Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Habits

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey and currently hosted by Sam on Goodreads. Come check out the group and join the fun!

Hey everyone! I had a different post planned for today’s Rewind, but I’m not feeling well so I decided on a topic that would allow me to participate and then go back to bed instead ><! This actually turned out to be pretty fun, and I’m sitting here wondering how I’ve become this obsessed with books and reading. I’m also pretty sure this confirms my book buying problem, but oh well! -shrugs-


1. I listen to audio books during my commute to school.

My university is a 45 minute drive without traffic and almost 2 hours with traffic. I make this commute 2 times a week, so I get a lot of audio book time in. I used to hate this commute, but I don’t mind it as much when I have a good audio book that I’m looking forward to listening to!

 

2. I read on my Kindle while on the elliptical.

I can’t stand cardio of any kind, especially cardio that involves sprinting or moving really fast (which I’m pretty sure is most cardio…). So instead, I crank the incline up on the elliptical and stay on there for an hour. I used to listen to music while I do this, but I kept outplaying songs after a few months. Reading on my Kindle turned out to be a great alternative because there are so many stories out there.

 

3. I have mastered Book Outlet…sort of.

For those of you who don’t know, Book Outlet is an online bookstore that sells books at overstocked prices. I check Book Outlet at around 10 PDT because that is when they usually restock and then add books I’m interested in to my cart. I do this most nights until I find that one book that makes me move on to purchasing whatever’s in my cart. This is usually a UK edition, a signed copy, or a book that costs a lot at full price. Before I check out, I remove books I don’t think I will actually get to and buy the rest. I don’t look through Book Outlet for awhile after, but I inevitably start the process all over again.  I can’t be the only one who does this, right? >.>

 

4. I get the most reading done at work.

I am a part time barista at a local cafe and my shift is from 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM. There is the initial rush in the morning until about 9 and then another rush at about 11 to noon. Between these rushes we clean and restock and then my coworker hops on Twitter while I read.

 

5. I have a release day Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble routine.

On the release day of a book I’ve been anticipating, I gather up books I’ve been wanting to unhaul and sell them at Half Price Books. While waiting for the employees to get to my books, I check the clearance section because I can usually find books that have been on my radar and never thought I would find in person in perfect condition for $1-$3 (Side note: This is another reason why I always end up with so many books at the end of the month. I love looking through clearance sections and used book stores!) When the HPB employee calls me over, I then check to see if they have the new release I’ve been wanting. If they don’t have the book, I drive a mile over to the Barnes & Noble and buy the book discounted or fully with the money I get from Half Price Books.


So yep, there you have it. You now all know the lengths I go for books >.>. Don’t judge me!! You gotta read whenever and where ever you can. And retail therapy, ya know?

What are some of your bookish habits? I’d love to know in the comments!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I want to Re-Read

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Hey everyone! Back with another Top 5 Wednesday, but before I get into my Rewind post, I wanted to share that I finally figured out Bloglovin’ and rejoined Twitter. If you have any of these feel free to follow! And of course, I’ll follow you right back ^^

For today’s topic, I chose books I want to re-read. These could be my all-time favorites, books I don’t really remember, books I think I might change my mind about, or book series that have other books coming out soon. Here we go!


1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Back in high school, before I understood what being a feminist was all about, I fell in love with Jane Eyre. That’s saying something because I wasn’t much of a reader back then. I loved how strong Jane was and how mysterious and spooky the atmosphere felt. And of course there’s that famous line, “Reader, I married him” that I still think is romantic, but now also see as a way for Jane to express that she did what she wanted and not because it was expected of her. I have to read this one soon because  My Plain Jane is coming out, and I need a refresher!

 

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I just read this this year, but it’s one of my favorites! Evelyn is probably my favorite character I’m not supposed to completely like. Though she did some shady things to get what she wanted, I admire how she was willing to take each opportunity presented to her and, not only that, but also create her own opportunities when they weren’t available. I will probably re-read this many, many times.

 

3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

 

I binged this series, and it’s honestly the reason I got back into reading for myself. I was so entertained by these books! I remember feeling incredibly anxious because my room was infested with carpet beetles, and these books were the best escape from my head. Not gonna lie, one of the biggest reasons I loved this so much was because it reminded me of Sailor Moon, and Marissa Meyer used to be one of my favorite Sailor Moon fanfiction writers.

