Be Autumn – Fall In Love

 

Another fun BEA post inspired by the current host, Meeghan Reads! I’ve linked back to her original post and the fun featured image is by her as well! I take no credit!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt Explanation: Autumn is for walks in the brisk air, drinking lattes, wearing matching scarves and hats, jumping in piles of leaves… wait! Is this sounding a little tropey to you? Let’s talk about some of our fave (and not so fave) love tropes.

 

Tropes I equate to an amazing cup of coffee

 

Enemies to Lovaaaas in the Niiiight

Slow burn, that’s right, let it simmer

A WELL done Love Triangle [Such as for me, The Hunger Games]

Whodunnits- The Butler [Cracks me up every time]

The Chosen One [Sometimes things are popular for a reason, they work really well]

A band of adventurers on a quest- Gimme every time [Bonus if they have a tavern scene]

Star Crossed Lovers [As Long as they’re not … instalove]

 

Tropes I equate to a burnt cup o’ joe

 

Instalove…just..no thank you, please

The very attractive yet average looking main person that everyone seems to crush on even though they’re nothing special in the looks department but everyone is actually attracted to their looks. I mean…whyyyyyyy

Friends to lovers [When they’re really deep in the friend zone anyway, get back to where you came from, there’s usually a reason there’s no chemistry]

Too many plot twists. After a while, I don’t even care anymore because it’s too twisty and ridiculous

When a character knows how to handle a weapon when they’ve never held one before, but because they’re the chosen one that means no hard work? Like Luke Skywalker had to do some training, so should they.

This isn’t a trope so much as an observation. When clothes are over-detailed. I love clothes and fashion but if you explain every outfit and worse say all the brand names, you’ll lose me, I’ll forget what we’re talking about. And I won’t care what the character is wearing any more.

Sexist tropes where there’s the super-macho detective who is bitter and broody and has a cold hard partner who is a female but he ends up falling in love with the super sweet feminine character instead. We’re so much more than like two adjectives each.

 

That’s it from me

It’s six minutes till midnight, I is tired. G’Night.

 

 

BE Autumn -Study Group

Thanks to Meeghan for a really fun prompt, as she is today’s host for BE Autumn! The Featured Graphic is also by her!!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt Explanation: Fall is back to school and you need to organise a study group. Pick eight characters and discuss which subjects they bring their expertise to. (Note: You can pick any subjects, or number of subjects, you just need to tell us why each of the characters!)

 

Subject: Math
Character: Henri
Book: Angel Mage

This boy can almost sense if one coin has gone missing from a pile, not to mention just a glance at the pile and he’ll tell you how many are there and how many are missing if any. I need this in my life to help with math lol.

 

Subject: P.E./Gym
Character: Nona Grey
Book: Red Sister

I mean honestly….how could I not choose this mad skilled woman?? Nona is a boss when it comes to physical exertion and endurance, definitely need her help as just the thought of running makes me want to nap.

 

Subject: Computers/Tech
Character: Noam Álvaro
Book: The Fever King

He knows what to do with computers even before he becomes fever struck and able to have tech-amazing powers! So, good, he can help me pass this class for sure lol.

 

Subject: History
Character: Anne Lawrence
Book: The Necromancer’s Bride

Considering Anne is immortal, I feel she’ll have a lot to offer in a history study group. Do I need to stress the fact she’s immortal, lol?

 

Subject: Biology
Character: Lottie
Book: The Art of Taxidermy

Lottie’s fascination with dead things is pretty useful, she has dreams of being a taxidermist which means she’ snot squirmish with dissections…unlike me who forgot to turn in hw and refused to dissect a baby pig or turtle for extra credit to pass…so…I took the second half of biology again lol.

 

Subject: English
Character: Ken Z
Book: The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart

Ken is a devout lover of Oscar Wilde and has a knack for words, so I think he would be super fun to study with!

