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My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

A tag today! Wasn’t tagged, but this one looks like a lot of fun, so I’m gonna do it!

1) What book have you been unable to finish?

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams. The simple reason for this one is that I’m reading it out loud with my SO and we both need to be free and in the mood to read it. We’re about half way through. We’ll get there. Eventually.

 

What book have you yet to read because…

2) …you just haven’t had the time?

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. I’m currently reading it. Have been for a couple months now. This semester has been slowing down my reading majorly, man. It’s awful.

 

 

3) …it’s a sequel?

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. One, I don’t own it – need to borrow it from the library. Two – it’s the last book in the series that’s currently out. I don’t want to have to wait. 😦 So I’m waiting now with the knowledge that I don’t have to if I don’t want to. Does that make sense? I think it does.

 

 

4) …it’s brand new?

China DollsChina Dolls by Lisa See. I really like her writing and the settings of her books. Just haven’t gotten to this one yet – just got it in my latest haul. :”D I suppose any of the books from that haul would qualify for this question, but this is the one that’s sticking out the most.

 

 

5) …you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I read Shiver a while ago and really didn’t care for it. I’ve heard this one is better but I don’t knooooow man. I’m still hesitant.

 

 

6) …you’re just not in the mood for it?

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the MindThe Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku. This is a non-fiction speculative science book. While I love watching this stuff on tv, reading it is a bit more difficult for me. I’m definitely a fiction person and reading nonfiction requires a very specific mood from me. I’ll get there eventually. xD

 

 

7) …it’s humongous?

1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. This book is a brick. I really want to read it, I feel like I’ll love it, but I just. can’t. bring myself to do it because I know that would involve carrying that chunker around me with to classes. Maybe during summer break.

 

 

8) …because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

I don’t have an answer for this one, honestly. If I get a book and then decide I likely won’t like it due to reviews or whatever reason, I tend to just get rid of it. Unhauls FTW.

9) What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

Notre-Dame de ParisNotre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo. This is the original version of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and let me tell you, this version is dark, man. It’s not super long, but from what I’ve heard the writing is dense and slow-going. So I’ll get to it eventually. It’ll have to be one of those ‘disappear for a week’ things, but it’ll happen.

 

 

10) Who do you tag?

Ace, Panda, Orang-utan Librarian and Shivii. DO IT.

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Posted by on 03/31/2016 in Book Tag, Books

 

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March Wrap Up, April Currently Reading (and a cat!)

Welcome to April (almost)! March was a busy month for me – exams, spring break, moving to a new apartment, blah de blah. And I got a cat! Needless to say, I didn’t get much reading done. I have a couple of big assignments due next Friday as well, so guess who won’t be reading much at all for  a while still. Time’s up, it’s me.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Total posts for March: 10 – Totally better than last month’s 6.


Reading Overview for the Month:

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer – 2 stars.
Review can be found here.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – 4 stars.
Review can be found here.


Favorite book of the month: The Queen of the Tearling
Least favorite book of the monthLife As We Knew It


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 17/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 2/2
  • Put books together in one room: DONE. I DID IT. HERE’S A PICTURE:

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  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 0/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Read a Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Life As We Knew It

Prompts completed this month: 1/24
Prompts completed total: 7/24

And that’s it for March!


April Currently Reading:

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)

Basically last month, minus the two I’ve finished. I’m such a slow reader during the semester, goodness.

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey


As mentioned above, I’ve adopted a cat! Her name is Nina and she’s weird. :”D This is her:

I like her.


Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 03/30/2016 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR, Wrap-up

 

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March Book Haul #7 (And new book cases!)

Hello! March was a good book month for me. I got a lot of books, but I didn’t spend a lot of money! I’ll explain here in a bit. These are the books I got this month:

March #bookhaul ! #books #bookstagram

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I went to a library sale this month, so aside from The Martian, I paid a grand total of $5 for the rest of those books. (I spent $4.99 on The Martian at Half Price Books). So lots of books for $10, can’t beat it. 😀

I haven’t read any of them yet, will get to them.

Also! I moved this month! Guess who can scratch ‘get all my books in one room’ off my 2016 Reading Goals! ME, THAT’S WHO.

Here’s the new set-up!

New bookcases! #books #bookstagram

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I rather like it :”D At some point when money is a bit better, I’ll get a comfy armchair and a lamp or something for up there. The lighting is kind of sub-par, but it’ll do for now.

