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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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The Truth About Teams - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

As confessed several weeks ago, I love soloing. I love doing everything on my own and coming up with my own strategy that may or may not work. Although in the case of the Lower Zigzag in Krokotopia... I'm still having trouble going through all of that.

But for the last few months, I got a little bored of soloing. I hate going through crowded realms in the hopes of someone teaming up with me randomly because they're on the same exact quest, farming, or just going around for the fun of it all. That last one isn't likely. So in the random hunt for the cure of boredom, I decided to go mess around with the Join A Team function and wrote a counter post to "The Truth About Soloing." I forgot about mentioning henchmen in the post until someone pointed it out to me the other day...

The Handy Dandy Advantages

Make friends that you may or may not have come across in other ways. Of course, being a high level means all the lower levels will probably try to add you constantly and being a lower level gives you few high level friends if any.

Help out other wizards and say the good deed of the day is done. I don't mind helping out lower level wizards, but as a level 88 sorcerer, I won't be found anywhere lower than Dragonspyre (and soon enough, I won't be found any lower than Celestia).

Farm with others, especially if the boss is from the same school. Helloooooo Loremaster. One of my newer friends has awful luck and it somehow carried over to me... I ended up with all balances fighting the Loremaster and I was the highest level so everyone looked at me to finish her off.

Keeps you out of boredom. This whole thing started when I was bored.

Go back to the old times. It's been awhile since I've been through Waterworks; I'm obviously going to mess up. But I'm not going to complain too much about messing around with that one cat once more after climbing Big Ben. Who cares about his name? Let's just call him Meow Cat.

It's an entirely different perspective. Someone who solos most of the time doesn't get the same experience as someone who constantly teams up with others and vice versa. And with an entirely different perspective....

New strategies can be learned. Everyone has a different idea and one person's idea might help for future battles as well. Mind = Blown.

I'm not always the target because there is at least one other potential target. I don't have to watch for my health dwindling constantly. I don't have to focus on healing myself constantly and prolonging the battle.

Things are done quicker. It typically takes less time when there are more people around.

Less henchmen are used. You can't really tell a henchman what to do. Not that you can do that with someone else either. Even if you're just suggesting a different idea, some people aren't open minded.

The Epically Unfortunate Disadvantages

Not all high level wizards are helpful (or even kind). The other day when I went on my myth, I went through that one lab before Big Ben. I (and someone else) had to go through it all over again because a certain high level powered through and didn't wait for the rest of us. You'd think they would at least prolong the battle.

Different Strategies Might Be At Play. With more than one person, there is no singular strategy. It's a constant whirl of adapting and adjusting. Then again, it's not like I have a strategy when I solo. I have a general one and wing the rest of it.

Those "Precious" Traps Might Be Used. Not everyone likes it when someone else uses their traps. Some throw a fit, some don't care, some just leave.

The Whole Quicker Battle Idea Might Backfire. There may be four people, but what if all of them are from the same school and the boss is from the same school?

Bad luck could still carry over. Remember that one friend I mentioned earlier? His luck definitely carries to all other places.

Interrogations Questioning might be involved. After I got tired of the Loremaster, I decided to help out in Dragonspyre. In one random battle, someone actually questioned why I was in Dragonspyre. DOES ANYONE EVER UNDERSTAND I'M DOING MY GOOD DEED OF THE DAY? I had the tendency to fire back and ask why she was in that location when she obviously just got started in Dragonspyre and should be at the first quarter to midway point, not three quarters of the way through.

Someone might leave in the middle, which may or may not pose a few problems. I'll admit I felt guilty for leaving someone in Mount Olympus halfway through (hey, I have a life, albeit a very sad one). I still do, because I never got around to helping him go through it all over again.

Have you tried using "Join A Team?" How did it work out for you? Anything that I might have forgotten in the process?

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Friday, March 25, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Shadowhunters Ep. 8-11 Review/Rrecap

Hello there! I have so much to say about this series and seriously, you are missing out on a fantastic show if you aren't watching it!

