Let’s Talk About…Multitasking While Reading

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Reading While Eating

What I say: I read and eat a lot. I know that it’s probably bad for me, because I’ll be more focused on the book rather than my food intake. I honestly just stuff whatever is right in front of me into my mouth without really tasting the food. However, I find this an effective way to not put my book down, and complete a necessary task.

What others say:

Pros: efficient, read on lunch break

Cons: messy, don’t measure food intake

 

Reading While Watching TV

What I say: I can read textbooks or homework with the TV on, but a pleasure read? Never. I usually do my homework with Netflix or cable blaring from the screen. I do this most likely because I sometimes skim my in-depth read assignments. Yet, if I try this with a book I want to read, my attention will be split. This is kinda odd considering I would hope to pay more attention to a good book than my homework, even with the TV. I guess, my unconscious mind makes me a really good student. O.o

What others say:

Pros: read during commercials

Cons: miss important details, distraction

 

Reading While Listening to Music

What I say: I don’t know about you, but I cannot read while listening to music. I get too caught up in the lyrics and start singing. I absolutely cannot multitask in this regard. Again, I can listen to music and do homework or other mundane tasks, but not while reading for fun.

What others say:

Pros: book soundtrack while reading book

Cons: pay less attention to one or the other

 

Reading with Background Noise

What I say: Here, I’m defining background noise as people chattering, animals or objects making noise, or soft instrumental music playing off to the side. My ability to read with background noise varies. Sometimes, I find it absolutely impossible. The slightest sound or provocation can distract me or annoy me. Other times, I can tune of other noises and focus solely on my book to the extent that someone saying my name won’t even catch my attention. Maybe this has to do with the book I’m reading, or the scene in the book. But, I feel like this contradiction also has to do with my mood.

What others say:

Pros: soothing, can read almost anywhere

Cons: annoyed with sounds because quiet is needed, can’t read with full attention

 

Reading in Public Spaces

What I say: This is a personal no for me, mostly because I am a people-watcher by nature. If I am in a crowded space, I like to observe those around me. When someone walks by, whether I am reading or doing homework or on social media, I usually look up to see who the passerby is.

Another turn-off, is that I don’t like to be judged by my choice of book. Especially when I’m reading a physical copy, it’s easy for others to see what book I’m reading. This also invites people to ask what book I’m reading or if I’m enjoying it, which I don’t always want to answer (especially when I’m absorbed in my bookish world). I’m not ashamed at all by my choices in YA/NA, but I just like that sense of privacy of an eBook or reading at home.

What others say:

Pros: more time for reading, find other bookworms, escape from reality

Cons: people try to start a conversation with you, miss certain interactions

 

Audiobooks While Walking, Driving, Cleaning, etc.

What I say: I’ve never listened to an audiobook. I just prefer the classic approach to reading with words on a page of a book (whether physical or electronic). When I drive or cook I usually listen to music instead. Maybe one day I’ll start listening to audiobooks. I know a lot of people love them because they are convenient, hands-free, “attention-free,” cheap, and sound nice.

What others say:

Pros: entertainment while completing mundane tasks, save time, perspective

Cons: less engagement, less imagination

 

Discussion

Are you a multitasker? Can you/Do you multitask while reading? Do you prefer reading physical books or do you enjoy listening to audiobooks? If you multitask and read, what difficulties do you face? What are advantages or disadvantages you have encountered?

 

Here is a similar post from Find Me At the Library – Book Discussion: Multitasking While Reading

The Diabolic Emoji Review

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The Diabolic (The Diabolic, Book 1) by S.J. Kincaid

Synopsis: A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

About the Author:S.J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. She’s chronically restless and has lived in California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Chicago, and Scotland with no signs of staying in one place anytime soon.

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

More Info: hardcover, 416 pages, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on November 1, 2016

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I love, Love, LOVE The Diabolic! I would highly recommend.

