Summer Reading

School’s out and has been out for three weeks I’ve just been lazy and haven’t posted this and I’ve very excited to share with you the list of books I’m going to read before school starts this fall. The only problem with the list is that several of the books are first books in different serieses (that’s totally a word don’t judge me) and I can see myself reading one, getting caught up in the series, and only reading said series for the rest of the summer. Fortunately, I am a fairly fast reader (if I stay off Pinterest, that is) and can possibly read one book a day if I’m not busy and the book is not extensively long. Anyway, here’s my list.

 

 

 

Apocalypse Dawn

Because I found this at a thrift store and APPARENTLY IT’S A COMPANION TO THE LEFT BEHIND SERIES? Therefore, I must read it.

 

 

The Secret on Ararat

I just finished the first book in this series, and let me tell y’all, I cried. Sadness galore. But now I must read the next.

 

 

 

Black Beauty

Somehow, I’m not really sure how, I’ve made it to almost sixteen years old without ever finishing this book. Not that I really want to read it at this point, it’s just that I want to be able to say I’ve read it.

 

 

 

Will in Scarlet

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I have a major crush on Robin Hood and love re-tellings of the age-old story. Skimming through the juvenile section of my local library, I spotted this and thought it looked like it had a nice spin on the classic tale. Needless to say, I’m very excited.

 

 

A Hitch at the Fairmount

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I love espionage-y adventure novels, and this looked like a good read. Plus, Alfred Hitchcock shows up in it? Sounds good to me.

 

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables ~ Vintage Book

I have read this one. I read the entire series, excluding The Blythes Are Quoted. But it’s been awhile, and after my failed attempt to re-visit old Anne last summer, I decided to try again.

 

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker

OK, I'll admit it. I really enjoyed these. They're great for when your brain needs a break (Dead Week reads anyone?).

Because who doesn’t love fourteen-year-old spies with a tragic backstory?

 

 

What are you all reading this summer? Have you read any of the books on my list? Do you have any big summer trips?

 

lots of love,

abilene (the bookwyrmish bibliophile)

 

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The Liebster Tag

I am officially in love with tags, okay???

 

Don’t judge me and my life choices.

 

Just kidding 😉

 

The lovely Libby tagged me with this, the Liebster Tag. Thanks so much, Libby!

 

Exciting, write? *laughs at own’s pun* I’ve seen this several places before and secretly longed to be tagged with it, and now I am! Here are the rules:

 

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked you.
  • Name 11 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 3 bloggers to do this tag and let them know you nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

Well, I already thanked Libby, so I suppose it’s time for question answering!

 

1. Do you like tags?

I’m sure you all have gathered by now that I love them! *hyperventilates*

It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die! – Agnes – Despicable Me

Me, looking at tags. Not that they’re fluffy.

 

 

2. How long have you been blogging?

Just under a year, actually. My first post was uploaded on May 9, 2017.

 

 

3. What is the most interesting fruit you have eaten/tried?

Umm, I got nothin’. Kiwi, maybe? Probably mango. I don’t branch out much with my fruits and veggies. Probably because I hate most of the latter.

 

 

4. Have you read through the whole Bible?

Several times.

 

 

5. What is your favorite book in the Bible?

I think Acts. Or Luke. It’s a toss-up. Probably Acts.

 

 

6. Can you remember the name of your very first friend? And do you still keep in touch with them?

Yes. His name is Drew. Our families were very close and, though I moved away five years ago, we still see each other periodically and email back and forth.

 

 

7. Journaling or painting? 

Journaling all the way. I can’t paint to save my life.

 

 

8. Do you have a job? If so, what is it?

I do not have a technical ‘job’, but I walk my neighbor’s dog and deliver a weekly advertisement paper. I am also working towards my future writing career by drafting my first novel.

