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Novel Newcomers 2018 is currently on hiatus due to real life commitments.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Book Bloggers Who Started in 2016 | Novel Newcomers

I never finished Novel Newcomers 2017 because I got hit with a bout of wind that took my motivation away, along with life.

And honestly, I feel super bad because those bloggers didn't deserve someone who dropped off the face of the blogging planet and blogged sporadically.

I'm putting Novel Newcomers 2018 on hiatus this year until I find my ducks and gather them together in a decent line. I don't want to drop this feature because I think new and small bloggers are just as important as bloggers who have been around for awhile.

I don't know what I want to do to the feature yet, though. I'm hoping 2018 will give me time to think about what I want to do with Novel Newcomers 2019.

The Book Bloggers Who Started in 2016

There are plenty of bloggers who weren't featured in 2017, but here's a full list of those who were a part of Novel Newcomers 2017 - from those who have rebranded, left the blogging world, etc.

Amy from Novel Gossip
Danielle from The Blonde Likes Books
Dominique from Pirates and Pixie Dust
Emaan from Bookdom
Erica from Erica Robyn Reads
Fernanda from The Wanderlust Reader
Sumedha from The Wordy Habitat
Rebekah from Rebekah Rose Books
Isabella from The Book Pandas
Joana from Hard Choices Girl
Kaeley from Spoilers May Apply
Kathryn from Bookwise
Kourtni from Kourtni Reads
Kristin from Kristin's Novel Cafe
Rita from Bookish Rita
Segilola from Segilola Salami's Blog
Shruti from This is Lit
Wendy from What the Log

Also, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Let's show small bloggers some love. 💞
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Monday, February 12, 2018

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2018 Blogging Goals! Trying to Improve As a Blogger

The above GIF is an accurate representation what the FBI agent assigned to my computer says from their side of the screen when they see me open my laptop and watch as I open up my blogging dashboard.

2018 is a new year, February is a new month, which means RESOLUTIONS! Or in my case, goals, because resolutions will never be accomplished from my end of the spectrum.

One of My 2018 Goals Is Being a Better Blogger

Why? Because I'll admit that I'm pretty bad at some aspects of blogging, even if I have six years experience under my belt, one of which is deleted unless I look into the way back machine. 12/10 would not recommend.
Would also not recommend looking at my cringe-worthy posts, but if you want the more entertaining version where I react to old blog posts in GIFs...

And ever since sometime in 2016, I've gone down a blogging hole I've tried so hard to come out of it, but I always had something come up. All you could hear were my fingernails scraping dirt as it tried to hold on.

Five Ways I'm Going to Try and Improve As a Blogger (Plus One?)

I say "improve as a blogger" because it sounds better. Also, isn't that the whole point of goals? To improve?

Comment on Blogs More

I've always struggled with this - from the beginning of my blogging career and even now. I didn't comment on other blogs or comment back because I was afraid, and that might have hurt me more in the long run. I've gotten better at this over the years because I've realized fellow bloggers don't bite - they're supportive if I take the time to interact.


Post More than Sporadically

When I first started, I blogged every single day - sometimes there would be two posts in a day. But over the years, as I took on more responsibility in school and life, I started posting less - until I posted maybe once a week or a few times a month.

And of course, there was that one time in my life I probably didn't blog for a good year straight - most, if not all, of those posts, were from my emergency stash of blog posts that I've finally used up.

Over the years, I've found I enjoy blogging enough I might want to pursue a career in the future that is related to blogging - so long as the topic is something I enjoy writing about. I find I'm not bad at coming up with ideas now as I did in the past - I just don't write them. Oops.

And in the professional world, there is no such thing as writer's block. What I've gotten away with on my own for the past few years won't be an acceptable excuse in the future.

Update the Blog

I don't mean the design - I'm pretty happy with the design if you want my honest opinion - but I do mean other aspects of the blog.
  • My review archives haven't been updated since last year
  • My old blog posts are formatted strangely because I have no clue what I was doing as a 15-year-old
  • My bio still says I'm 19, even though I turned 20 back in September
  • My review policy is more than likely outdated because my reading tastes have changed a little
  • Etc. etc.

Cleaning Up Links

It's hard to see bloggers come and go over the years, but it happens. I've also cleaned up labels during winter break...

There is, without a doubt, hundreds of broken links littered throughout my posts.

I want to find them. Slowly but surely, I want to find them and either get rid of them, update them, etc.

