Saturday, June 3, 2017

Fandom Mashup (#6) - Hufflepuff Pride!

Fandom Mashups are a weekly meme hosted by Micheline @ Lunar Rainbow Reviews. Each week, there is a new topic, and participants choose five characters that either will help them with the task outlined, or would otherwise fit with the topic at hand. This was technically the topic for last week, but as a proud Hufflepuff myself, I just couldn't skip out on this one -

"Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil" - Pick 5 characters from other fandoms that you think would fit in well in Hufflepuff House! 

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  1. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
    The ultimate Hufflepuff, Bilbo is fair and fiercely loyal, just like many a hobbit. While he is more content with his gardens and the worlds in his books, he is still unafraid of hard work and is very brave when he needs to be, just like many of his House! He also just so happens to be my favorite fictional character of all time. Just sayin'.


  2. Samwise Gamgee, Lord of the Rings
    Listen. My brother (and many others) will try to tell you he's a Gryffindor - and he's certainly got the courage for it, sure - but in my eyes, Sam will always be in Hufflepuff. First of all, he's a gardener and we tend to excel at Herbology. Second of all, and most importantly, his loyalty to Frodo and his promise is what drives most of his bravery, showing to me that loyalty is his dominant trait!

  3. Tiana, Princess and the Frog
    One of my favorite (if not my very favorite) Disney princesses, Tiana is just about as patient and hard-working as it gets. She's so dedicated, and while she's also fiercely intelligent, I think she would fit right in with the Hufflepuff house.


  4. Charlie Pace, Lost
    Another one of my favorite characters, would you fancy that! (I might be biased towards Hufflepuffs. What can I say? I just can't help but love them.) While Charlie doesn't quite have the whole patience thing nailed down, he is kind to his core and loyal enough to risk his life on multiple occasions for the people he cares about.

  5. Rey, The Force Awakens
    Last but not least, is Rey. This is one of the ones that isn’t much of a question for me. She waited for years for her family to come back, and is extremely hardworking, patient, and loyal with a high sense for justice.
(Also, bonus from my own original series I'm writing - Chessie! Chessie is incredibly loyal - heck that's her primary motivation, really - and also has a strong moral compass. She's ferociously kind and hard-working and I just love her a lot.)
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This was so much fun and honestly I could keep on rambling about my Hufflepuff headcanons forever... I'm so glad that this prompt allowed me to name at least a few, though. ;)

Who knows, I might be back with more someday, hehe!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

March & April | Reading Wrap Ups

I guess we're doing Reading Wrap Ups every other month now, here at Bookshelf Kitten. Which is honestly probably a better method since I haven't exactly been rocking the reading scene this year. I don't know if it's because I've been getting more into music and TV shows, leaving less time for reading, or if I've just been in a bit of a slump. Oh well?

In March and April, I read a total of 8 books. It also helped that the 24 Hour Readathon was hosted late April. Without further ado, here are the books I read!

MARCH:


  1. The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams - This was a domestic tragedy that was required reading for my English class. While it was an okay play in my opinion (and it was funny to hear the different voices that my class did while reading aloud - please hire us for the audiobook), I just didn't get the big emotional impact that this play intended to deliver.
  2. Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo - As I've said before, I wasn't a huge fan of Bardugo's first trilogy, but this duology of hers definitely changed my opinion of her writing. This was the final book in the Six of Crows duology, and I know I'm going to miss these characters so much. My favorite, of course, was Jesper, with Kaz a close second. But all of them will be sorely missed and I do hope that the author writes more books with these characters because even writing this brief paragraph makes my heart ache! I want more stories with them!
APRIL:

  1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck - This was a non-fiction book detailing the Growth Mindset and why it's important in school, business, parenting, relationships, and life in general. It was required reading for my Psychology course, and I'm glad it was. I didn't finish the entire thing, but I came close, and it was enough to honestly change my life and how I think. Schools are beginning to teach the Growth Mindset ideals that began with Dweck and this book, and I think it's a very powerful thing. Some of the examples did get repetitive to the point where it bored me a couple of times, but I think the impact this had on my life is more than enough to balance that out.
  2. The Martian, by Andy Weir - Unpopular opinion time: I had a difficult time getting through this book. It was funny, and I did read it fairly quickly whenever I decided to pick it up, but the problem was with myself. I am not good at science like... at all. So all the technical mathematical things in this book went right over my head and further proved while science-fiction is a rare genre for me. My dad and brother really enjoyed this book, and they're way more mathematical than I am, so I guess it was just my confused brain that brought this book down for me!
  3. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins - This was my first reread of this book pretty much since it came out. As I stated in my Goodreads review, this book will be timeless. It's a modern classic for me, just because of the easy writing style and it's critiques on modern society and consumerism. It really makes you think.
  4. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins - The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and another reread. I was on the edge of my seat reading this, just as I was the first time, when I listened to the Audiobook of it. The Games' twist in this book was a shocking plot twist to me the first time around, but this time it was truly heart-wrenching for me to read. It shows just how cruel the villainous characters in this book really are.
  5. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins - The third and final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and my final reread of the month. It seems to be many peoples' least favorite book in the series, but it actually may be my favorite despite some of my arguments with certain character decisions at the end of the book, and the inherent sadness it carries.
  6. All I Really Need To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum - This book and Mockingjay were both read during the 24 Hour Readathon. I read this book with a big, three hour gap in between reading sessions, and also read it when I was sort of puttering out/becoming more irritated with everything in existence. Because of this, I feel I didn't get the full effect I would've if I had taken more time to read it. I really liked this, and so many people get angry at this book from the title without bothering to examine what this book is about - simple happiness, honesty, and compassion that almost seems to fade as you reach teenagerdom and middle age.
TOP THREE:

