Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | September 2015

Hello! It’s October already! It feels like I just posted last month’s wrap-up…time is flying by.

For me, this month is all about camping, football games, hot chocolate, and of course, Halloween! I think I’m dressing up as Tina Belcher this year. We’ll see.

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September was a weird month for me. As you know, my brother was in a pretty bad motorcycle accident. He is very lucky to be alive and the doctors said that he is recovering much more quickly than they anticipated! That’s great!

I spent two weeks at his house, taking care of him and his dog. We did a lot of Netflix binge-watching since he is unable to do a whole lot. Unfortunately for me, that was a big distraction from my reading plans!

Here’s what I read this month:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (5/5 stars, of course) – finished 9/2
  2. Bob’s Burgers, volume 1 (4/5 stars) – finished 9/2
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir (5/5 stars) – finished 9/14
  4. Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman (4/5 stars) – finished 9/17

I only read four books and one of them was a compilation of comic books. That’s okay! I loved what I managed to read this month and that is what is important!

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Here’s what I started in September, but haven’t finished yet:

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’m struggling with this book and I don’t know why. I’m very much interested in the plot, but I also find it a bit weird. I know I’m not supposed to fully understand the “challenge” that the characters are participating in, but it’s vague enough that what I’m reading still sounds like exposition. I’m 65% through this book, but feel like nothing is happening. I’m currently taking a break and reading something else until I’m ready to come back to it.
  2. Armada by Ernest Cline – I started this book yesterday and am already in love. This book got a lot of mixed reviews, so I was a little unsure about it. I adored Ready Player One and I heard that if you loved RPO, then Armada was going to be a let down. I’m 32% through this book and things are heating up. I’m getting really excited about this. There will absolutely be a review to come.

That’s it for me! I’m not building an October TBR because I never follow those anyway. I still have some library books to read. I do have plans of finishing Illuminae before its release date at the end of the month. You can look forward to its review as well!

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon!

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Book Review | You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

neverweirdTitle: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Author: Felicia Day
Genre: Memoir/Humor

This is not the first time I’m making this statement on my blog:  I love Felicia Day and pretty much everything she’s made. Sometime in 2009 or so, I was looking through Neil Patrick Harris’s (How I Met Your Mother) IMDb page for something to possibly watch while I procrastinating a paper for university. When I saw a three part web series called Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, I had to check it out. I immediately fell in love with the series and Googled everybody in it, including Felicia Day, one of the main characters.

This is how I discovered her own web series, The Guild, about a diverse group of people playing a game similar to “World of Warcraft.” I was once addicted to WoW for a couple of years so this webshow resonated with me. Ever since, I’ve paid attention to what Felicia was creating because for the first time, there was a girl in the limelight (sort of) who played video games and liked all the nerdy things that I liked. Finally!

You can imagine how excited I was when I found out that she was releasing a memoir. I had to read it.

Luckily for me, my sister is also a fan of Felicia’s and let me borrow the book a few days after its release. Here’s what I thought:

Premise: 5/5

It’s hard to really call this category “premise” because this book is a memoir, a nonfiction account of Felicia’s life. It’s not a new concept. For the sake of the review, let’s just say that I really enjoyed the content that Felicia chose to write about. She obviously wrote about her own life, allowing the reader to understand as much of her development and background as possible. You can also expect to read about how she was introduced to video gaming, beginning her acting career, producing her own content, becoming “internet famous,” and how it has affected her daily life.

Felicia goes into some very personal details about some aspects of her life that I believe make it even easier to relate to her.

Plot Development: 5/5

Each piece of Felicia’s life that she chose to share with her readers was brilliantly set up and paced appropriately.  No anecdote was too long or too short. The information she divulged about the early years of her life was necessary knowledge for later chunks of the book, but it was given in such a way that the reader has no idea that she’s writing with such specific purposes. You go Felicia Coco.

Characterization: 5/5

It is not difficult to tell that Felicia has a great love for the people in her life. It shows in her writing that she is very appreciative of everyone who has made her successes possible. She is humble and thankful, and her book doesn’t read like a typical memoir. Felicia is honest and seems completely sincere. The way she writes about herself makes me want to be best friends with her. She doesn’t try to make herself sound cool or brag about her accomplishments. Knowing the audience side of productions such as Dr. Horrible, The Guild, and her company Geek & Sundry, I really enjoyed reading about her experiences through it all.

