The Liebster Award

Thank you to Haley at Beautifully Books for nominating me for this! I’m excited! It’s a change of pace on my blog and a nice thing to be a part of. So let’s get going!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  3. Nominate 5-11 blogs. (I’ve seen people list different amounts in different posts, which is the interesting thing about the evolution of tags, but.)
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

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Book Review | “The Sarcastic Guide to Writing” by Laura Jennings

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Title: The Sarcastic Guide to Writing
Author: Laura Jennings
Published: October 2011
Genre: Nonfiction, Writing Guide
Rating: ★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Looking for that spark of inspiration? Dying to know the secrets of what it means to be a successful author? Searching for how to drown the demons of doubt that keep you from putting your soul on paper?

This is not the book for you.

This caustic guide to writing offers a scathing look at why so much bad writing exists. Why the most annoying tropes show up again and again, and how to correct them. Elements of world-building, character, and dialogue are examined, along with tidbits like how to write animals, medieval warfare, and convincing magic. It also includes a special section on how to write fanfiction. Or rather, how not to write it and why doing so is a god-awful waste of your time.

Sectioned off in easy to read list formats, The Sarcastic Guide To Writing offers quick tips on how you’re doing things wrong. Read it, and you will be enlightened. Not necessarily happy, but enlightened. There are other books out there on writing that will hold your hand, but they won’t tell you the truth.

This one does.

If you’re a crybaby, you probably shouldn’t read this one.

When I started reading (or rereading, technically) this book, I wanted to give it a positive review. And then it pissed me off. So let’s talk about why, shall we?

 

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Katy – Jacqueline Wilson

Review by a good buddy of mine here—give it a read!

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I love this book. Jacqueline Wilson is a brilliant children’s writer and like many successful writers, she does a range of stunning books to less successful books.

Unlike most of her other work, Katy is not an original story. It is a rewritten version of What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge. While I have not read Collidge’s book personally, Wilson explains the differences between the two books, with the main difference being how the protagonists adapts and accepts life as a disabled individual.

Being disabled myself, this is a major importance to me. I’ve read books in the same era as Coolidge with disabled characters, and just like hers, they miraculously recover after doing a good deed or two (more of this coming at a later date).

Wilson is more realistic. She wants her audience to understand that the world does not work this way, you’re not disabled because you’ve…

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The Rule of Thirds

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Title: The Rule of Thirds
Author: Chantel Guertin
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: ECW Press
Source: Purchased
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Rating:★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Pippa Greene never goes anywhere without her camera. She and her best friend/supermodel-in-training Dace long ago mapped out their life plan: Pippa will be the noted fashion photographer, and Dace the cover girl. But ever since last spring, things have changed for Pippa — and her junior year at Spalding High proves to have its own set of challenges. Not only is Vantage Point, the statewide photography competition, in three short weeks, but her mandatory volunteer placement lands her at St. Christopher’s Hospital, a place Pippa never wanted to set foot in again. With humour and pluck, she navigates her new role as a candy striper (watch out for Code Yellows), her changing relationship with her best friend (goodbye Honesty Pact), and — perhaps most…

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