When a book is good, the rest of the world dims to background noise.
When a book is great, the rest of the world disappears.
When a book is inspiring, the rest of the world reappears, but in full colour.
Yesterday I reached a HUGE follower milestone- 1000 FOLLOWERS!!!! I NEVER dreamed this would happen when I made the impulsive decision 4 months ago to create this blog. I’ve made so many friends who also share a love for books, I’ve met so many great people and have had great conversations with them, and I have wonderful followers. To thank everyone who has been apart of this awesome experience, I’m gonna list some blogs below that I love to see pop up on my dashboard, and the blogs of anyone who has talked with me and who I now consider a friend!! Thank you sOoOoOoOOOO much to every one of my amazing followers!!!! - Addi 😊❤️
So last week I reached 250 followers, which is a milestone in my eyes and I really really really appreciate all the great people who follow me! I enjoy talking and interacting with you :D I wanted to make my first follow forever now, so here’s a list of every blog I follow (yes, every blog).
Most are writerly and bookish blogs, and some are straight up fandom. People I particularly enjoy are bolded.
My first ever Follow Forever is finally here!! I was supposed to do this ages ago but I’m a huge procrastinator sorry!!! Since I follow a lot of blogs, I had to divide them between multiple posts in alphabetical order. Remember, I love each and every one of you and if I forgot somebody I apologise in advance! Thank you for making my experience on tumblr an unforgettable one :) x
Differences aside, we all have one thing in common. A deep, profound love for books! And that’s such a bright thought whenever I think about it.
I hadn’t even known that the booklr community existed until I saw a post and followed the source five months ago. Ever since being part of the community, it has been a calm, spectacular ride of imagination and belonging. I see these beautiful posts on my dash and wonderful booklrs and I feel such an overwhelming gratitude to all of you that I cannot even express it in words. And one of the most wonderfully beautiful things about the community is how pleasant everyone is and you know no matter what, they’ll always answer your messages or talk to you and that’s sort of reliving to me.
I have no idea why I’m making this post but I thought it was vital to show my gratitude to the wonderful booklrs I’ve become friends with (in bold) and those of whom I follow.
Yesterday at Mabel’s Fables in Toronto, bookaddict24-7, foldedbetweenthepages and I discovered an author autograph wall! I love this store and definitely hope to get back there some time this summer.
- Anne Brashares - Cassandra Clare
- Rick Riordan - Maggie Stiefvater (not certain can anyone confirm? maggie-stiefvater perhaps?)
- Laurent de Brunhoff (Babar! 🐘), Margaret Atwood, Gayle Forman
- Laini Taylor
- And the last one I just loved the quote, does anyone recognize the signature?
Take an old writing idea that you thought wouldn’t work out and look at it from a different angle:
1. Does the protagonist/characters need a personality overhaul?
Write down the qualities you wish the protagonist, or side characters, had in your story that you previously didn’t consider. Were you true to those qualities? Or do you think they need different qualities for your story? Sometimes, a character’s actions make a story stop in its tracks because of the decisions the character is making. Try writing monologues for these characters during their moments of crisis, or life changing events. You’ll find that when put on the spot, the characters will surprise you. Treat them as people, because even if you created them, they will all take on a life of their own.
2. Did you stop writing because of a block?
Look at where you stopped. Nothing? Look a chapter back. Nothing? Keep looking back until that moment where the story took a turn you didn’t plan (or did plan) that ended with you meeting a dead end. Sometimes you have to completely cut out a section before moving forward. Don’t be afraid. If you don’t want to toss the section you’ve cut off, then save it in another word doc.
Now, look at the part where you cut off the section. Do you see your story going somewhere else from that point? Yes? Awesome! If not, try looking at your idea from a different perspective. Maybe you’re focusing on what you think you want to write, but might benefit from taking a risk–like trying a different genre.
3. Did the plot feel almost impossible to develop?
Pretend that your story is being turned into a movie. What would the trailer look like? What would be told in the trailer? Do you see twists that can be explored? Do you see a storyline begging to be told? Let your imagination flow organically and not by the standards the literary world has ordered for you.
Those are my two cents.
Don’t get me wrong, these are not rules. This is an idea for anyone who has a story they want to write, but feel sad that they’re leaving the idea behind for something else.
I’ve read some phenomenal books in 2015 and though all of my five-stars aren’t on here, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy most of the books I read this year. This was a hard list to narrow down, but unlike past years, I found this one to be a little easier, since the books I knew would be my top ten popped out from my list. The books appear in no particular order!
