Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weekly Reading Plans

Weekend Reading Plans: 
Hello All, 

I am coming to you today to let you know what I am going to aim on reading this weekend. I do have a very busy Saturday planned, however all of Sunday is just going to be dedicated to myself and doing homework. I do have quite a list of books for review, all of which I aim to complete by their release date, to do that I must start a lot of them this weekend to get ahead with them.With that said, I do realize for my slow reading pace all of these books will not be read this weekend, though I would like to make a large dent in most of them. 

I was so lucky to receive a copy of Waking Gods by: Sylvain Neuvel from the publisher, Del Rey, so I would love to dive into this story and finish it this weekend since it is released on April 4th 2017. This is book number two in the Themis Files series which follows the discovery of a few giant malformed human robots that are the size of sky scrapers. The whole premise of these books is to unravel the meaning or intent that these robots have so society and the human race. I am so excited to jump back into a world full of whitt and science, which have essentially become my life for the foreseeable future. This novel is 324 pages long with an interview format for the majority of the book which should make it a quick and engaging read which I will finish this weekend. 

I am also going to attempt to make progress in the independently published novel,  CUP which I have begun and am about 135 pages through out of the roughly 550 which it has. This is a slow moving tale that I do not want to rush so we will see where I am able to read to this weekend. The story is rich in detail and character growth which slows the pacing, however I could not be more happy to read every word that this writing duo has penned.  

The last book that I would like to make progress in is the book that I chose to read on my own, Shotgun Lovesongs by:Nickolas Butler. I found this book on Goodreads when browsing and was instantly hooked with the authors background in Boy Scouts of America and his connections/portrayals of small towns. I think this one is going to get a very very high rating from me, though only time will tell the truth. I am currently on page 44 of this book which is 304 pages, I think that it is plausible that I read until page 100 this weekend if given the time. Butler's description of small towns and the quirky events that can arise in them is spot on which is what initially drew me to this novel, out of homesickness for my rural VT town. 

I hope you all are able to pick up some wonderful books this weekend! Let me know if you are going to check out these books, or what you will be reading this weekend in the comments below. 


Happy Reading!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hear The Wolves: Review

Hear The Wolves
By: Victoria Scott 
Review

Hey Guys!
I am here today to talk about a book by an amazing author, Victoria Scott! I received Hear the Wolves from Scholastic as an advanced reading copy (ARC), for that I am ever so grateful. Thank you Scholastic! Today I am here to review this book, and tell you just a few qualms that I had with this novel. 

Victoria Scott is an author of eight novels now, all aimed toward younger audiences with a fun and fast paced twist. Scott has an addictive and fun plots with endearing and engaging characters that will pull you in for a fun and fast paced ride, Hear the Wolves is no different. 

Plot: 

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them." (Goodreads.com)

Thoughts: 
 Hear the Wolves is at its core a fast paced thriller with an even hand of character development and thematic elements laced throughout. Running, running, running from everything and anything that is not within her comfort zone, Sloan must learn to trust, and become self sufficient in the hard Alaskan bush. This book was fast paced and intriguing, however I did find some issues with the novel in general. 
This book was short and packed a high speed thrill ride into something just under 250 pages. Sloan and her group of characters are predominantly middle school kids who are stranded in Alaska during a blizzard. Each character had a fully imagined and fleshed out profile that will allow the reader to enjoy their company and see their struggles throughout the novel. My personal favorite character is Pilot who grows so incredibly much through the course of the novel, beginning as a shy abused child with an awful father. Pilot ends his story arc with strength and courage that he was severely lacking at the beginning of the novel. With this large change in character, I felt that Scott is trying to illustrate humans can change for the best regardless of where they begin. The themes of change and open and caring trust between one another are central elements of this novel! Each of these messages is crucial for children of all ages (myself included) to hear and heed. The character of Sloan showed that vulnerability is okay, and that each and everyone of us has the potential to open up and grow when provided a loving and stable group of friends. Each theme and character that Scott has taken the time to create within this novel illustrates her pure genius and compassion for her readers to learn while enjoying her tales. 
This book is problematic on a few levels,
  1. I think it is inappropriate for audiences that it is being marketed towards.
  2. Wolves are depicted as solely killing machines. 
The first aspect that I would like to address is the fact that this novel is not appropriate for the marketed audience. This novel is rather gruesome and brutal for a child of 8-12 years old to be reading. I understand that each parent has their own technique of parenting, however the amount of characters that die in brutal ways with only minor detail is not okay. I understand having this gore and violence present in an adult book but it is not necessarily appropriate here. The book is rather obviously fictitious, many of the characters are in middle school which is presumably done to allow the readers to connect with the characters. Though this may have worked to her advantage among readers of their age, it just made me feel detached and see all the flaws in their scenario. No group of middle school kids should be abandoned in the Alaskan wilderness. And finally my last qualm with this tiny novel revolves around the trope that wolves, or any predator are inherently going to go and attack humans for food. From my biology background I know that they do not tend to, and I also know that this stigma and fear that comes out of this is not healthy for the public's respect of them. Fear can cause people to hunt these creatures which are already rare within North America. Again this has nothing to do with Victoria and her intentions for this novel, however it is a view that I have which tainted my experience. 

