Reasons why book bloggers would write the best books ever!

Fact: book bloggers are pretty amazing. They’re so smart, they’re so BOOKISH, they’re so friendly (ily people <3), they’re so aware and fabulous. Like, seriously. All of you book bloggers, YOU ROCK. I admire all of you so much, you have no idea!

Writers, you see, are also some people who I admire! They provide us with the AMAZING books that I would honestly be lost without. That I adore to read. That are fabulously written. SO. Just imagine the potential, then, if you mash the two together and have a writer who’s also a book blogger?! I KNOW. GENIUS.

This is partly inspired by the fact that there are so many book bloggers I’ve met and talk to (and many who I haven’t) who are aspiring writers and such? (So my genius idea and dream to have writers who are book bloggers publish books might not be too far off??! I AM PSYCHIC.)

And in case you had any doubts of the amazingness of book bloggers and their talents, well, here are reasons why book bloggers would write the best books ever!! (Talk to me after you’ve read the post, muggle who doubts the awesomeness of book blogging writers. Also seriously, they have some of the best ideas and I would 10/10 read books by book bloggers. #publisherstakenoteplz)

Oh and disclaimer I’m not trying to undermine authors at all!! In case you read any comment in that way, I’m proving why book bloggers would write amazing books, not that they are better than the authors we have or that the authors we have aren’t good! 🙂

1. They are creative as hell??

I’ve seen so many ideas for books and WIPs over on different blogs and via Twitter and I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THEM ALL. Like why can’t these books be written and published asap?? So many book bloggers I know come up with such great material for their blog, and even aside from that the book bloggers themselves are always so imaginative I’ve seen (bookworm trait??) and I’m telling you, some day these bloggers WILL get published and I’ll be here saying I told you so. JUST YOU WAIT. Just you wait.*

(Though like teach me your ways writing bloggers honestly I am very much a dull potato in comparison?? How are you so creativeeeee?)

*Wink wink.

2. They know what we need more of in books!

Like friendships and good families and diversity??! As book bloggers, they have access to so many different opinions and point of views and from their own reading must’ve picked up on things they like vs don’t like and things we need more of in books! Like, so many bloggers I’ve seen have spoken about having realistic characters, less romance, rep for marginalized voices, diversity and AGH. So many amazing ideas… imagine if those book bloggers put them to the page??! EXACTLY. Utter fabulousness. Told you.

3. They are fabulous writers.

I exclude myself because my writing is rubbish and I have no idea what I’m doing 100% of the time even if I’m a book blogger BUT so many book bloggers I know write such amazinggg blog posts and I have no doubt if they tried to write a book I would love it. Anyone who says blog posts doesn’t count as writing can FIGHT ME. 😛 Blog posts actually can take so much work if you put effort into making it yours and putting your voice into it? And like that would translate so amazingly into a book. ❤ Of course a reader does not = a writer but the best writers are definitely readers so you never know? Book bloggers = infinite potential for fabulousness

4. They would most likely write the best characters ever.

Goes back to the previous points a bit – book bloggers have such a good idea on different types of characters and what works/what doesn’t, you know? And they’re just so AWARE of story elements I think, and most specifically characters in this case, which means they would write the most amazing ones ever?? For example, it’s now considered a fact (for me anyway lolol) that bookish and sassy characters are some of the best characters in existence?? And what better person to write/create a character like that than someone who IS ONE aka a book blogger?? (NO ONE. Apart from maybe Becky Albertalli) And of course there are so many other options!! Bottom line is they would no doubt write FABULOUS CHARACTERS. ❤

5. #ownvoices for the win!

Books about marginalized people FROM marginalized people are one of the absolute best things to ever exist, second only to books in general! Of course not all book bloggers are part of a marginalized community, and those that are writers are not all necessarily #ownvoices authors either. Yet there IS still so much own voices material, of that I have no doubt. We want to hear your voices!!

And even aside from potential own voices authors in the book blogging community, the book blogging community is so diverse, there are so many lovely people offering beta reading and sensitivity reading services! As book bloggers, I feel like it’s a lot easier to have access and find beta readers? Which means proper rep and (hopefully) fabulous books!! #yas

6. They are good with deadlines!

Again, bar me from this grouping because deadlines are AWFUL AND I CAN’T DEAL WITH THEM.

But other book bloggers seem to be so good with them??? Submitting ARC reviews, scheduling and all that jazz. And I’m not an author, but from what I’ve seen and what I infer, there are many deadlines for an author? Submitting drafts, final copies, making edits, etc. So being good with deadlines would probably be very useful?? (Another reason why I can never be an author hahaha.)

7. They would have the best cheerleaders!

Writing a book is a solo effort, but there is SO much that goes into making/writing one and obviously supporters and friends are a big part?? PERSONAL CHEERLEADERS. To bring you cake and screech at you to finish the book, obviously. Jk. Kind of.

Now, I don’t know about you, but the book bloggers I’ve met are some of the nicest, most enthusiastic and supportive people ever? Like, apart from my irl supporters, you guys are like my family without the annoying side? #win 😛 Which means there’s a whole crew of people to support a book blogger in his/her book writing journey!! To provide feedback, etc and because the crew of people are also well-versed in books, it’s constructive and useful! YAY. And they also (figuratively) provide food! Secret to writing a book, I’m sure. (I wouldn’t actually know but shh)

Am I right or am I right that book bloggers would write AMAZING books??! What do you think is the number one thing that makes book bloggers great writers? If YOU are a book blogger who is also a writer, or simply a writer, tell me what you’re currently working on!! I want to squeal about your fabulous ideas ❤ Allow me to become your cheerleader!! *THROWS CAKE AND CONFETTI and pom poms*

ALSO. I just wanted to say that I will be on a mini-hiatus!! I kind of have been already, considering how I missed my scheduled day post for Monday, and this is a scheduled post right now. I haven’t gotten the chance to reply to comments YET, but I will soon-ish! I’ve just been super busy, I have summer classes and work and I am dying under stress and sleep deprivation. So. Um. That makes it difficult to write posts or even have time for myself? GAH. But I just wanted to give you a heads up and apologies in advance!! And THANK YOU for all your support, I feel horrible that I’m so behind on everyone’s blogs but once this week goes by *I HOPE* everything will calm down and I will go on commenting binges. WOO! ❤

Blogging disappointments: Unsuccessful blog posts! // SAD FACE.

Disclaimer: There are many positive things about blogging! Books! Friends! BOOKS!

YET.