And that’s it! Hope you had some lovely finds this month! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/29/2016 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Read Jan 29 – Mar 28
Fantasy
434 pages

Going into this book, I expected a semi-generic YA fantasy, but that was okay since that’s what I was in the mood for. The first thing I realized that this is not YA, not by a long shot. The second thing I realized was that this main character was going to make or break this story for me.

So yes, this is definitely an adult fantasy. I didn’t know this going into it, and honestly I didn’t realize it wasn’t YA for a good hundred pages or so until a particular scene happened and my eyebrows shot up and disappeared into my hairline. It reads just like one though, which is nice – I tend to like the pacing of YA novels. But holy cow, some of the content of this book. Sex, violence, drug use. I was not expecting it at all. So once I realized that this was a fantasy book with more mature themes, I quickly adjusted and found myself rather enjoying it.

The world this book is set in is really, really cool. It’s in a regressed society on Earth where a new continent has popped out of the ocean. The book takes places hundreds of years after this emergence and the Great Crossing, the time where the Americas and several other countries crossed over and came to settle it. There are hints throughout the book that the rest of the world is no longer functioning or at least is out of contact, and I feel like this might be explored more in the future – I sure hope it is, at least. And to top it off, there appears to be a magic element present on this continent that didn’t exist on the rest of the planet, giving the world an added layer of depth and the genre of ‘fantasy’ instead of just a regressed society novel.

I think one of my favorite parts of the setting were the books. The main character is a bit of a book lover and since The Crossing, there are only a limited number of books existing still. “The volumes of Rowling” were mentioned. It was great. xD

The plot I found good but slightly cliched. It’s about a girl who was hidden away but is the true queen of her kingdom. So typical ‘from rags to power’ trope and ‘suddenly I command an army’ trope. While I feel like I’ve read the plot before, it didn’t detract much from my enjoyment of the thing. I just hope it breaks away from the mold a bit in the next novel. The writing helped this storyline a lot. During the violent scenes, it was gritty. During the action scenes, it was heart-racing. The author can definitely write to her scene, it was great.

The only issue I had with this book was the main character. I didn’t dislike her – not by a long shot, but sometimes I felt she was a little unbelievable, if that makes sense. She was raised in the woods with only two other people to socialize with for years, yet she seems to be perfectly normal. Nothing seems to be off. Like, if you’re raised in seclusion like that, you would definitely be missing some social skills, let alone world views. The author mentioned that she read a lot and seemed to imply that somehow that made up for not going through social situations like any human would, but I found it hard to buy. That, and she seemed to be arrogant at times and then was applauded for it. That though is just my personal tastes – I tend not to care for arrogant characters. She kept it mostly in check though, so it didn’t bother me too much. But yeah, dem social skillz, man. She’s better adjusted than I am for goodness sake.

Overall, this was a really good read and the writing was rather gripping. I’m eagerly awaiting the second book in the series and will hopefully devour it just as avidly as I did the first one.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 03/28/2016 in Books, Review

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Book Tag! (Original!)

Hello! Shivii @browneyedmusings and I have created another tag! Hopefully you’ll find these questions entertaining! I’ve linked Shivii’s original post above as well, so be sure to check it out!

Seven questions, simple and sweet:

End of the rainbow: What book did you have a hard time tracking down a copy of?

Sea of Ghosts (The Gravedigger Chronicles, #1)For me, that would be Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell. If you’re familiar with me and my blog, then you know that The Deepgate Codex is one of my favorite series ever. Alan Campbell, who wrote that, also wrote another series called The Gravedigger Chronicles. Sea of Ghosts is the first book in that series. I originally heard about it years ago, but then found out it was never published in the United States – it was a European release only. So I looked online for it, couldn’t find a copy that didn’t have a heavy import price tagged onto it. And then one day in Half Price Books, I came across it by chance. I about peed.

Pot of gold: When you found that book, was it worth the quest?

Definitely! I found it for five dollars in near perfect condition! You can’t beat that! I was on cloud nine for days!

Celebrating a rich heritage: Name a book that contained a well-developed culture

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson I feel had a really cool, really in-depth culture. It has elements of a Latina culture and has a well-developed religion that further enriches the lives of people in the story. I really liked how the people and places were influenced by everything around them. (It was a really enjoyable read too)

 

Shamrock Shakes: what’s your favorite food to snack on while reading?

Cadbury Mini Eggs. Man, those things are dangerous. You eat one, then two, then suddenly the whole bag is gone and you’re in a coma with the book over your forehead, chocolate oozing out the sides of your mouth and your throat releasing the most grumbly of groans.

