I was standing at the counter, holding a copy of If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler and Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan. I had told myself those were the only two ones I needed at the moment. But you – your doleful eyes, your voiceless calling out to me – kept me glancing back at you.
Then look away.
And look away.
Shaking your pretty face from my eyes, I nodded with a faint smile when the cashier asked “would that be all, ma’am?”
How to answer it, huh? With you staring daggers right into my weak fangirl soul! OF COURSE THAT WOULDNT BE ALL!! But what do I do? Do I go back and grab you by the hand, take you home with me, and cherish you for years to come?
“No. No, Rain. You cannot do that. You have us to think of as well. You cannot be so selfish.” came a voice from deep inside my mind, from a corner I had chosen to forget my room even had. That dusty corner. And in that dusty corner was a stack of voices unheard. Roads untraveled. People unmet.And I have a responsibility towards them, after all. I cannot be so careless unfortu-fucking-nately!!!
But my eyes betray me.
They still end up reaching out to you.
And I see you reaching out to me.
You want me to be the one who holds you, get lost in the world contained in you. But as I think it through just once more, I realize it’s time. The cashier hands me the packet and the change. I clench my jaw as I will my eyes to not look back. The threshold arrives. And I cross it. I am on the other side now, the door closing behind me.
But I am greedy. Greedy for one more glance at you. Just one more. It won’t be enough but at least it’ll be something.
So I do. I look back. One last time. To pierce through your cover and catch a glimpse of the world you contain, the world I probably won’t be able to become a part of.
And I see you there. Still calling out to me, hidden in between a stack of other paperbacks a beautiful lovely pink cover with your name written over it, enticing me with its beauty. It was love at first sight after all for I knew and I believed in the story your pages contained.
But alas, your fate. Or rather mine. Or maybe it’s just the lack of enough time but you’ll be forever listed under “All The Books I’ll Never Have the Pleasure of Reading.” 😦
Until a stranger arrives. No signs. No warning. He sets foot in this old town full of old people set in their old ways and all of a sudden, the wind shifts it’s course.
Faint voices intertwined with the howling wind – as if lamenting it’s loss of attentive listeners. It wants to tell you a story. A story that’s as old as Near itself.A story of a misunderstood but powerful soul and it’s soul’s thirst for revenge.
Are you willing to listen?
I sat in the front yard – with my back propped up on one of those black chairs that my dad keep with such care, and legs straightened on the other. The wind that started in the rusting leaves found it’s powerful way into my open hair. It felt as if the driving force of the book I was holding in my hands had crawled into my world, and it was just the beginning.
The Near Witch had come. Or had I gone to meet her? Was I in the town of Near? Or was it in me?
Honestly? I don’t even know. All I cared about was the fact that there was this strange music all around me – the wind was singing and the words were compelling.THAT was the power this book held over my mind, even my surroundings.
From the very first page itself, I was left in awe of the way Schwab played tricks on me – her hauntingly lyrical prose and the world she created were so convincing that for the time being, nothing existed other than me, the town of Near, and it’s people.
”Nothing good grows out of fear.”
Fear is a strange thing.
It has the power to make you act in ways you never even contemplated of. But while it may be true for some, others see it as an opportunity to finally let out all those horrible urges that they have been holding on for far too long. And that’s what happens when one by one, the children of this moor bound town start disappearing. People’s ignorance and unwillingness to at least try to understand a point of view that goes against their idea of what’s ”NORMAL” ignites the fire of chaos and fear feeds it until it becomes uncontrollably large and dangerous.
And all of it must come down to that mysterious stranger that ”vanishes in thin air.” Does he? Doesn’t he? How can we know for SURE?!
”He’s a ghost.”
”No such thing as a ghost. He’s a halfling – part man, part crow.”
Rumors and lies start spreading all around and everyone decides to take the course that’s of the least inconvenience to them. And all of this – for what? JUST TO KEEP THEIR OWN PASTS HIDDEN.
Yes. A LOT of happens IN the story, as it goes on. But let me also tell you what happens OUT of it.
You see it’s one thing to follow the characters – especially such strong and determined ones as Lexi – but it’s a whole another thing to actually BE them,to lose yourself in their struggles and actions that you experience the same changes that THEY go through. ALL OF THAT is what happens seemingly away from the hustle and bustle of the ongoing plot –
because it happens in oneself; it happens IN THE HEART AND THE MIND.
Lexi was someone who believed in what she did and did what she had ABSOLUTE AND UNWAVERING FAITH IN. She was so in touch with the gifts that the moor – the nature – had bestowed on her that it was a delightful experience to just BE ON THE JOURNEY WITH HER.
The way the whole story is structured and written is additive BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS!! What started as a love affair with the cover soon made me realize that the TRUE beauty of this book lay deep within it’s heart, in it’s very core – and I could not have been more pleased!
Page after page, I could feel myself becoming more and more emotionally invested in Lexi and Cole’s relationship. Theirs was an attachment that was given time to flourish as naturally as a little rose bud – spreading it’s petalled wings delicately and unapologetically FOR ALL TO SEE AND ADMIRE AND FALL IN LOVE WITH IT!
COLE, though! I fell for him. Ached for him. Rooted for him. I did it ALL for him and Lexi. AND OH MY GOD! The more I fell for him, the more I feared that he would be taken away from me! 😦
BUT WAS HE?
WHAT HAPPENED EXACTLY – To the Near Witch that she had to unleash her wrath upon the village? To the people of Near who were so rigidly set in their – borderline idiotic – ways? To Lexi and Cole who were thrown into circumstances they SHOULD NOT have had to deal with so young?
AND ABOVE ALL –
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU ONCE YOU DECIDE TO PICK UP THIS GORGEOUS BOOK?
I’ll let you find all of that out o your own. But, always remember –
“Properly buried.” “Properly kept.” “That is the way with witches.” “And with all things.”
And disrespected bodies often give rise to vengeful bones that lay their roots deep and infect the land with their hatred and anger.
It’s strange – you are hurled into a new world, a different world.
From the moment your eyes fall on that first word your mind gets to work – trying to make it all seem natural to you. Trying to get you to SEE it, HEAR it, SMELL it. The book’s working hard for your attention and your mind’s it’s ally.
Even these two with their shared powers of persuasion can achieve precious little on their own because you simply won’t accept this world, this story as true – as a part of you – until something about it catches your heart.
Until it makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you weep, and makes your scream – ”WHYYYYYYY!?!?!?!”
THAT’S what you expect as soon as you open that book and decide to travel through different dimensions of the writer’s mind. And then when it actually happens – when your head starts to make some sense of the story and your heart starts feeling something for it, it’s as if everything around you falls down and now it’s just you and this treasure of a book in your hands.
