Creative Challenges: Caught In a Storm

Hello Everyone! Today (Monday) I am starting a brand new weekly event. Every Monday I will be writing 2 Creative Challenge Stories. The ones I am doing today are a few weeks old. If you are new to Creative Challenges, then here`s the gist of the weekly event:

Creative Challenges are a weekly event that is created by Cynthia Dawn. You can check out her blog and version of this prompt here. This weekly event happens every Tuesday and Friday. Cynthia sends out two stories, one that is exclusively for her email subscribers and one that is for everyone. It`s very simple. Cynthia sends a prompt for a story. All you have to do is use that prompt to create a story based on personal experiences or like I do, with a fictional character.

Todays Prompt: Write a story about being caught alone in a storm.

My Story:

   Savanna Willis stands alone. Her bare feet are covered in scratches and blisters that ache like nothing else. Her pink sweatshirt is covered with mud and some of her own blood. Tears cascade down her dirty face. Her hair is soaking wet and seems to have a waterfall load of water inhabiting it. She sniffles and tries to shake the memory from her mind. Hurricane Katrina came and dropped gallons of rain and wind onto her New Orleans home. Her family fled for her grandparents house in Oregon. Here Savanna stands alone, separated from her family, and scared for her life.

   Overhead, winds blow leaves into Savanna`s path. The clouds are blown across the sky at rocket speed and cars struggle to stay on the road as the wind rages on. Up ahead, Savanna can make out the swift outline of a small wave making its way toward her. Lakes and rivers have overflowed sending most of the city underwater. Most residents have fled for dry ground. Savanna has no family, no food, no clean water, and her body is struggling to keep going. Muddy water seeps into her Crocks and a shiver runs up her spine. She needs to find shelter fast.

    Savanna keeps walking, no specific destination in mind. She walks for hours, days, weeks, Savanna isn’t sure how much time has passed. Up a head is the Texas border. Beyond is safety. Savanna`s body shivers and her knees start to buckle. “No! I must go on.” Her mind commands. City lights are just beyond the hills so Savanna marches on. Her toes are aching. Her body screams. But she keeps going into the mysterious yonder. She stops in a small grocery store. The owner takes one look at her and beckons for her to follow him into the back room. His name is Leo, Leo Patterson. He hands her some warm blankets and  wet towels. She reaches out for them but then her arm flies to her side. Her vision blurs and she starts to fall. Down, down. Until she hits the cold hard floor with a clunk. Everything goes dark.

Savanna wakes up in a hospital bed. Her head throbs, vision sways. Her arm aches and a small whimper escapes her. A group of people come into view. Tears spring to her eyes as her vision clears.

  “Savanna? SAVANNA! How do you feel pumpkin?” Her mom`s hand reaches out to her.

  “mmmmom! I.. How..” Savanna manages to whisper.

  “We couldn’t make it to Oregon. Our car ran out of gas in Dallas. Your father forgot to get gas last week” She rolls her eyes towards Dave. Luckily the weather is fine here. The hospital staff tried everything they could to track down family members. Luckily your medical records were up to date and they contacted us the day after that nice fellow Luke brought you here. You were in a coma.”

“Coma?!” Savanna sat straight up and whimpered again.

“Oh Honey! The doctor said you should be able to go home in a few days. You have a mild concussion. Hurricane Katrina has veered away from New Orleans and we can go home…” Her mom keeps talking. Updating her on what`s happened. Savanna starts to slip off into a deep sleep. Her last thought is: “Everything is going to be okay.”

Thanks for Reading and Stay tuned for more. Let me know what you thought!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

Hello everyone! Fairly recently I was nominated once again by the amazing Emily of the Diary of a Bibliophile. Go check out her book filled blog. You definitely won’t be disappointed 🙂

Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you for the award.

Answer the eleven questions the nominator provided.

Nominate 11 bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer.

Display your award 🙂

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Questions from Emily:

If you could have one important skill in the next year, what would it be?

I would want to be able to not care what people think about me.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Bibliophile, Weird, Funny

If you could give up one thing what would it be? It could be a trait, hobby, or anything at all.

Definitely my terrible nail biting habit.

What is the number one thing on your wish list right now?

Gray converse for school!

What has recently inspired you?

Recently there were 3 American citizens on a train in France who stopped a gunmen from killing all the passengers. It’s pretty inspiring that they would be able to act during a terrifying event like that.

