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Why I’m a Reader Tag

Hello! A tag(ish) thing today. I wasn’t tagged and I’m not sure where this tag originates, but I found it here and thought it’d be a good thing for me to write out. :”D


Choose one word to describe yourself as a reader.

I’d have to say ‘spastic’, both due to my reading patterns and my behaviors while actually physically reading. My reading patterns are very irregular, spastic even (haha). I’ll go a month without reading anything, then I’ll read five books in two weeks. I’ve never been able to keep a steady reading schedule. I’m either frantically drinking books in or I’m staring at my shelves saying “I should read something” before promptly going on reddit.

As for my behaviors while reading, I scream at books, I slam them shut and cry out, I laugh, I cry. It’s probably entertaining to watch me read. I’m all over the place.

What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book, #1)I think my gateway books, at least the ones I remember reading over and over, were the Pokemon novelizations by Tracey West. There were a series of them, and I think I had the first six. I’m not sure where my copies are now though – hopefully in a box at my parents’ place somewhere. I hope they haven’t been thrown or given away.

 

Hardback or paperback?

Paperback for sure. They’re cheaper, they’re easier to read, they’re lighter. I don’t dislike hardbacks by any means, but if given the choice I’ll get the paperback nine times out of ten.

 How has reading shaped your identity?

Aside from others being aware of the expectation that we’ll stop in a bookstore if they go into public with me? I feel like reading has made me a more compassionate person and better aware of the world around me. Fiction and nonfiction alike allow a person to see what others are thinking and how they choose to portray those thoughts and that has exposed me to more values than the ones I hold myself to. Reading has also been a bridge that created a lot of friendships for me and those people have in extension further shaped who I am. Also, it’s bumped me to be more active in social media – never before have I taken so many damn pictures until I started snapping photos of books.

What book do you read when you want to be comforted?

Ella EnchantedThere are a few. Most obvious is Harry Potter, but I also tend to gravitate towards Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. These were all the series I read growing up and make me feel nostalgic every time they’re opened up.

 

 

Who influenced you or taught you to be a reader?

Three people, namely. My parents and my grandmother. All three of them used to read to my sister and I when we were little and all encouraged us to pick up books on our own and read them. They always made a point to take us to the library too and made it a fun occasion. I’ve been reading books since I learned to read and will likely always read them. (Funny thing  – my sister never developed the same love of reading as I did even though we were both encouraged to. I got her to start reading Harry Potter the other day though, so score!)

Describe your dream reading lounge

Big, comfy, brown leather armchair in front of my wall of book cases. On the ground is a fluffy rug. Chair has a side table to it, made out of dark wood where my coffee/tea/beer is. Cat is on top of chair. I am in chair. Fluffy blanket is on me. Huge bay window lets in natural light during the day, nice lamps give off light in the evening. Fireplace on otherwall does the crackling during the winter. Yes, me want it. It’ll happen, dammit.

What book changed how you saw the world?

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to FreedomIn Order to Live by Yeonmi Park. I read this book last year and it made me more aware of the ongoing injustices in the world that I don’t think about on a daily basis. I’m from America – I’m living a privileged life on that fact alone, let alone other things. I know that I’m lucky to have the life I do, but it doesn’t always sit at the forefront of my mind unfortunately. It’s easy to forget how hard others may have it when I’m distracted by my own issues that are small in comparison to some other people’s. I don’t mean to forget it, but it happens. This book made me more aware of that fact, more humbled, and more admiring of anyone who has gone through was Ms. Park has and is still fighting. It made me more aware of other people and what they may or may not be struggling with on a daily basis, whether it looks like they are from outward appearance or not. It made me more patient and I hope it’s made me more open to understanding problems that others may have that I wouldn’t know how to cope with or wouldn’t come across otherwise.

PS. If you know of any other memoirs that you feel would broaden my horizons, please do speak up. I’m always looking.


And that’s it! I liked this one. :”D

I tag:

The Orang-utan Librarian

Acey

Zezee

Nora

 
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Posted by on 09/20/2016 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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August Wrap-Up, September Currently Reading

Hello, it’s September and I’m finally recognizing that I’m in a book slump. It’s awful, man.


Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for August: 6

Apparently I’m in a posting slump, too.😛

Notice there’s no haul though – yay for sticking to my book buying limit.


Reading Overview for the Month:

Books:

Slaughterhouse-Five
Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut. Listened to this one on audiobook after being told do read it by a few different friends. It’s definitely a trippy book and I feel like I need a physical copy to read it again before I can fully take in all the stuff. It was really good though – 4 stars

Articles:

*cricket*


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 29/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 1/1
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 2/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Woops.