 

Subject: Fashion
Character: Maia Tamarin
Book: Spin the Dawn

I didn’t take fashion nor am I sure if it was offered in my HS, but I know it was offered at the school where I worked as a sub! So, here we go, Maia is perfect for this!


[This Child is adorable]

 

Subject: Lunch
Character: Ron Weasley
Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

…hey look, most of my subjects were music-based or I don’t really care about them, so, I’m picking lunch, damn it. And who better to join me than Ron Weasley? He and I would be the perfect eating duo.

 

Well, those are my subjects and characters, what about you all?

BE Autumn – Every Witch Needs a Familiar

Another BE Autumn post today!

Today’s host is the amazing Jamsu. You can see her awesome prompt and post by clicking on the link.

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt:

If you were a witch which magical creatures would you want as your familiar?

 

This is really hard because I want to say all the animals.

But in the bookish world, I think in the end I would have to choose an amazing magical horse/bird, like, Solovey from The Winternight Trilogy. A beautiful bay stallion and a nightingale. He loves Vasya and protects her and supports her. What more could I ask for?

 

 

However, if I had to give backups…well…give me dragons, I don’t care if they’re the ones from The Priory of the Orange Tree or from Wild Magic, I want a dragon, damn it.

 

 

And at the end of the day, I would say I also would be happy with any snake. A Slytherin wouldn’t be complete without some sort of serpent.

 

Well, that’s all from me, something really fun to do and now, it’s back to packing for me. *Sobs*

The Productivity Tag [BESpring19]

This is my final BE Spring post! And I’m happy to say it’s another prompt by Sam @ Fictionally Sam!

What’s today’s prompt? Another original tag! Woo!!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

RULES:

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

 

Planning: A book that is completely thought out

The Thornbirds I love family sagas, I really do, and this one is so well thought out and well, of course, heartbreaking because apparently, I’m almost completely incapable of reading cheerful books.

Focus: A book that kept your undivided attention

Crown of Feathers, honestly how could I put that book down when there are phoenixes involved?! HMM?!!! Preto knows her audience lol. Not to mention after you get to the ‘final countdown’ part of the book it’s just “OMG” the whole way till the end. AND THAT ENDING.

Delegating: A book that should have been a series

*Stares at Descendant of the Crane* We all saw that ending if you’ve read it. We need more. Honestly, how am I supposed to be okay with only one book?! I HAVE A NEED.

Small goals: Name a book below 150 pages that you loved

Thirteen Months of Sunrise, I love flowery short stories and I wanted this one to go for another hundred pages at least but I adored what we were given.

Peak Hours: A series you could only read at a certain time

Most of the time I can only focus on my reading at night so most series fall into that category, but, Game of Thrones I can only read during summer months, Idk why but if I didn’t finish it before it was due back at the library I literally just waited a year and then dove back in, I also took my time with it because why should I hurry if he isn’t in a hurry to finish it?? I know. I’m salty.

Lists: A book that you finally crossed off your TBR 

Book of Dust, I took forever to read that, mostly because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but I didn’t have to worry about that in the end! Seriously, I had that book for like a year.

Proactive: A book that is/was ahead of its time

The Forsyte Saga, so hear me out, you don’t have to read or even like classics, I don’t care that’s all personal preference. I’m more specifically talking about the first three books that make up the one called the saga, this was published in 1921. John Galsworthy addresses the importance of arts and the problems of the middle class and their politics but even more importantly, Galsworthy tackles marital rape. This is a time where well, let’s be honest, we didn’t even have the vote let alone had the notion of rape associated with our spouses when we were still property to most. Galsworthy addresses that too, women viewed as property and the character who does this all is vilified so you won’t see him get off scot-free.

Declutter: A series you wish you could unread

The Divergent trilogy. If I could also get my money back, that would be fantastic. I actually enjoyed the ending it was the only part I really enjoyed, the rest was interesting enough but I couldn’t really get into it, I’d rather reread Twilight than to ever pick up that series again (at least Twilight had interesting characters, even if they weren’t the MC or love interest).

