SOME THINGS TO TALK ABOUT

So. Here’s the gist of what I’m about to explain: I’m going on a hiatus for the foreseeable future. Not the sort of ‘abandon hope, all ye who enter here’ sort of hiatus where I AM NEVER COMING BACK gets thrown around, but a considerable one. I may pop in every once in a while with a random review or weekly thing that looks fun, or who knows- I might get inspired next weekend and schedule 50 posts for the next six months. But it’s a hiatus.

Due to some recent changes in my schedule, I’ve had to cut some things out. As my lowest priority, blogging is the first to go. I’ve really enjoyed it, but I enjoy more being able to read at my leisure, not feel bad when I decide to watch Netflix or sleep instead, and having time for other things in my life. I don’t want to call myself a blogger when my posts are bimonthly at best. Instead, I’ll transition into more of a writer- of my own fiction. Because I really do enjoy that, and my best blogger friends on, say, twitter, were really found in pursuit of NaNoWriMo. I love all the friends I’ve made, and I would not give up fangirling with you for anything, but when I disappear for a couple months trying not to think about everyone else with ARCs of GEMINA (the only book I want in the world right now), it won’t be as big a deal.

Anyway, this won’t be the last you hear from me, but I just want to give you faithful few followers a heads-up that you won’t be seeing as much from me.

Yours,

Mikayla

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspired by HAMILTON

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH where participants list their top ten lists of any given subject, given ahead of time.

THIS WEEK:

LOVE SONGS TO HAMILTON

We were allowed to be creative this week, with something romance-themed, and this is something I’ve wanted to do for a little while. So, let me explain this one really fast- These are the books that come to my mind for particular Hamilton songs, especially those of a romantic nature (or not- this could get crazy). I’ll also be including some “Hamilton Confessions,” so get ready to FEEL THE LOVE.

1. “TALK LESS, SMILE MORE. DON’T LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU’RE AGAINST OR WHAT YOU’RE FOR.”

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Kestrel, from Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse series, is exactly this way, to me. She fights with her mind rather than impulse and brute force, and she’s obviously willing to do what it takes to survive and thrive, even when it isn’t want you would expect. And she won’t give that up, even for her own happiness. She suffers in silence, and even though that HURT MY HEART, I applaud her. Also, The Election of 1800 is in my top 3 favorite Hamilton songs, for every reason. Kestrel also applies to Wait For It- I AM THE ONE THING IN LIFE I CAN CONTROL…I’M NOT STANDING STILL, I AM LYING IN WAIT. Woo. Just got a couple shivers.

2. “THERE’S A MILLION THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE, BUT JUST YOU WAIT”

Darrow. What began as a revolution for a higher cause is becoming his own twisted vengeance, and I’m loving it. There are big things to come from him, and I can’t wait for Morning Star to destroy our souls. Darrow, like Hamilton, is not throwing away his shot on something that isn’t worth it.

3. “EVERY DAY’S A TEST OF OUR CAMARADERIE AND BRAVERY”

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I really love this song (Stay Alive) and this line. It reminds me of Thane and Ciena in Star Wars: Lost Stars because they both have their friendship so severely tested in a time of war. Not only their own, but their relationships with others, as loyalty and duty clash and there is no way to escape. /STAY ALIVE UNTIL THIS HORROR SHOW IS PAST/

4. “ANSWER FOR THE ACCUSATIONS I LAY AT YOUR FEET, OR PREPARE TO BLEED, GOOD MAN”

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Oh, Kate. She’s thirsty for revenge, and she won’t let anyone sway her from her purpose. Blood for blood is what she stands for, and after her father’s sacrifice, there is no chance that she will back down from this fight. The emotion and wild hate that eats away at Burr in these last few songs are so characteristic of the villain, and that desperation is what radiates from Kate during portions of Vengeance Road. She demands satisfaction. Read the book to find out if she gets it or not.

5. “THERE IS NO MORE STATUS QUO. BUT THE SUN COMES UP AND THE WORLD STILL SPINS.”

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Oh, I’m so in love with Thomas Jefferson right now. He’s devilish and dangerous and a little bit conniving, but he and Madison are a wickedly wonderful (and often hilarious) team (SUCH A BLUNDER, SOMETIMES IT MAKES ME WONDER WHY I EVEN BRING THE THUNDER) See what I mean? Anyway. In Bone Gap, the status quo has been completely flushed down the drain. People disappear, strange figures creep through the mist, and no one believes the Finn O’Sullivan is telling the truth. But it’s true- life goes on.

