Book Review

Reading Game of Thrones AFTER Watching the Show and Why I Hate Re-reading

I had a bit of a late start to the Game of Thrones TV show. I started to watch when season five was already out, quickly becoming addicted and in desperate need of more Jon Snow. I’m not sure I’ve ever been more entranced by a show. Every character had major flaws (some more than others!) and the plot was full of layers and twists that you would never think of. After seven seasons, you could say I’m in for the long haul. After I get married in June I plan on taking a nap until next year when season eight comes out 😉

I picked up the first Game of Thrones novel a year ago and started it immediately. For whatever reason, I put it down and  picked up something else.

I recently realized why. If I’ve already seen the show/movie, I already know what happens, and I despise re-reading.

I remember seeing Gone Girl in theaters and hearing that the book was “so much better” than the movie. Of course it is, I thought to myself. They almost always are! So, like the book addict I am, I went and picked up the book afterwards. I read about ten pages and gave up. I don’t know what it is about reading books after seeing the movie. I hate knowing what’s going to happen!

I compare it to guessing the plot of a book before it happens. We’ve all read books where we can guess where it’s going to happen LONG before it does. It’s not our fault, we’re just really good at reading.

I also rarely, if ever, re-read books. When someone asks me what my favorite book is and how many times I’ve read it, I tend to not answer. I have books that I LIKE, definitely. But re-reading them? Ain’t nobody got time for that, especially if your TBR pile is 50+ books!

Despite not reading books where I already know the ending, I am loving Game of Thrones. There is so much more vivid description in the book, and many scenes that never made it into the show, or were changed. I’m loving being able to fully catch up on the tales of Westeros and learn things I missed when I watched the show. One thing I’ve learned from Goodreads reviews is that although the show follows the first book closely, it strays from the rest. So I’m looking forward to that.

Now, if this was the case with every book, maaaaaybe I could become a re-reader. No promises though.

Do you like to re-read? Do you prefer reading the book before seeing the movie? Does it not matter to you if you’ve already seen the movie?

Book Review · Book Tags

20 Questions Tag

I wasn’t tagged, but I did steal this from Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books!

How many books is too many books in a series?

Four is plenty! Unless it’s Outlander, in which case I became bored after six 😉

  1. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I LOVE a good cliffhanger. It gets me excited for the next book!

  1. Hardback or paperback?

Paperback because I’m cheap!

  1. Favorite book?

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite classic. I’m not sure I have a “true” favorite which is crazy!

  1. Least favorite book?

I’m not sure, if I don’t like the book I usually DNF it

  1. Love triangles, yes or no?

No, unless it’s ACOMF


  1. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

House of Mirth! I wanted to love it so bad.

  1. A book you’re currently reading?

The first Game of Thrones book!


  1. Last book you recommended to someone?

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. Loved it.


  1. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Yikes, I actually have no idea!

  1. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Children of Blood and Bone

  1. Favorite author?

F.Scott Fitzgerald for sure

  1. Buying books or borrowing books?

Both! Although, I’m trying not to buy lately. Borrowing is nice if I’m not sure I will like the book.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

The Red Queen.

  1. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks forever

  1. A book you can always reread?

I hate re-reading. LOL

  1. Can you read while hearing music?

I prefer not to

  1. One POV or multiple POV’s?

It depends on the book, but usually one.

  1. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I haven’t read a book in one sitting since high school. My attention span is bad these days haha

  1. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

Daughter of The Burning City

Book Lifestyle

Learning to Budget & What that Means for Book Blogging

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I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately, due to wedding stress and an overall crazy life. My reading has slowed down, in part due to not enjoying the last few YA books I purchased and also because I’ve been attempting to watch my budget.

Yep, you heard me right. Budgeting.

I grew up having to get a job at 16, paying for my car and gas and anything other than necessities on my own. That meant when I went off to college, I was studying and working part time to pay my bills. After college didn’t work out, I was saddled with huge student loans on a less than $30k budget. I managed somehow, but “budgeting” was not something I did.

Flash forward almost 7 years later and (thankfully) a better salary, I realized that I spend a lot of money on things I don’t need. Example, the past two months I spent $500-$700 between eating out, BOOKS, clothes, wedding things, etc. I’m actually too terrified to go back further than that.

Getting back to books, I did just finish one that may have changed my life for the better. That was Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover”. Before this month I thought Dave Ramsey was just some crazy old guy trying to sell me something. My fiancé started listening to his podcast lately and giving me tidbits of information that actually had me curious. Would it be possible for us to pay off thousands of dollars in student loan debt in less than three years?

Yes, it’s possible. But we would need to get serious about it. We would have to budget every single thing and live well below our means.

My first thought, what about books?

I spend more money on books than clothes, that’s for sure. I would say I spend anywhere between $30-$60 a month on books. I try to find the cheapest option, whether that’s using coupons at Barnes and Noble or buying on Amazon, but I’m still spending $12-$20 per book. They aren’t cheap, that’s for sure. I always left the store feeling guilty about spending on myself.

I notice some book bloggers or booktubers seem to buy at least 4 books a month, which doesn’t include anything sent by publishers. I know this isn’t every case. As much as I want to become a better known book blogger, I don’t think purchasing 4 books a month will be in the budget any time soon.

UNLESS, I get frugal about it. I live near Goodwill and other thrift stores, so I may need to start frequenting those places to keep up. Unfortunately, I likely won’t find new books. I have also been listening to audio books, but it just isn’t the same. Utilizing Netgalley will also be huge for me.

Luckily, my local library is decent and seems to get new books frequently.

My question for my fellow book bloggers is, do you budget for books and if so, how much? Do you ever feel guilty buying them? Do you feel like you don’t do as well at blogging because you can’t buy ten books at a time?

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