Saturday, June 25, 2016

Popular Books I Have Not Read

     I regret to admit that there are a lot of popular books and series that I have not read. As a book blogger and aspiring author, I am deeeply saddened. I intend to read all of these at some point because they all seem really interesting, I just wish I got to them sooner. Here is my long list of popular books that I have not read yet.


The Mortal Instuments Series
     I have read the first book of this series, but I haven't read any others and you can only imagine how much that annoys me haha.

The Infernal Devices Series
     I have Clockwork Angel shipping to me right now, and I'm so excited! I've been looking forward to reading this series even more than the Mortal Instruments because I love England and the 1800s with a burning passion.

Paper Towns by John Green
     I'm not really one for contemporary books, although I have read The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska and loved them, although I did cry for a few days, so I'm really looking forward to this book as well.

The rest of the Throne of Glass Series
     I am obsessed with the first two books, but they're also the only ones of the series I've gotten to read and after I finish Clockwork Angel I plan on buying the third book. I hope I'm strong enough to wait until then.

The Vampire Academy Series
     I really liked the movie even though it was super cheesy, and I really like vampires, but I just haven't picked up the series.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
     Everyone says this book is good, and it seems really good by the descriptions, but again I just haven't picked it up.

The Lord of the Rings Series
      I read Hobbit and I really liked it, and I liked the Hobbit movies, but I have not read LotR or seen the movies. I tried to read the first book but it was just boring to me. I'll probably get some hate for that, haha.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
     The concept of this book seems really interesting and unique and I liked it, so I can't wait to acutally read it.

The rest of the Selection Series
     I adored the first book, but once again I never got to the rest of the series and I really, really want to.

The rest of the Lunar Chronicles
     Cinder was absolutely amazing and such a unique retelling and I cannot wait to read Scarlett.

The rest of the Heroes of Olympus Series
     I read all of the Percy Jackson books and the first two books of the Heroes of Olympus series. I was addicted to this series. I always loved Greek Mythology and this took it to an obsession. I literally taught myself the Greek alphabet and some of the ancient language in sixth grade.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
     I know not a lot of people have read this book but it's a classic and I feel like I need to read it. It seems like a really nice read.

     There are plenty more popular books I haven't read yet, but these are the main ones that come to mind. Tell me down below which books you haven't read yet so I don't feel as bad about myself😂 Thanks for reading!
                                                                                                          -Taylor

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Musical Book Tag


     Hello! Today I'm doing the Musical Book Tag, and I was tagged by Cassidy Smith over at Coffee Addicted Reads. This tag was created by somethinglikelydia on Booktube and it seems like fun😊


Wicked: Favorite Fictional Friendship

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

     So this is what Cassidy chose too, but you all know how much I love me some Potter. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are the literal dream team and even the friends they made outside their trio are so great, like Ginny, Luna, Neville, George, and Fred (my true love). I've always admired the bond they all have... and the fact they got to go to Hogwarts but whatever.


Sweeny Todd: Favorite Villain

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

     I don't really tend to like the villains since they are, ya know, the villains, so it was extremely hard to pick something from this category (and I already used Harry Potter, in which case I would've said Draco). I'm going to go with the main character from We Were Liars because she was kind of her own villain and I thought that idea was really unique. It's hard to explain if you haven't read the book, but it's still confusing even if you did read it. It's just different from most books out there.


Phantom of the Opera: Favorite Love Triangle

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

     Okay, considering just about every book has a love triangle these days, this was another hard one, but I choose the Throne of Glass love triangle. I love Dorian and Chaol, although Chaol is my boy so Celaena better back it up. That love triangle is just so cute because the two boys are so different in such subtle ways, yet they both endlessly care for Celaena.


The Lion King: Favorite Sidekick

Percy Jackson By Rick Riordan

     Annabeth and Grover in the Percy Jackson series. Percy's friends are so loyal considering the trenches of sheer crap Percy buried them in. He literally started a war with the gods and Annabeth and Grover still stuck with him. That is how you test a friendship.


Grease: Least Favorite Ending

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

     ALLEGIANT. There were so many paths available for Veronica Roth to end her series, yet she had to chose the single most emotionally destructive parting gift I've ever experienced. That was just awful for my mental well-being. 


Matilda-The Musical: Favorite Movie Adaptation

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

     The Maze Runner takes this by 1000%. Not because it's my favorite story line or my favorite movie, but because there's very little difference between the books and the movie, unlike certain books I will not mention... Percy Jackson. Harry Potter, Divergent, and the Hunger Games could easily take this because I love them, but the Maze Runner is still amazing and stayed true to the story.


Les Miserables: Favorite Death in a Book

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

     I will go with Victoria from the Twilight series. For so long, Victoria ruined my dream of Edward and Bella being peacefully together, but this little girl had to crush it. Her boyfriend tried to kill Bella, there's no justifying Victoria's cause besides the fact that she loved him. 

