How to Balance Blogging and School // A.K.A How To Stay Sane

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It’s that time in the year when everyone is still adjusting too their school years, classes, and homework. And if you are a blogger, it takes a lot of time to adjust making quality content, and staying on top of school work.

Last year, I was a complete mess at the start of the last school year. I uploaded maybe once a month, hardly any book reviews, and I almost thought of quitting all together (gasp). But I’m glad I pushed through, and I learned from my mistakes. And in this post, I’m sharing my tips on how to balance school, and blogging.

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Remember Your Priorities

First off, I’d like too say school is more important than your blog. Yes, your blog is important too you, but education holds more value. If you need too take a break from blogging because you are too overwhelmed, than feel free too. Don’t feel guilty that you are not posting for a week or so. It’s your life, and your blog, and you have full control over it.

Keep a Planner

Too keep up with life, I totally recommend too keep a planner of any kind. A planner will help keep you track of things like homework, deadlines, upcoming exams, upcoming blog posts. Things like that. Using a planner can help you feel very organized. I really, really, really reccomend using the bullte journaling system because it’s cheap (you literally need a notebbook, and pen), and totally customizable.

If you need help with starting how to plan, or learning to plan I recommend these tumblrs.

(these are mostly for bullet journaling)

Make a Schedule

Another important thing to do is too keep a schedule of when you are going too focus on blogging, and school work. I dedicate most of my mornings, and afternoons for my schoolworks. And evenings, and night time is dedicated too blogging.

When it comes to blogging I have a specific schedule as well:

Sunday: Write up the post (S)

Monday: Edit, and hyperlinks

Tuesday: Add images, featured images, and then schedule.

Work on Important Things First

Like I said earlier, you should keep your prioritize in check. Work on important things first. Have an important project coming up? Finish it ASAP! This will make you feel less stressful knowing you have less on your plate.

Stop Comparing Yourself

I have a bad habit of comparing myself too other people who have better grades, pageviews, followers, study methods. You know the deal. But these days, I’m trying not too. Why should I feel let down because some people are doing well? There will be always people who are doing… well better than you, but you have too take care of yourself. And do what’s right for you.

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So that’s my tips on how to balance blogging, and school. I notice a lot of blogging friends go on hiatus because of the pressure from school, and this year I’m finally getting the hang of things. How do you balance school, and blogging? How do you find time to read when school gets to you? Do you find these tips helpful? 

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The Difference Between YA and NA // A Post to Clear Things Up

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My blog is all about one big, fat genre: YA (young adult). I read it, I write it, I live it. And I also used to be one of those people who confuse it with another big genre. New Adult. Both have many common elements, but there is overall a HUGE difference. That’s why they are two different genres. 

And in this post, I’m sharing how to distinguish YA from NA.

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why do people get them confused?

There could be different reasons for different people, but the common ones are:

  • well there is adult in both of the names
  • there are so many common elements story wise
  • and the voice can be pretty similar at times.

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  • Younger character age – YA books are about teenagers who are in the 14-17 age. They are also dependent on someone, like their parents, grandparents, relatives, even the government. The main protagonist is at a point in his/her life where they need someone for support. 
  • Mostly about coming of age – Most YA books are about teenagers trying to become who they are. One of my favorite books Girl Overboard by Justina Chen, is about Syrah trying to get herself, and her life together after a snowboarding accident. She doesn’t know who she is. Some rich mans daughter or snowboarding queen? 
  • Setting – Most of the drama, and action takes place in high school. 
  • Teenage audience – I agree, many adult read YA (and that’s totally fine too!), but it’s main target is teenagers. 
  • Language – The language, and writing style is much different than a New Adult book. There is swearing involved, but it is less then a NA  book. And it definitely more care-free because they are not adults yet. 

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  • More mature age – New Adult main characters are aged between 18-25. 
  • More mature setting – You won’t see an NA book near an high school. It will most likely be a college or even a household. 
  • Mostly about being or becoming an adult – The main theme or so, in New Adult is about becoming an adult, or the struggles of an adult, or becoming an adult, but you don’t want to be an adult. Just a lot of adult-ish themes around. 
  • Adult audience – Of course a teenager will pick up an NA (like me), but it’s obviously intended for a bigger audience. 

