When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an over-weight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun, but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship and average Dumpees everywhere, and may finally win him the girl.
CONTENT WARNING (FOR THE BOOK): EXESSIVE CURSING, EXPLICIT CONTENT
Wow, I’ve been gone a long time. And I think I know why. I just didn’t have the motivation to blog since my reviews were too restrictive. I liked this, I didn’t like that, such and such was cool. It got little boring and wasn’t very fun. But don’t worry! 2015 is a new year, with fresh content that will hopefully be better for both you and me!
* You may have noticed I changed the name of this blog from Booklover Blog 3000 to Geeking Out. Why? I think it sounds better.
* Reviews will still follow a basic critiquing format, but I will add more pictures, GIFs, and a little humor to help express myself. I’m not getting rid of old reviews, but please note that they may be a bit outdated.
* A lot of the old features are going. There will be at least one replacement however.
* I’m working on a review policy to help you understand what I will and won’t review. This MIGHT lead to me accepting requests (MAYBE. Please don’t complain if I don’t.)
It may take a week or so to get the first new review up, so I’ll leave you with this…
Think Before You Link is a weekly feature where I share discussion posts and videos from around the web. (By the way, sorry this post is late.)
Busting Book Blogging Myths: Pinterest & Book Blogging: Posted by Stormy at Book.Blog.Bake.I’ve been looking into using Pinterest as social media for my blog, so after scrolling through board after board of fun bookish stuff online it boggled my mind a bit that anyone could ever think that it’s only for crafts and recipes. Sure, it may not bring in as much traffic as Twitter, but that’s to be expected (Though in my humble opinion, I think Pinterest looks WAY more fun.) Here’s a link to a directory of book bloggers on Pinterest.
The So-Called Blogging Rules: Similar Posts: Posted by Kelsey Gulick at Verbosity Book Reviews.I love to look at other book blogs. And I’ve looked at a lot. I look at them not only for entertainment and review but for inspiration. It’s not hard to notice that there are subjects like hype, love triangles, instalove, and ebooks that keep being repeated and debated. It’s hard to come up with the topic of a discussion post, and of course people want to put in their say on such big subjects, but I agree that we need a little originality.
The Fictional Witch: Posted by Fiktshun009 at Fiktshun.I just really enjoy reading about any kind of mythical creature or humanoid, and this post was well written and interesting.
Can I Put Hunting Vampires On My Resume?: It’s true, It’s true, It’s all TRUE! And well written, I might add. If YA books were reality you (besides being doomed on so many levels) wouldn’t be able to neatly separate school, family, and friends (you know, regular life) from saving the world or kicking paranormal butt. Even though the Goodreads synopsis sounds cliché, this article makes me want to read it anyway.
The Magic Of The First Chapter:Posted by Shae at Shae Has Left The Room.First impressions really are important. You may or may not (hopefully may) have noticed my Opening Lines page, where I post the first few sentences of every book I’ve ever reviewed. There is a sort of magic in the way authors introduce us to their worlds. They chose to share this with us, and those first few lines, paragraphs, or chapters can make or break the decision to go further.
Genres and YA
Is The YA Film Market Oversaturated?: Posted by Amy at Oh, The Books!The Fault In Our Stars, The Giver, If I Stay (which will probably lead to a Where She Went movie). Not to mention those being optioned for movie-dom (or whatever you call it), or already in the works. Too. Many. Movies. An the simple fact is, not every book is going to make a good movie. Not even if it has a huge fan following.
What’s It’s About: In the middle of the night Lina, her brother, and her mother are taken away by the NKVD (Soviet secret police) for no apparent reason. Along with many others they are shuttled to Siberia where they are accused of being criminals with 25 year sentences and forced to work on a beet farm with inhumane conditions. Lina starts to put clues of where they are in her drawings and passes them on in hopes that at least one will reach her father. She also writes (and hides) detailed accounts of the horrors she and those around her face. But as conditions get worse and worse, and everybody close to her starts to die (or gets very, very close), how will she and her family survive?
*Content Warning: mentions of prostitution, suggestive content*
My Review: I actually finished this book a few days ago, but I put off this review because I wasn’t sure what to say. I’m still not. This story may be fictional, but it rings with truth, and the fact that people had to go through things like what happens in this book is heartbreaking. WHY? How could people do this to others? There’s an old Latin proverb that goes “Man is a wolf to man.” I look at what some people have done to each other and I go, “Forget wolf, HURRICANE is more like it.” It just makes me so sad. That aside, I think there’s a moral in this story, faint but always there. It’s never preached on, but I picked it up all the same. ALWAYS HAVE HOPE. I’m pretty sure that’s how Lina survived. She had hope, and that hope turned into determination. The book actually has an open ending, but I didn’t mind. Why? Because I just knew that somehow, someway, in that fictional world Lina was going to survive. And it’s the way that this book makes me think and hope that really makes me like it. So maybe I did have something to say after all.
Re-Readability: High. I don’t even feel the need to explain.
“You traitor! You pathetic old man!” I said. “Pathetic, and yet I survive. Surely, my survival is my punishment. That has to be it. This woman closes her eyes and she is gone. I’ve wished for death since the first day, and yet I survive. Can it really be so hard to die?”
‘The repeater spoke of nothing but America. He tried to draw maps of the United States, discussing details he had heard from friends or relatives. He needed to believe it was possible.”
“A man in group twenty-six got caught stealing wood. They sentenced him to an additional five years. Five years for one log. It could have been fifty. Our sentences were dictated by our survival.”
“You think of nothing but yourself. If you want to kill yourself, what’s keeping you?” I said. Silence sat between our stares. “Fear,” he said.”
“Mrs. Rimas brought her hand to her mouth. “She really intended to return home.” I looked at Papa’s shirt. My mother was freezing. She could worn these clothes. She kept them, to return to Lithuania in a clean set of clothes.”
I’ve been really lazy about posting lately. And I’m still feeling lazy. I’m in the midst of a reading slump, and while I have a lot of cool things planned for this blog, execution is lacking at the moment. (Though I will get back on the horse soon, I promise!) This isn’t an apology post however. I’m easing myself back into the blogging spirit by starting a new feature and sharing inspirational (and funny) posts from around the blogosphere. Since I love to look at anything remotely bookish, Think Before You Link will share lots of fun book related posts and videos (though mostly discussion posts, hence the Think in the title.) I’ve had fun searching for different things to share, and I promise I will adhere to this feature’s Number One Rule: Always give credit where credit is due.
Why Giving Science The Blanket Approach Doesn’t Work: Posted by Renae M. at Respiring Thoughts. As a total science nut, this post appeals to me personally. I agree that all science (nor scientists) shouldn’t be lumped together in their morality and pursuits when it comes to literature. I also hate when things are dumbed down, because apparently readers aren’t smart enough to understand. I AM SMART ENOUGH! This is one of the reasons I love and respect the Virals series so much. It doesn’t sugarcoat the science, and while Dr. Karsten was misguided in his methods (not to mention cranky), that didn’t make him evil.
The Evil Sentence: Posted by Christina on A Reader Of Fictions. “I released a breath I didn’t realize I was holding.” Come across that sentence before? The author and her friends took it upon themselves to document all the times they stumbled upon a version of this statement. This little project even has a page on Pinterest!
The Love Triangle That Is Not Annoying: Posted by Christine at Oh Chrys. This post lists some aspects that may make the WAY overused cliché of a love triangle a little more bearable. I only wish that more authors would either listen to the advice of their fans on what they DON’T WANT ANYMORE or remodel the cliché into something new and amazing.