Little League World Series update you didn’t ask for but are getting anyway: Pennsylvania has won the United States championship and will play Japan tomorrow for the world title! (For those of you who don’t know, the oldest kids on these baseball teams are no older than thirteen!) I am excited. GO PENNSYLVANIA!
I haven’t used this header in a pretty long while. There haven’t been any updates on the Goodreads group since the beginning of July, so we haven’t had any topics! As you can probably tell by reading the title, I’ve made up a topic of my own.
Question of the Week: What is your opinion on Read-a-Thons? Do you participate in any reading marathons or are you strictly opposed?
Kacie’s Answer: I know this is pretty darn obvious because you’ve seen my participation, but I love read-a-thons. I just like the idea of a bunch of people reading for enjoyment at the same time and working towards common goals.
I especially love reading marathons when I’m feeling slump-ish. When I get on social media, I see an outpouring of booknerd love and it brings such a smile to my face. I immediately get in on the conversation and cheer other readers on and that makes me want to read more myself.
Some people are vehemently against reading marathons, and that’s okay. I can see how setting specific reading goals and challenges can be a little intimidating and also like you’re being forced to read. The reason I love them so much is because I personally don’t feel forced to read. I am a firm believer that no one should consider reading to be a arduous chore. Read because you love to read!
(I feel the need to make a disclaimer because I am a teacher. Read your required reading for school. If you’re supposed to read something, it’s for a reason!)
What do you, oh readers of my blog, think about read-a-thons? Let’s talk about it.
Now, for what I’m reading this weekend.
I’ve got Supernatural re-runs playing in the background and I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This is one of my favorite books of the series and I’m reading it for the #BackToHogwarts15 read-along. The goal is to finish the series before it’s time to return to Hogwarts.
I’m currently getting it done with the help of cuddles from this guy.
1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award
2) Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you
3) Give 11 random facts about yourself 4) Nominate 11 blogs you think are deserving of the award 5) Let the bloggers know you have nominated them 6) Give them 11 questions to answer
I have no idea who hasn’t done this yet because I’ve seen it everywhere! So I’m skipping rules four through six. I do what I want.
1. If you could bring a book character back to life, who would it be?
Oh goodness. Starting this one off with a bang, are we? I guess I would bring back Sirius Black because he kicked so much butt and it was such a shame that he had to die for Harry’s character development. Hmph.
2. If you could spend a day with a book character, who would it be?
I’m sticking with a Harry Potter theme so far, because I would spend the day with Hermione Granger. I feel like she could help me get my life in order. At the very least, she could charm my day planner to yell at me to stop procrastinating. I’m really good at procrastinating.
3. Favorite genre?
Horror. I love to be scared out of my wits while reading. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and while it’s one of my favorites, my love knows no bounds for a horror story.
4. Last book you read?
The last book I finished was You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day and it was fan-flipping-tastic. I’ve been a long time fan of Felicia and I loved reading about how she became a self-made internet star.
5. Favorite ship?
I don’t really have one. I’m typically okay with whatever’s canon. EXCEPT IN HARRY POTTER. I’m sorry, but I don’t like Harry and Ginny’s relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ginny Weasley, but the relationship came so out of nowhere. Sure, she had a crush on Harry forever, but Harry didn’t really return those feelings until the second to last book. It seemed forced and insincere.
6. Top 5 summer reads you’d take on vacation?
I typically don’t differentiate books between the seasons so I don’t have a list of summer reads. I usually just pick the top 5 books on my TBR.
7. A book you want to see a movie made of?
I want The Golden Compass remade because the movie adaptation that was made was awful. Then, of course, I want the rest of the trilogy to be made into movies, but only if they’re done well.
8. If an author was going to add a book to a series, which series?
I had a lot of trouble with this during Top 5 Wednesday because I am pretty much happy with all the book series that I have finished. I would be okay with a “Where Are They Now?” themed Hunger Games book or a prequel about previous Games.
9. E-books or real books?
I don’t have a preference! Whichever saves me more money!
10. Favorite reading position?
I prefer sitting on a recliner or in a reclined position on my bed.
11. A book you hated?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
01. What’s your favorite genre?
Horror all the way!
02. What’s the type of villain you love to hate?
Villains similar to Hades from Disney’s Hercules. The clever, sarcastic, funny villain.
03. Name the character you absolutely hate and why.
Thomas from The Maze Runner. It’s kind of why I hated the book. He was whiny, cocky, and was over dramatic about everything. I also didn’t like the way he withheld information from the reader in a very dramatic way.
