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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Reread, Rewrite, or Recyle #1

This is the Screw, Marry, Kill game for books. Normally, it is “burn” instead of recycle. I changed it because I thought it sounded better… and recycling is good for the environment too! Today, I have 5 rounds of this game featuring some of my favorite books.

Round 1

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REREAD Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Because Rowell can do no wrong.

REWRITE Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I would change the ending of this book to a more satisfying end, one that won’t make me want to recycle it.

RECYCLE City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
This was an easy choice for me because looking back now I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I did. I think I felt pressured to liking it because so many people in the bookish community loves it.

ROUND 2

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REREAD Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I can’t recycle this book but I also can’t rewrite it because the format is so unique and weird that I don’t even want to touch it.

REWRITE All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
If I had it my way I would reread this book, but I’m making the difficult decision to rewrite it, not because it needs a change, but because I would love to read more about Wavy and Kellen and Donal. I wish I could have so much more than the 300 pages Greenwood gave us initially. Other than that I would leave this book as it is.

RECYLE Everyday by David Levithan
Again, I enjoyed this book but compared to the others on this round, it does not measure up.

ROUND 3

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REREAD Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
I loved the love story in this book and how the story was told.

REWRITE Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
The other day I was talking to a friend and we talked about how we both liked Twilight at the time we first read it, but it has it’s problems. One of them being how females were portrayed, and I know Meyer made a point about it with Life and Death, but if I was given Twilight to re rewrite it, then I would try to make it better in that way. #Feminism

RECYLE June by Beverly Miranda Whittemore
This was an easy choice to make simply because I didn’t like it nowhere near as much as I liked the other books on this round.

ROUND 4

Slide4REREAD Girl in Piece by Kathleen Glasgow
I know this is a sad book to reread but even now, months after reading it, when I think about this book it still has the emotional tug on my hear to rip it out and stomp on it, and it makes me cry. Any book with that amount of feelings, should be reread.

REWRITE Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
My only beef with the Hunger Trilogy is the love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta because it felt forced, so I would go back and delete it all or at most make it more believable.

RECYLE Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is another book I liked but didn’t love as much as the other two books in this round.

ROUND 5

Slide5REREAD 1984 by George Orwell
We do not touch this book. We do not rewrite this book. We do not recycle this book. We only read and reread this book.

REWRITE The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
When I first read the book, I hated everyone except Gatsby. I know that’s how I am supposed to feel, but if I could rewrite this classic, then I would make everyone nicer, and Gatsby would get the girl in the end and not die (oops spoilers). That would also mean Leonard DiCaprio wouldn’t die on screen for the hundredth millionth in his movie career. Seriously, I can’t stand seeing this man die over and over again.

RECYCLE The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The problem with The Problem with Forever is that it has no problem other than some cringe worthy moments, on my part. But I can’t possibly defile the other two books by recycling them.

UPDATE: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

This past Saturday, I joined Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I didn’t completely fail. In the past whenever I’ve joined a readathon, I fail (almost) miserably, but this time around it was different. Sure, I didn’t finish either of the books I intended to read, but I read about half of The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. That’s a total of 128 pages!

I could have stayed inside my house the entire day to read, but I had social engagements to go to.

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Either way, I’m really enjoying both books I chose for this readathon, and I expect to finish them soon.

If you participated in this readathon or if you have any tips for me and any future readathons let me know!

 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

From April 29th to April 30th I will be a reading machine because I will be joining a readathon! This is my first time joining this readathon but not my first time joining one. For whatever reason I keep joining them and failing them, but I want to change that this time around. After all, it’s just one day of reading, that looks doable.

You can check for more information here, and to find out when your readathon starts click here.

For my TBR I will be picking two books, and that’s already one too many books for me.

The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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Kinds of Reading Slumps

SCHOOL SLUMP

The first and major reason I get reading slumps is because of school. Yes, I still read for school because I’m an English major but it’s not on my term. Also, when I read for school it leaves little read for recreation reading. The only to get away from this slump is quitting school and I’m not about to do that.

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READING FRENZY HANGOVER

These slumps occur when I read too much in a short period. They leave me so exhausted that I don’t want to read anything else. After that, I try to pace myself with my next read, but that doesn’t usually work for me. I either read a book in 3 days or not.

