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Talk Bookish To Me

"I'm a rebel, and a well read one at that."

Introduction

Howdy!

My name is Sydney, and welcome to my blog.

I plan to use this platform to talk about books and writing, as a teenager. I have a lot of ideas for upcoming posts, and I have a lot to say and I hope you will enjoy your time here. I am participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, so I will be posting about that as well.

I mostly read YA, but I sometimes branch out into science fiction and some nonfiction at times. I plan to write reviews among other things. I have a Twitter for books, so please feel free to hit me up and have an awesome conversation about books and the written word!

Twitter: @BooksAreLife04

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Pocket Review: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

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For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game―before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.

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Pocket Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (2016)

Furthermore

Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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Types of Readers That Get On Your Nerves

Hey…So it’s been a good while since I last updated this blog. I hope you all haven’t abandoned me, school and other personal stuff kept me away from here. But I’m back, hopefully, and I have a lot of reviews and a new series coming up! But for now, I wanted to update my ‘Types of’ series, with a list of the types of readers that get on your nerves.

Readers are great, and they deserve kudos for having the strength to deal with the struggle that books put us through. It’s nothing to snort at, being a reader is hard. But what’s even harder is dealing with the readers that I will touch upon in this blog post.

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Pocket Review: Paper and Fire (July 2016) by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire

With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.

After embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

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Pocket Review: The King in the Window (2005) by Adam Gopnik

The King in the Window

One January evening, eleven-year-old Oliver receives a vision in his bedroom window of a young boy in 17th century dress. This apparition informs him that he is the new King in the Window, a hero elected by kind window wraiths to assist them in their centuries-long war with the soul-stealing evil mirror spirits. Soon, Oliver finds himself in The Way, or the parallel universe on the other side of mirrors. Here, he engages in battle with the diabolical Master of Mirrors, chats with Nostradamus, and helps rescue an elderly Alice in Wonderland. In addition, there is a subplot concerning a super computer atop the Eiffel Tower! , An examination of 17th century French court life, and an on-going discussion of quantum physics.

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Mid-Event Survey

I can’t believe the readathon is half over for some people! I’ve hardly had any time to read, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be participating when I can! On to the questions!

1. What are you reading right now?

Currently, I am reading Spellbound, a fantasy anthology put together by Diana Wynne Jones. I think it’s lovely so far, as it has stories from Narnia to stories from the other side of the world.
2. How many books have you read so far?

Half of one, unfortunately.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

The book I am looking most forward to is Magyk, the first book in the Septimus Heap series.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes, a good amount. I just roll with them as they come, and most of them were voluntary anyway!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I would think that nothing surprises me anymore, this being my third read-a-thon, but one of the things that surprises me is how creative the challenges are! I love it!

Good luck to everyone participating!

Types of Readers Out in Public

Contrary to the popular belief, readers don’t always stay locked inside their Hobbit holes, hissing at sunlight and curled around a hoard of books (I mean, unless you’re paperfury). Anywho, readers do like to come outside once and a while, but that doesn’t mean we leave our precious books behind. So without further ado, I present the types of readers you see out in public.

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Types of Non-Readers

So, this is the beginning of a new bookish series on this blog! This will be the ‘Types of’ series, where I will categorize different things people of the bookish variety may come into contact with. In this case, I will be talking about the unbookish people that the average reader may run into at any given time. I will, of course, be taking suggestions to give me some ideas of what you all would like to see posts about.

So now that the introduction is out of the way, let’s get started!

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Discussion: Calling Out Problematic Books and Backlash

Sometimes, as readers, we come across books that have some not-so-good themes that we feel need to be called out. Whether it’s racism, sexism, ableism, or any other type of something that shouldn’t be there. Sometimes we call it out in media, or we tell our friends about it. Either or, someone is going to know about our displeasure.

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