Hey bookworms! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and The Bookish. Now I wasn’t sure I was going to do this topic today, but seeing the other posts made me curious. Curious … Continue reading
Hey Bookworms! It’s day 3 of BEA Armchair! I do still wish I was at BEA, but maybe one day. For now it’s blogging and watching/ listening to the ABC Family HP weekend in the background. Honestly blogging and books are one of the few things keeping me okay lately. There was two Topics for today Blogging 101 and Character chatter. Since I am a still a newish blogger I don’t feel too comfortable yet giving tips because I am still figuring thing out myself, so I am doing the latter: Character Chatter or as I call it:
The Fictional People Who Never Leave My Side
Honestly characters are the reason I read and write. They allow me to walk along side them and get away from my own problems a bit and face theirs with them. I get to be a part of their lives and they get to silently stay by mine. Feeling my tears on their pages or screen until I can find a calm once more. Their has even been times that I have cried for them wanting to hug them and ease the pain of their problems. I miss them when I reach the last page and the book is done. I think most characters are diverse. They can show you different sides of lives, but you the biggest sense of Diversity you can still relate to these characters. Do I like every character? No some characters can get on my nerves, but I can understand why. Characters wouldn’t be diverse if we liked every one of them! Now I will put the spotlight on my favorite characters!
My Favorite Characters
1. Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
She is the most loyal character I know and she embraces her brains. She is also a bit bossy which I love, but will do anything for the ones she cares about.
2. Luna Lovegood again from Harry Potter
She doesn’t let anyone make her feel bad for her beliefs or the fact she is different. I also love how sweet she is and although she shares her beliefs she doesn’t force them onto others. We all could stand to learn how to be strong from Luna
3.Calla from The Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer
She is just a strong character and a strong leader. She does what is best for her pack and I love how she supports her members. Again she is a very strong girl
4. Poppet and Widget from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
They are mischievous and playful, but again are protective of their loved ones. They won’t hesitate to let you know they don’t need to be protected. Plus their way with Kittens, their hair, and outfits, I just adore them!
My Favorite Couple
Adrian and Sydney from the Bloodlines series
My favorite ship they are kind of a long distance couple for a bit if you think of it, and both have their weaknesses. They help each other find strength though in their choices. Plus I think they have some of the best kisses ever written!
Least Favorite Cliches
I really only have three: 1. Naming a character Hope when they are supposed to be the hope of the story. It just seems over used. There are other ways to use that name make it the meaning of their name. Hope can also mean light and other things. Play with the meaning please!
2. The overly innocent virgin: I understand waiting to have sex. Not feeling it with anyone else, but to have the character state that, or be wide eyed or scared of sex is ridiculous. Whether it’s YA or NA characters have hormones and they are going to be curious and think of it!
3. The overly perfect Male/female character: I feel this sets a bad example for readers trying to find love. I want to be able to find people similar to my book boyfriends. I don’t want the bar to be ridiculous and make me lose hope in finding my fairy tale. Give them a physical flaw or three it’s not a horrible thing to do!
Wrapping it Up
I think what makes a character well written is being able to find a facet of ourselves in them. Whether it be a sliver or a chunk. Something we like about ourselves or hate. I like feeling like the characters could walk through life with me if they were brought from the page. Well bookworms that is my BEA post for the day! Who are your favorite characters? Your favorite couples? Do you agree with my cliches? Let me know in the comments please I love to talk! Happy reading!
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Hey Bookworms! It’s me again with another post for BEA Armchair! I am so excited to see how much it is bringing bloggers together. I blog best at night and on my coast at least it is still Day 2, so here I go with the Topic of Social Media!
Social Media and How I Use It to Reach You From My Little Corner
Honestly before my blog I only used Facebook to be social with the internet, Pinterest to look at pretty pictures, Goodreads to admire books, and an occasional tweet here and there. Now that I’m blogging these platforms mean so much more to me. Facebook allows me to share with friends and family I do know. This is a subtle approach to either coaxing them into reading, and/or maybe sharing with their friends who do read. It is just nice to give them a glimpse of what I’ve been working so hard on for 8 months now! Words have always been my outlet and safe haven this is the way to show them my passions have never changed. Facebook also allows me to like publisher and author pages to see new books I may not have found otherwise.
Twitter is now a place to reach out to my favorite authors! I always get excited when they favorite my tweets. It’s a place to socially get support when Participating in Readathons which I am addicted too. As well as meet and show bloggers what I am working on with the use of this ‘#’ little symbol. It is where I share my posts the most! It amazes me how quick new trends catch on. My favorite hashtag to use is #bookworms or #bookworm problems when I blog them. It lets me see who’s blogging about what if I am in a rut and lets me know I am not alone. It is also a great way to communicate with my favorite bloggers even if the character count can get in the way of actual words sometimes. It is also where I update what I am reading the most if I am away from my computer
Goodreads is a place for me to link the reviews I have done allowing me to slowly feel more confident about them. It also shows me to what my fellow bloggers are reading that I may not discover on my own. Since I don’t follow release dates it also reminds me when a book will be release when it’s on my To Read list! There is also the use of groups that allows you to find other bloggers or people that favor my genre of book.
