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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles #1. Feiwel and Friends (Jan. 2012) Library
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
The Lunar Chronicles are that one series that absolutely everyone is enchanted with that I haven't read, until now. I absolutely love fairy tales and their retellings so it's a wonder why it took me so long to read Cinder. Linh Cinder lives …

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Darcy & Rachel #1. St. Martin's Press (April 2005) Library
Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. 

Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancĂ©. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. 

Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.
I saw Emily Giffin on a panel at the Miami International Book Fair. She was quick-witted, funny,…

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Standalone. Delacorte Books (Sept. 2015) Own
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
I needed to calm down before I wrote this review but I can already feel my blood boiling. Let's get right to it shall we? I do not like what happens towards the end. I even cursed out loud when things were said. The thing is that I knew from the beginning that it was a pos…

Bout of Book #18: Wrap Up

Monday, January 2nd, 2017
Read: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Read: The Year of the Garden by Andrea Cheng
Read: The Ugly Teapot: Book One: Hannah by Fred Holmes
Read: Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Read: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Read: All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Friday, January 6th, 2017
Currently Reading: Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

Saturday. January 7th, 2017
Currently Reading: Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

Sunday, January 8th, 2017
Read: Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

Total Books Read: 7
*I was one down from what I wanted to read but really that was quite impressive for me and I was not feeling well for the days I didn't read anything.
Have you read any of the same books?

Books On Her Mind Weekly Wrap Up #6

This past week was me just reading and getting ready to teach very soon. The seminars I had to be a part of gave me some ease. The assignments don't seem that bad... I just need to make it a priority which is why I've been reading so much. I'm going to finalize most of my posts for January so I don't have to think about it. My next seminar is Wednesday and I meet me CT then too. I get to meet the kids on Thursday. I'm extremely anxious to get on with it already. I just don't want to get red as a tomato or start stuttering when I first meet them... I don't do public speaking. I know I'm becoming a teacher but it's different when I'm used to people. It's also going to be very different to teach a whole entire class.
I'm linking this to The Sunday Post hosted @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Books Read
I'm only posting the books I read on January 1st because the other books will be announced tomorrow since it's the Bout of Books Wrap Up.

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Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Shadowlands #1. Hyperion (Jan. 2013) Library
Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection program. Entering the program alongside her, is her father and sister Darcy. The trio starts a new life and a new beginning leaving their friends and family behind without a goodbye. 

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. Just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the n…

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

Standalone. Delacorte Press (Nov. 8, 2016) NetGalley
You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
Cystic Fibrosis has been getting a lot of attention in recent years. I'd never heard about it until Bates…

Bout of Books 18: TBR

Hosted @ Bout of Books
I could think of no other way to start the year off right than to participate in Bout of Books. This is really the week I need to read a whole lot of books because I start student teaching next week so I'll have to read slower from that point on. 
Goal: Read 8 + books
Possible Reads:

What are you planning to read next?

2017 Goals + December Wrap-Up

It's 2017 and I'm up for a crazy year ahead of me. I have student teaching coming up next week that gives me anxiety just thinking about it. I also have to start looking for places to send my resume - I have to create a resume! This is the start of everything. I feel like a new chapter is coming upon me and I need to get ready for it. Stay positive and work hard. But working hard doesn't mean I have to completely abandon everything. My goals for this year demonstrate that:

My Career Goals

Get organized (I can be a little disorganized when I get overwhelmed so I need to plan for those times and be organized throughout my time student teaching and teaching. There is no room for error.)Treat student teaching like it's my job. (I'm not only there to learn and practice but to be a teacher. I need to take every moment like this is my full time job. Breathe. Live. Teach.)Apply at various teaching jobs and get a full time job! Be positive. (I get nervous quite easily when I…