Life is not full of positives always??? (I know, it’s an injustice.) And sometimes, we face disappointments which also applies to blogging (obviously or I would not be writing this post). There are a few I can think of but what I wanted to focus on for today’s post is unsuccessful blog posts!! (No duh Analee, go ahead and ignore the title again why don’t you??)

What is considered ‘unsuccessful’?? And what is ‘successful’?

Whelp, there I go again using a subjective term! Like what does unsuccessful even MEAN? (Not the definition, but like in this context.) And much like when I talked about success in blogging last month, it varies once again? I need to choose better discussion topics.

But, if we think in the form of stats; i.e. views, likes and/or comments: The thing is with each and every blogger, the numbers, the stats they expect and the stats they consider to be successful or unsuccessful for their blog VARIES. Greatly. But even those who are newbies to blogging, everyone has an idea of what most of their stats look like, you know? So successful and unsuccessful could be anywhere from stats that REACH or better yet, PASS their usual numbers and that DON’T REACH their usual numbers, respectively. And that’s only from a numbers perspective! Which is not the only definition for success.

But those numbers? They vary SO MUCH. A number that is considered a success for one blogger could totally be unsuccessful for another, based on the majority of their posts, and vice versa you know? It’s so subjective.

Now, for me, what I consider to be successful is a combination of two things; one of them being, COMMENTS. Likes too, but primarily comments because I love having that interaction with blogger friends and readers! Which means a successful post for me, is one that initiates conversation, one that people are interested in reading. And because I don’t check my stats all too often, comments (and likes) are the easiest way for me to measure how well a certain post is being received. Plus I love talking to you guys and getting comments on my posts just totally makes my day?!

So yes, when it comes to successful and unsuccessful blog posts, if we’re thinking numbers (which, I won’t lie, I do), the one ‘indicator’, persay, for me is the number of comments. I don’t go counting them obsessively or anything, but just seeing, oh, this [meme/review/discussion/list] did really well, I might try doing it again, or noticing trends like how reviews, for instance, aren’t that very popular, and so on. It’s just interesting to me and gives me an idea of what readers like, what worked and what didn’t, you know? There’s anything wrong in looking or paying attention to stats, and that applies to posts of course.

YET. I’m going to also admit, paying attention to stats can also lead to feelings of disappointment or discouragement? Not when they’re doing well, obviously, that’s an extremely positive feeling. But when a post doesn’t do as well as I’d hoped/expected, I’ll be the first to admit, I feel disappointed. Much like a book! You have high expectations, and when they’re not met it leads to disappointment! When they are met, or surpassed, it is the BEST feeling ever and it’s the exact same for blogging, for me haha.

And again, like books, obviously I don’t have the same level of expectations for every post, especially because there are so many factors that affect the stats you receive on a certain post! Examples, because I am a helpful potato today:

  • What type of post is it? i.e. review, discussion, list, book tag/award, bookish meme post [like Top Ten Tuesday, etc.]

Obviously this can be different for different blogs, but generally I’ve noticed a trend (for book blogs, because that’s what I am and what I follow) for different posts:

book reviews don’t usually bring in very high stats, unless it’s for a popular/hyped up book
meme posts are more popular than reviews, and they can be great for stats and discovering blogs but more and more people seem to be against these posts because they become very repetitive?
discussions & lists tend to be the most/super popular! I’ve noticed this on my own blog, and also on a ton of other blogs as well; I love reading their discussions and lists can be super fun as well if you come up with a topic I’m interested in!

  • What day did you post on?

I’m still trying to figure out which day is the most popular for me… WordPress claims it’s Tuesday? I’m not going to be posting all my posts on Tuesday though, and right now the way I set up my schedule I only have like, one other Tuesday post. So.

But different days can definitely bring different amounts of people visiting your posts? I am speculating that Tuesday is popular for me because a lot of people participate in Top Ten Tuesday? In comparison, Monday posts or Sunday posts don’t always do as well BUT again so many factors that play into that!! I give up on trying to analyze my stats why am I doing this

  • What TIME did you post at?

I am FOREVER conflicted on what time to post!! I don’t know about you guys, but for me, when I posted something totally affected the stats. See, a lot of people, I am almost 100% certain, read posts from their WordPress Reader. Which means posting at a time where people are most likely to go on to their Reader = better stats! What do you mean you can’t predict when people are going to go on their Reader shh.

What time to post? I honestly don’t know. #help I once (accidentally) scheduled a post for 10 or 11 at night and I got, like 2 or 3 views? It was kind of funny, to be honest. But I do not recommend for stats!!

Nowadays, I tend to post more in the mid-afternoons. Not any particular reason why, though I’ve seen a lot of blogs I follow posting early in the morning like 7 or 8! So I might try that but so far my time has been working for me… mostly. What are your thoughts???

  • How relatable is it or how easy is it to create discussion?

Relatable posts are the best! Part of the reason why discussions and lists can be so much fun to read/write! Posts where your readers can relate in some way or talk about something do really well. Of course, it can be argued you can talk about something no matter what type of post, which is why I mention relatable! Obviously not every post has to be relatable, but having a mix of posts is so important, and relatable ones are the most fun to read and write, for me anyway!

OKAY got sidetracked there. Back to successful/unsuccessful posts!! I just wanted to touch on one more aspect of successful/unsuccessful posts, which is something totally unrelated from the numbers.

Comments and interaction is super important to me, but apart from that, I consider a successful post to be one that I’m proud of writing and put a lot of effort into as well. In the past, I’d say I kind of failed at this side of success? I posted mostly memes (SO MANY MEMES omg I honestly don’t know how people managed to survive on my blog back then) and effort was minimal! Which isn’t a bad thing, obviously, but I now focus more on quality over quantity, in terms of my posts? Being happy with your post is a whole different kind of success that can’t be measured.

YET. 

Sometimes, even if I consider a post to be ‘successful’ in the personal satisfaction sense, the stats don’t always match my opinion. Which sucks, sometimes. I can pour my heart out into a post, spend HOURS on a post and be really excited about a post, and it might still flop? There may not even be a reason why.

Blogging, in that sense, can be so unpredictable. Of course you have certain expectations for each post, stats-wise, sometimes they’ll be met (YAY), sometimes they’ll be passed (YAY x2), aaaaand sometimes they will flop (CRY). It’s just how it goes?? I will be the first to say it’s disappointing when the latter happens, of course, but at the same time I don’t dwell often on it too long–my tip is to focus on all the ways your post was AMAZING rather than the numbers. 😉 Does wonders for your mood, haha. (“Easier said than done”, I can hear you say, but I swear it does get easier!)

