Week Two: A Noble’s Path By I.L. Cruz [Blog Tour]

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The second and final week of I.L. Cruz’s blog tour for her second book in the Enchanted Isle’s series, A Noble’s Path, has come to a close. I want to give a huge thank you to each and every book blogger who participated in this tour.

In case you missed any of the stops thus far, you can see all the week one participants here. Everyone who made week two possible are listed below. Please be sure to stop by all their websites and social media to give them some love. We appreciated all the help they’ve given in making this tour possible.

The book bloggers:

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About A Noble’s Path:

Divided loyalties test Inez Garza.

The infamous incident at the Academy of Natural Studies has forced her to work for the King’s Men while continuing to serve the hidden market.

Supporting Birthright furthers the cause of Magical Return, but the cost may be the fall of the royal house and losing Zavier forever.

And the strongest pull of all is her growing and erratic magic, which demands everything and offers only destruction in return.

Inez must decide where her loyalties lie—saving Canto or saving herself.

About I.L. Cruz

I.L. Cruz, Author | Blog Tour | Creative Writing | Self-Published Author | Writers | RachelPoli.comI.L. Cruz decided to make writing her full-time career during the economic downturn in 2008. Since then she’s used her BA in International Relations to sow political intrigue in her fantasy worlds and her MA in history to strive for the perfect prologue. When she’s not engaged in this mad profession she indulges her wanderlust as often as possible, watches too much sci-fi and reads until her eyes cross. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and a sun-seeking supermutt named Dipper.

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That’s a wrap on the blog tour for A Noble’s Path!

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I’m Halfway To My Goodreads Goal

For the past couple of years, I’ve pledged to read 52 books in one year – that’s one book a week. I usually go above and beyond, especially since I tend to read two books a week during the summer. This year was no exception to that goal, but… I’ve been in a reading slump for practically half of the year.

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I’ve gotten into reading slumps in the past but have always managed to reach my Goodreads goal. This is usually because I end up reading middle-grade level books or something of the kind. Not because they’re short and quick, but because I actually enjoy those kinds of books. It just helps out that they happen to be short and quick reads. But if they’re good and I enjoy them, then who cares how long they are and how long it takes me to read them?

I’ve always been the type of person to not rush through books. Reading one book a week is a good pace for me since I can typically read between 50 and 100 pages a day.

And yet, I’ve gone into a hardcore reading slump for the past few months. No matter what I try to do, I just don’t feel like reading. I’ve been going to the library and picking out textbooks for research on various topics so maybe I’ll review those books down the road. It’d be something different, at least. Still, I haven’t been reading the typical novel.

We’re now about a week into October which means there are only three months left in the year. My Goodreads goal still stands at 52 books and, according to my Goodreads, I’ve only read 14 books. This is because I haven’t been updating it at all and haven’t in a few months. Scrolling through the reviews I’ve posted on here this year, I have read and reviewed 26 books.

26 is half of 52, I know that math at least. I’m actually shocked that I reached at least half of my original goal.

Looking at the weeks ahead, I need to read about two books a week with two of those weeks reading three books if I were to reach 52 books this year.

I’m not saying I’m going to do this. I’ve been in a slump for so long that I really don’t want to try to bombard myself with books again all the sake of reaching a virtual goal.

But I’m also not saying this isn’t an impossible thing to do. I want to get back into the habit of reading again. Who knows, if I find a new spark with a certain book or two, I may actually just reach the 52-book goal.

Do you have a Goodreads goal? Have you met it yet? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around!

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When I First Fell In Love With Reading

I didn’t always enjoy reading. In fact, I thought it was stupid. To me, it was just homework from teachers. All the books were always picked out for me and I never cared for any of them. In the middle of all that, I did fall in love with reading.

