I’m back from involuntary haitus

Hey there, it’s been a while.

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It’s been about a month since I last posted anything. I ended up taking a bit of a mental health break because I just wasn’t feeling what I had been posting. I decided that I needed to take a step back and reevaluate what I was doing.

For a while I was only posting WWW Wednesdays, Top Ten Tuesdays, Hauls, and Wrap Ups with a few reviews and tags sporadically thrown in. For a while I wasn’t feeling like reviewing any of the books I was reading because none of the books I was reading were blowing me away. I was walking away after finishing a book thinking “That was alright, I enjoyed it, don’t know what else to really say,” I have a difficult time reviewing a book that I was feeling very meh about or when the book was just okay. Its a lot easier for me to review a book that I either Loved or Hated.

Around the second week of January I started realizing that my disinterest in my blog, reading, tv shows, etc. was being caused by my depression and pressure that I had put on myself. I lost interest for a while and that really sucked, I would open up a new blog post and my mind would just be blank. I had nothing. I’m still in the midst of said depression episode but I’m attempting to crawl my way out of it.

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I’ve been fighting depression for a few years now and some days are better then others and sometimes I just get burnt out by life. When that happened I lost interest in my books, my writing, my blog, the tv shows I watch, and the video game I was playing. Don’t ask what I did with my nights because I don’t even know. Again, I got nothing.

One thing that I think I’m going to do is switch this blog from being fully book related to being more of a “lifestyle” blog or a general “I’m going to write about whatever I feel like writing that day,” type of blog but just to be specific here are some the topics I’m going to be exploring.

Books- How can I not be expected to not keep  writing about books? I will still post TTT, WWW Wednesdays, Hauls, Wrap Ups, tags, and reviews. Books will still be the primary focus on this blog but I just don’t want to feel limited.

Writing- Whenever my depression worsens my writing is the first thing to suffer, thank god I am not a writer that has to worry about pushing through to meet deadlines. I have two novels that I am slowly (very slowly) working on and I have two other ideas for novels that need to be explored. I plan to be posting writing updates either weekly or twice a month. I also made a new goal to either be actively working on my novels or if I’m not then I need to choose a random writing prompt from the jar of prompts and either incorporate it into one of my novels or just write a short story with it. Either way I need to start writing more.

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Working out and Diet- Just to clarify, I am not going to be posting work outs or diet plans. I am not going to be posting work outs or diet plans. I am neither a personal trainer or a nutritionist. I want to post little snippets of my journey to eat better and get into better shape. The thought is if I post about it here then it’ll keep me motivated.

That’s really all I can think of for now. I want to get back into my bookstagram and I’m trying to be more active on Twitter, but I was hating the thought of leaving my blog unposted for so long. I may take a couple more days just for mental health reasons but I’ll post again soon.

Until then.
Thanks for reading!

-Cass

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Checking out a To-Be-Read Calculator

A while ago, Maren over at The Worn Bookmark posted about the Never Ending TBR pile and I can totally relate to that so I checked out the post. She was talking about how she and Ashley  were talking about their TBR piles and found a site that calculates how long it would take them to read their tbrs, and I thought to myself “I have gott (hehe) to check this out”

It’s fun to look through this, although I think it would take me longer than the time it estimates since a lot of my tbr consists of bigger books and it takes me a while to read those bigger books. I may try to (remember) to do this yearly. I think it would be interesting to compare these, or maybe I should wait until I’m 27 and see how the progress goes. I love comparing data like this.

The only problem with this is I would have to go on a book buying ban for the 2 years and 2 months and there is no way I could ever be able to do that! I can’t even go 2 weeks without going book shopping!

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2016 Book Favorites

No one should be shocked by any of these, I have raved about all of them and each one of these books have stuck with me all throughout the year.

They are all new favorites and ones I would pick up and reread again and again.

Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J Maas

This Savage Song
by Victoria Schwab

Dreams of Gods and Monsters
by Laini Taylor

Red Rising
by Pierce Brown

The Wrath and The Dawn
by Renee Ahdieh

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo

The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

Gemina
by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

The Star Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi


My 2016 Least Favorites

I decided to add these on just for that kind of contrast. I’m sorry if any of these are your favorites, they just didn’t do it for me.

Dreamology by Lucy Keating

This may not be a surprise because I wrote a very non gushing review for it, just to refresh, I didn’t like the characters, the story didn’t make sense in a lot of parts, and our characters priorities were way out of line.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I really struggled to get through this one, the plot was slow and really dragged on for a lot of it, and there was something about the writing style that I couldn’t get into. Really disappointing read of the year.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

At the moment I really cant think of why I didn’t like this. Its just not coming to me right now, I remember not liking the character and thinking that the book was 200 pages too long.

