Monday, August 31, 2015

Booktube SFF!

This is an amazing system that was devised by my friends on youtube Kaitlin from KittyG and a few others to give the Bookish community a way to vote for their favorite novels to get awards and not leave it to the hands of a judge panel, but more to the people reading.

The Shortlist readalong schedule is....

August:

  • Rat Queens 
  • Half a King 
  • Station Eleven
  • The Martian 
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

September:
  • Saga vol. 3
  • Cress
  • The Meeker and the All Seeing Eye
  • The Strange library 
  • Words of Radiance

October:
  • Heir of Fire 
  • Saga vol. 4
  • Lock In
  • The Goblin Emperor
  • Sixth of the Dusk


There are going to be some amazing award shows on youtube long with some cool live shows Links will be bellow I am anticipating reading all of them, except the lunar chronicles as I haven't started them and do not have cinder with me.






 

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Required Reading... The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Required reading: As a loosely constrictive term it stands out to mean a novel or piece of literatire that one is forced to read during a particular time frame.

Why it can Help: This can help students learn to branch out with what they read and force them to have to challenge themselves in that they are reading and not just complacently reading along.


Some of my Favorites:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird- This novel brought about some of the issues that were considered taboo during the 21st century, although I was happy that it was chosen for us to read and thinking about those issues in modern times.
  • Wuthering Heights- This novel was just written in a way that was creepy and fun along with challenging social views of its time.
  • Night- This was short, put the Holocaust in perspective for modern people who had sheer luck to not go through it. It is the most moving novel I have read in the classic genre.
  • All the Pretty Horses- A western with a young boy taking the world for his own. The writing style though simplistic evokes some unique feelings.
Least favorites:
  • Tortilla Curtain- why this was not my favorite is how the author brought out the topics of illegal immigration, it just didn't click.
  • Catcher in The Rye- this novel was just too angsty for my taste, I read it in Freshman year of high school during a time when I was perfectly content with my life and could not connect with Holden because I had never had any similar issues occur to me.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Costs of Reading RANT!

Hello, I am prefacing the following with the fact that I acknowledge that all people involved in the making of a book must thrive and pay bills and I am in no way taking this to attack any author or publishing company... Because without them i could  not read!




New Books

  1. Adult books range from $20+ 
    1. Why!? this style of pricing is ridiculous, they are essentially the same formatting as a Young Adult novel just with mature content or a slightly longer plot with larger vocabularies. If you want people to read Adult make it affordable for them, and not by forcing them to strain their eyes in the floppy over priced Mass market editions!
  2. Young Adult Ranging from $10-18
    1. If this is something that you want younger readers to have access to, great thank you for making them cheaper, but it is not good that they are so drastically different. Readers in general love to read new and exciting materials so they will be forced to pick up new books in Hardcover which is more!?
  3. First Published in Hardback
    1. Look Publishing houses I love and honestly prefer hardbacks for how durable they are, however i love reading paperbacks, yet when I am going out to buy a new novel it is only in the hardback that is double the price of the paperback which will come out later in the year. Lets take a lesson from the UK and release both on the same day
Used Books
  1. They are extremely cheap, however if you are like me you are OCD about the editions and heights matching, so these can be difficult to order online, although if i can get over that used books are so amazing!
In Short if reading is so important to the future of the country and we need to utilize this skill to better ourselves by reading many of the poor sections of the US cannot support the habit of reading as I am blessed to do, which i will have some Giveaways soon! 

USE YOUR LIBRARIES EVEN IF THEY ARE OUT OF THE WAY BECAUSE THEY NEED FUNDING TO WORK WHICH COMS FROM BEING BUSY, AND THE BOOKS ARE LENT FOR FREE!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Look Me In The Eyes By: John Elder Robinson Discussion...

Plot:Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” No guidance came from his mother, who conversed with light fixtures, or his father, who spent evenings pickling himself in sherry. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS, for whom he created their legendary fire-breathing guitars. Later, he drifted into a “real” job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be “normal” and do what he simply couldn’t: communicate. It wasn’t worth the paycheck.

It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself—and the world.

Look Me in the Eye is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. A born storyteller, Robison takes you inside the head of a boy whom teachers and other adults regarded as “defective,” who could not avail himself of KISS’s endless supply of groupies, and who still has a peculiar aversion to using people’s given names (he calls his wife “Unit Two”). He also provides a fascinating reverse angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents—the boy who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs and write the bestselling memoir Running with Scissors.

