Life and Blogging Update: Blogging Slump

 

 

 

 

 

Hey everyone! So I posted like a week ago about my commenting goals and being more involved and then sorta dropped off the face of the earth. I apologize. With work and everything last week I got a lot behind, and was coming home without the energy to even look at the blog. At first I felt bad about not posting every day like usual, not only for ya’ll but because that’s a goal of mine, but after a day or two just decided ya know what, I’d take the week off and not stress about it.

I feel like sometimes we all need to give ourselves permission just to step back and not feel guilty or stressed. This is something we do (or at least I do) because its fun and we enjoy it. Forcing myself when I just don’t have it in me makes it more of a chore, and then I definitely won’t want to do it then. Anyway, this week I hope to be back to posting and get to commenting like I said I would.

What do you guys do when you get in a blogging slump? Let me know in the comments!

 

Commenting Goals

 

I’ve been saying this for a while now, but never really officially put it out there—which is maybe why I haven’t kept to it— but I want to comment more on all of your posts. I know I’m a bit infrequent when it comes to commenting, which like ya’ll are amazing enough to read and comment on my posts.

My schedule has just been everywhere lately. But in order to get better about commenting and staying more up-to-date with everyone’s content (instead of just binge commenting), I’m going to set some post reading/commenting goals. Check them out below:

1. Dedicate a minimum of thirty minutes each day to reading my followed sites.

I think this is pretty self-explanatory. I’m basically giving myself a minimum amount of time everyday that I need to sit down and just read through everyone’s recent posts. I will probably do this at night, you know just that thirty minutes before I actually try to fall asleep and am just laying in bed on my phone.

2. Leave meaningful comments on the posts I read. 

I don’t want to just be reading everyone’s posts and doing nothing or just liking, I want to be commenting because I know from experience it takes time to create that content and having someone comment on it makes you feel great. And I want these comments to be meaningful and relevant not just like “nice post!”

3. Reply to every comment that gets posted on my site.

I am usually pretty good about this, I know lately I’ve maybe been commenting a day or two later. I usually read posts, comment, and reply to comments from the app on my phone. It’s just an easier format for me, but I’ve also been using a lot of data so I’ve been turning that off, meaning I don’t see comments till I get home with wifi and have a bunch piled up. Sometimes I’m just lazy, okay?

let me know if you have any specific goals or practices when it comes to reading and commenting!

Make Me Read It Readathon

I’ve never done this readathon, only have seen it around, but it sounded like a good way to make myself pick up a book from myself that I might not have otherwise.

The readathon is hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley. Basically, I post a bunch of books with a poll and ya’ll get to vote for what I read! The readathon will be running from August 6th through to August 13th. You can start reading as soon as it hits 12AM in your timezone. Continue reading

Biannual Bibliothon – Day 5 – Chracter Connections

Today is Day 5 of the Biannual Bibliothon, and the blogging challenge is hosted by Ashley. I know I’m posting a little bit late again, but as I mentioned in my earlier post today I headed out on a short vacation. Today is talking about characters you connect with. 

I think a character I have really connected to, so much so that they could basically be my mirror is Sydney from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. 

She feels invisible most of the time to her parents unless she’s doing something wrong, otherwise her parents are only focused on her brother, more so now that he has gotten himself arrested. But still they don’t really talk about. 

I felt the same way most of the time as a teenager. Sometimes I still do. My brother is the baby and needed certain accommodations from my parents growing up and those have continued now that we’re older. 

LET ME KNOW WHAT CHARACTER YOU’VE RELATED TO MOST IN THE COMMENTS!

Books I’m Bringing on Vacation


I’m going on a short vacation starting tonight/tomorrow—read vacation as camping with my mom and short as literally only a three-day weekend. Anyway, I’m still excited because this is going to be my first time making it to the beach this summer, and also because it’s just me and mom this trip will include shopping!
I thought I’d do a short post just updating you all on what books I plan on bringing with me. And I know y’all are thinking ‘it’s only three days, like how many books can you read,’ but a) I like to bring a variety in case I’m in a certain mood and b) I’m going to be at the beach where I basically like to just sit in the sun and read. Check out what I’m bringing below and let me know what type of books you like to bring on vacation in the comments!

