10 Signs You’re A Certified Book Addict

Dear readers, we both know the truth. We know you can’t live without a book in arms reach.

Now now, don’g give me that “I’ll stop after just one more chapter” nonsense, I’ve heard it all before. We all know that you can’t kick the habit.

But that’s okay. We all understand. We are all right there with you, shaking in the corner when we can’t finish the book fast enough to know what happened.

I want you to take a deep look into your soul, and realize, that even though you are a lost cause, you can help others before it gets worse.

Below, I am going to list 10 symptoms of a book addict. If you notice one, or any of these symptoms, please seek professional help.

What are some other tell-tale signs of a book addict? Which of the ones I listed are you guilty of? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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#10. You Grab Your Books…Just To Hold Them

This is a bit of an odd one, if I am being honest, but you just don’t feel right without a book in your hand. You might even be busy doing surgery, eating dinner, or playing with your kid. But if you’re feeling lonely, or just a little bit upset, you need that book in your hands to make you feel better.


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#9. You Pack Too Many Books to Take With You on Vacation

A two week vacation on the beach with your loved one means you need a book a day right? I mean that makes sense. One suitcase for books, one for clothes, and then your loved one can just buy their stuff there.

Let’s be real. You need like five or six books MAX. Even that is pushing it. You’ll be sleeping, eating, adventuring, relaxing. You don’t need to be reading 24/7. Just enjoy the vacation!


#8. You Examine Everyone Else’s Bookshelves When You’re Over

You judge your friends a little bit when you go over. You look through their shelves book by book. Some are common, some impress you, some are ridiculous and shouldn’t even have been made into a book.

We all do it, its okay. Just don’t show outward disgust/judgement because not everybody could have the perfect shelves like you do.

#7. You WANT TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE WHEN THEY SAY “BOOKS ARE BORING

Now I don’t condone violence, but I wouldn’t be too upset about seeing a brawl break out over a book. Some people don’t like books, and may call them boring. Just remember to breathe deeply and slowly. They’re just being a doofus.


#6. You’re Scared of Running Out of Books to Read

You own over 100 books you’ve read, and a few dozen that you haven’t, but that’s not enough. Who knows, maybe you’ll read a ton of books and never be able to buy a new one!

If I can give one word of advice, you’ll read more books. You’ll be able to go to the bookstore again, just stay calm and start chipping away at the TBR piling thats stacking up in the corner of your room.


#5. Your Nightstand Doesn’t Have Any Free Space

One book, and then another book. Slowly they add up, and eventually you’re reading four different books and there is nowhere to put your cup of tea you drink before bed.

If you notice that it’s happened, it’s not too late. You can come back from this. All you need to do is figure out an organized way to put your books away. Maybe you keep an extra shelf for the books you’re currently reading, or maybe you find a spot on the coffee table.

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#4. You Own Multiple Copies of the Same Book

Paperback, hardcover, limited edition, and signed copy. Do you really need four different versions of the same book? It tells the same story doesn’t it?

Maybe you can try to limit the number. Maybe you just keep the ones that have sentimental value and the ones that have a signature.


#3. You find you Pronounce Words Wrong Because You’ve Only Ever Read Them on a Page

It’s most likely names you’re pronouncing wrong, but you’ll start thinking people are pronouncing some words wrong too, until you find out you’re the one to blame.

You pronounce words wrong because you’ve only ever said them in your head, you’ve never heard them said aloud. All you have to do is realize your mistake and try to fix it in the future.


#2. When You Finish a Book, You Have a Hard Time Coping With Reality

This doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it hurt bad. You feel lost. You feel empty. You don’t know what you’re going to do with yourself now that a book, or a series is over.

It will be okay. You will move on. Time will heal your wounds, you will become a stronger person because of this. Just pick up another book, and fall in love with those characters.


#1. THE VERY IDEA OF GOING TO A BOOK STORE TURNS YOU ON

Sure, maybe dusty old books gets you all hot and bothered. If it does, no judgement, but maybe think about seeking professional help.

