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NETGALLEY STRESSES ME OUT || Discussion

Almost every book blogger is aware of Netgalley. You know, the awesome site that has THOUSANDS of FREE books for us to read and review. In theory it sounds like the perfect place for book lovers and reviewers, but for me it’s not heaven.

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So, on Netgalley each reviewer gets a percentage. This percentage is based on how many books you have reviewed. It it recommended that you have an 80% review rate.

Unfortunately, I was not aware of this when I originally signed up for the website. So immediately I requested TONS of free books. Like they’re FREE what else would I do? Then I realized the percentage. So I basically started off on the wrong foot.

Since this, many of the books I originally requested have expired and I’m stuck at a 18% feedback ratio.

Also, almost every book I have read from there I actually DNF’d and I feel like lowers my credibility even more.

For someone who does not suffer from anxiety, this may not seem like a huge deal but the idea of having a bad reputation out for everyone to see makes me nauseous. I really want to reconcile my ratio and also would love to get the most out of Netgalley, but I’m just so overwhelmed with the looming threat of having a bad rep.

How do you feel about Netgalley? Does it stress you out? I’d love to know.

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IT Teaser Trailer Reaction

So, as most of you know, IT – Stephen King is my all time favorite book. I also don’t really mind the original movie, so I really have high hopes for this movie. Needless to say, I was CRAZY excited when this teaser dropped, but I wasn’t as blown away as I hoped I would be.

So why don’t I love it? Let’s go through it step by step.

The trailer opens with the iconic scene of Georgie chasing his boat down the street, when it falls into the sewer. Here is where we see the first problem. When Penneywise arises from the sewers, there is loud, ominous music played behind it. I will get to why this is wrong later.

Next we see some set up shots, of Derry ,Ben in the library, and all of the gang in the sewers. They mention how they have all seen the clown and then we see the large dilapidated house. All of these scenes are fine, and I actually really enjoy the look of all the young actors and actress, in their roles.

The following scene, shows the kids looking at a projector, when it suddenly begins to change itself, revealing Penneywise in the picture. I can only assume this is like the photo album scene in the original movie and book, and honestly I don’t mind that they changed it up. I think it’s just as spooky, if not more.

Some rapidly edited shots show Eddie (I think) running, Henry Bowers (I THINK) coming across the iconic balloon (and Penneywise???), the Losers cornered by Penneywise (perhaps turning into Teen Wolf??), what appears to be Mike seeing people burning alive (which is mentioned in the book as well), Bev seeing the blood shoot from the drain (also from the book and movie), and a closer look at Penneywise.

Then the final scene, is the worst part of the entire trailer. We see Georgie talking to Bill in the sewers, saying “You’ll float too” I do believe this is in the book, but what Penneywise does next is so out of character, in my opinion. We see him charge at Bill.

Now here is where I explain the biggest issue I had with this trailer, it’s not IT. Penneywise is only one of IT’s many forms. IT is actually is a projection of what the kids most fear and Penneywise is a more charming form to lure the children in. So my issue is, why is he so dang scary.

In the first scene, Georgie should have felt comfortable enough with the clown to reach in and grab his boat from him. Would you grab a boat from this? Image result for it trailer 2017 sewers

 

I know I’m nitpicking, but it is my right as a fan. I think the biggest issue is actually the trailers music though. If, when Penneywise arose from the sewers there wasn’t a huge BOOM, would he be as scary? Nah. So hopefully, in the next trailer we see it without the unnecessary noises.

The final scene RUBBED ME THE WRONG WAY. One, it wasn’t scary. Two, it wasn’t necessary. Three, that’s not how Penneywise ACTS. But oh well…I guess we will just have to see that in the context of the movie.

There is a lot of attention to detail though, I saw a video showing the two movies back to back and it gave me some hope on top of little easter eggs like a missing poster for Patrick Hocskstetter, a villain from the book among other things. See side by side trailers HERE!

I am cautiously optimistic about this movie and I hope the movie is better than this trailer.

What did you think of this trailer? I’d love to know!

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week || MY STORY

Hey guys, I am straying from my usual content to talk about Eating Disorder Awareness Week (2/26 – 3/4) this week. Just a disclaimer this will be a serious and possibly disturbing post, so if you are sensitive to vomit please be aware.

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Ever since I was around 15, I have suffered from bulimia, but just recently found out I also suffer from body dysmorphia.

A little history about my body. I have always struggled with my weight, due to genes and general laziness. My weight does vary, but this is not a story of me getting so thin that I became ill, because I have remained overweight throughout most of my life.

Bulimia

As I said earlier, I really began developing bulimia, but it really got worse last spring, when I was going through a hard time in my life. My bulimia is not always present, but really flares up when I’m feeling out of control in my life.