Episode 8: Bad Blood

Oh my did this episode really struck me in a way that makes me want to strangle Clary so much. She cried too much and really battled with herself throughout the entire episode about what she is going to do with Simon. On the other hand, Alec and Isabelle really are at risk here and really need to figure out how to fix their family name's reputation. The ending was really great honestly. This episode was a bit lagging mainly because Clary cried too much in this episode which got old really really fast.

Episode 9: Rise Up

My god, Lydia, a girl sent from The Clave to be in charge of the institution which really angered the Lightwoods. She angered me too honestly to the point of me thinking she is onto something and wanting to strangle her. Alec gets really annoying in this episode. It really frustrated me with the fact of how stubborn he is and how he thinks he knows whats best for everyone when really, he doesn't. On the other hand, Clary is growing on me since the last episode from all that crying. She is stronger now and she is truly becoming a leader in a good way. Jace has Clary's back and because of this, Alec gets angry. Things heat up at the end when everyone turns against Alec and the action in this episode was excellent!

Episode 10: The World Inverted

Now things are turning around and becoming more interesting than the ending of the last episode. Clary was rewarded with some help to find her father, Valentine. This is a pretty dangerous game she is playing right now and risks it. So here she goes to an alternate reality, where the threat of any demon no longer exists, to find the portal that will lead them to Valentine. Of course that would not be easy. Alec really angered me the most here because he literally weakened Jace through their bond and broke their trust in each other. Isabelle really is trying to get a hold on herself because she got arrested of the incident that happened with the downworlder attack in the last episode. She will be put on trial. It was a pretty heated episode.

Episode 11: Blood Calls to Blood

Well we learn some surprising stuff in the end of the last episode which really confused me until the end of this episode. I have to be quite vague here because all of the things that I want to discuss about this episode, I can't say or else I will spoil it for you. Alec seeks help from Magnus to help Isabelle in her trial and let me say, the things Magnus says in the trial made me both smile and laugh. Clary and Jace learn something terrifying towards the end of the episode which really is a great way to almost close the season. This episode was really intense and let me say I cannot wait to see how this season will end in the last two episodes left of the season.

I'm very pleased with the pace that this show is going and I'm really surprised with the fact at how awesome and captivating this show is getting. I'm very happy with it and cannot wait to see more! Please tell in the comments below of how you felt with the series so far! I would love to know!

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Review: Other Broken Things by C. Desir (Hi, This is Miss Black Sheep Talking Today)

Other Broken Things
C. Desir
Links: Amazon
Publication Date: January 12th 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Reviewer: Ella

Nat's not an alcoholic. She doesn't have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like get in their car when they can barely see. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.

Unfortunately her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.

But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat’s life and things start looking up. Joe is funny, smart, and calls her out in a way no one ever has.

He’s also older. A lot older.

Nat’s connection to Joe is overwhelming but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she's been desperate to forget.

Now in order to make a different kind of life, Natalie must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.

A Review Copy was provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss - thanks!

So I really thought Other Broken Things was going to be good, I really did, and maybe that was my let down. I was so excited for it that when I got a review copy back in October even though it didn't come out till January I was so desperate to read it, I read it right there and then. Maybe that was my mistake? Maybe if I had lowered my expectations, I might've enjoyed it not felt like stabbing all the characters with a fork and feeling sick with how bad and toxic the romance was and with the terrible ending that made me want to throw my kindle at my bedroom wall because it was so bad.

The relationship in here is so toxic, but I couldn't figure out if the author was trying to make it that way or she was actually trying to write a romance you could root for. If she was, it failed completely. Joe the love interest in here could be Natalie's FATHER. I knew there an age gap between them before reading the book but Joe is THIRTY EIGHT and Natalie is SEVENTEEN. I repeat, SEVENTEEN. Every time there was the slightest whiff of romance between them I was like, OMG THIS IS SO WRONNGGG. WHY DOESN'T NATALIE SAY SOMETHING??!! WHY DOESN'T JOE BACK THE HELL OFF?!!