What’s more likely is that the idea of going to a bookstore get’s you all excited. It might be the highlight of your day, or week. Coming home with a bag of new books might be an awesome idea, and might be all you can think about.

It’s not bad per se, but it definitely needs to be kept in check. You can’t let it get too out of control, or else you’ll go past the point of no return.


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10 Anime I Can’t Wait To Watch!

Hello my dear anime lovers, today’s post has you in mind. My love for anime comes and goes in its strength, but at the end of the day, anime will always be a medium I love to enjoy.

There’s so much to pick from, and there are hundreds of stories to tell, I don’t think I could ever get bored.

Some anime I have been watching for years, some I just discovered recently. I’m not sure if you’re an anime fan, but I could go on for hours on the beauty of it.

This list will have some anime that are brand new, some that have been going on for a while and a new season is coming out, and some will have been coming out for a few decades already, and a few that have been out for a while, but I just haven’t found the time to watch yet

One Piece

A series that have been going on for almost as ling as I have been alive. With the current arc that is being adapted into the anime medium, I am excited to see things come into action.

Fight scenes, beautiful country landscapes, and samurai. I’m excited to catch up on the Wane arc.


Haikyuu!! Riku vs. Kuu

I rushed through Haikyuu!! in just a few weeks, so I know I will enjoy this spin-off show. It won’t be long, but I love the characters involved.

This was the first sports anime I watched, and being a volleyball player, I know the reality behind the whole show.


Made in Abyss

I recently found this one because of an anime Youtube channel I follow, and I was disappointed to find out I caught up so quickly.

There’s a new movie that supposedly continues the story came out in January, and I heard rumors of a new season too, so I will be watching it the instant it comes out.


Gleipnir

So I recently read the entirety of the Pygmalion manga, which is about mascots coming to life and killing hundreds of people. Gleipnir follows a similar presence, and from what I have seen, it looks like something I will enjoy.

I’ve begun to appreciate horror recently, so I’m excited to get through the first season of Gleipnir.


The Promised Neverland

Honestly I have stopped myself from looking up this show. I’ve heard very minimal spoilers, but a lot of praise for The Promised Neverland, so I added it to the list on blind trust.


Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma

I read a bit of the manga, but I quickly couldn’t keep up in the midst of reading other manga. I really enjoyed the story’s premise, and thought hey, let’s watch the anime!

It looks really good, and I think this is an anime that will look better on video than it does on the page!


Vinland Saga

Anime and vikings. Is there anything else to enjoy? Two worlds thrown together that make a perfect match. Another show I don’t know a lot of, and has been going on for a while that I just haven’t found the time for yet.

Attack on Titan Season 4

DAMN AM I EXCITED FOR SEASON 4 OF ATTACK ON TITAN. This show got better and better with each season, and with the final season coming out in October, I can’t wait!

It’s not just action packed, but full of mystery and deception. I know this show might be over-hyped to some people, but I really enjoy watching it.


Tower of God

I found this little-known manwa many years ago, and thought it was my own precious gem. I always wanted it to be adapted to an anime, and now that it is here, I can’t tell you how excited I am!

Just a few more weeks, and Bam will be climbing the tower on a screen near you.


What anime are you excited about, new or old? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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My Top 10 Anime

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Hello my tireless readers and anime watchers, welcome to yet another Top 10 Tuesday. This week I came up with my own topic, and I thought I would share my top 10 anime…which will be ranked in proper order.

Make sure to share your favourite anime, because my list of ones I want to watch isn’t long enough yet.

10. Future Diary

One I discovered recently, but I really enjoy the strategy behind it all. Has a few slower moments, but overall its very interesting.


9. Dragon Ball Series

A classic series of all anime lovers. I have been watching the series since I was a kid and I love how simple it is. Just gotta get stronger and stronger.


8. Fairy Tail

Though I have a lot of issues with this one, I love it at the same time. I love how connected I feel to all the main characters.


7. Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan

A short action anime with mechs the size of planets. It was one of my first anime and I love rewatching it every now and then.


