HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

Apparently today is my 1-year WordPress Anniversary.

To think a year ago I started this blog. It was not good. I’ve looked back at it and what was I thinking? haha

I know it grew along with me, and it’s still not great, but I think it’s getting there.

I have a few ideas that I want to do in the next year, but a couple of them require some interraction from my audiences which I don’t get a lot, other than a few followers.

So my first goal is increasing interactions with audiences. I want to talk to you guys, hear your opinions, see what you’re reading and stuff.

I’m also planning on doing a sort of book club on Twitch. The book club will mainly be me reading some short stories or books to people, throwing in some friendly chatting now and then.

The rest is a surprise. Now that I’ll have internet in my apartment soon I’ll be able to get the wheels turning on a few projects, but nothing too big. Expect a giveaway of some sort by Christmas time…maybe lol.

Anyways thanks to everyone who keep me writing this blog. I have a lot of fun writing for you guys and I assume you enjoy reading? Otherwise you probably wouldn’t follow me.

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I’m ADULTING!

I’m ADULTING!

Today’s post is more of a news related post, but it fits in with other Thursday posts too, so I decided to write it today instead.

As of today I am still living at home with my parents. I am one course away from a getting two degrees, but I have found myself a pretty good job while finishing up school and a few months ago I found an apartment to move into…which is happening this weekend.

I move into my own place on September 1 with just me and my doggo. I’m a bit scared, but overall excited to move out. It’s a big step but I guess it’s time for me to become this “adult” thing I’ve heard so much about.

This shouldn’t affect my daily posting in the long run, but there might be a few days next week where I don’t have any WiFi to publish a post, but I might be willing to type up some of the shorter posts on my phone or something, but I doubt I’d type up a book review that way.

Either way, things are changing for me. New apartment, school starting, and who knows what else that will take up some of my free time. I’m excited for it all to be happening, but I’m sure it will be pretty stressful at time.

I will do my best to give you your daily fix of content, but this is just a fair warning that there may be a day or two that you miss.

For those of you that have lived on your own…any tips? Let me know in the comments. Any help is appreciated.

Taking Notes While Reading. Myth or Reality?

Taking Notes While Reading. Myth or Reality?

So I’ve heard through the grapevine that apparently some people like to take notes while they read books? Is this true?

And by reading books I don’t mean studying for a university exam. I mean sitting in your comfiest chair and reading your favourite fantasy novel or something.

When I heard that quite a few people did this, I was a little shocked, but I guess it makes sense in the end right?

If you’re a blogger, you’d probably want to remember different aspects of the book that you enjoyed.

Maybe there was a certain scene in the book that really stuck out to you, maybe there was a good foreshadowing in one of the earliest chapters, or maybe a quote that you just really liked.

In the end, whatever notes you took can be used to help create a good book review on your blog, but that is not the system I follow.

I guess to me, note taking seems kind of like I’m ruining my memory of the book.

When I read a book I like to be fully immersed in it. I like to believe that I am a ghost on the wall, experiencing the book’s story unfolding before me.

Taking notes on something I am a part of feels like a betrayal to me and the book.

Will I remember everything that happens? Probably not.

Will I remember that scene from the first chapter that basically foreshadowed the last scene of the book? Again, probably not.

Am I okay with that? Yes.

Why am I okay with that? Because me remembering the book is what I read a book for. What I take away from each book is what sticks with me. There’s a reason it sticks with me, and that’s why I remember it.

Plus, no offense to anybody who does take notes while reading, I don’t have time for that, and I can’t believe anybody does. I already take a long time to read books as it is, I don’t want to take an extra month because I am taking notes while reading a book.

Do you take notes while you’re reading? If so, why?

Join My “Book Club”

Join My “Book Club”

As a book lover, I’m always interested in what other people are reading to see if I might enjoy it myself. I also like discussing theories and ideas for books that are coming out.

I have a very limited circle of friends, and my experiences are limited to my regular schedule, so I don’t often get to experience what books other people are interested in. Plus being busy most days I don’t get to be involved in the regular chatter and excitement of upcoming books.

That’s why I decided to come up with the idea for a little community “book club”.

It won’t be a scheduled book club. I’m not planning on making people read certain books by a certain date or anything. I just figured I should make a community of book loving people, whether you’re a blogger or not, who want to talk about books, get opinions, and talk about what’s coming up.

It’ll all be hosted on Discord, so it’s not anything formal. There will be some rules against profanity and such, but other than that there will be channels depending on what book you want to talk about.

I’ll throw in a link here: https://discord.gg/sNYTree for you to follow if you’re interested. It’s still a work in progress, but you’re more than welcome to join. If you want a certain channel made, let me know and we can make one.

I’d love to see some people join the “book” club to talk about what books their interested in right now, or talk about the latest in book news. I think it’s a good chance to bring the global book community together for some fun.

Having a favourite genre…

Having a favourite genre…

As a reader, it is impossible not to have a certain genre or genres of books that you gravitate towards.

Maybe you love going on a thrilling chase through space, shooting lasers and meeting alien life forms. Maybe you love a wise old magician shooting fireballs from his staff, vanquishing the dragon that has plagued his country for eons. Or maybe you love crying alongside two characters who are so madly in love, but the world seems to be keeping them apart.

