Discussion: How has college impacted my reading?

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Back to school is one of my favorite times of the year: new stationary + the onset of fall + pumpkin spice flavored everything, what could be better?  My college move-in date is right around the corner.  Tomorrow, to be exact.  And I’m doing anything and everything within my power to procrastinate packing like the responsible human being that I am.  In an attempt to further delay packing, what better time to share my experiences with reading and blogging throughout my freshman year of college?

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DNFing Books: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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I’m impressively stubborn, sometimes to a fault, yet I prefer to prioritize my mental sanity above forcing myself to read a book from start to finish that blatantly isn’t working for me.  While I’m by no means a liberal DNF-er, I average approximately 1-2 books per year that I permanently set aside without completing them.  When I first started blogging, my brain absolutely refused to accept the concept of not reading a novel in its entirety.  Needless to say, I had several excruciatingly painful reads in which I miserably limped along until the very last page and then promptly dove headfirst into a reading slump.  As my TBR pile started to grow exponentially, I gradually recognized that I would not be struck dead by a bolt of lightning if I elected to set a book aside in favor for a higher priority or more promising read.  In hindsight, this was one of my most important realizations with respect to my growth as a reader.

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Reading 101: Book Buying on a Budget

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Book Buying on a Budget
I readily admit that I have a problem – I’m absolutely obsessed with buying books (nevermind the actually reading them part that might be implied by that statement).  Unfortunately, spending absurd sums of money that I don’t possess doesn’t mesh well with my current college student and prospective medical school student status.  Therefore, I’ve become creative with respect to maximizing my steady stream of bookish purchases while simultaneously having enough money to purchase food, pay for laundry, and all of those other unimportant things.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Survival Guide

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Survival Guide

We’re officially t minus 10 days away from the season seven premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones on July 16th, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic!  It’s been 375 days since the final episode of season six aired, which is an atrocity in and of itself, leading to widespread withdrawal among viewers.  Don’t even get me started on the unfortunate fact that there are only two abbreviated seasons remaining.

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Reading 101: TBRing Like a Boss

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I have a book buying addiction, and I cannot lie.  Particularly when it comes to acquiring books at a significantly faster rate than I can read them.  Death by ominously towering TBR pile appears exceedingly imminent at the moment and certainly would not come as a shock.  I use TBRing as a verb – that’s often the first indicator of a problem adorably cute bookish habit that all readers should partake in.

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10 Series I’m Marathoning in 2017

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I have an unhealthy book-buying obsession, particularly when it comes to purchasing entire series in a single sitting without having read a single installment in said series.  While this method proves rather unfortunate when I’m assigning a one star review to the first book in the series, my inner perfectionist is overjoyed to see the entire series (with matching covers, of course) perched on my bookshelf.

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Marching Season & Guest Posts

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Hi guys!

Long time, no see. Marching band season has come to a conclusion, which was more than a little bittersweet considering this was my last season with my band. If any of our readers out there have ever partaken in the madhouse that is marching band, you understand why I vanished.

We had a fairly good season. By which I mean percussion (the love of my life) got 1st place in our division for every competition, and the band won grand champion 3 times and got 2nd place twice. So what’s next? For me, indoor percussion. Luckily for me, it is always on weekends, so I have time to review!

Olivia is very busy with adapting to her college life currently, so I’m gonna go ahead and try to post all the content by myself hehe. While I get this site up and running again, I will be open to accepting guest posts. Shoot me an email at brewingupbooks@gmail.com to discuss if you are interested!

While I catch up on reading the first week or so will mainly be book related posts, and you will start seeing reviews around the second week.

Since I’ve been out of the loop for awhile, anyone want to send me any book recommendations? What are some rant-worthy, stay up till 3 am, attention-stealing books you have come across lately?

I missed you all and am happy to be back!

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Kenzie

I’m in love with reading, and have been since I was able to hold a book. But when I’m not reading, I’m working hard towards my other passion: Music. I play in all ensembles my school offers, and some outside of that. I’m a junior in high school, and I aspire to be a performing musician one day.

I usually stay with YA, but I’ve been known to venture into some odd areas as well. I also sometimes read younger than my level because of my middle school sibling.

Discussion: Mid-Series Cover Changes (+ why publishers have a death wish)

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Personality-wise, I’m an extremely OCD person: everything has its place, including publishers who feel the need to change book covers partway through a series (aka, a special spot in hell).  Why must they destroy my bookshelf aesthetic and force me into purchasing duplicate copies of previous installments, just so the covers and spines match?

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Discussion: Annual Reading Goals – the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

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Whether you’re a member of Goodreads, or other book-related websites and organizations, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been asked or have come across various features that allow you to set reading goals each year.  These goals can vary significantly,  ranging from the highly specific “I want to read __ books in 2016” to something as general as “I want to read more historical fiction.”

But these goals, do they do more harm than good?  Instead of prompting us to read with increasing frequency, do they actually discourage us from the pastime?

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Discussion: Literature in the American School System

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According to a variety of sources and international reports, American students are falling increasingly behind their international counterpoints with respect to education in the fields of math, science, and reading/writing (rhetoric).  Why is there such a disparity between children growing up in different countries?  Can this be attributed to each nation’s implemented school system?  Or even the modern generation’s increasingly prevalent fascination with gleaning a large amount of information in the shortest allotment of time?

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Discussion: How I Assign Ratings

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Here at Brewing Up Books, we use a five cauldron system to rate the books, movies, and TV shows that we discuss from week to week.  As an extremely indecisive person, I often struggle with determining a numerical rating for each work that I review, and half cauldrons do nothing to improve matters.  After all, what distinguishes a book that receives 3 cauldrons from one that receives 3.5?  Are they really all that different?

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Discussion: Where I Get My Books

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I’ve never been a huge fan of audiobooks (I expressed my full-fledged dislike of them here), so the majority of the books that I acquire are either physical copies or ebooks.  Considering I’m a poor high school (almost college) student and dedicate nearly all of my money to purchasing books, I try to be as resourceful as possible.  Then again, I still shouldn’t be trusted in a bookstore with a credit card.

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Discussion: The “Perfect” Reading Weather

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There are days when we open our blinds, groan, and collapse back into a pile of blankets and pillows and wish we had never woken up (these usually follow the finishing of an amazing night where you stayed up till 3 a.m. reading a fantabulous book). But, there are also absolutely enchanting days that spellbind you into wanting nothing more than to curl into your favorite chair and get lost between the pages of a novel.

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