New year, new updates


So I’ve done a small overhaul of the website. I’ve updated all of the pages and added a new one. Please leave comments about whether or not the changes are something you like or dislike or if you have any suggestions.

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BookCrossing


So I was looking through my Goodreads shelves and updating the ones I own and the ones I don’t own on my shelves and I decided to finally look up what that BookCrossing ID thing meant. What I found was that BookCrossing is a website where you can custom print book plates with an ID number on it. This ID can be used to track where the book has gone over the years. You can even release your own books into the wild.

It looks like the idea behind this was to make a public library with a world wide community involvement instead of just a local community thing. There are also no due dates, or late fees. You can keep the book as long as you want and release it whenever, wherever, and to whoever you want. You can write reviews and do pretty much all of the same things with BookCrossing as you can with Goodreads. You can even connect BookCrossing to Goodreads. But with BookCrossing you can track books you release, read reviews on the books you release, or see where the book you found is from. It’s pretty cool.

I made a profile for it, and a custom book plate that is released for public purchase. (There are free book plates or ones you can purchase.) My BookCrossing profile is under tonks4life, I’m sure you can find me with that. I just thought it was a cool thing. If any of you do sign up for this site I believe they have a referrer section on the profile so feel free to add me to that!

Since I know a lot of people find me because of the book reviews I used to do I’ll point this out. This site seems like a really cool way to market or spread word about your books. If you have print copies that you’re trying to get reviewed or that you’re selling on your own personal website, or even if you have them in bookstores you might want to buy a few book plates and put them in your books. It might spread word faster and to more people. (Maybe ask permission before placing it in bookstore copies that are waiting to be sold.)

Anyway, have fun sharing your books! Or reading them. Whichever.

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Hollister $10,000 sweepstakes


Most of what I post lately is stupid perks links. This is no different. If you want to participate in this sweepstakes click the link. Maybe I’ll post more later, but no promises.

https://m.quikly.com/1821-hollister/t/4iJAAK7-lnk

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LootCrate


So there’s this thing you can sign up for, that everyone has probably heard of already, but this gives you $5 off when you first sign up. Just click the link below:

http://looted.by/eht95

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Sequel Concepts


If any of you keep up with the popular fandoms or Disney Channel you will probably know that both Harry Potter and Disney Channel have come up with an interesting new take on sequel formats. Now maybe this has been happening for a while, and maybe I just haven’t been aware of it. But I still find it intriguing.

For those who don’t really know what I’m talking about. Disney Channel and Melissa De la Cruz have come out with a brand new series talking about after the “happily ever after”. The series is called Descendants and it contains one book and one movie. Now, when I first saw the movie I thought that Disney Channel would do what it normally does with its television movies. I figured it would have an illustrated book with the exact same story that was told in the movie. But when I started reading the book I realized that the book happened long before the movie. Which makes the book a prequel to the movie.

But this isn’t the first multimedia series that has come to my attention this year. That would be Harry Potter. A few months ago, (or that’s what it felt like to me) J.K. Rowling announced that there would be a sequel to Harry Potter called A Cursed Child. Only this is not a book. This  sequel is a play that is currently only staged in London. There is no word yet as to whether or not it will be coming to America, but if it does, I would definitely be interested to see how it pans out.

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Linda Hutcheon, a criticism


While doing my homework for an English class, I came across this quote from the reading:

“Of course; a negative view of adaptation might simply be the product of thwarted expectations on the part of a fan desiring fidelity to a beloved text… If adaptations are… inferior and secondary creations, why then are they… increasing steadily in numbers?” –Beginning to Theorize Adaptation pg 4.

Hutcheon keeps, almost degrading, the amount that a fan wants the film adaptation to be like the original. But what I feel like she doesn’t understand is that yes, there are people who can sit there and name every tiny difference between the book and the novel. But there are also people who realize that yes the movie isn’t going to be exactly like the book, but it also shouldn’t completely change the plot devices or character traits either. There are lots of movies that completely change how the concepts in the book are perceived. So maybe we get a little bit caught up with how true to the book the movies are, but sometimes we have a good critical reasons behind it.

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A short update:


To my regular readers:

Hello. So one of my classes has an option for bonus points involving a digital commonplace book. (More information here: How to Keep a Digital Commonplace). We could use whatever platform we chose for this digital commonplace book, including a WordPress blog. Since I already have this here, and since it already was a commonplace book of sorts, I decided to just add content to this instead of creating a whole new blog for it.

What this means:

  1. I will probably be posting more frequently. (Hopefully, once or twice a week at least.)
  2. It will probably not be completely book review related.
  3. It will probably not be only books.
  4. It will probably include new things like block quotes and other stuff that I have never actually bothered to figure out how to use.
  5. Comments will probably happen, and maybe even actual discussions. (Which I’m totally cool with.)

To my professor/classmates:

Hello. Commonplace only posts will be tagged with commonplace. They will be filed in that category. If you’re looking to see if I posted something specifically to that, there should be a search option for it. Feel free to ignore the other tabs, all posts should pop up on home. Feel free to ignore or explore my Goodreads and Twitter (adds and follows welcome). Feel free to ignore the comment section (shows up when you click on the post title), and the other random people who may show up on this blog. It doubles as a review blog for people who have sent me ARC’s and such. Which also means feel free to ignore the reviews that might be in between the commonplace posts. Also, please refrain from using last names or locations if you please as there are creepy people on the internet.

Your friendly blogger/classmate/student,

Amy

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