Wednesday News: April 3

Wednesday News: April 3

So this news article is probably something you already know, but I still think it’s worth the read.

Reading to your kids from a book, or from a tablet… Which is better? Read the New York Times Article about it here:

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Book Review: Lord of Chaos

So since I started A Crown of Swords this morning, I thought it would be a good idea to review the book right before it, The Lord of Chaos.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Author: Robert Jordan

So this is my first time reading through the Wheel of Time series, and as you probably know by now, I am in love with it. Like I said in past reviews, I bought all 14 books before I had even finished the first one.

Lord of Chaos is by far my favourite of the first six books though, and probably by quite a bit.

Lord of Chaos doesn’t necessarily have my favourite moments for each character (though Mat is just the coolest 24/7), but all of the character’s stories put together as a whole provided the best overall story.

The one problem I found with Lord of Chaos is it comes at the point in the series where people are becoming ‘bored’. There aren’t many series out there with more than a few books, because it’s just the way things work. Turning a world and a story into three books is going to be much easier than into 14 books, but I still think Robert Jordan has done a pretty good job of it.

Over the first five books, the style of Jordan’s enemies are on the verge of being repetitive, but in Lord of Chaos, Jordan moves away from his regular plots/characters and changes up the style of bad guy, which is sort of just a less good, good guy.

Rand has fully come into his role of being the main character, but Perrin (he’s back from his honeymoon), Mat, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne are back in action and bad ass as always.

My favourite part of Lord of Chaos was that it set up A Crown of Swords, and yes that probably sounds dumb because all books set up the next one if it’s a series.

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What I mean by that is this book didn’t solve all of it’s issues. There are still a few story lines that weren’t resolved by the end of the book.

For the other four books before this one, Jordan has each of them contribute to the overall story line of the series, but each book has its own story line that is wrapped up. In Lord of Chaos it isn’t completely wrapped up, which came at a good time in the series in my opinion.

It’s an important thing for writers, more so those with long series, to know how to keep readers interested. That’s why people often shoot for a book series that is somewhere from two and four books long, because each book introduces more risk of losing readers.

If you’re writing a book there’s a big risk of becoming too in tune with your writing style, and you end up writing a bland story that is repetitive and makes people lose interest in your story.

I’m not a master of books, or literacy, or reading or anything like that, but I think Jordan did a good job knowing the status of his story at this point and changing it enough to keep people interested.

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I did a little bit of digging as I was writing this post, and it seems like Lord of Chaos isn’t one of the most popular books in the series, but it is generally ranked higher than all of the books coming before it, and usually lands about the mid way ranking in terms of popularity.

I think the reason is because Jordan switched it up and changed his formula enough to get people interested again.

What is your favourite book in the Wheel of Time series? Let me know in the comments, or give me your ranking of all of the books in the series!

My Goals for 2019

I know about a month and a half ago I had set some reading goals for myself for the year. I still plan on sticking with them, but I completely forgot about what goals I had for the blog and my social media channels.

I’m a relatively new blog, so some of these goals don’t seem like much to other people, but I figured I would set a decent milestone for myself and use it as a good foundation going forward.

Blog

I started this blog in September 2018 for a school assignment and really enjopyed doing it, so I decided to start doing it more full-time. I haven’t made any money from it yet, but I hope to in the future. I’m currently sitting at 32 followers on my blog, and I want to hit 100 by the end of the year. I don’t think this is a lofty goal at all, honestly it’s probably the easiest one to hit. My average is about 1-2 followers a week, but I think with some of the ideas you’ll hear about later in this post, I can definitely bump it up and hit 100 by 2020.

Goal: 100 followers

Current: 32

 

TWITTER

So currently Twitter is the platform I use the most to promote the blog. The writing and book blogging community seems pretty active and robust, so I’d really love to get involved more and start to grow. I’m sitting at 39 Followers at the moment of writing this, and I really want to hit 250 by the end of the year. I think this might be my hardest goal to hit, but I think it is possible.

Goal: 250 followers

Current: 39

 

INSTAGRAM

Not sure if any of you know this, but yes I do use Instagram. It’s not my biggest platform, I only use it to post a picture once a week and try to engage with some different audiences. I’m far from a great photographer so that’s my biggest weakness for Instagram, but I’d still like to start growing on there and getting some more engagement with my audiences. I’m hoping to hit 100 followers on Instagram, and I am currently at 24. I think this will be an easier goal. I only started Instagram earlier this year, and jumped up to 24 followers pretty soon.