September Currently Reading:

Same ones as before, plus a new audiobook for the car and a physical book for a buddy read I’m doing with Zezee :”D

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Product DetailsDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)       Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)      The Invisible Man

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks
Pokemon: The Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic Inc.
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
And that’s it! Happy reading!! :”D

 

 
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Posted by on 09/01/2016 in TBR, Wrap-up

 

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Bout of Books 17 Wrap Up

Bout of Books
Welp. This readathon didn’t go great, but it wasn’t awful either. If you’re curious, here are the goals I set for myself at the beginning of last week. I set my sights really high and kinda faltered out, but I did more reading in the past week than I did all summer, so I still consider it a success.
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Reading completed during the week:

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Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks: 46 pages read
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Entire book listened
The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells: 20 minutes listened
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So it’s safe to say that audiobooks dominated this readathon. I barely read any physical book. I can’t say I’m surprised, honestly.😛 But hey, I finished a book! So woot.
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Anyone else do as awfully as I did but are still proud of themselves? :”D
 
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Posted by on 08/29/2016 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Bout of Books 17 TBR

Bout of Books

Guten tag! I’ve decided to participate in the bout of books readathon again. I’ve been doing so since BOB 14 I think? 13? Something like that. So not nearly as long as a lot of people, but long enough. For those unfamiliar, here is where you’d sign up to participate and here is the blurb from their site:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I originally wasn’t going to when I saw the dates – August 22nd through the 28th – it’s the last week before classes start, during which I’m working full time on top of 12 or so hours of commuting. But because of this work and commuting, I’ve fallen into a book slump. I’ve read a grand total of five or six books this whole summer and I miss reading more. So, I’m going to try this readathon to jump start me back into my normal pace of reading. Otherwise I’m afraid this slump might continue into the semester.

SO HERE GOES NOTHING, PEEPS.

Reading goals:

Read every day
– Finish at least three books
– Write a review for each book finished (can happen after readathon is over)
– Participate in at least half of the challenges

Bout of Books 17 TBR:

Product DetailsDeluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon)    Slaughterhouse-Five   The Invisible Man   Saga, Volume 1

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks. I’m currently reading this and it will be on my TBR if I don’t finish it this weekend. I’m about 2/3rds through it and hope to finish it up before Sunday night, but if I don’t, it’s numero uno on the list.

Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook by Scholastic. I’ve totally fallen into the Pokemon craze. I loved it growing up and lost touch until Pokemon Go came out. I realized there are 700-something of those little buggers now and I know the first three generations at most. So I’ve been studying.😛 Yes, I’m actually reading this cover to cover. This is also a ‘will be on TBR if I don’t finish it this weekend’ book. Currently about 60% through it.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. This will be an audiobook, because let’s face it, twelve hours a week in the car leaves a lot of time for listening to stuff. This will be my first Vonnegut book and it’s been recommended to me by so many people. So here we go.

The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. Another audiobook, just in case.

Saga by Brian K Vaughan. Rereads for me. I purchased volume 6 last month and can’t remember what’s going on. So I’m just going to start at volume 1 and see how far I get.

I figure if I get through all the Sagas, I’ll pick up another physical book. Not sure what yet, but I’ll figure that out when and if I come to it.


And that’s it! Wish me luck and unslumpiness! Happy reading! :”D

 
 

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The Get to Know Me Tag

Hola, a tag today! I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian, and it’s taken me nearly a month to post it because I’m excellent at procrastinating.

Here we go!

  • Name: Emily
  • Nicknames: Em, Embuhlee, Em-ry, Yondy, Emlee, Emwee, Emmy, Mimi, Meems.
  • Star Sign:  Leo
  • Occupation:  Student/QA Intern/Tech help/Litter box cleaner

Appearance

  • Hair color: Brown
  • Hair length: Long
  • Eye colour: Blue
  • Best feature: My uh… MY VIVID PERSONALITY.
  • Braces: Never, but probably need them.
  • Piercings: Ears
  • Tattoos: No. I haven’t found a picture I want to stare at every day for the rest of my life.
  • Right or left handed: Left

Firsts

  • Best friend: Shannon, who is not a blogger. I’ve known her since I was 12.😛 She’s weird.
  • Award: Does a participation ribbon for my 1st grade track and field day count?
  • Real holiday: Is this British-English for vacation? If so, New Jersey when I was seven. If you mean holiday holiday, then it was Labor Day 1990.
  • Concert: Ke$ha. And considering she’s not my type of music, I rather enjoyed it.

