In computing, a black box is any device which can be viewed in terms of transferring information in & out, without any knowledge of its internal workings. Because of this broad definition, it has been said that almost anything might be referred to as a black box: a transistor, an algorithm, or even the human brain.
What originally started as an apology to her Twitter followers for accidental spam, turned into a popular spy-thriller. The story itself is deceivingly simple. It follows a beautiful female spy in the futuristic South of France. It manages to include patriotism, gender issues, racial prejudices, & more, without ever feeling like it’s jabbing opinions at you. Continue reading
Everybody loves a baddie. This was the hardest top five list I’ve had to narrow down yet. Villains are often more fun to read than the heroes. Just think about every actor interview you’ve ever seen where they say that it’s definitely more fun to play the bad guy. The same is true of reading. A villain done right is often more compelling than most of those one dimensional goody-goody heroes. Even as a kid, one of my favorite Disney characters was Hades. Also, I should note, these are villains in my sense of the word, some people may view some of these as merely antagonists. Continue reading
I just posted my top best couples, so now we obviously need a worst list. I don’t mean the messed up ones like, Jamie & Cersi Lannister. I also don’t mean the boring ones that just never had chemistry. These are more controversial choices. Couples that a lot of people love & for good reason, but I just don’t like. I’m sure some of these are beloved by others, so I’m anticipating some backlash. Continue reading
Fictional romances are tricky because they have a duty to represent an epic, specific kind of love. They must display the larger than life feelings of being love, but be realistic enough that they’re still felt by the reader, still human. They must be tried & tested & whether or not the characters survive, their love must be the satisfaction that carries out our hope. I spent some time thinking about who my favorite fictionalized couples were. A lot of them were from movies, Moulin Rouge‘s Christian & Satine, or from history, Bonnie & Clyde, or even cartoon’s, Lady & the Tramp. But the literary ones could not be narrowed down, so I chose five. There are potentially spoilers in here, I guess? So read at your own discretion. Continue reading
With the new year comes new expectations! New standards for the months ahead! That means reading challenges. I personally love them. All of them. I’ve changed the style of the way I set these challenges for myself over the years. I think it’s a great discussion topic because there’s often some sort of shift when they aren’t completed. Or sometimes they are completed, but the pressure of it sucked all the fun out of it & became stressful instead. But mostly I wanted to get ideas for the different ways we can enhance our reading abilities or experiences in the upcoming year & get some feedback from you guys. So here are some types of challenges I’ve tried. Continue reading
2015 is over! I edited down the full Year in Review Post because the other just seems too long. I also tried not to use the same book twice for most of the questions.
Overall, the year has been crazy so I’m really proud of what I’ve read compared to the hectic changes that have been happening in my life. I feel like certain books just come to you at the right time you were meant to read them & I definitely felt that way with a lot of the books I’ve read this year. Continue reading
I’ve done my Book Gift Guide. But I realized I didn’t include some of the books that are on my personal wish-list for this holiday season. So here are some books & bookish items I’m hoping to receive (or buy myself) this month. Continue reading
So this post comes from my personal experience ordering books for my friends & family. Everything on this list is a present I actually ordered for somebody, or considered ordering. This being said, a lot of my friends don’t read (blasphemy, I know), so alot of these categories overlap on the same person. I do not have endless friends as this list suggests. But I stand by my choices.
I’m normally pretty good at picking out which books certain people will like, & for that I thank my time working in a bookshop with very picky customers. I tried to make sure most of the books were as recently released as possible, with some exceptions. Books make perfect gifts because if you find the right one, that person will never, ever forget you gave it to them. Continue reading
I may have gone a bit overboard on bookoutlet. I swear they’re not paying me to say this, but they are amazing. But their prices are already so low, plus they took 30% off everything, plus you got a coupon for $5 via email!
This was also my first experience ever ordering from them, so I went down my TBR list on Goodreads & just added every title I found to my cart. The most I spent on a book in this entire haul was $4.19. Meanwhile most of these books were list priced at over $20.00 each. Major savings. The majority of them were also bought in hardcover.
Also, add me on Snapchat if you like unboxings because that’s pretty much what I use Snapchat for. It’s wholly dedicated to my bookish stuff, so I don’t post too many personal stories. Just lots of shelfies, quotes, coffee cups, & what not. The packages will probably start coming in next week, so follow me @ReinReads
In no particular order, my Black Friday book haul: Continue reading
Top 10 Things Readathonners Can Relate To:
10. Taking the books with you on bathroom breaks. Unsanitary? Probably. Necessary? Yes.
9. Eating unhealthily. Sure you made a salad, a sandwich, & a fruit smoothie, but for some reason the only thing you crave during a readathon is chocolate & chips?
8. Leg cramping/hand cramping. Your legs are asleep & your hands hurt from bending your book open. You the real MVP.
7. Overly alert coffee burst! YOU ARE SO AWAKE BECAUSE YOU OVERPREPARED & DRANK FIVE CUPS OF COFFEE BEFORE THE SECOND HOUR WAS EVEN UP!
6. Tired eyes. Ow my eyes hurt from reading, let’s take a break to stare at the bright light of twitter for thirty minutes to see what people are posting…
5. Anxiety. Should I be entering more challenges? I’m only 50 pages in! I’ll never read all these books in my pile!
4. Annoying pets, friends, family. Yes, cat. That’s exactly where you should plop down. Right on my book. *Phone buzz* Why do I only seem to have friends when I can’t answer them? Where were you yesterday when I was home doing absolutely nothing!?
3. Intense time lapses. WHAT!? It’s 1:00PM already? Last I checked it was 10:00AM… Where did the time go? Did I enter another realm?
2. Community! I made so many new friends today! So many new follows & followers! Dewey retweeted me! YAYYYAYAY
1. HAPPINESS! For the love of books 🙂