zondag 28 augustus 2016

Tag: The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

Ayla from Books and Babbles tagged me to do this about a month ago, and I have no clue why it took me so long. However, this tag was a lot of fun to do, so thank you again for tagging me, Ayla! Let's do this! 

How long have you been a blogger?
Since January 2016, I think. So that's about what, 8 months? That's crazy, it feels like it's only been 3 months or something. 

At what point do you think you will stop?
I have no idea. None. I know blogging isn't something I will do forever, but I just can't see myself stopping. I can see myself taking breaks, and maybe posting less when I get super busy, but stopping? No. Maybe I'll still be a book blogger when I'm 80, who knows?

What is the best part?
Having your own place to talk about books where people don't judge you for it, and maybe even like it. A place where you're able to meet new people with mutual interests, where you can discover new books and learn so so much, not only about books but also about representation and diversity. I'm very thankful for all of that.

What is the worst thing?
This might be a very weird answer, but it's not living in the US/UK. I sometimes feel excluded from quite some things (giveaways, events, getting ARCs) just because I live in The Netherlands, and that can be quite frustrating. It's not that I can't enjoy blogging without all these things (because I obviously love it), but it'd be fun to at least be able to take part in those things. 

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
Not long. For reviews, I usually just use a picture of the cover of the book that I find on Goodreads. For tags and wrap-ups and such, I usually take my own pictures. The 'taking a picture and editing it'-process usually takes me about 10/15 minutes, I think. Maybe I should spend more time on it, and get a bit more creative with my pictures, but photography just isn't really my thing and I don't really enjoy it. 

Who is your book crush?
I have SO MANY! But to name a few: Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After, Theron from Snow Like Ashes, Gifford from My Lady Jane, Kashmir from The Girl from Everywhere and Percy Jackson! I quite like funny, artsy, spontaneous (maybe even mildly bad-boy-ish) characters. Sadly, I haven't found one of those IRL. 

What author would you like to have on your blog?
Honestly? I get way too shy/nervous around authors. Even sending a tweet their way, or mentioning them in a tweet about a book review gives me butterflies. So working with them on a blog post? I'd probably die of anxiety. 

What do you wear when you write your blog?
This is going to be such a boring answer, but I usually just wear whatever I'm wearing that day. It's not like I'm like (like like like like) 'Ah, I'm going to write a review. Let's put my blogging-armour on'. (I wish it was like that, though. How awesome does a blogging-armour sound?)

How long does it take you to prepare a post?
Okay, I have no idea, so let me just tell you what I do when I'm preparing a post:
- During the day, I always write down fun topics to blog about or amazing tags I come across so I won't forget, and I look at that list whenever I sit down to write a blog post.
- I take pictures and edit them (for some posts).
- I write and re-write the crap out of the blog post.
- I post the blog post and share it on social media. 
During this 'process' I'll probably get distracted a lot of times, and spend a long time watching booktube videos when I should be writing. 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
I love it and I think it's great, but I'm very intimidated by it. I just see so many people being able to talk to other people easily, commenting on other blogposts, talking to each other on Twitter and forming friendships, and I'm just not like that. I'm so shy. I never really know what to say, and I'm way to scared that other people might think I'm weird or they'd think 'oh man, why is this person even talking to me?'. I know I shouldn't care, and that if I talked to people they'd probably be lovely, but still

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
I'm going to be super cheesy and say that I don't think you have a successful blog if you have thousands of followers, and you get loads of ARCs and get invited to all these amazing events and be on panels and such. No, I think you're successful when you're having fun with your blog. If you enjoy what you do. If that happens to include previously named things, then that's great! But you don't need all that stuff to be successful. Just write and be proud of what you do. That's all. 

If you like these questions and would like to answer them yourself, then consider yourself tagged! 

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

vrijdag 26 augustus 2016

Mini Reviews: That Summer, An Abundance of Katherines and The Princess Saves Herself in This One

Today, I'm officially starting a new series on my blog: mini reviews! This is for all those books that I read that I never get to review, because I just don't have enough thoughts and opinions about them to fill an entire review. 

That Summer
Title: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genres: YA, Contemporary

My rating: 

After reading the synopsis of the book, I thought I was getting a cutesy summery romance. Instead, I got a pretty dull book about self-discovery. 
I was pretty bored while reading this book, and I was struggling to finish it. The characters were boring and very plain, the writing wasn't great (very repetitive) and there was no real progression in the storyline. Nothing really happened, and the beginning, middle and end of the book felt the same.

