Coffee Shop Musings: My E- Bookshelf

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Coffee Shop Musings is a spin- off of Musings Monday that is originally hosted by Should Be Reading. This weekly feature spotlights occasionally bookish topics. This week’s topic is:

My E-Bookshelf

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So last week I posted up some pics of what my physical bookshelf looks like. This week, I will share all the ebooks that I had either bought or received as a gift or from publishers and authors in exchange for an honest review. For the purposes of this post, I re-uploaded my ENTIRE ebook library so please excuse the covers with the ‘new’ mark on them, as they are not all entirely new to me 😀 So let’s get started!

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Kindle Shelf

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Whew! I obviously own more ebooks than I own physical copies and it has its pros and cons. I own a total of…

612 ebooks!!!

Yeeeeeeep, and there you have it folks!!! I hope you enjoyed taking a virtual tour of both my physical and digital book shelves. See you guys soon!

What’s on your digital bookshelf and how many do you have?

Coffee Shop Musings: My Bookshelf

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Coffee Shop Musings is a spin- off of Musings Monday that is originally hosted by Should Be Reading. This weekly feature spotlights occasionally bookish topics. This week’s topic is:

My Bookshelf

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So for the first time in forever I’d love to share my book collection with you guys 😀 I will be showing you pictures for now (maybe someday, I’ll do a bookshelf tour vlog). Most of the books that I own, ebooks included, were either purchased or given to me as a present or were sent from publishers/ authors themselves in exchange for a review 😀 At the end of this article, I shall reveal the total number of physical copies that I currently own. Here we go!

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My books are usually grouped by genre aside from my favorite series (Harry Potter) and other TBR books are usually placed in my study area 😀 I started my collection since I was in high school, and since then there have been books that I’ve bought, books that I’ve sold, and books that I lent out and never got it back 😦 So I have a total of…

290 physical copies!!!!

There you have it folks an inside look on what my bookshelf looks like 😀 

What does your bookshelf look like and how many physical copies do you own? 

Coffee Shop Musings: Spoilers!

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Coffee Shop Musings is a spin- off of Musings Monday that is originally hosted by Should Be Reading. This weekly feature spotlights occasionally bookish topics. This week’s topic is:

Spoilers

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Ah! Spoilers… yeah, I do not like those. I do not like them at all. So in all sense I do my best to avoid ’em especially when it comes to over-hyped book series that I am currently reading. However, things get more complicated especially when it comes to talking about books with other bookish people. Even as a book blogger, I sometimes have to stop myself from revealing info on books that others haven’t read yet. So in this segment of Coffee Shop Musings I will address a couple of things when it comes to bookish spoilers.

When is it OK to talk about spoilers?

Personally, I try as much as possible to keep myself from revealing anything when it comes to talking about books that my friends haven’t read. But when I find myself about to spoil something, I let them know ahead of time and hopefully get feedback on whether or not they want to hear it. When they do not mind it, then so be it. I’ll talk about it as long as I want, and if they do not want to hear it, then that’s ok with me as well. That’s just how I like to approach the whole spoilers situation.

Is it ever OK to talk about spoilers from books that have been around for the longest time?

This is a complicated matter to me honestly because I’m really afraid of upsetting people who have not read a particular book that’s been around for ages and I accidentally blabbed about it. Like  we all know that Dumbeldore dies, we all know that Romeo and Juliet dies in the end, so when is it ever ok to talk about spoilers from books that has been published a long time ago?! I would take the safer route by referring back to the question above 😀 Let the person know ahead of time or ask their permission to talk about certain information on books that they have not read yet. Better safe than sorry 😀

Reaction when I have been spoiled.

I’m not the type of person that would react negatively to being spoiled. I will most likely react to what the spoiler was about. Like if the spoiler was not what I expected that would happen, I’d be like “whaaatttt?!”, or if an unexpected character that died etc. I really negatively react to being spoiled. I don’t throw a fit. I don’t beat people up. I don’t cry because I was spoiled. I just go with it. However, if I strictly don’t want to be spoiled by anything (like how the Divergent Trilogy ends for example), I simply avoid any situation that may lead to me being spoiled. For example, if the person that I’m talking to is rambling about a particular with a particular spoiler that I’m trying to avoid, I just let the person know that I would want to find out myself. If the bloody spoiler is all over the internet, I avoid searching it! Simple as that. 

 

As horrible as they are, as avid readers we shouldn’t allow a simple spoiler to keep us from enjoying a good book. That bit of information shouldn’t be enough to ruin the entire book. So let’s all keep calm and carry on reading. 