Emoji Review

✔️ Space 🚀 🌠

✔️ Future 🕑

✔️ No insta-love 💑

✔️ No love triangles 💞

✔️ World-building 🌎

✔️ Half-human, half-robot POV/MC 👾

✔️ Politics, intrigue 👥

✔️ Never a dull moment/Fast-paced 💥

✔️ Character development ⏩

✔️ Tyrus 😜

✔️ Unique ✨

✔️ Romance ❤️

 

✖️ Slow beginning 🐌

✖️ Abrupt ending ❌

✖️ Disconnected from characters 😶

✖️ A lot to keep up with 😰

 

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). On this week’s blog post:

Five Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

  1. The Book Thief
  2. A Shadow Bright and Burning (review)
  3. Ruined (review)
  4. Burning Glass (review)
  5. Soulbound (review)

Five Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would

  1. And I Darken (review)
  2. The Diabolic
  3. Six of Crows (review)
  4. The Wrath and the Dawn (review)
  5. Paper Princess (review)

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}

Caraval Review

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Caraval (Caraval ,Book 1) by Stephanie Garber

Synopsis: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

About the Author: Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California, where she’s known for turning assignments into games and taking students on field trips that involve book signings. Caraval is her first novel for young adults. She would love to hear from you on social media.

Genre: YA, fantasy

More Info: hardcover, 416 pages, published on January 31, 2017 by Flatiron Books

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Welcome to the magical world of Caraval!

Filled with magic, mystery, and love, Caraval will capture your attention from the very beginning. Scarlett is set to marry…someone. Even she doesn’t know. But she hopes that her new husband will whisk her and her sister away from their abusive father. When she receives tickets to the elusive game, Caraval, her plans change.

Taken to the Legend’s private island by a scoundrel of a sailor, Julian, Scarlett starts her Caraval experience with less than ideal circumstances. When she finally enters the game as a player, she realizes that the prize, along with one wish, is her sister. If she ever hopes to see Donatella again, she has to win.

To win, Scarlett must play the game. She has to work with many people, reveal secrets, find clues, and keep her composure. To complicate things, Julian becomes an unsteady presence in her life.

If she doesn’t win the game in time then lives are at stake, including her own. Will she be tricked by the performers or ensnared by maddess, like Legend? Or will she succeed and reclaim her family but also her freedom? You have to play the game as a watcher to find out.

 

Ok. That was dramatic, but it totally fit the book. Starting with the cover; it is gorgeous! When I first saw this book it was the cover that caught my eye. All editions, including the ARC, US, UK, and more are all beautiful. Plus there are special editions for the UK books:

Next, I love the emphasis on Scarlett and Donatella’s sisterhood. There is a romantic relationship and a parental relationship, but they are overshadowed by the sibling relationship. Scarlett is dedicated to her sister and they are connected by more than just a family bond. They are opposites in many ways. However, while Scarlett feels responsible for her younger sister, she aspires to gain Donatella’s free spirit. I wish there was more interaction between the sisters throughout the book, but their relationship is still well developed through flashbacks and Scarlett’s thoughts.

Julian is hiding something, and I certainly feel just as suspicious as Scarlett as events continue to unfold. She has to trust him to win, but that’s hard when you don’t really feel like you can believe him. There is definite tension between the two of them. Julian likes to do things his own way, and doesn’t always consider his feelings…especially when he teases her. He is handsome, a scoundrel actually, but he has an occasional sweet side. There is no love triangle and no insta-love = YES!

Caraval, Legend, the island, the mystery…most of the elements in this book reminded me in some way or the other of Alice in Wonderland. For example, Legend’s signature is his top hat. One of the shops on his island is called the Hatter and Haberdashery. All of the stories about Legend paint him as magical and mad. By playing the part of a villain in his game, he has supposedly become one. It’s hard to know whether or not you have met Legend, because he hides…yet Scarlett still feels his gaze as she traverses Caraval.

Overall, the writing is quite good and the setting, unique. I was captivated for most of the novel. Scarlett’s growth is well developed. She goes out of her comfort zone becomes fierce rather than docile. People really read into each element and I know I certainly over-thought many of the situations. This suspicion is what kept me most motivated during my reading. Many of the clues and plot were less than what I expected, almost losing my attention but not by much. The performers in Caraval were interesting and I would love to get a behind-the-scenes look at the setup for this magical game.

I had my suspicions throughout the book, about the clues and people in the game. However, none of them actually compared to the reality of the plot twist. In fact, I think some of my assumptions were more outrageous, making the truth seem almost anti-climatic. The falling action was all around less dramatic than I thought it would have been due to the intrigue in throughout the book. However, the finale is like one of those movies where they leave the ending upon for another movie. You are content with the story, though still interested and asking questions, even if there is no sequel. And you are also happy when there is a second movie. To me this is the ending of Caraval. I just so happen to know that there absolutely will be more in this series which makes me excited to see where the story will go.

As Garber’s debut novel for young adults, this book is perfect and I can’t wait for more. Caraval certainly lives up to the hype.

