Recap: June 2015

June was weird. It felt like it lasted forever and was over way too quickly at the same time. I feel like May was just yesterday but it can’t be because somehow I read a lot of books in the past month. I don’t even know how I found the time to read all these but I’m happy that I did.

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Spreadsheet: Book Series

I have shared this spreadsheet before, about a year ago, but it has changed so much since then and I also didn’t share an empty copy in case someone wants to use it too. So here it is again. 

I case you didn’t know: I love series. I always prefer series over standalones which means that I have a huge list of series that I read/am reading/want to read. I just had to start a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. That I love getting statistics about what I read only adds to that need.

This is an example of how I keep track of my series:

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I have a row for each series and then keep track of when series start and finish, when I started and finished them, as well as a status for each individual book. Keep reading

Review: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
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Brutal Youth

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Release Date: June 2014

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Summary:

With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up. On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen. But within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal —so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances. A coming-of-age tale reversed, Brutal Youth follows these students as they discover that instead of growing older and wiser, going bad may be the only way to survive. Keep reading

Loving something is not a contest

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This is a post that has been a draft for a very long time. A post I dug up from time to time to add some more lines pretty much every time I felt the need to hit someone over the head with a book and shout at them that loving something is not a contest. I just had to get it out in a way that did not involve me turning into Hulk. As there was another situation yet again I thought it was finally time to actually publish it. 

Loving something is not a contest!

Everyone loves something in their own way, shows his love in their own way and just because their way is different, doesn’t mean they love it any less than you do.

 

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read the book. Someone who has read a book only once doesn’t love it any less than someone who has read it 10 times.

It doesn’t matter how many copies you own. Someone who doesn’t own a single copy because they borrowed the book, doesn’t love the book any less than someone who owns 5 copies.

It doesn’t matter when you read the book. Someone who only recently read a book that has been out there for months/years doesn’t love it any less than someone who has read it when it was published.

It doesn’t matter how many books you’ve read by an author. Someone who has only read one book by an author doesn’t love them any less than someone who has read all their books.

It doesn’t matter how your book looks like. Someone who keeps their book in pristine condition doesn’t love it any less than someone who adds a ton of stickies and marks all their favorite lines.

It doesn’t matter if you forget details about a book. Someone who forgot a lot of details doesn’t love it any less than someone who remembers every tiny detail about it.

It doesn’t matter how often you think and/or talk about a book. Someone who hasn’t talked and/or thought about a book in years doesn’t love it any less than someone who talks/thinks about it daily.

 

Sometimes I come across people who seem to think otherwise and it just baffles me. People who seem to feel the need to best you in everything related to a book/series and make a contest out of it. I for example have read the Harry Potter books only once. I only reread the first three for the first time in 2013. I’m actually really excited to reread them this year and find out all the things I forgot. I know it will be a lot. All this doesn’t mean though that Harry Potter is not important to me. This series means the world to me and I love it with all my heart. I just don’t show it by remembering everything about it, by rereading it every other year or by constantly talking about it.
I really need such people to stop pretending to be bigger/better fans. The same goes for people who think they are more excited/eager for a sequel btw, just because they waited longer for that book.

Review: Gotham Academy Vol.1 – Welcome to Gotham Academy

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
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Gotham Academy Vol.1 – Welcome to Gotham Academy

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Release Date: June 2015

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Series: Gotham Academy #1-6

Summary:

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?! Keep reading

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