This or That? #54

Hello fellow readers and happy Tuesday! I am back again to share my thoughts on this week’s This or That? topic. This week’s topic is a great one!

For those who don’t know This or That is created by Rae over at bookmarkcronicles. Every week a bookish question is tossed out there and a choice must be made! On Fridays the topic choice winner is announced. Please head on over to her awesome blog and share some bookish love!


This Week’s Topic:

Do you think that some books should have trigger warnings?

Aside from yes or no I will allow a third option in which you can say that you are on the fence or unsure about it only if you provide a reasonable explanation.


I really do think that trigger warning should be provided for readers for certain books. Reading something that could traumatize someone should be warned!

I do not believe that putting a trigger warning spoils the book. I think that it forewarns what the book is going to be covering. If I knew that something was going to upset me greatly or cause me mental harm I would appreciate the warning before hand. A warning that doesn’t spoil the book but sheds just enough light on the topic/topics that are being covered is a must in my opinion.

As Rae said in her post, people read for enjoyment. No one should have to go through trauma while trying to read a book. Reading is a means of escape for some people and that escape and enjoyment should not be tampered with.

Adding a trigger warning isn’t ruining a novel, it isn’t taking away from the plot line, it is helping someone out. I think it’s pretty important to remember that.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you all had a great Tuesday and are doing well!

-Samantha 🙂

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Sunday Post: A Catch Up/What’s Been Going On

Hi reader fam! I miss you all so much. Today’s post is a bit of an informational post just letting you know what’s been up and why I haven’t been too active.

As some of you may now I have started college! It is pretty exciting and the campus that I have my classes on is HUGE. I’ve only fallen once too so that’s pretty good for my clumsy record lol. I am also holding a job which takes up the rest of my days. It’s been hectic trying to balance that and school so everything else so far has been put on hold.

With those two things taking up all of my time reading has sadly (it truly breaks my heart) been on the back burner. I’ve been dying to write/read and all of the motivation has been sucked up. I’ve been going through a bout of a reading slump… it happens every year around this time; I exert myself the beginning of summer and than have no will to continue on.

I am hoping that when September comes (oh my gosh we’re almost in September! YIKES) that my reading slump will go away. Lots of books that I’m excited to read come out in September so I have very high hopes.

I will be more active on my blog in the coming months ahead as I find some much needed balance. I would like to say a massive thank you to each and everyone of you that follow this blog/like/read my posts. You all mean the world to me!

I just wanted to fill you guys in on whats been happening behind the books and screen in case anyone was wondering. If not and you’ve read this post still, I hope that this has shed some light for you as well.

I have some exciting things planned for this blog in the coming months so please stay tuned! Also, if anyone has some great book recommendations please send them in. This reading slump is destroying me!!!

I hope that you have all had a great week-end and I wish you all lovely weeks ahead.

-Samantha 🙂

 

This or That? #52

Hello fellow readers and happy Tuesday! I apoligize for being so absent on my blog as of late. I start college tomorrow and work has been hectic!

For those who don’t know This or That is created by Rae over at bookmarkcronicles. Every week a bookish question is tossed out there and a choice must be made! On Fridays the topic choice winner is announced. Please head on over to her awesome blog and share some bookish love!


This weeks topic:

Do you write book reviews? Why or why not? And if so where do you post them? (Goodreads, WordPress, Youtube etc.)


I do write book reviews! I actually started this blog so I could do so. I used to write them on Goodreads but then I moved over to WordPress so that I could post my reviews, organize them, and participate in other bookish posts.

I think that writing a book review is a great way to help others and get creative. Forming a review really helps with the writing process and it’s a way to get out all of those feels that a book gives you!

What about you? Let me know in the comments!

-Samantha 🙂

This or That? #51

Hello fellow readers and friends! Happy Tuesday, I hope that you are doing well and enjoying your day.

For those who don’t know This or That is created by Rae over at bookmarkcronicles. Every week a bookish question is tossed out there and a choice must be made! On Fridays the topic choice winner is announced. Please head on over to her awesome blog and share some bookish love!


This Week’s Topic:

Do you (typically) read reviews of books before you read the book, after you read the book or not at all?


I am an avid book review reader. I always head over to Goodreads before I decide on which book to start and read the reviews! Usually the summaries that are given draw me closer but it is the reviews that hook me.

There have been books where the summary is so amazing sounding but the reviews aren’t too hot. I want to read as much as I can and if I can save myself the time from reading something that isn’t my cup of tea then I would much rather do that.

What about you? Review reader or no? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

-Samantha 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Feel Differently About

Hello fellow readers and happy T5W! I look forward to these each week and I love seeing your lists. Today’s discussion is all about books that we feel differently about now that we have read in the past.

If you would like to join in on T5W please feel free to check out our Goodreads group. Let’s get started!

-Samantha 🙂

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1. Twilight: Stepenie Meyer

I know that this book will be on a good amount of people’s lists. Twilight, when I first read it, held my heart and soul. I loved it so so so much. As I grew up and started to think back to what I had read I realized that it wasn’t such a great book. Edward was manipulative and Bella wasn’t the character in my eyes that she had once been.

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2. The Bone Season: Samantha Shannon

I had started this book on a whim while I was in a reading slump and could not make it past page 50. I picked it up a few months later and devoured it! I ended up really falling for the characters and hoping the best for them.

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3. Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck

When I had first read this book it was back as a freshman in high school. I didn’t really understand its meaning or depth and wrote it off and me just not liking it. When I picked it back up my junior year, and then again in my senior year of school I found that my heart was ready to take in this book. I understood the characters and their actions so much more clearly.

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4. Tyrant: T.M. Frazier

This was a book that I read when I was in the mood for steamy romance. It scratched the itch it needed to when I needed it. Reflecting back on this book I don’t really know what I was thinking. It isn’t my cup of tea anymore.

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5. City of Heavenly Fire: Cassandra Clare

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Mortal Instruments series but this book has made my mind go flip flopping all over the place. This is yet another case of me loving a book when I’m reading it and then analyzing my thoughts afterwards. This ending could have been so much better and I really wished it had been.

This or That? #50

Hello fellow readers! I hope that you are all doing well and having an awesome week so far!  This week marks 50 questions for This or That? and that’s pretty amazing. Big shoutout to Rae for always posing us new material to chat about and doing an amazing job!

For those who don’t know This or That is created by Rae over at bookmarkcronicles. Every week a bookish question is tossed out there and a choice must be made! On Fridays the topic choice winner is announced. Please head on over to her awesome blog and share some bookish love!


What’s worse:

Lending a book to a friend and having it returned damaged or not returned at all?


What is one way to get me really heated? Don’t return my stuff, that’s how. IF (and yes that word must be capitalized) I lend out my books I expect them to come back to me in the happy and pristine condition I lent them out in.

I expect them to be fed, well loved, read, and enjoyed. That’s not much for a mother of books to ask for is it? No I don’t believe so. It worries me when they aren’t returned in that happy and pristine condition but it ANGERS me when my children are never returned!!! So I would have to say that having it not returned at all is possibly the worst possible thing.

I have had a handful of horror stories where my books have never been returned and I have been 1. yelled at for continuously asking for them back, 2. told to buy a new copy, and 3. told “I can’t remember where I put it :(“

Like what the heck?!?!?!

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Please let me know which you think is worse! I hope you have a great rest of your Tuesday’s.

-Samantha 🙂