WordPress 008 – Book Experience 004 – The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Spoilers)

Hi everyone, I hope that everything is going wonderfully.  The weather has been rather glorious this weekend, so I’m enjoying the nice spring weather (despite having multiple projects due for classes).  I love spring.

Anyway, today is another Monday, and I have another Book Experience, this time on The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.  WARNING: There will be spoilers, more likely than not.

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I showed this book in my book haul last month, and I bought it because of the cover and what it reminded me of: wax seals, parchments, calligraphy, ink… very nostalgic.  And I wondered before if you can actually feel nostalgia for a time in the past that you have never lived through or experienced?  It’s a beautiful book under the dust jacket as well, as you can see the nice red and gold complementing each other and the gold lettering on the spine.  Apparently there’s a film based on this, from what I’ve read in the book.

I was somewhat skeptical as to what this “Secret” was because I had a feeling that it was going to be something rather cliche, even though it claims to be this… incredibly mysterious treasure of some sort that the great and famous people of the past had once possessed.  It was not as cliche as I thought it would be, but it was rather repetitive… I sort of got the message after the first chapter, but it went on for several more chapters, focusing on different aspects of life (money, relationships, health, etc.)

“The Secret” is the “law of attraction” or basically the power of positive thinking.  If you think good thoughts, good things will happen, and if you think bad thoughts, bad things will happen.  Pretty straightforward, and the author was probably right that it’s very difficult to change someone’s way of thinking from negative to positive, especially when they are suffering.  She goes through a lot of explanations and examples, which I found a bit repetitive, as were the quotes interspersed throughout the book that were mostly by the same people over and over with a few from the aforementioned great and famous people of the past mixed in.

Not much more to say on this, except stay positive everyone!

So, that is it for my Book Experience on The Secret.  If you have your own Book Experience or thoughts on the subject, I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!

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WordPress 007 – Monthly Wrap-up 001 (April 2013)

Hi everyone.

It’s nearing the end of the month, and I thought I would do a quick post on the books that I finished in April and what I am currently reading and hoping to finish in the near future (though not necessarily in the next month).

Finished in April

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Never Use White Type on a Black Background and 50 Other Ridiculous Design Rules by Anneloes van Gaalen

I picked this up earlier this month, and it will be included in this month’s book haul that will be posted up next week.  It was really the cover and the entire concept of white text on a black background that interested me because my eyes are rather sensitive to that combination (and perhaps even worse is red text on a black background).  It’s very short and quick read, and I think I got through it in an hour in between my tutoring sessions one Saturday.  Just quotes galore.

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

I read another famous play by Tennessee Williams before (The Glass Menagerie), and I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while.  One of my coworkers was reading this for class, so I thought I would read along and actually finished it rather quickly.  I always knew I read rather fast once I set my mind to it.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Ah, yes, I finally finished this book and got a Book Experience up on it earlier this week.  Very interesting take on the unfolding of Nazi Germany.  Probably a book that I would most likely reread.

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The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

This is one of the books I picked up last month, if you remember it from March’s book haul.  I decided to read it because I was just too curious as to what “The Secret” was, and as it turned out, the book itself was quite repetitive.  I can’t say that I didn’t get anything out of it though.

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How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman

A graphic novel, if I had to describe it, just pictures everywhere.  This was a gift for my brother from a friend of his, and what does he do first?  He gives it to me, so I can read it.  How kind of him.  Anyway, yes we do have a cat, and some things in this really made me chuckle out loud.

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Vampire Darcy’s Desire by Regina Jeffers

I started this book years ago, and I finally finished the last 150 pages.  This is the third book I read of her Pride and Prejudice adaptations, and I thoroughly enjoyed them all (yes, even this one with Mr. Darcy as a vampire, which yes, I was wary/skeptical of).  I like her writing style, and I think it reminds me of Jane Austen’s a lot.  I have other series that tells Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s point of view, and sometimes even beyond the original novel itself, so I am excited to get into that.

