That moment when all the things you’ve requested comes in at once… yup. I have to pick up 10 things from the library today. Here we go!

What I’m picking up:
Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
The nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Ms. Marvel Vol II
Bitch Planet Vol I
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
UnWholly by Neal Shusterman
The Princess Bride (Illustrated edition) by S. Morgenstern
The Easy Vegan Cookbook by Kathy Hester

This doesn’t include the movies and TV series I have to pick up and already have at home!

What are you picking up today? How should I prioritize my list? Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!

All Day With Dat Playaway

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I’m sure you’ve noticed (or maybe you haven’t) that I’ve recently picked up Playaway and have been experimenting with this. If you do NOT know what a Playaway is, stay tuned because I’m going to tell you in the next sentence. A Playaway is like an audiobook, but instead of having discs you have a little device that kind of looks like an MP3 player that allows you to plug in your headphones and listen (much like a REAL MP3 player). You can pause, play (obviously), rewind, skip tracks, and control the volume as well! It requires a battery, but you just have to ask when you’re checking out (huzzah for libraries), and they’ll be happy to give yuh one.

I work in an office and for those 8 hours I’m typing on a keyboard when I could be reading a book. I could be opening up my mind to beautiful and wonderful worlds while I’m staring at a screen and dealing with Excel files. I could travel to distant lands and meet new people all without leaving the confines of my work station (it’s not really a cubicle…not really). Boom. Decided. I’m going to get a Playaway and increase my bookage. One book for reading at home. One book for my communte. One book for while I’m working.

My first experience with a Playaway was when I read You’re a Badass. This was the perfect book to listen to while I’m working. I was able to snag the ideas and quotes without having to be fully invested. It was awesome. And yes, I am a badass.

My second Playaway was a little rough. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk was a book that I just didn’t “get”. I wasn’t sure, and still am not sure, if it’s because of the content or because I was super intense in my work. (Heck yes more Excel files!) I just felt really lost and there was a definite disconnect.

Third and final (as of now) attempt at a Playaway was listening to Life After Life. This puppy was even rougher. This book was definitely a literary book and I just felt lost at times. Way more so than my second attempt. The book was great, but I was so distracted and didn’t feel the same emotions that other reviews had felt.

I came up with a solution. It’s not the Playaway’s fault. The Playaway is doing its job perfectly, it’s me. (It’s not you; it’s me.) I’m doing this while working. I’m doing this while I have problems at work that actually require me to use my full attention and block out everything else. I’m doing this … the wrong way.

My super-skinny-runs-for-fun-vegan-roommate listens to Playaways while she’s getting ready for work or while she’s cleaning her room. Goodness me! I could do this. I don’t need to use that many brain cells to get ready for work. (Push button for coffee.) Boom. I don’t need to pour over insane details while cleaning my room. (Socks go in the drawer.) Boom. I need to change my activity in order for me to completely enjoy the book as it should be. ORRRR I need to find a book that doesn’t require me to be fully immersed (sorry Sincero).

Yes. I think I’ll try both just to see what happens. All right. It’s decided. I’ll try this again and let you know if anything has changed.

Your turn! Have you tried out a Playaway? What are you doing when you’re listening and what types of books are you listening to? Have you wanted to try this out why or why not? Let me know in the comments below.

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Until next time my bibliophile beasties!

Stacks On Stacks On Stacks

Hey fellow readers!

I’ve been updating my reading adventure throughout the year by posting every Monday. There’s a problem. Problem’s the wrong word. There’s a …. something. I started blogging my reviews rather late in the year (I had already read 26 books by the time I started), so my reviews have been at least 5 months behind. I want to get all my reviews done before shoving my 2015 ones on you. Huzzah for thinking ahead! So I’m going to spit them out every Monday and Friday. Maybe even rapid-fire them towards the end of the year.

Things to Huzzah about:
– I already reached beyond my goal of 50 books this year!
– I have signed up for a couple ARC sites and successfully been approved!
– I named my nook. His name is Spencer after Dr. Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds (best show in the world). Get it?! Reid… Read.

Other news about yours truly:
– I probably won’t set a goal to read however many books next year. I’m just gonna read for my pleasure and if I read at least 50 next year, I’ll be pleased. If I don’t, then I don’t and I’ll still be happy.
– I will be signing up for the Jingle Bell 5k for December 6. Yup. I’ll be running in the snow.
– I’m going back to school to get my LTA.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! Eat lots of food, more than you should, and enjoy the people around you.

What I’m thankful for? You!! Thank you to every single person who has ever clicked on my blog, read my reviews and other posts, chortled to yourself, liked something, commented, followed. I am so, so, very thankful! Thank you all!

