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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Jane the Virgin and the Original TV Show

For many of you Jane the Virgin the CW’s latest drama that revolves around Jane, a virgin, who became pregnant after being artificially inseminated. What an outlandish and original premise, huh? Well, while it’s still outlandish, the premise is not completely original. Jane the Virgin is an american remake of the original Venezuelan telenovela, Juana la Virgen.

Both shows share the same premise, but just about everything else that happens to the Janes is completely different. As someone who has watched both shows I thought it would be fun to point out some of the differences.

To clarify I will be using the original name, Juana to refer to the Venezuelan show, and Jane for the American one. I also haven’t seen past season 2 of Jane the Virgin, so please don’t spoil anything for me. Continue reading

Review: Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang & Arrival

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AUTHOR: Ted Chiang
SUMMARY: Dr. Louise Banks is hired by the U.S. military to communicate with the recent arrival of aliens on Earth.
GENRE: Short Story / Science Fiction
RATING: 5/5
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May 2017 Update

May was a really bad reading month for me. I had major reading slump. Mostly, because I came back to school for summer school, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not good with reading assigned books at the same time as books for fun (I only read books for fun during school when I get lazy with my schoolwork). It’s especially true now that I’m taking a Medieval English Literature class and have to decipher / translate old English to modern English. By the way, Medieval English looks like English but with a bunch of grammar and spelling mistake, made up words, and a very different pronunciation.

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I kept trying to get into a reading mood and started several other books but for some reason or the other, they wouldn’t stick. In the end, I finished two assigned readings, and three books for myself, two of which I had started reading last month. That’s a total of five, so I guess it’s not that bad.

Books That I Read

  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (4/5)
  • The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill (4/5)
  • Mandeville’s Travel by Sir John Mandeville (3/5)
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman (4/5)
  • On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen (4/5)

I may not have read much this May, but I did watch and finish a lot of shows and movies thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and my beloved local library.

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Looking back, my favorite movie is either Hidden Figures or Joy, I still can’t decide but they both made me tear up. None of which have review and might not get one except for Arrival.  Meanwhile, my least favorite show / movie and biggest disappointment was Cherry Season, a Turkish drama (probably my least favorite Turkish drama EVER too).

Some of the TV Shows & Movies I Watched

  • Angel 
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Kiraz Mevsimi (Cherry Season) 
  • Kevin Hart: What Now?
  • Dave Chapelle (Netflix Special)
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Martian
  • Loving
  • Southside With You
  • Joy
  • Hidden Figures
  • Arrival
  • Sedece Sen (Only You)
  • Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix Original)

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Yeah, that was a lot of TV and Movies and that’s not all of it…

As always, I’d love to hear what you read or watched this month, or discuss any of the shows / movies / books I read this movie with you. Let me know in the comments below.

Review: On Edge by Andrea Petersen

TITLE: On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety 
AUTHOR: Andrea Petersen
SUMMARY: In this semi memoir and nonfiction book, Andrea Petersen shares her experience living with anxiety disorders while also discussing what experts on the field have to say about it.
GENRE: Nonfiction | Memoir
RATING: 4/5 Continue reading

Review: The OA (Season 1)

TITLE: The OA Image result for the oa poster
SEASONS: 1 (for now)
NETWORK: Netflix
EPISODES: 8
SUMMARY: After Prarie is once agains reconnected to with her adoptive parents, it’s clear that she is not the same woman who went missing years ago.
GENRE: Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Mystery | Supernatural
WARNING: Graphic sex scenes and violence
RATING: 4/5 Continue reading

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.