Sunday, September 30, 2012

Book Haul

Basically. I bought a lot of books this spring/summer/early autumn. But there's a catch. 

I bought them all at yard sales and estate sales and thrift stores. It's like adopting a rescue dog versus buying from a puppy mill. Which is a pretty darn good simile.
Anyway all of these second hand places sell them cheap, and by cheap I mean two dollars or less. For the point of this comparison I'll say that I paid two dollars for every book. There were a few gifts from second hand bookstores that accept store credit. I'll get into those first. Hard back books are bold.
Harry Potter and the...
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Pheonix
Half Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows

Wuthering Heights

I recieved a kindle for christmas, and if you have a special amazon account you can get some of the classic books free so I have these on there right now...


Wuthering Heights

Household Tales of the Brother's Grimm

Jane Eyre

Byron's Poetical Works, Vol 1

1,001 Arabian Nights

 Vanity Fair

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Call of the Wild

And then I bought a book on my kindle... for one dollar.


The Count of Monte Cristo

On to the yard sales/ estate sales/ goodwill... I'll lump them all together....


The Help

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Gone With the Wind

The Lovely Bones

The Da Vinci Code

The Lucky One

My Sister's Keeper

Out of Africa

His Dark Materials...
The Golden Compass
The Ameber Spyglass

Sunday's at Tiffanys

The Vampire Lestat

Life of Pi


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Vampire Diaries...
The Awakening
The Fury
Dark Reunion

Jurassic Park

I bought some books full price, I must digress... Well, just two...


A History of the World In Six Glasses


And amazon has a special on soft backs, I'm not sure if it still stands but there's a buy two get one deal.


The Vampire Diaries:
The Struggle

And I had to complete my Harry Potter set so I bought the following on ebay...


Harry Potter and the...
Sorcerer's Stone
Chamber of Secrets

So all in all that's 40 books. So if I bought them new it would look something like this... hard backs would be $20.00 and soft backs would be $10.00, but I'm rounding everything up to two dollars (the price of hard backs at your average thrift store and leaving free things free. I'll do a little comparrison.

Full price I would have paid  $490.
But I paid $65.
Technically less. Most of the books were a dollar or less which would have made that about $55... maybe less than that.
So that's exciting. It's kind of amazing where you can find books and how cheap they can be compared to their retail value. I saved four-hundred and twenty-five dollars. That's a freaking lot.

So... buy second hand, your saving book puppies from being put down, and you're saving your money... from a similar demise.
This little exercise also clued you in on some of the things I've decided to read soon. I've only read The Harry Potter Books, Sundays at Tiffanys, The Lovely Bones, Delirium, The Awakening, Wuthering Heights, Gone With the Wind, The Count of Monte Cristo, and some of the Grimm's Household Tales. Oh! And the History of the World in Six Glasses, but that was required. I've almost finished my side of the swap, so I have also read The Fault in Our Stars and Pandemonium. I'm reading the 'Curious Incident....' right now, and it's pretty darn good, but I'd like to get into either His Dark Materials or The Lord of the Rings... I don't know, either way. I have an essay to write first!

Sorry I didn't post yesterday, by the way Sam, I have to cram all of my homework in, last minute fashion and all of this math just irks me. I'm sure I miscalculated somewhere, just a little bit. Most likely counting the books. Ah, whatever! Looking forward to your post next week. It's nearly October... which means nearly one month till... NOVEMBER. o_O BYE!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Random Stuff Is Random

Yes, I'm aware that it isn't Friday. I really have no excuse for not posting. I know. I'm a despicable human being. Here's a hamster to make it all better:

