Being Content with Your Blog Stats

 photo IMG_3133_zps3z4nhq2w.jpgBlog stats are something that I’m sure every single one of you reading this has worried about. Blog stats are something that some bloggers use to define a “good” blogger, or a “successful” blogger.

But in truth, you’re a successful blogger the second you create your URL and launch your blog. All your blog needs is to be created and already it is a success, and I mean this mostly to you. You can finally consider yourself a book blogger. As for a “good” blogger, all bloggers are “good.” Some bloggers blog for the wrong reasons and that isn’t good, and I mean this in the way that they purposely aware they are only blogging for ARCs or whatever. But ALL bloggers are good. If you review and add in what you think about the book, you’re good. There is no right way to blog.

One thing that I, myself as a blogger has experienced is blogging stats and how freaking cruel they can be. I don’t have great stats, there are bloggers that have been blogging less than I have and they have more than double the followers. Or they write these awesome creative posts that get a crazy amount of likes.

It would really bother me. 

To me, I felt like I was doing it all wrong. I felt that I had to do more to be like them, that the only way I could be like them was to take better pictures, or think of more creative posts. It’s not the way to get better stats. In fact, do the exact opposite. Be creative. Do something no one else has ever done before.

Now, I’ve learned to just be happy with what I have. Before, it was really difficult to accept the fact that they had better stats. It was definitely something I shouldn’t be worrying about but I couldn’t help it. I would think: Why didn’t I have stats like that? What were they doing different? 

But now, when I look at my follower number, 246 followers, I smile ya know? I’m happy at how far I’ve come, it may not be that much but it wasn’t easy to achieve that. So enough with the jibber jabber, my point is simply this:

Be happy with any kind of stats you have. This whole blogging deal, it is all about you. You should be proud of any number you have and keep striving for better stats yes, but just remember it isn’t the end of the world when you don’t have 500 follower after a year.

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Read the Archived Series by Victoria Schwab

 photo IMG_3132_zpshindecwu.jpgThe Archived by Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite books, definitely one of my comfort books. The story surrounds teenager Mackenzie Bishop. Mac is a Keeper, the dangerous job of returning violent Histories back to the Archive.

1. Comedy Aspects

Though The Archived doesn’t sound like a very funny book, there is a certain character that provides that funny aspect. He goes by the name of Wesley Ayers. Though I wouldn’t list The Archived as necessarily a funny book, I would definitely say if you are in need of a dark but a funny story, The Archived provides.

2. Unique

The Archived is one story that is just so incredibly unique. The concept alone is something that I as a reader, has never heard before. Have you heard of the dead being stored in shelves in a giant secret library? I mean, how awesome does that sound?

3. Victoria Schwab!!!

All of Victoria’s works have stunned me speechless, every single one of them is so good! The Archived impresses just as much as all of her other books!

4. Characters

The characters within The Archived, will become your best friends. I guarantee it. Mackenzie Bishop is easily one of my favorite book characters ever, she has such an amazing voice. She definitely holds a unique aura around her. Now Wesley Ayers is every girls book boyfriend. Definitely cute, and like I said before, funny. Though he isn’t described as being super sexy and crazy hot or whatever, he is funny and protective. Sometimes I really hate those mysteriously sexy next door neighbor dudes that try too hard to be dark and mysterious. Plus, Wes wears guyliner. *wink*

5. Plot

If you want a book that keeps you on your toes then read The Archived. The books plot is excellent, so well paced and the mystery aspects within it aren’t boring. I’m usually a reader that dislikes mystery books because they are so slow but The Archived was well paced and the mystery was interesting enough to keep me anticipating and wanting more!

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Have you read The Archived yet? Are you going to add it to your TBR? Tell me in the comments! 🙂

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“Dear Peter…” || Review » PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 5/26/15
Stars: 4 STARS 

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Goodreads Description

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han wins cutest contemporary of the first half of 2016. The second book to Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we return to the story of Lara Jean, now actually in love with Peter Kavinsky.

PS I Still Love You in my opinion was way better than To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Lara Jean’s own character develops immensely, she becomes a lot more mature. I still love her character very much. One of the best things about PS I Still Love You was the relationship growth between Lara Jean and her sisters, Kitty and Margot. I felt that their relationship was so much stronger in this book and I really loved the parts when they hung out and how they were there for each other.

The romance between Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean is seriously one of the cutest  photo 13408808_2063515067206328_1236010710_n1_zpsjb3ocxp9.jpgrelationships. Especially at the beginning. Definitely at times I wanted kill Peter, but overall, their relationships were so adorable. Though let me tell you, this book made me cry. Like seriously, Han did such a good job writing everything in their relationship it made me cry. That is some serious talent right there.

The plot was steady, it also kind of made me sad. Spoilery part so I’m not gonna say anything, but the plot was not the happily ever after type. Though I liked how it was going, Lara Jean facing old past enemies and Genevieve becomes a bigger character in PS I Still Love You. 

