Book Buying Habits Tag

I was reading different blogs from my followers and came across this tag on Ashley aka TheSociallyAwkwardBookworms page. All of us readers have our grandiose ways of buying books. If you want to know my #BookBuyingHabits  continue reading this post. If you enjoyed it please subscribe to my blog and like my post. Don’t forget to tell your friends! That was really great marketing by me right?

 

Where do you buy your books from?

A majority of my books I bought from either Target, Amazon, or  Barnes N Noble. Normally I buy books from stores that have the lowest prices, yet if it is a book I’ve been dreaming to buy or like has the authors signature I’ll pay top dollar price. U only live once.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so do you do this in store or online?

Yes, and normally I purchase  pre-ordered books online.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

Oh wow. Lets just say I buy at least 5 books a month.

Do you use your local library?

Not so much today, yet my passion for reading began, because of libraries.  Libraries are a perfect way to escape your home/work and spend a few hours away reading. Plus all of the books are free to read!

What is your opinion on library books?

I’m totally fine with library books.  As I already stated I  do not normally go to libraries much today, yet they’re a great spot.  The books are normally in great condition as well. I think reading books helps make us cleaner cause I’m always worried about keeping my books clean and spotless.

How do you feel about second hand books?

Most second hand books I own or have owned were pretty great. If we keep our books from getting dusty or wearing out the pages a book can look almost new for a very long time.

Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelves or no?

Not really. I do not even have a TBR pile.  Normally I buy a bunch of books and read those or some book I purchased months ago, yet never got around to reading. Sloppy, I know.

Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

I’d like to say yes, but I’m not sure that will happen. Not every book I purchase I actually want to read. Sometimes I just like the design on the cover and how it looks on my book shelf or standing alone.

What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

I either give them away to a friend or to Goodwill.  Most of my books I’d rather own forever.

Have you ever donated books?

 I do not think so. Maybe a couple, yet not many.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

A book buying ban? That would be impossible. I have gone a couple months without buying any books tho.

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Sometimes, yet I do not think of it as a problem. I love books. I love to read books.  Reading is my hobby. It brings me joy, so I’ll continue to be a happy, little  literature addict. It  also helps keep the  stores in business.

 

So those are my answers to my crazy, enjoyable book buying habits. Thank you to Ashley for sharing this with us. Do not be afraid to let us know what your BBH are as well.

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June Book Haul!

The month of June is sailing away, so lets get into my June book Haul! I read about three books this month which was good since I’ve been trying so hard to get back into my reading habit.  Originally I planned to read 50 books this year, but that was never going to happen, so I switched my Goodreads Reading Challenge total to 40 books. I think I can do it. While away on vacation I bought a few more books to add into my June Book Haul, so lets take a look at what is or will soon be set on my book shelf’s 🙂

 

The Shadow Queen- C.J Redwine

 

 The Shadow Queen is an interesting retelling of the classic fairly tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  I actually finished reading this story a couple days ago. This wasn’t my favorite retelling of Snow White[ which is like one of my favs], yet I’d gladly read a sequel to this story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Since You’ve Been Gone- Morgan Matson

 

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Since You’ve Been Gone had been catching my attention while glancing at the books from the young adult section at Target, so I went on Amazon and got myself a copy.  Sorry Target, but Amazon has better prices. In this book some girls bestie goes missing, so she has to find her before the summer is over. It goes something like that. Morgan Matson is a terrific author, so I expect good things from this book.

 

 

 

 

 

The Darkest Minds- Alexandra Bracken

 

 

The other day a friend of mine on Goodreads was telling me about this book. The main character is a young girl named Ruby who was sent away to a rehabilitation camp in a diseased stricken America. From a mysterious disease she got some kind of powers, so she’s thrown into a group of youths who also have powers to fight evil villains or something like that. Ruby sounds like an epic female badass character and this novel is comparable to the X Men so yeah I’ll definitely be reading this.

 

 

To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee


One of my besties and I were discussing our favorite books  a few weeks ago. She brought up that she loved To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve only seen the movie, yet am anxious to read the actual novel, so I finally got myself a copy. I bought a copy of TKAM last year, but that book was way too small.  This book is a classic and should be read by generations to come.

