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I realized that I am terrible at socializing as a blogger on here, so recently I’ve been trying to invest more time looking into what other blogs I follow are posting. Usually I would just post and get along with my day, but that’s not as fun.

SOOOO to the few people that follow my blog, please comment down below so I can get to know yall or link me to some awesome other blogs!

Until next time yall!

The 5th Wave

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Last night I went to watch The 5th Wave after work with my friends. To tell you the truth I was not that excited to see this movie. When I saw the cast for this movie I was not that impressed. I did not think that Chloe Grace Moretz was going to be a good Cassie. I’m not much of a fan of her, so I may be biased. I also did not like who they chose for Evan, but after watching the movie I could see Alex Roe being him. Ben Parish and Sams were cast pretty well.

When I was watching the trailers before the movie came out, they did not make me feel very excited. There was something about them that was lackluster. I did not feel that excitement I felt when I read the books. (Check out the book trailers here. I think they did much better than the actual movie trailers.)

I also did not feel much excitement as we watched the movie. As you watch it you feel as if there could have been more. You could feel the level of potential of the movie, but the movie never really makes it to that level. Honestly, there were a lot of “what the fucks” and “what the hells” coming out of my mouths and my friends. Why? Because the movie was not accurate to the book. It was like we knew it was The 5th Wave and they took concepts from it, but there were many scenes that happened differently. I understand that the movie is usually going to stray a bit from the book, but damn this was kind of disappointing. I felt like the writers did not even read the book. They either got someone to summarize it or they skimmed the book. How can you just change such pivotal points in the book?

******POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT!!! SKIP THIS SECTION IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK*****

The part where Cassie and Sam get separated and Vosch pretty much cleans out the whole refugee camp is hella different. I felt like that part should have stayed some what the same. They got rid of that Crisco kid and the ash pit. The way Sam and Cassie get separated is different. Cassie’s does not have a struggle with the soldiers. To top it off, Vosch does not neutralize the camp with his alien bomb thingy.

My friends and I felt like this was such a pivotal part in the book for Cassie, but they totally end up butchering it into something that was less of substance.

********POTENTIAL SPOILER OVER. CONTINUE READING*************

Can we just take a moment to talk about Ringer. Ringer looks nothing like I expected. When I went to Lib Con 2015 and Rick Yancey did his keynote speech he told us that Ringer was not going to look like what he imagined and kind of hinted at in the book, but damn that shit took me by surprise. In the second book, he kind of hints at Ringer being part Asian and I’m pretty sure there is a part that says she is part Native American (I could be wrong) however the Ringer in the movie was just something else. She ended up being a pale goth girl with dyed jet black hair that had some mini tats and hella dark eyeliner. IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU GETTING THAT MUCH SUPPLY OF EYELINER. LET ALONE THAT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO ARMY STANDARDS.

I know that this is a movie, but damn. Teacups hair was all out of wack and in her face. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in a bun. Ringer’s hair was always a mess and I’m surprised her higher ups did not say anything about that makeup. I know that in the Army for women if you are in uniform your hair must be kept nicely in a bun  (unless at PT or if you have shorter hair) and make up should look natural. Then towards the end of the movie they somehow had blue fatigues? Did they high jack the Humvee from some naval soldiers or? I don’t know. I’m just being picky. Let’s also not get into how Cassie’s golden locks were always so nicely waved when the bitch was literally out there fighting for her life in the woods. Yall couldn’t have thrown at least a leaf or two in there?

The movie also felt very fast and pushed. Cassie was supposed to stay at Evan’s for a month or two, but it seemed as if she was there for only a few weeks. She was even running pretty fine after being badly injured. WTF. There was also the part to where Ben’s squad comes to a realization about the aliens. It was Ringer who figures it out in the book not Ben. The way that they figured it out in the movie was so quick. Ben literally takes probably less than a minute to realize it and spews it all out to their squad. Bruh, come one now. Where is the suspense?

In all honesty, this movie did not blow me away. Looking back at the notes I took at Lib Con, Rick Yancey did warn us that the movie is not what we were going to expect. I wrote down a quote from him where he said something along the lines of him not writing the movie, directing the movie, or casting the movie. I don’t want to exactly quote him on it since I was writing pretty fast, but the gist of it is that the movie was going to come out different…and it did.

