In Case You Wanted to Know

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PhotoGrid_1420858566408When I went on hiatus for a while, I did a lot of things – mainly crafts and baking. I practiced a lot, made cakes at every opportunity and I realized, I’m not half bad. I still need to master some techniques but I’m getting a lot better. Not only have I been decorating cakes, but I’ve been attempting new baked goods that are normally out of my comfort zone. I was able to make copy cat cranberry bliss bars and the dreaded macaron. And you know what I realized, dear reader? I’m thinking of posting more and more of my baking adventures here, especially because birthdays are coming up and apparently now I’m the family baker. What do you think, nerds? Should I post more baking here? Do you guys have any recipes you want me to try out? Let me know!

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Bookworm Problem #2: Book Organization

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15-colour-coded-bookshelvesThree months after moving into my new apartment, I’ve finally decided to take my books out of their boxes and put them somewhere in the house. This decision was prompted mainly because I just bought shelves. Yes, my main problem was that I had no book shelves – bad book nerd, I know.

Now that I’ve made this decision, my biggest problem is…how the hell do I organize it? I mainly wanted to organize it by genre then by author last name – a la Barnes and Noble. It was ingrained in me and that’s how I find things. But then there’s by size, front facing, by color. There are so many options that I’m not sure how I’m supposed to organize it. I know there’s no real “correct” way to do it, but I’m so fickle that I’d want to change it multiple times, but then again, I’m so lazy that I would find it pointless.

How about you guys? What’s your book shelf style?

Hecate on Roommates

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Since I first moved out of my parents’ house (college dorming), I’ve generally had a roommate. For the first three years I had different female roommates. I learned in those years that I didn’t like living with other people. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m somewhat (read: very) neurotic. I like things being in my control, and I don’t like having to rely on other people to help pay the bills. With that being said, as soon as I was able to, I found a one bedroom and lived on my own (with the wife of course). Sure it was financially stressful, sometimes I had to borrow money and pay it back a week later. But overall, I was relatively happy. Now I’m not.

This year we decided to move to a new city closer to school and I had a friend who wanted to move in as well. To be honest, I was reluctant because I have a bad history of roommates. But he was a friend, I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt (especially since he wanted to get his life back on track). We look for places, decide on a date, sign the lease, and that was that. Or it should have been. Once we signed the lease he told us he would move in the week after because of some personal reason. Then the week turned into a month. Then into two months. Then sometime before Christmas he told me he wasn’t moving in. Sure he’d continue to pay rent until we found another roommate.

So here I am trying to figure out how to find a new roommate. It should theoretically be easy, right? But to protect ourselves we need to find legitimate roommates with good credit history, no criminal records, income, all that fun stuff. One of my new year’s resolutions was to try not to stress too much yet here I am sitting on my ass up to my eyeballs in stress.

Our plan is to probably talk to the leasing office about subletting since we don’t want to get into legal trouble, find out how to do credit and background checks, put up ads online and at school, and do interviews and walk throughs. Well before that I have to get my ex roommate to get his shit out of the room. He brought over some stuff but he needs to get those out of the room so I can take pictures.

This is not something I want to do. I was reluctant to move in with a friend and I don’t like living with strangers. It’s just frustrating because if he’d just been honest at the beginning, I would not have signed a two bedroom thirteen month lease. I would’ve found a one bedroom, I could’ve done a lot of things.

I wasn’t too sure where I was going with this. I was planning on talking about roommates in general, but the more I type the angrier I get. People who know me know that although I talk tough and I say I’m angry, I don’t truly get angry. I vent, I get frustrated, but this is the first time in years when I have been truly furious.

My friends generally wonder why I’m so jaded and distrustful of people and here is one main reason. Time and time again when I trust people to help me, they inevitably let me down. I trust no one but myself to get things done and to make sure that nothing bad happens to me. When people want to do things I’m supportive, I do not judge, but once I come into the equation, and their actions impact me and mine, then things change. I’m a control freak because once I give up control, things go to shit and I have to pick up the pieces.

2014 in a Nutshell

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Last year I said I would try to use my wordpress more often – be it writing short stories, reviews, or just ranting. As you can see, dear reader, that didn’t work out as I had anticipated. Every time I go on a hiatus, I blame life and to be perfectly honest, life does get in the way. The end of 2014 has been very stressful.

I’ve been back in school for about a year and a half and I noticed a pattern that I seem to follow: I worry about everyone but myself. I’ve mapped my life entirely around other people. I’ve given up hopes and dreams for reality and sacrifice. I essentially became my mother. However, now at 25, I’ve come to the realization – I’m not my mother. I don’t have her strength and selflessness.