My top three from these past months would have to be...
  • Crooked Kingdom
  • Mindset
  • Mockingjay
Although I read lots of good books in March and April, and feel compelled to give honorable mentions to Catching Fire and All I Really Need To Know...

I'll be back next time with a May and June wrap up! (Or hopefully another post before then). Until next time, happy reading!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Musing Monday | May 1

It's been over a year since I participated in a Monday Musing, so I thought it was time to bring it back! This is a weekly thing hosted by The Purple Booker and asks you to answer two reading-related questions each week.

The first of these questions is one of the following:
  • I’m currently reading...
    Up next I think I’ll read…
    I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
    I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
    I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
    I can’t wait to get a copy of…
    I wish I could read ___, but…
    I blogged about ____ this past week…
And the second is a random question each week.

This week's random question is: Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

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This past week I blogged about...

The Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon! All my posts can be found HERE! I had a blast as I always do, and I'm mulling over whether I should join in on the October Readathon or not... it may still be months away but it's never to early to consider, right?

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

I love Non-Fiction as long as it's a topic I'm interesting in - Spook by Mary Roach was fascinating to me, and I recently read a book called Mindset that was a little boring but I truly think has the capacity to be life-changing for many people. Me included! However that being said, my favorite is probably Fiction because Fantasy is my favorite genre, and I love exploring worlds that aren't my own, but instead are the product of another person's mind! It's crazy!

What about you, do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Closing Survey

That's a wrap on another Dewey's Readathon! I had such a fun time, even if I was away for most of the second half of the Readathon. Without further ado, here is the closing survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
  • Well, from Hours 12-18 I was away with family, but Hours 21 & 22 were probably the most daunting because I could barely keep my eyes open! (And yes, I fell asleep.)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?

  • I actually have an entire Goodreads shelf dedicated to 'Books I Couldn't Put Down' here!

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
  • Nope, I had a lot of fun!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  • I enjoyed the Mini-Challenges this year and found them to be very engaging. They helped keep me motivated as well, and provided a nice little break between reading sessions.

5. How many books did you read?

  • Two.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (390 pages)
  • All I Need To Know I Learned in Kidnergarten by Robert Fulghum (196 pages)

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
  • I really enjoyed reading Mockingjay for the second time.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
  • All I Need To Know, just because I read it so late at night that I was too distracted to actually understand anything I read. Oops? I'm planning on eventually rereading it and I'm sure I'll like it a lot then.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
  • I've never participated in an October session before, so who knows? I might do that this year. But I will definitely participate again next April as a reader with a bit of cheerleading on the side!

As always, some final stats...
Total Pages Read: 586
Total Time Read: 8 hours, 03 minutes
Total Blog Posts: 10
Total Mini-Challenges Participated In: 3

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Thank you to all the hosts and community for making this so much fun like it is every year and I can't wait for the next Readathon!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 22

Oh, gracious. The words of the book were getting all muddled in my head, and I truly think it may be time for me to retire to bed. It's earlier than I normally choose to go to sleep, but I think because I have finished one of my goals of reading 8 hours, and I have just finished my second book, that sleep may be the best option at this point!

Hour: Half past Hour 22.
Currently Reading: I just finished up
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Pages Read Since Last Update: 66
Total Pages Read: 586
Time Read Since Last Update: 42 minutes
Total Time Read: 8 hours, 03 minutes
Comments: Although I greatly enjoyed this book when I began reading it, I think reading it so late at night somewhat lessened the experience for me. However, it is such a short and fun book that I know I will pick it up for a reread some time in the future. I'm glad I got as far as I did with the Readathon, and I definitely read more than I expected to, so that certainly makes me happy. I think I'm going to be retiring to bed now, so good night and I hope everyone's Readathon went as well as mine did!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 21

At this point in the Readathon, it is 1:00am and I can barely keep my eyes open... if it weren't so late at night, I might try a change of scenery to keep me awake, but alas, I am mostly confined to my room. Ah well!

