Bout of Books 22 Day 7 Wrap Up

Wow…. I can’t believe that Bout of Books is over already! It went by really quickly, but hey, at least I hit my goal of finishing Jack & Jill but James Patterson! I started on page 124 of this book at the beginning of the readathon and finished it on day 7 which means I read a total of 342 pages! I know some people may not see that as a lot but it’s a lot for me!

I hope you had a good time during this Bout of Books!


Bout of Books 22 Day 6 Wrap Up


It may not seem like much to some people but compared to my progress so far in this BoB, day 6 was an amazing reading day. I started on page 240 of Jack & Jill by James Patterson and ended on page 363. Yeah, you read that correctly, I ended on page 363!!! I read 123 pages!! And I am only 103 pages away from finishing the book!! I am making it my goal today to finish this book before Bout of Books 22 is over.

Bout of Books Day 5 Wrap Up

Wow, day 5 was actually the worst reading day so far…. I only read 7 pages of Jack & Jill….. I made it to page 240…. I’m not setting a goal today since I know I won’t get much reading done. My goal is to read in all of my free time. It’s the beginning of a long weekend here in Canada, and a lot of people I know don’t have many plans which means they will want to hang out and take away from my reading time. Oh well, that’s just how life goes sometimes…

Bout of Books 22 Day 4 Wrap Up

Surprise, surprise, I did not reach my goal again but I was sooooo close! I started on page 194 of Jack & Jill and ended on page 233. I tried so hard to make page 238 but I literally fell asleep as I was reading, twice! I don’t really have a goal for today but I’m hoping to get around to page 300ish.

Hope you’re reading is going well!!

Bout of Book 22 Day 3 Wrap Up

I still did not read as much as I wanted to…. but I did read more then yesterday so I guess that’s a plus. I started on page 168 and ended on page 193 of Jack & Jill by James Patterson. That’s only 25 pages…. Le sigh….. My goal for day 4 is to read to page 238 which marks the halfway point of my book. Hopefully I read more then that but who knows anymore.

Hope you’re reading lots this Bout of Books!

Bout of Books 22 Day 2 Wrap Up

Well today was a worse reading day than yesterday, but I visited with family and went to The Eagles concert so I’m not too upset that I only read 14 pages. Still Jack & Jill by James Patterson, I read from page 154 to 168. Day 3 should be better though because I’ll be back home tonight.

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton

Title: Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
Author: Preston Norton
Release Date: May 22, 2018
More information on Goodreads.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Disney Hyperion, for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I was really excited to read this one! Jock and social outcast band together to make their high school a better place? Sign me up! It’s a little more complicated than that though. The jock, Aaron, has a near-death experience and believes that God told him that he needs the help of the social outcast, Cliff aka Neanderthal, to make their high school a better place.

Personally, I found the beginning a little rocky but I do understand why it needed to be that way. We get introduced to the characters and their way of life before Aaron’s accident. The beginning was probably my least favourite part about this book, but it get’s so much better from there!

Almost all of the characters seemed to have some sort of depth and personality to them, even if they were mentioned briefly. It’s a nice change because secondary characters can usually end up being pretty flat and predictable so that was a nice change. I also loved seeing all of the character development, or lack thereof, going on because it made the story feel more real. In real life, people don’t always change when something big happens, so it was nice to have a couple characters who didn’t really change when we would expect them to.

The outcome of this book and how things played out definitely took me by surprise, things did not exactly turn out the way I was expecting, but I liked it better that way because my current issue with most YA is that it is getting pretty predictable. It’s nice being thrown a curve ball once in a while.

I think my most favourite part about this book though is I finally understand, or at least have some knowledge, about what is happening in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is not crucial to see the film before reading this book, and I’m not even sure if I would recommend the movie (it’s really weird), but the movie plays a pretty significant role in this book so the decision is up to you. (I watched the movie a couple years ago, I did not watch it for this book.)

I apologize if this review is pretty vague, I really did not want to spoil anything and I’m almost positive I didn’t. But I HIGHLY recommend this book! It’s not very often that I give a book 5 stars, but this one deserves it. I feel like there is so much good content in this book, so much insight to ingest, that I will probably reread it in the future.