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Bookish Blerd

I'm a book buying junkie who buys books faster than I can read them. But what better way is there to live than surrounded by books?! I read as much as I can and I do my best to give good reviews.

Currently reading

A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions
Mark Forsyth
The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Twice Bitten
Crystal Green, Erica Orloff
Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin, #1)
Patrick O'Brian

Happy-Sad-Mad

So, I've been having issues with the new job.  One manager in particular, whom everyone in the place hates, has been giving me trouble with my schedule.  Now I found out I have to resign.  I have to have surgery on my foot and because I haven't passed my probationary period, they cannot approve a leave of absence.  Because of the reason for my resignation, I will be able to reapply once I'm ready to go back to work.

 

So happy because I'll finally get my foot taken care of, I'll be home for Christmas, and I don't have to deal with this manager during the worst time of year for me. (Not a fan of Christmas and I suffer from seasonal depression.)  Sad, because other than a few things, I kinda liked the job (and I'll miss the paycheck for the 6-weeks I'll be out.)  Mad because I still have to deal with the scheduling issues for the weeks I have left.  And if I can't get them resolved, I won't be leaving on good terms, and I won't be able to reapply.

 

UGH!

 

Oh well, not gonna stress.  What happens, happens and I'll just keep it moving.

 

 

SPOILER ALERT!

Review: It

It: A Novel - Stephen King

So it only took me forever, but not because the book was bad (obviously).  I'm just a slacker.

 

I don't know what to say about it other than it is another gem from the master, Stephen King.  It was well written and had the right amount of creepiness, horror and humor.

 

There are some triggering scenes with animal abuse that were discomforting to me.

 

And am I the only one who felt bad for It in the end?  I think it was the mom in me feeling a little softhearted as It begged for it's life and for the life of it's progeny.  But, of course, I know It couldn't be left to survive, nor could it's young.  But for a brief moment, I felt It's pain; the need to save itself and it's children.

 

All in all, it was quite the roller-coaster ride.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1000 out of 1168 pages.

— feeling excited
It: A Novel - Stephen King

So close I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  This books is so creepy, but good.  I can't wait to finally finish it.

Still A Slacker...

Another box arrived. I'm hesitant to open it because I have things to get done around the house. *sigh*

 

 

Chevy is keeping an eye...er, chin, on it for me.

Readathon Update

Just under 16 hours in.  I managed to listen to It on audiobook before work, during my commute, and during my lunch break.  I went to an early b-day dinner with my my daughters and daughter-adjacent. and now I'm in my pjs in my bed with my Chevy enjoying more of that audiobook while I read along.  I think I will switch books at midnight.

 

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is this Saturday, and sadly, I have to work an 8-hour shift (that's what I get for rejoining the workforce), and afterwards, I'm taking my kid out for an early birthday dinner.  The October readathon falls on or around her birthday every year, and usually it's not an issue.  My kid always wants me to enjoy the readathon--I'm lucky, I know.

 

I'm sad because this is the first time since I started participating that I won't be able to do participate from start to finish.  But I have a plan.  I will do some reading Friday night, I'll listen to an audiobook while I get ready for work and during the commute.  I'll also listen during my break.  I'll take a book to dinner (I did the same thing last year) and when we get home I'll read until the end of the readathon (hopefully).  I may need a power nap somewhere in there, but I will get a good bit of reading in!  

 

...Now to figure out my TBR list.  Anyone who's interested, should check out the site; it's not too late to sign-up. 

Such a slacker...

...the new job has kept me busy, beat, and slightly stressed, so this lovely box of books has been neglected.  But my Leeloo had decided to call attention to it by making it her new nap spot.

 

So cute; such a menace.  And now I've realized that I never posted my book hauls for August or September.  No excuses for those months.  Such. A. Slacker. LOL.  Pictures of piles of books to follow...at some point

Final Wordery Update

So my book finally came today.  It was much, much longer that 11 working days, but at least it came.  The box was actually really nice, but too big. 

 

Which means my book slid around inside during transit, which means some of the corners of my book for gnarled.

 

 

And the free bookmark was pretty mangled.

 

But the book is here and it wasn't completely destroyed so now I can delete my account and put these annoying shenanigans behind me.  I'm just happy I didn't have to start emailing again.  That would have made me tear my hair out.  

 

Thanks to everyone who went on this ride with me, but I'm glad it's over.

 

 

 

Happy Jason Voorhees Day!

Or Happy Friday the 13th as most people call it.  

 

As per my family tradition, we will spend the day watching Friday The 13th movies and treat ourselves to pizza, fries and soda.

