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#FitReaders: October 17th, 2015

#FitReaders: I actually had some days where I worked hard on my steps. The result? So many more walking and steps taken than last week and the week before. So proud of myself! I'll be getting my other two wisdom teeth out so I will most likely not do so well this week, but I'll see what happens.
Workout Schedule:

Day #1: Chest and Triceps
Day #2: Backs and Biceps
Day #3: Legs

Weekly Steps:

Friday, October 9th: 3,553
Saturday, October 10th: 11,352
Sunday, October 11th: 10,409
Monday, October 12th: 4,146
Tuesday, October 13th: 2,659
Wednesday, October 14th: 10,265
Thursday, October 15th: around 9,700

Total Steps: 52,084

That's 28,000 more steps than last week!

Water Intake: Around 344 oz of water (I only recorded some of my water intake again.)

How did you do this past week?

Evertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell

Evertaster #1. Future House Publishing (June 2012) Own
When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother's casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever. Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster's heels and the chefs' reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it's too late.
*Sigh* With a book promising epic …

Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

Standalone. Linden Tree Press (April 2015) NetGalley
What if the world didn’t want you to go straight? Out on parole after almost ten years in prison, Emet First is repairing his shattered life. He has friends, a job, and his first date in a decade. The young woman, Mercedes Finch, is lovely but wounded. When her deranged brother learns about Emet’s past, he will stop at nothing to destroy him—and suddenly Emet has everything to lose.

Emet seems just like a regular guy working his magic alongside Eden Rose, the owner of the Serve You Right Café. He just got a date with a beautiful woman who works as a physical therapist. The problem is he knows he has to reveal his criminal past at some point, but he just knows if he does she'll run away.

Mercey, has had to deal with her mother's harsh words and her brother's drug addiction for most of her life. Now when she finally has a great career, has a date with a cute guy, and is moving out of her mother's home she can't hel…

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Standalone. Delacorte Press (Jan. 2014) NetGalley
When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.

I'm glad I didn't go into reading And We Stay knowing what it was about. The subject matter hit me hard. There's this mystery that comes with not knowing the reason why Emily is shipped off to boarding school that makes it so much more interesting. Eventually when I did find out that Paul, he…

#FitReaders: October 9th, 2015

#FitReaders: My fitness this week was pretty good. I was able to get in my leg day which was pretty brutal. I need to work on my steps big time! I wasn't that off my water intake goal so I'm proud of that.
Workout Schedule:

Day #1: Chest and Triceps
Day #2: Backs and Biceps
Day #3: Legs

Weekly Steps:

Friday, October 2nd: 4,102
Saturday, October 3rd: 3,173
Sunday, October 4th: 3,221
Monday, October 5th: 2,775
Tuesday, October 6th: 3,922
Wednesday, October 7th: 3,812
Thursday, October 8th: 3,553

Total Steps: 24,558

Water Intake: Around 336+ oz of water (I only recorded some of my water intake.)

So I did about 5,000 steps less than last week which frustrates me. I just need to work harder this week.

How did you do this past week?

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Standalone. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (April 2015) Library
A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life.

In The Secrets We Keep…

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Standalone. Dundurn Group (Feb. 2015) Library
Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she's in a different country.

Sydney promises her that that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn't come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them.

Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she'll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.

Edie's in a new country, in a new home, and in a new school. Her life, since she was ten years old, has been running away fro…

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Standalone. Greenwillow Books (May 2015) Own
Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s no…

#FitReaders: October 2nd, 2015

I haven't updated for #FitReaders in the longest time so I'm finally going to now.

I haven't run in awhile and I don't really plan to. I do plan on tracking my steps from now on and get back to tracking my water intake.

I've been working out three times a week (mostly) and I feel great. I can feel a difference in my strength level which I wasn't able to see as much on my own with my workout videos. I'm learning a lot from my cousin so I'm really happy about that. My arms actually have some muscle in them which is truly amazing.

Regular Workout Schedule:

Day #1: Chest and Triceps
Day #2: Backs and Biceps
Day #3: Legs (I didn't get to do this, this week, but I plan on doing squats today so I get something done)

Weekly Steps:

Friday, September 25th: 5,276
Saturday, September 26th: 5,621
Sunday, September 27th: 3,676
Monday, September 28th: 3,828
Tuesday, September 29th: 1,716
Wednesday, September 30th: 7,917
Thursday, October 1st: 1,255

Total Steps: 2…

2015 Halloween Reading Challenge Goals

Reading Every Season is hosting a reading challenge from October 1st - October 31st. 
"The books can be horror, thriller, supernatural, mystery, or Halloween themed. This means they should be about serial killers, murders, ghosts, demons, witches, monsters, vampires, etc."
I want to get into the October spirit and read some supernatural, thriller, and horror books so I've signed up for this Halloween challenge. I plan on reading at least five books that work for this challenge.
Some books I'm planning to read for this challenge:

I'm looking for some recommendations of horror and witch books to read. Although, any books that would work for this challenge would be great!

October 2015 Book Plans

I've been gone forever. I never even planned to be gone for a month and a half but that's what happened. The new semester started so I was consumed with that. And I guess I just didn't feel like blogging for a while, however now I'm ready to get back and join the community again. I read a crazy amount of books and I can't wait to read a lot more during October arguably one of the best months to read books.

I've been exercising so much lately. I can actually see in my arms how strong I am. I've been going to the gym three times a week with my cousin who is teaching me. My brother and his girlfriend recently joined us too. I'm just so proud and happy with myself. I just need to focus more on walking and get back to calculating my water intake.
I'm really excited to see how everyone's doing starting tomorrow. So many things could have happened in all of your lives and I haven't been checking in. I'm really happy to get back into blogging a…

October 2015 Reading Road Trip Challenge Link Up

I was gone most of August and all of September. I'm sorry about that to all of you who have been participating in this challenge not being able to link-up your reviews!
Make sure to link up your review updates below using this format:
State (Book) @ blog/twitter/goodreads.  For example: Florida (Because of Winn-Dixie) @BooksOnHerMind

If you want to check out what this challenge is all about you can gohere. Thanks to all who are participating! Remember if you need help ask and I will answer.
Link Up!