☄ Friday, February 5, 2016

Fangirl Friday: Furthermore, The Demonic Pact, and Grease LIVE

Welcome to another Fangirl Friday!

This has been one very busy week for me especially since it's spirit week at my high school! It was fun to see everyone dress up in onesies on pajama day. Heck, I even wore a onesie that day too! Anyway, there are other great things that happened this week starting with Grease Live.
What can I say? My butt was parked on that couch since the moment it started till the entire thing ended! Grease is one of my favorite musicals and I was excited to see how this cast will portray one of the classic musicals! Let me just say, I was NOT disappointed at all! I enjoyed every minute of it and was following the conversation with other people on twitter. Sure, there were some audio error but that did not stop me from enjoying this at all. The camera work was AMAZING! I was not expecting that from FOX at all but man did they set a high bar for live TV musicals.
I really hope they do more Live TV Musicals in the near future because this is what we truly need! Just for fun, watch one of my favorite scenes from Grease Live.
By the way, I truly admire Vanessa Hudgens for doing this musical a day after her father died from cancer. She did AMAZING and loved her performance of "There are worse things I could do".
 

 Cover Reveals

We have two cover reveals!

Title: Demonic Pact
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Series: Angel of Death, Book Two
Publication Date: March 2016

Sixteen-year-old Halfling Angel of Death Riley Scott is on a dangerous mission. To save her friend’s life, she must make a pact with the man who just tried to kill them both and break him out of the Celestial Prison, guarded by Angels of War—fearsome warriors who can squash her like a fly. If caught, she’ll be sentenced to eternity in that impenetrable prison. Riley will have to make deals with demons and her number one enemy, turn her back on her most loyal friends, and risk losing her family forever. Worst of all, her very existence is in the hands of her devious new allies.

Author's Webpage | Book one on Goodreads




Title: Furthermore
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Children's Middle Grade
Publication Date: August 30, 2016

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. 

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit—and with a liar by her side in land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.



I'm so excited to read more from Tahereh Mafi and I will have to read the first book of The Angel of Death series in order to read the second book because this series sounds like something I would enjoy reading! Both of the covers are beautiful and I can't wait to see them in person!

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☄ Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Blog Tour: Simon Thorn & the Wolf's Den - Top Ten + Giveaway

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Title: Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den (Simon Thorn #1)
Author: Aimée Carter
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury

A thrilling debut in the tradition of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull about a boy who discovers a secret race of animal shape shifters.

Twelve-year-old Simon Thorn’s life has never been easy or normal, but things like being bullied at school and living in a cramped Manhattan apartment with his Uncle Darrell are nothing compared to his biggest secret: He can talk to animals.

But when his mom is suddenly kidnapped by a herd of rats, Simon finds out that he, his mom, and his uncle are all Animalgams—people born with the ability to change into an animal at will.

In search of his mom, Simon discovers the Animalgam Academy based at the Central Park Zoo. There he learns about the fractured five kingdoms that make up this secret world . . . and realizes he may be the only one who can save it.

This action-packed page-turner is perfect for fans of the Spirit Animals and The School of Good and Evil series.

Top Ten Animals Aimée Carter Would Love to Speak To (or Shapeshift Into)

  1. An eagle. Flying fast, avoiding traffic – who wouldn’t like this? Unless you’re afraid of heights. Then it might be rough.
  2. A domestic cat. Getting fed, spoiled, lying in the sun all day…there aren’t many downsides here. Maybe the hairballs. Or the way cat food probably tastes, based on smell alone.
  3. A wolf. Mostly because they’re pretty awesome and family-oriented.
  4. A Siberian tiger. Sharp fangs, claws, a gorgeous coat, and being at the top of the food chain – all good things. The being hunted part, not so much.
  5. A panda bear. Come on. Come on. They’re spoiled rotten. There is nothing not to like about being a panda, including going viral over a sneeze.
  6. A mustang. The running, the sunshine, the freedom.
  7. A venomous snake. Any snake will do, so long as everyone would leave me alone when I wanted a little time to myself.
  8. A firefly. It’d be pretty cool to have a butt that glows in the dark, just saying.
  9. A dolphin. Just about everyone loves dolphins, right? And getting to swim around in warm ocean waters would be excellent.
  10. Last but definitely not least, a mantis shrimp. In case you’re not familiar with these glorious creatures, may I introduce you to The Oatmeal: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp (a little violent, so proceed with caution)

Author Bio

was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She is the author of several series, including series, series, and the series.

