10 MORE Creative Writing Prompts to Keep You Writing

10 Creative Writing Prompts To Keep You Writing     Hey everyone!

A long time ago I did a post about this, which you can read here. I thought that this post may be pretty helpful for everyone because school is in full swing and it can be hard to find inspiration or get back into the writing mood. Most of these I pulled from other websites to find some really interesting prompts. Happy writing!

  1. Begin with “I wish someone had told me…”
  2. An asteroid and a meteoroid collide near Earth, and fragments rain down onto the planet’s surface, wreaking havoc. Some of those fragments contain surprising elements…
  3. Who’s dancing and why are they tapping those toes?
  4. Write about a place where two rivers meet.
  5. Your character is being lectured by someone in a position of authority, how do they react? (character development help)
  6. Describe the rooms of the following three characters; an artist, a spoiled child, a military leader. Bring them together somehow.
  7. You’re in a room full of people and you’re the only blind person. Describe the area.
  8. Begin with “the hallway was silent…”
  9. Write about a valet driver who steals a car.
  10. Use these words in your story: ballet, garbage, magic, bowl, and fish.

 

Hope these give you some inspiration or just some fun!

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

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Upcoming October and November 2017 Releases

Hey everyone!!

I finally have a real blog post for you guys today, and it’s one that I am fairly excited for. There are some great YA releases coming this fall and I can’t wait to share them with you!

wild beautyWild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore 

Oct. 3

Wild Beauty has already hit the shelves, but I’m only nine days late so I’m going to keep it in here. I saw this book early this year and was super excited for it, although I don’t have it yet. As for what I have understood, it is about women of a garden called La Pradera who have tended it for centuries. The men, however, disappear when the women fall deeply in love. So, when a young man walks into who has no recollection of himself or anyone, things get a little crazy.

It sounds like a fantastical read and hopefully a light read that would be good for reading when you’re piled in schoolwork all day. Let me know if you have read it yet, I would love to know what you thought of it!

 

forest of a thousand lanternsForest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Oct. 10

This one came out two days ago, so this is fair game. I’ve been really into ethnic books lately, like Middle Eastern and Asian, and this one is spot on for that category. I’m not entirely sure as to the plot of this story, but I do know that there is a young East Asian woman who, if she decided to embrace the dark magic in her fueled by eating the hearts of the people she kills, could be an empress.

Badass, or what? I really want to give this book a go, but tell me down below if you have read it yet or read the ARC and give me your feedback!

 

the glass spareThe Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano 

Oct. 24

If you’re anything like me, this book is going to be exactly what you never knew you needed.

Wil is the daughter of the king of the wealthiest nation in the world, yet her whole life she has been hidden away to be a spy for her father. As her father is starting wars over the expansion of his kingdom, Wil is attacked. It is then that she finds out her power to turn people into gemstone simply by touching them.

I need it. I really do. It honestly sounds very vaguely like an idea for a book that I had years ago, although there was no gemstone thing. I’m so glad to see something that resembles it be born.

 

renegadesRenegades by Marissa Meyer 

Nov. 7

I have been excited for this book since last year, and the birthdate is finally approaching. My excitement is uncontainable at this point. I have never read a book that involved super heroes of any kind, or anything at all like this book, but I know it’s going to be great because it is written by Marissa Meyer, the author of Cinder.

This book takes on the point of view of a girl, Nova, who holds allegiance with a villain, and who is seeking vengeance on the Renegades, a group of heroes with abilities beyond any human. When Nova meets a Renegade boy, Adrian, who sees hope in Nova, she begins to question where she stands.

Have any of you read an ARC of this book? If so, please tell me how great it is!

Let me know if there are any October or November releases I missed that you’re anticipating, or if you’re excited about any of the ones I mentioned.