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Ah this one, the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover is my least favorite out of everything that shes written. I wasn’t a fan of Slammed and this was just Wills POV for everything that happened. It really didn’t shed any light on the story, brought nothing new to the series.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Oh the injustice of the ending for this trilogy!!!! Really disappointing ending to an amazing trilogy.


There’s my list of favorite and least favorite reads of 2016. I cant believe that the year is almost over.

What was your favorite read of 2016? Least favorite?
Let me know in the comments and don’t worry if one of your least favorites was one of my favorites. I’d be curious to know why 🙂

Blogmas #4: A Court of Mist and Fury Giveaway!

Good Morning everyone!

I am really excited about this post today because I am finally doing a giveaway, I am giving away a hardback copy of A Court of Mist and Fury!

Unfortunately, this is a US based giveaway.

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This giveaway will be open starting today, December 12, and will close Friday, December 16th at midnight (PST).

Rules for the giveaway:

1. Must be following the LittleBookCottage

2. Like this Post

3. Leave a comment telling me about your ideal perfect winter night; tell me about who you are spending the evening with (family? Friends? Significant Other?), where are you at (home? maybe childhood home? cabin in a snowy mountain?) and any other details that would make it your ideal night.

And that’s all you have to do to be officially entered.


Personally, mine would take place in a cabin in the mountains with a nice roaring fire in the fireplace. I’m curled up on a nice comfy couch with a mug of hot choco and a book, the bf curled up next to me. If I look outside I can see a small flurry of snowflakes gently falling from the sky.


Good Luck if you enter, I will be announcing the giveaway Saturday, December 17th, please spread the word around 🙂

Thank you and Happy Holiday

December Anticipations

Spindle
by E.K Johnston
Release date: December 6th

This is a spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty is probably my favorite fairy tale of all time. I love the movie, Maleficent is one of my favorite villains of all time. If there is a Sleeping Beauty retelling then I want to read it asap. I’ve already read Princess of Thorns and A Wicked Thing, really enjoyed both, so I am looking forward to reading another.

Did I Mention I Miss You?
by Estelle Maskame
Release date: December 6th

I actually just picked up Did I Mention I Love You because I knew book 3 was coming out soon and might as well start it.

Crystal Storm 
by Morgan Rhodes
Release date: December 13th

I CANT WAIT FOR THIS! THE EXCITEMENT IS REAL!!!

Ever the Hunted 
by Erin Summerill
Release date: December 27th

I don’t know how I feel about this book anymore. I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed reviews and it makes me nervous.

The Great Debate: Discussing Book Formats

First things first, I saw this gaming meme and I thought it could translate well to the bookish community so I made the appropriate changes.

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How great is that?? I laughed so hard when I saw it because it’s so true. I feel as if the book community is less extreme about the format because a book is a book, it doesn’t quite matter how it gets read so long as we’re able to read it.

I have used and loved both print books and ebooks, I was a big supporter of ebooks for a couple years but then I found my way back to print books and I have stayed with my print books. Now the only time I will read on my kindle is for New Adult books since they are mostly in ebook form or novellas for series.

Rating system
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ = My preferred format.
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ = second best
❤ ❤ ❤ = Eh, I guess
❤ ❤ = Do I really have to?
<3= Nope, don’t want to

Hardcover vs Paperback vs E-book vs Audiobook

Hardcover Books:

Pros:
They are pretty! You have pretty dust jackets, gorgeous endpapers, beautiful spines, and sometimes the naked book is just as beautiful!
So much work goes into making a hardcover book.
They are fairly sturdy! They don’t get bent as easily as a paperback would, you don’t have to worry about the cover bending or ripping. (At least I don’t since I take off my dust jackets as I’m reading the book)

Aesthetically pleasing: there’s something about seeing a shelf full of hardcover books lined up. I just love it!

Cons:

More expensive than paperbacks: you will typically almost always spend twice as much money on a hardcover. Is it worth it? For me? Yeah. Most of the time I buy hardcovers because the book just came out or it matches the format for the rest of my books.

Dustjackets: Dustjackets annoy the hell out of me. They get in the way of my reading experience so I usually take them off but then I worry about losing them or if someone is going to accidently throw them away.

The Weight: Hardcovers are heavy! Anyone who’s read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or The Deathly Hallows in hardcover will remember the ache in the wrists or the arms from having to hold up those books.

Preference?

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My preference is almost always for hardcover books. I even have a goal to replace my paperback copies with hardcover versions.

