• Books,  Reading

    July Reads: 2019 Edition

    Happy August!! 😀 I’m still on track with my reading goal. I almost can’t believe it. ^_^ Plus, I did some beta reading last month, and I liked everything I read for the most part, so that’s awesome. 33: The Branch Author: Trinity Amethyst Genre: Graphic Novel Rating: 5 stars Reviewed: Yes Super cute snapshots of what it’s like to be a barista at a kid’s summer camp. It was a fun read and much needed on a day I was feeling kind of down for no good reason. I adored the illustrations in this, and you can tell how fun they are from the cover. 34: Stepsister Author: Jennifer…

  • Reading,  Writer's Block

    Reading Slump Files

    In the bookish community, you sometimes find someone going through a reading slump. In the booktube community this is sometimes due to stress and overwhelm, from both my observation and a few videos on the topic. A booktuber will feel pressure to read certain books or a certain number of books a month, and they feel obligated to read and enjoy books sent to them from publishers — books they sometimes find themselves uninterested in. The solution, likely, is to stop caring. Stop caring about how many books you read. Stop worrying over potentially ticking off the publishers. Read what you want or what’s the point, right? Easier said than…

  • Books,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Reading

    March Reads & Other Updates

    So, I didn’t do a lot of reading last month. For anyone who missed it, I’m back in my writing chair and juggling three projects (the poetry book and two paranormal projects and I’m having a blast), and I also decided to stop making to-do lists because frankly, I don’t care how much I get done anymore. Lately, caring has made me less productive, because I get stressed and then curl into a ball and do nothing. This isn’t to say I don’t give myself reminders. I still need those. And I also still have a TBR of books I want to read soon-ish, but that isn’t stressful. It’s flexible,…

  • Books,  Happy Dance,  Motivation,  Poetry,  Reading

    February Reads: 2019 Edition

    OMG, you guys!!! This was like such a good month for reading! I mean, I had to Dnf a book and replace it with something else, because I am not about that struggling-to-read life! But yeah, nine more books read, and I’m so excited. 😀 10: The Giving Tree Author: Shel Silverstein Genre: Picture Book Rating: 5 stars Reviewed: No I remember reading this years ago and thinking it was the most depressing thing ever. Still, I loved it then, and I still find it strangely enjoyable to read now. 11: The Wicked Deep Author: Shea Ernshaw Genre: YA Paranormal Romance Rating: 5 stars Reviewed: No Do not ask me…

  • Facts of Life,  Mini Rants,  Reading

    Not Finishing Stuff I Read Or Whatever

    Hi. 🙂 I don’t remember when, but I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about reading deal-breakers over the years. Like, I personally take issue with bad writing, but I hardly ever run into writing so bad I can’t read a book with an interesting story anyway. I also don’t like unnecessary love triangles and pop culture references. And I’ve DnFed books with stupid, brainless protagonists and other random offences. But you can nitpick like that when everything else is in place, you know. There are a lot of problems books can have, not limited to but including: pacing issues, characterization issues for main and/or side characters, mechanical and technical issues like…