What’s your input on spoilers?

Coffee Shop Musings: Bookish Pet Peeves

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Coffee Shop Musings is a spin- off of Musings Monday that is originally hosted by Should Be Reading. This weekly feature spotlights occasionally bookish topics. This week’s topic is:

Bookish Pet Peeves 

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The following are a couple of bookish pet peeves of physical book copies that totally irks me out. Now, some of them may bother other people as well and some of them may not. This is all based on my preferences, personal opinions and OCB (Obsessive, Compulsive, & Bookish) habits. OK here we go! 

Book Cover Changes. YES! Book cover changes has to be the first on this list. If there is one thing that will instantly infuriate me, it will have to be cook cover changes. I love to collect books just as much as I love reading them and I love it when all my covers match! Oh oh oh what kills me the most is, when the cover of the FINAL book in a series changes! Ugh! That suuuuucks so much! When you have collected all 10 books in the series and the 11th and final book in the series goes through a cover change… *BOOM* all the rage of the world goes through you!

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Different Book Height. There is a reason why I like purchasing an entire series in either paperback or hardcover, and never a mix, is because I want my books to be uniform in height. But even for some series, hardcovers and paperbacks come in different sizes. WHY IS THAT?!  Take the Mortal Instruments for example. The first 3 paperback books, City of Bones, Ashes and Glass, were released in a standard paperback size. Next things I know, City of Fallen Angels and Lost Souls were released in even taller paperback sized books. What the heck…What. The. Heck! Same goes for hardcovers! There should be a standard size for paperbacks and hardcovers. Or if they must have different heights, all I ask is to please release the series in similar height! 

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Scratches, Dents, Writing and Highlights on Books. Now it upsets me when the last copy of the book that I’m looking to buy is the last copy on the shelf has a tear or a fold on it’s spine or cover orrr when I order a book online, paid full price for it, waited for 21 days for it to arrive, only to see that it’s damaged really makes me sad. In addition to that, there would be times that I would lend my books out to friends in perfect condition, only to have it returned with writings, highlights, folds and tears within the pages and it just brings me to tears… See, I take really good care of my books and I try to keep them in as perfect condition as I could and I only ask the same from the people I lend my books to and the places I get them from. Cuz otherwise, I might go all like…

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JUST KIDDING!!! 

Those are some of my bookish pet peeves 😀 Yes, I know. I am crazy and pretty anal when it comes to collecting books. But hey, what can I say?! I love books and I like having a pretty collection. I try to avoid these pet peeves as much as possible and if I can’t welllll, I usually deal with it and hope for the best. 

What are your bookish pet peeves? 

Coffee Shop Musings: Catching Fire Book- Movie Adaptation

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Coffee Shop Musings is a spin- off of Musings Monday that is originally hosted by Should Be Reading. This weekly feature spotlights occasionally bookish topics. This week’s topic is:

Catching Fire Book- Movie Adaptation 

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Book to Movie. This movie was absolutely marvelous!!! I saw this movie first prior to reading the book and I was honestly in awe over the whole book after reading it. Why? Because this movie came pretty close to its book counterpart. One of the main reasons why people get turned off by book to movie adaptations is because the movie never really turns out exactly like the novel counterpart.  And I’m not saying that I’m one of those people who expect the movie to turn out exactly like the book, no I have made peace with that issue a long time ago and realized that it just can’t and won’t ever happen. In the case of the Catching Fire movie adaptation, I was caught by surprise when I realized that there were certain lines that was said in the book as well as in the movie. I have never seen that happen before or maybe I just can’t remember. Nevertheless, I loved it!

Extras and Omissions. As expected, there were a few scenes in the movie that was a bit different than how it was originally written in the book (I don’t want to mention any particular scenes as it might spoil the movie). However, the awesomeness of Catching Fire was too high for any changes/ omissions that had been made to the movie to affect the way I feel about this particular book to movie adaptation. It wasn’t really a big deal as it didn’t stray too far away from the main plot and it didn’t make anything awkward or petrifying to watch. 

Overall. Catching Fire was such a phenomenal book to movie adaptation. It was up to par! The movie played out exactly how it was described in the book. My feels were uncontrollable when I watched the movie, read the book and then watched the movie again…and again…and again! This movie was great and will forever be great! The acting, the scenes, the costumes, PEETA- was absolutely perfect! Amazing in every way!!! I swear, I fell in love- even more- with Peeta in this book/ movie. I love everything about it!!! It definitely sets the bar really high up there for future book to movie adaptations, INCLUDING the last two movies for the trilogy!!! YES! For those of you who do not know, Mockingjay will be divided into two movie parts. The first part is scheduled to be released by November 2014, according to IMDB. I know right?! The torture!!! 