Starting a new story is like…..hmmmm….well….I could sit here all day and still won’t be able to find an example that even comes close to describe that feeling. Because there isn’t one. You CANNOT describe what happens to you in that moment. You just let it slither it’s way into your head. If it’s good enough, you’ll hand over the control to your heart. If not? Well, that’s what 1 star reviews are for, right?! xD
A book is not just a bundle of pages. It’s a gateway into the workings of multiple minds –
🖤 YOU – the reader, for you would interpret it YOUR OWN WAY. You will read it different, understand it different, feel it different. Your preconceptions about what the characters do (or don’t do), what their motivations are will have a major role in determining whether you’ll fall in love with it or it’ll join your DNF’d pile of shame. xD
🖤 THE WRITER – because of a very simple reason: it’s the product of their mind, afterall. Much of why what happens, happens in the story will have been affected by the writers’ own set of ideals – their sense of right and wrong, their dreams, their experiences.Everything that shaped them, helped them become who they are will have an effect on how they shape their characters, even if just a little bit.
🖤 THE CHARACTERS – A good book will leave you shook, to the point that you will start questioning your own sense of reality because to you, the characters of the story will be real – in your mind they will be flesh and blood. You will sympathize with them, laugh with them, cry with them, get mad at them. Most importantly – YOU WILL GET TO KNOW THEM. How they do what they do. AND WHY THEY DO IT! You will be privy to it ALL!
SO MUCH HAPPENS WHEN WE READ A BOOK. And it happens so smoothly that we don’t even notice it until we are done!
AHEM. Let me show you –
It’s time to go through it all – ALL OVER AGAIN! ❤ ❤
SERIOUSLY! Ask my boyfriend. He can write a fucking book on it. xD
I was out of ideas for a new post when I thought of writing about all the bookish experiences we have had together till date. And while I think of them as fond memories, his reaction was quite bitter-sweet. AS SOON AS I TOLD HIM THE IDEA I WAS GOING TO WORK ON, HE WAS MORE THAN WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE. xD In fact, he even chose the title for me – and..ummm..I don’t know how to feel about that, to be honest! *shrugs* xD
”AM I THAT BAD?” I asked, with misty eyes. But he was already writing an EXHAUSTIVE LIST of all the times I had been VERY FUCKING DIFFICULT ON HIM, as an obsessive reader. xD
So, at his most earnest request, I am going to share a few incidents with you so that, as he says, ”my cruelty can come to light.”SUCH A DRAMA QUEEN. UGH!
The Book Fair
Let’s go back to November 2019. We hadn’t been able to meet for a few weeks. His exams were going on and since he never starts studying until THE DATE-SHEET HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED (me too, actually xD), he needed some time to, well, cram it all up.
His days were swallowed completely by the exams and I was busy making lists upon lists of ALL THE BOOKS I WAS GONNA BUY AS SOON AS THE FAIR STARTS! *heart eyes*
He knew my plan of visiting the fair – OBVIOUSLY – but I hadn’t decided on a specific date yet. You see, mum and I usually went together so it had to be a day when she was free as well.
The arrived the last Sunday of November and I woke up to mumma already determined to go to the fair that day. I WAS SOO FUCKING EXCITED! I hopped out of my bed to get ready when my phone rang. Yep. It was him. Asking me to meet that day. Now, I was stumped. I wanted to meet him, OF COURSE – SO BADLY, BUTTTTTTT….
IT WAS THE LAST WEEK OF THE FAIR! HOW could I miss it? You tell me!
Well, I didn’t.
I re-arranged our meeting and went to the fair instead. He was angry at me FOR TWO DAYS STRAIGHT for abandoning him like that! To be honest, I now realize that his anger was justified – it had been almost a month and the date was LONGGG OVERDUE!!
So ALRIGHT! I am SORRY! You happy? PLEASE LET IT GOO NOWW! 😦 😦
Pride and Prejudice
Okay THIS ONE’S JUSTIFIED TO BE HONEST!
We hadn’t started dating yet. I liked him. A LOT. But I needed to make sure that he is THE ONE! 😉 So, one day, I started talking about my love for Jane Austen. He loves period dramas so I was sure that this was a topic he’d be interested in. BUT READING THE DAMN BOOK? Yeah, NO CHANCE.But I tried to get him to read Pride and Prejudice just the same. MAYBE..JUST MAYBE..HE WOULD GIVE IN? But, nope. Reading classics was not his cup of tea.
I was like,
Of course, it wasn’t HIS fault but I just – I WANTED HIM TO LIKE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!!! So, I decided to give it another try. You see, we used to suggest each other loads of movies and then discuss about them. And my next suggestion was – yes, you’ve guessed it right – THE 1995 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE MINI SERIES! ❤ ❤
He couldn’t say no – although he tried – because I watched HIS suggestions as well, whether I liked them or not. (He loves war fiction)
Well, he did watch it. For sure. He watched it and GUESS WHAT??!! HE CAME LOVE IT TOO! He also discussed the characters with me *heart eyes* and I WAS LIKE OKAY, YEAH, HE IS THE ONE!
But yes, I agree – until he watched the series, I gave him a REAL HARD TIME! Sorry not sorry about that tooo!!! 😉
We Were Liars
When I first read We Were Liars, I couldn’t control the tears. I couldn’t control the sadness. And I couldn’t stop talking about it with him. He got intrigued by my obsession for it and decided to borrow my copy and give it a read. I knew he would love it as well and that’s EXACTLY what happened! HE LOVED IT SOO FUCKING MUCH.
But I was troubled about one thing. You see, it had been weeks since I lent him the book but he was showing no intentions of returning the book! I mean – You read it. You loved it. NOW GIVE IT BACKKK!!! And one day, I mentioned this to him. He looked at me dead serious and laughed out loud. He started teasing me, declaring that it belonged to him now.
THE HORROR ON MY FACE MUST HAVE BEEN TOO OBVIOUS TO BE MISSED! I demanded the book back RIGHT THEN AND THERE. xD He pulled it out of his bag and confessed that he just wanted to see my reaction and smiled at me most lovingly. I blushed and blushed and blushed at my foolishness, my fickleness! xD
It’s been 4 years since that happened and he still teases me about it. *shrugs*
Well…THERE ARE MANY MANYYY more such incidences that I would LOVEEE to share with you but…some other time, yeah? 😉 ❤
For now, tell me – COULD YOU RELATE?!?! I AM SURE you agree with me about We Were Liars yeah?I MEAN…BORROWING A BOOK AND NOT GIVE IT BACK?!? BADDDD!!! *shrugs*
Okay…so now it’s your turn – any crazy experiences related to books you wanna sharee!??!!! 😉 ❤ ❤
”NO POSTS ON SUNDAYS!!” – probably the last sentence Mr Dursley ever uttered with joy!
