Favorite YA Tropes | Book Discussion

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There aren’t many tropes in YA books that I can think of that I actually like. Mostly one that I can’t stand and maybe that’s a discussion for another day. I’m going to try to talk about my favorite YA tropes. Again, there aren’t many.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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Tome Topple Readathon: Round 10 | Wrap-Up

As the Tome Topple Readathon comes to a close, I want to reflect on my progress that I made during the two weeks that it took place. Which challenges did I meet? How many tomes did I finish? I actually did a lot better than I expected.

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Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer | Book Review

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When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship . . .

In her compulsively readable storytelling, Brigid Kemmerer pens another captivating, heartfelt novel that asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

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Long Books vs. Short Books | Book Discussion

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I’ve been reading quite a few larger books lately, since I’m participating in the Tome Topple Readathon, and one of the rules is to read books over 500 pages. Which are books that I tend to not get around to because of the shear size of them. It got me thinking.

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Top Romance Book Recommendations | 2020

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While it’s not the most favorited holiday during the year, Valentine’s Day is still a major holiday where the stores get all decked out with overpriced candy, chocolate, stuffed bears that say I LOVE YOU, and so much pink and red. I normally don’t like this holiday very much; who needs one day out of the year to tell/show a significant that they love them? It’s mostly a cash grab, if you ask me. But with all the love in the air, and with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching (like literally the end of this week) I figured it was fitting to give some romance recommendations. Because I don’t know about you, but I’m usually in the mood to read a cheesy romance book around this time of year. And if you’re single this year, you can consider one of these books are your Valentine.

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WWW Wednesday | 02.12.20

I first saw this on Book Coffee Happy‘s blog, and I figured I’d give it a try. I’m not sure if I’ll make this a weekly thing, considering I can be kind of slow when reading a book. So maybe I’ll make it an every other week thing. But thanks so much to Sam from Taking on a World of Words  for hosting! 

The three W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
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Tome Topple Readathon TBR | 2020

So I decided to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon this month. This post is a little late considering the readathon started on Friday, but I figured I’d share it anyway, since it doesn’t end until February 20th. My TBR might be a little ambitious because the main focus of this readathon is big books.

If you haven’t heard of the Tome Topple Readathon, it was created by Sam, Thoughts on Tomes, over on BookTube. This is the 10th round of the readathon, and this is the first time that I’ve participated in it, mostly because I knew I wouldn’t be able to dedicate so much time to reading big books, what with work and school.

But now that I have all this free time, I figured I’d give it a shot. I’ve picked a few books that I’ve had on my TBR for a while now, but haven’t gotten to because of the shear size of them was intimidating me from picking them up.

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What I’ve been up to…

It’s been kind of a rough month. Just going to preface this by saying that this is going to be kind of personal, and if you don’t want to read about my life, that is completely fine. I just need a place to rant.

So halfway through January, I was let go from my job that I was at for a year and a half. Which kind of took me off guard. But long story short, there was a change in owners, and the new owner didn’t like the way I was working. Plus the atmosphere of the workplace was kind of childish. Like, I literally felt like I was working with a bunch of high schoolers. People would snitch on others about something that shouldn’t even have been their business, and it was really irritating.

And before I was let go, I was starting to really hate my job. I worked with kids, and it wasn’t necessarily the kids, but more so the parents and the other employees and the boss. Also, I went to college for Publishing, so I wasn’t in the field that I went to school for. And I felt stuck. I didn’t want to quit, but I also felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere in my life if I stayed there.

So, in retrospect, it was probably a good thing that I was let go. It was rough at first, and it’s still new since it’s hasn’t even been a month yet. But things are starting to pan out. I have a plan in mind, and it’s all I could ask for right now becuase I’m the type of person who likes having a schedule and a routine.

Here’s my plan. If you noticed, I added a few pages on my blog. My intentions is to become a freelance editor. I’m not sure what kind of editor as of right now, but that is my goal. I’m in the process of networking and finding clients, but I’m taking a step in the right direction. I’ve joined a few groups on Facebook that are related to editing and writing, and I’ve been trying to talk to people on there. I’m planning on joining the Editorial Freelance Association to try to branch out more.

Overall, that’s where I’m at, if it interests any of you guys. I just figured I’d vent on here because I feel like I’m going to try to make it my safe place. I don’t want to try to self-promote, but I need to gain some more experience in order to become a freelance editor. So if you know anyone who needs an editor, I am available to give a quote and a sample edit.

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since I have posted something on here. Mainly, I’ve been working a lot, so I haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and write a blog post. But I’m going to change that. I’m planning on creating a schedule for blog posts, that way I can hold myself accountable for posting.

I’m looking forward to getting back into writing on here though. Given the circumstances this past month has thrown at me, I will have more time to dedicate myself to writing, mainly about the books that I’ve been reading, but also anything else that sparks my interest.