They’re delicious, I tell ya.

Leprechaun: do you own a rare/collector’s copy of a book?

I don’t own a collector’s copy, but I do own a rare book. I have a psychology manual written in the late 1800s. It’s really cool, but kind of scary – they knew so much but at the same time, didn’t. Some of the stuff was spot on, but other stuff was way, way, way off. It’s a really cool book to leaf through and see how society’s view on things have changed.

Here’s a picture!

Four Leaf Clover: Name a book you thought would be ‘just another generic book’, but turned out to be something great.

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)I was betting Easy by Tammara Webber would be la-dee-da and nothing new, but I was pleasantly surprised. It has a good storyline, a good lead and a positive message. It stresses consent and the power to choose. I loved it! It definitely surprised me.

 

 

Irish Whiskey: what’s your favorite tradition of St. Patty’s Day?

The Shamrock Shakes because I’m an oink and not Irish enough to tell people to kiss me.


And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed and if I don’t tag you below and would like to do this tag, feel welcome! I only ask that you link back here so I can read your post!

I tag:

Ace
Orang-utan LibrarianNora
Amanda
Mai
Panda
Zezee
Sarah & Faith
SciFi and Scary
Cath278
Booksandbakes1
Analee

Do it peer pressure.

 
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Posted by on 03/14/2016 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Book Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Read Feb 25, 2016 – Mar 8, 2016
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 337

Synopsis from the back of the book:
“When a meteor hits the moon and knocks it closer in orbit to the Earth, nothing will ever be the same. Worldwide tidal waves. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. And that’s just the beginning.”

I have very mixed feelings about this book. Going into it, the premise really lured me in. When I think ‘post apocalyptic book’, I think ‘after’, not ‘as it’s happening’, so it was nice to read a story that started during a normal time, if that makes sense.

In that way at least, I enjoyed this book. The premise as stated was really cool (and horrifying) and the things that the family did to survive in this book got me thinking about where I’d go if that same thing happened during my lifetime, and I have to say that I feel like I’ll end up as one of those people that dies right away. But anyways.

This book is written in the form of diary entries by a sixteen year old girl. And it definitely feels like it. The writing is on the level of a 16 year old, which normally would have bothered me, but I attributed it to fitting the character. The character, while she tried, was really irritating at times, which detracted from my liking of the book. She was selfish to the point where she would get angry about losing ‘personal space’ so her family could stay warm in the winter. I rolled my eyes a few different times while reading from her perspective. The other characters in the book, even her younger brother, seemed to be developing at a better pace, adjusting better to the situation, but not Miranda. That scene I mentioned where she got angry, that happened within the last hundred pages of the book.

There were two other major detractors about this book. One is the plot twists. Everything that happened either the characters knew about ahead of time and were still caught off guard by when they occurred, or the instances were totally predictable. I feel like the author used a couple of these incidents as a plot device to make things harder on the family in the book. I mean, one person managed to injure themselves in the same way twice, resulting in the same strife for the rest of the family each time. You’d think there’d be a bit more creativity there.

The other major detractor was something that kind of caught me off guard. Back a while ago, a friend noticed I was reading this book and said “What, no, don’t read that, it’s awful” and now I see why she thought so. I feel like the author put her opinions into the book for no other reason than to have them in there. The main character is rather anti-religious and it’s mentioned quite a lot towards the beginning of the book. That on its own is fine – I’m not going to judge what a person (or character) chooses to believe or not believe. But I feel like the author is anti-religious to the point where she put this theme in her book just so she could bash religion and those who practice it. Case in point, one of Miranda’s friends is very religious and this friend (and her pastor) are portrayed in such a negative light that it was cringeworthy to read. I mean sure, there are bad eggs in every religion, but the way this was written, there was not a single character that didn’t represent the ‘crazy’ side of religion and overall the book said ‘Having a religious faith when the world is coming to an end is awful, why would anyone do that’. I mean really. Religious or not, one has to acknowledge religion’s importance in the world. It gives people comfort and you know, the majority of religious people are good, kind-hearted individuals (no matter what the media wants you to believe). But apparently not in this book.

So yes. It really put me off. The general messages of this book I think were not good. The plot was neat, the moral character was not. Though in the main character’s defense, she did become more tolerable towards the end. Maybe just enough to make me want to read the second book, but I’m still undecided on that. I won’t buy it, that’s for sure. I might get it from the library or something. But buh. This book. It had so much promise, but the ‘this is what you should feel, this other way is crazy’ messages it sent were so juvenile.

