Childhood Reads: The Adventures of Bailey School Kids

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I am now continuing this series for the third time. I told myself I was going to skip the series for this month but then I came across another book series that I read many years ago. When I came across it, nostalgia came crashing onto me.

The Adventures of Bailey School Kids by Debbie Daddy & Marcia Thornton Jones

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(This is the newer cover, the original cover was not big enough to show.)

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The Bloggers in the Attic: Ratings

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The Bloggers in the Attic is a bi-monthly discussion chain created by Camilla @ Reader in the Attic where a group bloggers take turns discussing a chosen topic throughout a month. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, be sure to contact Camilla to join!

This month, the discussion theme is ratings and the importance of them. This has seriously got me thinking of my use of ratings.

Rating system, a discussion. Is it still important, what do we think about it, how does it work for us, what can be improved?

Why do we use ratings when we review books, or anything for that matter? Turns out, it varies from person to person, reviewer to reviewer.

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Childhood Reads: Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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How many books can you remember from your childhood? I was thinking about some of the books I read from my childhood and tried to remember which ones I read. It has been a long, long time since I read these stories but obviously some I can still remember. The last time I recalled a favorite childhood read of mine, Magic Tree House, it was during November of 2018. I figured it was time to continue this little series once again. I really wanted to remember a book I read that I can bring a memory along with it. Then it hit me that there was one book I should mention.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Lois Sachar

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Favorite Childhood Reads: Magic Tree House

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Do you remember any books that were your favorite from your childhood?

One thing everyone remembers doing from the childhood is learning to read and reading assignment. Some of us even loved reading as children and read as many books as they could and even have their favorites. One of my favorite series I read as a child were the Magic Tree House series.

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How I Can Keep My Focus: Lofi Hip Hop

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Sometimes when I read, I find myself distracted or not even paying attention as well I should be. I can be reading, but my thoughts or elsewhere or I am not just comprehending what I am reading well enough. Readers have their ways that can help them stay focused while reading. While some tricks works for some, some tricks won’t work for others.

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Why I Don’t Need to Post A Lot Anymore

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I Used to Post A lot, But Why Not Now?

When I first moved to WordPress under the Keep Reading Forward name, my plan was to post a whole lot. I would be publishing fresh new posts and content many times a week. I felt that by doing these posts, my blog would be active and I would gain followers  like no problem. It was like I was dreaming.
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Book Buying Habits

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Everyone has a habit when it comes to buying books. Could it be pre-ordering and waiting for them to come out? Ordering online and waiting for it come in the mail? Or could it even be walking into the bookstore and buying them in person? No matter what kind of reader everyone is, everyone has a book buying habit.

When it comes to think what my book buying habits are, I immediately think about ways to save. I usually check out current book deals to see whats on sale and hope theres a book I’m interested in reading. I usually check GoodReads Deals and BookBub. (Note: These are only available for ebooks!) GoodReads Deals and Bookbub are both ways that you can be alerted when a book is on sale while offering other books.

When you sign up for both GoodReads Deals and Bookbub, you can select which genres you are interested in so both sites won’t send you books on sale that you may not be interested in. (If you want to get into GoodReads Deals, go to your account settings then select Deals.) You can even select books you want to be alerted on on BookBub. When said book is on sale, you’ll get an email notification. (On GoodReads, you have the option to have alerts based on your Want to Read shelf.) These has proven to be great ways to get books for my Kindle and now I have too many.

If I choose to buy an actual book, I’ll be buying the book in either of three ways. First, I’ll Pre-Order any book that is yet released and is a big want of mine. I would have to really want it in order to pre-order it. It could also be a sequel to any book that I already have on my bookshelf.

Second, I would order the book off of Amazon. I’ll usually try to go through sellers on used books, or new if the deal is right. I usually check for very good and like new conditions. I will not buy anything less of a condition, although I have made that mistake a few times.

Third, if I am in the mood to go out shopping, I’ll either stop at a Barnes and Noble to look around or go to a local used book store. I have found good deals and many interesting books this way. I find that when visiting the bookstores, it is a good way to find new books to read. I never know what the stores will have for books, especially the used bookstore.

My book buying habits always seem to be surrounding money and ways to save (pre-order saves money to!). Either way, I’m always finding books that are good and fun to read. It’s also very fun to walk into a bookstore and seeing what they have! What are your book buying habits? Are they any different than mine? Do you know any other way to save money on books?

How a Reader was Born…

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Everyone has a story about stories. Stories how books came into one’s life and the impact of them afterwards. How a life was changed just by reading story after story. Most people can usually say their reading adventure started young while in school and stayed with them. Some may even say they lived in a library. Others, like me, can thank a teacher for shoving a book in their hands to read because they had nothing else to do.

It was the year of 2012 when I was just a student in high school. The Hunger Games movie was latest buzz and everyone was talking about it wether or not if they were readers. When the movie came to my attention, I had to figure out what everyone was talking about. I borrowed the first book and read it. I borrowed the second book and read it. I loved it and now knew why people were talking about series so much.

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