Being an Environmentally Conscious Reader


I love reading, obviously, but don’t love thinking about how much books are negatively impacting our planet. Earth Day was yesterday and I got to thinking about how to be a more environmentally conscious reader so here’s a little ramble.


Ebooks and Audiobooks are a thing!

This is such a ‘duh,’ but crazy fact, ebooks and audiobooks DON’T USE PAPER. Amazing. Profound. Brand new idea. But really, ebooks and audiobooks are much kinder to the environment because they aren’t printed on paper that comes from trees and ink that comes from… something probably from the Earth. Yeah the fact that computers, ereaders, phones, etc have a negative impact on the planet with manufacturing, advertising, and distributing sucks, but ebooks and audiobooks aren’t printed.

wow I’m really not selling this idea, but I’m going to try and make an effort to read more ebooks and listen to more audiobooks lol


Libraries/Borrowing

Borrowing the newest releases helps to reduce the negative impact on Mother Earth because you’re using a copy someone else has also used! Yay for libraries!! I’m a huge advocate for using your local library because:

  1. it’s cheap
  2. it’s easy
  3. it’s fun
  4. it’s cheap
  5. it’s cheap
  6. umm…

yeah. Go borrow some books from your local library.


Buying Used Books

There’s nothing like the smell of a new book, but there’s also nothing as special as finding a well-loved copy of a book and appreciating the fact that someone else has read that specific copy. I LOVE used books because:

  1. they’re cheap (lol repeat from last time crazy)
  2. they have a story
  3. it’s fun searching the shelves

Buying used books helps the environment because you’re buying something that was already sold and distributed! You’re repurposing.


Reduce.

Reuse.

Recycle.

Help our planet by being an environmentally conscious reader <3

Review: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) – Chinua Achebe


Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) – Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

Title: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1

Author: Chinua Achebe

Release Date: September 1, 1994, originally: 1958

Publisher: Anchor Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 209

Source: Foundations of the English Major

THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.

3 out of 5 stars


Things Fall Apart follows two storylines that intertwine. The underlying message deals with European invasion and taking over of culture in Africa. I read this for my Foundations of the English Major course, and it was fairly quick read because the writing style was so simple, but the story was a little hard to follow.

I LOVED the writing style because of the simplicity. It was beautiful and easy to read, but there was something that made it difficult to understand. I’m not sure if it was because the names were hard to pronounce and distinguish or if I just didn’t know enough about the Ibo culture to fully appreciate it, but there were some parts that definitely went over my head.

The beginning was about the Ibo culture, but then part three was all about the Europeans coming in and trying to convert everyone to Christianity and that just made me angry. I’m a huge advocate for the fact that all cultures matter and that cultures aren’t wrong, just different to your own. It makes me sick that this happened and is still happening today because, yes I understand that you want people to believe what you believe, but other people’s cultures and religions are valid.

I’m looking forward to the discussion about this book for class because I want to understand more about the story. I think this was an interesting read and would recommend it if you’re looking to dive into another culture.

Currently Reading (2)


I’m back in the reading mood, but have to write so many papers for school. It’s lit now.

The semester is coming to a close! This week I have a 6 page paper due (which I haven’t started oops), a dance dress rehearsal, two shows, and my mom and brother are coming to visit/bring some of my stuff home. YAY.


Shakespeare’s Sonnets – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Ha yeah still “reading” this. I started it for my Foundations class and then just wanted to keep reading it, but literally haven’t read anything for a month. I know that I’m going to like reading this, but I think it’s going to be one of those books that I have to read a lot in one day or little pieces here and there. I have no idea how I want to tackle it yet, but I’ll hopefully figure it out.

 

Things Fall Apart – China Achebe

Things Fall Apart

I’m also reading this for my Foundations class and it’s actually MUCH better than I originally expected. The writing style is so easy to read and understand. It flows so nicely and it almost doesn’t even feel like you’re reading which is really refreshing for a required reading book. I’m currently 62% of the way through and I’m here for it. I literally sat down and read 50 pages and it just flew by. Highly recommend thus far.

 

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

Guys. This book is rocking my world. I checked this out from my library because I saw it on the new releases shelf and COULDN’T HELP MYSELF. I really enjoyed the first two books and gave them 5 and 4 stars, but this one is so good. It’s tying everything together so nicely. All the old characters are there, but there are also new characters being seamlessly introduced and it’s just so cool. I love that it’s written in case files and emails. It’s so fun to read and I’m also flying through this one!!


All in all I’m not dying completely from school, but I also and super hyped for summer.

I worked out yesterday on top of all my dancing and MY LEGS ARE SO SORE. Too many jump squats. Not here for those.

I lost one of my favorite rings. Tragic. I hope I lost it while I was sleeping because I’m gonna be really sad if it’s gone forever.

I got to sit outside and read today because it was 50 degrees.

I wore my Chacos out in the sun with hope of starting my legendary Chaco tans.

Happy happy day!

What are you currently reading?

Review: The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli


The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Publisher: Balzar + Bray

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 336

Source: Public Library

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

5 out of 5 stars


I loved this book and can now say that Becky Albertalli is one of my favorite authors.

The Upside of Unrequited follows Molly who is one of a twin duo who is highly unexperienced in the romance department. Molly has had 26 unrequited crushes and has never even kissed a boy. When her twin sister gets a girlfriend she feels left out because they’ve ALWAYS been best friends and have always told each other everything. She doesn’t know what to do. She’s confused and sad. She starts working at a store called Bissel and may or may not start to fall for a nerdy boy obsessed with Tolkien and Game of Thrones…

I totally get why everyone loves this book. This was so cute and perfectly written! I’ve had my annoyances with the term “adequate representation” because I don’t think a book should just be checking off boxes of different ethnicities, genders, religions, sexual orientations etc. but this book ACTUALLY has amazing representation.