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

Now, I’ve been wanting to read this little book for ages, and when I finally got my hands on it, I finished it in one night in bed.  Quite poignant for such a small book, as you can see by the amount of Post-It tabs I stuck into it.  I like it very much.

Currently Reading

I am normally in the middle of multiple books at a time, so these are the ones I am currently reading.  I might pick up quick ones to read through as well here and there, like I did for this month.

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Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

This was recommended to me a while back by one of my penpals, Kevin, so I’m working my way through it.  The only other thing I’ve read by Chuck Palahniuk was “Guts” (and it was for a class as well… imagine our surprise).

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UBIK by Philip K. Dick

Another recommended to me by Ken, and while it took a bit to get into the plot, it was rather mind-blowing already, the world that Dick created.  How did he think of these things?  Mind-blowing, I tell you.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Another one I’ve been meaning to read, and one that my coworker is reading now after he finished A Streetcar Named Desire.  He said he didn’t quite understand what was going on and thought I might help.  So far, I’m just having a hard time remembering “mental hospital” instead of thinking “prison” because I’ve watched too much OZ.

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

This is a bit of an ongoing series for me because I’m just trying to savor it each time I read.  I am getting through this incredible fast, much faster than I anticipated, so I feel like I have to set it down, or I would just devour it.  I’m just letting it all sink in and enjoying it.  I watched the TV series already, and I am just getting the best of both worlds because each one has something to give.

That’s all I have for now.  I think I’m reading much more and faster since I started this blog, which is rather exciting.  Granted, some of the books were short and fast to read (and one just had pictures just as much, so I might not even count that one).  We shall see how well I hold this up.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 006 – Book Experience 003 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Spoilers)

Hi everyone.  I hope you have all been doing wonderfully this past weekend.  I learned something rather surprising yesterday that I didn’t know about, so I was reeling for a while there.

Anyway, I have another Book Experience post today, and this time, I’m going to be doing it on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  WARNING: There will be spoilers, more likely than not.  And I have a feeling this will turn out rather long and ramble-y, so forgive me for the wall-of-text.

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I feel that everyone in the world has read this book already, but I just finished it last week, so yay, I’m part of the crowd now.  Not sure how I feel about that (being part of the crowd because I rather like my solitude, if you understand), but I am really glad I got to read it.  Look at all those Post-It tabs.  Yes, I went a little crazy.

So, I found out about this book because there seems to be quite a lot of hype over it still, even though it’s been out for years (surprisingly), and I’ve been hearing about it and hearing about it for a while before I decided I would just go get myself a copy just to see what it was about.  I think the only thing I knew about it at the time was that it was narrated by Death, which I found really fascinating.

I have a thing about misunderstood characters, especially characters who people think/believe are inherently bad or evil, so like Severus Snape from Harry Potter series or Silas from The Da Vinci Code.  Are they really so bad or evil, or do they have something more behind them and inside them?  I remember when I was taking a class on John Milton, I wrote my entire final research paper on Satan in Paradise Lost.  Really fascinating, all of it.  Of course, I won’t say that I’m so naive to think that there is always something good, but I don’t want to believe that it’s always something bad either.

Anyway, this is why I found Death to be the most intriguing character.  Characters have always been the top reasons why I get pulled into stories, the plot itself being the next reason.  I have such a… deep love for characters, and Death in this novel is definitely up there.  I’m sure that we all have this portrayal of Death in our minds, how we fear death, think it’s unfair or a punishment, how we resist it with all of our life… but the portrayal of Death in The Book Thief is quite unique.

Death first piqued my interest on page 4, when he wonders, “The question is, what color will everything be at that moment when I come for you?  What will the sky be saying?”  The idea of how Death perceives color?  That’s what I thought because I always think of Death as dark, black, maybe red.  Not this one though.  I wondered what kind of colors Death would see.  I remember that as I continued reading, Death sort of retreated into the background for a long time, a good first part of the book at least, until I almost forgot that it was his story, that he was the one narrating all of this.

