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The Reading Tree: The Seed

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The other day I started thinking about what started my love for the written word, and I came to the conclusion that it was those bedtime stories that my dad used to read to me. Though I cannot remember the names of most of the stories, one that I do remember and still love was The Hobbit. Though I loved some of the kids books that were read to me, it was these more serious books that my sparked my passion for reading and even writing.

If it were not for having parents that read, being read to as a child, and being surrounded by books for my childhood, I don’t know if I would have ever picked it up. If I remove from my life all the memories/influences of books that I read because of those three things, the only books left would be the ones that I was forced to read in school. I hated most of those books, and having to study them didn’t really improve the feelings I had towards them. I think I only really liked one book I was asked to read, and I didn’t read that book until my final year of schooling.

But then again, perhaps if you are meant to love books they will find you no matter what. Perhaps one day I would have been bored and someone had left behind a book with a cover that caught my eye, and lacking anything better I pick it up and fall inlove.

How did everyone else get the seed planted for their love of reading? Do you think it is harder for those who aren’t introduced to it by their family to discover books? Are they less likely to ever enjoy reading? All I know is that I’m grateful for my parents to get the ball rolling for me!

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Sorry for the lack of reviews!

God I don’t even know where to start. I got so sick to the point that I couldn’t move, or stay concious for longer than 10 minutes at a time for over a week, making me fall seriously in my tafe work thusly not letting me read anything but my veterinary text book. Then before I could even make up on that lost time I developed a walnut sized lump on my hip causing shooting pain down my leg constantly and making it seriously difficult to walk, which made it really hard to focus on tafe, so making me fall even further behind. When it stopped hurting I thought that it kind of felt smaller, but then I felt the other side and I’m starting to develop another lump. Needless to say there is a trip to the doctors in my future, which if my boyfriend wasn’t practically dragging me to would never happen, doctors are at the top of my things I would rather suffer forever before I face them. With that stress, comes less focus on tafe work, and no time to read. I’m in the final month and ‘Im about 2 weeks behind that, so I highly doubt I will be putting up a review in the next month or so. I feel so bad, I have so many books sitting here that authors have sent me to read. I will get to them guys! I promise, it just wont be within the next month. I didnt even get to read my book club books this month!

The books I have waiting on my shelf are:

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The Hangmans Replacement, Everville: The First Pillar, and A Shade of Vampire were sent to me by the authors when they noticed my interested on Goodreads in exchange for a review, Head Over Wheels was sent to me fresh off the press after the author contacted me asking for a review, and the rest I won on Goodreads. Deadly Lode I won 1 of 10 copies out of 671 people, The Last Falcon I won 1 of 10 copies  out of 1055 people, and Havana Lost I won 1 of 3 copies out of 517 people.

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The Book Chain Exchange Idea

ImageI have been thinking about this for awhile now, and the more I think about it the more I really want it to happen.

I would like to start up a book chain exchange.

How it would work would be someone, myself for example, would post a blog stating they are looking to find a another person out there in the world to exchange books with, and we would post each other a book we have already read. The title and genre of this book can be left unknown if the giver so desires. But before we post the books we shall write on the inside of the front cover “This Book Was Read By” and we would write our own names and state and country underneath to start a column. For example I would write Jazmin Pitt-Gill VIC AU. Then once we have read the book we shall write our details down under the other persons, then find another person to exchange books with and post the book onto another person! And so the cycle continues.

To keep track of how far your original book has travelled around the world and how many people have added their names to the list, each person who is putting the book up for exchange will just repost the original blog to do so. This was the original giver can see how many times it has been exchanged :) Or you can post a picture of the names in your own blog, and share the link with the original person.

You may start more than one chain.

I dont know how well this idea will work, but I think it would be awesome to watch the list grow, and to see how many names may be already be on a book you receive. If anyone out there is interested in starting this up with me, give me a shout!

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Books and Life (In the Mail #4)

Wow guys did I go on an adventure for books the other day! Actually that whole afternoon was kind of an adventure… But first I think I need to start with some back story.

So the other day my internet buddy Author Unpublished posted a blog going on about how she is apart of a book club called Vaginal Fantasy and just how truly awesome she thinks it is so I went and had a peek. I was currently apart of no book clubs and had been looking for one to join anyway so I signed up. After signing up I went and had a look at the books they have listed for this months reading and I did little mental flips of joy because I knew the author, Kresley Cole, from a book I read (and still read often) a couple of years ago. Because I enjoyed this book so much, in an erotic mythical way, I had actually been meaning to try some of her other books, so joining the club just forced me to do this finally. The books I have to read are:

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And thus began my afternoon of bookshop treasure hunting. I’ll just say now that I didn’t enjoy it.

