Taking my inspiration from other bloggers, as I often do, today I'm gonna show you the last ten photos I took with no commentary or anything. Hope you enjoy! I'll see you next time for our March humor post.
It's been a while since we've done one of these, so for today, here's a "on this day" post! I'll go through my old journals and tell you what happened on February 25th throughout the years of my life, starting in 2005. Hopefully there'll be something interesting!
February 25th, 2004, Fourth Grade
My brother broke my sewing needle, but I found a pen and my recorder.
February 25th, 2005, Fifth Grade
Apparently, it was a "perfect" day, but I don't elaborate on why.
*No February 25th entry in 2006 or 2007*
Today, I'd like to issue a challenge. Inspired by the Tumblr One-Star Book Reviews, I'd like for you to look up your top five favorite novels on Goodreads or Amazon and post an excerpt from the first one-star review you see! I think it'll be a fun and encouraging activity that helps demonstrate how everyone and everything gets bad reviews sometimes.
This is not meant to demean reviewers. We appreciate you! <3 No personal insults are allowed--this is about the books and the books only! Also, let it be noted that you should never make fun of reviews of your own work. 'Tis not professional.
I'll begin, using Goodreads!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harold Bloom recommends this for "the carrion eaters of scholarship" and says, "Can 35 Million Book Buyers Be Wrong? Yes... The Harry Potter epiphenomenon will go on, doubtless for some time, as J. R. R. Tolkien did, and then wane."
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jana says, "I can’t believe that I bought a book that is so stupid, violent and written so plainly but of course written for vast masses so they can be touched by fake social awareness... Some people seriously are not up to be parents if they condone this book."
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Keely says, "Lowry's book is a piece of nationalist propaganda... The only political system [their world] resembles is a school... She is another child of WWII and the Cold War who hasn't learned her lesson..." and continues on about propaganda and Fascism for many more paragraphs.
Last week, my best writing friend Julia Byers nominated me for the Liebster Award tag again, so here we go! For this tag, nominees answer 11 questions written by the nominator, nominate 11 new people, and write 11 new questions for those people to answer. Here we go!
1) Favorite fictional food?
This is a strange question and I'm not sure what to answer. Butterbeer, perhaps, from Harry Potter.
2) Favorite ship? (As in, like, I-am-a-fan-of-this-romance kind of ship. Not the Titanic.)
DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE I SHIP, BRO? THIS IS A HARD QUESTION. If I had to pick a favorite, it would either be Everlark (Katniss/Peeta) from The Hunger Games or Doctor/Rose from Doctor Who.
Hey guys! It's Valentine's Day!!!! Which is my second favorite holiday after Christmas. I'm sort of silly and romantic like that. Yayayayayayayay!
I found this idea at Meet Me at Mikes. Every once in a while, the blogger there will do a "taking stock" post where she uses a set list of verbs to describe what she's doing in her life right now. I thought it looked really cool, so I'm giving it a shot!
Hoping: for more free time to write, seriously
Marveling: at how God got me through all the crap I've had to deal
Smelling: my recently cleaned room
Wearing: a jewel green cowl neck sweater, black pants, and Converse
with rainbow hearts on them
Following: Kaye on Twitter! She teaches me so much
Noticing: how much better life is now that my OCD is under control
Knowing: that soon I'll be back on track with driving and playing cello
Thinking: about the progress I've made
Feeling: thoughtful, mostly.
Admiring: the three large stacks of library books by my bed.
Sorting: through said library books--I like to alternate genres as I read
to keep things fresh
Buying: food, mostly: salads, microwave macaroni
Getting: new books from giveaways! Yay!
Bookmarking: the blogs I follow on my new laptop
Disliking: that our other cat Zoey really injured Spartacus
this last week :(
Opening: the covers of lots of new books
Giggling: at Spartacus's "Halloween Cat" impression
Making: my brother happy by playing video games with
Eating: pre-made ham sandwich squares from Smith's
Drinking: Sparkling Ice in kiwi strawberry
Reading: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Writing: SAMMI, in what little free time I have, though I'm struggling with where to end it
Editing: THE PROPHECY KEEPER, next in my queue
Looking: for the next novel that catches my heart
Playing: primarily Paper Mario, again, with my brother
Deciding: on how best to forgive people who injure me
Enjoying: lots of new YA books
Waiting: for the next email from my BFF
Liking: how things are improving for my family
Wondering: where to end SAMMI in a way that's natural and conclusive; also, if I should retitle it
Loving: my beautiful kitty Spartacus
Pondering: where the line is between forgiveness and letting people walk on you
Watching: a bunch of movies in my queue with my other brother
Today I wanted to share some thoughts about assigned reading. As an English major, I've done a lot of reading in school. I, unlike apparently many others (*looks hard at Julia Byers*) have actually completed these readings. Out of curiosity, I've put together a list on Goodreads of books that I've read in school all the way from elementary to college, and today I'm gonna tell you some observations I made from that list. (Note that in this list "books" includes some short stories, plays, nonfiction, and poetry. Also, this totally isn't all the books I've read in school, just the ones I can remember enough to find on Goodreads.)
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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