The Separation of the Artist and Their Art

Hey everybody, I’m back with a new post! I have a tendency to overthink things, and right now, this is what’s been on my mind. Feel free to tell me your opinion below in the comments!


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With social media playing as big of a role in our lives, spreading information is easier and happens at a much quicker pace. We all know this, and have seen it happen on the daily for a while now. This also means if a famous artist, writer, musician or other famous person does something wrong, it’s harder to hide from the general public.

I recently talked about how with the whole Sarah Dessen Twitter drama, it has turned me completely off of buying any of her new books, and now I’m taking the opportunity to figure out what to get rid of on my bookshelves. It’s hard for me to read her stuff, as the knowledge of all her “bullshit” (I don’t know how else to describe it 🤣) in the back of my mind. By buying her books, I’m supporting someone who though “apologized” about her behavior, seems to be more sorry she was called out for it, than by her actions.

Side note: If you haven’t heard about my whole take on the Sarah Dessen drama, or just have no idea what I’m talking about, click here.

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As I was thinking about this, I realized if this had happened before I had gotten a Twitter account, or if social media didn’t exist and Sarah Dessen was behaving like this behind the scenes, I most likely never would have heard anything about it. I would have kept looking back on her books in fondness and re-reading it when I was in the mood for some contemporary YA.

Ignorance is bliss, they say.

However, since social media does exist, and I have a Twitter account, I saw it all go down. I saw other writers with large followings support her, (as well as their followers), to the point that the person Sarah Dessen called out deleted all of her social media. How could I support someone who essentially bullied someone off the Internet? Which also leads to my question of the day:

How do people separate the art from the artist?

If you support the art, then you are inadvertently supporting the artist, right?

Plus, with a lot of art, the morals and ideas of the artist is portrayed through their art (that’s part of the reasons why they do what they do in the first place, to express themselves). Granted, if it’s someone who is in it for the money, maybe they don’t put as much of themselves into their art as other artists might. That topic is a whole entire discussion of its own, and not relevant to this topic.

Anyways, how do you separate these two entities, when they aren’t really separate in the first place?

Personally, I can’t, which means if whichever artist I support ultimately does something I am unable to look past, I stop supporting them. As I mentioned earlier when talking about Sarah Dessen, every time I see anything associated with that person, the behavior of the artist is smeared all over their work (for me, at least). It’s difficult to look pass, and in the end, it’s easier for me to just stop supporting them.

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On that note, that’s about all I have for today’s post! Thanks for reading, and I will see you guys in the next post!

Erin 🙂

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December Update!

Hello everyone!

Today I want to update you all, so that you know what’s going on!

Lately, I haven’t been happy with what I’ve been posting on my blog, so I’m going to be taking a break for the month of December. I’m not going to completely stop posting, (If I have an idea, I want to share it!) but I won’t be posting every single Tuesday and Friday like I have been.

I am working on posting a short story on my Medium page though, so if you want to check that out, or anything of my other content on there, click here!

Otherwise, I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you in the next post! (Whenever that may be).

 

Erin 🙂

Twitter: @ENordhof

Prose: https://theprose.com/ennord

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Book Deals

Looking for the perfect gift for the book lovers in your life?

With Black Friday upon us, and Cyber Monday happening next week, I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of some of the book deals available right now.

Some of these deals I found through a Black Friday website that compiles all of the deals happening in one place.

If you want to check it out for more deals on items other than books, here’s the website:

https://blackfriday.com/


 

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https://blackfriday.com/half-price-books-black-friday

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https://blackfriday.com/booksamillion-black-friday

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https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=gbpp_itr_m-5_2527_BOOKS?node=14611812011&gb_f_GB-SUPPLE=enforcedCategories:283155&gb_ttl_GB-SUPPLE=Deals%2520on%2520Books&ie=UTF8

 

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/black-friday-cyber-monday-deals

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https://bookoutlet.com/Promo/usgiftguide2019

 

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https://www.bookdepository.com/black-friday

 


Thank you for reading, and happy reading!

 

Erin 🙂

Twitter: @ENordhof

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Current Reads & My Thoughts on Disney+

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve been having a good week so far!

Since this week is Thanksgiving week, I want to do some laid back posts, so I figure I would talk about my current reads, along with Disney+ after having used it for a few weeks. I’m debating whether or not I will post on Friday, as it’s going to be a busy week for me, since a lot of friends from out of town are coming back, and there’s all sorts of Thanksgiving preparations that need to be taken care of… so we will see 🤣

Now that we got all of that out of the way… Let’s get into the post!


