Summer Classes 101: My Experience

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I am a girl a plan. I am a girl who knows what she wants and will not stop at nothing until she makes it happen. I know I want to finish my bachelor as soon as possible so I can get my master degree and finally start working as a translator. The problem is that at my university trying to get classes is like being in the Huger Games. To get a class you willgiphy-1.gif fight, cry, beg the sponsors (the secretaries, professors, and directors of the programs) for help; you will pray the that you won’t have a hard time. You will also swear the whole before that you are prepared to give the fight and that no one is more prepared than you but then it is time, and suddenly you realize you’re not prepared at all. Still, in the end, the only thing that matters is if you made it to the survive’s village aka the class.

There is a moment in the year where getting a class is actually not tough at all, and that is giphy-1.gif This is one of the reasons why I love summer classes before the only pain in the Arsch is the making a schedule if you have more than one classes. People like taking breaks and they think taking a class or two in summer will be the end of the world. I have taken in two summer semester, three summer classes, and I actually like them more than regular semester classes.

Summer classes are different in every college or university. In some universities you don’t get the same amount of hours as regular classes but where I study you take the same amount of hours you would in a regular semester just in a more constricted rushed schedule. Also in my university summer classes are divided in two: short classes which are 15 days or long classes which are 20 days long. Short classes are three hours a day, five days a week and long classes are either an hour and a half or two hours a day for five days a week.

Whenever I mention to someone, I’m taking summer classes people wonder how do I do it giphy-2.giflike it’s some kind of big deal. Summer classes are not that big of a deal, and they can actually be really helpful. For example, I don’t like math. I really don’t, and I have to take 3 credits in math but just the mere thought of a whole semester of maths gives me nightmares. I’m more of literature, languages, writing kind of girl. So what did I do? I took that class that I dreaded so much and decided to take it in the summer because two months, 20 days, I can handle but four months plus the other classes, no. This summer semester I took two classes a long one, math, and a short one, literature, and last summer I took Spanish.

Experience.

My experience with summer classes is a good one. Summer classes are not chill classes there definitely will be lots of work and exams in a short amount of time but at the same time, in my experience, professors are pretty nice. These are professors that really like teaching, but also want to enjoy their summer vacations. The professors I had before, and now, gave me work but not to the point where I couldn’t do anything. Remember they know is summer vacation, and we are all tired of taking classes and just want to enjoy our vacations so they usually work with you so you can balance it out. Actually, I liked the professors I had in summer more than the one I had during the spring or autumn semester. I’m not sure if it is because the class is over before you detest them or because they just try to make you have fun and not be miserable.

Fun fact my first summer semester professor aka my Spanish professor on our last day brought us homemade empanadas as a way to celebrate class is over. My second one, the literature professor, brought pizza for all of us, and since the class ended like two hours earlier, we just chill, ate pizza, dance around to music and just had an excellent time.

Money.

giphy-1.gifThe credits for summer classes tend to be more expensive. In Puerto Rico, college is REALLY CHEAP, so I really don’t have a problem with being able to afford it. Yet I have heard that some students from the United States of America decide to take the summer classes in a community college because it is cheaper. I think that’s a pretty good idea. I am not sure how much it would cost you a summer credit over there and I know for some people taking summer classes is not an option because of the money. If you can then try it, spending money on an education is money well spent.

*If you are wondering if you should polish your Spanish classes and come to PR to study let me tell you something. You should! I got six credits and with the quotas and everything I spent $474.00 on my summer classes. Not all colleges here are this cheap but for most, you wouldn’t go over $5,000.00 for a semester. In my university, I don’t even spend a thousand dollar for a semester.

Balance.

I mentioned, like a hundred times, that I took two classes this summer semester. I am done with literature, and I am almost done with math. Still, I have been able to go to the beach, spend time with my family, and I have plans to go Ice Skating and bowling with my best friend and her family. I also finished the new season of Orange is the New Black, started blogging again, and I’m writing a story for Wattpad. Plus I ace literature! How? Balance and basic organization skills are the way to survive summer classes. You can ace your classes and go out, but it is all about balance and organization.