     I hoped you enjoyed my take on the Musical Book Tag! I tag Sophia from Viva la Book Life and Haniya at Voracious Bookling. Good luck!
                                                                                                 -Taylor

Friday, June 17, 2016

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming an Obsessive Reader

     Reading is a commitment. It is a lifestyle. It will probably be the death of me. Back when I was a small, naive little sixth grader, just starting out in the reading world, I had no idea what I was in for. Now that I'm six years older, and an inch taller, I've come across many things I wish someone had told me before I started this reading lifestyle.

     I didn't choose the reader life... The reader life chose me.

1.  Pain. Indescribable pain. Mostly in the middle to upper back region. Always have proper back support when reading and don't hunch over a book for hours on end without stretching because when you do come back up, you're in for a whole new world of pain.


2.  Don't get attached to the boy that shows up in the beginning of the book. He'll most likely become the bad guy by the middle or end of the book and shatter your heart into so many pieces it turns into a puzzle. Save yourself. It's too late for me.

3.  Don't get too attached to any of the boys in the book because even if he miraculously ends up being a good guy, you'll be stuck in depression for the rest of your life, rereading the same book trying to make him become real. He won't. He's made of words, not DNA. I am sorry.

4.  Fantasy/sci-fi books will ruin your mind entirely because 1) their stories are usually so awesome that you just absolutely love it and 2) you'll probably want to live in whatever dystopia/other world and hate that you're stuck in such a boring one.

5.  Reading even a mildly scary book past your bedtime is asking for trouble. That monster that you never knew about before reading this book is all of a sudden standing outside your bedroom. Keep the lights on. Turn on some music or the TV. The dark is dangerous. Be careful.

6.  Food comes before books. Books are expensive and you will want to buy all the books. Don't buy all the books if it means emptying your bank account. You can't read if you're starving and going into survival mode.

7.  Read the book for school first. Don't say you'll read one more chapter of the one you already started and then start the school book because you won't. It'll be two in the morning, you'll be finishing that fantastic story you've been dying to read, and you'll forget all about the four scenes of Macbeth you needed to have done by tomorrow. 

8.  The movies will never be as good as the books so get over it. Don't even try to compare them because they're most likely two different story lines and the boy who's supposed to be twelve ends up being eighteen and the scene where the mean girl gets drowned by toilette water that you really wanted to see won't be there. In fact, the mean girl won't even be there until all of a sudden she's a problem in the second movie.

9.  It's okay to pet and smell your books, just don't do it often and never in public.

10.  Book merch is cool, but you don't need all of it. A simple token to remember it by will suffice; the entire wardrobe of the main character is not necessary.

     I hope you enjoyed this list of things I wish I knew before reading. I love reading and books, this was just something fun I decided to do. I actually do everything on this list so...  I don't have any book merch, though, except stuff I got to be Hermione for Halloween when I was little.    

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     Comment down below some more things you wish you knew before you started reading😊 I'd love to see what you guys have to say!
                                                                                                          -Taylor

Thursday, June 16, 2016

10 Creative Writing Prompts To Keep You Writing

     One thing that's fun to do when you want to write, but have no ideas or when you're bored and have some time to spare is doing a writing prompt. Not only are they a lot of fun, but they keep your mind working in creative ways and can help you build up your skills as a writing. Here are some writing prompts I've found that I think would be fun to write about.

1. There's a closed door. What does it look like? What's behind it? Why is it closed?

2. When people turn 18, they stop growing until they find a soul mate so they can grow old together. You've been 18 for at least 20 years...

3. Finish the story: "Where is she?"
                               "My lady..."
                               "Answer me."

4. Write about the first humans returning from Mars, but there isn't something "quite right" about them.

5. Create a random character then write 50-100 pieces of information about them without stopping to think about it.

6. Your TV is interrupted by a news broadcasting telling everyone to "remain calm and stay indoors..." then the power goes out before he can give any details. Then you hear sirens outside.

7. Finish the story: "I needed a different Identity."

8. On everybody's 18th birthday, they wake up with a tattoo of what their soul mate will first say o them.

9.  One day you notice there's a new key on your key chain.

10. Write a story that involves a countdown, start the story with 10 and end the story at 0.

     I think I'm going to try some of these... maybe all of them. I couldn't help but think up stories as I was typing this and it's slowly killing me because there are 10 different short stories playing out in my mind. If you post your stories anywhere, leave the link in the comments, or put the whole story in the comments, I'd love to read your take on these prompts.
                                                                                                 -Taylor

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Re-Reable Books: Because They're That Good

     The most asked question by my mother: "Why are you reading that book again?"She asked it yesterday actually when she saw my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the table. I've been reading all the Harry Potters as I'm their age, although I read this one when I was 10 so I cheated a little bit, but I had to read the seventh one again before I turned eighteen, obviously.
     Anyways, I reread a lot of books just because I run out of material until I buy another book, or just because I'm having withdrawals. There are also a lot of books that I want to reread and haven't gotten to, so here's my list of books that I have, or really wanted to, reread.

