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August Book Haul *via VLOG*

My first attempt at a Vlog!

August Book Haul

 

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book review

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

By: Grady Hendrix

Length: 336 Pages

Published: May 17th 2016 by Quirk Books

Medium of Consumption: Paperback

The Rundown:

High school is never an easy time for a girl.  Maintaining high GPAs, extra curricular activities, and popular girl social status, best friends Abby and Gretchen seem to have it all.  A weekend of partying changes everything.

Gretchen starts acting like a different person.  Something happened to her when she wandered into the woods that weekend, and Abby is trying to find out what it is.  

Can Abby’s “dearly but not queerly” love for Gretchen help her return Gretchen to her old self, or is this new evil version of Gretchen here to stay?

What I Thought:

I’ve been meaning to buy this book for the last year, so when I finally got it I was TOTALLY STOKED.  It did not let me down.  Total 80’s nostalgia, from the shows they watch, the clothes they wear, and the chapter titles.  I loved how every chapter was a song title off the main character Abby’s summer mix tape!  The characters in the book were quintessential bitchy 80’s teen movie girls.  When reading this, I could see this being played as a movie in my head a la Heathers.

Also, the covers are phenomenal.  I purchased the paperback, which resembles a VHS copy of an 80’s B horror movie.  The hardcover version apparently resembles a year book on the inside, with handwritten notes and well wishes.  I know, blah blah don’t judge a book by it’s cover, BUT THESE ARE SO COOL!

October is just around the corner, so run and grab a copy to add to your Halloween TBR!

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5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • Anyone gearing up for Halloween
  • If you liked Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  • Need a spooky yet endearing read
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It’s OK To Do Nothing

Most weeks I work 40+ hours, read 1-3 books, write 2 blogs, socialize 2-3 times a week and do various chores.  Some weeks, I just don’t want to do any of those things.  This week has definitely been one of those “hibernate and meme scroll” weeks.

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Maybe it’s just that time of the month for me, maybe I’m depressed, or maybe I need to recharge my batteries.  I felt so guilty when I tuned out from life.  Anxiety flooded me, “I should be doing something productive,” or “People probably think I’m horrible and lazy.”  Thoughts like this made me more withdrawn.  I ignored people thinking that they were mad at me.  

I’ve only recently realized that what I do is ok.  No one is judging me, and if they are fuck ‘em.  If I want to lay in bed and watch Mad Men with my dog all day that’s totally cool.  I know in a few days time I will be back to my old self.

If you need a break from life, take it.  Go to the beach and nap on the sand.  Watch every season of House of Cards.  Do whatever it is that you need to do.  Don’t feel bad about it though.  Now, here’s some memes and a picture of my dog.

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Also, Rocky IV is the best Rocky movie.

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The True Horror of the TBR

The TBR pile.  Love it, dread it, every one’s got one.  I’ve seen this topic become a kind of “hot button” issue in the reading community.  Blogs, vlogs and podcasts constantly giving advice on how to tackle, manage and even conquer your To Be Read list.  Whether you are buys books for a physical pile or making lists of books you want to read, let me tell you some hard hitting shit: you are never going to finish.  

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I know, “Bunnie, why do you have to be such a bitch about it?”  Because the sooner that every reader accepts this, the better.  You are telling me you are going to read every book you have on your current TBR and say, “Why yes, jolly good, I have capped off reading for my lifetime now that I’ve finished these.”  No.  You are going to probably start on a second TBR you had waiting in the wings.  Or maybe you just keep adding to your first TBR pile, turning it into a glorious, never ending turnstile of stories.

I have mentioned this before on my old blog, I buy a lot of fucking books.  Far too many for me to read in a timely manner.  I consider every single book (ebook, audio or old fashioned) that I acquire one that I will eventually read.  I bought it for a reason after all!  I don’t have plans to ever finishing all the books I want to read.  I think it’s pretty silly for any bibliophile to think they can.  But I can offer how I read all the books I have yet to read.  I have two loose methods of how I CRUSH MY TBR PILE. (lol jk)

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  1. I read a book in each format.  Reading multiple books at the same time isn’t for everyone, but I like it.  I try to pick different genres for each “medium of consumption” as I like to call it.  That helps so much when trying to keep different stories straight, also it can possibly help you finish books faster?  I don’t know, I haven’t quite put that to the test yet, but I’d like to think so.
  2. After I finish a book, minutes later or the day after, I look at all the stuff I haven’t read.  Flip through, read a couple pages, see what other people are currently reading, and go with my gut.  Every book I’ve purchased  has been something I’ve wanted to read, it would suck to shoehorn myself into reading one that I wasn’t in the mood to read.

Bottom line: if you have a ton of books you want to read and feel overwhelmed by it, don’t.  Do not feel pressured to “conquer your TBR pile”.  Do not feel pressured to read.  Reading should be fun.  I think the longer the list of books you have yet to read, the better.  I’m dreading the day that maybe there won’t be anymore books that I want to read.  That’s the true horror of the TBR.

