Monday, August 31, 2015

eReaders vs Traditional Books - Which Is Better? (List!)


Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to ask the age-old question: Is an eReader or a "real" book better to read? Well, let's list off the pros and cons of each and see if we can find a answer for this question. My future purchases may depend on the answer. Let's get onto the list, shall we?

eReader/Digital Books: Pros

An entire library in the palm on your hand
Lightweight
Adaptable in light (depending on device)
Options to change font style/sizes
Portable
Same book on multiple devices
Buy and own books instantly
Price for books (sometimes free)

Traditional Books: Pros

Old book smell
Libraries/bookstores (and their awesomeness)
Book covers
Book shelves
Sharable
Class notes/Page numbers
Turning pages (the feeling)
More likely to retain information

Alright, so we've got two substantial lists going on. To me it seems that the eReader is killing it in efficiency while traditional books are more aesthetically pleasing. This makes sense if you think about it. eReaders were created in order to improve books. It makes sense that improvements would be made towards making books easier to read and more accessible. While some of the pros for traditional books are inherent to books, publishers are making books more aesthetically pleasing so that readers will want to buy "real" books, whether it be to spruce up a bookshelf or to show off a beautiful cover to a friend. Now let's go over the cons of each.

eReader/Digital Books: Cons

Not good with water
Batteries/Charging is necessary
Any picture looks a bit weird
Cost of the eReader
Difficult to share
Notes can be a problem

Traditional Books: Cons

Also not good with water
Very heavy (especially when moving)
No free books
Cannot read in the dark
Multiple books are expensive
Less readily available

Okay, so now we have the cons for each. These seem to be a bit more diverse, and the problems tend to wreck havoc with certain people. For example, I'm moving around a lot, and weight is definitely a factor. However, as a student, I like to write in the margins as well as highlight and underline interesting passages (I know, blasphemous!).

As you can see, I have my own personal tastes when it comes to my book choice and how I read it. I've read arguments that defend both choices, vehemently, but I can't say if one version is better than the other. I love my bookshelf and all its glory, but I also love how I can pull my Kindle out of my purse in between classes and pick up were I left off in some magical world. What I can say is that when they figure out a reading situation that is impervious to water, that's going to be the best possible way to read. Don't judge me. I just really like to read in the tub.

That's it for this post! Comment down below with you're favorite way to read (eReader, traditional, bathtime, in class). Subscribe to the blog by add your email address to the comment box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Cover Clothes #7: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Cover Clothes #7: These Broken Stars





Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to do a quick cover clothes. This time I'm doing These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. It has to be one of my favorite covers, and I'm really digging the dress that I found to match it. Everything is under $50, but the dress is only $16. It's kind of amazing. Most of the set is self-explanatory, but I had to add the gun charm for our charming Tarver. Ouch. That was really punny, even for me.

That's it for this post! Comment down below with some of your favorite book covers. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Paper Towns - Movie Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Paper Towns the movie! As you may know, the movie is based on the book with the same title by the ever-so-wonderful John Green. I did a review on the book, which you can find here. However, my quick review is this: it wasn't my favorite. There were characters I didn't like, and overall I thought that it didn't flow the way I wanted it to. But does the movie have the same flaws? Will I ever like Margo? More importantly, did my mother like it? Well, let's get onto the review and find out!

First of all, I will say that I was surprised by the movie. Considering I didn't find the book all that and a bag of chips, I found myself really enjoying the movie. There were parts that had me chuckling to the point were my ribs started to hurt. Even after reading the book and knowing what was going to happen, it still felt like a surprise, and the funny parts were still funny. Then of course, there is mother who hadn't read the book, and she found it quite funny. I remember at one point she was laughing so hard that she had a coughing fit. That's when you know you're hilarious.

Let's talk about the cast. Can I say how refreshing it is when you're high school cast looks like they may actually be in high school and not like they're in their early 30s, married, and have at least two kids? I can't? Well, too late. I just did. Also, let me just say that they did a fantastic job. Nat Wolff was an amazing Quentin and Cara Delevingne did a pretty good job playing Margo. The supporting casting also did an amazing job, but I really wanted to see more of Jaz Sinclair who played Angela. Angela happened to be one of my favorite characters from the book, so it may be a little bit of biased of me to say that. 

Now, since we're talking about characters, I think I need to answer an important question: Did I enjoy Margo as a character? The simple answer is "no." As much as I enjoyed her shenanigans in the first part of the movie, and trust me I did, by the end of the movie I was just fed up with her. I was tired of hearing about her, and Quentin's obsession with her made me dislike him a little bit. I just found her a little tiresome, but after reading the book, I was expecting that. 

One thing I have to mention is the awesome cameo that happened later on in the movie. You can't miss it, so I won't spoil it for you. I will say that it had me grinning, clutching to my mother's arm, and general nerd spazzing. To me, it was so unexpected but well appreciated. 

There were few moments that I really enjoyed that I could see myself watching over and over again. Some were funny. Some were heart-warming. But what they all had in common was that each scene was centered on friendship, which is a main point of the movie. So, if you enjoy a movie about friends that has a lot of humor and a bit of mystery, I would say that you would enjoy this movie. 

That's it for this post! Comment down below with other movies you think I should see this year. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Update - Where I Am... And Where I Hope to Be



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and this is going to be a quick update. I know I've done far too many of these lately, but I can't seem to get back into the groove of things. I feel like I'm pulling myself into seventy different directions, and other than being pulled apart, I find myself forgetting where I am and where I want to be. In case you haven't guessed yet, I've also been feeling a little moody. That led me to feeling less than motivated to where the blog was concerned. But I'm back, and I'm ready to get fired up.

I've been trying to update the blog this weekend. You may have noticed that there is now a Currently Reading widget on the right side of the blog under my Google+ About Me page. There you can see what I am currently reading, specially for fun and for any book clubs I happen to be a part of. As you can see, for now it has Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer. That's right, I haven't quite finished it, but here's to hoping. 

Another little update is that I'm somewhat officially enrolled in graduate school. As a part of my schedule to earn my Masters in Education, I will be taking classes that require me to read novels that I might have otherwise not have read. For example, this semester I'm taking a class called American Literature of Rebellion. There are a few interesting novels on the reading list, and I am delighted to review them for the Book Review: School Edition series. 

Lastly, I've finished moving into my new apartment, and I think I've gotten myself pretty settled. This means I'll be able to get back on schedule, and I should be posting on every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It'll be a mix of book reviews, merchandise reviews, maybe some cosplay pictures, and whatever else my mind has conjured up for the week. This will be my first week back, so please excuse me if I'm a little rusty. 

If you're looking for something a little more fun to start your week, please check out my reviews (if you can really call them that) of the Twilight Short Films that are located on this blog. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, come back Wednesday where I'll give my much anticipated review of the movie Paper Towns. I'm sure none of you expected me to be late this go around (please note the sarcasm).

Well, that's it for this update! Comment down below with ideas for the blog down below. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below and off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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