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How I proposed to my husband: A gummy bear’s story of betrayal

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Hello! Story time today. Today’s post was supposed to be cookies, but I haven’t bought them yet, let along baked them. So I figured I would do a story instead. I’m fairly sure I haven’t told it on here before.

At the time, I was rather uh… distraught about it, but a year later, it’s kind of a running joke. ._.

So if you’re considering proposing to your significant other and are worried that it’ll get fudged up, don’t worry: If I can get away with the following and still have it work out, so can you. πŸ˜›


 

This story took place last year at the end of 2016. I had decided I wanted to propose about four months before I actually did. I fished around for ideas on what to propose with but came up with nothing – he’s not a jewelry person so a ring was out. I subtly asked him his opinion on watches and he said he wouldn’t wear one, so that wasn’t an option either. So I decided to give something small and symbolic to propose with and to give him a more official gift later.

The first thing I ever bought him when we started dating back in 2012 was a bag of gummy bears. He loves the things. It’s almost an obsession. Sooo I decided to put a gummy bear in a ring box and have at it. I know he’d get the symbolism so it seemed like a good idea at the time…

I get the bears and borrow a ring box. Morning of, I was determined. This was the Saturday after Thanksgiving that this happened. My plan was to ask him over breakfast… but he had a stomach ache, so the mood wasn’t right. Then, I changed my plan to taking him out later for dinner that evening, surprising him with a couple of his friends from out of town being there as well and pop the question there. But the restaurant was really, really noisy and didn’t exactly make the right mood either. So the friend surprise worked but I didn’t ask him there. We went home, got under blankets and played video games and cuddled. Perfect mood! I started prepping myself, but then he announced he was tired and going to bed.

SO NOW laying in bed in the dark staring at the ceiling. The only light in the room was his face, which was glowing a dull blue, because he was playing on his tablet. I was still determined to ask that day because I knew I’d lose my nerve otherwise. I had tied the bear into the box with a ribbon at this point and it was sitting at the foot of my nightstand. My nerves were shot and I was stressed.

I thought ‘eff it’. I turned the lamp on, sat up, grabbed the box and turned towards him. He looked really confused, his face still blue, when I opened the box and asked him to marry me. He was silent, looking back and forth between me and the box. At this point I felt something was wrong and looked down at the box myself. It was empty.

The bear had fallen out. I had asked him to marry me with an empty box.

At this point, my nerves snapped. I started bawling. Like, baaaawwling. He understandably gets the deer in the headlights look, just staring at me as I’m fishing around in the damn blankets for the damn bear. I finally find the little proposal-ruiner and hold it out to him, still bawling. He’s silent.

And then his eyes bug out. He realizes I’m being serious. Yes ladies and gents, he thought I was pulling his leg.

He starts stammering. I’m still crying, harder now because ‘THIS WAS AN AWFUL IDEA YOU’RE TERRIBLE AT PLANNING THINGS’ is now repeating over and over in my head. He finally nods, still too struck to say anything.

Cue me crying even harder, because now I’m happy. He hugs me and my addled brain starts going nuts. So between sobs I start yelling ‘I thought it’d be cute!’ over and over. I can’t seem to just calm myself down. He just holds me while I cry my embarrassment out.

When I finally stop crying, I ask ‘Are you sure?’ He just smiles, says yes, smooches and gives me a hug, like he was saying ‘Oh Emily you weirdo’. Sigh.

And you know what the worst part was?!

Eventually he picks up the gummy bear and looks at it. And he goes, “What did you want me to do with it, keep it? It might mold.” And I shake my head and go, “Well I kinda wanted you to eat it.”

He was silent. I looked at him, and he said, “I can’t, my stomach still hurts.”

So I ate that little betrayer. Bit its head off.

So that was a year ago. We’ve been married since August and I’d say it’s going rather well. I still hate gummy bears. They’re vindictive and nobody seems to believe me.


And that’s it for today. Cookie post will happen eventually. Until tomorrow! πŸ˜€

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Posted by on 12/11/2017 in Blogmas

 

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The School Subject Book Tag

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Hello! A tag today. I was tagged by Ann! Thanks friend! πŸ˜€

Math: A Book that left your Head Spinning in Circles

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryThe Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee. And I mean spinning in a good way. This book was amazing! I graduated last year with a degree in computer science, during which I took a concentration in Bioinformatics. As a result, I ended up with a lot of biology and chemistry under my belt. This book I listened to while I was in a molecular bio class and it was truly fascinating seeing the stuff I was studying being more broadly examined, its history explored and it potential future implications pondered on. This book was great, and it was probably my favorite nonfiction of the year. πŸ˜€

English:Β  A Book You think has Beautiful Written Expression

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #1)I just mentioned this recently in a previous tag, but The Traitor Baru Cormorant has beautiful writing. It’s a bleak, gripping book full of political intrigue and intricate plot, and its phrasing on top of that makes it a joy to read. I think about this book a lot. It’s so wonderful.