 

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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I didn’t love these books when I read it, but I keep referencing it now. I don’t know how many times I’ve dramatically said, “Life! Don’t talk to me about life” or how many times I’ve told my coworkers (we’re baristas) not to forget their towels since reading this book. I think if I listened to it as an audio book, I might enjoy it more. I like to hear this kind of humor but reading it? Not so much.

 

5. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

 

I need to re-read this because the last book is coming out! However, this is the one series on this list that I’m super scared to read again because my reading tastes have changed, and I’m afraid I’ll hate it. But my mom and I both had good times reading this while venturing New York for the first time last year, so I’m hoping I’ll still love it.


Have you read any of these? Would you re-read them? If you haven’t read them, do you want to read them? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

Top 5 Wednesday: Recent Additions to My TBR

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Dead week continues for me, but I love Top 5 Wednesday! This week for Rewind month I chose books that I recently added to my TBR. I mean, I add books everyday, probably multiple times a day, but there’s just so many books I need to discover, ya know???

These are the top 5 books I want badly, but this list always changes lol.


1. Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

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I was looking up books about mothers and found this article from tor.com. It pointed out that there aren’t many books that deal with pregnancy and child-rearing in SFF books, and I realized that I’d never read a book like that before either. I browsed the comments and many people recommended this book. It features a princess who has been exiled for becoming pregnant and helping her unborn child’s father escape the palace dungeons. Also, this book features a community where everyone is bisexual. This sounds especially daring because the book was written in 1994.

 

2. The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

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I saw this book on auroralibrialis’ T5W post from last week. That cover! It has sea creatures and lords and ladies (some of my buzz words, obviously), and royal majestic beasts. And it’s a translated work originally written in Japanese and set in Japan. Sounds like something I’d read!

 

3. Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin

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So, I am one of those salty people who are a little bit upset that GRRM is probably not going to release his last 2 novels anytime soon. I get that he wants his novels to be perfect, but it’s not like he hasn’t been publishing other books. However, I can’t help myself with this one. I’ve been fascinated with Aegon and the Targaryens ever since I first read about them, so I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

 

4. Winterwood by Jacey Bedford

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I don’t actually know how to explain this one because a lot seems to be going on in the synopsis, but I’ve been watching Kitty G’s videos for a long while and I became interested when she hauled it. Then I saw Mogsy’s review and was completely sold. It’s set in Britain in the 1800’s and has a cross-dressing lady pirate, fae, shapeshifters, and ghosts! I am seriously wondering how all that can fit into one book.

 

5. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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I feel like this is going to be a lot like The Hate U Give but set in Oakland, California where crime rates are high and many minorities live. Personally, I live about 15 minutes from Oakland and work on International Blvd. so I’ve seen a lot of the police around. Aside from police, less than 2 months ago ICE agents raided a swap meet close to my workplace and deported many people that were present. I always find it interesting when I read or watch reviews where someone say they can’t imagine living like that because it unfortunately is the truth for many people living around here. These are real issues, and I’m interested to see Mark Oshiro’s take on the matter.

 


That’s all I’ve got for this post. Actually, I can probably come up with about 20 more books I want if I think about it for a couple minutes. Book addict problems, right?

Are there any books you’ve been dying to get your hands on? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

Top 5 Wednesday: Intimidating TBR

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Hey everyone! I am officially back from SoCal and will hopefully be back to posting on schedule. I’ve also decided to try to write more like I usually do when being casual because this is my blog, and it helps me to express myself the way I want to express myself. I keep trying to write a certain way because I want people to read and like my content, but I’m still having trouble finding my blogger voice. I’m hoping I’ll end up like booktubers who seem awkward in their videos from long ago. Just need to ease into things! If you see an emoji here and there please just roll with it lol. I will say that I’ve blogged consistently for about a month now and haven’t given up despite the mini vacation, so I’m proud of myself for that!

Anyways!

For the second week of T5W freebie month I chose a topic from April 2016: Intimidating TBR. This will be for my owned TBR only. Here we go!


1. It by Steven King

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This book is huge, and I’ve seen many mixed reviews on this. I hear there’s tons of back story and back story within the back story. I also hear many people calling this book offensive, so I’m afraid I’ll put a ton of time and effort into reading this just to be left disappointed in the end (not that I have any problem DNF’ing before it gets to that point). Plus, this is an actual horror story so, yea, it’s a bit intimidating!