What were some of your favourite books of 2015? Let me know!
Illuminae was probably one of the biggest surprises of the year. I’ve encountered a lot of books with tons of hype and have either been okay, or disappointing, but this young adult sci-fi/horror did not let me down. Massive in size, the book holds so much awesomeness told in such a unique way that I was immediately hooked. Go read it, seriously.
Following the trend of surprises of the year, What We Saw was definitely something I didn’t see coming. I have a habit of not reading the synopsis of books before jumping into the story and I am so glad I remained aloof with this one. The story is heart-wrenching and watching the protagonist struggle in a sure and biased society, I felt helpless. Hartzler’s novel explores victim blaming and slut shaming, offering the reader a truly important and relevant story of what really happens when communities are thrust into difficult and disturbing situations. Also, human nature is a real bitch.
Sarah Dessen is one of my auto-buy authors and for the last few years, I haven’t been too happy with her books, but this year. Wow. Dessen kills it with Saint Anything, a young adult book that I devoured in just a couple of days. It was so good. The premise was unique and a little darker than some of her other books, but it explores teen life in a way only Dessen could. There was a lot of love going around for this book the moment it was announced and it is well-deserved. Definitely one of Dessen’s best.
I can’t believe I only just got into this series this year. Throne of Glass is probably one of the series that really got me into fantasy this year–opening up my reading world in ways I never anticipated for the year. I’m only putting the first installment in the series here because I’m just going to say that the whole series was one of my favourite reads of the year. Cheating, I know, but eh. The intrigue, the dark themes, the magic, mystery, and games made me instantly love this and I ended up reading the book in a very short time.
Red Queen is so cool! I love books that make me excited to enter the fictional world and Aveyard’s debut most definitely does just that. I couldn’t put this one down. There’s this crazy scene near the end that completely had me cheering and completely losing my shit. Like I said, so freaking cool. If you like The Hunger Games, if you’ve imagined a harsher form of The Selection, and ever found X-Men exciting, then you might want to check this one out.
This was a year of sci-fi and fantasy books for me. I couldn’t get enough for either genres and it was even harder to stay away once I read Cline’s debut novel. The only question I had for myself when I finished was, “Why didn’t I read this sooner?” While his latest, Armada, wasn’t bad, it just couldn’t live up to the hype of its predecessor. Ready Player One is definitely a sci-fi classic. If you’re into video games, 80′s references (who isn’t?), and addicting intrigue, then make sure you pick this one up in 2016!
The first installment in the Michael Vey series is probably my most “on the fence” book on this list because while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t sure if it was a favourite of the year. Looking back, however, I noticed that it was because of this book that I started reading a lot of other books, so I think it’s right to have the series starter on the list. Richard Paul Evans’s novel did something that very few young adult books do: it got me binge reading a YA series. Seriously, I couldn’t stop. I read all five books available (dammit, next Fall for book 6!!!!) in about a week and I came out forever changed. Now I have a weird craving for adventure and mystery. Such an underrated and lesser known series.
Jennifer Niven’s debut was one of the first novels I read in 2015 and man, what a start to my year. Heartbreaking, honest, and unapologetic, All the Bright Places will give you hope, then tear you to pieces. Niven’s writing is both beautiful and unique. She manages to show the reader the fragility of relationships and that just because there are good moments and happy endings in some stories, it doesn’t mean that every story gets that kind of conclusion. Definitely a beautiful read that will remain important for many more years to come. Every book on this list has captured me in a different way and Niven’s novel stole me with its sad beauty.
Let me tell you something about Andy Weir’s The Martian: I don’t know how many times I’ve told customers at the bookstore that this book is hilarious and they’ve acted shocked every single time. Survivalist novels don’t need to always be super serious and Weir proves that with his witty protagonist. For those who’ve yet to read this, think of it as a wittier, smarter, and more fascinating Castaway–if it were set on mars (Tom Hanks film for those who don’t know–think Wilson, the volleyball with the bloody handprint face). Also, everything is scientifically accurate. And there’s an equally awesome movie!
Mistborn was another surprise for me. With it, I learned how much I could enjoy fantasy if I tried to read books that are written by authors like Brandon Sanderson. Though the world is complex, Sanderson’s writing is so inclusive that I barely struggled to get my bearings. I really enjoyed this book and I still find myself in awe when explaining the cool synopsis to other potential readers.
