Moving To Tumblr…

After a few weeks of thought, I decided to move to Tumblr. I find it much more comfortable and convenient, plus it’s much easier to post on there. I will be doing chapter by chapter critiques of stories on there(more on that soon 😉 and I can post photos on there. I hope you support in this decision. I hope you to see you there!

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2018 Reading Goals!

Hey guys! Hoped you had happy holidays and a great New Year’s Eve! Since it’s 2018, it’s time to set some resoulutions! Reading resoulutions to clarify! I usually keep my goals pretty relaxed mainly because they’re goals and not the end all be all! They’re things to work towards for me, but I don’t care that much if I don’t reach them! I have three goals this year and I’m super excited to work towards them!

1. Read diversely! I have been reading books that either don’t have an diverse characters or have been in my go to genre, fantasy. I want to expand my reading tastes this year and read a bit more out of the box. Reading is all about exploring new things and I realized I haven’t done much exploring in the past few years. While I will still read fantasy and books that don’t have diverse characters, I want to push myself to reach for new books.

2. Read 80 books. While I am tempted to make this goal 100, I know that I may not reach that goal. I want to pace myself and set a goal I know I may be able to reach half way! I believe I can reach 80 books this year and maybe a bit more!

3. One chapter rule. This rule is one I have told myself to follow in 2018. If I don’t like the first chapter of a book or don’t want to continue, I will not push through the book. I want to read books I actually enjoy in 2018, instead of trying to read every single book I can get my hand on! I may pick up the book later, but I won’t force myself to read the book!

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post! Comment down below your 2018 reading resolutions! Don’t forget to like this post and follow my blog too!

 

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Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella Review!

 

Overview
I was sent this ARC in exchange for a review by the publisher-all opinions are my own and I have not been paid for any of them! I thouroughly enjoyed this story. It’s my first Sophie Kinsella novel and boy was it a treat! I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars because I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t enough for a 5 star review. This novel follows Slyvie and her husband, Dan who have found out that they will be spending more than 50 years together! In effort to keep things interesting, they make a plan to surprise each other. As the story goes on, Slyvie begins to wonder if her marriage was as great as she thought it was. This had made hooked and I read it all in one sitting! Surprise Me is the perfect novel for Valentine’s Day and I highly recommend you go pick it up when it’s come out!

Characters
Slyvie’s character was amazing! She was funny but relatable. Every thing she felt, you did too. The cast of characters felt like real people and you could find yourself smiling at their actions. It all felt so real and I got lost in the world and the characters! 5/5 stars

Plot
For me, the plot took a bit too long to get the point and at times, I thought it was a mystery book. Yes, it was quirky as promised, but I just felt that the lead up to the plot twists was a bit too slow. Some scenes my eyes glazed over before I realized I was on the next page and barely read what was happening. Overall, the plot was engaging but could be faster. It had twists and turns, something you could read in one sitting! 4/5 stars

Thank you so much for reading this review! Are you going to pick Surprise Me when it comes to stores?
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Why I Took A Break

Last week I took a break from blogging and the main reason for that was that I was tired and running out of ideas. In the beginning of setting my blog up, I posted everyday. This burnt me out very easily n instead of having a schedule, my posting became erractic. I now plan to post 3x a week, writing posts on the weekends and scheduling them. This is much more structured and I do this even with my busy schedule!
Pushing that out of the way, I want to talk about burning out. It happens to a lot of people and it can be frustrating, especially when you want to write but can’t. It can happen to everyone, from writers to students to bloggers. Doing too much can stess anyone out and I have been burnt out many times in my life. I have a few steps to avoid it and to help get rid of it.
1. Schedule. If you know you have many things about to come up, plan them out. Allow yourself breaks and make sure to manage your time wisely. Get a planner(it doesn’t have to be anything fancy), write down everything, and break it down. Write down its importance or if it’s urgent. Don’t do 2 large assignments on the same day. Have a smaller one and a larger one or just one. This allows yourself not only to have great time management skills but allow yourself to breathe!
2. Take breaks! I used to do everything at once and that’s not how you should do it. For every 30 minutes you do, take a 10 minute break. Fix this ratio to how you like it! Taking breaks gives your mind a break. Breaks are not bad so long you get back to work when it’s over!
3. Drop some things! No, I don’t mean school or work. I mean drop some extra activities that you don’t need/like to free up your time. If you’re doing AP classes, working many times a week, and have many clubs, you’re going to burn yourself out! Pick out things you’re not interested in and drop them. Note: make sure you’re serious about what you drop!
Thank you so much for reading this post! Like, comment, share and follow please! Have you ever been burnt out?
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Holiday Book Haul

