Overbuying books

Everyone at my work place knows i have a problem with buying books and as much as i love buying and reading them, they seem to enjoy it way more than me. Well, they enjoy telling me i have a problem and that i should stop.
Normally i wouldn’t think i do have a problem but as the month is ending i did a recount of the books i bought and i shocked myself.
As of this moment i already bought 28 books. Oh Lord, have mercy of my soul… more like have mercy of my bank account…
But as guilty as i actually feel for spending so much money I’m really wanting to buy some more books, like there are some specific books i really want like,”Made you up” by Francesca Zappia, i’ve been looking for this book everywhere, but i feel the price is a little high right now…

Because i buy a lot of books, i can’t afford to buy pricey books, otherwise my bank account would really suffer with all the buying.. So i mostly wait until they get a nice discount, this way i can afford a lot more books.

The fact that i can’t afford pricey books it’s driving me crazy mostly because i want to buy the new illustrated Harry Potter book but it’s so expensive, with that money i could buy about four other books (at least) and so, i keep hoping for a miracle to happen and so i’ll be able to buying the book…

Another thing i tend to do is buy paperbacks, yeah.. i know… Hardcover books are usually way prettier, but they are also more expensive, so i buy paperback… which is very annoying, because some books are only hardcovers, what why!? how come it’s nearly impossible to find some paperbacks? Why are publishers making it so difficult for me to buy books?! … Are they trying to help me? … what what WHAT?!

Okay, so yeah, i know i’m going a little too far with all this overbuying, but i didn’t understand the magnitude of it until last week, when i was talking with my coworkers.. it’s stronger than me… i really can’t help it, maybe i should seek for help, but to whom?

Hope next month i’ll be a little more in control of my doings…

I’ll keep you posted, ’til next time ūüėČ

 

 

 
P.s: forget it, i bought some more now .. The final count is of 35…

Book Collectors Tag

Hello everyone! it’s time for another booktag, … i’ve been trying to find the original video/post (i’m not sure) of this tag but i wasn’t able to find it… it anyone knows who made it, please let me know so i can give them the credit for it! Thank you so much!

Book Collectors Tag

1. How many books do you own?

I think it may be about 550-600ish I’m not 100% sure, these past two years have been a wild ride to the bookstore. I don’t have all my books together, most of them are still at my parents’ house. At my current house i have at least 150, luckily i still have a little space on my bookshelves although I’m starting to run out of space, my buying rate it’s about 10 books a month so…
2. How long has it taken to accumulate your collection?
I started when i was about 16 and whomever thought i was old enough to take care of my money was very wrong also, i worked for a while at a bookstore and i may or may not have spent all my checks there
3. How often do you buy books?
I buy books almost every week if not physical ones then ebooks or audiobooks.
4. How do you arrange your books?
Currently i put them wherever there’s some space for them, I’ve have have two shelves with tbr books, another two with read ones and a bookshelf with my favorites apart from the rest, because my beloveds, which is running out of space these year.. I just enjoyed a great reading year this far.
5. What is the first book you remember buying?
Harry Potter and the half blood prince by JK Rowling in English was the first book i bought by myself but the first one i actually asked for were The Lord Of The Rings books.
6. What is the last book that you purchased?
Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, i just decided it’s time to read the series since Winter was published a few days ago.
7. What is the longest book you own?
1q84 by Haruki Murakami, i bought an edition with all the trilogy on it, and it ended up being an extremely uncomfortable book to read because it’s so heavy.
8. What is the shortest book that you own?
The alchemist by Paulo Coleho it’s a short book but it felt like an eternity when i read it.

The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness

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The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 5 stars

Summary: What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

(summary taken from goodreads).

My opinion on the book:

I got to admit, i wasn’t very sure if i should pick the book or not, it’s not the first Patrick Ness’ book i try, a while ago i tried reading The Knife Of Never Letting Go but couldn’t go through it.

The setup on this book is completely different to the Chaos Walking trilogy setting though, more like the one we live on. In the book we get to see the story of the background characters of a much bigger story.

The main characters of the book are a group of friends that get to sort of watch from the outside what the ‘indie kids’ (the main characters of the bigger story) are doing but don’t get the bigger picture because they aren’t really a part of it.¬†I really loved the fact that although the main characters of the ‘secondary’ storyline were not related to what the indie kids were doing they got in the middle of the fight between “good and evil” that was going on in town. Strange things kept happening but no one got to explain to them what was really going on and so they just kept up with their lives as if nothing happen, even though kids were dying, a lot.

