We Need A Break

Hey, you guys! I just wanted to stop by to let you guys know that both Sandra and myself are going to go on a blogging break for a little while to hopefully get our motivation back. If you’ve been reading our blog this past week you might have seen me talk about feeling stuck and not really having the motivation to write posts anymore and when I woke up today and realized that we should have a post going up today, I just felt like it was my tipping point.

I had no interest what so ever to write a new post or to continue working on one I have currently drafted and I realized maybe I really needed to step back from the blog for a week or two (or maybe more, I don’t know yet) so I could get that joy of blogging back. Because I used to really love coming on here to talk to you guys about the books I’ve been loving and just being able to interact with so many blog lovers but that feeling hasn’t been there lately and it sucked.

I have every intention of coming back though. This isn’t a goodbye of any kind. I just need to take a step back and think about how I want things to work out in the future and get my joy back! Hopefully, you guys will stick around and not miss us too much! I can’t wait to come back here! I will still be tweeting a lot and try my best to read you guys’ posts though – it just might not be as often.

Thank you guys for the past 7 months and your ongoing support! I’ve really been appreciating it a lot and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us next! See you guys soon!


Hey, here’s Sandra!

Before I get into this, I just want to tell you guys that we don’t have the intention of closing or having this blog come to an end, we’ve decided to take this break because both of us have to focus on ourselves for a while. We hope you understand!

Now, let me tell you my part in this. I have been struggling with writing posts lately and getting that motivation out of me, took me a while. I’m sorry if any of that shines through because we love you guys and we don’t want to make you feel like it’s a chore for us and that is why we’re taking this break, so it doesn’t even come to that.

I’m going back to school on Monday and it’s going to be a lot of work and I have to focus on that for a while because I have worked hard these past two years to get to where I am now and it’s important for me to able to put my focus on it. On top of that, my reading hasn’t been going for a while and I love to read but there’s no point in doing something, if your heart isn’t in it, right?

I will be on twitter as well and reading comments you left on scheduled posts because we do still have some of those coming. That we have pre-written these past few weeks and we hope you enjoy them.

We will let you know about when we’re coming back and I hope you will stick around and be here when we’re back! We’re hoping to see you there.

Much love, Swetlana and Sandra ❤

Books I’ll Probably Never Read

tag books i'll never eadBefore I get into today’s post, I wanted to take a quick moment and thank you guys all for your comments on my previous post! I truly appreciated reading your positive feedback and encouraging words. It meant a lot!

And since I’m still in a rather weird head space about writing posts, I figured today would be the perfect opportunity to do a tag on here! I haven’t done one in ages and I have to admit, I kind of miss it! The lovely Nikki over at The Night Is Dark And Full Of Books tagged me to talk a bit about books I’m probably never going to read, so that’s what we’re doing today!

A Really Hyped Book You’re Not Interested In Reading

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Honestly, the only books I could think of for this are Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. I will usually give hyped books a chance and see what I think of them myself before saying no to a series or book. I checked popular Young Adult book lists and I have read so many of the books on there? I just really love Young Adult books and I usually won’t pass on an opportunity to read them!

A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing

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I do have quite a few series that I’m currently in the middle of reading and while I know for a fact that I will finish some of them, I am also not sure about others. Some of them have been completed in the mean time and while other’s are still on going but I didn’t feel excited to read their newest release, so I think I’ll be dropping them from my TBR soon. One of them is probably going to be Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series! I might go back to it one day, but for right now I don’t see myself reading it.

A classic you’re just not interested in

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At this point, I honestly don’t see myself picking up a classic anytime soon. I have read some of them in my years in school and I even own a copy of Pride And Prejudice because I thought I wanted to read it, but it’s been years since I got it and I still haven’t read it. I doubt it’s going to happen.

A genre you never read

Hmm, I think a genre I haven’t reached for so far is both thrillers and anything horror or mystery related! I’m definitely someone who is very easily scared and doesn’t like anything that might scare me.

A book on your shelves you’ll probably never read

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I honestly have quite a few (maybe too many?) unread books on my shelves at the moment and I should definitely get to them soon… but if I have to look at all of them and pick out a book I might not actually read? Probably The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey. I’ve had it for so long and I’ve just never felt like picking it up since? Which sucks, because I don’t like the idea of leaving a book unread on my shelves.


How About You?


Are there any books on your TBR that you know you might not ever actually read? Do you find it painful to think about the books that will go unread on your shelves? Let’s discuss in the comments and please feel free to answer any and all of tag questions down below too!


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Blogging Struggles: Feeling Stuck

blogging struggles feeling stuckIf you’ve been following me on Twitter for the past couple of weeks, you might have seen me tweet about feeling uninspired and my lack of motivation to write new content for the blog. This has been going on for too long (in my opinion) and I don’t know how to get myself out of this rut that I seem to be in. I want to write blog posts and share new content with you guys but I just seem to have to force myself to actually sit down and do it.

