Goodreads Tips

If you are an avid reader as I am then you probably use Goodreads to help keep track of your reading and books. This year I’m trying to get more organized with it and have found a couple of videos, one in particular, that have some great tips on Goodreads so I thought I’d share them with you all. This first one is from a great booktuber who loves fantasy. His channel is called A Common Touch of Fantasy. He has sooo many great tips in this video. I love how he explains how to organize your updates feed and find duplicates. I ended up watching this with goodreads open and pausing it frequently to work on my account. It has motivated me to sort through all my books and friends. I’m so thankful he made this video. I’ve included it below for your viewing pleasure. If you watch it and enjoy it please comment that you heard about it from The Crafty Home. :)

 

In addition to this video I have also recently come across an older video of Lindsey Rey‘s about how to do re-reads on Goodreads so that they will show as being read again and count towards your goodreads challenge for the year. This video has revolutionized my goodreads life as well. Enjoy!

 

I hope you really enjoyed learning more about Goodreads. I know I did with these two videos. If you are on Goodreads I’d love to have you has a friend. Here’s my Goodreads profile, please add me as a friend. Let me know in the comments what your favorite tip was.

My Top 10 Things from SchoolhouseTeachers.com – Review

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I have been given the privilege of once again being on the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I’m so excited to get to help out homeschool companies as well as let all of you know about some great products you may not have otherwise learned about. I’m also going to try to do video reviews of most things so make sure to subscribe here and to my youtube channel so you don’t miss out. My first review for the crew is of SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I was given a Yearly Membership in exchange for my honest thoughts.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is such a massive and amazing tool that I wanted to find the best way to give you inside look at it without overwhelming you. So I’m taking a clue from my mentor and going to do a top 10 list, in no particular order. Let’s get started!

 

New Members

1. A handy getting started guide (affiliate link) – I love that there is a fabulous getting started page for newbies. To be honest, I’ve been a member for several years and I still find this page helpful. It has descriptions of all the menu items, areas of special note, and frequently asked questions.

 

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2. Quick Links (affiliate link) – This is a new feature and I’m in love. There are so many classes on the site and when you are working on one it can be confusing to get back to them. Once you know what classes you want to take it is easier to just go to this page and click on each lesson you are doing that day.

 

Grade Level

3. Courses by Grade Level (affiliate link)- This is by far one of my favorite features on the site. There is so much on SchoolhouseTeachers.com (enough to use it and the library alone to educate your children) that it is really handy to just click on the grade level you are looking for. It even has a section for parents and extra resources you get as a member.

 

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4. Super Organized – I just love how organized the site is. You can explore classes by grade level like I talked about above and then when you click on elementary, middle school, or high school it further separates it by topic so you can easily find what you are looking for. You can also search just be topic but I love that I can think of a specific child, click on the age range of that child, and then click on the topic we are wanting to study from. It’s especially helpful with my oldest (6th grader) because I’ll pick the topic and then let him pick the classes or at least explore them with me.

 

Pre-K Activities

5. Pre-K Activities: Read and Play (affiliate link)- I figured since I had just talked in number 3 about how I like to look through the classes and in number 4 about how organized it is that I’d talk about some of my favorite classes on the site. Pre-K Activities: Read and Play is by far one of my favorites. I love teaching pre-k (I even volunteer to do it at my co-op) and am so sad that this is my last year. :( Anyway, this class is all about reading a great picture book and then doing activities based on that. It’s very Charlotte Mason style. I love the simplicity of enjoying a story with your child and doing activities to match. It’s also great if you are teaching a co-op class. :)

 

Hands On Architecture

6. Hands-On Architecture (affiliate link)- Most kids these days, including my children, love to build things. Whether it’s with Legos, blocks, or on the computer in Minecraft or a similar game, they love to make things. This class gives my kids a look at true architecture with hands on projects. These projects can also easily be adapted for Minecraft or use with Legos making it a lot of fun for your child. This is an elementary and on up class that can easily be made more difficult depending on the student. We used the Gingerbread House lesson this Christmas when making our houses. We didn’t actually do the homemade from scratch gingerbread that the lesson project taught you but it was fun to learn about at Christmas time.

 

SchoolhouseTeachers Review 2016
7. Book Recommendations – I’m such a huge language arts nut and I love me some good book recommendations. There are several classes that recommend books in various ways with activities or questions to go along with them. I just love that there are so many great resources for that on the site.

 

Electives

8. Electives (affiliate link) – I love that there are so many high quality electives and many of them are in technology giving skills that will help the next generation get the edge up on jobs. Not only that but there are a bunch of the higher level electives that I am planning on taking myself and I know several other adults on the crew who are doing the same. Particularly I’m looking forward to Photography and Graphic Design both of which I will probably do with my son. I love that we can do these courses together.

 

Media Library

9. Media Library (affiliate link)- I love that we get access to Right Now Media Library that has tons of awesome videos as part of our membership. But even better than that there are several courses that utilize these videos and have worksheets and such to go with them. We have been loving the What’s in the Bible series and use the worksheet questions to discuss the video once it is over. My kids are learning so much and this is such a valuable tool.

