Just Realised That All (Mostly) YA Books…

…Have Female Protagonists….

The Hunger Games (The Hunge...

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1)

(Do correct me if I get any of these wrong, I’ve only read like 3 of them xD)

Hence why there’s always (usually) a love triangle…

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I’m all for equality and everything so… where are my males at?! Oh yeah, they’re all over at the adult fantasy section >.< Where are my male protags with two, three girls fighting over him over 3 books?! No, no, no, wait! Where is my homosexual love triangle?! Where is my guy is bisexual and a guy AND a girl want him love triangle?! (Don’t you steal my new novel ideas now! xD) O I’m sorry that’s called being bitchy and mean and not a love triangle right?

Maybe this is another reason why I don’t read/like YA… the plot thickens once more xD

How I Read (Tag?)

I think this is a tag, not sure, but anyways; I wanted to post something easy and simple for you all to read casually so here it is! This is how I read!

What I Read:
The obvious ones are:
Fantasy
Sci-Fi

And then after that is:
Occasionally Shakespeare, Classics, Paranormal/Supernatural and Mystery.
Rarely Steampunk (just because I don’t own any steampunk books really although I really want to read lots!), YA and Non-Fiction (excluding those I have to read for Uni), Middle Grade.
Never Thrillers, Contemperary

Did I mis anything?

When I Read:
1. At night; going to sleep. I tend to fall sleep within like 15minutes whether I’m loving the book or not because I’m led down.
2. Also I have recently started reading while The Sims 2 loading screens are on (I recently got back into my obsessed phase with the Sims) and you’d be amazed how slow the loading pages are and so you’ll be amazing how many pages I can get through between them all! =]
3. As soon as a new manga chapter from my favs (Shingeki no Kyojin and Kuroshitsuji) comes out; because I must know what happens ASAP!
4. Travelling; train, car, bus, plane (especially train and plane!!). Unfortunately I live on campus so this is a main reason as to why I don’t read a lot when I’m at uni, but every time I travel home or anywhere else, a book is with me; although long-haul flights are my weakness because the plane automatically comes with a personal TV screen so I just binge watch the entire time (yes I do not sleep on planes. FYI my travel time back from Japan in August totalled over 30 hours! So yeah, I slept all of 2 hours the entire time and I only managed to sleep thanks to drinking alcohol for the first time ever on a flight!)
5. Summer Time – during my high school, college and university summer times I have spent many a day just reading (did it with marathoning The Hunger Games in Summer 2012, and Percy Jackson Summer 2013 and Harry Potter before that). I get almost all my goodreads goal books read during that time. But as this is my final year I probably won’t have a ‘summer holiday’ at all come the end of my exams in May =[ but fingers crossed to having to fly back to Japan which means reading time!
6. On holiday! Those holidays where you just sit by the pool for two whole weeks? Yep that’s the story of my entire childhood until I was 18 so a lot of books were read during that time. I read like the entire His Dark Materials (1000+ pages) in less than 2 days when I was on holiday one year (I think I was 12 or 13 maybe).
7. I’m managing a few pages here and there between class breaks and waiting for class to start, but that’s so long as I’m not too busy gossiping or rushing to finish my homework before the teacher turns up xD

Where I Read?
1. My bed.
2. On my floor during the summer holidays.
3. Pretty much always said; trains, buses etc.
4. In class.

How I Read?
Some specifics that I need in order to read:
1. Be in the mood to read – this is an obvious no? xD
2. Either in complete silence at night or with a movie/instrumental music on in the background (I spend more time picking out the music/movies than I do reading!!)
3. I can only read like 30mins-1hour at a time if I’m in a situation where I’m not travelling/on holiday.
4. I don’t/can’t bend books back. Y’know when you see those people reading paperbacks and they have the entire cover turned over so that hold the book in like one hand? I just cannot. I HATE breaking spines. So while it might look really awkward, I open a book just before the point it’s about to bend on the spine and I can still read every word and not have a problem reading it. I feel pretty confident at how in perfect condition all my books are because of how I read books (maybe not around the edges but definitely my spines are all pretty much perfect! =D)

Why I Read?
Because it’s hella fun that’s why! and sometimes it’s compulsory for uni xD

How do you read? Different to me? The same? Let me know in the comments below!

“I Don’t Have Time To Read” Discussion

I’ve seen quite a few posts this week talking about finding time to read and the excuse ‘I don’t have time to read’ and such. So I thought I’d give my rather odd argument over it…

I’m still stuck on where I stand with the whole ‘I don’t have time to read’ “excuse”. I understand [at least in the west] people have like 9 – 5 jobs and families to attend to but it’s like, most people get an hour lunch everyday, so they can read then, sleep 8/9 hours a night, well adults only need 6 hours to function, and families now-a-days spend their time watching movies or TV, hours of time they could spend reading, and nothing wrong with getting into bed 15/30minutes early and reading a few pages.

