Listy review

A few days ago I logged on to Instagram to find everyone talking about a new app called Listy, Listy is a social media for booknerds its sorta like a mash up of Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. A ton of bookstagramers are switching to it I made an account but I’m not yet sure if I’m going to be active on it. When I downloaded it I was hoping it would take the place of Instagram since I don’t need another social media and Instagram has been frustrating me, but while Listey might have some cool features it comes with many annoyances. I was have seen a few bloggers do reviews of Listy and I have a lot of thoughts on it I figured I’d do one too. If you want to go into this with a better understanding of Listy then click here to read more about it or download the app.

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What I like about Listy

  • No algorithm: Instagram has a annoying algorithm that often shows you posts from days ago and causes you to mis3s a lot of posts from your favorite accounts. Listy has a chronological algorithm this is the reason many bookstagramers re switching to it.
  • You can put links in your captions: This is a small thing but it makes it way easier to promote blog posts no more saying the link is in my bio.
  • It’s exclusively bookish: I like that everyone on there is booknerd and this means no more random things popping up while I’m browsing bookish tags. I also feel like I’ll have a lot less people follow then imeadietly unfollow since most off the accounts that do that are not bookish ones.
  • Easier to see comments: You have a serrate notification menu for comments on Instagram I often don’t see comments because they get lost in all my other notifications having a separate screen for them is another small thing that makes things easier.

What I don’t like

  • The overall look: I don’t at all like the look of Listy I much prefer Instagram’s clean and simple design, I’m hoping they’l change the look to something better soon. It is fairly new so hopefully they will change the things I don’t like and improve it.
  • It’s not as good as Goodreads: I think it’s intended to be a more social goodreads but it’s not as good, you can’t add multiple shelves you just have the three standard ones, you can’t mark what dates you read a book and it gives you less information about the book. It doesn’t tell you the publisher or let you easily view all the editions of a book, overall it’s harder to use restrictive and not as good as Goodreads
  • Your posts can only be 451 characters long: How can you write a review that’s only 451 characters? I don’t post long reviews but I have Instagram captions that are longer then 451 characters. I can deal with having to write short posts but I would defiantly prefer to be able to have longer c captions.
  • There’s no messaging system. The comment system is better then Instagram but you loose direct messaging, and the stories which is a feature I’ve grown to love. I also don’t see how anything can truly be a social media without a messaging system.

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I really don’t know if I’m going to use Listy much I have the same amount of pros and cons I think I’m going to wait and see if it improves and then depending on what changes I might swich ovover completely from Instagram.  For now I’ll keep posting on Instagram and LiListy but if Listy doesn’t improve in a few months them I’m going to delete it.

What do you think off Listy? Do you have a Listy account, if not are you planning on making one?

Book review: The Siren

synopsisYears ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

my-thoughtsThis book was not what I was expecting despite what the synopsis implies this so much more then a romance which is a nice surprise, the synopsis is very flawed this is not a supper cliche romance it has a lot gong for it. All of Kiera Cass’s books have lot more depth then people give them credit for they are a bit cheesy but there so good they have great charecters and great romance. The romance in this one is very fast and cute Akenli is a sweetheart him and Kehlen are adorable, but they did fall in love ridiculously fast. I know that’s a huge turn off for a lot of people it is for me too, but it works in this. It was still annoying just not wholly unnecessary and I don’t know that there was a way around it. Even though he isn’t even in it much I loved Akenli however, I didn’t love Kehlen she was bland but I didn’t dislike her she’s just sorta there carrying the story along.

The most unique character is the Ocean she was extremely interesting but I can’t decide if I love or hate her, either way she’s a neat part of the book. Kehlen is the Oceans favorite they have a complex mother daughter like relationship that I felt was just as prominent as the romance. The Ocean and the way the Sirens are done is very cool and now I want to read more books about Sirens and Mermaids. I like all of the sirens especially Padma, I love Padma it’s amazing how much emotion and complexity Kiera managed to convey in her few short scenes. I really like how much being a Siren effects Kehlen the other girls have found ways to be content with their new lives but Kehlen can’t accept the terrible things she’s done and obsesses over the pepeople she’s killed.

