#ReadThemAllThon: Week 2 Update

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Pokemon is owned by Nintendo but this challenge is hosted by Read At Midnight! Here’s my progress for week 2.

Pages Read: 353, 263, 280, 226, 448

Gyms Battled: 2 (Saffron City: Marsh Badge, Cerulean City; Cascade Badge)

Total CP: 35+20 (55), 26+20 (46), 28+20 (48), 22+20 (42), 44+20 (64) = 255+50

Books Read:

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Gyms Battled:

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CP: 655

A #BooksforTrade Rant: Get Ready for Some Unpopular Opinions

I’ve been seeing a lot of drama surrounding #booksfortrade on Twitter lately, and frankly, I don’t get why. Personally, everyone I have traded with has been fair, open, and generous, and I have tried to do the same. However, I have a few things to say about what I’ve been reading from people criticizing the hashtag.

  1. People only want rare ARCs for rare ARCs: Um…yeah? I really don’t get what’s so wrong with this. I mean sure, there have been times I’ve been disappointed when someone isn’t looking for anything I have or already has it, but, of course people want precious goods for precious goods. Nobody is saying they’ll die if they don’t get That ARC; everyone is aware they can just buy the FC when it comes out.
  2. People are trying to get precious goods for old paperbacks. Do you really think that everyone who puts precious ARCs like Furthermore or Caraval on their lists is really expecting to get them? Maybe they’re putting it there because they’ll want finished copies of them in the future. Who knows? The point is: YOU DON’T. So, no need to go around criticizing everybody.
  3. People are only on the hashtag for “collector’s items” (read: Meyer, Bardugo, Collins ARCs or manuscripts), not for new things they want to read. First of all, people are TOTALLY on the hashtag for books they haven’t read. Secondly, who are you to say they’ll never get them? They’re not hurting anyone by asking. What’s the big deal? Oh right: THERE IS NONE.
  4. People are often willing to look at other books not on their wish lists. If they are, but don’t see anything, too bad for you. Get over it. If they’re not, that’s their business and why does it matter?
  5. People on the hashtag are greedy. Um…I haven’t seen this. Yeah, some people post on the hashtag a lot looking for things or trying to get rid of things (guilty), but again, they’re not hurting anyone, and YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE SOMETHING TO THEM IF YOU DON’T WANT TO.
  6. Basically, nobody is forcing you to a) give up precious ARCs for old paperbacks, b) give up things you don’t want to give up in general, and c) use the hashtag in the first place!

Honestly, it seems like the people who are complaining about the hashtag really don’t know much about it. I have made only successful trades with fair, generous people and never once had an issue. I really do believe people are still using it to get books they don’t want into the hands of people who want them, but really, do people’s motives matter as long as they’re not going to cons or requesting things specifically for trading without reading them as long as they’re honest and open throughout the process? I don’t really think so.

So for those of you who have taken an issue with #booksfortrade: No one is forcing you to look at the hashtag. No one is hurting you personally by using it. So please, stop trying to ruin it for the rest of us who are using it fairly and get over it.

Rant over.

#BoutofBooks Sign-Up Post

Oh goodness, I am really reading-challenge-addicted right now. I’m already participating in #VASRP2016, the #ReadThemAllThon, and Epic Reads’ Reading Decathalon (though with that one I’ll be done on Wednesday). However, I just have to add on the Bout of Books challenge, because I do it every time and don’t want to miss it. Plus, it will keep me motivated to read at my usual pace, unlike in the beginning of the summer. So, I am hoping to continue reading at least a book a day until the end of Bout of Books.

Here’s what I hope to read:

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#ReadThemAllThon Update: Week 1

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Pokemon is owned by Nintendo but this challenge is hosted by Read At Midnight! Here’s my progress for the first week, which began last Sunday, August 14.

Pages Read: 320, 304, 266, 393, 243

Books complete: This Adventure Ends, When Audrey Met Alice, Emily the Strange: The Lost Days, Furthermore, Under the Egg

Gyms battled: 2 (Pewter City & Vermillion Gym)

Tweets about the challenge: 3

TOTAL CP: 9, 20+32, 20+30+20, 26+20+20, 39+20, 24+20

+50 (evolution into Seadra) = 350

books read:

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Gyms Battled:

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CP: 350

Stacking the Shelves 8-20-16

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme by Tynga’s Reviews highlighting the cool books we receive each week.

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Traded:

  • The Continent – Keira Drake

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From Penguin (thank you, Rachel!!!):

  • Still Life with Tornado – A. S. King
  • Furthermore – Tahereh Mafi
  • A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

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Purchased:

  • The Arctic Incident – Eoin Colfer
  • A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • Two Summers – Aimee Freedman
  • The Lost and Found – Katrina Leno
  • The Loose Ends List – Carrie Firestone
  • The Forgetting – Sharon Cameron

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  • Under the Egg – Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • Raymie Nightingale – Kate DiCamillo (thank you, Mom!!!)
  • A Snicker of Magic – Natalie Lloyd

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days

Emily the Strange: The Lost DaysEmily the Strange: The Lost Days Published by HarperCollins on June 2, 2009
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 266
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel:

1. Mystery
2. A beautiful golem
3. Souped-up slingshots
4. Four black cats
5. Amnesia
6. Calamity Poker
7. Angry ponies
8. A shady truant officer
9. Top-13 lists
10. A sandstorm generator
11. DoppelgAngers
12. A secret mission
13. Earwigs

Emily the Strange: 13 years old. Able to leap tall buildings, probably, if she felt like it. More likely to be napping with her four black cats; or cobbling together a particle accelerator out of lint, lentils, and safety pins; or rocking out on drums/ guitar/saxophone/zither; or painting a swirling feral sewer mural; or forcing someone to say "swirling feral sewer mural" 13 times fast . . . and pointing and laughing.

READING LEVELS: 870, 29 sapphire, 40, 40, T, 6.0-7.0, 5, 9-11, Z

*Note: This series is very hard to get. I actually had to order it from Amazon marketplace sellers instead of Prime because a couple of the books were out of stock. However, it is totally worth it to get these books.

Talking Points

  • Written in a unique format. This book has it all: lists, diaries, great illustrations, etc. The illustration style has the potential to draw in readers who might otherwise turn to graphic novels, and is just very fun to look at.
  • Lots of wacky characters. The Lost Days certainly has an extremely colorful cast of characters. I’m sure readers would be drawn in by Raven the robot, Umlat and Attikol and their crew, Jakey the nine-year-old psychic, and especially Emily herself.
  • The mystery. Obviously the mystery of Emily’s amnesia is a huge part of this book, and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing but engaged throughout it.

My Take

I am so glad I tracked this series down and reread book 1, and I think I loved it just as much as I did the first time. It’s full of angsty goodness and dark humor, and also, CATS. Don’t ever forget the cats.