Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. 

The topic this week is the top 10 books we read in 2013, continuing on the end-of-year theme of 2013's top dogs. Not all of these books were published in 2013, and I had to flip through my Goodreads "read" shelf to recall all of the books I had read. :) 

1. Cracked by Eliza Crewe

A sassy main character who isn't exactly a "good" person, caught in the middle of a battle between demons and Templars.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Scoop #11

An early wish of a happy new year to you, since this week contains the very first days of 2014! 

I've gotten stuck in a book I'm trying to finish. It's not really holding my interest, to be honest. I'm not sure whether to abort the mission or to just start reading a book that I've started reading on the side. 

This week contains a lot of excitement. Let's see:

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hope you are having a blast with family and friends! 
Happy holidays.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
As much as I would love to just buy whatever book I want to read, my tiny bookshelf would never be able to support all those books! The tomes I do have in physical form are usually the ones I choose to collect. Therefore, for this list I'll include books I definitely wouldn't mind having on my shelf or Kindle from Santa...that I don't own already. ;) 

Going off topic for a sec: I just did 14 minutes' worth of step exercises on my ottoman and I'm a bit sore. Oh, the wonderful uses of an ottoman! 

Book Review: SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Volume 2)

Saga (Volume 2) by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist)

Genres: Comics / Fantasy / Romance / Sci-Fi

I'm going to start by saying that I am in no way immersed in the comic book world. As someone who can probably count all the graphic novels she has read with the fingers of both her hands, I've barely dipped my toes into the waters of the giant ocean of ink, paint, and other media. Most of the comics I've read were introduced to me by a friend who works in a bookstore, Saga included. Since I'm not a collector, I usually wait until the comics I love have been collected into a trade volume. Saga (Vol. 2) was gifted to me by this special friend, and it's taken me at least six months to get to reading it. Yay!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday Scoop #10

Happy holidays! Welcome to the Sunday Scoop, which contains a weekly list of fun reads from around the Internet.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Speculation: World of Warcraft: War Crimes by Christie Golden

Warning: Spoilers

The official cover hasn't been released yet, but there has been talk about the next World of Warcraft novel, War Crimes, which will be written by Christie Golden. 

Release date: June 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

This book has been a great year for reading for me. I've fallen in love with the works of many authors, especially in the YA genre. A few are established authors that I have only recently met, but there are many debut authors that knocked my socks off.

1. H.G. Wells

I read: The Time Machine
Well. I am, embarrassingly, a century or so late. Not that I could really help it, since I didn't even exist for most of the belated century. ;) Wells's vision of the distant future is eerie and speculates on the future of the class division between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. I got scared reading the scenes between the protagonist and the Morlocks at night. 

2. Rainbow Rowell

I read: Eleanor & Park 
This is the sort of book that I wish existed when I was in high school. I could totally relate. It's not the sugar-coated, escapist version of high school that you get here; you get real teenagers with real conflicts in their lives. It's realistic but still leaves you with a sense of hope about the good people in the world.

3. Lauren Nicolle Taylor

I read: The Woodlands, The Wall (currently reading)
I don't remember how I came across Woodlands but the cover definitely attracted my attention. This is a dystopian novel, and I just love Rosa as a fierce main character. 

4. Cristin Terrill 

I read: All Our Yesterdays
So good. A well-plotted time travel novel. It's a mind-boggler. 

5. Eliza Crewe

I read: Cracked 
The main character is so sassy and made the novel so fun to read.

6. Sarah J. Maas

I read: Throne of Glass 
I also plan on reading Crown of Midnight. Ooh. *shivers* 

7. Dmitry Glukhovsky 

I read: Metro 2033 
A chilling post-apocalyptic novel about survivors of nuclear war who hide and live in the old Russian subway tunnels. Their biggest enemy are the dangerous mutants who compete with them for space and food, and threaten to destroy the last bastions of humanity in eastern Europe.