Current Read

During the late fall/winter, I’m always in the mood to read books that fall in the fantasy/sci-fi category more so than anything else. I have a lot of books that fall into these genres, but right now I’m working my way through Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

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I read the first book a couple of years ago, and tried reading the second book sometime this year, but I had forgotten so much that happened in the first book, so I decided to re-read the first book again. I want to read the entire trilogy before the end of the year, though I’ve been reading a bit less right now than I was before, so we’ll see how it goes 🤷‍♂️ I have been enjoying the re-read though, and I want to read more of Laini Taylor’s books, as her writing style really clicks with me.

I’m interested in reading Strange the Dreamer as well, so if you’ve read it, let me know whether or not you liked it!


Disney+

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In case you haven’t heard… Disney+ is here and streaming all the Disney content that is hard to find, such as the old Disney Channel shows and the Disney movies that used to be hidden away in the Disney Vault until the company decided to release it.

Although I’ve been enjoying the content and soaking in the childhood nostalgia, I have a few issues with Disney+, concerning the technical side of the whole thing.

  1. When you are watching a show, it does not save what episode you are on currently. However, when you watch movies, it saves your progress. I don’t know why it’s like that, but I hope they fix it, since it’s annoying having to try and remember where I left off when watching a show.
  2. When you first start watching something, a black shadow appears on the top of the screen, but disappears after 30 seconds. It doesn’t stay that long, but it’s noticeable and shouldn’t be happening in the first place.
  3. This is just a personal preference, but the fact that I can’t easily access the content I’m currently watching is also annoying. For example, Netflix has the row of content that you started watching, so that if you want to continue watching it, you can easily find it. On Disney+, you have to search for whatever it was you are watching.

*EDIT* Disney+ literally added a “Continue Watching” section a few hours after I posted this… coincidence? I THINK NOT 🤣 (in case you need me to tell you… I’m just kidding).

Other than that, I’ve loved being able to watch all the Disney movies/ shows that weren’t as easy to access due to either us only owning the movie on VHS, or the shows not being available to stream anywhere.


 

That’s about all I have for today, thank you for reading and I will see you on Friday (Or maybe next week, who knows 😂) with a new post!

Erin 🙂

Twitter: @ENordhof

Prose: https://theprose.com/ennord

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My Life in Books Tag

Happy Friday everyone!

I did the Disney Book Tag a couple weeks ago, and then came up with my own book tag last week (The Starbucks and Books Challenge) … and let’s just say I’ve been in the book tag mood lately, so here comes another one 😂

This particular tag I found on “The Book Nut” blog by ErintheBookNut (Another fellow Erin, hey there!). If you want to check out her book tag, here’s the link:

My Life in Books Tag

So without further ado, here is the My Life in Books Tag!


 

Pick a book for each of your initials…

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Count your age along your bookshelf, what is it?

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I bought this after watching the movie on Netflix… still haven’t read it😂

Pick a book set in your city/country.

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I read this a while ago, and the only thing I remember is that it took place in San Diego, and there were references to specific areas within the city. I thought it was a fun read… but that’s all I remember 😂

Pick a book that represents a place you’d like to travel to..

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine takes place in Scotland, and is also a good book! If you’re looking for something to pick up, I would recommend this book! It covers a lot of heavy topics in an interesting perspective, and the little hints throughout the novel about Eleanor’s past kept me invested.

Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

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I am usually a fan of blue, green and purple, but I like the color scheme for this book cover, and this shade of green is particularly nice, so I’m going with House of Broken Angels.

Which book do you have fondest memories of?

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If I remember correctly, one of my teacher’s in elementary school (I want to say it was 2nd or 3rd grade) assigned us to read My Father’s Dragon, and then reading the rest of the books. Good memories, and fun books to read overall.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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Since I’ve already talked about some other books that I’ve had issues reading, I decided to go back to middle school/high school when I tried reading Twilight. I tried reading it twice, and both times I didn’t have any interest in the books. I thought the covers were pretty, and everyone was talking about it… but it just wasn’t for me. 🤷‍♂️

 

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

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I actually got this book for my birthday from my manager, as it’s one of his favorite series. I’ve been wanting to read some Brandon Sanderson, but didn’t know where to start, so this is perfect! However, it is a pretty long book, and I just haven’t been in the mood to try reading this yet… maybe next year though! 😂


 

In conclusion… This tag has made me realize how many books I have to still read 🤣

Anyways, that’s all I have for today, thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Erin 🙂

Twitter: @ENordhof

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My Thoughts on the Sarah Dessen Twitter Drama

Hello Everyone and happy Tuesday!

The title of this post says it all, I am giving my take on the Sarah Dessen Twitter drama from last week. By the time this is published, it will be old news (such is the nature of Twitter Drama), but I still wanted to weigh in on this, because I think it touches on several different issues that spring up from time to time.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have no idea what I am talking about, there was an article published with a quote from a graduate of  Northern State University, in Aberdeen, South Dakota in regards to one of Sarah Dessen’s books being added to their Common Read Program. This program assigns a book to all first year students to read, and then the author of the book is invited on to the campus to hold a discussion about the book.