If you have a math test that is next week, and the professor gave you a syllabus withlarge-2 exercises to practice and old tests to use as practice tests then use them. Take some time every day to study and practice for that test. I usually practiced for 4 to 5 days and then use the old test to practice the two days before the test. When I was taking literature, I had to read a lot, and lots of people were miserable because they had to read a collection of short stories at the last minute because they didn’t do it with time. The professor told us the first day of class that we were going to discuss this book on a week so what did I do? I plan to go get the book the next day. My roommate and I took a trip to the bookstore and got the book, which by the way is an excellent book, and started reading on the way back to the dorm. It is all about organizing your time. If you have a three-hour break between classes, then use that break to eat, to take a nap, to study or do all three. Yes, it is very possible. That way when someone invites you to go out with them, you don’t have to worry that you have a book to finish for the next day, a test in two days that you haven’t studied at all or just too tired to go out.

 

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Well, I think that is all I can think of my experience and thoughts of summer classes. If you have any question, comment or a suggestion write down on the comment box below.

 LOVE, JANE

 

2016’s Reading Challenge Update

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I AM BACK! I know, I know months has passed since I last wrote a post. The reasons were many: finals, the death of family members, traveling, summer classes, and just not having time or inspiration in general but I´m back. Yes, the Harry Potter giveaway is still valid. I thought of canceling the giveaway, but I decided that is better if I do not. Invite your friends and family! I feel like the giveaway is a lovely gift for my followers for when I reach 100 followers, hopefully soon, so it is still on even though I might have to change some details.

READING CHALLENGE UPDATE

Let´s forward to what we came here for the *2016´s reading challenge update. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here. I have read 16 books so far. I am slightly disappointed because I haven’t been able to read more but also my Goodreads lie to me telling me I had read 18 by repeating two books. I noticed when writing this post and that made me feel slightly less motivated. Still, 16 in 6 months is around two and a half book a month and considering I’m a full-time student who’s trying to get all As I think 16 is pretty good. I know not all of them are lengthy, but the point is enjoying the book not bragging the length.

Okay. Let’s start reviewing which of the books challenges I have completed.

1) A book published on a website.2488185-176-k867232.jpg

For this one, I’m using How To Be Queen by AerithSage. This book was published on wattpad and has gotten a lot of popularity on the page, and the author recently published her first book, out of wattpad, called The Billionaire’s Contract.

Check out my review HERE.

 

 

617GpzyVeNL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg2) Listen to an audiobook instead.

I listened to a lot of audiobooks these past six months. I like listening audiobooks while reading the books or switching in between the book and the audiobooks but one book I only listened was Binge by Tyler Oakley . Yes, him as the hilarious and famous youtuber.

Check out my review HERE.

 

 

 

3) A book set somewhere you want to travel.51ueOUHHn6L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_

For this one, I had to decide between a couple but PS I love you by Cecelia Ahern won the round. I haven’t reviewed it, but 11/10 would recommend.

 

418xpeLSRrL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_4) A book set in the future.

Aren’t all dystopian novels set in the future? I choose Cinder by Melissa Meyers because why not? I’ve wanted to read this book, and this book challenge was the perfect excuse. This book lived up to its hype. 

5. A book set in the past.

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The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. This book was recently republished under the name Carol and then later made into a movie with one of the actresses being nominated for an Oscar.

Check out my review HERE.


51vF3a1RfzL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg6. A book with an LGTBQ+ character

For this book, like in #3, I had to decide between a couple but decided to go with the most obvious. Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli . This is a very fluffy book that is great for reading after book hangovers.

 

 7. A book that makes you secretly ashamedcvr9781476743554_9781476743554_hr

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. This book was my first, and I think only, Colleen Hoover’s book I have read. I am ashamed of this book and the way it doesn’t accurately represent particular topic I won’t discuss because of spoilers. I will give Colleen Hoover a second chance because I have heard she is a brilliant writer.

Check out my review HERE.

8. A book someone under 30 wrote.

55744652-176-k499428It’s hard to find a book written by someone under thirty, so I decided to go for the most obvious book. I choose Once Upon A Chat by Darlene Smith. This book was published on Wattpad. The author is 20 years old and even though compared to other books, including fanfictions, is it not that long it still deserves a space on this list. This book a fanfiction of Once Upon a Time and develop in chats that will make you laugh out loud. If you read it, comment Jane sent you.😉

 

 

9. A book that was written by someone who is not from51PdXxxgtYL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg the United States of America.

I choose F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher because she was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. This book is fantastic, full of quotable moments and words crafted so perfectly that you will be sucked in. 12/10 would recommend

 

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This book challenge was probably one of the easiest ones. This book hooked me in, open my eye to a culture that is not my own and is a topic that is getting a lot of hate: feminism. The book We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I sometimes wish I had the money, or just money at all, to buy these and give away to every single person who said we don’t need equality or feminism.

