Top Ten Tuesday | Favourite Bookmarks

Happy Tuesday!

Well, it snowed last night. I’m in a sea of white stuff, and it’s not even winter yet. I shouldn’t complain though. It does look pretty from afar. 😂

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is favourite bookmarks! I don’t use many since I usually stick with a few and go from there. But I thought I’d make a list of all the bookmarks I’ve used over the years.

Enjoy the post!

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I Dare You Book Tag

Morning, bloggers!

I’ve been away from blogging lately, but I missed you all. So I’m back (mostly). I found this tag on Life of a Literary Nerd. If you haven’t read her blog, you need to head over there and show Danielle the love she deserves!

Enjoy the read!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Spooky Reads

Happy Tuesday, ghouls and goblins!

We have two more days. I repeat, we have two more days until Halloween! Who is ready? HA. I’m attending a party and don’t know what I’ll dress up as.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. October’s final prompt is a Halloween freebie! What does that mean? Well, I get to gush about spooky reads.

Have a great read and a Happy Halloween, everyone!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award (8)

Morning, bloggers!

I’m back! I took needed a much-needed hiatus from the online world and my blog. I didn’t want to spread myself too thin with everything going on, so I took some time off.

I want to thank Misty from Misty’s Book Space for nominating me! Please give her some love, yes?

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Misty’s Questions

What was the last book you strongly disliked?

The Girl the Sea Gave Back didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to love it. And while I enjoyed it, I think my expectations were a tad too high for what I read.

How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?

5 star: Loved it

4: Liked it a lot, but had a few issues

3: Liked it, but had several issues

2: Didn’t like since it had many problems

1: Hated it

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Pepperoni, onions, red and green peppers, and sausage! Sometimes, I enjoy some pineapple (fight me)

Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?

Oh no, not this question. Okay, I’ll pick amazing characters.

How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?

I’m currently reading one e-ARC. But my last favourite is Broken Wings! I love me some dark high school romance.

What was the last book review you posted?

HAHA. I’ve been in a review slump since August. But the last one is DEV1AT3.

Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?

I’m starting to prefer NA and adult more than anything lately. But I adore YA though.

Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)

Tomi Adeyemi and Justina Ireland are at the top of my list. Tomi attacked Nora Roberts, and Justina attacked Asian women. Need I say more?

What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

I would love more mental illness rep. Unfortunately, I don’t see a lot of it though. But it needs to be done properly though. Making fun of mental health or not representing it correctly will hurt readers.

Do you listen to music while reading?

No, I cannot. If I do, I’ll find myself humming to the song, not reading the book.

Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

Bookstagram, which I’m not involved in. Book Twitter is a bit too…psychotic.


My Questions

  1. What was the last book that made you cozy warm?
  2. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?
  3. What was the last book you couldn’t finish?
  4. Who’s your new favourite character?
  5. Do you like spooky books?
  6. What’s your most recent scary read?
  7. What are you planning to be for Halloween?
  8. What is your favourite age category (MG, YA, NA, etc.)
  9. What most recently published book are you worried in reading?
  10. What’s your guilty reading pleasures?
  11. Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

I Nominate

Hâf | Amy | Elysa | Emer | Destiny | Kitty Marie | Kristi | Sam | Katrina | Diana | Danielle

Beyond the Blurb | Bloggers, Embrace Hiatuses, Don’t Run from Them

Morning, sweets!

Last month, you may not have noticed that I took almost a week off of blogging. Even though August was the best month of my entire blogging career (hobby?), I needed to take some time for me. I needed to disconnect from my blog, my Internet life, and everything else that’s connected to them. And I felt liberated and guilt-free. And that reaction had gotten me thinking about hiatuses and their good effects for all bloggers.

But why are they good though? Why are they needed? And why do bloggers fear them? That’s why I want to dedicate an entire post on this topic.

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Beyond the Blurb | Why I Don’t Enjoy Exclusive Edition Books or Boxes Anymore

Morning, bloggers!