The committee who selects the book is made up of the student body, and one former student, is quoted saying, “She’s fine for teen girls… But definitely not up to the level of Common Read. So I became involved simply so I could stop them from ever choosing Sarah Dessen.”

Sarah Dessen didn’t like that the student had said this, and quote tweeted the article, scribbling out the name of the student and other identifiable information. However, due to the power of the internet, people found out who the student was, and started harassing her online, to the point she removed all of her social media profiles. Not only were fans of Sarah Dessen attacking her, but other well known authors were joining in as well. The quote was twisted into a what was being deemed as a “misogynistic attack” on Sarah Dessen’s work, as well as an attack on the entire genre of YA.

As there have been instances where there have been misogynistic attacks on the works of female author’s, as well as attacks on the genre of YA, I can understand why based on how people were perceiving the situation, they would become defensive. A lot of YA stories do get written off as being no important or just purely fluff, simply because they are from the perspective of teens for teen readers. Female author’s have also had to face many issues when it comes to getting their literature taken seriously, such as instances of Jodi Piccoult’s novels being written off as purely “chick lit” when that isn’t the case for a majority of her books (As she is one of the authors who commented on this situation, I felt it relevant to include that specific example).

I’m also posting a Twitter thread that has the list of all the authors, that have chimed in with support of Sarah Dessen, so you understand the scope of this situation:

As a side note, not all of the author’s on this list necessarily went and harassed the former student, some simply were saying stuff along the lines of “I’m sorry this happened to you”, “This sucks”, “Love you and your books”, so on and so forth. However, some of these authors did attack and harass the former student (Once again, Jodie Piccoult was one of the well known authors who participated in this attack).

A couple days after the incident, Sarah Dessen posted an apology on Twitter, that, at least in my opinion, not a great apology. Here it is below:

Considering the fact that the article itself was from three years ago, and the former student has essentially removed herself from the Internet due to the amount of hate and backlash she received, this is simply putting a band aid on a stab wound. Nice thought, but essentially worthless. It’s funny because in the comments to this thread, someone posted a video on how to apologize when you mess up as a public figure, and even though Sarah Dessen tries to follow it to some extent (the initial tweet was deleted, she put this apology out), the damage is done.

 


Now that everyone is caught up on what happened, I want to start this off by saying I agree with the former student… to a certain extent.

There are better ways she could have worded her opinion, without sounding as condescending and off putting as she did. It doesn’t necessarily change the fact that what she was trying to say is true, to a certain extent.

Have I read a lot of Sarah Dessen books, and enjoyed them? Yes, yes I have.

However, I’m not going to say they are the most inspiring pieces of literature known to mankind. I think they are fun reads, and for someone who is in middle school or high school, Dessen’s books are great ways to introduce them to reading. Even though her most recent books fall into this latter category, her earlier books did deal with heavier issues that are important to discuss with young teens.

Do I believe her books are appropriate for a college-level Common Reads Program though?

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Just Mercy sounds like a better starting point for discussions on political and social issues that permeate how our legal systems operates, at a college reading level. In all honesty, this Twitter thread sums it up best:

https://twitter.com/MorganJerkins/status/1195377492510593025

I’m not saying there is no place for Sarah Dessen’s books in a reader’s library, or that her books are absolute garbage.These stories have a right to exist in the book world as much as any other story. However, for a college reading level program, to spark discussion about the world we live in? In my opinion, there are books out there that better serve this purpose.

32075671._UY2417_SS2417_This doesn’t mean that important social and political issues can’t be discussed in YA books. In fact, I think it’s important to expose teens to these kinds of issues, and YA books can be a great way to jump start these discussions. There have been stories about important social issues discussed in YA books, the most obvious example being The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Teenagers want to learn more about the issues in the world, especially now in this day and age where social media makes information, whether or not it’s factual, is more easily accessible to everyone.

 


As this post is drawing to a close, (and is probably all over the place), here are something’s I would like you to take away from this post, if anything:

