I’m back!

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So you thought you’d seen the last of me with that kitten post nearly fifteen months ago. You though, “Oh, hey… What happened to that blog made up of random book posts, tea, and whatever the author wanted to throw on the page on any given week?” I wondered that myself, to be honest.

At first, I simply stopped blogging because (I know, I know. I’m about to break the golden rule of reality television. NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, MENTION THE CAMERA.) it was no longer required of me. There. I said it.

So when I say I’m throwing myself back into this blog, I really mean it because now I’m doing it for myself (and hopefully a few readers). Does that mean it will lose the frantic randomness it had before? Most definitely not. If anything, it may become more random. The difference will be that I will make posts about things that genuinely interest me, whether it be about books, music, television, or my adventures as a writer who lives inside her own head most of the time.

Because let’s be honest for once. I may be a “Young Novel Addict” with a strange tea addiction and an obsessive personality that began with Harry Potter when I was 8, but there are so many other things to talk about.

So, my wonderful readers, stay tuned for changes to come.

In the meantime, re-watch AHS: Coven, read the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, or check out Lady Gaga’s latest performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Random House/Penguin Merge

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Today I learned that Random House and Penguin Group may merge. Soon the “big six” in the publishing world may only be those five book publishers that used to rule the industry before nook and Kindle. How long will it be until there is only one major traditional publishing company?

I have heard that the traditional publishing industry is becoming a thing of the past, but I didn’t want to believe it. E-books are becoming increasingly popular, despite my stubbornness. I bought a nook a few years ago, but after a few months I stopped using it. I couldn’t feel the pages underneath my fingertips. The pages didn’t look the same as a book page, despite the modern technology that went into making the screen look like paper. I couldn’t feel the weight of a thick book or see cracks develop in the spine.

I take pride in my bookshelves. Once a year I completely reorganize them to accommodate the books I have acquired that cannot possibly fit on my crammed shelves. For many, running out of room would make an electronic book tablet more desirable, but I love being able to look, touch, and smell all of my books.

When I officially ran out of space and had to move books into a closet, I was ecstatic. That sounds nerdy, but it’s true. One of the “selling points” for e-readers is that it is nearly impossible to run out of room. There is no fun in deciding which books to have on display because they can’t be displayed at all.

The Random House and Penguin merge may only be the first step to the end of traditional book publishing. I feel like this is much like when Borders announced that their problems were minor, and only a few low profit stores would be shut down. Now the Borders where I spent countless hours is an organic grocery store.

As a writer, I should be happy with this change. However, as a reader I am deeply saddened. I don’t want traditional publishing to die.

I planned to post about the successes and failures of  YA books made into film. However, as I Google searched these books, agitation changed the topic of this blog post.

A library website appeared to have a list of Young Adult books that have been made into movies, but that wasn’t what the list was at all. The list was composed of classics! Moby Dick was on the list. It was not practical.

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I was then reminded of the classics in the YA section of Barnes & Noble with covers that try to lure in teenagers who apparently have never heard of Jane Austen.

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I mean, I understand the importance of encouraging teens to read classic literature, but why do young people need to be tricked into reading the Bronte sisters? If they like reading enough to enter a bookstore, they are surely smart enough to wander over to the shelves that contain classics. I somehow managed to find Jane Eyre and Romeo & Juliet in the proper place when I was in high school.

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Not only are the books covertly placed in YA, but the covers are ridiculous! They don’t match the story line. Instead, they have a color scheme of black, red, and white. I don’t think I have to point out which bestselling series these classics mirror. The similarities are kind of disgusting. It’s like the publishers are trying to say the series is of the same quality as classics that have been loved by many for centuries.

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Others aren’t as annoying, such as this copy of Emma. The green is pretty hideous, but at least it’s more original.

So  to all the teenagers out there who want to read a classics, please wander over to the adult literature section. In five years you will be glad you didn’t buy the classic with the YA cover.

Classics as YA

ImageTuesday night, I went to the gym at 9pm, because that is when Parenthood comes on television. I like to sync my workout schedule with my TV schedule. This way, I can trick myself into wanting to walk miles without actually going anywhere. Reading is my favorite means of escape, but reading on a treadmill is impossible, right?