6. “YA BEST G’WAN RUN BACK WHERE YA COME FROM”

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The issue of immigration is not played around with in Hamilton, and it plays a large factor in Joyride as well. Carly and Arden aren’t supposed to be together, aren’t supposed to even be friends. But they overcome the odds (not just in that) to RISE UP above what everyone expects.

7. “WE LAUGH AND WE CRY AND WE BREAK AND WE MAKE OUR MISTAKES.”

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If there was ever a book about how decisions affect us, it’s this one. The story of the same girl, paralleled in a ‘what-if’ format, trails through the books, offering us a look at the question we all ask- What if everything was different? This is two different stories, different mistakes: AND LIFE DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE.

8. “NOW I’M THE VILLAIN IN YOUR HISTORY.”

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Captain Hook is the villain. But history books are written by the winners, are they not? Here’s a story that no one has heard- the story of Hook, and how Peter Pan ruined his life. BURR, (PAN) MY FIRST FRIEND, MY ENEMY…

9. “THERE ARE MOMENTS THAT THE WORDS DON’T REACH; THERE IS A SUFFERING TOO TERRIBLE TO NAME.”

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Even though they’re about two different things, IT’S QUIET UPTOWN has some really relevant lines that apply to All the Truth That’s in Me. I love this book for the fact that the character works through her challenges- without words-and redeems her relationships with those she thought she had lost forever. She does the unimaginable. I’ll be completely honest- the first few times I listened to this, I wasn’t affected. Then one day, I was driving by myself and started BAWLING. And now it doesn’t stop. I cry every time- I can’t pay attention to the words when it comes on, because it makes me so sad, especially now that I know Angelica is there. Full Angelica disclosure to come.

10. “HE WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED. I WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED.”

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This is my favorite one. Teach and Anne are both yearning for more, both yearning for each other, but they don’t rush in like foolish children. Teach is a little headstrong, yes, but he doesn’t go completely mad and act on every random impulse. Neither does Anne. She plans for her future, despite what her heart is telling her. In the same way, Hamilton chooses the path most obvious to find what he wants, and Angelica denies her heart selflessly. She does what she has to do.

So here’s my big confession: I can’t stand Eliza. I don’t listen to HELPLESS, SATISFIED breaks my heart every. time. and IT’S QUIET UPTOWN hurts because Angelica is seeing the two people she loves most from the outside. Until BURN, I don’t even want to hear about Eliza, and it’s drives me CRAZY that Hamilton has a stupid affair when he has TWO women who are hopelessly in love with him. And OH MY GOSH, Renee Elise Goldberry has a fantastic voice. But yeah, I don’t like Eliza. Half the time I don’t even like Hamilton. Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Washington hold my heart. Sometimes Burr does, too (curse you, Leslie Odom Jr., for giving him that delicious voice). Seriously, though. ANGELICA SCHUYLER. She’s amazing. And that comma…”My dearest, Angelica…” UGH. MY HEART. THOUGHTS OF YOU SUBSIDE, THEN I GET ANOTHER LETTER. I CANNOT PUT THE NOTION AWAY…

I’m DYING. But I’ll stop the Hamilton rant for now…because my TTT has gone crazy. But this is definitely the most fun I’ve ever had writing up a post. I hope you all have enjoyed it as well!

WHAT I’M READING

I’M NOT LOST

You might have been wondering where I’ve disappeared to! Well, it’s been a busy week, and I’m going to do my best to get back on the reviewing/posting wagon next week! Here’s a quick look at what I’ve started reading in the past week and what I’ve been excited for to make up for missing my Waiting on Wednesday!

BLACKHEARTS, NICOLE CASTROMAN

LOOK HOW PRETTY! I am so excited to read Blackhearts, coming to us in February 2016. I think it’ll be a great historical YA, with beautiful characters and lavish settings. Nicole has described it as pre-pirate, and that’s got me more excited than anything!

LOST STARS, CLAUDIA GRAY

If you love Star Wars, or sci-fi, or Claudia Gray, or great writing, you’ll want to pick up this one. It’s longer, 560 pages, but it’s so good that you won’t even notice the pages flying by. The dynamic between the two main characters, Thane and Ciena, is so absolutely exhilarating that you won’t be able to put it down, and so far (I’m only on page 116!) their character development has been such a delight to witness- they’re going in two different directions, and it’s beautifully terrible to watch. I love it, and can’t wait to see where it goes.

