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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.


2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!


I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.


I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!


Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

Second Book Of General Ignorance - John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, Stephen Fry Anyone who is a fan of the British television show, QI (a mock game show, known for it's humor and intelligence) knows how hard it is to see one of the books associated with the program and simply pass it by. When I saw this I knew that I couldn't just leave it on the shelf, knowingly walking away from something that is connected to a group of people that I hold so dear in my squishy, nerdy heart. Also, it has a bright yellow cover and you should know that yellow covers are a weak spot for me. The first thing I faced when I actually started to read the book was that I didn't quite know how to approach it. It is a collection of cold-hard fact-based myth-busting, formatted into short two page segments. It covers a lot of information and that in itself is impressive, but it also makes it rather intimidating to read. I can't just open it up and expect to read though cover to cover. That fact became incredibly clear in the first few pages. As much as I love information, putting so many words and numbers inside my head all at once did not sit well for my brain, which is already at over-capacity. And that's what it felt like. While I was reading, although engaged, I kept feeling like my brain was flashing the "No Vacancy" sign.Although non-fiction can sometimes be draining, I know from past experience that it normally gives you the most back for committing to see it through. The more I read however, the more I realized that maybe I just wasn't in the right head-space to be consuming this sort of book. It felt like I couldn't do the book justice, couldn't muster up the excitement that normally comes so easily. So, right now this book just isn't for me. The information it presented is solid, but without a proper a strategy to tackle it, I've rather unenthusiastically skimmed. I think I'll stick to getting my facts through the lighter delivery of the TV show and leave the General Ignorance books to the more hardcore non-fiction readers. So, If you're a person that doesn't have all the answers but would like to, have a habit of starting really intellectual bets with your friends, like to correct others, don't like google search results, or just want to learn a few interesting factoids, this is probably the book for you! Just not the book for me.