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

 

Life Update

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Hey everyone! I am so incredibly sorry for my absence lately. Over the summer I was doing so well with keeping up with th blog, but college is hitting me hard with work. On Tuesday I had my statistics exam, my first college exam ever, and got a 94% because I busted my butt for a week, haha. I literally just finished my Astronomy exam and got a 92%! Yay! On Tuesday alone, I was working non-stop on schoolwork from 9:30 in the morning (pre-exam studying) to half past midnight (homework and Astronomy studying). I’m actually dead. I have another exam on Tuesday for my Writing Fundamentals for Communicators class, and it’s all on grammar and it’s going to be extremely hard… yay!…

On a much better note, I’ve found two literary magazines I’m going to try to start making stuff for. One “hired” me, it’s more of a volunteer writer thing, and the other I’m going to see for the first time tonight! I’m super excited. I also kind of want to start my own literary magazine because none of the ones here are focused on fantasy or sci-fi material.

Even better yet… IT’S FALL. My amazing mom got me a pumpkin-scented air-freshener and a pumpkin-scented candle. Both are AMAZING. It’s officially cooling down in Florida, at least at the University of Florida, and it feels great. I can sit outside and read and not sweat. It’s also super gloomy and rainy usually so perfect movie and reading atmosphere (especially for Harry Potter).

twatd     Also, right now I am trying to read The Wrath and the Dawn. I’m in chapter two and loving it so far, the writing is beautiful, I just need more time because I really want to get invested in the story. I can actually go outside random places and read now and it’s not weird because everyone is around campus doing work and stuff in random places, so I highly recommend college for that reason alone.

 

I miss you guys! What is everyone reading right now? How have you all been with school, work, or writing?

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

The Diabolic || Review

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Format: Paperback

Author: S.J, Kincaid

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

~ Good Reads Synopsis ~

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

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     Ok so I read this about a month ago now, and I’m in college and the book is back home so forgive me for this post because I’m trying. This is also going to be super short.

Secondly, I am so sorry I haven’t posted in a while; college has been crazy busy and I should be studying for a statistics exam right now but…. I will do a life update post soon to let you all know what is going on. Thanks for sticking with me!

*spoilers are crossed out*

Overall, I did really enjoy the book. Towards the middle, and definitely the end, the book was beyond captivating. I don’t believe it was amazing enough to be a 4, but it was so much more than a 3, so I gave it a 3.5. It was a pretty generic form of telling of a sci-fi/fantasy YA novel, and reminded me a lot of Cinder by Marissa Meyer in many ways.

One thing I do like in the book, which is random, is the religion. I’ve read few fantasy books that incorporated some form of religion, such as ACOTAR, but none were as good as this one. ACOTAR’s belief system was just super weird with a cauldron and it just didn’t make a lot of sense. This system is really poetic and kind of beautiful, and actually plays an important role in the story.

I also really liked Nemesis as she developed. In the beginning I sort of hated her and was not impressed. She was stony and it seemed like Kincaid hadn’t put much thought into her creation. I understand it is part of her character to be cold and concise, but I imagined she would be even more intuitive and badass to be honest. She just seemed dull. However, as we got to know her and she got to know herself, I fell in love. She’s so cool and majorly badass. I also enjoyed how her walls were broken down as she experienced living a real life, and the sympathy she started to develop, proving that she too is human and made from the stars.

I love Tyrus. Who didn’t see that coming? I love every male main character, I know. I love his whole plot too, like I REALLY did not imagine until it happened that he would be capable of such manipulation. It made me love him even more. I also love how him and Nemesis interact; they are so similar and work so well together. They are the real power couple.

As for Sidonia, I didn’t really like her. She remained flat and relatively boring with no real story to her. I appreciated her love for Nemesis, and her treating her as a real human, but at times her love felt so superficial.

The plot and setting did have a really good sci-fi feel to it, and it was a super quick read. I would definitely recommend this book to you guys! Let me know down below if you have read Diabolic and what you thought of it.

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

 

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hello! I was nominated by Travelling Across Pages for this award, so thank you so much! Please go check out her blog, it’s a really great one and she’s super cool. Without further ado, I’ll just dive right in.

The Rules:
Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions sent by the person who nominated you.
Nominate other bloggers.
Write them new questions.
List the rules and let other bloggers know you have nominated them.

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Questions:

What inspired you to start your blog?

