Monday, July 25, 2016

ARC August- I'm going to kill off some TBR!!

I stink at challenges, so I barely ever do them....  but my lovely friends over at Read.Sleep.Repeat are doing ARC August for the 4th time & I've never participated & I do have piles of ARCs that I really do need to challenge myself to read.... so here I am.

Lately I've sort of been in the mood to push myself to get some of my massive TBR handled... that is, I've been trying to read faster and MORE.  So this is my plan for ARC August.  Hopefully I'll be able to get through a large chunk of this and feel better about my TBR and feel like a better blogger (putting a dent in my older ARCs for sure would make me feel less guilty!!)

The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs
  • Why? Because I want to read it before the release date of Sept. 13.  Plus, it sounds AWESOME!
What Light by Jay Asher
  • Why? Because I can't wait ANY longer to read more Jay Asher!
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  • Why? Because I'm in the mood for more fairy tale retellings.
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • Why? Because I love books about the TOUGH stuff.

I Crawl Through it by A.S. King
  • Why? Because Holy Shit it's A.S. King and I STILL haven't read it???
Get Even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil
  • Why? Because I got this waayyy back at 2014 BEA and I like reading about Mean Girls.
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
  • Why? Because OMG I wanted this SO bad at 2015 BEA, but just have not been in the mood for it for whatever reason??????
The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst
  • Why? Because I don't think I've ever read a YA book about Time Travel... & that's kind of sad!

Have you read any of these??  Any you'd like to recommend me reading first?

PS- There's still time to sign-up if you'd like to kill your ARC pile this August!  They're giving away a cool prize also, so there's that if you need further motivation :)  Here's to me reading fast and staying motivated!!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Talking to a Non-Reader About Reading

Talking to a non-reader about reading is like--- well it's pretty much like this to me

Why??  Well, I'm glad you asked.

The thing is.  It's almost ALWAYS better in theory.  In theory a non-reader would approach me and ask me what I'm reading.  I, in turn, would show them the glorious cover, gush about the book and the characters and all the things.  Then we would get into a convo about YA in general or books that person had thought of reading, or they would ask for recs.  Something like that.

That RARELY happens.

What normally happens is--

Person: "Whatcha reading?"
Me, trying not to cringe because I'm kind of suspicious about why they are asking: It's called ________.  It's SO good, I bascially feel like I'm going to melt into a pile of feelings right here in the break room because this one character just---
Person, looking mildly horrified: Oh, cool.  You know, I don't know how you find time to read all those books....
Me:  blink, blink
Person: I mean, wow, you're like always reading.  Don't you get bored?
Me: Well, you know, my break is almost over, I better go hit the bathroom.  See you around.

Or this--

Person: "Whatcha reading?"
Me, inwardly cringing because I know how this goes: It's called ________.  It's SO good, I bascially feel like I'm going to melt into a pile of feelings right here in the break room because this one character just---
Person: What did you think about 50 Shades of Grey?  You read that right?
Me: Actually, I haven't.
Person: But you're always reading.
Me: Yes, but--
Person, already on to another subject: Did you see that new ice cream place they put in down the street?

WHY, WHY, WHY must non-readers act like reading is such a waste of time??  I'm not a fisherman, but I don't go around scoffing at people when I see them fishing at lakes and rivers.  I would never think that just because they are out fishing that they must be a loser with nothing at all better to do.  Actually, I would love for a fisherman to tell me about the biggest fish he/she ever caught, or some funny story about a fish almost pulling him/her into the water.  Or they could just tell me about the most beautiful places they'd ever went fishing at.  Same with most hobbies-- I'd love to hear about your hobby and hear what the benefits would be about trying said hobby.

I don't read because I'm a boring person.  I have plenty of other things I could do... I have friends, I like Netflix, I like computers, I like gardening, I like make-up.  I have a CHILD to take care of.  And dogs.  My life is just as busy as yours, but I have a hobby just like you probably have some type of hobby.  Even if that hobby is just watching TV.  And reading is NOT BORING!!!  Maybe to you it is, but to me it's exciting, thrilling, emotional, and so insanely satisfying.

Of course this isn't how all non-readers are, just some.  I do my best to hold in the rage when someone who knows I'm reader gives me that smirk and says "So, how's the reading going?".  I SO wish I had the perfect comeback that was bitchy in a backhanded way, but I can never come up with one fast enough.

If YOU are a Non-Reader: Let's be friends and respect each other's hobbies.  And please don't ask me what I'm reading unless you really want to hear about what I'm reading :)

What are your experiences with Non-Readers??  Do you ever find the need to defend books and reading as a hobby/obsession?

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy- More Like Learning To MATH

Yuri is a 17-year-old physicist from Russia with the fate of the world in his hands.  When an asteroid is found hurtling towards Earth weeks before impact, NASA is scrambling to come up with a save.  Yuri has the knowledge, but not the clout or social skills to make people listen to him.

By chance, Yuri meets a "normal" teenage girl, and she teaches him that there is life outside the classroom and that if he saves the world, he'll at least have friends to celebrate with.

If you told me that I would read (and like) a book that was heavy on MATH, I would have never believed you.  This thing is, it happened!!  There's a lot of freaking math in this book.  A lot of science and smart people stuff, and I genuinely loved those parts the best!!  It's crazy how this story took hold of my attention.

