Are Book Buying Bans Realistic? // Discussion

I’ve heard a lot of discussion in the book community about book buying bans. I’ve heard lots of booktubers and book bloggers discussing this. Even me. I believe I’ve made a post that I decided to have a book buying ban (and I failed.)

I personally believe that book buying bans are completely unrealistic. It seems like a good idea when you first start, especially considering you have plenty of books to read on your shelf. but browsing through the books at your local bookstore, you realize it isn’t that easy.

Anyway, I find that these bans are extremely unrealistic. When I go on a one month ban, I find myself buying so many books that there was really no point of this ban to begin with, since ive already made up for it the next month.

Let’s talk about why I failed on my book buying ban. I tried to go on a ban in July and August of 2017 because I compiled so much guilt that I’m buying all of these books and not reading them. I didn’t have financial issues, but I had trouble sleeping at night knowing that I used all this money on books I’m not reading immediately. It got to a point where I had to put my unread books in the corner of my closet because I had too much guilt looking at them.

I don’t feel like that anymore. I continue to buy books, even though I still have books on my shelf from three years ago. I realized a long time ago that It’s okay that I have books I haven’t read because I’ll get to them eventually.

I no longer believe in book buying bans because this is what makes me happy. It makes me happy to buy and read books, and I no longer carry guilt with me.

I don’t stop myself from buying books.

Book Tropes I (Secretly) Love

Last week I shared a bunch of book tropes that I couldn’t stand, so I thought I would be more positive today by sharing all these book tropes that I love.

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Here they are:

  • The Chosen One

There are so many books where the protagonist is described as “the chosen one.” I don’t care are cliche this trope is, I always have fun reading about these chosen ones.

  • Evil Characters with a Tough Past

I love when these evil antagonists have reasons for their evil actions. Many evil characters are evil “just because,” which I find so annoying. These characters should have a past and a reason for their actions.

  • The Protagonist Starts a Rebellion

In many YA books, the story line includes a main protagonist that fires up a war against the society they are living in. I personally find this extremely interesting and fun to read about, even though others may find it annoying.

  • The Quest

I love in books when there is a huge journey and quest the characters must go on to achieve their goal. Many times there is romance, and fighting, and wars all mashed together and I always enjoy reading it!

Book Tropes I Hate

These are just some book tropes that make me roll my eyes

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  • Girl on girl hate and jealousy

Whenever there is conflict between two girls and a guy, there always seems to be a conflict between the girls. It’s extremely rare that you will see the girls in the book stick together and fight as a team. Even though women should be sticking together, women in books always tear each other apart by name calling each other “sluts” and “whores” and I can’t support that.

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  • The “typical” main protagonist

Many main characters (especially in YA) are described a certain way. It’s usually a teenage, white, straight, skinny girl who is insecure and can’t think for herself. This trope is one thing that I’ve seen change throughout the year. Every since the book, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas many main characters have started to be more different looking.

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  • Insecure protagonists

In books the main (usually female) protagonist refuse to see their beauty. Even though these characters are described as stunningly perfect white girls that are a size two and that every boy has. Although, they seem to be confident when the receive validation from their particular love interest.

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  • the “dark” and “misunderstood” love interest

This is an extremely common theme in main male love interests. They all are handsome with dark black hair with a troubled past. This “troubled past” gives this character the right to be a complete and utter asshole to all people, including the other love interest.

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The Reading Rush 2019 TBR

The reading rush is a week long readathon between the dates of 22nd to the 29th of July. I’m so excited to participate. This readathon has a website where you can make an account to update your page count each day!

the reading rush website: thereadingrush.com

my reading rush account: https://thereadingrush.com/members/aviii/

this is my TBR:

  • read a book with purple on the cover

book for this challenge: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

  • read a book in the same spot the entire time

book for this challenge: Girl Last Seen by Anne Greenwood Brown + Heather Anastasiu

  • read an author’s first book

book for this challenge: To Catch a Killer by Cheryl Scarborough

  • read a book you meant to read last year

book for this challenge: Wintersong by J. Jae-Jones

  • read a book with a non-human main character

book for this challenge: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

  • read a book with 5 or more words in the title

book for this challenge: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

  • Read a book and watch the book to movie adaptation

book for this challenge: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

 

I’m Back.