 

 

Physics: your Favorite Scientifically Minded Character from a Book or Film

Image result for walter bishopThat would be Walter Bishop from the tv show Fringe. He’s adorable and at the same time kinda scary. Fringe, by the way, is one of my all-time favorite tv shows. If you haven’t watched it, you should. It’s five seasons long and it’s consistently good throughout. No ‘bad seasons’. Loooove this show.

 

 

Chemistry: your favorite literary couple

Mild spoilers for The Grisha Trilogy: I’m going with Alina and the Darkling, even though they’re not exactly cannon. They should have been, okay?! D: </3

Biology: your favorite book/series/film character

Dude I can’t pick just one. What even is this question.

French: your favorite foreign book/film/program

Easy peasy! Oldboy, which is a Korean thriller movie. Oh my gosh guys, if you haven’t seen Oldboy, do it. And don’t watch the American adaption either. Watch the original Korean. It’s just… it’ll explode your brain. This movie will mess you up.

 

Art: have you ever judged a book by its cover, even if you weren’t meant to?

Oh definitely. Everyone has I think. Though I’ve fallen into a weird thing where if I find a fantasy novel and it has a really bad 90s cover, I want it even more. That’s how I got into Robin Hobb, hahaha. I loooove her books but the covers from the 90s for them are so cheesy.

History: the last historical book you’ve read

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to FreedomOh gosh, it’s been a while. Uh…

The last historical book I read that wasn’t a historical sci-fi or fantasy was Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang, and even then, it’s a memoir, not historical fiction. But if this doesn’t count I might not be able to find one, haha. I read this back in February of 2016 and it still sticks with me. This is a powerful memoir and with all the stuff going on with North Korea right now, I’d say it’s pretty relevant to pick up.

Geography: a literary destination you would really like to visit

Hogsmeade, obviously. I would say Hogwarts but at 27 years old, they wouldn’t let me be a student. 😦 So this is the next best thing.

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Drama: a book that has a lot of over-dramatic hype

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (I can’t seem to stop bringing this up so much. I think it’s because I was just so so disappointed in it, haha). This book was a complete wash for me. I liked the first one decently, but was a bit weary of the main character. I knew he was bordering Mary Sue, but in book two man, the author just put him on a catapult and flung him deep, deep into the land of Mary Sue. Yikes. It’s just such a disappointment. I love the plot and writing otherwise. But the main character just drives me crazy.

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/10/2017 in Blogmas, Book Tag, Books

 

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Unfinished Series 2017

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Hello! Happy Saturday! Today’s post is brought to you by…

Sleeping in past 5:30am for a change. Sleeping! It’s for your brain.

Getting enough sleep at night does interesting things. Anyway.


I did one of these posts last year so I figured that it would be a good thing to repeat yearly as a well to help me keep track of any progress I’m making. Some of the books from last year will no longer be on the list, either from me actually finishing the series or from me giving the books away mid-series and it now being deemed ‘Won’t Finish’ (which is another post coming up).

Books

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Hyperion CantosΒ by Dan Simmons – 1/4 read (1 owned)

Contours of the Heart series by Tammara Webber – Β 2/4 read (2 owned)

The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey – 1/6 read (2 owned)

The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen – 1/3 read (1 owned)

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas – 3/5 read (4 owned)

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)Losing It (Losing It, #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Snow Likes Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch – 2/3 read (0 owned)

The Gold SeerΒ trilogy by Rae Carson – 1/3 read (1 owned)

An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir – 1/2 read (1 owned)

Losing It trilogy by Cora Carmack – 2/3 read (0 owned)

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – 1/6 read (6 owned)

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

 

Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown – 1/4 read (0 owned)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams – 3/5 read (0 owned)

Bas-Lag trilogy by China Mieville – 1/3 read (2 owned)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor – 1/3 read (2 owned)

The Monstrumologist quartet by Rick Yancey – 1/4 read (3 owned)

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Gunslinger by Stephen King

 