Multi-tasking: books that you read at the same time

Anytime I read nonfiction, I’ll read a fiction book to balance it out, I read about the Russian Revolution and Metro 2033 at the same time and that actually was super helpful in understanding the different political situations in that book.

Tagging:

I literally just got done tagging people. Ugh. Okay let’s see who today’s victims are!

Isabelle

Susan

Charvi

Lending Books Versus Book Swaps

It’s my last day as host and I hope that if you find any of my prompts interesting that you’ll go ahead and give them a go, but, if not, on the plus side you get a reprieve from me after this! The next host up is Amanda @ Between the Shelves.

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

So! Yesterday we talked about bookish resources we could access and what’s possible or not possible for us depending on where we are, but one way that seems international is having friends you can book lend with or book swap (the closer they are to you the better, because, shipping is not about that life when it’s international lol).

I’m looking forward to seeing which one you prefer and why or if you like or dislike both equally, lol whatever floats your boat guys! So I’ll do the pros and cons for both sets!

Book Lending:

Pros:
– Lending books to friends means -theortically- you get them back!
– If you don’t like the book it’s no money lost, you just return it to your friend
– It lets you see what your friends like to read, and could lead you to read a book you wouldn’t normally and really enjoying it!
– This point above goes both ways! You can lend books to your friends that you love and share that love!
– If you don’t like the book, you just return it to your friend, no muss or fuss.
– Again, money saving!

Cons:
-Sometimes lending a book means that this book is out of your hands for as long as your friend has it, and sometimes, it happens, you trust the wrong person and there that book goes forever.
– If your friend lends you a book that they love and you hate, there may be a small awkward moment there!
– Sometimes your friends may have the opposite reading tastes and that means there may not be as much to exchange.
– Your friends could accidentally mess up your book, I mean, accidents do happen! [Though unless it’s special edition or just special personally it should be easily replaceable, still a bit of a hassle though.]

Book Swapping:

Pros:
– You may have some unwanted books in your collection and your friends may want them and to get rid of their books they don’t want, with luck their books will be ones that interest you and you get some great adds to your shelf!
– You don’t have to feel guilty if you accidentally mess up the book you received in the swap, it’s yours, you don’t have to replace it right away unless you want to and you don’t have to worry about ruining a friend’s book
-If you love the book, that’s it! You get to keep it! So you don’t have to reluctantly return it at the end of the day.
– Did I mention this one is also a great way to save money?
– This is perfect to get rid of books that you no longer want but that your friend may like to have so in a way it can make it easier to part with a book knowing that it’ll have a great home with your friend and that you’ll get a book you want in exchange

Cons:
– The book looks great, you’re excited to add it to your shelf, you read it. Crap. You hated it, and now you’re stuck with it.
– Doesn’t really save money if you don’t enjoy the books you get in swaps and end up having to go buy books you actually want.
– You may regret swapping a certain book, you could realize how badly you actually wanted to keep it later.
– This only works if your friend has books you want and vice versa!

Final Verdict:

Due to my clumsiness which we’ve discussed and my unease of having someone else’s property under my dome of responsibility, I have to say I’m in favor of book swapping! Also, I’ve had two people fob off with my books before, I trust very few now lol.

What about you all, if you had to pick, book lending or book swapping?

Have you had a bad experience with either? Or a great one?

 

5 benefits of buying physical books

Today, our host torch is passed over to Michelle! And I’m super excited for her prompts!!!

You can find her post by clicking on the link above ^

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

So what is the prompt? Well I hope the title gave you a hint, I’m going to list out 5 reasons why I might buy physical books, and why!

1. I’m accident-prone. REALLY accident-prone

I have had the unfortunate skill set of being super clumsy since birth I would say. This means that sometimes my books really take a beating. I LOVE checking out library books but the amount of stress I feel to keep those nuggets of literature safe from myself knows no bounds. Owning the book means I just throw a hissy fit and eventually rebuy my book if something happens to it.