QUEEN (#3 of The Blackcoat Rebellion) will be released on November 24th, 2015.

SIMON THORN AND THE WOLF'S DEN (#1 of the Simon Thorn series, Bloomsbury) will be released February 2, 2016.

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☄ Monday, February 1, 2016

The Most Annoying Asian Stereotypes

I am an Asian.

And while being an Asian has its perks – it seems like we're probably one of the most respected (not to be superior and all) minority group (huzzah if you're a male Asian) – I do hate it when non-Asians look at me and expect me to do something...

Asian. What is considered Asian, anyways?
Anyhow, on this very delicate topic that may or may not hurt other Asians out there, I've come to discuss some of my least favorite Asian stereotypes that are placed on me every so often. Some are subtle. Some are not.

Straight A's

Being expected to get an A in every class tends to be a commonality – in fact, a lot of people think that I actually get straight A's down the line.

My transcript says otherwise. There's a billion A-'s (well, an A is an A is an A, regardless of the minus), a handful of B's, and one very sad looking C- thanks to Calculus. I also failed that final...
But I'm great at Geometry and pretty good with other forms of math. I just don't have an aptitude for Trigonometry or Calculus. Anyways...

Either people think I get all A's, or they think I'm extremely brilliant. Which... I won't exactly deny that Asians aren't one of the smartest ethnic groups in the world, but I've met brilliant Caucasians, Middle Easterners, African Americans, etc.

Plus, I don't think I'm brilliant. I think I'm a very average person who has a trick or two up her sleeve when my brain chooses to brilliantize me. My mother certainly calls me stupid on a daily basis, which I brush off and say I can't help it if my brain isn't born brilliant enough for her satisfaction. She is obviously one of the smarter peeps in the world if she thinks Calculus is super easy. AND SHE DIDN'T EVEN HELP ME WHEN I ASKED HER IF SHE COULD TUTOR ME AHEAD OF TIME.

I'm actually a little offended by that. Hmph.

Point is, Asians don't necessarily get A's across the board.

Getting a Bad Grade Probably Has a Punishment At the Ready

"Oh, gods forbid Sophia gets a bad grade... WHAT THE HECK IS THIS B? TO THE PUNISHMENT CUBICLE FOR A SLAPPING AND LECTURE, YOUNG LADY."

Yada yada yada. It's seriously not the end of the world if I end up getting a B in one or two classes. Gods forbid I get a D or F, though. (I hid my first semester Senior Finals grades from my mom.)

I don't even want to know how long that particular lecture would last.

And for what it's worth, it might just be my own mom. She's a little lenient on me, but she's controlling in a very subtle way. Basically, she's not all too thrilled I'm venturing off the medical path.

We Have High Expectations

Actually...

This one is very true, according to a conversation with my mother (not about stereotypes, and certainly not an inspiration for this post). My mother believes that I should be spending less time than trivial things like book blogging. "So... the only benefit to all this is you getting two books that probably won't be read again? O_O"

Yes, mother. I only got two books out of all the years I've been book blogging. Two physical books in which I'm very fond of. Huggling of books promptly ensues.

Note: I never started blogging to get free books. I've never even heard of the word "ARC" (the acronym) before I started blogging (first time: WTF is an ARC? O_O Oh, it's a book printed in advance for the purposes of marketing. Yay?). I started for fun and the passion of reading and winged on from there.

Squinty Eyes

Guys, I was born without squinty eyes. Baby Sophia apparently had saucer eyes that my mother would love if I actually continued to have good vision. "You used to be pretty, but now you're not so pretty. I mean, you're not the ugliest person in the world. But when I was a kid...."

Also, no baby pictures of me. I mean, happily gaping mouth that might be laughing in my baby way? Um... way to embarrass myself. Or maybe that imagery might have embarrassed me already.

Thank you, mother. I know I'm not pretty, but it is highly unnecessary for a rub in the face. I don't want to be pretty because nothing good comes out of it (I don't want to be scarred either). It also forces potential future boyfriends to appreciate the inside more than the outside. Hooray if you have a six pack and overly sexy like the fictional ones. Does anyone else find that really fit guys look creepy? I mean, their chest is literally bulging out. It's also a form of protection where creepy perverts will most likely leave me alone if another pretty face is around me. Now, if they're desperate and no one's around other than me...

