Library Book Haul #3 | Vacation Edition

Yes I am taking library books on vacation.  It kinda sounds scary. Going far with books that don’t belong to you. I mean what if you forget them!?!?!  If you’re anything like me you’d worry about that.  I’m terribly forgetful especially since I tend to bring like my entire room with me.  I’m always stuck with those what ifs. What if I need this?

Also who has time for reading on vacation?  Me. Literally me.  I’m going away to my Aunt’s place. Its on a private lake and its literally relaxation central. I plan to read HecK-a books.  So when I get back expect a crap ton of book reviews.  I most likely won’t have internet there so for the best I will be drafting all the posts for when I get back.

I will also have some “Reviewing the Classics” book reviews as well seeing as my brother plans to bring the entire set of Harry Potter books with us.

I think I’ve rambled enough! On to the book haul vacation edition!

To make up for my complete lack of book reading this month (seriously I read like 1-2 books tops).

  1. Midnight Jewel – Richelle Mead
  2. Ruined – Amy Tintera
  3. Ever the Hunted – Erin Summerill
  4. Mirror in the Sky – Aditi  Khorana
  5. The Shadow Prince – Bree Despain
  6. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

I am SO looking forward to all of these.  I will probably be finished at least one and a half by the time I get to my Aunt’s place.  At roughly 3 hours a drive I should be able to get through plenty. I’m super excited!! I’m there for 4 days… I wonder if I didn’t take out enough books lol

As always happy reading! You probably won’t hear from me until I get back. I leave on Friday and I must get to packing.

Do you bring books when you go on vacation?  If you do what are the chances you actually get to finish them?  Are you too busy or do your vacations leave you with plenty of time to kick back with a book?

 

 

 

 

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Twilight | Reviewing the Classics

Like it or not Twilight was a classic*.

*alright that’s kind of subjective, but it was H U G E for a while, that you can’t deny.

I used to be a huge fan.  I used to spend a majority of my hours of the day writing Twilight fanfiction.  You may think that’s embarrassing, heck even I think it’s embarrassing, but it’s impossible to deny that the Twilight series has become a classic and thus here I am writing a blog post for you about my current opinions of Twilight.

Are you ready for this? Caution LONG RANT POST AHEAD!

 Title: Twilight

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Rating (Out of 5 Stars)

About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

(via goodreads)

They’re stale.  I would like to be objective because there’s a lot of negative backlash, especially since the movies came out. However my objectivity won’t keep me from being brutally honest at any point during this review.

Bella has the personality of a wet blanket.  She didn’t have much personality before Edward, but after she got together with him she literally lost whatever individuality she had.  She became an extension of him and didn’t seem like she was a main character.  I mean obviously the book was written to revolve around her, but she had literally nothing redeeming about her and that made me confused as to why she should be the main character.

Why did all those guys at her school like her?  Novelty wears off and yet these boys kept pursuing her as if she were so desirable?  Where is that desirability? There is none.  She was utterly forgettable (and yet somehow I was obsessed with this series for years. W O W good one younger me. Once again. AMAZING. my standards were low) and really disappointing as a main character.

Having her as a main character during a very impressionable time is probably one of the worst things you can have.   The example it sets is horrible.  The idea that you have to be dumb and have a bland personality of a wet blanket to attract guys is just plain wrong.  And using the idea of a “bookworm” (if she can even be called that) to portray her as a more normal relatable character is kind of really insulting.  It also bothers me that even though she has a favorite book (which is entirely possible) that this is literally the only thing she reads throughout the entire four books.  It bothers me okay. I really bothers me. THERE ARE OTHER BOOKS OKAY.  (#triggered)

Let’s move on to Edward.  Edward is a creepy stalker.  I’m not going to sugar coat it.  He followed her EVERYWHERE before they were really together.   He followed her to Port Angeles.  He climbed into her window at night to watch her sleep. And this was all before they had spoken much at all.  And no his actions are not romantic.  He’s possessive and becomes literally obsessed with her.  Again why do they all get fixated on this one girl who literally doesn’t have any redeeming qualities????

You may find this harsh, but let’s face it, not only are the characters stale, but they’re examples of what not to grow up like.