High school finals+ my copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hidden behind THAT BIG BULKY Biology book, which merely served as a decoy to fool mumma! ;p
I didn’t get to read Harry Potter as a kid but the magic was just the same even at seventeen – which was when I experienced this magical world for the first time (through the written word, I mean) I WENT CRAZYYY!! I would read it before going to bed – IN BED – before going to school – after school – THE WHOLE FUCKING DAY.Which was probably why I scored so less in Chemistry but that’s a different issue altogether! ;p
Having watched ALL of the movies as an 11 year old, I knew about the plot but NOTHING could have prepared me for the absolutely enchanting world that was waiting for me in those pages! OH THE MAGIC – it pulled me in FROM THE VERY FIRST SENTENCE. Rowling’s way of writing is just as gorgeous as the world she has created and THE FIRST TIME I JOURNEYED INTO IT, I wanted to lock the door behind me so that no one could come looking!
This one time, I took my copy of Order of The Phoenix into the bath – because mumma would’ve been FURIOUS had she seen me reading it during exams – and accidentally dropped it in water. I CRIED MY EYES OUT THAT DAY! But….it didn’t stop me from continuing the journey, of course.
My love affair with Harry Potter – the books AND the movies – is more than a decade old and with each passing re-read, it turns into something even more magical but BY GOD I WISH I COULD GO BACK IN TIME AND EXPERIENCE IT WITH FRESH EYES ALL OVER AGAIN!
I could talk on and on about how I used to imagine getting my very own Hogwarts letter, packing up, and leaving the boring muggle life behind me;how fascinated I was with their book-lists at the start of each term and how I jumped up and down with joy when I discoveredQuidditch Through the Ages, Tales of Beedle the Brad, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them –
I could talk about all that RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW but that would take up WAY TOO MUCH SPACE so INSTEAD I have decided to choose the first Harry Potter book for the Bookish Obsessions for this month. AND IT’S GOING TO BE A HELL LOT OF FUN!!!
Soooooo??? ARE YOU READY to relive this magical book ONCE AGAIN, HUH??!?! 😉
There are soooo many blogs that I ADORE but loving them comes at a price – a delightful price – THE INCREASE OF MY TBR PILE AT AN EXPONENTIAL RATE. My fingers shake as I click on their posts because although I know that their reviews will be groundbreaking-ly amazing, they will also force me to add the books to my own list which will complicate things for the already pitiable state of my ARCs. ;p
BUT….that still doesn’t dissuade me from reading them and loving them and then dying under the soul crushing weight of my tbr. AH, WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!
NOT-SO long story short, I have compiled a list of beautifully worded reviews of books (by these awesome bloggers) to read in the month of September! YAYYYY!!!
Take your pick! Take your pick! There are plenty to go around. 😉
The Symposium by Plato : Lashaan read a Greek classic and we all died because of his review’s profoundness. AHHHH!!! IT WAS SO SO BEAUTIFUL, you guys! I felt like reaching through the screen, grabbing the book and start reading it ASAP! But now, I have to wait for Amazon to deliver my copy instead. NO FAIR!!! 😦
Lobizona by Romina Garber: I recently discovered Cielo’s gorgeous blog and instantly fell in love with her writing. The way she writes reviews is JUST SO ADORABLE, I AM TELLING YOU! And this gorgeous review is THE PERFECT EXAMPLE of that! ❤
Chaos Vector by Megan E. O’Keefe : Mads is THE SCI-FI QUEEEEEN!!!! When she recommends, YOU LISTEN! And she is head over heels in love with this book, the second in The Protectorate series! AND I AM GOING TO OBEY HER AND START READING THIS SERIES because this review is a masterpiece and I LOVE IT, OKAY?And you gotta love it too!! ❤
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor : Proxy shared this absolutely gorgeous book in one of her Friday Firsts post and I instantly fell in love with it. SUCH CHAOTIC BEAUTY! ME LIKEYYY!!!! And you will toooo – just..visit her post and fall in love with it, okie?!
Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell : Although David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas was already on my tbr for this year, it wasn’t until I read Wakizashi’s gorgeous review that I actually got excited for this author’s works! I am not dying to read both Cloud Atlas AND this one AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, all because of this review! Don’t miss it. 😉
The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa : It was Star’s beautiful review that opened my eyes to even more interesting aspects of this book other than it’s cover (which was what attracted me initially) You are going to get sold on this review I AM TELLING YOU!!! It’s awesome, and the premise of this book? Mind-blowing!
You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria : I would not have known about this book had it not been for Priyasha’s review AND I WILL FOREVER BE THANKFUL TO HER – because now I can adorn my shelf with this beauty! AHHHHH!!! YOU GOTTA READ HER REVIEW TO FIND OUT HOW AWESOME THIS STORY IS! ❤
How To Disappear by Gillian McAllister : Stephen writes absolutely amazing reviews, this must be common knowledge right? RIIIIGHT? Because if it isn’t then what the hell are you doing??!?! GO GO READ THIS ONE AND ADD THE BOOK TO YOUR TBR BECAUSE IT SOUNDS AWESOME! Thriller lovers – you DON’T want to miss out on How To Disappear, I am telling you!
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer : I have been waiting for this one to come out for EVERRR!!! And when I read Alexandra’s review, it took EVERY SINGLE FIBRE OF MY BEING TO NOT RUSH OUT THE DOOR AND BUY THE BOOK RIGHT THEN AND THERE! Yep, it was THAT good!
Seven Devils BY Laura Lam and Elizabeth May : A beautiful book made even more so by Octavia’s amazing review! I knew I HAD to read it as soon as I saw the cover and the urgency grew by leaps and bounds when I read this review!
First Touch by Teyla Branton : A fantastic review by Purvasha – one of my new fav bloggers! This seems like one of those hidden gems I probably would not have found out about if it hadn’t been for this amazing blogger. PLEASE GIVE THIS REVIEW ALL THE LOVE! ❤
Every Single Shakespeare Play EVER! : Naemi’s posts are so gorgeously written that I feel like crying EVERY SINGLE TIME I VISIT HER BLOG! And this one is no different. HER ONE LINE REVIEWS of Shakespeare’s plays are so cuuutteee that I DEMAND YOU GO AND READ THEM! ❤
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Allen Oh : Oh, Oh, OHHH MY GODD!! I AM SURPRISED THAT ALMOST NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS GORGEOUS BOOK! I am glad Kay is though! Her reviews – as most of you already know – are absolutely brilliant and I am so glad she decided to share her thoughts on this beautiful book with all of us., YOU GOTTA READ THIS POST RIGHT NOW!
