February Releases!

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Hello friends! Here are some exciting books that are expected to be released in February of 2019! Enjoy 🙂


darkwestDark of the West by Joanna Hathaway\\

He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner’s Cursein Joanna Hathaway’s Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.

Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.

Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe

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The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons\\

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials–because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark–a senator’s son–and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

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crownCrown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto\\

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

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kingdomcoldKingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle\\

Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.

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thegreatendThe Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee\\

Slater, Kansas is a small town where not much seems to happen.

Stella dreams of being a space engineer. After Stella’s mom dies by suicide and her brother runs off to Red Sun, the local hippie commune, Stella is forced to bring her dreams down to Earth to care for her sister Jill.

Galliard has only ever known life inside Red Sun. There, people accept his tics, his Tourette’s. But when he’s denied Red Sun’s resident artist role he believed he was destined for, he starts to imagine a life beyond the gates of the compound…

The day Stella and Galliard meet, there is something in the air in their small town. Literally. So begins weeks of pink lightning, blood red rain, unexplained storms… And a countdown clock appears mysteriously above the town hall. With time ticking down to some great, unknowable end they’ll each have to make a choice.

If this is really the end of the world, who do they want to be when they face it?

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rayneRayne & Deliah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

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warriorofthewildWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

 


What book are you most excited for? I’m really looking forward to Warrior of the Wild because it sounds like there maybe some Greek Mythology in it and I’m excited for Crown of Feathers. That cover though *insert heart eye emoji here*

Two Mini Reviews

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren\\
This book was beyond adorable. Hazel is my spirit animal. This book was full of all kinds of humor and cuteness and just the right amount of cheese. I’m still struggling with my thoughts on this book because I loved it so much! Josh and Hazel are complete opposites but the author made them connect so well. I really enjoyed the writing. I felt like I was Hazels BFF while reading! I’m going to check out another Christina Lauren novel because her writing was SO GOOD!

The Proposal by Jasmine Gullory\\
I was enjoying this book for the most part. Until the end when the “conflict” happened. These characters were suppose to be in their mid 30’s or so but they acted like they were in relationship for 12 year olds. Carlos was really sweet. I liked the Nik was a strong female character with strong female friends but the ending ruined the whole book for me, sadly. I’m still glad I read it though! It was an interesting story. Their is a lot of diversity in this story though. That was super fun! 😀

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD

Hello fellow readers! I was tagged by Kaira @ The Classy Classics to do the Mystery Blogger Award! Thanks darling! I appreciate it 😀

 

THE RULES

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one

Three Things About Me:

  1. I’m currently on the registry to be a bone marrow donor. I’m too scared to give blood so I thought being a bone marrow donor is my best bet 🙂
  2. I’m going to college to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Helping patients is one of my all time favorite things ❤
  3. Tigers are one of my favorite animals. Elephants are probably a close second!

Karia’s Questions:

1.What is the most embarrassing moment of your life?

Honestly, there wasn’t a huge moment in my life where I was so embarrassed that I remember it. It might be when I was a busser and dropped a glass cup but that’s about it.

2. What is the weirdest ever comment you got and by whom?

The one thing that stands out to me is an old coworker that said to me “are you wearing makeup?” i told her yes and she said “did anyone else notice?” and I said probably not and she said “well I noticed”…. okay? thanks, i think?

3. What is that one thing you just can’t live without?

I hate to say it, but probably my phone. I don’t like being addicted to it but I am D:

4. If you had chose between fame and true love, what will you chose?

True love any day. I think fame would make my anxiety 10x worse than it already is.

5. What is the biggest dream of your life?

I want to travel the world and see new places. I want to learn about new cultures. I want to experience new foods. I just want to experience life. I think it’s so neat how everyone is so different!

 

5 Book Releases for January 2019

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Hello friends! I’m trying to do more things for my blog by posting 5 releases every month just so some people have a small idea as to what books will be coming out. I thought 5 books would keep it short and sweet! I want to try and keep a few different genres in these posts. If you want me to continue with them, please let me know!


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The Gilded Wolves by Rashani Chokshi

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s traveled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

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curseA Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

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Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Goneand What is the What

When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia’s ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi’s duplicity is discovered, he will be killed.

