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Hello!

Sorry I wasn’t very active last year! It wasn’t because I wasn’t reading, but mostly because I hadn’t really read anything new, or up-and-coming, or frankly worth reviewing.

I’ve got some posts queued in the pipeline that should begin posting tomorrow! They’re books I read a few months ago but that were so phenomenally amazing that they’ve stuck with me. They’re embedded within me, even.

The first one is going to be for Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which rapidly ascended the ranks to become my current favorite book. Maybe even my favorite book of all-time. So much so that I honestly want to buy a copy for everyone I know… hey! Maybe I’ll do a giveaway! (Seriously, it’s great.)

After that will be a book called We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. This one was equally amazing and deals with some of my favorite themes– how do people act in the face of certain destruction? As you can guess, the answer is… unpredictable. It was another great book I couldn’t put down and I’m excited to share my thoughts with all of you.

At any rate, stay tuned! I haven’t gone anywhere and I pledge to you to be more active for 2016!

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Net Neutrality: Part 2

Hi loyal readers,

I wanted to offer up some more information about Net Neutrality. Check out this link below.

http://www.singlehop.com/blog/a-neutral-guide-to-net-neutrality/

It explains what exactly is going on in much better terms than I ever could. Furthermore, it contains points from both sides– why the companies like Comcast and AT&T are lobbying for this, and why the rest of the internet is rallying against it.

Shoutout to Sam Bowling for throwing the link my way!

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Net Neutrality: The Great Internet Slow-Down

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here:https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown:http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown

Hey guys, I thought I’d take a break from my usual posts and talk about something that’s very important to me: fast internet!

Basically, internet giants like Comcast and AT&T want to take away websites’ freedom. You know how when you use too much data on your phone, you get throttled? Well, they basically want to do that, except to the entire internet.

If a website doesn’t pay up, they’re going to be throttled. Imagine not being able to watch anything on Netflix without preloading it. Imagine taking five minutes to load one page of your dashboard on Tumblr.

Want to help do something about it? Check out the websites above! Text it, tweet about it, share it on Facebook. We can’t let these money-grubbers get away with this! It’s time to take a stand and fight for our internet.

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Thanks, Mom!

Pippin and book stack!

Just wanted to share a bit of my life with everyone!

I moved out of my parents’ house last January, and it was originally to a small apartment in Florida. I drove from California to Orlando in a Subaru, so naturally I couldn’t take everything I owned with me. Now I’m in a larger house in Atlanta, and my mom has slowly started sending me my things.

She managed to fit all those books into that small box! (My corgi, Pippin, is included for size reference.)

I’ve already read all of them, but if you’re interested in one but unsure and would like me to review it, let me know in the comments!

Here’s a list of the books featured (excluding the two Sailor Moon manga, because duh).

  • The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Uglies – Scott Westerfeld
  • Pretties – Scott Westerfeld
  • Specials – Scott Westerfeld
  • Extras – Scott Westerfeld
  • Maybe A Miracle – Brian Strause
  • Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen
  • That Summer – Sarah Dessen
  • White Oleander – Janet Fitch
  • Hard Love – Ellen Wittlinger
  • Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  • Shay’s Story – Scott Westerfeld
  • Along For the Ride – Sarah Dessen
  • Dreamland – Sarah Dessen
  • The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen
  • Deadline – Chris Crutcher (reviewed!)
  • The Last Days – Scott Westerfeld
  • Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
  • Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen

I didn’t even realize it until I’d written it all out, but the stack is mostly Scott Westerfeld and Sarah Dessen. If you’ve never read any of their work, I highly recommend both of them!

Westerfeld’s Uglies series is one I was lucky enough to stumble upon it when they first came out. These books are hailed as paving the way for the entire dystopian genre! (Well, the modern one anyway– of course you have your classics like 1984 and Brave New World.) I think they’ve had a few cover redesigns since then, so don’t be surprised if your copies don’t have strange eyeballs on the spine! Specials is my personal favorite. I loved the idea of the strength and ferocity they were given. I wish I could have that.

Dessen’s novels are generally centered around romance and high school, but they aren’t your traditional love stories, and I think that’s the main reason I loved them (and continue to love them well into my 20s). Each one features a strong female character, who is strong not because she’s Macho Woman but simply for being female and all that it implies. They live, they learn, and they love, sometimes fiercely and sometimes to a fault. My personal favorite is This Lullaby (which is one of the few not in the stack because I DID bring it with me when I first left home), but that’s because I identify very strongly with the main character. We share very different upbringings, but very similar personalities. I encourage you to pick up some of her books and see which one resonates with you!

In other worldly news, I finished Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl a few days ago. I’ve been flat on the couch with a tension headache for a week, but I look forward to getting that review up for you soon!

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Welcome!

Hi there!

I’ve decided that I read entirely too many books to not be able to share my opinions about them, so this will be my new project.

I’m going to review books of all different genres. There will be some series, some classics, some YA, some poetry… you’ll just have to stick around and see!

Please bear with me while I flesh out the site; I’ll be digging up books I’ve read in the past and will try to refresh my memory enough to write some decent reviews just to get up some content. Everything else will be live, as-read.

Thank you!

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