6. Attack on Titan

Since the release of the newer seasons, I have been so engrossed in the story. Season 4 can’t come soon enough.


5. Naruto Series (Minus Boruto)

One of the first anime I watched, and one I followed right until the end. Though Naruto has some issues, I love him as a character and will watch some fight scenes over again.


4. My Hero Academia

A controversial choice for many, but I love the depth it goes to to give depth to each character.


3. One Piece

If you need to wonder why this anime is good, then we need to have a talk. One Piece has been the anime I have watched over and over, and the sheer scale of it is amazing.


2. Haikyuu!!

A newer anime on my watched list, I’m surprised it took me this long to watch a volleyball anime when I am a volleyball player. The accuracy to some of the player’s internal dialogues is what has kept me interested, but it keeps getting better.


1. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Need I say more? It’s got everything you could want in an anime; action, suspense, romance, humor, mystery. I mean what else could you ask for?


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What are your top 10 anime? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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Top 10 Tuesday: Beautiful Book Covers I Own

Good morning dear readers, and welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl and was previously hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is a Book Cover Freebie, so I decided I would show you some of the beautiful book covers that I own. These are in no particular order.

Oathbringer
This is actually the inside cover that I find to be absolutely stunning. I feel it’s like something out of an old medieval book.

Norse Mythology
A beautiful and well detailed cover with a beautiful colour background.

Firefight
I love the colour in this cover, it just pops so nicely.

The Art of War
Simple, beautiful, and the material is nice to touch. Plus I love the binding.

Sword of Destiny
I love the shading and the colours in this cover.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Simple but effective. Great covers that carry a lot of impact for anyone who reads them.

Wheel of Time Series
I love the detail and the story that is put into the covers.

IT
Simple, sinister, and scary. A perfect cover for IT.

History’s Worst Inventions
Another simple cover, but I love the simplicity and the colour.

Priory of the Orange Tree
Orange is an underused colour, and it is used beautifully in this cover.

What are some of your most beautiful book covers? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries of 2019

Hello dear readers, and welcome back to another round of Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s Top Ten list is all about Bookish things I discovered in 2019…so I hope you enjoy.

#1 Brandon Sanderson

I didn’t technically discover Sanderson in 2019, but I think I fell in love with him in 2019. I had read a handful of his works before, but I really found out how good of an author he really is. 2019 was a great chance for me to read some of the Mistborn series…and I can’t wait to read them in 2020, along with his new Starlight Archive book.


#2 Ink to Film

This is a podcast I found near the end of 2019, but it has been bumped up my list to be my next listen to. The first episode I listened to had me hooked from the start, and I like the varying perspectives of the same story. If you like books and their film adaptations, this podcast is definitely worth the time to listen to it.


#3 Fictional

The second of two podcasts on this list, and one for the classic literature lovers. This podcasts takes books, and gives them a modern telling. I like hearing the modern day versions of some classic stories. It’s sort of like Myths and Legends…but for books!


#4 Blog Tours

I got to be a part of my first Blog Tour near the end of 2019, and I was quickly looking for more. They’re a good opportunity to reach out to other bloggers and read their perspectives of the same book that you read.


#5 Dungeons and Dragons

Not necessarily a book, but I am counting it on this list. Dungeons and Dragons has been so much fun, for the little bit of playing that I have done. If you’ve played it before, then you know how much fun it can be.


#6 Audiobooks

I only tapped into the audio-book market this year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it all. I loved how immersed into the story I felt, and even when I felt like I wasn’t listening, I was still absorbing the whole story.


#7 My Book

Not much has come out of this yet…but it all started in 2019. That’s when I came up with the idea of the story I wanted to write, and that’s when I came up with the determination to see it through to the end.


#8 Speechify

Speechify is this really awesome text to speech app I discovered. I can’t afford an Audible subscription right now, but I have a few book-tours ongoing, and since I find myself in short supply of reading time, Speechify can read PDF documents out loud, which has helped me finish a few books already.


