5/27/18

May is Ending... I am SHOOKETH + Blogger is giving me grief


Wait a minute, May can't already be over, right???

*glances at calendar*

Oh.... HOW

I didn't even do that much this month, I need more time!!!!!!
**All pictures in this post are my own**

-SO, I haven't been getting email notifications about comments on this blog... at all. I thought I must have accidentally turned off something in the settings, but everything was in check.

Then I went to the blogger help forum and apparently this is happening to other bloggers on here as well and no one really knows how to fix it??? ANYWAYS, it's been such a pain, I hope it's just a bug that will be ironed out soon.

That being said, I am sorry if I'm later to replying to some of y'all's comments!



Overall, this month has been pretty great, I've been feeling much better and things are starting to slow down and simultaneously speed up, in a way that only makes sense in summer. 

A few things that happened:

-My homeschool choir group ended, and I haven't really missed it... I like it and will probably go back again next school year, but it's been nice staying home on Fridays for the most part. 

-Two of my siblings had birthdays this month! So there's officially another teenager in the house besides me, which is CRAZY to think about.

-My family and I met up with some old family friends that knew us when I was around three and then we stayed over night at their house when I was around nine. It's a little weird meeting people who remember you, but you barely remember them. But they were nice, so it was cool.


-The weather here has been finicky lately, either it's super hot and sunny or it's pouring rain and everything is darkness

I was at the library the other week and it randomly started storming and the power went out for a few seconds. The whole library was pitch black, and then the power started again. Unfortunately, I happened to be working on my driver's ed in the computer lab when that happened, so I lost some progress. :/ 



-My family's small garden is doing well, the tomatoes are taking over though.







 I honestly wish I was a bigger fan of peppers or tomatoes, but I'm not, lol.




-So I went swimming the other day and I came home with a sunburn starting to appear (of course) and my freckles multiplied... which is fantastic. *sarcasm* 

 ^^Me coming home and realizing that swimming for so long was probably a mistake.



 My cats lounging about like cats do.

 ^^I SWEAR WE DIDN'T RUN OVER HIM, HE JUST LIKES TO SLEEP UNDER CARS LIKE THIS.
^^^See?


 ^^^Our dog, Tawnie, is doing well.


-I FINALLY watched Black Panther this month! It was in my friend's backyard with a bunch of other teens from my co-op, we had a sheet and a projector. Needless to say, it was a very different experience, but pretty fun.

Posts this month:






Notable books read:

-Cured by Bethany Wiggins

-All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis


Yeah, I'm out of content for today, so byeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
How was your month?

Happy Writing, 

5/25/18

The Problem With Grey Morality

     
         I'm starting a series on this blog, it's called The Problem with ____. 

         In these posts I'll obviously be talking (writing) about the problem with a stereotype, character arc, or story line in young adult, so that should be fun. I've already written a post in this series without even realizing it, and it is called The Problem with Bad Boys if you haven't read it yet.

                   Grey morality is when something is neither fully good or bad, or something that is debatable on whether it's good or bad.

                    Now, I am a conservative homeschooled Christian, so one would think I wouldn't like grey morality at all, but I actually sort of do. 

                    I like to be conflicted, I like it when characters are complex. Real people aren't simply good or evil, so why should characters be? 

                    So why am I writing a post with the title The Problem with Grey Morality

                    Because I think it's being taken too far. 

                     A good example of this is the Avenger's movies, now the Avenger's franchise gets edgier every movie, don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Avengers, but they do love grey morality. 

via: pinterest, I do not own any rights to this image, all credit to the original artist.**

                    It works for them too. Avengers is edgy, but not too edgy for the majority of more conservative families, while still being out there enough to not be considered "prude". 

                    In some ways I read and watch stuff like this and I'm okay with it, but sometimes things still stick out to me and make me re-think. 
                    
                    The problem is, we blur lines between good and bad too much. True, not everything's black and white, but at the same time, not everything is grey either, and thinking that everything and every sin is debatable is, frankly, pretty foolish. 
                   I remember this quote from The Series of Unfortunate Events, even though I haven't read that series since I was around nine: “People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.” 

