I Got 99 Bookish Problems and My Dog is One of Them

  1. I like to read out loud but when someone comes into the room I read quietly because I don’t want to be annoying
  2. I get annoyed when people talk to me when I’m readingreading-in-bed-gif
  3. People look at me weird when I get emotional over a book
  4. People look at me weird if I squeal, gasp, grunt, etc. while reading
  5. Or when I laugh out loudImage result for laughing while reading gif
  6. Making excuses to buy books
  7. Letting your wallet suffer because you bought books
  8. Waiting for your favorite author to publish another book
  9. Waiting for the next book in a series
  10. Not having a big enough purse to put your book or books in
  11. Not being able to choose just one book when you travelImage result for reading gif
  12. Going into every bookshop you find on your travel or airport
  13. Wanting to buy all the books
  14. Having a TBR list that will never end
  15. Having a TBR list that never stops growing
  16. Reading slumps
  17. School somehow stops me from reading books I want to read
  18. Having / wanting to read a book before the movie
  19. Feeling sort of guilty over not reading the book before the movie
  20. Having to deal with people who only watch the movies
  21. Having to deal with people who don’t bother reading because there is a movie / show about it
  22. Never leaving the house without a bookImage result for rory's study spot gif
  23. Finding the perfect reading spot
  24. Finding the perfect reading positionImage result for sheldon's spot gif
  25. Having your perfect reading spot invaded by someone else
  26. Only having the night to read but then fall asleep
  27. Not being able to choose how to reorganize my bookshelf
  28. Asking books for special occasions or gift cards to B&N
  29. Buying books for their beautiful books
  30. Buying books and not reading them
  31. Staying up late to read books
  32. Risking precious sleeping time to finish a bookImage result for rory's study spot gif
  33. Avoiding spoilers
  34. Avoiding spoilers and then failing
  35. Not reading fast enough
  36. Rushing through the book because it’s so good you want to see the end
  37. Not wanting to finish a book because it’s so good
  38. Not having matching book series
  39. Picking up books at the library when you already have books at home
  40. Having to read the library books first because they have due dates
  41. Having to let go of the library booksImage result for letting go gif
  42. Being excited for school to end to read more books in summer vacation
  43. Being the only person excited for summer vacation for that reason
  44. Being the only person that reads
  45. Not being able to express all the feelings and thoughts about a book in one review
  46. People who say reading is boring
  47. People who say they don’t readImage result for people who don't read gif
  48. No self-control over “rationing” my reading
  49. Being horrible at buddy reading because most likely I won’t be able to just read a couple of chapters
  50. Having a reading journal because I don’t trust Goodreads
  51. When Goodreads doesn’t let you add a book you re-read to your yearly goal
  52. Forgetting to eat when you’re reading
  53. Forgetting to breathe when an intense scene is happening
  54. An unsatisfying ending
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  56. Being the only one to dislike a hyped up book
  57. Forgetting all your biological needs to read
  58. Not being able to read in the shower
  59. Not being able to read while driving (except for audiobooks)
  60. Not having audiobooks for car rides
  61. People preferring to listen to music on long car rides than an audiobook
  62. The nonexistence of waterproof books
  63. Not having your dream library yet
  64. Not being able to read inside the pool
  65. Surprising people with my reading skills
  66. Surprising people with my reading speedImage result for reading problem gif
  67. Not taking good enough pictures for bookstagram
  68. Not knowing how to take good pictures but doing it anyway
  69. Hiding your books from your puppy
  70. When your puppy eats your books!
  71. Having a leak on the roof dangerously close to your bookshelf
  72. Not having enough bookshelf space
  73. Having to buy another bookshelf
  74. Squeezing your books on your bookshelf
  75. Feeling emotionally attached to your books
  76. Lending books to your friends
  77. Lending books and never getting them back
  78. Lending books and getting them back damagedImage result for evil person gif
  79. When a friend loses the beautiful dust jacket
  80. Considering buying the book for the pretty dust jacket
  81. People who bend the pages
  82. People who dog ear their pages
  83. Having to explain I don’t dog ear my books but I do write on them
  84. I also highlight, but it’s mostly for school
  85. Buying sticky notes to mark your favorite parts of your favorite book
  86. Risk looking crazy and incoherent when your describe your favorite bookImage result for reading problem gif
  87. Trying to convince someone to read and failing
  88. Buying books online and risking receiving a damaged books
  89. Books are expensive
  90. When someone recommends you a book and adding it to your TBR list
  91. When B&N is far away
  92. When there are no bookstores close to home
  93. Seeing a kid break a book
  94. When little kids don’t see the joy in reading
  95. Worrying that my future kids won’t like reading
  96. Wanting to relive reading your favorite book for the first timeImage result for reading gif
  97. Wanting everyone to read your favorite book
  98. Wanting everyone to enjoy your favorite book
  99. Losing a book

Those are just some of my bookish problems. I’m sure there are more. Let me know what are your bookish / reading problems? Let me know in the comments below.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Character Relationships

PROMPT

Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist!

