October Wrap Up & November TBR

October Wrap Up

It’s been almost a year since I posted a monthly wrap up. I’ve read a lot of books this year, and already met my Goodreads goal this month, but I’ve been so bad about blogging regularly. I haven’t had the passion for it, and I didn’t want to force myself when I wasn’t feeling up to it.  But I had a fantastic reading month and wanted to share the books with you all. I’m hoping to start posting more regularly again, even if I end up throwing in some non-bookish posts in here and there, like what music I’ve been into lately. I’m participating in quite a few readathons this month, so many that it covers virtually the entire month, so we’ll see if I stick to my big TBR or not!

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#AntiBullyReads Wrap Up

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I didn’t end up posting daily updates for the last few days of the readathon because I got sick and I have been feeling pretty crummy, but I did reach my goal of reading 3 books during the week!

Total Books Completed: 3

Total Pages Read: 994

Books Read: 

A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic (3/5 stars)

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (4/5 stars)

Wonder by RJ Palacio (4/5 stars)

 

I would have liked to have read more, especially since I read my first (and longest) book in just one day, but I between work, getting sick, and a lack of motivation to read, I just wasn’t up to starting a fourth book. I enjoyed each of the books I read, and I’m catching up on my 2015 Goodreads goal!

Did you participate in the readathon? What did you read this week? 

#AntiBullyReads Update: Days 3 & 4

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Here is my original TBR post if you missed it.

Day 3: As I predicted in my Day 2 update, I had a really busy work day on this day and didn’t get any reading done.

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Day 4: 

Pages Read: 190

Books Read: 

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This book had so much bullying, and many different kinds.  It was really difficult to read at times because some of the characters were so cruel and terrible.  I didn’t enjoy the ending but I’m glad to have read it.

Books Completed: 1

Total Pages Read: 723

TBR: 

  1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  2. I Swear by Lane Davis
  3. Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
  4. Winger by Andrew Smith
  5. Wonder by RJ Palacio
  6. A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic

Total Books Completed After Day 4: 2/6 books read (My goal is to read at least three books from my TBR)

I’m so pleased with my progress so far.  I’m still a couple books behind on my Goodreads goal for this year, but this readathon is really helping me catch up.

#AntiBullyReads Update: Day 2

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Here is my original TBR post if you missed it.

Pages Read: 96

Books Read: 

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Books Completed: 0

Total Pages Read: 533

TBR: 

  1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  2. I Swear by Lane Davis
  3. Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
  4. Winger by Andrew Smith
  5. Wonder by RJ Palacio
  6. A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic (added this one after my original TBR post after receiving it from my Secret Sister)

My goal was to read at least three books from my TBR.

After Day 2: 1/6 books read

I’m really happy with my reading progress so far. I have a busy day on Day 3, so I might not get as much reading done.

Anti Bullying Readathon TBR #AntiBullyReads

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Next week, Sarah Churchill will be hosting the second annual Anti Bullying Readathon. I participated last year as well, and really enjoyed it.  As a teacher, bullying has continued to be an important topic for me that I unfortunately encounter far too often in the schools where I work.  This readathon gives participants an opportunity to share personal stories of bullying and to spend the week choosing a variety of books featuring bullies and bullying to read and discuss.

I’ve gathered a stack of books I own that involve bullying.  Based on my reading over the past couple months, I don’t anticipate getting through all of these, but I plan to read at least three.

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  1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  2. I Swear by Lane Davis
  3. Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
  4. Winger by Andrew Smith
  5. Wonder by RJ Palacio

If you’d like more information or want to find out how you can participate yourself, watch Sarah’s video at the end of the post and check out the Anti Bullying Week Readathon group on Goodreads.  The Goodreads page has a huge list of books to choose from if you need ideas.  Here are a few that I recommend:

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This is one of my all-time favorite books.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown  5/5 stars

From Goodreads: Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 4/5 stars

From Goodreads: Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 5/5 stars

From Goodreads: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio 4/5 stars

From Goodreads: A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

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Are you planning to participate? What will you be reading?