My First Graphic Novel…or is it a comic book? Anyway. It’s Deadpool.

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At my last count, 6gb of my 12gb of memory that I have available on my phone is books. I’ve also managed to store more books online. This isn’t mentioning the collection of Criminology academic journals I have saved for referencing/reading at a later date (though I should just read them for the pure knowledge of it). I love to read. My mom has a Student of the Week Award on her bedroom wall from when I was in grade three (or maybe two or four) and one of my accomplishments was joining the older students for a novel study.

Side note: Getting to do a novel study with the older kids was awesome. We did “Charlotte’s Web”. The only downside was the fact that the next year I had to read it again because that’s the book every kid has to read at that age. Then for whatever reason I wound up having to read it again the next year for a novel study because…I don’t remember, but it irritated me endlessly. As a result, I now hate “Charlotte’s Web”. Babe is twice the awesome that Wilbur is.

Now, I love the fact that I can find and download almost any book in the world. I love that I can buy ebooks for a fraction of the cost of physical books. I absolutely love that I can literally have hundreds of books at my fingertips as long as I have my phone, plus access to millions more if I have internet access. I love it. Except for one little detail. Ebooks can never ever compete with physical books. Their smell, the way the pages feel on my fingers as I turn the page, and laying in the sun with a tattered, but much loved, book are things that ebooks can’t compete with.

So rather than going online to buy a book, I went to my local Chapters yesterday and spent a couple hours playing what I call “Read Page 99” (I got the idea from page99test.com) where I judge a book by its cover or title and without reading the summary, I read page 99 and decide if I would read the book or not. Then I can read the summary. And by a couple of hours, I mean almost three hours. I drank two venti mocha frappacinos with two pumps of peppermint and two shots of espresso in each. With extra whipped cream. I was seriously wired. I also had to take two bathroom breaks. It was great fun and annoyed the hell out the the Chapters employees because they had to keep checking up on me to make sure I wasn’t doing anything indecent like the one guy who walked up an aisle I was in and farted every step he took.

By the time I got bored of reading page 99 of 99 squillion books, I’d picked out 15 potential books that I wanted to take home and read. Which is maybe kind of expensive. So I wrote them all down and went and chose a Deadpool graphic novel. Comic book? Graphic novel? I’m not sure what people call them, but it’s a Deadpool something.

uploads_6946f667-0b71-4a07-ba36-ac3b9910c011-comics-deadpool_00336043Now, I normally would have chosen some smutty romance novel or a twisted true crime novel, but I wanted something different. I wanted something funny. Or I wanted that book where the narrator is a dog. Or maybe that graphic novel this guy made about his time in high school with  Jeffrey Dahmer. Anyway, I wanted something different. So I wound up in the graphic novel section of chapters looking at their selection of…whatever it is they had in their graphic novel section. Most of it looked awful. Seriously, I skimmed through a few of them and sadly these books wouldn’t even make good paper to use to start fires. But I kept looking because I’ve seen enough samples of this sort of thing online that it looked interesting. Eventually I found a stack of books starring Deadpool and they actually looked like they were worth reading.  

So now I have a Deadpool graphic novel. Comic book? Whatever. It’s my first of that particular genre. Well my first besides some of the stuff that I’ve seen in my random clickings around the internet. And now tummy hurts from laughing. I can also say that I would never willingly read a graphic novel as an ebook. It would suck and I would probably miss a lot of details in the illustrations. I love ebooks, but they’ll always be second in my heart to the real deal.

Anyawy! If you’re into dark humor and like graphic novels (comic books?) I definitely recommend you pick up something starring Deadpool. Or the graphic novel “My Friend Dahmer”. That one just looks like it would be an amazing read.

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The Last 100 Pages

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One of my worst habits is having to finish a book, no matter what, when I get to the last 100 pages. That’s when everything gets exciting! That’s also when my eyes start to hurt because I’m so tired and need to sleep. Except I’m almost done the book so I might as well just finish it so I can do other stuff tomorrow instead of reading the last 100 pages of my book. I’ve already been hooked on the book and it’s like I’m an addict. I need just one more page. Just. One. More. Page.

I don’t know about you, but this is what happens to me:

100 pages left: It’s 2 am and I have to be up at 8 am for work, BUT OH MY GOSH! I CAN I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT IS HAPPENING! I only have 100 pages left in this book. I’m a fast reader. I can finish the book in under an hour and still get five hours of sleep. I’ve survived on less sleep. Yeah, let’s let finish the book.

80 pages left: It’s now 2:15am, give or take a few minutes. Everything is so exciting! My heart is racing! I need to see what happens next. Except I just want to close my eyes for a few minutes then I’ll finish the book. No! Stay awake and finish the book! The main character is about to do something amazing!