The other sirens don’t exactly like what they do for the Ocean but their more forgiving of themselves then Kehlen. They all cope in their own way, but Kehlen’s way was not healthy, the others are just trying to live the best lives they can given the unusual and dificult circumstances. All of the girls conversations, and the complex feelings they have about being Sirens as well as their compelling individual storylines added a lot substance to the book. My main problem with this book is a mayor spoiler but basically there’s a twist that I didn’t like and I think there had to have been a better alternative too. This book overall is captivating every thread of story is interesting, but there’s also something about nearly every storyline that I feel could have been mproved upon. Ultimately The Siren is a very good book and I don’t think it gets enough love there’s so many good things in it you just have to be willing to look past the insta love.

My love hate relationship with book adaptations 

When it’s announced that a book is getting adapted into a movie or show I’m always initially excited even if I haven’t read the book, but if I love the book then after a while I usually start to have conflicting opinions. I try to be cautiously optimistic it could be amazing and I do tend to want to see my favorite books on the big screen but it could also be awful.I used to always be exited about book adaptations but then the Divergent movie happened, I was so excited for the Divergent movie and it turned out terrible and now I’m scared that another beloved book will get a bad  movie. Bad adaptations don’t ruin the book, but they do sort of taint they can change your feelings about the books and it’s just not fun to watch something you love get turned into a bad movie. Getting to see your favorite book adapted could be one of the best things ever or the worst it could mean getting to see everything exactly as you pictured it and getting to revisit the story in a new way. It’s as close as you’ll get to reading the book for the first time.

What I love about good adaptations is how they often expand upon stories and add more to the world I think most of the best adaptations aren’t exactly like the book certain things don’t translate well on screen so sometimes the story needs to be altered for the movie be good. I think most people love it when a book they like gets adapted it can turn out so well but I’m not sure the risk of it being bad is worth it. I also think that they don’t always choose the right books to adapt The Selection would make a great movie yet it’s been optioned for like a year and it looks like it isn’t happening and I’m a little sad that I will most likely not be getting a Selection movie. I think it could be a really good movie. I really hope more fluffy and fun YA books start getting adapted I don’t care about dystopian books anymore and I know I lot of people feel the same way but yet there is at least two dystopian books currently being adapted. I want to see books like Anna and the French Kiss and Geekerella on the big screen.

As you can probably tell I have a love hate relationship with book adaptations they could be an experience or an awful one it’s hard to know even trailers don’t help since they can be misleading. It’s really a case by case basis it depends on what the book is, the cast and crew, how much involvement the author had and tons of other things, my excitement for it mainly depends on how important the book is to me. This is where I have conflicting feelings I want my favorite books to be adapted but only if it’s going to be close to perfect, I just don’t want to watch my favorite thing get turned into something bad. I haven’t been exited for a book adaptation in a while mainly because I haven’t read any of the books currently being adapted I should probably change that. Part of me wants Six of Crows to become a show it could be such a good show hopefully it becomes one and has the right people working on it, people who have at least read the books why do some directors of book adaptations not read the books it makes no since to be. Yes I am talking about the directer of the Percy Jackson movie that movie was awful like it’s one of the worst adaptations ever.

Mini reviews: disappointing fantasy edition

Long May She Reign By Rhiannon Thomas

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Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

Rating: 3/ 5 stars
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I should have loved this it has a lot of good elements like: female friendship, political intrigue and a decent mystery yet as a whole I didn’t like it much, although, it was refreshing in a lot of ways. I’ve talked before about about how I think more fantasy’s should have Worlds in which everyone is equal this book has a world like that and I think this is the only book I’ve read that does I really enjoyed this element. I also liked Freya she is adorable and she has a fluffy grey kitty! I have a fluffy grey kitty that’s not something I thought I would ever have in common with a fictional character. Freya has anxiety and I was initially exited about this since mental illness is almost never represented in fantasy books, but in the last few chapters Freya’s anxiety just disappears, obviously that’s not the way it works in real life, and it really bothered me.
I’m disappointed I expected more I thought it would be exiting but]t it was dull and nearly everything in it is mediocre, and I just wasn’t a big fan of the writing it wasn’t awful but it did need more refinement. This took me a while to read and it felt longer then it was probably since it’s slow and not much happened until the end. Most of the book is spent in one place as the characters attempt to solve the mystery surrounding the massacre and Freya adjusts to being Queen, these things are interesting but there needed to be more going on. I didn’t particularly care for most of the characters and therefore the side stories, as usual I didn’t like the romance it was generic, and badly done, it came out of nowhere and the way it was wrapped up was odd. This was a decent standalone that had a lot of compelling aspects that could have made for a great book if they had been executed well, and if the the story had progressed faster.