8. Brent Weeks 

I read: Way of the Shadows
A novel in a fantasy setting about assassins, or more specifically, wetboys. It fits within the deep fantasy genre, as it contains a lot of standard fantasy tropes and doesn't deviate too much from it. The power plays and intrigue along with the physical training kept me reading. It's so good. After I read it, I went on Paperbackswap and requested the other two books in this trilogy. 

9. Ken Dahl

I read: Monsters
His graphic novel made me giggle and cringe. It's great. I look forward to reading more from him.

10. Brian K. Vaughan (Writer) & Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

I read: Saga (Vol. 1)
The dialogue and artwork in this series is breathtakingly good. I can start reading in the middle and get hooked in the addictive narrative. It's a beautifully done series centered around two likable characters. 


Thanks for reading! What were some authors that you were new to this year?

Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#7)

Hosted by BookJourney. 

Ahh, the first Monday of winter break. I don't even know where to start, really. There are many, many books on my reading list. But this week, I'll start with:

This is the sequel to The Woodlands, an amazing dystopian novel that I read this fall (Woodlands is free for download on Amazon, by the way). I've heard that this is even more action-packed than the first one. I wanted to read this book for a long time but had school. 

I'm almost hesitant to start reading it because I know I won't be able to put it down until I finish. 

(War of the Ancients #1)

Chronologically, this is the first Warcraft novel. It takes place thousands of years ago from present-day Azeroth, in the continent of Kalimdor. We get a close-up view of the nocturnal and ancient night elf culture, which would be alien to many Warcraft readers if it were not grounded by the familiar perspectives of a human mage named Rhonin, who finds himself transported back in time. 

I'm re-reading this as part of my winter break goals. I already know it's good. :)

Thanks for reading! What are you up to this Monday?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winter Break and Free Time: Setting Goals

San Diego will never look like this.
Photo Credit: Nouse

So after two weeks of all-nighters (both failed and successful), stress eating, and final exams, I am on winter break. As someone who usually has something to study for, I am once again floundering around. It feels so weird to not have an essay to write, a passage to read for a lecture, or concepts to study for. Sleeping in is fantastic, and so is having the leisure time to meet up and have dinner with a friend, or to chat with my in-laws when I leave the bedroom. Lying on the bed and sleeping and dreaming and eating and lying o the bed some more is fun, but if that's all my break consists of then it will start to feel hollow. I need structure and goals to feel like I'm not wasting my time away. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday Scoop #9

Happy December, and welcome to the Sunday Scoop, in which I will be showing you a weekly list of reads from around the net. Thanksgiving is over, so I made a new Sunday Scoop board, which you can see above. So festive!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide for the Bookish Friend

Photo Credit: LiteratiClub
(Okay, I lied about the hiatus. I might not be able to participate in all the bookish memes, but I can still post my own material. But it will be sporadic until December 13. Hello again. :))

When it comes to book lovers, we can never go wrong with gift cards to their favorite bookstore. But if you're looking for something more tangible, try this list of gift ideas. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Not-So-Glamorous Hiatus

Hi! I'll be gone for two weeks for finals and other deadlines for papers, which are approaching fast. 

See you in two weeks (so around December 13th). Hope your Thanksgiving was great, and enjoy your Black Friday shopping. >:) 

Talk to you again soon!

Monday, November 25, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#6)

This is a wonderful meme hosted by Book Journey. 

This week, I'm mostly reading for classes. There are papers coming up, and therefore any extra reading goes to research and, I must admit, holiday guides. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Scoop #8: Weekly Reads

Hello all, welcome to the Sunday Scoop. Thanksgiving is coming up so soon, and I'm looking forward to making pies and enjoying time with the family. Still not sure how much to pig out on, but Thanksgiving just comes once a year... 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide for the World of Warcraft Fan

Are you acquainted with an hardcore WoW fan in your life? Maybe they talk about the game all the time, or you just know that they play and love it. Or, maybe you're a fellow WoW player. Here are some awesome Azerothian goodies that would make great gifts. 