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik – 4/9 read (7 owned)

Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke – 2/3 read (3 owned)

Shanghai Girls duology by Lisa See – 1/2 read (2 owned)

Millennium series by Stieg Larsson – Β 1/4 read (0 owned)

The Gungslinger by Steven King – 1/7 read (0 owned)

The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks – 2/4 read (4 owned)

The Remnant Chronicles – 2/3 read (3 owned)


Manga and Comics

Attack on Titan, Volume 1Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to LovecraftIkigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)Trigun Maximum Volume 1: Hero Returns (Trigun Maximum, #1)InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

Attack on Titan series by Hajime Isayama – 14/20(21?) read (14 owned)

Locke & Key by Joe Hill – 2/6 read (2 owned)

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by Motoro Mase – 3/10 read (6 owned)

Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow – 3/14 read (3 owned)

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – 18/56 read (23 owned)

Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)Rave Master, Vol. 1Demon Diary, Volume 01Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedY: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

Dragonball Z by Akira Toriyama – 4/26 read (4 owned)

Rave Master by Hiro Mashima – Β 3/35 read (3 owned)

Demon Diary by Lee Chi-Hyong – 3/7 read (7 owned)

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – 2/16 read (3 owned)

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan – 6/10 read (0 owned)

Descender, Vol. 1 by Jeff LemireOrange by Ichigo TakanoChew, Vol. 1 by John Layman

Descender by Jeff Lemire – 1/5 read (1 owned)

Orange by Ichigo Takano – 1/2 read (1 owned)

Chew by John Layman – 1/12 read (2 owned)


So from last year’s post, I completed/removed 4 series, and then I added 7 new series. Whoops. I like books, sue me. :”D At least 3 out of those 7 were graphic novels, so they shouldn’t take long to get through – I just need to get a hold of them, first.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/09/2017 in Blogmas, Books

 

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Pumpkin Book Tag

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Hello! A tag today! I was tagged by Zezee (thanks friendo!). And the original video can be found here!

Pumpkin: A writer you always make a point to read in October

Honestly there aren’t any. I always tell myself ‘read creepy books!’ but I never actually do, heh.

Pumpkin Spice: A work you would read to impress a millennial

I feel like this question was written by someone who is not a millennial. I am a millennial. I’m usually just impressed by people who read, period. Doesn’t even have to be books. Articles! Magazines! Even listening to podcasts is a good substitute for reading.

Pumpkin Pie: A work that makes you think of autumn

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik. Why? I couldn’t tell you. I don’t remember what season this book occurs in. But the magical forest, in my mind, was always orange and red in the middle of autumn. I know it’s likely not described as such, but that’s what my brain did.

 

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake: A work that was challenging to read but was a rewarding experience

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #1)The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. This popped into my head as the answer before my brain even finished reading the sentence. This book is definitely dense and in my opinion, weirdly paced. But it’s so, so, so worth the read. I wrote a review on it, if you’re interested. I looooved this book. The second one is coming out soon and I’m super excited!

 

 

Pumpkin Bread: An underrated work from a well-known writer

(pumpkin bread is the best pumpkin thing, btw. This question is a good one).

The Egg by Andy Weir. This is a short story he wrote before The Martian came out. It’s funny, because when The Martian came out, it apparently dawdled a bit. Andy Weir basically said that he wished The Martian would have done as well as The Egg had – it was fairly popular. But the The Martian actually took off and those who read it likely never read The Egg.

So go read it!

Pumpkin Soup: A work that you first enjoyed, but then lost interest

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)The idea of pumpkin soup scares me.

I’m going to go with Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series. I read the first one shortly after getting into the online book community. Liked it rather decently, minus that weird Stockholm alien romance. The second one came out and I reread the first one and then read the second one. Contrary to most people’s opinions, I liked the second one a lot more than the first. I feel it focusing not on the two main characters made it better.

But honestly by the time the third came out, I had forgotten most of the major plot points and my motivation to reread the first two again is minimal. I still own the first two books, but unless I end up finding the third in a dollar bin somewhere, I’m likely not going to get it. I can’t be bothered.

Pumpkin Doughnut: A light, five-star read

Ella EnchantedElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I’ve mentioned this book a billion times now, but it’s one of my childhood favorites and I’ll likely always love it forever and ever.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Picking: Within the last year, in which genre did you purchase the most books

My guess is fantasy. I honestly don’t know though. I did buy a buttload of Michael Crichton this year.