04. Which is your favorite trilogy?
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
05. Have you ever abandoned a book halfway and why?
Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. It made me really sad to do so because he is one of my favorite authors, but I just couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t scary, but it was still creepy enough to hold my interest. What bothered me most about it was the use of a secret language between the main character and her dead husband. I had no idea what was going on.
06. Which is a fantasy world you’d love to live in?
Yeesh. None of them? There’s always some wicked stuff going on. That’s why we read them! I’d love to be in the wizarding world now that Old Voldy’s gone.
THIS JUST IN: I’VE CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT WANTING MORE BOOKS IN THE HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE. I want to know what was going on in North America during the wars. We get some mention of American wizarding schools in Quidditch Through the Ages, so I know things were a bit different. Was Old Voldy wreaking havoc across the pond?
07. Which is a fantasy world you’d hate to live in?
Almost all of them, but especially the Throne of Glass universe. There’s some bad stuff going on there.
08. Give a brief character sketch of your ideal hero/heroine.
An everyday sort of character. You know, to make me think “Why not me?” Authors have done this but they tend to go overboard by making the character despise themselves by saying they’re “plain,” but I’d like more everyday characters.
09. Name any two fictional characters you would be willing to marry (or live with for a decade or two).
Chaol Westfall from the Throne of Glass series. ‘Til death do us part, baby. I also want to be best friends with Hermione Granger so we could be roomies for a decade or so while Chaol’s courting me. Of course.
10. State a trope you hate and why.
Insta-love. While I can agree that it is possible for people to quickly fall in love, I hate how it’s done in books, especially among teenagers.
11. What’s your favorite mythical creature?
11 Facts about Kacie!
I have no pets
I play the mandolin
I am obsessed with video gaming
I also love playing tabletop games
I am a teacher
My best friend of two years is a boy
I was born in the 80s #old
My favorite milkshake is made with the vanilla ice cream with a peanut butter swirl and chocolate milk
I live semi-close to Hershey
I suffer from chronic migraines
I am also gluten-free
That’s it for me! Like I said before, I’m not tagging anyone or writing questions. I really enjoyed answering these questions!
Thanks for reading and learning more about me and as always, I will see you soon!
I planned on writing this post earlier today, but I got sucked into watching the Little League World Series game on television! A team from my state is in the finals! We won tonight and will play again Saturday in the U.S. Championships. If we win there, we play an international team for the World Series title. Go Pennsylvania!
As you know, it is Wednesday. Wednesday is one of my favorite days of the week. Here’s why:
The week is almost over
Our farm market receives its milk shipment on Wednesdays and we’ve been out of milk for days.
This week, our topic is “Book Series You Wish Had More Books.” I’ve been thinking about this all day and I came to realize that I haven’t finished very many book series. I’ve read two or three of the series, I caught up on the series but more books are planned, or I finished the series and do not want any more books.
Yes, even Harry Potter. I don’t want there to be a chance of ruining it by taking it too far. I’m looking at you, epilogue.
Then I thought, “But it’s Top 5 Wednesday! I have to participate in Top 5 Wednesday!”
Well, folks. I’ve come up with a solution.
Top 5 Children’s Book Series That I Wish Had More Books
That’s right, everyone. Children’s books. This week, I finally received my official credentials to be an elementary teacher in the state of Pennsylvania! Woohoo! To celebrate, I’m talking about my favorite children’s book series. Some of the series I am going to talk about are quite extensive and have a ton of books. Some only have a few (of which I am aware). Regardless, I would love to see more of them and would absolutely have them in my classroom library.
I’m going to kick things off with a series that has quite a few books on its list.
I am counting more than twenty books on this list, but I don’t care. I love ’em. The How Do Dinosaurs… series talk about a lot of stuff that’s going on in kids’ lives like learning to read or cleaning your room. Children can read these stories (or parents can read them aloud) and think, “Well, my mom says I have to clean my room. I hate cleaning my room. I wonder how a dinosaur would clean their room…”
These books are not only fun, but have won multiple children’s literary awards.
Bonus Book: Jane Yolen has also authored one of my favorite Young Adult books, Briar Rose, a Sleeping Beauty retelling with heavy Holocaust themes. I had to get my mom to sign a permission slip in 7th grade for me to be able to read this one.
#4 – The Knufflebunny series by Mo Willems
Good grief, I will take any and all Mo Willems children’s books. From the Knufflebunny books to the Pigeon series to Elephant and Piggie, there is just something for everybody.
