Discussion: How To – Start A Book Blog

Advice from a Not-So-Seasoned Not-Quite-Professional

A long while ago, I wrote a discussion with my advice on ARC requests.

Surprisingly, to me at least, a lot of people liked it and found it useful. And I realized something, I feel like a floundering child when it comes to this blog, but with a year and 460-ish followers, I have a marginal about of experience and advice I can share with some form of authority.

So, since my best friend has finally caved to my wishes and is soon starting her own book blog (and yes, I will hype and promote the hell out of her, be prepared), I thought an advice post would be a good way to help her, and anyone else reading this blog who wants help starting a blog, or just to see my insights into blogging, to see a different point of view.


Practical Blogging Advice:

  • Be realistic with yourself. Don’t say you can post 5 times a week if you do not realistically have that time. Start with one well written post a week. Its more important to be well written and consistent than to have a lot of posts.
  • Follow and interact with other blogs. Be a part of the community.
  • Followers do not happen overnight. Do it because you like it.
  • DO NOT OVER REQUEST NETGALLEY ARCS IT WILL HAUNT YOU FOREVER.

Book Blogging Essentials:

  • A separate email account you feel comfortable sharing.
  • A blog directory
  • A Netgalley account
  • A Goodreads account

Memes, Features, and Common Types of Book Blog Posts:

  • Top Ten Tuesday / Top Five Wednesday
  • TBR (To Be Read)
  • Book Hauls / Unhauls
  • Book Reviews
  • Book Adaptation Reviews
  • Book Coming Out This Month/Year
  • Favorites
  • Week / Month in Review – Weekly/Monthly Reading or Blogging Wrap-ups

Connecting With Fellow Bloggers:

A big part of blogging is connecting with fellow book bloggers.

Comment on other people’s posts, and don’t be afraid to start a conversation. People will want to talk to you!


Social Media For Book Bloggers:

You can’t blog in a void.

Well, you can, but then, no one will read what you’re writing. If you want to make friends and gain readers you have to network.

Comment, like, and follow other blogs. Join twitter and follow bookish-peeps there. Get a Goodreads and join some blogger/reader groups.

Trust me, it works.

And this is coming from someone notoriously bad with both technology and people.


Other (more) helpful advice & tips:

How To Start A Book Blog By The Sassy Book Geek

Discussions by Sparkling Letters

Realities of Book Blogging by Ardent Attachments

Rave Worthy Blogging by Rant&Rave About Books

Blog Graphics Tutorial by Read At Midnight


Bloggers I Look Up To/To Follow
(Blog-speration)

This is of course, not a comprehensive list of all the bloggers I like/follow/love, its just a list for the newbies to get a feel of some amazing book blogs and shoutout some people I admire.

This is in no particular order.

That Bookshelf Bitch

Thoughts & Afterthoughts

RakioddBooks

Heir of Glitter

My Tiny Obsessions

Calliope The Book Goddess

52 Letters in the Alphabet

Freedom Library

Bookshelves And Biros

Genie Reads

Icebreaker694

The Orangutan Librarian

Rant & Rave About Books

Read At Midnight

Bookish Things & Tea


So, what do you guys think?

Any bloggers you want to shoutout? Any advice you want to give to newbies or fellow book bloggers? Did you find anything I said helpful? Do you want me to do more of these types of discussions? Are their any topics in particular you want to see?

Let me me know down in the comments!

 

 

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Ranking Eeveelutions


Favorite Pokemon Fan Theories

Best Pokemon Timeline Theories I’ve Seen


Official Definition:

  • An¬†Eeveelution¬†(Japanese:¬†„ÉĖ„ā§„āļ¬†Vuis) is a term used for the current group of eight Pok√©mon that¬†evolve¬†from¬†Eevee.
  • It is a portmanteau of the words “Eevee” and “evolution“.
  • Its definition may be extended to include Eevee itself.
  • Eevee is the¬†rival’s starter Pok√©mon in¬†Pok√©mon Yellow¬†as well as the starter Pok√©mon for both¬†Michael¬†in¬†Pok√©mon XD: Gale of Darkness and the¬†Hero/Heroine¬†in¬†Pok√©mon Conquest.