2. Ubik by Philip K. Dick

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I may or may not have bought this book strictly because I was surprised to find an SF Masterwork edition in the U.S. >.> But since I’ve acquired it, I’ve heard that PKD stories are weird, and sometimes weird doesn’t work for me. Sometimes weird goes right over my head, and I end up skimming for a week and not getting anything else read.

3. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

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I am actually really excited for this one! It’s a space opera that’s supposed to have a well written romance. Many of the books in this series have won a Hugo award, and it is a decade goal of mine to read all the Hugo winners. However, this series is so long! There are 17 books total, so finishing the series will be a huge commitment.

4. The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

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For some reason I have been incredibly intrigued by Russian history lately. It probably has something to do with my love for Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. I plan to read this for Nonfiction November but it’s huge, obviously nonfiction, and about a subject I’m not that familiar with. I hope I end up loving this!

5.  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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I want to read this so bad, but this is the scariest book I own. I mean, I don’t even understand most of the first page (never mind that it’s in French >.>). It’s Russian literature mixed with some Russian history, and some parts supposedly drag on but it’s supposed to mean something. It’s also written by a famous Russian philosopher and it’s HUGE. I don’t think I’ve read enough yet to get enough out of this book, but I hope to read it someday!


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Have you read any of these? How were they? What are some of the most intimidating books on YOUR TBR? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Made You Think

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Hey everyone! I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but during the whole month of May we get to choose topics from the past that we might have missed. Today I chose a topic from way  back in March 2015. These are the books that really made me think.


1. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

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I quickly bought this book because I thought the cover was nice, and I was shopping with a friend so I didn’t want to take too much time. I had no idea it would be about death cultures around the world. I never realized how big a business death is in the United States. It made me sad to think how people would prey on those in mourning to make the big bucks. This book made me question why death is so out-of-site and impersonal before a funeral, and it made me question why I think dealing with the dead feels creepy.

2. In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

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This book made me realize how good I’ve got it. I am pretty sure I would be arrested within 5 minutes in North Korea, and there is no way I could survive what Yeonmi Park went through. I never understood how a whole nation couldn’t see what everyone else in the world could, but Yeonmi Park thoroughly explained. She and everyone else in North Korea grow up with certain beliefs and had no idea that there was an alternative due to restrictions and propaganda. I mean, imagine what you would think of America if you learned math with an equation such as 1 bastard American plus 2 bastard Americans equal 3 bastard Americans.

3. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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Another one of my favorite books ever. I promise not every book is my favorite, I just like talking about books I like a lot. There were so many things to think about in this book, but what I found most interesting was the use of the main characters to show the effects of systematic oppression during different stages of life. Damaya shows the innocence and curiosity. You aren’t born knowing you’re being oppressed. Syenite presents the second and third stage.  You eagerly try to achieve in a world you don’t know is working against you, and then you eventually realize the unfairness of it all and try to make a change. Essun illustrates a possible effect of constant oppression. You keep quiet, and just try to survive.

4. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

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I tried not to talk about this book again, but I’m still thinking about this one. I think I love this one so much because I want magic, and I’m a reader and daydreamer so I’m always romanticizing people or events in my head. Like I said in my review, I think Valente is a genius for using such a magical book to show how unmagical life is.

5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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And this is how you know I’m an over thinker… I thought waaay too much while reading Hitchhiker’s Guide. I went into this blind, but I knew it was somewhat of a classic and it was supposed to be funny. But I didn’t get anything. I just feel like when you read a classic there should be something to get, ya know? Whenever a bit of science came up I always thought nothing made sense and I wasn’t smart enough for this book. Luckily, I eventually stopped panicking over every little detail and just went along with not getting anything.


There you have it! Have you read any of these? What books made you think?

Cya! ^^

Top 5 Wednesday: Ideal Mash-Ups

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Topic for April 18: Ideal Mash-Ups

Hey everyone! It’s going to be a week of firsts for me, and today is my first time participating in Top 5 Wednesday.  I thought I would have a hard time coming up with these and almost skipped this week’s prompt, but I actually had tons of fun once I sat down to really think it through. I hope you all enjoy my mash-ups full of SFF books, video games, and anime/manga.


 

1. A Game of Thrones and Black Desert Online

 

Synopsis: Just in case you didn’t already know, A Game of Thrones is an adult fantasy novel primarily about warring families in pursuit of the Iron Throne. There is a ton of scheming and a ton of deaths. Black Desert Online is an MMORPG that revolves around two rival nations. One nation starts a plague which causes the other nations to form an alliance and start a war.

