Summer Tiiiimmmmeeee!!!

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I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for summer break. Im excited for the long summer days, going on adventures, spending time with my family, and finally getting some much needed sunlight. Every summer is different and I look forward to seeing what this summer has to offer me.

Something that never changes, even in the summer, is the fact that I have too long of a summer reading list. It never fails, I always go into the summer thinking that I’m going to get a ton of reading done, and I never do. You see, im very outdoorsy so I thrive in the summertime. I love to go hiking and rock climbing. My favorite days are spent at the lake or submerged underneath a canopy of trees without cell phones reception. I know what your thinking, there is plenty of opportunity to sit and read in these situations, I just rarely do. Instead of picking up a book and getting lost in the pages, I prefer listening to my friend’s stories and getting lost in laughter instead.

This summer I’m going to try and be different. I’ll find more opportunities to sit down with a book because honestly, I think it could add to my summer experience. Instead of reading novels filled with teen angst, I will read books full of adventure to help put my adventurous soul at ease. It wont be hard for me to find books about travelers and wondering souls. Books like Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, come to mind, or Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild. 

While doing some research, I found a website that will help me in my search for adventure books! 13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust 

The goal for my summer is to get through all 13 books.

Anyways, just one more blog post and I’ll be done for the semester. I have really enjoyed reading all of your guy’s posts and getting to know several of you through book club and twitter! I hope you all have a wonderful and adventurous summer!

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My Final “Hey, Monday!”

I can’t believe the semester is coming to a close already. I feel like I have gotten through so many books, yet I don’t think I really made a dent in my TBR list. That kind of stresses me out, but at the same time it’s an excellent opportunity to get quite a bit of reading done this summer. My family is probably going to think that I’m crazy because all I’ll do is carry around some kind of teen angst filled novel.

Anyways, it was honestly kind of a relief to finish up my very last book for this class. I decided to keep it simple and extra adventurous by picking up Mockingjay, the third novel in the notorious Hunger Games series. I honestly cannot believe I didn’t think of this sooner, but I never finished the series when I was in high school. I watched the movies and I read the first two books, but I never got to finishing the last. I thought it was kind of ironic as well, finishing the last book of a series for my last “Hey, Monday!” blog of the semester.

Like I said earlier, reading the novel was simple and adventurous. I went through it rather quickly because of the style and interesting story line. There was no stress in trying to get through it; which was something that I desperately needed considering how busy my last week has been. I found the ending to be very bitter sweet. I love a happy ending because I’m hopeless that way. I was disappointed that Katniss kind of went against everything she was for and had children with Peeta. I mean, I understand that The Hunger Games and the war was over, but was that still a world she could envision her children growing up in? How would her PTSD affect her being a mother? Will Peeta be doing all the cooking?

Anyways, I hope you all have had a wonderful semester! I’m going to miss reading all of your guy’s blog posts and sharing my ideas with you.

What Have You Been Reading?

I think you can tell from my previous posts that I am pretty stressed out when it comes to my TBR list. I wanted to make this last week pretty stress free since I was being bombarded with several essays and the shenanigans of Case Day being that Friday. So I took a break all together from my TBR list; I turned to Google, typed in “young adult books”, and then I picked a book that caught my eye. The first things I noticed is that I have already read so many of these YA novels, the second was the John Green really wrote a lot.

Anyways, I chose Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I think I picked this because I was kind of hoping it would be a modern interpretation of Cinderella, it ended up being a lot more complicated than that. This novel is based loosely, and I mean VERY loosely on Cinderella. Basically, you have the main female protagonist that lives with and evil mother figure and her not so awesome step-sisters. Other than that, it’s based in the future, the world has been reorganized all together, and oh yeah, everyone is a robot of some type. Honestly, I was not expecting a Cinderella meets science-fiction novel, but that’s what I got. I thought it was pretty weird. It’s pretty unique to see how the creative mind works. Cinder is the first novel in the Lunar Chronicles series, I don’t know if I want to take a peak into the others yet.

Anyways, I don’t think I’ll ever pick out a book that way again, I kind of like knowing what I get myself into when it comes to the books I read. I wasn’t a bad quick read, and that definitely something I needed last week. This week will be much better! Happy reading everybody!

Another Week Gone By…

Yet another week  has gone by and I almost can’t believe it! I just feel like the semester has turned into one giant blur. We’re about to read the and I don’t think I’ve even made a dent in my TBR list.

Anyways, I hope everyone had an awesome Easter break!

I tried to keep myself busy while I was home. I saw the break as an excellent opportunity to catch up on my reading and homework. I spent most of the week finishing up the last remaining chapters in Fantastic Beasts. J.K. Rowling never fails me, the deeper I get into her work the more I fall in love with it and the wizarding world she created. There is so much thought and detail that goes into her work, especially Fantastic Beasts. Each creature has their own traits, story, and personality. She is a creative genius if you ask my opinion.