 

 

9. Do you like taking photos?
I love photography. Unfortunately, I can never find as much time for it as I’d like.

 

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Points to my photography ^_^

 

 

10. What is your favorite season?

Hmm. I like fall. It’s probably fall. Basic white girl, right?

 

 

11. How many books do you read on average per week?

So is this how many books I read, or how many books I finish? I finish probably one or two. It depends how thick the books are. Two weeks ago I finished a 400-ish page book in two days, so…..

 

 

 

Eleven facts about myself

 

I can quote at least 40% of both McClintock and The Princess Bride.

 

I can’t spell. I love words, though. My writings are verbose but misspelled.

 

I am an absolute child. I still play on Howrse and occasionally Webkinz. I have about a gazillion stuffed animals. (Well, maybe not that much…but still a lot.)

 

Baseball caps are my favorite accessory.

 

I’m a tomboy. I love mud and guns and video games and basketball. My childhood best friends were boys. I do have an occasional girly streak in me, though, but even still I can’t walk in heels.

 

If I could have my dream job, I would be an astronaut.

 

I was a nerd from practically the womb. When I was five, my parents took me for the first time to Barnes and Noble and said I could pick whatever I wanted. What did I choose? Five Hundred and One Science Experiments You Can Do at Home.

 

I’m a book smeller. Antique books that smell musty are my favorite.

 

Classical and slow, lyricless jazz are my favorite genres of music to listen to while I’m trying to fall asleep. When I’m awake, I listen to soundtracks. John Williams is the best. 😀

 

My favorite presidents are Washington, T. R., and Reagan

 

My bedroom is decorated with Americana style.

 

 

THE THREE BLOGGERS I NOMINATE

 

Brianna @ No End of Books

Bri @ Forget Not His Benefits

Lila @ The Red-Hooded Writer

 

Brianna I’ve ‘known’ for awhile and am tagging because she’s just plain awesome, but Bri and Lila I’ve only been following for a little while and enjoy their posts, so I thought I’d tag them in an effort to get to know them better. =D

 

 

Questions for whom I tag:

 

1. What was your favorite childhood book, and why?

 

2. What was your favorite childhood Bible story?

 

3. Which parent are you more like, and what are your similarities to them?

 

4. What pair of shoes do you most frequently wear?

 

5.  What was the last song you listened to?

 

6. You’re handed two tickets: One to Disneyland, and one for a round trip to Rome. Which one do you pick, and why?

 

7. If you could travel back in time, what top three events would you witness?

 

8. CDs or records?

 

9. If you’ve seen/read them, Anne of Green Gables movies or books?

 

10. Wall calendar or pocket planner or neither?

 

11. What is your favorite TV show?

 

 

Well, that about wraps it up. Hope you all enjoyed!

 

–Abby

What I’ve Learned About Writing While Writing My First Draft

Well, fellas and females, I’ve got an announcement.

 

It’s officially official.

 

I FINISHED THE ROUGH DRAFT OF MY NOVEL!!!! *cries tears of joy*

 

I started Though He Slay Me as a, oh, maybe twelve year old kid–in any case, many years ago. This novel–I can accurately it has changed my life. It has made me look in directions I’ve never dreamed of. It has brought me joy day by day. It has made my Google search history look a little bit…odd. It has improved my vocabulary, my researching skills, my novels. It has changed my life.

 

I’ve learned a lot of things about writing–and about life–that I’d like share to you because of this journey, which is far from over. I’ve only written the first draft; there’s still rewriting and editing to do–but I feel good. I didn’t know I’d ever make it this far until now. And so, here are some quotes, some funnies, and just some ‘stuff’  I learned about writing and about life while on this adventure.

 

 

 1. Writing is hard.

Now, I know I’ve said this before but…until I really started writing my first draft, I had NO. IDEA. what I was getting myself into. All that writer’s block. All those long hours refusing to open up Word because I knew I wouldn’t like what I saw. All those clacked keys. Granted, I love it, but back then I wasn’t prepared at all.