#9 Short Stories

Not something I discovered in 2019, but something I found a new appreciation for. I actually generally enjoy short stories more than some full-length pieces simply because they are shorter, and often have interesting endings to them.


#10 Ten Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

A book I got for Christmas, and one I have not yet cracked open. I keep hearing better and better things about this book, and I can’t wait till I have the time to read through it.


What are some bookish discoveries you made in 2019? Let’s talk about them in the comments, or on social media!
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Top 10 Tuesday: Writing Prompts

Hello again dear readers. I am coming back with another Top 10 Tuesday, and since this week is a freebie week, this list is about the Top 10 Writing prompts I have found, and oh boy…some of them are good!

Before I begin, I should let you know that Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018.

It was born of a love of lists, a love of books and the desire to bring bookish friends together.


Write your heroes death in the following ways:
1. Peacefully
2. By his worst nightmare
3. Alone
4. Violently

Custom Etymology
Write a story or a scene about someone inventing a new word—or, alternatively, giving an existing word a new meaning.


Unexpected Inking
You are showering one morning when you notice a tattoo on your body that you’re quite sure you don’t remember getting. What is it, how did you get it, and what does it mean?

Unfairy Tales
Write a scene that involves a fairy tale trope turned on its head or otherwise deviating from typical expectations. For example: A princess who’s cruel to her kind stepmother; a golden goose that lays explosive eggs; a big, frightening wolf who really just wants a friend.


The 1%
People thought society would be better if we killed the worst 1% every year. Today is the hundredth anniversary, and the notion of the “worst” is getting really tricky.

Superhuman
Absolutely everything that makes you uncomfortable is beneficial for you. Weakened viruses train your immune system, small muscle tears make you stronger…and small bullets make you more resistant to larger bullets. Turns out, the government is awfully interested in your unusual ability.


Duel of the Century
Separated by an entire continent and almost 100 years, Betty White and Queen Elizabeth finally become aware of each others existence. Realizing two beings with immortality can’t exist, they both agree to a duel. For there can be only one.

Dungeons and Dragons
You never knew that your D&D game corresponded to an actual fantasy world you were affecting with your choices. You were having fun playing a very evil character, but after getting summoned to that world as a hero, you’re faced with the living-breathing consequences of the crimes you committed.


Demon Deal
You just inadvertently summoned a demon. But you don’t want to make a deal with him. Now the demon follows you around trying to get you to make a deal with him.

The White Death
Finland houses a secret weapon in their northern forests, awoken in only the most dire times. The White Death of the Winter War was not a human sniper, but an entity beyond time needing to feed. It is the year 2020, and it has woken again, hungry.


Do you know of any other writing prompts you really enjoy? Share them in the comments!

Top 5 Tuesday: Surprising Reads of 2019

Hello fellow readers. Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Bionic Book Worm. She’s done a fantastic job of giving Top 5 list topics for two whole years now, so if you guys have any ideas for a new list, send it her way!

This latter half of 2019 has been a slower reading time for me. I haven’t found as much time to sit back and read as I would like, but I have managed to finish a good number of books or stories.


#1 The Snow Queen
I am a fan of short stories, so I wasn’t worried about not enjoying this piece, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. It was a fun, quick, and entertaining piece to read.

#2 Mistborn
I didn’t realize how interested in this book series I would be. It had an interesting premise when I heard about it, but I was hooked by the first few chapters. I can’t wait to dive into books 2 and 3 in 2020.

#3 Fire and Blood
A political book of the Game of Thrones universe. Sounds like it could be interesting, but I wasn’t too sure at first. Turns out, this was one of my favourite books in the Game of Thrones series.

#4 The Devil’s Apprentice
Pleasantly surprised won’t do this book any justice, but that is how I felt when I read this books. I was a bit indifferent at first, but it quickly turned into a book I thoroughly enjoyed.

#5 The Wheel of Time
I am not necessarily surprised by how good each book has been, but instead I am excited about how entertaining the series continues to be, despite it nearing the 10th or so book I am reading.


What books that you read surprised you this year? Let’s talk about them in the comments below.