 

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I’m from the enchanted island of Puerto Rico and for this one, I decided to use Mundo Cruel by Luis NegrónMundo Cruel by Luis Negrón. I read this book this month and had the opportunity to discuss it with the writer, which was an amazing experience, he is a very talented writer, and this book is getting attention all over the world. My favorite story, The Garden, is going to be produced as a musical, and I’m so excited!

12. A book with less than 200 pages.

511UAkig9TL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_This one is easy! The book I chose is a book I was surprised at how much I loved it. The book I choose is Memorias de mis putas tristes by Gabriel García Márquez. GGM is one of the best writers in the history of Latin-American. I remember studying him in school but when you are forced to read a book you end up detesting it and but I decided to give his book a chance. I am so happy I did because I enjoyed it.

Check out my review HERE.

 

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was inspired by Cinderella or so the author said. Well, I can totally see it and therefore I used it for the book challenge. It is also an excellent book by an amazing author.

Check out my review HERE.

512mzQI3YlL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg14. A romantic book

As much as I do not see this book as just a romantic book, I chose the book Me Before You by Jojo Mayes. This book is much more than a romantic book, but since what is known is the very obvious love story I decided to use it. I LOVE this book, and I’m slightly disappointed how over simplified was the movie.

Check out my review HERE.

15. A book you said you were going to412XH9UvpbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg read for a while but hadn’t.

For this one, I choose a book I kept saying I was going to read but would always leave it for later. That book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. RR is one of my favorite writers, and she did not disappoint with this book. It his right home.

16. A book recommended by a friend.

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For the last book challenge,  I choose a book that my friend recommended to me as soon as I told her I was going to read Throne of Glass, and that is The Assasin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. If I said, I loved Throne of Glas I was a fool. Throne of glass is poop compared to the amazing collection of novellas that is this book. I recommend it.

Well, guys, that is all of the books I have read. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please like, share and comment. Let me know which of the book challenges have you completed. Also, comment down below what kind of post would you love to read from me.

Have you followed me on Wattpad? I’ll be posting stories and poems there. Follow me and check out my newest short story Lilith. It’s on second person point of view and in Spanish.

HAVE AN AMAZING WEEKEND!

LOVE, JANE

*Yes, I do the picture said 2015, and it was a typo, but since it took me so long to edit the image to my taste, I decided to kep it.

 

 

Wattpad Star Rating

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I felt like wattpad book needed their own star rating so I decided to make one. Why? Simple, because even though Wattpad’s Book are real books it wouldn’t be fair to be rated the same way as any other book. Wattpad book don’t usually have an editor, they’re not written by persons who their only job is only to write, and are usually written by people who are not professional writer. They are still good, but they won’t have the quality and the professionalism that books published by publishing houses have.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This books needs to be published.

★ ★ ★ ★ This book just need a little fixing and it would be fantastic.

★ ★ ★ Pretty good.

★ ★ It needs a lot of work.

★ not good!

☆ terrible

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II | GIVEAWAY

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GUYS!!! Guess what? I’m doing a giveaway!!! I’m giving away Jk Rowling’s newest book aka the script for the new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II. I am a huge potterhead as in fan of Harry Potter (for those who don’t know). As I mentioned before, I grew up reading and watching the Harry Potter movie and this summer I want to try to read as many of the books as possible before the next semester start. That being said I am super excited about the play. It bothers me that I can’t go to see it as much as I want to I can’t afford traveling halfway across the world. That is why I cannot wait to read the play. The fact that I’ve been taking playwriting classes only makes me want to read it more.  

When I was wondering what book would be good to do a giveaway I quickly though of this wonderful piece of art, but I wasn’t sure if the hype is still real, it is, so when I asked strangers what book they were most excited about they all said Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. So I decided to listen to my gut and the strangers and just do the giveaway. The book is being released on July 31, 2016, you all know why, so if we hit 100 subscribers before that day I will make sure the book gets sent directly to the winner’s address on the day it comes out. The giveaway winner will be chosen at random, if s/he followed all the instruction the same day that we hit 100.  This giveaway will be international.

 

Description from Amazon.com

“The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

 

RULES

1. You must follow my blog Soñando Despierta.

2. In this post you must comment your name and the word “followed”. 

3. You have a week to reclaim the gift and send me your adress if you fail to do so I will choose someone at random again. 

