Throwback Thursday: Color Your World

Throwback Thursday, where, essentially I post old writing samples, essays and short stories that I dig up from my pile of hoarded papers and school assignments or from the depths of my computer. So everyone can see how my writing has changed/improved over the years.


 

In kindergarten, there was only one debate bigger than “Crayola v. Rozart” (and really, everyone knows that Crayola is the winner there). That argument is, of course, “what color is this?” Common contenders of this fight are:  red/orange and blue/green, both of which probably have actual names that no one uses. But the argument, actually more like all out war, of my kindergarten class was over a color from the Rozart box, called Orchid.

Orchid is this pink/purple color that was a favorite among the girls of the class. Of course, because no one could read, no one knew it was called Orchid, so we all called it pink or purple depending on the side of the argument you fell on.

I was firmly entrenched in the belief that it was purple. My kindergarten best friend firmly believed it was pink. In order to salvage our friendship from this crushing betrayal, we settled on naming the color “pinkish-purplish”(a perfectly acceptable name considering we were five years old).

Of course, we had to explain to our peers why we were very obviously correct in our naming, and everyone else was wrong. So, we gave the crayon an origin story, and this is that origin story: Once upon a time, a pink crayon and a purple crayon got married and had a baby. That baby was a perfect mix of pink and purple. The crayon parents argued about which one of them the baby should be named after. Finally they came to an agreement, and thus the crayon was named “pinkish-purplish”.

Again, this made perfect sense to a group of five year olds. And although our teacher crushed our little hearts by telling us the crayons real name was Orchid, we never did stop calling it pinkish-purpleish.

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Netgalley Review: The Year of the Geek

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The Year of the Geek

365 Adventures from the Sci-Fi Universe

by James Clarke

The Year of the Geek is a fascinating look into geek culture. Each day will tell a different story from the sci-fi universe, from famous franchises and figures such as Star Wars, The Matrix, Peter Jackson and Luc Besson, to lesser known stories, including the French cult classic City of Lost Children, the Japanese anime Akira and bestselling German novelist, Marcus Heitz. With text written by self-confessed geek James Clarke and accompanied by over 100 infographics that have been specially commissioned for this book, The Year of the Geek celebrates all things geek in a new and intriguing way.


I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 



5 Stars


This is exactly the sort of fun, nerdy coffee table book I LOVE. All the infographics were super well made, and super interesting.

Some were a little hard to read since I was reading this on Adobe Digital Editions, so I really want to buy a hardback.

If you’re into geeky, meta stuff about your fandoms, then this is for you!

Netgalley Review: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank

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4 Kids Walk Into A Bank

by Matthew Rosenberg

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans. When a group of bumbling criminals show up in her father’s life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices – let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige picks the bad one.

180ish pages of full color comic-booking about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny from rising star writer Matthew Rosenberg (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KINGPIN, SECRET WARRIORS) and equally rising star artist Tyler Boss (LAZARUS, CALEXIT, Vice Magazine). This vollume collects the complete series that Kieron Gilled (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, DARTH VADER) described as “Imagine Tarantino does Goonies. And excellent.” and Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, Y THE LAST MAN) said was “Exploding with ambition and love of the medium!”


4 stars


I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 


This graphic novel is super funny and super nerdy. This is a really fun read with great characters, a fast story, and wonderful artwork.

I recommend this if you like graphic novels, and if you want to start getting into them, this is great to start with.

MANIA – Fall Out Boy: Full Album Review

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Ranking the First 5 MANIA (Fall Out Boy) Songs – I previously ranked the first five songs of the album, but now that the entire album has been released I wanted to review it entirely.


10 – Young and Menace

Favorite line:

And I lived so much life, lived so much life
I think that God is gonna have to kill me twice

This song is actually enjoyable without the weird synthetic, electric stuff. But I can’t stand it because of it.


9 – Bishops Knife Trick

Favorite lines:

I’m sifting through the sand, sand, sand
Looking through pieces of broken hourglass
Trying to get it all back
Put it back together
As if the time had never passed

I don’t hate this song, but I don’t really like it much. Its alright I guess.


