23 BookWorm Problems You Can Relate To

  1. When you need to go to the bathroom, but you’re comfortable and at a really good part in the book.
  2. When your friends are like “Why do you read so much?”we-are-not-friends
  3. That moment when you know how the entire plot will play out by the second chapter.
  4. When you’re in a public place and you’re at a really emotional scene6d5c35f4372d1307bfdcec8c600cf2ab7a05198f6faac0eb0b9a276cbcd80be3
  5. Those times when you have to put down the book to work, or sleep, or clean.
  6. Book Hangovers. Enough said. book-hangover
  7. When you finish all of the published books and you need to wait a year before the next one comes out.
  8. When you read a really sad book and you feel depressed for like a month after that.
  9.  When friends invite you out to dinner but all you want to do is read a book and eat your leftover pizza.10-01-mean-girls-gif
  10. When you’ve read your new favorite book but you can’t talk about it because none of your friends have read it.
  11. The endless search for the Perfect Reading Positiondsc_1695
  12. Choosing which books on your shelves to get rid of (when you want to buy more books)
  13. Bills getting in the way of your book-shopping addiction
  14. That moment when your English teacher insults one of your favorite book. 200_s
  15. When you want to read the next Outlander book, but you’re not sure you’re ready for that kind of commitment.
  16. When people mess with your reading system.
  17. When you can’t find a real bookmark anywhere, but you need to put the book down for some reason. kindle-used-as-bookmark
  18. People who say “Just watch the movies.”
  19. Also, people who say they don’t have time for reading.
  20. The morning after an all-night reading session. brain-out-of-order-sign
  21. When you want to marry the characters and your  S.O. doesn’t understand.
  22. When everyone is always talking about their celebrity crushes, but you only crush on book characters.
  23. When you get spoilers.

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The Zombie Apocalypse Is Here

Night of the Living Dead Image from the movie “Night of the Living Dead”

With the virus AM13 racing through the streets, the government has officially announced the Lockdown a failure and is trying to get people to go to the airports so they can be flown to a safe haven. But when Alyssa shows up too late to the airport, she knows she needs to face the zombie apocalypse alone. But unlike most people, she finds that exciting. After all, she had grown up preparing for it by watching just about every zombie movie out there. She knows that she has what it takes to thrive out there with the zombie apocalypse. She knows she’s not alone because she keeps finding notes around town from this person called “E”. But before she can find him, she finds another group of survivors that she teams up with. Even though they are all nice, she forms a special bond with a girl named Emily that both scares and excites her.

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The Book of Time by Corinna Underwood

Holdfast had been a thriving community of four elemental clans for as long as anyone could remember. Each clan member is gifted with elemental power connected to earth, fire, air and water, that is channeled through the energy of the Becoming of all things. Threatened by the Dominar and his minions in the Citadel who want to control the Becoming, the clans fled through a portal to another land, another time to begin their lives over, but not all of them made it through in time….

Separated from his sister Ree and their clans at the age of three, Hal has grown up in the ruins of Holdfast with only his grandmother, Marlis, to keep the old traditions alive. For ten great cycles the two have waited for the return of the Great Solstice when the portal between this land and the one that is home to their clans will open, and they can be reunited once more. When Hal and his sister finally meet, Ree must learn the shocking truth about their parents who have been locked in an endless sleep for the past decade. Continue reading

If You Had Enough Free Time, Which Book Would Be the First to Reread? Why? (And why I have so many books)

This is the daily prompt from the wordpress’s Off The Shelf, and this is the first time I’m participating, because I honestly have never looked at it before. However, this is a question I think about quite a bit because I wish I had the time to reread some of my favorite books. However, I have over five hundred unread book in my possession (it took me like three hours to count them, if you’re wondering) and it’s hard for me to take the time to reread a book without feeling a little guilty. This post might get a little long and go off-topic a little (read: a lot), so I’m going to answer the question right now: Heist Society by Ally Carter because it has the perfect balance of dramatic flair that makes the book memorable, makes all the character likable, and is one of the few books to successfully play out like a movie in my head and it doesn’t make me roll my eyes even though it’s about teenagers breaking into a high security museum, and I have suspension of disbelief problems. Also, it’s been three years since I’ve read it the first time and I still remember it and I still want to reread it.

In case you think that’s an exaggeration, let me tell you how, exactly, I got over five hundred books. First of all, books don’t leave my list if I outgrow them, or if I have heard reports of them being terrible. Even if I think they’re terrible, I still finish them. And it’s also very, very hard for me to pass up free books. The one book I have ever truly passed up without feeling guilty about it was a two hundred page description of a (very impressive) garden. Believe me, I spent about twenty minutes looking for some sort of plot.

Okay, so the epic number of books. It all started back when I was in fourth grade or so when my sister, who is also an avid reader, gave me all of the books she outgrew (or at least granted me permission to read them). Her friend, then, also had a bunch of books that she needed to get rid of, and I was all too happy to take them on. That, along with my Christmas presents, which had six books in them, gave me a pretty good supply of adventures that would last for a year if I read obsessively and a couple if I just read leisurely. It was already probably over a hundred books at that point.

