Top 5 Wednesday || Banned books

Hello! I feel like I’d just assembled a top five Wednesday for books that deal with mental health, but that was two weeks ago. It’s crazy how fast the time is flying. This week’s topic is on banned books which surprisingly included quite a few that I hadn’t been expecting. So let’s just get on with it, you know how this goes by now.

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“Don’t write what you know, know what you write.”

Hi friends! Today I wanted to talk about something that’s been on my mind for a couple weeks now. When I started this blog, my first post ever was a monthly wrap up that included mini reviews. In that post, I talked about Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. Now, first and foremost, I have to say I absolutely love that book. I hadn’t expected to love it as much as I do, so this is in no way close to being a negative discussion where I bash the author or story, etc.

A couple weeks ago, something reminded me of what I said in that mini review. I’d said the fact that Robin Talley is white and writing a black character dealing with racism may be problematic to some people. Now that I think about it, I don’t know why I said it and feel ultimately stupid for ever typing those words out on the page. It’s not my thoughts — it’s just something I know some people would be picky about.

When I got to thinking about that, I’d realized that I’m doing the exact same thing. With much research, as Robin Talley and I’m sure many other authors have done, I’m attempting to write an asexual transgender character. Both of which I am not.

So the moral of this post is to just believe in yourself when you’re writing. Don’t worry about what others will say or think, don’t worry about what kind of criticism you’ll get, don’t worry about anybody else but yourself. If there’s something that you feel passionate enough to write about whether that’s, in my case a person completely unlike yourself, or something entirely different then just go for it. Do your research, get the facts straight, make it as realistic and believable as you can, and when everything’s said and done you can only hope people will like it.

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Review: In The Woods by Tana French

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
In The Woods by Tana French
Series: Dublin Murder Squad #1
Published: May 17th 2007 by Viking (First published January 1st 2007)
Pages: 429pg.
Format: Hardcover / Source: Borrowed
Genres: Adult fiction, Mystery thriller, Crime, Suspense

Goodreads synopsis:
A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense.

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

4-5 stars

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Top 5 Wednesday || Book cover fonts

Hey! I’m back with another top five Wednesday. This week’s topic is our favorite fonts on book covers. Seems pretty simple, right? Nope. Fonts don’t really have any affect on me, to be honest. Unless it has a really unique, fun font, I usually don’t take notice to them. I did conjure up five of them, though, to share today, so let’s get to it 🙂

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Sundays | On a personal note

Hey guys! 🙂 You may have noticed by now that I don’t have any regular blogging schedule planned; I just sort of post when I have something I want to share and when I feel like sharing it. Not that I leave you hanging for long though, I try not to be distant for more than two to three days at a time. I’ve been thinking for a while about making a certain day of the week a day that I share a personal post because my blog so far has been purely about books, etc. So if you guys like this, let me know and I’ll continue making them. I’ll try not to ramble or rant too much.

At home/work

  • For the past month and a half, I’ve been in the process of making a deal with the landlord and possibly moving into the apartment downstairs with my best friend. We live in a duplex and currently live with her parents, so her parents would still be upstairs and we’d be sharing the rent/utility bills. It’s honestly been quite stressful and is the reason I’ve been lacking in the reading, blogging, and writing areas.
  • Not many people, even that I personally know, know that my job is to take care of my mom. I work through a nursing agency since May 2014 to help her with her daily needs and basically cook/clean for her, etc. It does pay good, and I’m only working part time, but I still find myself struggling financially throughout the months. So this past year I’ve been thinking about getting another job, but I’ve only started seriously considering it this past month. I’m juggling the fact that knowing I could get another job may help me immensely, but I’m already tired most days before half the day is already over and as I said, I’m lacking in those previously mentioned areas which I don’t want to decrease even more.
  • Another thought I’ve been bouncing around in my mind for a while is university. I’ve been out of high school for three years now and I did try community college, but I quit in order to help my mom. It was also not what I wanted at the time — I was in a very hard place, mentally, at the time and to be quite honest, I felt kind of conned into applying there. I had been told I was only going for a tour, but the next thing I knew, I was being signed up for financial aid and classes and everything. So due to quitting, I have a bill to pay before I can move on to any other college. I do have my eye on two different places though, and once I get that bill paid off, I’m very much considering getting back into it despite how long it will be until that’s possible.

Writing

  • At the beginning of this year, I’d decided I wanted to take my writing seriously and so after some idea brainstorming I had a story idea I definitely wanted to write. Now after seven or eight months long of researching and planning and discovering and developing (you know the whole process), I have started over on my first draft with new ideas. In the past week, writing 7 out of 10 days, I have reached a little over 6k words. This may not sound like much, but it’s a big achievement for me after so long of having writer’s block.
  • As I write, I’ve discovered I still have a lot to figure out for this story which has caused me to unfortunately pause the writing and do some more research. But that’s okay. I’m hoping as I do the research, it will inspire me and I’ll continue writing just as I had left it.
  • That being said, I would love to have some people to talk to about my writing and their writing and just writing in general. Not necessarily a critique partner, but someone that I can throw ideas around with and someone who we could inspire each other and push when it’s needed. I guess I’m just looking for some support because I don’t have any right now. If you’re interested, leave me a comment or email me at spet9507(at)gmail(dot)com!

Well, that’s all I can remember of what I’d been thinking lately. If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for reading! I don’t know how often I’ll be doing these posts. Maybe not weekly, but possibly bi-weekly. That’s also if you guys would like me to continue. I just thought it would be something more personal that would also in some way help you all get to know me a little better 🙂

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Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Graceling
by Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Published: October 1st 2008 by Harcourt
Pages: 471pg.
Format: Hardcover / Source: Borrowed
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis:
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away..

3-5 stars

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Top 5 Wednesday || Books with mental health/illnesses

Hey guys! You didn’t think I forgot about t5w, did you? Nope, it’s only a day late! Sorry about that. My best friend’s 21st was yesterday so I was a bit busy 🙂 Anyway, let’s get to it. This week’s topic is about our top five books with mental health/illnesses. You know how it goes.

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