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When I Was 11

I was in the sixth grade and Erin Hunter, a group of authors under a penname, came out with a book titled Warriors. You’ve all heard me talk about this series now and again. I’m still reading the books and catching up with the series. There are a ton of books, 37 in the main series with number 38 coming out in October 2019. The very first one that started it all came out when I was 11-years-old.

It was my sister’s book. I don’t remember how she got it. I can’t remember if it was a gift from someone knowing she enjoyed reading and animals or if she had come across it at Barnes & Noble and bought it herself. Either way, she read it and enjoyed it. When I found out it was about cats, I wanted to borrow it.

She let me and I brought it to school. I remember her telling me, “Keep it nice. Don’t dogear the pages. Don’t lose it.” There was a list. She was very particular about keeping her books nice, which is fair. So, what did I do? I stepped out of the car one morning when my Mom dropped me off at school and immediately the book slipped out of my hand and fell into the snow. Of course, my sister didn’t actually care about that. We still look back on that and laugh.

“Don’t ruin it.” (Immediately drops it in the snow.)

It Didn’t Last Long

I remember reading the first couple of books and then stopped for a long time. The books assigned to me in school throughout middle school and high school pushed me away from reading. I had too many things to read for school that if I had any downtime to read whatever I wanted, I just didn’t feel like it. I was totally turned off from reading even though I enjoyed the Warriors series so much.

There were other series I enjoyed as well – Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and I enjoyed my mysteries by Joan Lowry Nixon and Caroline B. Cooney. I was just never too into reading on my own. It reminded me too much of homework.

Then, when I was in high school I rediscovered the Warriors books again. I tried my best to read them in my spare time. I got really into them again. In fact, I read one of the super edition books for a book report in my freshman year.

But again, school got in the way. The book report was an easy assignment for me since we got to pick out whatever we wanted to read. The book was about 500 pages long and when I got my grade, there was a note on it from my teacher.

“Next time, maybe pick a more age-appropriate book.”

I still got a good grade and she didn’t take any points off for me reading a book that was supposed “too young” for me, but the comment still rubbed me the wrong way. I was 14 and the book is targeted at a middle-grade level. Close enough, right? I mean, I was in middle grade less than a year before that book report was assigned anyway. I enjoyed it, that’s what I loved to read, so I didn’t see what the big deal was.

I don’t even think my teacher knew what it was. All she got out of it was that it was about cats. Therefore, animal books are too young for high schoolers. (I mean, really, I’m almost 26-years-old and I already pre-ordered the next book that comes out in three months.)

College & Blogging

This was the time in my life when I really got into reading. I graduated high school in June 2011. At that point, I already had a year of college under my belt. Sure, I had to read books for college but they actually weren’t bad books. I enjoyed them. Not to mention, later down the road, I was assigned to read The Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter for one of my classes. Yes, please.

Then I started this blog in May 2012. I didn’t start reviewing books until 2015, but I still talked about them on the blog. I still read and, in a way, the blog held me accountable for reading. I met so many wonderful writers and authors through my blog while in college that I had a better appreciation for reading – despite wanting to be a writer myself.

That’s when I really started reading. Four years ago was when I started reviewing books and really getting into a reading routine while it wasn’t until 2011/2012 that I grew an appreciation and love for reading.

If You Want To Write, Read

This is a piece of advice that I had always gotten when I told people I wanted to be a writer. I think, to a certain extent, reading does help writers. However, I don’t think it’s a huge necessity. I made t this far, haven’t I? I’ve only been actively reading books for less than ten years and voila! Here I am.

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2018 Reading List

I’ve kept up my usual quota of around 60 books for the year. I beat last year’s reading list by one book. I fell into a hardcore reading slump this year and actually got super behind in updating my reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. I honestly don’t know how all that happened. but I’m close to getting caught up and plan on getting completely caught up by the end of the year.

I’ve listed the books I’ve read and reviewed below. The last couple of books haven’t been reviewed yet, but have been read, which is why I’ve added them to the list but they have no link.

