BookBlogWriMo: How Do You Deal With Book Hangovers?

BookblogwrimoHey, everyone, and welcome to #BookBlogWriMo day twenty-five!  We’ve come far!  Today’s topic is about how we deal with book hangovers, and, well… I didn’t know there was a way to deal with them! XD Usually for me, I just let them pass, but if I don’t do anything about it, I could accidentally fall into a reading slump (pretty much where I’m at right now xD).

Some other things I might do to make the big bad book hangover go away:

madskins cryangry 2Usually when I have a book hangover, it’s because I read a book that was too good and am stuck in that world, or it’s because I may or may not be angry over the events that occurred in a book.

The number one thing I try to do in a book hangover is just picking up another book.  That usually gets me motivated enough to forget about my previous issues.


That’s everything I’ve got for now!  Let me know what you do to get out of book hangovers, or if you’re in one right now :D

-littleonion

BookBlogWriMo: Catching Up

Hey, guys!  This is my second time trying to type this… my pages love to restart just before I get the chance to hit “save draft”… The struggle.

But how have you been?  I know I’ve missed quite a few days of BookBlogWriMo, but I wasn’t in the blogging mood so I decided to wait until I was.  Fortunately, I’m back, and I definitely have some catching up to do, at least three or four days, plus I want to get some posts scheduled to avoid this kind of thing for the duration of BookBlogWriMo.  I can’t wait to catch up with your posts :D Instead of writing a bunch of posts, I’ll just consolidate them all into one.  I’ll try to keep this short!

Before we get into that, though, I wanted to quickly talk about Mockingjay Part 1, which I was lucky enough to see on Saturday!  I got up early and went on Saturday morning, and it was so worth it!  I loved every bit of that movie, and the actors’ performances were brilliant.  What did you think of this movie?  Hopefully I’ll have a review up soon!


BookblogwrimoIt’s time for BookBlogWriMo :D

11/21 — #FlashBackFriday: First Reviews

Oh, my goodness… This is going to be so embarrassing.  I’m scared to go back XD One of my first “reviews” (if you could even call it that) was a review for the middle grade read Change of a Dress by Maya Gold… I’d like to think I’ve definitely improved since those days!  That was back when I was first testing the waters of book reviewing.  That was posted March 12, 2013.  Those were the days… xD

I was going through my older posts and found some of my Book Batches (a short segment where I would list all the library books I got every week), and I’m absolutely mind blown… Mainly because I’m pretty sure I read almost every book I checked out from the library.  These days I barely have any time to read!  Let alone read multiple books in a week!

11/22 — #ShowMeYourShelves

I’m quickly judging my shelves to see if they’re decent enough for everyone to stare at… I think it should be fine… XD Time to pull out my handy camera.

Here’s how my shelves look at the moment:

DSCN1462It’s so hard to capture a full picture of all my entire bookshelf!  But here it is in all its glory.  I think the first two shelves are my favorites, just because they hold all my EXTREMELY PRECIOUS books.

Here’s a close up:

DSCN1463And I don’t know if you noticed, but I finally own my entire Harry Potter collection in hardcover!  Meaning that HP is the only series that I own double copies of (due to the fact that I own some of them in paperback).

11/23 — Book Boyfriend Criteria

This is a bit of a challenge!  I think I’ll list a few of my book boyfriends and write some of their traits to see what my book boyfriend criteria consists of >:D

Ron Weasley (Harry Potter): Ron is funny.  He’s goofy and not super serious (though he’s very capable of being serious).  He’s also funny sometimes without even meaning to be (“Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies?!”).

Leo Valdez (The Heroes of Olympus): Leo is a jokester.  He reminds me of the Weasley twins in that way.  He’s super funny, but he has his sensitive side as well.  And although he’s probably a deep character, I think the fandom sometimes makes him out to be… too deep xD

Simon Lewis (The Mortal Instruments): Simon is another really funny character.  He undergoes quite a bit of development in his series, though, and instead of being there just for comic relief, he’s got his own issues going on, too.  (I’m seeing a trend: I like funny guys xD)

Liam Stewart (The Darkest Minds): Liam is just a sweetie.  I love Liam.  He’s so sweet to his friends and caring and protective and adorable.  Gah!  Even though I totally ship him and his lady friend in TDM… can I have a Liam?

Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy): Where do I even begin?  I mean, it’s Adrian.  He’s hilarious, but he’s super deep.  May or may not be a bad boy xD Anyone else imagine Ian Somerhalder as Adrian? o.o

Daemon Black (Lux): … where do I even begin?  I can’t really go into detail about Daemon without feeling like I’m spoiling those who haven’t read the Lux series, but to those who read and loved Lux… I think it’s obvious why he was included on this list XD

So, in short, my book boyfriends must be funny, but sweet and serious-ish.  Sounds about right!

