WHY IS BLOGGING SO STRESSFUL & HOW DO WE DEAL WITH IT?

Hey guys, today I am coming at you with a discussion post. Originally I was going to share my favourite of the month but honestly, I think I’m falling out of love with them and I don’t feel like forcing myself to write a blog post that I don’t enjoy writing and that you guys don’t read. 

Anyway, so today I am talking about blogging pressure. It’s a problem we all face and we all stress about it, no matter whether we want to. I know I’ve been facing it a lot lately, and so I thought I might talk about it with you guys!

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THE READING PROBLEM

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It doesn’t matter what type of blog you have, every blog has a main theme and criteria that sort of pertains to it. If you’re a life or health blogger you have to eat lettuce, if you’re a movie blogger, you have to actually watch movies, and I am primarily a book blogger so, I have to read, right?

I’m sure I could get away with not reading a single book for a while, maybe even a year if I just did tags and discussions, but where’s the fun in that?

BOOKS I WANT TO READ BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO

fridges antsDaughter of the Burning City Gap Year in Ghost Town All My Friends Are Superheroes Rocket Raccoon, Vol. 1: A Chasing Tale 27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY // GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN // ALL MY FRIENDS ARE SUPERHEROES // ROCKET RACCOON // 27 HOURS

I’m a book blogger so of course, I love reading, but in order to be “up to date” with discussions I have to have read all the books, but I feel like this is an unattainable goal, for me at least. I generally only read 3-5 books a month, with a bunch of comics sprinkled in there, but I’ve found that generally the books I read are either arcs or they’re books I’m still catching up on from the past 5 years.

I know this is pretty obvious and that everybody says it, but I used to read a hell of a lot more than I do know that I blog. Now, I do my homework, write a blog post and go to bed. I don’t read until I fall asleep, blogging has turned me into a very different person. I now take a book with me absolutely everywhere – physical, ebook (phone and kindle) and audio, I am prepared. I mainly read on the bus to school and in my breaks, I don’t have the luxury of reading before bed because I am too tired for that. On top of school, being social and work I now have to write blog posts and don’t get me wrong, I love my blog and you guys are all awesome, but running a blog can be stressful. I mean, I love it and definitely won’t be stopping anytime soon, but damn, for a book blogger, I really don’t read that much.

Do you guys ever feel like you’re running out of time? The month starts and you have these high hopes and you’re all excited to read all the books and then before you know it it’s going into the next month and you haven’t written the reviews you were meant to and wow, now I have 3 assignments and you’ve read like, one book.

Not to mention the slumps, and that talking about the same books all the time can be really boring and frustrating. Also, I feel like sometimes book blogging can come with some criteria, but it’s different for each blogger. I feel like there is this underlying pressure to buy books or binge borrow from the library. I started seriously blogging this year, and this has to be the biggest year for book buying for me. Since June, I have had a haul every month, which to me is completely ridiculous, since last year I bought something like 10 books, probably less if I’m honest.
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HOW DO WE DECREASE THE PRESSURE OF BLOGGING?

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Honestly, I really don’t think there’s much you can do. The only thing I can really suggest is that you take a chill pill, go have a sleep and figure out what’s more important – blogging or your mental health. You could figure out a schedule or post less each week, or you could take a break from blogging. Whether it’s one day or one month, a break is healthy and it’s okay if you need to take one. If you need to focus on other things, whether that be school/ work or your mental health then you should do that Blogging is time-consuming and depending on what you’re writing it takes a fair bit of concentration and creativity.

Pretty much, the only solution I have come up with so far is to just take a break, just do it and come back when you’re ready, whether that be the next week or the next year.

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Do you suffer from blogging pressure? How do you deal with it?

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SHOULD WE RECOMMEND BOOKS WE HAVEN’T READ IN A WHILE?

Hey guys, me again with another discussion!

The other day I was writing a recommendations post, when it sort of hit me, the books I was talking about were books I hadn’t read in years. I mean, as a blogger I really enjoy being able to recommend books to people and share my feelings and point of view on certain books. But should we be recommending books when we haven’t read them in years? Should we be recommending books when we barely even remember the plot or the main character’s name?