Hey what’s up, everyone? Today I’m going to be doing a holiday book haul. I am in no way trying to brag but simply trying to show off some amazing book I got this holiday season. Without further ado, let’s get into my first book haul.

1. Six Of Crows series. I have recently got this series from Book Depository and I know I have read it a lot, but I finally got my own copy. I can’t wait to read it again and again.

2. A Darker Shade Of Magic. This is something that I have wanted for a long time and I finally got it. I haven’t read any of it but I do think this is going to be one of my best books of 2018 based on the reviews I have seen.

3.The Last Magician. I’m a bit disappointed by this book. I had expected it to be fast pace, but it’s moving like a slug. I set it down for now and will pick it back up when I feel ready to read it.

4. The Odds Of Lighting. Me, reading something that’s not fantasy and leans to contemporary? Scandalous! Yes, I finally bought something that wasn’t fantasy. I wanted to get a coming of age book and thought this would be perfect? It’s got superheros, reunited friends, a storm! What else could you need?

5. The Nine Lives Of Chloe King. I expected this to be a very large book, by turned out to eat three! It was a steal plus it’s got cats so I think this book and I will have a good time together!

6. The Book Jumper. The cover on this is gorgeous and I was hooked by the description! I had seen this before in the book community so I hope it lives up to its hype.

7. Confessions Of A Murder Suspect. My first James Patterson book! I picked this up on a whim, trying to branch out to eat genres. The few pages I have read are amazing and the narrator seems like an interesting character I would love to learn more about.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! What books did you get during the holidays?

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Back To Basics, A Writing 101 Series:What Does A Story Need?

Back To Basics, A Writing 101 Series: What Does A Story Need?

It’s been a long time since I have written a 101 post so I decided to bring the series back and post a part of the series every other week. This week I’ll be focusing on what a story needs and why!

In my last Writing 101 post, I wrote about what creative writing is. In the post, I’ll be talking about what a story in creative writing needs. Stories are all different, but in every single one you will find things that are needed in order to craft and tell a story. 

A story needs an idea and it doesn’t always have to be original. The idea only needs to be there and it needs to be something you want to write. If it’s something you would want to write later and not now, do not write it now. You will have no passion for it and it will often stress you out because you feel you have to write it(been there, done that!). I cannot tell you how to think of an idea. This sounds so cliche, but it will come to you. It might be found at 2am or maybe deep in a pinterest board, but it will come to you and hopefully you will want to write it.

 Once you find that idea, you need to flesh it out and with fleshing, comes a story. When you flesh out an idea, you’ll soon have a plot, a cast of characters, and the faint shadow of a world. Fleshing out is pretty easy. All you have to do is take the idea and run with it. A good tip I have for this is asking why! Why does the character do this? Why does the world act this way? Keep asking why until you can’t! This is great for fleshing out characters and figuring out their backstories. This can also help with bringing new ideas to the story as well as getting the foundations of the story laid down.

So you have your idea and you fleshed it out a bit. Now what? You need to get a bit deeper. Yes, deeper than what you already have. You need to add a bit more substance to your characters, plot, and world.