  1. It’s not okay for an author, or any public figure, to go after someone simply because of their opinion of their work. You will not please everyone, no matter how much you wish to, it’s not going to happen.
  2. Someone can hold an opinion of creative work that is simply that, an opinion. Sometimes, it is nothing more than that, and it is subjective to that particular person. That doesn’t make them wrong, or stupid or a terrible human being, it simply makes them human 😂 Since we are all human, there are times we make mistakes and maybe don’t put our thoughts into words in the best way possible. If something someone said really bothers you that much, talk to them directly. Putting someone on blast over social media isn’t always (and rarely is) the best way to handle these situations.
  3. This doesn’t apply directly to the situation, but it is a discussion that popped up: Do not simply write off creative works simply because it is not for your demographic. Just because a book is geared towards women, doesn’t automatically make it the stereotypical “chick-lit” story. Just because a story falls in the YA category doesn’t mean it’s immature. Even if there are books that fall into these categories, doesn’t make their stories less valid for simply existing. Not everything written needs to be an insightful discussion about all the problems in the world. Books are a form of escapism, and sometimes, people really need that escape to help them cope with whatever is happening in their life.
  4. This also doesn’t apply to what happened, but it’s another conversation popping  up as well. It’s not okay for readers to tag authors in their negative reviews. Book reviews and such are meant for other readers, not the authors, and the best advice I’ve heard regarding reviews is for authors to ignore them entirely, as it’s just better for the long run.

Though I haven’t really been following Sarah Dessen as much as did when I was younger, it’s hard for me to sit here and say I would continue supporting her work after this. This whole situation leaves a bad taste in my mouth, especially as she is a grown woman who should know better about how this kind of behavior impacts others as an author with a larger following.

I was already thinking of cleaning out my book shelves again… maybe I should take another look at her books and get rid of some 😂

 


Since I’ve written a freakin’ novel over some Twitter drama, I think it’s time for me to sign off. Let me know what you think about this whole fiasco, do you agree with me, or disagree with me?

Thank you for reading, and I will see you on Friday with a new post!

 

Erin 🙂

Twitter: @ENordhof

Prose: https://theprose.com/ennord

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If you want to read more about the Sarah Dessen Twitter drama, here is the article I used for reference in this post:

https://slate.com/culture/2019/11/sarah-dessen-ya-books-authors-brooke-nelson-social-media-attack.html

If you are interested in the video on how to apologize, here it is:

Book Collection: Writing Books

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve been doing well!

I recently bought a couple of writing books to help improve my writing, and I thought, why not talk about those new books, as well as the ones I already have?

I think that all these books can be useful, but you don’t necessarily need to buy all of these books. My advice would be to find a book that sounds useful to you, then read an excerpt to see if the author’s style clicks with you before buying the book. If the book that’s supposed to help you become a better writer can’t explain the concepts your having issues with in terms which make sense to you, then it really isn’t going to be helpful in the long term. I don’t want you to waste your money on books you aren’t going to use, which is why I also include specific concepts each book (that I’ve fully read and used) has helped me with. That way if you are also struggling with it, maybe that’s the book for you!

As I’ve rambled on enough, here are the writing books in my collection.


The following books in this section I all got off of Amazon. I have the Paper Hearts series on my Kindle though, instead of a physical copy.

The Paper Hearts by Beth Revis

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The first technical writing book I started out with was Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice. I believe Beth Revis had a book come out around early 2016 (which wasn’t this one), so Booktuber’s talking about her book. I looked into her stuff more, and found her Paper Hearts series, which starts with this first book, that focuses on the technical aspect of writing. Her plot chart is really useful in figuring out the flow of your story, and I highly recommend this book. Beth Revis also does a good job of teaching you a lot about writing, but keeping it interesting and using plenty of examples to demonstrate her points.

I also have the other books, Paper Hearts, Volume 2: Some Publishing Advice and Paper Hearts, Volume 3: Some Marketing Advice but I haven’t used them quite yet, but I hope I will soon!

 

Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark

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This is another book that focuses on the technical aspect of writing, but also with how you approach your writing. The book is divided into five sections:

  1. Nuts and Bolts– The technical part of writing
  2. Special Effects– How to add “a little something more” to your writing to make it exciting
  3. Blueprints- Ways to plan out and organize your writing
  4. Useful Habits– How to motivate yourself and keep writing quality work consistently
  5. Bonus Tools– Other strategies to keep in mind to improve your writing

Writing Tools helped me a lot with realizing how many filler words I use in my writing, and paying more attention to that when editing my writing. I would recommend it if you only are able to invest in one book for everything, as this covers both the technical aspect, as well as the more personal aspect of writing.

 

It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writers Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences by June Casagrande

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This is a book that focuses only on the technical aspect of writing, specifically sentence structure. If you struggle a lot with constructing sentences that help maintain the flow of your story, or you want to improve on this specific aspect of your writing, this book is the one for you. It was the Best of Sentences is what helped me realize how passive my writing could be, and it’s another issue I look out for when editing.

 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

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This is a combination of a autobiography of Stephen King’s life and his journey to becoming a writer, a technical writing book, and writing advice that you would get from a mentor. I just started reading it recently, and I’ve enjoyed reading Stephen King’s journey to becoming a writer. However, since I haven’t gotten any further into the book, I don’t have any opinions on the other aspects of the book. It’s one of those books that comes highly recommended from other writer’s in the industry, and I would say that if you’re interested in becoming a career author, or even if you just love Stephen King’s work, this would be a good read for you.