     Yep, I haven't posted in two weeks and I think that Sara wants to kill me I need to make up for it, so I'm going to try and make this an interesting post by just sharing everything I think is awesome and deserves to be shown off to you, Sara, and the rest of the world. Music, television shows, movies, etc. Don't worry, it's still relevant to the overall literature theme of our blog. They're all things that inspire me creatively :) See, it relates!
     Okay, first off: music. Oh, do I have a crap ton of songs to share. I'm just going to list them, but you will notice, Sara, that I've already told you about a bunch of them. I just couldn't resist posting them here though! Okay, here we go in no particular order:
Animal-Neon Trees
Breakdown-Jack Johnson
Hazy-Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons
Kill Your Heroes-Awolnation
Lego House-Ed Sheeran
Kings and Queens-30 Seconds to Mars
World Spins Madly On-The Weepies
Round and Round-Imagine Dragons
Accidentally In Love-Counting Crows
Here I Am-Bryan Adams
This Is War-30 Seconds to Mars
You Could Be Happy-Snow Patrol
All Eyes-Imagine Dragons
Banana Pancakes-Jack Johnson
Wake Up-Awolnation
Hurricane-30 Seconds to Mars
Everybody Talks-Neon Trees
I Don't Mind-Imagine Dragons
Darling I Do-Landon Pigg & Lucy Schwartz
I Will Follow You Into The Dark-Death Cab For Cutie
Marchin On-OneRepublic
The A-Team-Ed Sheeran
Found You-Ross Copperman
The Man Who Can't Be Moved-The Script
Meteor Shower-Owl City
Amsterdam-Imagine Dragons
I Will Always Return-Bryan Adams
Look After You-The Fray
Far Away-Nickelback
Vox Populi-30 Seconds to Mars
Demons-Imagine Dragons
Iridescent-Linkin Park
All This Time-OneRepublic
I Need a Hero-Jennifer Saunders
It's Time-Imagine Dragons
Fix You-Coldplay
They'll Never Know-Ross Copperman
Iris-The Goo Goo Dolls
Turning Page-Sleeping At Last
Alibi-30 Seconds to Mars
Radioactive-Imagine Dragons
Be Still-The Fray
Better Together-Jack Johnson
Kiss Me Slowly-Parachute
Give Me Love-Ed Sheeran
Digging My Own Grave-Thrice
Run-Katherine McPhae
Run-Snow Patrol
Search and Destroy-30 Seconds to Mars
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall-Coldplay
Rhythm of Love-Plain White T's
Everybody Loves Me-OneRepublic
On My Way-Phil Collins
Kick Drum Heart-The Avett Brothers
Rescue Me-Daughtry
Rubik's Cube-Athlete
Dark Prince-Young Heretics

     Whew! That enough music for you? I told you it was a ton. Okay, now onto my favorite shows of all time again, in no particular order (I'm pretty sure you know every single one of these, Sara :P):
Avatar: The Last Airbender (the SHOW not the movie!!)
The Vampire Diaries
The Legend of Korra
And here are some shows that I'm seriously considering watching:
Game of Thrones
Doctor Who

So, are you tired yet? Yes? Well too bad, cause' now we're moving on to movies!!! :D Here are my top picks (I'm sure there's more, but I'm having a hard time remembering them all):

The Hunger Games
War Horse
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Shrek 1 & 2
All the Harry Potter Movies (of course!)
Next up, are trailers for movies that I am DYING to see:
Rise of the Guardians (Jack Frost is ADORABLE)
Whelp, I hope this incredibly long post suffices for my equally incredibly long absence! I'll be back next week!!
EDIT: I totally forgot to mention The Help in favorite movies!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Musical Muse

I've been listening to a lot of music lately... and writing down songs and artists... everywhere... seriously. Mirrors, notebooks, scraps of paper, on my hands. I'ts because I'm planning for nanowrimo.That's write. 

Now that we have returned to our blog I have returned to my puns. Be excited. All dull puns aside, we have been preparing for nanowrimo for a good solid three months, maybe longer, right? I feel so pressured. It's my first year doing this... I hardly have enough time as is to finish homework... and I want to just write it now! But I can't, so I'm preparing... I've been looking up strange medieval recipes analyzing personality types... sifting through meaningful names... and I've bought two HUGE reference books full of fashion through the ages. Not to mention trying to narrow in on a specific time period and hammering out those weird plot holes in the original story. 
So I have been listening to music... a lot of music. There are always some songs that really capture what you're story is about... so you listen to them. Again and again and again and again... so on and so on, etc. Jackson Pearce talked about how she bought three hours of ocean music to listen to when writing her modern day adaptation of The Little Mermaid. 
So I'm really curious. Do you do this too Sam? I'm really curious about that  book you just posted about. I know you said it's short but really... I need to read this thing! Sorry about the short post but I have been SO lazy today. And I lost my phone. So basically today I cleaned my room... slept... and tried to catch up on the second season of Awkward. needless to say, I also listened to a bunch of music. I'll just jump right into that playlist. 
Snow Patrol- What if the Storm ends? 
Corinne Bailey Rae- Like a Star
Christina Perry- Arms 
Florence + the Machine- No Light, No Light
Fever Ray- The Wolf
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- Home
A Fine Frenzy- Electric Twist
Passion Pit- Moth's Wings
Gregory and the Hawk- Boats and Birds
Ellie Goulding- Starry Eyed 
Bats for Lashes- Wilderness
Coldplay- Princess of China
Keane- Somewhere Only We Know
Alex Goot- Lightning
King of Anything- Sara Bereilles
Asha Ali- The Time is Now
VV Brown- Shark in the Water
Imagine Dragons- On Top of the World
Amy Winehouse- Back to Black
Peter Bjorn and John- Young Folks
Drops of Jupiter- Train 
Bruno Mars- Mary You
There's more... of course. But those were some of the main ones. If you look through them you'll notice that they all involve either astrology, meteorology, royalty... or sound like a Disney Princess would sing them while dancing through a meadow. Well... maybe a couple are plot oriented. We need to have a playlist on this blog. I'll take the liberty of starting one right this instant! Bye