Here’s to hoping the author recognizes that she’s being completely biased in her future books, but we’ll see what happens.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 03/08/2016 in Books, Review

 

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25 Bookish Facts About Me

I’ve seen this tag floating around the book community for a while now and I love reading and watching them. I think it’s so cool that we’re all avid readers and consider ourselves book lovers but approach reading so differently from on another. So I figure I’d throw in my two cents. Since I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you would like to do this post, consider yourself tagged by me!

25 Bookish Facts About Me

1. I can’t read in the car. I get car sick really quickly if I try. And I’m talking any kind of reading – a book, a text, anything. So even if I’m sitting in the passenger seat, call me. I won’t answer a text (doubly won’t answer it while driving). It’ll make me hurl. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until I get wherever I’m going.

2. My entire family is made up of readers. My mother reads a lot of fiction, her favorite author is Stephen King. My father reads a lot of nonfiction, his latest obsession is outdoor survival books. My sister reads strictly manga and comics, her favorites include Naruto and Fairy Tail. I have to admire her dedication – Naruto is over 60 volumes long now and still going. She has them all. My grandmother on my father’s side was a reader too. When she’d come visit, she’d just chill on our couch and read the whole time. She’d read to my sister and I too. I feel like both of us were just destined to pick up books from birth.

3. I have a problem where I procrastinate reading. Which is really weird and I don’t like it. I mean, we all procrastinate. We procrastinate stuff we don’t want to do. But I procrastinate reading, something I want to do. Why do I do it? I don’t know. Internet addiction, hopeless lack of self-discipline, I don’t know. But I’ll sit there with a book by me and ignore it, surfing the internet instead, thinking “I’ll read in five minutes” or something like that and I never do. I have to be in a certain mindset to read and I have to break away from my laptop. And so often I don’t read as much as I want to. I’m not sure how to stop it. I’ve tried just banning myself from the internet, but I’ll find something else to distract me. WHY. WHY DO I DO THIS. HELP ME. THIS IS PROBABLY THE DUMBEST THING YOU’VE EVER HEARD.

4. I own more books that I haven’t read than books I have read. I’d say it’s a problem, but I don’t really see it that way. Whenever the world ends, I’ll have stuff to read for years to come. :”D

5. I make myself a nest for reading. In my last post, I mentioned that I prefer reading on a loveseat, which is true. But that loveseat is decked out in blankets and pillows and supplemented with coffee. I actually participated in a readathon challenge earlier this year where I took a picture of my current nest. Aside from the Christmas tree, it’s still the same. So here it is, if you’re interested!

6. I have a bad habit of spoiling myself. I flip ahead. I don’t do it thinking ‘YEAH, GONNA FIND OUT WHO DIES’, but I do it more as a twitch, I guess. Read a few pages, flutter further into the book, try not to actually read during the flutter, fail. WHY DO I DO THIS, I DON’T KNOW MAN.

7. My reading speed varies a lot, depending on what else is going on. During classes (aka now) I’ll be lucky if I get through two books a month. During breaks though, I’ll read so much more. During this past winter break, I read over 25 books. And since, I’ve read 2. TWO.

8. I have no problem not finishing a book. I mean, I give it a fair shot. If it’s still really not jiving with me by half way through, I usually stop. If I do that, I don’t rate it. I can’t justify giving it a one star rating because I don’t know how it ended. It could have had a really good ending for all I know. So unless I’m about 3/4 through or actually finish it and hate it, it usually just gets marked ‘did not finish’ on my goodreads without receiving a rating. My reasoning is that reading is supposed to be fun – I’m not having fun if I’m forcing myself through a book I don’t like.

9. I prefer reading from paperbacks. They’re just more comfy to handle. Especially floppy ones. Waaah, they’re so great.

10. I’m rather lax when it comes to lending out books. I understand stuff happens. Your dog gets to the book? It gets spilled on? Not a big deal. Is it still readable? Don’t worry about it. Did you crack the spine? So did I, no biggie. Is the cover off, are pages ripped out? Then please purchase a new copy for me. If it’s damage that makes the book unreadable, that’s when I want a replacement. Otherwise, I can’t be bothered to care.

11. On that note, if you borrow a book and then never give it back, you’re dead to me. I’ve lent out books to a friend, who then claimed I never gave them the books and never gave them back to me. My volumes 10, 11 and 12 of Death Note are forever lost in the abyss and that ‘friend’ is no longer such. What a butthead. Still haven’t replaced them yet. Will get to it eventually.