The Winner’s Curse and Aristotle and Dante are part of my very short and very relaxed Summer Biannual Bibliothon reading challenge. I’m being very low key about the reading challenges ( I might not get any done) and am more focused on the blogging challenges, but thought I’d try to read one of these this weekend. Then Winner’s Crime is a backup if I get too into the series and want to continue. 

The Ends of the World is the last book in The Conspiracy of Us series, which I love. I recently got this in the mail and am super excited to find out the ending to this trilogy. And lastly, so many people love The Raven Cycle and I finally bought the first book so maybe I’ll start. 

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE READS AND WHICH BOOKS YOU’VE BROUGHT ON VACATION THIS SUMMER!

Biannual Bibliothon – Day 4 – Three Stars or Less

Hey ya’ll! Today is Day 4 of the Biannual Bibliothon. The blogging challenge for today is hosted by Nikki and Amy from Bursting with Books and we’re addressing books we’ve rated lowly (three stars or less). So often we only talk (read gush) about books we love, and skirt around ones that were eh.

The thing you have to understand with me is a three isn’t necessarily bad, three stars to me is average, like I enjoyed it but found it kind of surface. I rarely give fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi books threes just because I feel like usually just to come up with that world and build it deserves at least a three-point-five—that being said, a three-point-five (rounded up to a four on Goodreads) is my go-to for most books that I like but don’t love. It gets a little confusing because I’m giving everything fours (which is good) on Goodreads, but if you read my Goodreads reviews (which I’m very very very behind on) or more importantly my blog reviews you get the halves and everything correct.

That being said, the last book I can remember rating three or below (I rated it a two) is Kieran Scott’s Pretty Fierce. This was a NetGalley ARC I received; I’ll give the synopsis below as well as answer some of the questions about my rating: Continue reading

Biannual Bibliothon – Day 3 – The Villain’s Synopsis


Hey y’all! I finally got my Bibliothon post up before like ten at night. I’ve been horrible at scheduling these but I obvs still want to participate. Anyway, today is Day 3 and the challenge is hosted by Dominique from Pirates and Pixie Dust. I’m going to give you the challenge in Dominique’s own words because it’s really unique: 

For today’s blog challenge, we’re going to write a synopsis! You’ll find the regular synopsis on the back of the book, the inside jacket flap, or on Goodreads. Now, that’s all fine and dandy, but we always get the story from the protagonist’s perspective.

-BUT WHAT IF-

the back of the book was written from the villain’s point of view?

Well. I’m glad you asked! Because this is exactly what our challenge is today!

I decided to do a shout out to The Darkling from The Shadow and Bone series. It’s not my favorite series, but I found The Darkling to be a serious villain. I know I majored in creative writing but please give me a break, synopses aren’t my thing. First I have the original summary for you then my villain version!

THE ORIGINAL:

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold―a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite―and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

THE VILLAIN VERSION:

Ruler. Summoner. Pretender. Revered and powerful, The Darkling is not who he seems—the intimidating leader of the Grisha, a servant to his kingdom. No, he is the creator of his kingdom’s greatest plight—the Shadow Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. Not The Darkling from centuries ago like the stories say. He has lived off his magic, biding his time, waiting, lying, growing more powerful, only to unleash his darkness and take over all of Ravka.

But then enters Alina, a Grisha untrained and possibly just as powerful as he; the light to his dark. He needs her and her power. She will make him unstoppable. He plays her like a puppet. Manipulates her. Seduces her.

But she is holding back, holding onto a different boy, a lost love. If he is not careful she will find out the truth. And he just cannot let her go.

He promises her they will defeat the darkness . . . what she does not know is that he is the darkness.

LET ME KNOW WHAT VILLAIN IS YOUR FAVORITE IN THE COMMENTS!