Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
— Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.
I saw this book tag on BookTube and thought it be nice to do it since we’re almost a month away from 2018! The original tag was made by Ariel Bisset on YouTube.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
The Fables comics. I started volume 20 (I think) and never finished it. Oops.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Not really. Living in Florida I don’t know what seasons are.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the third and final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy.
I also have to add A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, a novella of the A Court of Thorns and Roses that takes place after the events of the third book.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
First and foremost, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I don’t know why I’m being so adamant about reading this before watching the series, but I am, and will.
Secondly, another Colleen Hoover novel, but I’m not sure which one. It’s between Maybe Someday or Without Merit. Maybe both? I know I need something I’ll love after I finish this semester.
And my third pick is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Can I choose The Handmaid’s Tale again?
Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?
My only solid reading plan for 2018 is cutting down on my Goodreads goal. This year I reached my goal of 100 books, but I don’t expect to read as many books next year because I should be graduating. So, my new goal will be 50 books.
- Not being able to take all the classes you would like
- Not reading everything you should for classes
- Choosing what to read and what not to read
- Too many readings
- Not having time to read your own books’
- Geeking out about books you’re going to read for school
- Writing essays
- But, secretly enjoying essays at the same time
- Being asked “Do you want to be a teacher?” when you actually don’t
- Not having a concrete plan after graduation
- Deciding whether or not to apply for grad school
- Having to explain why you chose English as your major
- People not understanding the importance of literature
- People questioning your major
- People saying your major is “not hard”
- Those annoying mandatory linguistics class
- Those annoying mandatory Renaissance class
- Realizing that neither of those courses are that bad
- Being nervous about talking in class
- Talking in class and forgetting the point you were going to make
- Hoping that the professor doesn’t call on your when you haven’t done the reading
- Having to pretend that you did do the reading
- Random in class quizzes
- Failing the in class quizzes
- That random student who always makes a really good insightful comment
- That random student that talks too much but doesn’t say anything meaningful
- That random student who never reads anything and does really well
- That random student who brings intersectional feminism into every topic
- When the discussion veers off to a completely different subject
- Staying quiet in class because you didn’t read
- When someone uses a word incorrectly
- When someone uses who and whom incorrectly
- When someone doesn’t know the difference between to, too, and two
- When someone doesn’t know the difference between there, their, and they’re
- When someone doesn’t know the difference between your and you’re
- When a friend thinks you have time to edit their essay or be their spellcheck
- You know, because they don’t see you writing 4 different essays or reading 4 different books at the same time
- Having to meet a word limit
- Not being able to go over a word limit
- Your best friends are Dictionary and Thesaurus
- Being swamped with so much you don’t want to read
- Forgetting why you chose to be an English major
- Completing your Goodreads goal of 100 books one month early
- People not understanding my love for good puns
- People not understanding my sense of humor
- Being excited about buying textbooks for class
- Then being broke, but at least now you have 10 new books
- When all the creative writing courses are on a different campus
- When a course you want is on a different campus
- When you can’t decide on classes or you schedule
- Coffee, coffee, coffee, and more coffee
- Hanging out at bookstore / café before class
- Discovering a used bookstore
- Used bookstores with great deals
- Writing on your school books
- Writing on books when you normally don’t
- Writing on books to help you out later when you’re writing essays
- When professors give you a very specific prompt
- When professors let you choose any topic
- When professors let you choose the book for your essay
- When professors don’t let you choose the book for your essay
- Having to write an essay on a book you didn’t like
- Rewriting your essay at least twice before turning it in
- Thinking you’re a genius as you write, and then realizing you’re not
- Not leaving the house with at least one book… just in case
- Having a mini pile of books on your bedside table
- Overanalyzing everything. The dress isn’t just purple because she spilled grape juice over it, there has to be more to it.
- Water isn’t just water
- Wings isn’t just about flying
- Fire isn’t just fire
- Aliens aren’t just aliens
- Neither are any other supernatural creature
- Color is also very important
- Seeing and understanding patterns in storytelling
- Everything is a sex or phallic symbol
- More overanalyzing
- Coming up with joke / references no one else understands
- Reading for pleasure becomes a rarity
- Reading for pleasure after you’re done reading for school and falling asleep
- Unable to read even a chapter for pleasure
- Your most recent google search might include “Synonym for”
- Your most recent google search might include “definition of ”
- Your most recent google search might include “good books to read”
- Understanding the importance of the comma
- Knowing what are adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, determiners, and nouns
- Finding connections and meaning in everything you read
- People thinking you’ve read all the classics
- Meanwhile, Jane Eyre is still just sitting there
- Being told you’re not going to make any money
- Being perpetually tired
- Wondering when the semester is going to end
- Midterms are the worst
- No wait, finals are definitely the worst
- English classes are very talkative
- Happy about seeing a graphic novel on the reading list
- Movies and TV shows are also literature
- Rereading a book you read from an old class again for a new class
- Refusing to go on a semester without your favorite professor
- Realizing there’s nothing else you’d rather major in
I’m pretty sure I can come up with a lot more, but for now let’s stop here. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. If you’re an English major (or any major / school) what are some of your problems?
November 22nd: Books You’re Thankful For
–For whatever reason, big or small.
I love Young Adult literature. It’s what got me into reading and what has kept me up at night, and I will forever be indebted for making me into a reader. Without YA I might have never turned to the online book communities like WordPress, Instagram, and YouTube. BUT, (you had to know a but was coming) in a previous post, I talked about how I’m growing out of YA but, I realized two things. 1) I never talked about the parts that YA has upset me and 2) I would have to dedicate a whole blog post to it. And now, here it is. Continue reading
— Characters you swooned over when you were younger. This was a topic from our suggestion board 🙂
Yes, half of these are cartoons, but remember I was just a kid. Yes, there are more than 5, but I had too many crushes as a kid. Yes, some of these aren’t actual characters, but I needed to include them. Yes, I’m still not quite over any of these crushes. And this is in no particular order. Continue reading
The YA genre is what reignited my love for reading when I was in middle school. Realizing that I could suddenly read about people my age was an amazing discovery for me at that age. I had grown out of kids books like Junie B. Jones and Charlotte’s Web and entered the world of teenagers with their complicated lives of first loves, friendship drama, and high school. I fell in love with the genre because I found some part of me in them whether it was those pesky butterflies in my stomach or feeling like an outcast, I didn’t feel completely alone.
As a 22 year old, things have changed, I have changed, my interests have changed. When I go to a bookstore, or when I browse for new reads, YA isn’t a huge part of my browsing history anymore. This is weird for me because for the vast majority of my life I’ve read YA books, and now I see myself paying attention to books outside that genre. Not only that, but I’m annoyed by some of these books!
I’ve tried branching out to the New Adult genre because it caters to people in their early 20s, i.e. me, but I can’t stand it either save Colleen Hoover and Sarah J. Maas. Most of my annoyance with this genre comes from how all the books are the same and full of sex. Honestly, I think NA was created by YA authors who wanted to writer steamier romance scenes. It’s not what I’m looking for or what I was hoping for.
I know it’s not a bad thing, but I’m not sure where this leaves me. Because I was so invested in the YA genre, I knew what to look for, what authors to read, what books to read, and so on. But, now I’m in some sort of reading limbo. I don’t know where to start, what books to read, what authors to look out for, or even what book to movie adaptations to keep an eye out for.
So what does this mean? I’m not sure at all. I do know, this has been bugging me lately, and I needed to let it out in some way.
Please let me know what are your thoughts? What books should I read next to help me through this limbo? Have you experienced the same thing?