Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tag Time!

The Unread Books Tag!

Everyone knows a well read person, or book lover in general loves the act of collecting books as much as we love reading them. Today I have decided to go through the Unread Books Tag and let you know just how much I love collecting books as well as reading them! 

You should know:
  • I love buying books as a relaxation tool. Browsing bookshops is always calming. 
  • I love finding the most beautiful editions of books even if I have a perfectly fine reading copy. 
  • I will always be buying books that I am excited about when I see them, regardless of having so many more to read already. 
  • I am unashamedly a book collector and lover!
The Questions: 
  1. How many read and unread books do you have?
    1. Read: 121 (roughly) 
    2. Unread: 200+ (Rough estimate again) 
    3. I have been meaning to do a recataloging of my library one of these rainy days that we have I will do that and update this post.
  2. Which book has been on your shelf the longest?
    1. Anansi Boys By: Neil Gaiman
      1. I do not know why this one is still unread and on my shelf, I have had it for atleast 3 years and never picked it up. I loved The Graveyard Book that Gaiman wrote and I picked this one to read after; however I then found out that I need to read American Gods first and I just have not yet picked that one up to read. 
  3. Number one book on your TBR that you want to read, but have not gotten to yet?
    1. The Wiseman's Fear By: Patrick Rothfuss. I loved The Name of the Wind which was book one, but these books intimidate me and make me not want to read them every single time I see their size! I love the in depth character development that happens in long books, however due to my slow reading speed I am leary of reading the longer books which I know will take me quite some time to complete. 
  4. A book that you want to read more than anything but do not own yet? 
    1. Nevernight By: Jay Kristoff. This book comes out later this fall so of course I do not own it, but it is very very very high up on my to buy list!
  5. A book you do not remember buying and have not read yet?
    1. There are not any books that I do not remember buying, however I am very sad at how many books I have on my shelf that have been sitting around for years to be read and appretiated. 
  6. A book you do not think you will read but have not gotten rid of yet? 
    1. I actually just did an UNHAUL at a local bookstore not even 20 minutes ago and got rid of Grasshopper Jungle By: Andrew Smith. I think I may find this book to be fun and enjoyable, however if it is just fun and nothing memorable I do not want to waste time on it. 
  7. A book you feel guilty for not having read yet? 
    1. The 4-7 Harry Potter books By: JK Rowling. Just let that sink in that I have not completed my generations most iconic book series of all time. I know I know, do not kill me or spoil me! I will be reading them eventually I do promise you guys that!
  8. A book series that you have heard about non-stop but have no interest in reading? 
    1. Outlander By: Dianna Gabaldon. This series seems very long and too romance heavy for me to ever fall in love with enough to complete. 
I Tag!
  • Steve Donoghue (Youtube) 
  • Kaitlin (Kitty G on YouTube)
  • Rachael (Kalanadi on YouTube)
  • Thomas (SFF180 on YouTube)
The Original Creator of the tag was Dani of YABookaholic! 

Thank you all for reading! I will have a review of Hex By: Thomas Olde Heuvelt up and live for Friday morning at 8am, so stay tuned! Check out the Youtube Channel I have created if you want some bonus content! 


Happy Reading! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Madness!

Monday Madness!
A crazy week in books...


I have been posting these periodically throughout the last few months to allow you guys to know how my thoughts work when I choose what I am going to be reading for the up coming work. I am going to work through hopefully two or three books this week if I have the gumption to read that much on top of working eight hour days at the convenience store where I am for summer work when I am home from University. I am going to be focussing on some fun books this week because one of the books that I just tried to begin put me in such a slump today, Sunday the 26th of June. 

The book that put me in such a slump was The Voice of Fire By: Alan Moore: 
  • This book is very dense and confusingly written in the first section. This first section is written in a caveman's jumbled and very broken English, this is what has been driving me crazy! It took me about three hours to read the thirty pages that I have completed in this novel. I am going to have to wait on this book and try it again this weekend to push through this very slow and confusing section of the novel. I am determined to read this before I move on to Jerusalem which I have received to review for you guys!

