10/16/14

My Towering TBR Pile

Actually, it's a TBR shelf (well, a couple of them). But either way, there are a lot of books. Eventually. But there are a few that I'm really itching to read.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Cait and Mime have both spoken very highly about this series, and our tastes usually tend to match. Plus, it's fantasy! Fantasy rocks.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell could write about lint and it would be interesting. Basically, anything she puts her name on, I'd read.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I bought this last year at the bookstore near the beach where my family went on vacation. I read three pages and got distracted (ooh, shiny!) by another book. I think it was Eleanor & Park. Anyway, it looks awesome, and tons of people are talking about it. :)

Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska by John Green

I feel a little embarrassed that I haven't read more by him, especially since I loved The Fault In Our Stars so much. *hides in shame* I'll probably read Paper Towns next, since it's being made into a movie, but I've heard that most people like Looking For Alaska more. For those of you that have read the books, thoughts? [Note: I read Paper Towns soon after I wrote this, and really liked it! :) ]

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Lydia and Cait love this book, and anything my fellow Chewers like, I usually like. :) (With the very bizarre exception of The Book Thief. But I'm not going to talk about that, because there is a good chance that they'll rise up against me to convince me otherwise. Did anyone else not like that book, or am I some sort of anomaly?)

Now the only problem is going to be deciding which one to read first . . .

What's on your TBR list?

10/15/14

Three Ways To Ruin A Notebook

Hello world. My name is Charley R - and I have a Notebook Problem.

Fear not, friends - it has absolutely nothing to do with the horrifically sappy and poorly-written film of the same name. It's an actual problem regarding actual notebooks. Namely that I love them, but have to stop myself buying them because I literally never use them.

A new notebook is like a mountainside after the first snowfall: an awe-inspiring sight of pristine, untouched perfection that you absolutely cannot bear to think of marring with anything less than a work of art.

Sadly, I don't think that would do for much of an excuse when I handed in an empty book to be graded for my degree.

So, with a little help from my far less neurotic fellow students, we came up with three of the best ways to ruin a notebook, so that you feel utterly unashamed to fill it with whatever ideas - good, bad, or indescribably troubling - pop into your head.

1 - Attack of The Killer Post-It Notes

These things are right up there with high-energy juice drinks and pickled onions on the list of things I take as proof of a loving God.

Cover the front of your journal in Post-Its. Don't take time to make it look pretty and artistic - just stick them down any old where, when and how. Attack it with bits of tape to make them stick. Then write on them. Your name, the journal's purpose, that one song lyric that just won't get out of your head.

You now have a journal that represents its contents, and you will feel no shame in proving it, one scribble-filled page at a time.

2 - Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things

If the sheer new-ness of your journal is too much for you to handle . . . just don't get a new one. Or, if you do, go for a rummage and find one with a bent cover, a wonky spine, mis-aligned pages, or marks of stickers that just won't come off no matter how hard you scrabble at them.

You can't break what's already broken. Write on.

3 - Scribble, Scribble, Scribble!

What works for Aristotle works for me. Cathartic release of negative emotion - such as that caused by the frustration of being unable to write something in something specifically designed to be written in because you're just too self-conscious and neurotic to believe you are worthy of putting a pen on a piece of paper - is not only one of the great pillars of the tragic play, but an excellent piece of self-help for life in general.

Let the page feel your frustration - colour it with your rage, your anxiety, your unbridled sadistic glee, and that one yellow highlighter that ran into the black felt tip and has never been the same since!

After that, the only way to go is up.

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There we have it, Chewers! Have you ever done any of these to get yourself writing in a new notebook? Or do you have strategies of your own? Do you even use notebooks any more? Leave a comment, and let me know!

9/14/14

Hiatus

Hi, Book Chewers!

It's always difficult for us to keep the blog rolling during the start of the school year, so we've opted to go on hiatus. I recently started new classes and a job, so I haven't had time to make my usual contributions. I know some of the other staff members would also appreciate some extra time to adjust to their new schedules. But don't worry . . . we will back in a month! Look for new posts starting the week of October 12th.

Until then, you can stop by and see what's happening at our personal blogs. Some of them are a little quiet at the moment, but Cait and MV both post pretty regularly.

Staff Blogs
Lydia: Planet Lydia
Cait: Notebook Sisters
MV: The Magic Violinist 
Charley: Charley R's Leaning Tower of Plot
Kristin: Tightrope to the Sun

See you in October,
Lydia