The Mash-Up: So, let’s get this one out of the way. Of course I wanted to mash A Game of Thrones with something. “For fans of Game of Thrones” is one of the best lines a publisher could use to get me to purchase a book. I honestly chose Black Desert Online because it’s the most recent MMO I’ve played. However, there are warring nations, creepy guides, sorcerer classes, and pets in Black Dessert. And its world is huge, so it would be perfect as a long book series like A Song of Ice and Fire. I would definitely pick up a novel with the same plot lines as Black Desert if it had the grimdark and political intrigue elements of A Game of Thrones.

2. Brandon Sanderson and The Legend of the Dragoon

 

Synopsis: Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy author most notable for his Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series. He’s known for his accessible writing style, fast-paced plots, and interesting magic systems. The Legend of the Dragoon is my favorite game of my childhood! It’s about Dart who returns from a failed mission to find his home village destroyed and his childhood love interest kidnapped by an evil dictator.

The Mash-Up: I would love to see Sanderson write something like the Legend of the Dragoons! I think he’d do a great job in showing the thoughts of Dart and company as they fight against an evil dictator. Also, in The Legend of the Dragoon, Dart and his party are able to harness the power of the dragoons. Essentially, they become dragons in human form. Tell me Brandon Sanderson couldn’t give that magic system justice!

3. The Witcher and Inuyasha

 

Synopsis: The Witcher is both a book and video game series that centers around Geralt, a man who makes his living slaying monsters. During his journeys, Geralt is constantly faced with the question of what is good and what is evil. Inuyasha is an anime and manga series which focuses on Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old girl who falls into a well and ends up 500 years in the past in Feudal Japan. She breaks a powerful sacred jewel and teams up with Inuyasha, a half dog demon half human, to retrieve the jewel pieces and keep them from getting in the hands of the evil demon Naraku.

The Mash-Up: I’ve only read the first Witcher book and attempted to play the first game, but I think these stories work so well with each other. I think it’s easier to imagine a character like Geralt in Inuyasha’s world because there is already another character like him on Inuyasha’s team. But since I don’t know the whole Witcher story, I’m wondering how would Geralt and his clientele feel if Geralt suddenly teamed up with someone who is half of what he is supposed to be slaying? Maybe this already happens. I suppose I’ll know for sure once I finally finish reading the series.

4. Full Metal Alchemist and Six of Crows

 

Synopsis: Full Metal Alchemist is an anime and manga that centers around alchemy, the magic ability to manipulate and modify matter. Two alchemists, Elric and Alphonse Elric perform forbidden alchemy in attempt to bring their mother back from the dead. They are on a quest to find the Philosopher Stone to get their bodies back. Six of Crows is a YA fantasy novel that focuses on members of the Dregs, a gang in the fictional city of Ketterdam. They try to pull of a heist that, if successful, will make them richer than they could ever imagine.

The Mash-Up: I think these stories would mash well with each other because they are both stories about young characters who have some form of regret in their life. I can totally see a character like Kaz Brekker in Fullmetal Alchemist. Maybe as a Deadly Sin? And Alphonse and Edward Elric would make great members of the Dregs. They even have tragic back stories like each of the Dreg members…

 

5. Old Man’s War and Dragon Ball Z (Frieza Saga)

 

Synposis: Old Man’s War is a military sci-fi that follows John Perry, an ordinary man who joins the space military on his 75th birthday. For the next 2 years, John joins the interstellar war effort for space colonization. Dragon Ball Z is about Goku and the Z Warriors who are expert martial artists that defend the Earth against evil forces (apparently, I have a thing for fighting against evil).

The Mash-Up: I don’t think all of Dragon Ball Z would mash well with Old Man’s War, but I think The Frieza Saga works perfectly with it. Just imagine an alien race in the business of wiping out whole planets and selling them to the highest bidder and ordinary people fighting against said force to save the universe. Ahh! I’ve literally browsed through Goodreads trying to find something that sounds like this! On top of all that, Old Man’s War and Dragon Ball Z are super funny despite the not-so-funny plot lines. I need a book like this to exist!


First Top 5 Wednesday officially complete! Can you tell what I spend most of my free time on yet?

What do you think of these mash-ups? Do you agree with any of them? Disagree? What do you think would make a great mash-up? Let me know in the comments!

Cya! ^^