Wordy Wednesday: The Prophecy Keeper 10/11/17
As of tomorrow, it will have been six years since I started this blog. Can you believe that? (I know I said that last year, but, like, six is even bigger than five, so.)
Per the usual, to celebrate, I'm sharing a roundup of the best posts I wrote this year. Check it out!
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Wordy Wednesday: The Prophecy Keeper 10/11/17
It's time for our quarterly humor roundup, where I share 25 of the funniest posts I came across on the Internet during the last three months. Check it out!
*Spoilers for The Avengers: Infinity War ahoy*
Today's bonus Wednesday post is, unsurprisingly, 4th of July themed! Taking the idea from the ongoing Top Ten Tuesday tag, I'm going to post some (but not all) of my favorite book covers in the colors of red, white, and blue. They're placed in order of publication, coming from my "love the cover" shelf on Goodreads. Enjoy!
All right! It's time for me to share the YA and MG books that are at the top of my to-read list for the summer quarter of 2018. There are quite a few this quarter!
Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine is the fourth book in the unique YA fantasy series The Great Library, which shows a world where the Library of Alexandria was never burned and instead became an extremely powerful institution, with a select few libraries in the world now controlling access to all the books that exist. It's a really interesting story perfect for book and library lovers. Smoke and Iron releases on July 3rd.
Recently, I've been listing my top ten choices for best YA books in the years before I started this blog. Today, I figured I'd round off these flashback posts with one final list, completing the decade at 2010! So here are my ten most favorite YA books published in 2010.
1) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. This, the final book in the blockbuster YA dystopian trilogy The Hunger Games, is a stunner in so many ways. Brilliant writing, plenty of plot twists, fantastic characterization--just a beautiful conclusion to a phenomenal series. For those who don't know (who art thou?), The Hunger Games tells the story of a girl in a future dystopia who volunteers in her sister's place to compete in a broadcasted competition where the only way you win is by being the last one alive.
2) Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien. This is the first in a YA dystopian trilogy about a young midwife living outside of the privileged Enclave who faithfully hands over a quota of new babies to the government each year. When her parents are arrested, she enters the Enclave to try and rescue them and, in the process, learns a lot more about the world she lives in.
3) Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. My surprise favorite of the year, this YA contemporary novel tells the story of a deaf girl who winds up the manager of a band. It's thought-provoking, full of heart, and just really well-done all around.
Back when I first started this blog, I posted a handful of times about my writing idols. Since then, my list of writing idols has grown a good bit. Honestly, there are so many fantastic writers out there in the world, and there's so much I admire about and want to learn from them. I know I'll never be able to achieve what many of these writers have--sometimes you just have natural talent in some areas and natural ineptitude in others--but in recognizing them and their skill, I take the first step towards improving my own writing. So today I thought I'd post an updated list of my writing idols and what it is that I admire most about them.
1) J.K. Rowling. Forever and always, I will look up to the author of Harry Potter and the ongoing Cormoran Strike series (as Robert Galbraith). She's fantastic in so many different ways. Most of all, I admire her charitable work, her clean and relatable characterization, and her thorough worldbuilding.
2) Hans Christian Andersen. I have a lot in common with this guy, and after reading the full collection of his fairytales, I came to admire not only the beauty and magic of his stories, but also the way he brought deeper meaning, often religious in nature, into them.
3) Neal Shusterman. This author is another one whose worldbuilding I look up to. It's complex and thoughtful and makes me see the world differently. I also admire his creativity in coming up with strange and unique premises for all his books, which include the Unwind Dystology, Challenger Deep, and the ongoing Arc of a Scythe trilogy.
My apologies for forgetting last week's post!
I think it's time yet again to look at the top 25 most played songs in my library and compare them with the 25 top-selling songs right now according to iTunes. Explicit songs will be marked with a red "E."
Top 25 Songs on My iPod
1) "Save the World/Don't You Worry, Child" Pentatonix
2) "River" Bishop Briggs
3) "The Avengers" Alan Silvestri, from The Avengers
4) "Young and Menace" Fall Out Boy
5) "Uncharted" The Piano Guys
6) "So Tied Up" Cold War Kids, feat. Bishop Briggs
7) "Centuries" Fall Out Boy
8) "Human" Rag'n'Bone Man
9) "Champion" Fall Out Boy
10) "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Lorde
11) "Moonlight" The Piano Guys
12) "River Lea" Adele
13) "Conrad" SOHN
14) "Dangerous Woman" Ariana Grande
15) "Michael Meets Mozart" The Piano Guys
16) "The Fire" Bishop Briggs
17) "Wherever I Go" OneRepublic
Ever since I discovered I can wear skirts again (though it's still uncomfortable--it sets off my heartburn for some reason), I've been compiling a t-shirt wishlist. After all, I have to replace the shirts I got rid of while I was too sick to wear anything other than dresses. It's been super fun, so I wanted to share my finds with you! I doubt I'll end up getting all of these shirts, but I would be happy to wear any of them. Check it out!