Become a Writer They Said It Will Be Fun They Said! 3 Ways to Make Writing a Novel Easier #amwriting #KeepOnWriting

But, in all honestly, I wouldn’t change my decision about choosing to become a writer, except maybe do it earlier. It has been one of best decisions of my life.

 

 

2. Everyone wants to read your story.

You have friends. You have to respect your friends, you told yourself. “I mean, come on, self. We can’t just let them down…but they don’t understand what a rough draft is! This is absolute trash…why do they want to read it?!” Now, I’m not saying I don’t like the support, and occasionally I do allow some of my peeps to read my work because somebody is actually going to take it seriously and I think it would be good for them to critique me. But, eventually, I got to the point where I realized something: They are reading a story that will not be the same two years from now. This will be different. It will be better. It will be good. And I don’t want all my friends to maybe not read my work when I get published because “Oh, I already that book last year.” And, I want them to be surprised at how good I can become and not see me stumbling along each step of writing, re-writing, and editing process. I want to blow their socks off.

 

it's a rOUGH DRAFT GO AWAY
This is me now-a-days.

 

3. First drafts are absolute trash

I didn’t really know much about the writing process until I actually started writing this book, and let me tell you….this, the first draft, should be burned. I guess I never really thought about how difficult writing is and how many drafts it takes to perfect a book until I was about ten pages in to my novel. Rewriting? Editing? Sounds great to me now. There are so many plot holes and inconsistencies that I didn’t realize could even exist and are now in my first draft.

http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-it-s-only-a-first-draft-2/

 

 

4. Writing is more than inspiration

Now this is one I struggled with. I mean, to continue working on your manuscript, you have to get in the mood and be inspired, right? Wrong. Do you want to know how I finished my novel? I forced myself to write. I wrote when I didn’t want to. I dragged my reluctant self off Pinterest and made myself open up my word document. I hated what I saw as I scrolled down to the page I was working on. I made myself clack the keys, even if it was only to write a couple sentences or a paragraph. And do you know what? It worked. I hated it,  but it worked. Like Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

 

5. It’s okay to not name your characters after friends

So, I have some friends who mean well. They really do. And because of my love for them, I named some characters after them at their pleading. Not necessarily with my friends’ names, but with names similar names or names they picked out. I even created a character or two just so they could be named after a friend. Looking back, I’ve realized that this was a terribly stupid idea. Here’s why:

 

I just created extra side characters who I would’ve probably deleted in the second draft, as they aren’t necessary to the story at all, except now I’m playing with my friends’ feelings. And, even if I keep the characters, their names–which I thought were great at the time–no longer fit in with the name theme of the story. It just creates problems in general. Now, it is okay to occasionally name characters after friends. For example, in one of my current WIP, there is a character named Lizzie, named after my good friend Liz, who I’ve even considered naming one of my future children partially after. Liz didn’t know I named a character after her, and she wouldn’t have asked me to, anyway, because she’s that type of friend. Lizzie is one of the main characters in said story, and her name completely fits the theme of the book and won’t be changed. I’ve created a rule of thumb for myself: While first drafting, only name characters with names you love, and if named after friends, name them because of friendship, not because they asked you to.

 

6. Writing injury/sick scenes are HARDDD

Because basically you’re just listing off random things you found on WebMD. “She felt nauseated and had a migraine…” IT’S HARD TO MAKE IT SOUND GOOD, MAN. #whati’mrevisingin2nddraft #showdon’ttell

 

 

7. People are realistic and slow to believe in my dreams

So, obviously I already knew this before I really started writing THSM, but this really rocked me the farther I got in. Sometimes it just seemed like the world was out to get me, you know? I’d be having a good day and then somebody would say something about me writing and I’d just be like really? You don’t think I can do this, do you? I can remember times when I felt as if people didn’t believe in me. That they didn’t think I could actually finish my novel, or actually do some good revising, or actually get published. And they wanted me to know they didn’t believe in me. But I’ve finished my first draft. I’m going to do some good revising. I’m going to actually get published (hopefully!). For those who may have doubted me along the way, like I said before, I’m going to blow your socks off. Even if I don’t get published. Because I’m sticking with it. I’m improving, little by little. And, someday, my book is actually going to be good and I look forward to watching all of your guys’ jaws d r o p. 😀

