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April Wrap Up, May Currently Reading

April is over! May is about to begin. That means finals are about to begin for those in college. That means my finals are about to begin. That means I’m procrastinating studying by writing this post. Woot!

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

And that’s it, honestly. No books-I’ve-read content this month. You’ll see why in a second because I’m awful.

Total posted for April: 13


Reading Overview for the Month:

Books:

*crickets*

THAT’S RIGHT I DIDN’T FINISH ANY BOOKS AT ALL. I have no excuse.

And inspired by Zezee, I’m now going to keep track of articles and other things I read too, because I did actually read stuff this month, it’s just all school-related.

Articles:

The yeast Hsp70 Ssa1 is a sensor for activation of the heat shock response by thiol-reactive compounds by Yanyu Wang, Patrick A Gibney, James D West and Kevin A Morano

I read this for my Cell Biology class and what it comes down to (in super layman’s terms but not so basic that it’s an insult to the authors I hope) is that these authors conducted an experiment to determine whether a specific element of stress-response in a cell could be activated using exposure to a thiol (a compound with a sulfur on it), which is different than the typical methods used to cause the reaction (high temperature, toxins, protein misfoldings, etc). Once they gathered evidence that yes, the cell will activate its stress response when exposed to thiols, they tested to see if disabling the particular element that reacted to the thiols would stop the entire cell from reacting, period. The article concludes that yes, the cell won’t react, and because of that, this very specific element of stress-response (Hsp70 Ssa1) needs to be active for the cell to respond to the stress caused by thiol presence.

I thought this article was a very interesting read, and I hoped I explained it in a way to be understandable yet still accurate.

siRNA-mediated silencing of CDK8 inhibits proliferation and growth in breast cancer cells by Xiao-Yu Li, Qi-Feng Luo, Chuan-Kui Wei, Deng-Feng Li, Lin Fang

This was another really interesting read, also done for my cell biology class. This one was written in a way that was a bit easier for the average person to understand without needing to know a bunch of jargon, so I appreciated that. Again, in super layman’s terms, the authors in this article conducted an experiment to determine if stopping the production of a specific protein involved in transcription (gene reading/copying) could prevent cancer cells from multiplying as effectively. They did this by destroying the gene segment responsible for creating this protein in the first place. They conducted a number of tests to gather evidence in a number of different ways – tested to see if cancer cell production lessened when the gene segment responsible for the protein under study was destroyed, tested to see if cancer cells could move through membranes as effectively with that protein destroyed, etc etc. And they discovered in the end that yes, this protein (CDK8) is very important in the reproduction and movement of cancer cells throughout the body and that developing a treatment to lessen its expression (creation) in a cell could be beneficial to breast cancer treatment.


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

Woops.


Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Woops.


May Currently Reading:

Basically the same as last month, plus a new one. Hopefully after finals I’ll be able to actually finish these damn things.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin


And that’s it! I’m hoping to actually read this coming month. Until then, happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/30/2016 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR, Wrap-up

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Moms

Top 5 Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Moms this week! HERE GOES NOTHING.


4. Izaiyoi from Inuyasha

Collab - Izayoi and Inuyasha by Cati-Art

(Image credit to Cati-Art and Ryuuha on deviantArt – will remove if artists request it.)

This is Inuyasha’s mother, a human who raised a half-demon all on her own, despite the storyline suggesting she was alienated from her village for doing so. This is one character in the series that Inuyasha seems to have unconditional love for throughout the entire thing – it’s nice to see.

3. Mama Higurashi from Inuyasha

Here’s another Inuyasha character, this time Kagome’s mother. Never actually given a first name, which is something I’ll touch on later, Mama Higurashi is very lax about Kagome disappearing into the feudal era for weeks at a time and is always supportive of her daughter – unconditionally and constantly. Kagome sees her as a good role model and she is.

 

2. Trisha Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist

This is Ed and Al’s Mom, the whole reason the plot for the show kicks off in the first place. This character is warm-hearted and caring and is a driving force in the brothers’ lives. I really like how her personality pans out as Ed and Al grow from babies into children. She encourages them to be creative and adventurous.