 

 

 

 

 

So that is it for my  2016 June Book Haul. Hopefully I can read all of these awesome books and blog about them soon enough. For the record these cover photos do not belong to me, so if anyone has any issues with me using their photos let me know and I’ll change that right away. Hope you all have a blessed Sunday.

Fear Should Never Control U

 Hey guys what is up? Right now I’m on vacation, chilling with my grandparents.  Vacation is a time to relax and get away from the craziness, yet my urge to blog cannot ever leave me. The last two days I went to the beach.  At the beach I sat on the shore, looking around me.  The waves were so relaxing. The sea, sky,  shells, and little birds were capturing my attention.  While at the beach it got me thinking how fearful society has become.

 

At the beach it is so nice and peaceful.  While at the beach I kept thinking about how amazing God really is. God created the heavens and the earth. Everything was created by God. Sure really cool man-made items like Ipads or PS4’s were created by man, yet man was still created by the creator.  At the beach there is little reason to fear at least in America. I can swim in the sea or build a sand castle in peace. When at the beach I’m not thinking about problems back at home or around the world.  Is it possible to find such serenity at home?

There is so much fear in our daily life now. Men and women fear over their income. People are worried about ISIS and other evils that lurk around us.  Some worry about gaining or losing weight. Some worry about keeping a friendship in tact. Parents are worried about how to protect their children. Others may worry about an illness or death in their family. Many are worrisome over the election ahead or the rights to  bare arms etc. Each of these issues revolve around some sort of fear. We need to stop allowing fear to control us.

 

I’ve never thought of fear as a bad thing. Fear is not some phantom hiding in the shadows.   As the thirty second   president of the United  States of America  Franklin D Roosevelt once said” The only thing to fear is fear itself.”  Fear is sort of like the yellow light which cautions a driver to slow down. Fear can hinder us from doing things which can sometimes be a good thing. On the contrary, fear may also hold us back. Fear can keep us from accomplishing goals or dreams. If we allow fear to control us it can be a very bad thing.

Everyone has fears. Some may  claim that they do not fear anything, yet that is an absolute lie.

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Jesus was somewhat afraid before the Roman guards showed up to take him into the city of ancient Jerusalem for his trial. It’s silly to be afraid to not admit to your fears. Two of my biggest fears are snakes and being tickled. Snakes are freaky looking creatures. They slither around on their stomach and hiss at ya. They’re like Lizards without feet plus have big fangs.  They creep me out.  My other fear is being tickled. I’m extremely ticklish and one of my cousins figured that out, so I’m fearful of being tickled today.  If you try tickling me it’ll be your worst nightmare. I’m ninety three pounds U do not want to mess with!

I get so annoyed when I hear people complaining about the littlest things.  It makes me laugh really. At the age of nine years old I was diagnosed with a rare disorder called MPS 1. For the last twelve years I’ve got medicine by an infusion. This medicine, which actually  comes from Chinese dwarf hamsters, creates an artificial enzyme. Normally the IV goes in right away. Once and a while it takes a couple pokes.  No big deal. This has never bothered me. I’ve never complained about going through this once.  I do not fear this illness. God has given me so much strength. This is actually a blessing to me for many reasons. If there is anyone who would have a reason to complain it would be someone like me, yet I don’t. I got to many blessings to complain. I’m not the only person battling an illness. Like Taylor Swift’s hit song we just Shake it Off. You can either allow fear to control you and complain  or keep grinding. The choice is yours.

 

To end my rant here we should not allow fear to control us. The future is mysterious. We cannot control the outcome of future events, so why be so afraid? Like the Joker said WHY SO SERIOUS?  Proverbs 3:5 is one my favorite verses, because it explains clearly how to handle fear. God is bigger than all of our fears.

” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

 

The Journey On Becoming an Author

My whole life I’ve had a gigantically sized imagination. As a child living out in the country I had many adventures outdoors, pretending to be a soldier, pirate, football player or even Little Red Riding Hood or Cinderella[ cousins do horrible things]. There is a lot going on up there. Being homeschooled  I had a lot of time to myself.   Since I was a little kid I’ve always had a book in my hands. I read books almost every day. From sixth to 8th  grade my passion for writing began. I began to write fan fiction after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows was published.  Harry Potter couldn’t end. The story had to keep going, so I wrote a couple short stories. This was only the beginning of my writing journey. Since high school I’ve been determined to become an author.  My journey is only, beginning, yet I have learned a lot so far.

