Discussion: On Un-Hauling Books & How

Books –

Every book blogger faces the problem, one day or another, of having too many.

For example, my room is basically:

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Which is:

  1. Honestly probably some sort of health hazard (my shelf did once collapse and almost kill me once)
  2. Not so easy to deal with when I go to college next Fall.

My solution?

Unhaul some books.

Which is a little bit like pulling teeth, or sacrificing children. I’m sure all other bookworms can relate.


What Is An Un-Haul?

An unhaul is exactly what it sounds like. The reverse of a book haul. Getting rid of books.


What Do You Mean, Getting Rid of Books?

I know. Its sounds basically sacrilegious. But it means getting books out of your shelves/floor/closet/room/house and into someone else hands.

It can be selling to a used bookstore, donating to a library or school, selling them online, giving them away via blog, dropping them off at Goodwill…

Doesn’t matter where they go, as long as its away.

And at the end, you’ll go from a cluttered mess to:

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Book heaven. Nice, neat, shelves. Beautiful.


But How Do I Un-Haul? Its hard!

Get ready because I’m going to lay some wisdom on you.

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Step 1 )

Take a good hard look at your books.

Decide on a goal.
Clean ups a little? Light-housing keeping or deep cleaning? Complete overhaul and decimation or just clearing some of the worst of the clutter?

You need a goal, or the books might drown you.


Step 2 )

Good job!

You now have a goal. Write it down. STICK TO IT!

Figure out what you’ll do with un-hauled books. Sell or donate? Where? Make this part of your plan.

Gather boxes.

I’m trying to sell my books as you can see here: Books for Sale/Trade


Step 3 )

Take out all the book you HAVE to keep. Your favorites. The ones you have an emotional attachment too. The signed ones. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Put them in a box, get them out of the room. They are safe. But it’ll be easy to tackle the rest without worrying about your precious darlings getting caught in the cross fire.


Step 4 )

Now we get to the hard part.

The un-hauling.

Get all the books off the shelves.

They don’t go back until there are safe. This is defend your life, an annihilation round. No one left here is safe.


Step 5 )

If there are any books you’ve outgrown, consider giving them to family members. Younger siblings or cousins or nieces or nephews.

If you’re saving books for kids, either too young to read or none existent, box them up and put them in storage, a closet or garage will do.

The point is to cut down some clutter and free up shelf space.


Step 6 )

Sort. Then sort some more.

Lets go with un-read books first. Has it been on your TBR for over two years? If yes, then are you ever going to read it? If no, let it go. In a donation/sell box it goes.

Look at the other unread books. Are you going to read it in the next two years? Realistically? If not, consider letting it go. Be honest with your self.


Step 7 )

Now, the read books. If you rated it less than 3 stars, you should probably let it go. A pretty cover isn’t good enough here. If you can’t remember reading it, probably not worth keeping. If you didn’t love it, and/or aren’t going to re-read it, consider passing it on to someone who will read it. Let go.

You don’t have to follow these to the letter, its just a suggestion. Use your best judgement, and be honest with yourself. Is this worth keeping?


Step 8 )

All the books you decided to keep should now go back on the shelves. All the books you’ve gotten rid of, should be packed in boxes to do with as you’ve decided. Get them there as soon as possible so you can’t change your mind.

If you get rid of 1 book or 50 books I’m proud of you.


Step 9 )

Organize the bookshelf in a pleasing way. I have a whole discussion about it here:

Discussion: Ways To Organize A Bookshelf


Step 10 )

Plan for the future.

Where will new books go?

Book buying ban? Only buy books when you finish one? Only buy books with gift cards?

The unhaul is not an excuse to go crazy buying books.


And you’re done! 

You did it!

You survived the unhaul!

Reward yourself!

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The ACB Tag

I was tagged by the ever lovely Icebreaker694 – go check out her wonderful blog. She’s a saint for putting up with my perpetually late tags…


The Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you

  2. Use the tags pic (should be at the top of this post)

  3. Mention the creator (Alex @ LordoftheTrekkies) – Who is a lovely blogger in her own right!

  4. Answer the questions below

  5. List three of your favorite blogs

  6. Tag at least two others to try this tag


The “Questions”

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A-Annoying Name a character that got on your nerves.

There are too many for me to figure one out right now…..


L-Labyrinth A plot thats hard to understand.

I can’t think of anything…………


E-Excellent What book, in your opinion, has the best writing?

 


X-Xenograft A plot/situation/character-type that’s been way over used.

I LIKE most tropes. But I can do away with the “YA parents can only be terrible or absent there is no other way of life” thing that happens.


C-Careless A book that is filled with plot holes and inconsistency.

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Its not a bad book, but raised a lot of questions that were never really answered.


H-Helpful A book that’s always been there for you.