2. It’s easier to keep track of my TBR.

When I have a billion Kindle books (which I think do at this point) it’s easy to just keep adding more. I mean those lovely little devices hold so many books which is a huge plus, but, things can get lost in the chaos. Now I’m not saying I see everything on my overflowing bookshelves, but, there’s a better chance of me being able to see what I’m going to read or not going to read in some cases and organize them accordingly!

3. They won’t ruin my eyes…as quickly

I am guilty of staying up super late with the Kindle, it’s so easy to do, so easy. And while I definitely will stay up late with a good book no matter the format, I can rest at ease knowing that when I do that with a physical book I know I’m not just tossing my eyesight directly out the window, not to say I haven’t ever read in a dimly lit room squinting. Let’s face it I’m probably already going blind, but at least this way it’ll be a little slower lol.

4. Mostly my germs and my germs alone.

One thing when I check out a book from the library, I sometimes have to resist the urge to just wipe it down to the point of no return. This stems from knowing that when we have library books we get cozy with them, I know I do, many a time have I flung a book away from me just to avoid accidentally sneezing on it. Some people are not so thoughtful. Think about that. So with my own physical copies, I don’t have to worry about where it’s been. [Though to argue, ebooks eliminate the germ worry from the library, but, this is about physical books today, damn it.]

5. They’re just aesthetically pleasing to look at

I love just sitting in the study and looking at my bookshelf. I know it probably sounds a little weird but there is something comforting to look at my books, to touch them, hold them and feel the weight in my hands and flick through the pages. Especially with the older books that I get, the ones that have a billion stories to tell with whose hands they’ve passed through let alone the one held between their covers.

There we have it, 5 reasons to throw at you for why I buy physical books!

I know my last two posts were just gif filled, but I needed something fun with not a lot of thinking, my brain is mush, I’m reading my 12th book for the month currently, and I just feel like NetGalley senses me being overwhelmed and publishers are approving my requests and cackling as they do it like a few days before the publication date as I like to try and read and review before that.

Toodles!

Easter Time Book Tag!

Thanks Theresa @ The Calico Books for this awesome Easter tag for Bookending Spring! All graphics used for this post aside from the featured image, and answer images, were nabbed from her tag post!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

Gonna take it to the bridge now…which means…Rules.

RULES

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ The Calico Books)
  • Have fun!

 

1

 

Hmmm I would have to say that I’m going to surprise myself here and whip out Dead Man’s Blues. It’s rare we get an author who fixes all the little problems from the first book in the second but Celestin does it, and I’m so glad he does.Untitled design (7).png

 

2

 

That would have to be this guy right here. The Crying Machine by Greg Chivers, it hit me so much harder than I thought I would, I’m like in puppy love with it. I mean there’s a lot of others too but not getting as much notice so we’ll give TCM the love this time.Untitled design (6).png

 

3

I want to say Descendant of the Crane (like Michelle who tagged me!) because I mean who wants that book to end? But to give us some diversity in answers, I’m going with, Crown of Feathers because OMG that book!!!!Untitled design (8).png

 

4

 

Oh man, so many, here’s one of my charity shop favorite hauls!Untitled design (9).png

 

5

 

I’ve been reading some dark books lately haha, I mean, like, I could use a nice fluffy break, but, I would say this was my sweetest read as of late! Untitled design (10).png

 

6

 

Oooh okay there’s a lot but I’m gonna post my usual obvious go to answer in my case.Untitled design (11).png

 

7

Uhhh….hmmm…I think I’ll have to have a repeat answer on this! If you’ve read this book then you KNOW, but if not, go read and find out if you like!Untitled design (12).png

Who am I tagging?

At this point I don’t know who hasn’t been tag, so please, take this tag as a gift and hoard it and use it, or if you need an easy fun tag to do before Monday and the holiday’s over, have at it, my friends!

Toodles, dears!