So, What Do You Do When You Find Your Fav Comics Series on ThriftBooks????

Order them all obviously. That’s the most logical solution guys. And let me tell ya this. It’s gonna be great when I have the whole collection here just to read and make me laugh all day long. Here’s the gist of what I got.

And that, my friends is what we call a great Thriftbooks Ultimate Haul! Thrifting books has definitely been one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far and I’m so excited to see what else will pop up on Thriftbooks for me to discover and enjoy. P.S. This series is amazing and it’s off the wall funny. It turns that frown upside down for sure. So, with that said, get excited, get hyped, and as always, happy reading!-Caroline

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 30th Bookish Birthday Haul and Latest ThriftBooks Haul!

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Oh my gosh! Guys! It’s my 30th birthday this Thursday and lemme tell you…it feels weird to be 30 now! I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. I’ve been super, super busy with school and whatnot. Today’s posting agenda will kinda be one huge post about the following: Reading Update for The Meg, Showing Off my Birthday Haul, and also showing you guys my latest Thriftbooks Haul! Woo! Lots to discuss, look at, etc. First on the list: I’m gonna do a Reading Update for The Meg which is Book 1 in the The Meg Series by Steve Alten. Coming at you…right now!

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“You were all alone?

Masao smiled. “Yes, Jonas, until I saw my first whale. From the prison gates, I could see them leap. The humpbacks, they sang to me, kept me company, occupied my mind. My only friends.”. He closed his eyes for a moment, in deep thought.” -Masao in The Meg

Masao and Jonas excerpt from Chapter 9 Masao in Book 1 of The Meg Series, by Steve Alten

Okay guys. This update is a little short but it’s worth it, I promise. So, currently I’m on chapter 9 of the first book in The Meg Series by Steve Alten. So far, the main character, Jonas has lost his wife to an extramarital affair with his best friend, traveled to Monterrey, California with the daughter of one of his colleagues and is witnessing for the first time the “Lagoon” project that Masao and his team of scientists have designed to help whales congregate safely along the shores of California and for him and his crew, to study them extensively. Masao has currently dropped a bombshell on Jonas saying that the project is now nearing completion, but is in grave danger because some underwater alert systems that they had set up along the Mariana Trench to monitor earthquakes, have now either gone mysteriously missing or been destroyed and Masao thinks that Jonas may be able to help as he has piloted his way through the Trench many, many times. So, my thoughts on the story so far? Lots of science stuff involved with it and not all the terms do I understand. But, with that said, I really am hooked on the story and I’m just waiting for the large, prehistoric shark to show up and start causing death and mayhem. This is the building up of the plot line, I get that. But, I mean we all came here for the shark….So where’s said shark? It’s chapter 9 and we’re still on the beginnings of the story. Waiting for some action to happen is definitely…Time consuming to say the least. But I hold out hope that we’ll get into the action soon enough. Right now, I think I’d rate this book maybe a 7.5/10 point scale. It’s gotten better, but it’s still very slow for now. Ratings are subjects to change as the story progresses, so we’ll see.

So, as I have said above, my 30th birthday is this Thursday! And I absolutely have the best family and friends ever! My big present from my mom was a day bed with trundle that I put in my personal library room (not gonna show pictures cause yeah) but, that was absolutely fantastic, I have been enjoying naps there in between classes and it’s just really cozy and everything. One of my sisters got me the Moleskine Book Journal which I have to say, is absolutely better than Goodreads and I would highly recommend it as a more old fashioned, reliable, secure way of keeping track of what you’re reading. If you guys like, I could do a post solely on that if needed so you guys can hear about the compare and contrast stuff. Also, my other sister got me some gift cards to Barnes and Noble which I used to get more limited edition Moleskine notebooks! (Can you tell I have an obsession with the Moleskine company? Haha) I adore their notebooks and other products and it’s a big treat to have been able to order more that I had my eye on for a while now, and they’ll be coming in a few days.

So, the books listed above and below are what I’ve ordered recently on Thriftbooks! The list is as follows:

  • Horrorscopes by Stella Hyde
  • Darkside Zodiac in love by Stella Hyde
  • The Trench: Book 2 in the The Meg Series by Steve Alten
  • The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
  • Chicken Soup for the Beach Lover’s Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover’s Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Married Life
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And so that’s it for this mega post on all things Bookish happening currently over here this week. Next up, will probably be another Reading Update for The Meg, The Intro Post to Chicken Soup for the College Soul, and The Intro Post for Autumn Brides which is part of the A Year Of Weddings Novella Series: Book 1 by Kathyrn Springer, Katie Ganshert, and Beth Vogt! So, get excited, get hyped, and as always, happy reading!-Caroline

Reading Update: The Meg Book one in The Meg Series by Steve Alten: Intro and How I feel about it currently!

