10 Problems of a Bookaholic

The are many perks to being a bookaholic, such as getting to delve into wonderful stories and live vicariously through characters’ lives… *heh, heh*

But, there are also a few problems you encounter when you are a lover of books and reading.

So, I’ve compiled a list by consulting a few my friends who are as obsessed with reading as I am, and… well, myself. đŸ˜…

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1. When You Get Food On Your Precious Book

There are two situations you encounter when it comes to food: The Crumbs, or The Stain.

The Crumbs is when you’re eating a delicious cookie (or cracker, or biscuit, or anything crumby) and you get the crumbs of it stuck in the middle of the opening of the spine (you know, when the book’s open) and you guiltily bang against the poor spine (oh the second-hand pain of hurting your book đŸ˜­), but the crumbs JUST DON’T COME OUT.

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Now what do you do?? *crisis!!*

Then, there’s The Stain.

This problem occurs when you’re eating anything that isn’t crumby that’s able to be dripped on the page of a book.

ACK, it’s the worst when you’re eating a spoonful of yummy soup and it drips on the page of the book you’re reading (admit it, you’ve read books while eating meals too). HOW DO YOU GET THE STAIN OFF THE PAGE?? You don’t. You just can’t. You cannot afford to wet the page with water and damage the already unlucky pages even further.

Which brings us to the next issue.

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2. When You Accidentally Drop Your Book Into a Wet Area (eg. the toilet)

True story from my friend: she once managed to drop her book in the toilet. Don’t ask me how. She was unwilling to disclose any further information (understandable).

When this happens, this doesn’t ruin just one page, but it destroys the ENTIRE BOOK. The. Entire. Book. 

Even after you take it out of the water, it’s sopping wet, and after you dry it, ALL THE PAGES ARE CRINKLY.

Now your whole book is ruinnnneeeed. *has mental breakdown*

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3. When You’re Forcefully Dragged Away From Your Book

You know when you’re reading a reaaally good book, but there’s always that one person who has to come and spoil your fun by jolting you to reality and reminding you of your very real duties and obligations?

Especially. When. It’s. A. CLIFFHANGER!!

Preview of Next Problem: Not only does that person remind you of more important, immediate responsibilities (*shakes head vehemently* no, no, reading is my most important responsibility) and make you leave on a cliffhanger, but they don’t give you enough time to put in a bookmark before dragging you away and YOU LOSE YOUR PAGE.

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4. When You Accidentally Lose Your Page

Here’s the scenario: You’re reading your book when, say, your neighbor’s dog starts barking very loudly and you get shaken out of your good-book induced stupor and accidentally let the book slip and the pages fly about and you lose the page you were reading.

Now you have to flip through the book all over again just to find the specific page you were on, which is hard because normally you would be flipping very quickly through and miss the exact page you were on.

Which is what always happens to me. It takes forever to find the page again because I am an impatient person who just wants to get back to what I was reading—I was just about to find out [insert character name here]’s secret! 

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And a bazillion hours later I finally find the page. *smacks forehead*

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5. When That Person Just Doesn’t Let You Go

There’s the person who drags you away from reading to your real responsibilities, and then there’s the person who doesn’t even let you get to reading in the first place.

You have to keep listening to this person babble on and on, but you don’t even know what they’re talking about anymore because you stopped actually following the conversation a while ago. However, you don’t want to be rude (we all must remain upstanding citizens and obey the social laws), so you just continue nodding and “mhm-ing” when you think you need to. 

Eventually, you come up with an excuse and blurt it out. Either it’s: “I need to go to the bathroom!”, but you never come back (does this tactic sound familiar to anyone?).

Or it’s the not-so-subtle art of taking out of your phone and pretending to check something when you’re actually reading that e-book you downloaded.

Or you come up with the first thing that pops into your head like: “Um, I have to go now because my neighbors need me to feed their dog while they’re on vacation!” (What is it with neighbors and their dogs in this post?)

Then you run away to the book that has been waiting for you all along.

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6. When You’re Not Paying Attention To Your Surroundings and Crash Into Something

As a book-lover, you should know how it feels when you’re absorbed in a really intense moment in your book and you can’t stop reading when suddenly—

You crash straight into a tree. Or a door. Or a person.

And you know how sometimes you apologize to an object or something that doesn’t talk?

