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Who is Seshat in Modern Days?

To clear things up now, Seshat is not my real name but rather a nom de plume, and I will use it until I get more comfortable around here. For mythology lovers, she is the Egyptian Goddess of writing and wisdom. The last part in Modern Days, is pretty straightforward, I am reviewing books today.

Please note this name does not mean to copy any other book reviewers or bloggers out there, it’s just used for convince and keeping my real name off the web. I also use it because Seshat is an Egyptian Goddess, and I love Egyptian Mythology, although I haven’t read much good fiction books on it sadly. I should also point out this is not my fist blog, I had another one with this site, but do to forgetting the password, and previously deleting my extra email, I have chosen to start fresh with the occasional post (I mean there wasn’t much to begin with) from my old blog.

 

Annotating Books

Storytime: Three years ago, back in 2015, Ariel Bissett published a video on her YouTube Channel called Annotating Your Books. At first I thought that the idea of any form of damaging your books was sacrilegious, however Ariel completely changed my mind. She brought up two very good points (I highly recommend watching the video, but this is what I got out of it):

  1. If your favourite author annotated a book, you wouldn’t find that sacrilegious (Hell I would pay a crazy amount of money for said annotated book if it was Tolkien’s thoughts)
  2. Why am I keeping my books in perfect condition, like books at the library or recently bought from a bookstore? (Why should my books look like everyone elses, they are my books and I paid good money for them, I love them and it’s not like I am going to set them on fire)

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The longer these thoughts remained in my head, the more I thought about how ridiculous readers gasp, insult, and cry when they see cracked spines, page folding art, and defacing book covers/pages. None of these are signs of hating the book or disrespecting the author’s hard work. Those cracked spines are proof that you read that book, maybe multiple time or certain scenes multiple times. Folding the pages to make words shows appreciation in its own unique way. Defacing book covers and pages, takes time and dedication to make the story you love even more beautiful (just look at Olivia’s from iLivieforbooks, beautiful drawings, and tell me you wouldn’t want those over the given black covers). Image result for defacing booksAs I do not have a shred of drawing talent in my bone, I am more than willing to pay an artist to deface the covers of my books then take off the dust jacket and see nothing but boring black.

Naturally over the years I sort of forgot, as I was busy with school, when something happened to me. Now for some context, I was THAT kid in school who read books all the time. I brought a book to read while waiting for the teacher and one day I decided to read a V.E.Schwab book with me. I can’t remember if it was Vicious, or A Darker Shade of Magic, but what I do remember was that my classmates looked at me like I crazy because not only did I cracked the spine, but I held it in one hand. I held it with one hand and the front cover (along with the pages I just read) was wrapped around the spine so the front cover could touch the back cover.

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They felt so offended, and all I could think was “Are you F*CKING kidding me?!” Firstly I bought that book- it’s mine. Secondly, no one is getting hurt in this process, so why the hell are they looking at me like I just killed someone?! Thirdly, they all hardly ever read compared to me so they shouldn’t have the right to judge how I read. Finally, I was holding a heavy binder, textbook and a pencil case in my left hand. I needed a way to flip the pages, and hold the book with one hand, and it worked.

I pointed out all of these facts to them, and you know how it ended? It ended with me slightly annoyed finishing my book (with one hand), while they continued to judge me. Cracking spines isn’t a crime, so let it go.

Image result for because you love to hate meAnyways after that happened, I found my self watching Ariel’s video about annotating again. To this day, I have never (at least that I know of) annotated. I think the closest I came to it was writing my security information on a blank page in Because You Love To Hate Me (I was on the phone, nowhere near paper, and needed to wait that shit down),  even then I ripped that page out flawlessly, so you can’t even tell I wrote anything in that book.

More time passed by, and I continued to hear these stories about how liberating it is to annotate, but I think the final push was my birthday gift I got last month.

I got this beautiful collection of 6 Shakespeare volumes from an old used bookstore. One of these volumes (#4 – Romeo & Juliet), was briefly annotated (with a pencil) by its previous owner. Now they didn’t do much, but it still was so cool. This mysterious person was brave enough to annotate, and a piece of them will live on. Now I personally love my family, and the crazy stories I hear about my great-great something, so I want to annotate.

I want to annotate so my great, great-grandchildren will have a way of knowing me even after I have long passed (this way they can hear the stories of what happened to me, and what my personal thoughts are). I spend a great deal of life reading, so what better way for people to get to know me then to see my thoughts about things. Which brings me to my 2018 Project.

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My 2018 Project:

Books I plan on annotating:

  1. My Shakespeare collection (volumes 1-6), as I already have a big bindup of his works, so I might as well annotate the doubles I own.
  2. Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
  3. Zenith by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg

From there, who knows what other books I will consider next. I’m not saying I will annotate every book I own, but a select few and when the mood strikes me. I also don’t know if I will like annotating as the best time to do such is when you read the book, not afterwards. So this project will either be the start or end of something new.

What I Plan To Use:

After some research (because I’m that kind of gal), I found all sorts of methods on how to annotate, and will be mixing methods depending on the book.

