Soundtrack Saturday – Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Hardcover Lover.

I always associate certain songs with certain books, so this is perfect!


Mini Soundtrack Guidlines:

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A song that you think goes well with the beginning of your chosen book


A song you think fits a character in your chosen book

Diana – definitely


A song that represents a relationship in your chosen book


A song that fits the ending of the book

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How I Choose My Books Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Melting Pots and Other Calamities – whose blog is absolutely amazing, so go check them out!


Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover.
What made you want to pick up this book
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A combination of reasons mostly boiling down to:
-a glowing recommendation from Icebreaker694,
-the comparison to Sherlock and Doctor Who (two of my favorite shows),
-and the cheap price of the hardcover via Bookoutlet.


Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did.
Why did you read it in the first place
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I don’t really read books I don’t expect to enjoy.

I guess I could go with The Cursed Child – so many people seemed to hate it that I dragged my feet before getting to it. I didn’t HATE it, I liked it, it was entertaining. But I prefer to imagine it as Harry’s fever dream of sorts rather than actual canon.

I read because its Harry Potter – that much should be obvious.


Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random.
How did you discover this book
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I discovered this book when I was randomly scrolling through the kindle deals looking for a new ebook to read after AP testing was finished and we basically were doing nothing but watching movies/stareing at the way in AP classes.

It was on sale for $1.99 and seemed interesting – so I got it.

Its now one of my FAVORITE books.

Read my review here: Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

And there is a sequel! Read my review here: Arc Review: Nowhere Near You


Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you.
What did you think of it
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A friend of mine from school LOVED this book – and sophomore year of high school bought it for me for my birthday because she NEEDED me to read it.

I really, really liked it. But I haven’t continued on with the series yet. I might just wait to binge read it when the entire series is finished.

You can read my review here: Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard Book Review


Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / book blogs.
Did it live up to the hype
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Pretty much EVERY book tuber I watch was RAVING about this book – before it even came out.

And if you’ve read it, you know OF COURSE it lived up to the hype. Its killing me that they pushed back the release of Obsidio.

 


Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title.
What drew you to this book
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I’d boughten and read City of Bones from the school book fair and when I finished they didn’t have the next book, so I went looking for another.

Divergent was on the same “bestsellers” table and it looked interesting so I bought it.

Sidenote: a lot more books have 1-word titles then I thought…


What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

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I saw the movie with my parents, and I liked it, so when I found the book at a second-hand-bookstore I bought it. And I liked it.


Think of your all-time favourite book/s.
When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

Well, I have a whole story about how I came to read and love Harry Potter here:
19 Years Later – My Harry Potter Story

And a whole story of how I came to read and love Twilight here:
Discussion: Why I Still Love Twilight


I Tag:

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

AP Literature Reading Challenge – 2017/18 School Year

Hello!

If you’ve been reading my blog for, pretty much any length of time, you’ll know at least two things:

  1. I avoid and mostly dislike classics.
  2. I am taking AP English Lit this coming school year.

What does that mean? I have to read EVERY CLASSIC EVER IF I WANT TO PASS. (Not literally, it just feels that way)

So, to make the chore of “I must read this to not fail” (which tends to suck all the fun out), I’m making a reading challenge!

From September 1st 2017 (A week after school starts)  – May 1st 2018 (A week before the AP test), the goal is to read as many classics and AP Lit recommended books as possible.

I figure lots of others are in the same boat as me, and others still want to get more classics read. Everyone is welcome to join, just comment down below telling me you’re joining me, and if you make a TBR post (to keep us updated on your progress!) link that below as well!


For Some TBR Ideas:

AP Lit Course Description – Lists Recommended Authors

Prep Scholar Book List

Every Book On The Exam Since 1971

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge


My TBR: (In No Particular Order)

The Great Gatsby

Hamlet

Frankenstein

1984

-Whatever else I decide, because I’m not great at sticking to TBRs made in advance.

-The books above are the specific classics my AP Lit teacher recommended we read.

Discussion: Where To Buy (Cheap) Books

Books.

As book bloggers, we love them, and often times, hoard them like dragons hoarding gold.

We all want to be like those book bloggers with endless shelves, and massive frequent book hauls, but it can be hard when you don’t have much in the way in disposable income for buying books.

Books are EXPENSIVE.

I’m 17, I may get an allowance, but not nearly enough to buy all the books I would want to (which is why I have 2-3 book hauls a year, generally from birthday/christmas gifts).