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

 

I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.

synopsis330811001As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

Rating 2.5/ starsmy-thoughts3I have seen praise for this all over the internet and I wanted to love it, I thought I would love it, but I don’t instead it was only mildly enjoyable. It took me a few chapters to get into this during which I considered not finishing it the first third of the book is dull  but it picked up when they get to the palace. There was a lot of interesting concepts that ultimately weren’t executed well. The writing was good but needed more editing, I don’t even want to talk about the romance I feel like I keep repeating myself in every review as usual I didn’t like I didn’t like the romance, but this time it was harder to overlook then normal. The romance was my least favorite part of the book I might have given it a higher rating if it had been less intense there was no development.

I thought this would have a badass heroine but I didn’t like Kalinda she’s plain and doesn’t have many skills she’s feisty but can’t fight and isn’t even that clever everyone she encountered thought she was special but I couldn’t understand why. She isn’t a terrible character but she didn’t stand out to me in any way nothing in this book did. I was expecting more, there’s a lot happening but I didn’t love any of it, and it’s heavily bogged down by the romance. I also think that some of reasons behind the characters actions are weak and while the story is intriguing it’s also extremely predictable and familiar. I wanted to love this I though it would be captivating and action packed but it wasn’t either of those things and I’m disappointed, I just don’t think it’s a very good book overall.

Standalone Sunday: Why you should read Queens of Geek

Standalone Sunday is a weakly feature created by @bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! 
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Today I want to talk about Queens of Geek an adorable quick read about three Geeky best friends that has two point of views and is full of cuteness it’s perfect for fans of Diverse characters, all things nerdy, Geekerella by Ashley Poston and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel.

Why you should read it:

  • The Setting: It’s takes place it Comic Con well SupaCon, which is basically just Comic Con, and it made the book so fun. I loved all the con shenanigans the setting also means that it takes place over the course of just three days making for a super quick read.
  • It’s spectacularly nerdy: Obviously a book set at a con is going to be nerdy and this one does not disappoint in that aspect all the characters are huge geeks and there are a lot of references.
  • The characters: I love all the characters but my favorite is without a doubt Taylor that girl is amazing I liked her chapters more then Charlie’s, mostly because more was happening, but also she’s just more interesting. Charlie is still great I just like Taylor better I like reading about people going out of their comfort zone and trying new things.
  • It’s extremely quotable: I highlighted a lot of quotes that I wholeheartedly agree with, in addition to being a happy nerdy book it also has a lot of unexpected meaningful moments There’s so many great messages including ones about love, being kind and accepting of others, and accepting yourself. I don’t know how the anther managed to fit so many great quotes and messages into such a short book.

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Have you read Queens of Geek? Whats’s your favorite geeky book?

Exiting releases for the last half of 2017

Most of the books that I was most looking forward to have already come out but there’s still a few potentially amazing books that have yet to be released. I apologize for the lack of covers I had made graphics, but then I decided not to include a few books and didn’t feel like redoing them. Plus I had put the book covers in the wrong order. Anyway here are some upcoming books that I’m excited for.

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  • The Library of Fates : This says it’s perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Star-Touched Queen I love both of those, I hope this is just as beautifuly written and captivating as they are. 
  • Daughter of the Burning City: This one sounds so interesting! It looks to be very fantastical, and unique.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer:  This is my most anticipated book on this list and maybe the year I can’t wait to see my favorite authors take on one of the most iconic charecters ever.