1. Zackby Sawyer Bennett (It was a year of New Adult and this was definitely one of the best new adult books I read this year.)
2. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (Super weird, but beautifully written.)
4. Fire & Floodby Victoria Scott (So sassy and fun! The sequel scarred me. Think The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Pokemon, all in one.)
5. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender (Definitely one of the best YA authors right now for creepy mysteries full of hauntings and murder.)
I hope you guys had an awesome 2015 and that you will have an even better 2016! There’s so many more days, weeks, months of reading ahead of you, I can only imagine all of the adventures you will all be experiencing with your future reads.
What were some of your favourite books of 2015?
P.S. If you’ve read any of these books, please feel free to let me know what you thought!
Happy 2014, wizards! Thank you all for a great year. In celebration of the new year and reaching 1,273 followers, I am making a very long list of my favourite blogs. Please not that the list is by no means conclusive - I follow about 900 blogs! Those in bold are the coolest people ever and you should follow them all immediately!
I literally have no words. I’m speechless! When I started this blog, I didn’t think I would ever reach the day where I had 1,000 followers! I still can’t believe it! Ahhh! I just want to say thank you to each and everyone of you who do follow me! This is so unbelievable.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
Now, to thank you, I’m going to (attempt) a follow forever!
But, not just any follow forever. THE. ULTIMATE. FOLLOW FOREVER.
I’m going to put as many of my followers in here as possible, and also most of the people that I follow, along with my closest friends and blogs that I have looked up to and admired from the beginning until now! (If I consider you a close friend or if we used to be friends or if I have admired you from afar, your blog’s name will be bolded. :) Also, if you are under my friends list, same thing applies!)
So, here they are:
Firstly, shoutout to my “biggest fans” at the moment:
I’ve had a lot of blogs be my biggest fans at some point, but I can’t remember them all, so I’m sorry if you aren’t mentioned, but thank you so much for blowing up my activity feed! Feel free to reblog this and include yourself! I won’t mind!
Now, other people who have recently been in my latest notes:
Some blogs that have been here from the beginning:
books-and-cookies (Thanks for everything! I have always admired you and your blog tremendously from the very beginning of my blog, so I just want to say thank you so much! You are an awesome human being!)
introvertedbookworm24 (Thank you, too! I have always seriously admired and looked up to you and your blog from the beginning! Thanks for everything and continue to be the awesome person that you are!)
I could go on and on and on and, well, you get the idea! If I forgot you, I’m sorry! Feel free to message me and ask me (nicely, or, you know, I probably won’t add you) to add you to the list. This took me, literally, all day yesterday to do, and, you’ve probably noticed some notifications saying I mentioned you in posts, and I’m sorry about that, those wouldn’t post, so I have spent another day (today) going back and retyping everything, and I do mean everything, so I can now post this Ultimate Follow Forever! (Let’s hope and pray it works this time!) Okay! I am officially done, so, one last time, I am going to say THANK YOU EVERYONE! :) :D :) :D :) :D :) Have a great, wonderful, awesome, amazing day! (Or night!) :) :D :) :D :) :D :)
In celebration of my almost 8000 followers (wait, what?!), I have decided to make a follow forever, since it’s been a while since my last :) I have listed here every blog I follow. I follow each and every one of you for a reason and I want you to know how much I appreciate you all. So, I’m sending everyone loads of hugs and cookies and love! <3
P.S. I hope Tumblr didn’t mess up when it was showing me the blogs I follow and I didn’t forget anyone. If I did, please pleaaaase message me about it, okay?
P.P.S. Bolded people are very very special to me :)
Over the past few years I have discovered many book blogs that I’ve come to love and enjoy. I’ve also developed friendships that I will cherish forever. To show my appreciation I want to take a moment to share with you my favorite book blogs on tumblr!
First and foremost I would like to give a special thanks to the following blogs for being so supportive, caring and just all around amazing. Thank you for being my friends. Love you!!
I’ve not long reached another follower milestone and thought it’s about time I did one of these :) I’m sorry if I have missed anyone but you shouldn’t worry because I hardly ever unfollow! Mutuals are in bold.
I follow so many wonderful blogs and I really want to thank you properly in person someday! I’m sorry if I forgot anyone, but I’m planning on making a blogroll soon! Thanks again for such a wonderful bookish year!
I know I haven’t made any follow forever since I made this blog not because I don’t want to but because I find it hard to choose which blogs to include without having to put every single blog I follow. But because it’s my blog’s second birthday and the end of the year, I think it’s time to make one.