The books to read this week: 
  • Hex By: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
    • I have purchased this book on Kindle today (Sunday) to read very quickly because I just found out that he will be coming to my state, and I WILL be going to see him. I have an opportunity to interview him after the signing, which I will hopefully vlog the experience of. I really have to get this done this week! I think I will be able to complete this book in this time because it is very fast paced and intriguing thus far.
  • Assasins Apprentice By: Robin Hobb 
    • This book I have been attempting to read for some time and keep getting distracted from it each week. I am really going to get this done, I enjoy it as far as I am in it but it is very dense old style fantasy that I have not quite been in the mood to read until this point! 


Happy Reading!
What are you planning to read this week? 

I hope to have some new videos live on the YouTube Channel this week, possibly a review of We Were The Mulvaneys By: Joyce Carol Oates and maybe if I am on top of it, Hex! 

New Book Haul!


Movies or Books?

Books or Movies?
A heated discussion!


Hello everyone, I am sure we have all dealt with those non readers in our lives who have told us that the movies/TV shows are better than the books that they represent. I am here to refute this claim with a fervor that this community has yet to see! I will admit I enjoy some adaptations immensely, I do not think that they could every be considered better than the source materials. I know there are many who enjoy movies and TV shows regardless of what they are adapted from, which I will let them like what they like but if you want to claim a book is worse off than the show they better have read the book to back up their claims!

The Issues/Claims: 
  • Claiming that adaptations are better without having read the source material.
    • This drives me insane when I hear people complaining about the poor quality of a book in comparison to its adaptation though they have yet to experience both! What gives us the jurisdiction to judge a material, movie or book having not experienced it? I do not think that we have the authority to judge and critique something if we have not seen/read it; correct me if I am wrong but to me discriminating and demeaning a creator without giving them a chance is fundamentally horrific!
  • The book is always better. 
    • This happens to be my opinion most times, however we all need to think about this in a logical way when we even try to compare an adaptation and its source material. They are not created for the same audiences, movie watchers often will appreciate and enjoy different things such as camera angle and special effects, where the reader appreciates descriptive and conscience passages giving us the information to imagine a scene. A book is leaving the imagery and sensations to be felt by the reader with the words that they read from the page, where the movie is able to show you exactly how they interpreted the materials.
  • The movie is better regardless. 
    • This is something that I can say with a biased view is almost a lazy way to consume a story! You wait to have a picture projected in front of you and you will sit down and watch as the story is laid out instead of actively reading and seeking the story and the words that will allow you to imagine every scene. I am guilty of just watching a movie some days for a fun and relaxing afternoon, however if the movie has source material I will often read that before tackling the movie so I can see how the creator has intended me to experience it, and how it was interpreted. This is how I feel we should enjoy books and movies, reading/ experiencing both sides before we judge either medium. 
Movies & Book Combinations that Work Well:
  • The Hunger Games
    • Book By: Suzanne Collins 
    • Movie directed By: Gary Ross
    • I really felt that all of the movies, but the second three in particular have captured the suspense and action into some of the most iconic movies of our time! The casting was spot on, and the special effects allow the viewers to live the thrill of the Games! I absolutely adore these movies.
  • Harry Potter Movies 1-3 
    • Book By: JK Rowling 
    • Movie Directed By: David Yates 
    • These first three movies are the only ones I have seen because I am an awful book nerd and have yet to complete the Harry Potter series; do not kill me please or spoil me. I am hoping to get to these eventually but right now I have so many other books that I would like to get to while they are current. I am so happy to have seen the first three as they came out with the books, because to me they capture the essence of the Hogwarts world!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

We Were The Mulvaneys Photoshoot

Photoshoot!
6-24-16


I went to a near by farm and took photos to connect and comprehend the best book I have ever read this far in the year, We Were The Mulvaneys by: Joyce Carol Oates. This book is set on High Point farm in Mt.Ephraim NY and I could only envision this farm while reading the book, so I went and took some photos to show you guys my rendition of High Point Farm! I hope you all enjoy, I am sorry that this post is late, I tried to have it live on Friday; however when I took the photos my four wheeler got stuck and I had to tow it home which took over two hours to complete.







































I am sorry for the delayed post time today, but I had quite the eventful evening las night trying to capture these photos. I hope you have enjoyed the snip it into Vermont living and the Mulvaney family that I have come to know and love! I really hope you all pick up this novel and give this amazing author a shot, you will not be disappointed. 