For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he’s even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber’s vest, which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, sleeping nights in empty alleyways, wondering what’s become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi’s picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he’s been trying to forget.

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somedayySomeday We Will Fly by Rachel Dewoskin

Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn’t understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?

Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourished. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a “gentlemen’s club” without her father’s knowledge.

But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesdays spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases, and was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Since Jill is no longer hosting, I’m now joining up with Can’t Wait Wednesday at Wishful Endings.laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

ShoutA searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Expected Release Date: March 12th, 2019


I love everything Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m not 100% sure why. She writes such beauty books. I’m sure this memoir will be incredibly sad but I’m still beyond excited to read it ❤ 

Currently Reading…

A Man Called Ove

 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I’m currently listening to this story on audiobook. The narrator is great. I’m not far into this book at all but it’s absolutely adorable. The book was originally published in Sweden. Ove is known as the “grumpy neighbor”; however, the more you read the book, the more you realize there is way more to Ove than what meets the eye. I’m so excited to continue listening to this! After I finish it, I’m hoping to go back and watch the movie (again) so I have a better understanding as to what’s happening. I think the movie is in Swedish.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

This has Hank Green written all over it. The way he tells the story sounds exactly like Hank Green. I’m not super sold on the characters yet, but I like the writing a lot. I’m kind of surprised the characters aren’t making me put this down. Good characters is my go to but I just, ugh, I love the writing style. The story also is super unique and interesting. 🙂

 


Have you read either of these? What do you think? Did you like them? Hate them? Did you write a review? Let me know 😀

So I listened to an audiobook for the first time!?

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Hello friends,

I listened to my first ever audiobook! It was The Diviners by Libba Bray. I usually don’t listen to audiobooks because I never think I’ll like them. Because this was my first audiobook I really listened to, I thought I’d give my opinion and talk about my experience with it!


  • Losing focus while listening to the audiobook was one of my many struggles. I listened to it while lying in bed or driving my car; however, sometimes my mind would start to wonder to other thoughts so I’d have to rewind and relisten.
  • Sometimes I would get bored listening because the only way for me to focus was to pretty much stare at the wall. I don’t particularly enjoy just sitting and not doing anything but if I did something such as clean, again I’d lose focus of the story being told.
  • I found that I enjoyed listening to the book while I was getting ready for bed because it felt like I was being told a nighttime story! The only downside was making sure I didn’t end up falling asleep, tehehe
  • I really enjoyed the fact that the narrator talked in different voices for each character. It gave the characters a different feel rather than me reading each character in the same voice in my head (if that made any sense haha).
  • The book felt more alive because I was honestly terrified while I listened to some parts right before bed. I was scared to sleep! Listening to different scary parts added to the suspense for me.
  • It felt like it took me for-freaking-ever to finish the story because I read faster than the narrator.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience with an audiobook. I don’t think I’ll listen to them a whole bunch though because it takes me forever to get through them. However, I might listen to more from time to time 🙂

 

Do you like audiobooks? Why or why not? What’s your favorite audiobook?

July Wrap-Up

Hello readers,

This is a little late but here’s my July wrap-up! Holy cow, how is July over already? It’s almost 2019 already! I had a relatively decent reading month. I sadly didn’t get to all my books on my TBR but I read most of them!

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I read quite a few books but I only got around to reviewing 3 books this month:
Lost Boys (ARC)\\ This book was…. different. It was okay but definitely not my favorite.
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The Hating Game\\ This book was hilarious and fun and cute and everything I needed.
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Meant to be Broken (ARC)\\ This book was more than just a love story. It was a lot deeper than I was expecting!
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The books I read but didn’t around to reviewing are the following; however, if you click the link, it’ll take you to my review of them on goodreads! (I never really wrote a review for To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before):
Emergency Contact\\✬✬
-Zero Chemistry
-Wasn’t too found of the characters
-Took awhile to get into
Almost DNFed

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before\\✬✬✬
-Did not like Lara Jean
-Found the writing to be boring
-Seemed kind of instalovey
-Fun cheesy romance for the summer

I also started two books in July! One was an ARC and the author was an Audiobook! I started both of these at the very, very end of July so I never actually finished them in July

The Darkest Roots was an ARC that I received and The Diviners was an audiobook I started. It’s really creepy to listen to it! I’ll be honest. It’s different.

