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.

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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.

Stealing People’s Ideas…Creatively

Stealing People’s Ideas…Creatively

In today’s world, every idea has been taken. It is literally impossible to come up with a 100% original idea.

If you call yourself a creative person, I bet you constantly have ideas rolling through your head, and probably more so if you are a content creator. Writing a book, making videos, or any sort of content making will do wonders on the creative part of your brain.

Yeah, sure, you can have an idea for a space elephant wearing a unicorn onesie fighting robot pandas in the deserts of France. Sounds like it’s a pretty original idea right?

I’m sorry to tell you, but it’s not. It’s not original. The idea has already been taken. Maybe not all at once, but aspects of it. This idea belonged to that author. That idea belonged to this author.

Some aspect of every story, idea, or even thought has been used by someone else. Every possible idea has been taken…but that’s not something that should deter what ideas come to your mind.

That’s why I believe in one simple rule. A rule that I think all creative people follow when they think of new ideas.

Steal people’s ideas, but steal them creatively.

I don’t mean think of a creative way to steal their ideas. Stealing ideas outright is wrong. Stealing someone’s hard work and time is wrong.

What I mean by stealing creatively, is be inspired by them.

Be inspired by ideas you see everywhere, absorb them, and them take them in and use them.

Take everything in. Live your life, take in every sight, sound, and sense that you experience and use them to inspire you. Incorporate aspects of people ideas into your ideas.

Add your twist to them. Make them your own. Make them you. Make their ideas your own. Steal people’s ideas, creatively.

Be inspired by the hard work of others, and work hard to make those ideas yours.

Ask Me Anything + The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you to Joanna Nicole for nominating me for this award! If you haven’t checked out her blog – The Geekish Brunette, I highly suggest checking it out! My content pales in comparison to hers, so do me a favor and follow her blog too!

Last week I also posted an Ask Me Anything, so it was perfect timing that these two events ended up on the same day. I’ll throw in my AMA questions and answers in at the end of the tag.

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WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
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Questions from Joanna Nicole @ The Geekish Brunette:

1.) What book has had the biggest impact on your life?

This is a really tough answer, because I don’t really know. It might sound a bit silly, but the books that have had the biggest impact on my life have probably been The Magic Treehouse series. They were some of the first books I ever remember reading, and I think they made me fall in love with reading when I was a young kid.

2.) What was your last book hangover?

Great. First two questions and I have a hard time answering them. I’m not really sure what to say for this because I am always reading at least two different books at one time, so there’s never really a chance for me to take a break from reading…I may be misunderstanding what book hangover means though.

3.) Favorite book quote and why?

Life before Death
Strength before Weakness
Journey before Destination.
It’s a quote from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, and there is so much meaning behind each of those phrases that it really means a lot to me. The way I think of the quote is a little different than what Sanderson’s characters do, but I think he made it so that it can be interpreted differently. If it means anything I’m thinking of getting a tattoo of that quote.

4.) What is your favorite color and what book cover best shows it off?

Blue. Not even a question. Maybe I am just a stereotypical guy who likes the “boy” color. In terms of what book cover, I’d probably say what I’m reading now. A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan.

5.) Favorite book boyfriend/book girlfriend?

I’ve never thought of this one before, but probably Clary Fray/Fairchild in the Mortal Instruments series. Don’t ask why…but if you do I’d probably answer you.

6.) Do you prefer standalone or series?

Series for the most part, but I’ve read a few standalones recently that have tipped the scales just a little bit.

7.) Who is your favorite villain and why?

It’s a tie between Napoleon from Animal Farm and Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Both very different characters, but I liked seeing Napoleon grow into the villain throughout the book, but I also like Sauron’s presence and power, but we never actually get to see HIM, so it’s an interesting type of villain.

8.) Do you like morally grey characters?

Depends on the book/series, but overall yes. I think they make books more suspenseful as a whole, and add an interesting look at the world. Straight good or bad and you know what decisions will be made, but add a touch of grey and you never know what you’ll get.

9.) What got you into reading?

Like I said, The Magic Treehouse series was the first one I remember really getting into, and it opened my eyes to the fantastical possibilities that books can bring you.

10.) Favorite book-to-movie adaption?

As much as I am not a fan of how hyped the series is, I’d say Harry Potter. They did a good job adapting the movies for the big screen.

11.) What is your least favorite book genre?

Probably romance. I don’t hate it entirely, but it’s something I’ve dipped my toes into, and I haven’t been able to go any further. I think romance and I just don’t get along too well.

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My Questions:

1.) If you could get one book quote tattooed on your body, what and where would it be? (keep it clean people)
2.) One book series you want turned into a tv show or movie?
3.) If you could live in any book world, which would it be and why?
4.) If you had the power to read something, and make the words become reality in front of you, what book would you read first?
5.) What’s one really popular book you dislike?
6.) If you could have a pint with one author, dead or alive, who would it be?
7.) Where is your favorite place to read?
8.) What book death hit you the hardest?
9.) What book has been on your TBR the longest, and why?
10.) What is one idea for a book/series you wish you could act on and write?
11.) What’s one book you love that you think everyone should read?

