I have a bad case of #bookwormproblems

As bookworms, we have a slightly strange set of problems, and when we complain about them we tend to get weird looks. But that doesn’t make them any less horrible.

Problem #1: When this happens

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Paperbacks fall apart too easily but I’m too poor for hardbacks. I want my books to look new for as long as possible, and when the cover bends and creases it doesn’t look new any more. It’s heartbreaking.

Problem #2: Even worse, when this happens

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Horrible awful. Why do they use these? It’s like torture. You either leave the stick proclaiming the price on the cover and ruin the prettiness, or you get this, which is equally horrible. On a related note, does anyone know how to get this stuff off?

Problem #3: When you lend someone a book and get it back looking like this

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Pages dog-earned and creased, marks where water and food was dropped on it, plus a dog has chewed on the cover. Quite frustrating, especially when it’s returned with just a smile and no apology.  AND when you take extra care to return the books in the exact shape you borrowed them in.

Problem #4: Small bags

No matter how big your suitcase/messenger bag/backpack, it’s never big enough for all the books you want to bring on vacation. We need Mary Poppin’s bag. Or the TARDIS. Either would be big enough. The TARDIS might just be a bit harder to take through airport security.

Problem #5: Shelving Space

I have had to pack up all the stuff on my shelves because my bookshelves are crammed so full of books that I’m worried that they’ll start to pop out.

Problem #6: When people see you with a book and feel chatty

What is it about reading a book that makes people want to talk to you? It should do the opposite. If I just have the book open on my lap and am watching the people, you can come and talk. But actively reading…that’s a different matter altogether.

Problem #7: Having a TBR list that is too long

My TBR list is easily over two hundred books…which means it’s too long to easily choose which one I want to read next. Or it gets too short, which means that I’m desperately trying to find more books to add.

Problem #8: Having a purse that weights eight million pounds

I always have at least one book with me, even if I know I most likely won’t need it. But that means that my purse gets pretty heavy, especially when I decide to jam my Kindle in there, too. But I will happily put up with sore shoulders for one of my books.

Problem #9: Being the only one who has read a certain book.

“I can’t wait to talk to you about this awesome book I just read!”

“Cool! What’s it called?”

“What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang.”

“…I’ve never heard of it…”

“NOOOOOOOO!”

Problem #10: Finally, the worst of all, when this happens

“Hey, what’s your favorite book?”

“Oh, that’s hard. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is really good.”

“Oh, I’ve read that! I hated that book. It was boring and all the characters were whiny and what was up with Sean and Corr?”

//fumes “Oh. Really.”

“Hey, why is your face turning so red? Are you all right?”

I could keep going, but ten seemed like a nice, even number to stop at, so here you are. Do you agree with some of these? Do you disagree? I must know this.

On another note, changes are coming soon to Writing On a Vintage Typewriter. I have decided that the title, while fitting a writing blog, doesn’t exactly fit a book blog. And, while I’m changing the name, I might as well change a few other things, too. So keep an eye out!

Happy Thursday,

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A world without water creates some issues.

13112869 Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

I was expecting this book to be a dystopian. Not so. It’s a survival book through and through, telling the story of a girl who’s in possession of one of the only water sources around. Lynn is tough. She has to be, in order to survive. She and her mother need the water in that little pond, and they’re constantly competing with the coyotes, and with travelers who think that it would be easy to push two women out of their house.

Not so.

But then, Lynn’s mother dies, and she’s left all alone, with a neighbor she’s only met once and suspicious-looking smoke in the distance, and she has to figure out how to survive, without the one person who should would have really trusted to teach her.

This book is quite interesting. It deals with a foreseeable future; where all water sources are jealously guarded for fear of dying of dehydration during the summer. The cities are harshly run, but life out in the deserts are even worse. Summer is boiling hot, winter is icy cold. Coyotes are not the shy, skittish creatures we know; they’ll lunge upon any oppertunity for food, even if that food is a human.

This book is tense and atmospheric, all the characters are unique and likeable, and all in all an interesting, entertaining read.

FiveStarsSo, last year a Fran’s Chocolates moved into Georgetown, and we still haven’t visited it. But today we’re going for a tour! They have the world’s best sea salt caramels. I will take pictures.

Happy Wednesday,

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I really, really need these books to become movies or t.v. shows.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more about it here.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Books We’d Like to See as T.V. Shows or Movies. I’d like to add I’m only listing movies that I know aren’t becoming movies. Does that make sense? Sort of?

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This would be a spectacularly awesome movie, espeically if it stayed as close to the plot of the book as possible.

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Heist Society by Ally Carter | T.V. Show

Can you imagine a t.v. show of Kat, Hale and the gang going around stealing stuff? That might be the first t.v./movie that I would be fine if it strayed from canon a bit.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Movie

Rich scenery and snarky characters and magic and ghosts, this would be an epic movie.

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Splintered by A. G. Howard | Movie

Darkly delicious, this would make an amazing movie. Wouldn’t it? Plus, a movie with Morpheus? Yes, please!