Midway through the book, in the first snippet of part five on page 242, when he was talking about how Rudy would have loved that kiss Liesel gave him… the way Death said those lines, I felt my heartstrings getting tugged so hard.  Somehow, he felt so real, so human, so many feelings of bitterness and regret, just… hard to describe.  That’s when I went, “Goddamnit Death…”  I feel -for- him, just as I did Rudy.

There’s probably a lot I can say about Death, like I can write an entire essay on him with his subtle entrances here and there, his presence throughout the novel.  It felt good having him as a narrator, and he came back at the end of the book, which I was excited about.  There was a line that was pretty thoughtful: “I’m in most places at least once, and in 1943, I was just about everywhere” (539).  It was the same feeling I got while watching the movie In Time, and the one character gave all his time to Justin Timberlake’s character and told him, “Don’t waste my time.”  Double meaning!  I like that.  Makes you rethink a common saying.

Anyway, the last page.  I love the last page.  And the last line.  So poignant.

So, all that was about Death.  Phew!  As for the other characters in the story, I’ll briefly talk about what was most memorable to me about them.

Liesel – She has quite a bit of strength in her, maybe because of just spunk and/or recklessness from being a young girl, like how she totally kicked the taunting boy where it counted.  However, there was also that conviction she had about hating Hilter, that frankness when she said Max isn’t dead yet, that steadiness she had when she read during the raids, that courage when she reached out to Max when he was being marched with the other Jews, and the true strength at the end of the novel when her world ended, and she found her foster parents.  I liked her.

Hans – Hans was almost a minor/background character, but it is very clear that he cares about Liesel the most.  When he slapped her across the face to impress upon her to never ever say she hated Hitler in public again, that has got to be tough on him.  But he did it anyway, to protect her.  He agreed with her, but he had to make sure she never makes that mistake, or it will be the end of her.  I think it’s what you have to do as a parent sometimes.

Rudy – Ah, Rudy.  “Poor Rudy,” as Death has said.  He was just so steadfast in his belief that maybe one day he will get a kiss from Liesel.  Just a shame and wish he had gotten it after all that time.

Max – I really like Max as a character, and sometimes I forget that he was a fighter in the past because of how helpless his situation is.  Max knows “how it is” as he said when he had to stay behind at the house when the raids were going on.  The truly tragic part was that he not only was most likely to die, but he would die alone.  And how he told the Hubermanns, “You’ve done enough,” that stirred a lot of things.  How he was captured and how Liesel reached out to him… and how he came back in the end to find her.  I’m glad that he made it.  Real glad.

Now finally, I mentioned that characters were my top reasons to enjoy a book, but I can’t forget about the plot.  The plot here is something that is different than many perspectives that we have of the Holocaust, how we tend to read about a Jewish POV and following that person.  It was very intriguing and appealing to read about a family who was not completely sympathetic to Hitler and was hiding a Jew and what they had to go through.  A new way to look at it definitely.  Just awesome.  Thank you, Mr. Zusak.

So, that is it for my Book Experience on The Book Thief.  If you have your own Book Experience on it, I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 005 – Bookish Things

Hi everyone.  Thanks for visiting my blog, reading, liking, commenting, all that you do.  I appreciate it!

 

So today, I decided to break up some of my book experiences with another kind of post, and I thought about showing some of my bookmarks and other bookish things.  I’m sure everyone uses different things when they’re reading a book, so allow me to show you some of mine.  :)

 

These are in no particular order.  Though now that I look at it, I suppose they are from least unique to most unique…?

 

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This bookmark is one that I got from The Mission Inn in Riverside, and I had to go there to research it for a project in high school.  There was a little gift shop there, and I poked my head in to see if there was anything that interested me.  There was, and it was this bookmark of… *reads the back* …the Cloister Wing’s Carmel Dome, constructed in 1910.

