By law, any child born in Idara is free, even if that child is born in a slave brothel. But as Cinder grows into a beauty that surpasses even that of her mother and grandmother, she realizes that freedom is only a word. Partial synopsis […]
Happy Thursday, everyone!
Just a spot of good news – in case you didn’t know, Thursday is basically Friday, so, it’s basically the weekend!
I have great logic, yes I do.
Along with the fact that it’s practically the weekend, it’s also International Women’s Day!
I have some great posts to share with you today! We have a wide variety of topics and resources, so lets get to it!
Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!
Book Community Media Dashboard
I’m coming across this post a bit late, but thought it important to share! Austine at NovelKnight created a Book Community Media Dashboard. It’s a spreadsheet that she created to compile a list of book bloggers, and have a place to easily find them. Anyone can add their information, and access it to find other book bloggers as well! Be sure to check it out!
Celebrating Women Around the World
This is the perfect post for International Women’s Day! Etinosa at Uwadis shared a lovely post called Celebrating Female Nigerian Authors. She shares about five women who have written across the genre board, including Tomi Adeyemi, Nnedi Okorafor, Ayobami Adebayo, Buchi Emecheta, Chimamanda Adichie. If you are looking for some new authors to check out, be sure to read this post!
Trusting the Author
Ruby over at Ruby’s Books had a wonderful discussion in her reoccurring Wednesday Chatter post about Trusting the Author – Take 2. This was a follow up post to her previous one, also titled Trusting the Author. I appreciated her overall etiquette when discussing the topic, and thought it was a great reminder of factors to keep in mind while reading. We all have different takes and expectations for books. But in the end, we are not the author. It’s good to appreciate what the author delivers to us, even if we do not necessarily agree!
Books and Tea Book Club
Be sure to check out each of these amazing book bloggers, and all of the hard work that they do! Stop by next Thursday to see more great posts and bloggers!
Well, there goes February...
I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m not happy with my progress this past month. While I did a LOT of work on improving my posts, Bookstagram account, Pinterest boards, and so on, my blogging and book reviews suffered. Luckily, I only have three books that I must read this month as they are to be published. I plan to use this longer month to get caught up on some reviews that have been sitting, and get a bit ahead in my ARC reading.
Just a note in case you haven’t heard of this; the State of the ARC Meme is hosted by AvalinahsBooks. Go check out her website for further information if you’d like to join! It’s a great way to get some motivation to tackle those old ARCs that have been weighing down your TBR stacks.
Are you ready to see the ugly truth? I don’t think I am…
I'm hoping you all know what this gif is from...
If not, then you may be missing out 😛 Anyways, before I share my stats, I wanted to note my ratios and overdue numbers. My Netgalley feedback ration took a few steps up. Last month I was sitting at 53% because I was approval-dumped. This month, it climbed a few rungs up to 55%. My overdue numbers increased by 2 which–it is what it is.
My Edelweiss feedback ratio went down 1% to 39%. Luckily, I didn’t accrue anymore overdues!
Requests I’ve received from authors haven’t changed much. I haven’t been accepting requests for a bit, hoping I’d be able to tackle more of these, but I’ve been a bit behind in general, so I’m just trying to maintain on all platforms. I did end up accepting a new request for an author that I have reviewed for a few times before so I just couldn’t turn her down! My feedback ratio is sitting at 43% and dropped 2% since I took on another ARC. My total overdues have stayed the same.
Lastly, publisher requests have changed a bit. I’m sitting at a 50% feedback ratio, and my overdues have stayed the same.
Upon seeing all of that chaos, my stats don’t look so bad. It’s mainly when I put them all together when the nasty shows. Either way, I’m really hoping that March will prove to be a better month for me. I despise getting behind on things, and that’s all that I’ve felt lately!
At least I was able to get through seven ARCs. I was also reading a lot of other books for the Beat the Backlist Challenge. So, that hasn’t always been helping my stats. But sometimes, it does with older ARCs.
How did your month go for State of the ARC?
Let me know in the comments below!
