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text 2019-01-05 23:47
Mini Book Haul, Pet Death, Distractions, & Anxiety

Trigger Warning: Animal death, though no photos of a dead animal, just my last photo of her alive. Long blog, but I promise there is book related content as well.


My hamster Mogget was put on death watch a few days ago. We had to move her to a smaller enclousure, because old age was making it hard for her to get around. Well on the 4th, in the morning, she became unable to move and fell into a deep sleep, her breaths slowed down and right before the end, she opened her eyes one last time and I feel like she looked at me to say goodbye. I'm not sure if she was aware of anything, but it is comforting to believe she realized she wasn't alone and was able to go without being scared.


[In a deep sleep and I hope she felt comfortable]


Patrick (my husband) helped me bury her in a spot I like outside. She is in a place where I can imagine fairies or something else magical lives. Whether you believe that, it is a nice thought, regardless. We buried her between the tree with the vine and the rock covered in moss.


After that, to get my mind off things, Patrick helped me get rid of a bunch of stuff we've been procrastinating donating/tossing. (By help, I mean he did it all and I supervised hehe)


[Photo was taken a while ago. Might be hard to tell, but the tree in the middle that has vines. She is now in front of that, behind the rock.]


As you can imagine, I was really upset all day (still am) and just wanted to distract myself, play with our other furry butts, clean...etc. In the photo, we're trying to go through DVDs and our cat Apollo just wants to play in the tote.


[I think she wants to have a Buffy or Farscape marathon!]


My husband is really sweet; he took me to Barnes & Noble as more disctraction so I could get 2 books I really wanted. They were having another buy 2 get 1 free sale, but that man was there again and I had a panic/anxiety episode and refused to check out with him. (See previous blog about the man who was rude to me there last time.)


Patrick offered to do it alone, but I did not want to deal with the buy 2 get 1 fiasco all over again with the same rude cashier. (They didn’t have signs up again!) Right in the store, I went online and bought 3 books for my Kindle, through Amazon (of course) and paid less than what I would have with the buy 2 get 1 sale. (Actually spent only 3$ more what 1 book would have cost.)


Ugh! I love those books I wanted so much (despite not reading them yet lol) and I love Kindle books, but I really wanted the physical books to add to my physical collection of the books I already had by the same author. All is well. I will look out for the physical copies one day online (used & lower priced than what B&N was charging.)

B&N pretty much lost a customer while that guy is working the register.




The books I got is from the Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) series by Makoto Shinkai. 2 light novels, 1 manga. Japan calls books based on anime or manga “Light novels.”

There is a full length animated movie, 3 manga based on the movie, 1 light novel based on the anime/movie, 1 light novel that is side stories, 1 manga that is based on the side stories. Phew. It sounds confusing.


The movie is so beautiful and I loved it so much. The manga based on the movie wasn't as impactful as the movie was, but I really enjoyed it, too. It really was a touching story for me. The artwork is stunning. The movie made me cry at the end. I just had to have the novels, and the manga based on the side story.


It is the 2nd largest grossing domestic film in Japan (That is all movies, not just anime!) and the fourth-largest ever, behind Titanic and Frozen. 11th grossing non-English film in the USA. (At the time of writing this.) Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97% & 4.6/5 rating. IMDB.com is at 8.4/10.


That should tell you how much this movie & books impacted people. Listen up, folks! Anime, cartoons, and animated films, comics, graphic novels, manga and all that are not just for children! I’m playing this up because I want you to watch the movie and then read the manga, then the novels! Go do it!


My collection so far:
Vol 1-3 Your Name manga. (Follows the anime pretty closely!)


The Your Name Movie (On Vudu.com. But I want the Limited Edition Bluray that comes packaged in a holographic art box, comes with a hardcover art book, 2 soundtracks (English & Japanese ver.) and is just stunning, but it is so pricey!!)


[This is what you get in the limited edition! I know I can buy the soundtracks alone probably, but I really want that art book!]



Your Name light novel on Kindle (It is supposed to follow the anime/manga pretty closely, but with added background info...etc.



Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound light novel on Kindle (Based on characters from the anime/manga and some of their side stories...etc.)



Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound manga on Kindle (The manga of the above.)



Yes, I'm a nerd.


(Do me a favor, give your animals (if you have any) a great big cuddle if they will let you.)

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text 2018-12-30 03:41
My Christmas Book Haul!

The holidays are not about the gifts we get, but more about our loved ones. However, I am very grateful for what I do get. It is always books, books, books when it comes to gifts, gift cards & gift money. This year it was Kindle and Audible books galore!


I got an Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet from my husband's parents and I let him have my Kindle Oasis. You can bet I spent my gift cards & gift money on books!


Obviously most of the books here are catered toward me because I got Amazon gift cards and he got Playstation gift cards, but a few are ones we both wanted! (See, I can be nice!) He loves to read, but is more on the gaming side. I like gaming, too. It is nice to share hobbies!


A lot of these are bought "on a whim" to give them a chance because they were on sale for $.99 - $2.99 and I can not say no to sales, especially when I am using gift cards. This list shows I have a very eclectic taste in books. haha




The Enchantment of Jack Horner

42098050This one was actually a giveaway I won on Christmas Day, so I'm including it!