Favorites

  • Film: Moulin Rouge
  • TV Show: It’s a tie between Fringe, X-Files, Sherlock and Supernatural
  • Color: Blue
  • Song: One of about five or six favorites since I can’t choose one is Ever Dream by Nightwish

  • Restaurant: A local chain called Rey Azteca. Best. Mexican. Ever.
  • Shop: Borders. (RIP)
  • Shoes: Flippies

Currently

  • Feeling: Queasy. I stayed home from work today under a blankie.
  • Single or Taken: Taken.
  • Eating: Nothing. Tum isn’t diggin food at the mo’.
  • Watching: Pokemon on netflix. Ten episodes in and still going. o:<
  • Wearing: T-shirt, sweat pants

The Future

  • Children: One day. They’re gonna be weeeeeiiirdd :”D
  • Marriage: Yep. I’m currently plotting a proposal. o:< It’s gon’ be gud.
  • Careers: Something in neuroscience preferably. But will be perfectly happy in a software development-type job.
  • Where you want to live: Somewhere close to a big city but not in the big city.

Beliefs

  • Miracles: Sure, why not
  • God: Yes
  • Love at first sight: No
  • Ghosts: Sure, why not
  • Aliens: I feel like it’s ridiculous not to be open to the possibility. I mean, there is scientific evidence suggesting the existence of a multiverse. The size of our universe alone, times however many universes in the multiverse… you can’t seriously think we’re the only planet that made a bleep on the radar.
  • Soul mates: Sure
  • Heaven/hell: I hope so. Otherwise, being dead will be boring.
  • Kissing on the first date: Sure, smoochy smoochy
  • Yourself: Most of the time.
 
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Posted by on 08/17/2016 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine-blogger

Hello! An awardy today. :”D I was tagged by A Universe for Books, so thank you much! Sorry it took me so long to get to posting it!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Questions for me:

Imagine that you are the protagonist and your life is a book. Which book that you’ve read would be written about you?

This is such a cool question. :”D Unfortunately though I can’t think of one. My life is pretty boring, haha. What I would like though would be something like Harry Potter, but who wouldn’t?😛

Imagine your favourite book is being turned into a book to movie adaptation. See if you can create a soundtrack to this book. Which book would it be?

This is such a cool question too! :”D One of my favorite books currently is Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I just looked at my favorites list and it’s one of few that doesn’t actually already have a tv show or movie, so this is the one.😛

Here is the synopsis from Amazon before I go into the setlist I’ve created:

Uprooted
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

The setlist (alluding to events but not directly spoiling):

The opening scenes: In the Land of Twlight, Under the Moon by Yuki Kaijiura
After the choosing: Bittersweet by Apocalyptica
A new location: Symphony #7, 2nd movement by Beethoven
Adjusting: We Don’t Have to Dance by Andy Black
Discovery of a gift: Locked With the Crystal Ball by Blackmore’s Night
The forest’s theme: Nightfall by Blind Guardian
The Dragon’s theme: Own Little World by Celldweller
Agnieszka’s theme: Call Me, Call Me by The Seatbelts
Getting Kasia: Rising by the Yoshida Brothers
The final scenes: In the End by Black Veil Brides

I had way too much fun doing this.

Continuing from question 2, who would be your dream cast?

I looked around at fan casting since I didn’t have any planned myself, and I’ve settled on the following: I’d say Hailee Steinfeld for Agnieszka, Elle Fanning for Kasia and Aneurin Barnard for The Dragon

Hailee Steinfeld (Berlin Film Festival 2011) (cropped).jpgElle Fanning Cannes 2016.jpg

If you could travel in time, where would you want to travel and what would you do?

Probably into the future, assuming humanity doesn’t crash and burn by ignoring global warming or blowing each other up or pissing off an alien race or being smacked by a gamma ray from andromeda…. Actually, I’ll stay in right now, thanks.

If real life was a fantasy book, what kind of character would you be? (Rebel, assassin, warrior, adventurer etc…)

I’d be one of those people where the main characters show up at my house/inn/pub/whatever and I’d give them food and stuff. I’d totally be a side character.

What is your favourite beginning to a new book or book series?

Harry Potter, definitely. Last words of the first chapter in the first book? Chills, people.

If you were to write a book or book series, what would it be about?

I’ve had a plot bunny in my head for five years now – each year I attempt to write it out for Nanowrimo and it never ends up how I want it. So that idea. Not gonna mention it just in case it actually ends up on paper at some point.

Clay/ air gun shooting, running, climbing, horse riding, hiking. How would you order these from best to worst?

Hiking, Clay/air gun shooting, climbing, horse riding, running. I have no stamina. Running is definitely last for me.

Would you rather be a bookseller, but you are never able to read another book again or an author, but you can only read the stories you’ve written?

An author. At least this way I can still read.

Would you rather be: a demi-god, shadowhunter or peculiar? Why?

I’m assuming you mean peculiar from the peregrine books. Peculiar. Haven’t read enough of the others to know their advantages.

If you were a demi-god, who would your godly parent be and if you were peculiar, what would be your peculiarity?