 

You can earn more entries by following me on:

Twitter: Janewilsom <- after you follow me retweet the image of the giveaway with the hashtag #SonandoDespiertaCurseChildGiveaway. I know is long but this is so I can find it. 

Instagram: J.b_william  <- I will be posting a pictures with the instructions for this one.

Pinterest: Soñando Despierta <-  I am going to pin the picture of the blogpost for an entry you must pin the image and go back to the original pin and comment done.

These are for extra entries but you must follow my blog to officially enter. Also tell all your friends about it. The faster we hit 100 followers the fastest the giveaway is done. 

This is my first giveaway so please be patient.

How to Be Queen | REVIEW

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     Hello! It has been so long since I last posted something book related, but I know why. You know those books that send you into reading slump? Well, I have some books reviews that are sending me into reviewing slump that combined with this semester coming to an end (just 29 more days until class end and after that 9 more until finals end) and I’m going crazy. You know when you’re so stressed that you get sick of the stupidest thing? Yes, that is me right now. I´m supposed to be in college studying for this German dialogue test on Friday and giving in the papers, but instead I´m stuck in my house feeling too sick or tired to move. Well, enough about me. Since these two reviews are making it hard for me to review I decided to power thought them. Today I will be doing the review of How to Be Queen.

                                                                           Title: How to Be Queen

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Amount of pages: 51 Part Story

Available thought: Wattpad

Author: Alyssa Urbano aka AerithSage on Wattpad

Series or stand alone: It doesn´t have a series per se of the same characters but it’s part of the Myths Finding Love series. 

#62 Fantasy on Wattpad

SYPNOSIS: 

” What if Hades never met Persephone? What if he has been alone for millennia now, 2488185-176-k867232lonely and ruling the underworld on his own? What if since the dawn of time the god of the Underworld still hasn’t discovered love? Well, that’s where I come in. The three Fates wove it into their looms for me to be born destined as his queen and rule the Underworld by his side.

My name is Aerith. All my life I believed I was mortal: a

terribly unlucky and cursed mortal. Klutz, uncoordinated, sloppy, unfashionable, nerd, geek were only some of the words used to describe me. I’ve always been an outcast, always bullied, never had a boyfriend, never even been kissed. Definitely far from being queen material.

Join me as I get tutored by Olympian gods and goddesses themselves and the best teachers throughout history whose souls now belonged to the Underworld. Join me on my journey as I fall in love with my great king and learn HOW TO BE A QUEEN…”

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I read this story after I got a massive book hangover because of Me Before You. This book really helped my book hangover, it’s one of those fluffy books that you knew that it was going to make you feel good and have a happy ending. I really enjoyed it. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I found myself reading this book nonstop. I couldn’t s2488185-176-k784743top, I couldn’t stop talking about and I wanted to force everyone to read it. You knew how it has gone to end from the beginning, but it really didn´t stop me from reading it. This is one of my favorite Wattpad books!

The characters. I liked the characters, most of them, even though the characters were a little on the flat side I enjoyed them. There were some characters you hated, characters
you loved, characters you hate to love and love to hate. I think everyone that reads this book understands my hatred for Aphrodite. I like Hades, even if he was a grumpy impatient god, I like Aerith (I LOVEEE HER NAME) even if she’s a stubborn young woman who I wanted to punch half of the book. The book was really good and like I mentioned before it’s a fluffy book that really helps with book-hangovers. I mean, what´s better than a free book? Nothing! I believe that it could have been a whole lot better, but I think it just deserves a publishing house to pick it up, the writer to go a little deeper in the story, round characters, an editor to polish it and me to get a copy of it.

Available here

Now time to rate! This book I’m going to rate it in Wattpad Stars. 

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Well that is my short review of How to Be Queen. Just one more short review and I promise the next one after that will be longer.  

 LOVE, Jane

Tips for oral presentation

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     Hey-o! I am back with college tips! I haven’t posted non book related post in SO LONG! I am so sorry. I will be talking about oral presentations. Don’t die on me just yet!!! These tips will help you rock that dreaded presentations. I’ve done so many oral presentations it seems like professors in Puerto Rico are told that oral presentations are bare. I’ve done many. Last semester I took a class where I had to do one monthly, plus the other presentations my professors made me do. I have come to accept them. I don’t love them, but the thought of it no longer sends me into panic mode. Today I am going to give you tips to help you rock it.

 

Making the slides:

 

     -If you’re using a slide presentation (PowerPoint, keynote, Prezi) remember not to overcharge them with information. You are supposed to know the material and professors do not like when people just read the slides. Also, it is very hard to read an overfilled slide.

