An update for the time being

Hey guys, I just wanted to pop on here and give some explanation to why I’ve been MIA. Not only have I been busy with the holidays, but I’ve also been dealing with a personal issue which I’ve mentioned previously on my blog. I promise I’ve been trying to post something new; I’ve been on here trying to type up a book review, a tag post, even the end of the year survey, but I just couldn’t compete them. I’ve lost motivation even to read.

Though, I’m currently flying through Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, so let’s hope I’m getting back into the reading mood and the new year will bring plenty of more reviews from me.

Anyway, I hope you guys are having a nice holiday. Happy 2015!! I’ll talk to you again next year! 😉

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Reply Post: Do authors have control over their characters after they’re introduced to the public?

Hey guys! Mishma over at ChasingFaerytales made a discussion post about a week ago questioning whether authors still have control over their characters once they’ve been introduced to the world. I highly suggest you head over there and read about her thoughts on the subject! Meanwhile, let me tell you my opinions.

So, once books are released to the world, do the writers lose control over the characters?

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I don’t think so! Not completely, at least.

Yes, of course readers are going to portray the characters and world differently than the writer. No two persons have the same mind/imagination. While the writer might have hated that one character, a reader might adore them. But that’s not exactly related to this question, is it?

When you love a book so much, specifically their characters, it’s obvious you go get as much more information out of that author about the characters as possible, right? Or is that just me? Particularly speaking about The Raven Boys. Once I read those books and rated them, the first thing I did was go seek more information about those characters because I wanted to get to know them better.

Sure, readers form opinions and thoughts and assumptions about the characters, what they might like or what their future holds. But as I did, I went to see what Maggie Stiefvater had to say, what she has in store for them.

Am I even making sense right now?

Basically, what I’m saying is everybody has their interpretations, but the author still has that control over their characters because even though many others have pondered the future for them, the author could one day publish a short story/sequel with their own idea and it could be completely opposite of yours.

So, in review, the authors still have control over their characters but many others still have their interpretations until further notice. 😊 Do you agree or disagree? What are your thoughts on the subject?


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Do you like to multi-read?

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Hellllooo! Today I bring to you a discussion post in which I challenge the abilities your mind is capable of. In which I mean, are you able to read more than one book at a time?

Since last month was NaNoWriMo, I wanted to get as much reading done in October as possible (which I only read slightly more than usual but oh well). Anyway, I wanted to get other people’s opinions on it because I think it has both it’s pros as well as cons.

So, here are my lists of them.

PROS:

  1. When you’re a writer and your mind is a little drained of inspiration, reading two or more books could bring that little spark back, AMIRIGHT?
  2. You’re knocking two+ books off your TBR sooner than you would have later on!
  3. I imagine most people might do this during readathons? Well, doing this on your own time will help prepare you for those readathons.
  4. You get the best of all worlds; when you’re feeling up for that light, fluffy read you started the other night, go ahead and pick up that contemporary! Maybe you’re in the mood for some fantastical beasts, you’ve got that option, too.
  5. Say you have a long ride ahead of you but you don’t want to lug that hardback novel you’re in the middle of… no problem! Just go grab those couple of shorter book you’ve been meaning to read.

CONS:

  1. It might slow you down a bit. (And by a bit, I mean a lotttttt)
  2. You might get scenes/books mixed up and think something happened in this book when it actually happened in that book. Oops.
  3. Or if you’re pretty good with keeping the events straight with each book, you might miss smaller details which can lead to confusion in the end.
  4. More interest in one book might cause you to put down another book for a while, and then gradually, just… not pick it up again.
  5. Maybe you just finished one book and it leaves you in a wrecked mess? Then you have no motivation to continue any of these other books you were in the middle of. Just great, right?

Although I’m guilty for all of the cons and for reading three, sometimes even four books at once, my opinions on the subject are still quite mixed. Have you experienced these things while doing so? Do you have anything to add to these lists of pros and cons? What are your opinions on multi-reading? Are you a fellow multi-reader?


 

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Pundays #6

Hi! I know, I know. I’ve skipped a couple weeks of the feature, but I didn’t want to spam my blog with these posts and with the holidays and all, I haven’t had much time to post very often in between. So I’m back today with another one! Usually I try to stick to something relevant and with the holidays around, it’s a time for most when you think about memories and the people you love. So without further ado… Hope you enjoy! 😊

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E-ARC Review: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts 
Firsts
by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Series: No
Published: Expected January 5th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 320pg.
Format: e-ARC / Source: Netgalley
Genres: Young adult, Contemporary

Goodreads synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

4 stars

*I was provided an eARC by St. Martin’s Griffin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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