11/24 — Reading Cave Fantasies

I love this prompt!  We’re asked to describe what our reading nooks would be like… I actually have a board on Pinterest dedicated to this xD But mine would be a room with at least two large windows with window seats.  I’d want mini shelves on the window seat, with maybe a panel that covered the books from sun damage.  Comfortable sofas are a must.  An ottoman and a coffee table, too.  And… well… what’s a reading nook without books?  I’d have built-in shelves against the walls, but I’m not sure if I’d want them to be ceiling-length, mainly because I wouldn’t be able to reach anything at the top XD Let me include some pictures of alternatives:

sliding bookshelvesSliding bookshelves wouldn’t be so bad…

nooknook 2I’d completely forgotten about this one!


Anyway, that’s all for now!  I’m getting kind of tired, so I probably won’t schedule anything right now, but I can’t wait to read your posts!  Let me know your thoughts on these prompts, and I’ll see you later :D

-littleonion

BookBlogWriMo: #TBT — Best Books of 2014

BookblogwrimoWelcome to day twenty, everyone!  I can’t believe we’re nearly done!  Today’s prompt is about the best books of 2014, and despite the disappointments I’ve had this year, I’ve started/finished a lot of great series, but I’ll try to keep this down to my top ten reads this year.  This list is in no particular order, and if you click the book titles, you’ll be taken to the book’s Goodreads page where you’ll find its summary :D

  1. Origin (Lux, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  2. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (I originally rated this book 3/5 stars, but I’ve been thinking about this book a lot recently and am strongly considering rereading it.)
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  5. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
  6. Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel Hawkins
  7. yolo (Internet Girls, #4) by Lauren Myracle
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (I read this book a few years ago but reread it this year.)

I couldn’t even reach ten books!  That’s not to say I’ve only read eight good books this year, I just didn’t want to put more than one book from a series on this list.  Nevertheless, I haven’t read as many books this year as I did last year.  I think I’ve read 44 books this year…?  *cough, cough*

But, those are a few of the best books I’ve read this year.  What are the best books you’ve read?  Do we have any books in common?

-littleonion

BookBlogWriMo: #WaitingOnWednesday — TBR Books

BookblogwrimoHello, everyone, and welcome to #BookBlogWriMo day nineteen!  This is the second time I’ve tried to write this post, because my page was mysteriously restarted and WordPress didn’t automatically save the last draft :(

Anyway, today’s prompt is about the books on our “to be read” lists.  Now, to keep this simple, I’m going to use only the books I own, because if I use the books on my Goodreads TBR… well… that list would be extremely long. *cough, cough*

So without further ado, here are some of the books I need to read.

islaFirst on my list, we have Isla and the Happily Ever After, which is book three in the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, by Stephanie Perkins.  I love these books so much, and Isla came out ages ago!  I still haven’t read it, and I’m ashamed Dx But I know I’m going to love this book, because the other two were awesome.  I wasn’t into Lola’s story as much as Anna’s, but they’re still both awesome characters, and I’m excited for what’s in store for Isla.

silvershadowscoverFirst Isla, and now this?!  What is the world coming to?  This book is Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead, which is the fifth book in the Bloodlines series.  Guys, this came out in July.  What was I doing in July that was so important that I couldn’t take some time out of that month to read this?  Ugh.  But seriously, I think the last time I waited a million years to read a Richelle Mead book, I literally put in my review “what was I thinking waiting so long?” XD

I actually started Silver Shadows, but I must not have been in a reading mood.  I remember bits and pieces, but I think it’ll be enough to pick up where I last left off.  I definitely have to start it before the last book comes out.

Spellbound Rachel HawkinsNext on my list is Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins, the third book in her Hex Hall trilogy.  I love these books.  So, so much.  The main character, Sophie, is so hilarious, and Archer <3 *fangirly squeals* I definitely have to finish up this series, and then I have to start the spin off…

Throne of Glass UKNext up is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.  Yes.  I know.  I know.  I should have already read this book, and I started it, but… then I stopped it.  I’ve heard a million awesome things about this series, and I’m really hesitant to read this.  You know all about my hype issues xD But there it is, sitting on my bookshelf, right on top of…

The unbecoming of mara dyer…The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  I just realized that this list is pretty much a list of books I should have read a long time ago that I never got around to xD  Everyone raves about this book, and I’m so curious to know what it’s about!  Usually with hyped up books, I go in knowing almost nothing and having huge expectations.  When I read this, that’s probably what my mindset will be xD

the divinerssThe Diviners by Libba Bray has been on my TBR for about a year now.  I think it’ll be a year in the beginning of December xD This book is so big and intimidating and it just makes me want to run.  In the opposite direction.  But one day I’ll tackle it.  It sounds really interesting, and I haven’t heard many reviews, so bonus XD


Those are some of the books on my TBR list!  What books are on yours?  Do we share any books?  Let me know!

-littleonion

 

 

BookBlogWriMo: Your Favorite Subgenres

BookblogwrimoHello, people of the blogosphere and beyond!  Welcome to #BookBlogWriMo day eighteen!  Today’s prompt is about our favorite subgenres.  Now, I actually had to look this one up to see if I would be listing the correct categories that are actually listed under “subgenre.”  And I learned quite a bit (thank you, Wikipedia!  What a trustworthy source.)