 

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Here are two adorable dog-bone-shaped metal bookmarks, and having two dogs myself, I thought they were rather perfect for me.  I got the one with the black text first before I found the white one.  I love our two dogs (and our cat) very much.  <3

 

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This is a Persian rug bookmark that I ordered from a fundraiser.  It reminds me of the time back in like 4th grade where we had this contest to color in a Persian rug.  That was a momentous task because there were so many little details, and it took me forever.  I think only a handful of students actually did it, so we were winners by default and won art supplies as our prizes, such as crayons, colored pencils, a small paint kit, etc.  It was certainly fun though; I haven’t colored like that in a long time.  :)

 

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I love the color green, so this is a favorite bookmark of mine.  It is technically like a paint color card that we used to choose the color and to paint the exterior of our house, but I ended up keeping it because it’s green, and I can use it as a bookmark.  Because… why not?

 

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I believe I found this bookmark in one of the books I bought from Goodwill, and it looks pretty cool.  It’s actual wood, but the fragrance is now gone from it, which is perhaps a good thing because I don’t want to have the pages of my books have a fragrant-y smell.  I love the smell of old books though, old books, new books, just that “book smell.”  It’s glorious, and I love it.

 

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I bought these little “Last Line” bookmarks from Barnes & Noble because I thought they would be rather useful.  I included an example picture of how to use it (and if you can guess which book it was that I used the bookmark on, I’d say you’re very observant).  You can use it on either page of course, just turn it over if you’re using the page on the left.  I am pretty good at remembering where I left off, even though I stopped in the middle of the page or it’s been a while since I read something (especially since I read multiple books at a time), so I haven’t used the bookmarks as much.  Still, they’re pretty neat.

 

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Here is another that I also found in Barnes & Noble, and the title of this bookmark is rather misleading because it says “50 books to read before you die,” but it’s really more like 50 books and series.  I’ll list them all here, and you can see how much you have read, according to this list.  :)

01 – The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien

02 – 1984 by George Orwell

03 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

04 – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

05 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

06 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

07 – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

08 – A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

09 – The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

10 – Hamlet by William Shakespeare

11 – A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul

12 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

13 – The Cather in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

14 – The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath

15 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

16 – The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

17 – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

18 – The Bible by Various

19 – The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

20 – Ulysses by James Joyce

21 – The Quiet American by Graham Greene

22 – Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

23 – Money by Martin Amis

24 – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

25 – Moby Dick by Herman Melville

26 – The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

27 – His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

28 – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

29 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

30 – Rebbeca by Daphne du Maurier

31 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

32 – On the Road by Jack Kerouac

33 – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

34 – The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

35 – The Outsider by Albert Camus

36 – The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

37 – Life of Pi by Yann Martel

38 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

39 – The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

40 – Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway

41 – Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

42 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

43 – Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

44 – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defor

45 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

46 – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

47 – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

48 – Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

49 – The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante

50 – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

Personally I have read 17 on the list in their entirety (I have them bolded), and I own another 16 that I haven’t read.  How much have you read on the list?  :)

 

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I’ve been trying to reteach myself how to crochet lately, something that I learned from my mom like years and years ago.  I don’t know how to do much with it, and I was just practicing with this bit of yarn that I had, and it started to look sort of like a bookmark.  What if I just crocheted my own bookmark?  That would be awesome.  :D  I know that there are other bookmark designs to crochet, but I’ll have to work my way up there.

 

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And now, some non-bookmark things.  This is my booklight for reading in bed before I go to sleep, which I normally do.  I don’t like having the room light on just for reading, so I thought I would buy this little booklight when I have to read, and it’s been working like a charm.  The light isn’t so blindingly bright, and the clip is such a way that it won’t damage the pages of the book.  Whether the book is hardcover or paperback, it just fits, and I like it.  Our cat does too apparently, so he likes to bat it with its paw sometimes while I’m reading.

 

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I found this Book Lover’s Journal in Barnes & Noble, and I think I’m that kind of person who just collects pretty journals/diaries but rarely writes in them.  I haven’t really used this yet, even though I see how practical and organized it is.  It’s not that I haven’t tried to use it either, but I discovered there isn’t enough space to put down all my thoughts on the one page the journal provides per book.  I might as well put all of that on this blog!

 

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Finally, I have this Book Giver button from last year’s first annual World Book Night (it’s now attached to my purse).  I was really lucky and glad to be chosen as a Book Giver, and I was able to give away 20 copies of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien to some students I was student teaching last year.  Such a good feeling.  The next one is this Tuesday, April 23.  Spread the joy of reading by giving away books!