 

It's also a celebration that I made it through three days of horrible training at my new job and have decided I will still go back to it on Monday.  And just for clarification, the training wasn't hard, it was the lack of training that made it horrible.   But that's a post for another day.

 

Hope everyone has an awesome day!

 

 

Second Favorite Month...

So October is my second favorite month for a couple of reasons.  One being Halloween, my favorite holiday.  Another being Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon (which is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year.)  My wedding anniversary is this month.  And most importantly, it's the month my first born decided to make her entrance into the world.

 

Today is Halloween 1st--I mean, October--no, no, Halloween 1st.  I'm in bed with the worst allergy attack ever.  I've got a killer sinus headache and--just how much mucus can a single head hold?!  I'm going to miss my first knitting circle because I feel so bad.  I'm freaking out because I'm about to re-enter the work force for the first time in nearly four years, And I've decided RETAIL was a good idea.  And my hubby is about to leave for a 3-week work trip, missing our daughter's birthday and possibly our anniversary as well.

 

But you know what?  It's all good.

 

I'm in bed drinking my delicious Bilbo Baggins Breakfast Blend Tea (Thank you Melissa, it is sooooo good!)  It's October and there is already an abundance of orange everywhere.  I've got a readathon coming, and as nervous as I am, I'm excited about going back to work--I can't expect hubby to support my book habit forever, lol.

 

I've had a really crappy 11 months.  I lost my dad, I lost my cat, I nearly lost my favorite and only living grandparent.  My brother almost caught fire in my nephew's car, my kid got her first official job and lost it within a month (the store closed), and I've just been so stinking depressed on and off and it's just overwhelmed me.

 

No more.  I can't be miserable anymore.  My mood sets the tone for the entire household, so I gotta pull it together.  I've decided I'm gonna kick butt at this job, I'm gonna get rid of my writer's block and continue working on my novel.  I'm gonna watching horror movies all month, and maybe finish reading It or at least put more of a dent into it.  I plan to enjoy the heck out of the readathon, and celebrate my kid turning 23.  Hubby and I have the biggest surprise planned for the kids on the 31st--which I won't say just in case they see this blog.  And while I miss him for the 3-weeks he's gone, I'll have a new job to keep me busy and we can video chat.  And we've got another anniversary to celebrate in February--my favorite month.

 

I'm not usually positive when it comes to me, but I think it's a change I need to make.  My kid is starting to pick up my bad habits, and I can't have that.  Plus, it's so much work being upset.  I've let my depression get the best of me this year and I just don't want to be miserable anymore.

 

So Happy Halloween--I mean October, I hope everyone has a great month!

Fandom Box

First, I apologize to my swap buddy, Melissa, for taking so long to post a picture.  I LOVE it all; thank you so much!

 

So my boxes came separately, over several days.  This was pretty cool because each day the mail came, I was oozing with excitement over what I might receive.  I waited so long because I wanted to be sure there were no straggler boxes, and also because I'm easily distracted and every time I thought to take a picture and post, something sidetracked me.

 

But I digress.  My box was awesome, and here's my awesome loot!

 

 

As you can tell, one of my fandoms was The Lord of the Rings, and Legolas is one of my favorite characters.  I got cool stickers, a journal and pens, a coloring book (I just got fancy new colored pencils to use) snacks that I can't wait to try, tea and an cool new mug to drink it from.  It's like you know me because this is all stuff I enjoy!  I love coloring, I drink lots of tea and coffee, I collect stickers, I'm a total stationary freak.  And I very much enjoy trying new kinds of snacks.  Again, thank you so much!

Banned Books Week

 

It's that time again.  The last few years I've tried to make a point of participating, this year I hope to do better than before.  I don't understand why some people believe that banning books is helpful, when in fact it is detrimental.  Censorship is wrong and we all need to exercise our right to intellectual freedom!

 

 

 

 

 

  1. 1) This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes
  2. 2) Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint
  3. 3) George written by Alex Gino
    Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels”
  4. 4) I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints
  5. 5) Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content
  6. 6) Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”
  7. 7) Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit
  8. 8) Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive”
  9. 9) Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    Reason: challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author
  10. 10) Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
    Reason: challenged for offensive language

 

I'm going to try to get to Two Boys Kissing, Make Something Up and Eleanor & Park this week.

Review: This Book Is Full Of Spiders

This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (Trade Paperback) - David Wong

I. Hate. This. Book.

 

Okay, not really, but the ending, which I won't spoil, was upsetting.