Enough with the gripe and qualms. This may have been a review for her newest novel, however I do not want anyone to read this and think that I do not like Mrs.Scott or her works. I love her Fire and Flood series, however I do not think that this was for me in the end. I would recommend that this book be read by anyone who is curious, but be cautious when gifting this book to a younger reader for the gore and death presented. 

Rating: 3 Stars

Happy Reading! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Buying

Book Buying

Hey Guys, 

If you have watched my YouTube channel (MyBookishEmpire) or followed this blog for any length of time, you will know that I buy a LOT of books. I know you also may be thinking, wow he buys a ton or knows about so many but he does not review all of them right away if he is reading them right away. I am here today to speak about book buying, its perks to the reader and publishing world, and why I find it cathartic/enjoy it. 

Book buying, put simply is the act of purchasing books in any form from any retailer. This act does not innately promise reading or enjoyment of the object, however we can all hope that these feelings are evoked when opening a book for the first time. In this day and age book retailers are everywhere we look, online, brick and mortar stores, and even large chain stores also selling books. The ease of attaining these bound shreds of trees has become easier than ever, and with that reading should increase, this may not be the case always. I can say from seeing changes in physical bookstores that they are going through a hardship within their industry and niche at the moment. Readers have become accustomed to Amazon, BookDepository, or Bookoutlet to get their books delivered to them, instead of visiting a store when available. This simple fact is why I always indulge myself when I am home to browse and purchase items from my local bookshop. 

Book buying for me is something that should be done sparingly, since I can get swept up in the magic of books in the wise words from Pokemon "Gotta catch them all!". That being said I do still purchase a lot of books for my slow reading pace. You may ask me, why, you are a middle class college student and money must be tight. Yes sometimes at school money is tight, yes sometimes I cannot afford all that I want in life but I always can make ends meet when needed. I purchase books to help authors and publishers. If I know that I would like to read an author's work one day, I will pick it up when I see it to remember and have it "at the ready" on my shelf. This may seem odd since I have a high likelihood of not getting to all of the books I will buy, however the help it is giving to the book publishing world and authors around the globe is not something I will refuse. I realize only a small percentage goes to publishers and authors so I do not claim to make a huge impact, but I do hope to say that I contributed. 

Aside from the "help" I am doing to the publishing world, I also purchase books to read and enjoy their stories within. Each book is essentially purchasing a paperbound safe vacation from reality, being that I cannot afford to travel right now why should I not amass a ton of new "destinations"? Reading and collecting novels are my hobby, some run, some swim, some build bird houses as a hobby, but I purchase and enjoy the written word. 

The hunt for a good deal or my next book is always fun and interesting to explore the possibilities, I can literally pick up any book in the world but I must select the perfect one in the proper edition. Call me crazy, but if you are a book lover as am I, you will know the feeling I speak of. Book buying, and reading are my hobbies. Do I have too many books now, sure one could argue that. But would I rather buy books than go to amusement parks or eat out every week, absolutely! Small doses of eating out and trips let me appreciate them all the more, however reading is my passion, my escape, my hobby. 