                 This quote really stuck with me, because the main villain used it to argue his case and to turn people to his side, I remember being disturbed at how reasonable he was when he stated it and how people found themselves agreeing with him and thinking that it's okay and normal to be a little evil. When in reality it's not.

             There's no real excuse for evil, in the end it is something that shouldn't be glorified. I liked how the book showed how dangerous it is to see only the grey areas. 

                 The literary world is full of grey spots, as well as in real life, but at the end of the day there is a line between light and darkness if we look for it, and it's a line that really shouldn't be blurred without care. 

                  When it is blurred there is always more trouble and conflict than necessary, and we as writers shouldn't forget that when creating worlds. 

What are your thoughts on grey morality in fiction?

Happy Writing,

5/22/18

I'm Back! // My Favorite Book Covers


SUP PEEPS, I AM BACK.

        First off, I feel SO much better, taking a break was a good idea because it took a bit of the stress of trying to post every week and I was able to pull myself and my life together. I finally feel happy and calm again which is so wonderful, and I'd like to thank all of y'all for being so understanding.❤️❤️❤️

       Despite enjoying my break, I am super happy to be back and to start keeping up with y'all's lovely blogs again! I love blogging so much, so I am ecstatic about getting back into the swing of things.

       I've decided to do a light fluffy post to start my content off again:

     This cover is so pretty!!!!!! Probably the biggest reason I bought this book for my own in the first place, because as I have said before, I am a petty bookdragon. XD
       Read my full review here.

       
             The book itself wasn't my favorite, but the cover is stunning!

              This cover is so cute, from the color scheme, to Cath typing and Levi trying to get her attention, it's just adorable. <3

               I love the minimalistic style of this cover!

             This cover is just really cool, and it captures this book's mood so well.

                 I adore covers that have a symbol on it from the book, and this one's so beautiful and artistic.

               I am very bias on this one since Ivie is one of my blogger friends, but WE HAVE A COVER NOW AND IT'S AMAZING AND THE BOOK IS COMING OUT SO SOON!!!!! IT'S SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!

              It looks like an awesome comic book. Nuff said.

              This cover is so EPIC.
            Everything about this cover is amazing.

              We don't have this version of the cover, but I wish we did because it's amazing.

         
              I know that was short, and I probably have a lot more of favorite covers, but my brain is one of a goldfish, so I can't recall... knowing my luck I'll remember around ten more after I push publish on this. 
Miss me?
What are some of your favorite covers?

Happy Writing,

5/12/18

Book Review: First Impressions by Debra White Smith


                Hello, so I’m not totally back from my break, but as I said in my last post there was the possibility of me reviewing a book on here this month, and I did get a free book in exchange for a review this month, so here I am! 

                First off, a big thanks to Bethany House and the Baker Publishing Group for giving me this opportunity! Although, this book was free in exchange for my thoughts, my opinions are entirely unbiased.

           I was super excited when I got the email that I was one of the bloggers accepted to receive a copy of this book, I love Jane Austen, I love Pride and Prejudice, and I adore contemporary, so the three together sounded AMAZING. I mean, a contemporary re-telling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? I AM ON BOARD.

            The book took a while for me to get into. I didn't like the writing style, it had a lot of purple prose and was very flowery, for example here's a gem I found in the first chapter that honestly made me dread continuing for a hot second:

           The curtain of rain in the peach orchard oscillated as a snakelike tail, white as cotton, dipped from the sky, stirred up a cloud of debris, and hurled peach trees into the air. Eddi dropped her plate and water bottle. A gurgle exclamation parted her lips as the funnel zipped back into the clouds. (pg. 21)

           But it either got better or I got use to it, because it didn't bother me as much as I went on, although I remember thinking, "IF IT DESCRIBES HER SKIRT AS "ELEGANT" AND TELLS ME HOW IT REACHES HER "STRAPPY SANDLES"ONE LAST TIME, I WILL SCREAM. TEST ME, DAVE, TEST ME". 

           It did get better though, and I found the read really pleasant and enjoyable, which I am super glad of because I really wanted to like this book. 