 


A-Anticipation A book that you’ve wanted to read for a while.

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R-Ravaged A book to movie adaptation that really stunk.

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Great books, terrible movies…..


M-Metamorphic A character that changed a lot.

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Percy grows a lot throughout the series.


I-Ingenious A one of a kind story/character.

Illuminae – I’ve never seen another book like that one.

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N-Narrative A retelling of a story that you like better then the original.

Not a book but, Easy A – Much more entertaining than The Scarlet Letter.


G-Guru Your go to author.

JK Rowling / Rick Riordan / Cassie Clare

I could be happy reading only their books for all of time.


Blogs

I can’t answer these kinds of questions okay? Everyone’s blog is wonderful in its own way and will be enjoyed by people of these preferences.


I Tag

Roses Book Nook

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

 

 

Book Review: 10 Things I Can See From Here

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Official Summary:

Think positive. Don’t worry; be happy. Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review!


3.5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t my favorite. I haven’t read many books with a lesbian MC, so that was interesting. And I thought Maeve’s anxiety was accurately portrayed to the best of my knowledge, but it did ratchet up my own. The entire premise is a little over dramatic for my taste, and while the plot was slow at times, I thought it was pretty well done. Overall, I liked it.

Inside Out Book Tag (2)

The Orangutan Librarian tagged me in this…months ago. I am bad at tags okay!?! But they are epic and amazing and you should go check out their blog!

I did this tag already (Inside Out Book Tag) but I didn’t do it very well, and I was tagged again so…

Go with with it okay?

Good.

Lets do this!

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A book that brings you JOY

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A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU SAD

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A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU ANGRY

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A BOOK THAT DISGUSTS YOU

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A BOOK THAT BRINGS YOU FEAR

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I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Book Review: In Real Life

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I received an ebook of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Original Release Date:

Published October 14th 2014 by First Second (first published 2014)

Date I Read The Book:

September 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

Graphic Novel / Standalone

Official Summary:

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author (Little BrotherFor the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

In Real Life is a graphic novel – and I beautifully illustrated one at that. The art even varies slightly between the real world and the game world to help you visualize, the colors are really nice, and the panels are played out in a way that makes the story really easy to read, even if your not big on graphic novels. Its a good one to start with if you want to get into them.

I liked the characters – they all seemed very real, fallible and honest. Anda was super relatable. I liked the story – it had a nice message about empathy and how you can never fully understand someone else’s struggles, but it doesn’t shove it down your throat. I will say that if you don’t know at least the basics of MMORPGs, you might not fully get some of the dialogue as its a big part of the story, but you don’t need to be a professional player of league of legends or anything to get it (I dislike MMORPGs even though I love video games and normal RPGs).

The ending felt a little abrupt – and you have to suspend your disbelief a little, as things are resolved a little too easily. But its a cute story overall.

I really enjoyed this!

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Stages of Man Essay – 2014

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.


 

“All the world’s a stage”, this is the opening of the monologue by Jacques in Shakespeare’s As You Like It detailing the seven stages of man. Shakespeare’s seven stages covers the physical aspects of aging, from infancy to the oblivion of death. On the other hand, psychologist Erik Erikson’s eight stages covers the mental progression of age. An argument could be made for any of the stages, mental, physical, or both being the most difficult to live through. In my opinion, the stage of adolescence in Erikson’s stages of psychological development is the most difficult.

Adolescence is the fourth of the mental stages, and if matched to one of Shakespeare’s stages, would be found somewhere between the schoolboy (2) and the lover (3). This is because adolescence is a cross between childhood and adulthood. Adolescence is defined as being the ages between 13-19, also called the teenage years. I believe this is the hardest stage because of the afore mentioned fact that it is the stage in which the transition from child to adult takes place. At this stage, you are expected to act like an adult, but you are treated like a child. You are expected to make decisions that affect your entire future, but you cannot leave your home without your parent’s permission. At this stage, you can clearly remember the hardships of the stages that came before, and are intelligent enough to understand the hardships of the stages ahead. So, at this stage, you must deal with not only the hardship of the present, but you must also think about, and in most cases fret over, the responsibilities and hardships of future stages such as love, a career, and making both your parents and yourself proud.

The existential question attributed to adolescence by Erikson is “Who am I and what can I be?” This I think summarizing teenagers even today in a nutshell, and is why being a teenager is one of the toughest times in someone’s life, perhaps even the most difficult. Because aside from the expectation from parents to succeed in school, and all of societies expectations, teens need to try to stay true to who they are. All the while not knowing who that is. This is the age where you start trying to figure out what you like because the is the last time in your life where your parents are going to by your side, either to support you or to breathe down your neck. This is the time of your life where your real friendships start forming, and when you decide on your future. This is when you start dating. And it’s all the more difficult because the difference between this stage and the ones that comes before and after is so huge. The stage before is full of children, and the difference is very noticeable in interests, attitude, and looks. The stage after and those there after are full of full-fledged adults who have perhaps forgotten what it is to be in high school. The teenage years are when your self-confidence is at it’s lowest, so ridicule and peer-pressure are a large influence. Teens want to find out who they are, without differentiating themselves too much from their friends. All while being expected to prepare for adulthood.

