Blogging is hard and it’s time for a change

When I first started this blog I had so many ideas and even though I was nervous about putting them out there I was mostly excited. Now I’ve been blogging for almost two years and recently that excitement has faded. Blogging turned out to be harder then I expected, and I’ve gone on many unplanned hiatus’s, but I’ve never before though about quitting. Right now it’s something I’m seriously considering.

I haven’t been doing well with blogging this year and right now my stats are worse then when I first started blogging. This is mainly because I haven’t been posting often or constantly. The stats aren’t really why I’m thinking of quitting it’s the lack of motivation that’s making me consider it I simply don’t love it the way I used to. I’m discouraged when I started out I had a lot of goals and I haven’t reached most of them, I’ve never gotten an arc ,or participated in a blog tour, or interviewed an author. I have tried to do those things but it ultimately didn’t work out maybe it’s partly my fault for not posting enough. I think that I simply don’t have enough of an audience to achieve those things and yeah numbers aren’t everything but they still matter. When you spend a lot of time creating something you want it to be seen otherwise what’s the point?

I have put a lot of effort into this blog I spent forever on each post rereading it dozens of times trying to make it perfect. I’m very proud of myself even though I’m definitely not the best at this whole book blogging thing it is still so fun. Blogging has led me to some amazing books and it made me sure that publishing is the right career for me. So even though I didn’t get everything I wanted from it it was still enjoyable.

Maybe next week or month my motivation will come back and I’ll look back at this post, and feel like I was being dramatic. But if I do come back things will be different. I’m not getting much fulfillment from this blog anymore if I decide to keep blogging I will blog about more then just books. I do think I will come back just not right away, I’m never gonna stop writing book reviews and I’ll probably post an end of the year wrap up. But I won’t be fully back until at least the beginning of the year. I need to figure out exactly what I want from this blog and go back to creating content I’m excited about.

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Let’s talk about mental health in YA + recommendations

I have read a fair amount of mental health centered books and a lot of them didn’t handle the topic in the best way. Despite the many mental health centered YA books that are out there the industry still has a lot to learn. I have read some books that I feal deal with the topic of mental health in a considerate, and accurate manor.These books are mostly contemporary’s as I have found that mental health is not often represented in science fiction and fantasy that is something I would like to see more in fantasy.

I know many people disagree with me and think charecters with mental health issues have no place in fantasy but I think fantasy should (to a degree) reflect the real world. The characters at the very least need to be realistic. You want to be able to connect with the characters, plus if the story has similar themes to what’s going on in the world it makes it easier to get invested in it. I also think there should be more characters with mental illnesses in books that don’t center around that illness, your mental illnesse does not define you, books should reflect that. There should be more books that are about life after the character decides to get help, often books end right when the character makes that decision, we need more books set during recovery. 

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Fangirl

You have probably heard off this one before it seems to be the most popular YA book with anxiety rep and for good reason, while it is never stated that Cath has anxiety it is clear that she does and I think it’s done well. I highly recommend listing to the audio book it is a big reason why I adore the book so much, I don’t think I would have had as great of an experiene if I hadn’t listened to the audio book.

Queens of Geek

This book is is so cute and nerdy and characters are all lovable dorks. I loved that it was set at a con it made for such a fun and quick read. This is an own voices novel for anxiety and Asperger’s.

The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennett

If you watched the Lizzie Bennett Diaries then you know that Lydia went through something awful this is about her dealing with the repercussions off that. Lydia deals with a lot of anxiety over deciding on her next step after graduating community college, its really about her figureing out where and who she wants to be. It is also one off the few YA books I’ve found that’s about life after high school.

Girl Against the Universe

This might be my favorite mental health book it was honest, hopeful and heartwarming. It’s about a girl coping with PTSD from a traumatic experience when she was younger. Overall it’s a really sweet book.Untitled design

All of these books do have varying degrees of romance but none off them are love cures all stories, and the romance does not take away from any off the plots but rather adds to them.


Thank you for reading let me know if you’ve read or plan to read any of these books, and if you have any recommendations for me please let me know.

Why I love being a Hufflepuff 

Today is September 1st which means, as every Harry Potter fan knows, it’s time to go back to Hogwarts. To celebrate this important and magical day I’m going talk about why I’m proud to be a Hufflepuff.

Hufflepuff doesn’t have a particular aptitude like the other houses to some this means were lame but really it means Hufflepuff is the most inclusive house. Helga Hufflepuff didn’t care about whether or not your a pure blood or a muggle born. According to the sorting hat when the founders were discussing who to accept Helga said “I’ll teach the lot, And treat them just the same.” Helga Hufflepuff sounds like a great lady she’s probably the best person out of all the founders.

