Buying Books?

Due to Big Life Changes (TM) I will soon have a (small) budget for buying books and because of this I started a list of books I would like to buy to add to my shelves!  It was a personal list but then I was thinking it would be an interesting one to share with people because these are the books I have read recently that I have deemed good enough to be bought.  This means they are books I know I will read again (and again and again).

However, this list is a bit larger then I would like, having taken a look at all the books I own and have had to move recently.  So while I will be able to spend money on books a bit more regularly then I previously have, I want and need to keep the amount of books that I own to a minimum.

The books:

Night Study and Dawn Study by Maria V Synder

Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson (but only a certain cover, because I like it best)

(Preorder) Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce, Julie Holderman, Timothy Leibe, Magan Messinger and Cora Colville

Book Blogging Things I Suck At

I took inspiration for this post based off of a video on KatesBookDate YouTube channel, which I can’t find but I swear she had one, here are some book blogging things I’m not very good at.  

1. Having an interesting theme – The bridge image was supposed to be temporary until I could get a picture of my books up, but I have yet to do so.  Whoops.  Also the images on my blog do this weird fade thing when you mouse over them?

2. Making visually appealing posts – I need to learn/try out other post formats, particularly for reviews.  Also more pictures and/or gifs!

3. Reading and commenting on other’s posts – As always, time is a major barrier to doing this, also I follow too many blogs which are not as similar to my blog reading and commenting tastes as I would like, 

Bonus things I think I am good at:

Interesting and diverse blog posts and topics

Commenting back to comments on my blog

Books I own I should likely get rid of

listI don’t own a lot of books.  I’d estimate there are about 60 or so books I moved with after finishing University and likely another dozen chapter books at my mom’s place and a dozen or so picture books there as well.

Growing up in a small house where half the people living there were book lovers, we never really bought many books.  Partially budget reasons, partially because the house was too damn small to store books.  It was library only reading.  As a side note, I love libraries and always have and gained an appreciation for them early.  Even though small town libraries are very easy to read through. I’m surprised I actually have accumulated more then a 100 books!  I started buying more books once I entered university, but still mostly bought books I had read many times and knew I loved.  Typically that is still my attitude on book buying, however I have bought a few over the years that I haven’t read before but thought I would like.  But I didn’t and now I should get rid of it.  

So without further ado, here are about a handful of books that I really should donate so someone else can love them more then me.  A few I have not read.  

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

2. The Game of Thrones by GRR Martin (plus the 3 that follow it)

3. No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

4. Ready Player One by Ernst Cline

5. The Diviner by Melanie Rawn

6. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 

I will admit that part of the reason I haven’t donated these books it they do diversify my shelves just a little bit, so if anyone was to comment that I only have YA fantasy on my shelf I could pull out one of these books to refute it.  But I’m not a fan of keeping books around I won’t read again and don’t like.  So they should go!  If you like these books, I’m glad, but I hope you won’t hate me for not liking them enough to keep them.

Added note: since I first started drafting this post I have let someone borrow two of these books and the odds of them being returned are on the slim side.  For the one book I’m ok with it, for the other I’m slightly sad, but I’m not running to the bookstore to replace it or nagging the guy to return it, so it was likely for the best.  

Second added note: due to a move occurring around when this post will go up there are more books that should be on this list and at least one I am going to get rid of on this list.

Big Life Changes (TM)

Funny enough, I just noticed this post will be #150!

This quick post is to say I’m about to be about a week without steady internet access (besides some library time) due to some Big Life Changes (TM).

This doesn’t really mean a whole lot for most people since I have some posts queued up for people to read, but it does mean I won’t get to comments right away.  Don’t worry, once I have internet again I will be replying to all the people!

Oh and for these Big Life Changes (TM) should be good ones but life is a thing that does interesting things, so time will tell. 

Body functions in books aka protagonists pee too!

thoughtsQuick!  Name the last book that you read that the MC went to the bathroom.  Can’t think of one?  I doubt you are alone.  

For me the book that immediately comes to mind are Tamora Pierce books.  Not all of them include this little detail, but most do.  The female protagonists even have periods!  

It might seem weird, but just the off-handed comment about the main character going to the bathroom or needing to pack extra clothes right before a last minute trip because they are expecting their period makes me super happy.  It makes the protagonists real people!  It doesn’t demonize the fact that as a woman I have a period and have to think about the consequences of that.  It normalizes menstruation for young girls who are self conscious of it.  

The fact that most authors ignore this very common, realistic, mandatory body function frustrates me.  Your main character eats, otherwise readers would find it weird that they didn’t so why can’t they also go to the toilet?  Sure there is a bit of a taboo about this, but including it, as I mentioned before, normalizes it and actually helps young people with their body image. 

Don’t know how to include it in your story?

How often have you had an interesting conversation in the washroom?  If you are in high school, a setting in many contemporary books, I would hazard it would be fairly often because you have some limited privacy there.  When you are about to go into battle battle or slay a dragon how likely is it to have a nervous bladder?  A long run from a monster poses a challenge for woman that men don’t tend to have.  Ditto long treks or hikes or journeys with a mixed group of woman and men.

Just think of all the awkward situations you can get your characters into!  Think of the plotting potential!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I felt Betrayed by

Top 5 Wednesday can be found on Goodreads over here.

There are about a dozen books on my Goodreads shelf labelled ‘interesting concept book fell flat’ that could realistically go on this list, but I’m going to stick to books that betrayed me on a deep, personal level.

1. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

2. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

3. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

4. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

5. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

This is by no means reflective on how good the book is, but if you have read it, you know about The Thing, and how it caught 99% of us off guard.

Longest read book

listGoing based on Goodreads, these are some of the longest books I have read.  I say some, because there are a few box sets or bind-up that I excluded from the list and I don’t always pick the right copy of the book I read, so the list might not be in order or totally accurate.  Funny enough I didn’t realize there was going to be such an interesting pattern when I first thought of doing this post.  It’s interesting to see and it makes me want to investigate it more.

1. Mirror Sight (Green Rider #5) by Kristen Britain

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J K Rowling

3. Shelters of Stone (Earth’s Children #5) by Jean M Auel

4. Plains of Passage (Earth’s Children #4) by Jean M Auel

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J K Rowling

6. Brisignr (the Inheritance Cycle #3) by Christopher Paolini

7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J K Rowling

8. Eldest (the Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini

9. Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith

10. Treason’s Shore (Inda #4) by Sherwood Smith

Obviously many of these are part of long series.  Here are a few more that top 580 pages that are outside of the above mentioned series:

Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Kaufman and Kristoff

Eona (Eon #2) by Alison Goodman

Mastiff (Beka Cooper #3) by Tamora Pierce

Rise of a Hero (Farsala Triology #2) by Hilari Bell

The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima