Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Trending #Hate For Books

The Trending #Hate For Books 
Let's find the origin of all the hate towards some YA books. 

There are authors that I dislike so much I don't understand how some people love them. If you were in my shoes, you would ask yourselves "why do they love her?" However, that is not the question I ask myself whenever I see someone screaming like a hypnotized slave over some author I don't like. I ask "what did they see from her novels (that I did not see) to make them feel this way?" I am the kind of person who will tell you what I don't like about a novel. I will give you details about the author's writing style, pacing, character development, plot, and so on to explain why I feel this way. This attitude of mine is the reason I am devastated whenever I see book reviews or opinions that goes this way: 

I hate that BOOK!! It's so gay! 
Vampires don't twinkle! That is freaking faggot of a move.

I consider myself a crazy obsess fanboy, but unlike a normal fanboy, that kind of book review or opinion is not the same as a declaration of war from my point of view. I now see it as something that haters do to go with the hashtag (#). And that is the trending #HATE. When something becomes trending, that something becomes a norm in just a snap. And when the trend is hate, someone who goes against that hashtag becomes someone who is trying to defy gravity to people who obeys the hashtag.   

Ms. Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga is the perfect example of what novel receives this kind of hatred. As a big fan of The Twilight Saga, some people see me as one of the biggest targets to be bombarded with all their words made out of blades. It's has put a lot of weight on my shoulders from the start, but things has changed as I see through their facade of hate. The following conversations I am going to show are all true. I am not gonna reveal their names for the sake of their privacy. 


ME: I understand. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion whether it is positive or negative. But tell me. Why do you hate Twilight

CLASSMATE: It's so gay. 

ME: That's not really telling me anything. Tell what you don't like about the book? Do you hate the way she describes the setting or does Bella's voice annoys you? Anything. Tell me. I am not gonna get mad. I only want to understand. 

CLASSMATE: I haven't read it. And I have no plans on either reading it or seeing the movie. 

ME: You hate it even though you haven't read the books? 

CLASSMATE: Everybody hates it. I don't understand why you love it. 


COWORKER 1: Even if you pay me I am not gonna read Twilight.  

COWORKER 2: Me too. *He looks at me* I respect you and I like you, but there is no way I am going to read Twilight

ME: But you can't hate it because you haven't read it. 

COWORKER 3: That is true though. 

Those conversations paint the picture of what kind of world do we have right now. We are in a society that hashtags tell us what to love or not to love. What is cool and what is not. At first, I thought everybody is like Tris from ms. Veronica Roth's Divergent-- we can't be controlled, but now people's opinions are now affected by this tiny symbol #. 

I love what I love. As long as I am not hurting anybody, I will continue to love them. I am a person whose opinion varies. If I dislike something, I'll tell you like a critic as professional as possible why. There is a difference between bashing and giving an opinion. 

My advice to all readers out there. Don't let anybody tell you what books you can or can't love. Be Divergent. Don't let anyone control you, especially if it something as pathetic as a symbol with nothing but two vertical and horizontal lines. 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Do's and Don'ts of Impressing Book Nerds

The Do's & Don'ts of Impressing Book Nerds

You've got a crush on the girl who squeal whenever she hears the name John Green? You try impressing by telling her you love John Green even though you have not read any books by that author; you've only seen the movie of The Fault In Our Stars. Guess what?! It works. She's totally interested now, but when it is goodbye time, you are clueless what to reply after she says "DFTBA." And just like that, she no longer wants to talk to you. 

Don't be that guy. There are effective ways to impress us without being a total nerd (even though that is a big plus). Even if you just want to be friends or date a book nerd, there are good ways to impress them. Here are the Do's and Don'ts 

Interest in Books 
DO NOT: ever pretend that you have read a book that she is talking about, especially if you've only seen the movie. No matter how faithful the movie to the book is, there are things that the movie cannot show. If she asks you about writing style of the author, you are totally dead. Remember: there is a reason why books are better than movies. 