Either way, everyone has a genre that they like, and everyone has a genre that they don’t like.

What I want to talk about today is the genres that you don’t like, but first, let me tell you a little bit about me.

I can appreciate almost any genre of any form of art, music, books, or whatever you have in mind. I don’t necessarily like every genre, but I can appreciate and understand why people like those genres.

I have a favourite type of music — country — but I don’t limit myself to just country music. I listen to a bit of rap, a pinch of hip hop, some top 40, and just a dash of classical.

It’s the same thing with my reading habits and the genres that I like. Obviously my main genres would be historical and fantasy, but I don’t limit myself to those categories, and I think it is wrong if you do.

I don’t think you should limit yourself to a few genres just because you aren’t a “fan” of fantasy, or you can’t stand sci-fi, or romance books make you want to vomit.

If you don’t like a certain book, by all means don’t feel obligated to finish it, but if you’re not a fan of sci-fi, but you love romance…what about a sci-fi romance book.

Blend the love and the hate together and try it out. It’s got a bit of what you love, and a bit of what you hate, so maybe that’ll save it for you.

Maybe it will, or maybe you’ll think the romance aspect of the book was ruined because of the sci-fi part. That decision is yours to make.

What I really want to say is this.

Just because you hate a genre, or you hate a certain stereotype in a genre shouldn’t mean you shun it completely.

In today’s world, where reading is slowly becoming a dying passion, I don’t think us readers have the luxury of hating anything. I think we need to appreciate what we can about books, and do our best to keep them alive. Don’t hate on a certain genre because you don’t like it. Instead try to find a niche area of that genre that you do like.

Not only will it broaden your mind and understanding, I think it will also help you realize how much you love reading and make you fall in love with it all over again.

Do people still use libraries?

Do people still use libraries?

Libraries have literally been around for thousands of years, and have served some different purposes through time, but generally have had one goal: providing books/knowledge to people.

Whenever I think of a library, the Great Library of Alexandria comes to mind. Probably the most famous library in the history of the world, we unfortunately lost almost all of the contents long ago.

I read somewhere a few years ago that the world’s technology would probably be 100 years more advanced if we hadn’t lost it’s contents.

I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but I feel like there is some truth to it. Libraries used to be for scholars and academics to learn, and advance human knowledge and understanding.

Libraries are places for people to learn, study, and advance the world.

There is near limitless information that can be found in a library…but that’s not what they’re used for any more. They aren’t the epicenter of knowledge any more. That is what our phones are for.

Do people go to libraries to learn? In my opinion no. If people want to learn, (which they tend not to want) they go on their phones, find what information they want, and then forget it almost immediately.

Yeah sure, people at universities or college might use a library because their essay requires them to add a few citations, but do they really use the library? Or do they just go online?

The libraries I have been in have hundreds if not thousands of books, but they sit their unused. They don’t move, except for the very rare occurrence somebody can’t find them online and needs to use an actual book as a reference in their work.

In my opinion, physical libraries are dying, and are also becoming worthless. It hurts me to say that, but I don’t think they’re valued anymore. People don’t use them to learn, people barely use them (physical or online) as it is.

For the most part they’re used a source of free internet access for anyone who just walks in off the street.

I know people do use them, and to those who do, bless your souls because it brings me joy knowing that someone is using a library for it’s original purpose.

Some people use them for movies, or to check out the books they can’t afford to buy, and that’s good. The only problem is, that these people are few and far between.

Am I wrong about libraries? Do people use them for more than I think they do, or do you agree that libraries are dying out, slowly but surely.

Hello, and Goodbye…I’m changing things up

Hello, and Goodbye…I’m changing things up

For years now I wanted to create something that allowed me to express my thoughts and opinions for others to listen to or watch, and maybe learn from.

I created this blog to do just that, and have loved doing it since I started it.

I’ve hit a few bumps along the way, and I’ve gotten over them and have always come back to this blog and am super grateful that I have.

Because of this blog, I have also started a Podcast about the Wheel of Time series, called The Winespring Inn.

I really enjoyed doing it at first, but it quickly became a lot of work that I couldn’t find time for and I lost interest.

It was kind of lonely doing a podcast on my own, and I am half glad half upset that I won’t be continuing with it any more.

I’m no expert on the subject matter, compared to other people, and I find myself dreading the time researching stuff to make the script.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy making a podcast, it’s just I’d prefer to focus my attention on other projects that I want to try out.

My podcasts used to come out on Saturdays, when I did post them.

Now that I won’t be continuing it, I want to start a new review series…reviewing TV shows and Movies.

I know this doesn’t really fall under the “book” category, but I think it does in the sense that it is storytelling. Movies and books are part of the same umbrella of storytelling. Movies are visual, books do the same, they just use your creativity and imagination.

The one stipulation for a movie/TV show review…it needs to be adapted from a book.

That’s how I am going to tie it into the book genre that I currently follow.

I hope you are all as excited to do the book/TV show reviews. I think it’ll be less time consuming for me, but also more fun for me and for all of you.

For the most part, I’ll try to cover modern movies that I’ve seen, but I’ll probably throw in a few classics/older movies if things slow down.

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