At first I thought this was going to be really easy to find these books instore because I had seen a bunch of Cole’s books at Target so that is where my journey began. I went to Target and scanned the shelves but couldnt find any of her work under C, after this it didnt take me very long to work out that their system of sorting books didn’t mean much to them because no book was in its correct place. I then found the book I already own, the only one of her books I have read, A Hunger Like No Other. I kept searching and found just one another edition to the Immortals After Dark series, but neither of the books I wanted are from that series so I left to move onto the next book. I then moved onto a store called AllBooks4Less. Have you ever been into one of those stores? Its like someone just went and gathered all the books they could find then threw them all into a giant pile, put a sign on it, and called it a bookstore. They are just horrible despite the cheapness (they only charge $5 per book). Stay away if you can, the cheap is just to get you in there but its traumatic experience once you are. In here I found yet a different book from the IAD series. This was the only Kresley Cole book I found in the store despite I pulled every book off the shelf because they had more than one layer. I then moved onto a store Hyer Discount Bookworld which had practically no books in so I gave up. Getting really annoyed by this point turned to Kmart. Not having much hope I was making my way to the section I wanted I walked past the cook book section and there on the shelf just one copy of The Poison Princess! Just the one, and clearly out of place I went searching for where it might have come from in the hopes the other would be there. When I finally found its the rest of its copy (of which there were only 3 others) in the childrens section -_- this I found a little bit disturbing if it is anything like A Hunger Like No Other… Last but not Least I moved onto the only proper bookstore in my shopping department, Robin’s Books. To the erotic section I go and there it is Shadow’s Claim! The only Cole book on the shelf. To top it off the store clerk gave me a 20% discount cause it had a little nick on the back cover. Thank you store clerk for lifting my spirits, my journey to find this book took me hours. If I didn’t think I was going to seem crazy, I would have hugged him.

The not appearing crazy thing didn’t last long though as I moved on to do tafe work at the shopping centre. As anyone who has been following my blog for awhile I am studying Animal studies (is always the reason why there is a large gap between reviews) and for part of my workbooks I had to gather information of of the back of many many animal food products (x5 cans of dog food, x5 cans of cat food, x3 dry dog food, x3 dry cat food, certain brands and supplements for animals and the list goes on…). Rather than spend hours ans hours writing it all down I took pictures. So now Im the crazy person who has been taking photos of the animal food for about an hour, and to top it all off, a coles employee then comes up to me and asks me to leave. Gah what a day. I didn’t even get all the info I need and have to go back for more -_- Right now Im having to write about the difference between the nutrients/food a cow needs normally compared to when they are getting ready to be artificially insementated, so if you have any info on that chuck it my way XD

On another note I received a few books I won off of Goodreads in the mail over the last couple of weeks. Those books are:

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I really need to somehow find some time to read…

 

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New Kindle Paperwhite :D

So yesterday I just took the plunge and bought myself a new Kindle Paperhite despite all the poor reviews I have read about the screen.

I have only put it down when the battery ran out. I am completely in love. I straight away went and found myself some free books on amazon, and put a book from NetGalley on there that would not work on my computer. Im afraid to put it down and touch it at the same time because I dont have a case for it yet. I bought one of the amazon cases online as soon as brought it home, and slightly regret not paying for it to get shipped sooner rather than later, but it would have been about $70 all up to do that and I couldnt bring myself to spend that much on a case.

So if anyone has any books to recommend that are super cheap/free tell me!

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NetGalley – Unpredictable Webs

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I’m currently very excited because I got access to my first NetGalley book Unpredictable Webs by Darlene Quinn. It is also my very first reading of book that hasn’t been published yet! Unpredictable Webs doesn’t come out till the first of May. I can’t wait to to start reading it and give a review, but sadly I don’t know exactly when that will be.

A couple of hours ago I started getting a sharp pain in the back of my neck that is radiating up into my head. I get this every now and then, I don’t know what causes it, lack of water, this horrible that wave that is happening in Melbourne at the moment, or simply how I have been sitting, but if I don’t rest is completely it often gets worst. It often ends with my entire body being sore and me being unable to move for two weeks. This thing that happens make it hard for me to sit up enough to read a hard cover, but the copy of Unpredictable Webs is a  digital one and I find these hard enough to read as it is. Looking at a screen too long hurts my eyes. So, the book has to be put on hold until I can sit up and focus on what I’m actually reading. I don’t want to mark the book low because I wasn’t well and couldn’t focus. 

On the note of digital/hard copies of books, does anyone know if NetGalley only works with digital? The book said it was in hardcover format so I thought that meant I was going to me mailed the book but apparently not? I don’t know so if anyone does let me know :) And does anyone else have the issue with reading on the computer? If you do, do you have the same issue with things like Kindles?

To keep up with my reviews I’m going to slowly read some paperbacks (I’m trying to read number two in the Vampire Kisses series but its getting difficult), so hopefully I will have something up for you guys soon!