Happy Reading!
I hope you are all reading some amazing books this weekend and enjoy the nice summer weather that has finally come around :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review

We Were The Mulvaneys 
By: Joyce Carol Oates
Review

I recently read this book because of a recommendation by Eric at The Lonesome Reader blog here on Google! I am so incredibly happy that I read this book and gave his favorite author a try; she has blown me away with the quality of her books and my enjoyment of them! I whole heartedly recommend that everyone tries to read this book or at least try one of her countless novels.

Plot: 
"Moving away from the dark tone of her more recent masterpieces, Joyce Carol Oates turns the tale of a family struggling to cope with its fall from grace into a deeply moving and unforgettable account of the vigor of hope and the power of love to prevail over suffering.The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm in Mt. Ephraim, New York, are a large and fortunate clan, blessed with good looks, abundant charisma, and boundless promise. But over the twenty-five year span of this ambitious novel, the Mulvaneys will slide, almost imperceptibly at first, from the pinnacle of happiness, transformed by the vagaries of fate into a scattered collection of lost and lonely souls.It is the youngest son, Judd, now an adult, who attempts to piece together the fragments of the Mulvaneys' former glory, seeking to uncover and understand the secret violation that occasioned the family's tragic downfall. Each of the Mulvaneys endures some form of exile- physical or spiritual - but in the end they find a way to bridge the chasms that have opened up among them, reuniting in the spirit of love and healing.Profoundly cathartic, Oates' acclaimed novel unfolds as if, in the darkness of the human spirit, she has come upon a source of light at its core. Rarely has a writer made such a startling and inspiring statement about the value of hope and compassion." (Goodreads.com)

General Thoughts: 
  • This book is set in a small town called Mt.Ephraim NY USA, which is in central NY only hours from where I am attending University! I was therefore able to envision the setting with vivid images and concrete sounds/smells.
  • Small town life is captured utterly beautifully, without the often idealistic film that can be cast across small towns like the one I grew up in. 
  • The tragic moments had a meaning to the reader aside from sheer shock factor as is often seen in modern literature, which is something I found to make the book more realistic and heart wrenching. 
  • The book is a slow moving and meandering plot that I really enjoyed consuming the whole way through. 
  • I have a ridiculously close connection to the character Patrick in this novel, he is a: 
    • Biology student, that is interested in research positions.
    • Graduated within the top two of his High School Class.
    • He is introverted
    • He has an aloof personality which I can both relate to and envy both in the same breath.
    • Overall Patrick has the spirit of a grown man while growing up as a middle child in his family home, every aspect of his character encompasses some portion of my life her in rural Vermont.
Characters:
  • Patrick: As mentioned above, I am one in the same as Patrick. I related to this character the most out of them all, and found what he had to say about the events happening to his family to be engrossing and raw!
  • Judd: Judd is the narrator of the story so we as readers hear many inner monolog pieces from him that we would otherwise not receive. I enjoyed Judd as a character, however I felt he was more of a background noise than a main focus. This feeling of outcast nature towards Judd may have been intentional by Oates to get the reader to think about what life is like to be the youngest child and watch all that you love grow up and change in front of your eyes. 
  • Marianne: Marianne is a very troubled young character who is my second favorite character in this novel and is the lynch pin to the entire story. Her story arc from the damaged and ill thought of girl who we see at the beginning to the full and exuberant human being at the end truly has encapsulated the human spirit and drive to live. Her love for family and animals is both strong and very relatable to someone like myself who has always owned pets.
  • Corrine: Corrine is the mother of the Mulvaney clan and has to hold them all together when times get tough. She has the fierce drive of a mother protecting her babies in times of need. She seems to be Oates' muse for exploring the endurance and downward spiral a mother can take when faced with horrific family events. 
Recommendations: 
  • If you are in the mood to see a sweeping family epic set in rural America: Read this book. 
  • If you want to love characters in the deepest way possible: read this book. 
  • If you at all want to begin with Joyce Carol Oates this is a very unique and heart-moving place to begin.
I know that you all must get tired of me saying this in nearly every review, however this book is up there rivaling Swamplandia for my #1 book of the year! I cannot wait to read more from Oates in the future. Thank you once again Eric for relentlessly mentioning and featuring this wonderful women on your blog, and grinding me down to try her works!

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Happy Reading!
I would love for each and everyone of you to read Joyce Carol Oates and in particular give this wonderfully heart wrenching novel a shot!

There will be a Photoshoot post going live on Friday this week, along with a video review on my YouTube Channel!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Readathon Time!

TBR Takedown 4.0 TBR!