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1. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
2. Amnesia by Breanna Brown
3. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
4. Rot 3: Flossed and Found by Aidan J. Reid
5. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
6. The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin by M.E. Hembroff
7. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
8. Rot 4: Plaque To The Future by Aidan J. Reid
9. Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern
10. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
11. Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by David Ahern
12. Rot 5: Gum but not Forgotten by Aidan J. Reid
13. Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading
14. Rot 6: Filling Time by Aidan J. Reid
15. The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino
16. Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino
17. I Am A Failure by Akhil Sharma
18. Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill
19. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
20. On the Devil’s Side of Heaven by Roger Peppercorn
21. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Book 3) by Iain Reading
22. The Chronicles of Crallick by Brad C. Baker
23. Revolution: The Nora White Story (Book 2) by Yecheilyah Ysrayl
24. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
25. The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang
26. Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic by Iain Reading
27. Victor (The Eden East 2) by Sacha Black
28. Your Name (Books 1-3) by Makoto Shinkai
29. Psych: A Fatal Frame of Mind by William Rabkin
30. Username: Regenerated by Joe Sugg
31. Caught Dead Handed by Carol J. Perry
32. The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
33. Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee
34. Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry
35. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
36. Sigil by Aidan J. Reid
37. Jozi Flash 2017 by South African Authors
38. Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
39. Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
40. Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein
41. Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn
42. Baby Blues: This Is Going To Be Tougher Than We Thought by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott
43. Look Both Ways by Carol J. Perry
44. Murder Go Round by Carol J. Perry
45. Grave Errors by Carol J. Perry
46. It Takes A Coven by Carol J. Perry
47. Kill The Beast by Michele Isreal Harper
48. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
49. Cracked Open by Megan O’Keeffe
50. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
51. Bells, Spells, and Murders by Carol J. Perry
52. Color Me Murder by Krista Davis
53. Trust (Children of Chiron 1) by Tabitha Darling
54. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
55. Warriors: The Fourth Apprentice (Omen of the Stars 1) by Erin Hunter
56. Becoming Someone by Anne Goodwin
57. Even Salt Looks Like Sugar by Yecheilyah Ysrayl
58. Warriors: Fading Echoes (Omen of The Stars Book 2) by Erin Hunter
59. Warriors: Night Whispers (Omen of The Stars Book 3) by Erin Hunter
60. Yage (Tom Regan Thrillers Book 2) by Aidan J. Reid
61. Warriors: Sign of The Moon (Omen of The Stars Book 4) by Erin Hunter
62. Warriors: The Forgotten Warrior (Omen of the Stars book 5) by Erin Hunter
63. Warriors: The Last Hope (Omen of the Stars book 6) by Erin Hunter
64. Wagging Through The Snow (Melanie Travis book 21) by Laurien Berenson

Have you read any of these books? How many books did you get through this year? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Where The Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein [Book Review]

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I got it when I was a kid from Barnes & Noble.


Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

My Review:

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I’ve always loved the book cover. It paints the title of the poetry collection so well. The drawing is simple and while it may seem bland to some, I find it to be perfect to go along with the illustrations inside the book.

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I used to read Shel Silverstein a lot when I was a kid. I found this on my shelf and decided to read it again for old time’s sake.

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This is a collection of poetry aimed toward kids. Some poems can be long, but most of them are pretty short being less than a page long. A lot of the poems have illustrations similar to the cover to accompany the poem which are all well done.

The poems are silly and completely unrealistic, but that’s what makes them great. They usually rhyme and you can’t help but read them with some sort of rhythm in your tone.

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It was great to revisit Shel Silverstein again. I haven’t read his poems in a long time and I forgot how great they were. This is a must read for kids who are looking for something quick and silly.

Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein gets…
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Favorite Quote:

“If you’re a bird, be an early bird–
But if you’re a worm, sleep late.” -Shel Silverstein, Where The Sidewalk Ends

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