Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Rules: You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves.

1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.

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Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton

2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

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A Natural History of Dragons, a memoir by Lady Trent

3. Name a book about a character named George

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Curious George. Too easy. Although now I realize how freaking problematic this was. Taking a monkey out of the jungle for a pet? You’re an entitled arse, Man In The Yellow Hat. 

4.Name a book by an author with the surname Smith

Ugh. Uh. Uuuhhhggg. Zuask, Noah, King. I got nothing.

5. Name a book set in Australia.

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I just read one! Something About Murder, a Carol Ashton mystery. No, that’s not the title. I can look at goodreads if I know the book but not the full title, right?

Lessons In Murder, by Claire Mcnab.

6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

January Embers? Is that a book or a poem? It’s the poem from IT. Um…

Well, I got nothing.

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7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

I Am Not A Serial Killer has slashes… My Sister Is A Serial Killer has a prominent knife in the book but a girl on the cover… Misery has an axe…

Hmmm, even with all the murder books I read, I can’t think of one that specifically has a knife on the cover.

8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.

Once is in the Eve series… One Day At A Time is a canceled Netflix show… And Then There Were None… 

This tag is hard.

9. Name a book with an eponymous title.

Ha, Eve. Already thought of book two, here’s book one.

10. Name a book turned into a movie.

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The Fault In Our Stars, The Hate U Give, The Hobbit, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, there’s too many! All of them!

I tag you! Think of answers without google or goodreads. What do you think of when given these questions? 

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Good Riddance To Fe-Bleh-Ary!

I don’t often do wrap-ups, but surviving February has always been an accomplishment for me. It’s when my SAD is the worst, a combination of disappointment that things haven’t gotten better, and previous february trauma. 

 I’ve read 13 books thus far this year, 6 in January and 7 in February. My favourite books were also my favourite books; If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio and Darius The Great Is Not Ok, by Adib Khorram. 

My favourite books are depressing and gay.

 A notable trend that I want to continue is books from the ’80s. Books from that era tend to have a dry rawness that reflects that the authors grew up during the ’60s. I want to explore the whole block really- from 1950s-2000. Stephen King started writing, sci-fi started booming (for allocishet white men), and in non-fiction the major movements started publishing- feminism, racism, and environmentalism.

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T10T: Places In Books That I’d Like to Visit

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 I’ve seen Top 10 Tuesday posts forever, but always skimmed them. If they don’t tell me anything substantial about the books, why should I care? Even if there was a description of the books, I often skim them in search of something I have read or already want to read.

 But what the heck. The prompt was interesting and I wanted to do something different. And it was so much fun! I kept trying to think of places that weren’t a part of the wizarding world, because I knew everyone would have somewhere from Harry Potter. And I was right because I’m psychic. I even learned something- Mirtha Y Martha, the sunken island cemetery in Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue, is based on a real sunken cemetery. Camiguin’s sunken cemetery in the Philippines was flooded by Vulcan’s eruptions in 1780-1785. When I finish my book you better buy it so that I can afford to go there.

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I also found some new blogs to follow!

Reading In Bed lists underrated books from the past.

Inspired Chaos lists awful fantasy tourist destinations.

Happy reading! What were your favourite books this month?

 

T10T: Places In Books That I’d Like to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

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The Shire. It may not have  a lot of adventure, but’d be a good place to rest, take strolls, and sleep on the roof. I’m 5’7, a tad shorter than Gandalf’s 5’11, but claustrophobia issues send me outside. But it’s probably a good place to camp anyways. 

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Fangorn Forest. Humans, elves, and hobbits alike leave this place alone. It’s the perfect place to get away from bipedeals. 

The Unseen City: Lazlo’s dream city sounds like it has a thriving commerce, but I’d prefer to dig out the library in the real version. Sidenote: Strange The Dreamer is wonderful, but Muse Of Nightmares is a dragging disappointment.

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Hogwarts: Y’all know why I want to go here. You probably went here with me.

Baz’s House: Baz is the Simon Snow version of Malfoy. And it’s freaking ginormous. 

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Alex Supertramp bus: The only real place on this list! Alex Supertramp gave up the trappings of society and lived in this bus, and died in this bus, in 1992. Follow the Alaskan Stampede trail as documented in Into The Wild to his memorial.

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Mirtha Y Marta: This is a freaking sinking cemetery in Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue. It’s likely based on Camiguin, a Spanish cemetery that sank during Mt. Vulcan’s eruption of 1870’s.  

The world palace in They Both Die At the End: I don’t remember the exact name, but if you read it, you would know what I mean. It’s a garden/ food tour of the planet, designed so that people that die young can experience the world, but I reckon that people dying at any time would enjoy it.

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221b Baker St: This is my home. Are you kidding me?

Honorable Mention: Winchester Bunker. Which is also my home.

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This is my vacation home.

NA- Books For 20 Somethings

 New Adult tends to be stigmatized with sex. It’s since been rebranded as Upper YA, but it takes away young teen protagonists, or if they are 14-15, they tend to act mature for their age.

 But we need NA! We need people in college and trying to figure out life after. Clean, sexless, YA for college kids. While some of these have sex and swearing, it’s not explicit. Some of these aren’t that good, some you must read or die.

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green

 April May is fresh out of college. She quit her first job as a graphic designer because it sucks. On her way home to tell her girlfriend, who is her roommate, she discovers an alien robot sculpture named  Carl. She features him in a Youtube video that goes viral. It’s awesome, and if you’re not convinced you should read it, read Hank, Fame, And April May

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We Regret To Inform You Ariel Kaplan

Mischa the high school senior did not get into college. She didn’t get into an Ivy, and she didn’t get into a safety. When she meets with her safety school’s dean, she finds out that her transcripts were forged to give her several Ds.