 

Now, I recently bought a couple more writing books that I’ve heard are useful, so I haven’t had a chance to read them yet, but I want to mention them, as they are staples when it comes to technical writing books. These books I bought at Barnes and Noble, which is how I ended up with the illustrated version of The Elements of Style as opposed to the regular version.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., and E.B. White (I have the illustrated version, so it’s illustrated by Maira Kalman).

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This is one of the most well known writing books when it comes to the technical aspect of writing. It covers everything from sentence structure, to commonly misused words, grammar and everything in between. If you need something that is a quick reference guide for writing, this is the book for you.

 

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need by Jessica Brody

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Save the Cat! Writes a Novel is based off of the Save the Cat! The Last Book You’ll Ever Need on Screenwriting, and it takes you through the entire process of writing a novel, from the formation of the idea, to planning, word count, and more. I’ve heard this book recommended both from the writing communities on Youtube and Instagram, so I decided to try it out. I’ll let you know how it goes, once I actually get into the book.


I hope you found this helpful! If you have any great suggestions for writing books or any other resources, feel free to share!
Thank you for reading and I will see you next week with a new post!

Erin 🙂

Twitter: @ENordhof

Prose: https://theprose.com/ennord

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Starbucks and Books Challenge

Hey everyone and Happy Tuesday!

Since I found the Disney Tag last week, I fell down the rabbit hole of book tags (I have another one I’m going to put up soon). However, I wanted to do a challenge for myself today, to do something a little fun and different.

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This was back in 2017 when we were selling the Zombie Frappucino

For those of you who may not know, I used to work at one of the Starbucks Kiosks you can find in Target or the grocery store (I worked at a grocery store one), and now work at a Barnes and Noble Cafe. Barnes and Noble Cafe’s are partnered with Starbucks to serve their drinks, but not their food (this also means you can’t use the Starbucks app, rewards, or gift cards here. This is my PSA, as I get so many customers who don’t know this). Since I’ve worked around Starbucks drinks for so long, I’ve tried my fair share of them, and have my favorites that I’m obsessed with.

Anyways, my whole point is that I’ve been immersed in the Starbucks drink world for awhile, and I thought, why not try and challenge myself to match Starbucks drinks to the books that correspond best with them?

20191111_161155-COLLAGEIf you think this is a fun tag and want to do it yourself, I give you full permission to do so! Tag me in it, because I would love to see your answers (and maybe find some new drinks and books too!). As I know not everyone drinks Starbucks, you are more than welcome to replace Starbucks with your food/drink place of choice, and adapt it as necessary (But still tag me, cause I wanna read it! Haha).

Now that all the background and technical garbage is out of the way, here’s my Starbucks and Books challenge!


Favorite Drink and Book of the Moment

Starbucks Drink: Dragon Drink

All my coworkers by now know that if I’m going to order anything, it’s going to be this drink 🤣 If you don’t know what it is, the Dragon Drink is the Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher mixed with coconut milk. If you like something a little more tart tasting, or if you like the regular Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher and want to switch it up a little, I 10/10 recommend it.

Book: The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

I’ve been talking about this a lot on my blog recently, but I’ve been really enjoying this series, especially with winter coming upon us soon. I just finished the second book The Girl in the Tower, and now starting the third book, The Winter of the Witch. I love the overall atmosphere of the book, and Katherine Arden’s writing style suits the fairy tale feel of the book so well. I also love books with Russia as the setting, and as it is the mid-fourteenth century when the book takes place, the way she incorporates the rise of Christianity during this time is really well done and adds to the story. If you love historical fiction with a fairy tale atmosphere to it, 10/10 would recommend this series.

 

 

 

Drink and Book that you ended up loving after recommendations to try it out

Drink: A coffee frappucino with vanilla syrup, Heavy whipping cream, and the cold brew whipped cream (although, I don’t think cold brew whipped cream is available anymore, which is unfortunate because it was delicious!).

Book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (ADDSOTU) by Benjamin Alire Saènz

I read this book after watching Booktube videos recommending it (I can’t remember who specifically it was, but I’m glad I listened to them). I read the entire book in a day, and I think part of the reason is because chapters are shorter, as well as the fact that Saènz’s writing style clicked with me. This book is very focused on the development and growth of Aristotle (Ari), as he first meets Dante and gets to learn more about him. Another interesting aspect of the novel is that it takes place in El Paso during the 1980’s, and yet still reads as though it takes place today. If you’re looking for a fast paced LGBTQIA+ novel, ADDSOTU is the book for you.

