Songs I Wish Were Books

So… this post should be a TTT post, but I have been soooo pre-occupied that I totally forgot to post it. I know, I am sorry. I don’t take credit for this idea obviously, because this is one of the themes given for Top Ten Tuesdays set for February 16.

Anyway, people have been asking me if I happen to listen to music while I read. Honestly, most of the time I do. I love music, and I tend to listen to music very often especially during idle time, like riding the, or waiting in line, or having coffee by myself. When I was in college, I used to listen to music even while reviewing for exams or doing homework. It does not distract me at all, in fact, I think it makes me focus more, plus the fact that it shuts out my surroundings. So naturally, I would do it while I read as well. When I saw this theme I thought, what a genius idea. Of course, songs tell stories as well, and there are songs I would love to be turned into stories, fantasy or not. This is in no particular order.

Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift.

I have to be honest, most of this has got to do with the music video. Not the love story between two actors bit, nooo, but the wild and the safari and the beautiful landscape. And the line from the song “Say you’ll remember me…” just sounds so sad but mysterious at the same time.

You and Me by Lifehouse

When I hear this song, I get all fuzzy and warm inside. I don’t know why. But when I thought about it a lot, well I think this would be a great song for a fantasy novel. Something to do with time travel or being able to be at multiple time frames at once. And this song is just feels…

My Sacrifice by Creed

This was a huge song back then. Well at least for me. For me, it tells the story of a person reconnecting with someone from the past whom he had to leave in exchange of his dreams. This person he had to sacrifice to find something better for himself. It’s a sad story of having to leave someone you feel absolutely free and carefree and happy when you are with to find yourself and chase your dreams. It’s a song of reminiscing happy memories, told from a heart which is longing, and sad, and probably regretful of having let go of something true.

Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

And I don’t want the world to see me, coz’ I don’t think that they’d understand.When everything’s made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.

First of all, I know you just sang to yourself. Second, tell me this doesn’t sound like a bad ass song to an epic high-fantasy novel about a sinister hero and his dame who happens to be a warrior torn between how she was raised and who she is and what she is coming to believe about the world. This is one of my all-time favorite songs and I always burst out singing when I hear this song.

See You Again by Wiz Khalifa

Now this song makes me want to cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Admittedly, I am a die-hard Fast and the Furious fan. Like really. From the moment I saw the first one, I have been a fan. When Paul Walker died and Fast 7 was released, I was teary eyed when it ended. Rightfully, this song was an ode to a friend lost too early, and a promise of friendship beyond death. It’s an emotional song, telling how friendship is family, and how you can find it in random places. I type this and I remember the movie ending and… excuse me while I ball my eyes out. Just make this into a book NOW.

Secrets by One Republic

Yes, this is that song from the movie The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and rightly so too. I feel like the intro to this song has magic, really. It’s a song about baring it all, and doing it in front of a person you are willing to bet your life on. It doesn’t have to be romantic. When I hear this song I think of rain soaked, bloodied from war, former allies turned against each other by lies and conspiracy, facing each other with the choice of fighting ’til death or defying the odds and facing the wrath of gods. Too much? I know.

Ghost by Jake Miller

I’ve recently been addicted to this song. It sends such a powerful message to issues the youth are facing today. It’s a song about empowerment, and belonging, and knowing that there is always someone for you. This would be such a good contemporary.

One Call Away by Charlie Puth

To me this is such a light-hearted song. I promise to stick around for the long haul. Simple. When I listen to this I think of an ending scene, when characters go separate ways yet promise to always come whenever the other needs help.

Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

When you lose someone that you idolize and respect and look up to from all the people you have known, you tend to deny, and bargain for more. This song is just like that. It is harder, especially, when you know that you are losing them and can’t do anything about it. Should you fight to keep them with you and let them suffer or let them go, free them of misery, and deal with the unbelievable grief? Sounds like a good book to me.

In The End by Linkin’ Park

I don’t even know why. I listen to this song and I seem to think about Assassins Creed or something. I just feel like it should be a book about warriors and kick ass females.

That’s it! What song would you like to be turned into a book?

