RST: Fandom Related Dreams

This post is a little different…it’s still book related, kind of, but I was talking to my mom a while ago about this weird dream I’d had and I thought of the idea of posting about it since most of them involve characters that I’d either read about or seen through TV and/or movie adaptations.

For many of us sleep is a gift that should be eternally treasured, so when that wretched alarm blares at an ungodly hour, all we want to do is hit the snooze button two or ten times.

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I don’t know the exact mechanics behind dreaming but I’ve heard that it has a lot to do with our subconscious. For some, if they keep thinking about something or may have had a very important subject on their mind just before they fell asleep, it’s possible that they could end up dreaming about it. Some say that our dreams are our subconscious’ way of showing us what we really want.

I believe that dreams are very powerful and me being a very spiritual person, I believe that it often holds messages even if we don’t know it at the time. I dreamt of my granddad and uncle’s deaths just before they passed away and for years I felt guilty about the dream regarding my granddad’s death because why didn’t I say anything? I could’ve spoken to him more. But I’ve moved on from that and I’ve made my peace. Anyway, we’re not here about those kinds of dreams. We’re all about the books and my…weirder dreams.

I’ve never experienced a lucid dream before and I don’t think I’d actually want to. I don’t really like dreaming at all. Sleep is when my brain is supposed to rest -trust me, it needs resting since I’m always thinking overtime -and by entering that REM stage and having the possibility of dreaming means that my brain is still very active. Maybe this is not the way that it actually works (REM is supposed to be important and good for you?) but whenever I dream, I always feel so crappy when I wake up. I feel as if I hadn’t slept at all. By saying that, I definitely prefer not to dream. In any case, my dreams are always weird and I wake up thinking: ‘WTF?’.

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Since I’ve dragged you around the bush a few too many times, let’s get on with the actual point of this post shall we?

As yes, fandom related dreams. I haven’t had too many but I am keeping track of them because it’s like a little game I play…with myself, in my sleep. Hmm, that might be a little sad. I’ve had dreams about Hannibal, The Hobbit, one character in Harry Potter, The Doctor and Misha. I have to be honest with you and say that I was waiting for Misha’s dream ever since I realised that I’ve been having these kinds of dreams.

I can’t remember if it was the first or second season of Hannibal when I had the dream. I’m pretty sure it’s the first though. The Hannigram ship was just setting sail and Tumblr was going crazy and all the fans were reading into every little thing -yes, me too- so naturally I’d dream about this. I can’t remember exactly what happened but Hannibal was chasing Will all over town and Will just did not want to be captured and refused to be Hannibal’s play thing and knowing Hannibal’s tagline -‘Eat the rude’- that didn’t end up every well for him. Skip this if you get creeped out by slightly gory things. Hannibal got angry and ended up finding Will and cutting him up and Will’s bloody severed foot was left in the middle of the road and that’s when my dream ended.

My sister told me I should stop watching the show since it was causing me to have such disturbing nightmares but I ignored her and thank goodness I did. That’s a really good show and I love everything about it. #WaitingForSeason4

You know that scene in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when the Stone Giants are fighting? Yea, that’s the site of the next dream. Bilbo, Thorin and The Company were camping either at the foot of the mountain or somewhere nearby and somehow I ended up being smack dab in the middle of everything. Not the giants fighting, the company camping. Thorin tried to kill me! With Bilbo’s letter opener. The disrespect. I still don’t know why. All I know is, I entered the dream and The King Under the Mountain was after me and Bilbo was trying to protect me. I’m pretty sure Gandalf came and saved me but I can’t remember because I was so shocked that I was randomly attacked this way.