     In no specific order, here are the books I remember that I have reread:






The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
     I'm sorry, I talk about Harry Potter so much, haha. It's an unhealthy obsession. I'm sure most of you know why I have reread this series, and I'm also sure a majority of you have reread it several times as well.


The Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick

     Another series I've probably annoyed everyone with, especially since most people hated it. I haven't reread it in a while, so I might hate it now too. I think the real reason I liked it so much was because I fell head-over-heels in LOVE with Patch, like I dreamed about him and made a playlist for the book, and I would go through and read parts that were just about him, just oh my. Patch.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

     The first time I read the Great Gatsby was my freshman year at the request of one my friends, and the second time was for school my junior year, so I don't know if many people would count that but I am because I loved it both times. It's my favorite classic, and the movie is so good too. Leonardo DiCaprio makes such a good Gatsby and Toby McGuire (Spiderman) makes such a good Nick.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

     This book series is literally taking over the internet, and it's really no wonder why if you've read it. And if you haven't read it, why? It's so good and Celeana is the perfect female protagonist. It's fun to read because every time you can make new connections and see things you didn't before, as like most books.

The Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

     I bought the first three books on the kindle app, so I've only reread them once because I hate reading on electronics, but I do own the fourth book and I've read it probably three times. I first discovered this series in sixth grade and the addiction has stuck with me. Bird kids and action. It's perfect. Not to mention Fang is pretty great *wink.*


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

     I really liked the whole Maze Runner series, but I have only reread the first book, the Maze Runner. I think this one and the second ones were my favorite, but the third wasn't that much less amazing. The story is really interesting and I just like them being all sassy.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

     This story is really unique. That's the best way I can put it. That's also why I read it a second time, because it was just not really relateable to any other books. A little orphan boy grows up in a cemetery, and is raised by a literal ghost town.


The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

     Although this book in the Percy Jackson isn't my favorite of them all, it's the only one I own because I got the rest of them from my library, so I reread it when I need some Percy Jackson but can't read the others.


The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

     This is a novella from the Twilight series based on one of the girls from the vampire army in the third book, for anyone who doesn't know. It's really short, but it's exciting to be thrown into this army with Bree and watch as she develops. It's an interesting alternative perspective to the third book.

The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

     Unpopular Opinion in the majority of the book world: I actually really enjoyed Twilight and the movies. Hate me. I liked the vampires and the werewolves and the love triangle. I don't like most contemporary or romance novels, but I love action books that have romance, so this was a really good alternative to a romance novel for me. Eclipse is the only book I've ever been able to convince my Mom to read, and my Dad likes the movies. We're a Twilight family.



     Here's a list of books I want to reread, but haven't gotten around to:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

     Most people have read and reread this book and this whole series, but I've only read this one, even though I really want the rest of the series. It's such a good retelling of Cinderella, and it's different from all the other retellings.


The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

     The only mystery book I've ever read was a little kids girly book club one and I don't even remember the title because I was like eight, so I had no idea what to expect. Let me tell you, even if you did know what to expect for the ending of this book, you don't. Your conclusion is wrong. This book blew my mind and I need to read it again to make all the connections I missed the first time.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

     I didn't really like this one as much as the first book in the Throne of Glass series, but it was still fantastic. I haven't read the rest of the series, and it's slowly killing me from the inside out, but I do want to reread this so I can remember everything for when I read the third one.


The Kill Order by James Dashner

     This is a prequel to the Maze Runner series, and it's with whole new characters. It shows the development of the Flare virus and this group of friends that tries to survive it. It's action-packed and absolutely amazing.

The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure by James Dashner

     I've reread the first book, but pretty much neglected the last two. They're both still great, it's just I think I liked the first one best. Although I do want to reread them to remember everything before the third movie comes out. (Although I think I have a while before that happens because my baby, Dylan O'Brien was severely injured on set.)


The Selection by Kiera Cass

     I flew through this book, as I said in my last post, which was all about this book. It's really cute and sweet, but there's still some tension and a little action. I want to reread it and take my time to enjoy it.

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

     I plan on getting a job sometime soon or in the near future and when I do, I'm buying the Divergent series with my first paycheck. I've been having withdrawals and the movies aren't as satisfying as reliving the full story, even though I deeply love the movies.

Four by Veronica Roth

     For anyone who doesn't know Four is a retelling of certain parts from the Divergent series in Four's point of view. Getting to see his side of those specific scenes that Veronica Roth chose. And it also gave a lot more background into Four's past and his father, which was really depressing but also really cool to see it play out.


