Book Blather: Blogging Insecurities and Struggles

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Hi everyone!


I thought to kick off my new discussion post, I would start off with something that's on my mind a lot: My insecurities and struggles as a blogger.

So, I am a fairly new blogger, I'll admit. I started this blog on January 22, 2013.

I really enjoy blogging, but I've been struggling recently. 

My first struggle is my reviews. Reviews are a lot of fun to write, but they also take a LOT of time, and oftentimes it's really difficult to know what to say. I've started to fall into a hole of reviews I need to write. I have about a bajillion reviews I need to write, and little to no time.

Also, branching off the fact that I have A BAJILLION TRILLION MILLION reviews to write, I've started to have to take notes when I read, not only for quotes and that regular stuff, but also what's going on in the plot, because I know that by the time I get around to reviewing the book, I won't remember anything that happened. This note-taking has led to something horrific: I have a lessened interest in reading. Every time I go to read, I decide not to, because then I know that I'll have to take notes, and I don't like doing that because it's takes out a lot of the pleasure reading gives and makes it feel like an absolute chore. I'm afraid that until I'm caught up on reviews, I'll be caught in this horrible situation. 

Just compare how many books I've read this year to what I had read at this time last year.

This year I've read 37 books.
At this time last year, I had read 53 books.

That's a difference of 16 books. It honestly makes me so mad at myself. It's driving me crazy.

Leonardo DiCaprio is me right now, and that other guy is me when I'm not reading.

Yeah.

On to my insecurities.

Since I am a fairly new blog, I don't have that many followers. As much as I hate to admit it, and as much as I hate to sound jealous, when I go to other people's blogs, and see they have 200 or 300 followers, I get more than a little bit jealous.

When I see someone with a ton of followers

That problem, however, CAN BE SOLVED! My lovely followers, please, please please...


Comment on my posts.

I know you all comment a lot on my meme posts, but I get almost no comments on my reviews, and that kind of sends a message to me that you all *cringes* don't like my reviews. If you actually don't, then comment anyway and tell me how I can improve my reviews!

I think that's about it for this post!

Do you ever get jealous of other bloggers? Do you have any struggles or insecurities when it comes to blogging? Do you like my new discussion posts? How am I doing? Please leave a comment below letting me know!


Thanks, everyone! :)





Discussion Post!

Hi everyone!

So, for a while I've been wanting to create my very own discussion post, and it finally happened!

I present to you:




Sorry if that banner hurts your eyes! I'm new to photo editing. :P

Anyway, in this new post, I will choose a topic and discuss it with you guys! I will do my best to make it a weekly thing. :) Please let me know if you'd like even more discussion posts, like a specific type!

My first Book Blather will come soon after this post. Stay tuned! :)

Some bad news...

Friday, August 23, 2013
Hi everyone!

So, bad news. School is starting.

I'm not going to lie, I'm not all that excited, because it limits my time and ability to do things I really enjoy. I like some aspects, but it's so time-consuming. :P

That also means, that I won't be able to post as much as I would like. I might accidentally skip weeks for Top Ten Tuesday, Stacking the Shelves, or Feature and Follow Friday, things like that. I'm really sorry! I'll still try to post as much as I possibly can. :)

Bye!

Top Ten Tuesday 8/20/13

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Hi guys!

August 20: Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier

Let's see...










































That's all I have for this week, guys! How about you? What helps you out as a reader/blogger? Leave a link and a comment down below, check out some of my other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me!

Thanks! :D

Stacking The Shelves 8/16/13

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Hi everyone!








That's all the books I got this week! If you've read any of them, please let me know how they are  in the comments! Also, leave a link below to your STS! I would love to check it out. :) Stick around, read some other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me! I follow back.

Thanks. :)

Feature and Follow 8/16/13

Friday, August 16, 2013
Hey everyone!


Q: Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month.

I found out that a way to gain more traffic on this here blog is by publicly sharing posts I make on my Google+ profile. It has been helping, a lot!

How about you? What did you learn? Spread the knowledge and leave a link and a comment below! Stick around, read some other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me! I follow back! :)

Thanks! :D

A to Z Bookish Survey

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Hi guys! I've seen a lot of these lately and thought they were really awesome! So I'm going to do one too! Enjoy, and if this looks fun, do it too, and leave a link in the comments! I would love to see your bookish survey. :)

The original post can be found here.


Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to Goodreads, this honor goes to Marissa Moss. I stopped reading her books in like 3rd grade, but still. When I was younger and I liked a series, I read every book in it. Marissa Moss wrote a series of books called Amelia's Notebooks, and I read all of them, and some other books by her, bringing the total up to 38 books. In second place is the author of the Nancy Drew books, Carolyn Keene, with me having read 33 of her books.

Best Sequel Ever:

 This one definitely goes to Prodigy by Marie Lu. I loved Legend, but Prodigy was just mind-blowing. I can't even begin to describe how much I loved that book.

Currently Reading:

Steel Lily (ARC) by Megan Curd, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I enjoy a variety of drinks. My favorites are probably hot chocolate and tea. Mmmmm...

E-reader or Physical Book?