I know this was a rather rambly post chatting about why I buy books and what makes me justify the quantity. I hope you enjoyed, and on some level can connect with my reasoning. 

Retailers I Recommend: 

Happy Book Hunting!

Self Published Saturday 3/25/17

Self Published Saturday
March 25th 2017


Hello everyone, 

Today's Self Published Saturday is going to be very short and sweet. I again would urge you all to check out CUP by: Robert Wills and Rachel Kasper! This is a slow burning book with characters that will warm your heart as you follow them through their journey with Ellen. This book is the same novel that I spoke about last week, I bring it up again because I would like it to receive more publicity than it has prior. The writing of this novel is impeccable and succinct, the characters have begun to grow with me, to the point where I think of them constantly. I hope to have this book completed within the week to review for you all on the next segment of Self Published Saturday, Uni permitting. 


This wonderful historical fiction  novel is one of the very few books that I own and have actually risked my time with reading. I must say that this is not fair to all of the wonderful authors out there who need to be given a chance, which is why I am asking you all here. I would love to carry this segment on in which I feature a new book weekly and read it and review it for you all to know the quality before investing in it; however to do that I need self published book recommendations. Though yes the book must be self published and easily available, there are a few qualities I would like each to have. 
  1. Self Published 
  2. Well written 
    1. This does not mean it must be overtly floral writing with large eloquent words, though grammatically it must be sound. 
  3. Preferably Science Fiction or Fantasy
  4. Any page length
These suggestions I will take into consideration when compiling books to read or highlight on this segment in the future. There are a few ways that you can submit recommendations to me: 
  • Tweet me @Komondor70
  • Comment on this post with the title and author
  • Email me, at MyBookishEmpire@gmail.com
I will take suggestions whenever they arrive, but please do participate and help the self published world grow. 

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Norse Mythology Review

Norse Mythology
by: Neil Gaiman
Review 

Hello Everyone! 

I must say that it feels splendid to be out of this sluggish reading funk that I have been in for the past few weeks. I am in the process of picking up my reading pace in order to share my thoughts with each and every one of you. Today I am hear to share my thoughts on Norse Mythology by: Neil Gaiman, which I finished on Sunday. This book is a collection of short story retellings of the classic Norse Myths. I will leave links below to Amazon, Goodreads, and BookDepository links for the book so you are able to check it out when you have time. 

Initially when I picked this book up from the library I was skeptical at best for the stories that would lie within. This was proven to be a solid intuition, while I enjoyed the typical Gaiman writing style and banter, I did have some issues with the book. In general the story is quirky and fun, just as each of the original tales is. The characters all have distinct voices and antics that are intriguing and engaging while reading, each having a slight twist on the original. Knowing the style Gaiman typically writes in I was expecting perfect balances of character, whit, and world building; he delivered on all fronts except for the character growth and development. The writing is simple and clear with a touch of British whit and humor as all of his novels tend to include, thus making the read a fast and engaging plod through Asgard and the world of the Gods. 

The reason that I give reserved marks for character growth and development is due to the ease that I am able to forget these characters and their plotline when I am not reading them. Whilst reading this collection I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would love to have remembered each tale, I just am finding each to slowly be slipping my mind. For a five star novel it must give me an enticing and engaging plot with well defined and unforgettable characters, which this did not. Each individual myth in this collection can be read separately as a standalone tale, though each flows beautifully into the next to create a complete and endearing overarching plot. 

If you are new to the tales of Norse Myths, such as I was prior to this collection; I would highly recommend this as a great starting point. Gaiman's talent with simplistic and engaging prose will envelope you from page one and reluctantly release its grasp when you read the final page. Each character grows to be a quirky and snarky version of themselves throughout to portray the classic stories that many will have seen through the Marvel universe or any other variations. Overall this book is a joy to read, and one that I may reread in the future. However I would be wary to pick it up if you do not like Gaiman or his rich and engaging plots, otherwise this would be a light read for any avid reader. 

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Pick this up from the library if you are unsure, it is worth the read/shot. 

