4 Ways I’ve Changed As A Reader

I’ve been a reader for a pretty long time now, and as you would expect over the years we change. So I thought I would share some ways in how I’ve changed as a reader.

1. I don’t want to own a lot of books.

Years ago, I wanted to buy all the books. I wanted to own a library and have shelves upon shelves of books. As I got older, that has definitely changed. Now instead of buying books, majority of the time I try to get them from the library or on my kindle first to see how I feel. If I love them, I will buy my own copy for my shelf. Now I don’t want to own shelves of unread books anymore. It’s a better feeling to me to have shelves of books that I have read and loved.

2. I LOVE ebooks.

If you asked me years ago what my preferred way to read books was, it would without a doubt have been physical. However over the past couple of years, I’ve developed a LOVE for ebooks. Now the majority of books I read are ebooks. It’s just much more convenient.

3. Audiobooks have become a thing for me.

Audiobooks were always a no for me. I have nothing against them, but for me I could never focus on the story when I tried listening to an audiobook. I would ALWAYS get distracted and then feel lost. If I’m being honest, it still is like that to this day. That’s why I have to follow along with the book if I’m listening to a audiobook. But recently I found myself listening to more audiobooks, and really enjoying them. Some books are just better as audio, and it can really make you fall in love with a story!

4. Open to reading more genres!

In my teen years I only read what I was comfortable with and what I knew I would enjoy. It was very easy for me to miss out on books that could be AMAZING, just because it wasn’t what I “normally” read. As I got older that has definitely changed! Now I read whatever sounds interesting to me, and if I like it, great. If I don’t…oh well. At least I gave it a chance! I’ve discovered so many amazing stories, that I probably would have missed out on.

How have you changed as a reader over the years?

I Have A Question Regarding Shadow and Bone…

I have a question…I just recently finished reading Shadow and Bone which I wanted to read before watching the show.

My question is does the show follow just the first book, or does it contain spoilers for the entire trilogy?(I know it has some characters from the Six of Crows series). I’m trying to figure out if it’s necessary to read the entire trilogy before watching the show, or not. Since I would rather not be spoiled for the rest of the books?

What are your thoughts?

Sisyphus: The Myth Ending!

So I just really needed to talk about my thoughts on the ending of this show. I have a lot of things going on in my mind and I just wanted to share them.

Is Seo Hae real or is Tae Sul hallucinating her?


I just don’t know…she could be real or not.

My thoughts…

I think he remembers her because he did put the code in for the uploader, and I believe the uploader was still made, but not October 31st like it was always made before. It was delayed, which changed the past since the bombs didn’t go off that day. So I think everything that happened in this time became the new past and that’s why Tae Sul remembers Seo Hae.

Now was she there? I just don’t know. She could be a hallucination. Instead of him seeing his brother, he sees her. Or she could actually be there. There could be a new problem and she found another journal and found him again.

Also with Tae Sul killing himself at the end…to me it made sense. He said he knew this was going to happen but kept putting it off because he wanted to be with Seo Hae for as long as possible. To me that makes sense. Obviously he would do everything in his power to change it this time, so putting off killing himself for the last moment makes sense.

He also told Seo Hae to find him no matter what it takes. No matter when, to find him. So he knew he would see her again.

As for Sigma, I feel like Won Ju(Sigma) will still be evil, but he has changed in this new time. He became the way he was because no one cared for him and no one showed him kindness. However, in the final episode, because of Seo Hae father(who showed him kindness and that he does care) he did change. Now he still hates Tae Sul, as we saw from the ending, but I do think he has changed(probably not much though). I also think Eddie Kim will become the “new Sigma“.

Obviously this is all up to interpretation. Normally I’m not a fan of open endings, but with this particular drama I’ve seen a lot of different theories online and I’ve had the best time reading them. They’re many different possibilities and I really enjoyed seeing what people came up with! I just wanted to share my thoughts because I keep thinking about it and just needed to talk about it.

As I said earlier, these are just my thoughts on the ending of Sisyphus: The Myth. I think I may do a whole review of the drama as well!

