Sorry, I’m Back!

Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve updated on here! I know you probably don’t want to hear all the reasons why I’ve been gone, but suffice it to say that I’ve been super-stressed about college as well as tied up with ballet. I’m so sorry about disappearing unannounced again, but I’m definitely working on that. I also hope to catch up with everything that I missed because I know that I did get behind on a lot of things, and if I flaked on anyone, I sincerely apologize. Since it’s super late right now, this won’t be an overly long post. Basically, I’m just popping in to say, “Hi, I’m back!”

Ooh, and also, Happy Book Birthday to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo! It is such an amazing book, and you really must read it! For more gushing, you can read my review here. 

Thanks for sticking with me, and see you tomorrow!

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Looking Ahead: What’s Up in May Featuring My #AsianLitBingo TBR

Ok my pandas, this might be a long post, but bear with me here. This month is going to be super jam-packed because I have three main topics I have to cover: my YallWest wrap-up, the #AsianLitBingo along with accompanying shenanigans, and of course, my BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I can’t believe this blog is already almost one year old; how time flies!!! However, more on that and YallWest later. I will say though that all these things happening all in the month of May means that my blog schedule is going to be super jam-packed. Not only will I be posting everyday, you might even see two posts on one day: a review and either another type of post or another review. I’ll try to space it all out, but I make no promises. And of course, I chose to do this all during AP exam season. Ain’t I brilliant?

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Anyway, let’s focus on today’s big announcement: the #AsianLitBingo! The amazing Shenwei has all the official rules and such on their blog, so please click here for all the official rules and such! This is going to be so much fun, from author interviews to Twitter chats, to of course, prizes. I will be reviewing all the books I read for this challenge this month and I will try to make as many posts centered around Asian rep as possible. Ooh and shout out to Aentee for creating all the gorgeous graphics! Speaking of gorgeous, here’s the bingo sheet:

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Being the ambitious Hufflepuff that I am, I’m going to try and do a blackout of this. Keyword: try. You never know though! Anyway, keep reading for my TBR. (I will try to keep this updated throughout the challenge by bolding the ones I’ve read.) Let’s go! Continue reading

Ummm…No Thank You: Top Ten Book Turn-offs

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Last week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt were things that immediately draw me to a book, so this week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Not Want to Read a Book. Because I try to read a wide array of books (not that I always succeed), this list is a little bit more general than usual. However, almost all of the things below are hard and fast rules for me, save for the few exceptions noted. As usual, these are not in any specific order.  Continue reading

Happy Tears: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Wow, it has been such a long time since I’ve written a review. Luckily, today I’m going to be starting with one of my newest favorites: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. After years of hearing recommendations for this book, I finally read it. And OH MY GODS. Why did I wait so long? Now, let’s see if I can convince you guys to read this book and love it as much as I did. Continue reading

The Nightmare For All Readers: The Reading Slump and How to Get Rid of It

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Building on my blogging slumps post from a few weeks ago, this year I’m going to discuss how I try to get out of reading slumps. In my opinion, reading slumps are the worst evil that can ever befall a person. For me, reading is a way to destress, so being in a reading slump both increases my stress at not being able to read and takes away my method of taking away that stress. 🙂 No bueno. Therefore, may I present my attempt of helping you avoid this situation. Continue reading

Let’s See What’s Inside: March FairyLoot Unboxing

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Today, I’m going to finally be doing an unboxing for the March 2017 FairyLoot. For those of you who don’t know, FairyLoot is a UK-based monthly book subscription box. You can subscribe or do a single purchase (which is what this is.) In each box, you get a book along with some other shenanigans. This particular month’s box is especially special because it was FairyLoot’s one year anniversary. That meant having the gorgeous purple box, but it also mean that it was ridiculously hard to get a box. I was lucky enough to be one of the 90 people to get a box in the bloodbath that was the March box overflow sale. Literally, the boxes sold out in like 5 minutes. Anyway, that meant I was just even more excited to receive my box, and FairyLoot did not disappoint! Without further ado, presenting the March 2017 FairyLoot box!