 

8. Research is crucial

Now, I can understand why I wouldn’t need to research if my debut novel was set in a fictional world or in somewhere familiar, like the Midwestern United States. But no. My *hope-against-hope* debut novel is set in not only a different country, but also on a different continent and a different hemisphere. In other words, my characters are on the other side of the world in a place I’ve never been filled with people and animals I’ve never seen and culture I’ve never experienced. You see my problem? Not to mention it would be helpful to know the geographical structures of the country…In my defense, I started this novel when I was twelve, so I wasn’t exactly thinking ahead, but, looking back, I should’ve researched my novel before I started writing rather than after. If I had, I wouldn’t have so much trouble now, having to *cough cough* Google the country to find out more about it.

Pretty sure he’s talking to me!

 

9. You can have too many characters

Yep. I messed up. Like, so many people that I, the writer, can barely keep them straight? Annndd the spot where I introduce them all is a MAJOR info dump. Yuck, right? No wonder first drafts are trash.

 

 

10. Pinterest is a blessing…and a curse

Because, see, at first you’ve got beautiful character inspiration photos like this….

character inspiration

 

 

Robin's friend, Amarie, she was trained by her father to be a swordsman, because he had no sons to train. The boy is her half-brother, her mothers illegitimate child. Her father raised him as his own because he had no male heir.

 

But then you get addicted to reading writing prompts (and maybe making complete plots out of them…oh wait who does that? Ha ha…) like these:

 

Writing Prompt

 

Writing Prompt #29 "Do you not understand the concept of personal space?" "As your twin, I feel it is my duty to remind you that we gave up the idea of personal space the moment we both decided to be stuck in the same small space for 9 months." "If you're referring to when mom was pregnant, I had no say in that." Thanks to @miss._.artsy._ for the idea! #writing #prompt #writingprompts #storyidea #awriterslifeforme #justwrite #dailyprompt #writersofinstagram

 

Rose: I have NEVER BEEN so insulted! Othello: You don't listen much do you? Rose: Oh, shut up.

 

"What if the food's poisoned or something?" "Now why would the food be poisoned?"

 

writing prompt

And then you get addicted to posts like these…when you should be writing

 

What writers really do

 

 

all 37 of them and counting (O_o)

 

Ooh a new book idea! Been there, doing that.

 

 

 

Well, then! That about wraps it up, dearies! Are any of you fiction writers? Can you relate? What is your current status on your WIP? Let me know in the comments!

 

–Abby

 

*All photos are from Pinterest*

 

 

 

March Objectives!

Or, “Things I Say I’m Going To Do But Won’t Actually Follow Through! Third Edition

 

March 1st. The First of March. World Compliment Day. I compliment you all because, if you are reading the rambling posts of a fifteen year old whose favorite hobby is making goals and not keeping them, that makes you automatically AWESOME. You’re welcome. Anywho, I’m here to serve you all some things I’d like to do in my life. This list is reminiscent of my February goals and my February results. So, if you haven’t read those already, go check them out–and if not, you’re stuck here. 😀

 