 

 

  My  joy for writing can mistake someone into thinking it’s easy for me. There are certain days where all I talk about is either my story or the book I’m reading at the moment. Ask my cousin Jennifer that and she’ll tell U I’m, speaking the truth.  Trust me, writing is never easy. There are days when I feel like ripping up all my stories or tossing my lap top out the window. There is a lot of feelings that go into writing. Doubt can creep in and cowl around you like a huge Boa constrictor. First of all why am I writing a book? What is the plot? Is it really going to be bought and sold world wide?  Who do you think U are JK Rowling? Sometimes I talk to myself ok? Writers are weird, but that is who we are. We’re artist man! Oh great, now I’m procrastinating.

 

 

It’s just crazy for me to think that over the next five to ten years I may publish a book. A story written by me could be set on a shelf at Barnes and Noble or  be able to be downloaded as an Ebook. Lets face it, Ebooks are the future and I’ve not bought a Kindle yet.

I’m an introvert. Writing is how I express myself. I do not really like, talking to people unless it’s people I know. Arguments are tiresome. We spit and shout so many words out that we forget what we once said. It’s so exhausting.  I can say so much more by writing without ever moving my lips. The idea of showing my art off to the world is both exciting, yet scary.  There are so many books out there written by amazing authors whom I could never compare myself to. Are my stories really going to be comparable to theirs? Overall I hope my stories bring others joy. I like to write stories with a dark beginning which turns out well in the end. Life is like that for many people.

 

 

As I’ve already said, my journey as a writer is only beginning.  Through social media I’ve found many others who have the same dream. Creating blogs and posting reviews is only more fuel to my fire. With my friends and family I have people in my life who encourage me. IMO writing is like how I give back to them for all their support. Stories are magical. We learn so much even from fictional characters. When I finish writing a story even if it’s short I feel proud that I accomplish something.  Writing will never feel like a job to me, because it is so much fun!

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Review

So it has been a while since my  last review of the novels from the Harry Potter series. A few months ago I got an idea to review each Harry Potter book after reading them. That seem like such an awesome plan when I first thought  of it. A lot of time has passed since my review of Prisonar of Askaban, so I’m exetemely sorry to those who have been waiting patiently.  It can take me a couple months to read books with 500 pages or more. It takes me even more time when I’m reading a few other books at the same time. Harry Potter should be read solo, yet   I’ve  finally re-read Goblet of Fire, so here is my review for the 4th installment.

 

Goblet of Fire has always been my favorite Harry Potter novel.  The first three Harry Potter novels are geared more toward children.  I realize that Harry Potter is a children’series, yet Goblet of Fire is where the story tends to gear more toward teenagers likewise to the novels ahead in the series. This was a brilliant move by JK Rowling since her audience was older by then.  In Goblet of Fire Harry is now 14 years old.  His childhood is moving along nicely. He had been through so much guilt and pain  already that you’re hoping something good comes along for him.  A trip to the Quiddtech World Cup was pretty nice.

At Hogwarts Harry battles his unwanted popularity while trying to survive in the Triwizard Tournament. They should have taken Harry Potter out of the championships list, but we wouldn’t have a story then would we? He argues with Ron a lot in this book. Hermione shows some signs of vanity with getting her teeth fixed and going to the Yule Ball all glamorous. The kids are growing up fast.  Hermione also stands up for the enslaved house elves. I wish Winky were in the films. It irks me that the professor Moody in Goblet of Fire was actually an imposter. So not cool. The most pivotal part of Goblet of Fire is when lord Voldemort returns to the flesh.

Before his return all we had were clues about what type of villain  he was. With the way Voldemort is described I think of him as the devil. He has facial features of a serpent. The dude literally has no nose. The man had been missing for years, yet they feared his name so much. The way he returns into the story is very chilling. He had Cedric Diggory[ or that Edward glowing vampire guy from Twilight] killed without any remorse. We figure out that it was the love from Harry’s mum that kept him safe from Voldemort’s curse.  When Voldemort returns a darkness starts to consume the Wizarding World which becomes a huge problem for Harry and his friends.

 

What are your thoughts on Goblet of Fire? Did U enjoy the book and film as much as I did? Let me know in the comment section below.