1. Molly Weasley from Harry Potter

I highly doubt this character will be sparse in everyone’s lists this week. She’s like, the ideal mother. Scary but caring and lovely but stern. She’s wonderful.

 

 

 

So the thing I mentioned above in my number 3 selection:

Mama Higurashi doesn’t have a first name in the series. It’s neither mentioned in the 170 some odd episodes of the anime, nor is it mentioned in the 40+ volumes of the manga. And I found that weird. And then I thought about it: I could only come up with four moms. They’re so underrepresented in fiction! Goodness! Some of them don’t even have names! I’d love to read an epic adventure featuring a mother as the main character. Goodness.


And that’s it for this week. If you’d like to participate, the group can be found here.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/27/2016 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread

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Another tag today! I was tagged by Orang-utan Librarian, so thank you! And here we go:

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds

For sake of simplicity, I’m going to multiple volumes of the same manga. If I come across one, I’m just going to treat it as the series as a whole.


Round 1

Trigun Maximum Volume 2: Death BlueRurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Vol. 1Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)

Trigun Maximum, Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration and Iron Angel

Reread: Iron Angel by Alan Campbell. One of my favorite books ever, can’t bear to do anything else to it. This is the second book in the Deepgate Codex and my favorite by far. It has the character John Anchor in it, who is this guy walking around on the ground with a huge rope strapped to his back that disappears up into the skies. Won’t tell anything else, but he is an awesome character. Read it!

Rewrite: Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Seeing this is already a rewrite of a series, I don’t see why I can’t just re-rewrite it. :”D I’ve actually done a review on this series, if you’re interested.

Burn: Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow. I don’t wanna burn this one, but I really really don’t wanna burn the others. D: This is a really good series, a continuation of the original Trigun duology manga.


Round 2

Fruits Basket, Vol. 9Samurai Deeper Kyo, Volume 02Anya's Ghost

Fruits Basket, Samurai Deeper Kyo and Anya’s Ghost

Reread: Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. This is such a good series. Wouldn’t change a thing.

Rewrite: Samurai Deeper Kyo. This is an okay series, but bits of it definitely irk me. I’ll go in and change them. o:<

Burn: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. Nothing against Ms. Brosgol, but I didn’t much care for this book. Easiest sacrifice out of the three for sure.


Round 3

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)Through the WoodsBest Christmas Pageant Ever

Clash of Kings, Through the Woods and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Reread: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. I tend to reread this every few Christmases anyways, so it works out. :”D

Rewrite: Clash of Kings by George RR Martin. I don’t even know how I’d rewrite it – I just don’t wanna burn it.

Burn: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. Nothing against this book, it’s just my least favorite of the three, so it’s the obvious sacrifice. 😛


And that’s it! I rather liked this – got to talk about series I normally wouldn’t bring up. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Samurai Deeper Kyo on this blog before, but it’s definitely worth reading if you don’t mind the violence.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/26/2016 in Book Tag, Books

 

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100 Questions No One Ever Asks

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Hello! Today is a not-tagged tag day. As in, I saw this over at Wonderfilled Reads, and kinda sorta decided that she tagged me (because she said she tags anyone who wants to be) so there. I’m doing it. :”D

This drew me in just because some of the questions are so goofy. xD So here goes nothing:


Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Closed. No creepy things coming in, no thank you.

Do you take the shampoo or conditioner bottles from hotels?
Nope, I usually bring my own. My hair is too thick for those wimpy bottles to handle.

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Out, totally. My feet need room to BREATHE.

Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Nope! I wouldn’t even know how to start the process. xD

Do you like to use post-it notes?
Typically only at work when giving out the number to the IT Desk. 😛

Do you cut out coupons but never use them?
Depends. I tend to stick coupon sheets on the fridge, but forget to even snip them, let alone use them.

Would you rather be attacked by a bear or bees?
This one’s tough – I’m allergic to bees, but at the same time, a bear can rip my head off. I think I’ll take my chance with the bear. You can’t play dead with bees.

Do you have freckles?
Yep, all over my arms.

