Solve it Sunday: Pendulum

Hello dear readers, its time to dust off your riddle solving skills today.

This week’s puzzle doesn’t have any math involved like last week, but it’s still a bit tricky.

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A pendulum is a very simple machine, but a highly interesting one none the less. A pair of identical pendulums suspended in a vacuum jar will, naturally enough, move in perfect synchrony once set swinging. If you lengthen the string of one of the pair, it will slow down, falling behind the other. Similarly if you instead shortened the string, it would speed up.

What would happen if you kept the strings the same length, and instead replaced one of the weights with a similarly sized bob made of substantially lighter material?


Best of luck in solving this! Sometimes trusting your gut helps.

My Predictions for the Book World in the 2020s

Hello dear readers, I have a post that I’ve been wanting to write for a while for you today.

I was looking back at my childhood and remembering books and publishing from when I was a kid and how it has changed since then.

That got me thinking about what I think will happen in the next ~10 years in the publishing world.

These are just things that I think will happen. If I happen to be correct, then good for me, if I am not, then oh well.

What are your predictions for the book world? Do you agree or disagree with any of my predictions? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media!
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Physical Books

I don’t foresee any major change in this department. I think the printing of physical books has found a happy medium in terms of sales. There might be some spikes and some lows of people buying physical books, but it will more or less stay the same with maybe a small growth.

I find a lot of less serious readers prefer to have a physical book in their hands because they don’t see the need for an e-reader. A lot of book bloggers/tubers also seem to like getting their hands on physical books, though plenty like e-books too.


e-Books

I think the demand for e-books will continue to grow at a steady pace. It is becoming a much more affordable and portable way to read. If authors and publishers want to keep e-readers happy though, I think they will need to find ways to ensure more accessible files for their e-books, which brings me to my second point.

I think we will see more variety in types of e-readers. I think a few companies will develop their own version of a Kindle, with unique features specific to their brand, which will give readers cheaper options that might fit their needs/wants better. Two companies that I believe could pursue this path are Google and Microsoft, but also possibly an out of the blue small company that focuses solely on e-readers.


Audiobooks

Audiobooks will continue to grow and become more mainstream. Audiobook services will be easier to obtain for smaller authors, and audiobook narrators will be more sought after.

I think there will be more of a division between narrators though, with a small group of narrators being regularly sought after, and listeners will look for books by those specific narrators.

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Publishing

With the Black Lives Matter movement across the world, I expect to see better diversity in publishing. It’s not something that happens overnight, but I expect by 2025-7 we will see more equality between what peoples are being published. I expect there to be ups and downs, some being lower and higher based off of social upbringings, but for the most part we will see more equality.


Writing

I actually predict that writing will become less of a career path for many people. With the rise of technology and video games I think that young people won’t pursue writing as often since they won’t be reading as much.

What we will see a rise in is the number of non-white authors. I think as publishing better represents minorities, those minorities will see writing as a tangible career choice.


Adaptations

Already there are a lot of TV shows and movies that are based off of books and I think this will only continue to rise. The o only issue is that these companies too often re-make old content because they know it will make them money.

With more ideas coming from authors with a large variety of backgrounds, the entertainment industry will be forced to turn them into movies and TV shows.

I also think that books will start getting video game adaptations. I don’t see this becoming a regular habit until the late 2020s, but I think there is a lot of potential for really fun video-games that could become best-sellers if they are dated from books. Look at the Witcher Series for example.


Marketing

It’s tough to market books, there isn’t much you can do that would be new in my opinion. I think marketers will embrace certain styles of books, or books with certain voices and characters in them.


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Overall

I don’t see much of a change for the book world overall in the next 10 years except becoming more inclusive. We will see a change in stories and trends, but for the most part I don’t see things changing.

If I had to make one big guess, I would assume that the desire for YA content will be greater than ever. YA content is almost universally read so publishers will pursue it as a safe bet.


What are your predictions for the book world? Do you agree or disagree with any of my predictions? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media!
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My 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday. Thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for the topic as always!

