Alright, guys, I’m going on a bit of a tangent today because I didn’t want to make a whole post just for this considering it’s not even remotely related to books and have instead decided to just include it in this post. So…
I have a new theory about electronics.
It seems like the worse I treat my electronics, the longer they last, so my theory is that you have to toughen them up when they’re young, or they turn soft on you and break down at the first sign of distress.
“What the hell are you even talking about, Kristen?”
Ok, you all know my laptop broke recently, right? Well, I treated that thing like a fragile, little newborn. I didn’t drop it, didn’t bump it, didn’t spill on it, didn’t get so much as a crumb on it. It literally never even left my apartment once I got it. Yet it broke in less than a year. And the laptop I’m using currently I had similar luck with—it never left my house, yet I had it only a short time before it started having problems (though it still runs at least). Not to mention I had to replace my kindle once (luckily I had a warranty) because it just up and broke, and that too never left my home.
But then, the other day, I decided to finally go through this old drawer full of electronics-related stuff. Long story short, a bottle of soda once exploded in my bedroom at my parents’ house—
See? Not even kidding.
—and the drawer was open, so soda got inside it all over everything (and my desk and bed and like 4 feet up the walls, but that’s not really the point), so everything in the drawer got all sticky. Anyway, I finally went through it the other day to throw the ruined things out, and lo and behold, MY 10-YEAR-OLD IPOD STILL WORKS. I used to bring that iPod with me everywhere, including gym. It has been left in the heat, left in the cold, tossed around, covered in both chalk and sweat, probably spilled on or something at some point, who even knows, covered in congealed soda from the explosion, wiped down with a wet paper towel to clean it, and it’s 10 years old, but it still freaking works.
And don’t even get me started about the Nokia phone I once had. That thing fell out of my pocket on a ride once—this ride:
Those are cages that you sit it that spin around, and my phone flew all around the cage, banged against the metal grating like twenty times, but was totally fine. It also got buried in the sand at the beach once—literally, like, we had to dig to find it.
The old digital camera I have was also often brought to gym with me, left in the heat (there was no AC, even in the summer) and covered in chalk all the time, yet it would probably still work if I could find a charger.
But the electronics I treat with the utmost respect and care just up and break -_-
Now please excuse me while I go throw my computer monitor down the stairs.
I have a PSA to make! EVERYONE SHOULD SIGN UP FOR HOOPLA. I don’t know if you can sign up without a library card, but if you do have a library card, that’s all you need. At least in the US. And they have sooooo many ebooks and graphic novels! I mean, I even got to read Saga Vol. 6 just a couple weeks after it came out. Obviously it depends on the publisher/author, but they carry so many more books than the types of sites that are based on your local library.
The second part to this PSA is that Dreamspinner Press and their imprints, DSP Publications and Harmony Ink, have A TON of their books available. Which means NOW YOU ALL HAVE NO EXCUSE NOT TO READ WITHERED + SERE BY TJ KLUNE (yes, I am shamelessly linking to my review). The sequel to which I will actually be
incoherently raving about reviewing this week. And I noticed Withered + Sere is also on Netgalley right now. So that’s double no excuse. I mean, ok, if it’s not your kind of book, I guess that’s an excuse. But whatever. Minor details.
Books I Received for Review:
Captive is being offered here. And Unhinged is being offered here in the Lovers of Paranormal GR group. Look at me, helping you all find ARCs. Of course it’s not for selfish reasons like wanting everyone to read the same books as me so that I have people to discuss them with…
Books I Finished:
The Frey Theory was one of those books that had all rave reviews but didn’t work for me :-/ I don’t understand why that keeps happening. Captive was basically lots of sex and violence, but that’s not an issue for me, so it was great. Pale as a Ghost was a book I’d been dying to read for a while but was saving until I got through enough review copies because I could just tell I would like it (I did) and want to binge read through the whole series, and I didn’t want to ruin the enjoyment by feeling stressed. Technically this whole series is also review copies, but they’re backlisted, so no stress there.
Song of the Week:
I’ve been listening to like the same three songs for the past month lol, so I got nothin’.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers featuring apples.
– I reviewed Whereafter by Terri Bruce, the third in a series with complex characters and a unique take on the afterlife.
– I discussed why I prefer narrow scope over broad scope in books and asked your preference.
– I reviewed Teeth: The First Bite by Chele Cooke, a M/M book with vampires who were the perfect combo of sexy and predatory.
– I reviewed The Unquiet Dead by Chris Dubecki, an urban fantasy about a necromancer with super relatable characters.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)