These thoughts were essentially alluded by Mike when we were watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Apparently, I hold myself responsible for everyone in my life – much like George Bailey. I’ve put my life on hold so others can progress and grow and accomplish something. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that I can’t keep living my life like that.

So my new year’s resolution is to take more time for myself and my interests, to put myself before other people, and to live life the way I want to live. It’ll be hard, but I think I can do it. So look out 2015, I’m ready to kick your ass.

Hecate On: Amazon Unlimited

Amazon has recently announced their subscription services for unlimited ebooks for just a scant $9.99 a month (with the exception of the 30 day free trial). After I pushed away my excitement, I decided to give it a shot. I hope it turns out to be a good thing. We shall see! I will do a full review in 30 days, and I will be sure to let you guys know if it’s worth it. 

Book Review: Eleanor and Park

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Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 335

Genre: Young Adult/ Romance

Synopsis: 

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under. ~ Amazon.com

 

Let me preface this review by saying I don’t generally read or am interested in Young Adult novels. I have nothing against them, but I rarely find any that actually pull me in. Thankfully, Eleanor & Park was able to hold my interest for a while.

From the get go I was sucked into the novel. I liked how while it talked about real life problems, the characterizations didn’t slip into stereotypes. I honestly connected with the characters and it pained me when they were apart. I must say, however, that I was more interested in their actions and their situations rather than their conversations. My age may be showing when I say that their conversations and their lovey dovey whisperings and phone conversations made me physically cringe. I understood the gist of their conversations – admittedly, I skimmed most of it. While conversations generally add to the overall feel and relationship of the characters, I felt it took away from it. I much preferred everything that went unsaid in their relationships.

As far as the ending goes, I was heartbroken. I know that it was meant to end that way. Leaving everything ambiguous allows readers to either be a cynic or an optimist. I wanted to be an optimist, I really did. But face it, these kids are 16, barely developing their identities, and they’re far away from each other. Do we really expect them to stay together?

 

Overall: ★★★.5

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Book Review: The Silkworm

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Title: The Silkworm

Author: Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

Pages: 464

Genre: Mystery/Crime

Synopsis: 

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days-as he has done before-and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives-meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced. 

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before… A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

~Amazon.com

 

This is the first book I’ve read after my hiatus. And it seems fitting that the first book I read was by my favorite author. I remember falling in love with Cormoran Strike in the first of the series, The Cuckoo’s Calling. I remember wishing that this would be the beginning of a series, or at the very least, there would be a sequel. Needless to say, I was very ecstatic when I found out The Silkworm was coming.

In short, I absolutely loved this book. Some reviews said that it was wordy and slow and somewhat hard to follow. I must acquiesce at that observation, but that is a big reason as to why I loved the book so much. The language was full and vibrant without taking away from the plot. Admittedly it was a difficult book to follow. I could pick up clues and hints, but I couldn’t quite piece them together quite like Strike.

Rowling was very subtle with her hints and it drove me mad that I couldn’t figure out who the murderer was (I tend to figure things out halfway through a book or movie). But at the end, it all made sense. I think that’s why I finished this book in just a few hours.

I adored the relationship development between Cormoran and Robin. Rarely do you see relationships that are this “perfect” without seeing some semblance of a romance. Well, there is an inkling, but emotional instability and engagement tends to throw that off. Throughout the book there are parts where you can see that Cormoran thinks about the possibility of a romantic relationship; so it’s possible that there might be something later on in the series a la Ron and Hermione (7 books later. That tension was crazy).

Another interesting aspect in the novel was that there was somewhat a novel within the novel. Without getting into too many spoilers, there were a lot of parallelisms between the characters in the novel, and the characters in the novel’s novel. It’s really difficult to explain without giving out loads of spoilers.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a challenging and engaging read.

 

Overall: ★★★★★

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I’m Back!

Hello, my beautiful nerds!

I’m back! Well, hopefully at least. I’ve been in a slump for the past…forever. I’m going to try harder to read and review just because that’s the way I am. I am also going to try the 50 book challenge. So in one year, I will have read and reviewed 50 books…simply because my ego demands it.

Happy Readings!

~Hecate

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Three Nerds Big News! Hecate’s Engaged!

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Three Nerds Big News! Hecate's Engaged!

Hello my lovely nerds,

I’m sorry we’ve been totally MIA, but I have some exciting news for you! I’m getting married!! Given it might take a year or two to actually walk down the aisle, this is still very exciting and I wanted to share it with you! Even if most of you haven’t actually spoken to me or participated, I am still very happy that you’ve become part of my book family. I’ll try to be more active on this site, and I’m thinking of maaaybbbeee doing another WP about my wedding adventures, but we’ll see!

Happy Readings!

~Hecate