Monday, October 31, 2016

10 Bookish Confessions


When people hear that you are reader, they can assume things like that you remember everything you’ve read, or that you have a huge library. These can be true some of the time, but every reader is different. For instance, I don’t own a ton of books, and I don’t remember everything I read. Every reader has a few oddities when it comes to reading. Here are some of my weird reading habits. 

1. I worry about what to read next. There are so many books out there. I want to read them all. I have a to-read list that will take me years to finish. There are so many new books I want to read. I sometimes get stressed out because I can’t read them all at once. 

2. I do not remember everything I read. Nope. Not at all. I have read a lot of books, and I’m satisfied if I remember a few points from each one. There are a few outstanding books that will be in my brain forever. For the most part, though, I don’t remember everything. 

3. I used to go blank when asked to recommend a book. It's not because I didn't have any good books to recommend, it's that when you have to find a good book for a total stranger, it can be hard. Especially if they are kid who doesn't like to read, or someone who hasn't read anything in a while. I get asked to recommend books once in a while, since I work at a library. But I've been getting better at finding books for people, you just have to ask people a few questions about what they like - or don't like.

4. I don’t have favorite books. Well, I guess I do. My list of favorite books is always being added to. I just like books, okay? I can't chose my favorite, but I can tell you my current my top ten. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New Blog Name!


Hey, everyone!

Here's a short post to say that I changed my blog's name! I had been thinking about the name for a while, and I finally did.

I liked O Ye Scribes, but I felt like I had outgrown it, so I decided to switch to Candice Will, I feel like it's more personal (obviously, it's my name) and that it's going to be a good name for the long term.

This space is still going to be a book blog - the name is the only change! :)

Since I don't want this post to be too boring, here is a short video I made on how to open a new book. Using this technique will gently break in a new new binding and help a book last longer!

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Friday, September 30, 2016

25 Things I Learned About Books Last Summer




Here we are at the beginning of autumn!

Summer went by fast, didn't it? It was a good summer for me, but I didn't blog much. Despite that, I learned a lot about books and reading over the summer, I thought I would share it with you! I wanted to have this list ready a few weeks ago, but I didn't, so here it is, super late.

1. Do not leave books in your bag with a leaky water bottle. It could cause water damage. Having made this mistake, I do not recommend it.

2. I still read too many books at once. It’s a habit I developed in high school. Sometimes it's an advantage, sometimes it isn't.

3. Take a book everywhere with you.

4. If you do not take a book everywhere with you, it is likely you will be tempted to buy one at the nearest bookstore.

5. If you do buy a book, go to a bookstore that has sales! I did this and found lots of books with low prices, so it took me forever to choose one.

6. Go to a library's used book sale. They usually have a ton of selection at very low prices. This is where I got my largest book haul of all time.

7. Don't be afraid to clean out your bookshelf. Your books will outgrow you shelf, and sometimes, you outgrow your books. It's okay to send them to new homes.

8. It's a good idea to read a really popular book, because then you know more about what's happening in the bookish world.

9. It's a good idea to read an obscure book on something random, like the global trash trade, or honeybees, because then you know something that you didn't before.

10. Don’t leave a book outside overnight.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Small is Beautiful Blog Tag



I'm super excited about today's post! Serena from poetree has tagged me for the the Small is Beautiful blog tag.


Guidelines:
  1. Feature 3-5 blogs with fewer than 100 followers.
  2. Write 1-3 paragraphs about each blog, including information like what the blog is about, a brief bio of the blogger, and/or why you recommend their blog. Don't forget a link to their blog!
  3. Include an image for each blog, whether it's a blog button, profile photo, header, or simply a screenshot of the blog.
  4. Thank the blogger who featured you, and include a link to their blog. If you like, you can even include them as one of the blogs that you feature (especially if they joined the tag without having been featured by someone else).
  5. Include the tag image somewhere in your post.
  6. If you like, tweet a link to your blog post with the hashtag #SmallBlogsTag. Serena will retweet it, and so will I! Let's spread the love for small blogs.


I love the idea behind this tag. It is designed to celebrate smaller blogs in the blogosphere. I read a lot of smaller blogs, so I was so excited to feature some of my favorites in this tag. So, on to the tag!

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[Insert Title Here] || Ashley

[Insert Title Here] is a wonderfully sarcastic blog written by Ashley, a college student and writer. I can't remember exactly how I found her blog, but I am glad I did! [Insert Title Here] includes book reviews, writing updates and discussions, and Ashley co-hosts a writing prompt link-up called Starting Sparks. I always love reading Ashley's blog. Also she likes The Lunar Chronicles, Sherlock and Switchfoot, some of my favorite media!


The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling || Allison
 
There's always something interesting happening at Allison's blog! Whether she is discussing things like tropes on YA fiction, or sharing original writing, Allison, a college student and writer, has an amazing blog, I always love reading it because she makes everything into an interesting and often funny story. The Art of Storytelling is one of my favorite blogs!
 