     Well, there's my list of books that I believe are reread worthy and that I have reread. I hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment down below of which books you loved so much you had to reread them, I'd love to get some ideas 😊
                                                                                                     -Taylor

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What To Take Away From The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Fantasy YA
Source: Myself
Pages: 327 (paperback)

Good Reads Synopsis

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

"True Love is usually the most inconvenient kind."

"I hope you find someone you can't live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them."

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     I had been dying to read this book since I first heard about it roughly two years ago, but I never actually bought it because there's just so many good books. I wish I picked it up earlier. I wish I had the rest of the series. I wish it was a movie. When I went to buy this book at Books-A-Million, the guy at the check out counter said that so many people had bought it and asked "isn't it about some kind of beauty pageant?" No. But yes. Sort of. I wasn't really sure before reading it either, I just knew I wanted it.
     I just want to say upfront that I no-lifed this book. It was such an easy read and each time I ended a chapter I always thought okay maybe one more. And then the book was over. I got so caught up in the story, and the writing of the book allowed a seamless flow. I think that's what really makes a good book; when you don't have to focus on the words and you can just picture the story happening in your head. There was no stumbling between sentences or need to re-read like most books. It was just a nice, light read.
     Although it was a light read, you could really get in the mind of America. At first you probably thought she was stupid for not wanting the chance to fall in love with prince, but after reading it, it's easy to see where she's coming from. There's a cute boy you're already in love with, your family is close and loving, and you love your job. Why WOULD you want to leave? And I also like that Cass didn't immediately have America drop everything when she got to the castle and realize she's stuck there and give up on everything she had before. No, she's too stubborn for that. I also like that she didn't immediately cave when she met the prince and it didn't become just another romance story. It's nice to see a character stay true to what she wants even when a prince is dangled in front of her.
     I also really enjoyed the situation Cass put America in. You're in a place you don't want to be and forced to compete with thirty-four other bratty girls for a prince you don't even love, why not just leave? Oh, that's right, your family is really poor and needs the money from the competition to eat. Either leave and let your loved ones starve again, or stay and make them happy. It really adds to the depth of the situation and gives good support for why America refuses to leave even though she is unhappy instead of simply having her stay for plot progression.
     And how can I not mention the boys in the book? I usually don't end up on the side of the "prince" in books with love triangles (I preferred Chaol in  Throne of Glass and Jacob in Twilight), but here prince Maxon is really down to Earth. He doesn't strut around all high and mighty because he's a prince; if anything, he tries to avoid that while still maintaining his responsibilities as a future king. I actually didn't really like the guy America started out with because I know his intentions in what he told her at the beginning were good, but I just really didn't like how rude he was to her when she tried to do something nice for him. I haven't read the other books in the series to really know which one I'll really like, but it's not looking too good for Aspen.
     I feel like the Selection is a good example for anyone trying to write a light-hearted book while still maintaining the depth necessary to keep it interesting and memorable. Also, it's just fun to read because everyone loves a good princess, romance book where the main character isn't whiny and wimpy. In the following books I do want to see more progression in America because I feel like, for the most part, she didn't change a whole lot as a person since she was already a tough character in the beginning. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
                                                                                                            -Taylor

Monday, June 13, 2016

Chapter 20: The Middle

     My first post like this was called The First Ten Chapters, and I basically said what I found interesting and engaging in a book and how I'm applying it to my own writing. Honestly, reading back over that post reminded me of things that I should be doing, and I actually found it helpful for myself, not going to lie haha.
     I just started chapter twenty of my book, and it's been a long, weird journey in writing. At times (every sentence) I'll look at what I'm writing and just think "oh my gosh, this is awful and strange and no one is going to want to read this." Of course I keep writing though; I ain't no quitter. I have to just keep telling myself that I'm not doing this for other people, I'm doing it for myself, and it'd be great if people bought and enjoyed my book when it's finished, but I started this project because it's what I know I want to do with my life and it doesn't matter if people approve or not. For a while I took a break from writing because I kept thinking that my idea was horrible and I'd just look weird to everyone for 1. writing a book and 2. writing a weird fantasy book. But here I am, writing a weird blog post about my weird book. Hopefully someone can relate to this and I'm not just... weird.
     For me, chapter twenty is roughly the middle of my book because I'm going to have just over thirty chapters, but that's not the case for everyone, it could be the end of or even the beginning of your book depending on how many and how long your chapters are.
     The beginning was exciting, I was finally implementing my idea and making it real. I was introducing my characters and making the reader fall in love with them (or hate them). I was building connections, and forming plot twists, and building their world for them to explore. Now the world is built, the characters have been established, and idea has been implemented. However, this is the climax, the meat of the story (for my fellow vegetarians, the tofu). This is where the plot begins to twist. The characters are climbing to the top of the mountain that is your plot, and are preparing to tumble all the way to the bottom, the resolution and ending. They just need that pull up to the top and the shove to get them over the edge.
     To me, this part of my book is so much easier to write and a lot more fun. I'm comfortable with my writing style and my story, my characters are developing, my villain is coming more into play, the entire world is pretty much destroyed and it feels great. So much destruction and chaos and it's really a great stress-relief.
     In your book, the middle, whether that's chapter 20 or chapter 40, should either be the climax or be nearing the climax. For me, it's nearing the climax. My characters just reached a pretty low point, and now they're climbing a mountain, literally and metaphorically, and then when they reach what they spent the whole book trying to accomplish, I'm going to smash them to pieces. I will probably cry while doing this because my characters are my babies.If you feel like you can't do that to your characters because you love them too much, then you absolutely have to, and you have to make it 10 times worse. That's when you'll have your readers emotionally invested because hopefully they'll love your characters too and will be devastated because they're favorite character almost died- twice.
     If you're writing a fantasy/adventure book like me, then odds are, the middle of your book will be all about death, destruction, and more death. It just has to be done. And it may be really sad, but it's also incredibly fun; people may think you're insane if you're pounding away at your keyboard manically laughing over a slaughtering of characters, but it's all part of the writing process.
     Also, as I mentioned in my other blog post, there needs to be the "NO WAY! SHUT UP!" moment that you created through your connections. It doesn't have to happen yet, unless that's how you're plot goes, but you better be cooking up a really good one right now that'll leave your readers stunned.
     I don't know if this really helped anyone, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway! I wish you luck on your writing journey and your main character's tragic almost-death.
                                                                                          -Taylor