Queen of Air and Darkness

Thule

I personally quite enjoyed this portion of the book. It really surprised me, because I wasn’t sure what to expect. What happened to the characters in this alternate world was absolutely heartbreaking. Don’t even get me started on Magnus and Alec! And the Blackthorns…Damn! When Thule Livvy was telling Emma and Jules what happened to the Blackthorn family, it was heartbreaking.

Emma and Jules

Honestly, Emma and Jules are not my favorite characters, and this relationship did frustrate me throughout this series. However, I could tolerate them the most during this book. It was sad to see Julian without his emotions and how he treated the people around him. I knew it was going to be bad because he’s already a character that will do anything to protect the people he cares about. Now without any emotions, it will end up being 10xs worse. He could go around killing everyone!

Mark, Kieran and Cristina

I don’t know about anyone else, but this one was and is my freakin SHIP! I love these threes so much and I really didn’t expect to. When we were first introduced to Mark I loved him, and I still do. Same thing for Cristina! I love her so much, and throughout this entire series, my thought was NO ONE better hurt Cristina. I didn’t care about Kieran in Lady Midnight. He did things that were NOT okay, and even though he did try to help at the end, it didn’t make up for it. However, slowly we start to see more of him and the reason he did things, and how much he truly cares for Mark, and I started to like him. By the end of Queen of Air and Darkness, I absolutely adored Kieran. And I love these three together soooo much! As Emma said “hot faerie threesome” and I’m all for it!

Ty and Kit

This plot line followed Ty as he tried to bring Livvy back from the dead. It surprised me that no one noticed what he was doing…but at the same time, with everything going on, it does make sense. Kit, who didn’t want to do this, but also didn’t want to let Ty down, reluctantly went along with it. I really wish Kit would’ve just said no from the beginning. I understand why he didn’t, but still. I honestly think it was a good idea for these guys to going their own way for now…and I mean just for now. We don’t want that forever(NOPE NOT FOREVER!) Kit wants to be liked and have a real family so honestly he would probably gone along with anything. Ty is so use to having someone(his family) with him, I think it’s good for him to go to the Scholomance. Secretly(not so secretly) I absolutely LOVE Kit going to live with Jem and Tessa! I love it so much!

Helen and Aline

It was so nice to see these two FINALLY back with the family. And it made sense how it all worked. She wasn’t just welcomed back into the family by the younger siblings. They were so young when she was exiled, they obviously would feel the way they did about others. Plus they just lost Livvy. TO me, it made sense. Still, Helen tried so hard to work on gaining the relationship back with them, and I liked seeing it.

The Cohort

F**K The Cohort!

The Cohort is some bullshit. This damn whatever you want to call it…I see it as a damn cult…well I HATE THEM! As I assume we all do. And the entire time I was reading this book, I kept picture Horace Dearborn as a former president that we have(if you know, you know). I honestly didn’t expect for them to all get exiled. It’s going to make for a really interesting story line going into The Wicked Powers(which I’m soooo excited for)

Ash

I honestly don’t know what to expect from this character. At this moment in time, I’m kind of indifferent towards him. I feel like we don’t know enough about him yet for me to love him or hate him. I need to know him more. But I’m curious how will this character play out. But the fact that he’s Sebastian Morgenstern’s son…HOLY FUCK!

Dru

I feel like Dru did have more in this story than in the other stories, but we still didn’t get much. Which is fine since I heard she will be a main character in The Wicked Powers. I really like Dru and I can’t wait to see her story. I felt bad for her because every time we saw her, she was pretty much alone. Also everyone kept calling her fat because she’s curvy and for her to not eat so much. I swear it was pissing me off every time I read it, and I wanted to punch everyone one in the face. She’s fucking 13 dammit.

TMI Characters

Some people felt like we saw too much of the TMI characters in this book, but I completely disagree. I loved seeing them every time, and it made sense why they were there. They definitely added to the story, and were not just thrown in.