Without further ado, here are some of the places I find cheap books, to help you out in your book blogging, or just reading, adventures.


Local Used Bookstores

To me, this is the most fun option, because it means you get to go exploring.

If you google “used bookstores + city name” you’ll find at least one, unless your in a really small town or something (and my grandma lives in Tryon, a town so small everything is on a single street – and they have a used bookstore so…).

Exploring a second hand bookstore is super fun, especially when you find a gem hidden in the trash.

We used to have two near where I live, but both closed down recently and it makes me sad…


Book Outlet

Book Outlet is famous in the book blog world.

Basically, Book Outlet is a website where, while the selection isn’t everything/recent, it is pretty large, easy to sort through, and books – even hardcovers – can range from $1-$10 dollars.

And now they have flat rate shipping for the US and Canada!


The Strand

The Strand is a famous independent bookstore in New York (and its large and epic in person!) that has an online store.

While they do have full priced books, they have a clearance section, book sales, and the intriguing, mystical phenomenon known as “books by the foot” that I’ve never tried but I want to.

Its worth checking out.


AbeBooks

A site where people and stores can sell old books – some new, some used.

You can find some cheap copies every once in a while, and the site has a good reputation when it comes to antique and/or signed books.


Biblio

Basically the same idea as AbeBooks, but I prefer the Biblio site personally.


Half Price Books

Another famous site. As the name would suggest, they offer a pretty wide array of discounted books.


Project Gutenburg

Now, this one is a little different.

Project Gutenberg isn’t for buying books, but reading e-books for free.

Here’s their self description: “Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.”

Its a free site, and if you like classics and e-books, its great!


Kindle Deals

If you have a Kindle e-reader from Amazon, Amazon has deals, discounts, book on sale, etc. that changes pretty often, but is worth checking out if your looking for something new to read.


Thrift Books

Another site, similar to Half Price, etc.

You can buy both new and used copies here, and prices can vary wildly (as stores can sell old copies here like Biblio but more organized), but you can find pretty cheap copies of even popular or newer YA books here every so often.


I’m sure there are other sites like these, but these are the ones I use.

I hope this helps some of you out and that you enjoyed this!

Discussion: Struggles Of A Book Blogger

Being a book blogger is weird, because it’s a hobby, at least for most it isn’t a job, and it’s fun.

But it’s also stressful like a real job – and requires a hell of a lot of effort, especially if your on your own.

Here, I’m discussing the 7 major things that can cause book bloggers stress.


Procrastination

Time management is a big thing. For most book bloggers, blogging isn’t a job it’s a hobby, which means carving out time to do it – and fun as it is, that’s not always possible. And even when it is, it can be hard to push your self to read or write when your brain is fried from real life.

Which leads to procrastination. Which is how you get the “accidental five month hiatuses” that my blog is no known for.

I deal with this by scheduling posts. Like last summer for while I was at camp, and like I have now for AP season – so I don’t have to worry about consolidating my melted brain so form a sensical string of words.

What do you do?


Stress Over Posting

Even when we do post, it brings a different kind of anxiety. Are people going to like it or hate it? Is it too over done? Is this original content stupid? Did I unleash too much of my weirdness at once? Did j say something dumb a future admissions officer will see and reject me for? (This last fear is one instilled in me by a very college oriented high school – like I needed more reasons to stress out).

These are legitimate concerns, and ones not easy to quell. This is the main reason generally behind my several month hiatuses to be honest.


Ever Growing TBR

This one is unique to book bloggers.

The ever Growing TBR.

TBR stands for To Be Read – a list of books a book blogger intends to read, and be a physical stack of book towering in ones room, can be a list online or wishlist of books to buy, can be a stack of arcs, or a massive ebook library – but the result is the same.

Sooner or later the TBR of s book blogger outgrows the reading speed – and threatens to crush them. Often this impending crushing can increase the prevalence of a reading slump and we get indecisive over what to read next and then just don’t. A vicious cycle.

Generally deadlines can get you reading again, but deadlines for reviews can bring their own kind of stress.

I myself have too many books in my TBR – a review TBR of about 50 and a physical TBR of too many to deal with.


Pressure For Content / The Look

The look of the blog matters.

Trying our best to improve the look of the blog, from graphics to the layout to the design to the domain is a big thing for us book bloggers. But when you don’t have the resources to get help and don’t have the skill to make good things yourself – it makes you feel a little behind the curve sometimes.

The pressure for the right look also applies to the content.

