What are your thoughts on Cinder? Let me know in the comments below!
While she waits for her futuristic prince,
Even in the future, the story begins with once upon a time.”
Please note that some of the discussion points have spoilers.
What are your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Let me know in the comments below!
As she waits for more HP canon,
“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
What did you think of A.J. Betts's novel? Let me know in the comments below!
As she breaks out of her reading slump like an egg,
Perhaps courage is simply this spur-of-the-moment acts when your head screams don't, but your body does it anyway.”
First things first, find a user friendly website builder. I use Weebly, but I know that a lot of bloggers use WordPress. Once you have decided on a blog name, design, and layout, you are ready to start cranking out posts. What I like to do is find a day of the week that I'm not busy, sit down, and write a few posts ahead of time. This way, I don't have to worry about writing a blog post when I have homework and practices to get to. Another tip is to come up with post ideas before sitting down to write. That way, you know what things you are going to write about, and you're not staring at a blank screen.
2. Social Media
I definitely recommend getting an account where you can plan your social media posts ahead of time. I use Buffer, but I know some people use HootSuite, and other websites with the same idea. Nothing is more stressful for me as a blogger than worrying about social media posts. Another tip along these same lines is to take all your Instagram pictures ahead of time, especially when you have both time and good lighting.
3. Reading Habits
After you start blogging for a little while, you start to see a decrease in your reading output. Make sure you are taking a book everywhere with you. You'd be amazed how much reading you get in while waiting in line or a few free minutes during lunch. Getting a book read is an essential part of book blogging, and I sometimes get so worked up about what's going on online, that I forget why I'm really doing this. It's to share what I've read online and discuss it with other people with the same interests.
Do you have a blog or any blogging tips? Please share them in the comments below!
As she starts figuring out this weekend's post,
This is going to take a while. I'm a fantasy author. We have trouble with the concept of brevity."
I know, I know. None of us want to exercise. But, if you're listening to that book you've been dying to read, this is the perfect way to motivate yourself. And, you'll have so much more fun on a walk, run, or bike ride!
This follows the same concept with the exercising. Bonus points if you're cleaning your bookshelf!
3. Do a Puzzle
A puzzle is a great way to occupy your mind while listening to a story. Your brain doesn't have to focus on completing a task, but it occupies the visual part of your mind while the auditory part is free to take in the story.
4. Fall Asleep
I haven't tried this for myself, but I do know that a lot of people swear by it. They set a timer on the audiobook, and snuggle down. This way, there is no physical act of reading keeping you awake, and you are more likely to get more sleep. (Rather than staying up until four in the morning for one more chapter.)
5. While Getting Ready in the Morning/at Night
I think I will start doing this. While you're getting ready in the morning, put on an audiobook. Nothing is more mindless in my day than getting dressed or brushing my teeth.
6. In the Car
Instead of listening to music on your way to work, listen to a story instead. You'll be amazed at how many books you will get through by not doing anything differently.
What's your go-to task when listening to audiobooks? Let me know in the comments!
While she turns on an audiobook,
I've never listened to an audiobook before, and I have to say it's a totally different experience. When you read a book, the story definitely takes place in your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes"
Falling Over Sideways, by: Jordan Sonnenblick
The Female of the Species, by: Mindy McGinnis
Gamescape: Overworld, by: Emma Trevayne
The Last True Love Story, by: Brendan Kiely
Three Dark Crowns, by: Kendare Blake
The Sun Is Also a Star, by: Nicola Yoon
The Fever Code, by: James Dashner
What's your most anticipated fall release? Let me know in the comments!
While she waits patiently,
Once I got home, though, and saw several packages on my front porch, all the crap from the day disappeared. A few had smiley faces on them. Squealing, I grabbed the boxes. Books were inside-- new release books I'd preordered weeks ago."
What do you think of Dreamology? Let me know in the comments!
From a dream state,
It surprises me, how a small gesture can feel so very big. How sometimes you don't realize the nervousness or sadness you were holding deep inside until the touch of someone you love lets it all out of you, like your entire body is exhaling.”
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.