Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie at Josie’s Book Corner, dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught my attention more than usual, things I’ve particularly loved, etc.
So now that you guys know what it’s all about, how about you join in the fun and hop on over to Josie’s Book Corner and check out how to do so~
This month has been overwhelming me and it’s only been 11 days. But one fantastic blogger popped up this week that I would like to spotlight. It is none other then Flo from FlowlessBooks!
I’ve been following her blog for a little while now but it isn’t until recently that I found out how similar we are with interests! We share a love for music and dance, meaning we can’t live with out it. We also watch pretty much all the same TV shows. So with the upcoming Fall 2015 season coming, I’m interested to read her thoughts on the shows!
Aside from that, we also read similar books. So I enjoy her reviews, and other bookish tags and challenges! So you guys have to take the time to go visit her blog and give her a follow because she’s awesome! K, thanks.
First off The Key to Beating Writer’s Block – The Book Reviewer’s Edition by Aentee @ ReadAtMidnight. If you have never experienced some sort of writer’s block at some point in your life then count your blessings. I experience this on a weekly basis and it can get really hard to write reviews after a while. But in this discussion post, Aentee gives you some helpful advice and feedback on different ways to combat the writer’s block. One that stuck out for me was when writing a review for a book that you have an unpopular opinion about. For me it was Throne of Glass. I disliked it and didn’t think the hype was worth it, but Aentee says:
TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Voice your opinion proudly, everyone loves the black sheep 😉 As long as you are fair in your review, no one will have beef with you.
Very sound advice. Be fair and there will be no issues!
The second blog post I want to spotlight this week is Let’s Talk About Sex [in YA], Baby by Jess @ PrincessicaofBooks. It talks about if sex scenes in young adult books are ok or not. In my opinion I believe that they are absolutely necessary when the situation permits them. Teens have sex. It’s normal and it’s all apart of growing up. So why shouldn’t YA books who are for teens in that age group have sex scenes. So that’s where I stand on the issue! Here’s a little excerpt from her post that 100% agree with:
Personally, if I am reading any YA romance novel, then I expect a sex scene. It’s realistic. Young adult is written in the point of view of a teenager. Most teenagers are not abstinent, no matter how hard it is drilled into their heads in health class. They have sex. And it’s an important part in their life, especially if it’s the first time or if it’s with someone they truly love.
I can’t count how many times this book has been recommended to me, but I just kept putting it off. The hype was too much for me. Looking back I regret doing so because I absolutely loved this book and wished I’d read it earlier. Here’s the synopsis:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
If you haven’t read this book yet, don’t be like me and put it off. GO READ IT NOW!
This month has been busy. I am moving back home at the end of it and I am completely overwhelmed. There is just so much I have to do, With packing, preparing, shipping back my books, I have almost no free time. When I do I tend to use it to catch up on some sleep.
So I guess my highlight this week would have to be right now. Actually getting to sit down and do what I love: BLOG!
I have a lot to catch up on and so many reviews that are still needing to be written, so I am hoping that I have all the time to do that today. I owe it to my readers to stay consistent!
Pokemon Shuffle Mobile
– A whole new puzzle game where you solve puzzles to battle Pokémon
Pokémon Shuffle Mobile is a puzzle game where you line up three or more Pokémon vertically or horizontally to battle against wild Pokémon.
You can play it casually—but battling, collecting, and leveling up Pokémon can also provide hours of fun.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
But seriously, go get this app if you love Pokemon and puzzles because it’s a lot of fun!
Last week I spotlighted their last release in prelude to this one. And do I dare say that this song is their best yet? It’s fun, addicting, and get a great brassy sound! The music video stayed true to Red Velvet’s weird and outrageous imagery and damn that choreo was on point! “Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb” I just can’t get it out of my head!!
JYP Entertainment’s newest boy band, Day6 just released their first EP. Going for the band concept it was very refreshing to see in the mass of hard hitting, bad boy, sexy boy groups out right now. The song itself is smooth and easy to listen to and the music video was on point with visuals and sound. A great debut in my opinion!
“Receive criticism with a smile, then politely ignore it.” – Matt Keenan @MattCrazy_
Never let someone’s criticism whether constructive or not affect you in a negative way. Smile and brush it off. Not everyone can be as cool and great as you. Be the bigger person!
Well there ya have it guys! My fourth Spotlight Saturday post! Thanks again Josie for letting me join in on the fun. Tell me what you guys want to put a spotlight on, I would love to know!
Until next time,