WordPress 030 – BookTube Read-a-thon in video


WordPress 029 – BookTube Read-a-thon

Hello everyone!

So, this post is going to reveal what I am going to attempt starting Monday, and it’s the BookTube Read-a-thon, or BookTube-a-thon for short.  This was started by two people in the BookTube community on YouTube: padfootandprongs07 and ArielBissett, and I can link their videos where they explain the gist of it.

padfootandprongs07  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p606hTpUvxo

ArielBissett – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRd8T_yWukM

It’s basically a marathon of reading starting on Monday, July 15 to Sunday, July 21, and there are 7 challenges you can attempt to do during this read-a-thon.


1) read an average of 300 pages a day

2) read a book with over 500 pages

3) re-read one book

4) finish a series/trilogy

5) read a book that’s been on your shelf forever

6) listen to an audiobook

7) read a classic

It’s all official sounding, but I’m just going to be participating in it as leisurely as I can.  Sure I’m still reading as it is, even without the read-a-thon, but this will give the opportunity to push myself to read even more and read books that fit certain categories and fun things like listening to an audiobook…  I think it will give me more motivation to read, so we’ll see about that!

I haven’t deciding on which books I want to do for the challenges, and I’m sure I can combine the challenges together or have books that fit multiple challenges.  I think I’ll do videos for the next two Mondays, both to start the read-a-thon and let everyone know which books I ended up deciding on and to wrap up after the read-a-thon ends.  Not sure what I’ll do on that Thursday, but we shall see as always.

Alright, happy reading in the meantime everyone!  Take care!

WordPress 023 – The Name Game Book Tag

Hello everyone!  The weather has been glorious these past few days, and I’ve been sitting outside during the afternoon to read and just loving it.  Of course, I’m mostly reading for classes, but I’m actually ahead of my reading right now for that, which is almost a first.  Normally I’m just bogged down forever by reading, so this week, I’m looking forward to getting a lot more pleasure reading done.

This week, I’m going to do a tag called the “Name Game Book Tag,” which asks you to choose a book that you read/own that begins with the letters of your name.  The person who created it was KimberleysBookNook @ YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVMZjVsQrfU

Now, most of the people who did this tag on YouTube had long first names, so they only did their first name.  On the other hand, I have a short full name with only 9 letters, and I have 3 N’s and 2 A’s, so I’ll just do my entire name because why not?

Here we go!



Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers

I found this book when I was browsing around in Barnes & Noble a few years ago, and I saw Darcy’s name on the cover.  I thought to myself, “Huh… The only “Darcy” I know is Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.”  So I checked it out, and it turned out to be this!  I didn’t even know this was a thing (now I do), that authors can write essentially “fanfiction” about something as classic as Pride and Prejudice.  I love getting to read it from the point of view of Mr. Darcy, and this was one I really enjoyed.  I read another by a different author, but it was pretty much a summary of what happened without much insight into Mr. Darcy’s character.  I liked the way Regina Jeffers wrote it.



One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

This novel surprised me in a way because I didn’t know much about it and didn’t expect much from it, but it was a great read.  I like the character of McMurphy and how he was like, and you can read my Book Experience (# 010) on it if you like.



Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Perhaps one of the first dystopian novels I’ve read, and it really pulled me into the genre because I think we can learn a lot about humanity from them.



The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

I’m familiar with Poe’s poetry and his short stories (I remember reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” as an audiobook in class back in 8th grade, and it was so creepy), but I didn’t know he had written something novel-length.  Apparently, it’s the only one, and… it was really something.  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge reminds me of it.  Fun fact that my professor told me: note the similarity between the names Arthur Gordon Pym and Edgar Allan Poe.



Anthem by Ayn Rand

Just read this and put up my Book Experience on it, and it’s really a deep, thought-provoking book.  It makes me think a lot, which is a plus for any book.



Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Now this book brings me some nostalgia.  I read it in 6th grade, and I remember my teacher having us try out the Mobius strip, and it was so awesome.  It was rather mind-blowing back then, and I’m glad to have read this book, which makes all school things like reading and math rather fun.