 

 

Homosexuality: Sin or No Sin?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about sharing a glimpse into my views on homosexuality.  This topic is never an easy one to discuss considering how controversial it is. At first, I was a bit afraid to blog about this, yet from the after math of the tragic shooting which occurred in Orlando, Florida over the weekend I had to get my feelings out there.  As a Christian, I  first look at what scripture says about being homosexual.

 

Homosexuality is mentioned a lot in the Bible. From the Old Testament to the New Testament it clearly states that homosexuality is indeed a sin.  There is homosexuality mentioned in the town of Sodom which God destroyed.  In Romans 26-27 men and women were said to be having unnatural relations with those of the same gender.  One of the most straight forward verses on homosexuality is from First Corinthians 6-9 which talks about the wrong doings of this act>

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

The idea of a man wanting to be with another man or a woman being with another woman just frankly bobbles my mind.  I just cannot understand this thought process  although others out there  have another opinion. What could be the reason for this? Is it for attracting attention, a mental disorder, or does Sally really love Jane? I’m not really sure there is a correct answer out there. Each human being deals with his or her issues differently. There can be many reasons to someone being gay or becoming gay. I’ve read where some homosexuals were sort of raised a certain way which gave them more masculine or feminine thoughts. Somewhere along the line they embraced this.  Now I’ll get to my next topic. How should we treat homosexuality? Is homosexuality unforgivable?

 

For years I thought being gay was wrong and they should be scolded. My mind has changed somewhat. Yes, I still look at homosexuality as a sin, yet I  do not encourage those who treat them differently. We’re all born sinners.  Lying, stealing, lusting,  or murdering are all sins, yet what makes those sins any less or worse of a  sin than being gay? Some Christians seem to put homosexuality at the top of sins tower, but why? Is it, because seeing two men or two women together looks abnormal? Is it because we’ve grown up believing in marriage the way we see it that their life style is just too much for us to bare? Could this hatred toward homosexuals actually  be a wicked tool used by Satan?

The  terrorist from Orlando’s shooting was indeed an Islamic who believed in ISIS message. Many radical Islamic’s encourage slaughtering gays. The Muslim faith is strongly against homosexuality.  Slaughtering a group of people is very wrong, yet also name calling homosexuals is also very wrong. I’m not trying to say that Christians and Islamics are the same, yet both sides sort of look at homosexuality the same way. If we want homosexuals to be saved how are we doing so if we’re ostracizing them? How are we showing them God’s love by pushing them away? I’m not saying we should coddle them, yet lets respect them. I had a long chat about this with a friend of mine the other night. She told me something that really made a lot of sense. She said that Jesus came to Earth to help  all sinners not criticize them. If Jesus did not come to judge the world why are we so judgmental? James 4:12 outlines my final remarks.

James 4:12

” There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you- who are you to judge your neighbor?”

 

 

What are your thoughts on homosexuality? Do not be afraid to let me know in the comment section below.

 

Gone Home PS4 Console Edition Review

First of all, I want to say my thoughts and prayers go out to Christina Grimmie family and to the victims from Saturday night’s shooting in Orlando.   Being a Floridian  from the central Florida area I’ve been to Orlando many times. It’s a great city to visit. Never would I had thought a terrorist attack would occur so close by. We see it on the news, yet it’s happening all around us. I hope and pray we may find a way to stop this evil  completely.

Anyways I downloaded Gone Home from my PS4 Plus membership. I love downloading games for free.

Gone Home is a  first person exploration adventure game created by The  Fulbright Company.  The entire game is pretty short. It took me two days to complete it, but it is beatable in one day. The setting for Gone Home is within a quaint home.  Gone Home takes place in the mid 1990s in Portland, Oregon.

U play as Katie,  a college aged student, who is returning home from Europe.  She comes home early, finding the house vacant. There are boxes all over the floor, draws wide open, and  strange letters written out by her  younger sister Sam all around the house. With your controller[ or mouse] you uncover clues left by Sam on what had happen while Katie was away.

Overall I really like this game. These games are like entering a story within a book. I savored wandering around the home, figuring out what had happen. The graphics of the home were very cool. It was fun to see the older TV sets and cassette tapes, laying around the home. Talk about nostalgia. This game really plays tricks on your imagination. At first, I thought this game was going to be spooky, yet as I figured out what was happening it made more and more sense. Being home alone on a dark and stormy night can be frightening. This game was beautifully developed.  I wish the game was somewhat longer, expanding the environment.  They could of added in shadows and other stuff to make it more spooky. I give Gone Home 4 stars out of 5.

