DISCUSSION #13 | WE WILL HAVE ONE GOOD THING IN 2020 AND IT WILL BE A PERCY JACKSON TV SHOW

Yes, you read that right, folks! We are finally getting a TV show adaptation of the Percy Jackson series!! Rick Riordan recently tweeted out the announcement (like….two hours ago). He said that each book will be its own season, and that he and Becky Riordan, his wife, will be involved. It’ll be available on Disney+, but we don’t have a release date as of yet.

Y’all, I didn’t think I was going to be so excited, but as soon as I read the screenshot, I started dancing in my seat. Think of the possibilities! Camp Half-Blood, Percy’s mom straight up murdering Gabe, Blackjack. The Hunters!! This is going to sound kinda dorky, but I’m especially pumped for how the graphics/CGI is going to look. And those action scenes? Uww, I can’t wait!

I am not at all worried about the adaptation, especially since the Riordans are going to be involved. I’m honestly just super excited for it. I’m thinking about re-reading the series next month because of this announcement!

What about y’all? What are you looking for in the adaptation? Are you itching to re-read the series (or maybe read it for the first time)? Let me know in the comments!

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DISCUSSION #12 | Book Twitter, Book “Purity”, and Why So Many of Y’all Need to Just Chill Out

Hi everyone, and welcome back to my blog! Today, I’m doing my first discussion post in…over a year? I think? The topic is probably going to ruffle some feathers, which I love. I’ve been wanting to talk about it for a while, but I haven’t because of my hiatus, and then the pandemic, and then my other hiatus…you get the deal. Anyway, it’s about the bookish community and the idea that some of us have over what I’m going to call “book purity”. Enter generic disclaimer: not here to “come for” specific people, blah blah blah, whatever, y’all know the drill by now.

So, basically, I’ve been on book Twitter for over a year (possibly two?), and I have noticed overarching ideas/themes that many people on book Twitter seem to support and/or adhere to. Many of these come around, like, every month or so, such as that of audiobooks counting as reading for example. One thing I specifically notice from time to time is how many readers think of books as sacred items that should be cherished. And hey, I get that. A lot of us have a lot of love for books, whether we own them or not. There is no problem in that.

What I tend to notice, though, is a good number of people take this to the extreme, especially when the discussion of annotating is brought up. I’ll say it: some of y’all need to chill. I see a lot of people talking about how horrible annotating is and saying stuff like, “But how could you POSSIBLY write in your books? The audacity!!!” (obviously, this is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point).

These sorts of statements are quite often the embodiment of pearl-clutching, and I can’t help but laugh and shake my head sometimes whenever I see them. Lots of people say that we should all respect each others’ opinions in the book community, but then turn around and go after annotating in one’s own books as if it were the Antichrist (and, well, go after plenty other things that has me rolling my eyes, but I digress). I don’t have a screenshot or anything, but I even specifically remember someone on Twitter say that they would rather cut their own hand off than write in and “deface” a book.

Uh.

Y’all.

What the fuck.

Bit over the top, dontcha think? I mean, do whatever you want with your books — keep them immaculate, for all I care — but why is it so hard to fathom that people write (and enjoy writing!) in their own books? Why does that make some of you so uncomfortable that you say you would cause bodily harm to yourself before ever doing it? It just seems a bit ridiculous to me.

Going back to the fact that the community tends to have the “respect others’ opinions!!!” debate every other week, it seems pretty hypocritical to be so up in other people’s faces about…something that literally has no effect on others. Why is it that whenever the subject of annotating comes up, some people have to barge in with how they think it’s defacing a book? Especially if it’s someone who wants to start annotating or isn’t sure how to do it. To me, it’s just becoming rude at this point. We have the “””let people enjoy whatever they want to enjoy””” conversation every two hours, but so many of you are suddenly Jared (age 19), convienently forget about that conversation, and then barge into someone’s mentions, talking about how you absolutely loathe annotating.