RECAP TIME!! Because this discussion was too long and too confusing.

For me, I consider a successful post to be one with a lot of comments/interaction AND that I’m proud of writing. And whether a post is successful or unsuccessful depends on so many things, things like: type of post, what time and what day you post on, and also if the post invites discussion or is relatable. Yet sometimes there might not be a reason! Sometimes posts just flop, with no obvious reason why. And I think it’s happened to us all at one point?

What I consider personally to be unsuccessful posts, in a nutshell would be when I spend a lot of time on a post and it doesn’t provoke as much discussion as I was anticipating/expecting? Because comments mean SO MUCH to me, and having that positive feedback on posts I put effort into is a lovely thing. ❤

But I’ve learned to NOT dwell on disappointments for long, because then it just makes blogging all too serious and sad. 😦 AND THAT CAN’T HAPPEN!! (#hellobloggingslump) Focus on the happy stuff! Eat cake. Read fluffy or heartbreaking books. All is well. 🙂

Whoops, that was supposed to be a short recap. NOW is finally the time for me to shut my mouth!! What are your thoughts?? Don’t let this become a unsuccessful post pleeeease! (*wiggles eyebrows* Do you see what I did there?) What time do you usually post things? Have you had unsuccessful posts before and what is your definition of successful or unsuccessful posts? How popular are reviews, for you? Do you agree with me? What are some of your most popular posts? Let us discuss!!

Types of characters I LOVE and HATE!

Hi guys!! Hope you’re doing well and happy fourth of July to those celebrating! 🙂 I hope you’re having an amazing time + eating lots of cake and chocolate!

Anyway, to state the obvious: I am a total bookworm! And as a reader I have come across various different types of books and characters and have kind of shaped my preferences through all the books I’ve read. Especially through book blogging, since I’ve discovered so many different books because of it. I have no doubt everyone holds some preference towards certain types of characters than others as well?? IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO. So let’s see which ones we may have in common, shall we?

*Pst: I also have news about my giveaway!! It ended yesterday and I chose the winner, who will be announced at the end of the post!! ❤

1. Bookish/Nerdy/Geeky/Fangirl-Fanboy Characters

You have no idea how many times I squealed “MEEEEEE” as I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda or Fangirl??? Or just found a book with a Harry Potter reference? Or a book/movie/something I recognize? And even if I don’t recognize it, the general fangirl sentiment is there and it makes the book just that much more relatable. And I love relatable! You love relatable! Everyone loves relatable! And having these types of characters are just universally representative? If that makes sense. You can’t really get these characters “wrong” or misrepresented unless there is NO PROOF of actual fangirling/bookishness in the character? (Pst: Show vs tell!!)

SO GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKISH CHARACTERS.

Fabulous examples ft. books I’ve read and on my TBR:

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE SO MUCH. This book is fabulous in its own right but would not be the same without Simon’s utter geekiness?!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Oh hi do I see my name written on this book??? INDEED. ❤ Such an amazing and adorable book!!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston: I’ve mentioned this book a few times, I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It is an utterly fluffy and adorable book with fangirl and fanboy main characters, also a retelling of Cinderella and it’s so cuteeeeeeee. ❤

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: SO MUCH GEEKINESS. AND I (WILL) LOVE IT!! Shh, no I haven’t read it yet because I am an odd procrastinating pumpkin but I can’t wait to read it!

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash: Look at all these geeky books *proud tears* The synopsis mentions a love of Harry Potter (#yes) and comic books + visit to Comic Con!! I’m not a comic book person but GEEKINESS please.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira: I was SO excited for this one when it was first being released, and I think a lot of other people were as well (THE TITLE)! I’m still excited for this but I kind of forgot what it’s about? But it sounds like the perfect book for a bookworm omg.

2. SNARKY/WITTY Characters for lifeeeee

If there were two types of characters I would never ever ever get tired of, it’s the bookish and the witty ones!! Oh. My Gosh. The amount of love I have for these characters is unreallll?? Snarky and witty characters are just so much fun to read about! Also because I wish I was that witty in real life? But also banter is one of my favourite things of ever in books and with these types of characters, the banter is endless and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. You can never ever ever part me from these types of characters!!

Some precious examples:

The Dregs from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I recently-ish reread the two books in the Six of Crows duology and it just hit me again how AMAZING the characters are?? + SO MUCH BANTER ❤

Will & Jace from The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: Ahhhh it’s been so long since I read or even mentioned these books!! MY PRECIOUS.

All my precious characters from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab: Rhy! Lila! Kell! Alucard! Schwab writes such amazing characters and seeing how there is so much wit and sass in these ones it’s no wonder I love them?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s on my TBR! I have been promised diversity and many sassy characters so I can’t waittttt. ❤

3. SOFT and pure characters

This goes more for love interests in particular (but not necessarily), but I am kind of really over the “macho”, agressive love interest which trended for a while? And have rediscovered my love for the soft characters who are sweet, and kind and thoughtful because WHO DOESN’T like them?? ❤ They are true book boyfriend material, you know?

Reid from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: He’s SO SWEET! ❤ *cries* He’s also a geeky character?? #win I’d also add Simon to the list but I already mentioned that book and I didn’t want to repeat lol. Becky Albertalli writes such amazing characters!!

Adam from A List of Cages by Robin Roe: I will neverrrr stop trying to get people to read this book haha. It’s so heartbreaking, and also Adam is the BEST. He is an amazing brother, his personality warmed my heart and GAH.

Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: Frank is also so niceeee! I loved how his and Emily’s friendship/relationship developed, it was so cuteeee.

Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (unread): I haven’t read this book yet but I’ve read a ton of reviews that have mentioned how sweet Rishi is!! I absolutely CAN’T WAIT to meet him and Dimple ahhhhh.

4. Characters who bake/love food

NINA from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I’m going to make an exception for my no repeats rule here because there are so little characters I can think of who show an appreciation for food? Nina is my SPIRIT ANIMAL.

Layla from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: So much french fries appreciation in this book through Layla!! and I was SO HUNGRY and also I relate??? French fries are treacherously divine.

Cath from Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Cath baked soooooo many delicious things and that was probably my favourite part of the book? Lol. I wasn’t the biggest fan of her character itself unfortunately but there was food!! A+

Lara Jean from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han: So much baking in this one as well!! I am utterly jealous because I can’t bake to save my life?? I want allll the stuff she made. *stomach grumbles*

Story time: I tried making icing the other day for cookies and I ended up with watery butter and a bowl of wasted icing sugar?? It was like soup with butter and sugar chunks. It was SO BAD. #neveragain 

I don’t have any books that I know of on my TBR yet where there are characters who love food?? Give me recsss of food positive books haha.