In summary, my opinion on the most difficult stage of life is Erikson’s 4th stage of adolescence. This stage is equivalent to a mix of Shakespeare’s stages of schoolboy and lover, as it has attributes of each. I think it is the most difficult stage because it is the stage that marks the transition from child- to adulthood. Teenagers need to figure out who they are, while they crave to be accepted by society and meet their parents expectations. They are treated like children, just are expected to act like adults. This makes for a very difficult period. As Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage”, and at this stage is when a person does the most acting as someone they aren’t. Adolescence is when you change your role.

NaNoWriMo 2017 – #1: What I’m Writing

I’m talked about my WIP Legacy of Stardust a few times on this blog (Notably: NaNoWriMo 2016 – Writing + Life Updates). But I’m tackling a different WIP this month because for NaNo you’re meant to start with a fresh, first draft.

I actually changed which story I’d be writing for on the 3rd. I have a Word Doc FULL of novel ideas, some more fleshed out then others. The one I intended to write had a lot less planned then I thought, and I couldn’t write it (I’m a plotter at heart, not a pant-ser).

So I settled on a story where I had at least the major plot points figured out, if not the way they connect.


That story is:

Title –

Disheartened

Brief Summary –

Morgan doesn’t have a heart. The son of a notorious pirate captain and traitor, most see this as an advantage living in a world where a bleeding heart is the surest way to get yourself killed. His father traded his son’s heart, just like his own loyalty – and Morgan will get it back if he must cut it out of a man’s chest himself.

Kell is a Dealer. A trader of artifices, but when his hands are traced to a cursed locket that ended up in a visiting princess’s possession, he has to run. He never met to get mixed into killings and sorts – but a street rat doesn’t last long unless he’s useful. And Kell has always been light on his feet and swift with his hands.

Princess Thea wants just one adventure before being married off – caught in the midst of pirates and cursed objects, she gets more than she bargained for when the sister of her would be fiancé is nearly killed by a cursed necklace. Especially when it is revealed that she is one of the few alive left with inborn magic. Powerful enough to put back a heart. Powerful enough to take one out. Even her own. Hearts are a tricky business after all. Especially when one is betrothed to someone they’d never met.

Morgan has a ship. Thea has magic.  Kell has the connections to find anything, even a heart – which is as deep in the Shadow Markets one can get. But hearts are a dark magic – and all magic comes with a price.


As of November 4rd, I have 2986 words, which includes two chapters and a couple disjointed scenes. I’m a little behind, if you can tell.

But what do you think of my WIP? Do you think I’ll win Nano (haven’t for the past four years but I’m going to keep trying)? Are you doing NaNo? Let me know!

The Entertainer Blogger Award: Re-Vamped

I wasn’t technically nominated for this, but AMLNVN tagged me in their post – and I thought the revamp was cool. So, I’m doing it.

They changed up the rules and questions a bit, and I’ll be using those, I pasted the originals at the bottom of this post for reference.


My previous versions of this award:

Entertainer Blogger Award!

The Entertainer Blogger Award (Again)


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The new rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog post in which they cursed you;more details later, but linking to the previous awards is better I think, you can always add their blogsite too anyways
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below (broken even these questions) and add one if you want to make your victims suffer more wish;thanks to the one who nominated me’s idea
  4. Display the award picture in your post (optional)changed for no reason
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all entertaining!

The new questions:

  1. Why did you blog in the first place?
  2. What is your favorite Novel, Manga or Anime?Books only is too limiting in my opinion, so if you don’t have a novel, go with manga, if you don’t have any try with anime or another form of entertainment;
  3. What do you dislike the most?
  4. What is your favorite food at the mallI don’t eat at the mall?
  5. What is your favorite way to pass past time?I think this was the meaning

My Answers:

Why did you blog in the first place?

Literally, my cousin started a blog and I wanted to prove I could do it better than she could. We’re like sisters, and with that, comes sibling-like rivalry. She stopped. I didn’t because I decided I liked it.

What is your favorite Novel, Manga or Anime?

Novel – I can’t pick favorites here, there are too many…

Anime – Not all encompassing, but some favorites of mine are: Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School Host Club, Death Note, Orange, Free!, and You’re Lie in April.

Manga – I’ve only read a couple. But “Forget About Love” and “Death Note” are both good!

What do you dislike the most?

Like, in life?

Annoying, stupid people.

What is your favorite food?