Pumpkin Carving: A work that could have been trimmed down

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Pumpkin Painting: A book with magnificent illustrations

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This is my favorite. This is my faaaaavorite. ❀ Find this book, look at the pictures.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Ice Cream: The most random work you would recommend

Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and PastSince it’s the Christmas season, I’ll recommend Santa and Pete by Christopher Paul Moore. It’s a children’s novel, but it definitely captures the Christmas spirit. I try to read it once every couple years around Christmas, and I think I’m about due. This is a lovely book, and if you need a book to read or are looking for something for a nephew, niece or your kid to read, this is the one. πŸ˜€

 

 

What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin/what is your favorite dish where pumpkin is the main ingredient?

As mentioned above, pumpkin bread! And pumpkin cookies!

Pumpkin Patch: Who do you tag?

I just tagged a bunch of people in a tag two days ago, so I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but if you’d like to do this, consider yourself tagged. πŸ˜€

 

 
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Posted by on 12/08/2017 in Blogmas, Books

 

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Bookshelf Tour 2017

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Hello! I’ve decided to do one of those bookshelf tour thingies. As I have a blog and not a youtube, this will be done through photos. πŸ˜› I’m fairly sure that each photo is clear enough that you should be able to see titles if you want. Any photo I place here you should be able to right-click and select ‘view image’ to see the full size if you need a larger view of the thing.

As I’ve mentioned (a billion times now) I moved recently. We moved from a two bedroom apartment into a three bedroom townhouse. And since it’s just my husband and I right now, those two extra bedrooms we’re using as not-bedrooms. One is our office (which is still a bunch of boxes).

The other is my uh… my library. :”D I have my own room dedicated to books! The photos you’ll see are how it looks right now. I want to get a big, comfy arm chair in there though. Right now, there’s an antique rocking chair and while it’s actually comfy to sit in, you can’t really curl up in it. So I’m on the hunt for a recliner.

Anyways, here are my books. I’ve been collecting them for two decades. Anything listed as ‘not shown’ I’m either currently reading, is lent out, or is still in a box somewhere.


Overview of Shelves

Manga and Nonfiction

Fiction, graphic novels


Detail of Shelves

Manga
Not pictured: Attack on Titan vols 1-14

Manga

Nonfiction: Languages, art, biography, history, music, cooking

Nonfiction: Philosophy, psychology, politics, more psychology
Not pictured: The bottom shelf of this bookcase. (Textbooks)

Sci-fi
Not shown: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Sci-fi, fantasy
Not shown: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Fantasy

Fantasy
Not shown: Assassin’s Apprentice, Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fantasy
Not shown: HP 3 paperback, HP4 hardback, HP3 illustrated, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Wheel of Time 4 and 5

Fantasy
Not shown: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Fantasy

Fantasy, horror, magical realism, literary
Not shown: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Ilse of Blood by Rick Yancey, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Magical realism, literary, contemporary, historical fiction

Historical fiction, literary, Christmas, classics
Not shown: Easy by Tammara Webber

Thriller, coloring books, dnd, graphic novels
Not shown: 5th ed Monster Manual, 5th ed Players Handbook, 5th ed Dungeon Master’s Guide

Comics


And that’s it! I thought to myself ‘I’ll make a picture post instead of a video, it’ll take no time at all that way!’

…It still took me an hour, hahaha. It was worth it though!

Happy reading! πŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on 12/07/2017 in Blogmas, Books

 

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Top 5 book-y things I’m grinchy about

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GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS.

This week’s topics are book-y things that I’m grinchy about. And the point of the topic is to pick goofy, superfluous things, not issues that actually make me angry. Soooo this is going to be a bit of a long, silly post. πŸ˜€

If you’d like to join Top 5 Wednesday, you can do so here!


5. You might have heard of me

In other words, I dislike characters that are super full of themselves. The above quote is one from the synopsis, the synopsis, of The Name of the Wind. Like, that’s Kvothe basically going, ‘Look! I’m a badass. Definitely super badassy. You totes can’t deny it.’ And while he’s the most prominent figure I’ve found that does that, basically anyone (real or fictional) with a huge ego rubs me the wrong way. There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance, peeps.

Any character with ‘lol I’m so great’ as their primary personality trait is usually a big butt nugget.

4. Improper care of library books

Okay so, I love libraries.Β  I love getting books that are beat to crud from being read so many times. I’m serious! The more worn a book is, the more people have read it, the better the book likely is! Otherwise, it would not have been picked up so much.

