Archive for November, 2013
Everyone, today is Rachel Hawkins’s birthday! Go shower her with love @LadyHawkins!
(For those who unfortunately do not know who she is, to which I say, SHAME ON YOU, she wrote the Hex Hall series.)
Dear Rachel Hawkins (or for the better part of today, the fabulous birthday girl!),
I want to wish you a big happy birthday! <3
(I tried to find a Kit Harington gif that was close to excitement, but I couldn’t since Kit Harington always has that sad face. ;D)
I looooovvveeeee your Hex Hall series. Your books are actually what brought me back into reading Young Adult novels back in 2011. After I saw a few of my friends discussing and fangirling the hell out of Hex Hall, I thought to myself, “maybe I should read this series? Witches are always awesome and the main character’s love interest has an awesome name. Plus, I hear the friendships in this book is frickin’ amazing and it apparently has my type of humor? Why not give it a read?”
BEST DECISION I MADE.
I fell in love with everything about the first book. I wanted to devour more of your books, but the next one wasn’t due to come out until the next year. You know what I did? I started to look for other YA books. It was rather strange tbh. Prior to finding your books (which was in 2011), YA was a genre I tended to avoid because I was dissatisfied with most of the books I came across. But boom! Hex Hall appeared out of the mysterious mist, calling for me to read its pages. I found myself invested in Sophie Mercer and Archer Cross, the friendships they form, the mean girls who were more than what they appeared to be, and everybody and everything! I felt for these characters, which I never had been able to when I read. I wanted to clutch everybody to my chest. (I still do.)
Basically, I am crediting you as one of the main people who opened my eyes to Young Adult novels. It is a wonderful genre full of wonderful stories and people! For that, I want to give you all the hugs and Kit Haringtons in the world! You are awesome (because of your books and the things you stan) and I’m happy you exist! <3
You and Hex Hall have a special place in my heart forever.
I hope you have a fabulous birthday (and anniversary)!
(p.s. I am really excited about Rebel Belle! Need to get my hands on it. :D)
To the people who read the ending of a book first: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? ;)
Doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of reading a book? You’re reading a book to experience the adventure and the characters, right? It’s like going on hunt for buried treasures. Half the fun is the journey. If you just cut to finding the treasure, where’s the allure? Where’s the sense of excitement for the unknown? You’re missing a lot of important stuff that leads up to the big ending.
This discussion post stemmed from a conversation with my best friend’s ALT friend about TV shows and spoilers a couple of weeks ago. Depending on the show, we’re the type of people who like to fast forward through certain parts in an episode because we can’t handle the intensity of the scenes or handle the boringness of it. All those feelings that come from it are no good to our well-being. (I know, I’m fine with TV spoilers if it’s a show I don’t really care about that much.)
Somehow, the conversation turned to books. This friend mentioned that she reads the ending first and asked me if I do the same. Just imagine my face immediately turn into one of grumpy face’s with a mixture of major side-eye. My exact reaction was:
(Nick Miller has the best faces for the reactions I typically make.)
All my thoughts went from “that is awesome. We are similar. We are kindred spirits” to “nope, I cannot relate. I sort of don’t like you. Make your face go away.” I am in no way condemning you for reading the ending first. I get it. It gives people a peace of mind if they know what happens. But for me, I cannot relate.
Reasons I have heard from people on why they read the ending first:
- They don’t have to worry or be disappointed if something happens or doesn’t happens (like a character dying).
- They don’t have to waste their time with the book if the ending is crap.
- They’ll enjoy the book a lot more.
- They can relax, knowing what happens.
- They want to know if it’s a good book.
- They can’t handle the suspense.
- They are enhancing their reading experience.
A lot of these reasoning are extremely similar to each other and are totally valid. I can understand why readers would spoil themselves. Yeah, they don’t want to waste their time on a book that turns out to be absolute shit. They could devote themselves to reading other books worthy of their time.
Why I can’t read the ending first:
- Endings can be as misleading as the beginning. The book can be really awesome and have a shit ending. And it can be an absolutely horrible book with a good ending. Either way, judging the ending isn’t indicative of the greatness of the story.
- It ruins the book for me. I actually lose all desire to read the book. I think, “what’s the point? Why should I read the book when I know the ending?” The ending totally spoiled the experience of reading it. If it’s an ending I hate, I will most likely not read the book. All the excitement in me has been shooed away by spoilers.
- I won’t give the book a chance if I hate how the book ends. I refuse to force myself to read something that I know will make me angry or sad or frustrated. I think it sucks if I don’t give a book a fighting chance. A book can be good overall (if you take the ending out).