This TBR was created by Shannon over at LeaningLights on YouTube, I will link her announcement video at the bottom of this post. This readalong begins today Monday the 20th of June and runs until Sunday June 27th at midnight! There are some challenges that she asks you try to complete during the week, however I know with my very very busy week that I will not get to them all. I am hoping to complete all of these books during this week but we will see what happens with it in the end of the week :)

The Challenges: 
1. TBR over a year [longest]
2. Sequel
3. First book in a series
4. Out of comfort zone [whatever that means for you]
5. Most Recent Book Haul


My Books: 

  1. Assassins Apprentice by: Robin Hobb (also the first book in a series)
  2. The Story of a New Name by: Elena Ferrante 
  3. The Grace Keepers by: Kirsty Logan
  4. Bonus Book!: We Were the Mulvaneys by: Joyce Carol Oates 
    1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by: Muriel Barbery


I realize that this is going to be a very ambicious TBR but I am all about challenging myself to see how much I can accomplish in a week especially when it is reading! I might not finish them all but we will have to wait and see, I also have many other books that I want to read ASAP but I must get through most of these first before I switch my TBR again :) 


 Happy Reading!
Let me know in the comments what you are planning to read and if you will be taking part in the TBR Takedown 4.0 Readathon!?

Friday, June 17, 2016

New Authors

New Authors I am Adoring!

I have been reading for many years, however it has been a very long time since I have randomly picked up some new authors to try their works and see if I enjoy them; however I have done this recently and found it very enjoyable! I loved to read authors I did not know when I was in grade school, however as I have become a more refined and picky reader I have sadly limited my reading much more. I would like to introduce you all to some of my current favorite authors! I hope to hear your thoughts on these people, in the future I hope to free up some time to explore new to me authors!

This is a post that was voted on by some people on Twitter (my page is @Komondor70). I wanted to speak of the recent gems I have found in my travels on the shelf. I have discovered three in general that I would love to see more from in the future, though not all of their books have received five star reviews from me. Many of these are general/literary fiction authors who I never thought I would enjoy, you all need to at least try something from these authors!

Malka Older: 
Malka recently released her first fiction book called Infomocracy which I reviewed for the publisher. This books is a futuristic novel about a world with hundreds of individual forms of governments fighting to win the leading position. This book does have its flaws with pacing, and character Infomocracy series next year, Null States which I am intrigued to read when it is released. Malka is a rising epic thrill writer who the SF community is lucky to have for many years to come! 
building; however after the books concluding line I am eager to see what she has coming up next. The book is a very fast paced and entertaining book that I think many people will enjoy. Malka has a was with thoughtful world building with heavy detail given, that allows the reader to become engrossed in the story. She is scheduled to release book two of the
  • People will enjoy Malka's new book Infomocracy if they enjoy Tom Clancy, John Grisham, and other government thrill writers. 
  • Though I gave her book 3 stars I see some promise for future novels, now that she has her footing. 
  • Infomocracy Review

Elena Ferrante: 
This author wrote the Neapolitan Novels series, beginning with My Brilliant Friend which I recently read and absolutely loved! Elena Ferrante is a pseudoname of an Italian author that has recently been translated by the Europa Editions publishing group. Why I love her writing/style is the in depth characters that she writes so eloquently and detailed scenes for, allowing the reader to become attached to each and every one even if they are meant to be horrific people. It is because of her book, My Brilliant Friend, that I realized how much I really love and need great character development for a book to make an impact on me. She has a very rich style of writing that cannot be sped through, it has a very slow and meandering pace that if meant to be enjoyed. All of these traits have made me fall in love with her writing and books, I cannot wait to read more of her books.
  • I love the characters that are created through her slow and rich prose.
  • Read her books when you want a slow and enveloping read that will transport you to a small town in Naples Italy!
  • My Brilliant Friend Review

Joyce Carol Oates:
While I have not yet completed a full novel by this author, I am entranced and cannot stop thinking about her works and incredible life story! Joyce has a rich and beautiful way of writing prose that
captures an emotion that many cannot even express in words. Her plot is meandering and slow, however her setting is very believable and realistic. The book that I am reading right now that has made me fall in love with her is We Were The Mulvaneys this story is a very unique book about the destruction of a family in rural New York state, there are many things I love about it: 
  • The characters are very relatable! (Patrick is very much like myself) 
  • The atmosphere of a small town that Joyce captures is incredible!
  • This book will have a very special place in my heart for a long time!
    • Check back soon around next Wednesday to hear more about this book and author!
This author was recommended to me by a fellow blogger Lonesome Reader, and I finally found a book of hers cheaply enough to try it; Eric (Lonesome Reader) was most certainly right about her merit as a writer! 
Thank You Eric!!!!