From the very beginning you can see that the background characters had seen things that happened before, but no one really talks about the weird stuff that happens in town, especially not the grown ups, whom appear to be completely unaware of all the crazy stuff; vampires, soul-eating ghosts and so on.

Mikey as¬†the main main character of the background story is a bit curious of all that’s going on but at the end of the day all ¬†he wants is to get through high school without any complications, such as the fact that he is in love with one of his friends, his anxiety and the OCD he suffers from. This may sound as the ever endless angsty teenge story but it is so much more than that.

Because the ‘major’ storyline is happening without us seeing it, each ‘chapter’s title’ is actually a summary of what is happening with the indie kids. I found it to be a very clever way of not only guiding the reader through the story but also a way of demostrating how all the storyline in that kind of books look alike.

Another point i want to remark from the book is chapter 16, in this chapter Mikey goes to talk to his therapist. Before this happens Mikey realizes he is falling into these endless loops while trying to make things the right way so he can continue with life but when he sees he isn’t capable to do it himself he reaches out for help.

Normally, books dealing with some sort of mental illness are pretty much the same, person needs help, they get it, they start to feel better, stop taking the meds, relapses, needs help again¬†but aren’t aware of it, other people see they need help, they do something about it, main character gets meds again, eveyryone is happy again, the end.

Now, this is not what happens in the book, not only Mike is able to see for himself that he needs help, the talk with the therapist feels very real, it was very moving actually (i was in tears the whole chapter), because the therapist explains what is happening and all wthout falling  in the so well known cliches of the mental illness, actually the talk sounded very much as the one i had with my last psychatrist.

I also really enjoyed the resolution of the book, i found it to be more realistic that the normal YA book, which is sort of refreshing to be honest.

In conclusion, although i’ve seen many people giving the book bad reviews, in my opinion ¬†the book is a very realistic way of what really happens in our lives, when even though the lives of others seem to be so much more important and fullfilling than ours.¬†The fact that others get to be so intense¬†doesn’t mean our lives ¬†aren’t full of important moments, each one of us gets to go through their own problems and the fact that ones’ are more ‘normal’ doesn’t mean they are less important or difficult to deal with.

We aren’t all meant for greatness, but we are all here to live the lives we got at their fullest, and i think this book caught that feeling at its best.

If i spoiled something from the book, even though i already said how much i hate that, i’m really sorry, but the part i mostly commented on was a very significant one for me and i needed to express it as much as ¬†i could. I hope you can enjoy this book as much as i did.

Another book that goes right to my favorite bookshelf and list ūüôā

‘Til next time!

 

 

Beware of the spoiler

There’s something really nice about reading a book when it is published, isn’t it? The time when you can still use the internet without being afraid of ¬†getting huge spoilers on that new book you want to read/finish so much.

But well, nothing is perfect apparently, who hasn’t been spoiled about critic events about to happen on that book series you’d been reading for ages but had been too busy to pick up the book that was released last week and by the time you are about to get to it you get spoilers, spoilers everywhere.

Spoilers are the natural enemy of a reader, right next to the writers (i’ll be talking about that on an upcoming post of “confessions of a shipperholic).

For a¬†reason that escapes me, people really enjoy throwing spoilers over the internet, ruinning so many plot twists, it almost hurts. I can’t tell you how many books i won’t be reading anytime soon because the internet has accidentally spoiled the most crucial point of it all.

Let me tell you something, you cannot accidentally throw the fact that an important character dies while randomly commenting on a book. You just don’t do it, because it may ruin the experience to many other readers..

Although i have to admit that spoilers have saved me for picking up books i wouldn’t enjoy, for the most part, spoilers are just a pain in the arse. Like, you seriously thought i wanted to know my favorite character dies in the next book?

Another incredibly annoying thing is avoiding a spoiler so obvious that ends up being a spoilers by omission. Of the books i haven’t heard any major spoilers there are some that are extremely obvious, even though i haven’t read them all.

Let’s talk about some of the books that have been ruinned for me without spoiling anything to other readers.

A few of the books i wanted to read but i got spoiled on are:

Looking for Alaska. I’m not the biggest John Green’s fan, as i already commented on my¬†unpopular opinion booktag¬†but i had huge hopes about this book until in a weird list of recommendations someone compared the book to another one i had read and the spoiler became too obvious for me to even try and read the book, thanks for nothing person whom wrote that list.