Here are some symptoms of bulimia that I suffer from:

  • Obsession with body image, weight, and/or dieting
  • Repeated binge eating episodes over a specified period of time
  • Loss of control during episodes of bingeing
  • Purging behaviors follow a binge to attempt to compensate for extra calories consumed

– Timberline Knolls

Some other symptoms I have, at my worst, is excessive exercise, and pushing myself during workouts to the point of vomiting.

Body Dysmorphia

I always thought those with body dysmorphia had a skewed view of themselves when looking in the mirror and I always thought it couldn’t be me since I knew my weight, so I had concrete facts telling me I was overweight.

It wasn’t until I compared my body to a character on T.V., that my boyfriend got seriously worried that I had the wrong idea of how I looked.

This made me look up the symptoms and found this :

  • Being extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can’t be seen or appears minor
  • Strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed
  • Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way or mock you
  • Engaging in behaviors aimed at fixing or hiding the perceived flaw that are difficult to resist or control, such as frequently checking the mirror, grooming or skin picking
  • Attempting to hide perceived flaws with styling, makeup or clothes
  • Constantly comparing your appearance with others
  • Always seeking reassurance about your appearance from others
  • Having perfectionist tendencies
  • Seeking frequent cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Being so preoccupied with appearance that it causes major distress or problems in your social life, work, school or other areas of functioning

– Mayo Clinic

I was actually brought to tears, when reading this list, because all of these things I read, I had just attributed to who I was as a person.

I can’t explain to someone what it feels like to learn that what you have always thought was your personality, is actually a sickness.

The Purpose

This post, was partly for myself and partly to bring awareness to everyone else. Not only did I want to bring awareness to the symptoms of these disorders, but also to show that not all people with eating disorders are thin.

I used to actually think that I did eating disorders wrong, because I never lost the weight that everyone else said they did.

So I want to tell everyone who has these symptoms, of all shapes and sizes, please find someone to help you, because it could get out of control faster than you may think.

To those who do not suffer from eating disorders, please be cautious of how you talk because you never know what others are going through.

Thanks for reading! I’m sorry if this was too graphic or sad for you, but if this could help one person, it was worth it.

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Introduction to ShelfJoy.com

Hey guys! I’m working with the creators of ShelfJoy.com  for this blog post and I’m super excited about it! In my opinion, I feel like ShelfJoy could become a really good resource for readers and especially book bloggers.

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The best way I’ve thought to describe this site is a mixture of Goodreads, Twitter, and sites like BookRiot and ScreenRant.

It is a listing site, where you could browse lists like  “Memoirs by First Ladies”, “Books That Will Expand Your Mind”, or my personal favorite”All The Books Mentioned in Gilmore Girls”. I think it’s a great way to find books that could be in or out of your comfort zones. untitled

Any books that you spot on a list that you find interesting, you can add to your “reading lists”, much like on Goodreads. You can also buy these books on Amazon directly from the list, if you’re feelings particularly impulsive that day. (Don’t lie, we all have those days)untitled

Your reading list is pleasantly laid out and it also reminds you which lists you found these books on, which is nice, because you can always revisit your favorite lists!Untitled.png

On top of reading other’s lists, you can also create your own! Of course, I had to make my own and, of course, it was about Stephen King.

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There is a database of books already in the website, so all you have to do is type in the title into a search bar and it does the rest of the work for you. And I mean ALL the work! By far my favorite thing about the creating tool is that you don’t even have to do the work to write (or copy-paste) the synopsis, they do it for you.  Another feature is that you can show your reaction to the book with a simple emoticon and others can react, as well.

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I’m not going to tell you that there is no bad along with this site. One issue I had was that there is no “Draft” setting for your lists. While I was making my SK list, my window closed and I lost the whole thing. It was so frustrating that I had to do the whole thing again.

Another issue I had was that there is no mobile app, as of now, but that can definitely be changed ESPECIALLY if there is more traffic on the site.

All in all, I think the possibilities of this site are endless. I’m thinking about using the site instead of writing TBR posts, or wrap ups!

Are you interested? I would love to know! Thanks for reading!

 

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I am WORRIED about The Dark Tower movie!!

If you haven’t heard, they are making a movie adaptation of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, starring Idris Elba as Roland, Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers.

Generally movie adaptations of King’s books are not very good, and if they are good they aren’t faithful (see The Shining). Despite this, I have been really excited about this movie even though they have made some questionable casting choices, but I’ve looked into it some more and it isn’t looking good, y’all.

Here is the synopsis for the movie:

Jake, who is still reeling over the death of his hero dad, a first responder on 9/11 who succumbed to toxic exposure, has a series of terrifying and apocalyptic visions that have made him doubt his own sanity. But when Jake narrowly avoids being abducted by terrifying creatures in human form, he escapes into another world. In this strange new reality, Jake teams with weary and disillusioned hero, Roland Deschain, a knight-like warrior bent solely on avenging himself against his age-old nemesis.  — From Wikipedia

First problem, they MODERNIZED it, but that’s ok I’m flexible.

