Thursday, 16 February 2017

Read Before You Rate || REASONS WHY RATING BEFORE YOU READ A BOOK IS HARMFUL FOR ALL PARTIES CONCERNED


I got the idea for this post a LONG while back(like a year and a half ago, I think) after watching @emmabooks video on this topic. You can watch her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNBiJ_Pc-fI
So you know how on Goodreads you can rate a book that you haven't read? How you can rate a book you are excited about months and months before it even has a cover?? or a title?! This is harmful for everyone, readers and authors. (Unless of course you are lucky enough to have gotten your hands on an ARC and therefore have a valid opinion.) Let's discuss this using lists, because I like lists. Everybody likes lists. Lists are fun. Lists are organizational.




  • It gives a false idea of the book, and creates false hype. For example, if everyone rates Cassandra Clare's new book 5 stars before it comes out, it creates the illusion that people have read it and loved it. All the hype creates high expectations which are most likely going to be dashed to pieces. The reader will then give it a bad rating and review because it didn't live up to the hype. Which was false in the first place.

  • When that person gives that book a bad rating/review, they are affecting other people's view of that book, the sales of the book, and thus the author's income. Isn't it best to make sure that the book is given a fair chance?

  • The point here is that by rating it before it comes out, you are inevitably hurting the author. And that is not something that we want.

  • You are also hurting the reader. They saw that everyone was giving it 5 out of 5 stars, and became super excited and was thinking, 'AW YES I AM SO GOING TO LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK'. They then wasted ten hours or so to read the book, and the book didn't deliver. How could it? It's impossible to live up to that kind of hype/expectations.

  • This can also work the other way around. If a lot of people didn't like an author's other books, they will often go rate the author's new book badly simply because they hated the other books. 'I will never read this book, since their other books was SO BAD!1! 1/5 stars' is something I see a lot.

  • Now this REALLY hurts the author. Like, REALLY HURTS THEM. If everyone rates it badly before it comes out, a lot of people aren't going to want to buy it. "I looked it up on goodreads and it had a bad overall rating! Definitely not wasting my money on it." Now that poor author's sales have been affected, causing it to not do well.

  • This has happened so many times. A good example of this would be Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. So many people hated the description for some reason (which makes no sense) and then rated/reviewed badly.

  • In conclusion, DON'T RATE BEFORE YOU READ. It's basically a form of lying. Lying is wrong. It hurts people. We're all guilty of it (I used to do it too until I watched Emma's video)
And that is all. COMMENT TIME! WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS SUBJECT? DO YOU THINK RATING BEFORE YOU READ IS A GOOD OR BAD THING?


Friday, 10 February 2017

Heartless by Marissa Meyer || This Book Crushed My Poor Heart


I don't even know what to say. This book blew me completely away. I know a lot of people were disappointed by it, but I must be the black sheep here and say it was by far the best Alice in Wonderland retelling I've ever read. Cath was the perfect anti hero: her journey to becoming the dreaded Queen of Hearts was so well done, and so sad. I was rooting for her the entire time, even though I knew her fate before I even started the book (which just makes it even more
painful)



- Again, Cath was the PERFECT anti hero. It was so hard to watch her go from a happy, whimsical girl with dreams who loves to bake, to a hate filled Queen hell bent on revenge. I JUST WANTED HER TO GET HER FRICKING BAKERY AND BE HAPPY AND LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER.


-Jest. Omg be still my beating heart. He was perfect, and quite stole my heart, aND I AM NOT OKAY WITH WHAT MARISSA DID TO HIM *cue I'm Not Okay(I Promise) by My Chemical Romance*



-THE FOOD. THE FOOD. THE FOOD. Cath bakes the most mouthwatering treats, and Marissa Meyer knows just how to describe them. You have to have a snack with you while read this book, otherwise you'll die from hunger.

- The last few chapters were the best chapters out of the entire book. They were so chilling, and so mesmerizing, aND HEARTBREAKING AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH



- THE KING. HE IS SUCH A WEAK DESPICABLE KING I HATE HIM HE RUINED CATH'S LIFE. OFF WITH HIS HEAD!