 

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Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Cath’s world is the Simon snow fandom. She writes popular fanfiction, Carry On, a real book inspired by Harry Potter. Cath and her twin move to college, and to Cath’s dismay, she gets on well with her heavy drinking roommate. As Cath becomes isolated from her sister, she gets closer to Levi, a cute older boy.

 

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Size 12 Is Not Fat, Meg Cabot

Heather Wells is the RA of a dorm, an unappealing job even before the murder.

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If We Were Villains, M.L. Rio

A Shakespeare cult/ school that utterly destroyed me. It’s queer, people die, and the ending ended and completed me. It’s told in two timelines; during the seven’s senior year of college, and 10 years later, when the protagonist is released from prison.

What NA books do you love? Comment with recommendations!

We Regret To Inform You: College Reject Does Unrealistic Things Out Of Denial

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 We Regret To Inform You, Ariel Kaplan 352 pages, 4/12 

 Mischa, the protagonist, didn’t get into any colleges, not even Paul Revere, the safest of safety schools, despite getting good grades and extracurriculars. This is the first unrealistic thing in a book where the writing is smooth, but riddled with tropes and conveniences.  

  •  Student/Teacher relationship: This is a trope that I used to love, and have used it in the past. This is a tricky one that has to be good to work. Decide your stance on it, genuine feelings between people who care about each other or manipulation to get what you want- power or good grades- and stick with it. This book tosses it in for a few chapters and it turns into something confusing that isn’t resolved.
  • Cheating: This is the main trope in the book, as several people have their transcript changed to get into the best colleges. The conflict is that they destroyed Misha’s grades to give her spot to others. I don’t quite see why they did that. They were able to make the other’s grades better, so why worry about Mischa?
  • Blackmail: No spoilers, it’s used to resolve the transcript mess. It’s the most well done trope, but it could’ve been better. Blackmail needs high stakes and to make you care that someone wins. I knew the characters involved cared about each other, but I never felt it. They’re good for each other, but I don’t actually know a lot about any of the characters.

 I was hoping for more than I got from this. I was hoping for a bit of realism and truths about applying to college. I wanted it to say “Hey, it sucks that you didn’t get in, but you can make some good out of it.” This went the opposite direction and basically said “Fight until you get in.” 

 What happened to the transcripts was unfair, but Mischa could’ve gone to her lawyer mom and asked her to look into it. Yes, it’s embarrassing, but after she saw the fixed transcript, she had evidence. 

 This book is cringey, but it’s a smooth and somewhat fun read once you get past that aspect.

Bookish Graphics

 I won’t lie. I’m jealous of every blog that looks prettier than mine, which is pretty much all blogs. My blog always had a pretty simple design, with the tiger heading and the gifs and nothing else. books I drew these in Paint. The basic art app that comes with every computer. I used to have photoshop at school, but I got too sick to stay there before I could master it. The pretty one at the top was an accident. The others, well…

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I know that there are places that provide graphics, such as freepik and Canva. I lost my adobe when I  left school, so I’m going to try canva to create something. The plug-in costs money, so I hope going to the site works.

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I’m using Canva from now on.

 

 

Book VS Movie: The Hate U Give

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 I didn’t particularly want to read/watch this. It’s hard enough hearing about real people on the news, both the black men getting shot by cops and the schoolchildren getting shot by their peers.

  But the pressure. THUG is everywhere.

  After 18 people borrowed it before me, I got ahold of the book. Oh Boy.

 The first chapter has so much swearing it made me uncomfortable. I was trying to guess who’d get shot- I thought it’d be Kenya or the girl she wanted to fight. But I had to put it down before finding out because swearing. I know teens swear, but eeehhh makes me uncomfortable. 

 Well, that was forgotten when I picked it up the next day.

And Khalil got shot.

Difference 1: Khalil

I didn’t really get their friendship in the book- sure they were old friends, but they didn’t seem close. He seemed like a random guy that she used to hang with when they were kids.

 The movie made it seem like they had a future together. For sure, Chris was temporary, and once he was gone, Starr and Khalil would be together. 

Difference 2: Chris

 Chris. He was a good boyfriend- unbelievably good in the book. He listened to Starr, loved Fresh Prince, protested the right way, protected her when the protest turned into a riot.

 Movie Chris was still a good boyfriend, but compared to Book Chris, eehhh. He disappeared during the riot- Starr told him to, but I was expecting him to show up after getting Kenya and Sekani home. And saying he doesn’t see color…

Difference 3: DeVante

 DeVante was supposed to be the redemption- this is how Khalil could’ve been if he’d lived. The Carters looked after him because they didn’t want him to keep dealing drugs. He was a flimsy character, and I wondered why he was there.

 Fortunately, they cut him in the movie and gave his moments to family members, making it more smooth and relevant. When King beat Seven, it showed how much he cared about his family. It made King’s evil more personal, making us hate him more.

Difference 4: The Ending

 Both endings were powerful in their own way. Book ending made it more relevant by listing IRL black people who’ve been killed by cops. Until I read it, I didn’t know that a woman was amongst them- I’ve only heard about the men. 

 While the book was powerful in an IRL way, the movie was powerful because it made it personal. Sekani isn’t a strong character, but seeing him with the gun because it was the only way to protect his dad… and then the cops… And the community coming together to bust King… They say it happens in the book, but it’s not personal. 

Overall

 The movie is faithful to the book, but it made just enough changes to tilt the angle we saw the story at. I prefer some aspects of the book (Chris, Maya) and some aspects of the movie (removing DeVante, the ending), but I like the movie slightly better. Not enough to argue if someone says the opposite, but enough to justify  my position should someone challenge it.