 

So, that’s all I have right now.  Thanks for reading, and until next time, take care!

WordPress 004 – Book Experience 002 – The Giver by Lois Lowry (Spoilers)

Hi everyone.  I hope you have all been doing wonderfully this past week.

This is my second Book Experience post, and this time, I’m going to be doing it on The Giver by Lois Lowry.  WARNING: There will be spoilers, more likely than not.

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I’m sure many people have heard about this book, much like I have while I was growing up, but I never really… knew what it was about.  It’s like one of those things that everyone is talking about, but you’re left out of the circle, and you just want to ask, “So… what is it exactly?” but you don’t want to sound like you were living under a rock all this time.

Sadly for me, I suppose I have been living a rock all this time because I only finished reading this book last year, even though I’ve been wanting to read it since 4th grade.  Better late than never I guess!  I like to think I have much more appreciation for the overall idea and message in the book because I read it now rather than reading it back in 4th grade.

The old man on the cover is rather iconic I would say, and it’s pretty much the only thing I would remember about The Giver over the years, and I didn’t really have a reason to read a book about an old man, especially when I was in elementary school.  As I grew up, I read my own share of dystopian novels: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, etc., but I think the very first one that I read was a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin called “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (I think I had to write an essay on it as well, on the morality of the entire situation).

By the time I gave in and finally read The Giver last year, I was already familiar with utopian/dystopian themes, so I picked up on that right away in the first chapter.  That was one of the reasons why I got pulled into the story.  Little things here and there reminded me of the other novels I had read, how precise the rules are, how people are controlled but they aren’t even aware they are being controlled, how certain things are forbidden, like the power to choose… it’s all so subtle in a way, but also really obvious to us because we know what is being sacrificed.

Funny thing was I was reading this to two seventh graders I tutor on Saturdays last year (we were all reading it together for the first time), and we got to the part where Jonas was being chosen as the Receiver of Memory.  The Chief Elder told Jonas, “thank you for your childhood,” and all three of us shuddered because it was the creepiest thing in the world to hear that.

However, the one part that I remember the most clearly was when Jonas finally learned the meaning of “release” because it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I had not expected that ever because even though I had a feeling of what “release” meant, I didn’t expect it to have it portrayed the way it did.  Holy —-.  I think I even got chills rereading that part again, as I was going through the book to tag all these things I wanted to remember.  I wonder how (deeply) disturbing it would have been to my 4th grade self, had I actually read it back then. It was also probably the deepest feeling of betrayal for Jonas, but he is the only one (aside from the Giver) who even knows what that feels like.  Sigh.

Anyway, all in all, I wish I read this book earlier in my life, but at the same time, I am glad I read it now because it still had quite an impact, maybe an even bigger one right now because of what I have experienced already.

So, that is it for my Book Experience for The Giver.  If you have your own Book Experience on it, I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 003 – Book Experience 001 – A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick (Spoilers)

Hi everyone.

Thank you very much for the likes and comments on my book haul in the previous post. :)

Here is my first “Book Experience” post, and maybe some explanation is needed first before I go into it. WARNING: There will be spoilers, more likely than not.

This is going to be different than the traditional “Book Review,” as I’m not really going to give a full summary of the book, talk about the author, or everything that goes into a regular book review. What I am going to give is basically what my experience was of the book and as much as I can remember about how I found out about it, what I felt while reading it, what stood out to me the most, and other things relevant to the book itself (and maybe some random things thrown in there too). I believe everyone’s experience of a particular book is unique, and it will be very interesting to see how another person experienced the book through his/her eyes. It can be an entirely different perspective because the other person might pick up something that you didn’t or one part of the book affected you more but the other person didn’t notice. I’d like to hear your own book experience, if you had read the book.

Anyway, without further ado, this is my book experience on A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick.

