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!

Why I Will Always Defend YA Books | Tea Time Talk

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Hello all! Hopefully you’ve got your tea (or drink of your choice) and ready for another discussion post. Just by looking at my blog for a few minutes, it’s obvious that I love and read mostly YA books. Throughout my time of talking about books on the internet, I’ve discovered that some people seem to have a stigma against the YA subsection. It’s terrible to have a stigma against any book without a valid reason, but today I want to discuss why I will always defend young adult books. Continue reading

Happy Holidays! Plus, Some Book Talk| Tea Time Talk

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The Holiday season is upon us, and I’d like to take this time to wish everyone Happy Holidays! No matter what you celebrate, this is a wonderful time of the year. You know what goes perfectly with the Holiday season? That’s right, it’s books.

Snuggling up in a warm blanket, with a warm drink, a good book, the fireplace burning, and with a fresh layer of snow on the ground. Sounds like a Christmas miracle, doesn’t it? By human nature, we’re always busy. Running from place to place, constantly thinking about what you have to do next, and when you have to do it.

The last few weeks of the year seem to be the time when the entire world slows down. Maybe it’s the cold weather (or hot weather for all my southern hemisphere friends), but this is the time of the year when people take a break, and do something that often doesn’t fit in our busy schedules, like reading!

Obviously for book aficionados like us, reading is a part of our day to day lives, but for many people it isn’t. Even I’ve been trying to read more this break because I haven’t had a lot of time to read recently. However, once that Holiday break arrives, I swear that everyone eventually cracks open the spine of that book they’ve been meaning to read forever.

To me, books and the Holiday season go together like bread and butter. I’ve never known a Christmas break where I don’t spend half of it locked up in my room, reading a good book. Plus, how often do you hear someone say that one of their New Years Resolutions is to read more?

So, tonight it’s Christmas Eve (although perhaps it’s already Christmas when you’re reading this), and I just wanted to write this simple little post to wish everyone Happy Holidays, and to reminisce on the beauty of this time of year and the love of reading.

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Throne of Glass TV Show? | Tea Time Talk

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Before we jump into the discussion about Sarah J. Maas’s latest news, I just want to say sorry for not being super active the last few days! I started school (sort of) again last Wednesday and I was away at band camp this last weekend with no wifi or time for reading.

Anyways, right before I left there was an announcement that Hulu will pick up Maas’s Throne of Glass as a TV adaptation under the name “Queen of Shadows”, which is the title of the fourth book in the series, if you are unaware. The Mark Gordon Company has picked up the show and Kira Snyder will write the pilot. Snyder is the writer for The 100 (which I adore). Here is the mini show description I’ve found floating around the internet. Continue reading

Can Someone Truly Be Objective? | Tea Time Talk

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This is a topic that has always interested me whenever I see it floating around the blogosphere, because it applies to each and every one of us. Is it possible for someone to be 100% objective when reading a book?

There’s many different meanings for the word “objective”, but in this context, here’s what the dictionary has to say.

Objective (adj.)

not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased: an objective opinion.

Considering the definition of the words, my honest answer to the question of whether someone can always be completely objective is… no, they can not.

OBJECTIVENESS IS FALSE

There are so many different ways to become biased about a certain book or series that you are reading. The author is one of your favorites and you’ve loved all of their previous works, a continuation of a series, or even other remarks you’ve read about the book.

What really got me thinking about this topic was reading and reviewing the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. While reading the first book, I felt very objective during that review because I didn’t have any other books in the series to compare it to. However, the farther I got in the series the more and more I expected from the books, and I found myself judging each one harsher than the previous. All of the sudden, my analysis and review of the rest of the series was influences by personal feelings, which according to the dictionary definition, is taboo.

In fact, every single book I read and review is full of my own personal feelings and interpretations of the hidden messages present. I strongly believe every reader does that, which is why books receive different ratings and reviews, and therefore why platforms such as blogging and Goodreads exist to discuss books. Based on the set definition of objective, shouldn’t every single book have one stoic rating that everyone agrees on?

To do that, we all basically have to robots, which we aren’t. Every single person who reads a book is human, and part of being human is placing a part of your own personality and personal views on life onto the story. So therefore, every story is different for each person which effectively eliminates the idea of “objective” reading.

SO WHAT IS OBJECTIVE READING?

So, when someone tells you to read objectively, what in the world do they mean by this? I personally feel as if reading objectively is not stoic reading void of any personal connection, but rather reading without any preset connotations about the themes present in the material.

However, this isn’t always an easy task to accomplish. For example, there’s a novel that focuses around the issue of domestic violence. When there’s extremely sensitive and potentially harmful topics present, human nature is to look at those negatively and not accept any new information about that idea. If you go into this book about domestic violence, and it isn’t portrayed in the same way of your present notions about the idea, that will most likely lead to you disliking the book, even if it is a fantastic book simply with views you don’t agree with.

OBJECTIVENESS: LOVE AND HATE

I absolutely love it when I’m able to read a book objectively (our new idea of it), and then write what I feel like would be a proper review. While it has it’s flaws, objectiveness is important for a reviewer, or really any reader. Judging one book against another, especially when they’re nothing alike, is the opposite of objectiveness and often leads to skewed ratings. Yes, every single review and opinion of a book is 100% valid, but is a review of a book that was read expecting basically a different book an honest review?

I also hate the word objectiveness because sometimes, when people state they want an objective read through, they really do mean the dictionary definition version. Trying to read something while completely detached from it suddenly becomes a chore. The whole point of reading is to immerse yourself into a new world, to lose the sense of who you are for a few hours. Forcing someone to read stoical causes more harm then good, because that’s what takes the love and charm out of reading.

WHAT NOW?

So, what do you do now? I like to think that it’s okay to ignore what your English teachers told you hundreds of times in school. Don’t be a stoical reader. Read with passion, with emotion, immerse yourself in the book, interpret hidden messages however you wish, and most of all just read. There is never one way to read a book, and don’t let the dictionary objectiveness hold you back from exploring new ideas. Read without prejudice, but read with so much emotion that there’s no way you could detach yourself from the story.