Glasses caused my eyes to become smaller. Also, I'm pretty sure they're almond-shaped eyes, and not squinty eyes. Everyone squints their eyes when they look in a bright light source like the sun. So does that mean we're all squinty eyes? You squint, I squint, everyone squints.

Rice

Rice is only good with proper food involved in the process that doesn't include plain old rice (that tastes boring).

And according to my mother, we grow up on rice and it's a source of nutrients. Much like the Japanese probably grow up on seafood. (Blowfish is dangerous, but it's considered a delicacy.)

At least... that's what I think... I might be wrong. Don't quote me on Japanese cuisine.

Plenty of other Asian stereotypes exist other than the ones I mentioned here in this post. While I feel we're becoming more open-minded about diversity (especially with the younger generation) as time goes by (it's certainly becoming more common in 2015 and beyond in the book industry), some generalization still exists – and not just for Asians.

Dragons

Even though dragons play a big part in Asian mythology, not all of our mythology consists of dragons, dragons, and more dragons.
Of course, now that there's more and more Asian mythology books out there... it's becoming less common. (Aside from pandas, but that's okay, because baby pandas are adorable.)

What stereotypes do you face often? Any thoughts on the future of diversity and stereotypes? Let me know what you think below! <3

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☄ Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: Sword by Realm Lovejoy (The Necessary Bridge with No Progress)

Sword Realm Lovejoy

Le Fay #2
Author:

Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer:

Evil lurks. Camelot sits, vulnerable. The fate of a future king hangs in the balance.

After surviving a string of brutal trials, sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is an official member of Camelot. But beneath its shining façade, Camelot is a crumbling government where loyalties are divided.

Nobody believes Morgan’s suspicions that enemies are closing in. Prince Arthur, a boy more interested in playing video games than ruling, will not listen to her, and neither will Lancelot, Camelot’s head of security. Even Morgan's friend Merlin refuses to take action.

When Morgan discovers that someone is plotting to assassinate the future king, she must take her destiny—and his—into her own hands. With the sword Excalibur beckoning in the distance, Morgan embarks on a seemingly impossible mission. And before her journey ends, everyone will know what she is truly capable of . . .

In this second book in the LE FAY series, author Realm Lovejoy takes readers deep into the heart of a splintering Camelot.
Review copy provided by the author via YA Bound Book Tours

is the second book to Realm Lovejoy's , occurring shortly after Arthur's Round in Camelot reveals the Maven. When I compare the sequel to , I'm not a huge fan of Sword – the book has a few good parts and bad parts that causes me to favor the first book over the second book.

Lovejoy first captivated me into the series with her – Camelot is integrated within the real world with technology and just comes across in the novel as something completely normal and acceptable by the rest of the world. Sword, however, doesn't really introduce us to anything new world-wise aside from a few new places within Camelot (dungeons are cool?) and Avalon.

Just like in the first book, Morgan is an ambitious person who will do anything to try and reach her goals. Much grief and questioning ensues when she doesn't get what she wants, but she ultimately decides it's not exactly the end of the world if she isn't chosen as Arthur's Maven as her visions determined. Morgan decides to take action into her own hands when she discovers that Arthur might potentially be in danger from a group called The Luminaries, who are trying to look for her for some reason. Everyone else chooses not to believe her or take her words into consideration and assume she's a little crazy in the head primarily because she didn't get the honor of being Maven.

In all honesty, just an injection of pity party for Morgan. But I like her good intentions, so I'm going to stick around and see if she becomes more batzy crazy sometime in the next few books. However, in the case of discovering something a lot more about Morgan's past, not much will be revealed, and anything revealed continues to shroud Morgan in a mystery.

Overall, feels more like a bridge between the first and third book in the series – not exactly a novella, not exactly a progression either. But not having Sword between the two books wouldn't work either because the book unveils a few new plot twists towards the end that will leave readers interested in following the series into the third book and possibly beyond.

3.5 Owls


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☄ Friday, January 29, 2016

Fangirl Friday: The Shadowhunters Edition Episodes 1-3 (Recap)

HELLO!

At the end of each month, I will review and share my thoughts and opinions about all the episodes that aired that month for Shadowhunters. I will keep doing this right up until the season ends, of course.