Holes by Louis Sachar

I’ve read all the goofy Wayside School books, so I was hesitant to read this one for a long time because I didn’t think it would be “serious,” but man, was I wrong.  I really liked the story, and I was especially surprised by how much I like the story with Katherine Barlow.  So tragic.  And this was one of the books where I didn’t know it was made into a movie, and I watched it with my best friend and enjoyed it as well.



Animal Farm by George Orwell

Ugh, this book.  It feels so innocent at first, like a fable story because come on, talking animals.  I was thinking they were going to get justice and live happily ever after, but nope.  I didn’t expect it to get so sinister at the end, and it was just terrifying how it got to that point.  Really love it.



Night Sins by Tami Hoag

Haven’t showed off this author yet, even though I’ve mentioned her.  I read many of her books, both the romance ones she used to write and the crime thrillers she currently writes.  I was surprised in the end by quite a few of her crime thrillers because I didn’t expect this person to have done it instead of that person, so I really like that about it.  Also there is a touch of romance, which I can’t resist, between the normally two main characters, and it’s not so cloying or obvious, and it doesn’t detract or distract from the story itself.  Plus, many of her female characters now are pretty strong characters, which is a plus.

And that was my Name Game Book Tag.  It was hard to choose one book sometimes, so I’m glad I got to choose a few for N and A.

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care and happy reading!

WordPress 021 – 7 Deadly Sins of Reading Tag

Hello everyone!  So this Thursday on this very busy week of mine, I’m going to do another one of these book-related tags because I think they’re fun to do, and it will break up the monotony of my Book Experiences.

The one that I choose to do this week is called the “7 Deadly Sins of Reading Tag,” which asks questions about books and reading based on the 7 deadly sins: greed, wrath, gluttony, sloth, pride, lust, and envy (and who else besides me learned and memorized what they were because of Full Metal Alchemist?).  The person who created it was BookishlyMalyza @ YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm0c56gcbsE

Here are the questions:

GREED – What is your most expensive book? What is your least expensive book?

I have way too many books to go through and check all of them (as well as remembering just how much they each cost me originally when I bought them), so I decided to just go for the price that is on the book itself.


I think my most expensive books that I have are the “Special Illustrated Edition” of both Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown at $35.00 each.  Basically it’s the entire novel, but all throughout the story, they have images of what they are referring to.  Really neat.


My least expensive book is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens from 1963, and on the cover, it says it is only 45 cents.  This is probably one of my oldest books too.

WRATH – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I would have to say… J. K. Rowling?


Well, of course, I love (love love) how she had written Snape.  Snape is one of my favorite characters of all time, so harsh, so tragic, and deep deep down in a place where almost no one knew or understood him, he had this other side of him.


However, starting in Book 5, the main/major plot didn’t… seem as interesting as before (even though Voldemort himself came back from the… almost-dead), and it just got more and more disconnected with me.  The introduction of the horcruxes and the final battle between Harry and Voldemort didn’t draw me in very much.

Plus in Book 5, how Harry got so absurdly angry at Ron and Hermione where it was basically a page worth of ranting in all-caps, it just… didn’t do it very much for me sadly.  Snape’s single line of all-caps was much more powerful and gave a greater impact than Harry’s rant.  When you overuse something, it tends to lose its power/impact.

GLUTTONY – What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?

For this, I’m going to say the romance novels written by Tami Hoag.  I rarely have time to reread anything, but romance novels seem to have a kind of stigma attached to them anyway, and it’s something that I’m rather “critical” about too.  I’m wary to try out the romance genre because I don’t want… instant falling in love and hopeless damsels in distress and all too perfect guys.  Give me flaws!  (More on that later.)


I actually started off with one called The Last White Knight that I got from a book sale on my university campus a few years back, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it very much.  The next ones I read were both crime thrillers, which I really really liked, so when I like an author, I set out to read as many books as I could written by him/her.  Tami Hoag first started off writing romance, so I read a lot of those as well as her current ones.  Her romance ones early on were a pretty fast read, but they were a bit too cliche at times, but I got through a lot.