When I was younger I read a lot of sappy romance books and this one definitely qualifies as one such books.   My entire foundation of knowledge on romance and how relationships should be were centered on books like these back then.  And upon reading it again this time I’ve realize just how bad that is.

I mean Edward literally came into her bedroom at night even before she knew it and was watching her sleep.  Back then I thought that was cute and romantic (wtf younger me jeez), but really it’s just creepy and really … oh my god indescribably wrong.  Literally why did I ever think that was cute?  A man (A CENTURY YEAR OLD MAN I MIGHT ADD) climbing in your bedroom window at night and watching you sleep.

At the time the idea was so novel.  Vampires who weren’t actually inherently evil and can still find love.  I admit that when I first finished the book I was blown away.  It was so great and having reread it now I found it so cringey and confusingly bad.  I had troubles actually sitting and reading it all the way through.   I found myself wanting to skip passed certain passages and certain chapters just because I knew what was coming and didn’t want to experience the secondhand embarrassment over again.

Perhaps the final nail on the coffin was the Twilight movie.  Back when it first came out I was still SUPER enamoured with the series and so my parents being the amazing dedicated parents they are they took me to see it in theatres.  But it was nothing like I wanted it to be.  I hated the characters they chose for Bella and Edward.  Now that I look back at it though Kristen Stewart played Bella perfectly.  She was an emotionless and forgettable.  She played Bella to a tee!

And the whole Edward’s bronze-y coppery hair I was so disappointed when Edward didn’t have hair the color of a penny.  I was mad that’s what I was waiting for.  I was let down.

While I do have some emotional attachment to this series (because I did grow up with it) I can’t give it anything more than 2 stars.

I gave it 2 stars for emotional attachment.

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Did you jump on the hype train and read the books? Or were you reading it before the hype began? How do you feel about Twilight and the Twilight series?  What about her other book The Host?

 

 

 

 

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We are the Stars | #WednesdayWrites

Hi! Sorry that I’ve been so MIA again I’ve been super busy. My journal making hobby is really keeping me busy.  I haven’t had much time for anything, but that. I haven’t even had time to read books omg.Well anyways I have some writing deadlines to keep and I wanted to share an excerpt of a piece that I’ve been writing for a project that I cannot talk about at the moment lol. 

I am not the best at poetry. Not even free form poetry (despite my angsty teenage writer phase).  Any constructive criticism is welcomed!  

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The decision to join the ocean of stars that blanket his night sky

Was simpler than breathing.

 

Because loving him was easier than we could have imagined

Easier than spotting rainbows after cloudy April showers

Easier than breathing in the scent of freshly fallen rain.

They said you can’t possibly love someone you don’t know,

But you do know, don’t you.

 

The way his voice makes flowers bloom in your chest,

Bringing forth new life

The way nature does when the cold winters finally fade.

And the way the smile he shares with all of us

Makes you feel like it was meant just for you.

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This is just the start of the piece as I’m not allowed to release the whole thing until after the project has been released, but the main theme was spring night.  I will post the full thing after the project has been announced!  Again any constructive criticism is welcomed. 

 

 

 

 

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Why my posts have been a little sparse…

Hello my little ducklings!

I haven’t been very active on my blog and I kind of just wanted to show you why I haven’t been active.  I won’t say much I hope that these images speak enough for me!

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I probably mentioned I’ve been making journals before, but these are the 4 that I’m currently working on.  I had 5, but I already gave the one I made for my mother to her.

this one is my favorite cover so far…

          

My favorite pages from all the journals

All the pretty little tags and journaling cards that go in the journals

One of each type from that pile (tags, journaling card, mini file folder)

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So yes! That is what I have been doing sweet ducklings.  I have recently become consumed by my obsession with making junk journals and just thought I would share it with you.  I haven’t even really picked up a book in about a book, which is… well sad! I need to go back to reading again, I plan to go back to reading and posting again. Now that I’ve gotten a lot of my journal making needs out of the way I can begin to balance it back out with everything else in my life.

Expect more posts soon! Do you journal?  Have you ever heard of junk journals?

 

 

 

 

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Nemesis | Book Review

I should have written this book review like days ago, but I have been SLACKING. It’s weird because this has been one of my most FAVORITE books so far this year. I will lowkey blame it on my sadness about having to wait until October to read the sequel and just write the review lol.  Green Vine With Flower clip art

 Title: Nemesis

Author: Anna Banks

Rating (Out of 5 Stars)

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?