Characters are like humans, they’re complex. A person could be innocent, but lie about the littlest things. Another could be cruel and abusive, but sweet to animals. Humans are complex and different and so are characters. Creating characters is tricky. You have to figure out how you want to do that. Some may work well with character sheets and others may like to do scenes. I prefer to do it with a step process. First, I come up with the character and write down what I want them to be. I give them a list of traits and skills. This list is basic and I will delve deeper into these traits with my sheet. I will take a small character sheet. There’s not much on it because I get overwhelmed. I find large character sheets to be a bit too much and stating facts more than the character. I use the basic sheet and add/subtract questions, then go in a bit more with paragraphs. This has worked for me and I feel that my characters are better made this way. This, of course, is only a suggestion and finding the best way to create characters for you is key!

I would like to note that characters will change. Their true personality may come through writing the story or maybe when you left expected it, but they will change. Many times my characters have gone from a sweet and innocent person to a horrible anti-hero. It may not be a complete change, but characters will evolve.

You’ve got characters, but now it’s time to make them work. Without a plot, a character is a person floating through your mind and a story is nothing. Plot can push the character and character can push the plot, but you’ll need them both first. There’s many many ways to plot. Some will say one method is better than the other, but that is not true. One may be more common, but not better. Like with characters, finding your way to plot is a must. The only advice I can give on plotting right now is to write it down. Write down the plot and see where it takes you. From there, you can figure out how you want plot or if writing down the plot is just enough for you!

Plot? Check! Characters? Check! What else do we need? A world. For some stories, a world isn’t needed, but you may need to research our world. A world needs a culture, it needs a place, and it needs a time. To explain what a world needs would make this post longer than what it already is so a post on that will be coming soon. To get started with world building, write down what you want from the world you are creating or things you need to research. String those bits together and keep working until you feel the world is complete(or when my world building post comes out 😉

I hope you guys enjoyed this! Comment down below somethings you want to see in this series and follow my blog! While you’re at it, my social media is ready to follow too!

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Off For The Holidays!

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a happy holidays! I’m writing this quick post to tell you that I’ll be gone for the holidays and I will be back next year on January 1st! I’ll be spending tons of time with my family and celebrating so I, unfortunately, will not have time to write posts. I hope everyone has amazing holidays!

xo, Rose!

Things That We Should Change In The Community

The book community, like any community, has its flaws. As I spend more time in it, I see these flaws and I wish we could stop it. They’re negative and could lead someone to leave the community.  These are the major problems I see so you can always add more below.

I personally think the judgment in the community is crazy. We care about how much or how little we read rather than the fact we are reading. We care about how we read and there are so many little fights about useless things. Even stans in fandoms are crazy about favorite characters and who we should like. Reading is a personal thing, so obviously, not everyone is going to feel the same way and we should respect that. I don’t see that many fights anymore, but what I have heard was a bit too much. There is no reason why we should act like that. We should let go of the judgment because then we’ll also let go of those causing it. We’ll end up with a much happier community overall.

Moving to my next point, the ads and pushing books in this community is astounding. I get you need to make money, but having an ad every other video is annoying, especially if you other ads on your blog/in front of your videos. I understand those don’t pay much, but I hate to see every post of yours a paid one. Most of the time it’s a book I’ve seen a hundred times before because everyone is pushing the same book. This brings me to my next point. I hardly ever see diversity in the books that are pushed/advertised. It’s a YA fantasy or contemporary book. I’m tired of it. I don’t want to see that book in every post and every video I stumble across. I’ve heard it once before, do I really need to hear about it again? Ads make creators money which they need in order to keep creating. I get that. What I don’t get is why every single book is hyped up, every single ad is the same, and every single time I click on something I think is original, it’s an ad. Push ads, but don’t push them into my face every single post or video.

I want to end this by saying that I love the community, but it has its faults that really make me question why I am in it at all. I think if tried to improve these problems, the community could be much, much better.

Thank you so much for reading this and if you want to see more from me, a like, comment, or follow will be greatly appreciated. You can follow all my social media down below too! QOTP: What problems do you want to see fixed in the community?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books Of 2017!