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Ultimate Book Tag

     I don't really have much to say before you read this, so I'll see you at the end!


1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
     I didn't when I was younger, but I do sometimes now 😩

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
      J.K. Rowling because the Harry Potter series is written like she's actually sitting there telling a story, which I really like, and not many authors write their stories like that.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter, although I do love Twilight also.

  • The writing is all-around way better
  • There's so much depth in the Harry Potter world and so much history
  • Vampires and werewolves are cool, but come on, who doesn't wanna be a wizard

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
     I carry a purse, not a book bag if that still counts. It's small so I can only fit one book in it, but I also have a pen, chapstick, lipstick, a brush/mirror, Altoids, and a mass of hair ties.

5. Do you smell your books?
     Only when no one's looking.



6. Books with or without little illustrations?
     Definitely with, but only if they're really small and not in the actual chapter. I reference Harry Potter so much, but like it's done in those books at the start of each chapter.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)
     Well I wouldn't call Twilight a joke... I hate when people bash Twilight because it's not even that bad of a story/plot. And there's not many books I could use for this, although I hate to say it... Hush, Hush. It's not that the writing is bad, it's just there are better books. Aw I feel sad saying that.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
     Oh god, okay. So I've said before that the first time I wrote an actual book was when I was about 8-10, and it was about an online video game that I loved. Well, I've reread it since then and I'll give you the gist. Taylor Spelldreamer, a wizard, went on many adventures in the world of the video-game-that-shall-not-be-named and had a boyfriend and all that. It's the flat out nerdiest, most embarrassing thing I've ever created.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
     The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
     That's a tie between the Giver combined series book thing or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
     I'm sure most of you know the answer since I post stories on here and am currently writing a book.

12. When did you get into reading?
     There were several times when I really got into reading then would stop, especially when I started reading the Tinkerbell series and the Dark Hills Divide in 3rd grade, but I've been obsessively reading since about 6th grade.

13. What is your favorite classic book?
     The Great Gatsby or Peter Pan and Wendy.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
     Honestly, no classes were my best friend until 3rd grade when I moved to Florida. I didn't have any friends at first so I did really well in school, haha. But yeah, language arts/English and history classes have always been my best since I suck at math.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
     I would keep it just to put on my book stacks since I want my books to turn into towers.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger
Games?
     Probably the Dark Hills Divide series, even though it's middle-grade. Other than that, probably Hush, Hush. I don't know, this is so much pressure.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
     Well... leaving for five-months at a time, completely unannounced, and then coming back like nothing happened😊

18. What is your favorite word?
     Babbling, bumbling, band of baboons😉
     Or cacahuets which is French for peanuts

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
     Nerd. I'm a book nerd. Honestly at one point this year, I would send the homework I did for a novel in English class to one of my friends who would forget to do the HW and then it would be passed around the class until half the class was turning the same stuff in as me every week. I saved so many people in AP Language.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
     I think vampires are awesome but probably fairies because Tinkerbell is me.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
     I don't really know, but I'm tempted to say angels because of Patch in Hush, Hush. I'm sorry so much HH and Harry Potter.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
     WEREWOLVES. TEAM JACOB

23. Zombies or Vampires?
     Vampires, because I wouldn't want to be a zombie, but I would want to be a vampire, so I would volunteer myself

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
     Love triangles because odds are, I'll fall in love with both love interests and it wouldn't bother me as much if the character chose one or the other as much as not being able to choose either.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
     Action, definitely, because I kind of really don't like romance novels or contemporary books. Something's always gotta be killin stuff.