Yeah. That’s what you do. Or, you say “OW!” and rub your head, confused at what just happened.

Or, if it’s a person, then you apologize and quickly head on your way before things get awkward.

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But, you never learn, right?

Sooner or later you’ll be reading another good part of a book and you’ll crash into something again. It’s kind of inevitable. *heh, heh*

Extra: There’s also the tripping. Tripping over steps. Over tree roots. Over your own shoes. Over thin air. đŸ˜…

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7. When You Go Book Window Shopping

If you’re a regular person, you go window shopping for clothes, shoes, etc.

However, if you’re a bookaholic, then you’re most likely gazing through the window at that book you’ve been wanting to buy forever—except you’re already way over budget.

But it can’t hurt to buy just one more book, right?

*No. Must. Resist. Urge. To. Buy. Book.*

So you must remain strong and merely window shop.

Unless, of course, the urge to buy the book is too strong and you give in and a few minutes later you’ve got enough books for a book haul.

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Anyway. This is what usually leads to the next problem.

8. When You Run Out of Room On Your Shelves

This happens as a result of your terrible self control (as mentioned above^).

Once you run out of room, you’ve got no choice but to stack your books next to the shelves *cringes at self*.

Now you’ve got to spend even more money and go even farther beyond your budget to buy more shelves so all your books are treated fairly.

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9. When You Can’t Fit Your Book In Your Bag

You know when you have to go on vacation? Or a short trip? Or, um, anytime you head out the door?

You don’t want to ruin your poor book by shoving it in, but sometimes you don’t have a choice if you want to read the book that has not only been calling your name, but is a perfect vacation read (this is when paperbacks and ebooks come in handy).

So, you (very, very, very) guiltily push and squeeze your paperbacks in (you can’t afford to bring your beautiful hardcover, nor can you bear the weight *ouch, my poor back*).

But sometimes you just can’t fit that 600+ page novel you’ve been wanting to read into your bag.

The same problem applies to suitcases when you’ve already packed clothes (and other things) in there and have also packed ten other books, but you’re just sure you’re going to need more. But, alas, there is no longer any space.

*covers face in despair*

Although, this issue’s got a solution, I suppose. E-books. Though nothing compares to the feel of a physical book in your hands… *sigh*

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10. The Unexpected DNF (Surprise! Wording change *grins*)

There are those terrible times when life gets in the way and you’ve got all these things to do and…

You forget about your book. I know. It’s terrible just thinking about it. *shudders*

And that’s when the book gets DNFed.

Or, you finally get that book you’ve been wanting to read since forever and throw the book you’re currently reading aside to read the shiny, new, beautiful book.

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So, that’s all I have for reader problems!

What other problems have you experienced?

My DNF Pile

 

Hi, again!

Just wanted to let you guys know that from now on, I will post a weekly quote every Tuesday, as well as another post related to books on other days (or, if I don’t have time, just the weekly quote).

I really want to stick to this new schedule because I think consistency instead of sporadic posting would be better for all of us (like, *pop* oh, a new post! 6 weeks later *pop* oh, another post! 8 weeks later *pop* oh, another new post! 7 months later *pop* *new post appears* *crickets chirping* *more crickets chirping*).

*whistles* Anyway…

So, I don’t have too many books in my DNF pile (at least, I think), but I do think listing them all would still be a bit too much. So, I’ve chosen my top five most recently DNFed books.

1. The Valiant by Leslie Livingston

I had high hopes for this one because I thought it was so cool that the main character would end up becoming a gladiator… But, alas *insert dramatic head tilt and back of hand on forehead*, I was disappointed. From the very beginning. See, the very big issue I had with the book was the fact that it started out with the main character involved in a scene with her crush… and then, *gasp* they end up kissing! (That wasn’t much of a spoiler since that happens around the first 10 or 15 pages of the book.)

Then, somehow, her crush proposes to her? Am I remembering wrong? (Not much of a spoiler either because this all happens in the first 10 to 15 pages.)

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I think I should have known I wouldn’t like the book from there, but I continued reading because I still had hope. For the rest of what I read, however, there wasn’t much of an issue with the plot or ridiculous scenes, but with the writing. I just didn’t like the writing style that much and didn’t feel connected to the story, so I decided to stop reading the book.