MINI REVIEWS – Deck Of Omens & With The Fire On High : It’s one of Marie’s reviews! You know what that means right?! It’s full of beautiful graphics and meaningful thoughts. I swear every time I read one of her posts I FALL IN LOVE! She writes some of THE MOST gorgeous reviews everrr!!!!!
The Good For Nothings by Danielle Banas : I am pretty sure I would NOT have known about this one if I hadn’t read livia’s amazing review of it! SERIOUSLY THIS BOOK SOUNDS ALL KINDS OF WEIRD AND AWESOME!!! AND I AM DEFINITELY ADDING IT TO MY TBR! Are you?! 😉
Pride by Ibi Zoboi : Everyone who knows me knows that I am a Pride and Prejudice addict. So NATURALLY I added it to my tbr as soon as I saw it on Amazon. But I am SO FUCKING GLAD I DID NOT BUY IT THEN. Because, according to Kate’s honest and amazing review, this one’s rather MEH! So I’d urge you give Kate’s review a good read before you got for this book, yeah? I included it because you need to know what to avoid as well, OBVIOUSLY! *rolls eyes*
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston : This book has been stalking me. I see it at least thrice a week on the internet! I AM NOT KIDDING. I was actually excited to read it before it started to feel like it was haunting me or something. But the excitement is back, I am glad to say – ALL BECAUSE OF Gianna’s BEAUTIFUL REVIEW! Thank you so much, hon! I LOVE YOU FOR THIS GORGEOUS POST! ❤
The Grishaverse Trilogy BY Leigh Bardugo : Macey + the written word = ART! I AM NOT KIDDING! She writes so beautifully that I just want to keep reading forever… WHY, MACEY! WHY DID YOU SHORTEN YOUR MUSINGS ON THIS ONE?!?!?! I loved it to pieces! ❤ You guys – GO. READ THIS GORGEOUS POST. Now. PLEASE?
Drowned Country by Emily Tesh : Look at that cover! It’s pretty, right?Not prettier than the review, though! It was very hard to pick only ONE of Lisa’s reviews since I adore every single thing she writes. BUT I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES NOW. I have decided to pick this one up. And you will too as soon as you read this review! ❤
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin : I requested and was rejected for this book. But Tessa wasn’t THANK GOD! At least I got to live the story – even if just a little bit – through her beautiful review! THIS ONE IS A MUST READ, YOU GUYS! And if you don’t believe me, then fine. YOU WILL BE CONVINCED ANYWAY ONCE YOU READ THIS POST. HAHAHAHA!!! *evil laughter*
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas : I will read any book that our bee queen suggests. And this one sounds like the perfect tear jerker! And E has reviewed it most perfectly. YOU GOTTA READ THIS POST RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin : Sarah is back with her awesome reviews and I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER!!! This one by the author of The Night Swim seems like THE PERFECT THRILLER with an exciting premise. I am SO SO excited to read this. YOU WILL BE TOO IF YOU’LL JUST DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR AND HEAD OVER TO SARAH’S AMAZING REVIEW, YEAH?! 😉 ❤
The Backstagers vol. 2 by James Tynion IV : I can’t tell you much about this book – I will leave that honor with the royal duchesses of the blogosphere. What I WILL tell you though is that YOU SHOULD NOT MISS OUT ON THIS ONE – it sounds way too much fun!! ❤
The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes : I never knew I would end up loving thrillers SO MUCH! And Jules’ reviews are one of the reasons why! SHE CONSTANTLY RERADS AMAZING, SPINE-CHILLING THRILLERS that make me want to drop everything else! This one was just like that. You’ll know when you read this review. It sounds like a must read! ❤
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar : I had been SOOO excited for this one to release. The Book Twitter seemed to be blowing up with anticipation and the gorgeous cover only added to it! And then I read Ahana’s review! DAMNNN!!! I FELL IN LOVEEEE WITH IT! And you will toooo!! Just give it a read. It’s honest and it’s BEAUTIFUL! ❤
A Ruined Girl by Kate Simants : Yeah! AS IF THAT GORGEOUS COVER WASN’T ENTICEMENT ENOUGH! Kelly had to kill us with her review as well!! Honestly, sometimes I feel like you go out of your way to write awesome reviews JUST TO TEASE ME BECAUSE…I JUST…*ugly sobbing* I am…*more ugly sobbing*…I GOTTA READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!
A Declaration of The Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry : Kat’s reviews are one of my absolute favorites! AND NOW THAT SHE IS OFFICIALLY BACK TO BLOGGING, I am sooo excited to start hoarding ALLLL the books that she recommends – starting with this one. It’s absolutely gorgeous and going by Kat’s wonderful, wonderful review, it’s contents are no less wonderful! Visit the post to find out more! ❤ ❤
An Unreliable Man’ by Jostein Gaarder : I LOVE N’s reviews soo much! They are short, sweet, to-the-point, and beautifully written. She always reviews hidden gems and when I read this post, I knew I had to make time for this book this year! IT SOUNDS UNMISSABLE! Please give this post a read and show N’s amazing review the love it soooo deserves!
Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh : Nicki’s reviews are always a delight to read. They are on point and clearly written. I TRUST HER JUDGEMENT IN BOOKS and so I will be adding this one to my tbr! And if you don’t want to miss out on some amazing reads, you better go and check her review out as well! Just sayin’. 😉
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume : WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN WITH THIS AWESOME BLOGGER? Emer writes her reviews sooo passionately that they never fail to impress me. EVERY SINGLE WORD IN THIS REVIEW IS BRIMMING WITH HER LOVE FOR THIS BOOK AND I AM 10478397567507809248% IN LOVE WITH IT! You better go and check it out for yourselves as well!! ❤
Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver : Julie is ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE BLOGGERS EVERRR!!! She is kind, sweet, AND WRITES AMAZING REVIEWSSS!!! A few more and I might have to make a separate list for her recommendations! 😉 This one was just as awesome. The book’s premise is soo interesting and Julie’s awesome review seals the deal!!!! ❤
Night Of The Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones : Reading this review, I was so angry at myself! WHY THE HELL WASN’T I FOLLOWING Tammy ALREADY?!?!??! This review is BRILLIANT! I LOVE THIS SO SOOO MUCHHH!!!! And you gotta read it tooo!!! I have already the book to my tbr – now it’s YOUR turn. ❤
What If It’s Us by by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera : If you guys aren’t already following Poulami THEN WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! She writes THE LOVELIEST REVIEWS EVERRR!!! And this one is the proof – soo cutteee!!!! LOVE IT SO MUCHH! And you will too, I PROMISEEE!!! *heart eyes*
AND NOW FOR SOME AMAZING LISTS!!!! YAYYY!!!