Honestly, Zoella did, even before her whole book club thing, because I was really into beauty and stuff at the time, so I started a really bad beauty blog, and I have long since taken that down. I think it was Katytastic that introduced me into the booktube universe and from there I was inspired! I always loved reading and writing, so that helped lol.

What’s your favorite bookish memory?

I think mine is when I was younger and I read The Dark Hills Divide and I fell very much in love with the story and obsessed over it so much so I tried to write short novels about it.

Who’s your favorite blogger?

There’s so many, but probably Rimpy’s Reads, or IcthusBookCorner!

What author would you like to meet someday?

Obviously J.K. Rowling and Sarah J. Maas. They both inspire me so much, and you can’t go wrong with either of their books.

What’s your biggest blogging goal?

I don’t really have any goals for this blog, just to have fun in the bookish community. I guess it would be to receive a physical copy of a book I really anticipated, like Tower of Dawn.

I nominate:

Rimpy’s Reads

Crying Over Books

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Your Questions:

Who is your favorite author?

What book got you really into reading?

What is your favorite hobby besides reading and blogging?

If you could live in any fictional universe, which would it be?

Who is your favorite character of all time from a book?

 

Thank you so much for reading!

-Taylor

Out of the Cell || Pt. 1

Out of the cell

20.

It was my blood or his. Which would the guards be cleaning up in the morning? One swift movement and it was all over, one swift movement and I was all over.

19.

Freedom itched in my veins as I watched him circle me. “You scared, sweetheart? They’ve never put a girl in a place like this, you must’ve done something real bad.”

18.

I couldn’t respond, not when fear bobbed in my throat. “Let me past,” was all I could croak out.

17.

“I can’t do that. No one has ever gone out that way and come back,” he grumbled, closer now. “Thank of it as a… service.” My skin bristled under his slight touch on my shoulder, just next to my hairline.

16.

The guard would come by soon on patrol, and I was running out of options. If I killed him, I could leave. If I didn’t leave, either he would take me… or the patrol would kill us both.

15.

Footsteps echoed faintly down the hall. “Keep your hands in the cell,” the guard barked. The slap of his sword on the cell bars rattled in my ears.

14.

“Looks like you’re coming with me,” he kissed behind my ear. “Beautiful.”

13.

My elbow shot into his ribs, sending a wheezing breath from his lungs as he doubled over. I made for the small, round crawl tunnel carved in the dirt, disguised by the darkness at the end of the hall.

12.

He was on me. His hand clasped over my mouth. I took in the air to scream, but I couldn’t because there was no one to answer my calls except the guard, and that would lead to a certain end.

11.

“Gir off me,” I mumbled into his hand. The taste of dirt and sweat filled my mouth.

“Shut up, and don’t make a noise,” he whispered as he marched me toward his still-open cell.

10.

My hands were bound by one of his behind my back. I had it down to the second the time the guard would be down this hallway, I had my whole plan ready, had practiced picking my cell’s lock for weeks. Little did I know, my practice was teaching the guy across the hall how to pick his lock.

9.

The shuffles of heavy boots on the dirt came closer. “If you give me away, you’re dead too. I would really like to keep you alive, I’ve been watching you for the past two years.” A shiver went up my spine.

8.

“Every time you cried when you were first shoved in that cell. The day you finally stopped crying. While you slept. I stayed up most nights making sure the guards didn’t sneak into your cell at night, and you didn’t even know because the sound of the iron creaking on your cell door never woke you up, neither did my strangling the guard until he agreed that night never happened.”

7.

“I could’ve escaped here long ago, but I stayed because without me, you were helpless here.” My stomach caved in on itself.

6.

“Go through here.” My mind couldn’t even keep up. I hadn’t slept in over two days, waiting for tonight.

5.

Then we were on his wooden bed and a tear slipped down my cheek. Bu then his hands fell to my waist and hoisted me up toward the ceiling.

4.

Before I knew it, I was on my hands and knees, crawling up into a hole carved in the dirt wall by the ceiling, hidden in that dark corner.

3.

The guy, I hadn’t even learned his name, jumped off his bed and locked his cell once again.

2.

His hands appeared on the edge of the tunnel and his face peaked into the tunnel, but the foothold in the wall crumbled and he fell back down. “A little help?”

1.

I slapped my hand onto his and heaved him into the hall as those footsteps scraped in front of our cells. I had arranged my only blanket to look like my own sleeping form, but the man’s appeared empty.

We crawled and crawled. The bars of the cell rattled and when no one answered, the guard had unlocked it and inspected the cell, only to find it empty. The warning bells blared, but our tunnel was never found.

I was the first to speak. “You… you strangled a guard? He never told anyone?”

“He didn’t exactly make it out of the cell.” He killed someone. For me. In my cell. I was only feet away, asleep. My arms nearly gave out.

“Why?” I tried to keep the shaking that vibrated my body out of my voice.

“At first it was because I wanted you for myself,” he rasped. I swallowed hard. “But then there was one night, you were half naked in those tattered clothes before they gave you new ones, crying in that lonely darkness. And then you were on your knees praying to every god you knew the name of, and I heard every single word. You weren’t praying for yourself, but for your family, for your father and sister.” My throat burned as I stifled a sob, but I sniffled, giving me away. “I’m sorry about your mother.”

“It was seven years ago, during my sister’s birth,” I stammered. “Let’s not talk about it.” I didn’t like when people knew about her. She was mine, the thought of her belonged to my father and I, my sister hadn’t even met her. I was already thirteen at the time, a grown woman in my village, freshly of child-bearing age.

Silence fell over us like a blanket, unlike the cold, empty silence I’d grown used to.

And then we could see the moonlight at the end of the tunnel.

It was the first time in two years that I had seen the stars, and I fell to my knees and thanked each of those gods that I prayed to every night.

His hand fell on my hunched back, on my bony spine. I stiffened, but it wasn’t a move, the touch wasn’t asking for anything. It was comfort. I hadn’t felt comfort in seven years. My father had been empty after my mother’s death and it was I who kept our farm running. I worked by fields, hoisted barrels into the trading carts that came, did the labor that still scarred my skin.

My guts spilled out onto the cool grass, but the hand didn’t cringe away.

When my father returned to work, three years later, he had his hand cut off for stealing an apple for my sister when the farm had started to fail in the winter. Then it was I who ran the farm once more.

“What did you do?” I asked, spitting the taste from my mouth. His hair was dark brown, though from the highlights of honey in his hair, it was clear it had darkened from his time out of the sun. He was handsome, his features dark, his eyes a little sunken, the warmth in his skin, gone, but he was handsome. And his smirk never faltered.

“Well, I spend my own fair amount of time praying for my own younger sister,” he sighed as he squatted into the grass beside me. “Some of the king’s men had tried to take her, they started… touching her. By the time I got to her, she only had her under clothes left.”

I sucked in a shallow breath. “How old was she?”

“Barely nine. So you could imagine what I did.” I quirked my eyebrow at him and he continued. “I killed three of them, but the other two got away.”

I erupted in a fit of coughs as I choked on my own air. Never before had I imagined acquainting myself with a murderer.

“What about you? You seem all miss innocent-never-done-anything-wrong-in-her-life,” he chuckled.

“I killed as well,” I mumbled.

Never before had I imagined being a murderer.

 

My Tips on Gaining a Following

GainingAFollowing     Hello everyone!

In the past I’ve gotten a few questions about how to gain a following for a blog and on Twitter and I always shrugged it off like I don’t even know what I’M doing and I don’t have that many followers. Well, I still don’t know what I’m doing, but I have a gained a lot more followers recently since my switch to WordPress. So today I am bringing you my tips on gaining a following. They’re pretty much just the standard tips, I think, but every blog is different, so this is how I (think) a blog can grow.

As of now (I’m writing this post 3 weeks in advance since I’ll be starting college when this goes up lol) , I have 1,004 followers on Twitter and 80 on my WordPress. When I had blogspot as my blogging portal, I left with over 3,000 views, which isn’t that many since I had it for a couple years.

First of all, I know some people have different opinions, but if you’re not on WordPress, I suggest switching to it. It is so much easier to earn followers, share your blog, and receive/send comments. Unless you pay, it’s more difficult to set up a lay out that you like, but I think that’s when you can get creative. I’ve made a whole post like this already, so you can check that out here.

