Listy review

A few days ago I logged on to Instagram to find everyone talking about a new app called Listy, Listy is a social media for booknerds its sorta like a mash up of Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. A ton of bookstagramers are switching to it I made an account but I’m not yet sure if I’m going to be active on it. When I downloaded it I was hoping it would take the place of Instagram since I don’t need another social media and Instagram has been frustrating me, but while Listey might have some cool features it comes with many annoyances. I was have seen a few bloggers do reviews of Listy and I have a lot of thoughts on it I figured I’d do one too. If you want to go into this with a better understanding of Listy then click here to read more about it or download the app.

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What I like about Listy

  • No algorithm: Instagram has a annoying algorithm that often shows you posts from days ago and causes you to mis3s a lot of posts from your favorite accounts. Listy has a chronological algorithm this is the reason many bookstagramers re switching to it.
  • You can put links in your captions: This is a small thing but it makes it way easier to promote blog posts no more saying the link is in my bio.
  • It’s exclusively bookish: I like that everyone on there is booknerd and this means no more random things popping up while I’m browsing bookish tags. I also feel like I’ll have a lot less people follow then imeadietly unfollow since most off the accounts that do that are not bookish ones.
  • Easier to see comments: You have a serrate notification menu for comments on Instagram I often don’t see comments because they get lost in all my other notifications having a separate screen for them is another small thing that makes things easier.

What I don’t like

  • The overall look: I don’t at all like the look of Listy I much prefer Instagram’s clean and simple design, I’m hoping they’l change the look to something better soon. It is fairly new so hopefully they will change the things I don’t like and improve it.
  • It’s not as good as Goodreads: I think it’s intended to be a more social goodreads but it’s not as good, you can’t add multiple shelves you just have the three standard ones, you can’t mark what dates you read a book and it gives you less information about the book. It doesn’t tell you the publisher or let you easily view all the editions of a book, overall it’s harder to use restrictive and not as good as Goodreads
  • Your posts can only be 451 characters long: How can you write a review that’s only 451 characters? I don’t post long reviews but I have Instagram captions that are longer then 451 characters. I can deal with having to write short posts but I would defiantly prefer to be able to have longer c captions.
  • There’s no messaging system. The comment system is better then Instagram but you loose direct messaging, and the stories which is a feature I’ve grown to love. I also don’t see how anything can truly be a social media without a messaging system.

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I really don’t know if I’m going to use Listy much I have the same amount of pros and cons I think I’m going to wait and see if it improves and then depending on what changes I might swich ovover completely from Instagram.  For now I’ll keep posting on Instagram and LiListy but if Listy doesn’t improve in a few months them I’m going to delete it.

What do you think off Listy? Do you have a Listy account, if not are you planning on making one?

My love hate relationship with book adaptations 

When it’s announced that a book is getting adapted into a movie or show I’m always initially excited even if I haven’t read the book, but if I love the book then after a while I usually start to have conflicting opinions. I try to be cautiously optimistic it could be amazing and I do tend to want to see my favorite books on the big screen but it could also be awful.I used to always be exited about book adaptations but then the Divergent movie happened, I was so excited for the Divergent movie and it turned out terrible and now I’m scared that another beloved book will get a bad  movie. Bad adaptations don’t ruin the book, but they do sort of taint they can change your feelings about the books and it’s just not fun to watch something you love get turned into a bad movie. Getting to see your favorite book adapted could be one of the best things ever or the worst it could mean getting to see everything exactly as you pictured it and getting to revisit the story in a new way. It’s as close as you’ll get to reading the book for the first time.

What I love about good adaptations is how they often expand upon stories and add more to the world I think most of the best adaptations aren’t exactly like the book certain things don’t translate well on screen so sometimes the story needs to be altered for the movie be good. I think most people love it when a book they like gets adapted it can turn out so well but I’m not sure the risk of it being bad is worth it. I also think that they don’t always choose the right books to adapt The Selection would make a great movie yet it’s been optioned for like a year and it looks like it isn’t happening and I’m a little sad that I will most likely not be getting a Selection movie. I think it could be a really good movie. I really hope more fluffy and fun YA books start getting adapted I don’t care about dystopian books anymore and I know I lot of people feel the same way but yet there is at least two dystopian books currently being adapted. I want to see books like Anna and the French Kiss and Geekerella on the big screen.