Molly is heterosexual. Molly’s sister, Cassie is lesbian. Cassie’s girlfriend is pansexual. Molly has two moms one of whom is lesbian and the other is bisexual. Molly is fat. One of Molly’s moms is black. Some of the family is Jewish.

Okay. So this sounds like a super random hodge podge of different things and you might be thinking “wow that looks like it CHECKS OFF A LOT OF BOXES” but the way this was done was so seamless. There was no questioning about anything which I think made it feel like REAL representation. This book felt so so so real and I loved it.

The way that anxiety was represented was also perfect. I have anxiety so I could relate so much with Molly. She overthinks EVERYTHING and I think to someone who doesn’t overthink everything it would just seem like unnecessary worrying, but this is literally me. She texted someone and two minutes later when they didn’t respond she would freak out and feel like she made the biggest mistake of her life. Dude me too. I think anyone with anxiety could benefit from reading this because it is such an accurate representation of what it’s like.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

Because that’s the thing about change. It’s so painfully normal. It’s the most basic of all tragedies.

I feel this on so many levels because I’m not one that likes change and this is so true it actually hurts.

All the characters were so fun and unique. I don’t even understand how and author could possibly create this many beautiful characters, but Becky Albertalli doesn’t fail to amaze me. The characters from Simon were here!! I had heard that they would be, but I completely forgot about it and then they all showed up to the wedding and aww omg I couldn’t not smile.

Molly and Reid were quite possibly the cutest couple on planet earth. Enough said. Read the book.

ALWAYS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS BECAUSE:

And to Grandma Molly. I never knew just how much I could miss a person. I lost you while drafting this. I thought of you every time I typed your name. What would I give to hear you call me mamaleh one more time.

omg can this get any cuter? I almost started crying when I read it because aww.

Push Through or DNF?


My name is Aubrey and I am a huge advocate for pushing through to the end of a book.

BUT

I’m so ready to be done with the book I’m reading right now and I want to DNF it.

 

What to do what to do.

Have you ever felt pressure to finish a book even though you weren’t enjoying it? I feel like not finishing (DNF *did not finish*) a book isn’t anything against the author *in most cases*, but sometimes it’s okay to not finish a book if you’re just really not enjoying it. I’m REALLY not enjoying the book I’m reading right now but know that I’ll feel guilty if I don’t finish it.

I know this isn’t the right mindset, but I know I’m not alone in my way of thinking. An author put a lot of time and effort into writing a book in the first place and it almost seems like giving up on the author if you don’t finish their book! I really don’t want to read this book but know that I’ll be so relieved when I’m done and have reviewed it.

Plus, this is a review book sent to me by the author, so it feels like it’s my obligation to get a review to them… even if it will be a negative one. I don’t know. This was a super rambly kind of pointless post but that’s just how I’m feeling today.

I’m not with it. I can’t wait for classes to be done. 4 WEEKS LEFT! So close to being done and the start of summer YAY!!

How do you feel about DNFing books?

Review: Goblin Market and Other Poems – Christina Rossetti


Goblin Market and Other Poems – Christina Rossetti

Goblin Market and Other Poems

Title: Goblin Market and Other Poems

Author: Christina Rossetti

Release Date: March 5, 2012 – originally: 1862

Publisher: Dover Publications

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 68

Source: Foundations of the English Major Class

Features 32 works — among them “The Convent Threshold,” “Up-hill,” “Cousin Kate,” “Winter: My Secret,” “Maude Clare,” and celebrated title poem.

3 out of 5 stars


This wasn’t what I was expecting. The title poem suggests mischief and magical creatures, and yes the goblins were that but I thought there would be more.

I think the first poem was the only one with a fantasy element which was very disappointing to me. I LOVE fantasy obviously if you’ve seen a lot of the books I read, so when you go in expecting that and get only tragic poems about death and despair it throws you for a loop a little bit.

That being said, the poems were beautiful. I will say that. There’s a reason Christina Rossetti is known for “Goblin Market” because the poem was beautifully written. But I found myself getting lost in the poems! Let me explain a little more.

These are short poems; most of them were only a few stanzas, but the wording was almost too flowery for me to understand. I think this is a time period situation because a lot of the other literature I’ve read from around this time is very similar in the sense that the descriptions are very in depth and the word choice is a little over my head at times. I kept getting lost in the little poems! I would try and focus and pay attention to them, but I think most of the deeper meanings went over my head. This could also be because I read it late at night, but that’s on me.

I think there are worse things to have to read for a class, so I’m happy with this as a required reading. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to anyone not interested in literature and poetry because it is hard to understand sometimes.

Funny Story…


Lol so I accidentally just re-read a book because I was sent the wrong book by the author!

I thought I was reading the book Ivy Introspective and it felt SO FAMILIAR to me. If you follow me on Goodreads you would have seen one of my updates talking about how it felt like I had already read it. Little did I know I have, in fact, read this book already.

I was actually reading the first book in the series which I previously read last October. Again, I was so confused because I felt like I was reading the same thing! I don’t know if I will get to the book Ivy Introspective as I’ve just emailed the author about the conundrum.

This is just a funny situation to me. Like lol this would happen to me. No shade being thrown to Kellyn Roth at all because I’m sure it’s super hard to self publish!

Just a funny little story for your lovely Monday afternoon :P