Sunday, June 30, 2013

Reading Record!!!!

I know I don't usually post on Sundays, but this is so exciting that I just have to share it now: I broke my new record for most books read in 3 weeks. I read 6 books, and my library is now giving me a free paperback book for a reward! How amazing is that???!?!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday PLUS Cephalopod Coffee House

Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

That's an easy one. I have and always will prefer paperback. They're lighter than hardcover, which makes them easy to carry. I cannot read online or on a kindle. I love the fact that with a book, I can have something physical to hold, as opposed to an ebook or kindle. Of course, I simply must have a paperback when I read a novel for english excuse me, English (never know what English teacher might be reading this!) class. It makes it easier for me to annotate/highlight. I've tried highlighting/annotating with an ebook on an Ipad, and it was not successful...not in the least! 

This month, I am participating in The Armchair Squid's monthly bloghop- the Cephalopod Coffeehouse. This is a new blog hop for me! Each month, members post about their favorite book they read during that month. My favorite book of the month is................ *drumroll*

This is the story of a girl, around age 17ish, who is so overweight that she decides to undergo gastric bypass surgery. She chronicles her recovery, and also takes us inside her mind and introduces us to 'skinny', a voice in her head that represents bad body image. This was incredibly pertinent to our society!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday!

Q: Activity: Favorite Literary Quote
             My Sister's Keeper
“An oncology ward is a battlefield, and there are definite hierarchies of command. The patients, they're the ones doing the tour of duty. The doctors breeze in and out like conquering heroes, but they need to read your child's chart to remember where they've left off from the previous visit. It is the nurses who are the seasoned sergeants -- the ones who are there when your baby is shaking with such a high fever she needs to be bathed in ice, the ones who can teach you how to fluch a central venous catheter, or suggest which patient floor might still have Popsicles left to be stolen, or tell you which dry cleaners know how to remove the stains of blood and chemotherapies from clothing. The nurses know the name of your daughter's stuffed walrus and show her how to make tissue paper flowers to twine around her IV stand. The doctor's may be mapping out the war games, but it is the nurses who make the conflict bearable.” 

“don't say it. don't tell me that nobody's going to stare at me, because they will. don't tell me it doesn't matter, because it does. and don't tell me i look fine because that's a lie.” 

“For the first time in my life I begin to understand how a parent my hit a child--it's because you can look into their eyes and see a reflection of yourself that you wish you hadn't.” 

                                        Tuesdays with Morrie
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” 

“If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid. You're afraid of the pain, you're afraid of the grief. You're afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your heard even, you experience them fully and completely.” 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday!

Q: Activity: Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.

Hmm... this is really hard. I have always liked 'Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shell Silverstein. It's a true classic! I have never truly grasped the meaning of this particular poem, but maybe that's because I am too lazy to fully dissect it? *wink wink*. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday

Q: Have you broken up with a series? If so which one and why?

Yes. There are two answers to this question. 

1. I broke up with the Twilight series about 4ish years ago. The books were too long and drawn out, and they did not capture my attention at all. The concept of vampires got old, and I just got bored. Sorry, Stephanie Meyer!

2. I broke up with the Harry Potter series. I loved the first book, and I own it! After that, the plot got old and boring and confusing (please ignore the bad grammar- it's 10:30 p.m and I am frantically trying to get this post done so I can go to bed). Because of that, I decided to ditch it and find something better.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How To Be a Blogger

Since I just finished school, I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I haven't been reading much lately due to finals, but I did manage to find a hilarious article on here. I have put this article down below for your viewing pleasure. I just cited it for copyright purposes.

  • Sunlight is for making raisins, not for bloggers. Your skin should be brighter than your monitor.
  • If your F key falls off, a button will do the trick. In fact, pop off several more keys, and post a picture of your crafty keyboard to Pinterest.
  • If you have 30 minutes to write a post, spend 29 minutes eating a burrito and watching GIFs, and the last minute trying InStyle hairdos. Then, go to your "EMERGENCY POSTS" folder and retrieve "Pez dispensers we would like to see.doc."
  • Be generous with your BAMs.
  • In the blogosphere, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is canonical.
  • Watching T-Swift music videos counts as research.
  • Professional writers aren't afraid of using emoticons. O_o
  • If you aren't suffering for your art, you're not sitting on a Fitball.
  • If you are writing in a library or study room, set your font to green Courier New and your background to black, and read your post aloud as you type, like they do on TV, and as I am doing right now.
  • Never end a post with a "Conclusion." Always end with "and then the corn dog mascot and I bounced around in the jumping castle until we threw up."
  • Blogging about rompers is just like investigating a murder, except most murders only have one victim.
  • When your parents are like "blogging isn't journalism," tell them, "Yeah, and 'CATS ON KEYBOARDS' will never be a newspaper headline!" You both win this round.
  • Bloggers sometimes wear suits. But mostly wear Snuggies.
  • Blogs can lede the way, but newspapers can't LOL.
  • Journalists are all "I'm going to blow this story wide open!" while bloggers are all "I <3 you guyz."
I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this! I have decided to post funny things like this every so often for anyone who needs a good laugh!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Finals Blogging Break

I am going to be away from the blogosphere for a few days as I prepare for finals. It's over on Wednesday, so I will see you all then! If you want some names of good books, check out my 'Favorite Books' tab! Or, if you're interested in my WIP, please see my previous post. See you all on Wednesday!