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BIP: Summer Goals

So a while back now (like January) my mother gave me the best gift anyone could give me when they have no clue what to give me… a Chapter’s gift card! I finally got around to actually making a selection for my purchase, which is very hard when you’ve already created yourself a wish list on your account that’s valued over 1000$ hahaha.

I have very limited estate for books
I have very limited estate for books

I knew I wanted to get a box set to maximize my gift cards value, question what which box sets did I want? The Maze Runner and Beautiful Creatures were off right away because I’ve been buying their first few books individually because I’ve been having a love-hate relationship with those series. I also considered Game of Thrones, but I kind of want that collection to be hard cover. While I was living in Hawaii I picked up Restaurant at the end of Universe, a part of the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy collection. I remember enjoying that book and the challenge this universe presented with its language and terminology. I had no space left to bring the book back, so this was the perfect opportunity to get the whole series! Which is beautiful!

Awesome cover/banner
Awesome cover/banner

All the book covers were designed for the images to align next to each other. I live and die all at the same time just looking at this spread. The synopsis for each book are just as amazing to me.

“One Thursday lunchtime the Earth is Unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the galaxy is a very strange and startling place.”

The following books each seem to have just as humorous of a tale to get you ready. I love the movie adaptation for this novel. The world they created in the movie with all the space characters were so great I’m going to love sitting outside on a warm sunny evening, enjoy a beer and read this series.


Look at how dense those books are! The thickest one has over a thousand pages! eek! This will be more of a mental challenge because of the immensity of it all, that’s why I was reading Game of Thrones eBook style so it wouldn’t be as daunting.

20150319_232324[1]This is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to book covers. Promotional stamps/stickers. I’m not sure exactly how this happens, maybe some deal between the publishers and the production company has them print more books with the tv show being promoted, I don’t like it. I’m very much a fan or original print or art covers that don’t bring into account their tv/movie counter-part. Off the top of my head; If I Stay, Lord of the Rings, GoT (starting to), etc. It also bugs me that only this cover out of the four in the series I purchase is the only one with this tag which I cannot remove! Ahh! The TORTURE!!

If you haven’t seen the tv series (season 2 starts April 4th!) or read the book the synopsis written for it goes by…

“Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.”

 I cannot wait for this semester to finish so I can commit more brain waves and space towards reading. Let’s be honest, sometimes reality just isn’t as great as fiction is.

There goes the last bit of space without staking on top.
There goes the last bit of space without stacking on top.

Just a minor note: These two box sets came up to 53$CDN…. so 9 books for 50$ sounds like victory to me.

Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition

I love books.

Hard covers even more, special editions even more than more. Which is why if I have the means to get ones that I’m interested in reading or the cover just blows my socks off I’ll do what I can to get it. Barnes and Noble has an array of classic books leather bounded with beautiful gold filigree and art work on both the cover and inside, the page edges are gold, and there’s the ribbon bookmark! They just reminded me of walking into a home library with vaulted ceilings so book cases would go all the way up the walls and ladders were necessary, and on these cases were stacks of leather bounded books collected over time and chosen with love and care.

Beast’s Library


The library that's beauty and the beats inspiration!
The library that’s beauty and the beats inspiration!

So the one’s I own are pictured below: Arabian Nights, Alice in Wonderland, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Dracula. I haven’t read the two thicker books because, let’s be honest, its way too intimidating to approach them for any other reason than just admiration. That’s why I read GoT eBook style, just to ease my manic need to read novels quick. For the other three, a ranking of which I enjoyed, most to least, I would say Dracula, Sense & Sensibility, then Pride & Prejudice. I think because for the most part once you read Dracula you can understand why many people say it’s near impossible to make a true adaptation into film for it. The style and sense Bram Stoker places the reader in just make you feel like your literally going through the motions, thoughts, and feelings of the characters. It feels very film noir in the sense that more visual/scenic layout is provided over dialogue. Not to say there isn’t dialogue, just the tone and mood Bram sets you in has a more visceral affect. The book cover for this novel was perfect! I lost my mind in excitement just looking at it.

For Jane Austen’s novel there have been so many adaptations into film, mini-series, or television specials that you could find one that fits your ideal translation from novel to movie. The collectible editions by Barnes and Noble may initially seem like off-putting colour to match them with but it grows on you. The chances off all the books being able to have the same colour with slight change in tone variation is difficult without all the novels from different authors looking like a collection of dictionary tomes, aka the same. Disregarding the looks of the books, they’re both good reads. The style isn’t current so if words are written in a manner you can’t decipher right away just do a quick google or dictionary search and that should clear up any miscomprehension. All of these novels do have sparks notes you can find online, but if you’re reading for leisure instead of a school assignment I would say pass on the sparks.

I have attempted reading Arabian Nights, and have read a few chapters but I had trouble wrapping my head around the logic some of the stories were making. Thought it best I leave it for another attempt at a later time when instead of looking at the book my first thought being “oooo, pretty,” is actually “I wanna read that book.” Arabian and Alice were purely shallow purchases initially because they’re so beautiful to look at and I wanted them on my bookshelf for others to envy. That’s not a bad way either to start a book, just looking at the cover, which is generally speaking the “faux pas.” However if you’ve developed a love for the characters, stories, themes by some other means and want to better understand the plot and you by chance walk by said book looking extra alluring, why not?

These novels I purchased between $15-$22 depending on their sizes.