I normally don’t do these when the topic is June TBR, Summer Books to Read, etc. because I don’t read as much as other people do, so I’d have maybe one or two books on the list, which wouldn’t be fun for anyone.

BUT, I’ve been reading a lot more this year than I normally do, thanks to book blogging, so I figured a six-month time period would be enough to make a solid list about.

What books are you planning to read in the rest of 2020? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let’s talk about it.

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Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox – I’m about a quarter of the way through this book, which I’ve been told is 1400+ pages long. I have a blog tour coming up for this book and it’s an interesting read to say the least.

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Dread Pirate Arcanist, Coliseum Arcanist, Plague Arcanist by Shami Stovall. I loved Knightmare Arcanist, the first book in this series, and the books are a quick and fun read. I plan on getting through them pretty quickly in the rest of 2020.


Heir of Doom by Jina. S Bazzar. I enjoyed the first one in this series quite a bit, and the author approached me to read the second one. I feel bad because it keeps getting pushed back in my TBR, but I will read it soon!


Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. This one was recommended to me by one of my blogging friends Kat @ Kbookreviews. She said I would enjoy it, and since I don’t read a lot of Eastern Fantasy, that it would be good to expand my horizons.


The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. I read some of Jemisin in university and I loved her work. It was such an interesting take on fantasy that I wanted to read more by her. I’ve heard each of these books are fantastic to read and might leave me feeling empty inside because of the emotions.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This is another series I’ve heard a lot of good things about, so I am excited to get into it, but I don’t want to commit to the whole series quite yet because I have also hear some not-too-good things about it too. Hopefully those ones are wrong.


What books are on your TBR for the rest of the year? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media!
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I’ve Almost Reached My 2020 Goals…and it’s only May. Also…a future giveaway!

ALLLL the way back in January, I set some goals for myself on what I wanted to achieve for my blog in 2020. Some were social media based, some were more content based.

I’ll sum them up quick below, but if you want a refresher, read my 2020 Goals here.

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Goals – SOcial Media/Reading

I keep track every Sunday of the progress of my social media channels, so here are the goals and the current standings of each of them.

12 Books Read6 Finished (though I have two more that are halfway done and don’t expect this to be too difficult.)
325 Twitter Followers304 Followers (I expect I’ll hit 325 by the end of the month)
150 Instagram Followers131 Followers (This might take longer, but I should have it met soon!)
25 Facebook Followers16 Followers (I’m not totally sold on Facebook yet, but its slowly growing)
300 Blog Followers232 Followers (The furthest of my social media goals, but I am growing at a steady pace and don’t expect too much issue with this one.


I’m not trying to brag or anything, but I have been increasing my social media presence in different ways, and I have been seeing results.

I don’t imagine I will meet all the goals by the end of May, but I expect to have most of them reached by the end of June or July for sure.

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GOALS – Content

I wanted to explore more content for my blog, so I came up with some goals for myself for that as well. Again, here are the goals and their current status.

Host 2 giveaways (one for Christmas and one for hitting 300 followers)
Haven’t started, but I have plans for a Christmas one floating in the back of my head. Might hold off on the 300 follower one until I reach all social goals.
Host 1 contest for writers
Rough planning has commenced but nothing concrete.
Have 5 collaborations with authors or other bloggers this year
Already at 3 and have a few in mind to get started on soon.
Create a blogging award (not specifically for book bloggers)
Not done, but in the early stages.
Create new look for this blog
Done and I like the new look!
Create a blog mascot
Has changed slightly, but it is “done.”
Make significant progress on my bookHave done significant planning and writing has commenced.

Not as far along on the content goals, but I am making good progress seeing as its only the fifth month of the year.

Once I hit all of the social media goals, and one or two more of the content goals, that’s when I’ll host a giveaway. I have a few ideas in mind but nothing set in stone yet.

Movie Review: Leap Year

Hello movie lovers. It’s February 29, so what movie is better to review than Leap Year!