Links

Happy Reading! 

Let me know in the comments if you have any favorite myths or retellings that you think I should read! I am severely poorly versed in this area of literature. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekly Reading Goals

Weekly Reading Goals: 
March 20th 2017

Hey Guys!

I am here today to speak about my weekly reading plans and what I intend to plow through during my spring break. I know many of my friends are in exotic locales across the globe, however I am in my paradise, my room with books. I know you all are probably thinking, 'a 19yr old male who loves reading in his rural Vermont home?' yes, that is me. I am a strange dichotomy of old soul and new. Regardless of my peculiar plans and love of silence here are the books that I plan to read during this week. 

I am home from Uni for spring break until Sunday, unfortunately I do have school work that I need to work on as well so I am going to set my goals low and pray I read more. I am currently reading, as CUP. This is a lovely amble through the impact of a traumatized deaf girl on an english family during the early 1900's. I will talk at length when I am done with the novel, however suffice it to say that I am enjoying it greatly though it is a very slow burn. I would love to complete this before the end of the month in two weeks, though it is not a story that I would like to rush through and not savor so we will see when I finish it.  
you will know if you saw my last post,

I am also currently reading The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern. This is a novel that I was not intending to pick up over my break, however yesterday (Sunday) I was craving another circus book similar to Caraval by: Stephanie Garber and this one popped out on my shelves
to fit the build. I would like to complete this novel or atleast make progress in it. I am enjoying this book as well, however it too has a meandering plotline that I do not want to rush through. This book nods to the French language quite heavily with its names and terminology which I am finding soothing and enchanting as I took French in school for 4 years in elementary school and 3 in highschool. With a rich plot and deeply moving cast of characters, this book has me hooked.

I also have other books that I may begin or delve further into during this period of time, which includes: 
  • Shotgun Lovesongs by: Nickolas Butler
  • Hear the Wolves by: Victoria Scott (ARC copy)
  • Waking Gods by: Sylvain Neuvel (ARC copy) 
  • Ninefox Gambit by: Yoon Ha Lee 
    • This is a book that I attempted to read earlier last year and failed at, however it has been nominated for a bookish prize that I am following (Booktube SFF Awards) therefor I must try again. This is one that I am not eager to read but I think I MUST read it now or never since I have enough time to devote to the complex plot. 
These are the many books that I could be reading this week. I do realize that this is a very very ambicious TBR for only a week with other plans, but I am up to the challenge! What are you all currently reading, and how do you decide your next reads? 

Happy Reading!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Self Published/ Small Press Saturdays

Self Published/Small Press Saturday!


Hello everyone! 

Today I have been reading and boiling off some sap with my brother to make maple syrup. I apologize for the lack of a post on Friday, however I was on my way home from Uni and did not have time to post. I am back today with a regular segment I will be doing here on my blog, and all other regularly scheduled posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! This segment was inspired by a current read of mine, CUP that was written by an amazing duo in my hometown, Robert Wills and Rachael K. Kasper. 

During these segments I would like to highlight self published works that I have enjoyed or will be anticipating in the near future. I know that I have said this before, however it sickens me how many authors fall through the cracks because people are too scared to take a leap of faith on their work. I am here now to shine a light on works I love or will be purchasing in the near future. 

As I said, this blog post was inspired by the wonderful book that I am currently reading, CUP. This book was something that I reached out to review by the authors whom as I mentioned live in my home town. This book has an intriguing plot, however as with many self published works I was speculative as to the quality of writing that would be showcased. However when I picked this book up I was pleasantly surprised to see an immersive period correct dialect and syntax that mimics that of England in 1925! This is something that I did not think could be done with such succinct and comprehensive prose, however I was happily proved wrong. 

This story follows a couple, John and Anna Thorpe as they go on the journey together to protect deaf and brutally abused women (Ellen) who wanders into their life. The women who appears on their porch is anything but ordinary, she will bring joy and a new challenge to their life, a truly beautiful tale of love and friendship. This book was published recently via the Amazon publishing platform, which may deter some of you from purchasing it but I want to urge you all to try it and then decide. I will be reviewing this in about a week or two when I have completed it, in which I'll share a section with you all. My point in sharing this is to say that we all need to give self published authors and the "underdog" a shot, they may shock you as Rachael and Robert have done with me!