Having said that, I totally understand the time constraints with High schoolers, uni students and those that have to bring their work home like teachers; we have a lot less time than those that just work, but at the same time, we still find time to get hours of entertainment into our lives, so why not swap an hour or something to read? And I’m sure everyone has to travel to get to their uni/work place, nothing wrong with reading then or having an audio book instead of playing on your phone or listening to music xD

Still a tough thing for me to decide what side of the coin I’m on, especially when it can be much easier just watching tv/movie or listening to music and there’s people who love sleeping 8 hours a night [I get the best dreams when I sleep 8/9 hours so obviously I am in support of long sleep!] rather than having to focus on an audiobook or a book.

I didn’t get seriously into reading until about 2/3 years ago – well done Alex, deciding to get back into reading just as you become a uni student -_- – and to be honest, I didn’t read at ALL [besides Harry Potter every few years or when I had time abroad to just sit by the pool and read] during my time in high school or college [age 11 – 18] which disgusts me because it’s not like I didn’t have time! HS and College for me were a piece of cake! I was never stressed, revision wasn’t really needed until 10 minutes before the exam and everyone copied each others homework and worked together on it the day it was due so didn’t have to take home and do my homework at home therefore I had a lot of time on my hands and so I used to marathon ALL the Harry Potter films and all the extended editions of LoTR [behind the scenes content included] and was obsessed with LOST and Supernatural and American Pie… I’ve spent [still do] SO much of my time watching tv or movies, time that I’m sure it wouldn’t have killed me to have spent half of it reading instead!

So here I am now, into my 3rd year of seriously trying to read and because I’m late getting on this seriously reading bandwagon, I’m behind on all the fantasy and sci-fi and just plain amazing classics that I’ve heard been spoken about for years and years and years and I’ve not touched one [besides like LoTR!] and it makes me sad! I’m 21 years old and I hadn’t read a Terry Pratchett book until 2 years ago. I’d never heard of A Game of Thrones until 2 years ago! I still haven’t read 1984, Brave New World, The Time Machine. I’ve never read Robert Jordan, Douglas Adams, James S.A. Corey, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie or John Scalzi! And it’s not because I didn’t have time to read nor because I didn’t want to read – I just didn’t make time for something that I knew I’d love because it’d have to take a little bit more effort, time and focus than watching LoTR for the 201th time!

So, I guess, in conclusion, almost everyone can’t say ‘They don’t have time to read’ unless you’re say a doctor, you’ve just had a new born or doing a masters, or a uni students even for that matter! [< I procrastinate way too much for a uni student!]

What does everyone else think? Have I gone off the handles bars? Am I totally wrong with everything I’ve just said? Let me know below! Or make a post in reply!

Self Published – The Way To Go?

So lately I have been watched Brandon Sanderson’s videos like a drug on Write About Dragons on Youtube – his lectures are seriously amazing! And I have just gotten to lecture 10/11 where he talks about self publishing.

Now I have always personally been against self publishing, even though [I think] I read a lot of self published books, and for ceriian reasons;

1. The cover tends to look very unprofessional – which turns people off picking a book; we all do ‘picking a book by it’s cover’ don’t lie xP

2. It costs a lot of money – if doing it right it costs a lot of money to get the right editor, the right cover design, the right marketing – which a publisher can get sorted for you and therefore self-publishing can be a major headache,

3. The writing is very unprofessional and amateur – I don’t mean all because some do spend that 1000 or 2000 pounds/dollars to get that professional editor and make it an amazing book. But for me personally; I feel that a lot of self published people are not professional and maybe do 2/3 rewrites before going ‘that’s perfect’ and putting it out there and ending up in getting getting the worst ratings possible on goodreads.

4. On the superficial note; it doesn’t make you as rich [unless you really work and really get a hit], and it doesn’t keep you as secure as comapred to what getting an agent and a publisher and an editor is. If you get picked up from an agent/editor/publisher; you tend to get the feeling of ‘these professionals recognise me as someone that can actually write and sell books and I’m in and as long as I have idea, I can make this a career and a secure career’. Which with self publishing, it’s basically you [and only you] going ‘I can write professionally’ and putting your book out there,

No obviously these are my personal views and I don’t mean to offend no one and I know there are people that self publish and become huge! Also I haven’t done a lot in to self publishing. Just me personally I find self publishing very unprofessional and the easy way out and feel that a lot of ‘writers’ are going self published just because they can without any real revision, effort and time [to say getting a professional looking cover or a decent eye catching title] etc.

 

But what do you all think? Agree? Disagree? Do you feel/see that self-publishing is actually more successful than what I have seen of it. What side are you on?

Bearing in mind I get a lot of freebies on Kindle and I assume they are all self published [unless I recognise the authors name] and I have not yet read a book [that appears to be SP] that I have no rated under 3 stars,