Even MORE Series I will probably not finish (Part 4)

Well, I was bound to have another one of these sooner or later. You can check out parts one, two and three if you like.


1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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I didn’t particularly like this book. It was too wishy-washy and insta-lovey for me. It had a pretty cool world concept, but it just wasn’t enough  to hold my interest. You can read my full review of it here if you are interested, but yeah… not likely to ever pick up the other ones.

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2. Legend by Marie Lu

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It’s not that I didn’t like this. I enjoyed it. It’s just that my focus has sort of shifted away from dystopian in the past year and I really don’t read dystopia anymore unless it’s some mindblowingly amazing one. And Legend was good, but it wasn’t by any means mindblowing. So I just don’t think I will ever get around to reading the other two books. I’m still holding out for The Young Elites though. It was so much better than Legend and it’s a fantasy dystopia and I don’t know why I haven’t read the rest of it yet, but I hope it won’t end up on my next “will not finish” post, because it would be a shame.

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3. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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UGH! I do not know how to tell you how much I hated this book. I actually haven’t even finished it because it’s so boring and annoying and Snow is so whiny and insufferable and stupid. *deep breath* Yeah, no. Not going to happen.

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4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I really enjoyed this book. But I read it quite a while ago and I haven’t picked up the other ones and I just don’t really see myself doing that anytime soon. I still might get around to reading it eventually. Though realistically, I probably won’t because you know… so many books, so little time. It’s like Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. “Oh, I kept the first for another day, But knowing how way leads on way,/I doubted if I should ever come back.” I really like that poem.

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There are a few other candidates for this list, but I’ll hold out on them a little longer. Still, I reckon it won’t be too long before I have another one of these posts.

Two

Two

Two shadows;
One unknown and one unknowable.

Two whispers;
One unheard and one unhearable.

Two hearts;
One untouched and one untouchable.

Two potentials;
One unreached and one unreachable.

About Political Corectness

Political corectness is society’s newest obsession. And like all obsessions, I think it’s becoming harmful and getting in the way of healthy interactions. I mean, I get it. I get where this obsession comes from, but the problem is that it stems from… almost a false sense of dignity. And it’s got to a point where you have to think 3 times before saying anything lest someone in your vicinity gets offended. That does not promote healthy communication.

Not only that, but it’s got to a point where it’s almost perverse in its mentality. An example that’s been recently on my mind for obvious reasons is when Christmas rolls around every year and you wish someone Merry Christmas and they give you this offended look and tell you very curtly “I don’t celebrate Christmas.” So what? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, does not change the fact that it IS Christmas on the 25th of December. So if on the 25th of December, I wish you Merry Christmas, I’m wishing you a nice day. Why are you offended by that? Why can’t you just smile back and say “Thank you.”. I guarantee you that nobody who wishes you a Happy Christmas does so with any other intention that to simply share a little bit of joy with you. And what’s wrong with that? How messed up is it to get offended when someone wishes you a happy day just because that day holds a different significance for them than it does for you?

This is just one of the many, many instances when people get so butthurt about things that they have no reason to be offended by. And because of this, people live in fear of saying something that isn’t politically correct. It adds so much tension to social interaction, so much negativity to it. Instead of being so hung up on political corectness, we should just exercise respect and compassion for others. If we did that, nobody would care about political corectness. Nobody would feel the need to ‘defend’ themselves. Nobody would feel like they needed this false sense of dignity that political corectness affords them.

Bookish Pet Peeves – Part 4

I am here with yet another bookish pet peeves post. You’d think that I’d manage to exhaust the list of things that annoy me in 3 posts (1, 2, 3), but you were wrong.

Inconsistent covers in a series

I don’t mean covers that don’t match. I already ranted about that in one of my previous posts. I mean when the covers do match, but they are inconsistent from one book to the other. Let me illustrate what I mean with a picture.

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Our subjects are The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. The front of the covers are nice and matching, the spines match as well, the font matches. But why, why couldn’t they have placed the titles in the same place on the spine? The books are the same height. WHY? And why did they have to make the publisher’s logo bigger on one than on the other? Why would you do that? Who has hurt you so badly that you feel the need to inflict pain indiscriminately?

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When the formatting is inconsistent

You may have realised that I don’t like inconsistency. It bugs me to no end. So when the formatting inside the book is not consistent, it drives me bananas! Allow me to show you some more pictures.

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Why? First of all, why would you leave a blank page at the end of the chapter? You are the reason koalas are sad.

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But if you’re going to do that, at least do it consistently. Don’t go back and forth. I will spend more time feeling annoyed at this than I will pay attention to the book. Just don’t.

Also:

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This isn’t really noticeable in the picture, but the swirly thing is in different places on the page. It’s higher up on the page for chapter fourteen than it is for chapter twenty four. Also, why is the “F” in fourteen loopy and the “F” in twenty-four not? Why isn’t the first letter of every word loopy, for that matter?

