"Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug." Title: Challenger Deep Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: YA Contemporary Pages: 320 pages Publication date: April 21, 2015 Neal has been one of my all-time favorite authors for years now—about a decade—but I've been behind on reading some of his work. … Continue reading Book review – Challenger Deep (Spoiler Free)
Book review – Skyhunter (Spoiler Free)
"It is always the gentle ones I fear for the most, those willing to bare their hearts, who grieve for others and feel happy for others' happiness." Title: SkyhunterAuthor: Marie LuGenre: YA Science FictionPages: 371 pagesPublication date: September 29, 2020 I love Marie Lu's books, so of course I picked up Skyhunter. Skyhunter follows Talin, … Continue reading Book review – Skyhunter (Spoiler Free)
Common writing mistakes #12
#12 — Not using plain language Recently, I've seen some writers try to up their vocabulary. It feels as if they’re opening a thesaurus and writing the words they find down. Some of these words include specific plant or animal names, scientific words, uncommon verbs, etc. Grackle. Fervent. Reveille. Ostentatious. Imbibes. But it's better to … Continue reading Common writing mistakes #12
Book review – Flash Cards (Spoiler Free)
“To compare spring to a temple to say a tree is a god both are illegitimate metaphors but metaphors is all I have” Title: Flash Cards: Selected Poems from Yu Jian's Anthology of NotesAuthor: Yu JianTranslators: Ron Padgett, Wang PingGenre: PoetryPages: 144 pagesPublication date: September 28, 2010Publisher: Zephyr Press Lately, I've been looking more … Continue reading Book review – Flash Cards (Spoiler Free)
To writers who believe they are slow learners or that they are behind
It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get there. Just the fact that you get there is worth it.
Book review – We Are Okay (Spoiler Free)
“I wonder if there's a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in the way that undoes your life, undoes your self, so that when you look at your face it isn't yours anymore.” Title: We Are OkayAuthor: Nina LaCourGenre: FictionPages: 236 pagesPublication date: … Continue reading Book review – We Are Okay (Spoiler Free)
The Sunshine Blogger Award
I would like to thank Nen and Jen from Nen & Jen for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! It was such a pleasant surprise to wake up to. If you haven't checked out Nen & Jen, you should. They write awesome book reviews from fantasy to YA to romance books. They also have … Continue reading The Sunshine Blogger Award
Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)
it only takesa second or twoto look into their eyesand decidewhether you're homeor at just anotherperfectly decorated house Title: Yesterday I Was the MoonAuthor: Noor UnnaharGenre: nonfiction, poetryPages: 160Publication date: March 27, 2018Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers I got Yesterday I Was the Moon as a birthday gift last month. By the end of the day, I had some … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)
Oh. You want the truth?
Oh. You want the truth? It’s a bit messy. It’s the joke your friends make that you laugh off. It’s the smiles and tears that come when someone finally sees the end. It’s the hours upon hours of sitting in one place, hoping the mixture of words turn out better, while knowing you’ll be sitting … Continue reading Oh. You want the truth?
Creativity is a fire
During my sophomore year, my writing professor sat at a cheap table in our new classroom. Since it was the first day of class, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since everyone sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out an earbud to listen in … Continue reading Creativity is a fire