I’ve always liked Artemis. And knowing me, I’d probably get stuck with something dumb like the ability to grow my hair really fast. :”D


And that’s it! Thank you for tagging me! As I’ve been on a bit of a tagging spree lately and I haven’t seen any of the posts show up yet I’m not going to tag anymore – I’d just be adding to the pile. xD

I’m going to create questions though, in case anyone would like to consider themselves tagged:

  1. What is your favorite time of day to read?
  2. Do you listen to music while reading? What kind?
  3. In a book-to-movie adaptation of a book you’ve read, who do you think they casted really well? Who do you think was way off the mark?
  4. Do you read different genres during different seasons?
  5. Do you like audiobooks?
  6. What series do you feel had a great beginning and end but awful middle?
  7. Do you watch tv in the morning when getting ready for work/school/house stuff? What do you watch?
  8. How do you have your books stored or arranged in your home? Can I see a picture?
  9. What’s your favorite weather for reading?
  10. What’s your favorite nonfiction book?
  11. If you could meet an author and convey your personal wishes for their next book or installment in a series they’re writing, who would be the author and what would you tell them about the book?

Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 08/15/2016 in Book Tag, Books, Nominations

 

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Book Review: Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Audiobook
Science Fiction
21ish hours

This review might mention events in passing, but nothing will directly be spoiled.

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Listening to this book felt like sitting around a campfire, hearing stories from friends and family… friends and family who hate each other and are very explicit about their sex lives.

All the archetypes were even there. The father who kept telling everyone to hush because his baby was sleeping even though she shouldn’t have been out that late in the first place, the surly uncle who refuses to participate but is still a bit of a control freak, the cousin who always looks just a bit too pale, the ‘firecracker’ sister going through her ‘everything offends me’ phase, the grandpa who just nods and smiles but it still revered as the head of the family, the brother who’s been working out and keeps subtly flexing to show off his muscles, and the drunk neighbor who just showed up when he saw a party in the next yard.

Yet for some reason, I still enjoyed this book for the most part. It’s saving grace is its setting. The world of Hyperion is absolutely fascinating, and I would read one hundred books of goofy characterization of it meant I could read more about this world. I’m smitten.

Hyperion opens upon the beginning of a pilgrimage of these seven characters to the world of Hyperion. They’re to travel there to locate the Shrike, a being with unknown origins and unsettling power, to win its favor and ask it for assistance. Each one of these seven have different motivations and desires and these are revealed throughout the story. And that’s basically what this book is: these characters’ stories. Rarely does the narrative find itself upon the actual pilgrimage but more often it’s neck-deep in one of these characters’ tales. So if you’re going into this book expecting a lot of plot momentum and action, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

This book is a study of the planet Hyperion. Each one of the stories told within this book tie the character telling it to the planet in some way even though it may not be fully evident at first. None of the stories seem outwardly related to each other and it honestly felt like I was reading a bunch of short stories set in the same universe instead of a novel. Sure there were small ties, but no story built upon the previous one. And this world, man. This world is bizarre. It’s fascinating. The Shrike creature that dwells there is foreboding and unsettling and intoxicating. I couldn’t get enough.

Each story increased my love for the planet, even if the individual story didn’t happen to tickle my fancy. Because there were definitely a few that I found ridiculous. Tedious, even. This book was an interesting experience for me – in it, I found some of the best writing I’ve ever read, and some of the worst. Oh my gosh, some of this writing was awful. More than a couple times, I’d finish listening to a scene or even just a line and I’d have some kind of outburst – I’ve laughed hysterically at the absurdity, I’ve yelled at the stupidity. It was a roller coaster. And still, I was fascinated and I couldn’t stop. I read through scenes of these characters telling each other very explicitly what they were doing with another person in their story – details that one normally wouldn’t tell to the closest of friends, let alone a group of people you’d just met. It’s like they had no filter.

Hi, nice to meet you. I don’t like you – you could steal my chance at seeing the Shrike. Here, listen to me tell you how my penis felt when I boned this one chick. Also here’s some intimate details about her body that she probably would be mortified if she knew I told you.

It was so weird. And it wasn’t limited to just one gender – both were guilty. I mean, I suppose it wouldn’t have been so bad if there had been a good romantic element to the story, but there wasn’t. There was sex, and there was romance alluded, but not really any actual… romance. It made the ‘mood’ or whatever the hell it was feel very forced and awkward. So yeah, I’m going to try to block some of the more graphic scenes from my memory, thanks.

Obviously because of the above, I definitely developed favorite and least favorite stories while listening. Some characters were definitely more interesting and less infuriating than others, but I see why all of them were included. Except one. I’m still questioning that one. Stupidest story I’ve ever read. Not going to say who though, but bet you could guess after reading this. But the good stories were awesome and more than made up for the short-comings of the other ones. You’ll know the good ones when you read them. You’ll know them very quickly.

Anyways – overall Hyperion, the world not the book, has me head over heels. I’m going to read the second book just so I can experience the world more. Characters can come and go, but the planet, I love it.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 08/05/2016 in Books, Review

 

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