Thriftbooks Haul: What Do You Need to Get When Having a Bad Day/In Need Of the Funnies etc Post!

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Hey guys. So I’m having a bad day. I think it’s just a bad mental health day. As someone who struggles with a rare form of schizophrenia on a daily basis, it definitely is like that sometimes. So, what are my Thriftbooks recommendations for funny/comics/etc.? Well, there’s always my number 1 go to: Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis! So what did I end up doing when I had a bad day today? Ordered several under five bucks old Stephan Pastis Pearl’s Before Swine Comics Treasuries. Some of my favs were able to be found at such a reasonable price that I know for a fact that my Pearls Before Swine, Snoopy/Peanuts/Zits and Garfield collection of comic treasuries is sure to grow in a timely manner. Pearls Before Swine has seen me through many different points in my life and I would definitely say, for this day and age, it is one of the best comic treasuries out there. Originally, it was in the Saturday/Sunday comic strips in the paper here in the U.S., and then I think he just has his treasuries and his twitter account now. I’m not entirely sure. But his treasuries live on and on and on!

These treasuries of comics are so so funny and offensive in so many ways, that it’s just the thing to make me smile right now. So, I look forward to when they arrive and highly recommend them for anyone who just needs a case of the funnies right now. Next up, will probably be my Chicken Soup for the College Soul Intro Post. I was working on it earlier. But I felt like this one needed to come first. Cause, ya know. Comics. Ha. Anyways, until next time, get excited, get hyped, and as always, happy reading!-Caroline

Reading Updates: My current update for Cujo!

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Alright guys I know it’s like my third blog post today, but I figured you’d like an update for Cujo which I’m currently in the middle of reading. And kind of digesting, mulling over and trying to consider every aspect of at the same time. The plot of Stephen King’s Cujo is that a really, really big usually teddybear of a dog gets bitten by a rabid bat and then turns rabid and basically it’s a horror book about the dog running rabid killing people in a small town. Now, like I said, I saw the movie. I’m now reading the book for the first time. Also, this is my very first Stephen King book that I’m actually reading so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. But here’s the gist of what I’ve got already. It’s creepy how Cujo (the dog) has thoughts before and after being rabid. It makes him more personable and that’s creepy and horrific at the same time. Lots of foreshadowing happening right now. Cujo’s been bitten and is currently still pre rabid I believe. I’ve gotten a few pages farther than I was before and I’ll say this: I’m a little bored with the lack of action and horror so far, and I hate that it just kinda drones on about an ad agency two guys in the town run. I’m sure this is some type of significant piece of information, but to me, the way it looks is like some random arc and it’s really rather tedious to get through. I’m hoping that more action, like Cujo actually being rabid and running a muck in the town will happen sooner rather than later. I think I gave this book when I started it about a 6-7 out of 10. It’s still a good book. I can see why people like Stephen King’s writing, but at the same time, I’m also thinking this may be his own way of building up suspense for what’s really going to happen when the action finally takes off. For now though my rating’s dropped down to a 5/10 currently for this book while I’m in the process of reading it. Plot arcs are many in this book and I’m trying to figure out when I’ll actually get to be scared more of the rabid dog horror stuff than the horror of a boring ad agency type convo for a couple of pages that I feel goes on wayyyyy too long. So, that’s what I’m going with for now. 5/10. I’ll post another update when I get further and more things happen. But until then, get hyped, get excited and as always, happy reading. -Caroline

Reading and TBR Updates: Thriftbooks Hauls so far, my hate for the Goodreads app etc. etc.

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Oh gosh guys. It’s another one of those posts where I go: Where do I start? Let’s see..What shall we talk about first? My Goodreads app rant? Let’s start there. I am SO fed up with the Goodreads app/site etc. It’s annoying the heck out of me and I’ve just about had it with it. So, I am exploring other options when it comes to apps/sites etc. that will keep track of my massive TBR pile, my reading, etc. That’s gonna be it for Goodreads app/site rant for now. Next up on the agenda to talk about: What I Currently Reading! Which is Cujo by Stephen King. Remember the other day when I mentioned I’d be starting with that? Well, it was indeed the first book from one of my many Thriftbook orders to come so I did start it and I’d have to say I think I’m in between pages 24-25 right now so not very far but certainly I can say it’s off to a good start. It’s definitely different than the movie which is my only experience with Cujo in general. I have never actually read any Stephen King books before and I figured this was a great one to start with. My mom is obsessed with the movie and she said that the book is definitely different, but worth a read. So, I am agreeing with her with the fact it is worth the read but I do caution you because it’s really, really, different in the way that it’s more in depth with characterizations, POV of everything a.k.a the dog has an actual POV and thought process that is stated admist what is happening, and also there’s like a million little side story arcs in it that are rather confusing to follow at times because I’m not entirely sure yet how it relates back to the main plot. Since I am probably not going to be using Goodreads anymore, we’re gonna come up with a different scale system when I rate books for now. So, I think for now we’ll do from 1 being really bad to 10 being really worth a read etc. I would rate this book so far maybe a 6 or 7/10 for now. I know I haven’t gotten very far but it’s definitely picking up as I turn each page. I’ll post updates later on in the week on how I’m doing and how much further I’ve progressed into the plot and such. Next up, we’re going to talk about the really long list so far of books that I’ve ordered from Thriftbooks to keep my sanity in this really hard time for all of us. The list is as follows:

