Why I’ve Never Joined A Book Club

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Howdy!

Today’s post is going to be a little interesting as it’s something that I’ve never discussed. You have a group of people who are interested in usually the same genres as you, or they could differ with each month or whatever, and after you’ve finished reading, you all get together and discuss what you thought about it. I think that’s a wonderful thing to do!

I’ve watched The Jane Austen Book Club a few months ago and really enjoyed seeing the lives of these women (and one random dude) get closer and unfold as they read all six of her novels. I am looking forward to seeing Book Club with Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen when it comes out on DVD. They’re reading Fifty Shades of Grey and that just cracks me up! I’ve also found a book that also talks about it too, called The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott. It’s been on my TBR list forever!

Funnily enough though, I’ve never joined a book club in my life. They always seem like a cool thing, but I have way too many issues to be able to do it. whether the excuse is my disability or can’t afford the book(s) itself.

I remember a time when I was a kid, once school was out, my mom and nana tried to get Blondie and I interested in reading, so they would sign us up for the library’s summer reading program. I absolutely hated it! I would constantly lose my place and stumble on my words, I’ll be honest, reading was my worst enemy. Once I started my freshman year though, something changed where I was allowed to read silently to myself. There were times when I had to read aloud in class, but thankfully it was mainly when we were attempting to read Shakespeare. The whole class was having trouble, it was just us who had issues with reading in general!

I don’t know if this counts, but I did take a class during my junior year of high school, called “Novels” and the teacher picked out four books for us to read, but I’ve also believed there was five, I just can’t remember it! The novels were: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Silas Marner by George Eliot, Night by Elie Wiesel, and Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. This class was only a semester and no, I didn’t have the class around Halloween, the creepy tones just happened by accident I think!

That’s the only “club” that I can say I’ve ever been in, but in a way you were forced to take the class if you need one or two English classes to build up credits, so even though the class itself was fun and everything, it was too structured. It wasn’t the teacher’s fault, he was awesome and he made it fun for us. They had an actual book club, but it was during lunch period and as much as I really wanted to participate, I just never had the guts to do it.

Now you’re probably wondering if I’ve ever thought about creating my own club. Well, honestly I’ve never given it any thought about it because who would join it? Besides it would have to be hosted online because I have no other option. I also don’t know about the various genres, because honestly I like only a select few and unfortunately not a lot of people enjoy them.

What about you, have you ever joined a book club before? If you have, what was your experience with it? Did you enjoy it as much as you thought you would? 

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Why I Won’t Use Audible

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Hi 🙂

Audible seems to be something that people enjoy, they use it on their phones to read a book. You hear a voice and it tells you the story while you’re working or driving in the car. For a lot of people, it’s a good investment, but for me this invention makes me relive bad memories of my childhood.

When I was in elementary school, I had a tough time reading. My family really tried everything to get me to read to the point we went to the library a few times and brought home those little cassette tapes with the book itself. Old school Audible! Since I was already a slow reader, I was even worse with this. I made a habit of losing my place and finding it way later. Whenever we used the tapes in school, I’d be the one who would be way behind or whenever we’d turn the pages I’d end up getting two because they would get caught in the sleeves of my pants! It was embarrassing!

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Now as I’ve gotten older and seeing the advertisements for Audible every time I go on Goodreads or watch one of my favorite Booktuber channels, I still cringe. I don’t think I’d like it. Even though I wouldn’t be in a big group of people, but in some cases, I wasn’t in a large group of kids while we sat hearing the book. I just don’t think it would be good on my self-esteem. I think I’d go back to feeling dumb again. I also think I wouldn’t know what the book was about if I use it either. I’ll just stick to my Kindle and paperbacks if you don’t mind!

I just feel better sitting there silently reading to myself. I can comprehend what I am reading and what is going on in the story, whereas I have no idea whether I used the tapes or read it out loud, my brain would be off in Neverland I guess! It’s hard to explain because I feel I was the only one who was going through this and everybody was buzzing by without a problem. I know that’s not exactly true, but for a while that’s how I felt.

I hope I haven’t offended anybody by writing this post. I just decided I needed to voice my opinion on the growing popularity of the app.

I am interested in hearing of your thoughts about Audible? Do you use it? If not, why keeps you away from it?

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The Act Of The Disappearing Song

I am very infamous at finding songs on the radio and never figuring out what it was called or who the artist was either. It sucks! I say “infamous” because I’ve always had this problem even as a kid. Here’s the sad part about it, once I got two songs confused with three different singers. Stevie Nicks, Reba McEntire, and Celine Dion. It was the worst because my mom couldn’t get me to stop arguing about them. I was very wrong and I didn’t want to admit to it. Thankfully, she doesn’t remember this at all so I’m good!

I use to listen to the radio a lot, before we got our Sirius XM channels on our TV where they’re generous enough to include the artist name and song title while it’s on. Well, majority of time they do! The radio on my iPod nano has it where you can find out the same thing while you’re listening to the song. My love for the radio is back, not like it really went away, but this makes it a lot better!

