Saturday, November 28, 2015

Barnes & Noble 2nd Annual Signed Editions Black Friday Books Event Thing Book Haul Yup

Hello! I didn't know how to title this, as I really don't know what this event is called. Basically, there was a ton of books signed by "acclaimed authors". In other words, authors I've actually read the work of (I ended this sentence with a preposition I'm sorry).

There were signed books from authors like Rick Riordan, Brandon Sanderson, and John Green (people in my top ten favorite authors) just SITTING THERE FOR THE TAKING. There were also other people like Gayle Forman and Marissa Meyer, but I didn't really care about them so sorry.

Like any normal person I woke up around 6:30am to get to my local Barnes & Noble before eight (when they opened). I went through Black Friday traffic (no, I can't drive, but other people drove me) on a pretty busy road anyway for these books. And I did end up getting everything I wanted for the lovely reason of book nerds are not a violent group of people that are more into joking about the people freaking out about the deals at Target across the street than fighting over a copy of Winter.

Anyway, here are the books I purchased. I only spent like.... $160. That's not even that bad, right? Where do I even get this money seriously.

1. Soundless by Richelle Mead

Everyone loves this author, and the synopsis sounds amazing. I really think this book is going to take off. Well, okay, I HOPE it does because it sounds so good!


2. The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Don't judge me. Shhhhhh. I'm into a lot of things, okay?


3. A Work in Progress by Conner Franta

I already own this book, but you know what? I needed another one.


4. Paper Towns by John Green

I only own the paper back, the e-book, and this signed hardcover. STOP TELLING ME I HAVE A PROBLEM.


5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I  just thought it was time to finally read this book! At least I don't already own it.


6. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Well... I do already own this book. BUT. This version is actually the only time I've ever seen this version of the cover in hardback. I.e., it matches the second one now!


7. Really Professional Internet Person by Jenn McAllister

I bought so many YouTuber books I'm sorry. I not sure why I bought this one, though, I don't even watch her. :P

8. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I spent about ten minutes staring at this book debating with myself over whether I should buy this book again. Like, you know you shouldn't buy this book again. It's another 20 dollars down the drain for WHAT? A silly scribble of Sharpie on a page. Then my inner fangirl was just like, buy the book buy the book why is this taking you so long? buy the book. And then I bought it.


I'm glad that's all I bought. In addition, I was also debating over whether getting ACOTAR again, Carry On again, etc. I didn't get them because I haven't even read the copies I OWN.

I have a problem with signed books. (See: Discussion Question Monday: Why do I love signed books?) I buy them because they're signed and special and they make me happy. So I buy a lot of them....

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), I have YET ANOTHER regularly scheduled book haul coming in the next couple of weeks. Ha. Ha. I have a problem I know.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Awesome Bookshelves


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Why do we all need awesome/creative/goals bookshelves?

We've all seen our fair share of "normal" bookshelves. The ones that are merely wooden boxes with horizontal boards made of even more wood stuffed in these boxes that somehow/magically/who cares stay in place. But what about those bookshelves (that exist only on Pintrest) that basically describe the life goals and wishes of every bookworm that has ever existed?

Awesome bookshelves are the kind of bookshelves that make you question why YOU do not have this bookshelf. But, you know, most of don't really want to put in all the time/money it takes to build/make someone else build this kind of bookshelf.


These bookshelves are amazing. They're all I've ever wanted! They're creative and fun and filled with books. There is nothing better.

The amount of time and planning it would take the make something like this...scares me a little. But I have actually been thinking of doing something along these lines within the next few months. Which is a little unfortunate since I did only get my current bookshelves a little over a year ago... Whatever.

What do you think of these creative and awesome shelves? Do you want to do it yourself? Would you
put in the time? Or would you just rather looks at the pictures?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gender and Sexuality Rant


Gender and sexuality has become a major topic of discussion lately. And I have...um...some ranting to do about it.

I have absolutely no problem with people being themselves and doing whatever makes happy. Really. You do you.

However, as someone with quite a few non-straight/non-cisgender friends, I tend to get questions like what's your gender? and what's your sexuality? These questions, honestly, make me more uncomfortable than they probably should. Most of the reason being I haven't found actually specific words for my sexuality or gender (though it's closer with gender). It's one of those things I just don't know how to describe, and when you can't describe it, it's quite difficult talk about it.

I've been asked many questions about pronouns (since I don't have a word or anything). These kinds of questions...have always been a little hard for me to answer. I've always told people to just use she/her to avoid confrontation, confusion, questions, etc. But calling myself a girl or a woman or whatever always felt weird and uncomfortable and wrong. If you came up to me and asked what my gender was, I'd probably just say that I don't know or I don't care. But, I mean, I kind of do care.

The only words I've ever found are usually things like demigirl or agender. I guess mine tends to fluctuate between the two. But sometimes I don't feel like anything at all. I feel human, and that's it. Even agender seems like too much of a label. And demigirl just sounds horrible in the sense that I really hate the word. It really doesn't sound all that great.