Leaving the theater to use the bathroom, I heard one of the girls in the stalls next to me say “the book was so much better,” then I heard a young girl say the same thing to her father as we left the movie theater to go to dinner. So please, before you decide to watch the movie, read the book. Actually, if you want, go watch the movie now. Just make sure to read the book and you will see the total differences. The book will blow you away. Please Please Please do not judge The 5th Wave on the movie. Read the books.

If they ever do make a second movie, I pray that it will be much better.

I have my reviews for both books, so just click below:

  • The 5th Wave
  • The Infinite Sea (I do realize I barely reviewed this book in my review. You may want to find a better review for this one.)

I’m guessing that since the movie is out, I can release the notes I took while I was at Lib Con. My handwriting is really bad (doesn’t help I wrote in cursive), so you may not be able to read em:

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Here are some helpful links if you want to get to know more about The 5th Wave or Rick Yancey:

Until next time yall!

 

 

Library Debt


Guys I finally paid my library debt!!!!

Do you guys want to know how much it was? Of course you do (you probably don’t). My debt was $183. Mhmmm almost a whopping $200. Thankfully a wonderful librarian cut my cost down to $25. Seriously bless her and her family because that is one of the most generous things a person has ever done for me. I really wish I got her name.

I haven’t had a library card in years. Well I did have one in a different county but that’s a whole other story. The main thing is that I didn’t have a library card to the library that I live near since 2005 because we moved from house to house (in the same area) so much that we lost the books I borrowed and were never able to return them. Sad, I know. BUT NOW THE GOOD LORD HAS DELIVERED AND I HAVE A LIBRARY CARD AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AUTOGRAPH EXCITEMENT

Not my photo but shout out to slaymate on Tumblr for making an awesome picture
Not my photo but shout out to slaymate on Tumblr for making an awesome picture

I just posted my review on Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty and was like “Hey let’s check out her website.”

I did and guess what…

IF YOU SEND HER SOMETHING AND SHE’LL AUTOGRAPH IT FOR YOU (check out her FAQ here to grab dat address). Actually, I think a lot of authors might do this, but I’m just hella excited.

UGH YAS.

Until next time yall!

Books On A Budget

  
As a college student, I’m pretty much broke and being a book nerd does not help with that. How many times have I walked into a Barnes and Noble and gawked at all the fresh new books then go to check the price and nearly drop the book.

Books can be expensive. We all know that. As a result, I decided on making a post for those of you who love to buy books but share the struggle of being broke.

Books For Less:

  

Buy From Online Book Shops: I do this the most.  There are many online bookshops that sell books for a fraction of their original price. Bookoutlet.com (no I am not being sponsored by them) is the main site that I hit up for books, but there are many other websites that you can purchase from. Here are a few:

  

Used Book Stores: I love going to a used book store they always have great atmospheres. Here’s a few reasons why you should purchase from used book stores:

  • The books are cheap and you can usually find ones in great condition
  • Can find older cover editions that you can’t find in new book stores
  • The hunting through all the books is fun
  • You can usually sell your books, and get store credit or straight up cash for them

  

Memberships With Your Bookstores: This is nice since you can save on those super expensive books that you’ve been gawking at for some time. The thing is about these memberships, you usually have to pay a yearly fee, but you get back what you paid for and sometimes even more through coupons and special member savings and perks. Here are the basic perks that you may receive for opening up a membership with a bookstore:

  • A percentage off of your purchase
  • Coupons
  • Exclusive savings
  • Free Online Shipping
  • Early notices on events/sales coming up in those stores

  

E-books: E-books are usually a lot cheaper than their print counterparts. I just prefer to have tangible books.

  

Thrift ShopsYou can find used books for super cheap at thrift shops and many times the books are in good condition. Here’s and example of how cheap you could buy books at a thrift shop: At Goodwill you can buy paper backs for $0.99  or $1.99. Now, if you are a student or have a military ID you can show your ID to get 10% off (20% off on Tuesdays). If you are 55 or older, you get 20% off on Wednesdays.

  

Walmart/Target: A lot of the time, these two stores take a percentage off of the books they sell.

  

Amazon/E-bay: I don’t really use these sites much since I find the other ways a lot cheaper, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have good prices for some books.

  

Charity Book Sales: Sometimes charities will sell used books for super cheap to raise money for a cause. The perks of these book sales is that 1) You will be helping out a charity 2) You are satisfying your book hunger. My YMCA is hosting one for a whole week this week.

Garage Sales: Come on. Who doesn’t love a good garage sale. You can even haggle down the price. I don’t know why you would since it’s probably super cheap already but, hey, every penny counts.