Pinterest hasn’t changed much with my blogging, but occasionally I stumble upon some awesome posts! Tumblr has always been a bit confusing to me since I am not the most tech savvy. It always seemed the most complicate. As for Instagram one as well, but plan to fix this problem once I come into a phone with a better camera!
So if you’re curious to follow me or get a hold of me my information is on my Contact Page! Bookworms that’s it for the night! I plan to read fellow bloggers posts and plan tomorrow’s. This post isn’t late if we have the same time zone! I hope you all enjoy and happy reading!
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Hey bookworms! Hope you’re weekend is off to a better start than mine. I wanted to vent some of my bookworm struggles and see if any of you guys agree with me/have similar problems. As per usual of my book talks this is completely off the cuff. Links will be in the titles! I wouldn’t say these are pet peeves because a lot of books I read have these issues. When I was “younger” this wasn’t much of a problem because I had a better memory.
What is this problem, you ask? Having too many characters and no character list in the back of the book. I know these lists usually exist in fantasy books, but lately I feel like they should exist in other books as well. One example for instance is:
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Although I will be talking about the newest book, The Heir, for this example.
As you may know the selection is a competition where suitors compete for the hand of the princess. It is announced early on who is in the competition and where they are from, but otherwise isn’t mentioned again unless they are on a date with Eady. I am aware that Epic reads made a few videos of interviews for the selected, but not for all of them. Eady does browse through the profiles multiple time, but us as readers only get a peak. I think it would’ve been a more invested idea to put them at the end of the book. Then at the beginning of the second book to include the ones who have survived.
This wasn’t the only book I struggled with any book revolving around a high school tend to have more than a few key characters. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Bennan.
I had trouble of who was related to who. Who was the enemy and just all over the place with characters for me.
That being said my ideas for fixing this: 1. Is character lists on the book site that if you are reading on an e-reader it will highlight and remind you of who they are. 2. Character lists in the back of the book
Bookworms am I the only one who struggles with this? What are some of your bookish struggles? Let me know in the comments and happy reading!
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Hey Bookworms! I am alive (kinda…)! I have had this discussion in mind for a while, but didn’t know how to approach it. Honestly? I didn’t even have a clue what to call it… I just wanted to let you guys know some of my thoughts on reviews and my decision on watching/reading them myself. So as a fairly new blogger I just wanted to throw this out there and share my thoughts, so if this seems jumbled I’m sorry. It’s kind of off the cuff, and writing when I can (between hw)! So I guess I will start on my views on reviews before hopefully explaining my decision about them above…
My Views on Reviews
Honestly reviews and reviewers are great not to mention brave! It can introduce people to things they may not try on their own, or may not know about. They can be a little scary to write and honestly I’ve only written a few, but am going to work hard on getting over my fear to write more in the future! Honestly they are a great tool to spread the love for a book, tv show, songs, or movies. You never know who you can turn onto reading in general.
Benefit number two is having a voice on things you spend time on or invest in. Whether you liked them or didn’t you are putting your voice out there in the world. Here is where I think people are brave in doing so because people may not always agree with you, but you get free range because of freedom of speech and the help of the internet. That being said though reviews can impact their readers whether it be positive or negative. Sometimes as a reviewer your voice can come off as really strong which is a good thing, but your influence can haunt your reader. Which depending on how you look at it can be a good or a bad thing. As much as reviewers put spoiler free on their reviews feeling strongly about an element especially a key element, like setting or say a love triangle can be a spoiler in itself because the viewer/reader of the thing your reviewing does not stumble on it naturally which can sometimes hurt the fun
My third and final view on reviews is they open people up to talk! The best thing about reviews in my opinion is it gets others to interact. Whether it’s them agreeing or disagreeing. It opens your eyes to other peoples thoughts. As bookworms, fan girls/boys, movie nerds, we can tend to be the quiet type. Some people often are not able to find people out where they live interested in the same things as they are. So the internet gives us a space to obsess and squeal at a healthy level and hopefully get rid of the awkwardness people can feel if they have a safe place.
My Decision on Reading/Watching Reviews
This decision is not to offend anyone because I admire the people brave enough to do reviews, but I have had the experience in benefit number two. As reviewers we can get passionate and with how things are going even the smallest thing can be a hint! So my decision on reviews is to avoid them as best as I can until I read/watch/listen to the book,show, movie, or song. Not saying I am going to ignore star ratings on goodreads or summaries in wrapups, but I am easily influenced sometimes, and I want to be able to make connections on my own accord. A book I read a bit ago was spoiled for me because of strong feelings of a key element. I won’t name the reviewer because I don’t want to make anyone feel bad, but we all feel intense about certain things. I love a good love triangle if done right. I tend to root for who is seen as the underdog, but I couldn’t tell from that book how I felt after the review. I hope this isn’t too harsh and I am hoping that if I see a lot of my fellow bloggers reviewing something I will be spurred to reading it without reading the review. I do plan to comment and get to talking when I’ve gotten to finish whatever the review was on!
When do you read reviews bookworms? Before or after? Have you had some of my feelings when it comes to being influenced? If you’re a reviewer what is your favorite part? Feel free to comment and let me know! I wish you all a good week!