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Synopsis provided by Goodreads. Book: A Wrinkle in Time Series: Time Quintet Author: Madeleine L’Engle Publication Date: May […]
Ole-Luk-Oie, The Dream God written by Hans Christian Andersen One of the more well-known fairy tale authors, Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author in the 1800’s. He wrote Ole-Luk-Oie (or Ole Lukøje in other versions) and published it originally on December 20, 1841 by C. A. Reitzel. […]
It's Thursday already, and boy, are there some great posts to share this week!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt like I was slammed this week with blogging. I really didn’t have much time to blog-hop, which was really disappointing. Even so, I came across some really great posts from fellow book bloggers that I think are too good not to share! Be sure to check them out, and give each blogger some love by a like, comment, or follow!
Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do, I’d love to see your posts and all of your blogging friends’ hard work!
The Perfect Contact Page
Being the face behind a blog is an honor, but it can also put us in a position that may jeopardize our transparency. Since majority of the contact bloggers make with their followers and people frequenting their page, it’s important to have a strategically laid-out contact page that gives a glimpse into who you are as an individual, blogger, and whatever else you want people to know about! Simant over at Flipping Through the Pages has a great post about this topic. Check out 7 Elements You Should Add to Your Blog’s Contact Page! I definitely glean some tips and will be revamping my contact page myself!
I don’t know any of you are writings and aspiring authors, but I am! When I came across Jen’s post Writing Wednesday: Finding the time, I thought it had some great tips for finding the time to write. More importantly–taking the time to write! It is literally the hardest part about writing. With our busy lives, it’s hard to justify sitting down to create a story, but it’s necessary!
From the Blog Follower's Perspective
I thought Gayathri had an interesting concept when she wrote her Why I Follow Your Blog: Five Ways To Make Readers Love Your Blog post. She talks a bit about her experience, as well as what draws her to become a diligent follower of others’ blogs. Granted, everyone’s tastes are different, but the tips she offers are applicable to all! Be sure to check out her blog, ElgeeWrites!
Last, but certainly not least is a blog series that Shruti at This Is Lit has been writing. The series gives tips for authors and publishers about how to interact with book bloggers and publicizing their books. Be sure to check out all of the posts in the series, as have great information for all!
That's it! Be sure to stop by each of these amazing blogs and check them out! Stop by each Thursday for the next Thursday Blog Trot!
Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Publisher: Parliament House Press Some see it… Some don’t… People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among […]
Joey is a warhorse, but he wasn’t always. Once, he was a farm horse and a gentle boy named Albert was his master. Then World War I came storming through and everything changed. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Book: War Horse Author: Michael Morpurgo Publication […]
Have you ever read a book that had a friendship that gave you all of the feels?
I can honestly say that I haven’t read many books that actually have made me feel much towards the characters. I’ve read a decent number of books, but perhaps not enough to have a wide enough variety to pick and choose from. However, out of the books that I have read, there have been a few friendships that I really admired, for varying reasons.
This is a difficult topic for me to discuss because I’m very picky when it comes to this! Quality always trumps quantity for me. I feel like characters who are able to obtain that sort of relationship really need to be something special. Each of these examples are definitely special in their own way, and have been inspiring for me throughout my reading journey, as well as in everyday life.
I won’t be putting these in any particular order, because they each hold about the same amount of importance in my eyes.
Albert & Joey from War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Freshly coming off from this read, I absolutely adored the bond that developed between Joey and Albert. Even though Joey is a horse, there’s something to say about the ties we create with our animal companions.
Albert and Joey are similar in many ways. Both having suffered poor treatment by Albert’s father, they are able to grow to trust one another from that common ground. Not only that, they are able to replace fear with hope, anger with love, and abandonment with belonging through the bond that they have. The story these two have is just beautiful!
Frodo & Sam from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. TOlkien
This may be an obvious pick, but this timeless friendship is, and always will be one of my favorites. While Frodo has his (several) moments were he doesn’t deserve Sam’s friendship, Sam doesn’t even consider abandoning his dearest friend. In the midst of utter chaos, Sam is the steadfast character that never falters. He puts Frodo before himself, and sacrifices his own needs in order to keep a close eye on Frodo who is heavily burdened with the ring. This friendship is build around utmost sacrifice, loyalty, and pureness of intent, and Frodo becomes all-the-better because of Sam.