As you can probably tell I have a love hate relationship with book adaptations they could be an experience or an awful one it’s hard to know even trailers don’t help since they can be misleading. It’s really a case by case basis it depends on what the book is, the cast and crew, how much involvement the author had and tons of other things, my excitement for it mainly depends on how important the book is to me. This is where I have conflicting feelings I want my favorite books to be adapted but only if it’s going to be close to perfect, I just don’t want to watch my favorite thing get turned into something bad. I haven’t been exited for a book adaptation in a while mainly because I haven’t read any of the books currently being adapted I should probably change that. Part of me wants Six of Crows to become a show it could be such a good show hopefully it becomes one and has the right people working on it, people who have at least read the books why do some directors of book adaptations not read the books it makes no since to be. Yes I am talking about the directer of the Percy Jackson movie that movie was awful like it’s one of the worst adaptations ever.

Standalone Sunday: Why you should read Queens of Geek

Standalone Sunday is a weakly feature created by @bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! 
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Today I want to talk about Queens of Geek an adorable quick read about three Geeky best friends that has two point of views and is full of cuteness it’s perfect for fans of Diverse characters, all things nerdy, Geekerella by Ashley Poston and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel.

Why you should read it:

  • The Setting: It’s takes place it Comic Con well SupaCon, which is basically just Comic Con, and it made the book so fun. I loved all the con shenanigans the setting also means that it takes place over the course of just three days making for a super quick read.
  • It’s spectacularly nerdy: Obviously a book set at a con is going to be nerdy and this one does not disappoint in that aspect all the characters are huge geeks and there are a lot of references.
  • The characters: I love all the characters but my favorite is without a doubt Taylor that girl is amazing I liked her chapters more then Charlie’s, mostly because more was happening, but also she’s just more interesting. Charlie is still great I just like Taylor better I like reading about people going out of their comfort zone and trying new things.
  • It’s extremely quotable: I highlighted a lot of quotes that I wholeheartedly agree with, in addition to being a happy nerdy book it also has a lot of unexpected meaningful moments There’s so many great messages including ones about love, being kind and accepting of others, and accepting yourself. I don’t know how the anther managed to fit so many great quotes and messages into such a short book.

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Have you read Queens of Geek? Whats’s your favorite geeky book?

Exiting releases for the last half of 2017

Most of the books that I was most looking forward to have already come out but there’s still a few potentially amazing books that have yet to be released. I apologize for the lack of covers I had made graphics, but then I decided not to include a few books and didn’t feel like redoing them. Plus I had put the book covers in the wrong order. Anyway here are some upcoming books that I’m excited for.

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  • The Library of Fates : This says it’s perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Star-Touched Queen I love both of those, I hope this is just as beautifuly written and captivating as they are. 
  • Daughter of the Burning City: This one sounds so interesting! It looks to be very fantastical, and unique.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer:  This is my most anticipated book on this list and maybe the year I can’t wait to see my favorite authors take on one of the most iconic charecters ever.

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  • Murder, Magic, and What We Wore: I actually have an E-arc of this but haven’t gotten to it yet, I will soon. It promises to be a regency set historical fiction with spies and a dash of magic it sounds delightful.
  • The Language of Thorns: Another Leigh Bardugo book I’m exited for because I just had to include this one I love short stories and folktales and I’m sure this will be fantastic.
  • There’s Someone Inside your House: Anna and the French Kiss is adorable this is so different and intriguing. Horror/ thrillers are not my favorite genre but I like anything if it’s done well and I think this will be.

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  • Among the Red Stars:  I definitely need a story, inspired by real life, about an all female aviation team in my life. So excited for this one!
  • The Midnight Dance: I love retellings and The Twelve Dancing Princess is one of my favorite fairytales, hopefully this will be a good retelling.
  • The Glass Spare: 24th I really like Lauren DeStefano’s writing style and her books tend to be unique the idea of this one sounds amazing.

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What upcoming releases are you most exited about?