                Despite the rougher beginning I had with this book, I really liked it. The first chapter was kind of hard to get through, but after that I was kind of sucked in. The book was a fast, easy read, and it had a lot of twists and turns to keep me engaged. 

                Anyways, let's nitpick this book Gray Marie Style, shall we?
-The pacing. The pacing was really good (not so much in the first chapter, but the rest of the book), it wasn't too fast or too slow, and I found myself easily caught in the story. 

-The story line. Despite being a re-telling, this book was pretty original and kept me guessing, I like how Debra took a step out of the usual re-telling box and took the liberty to add a few more themes and side plots. 

-The show of how sin equals consequences. I like how the character's downfalls weren't glorified, and how the book showed them having to deal with the aftermath of their bad choices. 

-The theater aspect. A PLAY ABOUT P&P IN A RE-TELLING OF P&P??? GIMME. 

-How Eddi and Dave quoted lines from P&P, when arguing. It was priceless, I loved it. 

-They didn't butcher southern accents! They did the twang really well, except for the fact that they excluded "y'all", but I did see 'em, pale, and bless your little heart a few times, so I was pleased. 
-The writing style/the purple prose. I know some people like this, but it's just not my thing. It's one of the reasons I read contemporary so much because I like the writing short and sweet and not flowery. So reading it in a contemporary threw me off at first.

-The inner dialogue the characters had at times. Half of the time it was okay, but the other half of the time I couldn't help but wonder, "who thinks like this?" 

-Since we're talking about inner dialogue let's talk about Dave's. Now, I liked Dave, he was most definitely my favorite character, he was one of those more complex characters and I loved that about him, but his inner dialogue would sometimes ruin that. He's a really sweet guy at heart but then he starts randomly thinking about how plain or unflattering girls' hair and clothing choices are?? I'm not a guy, but it just seemed strange, who really gives a care about how a girl puts her hair up, Dave? And don't describe a girl you barely know as "colorless in personality", it makes you look hypocritical. 

-Also on Dave, he kept talking about how amazing and elegant Eddi looked, and I get it, he's attracted to her, but it just got tedious because every other paragraph would be about her simple, "elegant" beauty. 

-I found out that Eddi and Dave were Christians halfway through the book. And I'm not mad that they're Christians, but I found it disturbing that I didn't know this. The only thing they did in the beginning was go to church one Sunday, but most people go to church in the south, that alone doesn't tell me anything. 

           There wasn't a conviction. A prayer. A bible verse in a character's mind. Nothing. And then halfway through the book Eddi says something like, "I'm glad God means something to you, because he means a lot to me." 

             Are you sureeeee about that, honey? Dang, you must be the most lukewarm Christian ever. Anyways, I just don't think a characters religion should be a plot twist like that. 

              And then it went from zero to a hundred way too fast, the characters went from normal joes to devout Pro Life Christians, and there's nothing wrong with that on it's own, but the story had already developed without that, so it all felt randomly thrown in.


         This is either a new adult book or just an adult book, so it's definitely more grownupish in its themes:

-Drug abuse. A few of the side characters struggle with bondage to drugs. 

-Alcohol abuse (another side character). 

-Premarital sex and pregnancy. A side character basically chooses to kind of sleep around and then she forgets to take birth control and finds herself pregnant. It doesn't show any of the scenes, but the lust and unhealthiness of her current relationship is shown, since the guy is clearly only using her. 
 Three and a half out of five stars. 

          I did enjoy this book, and I am glad to welcome it to my bookshelf, I think I might re-read it in the far future, because I did like it when I got into it. 

           I would recommend this to people who love more flowery writing or just people who are fans of Jane Austen's works and love re-tellings.

         The book is pretty unique in its idea, I haven't read a lot of Jane Austen re-tellings, so that was cool. 
Have you read this book?
Will you?

Also, thanks for all of the sweet comments on my last post, I am feeling much better, so I might be back a little early. I'm not fully sure yet, but thank y'all for sticking it out with me, I appreciate the support. <3 

Happy Writing,

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