When I first started blogging, I loved exclusive edition boxes and books. But lately, more book subscription companies are lumping in too many boxes and book sets. And I am losing the appeal of them. I can’t be the only reader who hates them now, right? Right? Ahem.

So let me give you some history so you know what I’m talking about. In a matter of a month or so, book subscription companies have been fairly busy, have you noticed? Fairyloot currently offers exclusive editions of Girls of Storm and Shadow, Into the Crooked Place, and a Caraval book set. Additionally, it worked with Holly Black for its Queen of Nothing collector’s edition box with a new set of the Folk of Air books. And the company had to push back the release of the Caraval set because numerous followers complained about the number of exclusive editions and the timing of their release dates.

Illumicrate presents its own Folk of Air collector’s edition. Yes, new editions of the previous books with new covers. Shelflove Crate is also selling The Land of Faerie, a getaway box that will feature Holly’s work across multiple series. So not necessarily Folk of Air, but you get what I mean. And Owlcrate will also do another Folk of Air box to complete the series. And now, Barnes & Noble is re-releasing previous copies of the same series because breaking the bank, and showing how entitled Western readers are, is the newest book trend.

I don’t mind variety and choice. But I also know how difficult it is for some buyers who have no self-control whatsoever, who don’t know what to pick, or who can’t afford any collector’s box and feel horrible about it. What I want to discuss is how all of these boxes are in fact causing a negative effect on our community. As a reader, I wish collector’s editions were handled better. Here’s why:

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The Productivity Book Tag

Give it to me to do a tag about productivity when I am procrastinating with all the other posts I need to do. Yup, bravo. I’ve hit a new low. Someone give me a medal. 😂

I found this fun tag on Bookishly Rebecca! I love the tags she picks. Rebecca’s such a sweetheart. Don’t miss out on any of her posts!

 

Rules

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

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Beyond the Blurb | What to Do When You Fall Out of Love with Blogging

Morning, bloggers!

Blogging is mostly a hobby for people. Some find their niche and brand, then work off of them to make business. Others don’t. And that’s okay. More will fall out of love with blogging. And that’s also okay.

When I found my Mom’s diagnosis, my life got turned upside down. And blogging helped me cope with what was happening. But once everything settled, I almost fell out of love with my blog and questioned if I should keep it. A part of me never wanted to admit that fact. I didn’t. However, being honest is kind of my thing on here. I open up more than I have in my personal life. But it took me a while to accept that I wanted to stop. But that time is when I appreciated it and the book community.

Over the last three years, I have grown as a blogger and reader. And I’ve found close friends who I love and cannot imagine not having them there for me. So what happens when you’re in the same situation? Well, that depends on you as a blogger. But I’ve figured out which pieces of advice you may want to follow if you’re struggling with your blog. Here they are:

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Saved Me from Myself

Happy Tuesday!

Now that I have some free time, I can get back to blogging! Okay, who else has struggled the same as me with this freebie? It took me a while to come up with my topic. But I think I’ve decided on a good one. 😉

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. July’s last prompt is a freebie. I am an advocate for mental health and illnesses. You know I hold them in special regard. So I want to highlight the books that saved me from myself. They’ve come to me when I was down or stumbling in life.

I hope you all love my choices!

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Beyond the Blurb | Why Age Shouldn’t Matter When Reading YA Books

Morning, everyone!

I’ve come to terms that people will question why I, a 30-year-old reader, love YA books. They won’t understand how I started reading those titles, why I continue to do so even when I’m not the target audience, or why I champion these books and authors. And I’m okay with that realization. I truly am. I don’t need to explain why I read them.

What I’ve had enough with is the shaming or the expectation of adult readers must be excluded from the YA community. Now, I don’t want the adult voice to silence the teen voice. No, that’s not my intention or opinion here. What I want to discuss is how age shouldn’t be a factor when reading YA titles.

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