What are 3 things you always carry with you in your purse/wallet?

I don’t really ever carry a purse or wallet with me. All I usually bring is my phone and some money if I’m going shopping.

Your favorite corner/room in your house?

My room without a question. It’s where I write most of my blog posts, read, and of course sleep.

The last thing you ate?

Red Jello 😛

Any one everyday tip/life hack you swear by?

I don’t really have any life hacks/tips that I swear by.

Favorite Go to snack?

Chips, Ice Cream, or yogurt.

What are you currently watching/following on TV?

I love to watch Big Brother and Little People Big World. Both are reality shows.

My nominees:

This is probably cheating but I nominate ALL OF YOU!

My questions:

Who’s currently your book crush?

Who is your favorite author right now?

What celebrity would you love to meet?

What is something you love about yourself?

Who has recently inspired you?

Do you have any pets?

Where is your dream vacation?

Cats or Dogs?

Do you have a favorite TV show?

What is the weather like where you live?

Good luck!

Thanks for reading and Go check out Emily’s blog by clicking her name highlighted in blue above 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

The Encouraging Thunder Award

Hello everyone! Today I am doing the Encouraging Thunder Award. I was nominated by My Tiny Obsessions last week but am just now getting to it. Thank you so much for nominating me My Tiny Obsessions 🙂 Go check out their blog, you won’t be disappointed!

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post the Encouraging Thunder logo (Below Rules!) 

Mention your purpose for blogging.

Nominate others for the award.

Let the nominees some how know they have been nominated.

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My Purpose:

My purpose of blogging is to connect with others that have the same interest as mine. My blog is centered around reading, writing, and books. I love reading posts, commenting, and talking to others that have the same obsessions as mine. I want to be able to share my knowledge and love with others. These people may be non readers or avid readers, non writers or write-a-holics, and non book owners or people who have a library in their house. I don’t have a clear purpose. Just to connect, inform, and receive. Connecting with others, informing about my obsessions, and receiving thoughtful compliments and feedback.

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I nominate:

ReneeWrites

BeanzBeBloggin’

thebibliotheque

donnasfineart

munciemeg

Calliopethebookgoddess

Partners in Books

dailywriter

orangepondconnects

Devon

Emily

afternoonofsundries

As always, it’s your choice if you want to participate in this award but it is a really simple one compared to some of the others.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more 😛

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

School Year Blog Posting!

Hello everyone! As you know, the new school year is just around the corner. For some it is already underway. That means that my blogging schedule will be changing quite a lot. I have a bit of an idea when I will and won’t be posting. This schedule is not 100% foolproof and may change once I see how well it works.

Monday: Mondays will be Creative Challenge Days. I am very behind on creative challenges so this will give me the opportunity to both catch up and give you guys a day full of writing. A story from both the past Tuesday and Friday will be posted starting August 31st or this coming Monday.

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Tuesday: I’ve found that Top Ten Tuesday’s are really fun and entertaining. These will continue to happen every Tuesday. It’s going to be tough to get them up since I have no idea how busy my days will be. It’ll be quite a problem since unlike the Creative Challenges, I can’t go and write them up ahead of time. These weekly memes are sent to me via email. I promise to do the best I can to get them on ASAP.

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Wednesday: As always, Wednesdays will be my What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. I’ll continue to share amazing books with you that I have been reading. I will put my 100% into making sure that these posts have as good quality as they have up until now.

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Thursday: Thursday I honestly have no scheduled blog posts. Thursday’s are the days that homework is the most plentiful. If I have an idea that I can fit into my day, I’ll post. If nothing comes to mind or I don’t have enough time or a prewritten post, There’ll be no posts on Thursday.

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Friday: Just like Thursday, Friday’s are one of the days where I may not post. Friday is the end of the school week and is normally when I like to relax and have a bit of fun before tackling the homework load. There mY be a short or pre- written post. If not then no blog post for Friday.

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Saturday: Saturday will be my big planning day. Starting this coming Saturday, I will be pre writing and planning out the upcoming posts for the week. I will most likely catch up on Tags and Awards or a random Book Review on this day.

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Sunday: Sunday’s are the days where I procrastinate to. I spend Saturday and Sunday doing my homework. I may post on this day since I normally have some breathing room. It all depends on my spur of ideas.

