Hi, My Name Is Andrea, And I'm a Spoilerphobe

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I HATE SPOILERS. This is something, of course, that you know if you know me pretty well. I will go out of my way to avoid spoilers at all costs. I even created a feature here on my blog that is all about going into a book completely blind (it's called Blind Reads, and that reminds me, I need to do more of those!) because of how much I HATE SPOILERS.

I know some people are the opposite. Some people totally like to know certain things that are going to happen, and I can agree with that sometimes. For instance, I have an eye phobia (let's just not talk about it) and other anxiety issues, and I sometimes have to have my husband screen certain movies first so that I won't be caught watching something that triggers anxiety. Some of my best friends also will let me know that I shouldn't watch something, and I've also had some bookish friends warn me of things in books that might not be the greatest things for me to read. 

And I also know there are people (like half of my old book club) who like to read the last sentence or page of a book first. I think they're absolutely nuts.

For the most part, I just HATE SPOILERS. I want to have things revealed to me when they're supposed to be revealed. I don't want to know about that huge twist before it happens! I don't want to know that so-and-so dies UNTIL I ACTUALLY READ IT OR SEE IT. But I do know that everyone has a different definition of spoilers, and what qualifies as a spoiler in my book is, well, pretty much anything. I've been wanting to write this post since Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner wrote this discussion about what defines a spoiler (wow, a whole year ago!) and I'm glad I'm finally getting around to it.

So here are some ways that I've actually been spoiled (for books and/or TV shows/movies):

In Reviews

This one is sad, because I love to support my fellow book bloggers, but you guys, I just can't do it. If I plan on reading a book anytime soon, I just can't read your review. Unless you swear that there will be no spoilers. But even then, I don't want to know about that twist that happens on page 15. I don't care that it's not at the end, I don't want to know about it until I get to page 15 myself!

On Social Media

I mean, we all know to stay off Twitter until you've watched the next episode of Game of Thrones. YOU WILL BE SPOILED. And that truly sucks for me because I'm in the Pacific time zone, which means I see all the shows 3 hours after the Eastern time zone, 2 hours after Central. So all those shows you watched 3 hours ago? Yeah, I'm watching it NOW. And even then, I can't always watch the show when it's live because I have kids and other things to do. DVRs are great, yet they just help the spoilers to accumulate.

So I know not to go on Twitter until I've watched that show, but even Facebook is getting really bad about it. I LOVE the show The Amazing Race. So naturally, I "liked" their page on Facebook. But if I don't watch an episode live, guess what they put up on FB the next day? A post that says, "Hear what yesterday's eliminated team has to say!" or something like that. Sure, that doesn't spoil, but underneath the title is a PICTURE OF THE TEAM WHO HAS JUST BEEN ELIMINATED. Come on, The Amazing Race! Don't you want people to actually watch the show? This kind of thing is happening a lot these days.

By a So-Called Friend


So a couple years ago I was hanging out with some friends and I mentioned the book I was reading. It was a mystery, and a rather big book, and I was telling my friends how it was taking me a long time to read it. One friend said, "Oh, yeah, that book. [Character name] did it." I was SO PISSED. I don't know why she would say that. Why the hell would you DO THAT to a person? I was so shocked I kind of stuttered and changed the subject.

On the Book Cover/In the Synopsis

I personally only read the book's synopsis once--when I first hear about it or see it in the store or library. If I like how it sounds and I want to read it, I put it on my TBR on Goodreads and I don't read the synopsis again. Because I don't want to remember much when I actually sit down to read it. And often, if I'm hooked by the first sentence or so of the synopsis, I won't even read the rest of the synopsis. And I'm glad I don't. Because sometimes a synopsis can reveal too much, almost like a movie trailer. I've also been spoiled by an author's blurb on the cover of a book. Not cool.

On the Wiki Page

Sometimes Recaptains doesn't have a book I've read recapped yet, so when I go into the second or third book I forget some things. So there have been a few times when I try to find the wiki page for that series and look something up. NOT A GOOD IDEA. Because I have been spoiled that way and it sucks. This is when I should tweet/text/email a friend who I know has read the books and say, "Hey I'm reading book 3 in this series and I don't remember who this guy is. What did he do in book 2 again?"