Writing Style: 5/5

I inhaled this book and it was largely due to Felicia’s easy-going writing style. It just flowed. I cracked it open the night my sister lent me her copy and the next thing I knew, I was one hundred pages into the book. I was hooked and time was flying by before my eyes. Felicia writes in a way that it was like she was in my living room, telling me the story herself. It was filled with perfectly timed humor and graphics. I found myself laughing loudly at several moments.

Readability: 5/5

I cannot say that this book can be enjoyed by everyone, including people who have never heard of Felicia Day, because I read it from the perspective of one of her fans. I can say that I thought it was hilariously captivating it has resulted in my having more respect for her than I already had. She continually does amazing things in the world of geekery, especially for women. If you haven’t heard of Felicia before now, I would recommend you watch a few things she has created or appeared in and then picking up this book.

Felicia, you are my hero.

Total Score: 25/25, avg. 5/5

I obviously give this book 5/5 stars and will be purchasing a copy for my own as soon as I am able to. Now, I think it’s time for a re-watch of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (or at least a listen to the amazing soundtrack).

5 stars

Have a great Saturday and Labor Day weekend, everyone! I’ll see you soon.

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Library Loot #1

Hello fellow booknerds!

Today, I’m starting a new feature here at Kacie’s Bookshelf. As you may have figured out by now, I am a huge supporter of my local library. Most of what I read is borrowed from my public library and I wanted to show you which books I decide to pick up each library trip. A borrowed book haul, if you will.

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I normally head to the library with a plan. I’ve checked the availability of certain books and have written a list by the time I leave my house. Today, I decided to mostly wing it. I had some ideas and some authors in mind and I’m pretty happy with what I picked up!

1.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I don’t know much about this novel, but I picked it up because it is the favorite book of one of my best friends. All I know is that it is an adult fiction novel about a circus that is only open at night. Have any of you read this book? Should I be exited for it?

2.) Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

One of my favorite BookTubers is Sam from Novels and Nonsense. She is almost always talking about Robin Hobb and her amazing books! I looked up information about the author and the books and I really like that each trilogy/series seems to build off of the previous one. This is the first book of The Farseer Trilogy, the very beginning of the series as a whole. Again, I don’t know a whole lot about the book, but I trust Sam’s judgement. Unfortunately, my library only carries The Farseer Trilogy and none of the later books.

3.) Pravda by Edward Docx

This book was a totally random pick for me…almost. As I was walking through the stacks at the library, the word “Pravda” jumped out at me. I am studying Russian, and this word translates to “true” or “truth.” That alone made me pick it up because I’m very interested in Russian influenced things!

I also picked it up because it fulfills the September challenge in the Library Scavenger Hunt book group on Goodreads! This group was started by Frances (of Nightjar’s Jar of Books) and Chloe (of SSJTimeLord and Her Books). Each month, a challenge is posted and the goal is to go to the library and find a book on the shelves that meets the requirements of the challenge. Check out the group and join us! Go to your library!

September’s challenge: A book with a title in a foreign language

As I said before, the title of this book is Pravda, which is Russian for “true” or “truth.”


I like this idea of winging it when I head to the library. I knew I wanted to pick up Assassin’s Apprentice, but I didn’t go with the intentions of picking up the other two books.

Who knows what else is hiding in those shelves? Libraries are awesome!

I’ll see you soon!

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TAG | The Mean Girls Book Tag

It’s taaaaaaaaaaaaaag Friday!

Mean Girls Book Tag

I absolutely love this movie and was excited to be tagged by Aria! Check out her post by clicking HERE.

Let’s get it started.

#1: “It’s pronounced like ‘Cady.'” – Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong?

I mispronounced more names from Harry Potter than I can count. I started reading the series when I was eight years old and was presented with names like Hermione and Seamus and Sirius. I didn’t know that Sirius was also a constellation or I would have pronounced it correctly. It wasn’t until the third movie came out in 2004 that I learned his name wasn’t just an odd spelling of Cyrus. I was fourteen and had been saying it wrong for 5 years. It blew my mind.