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That’s MY way of distinguishing NA, and YA. I decided to write this post after seeing Paper Princess shelved as “NA”. While it does have graphic themes, and almost rape (it was written by 2  erotic authors), it is most definitely not YA. What are your way of telling yourself “this is a ya/na book”? Which genre do you prefer? Do you agree/disagree?

Waiting on Wednesday #39

35604682Title: Tyler Johnson Was Here

Author: Jay Coles

Blurb (GR): When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

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 The cover is drop dead gorgeous, but I find the blurb so interesting. I NEED NOW. What are you waiting on? Link me your WoW down below!! 

Fall 2017 Books I NEED AND WILL FIGHT YOU FOR!

Don’t you love it when a whole new bunch of books come out with a turn of the season?

I do. I looove it when there is a new season, and then suddenly a whole bunch of books come out, and they all sound delicous, and you JUST WANT TO DEVOUR THEM ALL.

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And this fall season, so many good books are coming out, I feel like crying because I’m broke. Soo now I’m going to share all my books that I desperatly need to read, and hopefully convince you to buy it for me (just kidding… maybe).

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – First of all that cover is so beautiful. I am a sucker for all things galaxy. Next, JAPANESE REP! So happy that we are getting some #ownvoices books. I think this is the first book I would have read with a Japanese main character. I heard many great things about this book. | Goodreads 

Warcross by Marie Lu – If you are not hyped up for this book then you obviously live under a rock.  Because hello, MARIE LU!! I love her books so much, and the plot of this book sounds sooo good. | Goodreads

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo – I am absolute trash for this author’s books. I see “Leigh Bardugo” I click. | Goodreads 

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – The cover looks really nice, and I love the title. There defenitley has been mixed reviews about it, but I want to read it myself. | Goodreads 

Invictus by Ryan Graudin – THE AUTHOR OF WOLF BY WOLF, YOU BET I NEED THIS BOOK!! | Goodreads 

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles – Not only is the cover beatiful, I love how this book focuses on a topic barely written about. I am so excited to have on this on my shelf, read. | Goodreads 

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And that’s my not-so-long (but long) list of fall books I will do anything to get. But as of right now, I can only wait for my library because #brokebookworm. What books are you excited for? Have you read any of these books? 

 

Update: I’m Alive, and Back! // New Feature + I’m Writing a Book

Hello everyone, it certainly has been a while. I came back from Bangladesh about a week ago, and couldn’t even lift a finger because I was so jet lagged. So jet lagged I slept for about 48 hours.

And too make matters worse I got a bad case of strep throat, which hurts soooo much. My throat was killing me in the first week, but I’m slightly better.

Now enough about me complaining about sucky health life, lets talk about the blog. I really want to write some good, interesting, and well written posts, because when I was going through my old posts, I was like

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LIKE EW, WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME I WRITE LIKE A 5-YEAR OLD????????

I have to catch up on a lot of stuff regarding this blog, and I have a few posts planned. Here is a little sneak peek:

  • My trip to Bangladesh + cringe-worthy pictures
  • Things that make a good book.
  • Back to school books
  • how to balance blogging, and school.
  • A new feature!! Things will be unveiled tomorrow!!!
  • that’s it
  • i’m sorry. 

It’s not that much?? But I really tried??? STOP JUDGING ME!


Also, crazy news everyone. I am starting a book!! I have no idea what it’s called, and I’m starting too think of character names, and I have some aesthetics going on, but here is the gist of it.

  • It’s fantasy, and has two kingdoms
  • one is good, and one is bad.
  • the girl from the good kingdom (let’s call it kingdom a, and the bad kingdom, kingdom b) hates her life cause she feels trapped, and whatever
  • the boy from kingdom b also hates his life, because he has sooo much pressure on him, and everyone makes him feel like he’s not good enough. (he is honestly my favorite, and my heart hurts for this smol bean) 
  • They meet up, somehow (I’m working on that), fall in love (I’m working on that), and there is an evil queen in there, and someone dies. Okay, a lot of people die.
  • and that’s about it???

I JUST REALLY WANT TO WRITE THIS OKAY! I’m trying to get a hang of things like plot bunnies, Camp Nanawrimo, how to write in general. But this is turning out to be a really fun project, and I can’t wait for the finished project (if it even gets completed, let’s just be real here).

