Giveaway (Fahrenheit 451)

So I recently got the latest Sci-Fi block from NerdBlock in order to get this beauty:

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Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books. So when I saw this new edition with this lovely cover, I knew I had to get it.

Since I now have two editions of this book, I am giving away my like-new 50th anniversary edition:

 

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Go here to see how you could win a copy of the 50th edition. Best of luck!

About this book:

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear, and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide, and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.

 

jnc

Reader Problems Book Tag

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I was tagged to do the Reader Problems Tag by Ari @ The Quirky Book Nerd. Definitely go check out her awesome blog!
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Right now I have around three thousand books on my TBR. I usually decide to read books based on what I have unread on my shelves, what other people are reading or recommended, or if I see something that looks interesting at stores or at the library. This year I made a list of books I wanted to read this year, some on my shelf and some not. One day I may revisit my TBR and see if I am still interested in all of the books on it and start ranking the ones I want to read the most.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I’m committed. I feel bad not finishing, like I haven’t given it a fair chance. There’s a few books I have DFN, but it’s rare and I actually haven’t done it in a while.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Oh definitely, though I also try to be realistic. If I know there is no way I can make a goal (I once tried to read over 200 and I think I got halfway there), I try to make a new goal. This year I want to read 100 books, but if I was at like 80 by December, I would aim for at least 90 because that feels like an attainable goal to me. I would also try to pick some shorter books toward the end if I needed a boost. Right now I have a mix of short, medium, and long books.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I usually don’t come across this problem since I don’t buy series right away most of the time, but I have the two original Stephanie Perkins novels and the last book has the new re-design so I plan to re-purchase that series. So I’d say if I really loved the series, I would just re-purchase them. Usually what happens to me in series is I will have some of the books in paperback and some in hardback because I couldn’t wait to read the next book.

My GONE series collection is a great example but it worked out as a pattern so it actually works. Paperback-hardback-paperback-hardback-paperback-hardback. It wasn’t intentional.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?  


Thankfully I know a ton of people who love to read as much as I do and am also an active member on Goodreads so there is always someone who didn’t like the book, either. Usually it’s readers with similar tastes that I have.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

In public, I just let my eyes tear up and then have a good cry later on. I usually don’t weep a lot over books but there are definitely books and parts that have made me cry or get teary eyed.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!

I usually do one of three things:

  1. I re-read the book, if I have time. If I loved it the first time, chances are I will love it even more the second time around.
  2. I’ll try to find an audiobook of it so I can listen to it while I’m at work. Most books are no more than 8-12 hours so it doesn’t take long to get caught up.
  3. I’ll look up a synopsis or one of my reviews. My really old reviews aren’t much help but the ones I’ve been leaving since last year have proven to be helpful.

One way or another, I’m reading that sequel.

8. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?  


I usually don’t have a lot of reading slumps (I can’t actually recall even one). I’ve always been very consistent when it comes to reading. I have had times where I didn’t feel like reading, but I’ve never picked up and put down more than one book. If I did experience a slump, I would probably just wait for it to pass because I’m pretty sure it would. Or I’d go to the library or bookstore and I’m sure that would perk me up real fast.

9. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Usually I only buy books when they’re on sale because I don’t have a lot of money and I like getting deals. Most of my book shopping comes from Book Outlet, Amazon, Ollie’s Discount Store, and recently my local thrift shop. I also try to go the library and they tend to get a lot of popular new releases. The number depends on the store but I don’t tend to buy a huge amount of new releases. I’ll eventually get to them.

10. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

It depends on the book and whether or not I’ve heard many people I follow talk about, as well as the subject matter. Some books I have bought and recently began reading and others have been on my shelves forever (Oops?). It just depends on my mood and the book itself!

 

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag but I’m going to encourage some of my sommie readers to do it. If you do decide to, leave your answers or a link to your blog/wherever you post it in the comments so I can read them!