SLOTH – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Hm, there are a lot of books that I have started in the past, but I haven’t picked them up again to finish.  I did finish some these past couple of months, so I am working on them.


The one book I do want to continue and neglect no further is The Myst Reader, which has three books in one volume based on the computer game Myst.  The books are called The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti’ana, and The Book of D’ni.  The sketches in these books are beautiful.

PRIDE – What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?

Uh… I like to talk about any books, as everyone can tell by my Book Experiences.  Any and all books, I think there is something to say about each of them.  I suppose classics make me sound more “intellectual,” but really, as long as you get something out of a book, no matter what it is, that is already meaningful!

LUST – What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

I’ll be answering for both because in my mind, I do have some idea of what I find “attractive,” as in the characters I would go for in a story.

Male – I find that I love the tragic male characters, those who have a lot of flaws and imperfections, those who have a past that might be painful, those who might be considered anti-heroes, those who might be misunderstood, misjudged, the underdog, the badass, the ones that people might end up hating and think are jerks, etc.  I don’t know why I love them either because they are the complete opposite of the guy you would bring home to meet your parents. Still, I love them so much.  <3

Female – Female characters are more difficult I find because I don’t really have a list of female characters who I really admire.  I like strong female characters and that they maintain that strength, even if they meet some guy.  Sometimes, female characters start off strong, but then when they meet someone, they fall for him and immediately crumble.

I like to point to Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as a strong female character, but I am reading The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe as part of my Book Vase pick last month, and the character of Clarissa Rue Hawthorne has real potential.  I thought it might start off as a standard childhood crush, but when they meet again years and years later… she is still awesome.  Strong, determined, even rejecting him.  And the male character, Christoff “Kit” Langford, isn’t too bad either.  At least not as bad as I thought he might be (i.e. “too perfect guys”).  I love it!

ENVY – What books would you most like to receive as a gift?


I actually gifted myself already!  I normally don’t buy new books, since I have other ways of getting them cheaper, but I had to buy Inferno by Dan Brown, the fourth in the Robert Langdon series.  I love how Dan Brown writes and have read all the novels he has published so far.  This one is going to about Dante’s Inferno, which makes me geek out even more.  I can’t wait to read it!  I just received it today in fact.  Yay!

And that was the 7 Deadly Sins of Reading Tag, almost late today with my post, but only because… I’m just busy forever I guess.  Too many things to do!

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care and happy reading!

WordPress 015 – Big Books Tag

Hi everyone!  Today pretty much marks the end of my spring semester, and I’ll have a couple of weeks before my summer classes start, so… yeah, no rest really.  In any case, I am going to be doing another book tag today because they’re fun and perhaps somewhat insightful for everyone into my bookish life.

This one is called the “Big Books Tag,” which basically asks you to show off the biggest (i.e. longest) books in your collection.  The person who created it was 1book1review @ YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpcsGi4tTnU  I am not really intimidated by big books, so I was curious as to which ones were actually the longest in my collection.  I’m not going to be counting collected works because they are just multiple works in one single book, which makes them longer than they appear; I’ll just be counting single novels.

Yeah, I won’t make this any more complicated than it needs to be, so without further ado:

The top 5 biggest books that I have read

…Ha, well, as I was doing my little research, it turns out that 4 out of the 5 biggest books that I have read are from Harry Potter.  Hm, well… okay, I’ll just count the longest one from Harry Potter, and just skip over the rest because… redundancy.

Also, during my research, I found that GoodReads doesn’t necessarily have the same number pages as the books have, and the page count differ drastically between paperback and hardcover (which I’ve had to switch over, since I bought a hardcover edition to replace the paperback), so hm… I do see some flaws in this particular tag.  Also, should I count all those pages in the back that has like acknowledgements, notes, references, reading group guide, all that stuff?  Because I did, and now I’m wondering if I should…

Yes, oh my goodness, I’m making things complicated, let’s just dive right in here.

The top 5 biggest books that I have read (for real this time)

# 5 – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger @ 546 pages


I immediately went out and bought this book after watching the movie and finding out that it was based on a novel.  That’s just how I roll, I guess: “What, there’s a book on this?”  *goes to read it*  I enjoyed it a lot, and there is, of course, a lot more in the book than the movie.