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Anna Dressed in Blood, The Rig, Beauty Queens
BOOKS I RECOMMEND ALL THE TIME

Above are some books I tend to recommend pretty regularly. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that I enjoyed these books when I read them. But, that was maybe 3 or 4 years ago and I know that, in that time I have changed as a reader. I’ve gotten older and my reading tastes have changed. I read high fantasy now and enjoy non-fiction novels, whereas when I read these books I had never read either genre before. So basically, what I want to talk about today is this. Should we, as bloggers and as part of the reading community, recommend and discuss books that we haven’t read in a while?

I’m going to narrow it down to books we haven’t read in over 4 years. Because as we all know, a lot can change in that time.

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Eating Animals, Caraval, The Hidden Oracle
RECENT BOOKS I’VE READ THAT I RECOMMEND

It shows a lack of originality, and makes it seem as though I haven’t been reading.

How do I know if the book is still as good as I remember, after all I read Anna when I was 12, so how do I know if I would still enjoy it today? I don’t, because I haven’t read it in over 5 years, therefore, by default how can I properly recommend it to you guys?

WHY DO WE TEND TO RECOMMEND THE SAME BOOKS?

Another thing I wanted to discuss with you guys is this: why do we not recommend new books?

Is it because we just get so used to talking about the same books that we barely even need to think about what we’re typing?

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Do you recommend the same books? How do you break the habit?

What books do you recommend more often than not?

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DNFing Books| Yay or Nay?

Everyone has their own view on DNFing books. Some will dnf within the first fifty pages and some just can’t dnf a book. Either way, I’m going to talk about my dnf views today.

One Man GuyNevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

One Man Guy        //      Nevernight       //      Kiss of Deception     //      Hollow City

Have I Always DNF'd Books?

I haven’t always Dnf’d books, I used to be one of those readers who refused to leave a book unfinished. However, in the last few years I have stated DNFing books, I rarely finish a book I haven’t been enjoying.

Honestly, I just don’t see the point in continuing a book I have not been enjoying. I see it as a complete waste of time to continue with a book I know I don’t like.

Do I DNF Arcs?

So far in my reviewing experience I have only dnf’d one arc – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I expect that in the future, I will probably dnf more arcs as well. I generally try not to dnf books, especially arcs but if I’m disliking a book so much that I can’t even finish one that I’m supposed to review then I really don’t see the point in continuing.

Why Do I DNF?

I try to avoid DNFing books but sometimes I just can’t stomach continuing a novel. Sometimes, in the case of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell I read it purely with the intention of writing a scathing and angry review. Whereas, with other books like One Man Guy I literally hated reading the book so much that I stopped 40 pages short of finishing it.

I often try to avoid DNFs by being more particular about the books I read – I only read a book if it sounds interesting to me, has good reviews and I genuinely want to read it. If I’ve read at least two books by any particular author and I disliked both then I immediately quit the author. This was the case for Ransom Riggs, Claudia Gray and Jay Kristoff.

 

Do you DNF books or do you stick it out to the end?


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THE HYPE

Past Discussions: SEX IN YA // Deciding What to Read // ILLUMINAE TO BE A FILM???

Okay, so we all suffer from the hype, right? I don’t know which is why I wanted to talk about it. I know that some people may suffer from different aspects of the hype, some people might be about to start reading the book but get distracted and then the hype gets to them and bam, it’s been a year and they haven’t picked it up yet!

Does the hype make you want to read the books? 

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)  Falling Kingdoms  (Falling Kingdoms, #1)  The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

Snow Like Ashes; Falling Kingdoms; The Black Prism – hyped books I want to read

First of all I want to start off with the main question; does the hype influence your decision about reading a book? 

I know that it certainly influences me. I mainly hear about new books on Goodreads and BookTube, and because of that I mostly seem to only here about the hyped books. Don’t get me wrong these sites are really great and I’m on them almost every day. However, they seem to mainly talk about the same books. At the moment Goodreads is talking a lot about A Conjuring of Light which is fine, I mean it just came out but it seems like along with Strange The Dreamer, everyone is reading it. 

Above, I’ve put three books that have been on my Goodreads tbr shelf for at least a year, The Black Prism only made it to the TBR in 2016 but the other two have been there for years, probably around the time I learnt about BookTube. I want to read them, in fact I own Snow Like Ashes, however, because they’re so popular I have shyed away from them. They sounds amazing, but the hype has really gotten to me. 

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)  Moby-Dick  You

A Darker Shade of Magic; Moby Dick; You – hyped books I need to be in the right mood for

The next sort of, big thing for me, personally as someone who is definitely effected by the hype is whether or not I’m actually in the mood for the book. It’s all well and good for a book you’ve been excited for to come out but what if you buy it and then you then find that you’re really not in the mood for the genre or the writing. 