Sexuality for me is both less and more confusing. I'm picky, but at the same time flexible. The word that is probably correct to describe this is polysexual, but I don't like to use that because it then brings up the question of exactly what are you attracted to? Polysexual meaning "being attracted to more than one gender" And then I sound a little strange.

My answer (if I actually ever called myself polysexual): males/guys, transgender guys, and agender people born male.

Now why exactly it's okay to be biologically female but a transgender guy but not okay to be biologically female but agender is unknown to me, it's just a thing.

You may be wondering, where does the ranting come into this? Well. Good question. Being asked what pronouns I use, what gender I am, my sexuality, whatever, makes me uncomfortable. It's usually a little hard to explain to people that I don't know. And I'd rather not tell you one thing, and then end up changing my mind later on.

Also, the amount of times I get asked those questions is insane and it really gets on my nerves.

Anyway, I'm just here to tell you to be careful when you ask someone a question like that. I can't be the only one bothered by these questions. And many people question their labels and identities a lot, or just change them out of the blue. Try to be accepting of that.

And finally, if someone tries to talk to you about their own gender/sexuality, if they're questioning it, try to understand them as best you can. Even if you don't necessarily understand or you aren't okay with it. The worse thing you can do is make them feel crazy. Basically, just make them feel human.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Signed Books


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Why do we all loved signed books?

I have an obsession with signed books. Not necessarily actually meeting an author and getting a book personalized to me, but even having a book with ink scribbles in it by some author I've only heard of in passing is enough to make me buy a book.

On Black Friday, Barnes & Noble is having its annual Signed Editions event. And I'm pretty much planning on buying all of the books.

A lot of the books I plan on buying are from authors I've never even read before. Yet I need them because they're signed and that makes them special and I need them.

I'm not sure where this obsession came about. But I have noticed recently that I've been going out of my way to get signed books from authors I haven't read, or even don't like the work of.

I'm hoping I'm not the only person out there with this problem. Signed books, to me, are limited edition and special. If I don't buy them now, who's to say I will ever be able to get one?

This is also why there are several books on my shelf that I actually have two of. I just haven't managed to get rid of the old one.

Please comment if you also experience this....

Thanks for reading!

PS: But really. Talk about first world problems. XD

Monday, November 9, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Book Buying Bans


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Should we all go on book buying bans?

I've seen people have this problem for years. They buy tons of books way faster than they could ever realistically read them, and they then end up with a completely overwhelming TBR pile.

It seems I have fallen into this trap. I mean, I can't buy books like some people with actual jobs can (which is probably best, as I have no self control), but I'm still buying books way faster than I'm reading them...

Many people that develop these problems with buying books and a lack of self-control end up attempting to go on book buying bans. Those occasionally work.

I would say I was going on a book buying ban for the next few months, but honestly I kind of ran out of money, and I don't really have an easy way to get more. Basically, I'm being forced into this.

But do they really work? Countless people go on book buying bans only to be sucked back into a bookstore where they buy all the books in sight.

I would say, just be careful. Buy a couple books a month, but don't go overboard. But also don't totally stop buying books because you WILL eventually give into your craving.

Or you could just not have any money. That works too.

Have you ever gone on a book buying ban? Did it work? Do you need to? Comment your thoughts on this topic down below!

Thanks for reading!

PS: And then I discovered Barnes & Noble's 2nd Annual Signed Copies Black Friday thing and this whole thing goes downhill and I give up. MUST BUY ALL THE BOOKS

Friday, November 6, 2015

Books I Must Finish Before the End of 2015

Hello! These are all the books I must finish before the end of the year. Obviously, this isn't all the books I'm going to read, or even all the books I plan to read, but the books that I must finish this year. As in, I would be pretty upset with myself if I didn't read all of them.

1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

You may have heard of this book. Everyone has been raving about it for the past month. I'm actually planning to finish this book in November, but I'd at least like to have it done by the end of December at the latest.



2. The Rest of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I've been meaning to read more Patrick Ness books lately! The only one I have ever finished is More Than This (which I adored), and I read that nearly two years ago. Definitely time to read more of them. Going to have to buy the Chaos Walking Trilogy at some point as well. I also really need the UK edition of The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I'm not a fan of the US cover.


3. Finding Audrey by Sophia Kinsella

Everyone has been raving about this book this year. Honestly I'm a little scared to read it, considering I also suffer from social anxiety disorder. I'm either going to love it or hate it. We'll see. Also, if any of you have any idea if this book could trigger my anxiety in any way...that would be extremely helpful to know.



4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is another book that people have been obsessed with for the past several months. I loved Throne of Glass, and I really need to get to this one. I've already have convinced myself I'm going to love it. Also, this cover, oh my god I love.



Thanks for reading! What books do you want to get done before the end of the year?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

(NON-SPOILER) Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: Science Fiction
Published: October 20th, 2015
Pages: 599
Average Rating: 4.26 stars
My Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: 5 stars (ohmigod)
Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.



Appearance:

This cover. Is beautiful. Wow. I would suggest you buy this book just because of the cover... The overall appearance is just amazing. Definitely looking forward to have three.

