Why Do You Buy Books? Make Every Copy Count

Why do I buy books? The answer to this question seems obvious. Because I love them! Because books have changed my life and make every day more enjoyable (or stressful depending on the scene). But in this world where it seems each big new release has three different exclusive editions, the rush to catch collect them all can cost a lot of money.

My most recent experience of this was purchasing of three different editions of Kingdom of Ash – Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million editions (for the ease of reading in the former and exclusive fanart in the latter two). After trying to reorganize my shelves to find some nonexistent space for these stunning books, I questioned why I felt the need collect multiples in the first place?

Recently someone I follow on Instagram shared that they check out library copies of books they own so they don’t crack the spines of their personal copies (something I’ll admit I’ve done in the past as well). Another person confessed to spilling coffee over a stack of books while trying to take a picture. They declared that they were okay with it because it just makes them one of a kind – and they can do what they want with THEIR books!

I’ll admit to being more in the previous category for at least the last three years – coinciding with my start in the bookstagram community – but my lack of shelf space has made me reconsider my “collector” mentality. Going through the stacks of books under my bed, I found multiple extra copies of books. There were two or three editions of some books I haven’t even read!

Looking at these different copies and editions made me wonder: Which copy means more, the one with the pretty cover, or the one where I experienced the story for the first time? The nostalgia of picking up an original copy of a childhood favorite means more to me than owning all the newly released covers. While I treasure my signed copies I know that I will never sell many of them, so does a dent in the cover from toting it around really matter? An inked on signature in a favorite book doesn’t make it more fragile than any others and why do I own it if I’m not going to read it?!

I’ve decided to make a resolution for myself: make every copy count.

No more buying copies of books that aren’t favorites or continue to remain unread on my shelves, especially if the purchase is for aesthetics or having a “reading copy.”

In the end books are ink on pages making shapes that can create worlds. I spend my hard-earned money on them and I can do whatever I want with my purchases! And yes, that can also mean standing on them for pictures and cracking spines to make reading more easy. These things don’t devalue the books in my eyes – they make them well-loved. This doesn’t mean I will stop buying special editions of my special favorites, but hopefully I’ll see a decrease in multiple copies for books I don’t really care about.

While I wrote this post to help me work out my feelings on what books mean to me, everyone has their own feelings on this topic! I hope this post helps you think about what books mean to you! Feel free to drop your own thoughts in the comments.

The Bone Season Review

17199504The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season #1

Published: August 20, 2013

Genre: Dystopian/Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

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Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t believe it took me so long to pick up! I originally purchased it in 2015 when Samantha Shannon and Sarah J. Maas did a joint signing less than an hour away from me. I’m really glad I have a signed copy now, because this series easily falls within my favorites of all time (FoaT)!

The world of the Scion was enrapturing–sort of a mix of Dystopian fiction, and X-Men, which are two things I love. While the world building did take a while, it was needed because Shannon has so many layers to the world. At times, the jargon of Scion London could become very confusing because a word was used pages before it was defined. There were a few parts where I had to stop and flip around in confusion because I wasn’t really sure what was being described. It was for this reason The Bone Season was put down on my first attempt at a read-through. This book definitely requires full attention (for all my fellow read-six-books-at-a-time-rs).

The tension between Paige and Warren is absolutely mouthwatering. I found myself drawn to Warren (as I am with most tortured “I can’t love you” types). This book wasn’t marketed for romance, and Paige is mainly focused on getting out of the colony throughout the story (as she well should be). This of course did not at all deter me from savagely shipping this couple from the first time they meet. While I’d like this ship to sail off into the sunset, it’s a good thing smooth waters aren’t present  because this book is the first in a SEPTET! As of right now, only three are out, so there is still plenty of time for my romantic pairing of choice to develop!