This review is pretty short because there isn’t much to say, PS I Still Love You was really good. Super cute and fuzzy. I loved it so much, seeing Peter and Lara Jean becoming a couple, to the strong sister relationships Lara Jean and Margot created even after the events of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I highly recommend you read PS I Still Love You even if you didn’t like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because I myself found PS I Still Love You to be so much better.
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Have you read this book yet? Are you excited for the third? Let me know in the comments! And thank you so much for reading!

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Discussion » Unrealistic Relationships in the YA Genre

Today I want to talk to all of you guys about unrealistic relationships in the young adult genre. By relationships, I specifically mean romantic relationships. I really want to talk about romantic relationships because after a while, you begin to realize how unrealistic these relationships are. I mean let’s be honest, the first guy you meet in high school probably isn’t your soul mate. The first guy you meet in high school probably isn’t insanely cute or charming. Let’s be honest here, the first guy you meet isn’t gonna be the perfect guy.

There are SO many books that have a female main character meeting the perfect guy and BAM! together forever. Oh sure, there are up’s and down’s, that’s what makes up the story, but COME ON.

Books that Have this Situation

  • The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins
  • Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Do any of these female main characters stop and think, wow, this guy is an asshole. Like, seriously, it is very unrealistic. Now I’m not saying this is “bad” , it’s a fiction novel, anything can happen. But I’m very curious as to how such situations were created, the theme is just so common in nearly all YA books.

There are pro’s and con’s to unrealistic relationships in YA.

A pro is that it is definitely a nice fluffy read. It’s a nice day out, the sun is shining, and damn, cutesy main character just got her first kiss from the hottest guy on the planet. And the reader is giggling like a maniac and dancing around the room like nut job.

A con is the basic unrealistic version of going on your first date EVER and wow, looks like the two are soulmates and are destined to be together forever. Like puh-leez. There are so many people that never date through high school. Guess what? In about half the YA books I’ve read, the chick meets her future in high school.

At the same time, I also think unrealistic romantic relationships also set the scene for the book. It tells a good story. It gives it angst and drama. Something that us readers just eat up. I cannot be the only person that starts hyperventilating while reading contemporary. FullSizeRender (20)

What do you think of unrealistic romantic relationships in YA? Good? Bad? Doesn’t matter? Tell me in the comments! 🙂 Thanks for reading guys!

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“The Crown’s Game was not one to lose.” || Review » The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Author: Evelyn Skye
Series:
The Crown’s Game #1 
Genre(s):
Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 5/17/16
Stars: 3 STARS

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Goodreads Description

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is a young adult fantasy novel about two teenagers with magical gifts, better known as enchanters. Vika’s own abilities revolve around elemental magic while her competitor’s abilities are more centered around mechanics. Both teenagers must compete to the death for the title of Imperial Enchanter.

The Crown’s Game was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016 and unfortunately, it did not meet the hype, or my standards. The story was a well thought out story, a good concept, but I expected just so much more. By no means was the book bad, but it definitely wasn’t one I loved. Personally, I felt the characters to be flat. They didn’t have much depth to them, Pasha, the third point in our love triangle seemingly was either angry, distressed or in love with Vika. Vika is a fierce girl, but she didn’t seem to have much of a past, she didn’t have a very interesting personality I felt. Finally, Nikolai. Nikolai probably had the most character, he had conflicted feelings, he took risks and protected his friends.

Moving to the plot, I enjoyed the plot. There were plenty of POV’s but not so many, or written in such a way that it became crowded and annoying. The plot moved well paced. It kept me hooked for the majority of the story, continuously wanting more. I have only one complaint about the whole plot. I wish there had been more action. The premise of the story is a magical  competition. I was expecting some serious badass magical fighting. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that and was severally disappointed. There definitely was magic, but not the kind I was looking for.

The writing was good. Though not spectacularly amazing, it was decent. I definitely think that Skye is a brilliant and talented writer. Though there wasn’t much world building to the entirety of the story, I felt the magic and the descriptions of the world The Crown’s Game took place in was well done.

Overall, I give The Crown’s Game 3 dots. I’m calling stars dots now by the way guys! I didn’t quite love it but I think what got me most was my disappointment after all the hype.
FullSizeRender (20)Did you guys like The Crown’s Game? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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The Perfect Book Boyfriend

I was looking around and I came across this really awesome website and I decided to make a fun little banner picture thing talking about the aspects of the perfect book boyfriend. We all have our favorite book boyfriend, though if you said you only had one book boyfriend I know you’re lying. This took me awhile to make being pretty new to the software and all. So I hope you guys enjoy!
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Thanks for reading guys! Are there any aspects of the perfect book boyfriend I missed? Do you agree with me? Let me know down below in the comments!

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MAKE ME READ IT READATHON 2016

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Hello guys! Everyone has been doing this and it sounds like a good way to cut down on the TBR because seriously, my TBR is way to big. I need to get through some books.

The Make Me Read It Readathon is hosted by Ely from Tea and Titles and Val from The Innocent Smiley. The official hashtag is #MakeMeRead and I am very excited to be part of this!