I must be back to reading, but please take the time to check out CUP on Facebook, and Amazon! Links below: 


Happy Reading! 

I will see you all on Monday for another fun and important week of blogging and sharing my love of books!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bookish Buzzwords as a Sales Pitch

Bookish Buzzwords & Buzz

Hello Everyone, 

This blog post is coming to you tonight from a man who has been staring into Organic Chemistry notes all day, so bare with me as I switch into my creative mindset. Today I saw an add for a book that had a few keywords on the ad that caught my attention so I thought I would discuss what words catch my eye and why these keywords work. The words that caught my eye today were scouting, friends, and ideals. These words were associated with Nickolas Butler's new book The Heart of Men which was released on March 7th 2017. 

These words on the ad for The Heart of Men caught my attention for several reasons, I am an Eagle Scout, friendship tales are always fascinating to see the dynamics of people, and ideals told me that this book would focus on society's/and personal ideas of masculinity. This combination has a great potential to blow me away! With blurbs or quotes about a book, publishers need to make an impact in a few lines. This can be done by sharing a shocking scene to grip you, or a condensed synopsis,  or they can try to create a nostalgia with their audience. These are a few of their techniques, in this case the line checked off two of these options; forming nostalgia with me, and synopsis. However not everyone will have a connection and nostalgia for Scouting or summer camp they draw literary fiction fans in with the idea of a question regarding morality and multi-generational storylines. 


This short and powerful sentence that is on the cover of books or in press releases has the power to attract buyers in a way that nothing else can. Someone can pitch a book to you in a bookshop and you may be inclined to try it, however for myself I will not purchase it unless the quotes or synopsis hook me. Many factors go into designing the quotes for book jackets, and I cannot speak about them all so I will leave this analysis to publishers. 

Buzzwords are a similar concept to quotes or press release quotes. Buzzwords are designed to draw a reader in and give them a feeling for the plot and themes dealt with in books. These are more prevalent in the reviewing community instead of on the physical copy of a book, however if certain words are used in review people are either attracted or repelled. For my personal taste there are a few words that peak my interest: 
  • Family saga 
  • Quest 
  • Magic 
  • Russia
  • Scouting 
  • Loyalty 
  • Gender Norms.
  • Friendship
These words will draw my attention and usually cause me to search deeper about the book mentioned. Further searching allows me to evaluate my interest level in the book, to determine when or if I pick up a book. The magic of words is incredible! With a few simple words a publisher or reviewer can create a sense of intrigue and need for the book at hand which astonishes me each time! I know we have always seen these on books or in reviews, what are your favorite buzzwords or quotes on books/reviews? 

Happy Reading! 

Check in Friday for more bookish discussions and reading fun! 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Review

Every Heart a Doorway:
by:Seannan McGuire 
Review


Hello everyone, 

For those of you who are wondering, yes, I did not post on Wednesday. I had a very busy week and did not get around to writing this review in time so the wednesday post. I am here today to talk about the first Booktube SFF Awards book that I have completed, Every Heart A Doorway by: Seannan McGuire. 

Plot: 

"Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Guests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost." (Goodreads.com)

This book was nominated under the best short fiction title of the Booktube SFF Awards, therefor I had to pick it up and read it to read all of the books in the short list. This is not the typical kind of story that I would reach for on the shelf, however prior to reading this I heard some great buzz about it on the book community about the representation of people in the story and its beautiful writing. Frankly I felt that this was all that this book had to offer. 

I know my opinion is the unpopular one, however I saw this novella as being a fun exploration with the psyche and the concept of home. The idea that home is not the place where your family is, and that it is actually where you feel most at home struck me. I have never truly thought of this before with the conventional idea of home with a family and pets playing in the yard with a white picket fence always popping into my mind when someone mentions home. This novella toys with the idea of otherworlds being home, such as the underworld, pixie worlds etc... Though the commentary on home was interesting it did not pull this whole book together for me. 