Goal: 100 followers

Current: 24

 

Book Club

I thought it might be a good idea to start a Facebook book club too. I thought it would be a great opportunity to engage with my audiences and discuss a book in a more laid back environment.  I planned to get it started in February, but I’ve hit a few hiccups with school, so I’m shooting for getting it going by summer time. I’m currently at 0 followers, and I didn’t really have a goal for this one because I wasn’t sure if this was one I would stick with too much, but if I had to set a goal I’d say 25 or so.

Goal: 25 participants

Current: 0

 

TWITCH

So I guess this is the first teaser to my upcoming Twitch Channel. Yeah, I am planning on using Twitch to start engaging with different audiences. I plan on doing a sort of book club, where I will read a book to my viewers and then engage with them in a discussion about the book. I’m starting this from scratch, but I have 1 follower currently and am hoping to hit 50 by the end of the year. From my experience with Twitch it shouldn’t be too hard, and I have a few people in place to help build my following, but I just wanted to set the bar a little lower because I’m not too skilled with Twitch quite yet.

Goal: 50 follower

Current: 1 follower

 

YOUTUBE

I was talking to a few people who use Twitch, and they said if I did want to start streaming on there then I should take the videos and throw them on YouTube. I wouldn’t necessarily focus on YouTube content, more so have it as a side platform to get some views and maybe some followers. If there was enough interest on the platform, I’d probably start engaging with audiences more, but until that time I’d keep it as a side platform to use. I haven’t started quite yet,  but I’m hoping to hit 25 subscribers by 2020.

Goal: 25 subscribers

Current: 0

 

So these are all of my goals for my social media platforms in 2019. I think they are all obtainable, and I am gonna do my best to reach all of them.

What do you think? Do you think I can reach these goals? Any tips to reaching them faster?

Also, if you’re interested in my Twitch channel look for OnMyBookshelf. I’m hoping to get my first stream out this weekend.

Weekly Recap

I know you didn’t miss any of my posts this week, but on the odd chance someone you know did, here they are:

Book Review: D’Arnold finds a home by Teah Lytywn

Type it Out Tuesday: February 12

Wednesday News: February 13

Why Reading Together Can Be A Good Valentine’s Day Date

Quote of the Day: Great Gatsby

Why Reading Together Can Be A Good Valentine’s Day Date

So as I’m sure all of you know, today is Valentine’s Day, which can make a lot of people happy, or very upset. Some of you might have a date and are celebrating, some have a date and don’t feel the need to celebrate.

Some people may have no date and aren’t too happy about it, while other still might have no date and couldn’t be happier about that. If anything, it’s more romantic to have that perfect date any other day of the year, because you won’t be societally obligated to go through with it.

If you are happy about what you are doing on Valentine’s Day, then I am happy for you, there’s no pressure to find that perfect date.

I have been thinking about this idea a lot recently, and I was wondering if sitting with your significant other and just enjoying books together can be an awesome gift to eachother today.

Yeah, some people wan’t some crazy gifts; boxes of chocolates, flowers, food, jewellery, but I think a lot of people are happy just spending time with the person they love.

That’s why I believe my idea could be a great present to eachother. The only problem for this idea is that both people need to be interested in books.

Let’s examine the idea a little more.

If you and your parnter are both big readers, but don’t really like eachother’s favourite genres, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Personally, my girlfriend isn’t a big reader, but when she does read it tends to be on the darker side of the spectrum, where I prefer more epic fantasy books.

I think a nice romantic gesture like swapping books with eachother and putting the time in to reading a book that your partner has chosen for you can be a good date idea, and also help your relationship. Maybe you don’t like the book in the end, but maybe you do.

I think the key part is putting in the effort for your parnter and showing some interest in something that they are interested in.

To spice things up a bit, you two can get some comfy sweats on, make a nice warm cup of tea (or whatever your reading drink of choice is) and curl up under a nice warm blanket together and enjoy eachother’s company while you both read a good book.

This works if you and your partner like the same books too. It might be easier because this way you don’t have to swap books with eachother, you can just take whichever book you are reading at the time and enjoy it in the presence of the person you love.

I’m not saying this is the perfect date idea, and I’m not saying your partner will even enjoy it if you would. I just think that it could be a nice alternative to watching Netflix together (which also isn’t a bad idea)

I’d love to hear what everyone’s doing for Valentine’s Day. Let me know in the comments section.

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of my posts this week, here they are:

Monday: Book Review: The Once and Future King

Tuesday: Type It Out Tuesday

Wednesday: Wednesday News

Thursday: Why Reading is Hard

Friday: Quote of the Day

 

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