The Throne of Glass. This book is the classic “we aren’t saying any spoilers – and by it we are actually making it a spoiler” series. I started reading this book at the beginning of the year, but as i got into it too many hints were thrown at me by the writer and then by people recommending it. Also, it had a little too perfect main character (but that isn’t the point of this post).

Clockwork Princess. Oh, now this book and all these series are huge spoilers to one another. You cannot actually read first one and then the other series, unless you read them by the way these books were published you are going to get spoiled. Also, if you watch the movie before reading the first three books you are in for a massive spoiler, a very annoying one.

Okay, so those are the books i currently remember, i checked my goodreads account but apparenly i have erased all the otherbooks i wanted to read but got spoiled about, except for the ones that were rightfully spoiled.

Rightfully spoiled? and what would that be?

Well, sometimes for the sake of the readers you have to make some disclammers, when a book may contain triggers, i think my favorite book of all time have a massive “spoiler” in the way it is presented, because i’m sure i was waiting for the thing to happen all the time, and yet when it did come to it, i wasn’t prepared, and yes i still think about it and cry, like, a lot.

Anyway, please, when you are writing/commenting on a book/series/tv show/whatever , remember there are people that haven’t yet got to the same place you did, and so some of those comments may spoil many surprises for them.

As i said at the beginning, waiting for something it’s incredible and so, having a thing you’d been waiting for so long it’s a great bummer…

Well, that’s all now. ‘Til next time!;)

 

 

Book buying tag

Hello everybody! it’s time for another booktag! This was was originally made by ¬†Megan Olivier¬†, hope you enjoy it!

1. Where do you buy your books from?

I buy my books pretty much everywhere i can, from bookstore (including second-hand ones),  amazon (especially for kindle) and from online stores such as bookdepository.com and audible.com

2. Do you ever pre-order books, and if you do, do you order online or in store?

There are some books i really need to read the moment they are published so yeah, i pre-order not much but i do, i do it online because were i live no one cares about new books so there’s no chance to pre-order them here.

3. On average how many books do you buy a month?

There are months and months, i mean… some months i’ll buy only two books and some months, as this one, i’ll buy 14-15 …

4. Do you use your local library?

Not right now … although my local library looks pretty promising, i should check it up.

5. If you do borrow from your library, how many books are you allowed to borrow/how many do you borrow?

Every single library i’ve been able to borrow from allowed me to borrow just two books, TWO books?! what do they want me to do with just two books…

6. What is your opinion on library books?

I love libraries and all and i’m pretty sure in other countries they may have a lot of great book, but lately i”ve been reading only in English and where i live libraries don’t have many good books in English, mostly Nicholas Sparks and 50 shades of Grey sort of books …

7. How do you feel about charity shops/secondhand bookstores?

I think they are great, to let books keep living and finding people that will love them, also giving people who can’t afford to buy new books the oportunity to find some great readings, it’s amazing.

8. Do you keep your read and TBR piles on a shelf together?

Not really, while my already read books are in their shelves the TBR piles are everywhere in my room, in shelves but also in my closet, my bag and so… they are everywhere. Also the TBR and the read books are in different shelves.

9. Do you plan to read all the books that you own?

Well, i sure hope so, but i’ll have to living a very long time to do it…

10. What do you do with all the books that you own that you’ll never read/didn’t enjoy?

Go right to the lowest shelf of my bookshelves.

 

11. Have you ever donated books?

No, i get too attached to my books to be able to donate any of them.

12. Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

mmm, about two years ago i went for about six months without buying any books, didn’t help that the moment i allowed myself to do so i spent tons of money.

13. Do you feel that you buy to many books?

No i don’t… not even close, but people seem to think they have a say about the amount of books i buy and own, personally, i think you can never have enough… everyday people are think about new stories so, as long as people write ¬†i’ll be buying more books.

The Unfortunate Decisions Of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

Finally i get to post this review, i had it done a long while ago but i wrote it on my notebook and i kept forgetting to pass it to the blog. Anyway here it is! I got an arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review, i already commented the book on my October Wrap Up. But here is the extended review, hope you enjoy it.

The Unfortunate Decisions Of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, YA
Pages: 320
Publisher: Redhook Books
Rating: 3.75 stars

Summary: The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she’s not living her best life. But that’s all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she’s offered a job. A job that she’s woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she’s just the girl to deal with them. (summary taken from¬†NetGalley).