This is the first gift guide of a bunch that I'm planning to make. 

(Disclaimer: This is an educational guide. This is not my wish list!)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend to My Teenage Brother

Hello! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, I'm going to give a list of the top ten books I would recommend to my teen brother. Some of these I've already recommended to him, and others I haven't but would love to once Christmas break starts. I'm going to limit the list to books I've already read because I feel weird about recommending a book that I myself haven't read. Do people even do that? 

This list is influenced by the fact that my brother enjoys fantasy and historical/political intrigue. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#5)

Happy Monday to you! This is a meme hosted by Book Journey

This week, I'm checking out: 

Broken by C.J. Lyons

Amazon | Goodreads

From Goodreads:
The only thing fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has ever wanted is a chance at a normal life. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, she has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. So when her parents offer her three days to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now... or never. Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But this high school is far from normal. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does.

Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin

This one is for my sci-fi class. 

From Goodreads:
George Orr is a man who discovers he has the peculiar ability to dream things into being—for better or for worse. In desperation, he consults a psychotherapist who promises to help him—but who, it soon becomes clear, has his own plans for George and his dreams.
The Lathe of Heaven is a dark vision and a warning—a fable of power uncontrolled and uncontrollable. It is a truly prescient and startling view of humanity, and the consequences of playing God.

Thanks for checking out my Monday reads! What are you up to?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Scoop #7: Weekly Links and Reads

Hello, welcome to the Sunday Scoop. I hope you're enjoying this holiday season. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I'm looking forward to spending Thanksgiving break with my two families! This week (and possibly the next), the scoop will have a holidays flair to it. 

  • Celebrating Thanksgiving with friends? Check out this Friendsgiving guide on setting up a dinner party with friends. 
  • Books to Movies: Based on the series by V.C. Andrews, the Flowers in the Attic trailer is here. I read the series when I was ten. Some parts were hard to read because these girls grow up enduring different types of parental abuse. Child abuse is something not often dealt with head-on in YA fiction, and I appreciate this series offering people a way to put themselves in the shoes of a teen who doesn't have that ideal, stable home life. 
  • The Lamest Boyfriends in Fiction from Barnes and Noble blog. I giggled at the mention of Mr. Rochester's disguise as a fortune teller. That was so ridiculous! Hahaha. And of course, Edward Cullen is also on the list. 
  • Also from B&N is 4 Types of Books to Avoid Before Bed...especially if you have something important the following day. I'm guilty of reading books I can't put down and books that inspire my inner writer! 
Thank you so much for reading! What are your Thanksgiving plans? 

Book Review: RELIC by Heather Terrell (Books of Eva #1)

Released on October 29, 2013
Amazon | Goodreads

Note: I received this book as an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


From Amazon: "For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down." 

The dystopian nature of this futuristic, post-apocalyptic world might bear some resemblance to The Hunger Games series, but this book has no magic in it at all. What might make it fantastical is the fact that its set-up is a bit far-fetched: we are looking at a dark-ages sort of civilization populated by the descendants of survivors of a flood that wiped out modern civilization. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Truth or Dare: (Truth) What are the top 3 worst (or best) things about being a blogger?

Hello all. :) Welcome to the Truth or Dare meme, hosted by Jenna Does Books

The TRUTH question this week is: 
What are the top 3 worst things about being a blogger?
I haven't had this blog up for very long yet, so I'll be drawing from recent experiences. However, a lot of these are double-edged swords. They can be the best things about blogging, too!

1. It's a commitment that I make by myself. 

 I am responsible for posting stuff to the blog, and there are no external deadlines.

On the bright side...without external deadlines comes a freedom. If I have something up, I can take a break for a week or so without worrying about being fired.

2. Time sink. 

 Sometimes I set aside an hour for a post and it takes me longer, especially when it's a book review. 