Criteria:

  • Personal Preference (typing, the look, etc.)
  • Stats
  • Difficultly in evolution method

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Eevee
 Normal 
Run Away or
Adaptability
Hidden: Anticipation
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
55 55 50 45 65 55

8 – Glaceon

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Glaceon
 Ice 
Snow Cloak
Hidden: Ice Body
Level up near an Ice Rock
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
65 60 110 130 95 65
  • Glaceon¬†is an¬†Ice-type¬†evolution of Eevee.
  • Glaceon evolves from Eevee when it is leveled up near¬†an ice-covered rock.
  • Decent stats, but pure ice type is not very good in battling, as it has a lot of weaknesses.
  • Hard to evolve, and the specific rock isn’t in every game since it was introduced.

 

7 – Leafeon

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Leafeon
 Grass 
Leaf Guard
Hidden: Chlorophyll
Level up near a Moss Rock
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
65 110 130 60 65 95
  • Leafeon¬†is the¬†Grass-type¬†evolution of Eevee.
  • When an Eevee is leveled up near¬†a large, mossy rock, it will evolve into this Pok√©mon.
  • Decent stats, but there are tons of better grass types.
  • Hard to evolve, and the specific rock isn’t in every game since it was introduced.
  • Evolution method is really the downfall for these two.

 

6 – Flareon

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Flareon
 Fire 
Flash Fire
Hidden: Guts
Fire Stone
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
65 130 60 95 110 65
  • A member of¬†Generation I’s Eeveelution trio is¬†Flareon, a¬†Fire-type¬†Pok√©mon, evolving from Eevee when it is exposed to a¬†Fire Stone.
  • A fun, cute pokemon, but the stats just don’t mesh well with its move pool.

 

5 – Sylveon

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Sylveon
 Fairy 
Cute Charm
Hidden: Pixilate
Level up with 2 Affection hearts
and knowing a Fairy-type move
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
95 65 65 110 130 60
  • Sylveon¬†is a¬†Fairy-type¬†evolution of Eevee. It evolves when leveled up with a¬†Fairy-type¬†move and at least two¬†Affection¬†hearts in¬†Pok√©mon-Amie¬†or¬†Pok√©mon Refresh.
  • Fairy types are good in battle, but evolving this is kind of hard.
  • Affection vs. friendship confuses me.

 

4 – Vaporeon

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Vaporeon
 Water 
Water Absorb
Hidden: Hydration
Water Stone
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
130 65 60 110 95 6
  • Vaporeon, the first of the Eeveelutions in¬†National Pok√©dex¬†order, is a¬†Water-type¬†Pok√©mon.
  • It evolves from an Eevee that is exposed to a¬†Water Stone.
  • A good battling pokemon with good moves and stats. And i like water types.

 

3 – Jolteon

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Jolteon
 Electric 
Volt Absorb
Hidden: Quick Feet
Thunder Stone
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
65 65 60 110 95 130
  • Jolteon¬†is the second of the Eeveelutions, evolving from exposure to a¬†Thunder Stone, and is an¬†Electric-type¬†Pok√©mon.
  • Its cool looking and electric types are fun.
  • Great stats.

 

2 – Umbreon

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Umbreon
 Dark 
Synchronize
Hidden: Inner Focus
Level up with friendship at night
or level up with friendship and Moon Shard
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
95 65 110 60 130 65
  • Umbreon¬†is the second of the two¬†Generation II¬†Eeveelutions, a¬†Dark-type¬†Pok√©mon.
  • Umbreon evolves from Eevee when it gains a level¬†during the nighttime¬†with 220 friendship.
  • It, alongside Espeon, is the¬†starter Pok√©mon¬†for¬†Pok√©mon Colosseum.
  • Evolving with friendship is a pain but worth it.

