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5 BOOKISH FACTS ABOUT ME

1. I HAVE BOUGHT MANY PROPS SPECIFICALLY FOR BOOKSTAGRAM

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When I started out on bookstagram, I took pictures of books in their simple beauty. Over time, I began incorporating little things around my room, threads of nature from the garden, and any other piece of magic I could find. But once I was upgrading to a DSLR, it was time to take this bookstagram thing REALLY seriously.

So I bought some props. Like, a lot of them.

I have no regrets.

2. MY BOOKSHELVES MUST BE ORGANIZED IN A SPECIFIC WAY

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I’m not about that messy life. (Well, at least not aesthetically.) My room and my things must be organized in a particular manner, especially my bookshelves because they are my children.

I’ve changed the layout over time, but as of now, my stand-alone/unfinished series bookshelf (right) is organized by color and covers. Meaning, my hardbacks are all together at the top, while my paperbacks sit atop the last two shelves.

My series bookshelf (left) is sorted by genre and age group. So it goes: fantasy, paranormal, science-fiction, contemporary, with graphic novels at the very top (which are obviously sorted by DC and Marvel because I’m not a monster). Each genre goes from the youngest age to group to the oldest: children’s, middle-grade, young adult, and finally, adult.

Can you tell I like to be organized?

3. I WILL TAKE HARDBACKS OVER PAPERBACKS OR EBOOKS ANY DAY

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I don’t discriminate, especially when it comes to books. I love all of my little stories, no matter how they come. BUT, if I had to choose one format for the rest of my days, I would select hardbacks.

Yes, they can be a bit tedious to hold or travel with, but they are SO pretty. I love the structured feel of the spines and the details that can often be found beneath the dust jacket. They also tend to be the same size as most novels, which completes my need for a clean, even look.

But again, I love all books. They are clearly my life.

4. I USED TO HATE READING AND ANYTHING LITERARY

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That’s right. I used to despise reading and writing. Crazy, right? This is only because of school, which I associated with stress and anxiety. The thing is, I love learning, but I didn’t love school. I didn’t love the repetitiveness, the lack of creative freedom, and just everything. So when I thought of books or writing, I thought of school, and I cringed.

But about three years ago, my sister, who has been a bookworm since her childhood, encouraged me to try reading for fun. I did, and it quickly stuck. After reading the Divergent series, I finally decided to start writing this idea down that had been in my head for over a year.

Three years later, I’ve read close to two hundred novels and written two novels, both of which stemmed from that very first idea of mine. And now, I couldn’t imagine my life without reading or writing.

Moral of the story: give second chances and never say never.

5. BOOKS ARE MY BEST FRIENDS

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I have carried them with me to the sea and the desert. To the sun and the stars. I have stayed awake in the peak of the night despite my old lady sleeping patterns, ecstatically flipping page after page. I have stained the ink with my tears, both out of joy and sorrow. I have filled my room with their spines and stories to admire with every breath of my life. They have carried me through my times of flight and saved me in my days of drowning. They are my dearest companions, and I love them with the whole of my heart.

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LET’S CHAT

I know this tag is usually presented as a casual post on Instagram, but I decided to bring it over to my blog to allow myself to be a bit more creative with it. If you’ve read this all the way through, then consider yourself tagged and tell your followers five bookish facts about you.

Thank you to the lovely and magical Sofia @ The Literary Casanova. This girl is always tagging me to participate in the absolute best tags of the bookstagram community. If you aren’t already following this girl, head on over to her blog and other social media outlets and give her a follow.

Have a happy Friday! *blows kisses*

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I’M A MISFIT; I’M A REBEL [WRITING PLAYLIST]

As my bio states across every thread of the web, I like to write about misfits and rebels. I like to write about the unheard and the damaged. My narrators are often unreliable, wild little anti-heroes. You don’t know what their next move we’ll be, if it will be good or bad. They surprise me themselves, sometimes.

But as a shy young adult who is secretly an old woman but very much tries to be cool, I have trouble relating to their ideas and actions. Which is where the rebellious music comes in.

Music is a massive inspiration when it comes to my writing. It aids in placing my mind deep into the waters of another world or a character’s thoughts. (I also not-so-secretly like pretending I am somewhat of a rebel by listening to this kind of music but we all know the truth here.)

Whether you’re writing about a whole cast of rebels or feel like pretending to be a misfit yourself, I have just the right playlist for you. Let’s be a little wild and dramatic. Let’s scream and sing until our throats run raw. Let’s be rebels.

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PLAYLIST

1. “New Americana” – Halsey

2. “Flawless” – The Neighbourhood

3. “Monsters” – Ruelle

4. “Young God” – Halsey

5. “Dollhouse” – Melanie Martinez

6. “Mustang Kids” – Zella Day, Baby E

7. “Crying On The Bathroom Floor” – MUNA

8. “West Coast” – The Neighbourhood

9. “Gasoline” – Halsey

10. “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots

11. “Kill Our Way to Heaven” – Michl

12. “Royals” – Lorde

13. “Demons” – Imagine Dragons

14. “Hurricane” – Halsey

15. Black Sea” – Natasha Blume

16. “Mad Hatter” – Melanie Martinez

17. Control” – Halsey

18. “Everytime” – Broods

19. “Ghost” – Halsey

20. “Believer” – Imagine Dragons

21. Staying Up” – The Neighbourhood

22. “Haunting” – Halsey

23. “Glory And Gore” – Lorde

24. “How” – The Neighbourhood

25. “Castle” – Halsey

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LET’S CHAT

Who are some of your favorite misfits of the literary world? What sort of music makes you feel like a rebel yourself? I would love to hear your answers and your opinions on the playlist above. And for my full misfits playlist, click here.

I really adore creating these playlists to share with you fellow creatives out there. I hope these playlists of mine motivate you as much as they have with me. And if you have any ideas for future playlists, do let me know!

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APRIL WRAP-UP [2017]

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THE MONTH OF APRIL

April has been a whirlwind of a month, one full of adventures. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get much reading or writing done in April, being that there was so much going on. I had a multitude of events, work, and a couple of jobs along the side. It was a successful month, I would say, but for a variety of reasons. For example:

I EXPLORED THE DESERT

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And oh my, was it beautiful. I didn’t think the desert would be something I would enjoy before, but it was like exploring a painting. It was bold and colorful, overflowing with these textures and patterns. It was incredibly inspiring as both a writer and photographer.

I FOUND THIS DOG

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LOOK AT THOSE EYES.

THIS NEON SIGN

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Neon signs are my #aesthetic, so this was a very exciting moment for me.

I FELL EIGHT BOOKS BEHIND SCHEDULE

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This obviously isn’t an accomplishment. I thought I’d just let you all know how much I’m drowning in adulthood and unread books.

I ONLY READ FOUR BOOKS

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So you can see why I fell so very far behind on my reading schedule. BUT DO NOT FEAR, for I have been known to surpass my reading goals before, and I plan to do so again. Goodreads will not defeat me.

I DID A LOT OF OTHER LITTLE THINGS BUT I DON’T HAVE PICTURES OF IT

So, yeah. Let’s just move onto the books.

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THE BOOKS OF APRIL

ON THE EDGE OF GONE BY CORINNE DUYVIS

REVIEW:

On the Edge of Gone was a beautifully diverse book featuring an autistic, biracial girl named Iris and her sister Denise, who is transgender. These two powerful girls, along with several other diverse characters brought a lot of dimension to this in-depth dystopian world.

As we all know, post-apocalyptic novels tend to be quite redundant and predictable. But On the Edge of Gone kept me in wonder, continually trying to guess what was going to happen next.

I really enjoyed this novel, however, it did feel much too long and slow. By the end of the book, I felt as though not much had really befell throughout the entirety of the novel.

For my full review of this diverse dystopian, click here.

RATING: ★★

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SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI

REVIEW:

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was such a fun, lighthearted read, while at the same time dealing with important topics. This novel discusses homosexuality, how people can feel like an outcast from it. But most importantly, I think this book discusses homosexuality with such ease and normality, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay.

Simon was a wonderful protagonist. He was funny and caring with a deep love for Oreos and waffles, and honestly, I can relate.

I also loved the way Albertalli told about half of the story through Simon and Blue. (And no, unfortunately, we are not talking about Blue Sargent, but we WILL be later this month. *wink*)

If you’re in the mood for something soft and cute and diverse, I recommend giving this a go. I’m sure it will pull you right out of any slump or rough patch. And, next year, Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is coming to the big screen starring Nick Robinson as our beloved Simon and I’m SUPER excited.

RATING: ★★

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Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

REVIEW:

As I’ve said before, I’m trying to incorporate more poetry into my usual reading habits. In the late of night, I picked up Salt from my digital library against the wishes of my TBR jar. Why? I don’t remember. But I’m glad I did so.

Salt explores everything from racism to sexism to sexuality, and my goodness, was this a gorgeous piece of work. Waheed has this lyrical tone in her writing that is both pungent and fragile. In only a few sentences, I felt her pain and sorrow. All the emotions she has felt through the roller coaster of her life.

I read the entire thing in one sitting, staying up until midnight to finish. (Which, by the way, is late for me because I’m basically an old lady.) And it wasn’t until I reached the end of the book that I realized Nayyirah Waheed is the author of one of my favorite poems, “I am mine. Before I am ever anyone else’s.” The same poem I have tattooed on my arm. So this felt special reading further work of Waheed’s.

RATING: ★★★

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MY DIARY FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD BY JODI LYNN ANDERSON

REVIEW:

If you’re not already familiar, Jodi Lynn Anderson is one of my all-time favorite authors. She has made me smile and laugh and cry. (Mainly cry.) She is known to weave beautiful stories that are both beautiful and dark; characters that are honest and raw to the bone.

Despite not being a fan of middle-grade novels, I had a feeling My Diary to the Edge of the World would be one I would enjoy. And thankfully, I was right.

This novel took a fun, magical approach to the world while still keeping it realistic. Among that, the characters were complicated and intriguing. And to my surprise, the parents were alive and involved. How refreshing is that?

For my full review of this family oriented fantasy that left me in a pool of my own tears, click here.

RATING: ★★★

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LET’S CHAT

How many books did you read in the month of April? Any good books you would like to share? I’m always open to recommendations! Because I mean, it’s not like I have too many books to read or anything. Just 115 or so. NBD.

I also want to apologize for being so inactive lately. Photography has been taking over my life, and though I’m extremely thankful for that, I miss my blog and my writing. I’ve been stuck in the 30k range of my WIP for the last two months, and that’s upsetting. I’m really trying to manage my time now, because I refuse to let my other dreams fade in the background. This is all very important to me.

So I’m back with more bookish and writerly things coming your way!

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