There are actually a few things I left out of the picture above, but you get how pretty it is! I mean look at all the things in there! What exactly are those things? Glad you asked, let’s take a look in the box. Continue reading

The Terror of All Book Bloggers: The Blogging Slump and Possible Solutions to Get Rid of It

thinking-thursdays-bannerHello my pandas! Today’s Thinking Thursday blog post might seem a little hypocritical given the amount of times I’ve gone on hiatus. I get it. However, this is more a list of things I’m trying out right now, right as I’m slowly coming out of a blogging slump. Thus, I don’t really have a guarantee of whether any of these methods work. Let’s go test these out together, shall we?

1. Set aside a chunk of time, get rid of all distractions, and force yourself to write. 

Sometimes all you need is a little motivation, and purposefully creating a space to write your posts can help. I’ve already found this helpful, especially since I tend to procrastinate if I don’t actively tell myself to do something. I know a lot of authors do this especially when they feel stuck in their book, so I think this would probably be applicable to book blogging as well.

2. Write reviews right after you finish the book, not much later.

This is especially tricky for me because I read at such a fast rate and typically read while I’m on the go, not leaving much time for reviews. I’m going to slowly try to integrate this method into my schedule, especially since my list of backlogged book reviews is especially alarming. Seriously, I still have some books I read last June that I’ve been wanting to review. Anyway, by creating this sort of policy, it might be easier to ensure that you a) don’t forget the book or any important details/thoughts, b) have more motivation to share what you thought about the book with the internet rather than boring your uninterested family/friends (at least in my case), and c) have a list of ready-to-go material (see number 4).

3. Just keep reading.

Sometimes, the creative juices really aren’t flowing. You probably need some new material and artistic inspiration to get you going, so pick up those books. I find this simultaneously helps me relax and find the motivation to keep going. Again, try to use method number 2 to help keep on top of things, but the focus here is to really try to rejuvenate your inner writing dragon. (Yep, I hear it. Yep, it sounds weird. Yep, it’s staying in.) HOWEVER, if you are in a reading slump, disregard this method. In my experience, you’ll just lose even more motivation by trying to push yourself to read books you really don’t want to. Next week’s post, I’ll trying to cover how to get over reading slumps.

4. When you have an idea and extra time, write a post and save it for a rainy day.

Right now, I’m on spring break and am slowly starting to get back into blogging, so I’m trying to write as much as possible while my blogging muse is alive. I find that sometimes blogging slumps are caused by the stress of not writing, which makes me not write, which puts me in a blogging slump, which just turns into a vicious circle. By having a stash of ready-made blog posts, you can just use one as your post for the day and not stress about it. This in turn may give you the room to create more rainy day posts or even just plan for the week or take a breather.

5. Take a hiatus. Preferably a planned one.

If all of the above fails, use this method. If you feel like you are desperately clinging on to the edge of a precipice, about to fall into the abyss of blogging slumps, cut it off. Take a planned hiatus. It’s ok. Everyone will still be there for you. If you feel like the pressure is just too much at the moment, taking a break from blogging and maybe even social media may be the key to resting and eventually getting back in the writing mode. We all get how stressful and high commitment book blogging can be. Nobody’s going to judge you for taking a hiatus. (At least I won’t.) Do try telling people you’re on hiatus though. That way they won’t think you just suddenly dropped off the face of the Earth. I definitely need to work on that.

 

Anyway, I hope this was helpful to you guys. I myself am trying out some of these methods and finding it useful. Here’s to no more blogging slumps for at least a year! Also, last update: I was planning to do an unboxing of my March FairyLoot yesterday, but decided to postpone it to next week just case someone hasn’t gotten theirs yet. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone!

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Brason, Blue Food, and More: Top Ten Things Only a Percy Jackson Fanperson Will Understand

top-ten-tuesdays-bannerHello my pandas! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Fandom Freebie, so I have decided to make a list of what I think are the most iconic phrases, phenomena, sentences, etc. in the Percy Jackson fandom. I’ve been a part of this fandom for such a long time, so it’s truly near and dear to my heart. As always, this list is not in any particular order. Without further ado, the most Percy Jackson fandom things ever! Continue reading