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Weekly Goals and Currently Reading #1 | June 2018

Hey Bibliomanics,

I went to vidcon and came home extremely inspired. Since my 3-month hiatus, I have created a new video and I am excited to start creating more content. Thank you to everyone that has stuck with me through this crazy wonderful journey. I love editing videos and being creative while sharing my creativity with the world. I am still learning my elements but I am blessed to have this outlet.

Today’s video is a weekly goal’s and a currently reading, where I share with you what my goals are for this week and what I am currently reading as getting a lot of reading in is always a goal for me.

With Warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters,

Rina

 

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What I am Reading (1) & the 17 minute Movement|April 11, 2018

Hey Bibliomanics,

This week I bring to you my currently reading. Honestly, I have been in a funk lately. I feel like I read a lot of everything and finished nearly nothing in 2018.

One of my friends (Shout out to you Patrick)  has been doing a series on his facebook which I am going to refer to as the “daily 17”.  I was seeing posts of him with books, different books every few days, so being the curious book nerd that I am  I had to ask him what was he doing. So, he sent me a picture which I will share with you below: IMG_3C8FE80747DE-1

Are you slightly mind blown, because I kind of was.

I know several people in my life that have not cracked a book open this year alone. Yet, by this static, if you read for just 17 minutes a day you can be finishing 2 books a month.

So, because I refer to the image above as the static, I had to find out for myself what this meant, what is the research behind this. I stumbled on a post that was made by www.renaissance.com. ( Click the link to be taken to the post that is being referred too.) In summary, the post talked about how 15 minutes a day of reading can benefit the lives of students.  Something that hurt my heart so terribly was that 54% of students read less than 15 minutes a day. That breaks down to 1 in 5 students reading (Renaissance). That is just SAD!!!! No sugar coating there.  That means there is one 1 person among every 5 that get to visit outside worlds and become friends with different characters. In my opinion, you are missing out.  The article series goes on to talk about the correlation between reading  15-17 minutes a day vs. the achievement students have in school (Renaissance).

I also looked at another website  called humanities indicator, which compared time spent reading, vs watching tv, vs. playing video games, the statics it provided is that reading amount increases by age, the older you are the more you read (Humanities indicator).

I noticed while I was leisurely browsing through the statics, it seems that the amount of time that youth/ young adults read is decreasing. Which, to me is no surprise because I encounter people who haven’t read a book in years in my daily life.

But, with that said I want to inspire you to take just 17 minutes crack open a book and see if you can find for yourself the magic that I love so dearly.  I am sure you have 17 minutes in your day where you are just lounging around, or before bed. If reading seems to be tough, try an audiobook.

But, now that you know the 17-minute rule let me tell you what books I am reading in my 17 minutes.

Currently, I am in between 4 books…. ( You can view the Goodreads links if you click on the title) Gone with the wind 1

Gone with the Wind: This book is a brick. I picked it up after finishing “Great Gatsby” which put me into a huge reading slump. This is a story about a girl named Scarlett who finds herself living in poverty after the “Sherman’s March. This is her account of how she tries to climb out of it. Honestly, this book will probably take me forever to read because I am literally only getting through 5-10 pages a reading. Not that the book isn’t interesting I just find that the subject matter and writing style are a bit harder to read. I honestly just plan to take my time with this book but continue to dedicate my 17 minutes to it.

Frostbite
Frost Bite:
Honestly, I didn’t think that I was going
to go back to the “Vampire Academy” series. But, I wanted a fluffy read and this is right up my ally. This follows our main character Rose, who is being trained to be a Vampire’s bodyguard. Amongst, the vampires, students and teachers, there are the bad vampires lurking in the dark called the “Stigori”, who decide to attack the academy and kidnap three students. It is up to Rose to rescue them. These books are purely guilty pleasure reads. But, I enjoy them none the less.

