Exploring My Bookshelves: Textbooks

“Exploring My Bookshelves” is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds. Since Victoria was on summer vacation, Shannon at For the Love of Words created her own topics, which I followed along with. Now they will both host the meme in alternating months. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

This week’s topic:

A textbook or a book you bought for class

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Book Cover Guessing Challenge: Wishes for My TBR Pile #7

I’ve been tagged twice to do this challenge by Tasha at Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books and Dimple at enthrallingdimple. Thanks ladies! Since it’s the end of the month and I haven’t yet done a Wishes for My TBR post, I thought it best to combine the two.

This challenge was originally created by Trey at Trey Schnarr Books. His instructions:

It  is  pretty  simple  to  play  this  game,  all  you  have  to  do  is  find  some  books  that  you  don’t  know  anything  about  but  are  pretty  hyped  either  on  booktube  or  bookblogs  and  guess  what  they  are  about  based  on  their  covers.  Then  read  what  it  is  actually  about  and  compare  your  guess  to  the  actual  synopsis.

I’ll deviate a little from his rules since I’m combining this post with another so some of these books might not be very popular.

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites

My guess:

I’d like to read a Terry Pratchett novel but I don’t know where to start. Shortly after his death, this infograph was posted to help newbies navigate his books if they didn’t want to just jump in randomly. I’ve decided to start with this one. All I know is that it’s from the Witches Novels series. I don’t think I read the synopsis when I added it to my TBR list on Goodreads. I guess it’s about witches battling about whether their rites should be equal or not.

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlI intended to see the movie. I really did. That’s why I went and bought the book. But then I forgot. At least there’s Netflix.

Quick summary:

From Goodreads:

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

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Weekend Reads #17: On Translations

I’ve ventured off on my own for this meme. Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

The question for this weekend:

What are your thoughts on translated literature? Do you think meanings are sometimes lost in translation?

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Top 5 Wednesday #11: Please Write Another

I’m extra early with my Top 5 Wednesday this time. I’m turning in early so this Wednesday meme is going up on a Tuesday.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group. This week’s topic:

Book series you wish had more books

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Bout of Books 14: Update 7

It’s almost the end of Day 7 of Bout of Books 14. I’ve decided to do my wrap up now because I plan to turn in early, plus I’ll be too busy tomorrow to do it then. I spent most of today cleaning so I didn’t get much reading done. When I did read, I read a book that wasn’t listed on my Bout of Books reading list, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’ve been in and out of the doldrums lately so I’ve turned to Harry Potter to cheer me up.

Also, I learned something new today about Bout of Books, though it’s at a late time. Apparently we could post our reading updates to the website. Ha! I didn’t know this; or, if I did, I forgot. Sucks for me but at least I know now. Better late than never, eh.

As for my overall progress, I think I did okay. Just to rehash, my goal was to read in a different place each day and to read a total of 12 books, graphic novels, and story story, one of which I had already started, over the 7 days of the event. I predicted that I’d read all the graphic novels and the short story, complete 1 novel and the book I started before the read-a-thon. The result was pretty close.

Here’s the complete list of materials attempted. Those crossed out were completed.

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Bout of Books 14: Update 6

Yesterday was Day 6 of Bout of Books 14 and I’m late with the update. You see, I was tired. Exhausted, actually. I’ve started to workout a bit and run in the mornings to build up my stamina in case a herd of cows stampede through Washington D.C. I need to be able to outrun them. My body was tender from exercising and I made it tired by walking around the downtown area. Then I went to the zoo and was exhausted by the time I left. For me, that’s a lot for one day so I didn’t get much reading done.

Saturday, Day 6 progress

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Exploring My Bookshelves: The Hound

“Exploring My Bookshelves” is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds. Since Victoria was on summer vacation, Shannon at For the Love of Words created her own topics, which I followed along with. Now they will both host the meme in alternating months. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

This week’s topic:

Book buddies (things that keep your books company)

I have just one and it’s…

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Bout of Books 14: Update 5

Yesterday was Day 5 of Bout of Books 14 but I was too tired to post anything. It was much better than Day 4. I read. The day was good. The sun was shinning, and I was smiling a bit more; though that was probably because I went for a run in the morning. Working out really does make you feel better. Yeah for endorphins. Anyways, the books.

Friday, Day 5 progress

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