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I have this thing where I’ll become obsessed with a character, very rarely an actual person, and I’ll read up on them as much as I can. For the characters, if there’s fanfiction, I’ll read it. The person: watch most if not all of their filmography. One of these people ended up being Lucius Malfoy and the actor who portrayed him, Jason Isaacs. This was a crazy time in my life. I was a senior in high school and my obsession was starting to get a bit insane because I’d end up trying to say something about him and no sound would come out. Obviously, this all resulted in a dream. I was a student at some boarding school? University? I’m honestly not sure, but I figured it made sense since Hogwarts and all that. Lucius Malfoy ended up being my English professor and that in itself was weird, because…why was I dreaming about being in school? It’s not a place I’d choose to go to in my free time. Anyway, Lucius ended up hitting on me and I rejected him (yes, you read that right) because it was inappropriate. Caron has morals…even in her dreams.

My most recent dream was of The Doctor. You know, Doctor Who. In this one, The Doctor was my grandfather? No, my dad, and I think I graduated from school or something then he took me out to a clearing with my eyes covered and when I opened my eyes, there stood my very own TARDIS. I’m still ridiculously happy about this because imagine! My own TARDIS! It was amazing and the cloaking device worked perfectly, and one of the disguises was this huge fluffy white dog. It was so awesome.

And so…I’ve saved the best for last. Misha Collins, amazing man that he is. The dream that featured him happened a little while after Lucius’. A friend said that it was strange that I was dreaming of all these other characters/people but my role model hadn’t been one of them yet. I thought so too and I started to become worried. Cue me finally dreaming about Misha.

Somehow I made it to SDCC- San Diego Comic Con- and I’d been waiting to meet Misha all day and there was no sign of him. In the dream I was his biggest fan and word had gotten around that I was there and we had to meet. Misha heard about this from someone and agreed but was busy with signings and photo ops and the like. When he did end up being in my vicinity he totally brushed me off and walked away without acknowledging me or anything. I was so sad, I woke up immediately and was bummed for the rest of the day. I relayed the events of my dream to my friend and she said that it was unfortunate since all the videos we’d seen and stories we’d heard made Misha seem like such a great person. I know it was only a dream and I was over thinking as I usually did. That still didn’t make me feel any better though.

A few nights later, I ended up dreaming about Misha again and this one was so much better than the first. Misha came back and apologised for walking off without saying anything and bought me a cupcake as an apology. I was instantly happy. My friend said that only I would re-dream about someone so that my image of them wasn’t tainted.

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I know this post was slightly different but I figured why not write a post that’s actually related to its theme: Random Story Time.

I have such weird dreams when I do end up dreaming and even though I don’t enjoy the experience, I always have a story to tell. I can probably count on one hand the amount of relatively normal dreams I’ve had. This was just a little something against the norm. I rather enjoyed writing out this post and I’m a bit curious what other fandom related dreams I’ll have.

Thanks for stopping by.
Till next time,

Caron xx

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Why I Chose Librarian as My Future Career Choice

I love books and I love learning and oftentimes for me, those two go hand in hand. I sometimes wonder how it could’ve taken me so long to realize that Librarian was the obvious for me.

A bit of back story: When I was 7, I wanted to be a Policeman (man, not woman), then an Artist, a Writer (kind of achieved that in a sense), and a Nurse -for a hot second. I didn’t put much thought in career choices after that; I liked everything. In grade 5, when I was 11, I was told I’d make a good Psychologist because I was a good listener. I thought that building things would be fun so I decided that I was going to be an Architect and hope to get in on the actual building. That lasted till 8th grade when I had to decide what stream I wanted to go into: Commerce or Science. I found out that you need Physics for Architecture and I wasn’t about that life so I changed my career choice to Chartered Accountant. I kind of suck at Math and Accounting wasn’t as fun as it was in the beginning for me so I was now in 11th grade without a clue on what I was going to be.

I became an active reader a few months after I graduated high school (2013) and my love for books was ignited and now, 4 years later, it’s shining brighter than ever. It wasn’t until last summer when I was freaking out about my non-existent future when I came across an article about librarians online. I can’t remember what it was exactly but I did some researched and tried to gather as much about Information Science as I possibly could.

In an instant I discovered what I wanted to be. A librarian. And I’m extremely ecstatic about this plan.