# 4 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak @ 550 pages


This.  Yes.  I have my Book Experience on this already, so I won’t repeat myself too much.

# 3 – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck @ 619 pages


One of those books that you had to read in high school.  I read this in my junior year (11th grade), and I remember not enjoying it very much, so I’ve been meaning to reread it and see if I like it better now that I’ve matured a bit.

# 2 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling @ 870 pages


Harry Potter this and all the other Harry Potter books around the same length.  By this book, it was really Snape that kept me going and made me want to continue and somewhat finish the series.  Sigh.

# 1 – The Source by James A. Michener @ 1,078 pages


I had to read this over the summer for a history class in high school (and this class had a rather infamous teacher, one of those that you just had to take, so you can brag how you survived the class).  Surprisingly, I enjoyed it a lot.  The first story-within-the-story made me react so much that I pretty much read through this without any trouble.  This is how you make history enjoyable, at least for me.  Make it come alive.

The top 2 biggest books that I have not read (yet)

So, I’m going to skip over a lot of books that I have by James A. Michener because they are all over 1,000 pages long.  I do want to read them someday because like I said, I rather enjoyed The Source.

# 2 – Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson @ 927 pages


I bought this book this month, so it will be featured in May’s book haul.  I keep hearing about Neal Stephenson and have been trying to find Snow Crash to read, but I thought since I found this one, I will give it a try.

# 1 – A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin @ 1,177 pages


If you had seen my “Book Collector Tag” from last week, this is indeed the longest single book in my collection that I will be getting to as I work my way through A Song of Ice and Fire series.  I’m taking my time with it because once I pick it up to read it, I end up devouring the pages, and I’m afraid I’ll go through the books too fast and end up having to wait for the next book to come out, which might be years!  So yeah.  Taking my time.


And that was the Big Books Tag, and I’m glad I did it like this.  It gives a bit of variety of the books I read, those that I read for pleasure, those that I had to read for class and either enjoyed it or didn’t so much, etc.  Let me know of your own big books, if you’d like to share!

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care and happy reading!

WordPress 013 – Book Collector Tag

Hi everyone, today I’m going to try out a book tag.  There are so many different kinds of them, many of them really interesting to do.  I realize you are supposed to be “tagged” to do them, but it’s unlikely that I would be, so I’ll just do them anyway.

This one is called the “Book Collector Tag,” which contains some questions about your book collection.  As far as I can tell, the person who created it was booksforeverafter @ YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y6g1FFgC8E  I thought this would be a good one to do to give everyone an idea of what my book collection consists of and the like.

Without further ado:

How many books do you own?

I keep track of how many books I own with Goodreads, where I enter in and catalogue my novels and plays.  According to it, I have a little over 600 books now (especially since I went to a library book sale last night).  I had wanted to keep my book collection around 550 or so because that’s about how many that can fit in the two bookcases I have, but apparently that didn’t happen.

The thing is that I don’t catalogue all the books that I have.  Here is a (partial?) list of the books that I don’t count:

  • literature anthologies
  • graphic novels and manga
  • poetry books
  • books I’m swapping/giving away
  • books on the Japanese language from when I studied Japanese
  • oversized books (e.g. collected works of Shakespeare, John Milton)
  • textbooks
  • books on teaching
  • test preparation books
  • manuals (on writing and such)
  • dictionaries…

So, if I included all of that, I would easily have over 1,000 books.  I actually tried counting the extra books that I don’t include in my overall collection and stopped when I reached like 700 so… yeah, I have a lot of books.  Whoops.

How long has it taken to accumulate your collection?

I moved from one state to another in 2001, so that’s when I actually started accumulating my collection.  It was slow at first because I didn’t have the extra funds to put toward book buying.  When I got a part-time job, I started to buy more books, but it was still rather expensive to go to the bookstore and buy books at their regular prices.  I did have to buy books for school to read, especially in university for my undergrad, since I majored in English.  Ultimately, it’s really within the last few years that I acquired much of my collection because I discovered library book sales, books from thrift stores, bargain books that I can get for a fraction of the full price.  Imagine getting a book that used to cost $26 for only $1.  How awesome is that?