However, I wasn’t very smart about it. Books might as well be crack to me. On my birthday and Christmas wish lists, books were always the top thing on them, and I can be hard to shop for sometimes. As I grew up I was allowed to read more of my sisters’ books (or at least I could borrow them without permission because they were in college) and I frequently bought more books at used bookstores, Borders, Borders’s closing sale, yardsales, second-hand shops, library sales, etc. I have always been a big fan of slightly to well-loved books for a quarter to a dollar each. If I had money it was hard for me to pass them up, a lot of the time until my money ran out (like I said, crack). Also, I was reading my own books at a slightly slower rate because I was checking out a lot of books from my school library because I was required to read a certain number of Reading Counts books so I could take tests on them on the Reading Counts program. (Even though I always read twice the required number, I always came up short in the grade books because the students weren’t allowed to know the password for some godforsaken, highly classified reason and the teachers were always busy when I asked them to sign me in. I’m not bitter at all about that.) Now, I’m able to save my money better, and I’m able to suppress the urge to buy books, no matter how low the price is. But then there are the Free For the Taking boxes, the Two Free Books With Every Purchase deal at one of my favorite second-hand stores, and a twenty dollar Kindle gift card will last you a very long time and go a very long way. Then there is Swoonreads, Netgalley, the awesome authors out there who give me copies of their books to review, and the many free ebook deals that you can find without digging online too hard. So, this all piles up and now I have over five hundred books. Will I ever run out of books? Probably not. Do I want to? I’m not sure. It would be an interesting and new experience for me to have to go to the library for my next read, and I would be able to reread and buy books without feeling incredibly guilty. However, I’m not going to work too hard at reading all of my books because I love the thought of hundreds of adventures waiting to happen at my fingertips, and I’m always going to get more books. After all, who in their right mind would pass up a free book? 😉

Teaser Tuesdays: The Ghostly Girl

This week I’m trying to crack down on my Swoon Read books, which I’ve been sadly neglecting. So for my TT I’m doing The Ghostly Girl by Meg Beecher 

Description :

After Lilah Meade has a dream of her grandpa the night he dies, strange things start happening. A black shadowy mass starts tormenting her and when she discovers the soul of a young girl trapped in its dark force, she knows she has to free her. Lilah bands together with her brother, best friend and a boy she discovers as her true love, to walk a journey of courage, hope and transformation.

 

“The shadows know I can free her, I think that’s why they’re trying to scare me, to scare me off. I can’t explain the feeling I have, I just know in my heart I have to do this. Just have no idea how.”  (The Ghostly Girl, pg. 195).

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(Netgalley Review) When Technology Comes Back to Bite Us in the Butt


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For Anana, it’s perfectly normal for her to use her Meme for everything, and to have it read her thoughts. In a world where technology has taken over, taxi drivers, doctors, and schools have been nearly obliterated and print books have gone the way of the dinosaurs. However, for her father,  one of the editors of the last dictionary still in print, it’s terrible.  Always wary of memes, Doug refuses to use them, even though they control everything. Still preferring print books to “limns” on memes, and willing to use pen and paper in public despite the stares from people unused to seeing such old school technology, he hates everything about memes, and especially the  popular program called the Word Exchange, which provides words and definitions and two cents each. He’s convinced that the program will hurt language and spread a virus and after he disappears, his daughter Anana realizes that her father’s predictions are becoming true.

I loved this book. The concept was very interesting and I thought it was a very smart and well-written book with great characters. Me being pretty wary of technology myself (even though I still use Kindle and I spend an unhealthy amount of time on my phone) I thought it was a good cautionary tale about what can happen if we use technology without thinking about the consequences. The only problems I would have with this book is that it wanders quite a bit, especially when it’s from Bart’s point of view. However, I am writing this review based off an advanced reading copy so this might have changed. Aside from that, I thought it was well put-together and it’s definitely worth reading.

 

Wicked Wednesdays: Hansel and Gretal

This series features books that have been banned or challenged in the U.S., with everything from fairy tales to classics, to the dictionary (yep, you read that correctly).

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So, Hansel and Gretal.  Basically, we all know the story, right? (Spoilers ahead for those who don’t)

There are a lot of variations on this, but the basic story is their stepmother or father takes them out into the middle of the woods and leaves them there. Hansel had left a trail of breadcrumbs behind him so they could find their way back to the house, but the birds ate the trail and they became lost. While wandering in the woods, they find a house made of candy and a woman inviting them in, telling them they can eat all the sweets they like. (Note to self: don’t take candy from strangers). The kids eat themselves sick on candy, so sick that they can’t fight the woman who puts them in a cage and then forces them to eat more food to fatten them up, because, you know, she’s really a witch and that’s what witches do, apparently.

Long story short, Gretal saves her brother by tricking the witch and pushing her into her own oven where she promptly burns to death.

I can’t say this was my favorite childhood story at the time, because something about burning a person didn’t sit right with me (Grimm’s Fairytales was banned in the U.S. for a period of time for such violence). However, I have to appreciate the girl-saves-guy element in this story, which is pretty rare in the classics.

However, even though thisclassic was eventually un-banned, in 1992, it was challenged again in the Mount Diablo school district.  A pair of self-proclaimed witches said it wasn’t suitable for children because it painted witches in a bad light, and made children think it was okay to burn them. I wondered what they thought about Macbeth.