Sharing Saturday Thirty-Two

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Sharing Saturday is once again upon our doorstep.  Today I was looking back upon my old posts and seeing how my posts have changed since the beginning.  I look at what I have added and what I have dropped in my posts.  Blogging is a continual experiment.  An experiment to find what works, what is fun, what doesn’t work, and what people want to read.

Image result for i have changed gifFor me personally, I noticed a major growth in the length of my posts.  Looking at my first post I wonder what I was thinking when I wrote it for it is two measly paragraphs stating that I liked the book and what it was about.  Beyond that, for the first four or so months of my blogging journey all, I would write were book reviews.  No tags and no personality to really show what my blog was all about.  I also seemed to neglect the writing portion of my blog which is part of the reason I started Sharing Saturdays.  Furthermore, I posted irregularly for the longest time and it is only recently that I have really started to post at evenly spaced intervals.

So, what am I sharing today?  My blogging story?  No, I am going to show you a comparison of my first book review and the one I just recently posted.

Measurement First Book Review (An Ember in the Ashes) Most Recent Book Review (The Robber Bride) Difference
Total Words 112 words 390 278 words
Number of Images 1 image 2 images 1 image
Words spent on personal opinion 45 words 287 words 242 words
Words spent on explaining what the book is about 67 words 103 words 36 words
Number of Paragraphs 2 paragraphs 4 paragraphs 2 paragraphs

I notice the changes that I have wrought since I started this blog slightly over a year ago.  I know that my blog will change as I change and I am excited to see how my blog grows and changes.

Please leave a comment below on what you have changed about your blog through the months or years.

Author Highlights Seven

Shannon Hale 1 (1)Here is the second Author Highlights I promised for the month of June.  Finally, I will be caught up with this post.  It only took a few months but here we are.  This means that we are in the seventh month of me doing this post.  It’s been over half a year which is weird since it seriously seems like yesterday when I started this blog.  I know I say that a lot but it’s true.  Anyways let’s get this post started.  The author of today is…..

Shannon Hale

Image result for Shannon HaleShannon Hale has written over thirty books.  Several are individual books while other are part of a series.  She is most known for her Princess Academy Series.

I have read the Princess Academy series, The Goose Girl,  and the Book of a Thousand Days.  I loved each of these stories and I still treasure them despite the fact that the books are for a younger audience.

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

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Image result for The Goose GirlAnidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s incredible stories and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt’s strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become a queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must understand her own incredible talents before she can overcome those who wish her harm.

Image result for Book of a Thousand DaysWhen Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years because of Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. With the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors–one welcome, the other decidedly less so–the girls are confronted with both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

For more information on the author visit her website at http://www.shannonhale.com/.

 

 

Sharing Saturday Thirty

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Saturday is here!  This is one of my favorite times of the week for I love this post.  Today we are going to do something a little different.  I am going to share book trailers for some of my favorite books and my opinions on whether they represent the book well.  This is going to be so fun.  I may start doing this more often during my Sharing Saturday’s so let me know what book trailers I should do.  Let’s get started!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton:

The imagery is good.  It is blue and sandy much as the cover suggests it should be.  The blue-eyed bandit is decently portrayed but I think less time should have been spent on what authors and journals thought about the book and more on what the book is actually about.  The music is a wonderful addition adding drama and intrigue to the trailer.  I think overall that the book trailer decently portrayed the book but it did not show the true fire and spirit of the book.

Reawakened by Colleen Houck:

I think this trailer did a much better job of portraying the book than the previous one.  We are shown the magic of the world through the disappearing words and images and the book is thoroughly explained.  However, the music was horrible.  I did not think it went very well with the book.  I did like that certain images and creatures were shown that are seen throughout the book.  Overall, I think it did an excellent job of showing us Reawakened.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco:

This trailer did a pretty good job of depicting the book.  The background was amazing and fully gave me a sense of the book.  However, I felt that what the book was about was not fully given.  Despite that, I love the little bit of music that was included which added drama and emotion at the perfect moments.  This trailer was suitable for the book but I think it could have been improved upon a little bit.

 

 

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Nine

download (2)Saturday is here! Today I will share with you some drawings for I recently started a competition with my cousin to do one drawing every day and we can’t miss a single day or we owe the other five dollars. We did something like this last summer by having a competition on who could read the most pages. It was slightly unclear as to who the winner was because we were so close and some inaccuracy occurred on both our parts so we called it a draw but unofficially I won.

This summer my cousin has lost once and we are on our second round of drawings. We also both skipped a day and agreed to pretend that it had never occurred. However, it is wonderful to draw every day for it is relaxing and I can see improvement in my drawing skills. I am not a fantastic artist but I have been giving this a shot and it is stunning for I feel like I am learning a lot about art techniques.

It is also cool to compare my drawings from a month ago to today and see how I have improved and which days I was lazy on and had quickly scribbled out a sketch. Some days I spent hours on my drawing and you can tell and on other days I did not. So, let me show you some of the drawings I have done. I will show you two drawings I am proud of and one horrible one. The first and third drawings are good and the middle one I did in five minutes or less.