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I know this isn’t that exciting of a post but I tried to spice it up with some fun pictures!

Let me know below what you think of the new schedule!

Thanks for Reading and Stay tuned for more 😀

~Makayla the Bookworm :]

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s!!

Wow,this past week went by so fast! It’s already time for What I’m Reading Wednesday’s! If you’re new to What I’m Reading Wednesday’s, you should check out this link: Information so you’re not super confused about what’s going on.

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Today’s books I am reading right now.

The first book is called Keeping Safe the Stars by Shelia O’Connor.

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Summary:

Meet the Stars: Pride (Katherine), Nightingale (Elise), and Baby (Baxter). Three siblings that are independent and orphaned kids who were kept together by their loyalty to each other and the only care of their grandpa Old Finn. All is well until Old Finn falls ill and is taken to a hospital far from home. With Old Finn on the mend, it’s up to Pride, the oldest daughter, to fill his shoes and protect the family. With the fear of being taken away by the state and placed in another shelter; Pride decides to keep their family troubles  secrets and take care of her siblings herself. But keeping the Stars safe turns about to be a big job, and their plan to survive alone quickly unravels. While Pride does her best to keep the outside world at a safe distance away, including a rebellious adventure to reunite with Old Finn, she fears her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to an end, and with that their happy days as a family.

Book: Keeping Safe the Stars

Rating: 11/10 (It’s that amazing!) 6/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5

Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5 (Not sure why it’s such a low rating)

Age Range: 10 and up

Grade Range: 5 and up

Author: Sheila O’Connor

Author Facts:

1. Sheila was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2. She was born at the same hospital as her dad. That hospital was also where she worked as a college job.

3. In 4th grade, she started to write seriously.

Second Book: Vet Volunteers #9: Fear of Falling

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Summary:

David is determined to learn to jump on horseback if it kills him. Sometimes he’s afraid it actually might, like when Comet, the horse is he practicing refuses to go over the crossbar and “balks.” Now that David’s father is back in town after not contacting them for at least a year,  he’s promising to teach David how to jump like a champion. David refuses to let him know how scared he is. There’s one thing that scares David more then falling off and horse, and that’s disappointing his father. Can he overcome his fear?

Book: Vet Volunteers: Fear of Falling

Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars

Amazon: 5/5

Goodreads: 4/5

Age Range: 8 and up

Grade Range: 3 and up

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Author Facts:

1. Her first nonfiction book was about Saudi Arabia for children.

2. She started out by writing haiku in second grade.

3. She is a mother of four.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more content.

Tomorrow I’ll finally release my blogging plan and schedule for the school year.

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday’s: Humor 101 for Children

Hello everyone! Today is the day that I will be starting to participate in Top Ten Tuesday’s. Top Ten Tuesday’s is a weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. A huge shoutout to them, you should check them out and follow them by email since they have a Blogger blog. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where you list a total of 10 things (or less) using the topic provided. It’s a simple but fun weekly event that anyone can participate in.

Topic of the week: Top Ten Books that would be on your syllabus if you taught X 101. 

You replace the X with whatever genre of book you’d like to cover.

Humor 101

Top Ten Books on my Syllabus.

1.  Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and other scary things by Lenore Look.

An amazing and funny book series about a boy named Alvin whose afraid of everything.

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2.  I Funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. A book series about a boy in a wheelchair who dreams of becoming a comedian and tells great jokes

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3. Middle School Book series by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. An amazingly funny book series about a boy named Rafe whose on a mission to cause as much havoc as possible.

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4. Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton (?). A great series about a funny girl named Jamie Kelly who has amazing adventures and a crazy imagination.

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5. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. A series about a boy named Greg Heffley who’s trying to make it through Middle School with his immature friend Rowley Jefferson.

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6. The Pigeon Picturebook series by Mo Willems. A picture books series about a pigeon who just can’t get his way no matter what he does.

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7. Wayside School series by Louis Sacher. A book series about a 30 storied school full of mysterious and silly secrets.

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8.The BFG by Roald Dahl. A book about a huge giant who finds a little girl named Sophia peering out at him in the dark of night. Be ready for a bit of made up words and silly humor.

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9. Calvin and Hobbes Comics by Bill Waterson. A silly comic book series about a boy and his tiger friend who go on adventures together.

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10. My Life as a series by Jake and Janet Tashjian.  A book series drawn in pictures following a interesting boy on his adventures.