#2: “She doesn’t even go here!” – Pick a fictional character that you would like to place in another fictional character’s world.

I would place ‘A’ from Every Day and Another Day by David Levithan into the world of Harry Potter. A wakes up as a new person each day and I think it would be really cool to see how the magical folk handle it.

#3: “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” – Repetition, repetition. Which book gave you deja vu of another book while reading it?

The Divergent series reminded me too much of The Hunger Games. People divided into groups that do specific jobs, love triangle, girl has to save the city/country, etc. The third book of each also was not satisfying for me. Oh well.

#4: “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.” – Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?

Honestly, I have a love/hate relationship with Celaena Sardothien. Yes, she’s a female that can hold her own, but she’s also perfect at everything and collects pretty dresses and likes to read and everyone loves her. I wish she more difficulty with learning new things or was just plain awful at something. She’s too perfect.

#5: “You go Glen Coco!” – Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.

Neville Longbottom during the final Harry Potter book. You know which scene I’m talking about. I gave a fist pump and cheered when I read it for the first time.

#6: “Get in loser, we’re going shopping!” – How long do you typically spend at a book shop?

I could spend hours every day at a book shop. I never have enough time to actually browse in a book shop. I’m usually out shopping with my family and have a limited number of minutes to peruse the shelves. I usually know exactly what I want there.

I also can spend a lot of time in a library. I love to browse the shelves and find a book that I may not have heard of before.

#7: “It’s not my fault you’re like in love with me or something!” – Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you if they were real?

No one, really.

#8: “I can’t help it that I’m popular.” – Which over-hyped book were you cautious about reading?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. When I picked it up, the movie had just come out and everyone everywhere was talking about it. I was worried it was going to be a stereotypical mystery novel, but I ended up loving it.

#9: “She’s a life ruiner. She ruins people’s lives.” – We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.

Delores Umbridge. Enough said.

#10: “I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool mom.” – Your favorite fictional parents

Arthur and Molly Weasley! They are so different, yet they are perfect for each other. They are also the perfect parental figures for Harry, being the complete opposite of his aunt and uncle.

#11: “That is so fetch!” – Which book or series would you love to catch on?

The His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman. These books were excellent when I was fourteen and even better now that I’m in my twenties. There’s something for everyone.

#12: “How do I even begin to explain Regina George?” – Describe your ideal character to read about.

I like to read about characters that could be real. An every day kinda person.

#13: “I just have a lot of feelings.” – What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of “the feels”?

I reach out to my friends to see if anyone else has read the book so I can talk about it with someone! I need more reader friends!

#14: “Nice wig, Janice. What’s it made of?” “Your mom’s chest hair!” – Which character’s one-liners would you love to claim for your own?

Can I just choose the entire Weasley family? Okay, great. I choose the entire Weasley family.

#15: “Boo, you whore.” – Name a character’s decision that made you roll your eyes.

Tris from the Divergent series. My eyes got tired from incessant rolling.


This one was fun! Thanks again to Aria for tagging me!

I shall tag:

  • bookstackamber
  • Ashley, the socially awkward bookworm
  • Dani from It’s a Novelty
  • Any other fellow Mean Girls lovers out there!

Thanks for reading and as always, I’ll see you soon!

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Book Haul and Monthly Favorites | August 2015

I still can’t believe it is already September! It feels like August just began. I was sitting on the front porch of the mountain house listening to my cousin wish everyone in the house, “Happy August!” Where did the time go?

haul and favs

As you can tell by the title of this post as well as the quickly thrown together mash-up of two of my blog headers, it’s time to talk about the items I’ve purchased this month as well as some stuff that I’m currently diggin’.

Let’s get to it.

Book Haul

This month, I had only one impulse buy and I am super proud of myself! I was meandering through the grocery store when I noticed Matt Damon’s face staring up at me. My local grocer started carrying copies of The Martian by Andy Weir.