 

 

 

Drink and Book that you thought you would love, but were disappointed in

Drink: Pumpkin Cream Cold foam mixed with a hot Chai

Thinking back on this now, I don’t know why I thought this would be a good idea, besides the fact that I like the Pumpkin Cold Foam and I like Chai, so why not mix them? It didn’t taste bad, it’s more that I would never want to order it again, because the flavors just didn’t complement each other as well I thought they would.

Book: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

I originally read the book because I saw the movie and loved it. After hearing it was a book, I had to go read it, as in my experience, the book is usually better than the movie. In this case though, I liked the movie more. The book is a multi POV story, and some POV’s just didn’t translate as well in book form as they did on screen.

 

 

 

A drink and book that everyone else seems to love, but you aren’t a fan 

Drink: Matcha Green Tea Latte

Disclaimer: I say this as someone who has worked in stores where Matcha Green Tea Latte’s and Matcha Green Tea Frappucino’s are fairly popular. No matter how many times I try Matcha, it tastes like grass, and I can’t get past it. 😅 Who knows, maybe it might happen someday… but today is not that day 😂

Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is one of those books where if you ask someone what one of their favorite “classic” book is, The Great Gatsby is a popular answer. Personally, I think the fact that I had to read this for school didn’t help matters, but even then, the story really didn’t appeal to me.

 

 

A drink and book with a twist that you surprisingly liked

Drink: A Hot Chai with Caramel Syrup

A customer ordered this back at my previous kiosk, and it sounded delicious.

Spoiler Alert: it is!

If you are a fan of chai tea latte’s and want to spice it up a little bit, add some caramel to it with these proportions:

Size:

Tall-1 pump caramel

Grande/Venti: 2 pumps caramel

Book: Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

When I was flying back from South Africa, I bought a couple books at the airport to read on the plane ride back home. One of these books was Girl on the Train, and I was quickly hooked into the story. I don’t read a lot of thrillers/mystery novels, but for me, this book had some great plot and even character twists that made the novel more interesting.

 

 

Weirdest drink and book that you’ve tried

Drink: Matcha Green Tea Frappucino with 10 pumps of Raspberry

I had a customer order this recently, and despite the fact I just said I don’t like matcha, I had to try it. Surprisingly, even though there was so much sweetener in it, it tasted good! The raspberry wasn’t very strong, even though there were ten pumps in it. I would never order it myself, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Book: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

I read this book for a research paper my junior year of high school, and I can say with confidence that it was the most unusual book I read for school. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a non-fiction book that follows Ken Kesey (author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and his Merry Pranksters during their heyday in the sixties. The book follows Kesey before and during the Pranksters bus trip across the US to meet Timothy Leary, as well as through the Acid Tests during the 60’s. If you’re interested in reading a non-fiction book to learning more about the sixties, I definitely recommend this as a starting point.

 

 

Your “go-to” drink or book that will never disappoint you when you need a pick me up

Drink: Iced Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel

Even though I’m not the biggest fan of coffee (I know, I work in a cafe and not a fan of coffee, how is that possible?) the Caramel Machiatto is my go to drink when I need a bit of caffeine to wake me up. Especially when extra caramel is added around the cup, because the caramel sauce at Starbucks is delicious. If you don’t like super sweet drinks, I wouldn’t do the extra caramel, but the caramel macchiato in regular form is a good way to have a little something different for your coffee, without being overly sweet.

Book: The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan

I did a Series Highlights post on this a while ago, but the Sweep series is one of those series that I loved when I was younger, and I enjoy going back to revisit it when I’m feeling down. The books are fairly short, making them nice quick reads, and despite some of the mistakes in the books, re-reading them still makes me happy.

 

 

A drink and book that you’ve heard a lot about and want to try

Drink: Harney and Sons African Autumn Tea

This is at the Barnes and Noble Cafe’s, as Starbucks serves Teavanna teas. I’ve actually heard a lot of good things about Harney and Sons teas (including the Tropical Green Tea) but the African Autumn Tea is the one a lot of people rave about.

Book: Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This book was making the rounds on Book Twitter and Bookstagram when it first came out, and I still see it pop up from time to time. The premise of the book sounds cute and interesting; Red White and Royal Blue sounds like one of those cute rom-com type books that will leave you with a happy buzz when you put it down. If you have read it, let me know what you think about it!

 

 

Bonus Round!

If you ever worked as a Barista (or in food service), these questions are for you! If you haven’t, you can adopt this to orders that you’ve heard about, or even ordered yourself 😉

 

Most Complex Drink and Book that you’ve ever made/read

Drink: Venti White Mocha, with 2 pumps Hazelnut, 2 pumps white mocha, with Non-Fat Milk, Whipped cream, and half decaf, half caffeinated espresso shots

I do want to add, that this customer was a regular, and once you got his order down, it was really easy to make. He was also one of the nicest customers, so nothing against him, I just find it funny that his order filled every box except one (if I remember correctly).