It has been so long since I’ve updated.

I’ve just recently gotten back into enjoying reading and writing and blogging again.

I was to a point where I lost my passion and my joy. As depressing as that may sound, that happened to me.

But luckily, I’m back. I’m excited about books again and I’m excited to post again. I’m participating in so much in the month of july, so I’m excited to share it with you.

I hope you stick around.

Love you always.

xx

Weekend Reads (1/25-1/27)

I haven’t been doing much reading since the new school semester has started. Although, I try to take advantage of the weekends, even though I have work often.

Here is what I’m hoping to read.

  • Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

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I don’t read much James Patterson anymore, but I really want to read this one because it was one of his first books, and I’m interested to see if I like it or not.

Books I Wanted to Read in 2018 but Didn’t

This post was inspired by a top 10 tuesday that I saw few days ago!

Here are some books I wanted to read in 2018, but didn’t get to:

  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

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  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

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  • Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks (formerly “anonymous”)
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  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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Are Some Books Too Hyped?

Today I wanted to do a book discussion about hyped books. I notice in the book community a lot of the same books are hyped up. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing though.

For example, Children of Blood and Bone was so hyped and it became one of my favorite books of the entire year.

But does hype around a book ruin it?

I know that sometimes I feel a lot of pressure to enjoy a book when there is a lot of hype around it and everyone is expecting me to love it. Sometime I just want to enjoy the book, without having to worry if people will be pissed at me if I don’t.

I wanted to make this post to see if anyone else feels this way. Please leave a comment and let me know if I am not alone in this!!

Let me know some books I should read! I always love book recommendations.

Nope Book Tag

Check out the original tag here: hhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyospsYnjHk

(Please don’t be mad at me after this tag! Lol.)

1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

The ending of Allegiant by Veronica Roth pissed me off so much! I felt that I wasted my time on that book and the ending really tainted my experience of the series.

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2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

I did not like the main character from Caraval by Stephanie Garber at all. I felt that the character was so bland and had no personality at all and there was no substance to it.

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3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I really enjoyed the first book, but as the series went on I lost all interest in the plot, characters, and romance.

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4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

JEM AND TESSA. I’m probably going to get hate for this one, but I’m a hardcore Will and Tessa shipper and I just CAN’T deal with the “Jessa” ship. (please don’t hate me.)

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5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

The plot twist at the end of The Beach House by James Patterson was so shocking, and I didn’t see it coming!

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6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Anything that Tris Prior did honestly. Lol.

7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

For me personally, erotica is not for me. I have nothing against people who read it, but It’s just not my style.

8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

I honestly don’t really care about covers/editions of books. I just love to read. I will read a book in any format. For me, It’s about the story inside.

9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

I hate the trope of the main (usually female) characters that is a virgin, has never been in love before, doesn’t party and is a total prude.

Honestly, this annoys me so much. It seems pretty close to shaming girls who DO party and are more experienced, when there is nothing wrong with that.

10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

I READ ALL THE HYPED BOOKS!!!

11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

The overly done writing that is meant to be “poetic.” Sometimes authors and writers try way to hard to be relatable and poetic, when all I want is their authentic writing.

12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Adam from the Shatter Me series. He was so annoying to me.

13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

Truly Devious. I read this book because there was so much hype about it, and I was so disappointed and bored.

14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. That women scares me!!

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15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

This death is from the Harry Potter series!!!!

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Fred’s death made me so sad that I pretty much balled my eyes out. The Harry Potter book that I read from literally still has tear stains on it. LOL!

16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I can’t get into Sarah J. Maas’ books. I’m so sick of the all straight white characters that are exactly the same. I have completely stopped reading her books for many reasons, that one being the biggest.

 

Book Unhaul!

This year I’m going to go through my shelves and donate any books that I don’t have an interest in anymore or one’s I didn’t enjoy. I want to give these books to people who will really love them, instead of letting them collect dust on my shelves.

These are SOME of the books that I’m donating:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green + David Levithan
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
  • The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee + Stuart Moore + Andie Tong