 

jnc

Books in April 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In April, I read ten!

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Favorite: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Classic: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Least Liked: Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass

 

 


I enjoyed the rest and loved Fire With Fire, The DUFF, and the first One Piece manga as well.

 

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My favorite read for April 2016.

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My classic read for April 2016.

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My first manga.

What did you read in April and what were your favorites?

 

jnc

April Writing & Reading Goals Check (May Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

 

GOALS FOR APRIL

✓ Read The DUFF for TBR list
✓ Read The Wizard of Oz for my classic book
✓ Edit/Re-write Evil in the Walls for Camp NaNo
✓ Read at least 7 books
✓ do book pictures for the month

 

I accomplished all of my goals for the month and then some–I read ten books overall! I also finished Camp NaNoWriMo in probably my shortest time yet. I didn’t give myself a lot of goals since I wanted to focus on Camp NaNo. For May, I’m going to keep it short as well so I can take a short writing break.

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

GOALS FOR MAY

✓ Read To Kill a Mockingbird for my classic book
✓ Start editing the second part of Creeper
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ do book pictures for the month

 

Wish me luck!

 

 

jnc

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo: Week 4

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Hey guys!
Camp NaNoWriMo is coming to a close. I decided to use the event to edit and re-write my YA Horror novel that I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year–Evil in the Walls.

I actually finished on Tuesday at about 52K.

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Most of my re-writing was done toward the end of the book. I’m still unsure if I like my new ending, though I feel it’s better than what I had. Hopefully my beta readers can help me decide by telling me which chapter they like.

Speaking of, if you would like to be a beta reader, please let me know. I need all of the help I can get. If you have a story you need read, I can offer to be your beta reader at a later time.

 

Now that Camp NaNo and my book are finished, I will probably take a small break before jumping back into writing. How’s your writing going if you’re participating? Hang in there! Even if you don’t meet your goal, if you have even written a single sentence, it is still progress!

 

jnc

Jane Eyre (2011) Book VS Movie

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Book written by Charlotte Brontë, 1847
Movie directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Jane Eyre is an extraordinary coming-of-age story featuring one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature. Poor and plain, Jane Eyre begins life as a lonely orphan in the household of her hateful aunt. Despite the oppression she endures at home, and the later torture of boarding school, Jane manages to emerge with her spirit and integrity unbroken.

She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she finds herself falling in love with her employer—the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester. But an explosive secret tears apart their relationship, forcing Jane to face poverty and isolation once again. One of the world’s most beloved novels, Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern blend of passion, romance, mystery, and suspense.

Source: Goodreads.com
Source: Goodreads.com

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book, though the movie wasn’t bad.

Book Rating: 4.5/5

Movie Rating: 3/5

Things the book did better: More of Jane’s life in detail, liked the way it was presented from the beginning (the movie starts in the middle-end and does flashbacks and then moves on toward the end), the fortune teller scene wasn’t omitted, the characters felt more real.

Things the movie did better: Seeing the settings and clothing helped me better picture the story.

Verdict?: The book. The movie was good but seemed to leave out a lot and moved too fast for my liking. Not bad by itself though.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah, though I know there are more versions and I’ll probably watch them.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

jnc

Camp NaNoWriMo: Week 3

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Hey guys!
We’re on week 3 of Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m almost finished. I have a little over 5K left, though I will probably write somewhat more to finish up the book. 50K is just an initial word count goal.

I just added a new character death and have plans to change the ending. The last part of this book is as exciting to me as it was when I wrote it. I can see it playing out as a movie so well. I cannot wait to write the new ending!

 

Here’s my stats so far:

Total Word Count: 44,611.
Words Remaining: 5,389.
Days Left: 8.

 

I feel like I am just flying by with this edit. I’m currently looking for beta readers so if you are interested, please let me know.

 

Are you doing Camp NaNo? If so, what are you writing and what are your goals? How are you doing with them? Best of luck! One more week to go!