(new book review to come Friday 🙂 )

❤ Megasaurus

Why I Got An eReader

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If you’ve been reading my blogs for awhile, you’ll know that I used to be a hard-core reader. I don’t mean the kind that reads several books in one week. I mean the kind that only reads physical copies. That changed when I discovered audiobooks were amazing. It’s about to change again. I have always been against eReaders. I didn’t like the idea of staring at yet another screen during the day. I’m working on a computer all day and then come home and go on my blog and facebook and youtube and whatever. I didn’t want to add even more strain to my pretty blues. I like the idea of actually turning a page rather than sliding a screen or touching a button. So, why did I break down and decide to get an eReader last night? Well, dear reader, I’ll tell you. In no particular order – here it is.

1. Travel. I don’t travel a whole lot, but when I do I’m usually about to finish one book and start another. For spatial reasons, having an eReader would give me more room for other important things like clothes, my stuffed dog that’s been with me since I was seven (his name is Scoop), hair stuff, and whatever else I feel like. (I do what I want!)

2. Interview purposes. I work part time in a library. A branch of a library. In this particular branch, we don’t get a whole lot of questions dealing with our eBooks. It just doesn’t happen. The demographic we serve just doesn’t fit into this category, so when I’m asked in interviews about my knowledge, I have to tell them I have little experience. (I follow this up by saying I know about the app and am a quick learner. Jazzing it up and making me look better.)

3. Left behind. No one likes being left behind and I fall under this category. While my nieces and nephews have tablets, smartphones, eReaders, iPods, and whatever, I’m over here with my non-smart phone (I’m smart enough for the both of us), and physical book. I need to be in the know. It’s taken me this long to figure out it’s not just a fad. I’m joining.

4. Late-night bookage. Probably like most readers, if I’m close to the end of a book I blast through it. It can lead me to wee hours of the morning. Sometimes the book lust doesn’t stop there. I’ll want to keep the streak going and read another one right away. If I don’t have any other physical book, I can just grab my eReader and check something out from the library instantly. I can buy something and have it download to my lil guy. Boom. New book to read.

5. ARCs. I signed up for a first to read program thinking (foolishly) that the publication would send me physical copies of books to read and review. The other day was my first opportunity to enter to receive ARCs. Upon further reading, I discovered that they send downloads. I need an eReader for this madness. I’m not gonna sit up on my computer all night after working on a computer all day. Nope. This will also give me an opportunity to check out other publishers and the like, knowing that it’s A-OK to send downloads now.

Because of the reasons above, I didn’t feel the need to get a tablet. I have a laptop and I don’t need another, mini, version. I shopped around and decided on getting (drum roll please) the nook GlowLight™. It just seemed right for what I wanted to use it for. I haven’t used it yet, but I got him all registered and charged up. When you register the nook you get $5 credit to use and get your first book (or more) for your shiny new device.

I’m one of those people that names inanimate objects. My previous phones have been named: Little Blue, Clifford, Captain Black Phone, Scooter. I need a name for my nook. I’ve thought of Nyuk (like the Three Stooges), and Stooge (see previous reason). I’m considering authors or punctuation or books that I loved. At the same time I think it would be weird to call him Orwell, Harry Potter, or Semi-Colon. Let me know in the comments of a good name!

Thanks for reading and I’ll hit you guys up later. Have a great weekend! Enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte for me. Like. Comment. Follow.

Until next time!

Book ‘im, Danno: Why I Go To The Library

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I like big books and I cannot lie. I also like checking books out from the library, like, a lot. In fact, I just returned four books and three CDs earlier today. (Actually, yesterday by the time this blog goes up.) There are a ton of book lovers that buy a load of books and make their own library. Just go on Youtube and type in “book haul”; the result will astound you. I’m definitely not hating on any of those, but I cannot afford to get mountains of books at a drop of a hat. A lot of them bargain buy on Amazon, and Book Depository, and others… (wow, brain fart).

I’m here to tell you why I go to the libraries. Not in any particular order, here they are:

1. It’s free. Need I say more? You don’t need to pay for a card. You don’t need to pay for checking anything out. However, be careful of fines, and remember you can re-new.

2. You can renew. While most libraries give you a movie for one week, magazines and CDs and non-fiction movies and TV show DVDs for two weeks, books and audiobooks and playaways for three weeks, you can call or go in and get your material renewed if you know it’s going to be late. It takes minimum effort, and you’ll get double the original time!

3. Wide selection. There’s a huge selection of new books, movies, CDs, audiobooks, and playaways. Sometimes I like to pretend I’m Indie or hipster or whatever and claim the library won’t have what I’m looking for because it’s new and no one’s heard of it and it’s totally not mainstream. Let me tell you something – they have it. They’re on top of it. They got your back hipsters and mainstreamers.