MALEC

OMG YESSSS! I LOVED THIS SO MUCH! YES YES YES YES YES!!!! I loved this so much and I couldn’t be happier with how it ended. Just to see where Alec started way back in City of Bones, to him at the end of Queen of Air and Darkness! It’s so beautiful!

Rosales

I’m so curious about this family and the relationship that they have with the fae. They have a lot of faerie heirlooms, but they had to hand them over to the Clave when the Cold Peace was in place. They hid some heirlooms from them, but I’m curious about it. Maybe we will find out more in The Wicked Powers?

Random Thoughts

Alec Lightwood the new Consul! YESSS! I’m so happy for him. It’ll be nice to see how he leads.

Clave in Exile. I really didn’t see that coming, and I’m so curious how it’ll turn out. Especially now that they basically have to rebuild everything.

Ending

Please tell me how this entire 912 page book, and with that 5 page epilogue, it ends on a HUGE ASS CLIFFHANGER!?!?!?! WHAT??? Seriously, in just 5 pages?

I’m probably missing so much more, because this was a huge ass book and A LOT happened. What did you guys think of this book? What was your favorite part? What about your least favorite part? Who’s your favorite character(s)? I would love to know!

I DID IT!

Queen of Air and Darkness

I really just wanted to post this because I FINALLY FINISHED Queen of Air and Darkness! And that means I finally finished The Dark Artifices trilogy! YESSS!!! It’s been a long time coming. I’m happy that I finished this series(which I do enjoy). The books are just sooooo long(which put me off), but so good!

Shadowhunters!

I still have to read a few more books to catch up. At the moment I’m just really happy with how much I’ve been able to read this month, and that I was able to complete my goal of finishing The Dark Artifices!

Why I Don’t Listen to Audiobooks

Lately, I’ve been hearing so many people talk about audiobooks, and how much they enjoy them. It seems as if they’re getting more attention lately, and of course that’s not a bad thing. In fact it’s a great thing, because it means more people are readingtumblr_nifhvawmsy1tq4of6o1_500!

However, for me, I could never enjoy an audiobook. Why? Mainly because I could never focus on the story when listening to them. I tried to listen to three audiobooks, and within the first few chapters, I would try to remember what I heard, and it was like my mind was blank. I couldn’t remember anything that was said.

A lot of peopl200_se talk about how they listen to audiobooks on there commute to school, or work, during breaks, cleaning, working out, whenever they have free time. I think that’s fantastic. In a way I’m jealous of people who are able to do that. I tried listening to an audiobook while cleaning, and I could not concentrate on the story at all. It ended up frustrating me to no end.

I’ve come to the conclusion that audiobooks are just not for me, and of course that’s okay. I wish they were though. While reading, I cant be doing anything else. I just have to focus on the story. That’s why I’ll be sticking with my physical and e-copies.

How do you feel about audiobooks? Do they not work for you? Do you love them? If so, what has been your favorite audiobook that you listened to?

Why is my GoodReads Challenge 1?

logo-442d9afca63dc7e8b9d988f811fb9cbdSo the question is: Why is my Goodreads Challenge only 1 book?

Before I set my challenge to 1 book, I always found myself with this need to complete my Goodreads challenge, and if I didn’t I would feel kind of bad abtumblr_m4jcnoS2og1r573sro1_500out it. Which shouldn’t be the case right? I shouldn’t feel bad about not reading a certain number of books. Reading anything at all is great! Of course at this time, I believe it was 2012, I was new to Goodreads. I felt as though I HAD to complete it, and seeing everyone else with there goals just added to that feeling. I also noticed that I wasn’t picking up books that I wanted to read, but more so books that I thought would be quick, and help me reach my goal! By doing that, I was missing out on other amazing books.

Eventually, I saw a friend of mine on Goodreads set her goal as 1, with her reasoning and all I could think about was how PERFECT oh-yeah-gif-buffy-the-vampirethat would be for me. So in 2014 I set my goal for 1 book and ended up reading 29 books that year. It may not seem like a lot, but I felt amazing at the end of the year. I had no stress, no pressure, and I read books that I WANTED to read. When 2015 came along, my goal again was 1 book and I managed to read 74. It felt great!