My dream author panel

Today I’m bringing you a very fun post I was recently inspired by Eventbrite (the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events) their doing a project that encourages people to share who would be on their dream bookish panel. I’ve never actually been to any kind of bookish pane, or any kind of panel, but they definitely look like a lot of fun the two I thought up would be amazing if they ever became reality.
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  • Renee Ahdieh (author of The Wrath and The Dawn and The Flame in the Mist)
  • Leigh Bardugo (author of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows)
  • Kiera Cass (author of The Selection and The Siren)
  • Roshani Chokshi (author of The Star-Touched Queen)
My list of favorite female characters is very long but these four ladies have written multiple fierce female characters who are some of my absolute favorites and they all have female friendships in their books! Something that is way too rare in YA I also foud their characters to all be different then your average YA heroine which makes me like them more. I would love to ask them all sorts of questions about the importance of girls supporting girls and what their definition Girl power is and of course what they think makes a strong female character strong. And discuss the need to call good female characters strong, really just every female character, but not good make characters, I personally think the word is becoming overused.
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  • Rainbow Rowell (author of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl)
  • Ashley Poston (author of Geekerella)
  • Gen Wilde (author of Queens of Geek)
I love books about nerdy characters and fandoms there so delightful so of course I would love a panel about these kinds of books with the three queens of geeky books. In all three of their books there’s a fictional fandom the charterers are a part of I would like to know what inspired each of these fandoms and also ask them Geek related questions like what their favorite fandoms are.I would have to ask Ashley Poston if there’s even a possibility of a Starfield book, I really hope there is! I fell in love with Starfield (the fictional fandom in Geekerella) and think it would be amazing as a book.
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 Would you go to either of my dream panels? Who would be on your dream author panel? Tell me in the comments or make your own post about it!

Review On the Spectrum

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review.
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Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad and her six-year-old brother, Alastair, who is on the autism spectrum. Charged with his care, Clara and Alastair set out to explore the city. Paris teaches Clara about first love and gives her a new love of food. And Alastair teaches Clara about patience, trust and the beauty of loving without judgment
my-thoughtsFor some reason the synopsis doesn’t say that much about the book I mean it was enough to get me interested in it but it’s missing one important detail. In the beginning of the book Clara is diagnosed with orthorexia, throughout the book her family whom she doesn’t know well, and boyfriend help her to come to terms with this. Clara has only seen her father a few times in her whole life, but not because he’s a bad guy, he’s not in this much and maybe not enough you don’t get to know him well and it doesn’t feel like Clara does either. There is some romance in this as usual I had problems with it but not for the usual reasons the love interest Michael aggravated me because he seemed to think he could cure Clara’s eating disorder and kept trying to get her to eat foods she found repulsive. This isn’t a story of love curing mental illness however the message that it doesn’t work that way wasn’t as strong as it should have been.
I think this could help people to understand orthorexia and autism spectrum disorder better but the representation is definitely did not seem perfect, I’m not an expert though. I think the main problem is the characters are two dimensional, it’s partly because the book is so short, and this resulted in a few moments where Alastair felt like a bunch of symptoms instead of a fully developed character. I’m certain there’s books with much better representation of ASD however I had never read a book before with a character who has orthorexia (or any eating disorder) and this is the only book I know of that features it. I appreciate that it teaches people about something that they might not have even heard of before I’m just not sure how well executed it was.
The center of the story is Clara getting to know her half brother Alastair, Alastair is a very sweet kid and my favorite character that’s not saying much though. I didn’t particularly like or dislike any of the characters they are all underdeveloped. Alastair and Clara have a lovely well developed relationship much of the book is them exploring Paris these scenes were enjoyable but not as charming as I wanted them to be. The whole book wasn’t as charming as I wanted it to be I wasn’t expecting it to be amazing just a quick heartwarming read but it ended up being a just okay book for me. I liked the sweet moments between Clara and Alastair but everything else fell flat. Even though its not a terrible book, it had it’s good moments, but I don’t think I’ll be reading anything else by the author.

Celebrating one year of blogging 

It’s been exactly a year since I created this blog it actuality feels like it’s been longer, I reread my very first post this morning as a reminder of why I started blogging and looking back it’s not the best first post, really none of my early posts are that great. I’ve certainly grown in the last year my posts have gotten a lot better and that nervousness I used to feel when hitting the post button has turned to excitement I’m always so exited to share my poss with you guys I put a lot of effort and time into each one and I have a ton of fun writing them.