I thought this book would be about Natalie getting over alcoholism, but it's not, it's really not. This book is about Natalie who makes attempts to get over her alcoholism, but every time something goes wrong, or she feels angry or sad, or she just really wants a drink...SHE STARTS DRINKING AGAIN. And even though she's going to AA she doesn't turn to them for help, or any other responsible adult (she tells them she's not drinking anymore), she turns to Joe. 

Joe who she has feelings for, who is FAAAAR to old for, has a million problems of his own including being a recovering alcoholic himself AND admits he's starting to have feelings for her too. I MEAN OMG SO MUCH IS WRONG WITH THIS SITUATION!!!! And you'd think Joe being the adult of THIRTY EIGHT would know that what he's doing is really wrong and should just back the hell off and get someone else that isn't a brainless idiot like him to help Natalie but does he?? NO HE DID NOT AND IT MADE ME SO ANGRY I COULD'VE SCREAMED. I STILL FEEL LIKE SCREAMING.

The ending was one of the most unsatisfying endings I have EVER read in my life of reading YA fiction. It was one of those endings that just made the whole book absolutely pointless. I haven't felt so angry and cheated and disappointed in so long and it left the bitterest of tastes in my mouth.

In my opinion this book is BAD. The message that the author was trying to deliver got so twisted around what with the crap story, the shitty characters and the toxic romance that was so unromantic that it became something completely different and something I didn't agree on. It could've gone well, but for me, this book failed on everything. If you liked or loved this book, that's great! I just really, really, didn't.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

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Novel Newcomers: A Guest Post with Tina

Happy Monday, and welcome to another week of Novel Newcomers! This week, we have Tina from Tina the Bookworm taking over the blog with a guest post.

Mommy Duties, Reading, and Blogging: How Do You Do It?

This is a question that many people have asked me. I am a young mom of three ages four, three and an almost two year old. I know! I have my hands full so you’d think I wouldn’t have time to read like I do or blog like I do. But over the past year, I’ve learned to manage it all.

You see I love to plan. I am a planner. I need to plan. I want to plan. And I love to be organized even though that is entirely IMPOSSIBLE with three toddlers and husband but I try. I’ve always loved to plan, in high school I use to plan my outfits out a month in advance and print weekly to do lists three pages long. It drove everyone around me insane but it kept me sane.

Reading and blogging well that keeps me sane among the little tribe of toddlers I have because let’s face it as a mommy of three toddlers you’re a chef, a referee, nurse, teacher, and everything in between and sometimes that doesn’t leave much room for anything else. Blogging and reading that’s Mommy time, that’s something I do to remember that I’m not just a mommy or a wife but someone who has a passion for reading and writing.

Like I mentioned, I am huge on planning so I tend to plan ahead when it comes to blogging. I print out printable calendars from Sarah Titus and begin planning what I’d like to accomplish throughout the month. I tend to participate in Top Ten Tuesdays and I have my own feature for my kids on my blog called Tiny Bookworm Thursday. I always know that I’m more than likely going to participate in Top Ten Tuesday and for sure Tiny bookworm Thursday always happens so I schedule those. I also remember blog tours so that I can have the posts ready so when the time comes I just insert the review and schedule. Scheduling is really my best friend; I schedule tweets, posts and Facebook posts.

I also have a weekly to do list. I love the idea of scratching things off a list so I do one weekly in my blogging/to do list journal that I carry everywhere. I write down appointments, bill due dates, my weekly TBR and things I need to remember and things I have to do (obviously). This helps me stay on track with not only blogging and reading but with mommy duties.