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS | STANDALONE BOOKS EDITION : Sofii’s blog is the one to visit whenever you want to soothe your eyes BECAUSE HER POSTS ARE ALWAYS THE PRETTIEST! I mean I don’t even know how she does it! DAMNN!!!! And here she is, with another one of beautiful posts FULL OF BOOK RECS! What more can you even waaaaaant??!?!?!?
Deat Endless Streaming Services, Please Aadapt : Gemma is here with her list of beautiful books that you probably did NOT know about! AND YOU ARE GONNA FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SO SOOO PRETTYYYY!!! *heart eyes* Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful list with us, hon! 🙂
Railhead by Philip Reeve : The amazing Sabrina at Paper Plane Nomad has generously shared with a list of reasons why she adored Railhead and I AM SO SO GLAD SHE DID. Honestly, everything she writes is just…I LOVE IT, OKAY? And you will be missing out if you don’t read this review as soon as you can. READ IT NOW! ❤
Women in SFF – 10 Fav Female Authors : Alex, the writer behind the awesome website – MARTIAN CHRONICLE – has compiled a list of female science fiction authors and I am 100000000% here for it! Added almost all of the books featured in this one. Science ficiton lovers, you better go and check this one out ASAP. ❤
Contemporary Romances you GOTTA read! : This list by Alex features some lesser known but ABSOLUTELY AMAZING romances that YOU JUST CANNOT LET SLIP THROUGH YOUR RADA!!! *furiously adds all of them to my tbr*
Books That Should Be Adapted Into Netflix Shows/Movies : Are you following Hsinju’s Lit Blog yet? Because if you aren’t then you NEED TO CORRECT THAT ASAP! WHY? Well, apart from the fact that Hsinju is one of the sweetest bloggers around?Well, you can just go and read this amazing post listing some of the awesomest Sapphic books that YOU NEED TO READ and the Netflix directors NEED TO ADAPT. 😉
My Favorite Book Covers for Each Color : Allison is here with her minimalistic post featuring GORGEOUS BOOK COVER in (almost) every color!! *heart eyes* And it is JUST TOO PRETTY FOR WORDS. I am sure you are going to find some awesome books for your September TBR in this post! ❤
WOOOHOOO!!! SOOO MANYY AWESOME BOOKS!!! I am so fucking proud of this list! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE REVIEW IS A GEM! So you better read them – you owe it to yourselves – YOU ARE SO SO AWESOME and you deserve beautiful books! 😉 ❤
I really hope you liked this one! I have been compiling these the whole month!
So….which ones are you adding to your tbr?! Have you already read some of these? Do you recommend? Do you wanna add to the list?!
As most of you probably, I AM MAD FOR PRETTY BOOKS – who isn’t, right? So, to celebrate that love, I started the Colour of The Month series last month where I will choose a new colour every month and pick out books from my to-buy/anticipated releases lists and share with you so that YOU CAN BURY YOUR FACE IN THEIR ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS COVERS!!
I know I AM SOOO HELPFUL! You should appreciate me more, you know! Just sayin’. xD ;P
Well, this month, I have decided to bless your eyes with some of THE MOST GORGEOUS Purple COVERS EVERR!!!!!! ❤ ❤ YOU ARE WELCOMMEEEE! 🙂
💜The Bone Witch | Rin Chupeco :I first saw this one on my Pinterest and I FELL IN LOVE – HEAD OVER HEELS! But..apparently not enough to buy it RIGHT THEN! 😦 I was going through my Pinterest boards and when I saw this, I knew I HAD TO CHOOSE Purple for this month’s theme – I MEAN LOOK AT THAT! This had to be one of THE MOST MYSTERIOUS, MOST GORGEOUS COVERS EVER! And I have vowed to read it before 2020 ends! Because I will be needing some witchy powers to survive the rest of this goddamn years, that’s FOR SURE! 😉
💜 Toil & Trouble | Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe : The artwork on the edges of this one is just TOO BEAUTIFUL, isn’t it?! *heart eyes forever* I MEAN HOW CAN ANYONE RESIST THIS??!❤
”A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.”
💜 A Room Away From The Wolves | Nova Ren Suma : As if the title wasn’t intriguing enough!! The cover depicts a PERFECT BLEND OF FANTASTICAL AND REALITY and I AM 1000000% HERE FOR IT! ❤ ❤ Are you?Well, you better be! 😉
”That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.”
Okay! Okay! THAT sounds awesome tooo BUT…I am mostly here for that rather classy cover, okiee?!??! xD I MEAN…WOW! My heart leaps with joy whenever I see that cover – I am already imagining it a a lush purple cloth bound edition.It would look GORGEOUS, don’t you agree?!
💜 The Diviners | Libba Bray : WHERE DO I EVEN START?! This one has been recommended to me by almost EVERYONE! You guys loved it sooo much that I just….I GOTTA READ IT NOW – and that cover is certainly a plus! ❤
But hey, I gotta ask – what is the significance of those threaded pearls in the cover?!
💜 Wicked Like Wildfire | Lana Popovic : I simply couldn’t resist the flowery beauty in this one – AHHH!!!! ❤ ❤ Also,
”All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty.”
I am going to have to interrupt you to direct your attention to these beautiful ”purple” quotes! I HOPE YOU WILL LOVE THEM. ❤
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” ― alice walker, The Color Purple
“Purple is the last of the rainbow colors, so it means I will love and trust u for a long time” ― kim taehyung
“Everything changes when a man becomes purple.” ― Charlie McDonnell
“Yeah, but they’re PURPLE pants,” Bobby said as if that made some kind of distinction. “Hence, I’m awesome.” ― Amanda Hocking, Wisdom
💜 Exit West | Mohsin Hamid : I was looking for pretty purple book covers on Google when I stumbled upon this one and fell in love immediately! The way blue and shades of lilac compliment each other on a rather dark an d mysterious background HAS ME DROOLING OVER THIS ONE! And what’s more? The GR blurb says,
”Exit West follows (Nadia and Saeed) as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.”
YEP! I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. YOU need this in your life! ❤
💜 The Book of Tomorrow | Cecelia Ahern : Why I chose this? Apart form the title, you mean? Well how in the hell was I supposed to resist that magical cover? COULD YOU? I DON’T THINK SO! I have only read a couple of short stories by Ahern but I ADORE HER WRITING and I AM SOOO LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IT! ❤
Hey, hey..if you have read it then PLEASE talk to me about it in the comments! I would love to know your thoughts on this one. 🙂
💜 Music and Malice in Hurricane Town | Alex Bell :So, according to Goodreads, this one has ghosts, possessions, music, and A DARK PAST! Pair that with such a pretty cover and you have me rushing towards the bookstore with one hand on the hat and the other clutching the money! xD
💜 Bloom | Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad: AWWWWW!!!! That’s all I can say about his cover! I MEAN LOOK AT IT! It’s…….AHHHHH….IT’S GORGEOUS and to not buy it would be a crime against beautiful books, okay??
