Showing posts from May, 2016

When Do You Journal?

Do you journal daily? Or maybe do you journal every-other-daily? Or maybe do you even have no set schedule for journaling? Do you just journal when you feel in a journaly mood? Or maybe you journal when you need to empty your mind? Or when you need to find clarity? Or maybe when you just need to vent for whatever reason?
I personally don't have a set schedule for journaling. I journal when I feel like it, when I need clarity, or when I am in a mood to write a lot. Or maybe I don't feel like writing a lot and I still journal, just more artistically than other days. I have noticed that how I journal varies dependent on my mood and what I feel like talking about.
I talked about a few different types of journaling in my last post about journaling. I have recently noticed that when I am stressed out or I just can't find words for what I am feeling, I tend to do more artistic or collage journaling. When I want to get right to the point about what I am thinking, or feeling, I bu…

Do You Have Trouble Finding Time For Your Passions?

Do you have any passions? Everyone has something that they love more than anything else and are in pure nirvana while doing. We all have something that we excel at or at least really, really enjoy doing. Writing is my pure nirvana. However, I feel like I never have time to actually write.
What about you? Do you ever feel like you have so many mundane things to do that you don't have time for your passions, the things that make you feel truly alive? I have always felt this to some extent, but never to the extent that I now feel.
Recently, I have made an effort to try to write more, and sadly, I have failed to epic proportions. I have always wanted to write a book and had multiple ideas for one, but I have never actually sat down to write the book. In the past few weeks, I have tried to get to know some of the characters or plot the storyline for some of my ideas before summer rolls around and I actually have time to write a the whole first draft of a book. During the school year,…

How Does Unique Formatting in Books Affect Your Reading Experience?

How does the formatting of a book affect your reading experience? I usually enjoy unique formatting in my books, but I recently read the first half of Illuminae before putting it down. I quit reading Illuminae because of the formatting. While the whole book being composed of lab reports, wikipedia articles, and IM messages was a cool concept, it made the story hard to follow. Many people enjoyed Illuminae because of the unique formatting, and others enjoyed it because they thought it had a good story. The formatting, for me made the story drag and I had no idea what was going on until about page 150. The only part I enjoyed was the interviews with some of our characters because it was only then that you really got to see the characters.
I enjoy both books that have unique formatting and books that have traditional formatting. However, I think that if a book does have unique formatting, the formatting should add to the story, not take away from the story. When I was reading Illuminae,…

Thoughts on The Siren

The Siren By Kiera Cass
How It Stacks Up.... //★★★★☆//90%//327 pages//

So What's It About?
Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?
My Thoughts
First of all, I want to say that I have wanted to read this book ever since I read that she self published it in her author flap on the back of The Selection. I searched for it EVERYWHERE, but The Siren could not be found, even on amazon. So, I sadly waited (actually I completely forgot about it, but that's besides the point) until I heard that it was going to be published. Since I'm cheap and I didn't want to pay full price for the book (or any price), I didn't preorder it. Later, I found The Siren on my library website…