  • Drink more water–I’ve let myself off the soda ban, but I still would like to drink only a few cans a week. As for the actual water, I’d like to drink at least 16 ounces a day.
  • Grow closer to God–I’d like to continue to faithfully read my Bible and pray.
  • Tone up–This month I’m getting organized and doing this. Fun, right? It doesn’t look too difficult, but we’ll see.
  • Run more–I’d like to go on at least two ten-minute jogs per week.
  • Get/stay organized–I need to redo my closet area. It’s a mess. That’s the main idea for this month.
  • Live a more scheduled life–I’m scheduling a couple of blog posts and writing sessions.
  • Read more–I’m going to finish two books and start a third for a book report. I’d also like to start Jip, His Story.
  • Improve at music–I’d like to practice playing the piano at least six times a week.
  • Write more–I’m finishing the RD of my novel this month! *cheers* I have basically two more scenes and then I’m done.
  • Finish reading the Left Behind Series–I plan on finishing The Rising this month.
  • Post more on this blog–I’d like to do a movie vs. book review of Wonder and a devotional, possibly more.
  • Eat more healthily–I need to cut back on the carbs and sodium…no more french fries!!!

 

 

As always,

Abby

 

New Iterations–February Goals

Welcome, my lovely ladies and gentlemen, to my first post of re-stating my goals!!! Boring, I know. But that’s not going to stop me!!! Ha ha.

 

Anyway, as promised, this is a post re-stating my personal goals in light of February. I’ll show my goals for this year with notes applied to this month and how I plan to reach those goals. You can also check out my original goals and how I did with them in January. Thrilling, right? I know. I’m awesome. ;D

 

In February of 2018 I plan to…

  • Drink more water–This month I cutting out absolutely all soda and plan to drink at least 32 ounces of water a day.
  • Grow closer to God–I’d like to stay consistent with my daily Bible reading and pray more often.
  • Save money and buy less–This month, I’m taking a short hiatus from actually saving money. Now, granted, I’m not going on some crazy spending spree but I’m not going to actively try to save back cash for the bank, considering how well I did last month. I’m just taking a break and will pick back up actually saving in March, while this month I plan to just buy a few things and try not to overdo it on either end of the spectrum.
  • Tone up–This month I’m going to try to do fifteen sit-ups and ten push-ups a day, and by the end of the month I’d like to be able to hang for a minute from my pull-up bar.
  • Run more–I want to go for at least two runs a week starting on Sunday.
  • Get and stay organized–I want to re-organize my bedside table and my electronics, as well as keep my surfaces as tidy as possible.
  • Live a more scheduled life–I’m going to schedule several blog posts and writing periods.
  • Read more–I’d like to read at least three novels this month. Honestly, I’d like to read about eight, but as busy as I am that’s probably not going to happen.
  • Improve at music–Starting tomorrow, I’d like to not miss a day of playing piano during the week.
  • Write more–I plan to write at least 4,000 words this month, preferably more, and I plan to finish one of the last scenes in my novel. If I work hard at writing I could easily triple that goal but I’m also a high school student and have other goals I’m trying to work at, so I’m aiming pretty low.
  • Post more on this blog–Like I said, several posts are coming this month, the most notable being a review of The Majesty of Grace, an old childhood favorite.
  • Finish reading the Left Behind series–I plan to at least re-start Glorious Appearing by the end of this month.
  • Eat more healthily–I plan to be pretty good this month and eat within my calorie range on most of the weekdays and some weekends.

 

Talk to me! Do you all set monthly goals? If so, what are they? Do you all enjoy any of my goals, such as reading or running?

 

I’ll be back soon!

–Abby

A Month in Review: Resolution Recap

Hey, y’all. I can’t believe it’s the end of January all ready! Well, actually I can, hence I’m writing this blog post. Ha ha…that wasn’t funny, I’m sorry.

 

So, I KNOW this post will be extremely dull, especially if you haven’t read the first one, but, unfortunately, that cannot be helped, as my new-year-new-beginnings crazy self all ready told you I would do this. So here I am.