However, it's been one of the more fulfilling things I've done in my spare time. Blogging about books seems to come a lot more naturally to me than some of the other things I've dabbled in, such as jewelry crafting and painting. Probably because I've been reading all of my life.

I can't think of another bad thing about blogging, so I'll give a good thing:

3. Meeting wonderful people. 

 I've met some great people who have shared my interests or introduced me to some fantastic books. Being a blogger is not just about writing my own blog; it's also about connecting with people in order to celebrate each other and the things we love in life.

Thanks for reading. Are you a blogger? What have been some of the best or worst things about blogging for you?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects by Richard Knaak

Hey all, "Waiting On" Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're excited about. 

This week, the release that I'm totally excited about is the hard-copy release of World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects by Richard Knaak. It was first released serially online as separate e-books, adding up to a total amount of five mini-books. I didn't hear much buzz about it but had discovered it by surprise. I kept up with it, and am very pleased to see it released in paperback! 

Knaak is one of my two favorite authors who have written the WoW series. His battle scenes give me goosebumps all over my arms just because they are so epic. This book is about the dawn of the race of dragons. In present-times, they are an old, intelligent race, but the plot of the story takes us back to when some proto-dragons started to develop self-consciousness that distinguished them from the rest of the pack. Here, we will also see the rise of undeath at its ancient origin. 

Genre: Fantasy / Adventure / Dragons

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects

by Richard Knaak

Release Date: November 19, 2013

From Amazon: 


Uncertainty plagues Azeroth’s ancient guardians as they struggle to find a new purpose. This dilemma has hit Kalecgos, youngest of the former Dragon Aspects, especially hard. Having lost his great powers, how can he—or any of his kind—still make a difference in the world? 

The answer lies in the distant past, when savage beasts called proto-dragons ruled the skies. Through a mysterious artifact found near the heart of Northrend, Kalecgos witnesses this violent era and the shocking history of the original Aspects: Alexstrasza, Ysera, Malygos, Neltharion, and Nozdormu. 

In their most primitive forms, the future protectors of Azeroth must stand united against Galakrond, a bloodthirsty creature that threatens the existence of their race. But did these mere proto-dragons face such a horrific adversary alone, or did an outside force help them? Were they given the strength they would become legendary for . . . or did they earn it with blood? Kalecgos’s discoveries will change everything he knows about the events that led to the Dawn of the Aspects.

Thanks for reading! What are you looking forward to this week?

Monday, November 11, 2013

BLIZZCON 2013 : Where I've Been This Weekend

I was quiet this weekend, but part of it was because I spent Friday and Saturday in Anaheim. Blizzcon was great. My sister-in-law, husband, and I were in it for the World of Warcraft stuff, but there were also panels and competitions for Starcraft and Diablo. 

With Sodah (left), one of the best WoW healers in the game. A great thing about his team is that they can play under pressure and adapt to circumstances. His team, Skill-Capped, eventually won.

 There were evangelists outside the convention for both of the days we were there. They hoisted yellow banners, so on the second day, a couple of guys stood outside with the Horde banner too. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Top 8 Places to Read A Book

If I had a room dedicated solely to the purposes of a personal library, I would stash some love seats and blankets there and read there wherever I can. However, since that's not an option right now, there are other wonderful places to read, including the ones in public. A change in surroundings can be refreshing! 

1. Bed

Pros: I can read naked, read half-asleep without fearing my stuff getting stolen, rest my back, and get some precious alone time. Also, I can fall asleep right after or before I read.
Cons: The little room gets stuffy sometimes, and sometimes I need a break.

Monday, November 4, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#4)

Hey all. Here are the books I finished today and will be reading this week. This meme is hosted by Book Journey

I'm reading Relic for fun this week. It came out October 29. It's very fantasy-like, and is set in a very cold place. The characters go through training for their Testing, in which they search for relics. 
Set on Mars, and the Martian creatures are adorable. I read this one for my science fiction paper. Let's hope it rules.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

My class and I are halfway through this massive tome.  We'll be continuing it for at least two more weeks, but I'm enjoying the different story arcs. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday Scoop #6: Weekly Links

Happy Sunday to you. Hope your weekend has been going well. Any post-Halloween partying? To those who are participating in NaNoWriMo, Good luck!