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So how has it been for everyone else? How many books have you read in August? Which one was your favorites? I NEED NEW BOOKS TO READ!! How many books have you read in September so far?? 

 

July Wrap-Up // I Finally Read More Than 6 Books!

Usually, I’ll say X month has passed away so fast, but to be honest July took forever. Not because I didn’t read a lot of books (because I did, I read soooo much), but because I was looking forward to the exciting prospects of August. I have some important announcements + news during this post! 

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P E R S O N A L 

  • i’m going on vacayyyyy – Some people are saying “summer is over blah, blah, blah”, but too me I feel like summer just began. I’m going on vacation from Aug. 7th TO Sep.14! So this is going to be my last wrap-up at the moment. But where I am going, there is bad interenet, and since I don’t want to waste 80$, I won’t have any internet. So I won’t be able to blog, or go on goodreads. Not until Sept. 20.

The reason I won’t be back five days later than my return date, is because I will be going to school, so I will need time to adjust (to school, and timezones)

  • i started a brand new tumblr – So I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do on it, maybe like post random bookish stuff. I’ve been thinking to create aesthetics revolving around my favorite books. I already posted something! It’s called strawberry snow. Do any of you guys have a  tumblr? Link it, so I can visit!
  • I updated my goodreads “About Me” section – I am sooo proud of it because it feels like I FINALLY wrote an about me, that actually feels like ME.

B O O K I S H / B L O G

I READ 23 BOOKS THIS MONTH! I feel honestly so proud of myself, because these past few months I’ve only read 6 books (on average). I didn’t want to overwhelm anyone, or make this post extra long so I only wrote about the memorable books. Here are some of them + my thoughts, and links to reviews (if I did any).

  • The UnlikeliesSadie was such a boring, and bland character. The plot was a bit exciting, but it got really boring at times| 3 STARS 
  • Vassa in the Night | I was excited by the premise of a Russian fairy tale retelling. I even did some research on the fairy tale itself! But this book was a huge disappointment, and honestly I felt like I was played. By a book. | 2 stars 
  • The Darkest Part of The Forest | Wow. THIS BOOK WAS WONDERFUL!! I reallly loved the sub plots, and how everythin just FIT together. The world building, and plot, and even the characters were one of the best parts of the books!| 4.5 STARS
  • The Girl At MidnightThis was also a pretty good fantasy book. I feel like it’s perfect for every hard-core fantasy lover out there!| 4 stars 
  • The Upside of UnrequitedSuch a fantabulous book! I didn’t expect less from Becky Albertalli. I feel like I really need to read Simon V.S now| 4.5 STARS 
  • Noteworthy | I loved this book so freaking much. My heart, and stomach gets the fuzzy feels when thinking about this book, lol. The main character is so diverse, and the plot was hilaroius (the MC dresses up as a guy to join a singing group, and she has to keep her cover throughout the book). | 5 beautiful stars 

To view the rest of my books read in July, see my shelf on Goodreads.

August Book Haul

I only got a  few books because, as I said, I’m going on vacation. These are only to read for the first week until I go, but I’m still excited to read them.

  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – Author of Female of the Species, which I loved soo much! So when I saw this, I had to get this along with…
  • Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis – I feel like I’m turning into trash into her books, because when I see her name, I buy.
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – Holly Black is the author of The Darkest Part of the Forest, which I loved dearly, so I got this too. IT HAS VAMPIRES!
  • The Shadow Queen – So I already read this (oops!), but I bought it for August, so I guess it stills counts????

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U P C O M I N G

Since, I’m leaving in the beginning of August there won’t be any posts from me! So here is what’s upcoming for this week:

  • What makes a good book, a good book?
  • Shadow Queen book Review

That’s literally it, i feel like crying.

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How was July for you guys? How much books did you read??? What’s up for you guys next month? Let me know! 

