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Top Five Anthologies to Get Excited About

Hello lovely readers! If you’ve been keeping an eye on my reviews for this blog you will notice that I only post reviews for novels. This is my preferred reading material and I tend to stick with. However, this year I’ve found some anthologies that I think I going to be well worth the read. Note: I haven’t read most of these so I’m going on summary alone.

  1. How long ’til Black Future Month by N. K. Jemisin. I’ve been watching to read this author’s works for a long time, but just haven’t gotten to it. This collection focuses on African Americans who are put into fantastical situations. The summary of this anthology is what really sold me on it.
  2. New Erotica for Feminists by Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer. I was intrigued by the title and once again drawn in by the summary. A retelling of some old stories, but also answers to some common questions. It’s cooler than what I make it sound
  3. Black Enough: Stories about being young & black in America by Ibi Zoboi, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, and Leah Henderson . As someone who works with a lot of young people I’m always interested in reading about their experiences. I’ve heard lots of good things about this one.
  4. Proud by Juno Dawson, Dean Atta, Fox Benwell, Caroline Bird, Tanya Byrne, Moira Fowley-Doyle, Simon James Green,and David Levithan . A collection of stories and poetry by lgbtq+ authors about the theme of pride
  5. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotwood, Brandy Colbert, Zoriada Cordova, Andrea Cremer, Kate Hart, Emery Lord, and Elizabeth May . diversity and witches? I’m sold.
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The Mysterious Blogger Award

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve been on wordpress so I’ve missed this lovely nomination by Bailey @thebookstack. I hope you enjoy this post and maybe nominate some people of your own!

What’s the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me

  • I’m under 5 feet tall. I am a very small person. I will never hit my head on things, but I also can’t reach things easily on the top shelf at the grocery store.
  • I’m an outdoor education instructor. I work outdoors with kids for about 14 hours a day, five days a week. Which means I work a lot for very little money, but kids are usually pretty great so it’s a weird balance. This blog is definitely a hobby when times allows though.
  • My favorite books are the ones that have made me cried. I will never watched and/or read a book that I already know has a sad ending. I read for escapism and crying my eyes out doesn’t really help with that. BUT, when I’m hit unexpectedly there’s just something that just seems to cement my appreciation for the book.

Bailey’s Questions

  • What book have you been wanting to read, but keep putting off?

I have a whole bookshelf full of books so it’s hard to pick one. Mainly the grisha series I suppose. I’ve read the first book and started the second one, but haven’t made it past that point. I enjoyed it and I would like to finish the series soon.

  • Do you dog-ear your pages and write in your books, or do you try to keep them pristine?

I like to keep my books pristine. I hurts me on a deep level to damage my books. I want a huge library one day so falling apart books doesn’t really work well for that dream.

  • What do you do when you find yourself in a reading slump?

Honestly, I just stop reading. Reading is something I really enjoy, but when I’ve had enough for the moment I just take a break. Breaks I think are super important and a normal part of life.

  • We all know the book is almost always better, but what movie adaptation did you really like?

I love the book The Time Traveler’s Wife and though I think the movie left out a lot I still enjoyed the movie.

  • (Bonus funny question) Would you rather fight a 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?

Definitely 100 duck-sized horses. Ducks at their normally size are aggressive and overwhelming sometimes. I certainly wouldn’t want to fight a horse-sized duck.

My Questions

  • What encouraged you to first start your own blog?
  • How do you come up with new ideas?
  • Are there any other bloggers that really inspire you?
  • What is one of your favorite books and why?
  • (Weird/funny) If you were a sandwich what type of sandwich would you be?

Nominees

Some amazing bloggers I’d like to draw attention too:

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Wonder Wednesday: Secrets

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Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! This week I’ve been wondering about secrets. Not necessarily world changing secrets, but the small little secrets I think we all have. For example, I’ve told people I have a blog, but I’ve never told anyone I know in my every day life that this particular blog is mine. I don’t tell people because this blog is extremely personal to me and I don’t want the added pressure of knowing that people I see every day may be judging what I post on here. It gives me a lot more confidence to post whatever I want and it makes blogging more fun.