DO: show interest on what she is talking about. We, book nerds, love talking to people who have not read the book about what we've read. If we make them read it, it is a big polish to our pride. If you don't know what she is talking about, ask her what is it about. That will make her explode in happiness, knowing she can make you experience the wonders of a beautiful book. End the conversation that maybe you'll pick the book in the library when you get the time. 

Patience Inside The Bookstore
DO NOT: be impatient inside a bookstore especially when we book nerds are browsing, because 
  1. looking for a book is divine and takes a lot of time 
  2. money is involved. We don't want to waste our money to a horribly written books 
  3. it's therapy for us. 
DO: let us browse. You don't have to watch us while we browse. Ask us questions, we don't mind. It means you show interest in what we like. If the person you are trying to impress really want some alone time, do not slump somewhere to wait-- browse too, even though you don't plan on buying something. If we see you browsing, that is one big points. And for bonus point, try buying one book. And if we ask you what is it about, tell us.

Fictional Boys
DO NOT: say that fictional boys are unrealistic. If you are trying to impress a girl, saying she would never find a boy like the characters in books is like saying Jesus is not real to catholics. They tend to have high expectations, but if you ride with their fandom, they will see that you are a reflection of a true fictional character. Fictional characters have flaws too but readers oversee them, because (mostly) the narrator is in love with the boy of the book.

DO: listen to them talk about their fictional characters. Their standards might be high, but if you listen to them, it will really impress them. One of the good qualities of fictional boyfriends is they are good listeners. 

Favorite Authors
DO NOT: insult their favorite authors. We, book nerds, adore our favorite authors. They are the creators of the characters and the worlds we have fallen in love with. Insulting them is like insulting our parents. And especially do not insult the author if you've only seen the movie of the book adaptation. 

DO: offer your insights about their favorite authors. Tell us why you like them or why you don't like them. We will understand. If you hate the transition of the author from narration to scene, tell us then. It will show that you have good taste and know what you are talking about; don't just say "that author sucks. What she writes is so gay." Sad to say, but saying your insights like that is making yourself looks small.  

Reading Is Not A Waste Of Time 
DO NOT: say that reading is a waste of time or "do something else other than read." It is insulting. Reading is fun and productive for us bookworms. This is our lives, so if you say "get a life" while we are reading, do not be surprised if we chuck a hardcover to your face. 

DO: look at reading as a productive hobby (Because it is!) This is like sports, we have fun doing it and it is also productive. When we read, give us space. We might read a lot, but if we give our time to a person it means he or she deserves it. If you are not getting enough attention from us, well you might not deserve it, so try harder. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Top 5 Books For 4th Of July

Top 5 Books For 4th Of July

It's that time of the year again to celebrate our independence day. As that stripes and stars dance in the air, our hearts will be reminded again why we love to be Americans. 

But we are not only Americans; we are American book nerds. Yes, we will celebrate this 4th of July with fireworks. However, our celebration will not be complete without books. 

Here are the top 5 books which are perfect for 4th of July.

(Click the links below the pictures to see the book in Goodreads.com)  


After seeing the picture, for those who know the book, I know people are now rolling their eyes. I chose this book because of the main character's name-- America Singer. Nothing is more patriotic than naming yourself with the country you love. 


For other people, living in a dystopian world might be a living nightmare, but us book nerds want to experience it, because hey we want to that hero who will make that dystopian society a better place. America is a place of sacrifice and loyalty. Legend by ms. Marie Lu shows what it really means to be an american. 


Serving the country as a soldier can be the hardest task, but mr. Sparks shows that there is a happy life after that. Love for the country will make you a better person no matter how you choose to serve it, as long as you put your heart to it. The characters Logan Thibault and Keith Clayton will show you the different power of love for the country and the people in it. It just happens that one of those characters view love in a not so appealing way. 


There are many reasons why this book in on the top 2: 
  1. The main character's name is Honor 
  2. Her brother is a US marine 
  3. It's a road trip novel-- exploring USA 
Other than it is written by ms. Jessi Kirby, this book will show us the sides of life and death-- both sides that are equally beautiful as long as we learn how to look at it. Us, Americans, offer our lives to achieve our dreams, but others fail to see why we have big sense of sacrifice for each other. This book will tell us why while it tugs our heartstrings.