My opinion on the book:

Virtual gaming is becoming a huge thing these days. So many books and series are using it as the way for the stories to be told, this is one of those stories, only not exactly..

To be honest I didn’t read much of the description of the book before i started reading, it said “For fans of The Guild, New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars, or anyone who has ever geeked out about something”¬†that’s very me so i took the chance. At the moment i didn’t know it will feature the virtual world of Zoth. If i knew i may not have picked the book at all because i find this “sub-genre” to always be pretty much the same (with only a very few exceptions). But I’m glad I didn’t know, because I ended up finding a great story.

As I already stated the book features the virtual world of Zoth, where the murdered guy used to hang out a lot, as many others and there he was part of a group called “The Horizons”. To find the stolen object, a virtual blade, Dahlia signs in the game and interacts with the players. Eventually she will have to interact with them in real life too, which i find very interesting.

The book shows how people act and are alike and different from their real selves while they are online and how the way someone pretends to be online may interfere with their daily (real) lives.

I personally found Dahalia to be a very relatable character, we are the same age and pretty much in the same position in life, so her decisions felt pretty logical to me (most of the time). Also, she is a huge geek and I would enjoy spending time with ¬†person like her. Anyhow i felt like the rest of the characters weren’t that much developed in comparison.

Also, i would want to address  a problem i had through all the book. Because many of the characters were active both on and off line sometimes i had trouble following who was who. At one moment Dahlia decided to call one of the irl characters by his online name and it was great, but then it changed again and it was a little too messy for me.

One thing i would have like to see, if the story is already using MMORPG as a tool was more than just interacting with the players in very quite places, I think it would have been awesome if she has to play even only a little to get information or to get to talk to the other players. I think a bit more exploration of the world could have been nice.

Anyway while looking at the bigger picture, and when seeing the whole story i can say it flowed nicely enough and after a little slow and rough beginning it got pretty interesting and fun.

Overall it was an enjoyable reading. I read somewhere there may be more books (??), if so, you can be sure i’ll be here waiting for them!

Social Media Book Tag

Okay, so this tag was supposed to be posted last Saturaday, but after a little thinking i wasn’t feeling up for it, so i delayed it a little, hope it’s just fine. Now i leave you with the tag!

Yes! it’s time for another book tag This time; the social media book tag

Original video by Faultydevices

Modified version by Ariel Bissett

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Favorite short book

After Dark by Haruki Muraki ; i don’t even know why, but this is one of my favorite books ever, it has nothing to do with the fact that i’m in love with everything he writes. It just happens to be a great short book.. ** also if i can make an honorary mention; the light novel All You Need Is Kill, it’s super kickass, i had so much fun while reading it. I recommend it a lot.

Facebook
A book that everybody pressured you to read

Meh, i don’t get pressured by people to read because i’m the only reader i actually know in real life, but one book everyone was talking about and convinced me to give it a try was Throne Of Glass, pretty much as with facebook itself, i wasn’t that impressed.

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A book you read before it was cool

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower… Yeah well, i read it for the first time a long while ago, i don’t remember when but then again, i read it so many times it doesn’t really matter any longer..

MySpace
A book you don’t remember whether you liked it or not

This is so difficult really, i honestly remember pretty much every book i read, so i guess i’ll go with The Visits (Las Visitias by Silvia Schujer) because i don’t remember what it is about so i can’t really say if i liked it or not…

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A book that was so beautiful you had to instagram

I don’t have instagram but if i had to take a picture of a book it will be All The Bright Places, not only because i love the cover so much, but because it’s the most wonderful story too.

YouTube
A book you wish would be turned into a movie

I would really like to watch Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King as a movie although i don’t think it will happen…
Also, i would really like the Raven Cycle to become a movie or even better, a tv show, it’s such a great story it needs to be on tv every week
I need Adam Parrish and Ronan Lynch on my tv, LIKE RIGHT NOW

Goodreads
A book that you would recommend to everyone

Now, risking the possibility of sounding a know-it-all as my sister always likes to call i’ll say it’s impossible to recommend a book to everyone because many people don’t read fiction and many other don’t read non fiction, many others are a pain in the ass and only read about one subject (…) but if i had only one book i’ll recommend The Manuscript Found in Accra, it’s a short book that it’s a story but it doesn’t really have a plot, it’s mostly words of wisdom or so, so it’s pretty enjoyable whatever you normally like to read.