Step by Step by June Francis

Set in Chester at the beginning of the 1900s. As Alice tries to escape from her father’s clutches, Hannah is struggling with the consequences of her mother’s accident. Torn apart through circumstance, can the two girls ever be free of the weight of the past?

Step by Step

To be completely honest, I had really low hopes for this book. The person who bought it for me isn’t a reader, and non-readers are really bad at picking for books for readers. Sorry, but it’s true! The other book she got me was pretty terrible, so I expected this one to be the same. So really, we should be pretty excited this got a three star rating!

I read a fair bit of historical fiction, and the history part of this was writtenHistorical Fiction really well. Hannah (or Hanny) knew a girl fighting for women to get the vote, Alice was desperate to get married, and had an alcoholic/abusive father, etc. It was those little touches that made this book seem really real to me, and I love a book that gets me into their world. Most of the historical touches were pretty small though, it definitely wasn’t a major part of the book.

According to the blurb, the most major part of the book was the friendship between Alice and Hanny. But for a lot of the book, they weren’t actually speaking to each other… Always for good reasons, but still! Then it was always a big deal that they’d fallen out. If you’re going to write a book centered around friendship like that, you need to develop the friendship quite a bit first. I felt pretty let down by this book knowing that the friendship had so much potential. The friendship between their mothers was a lot more prominent, and one of them died, and the other was severely injured…

No EmotionsThe other thing that let me down was the lack of emotions. This book talked about some really serious topics – rape, incest, abuse, alcoholism, death, physical trauma, etc. And physically, they really affected the characters. Kenny was mute because of his abusive parents, Hanny thought she was pregnant because her brother raped her, and that caused her to run away. Hanny’s mother had physical trauma so bad she nearly died, and that took up a lot of a focus from the book. But not for one moment did I actually care about the characters affected. I was interested in the events going on, because they’re interesting topics to read about! Except in most books, I would have cried. I should have cried! I should have been worried about these characters, terrified for their sanity and well being. In reality, though, I was bored. I had to force myself to pick this book up and keep going, for the sake of knowing how the events would all pan out. If you choose to write about emotional topics, you need to write emotionally.

I’m disappointed, because the writing wasn’t bad at all. It was just the characters that were one dimensional. Maybe Francis should stick to the history side of writing?

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Book #3) 

Average Rating: 4.49

Author: J.K Rowling

Pages: 435

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Publication Date: September 8, 1999

Goodread’s Synopsis: “For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well; and the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts . . . he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.”

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(Harry Potter #2)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Pages: 341

Publication Date: 07-01-1999

Publisher:  Arthur A. Levine Books

Average Rating: 4.33

Goodread’s Synopsis: “All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself.” 

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Reading and Blogging Goals for 2016

Happy New Years!!! It’s that time of year where everyone is making blogging and reading goals for the 2016. I think I did pretty good last year, but I can do a lot better in so many different areas. I really need to step up my game because I know my blog can become so much more. I’m super excited for this year and I can’t wait to make it the best year for me.

BLOGGING GOALS 

  1. I think the biggest thing I need to do is PLAN and SCHEDULE AHEAD. I tried working on that last year and I did well, but then I stopped and started over and over again. I know my views can be so much better than 1,356 for a whole year a lot of the other bloggers get way much more than that in a month. That’s mostly because they have posts consistently. I know if I can get more posts this year than I’m sure my view count will go up.
  2. This goes with my first goal/ improvement and that is to market my blog more. I was doing that for awhile I then stopped, but I really need to start doing this again. This will help me get more views and more followers. I’m also going to include commenting on other blogs with this goal because in way its marketing.
  3. I really want to get at least 100 wordpress followers. I do have around 120 followers on combined with wordpress, twitter, and bloglovin. Again I need to produce more content and market more to achieve this goal.

READING GOALS 

  1. I didn’t read much last year I think I honestly burnt myself out the previous year by reading 200 books. My goodreads goal for 2016 is 110 books.  I do think this is reasonable and achievable. I have a feeling it will go well and I might just have to bump it up.
  2. I really want to get my Netgalley percentage up to 80.  I just have a lot of arcs/ review copies that I need to read. I want to read at least 5 a month which I think is a reasonable amount.
  3. Another thing is I want to read a classic a month. There’s tons of classics out there and I need to put myself out of that comfort zone and read some.
  4. I also need to start reading more of the ebooks on my Kindle that’s the main reason I got it. I haven’t read many ebooks on there sadly.
  5. One of my last reading goals is to start/finish at least 10 series throughout the year of 2016. There’s so many I want to read, but I’m being realistic.
  6. My very last reading reading goal of is to complete the 2016 pop-sugar challenge. They have 50 different challenges that you complete throughout the year. For more information about this challenge click here.

So there you have my 2016 reading and blogging goals. What are your reading and blogging goals of 2016? Are you excited for 2016? I hope everyone has a wonderful year and I will talk you to you guys in my next post.

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Day 5: Top 15 Books of 2015

Welcome to Day 5 of It’s the End of the Year Read-A-Thon 2015 and today is hosted my me. I didn’t read much this year at all. I think I read so much in 2014 and I think I got burned out honestly. I’m really hoping that 2016 will be a really good year for me. Despite all this I did read some pretty good books and some pretty bad books here are my top 15 books of 2015. Or I will try to name 15.

 

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Day 3: Spell out that Christmas Word( Book Edition)

Welcome to day 3 of It’s the End of the Read-A-Thon. Today’s challenge is spelling out a Christmas word with book and is hosted by Jayne. For some reason this game is always the hardest for me to do and I don’t know why either. Finding a word isn’t the hardest part, more so finding the books to spell the word is the hardest part. I think this year my word will be Christmas.

 

  • City of Bones
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Rebel Belle
  • Isle of the Lost
  • Sanctuary Bay
  • The Princess Bride
  • My Secret to Tell
  • Angels of Morai
  • Seven Ways We Lie

What word did you spell? How is the read-a-thon coming along for you?

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