Vacation book haul

It wouldn’t be a complete vacation if I didn’t do a little book shopping. I did plenty of clothes shopping over the week, but yesterday I finally got to go out and do a little book shopping as well. My husband actually went with me, which he hardly ever does, since I tend to linger in bookstores. But we had fun, and we both bought a couple things.

Here’s what I bought:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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I’d heard about this book before, and when I saw it I decided to pick it up. It’s about a society that has conquered disease and death, so they only reason people die is to keep the population under control. This is what Scythes do, and the story follows two apprentice Scythes as they’re learning the trade. This seems like an interesting take on the dystopian novel, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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Okay, so I was totally one of those teenagers who read the Twilight series and The Host. I’m not saying they’re the best books every written (though I think The Host is a lot better than the Twilight series), but I’m the kind of person who appreciates reading books that aren’t necessarily good. All reading gives me perspective, and makes me a little bit less pretentious, I hope.

But I did look through this book while I was cataloging it at the library, and it did look interesting. This book follows a former government agent who’s on the run from her former employers. I don’t usually go for this kind of book, but the description reminds me of another series that I read and liked in the past (the first book in the series is called Exit Strategy, and it’s by Kelley Armstrong, if anyone is interested). I also happened to catch it when it was on sale, which always helps sway the decision to pick it up.

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart

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This book has been on my list for a little while, since I’m a fan of Youtube and follow quite a few creators. I’ve been excited to see that quite a few Youtubers have come out with books recently, Hannah Hart being one of them. It seems like Youtube creators are coming more into the mainstream of creative content, and it’s nice to see them being recognized for their hard work and skills. I also really enjoy memoirs, so this book checked a lot of my interest boxes, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

I can’t remember the last time I went out and bought multiple books, so I really enjoyed this outing with my husband. It was a great addition to a really nice vacation.

Happy reading!

Alyss

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A word on corners

Those of you who are familiar with my old blog (and have been to the bottom of my blog page, since this theme doesn’t show the category with the post) might recognize that the categories here at the new blog are a little bit different. They’re still mostly the same content, but they’re all called “corners.” So there is the baking/cooking corner, book corner, knitting corner, library corner, writing corner, etc. This is something new I’ve decided to try, and I got the idea from a podcast that I listen to a lot, called Hello Internet (I’ve linked to the website, but you can also find their episodes on iTunes, any podcast app of your choice, and they post their episodes on youtube as well). This is one of my favorite podcasts, and basically consists of CGP Grey and Brady Haran talking about whatever they find interesting that episode. They talk a lot about youtube, since they’re both youtube creators, but they mostly just talk about whatever they’re interested in that week.

Part of their show includes “corners,” which are a couple of recurring topics that they talk about a lot. And I really liked this idea, and even though I won’t be using the exact corners they have on their podcast (which are quite funny, but not exactly appropriate for my blog), I thought it would work well for my categories. Hopefully you like this as well, or at the very least, don’t dislike it. Maybe you didn’t notice at all, and I’m just bringing it to your attention. But it was just something I wanted to do, in case anyone was interested.

Have a great day!

Alyss

Blogmas?

If any of you watch as many youtube videos as I do, you may have heard of a thing called vlogmas, where youtubers vlog every day in December until Christmas. I really enjoy watching vlogs, so this time of year is great for me, because I get to watch a lot more vlogging than usual.

But I was thinking about it the other day, and I wondered if blogmas was also a thing that people do. I hadn’t heard of it, but after doing some research online, I found that there are people who do blogmas. There’s even a #blogmas on twitter, but of course there is, because what doesn’t have a hashtag on twitter these days?

I don’t know if this is something I’d actually do. Not because I’m not going to blog every day. I fully intend to blog every day. But more because I’m not a terribly festive person, so I don’t know that I would do anything Christmasy enough in this month leading up to the holiday that would qualify as blogmas. I know that not everyone who does vlogmas or blogmas can possibly do something Christmasy every day for twenty-five days, but to my understanding the general intent is that vlogmas/blogmas is supposed to be kind of festive. So I don’t think I could pull it off.

At least not every day. I did decide that I’m going to make gingerbread in the near future. Mostly just because I like and want to have gingerbread. But as of right now, that’s all of the festive holiday plans that I have until much later in the month. I’ll at least let you know how the gingerbread turns out.

If anyone knows of any blogs who do blogmas well, leave a link in the comments. I’d love to see them.

Alyss