  • Holidays are coming, and along with them come the feasts! From Refinery 29 is a guide on how to stay healthy during winter, and to prevent the weight gain that comes from eating too many slices of pie. Okay, well, that one applies to me. I like pie. 
Thanks for checking out the Sunday Scoop. Enjoy your first full week of November!

Book Review: The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

The fiercely defiant face of Rosa on the cover was what drew my initial curiosity about this book. Once I started reading, I was sucked into the The Woodlands, a dystopian thriller full of defiance, love, adaptation, and hope in the face of oppressive circumstances. 

The Woodlands

By Lauren Nicolle Taylor

(The ebook is free on Amazon right now, by the way.)

Goodreads Summary:
When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa's inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He's blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She's never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.
But differences weren't always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a 'raceless' race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.
The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn't know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.

Since this is a dystopian novel, let's talk about how this futuristic society works:
  • The Superiors want absolute loyalty, and in order to create that loyalty, it must dissolve all other competing loyalties that each person has: family, ethnicity, common history - things that bring people together against outside forces such as the oppressive government. 
  • Children are taken away from parents at the age of 18 (or sooner, if the parents have another kid - only one child per household) to learn a trade, and to leave their hometown forever. This destroys any loyalties a person may hold for their family or home community. 
  • Children are indoctrinated from a young age with pro-government lines and pledges. 
  • The government has a goal of creating a superior race: One race, created by the mixing of all the other races to create a race of people who look exactly the same. Their ideal look is that of light brown skin and blue eyes. It would be the perfect sort of nationalism - one in which the government is literally the creator and parent of each person. 
  • Marriage: people are matched with partners, usually from different hometowns and races, and they are expected to produce one child. The goal is that, given time, with enough racial mixing and ethnic erasing, the future generations will have no sense of ethnic identity. 

What I Liked:

  • I couldn't put the book down I love how Taylor sprinkles hints before shocking us with the revelation. The questions kept me going as I tried to piece together the hints. The story drops just enough hints for me to suspect there is something more than what's being shown, and even throw in a few guesses in the right direction before tying up the loose ends later on. 
  • Twists - They kept me on my toes. I kept reading to find out what was really going on. 
  • Rosa's smart and observant - She's good at seizing people up, but occasionally errs on the side of being too judgmental. We get to meet characters through her eyes, even when she turns out to be wrong. She is disgusted with weak-willed characters, partly because her mother failed to stand up to Rosa's cruel stepfather because she was too scared and meek. 
  • Most characters are more than they appear - There aren't really any two-dimensional characters here. The characters that surround Rosa may act a certain way (thus causing Rosa to form certain judgments), but they are hiding an inner complexity. There are no single-minded characters; everyone acts a certain way for a reason that isn't apparent at first. 
  • Rosa and Joseph don't hit it off right away - She's not going to be lovey-dovey right away. She has her own issues to deal with, especially considering her own personal history of being abandoned by her mother. Rosa struggles with her trust issues, but Joseph is patient and considerate. I would like to learn more about why Joseph is so devoted to Rosa, though. 
  • Clara isn't as naive as she sounds - As the perfect foil, Clara embodies the good and hope in the world to Rosa. "I know you don't understand it, Rosa, but I love this baby. I am her mother. That is a strong bond. My love is MY choice, don't ruin it. (111)" Where Rosa is mistrustful, Clara is trusting and optimistic. But that quote indicates that Clara is mindfully hopeful about motherhood - she's loving and hopeful because she chooses to be. Clara is a lot wiser than she shows with her light demeanor, and rises to protect Rosa in her motherly way. 
  • The concept of the maternal instinct is questioned - Rosa doesn't immediately feel the expected motherly love towards the fetus, which she refers to as "the leech." After having read through a lot of tropes about parental insta-love (which is pretty nice), finding this sort of ambiguity towards unplanned parenthood is refreshing and honest. 

