Novel planning – Characters: Wilder Avery

Today I’ll be sharing my second character, Wilder Avery. I’m using the same Myers-Brigg Personality Tester again. It will be in the same format as Elaina’s was. If you’re interested in learning about Wilder, keep reading 🙂

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Popular books I’ve yet to read

Hey guys! I’ve been wanting to post another review, but I’m currently in the middle of reading three books so I don’t have anything to review yet. Once I finish one though, you know what to expect! In the meantime, I decided to share ten seven popular books/series I haven’t got to read yet, purely out of reading something else and not so much disinterest. There’s just too many books and so little time.

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Novel planning – Characters: Elaina Bishop

Hey everyone! I haven’t talked to many people about it, so you may not know I’m planning a novel. Well, now you do and I want to start a series to help my planning journey run smoothly. I’m beginning with characters because I feel like I’ve got a pretty good grip on my main characters so far that I’ve at least got a decent idea of who they are.

We’ll be learning about the personality of my main character, Elaina Bishop, today. If you’re interested in finding out who she is and what she’s like, keep reading 🙂

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5 possibly odd reading habits

Hey! Everybody has their own habits, even when it comes to reading, so I’m sharing five of mine with you today! I seen someone else’s post like this, but I forget whose it was so I can’t link them unfortunately. I don’t know who originally started it, but I seen Precious’ post last night @ Clockworkdesires and thought it would be fun to make my own 🙂

  1. Checking how many pages there are
    Like Precious, I always check the number of pages a book has before starting to read it. Also, checking the number of pages a chapter is before continuing. I don’t know why exactly I do it, but I do with every single book.
  2. Judging the book by the cover
    Now what I mean by this is that I decide what to read next by the cover. I feel like this is such a ridiculous thing to do because most people choose by what they feel like reading and because of this I’m left in a reading slump quite often. I really should break this habit.
  3. Reading aloud
    Alright, I don’t really mean aloud, but if I’m alone while I’m reading I sometimes whisper to myself. I don’t know if I just get tired of reading in my head, or if maybe it’s too quiet at the time or it could just help to slow the pace down when I think I’m reading too fast. I do it often though, to be honest.
  4. No bookmarks
    I hate using bookmarks. No matter how cute they are or whatever, I hate using them. I always have for some reason. So I just rely on Goodreads to remind me, but since I always stop at the end of a chapter, I’m usually good with remembering what page I was on.
  5. Skimming the pages
    This might go along with why I read aloud to slow the pace, but I often find myself skimming the pages and while this doesn’t mess up reading for me, sometimes my mind can drift off and I’m still skimming but not actually taking the words in. Which that could lead to going back and re-reading.

Does anyone else have these habits? Do you have any that are unlike mine? Let’s talk in the comments!

Have a great day,
Ember ♥

How It Went Down – Kekla Magoon | Review

How It Went Down
Title: How It Went Down

Author: Kekla Magoon

Pages: 326 pages

Genre: YA, Realistic fiction, Cultural, Crime

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., October 21st 2014


Goodreads synopsis: 

A 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.
In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.
Tariq’s friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.

Final Thoughts:

Looking at the cover and reading the first chapter, I was reminded of Trayvon Martin. I don’t know much about that situation apart from rumours and I don’t know whether this was based on it or not, but I feel it was very similar. It was told in multiple POVs and because of that, in my opinion, it was hard to sympathize with them. For the most part, the characters had their own voice, though there was two or three that was hard to tell who was who. Although Tariq dies at the beginning, we’re told plenty of things about him that I feel like I had enough information to get an idea on what kind of person he was. It’s a fast read and I really enjoyed the ending. I’ve barely heard anything about this book before reading it and going into it with no expectations had been refreshing. The biggest reason I picked it up is because it deals with racism and that’s an important topic.


Plot – 4/5
Characters – 3.5/5
Writing – 4/5
Overall rating – 3/5

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Thanks for reading!

Have a great day,
Ember ♥

Top 5 Wednesday || Tropes I hate

Hey guys! It’s Wednesday so that means it’s time for not only another post, but Top 5 Wednesday!! This is my first time participating and I think this is the perfect topic to join in with. When it comes down to books, there essentially is some kind of trope involved. And, like everything else in life, there will be some you love and some you hate. It’s only natural.

This meme was created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey on Youtube. You can find the Goodreads group here.

Top 5 Wednesday

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