The exact same thing happened today. I’ve known since Monday that we would have a post going up today as that’s what our schedule looks like. And I opened WordPress at least a dozen times and I even went to write a new post but I just kept staring at the blank post template and went to do something else after a couple of minutes because I didn’t want force myself again. But then today I figured I would have to write something because I didn’t want to not write something. I really don’t want the blog to go without an actual post when there’s supposed to be one.

So, what did I do? Well, I figured I would open a new post template and just see what would happen. And as I kept thinking about it, I figured I would just write about how I have been feeling lately. We’ve got quite a big readership at this point and I figured some of you guys have probably felt a similar way at some point in your blogging experience and I was hoping you were willing to share some tips and your experience in general!

I’ve had really great experiences with sharing my feelings about blogging on here in the past and just simply hearing you guys’ stories has often been a great motivation to continue going and your tips have been very appreciated too!

Beth actually mentioned in a recent comment conversation we had that I might be having a blogging burnout which was a really interesting thing to hear because I hadn’t thought of it that way before. I had never really felt this way before and I’m currently trying to figure out how I got to this point.

July was such a great blogging month for me! I had written most of my posts for the month really early in the month and scheduled them all well in advance and didn’t have to worry about a thing when it came to blogging, which was a really great feeling to have. I’m wondering if by getting myself out of my rhythm of writing posts more regularly I influenced my enjoyment of blogging. I feel like when I was writing new posts every other day I was much more motivated to do it!

It’s not even like I don’t know what I could be writing posts about as I have a bunch of ideas drafted and could start on them at any given moment, but I just don’t feel like writing any of them? Or was that a mistake I made? Giving myself a list of posts I should/could write instead of just going into writing with no guidelines what so ever? Do you have a list of ideas in an easily viewable place? Or do you keep them in an extra document and away from where you would see it all the time? 


How about you guys?


Have you ever been in a situation where you just absolutely didn’t feel like writing new content for your blogs? How did you deal with that? If you’ve got any tips or experiences to share with us, please do in the comments! I would really appreciate it! Thank you.


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Our Blogging Survey

Hey, you guys! I asked you yesterday (in the early hours of the day) to please fill out a survey we had created to get to know you guys better and to find out where we can make some improvements to our blog and blogging. So far, we’ve gotten a handful of responses and we would need more feedback to be able to get a better idea of what you guys think of our blog so far! Please, if you have a few minutes, fill out this form! It means a lot. Thank you!

4 Ways To Mark Up Your Books

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While talking to Nikki in the comments section of my TBR Spotlight post about authors, she had suggested I talk about how I mark up my books as I had talked about my love for doing it in my post and I thought it was a really great idea for a post so that’s exactly what today’s post is going to be all about!

I feel like I’ve talked about my love for marking up my books quite often and asked you guys’ opinions on whether or not we should write in our books a couple of months ago too and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t read it yet! Of course, feel free to share your thoughts too! I would love to get your view on it!

Now, let’s get into four ways that you can mark up any book you are currently reading or plan on reading soon!


Tabs

1I feel like this is the easiest and quickest way to mark up any kind of book – it’s also how I got started a few years ago. There was a time when I didn’t do anything to highlight favorite scenes or dialogue but then I very slowly started using tabs/sticky notes (whatever you want to call them) and as time went on I would tab more and more things in my books. Every tab I used was color coordinated within a series to make sure I could flip through favorite scenes easily which sometimes resulted in me having to create cheat sheets because I was using so many different tabs (I am looking at my ACOMAF copy here) and there was no way of me remembering what they all meant – especially down the line.

PS: If you are going to use tabs to mark your books up, please use ones that either have transparent parts on them or are made of a material that is see through. Otherwise re-reading a book will be quite difficult!

Highlighters

If you would’ve told me a few years ago that I would ever use highlighters in books I would have probably laughed at you. These days, if you take a look at the books I’ve read you’re very likely to find a ton of highlighted paragraphs (and sometimes pages) and I love it. I love being able to see exactly what I liked so much (which isn’t always the case with a tab) about something I wanted to make sure to mark up in any kind of way.

Fineliners

2While I will usually just use highlighters in my books I’ve also started using fineliners more often and it gives my books an entirely different look again! I can also quickly write down a note next to something I marked up this way and don’t have to search for a different pen to do it which obviously makes for a quicker reading experience! I think I first saw people on booktube use these pens in their books and I really loved the look of it, so I had to try it out too! Obviously, you can color coordinate with these pens too which would make finding scenes easier for sure – especially since these pens aren’t as in your face as a highlighter.