What book is more perfect for 4th of July other than learning the history of America? This book shows our adventurous sides as americans while giving us bits of information of history. Mr. Rick Riordan will educate you from the very first page without boring you to death. And to be honest, my love for America have grown even more after reading this masterpiece. 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

After The Fault In Our Stars, What's Next?

What to Read Next After The Fault In Our Stars? 

The world seemed to stop after you flipped that last page of mr. John Green's The Fault In Our Stars. And starting a new book was not an option, because the world will never be the same again and nothing can be as beautiful as The Fault In Our Stars. That is completely normal.

After our The Fault In Our Stars hangover, it's time to find what to read next. Even though we are open to read more books now, a part of our hearts are whispering that we want to read a book similar to The Fault In Our Stars

I compiled the top 5 books that will tug your heartstrings like The Fault In Our Stars. (P.S all this book made me cry rivers of tears)


What Is The Book About:
August has been homeschooled his entire life because he was born with facial deformity. When he reaches 5th grade, his mother can no longer homeschool him, so he attends Beecher prep. August only wants to blend in, but even the most mundane activity in school, like drinking from a water fountain, makes August the center of attention because of his condition. 

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars:
Like Hazel, August is being hindered by the condition of their bodies. The Fault In Our Stars deserves a standing ovation by showing us the the simplest things we take for granted everyday. Wonder will offer you the same thing. Hazel wants to live like a normal teen. August wants to live like a normal kid. Both of them will show how strong they are by solely existing and being inspirations to people around them. 


What Is The Book About:
Colie used to be overweight, but after all the hard work, she is gifted with the body that all the girls have ever dreamed of. However, she is still living inside her shell of insecurity. For the summer, Colie will spend time with her aunt Mira who has a strange love for objects with small imperfections. And then she meets Morgan and Isabel after taking a summer job. Will Colie find a way to break out of her shell or be the girl who will always find the flaws of life?

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars
I always tell everyone that if they love mr. John Green, they will love ms. Sarah Dessen, because even though they have different writing styles, when it comes to character development, both of them deserve awards. Keeping The Moon deals with flaws of life and how to live with it. That is exactly how mr. Green gives us Hazel and Augustus. Despite their cancers, they fight through life like there is nothing that can stop them. Keeping The Moon deals with the same issue even though the main character, Colie, is not suffering from cancer, but she has this insecurity that is eating her like cancer cells.    


What Is The Book About:
The story follows Anna. She leaves her friends and life behind after her father accepts a job transfer for the summer. They are going to live on the beach where her mother committed suicide when she was only a little girl. As she enjoys life on the beach, she discovers family secrets that will free her from the burden that she's been carrying all along, but will Anna accept it or just let it drown to the ocean? 

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars:
The book might not be as witty as The Fault In Our Stars, but this book excels when it comes to symbolism that I know you will find as smart as mr. Green's used of witty dialogues. Ms. Kirby will push you to the realm full of characters that is unique and very alive like Isaac, Peter Van Houten, the Lancasters, and Waters. 


What Is The Book About: 
Taylor's father is diagnosed with cancer, her father's last wish is to have some family time at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Taylor used to live there as a young girl. She thinks all the people whom she has left behind has all moved on, but she is wrong-- her former best friend that now hates her guts, a boy whom she get her first heartbreak are all still there. Will Taylor take advantage of her second chance summer especially that time is running out? 

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars
All the elements that made you fall in love with The Fault In Our Stars are all here-- character development, wit, tearjerker quotes, and so on. Taylor is not sick like Hazel, but they are both haunted by the idea that their lives will never move forward again. They are both given second chances; their approach with these chances are different, yet it will surely strum your heart. 