Library Sales: Sometimes your local library will sell some of their books for cheap prices. Help your local library out, man.

Books For Free (The Best Part):

  

Advanced Reader Copies: Publishers and Authors will send out books to a few readers before the book is released to get some feedback about the book. You can request them or the publisher or author will ask you to review the book for them.

  

Giveaways: Many other bookish individuals, authors, publishers, and booksellers hold giveaways that you can enter to win a free book and possibly some awesome merch to come with it! I always see giveaways on Instagram and Good Reads, so enter away!

Trading/Swapping books: You can do this with other bookish friends, but you can also do this through online websites. Here are a few to check out:

Library: The good ole library. Sometimes I forget that the library is a thing. That’s probably because I like to own my books, but this is a great and more convenient way to read books without paying a dime.

Asking For Books As Gifts: Don’t be afraid to ask for books as gifts. When someone asks you what you want for your birthday don’t stand there like a bafoon. Tell ’em what you want. BOOOOOOKS. Say it with your chest (yes I am a Kev Hart fan). People actually like it when you tell them what you want because it makes it easier to shop for a gift.

  

E-Books: Not only are e-books usually cheap, a lot of them are free. If you are looking for something new to read, you can find a free e-book to crack into. Usually you don’t see mainstream books as free on e-books, but there are many indie authors out there that have the first book in their series out for free. Think of it as a free trial before you wholly commit to a series.

Final Note:

I know that with these alternative ways to obtain/read books the authors do not always get support. So with this, I encourage you to at least buy one new book if you can (sometimes it feels great to splurge on new books). 

If you can’t, there are other ways to support your favorite authors! Writing reviews for the books you read can help immensely by bringing over more readers to read their books. You don’t even have to write reviews. Just posting the book on social media can gain traffic for that book. Don’t have social media? Then use your voice and let your friends, family, neighbors, and random people on the street know that you’re reading an amazing book. 

As readers we should always try to support our authors because they are the ones who transport us to our favorite worlds. 

Until next time yall! 

To Be On A Book Cover

  
*inserts random photo of me at the beach because I don’t know what photo to use for this post*

I don’t know why, but I would really love to be on the cover of a book. I think that would be an awesome experience. It could be a totally corny cover where I am hugging a super buff dude from behind (don’t mind at all) while I smolder at the camera like those books that you see in the magazine/book section in grocery stores. I honestly wouldn’t mind. I love books so much, so how cool would it be to see my face on one? Or my hand. Or my leg. Or even my toe. I’m not too picky. 

I’ve never really modeled before besides walking in a runway show at my University and taking promo pictures for a local radio station in which the photos have somehow disappeared. They were probably so bad that they decided to trash ’em. I’m not the best poser so I could see that happening. 

 I don’t know how I’m going to get myself on a book cover, but one day I will. I’m definitely determined to do so. In the mean time, I’m gonna work on that smolder. Ahahaha.

Do any of you want to be on the cover of a book?

Until next time yall!

Book Talks At IHop

  
I went to IHop with my best friend today after hitting up Barnes and Nobles after my class ended. I hadn’t eaten much all day and my fuel meter was starting to read “eat now before you turn into a monster.”

For the past two visits, we have been talking about my idea to write a book. I don’t want to give too many details out in fear that someone will take them, but I can tell you that it is along the lines of the fantasy sorts. I’ve been going over a few of my ideas and sprouting new ones as I talked to her. 

Now, the thing is, it’s all sunshine and rainbows when you voice your book ideas but when you try to type them out on the computer into actual words it’s a totally different story. This is where the phrase “It’s easier said than done” comes in. 

I would like to say I have a pretty darn good idea that is somewhat complex and could come out to a good book, but damn. Writing is just a kick in my ass. I really should have appreciated my AP Language and Composition class more. I passed the class and got my college credit for it, but that doesn’t mean anything. What is grammar anymore? . I don’t even know. You could probably could tell as I have probably made numerous errors on this blog. If there was a grammar police, I would get jail time for life. 

My diction kind of sucks too but that’s what drafts are for. You write and then go back and fix it. Right? BUT I JUST CANT STOP MYSELF FROM GOING BACK AND READING WHAT I JUST TYPED UP AND BEING ALL “Who the hell taught you to write? An injured pigeon has better diction than you. Your own shit could cough up better word choices than you.” 

Thank you, self. I feel motivated already. 

Any writers out there that want to spare me some tips and tricks? 

Until next time Yall!