Random Statistics:
Average Rating: 3
Pages Read: 1,761
Book Read:5
Audiobooks: Started 1
ARC’s:2
DNFed: 0
Favorite Book: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Least Favorite Book: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Cho

Personal Things:
-Started playing Pokémon Go again! My boyfriend and I played it for 6.5 hours.
-Saw the Incredibles 2. I surprising enjoyed it. It was a lot longer than I was expecting though…
-I also saw Ant-Man and the Wasp. I enjoyed that one a lot better than the first one!
-Going along with the movie train, I also go Moviepass. I heard it’s going down hill but I’m still excited for it! I’m excited to see how it goes.

Book Review: The Deepest Roots (ARC)

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

The Deepest RootsSeries: Standalone
Published by: HarperTeen
Genre: Contemporary, Magic  Realism, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

Contemporary with the slightest twist of magic, this stunning debut YA novel is a fresh and heartwarming story about the power of friendship.

Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.

Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent or make it any easier to confide in Lux and Mercy about what’s going on at home. And Rome isn’t the only one. Lux has been hiding bigger, more dangerous secrets.

As Rome struggles to keep her friendships close, she discovers the truth about life in Cottonwood Hollow—that friends are stronger than curses, that trust is worth the risk, and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“We were more than girls from Cottonwood Hollow. We were blood sisters. Sworn to never turn away from each other.”

Thoughts

This book was extremely interesting. It was kind of like a contemporary novel with a little paranormal and magic, if you will, intertwined. I really enjoyed the friendship in the story. The relationship between 3 friends, 3 girls was really refreshing. I don’t read many stories with a lot of girl friends. There’s usually a best guy friend and the mean girls.

I also enjoyed that this book had a small town feel. Everyone knew everyone. I can relate because I, too, grew up in a small town where everyone knows everyone. It’s so powerful when you see people in a small town come together as a community, a family. I love that!

This book was very easy to read. The story flows really well. From page one, I was hooked. The characters were really relatable. Miranda did a nice job making the characters feel like sisters instead of just best friends.

However, I felt that some aspects of the story felt a little pointless. One being the romance in the story. The romance felt non existence. The chemistry just wasn’t there. The relationship felt really rushed and felt like it was just put in the story for the sake of being in the story.

This was a very unique spin with magic and contemporary and sisterhood. It was very empowering. I highly recommend it!

Hard Things About Book Blogging

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I always see a lot of posts about the pros of book blogging and what people enjoy about it but rarely do I see the cons of blogging. Sometimes people think making a blog is simple and easy; however, they become discouraged when they realize that blogging is not all fun and games. Because of this, I thought I’d make a list of things about blogging that I find hard to do.


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  • Blogging is a lot of work. You can’t just slap together a post and call it good (which, admittedly, I sometimes do this…). Sometimes it can take me close to an hour to write a blog post because I have to think about what topic I want to write about, what to say about said topic, and sometimes get pictures to include. Then when all that is said and done, I sometimes try to go back and make sure I don’t have any spelling errors (again, most times I forget to do this. Guilty as charged!)

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  • I don’t always know what to talk about. I feel like I see all of these great discussion posts from other book bloggers and feel discouraged because man I only seem to post reviews! I sometimes don’t feel like I’m a good enough blogger

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  • I feel pressured to read Advanced Reader Copies (ARC’s). No one is blame but myself; however, I feel like I need to read some ARC’s in order to be considered a book blogger. I know that’s not the case but I still seem to request more ARC’s than I can handle.

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  • Sometimes it feels like it’s hard to get your blog up and rolling. It’s frustrating when you see multiple bloggers that have 100+ followers and all you can think is how!? I try to promote my blog on facebook and twitter but sometimes that never feels like enough. Sometimes I comment on people’s post as well just to get my name out there but I don’t always have things to write for a comment and I’d hate to just write “awesome post!”.

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  • I feel like I have a hard time scheduling posts as well. I’m trying to create a schedule for myself with preplanned post idea’s but sometimes I feel unmotivated to write those posts. Thus, I get behind and beat myself up for it.

Although blogging is hard work and not all fun and games, it’s still a very rewarding experience. I wouldn’t give up blogging for anything. ❤