💜 Daughter of The Burning City | Amanda Foody :MAGIC. MYSTERY. MURDER.This one’s got it ALL! I have a feeling that it will be an unforgettable and thrilling read and I CANNOT WAIT TO ADORN MY SHELF WITH THIS BEAUTY! ❤
ALL OF THESE PRETTY BOOKS HAVE GOT ME LIKE –
And youuu??!?!! DON’T TELL ME YOU ARE IMMUNE TO THE CHARMS OF A BEAUTIFUL COVER! Absolutely NO ONE ever is! And I DEMAND to know your favorite ones! TELL MEEE!! Upon seeing which one of these did you feel like reaching into the screen grab it and bring it home?! Also, have you read any of these?!??! DO YOU RECOMMEND?!?!
[NOTE: The main character suffers from a serious case of postpartum depression + there are mentions of child abuse. Please keep that in mind before starting the book.]
Once a woman becomes a mother, she is reborn – with her center of life now being her children. Her every waking thought is consumed by anxieties about their well being and her dreams? Filled with hopes for her lovely little ones.
She would do anything to protect them. Anything at all.
And Jess was no different. She was just a mother, trying to protect her children – from those little germs everywhere, from strangers and predators, from unnecessary exertions – but most of all from herself. SHE was her children’s biggest threat, her mental condition irrelevant to anyone else because no one – not even her own husband and her best friend – tried to see past her mask, to actually notice how distressed she had been lately. Everyone pinned it down to her obsession with perfection, her reluctance to place any trust in anyone other than herself. Her anxieties were irrelevant – something shrugged off as overthinking and even a certain kind of childishness.
But what will happen when she’ll be made to choose between protecting one child or keeping her family from falling apart?
What would she do?
SHE will fall apart instead, in her desperate tries to keep her loved ones from harm;to make sure that nobody snatches her children from her. She will break down like never before – subject to people’s scrutinizing eyes, judging stares.
Reading Little Disasters felt like I was thrown into a world where I would NOT have ventured if I knew what I’d be taking on in the long run. Oh my! This book tested my heart’s patience to bear shock way too much.
A baby has been hurt and her mother is in the line of fire of suspicions from everyone around her.They think the worst of her.
”You are a bad, bad mother.”
Her thoughts keep playing tricks on her mind and her outer world just reflects more of the same.
And the worst of all? Her best friend – the paediatrician who admits Betsy, Jess’ daughter – is suspicious of her friend as well. Liz – the smart, the quick, the no nonsense doctor – is torn between her duties as a friend and her responsibilities as a professional. And the way Sarah has captured her dilemmas is outstanding, worthy of praise. ❤
I can’t tell you how much I adored the author’s way of weaving a gripping plot around these few but VERY intriguing characters – the way Liz’s memories entwined with Jess’ present circumstances left me in complete adoration of Sarah’s writing!Not to mention the ease with which she manages the delicate timing of the flashbacks ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL. It added to the grim excitement that surrounded the plot as I flicked page after page, desperate to find out the EXACT relation between these two friends and their circumstances – the past and the present.
Little Disasters is just as much about motherhood and it’s trials, it’s highs and lows as it is about marriage, the role of a partner, and the need for communication. I was left riddled with a series of scenarios that started and ended with a bold IF ONLY:
If only Jess had shed her fear of being judged and came clean to Ed about her mental state.
If only she hadn’t tried to be so PERFECT and ORGANIZED all the time.
If only Ed had picked up on his wife’s trauma a little bit earlier, and without contempt and horror in his eyes.
When you have lived with someone for more than a decade, you get to know about how they like to do certain things and how best to approach them – especially when they are shelled in and emotionally vulnerable. And the fact that Ed had been too busy with printing money to give his wife and her hard work and struggle at home a good thought was really irritating to me.
But then, so was Jess’ inability to put aside her fears and confess. Much as we’d like them to be, MEN ARE NOT MIND READERS. They usually don’t suspect anything is particularly WRONG unless it’s on a rather HUGE scale OR unless you yourself point them towards the thing that’s been bothering you.We want them to just KNOW but they almost never do. They just tend to train themselves to take things on the face value because its easier and less emotionally taxing to do so. So being OPEN with your partners about what’s been bothering you IS THE BEST THING TO DO.
But of course. for a perfectionist like Jess – someone who had had a serious case of OCD and Cognitive Personality Disorder (which everyone had been unaware of) – this was difficult to do. And I completely understand! But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this behaviour of hers led her into the extreme circumstances she found herself later on – being held under suspicions of being the sole cause behind the serious skull fracture of her baby girl.
Her situation made my eyes well up more than once. Her desperation, her sadness, her frustration at not being able to touch her baby girl, to hold her or any of her children was too painful to witness.
Can you imagine? Taking a child away from her mother?
And then the way Liz’s mother’s secrets crept up just in time to escalate the plot and give it even more intensity and meaning left me thrilled AND cold – both at the same time. THE HORROR ON MY FACE WHEN I FOUND ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HER BABY SISTER CLARE WAS BOTH GENUINE AND VERBAL. I couldn’t cope with a revelation like that!
And now, I let out a deep sigh, as I finally close the book – feeling as if I have physically endured what Jess and Liz mentally went through. And it’s tiring. And yet, as Galadriel said, hope remains for people who are true and brave of heart.Who come face to face with realisation that forgiveness – for yourself AND for others – is the only true way to rise above pain and hurt.
Look, I didn’t know what I was taking on, how emotionally screwed up I will feel, how utterly helpless in the face of Jess’ confusion and frustration, at the thought of a few months old baby lying in the hospital with her head all but cracked open, from the horrible and pitiful secrets that engulfed Liz’ mother’s past AND present –
BUT YOU DO.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE!
Remember, if you do decide to read Little Disasters – which, despite all the tears and agony, I still 100% recommend – keep in mind that you will be thrown amidst an emotional and psychological storm that will leave you feeling helpless.
And the fun part? You will love it nonetheless. Every single second of that suffering.
SOO??!?! Have you read Little Disasters yet? Did you like it?! SAYY YESS!!! What’s your favorite book by Sarah Vaughan? AND MOST IMPORTANTLY – Have I convinced you to read this one?! I hope I have BECAUSE IT IS AWESOMEE! You cannot afford to miss it, I am telling you!
