Books · Fantasy · Young Adult

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag (Day 1)

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Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews tagged me in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag. Hooray! I actually really like this one because I enjoy finding and sharing quotes from books I’ve read. It’s interesting to see what particular quotes grab people. I feel like it reveals something about their personalities and gives you a brief glimpse inside their heads. Don’t you agree?

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you Mandy! You are awesomesauce!)
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

For Day 1, I am going to share a quote from the book I am currently reading, Crooked Kingdom. I liked this one because fear is a very prevalent theme in this story. Despite the fear the characters experience, however, they’re all able to own that fear and face it when they really need to. It’s pretty badass.

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Writing Progress

It’s Friday at last! Time to party! And by party I mean SLEEP. There’s been a lot of early mornings and late nights this week. My insomnia has been rampant the last three years few weeks, also, and it feels like it’s starting to catch up with  me.

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(Update: Since I started writing this I have now accidentally punched my co-worker in the boob, spilled a bottle of water all over the floor, and been squished in the automatic door. Is it 5:00 yet?!)

I’ve been wanting to write a post abut the progress of the book I’ve been working on for a while now, but I’m not really sure what to say. I’ve made more progress on the non-fiction book than the fantasy story, which surprises me a little. I’m not usually one who’s big on reading non-fiction in general.

The book is going to be about some of the things I’ve experienced and learned from living with mental health issues. Rather than being like a self-help book (you guys know how much I loooove those :-P) it’s going to be more akin to what I’m doing on the blog here. Sharing stories, interjecting some humor when appropriate, and imparting my “wisdom”…You know, after re-reading that description, I realize how terrible it sounds. Nobody’s going to want to read this.

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I didn’t set any specific goals for how much progress I make this year. I don’t really know what would be the most realistic goal to set, so for now I’m telling myself to just write. I’ve managed to get about 11,000 words out since the beginning of January, so I guess things are moving in a good direction.

Question for you writers out there: Do you ever feel like nobody is going to read the books you write?

Life

The Internet Lied To Me

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Hello fair gents and ladies (and non-binary folk)!

First, I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day. Or anti-Valentine’s Day. Or a normal Wednesday. I hope my Valentine’s post on expectations didn’t come across the wrong way. I was thinking about it after I wrote it and I was afraid that it sounded too much like I was whining. If so, that was not my intention. The intention was to look a little deeper into the general feelings and expectations that our society typically experiences on Valentine’s Day. I figured the best way to talk about it would be to share some of my own personal experience with you.

Second, I would like to report that I am not dying. I mean, technically we are all slowly moving towards death, but I am not dying any time soon. (I hope not, anyway.) I had the last of my stressful medical appointments earlier this week. Thankfully, my first mammogram and ultrasound was less stressful than having my vagina carved into like a turkey. The lump in my breast is nothing to worry about for now, which means the internet was lying. I get to keep my arm, my vagina, and my boob. Fuck you, internet!

Physical therapy has been going well. My shoulder still gets fatigued easily, but I’m not in as much pain as I was before and my strength is coming back. I’ve still had to take it easy as far as pole dancing goes, but it’s also given me a chance to focus more on my burlesque. I haven’t done as much burlesque as I have pole over the last year, so it’s been fun changing things up.

2018 has been one hell of a year so far. I’d prefer to stay out of the doctor’s office for the rest of it.

 

 

Adult · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

Sequels I Probably Won’t Read

Some books are so good that you have to read the next one immediately. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 other books on your TBR list. You put them all aside and buy the sequel because you won’t be able to sleep at night if you don’t know what happens next.

These are not those books.

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Out of No Man’s Land (Sand #2) by Hugh Howey – Sand had an interesting storyline,  but the characters left me a tad disappointed. The story went back and forth between different points-of-view, which made it feel like there wasn’t enough character development.

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman – There was very little that I liked about Scythe.  Everything/everyone was boring and it felt like another stereotypical YA dystopian novel.

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The Magician King (The Magicians #2) by Lev Grossman – Despite how much I disliked The Magicians I contemplated reading the second book. Several people have insisted that the story gets more exciting, but judging by what I’ve seen of the television version, they’re lying to me.

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Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan – I am not dead set against reading the next book. I enjoyed Age of Myth, but I don’t know if I liked it enough that I really care to read the rest of the series.

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The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman – The Invisible Library had a pretty cool premise, but there was very little background detail. It kinda felt like you were just dropped into the middle of a story, so things were confusing at times. I’ve heard that the sequel is similar, so I’ll probably pass on this one.

Do you keep reading a series if  you didn’t like the first book?