Hour: Hour 21
Currently Reading:
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Pages Read Since Last Update: 108
Total Pages Read: 498
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour, 16 minutes
Total Time Read: 7 hours, 20 minutes
Comments: Oh, boy. It's getting to be that time of night where there is random music playing from somewhere in the back of my mind, and between that, my ever-straying thoughts, and the drooping of my eyelids, it is getting very difficult to focus on the words on the page. I'm doing my best though, especially since I am so greatly enjoying this book. I only have maybe 50 or 60 pages left to go - it's rather short! I did try to wake myself up by grabbing a granola bar to munch on and washing it down with a glass of cool water, but that only briefly helped. I also participated in one mini-challenge, bringing my total up to three this Readathon.

Hopefully I'll be able to finish this book before I go to bed, and maybe even start a third one if I'm up for it? 


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 19

Well, long time no see! And this time, I mean it's been about five hours. But I'm back now, and though I may be a bit sleepy, I will try to power through for at least one more hour if not a couple more!

Hour: 20 minutes past Hour 19
Currently Reading:
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Pages Read Since Last Update: 21
Total Pages Read: 411
Time Read Since Last Update: 15 minutes
Total Time Read: 6 hours, 04 minutes
Comments: I decided to begin All I Really Need To Know, I Learned in Kidnergarten, which was rather a spur of the moment choice! I have only read the first few stories but they made me smile so much and feel rather happy, in a way that Tolkein's writings for me tend to evoke. I only got to read a bit, however, before we were off to my cousins' house for dinner. It's about a two-hour roundtrip, and while we were there we ate dinner, played Ping-Pong and Clue and a few other card games, and ate brownies and ice cream. I'm home now, and although my eyelids are droopy I am determined to stay up to read some more. I want to get at least 500 pages read before the end of the Readathon.

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

Here we are, halfway through the Readathon nearly exactly as we are just 15 minutes past Hour 12! I've read more than I anticipated having read by this point in the Readathon, and I'm excited to see what the second half brings.

1. What are you reading right now?

Nothing, actually! I just finished Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins and I have yet to pick up a second book.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Just the one!

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I'm pretty sure I'll only get to one more book this Readathon, and I'm still deciding what book that might be... maybe a Rick Riordan book, or The Westing Game. I might also decide on picking up Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. There are so many choices!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I've had a few, but I think I'll have more in the second half of the Readathon.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I don't think I've had many surprises, but I suppose I'm rather impressed with myself for being able to stay focused on reading for such long amounts of time!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 12

Looking at a screen after having read for so long is a bit disorienting, I'll admit! But I've finally finished my first book of the Readathon!

Hour: A bit past Hour 12.
Currently Reading: I just finished
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Pages Read Since Last Update: 149
Total Pages Read: 390
Time Read Since Last Update: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Total Time Read: 5 hours, 49 minutes
Comments: As stated before, I have finally finished my first book of the Readathon! I really enjoyed rereading this book for the first time. I feel like I noticed more the second time around than I did the first time I read it. I got to finish these last 150 pages in a relative sense of peace since the majority of my family went kayaking! We are getting ready to go to our cousins house for dinner soon, so I'm not sure how much I'll get read in these next few hours, but that's okay, I'm honestly pretty pleased with my progress thus far either way!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 9

Because I had the house (mostly) to myself for the majority of these two hours, it was rather nice having some peace and quiet to read in! However, one of my brothers and my parents have come back now, so I might try to find a place to regain my quiet sense of reading!

Hour: Hour 9
Currently Reading:
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Pages Read Since Last Update: 84
Total Pages Read: 241
Time Read Since Last Update: 1 hour, 08 minutes
Total Time Read: 3 hours, 32 minutes
Comments: I am making really great progress on this book! I have about 150 pages of it left, now. Since my last update, I have gotten quite a bit of time outside. First, it was to take my dog on her daily walk, and it was nice and sunny. It was a good refresher to feel the sun after spending the rest of the day reading inside! Then, I did some cheerleading on blogs and even participated in a couple of mini challenges! One that I participated in was the Show Us The Weather mini-challenge. I managed to take quite a nice picture:

Then, I participated in another hour-long reading sprint over on Goodreads and ended up reading a grand total of 76 pages in that hour. I read outside, because it was nice and warm and all the birds were singing and there were some pretty flower petals strewn across the ground from our blooming trees.
It's been a lovely day so far and I can't wait to finish up this book and continue my reading adventures!