Thursday, June 30, 2016

How to Handle Books that You Disagree With (Satire)

1. Don't read the book
Other people's reviews and opinions are more than enough to inform your rock solid stance on the issue. If you're stance starts to waver, get far away from the book and go read another blog post.

2. Steel your defenses
If you really cannot resist the temptation to read the book, make sure you go into it with your opinions already formed. This is the best way to make sure that the book does not force you to re-evaluate your standpoints. The person who said "if your opinion is truly correct than it can stand up to any questions" has clearly never been in a Twitter battle before.

3. Keep the controversy front and center
Now that you've got your opinions fortified for battle, don't lose sight of your enemy. Characters may be charming and the writing may be poetic, but don't let those features distract you from the purpose of your reading. By all means, do not let yourself get emotionally involved; boarding a ship will only sail you away on a sea of feels away from that controversy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spring Recap: Why I've Been Reading Realistic Fiction

Tonight, I was talking to some friends about what types of entertainment that we enjoy (basically books and movies). One of my friends said that she loves the escapism of the Fast and the Furious movies (if you're reading this, you know who you are, haha). Another friend said that she loved dumb humor in sitcoms. We definetly bashed a few books that we had read and been disappointed with, which I took part in (but would never post about so openly online). What I do want to post very openly online, was my answer to which types of entertainment that I prefer. In particular, I want to talk about which genre of books that I've been enjoying lately.

That genre (spoiler alert, the title says it) is realistic fiction and memoirs. A few YA contemporaries, but mostly fiction that's about everyday people's lives and how they live them. There's just something that I find so beautiful about the simplicity of everyday relationships. Good realistic fiction has a way of exploring the human condition through some of the most mundane, yet complex character relationships and scenarios.

I'm in a phase right now where I crave books that strip away the melodramatics and extra fluff. Of course books should have high concepts and extreme stakes, but sometimes the most extra stake can be whether or not a friendship will weather through a period in someone's life. I think I'm so attracted to these books because they feel authentic and relevant to how I understand my own life and friendships. These "slice of life" books definetly underscore the idea of books helping to extend the reader's range of empathy.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Reviewing Books by YouTubers: Make Up by Michelle Phan

It's time for another edition of reviewing YouTuber books! Last time I reviewed Grace Helbig's satirical style book, and this week I'm reviewing Michelle Phan's real style book, Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success -Online and Off. What a nice coincidence that this book came in for me at the library right after Grace's book.

I'm not going to repeat my big intro that I've used for the last few reviews, because I'm getting tired of writing it, so I'm sure you're getting tired of reading it. If you're new, or missed the last few reviews, feel free to check out the entire series here

A Brief Introduction to Michelle Phan
In lieu of an explanation of the series, I've decided to expand my introduction to each book to include some information about the YouTuber.

My familiarity with the Youtuber: Not subscribed, had not watched any videos until reading this book.
Michelle Phan's subscriber count at the time of this post: 8, 601, 841
YouTube Genre: Beauty Guru (obviously)
Sample video:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sunny's Reading Habits (Tag)

Thanks for tagging me Victoria!
A long long time ago (Oct. 2015), Victoria Grace Howell tagged me in the Day and Night Reading Tag. I saved the link ages ago, and only just saw it again today #bloggershame. Since I'm always interested in hearing about people's reading habits, I thought I would share mine via this tag. Be sure to check out Victoria's post on her blog, Wanderer's Pen, here.

Onto the questions!

Do you read more in the morning or at night?
I definetly read more at night than in the morning. I pretty much have a built in reading time right before I go to sleep at night. I am not a morning person, at all, so I can't really imagine reading a novel right after I wake up and before I start my day. The only time I read in the morning is if I need to read something for a class that I'm on my way to, haha. I do listen to audio-books when I take the bus to work and school, so if that counts than I do read in the morning.

Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?
This is a tough question, because I feel like books do that all the time to me. I'm not going to go into detail here, because I want to write an entire post on this. However, I will center out a few:
A Year of Living Prayerfully by Jared Brock
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Some of these books made me think about life differently and some of them made me think about literature differently. Stay tuned for an entire post on this.

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