Do you always smile for pictures?
Nope. My teeth are not my shining feature. I usually make a grump face because odds are, the photo was not my idea.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Body odor. Take a bath, goodness.

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Yep, particularly when I’m on stairs. Do you know how many buildings have exactly 13 stairs between their floors?! It’s a weirdly high number!

Have you ever peed in the woods?
No, thankfully.

What about pooped in the woods?
No, thankfully. Never had to use a leaf, either.

Do you ever dance when there is no music playing?
Yes. I pull my SO into ballroom dancing with me in the livingroom, much to his discomfort. :”D

Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Nope!

How many people have you slept with this week?
One? xD I sleep next to my SO every night.

What size is your bed?
A full. We need a bigger one – we end up kicking each other in the middle of the night. Ever take an elbow to the face from a sleeping person? Ouchy.

What is your song of the week?
I Only Wanna Be With You by Volbeat. Think Elvis by more Rock-y.

Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Sure, why not?

Do you still watch cartoons?
Every damn day.

What’s your least favorite movie?
I really don’t like Repo: The Genetic Opera. Ick.

Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had any?
No way man. That shit’s goin’ in the bank. Gotta collect that interest.

What do you drink with dinner?
Beer or iced tea, usually. Occasionally, pop.

What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Anything spicy.

What is your favorite food?
Gyros. Oh my gosh, gyros. Auuuguggghghhh

What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?
The Emperor’s New Groove, V For Vendetta, Moulin Rouge, Tommy Boy.

Last person you kissed/kissed you?
The SO. He’s a cute.

Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
Nope. Huge fan of their cookies, though.

Would you ever strip or pose naked in a magazine?
Depends on how much I was paid, honestly. I’m talking lots of mula, way more than the average nude magazine model likely gets paid. Everyone has their price, I suppose. If it meant not having to worry about my, my parents, my friends, or my relatives financial problems for the rest of our lives and then some, then yeah, strangers can see my chest. I’m willing to make that sacrifice for loved ones. (Though honestly, I don’t see why anyone would pick me to do that in the first place. 😛 )

When was the last time you wrote a letter on paper?
Over Christmas I think. I sent cookies to Ace and we wrote each other notes. :”D

Can you change the oil on a car?
Nope. I’m completely car-illiterate. It’d be cool to learn, though.

Ever got a speeding ticket?
Not yet. Knock on wood.

Ever ran out of gas?
No, but I’ve had a few close calls. My dumb light coming on is a regular occurrence.

Favorite kind of sandwich?
Steak sandwich on a crescent roll, with pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, hot sauce and guacamole. Perfection.

Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Anything with eggs and sausage.

What is your usual bedtime?
Usually lay down by 11pm, usually asleep by midnight.

Are you lazy?
Definitely.

When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
I’ve been a cat more times than I can remember.

What is your Chinese astrological sign?
Horse. Apparently I’m supposed to marry a dog. (My SO’s a dog, hawhawhaw).

How many languages can you speak?
Fluent English, tourist-level German.

Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
I used to be subscribed to Scientific American Mind and Scientific American, but I didn’t read them fast enough, so I let it run out.

Which are better, LEGOs or Lincoln logs?
For sure, Legos. I didn’t appreciate them until  I was an adult though.

Are you stubborn?
Yes, dammit.

Which is better Leno or Letterman?
Jon Stewart.

Ever watch soap operas?
Do Korean dramas count? :”D

Are you afraid of heights?
Depends on the circumstance. Am I in an airplane, in a rollercoaster? No. Standing on a cliff? You betcha.

Do you sing in the car?
Totally.

Do you sing in the shower?
Not since I got neighbors that share a wall.

Do you ever dance in the car?
Totally.

Ever used a gun?
Nope. No desire to ever touch one.

Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
When I graduated high school. So, 2008.

Do you think musicals are cheesy?
Definitely. Cheese can be good though, in small doses.

Is Christmas stressful?
Definitely not! I love it! :”D

Ever eat a Pierogi?
I live for perogies. We even have dancing ones at our baseball games.

Favorite type of fruit pie?
Strawberry pie. Guys, it’s almost May. STRAWBERRIES, HERE I COME.

Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
A mailman, an artist, a museum curator.

Do you believe in ghosts?
I’m open to the possibility.

Ever had a deja-vu feeling?
Yep. I must’ve died and respawned at a save point.

Take a vitamin daily?
No, but I’m supposed to be. Vitamin D deficiency, like the rest of western PA.

Wear slippers?
Nope, fluffy socks!

Wear a bath robe?
No. PJs!

What do you wear to bed?
PJs. I don’t like the idea of getting up in the morning to a cold room and being nakie.

First concert?
Ke$ha. Considering I didn’t know any of her music, it was a rather pleasant experience.

Wal-Mart, Target or K-Mart?
For cheapest stuff? Walmart. But I’ll go into Target over Walmart any day.

Nike or Adidas?
Dr. Scholls.

Cheetos or Fritos?
Fritos.

Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Peanuts.

Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?
Nope.

Ever take dance lessons?
No, but my little sister got to (along with a lot of other things I didn’t do). I’m not jealous at all, nope nope.

Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Whatever makes him happy.

Can you curl your tongue?
Yep! I can shamrock it, too!

Ever won a spelling bee?
Maybe in like the 1st grade or something, but I can’t remember a specific occurrence.

Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yep!

Own any record albums?
Yep! And a working turntable.

Own a record player?
Yep!

Regularly burn incense?
Not really. I own it, but I prefer candles, I think. Less messy.

Who would you like to see in concert?
Nightwish (done x2)
Sonata Arctica (done x2)
Delain (done x3)
Flogging Molly (done x2)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (done)
Foo Fighters (someday!)
Blind Guardian (someday!)
Volbeat (someday!)
Walk the Moon (someday!)
Avantasia (someday!)
Iron Maiden (someday!)
Breaking Benjamin (someday!)
Within Temptation (someday!)

Hot tea or cold tea?
I love both. I tend to lean towards cold tea, but hot tea man. <3333

Tea or coffee?
Both!

Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles?
Sugar cookies!

Can you swim well?
Yes. Didn’t learn ’til I was 7, but dammit I can swim.

Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Yes.

Are you patient?
Not usually.

DJ or band at a wedding?
A DJ, though I don’t know if I want a wedding.

Ever won a contest?
No. 😦

Ever had plastic surgery?
Nope. Can’t see myself doing so unless medically necessary, but props to those who want to.

Which are better, black or green olives?
Black. Green are icky.

Can you knit or crochet?
I can cross stitch. Does that count?

Best place for a fireplace?
By leather furniture and a Christmas tree and a cat and my books.

Do you want to get married?
I’d like to, yes.

If married, how long have you been married?
eeeeee

Who was your HS crush?
I used to have a crush on this boy in middle school. He never even knew. I was so dramatic about it too, it was funny. xD

Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
No. Might get a bit grumpy, but I’ll get over it.

Do you have kids?
Not yet.

Do you want kids?
Yep. They’re gonna be super nerdy, I just know it.

What’s your favorite color?
Blue

Do you miss anyone right now?
Yes. My one friend moved away this past winter. I’ve been to see her once but IT IS NOT ENOUGH, MAN. I miss her presence.

Would you rather live in a fictional world or the real world?
Fictional world. Even if I died early, it would likely be from something cool.

Who is your favorite author?
It’s a tie between Naomi Novik, Alan Campbell and Patrick Ness.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Probably in the United States, where I currently live. Can’t say I’m thrilled with the government currently, but the country itself and its citizens? Yes, I love it. One can be a patriot without being blind to the actions of those in control.


And that’s it. Hope your brain didn’t fall out from boredom. I tag Acey and Orang-utan Librarian to do it. So do it. o:< Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 04/25/2016 in Book Tag

 

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Rip It or Ship It Book Tag

A tag today! I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian, so thank you!

For this tag, you gather names of characters from a bunch of different books and pull two randomly – then you decide if you’d ship or rip the pairing! So here it goes!

Most of these character will be from manga, since I’ve seen a lot of Harry Potter, etc. Gonna try to get some fresh pairings!