I tried it a few weeks ago, and failed miserably. I couldn’t walk in a straight line, I had trouble keeping the book open, and I felt like I was reading in a car that was going 90 mph. I looked like an idiot and thought I was going to be sick.

ImageThat is why I was completely amazed when I looked over to the girl next to me Tuesday night. She was reading Night by Elie Wiesel, and she didn’t fall off the treadmill. She may have even been walking faster than me. I was amazed.

Sadly, I did not ask her how she didn’t get nauseous or fall off, because that would have been awkward.

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As of now, I have given up on reading at the gym. However, if this is possible, time spent working out would be much more enjoyable. Maybe someday in the future, I will have enough talent and coordination to read a book while walking. Tonight I will leave my books at home and watch Grey’s Anatomy.

If anyone knows how to read at the gym without potentially falling off the equipment, please let me know how this is done.

Book Nerd at the Gym

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

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Quote of the Day

The Casual Vacancy

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I know, I know. I’m becoming predictable. I swear, next week I won’t mention anything related to J.K. Rowling or Harry Potter. Also, this post isn’t quite what it seems. I’m not writing a book review, praising the book, or trashing it. After all, that would imply that I had actually read the book.

No, this entry is about my somewhat irrational fear. I can’t read The Casual Vacancy. I can’t even buy it. This isn’t because I spent entirely too much money on concert tickets, greatly diminishing my bank account. (However, that did happen.) I can’t buy my reserved copy of the book that is just sitting there on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, waiting for a home, because I don’t want to be disappointed.

It sounds silly. I’ve been anticipating the release of  The Casual Vacancy since before it was even announced. Now that I could actually read it, I simply can’t. I’m actually starting to freak myself out over this.

I’m pretty obsessive over things like this, so one part of me is saying, “Go buy the book right now! Read it! Finish it tonight!”

Another part of me, which is somehow the more dominant part of my brain is saying, “Don’t read it! The book won’t live up to your incredibly high expectations! It will destroy the way you view your favorite writer!”

I’m trying to hold back the obsessive part of my brain, and it’s giving me a headache. I normally have no choice but to give in, but I guess fear is a stronger emotion. I am terrified of this novel.

I should mention that I know The Casual Vacancy will be nothing like Harry Potter, and I am glad she went in a completely different direction with this book. I am simply afraid that I have imagined Rowling’s talents. What if she isn’t really as great as everyone thought?

I know that I will have to read the book eventually. Maybe I can somehow make myself read it without having unobtainable standards. Maybe it will somehow be better than I hope. I mean, she has had five years to grow as a writer since Deathly Hallows was released.

Or maybe my fears are justifiable.

If you’ve read the book, please take a moment to comment. Did The Casual Vacancy live up to your expectations?

Sweaters and Tea

Today is the first cold and rainy day of the season, which means I was able to wear a sweater today! I love wearing sweaters. I mean, you can’t be a stereotypical book nerd without loving sweaters.

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Think of Hermione Granger. Emma Watson always wore the cutest sweaters in the Harry Potter films. The Harry Potter wardrobe department showed the world that it is possible to be smart and attractive.

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Also, just look at Martin Freeman(John Watson in BBC’s Sherlock) in this picture. Isn’t that sweater fantastic?

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And then there’s this one from Sherlock’s Christmas episode after the creators of the show found out the fans were obsessed with Watson’s sweaters. It’s one of the best nerdy – yet wearable – Christmas sweaters I’ve ever seen!

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Another important component to a rainy day is an endless supply of tea and coffee. If you prefer tea over coffee, go with a black tea. My favorite black tea is Earl Grey. I don’t know if it’s just because the word “grey” is in the name, but I feel like everything about this tea makes the grey sky a million times better.

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If you are willing to spend $4 at Starbucks, I would suggest getting a London Fog(an Earl Grey latte with a shot of vanilla) on a rainy day. About a year ago, a friend of mine had me try a London Fog, and I have been paying for the overpriced tea with foam ever since. They are seriously addictive.

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Most importantly, rainy days are the perfect excuse to stay indoors, plop down in a comfortable chair next to a window, and read.

So put on your favorite sweater, brew some Earl Grey tea, and read a good book.