 

1 – Espeon

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Espeon
 Psychic 
Synchronize
Hidden: Magic Bounce
Level up with friendship in the day
or level up with friendship and Sun Shard
HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spd
65 65 60 130 95 110
  • The¬†Psychic-type¬†Espeon¬†evolves from Eevee when it is raised to 220 friendship and gains a level¬†during the daytime.
  • It, alongside Umbreon, is the¬†starter Pok√©mon¬†for¬†Pok√©mon Colosseum.
  • I credit Pokemon Colosseum for my preference of Umbreon and Espeon.
  • Evolving with friendship is a pain but worth it.
  • Edges past Umbreon because it has better stats and moves.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In School

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


August 26: Back to School/Learning Freebie (in honor of school starting back up soon, come up with your own topic that fits the theme of school or learning! Books that take place at school/boarding school/during study abroad, books you read in school, textbooks you liked/didn’t like, non-fiction books you loved or want to read, etc.)


Middle School

I don’t remember much of what we read in middle school, but these are the ones that stand out in my memory.

The View From Saturday

We read The View from Saturday in 6th grade. I don’t remember much of the book, but I remember loving it and reading ahead of the reading schedule of the class.

Lord of the Flies

We read this one in 7th grade and I hated it so very very much.

Here’s an assignment I did for it: Throwback Thursday: Seventh Grade Deserted Island Story

Much Ado About Nothing

This one was a lot of fun, we read it in 8th grade if I’m remembering correctly.

Throwback Thursday: Much Ado About Nothing Act 3 Scene 4 ‚Äď 2014 ‚Äď Valley Girl Rewrite

Flipped

This was a summer reading book for two years in a row. It was fine, but not my favorite.

Hoot

Also a summer reading book, the summer before 6th I think, so you could count it with elementary school (like Espananza Rising – I read them back to back, one for 5th and one for 6th). This one takes places in Florida. Its cute, but I like the movie better.


9th Grade

We did a lot in 9th, especially because we changed teachers a month into the school year.

Romeo and Juliet

Its a classic, but reading this in a class of 15 year olds is very annoying. We did the No Fear Shakespeare version and it felt like we were being talked down to. Also, we watched the Romeo + Juliet movie twice and its terrible.

Raisin in the Sun

I know people adore this play, but I HATED it. Maybe its because I read it in class having to do discussion questions every scene but it was so boring.

The Hobbit

I mean, this one was great.

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit ‚ÄúSting‚ÄĚ Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit Movies vs Book Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade-The Hobbit-‚ÄúGandalf‚Äôs Journal‚ÄĚ

The House on Mango Street

This book was really depressing, it was good, but 15 year old me couldn’t handle the depressing-ness along with all the assignments for it.

The Count of Monte Cristo

This was our summer reading. I hated it so much, its the only school required book I willfully did not finish.


10th Grade

We did quite a lot in 10th grade.

Outliers

This was our summer reading and its so boring. It was pretty interesting in some places, but he continued to repeat the same point over and over and I got bored with it. I did finish, but only cause I had to.

Antigone

Antigone is a good read in a classroom setting.

V for Vendetta

I LOVED V for Vendetta, I actually have a signed copy.

Throwback Thursday: V for Vendetta Final Five Page Essay

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade Symbolism in V for Vendetta

Throwback Thursday: 10th grade X for Vendetta Speech

Night

This is a nonfiction account of a man living through the Holocaust and it was so good and about half the class cried when we found out it was an autobiography not historical fiction.

Anthem

I hate this book with every fiber of my being. I hate Ayn Rand.

Taming of the Shrew

This was a lot of fun to read as a class. Everyone read a different character. I read a part at one point of a servant who got slapped and the boy that was meant to “slap” me was such a chicken about it I had to fake slap him so we could continue the scene.


11th Grade

On Writing

Stephen King’s memoir – this was a summer reading book for us.

Book Review: On Writing

Thank You For Arguing

The other summer reading book. Nonfiction, kinda interesting in parts but ultimately boring, with a lot of references that were super outdated (like senators of the 1980s and an obsession with Animal House).

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing


12th Grade

Oedipus Rex

This was a fun read. I like Greek mythology and stuff.

Pride and Prejudice

Major Works ‚Äď AP Lit Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Major Works ‚Äď AP Lit Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Frankenstein

Major Works ‚Äď AP Lit Review: Frankenstein

Hamlet

AP Lit Review: Hamlet

1984

Major Works Data Sheet ‚Äď 1984

The Importance of Being Ernest

Major Works Data Sheet ‚Äď The Importance of Being Earnest

The Death of Ivan Illych

Major Works AP Review: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Metamorphosis

Major Works Data Sheet ‚Äď The Metamorphosis


College

I had two summer reading books before my freshman year.

Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human

Color and Character

Its July 2nd as I write this, so I don’t have much to say yet.

 

15 Kids’ Cartoons that Aren’t Just for Kids

Rules for this List:

  • Marketed towards kids, not adults (so no South Park, Simpsons or Family Guy).
  • Is a cartoon not an anime, because they are different things with different connotations.

Gravity Falls

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Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle, Grunkle Stan, in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Ore. Grunkle Stan has the kids help him run The Mystery Shack, the tourist trap that he owns. The twins try to adapt to the weird surroundings but sense there is something strange about Gravity Falls and begin to unlock its secrets. When Dipper uncovers a cryptic journal that offers insight into the town’s mysteries, he and Mabel use it and their enthusiastic desire to vanquish evil to battle the imminent mysteries that surround them.

This show is a lot of fun, if you like mysteries and riddles and monsters. The early episodes are definitely for a much younger audience, but it gets better and more enjoyable for older viewers as it continues.


Star vs. the Forces of Evil

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When magical princess Star Butterfly receives a royal magic wand for her 14th birthday, she proves to her parents that she is not ready for the responsibility that comes with it. As a result, they send her to a place that doesn’t have magic — Earth — in hopes that she will gain maturity. Upon her¬†arrival, Star is given a family to help guide her, so she moves in with the Diaz family, which includes teenage son Marco. Star takes Marco with her as she battles villains — both in their high school and throughout the universe — as she attempts to protect her powerful wand.

SVTFE is similar to Gravity Falls in that the early episodes are fairly weak, but get better, and more enjoyable for an older audience as it continues. I find this show a lot of fun for de-stressing.


Miraculous: The Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir

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Marinette seems to be a normal teenage girl — she dreams of becoming a fashion designer, is a bit awkward and has a crush on a classmate. But she has a secret other teenagers don’t have — she lives a double life as a crime-fighting superhero known as Ladybug. She uses her superpowers to help protect her native Paris from supervillain Hawk Moth. She is assisted, reluctantly, by fellow hero Cat Noir, even though she insists she doesn’t need him — a stance she might not take if she knew his alter ego is her crush, Adrien. Together, Ladybug and Cat Noir help keep Paris safe from Hawk Moth and other villains.

I binged this show in about two days. It plays out a lot like a teen tv show in same parts, and a young kids superhero show – and all the cheesy-ness it entails. Its an overall fun show – even for teens or young adults.


Steven Universe

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The Crystal Gems are a team of magical beings who are the self-appointed guardians of the universe. Half-human, half-Gem hero Steven is the “little brother” of the group. The goofball is learning to save the world using the magical powers that come from his bellybutton and he goes on magical adventures with the rest of the Crystal Gems, even though he’s not as powerful — or smart — as fellow group members Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl. Despite his shortcomings, Steven usually finds a surprising way to save the day.

This is not one I watch personally, but I know a lot of people my age and older who are really really into it.


Young Justice

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Join the teenage superheroes as they save the world as well as deal with normal daily life issues.

This one is mostly geared towards pre-teens and teens in the first place, and its so good. This is up there as my cousin’s favorite show.


Teen Titans

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Leading the Teen Titans to protect Earth is Robin, formerly Batman’s sidekick. He has no special powers, just a utility belt and his mind to help solve problems. His team members Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy live together in Teen Tower, and each of them has supernatural abilities to fight¬†a new generation of villains.

This is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I’m forever angry it was cancelled only to be replaced with Teen Titans Go! which is fine, but a lot more juvenile.


Over The Garden Wall

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On an adventure, brothers Wirt and Greg get lost in the Unknown, a strange forest adrift in time. A wise old woodsman and bluebird Beatrice help them find their way. Along the way, Wirt’s thoughts envelope him, while the wonder of the surroundings preoccupy Greg. The miniseries — based on creator Patrick McHale’s cartoon short “Tome of the Unknown” — features animation that evokes a nostalgic storybook feeling, inspired by folk art and classic illustrations. The voices include Elijah Wood and Christopher Lloyd with Samuel Ramey, Chris Isaak and John Cleese among guests.