5. Intelligent + Kickbutt Characters

Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: She is SO fabulous oh my gosh!!! Her wit and sass is great, and although there isn’t much evidence of her combat skills (I don’t think?) WOO for brains!!

Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: I LOVE Kestrel’s intelligence, it is so important to hightlight how being physically capable in a fight is not the only way to be a strong heroine!

Zahra from The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury: I loved Zahra’s character so much as well, she did not show particular physical strength (though she is a jinni), but her outstanding feature was resilience and strength of SPIRIT. This book is so underrated!!

Alex from The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: Yayyy a strong character from a contemporary novel!! Alex is… something incredible. I never met a character like her, it was so amazing to read from her POV and I loveddd this book!

(Do I want to add in the Dregs, or more specifically KAZ??? Yes, yes I do. But I am resistingggg. Now on to:

1. Cliche 1 dimensional mean girl (UGH)

No more girl hate please?? Or slut shaming?? And with this character, 99% of the time both are present and I absolutely hate it. It is one of my biggest pet peeves in books. Sure, perhaps there is this type of person in real life, but more often than not: Girls are each other’s ride or die, best friends, shoulder-to-cry-on, and #1 supporters. The girls I know in real life are SO SWEET and some of the best people ever! So excuse me if I am TIRED of seeing girls oversimplified to 1 dimensional mean girls no purpose other than to create tension and drama between the main couple. #nothanks *mini rant over*

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before // The Problem With Forever // Holding Up the Universe

2. Manic pixie dream girl

I don’t dislike these characters completely?? But I think I just got tired of them because I can’t seem to relate to them? The manic pixie dream girl, in case you don’t know, refers to the characters who are most often very quirky, attractive and full of life, usually a contrast to the more quiet and reserved male love interest. Sound familiar? They’re nowhere as bad as the mean girl characters, those ones I’m just totally over and quite frankly, hate at this point. But at the same time I’m not a fan of the manic pixie dream girl either, most of the time they just seem so cutout/formulaic like quirky + lively + fun + splash of mysterious and there you go–but people aren’t really like that in real life, you know?

Paper Towns by John Green // Looking For Alaska by John Green // My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul // When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. Predatory & possessive boyfriend

Once upon a time, I overlooked these characters and didn’t mind them? But oh boy, these types of characters are… annoying at best and disgusting/problematic at worst? I’ve stopped reading books with them so there’s that, at least haha. It’s the worst for me when possessive/rude actions are passed off as being ‘romantic’, like no?? I can be a total sucker for the bad-boy-with-heart-of-gold character, but this one is nowhere near the same. I’ve seen these types of characters STALK the love interest and pass it off as romantic?? #nope

Twilight // Hush, Hush // Obsidian

I actually didn’t mind these books when I first read them, but looking back the characters are kind of horrible, and I probably would not enjoy these if I tried reading them now? Don’t recommend them whatsoever, though that’s just my opinion and I know tons of people who like them still which is good!! Just not my cup of tea. 🙂

What types of characters on this list do you LOVE or HATE??? Aren’t bookish/geeky characters THE BEST? Which of the books I’ve listed have you read, and do you have any other recs featuring the types I love? (if you do I would be immensely grateful!) Let us spotlight our favourite characters and least favourites!!!

OH and!! The winner of my 1k followers giveaway celebration is: Kat @ Life and Other Disasters!! CONGRATS! And thank you to everyone else who entered, and anyone who has ever supported me, it means so much. ❤

Reasons why there should be more YA books set in Canada (Where are thou Canadian authors??)

HAPPY CANADA DAY TO ALL MY CANADIAN FOLK OUT THERE! ❤ ❤ I have been SO EXCITED for this day to come, from a blogging perspective because I’ve wanted to talk about the lack of books set in Canada for a while now and had written this post in advance (I HOPE YOU LIKE IT) and from a literal perspective because it’s Canada’s 150th celebration this year and there is going to be so much fun today and AHHHHHH. *squeals* *starts singing O Canada in the bilingual English & French version because I’m Canadian like that*

Fun fact: I’d learned the bilingual version since preschool because I live in Ottawa and was in french immersion the majority of my school life, and I’m still not 100% confident singing the anthem in English. o.O OOPS. 

So, in honour of Canada Day I decided to have a more Canada themed post for today!! Because it feels like Canada is always sooooo overlooked in real life, sure, but also IN YA BOOKS. I mean, name more than one or two young adult books that are set in Canada?? Exactly. And not just set by name, but actually shows that it’s in Canada, not just says that so and so lives in _____, Canada. You know? There are soooooo many books set in the States, and I don’t mind, I just want more books in Canada because, hey! We exist and we’re kind of fabulous too (if I do say so myself) and having books set in Canada would be the BEST. Agh.

(Oh and!! Last reminder to enter my giveaway to win one released 2017 diverse book! It ends July 3rd, on Monday, and I’ll be contacting the winner on the 4th. 🙂 )

Now on to:

1. I live in Canada! (And also Canada rep please lol) 

Obviously this is a good enough reason? Okay, fine, apart from that there are also SO many Canadian readers out there and seeing that representation would be so so so lovely, at least for me! You have no idea how much I yearn for a book where I can relate to the setting!! Because yes, we’re making lovely progress on diversity people-wise, but I think people forget how much our surroundings shape us, and how having diverse settings (is that a thing? Does that make sense?) can also add such an authentic and relatable feel for people who’ve never lived in the States, for example. For people who live in CANADA.

2. Non-Canadians learn more about Canada! (byeeee stereotypes)

WE DO NOT. LIVE. IN IGLOOS. 

Ahem.

Just a slightly overused stereotype that you’d think is done with by now from Americans?? Especially when they live so near?? BUT NO. Argh. 😛 I don’t care as much, it’s not really a very harmful stereotype which is what I’m happy about, but having books (preferably written by Canadian authors or at least well-researched) with proper
representation of Canada
? (Of course, the rep can vary depending on where it’s set, but overall) THAT WOULD BE SO AMAZING. And I can’t imagine most readers would complain about having books set in Canada, honestly? Why wouldn’t you want them? 😛

3. We have snowwwww!

Unless you live in Vancouver or something, in which case not as much but as a person who lived in Ottawa her life and dealt with winter half the time very year, imagine the potential?? If we’re speaking contemporary, which is what I imagine the most because um fantasy isn’t usually set in States OR anywhere in our world usually?? Just THINK. Family/friend/romantic snowball fights! Ice skating! Watching hockey together! (NOT FOOTBALL STOP 😂) Having school off because buses are cancelled (I lived for these days omg #memories)! Yes this can happen in other places but why? Not? In? Canada? Then?? SO. MUCH. POTENTIAL. Agh. If I were a writer…….. *dreams* *comes back to reality*

I am now impatiently waiting on other people to realize the amazing set up Canada offers!! Calling for Canadian authors pleasssse.

4. We have POUTINE.

I am so hungryyyyyyyyy now. *cries* Seriously though, how do Americans live without poutineeeee it’s a horror and I just?? Don’t?? Get it??? In case you didn’t know what it was, it’s (technically junk food) heaven composed of french fries, gravy and cheese! I don’t even usually care that much about cheese but paired with the french fries and gravy ❤ ❤ ❤ I can just imagineeee already cute contemporaries composed of dates where they share poutine?? Though if it were me I’d order one all to myself tbh obviously that’s the smart thing to do.

5. And BeaverTails (or Queues de Castor if you want to be French)!

Can you tell I’m incredibly hungry?? In case you have lived without the knowledge of this deliciousness your whole life, it’s not actually beaver tails we eat, just fyi haha. I think most people have heard of it before though? It’s a delicious dough pastry with cinnamon and sugar and you can top it with so many different things that you like, whipped cream, candy, SO MUCH and I really really want it right now can you tell?? *cries* Worth setting a book in Canada JUST for this deliciousness, no joke because obviously food is very very important. And we also have Kinder Eggs (I still can’t believe they’re banned from the States like WHAT), plus some chocolates like Coffee Crisp and Caramilk and ketchup chips tooooo (though I’m kind of indifferent on that front, I won’t mind eating them!!).

6. Timmiesssss!

Did this become a Canadian foods appreciation post?? Yes yes it did and I can’t even be sorry omg haha. Starbucks is fine and all and sure, Americans have Dunkin’ Donuts, but we have TIM HORTONS. ❤ Cheaper than Starbucks, but just as good and with Canadian flair obvi. I need to go back there and get some more timbits and an iced cap?? Or like a donut? Or a CROISSANT YUM. Brb, gotta go visit Timmies now.  I can just imagine friends meeting up at Timmies, walking to different food stores, hanging out, EATING like normal people and just agh. So precious.

7. Oh and touring a part of Canada possibly! #win

And also, another point related to number 2 is that you get a better look into a part of Canada (obviously not the whole place cause that’s impossible most likely)! Whether it’s set in Ottawa (hey, I live here and it’s the capital, of course I’m going to mention it always :P) or Toronto or Vancouver or anywhere, there’s so much potential to see things! To exploreeee! Because it’s a whole new worlddddddd! Like a la Anna and the French Kiss except a person visits Canada instead? TOUR TIME. I need to write this. Wait never mind I can’t write.

And even if it’s not a tour, the little things can still say so much. Talking about taking the OC Transpo/whatever other Canadian bus line (OOH imagine the MCs met on the bus?? CUTEEE.) and using a Presto pass to get to school/uni, shopping at Rideau Mall… small details that would make the experience so authentic for fellow Canadians/Ottawans (in this example)! (SO ME BASICALLY. Am I requesting someone make a book for me? Yes yes I am.)

Where do you live?? No specifics haha just in general? 😛 Do you think there should be more books set in Canada? (The only answer is YESSSS btw) What other countries would you like to see books set in? Am I the only one who thinks YA is very filled with books in the States? Also I really want to write a book set in Canada now but like #lazy and how do you even write.

OOH and let me know if you’re Canadian!! (Aka squeal with me about the deliciousness of Canadian food.) If you don’t live in Canada, well I hope I made you want to visit?? (For the food obviously am I right.) And that I’ve shown you a part of the fabulousness of this countryyyy ahah. Let me know your thoughts and HAPPY CANADA DAY!! ❤ (Even if you’re not Canadian haha.) I won’t be able to get back to you right away because Canada Day festivities, BUT CELEBRATE CANADA WITH MEEEE! ❤ Let me know your thoughts!

Mix of fantasy and contemporary, YAY! // 2017 July Book Releases

It’s almost the last day of Juneeeee! Guess what that means??! NEW BOOKS! Well, they’re not released yet so we’re closer to new books! Aaaaand they seem amazing but of course I will be broke AGAIN? (Somebody #helpme)

OH and my giveaway to win one released 2017 diverse book is ending July 3rd!! Make sure to enter that before it’s too late! You can click on this link for my post with the Rafflecopter or the image below. 🙂

Now on to the July books!!

July 4th

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: Secrets! Magic! Disappearances! (ha) VERY OMINOUS.

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally: Swimming! Summer! Friends to lover trope! SO CUTE.

July 11th

Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie: This is possibly one of my MOST anticipated books of this year! This is an anthology of short stories from bestselling authors who are also paired with a booktuber writing about the villains featured in fairytales! I loooooove a good anti-hero/villain story and plus there are some of my favourite authors here soooooo SQUEAL. (Authors include: Renee Ahdieh, Marissa Meyer, Adam Silvera, Victoria Schwab… THIS IS HEAVEN)

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum: I looooooved Tell Me Three Things from this author! So I can’t wait to read this one, it sounds and looks SO CUTE! I want a smoothie tooooooooooo. Or I’m assuming it’s a smoothie??

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski: I SENSE TRAVEL omg YES. The main character is literally visiting Europeeeee I sense wanderlust and AGH. ❤

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine: Okay so I’m guilty of not having read the second book in the series yet despite having an ARC of it since last year?? I KNOW. One of my absolute worst book blogger confessions ever omg. But I am looking forward to this one!!

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin: LOOK AT THAT COVER I don’t even need to know what it’s about *heart eyes*

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller: This sounds so heartbreakingggg! Oh my gosh. It’s about a bullied gay boy who has an eating disorder and its blurb also mentions More Happy Than Not?! MINE.

The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight #3): I haven’t read this series yet but I know people who love it, so I definitely want to try it out! I hope it’s a good read!

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Loom Saga #2): I’ve heard so much yet so little about Elise Kova! There seems to be a lot of people who’ve read her other fantasy series, but they claim she’s underrated? *shrug* Either way the book sounds good!

Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland: Who, me?? WHY THANKS YOU. Also fluff and sunshine!! #yes

This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes: Much vagueness?? WHAT HAPPENED??! Unfortunately the main character doesn’t know either because she just woke up from a coma and–

July 18th

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams: Family, friendship and romance, all in one book? Also I’ve read such amazing recs of it so far and that cover is so gorgeoussss.

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana: Ahem, this said, and I quote, “romantic fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn” OH HI two of my favourite books??! Please don’t be a marketing ploy please please. GIMME.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell: Magic! (no duh) In modern day New York! Stealing books! I mean if I were a criminal I’d relate. MINE!

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn: Another friend-to-lover trope! This one sounds like such fun.

The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall: Hehehehe this is another tragic case of me-falling-out-of-interest-because-of-waiting? I loved the first book but when the second released I didn’t care very much haha but now that the third is releasing I might try to read the whole series!

What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy: I don’t usually read sci-fi? But oh well, it sounds pretty good!

July 25th

Lucky in Love by Kasie West: Aghhh so many anticipated releases on July 25th for me!! Kasie West is SUCH an amazing contemporary author, her books are always so adorable. NEED THIS BOOK!!

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody: Where Lucky in Love is super cute, this one seems more of a darker book and I can’t wait!! It has a traveling carnival and I neeeeeeed to read this!!

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz: Ahhh this sounds so good! We have a POC MC and bisexual rep I think, as well as an f/f romance though I’m not sure how much it plays a part. It sounds very artsy!

Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno: The main character has anxiety! It sounds like such a wonderful coming of age story.

Changes in Latitude by Jen Malone: A road trip romance that takes place at sea I think??? #muchsense

Vanguard by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #4): I haven’t read this series but I’ve heard of it before! That counts for something right??

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas: This is pitched as being for fans of Pretty Little Liars and it’s a psychological thriller! I used to be a fan of PLL, not so much anymore and I don’t read many thrillers at all but it sounds interesting!

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy: Revenge! Death! Rebellion! Sounds perfect. 😛 (I swear I’m normal. Mostly.)

Buried Heart by Kate Elliott: I swear, these one year waits between books are horrible. I don’t remember much of what happened in the first two books? But I mean, I liked them well enough, the first better than the second but I hope this is a good finale!!

What books are you looking forward to this month?! I am SO looking forward to so many of these!! Do you think you’ll be broke this month or will you still have some money left?? How was your month, reading/life wise? Let us talk and screech over time moving too fast but also incredibly slowly! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you haven’t already! I hope you all have an amazing day/night! ❤

Books I’ve loved this year and other things I liked! // Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2.0 – 2017 Edition

Thought of the day: We’re halfway through the year, HOW???

I can’t be the only one who thinks someone fast-forwarded through this year? If someone did can I ask them to fast forward to future book release days thanks.

Sooooo we’re now at the end of June, halfway through the year, and I thought it would be fitting to do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag! I did one for last year I think? I wasn’t tagged by anyone this time but psh, rebel here.

Oh and I’m also going to be linking up with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt for “Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 So Far”!

LET’S DO THIS.

Best book(s) I’ve read so far in 2017

*Brb, gotta go check my Goodreads reading challenge tracker.*

BACK! I’ve read 35 books so far this year which is decent considering my months of slumps and work! I’m hoping to get more reading done over July and August though. Here are some of my favourites (that you MUST READ IMMEDIATELY obviously):

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (4.5 stars): This was my first read of 2017! And it did not disappoint at all, it was such a hard read at times but it was so worth it. Trigger warning for rape though!

Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown (5 stars): Ahhh SO GOOD. This was like a sci-fi/fantasy and half dystopian all in once? Usually something like that becomes a mess of an identity crisis but it was actually so amazing and I loved it so much. ❤

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (5 stars): The finale to the Winner’s Curse series was SO GREAT! I’m so happy with how it ended, it was action-y and although I think the second book was my favourite, this is a really great end. ❤

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (5 stars): Adam Silvera is one of my favourite authors ever!! And this book, was nothing less than what I’d expected. It’s emotional, it’s messy as hell (seriously these characters are FLAWED to the max haha) but that’s a form of life, isn’t it?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (5 stars): CAN WE JUST. SQUEAL. OVER. THIS. MASTERPIECE. Absolute perfection and everything I wanted and moreeeeee. ❤ My precioussss children omg.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe (5 stars): Ahhh I almost forgot how much I loved this book!! (I have horrible memory remember) But it is amazing, SO HEARTBREAKING and emotional but so utterly perfect. It does heavily feature child abuse, but there’s also a focus on friendship and has a sort of brotherly relationship between Adam and Julian and AGH. Read it. Just read it. I have no other words.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (5 stars): This is marketed as a retelling of Mulan, which is what initially drew me to the book apart from the author, and although it’s not really a retelling, just inspired and similar in the girl-disguises-as-boy element, it was still such an incredible read! I loved Mariko, the action, reading about the Black Clan, I can’t wait for the sequel!! (A YEAR GOSH.)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5 stars): Readitreaditreaditreaditreadit!!! You MUST have heard of this one, it’s been everywhere and my praises are endless! SUCH a phenomenal read and so heartbreaking but also so full of hope and an amazing representation of the Black Lives Matter movement occuring today. Starr, her family, everyone is just so dear to my heart.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (5 stars): Becky Albertalli is one of the best authors ever??! #fact I ADORED Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it last year, and this book was no exception! I will say I liked Simon a bit more, but The Upside was still such a lovely and adorable read!! I could relate to Molly so much and I LOVED the diversity. ❤

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake (4.5 stars): Eeeee such an incredibly heartbreaking but honest portrayal of mental illness and trauma! I felt SO BAD for the main character (Cassie was her name I think? Hi, I’m a goldfish.) and aghhhh. So much emotion and I thought it would be a cute read? I mean just look at the cover. BUT NO.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (5 stars): SO SO CUTE I love Peter and Lara Jean so much omg *cries* This finale was unexpected but so so perfect. Also more baking!! And it gave me an excuse to reread the first two which were PERFECTION (though I prefer the first book the best I think).