My Tiny Bookworms are actually really independent and that makes me sad I will not lie and they’re extremely helpful. They help me out a lot with house duties. They also love to read, we tend to read several stories though out the week and go to the library pretty often. You can often find them sitting down “reading” on the couch. I won’t lie and say my kids are absolutely perfect, some days they fight with each other a lot but on the good days they really are amazing. I include them on the blog although I am trying to see how else to incorporate them. We tend to pick up a ton of books from the library, we pick which books to read and review for Tiny Bookworm. If I’m not reading for myself, I’m reading to them. I want them to love reading as much as I do. My mom installed the love of reading in me and I hope to pass it on to them.

My secret to reading so much? Audiobooks. I listen to them while I’m doing laundry, while I’m washing, while I’m sweeping and before I know it the house is cleaned and the kids are fed and in bed. I tend to listen to one audiobook a week to get through all the cleaning. I also don’t sleep much, I never really have but that helps with reading and blogging but that I don’t recommend that.

If it weren’t for Dr. Pepper, V8 Veggie Juice Energy Drinks, planning and my blogging notebook, I probably would be a hot mess. But the thing that really helps me with blogging, mommy duties and reading is that I love them all. I’m passionate about each one. Sometimes if one is starting to feel stressful, I do something else and then come back to it.   That’s really my secret to balancing everything.

Other than her blog, you can find Tina on Twitter and Goodreads. Stop by in two weeks to meet more new book bloggers! :)
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Friday, March 18, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Miss Peregrine Movie Trailer, Shadowhunters Renewal + More!

Guys, I finally get to go on break next week! Isn't that exciting? I'm sorry for those of you who have to go back next week and to those who have to wait another week for their spring break. 
This week has been another marvelous week excluding primary Tuesday. That day was just something else, but that's beside the point.

We finally get a movie trailer for Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children adapted by Tim Burton. Yes, Tim Burton who adapted Corpse Bride and Edward Scissorhands. I am very excited for this film because Tim Burton adapted this movie and I am bound to love it! I know he will do the book justice! Watch the trailer and you will understand how happy I am for this! 
I am happy to say that there will be a season 2 for Shadowhunters! HURRAY!

Season 1 is progressively getting better and better! I'm so happy that this is more successful than the movie. Can't wait to see more from this TV series and if you aren't watching it.... What are you doing? Go watch it! You won't regret it!
There's another book trailer that was released for The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye! You guys should watch it because it is AMAZING! I am hooked and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book once it hits my local bookstore!
It was such a great way to end the week with fantastic news! Have any other news you are 'fangirling' about? Please tell me in the comments below! I would love to know!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

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The Truth About Soloing - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

One attribute I bring from my life and into nearly everything I do online (including the occasional gaming I do that doesn't involve Marissa Petal squishing me virtually) is independence.

I solo everything... or nearly everything. Bosses like Belloq and Luska are those I can't actually handle unless I'm in a group (unfortunately for me, I had to deal with a boss from my very own school just to get my recent spell). By then I become a support or the person who takes the blunt of the attacks rather than actually attacking. Let's just say I have really high resistance for the whole target aspect. Would I ever reveal it? No....

A great majority, however... I can definitely handle, and being a soloist definitely has perks that I enjoy utilizing.

1. You go at your own pace. No catching up or waiting needed.

2. Technically, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, however you want. If you feel the need to farm, quest at midnight (who doesn't like the silence of the realms and getting all the wooden/silver chests to themselves?), visit Malistaire, join a team to farm the Loremaster....

3. You know what works for you and what doesn't. You have a deck for trivial creatures, lower level bosses, and the upper level bosses, and possibly more than that. Maybe you have a combination in one.

4. No one asks for blades or healing aside from yourself. I don't mind giving blades or healing – in fact, I do them without asking sometimes. But there's a fine line between asking, begging, and demanding.

5. It doesn't take as long to get around to choosing your card compared to two, three, or four other people.

6. No one takes away the traps that are set up, accident or no accident.

7. Awkward silence doesn't exist in the air.

8. You really can't be embarrassed if you meant to reply to a friend but say it out loud. No one can hear you, after all.

