THURS THOUGHT:What We Don’t Talk About..DNF-ing

 In this weeks thought we discuss DNF-ing.

sOOooo.. after devouring GONE GIRL, and Just One Day, and Up To Me, I had intended on reading The Book Thief.  However, I feel it is NOT agreeing with me.  And I almost want to blame myself.  I feel we all do that.  And I am one to DNF books if I feel I can not get through them. [For those who do not know, DNF= do not finish].  But to me, I’d rather cut my losses than suffer through a miserable reading experience.  I love reading, and I would like to keep it that way.  So I give EVERY book a fair chance [about 100 pages] and then I make my decision.

But, THIS is a book I want to read, just not right now.  Have any of you had this happen?  And you have to move onto something else?  How do you determine what you want to move onto?  What do you think about putting books down?

Do you have any suggestions, such as just powering through?  Have you had any DNF-ing issues?  Sometimes I experience genre slumps as well, where I can’t get out of one genre, and then I need a .. what I call breather book.  Breather books tend to be novellas, or quick reads, or even a series book that I’d been meaning to get to.

I HEAR YA DAWSON! [from MeMeGenerator]

What do you guys think?  Tell me your experiences! Does it hurt you to DNF a book?


Cassie’s Thought: The E-Reader Debate

Let’s get one thing straight, this was a THURSDAY thing.  But today, its a Monday thing.  
Got a problem with it?  No? I didn’t think so!
The Thought:  The E-Reader Debate.  Why the hate?

Maybe I’m seeing it more now that I’m more involved in the book-blog-o-sphere, or MAYBE its that I work part-time at a bookstore where people unleash their opinions on you unexpectedly.  Regardless, the issue is there, and I can’t seem to get why.  
Can any of YOU tell me what it is that people have against e-readers?  Listen, I also need a good BOOK every now and then.  But, if I can carry thousands of books on one device rather than break my back trying to lug around a monster like Evolution of Mara Dyer, or The Diviners, I’m gonna download the ebook.  
So, all I wanna know, is who uses an e-reader AND reads physical copies?  Who ONLY uses an e-reader, and who ONLY reads physical copies?  And can you tell me why?  I just would like to hear from all of you regarding this issue!  And taking it one step further…
Have you met those people that actually hold it against those who use e-readers?  Because recently I have.  And I mean really? How can you hate on something that is just a matter of preference?  Plus, e-books are cheaper than buying actual books [for the most part] so its definitely a money saver.  And with the $79 Kindle Paper White and $79 Nook Simple Touch, they’re pretty decently priced now-a-day.  Not like when they first came out for like $400.00!  That was crazy!  But yet, they still sold!  So, I’d like to hear as usual, from you guys!  Let me know.. what do you prefer?
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Sound off below!  And Happy Early New Year Guys!!! 

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Thursday Thought: Waiting for Sequels..

This weeks thought is on sequels, and waiting for them.  And the dread that comes along with it!

As book lovers, we all know how often we find ourselves thinking of our favorite reads.  But how often are you wishing the sequel to your favorite series was already released? I mean really!  Its ridiculous how much time I waste wishing it was October 23rd, or February 5th! (Evolution of Mara Dyer, Unravel Me).

But, I mean.. us thinking about sequels helps support our authors that we love oh so much!  Pre-ordering is one of my personal favorite things to do.  Does anyone else love to pre-order?  It makes my day when my book is already waiting for me to open it on release day!

Or.. are you more of a standalone person?  That way, you know.  No waiting, no fuss.  You get your ending in one book, and you can just relive your character love over and over in your head, or by re-reading the books you enjoy.  Is there anyone out there who refuses to read a series? Let me know. Honestly, I think I’m lucky that I read some series after ALL the books were out, such as The Hunger Games.  I couldn’t imagine that wait!  It must have been awful!

And while we are on the topic!  SECOND BOOK SYNDROME.  We’ve all heard of it.  What are the books you think suffered the most from SBS?  I only can think of one, but there’s a bunch of sequels I will be reading shortly, and lets hope they all rise above the syndrome.  

What I’m Excited For:

What are you excited for? Let me know in the comments below!  And how do YOU deal with waiting for sequels?

Cass’s Thursday Thought (3): If You Had To Pick ONE Genre to read for 15 years..

Welcome welcome!  This week’s Thursday Thought is one I HOPE to provoke lots of responses and discussion!  The topic is…
   If you could only read ONE genre for the next FIFTEEN years, 
What would you pick!? And why??

I would pick…
So, my first instinct was contemporary, duh!  There’s variety in contemporary, it will take longer to get bored, and plus I get LOADED up with swoon-worthy guys! (Uh, Adam [Where She Went], St. Clare [Anna & the French Kiss], Travis [Something Like Normal], Noah [Pushing the Limits]) –to name a few!

But then… I was already missing my dystopians!  What would I do without books like Shatter Me, The Hunger Games, Delirium, Divergent, etcetera.  I mean come on!  They have some of the most interesting world’s I have ever encountered and I just don’t know if I could not read about them for the next FIFTEEN years!  That’s sheer craziness!

However, to conclude.. I had to go with contemporary.  I love my contemporary!  It breaks my heart and then puts it back together all over again, time after time.  And a lot of the reason I read is to feel something while I am enveloped in a book. (This is not to say dystopian hasn’t made me feel any heartwarming or heartbreak before, because it sure as hell has, just not to the same extent!) And thereforeee, while it would hurt me to let go of my dystopians [tear ;-( ] I think I would have to choose:

(& I would LOAD UP on dystopian when 
my fifteen years was up :-] )

But I must know!  What would you guys pick?

Cassie’s Thursday Thought (2): The Book Community!