I don’t know 11 other book bloggers well enough to tag them, but if you’re reading this and want to participate in the Award, then consider yourself tagged. Otherwise I have a few people I’d like to tag. Enjoy!!! (If you’ve already done it please ignore me I’M SORRY)

Witty and Sarcastic Book Club Ashes Books & Bobs The Bibliophagist
Hamlets & Hyperspace Chocolate’n’Waffles

Below are the questions to my Ask Me Anything I posted last week. There weren’t many submissions, but here they are.

Question: What was the book that got you into reading?

I said it above, but The Magic Treehouse series really opened my eyes to the possibilities of worlds and imagination.

Question: What’s one book you think you’d love to read- but either you haven’t found it yet or no one has written about it yet? (For example- I’d love to find a dark fantasy based on Hawaiian folklore.)

I’d like to see a book based off of a video game I don’t remember the title of. The concept is that these 4 people were all chained together and they had to figure out their way out of this tower. I think it could be a really cool concept, having characters physically bound to each other the whole story.

Thank you guys so much for asking me these questions, and thanks again for tagging me in The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but I never really had the platform that enabled me to.

Since I started my blog, I guess I’ve built up a bit of a following, and I figured it might be a good time to start a little Q&A thing to answer any questions my followers had about me.

I don’t know how many of you are actually real. Maybe you’re all a very elaborate hoax put on by my family to make me feel accomplished, I don’t know.

Either way, I’m putting it out there.

Any APPROPRIATE questions you guys ask me, I will answer next week on Thursday. If you ask a question and you have a blog, website, or social media handles of your own, please let me know and I will make sure to tag them in the next post!

The Book That I Destroyed The Most

The Book That I Destroyed The Most

As any good reader knows, every books can go through a lot of wear and tear during their lives. Some people go out of their way to keep a book in good condition, others don’t really care, I mean how much damage can really be done to a book right?

It’s just some pieces of paper stuck together, and I’m not gonna throw it in a fire or anything so it should be fine (though I do know some people who use old books as firewood and I do not agree!).

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Personally, I would say I’m the type that doesn’t worry about what damage can be done to a book, because I just want to enjoy reading the book.

It’s also pretty hard to avoid ruining the book at least a little bit, in my opinion. Hardcover books are a bit safer because they keep themselves open more than paperbacks, but sometimes I notice that there is an oily fingerprint on the bottom corner of the page, or the cover is faded or ripped a bit from being carried in my backpack all day long.

Plus hardcovers usually have a sleeve, which hides the damage done to the book itself, so I tend to worry a bit less when it comes to those.

Paperbacks are much worse. Just carrying them to and from school I’ve spilled water on them, been splashed by cars, or had covers rip and pages fold when something else in my bag squished it.

Honestly, even after all of that I don’t care. I don’t want to ruin my experience of reading a book just because I don’t want it to get dirty or ruined.

If a book was ruined beyond repair or pages get torn out, then I might be a bit upset, but that would be pretty difficult to do, so I don’t worry about that too much.

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Now maybe I am going a bit crazy, and people aren’t these perfect book keepers I assume they are, but I have proof of at least one person who is! I know someone who will not and can not ruin a book. It’s impossible. Destiny has forbidden it.

They wrap their book in a soft cloth cover when they aren’t reading it, and they have a special pocket on their bag dedicated to nothing but the book. Nothing bends, rips, or even touches it except the cover.

I’ve even seen them handle the book pretty nonchalantly and it’s like the Book Gods won’t let their books be ruined. There’s a small force field or something around the book that prevents any harmful materials from entering.

They can’t even ruin the spine of a paperback book! How is that possible?

A 800+ page book and they don’t have one single crease mark on the spine? I call bullshit.

It’s either some sort of witchcraft or they only carry around books and don’t actually read them.

Either way, that’s not my life. I’ve yet to ruin a book beyond repair (but I have come pretty damn close) and that’s all I care about.

As long as the book has two covers, legible words on the pages, and the pages are all there, I will read it, though I’m pretty sure I have read a book with no front or back covers before.

Now…

To get to the point of this post… the book that I have ruined the most.

This book has been through it all. I spilled water on it, put oily fingerprints on the pages, dropped food on the pages, squished bugs between its pages, dropped it in dirt, and even dropped it down a two-story building by accident.

The worst thing that happened to it was actually when I first started reading it though. I was on a boat with my girlfriend and her family, and I had brought the book along for the day because it was a nice summer day and I didn’t want to swim…so I figured I’d stay on the boat, enjoy the sun, and read.

It was going well. I had crushed through 75, maybe 100 pages in an hour or so and we started heading back to shore because it was getting late and we were getting hungry.

My girlfriend and I were sitting at the front of the boat, and were getting splashed a bit by some of the waves, so I threw my book and phone under my hoodie and put it at our feet.

WELL that turned out to be a big mistake because not a few minutes later, a HUGE wave came and splashed the boat, leaving the entire floor covered in 4-5 inches of water for a good 30 seconds.

Worried about my phone, I quickly grabbed it and put it somewhere more dry, but as I did my book started floating to the back of the boat.

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I was devastated, but there were more important things to worry about.

When we finally made it back to shore, the cover had been basically torn off, paged bent beyond repair, and some of the words wee smudged, BUT all in all it was still a book, and I ended up finishing it a few weeks later when I was on the boat again…clearly not learning from my previous mistakes.

What’s the worst you’ve ever dont to a book? Let me know in the comments. 

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