Child-prodigy Yuri Strelnikov was painfully awkward and so, so, so freaking smart, but the awkward part (and some hard-core ageism by his colleagues) made people dismiss him... and that dismissal was really dangerous for Earth because UMMM???  Genius over here!!!  I loved the tension of knowing the asteroid was speeding towards the place where the planning was taking place.  If they didn't listen to Yuri, if they did and Yuri was wrong, If they failed in any way, they were at the point of impact!

Now, the Collums- Dovie was a fantastic addition to this book.  She teaches Yuri things about the world that he never would have learned from his scientist circle.  Also, Lennon, the brother, was a favorite for me.  But as much as I loved the secondary story line of Yuri finding out how "normal" teens lived, I couldn't help but think "HELLO, THERE'S A FREAKING ASTEROID COMING AND YOU SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW!!!".  It's insanely rude of me to want someone like Yuri to not live a life and just go and save the world, but I can't stop asteroids, so I need him to go and do that.... like NOW!!  This is fiction though, so once I reminded myself of that, I was okay.

The ending kind of dragged, and really that's the only part that I didn't love.  I didn't feel like I needed the events that happened after the asteroid problem played out.  All that stuff probably could've been solved in 5-10 pages instead of multiple chapters.

Yuri is definitely a character I won't be forgetting anytime soon.  I kept reading the book without the English articles (like the, a, an, etc.) even when they were clearly present or were in dialogue spoken by English speaking characters.  I wonder how long I'll be doing that for??  While writing this, I've already been imagining these sentences without them :)

OVERALL: Such a smart, thrilling, silly, cool debut.  I can't imagine telling anyone that I don't think they would like it.  What's not to like about a fish-out-of-water + NASA + world-killing asteroid + social/communication/culture barriers?

Date Published: 7/5/2016
How I got this book: Thanks to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for allowing me to read and honestly review this book.
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Add it to your To-Read List!!

This Book Contains:
  • Killer, scary asteroid
  • Southern California
  • Detroit
  • High School- GYM CLASS!!
  • Prom
  • NASA
  • MATH- so much Math
  • Art
  • Handicap
  • Hippies :)
  • Romance
  • Friendship

My Rating: 4.5/5

Character: Yuri
Book: Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • Because Yuri should know there are plenty of people who are socially awkward... and if Charlie can find his people, Yuri can too!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New YA Releases for the Week of 7/10

These are the books I'm obsessing over this week:

By: Margot Harrison

(Tiny Pretty Things #2)
By: Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

(The Girl at Midnight #2)
By: Melissa Grey

Other YA Books Releasing This Week:

Fun Looking Middle Grade Coming Out This Week:

Totally going to read The Killer in Me because--- SERIAL KILLER!!  Also, those Middle Grades look SUPER good.  I might have to add them to me and my son's bedtime reading list :)

What are you adding to your list this week?

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Monday, July 11, 2016

In Defense of Slytherin

**Kristin from Super Space Chick and Megan from The Nerdy Girlie are hosting Potter Month to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31st.   If you write any HP posts this month, make sure you stop by and LINK-UP :)**

If you know me at all, it's pretty obv that I'm a Slytherin.  The thing is, I'm proud of my house!!  I love the Emerald Green color.  I love the Snake Emblem.  I love ambition, and what's wrong with finding a way to get what you want??

**This is a quote directly from Pottermore, and the article is pretty interesting**

The thing is, us Slytherins get a bad rap!  Okay, okay a lot of the darkest wizards of all-time have come out of the house.  But, not ALL Slytherins are bad.  And not ALL dark wizards come from Slytherin.  Remember Peter Pettigrew??

I just want to remind you guys of these people:
  • Merlin
  • Horace Slughorn
  • Andromeda Tonks
  • Regulus Black
  • Severus Snape

So, okay not a HUGE list, but all awesome wizards who happen to be Slytherins.  Also, since Tom Riddle was a Slytherin, it seems about right that most of his following would be Slytherin.  After all, most of Harry Potter's D.A. came from Gryffindor.  Voldemort was a pretty influential fellow, so I'd say that the people he was living with on the daily would be the most at-risk of falling under his spell.  Basically, if you recruit out of your house, you're going to get mostly your house.  I didn't see Harry and his gang ask one single person in Slytherin to join the D.A., and I'm sure there was at least one or two worthy members... if they'd taken the time to look.

Let's be real-- I love the Harry Potter books, but we are getting the perspective of the wizarding world from a Slytherin-hating Gryffindor.  Someone who says "not Slytherin" to the Sorting Hat without even knowing much about the different houses.  He JUST learned that magic was real days before... how could he know what house he does or doesn't want to be in??  He's biased from day one, and that's the perspective we get through 7 books.

Come to think of it, for a book that has done so well in the world, it has a pretty overgeneralized view of people.  Ms. Rowling basically sets up the conflict to be the good wizards vs. Slytherin House.  And it's made people associate everyone in the house as evil, and that's just not true.  I'm not perfect, and I'm not sunshine and rainbows, but I think I'm a good person inside.  I know that I would NOT have been a Death Eater or hated Muggle borns.

So please be kind to your fellow Slytherins.  I swear there are a lot of good ones out there, even if J.K. Rowling doesn't want to share their stories.

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