Imogen Elvis: Gossiping with Dragons

Gossiping With Dragons || Imogen Elvis

Imogen is an Australian writer with a degree in writing and publishing. She write fantasy, and reads a lot. I enjoy reading Gossiping With Dragons; it's my favorite place to find writing advice. Her posts on writing and editing are always super-helpful and encouraging. Imogen is also a musician, and she does posts about writing music! These are also some my favorite posts, I've found some great music through her blog!


Opal Swirls


Opal Swirls || Opal

Opal Swirls is one of those blogs that always leaves you refreshed after reading it. This thought-provoking and quietly inspiring blog is just a lovely place to visit. Opal, the author of Opal Swirls, shares book reviews, original poetry, and her thoughts on life, and being an introvert. I always enjoy reading her perspective on books and life!


poetree

poetree || Serena

Of course I have to include poetree! poetree is written by Serena, the blogger who created this tag. Serena's blog features book reviews, original poetry, and "Wordless Wednesday" a post series of photos. poetree is always well written and inspiring. Since Serena reviews a wide variety of books, it's a blog that has something for every bookworm.

I think poetree was the very first blog I followed when I started blogging, and it was a huge inspiration for me. Serena and I eventually got to know each other and we have so much in common!

So, what are your favorite small blogs? Isn't the small blogging community the best? How did you get started blogging?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Red Rising || Futuristic Mars, Amazing Worldbuilding, and Tragic Stuff



Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
 
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So, I’m finally reviewing Red Rising, by Pierce Brown. (There are a few spoilers in this review, by the way.)

I don’t usually read gritty, tragic dystopian kind of books, but this one came highly recommended, so I decided to give it a try. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and it took a while to get around to reading it. But once I started it, grabbed my attention right off. 

And I’m glad I read it, it’s a gripping, action packed story.

The world building was phenomenal. I liked that it was just weird and different enough to be alien and futuristic, but that the atmosphere was not overwhelming. The setting did not interfere with the plot or characters; it was an excellent complement.

I liked the main character, Darrow. It was interesting to see his character develop, and his motivation mature, he goes from wanting revenge for his wife's death, to wanting to change the right and opportunities for an entire class. Of course, Eo's death always central to his motivation. While I think the main character is well written, I certainly couldn’t endorse some of the choices Darrow made. Overall, this added to the realistic, gritty feel of the story, showing that there are layers to a character, some more complicated and messy than others. That was an interesting tension throughout the book. Although Darrow plans on overthrowing the Golds, sometimes he makes choices that bring him close to becoming the very thing he hates. The plot demands that the main character make sacrifices and tough choices, always weighing what he must do against what his end goal is.

My only complaint is that the plot felt a little bit familiar. An oppressed guy has his life ruined by the corrupt ruling class. He wants revenge, joins some rebels, changes his appearance, learns everything about the ruling class and enters their society as a revolutionary and spy. This is not to say that this is a bad plot – it’s not. Pierce Brown did an excellent job with this book, and there are several plot twists that keep it well out of “cliche” territory.

On the whole, I really enjoyed Red Rising, and I can’t wait to see what happens in Golden Son.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Courageous || Review

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Inspired by the vision of the Young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She gladly gives herself to the cause, as she's haunted by a tragic mistake and no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring. 

Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church, but dreams of protecting the innocent as a knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of young adolescents. When they face political machinations, danger, and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.

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First, thanks to Bethany House, for the free copy in exchange for an honest review! Also, this review has a lot of spoilers!

Dina Sleiman’s book Courageous, book three in the Valiant Hearts series, sets a story of second chances, love and adventure against the colorful backdrop of the crusades in the 1200’s.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book. I did not realize it was a book three, and I had not read books one and two. However, since each book has a different main character and setting, it is easy to dive right into the third book without missing important parts of the story.The book is not based on a real crusade, but the Rosalind and Randel’s mission is inspired by the Children’s Crusade. The group in this fictional crusade is inspired by the vision of a young teen-aged girl. They believe it is their mission to free Christian prisoners in the Holy Land.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Bookshelf Love Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

 




Today's the day!

It is July 11th, and that means my Bookshelf Love Reading Challenge has ended. This challenge was created by Serena @ poetree. In this challenge you choose unread books from your bookshelf and read them in a set amount of time. At the end, you recycle or donate any unread books. I have decided not to get rid of my books just yet, but my shelf is due for a cleaning, so some of my books may end up in new homes soon!

Basically, I did not get as far as I thought I would. I finished only two books from my list.

#BeMore by Sandra Krakowski
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter
I Got This by Jennifer Hudson
True Love Dates by Debra Fileta
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The good news is that I'm partway through three more of the book on my list. I should have them finished soon! I still plan to read all the books on my list, its just going to take me longer than I had planned. I'm really glad I did this challenge, though, its been helpful in getting me to pay attention to what is on my bookshelf.