 

Toph & Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

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This is mostly due to the theory where Toph’s daughter, Suyin, is actually Sokka’s daughter too. I know this mostly likely not true, but I can dream can I?

Caroline & Klaus (The Vampire Diaries)

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Spike & Dawn (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)

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No, I DEFINITELY don’t mean in it in romantic way, but I do love their friendship, and how he protects her in an older brotherly sort of way.

 

Heather & Pizza Girl (Landline)

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It’s a little known ship, but ever since I read about it in Landline by Rainbow Rowell, I loved it… and wish there was more to it.

Rogelio & Michael (Jane the Virgin)

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I just love their bromance and friendship, and they are my brOTP

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Lets Talk About School and Studying

Iridescence @ Light Up the Shining Night Stars made a list of study / school related posts you can talk about in your own blog, and since I’m always looking for new topics to talk about I’m giving it a try.

To begin with, I’m not going to address every single topic she posted because I don’t have anything to say about a couple of them. For the full list of study blog ideas please visit her blog.

Subjects You’re Studying in School/College

If you don’t already know I am in English major and I’m working towards a Professional and Technical Writing certificate. It shouldn’t be a shock seeing as how I have an unhealthy relationship wtih reading and books. Anyway, my classes involve a lot of reading and a lot of writing.

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This semester I’m taking two classes:

Global Issues in Literature: This class is interesting and quite easy. We look at books and texts discussing different points of view around the world, and we think of our individual role in the world. Thanks to this class I read Persepolis and Maus.

Medieval English Literature: For this class we’re doing just as the title of this course suggests, we read texts from Medieval ages. Unfortunately, it’s more complicated because we have to read some of it in Old English which is different from today’s modern English. So before I can analyze the text I have to translate it first.

Websites / Apps I Use to Study

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Surprisingly, I don’t use any of the online English literature guides like SparkNotes or Shmoop. I do, however, use Easybib when I’m going to write my bibliographies / sources because it makes it so much easier than writing one by one. Sometimes I also use Quizlet when I’m preparing for an exam with terms. For this semester I’ve been using this online dictionary for all the weird words for my Medieval Lit class.

How to Get Motivated

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Motivation Tactic #1: The fear of failure keeps me mostly motivated when I have to write and read for school.

Motivation Tactic #2: I also keep an agenda to keep up with assignments and I find it amazingly satisfying to cross an item off my to-do list.

Motivation Tactic #3: Sometimes the reason why I can’t study or complete an assignment is because I simply need a break. So, I take a break and resume the following day knowing my work load will increase but it’s better than forcing myself to do something without much progress.

Motivation Tactic #4: When I really need motivation, I bribe myself. I tell myself, “if you finish reading this, then you can buy yourself a book.” It works every time, but I only use it in extreme situations because it can cause a drain in my limited wallet.

If none of those work then try the following:

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Ok, That was a joke, but always find a way to get motivated because school is hard, but it’s also worth it in the long run.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Hufflepuff (and some Ravenclaw) Pride

PROMPT

Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!

Years ago I took the sorting hat quiz on Pottermore and I was sorted into Hufflepuff. To be honest, I was surprised I wasn’t sorted into Ravenclaw, but I quickly embraced my new house and still consider myself a Hufflepuff. Then, Pottermore changed the quiz and I took it again and was newly sorted into Ravenclaw. And surprise, surprise, I was upset because I wasn’t placed into the Hufflepuff House. Again, I’ve had to get used to a new house identity. I still haven’t gotten used to it and that’s why on my Bookstagram bio I describe myself as a “HuffleClaw”. The following are some of my favorite books and shows sorted in my houses… by me.

Hufflepuff Traits: hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play

Ravenclaw Traits: Intelligence, wit, wisdom, creativity, and originality

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How & Where I Get My Books

As a book lover I need books to survive but sometimes obtaining books can be difficult especially when it’s a financial strain. So here I compiled a list of ways to get books from easy and free, to not so easy or free, to definitely not free and hard.

EASY AND FREE

Library

I love the library and go there often for books of the graphic novels variety and movies. I made a whole post about 6 Reasons to Go to the Library why you should at least have a library card. This is the easiest way to get books for free unless you turn it in late, and besides your taxes are already paying for it… so maybe it’s not that free.

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Bookworm Friends

I don’t do this as much anymore but when I was younger a large portion of the books I read came from friends. It’s just as free as the library and its without any late fees.

Blogging for Books

This is a website for book bloggers that sends you free books. All you have to do is sign up, pick a book, write a review, post it on your blog and on their site, and repeat. The only catch is that you must have a blog and you can’t pick more than one book at a time. For more information, go to their website Blogging for Books.