 

This month has been PACKED. As the bells toiled 12 in the AM of January first, I was surrounded by my family and church family. I bought a Fit-Bit on the second. I got back at my school work on the fourth (ugh!). This year my church started something special called Winter Warm-Up. Every Wednesday night a guest speaker preaches. I’ve enjoyed that. During the early weeks of January I survived my semester exams with pretty good grades–I think the lowest grade I got was a 90%. Not too shabby. Then, a few weeks in, I caught a cough. It didn’t start as much, but now, as I sit here typing this almost three weeks later, I have a headache. My chest is congested and my sinuses feel absolutely nasty. If I don’t drink enough water my throat is raw. As you can imagine, fighting a cold-cough combination has taken a lot out of me, so I didn’t get as much done as I would’ve liked. Anyway. On to the recap.

  • On drinking more water and no soda–Ok. I gave up soda completely on the second, but then I accidentally cheated and had a ginger ale (I didn’t know it was soda!) on the third. Then, I, with renewed vigor, tried until my friend Emmy had a going away party for college. I had two cups, maybe, of Dr. Pepper and Pepsi then. Then, when I got sick, I drank a two liter of Sprite over the course of several days, and I’m going to be on a hiatus until March 1st. Hopefully. I’m not one for extensive self control when it comes to my taste buds, as you can tell.
  • On my spiritual walk–Even though I have missed and am making up a couple of days of devotions, I really do feel like I’ve grown in the past month. I haven’t prayed as much as I’d like, either, but I feel closer to God.
  • On saving more $$$$—I have $75 dollars that I scraped together in January to put in my savings account, and only twenty of it came from Christmas. I can only think of about half a dozen things I bought in January–one of them being a FitBit (yay I can check that off my list!)–so I feel like I’ve done pretty good in this category.
  • On toning up–HAHAHAHAHA. I did well for about the first week of January. I exercised and had great intentions. But then I fell behind on my fitness challenges…and thought “eh, let’s do it next month.” In my defense, I did do quite a bit of walking at the beginning of the year and did simple exercises such as push-ups and squats for a couple of weeks. And then I kinda slacked off and then got sick and…nope, didn’t happen.
  • On running–I ran at the beginning of the month and then coughing and running at the same time didn’t seem like an extreme sport I was willing to try.
  • On organization–Actually, I’ve done surprisingly well in this category. I re-organized my bookshelves and most of my closet and fixed most of my room when it was in disarray. It’s a little bit messy now as I haven’t had ANY energy for the past week or two, but ya know. It was a good start.
  • On scheduling–I’ve been doing really well with this and have been using my planner. Go me.
  • On reading–So far this month, I’ve read a total of SEVEN novels and am half-way through a Jack London biography.
  • On music–Well, I passed three of my songs last week at my piano lesson. I guess that’s kind of self explanatory.
  • Write more–I’ve written roughly 5000 words this month, which isn’t a ton, but it’s about where my goal was. I feel like I’ve gotten off to a good start.
  • On Left Behind–Haven’t read any more of this.
  • On blogging–Check my archives, peeps. I’ll let you be the judge.
  • On eating healthily–I ate well for the first part of the month, but for the past two to three weeks, I’ve eaten terribly. I know. I’m a terrible person who doesn’t meet my goals. Shame on mwah.

 

Overall, I’ve not done terribly, but I’ve not been too good, either. I’m blaming that on chest congestion. All its fault ;D

 

As always,

Abby

I’ve been tagged!!! Writer’s Book Tag

Well well well. *grins evilly*

 

Mwah’s first tag. Ha HAAA. Brianna, you have unknowningly unleashed a maniac. BOOKS MWAHAHAHAHA.

 

 

So.  Brianna tagged me in this writer’s book tag. YAY GO YOU BRIANNA. Rule #1 finished.

And, oh, in case you’re wondering….

 

RULE ONE: Shout out to the blogger who tagged you

RULE TWO: Tag three people

RULE THREE: Use the graphic

 

The people I’m tagging: (tagees, maybe?)

Caroline from Of Stars and Ink Stained Things

Brittney from Daughter of the King

Jane from Author Jane L. Knight

 

Now let’s start, shall we?