On the other hand, it was very interesting to read this book because it was Sarah Dessen's first, and you can really see that she got a lot better at writing. 
I'm just very glad that this isn't the first book I've read of hers, because if it was, I'm not sure I would've read any of her other books. 

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
An Abundance of KatherinesAuthor: John Green
Genres: YA, Contemporary

My rating: DNF

I'm struggling to find something to say about this one, other than 'Oh man, this was bad'. I literally didn't like anything about this (I mean, it even included A LOT of math). The main character was such a whiny, annoying and boring character, and the rest of the characters didn't make up for that. Neither did the plot, which was pretty bland. 
I have never really been a big John Green fan (except for his Youtube videos, that is) and this is definitely my least favorite book by him. 

The Princess Saves Herself in This OneTitle: The Princess Saves Herself in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Genres: Poetry

My rating: 

I have no idea how to review this one, since The Princess is the very first poetry collection I've read, but I can honestly say that this was absolutely amazing. 
Amanda Lovelace's writing style is so raw and heart-wrenching, but at the same time it's very hopeful. It made me cry a lot, and I'm definitely going to reread this a couple of times just to really let the poems sink in. 

woensdag 24 augustus 2016

WoW: Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Long May She ReignTitle: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published: February 21st, 2017 by HarperTeen

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Why I'm waiting: I found this book while browsing through Goodreads looking for 2017 releases, and I got so excited about it! Long May She Reign might actually be one of my most anticipated 2017 releases, so I'm very glad that I only have to wait until February, and not until the end of next year. That'd just be torture. But still, February feels too far away! 
This book sounds like it's right up my alley. A girl who loves researching in her lab suddenly becomes queen and has to solve a mass-murder? Yes, please! I love books about people suddenly having to rule a land (like My Lady Jane), but if you add a scientist and an unsolved murder to that, I'm sold. And I have a feeling that the king's illegitimate son is going to be very swoon-worthy. (Or maybe he's super evil, but that'd be interesting too.)

What book are you waiting on?

dinsdag 23 augustus 2016

10 Books That Have Been Sitting On My Shelf Since the Beginning of Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet. 
Since I've only been blogging since January, I decided to go with the books that have been sitting on my shelf the longest. These are those books (I almost wrote 'and these are their stories' Law&Order style, oops):

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Will Grayson, Will GraysonLet's Get LostThe Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Me and Earl and the Dying GirlUprooted

As you can see there are quite some popular books on this list like Red Rising, Crown of Midnight, Shadow and Bone and the Kiss of Deception. I haven't even tried to start any of these (I know, it's bad). I'm actually quite excited about Shadow and Bone, because I've heard amazing things, and I've heard that it has some Russian influences, so it has to be good. I actually have no idea why I haven't started it yet, it's not even that big of a book so I need to get on that
I'm kind of iffy about Red Rising, because I've read a review that was very very negative, and it makes me feel like I don't even want to like it. Idk. Maybe I'll pick it up somewhere in the future, but I have sci-fi books I'm way more excited about, like the Knife of Never Letting Go. 
It's not really a secret that Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors, so why haven't I started this series yet? I don't know. It might be because I have the whole series on my shelf and it's kind of intimidating (I usually only buy the first book, and after I finish that buy the second book), but I have plans to buddy-read this one with a friend so that's going to be good!
People might hate me for this, but I'm not even sure if I'm going to read Crown of Midnight. It's been a long time since I've read Throne of Glass, and the only thing I remember is that I didn't really like it that much. And all the drama in the TOG fandom is kind of putting me off...
Then we have the three contemporaries on this list: Let's Get Lost, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Let's Get Lost is the one book on this list I'm most likely to unhaul. I've tried to read it twice now, and I can't read more than a couple of chapters. I just don't really like it, and it feels very manic-pixie-dreamgirl-ish. 
Then there's Me Earl and the Dying Girl, and I don't know if I'll ever read it. It doesn't have the best reviews on Goodreads, and I don't think it's great for my mental health to read about a dying girl. And Will Grayson, Will Grayson? I don't know. After reading An Abundance of Katherines this month, I kind of gave up on John Green books. I just don't really like them. I'm still willing to give this one a change though, because it's co-written and it has an LGBT MC. So, who knows. Maybe. 
The Invisible Library is the one that's been on my shelf the longest, and I almost unhauled it, but then I saw some reviews (I'm still confused about this because they were new release/ARC reviews and I've had this book for years) that compared this one to Ink&Bone, which made me enthusiastic about this book again. 
And a special shout-out to my friend Ayla for making me very very excited to pick up Uprooted after I read her review

What is the one book that's been sitting on your shelf the longest?