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (4.5 stars): I finally read it!! (Do I get a prize? No? How disappointing.) It was such an amazing finale as well, the first part of it kind of dragged for some reason but the ending was sooooo full of action I loved it!! All my precious children so fabulous! I also got the chance to reread ACOMAF which I think is my favourite of the series, but either way. ❤

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (5 stars, reread): Okay, fine this is a reread but I’m making an exception! It was utter perfection and I remembered how much I loved August, poor soul. I need to read Our Dark Duet though??! I read this like a week ago, I should be onto ODD by now, but no?? Idek why, I have the book! So…

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (4/4.5 stars): Ahhhh I am now convinced fangirl/geeky books are the best things ever and I am utterly in love!! This is a geeky retelling of Cinderella (in case you couldn’t tell lol) and it features the most amazing characters (though the side characters are kind of complete caricatures, but aside from that) and it’s basically a fangirl/fanboy appreciate book?? So YAS.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (4/4.5 stars): I finally read it! And I am now a complete Morgan Matson fan. ❤ I did love The Unexpected Everything, but I forgot how much fun it was. This one was so sweet and so much fun as well and someone just give me all her books? I need to read them all now.

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (5 stars): Read this!!! SO important, oh my gosh. Ft. Bisexual main character (who’s comfortable with her sexuality!!) and a biracial female love interest, but more than that, an utterly heartbreaking (and unhealthy) mother-daughter relationship. GAH. I HAD TOO MANY FEELINGS.

OH and a couple others that I didn’t get to add to the gallery include If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (ft. transgender rep <3) and Tiny Pretty Things by Sana Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (such a vicious but diverse and intriguing read) AND also my Six of Crows reread!! To anyone who hasn’t read Six of Crows: READ IT!!! It garnered a reread from me even though I don’t do rereads for finished series? That’s how fabulous it is. ❤

Best sequel of 2017 so far?

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (5 stars, reread): SO MUCH LOVE. ALL AROUND FABULOUS omgggggg V.E. Schwab is literally one of my favourite authors ever and I love this series so muchhhh. Kell and Lila and Rhy and Alucard and even Holland are all sooooo precious and this book was so good!! ❤ ❤

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (5 stars, reread): I reread this one in prep for ACOWAR and AGH. THE FEELS!! It was just as how I remembered it. I loved seeing Feyre’s character grow and her relationship + banter with Rhys was A+!! Also the Inner Circle is actually the bestttt *cries* ❤

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

UM was this supposed to be only one book?? HAHAHAHA.

Our Dark Duet: I. Must. Read. This. I even reread This Savage Song to prep??? LIKE.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueThis just released today!! SO EXCITED oh my gosh.

Queens of GeekGEEK is in the title and also there’s bi rep + autism rep + POC main characters? GIMME.

When Dimple Met RishiI JUST KNOW I WILL LOVE THIS ONE GUYS. *cries* I neeeeeeeeed it.

Saints and MisfitsThis one sounds so good! I haven’t read a book with a Muslim MC.. ever? SO YES.

Lord of ShadowsI’M SCARED GUYS. This book will destroy me? Or perhaps the wait for the next book will? (2 YEARS WHAT)

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Pff I remember why I struggled with tags so much. Why am I so extra guys somebody stop me??? IT ASKS FOR ONE. Oh well.

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic (Aug. 15): Magic! Possibly forbidden love! Sisters! Other stuff!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Aug. 29): Wonder. Woman. Leigh. Bardugo. Must I say more?? I am currently rereading the Six of Crows series even though I hardly ever do rereads unless the series is unfinished. SO YES I KIND OF ADORE HER??

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Sept. 5): Genderfluid MC in a fantasy novel? Sign me up!

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (Sept. 5): It’s Adam Silveraaaaa!! And another heartbreaking title and synopsis, of course I have to read it.

Warcross by Marie Lu (Sept. 12): Okay, I’ll hold back on the cover because it’s Marie Lu!! I loved her past books (still need to finish The Young Elites series whoops) and this sounds so good!!!

Invictus by Ryan Graudin (Sept. 26): Adored both the Wolf by Wolf duology and The Walled City! I have high hopes for this one AGH. ❤

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Sept. 26): Another Leigh Bardugo book YAY!! It’s like a collection of short stories I think? And they’re set in the Grishaverse SO YESSSS.

Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore (Oct. 3): Oooooh pretty cover and also DIVERSE, featuring POC main characters as well as bi rep and I heard it has an amazing bookish family?!! I NEEEED. ❤

27 Hours by Tristina Wright (Oct. 3): SO. MUCH. DIVERSITY.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (Oct 10): Maggie! Stiefvater! DONE.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Oct 10): I looooooove the idea of this!! An East Asian retelling of the Evil Queen? GIRL PLEASE.

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (Oct 10): I loved Mindy McGinnis’ The Female of the Species, so I was so excited to see she has another book coming this year!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Nov. 7): I will read anything Marissa Meyer writes! ANYTHING.

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (Nov. 7): This is actually a spin off series on the Mara Dyer trilogy! I read those books a while ago but I loved them and I can’t wait to read this one!

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza (Nov. 7): Anxiety + ADHD rep + fangirls?? I’ve read only a few reviews but they sound AMAZING and now I really want this book agh.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle (Dec. 26): Do I have any idea what this is about? Nope. Did I need a fourth book for my gallery yes yes indeed. It does sound good though! 🙂

Biggest disappointment.

UGH I hate that this was a disappointment!! Because I was looking forward to The Love Interest SO MUCH and it sounded so gooddddd. Agh. And although it was entertaining enough to read (I read it in like, a day) and the romance was cute, I feel like the characters could’ve been… more interesting, perhaps? Caden, especially, as the MC. Maybe if we had Dylan’s POV as well? I don’t know, the execution was just lacking something for me. 😦

Biggest surprise.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton:  I did not expect how vicious it would be?? But also how heartbreaking? But like the characters are SO MEAN. Omg. But they have stellar backstory and they’re fleshed out? But still horrible? AGH. I need to read the sequel sometime…

Favorite new author (debut or new to you).

GUYS The Hate U Give is SO GOOD!! It’s Angie Thomas’s debut novel and aghhh it’s so fabulous and I can’t wait to read more of her books, she has become an auto-buy for me for sure!! If you haven’t read it: READ. IT.

Newest fictional crush.

Oooh I don’t know… I’ll go with either Darien from Geekerella or Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone!! Recent-ish books I adored and both are just so sweet. ❤ OH and Peter from the Lara Jean trilogy too oh my gosh.

Newest favorite character.

AHHHH SO MANY but I’ll go with Molly from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli! I saw so much of my younger self in her and I loved her so much. ❤

Book that made you cry.