Obviously, if someone is asking for opinions, talk about your personal feelings about it. But maybe reflect on why you have the urge to go off in someone else’s mentions when they’re just wondering on how to annotate, not people’s opinions on whether annotating books should be done in general.

Anyway, this quickly turned into a rambling mess (let’s be honest, it was a mess this whole time), so let me just stop here. Again, I’m not “””coming for””” specific people. I just observe certain themes a lot of people on Book Twitter talk about. I’m saying that it might be helpful to reflect on your feelings and why you feel the need to tell others your (usually unsolicited) opinion.

But yeah, that’s that, hope y’all enjoyed this mess of a discussion!

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DISCUSSION #11 | Audiobooks and Speed

Hi, everyone! If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I wrote a different discussion post a while back about audiobooks. However, this post is a little different. Instead of talking about whether or not audiobooks themselves are nice to listen to, I am going to discuss listening to audiobooks at different speeds.

First, my personal story about audiobooks. Before this year, I never listened to them. I was firmly in the camp of “I could not listen and retain information as well as if I read a physical book.” I did not think that audiobooks would be that fun for me. This past summer, though, my curiosity got the best of me, and I listened to The Hunger Games. Lemme tell you, I just about fell in love. I do not know what it was exactly, but there was something about the experience that made me want to listen to more audiobooks.

However, after The Hunger Games, I immediately picked up the audiobook for Eragon, and, well. I found that while there are really good audiobooks, there are also atrocious ones. I absolutely loathed Eragon: the narrator was complete shit for me, for lack of better wording. Guiltless plug, but I wrote a review on why I hated it so much.

But then it got so much better: I finished the The Hunger Games trilogy and moved on to the The Diviners series. From what I’ve listened to so far (all of The Diviners and a few hours into the sequel), it is amazing. January LaVoy is such a good narrator, and I loved everything I listened to so far.

Along with that, I touched a little on Dracula; I never finished it, but it helped me read along with the physical book. I might pick it back up again sometime in the future. I am also rereading Harry Potter by way of audiobooks, and I am having a good time! I learned that I have been saying Seamus’ name wrong for all of eternity, too…. Whoops.

And that is where I am at now! Now, on to the audiobook speed. I listened to The Hunger Games, Eragon, and about a quarter of The Diviners at normal 1.0x speed. I was just trying to get used to the new format and determine if I liked it or not. However, when I was listening to Diviners, I saw a few tweets on Twitter talking about how people listen to audiobooks at 2.0x speed. I was a bit curious as to how that would sound, so I tried it out with my current audiobook. Oh my goodness. Y’all. Never again. It was just too fast for me. Since the audiobook is much like a performance, I felt that 2x speed distorted the voice(s) too much to enjoy them. However, I can see its usefulness: one can get through a 16-hour audiobook in only 8 hours, for example. Personally, though, I cannot understand it very well.

That is not to say I have not sped up my audiobooks. I tentatively increased the Diviners audio to 1.32x (weird, I know, but that is where my little speed dial always landed). I found that I liked it! Once I got used to the increased speaking, I thought it was still easy to understand and enjoy. On top of that, I was able to finish the book a little faster than usual. I also listened to Catching Fire and Mockinjay in 1.32x speed as well! Same thing: really enjoyed it, and I liked how I was able to finish books quicker than I would at the normal speed.

Once I started Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I accidentally moved it up to 1.4x speed. But I did not have an issue with it! I quite enjoyed myself, actually, because I could get through the book quickly while still enjoying the narration.

So, there you have it, my entire audiobook history. I do not think I will ever get up to 2.0x speed just because I cannot understand what is being said, but I will see if I can get up to 1.5x speed for a few books, maybe.

Now… discussion!

  • What sorts of experiences do you have with audiobook speeds?
  • Do you listen at 2.0x speed?
  • Do you listen to 1.0x speed?
  • Is there any tips you want to give regarding audiobooks, or is there anything else you want to know about me and audiobooks?

