Bloggin’ Recap: March 3rd-8th

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It’s Sunday, the beginning of a new week so that means it’s time for a Bloggin’ Recap. A feature inspired by A Bookish Heart. Every Sunday I’ll get the chance to tell you what’s going on in my life, what I’ve posted for the week, what to expect in the upcoming week and posts I enjoyed from other bloggers.

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Friday Favorites: Favorite Author Pseudonyms

Friday Favorites 02I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tessa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.

Favorite Author Pseudonym

Have you ever fallen head over heels for an author? You read a book and absolutely adore the writing style so you start reading more and more of this author. Suddenly you’ve collected every book they’ve ever written, first editions with signatures, and know every answer to every interview they have ever given.

Then you find yourself gushing about your beloved author with your book buddies when one of them exclaims they love them too, they then go on to gush about them with you but they call the author by a different name. You tell them they are mistaken, they misheard you. You said “So and So” and not “Other so and so” and that’s when your friend tells you that you are using the author’s pseudonym.

YOU MEAN THAT WASN’T THE AUTHOR’S REAL NAME?

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30 Day Book Blog Challenge: Day 9

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 9: A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving

The good old “you ate your words” question. (I love those, don’t you)? Thank goodness my senior English teacher doesn’t follow my blog because she sure would get a kick out of tonight’s post. That’s right, a book I was determined to hate but ending up being hopelessly fascinated with was a book that was an english assignment.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Reasons why I felt like I wasn’t going to like the book:

  • Grapes of Wrath experience– To be fair to Grapes of Wrath I was assigned this book as a sophomore in high school, so I wasn’t really interested in reading literature pieces by Steinbeck and Dickens. I was more into things written by the likes of J.K. Rowling and Phillip Pullman. I barely read Grapes of Wrath and was bored to death by the class discussion of it so I assumed Steinbeck’s purpose was to torture high school students; therefore East of Eden surely couldn’t be good. (Please note– now that my reading taste has evolved and there’s not a teacher saying “you have too” I plan on giving Grapes of Wrath another shot.)

 

  • It was a summer reading assignment— I am absolutely against summer reading assignments! It simply isn’t fair to make a student feel obligated to do work during a DESIGNATED break period. Plus it doesn’t help that I’m a natural-born procrastinator (not a rare breed from what I hear) so my last week of summer was completely ruined as I tried to learn as much as I could from a book without actually reading it. (I was stupid).

With East of Eden I decided I wouldn’t let the book win. It was not going to ruin my summer by hanging over me and making me feel guilty so I tackled it the first week of summer…and was pleasantly surprised.

I think not feeling rushed certainly helped as I could stop and analyze what I read. And what I read was like a literary soap opera. Literally. You had the character that was evil to the core and the poor guy who was in love with her but would never understand her twisted nature. Then you had the overexaggerated scenes that only soap operas (and apparently literature) could deliver.

There wasn’t really a character that I liked as none of them were truly redeeming but it was the outcomes of these characters that keeps you watching even though you know there is a train wreck ahead. (JUST LIKE A SOAP OPERA).

The novel is absolutely fascinating, I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t help but talk about it. I was actually excited for school to start so I could discuss all the questions I had for my teacher to see if I was right about connections I made. Steinbeck beat me. He got me good.

What about you? Is there a book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving? Share it below and happy reading!

Guest Post: Top Ten Books I’ve Lied About by Books and Bindings

I read this awesome post the other day and knew that I had to contribute to the list, so here are my top 5 books I’ve lied about:

1. Pride and Prejudice– We had to read this in high school and I did no such thing. However I read it a year ago on my own and loved it! (I think I have issues with authority).

2. Judy Bloom books Never read a single one. My mom likes to read them to my sisters but I was never interested.

3. The Inheritance Cycle I love these books but I told one person that and that person made me feel like the biggest nerd ever so now I pretend to think they are just okay.

4. The Hunger Games series I liked the books but I was never obsessed and it seemed that everyone I know was crazy about them so I pretended to like them more than I actually did.

5. Fifty Shades of Grey- I’ve told many people I haven’t read these books but I have and didn’t like them.

What books have you lied about?