As 2017 comes to a close, I have compiled a list of my favorite books of 2017. I discovered some amazing authors this year as well as starting this blog so it’s safe to say 2017 was a very bookish year. Without blabbing on and on, let’s get into the post!

1. Six Of Crows! This is such a shocker because I obviously don’t talk about this book ever! Just kidding. I’m pretty sure this book is mentioned in half of my posts, but for a good reason. This book is action-packed, filled to the brim with twists, and has an amazing set of characters. I plan on reading this novel a lot in 2018 so don’t be surprised when it’s in the top books of 2018 list, guys!

2. The Sun Is Also A Star. You might know this already, but I’m not a fan of contemporary novels. I find them really cliche and annoying, but this book changed my perspective on them. After reading this book, I tried reading other contemporary books and while I didn’t like them that much, I will say TSIAS is a stellar novel! Nicola Yoon writes a contemporary like no other and I just had to put this book on the list.

3.Oh Honey. I recently had this novel in a wrap-up and rated 5 stars, which is something you’ll hardly ever get from me. It’s wacky and sad, with an ending that’ll make you say “Oh Honey”. I highly suggest reading this when it comes out!

4.Inkheart! This book I read at the beginning of the year and I can officially say it’s one of my favorite books! It’s about books so obviously, I would love it. It really made me fall back in love with reading and if you’re looking for a book to cozy up with, this is your book!

5. Last but certainly not least is Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella. This book hasn’t even come out yet but I was lucky to snag an ARC copy. Coming out February 2018, this novel is something you wouldn’t want to miss. It started out slow, but the ending had me speechless. My first Sophie Kinsella book is now one of my favorite books. My full review of it will come out in 2018!

Thank you guys so much for reading! I really hoped you enjoyed it and if you did, leave a comment about your top 5 books of 2017. You can also like and follow my blog + all my social media while you’re at it! You can also see my last post and do my first original tag here!

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BookTube Opinions Tag(Original)

Hey, what’s up guy? I’m Rose aka the stardustreader and I have a very special post for you guys today! I thought it would be fun to create a tag all about booktube and the book community in general so I created the BookTube Opinions Tag! Without further ado, let’s get to the tag!

Q1. Who’s your favorite booktuber/blogger?

I would have to say that my absolute favorite bloggers are emmmabooks and thebookferret. They produce great content and really likable people in general! I recommend everyone checks them out because they are amazing!

Q2. What’s one hyped up Booktube book you didn’t like?

I’ve said this before, but I didn’t really like Percy Jackson. I didn’t like the writing nor the characters. I just thought that it wasn’t that funny and it could have been written better, though I can see why it’s enjoyable. It’s not my cup of tea!

Q3.If you could change one thing about the community, what would it be?

I have so many things I want to change, but I think I would change the judgment of it. We judge how much people read, how little, how we read, etc. I think if we all let go, we could have a much better community! I know I could say one, but I think if we let go of the pressure of reading, what to read, and much more, we could also have a happier place. I’ll end it here or else I’ll rant forever!

Q4.What’s a book you don’t see talked about in the community?

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. It had some hype, but I hardly see anyone talking about it that much. It’s one of my favorite books and I’m disappointed to see this wonderful novel barely discussed.

Q5. Do you think the community is different now then it was when you first joined?

I joined a few months ago, but I don’t think it has changed that much for my point of view. Like any community, we have our flaws, but I say it’s very supportive and I love being in it. I don’t think those will change!

Q6. What tips do you have for someone first joining the community?

Definitely get out there and relax. The community is very kind and we welcome everyone. Be kind, meet new people, and find out what you like the most. That’s the key to having a great time!

Q7. What’s one horror story you have had while being in the community?

I’m lucky to have no horror stories. I will say I was scared to put out my real opinions and I have grown out of that phase!

To finish off this tag, tag someone you think would enjoy this! I tag thepaige-turner on Tumblr and anyone else who wants to do this tag! Hope you guys enjoy this fun post! If you did, comment down below your answers and don’t forget to like + follow this blog and all my social media. Happy Holidays!

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