 

So let me tell you, this book was well and truly full of spiders.  Gross.  It made me shudder just reading about them!!!!  This sequel was all together creepier, and more serious than it's predecessor.  John Dies At The End, while creepy, and it had it's sad parts, was a lot lighter and more humorous.  Things in this book escalated quickly.  Stuff got serious within the first chapter or two.

 

It doesn't take away from the book at all.  This was equally good, and it was evident that things clearly had to get worse this time around.  John and Dave are thrown into save-the-world situations, again, only this time they get separated and have to work toward the same goals while apart.  It definitely made for some anxious moments and the reader routing for them to make their way back together.  

 

There was still humor, and John and Dave's shenanigans will probably always be epic.  I am very much looking forward to the next installment!

Wordery Shenanigans Update

So after my scathing email with bullet points clearly detailing their incomeptence, they emailed me again.  They claim that my account--which they kept insisting I didn't have--and the payment method had different email adresses.  Now this is true; however, never in the history of ever has this been an issue with any other place I've ordered from.  I have a go-to email adress for when I create an account or sign-up for things, but my paypal account email adress is different.  They've never been confused or mistaken during the ordering process.  And I do a lot of my shopping online.  Anytime I can use paypal,  I do.

 

So what really happened was, they weren't actually reading my emails and when I threatened to give bad reviews AND report them, it set off some read flags and they finally decided to pay attention.  They claimed the remail corresponsence had gotten confused and blah, blah. But they've changed the email address for the order and FINALLY emailed me an order confirmation.  Which is funny because I never got confirmation to either address!  And then to add insult to injury, they offered me a 10% coupon code.  Depending on the book I used it for it would equate to maybe $1.00 plus change.  I told them to keep it because clearly, they needed it more than me.  I promised, after my book was received, that I would delete the account they kept telling me I didn't have and that they'd never get my money again.

 

When I went about leaving bad reviews, I saw that MANY people had the same or similar isses as me.  I did see that some people had no issues, but they were in the minority.  I advise all buyers to beware of Wordery.com!

 

I'll let everyone know if/when I get my book. It's not due for release until October 3rd.

 

Thanks for going in this journey with me!

I Am Livid

I had calmed down, completely willing to give Wordery the benefit of the doubt. 

 

Today I recieved almost the exact same email as I recieved initially.  Blah, blah I don't have an account and NOTHING regarding my order.  I've just sent a scathing email with bullet points, clearly explaining everything to them.  This is their last chance.  I swear if I get one more email talking about my account status and never mentioning my actual order, my head just might explode.  And then I will file a complaint with Paypal.  Maybe that was my mistake, I should have gone paypal as soon as they pulled that, you don't have an account crap.

 

I will NEVER use that website again!  I will just bite the bullet and pay more $ at B&N.  It's not worth this frustration.  I mean, how hard is it to read an email and comprehend the words written?!

 

Ugh!

 

Going to contact paypal now.

 

Sorry, needed to vent. I'm so angry I want to scream.

Irritated

After reading about my reluctance at buying from Amazon, someone suggested Wordery.com to me.  So of course I immediately checked it out, created an account, and added a bunch of books to my wishlist.  And last week, I saw that the pre-order for the next book in the John Dies At The End Series is available for a very good price.  Of course I ordered it!  I didn't print my receipt because I'm used to every other vendor sending a confirmation email detailing my order.

 

I didn't think about it for a few days, and then realized that I never got an email.  I go back through my emails thinking I must have just missed it, but no.  So I log into my account.  No records of any orders.  So then I think, maybe I thought about purchasing, but never did; I've been known to do that from time to time.  Just to be thorough, I checked my paypal account.  Low and behold, there's a charge from Wordery.

 

So I contact customer service explaining my dilemma.  I just got a return email telling me that they could not find any account under the email address I contacted them from.  They claim that customers are so quick to order due to their great prices that they often just buy as a guest.  WTF?!  First off, I don't know of any place that allows you to have a wishlist without first signing up for an account.  And even if I didn't have an account, why the hell did I have to sign-in using my email and password to get to my non-existent order information?!

 

I am SOOOOOO aggravated.  This is my first time dealing with this place, and odds are, it's my last.  I'm going to give them the chance to resolve this, but if push comes to shove, I'll go through paypal to get my refund and then I'll find my book elsewhere.

 

I think what pisses me off the most is that even if I didn't have an account, in my email to customer service, I submitted an order number and they didn't so much as mention it, the order, or where the heck my money went.  All they cared to tell me, was that I didn't have an account, which was incorrect.

 

Sorry, I just needed to vent.  I don't have gads of money to waste so I get really hot under the collar when people mess with my money...and my books!!  Updates to follow.