The first time I ever liked a song but didn’t know who is was by was when I was in elementary school. At the end of the school year, the fifth graders graduated and always got a video of their time in the last year before heading to middle school. This song was literally the “go to” song and every year I would learn it more and more by only hearing it that one time out of the year. I went through this maybe four times before I graduated from fifth grade. After that, I never heard i again until maybe 2008 when I had my TV on a local channel on my TV and the announcer had played the song and was nice enough to tell the whole world or just me the lingering question. It was called “Graduation” by Vitmin C. The song came out in 2000, so that means I went through seven years of not knowing a thing but the chorus. The second time this happened I remembered hearing the song somewhere and I just loved it! I only heard it once of course! I really liked the freaking song and when I couldn’t find it again I was really mad, but like everything else I couldn’t do anything about it! We didn’t have internet or Spotify back then so finding songs was a bit of a bitch! I found the song in 2007 and didn’t find it again until 2011. The song and get ready for this was “Falling Down” Duran Duran. The beat is really great and it did feature Justin Timberlake too!

However, this post isn’t about all of the songs that I’ve lost. This is about the song that was basically fading from my memory, which I have to say is very scary! I’ve been listening to all types of music since I was about seven years old. In school, you’re forced to read books in class–out loud–I was never comfortable with reading in class at all. It didn’t matter if I was reading to the class or I was hearing it through the tape. When we were out of school my mom and nana would try their best to get my sister and I to get books from the library and my sister LOVED to read. I loved the fact that they let you rent CDs for a week!! I had a good selection to choose from, they had two different shelves with six rows of albums and oh my goodness for a young music lover, this was my dream! However at this time I was still not able to listen to a full album on my own yet. I use to rent the CD of mixed songs in the genre of dance. At first I only liked it for two songs and as I listened to it more and more I kept liking other songs too.

I remember the last time I rented the CD because I was still playing on PlayStation 2. Shut up, this was like 2004! After I came home from having my surgeries playing the games made me less upset about not seeing my friends and favorite nurses! Anyways, I remember playing Crash and I was listening to this CD and a couple others. The third track on this album was my jam! Like, it was so good that I managed to memorize the words and medley of it. And then we stopped going to the library. I still knew how the song went at the time, but overtime it was slowly fading. After a few years I began to really miss it. Two years ago, they shut down the library and built a new one. It finally opened last year but they didn’t have the CDs out for rental when we went there. I was bummed! Since I always find new music every week I’m “replacing” other favorites of mine. Whenever you hear a song you use to love though, you’re instantly into it again and you have to remind yourself to buy it on iTunes.

Now that there is YouTube and Spotify, I actually have less of a chance of not knowing the song or artist if I can get myself to memorize a line or two. My biggest accomplishment was using the record button on our DVRs to my advantage! I still have a song in mine that I need to find the answers to it. This past February, when I got into listening to Diplo’s music I was originally wanting to find this song specifically. I tried looking it up on both Google and Spotify, but the only thing I remembered of the CD were the colors of case itself. I knew it was hot pink, lime green, and black lettering. I also knew it was a bunch of early 2000’s dance tracks. I couldn’t describe the song, hell I have trouble doing that on here!! I went through Spotify’s collection of early dance (mostly) trance tracks. Whenever I found one on there I put it on a playlist, but I wasn’t finding the right one. That’s when I started listening to BPM on my TV as an every day thing and getting into others DJs along the way!

The second to last week of September, I woke up to having the picture of the CD title in my head! It was an improvement from the last time! I sat up and put up Google to try my luck one more time. I put in the words “totally” and “dance” into the box and at first I found an album I use to rent, not the one I wanted but we were getting there. So I rearranged the words again before giving up and then… I found it. Totally Dance. Hot pink and lime green cover and title. Right songs in the same arrangement I remembered them in! There were remixes of Dream and Pink’s hit songs at the time. This was the time when the biggest dance song came out: Darude’s “Sandstorm” and lastly the only DJ that was on it that STILL makes music now was Tiesto! That stuff doesn’t really matter though, all I wanted to know what was the third track’s name and artist. It was “Look At Us” by Sarina Paris the Beam & Yanou mix. No wonder why I had such a difficult time finding it! I hadn’t heard from either person since finding this song years ago! I was soooo happy that I had found it finally, but they didn’t have this exact remix on Spotify just the original version of the track.  I could deal with that!

Now that I have found this song, I haven’t listened to it as much as I had hoped. Maybe it’s because it’s not in the same way I remembered hearing it as a kid. I don’t know. It could also be from the fact that I have been finding more newer songs that have recently been released. I’m glad the song is no longer lingering deep inside my head. Have you ever had a song that you used to listen to all the time but then lost it?