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  • Murder, Magic, and What We Wore: I actually have an E-arc of this but haven’t gotten to it yet, I will soon. It promises to be a regency set historical fiction with spies and a dash of magic it sounds delightful.
  • The Language of Thorns: Another Leigh Bardugo book I’m exited for because I just had to include this one I love short stories and folktales and I’m sure this will be fantastic.
  • There’s Someone Inside your House: Anna and the French Kiss is adorable this is so different and intriguing. Horror/ thrillers are not my favorite genre but I like anything if it’s done well and I think this will be.

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  • Among the Red Stars:  I definitely need a story, inspired by real life, about an all female aviation team in my life. So excited for this one!
  • The Midnight Dance: I love retellings and The Twelve Dancing Princess is one of my favorite fairytales, hopefully this will be a good retelling.
  • The Glass Spare: 24th I really like Lauren DeStefano’s writing style and her books tend to be unique the idea of this one sounds amazing.

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What upcoming releases are you most exited about?

Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

synopsis3Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she’s around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash–and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it’s best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away might be harder than she thought.

This has to be one of the best mental health centered books I’ve ever read it has such a fantastic, hopeful and pragmatic representation of mental illness. It’s clear to me from everything in the book that the author did her research it’s realistic, there’s setbacks, there’s small victories, and thankfully getting a boyfriend doesn’t fix all of Maguire’s problems. It was a combination of things that help Maguire get out of the dark place she’s in at the start of the book. It was a combination of going to therapy, playing tennis, the love and support of her friends and family, and her own strength the person who helps Magure the most is herself.

Maguire is strong, brave, and so caring you’ll be rooting for her from page one, sadly the love interest Jordy is not nearly as interesting. He’s cute, sweet, loves tennis and is beginning to taking charge of his life, but he doesn’t have enough going for him to set him apart from the dozens of other sweet, YA boyfriends. Despite Jordy being a bit generic the romance is cute and enjoyable I just wish there had been a little less of it. There’s quite a lot of tennis in this book I found these scenes kind off boring but I’m not a big fan of sports and I adore nearly everything else. I love how this deals with heavy topics in a wonderful, realistic way and how despite it often being melancholy it manages not to be a supper sad book above all else it’s hopeful.

My dream author panel

Today I’m bringing you a very fun post I was recently inspired by Eventbrite (the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events) their doing a project that encourages people to share who would be on their dream bookish panel. I’ve never actually been to any kind of bookish pane, or any kind of panel, but they definitely look like a lot of fun the two I thought up would be amazing if they ever became reality.
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  • Renee Ahdieh (author of The Wrath and The Dawn and The Flame in the Mist)
  • Leigh Bardugo (author of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows)
  • Kiera Cass (author of The Selection and The Siren)
  • Roshani Chokshi (author of The Star-Touched Queen)
My list of favorite female characters is very long but these four ladies have written multiple fierce female characters who are some of my absolute favorites and they all have female friendships in their books! Something that is way too rare in YA I also foud their characters to all be different then your average YA heroine which makes me like them more. I would love to ask them all sorts of questions about the importance of girls supporting girls and what their definition Girl power is and of course what they think makes a strong female character strong. And discuss the need to call good female characters strong, really just every female character, but not good make characters, I personally think the word is becoming overused.
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  • Rainbow Rowell (author of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl)
  • Ashley Poston (author of Geekerella)
  • Gen Wilde (author of Queens of Geek)
I love books about nerdy characters and fandoms there so delightful so of course I would love a panel about these kinds of books with the three queens of geeky books. In all three of their books there’s a fictional fandom the charterers are a part of I would like to know what inspired each of these fandoms and also ask them Geek related questions like what their favorite fandoms are.I would have to ask Ashley Poston if there’s even a possibility of a Starfield book, I really hope there is! I fell in love with Starfield (the fictional fandom in Geekerella) and think it would be amazing as a book.
If you are interested in hosting your own local conference, check out Eventbrite’s conference management software!
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 Would you go to either of my dream panels? Who would be on your dream author panel? Tell me in the comments or make your own post about it!