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     -Just because you can put effects on the presentation doesn’t mean you should.

     -The same goes to actions sound it doesn’t look very professional to use action sounds.

 

Preparing for the presentation:

 

  • giphy-3.gif     Once you finish making the presentation (the slides, the information, proofreading,
    everything that will be said and done) take some time to revise the information. Try to practice the presentation before this will help you become more comfortable with the material and that way you won’t be forcing to be reading the slides. If you can memorize or just know the concept so well you don’t need notes, then you will really impress your professors.

 

  •      If you’re allowed to take notes with you bring them but DO NOT just read them. Use your notes as guides to what you have
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    to explain, comment, define and so on. Quotes can be read from notes but notes shouldn’t just be all the information you have to say. Reading them will cause you to ignore the audience and make it seem as if you’re not prepare.

 

 

  •      If you insist on reading them try to have part of me memorize and look up from the as much as possible. Or my personal favorite brings a computer, tablet or your notes printed in a BIG font and place them in the table in front of you. What I do is I bring my computer and if it’s not connected then I look at the computer but since the computer is facing the audience it’s easier to look up without losing your place and also if will not be as noticeable that you’re reading. Same with the printed notes I just look down without making my head look down (did I explain myself) and read them trying to make it look as natural as possible.

 

****REMEMBER professor want to see that you know the material****

 

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     -Drink some calming tea, water or anything that will calm you that will not cloud your judgement and mind like drugs do. Being calm will help you make a better job.

 

     -Before starting take a break, take some deep breath and remind yourself that is all going to be okay that even if it feels like the end of the day it is not.

During the presentation

     -Bring a water bottle, if allowed, to take a quick sip during presentations. This will give you a quick break and stops your voice from drying out.

     -This one is well known but not well used. Talk to some of your classmate and ask them
to ask you a specific question you know the answer for. For this you can’t have your notes or it will seem staged but if you do it correctly and success making it seem believable it will make you look prepared in front of the professors. If you don’t want too many people asking questions you’re unprepared giphy-3.giffor then tell them you’re going to answer a specific amount of question.

Example:

You- Well now I’m going to be answering 2 or 3 questions.

Your classmate #1- What is 1+1?

You- 1+1=2. Anyone else?

Your classmate #2- who wrote Poem 20?

You- Pablo Neruda wrote Poem 20.

Your classmate #3- How many books are in a trilogy?

You- three book. Well that is all for today.

     -If you don’t like looking at your audience because it makes you nervous or anxious then pick various spot on top of their head and concentrate there. They will feel like you’re looking at them but you won’t feel that way. Don’t forget to look around the classroom to engage with someone. Once I didn’t do this because the place for me to present was in an awkward position and I got a lot of point taken off because of this. I learn from this experience and you should too.

     -if you can’t stay still, I can’t, while giving a presentation because you’re shaking or moving side to side like you’re dancing to Shakira or singing in a chorus then just pace around while looking at the audience. I don’t know if your professors but mine walk all over the classroom this gets my attention since I have to follow them around. In a presentation you can do this pace around while presenting as long as you’re still engaging with the audience.

     Well those are all my tips for today. I hope they were helpful if you know any other tips I didn´t mention feel free to comment below. If you though these were helpful share it with the world and don´t forget to subscribe.

 

Love, Jane

 

April’s TBR

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Sweet April showers do

spring May flowers.

                                                                    -Thomas Tusser

The time is going so fast. It is April already! Already the days are getting longer, classes are coming to an end, and my Schedule is getting tighter. In Puerto Rico classes end on May so we are a little more than a month away from the finish line, at least for this semester, and I can’t wait for it to end. I have plans for this summer I’m going to travel, I’m going to take all the summer classes I can take without making me mentally unstable, and I will read a lot.

I have plans for a summer full of BS: beaches, books, bathing suits, boats and beautiful people. Actually just my family. I also want to do a Harry Potter reading marathon. My mom has all the books in English and Spanish. I grew up with Harry Potter like I remember in 8th grade reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and I also remember my mom very excited when she my dad got her Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but even more excited when she got it in Spanish. I grew up doing HP’s movie marathon, but there’s one book I haven’t read. I haven’t read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because is the last book and I’m not brave enough, I also haven’t seen the last two movies. I do know everything that happened my mom before going to bed, she would tell my dad the story. It was such an adorable image. Anyway, going back to the topic since I want to read all the Harry Potter books this summer and the books are very thick then I need a lot of times. I want to tackle a couple of books before summer, but I don’t have a lot of time because the end is near, of the semester, so this April I want to focus on five books. This is my April’s TBR list.