My Inner Nerd Is Killing Me

If you thought art was my only love/hate relationship than you’re wrong. Because sadly, it’s not. I have another love/hate relationship with books. Let’s just get this out-of-the-way, I’m a very picky person with tons of things that should be simple enough for me since I’m so damn slow. I’m picky with music, books, and people. Being picky with people is a fun past time for me. Anyways, my mom and I were just talking about going to the library since I haven’t yet. Our town has a new library now, and I really want to go. I’m also getting my book withdrawals. I haven’t had them for almost two weeks. Whoohoo! I’ve never done that in a while, but I’m also done with the musician biographies too. I do have one more, but it’s not on Kindle edition. Thank god!

I looked up some books yesterday on Shelfari. I am trying to get me into other books besides biographies, which are my favorites. I’m also a big fan of Teen books. I’m trying to find new stuff I’ve never read before, or in some cases I’ve read but been pretty sneaky about it. With saying that, it’s nothing bad. Besides what does what I read matter to you? I didn’t know I had to stay away and not read certain things. They’re just books. Get over it. On a good note, well it’s actually a confusing one really. I’m not a fan of supernatural or romance books. I don’t know why, because I love reading about fantasies. I have a pretty good imagination and since I’m not in school anymore, it hasn’t been working to it’s best.

The book I found yesterday was a supernatural and romance book. It sounded interesting… yesterday. Today, now talking to mom about buying a freaking book. I’m rethinking it. It’s not a series I’m familiar with and it’s in a category that I’ve read before. It’s over 250 pages. Why don’t I want this book? Such a mystery to me! I’m picky because I’m scared that I’ll buy a book and get in the middle of it and say, “it sucks.” Haven’t done that yet. I’m actually just considering buying a book I read in school. I miss it, and I’ve actually never read a book twice. This one I really loved and want to read it again. I hope I go to the library soon before I go insane.

My Book List

So I recently finished Patricia McCormick’s first novel “Cut” and I still think it could have continued on somewhat. It ended in a weird way, but yet how it ended was good too. I had another book from the same author, called “Sold” and ultimately decided not to read it. I might go back and order it later but not now. I started thinking I need another book to read yesterday. I have my Stefan’s Diaries book that I haven’t finished yet. Thank god this one is mine. Not in the mood to read a supernatural book. However today I went on a websit called, http://teenreads.com and went down the list and found some books that seemed interesting. All are teen fiction.

  1. The Adoration Of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson
  2. Amazing Grace – Megan Shull
  3. Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan
  4. Brooklyn Rose – Ann Rinaldi
  5. By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead – Julie Anne Peters
  6. The Chosen One – Carol Lynch Williams
  7. Guyaholic – Carolyn Mackler
  8. If I Stay – Gayle Forman
  9. Revolution – Jennifer Donnelly
  10. Some Girls Are – Courtney Summers
  11. Willow – Julia Hoban
  12. Scars – Cheryl Rainfield
  13. Something Deadly This Way Comes – Kim Harrison
  14. One Night – Margaret Wild
  15. Beautiful – Amy Reed

The Last Day

Today is Friday, it’s also the last day of September. It would be a nice day to hear “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day right about now. Instead I’m listening to “Been To Hell” by Hollywood Undead. I’ve been up since around 9 or 9:30am. Dad came in my room to take me to the bathroom before he went into town this morning. I probably got around five hours of sleep last night. My mom got less than me, but that’s understandable. After dad left, I got up and went on Twitter and Facebook. Realized that I forgot to grab a few things from my first Facebook before I deleted it last weekend. Including my drawing my friend did for me. Definitely need to keep that for sure. I reactivated that sucker again, and saved that picture and a few others. However, now that it’s windy here our internet wants to be a jerk and not work. So now I have both accounts open and I hope people don’t get confused.

I’ve been at my grandparent’s house most of the morning. Had lunch with them and my mom. My mom did some errands for them, but waiting to do the rest tomorrow when she’s got Emily with her to help. Mom went to the library earlier and got books for all three of us. She got four, and my sister and I got two. I have two by the same author and I don’t see myself getting through either one in a week like I did with Bristol’s book. I have Patricia McCormick’s books “Cut” and “Sold.” I was on Barnes & Nobles last month and found “Sold” and wanted to read it. “Cut” wasn’t on my list at first, mom found it and ordered it. What the hell though? I started reading that one first, just to see if it’s worth it.

Tonight is the Homecoming game for Football. I don’t know why I’m so excited for tonight. It’s just another game with a meaning. To me it’s another lonely night watching a sport game that I don’t understand. I should shut up because at least I’m getting out of the house. If it’s boring, then I’ll make my rounds but I’ll probably be disappointed by all the people who don’t want to talk to me and ignoring me the whole time. Hell, even smiling won’t work on these people anymore. Last weekend was funny though, the cheerleaders had Cheer Clinic for the little girls. This little girl at the game was at her mom’s leg not wanting to cheer and I went to smile and she gave me the most serious, frown I’ve ever seen in my life. It was priceless!