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“Way down in the coldest,darkest, most frightening depths of the ocean, an ancient creature deadlier than any our modern world has encountered, begins to stir. First, you will notice her strange, almost beautiful glow. But be warned: If you see her glow-It’s already too late…” -The Meg by Steve Alten

From The Meg by Steve Alten

Good afternoon guys! So, recap on all bookish things happening this weekend. I started and finished Stephen King’s book Cujo in one night. (Last night!) And then I wrote a really long blog post about it afterwards. (Also last night!) And now, I am on to my next bookish adventure which is: The Meg! Which is Book One in The Meg Series by Steve Alten. And yes! They did recently make a movie adaption out of this book series based on kinda the first book. And yes! There is an entire book series that is entirely better and longer and way more detailed and well written than the movie version! I think right now the series is up to about Book Eight but I’m not entirely sure. I’m almost halfway through the first book, called The Meg and I’ve enjoyed it so much, I’m probably going to end up finishing this one tonight as well. So, two books will most likely be finished in less than 24 hrs for me. Woo! Huzzah for being a Bibliophile! So, in case you’re new to what this series is about, lemme give you a short and sweet summary. The Meg Series is of the Deep Sea Horror sub genre and it is a series about a prehistoric mega shark has somehow survived for thousands of years down in the Mariana Trench, at the bottom of the ocean due to a weird tropical water current that lays on the very bottom apparently. ( I don’t know. Science. Just roll with it okay?) So, apparently what the premise is, is that an earthquake or some type of really deep underwater rock disturbance in the Trench has caused this mega prehistoric shark to somehow be able to survive and journey to the regular ocean waters above which happens to lie somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, I think near Japan. (I just dropped Geology 101 as a class this semester. Trust me, I’m not great at this.) So, mega prehistoric shark goes on rampage in regular ocean waters, it’s like the prehistoric version kinda of the Jaws movie but set closer to Japan. And yes, for all you sci fi fans out there, there is tons and tons of scientific stuff in here for you. That’s what the whole book is, basically. Now, with that being said, the theories, data and scenario of this book are entirely fictional and there isn’t a way for this to actually happen. So, no. Next time you’re in the ocean, you’re definitely not going to get eaten by a Meg. Great White? Maybe. But not a Meg. It’s a really fast paced adventure/horror series so far and I’m entirely hooked on it. I loved it. It’s very well written, even if the whole science thing with the prehistoric shark coming back somehow is completely unrealistic. But that’s what we love about books, right? The escapism of being able to say “this isn’t real but oh my goodness if it was that would be terrifying”. Sharks/Oceans/Big Bodies of Water or you know what, we’ll even just say Bodies of Water in general are a major phobia of mine so I tend to stay far away from that sort of thing. But oddly enough, I find myself mesmerized by this book about a gigantic really old shark that just happens to “jaws-ing”, (yes, it’s gonna be a word now) it up, all over the Pacific Ocean and creating terror and havoc for everyone. This is one of those situations where I’ve definitely stepped out of my comfort zone and stepped into a sub genre that I’m not familiar with, but am now thoroughly loving. I am just about halfway through the book now and I’m going to give it a 9/10 for me in terms of book review ratings thus far. It’s really good, guys. I know it sounds weird. And yes, it is weird but it’s totally worth a read. So, next up on the agenda will probably either be a Thriftbook Hauls update or the finishing up post to The Meg and my final book review rating for book one of this series. So, with that said, get hyped, get excited, and as always, happy reading.-Caroline

How I kicked off my bookish weekend: The story of how I stayed up all night and finished Cujo in one sitting, what my final thoughts/ratings are on it etc.

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“It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his Man and his Woman, and most of all his Boy had asked or expected of him. He would have died for them, if that had been required. He had never wanted to kill anybody. He had been struck by something, possibly destiny or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies. Free will was not a factor.” -Cujo’s last thoughts

(Excerpt from Cujo by Stephen King on page 303)