The Unlikelies Book Review // A Summer Read that Was Sweet & Sour

Title: The Unlikelies

Author: Carrie Firestone

Rating: 3 Stars

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P R O S ✨

  • Interesting Story – The thing that attracted me more to this book (other than the delicous cover) was the the blurb, and the story line. Sadie’s life changes when she saves a baby, and risks her life while doing it. After the incident Sadie gets invited to a luncheon for being a hero, and meets four students who were also being awarded for doing good things. Jean, Gordie, Alice, and Val become her friends for the rest of the summer, and start a chain of good deeds, staring an anonymous group called “The Unlikelies”

It was fun, and interesting to see the group take on bullies, and even drug addicts. It wasn’t really lighthearted because there were some heavy topics in the book, and I felt like that fit the book perfectly.

  • Friendships – Really the chemistry between Sadie, and her friends were really sweet. Even though the characters didn’t really know each other, they were there for each other in the darkest of times (Alice’s drug addict best friends, Val’s boyfriend, and Jean’s loss of his father). It felt like they knew each other for their whole life, and the way they acted was sweet, and supportive <3.
  • Family relationships – Sadie’s parents were wonderful, and kind to each other, and Sadie. They weren’t pushy, and let Sadie basically do whatever she wants. But of course, they do look out for her, and encourage her to hang out with her new friends.

C O N S  ✨

  • Too Unreal – Some events in the book were to far fetched. For example: Mr.Upton choosing Sadie to give THOUSAND OF DOLLARS worth of DIAMONDS of all the people. There wasn’t really an exact reason for this, other than Mr. Upton saying Sadie “is the one I’ve been waiting for all these years”. Which, is proved wrong by Mr. Upton’s caretaker, Sissy. Sissy said that Mr. Upton has been “doing this for years”.  That was just crazy 🙄
  • Romance – I didn’t quite enjoy the romance between Sadie, and Gordie because it was just bland, and boring. There was a lot of physical, and less sweeter moments which made me cringe. I think the author didn’t improve on her romance skills, because I didn’t enjoy it in her last novel, The Loose Ends List either.

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Sadie – Overall, she was a good character. Sadie has a big heart, she wasn’t and idiot, and she was a great friend. But the thing was, I felt like she had no personality. After reading a 336 page book, narrated by her, I couldn’t gauge simple facts about her. Other than the fact she likes making care packages, but that’s it.

Alice – Comapred to Sadi’es bland personality, Alice was like bright sunlight. To be honest, I liked  her the  best because she knows her priorites, and how to be a great friend. Her best friend Izzy is doing drugs, and no matter what Izzy gets up to, Alice always bails her out. At first, I was really aggravated at her because I thought she was being nice to Izzy for no reason. But I understood, because having a a BFF meant you stick with them thick, and thin.

Val – Val was also my one of my favorites from the group. She is friendly, and shy. I resonated with at times, because she was such a likeable character. I did have one problem with her. Her situation with her boyfriend was quite pathetic, and I found myself really annoyed with her for going back to him

Jean – Jean is an artist who went through a lot of things. But I like the fact, that despite this he still is able to crack a joke, or smile.  But he is not too laid back, and I’m glad he stayed mad at Sadie for saying what she said.

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The writing style wasn’t memorable, but like Sadie’s voice was bland. At times, I was dozing off, and skipping some pages because some parts were pointless.

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3 stars, I do recommend it in the short run. But in the long run, not really because it can get pretty boring.

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I’m glad I got it on sale, and didn’t spend a full 10.00 on this book. How about you? Did you read it yet? Do you plan on to? Do you plan to? If you did read it,  what did you think of it? Who were your favorite characters? Who was you least favorite character? 

Waiting on Wednesday #38

31681276Title: American Panda

Author: Gloria Chao

Blurb (GR): At seventeen, Mei Lu should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when she reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

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I am so happy to see an Asian model on the cover, and a diverse story that’s not really about race, but finding your way in the world! The story-line cannot be put better, and I’m super excited to read this!! What are you waiting on? Link me your WoW down below!! 

Mini-Book Haul!! // July Edition

the greatest feeling in the world  is when you buy books that are on sale.

No joke. I love sales, and books so when the two are put together it’s true love <3.

A few days ago, my second hand bookshop had a huge sale because it was closing (😭😭), and you know I went all out! And I’m sharing my books here.

