Bookish Baking #7: Dauntless Chocolate Cake (Divergent)

Well, look at that, its not Harry Potter!
Chocolate Cake is big in the Dauntless Faction – and well, cake is delicious.
I hope you enjoy this version! (Adapted from other recipes as usual)

My past recipes include:


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Dauntless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder/spice or Mexican Chili powder (optional – but this is dauntless after all)
  • 1 cup milk (regular or substitute is fine – I like sweetened almond milk in baking)
  • 5 tbsp malt (Ovaltine)

 Frosting

  • 1 8 oz cream cheese package, softened
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract (optional – but I think it complements the cayenne)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder/spice or Mexican Chili powder (optional – but this is dauntless after all)
  • Black or red food coloring (optional – Dauntless colors)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 150C or 300F.
  • In a mixer stir together the dry ingredients.
  • Melt the butter in a glass mixing bowl and stir in the malt until combined.
  • Pour into the dry mixture.
  • Add in the other wet ingredients.
  • Oil the pan.
  • Pour in the cake batter and bake for 1.5 hrs – until you can press in a fork and remove it cleanly. Begin checking at about the hour mark.
  • Cool.

Frosting

  • In a mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add in the other ingredients, and beat until smooth.
  • When the cake cools, spread the frosting over the entire cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Let me know what you guys think of this recipe, and of this series as a whole!

Discussion: Do ARC Reviews HAVE To Be Positive?

Aren’t you proud of me? Being all consistent and writing discussions regularly for the first time ever? I told you had a list of ideas a mile long – I’m just working through it now.

Anyways. Onto the discussion you came here for.


I’ve seen a handful of bloggers touch upon this topic and I wanted to give my own view of it. Arcs are, especially, a book blogger’s lifeblood – one of my most popular discussion posts is on How To Request ARCs.

And for many of us, they are a perk to our hobby – but they are also a responsibility.

Regardless of your stance on negative reviews in general, we have do decide if its okay to negatively review on ARC.

ARC, simply put, stands for Advanced Readers/Review Copy.

An ARCs entire purpose of existence is to generate prerelease reviews and hype, so that the book sells better. Obviously, positive reviews are whats going to accomplish this, not negative reviews.

But upon reviewing an ARC, we all give a statement along the lines of “I received this book for free but it doesn’t influence my opinion”. I think for most of us, thats not even a conscious thing to write, its a legal, automatic, robotic thing. Like a user agreement – you mark agree and proceed to ignore it.

Even if you don’t consciously tailor reviews because its an ARC, I think it subconsciously motivates us to try and like the book a bit more – we feel bad giving a negative review when a publisher/author went out of their way, and spent money, to have us review the book.

But we need to be honest – thats the only way book blogs function. If our readers can trust us, if our fellow book bloggers can trust us.

If you heartily dislike the book – and you don’t want to give a negative review, maybe contact the publisher and let them know. Give them your feedback.

Otherwise, be careful with what you request or accept – if you’re not sure about it, don’t take it just because its offered – you don’t want to get yourself in that position.

Now, if you are reviewing an ARC, and you didn’t like it, DON’T BASH IT.

Explain why did and why did not work for you – what made you dislike it, its it a personal/subjective reason? Could others of certain tastes like it? Is the writing objectively good? Even if its a low rating, can you mention some positives?

We want to promote books. We want ARCs to serve their intended purpose, but not at the sake of our integrity. Be honest – just don’t be harsh or cruel.


What do you think?

Do you agree with me?

Do you have a different stance?

Let me know!

The Candy Book Tag (2)

I was tagged by Brilliantly Bookish, check out their blog!

The tag was created by Jessica @bookishserendipity.

I technically did this tag already (The Candy Book Tag) but I was tagged and I did it so long ago that I felt I could do it again.


Which Books Remind You Of….

1. Apples— Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

I don’t read many books I’m not sure I’ll love. I guess Catcher in the Rye would fit. I never even finished it, I got bored. I’ll finish at some point before AP lit next year.

2.Black Jellybeans— WHY DO THESE EXIST?

I like black jellybeans…

But Lord of the Flies fits. I hate that book.

3. Chocolate Kisses-– Aww…this novel had the best romance.

To All The Boys I Loved Before!

It’s actually the cutest!

4. Gummy Spiders— Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

I don’t really read scary/horror books. The Long Walk by Stephen King unsettled me while reading it, but I was pretty much fine afterwards.

