Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts {3}

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a random posting of what's on my mind bookish and otherwise. Sometimes 10 things, sometimes less, always hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.
  1. We are finally moving into our new house so I will have very limited internet for a while. This is greatly affecting my posting and commenting. We are out of city limits so I won't find out if we can get service soon until tomorrow.

  2. I've been spending all of my spare time moving and sleeping so I've read pretty much nothing all week long. I need to download a new audiobook at the very least before the weekend.

  3. Entertainment Weekly is trying to crown the best YA novel of all time. "We’re pitting 64 young adult books against each other in a March-Madness style game to determine which you think is the best of all time." Round one is HARD already. At least A Wrinkle in Time (one of my favorites) is up against Dune (one of my least favorites). That was an easy vote. You can vote on each of the round one brackets here.


  4. The Opening Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is also happening. I hate these awards just as much as I love them. The only categories I feel comfortable voting in at this point are horror and middle grade. I'm contemplating voting in the memoir category (for The Spark) even though I still have I Am Malala on my TBR. Do you guys only vote if you are well read in the category or do you feel comfortable voting regardless? I usually only vote if I've read at least all the books I want to read out of a particular category.


  5. While we are on a role with book awards, Publisher's Weekly has revealed their 101 best books of 2013. I'm not sure why the Children's Fiction won't be posted until next week, but you see the best books broken down by category here. It looks like a good list, but I don't think I've read a single one of their selections.


  6. Liam Hemsworth was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno promoting Catching Fire. You can watch the first clip of Catching Fire at the end of his interview:



    Team Gale *cough*

  7. I'm wondering if anyone has signed up for Oyster yet? It's the "netflix for books" service that allows unlimited book downloads for $9.95/month. When I first heard about Oyster I thought "isn't the library already a netflix for books?" but I can now see a lot of merit in using Oyster. I do get free access to ebooks from my library, but I have to wait in line for them. I think Oyster could be an awesome asset for voracious readers. The only issue I see is whether or not the books I really want to read will be available on Oyster (which is pretty much the only issue I have with Netflix as well). You can get your first month free at Oyster. If you decide to try it out or have tried it, let me know what you think.

  8. Best of luck to those participating in NaNoWriMo. For those of you who may not know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I used to love participating in NaNo, but over the years I've fallen off participating. I was hoping to jump back in this year just for fun, but the move has made it pretty impossible to keep up. Are you participating this year?


  9. Author John Hornor Jacobs tweeted about a site called I Write Like this week. It's fun site where you paste in something you have written and the site tells you who you write like. I took what I wrote for NaNo this year (before I decided I couldn't keep up) and pasted it in to I Write Like. My result: Stephen King. First of all, I'm pretty certain I don't actually write like Stephen King, but what a badass answer. I can't imagine a better answer given my taste in books. Play around with it and see who you get. I apparently wrote this blog post like Chuck Palahniuk.

  10. That's it for this week. I'm sorry if you haven't heard from me much in a while! I'm hoping things will start getting back to normal next week.

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8 comments:

  1. I enjoy these end-of-the-year book voting and awards and stuff but it's always a reminder how little I read books that were released during the year; I normally wait a year or two when the book hits paperback or something so I find myself staring at the lists going "I have you on my wishlist...and you...and you..." lol. But I managed to vote in a few categories this year at GR which is nice :)

    I'm participating in NaNo this year as a rebel (am editing a writing project) although I haven't done much so far because of schoolwork (boo).

    Best of luck with the move! :)

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  2. I love the end of year book award things, mainly because it always throws up new titles for me to read! I don't vote very often, only on books that I have absolutely loved.

    I'm participating in NaNo this year but totally failing at it (so...basically the same as every other year). It's all a bit of fun.

    I hope your move goes well :)

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  3. I always felt hesitant voting in the GR awards in the past, but last year I finally just decided to go for it. I'm sure most people who vote haven't read every book nominated in that category, so why should my favorite book lose a vote from me just because I don't think I'm qualified? They're people's choice awards. I'm not on a judging panel.

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  4. #2 Audiobooks good to listen to while you unpack!
    #4 I've voted, but only in a few categories.
    #6 Haven't read Catching Fire yet... best get onto it. I only read the Huger Games because I saw the movie short and thought how good it looked (and I always do book before movie).

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  5. I voted on a couple from the Goodreads awards but since I haven't read all of the books listed I thought my vote might be a little unfair. And how could you possibly pick the best YA book of all time? Seems impossible to me! I'll have to check out Odyssey- sounds pretty cool.

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  6. "Limited internet?" Obviously you need a place on my made-up, non-existent prayer chain. Good luck!

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  7. Somehow I missed the EW YA thing, I'll have to check that out. Sounds like fun.

    I'm doing NaNo but very casually, not really trying very hard to hit 50k but it is motivating me to write more so that's working for me. I'm just happy to be writing more every day (OK most every day). I Write Like sounds neat, i'll be checking that out too. :)

    Have a good week.

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  8. Good luck with your move. Oyster sounds pretty interesting. Kind of like audible maybe? I wouldn't feel comfortable voting for any book unless I had read it.

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