What I Didn't Like:

  • There are certain coincidences that are rather convenient for the plot, especially concerning the placements, relocation, and matching of Rosa and Joseph. I can't talk too much about this without spoiling, so I'll leave it here.
Overall, I'm really glad I read The Woodlands. The writing here is amazing. Questions after questions led me throughout the book, and the answers, when given, packed an emotional punch. I didn't want to leave Rosa at the end of the book. I'm still dying to know what happens in the sequel, The Wall.

The society divided into circles (like districts), the oppressiveness of the governments and the weak mother coupled with the strong daughter are similarities that The Woodlands has with The Hunger Games. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, then you'll probably enjoy this book too. 

To be honest, I liked The Woodlands more than The Hunger Games because the characterization is a lot more complex here, and the plot isn't limited to a survival, must-win game plot. 

My Rating:

Thanks for reading! Have you downloaded The Woodlands yet? It's a great book!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Back From Midterms & Some Thoughts on Childhood's End (Clarke) and A Canticle for Leibowitz (Miller)

Hey all, sorry for my absence this week. I've had midterms and papers due, along with this is the worst reading record I've ever done - I didn't finish reading a book for fun for two weeks! 

I did finish some books for my classes (mostly sci-fi): 

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke 

A giant alien spaceship hovers above Earth just as humans are on the brink of destroying themselves through wars. Within 50 years, it changes human society by ending crime, violence, and wars. However, along with the end of conflict is also the end of creativity and innovation. But why are the aliens doing this for the humans? Instead of being the colonizers of planets, the human race finds itself colonized by powerful aliens with more advance technology. And later on, worse than colonized. 

Deals with the cyclical nature of humankind as it progresses from a dark age, middle age, renaissance, and high-tech age before it destroys itself and re-enters the dark ages again. We begin in the second dark age, a thousand years after the end of the total war that wiped out major cities and threw the survivors back into the dark ages. This was published during the early years of the Cold War, with the memory of the atomic devastation of Hiroshima still fresh in the minds of many. 

Now I'm back and happy to get back to blogging. Coming up will be a review on The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Truth or Dare: (Truth) My Biggest Book-Related Pet Peeve

Hey all, welcome to Truth {or} Dare, a meme hosted by Jenna Does Books.

This week, the question is, what is your biggest book-related pet peeve?

Mine is The Dreaded Bent Book Cover. 

Oh, the horror!!! *shivers*
This is so not my copy.
I considered bending a book cover to demonstrate,
but couldn't bring myself to do it to my own little preciouses.
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The books I read get a little dented from being pushed around in my bag. Dents and a bit of corner wear are okay. But what absolutely kills me is seeing the cover bent, like if I accidentally set something on it while the cover is still up. Or if my husband sits on it, causing the glossy or matte cover to be pushed back.

Oh yes. He's heard me freak out over a bent book cover, in which there is a permanent scar where the bending had occurred. 

Doggy ears are NOT for book covers. NO NO NO

I don't mind bent book covers if they come with the book, but I will try to prevent further scars. I am a lot more lenient on used books than I am on brand-new books, though. 

Anyway, now you know about my dark secret. 

Cracked book spines come as a close second, but after working in a used bookstore, I've found that really old books whose spines were never bent tend to break completely in half when you open them, because the glue is so dry and brittle and was never shaped (through bending) to allow the book to open. 

I do dislike badly cracked and broken book spines, though. It's what I would dread if I were to let someone borrow a paperback. The book spine would have to be cracked by ME first. 

Thanks for reading! How do you feel about bent book covers and cracked spines?