Why I can’t do TBRs

Looking around at other blogs and posts I realize that many of you post your TBRs. I have never done one because I can’t commit to the books I put on my TBRS. In fact, I usually only ever end up reading one of the books on the list. This is mostly due to my tendency to pick a book based on what I feel like at that moment. Do I want action, romance, or fantasy? After attempting to make TBRs several times I realized that for me personally, it is a waste of time. I never refer back to it and I never actively use it.

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It also doesn’t help that I am constantly cycling through books for I tend to go to my library and grab thirty books. Over the course of the next month or two, I finish those up while putting more on hold. I usually end up with over fifty library books on my bookshelf. This doesn’t help my attempts at making TBRs for how can I possibly choose which books I want to read within the next month especially if I’ve never heard of the books I pick up? So, I just don’t make TBRs anymore.

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When asked what I plan on reading I say. ” No, don’t ask me that because I don’t know.” Maybe sometime in the future, I will try it again but not for a while. When I try again I’ll let you all know.

How do you choose your TBRs and do they work for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Five

Twenty-Five weeks! I have been sharing with you for twenty-five weeks which seemed to flash by me in a blur. So, today we will do something different to celebrate. I will share with you three amazing books I got for free and how. I have read some of them and others I have not.

One: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Image result for stalking jack the ripperI always wanted to own this book after I read it. I loved it and was determined to buy it when I got the money. One day my cousin came up to me and pulled out a Stephen King book she had just bought. I was looking at and next thing I knew she had pulled out Stalking Jack the Ripper and handed it me, ” Saying, here I got you this.” It was not a special occasion but one of those random things somebody does for someone else. It made my day.

Two: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Image result for poison studyRecently I started volunteering at book sales hosted by my library. It is a fun experience where you spend a few hours organizing books and helping others buy or find the books they want. At the end all of the volunteers are allowed to pick one free book for volunteering. So, for the last book sale I participated in I picked Poison study. The cover was a little ripped but it I didn’t care for I have wanted to read the book for the longest time and yet I have still not gotten around to it.

Three: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Image result for blood water paint bookI am part of a book club through my library that provides us with advanced readers copies of books. If they are older than the past few months we are allowed to keep the books we choose. It is awesome for I have found and kept some phenomenal books through them. Recently I managed to procure Blood Water Paint which I am so excited to read.

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Three

Saturday is here.  My life is hectic and I have had very little time to post which is annoying.  But today is another Sharing Saturday.  I will be sharing the introduction to an essay I wrote regarding the issue of gun control.  I focused only on one aspect of gun control since it is such a broad topic.  My attention was placed on the complete banning of guns.  Let’s get started.

Gun control is an issue that has been debated across the country since the founding of this nation.   Recently, due to the Parkland School shooting in Florida, talk of gun control is taking the nation by storm.  Many solutions have been proposed, and a strongly argued panacea is the complete banning of guns. This resolution is questionable due to the fact that guns are the basis of American ideals and freedoms.  Hunters use firearms to keep the population of woodland creatures under control and the ecosystem healthy. They are used for protection against robbers, looters, and shooters. Furthermore, it has been proven throughout the hallowed halls of history that banning guns makes it easier for tyrants to reign.  Hitler, Stalin, and the Prohibition are just a few examples of what happens when something is banned that is necessary to the comfort or maintenance of a free nation. However, for some nations, it is possible to almost completely ban guns, but different solutions are needed for dissimilar nations. In the case of the United States of America, the banning of guns will cause great harm to the country and is not the solution to gun control.

One Year Anniversary!

1 Year Anniversary AchievementI can not believe it!  I have been writing on this blog for a year!  What?  The time flew by.  It seems like just yesterday that I decided to start blogging about my passion.  So, since today is so special I will share with you the story behind why I started blogging about books.

 

It began when I was young.  My mom taught me how to read and write.  I loved it; the sound of the words flowing haltingly over my tongue and my hand making the shape of the twisted and shaky letters.  From then on reading became an obsession.  If I wasn’t at school or playing outside I was reading. 

Image result for InkheartI remember that one of the first series I ever read was Magic Tree House.  To me it was intriguing and that curiosity about stories and ideas just grew.  In first grade, I read Inkheart and was entranced.  I read every book I could get my hands on and I would constantly tell my friends and family all about the books I read and how I felt about the ending or this one special scene in the book.  Every time I would get told that nobody cared about this book that they had never read but I would continue talking because I needed to rant about books which take up my world.  So, finally, my mom told me that I should start a blog to rant about the books I loved, hated, and didn’t know how to feel about.  I thought about it and finally one year ago on this very day I started a blog and posted my first post.  It worked, I don’t rant often to friends and family about the books I read.  Instead, I do it on this blog and it is one of the best choices I have ever made for this community is awesome.  

My first blog post was very formal and just told the premise of the story without actually giving a review.  I was nervous and I was unsure about what I wanted to say and how to say it.  As time continued I loosened up and now I try to write more detailed posts regarding my opinion on the book not, just the book review.

So, thank you to all of my followers and my family and friends who gave me the idea to start this blog and continue with it.  Thank you!

My first post can be found Here.

My most recent post can be found Here.

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