 

A unique thing that Shannon has decided to do for this series is make each book a slightly different “genre”. In the author’s own words:

The Bone Season was a prison break; The Mime Order was a murder mystery; The Song Rising is, at its heart, a heist, while Book 4 is a touch more political, laced with subterfuge. Books 5-7 are going to be so different tonally, with such a different focus, that I’ve mentally classified them as a second ‘arc’ to the series, even though they follow the same core cast of characters. I wanted it to be this way so the reader never knows what to expect when they pick up a Bone Season book, and finds it nigh-on impossible to guess the outcome of the series as a whole.” (see the original post by Samantha Shannon HERE)

While this is certainly an amazing and novel idea that will keep readers on their toes, I dread finishing the books that are out because then I’ll have to WAIT for the next one.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian/fantasies. The world is so immersive, that once I got sucked in I couldn’t get out! I can’t wait to finish The Mime Order and find out what else this world has in store. If you’re interested in reading, keep scrolling down for a How To Read section!

emily

HOW TO READ: THE BONE SEASON

  • There is music interspersed throughout the book, and if you’re interested in reading, definitely have this playlist handy. Listening to the “soundtrack” really creates the mood and serves to further engross you in the story.

Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday

Danse Macabre (Jaxon’s Theme) – Camille Saint-Saëns

Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? – Bing Crosby

Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes

Molly Malone – Unknown

I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance (With You) – Frank Sinatra

It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie – The Ink Spots

Komm, süßer Tod (Come, Sweet Death) – J. S. Bach

I’ll Be Home – The Flamingos

Fantaisie-Impromptu – Frédéric Chopin

Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two) – Harry Dacre

  • Make sure you’re ready to sit down and READ. I know I’ve said it above, but the world building requires full attention. Skimming a page can lead to not knowing what’s happening a few pages later!
  • Grab a hot cup of tea, curl up, and enjoy!

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

I found this cool tag on Book Princess Reviews and decided to give it a try!

The links in each round connect to the Goodreads so you can check the books out for yourself!

THE RULES

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds.
Disclaimer: I would never actually burn a book!

ROUND #1

Burn: I have to go with Her Mad Hatter for this one.  This book was a nice Alice/Mad Hatter romance novel, and it was a quick mindless romance between hardcore fantasies.

Rewrite: I would rewrite A Rogue By Any Other Name. As with most romance novels, there are a few points that I believe could be expanded and changed. Overall, Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite period romance writers, and I thoroughly enjoy everything she writes.

Reread: I absolutely love the Mercy Thompson series, and will gladly reread it! Silver Borne is not my favorite in the series, but still an interesting mini mystery within it. The continuation of this series, with the change of the world as well as personal problems always intrigues me. If you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely do! The latest one in the series is one of my favorites!

ROUND #2

Burn: I know that I’ll probably get some flack for this, but I didn’t really enjoy The Fifth Wave. It may have something to do with my fear of Alien invasions/Zombie Apocalypse. It may also be the strange POV flips that kept happening and confusing me throughout the book. Just not my favorite read.

Rewrite: I found this series while trolling Amazon for cheap eBooks, and I found it interesting. The world of the Significance series made me hope to find my true love through imprinting (but let’s be honest, so does every paranormal romance ever written). It was a nice YA read, but as with most cheap eBooks that are an author’s first foray into young adult, it could’ve used some extra editing and dialogue boost.

Reread: The Gregor the Overlander series is one of my favorite from my childhood. I far prefer it to Suzanne Collins’ other series, the Hunger Games, and would love to reread it again. The Underworld is so interesting, and the story of Gregor so mesmerizing that I could not put it down. This is bringing back so much nostalgia, I want to pick this series up again!

ROUND #3

Burn: BURN BURN I absolutely did not like Someone to Love. This book I found very protagonist very childish and immature, and could not like her at all. The romance also seemed very stale, and I really wish I hadn’t wasted so much time trying to slug through this book.

Rewrite: While I really enjoyed The City of Ember, I feel like the author could have done a lot more in exploring the underground society. So many things are happening underground that we don’t really have time to explore before the rest of the series takes the narrative lead.

Reread: The Kricket Series is one of my favorite. I definitely don’t think that we are alone in the universe, and Kricket’s exploration of her heritage as she discovers this other planet for herself was enchanting and a quick read.

Feel free to do this tag! It was super fun and made me remember some books I haven’t thought about in years. Thanks for reading!

emily

Book Club: This Is What Happy Looks Like Review

15790873This Is What Happy Looks Like

Jennifer E. Smith

Published: April 2, 2013

Rating: 4/5

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

I read this book quite a while ago actually, long before my illustrious blogging career. I am revisiting this lovely little book I read way back in January 2014 as the first book in my Book Club: The Archeron sisters. My two best friends and I constantly relate ourselves to the Archeron sisters from Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses books, and because we all have blogs (Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel and Jess @ StarsWhoListen) now we have made a little book club! Feel free to read along, or just read our reviews, and also leave us suggestions!

