Friday, March 30, 2018

Meme: Book Blogger Hop: March 30 - April 5th



How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone's house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?Elizabeth @Silver's Reviews
Nope.

My daughter's school has a parent book club. I was excited about it until I realized all the choices were religious books. (She goes to a private religious school.)

Not that there's anything wrong with that, but... pass. That's the closest I've gotten to joining a book club.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Meme: My Favorite .. High School Experience



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.


This week's topic: High School Experience 

Hmm. This one is tricky. I didn't really like high school. I didn't hate it, but I didn't care much for it. The thing I miss the most was actually writing notes. My best friends and I used to just write each other in most classes. I always liked doing little doodles and cutesy foldings.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Challenge: Mini Blog Ahead [March 24 - April 7]


This challenge is host by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and is all about catching up and getting ahead with your blogging.

Blogging can be stressful. Especially when life gets busy with vacations, school, emergencies or when a dreaded blogging slumps hit. Blog Ahead aims at helping cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy.

Whatever number of posts you have scheduled on that day...add 14 posts and THAT's the goal you're aiming for by the time the challenge ends.

*All challenge posts must go live after the event ends to count.

I have zero posts scheduled on any of the days, so my goal is 14 posts scheduled after April 7th!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: 23rd - 29th



When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books?Maria @A Night's Dream of Books
Not really. I can only recall one time recently where a conversation with a friend turned to a book. (Night - Elie Wiesel) And we were more talking about politics.

Most of my friends aren't big readers. The ones that are... well, we tend to have different tastes. I can only think of two people who I share a lot of similar reading tastes with. One lives halfway across the country (to the north) and the other lives across an entire ocean!! I think if we met up, we would discuss books and make recommendations, but the people around me. We all kind of do our own thing. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

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Summary (from goodreads):
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
.~*.*~.~*.*~.~*.*~.~*.*~.~*.*~.~*.*~.


Edition Read: Local library via Overdrive

Where (else) to buy: kobo*, google play, amazon*, nook*, book depository*, thriftbooks*
If you are contemplating suicide, please seek help.
Call : 1-800-273-8255
Text : 741741
(I have used the latter myself. It may take a few minutes for them to pair you with a counselor, but they will respond.)

Thoughts:
This review is going to be a little different. I have been putting this off for a long time.

This book does a good job highlighting bullying and sexual harassment. It shows how small actions can snowball into bigger ones and make someone's life miserable. The writing is easy to read and flows quickly. I had trouble putting it down.

Not the book version, but I know people (in their 30s) raving about how good the Netflix series is. How it opened their eyes to how actions affect others and made them feel badly about how they behaved when they were younger.

On that note, it's an admirable effort and I can understand the appeal.

That said...
I didn't like it.

Now, I know people, especially teenagers, can be over-dramatic and think, "Oh, if I were dead, that'd show them. I'd show allllllll of them". That's exactly what this book does. It doesn't focus on why someone might commit suicide or how to maybe get help. Hannah commits suicide because she is mad. She wants revenge and she wants everyone who wronged her to know it. It's angry (teenage) angst at it's absolute worst.

I've been suicidal before. That's not how it works.
Yes, there is probably a person or even a few people who have committed suicide out of revenge, but most do it because they are miserable, desperate, and do not see another way out.

I do have another major issue with this book, but it contains a spoiler.
Highlight to reveal the spoiler: [ Hannah witnesses her ex-friend's rape. She details this onto the tapes and the ex-friend is one of the 13 people she sends this to. It's disgusting.

Oh, and the horrible, very bad, "you made me kill myself" thing this girl did to deserve this?
They had a falling out over something stupid. ]

Verdict:

I can see why this would fall into the category of A Very Important Book for some people. I liked the concept, but not the execution.


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My Favorite .. Hobby (next to reading)



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.


This week's topic: Hobby(next to reading)

Damn. I actually have too many hobbies. And I've been neglecting all of them lately.

Crocheting is a big one. I have to pace myself because it does hurt my hands and wrists if I do too much too fast. (Yes, I'm only in my early 30s.) Currently rotating between a giant throw blanket and a rug for the front door.

I also love TV. More than I should, really, but there are just so many good shows out now. (Santa Clarita Diet comes out Friday!)

Also, video games. Currently playing Final Fantasy XV and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on PS4 and original Fallout on the PC.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My Favorite .. Music at the Moment



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.


This week's topic: Music at the Moment

I'm not a big music person, I mostly just listen to what's on the radio. Here's what I'm feeling right now.






Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Favorite .. Trilogy



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.


This week's topic: Trilogy 

Is it weird that I'm struggling to think of some book trilogies? They are really not in vogue anymore. 


By default, The Hunger Games wins out as favorite book trilogy. It's the only one I have read in recent memory. That is not to discredit the series. If you have read this blog at any point, you will know that I generally dislike YA books. I was hooked from start to finish. It's not perfect, but I read all three books over the course of two or three days.


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