I will be using Colour highlighters, Sticky Notes (plot summaries of each chapter), Blank pages (overall thoughts, Death Count, Character Names), Coloured Tabs (Favourite scenes), Pencils and Gel Pens (to write thoughts/questions in the margins), Circling/Squaring (random important information, to define, introducing a new concept/character, or to draw a Line/Arrow to connect it with my thoughts in the margin)

I will NOT be using Markers (as they bleed), pens (as they come in boring colours), black out/white out (too hardcore for my liking).

Here’s hoping I do not end up regretting this, but only time will tell.

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Febuary Tbr – 2018 Ed

February: The time when Singles relize they are single, bitch about couples, then shout they want to be in a realtionship after one to many drinks.

Ahh yes, February is truly the time of love, and what better way to honor a month all about love then doing something I love; Reading. I plan to read a lot of books, and not just small ones too.

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What I Am Excited To Read:

1. Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

I love Dennard’s writing, and her Witchlands series has so far been my favorite world of hers. I honestly don’t know if I should buy it the day it comes out, pre-order it, or wait until I can get the exclusive edition at Barnes & Noble. What I do know is that it is my top anticipated release this year and I will no matter what read it this month.

2. Gemina (Book 2 in the Illuminae Files) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I am continuing my re-read of this series in preparation of Obsidio (Book 3), which comes out in March. I remember being really impressed by this one, however I can’t for the love of me remember specifics, so all the more reason to re-read this one.

3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

I didn’t get the chance to read my wonderland bind-up last month, so I added it onto this month. Out of all the literature I am reading this month, this the one I am most hesitant about. I really, really want to like this one, especially seeing as I love Wonderland retellings.

4. Jane Eyre By Charlotte Brontë

Not only do I want to read this because of Edger Allen Poe’s Murder Mystery mini series, and because My Plain Jane (Book 2 in The Lady Janies series), but it is a personally goal of mind to read all the novels written by the Brontë Sisters, and read more classics. I personally know more of Charlotte, over the rest, so I chose Jane Eyre. I have high hopes for this one.

For School

1. Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

This is a book I’ve been hoping to never read, but alas my grade depends on it.

2. Blankets by Craig Thompson

I have never heard of this graphic novel until my professor put it on my reading list. Because it is a graphic novel it should be a breeze to read, but I am going into this blind.

3. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Probably the most known, alluded to, and famous love story of Shakespeare’s. I  read this long ago for Grade 9, so this would be my third time re-reading this story (the first was in grade 5, and it was the manga version)

 

Here’s hoping I can get to everything I want, and remembe February is more than the shortest reading month of the year. It’s the time of excessive amount of hearts, chocolates, pink, and loooooove, so embrace it for what it is worth 😉

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Until next time,

Seshat

 

 

 

January Wrap Up – 2018 Ed

January was a blur of events for me, including my birthday, so I can’t believe it is actually over. I read a total of two books, and while it was not my best reading month, it is by far not my worse.

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What I Read:

Image result for illuminae book coverThe first book I read was a re-read, Illuminae (Book One in the Illuminae Files), by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. No surprise I absolutely loved it. There is just something about the format, characters and feel of it that makes me want to pick up more Sci Fi. 5/5 Stars for the book and audiobook.

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The last book I read was Talking As Fast As I Can [From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls] by Lauren Graham. This book was a major reason why I didn’t read anything. It got me started on another Gilmore Girls binge. It was also a memoir, so despite there only  being 209 pages it was a slow but interesting read for me (I’m talking 18 days slow). This all being said I gave it 5/5 Stars because of all the feels. If you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls or just Lauren Graham, you should definitely pick this up.

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There was a third book I started, I Believe In  A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, however I officially declare it DNF. I love K-Dramas, but I have never watched one with so much awkwardness like the first 89 pages of this book. I can’t handle awkward scenes, like I really can’t handle them even if it is just fiction. I am the kind of girl who leaves the room or fast forward those scenes in movies, so this book was painful. Maybe I will finish it one day, but not anytime soon. 2/5 Stars but only because of the tropes Desi tried to copy and the recommendations for K-Dramas at the end. I mean I like the writing style and concept, but its only fault with me was it being too awkward.

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For school I had to read a total of six fairytales. Four of Charles Perrault’s fairytales: The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood (4.5 Stars); Little Red Riding Hood (4 Stars); Blue Beard (1 Star); and Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (5 Stars); then afterwards I read 2 stories from the Brothers Grimm: The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich (3 Stars) and Little Snow White (4.5 Stars). Overall they were whimsical and nice to read. There are so many different versions of these fairytales so while I like the stories of some of them, they weren’t exactly my favorite version.

Finally the last piece of literature I read was 9 poems. I honestly don’t care much for love poems, so I gave them all 2 Stars. George Herbert, Love; Elizabeth Barret Browning, How do I Love Thee?; William Shakespeare’s Sonnets 17, 130 & 138; Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose; Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty; Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress; and lastly John Donne, To His Mistress Going to Bed.