Ultimately, this is the story of Robison’s journey from his world into ours, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner—repairing his beloved high-end automobiles. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien, yet always deeply human. (Goodreads) 

My Thoughts: 

  • This man is a Genius!
  • Smart men can even be from something so debilitating as a disease on the autistic spectrum
    • While social interactions aren't his strong suit, he is able to thrive in this world and get on with his life, something we all can learn from 
  • His sense of humor, while almost a dry as a Britt's makes you laugh beyond compare!
  • Through this memoir i have seen aspects of life that i would have never seen without this mans incredibly different angle on the world.
    • Take things slow and enjoy them, John speaks of these events in his life that have changed him in so many ways but he didn't realize it at the time. As a college student entering my first year of university I would love to slow down and Cheerish the times and events that occur during my time at University.
    • Jump at any opportunity given to you... This is impacting John when he gets a chance to work with the band KISS and build custom stage guitars for a few years.  I know you I and the man next door have all heard that you can't go wrong with taking chances, but to me the ideas of failure scared me so much in Highschool that i did not want to chance anything, whether it be school grades, a date with a new girl or opening up to my friends. But in this journey taken by John I have seen the side of life that could be exhilarating, mind blowing and comforting I myself would like us all to be able to experience that at some point in our lives. 
    • The world can be simplistic... 
      • Either calling your friends or family members Snort, or varmint based on some common characteristics or just for fun,  we can look at the world in a simpler way and come together to create something great...

Favorite Quotes:

John Elder gets his hands on a post hole digger and he begins to dig holes in the yard where he gladly sets his brother in a hole about 5ft deep and remarks "'Real Varmints live in holes. And a real Varmint wouldn't have gotten stuck like you did. You must be a retarded Varmint.'"(75) to his little brother who is screaming in the hole...


I Understand on this platform I usually would review a novel but I am choosing to discus this one with you guys! I may have photos up from meeting Robinson this coming weekend at my university convocation...

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Martian By:Andy Wier Review

This book could not have come at a more opportune time, as i am getting ready to go into a science Major at my university this coming Friday August 21st the chemistry and all things nerdy and Science filled about this novel made me even more joyous about the Major I will be heading in to!

Plot: This novel follows Mark Watney as he struggles to survive on the planet Mars, I know this is not much but it is essentially what you see in this book even though what you gain from the novel is so much more than that...

Characters/ Development:

Mark Watney: This novel follows Mark for the majority of the plot line, so he will be the only one i am reviewing his character arch. Mark begins as any closed off astronaut may while on a ship heading to his mission when they land all heck breaks loose and the crew deems him dead and flees, most humans psyche would have begun freaking out and they could not have coped with that magnitude of stress. While this could have been seen as not realistic, i believe Mark to be an intelligent and strong willed character who has almost a life like quality that you see though the book in his log entries. He is snarky, sassy, and whity beyond compare! These traits have given Mark Watney the characteristics to survive a period on a vacuum sealed freezer of a planet!

Writing Style: 
This novel is written in a Log format with some slight chunks of typical narrative when the view switches back to those people back on earth with NASA... This form of writing is not always the greatest for a novel to have with its largely condensed style it is able to convey the methodic way life on a foreign planet may be. The writing is in plain english that anyone from first grade on could grasp, even though this is a SciFi novel the terms and jargon are woven into the pollen so delicately that they seem to make sense from the first time the reader sees them. All in all the writing is simple and to the point which is something that some great novels are lacking in.

Movie Adaptation to Come: I fear this movie not being able to capture the simplicity that is this  novel, i am hoping to be seeing the movie when it releases even if I am forced to see it on my laptop while at college!

Rating: 5 Stars!

Monday, August 3, 2015

All The Light We Cannot See By: Anthony Doer Review


General: Slow, Historic, Riveting and Heart Wrenching...

Plot: "Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge."(Goodreads)

Characters: 

Marie Laure- Blind French girl looking to exist through WWII and help her father with his job at the natural history museum as a lock smith. She is sweet, intuitive in the streets of Paris, and then the sleepy town of Saint Malo. Marie is the best character i have ever read, she is fully fleshed out and so real that i feel that i could see her on the streets, or that I have been friends with her for eternity.

Uncle Ettiene-
Marie's uncle who lives a secluded life in his mansion on 4 Rue Voborel Saint Malo, with only a servant for company. During previous wars he was enlisted alongside his brother, until his brother is blown to bits and he is sent home with PTSD that debilitates him until his niece arrives to pull him out of his shell. Sheepish, Odd, endearing, Uncle Ettiene...

Rating 5/5!