There are currently three Knufflebunny books. I was a teenager when the first book was released, so this was not a childhood love. I discovered this series during a children’s literature class at my university and fell in love with the books and the author. The Knufflebunny artwork combines illustrations with photographs, which is really cool.
These books have won a multitude of awards.
This past weekend, I was visiting a former supervisor of mine and his children (who I’ve babysat before) sat me down to read me some Mo Willems books. They’re great!
I own Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and Giggle, Giggle, Quack. These books are just downright hilarious. The first book is about a bunch of cows who start typing notes to their farmer on a typewriter. They start asking for pizza and movie nights.
In Giggle, Giggle, Quack, there is a duck who is writing notes of the same nature to a man who’s watching over the farm.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type has won many awards, including the Caldecott Honor.
I love a good fractured fairy tale, or a fairy tale retelling with one or more elements changed. This book is full of fractured fairy tales and was one of my favorite books as a kid. This author and illustrator also teamed up for The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. It’s the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs, but told from the Wolf’s perspective, who is completely innocent.
Scieszka and Smith are the masters of fractured fairy tales.
I want more of them.
The Stinky Cheese Man was published in 1992 and has since won many awards. It will always have a place in my classroom library.
Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese Cat. Skippyjon Jones doesn’t think he’s a Siamese Cat. He feels like he fits in better with Chihuahuas. In every adventure, he goes into his closet to play pretend, ultimately hanging out with a group of make believe chihuahuas called the Los Chimichangos. Each book has a theme such as space, dinosaurs, and even mummies.
What’s really cool about these books is that they incorporate Spanish into the dialogue. It also tends to incorporate Spanglish (a mixture of Spanish and English) as well, making it a really fun book to read aloud to children.
As I mentioned in my last post, I spent the weekend visiting friends at my alma mater. This means that I slept on my best friend’s couch, stayed up entirely too late playing Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart, and stuffed my face with every bit of food I cannot find at home.
To welcome myself back to my own blog, I’m bringing you another edition of Tuesday Talks. It’s been almost a month since I’ve done a Tuesday Talks topic, but that’s the beauty of owning a blog. I can pick and choose the content!
Tuesday Talks is a Goodreads group created by Janie and Janelle. Each week, we discuss a bookish topic on our blogs or YouTube channels. Join in the discussion here.
This week, we are talking about points of view and our preferences when reading. This is going to be a pretty short post because here it is, plain and simple.
Question: First or Third Person? Which do you prefer?
Answer: I have no preference as long as it doesn’t detract from the plot or the author’s writing itself.
That was easy.
It could be like A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin and stay in third person, switching to another character each chapter. It could be in first person like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It could also be in third person, such as the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Heck, it could even switch points of view like in Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. All of these books are favorites of mine and have different types of point of view.
You may have noticed that I did not post a Top 5 Wednesday post yesterday or that I’ve been suspiciously absent since Friday.
It’s been a busy week for me and I’m ending it by visiting friends at the university I graduated from in May! Don’t you worry; I’ll be back next week.
On Wednesday, a multitude of bloggers and booktubers were talking about the tropes that they don’t like seeing in books! (As soon as I’m finished writing this post, I’ll be around to read everyone’s posts!)
Here are mine. Not on a Wednesday. But a Thursday. Deal with it:
#5: Disappearing Parents
I don’t know about you guys, but it annoys me when teenagers are completely in charge of their lives. They’re running all over the place doing whatever they want. Where are your parents? Or, worse, the parents are completely okay with whatever their teenager is doing. “Oh, you’re spending the night at your boyfriend’s house while his parents aren’t home and you didn’t ask me first but figured you’d mention it to me? Okay. Sounds good. You do you.”
#4: Love Triangles
I don’t need to say too much about this one. Some of them are done well and some of them aren’t. Love triangles that particularly annoy me include acts of infidelity. The one where one party can’t make up their darn mind about who they want to be with and secretly string both of them along.
But really, I’m just tired of seeing love triangles in general.
#3: “I’m not pretty and I’m not like the other girls but I am still a badass and nobody will ever love me.”
You know, the girl next door that really is an awesome person but is so incredibly insecure that she’ll repel any chance of happiness through the means of which she is unsure.
“Oh, he’ll never like me!” Actually, he does. You’re too busy having an inner emotional breakdown to notice that you might be wrong about how others perceive you.
#2: Protagonist keeping secrets from the reader
This is what bothered me about Heir of Fire. If you and I are not friends on Goodreads, I gave it a two-star. I did not like it and this was a big reason. Don’t worry; I won’t spoil you.