I managed to complete almost all my Tbr except 1917, but I think that is one that I want to take my time with, so I probably won’t start it until next Winter. And that’s it, that is what I read during my birthday month, until next time,

Seshat

 

 

(Not So) Future Goals

Why yes good sir,  I did take a 25 day hiatus in order to completely structure what I’m planning on doing this First Quarter (January, February, & March), thank you for noticing.

Anyways I thought I would share some of these plans in this short post:

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First of all, starting next week I will be posting weekly (at the very least). Secondly, I recently discovered/watched Super Space Chick, better known as Kristin, on YouTube, and I’ve decided to do my own 2018 Classics Tbr Basically I read one or two classics a month (the list is down below), so I am looking forward to that, and hopefully you will to.

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Classics 2018 Tbr

JAN – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol

FEB – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

MAR – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

APR – Paradise Lost by John Milton

MAY – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

JUN –  The Odyssey by Homer, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

JUL – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings) by J. R. R. Tolkien

AUG – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

SEPT – The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

OCT – Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Wishington Irving, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

NOV – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

DEC – The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann

 

January TBR – 2018

It’s the start of a New Year and unfortunately Semester. This Month I am taking 3 English courses, meaning until the end of April I will be doing a lot of reading. Thank god I enjoy reading. Normally I re-read a bunch of my favourites in January, (because the whole point of reading, at least for me, is finding favourites and re-reading them because I enjoyed them so much), however, my Tbr is currently sitting at 90+ books (there is a reason why my Goodreads goal is 75), so I decided I am only going to reread one book this month, and start a bunch of new ones.

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                                                     What I Am Excited To Read

  1. Illumanae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The final book in the Illumanae Files, Obsidio, is coming out in March. So I figured what better time to re-read the series in order to prepare for it. I would re-read the first book in January, and second in February. I remember absolutely loving this book the first time around, but I can’t recall the specifics, so all the more reason to re-read. Not only are the characters and plot good, but so is the format both physically and the audiobook.

2. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Yes that Lauren Graham, as in plays-Lorelei-Gilmore-in-Gilmore-Girls Lauren Graham. I love, Love, LOVE, Gilmore Girls. Stars Hollow is the reason why I want to move to small town that hosts monthly celebrations. I am so excited to read Graham’s memoir, and if I can get to one book at all this month, this would be it.

3. 1917; Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution selected by Boris Dralyuk

I have a love for Russian history and the Russian Revolution was one of my favourite things to learn about. I also wanted to read more anthologies, so I figured this one would be a good start.

4. I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Lately I’ve been in a K-Drama kick, so I haven’t made much time for reading, which makes I Believe In A Thing Called Love perfect. It follows Desi trying to get the new guy in town to fall in love with her by using K-Drama tropes. I have watched my fair share of K-Dramas, so I am all here for this.

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  1. Fairytales

I have read six fairytales for one of my courses this month. Four of Charles Perrault’s fairytales; The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood; Little Red Riding Hood; Blue Beard; and Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, then afterwards I have to read two Brothers Grimm Fairytales; The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich; and Little Snow White. They shouldn’t take to long to read, especially seeing as I’ve read them all before.

2. Poetry

For poetry (or at least I think poetry), I have to read and analyze 9 poems. So in no particular order I have to read George Herbert, Love; Elizabeth Barret Browning, How do I Love Thee?; William Shakespeare’s Sonnets 17, 130 & 138; Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose; Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty; Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress; and finally John Donne, To His Mistress Going to Bed. 

 

The majority of what I am going to read is short, so this month shouldn’t be to bad, then again it really is all about making time to read. Either way I am super excited about this month, unlike next month…I am dreading next month.

 Until next time,                                                                                                                                                                Seshat 

2018 Book Releases & TBR

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!!!

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In a couple of hours it will be 2018, which means we are that much closer to fireworks, champagne and new book releases. There are a lot of books coming out in 2018 and a few books that have already came out that I am determined to buy and hopefully even read next year.

To (Hopefully) Buy:

Sidenote: All synopsis’ are taken from Goodreads, and I mention at the end if the synopsis if it comes from the first book because the sequel’s synopsis contains major spoilers.

Coming Out In 2018:

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Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5) by Susan Dennard (Releases February 13, 2018)

Susan Dennard is one of my favourite authors, and her Witchlands series is by far my favourite world. Each book she writes just keeps getting better and better. While this is a prequel and I really wish it was Bloodwitch instead, I am still super excited to buy this one. [Synopsis Below]

Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

 

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2017 Reading Wrap Up

2017 is coming to a quick end, so it’s time to reflect on what I accomplished to decide what I want to read next year. When I first started 2017, my Goodreads goal was to read 50 books. As of December 30th I have read a total of 79 books, which is way more than what I read last year. Instead of going through 79 books I’m just going to mention the ones that fit the categories. For the sake of getting as many books out there, I will not be repeating titles. That being said, let’s get on with the show.

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