This was the first book that I have read by Jennifer E. Smith, and I have to say that I absolutely adored it. Ellie and Graham were such likable characters, and I loved how the modern era was incorporated into this book. I feel like a lot of contemporary heroines just bump into their leading man on the street, so a chance meeting by email was refreshing.

The dynamic problems that they had to face throughout the book were interesting as well, with lots of family drama, which I absolutely love in fluffy romance books. I will admit that the book isn’t exactly believable in terms of the actual relationship and how they meet, but the relationship with a famous actor is a written out fantasy of most girls (me included). But, as I stated, this is the perfect fluffy romance book to warm your cold soul (especially coming off of an ending like Empire of Storms).

Overall, this was a cute and lovely romance story that left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart, even if there is a little bit of a question as to the couples future. I did just find out when I looked on Goodreads again that there is a novella sequel, which I will definitely check out in the future!

Again please read along with our book club! Our October pick is the darkly fascinating Three Dark Crowns  by Kendare Blake. Can’t wait to see what this book holds!

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Check out Jess‘ and Maggie’s opinions on this book, and check back of future updates!

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Goodreads Book Tag

I was tagged to do this Book Tag by the lovely Maggie at MassachusettsNovel.

What was the last book you marked as read | You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Let me preface this by saying that I like to turn to romance novels to overcome the post-Maas slump after every book. After finishing Empire of Storms this weekend, I turned to this book which was free on Amazon. This book was a little lackluster as the retellings go. It was supposedly a retelling of Wuthering Heights, a book which I love but it wasn’t really except for same vague concepts and names. Overall very average, and okay for a free book.

What are you currently reading | Winter by Marissa Meyer

I am actually reading four books right now, two of which are re-reads, but out of all of them I absolutely love this book. Unfortunately it got put on the back burner when Empire of Storms released, but now that I have read my mandatory romance, I’ll be picking this one back up.

What book do you plan to read next | Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is one of the books that I am currently re-reading because I would like to finish the original trilogy before I read Six of Crows. While I have read the first book before, I never finished (or started) the other two books. Hopefully I will be able to finish before my Duology hardcover set comes!

Do you use the star rating system | Yes

I always try and star the books I read, for me as much as anyone else who could be seeing them. Sometimes I’ll go back through by read list and totally forget what a book was about. The starring helps me remember how I felt at the time, and will sometimes remind me of impressions the book left.

Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge | Yes

I always like to set goals for myself as to what to read the coming year. This also tends to keep me on track and focused, as I can get easily distracted by life. This helps to remind me to take time for myself.

Do you have a wish list | No

If I want a book, I will either buy it or request it from the library. Don’t really have to “wish” for anything, unless it’s a foreign edition or such.

What book do you plan to buy next | Six of Crows Duology

I don’t know if it counts, but I do have the Six of Crows Duology box set pre-ordered. I’m getting the signed editions from Books of Wonder! I can’t wait to read this series because I have heard nothing but good things.

Do you have any favorite quotes. Share a few | Of Course

“All that is gold does not glitter/ Not all those who wander are lost.” -Tolkien

“My name is Celaena Sardothein and I will not be afraid.” -Maas

“She is my fireheart.” – Maas

“When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy.” -Bracken

And I will stop there, although I could probably go on forever.

Who are your favorite authors | Sarah J. Maas (obvi.) and Alexandra Bracken

Perhaps I’m not a true Bracken fan because I still have not read Passenger or her first book, however I really do love The Darkest Minds enough for her to qualify as one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read me waxing poetic about Sarah J. Maas before, you probably  only need to go back a few posts.

Have you joined any groups | No

I have always been a quiet reader. It wasn’t until recently when I found my Big Maggie (who tagged me for this post) and my G-Big that I really started getting in the “book club” mood. I don’t see myself joining any groups in the future either, in part because of some vicious posts I’ve seen in some when people don’t agree.

 

Thank you for reading! Feel free to do this tag, and keep stopping by!

-Emily