The writing in this book is rich and immersive. McGuire has crafted a world that you can vividly imagine and are able to experience through the thin pages bound before you. Though this writing was beautiful and well crafted, I did find this book to be confusing in the beginning when I was trying to gain a "foothold" in the world that she has created. This confusion may not have been the writing's fault, personally I think you must be in the correct frame of mind to enjoy this book; that frame of mind includes preparedness for whimsy and oddities with a dash of murder mystery. 

For a book to get a high rating, I must feel emotionally invested in the characters, the book must be well written, the plot must be engaging and the themes must be an interesting exploration of a topic or idea. This little novella frankly did not have that for me, I did find the themes to be fun and engaging, none of the characters particularly irritated me however no one character stuck in my head. I would read the sequel novella coming out in June from the library if I saw it there, however otherwise I do not think I will seek any more of this series.  

Rating: 3 stars

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Weekly Plans!

Weekly Plans: 
3-6-17

Hey Guys! 

I am so sorry that I did not have a post up as usual on Monday. I was super busy with school all day and when I sat down to write the post on Monday evening in my bed I just fell asleep. The true struggle of a Uni blogger and reader, sleep trumps all past times. Anyway regardless of the reason that I missed Monday's post, I am here today to tell you all what I will be reading this week, and hopefully completing! This segment has become a staple on the blog to let you know what I am going to be reading and my goals for the week, let me know down below if you do not want to see these so often. 

This week is going to be a rather chill week as far as assignments go, which hopefully can transfer into having a great reading week. That being said, I do have an Organic Chemistry 2 exam next week that I will need to prepare for as well. I am going to shoot for reading one and a half books this week in total. This may be ambicious however I have to read quite rapidly for the next few months to stay on top of the Booktube SFF Awards shortlist read-a-longs. 

The first book I intend to complete this week is Neil Gaiman's new book Norse Mythology; this is a compilation of his rendition of each story surrounding the Norse Gods. I knew nothing about the Norse Gods going into this book on a whim yesterday, Monday, and now I am attached and enjoying every page! This is not your typical Gaiman book, as it reads with a fast pace and does not spend copious amounts of time describing the world, this is something that I love about this book. It is going to be just a great booster book for me to read this week.  I am currently on page 94 of 283, this is something that I can surely finish this week as it reads so quickly and my enjoyment is through the roof while reading it. 

The second book that I intend to finish this week is Furthermore by: Tahereh Mafi, this is her latest
middle grade novel that was nominated for the Booktube SFF Awards. This is one that I am bound to enjoy regardless of the plot if it is anything like her previous series (Shatter Me). Tahereh's writing is richly rewarding and a joy to immerse yourself in, her style includes poetic language and often times copious metaphors. This book is one that I am anticipating to have a faster pace than her previous books and less poetic language, fingers crossed it is still enjoyable. This book is a total length of 401 pages... This may not be completed completely during the work week, however I will have the utmost enjoyment attempting to complete these books!

Please let me know what you are all reading for this week, and if you have any tips for how to read whilst in Uni...

Happy Reading! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Man Behind the Throne

Unmasking My Bookish Empire:
My Story


Hello all, 

I am here today by popular demand to chat about my non bookish life. I know that you all are here to see my bookish life and chat about the books that I love, however I received a request today via Twitter to chat about my time about my non-bookish life. I am here to tell you all about who I am in my daily life. I promise that this will be the one and only about my non book life, since this blog follows my life as a reader and not my general life.

In my daily life I am a college student going to school in upstate New York in the USA where I am studying Biology. I hope to work after school as a conservation ecologist as a field researcher in New England. I got to this point through a long journey of high school where I graduated second in my class of 42 in rural Vermont. During my junior year in high school this is where I began writing this blog and reviewing the things that I love, my books. Aside from reviewing books, during high school I was also in the Boy Scouts of America Program where I learned what it meant to be a productive and civically engaged.  In my senior year of high school I attained my Eagle Scout rank which is the highest award that you can get in scouting, similar to national honor society and graduating at the top of your class. 
Moi!

