November 25, 2015

A Reading Day Before Thanksgiving

Happy day before Thanksgiving everyone! I won't be posting on Thanksgiving day so here is my separate post of gratitude for the day of giving thanks. I'm thankful to all of you (and I know Diamond is too) for reading and commenting. We appreciate the effort that you put into reading what we write and bring to the table (haha you get my thanksgiving references?). It's honestly been an honor blogging on this site with D and we've had like a ton of fun. I'm also very grateful that she's so understanding because I've been missing a few of my deadlines and quotas (and she hasn't yelled at me yet xD). Thanks to this wonderful community! 

In terms of reading...

If you're reading something at the moment, try your best to finish it or possibly read as much as you can. On Thanksgiving day, you're not going to have any time to read because you'll be too busy with family and worrying about dinner preparations and meeting up with those weird cousins (that you don't like to say they're weird but you know it!). 

DO | If you're baking something or cooking the turkey (bless your soul, you've got guts!) then make sure to put whatever it is in the oven, set the time and then pick up your book and start reading. It's a great way for time to pass and also get a few pages in for any of your end of the year reading challenges you're trying to catch up on. 

Get some helping hands in the kitchen. If you have kids, bring them into the Thanksgiving tradition and make them stir the brownie mix or stuff the kitchen. It's a great way to get time off of your hands and spend some time with family. 

Read as much as you can before the big day because you won't be able to do any reading on that day or the day after (too busy recovering from the amount of food you ate the night before and the booze and liquor, and of course, the cleaning up!!) 

DON'T | I advise you not to start a new book on the day before because you probably won't be able to read for a while with all the happenings and the aftermath. But if you're feeling audacious, then go ahead! 

DO NOT (AND I MEAN DO NOT) bring a book to the Thanksgiving party/dinner/or whatever you want to call it. That's so rude and not a good way to show people your thankful for spending the night with them. Of course, we're having it in my house with my bookshelf so I can't help that but I won't be reading at the table. So I know this is going to be hard but put away the book! 

Don't put off cooking to make time to read. If you've having dinner with family and relatives and you're supposed to make something, it wouldn't be nice to show up to the party without it (would it?). So I advise the people cooking to read after all the work is done or during (like I stated before with the waiting time for the oven).

That's all I've got for today's post but if you've got any inspiring tips, I would love to hear them in the comments below. Who knows, maybe I'll even use some on the big day!

Have a wonderful day of family, love, and food! 

November 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #21

Waiting on Wednesday is a feature created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It’s a weekly feature where book bloggers can share what books they’re most excited about in the somewhat near future! 

Diamond’s Pick
Front Lines (Soldier Girl #1) by Michael Grant

November 15, 2015

Black Friday Fears

C'mon fellow book lovers, I know you're secretly counting the pennies under your bed in preparation for Black Friday. I know I am! And there is no shame in that, as long as you know what you're doing and you're doing it with precision. Black Friday is a crazy day, not only for us book lovers, but for the thousands who camp out in front of stores waiting for the best deals. I thought I'd give you guys something non-book related and relative to the time of year. Here are some of my fears...

1. Everything is sold out

When someone says the word 'sold out', the claws come out. No one likes to hear that something they want to buy is sold out. SOLD OUT! Sold out basically means no more here, we'll be back in like two months when we've restocked. My biggest fear is that I find something I really really like and then all of a sudden it gets sold out within the next hour.

November 10, 2015

Dust Off Your Classics: Where I read a children’s classic!

Dust Off Your Classics has become an ongoing challenge created by Trish @ Between my Lines and myself. See the home page for details and more reviews of classics.

Title: Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark is Rising Sequence) 
Author: Susan Cooper
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars :star :star :star 1/2
Date of Publication: 1965
Genre: Middle grade, fantasy, adventure, mythology, norse, legends, classics

On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril. This is the first volume of Susan Cooper's brilliant and absorbing fantasy sequence known as The Dark Is Rising.

November 8, 2015

Book Genres I Just Can't Stand Reading

Sometimes we must look deep inside ourselves and conjure up those horrible, terrible, angry feelings. There are many genres that I just can't stand to read. I get really bored and annoyed at some books for wasting my time when I could have been reading something more interesting. I'm sure a lot of you feel the same way so let's just get into the list --> 

1. Memoirs

I know some readers who love memoirs. I guess I'm just the odd one out then. I don't ever buy memoirs because I know I don't read them. Though the ones that I have picked up, I've always DNFed them or told myself I would take a break and then go back to them. I don't think the books are the problem, I think it's just me. I prefer worlds and stories that are made up and that have fantastical elements. Nonfiction doesn't bode well with me. 

2. Biographies & Autobiographies

4. Contemporary books about disabilities 

I have nothing against disabilities or people with disabilities. Do not take this opportunity to shame me into screaming and yelling at me for discriminating. These books are all beautiful, but I just can't read books about people with disabilities. I think the reason is because I don't like pity and sometimes, in some cases, these types of books are known for generating pity and sympathy from the readers. And most of the time, these disabilities are just really confusing and explained in a way that doesn't make me understand the character any better. 

5. Books about witches

I don't know if it's just these three books that have marred my opinion and outlook on witch books forever, but I can't stand reading books about witches. There are some exceptions, however, like Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz and a few others that have slipped my mind. But for the most part, I'm appalled by my pure hatred for this genre. Why, you ask? They are so cliche and occasionally make their witches seem like the most stereotypical things ever. They ride brooms, they have white hair, they wear black (emo much?), and they have wands! Why can't there be more of a creative take on the supernatural creatures we know as witches.  

What book genres do you dislike the most?