Life

Great Expectations (Valentine’s Edition)

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The annual day of expectation and disappointment is upon us at last! Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. 😘

Some people love Valentine’s Day and others despise it. This year I’ve been wedged right in the middle. I actually really like Valentine’s Day, or the concept of it, anyway. I know it’s a cheesy and made up holiday designed for making money, but at the same time the sentiment is still nice. Everyone has busy lives and it’s not always easy to take the time to go on dates or do special things for your significant other. Some couples may not care about that stuff, (Obviously everybody and every relationship is different), but that stuff matters to me. I actually appreciate getting flowers in occasion and being taken out on dates. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top. The gesture alone makes me really happy. That’s why I like the concept of Valentine’s Day. For me, it’s not about spending a ton of money or buying lavish presents, but it’s the gesture that means something. Going out to dinner or buying a box of those mystery flavored chocolates feels like a nice gesture. It says “hey I still like you enough to participate in this silly tradition.”

Is it wrong of me to want/like that kind of thing? Sometimes I wonder…

This year we won’t be doing the Valentine’s thing. Without getting into the details I’ll say that Boyfriend and I have different priorities as far at this day goes. Some of the disappointment I’ve been feeling is probably my own fault though. You see, because we did all that cutesy stuff last year (our first year together) I came to expect it this year. Therein lies some of the problems we (as a society) run into with Valentine’s Day: the expectations. Between the heavy advertising and the things you see on social media, it’s a holiday that builds up a lot of expectation. Then, when our expectations aren’t met we automatically feel bad about it. We blame ourselves, our relationships, society, etc. We’re bitter and/or feel like nobody cares about us.

What a fun way to spend a holiday focused on celebrating love.

I’m not going to lie, I’m guilty of some of this. Part of me can’t help it. My brain is wired to fixate on the negative. (I’d like to give a shout out to my depression and anxiety here, who have been the most consistent and loyal Valentine’s Day companions for as long as I can remember. Love you guys! <3) Even if I tell myself not to have expectations based on what everyone else is doing for Valentine’s Day, is it totally wrong of me to expect that my significant other will make it a priority because it’s something that’s important to me? I’m having a hard time figuring out the answer.

Some people eschew making Valentine’s Day about couples/relationships at all. I used to think that this was just for people who didn’t want to feel bad about being single, but as I get older I totally get it. We all need to make loving ourselves a priority, regardless of what day of the year it is. Maybe this would be a better way to focus on the holiday, rather than letting myself be disappointed.

Whether you’re celebrating or not today, I want you all to know how much I appreciate you. If I could send each of you heart-shaped boxes of mystery chocolate I totally would.

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What are your feelings on Valentine’s Day? Do you have any particular expectations surrounding the holiday? 

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Valentine’s Day Bullshit (Favorite Fictional Romances, Pt. 2)

Who’s almost ready to celebrate the most disappointing day of the year?! I know I sure am. I’ve already purchased eaten half a box of those mystery chocolates all by myself while contemplating setting everything around me ablaze.

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As you can see, I am feeling somewhat bitter about Valentine’s Day this year. Everyone else has been posting appropriate, lovey dovey crap though, so I feel like I should at least pretend, just for tradition’s sake.

Last year I made a post about a few of my favorite fictional romances. I’ve decided to expand on that list this year. (To see part 1, click here)

Sheldon & Amy (The Big Bang Theory) – These two are hilarious. Their nerdiness and weird quirks make them perfect for each other, even if Sheldon just doesn’t get it half the time.

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Feyre & Rhysand from (A Court of Thorns and Roses series) – These two really understood each other and what they needed in each other. They had both been through some really fucked up stuff and rather than letting it destroy them, they allowed it to bring them together.

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The Doctor & Rose (Doctor Who) – If you tell me that you didn’t cry in Doomsday I’m calling you a LIAR.

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Jane & Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre) – Their relationship was a little weird, but I feel like they finally got their shit figured out in the end.

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What do you think about the couples on this list? Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?

Books · Fantasy · Young Adult

It’s Monday! How you doin’?

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I hope you’re all having a decent start to your week. or at least have a cup of coffee in your hand right now. I’ve hardly slept the last 3-4 days, so I’m really needing the caffeine today.

The four books I ordered from Barnes & Noble last week finally arrived this weekend, so at least I’ve had those to keep me and my insomnia company. One night, while my anxiety had my brain racing at 3 a.m. I decided to waste time by taking one of those Facebook personality quizzes. Ironically, it told me that I have a very anxious personality. *laughs*…*cries*

Currently Reading: 

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What are you planning on reading this week?

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