I have 2 e-readers in my home... and I rarely use either. I really just can't get into a book on a screen. No matter how ridiculous this sounds, books are just... different. Their smell, their feel, everything about them is just so comforting and addicting. They feel like home and make me feel warm and fuzzy. E-readers make me feel cold and electronic. :P

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

My biggest book boyfriends are the two guys in The Mortal Instruments series: Jace and Simon. While I love Jace more, I would have been a tad intimidated by him, and would have gone with nerdy, adorable, and funny Simon. :)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

There are two:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Hidden Gem Book:

Half upon a Time by James Riley. This is an amazing fractured fairy-tale, and I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it, and it deserves way more attention than what it has.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

There are a few. I've always loved reading, but it was never, like, the center of my universe until I read The Hunger Games.
The next important moment was Goodreads. If you love books, get a Goodreads. It is so great. You can connect with others who love books, get recommendations based on what you've read, rate  books, and review them! It's also an awesome way to keep track of books you've read and want to read. 
The last important moment was getting this blog. I love blogging so much, and it makes me feel closer to my books. :)

Just Finished:

I just finished The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan. It was SO GOOD.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Just reference this TTT.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

*Hangs head in shame*. I'm afraid the longest book I've ever read is only 550 pages, The Book Thief. It's one of my favorite books, but I'm really sad I haven't read anything longer. D:

Major book hangover because of:

Prodigy by Marie Lu. My heart was shattered.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Just one.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I actually don't generally re-read. So many books, so little time!

Preferred Place To Read:

Splayed out on my bed. 

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

One of my favorite quotes about books from one of my favorite books:

"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book."
-John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Reading Regret:

My parents are very restrictive on what I can and can't read, and I'm not allowed to read Harry Potter. I really want to. :P

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore
Airhead trilogy by Meg Cabot
The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Jace from The Mortal Instruments, and just that series in general. It is perfection. <3

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare. GIVEITTOMENOW.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I'm one of those people who DNFs books really quickly. If something romantic, dramatic, interesting, or violent doesn't happen within the first 50 pages, I'm done.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Mind Games by Kiersten White. Is it any good?

Your latest book purchase:

Divergent and Insurgent boxed set by Veronica Roth, along with Wreck This boxed set by Keri Smith.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Prodigy by Marie Lu. It was due at the library the next day, and I refused to return it without finishing! 



Top Ten Tuesday 8/13/13

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Hi everyone!

August 13: Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting (ie: futuristic world, set mostly in schools, during World War II, books set in California  etc. etc. So many possibilities!) 

X= Not the USA (This includes non-existent places too, for the record. XD)

 

(Guys, please help me. How do I get my books in straight rows?)

That's my TTT! I'd love to see your list, so please leave a link and a comment so I can check yours out! Stick around, read some of my other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me! :D

Thanks. :)


Stacking The Shelves 8/10/13

Saturday, August 10, 2013
I got most of my books from the juvenile section this week, but I don't care. We're all kids at heart! :)


Those are my books, and I would love to see yours! Leave a link in the comments to your STS and I'll be sure to check it out! Feel free to read some of my other posts and if you like what you see, follow me! :)

Thanks! :)

Feature and Follow 8/9/13

Friday, August 9, 2013
Hi everyone!



Q: Back to school. Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.


Hmmm.. this for me is a tough one. But I'll try my best.

1. The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom- I had to read this book for school and I loved it very much. It gave amazing life lessons.
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury- There is so much said about today's society and what could become of it in this book that must be learned.
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- *Sobs*. Lessons about life, death, and love. This book deserves to be taught in schools.
4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld- The themes of beauty in society are very prevalent in this book, and I think it's a good book to chew on (not in a literal sense, obviously).

What about you? Tell me in the comments, and leave a link to your F&F so I can check out your blog! Feel free to look around my blog and read some other posts! If you like what you see, please follow me! I follow back! :D

Thanks! :D






BREAKING NEWS: The Book Thief stills!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH








This post is self-explanatory. I CAN'T EVEN.

THIS MOVIE IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.


Top Ten Tuesday 8/6/13

Hey guys!

August 6: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels (they were complete stories but you just could have read more and more about these characters or set in that world).

1. Requiem by Lauren Oliver.

Anyone who's read the Delirium trilogy is probably nodding their head in understanding right now. I don't want to say anything if you're still reading or want to read this trilogy, so I'll keep it as vague as possible: I understand why she did what she did with her ending, but I just didn't feel satisfied. I felt disappointed. I would be majorly thrilled if she ever decided to make a book four!

2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

I know that this book had an epilogue that tells you what happens to all the Beauty Queens in the future, but I wish it didn't! I want a sequel to this book so much, because I love the humor, the characters, and just the idea! I don't know what she write about if she were to write a sequel, but I would read it! XD


3. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.

This book's ending was a huge disappointment. I mean, (only highlight the next few words if you've read Flipped) WHERE WAS OUR KISS?I need more information about what goes down with Bryce and Juli after this book! The fact is, the author announced that she will never write a sequel, which is heart-shattering. D:

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

I thought that The Help had a magnificent and powerful ending, but I still really want to read more about what happens next: To Abileen, to Hilly, to Minny, and to Celia. I feel like there could be more of a story here. We could maybe even fast-forward to Mae Mobley as an adult, and find out whether or not what Aibleen taught her had any effect on her life.




5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

The ending of this book really doesn't leave any room for a sequel, but I can still dream, right? But how about a companion novel? About a different little girl on a different street with a different family and different friends? Just something? All I want is Death to narrate, and for it to have the same breath-taking, tear-inducing writing as this book. So, a companion book? YES PLEASE.



6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

I think that this book can have a sequel for sure. We could follow our characters through more of their journey, and see how they deal with the events that occurred during this book. It would probably be even more depressing than book one, but if it means more of the characters, I'll take it!




7. Everyday by David Levithan.

What happens with A and Rhiannon? I mean, the ending of this book doesn't really give them a happy ending, and I WANT THAT! A sequel needs to be made for this book!





These are the only books I can think of! What about you? What books were on your list? Leave a link and a comment below, check out some of my other posts, and if you like what you see, follow me!

Thanks! :)
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