An Informal Talk About Blogging Slumps | Tea Time Talk

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Hi all, it’s me! Surprise surprise, I can actually post every once and a while. Although, today I just wanted to have an informal discussion with you all about what has been keeping me from the blogosphere- the dreaded blogging slump.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m no longer enjoying blogging or I want to stop. I always enjoy writing up posts about books, fangirling, and interacting with other geeky bookworms. I also have no intention of stopping anytime soon! After all, I’m only a little over two months out from my 3rd blog anniversary (woah- CRAZY).

At the moment, I simply have not had any motivation to do anything but sleep or play video games- super cool, right? Not so much. I miss reading like crazy and blogging over here on my corner of the internet so badly. I wish that I had the motivation to pick up my laptop and whip up a masterpiece to share. Alas, that is just not happening right now. Although, I have still been reading and have a few more book reviews that need to be typed up. In fact, by some miracle I’m still on track for my Goodreads reading challenge.

For the first time in a few weeks, blogging hasn’t seemed like such a daunting task. I finally got around to responding to some comments (I’m so sorry if I just responded to a comment that you posted forever ago), writing any type of post, and just opening WordPress in general. This feels so good, you all have no idea. I’m going to try real hard this week and upcoming weekend to get semi caught up on reading and commenting on posts, and I’m PUMPED.

So, that’s kind of what’s been up with me recently. Blogging had become a bit of a chore, and I absolutely NEVER want this to be a chore for me. Personally, I think I needed some time to step back, and I’m glad I did. This has made me more excited than I have been in a while to blog, and I’m hoping that lasts for at least a few months.

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LET’S CHAT

Have you ever experienced the awful blogging slump? What did you do to get out of it? Any awesome advice that you’d give to others (or me!) in a similar position? Let me know, I love chatting with you all!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | Book Review

daughter of the pirate kingAuthor: Tricia Levenseller

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 320

Rating: ★★★☆☆

“I’m a pirate,” I remind him.
“Yes. I just can’t figure out if you’re a good pirate or a really good pirate.”

BLURB (GOODREADS)

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King. Continue reading

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | Book Review

the night circusAuthor: Erin Morgenstern

Series: Standalone

Genre: Fantasy

Format: e-book

Page Count: 400

Rating: ★★★★★

“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”

BLURB (GOODREADS)

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Continue reading

3 Days 3 Quotes- Day 2 | Book Tag Sunday

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Hello all! Welcome back to another edition of Book Tag Sunday, along with another “day” (and by this I mean week) of the 3 days, 3 quotes tag. This week, I’ve chosen a bit of a long quote, but I love it nonetheless.

I’ve also seemed to develop a habit of picking quotes from books that talk about books and/or bookworms. AKA the best kind of quotes. If you’re curious, you can check out last week’s quote here.

Without further procrastination, let’s get onto the quote! Drum roll please… Continue reading

Scythe by Neal Shusterman | Book Review

scytheAuthor: Neal Shusterman

Series: Arc of a Scythe #1

Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 435

Rating: ★★★★☆

“You have three hundred sixty-five days of immunity.” And then, looking him in the eye, said, “And I’ll be seeing you on day three hundred sixty-six.”  

BLURB (GOODREADS)

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. Continue reading

3 Days 3 Quotes- Day 1 | Book Tag Sunday

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Hello all, and welcome back to another Book Tag Sunday! Now, I’m sure it’s no longer Sunday for some of you reading this, but I promise I did mean to get this up earlier. However, my computer decided to have all sorts of issues. Super fun!

Okay, okay, onto the tag. So, Ayaka at Midnight Ranter tagged me in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag forever ago. Her blog is super cute, and I highly recommend checking it out!

RULES…

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day Continue reading

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Book Review

the hate u giveAuthor: Angie Thomas

Series: Standalone

Genre: YA Contemporary

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 464

Rating: ★★★★★

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

BLURB (GOODREADS)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Continue reading

Absolute Favorite LGBTQ+ Books! | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. You can find out more about T5W and the weekly topics on the Goodreads group here.

This week, we’re talking about our favorite LGBTQ+ books. I’m so excited for this topic because it’s a great way to spread the love in the bookish community, and everyone gets to find awesome new books in the genre. So, let’s jump into the books! Continue reading