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Just Thinking...

This book started it all. Literally.
Once I've been thinking about something about the blog I need to write about it so bear with me. So I was thinking of a post for Valentine's and was looking up sweet books in general to recommend. I came across Shug by Jenny Han. Shug was my first review ever and I kind of forgot what it was about so I went to look for my review. It was so weird seeing my first posts. I forgot how I used to usually have a book love post right after I reviewed a book if I really liked the cover which happened very frequently. I also had two marathons one where I did well at and one where I completely failed. Looking at those posts I kind of missed how things were.

I want to be able to mix the old with the new so I want to try after most of my reviews to write a post on the theme, a particular character, the cover (maybe if not a cover of a new book I discovered). I might just be doing more memes. I love reviewing but I don't think I do much of the posts that are just pure fun for me even if it's not what looks good. I decided before 2013 that I was only going to read 126 books and I'm already at 25. I was supposed to enjoy my books which I have but I rather do it more slowly so I'll read in a way where I'm more satisfied with the way it's done. I can spend more time in that world instead of checking the last page to see how much I have let to go. I hate that I do that. There's also the fact where I feel I read more obscure books before. A lot of them were children books too which I want to start reading even more again. That brings me to the library where I always go but I never peruse anymore. I use Goodreads to discover new books but I miss the excitement of discovering a new book first hand so I would like to be able to do that more. I also wrote back then a lot of updates so it's funny how I'm bringing it all back together here.

I will blend in with the new with of course the new way that I review which is a little more detailed than before as well as how I'm doing all these blog tours. I hope to bring more giveaways to the blog too because I really appreciate all of my followers and I like to win things so I want to give you all the same feeling. I''l stop my rant here. I know I always talk about my blog and things I'm changing so that's why I said bear with me. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for books that you love that most people don't know about or children's books with great coming of age themes.
My Goals: Enjoy reading more by reading less and write more fun posts.

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  1. I have been thinking many of the same things recently. I never browse at the library anymore! I used to find the best books by just taking a chance on something I found.

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    1. Me too! I discovered Alex Flinn and Robert Cormier that way. I found favorites that way too. You should just go to the library and spend as much time as you want! It'll be nice when I am able to this week or next.

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  2. I can relate to a lot of that! Maybe because it feels like my pile is never shrinking, but I always always look to see how far long I have left of a book to read. The workaholic part of me wants to get the most amount of books read in the least amount of time. I remember when I used to cherish extra-long books so that I would always have more to read, more to look forward to. I hate that that's changed slightly... but I'm working on it. :) Good luck yourself!

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    1. I am the same exact way. I put all these expectations on me and the books I want to read that I get in way over my head. I never used to look ahead. It's frustrating. Sometimes I think a small thing we can do is indulge in a book we aren't "supposed" to read or we think we have no time to read. Just blow caution to the wind (;
      Good luck too!

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  3. I don't know whether it's the fact I'm only 14, or the fact I'm a rather day-dreamy person, but I often find it quite easy to get lost in a book. This is something I'm really thankful for (as it helps me enjoy reading and reviewing a lot more)... I'm scared that, as my blog gains popularity, I'll loose this, and I'll find the need to complete reviews before a deadline. This post of yours has really made me realise that I can prevent this by following your goals. Thank you very much for helping me keep blogging as a hobby and stopping me from thinking of it as a chore!

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    1. And that's exactly why your blog feels so much more like you. Laid back but in a good way. You write what you want and have fun posts. Exactly how you should feel! Blogging is so much fun I need to try to remember that more (:

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  4. My first review was of Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares, a book on mushrooms.

    This is a fairly popular book, but I love The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht. Or maybe The Boneshaker by Kate Milford. Neither of those are coming-of-age stories. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell is though.

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  5. Seriously? That's way cool. Thanks for the recommendations! I completely forgot about The Boneshaker. That's actually a really great book that I would like to read. It goes in my obscure pile (;
    All of these book sound like you would read them. Black Swan Green is a coming of age story that sounds completely crazy and amazing :D

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  6. I always keep my posts short and sweet, if I've really enjoyed the book, then I'll ramble on a bit more than usual. The reason I started, because there were so many books out there with vague or virtually non existent synopses, I like to know a little bit more about the general gist of the book, especially if I'm committing to 500 + pages, so that's how I started.

    If a book doesn't grab me by 20%, I put it down. Otherwise it really is a chore to read it. I could count on one hand the boring books I've read that have picked up and become these awesome books I'm glad I persisted with. I don't want to feel like I'm reading a book required for my high school English class (as long ago as that was).

    I think the trick is to just take a lazy approach, write reviews as if you were gossiping to a friend about how bad another friends ass looks in those jeans and have fun with it. Your already awesome, you don't need any help.

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    1. It's rare if I put down a book. I may have done it only one or twice. There are a lot of books that I read in High School that I think I would have liked even more if I wasn't forced to read it. If you are forced to read a book it takes the fun away.

      Haha! I agree with you. I read so much though that it's hard for me to let books not be reviewed for long. I am planning to read less so it shouldn't be that much of a problem.

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  7. The point is that you keep enjoying yourself and find the best way for you to keep reading, blogging and enjoying the books you read.
    Try whatever you need to as long as it makes you happy, it will reflect on your writing :)
    So it will be a win win
    Good luck :)

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    1. Thanks! I made this post to remind myself publicly that I should have more fun with reviewing. Hopefully I won't constantly need to be reminding myself. Reading and reviewing do make me happy! I just have to stop stressing myself out over it (:

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  8. I need to read your blog more often. I have a few books that I'm reading now, but it's always good to know ahead of time what's out there to be read. If you need suggestions on good books to read please let me know! I've been reading a lot of YA novels lately. Adult books too, but the YA books often have more flavour!

    Definitely don't make blogging a chore. You should love what you do, and if it becomes a chore you'll stop doing it. You don't want to go online and hate having to post! Love it and it will be more fun.

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    1. I know I commit myself to read a lot of books which I need to stop doing. If I don't want to write a post from now on I just won't. If I spend one or two days writing it than that's how it is. I have school to contend with. I love reading more than I've been loving posting lately which I plan to stop. I've been reading more adult lately actually. I always read YA and I would like to read more children books.

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  9. I know how you feel. I even try to organize things on my blog to post memes and everything but still I'm always afraid that I won't accomplish my reading goals. Well until I pick a book and totally forget about it :)

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  10. I agree with your goals! It is so important not to lose sight of our love for reading. :) It must have been fun to look back on your first review. I always love stopping by your blog and catching up on the books you have been reading. :)

    Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie :D
      It was fun looking back at my first posts. It reminds me of why I got into blogging in the first place.

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  11. I was catching up on blog commenting when I stumbled across this post and I have to say that I completely relate to what you're saying. I'll admit that I too have been a victim of the "looking at the back page to see how far I am" ploy, but I am really trying to break that habit. We read because we love it, and it's sad to see some of the pleasure being drained out because we all are desperate to jam as many books as we can into our busy schedules. It is so much better to read a book over the course of a week and really get into it than read it in two days and have your adoration tainted by the pressure you put on yourself to finish.
    It is similar with blogging as well; I feel that a lot of the things we do are more for our readers than us. Yay for you for deciding to do more pieces that are simply fun for you, and I think the fun you had with them will reflect in their quality and make them fun for readers as well. :)

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