Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Authors I Want To Meet

For a while, I had been thinking about my "bucket list" of authors I would want to meet.  Most of them are my favorite authors, some of them have a random reason, and others I just think they would be interesting people to have a cup of coffee with.  So here are some of the authors that I would love to meet.
Ernest Cline
In 2014, I read Ready Player One, and it easily became one of my favorite books of all time.  I would love just to sit down and have a cup of coffee with him to pick his brain on how he even came up with this world and this concept.  I would love a minute to pick his brain.  I'm sure we could talk video games for hours, and I would absolutely love it!

Eric Smith
Eric Smith is someone who I have communicated with a bit because of reviewing book for Quirk, and to be honest, he just seems like a lovely human being.  He always sends the nicest emails.  I would love to just chat with him about books, and thank him for being an awesome and amazing human being.  I've read his book, The Geek's Guide To Dating, and I loved it!  I feel like he's another author who I would love to just chat with.  I feel like it would be so much fun.

Jennifer M. Eaton
 She is someone I just want to meet so that I can thank her.  She was the first author that I ever got to do a blog tour for.  I just want to see her in person so I can genuinely thank her for that experience, and if she is a hugger, give her a hug.  She seems so nice, and I would just love to meet her in person.

Emery Lord
I loved Open Road Summer, and I also follow Emery Lord on Twitter.  She seems to be incredibly funny, and I just feel like she would be a lovely person to meet.  I just feel, as with many of the other authors on this list, that she would be a great person to just sit down and chat with.  However I'm also so excited to see where her career goes so I would just love to meet her to show my support.

This is in no way a complete list, but essentially here are some authors I want to meet and I also wanted to say some nice things about authors as well!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Review | We Should Hang Out Sometime

I got this as a review book from Netgalley, and these are my honest opinions.
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Genre: Non-fiction, Humor, Contemporary
Pages: 336

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.

Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.

My Rating

My Thoughts
I absolutely adored this book.  I had been in quite a reading slump lately, and I read this book in about 24 hours.  I tend to not enjoy non-fiction, but Josh Sundquist's writing style was witty and humorous. I would definitely recommend it especially if you're looking for a really witty and humorous non-fiction book.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas | Books for your Nerdy Bookish Friends

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Since the book is all about college life and writing fanfiction, most readers and writers would enjoy this because let's be honest, most of  us have problem read or written at least one fanfiction in our lives. 

The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
This is a super fun book.  If you're looking for something to get as a joke for one of your nerdy friends, then this would be a great gift.  It's a funny humorous read that almost any book nerd would enjoy.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
This definitely a great book for your literary friends.  Not only is it based on one of the greatest movies for nerds to watch of all time, but it is also written in Shakespearean verse! How awesome is that for your favorite nerd?!

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This is a great Christmassy read, but I think you can read it all year round.  It has a lot of big and colorful language in it.  So your favorite word nerd would probably really enjoy this. It's a cute fun light read that's perfect after all of the Christmas 
festivities are over.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
To all of us nanowrimoers, this book is fantastic!  It's all about someone getting their first novel published, and for those people who love the publishing industry.  This will be a fun read for them.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review | In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak

In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 288

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Fifteen-year-old math prodigy Seth Gordon knows exactly what he wants to do with his life—play video games. Every spare minute is devoted to honing his skills at Starfare, the world's most popular computer game. His goal: South Korea, where the top pros are rich and famous. But the best players train all day, while Seth has school and a job and divorced parents who agree on only one thing: "Get off that damn computer." Plus there's a new distraction named Hannah, an aspiring photographer who actually seems to understand his obsession.

While Seth mopes about his tournament results and mixed signals from Hannah, Team Anaconda, one of the leading Korean pro squads, sees something special. Before he knows it, it's goodbye Kansas, goodbye Hannah, and hello to the strange new world of Korea. But the reality is more complicated than the fantasy, as he faces cultural shock, disgruntled teammates, and giant pots of sour-smelling kimchi.

What happens next surprises Seth. Slowly, he comes to make new friends, and discovers what might be a breakthrough, mathematical solution to the challenges of Starcraft. Delving deeper into the formulas takes him in an unexpected direction, one that might just give him a new focus—and reunite him with Hannah. 


My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book.  I thought the story was very unique, and it was unlike anything I had read before.  It was a fun light read.  However I felt like maybe the second half of the book dragged on a bit longer than it needed to or some part was a bit slow or unnecessary.  There was just a small detail about the book that I didn't like, but I can't necessarily put my finger on it.  Overall it was a very good book, and I would definitely recommend picking it up sometime.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ghostwriting- Today's Book Drama

First thing that I feel like I should get out of the way is that yes, I watch Zoella's YouTube channel, and I like a lot of her videos.  However, I am trying to be unbiased about her right now so please bear that in mind.

Is it disappointing that she did not write the book on her own?  A little bit.  Is it the end of the world?  Absolutely not.  I think Victoria Schwab said it well by saying that this could have all been avoided by saying it was co-written rather than giving the ghost writer no credit.  However, all of the people giving Zoella no credit and saying that she can't write is ridiculous.  You don't know what she did, and you cannot automatically assume that she did none of the work.  If she was proud enough of it to share it with you, then I am willing to bet that a lot of it was her own work.  Yes, she had help. Yes, the help should have been credited, but that is not a reason to slander her.  To be perfectly honest, her publisher probably didn't want her to say she had help because generally when books are ghost written, it isn't publicized that they didn't write it.  I find it absolutely ridiculous what people are saying about her.  She is a human being and should be treated as such.  I understand that you are frustrated with her.  I get that, but that's no reason to be that anonymous person on the internet who just says terrible things.  If you're disappointed in her, that's fine, but don't go on the internet and complain about it on Twitter.  That's not going to change anything anyway.  Normally I stay out of drama, but when I saw her name trending on Twitter, I thought I would scroll through, and you know what? I feel bad for her.  She has anxiety issues and as someone with anxiety, I wouldn't want to be going through that.  With all of the other problems with youtubers lately, is having a book ghostwritten really the worst thing she could do?  Seriously, look at some of the bigger problems we have in the world and take a moment to think if it's really important.  You need to remember that venting your frustrations is fine, but keep in mind that there is a person on the other end of that screen.

Essentially I can spew all of the cliches that I use with my children when I teach, but I don't feel like I need to.  So just keep in mind.  It's okay to be upset, but it is not okay to slander someone as a person because of one thing.