60 pages left: Everything is a whirlwind! I’m gobbling the words up. It’s maybe 2:30am. I’m definitely finishing the book. My eyes are so tired that I’ve had to put my glasses on so that the words will stop dancing around like the drunk ballerinas.

40 pages left: AHHHH!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING! I TOTALLY DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING! I LOVE THIS BOOK! Uh oh, it’s almost 3am. Focus. Must. Finish. The. Book.

20 pages left: OMG! OMG! OMG! I can’t think! I’m so tired, but this book is so good!

The Last Page: Frick. Now what am I going to read? I’m not tired at all. HEEEELLLLLOOOO, second wind. Oh damn. It’s almost 3:30am and I have to be up at 8am! Ok! Ok! Sleep. Sleeeeeeep. What a good book! Let’s think about it for ten minutes first and plan out everything I’m going to say about the book to people in the morning. If I’m asleep by 4 I’ll totally be able to function in the morning.

Morning alarm goes off: Blaaaaahhhhh! I hate the world! Why me? I need just 15 more minutes. Yeah. I won’t do my hair or make up today. Messy bun and yoga pants for all! Zzzzzzzzz. 

 

The Reading List

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StephenKing-ChristineSomething that I want to do this year is to diversify what I read. Normally if I get any spare time I curl up with something having to do with paranormal romance and read it cover to cover in one sitting. It’s great. It’s like meditating except with lots and lots of words and a story to focus on. If I’m not reading something romantical then I’m reading something like what Hunter S. Thompson writes, or I’m rereading “John Dies at the End” by David Wong. And maybe sometimes I actually read my required readings for school, if I think that it’s actually relevant for doing well in the course.

So this year, I’m trying to read “other stuff”. I’m not sure what that other stuff is, so I’m going to start with some picks from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Then I’ll toss in a book or two that I think are worth reading again. Then…maybe I’ll just read the Harry Potter Series again because I haven’t read that series in over a year. After that, maybe I should read a cooking book so I can practice not setting fire to my home and food.

With all that said, this is my list so far:

  1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’ve seen the movie a thousand times, maybe I should read the book?
  2. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil – It looks like it could be interesting. Hopefully.
  3. Christine by Stephen King – I’ve always wanted to read this one, but have never gotten around to it
  4. Europe Through the Back Door by Rick Steves – Heh. Dirty.
  5. The Last Living Slut by Roxana Shirazi – It was good the first time around, so why not read it again?
  6. The Little Black Apron: A Single Girl’s Guide to Cooking with Style and Grace by Jodi Citrin – It might help me stop setting pancakes on fire.
  7. Ignited by Kaylea Cross – She’s Canadian and and I want to read something Canadian and while this isn’t out of my usual reading habits, she’s a new author. So this book is on the list.
  8. Vigilante by Claude Bouchard – He’s Canadian too! And I normally wouldn’t read what he writes, so he’s on the list too!

That’s it. My goal is to read 12 books, so I’m open to recommendations. I figure if I can read a book a month along with my usual reads, then maybe I’ll come out the other end a better read person. Or maybe I’ll just have read some books I’d never normally read and would never read again. At least…I’m trying?

Anyway! Do you have any recommendations? Feel free to recommend away! (Thank you in advance!)

Why I Buy Books

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Why do I buy books? Sure there are a few books that I own as e-book and I love having lots of my favorite novels ready to read and always at my finger tips because they’re on my phone…but there are just so many amazing reasons why going to a book store should never die out. Here are my top 5 reasons why I’ll always buy books from the book stores:

5. Used books stores are some of the most magical places to visit – I remember when I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and I went into this second hand book store. And there were books stacked everywhere. There was a rolling ladder attached to a wall full of books. Books were stacked on the ground, on chairs and jammed into every available bit of shelf space that there was. It was freaking magical and I can say that because I was neither high nor drunk for this experience. And the best used book stores are like this. If these die out, I’m sure the world will die too.

4. My smutty romance novels should have all the steamy parts dog-eared – Not lying. I’m just saying. That’s how it should go.

3. I need something to do when the power goes out or I get stuck in the middle of no where – I can remember this horrifying Greyhound bus trip where we were stuck on this snowy highway for like and hour and a half because a storm had blown through and covered the highways in several feet of snow. But I was ok. Do you know why? Because not only did I have copious amounts of homework to keep me busy, but because I had a good book to read even though my mp3 player and phone were dead.

2. I can highlight, dog-ear and write in the columns of my book all I want – I’ve tried doing this with my eReader apps on my phone and iPod but it’s just freaking annoying. I should be able to curl up with a good and thought provoking book, highlighter and pens at the ready and be able to jot things down, mark pages up and dog ear entire chapters at my will…instead of fighting with my app so I can make a three word comment on a paragraph.