Book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

There’s a lot more I can say as Ayn Rand has controversial ideologies and the way they’re portrayed in her books doesn’t help her case (at least, in my opinion), but that would have to be a whole post on its own, so I’m not going to go into too much detail on that.

Honestly, the only reason I read this book was because there was a college scholarship prize of $10k if you read the book and wrote the best essay based on the prompt. However, it took me so long to finish it, because it’s over a thousand pages, a dry read, as well as there being a lot of different concepts and themes to follow. I still have my copy, and there are so many different sticky notes sticking out of the book. Since it took me a so long to finish it, I didn’t have as much time to write my essay, and it was probably garbage, if I do say so myself 🤣

Never want to read it again, and definitely wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

 

 

Strangest Drink or Book that anyone has ordered/you’ve read

Drink: Water with Raspberry syrup

A customer at my previous kiosk ordered this, and since it was a Venti sized water, at first I was only putting six pumps of raspberry (the regular amount for a venti iced drink). Then she started adding a couple more pumps because the raspberry flavor wasn’t strong enough for her anymore. I know it’s supposed to be a raspberry flavored water, but based on how the raspberry syrup tastes, mixing it with just water doesn’t sound appealing to me at all. But, people like what they like, and that’s all I can say about it at this point.

Book: On the Road by Jack Keourac

If you don’t know about Jack Keourac, he was a part of the Beatnik generation, and you can definitely see it in his writing. I enjoyed On the Road for the most part, but then it went into rambling, run-on tangents that were sometimes hard to follow. However, that is part of the style influence of the Beatnik generation, which I noticed in The Kool-Aid Acid Test as well.

 

 

 


Alright folks, that’s the end of my Books and Starbucks Challenge! Or tag, whatever you want to call it 😅

Thank you for reading, and like I said before, if you’re interested in trying this out for yourself, go for it! Tag me in it, cause I would love to see your answers!

Have a good rest of your week, and I will see you on Friday with a new post!

 

Erin 🙂

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Disney Book Tag

Hey everybody and happy Friday!

I was having a tough time thinking of what to write for today, so I thought it would be fun to try out a book tag! I haven’t done one yet, and after doing a quick search, I found this Disney Book Tag on the “Reading, Reading, Reading” book blog by Alyssa Cohen, which I’ll link right here:

Disney Book Tag!

It looked like something fun to try out, plus as you’ve seen from my past posts about visiting Disneyland (I visited during Halloween time and during the summer also), I’m a fan of Disney… so without further ado, let’s get into the tag!

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IMG_20191106_153424#1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”.

This one is kind of obvious, but Anise from Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman. Anise is forced to spend her summer in Nebraska, which after living in Santa Cruz her whole life and being a surfer, this whole situation is a living nightmare. Before she learns more about herself and the world around her, Anise feels out of her element since she’s never left Santa Cruz in her life.

 

 

 

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#2. Cinderella – A character that goes through a major transformation.

My answer for this would be Jude from I’ll Give You the Sun. She goes through a major transformation from who she was at thirteen to where she is at sixteen, when the novel takes place. This could also be because Noah narrates the sections of the novel from when they are thirteen, and Jude narrates the sections of the novel from when they are sixteen, but there are traumatic events that change both their lives throughout the novel, therefore changing their outlook in life. Even though Noah experiences life-changing events that transform him, to me,  Jude’s is more noticeable in I’ll Give You the Sun.

It’s also a great book, and I 10/10 would recommend reading it 👍👍

 

IMG_20191106_153355#3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

“A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes”

For this one, I would say the main characters from the Six of Crows is pretty eclectic. We have six characters from completely different backgrounds, and all ended up in Ketterdam for different reasons, coming together to complete what has been deemed “an impossible heist”.

 

IMG_20191106_153438#4. Sleeping Beauty – A book that put you to sleep.

The last book I DNF’d, The Bellwether Revivals. I’ve talked about this plenty in this blog and this one, but basically, I didn’t have any interest in the characters, and the story dragged on for me. Each chapter was around 20 pages, which at that point, I was forcing myself to get through each chapter, so it really felt more like 40 pages.

 

 

 

IMG_20191106_153205#5. The Lion King – A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.

My answer for this would be Vivane from The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. As it’s been awhile since I’ve read this book, I don’t want to say anything that would spoil the story, but the trauma from Vivane’s childhood results in her keeping her children, Ava and Henry, housebound and away from the world that has hurt her.