PLEASE DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE?! *puppy dog eyes*
July is at an end and it’s been a weird month, to be honest. It sort of exhausted me – more than I had anticipated. Maybe it’s the wretched wait – for things to finally go back to normal? To hang out with friends and loved ones without the fear of a damnable virus clutching at your throat – literally – and turning you to Cathy from Wuthering Heights (if you get the joke, I LOVE YOU!)?
Well, whatever it is, I know THE PERFECT ANTIDOTE to ward off this unpleasant feeling – SOME OF THE MOST BRILLIANT POST FROM AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE!Every single one listed here is A GEM, I am telling you.
SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET’S BEGIN, shall we? 😉
🌸 I came across Wendy’s blog by chance. AND IT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHANCE ENCOUNTER EVER! Her writing? It’s a delight to read. She will pull you in through the computer screen into her mind with such an ease that you will fall in love with the way she writes! Don’t believe me? Check out her beautiful post titled – Guilt: Why do we put up with it?
🌸 Would it REALLY be a blogger appreciation post without the mention of one of Rook’s AWESOME posts? Nah! I don’t think so. So here is one of my favorites titled – Playing With Prompts. Go an and be amazed by his clever writing.
🌸 BELLE! Her blog HAS to be one of my FAVORITES! She is always soo fun to interact with. Her posts are always so beautifully written that I just can’t stop admiring them! And if you have’t visited this gorgeous blogger’s sweet little internet home yet, I suggest you do so. ASAP. Her post titled – Books Based On My Favorite Karaoke Songs – will steal your heart I AM SURE.
🌸 Iam telling you guys this was one of the trippiest AND the COOLEST posts EVER! Veronika does it again – enchant us with her awesome and unique posts and this one titled – A BUNCH OF BOOKISH COINCIDENCES – is just too good to miss out on.
🌸 Emma has THE MOST GORGEOUS BLOG EVER. Visiting it is equivalent to taking a walk in the meadow on a pleasant winter day – sooo vibrant, soo happy, SO FULL OF LIFE! And if you are not following her already, you are missing out on some really gorgeous posts like this one titled – MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2020 SO FAR – THE YEAR OF SEQUELS AND DEBUTS! So go and give it a read and oyu’ll know what i am going on ab out. 😉
🌸 A Book Owl’s Corner is another blog that is quickly becoming one of my favorites! The blogger behind thie awesome blog is THE SWEETEST AND MOST FRIENDLIEST EVERRR!!! And I LOVE talking to her. BUT that’s not all. Her posts are just lovely – well thought out and interesting like this one titled – WHAT DO YOU SEE IN YOUR MIND WHEN READING? You are gonna love it. I know.
🌸 Allison’s posts are soo aesthetic that I JUST CAN’T STOP ADMIRING THEM! So so beautiful. And the way writes them is equally enchanting. AND SHE THE BEST AND THE MOST FRIENDLIEST BLOGGER EVER. One of my favorites by her is – 10 YA Fantasy Standalone Books for When You Don’t Want to Commit. Please give it as read if you haven’t already. ❤
🌸 Kate writes the most honest and detailed reviews ever. AND SHE IS SUCH A SWEETHEART TOO! It’s always a delight to talk to her! ❤ And if you haven’t read any of her posts yet, I suggest you start with this one – Review—Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan. YOU ARE GONNA LOVE IT!
🌸 JULIEEE!!! SHE IS THE KINDEST BLOGGER EVERR!! And soo much fun to talk to. She writes awesome reviews like this one – Book Reviews: Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith – and promotes other bloggers and authors with her weekly and monthly features! So if you don’t follow her already, you are missing out duuude!!! *shrugs*
🌸 Gianna’s blog is just…SOO GLAMOROUS! She is kind, friendly, writes awesome blog posts, is very supportive and WHAT’S MORE! She has even started her own magazine! I MEAN HOW AWESOME CAN ONE PERSON EVEN BEEE?!?!?!?!!?!? I Love her and her blog and I DEMAND that YOU DO SO AS WELL. Humph.
🌸 Could this list be complete without mentioning Macey and cutiepie blog – Brine and Books? NOPEEEE. She writes so beautifully and soulfully that you just…wanna give her a tight hug!!! Her blog is precious, OKAY? And you HAVE to giver her post – The June Bug – a read. It is GORGEOUS.
🌸 LISAAAAAAAA is an absolute sweetheart. Her blog is awesome. Her posts are awesome. SHE IS AWESOME. And one of my best friends hereeee!!! She reads SOOO many books too! Like HOWWW?!?!??! TEACH MEEEE!! And her Goodreads TBR cleaups are MY FAVORITE! Makes ME feel organized as well! xD
🌸 Tessa is THE THRILLER QUEEN! She reads spine-chilling thrillers and reviews them in the most honest and beautiful way possible. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE HER AND HER BLOG. I just…SHE IS AWESOME OKAY? And you better go and read one of her reviews. Here – Book Review | The House Party by Mary Grand. I will NOT talk to you if you don’t. *squinty eyes*
🌸 The blogosphere just wouldn’t be the same without our awesome E! She will brighten your day with her beautiful and well thought out comments and her GORGEOUS POSTS! And by just…BEING THERE, okay?! And YOU HAVE TO VISIT HER BLOG! Read this post titled – 5OnMyTBR — 5 Summer Reads.
🌸 AHH!! The Royalties of the blogosphere. have you heard about the Book Dutchesses? YOU MUST HAVE. Run by Candyce and Isabelle, it’s one of the awesomest blog ever. And the bloggers? WELL THEY ARE ABSOLUTE SWEETHEARTS!! ❤ You gotta give one of their posts a read – The Ship of Shadows – Maria Kuzniar You are gonna LOVE their blog, I AM SUREEE!!! ❤
🌸 Jules’ posts are AMAZING. Her reviews are always very thorough and clearly written AND SHE IS SOO KIND AND FRIENDLY! I cannot imagine the blogging world without her beautiful comments posts. I JUST CANNOT! *sniffs* *misty eyed* Go give her posts a read okay? BOOKREVIEW: The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams ❤
🌸 Ahanaa!!! SHE IS SUUUPER CUTTEEE AND FRIENDLY. Talking with her is ALWAYS a delight. And her reviews? Well let’s just say that she is one of the reasons why my TBR is threatening to fall over! Give this one a read – Nightfall (Devil’s Night #4) by Penelope Douglas– and you’ll know what i am talking about.
🌸Okay so Lisa – the awesome blogger behind Owl Be Sat Reading – is one of my absolutely favorites here!!! SHE IS JUST AS MAD ABOUT The Hobbit as I am and talking with her here and ontwitter ALWAYS makes me dayy!!! SHE IS THE BESTESTTT EVERRR!!! And you NEED to follow her, people. ❤ ❤ ❤
🌸 Kelly is here to send you ALL THE BOOK LOVE YOU WOULD EVER NEED – with her reviews, her comments, her sweet disposition and helpful nature! if you aren’t following her already – WHAT THE HELL YOU’VE BEEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE, SON?! Go, and read of her posts – Come Join the Murder by Holly Rae Garcia. PLEAAAASEEEe??!?!?
