Goodbye 2015

Thursday, 31 December 2015
It's time for self-reflection and all that stuff because it's the end of the year and I have things to say and people to thank. 

So here goes nothing. 

Firstly, I just want to acknowledge the fact that my blog has grown SO MUCH in 2015. So, so much. It got a new name, a new look (thanks a million again Claudia!!!), and a bit more personal in a way. I finally started to do more personal posts (see: rants) and I very much enjoyed them. I really hope I get the opportunity to write some more in the new year. 

Now for the people I want to thank. 

1) Cat, my carat, Threadtwin, and really just someone who I very much enjoy talking to. 
2) My Twitter friends. (too many to list OMG how do authors do this acknowledgement thing) (let's hope I don't forget anyone)
3) Blogger and the people that keep it running. (The site that hosts my blog and the people who make sure I can post things and stuff without everything just crashing.)
4) The authors of the 2015 books I read and enjoyed. (Sorry if I didn't enjoy your book. No, I don't regret reading your book, but the authors whose books I adored really helped shape my writing and my reading tastes.)
5) 2016 DEBUT AUTHORS WHO ARE ALL SUPER NICE HOW IN THE WORLD YOU ARE ALL AWESOME AND I WANT TO READ ALL OF YOUR BOOKS. 
6) My TSBSC friends (Zoey, Kiara, and Mikayla) for that DM chat because I LOVE TALKING WITH YOU ALL. 
7) Jaimie who comes with me to the bookstore and helps me not buy all the books. ;)
8) C.J. for all those lovely, long email threads and for being awesome.
9) Erin Bowman (whose Vengeance Road is fantastic FYI) because 1) Camp NaNo and 2) VR Posse chats. 
10) ALL OF YOU. THE PEOPLE WHO READ MY BLOG BECAUSE I WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM WITHOUT YOU WHETHER YOU ONLY JUST STUMBLED ACROSS THIS BLOG OR WHETHER YOU WERE HERE FROM JULY 14, 2014. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. YOU ALL ROCK. :)

Here's to hoping 2016 will be even better!!!

How Much Is Too Much

Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Let's talk about street teams. Also known as the latest marketing trend to go viral within the publishing industry. Yes, street teams have been around for a while, but recently, I find that they've become...very intense. 

What do I mean by that? They've become so up-in-your-face that I'm starting to not want to read the exact same books they're promoting. Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way but there's something about feeling like everyone else in the world is part of this exclusive club and they're almost rubbing it in your face because you can't go anywhere online without seeing them.

I don't particularly enjoy when they consume my timelines whole. No thanks. There is such a thing as too much and some of these teams are pushing it.

And sometimes there are technical issues that don't allow certain people to sign up. 

What I'm saying is that I don't know if I'll be reading certain books because of certain street teams. Unfortunate as that is, I have seen and heard so much about these books and they have been so hyped up by these street team members that I just don't want to read them anymore. I know I'm probably alone in this, but whatever. My blog, my opinions. Personally, I'm starting to find some of these teams to be counterproductive. It's like seeing the same commercial a bajillion times for something you can't have but initially wanted. Eventually you get over wanting it. Not to mention that some of these teams start fairly early in comparison to when the books come out and do weekly major missions that require the book to constantly remain on everyone's timelines. 

No. Thanks. 

However, I do like that some teams accept everyone or let people join at any point until the book comes out. That's nice and doesn't make it feel so in-your-face. 

And I know money and stuff gets in the way of accepting everyone, but I think it's more productive to let everyone in and not send out a bunch of swag than to only let a certain number in and give them a bunch of swag. Remember, EVERYONE is a potential reader. I reckon this will get MORE people interested in reading the book rather than having a very exclusive street team that doesn't really allow people not on the team to help out. 

Also authors, please don't just pick people for their numbers. Excitement and creativity can be way more beneficial than someone with a large following who isn't nearly as excited. 

NaNoWriMo Update at 10k

Friday, 11 December 2015
Guuuuuyyyyyyssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made it to 10,000 words for NaNoWriMo.

Actually, I'm past 10k now. I'm just bad at these update things.

Actually, actually, I'm more than halfway done.

Whoops.

Update: NaNo is done and Liran doesn't know how to update anything and she's just awful.

But she will be doing Camp NaNo (which she prefers to NaNo) in April and July.

Review of For the Record

Thursday, 10 December 2015
I thought I would like this one more. It was good but I don't know...something was a little off.


Book: For the Record

Author: Charlotte Huang

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Genre: Young Adult, Music, Contemporary

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Again, it was good but could have been better.)

Summary: If Almost Famous were a YA novel... a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything

Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule... Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

Review: FALL OUT BOY!!!!!! (That's relevant.)

I kind of love of music (see: Twitter and Tumblr) and I couldn't not read For the Record. (WHERE IS MY SEQUEL, PEOPLE???!!!)

What I liked:
- BECKETT 
- Melbourne being awesome and I want to listen to their music now and PEM!!!!
- Overall story and plot was great. (I'm a huge fan of so many bands that I really had to read this book.)
- Great Writing.

What I didn't like:
- Lucas Rivers minor plot that ruined things. 
- Fat-shaming part of Lucas Rivers subplot. 
- Chelsea was pretty selfish at times.
- What Mandy did. Not cool. Ever. 
- That I don't have the sequel in my hands right now. (But this is easily fixable if Charlotte wants to write the sequel.)

Overall, For the Record was great and I recommend it to all my fellow music lovers who love books centred around music. 







***I received an eARC of For the Record from the publisher on NetGalley. This has in no way influenced my opinion.