So every year since then my goal has been to read 1 book. It’s perfect for me because I pick up books that sound fun, books that I want to read. Now, I love to do challenges because I simply have fun with them. If I complete them great. If not, then oh well. It’s all about the fun!heh_thumbs_up_nph.gif

And now I would love to hear from you guys! Are you participating in the Goodreads Challenge? What is your goal? Do you feel pressure to complete it?

Shadowhunters Reaction- The Mortal Cup

cqyue2aw8aap-cv-largeSo the premiere has come and gone. Lets talk about it!

  1. Chemistry- I enjoyed the chemistry between most of the characters. You can see this especially with Clary(Kat) and Simon(Alberto). TheDOMINIC SHERWOOD chemistry is fantastic between them! The chemistry between all the other characters is there, but it definitely needs some work in my opinion.
  2.  Acting- The acting wasn’t all that terrible. Alberto(Simon), Harry Shum Jr(Magnus), and Matthew(Alec) were all fantastic. And the others did a good job as well, however my biggest problem was Kats portrayal of Clary. It’s not that it was terrible, it just wasn’t working for me. I had a hard time believing her as Clary. Maybe that will change as the season continues. Iassah(Luke) however, was my favorite, and I loved that scene between him and Simon! It was short but fun!ALBERTO ROSENDE, KATHERINE MCNAMARA
  3.  Dialogue- This I’m on the line about. Some of the lines were fantastic, such as Simons lines! PERFECTION! His were the best and I really enjoyed them. Also Jace’s lines(for the most part) suited him. Some of them didn’t work so well. As for the rest, a lot of it seemed a bit cringe-worthy at times, and I just couldn’t help but laugh. So when it comes to the script and dialogue, I’m a bit worried about it. It can definitely get better.
  4. Costumes- I loved the costumes. I thought they were amazing, and suited the characters fine. I know people had some problems with them, especially Clary in Shadowhunter gear, but to be honest, it didn’t bother me at all.

These are some of my thoughts on the pilot episode. Did you watch? What did you enjoy? What did you dislike?

Book Discussion- Life and Death

Title- Life and DeathLifeanddeathtwilightreimagined
Author- Stephenie Meyer
Pages- 389
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Twilight Reimagined!

This was my first read of 2016, and I have to say, I quite enjoyed it! This story brought me back into the world of Twilight, which I haven’t been in awhile! It definitely made me want to reread the original as well, so I’m thinking I may do a reread of the saga this year.

This story follows the same story as Twilight, however with some changes in the scenes, and dialogue to work with the gender swap! It does take some time to get adjusted to these characters. I admit that I definitely had a hard time picturing Beau and Edthye because I was so use to the original characters. However, once you’re able to do that you do get to enjoy these characters. My favorite was Archie, who is this books Alice!

The ending! I really enjoyed the ending of this book! It was fun to see how Twilight could have ended if it was just a stangiphydalone book. I’m glad I got to see this alternate ending, however I do feel as though it was rushed. I do prefer the original ending for Twilight. This ending also made me a bit depressed. Because of Beau changing, he had to fake his own death and he never got to apologize for what he said to Charlie before he left, and you can tell how he regrets that. It was upsetting, and I’m glad that wasn’t the original ending!

I honestly believe people had too high expectations, and were expecting a bit much from this story. Going into this I expected a fun, enjoyable, slightly different story because of the gender swap, and that’s whatumblr_n0pwfyPVHH1t77ydgo1_500t I got. I honestly believe because I wasn’t expecting a lot, I enjoyed it more than others.

You have to enjoy this story for what it is. A fun, enjoyable story that Stephenie wrote for the fans. Also for those saying that this was published for just a cash grab, I have to disagree. A tenth anniversary edition would have been published anyway, this was just something fun that she though the fans would enjoy. Enjoy it for what it is, and I think you’ll have fun with this story!