 

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10. High School Help (affiliate link) – Even though I have no children in high school yet, the thought of having to do transcripts in only a few years is terrifying to me. I stumbled across the fact that many of the classes have academic weighting information so you know how many credits to give for the completion of a course. This is invaluable in my opinion. You also get access to AppleCore which can help you make those transcripts. What a feeling of relief to know this tool will be available for me when this time comes in only a few short years (man they grow up fast).

This only touches the surface of what is available through SchoolhouseTeachers.com (affiliate link). Like I’ve said in the review, you could totally use this site to do all of your educating and that makes it such an amazing deal. With daily grammar, math, ect. all of the subjects are totally covered. I highly recommend this site either has your complete curriculum or an amazing supplement to your homeschool, which is how we use it.

You can subscribe monthly to SchoolhouseTeachers.com (affiliate link) for $12.95 a month!! You can cancel at anytime and that allows you to use the whole site for all your children! New classes are added frequently and you get access to those as well. It’s an amazing deal. You can also do a yearly subscription for $139, which saves you 10%. But even better until the end of January 2016 you can get 50% off of a year subscription by using the coupon code CREWFOLLOWER!!

 

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Book Review (Unsponsored)

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Don Tillman is a professor of genetics who has never been on a second date. He doesn’t have many friends and has problems with our normal social rituals. When an acquaintance says he would make a great husband he must logically conclude that it is possible and there must be someone out there for him. Therefore, he embarks on The Wife Project. A questionnaire designed to filter out those who are not his perfect match and that have caused problems in the past. But when his friend deceitfully sends someone who doesn’t fit the profile he learns how to have a friendship and wonders if it is possible for more.

I was so excited to read this book. The main character, Don, sounded so much like my husband with his logical view of the world sans emotion. Not that my husband doesn’t have any emotion, he’s not quite as extreme as our main character but I still found this book very cool. I loved the love story and laughed out loud soooo many times in this book. I also loved how we slowly figure out that Don is most likely autistic or has Asperger’s. As I was reading I could see some of these tendencies in my husband and one of my sons. One of my favorite parts of the book was when he is doing the talk on Asperger’s and he saw all the positives of that and got the kids chanting about it. The parents and teachers were appalled but seeing Don’s logic reaction to it all really makes you think about how awesome these kids are and how many things they could help with in the world if taught to embrace their differences and figure out where they fit so they can excel in life. I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 only because I didn’t like the views of evolutionary thinking and the slight slams against Creationism and belief in God. That being said it was handled way, way, way better than a lot of books I have read and wasn’t nearly as offensive. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a love story that is way different than anything you have read before. I can’t wait to read the follow up novel.

I was not given this book for review. I bought it with my own money and just wanted to share my thoughts with you all. :)

Would You Rather Bout of Books Day 2 Challenge

Today is the second day of the Bout of Books read a thon. There is still time to sign up and join in, but only through tonight! This is one of my favorite read a thons. There is a lot of fun challenges, chats, and such. I’ve met loads of new friends doing read a thons. Plus there are PRIZES!!!

 

 

One of the ways to win prizes is to do the daily challenges. They are hosted by different bloggers and today’s is hosted by Writing My Own Fairytale and is a would you rather challenge. So without further ado here are my answers.

Would you rather:
Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?

Oh what a tough one, but I suppose that is the point. Definitely dog-ears pages…I mean if I have to. :) The cheesy Cheetos fingers would leave behind grease and make me not want to touch the pages but the dog-eared pages would just miff me a bit but I could get over it.

Would you rather:
Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?

I think I’d rather meet an author and that’s because a couple of my booktube buddies are authors including my best booktube buddy, Amy C Books, so then I could meet her. :)

Would you rather:
Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?

I literally made a “stink face” at this question (and I can’t believe I just used that term but it was accurate). I would rather never been allowed in a book store again, although I am cringing as I type that and may possible cry just thinking about it. Although I guess I could still buy books online so that does help soften the blow a bit, but still!

Would you rather:
Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?

Hmmmm…..well I don’t really mind sad endings so either would be fine as well as they were well written but I guess I’d say die. Gosh, how morbid of me.

Would you rather:
Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?

I have never read either of these but being that The Scarlet Letter is a classic I’d much rather have to read that once a year for the rest of your life.

 

So what would you rather do? I’d love to hear your responses in the comments below.

Bout of Books Day 1 Update

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We have made it through day 1 of the Bout of Books 15 read a thon. However, I did not get much reading done. :( I had so much to do and then made the poor decision to watch Netflix instead of reading. I did, however, get in like an hour before bed. I worked on reading more of Soulless by Gail Carriger. This is a re-read for me because I want to refresh my memory before finishing out the series. Reading all of Gail Carriger’s works is one of my bookish goals for 2016.
In other news, I noticed that the TBR Takedown 3.0 is also going on during Bout of Books. TBR Takedown is run by the wonderful Shannon from Leaning Lights. She does a wonderful read a thon with a fabulous prize, reading sprints, reading challenges (which are optional and just for fun), and daily challenges. Definitely go check her out, especially if you are already doing Bout of Books. There is no reason not to do both.
Here are the challenges for TBR Takedown 3.0, you can do as many as you want or none. This is a fun, stress free read a thon.