The thing is you think you’re safe but then over time other people start to read it and then everyone loves it and everyone is giving it 5 stars and you get intimidated. What if I don’t love it? Will the mob find me if I give it a bad review? This is my favourite author, I’m going to love it, right? 

Sequel Releases

The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)  Consequences: Opal & Origin (Lux, #3-4)  The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

The Eternity Code; Consequences; The Wise Man’s Fear – Hyped series sequels I still haven’t read

Here’s the big thing, sequels. You loved the first book and now book two is out and you swear you’re going to read it but there’s this other book that you’re already reading and ohmygod that New Rick Riordan book is coming out and you swear you’ll get to it in a few days and oh what’s that, yeah it’s been a year and the third book is coming out in a month and you swear you’re going to read it and yeah, fourty years have past and you still haven’t read book two. 

Are there books you've been putting off because of the hype?

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  We Are the Ants  The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)

Six of Crows; We Are the Ants; The Foxhole Court – hyped books I’m putting off

I feel like this is probably the main factor in my hype problem. A book just sounds too good or everyone is talking about it and it kind of puts you off. I own two it the above books and yet I still haven’t picked them up. I’ve had The Foxhole Court on my Kindle for over a year and I have heard nothing but good things about it, so why haven’t I picked it up? Because I don’t want to be let down by the hype. I have never heard anything negative about the series, there are Tumblr accounts dedicated to it and it seems to have a really cool character group.

Does the hype effect you? Are there any books you haven’t read because of the hype?

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SEX IN YA

This is a topic that I feel really passionately about so this might be a tad long but this is a discussion post so I welcome your opinions!

WHY IT MATTERS:

Sex in young adult is extremely important, the reason sex is so important is because teenagers need something they can relate to. Whether that be in fantasy or contemporary, it really doesn’t matter. The point is that, the majority or characters in YA novels are teenagers, and teenagers are the target audience for this age group of books.

What I’m really trying to get at here is basically just that teenagers need something they can connect with. And that is the build up of sexual relationships – it’s not having known someone for a week and then wam bam thank you ma’am! It’s getting to know someone, it’s organising your time between homework or planning on how to defeat evil and spending time with your person and going on normal people dates. When do teens in YA ever just take their partner to a movie or just go to a cheap cafe for Valentines day because they’re too poor to buy flower and the works?

Young Adult, from what I’ve read so far, is missing the reality that he targeted audience knows and lives. In reality, there are kids under 16 who have actually had sex, but don’t tell a YA author that because they might have a heart attack – which YA character isn’t a precious little virgin god/dess.

IS IT STILL YA?

So we’ve already established that YA novels rarely have sex scenes, but what about the ones that do?

I have not read too many YA books that actually include sex scenes but I have certainly heard about a few that have them. Yes, I’m talking about the Throne of Glass series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. TOG started off pretty normal – Granted, I’ve only read book 1.

Actually, two seconds people. I’m going to put in a disclaimer here. I really dislike these two series so if I get super mad, please excuse me. 

Okay, back on track – Throne of Glass. This series started off like a typical young adult fantasy series but then as the series developed with the characters I believe sex scenes started to incorporate themselves into the story. I think this was around book three but I could be wrong. (UPDATE: It’s book five)

Now, this isn’t my problem. Personally, I don’t have a problem with sex in books. But I do think there should be a warning on the back of the book, and I’ll tell you why.I’ll use TOG as an example for this discussion because I have a lot of feelings concerning it.

The idea of sex is not an issue for me, however the sex is. So often in YA novels sex scenes are flowery and unrealistic. The characters are perfect during their first time and quickly become sex pros (*coughs* Anastaia Steele.) Personally, I want to see more teenagers fumbling or not orgasming during their first time, I want to see them being nervous and inexperienced, I want to see them say no and admit that maybe they’re just not ready yet. And on more of a personal note, I want to see kids explore the possibility that they might not want to have sex ever.

Okay, I went on a slight tangent there, sorry, but I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

What I really want to get down to here is this: is it appropriate?

Is non-labelled sex appropriate? And what I mean by that is: books that do not say on the cover or the back that there are sex scenes. In adult this is not an issue, however, in YA it is. And this is for one simple reason, the reason that spurs me to write this post and rant on a weekly basis: It is not only teenagers who read young adult.