What This Book Is About: 
Jamie Sullivan is a kind of student that you wonder what kind of social life they have-- she is very religious, introvert, helps orphans on her free time, and so on. Then mr. Popular, Landon Carter enters the scene. "They have nothing in common but they have a lot to learn from each other" (credit to the movie trailer). One twist of fate forces them together to spend a lot of time. But as they notice their differences, they are more drawn to each other. 

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars
Mr. Nicholas Sparks and mr. John Green are different from each other. A lot of people say, especially people of my age, that The Fault In Our Stars is just another version of A Walk To Remember. Mr. Green says the idea of a star-crossed lovers has compelled him to write The Fault In Our Stars. Mr. Green succeeds in writing star-crossed lover in the contemporary world. Mr. Sparks also succeeds by writing a love story between an introvert and the popular guy. A Walk To Remember is like a combination of The Fault In Our Stars and ms. Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park. After reading A Walk To Remember, I assure you how much it will remind you of The Fault In Our Stars

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Monday, June 30, 2014

5 Stages Of Book Hangover

5 Stages Of Book Hangover 

You know that feeling you have in your chest after you finish the most awesome book series ever? After returning that last series installment to your bookshelf, it feels like a giant hole is punched to your chest, leaving a void that no one could neither understand nor fill?
That can only mean one thing-- you are experiencing a Book Hangover

Like grief, book hangover has 5 stages as well: 

1. Denial

 It's not over yet, is it?

The Mortal Instruments Series used to be a trilogy. Now it's a series. The Inheritance Trilogy became The Inheritance Cycle. Maybe the author is only playing a cruel trick on you.

If you find yourself with the same mentality, you are at the beginning of book hangover. Your brain is rejecting the idea that the characters and world that you have grown to love are no longer to be seen again. As a response, you might find yourself isolating yourself from the world. 

2. Anger 

The second stage will make you feel a spark of rage is inside you. What is that blog saying that another series is similar to the one you just finished? That is beyond ridiculous! Nothing will can be as good as that series! 

At this stage, you might find yourself, unable to look at your bookshelf, book recommendations from your friends will sound nothing but blah-blah-blah. 

3. Bargaining 

This is the stage that is full of if-onlys 
  • If only I read the book slower 
  • if only the author is not lazy enough to write another installment 
  • If only I started a new series instead of reading the last one. 
The truth is still hard to accept. You are bargaining of what could have postponed the truth. You might also find yourself visiting the author's twitter account and blog with the hopes of there is a deleted chapter that the author have posted.

4. Depression 

This is the stage where you start staring at your pile of books. You look at your favorite chapter and after a quick smile, a frown will follow. You will reminisce to the part from where your hero just discovered his ability to where he defeated the evil king. This might be the saddest and hardest stage, but this stage is where you will start to see the light. 

5. Acceptance 
"I should be reading, not mourning." 

Finally, you know that nothing can stop you from reading. You are now looking at your bookshelf like it is your best friend. You might also go to the bookstore, and the smile on your face is back like nothing ever happened. If you see that series on one of the shelves, you'll say "that's a good series," without a tone of bitterness. 

"When one book closes, thousands and thousand will welcome you with open arms." 


Monday, June 23, 2014

7 Tips To Make Anyone Interested In Reading

7 Tips To Make Anyone Interested In Reading

How many times have we thought, I don't understand why (insert name here) doesn't like to read? At first, I had found it confusing too, but then I saw that quotation above. Whoever said that speaks with the tongue of an angel, because I have transformed some friends of mine who used to be full pledged book haters into book nerds. They just need to find their favorite books. Here are some tips to pull the hidden book nerd out of everyone. 

1. Show Them Your Bookshelves 

Bookshelves have that hypnotizing effect on everyone, because it shows our personalities. Our friends like us because of our personalities, and trust me your bookshelf can snag your friend too if you give it a little push.  

I know our books are very precious, but let your friend explore your bookshelf. Answer his questions or comment on what catches his eyes. Is he eyeing Eragon? Steelheart? or maybe Across The Universe? Then give him some fantasy/sci-fi recommendations. If he grabs a book, comment on how you like it, but give more words on how he will like it. Mention how it is similar to his favorite movie or show (if and only if the book is similar). And if you trust them enough, let them borrow your books; they can't be binge book buyers like us instantly, so don't be like "buy your own copy if you want to read that." You just put all your efforts to the drain if you say that. You might also end up with an angry friend and a discouraged almost book nerd.   