Second problem, they’ve changed Jake’s entire story, seriously it’s not just that it takes place in modern times, but everything is different.

Third, this is NOT how the first book in the series, at all. I’m not sure what their plan is for this movie but I’m not looking forward to it anymore.

One good thing I have found from my research are the pictures I have been able to find. McConaughey  looks amazing as the Man in Black and Jake is exactly as I’ve pictured. Even Elba as Roland is dressed right and looks the part. So hopefully I’m wrong to worry about the film because I desperately want it to turn out.

 

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Bo Burnham’s Make Happy Discussion

I don’t think I have mentioned before that I really love watching and listening to comedy specials. Of course, I’ve got some favorite comedians, and Bo Burnham is one of them by far.

If you don’t know Bo, he is a musical comedian, who actually got his start on Youtube. His shows are not like most comedians, as he doesn’t just walk around the stage, or sit on a stool. He, not only plays the piano intermittently, but has elaborate choreography and lighting.

Bo now has two specials out on Netflix, “what” and “Make Happy”. I have watched them both recently, and I feel like even though they are similar formats, they are very different.

For instance, the first of the specials, “what” starts with a cute video of him singing as a child. In “Make Happy” it begins with him awaking in a hotel with his face painted as a clown, which I assumed was a statement of how comedians put on a fake face for their shows.

Continuing with the theme, “Make Happy” was darker than “what”. Bo rides a thin line between being relatable and maintaining a facade of being above his audience. This was the thing that made me love his new special even more than the last.

One of his songs repeats “I don’t think I can handle this right now”, and earlier this year, I was saying the same thing. As someone who always loved to make people laugh, I find myself taking it too far and sometimes people have a hard time ever taking you seriously. I may not know what Bo is going through, or if what I got out of his show is what he was going though, but regardless, it said something to me (as well as made me laugh so hard it made my stomach hurt).

I would highly recommend anyone, who’s not easily offended, to watch it on Netflix.

 

 

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Captain America VS Batman v. Superman

Since seeing Captain America – Civil War, I have had something on my mind. The basic plots of Civil War and Batman v. Superman are pretty similar. Although there are different (or no) motives, two superheroes disagree about something and ultimately fight over it.

Now I know I said that I actually liked BvS more than the average viewer (see my thoughts on it here) and I still stand by that, but I realize it had a its fair share of issues. As most movies go, you start to realize the problems the more distance you have from the first viewing.

I originally said that BvS was too crowded for its own good, but Civil War had even more characters, so shouldn’t it have been even more crowded? Well I believe it wasn’t for two reasons. In Civil War, we already knew most of the main characters. Other than Spiderman and Black Panther, each hero had at least one movie to build their character.

In BvS this was only the case for Superman (and Lois but we don’t talk about her), they had to introduce Batman (and everyone associated with him), Wonderwoman, AND Lex Luthor. No one could balance that, not even the most talented movie crew.

So basically I’ve come to the conclusion that I think that BvS failed at their characters. From Batman and Superman who just weren’t fleshed out enough to Lex who was just wasn’t the Lex we know and love.
Do you agree with me? Did you like BvS and Civil War? I would love to know!

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Thoughts on Thursdays…FINALLY SUMMER!


Today I take my last two exams for the semester and finally get to go home! I’m so excited to have three months off (but I’m still taking summer courses and having a job) to rest and relax by the pool and READ! (So much reading will be done) 

Honestly this post has zero point but by the end of the night I’ll be in my own, comfy bed and that’s all that matters. 

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Whichbook.com!

I found a website that I am SO excited about, and have never even heard of before. It is called Whichbook

Let me give you the lowdown.

On whichbook, they give you THIS :

Now let me explain. Do you want to read something hilarious? Then you select the “Funny <-> Serious” tab and move an arrow to just how funny you want your book to be.

You are allowed to pick four categories at a time, to tailor make your next read to EXACTLY what you want.

Still aren’t convinced? Ok, I’ll give you an example.

 

I put in, “A little unpredictable, a little disgusting, midway larger than life and down to earth, and definitely funny” and got this as my top suggestion.

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by Haruki Murakami

This book is for readers who are happy to give their authors plenty of poetic license and for whom talking cats and villages that disappear into magical forests are perfectly normal literary events. Once you go with the flow, you will want Nakata to find the mythical entrance stone and Kafka to find his mother. But be warned – like all magic there is a dark side to this novel.
Does that not sound amazing? I literally already added it to my amazon wish list. They obviously don’t just give you one suggestion, there were actually about 11 pages of results for this one grouping of criteria.
Is that not specific enough for you? HAVE NO FEAR!
If you have a preference you can set the race, age, sexuality, or gender. You can decide the intricacies of the plot, like if you want it to have a lot of twists and turns, you can check that off. You can also pick the setting, whether it be a country, or an imaginary place.
I know this is a short post, but I’m SO excited about this find and I hope you are too!