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Blogging, Magic, Book Vlogs, And Librarians

Think Before You Link

Think Before You Link is a weekly feature where I share discussion posts and videos from around the web. (By the way, sorry this post is late.)

Discussion Posts

Blogging

Busting Book Blogging Myths: Pinterest & Book Blogging : Posted by Stormy at Book.Blog.Bake. I’ve been looking into using Pinterest as social media for my blog, so after scrolling through board after board of fun bookish stuff online it boggled my mind a bit that anyone could ever think that it’s only for crafts and recipes. Sure, it may not bring in as much traffic as Twitter, but that’s to be expected (Though in my humble opinion, I think Pinterest looks WAY more fun.) Here’s a link to a directory of book bloggers on Pinterest.

The So-Called Blogging Rules: Similar Posts : Posted by Kelsey Gulick at Verbosity Book Reviews. I love to look at other book blogs. And I’ve looked at a lot. I look at them not only for entertainment and review but for inspiration. It’s not hard to notice that there are subjects like hype, love triangles, instalove, and ebooks that keep being repeated and debated. It’s hard to come up with the topic of a discussion post, and of course people want to put in their say on such big subjects, but I agree that we need a little originality.

Characters

The Fictional Witch : Posted by Fiktshun009 at Fiktshun. I just really enjoy reading about any kind of mythical creature or humanoid, and this post was well written and interesting.

Villains Anonymous: On The Nature Of Monologuing : Posted by Renae M. at Respiring Thoughts. I love to read anything related to fictional villains. Plus, this post quotes a Disney movie (can you guess which one?) which makes everything better.

Story/Plot

Can I Put Hunting Vampires On My Resume? : It’s true, It’s true, It’s all TRUE! And well written, I might add. If YA books were reality you (besides being doomed on so many levels) wouldn’t be able to neatly separate school, family, and friends (you know, regular life) from saving the world or kicking paranormal butt. Even though the Goodreads synopsis sounds cliché, this article makes me want to read it anyway.

The Magic Of The First Chapter: Posted by Shae at Shae Has Left The Room. First impressions really are important. You may or may not (hopefully may) have noticed my Opening Lines page, where I post the first few sentences of every book I’ve ever reviewed. There is a sort of magic in the way authors introduce us to their worlds. They chose to share this with us, and those first few lines, paragraphs, or chapters can make or break the decision to go further.

Genres and YA

Is The YA Film Market Oversaturated? : Posted by Amy at Oh, The Books! The Fault In Our Stars, The Giver, If I Stay (which will probably lead to a Where She Went movie). Not to mention those being optioned for movie-dom (or whatever you call it), or already in the works. Too. Many. Movies. An the simple fact is, not every book is going to make a good movie. Not even if it has a huge fan following.

Is YA For “Losers?” : Nope. End of discussion.

Reading

How To Get Out Of A Reading Rut : Posted by Gillian at Writer Of Wrongs. I’m using some of her advice to help crawl out of a reading rut/slump myself. Definitely helpful.

 Seven Things I Want To Tell People Who “Don’t Like To Read” : Posted by Rosie at Rosie Reads. Yes, yes, YES! Because reading is AWESOME!

Random

The Era Of Book Vlogs : Posted by Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews. I love BookTube! Just because I can, here’s a link to a book vlogger directory.

TFIOS Overload? : Posted by Terri S. at Starlight Book Reviews. I haven’t even read the book, but thanks to the power of the internet I know how it ends.

Videos

Children’s Books You Won’t Believe Are Banned

Why Librarians Save Lives

The 2014 Winter Book Games

I hope you enjoyed! If there are any posts or videos you think should be featured, share them in the comments or contact form below!

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Evil, Ponies, Princesses, And Cliches

Think Before You Link

I’ve been really lazy about posting lately. And I’m still feeling lazy. I’m in the midst of a reading slump, and while I have a lot of cool things planned for this blog, execution is lacking at the moment. (Though I will get back on the horse soon, I promise!) This isn’t an apology post however. I’m easing myself back into the blogging spirit by starting a new feature and sharing inspirational (and funny) posts from around the blogosphere. Since I love to look at anything remotely bookish, Think Before You Link will share lots of fun book related posts and videos (though mostly discussion posts, hence the Think in the title.) I’ve had fun searching for different things to share, and I promise I will adhere to this feature’s Number One Rule: Always give credit where credit is due.


Discussion Posts

  • Why Giving Science The Blanket Approach Doesn’t Work: Posted by Renae M. at Respiring Thoughts. As a total science nut, this post appeals to me personally. I agree that all science (nor scientists) shouldn’t be lumped together in their morality and pursuits when it comes to literature. I also hate when things are dumbed down, because apparently readers aren’t smart enough to understand. I AM SMART ENOUGH! This is one of the reasons I love and respect the Virals series so much. It doesn’t sugarcoat the science, and while Dr. Karsten was misguided in his methods (not to mention cranky), that didn’t make him evil.
  • The Evil Sentence: Posted by Christina on A Reader Of Fictions. “I released a breath I didn’t realize I was holding.” Come across that sentence before? The author and her friends took it upon themselves to document all the times they stumbled upon a version of this statement. This little project even has a page on Pinterest!
  • The Love Triangle That Is Not Annoying: Posted by Christine at Oh Chrys. This post lists some aspects that may make the WAY overused cliché of a love triangle a little more bearable. I only wish that more authors would either listen to the advice of their fans on what they DON’T WANT ANYMORE or remodel the cliché into something new and amazing.
  • 5 Ways My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Can Make You A Better Storyteller: Posted by Kat Kennedy at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. I love the points made on how what is usually dismissed as a girly TV show can actually teach you valuable lessons on how to improve your stories. It also includes great quotes from the animator.

Videos

Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry Of Emily Dickinson

How To Be A Princess – Things I Learned In YA

Discussion – My Publishing Wish

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed this post. If you have any discussion posts or videos you think should be featured, link it to me in the comments or form below.