8 – Heaven’s Gate

Favorite line:

You’re the one, you’re the one
You’re the one habit I just can’t kick

I really do like this song. It doesn’t sound like Fall Out Boy, but I can appreciate the beautiful range of his voice in this one.


7 – Hold Me Tight or Don’t

Favorite line:

We weren’t lovers first
Confidants but never friends
Were we ever friends?

I enjoy this song a lot, but the lyrics are so very very weird.


6 – Church

Favorite line:

I am just a human trying to avoid my certain doom

I love this song, it just doesn’t sound like Fall Out Boy. More or less tied with Champion though.


5 – Champion

Favorite line:

I got rage every day, on the inside
The only thing I do is sit around and kill time

This song has grown on me a lot. More or less tied with Church.


4 – Sunshine Riptide

Favorite line:

The sign says don’t tap the glass
But I read it in reverse, ssalg eht pat t’nod syas ngis ehT

I really love this song, but the Burna Boy voice makes me want to kill things its so bad.


3 – Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)

Favorite line:

I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color

I still love this song.


2 – The Last of the Real Ones

Favorite line:

I wonder if your therapist knows everything about me

This was my favorite of the singles and it still holds up as one of the best.


1 – Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea

Favorite lines:

The only thing that’s ever stopping me is me, hey!
The only thing that’s ever stopping me is me, hey!
I testify if I die in my sleep
Then know that my life was just a killer dream, yeah

Seems like the whole damn world went and lost its mind
And all my childhood heroes have fallen off or died

Hands down best song on the album.

2018 Reading Challenges: January Wrap-up and Progress

2018 Reading Challenges

The link is to my post about my reading/blogging challenges for the year and more about my goals.


The Goodreads Reading Challenge

Goal: 150

27 books marked on Goodreads by end of January.

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2018 Fanfiction Reading Challenge
hosted by Cat On The Bookshelf

I don’t really keep track of my fan fiction reading the way I’m supposed to for this challenge, but I’m working on a massive rec list of my favorites for various fandoms!


2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge
hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

Goal – 12

I have done 0 so far…


2018 YA Reading Challenge hosted by Whole Latte Ideas

YA Books Read (some Goodreads are DNF / Short Stories / Not YA):

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

AND…thats it.

So far: 2 books


#BEATTHEBACKLIST 2018 hosted by Novel Knight

Goal: 100

10 backlist books read (not counting DNF books or short stories/children’s books)


Mount TBR 2018 hosted by My Reader’s Block

Goal: Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s

21 books

I’m counting DNF books that I wrote reviews for. Not counting short stories.

 


Modern Mrs Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge

Haven’t worked on this…


2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Goal: 9 series

Haven’t finished any series…


2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Goal: Diamond – 100 Books

7 Netgalley reviews posted (to Netgalley – reviews are posted to by blog at a different pace, I’m counting off Netgalley).


All in all, not a bad month. Not as great as it could have been, but noticeably better than some of the last few months…


Favorite Posts and Reviews for the Month of January (2018):

Mini Book Reviews: If You Give a Man a Cookie – A Parody / A Is for Asteroids, Z Is for Zombies / Please Don’t Do Coke in the Bathroom / The Geeky Chef Strikes Back! / The Crime Book

YA Books in a Sentence – Part 3

My Top 5 Musical Episodes

Mini DNF Book Reviews: The SciFi End of the Supernatural / The New Voices of Fantasy / Prophecy Awakened / The Clay Lion

Book Review: Peter Darling

Book Review: R.H. Sin (Whiskey Words and a Shovel Vol. I, II, III, Resting in the Mourning, A Beautiful Composition of Broken)

Book Review: The Sun and Her Flowers

Netgalley Review: Charlie the Caterpillar

Mini Netgalley Reviews: Killer Fashion / Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle / Herding Cats / Emoji Phantom of the Opera / Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

Mini DNF Book Reviews: A Fabrication of the Truth / The Inconceivable Life of Quinn / Four of a Kind / Saabrina: Tanglewood

School Required Reading Reviews: Pride & Prejudice / A Thousand Splendid Suns / The Death of Ivan Ilych

Netgalley Review: Nothing Happens In This Book

Netgalley Review: Nothing Happens In This Book

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I was given an e-arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review:

This book is pretty cute. The illustrations are nice, and it was pretty funny. The continuation of the “Nothing happens in this book” reminds me a little of the “There’s A Monster At The End Of This Book”.

