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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 multiple social media platforms for books, so feel free to contact me there with things that you want me to write about!

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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.

The problem comes when people who may have different opinions decide, instead of either moving on or having a peaceful debate, to take it to the next level and attack the reader’s character. They swarm in out of nowhere, leaving hateful comments that, a lot of the time, make no sense grammatically. And even if they make sense, they’re cruel, and for the most part, don’t offer any constructive criticism. They’re comments meant for the sole purpose to wound the reviewer. Over what? A differing opinion on a book.

For example, say you don’t like Hush, Hush. For whatever reason, be it the writing or the story itself, or the bad treatment of women, people will take it upon themselves to assume terrible things about your character. Some may call you a feminazi, some may call you too stiff, and some may just curse you out.

This can make some readers hesitant to share their opinions on books that they dislike or even enjoy in some cases. This is especially true if it’s a popular book that many other people enjoy. This, of course, is a huge problem. One of the best parts about the book community is the fact that we can share our opinions about books with each other. It doesn’t make sense to attack, and eventually censor, people who have different opinions than us. That takes away a whole chunk of diverse thinking that in reality, is completely necessary.

Now, I can understand not wanting to read bad reviews on books. I can also understand not agreeing with a point someone makes in a review. I’m not saying that you need to agree with anything anyone says about any book. I encourage you to make your own opinions, whether you’re in the majority or not with said opinions. I’m just asking you all to remember that there is someone behind the screen and think about if it’s really worth it to send a person hate just because they don’t agree with you.

I think if some people took a second to think before putting their fingers on the keyboard, they would see that a lot of the things they planned to put on the internet only reflect badly on them.

Pocket Review: The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven

Basic Info:

Author: Sam Enthoven

Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.

Publication Date: September 7th, 2006

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2017 And How Books Factor In

Hello, everyone! It is finally 2017, and wow, what a year 2016 was! If you think anywhere along the same vein as me, 2016 was a crap-fest the equivalent of watching all of your favorite books burn. In other words, completely soul crushing. But enough about the dreary past, it’s time to look towards the bright future! The bright bookish future, at that!

So first, a little reflection time. I noticed that throughout the last year, I didn’t have a lot of time to read. Which is fine, life happens. What isn’t fine was the fact that when I did have time to read, I wasn’t reading for myself. I was reading for challenges and forcing myself through books I didn’t particularly enjoy or weren’t as long as I liked, just to hit my reading goal. And even then I didn’t hit it.

So this year, it’s a whole new book game.

First of all, my priorities are getting a big turn around. I’m going to start reading for myself first and foremost. Life is too short to be reading bad books, and if I don’t want to read something or I can’t read as fast or as often as I want, I’m not going to feel bad about it.

Secondly, I’m going to share my love of books! Sometimes I don’t want to share what I’m reading across my social media platforms because either the book isn’t well known or well liked, or everyone has already read it, etc. Anyway, this isn’t going to be me.

Can I get a ‘HECK YEAH!’ for reading unapologetically?!

Pocket Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

jackaby

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

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