This takes me to my favourite quote in one of my favourite TV Shows, Doctor Who:

 

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In 3rd grade I was at this school that had this motto: Knowledge is Power. I never knew what it meant at the time but I thought they were trying to tell me that school was important so I took it at face value and carried on with my day.

Of course now I know that knowledge is in fact power and what you do with that power is entirely up to you. Knowledge can be dangerous because I think it’s one of those things that you can’t fight. It just is.

I should’ve seen this coming to be honest but I’m glad that it took me a while to figure out. I was taken by complete surprise and it was an epiphany and a half. Books means so much to me and they’ve helped and carried me through the worst of times and I am so thankful that these things exist. That authors decided to pick up a pen and share their worlds with us. People think that books are dying out but I think not. I want to teach the younger generations the importance of books. Pass on the knowledge that they hold. Maybe they’ll fall in love with them the way I did.

I read this book a little while ago and I really suggest you check it out. This is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy.

When people ask me what I plan on studying, I get so happy because I’ve never sounded surer about anything than when I answer: Library and Information Science. I’m ready for this journey and I may love learning but I’m not a fan of studying. I’m willing to put that dislike aside because this is a goal that needs to be achieved. I got this!

Just the thought that I started reading as a means to help me with my anxiety and now I’m doing so much better and books are still active and present in my life. Words can’t even express how I feel right now.

I’ve made my choice. I’m happy about it. I’m looking forward to it. Let’s go!

The picture below is the Cape Town Central Library. It’s located in town, opposite the parade, next to City Hall. It’s an amazing library but here’s the catch…I’ve never been inside.

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I’ve passed by it probably a hundred times but I never knew of its existence. I used to go to the parade a lot as a kid (they sell almost everything there. It’s like a sort of fair that’s pop up shops and basically the community coming together), but I didn’t know of this amazing library that was right across the street.

See, whenever I went to town I always marvelled at the castle- never been there either- but never noticed the library. I swear, it was under the Fidelius charm this entire time!

The moment I have a spare moment, I want to go there and just take a deep breath and bask in the beauty that is this library filled with all that knowledge.

P.S. I’m hoping to make the Central Library my ‘grand’ return to the library. 10 years is way too long.

I found this online and I had to laugh. It’s the rules and stuff of the library.

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I swear I got a bit emotional while writing out this post. It’s been almost a year since my epiphany and the excitement is still as real as the day I figured it out. I’m so so so excited. I have no idea what awaits me but I’m ready. Or as ready I can be anyway.

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RST: Book Worlds I Would and Wouldn’t Want to Live In

I’m pretty sure most of us have read a book and fallen in love with the world it took place in. The way the author/character describes this magical (or not so magical) place is very important especially to us readers because we want to travel with the characters; see what they see, feel what they feel.

I’ve come across quite a few book worlds over the years that I pretty much have a set opinion on. I either love it and want to pack my bags because when are we leaving? Or…I want to hide behind a brick wall and never see its likeness again.

I will start in the order of my favourite worlds I’d want to live in instead of which I discovered first.

World of the Shadowhunter Chronicles

 

 

I’ve been yelling out into the high heavens that The Mortal Instruments is my favourite series, and since my death wouldn’t be imminent upon my arrival, naturally I’d add this to book worlds I’d gladly live in.

I prefer The Infernal Devices over TMI because the way the Victorian Era was described makes me want to sit down for tea while we discuss how we’re going to handle the demons that are running wild in the city. Obviously I’d have no internet which might pose a problem for me…

Either way, I’d love to see what I’d end up being if I stepped into this world. Shadowhunter, vampire, werewolf, warlock, faerie? A Demon?? *takes break to go find out*

Buzzfeed tells me I’m a shadowhunter. I can deal with that. I would’ve had a problem if I came out being a regular human. Nothing wrong with that but it’s so…mundane. If I stepped into another world I wouldn’t want to be what I am already, you know?