I like white sauce pasta and have a massive sweet tooth. I am also a chicken person, not a steak person, but I don’t have an ALL TIME FAVORITE food.

What is your favorite way to pass time?

Reading, TV, Blogging…I’m pretty basic.


I Nominate:

Louise @ Genie Reads

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm


The Original Rules and Questions – for those who’d prefer it to the Re:Vamp

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below.
  4. Display the award picture in your post.
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all entertaining!

The questions:

  1. Why did you blog in the first place?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What do you dislike the most?
  4. What is your favorite food at the mall?
  5. What is your favorite past time?

Mini Book Reviews: The Red Pyramid – The Graphic Novel / LEGO Ninjago – Character Encyclopedia / Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia / The Brilliant Book Of Doctor Who 2012

I have an entire shelf of media tie in books, and during hurricane irma – when our internet was out for a while – I decided a lot of them were shirt/quick enough reads that I could get through some of them – to help out my pitifully lagging Goodreads goal.

So, here’s four mini reviews.

I know this is a little late – but hey, I’m back to doing book reviews!


The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel

by Rick Riordan, Orpheus Collar

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Official Synopsis:
Since their mother’s death, Sadie and Carter have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Carter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings to the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that all the gods of Egypt are waking, and that Set now has his sights on them. To stop him, the duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe, one that brings Carter and Sadie ever closer to the truth about their family and its connection to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

The heart-stopping action and magic explode off the page in The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel, based on the worldwise best-selling novel by Rick Riordan.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
Star Rating:
4 Stars
Review:
 I read The Red Pyramid WAY BACK in like, the sixth grade when it first came out. I was going through Percy Jackson withdrawal after binging the series.
And I loved it!
So I picked up the graphic novel second hand.
I LOVED the artwork in this. And the bulk of the story is here, so its a good refresher to continue the series without rereading the actual book, but the book loses a lot in the transition. So while I enjoyed this graphic novel, I recommend reading the full novel first.

LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia

by DK Publishing, Claire Sipi

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Official Synopsis:
This book is a comprehensive guide to every LEGO Ninjago minifigure, vehicle, and location released to date. Divided into chapters for each series, the first part of the book examines the 2011 Ninja and their locations, weapons, and dragons. Next discovered are the Ninja’s enemies, the evil Skeleton Army, and their vehicles. The second part of the book covers the 2012 sets, introducing the newest Ninja minifigures and locations, and their Serpentine enemies. Ninja Files in this section relate to the most recent set that the minifigure has appeared in, although he or she may have featured in more than one set. The final part of the book has a comprehensive list of all the Ninjago minifigures and sets for all fact-loving LEGO fans!
Hardcover, First, 176 pages
Published October 29th 2012 by DK (first published October 1st 2012)
Star Rating:
3 Stars
Review:
 I was REALLY into Ninjago a few years ago, as I watched it with my friends from camp. Around that time, I received this is a Reddit gift exchange, but I never read through it.
I figured with the Ninjago more coming out soon (as of the time I’m writing this its September 21st), it might serve as a good refresher of the characters.
Its cute – especially if your into the show, but its really general, and written in a kind of dumbed down way I didn’t love. Then again, its intended for 8-year-olds, and I’m 2 weeks shy of 18, so I won’t be too harsh on it.

Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia

by Jason Loborik, Annabel Gibson, Morey Laing

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Official Synopsis:
Meet all the most important characters from the entire history of Doctor Who, including every Doctor and companion. Packed with fascinating facts and statistics for characters from the Abzorbaloff to the Zygons, and with large cut-out poses and stunning stills from the program, this is the ultimate compendium of Doctor Who characters.
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by DK Children (first published April 1st 2013)
Star Rating:
5 Stars
Review:
 I’ve had this for a while, and I’m going through Doctor Who withdrawal (I need Jodie Foster’s season to start!), so I thought it was a good a time as any to read through this. It has new-Who and classic Who companions and monsters, and is a GREAT reminder of who even more minor characters are. I loved how it was done.

The Brilliant Book Of Doctor Who 2012

by Clayton Hickman, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts, Tom MacRae, Steve Thompson, Matthew Graham, Neil Gaiman

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Official Synopsis:
The indispensable official guide to Series 6 of Doctor Who!
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by BBC Books
Star Rating:
5 Stars
Review:
After reading the character encyclopedia, it seemed like a good time to read this. I found this in a clearance bin at the Miami Book Fair last year, and I’m super glad I got it, as its filled with references and behind the scenes for each episode of season six – which is one of the best, though more confusing, seasons of Doctor Who. I’m tempted to buy more of the Brilliant Books for the other seasons…

Have you read any of these?

Do you agree with my thoughts? Disagree?

Are you planning on reading any of these books?

 

Let me know what you think!