After I finished Fantastic Beasts I spent some time refocusing on A Wrinkle in Time. I read the book originally early in the semester. I absolutely loved it. My book club has decided to dig into it and I feel really happy about getting to read it again. Reopening books is something I’m quite fond of, sometimes you notice things you didn’t before and other times it’s just nice to get to relive the tale all over again.

 

YALSA

This week, we were asked to do some research on the Young Adult Library Services Association, or YALSA. They run a blog, called The Hub, and it’s just jam packed full of all things young adult literature. Honestly, I think this is a very useful site to stay involved with if you are a fan of young adult literature. From what I can see, the site is frequently updated and always has something new to offer literary wise. They provide excellent descriptions of the novels and they make them all sound very appealing in their own unique way.

This is a site that I wise I was aware of when this course first began. I think it would have helped make my reading choices a lot easier and I definitely plan on keeping it in my favorites tab for future use. As I mentioned in my previous blog, my TBR list is blown way out of the water and I don’t really know what to do with it at this point. I think I might start taking into consideration a few of the books featured on this site, for I believe it may help narrow down my choices and I’ll actually get a decent idea about what I am getting myself into with each book.

Speaking of our blogs, something that I thought was cool is that The Hub does something similar to our “Hey, Monday!” blogs. They do monthly review blogs that reflect over everything they have had going on in the last month, much like what we do weekly. I just thought it was interesting! Overall, I think this is a very useful site and I’m happy we were introduced to it!

What Are You Reading?

This last week was absolutely insane when it came to me trying to decide what to read. I think I have hit the treacherous point in my to-read list… There are just so many books on the list at this point that I am having a really hard time picking and choosing what I want. I tried going in order, but that just made me unhappy because there were so many other choices. Now I’m going out of order and I am still unhappy… my life is chaos. I think I may need to do some literary Spring cleaning.

Anyways, this last week I tried to keep with my theme of trying to mix it up a bit and I decided to read a play. For those of you who are Harry Potter fans, I’m sure you are aware of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. For those of you who aren’t, I’m going to break this down for you a bit.

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If you’re not a Harry Potter fan and you are unaware of the story line here is a quick rundown: baby Harry Potter is sent to live with his aunt and uncle after his parents are brutally murdered. Harry lives through many years of neglect until he comes of age and is informed that he is actually a wizard. Like many of the young witches and wizards out there, Harry is sent to a 7 year long wizarding program at Hogwarts. Throughout those 7 years, Harry learns about the wizarding world, his powers, himself, and he goes on many adventures in hope of defeating the wizard who killed his parents. There, simple as that. I fell in love with the Harry Potter series at a young age, I read the books and I own all the movies.

When I first heard about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I was a bit skeptical because I didn’t know if another tale based in this wizarding world would live up to Harry Potter’s tale. I put it off and I even went against my own rule and I saw the movie before I even picked up the book. I thought the film was great, so the book had to be better, right? I really like how it’s actually based years and years before Harry was even born. There is no issues with the stories crossing and there isn’t any comparison between the two protagonists. Newt creates his own story. I also really like how we get a deeper look into the wonderful creatures that also live in J.K. Rowling’s magical world. She put a lot of time into these creatures and they actually get a chance to shine as we get to know them better.

I’m not finished with this piece yet, but I really look forward to wrapping it up. Since this is written in the format of a play, there is a lot of other factors to take in. So far, I am really enjoying it!

 

Social Media and Literature

We live in a world that is slowly being dominated by technology and social media. To many, the only way to get connected is through some online source. You need to tell somebody something? Send them an IM. You want people to come to your party? Create an online invitation. Shopping? Grab your computer. Looking for something new to read? You can find new books just about anywhere online.

While older generations may be struggling to keep up with all the online chaos, the younger generations have the cyber world down and sitting patiently in their back pocket. With that being said, young adults can do just about anything their heart desires with technology.

If you’re like me, and you love to become submerged in the magical world of literature, then social media and technology may be a tool of great use to you. Many would argue that technology is something distracts a reader from their books. This is one of the more stone aged misconceptions that kind of make me nuts. Technology does not distract from the literary world, but I would argue that it opens up doors to the literary world that we did not have access to before.

For example, with the use of social media, readers have access to book reviews from bloggers on WordPress and microbloggers on Twitter. They can find books based on their interests through media sources such as Pinterest and Good Reads. And when they finally pick a book out of the wide variety of choices, they can download them with one simple click. And for those technologically advanced readers who still prefer to read out of a book, ordering those books are so much easier than going out and searching through book stores.

Personally, when it comes to books, my favorite online source for finding a new read is Pinterest. My Pinterest is already set up with my interests and things I could be interested in. When it comes to books, it pulls from a number of genres and I always find something that looks interesting.