Books I want to read:

 

In the Victim’s Shadow by Victoria Schwimley. 

“On a cold San Francisco evening, Amber and Katherine Winters, a mother and daughter

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can we please talk about how beautiful is the cover?

modeling team, stop at a corner store after work for some much-needed ice cream and is instead met with an action from a desperate man that will put an end to Amber’s life, and forever scar Katherine.
That desperate man is Spencer Simon, a man out of luck, with no job and no place to live. Rejected from yet another job, at that same corner market, Spencer is surprised to find himself pulling out a gun instead of the change for his cup of coffee. He is even more surprised when the cashier throws the money at him. When the gun fires, killing the beautiful model as he is trying to flee, Spencer doesn’t know what to do-except run, leaving five-year old Katherine crying over her dead mother. 
Twenty-seven years later, Katherine is all grown up, and Spencer has a son who, forced to grow up under his father’s soul-consuming guilt, is bitter over having lost his childhood. Chad focuses his hatred on Katherine, whom he blames for his problems, and devises a plan to make her suffer as much as he has. Katherine has now become a successful lawyer, with a longing in her heart for something special: a child. When Chad attempts to enter Katherine’s life, she is unimpressed and easily dismisses him. This only angers Chad more, causing him to devise another plan. Chad learns of John Wheaton, the man Katherine is in love with, and upon seeing the strength of their bond, reacts in anger over Katherine’s happiness and attacks John, leaving him for dead and Katherine facing another loss in her life. 
Meanwhile, in an attempt to appease his guilt and in some way show his son that he loves him, Spencer sits back and watches as his son become this bitter monster.” via amazon.com

The synopsis has me in tension and I can’t wait to read this story. This is the kind of story you have to be very careful when you write because it can either be a total fail or a YES YES YES story.

 

After the Thaw by Therese Heckenkamp 

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Four years ago, Charlene Perigard survived a brutal kidnapping. Now at twenty-two, she’s put that trauma behind her for a promising future with handsome firefighter Ben Jorgensen. But when new trauma strikes, a new nightmare begins. 

Sinister threats, a midnight attack, and a deathbed promise drive Charlene to the little town of Creekside, where she encounters a man from her past whom she has long struggled to forget: Clay Morrow—ex-convict and brother of her kidnapper. He’s also the man who once helped save her life. 

Despite the odds, Charlene and Clay forge a tentative friendship, unaware of a brooding, mounting danger that seeks to destroy them both. Charlene’s wounded heart must choose between her fiancé and the man whose past is more scarred than her own. But in choosing, she may just lose everything. 

Christian Romantic Suspense 

*After the Thaw is the sequel to Frozen Footprints but can be read as a stand-alone novel.* ” via amazon.com

What intrigues me more about this story is that is christian but doesn’t sound like the typical everything is the color pink or everything is bad until God came into my life. It sounds really interesting and I’m really curious.

Audiobooks I want to listen to:

Hello Fabulous!: A Funny Story About a Straight Guy Who Continually Gets Mistaken for a Gay Guy by Jason Tanamor 

“The Flamingo, the biggest openly gay event in the world, decides to move from its usual destination of Las Vegas to the lesser-known city of Moline, Illinois. The event features 51J0PRYf+tL._AA300_.jpggay musical acts, clinics, and novelties, and is coming to Moline for the first time due to tax breaks and the fact that the mayor is the uncle of the one and only fabulous host, Spencer Gayman. 

Randy Straight, a boring hetero, is continually mistaken for Gayman. This mistake begins to snowball, with the media believing that Gayman has hit the town well before the scheduled event to perhaps scout out restaurants, tour, shop, or all of the above. Straight then sees his life go from “straight and boring” to “gay and fab-you-luss” overnight. He begins to receive VIP treatment in the form of restaurant, hotel, and clothing comps. Not to mention the occasional hetero woman willing to turn Gayman straight. 

Straight’s super hetero friends, Peter Christman and Jack Dudemeister, begin to enjoy the perks of being in a celebrity entourage. They encourage Straight to play the part – 100 percent. That is until Gayman comes to town for real after hearing that his good, gay name has been tarnished by being seen in places like K-Mart. “Oh no he dih’nt!” 