If you like Gravity Falls you’ll love this – its so much fun!


Rick and Morty

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After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth’s doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn’t as happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist,¬†using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that’s not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his grandchildren, Morty and Summer.

Another I don’t watch, in fact I actively dislike it and find it very very irritating, but I have friends who really really like it, so I felt obligated to add it here.


Voltron Legendary Defender

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Teenagers transported from Earth become pilots for robotic lions to fight in an intergalactic war. The Paladins of Voltron must learn to work as a team to assemble the robot Voltron and use its power to conquer the Galra Empire.

This show is SO MUCH FUN. Okay? Okay.


Avatar: The Last Airbender 

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The world is divided into four nations — the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and and the Air Nomads — each represented by a natural element for which the nation is named. Benders have the ability to control and manipulate the element from their nation. Only the Avatar is the master¬†of all four elements. The ruthless Fire Nation wants to conquer the world but the only bender who has enough power, the Avatar, has disappeared … until now. His tribe soon discovers that Aang is the long-lost Avatar. Now Katara and Sokka must safeguard Aang on his journey to master all four elements and save the world from the Fire Nation.

This is such an iconic cartoon for a list like this. Its hard to find someone who doesn’t love this show if they’ve seen it.


Legend of Korra

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This follow-up series to “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is set 70 years after the events of “Avatar” and follows Korra, the next Avatar after Aang, who is from the Southern Water Tribe. With earth, water and fire under her belt, Korra must master the art of airbending. Korra’s quest leads her to Republic City, a virtual melting pot where benders and nonbenders live together. But she soon discovers that the land is plagued by crime and a growing antibending revolution that threatens to tear the city apart. While dealing with the dangers, Korra begins her airbending training under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin.

If you like Avatar you like Korra. End of story.


Adventure Time

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Twelve- year-old Finn battles evil in the Land of Ooo. Assisted by his magical dog, Jake, Finn roams the Land of Ooo righting wrongs and battling evil. Usually that evil comes in the form of the Ice King, who is in search of a wife. He’s decided he should wed Princess Bubblegum, though she doesn’t want to marry him. Still, he persists in trying to steal her away, and Finn and Jake, along with Lady Raincorn (a cross between a unicorn and a rainbow) do their best to keep her from harm.

Another that I don’t really watch myself but I know a lot of people like it.


Winx Club

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Bloom is a special Earth girl with magical powers who travels to the Alfea School for Fairies to perfect her skills. She quickly befriends teenage fairies Stella, Flora, Musa, Layla, and Tecna. Together these six girls are the Winx Club. In addition to high school, the girls work to save the universe from Lord Darkar and witches Icy, Darcy, Stormy and a variety of other opponents. Only with the power of six Enchantix fairies fighting together can girls save the universe.

I watched this a lot as a iid, and it still holds up. The original, not the remake. The remake is weird to me.


Digimon 

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The adventures of seven kids stranded in a bizarre world populated by digital monsters.

I love digimon, if you like stuff like Pokemon, you’ll like Digimon.


Pokemon

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“Indigo League” is where it all began as the first season of the long-running “Pok√©mon” animated series. Young Ash Ketchum is just beginning his Pok√©mon training as he reaches his 10th birthday. Things don’t go as expected for the youngster, who gets a Pikachu instead of a standard first Pok√©mon. Winning gym badges is also tougher than Ash thought it would be. He’s not alone in his quest for the badges, though, as former gym leaders Brock and Misty are by his side, along with some new friends.

This only just barely qualifies for this list, because it is technically a Japanese anime, but its considered a cartoon by so many people it seems, that I guess it counts.

Indigo League though the Sinnoh seasons are great, the Unova seasons are, to me, more juvenile and really boring/annoying. I haven’t watched much Kalos or Alola, but what I’ve seen is pretty good.