So, on that note, do you have any little secrets that you keep to yourself? And if so, why do you keep them a secret?

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Beginning Bloggers- Pros and Cons for blogging

Hello everyone, so I’ve been blogging for officially for a few months now. Wow, the time has flown. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve really enjoyed and what has been a bit of a struggle with book blogging. I decided to share it with you incase you’re interested in getting into book blogging or just need to know that you’re not the only blogger experiencing the struggle and rewards.

  1. The Community (pro #1) – I’ve just begun to really start interacting with the book community and everyone is so friendly and fantastic. I don’t have a lot of friends who enjoy reading or have time oddly enough and this has really given me an outlet to start talking to those of you who have similar interests. It’s so warm and great!
  2. Time Commitment (Neg #1) – A blog that is updated approximately every other day or even a couple of times a week is a huge time commitment. Writing is fun, but the moment you give yourself a schedule there’s personal pressure. Now, you don’t have to keep a set schedule, but realize that if you want to new people to chat with you on your blog a set schedule I’m finding is optimal for at least getting your posts seen.
  3. Broadening of horizons (Pro #2) – I began this blog to talk and discuss particular elements of fantasy books. Mainly, characterization, world building, and diversity. I know what I enjoy for characterization and world building, but I hadn’t really been looking for any diversity. It wasn’t intentional, but I was reading books about all white characters almost all the time. I don’t think reading those books are a problem, but what was the problem was assumed there weren’t other types of stories out there. I didn’t think the problem was me. I just thought people weren’t publishing different stories. Well, I was dead wrong and now I’ve start to realize and really explore more diverse books. I must say that they’re amazing!
  4. Remembering stuff ( Neg #2) – I like to say I have the memory of a goldfish. I read a lot of books and do a lot of stuff. It’s really difficult for me to remember a large amount of detailed information. This is mainly important because I want to create a lot of lists. People love lists and they’re also very helpful for people who want to read a particular type of book. So, in order to remember books and characters well enough to create lists I takes notes. This really slows down how quickly I can read and can dampen the enjoyment I have for reading.
  5. Patience (Pro and Con #3) I list this as a pro and a con, because it really is for me. I have been slowly building a blog following, but it’s been slow going. This is a con, because as I mentioned I want to talk with other book lovers and the more people you have following you the more likely you are to have a discussion about something you’ve posted. It makes sense. However, it’s also a pro. I think instant success can sometimes make people (or at least me) lazy. It takes me time to write what I feel like is good content and even then sometimes it goes up before I feel like it’s 100% ready. There’s no problem with taking your time and I think that’s an important lesson on it’s own.

What do you think? Have you experienced these as well? Are you concerned about them?

wonder wednesday

Wonder Wednesday: The blogging community

Hello lovely readers! I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! Today I was wondering how you participate in the blogging community particularly the book blogging community. Do you participate in reading challenges, do you do lots of blog hopping, or are you someone who prefers to just read a blog or two in your spare time? Do you participate in the community in a way I haven’t mentioned? I’d love to hear your responses!

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Wonder Wednesday: Blogger Goals

Hello everyone and welcome to Wonder Wednesday! Today, I’ve been wondering about my fellow bloggers/readers. A large goal of Wonder Wednesday is to get to know all of you better. 🙂 So, I was wondering what your goals are in and outside of blogging. What is your reason for blogging? For fun or a specific purpose? Do you have any goals outside of blogging that may be aided by your blogging like becoming a published author? Meeting new people?

I’d love to hear from you and let me know if there’s anything I could do to help you!

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Wonder Wednesday: Life Changing Books

Hello everyone, welcome to Wonder Wednesday! I hope you’re all staying nice and toasty in this very cold winter. Today I’d like to talk about life changing books. Now, perhaps life changing may seem like an extreme, but as a lover of books I feel like there are many books that have had a very powerful effect on me. Books have the power to make us question our assumptions, bias, and encourage us to consider ideas maybe we haven’t thought about before.

Do you have a book that you feel like has been life changing for you? How has it changed your perspective or affected you?

Do you feel like books have the power to create a deeper understanding for something in people or are they just for fun?


I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please feel free to comment below!