Reformat Old Blog Posts

I've put Bookwyrming Thoughts through so much, my blog would cry if it could. It's gone through so many design changes over the years - from three columns to two columns to plenty of other tortures. I think I even broke the blog once in my attempt to design my own blog.

We don't speak of young blogging Sophia. We don't speak of young blogging years period.

But I thought indenting was a thing when I started blogging. "Why won't the tab button work?!" I don't think anyone else thought of this because everyone else seems to not have indented?

Move to Self-Hosted WordPress? 😱😱

I've been considering this for quite awhile because
  1. I've always enjoyed the plugins and flexibility of WordPress.*
  2. I might have to move one of the blogs over to WordPress for a future class. I honestly don't feel comfortable making a third site when I can easily ask if I can use my own site. Plus it'll be nice to see how we grow because there's a baseline established already?
  3. Blogger is owned by Google. They can take it down at any time for any reason, which scares me a little because it has happened before, and my entire account got taken away due to a hack.
  4. I'm already planning on cleaning the blog. I could move it in the future, but that's just adding more hassle because well... WordPress = theme change.
But it's a HUGE learning curve for me since I plan on learning to migrate it myself rather than spending more money. (Also my budget?! It cries.)

*I've spoken to Lupe and Anelise. I'm not that cold.

Let's Talk: Have you been blogging for a while? What are your goals for this year? Have you migrated from Blogger to WordPress and have advice?


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Friday, February 9, 2018

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Fangirl Friday: Super Bowl 2018 + Winter Olympics

GOOOOO SPORTS!
Congrats to the Philadelphia Eagles for winning this years Super Bowl! Your parade was crazy and was fun to watch on Thursday! Enjoy your win!

Of course the Super Bowl brought us some awesome commercials and movie trailers! There are tons I have to share! So prepare yourself, this might be a long post! If I didn't mention your favorite Super Bowl commercial, please tell me in the comments below!

Doritos vs. Mountain Dew

Wendy's Beef Commercial 

Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride explore

Alexa loses her voice- Amazon

Touchdown Celebrations to come- NFL

Avengers: Infinity War- Big Game Spot 

Solo: A Star Wars Story


I've always loved competitions! So you must know that I am HOOKED on this years Winter Olympics! The Winter Olympics officially started yesterday, February 8! The ceremony for the Winter Olympics is tonight, February 9! Why are they competing before the opening ceremony? I have no clue. I'm looking forward to figure skating, hockey, skiing, and curling (the most underrated sport)! Which sports are you looking forward to seeing in the Winter Olympics?

I have more trailers to show you believe it or not.
Venom

Deadpool, Meet Cable

Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 2 

A look at Marvel's Class Photo Video! 
 



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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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I'm Surprised These Books are Still On My TBR

As fellow book nerds and addicts, you understand the constant addiction of hitting that "add" button because the books are so so good.

You also understand that the TBR continues to grow and grow and... you get the gist.

We're going to be taking a trip down TBR lane and listing the books that are surprisingly on my TBR still. Plus this is being linked up to this week's Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Or maybe not, because I have a bad memory. I'm surprised I've made it this far in life. I think my managers get tired of me a lot but they're too nice to tell me that.

city of glass cassandra clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Considering my record with The Mortal Instruments, where I've noted Clary as a whiny little bean who is too whiny for my eyes in City of Ashes, I should have removed City of Glass a long time ago.

Also Goodreads says this is the first book I added to my TBR? I'm 99.9% sure it was City of Bones first?

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Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

I was once that person who would 1-click any book that was free on Amazon and sounded amazing. Five years later, I look at the synopsis and I'm wondering why I even have the book.

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Ethereal by Addison Moore

If I were judging a book by a cover... Ethereal would be removed in a heartbeat because the cover feels too simple for me.

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Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

No one tell Lupe this or she'll disown me as a coblogger and friend. I thought I read this? Obviously I haven't, according to Goodreads. And my memory isn't that reliable either...

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Awaken by Rachel M. Humphrey-D'aigle

Now that I look at the author's name and the cover, I question my high school self. WHY did I choose this again? How did I even found this book interesting? Did it have a different cover at the time, because oh my lord my brain is crying.

I am judgmental with book covers. Shame on me. And I also switched the last names around! 😰

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I really enjoyed Tim Burton's movie version of this and the cartoon version, so you'd think after watching and enjoying two different versions, I would've read the book already.