9. When all else fails... wing it.

But being a soloist also has some setbacks that aren't exactly... helpful. Sometimes, it becomes a hindrance.

1. You can't really handle upper level bosses that are from the same school as you unless you have a mastery amulet, an upper level balance (spectral blast, hydra, and beyond), crowns to hire henchmen (which are nuisance sometimes), or just really lucky. In fact, you might not be able to handle lower level bosses from the same school. Okay, you can totally handle bosses from your own school. It'll just take a really long time (even if I spectral blast and hydra all the time), and it could potentially lead to a lot of virtual deaths.

2. You have to carry around all kinds of outfits and equipment because each one is different. You have one for mobs, defense only, healing and support, attacking only, bosses from your own school, PvP (if you fancy it), you name it.

3. You have to be on constant alert of your dwindling health (I mean, aren't we always?)

4. Every attack and weakness is directed at you.

5. It can be really lonely sometimes. Of course, when you're like me and haven't played in years, then it's obviously lonely.

6. You have to create your own strategy.

7. It can vary from a short battle to a very long battle. Mobs are typically shorter, bosses are longer, dungeons are the longest, and it'll be quicker if you're levels and levels ahead (like me in Mount Olympus).

8. Your friends can't always port in if you're in a dungeon.... no matter how much you're mentally crying because you're low on health and so is the boss and it's just really hard to tell who will come out alive.

9. You can only have so many emergency treasure cards set aside for healing. Oh, and wait until you use them up, forget to fill them and when you actually need those cards...

10. There might not be enough gold to get proper equipment. Let's just say this applies for the first timers. After that first wizard and you make more little baby wizards... it becomes really easy to hop onto your main, beat up a boss a million times, put useless items in the shared bank, switch characters, get those items out, and sell them. Puh-lease. You've never done this before?

11. Luck isn't necessarily on your side.

Soloing is usually a lonely journey around the spiral. Do you solo? What are some perks and setbacks that you find while soloing?

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Friday, March 11, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Captain America Movie Trailer, Throne of Glass #5 Title + New Series!

Hello there!

This week is finally over and if you're already on Spring Break..... I ENVY YOU. Sophia and I have to wait another week. *Sigh* Oh well. This week has a been another great week because I got more news to share!

First off! Captain America: Civil War
Can we PLEASE talk about how awesome this movie will be? I love Marvel and how much their movies have stepped up their game throughout these past few years. Marvel launched a new trailer yesterday and if you haven't seen it yet.... WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Please watch the trailer because we have so many characters joining this movie. I mean we are talking Black Panther, Ant Man and the highlight of this whole trailer, Spider-man. Are you excited yet? I AM! Movie comes out in theaters on May 6th! I'll make sure I watch this before I hear any spoilers.

Have you ever read the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass? I have not (PLEASE DON'T KILL ME!). But if you have...Then you are in luck! They just released the new title for the fifth installment in the Throne of Glass series!
Doesn't it sound fantastic? There's no book cover yet but I'm 100% sure the cover will be just as awesome as its other book companions. Gosh, I have to start binge reading all the books before this one comes out in September!

Ever heard of the series Snow Like Ashes series? Well author, Sara Raasch, just announced that she is going to release a new BOOK SERIES!!

I'm so happy because Snow Like Ashes was awesome! I can't wait to get my hands on this new book once it releases in September.
I'm so excited! This has been a great week full of news and I'm sure there will be more great news to come! If you have anything else you have "fangirled" about this week, please comment down below! I would love to know!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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On Blogging Organization: Reading Apps for the Androids

I'm finally writing this infamous apps post I keep mentioning every once in awhile on Twitter. Huzzah!
Okay, so a few things you should know about this apps post:
  1. There will be two parts. One is specifically targeted towards reading, the other is targeted towards blogging (and maybe life in general). There might be a few crossovers.
  2. All of these apps are available on Android. Whether the Apple store has it, you will have to check for yourself.
  3. I use these apps on a tablet. I make no promises it will work on smartphones, or how it may appear. Consider yourselves warned.
And now, the potentially helpful apps for reading goodness (what? No pictures?).