But occasionally, you get a person that was obviously raised in a barn. You pick out the book, you rent the book, you take the book home.

You open the book, and out falls a bunch of crumbs. What. You sit there, still holding the book out, slightly farther away from you now. You stare at it, not wanting to look at the small pile of crumbs that are now sitting underneath it. You sigh, brush the remaining crumbs off the page and then throw the crumbs away.

Eh. Someone was eating crackers. Not too bad, no harm done. So you start reading. Thirty pages in, you find you can’t turn to page 31. They are stuck together by some ungodly substance.

At that point, I just quit. Ripping apart library book pages and potentially covering my hands in some sticky mysterious goo is way above my pay grade.

I just wanna find the people who return gooey, crumby library books, grab them by the shoulders and yell “WHAT KIND OF DEMON ARE YOU?!”.

3. Gatekeeping

This is something, luckily, that I don’t see all too often in the book community. It’s there, though. If you’re unfamiliar, gatekeeping is exactly what it sounds like. Some ding dong decides that there are criteria one has to meet to be considered a reader or a fan of a series or whatever.

They pride themselves on the ‘I’m in the club, you’re not’ mentality. They’re the people who when you say you like a band, challenge you to name ten of their songs and the drummer’s cousin’s wife’s middle name. Otherwise, you’re not a true fan. You’re a casual. Like wat. This happens a lot in both directions. Either people will gatekeep stuff to keep people out or people will be proud of being ‘out’ and make fun of the people who are ‘in’. Ie: fidget spinners. They’re a toy thing for people with attention problems. People who used them as just toys had them too.

But HOLY COW have I never heard so much BUH IF YOU LIKE FIDGET SPINNERS YOU’RE NOT IN THE COOL KIDS CLUB ANYMORE being spewed by basically everyone. It was like you either loved them or had to declare you hate for them loudly. It’s just like, wow man.

Occasionally you’ll see this in the book community, most of the time with books that are overall deemed ‘bad’. Ie: Twilight. Now I’m not saying you have to like the book. You don’t. I personally dislike it a lot. But making fun of the people who like it is no bueno.

It’s like this:

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Mind ya business.

2. Every single video/post being a paid promotion

Now, this is a bit of a hot topic. Some people don’t mind it, others hate it. I usually don’t mind it to an extent. Like, I get it. Making money to do something you love (ie. talk about books) sounds fantastic. Like, I’d probably do it occasionally if given the chance.

But I feel sometimes it goes a bit too far. Like, a person will put out say, four or five videos/posts in a span of two weeks, and every single one of them will be a promotion. Like, every single one. And all of them therefore turn into a commercial for a book. The person, who may or may not actually like the book, feels pressured to at least give it a decent spiel if not a super positive one.

If I’m being honest, on a good day, if I hear/read ‘paid promotion’, I skip the section that the paid book is being talked about. On a bad day, I just back out of the video/post and don’t look at it at all. I feel like I can’t trust the ‘oh it’s sooooooooooo good’ coming from the person when you know the PR person of the publication company is likely gonna be watching the video, making sure the person is enthusiastic enough.

Like I said, once in a while, sure. Extra money is cool. Even a couple paid posts a week, as long as that’s not all you’re producing. If you like the book, it’s even easier to do. But every single post? Are you, at that point, still doing this because you love it? Are you sure your opinions aren’t being swayed by the monies being thrown at you by publishers? Are you sure? How am I supposed to distinguish your true opinion and your paid opinion if the paid one makes an appearance in every video?

I’d love to hear opinions on this one. I feel like it’s definitely an interesting topic to discuss.

1. Borrowing my book and never get it back

Once upon a time, I wrote a post (my favorite post) called On Borrowing Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal. In which, I tell you a story about my books and she who must not be named. Whatsherface did the unthinkable. She borrowed my books and never gave them back. And that’s not it – there is so much more. It was awful. (If you need a laugh, I highly recommend you read that post.)

IF YOU BORROW MY BOOK, GIVE IT BACK TO ME OKAY?!


That’s it. πŸ˜€ Happy reading.

 
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Posted by on 12/06/2017 in Blogmas, Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Apple Book Tag

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Hello! Happy December 5th! Today is a tag day! I was tagged by Zezee (thanks much!)

The original tag can be found here!