Tabs + Highlighter/Fineliner

This is usually what I go for whenever I’m reading a book because I like being able to see how many things I marked by just looking at the book from the outside! Some of my favorite books that I love going back to over and over again to read random scenes are books that have both the tabs and then either highlighter or fineliner used on the inside at the same time! There is honestly something so aesthetically pleasing about a book with lots and lots of tabs in it!


How About You?

Are you the kind of reader who marks favorite scenes? If so, what do you usually use? Is there something you would use over something else? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


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TBR Spotlight: 7 Authors I Want To Read

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Originally, today’s post was just going to be me talking about a bunch of authors I want to read but then I remembered that I started this little series on the blog where I spotlight certain aspects of my TBR – I did 8 books featuring POCs last month, if you missed it – and decided to include today’s post in that series! I mean, it goes perfectly with what I want to do and gives me yet another chance to look at my TBR and make sure that there are only books on it that I am still interested in reading especially since some books have been on there for years. Ooops! But let’s not get too rambly and instead start this post!

Pierce Brown


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Up first we have the very handsome and funny Pierce Brown! I know for a fact that I have talked about wanting to start reading Pierce Brown books on the blog before, but it’s been a while and I need to remind myself that he is actually on my TBR and that Red Rising keeps staring at me because I continue to pick other books over it and that’s just not nice. And I am sorry, okay? I really am. I think I am going to make it my plan to read his Red Rising trilogy in time for the release of Iron Gold – which is a companion novel if I remember correctly. People are losing it over that release and I’m just sitting here with some serious FOMO (aka fear of missing out)! Soon, Pierce. Soon.

Laini Taylor


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Next, we have Laini Taylor who I don’t really know anything about other than the fact that people really love her writing and that I haven’t read a single book by her yet. But! I actually own a Laini Taylor book now so I can read something of her’s – the question is just when? I don’t know if it’s smart to start with the author’s most recent work and then work backward, but it’s what I’m going to do because I really, really want to read Strange The Dreamer already (or listen to the audiobook while reading along)!

Tahereh Mafi


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I feel like Jackie might be really excited to read that Tahereh Mafi is on my author TBR as she is the author of Jackie’s favorite series and Jackie keeps fangirling about it! I mean, I’ve read some of Tahereh’s work before (Shatter Me and Destroy Me) but I didn’t enjoy it too much back then. I am willing to give the series another chance though. But then again, Tahereh’s also has books outside of the Shatter Me series released, so I might just go for those instead – we’ll see! But I definitely want to read more of her work and find out if present day me enjoys her writing more!

Adam Silvera


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It seems like everyone in the book community continues to rave about Adam, his writing and his books and I’m still sitting over here not having read a single one of his books! And the guy is releasing a new novel next month too – his second this year! And apparently, Adam loves to rip out people’s heart and stomp all over them? Sounds like a fun time for sure! Is there a point in time when it’s a good idea to read his books? Should I be really happy before so I don’t get too sad after I finish his books? Or should I be a bit sad already to feel the full force of his writing? Any suggestions?

Libba Bray


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To be honest with you guys, the main reason why Libba Bray is on this list is her The Diviners series and it’s insanely pretty covers. I know that Libba has written so many more books, but I am mainly just interested in the Diviners series. But those books are huge. And while I’ve read big books, I am somewhat intimidated by the size of them! Do big books by an author on your TBR ever make you not want to read their work? Or do big books not intimidate you?

Renee Ahdieh


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Up next, we have Renee Ahdieh! I feel like both her The Wrath And The Dawn Duology, as well as Flame In The Mist, are pretty liked books (the former maybe a bit more) and people tend to praise Renee’s writing quite often which has me curious for sure! And since I do want to read more diverse this year and read books set in places other than the US I feel like Renee’s books are exactly what I need! But at the same time, I keep putting it off to actually buy any of her books because I’m worried I won’t enjoy them? And what am I gonna do then??? How do you guys deal with that? Do you just buy the book and hope for the best? Or do you borrow the book from the library and buy it after if you really enjoyed it?

Amanda Foody


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Amanda is definitely the most recent author on my TBR and I am so excited to hopefully read her debut novel soon! I keep hearing nothing but good things about it and Amanda really went at it and promoted her book and got me really excited for it! I just need to wait until the UK paperback is released because that’s the cover I want to own! It’s so pretty. Just one more month! I’m sure I can do it! Amanda is actually one of the few authors I follow on Twitter and interact with often which also kind of cements her place on this list! Whenever I think an author is great, I want to make sure I read their books too.


How about you?


Do you guys have any authors on your TBRs? Who is your #1 priority to read? Have you read any of these authors before (I’m sure you have as they are rather popular) and which one should I get to first? Let’s discuss in the comments below! I’m looking forward to it!


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