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this discussion post!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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DISCUSSION #10 | I Just Really Fucking Love Dragons, Okay?

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Hello, everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a discussion post (possibly a month? Or more?), so why not have one about a lot of peoples’ most beloved fantasy creature: dragons! So, let’s get right into it.

For those of you who may not know, I absolutely love dragons. They’re so majestic, ferocious, and all-around amazing. They can be cunning and evil, like our good pal Smaug, or wise and ancient, like the dragon in the movie Dragonheart. Saphira from the Inheritance Cycle, while acting somewhat young in a portion of the first book, still seemed to have an air of “ancient wisdom.” I’m a big fan of dragons, and if I see anything with them (not just books, but movies and video games, too) I would definitely try it out. I may not like it (hello, Game of Thrones and The Hobbit books), but I’m still open to it.

But I have an issue with the different representations of dragons in media. And by “different representations,” I mean the same two characterizations: the wise old dragon and the evil monstrous one. I mean, obviously these aren’t the only sorts of dragons. Smaug, for example. He’s both evil and wise/old. However, those traits seem to be the only ones that give dragons character: wise, old, evil, monstrous, cunning. I wish more characterization and/or character development was given to the dragons: happy, sad, goofy, grumpy, sassy. Ones that aren’t just hungering for gold or moving to save the world. I want dragons to be as varied as human characters (or more so than human characters because they can be pretty flat sometimes, too). There needs to be more than the wise guardian or the cruel evil overlord. Instead, it would be great if dragons could become multi-faceted.

On top of that, there should be more physical diversity of dragons as well. Thinking about the pop culture representation of dragons, what comes to mind? Usually, the muscular, four-legged, winged beast with spikes jutting out of its back and huge sharp fangs. I.e. the Western Dragon. But there are so many different kinds of dragons in folklore and legend around the world. It would be so cool to see different types of dragons in media, and not just the same old, same old. I would love to see dragons from different folklore stories and legends, how they’re similar and different from other dragons.

So, there you have it. My gripes with dragons in popular media, and what I wish could happen with them. Let me know your thoughts!

Some Questions:

  • What are your favorite types of media that include dragons (not just books!)?
  • Are there any media pieces that take a different spin on dragons than what is usually seen?
  • What do you want to see in future media when it comes to dragons?

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

DISCUSSION #9 | Opinion Time: Cliffhangers

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Hi, everyone! I’m back again with another discussion. This week it’s on something that maybe not many people think about (I sure don’t, which is why I thought it’d make a good topic), which is cliffhangers!

This post might be a bit short because my thoughts surrounding cliffhangers are relatively underdeveloped. I never really had any deep thoughts about them or feelings toward them (positive, negative, or otherwise). So, I suppose this is just me going to word vomit a bit on you, and then hopefully y’all will comment. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I guess my feelings around cliffhangers are relatively straight forward. I don’t usually mind them because they’re a quick way to want to grab the next book and get right into it, but then… What if there is no next book? Having to wait for any book from your favorite author to come out is hard enough, but now that there’s a cliffhanger in the middle of the series? It’s the worst!

However, do you ever have those cliffhangers that just leave you going, “Huh?” Like, you’re not really sure what’s going on, or that the plot took a really weird turn that you’re not sure that you like. Or, do you dislike cliffhangers entirely, and would rather the book end in a moderately touched up way that leaves you feeling content about what happened with the characters?

This is a rather short post simply because I’ve never really had strong feelings about the topic, and would much rather know what you all think.


So, please! Let me know your thoughts on cliffhangers, the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

DISCUSSION #8 | Annotating Books: Do You Do It?