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Yes, as you can tell these are all children’s/preteen books. This would be Humor 101: Kids edition.

I hope you enjoyed my first go at Top Ten Tuesday’s. Let me know what you thought below!

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more 😀

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

The Mid-Year Freakout Tag!!

Hello everyone! Before I start this tag, I wanted to let you know that the Top Ten Tuesday’s won’t be coming till tomorrow cause for some reason my brain thought that today was Tuesday when in reality it’s Monday for me. Stay tuned for information on that weekly meme 😀

Thanks to the amazing and fun My Tiny Obsessions for nominating me to do this fun mid year tag that has to do with something I love a lot- Books!

Below are the questions and my answers:

Best book you’ve read so far in 2015

This question is impossible for a book lover like me! I’m not even going to try to answer… Well okay one really good book was Revenge of the Flower Girls which I read at the very beginning of the year.

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Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015

The most recent sequel I read this year was P.S. Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia. It was pretty darn good, I definitely recommend it 🙂

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New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

There’s most likely a few but I’m really curious about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell since I’ve heard how good it is from several people so I might have to check that out eventually.

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I had to do lots of research about upcoming releases since I honestly had no idea what was going to be released. Now I can’t wait for Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. This book is the 3rd book in the new series and is being released on September 14th, 2015.

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Biggest Disappointment

I haven’t been disappointed by any of the books for the most part this year so far.

Biggest Surprise

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Favorite New Author (Debut or New to you)

I’ve had so many authors that I have found to love and that were new.

Just to name a few:

Sharon Chreech

Lauren Myracle

Sarah Webb

Hillary McKay

The list could go on and on but I don’t want to bore you 🙂

Newest Fictional Crush

Hmm.. I think my newest fictional crush is probably Quentin Jacobsen from Paper Towns by John Green.

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Newest Favorite Character

This is so tough but my newest favorite character was.. A tie between  Zoran and Bluebell in After Iris.

Book that made you cry

Hmm.. I can’t think of a book that’s made me cry… I think The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was defidently a tear jerker.

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Book that made you happy

Most of the books I read make me happy 😀

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I have only seen a couple but I really loved Paper Towns.

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Favorite review you’ve written this year?

Gosh, so many tough questions. I really liked writing To Catch a Mermaid by Suzanne Selfors

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Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

I think that Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins has a beautiful cover in my opinion.

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What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I have many books including the two on my TBR list. The book I really need to read, is the book I mentioned above called Fangirl.

I nominate:

Emily @ Books and Cleverness

Partners In Books

Prima

dailywriter

Emily

Devon

And of course anyone who wants to participate!

You can decide to participate or not, your choice.

Here are your questions:

Best book you’ve read so far in 2015

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Biggest disappointment

Biggest surprise

Favorite New Author (Debut or New to you)

Newest Fictional Crush

Newest Favorite Character

Book that made you cry

Book that made you happy.

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

Favorite review you’ve written this year

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year (or received)

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Best of luck!

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Get In The Know: August Edition.

Hello everybody! I have decided to do a monthly “newsletter” type post where I bring all my followers and viewers up to speed on what milestones and important events have happened or will be happening in the near future. I know I might regret this once school starts but I promise you no matter what that you’ll see this post every 23rd of the month or at least a couple of days from the 23rd. Eventually I hope to have a personalized picture for the “event.” Without further ado, here is the August edition of Get In The Know 🙂

Today is my 2 month “blog anniversary.”Two months ago on June 23rd, this awesome blog got started with the help of a good book.

Starting tomorrow I will be taking part in another weekly event or meme called “Top Ten Tuesday’s” More information about the event will be coming tomorrow.

Random Reads has reached 58 followers 🙂 I am so happy and can not believe how far this blog has come in such a short amount of time.

We have reached 211 likes. Thank you guys so much for all the support, likes, comments, and follows you have brought me. I am forever grateful.

School is starting a week from tomorrow. In the next few days I will be posting a post that will fill you in on what I have decided to do with my blog once school starts and what my schedule will be. Stay tuned for that.

I am so behind on my Creative Challenges and will be trying to catch up and find a successful system to keep those interesting and coming to you as often as possible. I receive Creative Challenges every Tuesday and Friday via email so they pile up quick.

What I’m Reading Wednesday’s is still going to continue happening despite the upcoming schedule change.