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B O O K S

20958632Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black

Blurb (GR): Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

This has been on my TBR for about 5,677,329,875,907,070,276,028,346 years okay? So to be able to hold this in my hand, and cross it off my TBR, feels so wonderful. But then I’d add another book anyway.


23430471Title: Riders

Author: Veronica Rossi

Blurb (GR): Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

I love Veronica Rossi’s books. Did I mention that I love Veronica Rossi? I LOVE VERONICA ROSSI AS MUCH AS I LOVE BUBBLE TEA!! I loved her series Under The Never Sky, and I cannot wait to see what beautiful story she weaves in this novel!


15392025Title: Dreamland

Author: Sarah Dessen

Blurb (GR): Love can be a very dangerous thing.

After her sister left, Caitlin felt lost.

Then she met Rogerson.

When she’s with him, nothing seems real.

But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

I LOVE SARAH DESSENS BOOK, IT’S LIKE TREATING MYSELF TOO 5 CAKES!! Her stories are so sweet, and romantic ❤


31078124Title: Unlikelies

Author: Carrie Firestone

Blurb (GR): One good deed will change everything.

Sadie is not excited for the summer before her senior year. It will be her first without her college-bound best friend and (now ex-)boyfriend by her side, so Sadie braces herself for a long, lonely, and boring season working at a farm stand in the Hamptons. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril and footage of her impromptu good deed goes viral.

As she’s recovering from “the incident” and adjusting to her Internet fame, Sadie receives an invitation to a lunch honoring teem homegrown heroes. The five honorees instantly connect and soon decide to spend their time together righting local wrongs. Sadie and her new friends embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend. Are good intentions enough to hold unlikely friendships—and an even unlikelier new romance—together?

I saw this everywhere a month ago, and I was intirgued by the cover (it has ice cream in case you haven’t notice), and the blurb. So when I saw this of course I had to get it!


25689031Title: Gifted

Author: H.A Swain

Blurb (GR): In Orpheus Chanson’s world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus’s father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.

Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a “plebe”–a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother’s illness can’t keep her from making music–even if it is illegal.

Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. Here is a thriller, love story, and social experiment that readers will find gripping–and terrifying.

This was also a hyped up book. I saw this at a very cheap price. Only 3 dollars, and I grabbed it before anyone else can!

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That’s all the books I acquired today! The total was about 10$, which is way less than the original amount. I’m so excited to read these, but I am pretty sad my favorite bookshop is closing. What have you recently bought/borrowed? What books should I read first (because I have no idea which one to start!!!)?  

4 Unique Tropes I Need To See More of!

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post talking about 5 tropes that I was tired of. Now I decided to the opposite (with a little twist). Today I’m going to talk about tropes that are underrated, and need to see more of.

1) Change of Heart

I love this type of romance, because it’s so cute! It’s so amusing to see our hero and heroine go from hating each other guts, to falling in love. The journey is usually filled with so much laughs, and cute scenes!

I really haven’t seen or read too many books revolving around this trope. I heard When Dimple Met Rishi, but like most hyped books I haven’t gotten around to read it yet. Do you guys have any recs with this trope?

2.) Villanoius Crush

This would be a such a cool, and exciting romance story if a villain, and a hero fell in love. But in the world they are it’s like very shameful, and then they have a child, and OMG I think I have good book idea right now…

But seriously, it would be awesome to see this in a YA fantasy novel/series. I only heard of these in like fan-fictions.

3.) Healthy Sibling Relationships

Name at least 5 or more books (that are YA) that have a super goals worthy sibling relationship.

*crickets*

This trope is so under-used, and barely visible in the bookish community. But why? I honestly don’t know, because it’s not even that hard to write about. It’s basically a brother or sister who is supportive to our protagonist. I have seen so many books with so many healthy friend relationships, it’s time  for siblings to steal the limelight. 🙊

4.) Characters That Have a Personality

Have you ever read a book in which the plot is super amazing, and awesome, but then you realize you know nothing about the character?

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I think it happened to me one to many times. That’s why characters that have an interest, or a personality are super important when it comes to a story.  Lately, I think authors are working on this. I can never forget the PJO series because of their unique characters.

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I have been on hiatus lately because So what do you think of my list? What tropes do you want to see more of in books? And what tropes would you want to see less? Do you agree with my list? Do you disagree?