Happy Reading!
 Have you read these authors, if so what did you think of them? 
Keep reading and exploring the shelves to find your next favorite authors, as I have been fortunate enough to have done here with all of these wonderful women. 






Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Discussion!

Separating Authors & Their Works:

This is a topic that I have been thinking about for quite some time now, and I have been spurred on to create this book because of a specific book series. That series/authors that sparked this thought of mine was, Orson Scott Card and one of the artists on the Rat Queens graphic novel series. Orson Scott Card wrote some awesome sounding books with very cool science fiction plots, however he himself has been involved in some very shady things. One of the creators of Rat Queens was tried in court for domestic violence crimes, though I do love his artwork and the storyline of his graphic novel series, I am conflicted on what to do. My question is to support him by reading his books or to just forget about them because he was involved in some schemey happenings? 

The Dilemma: Do you/ Can you  dismiss an authors poor life choices and bad morals to read/ purchase their books and support them as an artist?

Reasons to read the books: 
  • Orson Scott Cards books sound amazing and fun.
    • I could buy them second hand so the author is not benefitting from my purchase directly, however even that does not seem right. 
    • I can use my library system to read these, but the issue I am having is whether or not I can separate my thoughts on the awful things that the author did and their works
  • Rat Queens is harder to justify. 
    • My local library will not have them and I am not going to be able to find them second hand for a while as the new volumes come out. 
    • I really disagree with what one of the creators did in their personal life, but this series is funny and witty and everything that I want in a graphic novel series.
    • This will require more research for me to decide what to do as far as supporting him and the team of Rat Queens.
Let me know how you all feel about this topic, I as you can see am having quite the hard time
justifying the purchase of these two authors books because I know the money will be supporting the authors who's decisions I do not condone. There are many more authors that I have issues with that I have stayed away from their books, however I think that if a book is good and worth the read we as a reading community should find a way to read it and accept the work and separate the authors from it. I personally would like to do this but it will take me sometime to even get close to reading Orson Scott Card's books. 




Happy Reading!
Hopefully Friday I will have a review for you all to read :) 
Let me know down bellow what your thoughts are on the topic of separating the author and their works?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fictional Bucket List

Fictional Bucket List
Discussion Post

This is just going to be a simple list of the books and things that I want to do in the literary world before I die. I know it is a cheery topic, however I thought you all would like to see what things I want to accomplish before I am no longer able to read.

The List: 
  • Read Les Miserables
    • See Les Miserables on Broadway/ Live
  • Finish Crime and Punishment
  • Read the Malazan Book of the Fallen series By: Steven Erikson
  • Re-read my favorites
    • Mistborn Trilogy By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Swamplandia By: Karen Russell
    • The Wolf Gift By: Ann Rice
    • The Picture of Dorian Grey By: Oscar Wilde
    • Etc...
  • Visit Foyles in London
  • Visit my bookish friends in Europe
  • Read and enjoy more classical literature 
  • Read The Wheel of Time series By: Robert Jordan
  • Read and watch Jane Austin's books and adaptations.
  • Travel across the country and explore bookshops as I go.

This is a very small snip it into my list, I have much more that I would like to do however I am scared to list them all here because I am unsure if they will all happen. I am really hoping to pick off some of these in the next few years, so keep an eye out on the blog for reviews and post updates!

On Booktube News: 
I have posted my second video, The Booktube Newbie Tag! I would love for you all to go on over and watch that and chat with me about books on this new journey of mine, I am going to keep this as my main medium, however Booktube is going to be a fun adventure. 


Happy Reading!
Until Wednesday, keep reading and check in often to see what amazing ideas I have coming for the blog>

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review 6-11-16

Infomocracy 
By: Malka Older 

First of all I would like to thank Tor Publishing company and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review on the blog! I was hesitant to pick this book up in the beginning and unfortunately I was rightfully hesitant to choose it. 

Tag Line: Government has fractured and information rules, which faction will win the fight to rule as the Supermajority.