Young kids will definitely like this one, its a great children’s book.

School Required Reading Reviews: Pride & Prejudice / A Thousand Splendid Suns / The Death of Ivan Ilych

Okay, so…

These are really late. But, I wanted to post them anyways.

Enjoy!


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Original Release Date:

Published October 10th 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1813)

Date I Read The Book:

July 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

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Official Summary:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

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This was one of my AP Lit summer reading books, though I would have read it at some point even if it weren’t required because I’ve read and loved so many retellings I felt I had to read the original at some point. I did feel knowing the story lessened my enjoyment at some points, because certain sections drag out in descriptions that sort of make my eyes glaze over, but I did truly enjoy it for most of the book. I prefer Emma though.


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Original Release Date:

Published May 22nd 2007 by Riverhead

Date I Read The Book:

July 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

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Official Summary:

At once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them – in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul – they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

This was one of our summer reading books for AP Lit this past year. Its well written, with amazingly real characters. I think its historically accurate, but I’m can’t be entirely certain. I am going to say its horribly depressing and I couldn’t really handle reading it for extended periods. If you like to cry when you read, you’ll enjoy this immensely.


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Original Release Date:

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Date I Read The Book:

November 2017

My Star Rating:

3 Stars

Chronology:

Novella

Official Summary:

Hailed as one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his dying so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality.

How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

This short novel was an artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy’s life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction.
A thoroughly absorbing and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

I only just recently finished reading this in class for AP Lit. Maybe I’m a little traumatized because we had to write a three grade essay and stuff, but I didn’t like this very much. It was okay, I didn’t mind reading it, I just didn’t particularly want to. Its entirely about death and despair, and in my constant state of anxiety of college right now, I was not in a state where I could enjoy this. I can see why others might though, and I know its of great literary significance.

Throwback Thursday: Rhetorical Analysis – Scientific Research

Throwback Thursday, where, essentially I post old writing samples, essays and short stories that I dig up from my pile of hoarded papers and school assignments or from the depths of my computer. So everyone can see how my writing has changed/improved over the years.


Science is, in and of its self, a study in uncertainty. Author John M. Barry qualifies this uncertainty, and its acceptance as a quality necessary in a scientist, using the characterization of the ideal scientist to characterize scientific research itself, expounding on qualities necessary for one to reach an answer to their inquiries, focusing on the ultimate goal of the scientist and positing questions to parallel the inquisitive nature needed for success.

Barry begins with definitions of certainty and uncertainty to expand on qualities required in a scientist, namely the requirement to “accept – indeed embrace – uncertainty” (line 10) as a basis for scientific research. With research, a scientist’s certainties and “even beliefs may break apart” (line 15) with new findings. Barry characterizes scientific research by characterizing the scientist that conducts it, emphasizing the ultimate goal of a scientist “to yield an answer” – a certainty (line 67). Barry moves through the passage with a scientist’s capacity for creation and inquisitiveness stating “ a scientist must create…everything…figuring out what tools are needs and then making them” – asking questions of a “would” and “if” nature (lines 39-49), so the tools of a scientist, is his tool to show the inquisitiveness necessary in scientific research. Ultimately ending the passage with the scientist’s possibility of either success or failure, both likely ends to the research and answers to the questions of the scientist, the structure of the passage thus parallels the structure of research its self: defining limits, gathering tools, asking questions, and seeking then yielding answers.

Apart from the structure of the passage being parallel to a research structure, Barry characterizes scientific research in other ways; such as, the personification of a “single step” in research to a scientist’s “single step [which] can take them through the looking glass” (line 31) or “take one off a cliff” (line 35) – scientific research is a gamble – one will find answers or more questions – certainty or uncertainty. A scientist must “move forcefully…even while uncertain” (line 21) and “the less known, the more one has to… force experiments to yield an answer” (line 66-68). In this characterization of the scientist, Barry characterizes scientific research in a way eve a non-scientist could understand.