These pillars of knowledge that I learned while in scouting have followed me throughout my life scince. While I have only been out of scouting for a year, the friends that I made while in scouting have left a lasting impression on me which I will forever carry in my heart. Aside from scouting and working on the blog I was busied by my coursework and clubs in high school such as student council and yearbook committee. My time in high school was a time of discovery and expanding my knowledge more than it was fun, however I am happy to report that now after making a successful transition into University life. What I am doing now is something that I hope will make a difference in the world when I am out of Uni working for a living. 

While at Uni I am studying the biological sciences which is something that I found I loved very much when I was in high school and participated in the many scouting camping trips. This degree is something that I chose instead of the pre-veterinary as I was scared of the lengthy schooling and debt that would shackle me with such a degree. With Biology I found a happy balance with helping people and working with the animals that I love so much. This summer I will be staying in upstate New York to research the population dynamics of a small endangered warbler, Golden Winged Warblers. These small birds have been crossing with a close sister species for years and are diluting their gene pool which is what I want to ultimately uncover why they are doing this, I would be happy to share later if anyone would like. Aside from my research, course load of:
  1. Organic Chemistry 2
  2. Organic Chemistry Lab
  3. Physics 2 and Physics 2 Lab
  4. Biostatistics and Lab
  5.  Research methods course
and my honor society presidential position on the Beta Beta Beta chapter at my university I tend to spend the rest of my spare time reading and writing this blog for you all to read and interact with. I love my degree and my social life, however this blog allows me to open my mind to the creative outlets that I don't see around me. This endeavor of blogging and chatting about my bookish life is the best aspect of my life right now and I cannot see an end in the future! 

Oh and in my free time when I am not in a bookshop or studying I can also be found hiking the many high peaks in the Adirondack state park!

I will be back to chat books again on Monday, until then, I hope you are all able to relax and read a bit this weekend!

Happy Reading...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ReReading: The Joy & Controversy

ReReading: 
The Joys & Controversy


Hello everyone!

Today I am blogging in a very warm room in my university while I wait to eat dinner. Today it has been raining all day, however that is a good thing for the shear fact that it is warm enough to rain (64 Fahrenheit)! Regardless of the weather or the temperature of the room that I am sitting in you all are here to see what I have to say about books, so today's topic will be rereading. 

My Actual shelves: So many books, so little time
Rereading for me has always been a very difficult thing, difficult you might ask? Yes, difficult. I am a slow reader to begin with as you all will know well by now. This means that the time I am spending with familiar characters that I know I love and will root for I am not reading new and exciting material to share with you all. This issue of time always stops me from rereading books I love since I do not want to just continuously re-review books for you either, however my reviewing style has changed greatly since I began. I know that the reading that I do should not just be for the blog though I like to have new and exciting things to chat about with you all the time which in my eyes suggests continuous reading of newly released materials. 

Rereads are something that I am realizing are a luxury in the bookish world. With rereading a book you the reader already are familiar with the often complex worlds and the characters that inhabit them. Knowing the characters and world will allow the reader to comprehend and explore the lush world that the author has spent so long creating. This can prove beneficial when preparing to read the newly published sequel or finale of a series. I am utilizing this technique at the moment while I reread A Darker Shade of Magic by: V.E Schwab, I intend to marathon the rest of the series after completing this reread so that the details do not fade from my memory. This luxury of even rereading one book is something that I do not indulge in often enough, for the afor mentioned reasons, though I have been wanting to reread some series recently for their entertainment value. 

This summer when I have time to myself to think and reflect I would like to spend more time rereading and indulging in the slower books regardless of the time they require because I am sure they will be phenomenal when I take the time to read them! The first rereads that I am going to do will be for the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, this remains constantly at the forefront of my brain and I would love to re-experience the world and lovely characters. Vin and Elend are my favorite fictional couple. I would like to take the time and dedicate it to enjoying things that I know I love, instead of risking it on mediocre books. How do you all feel about rereading and taking time away from reading new and exciting books to review? 

Please chat in the comments, I would love to know how you build time for rereading and or why you select certain books to reread.

Happy Reading!