Alright, so let me recap my night for you guys. I tried to just read a few pages of Cujo and apparently just couldn’t stop. The book was good. Not as good as I think some of Stephen King’s other books have and will be but it was still…horror in it’s own way. Things that really bothered me about this book, is that it definitely is disturbing, much more disturbing than the movie. The movie, the dog kills everyone on a rampage and then dies. In the book though, Stephen King has given a voice to Cujo. An inner thought process that humanizes him more and makes it really heart wrenching in the end when he finally is released of the disease but also dies in the process. Yes, I know. Total spoilers. But that’s a given right, dog has rabies usually means that it’s going to die at some point. The death of Cujo wasn’t what got me though. It was his final thoughts. His wish that he could’ve done better in the world, and the final words “Free will was not a factor”. (Cujo in Stephen King’s book Cujo pg. 303) It gave the dog a soul that he didn’t necessarily have in the movie and that really kind of as a dog lover and dog owner myself didn’t expect, and also was completely caught off guard by. In the movie, it’s just a horror flick about a rabid dog terrorizing a small town. In the books, there’s so much more intricate details and complexity to it. Such as but not limited to: the heartbreaking extramarital affairs that went on, the detailed descriptions of domestic violence at it’s worst and also the detailed accounts of various character’s struggles through severe depression and then just apathy in general. It makes you feel something. And yeah, I did cry about it afterwards. Like I said, I finished in it one sitting, and also it has kept me up all night thinking about it. Thinking about the underlying themes, messages that Stephen King portrays in this novel. It makes you think a whole lot. And now that I’m in college working towards my own Creative Writing major in hopes of becoming a better author myself, I find it weird and kind of surreal that my schooling that I’ve had over the past few weeks has now definitely effected how I look at and analyze pieces of literature. No matter what kind it is. It’s made me think deeper about plot line, the cause and effects process and really just digesting the writer’s writing process as a whole not just as reader now, but as an author myself. I would still say I’d rate this book about a 5/10 for me. It was good. But I think there are better, kind of faster paced books of Stephen King’s out there and I look forward to reading them. Next up, I think we’re gonna continue with the horror theme and I’m going to be starting Book One of The Meg Series by Steve Alten. I peeked in it a couple of pages and it really has hooked me so far. Hook, line and sinker. So, keep a lookout for the post that intro my journey into The Meg Series and more daily updates to come. Until then though, I hope you’re getting more sleep than I am tonight. And 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

Reading Update: Misguided Angels: Book 5 of the Blue Bloods Series: Where I’m at and How I’m feeling about it!

Misguided Angel Book 5 in the Blue Bloods Series but Melissa De La Cruz

Okay so first book update in awhile. This is the first update for Chapters 1 and 2 kicking off the start of reading Misguided Angels which is Book 5 in the Blue Bloods Series. And immediately, just by reading the first couple of pages, I’m just gonna say, wow. That’s a lot of info to take in at once. First couple of pages are detailed reports from the Conclave about a past journal entry from Lawrence Van Alen who was killed in the last book and also a kinda random flashback scene to like Florence, Italy in 1432 that outlines some sort of Conclave hunt for a Silver Blood and some really random occurrence that happens while hunting for it. To give a brief review of where the last book left off, the Conclave and Lawrence were tracking the movement of the Silver Bloods to South America and had them cornered when they were tricked and both Lawrence Van Alen, Schuyler’s grandfather and the rest of the Conclave Elders were brutally massacred. Kingsley and the Venators were also there and Kingsley also lost his life in the battle while Mimi fought to regain control of the Conclave. If you remember, Kingsley and Mimi were having an affair of sorts kinda right around the time she was supposed to be bonding with Jack. In the end, after Schuyler is framed by the Conclave for Lawrence’s murder, she runs off with Jack leaving Mimi at the altar of her own bonding ceremony. The plot line has implied that both Jack and Mimi were at fault for the result of the failed bonding ceremony but apparently Mimi can’t see that she was also cheating with Kingsley while Jack was in the wrong by cheating with Schuyler. Mimi has now taken control of the Conclave and is searching for Jack and Schuyler to bring them to justice for disturbing the natural order of the Cycle and hold them accountable for the failed bonding of her and Jack which is a crime against the Cycle itself. Book 5 starts off after the really weird case documents and flashback with Jack and Schuyler on a boat being held captive by the Countess Isabella who they thought was going to give them protection from the Conclave, which she has but she also has taken away their freedom completely making Jack suspect that she may be a Silver Blood traitor. I’m really confused about how the plot line got to here because the last book left off after the battle, at the party where they’re asking for protection from Countess Isabella and Oliver is lost somewhere in the crowd with a bunch of Silver Bloods, we don’t know if he’s alive or not. And also, it showed the failed bonding ceremony where Jack leaves Mimi at the altar and she vows to seek revenge on them both. Now they’re on a boat. In the middle of the ocean which to me is a really big jump from where we were before. It states that the events of the previous book happened several months in the past from where we are now but even that seems like a huge jump in the location of the plot and it does leave me more than a little confused. I wouldn’t say I’ve forgotten the whole plot of the last book, but it’s definitely being mixed somewhere in between the one of the current book because it’s really hard to tell between them at this point in time. I would say, this is off to a good start for Book 5, but I’m going in with a lot of caution because I’m already so confused and that doesn’t really bode well for a plot line when I’m only on the second chapter. Right now, we’re at the point where Jack and Schuyler are currently preparing to escape from the boat somehow and we’ll see how that is handled as the next few chapters go on. Confusing, slightly less solid plot line than the other previous books with almost no pretext to go on. So, that’s where I’m at currently and hopefully the plot will solidify itself more and it’ll get better instead of worse from here. Next up will be a reading update for Book 2, Prisoner of Darkness from the Whims of Fae series. It is taking me quite a while to get myself through this second book of this series and hopefully I won’t have to like DNF it in the middle. So, keep a look out for that update hopefully going to be published on the blog later tonight. If not tonight, then tomorrow at some point. Until next time, get ready, get hyped and as always, happy reading. -Caroline