 

 

 

IMG_20191106_153413#6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

Since I can’t think of a big book, I’m going to go with King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Even though I had read Six of Crows before, I never read the Grisha trilogy, so when I realized that a lot of what happens in King of Scars revolves around the events in the trilogy, I was afraid I wasn’t going to like it since I had no idea what they were referring to. However, I enjoyed King of Scars a lot, and it prompted me to read the Grisha trilogy, which helped make sense of some references made in the book.

 

 

IMG_20191106_153220#7. Aladdin – A character that get’s their wish granted, for better or for worse.

Kendall from The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax. Kendall’s publisher is losing hope in her ever becoming successful, and her current WIP is her last chance to save herself from being completely pushed aside by her publisher. Her friends help her with writing the novel… and it ends up becoming a bestseller. Drama ensues as they try to keep their secret, because it could be the end of their careers, and maybe even their friendship if the truth comes out. Kendall just wanted to save her career by writing a good book, but unfortunately, there may be some unforeseen consequences to her wish.

 

 

IMG_20191106_153334#8. Mulan – A character that pretends to be something or someone they are not.

As I just finished reading The Girl In the Tower, the obvious choice for me would be Vasya from the Winternight Trilogy. She sees and believes in things that most people believe to be fairy tales, and doesn’t want to live the life of a Russian maiden, which ultimately leads her to disguise herself as a boy so that she can travel. It’s funny, because when Vasya first disguised herself as a boy to go travel, my first thought was about Mulan, which is also why she’s my answer for this question 🤣

 

 

IMG_20191106_153343#9. Toy Story – A book with characters you wish would come to life.

For this question, I decided to go with Teen Idol  by Meg Cabot, although to be honest, I love the characters in Meg Cabot’s other books just as much. I just happened to see Teen Idol on my shelf while thinking about an answer to this question, and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed reading about the characters in her stories.

 

 

 

 

IMG_20191106_153323#10. Disney Descendants – Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.

I was having a hard time with this one, but my final answer is Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I definitely think she is a morally ambiguous character rather than an villain, as she tries to juggle her trying to be successful in her career, and being there for the ones she loves. As she tells her story to Monique, there are times when you sympathize with her, and other times when you wonder how she could do the things she did to become successful. Even then, there are choices she makes in order to protect the ones she loves, even if it isn’t what would be considered the “right” choice.

Also, this is another great book that I would recommend! If you want a more in-depth review about it, click here to read my review about it 🙂


 

That’s all I have for today’s tag, thank you Google and the “Reading, Reading, Reading” book blog for putting this Disney tag on my radar! It was fun to do, and if anyone else wants to try it, I say go for it!

Thank you all for reading, and I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Erin 🙂

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Reading Update (11/05/19)

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! I hope your having a good start to your week, as well as a good start to November!

Now that October is over, and November has begun, I figured I should do a little reading update, because a lot has changed since the last one I wrote a month ago.

First of all, I have currently stopped reading the following:

  1. Great Horror Stories by Stefan Dziemianowicz
  2. The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood
  3. Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

 

 

 

I didn’t finish any of these books; I just didn’t want to read them anymore because I lost interest. However, I think the only one I truly won’t go back to (as of right now) is The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood. The writing style didn’t click with me, and I had no interest in the characters, to the point the story seemed to drag on. With each chapter being about 20 pages long, it was a chore getting through them, so I thought “Why am I doing this to myself?” and put it down.

I would definitely be interested in going back to Great Horror Stories or Sweet Pea at some point in the future, as I really liked the stories and characters, the only issue was I simply wasn’t in the mood to continue with these stories right now.

I was in a mini reading slump for a moment, as I couldn’t maintain my interest in any of the books I started. However, I managed to get out of it, although I am slowly getting through what I’m reading right now. I’m at least reading a little bit at a time, which is working for me right now, so I’m going to stick with that.

Currently, I am reading two books, which are:

  1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  2. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

41cqe00ZzsL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_I first started reading Stephen King’s book because I feel stuck in my creative writing endeavors, and wanted some inspiration. I’m only about 36 pages in so far, but I’ve been enjoying it a lot.

51u35TlTZbL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_The Girl in the Tower is the second book in the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I read the first book, The Bear and the Nightingale, last year and fell in love with the writing style and story. The story is based around Vasilisa Petrovna, who is the daughter of a Russian Lord in the back woods of the country during the mid fourteenth century. During this period, Christianity is becoming more popular, replacing the Russians beliefs in spirits of the hearth, the woods etc. who require offerings to survive. I don’t want to give away too much more than that, but if you enjoy fantastical fairy tale type stories, you will love the Winternight Trilogy. Katherine Arden’s writing style fits perfectly with the mystical fairy tale feel of the book, and I’m also a sucker for any stories that take place in Russia. I don’t really know why, it’s just how I am 🤣

Anyways, that’s all I have for my short reading update for today!

Thank you for reading, and I will see you Friday with a new post!

 

Erin 🙂

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