Second of all, find your own style. There’s always something that makes a blog different, like the lay out, design, pictures, titles, etc. I have no idea, but my blog decorations are leaves? I just made them on PicMonkey and thought they were cute so I put them everywhere. I also usually take my pictures on my white bedding, but I switch it up sometimes. It’s good to look at a variety of blogs to get inspired, but please don’t copy, that’s not nice. Some blogs are more simple while others add some pizazz, it’s really just personal preference. Write the blog you want to read.

Going along with the last one, you’ll also need to find your own voice when you write. I like to write my blog as if I’m straight in front of the reader and talking to them, although that’s totally different from how I write my book and short stories. Some people blog like it’s more of a story. However you write, make it sound like you.

Make captivating titles. I’m a hypocrite there because I’m usually up front about my titles, but I try to make up for it by making a creative-looking title picture… with those leaves again, don’t ask why because I don’t know. Just try to make your reader interested in some way, without being tooo bland,

Pictures really do say a thousand words, and if you can take really high quality ones, they may even say 2,000. Honestly, sometimes I just look at the pictures on blogs, so I try to make at least most of mine relatively pretty. I at least hope they look good. This again goes back to making your own style, but everyone enjoys a great picture.

Social media can keep any blog afloat. Most of my views on my blog come from when I tweet out that I have a new blog post up and the readers click on the link in the tweet. Sometimes it can be a little hard to balance reading, blogging, writing, AND social media time, but it’s so worth it. I’ve even made friends with some of the people in the bookish community, and I promise they’re all friendly and greatly entertaining. Bookstagram is also another popular outlet. It’s really just posting pictures of books on Instagram, and I don’t personally do it, I just post my book photography on Twitter, but Bookstagrams are a really great way to earn followers and show your creativity.

Lastly, I have to say that your experience while blogging is really not about the followers. You want to look back on this time when you’re super old and have maybe stopped blogging, and think “wow, I had so much fun and met some really great people,” not “wow I was so stressed and that’s probably why my hair greyed early.” So don’t think about getting the followers, think about making yourself happy and the milestones will come! Itt may take 2 months, or 2 years, but you’ll get somewhere!

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

I Messed Up Book Tag

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Hello everyone!

I was tagged by IcthusBookCorner to do the I Messed Up Book Tag! It was quite a while ago that I was tagged, but I had all my posts lined up and this was the only free spot lol.

A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently.

This is probably every character I’ve ever read. I’d probably have to say Theresa from The Maze Runner trilogy, Four from The Divergent series, and the AI guy from Illuminae. The AI was probably the worst because I couldn’t help but picture him as a human.

A character name that you have been pronouncing wrong.

Lol. There’s too many. Probably all the names from Beautiful Creatures and Minho from The Maze Runner. I always said it as “minnow,” or would over-pronounce the “ho” part. I don’t know.

An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure.

I know this sounds bad, but when the guys are more protective of their love interest and take charge. I hate when the girls are weaker and let the guy control them, but I like a little protective instinct, I think it’s cute.

A cliché character type that you like better on screen than reading about.

Characters like Bella from Twilight who are more moody and, I love Twilight, but whiny. Also, I can’t stand the standard jock or mean girl in a book, but they’re ok on screen.

Have you ever not read or completed a required-reading book for school?

Never. I love reading, so why wouldn’t I read required books. I also I want to read more classics, so school books are my excuse to.

Have you ever skipped (or wanted to) a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?

I have wanted to, but I’ve never done it. I’m afraid I’ll miss something big and be clueless at where I pick the story back up.

Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?

They don’t know, but many times, like more than a healthy amount. Don’t judge.

Thanks for reading!

-Taylor

Siege and Storm || Review

siege and storm.jpgPages: 435

Format: Paperback

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Square Fish

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

~ GoodReads Synopsis ~

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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     I am going to be completely honest, this book was so slow until like the last quarter, and that is exactly how it was for the first book. Apparently I didn’t do a review for Shadow and Bone, but I would have given it the same 3.5 star rating. Also, just because it was slow, doesn’t mean I didn’t love it, and does not mean I’m not totally excited to read Ruin and Rising, because I did and I am! (I’ll do the cross out thing for possible spoilers again.)