I always have difficulty choosing between Middle Earth and the Wizarding World. The time is now.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

There are countless fans out there who’s dreamt of living in the wizarding world. I can’t even say how many stories I’ve read from people who waited for their Hogwarts letter to come when they turned eleven. I’d heard once that someone said J.K. Rowling created a cult which according to Merriam-Webster: “great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (such as a film or book) criticizing how the media promotes the cult of celebrity; especially :  such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad” is not entirely wrong.

I myself have imagined being a witch and attending Hogwarts and becoming a Potions Mistress or a Professor…maybe I’d have even become a Healer. Who knows. Watching the Harry Potter movies and reading the books, then placing myself in those situations really makes me feel like I’m living the story. God bless JKR. She’s helped so many people with this series and I find it amazing that there are people out there having Harry Potter themed baby showers and freaking out in general whenever new news about the fandom is released.

I’m just saying…if I’d attended Hogwarts, I don’t think I would’ve disliked school Not at all.

Middle Earth

Oh the beautiful Middle Earth. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with this world at first site. I’d watched the LoTR movies before I started the books but the love was there, and it was real. I have yet to read The Return of the King but soon I’ll devour it just like I did the others.

The world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is so beautiful and so amazing, I’d be honoured to live in it. Playbuzz tells me I’m a human. Hmm…apparently I’m proud of my people. Is there a downside to this? I don’t know yet. We’ll see how well I fare in battle.

I feel like going on an adventure right now. Where’s is my Gandalf?

 

There’s only one world I’m on the fence about. I can’t decided whether I’d actually want to live there or not.

Inkworld

I watched the movie adaptation years ago and I didn’t know that it was originally a book back then. It took me a while to actually read the book and when I did, I took my sweet old-time with it.

I liked the idea of the story. That for a gifted few, when they read out loud, they literally bring the story to life. That’s awesome me thinks.

The reason why I’m on the fence about this is because imagine if I had this talent, and I lived in this world…I’d never be able to read to my kids. What if a monster popped out. No thank you.

 

Last but not least, the worlds I would not want to live in.

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I love The Hunger Games trilogy. It’s very good and I’d read it a million times over if I could. I would never want to live in that world though. Here I am, going about my business, and suddenly I hear my name being called out. No sir, I’m not here for this.

Another thing…many of these districts suffer because they are disregarded by those who believe themselves to be better. I’d feel bad no matter where I ended up. If I were a part of the poorer districts, I’d resent those that seem to have everything. If I were from a well off district…I’d resent myself because how could I live in luxury when there are people suffering and I could’ve helped.

Basically, it’d be a bad idea for me to live in this world. Nope, I do not volunteer.

The World of Ice and Fire

No, nope, nein, nee, la. Definitely not. I do not even want to risk what kind of power I’ll have in this world, and if I have none, I’m doomed.

The lengths one has to go to in order to stay on top in this world is insane and I do not want any part of that.

I love the books and the show but that’s as far as it goes for me. I’m getting shivers just thinking about it.

Honourable mentions:

  • Doctor Who – Yeah!
  • Star Wars – Yes, please
  • MCU – That’d be cool
  • World of Hannibal Lecter – Oh hell to the no

That concludes this post. It took me a while to figure out what should go and what should stay. I’m sure there are many other worlds that I’d either want to live in or not, but these were what came to mind first.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Going to Picture-Perfect Places With No Books for Pictures

Ever gone somewhere and the scenery or view is so beautiful you wish you’d brought a book with because the moment is perfection?

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Yea, happens to me a lot. It’s usually my own fault because I don’t really like carrying things so when I do go out I’m always wearing a jeans with pockets so my phone can come with me. If I need money…pockets. It’s very rare that I’ll bring a book with me and even if I do end up reading on a long trip, it’s on my iPad.

These book-related pictures have to be planned to the smallest detail. Where are we going? When are we going? What’s the weather like? What’s the location like? I need to know all these things and only if I feel like it will I risk my books leaving the safety of my library.

