I’M BACK

I’M BACK

So you may have noticed that I’ve been gone from the blog for the past week and a half or so.

I’m not sure if you are worried, but if you were, don’t be because I am perfectly fine.

I am not sick, in danger, or uninterested in continuing the blog, I just wanted to take a break to see how I felt about it.

I wanted to see how my life would be if I took a step away from the blog and just didn’t touch it, or the Podcast for a bit.

The conclusion I came to?

It felt like part of me was missing. I know I had just started this blog a half year ago, but it’s become part of who I am.

It’s become a part of me that I missed for almost two weeks, and I am excited to get back going again.

The schedule will stick to what it was before, except I might do Top 10 for Tuesdays instead of doing the writing prompts that I usually do.

So if you were missing my daily content, you won’t be missing any longer because starting today there will be regular content coming at ya!

I’ve got a few good ideas planned for the next few months and I think you all will enjoy them.

It might not all pan out as I hope, but I’ve got one segment planned that I am really excited for, and I think people might enjoy it a lot too.

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Ask Me Anything + The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you to Joanna Nicole for nominating me for this award! If you haven’t checked out her blog – The Geekish Brunette, I highly suggest checking it out! My content pales in comparison to hers, so do me a favor and follow her blog too!

Last week I also posted an Ask Me Anything, so it was perfect timing that these two events ended up on the same day. I’ll throw in my AMA questions and answers in at the end of the tag.

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WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
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Questions from Joanna Nicole @ The Geekish Brunette:

1.) What book has had the biggest impact on your life?

This is a really tough answer, because I don’t really know. It might sound a bit silly, but the books that have had the biggest impact on my life have probably been The Magic Treehouse series. They were some of the first books I ever remember reading, and I think they made me fall in love with reading when I was a young kid.

2.) What was your last book hangover?

Great. First two questions and I have a hard time answering them. I’m not really sure what to say for this because I am always reading at least two different books at one time, so there’s never really a chance for me to take a break from reading…I may be misunderstanding what book hangover means though.

3.) Favorite book quote and why?

Life before Death
Strength before Weakness
Journey before Destination.
It’s a quote from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, and there is so much meaning behind each of those phrases that it really means a lot to me. The way I think of the quote is a little different than what Sanderson’s characters do, but I think he made it so that it can be interpreted differently. If it means anything I’m thinking of getting a tattoo of that quote.

4.) What is your favorite color and what book cover best shows it off?

Blue. Not even a question. Maybe I am just a stereotypical guy who likes the “boy” color. In terms of what book cover, I’d probably say what I’m reading now. A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan.

5.) Favorite book boyfriend/book girlfriend?

I’ve never thought of this one before, but probably Clary Fray/Fairchild in the Mortal Instruments series. Don’t ask why…but if you do I’d probably answer you.

6.) Do you prefer standalone or series?

Series for the most part, but I’ve read a few standalones recently that have tipped the scales just a little bit.

7.) Who is your favorite villain and why?

It’s a tie between Napoleon from Animal Farm and Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Both very different characters, but I liked seeing Napoleon grow into the villain throughout the book, but I also like Sauron’s presence and power, but we never actually get to see HIM, so it’s an interesting type of villain.

8.) Do you like morally grey characters?

Depends on the book/series, but overall yes. I think they make books more suspenseful as a whole, and add an interesting look at the world. Straight good or bad and you know what decisions will be made, but add a touch of grey and you never know what you’ll get.

9.) What got you into reading?

Like I said, The Magic Treehouse series was the first one I remember really getting into, and it opened my eyes to the fantastical possibilities that books can bring you.

10.) Favorite book-to-movie adaption?

As much as I am not a fan of how hyped the series is, I’d say Harry Potter. They did a good job adapting the movies for the big screen.

11.) What is your least favorite book genre?

Probably romance. I don’t hate it entirely, but it’s something I’ve dipped my toes into, and I haven’t been able to go any further. I think romance and I just don’t get along too well.

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My Questions:

1.) If you could get one book quote tattooed on your body, what and where would it be? (keep it clean people)
2.) One book series you want turned into a tv show or movie?
3.) If you could live in any book world, which would it be and why?
4.) If you had the power to read something, and make the words become reality in front of you, what book would you read first?
5.) What’s one really popular book you dislike?
6.) If you could have a pint with one author, dead or alive, who would it be?
7.) Where is your favorite place to read?
8.) What book death hit you the hardest?
9.) What book has been on your TBR the longest, and why?
10.) What is one idea for a book/series you wish you could act on and write?
11.) What’s one book you love that you think everyone should read?

I don’t know 11 other book bloggers well enough to tag them, but if you’re reading this and want to participate in the Award, then consider yourself tagged. Otherwise I have a few people I’d like to tag. Enjoy!!! (If you’ve already done it please ignore me I’M SORRY)

Witty and Sarcastic Book Club Ashes Books & Bobs The Bibliophagist
Hamlets & Hyperspace Chocolate’n’Waffles

Below are the questions to my Ask Me Anything I posted last week. There weren’t many submissions, but here they are.