So there’s a little bit about what I’ve been doing, and hopefully I’ll see you again soon! Much love to you all! ❤

BOOK REVIEW: VENGEANCE ROAD (ARC)

“You gotta be quicker than quick, ace high, the best.”

SUMMARY (DON’T YOU ALL HAVE IT MEMORIZED BY NOW?)

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

MY THOUGHTS

PLOT: Thank you, thank you, THANK you, Erin Bowman, for writing a truly diverse YA novel. When you try to find a Wild West YA novel, the closest you can really get is Blood Red Road by Moira Young, or maybe a few others that I can’t think of that aren’t really the Wild West- they just encompass the feel. But Vengeance Road is authentic to the core, from the characters to the perfectly detailed landscape of Arizona. Kate is bent on vengeance of the gang that killed her Pa, and that theme carries through the book. Unlike many heroines out for revenge, Kate doesn’t get sidetracked by boys or fear or doubts in herself. She’s got one goal, and that goal is to kill the man who killed her father. The plot only thickens- no, really, it does get thicker-  with the addition of Liluye to their group and then a surprise new character turning the tables. There’s a few HUGE twists near the end of the book which I won’t spoil for you, and it was AWFUL, but in a good way, because it made the book that much more realistic- no one escapes unscathed. I use these gifs a lot, I think, but it’s very apt.

Really, that part also made me ‘George Michael’

Anyway, the plot was absolutely delicious- lost gold and revenge and all kinds of cowboy action, just my style. I’ll be rereading soon with my HC, no doubt.

CHARACTERS: Another A+ for Erin on this count. What I loved most about Kate, first of all, was that she wasn’t afraid to die. She didn’t track down the gang with any expectation of coming away unscathed in some miracle- she was ready to die, and whether that was foolish or not, it’s up to us individually to decide. But it added so much depth to the story- you could focus on what was happening, rather than all her insecurities, because she didn’t have any past wondering if she would be able to find the Rose Riders at all. She didn’t want the gold, she didn’t want the fame- she just wanted to avenge her father, and that was it. She’s fantastic- all fire and just the kind of gritty heroine that a western novel needs, without being mannish. She’s still a girl, after all, with feelings and emotions, and I related to her really well.

The Colton Brothers, Jesse and Will, were absolutely swoon worthy. Cowboys are my number 1, and to have TWO of them in this book made my day. I loved the dynamic between the two, and even with that huge surprise at the end, it still only made the feelings more real. And broke my heart. Anyway, in case you were wondering, there isn’t a love triangle, which I was a little bit worried about, to be honest. But there wasn’t, and the romance is slow-building and real and you just get those squiggly feelings inside you whenever there’s a glimpse. I actually think I might have liked Will more than Jesse, just because…well, I don’t know about that. They’re both fabulous, and I don’t know if I could pick one or the other because they’re so wound up in each others’ personalities.

The villains were ruthless and mercenary, just like you would expect from an outlaw gang. I appreciated the distinction they were given, and the fact that Waylan Rose wasn’t some mist that they were chasing- he was real, and he appeared many times, and he was stronger than Kate.

The rest of the characters that you only glimpse for a few moments- Liluye (linked above), Jacob Waltz, and others, really added to the dimension of the novel.They were strong presences, especially Liluye, and though they didn’t stay long in the novel, you were left with a clear picture of who they were when they were mentioned again, even in passing.

WHAT TO WATCH: I wouldn’t recommend this for younger readers- while it isn’t graphic, per se, there’s some scenes that might be upsetting to a younger audience. There is language throughout, words that the gunslingers of old used frequently, and it lends to the authentic feel of the story. Other than that, this book is a great read, and for the right reader, it could easily break into a favorites list.

OVERALL: Five stars. I loved this book. I do wish that the ending felt less abrupt- there was a lot going on, and it seemed like it could have been drawn out into more of the book. Especially the final, most important plot twist was a little bit abrupt and unexpected- I would have liked to see hints of that more through the book. Maybe I did and I just missed it- I was sick yesterday when I read it. But I really did love everything else about this book, and I would recommend it to everyone, not just those who love Westerns.