So let me just summarize what happened very vaguely (don't want to spoil anything for anyone) for every episode.
Episode 1 was basically the pilot, or the premiere, episode where they introduced each character and really started to develop the plot. Nothing special really happens in this one other than the fact that Clary is thrown into this world she never knew about until now. The bad guys took Clary's mother away because Valentine wants the Mortal Cup back.
Episode 2 was mainly about how Simon, Clary's best friend, is trying to get used to Clary's new world. Clary is frustrated by everyone asking her where the Mortal Cup is. Clary doesn't know anything since her memories were taken away when she was a little girl because her mother was sheltering her from this world. Jace takes Clary to the Silent Brothers in the City of Bones to try to get her memories back which helps them reveal who Clary's father is. It ended with Simon being kidnapped by vampires. Sorry, I really need to say this because this leads to episode 3.

Episode 3 was all about how the vampires are using ways to get Simon to spill information about where the Mortal Cup is. Simon doesn't know where it is obviously. So Jace, Clary, Alec and Isabelle go out to rescue him. It ended with a big cliffhanger. If you have read the books  you sort of know what's bound to happen next.

My Thoughts and Opinions

I really like the show but there's something about it that seems pretty off. It just seems like a cheap action movie cut into pieces. That's how I feel sometimes as I was watching the episodes. I am not hating on this show whatsoever. I am just going to have to wait until it gets a bit more interesting and hope the CGI gets a tad bit better.

The actors do a great job portraying the characters which I am so happy about. Not gonna lie, I was a bit worried considering how the movie was a bust. These actors have big shoes to fill and I personally think they are doing a phenomenal job!

Now, let's discuss the characters themselves. Alec is the annoying one because he is too sensitive at times (Trust me I KNOW and I am talking to those of you who have read the entire book series). It just that it's really hard for me to watch the show without wanting to tell the world what happens in the first book. Sorry, I have only read the first one. Don't judge me quite yet.

Isabelle is great but sometimes I feel uncomfortable when she is on screen because of how comfortable she is in her own skin. Nothing against her at all, it's just how I feel. Now Jace is mysterious and also very helpful, unlike Alec, and always tried to find a way to help Clary out since she literally has no where else to go. Clary is becoming a leader and taking risks, willing to do anything to save her mother, which I approve. GO CLARY! The attraction between Jace and Clary is pretty obvious and gets pretty intense as each episode goes by. It is fun to see Jace get jealous seeing Clary and Simon together no matter how many times Clary tells him that they are just friends.

I still think the episodes go a bit too fast but then again there are parts where it gets too slow. I think that's a good combination for a show right? I don't know. I am still going to keep watching this series and hopefully it gets better. I have high hopes for this show. Like I said, this show has a big job since the movie was a flop. Watch Shadowhunters on Freeform every Tuesday at 8pm CST!

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☄ Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Glittering Court and Glass Sword

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Well, hello there, and happy Wednesday!

After a million years of not participating in memes, I'm sort of back. Sort of. When I looked back, it was over two years ago. What happened in those two years?

  • Completely brand new design (with a few tweaks from when I first made it)
    • Every time I think about a makeover, I keep changing my mind. I mean, I'm really fond of this one.
  • I got cobloggers in the form of Ella and Lupe (Ella got introduced. Lupe slipped in fashionably.)
  • I'm also coblogging at In Wonderland with Stephanie and 5-6 other peeps
  • Nori @ ReadWriteLove28 and I teamed up to bring Novel Newcomers, which features new book bloggers from the past year (I'm really excited about this one)
Anyways... onto our picks! It's Lupe's first time in the meme world. Applause ensues.

This week, Lupe is choosing The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead, the first in her new series, and I'm choosing Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, the sequel to Red Queen, which I adored. And if you keep up with Lupe's Fangirl Friday posts, she discusses her thoughts on the cover and her excitement for the series to come out this year.

Title: The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill

A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

Unfortunately for Lupe, she'll have to wait longer than me for The Glittering Court to come out. Myself, on the other hand.... won't be waiting long for Glass Sword aside from the possibly long hold on the book in the library (unless Amanda Dolan is reading the book, then I'll choose the audiobook yet again).

Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

And now, over to you. What are you waiting for this week? And who's ready for Glass Sword like I am, or ready to be introduced to Richelle Mead's new world like Lupe? Link up, and we'll try our best to visit!

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☄ Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What's a Celebrity/Popular Blogger? - The Discussion You've All Been Waiting For

In case you missed it (and a good thing you did) last week, the book blogging community has been coiled up with tension in regards to Project #BloggerConfessions, created by Nick and Neredya over at Nick and Neredya's Infinite Book Shelf.