How often do you buy books?

I believe on average, I go about once or twice a month to buy books, and I don’t just go to one place.  I love going to Goodwills most of all, and there are about… 4 or 5 around where I live and work, so I try to hit all of them at once.  They are a bit more expensive than libraries, but there is such a varied collection to choose from that always changes and gets updated, so going there and finding some gems in the pile is really worth it.

How do you arrange your books?

I arrange them by author’s last name, which I find the most logical.  What I love to do is getting to reorganize my shelves whenever I have a book haul.  It is the most relaxing and productive thing to do when I have to move my books over and put the new books in the right place.  Sometimes I’m able to see books that I have forgotten about and go, “Oh yeah!  I have to read that…”  I’m a weird person maybe, but getting to spend some time with my books is one of the best feelings.

What was the first book you can remember buying?

I definitely don’t remember the first book I ever bought…  I bought so many, so I don’t remember the first one I ever bought with my own money.  T_T  *tears*

What was the last book that you purchased?

Like I mentioned, I went to a library book sale last night, so all of those books will be shown in the upcoming book haul.  :)

What is the longest book you own?

The longest book that is just a single novel that I have is A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin at 1,177 pages.

The longest book that is a collection of works that I have is The Completed Works of Shakespeare (5th edition) edited by David Bevington at 2,016 pages.

What is the shortest book you own?

The shortest book I own is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (by J. K. Rowling) at only 42 pages.  I really would like to get a better version of this one because it’s an ex-library book, and it is in pretty rough shape.

So, that was the Book Collector Tag, and I hope that gives a bit of an insight on my book collection.  I do want to do more of these because they are so much fun, and some are very creative.  If you’d like to answer the questions yourselves, please do so!  I’d love to hear about them.

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 011 – Book Jar

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a great week so far.

So, I’m excited to do this rather bookish post, which is something different from my Book Experiences so far.  I’ve seen so many people from the BookTube Community on YouTube doing this and putting up videos about it at the end of last month, so I thought I’d give it a try.  It’s on this Book Jar concept started by Alex in Leeds: http://alexinleeds.com/2013/03/23/the-book-jar-page/ , which is where you take a jar and fill it up with titles of books you’ve been meaning to read.  You choose a book at random from the jar once a month or something and read it, and that will hopefully be a start on decreasing your pile of unread books.  Of course you do it however you like, and this is my own Book Jar.


When I first saw the videos, I didn’t have a jar readily available, so I thought I would do my book jar in this little gift card holder that’s in the shape of a book (shown on the left).  However, it was rather laughable because I figured I would probably only be able to fit a handful of book titles in there before it got full.  So, I went to a dollar store and tried to find a decent jar that I could use, and I found… this vase (shown on the right).  Eh, close enough.  I mean it’s certainly big enough for all my (literally) hundreds of books, so why not?  I decided that I would use all these colored Post-Its that I have as well because I have a lot of them.  I love my Post-Its, that’s for sure.


So, I started to handwrite the titles and authors down, and yes, of course I can be totally lazy and just print it out or something, but this was an intimate process.  I wanted to take some time and remember all the books that I’ve ever gotten (and probably forgotten about) over the years.


Then (because I wanted to make this more complicated that it really needed to be) I decided to fold each little Post-It paper like so.  Hey, this was one of those rare moments when a hint of creativity hits me, and I decided to go for it.  I like the way they turned out, instead of just strips of paper stuffed into a jar.  This gives it a bit of personality, I tell you.


Of course, I soon realized that if I did in this way, I wouldn’t be able to fit that many books in… uh, whoops.  Oh well.  That’s okay.  I can do it in batches.  It’s my Book Jar/Vase, so I can do it however I like.


So in the end, I believe I wrote down 25 books, some of the first books I ever started to catalog and keep track of, and they fit rather perfectly inside.  I hope that I will be able to pull out random ones at the end of every month to read for the next month.  I need to pick up my reading pace!

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care!