Feature and Follow Friday – Books Change You


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This week’s prompt:

What was the first book that moved you? Scared you, made you cry, disturbed your view of the world?


Having been a reader literally my entire life, it’s difficult to even remember the first novel I fell in love with. 

I think part of me loves A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle because Meg was plain jane and sort of the outcast and wasn’t particularly good at things and I felt like I identified with that growing up. I was always a tad shy, awkward, and the constant new girl since we moved around so much.

As an older kid, books like Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Giver by Lois Lowry introduced me to the dystopia genre and let me know that it’s not always right to listen to the rules. You have to think for yourself. Are these rules worth following? Am I doing what is right? At the same time, we also read Night by Elie Wiesel, so it really hammered those points home. Do not just mindlessly listen to the rules.

As an adult, I remember Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver really making me look back at who I was in high school. I was so awkward and afraid of being uncool, but did anyone know that? Was I a follower or a mean girl when my friends were? Did I laugh at the less fortunate? It was really eye opening and slightly uncomfortable.

IT by Stephen King terrified me. The movie scared me as a kid, but the book was still scary, even knowing the gist of the story, as an adult.

After being married, reading The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks made me cry because it forced me to think about a life in which I didn’t have my husband. It forced me to look into the future and the reality that one of us may forget our own life story. It was sad on so many levels. 

And of course, reading the Bible as an adult definitely disturbed my world view and I had to pick up other text about religion, from atheistic in perspective to historical fact, in order to better understand what I believed.  

Feature and Follow Friday – Reread


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This week’s prompt:

What book do you reread the most? (For people who don’t reread, what books have you considered rereading?)


Most of the time, I only reread books in a series when the next or final book releases just to refresh. I typically do not reread for pleasure. 

However, I have reread the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi a few times even after the final book was out. I loved the series and sometimes I just crave the way it makes me feel. It’s written in such a unique way and it invokes so much emotion in me that few books do in quite the same way. So when I’m having that craving, sometimes rereading the series is the best way to handle it. 



What book do you reread often?

Feature and Follow Friday – Groundhog Day


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This Week’s Prompt:

Groundhog Day! What book or scene from a book could you live in and have it on “repeat?”

I don’t really do much rereading, so this question is kind of tough for me!

I suppose I’d have to go with the Harry Potter series because it contains adventure, magic, humor, and drama in such a great way. It’s not static, there’s multiple layers, and tons of characters and moments. It starts as middle grade and grows, so it’s never the same thing in each book. I feel like it’s made a mark on society for multiple age groups. It might be just different enough to not grow old if it’s the only book series I’d ever get to read.


What series/book/scene would you “relive” over and over again?


Feature and Follow Friday – Blogging Tips


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This week’s prompt:

What are some tips that help you with blogging?


1. Schedule posts. Space them out however you choose, but let yourself get ahead and have some content for those reading slumps and vacations. If you go long periods without posting, you can lose followers, so I just space everything out and set myself up for 30+ days so I know I can take my time on that long book or what not and still have an active blog.


2. Participate in memes. I only do two, but that’s because they are easy to set up in advance and other memes don’t give me enough notice to schedule in advance. But on the day my post goes live for the meme or blog hop, I make sure I post my link and follow and comment on other people’s blogs. 


3. Do what you want. I read mainly books I buy myself or borrow from the library. I knew I got to a point when I didn’t want to read self published books for review as my main content, so I just said no to requests. If you don’t want to do something, just say no. Just read what you want and be what you want to be.


4. Use Netgalley (or other digital ARC service). Because I’m not prominent enough to get ARCs from major publishers, I use Netgalley to try and get the digital titles I want to read in advance. It’s a really helpful way for us smaller bloggers to get awesome ARCs.


5. Be consistent. It’s best to have a blog name and all social media platforms be the same across the board. Because I started with my long blog name, I just use @meganm922 as my handle for social media, but I don’t have 5 different handles floating around. It’s better to try to keep it all the same so followers can find you on multiple platforms.


What blogging tips help you succeed?


Feature and Follow Friday – Book to Movie Excitement


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This week’s prompt

What Movie from Book coming out in 2017 are you most excited about?


Before I Fall 


Based on the book Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I love the book so much. 


Feature and Follow Friday – Best and Worst of 2016


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This week’s prompt:

Best and worst reads for 2016.
Which would you recommend, which would you not?


Best books I read that were 2016 releases:


Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown – For the SciFi and Greek Mythology lover

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas – For the Fantasy/Romance lover

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – For the historical fiction/middle grade lover


Best books I read in 2016 that were released previously:


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #01) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Most unique sci-fi book I’ve ever read

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill – Horror done even better than the King

American Gods by Neil Gaiman – Now I know why everyone loves Gaiman


Worst books I read that were 2016 releases:


Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke – Awesome writing, horrible plot. I’m waiting for the day the author uses her amazing writing ability to tell a story I want to read.

Everland by Wendy Spinale – I think you have to be a HUGE steampunk AND Peter Pan fan to even remotely enjoy this awful mashup of concepts

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan – Great concept, awful execution. Unless you like YA tropes and teenage girls saving the world. 


Worst books I read in 2016 that were released previously:


Gerald’s Game by Stephen King – My absolute least favorite Stephen King book ever. 

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume – The ending was purposely not satisfying. Unless you think the end of your life should involve reflecting on all of the choices you regret. 

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel – I’ve seen high school essays better organized than this. The material was interesting, but the organization and execution was absolutely terrible. 

Feature and Follow Friday – Villains


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This week’s prompt:

Who are your favorite villains?


1. The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I was actually rooting for the heroine to BE EVIL in order for the Darkling to win. I’m still not over it.

2. Adair from The Taker Trilogy by Alma Katsu. Possibly the most embarrassing literary crush. I mean, he’s AWFUL. 

3. Warner from the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. *swoons*

4. Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (while not the villain of the story, he certainly was the villain of Hogwarts to Harry, so he counts.)

5. The Grey Man from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Literally a hit man. Somehow likeable. I don’t even know.

6. Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She’s such a great villain, perfectly chilling and ruthless. 

7. Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I think he’s evil, but I appreciate his character. He is a well thought out villain with a ton of back story and conflict and I just love it.

8. Ramsay Snow/Bolton from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. He makes my skin crawl and he was twisted. I don’t know if I appreciate his character so much as I appreciate the actor who did one hell of a job in the show playing his character.  

9. Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. How is a lady in a pantsuit more terrifying than LORD VOLDEMORT? She’s evil through regulations and laws, the kind of evil we see everyday that chips away at us.