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Hello, everyone! For this post, I want to talk about something that I’ve wanted to blog about for a while (and by a while, I mean, like, a week or two): annotating books. It can go by different names to: flagging books, writing in books, probably some more phrases I’m forgetting. This is going to be half discussion (because I do want to know you folks’ thoughts!), but also a bit of a gush sorta thing as I go through my annotating adventure!

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DISCUSSION #6 | Favorite Summer 2018 Reads (…so far)

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So I wanted to spend some time gushing about a few of the books I read already this summer, which is where this discussion post comes in. To be fair, I know there’s this particular definition of “summer read,” which I don’t entirely understand (is it supposed to be light and fluffy? or is it literally any book you end up reading during summer? it’s a conundrum for me). Instead, I’m going for a more literal definition: any book you read during the summer months. And I include May in there ’cause I’m a delinquent (and it gets really freaking hot in Michigan during May, so it counts as summer whether the calendar says so or not).

Without further ado, here are a few books I’ve read during May and June that I absolutely loved!


History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me 2.0

Listen, this book, and as far as I heard, Adam Silvera in general, does the Sad Gays™️ trope justice! It isn’t just used for a cute lil plot device. Like. It made me feel things, and I was trying not to feel those things. To be honest, when people say that a book is going to wreck me, I usually don’t give in to the hype that much, but wow, as soon as I was done with this one, I had no freaking clue what to do with my life. It was just that good. Also? Adam Silvera, I think, is an amazing storyteller, and I want to waste all my money on the rest of his books.

So, yeah, believe the hype. Because damn, it’ll throw you for a loop.

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Discussion #5 | To Buy or Not to Buy… To Pre-Order or Not to Pre-Order… Those are the Questions

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I seem to be on a “buying” shpeel because, look, another discussion about buying books!

The subject today is on buying and pre-ordering new releases and, well, everyone’s preferences on doing so.

Personally, I don’t usually automatically buy or pre-order books. It’s just not my thing; I usually don’t have the money to do so, and what if I don’t like the book? Then I just wasted $10-$20 on something I didn’t want. I’m pretty sure the only book I pre-ordered was a book by Bill Nye, a book on climate change (I also pre-ordered a copy for my partner, too). Well. It’s been three years, and neither of us have read it yet. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Though, I think I will pre-order Linsey Miller’s new book, Ruin of Stars (the sequel to Mask of Shadows), when I have the extra money. Other than that, though, I usually don’t pre-order books.

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DISCUSSION #4 | What Makes You Buy a Book?

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I’ve been thinking about this ever since the last time I went to Barnes and Noble. What makes you buy a book?

For me, I suppose it’s a mix of things, depending on what kind of book it is. A YA fantasy book with LGBT+ characters? I try to pay attention to a lot of the bookish people I follow on Twitter, since I follow them for their taste in books. And, usually, if a book is fun with good rep, they’ll talk about it on their blog, their Twitter, or their YouTube channel. Even for YA in general, I usually pay attention to the people I follow on social media.

However, I read more than YA. I think my reading preferences are pretty wide: YA fantasy and contemporary, MG fantasy, adult fiction, horror, adult fantasy, non-fiction. And I can only depend on social media for a small portion of my reading preferences. So what then?

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DISCUSSION #3 | YA Fantasy and LGBT+ Rep. (Kind of a Mess, but Getting Better? Possibly.)

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(Entirely unrelated, but I hate how big the “+” is compared to the rest of title. I couldn’t change it, either, sadly…)

Hi, everyone!

So, in celebration of finishing (and loving) Children of Smoke and Bone, I figured I’ll do a discussion post on YA fantasy! And since I always love queering things up a bit when I can, this is going to be about LGBT+ representation in YA fantasy: the good…and the not so good.

As disclaimer, I’ll try my best to be as inclusive as possible! I know I just say “LGBT+” when referring to the non-allocishet community, but just think that there is extra emphasis on the “+”. Because, hey, I’m part of the “+” myself! And, when talking about the community, I am also including ace and aro people, too!

So, here we go!

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