 

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Earth’s End Book Blitz + Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! I have for you today a very exciting post! As you may know, I absolutely love Air Awakens and because of that I have signed up to be on Elise Kova’s Street Team. Because of this, I also saw that YA Bound Book Tours (thank you girl!) was doing a Book Blitz Sign Up for the release of this book and what do you know, I jumped on the chance! Visit her blog if you want to know more about book releases and more fun stuff! *whispers* click the button!YA Bounk Tour Button

Earth’s End just released and as part of this wonderful event, not only is this book blitz happening, a snippet of the book has been graciously provided, a music playlist (for when you feel like being a proper booknerd, haha!), but also a giveaway too so make sure to read until the end okay? If you haven’t started on this series yet, I suggest you do now, because Elise has also discounted Air Awakens just for this release! Check out any of your preferred retail shops! Anyway, I am not gonna bore you with my ramblings.Let us get on with it!

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Earth’s End (Air Awakens #3)
by Elise Kova
Release Date: February 11th 2016

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Summary from Goodreads:

A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.

Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

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Exclusive Excerpt From Earth’s End

Vhalla snapped the reins and dug her heels into Baston’s sides, forcing him into an all-out run. From above, she heard the shouts of her waking enemy.

Thick and melodic calls erupted in the night, a language completely foreign to Vhalla’s ears. She didn’t have to know the words to know they weren’t friendly, so Vhalla pushed harder, pressing herself to Baston. Vhalla took a breath as she heard arrows being knocked overhead.

The sound of bowstrings being drawn in mass made gooseflesh dot her arms. Another shout, a single word and arrows cut through the air, determined to rain death around her. Even if Vhalla was certain her chainmail would shield her, the horse was completely unarmored; if Baston died, she was as good as dead. Vhalla twisted in her saddle, sweeping a hand through the air. The curtain of wind sent the arrows scattering harmlessly.

They shouted in protest, angst-ridden that she continued on unscathed.

The second assault came faster and hastened Vhalla’s mounting frustration. She had to be out of their range soon. More lights began to blaze above and behind her, casting the ground below in a faint glow. The light illuminated the edge of the city, and Vhalla was forced to stake her life on the hope that once she was out they wouldn’t catch her.

The arrows soared through the air once more and Vhalla twisted, knocking them away in mass. She expected to hear a cry for a third assault, but instead what she heard was even more disheartening. Two words that someone said in a thick Southern Common.

“Wind Demon!”

She became their prey. The sound of thundering hooves came from the direction of where the city first began.

Vhalla crossed under the edge of the city, plunging into the welcoming darkness. Had it been a day ago, Vhalla would not have given those riders a moment’s worry. Baston would outrun any normal horse, plus with her wind he was faster than thunder across the sky. But Baston had been ridden hard with only a brief rest.

Vhalla shifted her vision and peered over her shoulder. In the distance she saw them, riding relentlessly after her.

Sweating, panting, clutching the reins with white knuckles, Vhalla pushed all her energy into the wind at Baston’s and her back. More—they both had to give more. In her blind determination she almost missed the whiz of an arrow through the air.

Vhalla thrust out her arm and stopped the arrow midflight. She closed her fist and threw her arm backwards. The arrow turned and sped back at its original owner. Vhalla watched it soar straight into the Northerner’s eye, the one she pointed a finger at. The man slumped, and then fell off his saddle. She swallowed hard, looking away as the others’ cries grew louder.

Eyes, she would always go for the eyes. Whether someone was or wasn’t a Groundbreaker with stone-like skin was a risk she couldn’t take; she wouldn’t have many shots. Another archer held his bow, waiting for a different opportunity to take his chance.

Baston was already breathing heavy, and Vhalla knew she had to get them off her tail. The four riders behind her rode on fresh mounts and had the advantage of their night’s worth of sleep. Vhalla turned and pointed a finger. Sweeping her hand upward, an arrow freed itself from the other archer’s quiver. With a twist of her wrist, and the keen focus of a killer, Vhalla sent it into the unsuspecting Northerner’s eye.

One of the remaining two riders fell away as they swerved through the trees, his companion pushing forward. As the man swung wide, Vhalla realized they were trying to flank her. Vhalla grabbed for the dagger strapped to her wrist, sending it straight for his eye.

In the process, the woman rider had caught up with Baston, raising a wickedly curved blade toward his haunches. Vhalla threw out her other arm, sending the rider toppling head over heels. It wasn’t chance that the assailant’s blade slit her wielder’s throat in the fall.

Vhalla held out an expectant palm, her own dagger returning to it after a moment.