Jane Eyre & Helen Burns from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
While this friendship doesn’t last long, it is one to cherish. Jane and Helen both attend Lowood Academy when they are young girls. The conditions at the school, and treatment from the teachers to the students are ghastly. It isn’t an inviting atmosphere to consider making friends in, yet, Jane and Helen are drawn to one another.
Several times, the two take punishment for the other. Having a deep understanding of suffering in their young ages, Jane and Helen are able to grow close to one another, and support each other until Helen’s tragic death. This friendship may be brief, but the amount of time cannot account for the depth of empathy these two had for one another.
Jules & Arsinoe from the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake
Jules and Arsinoe have an enticing friendship. I find it so refreshing that a character can simply be happy for another without envy! Arsinoe, who is supposed to be the Naturalist Queen, has little-to-no ability with her gift. Yet, her best friend Jules is the most powerful Naturalist in generations. Time and again, Arsinoe shows her disinterest in coveting Jules’ ability, and is content with her own person. She does try some tactics to obtain some form of ability, but her endeavors do not cause a rift between herself and Jules. There are other factors in their friendship that cause some tension, but for the most part, they are not impacted by them.
Corona & Mora from The Lily of Life: a fairy tale by Carmen Sylva
Corona and Mora’s friendship is yet another example of unconditional love. Similar to that of Frodo and Sam’s friendship, Corona cares immensely for her sister Mora. She too, goes to the ends of the earth in order to save her sister’s beloved. While Corona’s intentions may be slightly jaded initially, she gives up her own desires in order for her sister’s to be fulfilled.
What are your favorite bookish friendships? Tell me why and how they have inspired you!
Let me know in the comments below!
Release date Feburary 27, 2018! Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls […]
I’ve been blogging for over a year already… It was Winter 2016 when I decided that I really needed to do something in order to keep me sane (for lack-of-better-terms). Being a wife to an amazing husband, mother to an adorable toddler (we are also expecting a baby boy), a […]
It's been a long time since I've done a book haul post!
It’s literally been months since I last did one, which means I’ve been successfully sticking to my book-buying ban!
I must admit, I’m doing this ban a bit begrudgingly because they’re books. I want to buy them all, especially several that are coming out, or have already been published this year! But, we must be responsible book-lovers as well. Anyways, I thought I did quite well when hauling because I got every book on sale! B&N had an online sale (which I believe is still going on) of buy three Young Adult for $30. The other two, I bought in store for $5.95 each! That’s some seriously smart book buying if I daresay so myself!
From the picture, you can see I bought five books. Some, I’ve already read. Some, no. But I’m excited to have each and every one!
The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz
When I first became aware of this book last year before it was published, I knew I'd have to buy it no matter what. It's a surprising buy for me because its a YA Contemporary, but it has a fantasy feel to it from the synopsis? I'm not sure. Ballet, forgotten past life, and a sinister school master in Italy surely sounds interesting to me!
The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross
I was lucky enough to get an eARC of this book and absolutely loved it. So, I had to buy a physical copy after it came out! (Not to mention it's beautiful cover!) This is a medieval YA fantasy full of beautiful characters, prose, and magic. I'd highly recommend this read to anyone who loves YA fantasy! My full review of this book will be up this weekend.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Having read this books a few times through (via eReader) I've always meant to buy this book for my collection. Well, now I have! This Classic Gothic novel is a mix of everything: mystery, plot, atmosphere, and a touch of horror.
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
This is a book that I've been wanting to buy for more than a year. I'm not sure why, but I kept putting it off...perhaps for other new releases? Anyways, I finally got it! I've heard some really great things about this series, and hope it lives up to its high praise (and again, amazing covers!)
The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Seeing how I own the first book in the series (although, still unread) I figured I'd buy the second. This is another series I've heard a lot of good about, so I hope I enjoy it. But, this book was one on sale for $5.95, so it's more justifiable of a purchase. 😛