🌸 KAT! The blogger whose posts I adore SOO VERYY MUCH! She is so much fun to talk to and such a sweetheart! It’s awesome the way she spreads love in the blogosphere and on Book Twitter tooo!!1 I LOVE HER AND YOU WILL AS WELL – one you read her postsa nd talk to her. The most recent one by her is titled – Mini Book Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn, by Melissa Bashardoust
🌸 N will steal your heart with her to-the-point reviews and clever posts. Take this one for instance – Fictional holidays from hell! I mean IT IS AWESOME. AND JUST…. I LOVE IT, just as I love every single one of her posts. AND YOU GOTTA VISIT HER BLOG AND GIVE HER FOLLOW. It’s, like, the norm, dude! DUH!
🌸 Maddeline and her gorgeous Sci-Fi reviews – LIGHT OF IMPOSSIBLE STARS (Embers of War #3), by Gareth Powell – have finally made me wanna give the genre a try! ME! I MEAN CAN YOU IMAGINE??!?!?! That’s a testament to her persuasive and beautiful writing and SHE IS SOOO AWESOME. SOO HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY. Love yaaa, Mads!
🌸 Sofiii!! SHE JUST COMPLETED HER 5000 FOLLOWERS and to be honest? I am not even shocked. I wouldn’t have been even if the number was like 10K or more!I MEAN HAVE YOU SEEN HER BLOG? Gorgeous. And she is such a delight to talk to as well. SHE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS EVERRR!!! ❤
🌸 Beck. GeRoMiNoOOoOooOoOoOo ❤ ❤ SUCH A CUTIEEEE AND A DELIGHT TO TALK TO! And her posts? Well, you give this one a read –WORST WRITINGS: PART SIX – and you’ll know for yourself. Reading her posts is like a breath of fresh air on a humid day! I LOVE HER AND HER BLOG SOOOO VERYYY MUCHHH!!!
🌸 Gemma – the awesome blogger behind Book Beach Bunny – writes THE MOST FUN AND ENTERTAINING POSTS EVER! I always look forward to talking to her. SHE IS SOO FRIENDLY AND THE COOLEST EVER! Her most recent post titled – SOMEWHAT POSSIBLE DREAM BOOKISH EVENTS – will attest to the truth of it all! 😉
Well, I really hope you’ll give ALL of these bloggers a follow because they are like THE BESTTTEST EVER!And your WordPress Reader will be blessed by each one of their posts, I am telling you. THEY ARE AWESOME AND I LOVE THEMM AND YOUUU!!! SOO MUCH! ❤ ❤
PS: I know I haven’t been able to reply to some of your awesome comments posts but it’s just…I was going to read them today but well…okay I FELL ASLEEP, ALRIGHT?! I was reading and I fell asleeeeep! And woke WAY TOO LATEE!!! 😦 😦 😦 i am sawwryyyy. *puppy dog eyes* I will get to them ASAP!!!! Until then, you read these wonderful posts, aight? 😉 ❤
You – yes, you, sitting behind that computer screen looking all kinds of beautiful and confident 😉 – tell me, what was your most popular post?
You know the one where you were getting crazyhits moments after hitting publish. People were commenting like nothing else mattered. I bet you felt like A GOD, didn’t you? You were able to help them in some way.Either by making them laugh, or maybe sharing some tips, or maybe just a feel-good post?BUT PEOPLE RELATED TO IT, DIDN’T THEY? Those moments are still seared in your memory – THAT FEELING OF BEING VALUED; THAT FEELING OF A POST TAKING OFF. *heart eyes*
You were on top of the world – the blogging world at least – and there was no limit to your happiness. It was all worth it that day, wasn’t it? The hard work, writing even when you didn’t feel like it, those long hours searching for EXACTLY THE RIGHT GIF, man THAT’S a real pain!
Still, the appreciation makes it ALL WORTH IT. It’s heartwarming to know that you aren’t screaming into a void; that people are actually listening to you. Nothing pumps up the spirits of a blogger kinda like those appreciative comments, those crazy shares, those increasing stats. (Own it now! DON’T BE SHY ;))
But nothing lasts and you too shall fall down. It’s the law of nature. AND GRAVITY. *shrugs*
You climbed up the mountain.It was hard. It was time taking. But it’s a fucking peak. Sooner or later, it’s gonna poke a hole through your goddamn shoes and you’re gonna have to climb down. If you don’t – a snowstorm might do the trick nicely.BUT COME DOWN YOU SHALL.
But, does it mean that you will start measuring every little success on that scale?Does it mean you will stop enjoying life’s simple pleasures just because they don’t provide the same kind of exhilaration that climbing a fucking mountain does?
I am sorry but that’s just too dumb for words. Yes, I said it.
When you write a post, you should do it ONLY BECAUSE YOU WANT TO WRITE. Not under the pressure of staying at the top. Because that attitude will definitely – DEFINITELY AND SEVERELY – affect your writing process, I am telling you.
Just yesterday I was going through all the posts I made during the last year. And I was surprised by how well a couple of them performed. It came as a shock, to be honest. Plus this realization brought with it a desire, a hunger to reach those heights again. I quickly opened my notepad and decided to write something EXACTLY LIKE THOSE POSTS – setting the bar way too high in the very beginning!I put so much pressure on my mind that the creativity muscle just kinda –
I was forgetting one little thing, though – not every post I’ll write will be a masterpiece. Not every single post will do well.Not every single post will have people raving all about it all over the internet. AND THAT IS OKAY.
You see when you think about it – it’s just as it should be, really. If you’ll give serious thought to how this whole writing process works, it’ll become evident to you thatit’s a perfect balance of odds – the more you write, the more chances you create of writing something awesome. But expecting every single word to be like that? I am sorry but that is just not possible.
It’s a process. You practice with the practice. It’s not like you’ll sit in meditation for an hour once a week and the right idea will just flow through your mind and onto the paper. NOPE. How it ACTUALLY goes is you write and write and write and then one day, while writing, some words will JUST CLICK and VOILA! There is your next blockbuster post.
BUT until THAT happens, remember to enjoy every single word you write because it’s helping you and your craft – whether you can see it right now or not.
Now, I wanna hear your thoughts on the topic: do you agree? Do you have any insights that all the rest of us could benefit from? Or maybe any such experience when you felt forced to give in to the pressure of ”famous topics” or ”viral posts”?