     I hope you enjoyed the Ultimate Book Tag, Taylor-version. I tag anyone who wants to do this (I'm too lazy to tag and link people and ugh. I have reading to do soo).
                                                                                                            -Taylor

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Another Story From My Childhood

     Wow, three posts in a week! I think I should congratulate myself... with another Harry Potter marathon.
     A while back I said I was going to start a thing where I posted stories that I wrote as a kid... and then never posted anything about it again. So here I am, continuing the thing. This story was probably one of my favorites from my weekly vocabulary assignment in my reading class. I hope someone would tell me if I still wrote like this. Again, I'm writing it exactly as is, even the extremely poor grammar, I'm sorry. I'll also underline the vocabulary words. Enjoy!



TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 3rd - 2:15 p.m.

"Ahhh!" Sally screamed, "Are you crazy?! I'm no going in there!" "But you have to, you have to go, don't you?" Polly said calmly. "But. there is no toilet paper in there!" Sally replied. It was true, stall #3 never had toilet paper, but all the other stalls were not accessible. "You must." said Polly, pushing Sally into the stall. "Why?!?"

TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 3rd - 2:30 p.m.

"How can I trust you?" said John. "What are you talking about, John?" Peter said, sweating buckets. "You forgot to wash your hands!" John yelled. "But... I... But..." Peter stammered backing up while his face turned blood red. "LIES!" yelled John. "I prohibit you from ever coming here again!" "NOOOO!" Peter screamed as he ran out the door.

FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 22nd - 1:18 p.m.

"You're nt allowed here, chad." Tiffany said, trying to hamper her anger. "What, why?!" Chad asked with a bewildering look in his eye. "This is the girl's' room!" Tiffany said as calmly as possible. "WHY?!" Chad screamed, full of embarrasment.

FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 22nd - 2:20 p.m.

"You've been in here way longer than a moderate time, Zack." Charlie said, wondering why Zack was taking so long. "I was just..." Zack tried to answer. "You were stealing the soap again, weren't you?!" Charlie questioned angirly. There were bubbles floating out of Zack's pockets and soap dripping down his legs. "Why Zack? You said you would stop." Charlie asked sadly. "I couldn't help myself, it was too tempting, charlie." Zack replied. "Goodbye, old friend, forever." Charlie said as he slowly trudged over to a stall to cry.


     Well that was slightly embarrassing. Thanks for reading!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Taylor

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Re-Reading My Work: Cringes, Confidences, and Considerations

     As I have said before, I stopped writing my book for quite a while, though occasionally went back and wrote little pieces here and there. Since it is almost the end of the school year and all of my AP exams are finished (thank god) I've decided to get back into writing as much as I can. I know I won't be able to as much as I'd like as this is the summer before my senior year so that means college essays, volunteer work, family and friends time, summer AP reading, and I am also getting a job. Fun.
     I decided that the best way to get back into the groove, I guess, would be to go back and read my story from the start. With over 20 chapters of the rough draft done, I feel like I would get too much mixed up and confused if I didn't go back and read what I have gotten done.

Reading Chapter One

     It was so cringe-worthy. So many adjectives. So many. I feel like it wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but wow. I do know I wrote much better in the later chapters because the story was more established and I really got into watching videos about writing fiction, so I cannot wait until I finish the book and can properly write the first chapter. I'm not going to go back and edit it, though some things I HAD to delete, because I want to just get all my thoughts out on paper before I start editing. It was actually pretty funny to read the first chapter as I just finished a year of AP Language, not because there were grammatical errors, because there weren't that many, but because it didn't flow and it was so cheesy. The first paragraph killed me, oh my god.

Reading Chapter 10
          FINALLY I can find some relief. Until I got to about chapter six, I was about to trash the book. There were good parts in all the chapters, and there were also some very, very awful parts, but I think this was around the time I got more comfortable with writing the story. I had created a whole new world with myths I knew very little about and people I would never meet in real life; let's just say it was a difficult start. In chapter seven I took on the point of view of the son of my antagonist (who hates his father) as a break up in the story, and I was actually really excited because it was, not to brag, really good. I actually feel confident right now that I can fix up some of the, well, crappy parts. I have to constantly remind myself that it is just a rough draft, but it's so hard because this book means so much to me and it honestly hurts to see it portrayed so poorly in some areas that I wanted it to be amazing.