Thanks to HMH and NetGalley for my ARC of Vengeance Road, released September 1, 2015!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

YOUR EXCITING OPPORTUNITY

YOU HEARD IT EARLIER

I told you in my Vengeance Road release post that later today you would be notified of a HUGE opportunity, and now is that time! The amazingly cool Susan Dennard has put together an awesome contest to showcase Vengeance Road in the wild. It’s called the VENGEANCE ROAD ROUNDUP!

This is a US only giveaway, and the link to the original post and rules can be reached through clicking the logo (right above!) or by clicking the link highlighted here. 

I’m so excited to see everyone’s pictures of Vengeance Road anywhere they can be found, and I’ll be sharing my own on my twitter (@rosieposiekayla). You can find all the pictures by searching #VRRoundup on any social media site! Can’t wait to see everyone’s creative pics! The winner will be chosen randomly, so if you don’t think you’re creative, that’s okay! We just want everyone to be aware of the Vengeance Road sightings and to be excited to see it out and about!

VENGEANCE ROAD: IT’S HERE!

VENGEANCE ROAD RELEASES TODAY!

If you didn’t remember, or you’ve been living under a rock, today, September 1st, is the day Vengeance Road is released into the wild! HOORAY! The review is forthcoming- I haven’t quite finished it yet. But believe me, you’ll want to get your hands on this as soon as you can! This is a rarity among YA novels, both in setting and in quality, and I can already recommend it to anyone with a taste for, well, books. SO, without further ado, congratulations to Erin Bowman and WELCOME TO VENGEANCE ROAD!

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SUMMARY:

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

I’M ALSO INCLUDING A TEASER TUESDAY

As part of the street team for VR, I have been given a teaser every week, and these two sentences are two of my favorites from closer to the end of the book. I know that traditionally, a Teaser Tuesday is a random quote, but it’s hard to find a random page in my computer-only copy! So here are two amazing sentences that I think really do encompass the feel of the book.

 You gotta be quicker than quick, ace high, the best.

Far too soon, the sun begins to rise.

There’s nothing quite like some dramatic sentences to get you excited for a new novel. I’ve been in a hardcore slump lately, and I really think Vengeance Road could be the one to bring me out of it. We’ll see, anyway! But everyone should definitely check it out, and stay tuned for AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY later today!

ARC AUGUST WRAPUP

MY FINAL RESULTS

If you don’t remember, here were my goals for ARC August- I had 4 books I wanted to read this month. Here’s the link: ARC August is Upon Us!

How did I do? I was wondering the same thing myself.

While I did read four (and a half!) ARCs this month, only one (and a half!) I planned to read. The one I finished: The Scorpion Rules (click the links in the titles to see the reviews) by Erin Bow. I was really disappointed in that one, and couldn’t believe one of the most hyped fall books fell so short for me.

The second ARC I finished this month was The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. That one DID live up to everything I had heard about it- a solid plot, exciting, dynamic characters, and a great finish that left me wanting more. I can’t wait for book two- and congrats to J. Barnes for writing the only ARC I read that I enjoyed this month!

The third ARC I read was one that I borrowed from the YA librarian where I work- A Thousand Nights, by E.K. Johnston. I didn’t write a review for that one, mostly because I really didn’t know what to think. I liked the writing, but I was often confused and a little freaked out, and it fell far short of the bar that Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn set in May of this year.

My fourth ARC was absolutely the worst. Really, one of the worst books I’ve read in a long, long time. Awake, by Natasha Preston, fell short of everything that spoke well of it, even if that was just the summary. My twitter chat review included in the post really explains everything, so make sure you check that out.

As for the half, I’m about that far into Vengeance Road, which releases tomorrow, and once I get my hard copy I’ll probably finish it out with the real pages. Something about paper just makes it so much easier to read, and my allergies make my eyes hurt too much to stare at a computer screen for long! But Erin’s writing is just stellar so far, and it’s my own fault that I haven’t gotten it finished before now!

So there you have it, my boring, pictureless post of my ARC August review- but the reviews themselves have pictures, so go check those out! And many thanks to Read.Sleep.Repeat for hosting the event! I had a blast this year and can’t wait for next year’s ARC August blitz!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

A QUICK UPDATE

SO, I’VE BEEN OFF-GRID

My summer, especially the past two months, has been so, so crazy! I barely have time to read, and to top it off, I haven’t had a book in my hands that I’ve really wanted to read. The closest I came was The Princess Bride, and that one even trailed off into a skim of the ending and my ultimate boredom.