Welcome to Week #2 of My Own Brand of Mind Ramblings and Discussion Topics 😉
Feel free to chime in, the purpose of these is to have discussions! 
WEEK #2: The Book/Book Blogging Community

I’m gonna start this off with my brief experience of entering the book blogging community.  In case you don’t know my story it went a little something like this.  

  • Discovered BookTubers (January [ish])
  • Subscribed to some of their blogs! (February)
  • Became OCD about reading book blogs (immediately!)
  • Contemplated joining the community (February)
  • Got scared.
  • Sucked it up.  JOINED. (May)So basically, for a few months, I was a scaredy-cat and refused to become apart of this community.  

But why?  Why would anyone hesitate you ask?  Fear.  
I can’t lie.  I was petrified.  Petrified no one would like me, or I would have no idea what I was doing, or even that my blog would just be ugly.  Maybe I couldn’t write a review for shit.  Who knows! So MANY things could just not work out in my favor. 
Let’s talk about the reality…
My first blog design DID suck.  Okay, maybe not suck.  But I totally did that whole white font/dark background thing that’s frowned upon.  Thankfully, Loretta (Between the Pages) helped me.  She fixed it and created my new header and much of what you see.  Since that, I have gotten so much help and learned even a bit of CSS myself.  ;). 
The Social Networking
Twitter.  Amazingness.  Like for real.  Everyone was so embracing.  Being new in the book blogging community is totally NOT like being in a new school or going somewhere strange where you know no one for the first time.  Its warming and inviting. Oh, and Goodreads? Pure bliss.  Love that site like its my own child.  If you’re in this community without it, get it.  NOW.
Immediately, people offer to help you.  Not only that, but people like Angela (Reading Angel) offer up book suggestions like nobody’s business.  She’s my own personal book pusher!  But I mean, she’s always right, so what can I do! It’s awesome to feel like someone cares if you read something cuz they JUST want you to enjoy it.  
Drama: Get Real, Its NOT just here, its EVERYWHERE.
This community, is not scary.  While YES, and I’ll mention it, fine.  It has drama.  So does everything!  Especially in a community filled with mostly girls (minus a few such as Justin and Tiernan). There is going to be drama every now and then.  It happens.  But CLEARLY everyone here loves what they do!  I mean we’ve got people who have been doing this for years.  
The Hopes
I sincerely hope everyone had as wonderful of an experience as I did.  I was lucky enough to get a few “native bloggers” who were willing to help me from day one.  Honestly, without them, I do not know where I would be.  I couldn’t do this all by myself.  But that is the THING, here.  You do not have to.  Any one who came to me for help, I would love to help them.  And why?  To show the same kindness that was offered to me.  I think this book blogging community deserves a wonderful reputation.  Everyone works so hard!  This may be for fun, but it is work!  People need to recognize that!  Posts don’t just come to us at the drop of a dime.  WE have to design them and write them and publicize them.  None of it is easy.  But, if you’ve been here a while you know… its worth it.  

So do me a favor and sound off below.  I really do want to know what you think.  How did your experience go when you came here?  How is it now? Are you just a reader on the brink of making a book blog?  Reach out to someone! We’re here to help.  And might I say, on the whole- we’re pretty damn awesome.  😉

DISCUSSION: NEW ADULT in an Adult and Young Adult World

Let me start this off by saying, first I am going to do my best to inform you exactly what new adult is.  After that, I am going to ask you what your opinion is on it, if there’s room for it, if you’ve read any of it, etcetera. Let’s do this!

New Adult is a sub-genre.

 These books have characters which are done with high school, or above high school age.  This starts at around age 18-19.  Now upon researching popular New Adult titles so I can give some examples, I encountered a dilemma.  

You see, I thought New Adult was not only characters that were above 18, and into their early twenties, but I thought it was books in which had more cursing and a bit more sexual content.  It seems though, that a lot of the New Adult books listed simply have college-aged characters.  Lets show you what I mean.

Where She Went [Gayle Forman]
Something Like Normal [Trish Doller]
Slammed [Colleen Hoover]

These books do not have much “explicit” content, but do have the correct aged characters to qualify as young adult.  Since this then confused me, I continued researching… (like I’m doing a legit paper or something, here!) 
::AHEM, insert Wikipidea here:: 

Here’s what good ol’ Wiki has to say.  
     “New-adult Fiction or post-adolescent literature is a recent category of fiction for young adults first proposed by St. Martin’s Pressin 2011. [1] St. Martin’s Press editors wanted to address the coming-of-age that also happens in a young person’s twenties. They wanted to consider stories about young adults who were legally adults, but who were still finding their way in building a life and figuring out what it means to be an adult.” 

 So, I would really love to hear from some bloggers, as well as some New Adult authors on this.  I recently read Last Summer a New Adult Novel by Rebecca Rogers, and this novel had what I believed all New Adult was supposed to have.  Easy, by Tamara Webber is another example (strong sexual content) of what I thought New Adult would consist of. College-aged characters as well as more mature sexual content.  Perhaps I was wrong?  I mean, Wikipedia and Goodreads say I am.  

Regardless of the facts, I want to know, what do you guys think?  Is New Adult a necessary genre?  According to many, it is the “ultimate crossover genre” to go from Young Adult, to Adult.  Personally, I think it is wonderful as well as absolutely necessary to have New Adult.  Within the next few years I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a New Adult section on Amazon, B&N and in some bookstores.  Its not like this is not possible,I mean come on!  

Check out some New Adult Authors here:
Alyssa Rose Ivy
Tamarra Webber
Rebecca Rogers
Jamie McGuire

Books Pictured Above:
Easy – Tammara Webber
Last Summer – Rebecca Rogers
Flat Out Love – Jessica Park
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Also Check Out:

Come See About Me – C.K. Kelly Martin

Now, sound off below! Let me know what you think New Adult really is, and if you think there’s room for it!