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I love blogging it’s the only place I really have to share my thoughts about the books I read, I love how blogging gives me a platform to promote those books I feel deserve more love, gush about my favorite books, rant about the ones I think are overrated and discuss all kinds of bookish things. I like challenging myself to think up creative content, even if sometimes it’s so hard to think of a single idea. Those moments where I’m staring at a blank screen unable to think of of an idea are pretty awful but then I think of one or maybe I don’t and miss a post that’s okay too the worlds not going to end if you miss a post, blogging should never become something you feel like you have to do. Blogging is at times frustrating, takes so so much time certainly more then I thought it would yet it is so worth it and is one of my most favorite things, I never want to stop.

Since I’ve started blogging I’ve gotten to interact with authors on twitter, and meet a few of them, I have discovered new favorite authors and so many great books, I have even  gotten to read a few books early and that is such an amazing privilege. In the last year I have spent way more time photographing, talking and writing about books then reading them books are something I’ll never run out of things to say about I am always exited about the wonder of reading. I am very proud of this blog and I’m thankful to every single one of you lovely humans who follows me, I’m great-full for every single like and comment all of the sweet comments and support I have received in the past year mean the world to me.

 

Six spectacular library’s from around the world

Last week was national library week this was supposed to go up then but I decided to not post anything on Easter weekend on holiday weekends I would rather focus on spending time with my family and not be thinking about having to edit a post or reply to comments. Anyway… as a late celebration I’m sharing a list of five of the most spectacular library’s from around the world. There’s hundreds of lists like this and I never get tired of reading them but in an effort to make things more interesting for you I’ve included 3-5 hopefully interesting facts about each one. I spent hours reading about each library and it was really fun since I am obviously a massive nerd and staying up late researching library’s with my cat is my idea of a perfect evening.

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Trinity College libary, Dublin

  • The Old Library is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions, and holds thousands of rare, and in many cases very early, volumes.
  • In the 18th century, the college received the Brian Boru harp, one of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps, and a national symbol of Ireland, which is now housed in the Library.
  • The Library began with the founding of Trinity College in 1592. In 1661, Henry Jones presented it with the Book of Kells, its most famous manuscript.
  • The 65-metre-long (213 ft) main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books.
  • Initially The Long Room had a flat ceiling, shelving for books only on the lower level, and an open gallery. By the 1850s the room had to be expanded as the shelves were filled due to the fact that the Library had been given permission to obtain a free copy of every book that had been published in Ireland and Britain. In 1860, The Long Room’s roof was raised to accommodate an upper gallery.

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Library of Congress; Washington, D.C

  • The Library of Congress is more than two centuries old and was established by an 1800 act of Congress. It is the oldest cultural institution in the entire country.Library_of_Congress_and_lawn
  • The Library of Congress is the largest library in the United States. It features 883 miles of shelving, houses 155 million items total, and holds 33 million books that are written in 460 different languages.
  • The library holds the largest collection of maps in the world.
  • The library also holds the world’s largest collection of comic books, with more than 100,000 issues within its walls. Its oldest comic dates back to 1936. Along with these comics, the library also houses the largest collection of newspapers in the country.
  • Since 2006, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single public tweet ever made on Twitter and archiving them digitally. More than 50 million tweets are collected every day.

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The George Peabody Library, Ma

  • Renowned for its striking architectural interior, the Peabody Stack Room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor.
  • Reflecting the scholarly interests of the nineteenth century, the library consists of a general reference collection on virtually every subject but music.
  • The library contains more than 300,000 titles most of which date from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

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  • This is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford
  • Named after Humphrey of Lancaster—the 1st Duke of Gloucester and the son of King Henry IV of England thw Library was built between 1450 and 1480.As a lover of literature, Duke Humfrey amassed a large, multilingual collection of books throughout his life. When he died in 1447, he donated them to Oxford University, and the reading room was specially built to contain them.1200px-Duke_Humfrey's_Library_Interior_6,_Bodleian_Library,_Oxford,_UK_-_Diliff
  • Originally, the reading room possessed 281 of the duke’s manuscripts, but, today, it only has 3. The shelves are now filled with extremely rare books, including “manuscripts of the gospels of the Bible from the 3rd century, a Shakespeare First Folio and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible (one of 42 left in the world).
  • And finaly the coolest fact of all the library scences in the Harry Potter movies where fimed here

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  • The facade is 220 meters long. The whole complex covers 37,790 m² with about 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, and 156 stairways
  • The library contains over 36,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century. Among them, are many valuable bibliographical jewels, such as incunabula (books printed before the year 1500).
  • The library has bats they keep up during the day and let out it night to keep the books from being destroyed by insects.