- I like experiencing the journey the characters take. If I read the ending first, I feel like I’m taking away a big part of the story.
- I would miss a lot of key information to be able to accurately judge the ending, and not see the character’s growth throughout the story. I don’t know how the character has gotten to this point in the book. Sure, I’ll read about it (if I decide to), but I lose so much of the surprise and the allure.
- The ending isn’t meant to be read first. If it was, don’t you think the author would’ve placed it at the beginning of the book?
- Why would you deprive yourself of experiencing all the emotions that comes from anticipating what happens next? You get to be surprised by the reveal, maybe angry or sad too. Not knowing what happens next make the reading experience fun. You don’t know when something’s going to make you incredibly angry (to the point you have to put down the book and rant on Twitter) or make your heart wrench that feels like it’s on the verge of being decimated because of all the tragedies that has occurred to the main character?
Remember, this discussion is in no way condemning any of you for reading the ending first. We all experience books differently, so continue to read however you want to. I guess good for you if you are able to do it? I won’t shun you, fyi. Just side eye you a bit. ;D
Tell me what you do! If you do read the ending of a book first, how much do you read? The last page? The last few pages? Why do you do it? For those who do not read the ending first, what prevents you from flipping to the end? Those “read ending first” people are a bunch of weirdoes, am I right? ;D
Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Why I’m waiting?
Isn’t it a girl’s worst nightmare when something they wrote or said years ago comes back and bites them in the ass? I worry about that, especially since I wrote some embarrassing stuff when I was a teenager. I love the synopsis of this book. I have never wrote any letters to my crushes. Good thing too! I would be pretty mortified if they somehow got their hands on it.
Also, Jenny Han writes totally awesome contemporary YA books. So excited to see if I like it as much as her Summer series.
What books are you waiting for?
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.
First sentence: “We live encapsulated by the trains.”
WOW. What a disappointment this book was. I was initially intrigued of Perfect Ruin because of the cover and the floating island! (It steered me wrong though. :( ) Perfect Ruin is set in a dystopian society about a teenage girl who lives on the floating island called Internment and has a fascination with the ground. Her life and the lives of the people on the island are disrupted by a murder, and Morgan begins to question her lifestyle. Things are revealed about the island that isn’t all peachy keen.
This was basically what I was thinking when I read it: BOOORRINNNNNNGGGG WHEN IS THIS GOING TO PICK UP, then WUT. AHHHH. (when the twist happened more than halfway through the book), and then UGHHHH WHY ARE YOU SO STUPID I AM SO MADDDDD WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING.
On my reviews and every time I participate in a meme, specifically Waiting on Wednesday, I receive comments from people that either: 1. express their interest or excitement for the book and elaborate on what or why they’re interested in it OR 2. leave the most generic comments that make me conclude that they didn’t read the post at all.
You have either:
- “Great pick/topic. Thanks for sharing.”
- “I am so excited because NARWHALS. FLYING NARWHALS IN SPACE IS AWESOME. NEED IT IN MY LIFE.”
Can you take a guess of which one makes my blood boil and make me react like this–?
(I doubt anybody could answer wrong, but if you did, just take a look at my blog header. Think about it.)
I try not to make ranting-type discussion posts and I wasn’t planning to discuss it since it’s one of those things that happen often in reviews and memes (more so on the latter), but when I think about it, I get annoyed (and slightly angry). This needs to be said again and again – those generic, vague comments are annoying.
I don’t care for your:
- “Great pick/topic. Thanks for sharing.”
- (Why is it a great pick or a great topic? Does the synopsis or topic interest you? Do you like the author? What have I said that warrants that reaction? TELL ME.)
- “That is good cover.”
- (What about the cover is good? Do you like the illustration? Do you like the font? The colors? I know why it’s a good cover, but what about you? Do you agree? Or what?)
- “Oh that sounds awesome.”
- (What sounds awesome? Be specific.)
- “That’s on my list too!”
- (That’s great it’s on your list, but there has to be a reason why it’s on it. What is it?)
- “Great review. Can’t wait to read it.”
- (Validation, yeah! I appreciate the comment. But what about the review is great? What is it about the book that made you want to read it? Leaving those two sentences tell me nothing about your excitement level for the book. FOR GODS SAKE PEOPLE, ELABORATE. DISCUSS WITH ME.)
- And any comments that are similar, very short, and don’t tell me anything.
- (Are you really not going to put your two cents into what actually interests you about the book? A simple “that sounds intriguing” with a short reason why is awesome to me. Make it a long ass sentence. Not a two word comment. You can mention how you love the author or something specific about the synopsis that interests you. I want to know you actually read the fucking post.)