So disappointing.

One of the books I was most excited about, The Scorpion Rules turned out to be a total dud to me (as you can read in the baby review) so I only did a short review because I didn’t even finish it. Nothing that I’ve picked up has been appealing to me- I think it might be because I have a pre-hangover about Illuminae.

Wow. If that book falls flat for me, I’m going to have a serious, major problem. I’m already counting on it and Their Fractured Light to be my favorite books of the year. I’m really banking on this sci-fi to be really cool and rejuvenate me for reading. Can you tell it’s my favorite genre?

Anyway, I’m at work right now (aka, the library) and I’m trying to motivate myself to work on the blog that I contribute to here. I’m not very motivated to do anything, really- this place has about 4 people in it, and they’re all on the computers. I have Court of Fives on the way here, but I’ve heard it isn’t great. I also have  Reawakened on deck for when I finish Trouble is a Friend of Mine.

Let’s talk about Trouble. I started it Monday night, and I’ll be honest- it caught my attention pretty quickly. I read about 100 pages before I realized it, and then I got excited. But slowly, the more I read, the more confused I get, and holy smokes, I’m so over a couple of the characters. I understand the desire to round everyone out, but there’s no rounding happening. It’s just a hot secondary character who’s dating but not dating the meanest, sluttiest girl in school, but somehow he’s friends with the outcasts and does stuff with them? And the book is not moving quickly, at ALL. I don’t want to put it down prematurely, but I’m on a DNFing roll lately, and I just don’t have time to waste on books I don’t enjoy.

Someone tell me what I should read to knock me out of this slump! I’m dying here!

Anyway, this has been a Thursday ramble about what’s going on, so you don’t think I’ve died between now and whenever my next post is (next Wednesday at the latest!)

What’s going on with you? Are you in a reading slump or a roll? Have you read any of the books I mentioned today? Leave a comment!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SWAG

SO THIS IS THE DEAL

love swag. Book swag, they call it. By which ‘they’ (authors, other book people, everyone) mean book-promoting items that are not books themselves. Book swag is sent to people for various reasons by various means- signed cover prints, bookmarks, buttons, stickers, etc. Really anything related to a particular book that is not the book itself. This week, I received my FIRST EVER book swag. It’s amazing.

     Okay, it’s not a great picture. There’s a glare everywhere, but I think you all get the point. This is really one of the most exciting things of my life- and now I realized that I’ve lied by telling you that I hadn’t received any other swag. I did-  the wonderful Katie McGarry sent her fans some great bookmarks and ribbons just for being fans.

     But to me, this is much more personal.

LET ME TELL YOU WHY

  This swag comes as a result of a very special initiative that I’m involved in, for a very special book. That’s right, you guessed it- Vengeance Road. I’m so, so excited for this book. I have it on my computer for ARC August and I cannot WAIT to get into it. Gritty, dangerous, and totally real, it’s exactly what I want- a YA Western.

    So yes, I’m part of the Vengeance Road Posse, the street team for this very excellent book. In June, I was one of the most enthused about it and I won that gorgeous signed cover print- and for being on the team, I received everything else pictured. Two really neat stickers and a bookmark, which is AMAZING. I love bookmarks SO MUCH. And now, here is the story of receiving this swag, one gif at a time.

MADE IT ON THE STREET TEAM

FOUND OUT WE’RE GETTING SWAG

IF WE TALKTALKTALK ABOUT VENGEANCE ROAD, WE COULD GET MORE SWAG

JUNE

You:

Me: (except, instead of Java, VR)

WINNING:

RECEIVING PRINT:

ONE WEEK LATER RECEIVING STREET TEAM SWAG PACK:

That last one pretty much says it all. I’ve been in fangirl mode ever since, and I will continue to fangirl mode until I’m told to stop on pain of death. So get excited, everyone!!!! Get some swag for yourself by preordering- but hurry! The offer only lasts until July 31st!

Here’s the link: Click here!!

Also, in case you missed it, here’s some more info about Vengeance Road:

Erin Bowman’s Author Spotlight

Waiting on Wednesday: Vengeance Road

The Character Reveals:

Kate Thompson

The Colton Brothers

The Rose Riders

Liluye

Jacob Waltz

The Reveal Recap

The book trailer (it’s seriously SO good)

Or Erin Bowman’s Twitter– for all the latest updates!