2. Take Them To The Bookstore / Library 

I have a friend who loves cosmetics. She loves taking me to Sephora, Mac, and other cosmetic stores. She talks what is a good bronzer for my skin and what kind of concealer I should use. The next thing I know I found myself interested in cosmetics. The same works for books.

Instead of going to the bookstore or library alone or with book nerds, take a friend. I know it is not an easy task but try saying "hangout in the library" instead of "go to the library" for it sounds more inviting and friendly. When inside the library or bookstore, don't walk straight to your favorite section. It will make your friend unwelcome. Nudge him with a, "let's go to the YA section. They have a book by Alex London called Proxy. I think you're gonna like that one. It's full of action like that show you watch every tuesday." This will welcome them and make them curious. And curiosity will make a spark to create a fire of love for books. 

And while browsing in the library/bookstore, apply what you've learned from tip #1. It's like a car, let them hold the steering wheel by letting them browse on their own, but guide them. Always, always, always as in always tell them how they will like the book. Don't drown them with your fandomness by squealing like a hyena when they ask you about Eleanor And Park

Note: The bookstore is perfect to get chapter samplers. And the library is the place to borrow books, especially if they are not ready to buy their own books yet. 

3. Start With MG (Middle Grade) Books 

There are 2 reasons why non-readers are repelled to the idea of reading: 
  1. They think it's hard to read and their imaginations don't work when it comes to books. 
  2. Reading takes a lot of time. 
Those are the main reasons why it is better to start with MG books. They are written to make anyone's imagination burst with colors. Not only that, the average length of MG books is 120pgs - 250pgs. Even the laziest reader can finish that book within 2 to 3 days. And if they say that it is insulting to read books for children, tell them how Harry Potter is loved by people of different ages. And if you love MG books, tell them that and why. If the spark of your love towards books is an MG book, inspire your friend by telling your story. Remember you can only be too young for a specific genre (erotic, romance, etc.), but you will never be too old to read books for children.

4. Read With Your Friend 

From the first 3 tips, I always say that recommend a book to your friend, but discovering a new favorite novel and author with him can be one of the most memorable events of your friendship. It might be the hardest tip, but I always use this, and it is the most effective method. Here are some ways to make it work: 
  1. When in the bookstore or library, select a book that you think both of you will love. It is even better if you will make your friend choose, or choose a book from an author that you know will not disappoint the both of you. If you are in a bookstore, don't be afraid to ask a bookseller for recommendations. Just don't forget to mention that your friend is a bookworm in training. 
  2. Or consider challenging yourselves; put a long deadline to finish the book, whoever fails to finish the book within the given deadline, will have a small punishment like treat the person who finish the book with lunch or coffee. If your friend is competitive, this is a good idea.   
Note: If he doesn't like the book you're reading, just let him know that people have different opinions. Don't contradict him if you like the book, ride with his opinions.

5. Treat Characters Like They Are Real By Asking For Updates 

We already know that books are magical and portals to other worlds. Your non-reader friend might have failed to see this that is why he is not into reading yet. There is a way to show him the wonders of reading. Ask updates like the characters are real. For example, you decide to read Eragon by sir Christoper Paolini

You: Hey, how's Eragon going? Any new adventures? 
Friend: Eragon just learn how to ride Saphira. 
You: That is dope, man. Have you met the leader of the freedom fighters? 
Friend: Not yet. 
You: I think you'll like him. He's interesting. 

As you see in that conversation, by starting to ask like Eragon is your next door neighbor, you open the door to the fantasy world. And your friend will start to read books that way that you do. In the conversation above, we even asked if our friend has "met" the leader of the freedom fighters. Keep treating characters like they are real. At first, your friend will think it's weird, but as time goes on, he'll follow your steps without even knowing it. 