Hello Fabulous! is a hilarious story about mistaken identity that results in a climax that determines the real fabulous one. Oh, and there’s a giant flamingo, too!” via amazon.com

This is my first book for the audiobook exercise challenge which I haven’t been able to start yet because I have a never ending list of things to do but I will start this book and this comment is my contract. I choose this book because it sounds hilarious, which ismy favorite thing to listen to while exercising. Also queer literature is one my favorite kind of literature. I’m so tempted to start listening, but now I must follow the challenge.

Books I want to finish:

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“Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the
kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a
terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!”

I am currently reading this book and so much yes is going on but I won’t say until I’m done reading.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

416TWMc56dL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgIn Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?” via amazon.com

I got Carry On for free in exchange for a review, butreading I couldn’t understand and started getting bored. A friend told me that I should read Fangirl first so I could understand. So I bought the book and now I’m currently reading. In the meantime Carry On is on hold until I’m done with Fangirl.

That is it for a little window into my childhood and my April’s TBR. What is in your April’s TBR?

 LOVE, Rose

Carol by Patricia Highsmith| Review

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“I feel I stand in a desert with my hands outstretched, and you are raining down upon me.”

― Patricia Highsmith, Carol

Title: Carol

Amount of pages: 256 pages

Published: 1952

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Genre: Novel, Queer, LGBTQ, Road trip


Does it have a movie?
Yes, under the title Carol.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Trailer here.

 

SYNOPSIS

“Patricia Highsmith’s story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as “the novel of a love that society forbids,” the book soon became a cult classic.

Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith’s own life,ltells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany―the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese’s job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society’s confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation. Carol is a brilliantly written story that may surprise Highsmith fans and will delight those discovering her work.” via Amazon.com

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How do I even begin? This book gave me a massive reading slump. I wanted to do anything 11430661
BUT reading this book. I still pushed myself through it and go to finish it. When I did, I wanted to cry of happiness. This book was boring; it was really boring me it felt like it was going nowhere. I keep reading people’s review saying that the last 20 pages were the best and I keep forcing myself through them until I reached them. Yes, the last 20 pages were better, but it was still boring. Still, I believe it was a GOOD idea, but the author should work it out better. It honestly could have been an amazing book, but the writer failed at the idea.

I am a sucker for queer literature, but good queer literature. This character was obsessed without even knowing the other person, the book made it feel like 25622850.jpgso much time has passed when it had barely. I hated Richard I wanted to rip him from the book bring him to real life and beat him. I hated Carol. She was dismissive, cold, rude and just annoying. I really dislike her. I disliked Carol’s husband, which I know we are supposed to. *SPOILER ALERT* Honestly, I kind of wished she ended with one of her guy friends or anyone who wasn’t Carol or Richard. UGH! *SPOILER DONE*

I didn’t hate her even though I found her flat like all her characters ever was, just a love 52258sick puppy, but I did love the way she goes through the novel trying to figure out what’s
going on. It felt real the way she thought about Richard, about sex with him and so on. That part really felt real the search to finding yourself. The path to accept your queer self in a world where heteronormative is the law.

I also enjoy the theme and the period of time. It was a time where being lesbian was not accepted or normal and I found it made the book interesting. It took guts to write a book about such a taboo subject in the 1940s. I like 10117779learning about how things were made, what things were used, how they communicated, dressed, the amount of money and what you could get for a dollar. The historical concept of it interested me, but the story per se didn’t. I would like to give the author a second chance, but not the book.

Also, I didn’t find very quotable I like when books are quotable.

 

Now time for the rating. * drum rolls *

 

Story: ★ ★★

Characters: ★ ★

Audiobook narrator: ★ ★ ★ ★

Audiobook in general: ★ ★ ★

Rating of everything in general: ★ ★

 

Get it in English here.

The Audiobook Exercising Challenge

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I told myself I was going to start training for a 5k. It lasted a day. It all started when I couldn’t go running because of rain and then I got sick and was sick for like two weeks. After that, between appointments, college and just my life in general, I forgot about that goal. While looking for motivation I remember what helped me train last time, what made my time fly and made me actually enjoy: I listened to Binge by Tyler Oakley. I love Audiobooks and I love to use them when I clean because I don’t like cleaning and it makes cleaning not boring and tedious.