1. Light Yagami and Kagome Higurashi

No. This pairing is awful. Light is from Death Note and is just a moral awful person. Kagome is rather the opposite (though she has her ‘I’m a teenage girl, so there’ moments here and there). I just don’t think this would work out well. xD

Rip it.

2. Saito Hajime and Kagura

I think this one could actually work out well. Saito is from Rurouni Kenshin and Kagura is from Inuyasha. They’re both relatively not-completely-bad-but-definitely-not-nice characters, and I feel like they could relate on a weird level.

Ship it.

3. Inuyasha and Ryuk

(Inuyasha and Death Note) Hah. Hahaha. HAHAHAHAHA. I’d love to see this. It’s so absurd that I’m going to go with it.

Ship it.

4. Alphonse Elric and Sango

(Fullmetal Alchemist and Inuyasha) This is a weird one. I feel like they could work out personality- wise, but I’m so attached to the Sang0-Miroku ship that I can’t fathom it.

Rip it.

5. Sesshoumaru and Roy Mustang

(Inuyasha and Fullmetal Alchemist) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Totally shipping it. I need to see this happen.

6. Kaoru and Winry

(Rurouni Kenshin and Fullmetal Alchemist) I feel like they would get along. Romantically? Not sure. I don’t know. I feel like it’d be interesting to read something about this, but I don’t know how well it would go – I’ll say yes though, because I’m curious.

Ship it.

7. Misa Misa and Miroku

(Death Note and Inuyasha) Hahaha. No, thank you. I feel like that would be a disaster. xD

Rip it.

8. Riza Hawkeye and Naraku

(Fullmetal Alchemist and Inuyasha). No, I think this would be bad. I feel like Hawkeye could beat Naraku into submission though, so that would be good at least. Huge villain, defeated by a gun. xD

Rip it.


I rather enjoyed this one! I hope that everyone is at least somewhat familiar with these series so they can at least partially-enjoy this as much as I did, haha.

Until next time, happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 04/24/2016 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday(ish): Intimidating Books

Top 5 Wednesday

Hush, I know it’s Thursday.

This week’s topic is intimidating books. And it took me a long, long long time to narrow this list down to just five. And before I start, my personal definition of an intimidating book is one that once I start reading it, I feel it will:

A. Take me a long time to finish due to its size, its content, or its language use.

B. Rip me a new one in my emotion center and I’m just putting off the inevitable.

So each of the books that made this list fall into one of the above categories, or in some cases, both. So here they are:

5. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostava

The HistorianIntimidation Factor: Huge, dense, emotionally draining

This book is one that I bought years ago. I’ve started in two or three times and kinda was scared away from it for completely goofy reasons. This book follows a young woman who comes across a series of letters and documents that delve into the history of Vlad the Impaler, the character base of Dracula. These letters lead her to believe that the ‘Dracula’ stories were not just stories. This book is a historical-ish fiction with a slow-building, yet gripping tension and elements of horror. Every time I start it, I get really into it. It’s slow-moving, but engrossing. But at some point, I always end up getting distracted by other books or something. I don’t know why. This is a good book from what I’ve read so far and I really hope to actually finish it. I’ve had it for nearly a decade for goodness sake. I’LL FINISH IT SOMEDAY I SWEAR. In the meantime, if you’ve read it, let me know your thoughts. :”D

4. House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

House of LeavesIntimidation Factor: Huge, psychologically demanding, difficult content organization

This is one of those books I’ve picked up in the store to purchase but by the time I go to check out, I’ve put it back on its shelf again. It happens every time I see it in stock. I just can’t bring myself to buy it. The reason is I’m already intimidated by it, so I know if I bought it that it would just sit on my shelf for ages and I’m trying to buy books that I feel I’ll read rather quickly after buying them. So I think ‘I’ll buy this when I’m ready for it’ and put it back. But the ‘I’m ready for it’ hasn’t happened yet.

I’ve kept myself pretty much unaware of what this book is about on purpose. I just know from flipping through it that the organization of the thing is like no other book I’ve seen before. And the only thing I know about the plot is that it’s about a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. And I know that it’s suppose to mess with the reader’s mind big-time. So I haven’t read it yet, let alone bought it. I want to, but I’m a-scared.