Basically, for me, if it happens in the book and it's not in the synopsis, DON'T TELL ME. And even if it is in the synopsis, I might not want to know. Most people are good about not spoiling things, and like I said, I know to stay off social media, but sometimes, these things are unavoidable. Or you just have that jack ass "friend" who tells you who effing did it when you simply mention that you're reading the book.

What about you guys? Do you think I'm a bit too much of a spoilerphobe or are you like me?

Sundays in Bed With...The Thief (Again)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sundays in Bed With... is a meme/feature started by my friend Kate at Midnight Book Girl, where we can highlight the book that we're spending the day in bed reading (or the one we wish we could be reading all day in bed!).

I'm hoping to spend the day in bed with...

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Both the kiddos are very good at keeping me away from my book, so I'm still reading The Thief this week. I've been reading it for like 3 weeks, actually, and I'm enjoying it so I hope to get some more reading time in soon!

What are you spending this Sunday in bed with?  Let me know in the comments, or leave a link to your post if you're participating in this meme and I'll try to stop by your blog!

DNF: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Friday, July 24, 2015
Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 335
Format/Source: Ebook/Gift from a friend
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

Okay, so this is one of those times where I hide from all my blogger friends. I just could NOT get into Obsidian. I was really expecting to LOVE it, but I ended up DNFing at 25%. But I like to write DNF reviews where I share the reasons why I didn't finish the book.

What I Liked...

  • Katy is a book blogger! Yay! If I had loved this book, JLA would have gotten ALL THE BONUS POINTS. But as it is, there just wasn't anything else to gain Bonus Points, so I'm not giving her any here. It's just a little rule for my Bonus Points. *Shrug.*
  • I love Katy's shirt that says "My Blog Is Better Than Your Vlog." LOL!
  • Some funny humor.

What I Didn't Like...

  • Daemon is a total dick. I'm sorry, but he was SUCH a dick and I can't support girls falling in love with guys who are so horrible to them. I know that *things* happen later that maybe are supposed to explain or make up for why he is so rude to her at first, but seriously, I would never date a guy who was that horrible to me and I don't think we should be idolizing this type of behavior.
  • He seems to have super hearing and is super fast. She moved into town with one parent who can't cook. She's clumsy and plain, he's the hottest guy she's ever seen and he's a jerk to her at first. He saves her from a bear and then from some attacker. This sounds pretty familiar to me...
  • Why must "hot" guys be shirtless so often? Why do they need to be shirtless in books at all? I know I'm in the minority here, but to me it feels just like how when we read a book where it describes a girl's body in a sexual way we take offense to that kind of objectification, but when we do it to guys it's okay?

Because Daemon is an alien, I thought I would LOVE Obsidian. I LOVE alien and sci-fi stuff. But this read more like a paranormal book than a science fiction book. But I do think that if I had read this book 2 or 3 years ago, I probably would have gobbled it up. I'm just not really into paranormal books anymore. But if you're a fan of paranormal books and this one sounds good to you, be sure to visit the reviews I've listed below: they all loved Obsidian!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Entangled Teen

Disclaimer:  I was given this book as a gift from a friend.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.

Waiting on Wednesday (52): Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:
By Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
Release Date:  September 24, 2015
Published by Simon Pulse
Ethan, aka "Scam", has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn't just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn't consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts - like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him - his former group of friends, the self-named "zeros" who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam's latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
Scott Westerfeld is one of my favorite authors, and although I haven't yet read his latest book, Afterworlds, I own it and I hope to read it soon. I also need to finish his Leviathan series! But Zeroes also sounds very cool and I can't wait to read it!

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog! 

Stacking the Shelves (67)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers can share the books and bookish items that we've bought, borrowed, or received each week.

This StS is for the past two weeks.

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Secret Garden (a coloring book for adults) by Johanna Basford
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I almost didn't have a Stacking the Shelves post this week, because I hadn't bought any books in a while. But I needed some book-retail-therapy this week and bought these books!

What did you guys get this week?  Let me know, or leave a link to your StS post (or IMM or any other alternative) in the comments and I'll try to stop by your blog!
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