5. Jumbo Lollypop— This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

Pretty much any Cassandra Clare book. They are amazing, but long as hell.

6. Cotton Candy-– Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think: children’s or MG fiction.

My Sister The Vampire series comes to mind. As does The Magic Half and Inkheart.


I Tag…

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and TeaMegan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

 

Bookish Baking #6: Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Fourth was Treacle Tart . Last week was Treacle Pudding. Don’t worry, this will be the last Harry Potter recipe for a while.
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CAULDRON CAKES

INGREDIENTS
SPICE MIX (this is essentially pumpkin spice mix)
  • ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
THE RECIPE
  • 2 tsp of the spice mix
  • ½ tsp almond essence
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup (115g) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • icing sugar for dusting
Sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups boiling water
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C/350F.
  2. Mix together the spice mix and place in a air tight container. You’ll only be using a bit of this mix for this recipe.
  3. Place in the food processor and blend, then repeat with the rest.
  4. By hand, mix the 1½ tsp of spice mix, 1 tsp vanilla essence and ½ tsp of almond essence.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a mixer, beat the butter, then add in the sugar.
  7. Beat for a few minutes until creamy.
  8. Add in the flour, then the milk.
  9. Spoon into baking containers.
  10. To make the sauce, in a smaller bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cocoa so well combined.
  11. Spoon on top of the cake mixture.
  12. Pour the boiling water over the sauce powder and cake mixture and place in oven.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes.
  14. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

This recipe is adapted from many I’ve seen.

Below are some great Potter candy recipes from Food In Literature, which I love!

Other Recipes:

Acid Pops

Cockroach Clusters

Pepper Imps

Peppermint Humbugs

Every Flavor Beans

Pumpkin Pasties

Rock Cakes

Sherbert Lemon

Discussion: Unhauling Books

With ever growing TBRs and book collections comes ever decreasing shelf space.

Especially when book bloggers move houses or go off to college.
Shelf space is a hot commodity not to be trifled with.

One ever common way to deal with this is the book unhaul.

Bloggers either donate books or host giveaways for books they no longer want on their shelves.


Different bloggers have different criteria for unhauls.

Some do it periodically to rid themselves of books below a certain star rating or that they distinctly disliked.

Some giveaway arcs they’ve finished.

Some get rid of old / beat up / or multiple copies of the same books. Sometimes it’s just a book they don’t intend to reread.

This is a good thing – or spreads the book Iove and stops your shelf from killing you in your sleep.


But I think I’m incapable of it.

Over the years I’ve turned in a handful of books to second hand stores, give.
A few to my sister or cousins.
But I am overwhelmingly a hoarder.

I always have been.
I probably always will.

I should probably embrace the unhauling.
Someday.
Someday.
Maybe.

Or next year when I’m packing up for college and start feeling the urge to set things on fire so I don’t have to deal with them.


What do you think?

Do you unhaul books?

Blog Tour: The Eldritch Heart – Promo

The Eldritch Heart
Matthew S. Cox
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Princess Oona Talomir enjoys the little things that come with her station: a handmaiden, her lavish bedchamber, and scores of fancy dresses―the duty to win a decades’ long war, not so much.

Oh, did I mention assassins?

Seers foretold the conflict would end by her hand. From the moment she drew her first breath, the neighboring kingdom has been trying to kill her so she could not grow powerful enough to destroy them. The king, fearing for his daughter’s life, has kept her confined to the castle grounds for most of her sixteen years. With the tide of war turning against them, the burden of her crown becomes too much to bear, yet one thing lifts her spirits amid the gloom.

Her servant girl, Kitlyn.

Alas, in a kingdom obsessed with the god of purity, she is terrified to confess her forbidden love. When her father makes a demand she cannot abide―marry a prince to forge a military alliance―Oona panics. He is handsome and honorable, but he’s not Kitlyn. Unable to admit why she cannot obey, Oona does the only thing she can think of, and runs away.

Alone and unprepared in the wilderness, she prays the gods will let Kitlyn find her—before the assassins do.