Sunday Scoop #5: Weekly Links

Good morning, and welcome to the Sunday scoop. This week, we have:

This is great for fantasy and D&D fans, but will apply to anyone. Are you chaotic good? Lawful evil? Chaotic neutral? Find out by taking this alignment test by the World Ruler.

From Buzzfeed comes a fashion show using Game of Thrones-inspired designs! The Targaryen ones are absolutely beautiful.

20 Books That Are Almost Impossible to Adapt. James Joyce's Ulysses doesn't surprise me at all. 

OMG. No way. Simon & Schuster made an article on 13 Halloween Costumes Inspired by YA Book Covers. Have you seen how gorgeous some of those YA covers are?? I could probably wear the Hunger Games outfit outside of Halloween, too. 

HelloGiggles gives us a recipe on Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake. Another option for my Thanksgiving pies!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Homework and Midterms: Let's Get This Party Started

Rah. Happy Saturday to you. 

I've turned in a couple of significant papers, but next week is where the slew of midterm exams come in. And a research paper to do.

This will be a busy weekend. I plan to get as much work done as possible, especially since there is a peninsular Spanish literature midterm exam on Monday.

Oh, Cervantes, you and your dellas and complex sentence structures. .
I will study a lot more efficiently than this. *vows solemnly*
Also, next up are readings for my science fiction class. I need to catch up for this and next week. 

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke (sci-fi)
A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (sci-fi)
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein (for my sci-fi research paper)
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (the next 150 or so pages)
What I'm reading for fun - Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor.
I'd really like to sit down and finish it but there's been so much. So much! *weeps* 
My Taiwanese film class readings can wait until Monday. 

If you're in school, then I wish you the best with midterms! Anyway, I gotta jet. Talk to you later! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day Four: What's the Last Book You Flung Across the Room?

It's been a while since I've picked up on my progress of this 15-Day Book Blogger Challenge. Since I'm late to the party anyway, why not take my time? So here we are, on Day 4! 

The last book I flung across the room wasn't a book I was reading for fun; it was actually a textbook.

Why? Because I saw a huge spider crawl up against the wall.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Broken by C.J. Lyons

Hello! Welcome to Waiting On Wednesday, in which I will share with you a not-yet-published book that I am looking forward to. This weekly meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine

From Goodreads:

Top Ten Unusual Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check them out!

This week's topic is about the top ten unusual character names that I have come across while reading books.  I think "unusual" is a very relative term. What is unusual for me may be perfectly ordinary to someone else. So here they are. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#3) - Woodlands, Childhood's End, David Copperfield

Hey, Happy Monday to you. This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. Check it out! 

Over the weekend, I finished Cracked by Eliza Crewe. It was so witty.

I'm currently reading: 

1. The Woodlands by Lauren Nicole Taylor

A YA dystopian novel about a Brazilian girl living in an oppressive, futuristic society in which President Grant is splitting up families. The main character is a lone rebel who is having trouble fitting in this dystopian society. I'm 7% of the way through right now, and it's really good. 

I checked and found out that The Woodlands is free on Kindle right now! I messaged Lauren Nicole Taylor via FB that I was reading her book, and she was really nice.

2. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

Reading this for my sci-fi class. Aliens invade, but oddly, they just want to offer humanity their technology. It is clear from the beginning that humanity has been outmatched via technology. Soon, the aliens are managing the international affairs of the humans - sure, nations can manage their internal problems, but when it comes to the global stage, the aliens have the final say. 

But what do the aliens want?

With all the advanced technology they could ever need, humanity stops innovating on their own, and their culture deteriorates. 

Much later on, the aliens are supposed to make their intentions clear. But I haven't gotten to that point yet. I'm guessing cheap labor or some form of exploitation.

3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

This is for my Charles Dickens class. 

This tome is HUGE compared to Oliver Twist. It's based on Charles Dickens's childhood. I'm half-nervous and half-excited about reading it. Its size is intimidating. 

Thanks for reading! What are you up to this Monday?