Goodreads – Okay, this isn't a necessity, but the words are pretty tiny in Tablet Chrome Goodreads.

Unfortunately, while the words are bigger and less of an eye stress, I can't exactly update my status unless it's about my reading progress.

Have I mentioned it takes a longer time to load than the webpage? (I have to stare at the word "Goodreads" in the middle of the screen.)

Methinks I demand too much.

Moon+ Reader – I have a major fondness for Moon+ Reader (it is totally my favorite one out of all the reading apps). You can read all kinds of formats on there that you might potentially receive as an ebook for review from an author or publisher (once upon a time you couldn't read PDF without the pro version, but now you can). Unfortunately for Kindle files, the cover isn't exactly the book cover, but that's okay, right?

Moon+ Reader does have ads in the free version though. The pro version is around $3.99 or $4.99 – I'm not exactly sure.

Basically, the free version should be sufficient enough for reading purposes. Plus, you can search through Project Gutenberg and Smashwords.

Overdrive – Overdrive is only helpful if you plan on checking out books from your local library. If you prefer to download books to Kindle when you check out an ebook (assuming it's an available format), then this might only be useful for checking out audiobooks (not often for me).

I uninstall and reinstall this often – it depends if I'm planning on checking out a book or not. (This is primarily because I have so little space on my tablet and I need to give space for the other apps.)

Aldiko – I don't find Aldiko really useful. In fact, I've actually considered taking Aldiko down the same path as Overdrive after Moon+ Reader allowed PDFs to be read in the free version. Is there a limit to how many times I can log in? I think it's six devices....

Anyways, when Netgalley or Edelweiss give me the option to download an ARC to my Kindle App, I always choose that option unless the formatting is unreadable (Puzzling? Yes. Unreadable? No.). That way, I avoid all possible demises – the galley archiving or expiring before I actually read the galley and then the galley archives and I can't download it. Then my feedback basically consists an excuse that probably isn't acceptable after almost four years of blogging. "Oops, forgot to download the galley on time – my bad!"

Of course, when I first started blogging and tried to figure out how this galley downloading shenanigan worked... I totally failed on two books. Excuse: Um... failed at downloading properly. Whoopsies.

That probably didn't leave a really good impression. *turns bright pink* It'll be one of those blogging bloopers.

Scribd – I haven't actually used this one yet. I plan to, though, because it's $8.99 a month for unlimited reading and one audiobook credit. I love Amazon and all, but Scribd is definitely cheaper than audible and Kindle Unlimited.

The only setback, however, is the type of books. You can find the entire Iron Fey trilogy by Julie Kagawa on there in ebook, but you wouldn't be able to find the Talon saga in ebook format (you'll find them in audiobooks). Basically, anything that's been recently published is probably something you won't find on Scribd in ebook format – most likely it'll appear in audio format first. You probably won't find most bestselling self published books either, which are more likely available through Kindle Unlimited.

But it doesn't seem bad. Take your pick.

Amazon Kindle – I think this is just a personal preference. Most galleys have an option to download to Kindle, which I do so immediately so I don't end up making a sad excuse. As of right now, I'm still working through an ARC from 2015, a few from January/February, and a few publishing in March. I'm actually hoping to get started on the summer ARCs (which are very few) when April starts.

This is why I'm taking a reviewing break until then: to catch up.

I'm not sure if graphic heavy files are better in Amazon Kindle (are they even available to download to Kindle?), but I have heard some negative reviews about Aldiko in regards to this – not sure if they're true because I avoid Aldiko and I don't read graphic novels.

Amazon Kindle, however, takes a lot of space, even if you move it to your SD card. If you don't have a preference (because you go through ARCs faster than me), or simply don't have an Amazon account, Aldiko and Moon+ Reader are good enough apps for all of your reading and reviewing needs. The two combined don't even take up 50MB.