Scientific research is built on uncertainty, and in yielding an answer and as John M. Barry characterizes a scientist’s journey from uncertainty to result, he characterizes scientific research itself, from the structure to inherent inquisitiveness to the search for certainty.

 

Mini DNF Book Reviews: A Fabrication of the Truth / The Inconceivable Life of Quinn / Four of a Kind / Saabrina: Tanglewood

I went a little request crazy and instead of torturing myself by trying to read and finish books I lost interest in, I’m just officially DNF-ing them.

Feel free to shame me for it, or if you like one of the below, try and convince you to finish it.


I requested and was approved for all these books from Netgalley. Because they are review copies, I tried to stick it out, but I couldn’t. I opinions are not changed because they are review copies. I may or may not revisit any in the future. But at the moment, I have no intention of finishing them at the moment.


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A Fabrication of the Truth
by Katie Kaleski

This book was way too cheesy to get through. It wasn’t badly written, but I couldn’t connect to any characters, and the plot was full of too many tropes – I felt like I already knew what was going to happen, and I didn’t feel like finishing. Maybe if you’re into this sort of thing, you’ll like it. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me.


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The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
by Marianna Baer

Sex in books tends to freak me out a little – I just don’t like it, though usually I can push through it. Its kind of a center point of this book though – considering the MC is pregnant. I liked the protagonist, but the other characters felt cookie cutter. It was slow, and pretty cringe-y and I couldn’t get through it, though if sex in YA is less off-putting to you, you may like it. Its certainly different from other YA books.


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Four of a Kind – Four of a Kind, Book One
by Kellie Sheridan

Have you ever watched an ABC Family or Hallmark movie? This book basically feels like that. It wasn’t bad, but I also feel zero compulsion to finish it. Someone else may like it, but I just didn’t feel anything for it.


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Saabrina: Tanglewood
By Seth Cohen

So, when I requested this book, I didn’t realize it was a sequel. I tried to push through anyways, but it references characters and events from the previous books, and explains so little, that I was too confused to keep going. Not really the book’s fault, but I couldn’t read it.

Brotherhood of the World Award

I was tagged by the AMAZING blogger The Orangutan Librarian. 

They’re the greatest and super hilarious, so go check them out!


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BRIEFLY EXPLAIN YOUR BLOGGING STYLE (WHERE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGING SPOT/TOOLS – AS IN, ON THE COUCH USING YOUR SMARTPHONE OR SOMETHING).

I always blog from my desktop, which as the name would imply, is at my desk. This is going to change next year when I leave for college (I’ll figure it out…)

As for tools, I use a couple of arc sites (ie. Netgalley, Blogging for Books, etc.) and I obviously use WordPress.

I’m not sure what else to say…


HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR BLOGGING TIME INCLUDING BLOG READING TIME?

Simple: I don’t.

My blogging is sporadic (if you’ve followed me for any length of time you know this) and I vary from reading 3-4 books a week to not reading any for a month. Reading slumps hit me hard, and school kicks me even harder.


WHO IS YOUR MOST READ AUTHOR?

According to Goodreads: Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan.

Mostly because of novellas and things.


HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BLOG NAME?

I’ve told this story before, and I’ll tell it again.

The “River” part is a reference to Doctor Who. In Doctor Who, there is a character named “River Song” with massively curly hair and likes to say “Spoilers” overtime The Doctor asks her a question. When I made my best friend start watching the show, I’d say “Spoilers” to every question she asked, and I also have very fluffy, curly hair.

The “Moose” part was also coined by my best friend. In the show Supernatural, there is a character named Sam, who is called “Moose” by another character, Crowley.

The “Reads” should be self-explanatory due to the fact that this is a book blog.


WHAT KEEPS YOU BLOGGING?

I like it?

I don’t know how to answer this one.


I nominate:

 

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

 

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

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