This month’s “letter” is pretty short. The length of it depends on how much has happened and what is to come. Let me know below what you think of this letter and if I should continue with it. I will of course let you know of any important information via posting as I always have so far.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for the changes to come to Random Reads.

Random Reads will not be done once school starts. More information to come by Friday.

Love all my followers and viewers a ton ❤

~Makayla the Bookworm

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Source: http://quotescode.com/top-20-book-quotes/

*Note: An official picture for both “Top Ten Tuesday’s” and this monthly post will be made ASAP. For now I will use quotes.

 

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag!

Hello everyone! Yesterday. I spent a nice warm day outside most of the day. That’s the reason this post is coming later then usual. I apologized for once again not posting yesterday. Thank you My Tiny Obsessions for nominating me to do this book filled (*wink*) tag.

The Rules Are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the provided questions.

3. Nominate other book bloggers to do the award.

4. Notify them by linking (ping backing) their blog directly back to your post using the link button or by posting on a new post or about page.

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Below are the questions along with my answers:

How long have you been a blogger?

Almost 2 months (Tomorrow will be 2 months)

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

Right now I don’t think I`ll stop blogging anytime soon. It may happen eventfully but not in the near future.

What’s the best thing about blogging?

There are many great things about blogging but I think the followers are one of them. They’re there for you no matter what and will always comment and like your posts 🙂

What’s the worst thing about blogging?

I think the worst thing is the pressure of posting every day and when you don’t, the guilt you feel.

How long does it take for you to find/create pictures for your posts?

Google images are normally what I go for and it takes 1-5 minutes depending on how many pictures. it only takes longer if I cant find the right pictures. The only picture I’ve made so far is my “What I`m Reading Wednesday`s one. That took only a couple of minutes.

Who is your book crush?

That’s tough. I currently don’t have one but my post recent was Quentin Jacobsen from Paper Towns by John Green.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

This is a strange question. I wear shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops when in public and my “pajamas” when I`m just staying home and relaxing.

How long does it take you to prepare?

Normally I get an idea and just start typing but sometimes I have to write out things ahead of time. Normally no more then 10-15 minutes but that will change once school starts on September 1st.

How do you feel about the Book Blogger community?

The Book Blogger community is absolutely amazing and so supportive.

What should be done to achieve a successful blog?

This is another tough question to answer since every blog and definition is different. I would say a successful blog is one that interacts a lot with the community, posts as much as possible, and has quite a few viewers and/or followers.

Now its your turn!

Just copy and paste these questions below into your post! If you want, paste a blank template like this for your nominees and ask them to do the same so everyone can easily participate in this tag.

How long have you been a blogger?

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

What’s the best thing about blogging?

What’s the worst thing about blogging?

How long does it take for you to find/create pictures for your posts?

Who is your book crush?

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

How long does it take you to prepare?

How do you feel about the Book Blogger community?

What should be done to achieve a successful blog?

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I tag everyone who wants to do this! It is for book bloggers though.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more 😀

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

Book Review: Nerd Camp 2.0

Today I’m finally doing a book review that’s not during What I’m Reading Wednesday’s. Today I am reviewing Nerd Camp 2.0 by Elissa Brent Weissman. This book is the sequel to Nerd Camp.

Summary:

Last summer, Gabe went to a summer camp for nerds called Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment was six weeks of “righteous learning.” This summer is going to be different. Gabe is still going to “Nerd Camp,” but this year his step brother Zack was all set to go to a nearby sleep away camp called Camp Seneca that has everything from skateboarding to rock climbing. But a wildfire destroys his camp and seemingly his summer. Now all of Camp Seneca will be sharing the same  campgrounds as the Nerd Camp. The fun filled summer that Gabe dreamed about all year has now become “a geeks nightmare,” and an on going war. The two very different worlds collide. Can these two camps and brothers survive the summer?

Rating: 10/10 or 5 stars

Good Reads Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Age Range: 8-12 years old.

Grade Range: Grades  3-7.

Do I recommend the book? Yes! I think you should read the first book before this one so you can get to know Gabe and Zack as well as their very different personalities. Zack isn’t in very much of the first book and Gabe is the main character. I recommend this person for anyone that wants to embrace their inner nerd or jock or just loves a good adventure book 🙂

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more Book Reviews 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Source: goodreads.com