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THE EMOTIONAL HANGOVER

I don’t usually don’t have mourning periods with the books I read. Sure, I get sad, I might even cry, but that’s never stopped me from picking up another book immediately. However, it’s happened. The only way I could get over All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood was by reading reviews about it, reading the deleted scenes, sorta stalking the author, writing about my feels, and eventually reading it again. It’s also a good thing that I was in the middle of the semester and had to catch up on schoolwork after I took a “break” to read it.

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THE BORING BOOK SLUMP

The other slump I get from time to time is whenever I read a boring book. It’s a bad sign when you realize you rather do something else than read a book, and when that happens the solution is easy. Give up on it. I know it can be hard, but if it’s not working, then kick it to the curb. Grab another book!

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Let me know what kind of reading slumps you guys get, which one is the worse? Did I miss one?

This or That: Rating Books One Star

This or That challenges is hosted by the Bookmark Chronicles. This week’s prompt is:

Have you ever given a book a one star (out of 5) rating?

If so, give the title and why didn’t you like it (or them if it’s happened more than once).

I generally don’t but I know I definitely have. For me they are rare so a book has to be atrociously horrendously bad for me to give them a 1 star rating. I went through my Goodreads account and found these 6 books and here they are.

Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker

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This one made the list recently this year. I despised it and I kept hoping it would get better as I read it but it just kept getting worse. It’s SUPPOSED to be a love story but it’s really about this insta-love story between an angry girl and her kinda creepy neighbor who says he will “fix” her. It just made me angry and I don’t know why it has such a high rating on Goodreads.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

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Okay, If I’m honest I don’t exactly remember why I gave this a one star rating. I think it had to do with corny predictable plots in the Twilight era of vampires and some kind of insta-love. I remember I even found typos that bothered me.

No Turning Back by Bryan Anderson

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This is the only book on this list that I feel bad about giving a low rating. Why? Because I met the author at a school event and he is a wonderful human being in person. He’s a brave man who went to the front lines of war for his country, and yet here I am giving his book a one star rating. The problem with the book is that personality and wonderful storytelling in person does not translate as well in book form. The sad parts weren’t sad and the funny parts weren’t funny.

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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I had to read this for school and for whatever reason it was a tough read and therefore hated. Looking back maybe it doesn’t deserve it, but that’s how I felt at the time.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

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The first book in the series was good, I enjoyed it, but the trilogy went downhill from then on. By the time I got to this book, I was already annoyed by the story and barely finished it.

Author Recipe: Colleen Hoover

Last week I posted an “Author Recipe” where I make my own made up recipe using the themes and tropes some of my favorite authors use to write their books. This week it will be New Adult writer, Colleen Hoover, and one of my favorite authors. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups of an Unimaginable Romantic Connection
  • 3 cups of Feels
  • 1 cups of Family Drama
  • 2 cups of sliced New Adult characters
  • 3 teaspoons of Quirky Friends
  • 1 teaspoon of a Halfway Unexpected Twist
  • 1 pinch of Texas or a Hot Setting
  • 1 pinch of a Big U.S. City
  • Steamy Scenes to your liking
  • 1 pinch of Meaningful Names

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Get your 2 cups of sliced New Adult characters and pour 6 cups of Unimaginable Romantic Connection or Strong Romantic Connection into a big pot.

Step 2: Add 1 cup of Family Drama to the pot.

Step 3: Add the 3 teaspoons of Quirky Friends, they will help your protagonists with the Family Drama and Romantic Connection.

Step 4: Add the 3 cups of Feels. Do NOT skip this step. The Feels will be what give your readers the Gasps, the Oohs, the WTF, and the OMG moments.

Step 5: Add the 1 teaspoon of Halfway Unexpected Twist although it can also be Unexpected Ending, but use Halfway Unexpected Twist for better results.

Step 6: For settings add 1 pinch of Texas or Hot Setting and 1 pinch of a Big U.S. City.

Step 7: Add as many Steamy Scenes for your New Adult characters, to your liking.

Step 8: Put it on the stove and wait for it to boil.

Step 9: Make sure to stir it as you let it simmer.

Step 10:  Serve it with a pinch of Meaningful Names according to your liking.

 

YOUR PRODUCT SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS

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*My favorites are It Ends With Us, Ugly Love,  and Slammed

**Too Late does not follow the usual recipe