All of these are simply stunning normally I would talk about why I like each one but in this case I think they speak for themselves, There’s honestly so so many other amazing library’s but this is already long so I’ll stop here but maybe I’ll do a part two one day for now I want to know what you think of these library’s. Do you agree that there spectacular? Is there any amazing library’s you love that aren’t on my list?

Bookish aspirations

Today’s post is all about bookish aspirations it’s sort of a bucket list but it’s more of a mix of short and long term goals some are far fetched some are things I want to accomplish within a year, all are things I want to do or think would be very neat on the off chance that they happened. I really like doing this kinds of posts, I might one day do a library/ bookstore version of this.

Bookish goals

  • Be in the acknowledgements of a book: I’ve wanted this for a while, I always read the achievements and it would be amazing to see my name in one, one day. Now that I’m a blogger this is less of a long shot since you meet a lot of people through blogging including authors and aspiring authors. Plus I want to go into publishing and become one of the people who make a book possible.
  • Open a bookstore: I’ve been dreaming of this for a few years now it would be the coziest bookstore imaginable it would probably a new and used one. Despite how much I’ve thought about this I still have no idea what I would call it.
  • Attend a launch party: Launch parties always seem so fun I’m really hoping to accomplish this one this year, or at least go to a book tour, which is something I also haven’t done yet.
  • Own international editions of my favorite books: Usually I don’t care about owning multiple copies of a book especially if it’sin  a language I can’t read, but there’s a few books I want to own international editions of. Like: The German editions of The Selection and the Serbian and French editions of Sic of Crows
  •  Interview a author: Author interviews are so fun to watch or read and would be see cool to actually be the one conducting the interview.
  • Start a bookish meme/original feature: I really want to do this by the end of the year, but I have to actually come up with an idea first.
  • Host a reading challenge or blog event: I have a few ideas for this but I’m too nervous that no one would be interested so I haven’t done it, yet I think I will eventually.
  • Attend a book blogging/ publishing conference: I always love reading posts and watching videos about these events they sound so fun! But most of these are on New York or somewhere else that’s far away so I don’t know if this is ever going to happen but it would certainly be amazing.

lets-chat2Whats on your bookish bucket list? Is there a certain book event you want to go to? Or an author you really want to meet?

My favorite female characters

Today’s post has been in my drafts forever and it’s about some of my favorite female characters. It’s a long list I managed to narrow it down to six but their really just the first characters who came to mind, there’s so many others who I love just as much. Three of them are from books and the other three are from TV shows I didn’t even get to movie characters. birddivider2

Inej

I know I mention Six of Crows all the time but it’s my favorite book and I feel like I’ll never run out of things to say about it. Inej is amazing I loved all of her chapters, I loved reading about her acrobatic skills she has some of best scenes and the most emotional. Out of all the characters she’s probably the the most moral she does what she has to do to survive but she doesn’t loose her sense of right and wrong.

Eadlyn

I immediately loved Eadlyn I liked her so much that I was surprised when I came online and saw how many people don’t like her. She is a spoiled brat but she’s also someone who was constantly making me laugh and I completely understood the things she did that others hate her for. Eadlyn is complex she’s a amazing character who is very obviously flawed and different then the usual YA protagonist that’s what makes her so compelling, 

Shahrazad

I love Shahrazad, she’s fierce and understandable my conflicted feelings throughout the book mirrored her’s. What I liked most about her is how she used words to win her battles she could fight but it wasn’t her defining ability, it wasn’t what made her strong. I also loved that she wasn’t indecisive about the love triangle by the end she knew who she loved. divider3

Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope is the kind of person I want as our first female president, a woman who supports other women, someone who is caring, ambitions and gets things done. Leslie Knope is amazing you should definitely watch Parks and Recreationi if you haven’t already.

Agent Peggy Carter

Peggy Carter is great so was her show it had everything I loved in a show, it was a historical drama, it had a strong female lead, and it passed the bachdel test sure it had its flaws but it was good. It didn’t deserve to be canceled especially not after a cliffhanger.

Donna Noble

Donna might be my favorite Doctor Who Companion and therefore she has the saddest ending, because my favorite characters can’t have nice things. Donna is so very special way more then she ever knew and I both love and hate that storyline, even though she’s only in one season she has some of the best episodes.lets-chat2Who are your favorite female characters? Are any of them on my list?