 

Have U ever played Gone Home? What did you think of it? Did it scare ya a little? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

 

 

GG

The Sandlot Movie Review

One of my favorite childhood films has always been The Sandlot. It’s a film that describes a certain time in American history that is pretty much long gone. It also reminds me how great it was to be a kid. The Sandlot is a classic in my book.

 

Photo is from  MoviePilot.com

 The Sandlot focuses on a group of youths who had a desire to play baseball constantly. They live and breathe the sport. One day the new kid on the block[Smalls] comes across them which really messes things up. He’s pretty timid and knows nothing at all about baseball. He did not even know who Babe Ruth was.  Luckily for Smalls, Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez allows him into the group willingly. Everything goes well  for Smalls at first, until their baseball goes missing.  Smalls thinks about this old baseball in his stepfather’s den, so he decides to bring it out too play to replace the ball that went missing.  Smalls hits his first home run sending his stepfather’s  baseball over the fence into a yard where a crazy beast of a dog resides. As if this isn’t bad news already Small’s figures out who the baseball belonged too. Yep Babe Ruth “The Great Bambino”.

 

For the rest of the film the boys try their luck at getting the baseball back which never turns out well. Eventually Benny has a dream where Babe Ruth himself tells Benny what he needs to do. Benny listens to his idol and jumps over the fence to retrieve Small’s baseball. After a long chase, Benny defeats the beast when the old fence falls on top of the dog. Here they figure out that the dog is not really a monster and that his owner is a pretty cool guy.

 

The 80s and 90s were full of kid sport films. I do not see why this theme has not ventured much further. These movies are a lot of fun to watch and reminisce on. It’s a fun watch, during the summer. I’ve seen it a thousand times, yet will watch it over and over again. Baseball isn’t even a favorite sport of mine, yet I enjoy this movie so much. The message of this film is so heartfelt and real.  The boys are out, having fun playing baseball. They’re, getting along most of the time and not getting into too much trouble.  They respect their elders and are glad to speak to the nice old man about baseball a sport  either young or old  love. Benny gave Smalls a chance when he could of given up on him.  I also like how they mention what they should of done before battling Hercules for the baseball. That normally only happens in How It Should of Ended videos. My most favorite line from The Sandlot is when Babe tells Benny,”  Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong.” 

Perks of Having Girl Best Friends.

 Today happens to be #NationalBestFriendsDay.  God has brought many amazing friends into my life. These are the people who give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that make you feel special. Today I’ll talk about my two best friends in the whole wide world[ and a galaxy far, far, away etc]. My two amazing friends  happen to be girls. I think it’s great to have a close, casual, and friendly bond with people of both genders.  We met eight years ago when my family started going to a new church.  We enjoyed the first service we attended, so we decided to keep going permanently.  Soon enough,  my mom found out that they had a youth group. At first I was not so willing to go, but that changed as I attended youth  more often. Thanks for not giving up on me Holly! Over the past eight years, I have grown close to my best friends.  These two are like peanut butter and jelly. They’re two of the most epic people I know. I’m proud to call them my sisters. We’re kind of like the Golden Trio now.  This blog post is a tribute to these awesome buddies of mine.  There are also many perks to, having girl best friends.

1 Hygiene.

Surely I have learned new ways to keep myself clean from these two.  I learned the proper way to scrub and rinse. When I need help on what products I should be, using to keep my hair clean I know who to call[ see what I did there?] Old Spice is also a man’s best friend.

2. Compassion. 

When I’m, talking to them they’re open minded and  caring. I’m not afraid to talk to them about serious or not so serious stuff.  They understand. It’s good to have that trust between us.

3. Fashion. 

Sometimes we talk about clothing which can actually be a lot fun to discuss. They can be so glamorous. I try my best to keep up.   I think I  got them into plaid tho, so that makes me happy too.

 

So those are a few reasons as to why I love my friends so much.  I’m really grateful to have such amazing friends. It’s good to keep those type of friends close like a pocket watch.  What are some awesome things about your best friends? Let me know in the comment section below.

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