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I couldn’t resist this purchase, even though it’s a tall mass market paperback, which you know I hate. I can never get my hands on this book at the library because of how popular it is. Actually, I also witnessed it being recommended (and spoiled) to another library patron by the librarian. Of course, I heard everything she said. I was not happy, to say the least, but I still want to read the book…and someone’s always got it checked out.

I also purchased a physical copy of Progeny of Gods: Vertuem Destiny by Geoffrey Storm (BookTuber stiqula) because I wanted to support Geoffrey. Also this cover. It’s so gorgeous.

progeny

Next, I picked up ALL SEVEN Outlander BOOKS by Diana Gabaldon on Amazon for only $1.99 for my Kindle! I haven’t yet read these books, but I was super excited for the deal! Looking at it on Amazon now, it costs $59.99…I think I caught a great deal!

Outlander

I am really excited about my next group of purchases. I took my full piggy banks and traded the coins in for an Amazon gift card. I had over $75 in change just sitting in my room! Who knew?

I still have about $25 left, but here’s what I bought so far:

As you can see, I’ve already started working on it. I am so excited for this coloring book. My brother’s girlfriend just got Enchanted Forest after I told her about these coloring books!

I also picked up two comic collections:

  • Bob’s Burgers, Issues 1-5 – This is one of my favorite TV shows and when I saw on Jesse’s blog that comics existed, I knew I had to have them! I’m already itching for more.
  • The Legend of Zelda:  A Link to the Past by Shotaro Ishinomori – This is a collection of comics that were originally released in issues of Nintendo Power Magazine back in the late 80s and early 90s. This franchise is my favorite video game franchise and I’ve been eyeing this collection for awhile!

Last, but certainly not least, I picked up my favorite of the new Harry Potter Funko Pop figurines!

voldemort

I still don’t understand how they made Old Voldy so stinkin’ cute.

August Favorites

So last time I posted a “Favorites” post, I had a specific outline that I wanted to follow. I’ve ditched that. I’m just going to wing it.

Television Show: I’ve been watching the first season of NBC’s Hannibal. I am a longtime fan of the Hannibal Lecter book and movie series, and I’ve always been excited about the show. Unfortunately, I was always busy when it was on. I’ve been using Amazon Instant Video for my binge-watching.

Movie: I haven’t watched many new movies lately. In fact, I can’t think of a single movie that I watched that I hadn’t seen before. For this month, however, one re-watch outshone them all. Remember that cousin that I mentioned at the beginning of this post? That’s Sam and he’s awesome. He is twenty years old, but was born with pieces missing from a pair of chromosomes. This means that he has an intellectual disability as well as vision and hearing impairment. He doesn’t let any of that bring him down. Every day to Sam is “THE BEST DAY EVER” and every meal he eats is “THE BEST MEAL EVER,” and so on. Well, Sam and I have been on a Looney Tunes watching spree, so I brought Space Jam to watch because he’d never seen it!

You know, the one with Michael Jordan, aliens, and Bugs Bunny?

space_jam

This movie already holds a special place in my heart for some personal reasons, but it was amazing to watch Sam take it all in. Of course, it was “THE BEST MOVIE EVER!”

App: Rain

This app on my phone plays a variety of rain sounds while I am trying to fall asleep! I love, love, love the sound of rain when I am sleeping so this has been a godsend. You can set a timer so that it shuts off and doesn’t play all night. The default setting is for an hour and you can change the level of rain from gentle to medium to heavy. It’s free!

Book: This was a no-brainer for me. My most loved book I read during August is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I think I’m finally ready to start talking about it. Expect a quick review in the coming weeks!


This next piece of the post will usually come during the wrap-up post, but since I’ve done that already, I’m going to add it here. I’ve started a TBR jar! Each month, I am going to pick a challenge at random and then read a book that meets the challenge!

The challenge for September is:  A book that’s title is one word.

To fulfill this challenge, I am selecting Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. In my last post, I asked you wonderful readers to vote for my next book! This book was on the list, but as it’s being released next month, I need to get around to reading it. Thanks for your help, you wonderful blogging humans.


And with that, I think I’ve officially wrapped up the month of August! In the comment section, tell me because I’m dying to know…who’s your favorite Looney Tune?

Mine is Marvin the Martian!

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Where’s the kaboom?

I’ll see you soon!

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