If you personally are wondering how to join in on the fun, here is the information that they posted on their own blogs!
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

So without further ado, please vote here so I know what to read this readathon! 🙂

 

Thanks for voting!

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Me Before You Movie Review

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Me Before You is based on the book Me Before You  photo Me_Before_You_film_zpsd0psx5us.jpgby Jojo Moyes. The movie is most certainly a romantic comedy with a twist of sadness. The story follows 26 year old Louisa Clark. a woman with an eccentric sense of style and an optimistic personality. With her family getting desperate for money, Louisa is ready to take any job, even if the job is taking care of quadriplegic Will Traynor.

I will be honest, if you are looking for a tear jerker, go see The Fault in our Stars. I also want to let you guys all know that I didn’t read the book before I saw the movie. And don’t go off on me either, I really wanted to see the movie, and the movie came out right after finals so I just didn’t have any time to read it. Me Before You is a happy movie with a sad ending. The movie made me laugh several times and I and was very funny and light hearted.

The acting was fantastic. I cannot even begin to tell you how well the actors  photo Emilia2BClarke252BMe2BBefore2BYou252BIncredulity252BDisbelief252BOne2BEyebrow2BRaised252BCFC252BCFC2Bwith2BSmile252BCentral2_zpsgofq2ts2.pngacted. Emilia Clarke as Louisa Clarke was amazing. All of her facial expressions were so well done and realistic, that along with the emotion she put into her voice. Sam Claflin was also an amazing actor. His character has a lot of aspects to it, as Will Traynor’s character struggles with being happy. Will was once a very active person, but now since he is paralyzed from the neck down, he’s depressed. Sam did a really good job with this as well.

The writers of the show did a really good job with the writing, but also appropriately plotting the story. Sometimes, romantic comedies can get a little slow and sleepy if you know what I mean which can definitely make the movie boring. Me Before You was a romantic comedy that had perfectly placed comedic lines that kept the story going.

To be perfectly honest, I thought The Fault in our Stars was a whole lot sadder than Me Before You. Why? Because Me Before You is a happy story with a sad ending, like I said before. The Fault in our Stars is about two teenagers dying of cancer. I loved Me Before You so much. Definitely gave me the goosebumps and all the feels! I rate this movie 5 stars! FullSizeRender (20)

Have you seen Me Before You yet? If so, what did you think? Tell me below in the comments! Thanks for reading guys! 🙂

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ARC Madness, and Why I’m Sick of It

This post is sort of a rant, sort of not. But I really want to address all of the ARC drama, because seriously, I’m done with it. I’m sick of it. After BEA, there has been a lot of ARC drama regarding people getting multiple extra copies of ARCs, some to even sell (what the hell?) and some of them to just turn around and trade on the booksfortrade hashtag on twitter.

This has really gotten a rise out of the book community. People are accusing others of ARC hoarding and it is literally just madness. For me, I haven’t gotten into the whole drama aspect of it, but I feel the drama has gotten ahold of me. What I mean by this is this whole drama issue thing, whatever you want to call it, manipulates the best of us. Not all of us, just some.

The other day, I went to B-fest, my Barnes and Noble is pretty small. Kind of in the middle of nowhere. Other BN’s were giving away ARCs and had all kinds of cooler stuff if you know what I mean, and my BN had a teensy table covered with samplers and that was it. I wasn’t necessarily angry, but I was definitely disappointed, and in turn I lashed out on Twitter like a raging bitch.

At the time, I hadn’t realized that I sounded like a raging ungrateful bitch. I was just extremely disappointed. I hadn’t realized until someone pointed it out to me, and told me that I should be lucky I had a Barnes and Noble nearby.

And I felt terrible afterwards.

I felt like such a terrible blogger, the one thing that every other book blogger in the community hated.

I apologized to the girl and told her how terrible I felt. And it was really then when I realized that my BN had done their best, it wasn’t their fault they didn’t have ARCs. Damn, and look, there is that stupid acronym. ARC. Or Advanced Reader Copy. I was acting like this over an ARC! Like what kind of blogger was I if I seemingly cared so much about ARCs.

Anyway, for the rest of the day, I wallowed in sadness and essentially vowed never to become such a greedy blogger, if I realized it or not and to watch my words better. This ARC madness is just manipulative, I realize I made a mistake.

A huge mistake, but at the same time, people make mistakes.

The blogging community is similar to one gigantic family, right? I hate that because of ARCs, bloggers in a way become like corrupt evil bad guys, and their fellow bloggers bite their heads off because of it. It just makes me so sad to see this happen.

I’m not trying to say that the bloggers immediately running to eBay after a con shouldn’t have their heads bitten off. That is 100 percent stealing from an author. But I do think that those that get an extra amount of ARCs for friends or for trade or whatever just get caught up in it. Does that make any sense? They become so wrapped up in it that they don’t even realize what they are doing. FullSizeRender (20)

Anyway, I am so sorry for this rant. But honestly, at the same time I feel like it needs to be said. What is your opinion regarding ARCs? Tell me down below in the comments! Thank you for reading this crazy rant!

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