There are the odd times when I’m in the mood to go wild and will take a book or two out with me. One that comes to mind is when my family went out for a desert photoshoot and I thought eh, why not, and just took some desert-themed books along for the ride.

I’m not really a photo junkie so I don’t take pics often, be it of me or things in general. Most of the time I forget because I get so lost in actually looking at the thing in real life. The other night on our way back home, there was this beautiful display of lightning and we wanted to take pics but we kept missing our opportunity so we just enjoyed it for what it was. <<<This is not me saying ‘put your phone away and live in the moment’. I think it has a lot to do with personal preference.

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There’s this mountain-ish hilltop in the area I live in and people go there often. I prefer being indoors so I don’t always take the opportunity to go up there but when I do…I don’t have a book with me. It’s so funny though because I could always just leave the book in the car so there’s no excuse really but still, it’s like I’m allergic or something.

My point is, all of these are missed opportunities for me because I forget that pictures are a thing and I’m usually so busy freaking out that the thought of sharing my excitement doesn’t even cross my mind. I’m lucky that my house is beautiful enough to allow me to still take pretty pictures. Most of my bookstagram pics were either taken on my balcony or in my dad’s garden.

A few pics I took on location:

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So that’s it for this post. Maybe I’ll be able to take more pics in the future. I currently don’t have a car so I can’t just leave when I want but a girl can dream.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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My Thoughts on DNF’ing Books

A little while ago I watched a video by Catriona from Little Book Owl on YouTube where she talking about DNF’ing books and I thought: ‘Hey, why not’

To start off, for those who don’t know what DNF is, it stands for ‘Did Not Finish’. There are many reasons why a person can choose to DNF a book and I myself am no stranger to this act. My main reasons for DNF’ing a book revolves around a lot of things. I go through this whole thought process before I actually mark a book as Unfinished. Sometimes I say ‘unfinished’ because maybe I’ll get back to the book but that’s not always the case.

I’ve said in my Review Policy that I try not to judge a book by its author and there are one or two authors whose books I won’t read because I’ve tried a few and there’s no…spark for me.

Things that could possibly make me decide to DNF:

  • Annoying main character
  • Writing style that I’m not a fan of
  • I found the book boring
  • It ends up involving a genre that I have no interest in
  • The plot makes absolutely no sense

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My main reason for DNF’ing would be an annoying MC. I don’t care if any of the supporting characters are annoying, but if the MC is, then that’s an issue for me. I have to go through this entire book that’s narrated by this person who I imagine horrible things happening to and that poses a problem for me because sometimes I really want to like a book, but the MC gets in the way.

I applaud authors who have the guts to go out there and have their work published. It helps readers like myself have more books to look forward to. It helps reviewers help them get the word out that there’s a new book on the market. I said in a post a while ago that even though anyone can write, there is some talent behind it. You have to be able to draw a person in and then also keep them interested. The writing style of an author plays a big part for me where reading is concerned. I may like the characters, the world, the plot, even how the author went about with the idea of the story. But if I don’t like the writing style in general, everything else that the book holds would have to be really good to have me continue till the end. I’ve finished books that I didn’t like (because of annoying characters, poor execution) just because I was a fan of the writing style. I do think that it’s possible to grow as an author and become better so there’s hope for everyone.

I have this thing, almost like a motto where I believe that if I’m not liking the book and/or I find it boring, life’s too short for me to waste time on it. I can read any other book that I might enjoy a lot better. At first I thought that this was a bit mean but now I make no excuses. There are many books out there that want to be read so why should I use my energy reading something I’m not even enjoying? It’s as simple as that. *Another thing to add is: if I feel like a book is sending me into a reading slump, I’ll put it down and read something else and get back to it at another time.