I complain about space because I have so little space on my tablet and I don't have that many apps. Remind me not to invest in a 4GB tablet in the future. The more the merrier. And well... more expensive.

Ew. But then I can have other apps I would love to actually have. Apps that could actually be helpful and maybe this list would be longer. Actually, no. The next list would be longer.

Should I invest in Part Three? Apps that I Would Love to Have If I Actually Had the Space?

Maybe I'll combine that at the end of Part Two.

Do you use any of the reading apps I use? Do you use any other good ones out there I haven't mentioned in this list? Leave your thoughts below!

For more posts related to blogging organization, take a look at my last few posts in regards to reading schedules, planners, and spreadsheets. And then come back in two weeks for Part Two of Apps for the Androids!

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Monday, March 7, 2016

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Novel Newcomers: An Interview with Alice and Sara

The Details
Happy Monday everyone!

Welcome to another edition of Novel Newcomers - we're back to the interviews again, so allow me to introduce to you Alice from Arctic Books and Sara from Reading the Blues Away!

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
SARA: I am a very boring person, when I’m not reading/blogging or at work I like TV and trying to craft. The only show I actually get to watch new is The Fosters and Dancing With the Stars otherwise just reruns or Netflix. I’m a fan of Gilmore Girls, Big Bang Theory, Glee, Friends, Disney just to name a few. I have a long list on Netflix to watch too.

I’m not the best crafter but I try. I recently started messing with paracord, and have making keychains pretty much down. I really want to branch out though and try ornaments and cause ribbons.

YOU. Are definitely not boring.

ALICE: I play violin in my school orchestra! I've been playing since third grade, and surprisingly, I'm still participating! Also, despite what I may say on social media, I'm really into chemistry, biology and sometimes history.

I, uh... can't really say the same thing about myself when it comes to the violin, xD.

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
SARA: I honestly don’t know. Lame answer I know but I can’t think of anything I’ve done that is unusual.

ALICE: I can say that I've read the whole Shatter Me series more than four times. I guess that's an accomplishment.

*whistles* More than I'll ever reread (I haven't read Shatter Me).

What is your favorite food?
SARA: This is a tough one, so much great food to choose from.  I think I’ll go with Mac and Cheese! I mean who doesn’t love cheesy noodles??? But I’m weird I don’t like the cheese sauce kind I like the cheapo cheese powder in a box.  I’ll never turn any Mac and Cheese down though.

ALICE: Mac and cheese! I also like garlic bread and French fries.

Let's assume the zombie apocalypse has arrived. Name three bloggers you would hate to see being turned into zombies.
SARA: Even though I think she would probably like it I’d hate to see Stefani Sloma from Caught Read Handed, Sara Stuart from A Gingerly Review, [and] Marissa from Growing Up Booknerd.

ALICE: Nori @ ReadWriteLove28, Maha @ Younicorn Reads, and Nisha @ A Running Commentary

Name five countries, aside from your own, you would love to visit and at least one blogger from each of those countries you would love to meet (if any).
SARA: I don’t know any bloggers from other countries but I’d love to see:
  1. Italy
  2. England
  3. Ireland
  4. Canada
  5. Paris
ALICE: I know I definitely want to visit France, which is where Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books is from. I also would like to go to Canada, home of Jamie @ Books and Ladders, and Italy, India, and Australia!

In the short time you've been blogging, have you encountered any hilarious bloopers you've committed? (It's okay. It happens.)
SARA: I haven’t yet but I’m sure it will happen eventually.

ALICE: No matter how many times I reread and revise my posts, I occasionally catch typos in posts that have been up for the whole day. Also, there were two separate times when I was scheduling a post and Wordpress accidentally published it.

What goals do you have as a blogger?
SARA: I want to be more confident in my reviews, I want to be able to post more regularly, [and] I want my feature Bookish Bucketlists to take off.