Review On the Spectrum

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review.
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Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad and her six-year-old brother, Alastair, who is on the autism spectrum. Charged with his care, Clara and Alastair set out to explore the city. Paris teaches Clara about first love and gives her a new love of food. And Alastair teaches Clara about patience, trust and the beauty of loving without judgment
my-thoughtsFor some reason the synopsis doesn’t say that much about the book I mean it was enough to get me interested in it but it’s missing one important detail. In the beginning of the book Clara is diagnosed with orthorexia, throughout the book her family whom she doesn’t know well, and boyfriend help her to come to terms with this. Clara has only seen her father a few times in her whole life, but not because he’s a bad guy, he’s not in this much and maybe not enough you don’t get to know him well and it doesn’t feel like Clara does either. There is some romance in this as usual I had problems with it but not for the usual reasons the love interest Michael aggravated me because he seemed to think he could cure Clara’s eating disorder and kept trying to get her to eat foods she found repulsive. This isn’t a story of love curing mental illness however the message that it doesn’t work that way wasn’t as strong as it should have been.
I think this could help people to understand orthorexia and autism spectrum disorder better but the representation is definitely did not seem perfect, I’m not an expert though. I think the main problem is the characters are two dimensional, it’s partly because the book is so short, and this resulted in a few moments where Alastair felt like a bunch of symptoms instead of a fully developed character. I’m certain there’s books with much better representation of ASD however I had never read a book before with a character who has orthorexia (or any eating disorder) and this is the only book I know of that features it. I appreciate that it teaches people about something that they might not have even heard of before I’m just not sure how well executed it was.
The center of the story is Clara getting to know her half brother Alastair, Alastair is a very sweet kid and my favorite character that’s not saying much though. I didn’t particularly like or dislike any of the characters they are all underdeveloped. Alastair and Clara have a lovely well developed relationship much of the book is them exploring Paris these scenes were enjoyable but not as charming as I wanted them to be. The whole book wasn’t as charming as I wanted it to be I wasn’t expecting it to be amazing just a quick heartwarming read but it ended up being a just okay book for me. I liked the sweet moments between Clara and Alastair but everything else fell flat. Even though its not a terrible book, it had it’s good moments, but I don’t think I’ll be reading anything else by the author.

Let’s chat about where I’ve been, blogging slumps, and how to get out of them

I think all bloggers can agree that blogging slumps are awful, I mentioned in my April wrap up that I was in a one and I’m happy to say I that after two months I’m finally out of it! I have been for almost two weeks you might be wondering why I’ve haven’t really been around. There’s a couple of reasons, this post is mostly going to be an update telling you those reading, I’ll also be sharing some tips on how to get out of a blogging slump.

First I’ll tell you what’s been going on, I haven’t been around because while I love blogging I needed a break from it. I really needed to sort some things and just needed time to focus on some of the things happening in my life. Taking a brake gave me more time to read and for the first time in a year I spent more time reading then I did talking about books. That’s part of why I haven’t really been around for the last to weeks I was busy. It was nice to have more reading time but I really missed interacting with you guys, I’m happy to be back and excited about all the posts I have planned I’m more excited about blogging then I have been in months. I have been writing and scheduling a lot of posts, and I’m really excited for you to read them.

Now it’s time to move on to the hopefully helpful tips on dealing with the dreaded blogging slump. I’ve never done any kind of advice post so I’m a little nervous about posting this.

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1. Look for inspiration: My first tip is my advice to anyone whose running low on blogging inspiration.  Try asking someone for ideas or read other blogs. I often find inspiration by reading my favorite blogs another idea is to go to the bookstore! Often just being surrounded by books makes me think of things to say about them. This is also good advice for anyone in a reading slump often being in a bookstore or library reminds me of how amazing books are and can help you to discover a great new book.

2. Force yourself through it: A lot of time when I’m struggling with writing a post or thinking of an idea it helps to write an easy post like a wrap up, weakly feature, whatever you consider to be easy or quick to write. Writing something that doesn’t require me to think up an idea often gives me the motivation to write something that does.

3. Take a break: Take a step back from blogging and hopefully in time you’ll find motivation and excitement to come back to your blog.  I’ve found that blogging slumps can be tied to reading slumps so maybe try focusing on getting out of that and you’ll get out of your blogging slump as well. Last year I didn’t read much there where months when I only read two books and since reading gives us our ideas it my blog suffered for it.

Untitled design (4) Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have any tips, I want to know how do you deal with blogging slumps?