Best Fan Films / Productions

Star Trek Continues

 


Deadpool The Musical

 


Fan-O-Rama

 


Uncharted w/ Nathan Fillion

 


Severus Snape and the Marauders – Harry Potter Prequel

 


Cannibal: The Musical and other Shadowcasts by PSL

 


Voldemort: Origin of the Heir

 


Mischief Managed

 


The Greater Good

 


A Very Potter Musical

 


The Greatest Teacher Failure is

 


KENOBI Fan Film Star Wars – The Secret of Tatooine

 


Pokémon: The Resurgence


Zelda x Ghibli


Shiro – You’re Welcome (Moana) | The Voltron Cast

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Sensory Reading Memories

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


July 24: Books with Sensory Reading Memories (where I was, what time of year it was, who I was with, what I was eating, etc.) (Submitted by Jessica @ A Cocoon of Books)


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I was seven, it was a much higher reading level than I was capable of, and I spent several months stubborning my way through this book.

19 Years Later ‚Äď My Harry Potter Story

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

I was re-reading this book for a book report in sixth grade, and was reading as I was walking between classes and in the span of about five minutes I tripped on the stairs, picked my stuff up, continued to read, and proceeded to walk into a concrete pillar and freak my teacher out.

Throwback Thursday: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Report (6th grade)

Twilight

I was nine, and my grandmother bought me the book because my older cousin had liked it. I got sent to the guidance counselor because the teacher thought I was too young to be reading it, and my mom had to tell them to give me my book back.

Discussion: Why I Still Love Twilight

Mockingjay

I was finishing the book in the car on the way home, and cried to hard when Prim died I freaked my dad out and he almost took my to the ER.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

This is my best friend’s favorite series and I read the book on the drive from Miami to Orlando while she stared me down to force me to read it.

The Lightning Thief

I read this book the summer before 6th grade every morning in the car on the way to swim class, with my cousin bugging to to ay attention to her.

The Hobbit

I read this in my 9th grade class and I can pretty much remember the classroom and every assignment. Here are a few:

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade-The Hobbit-‚ÄúGandalf‚Äôs Journal‚ÄĚ

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit Movies vs Book Essay

Throwback Thursday: 9th grade The Hobbit ‚ÄúSting‚ÄĚ Essay

City of Bones

I read the first 5 books of the Mortal Instruments in the span of a month during testing when we were stuck in homeroom in the 7th grade, in the dark, with a class of screaming people none of whom I was close friends with around me.

My Sister’s Keeper

I finished reading this book when we had a substitute for 8th grade english, and I cried and freaked the poor woman out.

Gallagher Girls: Out of Sight Out of Time

I read this seventh grade, on the bus ride from school to Disney on a class trip.

 

Favorite Pokemon Fan Theories

I love Pokemon. I’ve been playing since Firered and Leafgreen came out, when I was about 3 or 4 years old.

I started reading Pokemon fan theories when I was about 9, and learned about websites like Game FAQ and such.

This could probably get a part 2 if you guys like this!


A great comprehensive theory:

A deconstruction of the first-generation Pokemon universe


Ditto and Mew

From: Fan Theories

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In the Pokemon series, Mew is the ancestor to every known Pokemon, containing information on every other Pokemon in its cell structure, so it has the ability to use all technical and hidden machines. A group of scientists dreamed of creating the world’s greatest Pokemon. Their plan was to clone Mew and amplify the creation’s powers, resuling in one the first artificial Pokemon, Mewtwo. This theory states that more than just Mewtwo was created; Ditto may be the result of failed attempts to create Mewtwo from the scientists.

Most media in Pokemon will use occasionally use the word, “fetus”, an interesting choice, to describe Mew, as well as potray Mew as a fetus/embryo. Mew even surrounds itself in a pink bubble, which strongly resembles a placenta. The whole idea was to get across the idea that Mew was the birth of all Pokemon. It is unknown if there are more than one Mew, but we do know that it was Mew who populated the world with its many spawn of all shapes and sizes. Additionally, we also know that Mew is capable of asexual reproduction, a trait only one other Pokemon seems to have, Ditto. There are many connections between Mew and Ditto which shows they have very similar genetic make-up.