I didn’t actually cry reading Whisper to Me!! But I did not expect the amount of emotions I would have with this??? It was so good though and  it was SO EMOTIONAL at times gosh. So I remember I wanted to cry, which counts right? OH and A List of Cages too, gosh I think I actually did cry at one point for that one. My heart just hurts thinking about ittttt somebody comfort me. *cries* And most recently, How to Make a Wish for sure!! I did not expect the onslaught of emotions for that one either, Grace’s relationship with her mother broke me omg. I teared up at a couple of points?? And I hardly ever??? SO. (readitreaditreadit)

Book that made you happy.

OOOH that’s a comfort!! So many, Geekerella and Since You’ve Been Gone are two that come to mind (SO SO ADORABLE) but I’ll go with the Lara Jean trilogy because I already used the other two earlier and also because I need to shout some appreciation for this series??! I reread the first two and read the third this month and AGH so cute and I smiled and laughed so much reading it!! ❤

The covers just SCREAM HAPPY. ❤ (Even though she’s not smiling in any of them what’s up with that?? Talk less, SMILE MORE.)

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Er… Does Beauty and the Beast count?? Because that one was AMAZING and hands down my favourite movie I watched this year, let alone book-to-film adaptations! It was.. inspired by a book?? Kind of? I mean the original Disney one was? Kind of? Shush, it counts.

Favourite* review you’ve written this year.

Okay, I wrote SO LITTLE reviews this year agh. *hides* But I did like the ones I did write? I think I’ll go with my review for The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz, simply because I tried out a new format and I really liked it ahah. I also loved writing my review for The Hate U Give!

*Can I switch this auto-correct dictionary thing to Canadian?? Please??! It’s constantly underlining my u in ‘favorite’ how rude

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

There are SO many more, but I went with the first few I thought of reading most recently haha. 😛

I’m not going to be tagging anyone, but here’s the list of questions without my answers if you want to do this tag!! (It was a pain to copy and paste these from my last post ugh so I’m saving anyone the effort haha.)

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

2. Best sequel of 2017 so far?

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

5. Biggest disappointment?

6. Biggest surprise?

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?

8. Newest Fictional crush?

9. Newest favorite character?

10. Book that made you cry?

11. Book that made you happy?

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year?

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year?

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

What are your favourite books so far this year??! Which of the above books have you read? Come fangirl with meeee! OOh and tell me: What was the last book that made you cry and the last book that made you laugh? ❤ Let us compare books! 😉 Let me know your thoughts and feel free to do this tag as well, if you do, link it back to me so I can come check it out!

Blogging things I am very behind on // Because procrastination! And other distractions!

Hi everyone!! How are you? I hope you’re doing well since the last time I’ve spoken to you guys, which wasn’t that very long ago actually. 🙂 Today, I wanted to talk a bit about blogging habits… a bit more of an unconventional topic, though perhaps?? I don’t even know what inspired this post, honestly, but it’s something that I was wondering if anyone else had dealt with? Blogging, as we all know, takes much time and there are certain things you need to work on regularly, of course, like blog posts. But that’s not the only thing that goes with blogging! There are so many aspects to it which I am TOTALLY BEHIND ON, apart from blog posts (though I’ve been getting better at preparing blog posts so YAY), that can still be important! And I wanted to share those today!!

Tags and awards.

WHY AM I WRITING THIS POST is the true question here?? I’m like revealing my true procrastinating self here, that’s not very good for my image oops. 😛

But okay, the amount of tags I have from this year and the past two years is INSANE. I’ve lost count of what I’ve been tagged in and when, gosh I haven’t so much as opened a tag in so long! There are so many I’ve accumulated, and I just don’t know where to start haha.

Updating my menu bar/categories

My categories are kind of a mess? I definitely want to make things simpler for people to find, and less confusing! Mostly I’ve been procrastinating on that one because I just recently added a category and now I have to go through my published posts to add them to the category and I CRY. Question: How did you guys organize your posts??? Feel free to let me know how I can improve my categories/menu bar!

Keeping up with other blog posts

I promiseeeeee I will be better with this!! I AM TRYING I PROMISE. I’m super super behind on so many blogs? Binge commenting will be a very very huge part of my blogging life for a very long time. Thankfully it’s the summer and although I’m not free persay because I’ve taken a summer course and I have work, etc. I am more free than I was which is something!! So more blog hopping YAYYY. I’ve missed reading everyone’s posts so much. *cries*

Updating my sidebar

This, too, hasn’t been updated in forever, much like my categories! WHY AM I SO BEHIND ON THINGS. WordPress is pretty easy to use, and there are lots of widgets options, etc,  and I’ve been meaning to make my sidebar more cleaner and neat, because not only is that better for YOU but also I feel like it’s way too cluttered?? So DECLUTTERING YES. Someone push me to do this?

Updating my review index.

So I saw in my stats the other day there were people clicking on my review index pages? And um *laughs nervously* I’m honestly scared as to what they found there?? like my old reviews 

Not anything bad, mind you, but like I haven’t went as much to CLICK on them since 2015 or 2016, let alone update them with more recent and recent-ish reviews? Just the horrible old reviews that I never want to look at ever I totally want to spruce it up a bit more, make it fit with my theme and make it more aesthetic! (Because it’s just so boring at the moment.) But I get distracted very easily and I never actually sat down to do anything about it? #oops

Writing reviews

Speaking of review indexes and recent reviews… erm. I haven’t been writing that many reviews lately? I don’t even want to know when my last one was posted/written?? *hides*

It’s not that I don’t want to or even that I haven’t been reading, I do and I have!! Just… not actually sitting down to write the reviews? I KNOW, I KNOW. I’ve given up the idea that I would review each and every book I read BUT I will definitely go back to writing reviews a bit more often, at least for books I’m really excited for! I really do want to write more of them!! SOMEDAY. Pray for me. It’s so great to share my thoughts and fangirl over a book.

Updating my ‘About’ page.

I love About pages! Whenever I discover a new blog I love to see their About page. And my About page was A LOT worse once upon a time *shudders* but it still needs some major updating and work haha. Some things like the type of posts, things I like, are so totally out of date it’s kind of funny?? And I definitely want to make it seem more of “ME” and add graphics and such. Why do I never do it? I don’t know man. (THERE’S A MILLION THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE.)

Ahem.

What blogging things are you behind on?? (Or are you a very very put-together blogger in which case I PRAISE YOU and ask you to teach me your waysssss?!) How often do you post reviews on your blog? Someone push me to get these done I’m procrastinating too much! #halp ALSO bonus: Tell me your most recent favourite read!! I’m falling into a slump and need to either fangirl if I’ve read/loved the book or get BOOK RECS YES.

HAPPY WEEKEND!!