 

 

 

Stalking Jack the ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper: I am listening to this on audio. I tried reading this book before and I had a hard time getting into. But, let me tell you the audio book is excellent. This is about a girl, who likes to shadow her uncle in the morgue. Then all of a sudden the famous killer Jack the Ripper starts to target the lower class women of London, and who better to help find him than, Audrey Rose

 

 

Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown: This is my self- development book. I am a member of Beachbody, which is the organization that brings you “Insanity” and “P-90x”. When you join as a member you get a coach which adds you into a Facebook group that keeps you motivated and on track. My coach recommends doing a little of personal development every single day. This is the book I chose to read. Actually, the book found me. This book is all about vulnerability and playing big in your life. I am so impressed by how this book is written, my copy has a million highlighted quotes and lots of notes in the margins.

Now the real question is what are you reading this week? Are you going to spend 17 minutes of your day reading?

With Warm Cups of Tea and just a few more chapters,

Rina

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It’s Monday: What are you reading?

Happy Monday Bibliomanics,

It’s Monday, so that means I get to tell you what I am currently reading.

great gatsby

I am currently reading as always like a million books. I started reading “The Great Gatsby”, last week because I was craving a short Classic. “The Great Gatsby”, is great. “Hardy Har Har.” But, I am really enjoying it so far. This time around I am annotating it.

yogaI am also reading “Overcoming Chronic Pain through Yoga”, this was a new release that came out last week. I have been reading it on my Ipad, normally at night when I am all settled in. I am about 39% of the way through it.

 

shatter me

As far as audiobooks go, I am listening to “Shatter Me”. I am absolutely loving it. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to read this. Especially because Whitney from Whittynovels on Youtube talks about this series all the time.

I hope that by the end of this week I will also have read “A Wrinkle in Time.” I read a chapter of it on e-book before realizia wrinkle in timeng that I would love to have a physical copy of this book. So, I am waiting for it to come in the mail tomorrow.

If I get to all of this books this week I will consider it to be a success. Last week was a super funky week, I honestly wasn’t in the mood to read anything. I wasn’t even in the mood to listen to anything on audiobook either.

Hoping for a better reading week!!

With warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters,

Happy Reading!!

Rina

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BLOGMAS- Currently Reading| DEC.2017

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. For all my student readers I hope that your finals have ended successfully. Today was my last day of finals and I am happy to announce that there will be a blog everyday up until New Years.

To start of this blogmas off, lets talk about the current book that I am reading.

Hopeless
Goodreads

Synopsis: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever. (Goodreads)

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

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Booktube-a-thon Day 4: Reflection

Good Evening Bibliomaniacs,

7/27/17 6:52 pm: I have yet to read a single page. However, I caught up on “Shadowhunters” and “So, You Think You Can Dance”.  I went to the library and got “Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index” and Vol.4 of “The Walking Dead “– ( The Heart’s Desire)

Newmooncover

9:22 pm: I still have yet to read a single page. But, I have happily worked out, had a smoothie, and ate dinner.  Looking forward to hibernating with my dogs and many, many cups of tea this upcoming weekend.

9:45 pm: It is finally time to read. I am showered,  those pearly whites are brushed and ladies and gents, you know what time it is. Reading “New Moon”, by Stephanie Meyer time. Ready, set, break!!!

10:43pm: Today I read a total of 38 pages. Heading to bed because my eyes just can not stay open. This wasn’t  the best reading day, but I am not going to beat myself about it because I did spend time catching up on the tv shows that I watch and went to the library. Overall, today wasn’t the best reading day but I still read and thats a win in my book. And did I mention I am loving this book!!!

STATS:

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 4:  38

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 443

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

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#FridayReads: January 6,2017 (Harry Potter & The Book of Joy)

Happy Friday,

I don’t think that I have been more excited for the weekend than I am today. Just one more work shift and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be tucked in bed either reading or napping. Napping will probably over rule though.