With all of these connections between the two Pokemon, its odd that they behave quite differently. Mew is elusive and rare, where Ditto’s are generic and common. Ditto is an amoeba-like Pokemon in its amorphous stage, a trait shared with stem cells, which may have been the motive behind the creation of Ditto. Stem cells provide a vast amount of aid in the area of genetic engineering, and would almost been necessary for trying to create Mewtwo. On Cinnabar Island, clues allude to this place for the site of experiments in the creation of Mewtwo, as well as countless test cloning. Coincidentally, Ditto is found everywhere on Cinnabar Island.

So, is Ditto a clone of Mew? Perhaps there is a larger picture we’ve only skimmed over. Is the connection between Ditto, Mew, and Mewtwo an analogue for stem cell research?

There is a lot of in-game data which compares Mew and Ditto which supports this theory.

  • Mew and Ditto share almost identical colors for their normal and shiny variants, which is pink and blue, respectively.
  • Mew and Ditto share a common weight of 8.8 lbs.
  • Mew and Ditto are both genderless. Both species are capable of asexual reproduction.
  • Mew and Ditto’s base stats are leveled across the board.
  • Mew and Ditto are the only Pokemon who can naturally learn “Transform”. Technically, both can learn any move.
  • Mew holds all of the DNA of all known Pokemon, while Ditto can essentially breed with every single Pokemon, aside from select legendaries.
  • Ditto’s appearance as a scientific blob.
  • Mewtwo’s bio states its the only successful clone of Mew, alluding to more than one attempts.
  • It was implied that Mewtwo was created on Cinnabar Island, where Ditto can be found and caught there.
  • Mewtwo, who was suppose to be superior to Mew, lacked the abiltiy to alter its genetic make-up and transform into any Pokemon in existence, which Ditto’s entire traits revolve around.

Ditto Theory

This is another super popular theory, and one I fully believed was real as a kid, as in, intentional and confirmed type of real.

Bonus Ditto Theory:

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Ash’s Father

In the anime, Delia says¬†she raised Ash by herself is that his father married her fast and then left just as fast due to him being a Pok√©mon Trainer. It is also implied that the reason he and Ash’s grandfather didn’t return is because they achieved nothing in their goal. (Bulbapedia)

The biggest theory of who Ash’s father is, is that his father is Giovanni.¬†In Pok√©mon Live!, it is stated that Delia dated Giovanni and was in his gang.¬†Interesting reddit thread on the theory.

TV Tropes discussion on different possibilities.

Another discussion.

There are a couple different theories of Ash’s dad, but my personal favorite is the Giovanni as Ash’s dad theory. Its supported by the throwaway line in the Pokemon musical where they say Delia dated Giovanni shortly before Ash was born. It also makes Jesse and James make sense, as Giovanni continues to send his most bumbling employee after this kid, because he doesn’t actually want his kid hurt, just wanna tabs kept on him.


Ash’s Coma

I’m pretty sure that this started as a creepy pasta, but the fact that Ash in the anime is still 10 seven regions later is… Yeah, a little odd. They should have given him at least one birthday by now.

The entire theory is pretty dark and creepy, the gist of which is, in the first episode, Pikachu’s electric shocks put Ash into a coma. In his coma, he meets all sorts of legendary Pokemon, and reach every league and gym in record time in each region, none of which should be possible for a ten year old kid.

Creepy Pasta Theory – Full

A more lighthearted version of the “Ash never ages” theory that I’ve seen around is that, since seeing Ho-Oh is supposed to grant eternal happiness, Ash doesn’t age in his quest to be the best Pokemon master ever, and won’t age until he can achieve this goal, thanks to his glimpse of Ho-Oh in the first episode.


The Pokemon War

This theory poses that shortly before the first gen games, Kanto was at war, and recently ended said war.

Major evidence of this is pointed as:

  • Most of the people you meet are children, the elderly, some women, and gym leaders. Or, Team Rocket (aka criminals).
  • Your player, your rival, etc. all lack fathers, and in some cases such as the rival, both parents.
  • Lt. Surge’s Dialogue in general:¬†Hey kid! What do you think you’re doing here? You won’t live long in combat. /¬†That’s for sure! I tell you what kid, electric Pok√®mon saved me during the war!”

Kotaku Explanation

Reddit Thread

Overall, its one of the more interesting Pokemon theories.


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