I love unpredictability in a book. I live for it. When I’m hit with a plot twist, I feel giddy because the author got me this time. I actually want to say: I did not see that coming. Of course a book can have multiple genres and that’s awesome. But if the book was categorised as a Fantasy/YA/Suspense, for example, that’s what I’m going to expect. If I read this book and there’s hardly any fantasy, no suspense because everything is so predictable and romance on every page, I’m not going to be happy. Why? Because…was Romance listed as one of the genres? No, it was not. I ge that to some this might not be a big deal but we each have our genres that we stay away from. Mine is Romance. I don’t even watch RomComs (sometimes, but those are usually throwbacks to my preteen years). I’ve encountered a few books like these over the years and sometimes I feel tricked because what I read is not what I was promised. The betrayal is real.

A confusing plot can possibly ruin the story for me because what was the person trying to achieve? Sometimes I try really hard to understand and most time I shrug it off and end up DNF’ing the book because somewhere along the lines a game of Broken Telephone was played and what I heard is not what was said. Time to put that book down.

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You’d think that with how much I write in these posts, that I’m saying all I need to say. Nope, I still talk a lot in my daily life.

Anyway, this was my take on DNF’ing books. Clearly I’m all for it if the situation calls for it. There are a few books that I’m going to get back to (Marley & Me, The Return: Midnight, The Sky is Everywhere) but it might take some time.

That’s all for now.

Thanks for stopping by.
Till next time,

Caron xx

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RST: We Found A Bookstore!

This post is ridiculously delayed! For shame.

A few months ago my friend and I went into the city in search of this bookstore that she’d found online. Secondhand bookstores are hard to come by here, so the fact that we’d found one was big news.

This bookstore- Book World Trading- is hidden between two other stores and you won’t see it unless you know what you’re looking for. It’s safe to say that we knew, so our path was practically lit up in front of us. Behold!

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I honestly can’t remember if I’ve ever been in a used bookstore before but I do know that I’ve walked past plenty.

Stepping into this place was amazing. I’m so grateful that they didn’t try to spruce up the place with air freshener or something because that would’ve taken away from the magic that’s inside. I always smell a book just before I start reading it and I don’t own many secondhand books but this bookstore…the fragrance of old books were everywhere and I loved every moment I spent there.

I’m not entirely sure how long my friend and I spent there but I know it was a while. We went through every aisle, searched almost every shelf. We found gems, books that we’d been searching for, books I haven’t seen since I was a kid.

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I ended up buying a few books. One of them being one that I was contemplating on for a while- The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. The last time I had a chance to buy it I chose The Sword of Summer over it. We’ll see if I regret that choice because I wasn’t a fan of The Sword of Summer. I also got The BFG by Roald Dahl since the movie was just about to come out then. I think the third book I got was The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It’s hardcover and I thought it was a good bargain. I’ve started the book but I put it on hold because I think that’s one of those books you need to be in the mood for.

I love being able to explore and find new things especially if they’re book related. It makes me feel some semblance of peace and belonging because even though I know that are other people who feel the way I do, I don’t always see it.

Here’s to hoping that more book finds await me in the future.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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My Week and Happenings (#17)

This week was an exciting and sort of eventful one. It started out normal enough but then Tuesday came and Lord of Shadows happened. This was the second time I got a book the day it was released, the other being The Cursed Child. I was so happy, I still am. I’m still reading the book, not that far in- it’s like 700 pages and I have other things to do as well- but I’m really liking it. I’m expecting the review to be up next week.

Posts that went up this week:

Peoples, I am still reading ACOWAR. I’m enjoying it, I am. The excitement’s kind of gone but the book’s not bad at all. As I said before, I have other things that require my attention as well. Judging the book only a 100 or so pages in, I can already tell that I liked ACOMAF more. I could be surprised though…there’s still just under 500 pages left.

I feel so happy when I walk into the bookstore and the staff just knows me. Almost all of them told me: ‘welcome back’. I was in my element. I didn’t stay there too long because I knew that I’d be tempted to buy more books and…please money.

That’s been my week for far. Not much happened, but the things that did happen were pretty big. Happy reading guys!

Thanks for tuning in,
Caron xx

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