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So, I first found out about this book from one of my penpals, Ken, who is a huge Philip K. Dick fan. At the time, I never even heard about Philip K. Dick, so like most people, I just Googled him and went to Wikipedia. I was surprised to learn that even though I didn’t know who he was, I actually watched quite a few movies that were adaptations of his works (namely Total Recall, Minority Report, and Paycheck, all of which I enjoyed). So, my reaction was, “Hey~ I didn’t know those movies were from books!” and I immediately wanted to read them.

I didn’t get the book right away, but I was able to get my hands on a graphic novel version of A Scanner Darkly (which I later would send to Ken as a gift). I recognized Keanu Reeves on the cover, and I thought it could be something to watch with my best friend. She liked it because of the art style and Robert Downey Jr. (<3), who was also in the movie. I think it was a good idea for me to watch the movie before I read the book because I think the story would have been difficult to follow otherwise. It’s not usually in the style that I read.

I know that is something book readers are not supposed to do ever, but I think both versions have their merits, and I got something out of both. For example, at the beginning of the movie, the entire scene with the guy and the bugs, it was really something just getting to see it. It reminded me of some of the things I learned in psychology class, especially having to live with such hallucinations (and the scariest thing that my professor said was… actually, I shouldn’t. I’m getting creeped out just thinking about it.).

Anyway, it was on a trip to Goodwill that I found a copy of A Scanner Darkly, which is pictured up there. I was so excited; I think I squeaked in the store or made some other embarrassing sound. I read through it rather quickly whenever I found the time, and I was reminded of the movie a lot, so I was able to follow the story much easier.

However, what surprised me as I was reading was that I kept having a difficult time remembering that Fred and Bob Arctor were both the same person. In the movie, it was obvious because Keanu Reeves was right there as Bob Arctor or in his scramble suit. In the novel, I needed to remind myself again and again that they were the same person because when you read two different names on the page, you would assume two different people.

I think this is why Chapter 13, when the psychologists were explaining his condition to him, created a much more powerful impact than in the movie for me. I love (love love) how they described it using mirrors and reflections, and it is perhaps my favorite part of the book. I had to stop for a moment and let that just sink in, and I can reflect on it. So good. Even though mirrors give me the creeps sometimes, I think mirrors, reflections, and the distortion of reality are all very fascinating.

So that is it for my first book experience. If you have your own book experience on A Scanner Darkly, I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care! :)

WordPress 002 – Book Haul 001 (March 2013)

Hi everyone.

I took some time to get pictures, and I probably went a little overboard with them, but here is my book haul for March 2013.

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There they are: 8 hardcovers and 12 paperbacks.

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The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
I must admit that sometimes, I choose books due to how intriguing their cover looks. I like how this one reminds me of wax seals and how things were written on parchment. Very nostalgic. (Question: Can you feel nostalgic for a time in the past you have never really lived through or experienced?) Plus, under the dust jacket, the book is like red and gold and looks really nice. I had to show my brother rather excitedly, but he just looked confused. “The Secret” seems very mysterious, but I have a feeling it’s going to be something… somewhat cliche. I’ll have to see.

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Fallen Angel by Don J. Snyder
The description at the back of the book drew me in, something about memory and recalling something from many, many years ago, trying to remember the first moment exactly. Something to think about for me because memory is a rather flexible and, at times, inaccurate thing. This book has a deckle edge (I had to look this up because I knew there had to be a word for it), and I know it’s just artificial and everything, but I rather like it.

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The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
Much like The Secret, this reminds me of nostalgia and also cliche-ish things. Only this one is about time travel. I like the colors of this, black and brown/sepia/whatever you may call it. And the map of the world. I notice odd things, yes.

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Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
(I try to not get creeped out by pictures that stare intensely and directly at you.) Anyway, you probably notice I don’t put summaries and such of the book because well… I’m pretty sure you have your own websites that you tend to go to and get summaries of books you might be interested in. For me, I just picked this up on a whim. I’ll see if I like it or not. Strong female characters… it’s hard to find them sometimes.