Goodreads / Amazon


Author Bio:

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


Top Ten Inspiring Books:

Books that inspired The Eldritch Heart

1 Sprawl trilogy: Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

2  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

3   Ghost in the Shell (manga)

4    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

5    The Martian by Andy Weir

6    The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

7    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

8    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

9    A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

10    The Running Man by Stephen King as Richard Bachman


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August 2nd
Girls With Books >> Excerpt
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August 3rd
CBY Book Club >> Excerpt
Bibliobakes >> Review
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So Few Books >> Interview

August 4th
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt
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August 7th
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August 10th
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WHAT WOULD THAT VILLAIN READ? – TAG

This super fun tagged was created by Lashaan and Trang over @Bookidote!! Go check them out!

I was tagged by the ever lovely and amazing Orangutan Librarian – check out their blog, its one of my favorites!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I LOVE villains. I’m fond of villain redemptions stories, and antiheroes tend to be some of my favorite characters. So this tag is great!


Rules:

  • Pick 5+ villains and wonder what books they are most likely to read (feel free to use our villains or find new ones!)
  • Nominate bloggers! As many as you want!
  • Have fun in the world of villainy!

–1. Catwoman –  Six of Crows

Its about criminals, but criminals who aren’t bad people and can be redeemed and fin love along the way (from what I’ve heard at least) – she’d love it.

2. Dracula – Twilight

I don’t think he’d pick this one up on his own. Someone would give it to him as a joke to horrify him and he’d keep reading because he’d be entertained by how wrong the 21st century is about vampires. It’d be his guilty pleasure read.

–3. The Joker – The Book Thief

This book is about the depths of human depravity (holocaust) from the view of death himself. The Joker would love this.

–4. Moriarty – Murder on the Orient Express

He’d be a fan of mystery novels I think.

–5. Voldemort – They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

(yes, I did straight up google KKK books, why would I know this off the top of my head?)

I didn’t want to repeat any of the (marvelous) answers I’d seen before (like Mein Krampf) but similarly, since Voldemort is all about that racial purity, I thought he might want to see how even the muggle accomplished it.

-6. Loki – War of the Worlds

He’d enjoy living vicariously through “aliens destroying earth” stories.

-7. Dr. Horrible – Vicious

Dr. Horrible would relate so hard Victor Vale – both villains, neither a bad person, both hate the so-called hero who is dating the girl they like… It works!

-8. Hades – Percy Jackson

I think he’d enjoy reading his own story – if only to complain about everything thats “wrong” and how under appreciated he is. He’s a drama queen.


I TAG:

 

The first 5 are the same villains as the original. I added the last three for fun. Feel free to use them!

What do you think of my answers?

Do you agree?

Let me know!

 

Bookish Baking #5: Harry Potter Treacle Pudding

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Last week was Treacle Tart – Also from Harry Potter.

This is pretty much a continuation of last week’s. Well, the week before that, I didn’t have a recipe for the last week of July…Sorry, I was at Supercon.

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TREACLE PUDDING

Makes 2 puddings (2 cups each).
INGREDIENTS
  • ⅓ cup Golden Syrup
  • 3/4 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1⅓ cup self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Grease the pudding bowl. If you don’t have a pudding bowl, a heatproof container like a Pyrex bowl or measuring cup, will also work.
  2. Take half of the golden syrup and pour into the bottom of the pudding bowl.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, white sugar and golden syrup until fluffy.
  4. Alternate adding in an egg, then  flour, then milk and repeating until it’s all mixed.
  5. Scoop into the pudding bowl, stopping when the batter is an inch from the top.
  6. Take a sheet of baking paper and cut a length twice as wide as the bowl and fold a 1″ pleat in the middle.
  7. Repeat the same with aluminium foil.
  8. Lay the baking paper on top of the bowl first, then the aluminium foil.
  9. Take some twine and tie around the top of the bowl to secure the baking paper and foil. If you have a pudding bowl, you’ll need to also make a handle with the string for easy lifting. If using a measuring cup, this won’t be necessary. – I copied this step verbatim from Food in Literature, from which I adapted this recipe.
  10. Cut the excess foil and baking paper and fold the edges up.
  11. In a deep saucepan, place in a small trivet or bowl.
  12. Place the pudding bowl on top then fill the saucepan with water until it reaches halfway up the bowl.
  13. Cover the saucepan with a lid and boil for about 1½ to 2 hours.
  14. Pierce with a fork to check for done-ness, should come out clean when finished.
  15. Let cool before serving. Drizzle golden syrup on top.

When I first read Harry Potter (about a decade ago…wow) Treacle was a mystical magical Harry Potter-esque thing on par with Butterbeer. Treacle isn’t a word in America.