Birthdays

For this method patience is key because your birthday only comes once a year. However, it’s a good way to get books for free from family members. Using this method, I was able to get half of the Twilight Saga (way back in middle school) and my favorite book from 2016, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.

 

NOT SO FREE BUT NOT SO EXPENSIVE

Goodwill and Thrift Stores

Most Goodwill stores will have a book section and they don’t have the best selection or in the best condition, but you would be surprised what you can find there. The best part is that the books cost $1 at most. One time I went and bought ten books for $10, and they weren’t in horrible conditions. Sometimes I go just to try my luck.

Thriftbooks

I usually use this website when I’m getting the itch to buy books but I don’t want to pay a ridiculous amount. They have a wider selection to choose from and the books price range from $3 to $20, but they offer a lot of discounts and customer rewards. If you buy $10 worth of books shipping and handling is automatically free, and you’d be amazed how many books you can get for $10 on this website (but it’s not as many as Goodwill). The biggest downside is that the books don’t always come in great condition because it is an online thrift book shop, but if you want you can pay more to get them in better condition as long as they have it. Go to Thriftbooks.com for more information.

 

DEFINITELY NOT FREE AND EXPENSIVE

Amazon

I use Amazon a lot for my book buying because it is so convenient. I just buy it online and it gets sent to my house two days later (thanks to my Prime Membership) and I don’t have to drive anywhere. Unfortunately, it can be expensive if you’re buying directly from Amazon. You can try your luck with their marketplace but the books aren’t always in a great condition and sometimes they turn out to be more expensive than buying from Amazon directly.

Barnes & Noble

This is the most inconvenient option for me because all the bookstores in my town have closed over the years.

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And now the closest bookstore is not only in another city, but it’s in another county! So, I don’t go as often as I would if it was within range. Besides, books are more expensive at the store, and gas is expensive too, so a trip to B&N is quite costly for me.

 

CREATIVE BUT DIFFICULT AND VERY EXPENSIVE

Major in English

If you’re like me and hate to waste money and need an excuse to spend money on anything, including books among other necessities, then majoring in English can help with your book buying. As an English student you will be expected to buy books for school and that will be the only excuse you will need to buy them. However, it has major drawback like every issue and problem that comes with going to school. But, at least you will have books to read.

Holiday Excuses for Books

You have to use creativity to get books for every holiday you celebrate. While it’s easy to ask for gifts for Birthdays, Christmas, and/or Chanukah, the other holidays are tricky. I’m not saying the following excuses will work on most people, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

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Halloween: Instead of candy ask for books

Valentine’s Day: Chocolate is not good for brain but books are. This however can be disputed, try asking for both.

Independence Day: As an independent person, we should all choose to read whichever book we want therefore to the bookstore! Also, the founding fathers read a lot.

Easter: Instead of hunting eggs laid by the Easter bunny, send him a letter asking for books instead. I’m sure it will be a lot easier for him to buy books for you than laying eggs because he is male and a bunny and neither can lay eggs (as far as I know).

Thanksgiving Day: Because I am so thankful for reading, I should receive books to continue my reading habits.

Okay, so the last two methods are not meant to be taken serious, but everything else is a viable option for us bibliophiles.

Wanderlusting for Books

With Summer around the corner many people will start going on vacation and traveling the world, its made me think of some of the book that give me Wanderlust. And don’t forget to comment your favorite traveling book.

The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

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Cuba might not be a prime vacation pick, yet, but I love the way Crosshill described Cuba in this YA novel. His depiction of my island is right on point describing the people, the culture, and the difficulties the country faces today. It also happened to be an entertaining and funny read. FULL REVIEW.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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I was once fooled by the title and and original cover of this book, but it soon became one of my favorite books. It features the perfect balance of Paris and romance. I’ve never been to Paris but this only fueled my wishes to someday travel and see everything Anna saw, which includes: Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and all the movie theaters.

Books by John Green

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With the exception of Looking for Alaska, every time I read a book by John Green, it makes me want to grab a group of friends and go somewhere. The destination doesn’t even matter. He reminds me of how fun traveling can be with friends. Thanks to him I want to go a cross country roadtrip with friends.

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

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This book takes place in New York City, USA and although I’ve lived in the USA for the majority of my life, I’ve never been to the Big Apple. Before We Were Strangers is the way I’d like to imagine living in New York is like… full of things to do everyday. It’s adding fuel to my wanderlust wishes to go to New York someday… because you know… Hamilton. FULL REVIEW.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads & Movies

PROMPT
The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

When I think of summer I think sun, beach, friendships, romance, and adventures. The books and movies listed below have some if not all those elements. I know it’s supposed to be 5, but I couldn’t help myself and listed more than I was supposed to.  Continue reading