Some don’t like that Hufflepuff takes all the rest and see it as Hufflepuff taking the rejects Hufflepuff does take the oddballs and I think that’s grand. I love being a Hufflepuff because it takes all the rest Hufflepuff house is for the people who don’t fit in, for ordinary people who are kind and hardworking. Hufflepuffs are friendly and dedicated. We might not be the smartest the bravest, or the most astute but we are extremely nice and that does count for something. It counts for a lot actually.

I want to see more Hufflepuff hero’s I want more Newt Scamander’s more characters whose biggest strength is their compassion and thoughtfulness. Characters like Newt who are quirky, kind and sensitive are usually the side kicks I was glad to see one in the spotlight, it’s time Hufflepuffs become the heroes of more books and movies. I especially want male characters who are considerate and humble I’m so tired of angsty YA love interests I want more kind and soft boys in YA.

I’ll leave you with this quote and a reminder that J.K Rowling once said Hufflepuff was her favorite house and that we should all want to be Hufflepuff’s. And I agree we should and who wouldn’t want to be in a house that accepts everyone and treats them all fairly, plus we have a badger as a mascot, badgers are great. #badgerpride

“You might belong in Hufflepuff,

Where they are just and loyal,

Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,

And unafraid of toil.”

Book review: Truthwitch

synopsisIn a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I LOVE THIS BOOK! Why did it take me so long to get around to reading it? I could have had these characters in my life a whole two years sooner. Even though I had heard good things about this book I never had that much interest in reading it but I was in the mood for some high fantasy and this book was the first one to come to mind when deciding my next read. I was so glad to see that the library had Truthwitch and Windwitch and I was so happy when I started reading and found everything that I had been wanting, and more. This book has a lot going for it at first I was slightly overwhelmed by all the characters and information but I quickly caught on. The world is spectacular there are a ton of different witchery’s and each one is awesome, the scale of the world is way bigger then what I usually come across in YA fantasy.

This book started out with a bang and the adventure never stopped, there was a lot going on yet it was all interesting and wonderfully woven together. Everything was well plotted and well executed. Truthwitch is a fantastic novel it has everything you could passably want in a fantasy book: magic, epic battles, grand adventures, political intrigue and fierce characters.  I love the characters I was attached to them within the first twenty pages. There’s plenty to love about this book my favorite thing is a tie between the world and the friendship. The relationship between Safi and Iseults is so pure it is definitely the most strongly and realistically crafted friendship I’ve ever come across in a book. All of the relationships are excellently done and have a lot of depth to them.

#Thereadingquest TBR

The Reading Quest is a exiting reading adventure hosted by Aentee @ReadatMidnight this reading challenge looks so fun, different and its so well thought out if you want to know the full details of the challenge click here.

For this challenge you can choose a character class and this determines what path and the quest board you take and what your reading prompts are I chose a mage.Emma I chose a mage because the prompts fit best with the books I was already planning on reading this month. I’m also doing some of the side quests but I’m not sure I’ll end up getting to them all.  I would like to do the multiplayer (buddy read a book) side quest but I need someone to buddy read a book with so let me know if you want to buddy read any of the books on this list. Continue reading “#Thereadingquest TBR”

Books to read before the end of the year

I think we all have those books that we keep meaning to read usually because the internet or a friend won’t stop talking about it but for whatever reason we keep not reading. I have a ton of modern classics that everyone but me seems to have read and loved that I want to read and have been wanting to read, I’ve even started a few of them, I keep prioritizing new releases or books I already own over them. There’s a few books mainly quintessential ones that most everyone agrees you should read at least once in your life that I want to read before the end of the year most are classics others are ones I want to finaly make time for.

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How and why contemporary YA has become my favorite genre

I used to say that YA fantasy was my favorite genre but I recently realized that I now love YA contemporary’s just as much as YA fantasy I used to read primary fantasy and even now that I read a wider rang of genres its still half of what I read, when I first started reading fantasy books are what was primary available to me. Fantasy and dysopian were the two most popular genres when I got into reading and didn’t know what books existed outside off what my sister was reading and what was becoming a movie. Even when I started to learn about all the books out there and knew off a lot of contemporary books I still didn’t read them mostly because I thought they were all supper sappy or sad or at least all the ones I knew of seemed to be one of those things. The first contemporary that I read was Fangirl I loved it and it’s still one of my favorite books even though I loved Fangirl it was a while before I actively read books in the genre.  Continue reading “How and why contemporary YA has become my favorite genre”

Revisiting my 2017 reading goals + the best books of 2017 so far

At the end of last year I posted a short list of reading goals now that the year is half way over, actually over half way over, I meant to write this last month. Anyway I thought it would be fun to see how well I’m keeping up my goals as well as talk about some of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. Continue reading “Revisiting my 2017 reading goals + the best books of 2017 so far”

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?

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.