Now I know better.

Like most of my recipes, this is adapted from various around the internet.

If you try out my variation, let me know how it goes, if you liked it, etc!

I hope you guys are enjoying this Bookish Baking feature as much as I am!

Guest Post: Are Angels Really Aliens or Vice Versa + An Upcoming Novel – By: Dina Rae

While writing my newest novel, The Best Seller (May 31st, 2016, Solstice Publishers), my Nazi research led me to Operation Paperclip.  This American covert operation smuggled somewhere between five hundred to five thousand men who were at the top of their fields in technology, weaponry, and science into the United States to continue their work.

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This operation was originally called Operation Overcast.  Most of it is still classified today.  The names of many of these Nazi engineers and scientists were written on a special list called Osenberg’s list.  A Polish tech found part of the list on a toilet seat at Bonn University.

Government officials found these men and recruited them to the United States.  Neither the state department nor those in charge of prosecuting war criminals were informed.  All of this was done in the name of power and progress.

These scientists worked at secret bases in New Mexico, Texas, and Alabama.  Many feared that if the U.S. didn’t take advantage of these great minds, the Soviets would.  Both sides knew Germany was the most advanced country in the world when it came to weapons of mass destruction.  America caught a glimpse of the marvelous German advancements after capturing a German sub that held V-1 glide bombs and V-2 rockets.

Wernher von Braun, perhaps the most famous Nazi rocket scientist, was part of the program.  He led the U.S. air and space program. One of his most prestigious engineering feats was the Saturn V.  Many rumors circulated on how and where he got his information.  Some claimed he communicated with aliens about space travel.  One of his proteges, Doctor Carol Rosin, stated otherwise.  She announced to the world that Braun feared Eisenhower’s ultimate political warning-the military-industrial complex.  On Braun’s deathbed, he supposedly said that America was playing the alien card.  In other words, when the time came, America would claim that aliens were a threat and all kinds of weaponry and related space gadgets would be needed to defend the world against these advanced beings from other galaxies.  According to Rosin, Braun called aliens the ultimate lie.

Many believe America’s superpower status was largely due to their World War II victory and the Germans they embraced. Some even call America’s power the Fourth Reich.  This conspiracy might very well be reality.

The Best Seller uses Operation Paperclip as part of the story line when explaining the progression of genetics.  The book is free today through Thursday, May 18th.

The Best Seller (Solstice Publishing, May 31st, 2016)

When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.

http://dinaraeswritestuff.blogspot.com/

@HalooftheDamned

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Are Angels Really Aliens or Vice Versa?  By Dina Rae

As a Christian and a believer in extraterrestrials, I wanted to write a novel about some kind of divine or intellectual race of beings who help humans evolve.  Are angels and aliens one in the same?

We’ve all heard about UFO sightings, alien abductions, burnt crop fields, and cattle mutilations.  Roswell, New Mexico. and Area 54 are the meccas of American X-files.  Bright discs are seen everywhere around the world.  What does the Bible have to say about extra-terrestrials?  Were things so different three thousand years ago?  Or are we just using a different vernacular?

Anyone who has ever picked up the Bible knows the story of Noah and the ark.  God chose him and his family because they were ‘pure’ (Genesis).  The question is pure heart or pure bloodline?  Angels mated with women back in those days, producing a half breed called nephilim.  These beings were described as giants with superhuman powers.  Could the nephilim be an old version of modern day aliens of a mixed race or even early attempts at genetic modification?  Was Noah and his family the last ‘humans’ left of the human race?

Angels and aliens are always described as glowing with light.  Ezekiel, an Old Testament prophet, vividly describes a spaceship in his book.  Ezekiel 1:16: “The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.”  Many Ancient Alien theorists use this passage as documentation of Ezekiel witnessing a spacecraft landing on earth.  The description of the wheel is definitely futuristic.

Enoch’s writings about angels were controversial enough to be edited out of the Bible.  More of his writings were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  He regularly communicated with angels and ascended up to Heaven to speak with God on behalf of their shortcomings.  Possible abduction?  Genesis 5:24 clearly states that Enoch “walked faithfully with Godthen he was no morebecause God took him away.”