Wiping the blood on her thigh, she quickly sheathed it against her wrist before grabbing the reins once more. Vhalla swallowed a cry for speed; shouting at the horse would not make it go faster. It would only further compromise her position.

Vhalla pressed her lips together, forcing herself to keep her composure. It was not the first person she had killed. She had killed on the Night of Fire and Wind, she had killed the man who had murdered Larel, and she had killed with her bare hands at the Pass.
What had sunk deep into her bones was the acceptance of what she must do. It was knowing she had become a killer. It was how easy it was for her to slay her foes without even thinking of each of them as a whole person that showed Vhalla she’d gone far down a path she’d never wanted. They were entities, enemies, barriers, but they weren’t human.

Distracted by her inner conflict, Vhalla was caught completely off-guard by the first assault coming from the trees. A Groundbreaker swung down from the air, bringing his sword against the back of her head. Vhalla attempted to dodge at the last second, but it was too late. The blade slipped off her chainmail but it left her vision blurred and her ears ringing.

She blinked, trying to sort her senses as she pushed Baston onward, putting the assailant behind them. Groundbreakers jumped from limb to limb in the trees above her—free and fearless. Vines came to life to meet their extended hands, allowing them to soar through the air. With a twist or a tug, their lifeline shrunk back, curling around branches to pull them upward.

She wanted to feel amazed; perhaps she would have, if these people weren’t out to kill her. Another swung low, and Vhalla dropped off to the side of the saddle to dodge. Righting herself, Vhalla redrew her dagger in one quick motion as a third swung forward to attack. She sent the blade soaring through the vine the Groundbreaker held.

The man fell through the sky; Vhalla’s mind betrayed her, showing a different body plummeting through the air.

With a growl, she turned her blade to the next Northerner she saw, relying on the same tactic. She would show them why one did not hang above the head of the Windwalker. The other body fell with a sickening thud, and Vhalla left them behind her. With a twitch of her wrist, her blade returned to her hand.

Baston’s pace had slowed, and Vhalla snapped his reins again. This was the first time the beast did not heed her command, and she felt uneasiness settle across her.

Five Northerners still jumped from tree to tree overhead as dawn began to fade into early morning. Vhalla wondered if they were biding their time for rider and mount to tire. If she were they, she’d do the same thing. Baston’s sides heaved with exhaustion.

Their presence began to wear on Vhalla, and she watched them with bated breath, waiting for the next assault. Another hour passed and Baston slowed to a trot; she expected this to be the moment they attacked. But the Northerners held fast, following from welcoming branch to welcoming branch, each bent to meet their feet and hands.

They were toying with her, like cats with a mouse.

Playlist

For anyone who knows me, I MUST have music when I’m writing. In fact, it was the song Clarity, by Zedd, that was the initial inspiration for the entire Air Awakens series! Music helps me get “in the zone” and then find my groove again when I have to stop. Needless to say, I have full-on playlists devoted to every book. To get people excited, and to be used while reading, here is the full playlist for Earth’s End, in order, conveniently made in YouTube!

About the Author

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Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook (/AuthorEliseKova). Visit her website, EliseKova.com/, for news and extras about her books!

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My Top Swoon-Worthy Fictional Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishGo and check them out because they have some amazing reviews for you!

For this week’s post, I decided to follow the Valentine’s Day theme going around and tell you, lovely people, my top swoon-worthy fictional characters. Now this by no means an absolute list, and may change depending on which books I read next or if I suddenly have a change of heart.

Lestat de Lioncourt

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

Remember what I said earlier that this list might change? Yes. Forget that. I will forever love this vampire. I have talked about him loads of times in my blog and I feel like I am doing you service by not bombarding you with swooning and blushing remarks regarding this magnificent man.

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Prince Aldrik Solaris

Air Awakens Series by Elise Kova

Where do I start? He is just so genuinely… ugh… I can’t. I CAN’T. Can I just say, Elise must be a genius by being able to create such a adorably fierce man? Ignore the extreme polarity of my word choices please.

Ron Weasley

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Okay. I see your eyebrow raising. You probably were wondering why I placed him here. Well, he is not exactly like “swoon-worthy” but I guess I just had this strong attraction to the character. You may probably say why not Harry? I am wondering the same thing too. But, there is just something about Ron that’s warm and homey and loyal and friendly and makes you want to be his friend for life.

Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

If the question why is in your head right now, go ahead and pick up Pride and Prejudice right now and read. Yes. Now. I’ll wait. Yep. But seriously, everybody could use a Mr. Darcy. EVERYBODY.

Vel (Vellexore Beuregard Peate)

Razia Series by S. Usher Evans
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This boy is sixteen years old, and is adorable and kind-hearted and witty and innocent. Discounting the fact that I am technically 8 years his senior, just the feels from this boy… I think it had something to do with how he handled everything happening around him and learning about the evils of the “perfect” world he used to believe in. Somehow, he handles himself in such a mature way it was just lovely.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Going into the book, I didn’t really think that he would be the one I would root for. But, the air of mystery took over and I found myself swooning and rooting for him. I might have stalked him if he had social media accounts to be honest. Listen, when a guy so mysterious gushes metallic green blood, has battle scars all over, can enter your dreams, and is busting his ass fighting ugly creatures, you just gotta love him. No other choice.

Hudson

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that this guy died a horrible and heart-wrenching death (for me at least) halfway into the book.

With the above being said, besides the fact that this guy’s charm and confidence and pick up game was just on point, I guess I fell for the ‘what if’ situation. I was trapped into that whole imagining scenario of what might have happened if he hadn’t died WHICH MADE ME ABSOLUTELY WANT TO RIP OUT ALL OF THE HAIR FROM THAT EVIL GIRL’S HEAD!!! I know. Relax. Inner peace…..

And that’s it! What? You counted seven? Well, yeah! That’s it!

Honestly, I tried to fill the other three spots but I just couldn’t seem to think of anyone off the top of my head so maybe this will do for now? I know you are kind and understanding beings. Anyway, thank you so much for reading and see you on my next post!

Let’s chat…

Who is your ULTIMATE book crush?

-Meyan Rose-

 

 

 

Liebster Award #2

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Hello everyone! A few days ago I found out that I have been nominated, again, for the Liebster Award… and oh how this made me sooo happy! As some of you might know, I have already made a post about this so if you want to check that out, together with the rules, click here. So before I start answering the questions, I just would like to say that I would not be nominating specific people in this post. I would, however, tag all of you who will be reading this and may answer the questions you wish to answer in the comments below! I think it will be super fun!

I also want to thank May from Sunsets and Bookfests for nominating me and appreciating my blog. Check out her cute blog and say hi for me! Here are the questions she has given:

What book are you reading right now?

I just finished Double Life by S. Usher Evans (which I LOVED) and am currently, and have for a while now, re-reading (slowly) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.

Hardback, Paperback or Ebook?

Ugh this is a tough one. First, Ebooks are out of the competition right off the bat. Hardbacks are really lovely (especially on your shelves) but they can be quite hard to read/position when you read and you obviously cannot just carry them around especially when you travel. So I would have to go with paperbacks. Most of my books are paperbacks and tend to choose them over hardback editions. I love to travel and I love bringing at least one physical book when I leave.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Just one? That I can’t do. I could do three though. Mystery/Thriller, Historical fiction, Fantasy.

Which author, dead or alive, would you like to go on a date with?

I wold love to sit and have coffee with Anne Rice and Dr. Maya Angelou.. I think the conversations with those ladies would be EPIC.

Do you prefer to read stand-alones or series?

In general, I prefer stand-alones. But, there are really great series out there that I love…

What book/series would you love to be adapted as a tv show?

The books by Philippa Gregory.. Kind of Reign meets The Burgois meets Game of Thrones.

If your life was a book what would be it’s title?

The Girl Who Wrote to Live

What draws you to a book, the cover or the description?

The description definitely. I can be critical towards book covers, but the synopsis ultimately does it for me.

Favorite book villain?

Oh, I absolutely hate the guts of Lord Voldemort but let’s admit it. Half the human population hating this guy means he is a great villain.

Favorite book you’ve read this year?

This year… Air Awakens by Elise Kova! Wait did I finish that last year? Whatever, it is so good it may break the rule, it’s just February of this year after all.

Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Not much really. Although the variety of books I read increased. I also have been introduced to indie authors who are, if I may say so, just as talented as the more ‘popular’ ones.