A while back, I shared a list of my ten most-read authors. Since then, I've gone through and added all the books I can remember reading when I was younger to my Goodreads. Obviously there will still be many that I've forgotten, but my Goodreads now has a more accurate representation of my reading habits through the years. As such, I thought I'd share an updated list of the authors I've read the most books by.
1) Ann M. Martin. I've read 42 books by The Baby-Sitters Club's author, which is unsurprising. It was one of my favorite series as a kid/tween. Dawn was my favorite character from the original Baby-Sitters Club group, purely because she had blond hair down to her waist just like I wanted, but in the later groups I developed a much stronger liking for Mallory.
2) Ben M. Baglio. Around the same time, Baglio was the author of two other of my favorite series, Animal Ark and Dolphin Diaries. (Both are about young girls working to help save and protect animals.) As such, he comes in second with 34 books read.
3) Meg Cabot. This author of many books across various genres, specializing in light reads for women and girls, came in first in my old post. In my updated list, she's in third with 33 books read. As I said in that post, Avalon High might be my favorite book of hers, although it's hard to choose.
4) Erin Hunter. I've now read 28 books by the author team who created Warriors and a number of other MG animal-centric fantasy series.
Today, I'd like to do another On This Day in My History, where I go through my (copious) diaries and summarize what happened in my life on May 12th each year. Let's go!
May 12th, 2004, Ten Years Old
I made a list of books I wanted to read and wrote nothing else.
May 12th, 2005, Eleven Years Old
All I wrote was "Okay."
No May 12th entry in 2006.
Hello, readers! Today I'm participating in the Ch1Con & Ch21Con 2018 Blog Tour, an annual tour in preparation for this year’s conferences, which brings original content from the Chapter One Events team to a number of fantastic, writing-related blogs. I'm going to be interviewing team member Katelyn Pettit, so stay tuned!
*Long post ahoy*
As you know from my stint as a founding team member prior to me becoming too sick to work, Chapter One Events is a nonprofit organization that brings writing information and publishing opportunities to young writers—culminating in the annual Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con, ages 11-20) and the brand new Chapter Twenty-One Conference (Ch21Con, ages 21-29). The Chapter One Events team is composed of a mix of middle school, high school, college, and twenty-something writers, who work together to create a unique, inclusive experience for young attendees.
It's been a while since I shared a "day in the life" post. This is mostly because I've been so sick for the past few years that my daily life is not really that interesting. But I do want to share some of the reality of chronically ill living with you, and my life has improved enough to keep it from being too super boring. So I figured it was time to share, not a day in my life, but a week in my life, starting last Saturday.
*Long post ahoy!*
All right! So, as you know, at the end of each year, I post a list of the best YA books of the year. I don't limit the number I choose for those, and there's usually quite a few of various genres! But for a Top Ten Tuesday I did a while back, they had us do a "flashback," and I decided to go back and list the best YA books of the years I wasn't blogging during. Per the nature of that series, I chose ten books from 2012 to share (which was incredibly difficult). Today, even though I'm no longer doing Top Ten Tuesdays, I'd like to do the next installment and share with you the ten best YA books from 2011 (in my opinion). Here we go!
1) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Y'all know this YA fantasy trilogy, about a young woman in an arranged marriage trying to figure out her path as a Chosen One, is one of my favorite book series. The first book in it was indeed published in 2011.
2) Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Beth Revis is a delight, and so is her debut YA sci-fi trilogy about a couple of teens on a generational spaceship travelling to a new home planet who uncover a murderous political scheme. This is the first book in that series.
3) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is the first in yet another series that I often recommend, an emotional YA dystopian with unusual style/formatting about a girl who, after being imprisoned for years because of her deadly touch, falls in love for the first time.
As I've said before, I really liked the newest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. It might even be my favorite of the Star Wars movies, although it's hard to pick! So I was a little surprised at all the uproar after the release. Many fans hated The Last Jedi. One of the big complaints I've seen is that Luke was out of character, that there's no way he would exile himself to a distant planet with a threat like the First Order on the horizon and that he would never believe the Jedi should end. But I think Luke was perfectly in character. So here's my analysis of The Last Jedi from Luke's point of view: how his ill-informed comparison between Kylo and Anakin led him to make this choice--and how, in The Last Jedi, he realizes it was a mistake.
*Spoilers ahoy!* *Long post ahoy!*
All right! It's time for our first seasonal humor post, where I share the twenty-five funniest posts and the funniest video I've seen across the last three months. (Although, of course, you can see some more in my February humor post, pre-blog schedule change.) Enjoy, and I'll see you again next week!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, working towards my MLIS degree. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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