Plot: 
"It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.

With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?" (Goodreads.com)


General Thoughts: 
  • We can all agree with this book that the cover is amazing!
  • This book had some issues with pacing. 
    • As you began there was a ton of poorly crafted set up and frankly a lot of information dumping (pun intended) 
    • The second half of the book worked better for me as far as pacing is concerned.
  • Along with the pacing being off, this book has many many names of differing governments that do take some time to get used to and comprehend what each and everyone stands for in the end. However it is not impossible to do, it just takes time.
  • The plot of the book is seemingly aimless for a good portion of the novel, however when you hit halfway Malka decides a direction and runs with it. 
    • This direction she takes the book in is very fast paced and thrilling, keeping you an the edge of your seat the whole way through. 
  • Overall I really did enjoy the plot of the book and would like to see another one be released in the same world, as the novel leaves you thinking.
Characters: 
  • The characters honestly are not the greatest I have ever read, and are not the lynch pin of the story.
    • The fact that the characters are not the center of the story made their rather flat personalities bearable in the end. 
  • I would have liked to see some greater development on the part of the characters that are being given such a great role in the story, including Ken and Mishima. 
  • There is some romance that arises in this novel, however I liked that the author did not play on this fact to much. The romance is seen more as a complicated relationship with some saucy times.
  • This is something that I would recommend that you read for the plot and not as much to see the development and story arc of characters.
Overarching Themes:
  • Control
  • Too much government 
  • The issues of bureaucracy and changing powers within states
This book I found to be very complex and evocative to read with the US governments elections in the fall. I personally would like to see something like this world and its multitude of choice for governmental systems, rather than the two parties that we have like Democratic and Republican parties. Honestly this is a fun read and worth the flick through to evoke great amounts of thought and questions surrounding government systems. 

Happy Reading!
Check in later this week for a review of NineFox Gambit! 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Updates 6-10-16

Ramblings of a Reader!

Hello Everyone!

Today I thought I would do an update post for the blog, since I have a few exciting announcements to speak of and some posts to notify you all about that will be live in the near future! I am first of all going to say that today is my birthday, I will be nineteen years old today which is mind boggling to me every single time someone tells me. I am not expecting to receive any books for my birthday, however I did recently make a purchase on AbeBooks.com and those books will be trickling in over the next week. After having the existential crisis this week that I will be nineteen years old, I also had an incredibly exciting email come through from Liveright Publishing; the amazing people there have agreed to send me a copy of Jerusalem by: Alan Moore (an ARC) for me to review for you all! I am beyond excited to receive this tome in the mail and dive in after I read some of Moore's earlier works; though this books I guess you could say is the best present of all!

In announcement news, I have recently began the Booktube Journey with the help of my friend Kailtin from Kitty G on YouTube. I have created a youtube channel where I will be posting some reviews, hauls, wrap up videos, and many more discussion videos; be aware the first few videos are not going to be as eloquent as these posts because they are recorded off the cuff. I hope that many of  you will join me on this journey and check out my Booktube channel and the first ever video that I will post today as well. Though I may be embarking on a new journey with a Booktube channel on Youtube I WILL STILL BE POSTING REGULARLY ON THIS BLOG AS MY MAIN MEDIUM so please do not just leave the blog to die, videos will be posted every Sunday for the foreseeable future. 

In addition to the Booktube Channel, and turning nineteen in the same week, I am also going to be starting my Tour Vermont Bookshops Segments on the blog very soon! My girlfriend and I love books and used books especially, so we have decided to go around to bookshops in out homestate of Vermont this summer and take photos and video clips along the way to show you guys just a little of what it is like to shop for books in VT! This segment will not begin until the end of June, and it will only run until the 30th of August when sadly we both must go back to school. Some of the other new posts to check the blog for include: 
  • Infomacracy Review
    • This will be up tonight by 9PM EST!
  • How do I rate books post
  • Book and Cake tag
  • Hamilton book tag/ Read-a-long!
  • Books vs. Movies discussion
  • Book Photoshoots!
  • Book Wishlist
    • I will be creating my fall 2016 Wishlist here in picture format for you all to enjoy.
I hope you are all as excited about this new adventure on YouTube as I am; however I do want to emphasis this strongly, I will be primarily creating content on here with weekly supplements on the Youtube channel. I will never abandon this blog, that being said I would love for you guys to check out the channel and my first video and just come on over and say hello! I cannot wait to see what the blog grows into, as well as the YouTube Channel. 