I post memes because I find it fun and interesting to see what people thinks about the book I’m excited for or about what I have written. I want to share my excitement, but it’s absolutely discouraging to see someone totally overlook the point of the post. (ie. Are you really going to overlook the fact that House of Ivy & Sorrow has fucking witches in it? WITCHES, FOLKS. W-I-T-C-H-E-S. They need to be acknowledged because they are AWESOME.)
I haven’t noticed as much until recently since all the comments in my previous WoW have been good. The majority of comments were bloggers telling me why they’re interested in it. I like those. I can’t say I’m surprised the dreaded comments occurred here. It happens all over the blogosphere. Not just in memes. (I’m not a special snowflake). But fuck, people who makes those fucking generic + vague comments need to stop. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I WILL NOT STAND FOR IT. (I’m safe to say WE won’t stand for it, right?)
When I read those comments, I assume two things: 1. those people are only fishing for comments to give them more traffic and 2. they aren’t genuinely interested in my posts or what I have to say (and that sucks). I want to share my excitement, but people have stepped all over it, throwing their generic/dumb/annoying comments in my face like they ding-dong-ditch me. They get my hopes up, only to tear them down. :\
Those comments make me wonder about whether I leave extremely vague comments that have the OP rolling their eyes at me and wanting to cut my fingers off my hands. I don’t mean to. I don’t leave comments because I want you to return the favor, but because I’m genuinely interested in what you have to say. When I say “great pick” (which I would not actually write – more like “that sounds awesome!”), I say why I’m interested in the book afterwards. I’m pretty sure I do that. Yeah? But hey, if I commented on your posts (mainly memes) with just a “great choice/post” or “that’s an awesome cover” with no explanation why, I apologize. I know better than to do that. I try to comment on why I find it great, and if I don’t have anything to say, I don’t leave a comment. (I would prefer no comments to those vague annoying ones any day of the week.) It’s very simple. Have the decency to do that as well.
Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate every comment that my blog receives, but if you’re going to leave a “great pick/topic” or two short sentences in the comments section, you can GTFO. And if you think I’ll visit your blog after you leave that type of comment –
You have another thing coming. You have this post.
So, my lovely friends/bloggers, does this problem plague you too? (I’m pretty sure everybody’s hands will be up in the air.) Tell me all about it. Rage if you want to. I actually encourage it. ;)
There’s good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad since that’s what influenced this entire post in the first place.
(not really “bad” bad)
I apologize for the lack of posts on the blog.
I really wanted to have a bunch of posts ready and posted, but I hadn’t gotten around to actually writing them.
Why? NaNoWriMo has taken over my entire life. I did not write the first two days, so that set me back a bit. For the past week, I’ve been bent on catching up to the amount I’m suppose to have. Yesterday, I was so close, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to reach that goal. Hopefully, today I will catch up.
Because of NaNoWriMo, I haven’t been able to read anything because I lack the focus and the time I usually read books have been replaced by my WIP novel. :\ I’ve tried to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, but it’s kind of slow and I am a bit annoyed by the main character, Morgan. (She’s too naive/sheltered for my taste.)
I’m hoping that when I do catch up to NaNoWriMo, I’ll be able to find time to read again.
1. NEW BLOG HEADER, EVERYONE!
Yeah, the header is extremely simple, but hey, it’s super cute!
I really wanted to make an awesome banner with a narwhal (because y’know, I am having a narwhal loving phase. They are precious creatures! You can see the extent of my love on twitter where I’ve inflicted it onto people). I didn’t know what to do with the header in a way that wouldn’t make it too empty or busy. At the moment, what you see is what I could come up with. I really hope it isn’t too bare. If anybody have suggestions of what I can do to make it even better, feel free to tell me.
(I’m sure that when I get tired of that header, I may change it back to my previous one, but we shall see. :D)
Thanks to everybody who tweeted their response over on Twitter. You do not know how much it means to me that you love it as much as I do. (I need validation when it comes to anything graphic designing-related. ;D)
2. I’ve also rewrote some of “about me” page. Still pretty unsatisfied with it, but it’s a slow process to perfect it.
3. Also, if we talk on Twitter a lot and you want a personalized card, just tell me and I’ll make one and send it to you for the holidays! (‘Cause personalized cards are the best! And by personalized, I don’t mean I’ll cut construction paper and create images with it. I’m not artistic enough to do that. I’ll be using my printer and have witty/sentimental words about our friendship + an outline of an image that reminds me of you. It’ll look all fancy, but the content is far from it. ;D)
I’m sure there is more news I want to share with you all, but at the moment, my brain is too tired to remember. :D (Oh! I do have a lot of NaNoWriMo news, but I will post that on Sunday.)