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa | Movie

A movie about actually bloody vampires would be fantastic.

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black | Movie

For the same reason as Immortal Rules.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black | Movie

Creepy and bloody and all around fantastic this movie would be.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | Movie

I think this would be a super good movie. Plus, I’m curious what all the Chimaera actually look like.

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Half Bad by Sally Green | T.V. Show

If it was a t.v. show that split the book into fifths or fourths or something (this is going to be a trilogy, right?) you’d get a complete season of Nathan and witch-y goodness.

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The Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan | T. V. Show

As long as it’s not made by the people that made the movie, it would most likely be good. And if Rick Riordan got his hands in there somewhere.

So, here’s my list. Basically, if I like a book, I want it to become visual somehow, because I’m a pretty visual person. As I type this, there are more books coming to mind and this list would just keep going on forever.

Anyways…

Happy Tuesday,

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Seattle, zombie-ghosts, and a severed head.

91775c+CR0LSam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin? (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Lish McBride is a local author, she lives in the Seattle area, and her book is set in the Seattle area, too. Which meant I spent the entire book going, “Oh, I know where he lives!” “Hey, they’re in Ballard”, and “How in the world did a kid that works at a fast food restaurant manage to get over to Bainbridge island? it’s like twenty dollars a ticket.Both ways.”

Anyways, the story itself is about a Seattle college dropout, Sam. He lives a perfectly normal life, until he’s beat up leaving work and he gets his friend’s head delivered to him in a box. Oh, and the head? It’s still alive. And they’re keeping it in a bowling ball bag. The head was brought back to life by a necromancer, who wants to meet Sam.

So Sam heads over to the meeting point (Woodland Park Zoo. Another place that I frequently haunt in the summer), and is told by the man that Sam is a necromancer, himself. And a quite powerful one. So Sam goes searching for more information, and that is when it starts to go downhill for our hero.

If you want some dark, depressing horror-type paranormal, this book is not for you. This book is funny (if the talking-severed-head-in-a-bowling-ball-bag didn’t give it away), and that is what pulls the reader in. Sam is a sarcastic, lovable hero. All the characters are fantastic; Sam’s friends, Brooke, Frank, and Ramon, the were-hybrid, Brid, and I want to be Ms. W. when I grow up. Seriously.

My problem with the book lies with the POV. I normally don’t have problems with tenses and POVs and stuff. If the book’s good, I don’t care. But Sam’s POV is in first person past tense, which, y’know, is pretty normal for a YA book. But then, it suddenly switches from first to third person for Douglas’s POV chapters. Then it switches back to first person for Sam. Then back to third for Brid. Then back to first for Sam. I understand the author’s reasoning behind it, that I would make it easier to tell who was narrating, but it made the flow of the book choppy, and it was distracting when it happened.

But other than that, the book was quite good.

Now all I need to do is find the second book…

★★★★

Four stars.

So, I just found out that a book that I like (Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis) has a sequel that I didn’t know about. It’s called A Handful of Dust or something along those lines, and I have placed a hold on it at the library but I might possibly need to go and buy it today. At once.

Also: I keep hearing that you should do some sort of social media thing on top of your blog. I can’t decide which I should do; Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram. To do Instagram, I would need to dig up some deeply-buried photography skills I’m not even sure I have.

I also need to start posting my reviews on Goodreads. I do post them on Amazon, but I think more people would read them off of Goodreads.

Happy Saturday,

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Creepy and sad and weird. Just weird.

white-catCassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty; he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas and a plan to con the conmen.(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

So, most of you know that I adore everything I’ve read by Holly Black (Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Doll Bones, and now, White Cat). And in this book, Holly Black managed to mix modern America, magic, and weirdness. No one does weird like Holly Black.

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers, people that can work magic through skin-to-skin contact. He’s strangely likeable, despite killing his best (and only) friend, Lila, years ago. He’s sarcastic and feels insignificant, and doesn’t trust anyone in his family (for very obvious reasons). Cassel is also the only one in his family that isn’t a worker, making him the odd one out. And yet he still loves his family, and desperately wants his brothers to accept him, even though for years they’ve just shoved him away, viewing him as no better than a piece of trash.

And the cats. I spent the first little bit of the book wondering why the cats were acting so weird. NOW I KNOW. And let me tell you, it is dark and it is perfect.

This book is full of crime and snarky characters and magic mafia. Which sounds weird when I read it like that, but trust me, it’s perfect for the book. The book is edgy and dark and heartbreaking and weird.

Never forget the weird.

★★★★⋆

Four and a half stars.

I have had an…interesting…week. I finished season two of Supernatural (and now have the oddest urge to carry salt with me everywhere). It might not be my favorite show in the world, but I can see why it’s one of the Big Three.

Also, a slightly more scary thing happened.

Our neighbors got into a fight, guns were involved, and our window got shot. It went through our screen, two panes of glass, through the kitchen, through the family room, through the wall, and ended up in Mom’s bedroom. They’ve been horrible neighbors (loud parties, letting their yard get all overgrown, blasting their radios at 3:00AM, but this was the final straw. They’re renting, and we want them out.