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy and Confident by Amy Newmark, Supermodel Emme and Natasha Stoynoff
  • Bare Bones: Conversations on Terror with Stephen King by Stephen King
  • Dark Lover: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
  • Disney’s Fairytale Weddings by David Tutera
  • Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul
  • Shoestrology: Find Your Birthday Shoe by Tali Edut and Ophira Edut
  • Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the College Soul
  • I Am Pusheen The Cat exclusive Edition
  • Mass Effect: Ascension book 2 in the Mass Effect light novels series
  • The Meg: Book 1 in the Meg Series by Steve Alten
  • Mary Jane: Part of the Marvel Comics prose Series by Judith O’Brien
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Cujo by Stephen King

Long list. I know. It’s part of my daily budget though that each week I get three Thriftbook orders under 10 bucks. It’s something I do to keep myself sane. Pet Sematary and Cujo arrived the other day in one package and today I received Mass Effect: Ascension in another package. So we’ll see what comes next. Still gonna be working my way through Cujo and then maybe wander over to the Mass Effect light novel series because I now have books one and two. I”m not really gonna try and multitask with my reading goals this Fall because I’m also in school at the same time. So, with that said, I am going to be just taking basically, one book at a time. One post at a time. One day at a time. In other news, school’s going pretty well. I’ve had some slight setbacks so far but I’m doing pretty good with it for the most part. Life is a little on the rocky side due to some more personal issues and situations. But, books keep me sane. This blog and you all keep me sane. So, yay. Now, until the next time, I hope you have a wonderful time reading whatever it is your reading, and I will post again soon. -Caroline

Big Updates!: School, Reading lists, New Reading Goals, etc.

Hey guys it’s me!!! I know it’s been terribly long since I last posted and I’m so so so so sorry for that….I didn’t mean to go this long without some sort of update of some kind but here we are. To catch you all up, I am about two weeks into my Fall Semester of 2020 at my local community college where I’m majoring in Creative Writing in hopes of becoming a published, more educated author one day. With that said, school has taken up almost all of my time and I haven’t really had much more time to do anything else. Also, my Kindle books from Amazon on my Kindle Paperwhite all got ERASED COMPLETELY! It was such a devastating blow for me because all of the series that I had been working on reviewing on here, were on that Kindle and now all those ebooks are gone. So, it’s time to start fresh! Happy Fall Ya’ll! To kick off the new Fall season on the blog, I am setting a budget of 30 dollars a week to spend on used books on the site Thriftbooks and I am going to be reviewing each one that I end up getting. First review that will be coming up on the blog this week is Stephen King’s classic horror tale, Cujo! (And a very, very old edition of it at that.) First Thriftbooks haul post so far will be coming as soon as I figure out how to get all the pictures that I took of the books onto here. (I’m on my new laptop that I use for school). I still am going to be trying hard to keep up with Goodreads, NetGalley, etc. but with school, life and a freakin pandemic in the way it’s kinda gonna be a bit more difficult than last fall. It’ll be okay though, guys. I’ll come up with some good material for us to read through together. The Thriftbooks shopping each week has kept me sane due to the fact that I am extremely high risk as a severe asthmatic to catching the virus, so I am unable to go outside of my home/yard. I’ve been bored to death but now that I have access to Thriftbooks several times a week, oh my gosh. Yes. It has been heaven. Absolute heaven. I’m currently like a couple of pages into Cujo and I’ve seen the movie but never read the book before so it’s definitely interesting to see it from a different perspective. Next after that will probably be Stephen King’s Pet Sematary which was what arrived next. And yes I am on a bit of a Stephen King binge. It’s great. It’s horror and it’s that time of year, okay? Okay. Haha. So keep a lookout for the first Thriftbooks haul post coming to you soon, and also the post about my first thoughts of starting out the journey that is reading through Stephen King’s Cujo. Until the next post guys, happy fall and do some happy reading. -Caroline