Reading Chapter 20

     Okay, wow. I have some work ahead of me. When I stopped writing, I was on chapter 19, and after that I would write a little here and there in chapter 20 so only half of chapter 20 is done out of roughly a 30 chapter total. Maybe more. Not only do I have ten more chapters, I also have probably like 10 chapters that I want to completely rewrite just because I don't like the way they played out. Although in around chapter 18 my main characters meet the antagonist, I wrote a really dramatic scene and everything flowed so nicely, I actually got really caught up in it because I had forgotten what I wrote. I can really tell I grew a lot while writing this and I felt like my characters grew up a lot too. At first they sounded like they were really young and under developed, but I could see how much the world changed them. My babies grew up so fast😭.

Why I Feel More Confident After Re-Reading Than I Did While Originally Writing

     While I was writing I had some parts where I actually did feel confident while writing, and it's extremely clear because those were some of the best scenes, however most of the time I was full-fledged panicking because I felt like I was writing literal trash. Sometimes it was trash, but I feel more confident now because I can clearly see what I need to fix to make it better. I feel like stepping away for a while and taking a break might have actually been pretty beneficial in that aspect. On the other hand, I don't recommend going back and reading your work unless you're in my case and took a five-month hiatus and forgot a lot of what you wrote. I feel like re-reading while you're writing could seriously make you feel bad about yourself. Whenever I re-read I got so depressed because I was expecting it to be so much better than what it was.
     It's also just important if you are re-reading or even writing the first draft that it is just the first draft and that it's supposed to be ugly and bare and underdeveloped. That's why I feel more confident; because I know that I still have the whole editing process ahead of myself and this is just a more detailed outline for the most part.

    Thank you for reading!
                                   -Taylor

Monday, June 6, 2016

What I read: Junior Year

     My junior year I read a total of 22 books... not a lot I know, but I have a list of excuses I'm prepared to give. Last school year I read 23, so the fact that I lost my goal by two books makes me really sad. However, I REALLY liked all the books I read this year so that makes up for it, and a few of them were pretty long.
     Some of the books are not in the picture because I read them on the kindle app on my phone, which I kind of regret not buying in person. I love having real copies of books and I want my collection to grow so I can have book shelves filled with books. Honestly I really want a huge library where the shelves have ladders attached to them like the library in the Series of Unfortunate Events movie. That's my house goals.
      Back to the real topic here, besides one of the books I had to read for my AP Language class, there aren't any books that I could say  hated. They were all pretty different and had different writing styles and I think it was a good mix.




     I'll start off with my favorites of all the books I've read. I limited myself to only five, although I probably could have put like 15 in this category.


My #1 favorite, obviously: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Year 6) by J.K. Rowling

     As a very serious and dedicated Harry Potter fan, I felt like it wouldn't be right to not put this as a favorite. I'm pretty sure everyone knows what Harry Potter is about, but this is the one with the potion book and Dumbledore and the creepy island and the horcruxes. My copy is pretty much destroyed (not my doing) and I think that's a good enough excuse to buy a whole new set, right? This book is by far the funniest of the series, but I think it's also the darkest, next to year 7. I would say it's my second favorite in the series behind the fourth book because let's be real here- everyone loves the fourth book. It's so clear in this book how much Harry, Ron, and Hermione have grown and their character progression is done so well. The writing is beautiful. The plot line is outstanding. I would bow down to J.K. Rowling if I ever got the chance to meet her.




#2, also obvious: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    I don't think I have ever, anywhere heard that someone has not liked this book. Sarah J. Mass tells the ultimate story of an assassin who fights her opponents literally to the death in a competition to become the King's champion, but there are also some secrets in the castle that she uncovers during her stay and a love triangle that beats Twilight's by a long shot- and I'm a Twilight fan. Personally, I would choose Chaol; everything about him just seems perfect, but in the imperfect kind of way if that makes sense.
     Before reading this book, I never thought about being an assassin because killing people is a no no, but it sounds so cool and exciting. The story line is so unique and enticing and I NEED to get the third book. (BTW the second book is just as good.)





#3: FOUR by Veronica Roth

     Four may only be a collection of short stories from the love interest's point of view from Divergent, but oh my lord it is so good. Four was my favorite character in the Divergent series so getting to see his point of view in some of the most memorable situations was really interesting. It wasn't like re-reading Divergent as most switched POV books are; it was an entirely different perspective. I loved it. It was also a way to cushion the blow after the Allegiant ending because I was still dead on the inside after a year of mourning. Anyone who liked the Divergent series would enjoy this book- I know I did.







#4: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

     I was never really one for mystery novels, but I received this book as a Secret Santa present from my best friend who always tried to get me to read this and wow. I don't think any mystery book would be as good as this one. It's about a girl who was discovered by the FBI for her talent in person profiling. She is then sent to a program where there are kids with similar talents in crime scene investigation. She sees this program as a way to uncover her mother's killer as it has been a cold case for years and that's exactly what she was hired to do- solve cold cases. This book hold the biggest plot twist of all time. Not many books actually put me in shock, but this one kept me up until four in the morning because I had to finish half of the book in one night. I 100% recommend this book.