Youtube Name: MyBookishEmpire
First Video:
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Happy Reading Guys!
Be sure to check in later tonight for the Review of Infomacracy, which is a Science fiction/ political thriller that was released by Tor on Tuesday June 7th 2016!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Let's Chat 6-8-16

Book Snobbery Discussion...

I have recently become aware of a topic that has angered me to no end, and that is book snobs. This is something that is often seen when people judge you for what you are reading, either the genre or the cove ect... This is not okay on any level to me, however I can see both sides of the argument in this case. My opinions on the controversial topic of book snobbery are as follows: 

Thoughts: 
  • I am going to say right now that the major issues seen in this debate are between Literary fiction and genre fiction. 
    • Literary fiction to me is a story that is being told with slightly elevated language and a more character driven plot, if we are being simplistic. 
    • Genre Fiction can be anything from Fantasy to Contemporary fiction, and this is fiction that has a more plot driven story with a simplistic style and less character focus and inner monolog. 
      • These are my very boiled down thoughts on the terminology of Literary fiction and Genre fiction, and they are by no means hard and fast definitions of the works they represents.
The controversy that surrounds this is that people (avid readers, and casual readers) can claim that one "type" is better than the other or that one is more "proper" than the rest of them, which is not the case at all. However I have seen this case made many times with those snobs in libraries who will judge you for checking out YA if you look over fifteen, or those who will judge the erotica reader on a train near them. We all have seen it regardless, and some of us are even guilty of thinking it too. I know that when I first began to read I would judge people who read fantasy because they always seemed to have their heads in magic or the fictional which I knew would never exist, and look at me now a Fantasy book reviewer with many great friends who love the genre too! I really do not know how to put it any other way than we all need to be open to what people read, it does not matter what you read as long as you are reading you can call yourself a reader.

  • There are often times a debate on if you read audiobooks solely or print books, which ones are the real readers?
    • In short there is no REAL reader, only those who enjoy stories in whatever format you enjoy them in. I do not think that you can be put down based on how you enjoy your stories, it is just a preference that we all have and nothing that we should be ashamed of. 
 Concluding Statement: We are who we are, don't let anyone tell you that it is wrong to be you! 

I realize that this is a very short post, but I would really like all of my readers opinions about this. So please anyone who reads this post what your thoughts are on book snobery and how you view the genre split, let me know in the comments of this post. 


The podcast that sparked this topic: Books on the Nightstand ep. 374

Happy Reading! 
Check in on Friday for a fun review of Infomacracy by: Malka Older!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Madness 6-6-16

Monday Madness 

Hello everyone! 
I have sadly noticed a change in the amount of readers which I assume is because of the new books I have been reviewing such as literary works, however I want to speak with you all about this month's plans and beyond. I have decided to change my TBR once again for June to allow more freedom. I will be removing myself from the Hobb-A-Long read-a-long that Sam from Sam's Nonsense on YouTube is hosting for the remainder of the year, to read these books slowly and not attempt to read such giant books at a fast pace. This is not to say I will not read the first book at least this month, I will complete book one and start number two but I sadly cannot keep up with the quick pacing and read my choice of books. 
In future I will be reading a balance of Literary fiction, Science fiction and Fantasy. I will be getting some more fantasy reviews out very very soon; especially with the new books I purchased today. I love to read all genres and photograph them as a treat with the reviews, which hopefully you all will see more of with up coming book reviews and chats. I will bring this blog back into focus more on the Fantastical and SciFi, however I just wanted you all to know that you can expect some different genres to appear on my blog occasionally. If you all have any other discussion post ideas or posts you want to see please let me know on Twitter @komondor70 or in the comments!


Discussion of the Day: Buddy Reading/ Book Clubs
Reading and book clubs have been around for a long time now, and with the invention of the internet they have spread far and wide! A book club or reading group can be a small group of two friends who are casually reading the same book and having conversations surrounding the plot, to 500 plus people in a large Goodreads chat group talking about a book that is chosen in a given month. Preferences between these two extremes vary almost as much as the books being read in them, personally I lean towards the small and personal book groups with a few friends. My preferences include in real time conversations about the books, knowing everyone reading along, getting to read leisurely with the group, avoiding spoilers, and more. 