Have you seen the Catching Fire movie? If so, let me know what you thought about it down below! 

Coffee Shop Musings: Paperback, Hardback or Digital?

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Coffee Shop Musings is a spin- off of Musings Monday that is originally hosted by Should Be Reading. This weekly feature spotlights occasionally bookish topics. This week’s topic is:

Splurging on Books: Paperback, Hardback, or Digital? 

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This is a question that I usually ask myself when it comes to shopping for a new book… or a couple of books. Honestly, the question has gotten a lot harder now that I have started tuning into BookTube. To the point, when it comes to shopping for books, especially since I have been living with a college student budget, I consider the following points:

1. Financial availability/ costs. One thing about being a college student, or even a graduate is that most of your money usually goes to your priorities to survive and even graduate, mainly that would be food, water, shelter, transportation, textbooks and of course,TUITION! And even after you graduate, some of us still feel that big hole in our wallets as we begin to pay off student loans. So when it comes to spending for leisure purposes, the financial budget and the cost of the book is usually one of the first two things to consider. Paperback and digital copies of YA novels are usually cheaper than hardcover books. Digital copies usually ranges from $0.99 to $6.99, I’ve even seen some for free! Paperback copies usually range from $6.99 to $9.99 and hardcovers usually range from $17.99 to $19.99! So the type of cover I get usually depends on the amount the book costs and the amount that I am willing to spend on books and if I could still afford to live 😀

2. Keeping it all the same. Another thing that I usually consider when buying a book, especially if it is part of a series is whether or not I have the previous book in a particular format. Yes! I am that type of book reader/ collector that loves to see all her books in a series in the same size and format. I am a stickler for that, I know, I have a problem. If I have a couple of books in a series in paperback format, then I must get the remaining books in paperback format. If I have a couple of books in hardback format then I must get the remaining copies in hardback format. This is where boxsets come in pretty handy. But then again, I only own one box set (The Hunger Games). Why? Please refer to item #1 .

3. Space. Believe it or not, space has been an issue for me before and I have a feeling that it will not ever stop being an issue with me. I love having lots and lots of space available to move around in easily, especially now that I have a kid. I get all pissy when things are scattered all over the floor or sorted in all the wrong places. I love my space clean and organized. Paperback and hardback take up a lot of physical space, especially if you have accumulated so many books over the past couple of years while digital copies…of course… take up digital space which can easily be bought (so I don’t really have a problem with that), unlike physical space. Why not just sell the books that you have already read? Well, I love books. I love them so so much that it’s just hard to let them go,even the one that I’ve read a looooong time ago. Plus, I have taken really good care of my books  and they just look so good sitting on my shelf. So when I feel like I’m running out of shelf space and if I feel like I don’t really need a physical copy of the book, I would just stick with the digital copies.

4. Availability/ Accessibility. Ok! So I am currently located in the island of Guam. It is a U.S. territory in the Pacific. It is a small, well- developed island (perfect for a summer vacation :D). However, as well- developed as it is, there are only two main bookstores, four public libraries and three thrift stores at which one can choose to visit to obtain some decent reading materials. In addition, each and every single place mentioned contains a very small section of YA novels -.-‘. So the availability of YA titles are strictly limited. Either that or they come in a lot later than when the books have been released. It sucks! There are times when I just get so infuriated when my local bookstore does not carry a particular title, even after the book was released ages ago. Why not order online? I do order online, but like I said I live in Guam, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, shipping rates are sometimes ridiculous when ordering online which brings us back to item #1 of this article. Oh yes and did I mention that ordering online usually comes with a long and excruciating wait time? Yes! It usually takes my packages 21 days, almost a month, to get here. But when desperate times call for desperate measures, I have nowhere to go but online or I just purchase the digital copies of books that are delivered to your reading device instantaneously.

5. Popularity/ Rating. Basically,  the higher the popularity/rating, the higher the chances that I might purchase a copy of that book in hardback. The lower the popularity/ rating, I might just get it in paperback or digital :). Simple as that. BAM!

Financial availability, keeping my books looking all the same and pretty, the shelf space I have available, the availability and accessibility of the book to me, and the popularity and rating of the book are a couple of things that help me decide in whether I should purchase the paperback, hardback or digital copy of a particular title.

What helps you determine which format to buy a book in? Let me know down below 😀