3. The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the MindIntimidation Factor: Dense, intellectually challenging content

For those who don’t watch the Science Channel, Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist. He’s written many, many books on the theoretical possibilities of different dimensions, space travel, you name it.This book is his most recent, came out in 2013 or 2014 I believe. I actually pre-ordered this one (two copies actually – one for me, one for my SO, who is Kaku’s biggest fanboy ever) and they’re even signed. This book delves into what the human brain will accomplish and be able to do in the future – theoretically, mind you. But this book man. I’ve skimmed it so far and it reads like a text book at times, but at the same time, it’s such a fascinating topic. He talks about shooting our consciousness off into space in a laser beam as a form of space travel! It’s so cool! But I can’t bring myself to actually sit down and read straight, hard (theoretical) science. I just can’t. I’ll do it eventually, but my brain is retaliating against me. I feel like I’d be a lot better suited to attend a class taught by Kaku and have him go through his book that way. I love this kind of thing, I just can’t sit and absorb it all without my brain oozing.

2. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

S.Intimidation Factor: Dense, huge, difficult content organization

I received this book for Christmas two years ago now and I’ve barely touched it. One – I’m too scared to leaf through it in case a piece falls out and two – I feel like the order in which you read stuff will be difficult to grasp at first.

S. is a book within a book within a book. The cover I show in the picture is actually a box. Inside the box is a book called The Ship of Theseus, which appears as an old library book. As you open it, you’ll notice three things immediately:

  1. The book is covered in scribbles.
  2. There are loose-leaf articles and odd bits shoved in between the pages
  3. There are huge foot-notes everywhere.

Each of these contributes to one of the stories happening as you read this book. The Ship of Theseus is the main book, written by the author Straka, who you’ll notice has written all the footnotes. As you read The Ship of Theseus, you’ll pick up the main story but also Straka’s increasing obsession in the foot notes. The foot notes are just as important, as they shed light on the creation of The Ship of Theseus. And then, there are the scribbles throughout the margins of the book – two people are reading this book and communication back and forth with each other. As they research the book and Straka, they leave the articles and things in the pages they are relevant. So you get the story of these two people as well, on top of the slow psychosis of the author, on top of the main story itself.

It’s a lot to take in, which is why I find it intimidating. One of these days. I feel like I’ll love it when I do get to it at least. Just need to make it happen.

1. Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo

Notre-Dame de ParisIntimidation Factor: Dense, emotionally draining, psychologically messed-up, difficult language use.

This is the book I’m most intimidated by. This is by no means the largest book I own, nor is it the densest. But I feel like it’s going to mess with me the most. This book, originally written in French, is a book written in the 1800s and has since been translated and re-written a few times, including as Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. So you know how that movie, even though it was a kids’ movie, had content in it that was a tad unsettling? Like the creepy Archdeacon, Claude Frollo, who had that weird obsession with Esmerelda?

Well, that adaption barely touched the tip of the ice berg. The original translation is dark. It’s disturbing. And it’s not just Claude Frollo, a lot of the characters are definitely unsettling. There is a lot of dark content in this book, and mixed with the difficult writing from the 1800s, I feel like it’ll be a challenge for me to get through. I feel like I’m going to need a box of tissues, a barf bag and goldfish crackers to much on all in one.


And that’s it for today! As always, if you would like to join, here is the list of posters  to add your name! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 04/21/2016 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag – Day 3

Welcome to Day 3! Thank you Gel for tagging me! The rules for this tag are as follows:

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days.
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day.

Today’s quote:

Jill Tarter:

And that’s why I keep telling myself that my grade in computational theory doesn’t matter in the long run. Small thing compared to everything else.

And that’s it! I really enjoyed doing this – it gave me a chance to look back through my quotes collection that I haven’t touched in ages – a lot of them were collected during specific episodes in my life, so it brought back some nostalgia, which was nice.


Anyways, I tag: Panda (whenever you get back. :”D), booksandbakes1 and Sublime Reads!

Do it.

 
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