 I have a habit of getting into a lot of buddy reads with groups of my friends both online and in real life and I often find them hard to keep up with and deter me from reading; you may be wondering why I continue to join in on read-a-longs then. Truth be told I like to be in the conversation about books and the publishing world, which has led me to meet some amazing people who love books that I would like to discuss books with. In this desire to discuss books with people, I feel many times that I read different titles than them and that we may not have enough to comment about that will be an intelligent addition to the conversation, hence why I try to read the same book alongside them. 

This tandem buddy read system where I can talk one on one with a friend about a specific book that we are reading together works for me if it is in a small group where I know everyone and can chat with them all. With a smaller group everyone is able to discuss their thoughts and see the different sides of the group, where I feel a larger Goodreads group you cannot do that; at least without being spoiled for some things. I love doing individual buddy reads so our conversations can become in depth and spoiler filled according to our place in the novel! I also feel a better analysis of the book can happen when you have rapid fire conversations together about a passage, rather than having hundreds of people slowly commenting on a Goodreads thread. 

Getting to read books with people is a great motivational tool for some, however for myself I am finding that I have a group of friends I occasionally read books with on Voxer that I love to chat with which I find motivating. If the buddy read is like a large Goodreads buddy read I do not comment and get anxious by the amount of comments I have to catch up on to "keep up" with everyone. While I do not think that commenting on threads is essential to being a Goodreads Buddy reader, I do feel that it is what can make a buddy read enjoyable. Personally I find it difficult to comment and bring my thoughts to the table in large groups because I feel as though I am just copying a previous thought. Being a reader brings me so much joy, especially sharing my experiences and thoughts with you all however I prefer small buddy reads without a strict time table to read the book and lessor chances of being spoiled for the book. I think this issue I have with large reading groups is one of the reasons that I am not going to be able to continue actively doing the Hobb-a-long with Sam. The reasons include time deadlines, commenting in a long thread/ avoiding spoilers, and the lack of realtime conversations about the books. 

I will be joining in on some read-a-longs occasionally on Goodreads however I felt the need to bring this topic to the foreground to get my readers opinions about the topic. Do you find reading to be a personal/private hobby, or do you like to read with as many people regardless of the conversations occurring? 

Recent Purchases/ Hopeful June Reads: 

  • Smoke By: Dan Vyleta 
    • Published by Doubleday
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits By: David Wong
    • Published by Thomas Dunne Books
  • Sorcerer to The Crown By: Zen Cho 
    • Published by Ace
All of these books I picked up today on a bookish adventure to shops with my girlfriend and we both found some stunning titles to read very soon. 


Friday, June 3, 2016

Saga Review

Saga Graphic Novels
by: Brian K Vaughn, Fiona Staples


I recently completed Saga Volumes 1-5, for the Booktube SFF Awards. I am surprised and happy to have read these books! I will be doing a general review of the series today with little to no spoilers.

Plot: 
"When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. " (Goodreads)

Characters:


  1. I love all of these characters in these volumes! 
    1. Some of my favorite include Marko, Alana, and Gus (the sea lion)
  2. Realistic choices on behalf of starcross lovers trope that is portrayed, which I really loved.
  3. These characters are both playful and uniquely witty
  4. I personally related to Marko most in this series so far, with his undying and steady love for Alana regardless of what others think. My relationship is built on similar grounds of love without caring what others think, NOT the intergalactic space chase and possible deaths :)
Art Style: 
  • As seen on the covers of the issues, the art style is absolutely stunning! 
  • I love all of the bright colors and stark contrasts that the art gives to each image. 
  • I really enjoy the depiction of the characters in this, they are both whimsical and eerily humanoid. 
    • My favorite character to see drawn on the page is the main male lead, Marko.
  • This does have some "graphic/Explicit" artwork inside, something you should be aware of if you are younger than 16. 
General Thoughts: 
  • Absolutely loved the series as a whole so far, however volume 4 is my favorite plot driven trade paperback. 
  • The trades are well printed on glossy and rich paper that will hold up on many re-reads! 
    • Which I will be doing probably every time a new trade is released!
  • Everyone over 16 NEEDS this in their collection, for both the story and the plot. 
Series Rating: 4.5/5 stars 
For individual ratings please look at my Goodreads page! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one in the series.

Happy Reading!

Let me know what some of your favorite graphic novels are, I need some more ongoing series in my life :)!