People like tags and memes. They are the life of book blogs. But too many and your blog is labeled unoriginal and boring.

Book reviews are a major thing. But so many discussions are being done on, really, other book bloggers don’t read book reviews – you might not even need them. But without them are you even really a book blog? But you can’t exactly churn out so many reviews since it takes time to actually read books- so what do you do?

The answer: Original content.

The elusive gold of book blogging.
It’s hard to come up with original posts consistently. And to be honest, most of us either take inspiration from or flat out copy each other (with credit unless your a terrible person). We do similar discussions and lists etc. But the continuing strive for better original content can keep you awake at night, thinking of ideas and second guessing yourself.

It’s hard to sustain.

So cut bloggers a break when there’s a lull in content okay? Okay.


Reviews / Discussions

Back to book reviews.
Every book blogger pretty much does reviews. In different styles with different frequency, but it is a staple of book blogging. (Though I read a great discussion at The Tattooed Book Geek that argues otherwise).

Reviews tend to take a long time though, so their less frequent – even if your reading pretty quickly.

Discussions are another thing – when everything seems to had been said but you still can to join in, what do you say? And how do you say t without sounding preachy or cheesy?


Role In The Industry

Sometimes other people read your stuff, and take your opinions seriously. Sometimes, I don’t feel qualified to be giving my opinion. I’m a kid! I’m 17! I have no authority! Except the fact that I’m a book blogger gives me a small amount of authority in a limited capacity – and it is occasionally terrifying.

I face this fear when I get review requests. People email me like I’m a professional. ADULTS email me asking me for my help/knowledge/influence and it’s weird. It feels like you can’t say no because, your just a kid and this is an adult. It’s a weird position, and not a universal struggle I’ll admit, just one I think about a lot.


Comparing Stats

Ah yes the stats. The thing everyone says not to worry about and yet everyone does.

But it’s hard not to.

When another blogger gets more comments or more likes then you.

When someone who’s been blogging for less time surpasses your follower count.

It’s hard to to try and measure up success. It hard not to get jealous. And want to be better than others. It’s human nature.

But sometimes being so concerned with stats can suck some joy out of blogging – that that sucks. But it’s honest.


This has been some of the struggles I’ve experienced being a book blogger – its fun, I love it, but people need to understand that it isn’t easy or quick before they start their own blogs or start getting snippy with bloggers for not posting more often. We’re only human.

Do you experience any of these?

Did I miss something glaringly obvious?

Let me know!

The Diverse Book Tag

I was tagged by the ever amazing and lovely  Icebreaker694 and with everything going on, I think diverse reading is probably more important than ever.

A lot of people say diverse reading/writing is “trying too hard” or they liken it to affirmative action, or that the portrayals feel forced or stereotypical, that mental illnesses are glorified. That is true in a lot of cases, but it shows an effort. And if we don’t seek out the good ones, more will never be written.

Interesting Link: Diversity In YA – Statistics


The Rules

  • Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
  • The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.
  • If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.

Find a book starring a lesbian character.

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I own the e-book and want to get to this soon.

Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.

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Dying to read this.

Find a book set in Latin America.

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Read this for the first time in fourth grade. Its wonderful.

Find a book about a person with a disability.

Find a science-fiction or fantasy book with a POC protagonist.

Took some googling but these both sound interesting.

Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.

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Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).

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Find a book with a biracial protagonist.

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Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues.

My Review of Dreadnought

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My Tags:

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

And if there’s anyone else out there who wants to take part, consider yourself tagged!

Discussion: Ways To Organize A Bookshelf

This is a pretty popular discussion – but I wanted to give my take on it, as I have a pretty unique system of organizing my bookshelf.

Here are five common organization methods to try out on your shelves – along with my own method (feel free to try it).


Color:

This one is very popular on bookstagram and booktube – though I personally have little interest as it seems like it would get annoying after a while -(per the order of the books having no rhyme or reason and series being separated).

But essentially, separate your books by spine color and lay them on the shelf to form a rainbow. It’s pleasing to look at even for the non-book hoarder.


Library System / Genre and Author:

This is a mix of organization systems – but you could do either individually. (As in, separate solely by author or solely by genre).

By genre is essentially, separating genres of books onto different shelves or sections so you can easily find a book for whatever mood you are in.

By author is generally by last name in alphabetical order.

If you do these in conjunction – alphabetizing authors within each genre section – then it becomes very easy to find a particular book rather than remembering where the hell you stuck it.