Bookish Bucketlists?!?! Ooo, I have GOT to check this one out.

ALICE: I want to develop a greater range of love for literature. I also want to make more new blogger friends and be able to discover more genres and new authors!

What kinds of advice or bits of information would you have liked to know before you started blogging? Any advice to share with future new bloggers?
SARA: Reviews are my downfall so I’d have liked a little more insight into writing them. How hard it is to make graphics, and come up with ideas. I’d also have liked to know a bit more on the “rules” of blogging like what is okay to do or not okay to do as long as you link credit back.

ALICE: I think it's definitely a good idea to be active on social media and to blog often! It's really important to make sure that you're here for the long run and you persevere in blogging.

Sara is the blogger behind Reading the Blues Away. You can find her on Twitter and Goodreads.
Alice is the blogger behind Arctic Books. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Be sure to stop by Nori's blog to meet a new blogger next week! :)

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Friday, March 4, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Oscars, HSM 4, Finding Dory + Cover Reveal

Hello there!

This has been another stressful week for me because I had too many exams back to back. Oh the struggle of being a High School Senior.

The Oscars really kicked off the week with a big bang considering that Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won an Oscar! I'm glad they were smart enough to not interrupt his speech because the whole internet would've thrown a huge fit over it. Besides, Leo here have waited forever for this epic moment in his life! Good for him for not giving up this dream of getting an Oscar because personally, I would've given up.

The sad thing about Leonardo DiCaprio is the fact that all the great memes about him not getting an Oscar is done. That era is over.
At least we got this photo.
So Disney decided to spill the news and tell the whole world that there will be a HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 4!!! Don't we all just want to see the old crew on screen again just like the good old days?
Sadly, the old cast will not be back as the main cast again. If they do come back, they will just be cameos. They will cast new actors to play the new characters. Now where's the fun in that? Why can't we have a High School Musical 4: College Years? That's a way better idea and it's bound to become successful! I am excited for this new movie but nothing will beat the original trilogy. Let's just hope the fourth movie will do the trilogy justice.

Here we go again with me admitting that I STILL have not seen Finding Nemo. *hides in the corner before anyone beats me up* I mean, I will REALLY REALLY SOON! I promise! (And Sophia promises to shove her copy into Lupe's food vendory backpack.) Just watch the trailer below and get all excited for it!

Cover Reveal

Title: Blood Orchid
Series: Night Flower #2
Author: Claire Warner
Goodreads | The Black Lotus (Night Flower #1)

Tied to Justin with bonds stronger than blood, Melissa De Vire heads into her new life with fear and anger. Anger at Emily, at Katherine and most of all, anger at Justin, fuels her resolve to find a cure for the curse. From the English court in 1752 to the fires of the French Revolution, Melissa struggles to survive her new existence and find forgiveness for Justin as clues to a cure begin to surface.

About the Author

When I was a child, I made up games and characters when my sister and I played with dolls. As I grew older, I would make up scenarios and scenes, fully intending to write them down but never finding the time. In my late teens, I discovered the world of role playing and settled into an avid ‘geeky’ life of D&D, comics, sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Years passed and I finally gave voice to the stories in my head. I write romance, fantasy, action and adventure. I love tales of steampunk and history, tales of magical powers and dark curses lurking in the shadows. Though The Black Lotus is not my first attempt at a novel, it is the first I have finished.

And some fun facts about me:
I sew.
My favourite Disney film is Atlantis.
I’ve been a film extra and stood 5 feet away from Sam Rockwell.
Babylon 5 is my fave sci-fi show.
I cried at the end of Toy Story 3.

Author Links

So many good news happened throughout this week and there were many more but let's get real guys. If I would've talked about all the news this week, this post would be as long as those essays we have to do for school. If you have anything that you 'fangirled' about this week that I haven't listed above then please let me know in the comments below! I would love to know! See you guys next week!

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