It made sense to me, so its making sense to you too, but don’t get your hopes up about this review, because I really didn’t enjoy this movie at all.

The entire premise of this movie is the only reason that it’s interesting at all. It’s another Rom-Com, and even that isn’t entirely true.

I didn’t see a sense of romance in this movie. I didn’t see or feel the love, the passion, the chemistry.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I wasn’t in the right head space, or maybe its because I’m really not a fan of Amy Adams, but I didn’t like this movie.

That has nothing to do with how predictable it was too.

As soon as Anna meets Declan, you know they are going to fall in love. Why would she propose to the man she’s been in love with for the past four years?


It’s my biggest issue with Rom-Coms. Too often the people in love are really just infatuated with each other.

They would make a terrible couple, but because they had moments of flirting and a bit of sexual tension.

I don’t have much else to say honestly. I could talk about casting, pick apart the plot, examine the acting skills, but I honestly don’t care to.

I disliked this movie so much that I don’t even want to spend more time on it than I need to.


Let’s not talk about Leap Year any more. Instead why don’t you suggest some other Romantic Comedies that I should watch that are actually good!

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Bookish Habits that I am Guilty of

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Hello dear readers, I come to you with another Top 5 Tuesday list, this time all about some bookish habits that I have. Top 5 Tuesdays are hosted over at Bionic Book Worm, and you definitely need to check out her blog if you love books.

Some habits are probably things that a lot of book readers do, and some might be more specific to me.

Bringing my Book EVERYWHERE

Almost everywhere I go, I have a book with me. Whether it’s to work, hanging out with friends, or even waiting on the elevator on the way to take my dog for a walk I have a book with me. Short bursts of reading actually gets a lot done if you do it often enough.


Multiple Books on the go

I have gotten much better at this in the last few years, but I tend to have two or three books and a manga or two going on at the same time. Usually they’re of different genres, but I usually jump back and forth now and then to keep things interesting.


Bad Book Buying Habits

I think all book lovers can appreciate this one, but if you leave me alone in a book store, I ALWAYS come out with a book or two. I’ve actually had my girlfriend drag me out of the store to prevent me from buying something.


Progress Bookmarks

I like to see the progress that I make when I am reading, so I like to have two bookmarks in my books. The first is where I started at the beginning of the day, or week and the second is where I am currently. It’s nice seeing big chunks of the book being finished a time.


Spoiler Free

You can’t spoil a book for me more than I do myself. As soon as I am hooked, I am searching on the internet for what comes next, what happens to the characters in the end, who gets what sort of magical powers. That doesn’t ruin the story for me either, because it is the adventure that we go on that I really enjoy.


What are some of your bookish habits? I know we probably share one or two, but I want to hear about what weird things you might do when it comes to books.
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My Oldest Books

Hello dear readers, you’re in for a treat today whether you like it or not, because today I am going to share the oldest books that I own!

Most of my books are from this century. Even if it was a book written before 2000, I probably have a modern version of it.

There are a few exceptions however, but before I show them to you, I’m going to tease you a bit more.

When I went to University, every few weeks there would be this man that would show up with hundreds of used books for sale.

He’d get these books at garage sales, other book stores, estate sales, or even from people who left their large collections to him in their will.

He had recent books, he had old books, he had books everyone has heard of, and he had books that you’ll never hear the name of again.

I probably spent way too much money on his books, at a time when I definitely couldn’t afford it, but I’m a sucker for a book sale.

I didn’t buy these two books together, but when I did buy them, my friend and I were having a competition to see who could find the older book.

My friend is currently winning, unfortunately, but I haven’t given up hope yet.

BUT

Without further adieu ladies and gentlefolk…here are my oldest books!

These two were only from the 1970s, but they’re on the older end of things for me.


1921 was a good year for Tennyson Poems, and I love the texture of the cover too!


And last, and definitely the oldest book in my collection…More Tennyson poems from 1893!


What’s your oldest book? I’d love to see it if you’re willing to share.
Show me in the comments or on social media.
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