So! now here are my questions for you guys:

  1. Where do you usually write?
  2. What is your favorite dessert?
  3. If you only choose one book as your favorite, what would it be?
  4. What’s the most inspiring book you have ever read?
  5. Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what kind of music do you listen to?
  6. What do you look forward most about the Christmas season?
  7. Name the best place you have visited.
  8. Who is your favorite author?
  9. What time of the day do you usually read?
  10. What are your favorite and least favorite genres to read and why?
  11. My blog is about books, reading, and writing. How has reading shaped who you are as a person today?

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I (and my owl) would love to read your answers to these questions! How did you find out about my blog? What do you think about it?

Have a nice day!

-Meyan Rose-

BOOK REVIEW: Double Life (Razia Series Book 1) by S. Usher Evans

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So, listen… This book has thrown all my prejudices about dystopian(ish) books out the window, into the deepest part of the oceans, never to be found again. Just saying.

As some of you might know, I am a part of S. Usher Evans’ Street Team which means that I help her promote and spread word out about her books. That being said, I felt like a complete loser not having a review of one of her books. Like what? Why? WHY??? So, let us correct that mistake and make one alright?

The cover was okay for me. Not that I have anything in mind to make it a better one as I am not a very artsy person, but, it wasn’t mind blowing to me personally. Although, I would say it does the story service. 

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Uhmm, pretty much everything? Well okay, okay.. let’s list them out..

The pacing of the story was perfect. Honestly, there was no dull moment. Now I am not saying that every single page is explosive, no. BUT, every single page leads you on to the next. You get what I’m saying? There was not one page you could getaway with not reading. Because I know (and you know) there are books I could skip a whole chapter of boring stuff and I would not miss a thing about the story at all.

Also, the character development which what I am ALWAYS looking for, was amazing. Obviously, most of it would fall on Lyssa/ Razia being that she is the lead character. What I loved about it was that the external and internal conflicts that she experienced just felt real and genuine. Father issues, crazy mother and family issues, identity issues, finding your own niche in the world, work… Everything. Once again, a kick-ass heroine who has her head perfectly placed on top of her neck. Seriously, she has her PhD (while this could be a total personal bias because I am working towards mine). She is brilliant AND stubborn at the same time. She pilots her own ship, excavates freaking PLANETS and catches pirates for a living. Amidst all the stuff that she is, you could just relate to her. Or maybe that is just me. Yup, spirit animal status

There were really great mysteries surrounding other characters as well. Like the kinds you want to know more about because you feel like there is something deep and dark but incredibly touching side to them. Enter Sage Teon and Harms. I seriously think Harms is protective of Razia, like a bad ass father-figure of some sorts.

BUT, I just want to take a moment, and explain through a GIF, about Vel. Ready?

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The feels from that boy…. Insert heart-eyed emoji… Damn you Whitney…

The world that she created is just amazing. Just the combination of faith, and science, and heaven, and hell, and just the clear yet vague representation of the difference in them is great. I mean, it poses a question of what would you do if you could go to that place inches away from Heaven? What would it look like? What would you do? Would you want to know how your soul weighs in on judgement? What could jealousy and the unknown really do to a family? Just these questions perfectly melded into a dystopian, sci-fi novel is unbelievable. All this and the completely different other side of the spectrum where there are pirates, and bounty hunters which are pirates as well, and bank accounts, and secrets, and mafias, and selling planets, and I know it sounds dizzying but I promise you it’s not.

Somehow, she is able to narrate all this clearly and in a way that you can follow through fluidly. You just end up flipping through the pages knowing exactly what is going on.

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Just the itty bitty fact that I was lost in the beginning because I am a poor technology user and sciences other than the ones that have to do with the human body are alien to me. So yeah, it took not a very long time but quite a few pages for me to ease in and get comfortable with the terms and the entire vibe of the story. But like I said, once I was in, I. WAS. IN.

When it ended I was actually surprised. I felt cheated, honestly. Like why would you do that? Why end it now? Anyway, I really, really like this book and for my first time plunging into this genre, it did a REALLY GREAT JOB. I recommend it to those of you who are trying out this genre or even to a well rounded reader as well. I don’t know if my words conveyed how much I loved this book, but here yah go!

4.5star

Let’s chat…

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Have you read this book? Can you recommend books of the same genre? Do you like owls? Do you? Do you?!