There are twelve year olds who are reading this series right now, they bought the book/s with their birthday or their unsuspecting parents bought it for them. Do you see where I’m coming from? It’s a particular problem for me because this came out around the time I started to get into young adult , and had I known about it, I probably would have loved it.

Now, twelve year olds are starting this series and while it is a bit more mature than some other YA books it is still appropriate. But then you get up to roughly book 3 and BAM sex scenes, and from what I’ve seen in reviews and quotes, they are explicit, mountain breaking, thunder inducing sex scenes. Now, tell me, would you want a kid reading that? Think about the poor parents who have bought these books for their children only to find out what they let their child read.

I think a series changing from middle-grade to young adult is fine but YA to adult is a completely different can of worms.

What about you guys? Do you have an opinion on sex in YA?



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Deciding What to Read

Deciding what to read can sometimes be a very hard decision, particularly for those of us with a Goodreads account. I currently have 211 books on my TBR shelf, along with 9 books on my “maybe” shelf and 26 books on my “not sure” shelf. I know that my shelves pale in comparison to others – I know that many have upwards or one or two thousand books on their TBR shelves.


To Be Read SHELF

Every month I make a TBR post and talk about the books I would like to read for that month. I don’t always follow my TBR but I certainly give it a go. I usually try to read a book or two that are new to my TBR on Goodreads and a book that’s a bit older. Generally, I don’t like to have a large TBR, my To Be Read shelf used to be only around 100 books and then suddenly it exploded. Too many good books were being released, I’d been introduced to new genres and new age groups – I was in a whole other world!

OWN/ LIBRARY

Okay, so I’ve decided what I want to read, now what? Next, I usually figure out wether or not I intend on buying the book or if I will just get it out from the library.I rarely buy books – who’s got the money, really? If I buy the books it’s because I’m 90% sure I’m going to enjoy it.

9.8 times out of 10 I usually borrow from the library, I feel more comfortable this way. It’s 80 cents to put a book on hold and $20+ to buy a paperback. I have been grilled to hard about money saving throughout my childhood to ever be willing to buy a book I don’t know I’ll like.

AUDIO AVAILABILITY

I know what I want to read and I know how I’m going to access the book but now I need to decide will I actually read the book or will I listen to it?

As I’m sure you guys know by now, the majority of my reading is done via audio, I just feel more comfortable listening to a book. I usually listen to audiobooks via Audible but because I live in Australia there is a smaller selection of novels. So, if they don’t have the book I want to listen to (*coughs* A Darker Shade of Magic) then I will try and find it on YouTube. And if I can’t find it there I will either read it normally or cry (I’m kidding.)

MOOD + DNF

So what happens now? I’ve got the book and I know how I’m going to read it, but what if I try it and don’t like it?

 

Usually, if it’s a hyped or popular novel I will try and push through to the end so I can talk about it in a review or at the end of the month. But, sometimes you just need to know when to give up and DNF it.

However, sometimes I will just put the book on hold until I am in a different mood, better suited to the book.

Do you guys have a process or do you just pick up a book and start reading?


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ILLUMINAE TO BE A FILM???

ILLUMINAE FILM DISCUSSION

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My review of Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1)

I’m sure you guys have all heard of the book that took the reading world by storm at the end of 2015. Illuminae, written  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff has changed the way people read books.

If you’ve read my review of Illuminae, you know I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book, the plot was a let down and I didn’t like the main character, Kady and found the romance infuriating.

Don’t get me wrong the books is enjoyable enough, with the engaging format and from what I’ve heard the out of this world audiobook. (ARE YOU PICKING UP WHAT I JUST PUT DOWN.) But I just don’t think this book has enough meat in it to actually be a movie. I understand that the book 600 odd pages but to be honest not that much actually happened in the book. The plot is pretty generic and the characters are annoying so I just don’t know if the plot is really exciting enough for a film.

For this to work as a movie the writers will have to add a whole lot more to the story – jumpscares, new scenes…etc.

I hope this film will work out but at this point, not really knowing anything about the cast or writers I am very apprehensive. I feel like this is going to be a let down, similar to The 5th Wave. What really made Illuminae the phenomenon that it has become was the format, the blanked out words, the emails and the restricted documents. I just don’t think it will be at all possible to convey any of this on-screen.

Are you guys excited for the film? Do you think it will work or that they’ll botch it up?

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