Reading YA & My First Run

Have you ever done a Goodreads reading challenge? My goal for the last several years was 200 books in a year, but I decreased it for this year to just 100. So right now I’m 2/100. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the 2 Young Adult books I’ve read so far this year.


I liked both, but Cracked was my favorite. I REALLY liked it! 5 of 5 stars. Just a warning- it definitely has some spicy language.

One of my goals that I really want to stick with this year is to walk at least 1 mile everyday. In the past I’ve tried to run everyday- but that didn’t work. ๐Ÿ™‚

By just walking I think I “might” be able to stick with it because I have a treadmill and I can read while I walk. BONUS!

We had a teacher workday today so I was back on a regular schedule. And an early schedule. And I DO mean early. Normally I roll (or jump frantically) out of bed during the week at about 6:20-6:30.

But since I’m going to attempt to walk my mile in the mornings before school AND read my bible I had to get up at 5:15!!!!

But I did it! I may or may not have looked like this turtle….


So this is what I got done be ogre arriving at school at 8:20:
Walked 1 mile, read 3 chapters in my bible and my devotional, wrote in my faith journal, made cornbread and white chicken chili to take to school, showered and dressed, and made my bed.

3 hours of stuff!

And then when I got home after school I RAN MY FIRST MILE FOR 2015!! Outside!!! 12:35. Woohoo!!!


And now the question I want to ask is:


Christmas Break Reading

Oh, the joy of Christmas break. Even with the busyness right before Christmas with last minute (actually, first and last minute!!) shopping and preparations, I’ve still had time to read.

And it fills my heart with JOY. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what I’ve read this week:


I love Lysa’s style of writing- she’s SO real about her walk with God.

I finally dove back into the young adult world and was NOT disappointed! Sharon Draper is always a good choice.

Adult fiction is what lets me escape the pressures of life. And this one did just that. Even though it was eye opening about where our world could be headed. Now I want to see the movie!

So what have you been reading lately????

The Twisted Window Book Review by Lois Duncan

Received from Net Galley. Thank you Net Galley!

The Twisted WindowThe Twisted Window by Lois Duncan

Goodreads Summary:

Tracy, a high school junior, becomes embroiled in the problems of a strange boy, who asks her assistance in “snatching” his half-sister from her father who has allegedly kidnapped her.

My Thoughts:

Shocker. Twisting. Didn’t see it coming. Yep, that about sums it up.

If you could see my tweets while I was reading this book you would see that at one point (well, more than one) I wanted to SLAP the tar out of Tracy. And I wasn’t too hooked on Brad either. I couldn’t really dredge up too much sympathy for either character. In fact, I started thinking I was a bad person because of that.

Well, Lois Duncan pulled a fast one on me that I didn’t see coming. I got my explanation about Brad’s actions and any animosity I had been feeling toward him…let’s just say it dissipated. (I’m trying to show off some of my vocabulary!)

I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to reading more of Lois Duncan’s books. I especially want to read the one based on her daughter’s death in 1989.

4 of 5 stars to this thriller for middle graders.


It’s Monday-What are you reading?

Here we are with another chance to share wonderful books with each other thanks to Jen and Kellee over atย Teach Mentor Textsย and Sheila over atย Book Journeyย who both sponsor this great meme each week for young adult/children and adult respectively!

I have read several books the past several days because our last day of school was WEDNESDAY! Oh, I’m sorry-I didn’t mean to shout that and hurt your ears! ๐Ÿ™‚

Read this past week:

Babymouse Dragonslayer by the ever so wonderful Holms siblings-Matt and Jenni Holms


Trapped by Michael Northrop

I really got into Trapped-it was written in an easy style with touches of humor even though the story was serious.

The Secret Garden by Frances BurnettThis classic delighted me, and I can’t believe I have never read it until now!


I am currently reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I just started it and am already hurting for Melinda in a bad way. High school is so cruel, and I know I’m not even to the truly horrific part. Let’s just say it has captured my attention!

Next on my list:

And She Was by Alison Gaylin-I started it, put it down, and read these others. I was enjoying it-don’t know why I put it down. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not sure what after that. Happy Reading!