1. It’s better than buying drugs – I mean, I save a lot of money buying books electronically. Almost 50% on every book actually. So for every $10 book I buy online, I save $5. That adds up after a while. What would I do with that kind of money? It sounds like  a gateway habit for harder things like snorting Pixie Sticks and getting hopped up on pain killers. Or whatever it is kids my age do these days. I mean from what I can tell, everything is a gateway for harder stuff like shooting up crytalized Moon Shine. So world, YOU’RE WELCOME. I am one more person in this world doing their part to not do drugs. Sort of. Maybe. Whatever. The point is, I’d rather spend my money on books than anything else and that’s great.

Day Six – What I read

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I still haven’t figured out where I’m going with this blog thinger. Mostly it’s just fun and something that I’m passionate about and want to share. However, while I figure out a direction that I’m heading both blog-wise and life-wise, I’ll just write about whatever pops into my head. And right now, I’m thinking books. Books, books, books and more books. Why am I thinking books? Well, mostly I’m thinking books because I’m in my bedroom at home and I’m surrounded by books, books, books and more books.

Currently I’m reading “Some Girls: My Life in a Harem” by Jillian Lauren. I’m about halfway through the book and this poor book is dog eared all to Hell and beyond. Not only that but it’s scribbling in the margins, passages highlighted, quotes underlined and I’m sure there is a grocery list or a treasure map hidden in there amongst it all because that’s just how I read good books. I’m honestly not going to talk a lot about this novel…this is neither a review nor a summing up of what I’ve read. This is here just because I’m reading it.

Sadly I forgot to bring it home with me so it’s currently under a blanket on my bed waiting for me to come home and finish it off so it can go back on the shelf with all of its other friends since I like to think the characters of books crawl out of them when you’re not around or while you’re sleeping so they can check out all the other characters from the books.

Which leads me to honestly hope that Voldermort hasn’t crawled out and Avadakedavra‘d anyone.

Speaking of Voldermort…Yes, I’ve read the Harry Potter series and I loved it. I actually sat down and read the last 3 books, “Order of the Phoenix”, “Half Blood Prince” and “The Deathly Hallows” in under a 24 hour period of time. Which isn’t a huge feat for me. On average I can read a 400 page pocket novel (the normal sized novels that novels come in) in about 6 hours. When the “Order of the Phoenix” came out I borrowed it from my younger cousin to read and she wanted it back ASAP so I had to read fast and because of that I actually made sure that I had an entire day free for when I got the other two books. What can I say? Harry Potter and J.K Rowling were that amazing.

What’s even more amazing is the fan fiction that’s come out of these novels. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of fan fiction stories that are kicking about on the internet. I am both pleasantly surprised and disgusted at the amount of stories where Draco Malfoy bones some young miss that he’s fallen in love with. I’m surprised because I thought Malfoy was a fun character and disgusted because of all the simpering blah blah’s that this poor guy has to fornicate with because someone got happy with their pen/keyboard/whatever people write with. On the other hand…some of the stories are really very good.

Besides Harry Potter and Harems, I’ve really come to love reading books that have booze and drugs being tossed about left, right and centre. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson has to be one of my all time favorite books. In my world, reading “Fear and Loathing” is just like reading the Harry Potter series because, for me, it’s a world that I can only imagine because I can’t ever be a part of that world or I won’t ever experience similar experiences in my lifetime. Plus once you let this book get a dark grip on you, a lot of it makes sense. I can get lost in Thompson’s books for days. I laugh, I cry, I get scared, my heart races and when I’m come out the other side…I’ve probably changed just a little bit.

Aside from “Fear and Loathing”, some of my other favorite books in the area of drugs and booze are “Junky” by William S. Burroughs, “Trainspotting” by Irvine Welsh, and “John Dies at the End” by David Wong. I’m counting “John Dies at the End” in this area because there is a drug involved and…well, it’s just an intense novel to read. On the other hand, “Junky” was less intense and more involved. I couldn’t put this book down. I actually took it to Mexico with me and spent a goodly amount of time reading on the beach and I wound up taking that book everywhere with me in case I wanted to take a break and just chill out with a good book. Who doesn’t want to sit down in the middle of Mayan ruins and read a book about a junky?

And those books are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my collection of books. Lately I’ve been all about reading “I Hope They Server Beer in Hell” and “Assholes Finish First” by Tucker Max (check out his website – once you get past both laughing and being horrified by the things he write, you’ll see why I find his writing inspiring). I also just finished reading “The Dragon Who Loved Me” which was amazing and I’ll probably read it again for good measure. Then mixed in with all of that is Sherilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series, Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underwold Series, anything written by Tamora Pierce, a whole lot of Kelley Armstrong, “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, my old Criminology text books and an autobiography by Ron Jeremy. Plus another 900-odd books scattered all over my room.

What’s on your bookshelves? Anything I can add to mine?