Trigger warnings: abuse, suicide

Here was my Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval

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Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I cannot wait to get my hands on Once and For All by Sarah Dessen.


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Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

 


I have read a few of Dessen’s books and they were all wonderful. Dessen is adept at connecting to her audience with real-life scenarios and relatable language. Her writing to so compelling and the characters are usually easy to connect with. This book won’t be published until June 6, 2017, so I have to wait a few months for Dessen’s 13th YA novel. In the meantime, I’ll start reading some of her other books. 🙂

Review: The Truth About Forever 

Review: Saint Anything

 

What is your favorite Sarah Dessen book and why?

The Narnia Book Tag

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I found this book tag at Anna’s @ My Bookish Dream blog. Here is her post:Narnia Book Tag I tagged myself because I do love The Chronicles of Narnia. Credit goes to Clemi’s Bookish World for creating the Original Narnia Booktag. Here we go!

 

NARNIA: A magical world you would like to visit

Hogwarts

 

 

 

THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW: A book you find underrated

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: A classic that you love

1984 by George Orwell

THE HORSE AND HIS BOY: A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (review)

PRINCE CASPIAN: A sequel you loved

The Steele Wolf by Chanda Hahn (series review)

THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER: A quest you’d like to be a part of

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

 

 

 

 

THE SILVER CHAIR: A book you didn’t expect to love

And I Darken by Kiersten White (review)

THE LAST BATTLE: The perfect ending to a series you loved

Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

THE PEVENSIES: A siblinghood of friendship you would like to be a part of

Lightwoods from Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 

EUSTACE SCRUBB: A character who grew on you

Aphrodite from The House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast

MR TUMNUS: Your favourite mythical creature

Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

CASPIAN: A character with regal qualities

Ren or Kishan from Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck (Tiger’s Curse review, Tiger’s Quest review, Tiger’s Voyage review)

REEPICHEEP: a loyal character

Jen and Sally from Grey Wolves Series by Quinn Loftis

THE WARDROBE: your favourite hideout/place to read

Bed or Couch in apartment

 

I Tag:

Everyone! If you love The Chronicles of Narnia, the books or the moves, then have some fun with this tag!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

“141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research)”

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Tiger’s Voyage Review

tigersvoyage.jpgTiger’s Voyage (The Tiger Saga, Book 3) by Colleen Houck

Synopsis: With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections–leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

About the Author: Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

Genre: fantasy, YA, romance

More Info: hardcover, 568 pages, published by Splinter (reprint) on May 6, 2014

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I have to say, Tiger’s Voyage is my favorite.

This book, compared to the last two, has much better pacing. There is more filler in the form of events as opposed to suspended time or drawn out explanations from Mr. Kadam. The scenes were faster and easier to follow. Some of the scuba informational scenes were slightly dull, but Wes totally made up for it. That Texan was so darn charming and cute.

The quest Tiger’s Voyage was epic. It was more like a quest than in the past two books: danger at every turn, dragons, sailing, scuba diving, negotiating, obstacles, myth, love, and …

and did I mention dragons? The dragons were one of my favorite elements in the story. They were all so interesting and unique. They take the form of Chinese dragons (snake-like, without wings) and are born from Mother Earth and Father Time. Here are the 5 dragons: Red-conniving-Longjun, Blue-lazy -Quinlong, Green-hunter-Luselong, Gold-greedy-Jinselong, and White-wise-Yinbailong. At each stop on their journey to collect Durga’s pearl necklace, the trio must complete some task to satisfy the current dragon and receive the clue to push forward. These tasks range in difficulty and length, encompassing all of the character’s skill and intelligence.

All of this occurs in another dimension. They are usually on their expensive and expansive yacht, the Deschen. However, they occasionally venture to land, sky palaces, and undersea castles. Two of my favorite scenes not related to the quest are the Star Festival and Kelsey’s independent moment in the salon. 🙂

The competition between the boys escalates in this novel. They both care for Kelsey, but Ren literally can’t stand to be around her, which complicates their relationship and their mission. Kishan is patient beyond imagining, a solid supporter of Kelsey. On the other hand, Ren is changed but still the same protective boyfriend. He pushes Kelsey away and loves her from a distance (which is one of my pet peeve tropes. I appreciate the sentiment, but ugh!). He only wants her to be safe, even if that means she can’t be with him. When a twist comes along, Kelsey must continually decide between the two men.

The end brings more conflict with Lokesh and shifts the finale into a cliffhanger…which leads the reader directly into book 4, Tiger’s Destiny.

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