If there was a problem, it would probably be that the dust jacket is really weird. It's made out of plastic, and it kind of rolls into a ball if you take it off the book. Which is strange and a bit annoying to deal with while reading. But it is transparent/translucent (you can see through it in specific areas), and that's really awesome.

Basically, I could spend an hour just staring at the outside.

Actual Book Part:

Overall, this book was amazing. I thought the files and reports and whatever would make the story hard to follow or confusing (like what happened when I read S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst, amazing book, but confusing af), but it didn't. It read smoothly and I was rarely confused (though honestly, I'm always confused...).

This Book is Science Fiction:

I've honestly never liked science fiction that actually had spaceships and artificial intelligence. I think I might pick some more up just because of this book.

So if you've never liked sci-fi either, I think you should check this book out. It might change your mind.

Writing:

It's kind of hard to talk about the writing. There isn't exactly a point-of-view, but sometimes there is.

Of all of the ways this story is told, the files from the AIDAN core are probably my favorite. For those of you that haven't read the book, those are basically the thoughts of the artificial intelligence that controls the Alexander, which is a spaceship. Seeing from the POV of the AI was...the coolest weirdest awesomest thing ever.

The dialogue was amazing. It flowed so well and it was realistic and great. All the characters spoke differently to the point where I think I could tell you which character said what if you just gave me the dialogue.

Characters:

Wow. They characters were amazing, and they were shown through IMs and emails. This entire book impressed me, really.

This has now become one of those few books that actually made me cry. That never happens. I was extremely attached to the characters, to then point where they actually reminded me of people I know.

It seems this is one of  those series that kills off everybody. Like, you have a favorite character? LET ME JUST MAKE THINGS EXPLODE AND KILL PEOPLE. That was annoying. But hey, it made me cry. I can't be that upset.

Plot:

This is one of those books that's really really long, but you can still read in one sitting because there's hardly a dull moment. You're always anticipating something. You're always excited for whatever's about to happen.

Usually, during even my favorite books, I get distracted and go walk around for awhile around every half an hour or so. While that still happened, it was much less frequent. And that still says something.

Anyway, if there was a plot hole, I missed it. Everything that happened made sense. And a lot of stuff happened. There always seems to be some sort of catastrophe in this book. I guess it kept me engaged, though.

The Feels:

This book is a rollercoaster of feelings. I cried and I wanted to throw the book across the room every 30 seconds.

When (and I do mean when) you all read this book, I do suggest you don't read it in public. One, it's a little to heavy for that. And two, you WILL be making some strange facial expressions at least. Don't embarrass yourself.

Last Thoughts:

I don't know how this book would work as an e-book. Or even as a paperback (back to the appearance section). If you can, you should probably get the hardcover.

This book is HIGHLY recommended. Go read it. Right now.

Thanks for reading! Will you be reading Illuminae?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Will Physical Books Ever Die Out?


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Will the physical book ever truly die out?

It seems many people have accepted the e-readers and e-books as the new form of reading. However, many book lovers out there have backlashed against this new form of book, because even with its benefits, a good amount of people seem to prefer the physical book.

But will the physical book ever truly die out? Will it ever go away entirely? I mean, obviously it's going to die eventually when the world ends or whatever, but I mean in the near future.

Would you ever give up your physical books? Your physical bookshelf? Could you?

Personally, I like reading physical books better. I realize it's more expensive and not at all practical, but I really just enjoy the experience more than I do with an e-book.

I think it's possible physical books will become a thing of the past. I'd rather they not though. This might sound incredibly obsessive, but I want to read actual books and use a bookmark and cover entire walls with books. And I think there are enough people out there that are the exact same way that it might take awhile for the physical book to die. Because as much as it saddens me, I really think that will happen someday.

Just not as long as I live and continue to give thousands of dollars to bookstores because BOOKS.

Thanks for reading! Please leave me your thoughts on this topic below!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015

Hello! If you don't already know, this month is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. It's is a month-long event in which thousands of writers try to write 50,000 words in just the month of November. Because apparently it's November already and I don't know what to do with myself. I've seen quite a bit of talk about it in the last few days, and I wanted to talk about my experience with it.

The last time I participated in NaNoWriMo was 2 years ago, when I failed miserably. I wrote about 10,000 words in that month, which isn't bad, but it's not at all the goal of 50,000 words.

I didn't participate last year because I didn't want to fail again. This year, I've decided to, um, half participate?

It seems most of my problem two years ago was school, and the fact that I couldn't realistically bring my laptop in and write. So this year I have decided to mainly write in notebooks that I can take into school. While this won't count words and I won't be "officially participating", I think it's still better than writing nothing at all.

If you were planning on not doing NaNoWriMo because of a busy schedule (or if you just figured out about it's existence), I would suggest at least writing more this month, even if it's not all for the same book or doesn't reach 50,000. Writing anything is better than nothing (a word that is the perfect description of how much I've written in the past few months)!

Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo? Or at least writing more this month?

Thanks for reading!