TBR Challenges

1. Read a book from your most recent book haul.
2. Read a book on your TBR Shelf over a year (or longest).
3. Read a book outside your comfort zone! (Genre, content, etc).
4. Read a first book in a series
5. Complete a series/Read a sequel in a series
6. Read a FIRE color book (Fire colours such as shades of red, pink, purple, lilac, burgundy.) Lucky Colors for 2016
7. Read a non-novel item: poem, verse, novella, short story, etc.

*You can use one book for multiple challenges.
*You can do as many or as little challenges as you want!
*There is no set number of book you need to read.
*This readathon is FUN! So relax and enjoy!

I came up with a tenative tbr and posted a picture of it on my Instagram. Here is the picture.

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I hope you are enjoying your read a thons. I’d love to hear your progress in the comments.

Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2016

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I’m so excited to do this list today. I will eventually film a video with my goals but this works too. :) I’d love to hear about your goals in the comments. I will be posting a blog post with more bloggy goals as well as personal goals later. So let’s get on with this.

  1. Read 100 books. I didn’t meet last years goal of 120 nor did I reach 100 so I figured this was a good challenge as I was close.
  2. Read all of Brandon Sanderson’s books. I’m not counting his work on the Wheel of Time series (because I’ve heard those are hard to get through) or the short stories he has written in other works. Just his own novels is a challenge enough. :)
  3. Read all of Gail Carringer’s books. You know the author of The Parasol Protectorate series and The Finishing School series.
  4. Read all of my physical copies of review books by mid-year. This is a hard challenge for me as I normally get distracted by all the new books or books that booktube is reading and my review books are all Christian fiction which isn’t as talked about on booktube.
  5. Keep current on review books once I am caught up.
  6. Raise my NetGalley ratio. It is horrible low right now at 25%.
  7. Read the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  8. Read at least one non-fiction book a month.
  9. Do at least one booktube video a week.
  10. Cultivate my booktube friendships more.

 

I’m doing Bout of Books 15!!!

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I’m so excited to do another round of Bout of Books. It is one of my most favorite read a longs. It starts on Monday the 4th and goes until Sunday the 10th. The best part of this is participating on twitter. I’ve met so many wonderful ladies. I think I will just work on reading the Parasol Protectorate series. I am already mid way through a reread of Soulless so this will be perfect. However, I do have a concussion and am having speech problems and get sleepy easily so I’m not sure how productive I will be. I’d love to have you join me! Let me know in the comments if you are and make sure to go and sign up!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016 – Top Ten Tuesday

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This week’s topic is one that required much research from me. I’ve been out of the loop on what is coming up so I had to check different goodreads lists and came up with a nice list of books I’m excited about for 2016. So without further ado here is my list (in no particular order):

Glass Sword 1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – The much anticipated sequel to Red Queen. I know some people didn’t like Red Queen but I loved it and can’t wait for the sequel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rose and the Dagger 2. The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – This is the sequel to The Wrath & the Dawn. If you have not started this series you so need to. It was an amazing book and I can’t wait for the next one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Star 3. The Last Star by Rick Yancey – This is the third and I think final book in The 5th Wave series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series but the second left me a little wanting so I am hoping it ends good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Crown 4. The Crown by Kiera Cass – This is the fifth and final book in The Selection Series. This is one of my favorite series. I just love the girliness of it combined with the dystopian parts. It’s just fabulous!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Siren 5. The Siren by Kiera Cass – This is a stand alone fantasy from Kiera Cass….need I say more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Renegades 6. Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins – This is the third book in the Rebel Belle series. I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. I haven’t read the second yet because while the first book was good I didn’t feel an overwhelming need to read the second but now that there will be three of them I’m interested to read them all at once and make a more informed decision about this series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

calamity 7. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson – This is the third book in the Reckoners series. If you have not started this series by Brandon Sanderson you need to!! It’s not his normal high fantasy so it can be a bit easier to read to get into the wonderful world of Brandon Sanderson novels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

18739426 8. The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson – This is a Misborn novel, the 6th in the series. Another great series by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve read the Misborn trilogy but haven’t read the other novels which happen a lot later. I’m excited to get to 4, 5, and 6 in this series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

cruel crown 9. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard – This is a prequel to the Red Queen series and I can’t wait to read it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25944798 10. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson – This book is cheating a bit because it doesn’t come out in the first part of the year but in August. However, my friend Felicia from Little Prairie Library reminded me that it needs to be on my list. Felicia and I have buddy read this whole series and love it soooo much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that is what I am looking forward to in 2016. What book are you most looking forward to? I’d love to hear in the comments.

My Booktube Channel is Active Once Again

It’s been 5 months since I made a booktube video which is way too long. I missed it so much. This is my catch up/I’m back video! I hope you will enjoy watching it and subscribe to my channel for more videos to come including book review, book talks, tags, homeschool curriculum reviews, and whatever strikes my fancy.

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