Question: What was the book that got you into reading?

I said it above, but The Magic Treehouse series really opened my eyes to the possibilities of worlds and imagination.

Question: What’s one book you think you’d love to read- but either you haven’t found it yet or no one has written about it yet? (For example- I’d love to find a dark fantasy based on Hawaiian folklore.)

I’d like to see a book based off of a video game I don’t remember the title of. The concept is that these 4 people were all chained together and they had to figure out their way out of this tower. I think it could be a really cool concept, having characters physically bound to each other the whole story.

Thank you guys so much for asking me these questions, and thanks again for tagging me in The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Manga Review: Naruto

Naruto was one of the first anime I ever got into, and was the first manga that I started reading. I enjoyed it way more than the anime, because it wasn’t filled with months upon months of filler episodes, it was just the main story.

I am still on the fence about my final rating for Naruto though.

The biggest reason I am not doing an arc review for Naruto like I am with One Piece, is because it has been a few years since Naruto finished, and so I don’t really think people would be interested in arc reviews.

I may do one of Boruto one day, but I’m not sure.

Naruto has its moments. One aspect that really made me enjoy the series was the overall story being told. The first half of Naruto was discovering his powers and abilities, and becoming a ninja, but it was still supplemented by the overall world building and character development that helped the series springboard into the second half…which is where the most important events take place.

Part of me wants to say Naruto was this amazing manga that had no issues in it because it was the first manga I started to read. I mean it does have a great story, in typical Shonen fashion. It has a great world building aspect to it as well, and we know that there is more to the world than just what we see on the pages.

There are villains we get to learn about, these great historical figures that shaped the world that are mentioned over and over, but aren’t really brought up, and there are is even great world building within the Leaf Village due to all of the other characters we know about.

It does have a lot of pros going for it. I think any manga reader that has read Naruto would agree with me there, but I think they’d also agree that there are plenty of flaws as well.

The main character Naruto is super annoying in the first half of the manga, and even in the second half his habit of sticking to his ideals and trying to convince his enemies he is right gets annoying, because it works time and time again.

Aside from the main character, the biggest issue I have with the manga is the characters and their power scaling. Some of the characters, mainly the females, are essentially useless throughout the entire series, but because they are considered main characters, they keep coming back over and over.

That is another issue. Basically every female in the series is useless when it comes to fighting. There are some that are extremely powerful, and they’re usually pretty interesting characters, but for the most part it’s just the guys that are doing all the work and I’m not okay with that.

There are several female characters we know of that are very powerful, more powerful than some males, but they get less time. It is also a surprise that this is the case because you’d think guys, who are the main audience for the manga, would want to see women more often.

The power scaling is also annoying, like I mentioned. I won’t dive into it too much because I could talk about it for hours, and I understand it’s not a perfect system, but all I am going to say is that there are several times where a character goes from being wayyyyy too weak to becoming an overpowered bad ass master of some ability in basically an instant.

It becomes an issue when characters do it two or three times in basically a week…Naruto.

So yeah…like I said I am conflicted on how I would rank it. It’s good. I definitely recommend the read, but I don’t want to say it’s the perfect manga ever, because it’s not, by a long shot…

Why I Like Short Stories

Why I Like Short Stories

I’ve been interested in reading and writing since I was a little kid, and my go to type of book to read was a nice long chapter book. The thicker the better.

My philosophy was, the thicker it was, the more time and effort were put into it, therefore the book must be good right?

Well that’s not completely wrong, but it does have its faults. Just because a book is long, doesn’t mean it is good, but I would say a majority of them are.

What I didn’t realize until the last few years, is that short stories and anthology series really good. I read them in high-school and university, but they’re usually pretty bland and full of symbolism, plus schools rarely ever pick good reading material.

I didn’t mind short stories usually, but they weren’t my favorite thing, until recently. I’ve read a handful of short stories over the past few years, and I’ve really enjoyed them.

Usually a book with a more fleshed out story is better, because they have answers to all the questions and all of the story lines typically end some how.

What’s to complain about in that case? I’m getting the complete story, I should be happy about it.

That’s true, at least in my opinion, but there is another truth that goes along with it. Just because you don’t get the full story, doesn’t mean the story isn’t good.

There is some sort of magic that comes with creating your own story, or finishing a puzzle, and I think that’s something that short stories inspire in people.

They let people fill in the remaining pieces of the puzzle they started, and give people a chance to finish the story how they want it.

If a short story is done well, it tells just enough of a story to satisfy your needs, but not a complete enough story that it gives you all the answers.

It finds the fine line between mystery and answer. Giving you the steak, and you bring the potatoes.