 

First Draft: A Book Or Series You Have NEVER Read Before:

Ummmmm, so there are LITERALLY MILLIONS? Not counting the gazillions on my to-read list?? I’m going with an easy one which I’ve been wanting to read after I watched the movie again last year….

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick (The Academy Award winning movie "Hugo" is based on this book!)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I’m gonna read this at some point. I have no idea when, but the movie was EPIC, and the books are always better, as every bookworm knows.

 

Second Draft: A Book Or Series You Didn’t Like As Much The Second Time You Read It:
Oh man, that one’s heavy!!! *thinks for an eternity*. O.O
[Jenkins, Jerry B. and Tim LaHaye.  Left Behind,The Kids: The Vanishings.  Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1998.  Print.]    Jenkins and LaHayes teen series based on their Left Behind books focuses on the teens left behind during the first wave of the biblical apocalypse, after all the true believers disappear from the earth.  Following the biblical story of Revelations, this suspenseful teen story may appeal to readers of apocalyptic fiction.
Left Behind The Kids Book One: The Vanishings by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
So, I loved loved LOVED this book the first time I read it, and I still do. But the second (or third, I can’t remember) time I did, I noticed the writing more and…well, it just wasn’t so great like the first time. The first time I got so wrapped in the storyline I didn’t notice the writing….anyway, you get the picture.
Final Draft: A Book Or Series You’ve Liked For A Really Long Time:
Tucket's Travels: Francis Tucket's Adventures in the West, 1847-1849
Tucket’s Travels by Gary Paulsen
I think the official name of this series is the Tucket Adventures, though I’ve only ever known it as Tucket’s Travels. This has been one of my favorites since I was, oh, seven? Eight, maybe? Nearly a decade.

Killing Off Your Characters: A Book Or Series That Made You Cry:
This one is kind of tough because I don’t normally cry for books. I tear up a lot soley because I’m very excited about what’s happening in the book but don’t often actually cry.
Hero by Mike Lupica  http://www.txla.org/TBA-nominees
Hero by Mike Lupica
I did cry at the end of this one, which I read during the summer of 2016. I actually sort of threw it…across my room…and kinda yelled a little bit….
Plot Holes: A Book Or Series That Disappointed You:
Hmmm.
1963
Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a full-fledged devotee of this series. It is so much better than all the movies, including Weissmuller’s and Disney’s. (Note also that I haven’t completely finished this series…there are twenty-four lengthy novels, not including Burroughs’ related works….at some point I’m going to read the ones I’ve read already and finish the series.) Anyway, after about book seven (pictured above), the plot becomes the same and is extremely predictable, which, at age twelve, I found to be dull. Apparently Burroughs didn’t have the time or the energy to come up with a new plot for each novel and instead placed same-type characters in different areas of Africa in closely related scenarios. It got old, as you can imagine.
Writer’s Block: A Book Or Series That You Haven’t Finished:
This is kind of a rude question, don’t you think???
[ The 39 Clues Series, by Various ]
The Thirty-Nine Clues: The Clue Hunt by assorted authors
Jussst kidding. But truly, I haven’t finished this series, The Clue Hunt, yet. Or any of the other series’ in this franchise. I’m terrible, I know.
Feedback: A Book Or Series That You Would Recommend To Anyone:
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson - This inspires me to write a Christian allegory.
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson
Now, granted, I’m a little biased. I just finished this series (like literally this week) and….WOW. It’s just amazing, let me tell you. Great dynamic characters, an interesting plot, fascinating allegorical content…this book has it all. Technically it is a Christian allegory, but I would recommend it to Christians and non-Christians alike.  It does have several battle/war scenes and the weensiest bit of romance (it ends in a wedding scene and directly after the wedding they go to war) but I would read it to younger children and it’s definitely good enough for adults to enjoy, too. GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.
Well, that wraps it up. What are y’all’s thoughts???
Have you read any of these?
If so, what did you think? 
As always,
Abby