(via Goodreads)

I. WAS. READY.  Literally my body was ready for this book the moment I took it off the shelf.  When I was at the library picking out books I knew I wanted just fantasy books.  But from just reading the title off the spine of the book I knew I had to read it. Whether it was fantasy or not I was ready to read it.

I wasn’t crazy about the cover at first because I really couldn’t understand the significance behind the silver face paint, but it became clear after reading the book.

I have never been crazy over the idea of having stories told through multiple points of view.  While as a writer stylistically I find it helpful and do enjoy using it to tell my stories, I prefer not to read it.  Does that make me a hypocrite? Lol

In the case of this story it was because I was more interested in reading about the journey Princess Sepora made rather than the story of Tarik, who while did perk my interest after a while… I had zero interest in him at the beginning.

Despite the fact that I wasn’t crazy about reading the story through multiple POVS I did find myself enjoying from pretty much the start.

5 out of 5 fuh-reaking stars.

I stand by my decision to give Nemesis a perfect score.  I feel like this entire book review has been quite lacking thus far because I’m for some reason having a hard time explaining why I loved it so much.  Does this mean that I need to reread it again? possibly. Will I object to doing so? Absopositutely not!

If you have stuck with me until this point thank you I will do my best not too let you down with the rest of this review.

Look the book was ah-mazing~.  

While I would not pick it as the most amazing example for how to execute world building I found the intricacies of the world that Banks wove throughout the story to be very intriguing.  There were a few info dumps, but given the necessity of giving the reader a completely understanding of the world I have excused it.

I can handle a few info dumps because they were in relatively small bursts and the

Reasons Nemesis was awesome:

  • The Creatures. 

There were so many fantastical creatures introduced in this book. Ones that sold me on the world she was building around her story immediately (who doesn’t love dragons? and mermaid-esque creatures????)

  • The MFC. 

I don’t think I’ve loved a main character as much as I have loved her.   Sepora is literally the female MC that we’ve always craved.  She’s genuine, intelligent, and she has a freaking backbone!  Listen to me. Any book with a strong female character in it is a 5 star in my eyes.  She was definitely my favorite part of this book.  Having a strong female character who didn’t throw away her morals, or opinions even for love is SO rare in YA books… heck books in general. Sepora is a GEM a literal Gem of a character and I LOVE HER.

  • Did I mention the Dragon Like creatures?!

All in all the book rounded out to be a FANTASTIC read.  I feel like I have ants in my pants waiting to get my hands on the sequel! It comes out October 3rd and you can definitely count on me reviewing that on this blog in the near future.

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What are your thoughts on books told from multiple POVS? What do you think defines a strong female MC? Who else do you think is a strong female MC? From what book? Please recommend books with strong MFCs I am in dire need of more!

 

 

 

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Fanfiction – The Pros and Cons | #WednesdayWrites

Fanfiction.

You either love it or you hate it.  There’s really no in between.  Fanfiction can be good for a lot of things:

  1. Tying up loose ends that weren’t solved in the book (or movie, TV series etc)
  2. Exploring subplots that you didn’t get to see happen
  3. Exploring the stories of other characters, whom you might have loved, but not gotten enough of them
  4. Even just cheering yourself up about a really good series, book, TV show, or movie being over.

But there’s a lot about fanfiction to consider when you’re a writer. As a reader and writer I personally LOVE fanfiction.  Some people would argue that writing fanfiction as a writer is detrimental to your own original work.  And in some ways they’re right.  Today’s post is the Pros and Cons of writing fanfiction.