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Gamers by Thomas K. Carpenter

There must be a pattern here. 😳

Okay, that's enough of "How 15-year-old Sophia Was a Very Bad Judge When It Came to Books." I should go through my TBR one day and remove all the books that I'm not interested in anymore, but that TBR pile is so gosh darn longgg. 😵


Let's talk: What books have been on your TBR the longest? Any books that are on your TBR surprisingly? Any that makes you want to hide in a hole somewhere?

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Monday, February 5, 2018

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February 2018 YA Releases Sophia Is Beyond Excited For (Introducing Fangirl Mode)

One month down, 11 more to go until 2019! Also the year I'm probably going to graduate because I've taken at least three semesters of 18 credits. I must be insane.

February 2018 is the month for YA this year because there are amazing releases that I am beyond excited for and will be promptly shoving at all of the book nerds because they sound amazing. Also the very fact the book sounds amazing is why you should drop everything and get the book when it comes out or pre-order it now.

the belles book cover

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (Feb. 6)


I won an ARC copy of this from Writer's Block Party sometime late last year, but have not gotten a chance to read it due to real life commitments. I'm an absolute mess since 2016. Did I send this review link to the publicist yet? I think I did? That's the question I ask myself with every review copy ever.

american panda cover

American Panda by Gloria Chao (Feb. 6)


American Panda spells cuteness all over the book - also is that a doodle of a dumpling?! 😍😍😍

I'm pretty sure I can convince Lupe to read this because the title has the word "panda," and Lupe likes pandas. I'm a wonderful influence, I know. 😏

pretty must die cover

#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid (Feb. 13)


I'll confess... #Prettyboy Must Die caught me from the title because of the word "die." Also, who will die? And is he actually going to be pretty and precious and smol so my heart will break?

ink iron and glass cover

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare (Feb. 20)


I would like to take a brief moment to thank the person who kept the Oxford Comma in here because while AP style tells me to murder the precious comma, I have to keep it! Ha! Learning that AP Style was taking away my beloved Oxford Comma was the saddest day of my writing life.

In other words, the whole turning written worlds into reality sound really cool to read about, and while I might be confused on the science parts, I might actually enjoy it. Imagine if The Hunger Games turned into reality?!

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A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (Feb. 27)


Reading the synopsis gave me chills, so I don't know how I'll feel reading A Girl Like That. But... I'm willing to give it a try. Will this book finally make me cry?! This sounds like the one.



Let's Talk: Are any of the books listed on your TBR pile? Any that aren't listed and are publishing in February?


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Friday, February 2, 2018

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Fangirl Friday: Super Bowl Excitement + Mario Kart Tour

It's finally February. January was honestly a free trial so....New Year! New Me! #ItsAJoke
I wish life was that simple.

The Annual Super Bowl is this Sunday!

I won't say who I'm rooting for, because honestly, I'm just here for the commercials and the Puppy Bowl. But of course, I CANNOT forget about my favorite, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. (Check out his new album, which just dropped today, if you haven't already!) I will certainly be live tweeting the entire event and sharing what commercials I liked and didn't like! Of course, I'll mention the best ones on next week's Fangirl Friday post! 

Now let's get to the real deal!
Mario Kart Tour will finally come to our phones VERY SOON, as in by March of 2019! Mario is also going to be on the big screen! Nintendo is already in the works for the Super Mario Movie and they are working with Illumination Entertainment, the same company that brought us the adorable "Despicable Me" and "Minions" movie!



We got a poster reveal/announcement for the upcoming film The First Purge, which will be released in theaters this Fourth of July! Any thoughts on this controversial poster and announcement?


We also got blessed with a new trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp!






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Friday, January 26, 2018

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Fangirl Friday: Oscar Nominations + Captain Marvel

This week has been a pretty hectic week. We are closer to the upcoming Super Bowl (let's get real here. I'm only excited for Justin Timberlake and the commercials) and I'm glad the government is no longer shut down.

Let's begin with congratulating all those who were nominated for an Oscar!

The Shape of Water leads with 13 nominations this year! Dunkirk got 8 nominations and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri got 7! These are very strong contenders as well!

Is anyone upset that Wonder Woman wasn't nominated at all? I believe it was worthy of an Oscar! Tell me your thoughts on the upcoming Oscar awards and tell me which actor/actress or movie you think were snubbed this year!
We got an awesome sneak peek of the upcoming film Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. She is shown wearing a green looking suit. I thought her costume was supposed to be red? I know Marvel is going to do a fabulous job bringing this superhero to the big screen. I just hope they know that it would make better sense if it was red, not green.

Here are some trailers that were released this week!

Pacific Rim Uprising 

Seven Seconds



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