Come find me on Instagram @bunniebleaux

Reading Glasses did a neat podcast on this subject

book review

The Blinds

by Adam Sternbergh

Length: 400 pages
Published: August 1st 2017 by Ecco
Medium of Consumption: hardcover

The Rundown:

Ceasura- rhymes with tempura- is a place where people go to forget.  It’s residents are part of a special witness protection program.  Prior to entering Ceasura, residents are required to have their memories wiped and forgo all outside contact.  Everyone they ever knew is forever lost to them. They’re then given new names, chosen from a list of movie stars and Vice Presidents.

It’s a quiet, boring life for the residents.  Until one of them is killed, shot point blank.

The sheriff, Calvin Cooper, is trying to find out who would do this in their town.  And more importantly who has a gun?  As events unfold, and unforeseen twists impact the different members in the community, will they find that the threat lies within their numbers or is it an outsiders doing.  

Welcome to The Blinds.

What I Thought:

I chose this little number for my August Book of the Month book, and just to FYI I am never disappointed with any book I get through them.  This book had me hooked from start to finish.  It’s very “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but in this case it’s criminals forgetting the shitty things they did. This book definitely kept me on my toes, I really had a hard time predicting what would come next.  Would love to check out more stuff by this guy in the future!

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4.5/5 Stars

Recommended To:

  • If you like suspense
  • If you like who-dun-its
  • If you like a book with more WTF moments than you can shake a stick at
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Unique Blogger Award

My first book tag/award!  Thank you Bookchanted for nominating me!  If you don’t already, give her a follow!  She writes great YA reviews.

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Rules:

1.Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.

2.Answer the questions.

3.In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

Ask them three questions.

1: If you could bring one fictional character to life, who would it be?

This is a tough one because a lot of my favorite characters are kind of nuts and I’m not sure if I could handle them IRL haha.  I think I’d have to go with Hermione Granger.  We would nerd out about wizard history, drink butterbeers, and exchange books.  She’s been one of my favorite characters since I was 9 and my love for her has always remained strong.

2: What is your favourite part of being a book blogger?

I love reading and sharing my opinion on books, and some times I don’t get to share as much as I would like in real life as I would online.  I love writing my reviews and seeing that people from all over the world looked at them.

3: Top 3 books you would never hesitate in rereading?

Any Harry Potter book

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“‘Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King

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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

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Phew! I hope I did that ok!?  Once again, thank you so much Bookchanted!

I nominate:

My questions for you are:

  1. What book have you read recently that is completely out of your wheelhouse and did you like it? (ex: you read mostly non-fiction and read a fantasy book)
  2. If start you reading a book and find you aren’t enjoying it, do you power through it or put it down?
  3. What is the worst cliche/trope that authors use that make you want to launch a book out of a potato cannon?

 

 

 

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The Coolest Books You’ll Never Read

Oh man, nothing is more frustrating to me than when I go to Barnes and Nobles and search a book I want to read and it’s not in stock.  I know, I know, download it on my Kindle or Nook or buy it online and wait til it get’s to you.  But what about the books you want to read and they don’t exist?  Sounds like a bad time to any bibliophile, right? Welcome to that nightmare bookworm.

There are countless books, movies and T.V. shows are there that feature such books.  Here is a small list (yes I know with the damn lists again) to inform you of cool books you will never read.

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Every Book Hermione Reads in the Harry Potter Series

Personally, I would love to visually devour anything by Bathilda Bagshot.  It was really cool when J.K. Rowling released “Quidditch Throughout the Ages”, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, and “Beedle the Bard and Other Tales” but what the shit.  I want more.  I want the spell books and don’t even get me started on what I would do to the restricted section in Hogwarts.  I am a greedy little Potterhead that needs all her life to be Potter related, including the books I read.

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The Necronomicon- H.P. Lovecraft

Even if you aren’t well versed in Lovecraftian literature, you know that this is THE book that is mentioned in many stories by him.  It’s supposedly a book of dark magic written by a man who worshiped entities like Cthulhu, and just studying it is dangerous.  

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Necronomicon Ex-Mortis- Evil Dead

Please, please, tell me you’ve seen this movie.  And if you have you know this book will get you into lots of trouble when read out loud.  It has the power to summon demons and control Deadites, and wait… maybe this wouldn’t be a cool book to read.  Well, if I ever got the chance to read it, I sure hope I don’t get raped by a tree!

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The Misery Series- Misery by Stephen King

You know, I think this would be one of those books I’d buy, but never really ever get around to reading.  Misery is supposed to be a historical romance kind of thing and I can’t say I’ve read many of those or have interest to.  At least I know I’d never hobble Paul Sheldon!  Nonetheless, this would still make a cool addition to my shelves.

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The Handbook for the Recently Deceased- Beetlejuice

The cover of this book is probably the most iconic “book that isn’t a book”.  How cool would it be to read this and be like, “Oh shit, ok this is what I do when I die.”  When I watch this movie I want to shake the Maitland’s for not reading that book cover to cover when they find it.  Juno isn’t impressed either.

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There are a bunch more out there, but these were the ones I could think of that I wanted to read the most.  What are some books that you wished were real?

P.S.A.  I will be attending NecronomiCON Providence this weekend!  Follow me on my Instagram and check out my con stories and pictures!