Which, to be honest, I agree with some of their confessions and sympathize with them here and there (in fact, I came up with one or two myself that weren't on the post, but are on Twitter), but there were a few confessions that actually hit a really sore spot. And as some bloggers have mentioned, this project has definitely created tension among us and revealed who some of us are really like in times of bitterness.
But first, before I get into the real intention of this post, I'll admit that while some confessions hit a sore spot, actually posting those confessions takes a LOT of bravery, and Nick and Neredya did make a post to make clarifications on their project. This post is also in no way related to Project #BloggerConfessions, and it should not be viewed as a retaliation or contradiction to their post. This is simply a post showing my perceptions and thoughts on what a celebrity/popular blogger is.

But one thing still resonates.
  • Celebrity bloggers? What the fudge is a celebrity blogger? And I quote Cuddlebuggery, "Where can I find these magical unicorns?" (So I can seek their knowledge and wisdom and have an epiphany. Maybe I'll go kiss their boots, too. -_-)
Which ultimately leads to this whole celebrity bloggers thingamajig. I'm quite aware this might bring drama in and of itself (or it'll have a lot of support by the end).
Anyways....

Obviously I am not popular. Obviously I should not be writing this post. Obviously I should not be speaking my mind on what I think a celebrity blogger is because obviously this might just end up as controversial and will obviously result in some retaliation. And if I'm lucky, maybe I'll become famous out of this. *makes a face and carries on her usual blogging ways* (I'll have you know I'm feeling a little bitter and sarcastic in writing this post.)
But the entire time this whole thing was going down, I got approached by a former teacher earlier this month (is it wrong to keep in contact with former teachers, too?) about blogging, how it works, how to get started, etc. I'm sorry I had to pull in a former teacher in this fashion, but Project #BloggerConfessions kind of pulled this into the light and sort of supports my hopefully insightful little rant going on here, which is apparently the longest discussion post I've ever made in my blogging career.
One of the questions I got was, "What is Professional Blogging?" And after doing some research on the definition of what Professional Blogging is, I came up with virtually nothing and ended up writing a long paragraph about the commonly accepted attributes of what a "professional" blogger is.

And from what I've seen on what others think of "celebrity" bloggers, some of the attributes are actually the same as "professional" bloggers. Here is what I came up with in my research about professional bloggers:
  1. They have expertise, background knowledge, and a passion for what they blog about.
  2. They spend a lot of time dedicated to that topic – on and maybe off the Internet as well.
  3. They interact in the community and they're active. They're seen as influential in their communities.
  4. They come up with creative ideas, or take former ideas and give those ideas a new spin that makes it uniquely theirs.
  5. They have a large fan base or readership and they have a lot of engagement.
  6. They blog consistently and have been doing so for awhile.
And finally... they typically make a living out of it. But let's keep that whole making a living out of blogging out of this book blogging business, eh? (Because most bloggers get money out of advertisements, which typically sponsors giveaways.)

Do those attributes sound like celebrity bloggers? Absolutely.

But let's take a few examples from some of the "big name" bloggers that most of us, if not all of us, have heard appear in some way, shape, or form (there's more than this list). And if you're named, then I apologize for any offense taken.
Those are just some of the people I could name off the top of my head who most of us look up to in the blogging world. Who, in fact, most of us actually follow in some way, shape, or form, and probably regarded as part of the "big league" bloggers in the book blogging community. And if you're friends with them or they follow you, way to go! Progress is finally being made. Am I right or am I right?

All of them match up to "professional" bloggers. But let's look at some of those attributes again and compare "professional" bloggers to us "lowly" bloggers finding our footing in the world.
  • We all have a passion for reading. Reading the book gives us "expertise" and "background knowledge" on the books to write a review for the book.
  • We spend a lot of time blogging and reading and promoting those books. In fact, some of us actually aspire to work with books because of blogging.
  • We interact in the community – with other bloggers, authors, publishers, etc. Going to BEA or ALAMW.
  • We come up with ideas that may or may not already exist.
  • We blog consistently and have been doing so for years, or plan to. No problem if we're not, right? I mean, life is more important, which is why I'm totally okay with Lupe and Ella vanishing off in the abyss of life and posting a few times a month. In fact, Lupe doesn't really post reviews and primarily focuses on Fangirl Friday. Ella focuses more on reviews. I'm everywhere. And that's okay.
  • We don't necessarily have huge pageviews or fanbases or readership or engagement. Yet we find these important to our worth in some way, shape, or form, even just a little bit.
Basically, any of us can consider ourselves professional bloggers simply because professionals dedicate lots and lots of time. But... celebrity seems to be an entirely different level of WOW.
Let's take a look at me here at Bookwyrming Thoughts. I have a passion for reading, spend a lot of time blogging (which my mother doesn't like), aspire to work with books in the future, interact in the community, come up with ideas that may or may not already exist (part of the mastermind behind Novel Newcomers), blog consistently, and have over three years of blogging under my belt with four years this coming November.