  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Dystopian
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Supernatural/Paranormal (listed under “horror” and “speculative fiction)
  • Fantasy (speculative fiction)
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Magic Realism
  • Time Travel

Now, if you want to get really specific, some of these are actually subgenres of subgenres:

Children’s Fiction

  • Young Adult Fiction

Speculative Fiction

  • Science Fiction
    •  Dystopian
    •  Post-Apocalyptic
  • Horror
    •  Supernatural/Paranormal
  • Fantasy
    •  Magic Fantasy
    •  Urban Fantasy

Anyway, sorry to get to specific… I’m just a list person XD What are your favorite subgenres?  Do we have any in common?  I have a sneaking suspicion that we do ;D

-littleonion

BookBlogWriMo: Days 16 & 17

BookblogwrimoHello, everyone, and welcome to #BookBlogWriMo day seventeen!  I apologize for not posting yesterday.  I was really lazy and didn’t feel like typing anything… I definitely regretted not scheduling anything for yesterday! XD I look forward to catching up with your posts and seeing what you have to say about yesterday’s and today’s topics.

Sunday’s prompt was about our least favorite book blogging things, countering Saturday’s prompt.

malfoyYou mean… I’m supposed to have things that I don’t like about book blogging?  Absurd!

Just kidding xD There are a few things that I’m not particularly fond of.  Like when you get that feeling that you need to put up a book review.  I don’t know if you get this feeling, but I’ve been feeling like this a lot, especially since this year hasn’t been my best year in reading.  I know I don’t focus solely on book reviews, but when I go a month or even more without writing a review… it makes me feel guilty.

saddd*Cough, cough* Anyway… moving on…

Another thing I don’t like about book blogging is the fact that I can’t write a short review to save my life!  All of my reviews are dreadfully long (and some are very disorganized XD).  I guess they’re more for me, so I can release all the feels xD But I do want to work on writing shorter reviews, though I have a feeling that won’t be any time soon.

But other than those two things, I can’t think of anything else that bugs me about book blogging.  I’m probably forgetting something that I’ll remember in the future, and then I’ll mentally facepalm, but oh well.


Day seventeen of #BookBlogWriMo is about our favorite book tropes.  I only knew a vague definition of what a “trope” was before looking it up, but I was definitely headed in the right direction.  Here are just a few things I could never get tired of, no matter how cliché they may be:

  • Resurrection: I love books with the whole resurrection romancey story line.  You know the drill.  Boy and girl meet.  Girl dies at a certain age.  Boy spends the rest of his life finding girl.  Boy finds girl in present day.  Girl thinks boy is familiar.  Let the drama commence!  Sometimes it does get on my nerves, but there are quite a few books that I’ve read that feature this storyline.
  • Schools for the Gifted: Like Hogwarts, or Hex Hall, etc.  Even Camp Half-Blood qualifies.  I love this kind of thing.  I would love to go to Hogwarts or any of those places.  I bet Twilight would have been more awesome if she went to a vampire/werewolf boarding school…

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  • Boarding Schools: I love boarding schools.  I’ve never been to one, but based on every single book about boarding school I’ve read, I’m down xD More specifically, though, I like boarding schools based in New England, c. 1920.  And it’s not like I’ve even read that many books that fit the criteria, but I love this style.
  • Wizards: I suppose I’m using “wizards” to represent lots of “supernatural” things, like vampires, or werewolves, stuff like that.  I love fantasy.  If I had to choose a genre that I’ve read the most of, it would probably be narrowed down to fantasy or dystopian.
  • Journal Format: I’m not really sure if this counts, but I love books that are written in the journal or diary format, or even letter format, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  I have no idea why I like this so much, but if you tell me to read a book and also say that it’s got one of these formats, there’s a pretty good chance that I’d pick it up without even seeing what it’s about.

That’s all I have for you all today!  Let me know your thoughts on what your least favorite book blogging things are, and what literary tropes you like :D Until then,

-littleonion

P.S. Mockingjay, Part I comes out very soon!  Will you be going to the midnight premiere?  I’ll be seeing the movie the day after it comes out, so I’ll definitely be talking about that soon!

BookBlogWriMo: Favorite Book Blogging Things

BookblogwrimoWelcome #BookBlogWriMo day fifteen!  We’re halfway there, everyone!  I wonder how the NaNoWriMo-ers are doing :D Anyway, today’s prompt is about our favorite things about book blogging, one of my favorite topics.

excitementAhem.  Let’s begin xD

One of my favorite things about book blogging is about reading books and being able to share my feels with the world.  I don’t know many people who read, let alone anyone who reads books that are in my favorite genres, so it’s nice to have a community to talk to, and to see if they liked or didn’t like a book.

The next thing I love about book blogging is the community!  I’m not exactly sure what planted the idea in my head that I wanted blog about books, and I’m not sure how other book bloggers found me, or how I found them for that matter!  But the majority of people I’ve interacted with in the book blogging community are really nice and easy to chat with :D

I wish I could say another favorite was about free books, but unfortunately I’m not with Netgalley or anything like that.  It sounds really interesting, but also super stressful from what I’ve heard xD Plus, I already have a ton of books that need reading.


Those are just a couple reasons why I love book blogging, but what are your favorite things about book blogging?  Let me know!

-littleonion