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PROS

  • You get to write things the way you wanted them to turn out exactly the way you want it to be.
  • You’re working with a world and characters that have already been developed. In this case it helps me when I’m writers blocked. I don’t have to worry about creating characters nor developing any worlds I just get to write without worrying too much about those details.
  • Alternately, you can use the characters in a different world. Or the world with different characters. The options are endless when you want to practice techniques.
  • Did I mention practice? It’s really good for practice. (Can you tell I’m the kind of person who likes to practice things lol)

CONS

  • Sometimes you get too sucked into the story line or the characters that you lose sight of how to be original. It becomes a crutch. You can’t handle creating your own world so you borrow from one that’s already been made, or you all you’re really in love with a character that you can’t bear for them not to be in what you write.
  • You can’t come up with your own ideas. I know that ties in with being original, but in a way it’s different. Nothing anymore is completely original as there are many, many slightly different versions to the princess being rescued by the prince among other plots.  BUT a good writer should be able to put a cool, original spin on a plot that’s been done many times over. Writing fanfiction too long sometimes affects your ability to come up with those twists that make your story stand out from others.
  • All your characters turn out same-y. Like with plot bunnies. Sometimes you return to writing original work and when you read it back you realize that your MC turns out to be a little too much like your favorite character.
  • You get so used to writing fanfiction that you don’t want to write anything original. When you’re feeling lazy you just want to write stuff that’s all developed already (not to be confused with not being able to be write original things with not wanting to write original things because it’s easier to write fanfiction)Green Vine With Flower clip art

I will admit to being addicted to writing fanfiction. Some months I find myself only writing fanfiction.  But the reason I want to be a writer is because I enjoy writing.  And I know there are times when you just have to force yourself to write, but a majority of the time I tend to not want to force myself to write so I more often than not these days end up writing fanfiction.

For me the pros outweigh the cons.  I still need a lot of practice and for me, I find that fanfiction is what helps best.  It may not be the best practice, but everyone has their own opinions. I really enjoy the idea of expanding on a world, giving it a twist to make it somewhat your own.

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Do you like fanfiction? Do you write fanfiction? To you do you think that the pros outweigh the cons?

 

 

 

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Bye Bye July. Hello August! | Monthly Check In

H-how did we reach August already?  I’m pretty sure that I blinked and missed  July lol.  Here we are at another monthly check in.  Hi little ducklings my posts have been a little scant, but I’m back! I have been very busy the last week or so, but I’m here to celebrate the end of one month and the beginning of another!Green Vine With Flower clip art

~All the bookish and the blog-ish~

Started really getting into those not just book review posts #WednesdayWrites

(as per what I promised I tried to do a bit more not just book reviews and have some bookish even some writing posts)

Read a few books:

  • The Glass Arrow | Kristen Simmons (book review here)
  • Once and For All | Sarah Dessen (book review here)
  • The Survival Kit | Donna Freitas (book review here)
  • Nemesis | Anna Banks (which I haven’t written a book review for yet BUT I NEED TO BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD)

I talked about my Top 3 Reasons Why Fantasy is my Favorite Genre.

I will stand by my reasons and favorite genre forever.  Fantasy will always be my #1! What’s yours?

And Why I Don’t have a Favorite Author.

I had a lot of fun writing that post.  I don’t have a favorite author.  Asking me that question will just get a heated response. Its too hard too pick, and not without reason!

Made a twitter for my book blog! (Follow me @EB_Bookish)

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~All The Personal~

  • I have made and just about finished 3 junk journals from scratch (I have been so busy working on these lol) This is probably the most notable of things that I did during July.
  • This month was my first month with my pay raise and it felt GOOD. I also started going out this month.  Going out to work instead of just staying home (I normally work from home).
  • I’m planning a second tattoo. LOL I said that I would only get one, but I’ve been thinking about getting another one since I got the first.
  • I’ve been with my boyfriend for 1.5 years now (is this TMI? lol I’ll stop now)

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Welp lil duckies that’s all I got for July. I kind of wish I could have done more, but I didn’t make a plan for myself and without that… I didn’t do anything.  It’s a huge shame that I didn’t do that.

What’s done is done now I’ll just have to do better this month!

Future Posts:

  • Fanfiction – The Pros and Cons (as a writer)
  • That Character Journals 2.0 post that I never got around to finishing
  • Worldbuilding
  • Writing Prompts
  • More #WednesdayWrites (I’ll be participating in May’s Scribbler’s Challenge starting soon!)

To Do in August

  • Pick something new to learn
  • Actually start properly keeping track of all the books I read (it’s a disorganized mess right now lol)
  • Work on my novel (Word Count Goal: 10,000 | Current Count: 2250)

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How was your July? What’s up for August?  Are there any books set for release this August that you think I should read? 

 

 

 

 

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