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The shiny paint on titles

Now, I have nothing against the shiny paint in and of itself. But what really annoys me is that that shit is like butterfly wings. You touch it and it dies. Look at this

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Believe me when I tell you that I handled this book like it was made of crystal. You can’t even see any creases on the spine. I checked every time I picked it up that my hands do not touch the title. I always made sure not to place it face down. And it did not take me more than 3 days to read. I don’t even think it took me that long. And still, half of the stupid shiny paint is gone. Just… ughhhhh!

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Not war, but fireworks

Not war, but fireworks

Another year has passed. What a strange and beautiful custom we have of shooting colourful rockets into the sky in celebration of an end meeting a beginning. As I sat outside watching the fireworks this year… mostly I just sat and watched and was. But in-between bouts of pyrotechnical delight, I had a few moments of contemplation and in those moments, when all I could hear were distant explosions and all I could see was smoke in the sky, all I could think was “This sounds like war.”

This is perhaps a strange thought to have, but maybe not so much. After all, fireworks are explosions, they are projectiles of sorts. and war is what we hear about all the time. I am extremely fortunate to live in a place that has not really seen war since WWII, but war is a real issue in many parts of the world. It’s very present in all of our minds, even if we are not aware of it. And then I started thinking how amazing that is and how fundamentally human it is. Not that war is always on our minds,but that we are capable of such awful things as war and yet we still retain the ability to make beautiful things, to be joyful and to share that with everyone.

There was a young couple on the street next to me, watching the fireworks and they were speaking to each other in their own language, unaware that I could understand it. And the girl was delighted by the fireworks. She smiled and pointed and clapped and her boyfriend was teasing her “You’re like a little child!” he told her at one point. And that got me thinking about joy, about delight and about how we associate those things with children. And that is so sad, I think, because it means that as adults, we stop letting ourselves be amazed and delighted and simply find joy in the simple things.

I think this is so much at the heart of our problems. I think if we could all find it within ourselves to just be amazed by life, by the world, by simple things – because the world is amazing, there are so may things that should fill us with delight, if only we took the time to appreciate them. If only we stepped away from this self-imposed “adult” mind-frame and just be like little children. I think our problems would be solved. I think then, upon hearing explosions, our first thought would be not war, but fireworks.

Happy New Year!

Soft Sadness, Hard Anger

I’ve always thought that sadness is gentle. It comes to you softly and wraps itself around you and then squeezes. Gently, slowly, sometimes almost imperceptibly. Until you wake up one day and you can’t even breathe.

Anger is hard. It’s cold and terrible. It hits hard and fast. Anger doesn’t pull punches. It hammers at you until either you break or it does.

Anger seems scary. And sometimes, it really is. It can leave you bruised and bleeding; it can leave you a mess of brokenness. But sadness… sadness is horrifying. Anger you can see coming, you can defend yourself. But sadness kills you before you even know it’s there. Be wary of anger, but fear sadness.


I realize this is a horrible Christmas post, but alas, it is the one my heart demanded that I write.

My Dream Crate

A few weeks ago, I learned that Loot Crate was interested in getting people involved in a project. If you don’t know what Loot Crate is, it’s a pop-culture related subscription service that has a number of different crates you can subscribe to. They’re looking for fans like you and me to talk about our dream crate ideas. I love the idea of subscription boxes, however sometimes, they can be disappointing. So I’m going to tell you today what a box that would have me fangirling for a month (until the next one came along) would look like. This will be a long post.

Because I love so many things, it’s difficult for me to pick one theme. So I thought, why not mix together some of my favourite things. Because I recently saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and I LOVED it, this will be the main theme of my crate. And in the spirit of Newt, we must have a magical container for our magical stuff. I love puzzles, so what would be cooler than a Japanese puzzle box as the ‘magical’ container. They have more than one compartment, so in our own Muggle way, we made them bigger on the inside! And the multiple compartments are perfect for having additional mini-themes!

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So, the main compartment of the box would have Fantastic Beasts related stuff. A T-shirt is necessary, maybe a poster and something cool like a MACUSA officer badge or a Swooping Evil locket (one that starts out as a little ball that harbours a little Swooping Evil inside!). Or both a MACUSA officer badge AND a Swooping Evil. It’s a magical box, it can all fit!

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Next, my box would have a couple hidden compartments that would each have it’s own mini-theme. Like one compartment could have an anime/maga theme and could contain something like Light’s Death Note or an Attack on Titan funko (can I have Mikasa?).

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Another compartment might have a sci-fi theme and contain something like a Wookie hat or glow-in-the-dark  Iron Man socks. I am a huge fan of funny socks. So the weirder, the better!

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And of course, there would have to be a bookish compartment as well. this could have stuff like Shadowhunter rune temporary tattoos, or a potion pocket hand sanitizer. I saw these and they’re so cute, I would love one!

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And maybe also one of these cool ASOIAF related bookmarks, because what’s a bookish compartment without a bookmark, right?

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So, this is a good idea of what my dream crate would look like. Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see in your dream box!