4. Holds. You can go online, call, or even show up in person and put whatever your little heart desires on hold. And they HOLD it for you. If someone has it already checked out, place a hold and hop in line to get it next. The awesome thing is you can place a hold for things that aren’t even out yet! Real life example here: I heard that the gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is coming out with a book in 2015. My Sunny-loving self went on my libraries website and placed a hold. Guess what. I’m number one, so when it comes in I’ll be the first kid on my block with the shiny new book.

5. Rating. You can rate the books you read and even write reviews on the website.

6. Reactionary. These libraries know, man. If you start requesting things that they don’t have, they’ll know that whatever you selected must be popular (cuz you’re such a trend-setter) and they’ll probably order a copy or two for the collection. They’ll probably order other things that are similar to what you requested since there is obviously a demand for it.

7. ILL. Let’s say you want something, but the librarian or assistant sees that the library does not have it in the collection. Something super cool that they can do is request the material from surrounding libraries! It’ll be sent to your library, and they’ll call you when it’s in.

8. Book discussions. While you may have noticed that I love to write about books, you might not know that I love to talk about books too. So does the library. They’re not all the books that you see Oprah pick out. They’re not all those light mystery novels you see your grandma read. They do ones like Orange is the New Black and Kill Shakespeare and other awesome books.

9. Helpful. The people working there are all willing to help you find just what you’re looking for even if you aren’t. If you come in with an author you like, or a genre, or even a book that you really enjoyed, they’ll find something that you’ll enjoy based on those minimal requirements.

10. It’s free. Just to re-iterate, if you don’t get fines, everything is absolutely free. Even with fines, a lot of libraries let you get away with under $5.

Boom. Find your local library and become the best patron ever. All you’ll need, at least in my experience, is a photo ID and mail to prove your residency. What are you waiting for? Get out there!

Until next time!

Top Books I’ve Read In 2014 Thus Far

It is August already. (Here comes a cliche for you…) This year is just flying by. (Told you.) There have been so many awesome book releases this year and insane books I’ve read this year. This is a tribute to the top 10 books I’ve read this year (so far…). DISCLAIMER: These aren’t in any particular order. I’m not going to explain why these are my favorite because if they have not had a blog post up yet, there will be one in the “My Year In Books 2014” series. I will just be writing what is on the back of the book to get you psyched and give you a peeeeeek.

Without further ado.

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Wonder by RJ Palacio
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man-the man called only the Giver-he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The war begins…
Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.
Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable – and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.
But the command school is a battlefield. And Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

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The Ten Minute Activist: Easy Ways To Take Back The Planet by The Mission Collective
The planet is in trouble. Global warming, record-breaking natural disasters, 9/11, two hotly contested presidential elections, and a war abroad has left many Americans feeling uneasy with the state of our own lives and the security of the planet. We know that life cannot be sustained at the current rate of consumption, yet it is easy to succumb to helplessness and apathy. But if making a difference only required ten minutes of our time a day, how many more people would try to make a difference? Written in an edgy, engaging style, The Ten Minute Activist, shows how even the busiest person can make a difference. From buying organic milk and bison to switching from free-trade to fair trade; from choosing a Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) retirement plan to car-pooling with colleagues, The Mission Collective has compiled the most up-to-date information on energy conservation, global warming, wildlife preservation, community building, spiritual awareness and political action. The Ten Minute Activist informs and inspires with easy acts that can truly have an impact if engaged en masse.

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough… Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises… Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Probably Garcí­a Márquez finest and most famous work. One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, alive with unforgettable men and women, and with a truth and understanding that strike the soul. One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece of the art of fiction.

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American Vampire Vol 2 by Scott Snyder
While trafficking in a bestselling sub-genre, AMERICAN VAMPIRE introduces a new strain of vampire — a more muscular and vicious species, born of the American West.
It’s Las Vegas circa 1935, and Skinner Sweet and our gal Pearl are about to learn the hard way that the bloodsuckers in Hollywood were nothing compared to what awaits them in Sin City.
In just a few short years, young police Chief Cash McCogan has watched his native city of Las Vegas go from cow-town to wild, glittering boomtown. And when the bodies of prominent businessmen start showing up drained of blood, Chief McCogan finds himself facing a threat much darker and deadlier than anything he could have imagined . . . and the only sure bet in town is that Skinner and Pearl are right in the thick of it.

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey
Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both these dreams come true.
At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.
Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

There’s the top 10. There are a few others that I rated pretty high as well, but they just didn’t fit inside the number 10.

What book are you most anxious about reading this year? Have any of these made the cut? What’s your favorite book you’ve read so far this year? Let me know in the comments below. Like. Comment. Follow.

Happy reading!