12. Also on that note, it takes me forever to read a borrowed book. Don’t worry, you’ll get the book back. I might keep it for months, but I’m conscious that I have it and know I need to get it back to you. If you would want your book back before I read it, take it. I’m not holding it ransom. I’ll just ask to borrow it again whenever I’m ready to actually read it.

13. When I listen to audiobooks, I’m usually playing Candy Crush. It’s a good combination. Keeps my eyeballs and fingers busy as I listen so I don’t just stare off into space. I dig it. On road trips, my companion and I pick a book to listen to together and do so while driving (See!! I’ve found a way to read in the car!! :”D)

14.I can count the times I’ve purchased a hardback at full price on one hand. I’m a broke college student, yo. Amazon, half price books, bookoutlet, they’re all my friends. They’re great.

15. My choices of beverage while reading are tea, coffee and beer depending on what time of day it is. After 5pm and not driving the rest of the day? Totally gonna drunk read. It’s great, let me tell you. Otherwise, I’ll just caffeinate myself.

16. I don’t tab or write-in or mark pages as I read. I know some people like to mark passages they love or annotate or what have you. I don’t. If I really like a quote, I’ll add it on my goodreads. Otherwise, whatevs.

17. My introduction to Harry Potter was my 4th grade teacher reading it to my class. And then an obsession was born. I zoomed through the other three books out at the time, then I bought books 5, 6, and 7 on their release dates over the next few years. I was at the perfect age for Harry Potter and I really appreciate that.

18. I used to own all the Goosebumps book when I was younger, but then my 12-year-old self decided I was ‘too old’ for them and gave them away to charity. WHY DID I DO THAT. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME.

19. My best reading year ever was 2015, where I read 110 books. And that would be thanks to this blog. I’ve always considered myself a reader, but I averaged about 20 books a year, not 110. Definitely not complaining, though.

20. I’m a habitual lurker in book blogs and booktube. I rarely comment. If I follow you and you post something and you don’t see me like or comment on it, odds are I still read it. I just… forget to hit the like or comment buttons sometimes. No clue why. @@ But I’m reading your stuff, I promise.

21. My instagram is basically just books (and cats and nail art and coffee and metal concerts). But mostly books. So if you’re ever wondering what book I own, you can probably see most of them in the pictures I post. Actually, I’m moving next week so they’ll all be in one room again for the first time in years. Guess who’s gonna go picture crazy. Time’s up, it’s me.

22. I read multiple books at once, but I do so using a stack data structure. For those unfamiliar with a stack structure in coding, picture a stack of dinner plates at a buffet. You put one on top and the whole stack sinks down a bit, right? The plate on top has to come off first. The ones that have been there the longest come off last. That’s how I read books. I’ll start a book, and then I’ll start another. I have to finish the newest book before reverting back to the previous one. Sometimes I’ll have stacks of multiple books going. Currently, there are three books on my stack. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Started Leviathan Wakes first, then slowly picked up the other two. My brain will make me finish the most recent first, then the next, and only then will I be able to go back to Leviathan Wakes. Why do I read this way? Haven’t the foggiest. But that’s why books sit on my ‘Currently reading’ shelf for ages. Because I technically am ‘currently reading’ them, they’re just on the bottom of the stack.

23. I read while I play video games. My main game right now (and for the past four years) has been Sid Meier’s Civilization V. It’s a turn-based strategy game that is probably my favorite game ever. You build your civilization from the ancient era all the way up through 2050. Each play through is completely different, which is why I’ve been playing it so long. It’s re-play-ability is the best I’ve ever seen. Usually, I have a game going with friends, and when it’s not my turn, I read. We sit on skype playing and they can probably hear me turning pages and cursing at characters while they’re invading my lands with their troops. It’s fun. :”D Multitasking, yay.

24. I’ll often listen to music while I read. And it can have lyrics, that doesn’t bother me. But the music either has to be so soft that I can’t make out the lyrics or at has to be super loud. The middle-ground between those two makes for a big distraction for me for some reason. No idea.

25. The final fact! When traveling, I’ll take more books with me than I’ll ever get to. For instance, this past summer, I went to a beach house with my SO and his family. Took four books. Read a total of 150 pages the whole time. I like having choices, I guess. I’ll leave other things I should be taking behind if it means my books will fit in my bag. It’s a problem, but I’m not that motivated to fix it. 😛


So that’s it! Do you know how hard it was coming up with those?! Goodness! It was a lot of fun though, so I highly recommend you give it a try! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/08/2016 in Book Tag, Books

 

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