That said, perhaps one day I’ll give the book a chance… (yay, optimism). And many others have liked to book, so just because I DNFed it doesn’t mean you will. I wouldn’t really say there were any issues, just that I wasn’t drawn to how the story was told.

2. Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

The reason why I chose to DNF this book was because of certain parts that felt especially unrealistic. And the romance that would inevitably turn out like this: “OMG you’re the first guy who doesn’t know who I am and likes me for me!” *gasp*

Pushing the romance aside, another aspect that caused me to decide to put this book down was a specific part where Bentley was talking about what she would write in her college application/essay. The way it was written really didn’t scream “I’m applying for college!” Instead it screamed: “I’m writing a journal entry and trying to make myself sound super different and special, but I’m also trying to be way too casual!”

All that said, while I was rereading the college application part of the book for this post, I actually read a few pages further and felt the urge to continue reading the book.

So, I might actually give it another chance. We’ll see. 🙂

3. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Ah… This book. I can’t think of any other way to describe how I felt when reading this book other than… odd. I really thought I would love this book at first because the writing was sophisticated and I enjoyed the style, but then we got to the statue part. The part where the main character was attracted to the statue. Very, very attracted.

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No words. My full review can be found here. Did you know there’s a name for when a person is attracted to a statue?

Yeah… I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are willing to push aside the questionable romance (which would be hard since the romance gets pretty overwhelming at quite a few points).

4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I was really enjoying this story and the tiny sparks of a romance until I hit a love triangle. And this love triangle didn’t even try to be a good, slightly-less-annoying love triangle. No—we went straight into (this is a reenactment):

*huff, huff* “Wanna fight?” “Yeah, I wanna fight!” “She’s mine!” “No, she’s mine!” “I’m way manlier!” “No, I’m manlier!” *drawing of giant weapons and ultimate manly man battle*

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As you can clearly see, I am not a fan of ridiculous love triangles. And this book included a prime example of a ridiculous love triangle.

I’ve already expressed and elaborated more upon my intense frustration and annoyance on this love in a post, so you can find that in my post Love Triangles. Heh, heh… Be prepared for a looong rant.

However, to make clear my thoughts on terrible love triangles (I don’t mind “good” love triangles as much), here is this wonderful quote I found:

Dear Authors – Pointless love triangles waste everyone’s time. Seriously.

So, I think you can understand why I abandoned this book. I do know some people really love not only this book, but the entire series, so don’t think you shouldn’t give this a book a chance if you’re a lover of love triangles or don’t mind them (though if you *dislike* love triangles as much as I do, reading this book would not be recommended).

5. Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra

… *sigh* Interesting premise, very disappointing execution.

Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this book at all… *cough, cough*

See, this book didn’t work for me. I thought I would like it, but really early on I was hit with two big issues.

First, very big issue: As soon as the main character met her “knight in shining armor,” she didn’t have to worry anymore. She was the damsel in distress and her savior had come to solve all her problems. *very long sigh* *starts banging head against desk*

Whyyy did such a terrible message have to ruin the story?

Second issue: The story felt like it dragged on and on… I’m not sure of the actual page number until things finally started happening is very much, but it just felt like such a long time… I was really excited for the thriller aspect of the story, but all I read about was the beginning of the romance until I gave up. (Yes, as soon as I hit the unfortunate romance I knew I could not finish the book.)

*blinks* Anyway. I explain in much more detail on the issues I had with the book, so I suggest you check out my mini-review here. *smiles innocently*


I’m sure the conclusion you guys can make after reading this post (if you’ve made it this far đŸ˜…) is I’m picky with my romances. Now, I used to love all romance, but as I’ve grown as a reader, I’ve realized that the unrealistic romances are a bit pointless since they just create unrealistic expectations (although I’ll admit sometimes the cheesy or adorable romances are fun to read), and I’ve developed *opinions* on what makes a good romance.

Despite all my romance opinions, I wouldn’t say I don’t enjoy a sappy or cute romance now and then. 😉

Sooo, that was my DNF pile. Thanks for reading! đŸ˜ŠđŸ‘‹

 

Top 8 Favorite Childhood Reads

What better way to get the motivation to read than to remember the beginnings of our reading careers?