I have approximately 7000-10000 pageviews per month, 272000 total pageviews, 4000 followers on Twitter, 670 followers on Facebook, 105 followers on Tumblr, 320 followers on Pinterest, 28 followers on NetworkedBlogs, 40 email and feed subscribers, 270 Bloglovin followers, and 390 followers on GFC.

And yes, I just ratted out my statistics, rounded, because I am obviously too lazy to go check my actual statistics when I'm on a roll here.

Do I have a large fan base or readership? Well... probably, if you count all the people who are silent and engage on here every so often. And if you just want to focus on my Twitter followers, that's almost the same amount of, if not more, followers some of the "big name" bloggers have. Which means, I should be famous, right?

Would I be considered a celebrity blogger? Maybe to some people, but I don't consider myself to be popular enough to be considered a celebrity blogger. I think I just wing blogging and go from there, even if I schedule more posts than Lupe and Ella put together. (Not that we care.)

Am I perfect blogger? Absolutely not. In fact, I talked with Lupe once about creating something called Blogger Bloopers, where I confess my [silly] mistakes I've committed throughout my blogging career just for poops and giggles and hopefully to reassure all bloggers out there that bloggers aren't perfect. We're all human. We make mistakes.

Here's another thing that's in common in our views (from what I've read) on what a celebrity blogger is: All of those bloggers are adults. They're college age and beyond. Which means as soon as I step in the doors of the university I'm going to this fall, that means I'm a celebrity blogger! Oh, joy! Happy dance ensues!
Yeah... no.

But let's bring in some of the ones I consider "celebrities," minus the ones already mentioned (again, no offense if you're named):
Some of these bloggers you might not even have heard of them until now. Some you might have heard or know about. Some are actually teenagers or, like me, started out as teenagers. Some of you might not have heard of me, or maybe you do know about me, or heard about me.

I wasn't aware I was floating from ear to ear.

But I look up to them, even if I just read or skim through their posts because I don't have time to comment on their blogs. Heck, I don't even have time to reply back to comments on my own blog, which commonly grates on Roberta's nerves, but she'll have to suck it up like a proper buttercup. (I'm serious. I take months to get back to bloggers, which makes me feel really bad.)
So... what's in common with the "big league" bloggers, the ones I consider "celebrities," and me?

We all have someone looking up to us. We influence maybe one or two – maybe even hundreds and thousands of other bloggers out there. We don't have verified Twitter accounts. None of us do, honestly, and if you do, hats off to you. Tell me your ways.

Which brings us back to the question: what, precisely, is a celebrity blogger?

My answer, and my perspective, is this: A celebrity blogger is someone you look up to and varies from person to person and blogger to blogger. It is someone who you look up to, inspires you, and encourages you. Basically, they're an idol of sorts.

Not a strong definition or an exact, but a definition nonetheless.

And maybe you just got started in blogging, but does it really matter? Not really. All of us, ones we all look up to, the ones I look up to, and the ones who look up to me, started out somewhere and went from there. We never knew we were going to be "famous" when we started blogging.

In fact, I never really knew I would continue to blog for more than a year, that book blogging would inspire me to work with books in the future, that I would write about book blogging as my college essay, or that I would ultimately bring in other forms of entertainment aside from young adult literature.

But here's the thing: One day, you'll be an inspiration to someone else, and you might not even know about it. Does that make you famous? Perhaps not to the entire community as a whole, but certainly to a few people. And most of all, what's really important is how those people, even if it's a minuscule amount, can make all the difference in the world to you. When you decide to take a step back for awhile to take a breather, they'll still be around to welcome you back with open arms.
So answer me this: Who do you look up to in the blogging world? Who inspires you? What do you perceive as a celebrity blogger?

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