Let’s just say that Celaena is still keeping some things secret from everyone, including the reader. The reason I don’t like this is because when the secrets are finally revealed, it always seems too convenient, like the author didn’t actually plan for this to happen until it happened.
But that could just be me.
Without reading anyone else’s posts yet, I am betting that this is numero uno on many lists. If two characters meet and then are suddenly saying “I love you” and practically sacrificing themselves to save one another, my eyes are very close to rolling right out of their sockets.
They’re not in love. They’re infatuated or full of lust. Not love.
These are my most hated tropes! Now, I’m off to see if yours and mine match!
#1: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Yes and no — I prefer to read in my bedroom, either in my chair or on my bed. I like being in my room because I have a lamp so that I read without all the lights being on. I can also light my candles there and put my radio on low. I don’t have to read in this space, though. I can read pretty much anywhere as long as I’m not overly distracted.
#2: Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Both. I’ve been known to use a random piece of paper or an old index card, but I prefer to use bookmarks. I have a set of laminated Star Wars themed bookmarks that I absolutely adore.
#3: Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/certain amount of pages?
I prefer to stop reading at the end of a chapter. If I stop reading somewhere in the middle, I can never remember where I stopped on the page.
#4: Do you eat or drink while reading?
I’ve never really thought about this before. I almost always have something to drink next to me while reading. I also occasionally eat snacks I can eat with one hand or that are not too messy. I will not make a book messy with food. It’s one of my pet peeves about library books!
#5: Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I have done both. I prefer to have some background noise while I’m reading. I keep the volume low enough that I can’t really pay attention to it, but loud enough that there is not silence.
#6: One book at a time or several at once?
It depends. If I am really into a book, then I focus on that book only until I finish. I usually have two or three books on my currently reading list at a time.
#7: Reading at home or everywhere?
I almost always have a book with me! I can read anywhere.
#8: Reading out loud or silently?
I read silently except for when I’m struggling to pay attention or to comprehend what I am reading. This doesn’t happen often, but if I can’t understand something, I’ll read it out loud, forcing myself to read it more slowly than if I read in my head.
#9: Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
NO. I cannot do that! I want to find out about stuff when I’m supposed to find out about stuff.
#10: Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
This is something that has never really bothered me. A broken spine is a sign of a well-loved book. The only time I don’t like the spine breaking is in one of those tall mass market paperbacks and if I don’t like the book. If I don’t like the book, it doesn’t deserve a broken spine.
#11: Do you write in your books?
I never write notes in my books because I never really have anything to say.
I’m not going to tag anyone specifically because I don’t know who hasn’t been tagged. If you’d like to do this tag, feel free to do so and let me know so I can check out your answers!
This week, we are talking about our favorite books we were required to read at some point during our education. I’ve been required to read a lot of books over the years. Usually, I cannot read a book that I’m required to read. I can’t stand forced reading! But fortunately for me, I loved a lot of the required books! That made this list really hard to narrow down, but I did my best.
Here we go.
#5 – Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
I read this novel when I was in sixth grade. It’s one of the first books that I remember reading for school. Sure, we did a lot of reading during “reading class,” but those were usually excerpts in our textbook anthologies.
Hatchet is about a young boy named Brian who is the only survivor in a small plane crash. He is stranded and alone in the woods. This thirteen-year-old boy must do anything it takes to survive on his own.
After the entire sixth grade class finished the book, we watched the movie adaptation together. I reread this book for a college course about children’s literature and I still love the book as much as I did when I was twelve.
#4 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
I read this book when I was a junior in high school. I was in the most advanced English class and we had a required reading list of about 5 books per quarter. I don’t remember a lot about this book, but I remember being blown away by it. I need to reread it soon!
#3 – East of Eden by John Steinbeck
This is another book that I don’t remember much about other than my loving it. I read this during my sophomore year of high school for English class. We were to read one or two assigned chapters a night, but I couldn’t do it. I devoured this book and pretended that I didn’t go ahead of the class. I need to reread this one soon, too.
#2 – The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
This book was required by my high school senior English teacher to be read during the summer. I was also required to read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I did not like them so I was worried about The Jungle. I shouldn’t have worried because I loved this book! This book shed some light on the horrid conditions in factories in the meatpacking industry. It led to regulations that helped the workers and the consumers’ safety.
#1 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I first read this when I was a junior in high school. The reason I read it was because a lower level English class of sophomores was assigned this book. My classmates and I were assigned buddies from that class and we read the book together. I’d always wanted to be a teacher and this experience just solidified it. This is one of my favorite books of all time.
Were you required to read any of these books? Which required books did you hate reading? Let me know in the comment section below! I’ll see you soon.