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Three Complete Novels by E. M. Forster
Now when I saw this book at Goodwill, I gasped and couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough. It’s beautiful. The green and gold and gold edges on the paper and the ribbon bookmark… Beautiful. I’ve owned two books by E. M. Forster before, which are the two out of the three on here, so hopefully I’ll actually read it one day. The last person who had this was apparently in the middle of A Room with a View.

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A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
So, I also get intrigued by the title of books, which caught my attention on this one. “A conspiracy of paper”… that just sounds so interesting! Maybe just to me, but yes, I picked it up. The cover feels nice too. This is why I love the physical copies of books. So much to look at and feel. …I’m just weird.

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Thr3e by Ted Dekker
The description is pretty thrilling, and it seems like this is going to start off fast and just keep on going. I like the thriller genre, so that’s another reason why I picked this up.

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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Intriguing title is intriguing. And I still haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale yet, which is like something you just have to read in your entire lifetime, but… I’m getting there. So I’m not sure when I’ll get to this, but at least I have it on my shelf to eventually read.

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Pandemic by Daniel Kalla
Now if this doesn’t remind you of every (zombie) apocalypse ever… And not to mention that there’s a game online called Pandemic 2 where you get to try and infect the world. I have to say though, in that game, the world is pretty resilient. Go world. Anyway, this book mentioned SARS in the description, and I remember that was a big scare back then. This will be interesting. The red on the cover was a really blinding red when the sun reflected off it while I was driving home.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I’m rather glad I finally got a copy of this because this has been one of those books that I hear a lot of things about, but I’ve never read it. I don’t know when I’ll read it either, but at least I have it, so it’s a little bit closer to being read.

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Magyk by Angie Sage
I like the cover of this book, and I think if I had found the hardcover edition of it, it would look much more awesome. (Randomly, it reminds me of the Siren’s class mods in Borderlands 2.) In the meantime, I’ll just have to read it and see if I like it.

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Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
Not to be confused with the other book that is similarly titled. I’ve been interested in reading Girl with a Pearl Earring for a while now, so I thought in the meantime, I’ll just pick up another book by the author.

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The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
This was interesting when I read the description about following the author as a character in a novel. Similar to the movie Shakespeare in Love that followed Shakespeare while he was trying to write what would become Romeo and Juliet. Real interested in reading this.

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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
I finished The Road earlier this year, so I picked up this one because it’s by the same author, and I also remember there was a movie on it with Tommy Lee Jones. Any movie with Tommy Lee Jones, I’m there, so there we have it.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
I think you know that the zombie genre has gone a little too far when you have zombies in a classic novel. I’ve heard about this book for a while, but I haven’t picked it up until now because (like my brother) I didn’t see how zombies would work in something like Jane Austen. I guess I’ll find out.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Zombies in a classic novel and now vampires in history? Sure… why not? I suppose it will make things that much more interesting. History was probably my weakest subject in school, and I found it interesting when I read historical novels (like when I read Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and The Source by James A. Michener). Anyway, the movie cover looks awesome.

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A Flickering Light by Jane Kirkpatrick
The cover of this reminds me too much of a dream I once had, so I picked it up. (Well, I never said that all of my reasons for picking up a book were rational.) So um… yeah, I’ll have to see.

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The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips
I’ve been into letter writing for a while now (hello to all my penpals, should they see this), and I picked this book up because of the whole letter writing and nostalgic feeling like The Secret gave me. This seems like an interesting idea, an almost-forgotten part of history that has been rediscovered.

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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
When I found out that “labyrinth” was another word for “maze,” I just fell in love with that word. (Much like I fell in love with the word “vagabond” that means “traveler” or “drifter.”) So that’s partially why I picked up this book as well as the mystery behind/inside the labyrinth.

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The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
I’ve been on the lookout for more books by Philip K. Dick ever since I read A Scanner Darkly, and I never expected that I would find this one. When I got it, it looked so gorgeous, despite the fact that it was used. It looks practically new, and I just need to find/make some time to read.

Well, those are all 20 books. I can’t wait to get into them, as well as all the others I have on my shelves. I need to pick up my reading that’s for sure! I hope to get my book experience on A Scanner Darkly written up soon.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care.