Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc.
Yessss this week I finally got to go to Strand! It was overwhelming and took forever to get there (by walking all the way from Rockefeller Center)… but it was great! I ended buying two books (not even the two that I planned to buy): Ex-Mas by Kate Brian, to add to my holiday reads, and Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally, because the paperback was actually NEW and cheaper than the Kindle version! Woo! I also bought one of those cute Strand bags with the bookshelves and kittens all over it. I wish I explored more of that stuff there, like bookmarks and magnets and other accessories. Oh well, it’s not like NYC is that far away 😉 Sorry the picture is so awful – I can’t believe I only got a few of them!
Game of Thrones
Chris and I started watching Game of Thrones! We’re only on episode four I think, but we’re really enjoying it. We watched one episode on Monday night and the next day both of us confessed that we were DYING to watch more and hadn’t stopped thinking about the show. So far it’s pretty interesting getting to know the characters and thinking about what could possibly happen next. The first few episodes seem to be dialogue-heavy and we sometimes find ourselves bored throughout parts of the episode…but still want to watch the next one. I know it gets crazier as the seasons go on, so we’ll definitely be continuing.
Okay so I’m a coffee girl for sure: I need at least one cup a day to function at a normal level. For some reason (maybe because the weather has been dreary all week?) I’ve been CRAZY about hot chocolate. I bought a 30 pack of Swiss Miss for the apartment and have gotten Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate twice this week. The almond coconut hot chocolate at DD is to die for; it tastes exactly like an Almond Joy! I’m going to gain a million pounds if I keep having a hot chocolate every day, but I can’t help myself. They’re too good.
This controversy has been talked about quite a bit in the community this week… and by quite a bit, I mean it was the only thing on my Twitter feeds earlier this week. And rightfully so! In case you don’t get wi-fi in your home under a rock, the Kathleen Hale article called “Am I Being Catfished?” was published earlier in the week. She describes that she tracked down the personal information and address of someone who gave her a one-star Goodreads review and stalked them like nobody’s business. She has also done a wide array of awful things in the past, considers herself to be bit psycho, and seems to think that she was somehow catfished because someone may have used a pseudonym on their blog/Goodreads. Whether the blogger was using a pseudonym or not, that is something ANYONE with an online presence has the right to do for their safety. Clearly that wasn’t enough for Hale. It’s really sad that something like this can gain a lot of publicity and that there are actually people on Hale’s side! Writing a one-star review for an author does not mean you deserve to be stalked. Changing your online name does not mean you deserve to be stalked. NOTHING you do means you deserve to be stalked. Now, this excellent blogger that I’d been following for a while is no longer doing a hobby she loves. It’s incredibly sad. I sincerely hope her publisher does something about all of this. She’s officially lost any blogger support and thus will have a hard time getting her work read by almost anyone.
Trusting Your Bookish Instincts vs. Taking Risks
You’ll see a discussion post about this on the blog within the next few weeks. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I navigate through my first months of book blogging. Before I started blogging, I would find books on Goodreads that sounded interesting, or browse the bookstore to find my latest read. I always compiled a list of books based on what I found appealing. There really was no other place for me to gain exposure to bookish opinions or recommendations. Now that I blog, there are constant reviews, opinions, and ratings on a bunch of books I never would have heard of before. I struggle with trusting my instincts and taking risks. There are a lot of books that don’t appeal to me for a variety of reasons, but they get hyped up by others and I change my opinion. Sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes it’s not. I like when I can be proven wrong on something like that – when a book has the power to change my outlook and surprise me. There are plenty of times where the opposite is true; I read a book because everyone loves it, even though the concept doesn’t sound like something I would like, and my instincts were correct. I’ve been trying to balance between trusting my gut and not wasting my time, and taking the risk to read something that I otherwise wouldn’t.