Here is a list of books or series that I adored when I was younger. Honestly, I am contemplating picking them up again because they’ll be incredibly quick reads and I know I’ll enjoy them. It’ll be another trip down memory lane…

  1. Let’s go way back, shall we? Does anyone remember the Magic Tree House series with Jack and Annie? I was obsessed with that series in elementary school. Those were the books I hoarded in my book cubby.
  2. Junie B. Jones. Another series I adored in elementary school. I’m pretty sure my favorite was the one about the big, smelly, yellow bus. Ah, the memories…
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia. Specifically, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Gosh, I wished I could actually walk into a wardrobe and end up in another world. Every child’s dream.
  4. A Wrinkle in Time. I just remember there being so many theories on the time travel that occurred…
  5. Charlotte’s Web. Who could forget the lovable piggy, Wilbur?
  6. The Trumpet of the Swan. Ah, E.B. White’s books were the best. Louis is a mute trumpeter swan that can actually play the trumpet. đŸŽș
  7. Ella Enchanted. It is an interesting, fun story where Ella is forced to be obedient because of a “gift” (curse) bestowed upon her by a ridiculous fairy, but also tells a story relating to feminism.
  8. Bridge to Terabithia. I bet every child wants a magical kingdom to rule over (I actually came up with a magical kingdom of my own at some point, but it only existed in my head). Speaking of, isn’t the 40th Anniversary edition of the cover gorgeous?
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    What were your favorite childhood reads? 

Most Disappointing Books of 2016

disappointedFirstly: I know, this list is quite late. I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this in case some of you guys wouldn’t be too happy with me, as at least two of the books on the list are ones I know many people loved.

Secondly: When I say disappointing, I do not mean I did not like the book. Well, a few of these books I actually didn’t like, but not all. I’m just saying I was disappointed because I thought I would love the book, but ended up not actually liking it as much as I thought I would.

So, with that said, let’s get on to the list!

1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch  

I really thought I would love this book. It was high fantasy, had romance, and a super badass female protagonist. But, then I found out there was an awful love triangle. I tried to continue reading, but could not ignore it any longer. I mean, I’m not exactly proud, but I ended up not finishing the book. I know many people loved this book and the rest of the series, but I just couldn’t go on.

If you want to see more detailed thoughts on this review, then you can find my full review here. Or, you can also find my review on Goodreads.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Now, I am all for a light contemporary with a cute (sometimes even slightly clichĂ©) romance. But, for some reason, this book just didn’t work for me. I didn’t really like the writing style and the romance was too angsty for my taste. I am considering giving her other books a chance, but I’m not sure if they’re going to be as angsty as this one…

3. The Siren by Kiera Cass

I am so disappointed in this book. Kiera Cass’ The Selection series was my favorite go to romance series. It wasn’t exactly a guilty pleasure read, but they were really easy to get through and though there was a love triangle, it was quite obvious (at least to me) who the main character was going to end up with. So, I was very excited to pick up The Siren. And when I finally read it, I was, very unfortunately, hit with extreme insta-love. And the worst kind. The type where the main character has “I’ve-never-connected-with-anyone-before-but-you’re-one-person-I-connect-with-and-truly-belong-with” syndrome. I’m surprised I actually finished the book, but, then again, I skimmed through quite a few pages. Furthermore, I felt like the characters weren’t really too developed. I mean, they had personalities, but they were, in a way, surface and clichĂ© personalities. The main character was quiet. Her friend was the “party girl.” Why, Kiera Cass? (Also, it says a lot if the ocean was my favorite “character.”)

4. Firelight by Sophie Jordan

I read this mainly because it was about dragons and they are my favorite mystical creature (I read this for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon). I mean, I didn’t hate this book, but the writing style was a bit too… simple (I can’t think of a better word to explain it). Also, the romance bothered me. I know. A lot of books disappoint me because of the romance. But, I am an avid romance reader if the romance is actually good and doesn’t involve insta-love or a terrible love triangle. This book didn’t exactly have a love triangle, but it did include the ever-clichĂ©: “I’m-supposed-to-hate-you-but-I-love-you” trope. Which bothered me.

5. The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

I love a good dose of drama, but too much will drive me nuts. And this book was filled with so much drama that I was practically drowning in it. And the majority of it was caused by lack of communication. I cannot speak further or else this will turn into a long rant about communication in YA books.

6. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

I was so sad that I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. So many people loved it. And yes, the message was important and the story was meaningful and quite dark (which is something I usually enjoy), and yes, I appreciated what the book related to others. I was even moved by some events that occurred in the book. But, for a very odd reason, I just could not get into the writing style. It wasn’t annoying or anything, and the writing itself was good, but I just did not like the style, which is the one thing that caused me to enjoy the book much less. The writing style gave me an odd feeling I cannot explain. I do want to pick up his newest book though and I hope I will enjoy the writing style more this time around.

7. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Sigh. I won’t talk about its similarities to Twilight because honestly, that wasn’t what bothered me so much. What bothered me was the fanfiction-y writing and the bad romance. If I’m being blunt, I think the writing was like a fanfiction piece posted on a fanfiction website. And that wasn’t the worst part. The love interest was awful. He was a “bad boy” who treated the main character terribly, yet she still fell for him anyway. He alienated her, I’m pretty sure physically pushed her away a few times, and verbally abused her. Yes, she retaliated, but that does not make up for what he did. And yes, sometimes he showed his love, that that certainly does not make up for his horrible actions. What kind of message is this book giving to young girls? That if you slap a guy and yell at him a few times for what he’s done to you, then you guys will eventually live happily ever after? I hated the guy with a passion.

Whew. So, that’s the end of my list that included a few rants.

Anyone agree with me? What are disappointing books you have read?

 

 

My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2016

Hi! It is now 2017 (I can’t believe it—the year flew by so quickly), so I thought I’d finally post my top favorite books of 2016 list.

The books on this list were not necessarily published in 2016—these are just the ones I read this year.

Also, this list is in no particular order except for #1, which was obviously my favorite.

1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

You guys are probably tired of hearing me say how much I love this book, but let me just say it again: I love this book. I love how it combines historical fiction with fantasy. I guess it would be called… Histasy? Okay, that sounds a bit weird. 😛 I love how this book has demon hunters, like Cassandra Clare’s books. I loved the writing style of this book. What more can I possibly say?

2. The Archived by Victoria Schwab 

At some point during the year, I was in a major Victoria Schwab/V.E Schwab kick. And The Archived was what started it all. The story was unlike anything I had heard of! It was completely unique, and I appreciated that a lot.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 

I loved the writing. Simple, yet complex. Perhaps it was a bit hard to get into at first, but when I really started getting into the book, I couldn’t stop reading. I was absorbed in the story and the characters. The world building was great, and I love how there were 4 different Londons.

4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

As you guys should probably know by now, I love Cassandra Clare’s books. Her writing has become better and better with each new series, and Lady Midnight was the best yet. I felt like I waited for ever for it to come out, and definitely wasn’t disappointed. Now, I have to wait for the next book in the series! 😭

5. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier 

It was the perfect psychological thriller. Chilling and unnerving, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to get to the next scene or conflict. Also—what a family. Wow. And that twist. I had no idea (well, maybe some; it was a sneaking suspicion).

6. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  

It was amazing. While The Archived was unique in its content, Illuminae was incredibly unique in its style—and the content was pretty unique, too. The whole entire book was told through emails, messages, documents, diagrams, among many other things. You should definitely check it out. It was quite an experience.

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

I was so touched by this book. It made me cry so much. I have no words.

8. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

This book was hilarious! I loved how they followed history at first, then completely threw it out the window. I learned a bit about England’s history, though a lot of it was… skewed in this book, to say the least. And I adored the authors’ commentary in parts of the story. I couldn’t stop laughing. They made me smile. 🙂 Plus, the writing really blended together well, almost to the point that I practically couldn’t tell the book was written by three different authors.

9. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Let me start with this: The world building was incredible. The characters development was wonderful. And, there was no romance. In a YA book. That’s almost unheard of. This book was so fantastic I can’t even describe it.

10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

This is a graphic novel. It’s a big deal that a graphic novel made its way on to this list because though I love a lot of mangas, they don’t usually make it to my top list. This graphic novel’s story was fun, very fascinating, and was actually quite dark. At first glance you think it would just be a fun action/adventure graphic novel where an orphan teams up with a villain, but it’s not. It’s so much deeper than that. I definitely suggest you guys to pick up this graphic novel.

So, that’s my list!

2016 was a pretty good reading year (perhaps not my best, but definitely not my worst). I read some pretty good books in that year. Hopefully 2017 turns out to be even better (in terms of reading, but also in terms of life in general)! 😊😊😊