It has been a while since I have posted some of my writing here on my blog, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity. In my American Literature class, we just finished up learning about Edgar Allan Poe's use of Single Effect. It is when a story or piece of poetry is created to convey one specific emotion. As we finished up talking about it, my classmates and I we tasked with writing a paragraph or poem that utilizes this literary tool. I created three different compositions, all with their own emotion and feel.
I hope you enjoy these pieces of poetry, and please leave any thoughts and constructive criticism in the comments. Any advice is much appreciated!
Ashton's Nonfiction Books
Nonfiction is one of those genres that sometimes gets lost in the vast sea we call my brain; I just never think to read them. When I do choose to read nonfiction books, they usually end up in the pile of books that I am more likely to recommend to other people. So the question is this: Why do I not pick them up on a regular basis? To be completely honest, I do not have any idea what the answer is, but I do know that they deserve more praise than they get. Not only do they tell great stories, most of the time they are known for making us laugh.
Though I do not pick up nonfiction very often, my mom, on the other hand, reads quite a bit of it. So, what better post than this to make her guest-reviewing debut than today? Without further adieu, my mom and I are bringing you six nonfiction books guaranteed to make you laugh.
isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
Volume 2, Baby
I am so excited to be coming at you guys with VOLUME 2 of my Precommendations series! I had so much fun with it last year, so I decided to bring it back for a second year. If you are new here, Precommendations is a series where I recommend you books before I read them and before they come out. It's my version of a monthly release series.
Busted, by: Gina Ciocca
uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take "cheater" to a whole new level...
I live for romances with a twist. Anyone can write a decent novel where two people fall in love, happily ever after, blah, blah, blah. This book appealed to me because it is vastly different from most other books in its genre. I like the added element of "detective work" and scandal, and I think that is what makes it stick out. Although it sounds unique, I also believe that it has a chance to be a bit cheesy, but I think that every romance has that opportunity, so my hopes are high for this one.
A Conspiracy of Stars, by: Olivia A. Cole
Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.
I am very excited to see how this book is received. The overwhelming Stranger Things vibes that it is giving me is making it that much better (especially since I just finished season 2. #epic.). It has been forever since I have read something mysterious and futuristic like this book, so I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Futuristic stories always appeal to me because every person imagines the future differently from the next. I love being able to see how other people predict how the world will change as time goes on.
The Cruel Prince, by: Holly Black
Even after reading young adult books for about four years now, I have still yet to read a Holly Black book. She is one of those authors that I have heard so many great things, and I have meant to read her works for a while, but I just haven't yet. So, I am hoping that this new book can make its way into my life as my first Holly Black book. There's something about royalty and faeries that appeal to me, so I am excited to see how this book stacks against all of Holly's other books. Also, if you need another faerie book to read while you wait, go check out my review for An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson!
Everless, by: Sara Holland
Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
As I discovered this book, the synopsis grabbed me. Time as a currency? This idea is something I have never heard of anyone doing. It is such a crazy thing once you stop to think about, and I already have so many questions. Do people know how much time they have when they are born? Does taking time from people have an immediate effect on them, like in Caraval, by Stephanie Garber? Can only specific people deal with time, or can anyone take and give it? I guess I will have to wait for the answers until I can read it, which will hopefully be very soon!
Unearthed, by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
form a fragile alliance.
In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...
I have been waiting for a new series from this author duo for FOREVER. If you have not read the Starbound Trilogy yet, I highly recommend it. I read the first book, These Broken Stars, back in 2014, and I fell. In. Love. Hard, too. It has since held its place in my list of favorite series of all time, that is how much I loved it. For that reason, I am thrilled that Amie and Megan are coming out with an all-new series to wow us all. There's a little voice in the back of my mind that says not to get my hopes up, but every single book in the Starbound Trilogy was terrific in a unique way, so I am ready to see what this series has to offer.
The Hazel Wood, by: Melissa Albert
may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
I have seen this book all over bookstagram recently, (which I expected. This book is gorgeous.) and though I had seen it around quite a bit, I had not looked into the synopsis. So, as I was going through a list of all the January releases, I clicked on this book to see what it was all about, and I am so glad that I did. One of my favorite book tropes is when there is a character or element of the plot that includes a writer/story. What's a more relevant topic to a book lover than that of stories and writers? This book seems like the combination of Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi, and Everything All at Once, by Katrina Leno, which were two books that I adored, so I think this book has potential to be great. (Click the links to check out my reviews for the books mentioned.)
I cannot believe how many great new books are coming out in January. I cannot wait to be able to read them. Just like always, be sure to let me know if you are excited about the same books, or if there are other books I should be looking forward to in the comments below!
The 2018 Book Insider,
When you handle books all day long, every new one is a friend and a temptation.
— Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian
New Year's Resolutions
Happy New Year's everyone! I love this time of year because we can reflect on the past year and set goals for the next. There are a handful of personal resolutions I have set for myself, but I thought I would share my five book-related goals for the new year!
1. Goodreads Goal - Read 60 Books
busy and inconsistent my schedule is throughout the year, it varies from week to week. I have settled on 60 because although I might not consume books at a constant rate, I read enough books in the summer to compensate my slower reading when I am busy during the school year.
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
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