I know you all don’t blame me for being excited- because you’ve all felt this situation!

LET’S

GET

PUMPED! 

I love you all. Thanks for reading. Post a comment 😉

TAG: SECRET LIFE OF A BOOK BLOGGER

ONCE AGAIN, SLOW ON THE UPTAKE

I’m a loser. That’s what it is. Even so, I’ve been nominated for some really cool things that I’m going to get done, finally. This hiatus of a lazy blogger has been interrupted by the LOVELY Sydney at Books and Stuff for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger tag!

(Now I can stop watching Netflix for a little while)

1. How long have you been a blogger?
My first post was July 19th of last year, so that’s been a little over a year, and I don’t even know if I count that because I was so irregular.

2. At what point do you think you’ll stop?
I don’t think I will. I might get super inconsistent because I get busy, but I love writing reviews (even though they take FOREVER) and getting to gush about books without my mom/friends/random strangers being annoyed with me.

3. What is the best thing?
The best thing? Finding other people who are totally okay with ranting and raving about books/movies/Suits/hot guys because I don’t have a lot of people as crazy as me. It’s also laying in bed with Netflix on while I read a book that only makes me happy.  Also, happy endings. I don’t like to live without a happy ending (or at least the potential for one).

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
About blogging? When I feel pressured, like I HAVE to get this book done because I HAVE to write a review for next week and I HAVE to have posts lined up for every day of the week. When that happens I have to take a step back, remember that I started this blog to vent about things, not to become a professional blogger, and think about how reading is supposed to be fun. That’s usually when I let myself read without thinking about just how I’m going to review it.

5. How long does it take you to create / find pictures to use?
Pictures? You can use pictures?!?! Just kidding. Usually I use the covers from goodreads, because they’re the perfect size. Usually I write my reviews and blog posts when I’m at work and it’s slow, so I try not to spend a lot of time looking for gifs/memes, and I don’t have personal photos on my work computer. So…it takes me like 20 seconds to pull up goodreads and find the book I want.

6. Who is your book crush? 
What kind of question is this?! I can’t decide that! Now I’m going to spend a half hour looking through my favorite list trying to decide, so thanks.

I DON’T KNOW.

The first three that come to mind, all for various reasons, are Fear, from Some Quiet Place (the unique factor, and because he’s so…ugh. Perfect), Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn (because he’s dark and dangerous and has tiger eyes),  and Jacin from The Lunar Chronicles (because no one seems to live him, and I think in Winter he’s going to really take us all by surprise).

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?
Amie Kaufman. She’s a huge inspiration to me, and as a sci-fi lover, her books make my heart freak out with excitement. The top two books on my goodreads TBR are Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3, with Meagan Spooner, who is also awesome) and Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff, who is exactly the kind of person you would expect to write a butt-kicking science fiction novel).

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
Work clothes. Today, jeans and a tank top and a really cool flowy artsy vest thing my mom found for me. My glasses, almost always. But that’s just today. If I’m not in work clothes, I’m probably in my pajamas writing a post to schedule for the next morning.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?
I don’t really prepare. It depends on the book I’m reading, and the type of post I want to do. Generally, I’ll flash post- my own term meaning I post something every day for about a week, then get burned out and can’t think, or fall into a reading slump. So there’s not a lot of ‘preparation’ involved, especially when it comes to short posts like WoW or Teaser Tuesday.

10. How do you feel about the book blogger community / culture?
I love it. It’s like awesomess in a bottle. Or…not a bottle. Something else. Other people who feel as strongly about books as I do? WHAT? AMAZING. It’s so nice to have people to rant with.

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Don’t pressure yourself. Don’t make it so important to post something every day, or on specific days, because it’s not about that. It’s about expressing yourself when you feel the need. And don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, especially the ones that have been blogging for years. They’ve had so much time to work on their routine and their personal preferences, and newbies can’t even hope to be as organized and put-together as them. So make sure you’re just having fun and don’t make yourself upset over not posting or taking a break. It’s all good.

12. Who do you tag?
Let’s see. Just because I want them to hate me some more…..

Liran my love @ Hearts and Crowns because I know she loves that I do these things to her, and also she’s fantastic (don’t let her try to tell you otherwise)

Analee @ Book Snacks because she’s got an AWESOME blog, and I love her variety and all the cool things she posts.

Anyone else who wants to do it, feel free! And comment below so I can check it out!