6. Always Mention The Book Is Better Than The Movie

It is already a fact that Books Are Better Than Movies. Our non-readers friends do not know that yet. They believe that seeing the movie is the same as reading the book or, worse, much better than the book.

A way to fix it is to give them subtle clues. Because if you plan on screaming at their face that the movie will never be as perfect as the book, consider your efforts wasted. The better approach is if your drop things from the book that is not in the movie. For example, the movie The Fault In Our Stars is undoubtedly a movie full of class and finesse. However, did they mention why it is called The Fault In Our Stars? Only the book can answer that. 

Whining that the movie is not as faithful as the book will just make you an annoying brat in front of your friend. Try this better approach: 

Friend: That Divergent movie is awesome. 
You: The dauntless faction is full of backstabbers. My favorite part from the book is when someone made a cowardly move to Edward in the dark. That scene is kick-ass. 
Friend: I don't remember that in the movie. 
You: It's not in the movie. It's in the book. I was hoping they'd show it, because that would make you grip to your seat like crazy. 
Friend: Tell me what happened. 
You: Read it. You'll love it. It's a different feeling if you experience it from the page. Trust me, man, that scene will make you mad that it is not in the movie. 

With that approach, that will make your friend curious without being a pushy nerd. Remember, curiosity will create that spark. 
"One Spark Will Start A Fire." 

7. Invite Your Friend To Book Signings or Launch Parties 
Remember that band that you don't really like but now you listen to their songs like it's a religion because your friends took you to their live performance? 
You used to hate baseball with passion, but after watching it live with your dad, you see how beautiful it is. The same work for books. 

A party is a party. Take your friend, to a book launching of your favorite author. The experience of meeting a real life famous author will start a spark in their hearts. The event might be full of bookworms, but remember, passion is contagious. 

The stereotype too that we, bookworms, do not have social lives will be broken with our parties. I know there is a typical chapter reading, but our parties contain free food, free drinks, and lots and lots of freebies. 

Not all bookworms wear thick braces and framed glasses. There is a lot of attractive bookworms during signings and launch parties. And they know how to socialite. So invite them even if they don't know who the authors who are going to be in the event. After they enjoy the event, they will join you next time without you asking them. And the good side is he will read the book for the event, because he enjoys the company of people on the event. 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Why Book Nerd Parties Are Better Than Any Party

Meeting Ms. Leigh Bardugo 

The most common stereotypes to us nerds are:
  • We are all antisocial 
  • We don't know how to have fun without using books 
  • We'd rather read than party (although I think this one is true
But Ms. Leigh Bardugo's Ruin And Rising party event held at The Last Bookstore (downtown LA) yesterday, June 16, 2014, proves that the stereotypes are wrong. or most stereotypes... 

We Might Be Antisocial, BUT... 
the party proves we love socializing with our fellow book nerds. How many times have we made YA references in our daily lives and our friends and relatives do not seem to get them? But during the party we love talking that we know the mystery why Ms. Morgan Matson and Ms. Katie Finn were never seen in the same room before. We share OTPs. We jump like crazy clowns when we mention that Ms. Marie Lu's The Young Elites is coming out this October 7. In other words, that party surrounds us with people who understands us. 

We Might Be Clueless On How To Have Fun Without Books, BUT... 
We figured out in the party that running around the labyrinth area of the bookstore made us feel like Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase. And author spotting is better than stargazing. I sang "Conceal. Don't feel," when I saw authors of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and Shatter Me, Mr. Ransom Riggs and Ms. Tahereh Mafi. And I can't help but say how adorable the two of them look together. 

We'd Rather Read Than Party, BUT... 
We love reading than attending party with silly beer pong games and people who seriously need some help about their hookah intakes, but if it is a party full of famous authors, had an amazing photo booth, book signing, CHOCOLATE BACON BROWNIES, and fellow book bloggers like Sara aka whatanerdgirlsays.com , it is a very memorable night. 

It is my first time to attend a book launch party 

I know I will attend more, because the experience is just one of a kind. 

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