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copyrightHey! How are you guys doing today? I can hardly believe it is already March.

Today I am wondering if any of you read the copyright page of a book. I am talking about the page that includes fun facts like summaries and the typefaces used in the book.

Any time I get a book, or even when I am in the bookstore, I look at the copyright page because a) I like the quick summary that is usually found there b) I like to know if my book is a first edition or not and c) I love to know about the FONTS used of course. 

What about you all? Do you read the copyright page or do you skip right past it to get to the fun stuff? Let me know!

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Since I am so curious, I want to know who uses the library? Public library, school library, any library counts so long as you visit it.

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I personally love going to the library and always get way to many books when I go. (If you want to read my confession about it, click here.) I have to use the library to feed my need for books. The people are always so friendly, and my school library usually gets books in faster than if I went to the bookstore.

The only downside to the library is when someone checks out the book I want. Then we have a problem.

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Bottom Line: Do you go to the library? If so, how many books do you check out at once? If not, why? Let me know!


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Welcome to BOLD discussions. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. It’s never too late to participate; whether it be an old discussion or a new one, tell me what you think.

Let’s talk about cover changes this week. Or rather, let’s talk about a specific kind of cover change: the one where publishers are trying to reach “a broader audience/new readers”.

I understand that this is the reason for practically every single cover change ever, but I think that publishers should be straight forward when they mean to say, “We are changing these covers because we don’t want boys to feel embarrassed reading them.”

Let’s face it: it seems like more and more covers these days are getting a makeover to try and reach out to a male audience.

On the one hand, I think this is great. I love the idea of getting more people to read YA.

But on the other hand, I get pretty upset. Here’s why: when covers are changed to “reach a new audience” *cough, cough, boys* they are reinforcing the idea that boys should be embarrassed to be caught reading books with girls on the cover.

Why don’t girls deserve books with thought out covers instead of the sometimes sickeningly cliché ones that are produced? And, more importantly, why is it more acceptable for a girl to be reading a book with a boy on a cover than a boy reading about a girl?

I am far from being the first one to ask these things. In fact, Maureen Johnson made a  somewhat similar point pretty effectively with her Coverflip idea.

Let’s take a look at some examples of cover changes.

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 Here the covers change from sci-fi covers with romance to stone cold sci-fi. I really love the first set of covers, though the second set isn’t that bad. But, I have the distinct feeling that the covers on these books were changed so that boys would feel inspired to give this series a shot. Again, I am all for boys, or anyone, reading YA, but it reinforces those earlier problems I mentioned earlier.

Another example.

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Again, we see the cover going from one featuring a girl to a more gender neutral cover. (I have to say, I do like this cover change because that first book just looks like so many other covers.)

Those are just two quick examples of cover changes that came to mind. I really like both series, but I feel like there cover changes carry some extra baggage.

I guess another one of my biggest questions is why aren’t these covers re-evaluated from the start? By releasing a first feminine cover and then later a more masculine one, it seems to be telling me that publishers are trying to appeal to two different audiences at the same time. If this wasn’t the case, why wouldn’t they just release a gender neutral cover from the start? By doing the changes, I get the feeling that boys aren’t going to read girl books, so instead of working to change this idea they are simply reinforcing it. 

Congrats for making it to the bottom of this discussion! What do you think? Is there any truth to my words or am I just talking nonsense? Are there any other cover changes you think reinforce my point? Let me know!


Howdy!

Today, I want to know if you take notes while reading. WP_20131227_003

I mean any kind of note-taking. Do you make comments in the margins, or highlight quotes, or write notes on a separate sheet of paper?

I normally don’t write notes, but lately I have been to make reviewing easier.

Do you make any kind of notes when reading a book? Why or why not? Let me know!

If you are interested in other “how do you read” questions, check out here where I ask if you reread books and here where I want to know if you use bookmarks.  


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Hello!

I am checking in today to see how do you like your endings? It could be an ending to a series, or a standalone, or really anything else. 

Do you prefer them tragic? Sometimes, you just want to see these characters go down in flames. Not always in a bad way, but you figure they have struggled so much, what is an unhappy ending really going to matter in the end? Sometimes, you also know this is the more realistic route than having everything coming together flawlessly.

Do you prefer them with happily ever afters? You are the type who thinks that these characters have come so far they deserve to have at least a happy ending after all of their challenges. It also makes you feel better to finish a book and know that the characters got everything they wanted. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a little happiness for yourself and the characters.

Do you prefer them ambiguous? Often times, you don’t mind not knowing everything that happened, detail for detail. It’s enough just to leave the rest up to your own imagination. 