It’s a near magical thing, creating a short story that makes the reader want more. I put the success of short stories up to a test. If a short story is done well, I imagine at least a half dozen different things that could happen in that story.

If a short story is done well, I go looking for more content from that world, author, or anything, just to help me finish it.

If a short story isn’t done well, that’s all there is to it. The story ends at the last word. There’s no wondering what happened next, there’s no finishing the puzzle. The story lives and dies in its own pages.

You might be thinking that you haven’t read a short story that was good, or maybe you haven’t read one that was bad. Either way, everyone has their opinions.

I’ve read a few short stories that fall into both categories, but its the ones that I crave more of that made me fall in love with short stories.

Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

I remember reading this book years ago in highschool as the first book in the book club I had just joined.

We got to pick books out of a crate and I was one of the last ones to pick, and the cover of Legend looked interesting.

I started reading it on the bus ride home that afternoon and I was done by the end of the week.

I was hooked in an instant. It was an easy YA book to read, and it was the first book that I read that had a dystopian theme to it. I was putting my foot in the water with Legend, and quickly dove right in because I loved it so much.

One thing I really enjoyed about Legend was jumping between two different perspectives. Marie Lu wrote her entire trilogy about Day and June, two “perfect” characters, or so their tests and evaluations tell us, who have two different experiences in life.

June is hunting down Day, whom she believed killed her brother, and we get to see their interactions from both perspectives.

Usually having different perspectives in the same book isn’t much of a big deal because plenty of books do it.

That is true, but most of them have different character perspectives because they are focusing on different parts of the world, and having just one person’s perspective wouldn’t give readers a large enough scope of what is happening.

In Legend, and the other two books in the series, Day and June spend a lot of time together.

Day is from the poorer part of society, and we get to experience his life as a rebel, helping out the poor much like a Robin Hood sort of figure. He pulls off some pretty insane stunts and is a genius in his own regard, he just does things on his own.

June on the other hand, works for the “government”. She is top of her class, and like June, is able to perform some very remarkable physical stunts and is also a genius in her own regard. She is also fairly well off in life, and hasn’t known poverty.

The two different perspectives in the books is a nice change. It gives us the poor and the rich side to everything. When one character is living their everyday life, the other is exploring it for the first time, and as a reader, this style of reading was nice, because it’s different.

June knows her truth of certain events that happen in the book, and Day knows his truth. Jumping between perspectives gives us a look at the inner thoughts of both characters when the time is right, but also puts us outside of their mind and their thoughts when the stroy needs it to happen.

Marie Lu has done a wonderful job utilizing the different perspectives and making the two characters bounce off of eachother nicely.

Like I said, it is a fairly easy read, but it is good. If you like dystopian style books mixed with some spy and mystery novel aspects I recommend Legend.

Top 10 Manga Quotes

Since I covered a One Piece arc this week, I thought I’d give you some of the best manga quotes out there. These are just some of the ones that popped up on multiple lists I found, but they’re all good in my opinion.

I hope you enjoy them!

“Weaklings will stay weak forever. But weakness is not evil, since human beings are weak creatures to begin with. Alone, you feel nothing but insecurity; that’s why we form guilds, that’s why we have friends. We walk together in order to live a strong life. The clumsy ones will walk into more walls than the others, and it may also take them longer to get there. If you believe in tomorrow and put yourself out there, you can naturally obtain your strength. That’s how you will be able to smile and live strong.”

Makarov Dreyar (Fairy Tail)

“The true measure of a shinobi is not how he lives but how he dies. It’s not what they do in life but what they did before dying that proves their worth.”

Jiraiya (Naruto)

“I want you to be happy. I want you to laugh a lot. I don’t know what exactly I’ll be able to do for you, but I’ll always be by your side.”

Kagome (Inuyasha)

“I don’t want to conquer anything. I just think that the guy with the most freedom in this ocean is the Pirate King!”

Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)

“I want…to change things. I want to believe that anything can be changed. The moment I met you, a new world opened up for me. You see, after wandering in the darkness for so long, a light brought me happiness. It’s all thanks to you.”

Chrono (Chrono Crusade)

“If you only face forward, there is something you will miss seeing.”

Vash the Stampede (Trigun)

“We are all like fireworks. We climb, shine, and always go our separate ways and become further apart. But even if that time comes, let’s not disappear like a firework, and continue to shine forever.”

Hitsugaya Toushiro (Bleach)

“Don’t be so quick to throw away your life. No matter how disgraceful or embarrassing it may be, you need to keep struggling to find your way out until the very end.”

Clare (Claymore)

“The world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us trying the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful.”

Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist)

“Even if I die, you keep living okay? Live to see the end of this world, and to see why it was born. Live to see why a weak girl like me ended up here… And the reason you and I met.”

Sachi (Sword Art Online)

 

 

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