- CATH'S PARENTS. THEY ALSO RUINED HER LIFE. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS AS WELL!

ahem. Anyways, Heartless was amazing, and you should all read it so that you can share in my pain.



COMMENT TIME! DO YOU LIKE ALICE IN WONDERLAND RETELLINGS? WHICH ONE IS YOU FAVOURITE? HAVE YOU READ HEARTLESS? DID IT CRUSH YOUR HEART TOO? TELL ME ALL!






Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs || GAH IT'S BEAUTIFUL


FINALLY. I finally read Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I was so excited to read it, because I'm such a big fan of the original Miss Peregrine's trilogy. This review is going to be divided by mini reviews of each tale in the book. Okay but the COVER AND THE ILLUSTRATIONS. SO BEAUTFUL GAH.

THE TALES:
Every tale was unique from the others, yet somehow were similar and all worked as one in the peculiar universe. Each tale also had a moral to it. The writing was whimsical and fun, but not silly or childish.

The Splendid Cannibals: This tale was a strong start to the book. It was very strange, but that is to expected. It was not my favourite, but again, it was a strong start. 3/5 stars.


The Forked Tongued Princess: A princess who has serpent tongue fights against beauty standards and misogyny and who kicks ass? YES PLEASE. 5/5 stars


The First Ymbryne: This one was by far my favourite tale out of the book. Back when I was reading the Miss Peregrine's trilogy, I was very curious about how loops and ymbrynes came to be. If you ever wondered that as well, go read this tale. It will answer all your questions. Besides, the main character is a strong female who does what she thinks is best, not a council of grumpy old men. 5/5 stars



The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts: This was my second favourite tale. It was so whimsical and funny and sad and happy. THAT ENDING THOUGH. I LOVED IT. 5/5 stars.



Cocobolo: This was probably the most peculiar tale of all. I liked it, but......It was slightly to peculiar for my taste. 3/5 stars


The Pigeons of St. Paul's: This was a very serious tale. My only problem with it was that the pigeons were far more evenly matched against the humans that they should have been. 4/5 stars


The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares: The most serious tale of all, with the best moral. I loved it. It was scary, creepy, and I couldn't stop reading it. 5/5 stars


The Locust: The moral of this one was (I think?) that parents should love their children unconditionally and try to understand them. 4/5 stars


The Boy Who Could Hold Back The Sea: This was my fourth favourite(The third was The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares) and it was a gripping story. It also made me very angry. But the ending was happy, so that's alright now. 5/5 stars


The Tale of Cuthbert: Ahhh our good friend Cuthbert from book two of the Miss Peregrine's trilogy. I liked this story! I already kind of knew the outline of it because it was in Hollow City, but that's okay. 4/5 stars.



OVERALL: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this compilation of the Tales, and I can't wait for the new peculiar trilogy that Ransom Riggs is writing.


OKAY COMMENT TIME. HAVE YOU READ MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN? HAVE YOU READ THE TALES OF THE PECULIAR? ARE YOU GOING TO? OH AND WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE MOVIE? I WATCHED IT RECENTLY, AND QUITE ENJOYED IT, DESPITE THE CHANGES.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Beautiful Books ~ 2017 Writing Goals

Wow we're already half way through Janurary! How crazy is that??! Today I am doing the Beautiful Books ~ 2017 Writing Goals edition! Beautiful Books is a link up hosted by Cait @Paper Fury and Sky @further up and further in. Let's do this!



What were your writing achievements last year?
I'm not sure, to be honest. 2016 was a slow year for me. But I did finish the (terrible) first draft of my sci-fi novel and started my next novel, Gearbound, which is actually going to be a duology. I tried editing the sci-fi one, but I feel like it's unredeemable at the moment. And that's okay. I had so much fun living in that world, but for now, it's over.  Maybe when I've grown more as a writer I'll come back to it and I will see it with fresh eyes. I am close to the end of Gearbound, so I hope to finish it by the end of February.

What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?
Mainly to finish the first draft of Gearbound, edit it, and start the second draft. I'd also like to write this fanfic I've been wanting to do. It's a Supernatural/Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children crossover. I'm kinda of considering doing a bit of work on Bumble Bee as well. We'll see.

Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!
GEARBOUND! Honestly I need to finish it. Even if I do nothing else, I'll be happy.

How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?
That's a tough question. I hope that by the end of 2017 I'll be able to consistently write 400+ words a day. I don't know where I'll be at the end of 2017, but hopefully at a comfortable place.


Describe your general editing process.

First I start off with good intentions. I write and cut and paste and copy and things are going well.

But then I get bored. I hit a roadblock and this happens. I open Tumblr. All is lost.


And when I'm done with social media and youtube, I enter the boredom stage, where I sit and stare at my screen. I stare at what I've edited until I feel like sacrificing 12 goats to the old pagan gods.


Then I decide I need fuel, and I make many pots of coffee/tea and drink it like so:




The fuel hits my brain, and my imagination is sparked. And I start editing again, while drinking the remainder of coffee/tea exactly like this:


          That is how I edit. While it is time consuming, I definitely recommend this method.

On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?
So far, I'd say five. It's not bad, but it needs SO MUCH EDITING AND RE-WRITING. OH GOD SO MUCH RE-WRITING.

What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
The plot. While it's good, it needs, as aforementioned, SO MUCH RE-WRITING OH GOD SO MUCH RE-WRITING.

What do you like the most about your draft?
That it's so vibrant! I feel like I've partially managed to capture the strangeness and insane-ness of my world. Also Elly. I love that dragon so much.

What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?
More edits! Until I feel happy with it, and then I will be finding some beta readers. Then more edits. And then querying. I want it to be officially published.

What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?
The ending has to be strong. Your opening words and your ending words have to be strong. The whole book has to be strong, but especially the final ones. If it's a standalone, you want those last words to mimic an atomic bomb going off in the reader's mind. If it's a series, you those last words to mimic an atomic bomb going off in the reader's mind, so that they'll read the next book.

And that was the Beautiful Books January Edition! What are your goals for writing in 2016? Have you (unlike me) finished your projects? Tell me all in the comments!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

2016 Wrap Up || In Which I Completed and Went Over My Goodreads Reading Challenge And Yet Still Somehow Did Not Read All The Books.


And so 2016 has come to a close, and with that, the dreaded post that every blogger procrastinates as much as possible: the end of year wrap up. This fearsome beast of a post is....alright I'll stop talking and get on with the important stuff. (Although as you can see I REALLY procrastinated on this one. It's January 17th, seventeen days late for god's sake)

First off, I completed my goodreads reading challenge! I read 15 books over my goal of 100.





BEST BOOKS YOU READ?

















WORST BOOKS YOU READ?





MOST READ GENRE?
Fantasy.

LEAST READ GENRE?
Thriller.

GENRE THAT I READ MORE OF THAN USUAL?
Contemporary.

MOST POPULAR POSTS?







WRITING UPDATES?
Gearbound is almost done. At the end of 2016 there was a total of  354 reads and 28 votes on Gearbound Wattpad! Thank you so much to everyone who read each chapter and commented. Your support was what made me keep writing when I really, really didn't want too. I'll start posting chapters again soon.
I also want to get back into writing fanfic!!! I really enjoy writing fanfics, and I have plans for a short (hopefully) Supernatural/Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children crossover.

HOW WAS 2016 IN GENERAL, MIRONIEL?

- Interesting question.
- Stressful.
- Exciting.
- Tiring.
- Honestly I've so done with it.
- I mean, cool stuff happened in 2016, but the rest of it was ridiculous.
- 2016 had quite a bit of good music and movies and shows. That was the best part of 2016.

WHAT ARE YOUR RESOLUTIONS/GOALS FOR 2017, MIRONIEL?

My resolutions:
-to eat more healthy
-to work out for 6 min everyday
-spend less money
-and just try harder to keep on schedule and stay on top of my life.

My Goals:
- To finish Gearbound.
-To write that fanfic.
- TO READ MORE FANFIC DAMN IT.
- Watch all the shows that I've been meaning to watch.
- Blog once a week.
- Bullet journal.
- DO MORE ART.
-Finally finish decorating my room.



And that was my 2016 wrap up post. Here's to a new year, and may it all go smoothly.