's in love with Shizuku and she firmly believes she's insane.

I had watched the first episode of the My Little Monster anime and it piqued my interest. Most of what was in the first episode could be found in this first volume with an extra chapter. Haru is intense. He's very socially awkward to the point where he glares and gets into fights regularly. What really struck me about Haru and Mizutani is that they are both very lonely. Haru's loneliness makes him feel hollow while Mizutani doesn't seem to realize it's there until she meets Haru.

Mizutani's goal in life is to get good grades. All she does is study. She doesn't have time for anyone else's pro…

#FitReaders: January 16th 2015 Check-In

Fri/Jan. 9th: 56 oz of water Thoughts: I did nothing! I woke up embarrassingly late and just read all day. I haven't rested this week anyways so there it goes. I wish I would have walked at least but nothing can be done now. Did not feel sore from yesterday which according to my dad is good because I'm getting stronger.
Sat/Jan. 10th: 1 mi. walk/jog/run - 12 min. 39 sec.  Upper Body HIIT Workout - 9 min. Abs and Obliques Workout - 9 min. Quick Ab Workout - 3 min. Fluid Yoga Stretches for Flexibility and Strength - 15 min. 42 oz of water Thoughts: I do not like ab workouts. They really hurt like with a whole different pain level than anything else. I've got to focus on them and my back though more to keep my strength growth balanced. I ran most of my mile and I did a little more than 2 minutes better than last time. My goal to under ten minutes is not looking far off. I just got to stop holding on to the treadmill!
Sun/Jan 11th: 1 mi. walk/jog/run: 12 min. 36 sec. 45 min walk 56 oz of wa…