Granny Smith: An overbearingly sweet work or character

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)I’m going with Auri from The Name of the Wind. Auri is definitely a uh… unique character. She behaves like a naive, skiddish child but is described as being a few years older than the main character, who is in his mid teens. Both the main character and definitely the author adore her, because her innocence and naivety and even dare I say addle-mindedness is described in a way that is obviously the author saying, “Hey look, see how cute she is? She’s totes adorbs.”

And while I’m absolutely over this series (my rant on book two can be found here), Auri is a character that I didn’t hate. I can’t say that she was my favorite, but she was cute. Sometimes way too cute, but she was cute.

Fuji: A work about a mountain

A Tale for the Time BeingA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Now this book isn’t about a mountain per say, but it involves one. The main character’s grandmother lives in a temple up the side of the mountain, somehitng that is mentioned a few different times in the book and actually plays a bit of a part in the climax of the book as well.

This book is definitely a weird read and while I didn’t love it and didn’t rate it the highest, its tone has stuck with me. I find myself thinking about this book a lot. I feel like a reread will happen at some point.

Red Delicious: A book that would be perfect if it was only judged by its cover

1414 by Peter Clines fits this, I think. The cover, combined with the synopsis on the back makes this book sound tantalizing. And for the most part it was! But… it wasn’t everything that I wanted. It kinda fell flat, unfortunately.

 

 

 

Golden Yellow: A book with yellow on the cover

The Demon Ororon, Vol. 1 (The Demon Ororon, #1)The Demon Ororon by Mizuki Hakase – this is one of those nostalgic reads for me. I read it first when I was in 11th grade. I reread it a year or so ago and liked it just as much. It’s a pretty short series, four volumes long, for if you’re looking for a new manga to get into.

 

 

McIntosh: A writer that has influenced or would influence your writing

Robin Hobb, for one. I’d like to be able to do wordbuilding like her. Brent Weeks as well – the way he flawlessly incorporates little snips of humor in his otherwise serious book is wonderful. Should I ever get my nano draft off the ground, I’d want my writing to have elements of both their styles and morph it into something new!

Honeycrisp: A book you have read that is in great demand

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1Orange by Ichigo Takano. This manga I noticed has been making its rounds. I keep seeing it being hauled and the person going, ‘This is my first manga!’. So I picked it up, thought it’s faaaar from my first manga. It seemed to be getting rather positive reviews, so I read it. And I liked it! It was really good, and I’m glad that it keeps being chosen as people’s first mangas – I think it’s a good gateway to make people fans of the genre in general. πŸ˜€

 

Baldwin: A writer you feel needs recognition due to stunted acclaim (whether it was due to something that happened to them or a premature death)

Honestly I have no idea for this one, and I feel like me going out of my way to find an answer will make it feel forced, hehe.

Empire: A work about or set in New York

…Honestly I don’t think I have one for this question, either. My non-fantasy, non-sci fi reads are kinda limited… :”D

Gala: A work that fits under many genres

EmbassytownEmbassytown by China Mieville. This was a neat read. It’s technically… New Weird? I think? But it definitely has elements of sci fi, fantasy, even a bit of thriller. It goes into linguistics as well, which is fascinating. Definitely recommend picking this up.

 

 

 

Ambrosia: A long work that was easy to follow

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)The Black Prism by Brent Weeks. I’ve said it a billion times now, but this is my newest favorite series. Each book is huge, but each flows really well and is easy to keep everything straight. Definitely definitely recommend them.

 

 

Jazz: A work written in or after 2010 that demonstrates freshness and originality

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir definitely fits this. It was funny, entertaining, informational, and sci-fi filled. It was neat! And I really enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

Mutsu: A big book that you indulged

See two questions previous. πŸ˜€


So, I’m writing this tag, right. And my husband wanders over and reads what I’m writing and says, “Are you writing about apples? I thought you wrote about books!”

So I had to explain what a book tag was. He wanted to add a question to the tag, soooo here’s the question he added:

Crab Apple: Name a book you bit into even though you knew better

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)Addicted To You by Becca Ritchie. I knew going in that this wasn’t going to be my kind of book. I knew it. But I picked it up because it had been getting super good reviews and I was hoping that it would prove my low, low expectations wrong.

Welp. So much for that.

 

 

 


And that’s it!

I tag:

Ace, The Orang-utan Librarian, Mai (yes I know you’re not a book blog. Do it anyways, peer pressure!), Books in her Eyes, Wonderfilled Reads, and MetalPhantasmReads!

You’re totally welcome to use the crab apple question if you want. :”D Also if you’ve done this tag already, please link me to it so I can read it!

Happy reading!

 
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