On a cuter note, we found baby raccoons in our detached garage. We don’t have a picture (they’re in a weird spot and they were moving around too much), but I can promise, they are adorable.

Why are the cutest wild animals the meanest? Why.

Happy Thursday,

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, people are dy-ing…

41D9ZiyxW9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Depending on where you’re from, this book has two different titles H2O (America), and The Rain (Britain). Different covers too, I think, but otherwise they’re exactly the same.

So, on to the actual review.

It was the cover that caught my eye. I was doing my typical thing at Barnes and Noble (reading all the graphic novels that the library hasn’t bought/won’t buy), and when I was done, I still had twenty minutes to kill, so I wandered into New YA releases. I plucked this off the shelf, and read the first eight or so chapters. Later that night i downloaded it onto my Kindle and finished it that way.

The whole book revolves around the idea that rain has suddenly become poisoned, but instead of burning you, like acid would, it makes you sick. The sickness can be passed onto others through physical contact, as well as all the other ways (eating something they had some of, ect). The sickness lasts six hours, and there’s no cure. At the end, you die.

Ruby’s Mom and brother die almost instantly. It leaves her and her stepdad, pretty much locked in the house, surviving off of what they can. One day, they’re almost out of supplies, and go to search for food and clean water. They stumble across a bobby trap; a water bottle filled with supposedly safe water. Ruby’s stepdad drinks it. Six hours later he dies.

Ruby is alone.

Ruby does what I think a lot of people would have done. She goes to find supplies, but it turns into a massive free shopping spree. Then she goes to save the pets of the neighborhood. Mimi the cat, Whitby and Darling the dogs, and a mean old terrier they never named. Also, a hamster, Fluffysnuggles.

This book was the oddest mix of funny and scarily real. The way the rain is described makes it seem like it could happen any minute, any second. Next rainstorm? Phoosh, half of the Earth’s population is gone. One after that? Another couple million people are whipped off the map.

But at the same time, the book suffered slow spots that I had to force myself to get through. And the first twenty chapters or so of the book are the best, which was a little disappointing. Ruby, however, is a pretty typical teenage girl, and I loved that about her. She’s not tough and packing hidden survival skills, when she tries to drive a car she doesn’t ace it instantly.

So, this novel wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad, either. If you want a gentler post-apocalyptic story, this is it. If you want something intense and scary…not so much.

★★★

Three Stars

So, Cait @ Paper Fury is having her fourth blogversary. If you want to stop over and say congrats, she’s also hosting giveaways. I’d recommend poking around the blog a little, too. It’s really quite fantastic.

In other news, it’s getting warmer and warmer, I’m done with school (hooray!), and the entire house feels like an oven, which means I can’t bake anything until it cools down again (less hooray). But at least it’s finally starting to truly feel like summer.

Happy Wednesday,

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These books will surely get very, very sandy.

5f295-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more about it here. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books that You’ll Have In Your Beach This Summer.

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This book is coming out June 16th, I believe. But it seems like it will be very interesting, and really any book with food has to be good. Right?

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The Heir by Kiera Cass

So, I forgot to place a hold on this at the library when it was first announced (what I normally do), and I didn’t remember until after it was released. I’m like 300 and somethingth in line, which means I won’t get it until next year. I might just cave and buy it.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve been seeing this everywhere lately, and I seriously need to read it. Other than reading various reviews on various blogs, I don’t know anything about it, but hey, the cover’s cool.

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Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

A book about a teenage private eye? Why WOULDN’T I want to read it? It’s supposed to come in from the library any day now. But I’m not sure if I would be able to wait until a beach day to read it…it seems too interesting to wait.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

So, this doesn’t come out until October, but I’m going to count it because my family will be on the beach until it is too cold. And even then, we’ll still be at the beach, just all warm and cozy in Top Pot or Starbucks. Our “beach” season is all year ’round.

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All Fall Down by Ally Carter

I own this one in hardback, which I think it better for the beach because the sand with get all caught in a paperback’s cover and make it all gritty.

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The Selection by Kiara Cass

It just feels like the perfect beach read to me, I don’t know why. Maybe because it’s so fluffy and romance-y and normally the kind of book I would despise and yet I love it.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I have learned that the bigger the book you read, the less people with bother you (unless it’s Harry Potter). That sounds horrible and antisocial, but it’s true. And this is a big book,so people won’t bother me on the beach while I’m reading it!

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Talon by Julie Kagawa

This one also seems like the perfect beach read, and again, I have no idea why. It just fits.

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The Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan

It’s about time that I reread this series, and on the beach seems like the perfect place to do it for clear reasons.

So, that’s my list. Summer is officially starting up (Today is my last day of school! Apparently I could have ended a week ago, but didn’t realize). Alki’s getting busy once again, tides are starting to get lower, and it is finally swimming weather.

I’m so excited. So is my ten-pound beach bag.

Happy Tuesday,

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