By Favorites:

Pretty simple. But your favorite reads at the center / eye level / front of the shelf and hide less favorites at the corners or back.

Your shelf will personally make you happier to look at. Since you’ll be staring mostly at you favorite books. This might also make it easier to write tag posts, as you’ll have your favorites in view.


By TBR:

You can do this two ways.

If you have multiple shelves, one can be read books and the other unread.

If you only have one shelf you can use half for read books and the other half unread books if you don’t want them mixing.

Or you can employ my chosen method – useful if you want to keep authors and genres together that are only particularly read: within a different organization method – put unread books vertically and read books horizontally as I prefer (but you could always do it the other way around).


Separate Hard- and Paper-Backs:

This ones simple – separate the hardcovers from the paperbacks.

Put the paperbacks in the back or the corners so they aren’t the focus, and the hardcovers more at eye level, center or main shelf – prettier and more eye catching and makes for a nicer overall bookshelf. Could also be done in conjunction with “By Favorites”.


My Method:

Obviously, some of these methods are not mutely exclusive. You can organize by both genre and author. By color and still separate hardcovers from paperbacks. Color coordinate TBR separated bookshelves etc.

My chosen organization is this:
By genre, by favorites, and by TBR.

Here’s what I mean.

I have one free standing shelf and two wall mounted shelves.

Books I love and books I need to read soon go in the free standing shelf (easier to reach – separated by genre and from each other within this).

Books of genres I read least or have the least to-be-read books within the genre go on the top / harder to reach wall mounted shelf. And so one.

Read books are horizontal and unread books are vertical. So unread books are easier to get. And read books overall take up less space, so as I read I get minimally more shelf space.


 Let me know what you think.

How do you organize your shelf?

Has this inspired you to try something new?

Which is your favorite?

I Messed Up Book Tag

I was tagged by Icebreaker694, who is a lovely and talented writer, so go check her out!

(Yes I am many months late with this…let’s just ignore that).

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A CHARACTER APPEARANCE THAT YOU MISREAD OR IMAGINED DIFFERENTLY?

I ALWAYS think Jace from TMI has blue eyes.(His eyes are gold)

And I always forget Cammie from Gallager Girls is meant to be light brown / bleached – I always think its brown for some reason.

I’m sure there are more, but I’m blanking.


A CHARACTER  NAME YOU’VE BEEN PRONOUNCING WRONG?

Everything written by Sarah J Maas.

I’m bad at names at the best of times – I’ve mostly begun mumbling the names and recognizing them without being able to say them.


AN OVERUSED TROPE THAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Enemies to lovers – its the sort of slow-burn / a little angsty mostly fluffy romance I like in my contemporaries.

See also – friends to lovers.

I also love villain redemption arcs – but I never see those EVER – I need more of them.


A CLICHE CHARACTER TYPE THAT YOU LIKED BETTER SEEING ON-SCREEN THAN READING ABOUT?

Honestly, most side/best friend characters are hilarious on screen but fall flat and 2-dimensional in books.


A WORD/PHRASE THAT YOU LEARNED BECAUSE OF ITS USE IN A BOOK?

Masochist –

This is the first word that came to my brain for this question, because little 4th grade me learn it from Twilight and had to continuously explain why I knew such a high level word at age 9.


HAVE YOU EVER NOT READ/NOT COMPLETED A READING REQUIREMENT FOR SCHOOL?

I gave up on The Count of Monte Cristo – I have powered though many an assignment but I couldn’t. It was too long, I was too bored. I read sparksnotes.


HAVE YOU EVER (OR HAVE WANTED TO) SKIPPED A CHAPTER FROM THE POINT OF VIEW YOU WEREN’T INTEREST IN?

I’ve looked ahead to when the characters I liked more would appear – for example, looking for Annabeth or Percy POV for Heroes of Olympus – but I’ve never flat out skipped.


HAVE YOU EVER CANCELLED SOCIAL PLANS TO READ A BOOK?

Yes…

Sometimes…

More often then not I bring my book with me and ignore my social plan companions though.

(I swear I do have social skills)


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I TAG

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Anyone can participate and its a lot of fun, so I highly encourage it!

Let me know if you’re a part too!


June 20:  Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t — anyone else have a mile long list of series to start like I do??


 

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Top Ten Tuesday: SFF Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Anyone can participate and its a lot of fun, so I highly encourage it!

Let me know if you’re a part too!


June 6:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List — I want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!


Roughly 80% of what I read is SFF, but here are some I’ve recently added to my TBR!


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