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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The Towering TBR Tag

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The Towering TBR Tag
Bookstore sales and coupons will officially be the death of me, as my TBR pile clearly isn’t towering dangerously and threatening to smother me as it is.  Which clearly is NOT cause for alarm, as I continue to indulge in such book hoarding endeavors and have yet to experience death by books.  I’m also fairly talented at acquiring new books at a significantly higher rate than I can feasibly read them while remaining a tolerable human being.

As a result of my astronomically growing, ominously looming TBR pile, I’ve decided to compile an original tag dedicated to those towering TBR piles every reader casually sweeps under the rug with each trip to the bookstore.

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

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Discussion

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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eReader Comparison

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eReaders have become widely popular over the past decade and are now a staple for most bookworms.  If you’re currently in the market for an eReader, it’s often challenging to gauge which device will be best suited to your needs and preferences – should you get a Kindle?  Something with E-ink technology?  A touchscreen?  A tablet with additional capabilities?   Wifi and 3G?

I’ve gone through quite a few eReaders myself throughout the years (I seem to be particularly brutal on them…or I’ve just had exquisitely bad luck), and I’ve consequently had the opportunity to experiment with a variety of features and designs.   While I am in no way a technological expert, I figured it couldn’t hurt to share my experiences, likes, dislikes, etc., imparting information I wish I had known prior to purchasing these devices.

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Book Crafts: Bookmarks!

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So a few weeks ago, I posted a random Top Ten Tuesday about objects we use as bookmarks. If you missed the post, check it out here. A lot of you agreed with me that in times of dire distress, we often use whatever is lying around in lieu of an actual bookmark. However, I happen to be a rather crafty person when the need arises, and after visiting a book convention in Charleston last November and gaining many book related bookmarks (I wasn’t even very aware they made things like that!), I decided to search for some way to make bookmarks.

So here are some of my favorite bookmark methods/templates!

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Reading 101: How to Survive a Trip to the Bookstore

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I am entirely unembarrassed to admit that I have a book buying obsession, and it’s gotten a bit out of hand recently.  Book buying bans are essentially out of the question, so how do I go about restricting the number of books I’m purchasing during my countless trips to the bookstore?  Stretching every last dollar so that I’m getting the greatest possible number of books for the smallest sum of money?  Prioritizing which books I want to purchase immediately versus which can wait a few months?  I’ve amassed a few tips and tricks that have worked well for me in the past with the hopes of helping a few fellow bookworms.

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Review: Me Before You

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Book Review
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)


Title
: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Series: Me Before You Series

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Publish Date: December 31st, 2012

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

 

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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Discussion: How I Assign Ratings

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Discussion

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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Discussion

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: Series I’ve Started…But Never Finished

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Discussion

Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite a few…undesirable bookish quirks.  From convincing myself that reading seven books simultaneously is a good idea to breaking self-imposed book buying bans within a week, I certainly had my fair share of bad habits.  Needless to say, the most jaw-dropping of these habits thus far is my increasingly nonchalant behavior toward completing a series once I’ve started it.  And no, I would not recommend developing a similar habit of your own in any capacity.

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