Bird Box

43313331We both wanted this one

They Both Die At The End

They Both Die at the End

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)

Jackaby #1 & The Map #1.5 (The Map was free)

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)The Map (Jackaby, #1.5)I read this as a library book and gave it a 3/5, but liked it enough to buy the ebook and continue the series. The Map is a short story following book 1.


RobinHow could I not get this?

They Mostly Come Out At Night (Free)

They Mostly Come Out At Night (Yarnsworld #1)

The Book of Ivy #1

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)

Incarnate #1

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)A cover buy, but the reviews looked good...so...

The Names They Gave Us

 The Names They Gave UsSort of a cover buy, but the reviews convinced me to give it a try
Adventures in Funeral Crashing #1 (Free)

Adventures in Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing, #1)Cheesy teen sluith book, but it was free and I remembered reading it on Wattpad back in the day. hahahaha I haven't looked at that place in so long.

Eragon #1

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)I got this for my husband. This is his favorite series. I have never been able to read past the first half of book 2. I want to give it another try for his sake lol

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell One we both wanted.
The Candymakers #1
The Candymakers (The Candymakers, #1)
 The Afterlife of Holly Chase
 The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Diviners #1

 The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
Warriors 3-book collection
Into The Wild #1
Fire and Ice #2
Forest of Secrets #3
Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)Fire and Ice (Warriors, #2)Forest of Secrets (Warriors, #3)I read some of this series when I was younger and enjoyed it!






The Hazel Wood

 The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)

Legendary (Caraval #2)

Legendary (Caraval, #2)
The Name Of The Wind #1
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)




Audible: (AKA Audiobooks!!)


Stillhouse Lake #1

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

Allie and Bea

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!


I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!

Alien: Out of Shadows (Free Audible Original)

Zero G (Free Audible Original)

The Name of The Wind #1

Read & listen deal (just got the ebook)

Metro 2033

Husband used a free credit on this


Read & listen deal (just got the ebook)


They Both Die At The End & The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue #1

Both of these were a "read & listen" deal, but I got them with a 2 for 1 credit, so they were free.


Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

I already owned the ebook, so this is a "read & listen deal I got!



Audible gave these 3 books for free as part of "start the new year right" promotion, so I did not really want them. They are motivational/New Year resolution types of books. Not saying they are bad, per say, just not something I ever read.


Good Calories, Bad Calories

Good Calories, Bad Calories audiobook cover art

Do Over

Do Over audiobook cover art

Finding Ultrua
Finding Ultra audiobook cover art


(spoiler show)


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~My mostly old book haul~

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text 2018-10-14 12:10
Vintage Rescues! [Horror, teen, children 60s-90s]

It feels weird to me, too, but I guess we're now calling 90s things vintage. Ouch!


I was inspired by Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix and some awesome Instagram accounts to go on a hunt for some "vintage" books, from Horror, teen and children books.


Inspired by these accounts:

@booksuncovered [They judge books by their covers, but mostly post older, nostalgic type books.]

@vintagebooknerd [They post vintage books, obviously!]

@heylittlethrifter [She thrifts books and a lot are older, nostalgic books! She also has a Youtube channel under the same name.]


Disclaimer: Times were different when these were published. If you look into getting any of these, I am sure by today's standards, they are full of problematic, offensive material (even the children books!) Also, it would be a safe bet to say all the horror books have trigger warnings! I am mentioning the original publish date, not the date of any reprints.


I did something wild... I bought all these without looking up ratings and reviews, like people used to do back in the day.


Okay on to the show!

Here is what I found! 


An Old Friend of the Family [1979 - Dracula series #3 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]

The Children [1982 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]

Dominion [1982- Dracula series #5]

Spectre [1988]

Demon Within [1988]


 Fiends [1990]

 Billy [1990]

Candlenight [1991]

Twisted [1992]

Cutting Edge [1986]


The Perfume [1992]

Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body [1998]

The Accident [1991]

Don't Look Behind You [1989]

The Twisted Window [1987]

Stranger With My Face [1981 - Mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell]



The Dreamer [1996]

Humor - Horror - and the Supernatural [1968]

The Stepdaughter [1993]

Midnight Fright [1980]

My True Love Gave To Me [1993 - Scream series #5 (stand-alone series)]

The Scariest Stories You've Ever Heard Part 3 [1990]



The Immortal [1993]

The Party [1988 - Final Friends #1]

The Dance [1988 - Final Friends #2]



Mary Anne's Book [1996 - The Babysitters Club Portrait Collection]

Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-sitter [1991 - The Babysitters Club Special Edition]

Claudia's Book [1995 - The Babysitters Club Portrait Collection]

Sideways Stories from Wayside School [1978 - Wayside #1]

Sunny, Diary Two [1998 - California Diaries #6]

Wayside School is Falling Down [1989 - Wayside #2]



The Stranger I Left Behind [1989]

A Taste Of Smoke [1993]

The Secret Secret Passage [1992 - Clue #2]

The Whipping Boy [1986]



The Ghostmobile [1987]

Fourth-Graders Don't Believe In Witches [1989]

Secret Agents Four [1967]

Mystery of the Secret Dolls [1993]

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