Do you like your endings like any of the ones above, or do you like something different? Why or why not? Be sure to let me know what you think!


Bolddiscussions

Welcome to BOLD discussions. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. It’s never too late to participate; whether it be an old discussion or a new one, tell me what you think. Feel free to join in on last week’s discussion over book to movie adaptations.

This week I am curious to know what you think of cliffhangers. Sometimes they bother me to no end and other times I think they are very well done. 

Are they the bane of your existence? 

If this is the case, I completely understand. Sometimes I just want a nice conclusion, but nooooo the book leaves off at a very pivotal moment and I NEED to know what happens next. Also, when there are cliffhangers just for the sake of having cliffhangers I get annoyed. I promise that if I like a book well enough I will read the next one, with or without an ending that leaves off in the middle of the action.

Or do you like the thrill of them? If you agree with this statement, I completely understand that too. The drama of a cliffhanger can be so suspenseful and exciting that it gives me a sick thrill knowing that I will have to wait a year before finding out what happens next. 

Well, what’s your opinion? Are in you in favor one way or another or rather indifferent? What are some of the worst cliffhangers you’ve had to suffer through. Let me know!


Bolddiscussions

Welcome to BOLD discussions. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. It’s never too late to participate; whether it be an old discussion or a new one, tell me what you think. 

It’s been a while since I have had a true BOLD discussion, so I figured I would start off with a topic that’s on everyone’s mind: book to movie adaptations (and yes, Catching Fireinspired this post).

I want to know how many of you look forward to watching your favorite book play out on the big screen. I always get excited when I find out a book I’ve read is going to be adapted into a movie, but at the same time I am hesitant because I always think the book is better than the movie and I will only be disappointed.

Do some of you prefer not to see a book to movie adaptation at all? Sometimes there are books that just don’t need to be movies. Other times, the book is so great that a movie could just ruin the mental picture you have of the setting and the characters. 

What are some of your favorite books that are being made into movies? One of my favorite books of all time is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and it is being turned into a movie. Sadly, it’s an Australian film, so I have no idea how I can get my hands on a copy once it comes out. But, the point I’m trying to make is that I want to see the movie so incredibly much, but I am really scared that the movie will severely disappoint me. It won’t ruin my love for the book, but it would change how I picture some scenes or characters. 

Even if I think the movie is going to be awful, I just can’t resist going to see it. I keep my expectations really low so that I can avoid a majority of the disappointment. (Unless I’m talking about The Hunger Games movies because those are works of beauty and can do no wrong in my eyes.) With The Mortal Instruments, for example, I kept my hopes low and was pleasantly delighted with the movie. 

Talk to me! What book to movie adaptations are you eagerly anticipating? What are some book/movie adaptations that should have never happened? Let me know what you’re thinking.

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!


Howdy!

My hiatus was a bit longer than anticipated, but much needed. I am back and ready to blog. I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit because I sure am.

On an unrelated note, can we all talk about Catching Fire? Has anyone else seen the movie? I really loved it, and think it was just as good, if not better, than the first. It seemed to stay very true to the book, although there were a few things I noticed were missing. The main criticism I can think of is that the characters in the arena could have used some more development, especially Finnick. catchingfire

I am interested to know what everyone else has thought of the movie. Feel free to discuss it in the comments because I really want to talk about it. I can’t promise that it won’t get spoiler-y so you have been warned.


Everyone has different bookish habits, and I love getting to know everyone’s quirks, which is why I can’t stop asking these “How do you read” style of questions. Earlier I asked if you use bookmarks and take off dust jackets, but today I have a different question in mind.photo-12

Today I was thinking about people who read more than one book at a time. I normally never do that, but I realized that I am currently in the middle of at least four different books. 

I don’t like being in the middle of several books at a time because I feel like I can’t focus on any of them. But, I recently started two books and it felt like a chore to keep reading them, so I put them aside and started a new one. And then I was bored with that one, so I moved on to another.

So, are you the type to read more than one book at a time? Or are you strictly a one book reader? I love reading each and every response, so be sure to let me know!

 


I have something that I need to get off my chest.

I haven’t read the Harry Potter series. And I don’t plan on doing so in the future.

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 Now I am sure some of you may be a bit shocked by this news. To clarify: I have read the first three books. I just don’t really remember reading those three. It’s all one big blur. I don’t think I could tell you a single thing that happened.

I hadn’t felt the pressing need to read the series, but after having several people recommend it, I decided to give it a chance. I’m not sure why I stopped reading it, but I set the third book aside one day and have never picked it up since.

I am ready to face your judgment! Does this confession bother you more than any I have admitted in the past? Are you a big fan of the series? Or, are you like me and haven’t read the series?



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