But, without further or due let me share with you what I plan on reading this weekend.

harry-potter-and-the-goblet-of-fire
Firstly, I would like to make a 100 page progress in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Like I said in previous posts, I have been loving the writing in this novel. It is so beautiful and I can’t help but find myself lost in the story only to look up and see that an hour or two has past by.

Secondly, I started reading an AMAZING book called “The Book of Joy”, by the Dali Lama and Desmond Tutu. I have been feeling rather lost and sad the past week. the-book-of-joyAn bookstagram account called Artria Books, which is a publishing branch of Penguin, posted a picture of the book with a quote that went like this ” Everyday is a new opportunity to begin again. Every day is your birthday.” This quote spoke volumes to me, I had this urge to rush out and buy the book.It was as if the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop had something they need to share with me.

So, far this book has made me cry, pretty much on every page. This book is a conversation that occurred between the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama, although they believe in different faiths they both have devoted a lifetime to worlds happiness. This book shows how they have found happiness themselves and although they both have been in such tragic situations they have never lived a more happier and fulfilled life. Its inspiring, beautiful and a ray of hope that I personally needed this week.

What are you reading this weekend? Have you had a rough week as well?

I wish you all peace, love and joy.

One Love Always,

Rina

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The Bad Beginning |Currently Reading

I started to reread the unfortunate events series on my kindle and it was probably one of the best decisions I have recently made. The Bad beginning is very intriguing and there are a lot of details I seemed to miss the first time I read this book back in 5th grade. Its been a while, but I am immensely enjoying my experience with this book.

the-bad-beginningSynopsis:
Dear Reader,
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket  (Goodreads)

One Love,

Rina

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#Friday Reads October 14,2016 |Las Vegas Weekend

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

The past few weeks we can say were a little hectic. School has been kicking my butt. But, I am hanging in there, strong as always. So, since I am take a much need vacation to relax, rejuvenate, eat some junk food, and spend time with my best friend. I figured this week is going to be a very laid back Friday reads.

The book I will be reading this week is: The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins. I bought last week when I was getting my car serviced and didn’t have anything to read. Needless to say this is one purchase I do not regret. The first 100 pages were EXCELLENT!!!

Synopsisthe-girl-on-the-train

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

My Thoughts:

I am hoping to read at least another 100 pages by Tuesday. I am very much enjoying the story so far, and I am very curious as to how it all ends.

One Love,

Rina

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#Friday Reads 1/22/16: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

I haven’t done one of these post in a while. But, here is what I plan on reading this weekend. I hope to finish it by Monday, so I can start “Cress” the 3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles next week.

Shout out to Bunny Cates, from wearebooknerds, for encouraging me to keep blogging even though my reading isn’t sky rocketing as usual. Thanks Bunny for being my friend and an amazing support system. I am so fortunate to have met you.

13206760Title:Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 452

Release Date:February 5,2013

Publisher:Feiwel and Friends

Synopsis:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 

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Friday Reads 5/22/2015

This weekend I am working on catching up on my books that I have recently started reading or listening too before leaving for my trip to Isreal. I don’t want to have any open books when I leave because I want to be solely focused on reading books from my kindle because it would not only lighten my baggage weight and I won’t have to worry about my books being damaged while I am on my trip.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis:The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic8755776 has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its Hunger Games destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Note: This is a reread for me. I started listening to the audio book because I want to read the rest of the series and because it is a reread I allowed myself to have the freedom to listen or read the book. For the most part I have been listening to the audio book while driving because it has been very easy to follow along and I found myself engaged in the novel.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Synopsis:  Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the IroIronn Throne has begun.

As Warden of the A Game of Thronesnorth, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the  Throne.

Note: I have been slowly making my way through this book. I am enjoying it but, I have found that there are parts that are very confusing at times and the books is really so that it makes me want to pick up other books while reading/ listening to the audiobook. The audio book I am listening to is very hard to understand because it is narrated in an accent so there are times that I have found I had to listen to the chapter all over again. But, it has also made me make a lot of progress in the book. The narrator that narrated my specific copy is Roy Dotrice.