2019 Library Love Challenge

I am so excited for this challenge! Shout out to PluckedFromTheStacks where I first saw it!

The Guidelines: Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time. Put up a post on your blog about the challenge or dedicate a shelf on Goodreads or LibraryThing. Read at least 12 books from the library. There’s no maximum or limit, so keep those librarians busy. All formats (print, e-books, or audiobooks, etc.) are welcome. If it came from the library, it counts.No genre shaming here. Read whatever you want. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed, including re-reads. Use #LibraryLoveChallenge when sharing reviews, library pictures, etc.There’s also a giveaway, if you need more incentive.

Levels:

Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books

Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books

Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books

Library Addict: Read 48 books

Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

While I’m dedicated to my public library—I also have no self control when it comes to buying books! So I’m aiming toward the middle at Thrifty Reader. (I also support my public library by being a member of the Friends of Aurora Public Library Bookstore!)

Here are the two books I snagged from my recent library trip. (I also grabbed 5 Japanese learning books that I’m going to be studying with my friend!)

Even if you don’t choose to participate in this challenge, be sure to support your local library in 2019 and beyond. Happy reading!

My Experience with PitMad

Yesterday was #Pitmad! For those who don’t know, it’s an event on twitter where authors can pitch their story to agents, editors, and publishers to see if they are interested in working with them!

You have three chances to send different pitches to your story out to the world and you can retweet other people’s pitches to show support or that you like it, but the like button is aimed to only be used by agents or publishers.

The next PitMad is on June 6th, but I’m going to talk about my experience with the one that happened yesterday!

Here are my pitches in the order that I tweeted them, from top to bottom.

My last two definitely got noticed more than my first, and while these numbers might look small, I’m super proud of my pitches!


To put it short, I had a lot of fun with it! My first pitch didn’t gain a lot of traction, but once I started to et more involved and retweet other authors pitches, I found that more people began to look at mine! Every retweet my pitches got made me more excited for the event in general.

One thing that I didn’t like with the experience was the people who blatantly didn’t follow the rules.

Hearts/likes are only supposed to be used by agents/publishers who are interesting in an authors pitch, an while I was happy people liked my pitches, it got my hopes up only to be let down, and that wasn’t as fun.

I also found that some people’s pitches remained at the top of the PitMad hashtag because they had more people retweet them, like their pitch so that they were the “most popular” when you searched the hashtag. This feature is the double edged sword, because it’s the likes that make you stay on top, but its hard to go through each like to see if its legit or not.

With all that being said, I’m going to definitely participate in future PitMad’s and continue querying the traditional way–hopefully both will take me far!

This experience taught me that there’s never going to be any good without the bad, or success without fail. But I don’t look at this experience as a fail at all!

PitMad was a fun way to get my story out their and even if agents/publishers didn’t like my pitch, they at least saw my name. And at the end of the day, I got to follow really awesome writers who are putting themselves out there just like I am.

And that kind of camaraderie is a great feeling to have.

Did you participate in #PitMad? Are you going to in June? Let me know your thoughts about it in the comments!

For more info about #PitMad go to: https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

(Review) NO SPOILERS A Wicked King by Holly Black

Book Title: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Total Pages: 336

Synopsis: In the wondrous sequel to A Cruel Prince, Jude struggles with maintaining her control over Cardan once it’s revealed that someone close to her is a traitor. She adds even more to her plate trying to master the game of Faerie politics, but second guesses everyone and everything–including her own feelings for The High King himself.

Review: This book was so intricate and filled with trickery and scheming, it was easy to get lost in the land of Faerie! I can honestly say that Holly Black is a true weaver of stories–she even included references and direct interactions with characters from her other books!

I fell in love with the love/hate relationship between Jude and Cardan and their relationship that drove me to finish the book. Their romance was something I was HERE for, and thankfully there was plenty of it.

I think there’s something to say for when you don’t like a character or the choices they make but you continue reading anyways because you respect them–that’s how I felt reading this book. Jude is so full of hate and anger! While most of the time I found this annoying, I still understood why she was the way she was.

The amount of scheming in this book was astronomical! It was as though everyone had a bone to pick with someone and at any given moment you didn’t know who to trust–giving you the exact feeling of what it would be like to live as a human in Faerie.

I enjoyed the Wicked King for it’s whimsy and romance, but there was so much blood and trickery that it’s almost funny to overlook those qualities for the former ones. If you’re here for fluff, this book is not for you.

I cannot wait for Queen of Nothing and I plan on reading anything else Holly Black to tide myself over as I do!

My rating: 5/5

(REVIEW) Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Book Title: Wildflower

Author: Drew Barrymore

Total Pages: 288

Synopsis: Actress Drew Barrymore looks back on the incredible experiences she has had throughout her life. Her autobiography explores her life from back when she was impressionable and young, to the happy and healthy place she is in today.

Review: This book was one of the most heartfelt autobiographies I’ve read in a long time. Aside from being a fan of the actress in general, I picked up Wildflower because of the inside details of the workings of Hollywood that I love learning about.

I found myself thinking of Drew’s adventures whenever I put the book down, making it hard to stop reading! I liked how Drew was transparent with issues such as the loss of her father and the complicated relationships with her mother as well as herself.

Her friendships with celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Adam Sandler, and her long-time relationship with her godfather, Steven Spielberg, were interesting details sprinkled into her life, and opened my eyes to the notion of really knowing people in the business.

I think we often like to read memoirs and autobiographies because we like to look for bits of ourselves in other people–especially those we deem ‘important’ or ‘famous’–so that we also feel special like them. Though with Wildflower, the opposite happened.

Drew’s crazy, wild, and at times chaotic life was inspiring to read due to her perseverance to live it to the fullest. Her humbleness and dedication to being wholly herself was also inspiring, because she presents her story not in a rigid timeline, but as reminiscing on events in her life that matter to her–a perspective I think we all should utilize as well!

My Rating: 5/5