 

-Meyan Rose-

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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It has been a while. But then I try to remember where all the days have gone and I have no idea whatsoever. Before anything else, how are you lovely people of the book community? I missed yah! Really! So when I was able to (finally) get hold of my laptop and check my notifications, I saw that I was tagged by @alwaysopinionatedgirl so thank you girl! Oh and go and click that link to check out her blog as well for her answers to these questions! And now on to the tag:

How long have you been a blogger?

Before this one, I have had a blog years ago which was pretty much neglected a lot. Then December of 2014 I decided to be more committed in blogging so technically, I have been “really blogging” for a little more than a year now.

At what point do you think you will stop?

Not anytime soon I can tell you that. So far, this book blogging journey has been sooo positive and SOOOOO much fun and I don’t see myself stopping for quite some time.

What is the best thing?

I wish I could say all the books I read, but then that is always a given. In reality, I honestly think that the best thing on this whole journey was all the people I have met, book bloggers, readers, and authors as well. I went into blogging and writing as an outlet for me to express things I would not have normally expressed in person. Also, I knew, and I have said it from the very beginning, that I wanted to meet new people, and make new friends because I decided that I should make an effort to reach out and explore the world.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

I had to think on this for a good while. Worst thing? There is nothing terribly bad about all this really, but, I guess the pressure that comes with the huge book blogging community. From hyped books to unpopular bookish opinions, I think there are certain pressure points that we have to go through as bloggers. Especially if you tend to feel insecure from “bigger” blogs you follow. But then, I always remind myself WHY I STARTED BLOGGING and it always makes me focus on blogging for me and just staying true to myself (cliches anyone?).

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Usually, before I start typing, I already have an idea of what the main image/title image my post will have, so looking for backgrounds and patterns for those isn’t really difficult. Also, and this is a tip I can share, I always download or save all the images, GIFs, etc. that I will use for that post because I find that it saves me a lot of time and provides for a smoother construction of a blog post. This is especially because I handwrite my reviews before I type them.

Who’s your book crush?

I have had A LOT. If we are to talk about all of them, we would be here for a long, long time. How is anyone supposed to have only one? Like really. But, if you ask me for the ones at this very moment, I have two I can think off the top of my head. Lestat (my love forever) from The Vampire Chronicles, Prince Aldrik from the Air Awakens Series (swooning big time) and Vel from the Razia Series (the feels from this boy..just…).

Which author would you like to have on your blog?

Of course, J.K. Rowling is an obvious choice, like duh?!?! Anne Rice (THE queen), Elise Kova, S. Usher Evans, Philippa Gregory. Oh! Did it just ask for one? These tags always ask for the impossible!

What do you wear when you write your blog?

For some reason I found this question really weird, not to mention awkward haha! For me, it would be house clothes. I usually write at home on my desk so I am usually on my chill clothes.

How long does it take you to prepare?

It depends on the post I am making. If it requires more research and links and images, then it would probably take me more than one sitting (a.k.a. day) but usually it does not take me long. However, I tend to be one who writes last minute which I SERIOUSLY want to change will I will make sure especially now that I am into planning a lot!

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Like I said, it has been such a positive experience. I find that this community is so open and welcoming to everyone even those who have differing opinions. I think this is a healthy community where people with a common passion discuss opinions and beliefs in a non-judgmental manner, respecting each other’s differences. The fellow readers, book bloggers, and even authors (who I previously thought were kind of snobs) have been nothing but kind to me and I love being a part of this community. Of course no system/ community is perfect and there are things we are sad about and we wish would change. But overall, it is one place I will not tire of being a part of.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

I don’t think there is an exact recipe to blogging success. However, I believe that staying true to yourself is the best way. I love to read blogs where the bloggers seem like they are talking to you and telling you a story about something. For one, my blog is not big at all, but I am very happy, and very proud as to where I am right now. What I can only do is to work harder on it.

Who do you tag?

Go and check (follow) their blogs. They are amazing bloggers!

Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

Aimee @ Redheaded Book Lover

Ava @ Bookishness and Tea

Sarah@ The YA Book Traveler

Vane, Evelyn, and Tash @ Books With Chemistry

Paul @ The Galaxial Word

Nori @ ReadWriteLove28

 

P.S. I know that the image up top has nothing to do with book blogging but I’ve told you right? Owl-kick/ obsession. It’s a thing.

-Meyan Rose-