What I Realized in 2013

What I realized in 2013:

-That it’s hard to find time to read in college.
-That I’m starting to become kinda picky about the books I want to read.
-That although I’ve had the goal of reading 100 books in a year since 2009, I do not see it ever happening in the near future.

Here’s the thing: I’m not upset or confused about any of these three things. And if you find yourself agreeing with any of the things above, you shouldn’t be upset either.

I mean, yes, I would’ve love to have more reading time. But between classes, clubs, and commenting, it really isn’t possible. This past semester, I managed to read about two books a month. Since I had so little time, finding the time to read was nice. It felt special to get captured by a good story. I also know what it feels like to miss reading; which makes reading better when I actually do (that makes sense, right).

Second, I’m obviously getting older. I’m in a new place with new experiences. My taste in books is changing because I’m changing. I noticed that I’m not that interested in a lot of YA books anymore and am more interested in NA and now even a little bit of non-fiction. At first, I was a little upset about this, since YA books are all ever read and that my blog is a YA book blog; but I finally realized there is nothing to be upset about. So what if I like different kind of books? They’re still books; I’m still reading.

I also haven’t stopped reading YA books; actually they’re still a majority of what I read. I’m just not as interested in certain types of plots. This though, gives me the chance to read other story lines.

Last, reading 100 books is still possible, even though I don’t think it will happen. Back in 2009 when I first made that goal, I sometimes read a book really quickly because I just wanted to finish it. I didn’t read into all of the details of the book and didn’t enjoy the story it was telling. When reading a book, you’re supposed to read it for yourself; for your own enjoyment and at your own pace.

Since I have never accomplished this goal, I still have hope of doing so. One day. (:

What I also realized in 2013:

-I feel accomplished every time I write a blog post. I also realized the fact that my blog is small.
-The reason why I am going into my major.
-That some required reading in college is really interesting.

To begin, I know I rarely post. I know that I manage to put out about 2 or 3 posts a month. Honestly, I don’t mind that I post only a little. Blogging is fun, but it isn’t my life. I love to read and I love book blogging, and I have found a way to still incorporate it into my life even with my busy schedule.

Thank you to all of my blog followers. I’ve said this many times and I’m saying it again: I appreciate and I am thankful for your support ❤

Second, I am hoping to be a Marketing major (well really, a Marketing & Advertising Communications major). Going into college, all I knew was that I wanted to work in book publishing. This semester I realized that the reason I want to go into book publishing is to make a change to the way books are marketed. I want promote diversity in books. As of right now the marketing for diverse books is slowly changing and becoming more prominent, but it isn't yet. I hope to find a job one day that will allow me to to make it prominent.

Lastly, reading is a wonderful thing. It lets your mind wander and opens you up to a completely different world. I didn't think required readings in college would be that interesting; but some books were very interesting. I enjoyed the readings from some of my classes, and I hope you did too. I know that a reading from class makes the book less desirable, but keep an open mind; it's required for a reason.

All in all, 2013 was a decent year for me. I read about 40something books and started to blog about the New Adult genre. What are some of the things you guys noticed about yourself in 2013?

I wish you all a wonderful new year! Here's a toast to all the memories of 2013, and the ones to come in 2014 (:

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Paperback or Hardcover?

Do you prefer paperback or hardcover?

Personally, I prefer hardcover. If I’m in a store and the paperback and hardcover version of a book is out I will automatically go to the paperback only because it is cheaper. I do have a friend though that will automatically buy hardcover because she loves hardcover. I would too, if I had the money. I know people that prefer paperback over hardcover, too. Either way, both have their own pros and cons.

Yeah, paperbacks might be cheaper but they aren’t as indestructible. I am the one who hands out my books to my friends. I have an issue with people damaging books so I’m glad a lot of my books are hardcover. Paperbacks are easier to bend, but they are lighter. Hardcover books are harder to damage, but they are heavier and more expensive.

I think it’s nice to have a variety of both, but in the end it comes down to your preference. So tell me, do you prefer paperback or hardcover?!

Popularity: Positives & Negatives

We all know that one book or series that becomes popular. And when I say popular, I mean POPULAR. As in the whole world knows and that you cannot walk five feet without hearing something about that novel. Hellooo, look at Harry Potter and Twilight. Both are series that have gained worldwide phenomenon. They have movies, clothing, parodies and other various items that would take me days to name.

A lot of people wish for their book to be that popular. Of course not everyone, but it would be so awesome to see your novel everywhere. But popularity has its ups and its downs. You all most likely know these ups and downs, but here they are again:

Positives:

  • Worth the Read

What I mean is that there has to be something about the novel to become that popular. The read isn’t going to be another boring, cliché book. So if everyone else is talking about it, you are most likely going to want to read it too if it is that amazing.

  • Different POVs

More people will have read the book/series and have different ideas about it. If you have not read the novel, people’s thoughts will help you decide whether or not you want to read it. Also people will have different views on certain things, and it can change your thoughts about a certain part or character.

  • Everyone will know what you are talking about. I don’t know about you guys, but I love discussing novels. The more the merrier!

I love talking about books. My friends and I can spend hours talking about a series and never get bored. If there are more people that know what you’re talking about, you are most likely going to have more discussions

  • If it is a novel you truly do love, it is awesome to see all these products come out for it.

I’m talking about more than just bookmarks and swag. If the book is being turned into a movie, it is guaranteed that there will be t-shirts and other various things. It’s cool to see what comes out!

Negatives:

  • Overdone

If it is of a certain genre or has certain supernatural creatures, then other people start to get popular if their book or show is about the same thing. Not gonna lie, but it gets really annoying after a while seeing a billion of the same things that are being shown in different ways.

  • Enough is Enough

Usually they start coming out with too many products or too many different things that you cannot go anywhere without seeing something related to said novel-turned-into-movie. People just get sick of it.

  • Makes you change

I know people who no longer like Twilight and Harry Potter because the books/movies have become too popular. Don’t do this. Yes, it might get annoying that you see it everywhere. But if you like the book, you shouldn’t hate it because everyone else likes it. The novel is an author’s work and you liked it once. There is a difference between growing out of it and just deciding to hate it. Don’t hate something for no reason.

So do you guys understand what I’m getting at?! Seriously, no one should hate a novel because of its popularity. I’d love to hear what you all think!