Did angels or aliens come to Earth to show mankind technology and weapons?  One of the Bible’s biggest examples of this, at least according to Ancient Alien Theory, is Lot’s wife.  Genesis 19:26says, “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”  Lot and his family were warned not to look back.  We know now that nuclear blasts leave salt.  There are large salt contents all over the Dead Sea to suggest that there was once an ancient nuclear explosion.

In the Bible these beings appear to prophets, kings, and every day people.  In modern day many geniuses such as Tesla and Da Vinci claim that brilliant ideas just popped into their heads.  Some alien believers call these moments of greatness part of the Akashic record.

Whatever you believe, angels or aliens were definitely here thousands of years ago.  Our history books only tell us bits and parts of our past.  The Best Seller, my new sci-fi novel, uses ancient alien theory, New World Order, Nazi conspiracies, and aliens to weave an entertaining tale that will leave you wondering about our collective past.


The Best Seller (Solstice Publishing, May 31st, 2016)

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When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Seller-Dina-Rae-ebook/dp/B01G2AKGMS/ref=sr_1_3_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464217249&sr=8-3&keywords=dina+rae

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQER8wJmaf8

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Discussion: The Great Book Format Debate – Paperback, Hardcover or E-book?

This is a discussion post virtually every book blogger ever has added to.

I felt I should to.


Hardcover:

Pros-

  • Looks a lot nicer on a shelf.
  • Tend to have nicer covers.
  • Surprises under dust jackets.
  • First to be released.
  • More satisfying to possess/smell/feel/read usually.
  • The classic form of a book.

Cons-

  • Heavy
  • Hard to carry around / hold up to read for extended periods.
  • Dust jacket can get messed up or lost.
  • Way more expensive usually.
  • Take up a lot of space in one’s house/room.

Conclusion:

Hardcovers are preferable for looks but sometimes impracticable and expensive.


Paperback:

Pros-

  • Easy to read and carry than a hardback.
  • Cheaper and still physical for display and collection.
  • No dust jacket anxiety.
  • Easier than hardback to read for extended periods.

Cons-

  • They can take long to be released (over a year past the hardcover at times).
  • Usually have worse covers.
  • Get damaged easier (bent spines)
  • Don’t look as nice on a shelf.

Conclusion:

Easier, cheaper, but not as pretty.


E-books:

Pros-

  • Easy to carry around.
  • Doesn’t take up room/house/shelf space.
  • Generally the cheapest.
  • The modern book format.
  • No worries about loss or damages.
  • Don’t have to worry about being intimidated by book size.

Cons-

  • E-books can be tricky, because depending on the reader you have ( as in iPad vs. kindle vs nook vs app vs desktop vs what ever else exists) can make a big difference on the experience.
  •  Some books, especially image or formatting specific ones usually become unreadable in the best of times.
  • Can’t be lent to friends.
  • No physical shelf to be prideful of.
  • Have to buy a device that can cost $80+

Conclusion:

I love reading on my kindle – when I have mobis, PDFs only work on the desktop and I never have time to read there. Adobe Digital Editions gets tedious.

I’ve been using e-books since early middle school, as its easier to carry around in a bookbag and on vacations, and long books seem less intimidating. Also, decreasing shelf space.

E-books as a preference or option varies greatly by device and by the person.

E-books are the cheapest, easiest, and least satisfying.


Audiobooks:

Despite this discussion being ever popular, audiobooks are never included it seems. They always get a separate rave or rant. Its a book format like any other, only far it gets included. Hell, I made a rant about them in my first ever discussion.

Pros-

  • Easy to read on the go/ when multitasking.
  • Lets people who don’t usually have time to read, read.
  • Can be inexpensive.
  • Fun to listen to voices for the characters (on the better or full cast ones at least).

Cons-

  • Can be hard to focus on.
  • Can take longer to listen to than actually read.
  • Quality of audiobooks in narration varies drastically.
  • Makes it difficult to imagine characters for yourself.

Conclusion:

Audiobooks have less objective pros and cons, they mostly fall down to personal preference. I don’t abhor them or anything, but I prefer to read for myself. They I may have to listen to some that are full cast narrations, as those sound fun!


Overall Conclusions:

I will continue to prefer hardcovers, and only buying paperbacks when I’m desperate for a physical copy/at a second hand store.

My e-reader will continue to be for arcs.

Really there is no conclusion to be reached in this sort of discussion, I just wanted to make my pros and cons lists.


What do you think?

Which do you prefer?

Do you agree with what I said?

Let me know!