 

Paperbacks

Pros

Cheaper: Most YA paperbacks are about 8-10 dollars a pop, now you could go to an outlet or used bookstore and they will be much cheaper but in my experience, they usually don’t have the books that I’m looking for.

Cons

Cover and pages get bent easier: Usually, I carry my books in my purse or backpack and more than once I have gone to pull my book out and the cover has been bent or torn, pages have been bent, or something else has happened. I know there are some people who think that book blogging, Booktube, and Bookstagram has made us shallow in the appearance of our books but I am perfectly okay with being shallow about how my books look. I paid a good chunk of my money for my books and I want to take care of my possessions, I don’t dog-ear my books, I don’t like to crack the spine, I just like my bookshelves to look neat and orderly. Paperbacks don’t really do that, the more you read them the more wear and tear they get and the messier they look.

One thing that really annoys me with adult fiction books is their price, at a store, a paperback copy will be anywhere from 14-17 dollars. For a paperback book! That annoys me so much. Along with the fact that hardcovers can cost up to 30 dollars, it really frustrates me.

Preference?

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If I have to, but usually I go for hardcovers

E-books

For a couple years, I was a huge Ebook supporter. I bought everything in ebook form and I’m not sure what happened to reform me back into loving physical copies but that happened.

Pros

Convenience: With an e-reader, you can carry anywhere from 3 or 4 books to 500 or even more! That does stand for something.

Lighter: It’s really easy to read with e-readers, whether you are laying down, sitting up, inside, outside; most devices are under 2 lbs., my Kindle Paperwhite is about .5 lbs. which is ridiculous when you think about it.

Travel-friendly: When I went to California I brought down two giant suitcases full of stuff for my mom so I had to check those, those suitcases also held my stuff for the weekend in them. I didn’t want to stuff books in them and add to the weight so I brought my kindle with and downloaded 4 books for it and since I was only gone for a long weekend I just returned the ebooks I bought.

Most e-readers will allow you to read in the dark. No lamps/reading lights/Christmas lights needed.

Snowed in while binge reading the hunger games? Buy and download Mockingjay and binge away*

*True story- I was snowed in at my apartment (I couldn’t get my VW bug out of the snow for the life of me) and I was finishing up Catching Fire and needed Mockingjay more than anything!

Gray Area 

I wasnt sure where to place this so I made a gray area, but the ebooks that are .99 cents are both a blessing and a curse. I cant resist them and I cant even stop myself, I must buy the book if its .99 cents.

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Cons

Ereaders are my last resort reading preference. I would rather hold the physical copy

The price. I will not spend more than 3 or 4 dollars and if I can buy the physical copy for less than the ebook version then you can bet with surety that I am buying that physical copy. And if you ever hear that I purchased an ebook for $10 then I have surely been abducted by aliens.

And let’s really discuss the price; I realize that authors have to get paid. Trust me that is not my issue BUT 10 dollars is a lot of money for me (to put in perspective: I make 13.50 an hour, to buy that 10 dollar book I have to work for one hour, for that I want to physically hold that copy to assure myself that working for that hour was worth it.) Also at the end of the day I don’t want to pay 10 dollars for a digital file, I’m just not going to do that.

I’ve found that I have a harder time connecting to the characters in the story if I’m reading a digital copy.

I cannot read on a computer screen. I don’t know what it is but I can’t do it. You know there’s that read now feature on Kindle that lets you read it on your computer screen? My bestie does that at work, if she has a free moment then she pulls up amazon and reads that way, I’ve tried on days when I leave my kindle at home or it’s dead or I forgot to bring another book for when I finish the current one, but I did not like reading that way. This also applies to reading a PDF on the screen, an old friend of mine sent me a rough draft of her story to read and I had to print it out because the PDF format was giving me a headache.

Preference?

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Meh, I really only use it to read New Adult books.

Audiobooks

Pros

I typically listen to audiobooks when I’m driving or doing chores around the house.

 

Cons

Sometimes I have to make myself listen to them, I am typically a mood listener with music and because the Hamilton Musical has taken over my life…usually, I’m listening to that more than my audiobook. If I’m doing a longer drive though then I am definitely listening to an audiobook. Gotta get those stats

The only other problem I have with audiobooks is the attention span that’s needed to focus on the story. Because of this, I typically only listen to books that I need to reread. So if a sequel is coming out and its been over 6 months since I’ve read the first book then I will listen to the audiobook.

Preference?

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I think that just about covers everything I could say about the ebook vs print book debate, what are your thoughts? Did I forget to cover something in this list? I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts.