Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You’ve Discovered This Year

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Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey. You can check out her Youtube channel here and the meme’s Goodreads group here.

I’m having such a hard time sitting down and writing blog posts and it’s KILLING me. I don’t want this blog to fall into obscurity like several of my other attempts but it’s like I’m losing interest. Between school and my job, my life is pretty much go, go, go and finding the energy to write even Top 5 Wednesday posts and Top Ten Tuesday posts is hard. Help keep my motivated guys. Please!

This week’s topic is my top 5 author discoveries for the year. I’ve had a bad reading year overall, but there were several authors that did stand out to me that helped me to get past the majority of my reading struggles. A couple of them have even made my favorite authors list!

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One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog AwardI was nominated by Ayunda at Tea and Paperbacks (who is super nice and you should totally check out her blog) for the One Lovely Blog Award and I’m so excited that she did. Thank you so much!

Basically, the rules are as follows:

  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog
  2. You must list the rules of the award
  3. You must add seven facts about yourself
  4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Author Duos You’d Love To See Write a Book Together

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by the ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish. Click on the banner above to learn more about it and to see a list of upcoming topics.

I’m so excited about this topic because thinking about all of the great author team-ups that could happen makes me really want to shove said authors into a room together and MAKE them write something for my own personal gratification. I’m going to warn you now that you’re going to see my favorite authors popping up over and over again because I can’t help myself 😀

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Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy JacksonPercy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

By: Rick Riordan

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

~From Goodreads

Percy Jackson is one of those quintessential YA series that any good fantasy lover HAS to read. I’ve honestly had this series on my TBR list for years but kept finding excuses to hold it off. I eventually purchased this book in the hopes that having it in physical copy constantly taunting me would force me to read it faster and this ploy eventually worked. I obviously enjoyed the story: I finished it in less than a week. With my recent track record, that puts this book on Jesus levels of awesomeness. I admit the story is flawed and the characters aren’t perfect, but I had a lot of fun reading about Percy’s quest for the lost Lightning Bolt and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series (and Riordan’s bazillion spin-offs).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit or Have Quit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. Click here to find a list of upcoming topics and to join in on the fun!

I’m back! Did you miss me? Actually, don’t answer that. I’m halfway through my first midterm exam week (I have a couple more coming up next week and I’m trying really hard not to think about it) and my last shifts filling in for the HR lady at my job are at the end of this week so my life will hopefully go back to normal soon. I feel so disconnected because the only things I’ve been able to do is work, go to school, sleep, and read a couple of pages from my book in between classes. I’m getting student teaching flashbacks! I finally finished The Collector last week and will have a deliciously scathing review out for it sometime this week (or next week. Or whenever.) and I’ve started the first Percy Jackson book. I’m so happy that I might cry because I’m actually ENJOYING this book. Its not perfect by any means, but its fun and has some interesting twists on Greek mythology. I guess October is going to be Percy Jackson & Friends Month for me.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Ten Bookish Things We Want to Quit or Have Quit. The Broke and the Bookish ladies gave us some pretty wide parameters for this topic but I unfortunately don’t have enough brainpower or imagination to come up with a complete list of ten so it’s more like a top five list. Oops. Here we go!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Banned Books I’ve Read

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Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey. You can view her Youtube channel (which is awesome) here and see a list of upcoming topics on the Goodreads group page here.

Hello everyone! Long time no see. I’ve been crazy busy and I’m so upset that I’ve basically been AWOL for the last week. I’m currently being trained for another position at my job, so my hours have almost  doubled on top of going to school full time. Now the only time I have free time is when I sleep :’D This isn’t a permanent change, fortunately, so I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled programming in about two weeks, but before then I’m going to be popping in and out infrequently. On top of all of this, I’m reading a really mediocre book and I’m struggling to finish  it. I’ve well and truly convinced myself I’m cursed. God just doesn’t want me to be happy with my reading choices this year. Hopefully I’ll be done with it soon and I can get started on Serpentine, which came in last week, nicely signed in silver!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is banned books. As it’s banned book week, this topic is super appropriate and I love it both as a former teacher and as a reader. No matter what school district you go into, there is always going to be that one parent who throws a huge stink about a teacher’s choice of reading material for various reasons. While I never had to deal with that personally, I know how long the list of banned books has become and how there is no better way to ensure someone reads something than to ban it. As I was a rebel without a cause, I read several banned books in high school and below you’ll find a list of some of my favorites.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Title Fonts on Covers

Top Five WednesdayTop 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Lainey. You can check out her Youtube channel here (which is awesome) and see upcoming topics on the Goodreads page here.

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today is definitely feeling like Hump Day and all I want to do is sleep in until noon tomorrow, but alas, I have school. This week’s topic is title cover fonts that we like. This one is a little strange because I don’t always notice title fonts on their own. As part of a package deal with the cover, I always have an opinion on what I like and what I don’t like, but as an aesthetic all on its own, I usually gloss over it. As I digging through my books, I noticed that the fonts that jumped out to me fell into one of two categories: fine, loopy cursive or letters shaped like symbols. Here’s my list so you can see for yourself.

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