I want to train for the 5k and just exercise in general. Exercise just puts me in a better mood and really gives me the energy and relaxation I need for college. Being active is hard when you’re a full time student, reader and blogger. I walk a lot during the day, but I also spend a lot of time sitting on my butt. The problem? In the morning I don’t want to wake up early and in the night I’m too exhausted, mentally, emotionally, and physically to do it. But while listening to Cinder without wanting to stop I realized what better way to motivate myself to do it than with a book so good that I won’t want to stop. Imagine actually wanting to exercise just so you can listen to the book sounds like what I need. Since I am, still, lacking motivation I made a challenge for myself and decided to share it here.

The audiobook exercise challenge.

Instructions aka how to:

  1. Write down your goals.

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First, you need to think and write down what are your goals. How many days a week you want to exercise, for how long, minimum of time, ideas of what exercise and so on. In my case I want to exercise at least three times a week and of those times I want to run at least three times a week. See where I’m going?

 

  1. Set some groundrules.

Mine is very simple and I recommend them.

– I will only listen to the audiobook while I’m exercising. I will not listen to it on my way to college or my way to the gym. I will not listen to it while I clean, but only, ONLY while I exercise.

*The only exception is if I take the stairs. In college, Iuse to always take the stairs no matter how heavy my backpack is but this semester I’ve been too lazy and mostly used the electric stairs. Then in that case if I take all the stairs all day, then I’ll allow myself to

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Running late to class be like:

listen for 15 minutes at the end of the day but only 15 minutes. It might seem silly, but it makes a difference, especially for a book lover like me. This also motives me to keep reading, which motivate me to exercise.

 

* My other exception is if I exercised without them for the amount of time I exercise I allow myself to listen to it afterwards, for example, I wouldn’t use one while I do yoga, aerobics or if I have to listen to someone talk.

-If I don’t exercise, then I don’t listen to the audiobook and won’t allow myself to start another audiobook or book.

  1. Set a reward system.

If the idea of listening to an audiobook is not enough or you’re looking for an extra push of

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motivation set a reward system. If you finish an audiobook of 8 hours, then you get a new book (apart from the new audiobook), a movie, a day off to binge watch Netflix, new
clothes and so on. For mine, I’ll let myself buy a book, an audiobook or just spend a day reading nonstop or watching Netflix nonstop without doing homework or studying. Maybe a home spa day.

 

  1. Look for an audiobook

You can get one on a library, maybe someone can lend you one or you can buy it. I like to use audible. The libraries where I live only have 5 or 6 encyclopedias and whatever dictionaries or book people donate so that’s a no no to even hope for good books much less Audiobooks. If you’re blessed with good libraries full of Audiobooks then go ahead. I like the audible because buying a credits its usually A LOT CHEAPER than buying the audiobook giphy-2.gifwithout. The good thing about audible is that they have 4 plans to choose from whether monthly or annually. The one that I have is monthly I pay 14.95 and get a credit, but you can pay 22.95 and get two. The other reason I love audible is because I can download it on my phone, my tablet or my mp3 and it will sync.

Make sure to look for highly engrossing but not too complicated audiobooks because those will need more concentration that you’ll probably be able to give it. What I also like to do is look for the best, longest books with the best narrators because I want my money to be well spent, make that credit worth it and because who wants to listen to an amazing story with a cringe worthy narrator? Not me.

Book that worked for me:

Binge by Tyler Oakley

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Simon vs the homosapien agenda by Becky Albertalli * mostly because of the narrator Michael Crouch who sounds like Tyler Oakley*

Me Before You by Jojo Mayes

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz *fun fact Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates this book and its amazing*

Books that didn’t work for me:

Hopeles by Colleen Hoover

Carol by Patricia Highsmith

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

As you can see I like light, funny books for when I exercise there are exceptions of course but I enjoying the feeling of a good funny book and a good exercise.

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Work it

 

  1. Buy and download the audiobook

If you’re using audible try to download it all before leaving the house because unless you have unlimited data it is annoying having to spend data downloading the chapters. If you have the CD then pass it to your device.

  1. Start listening, exercising, and enjoy.

This is the moment you were waiting for you can now exercise and enjoy the books
happily.

-Tips-

* Write down your goals, days you exercise, for how long and so on.

* Also write down the book you listened, authors, genre, narrators, which you liked, loved, dislike, hate and so on. This will help you choose your next audiobook.


*Write your ever changing goals, when you completed them, and what was you rewards. This will motivate you and since is ever changing is good to keep track

*Buy wireless headphones and wear clothes that let you carry you the device where your audiobook is stored. Nobody wants be all tangled up with cables that limit you.

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Let me know how it went. Did it help?

 

LOVE, Jane

 

 

 

 

 

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