First I want to hit on the relationship Alina has with Mal. Maybe it’s an unpopular opinion, but I just don’t like them together. Like the only time she was physically attracted to him was when the Darkling pretended to be Mal. Other than that time, I can’t remember a time she physically wanted to be with him. I think Mal is really harsh on her, too. I get why, I get she’s never able to be alone with him and be with him, but she’s learning and adjusting to such a high role of power to protect and help so many people, including him, and he really just needs to lay off. I do hope something happens between Alina and Nikolai, which I’m sure something will from that certain comment toward the end that was adorable. I feel like in every single way, Nikolai is so much better for her. 1.) He understand what she’s going through and doesn’t treat her like she’s some arrogant pedigree, 2.) he actually shows an attraction to Alina, more than just a barely-there friendship, and 3.) she actually wants to be with him, I feel like.

As for Alina’s new power-hungry state of mind, I hate it. Like I get that she has these amplifiers that are making her this way, but I hate that frame of mind. It does add a little differentiation within the genre of YA fantasy because usually the heroine is strictly the heroine with no bad tendencies, so it is a littler interesting. Also, at least she’s developing through it. A lot of heroines show little development in character and even less development in understanding responsibility. I appreciate that Alina knows what is at stake (Ravka), and understand that it may cost her Mal, or her life, to save it.

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE READ THIS BOOK, can we talk about the ending??? HER POWERS ARE GONE??? WHAT??? I’m flipping. I know they’ll probably come back some how, and she’ll probably get the last amplifier, but oh my goodness that was a shocker. I also hated how happy Mal seemed about it, like support your girl Mal, don’t be a butthole.

I guess that’s it, and I’ll try to put out a review for Ruin and Rising when I get around to reading it. Let me know down below how you feel about the Grisha trilogy and Alina’s relationships.

Thanks for reading!

Taylor

 

The College Freshman Book Tag

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Hello everyone!

I discovered another tag out there in the blogiverse, and once again I wasn’t tagged but I thought it would be fun anyway! Since I am going to be a college freshman on the 19th of this August, I found this tag pretty fitting.

It was started by Dawlyn and Krista at Little Blind Book Finds. And that’s all I have for you, so here’s the tag:

The Roommate
Roommates can be a hit or miss experience freshman year, especially when you don’t get the opportunity to pick who you room with. Name a character you’d love to be roommates with and one you’d hate to be roommates with.

So my roommate would probably be Annabeth from Percy Jackson because I feel like she wouldn’t get annoying and would give me space because she’s not super talkative and crazy crazy. I would probably hate being roommates with Bella from Twilight just because she’s so depressing.

Orientation
Before your freshman year officially begins, you typically go to an orientation to familiarize yourself with the campus. Orientation can be both exciting and scary as you’re experiencing something new. Name a book that you read to experience a new genre, or to familiarize yourself with a topic you knew nothing about. Did you like the book? What did you learn from it?

I read Illuminae to experience the science fiction genre since I hadn’t read much in that genre and I loved it! I’m trying to write a sci-fi short story and it definitely helped with the perspective of space and all that.

Homesick
It is normal to experience homesickness at some point after moving away from home for the first time. Name a book from your childhood that you love so much that you sometimes miss, and may even find yourself rereading it often.

Percy Jackson is definitely a series I keep coming back to. I read the original series in 6th grade and I’ve been reading the Heroes of Olympus series all throughout High School and now college.

Choosing A Major
Choosing a major is something every college student has to do at some point, but many students choose their freshman year. Hopefully your major is something you are passionate about. Name a book that you have read about a topic you are passionate about, or a character from a book that shares a similar passion as you.

I feel like there’s someone in the Mortal Instruments series that likes to write, but I may be totally wrong. If not, I’d have to choose Hermione because she loves to learn and read and those are two of my favorite things.

Join The Club
Joining different clubs and groups can often be an exciting thing to jump into as a freshman for some, and nerve-wracking for others. Name a popular book or book series that you didn’t think you’d enjoy, but ended up loving.

Again, Illuminae, because it’s written entirely through documents and I usually hate reading documents in books. Also, Scarlet, because I liked Cinder, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to read the rest of the series.

The All-Nighter
As a college freshman and a college student in general, all-nighters are pretty common. Name one book that was so good, you stayed up all night reading it.

THE NATURALS. I was up until two in the morning, when I usually go to bed around ten. The ending was just so great I couldn’t put it down. There were three plot twists in like five pages and it was amazing.

The Night Before It’s Due
Speaking of those all-nighters, they usually have something to do with that assignment you put off until the last minute. Name a popular book or book series that you put off reading for way too long.

The Mortal Instruments series. I still haven’t finished it lol. I just can’t get into it and I’ve only read the first book.

The Hangover
You may or may not have experienced a hangover… or 10 during your freshman year in college. Name a book that left you with a book hangover after you finished it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses and An Ember in the Ashes both left me with major hangovers and I read them back to back. Mark of Athena also left me with a huge hangover. I just get so into book worlds, and I’m not complaining, but it hurts to leave them.

On A Budget
Freshman year, you usually learn what it means to be a broke college student. Name a book that you remember buying even though you were tight on cash, because you just had to have it.

Pretty much all my books… but House of Hades. I recently bought it when I had like $40 left in my spending account since I’m trying to save for college.

English 101
General ed courses are typically all you take freshman year, and English is usually one of them. (Depending on the prof that could be a good thing  ) Name a required reading book that you loved. (it can be middle/high school or college)

There’s a few. I loved Hamlet in AP Literature, and I have no idea why because everyone else hated it; maybe I’m a closet Shakespeare lover. In that same class, I loved Candide by Voltaire. In AP Language I loved The Great Gatsby, even though I read it freshman year for fun, and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. In pre-AP English, I loved reading The Catcher in the Rye as well. I think I have a thing for classics, but I never let myself buy them.

The Textbook
Part of being a broke college student is trying to find the cheapest way to buy a textbook. To make it worse, some freshman gen ed courses end up having no use for the book at all. Name a book that you spent money on and ended up not liking.

The Young World by Chris Weitz is probably my least favorite book. Ever. And I also didn’t really get into The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and didn’t finish. I do plan on reading the rest of it eventually though.

Office Hours
All professors have office hours, and often times students don’t take advantage of them. Advice for freshman: go to office hours! It is a good idea to get to know your professors. Making connections with them can lead to great tips on assignments, internship opportunities, and job connections. Name a book (autobiography or biography) that you read to get to know more about someone you are interested in.

In middle school I read a book on Michelle Obama because I love her so much and she was the greatest First Lady. Other than that, I’ve never really read another biography for fun.

The Mean Professor
There’s always that one professor that no one likes, especially in freshman gen ed courses. Name a villain or any character you disliked, that you would hate to have as a professor.

As a professor, I would hate having Inquisitor Damian Rook from The Novice. I hate him so much. He’s such a classist, disrespectful butthole. I don’t think I’ve ever hated an evil character so badly right from the beginning. Arcturus is so nice and I’d beat Rook before he got the chance to hurt him.

Drop The Class
Sometimes It gets to the midpoint of the semester and you can’t take any more of a particular class, and decide to drop it. Name a book or author you thought you’d enjoy reading but ended up not liking.

I thought I would love Clockwork Angel since I love the 1800s, and London, but I really just thought it was pretty bland.

Life Lessons
I learned so many life lessons my freshman year of college. The experience made me learn so much about myself that I didn’t realize. Name a book that has made you reflect on life.

I’ve already mentioned it, but Mark of Athena really made me reflect on life. I don’t know why or in what way, but I feel like I understood myself a lot better after reading it. Also, The Great Gatsby really made me reflect on my life as well, but I feel like that’s the purpose of that novel.

Wow that took a long time, oh my gosh. If you do, or have done this tag, please link it down below so I can check it out! Thanks for reading!

-Taylor