#5: The Selection by Kiera Cass

     When I first saw this book on book tube what honestly caught my attention was how pretty the cover was. That blue is my favorite color and it matches my room so well. Anyways, to put it shortly, it's kind of about a drawing/beauty pageant where a bunch of girls all fight for the prince. It sounds girly and weird and something I would have never liked, but let me tell you, it is really girly and weird. But, it's also so addicting and well executed. I feel like if it were written differently, would be like Matched by Allie Condie and I hated that book. But it wasn't written like Match, it was written beautifully. The prince isn't egotistical like he usually is in other stories, and it's just great twist on the typical prince and princess story.





     I'm not going to go in depth on the rest of them, but there are a lot of these books that I did really like also. They're listed in order of when I read them, not how much I liked them. Trust me, you'll know when I liked them.

Peter Pan and Wendy: We all know this story. The little boy flies in the window and takes the kids to a magical world and the pirates want to kill the little boy. When I went into this book, I expected it to be pretty boring as it's a classic and it was free on kindle, but I was wrong. Read it, it's actually really cute and entertaining.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson: I did a book review about this so you can read about it here. If you don't want to read it, all I have to say is: sad.

Nil by Lynne Matson: It's about a girl who appears on an island after stepping into one of those hallucination things in the road where it looks like water. Teenagers appear on this island and when they do, they have one year to get off or else they die. I would say four out of five stars.

The Program by Suzanne Young: THIS BOOK. I wish I made it a favorite. I was obsessed with it during and after reading it. The description sounds crappy, but trust me it's good. It's about depression becoming an a disease in teenagers and the epidemic causes those teenagers to commit suicide unless they are sent to The Program. However, when they leave the program, they're stripped of their memories and any trace of their past life. Now when I first saw it, I was like "I don't want to read about suicide and depression, that's depressing," but it's written in a non-depressing way and it's so good just trust me on this one.

Icons by Margaret Stohl: Aliens. Actions. Adventure. It's good. The only thing I didn't like is that it's written in present tense and that kind of bothered me. Despite that, it was interesting read.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: When I said The Naturals had the biggest plot twist of all time, this was its competition. Holy crap. When you first read it and get to the plot twist, it's kind of confusing, but once you go back and read parts and think about it, it's Earth shattering.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: This book was beautiful. It was weird, but I really enjoyed it. So it's about a girl who is the niece of this older man who the entire town hates, and that's... fun... for her. She's pretty weird though, not gonna lie, but her and the main character are really cute. Her and her family have a secret and it could mean life or death if the town were to find out.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas: Yeah, this is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. Yeah, I loved it. Yeah, I'm suffering severe book withdrawls because I need the third book. Please read it, please.

The Kill Order by James Dashner: This is a prequel to the Maze Runner series, and I love me some Maze Runner. Fun Fact: The first movie came out the day after my birthday and the second one came out the day of. This book is about the development of the Flare virus and the spreading of it. There's a group of new characters and it shows how they try yo survive the epidemic.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: I finally read City of Bones, and I have to admit, I was a little disappointed, but not really because I still loved it, but it just didn't live fully up to my expectations. I really want to read the Infernal Devices series, but decided I had to read the Mortal Instruments first.

The Prince by Kiera Cass: This is a short, short story branching off of the Selection. It's from the Prince's point of view and it was really good since I needed something to stop my hunger for the second book in the series.


    Now the slightly less interesting section, the books I had to read for my AP Language class in order of reading them.

Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs: It's just a book about establishing credibility and persuading people in essays, it wasn't all that interesting. The author was pretty funny so that made it a little less painless, and I do feel like it was really helpful in writing not only essays, but in general.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: This is a book about two murderers and their travels across the U.S. after killing an entire family. It splits point of views with the detectives trying to find the murderers. I assumed, since it was nonfiction and I'm not all that into murder, that it would be boring, but once again, I was wrong. I actually really enjoyed it.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This was my favorite book I read for any class. I read this my freshman year on my own so I already knew the story and that really helped in class. I'm sure everyone knows what this is about, so I'm not going to explain it.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Fun Fact: 451 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature at which books catch fire. This is about a distopian future as seen from the 1950's. In this future, they burn books to avoid people gaining knowledge the government doesn't want people to have. They burn books. Burn books. Books. No.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines: Don't read it. It's depressing, and sad, and boring, and no. No. No. No. I don't even want to explain it because I don't want to think about it.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton:  So, this book is kind of boring, kind of entertaining, and I don't really know how to explain it. It's about marriage in the early 1900s and gender roles and stuff like that. Yeah...

     So, those are all the books I read my junior year of high school. I'm officially a senior! Hope you enjoyed it and I'll have another blog post up soon, I promise!

                                                                                                                  -Taylor