5 Bloggers You’ll Want to Follow

Hello dear readers, I hope all things are going well for you in these troubling times. The world is a scary place, and some days it only gets scarier.

I thought about providing you with links and resources for you to support BlackLivesMatter, but I am not an expert on this subject at all.

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I decided to share some bloggers that I have enjoyed reading lately. Whether they’ve inspired me, or have some great content that has helped me, these 10 Bloggers are a great addition to the blogging world!

And please dear readers, stay safe and stay connected with your loved ones.

If you have any other great bloggers, please share them in the comments, or send me their social medias.
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Ren – A Bookish Balance

Not only is Ren a Canadian blogger, which makes her that much cooler, but she also has a gorgeous blog layout, some amazing pictures throughout her site, and writing skills any blogger should strive for.

She manages to sum up a book’s review in just a few short sentences, and she covers such unique books, I am sure she has something that everyone will love.

Looking at Ren’s blog is so peaceful. The colors flow nicely, her design skills are second to none, and I’m not even sure how to compliment her Instagram feed.

Some of my favourite posts on A Bookish Balance:
Mini Reviews: The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Picture of Dorian Gray, & Heidi
Mini Reviews: Miss Understanding, Whistleblower, & Stardust
Mini Reviews: Marriage of Convenience, The Love Prison Made and Unmade, & The Wallflower Wager


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New Lune

New Lune is a great resource for any blogger, especially if you are just starting out. She offers great resources, insights coming from personal experience, as well as some great resources and articles from a variety of different genres.

Her resources have been helpful to me and many other bloggers, and her website design is clean and effective.

Some of my favourite posts on New Lune:
How To Establish A Strong Social Media Presence
7 Apps To Download When You Are Bored
5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging


Joanna – The Geekish Brunette

Back to the book world, Joanna seems to live and breathe books. She is constantly coming out with insightful book reviews, unboxings, and other bookish content.

I have been following her blog since I started blogging, and it has been worth every second of it. If there is one book blogger out there that you need to follow, its Joanna.

She has all the content a book blogger could think of and more. Her posts have constantly given me ideas and inspiration, and I’m sure others can say the same.

Some of my favourite posts on The Geekish Brunette:
Book Review: Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson
Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn Vol. 24 by Mizuho Kusanagi
Book Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia #5) by C.S. Lewis


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Kat – Kbookreviews

Kat is the nicest blogger I have ever met. She is always willing to help another blogger out, and does it with a smile on her face.

She posts great book reviews and book tags, and never shies away from participating in a blog tour.

Kat has been an amazing help to me and my blog in the last few months, and I can always trust her to recommend a great read. She always knows just what book you’ll enjoy reading. Your wallet won’t thank you though, but your reading habits will.

Some of my favourite posts on Kbookreviews:
Book Review: The Fallen Angel (The Great Devil War #5), by Kenneth B Andersen
Book Review: The Lies Of Locke Lamora (The Gentleman Bastards #1), by Scott Lynch
Book Review: Legacy Of Ash (Legacy Trilogy #1), by Matthew Ward.


Sophia Ismaa

Sophia is absolutely brilliant, one of the most in-depth reviewers I have seen, and one of the best people.

She doesn’t always post book reviews though. She has such an amazing perspective on all things bookish and constantly comes up with eye opening articles on current events and their representation in literature, and her blog is a MUST to follow if you consider yourself a good and intelligent person.

Some of my favourite posts on Sophia Ismaa:
Why the Sansa vs Daenerys Feud is not Anti-Feminist
Milestone – My Writing is being Performed on Stage by Young Muslim Voices
Thoughts on the Various Reactions to Daenerys Burning Down King’s Landing


These bloggers are absolutely amazing, and deserve more love than I can give them.

If you have other great bloggers that people need to follow, or you also follow these bloggers and want to spread some love, please do so in the comments, or send them a message on social media!
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Top 5 Worst Rulers in Literature

Hello dear readers, I am back for another Top 5 Tuesday, which is hosted by Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic is the top five worst rulers in literature. I took the term “ruler” rather loosely, and sort of included anyone with a decent amount of power over other people.

What are terrible leaders from literature that you know of? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Let’s check out the list!


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Joffrey Baratheon – Game of Thrones

This provably seems like a pretty obvious choice. He was a terrible ruler that really only used his power for his own gain. He is a sadistic, cowardice monster that failed as a ruler time and time again.


Dumbledore – Harry Potter Series

Though he inspired many to follow him against Voldemort, I don’t think Dumbledore is a good ruler at all. He trusts none of his followers with important information, and because of that, almost makes it impossible for them to destroy Voldemort after his death.


Katniss – Hunger Games

The idea of Katniss = inspired an army. Katniss’ abilities = near useless and unordinary. She didn’t do much other than just inspire the army to overthrow the government. All she could really do was shoot a bow.


Noah – The Girl Who Found the Sun

Unwilling to analyze obvious information and was willing to let small children die because of poor leadership decisions. He was the leader of the arc, but he was willing to watch them all die without exploring every option of survival.


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Emperor Palpatine – Star Wars

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The most powerful Sith Lord we’ve ever seen should not lost to a young twenty year old brand new Jedi. Sure he manipulated the events of the clone wars, but he’s terrible his own execution apparently.


What are other terrible leaders from literature that I missed? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Bookish Habits that I am Guilty of

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Hello dear readers, I come to you with another Top 5 Tuesday list, this time all about some bookish habits that I have. Top 5 Tuesdays are hosted over at Bionic Book Worm, and you definitely need to check out her blog if you love books.

Some habits are probably things that a lot of book readers do, and some might be more specific to me.

Bringing my Book EVERYWHERE

Almost everywhere I go, I have a book with me. Whether it’s to work, hanging out with friends, or even waiting on the elevator on the way to take my dog for a walk I have a book with me. Short bursts of reading actually gets a lot done if you do it often enough.


Multiple Books on the go

I have gotten much better at this in the last few years, but I tend to have two or three books and a manga or two going on at the same time. Usually they’re of different genres, but I usually jump back and forth now and then to keep things interesting.


Bad Book Buying Habits

I think all book lovers can appreciate this one, but if you leave me alone in a book store, I ALWAYS come out with a book or two. I’ve actually had my girlfriend drag me out of the store to prevent me from buying something.


Progress Bookmarks

I like to see the progress that I make when I am reading, so I like to have two bookmarks in my books. The first is where I started at the beginning of the day, or week and the second is where I am currently. It’s nice seeing big chunks of the book being finished a time.


Spoiler Free

You can’t spoil a book for me more than I do myself. As soon as I am hooked, I am searching on the internet for what comes next, what happens to the characters in the end, who gets what sort of magical powers. That doesn’t ruin the story for me either, because it is the adventure that we go on that I really enjoy.


What are some of your bookish habits? I know we probably share one or two, but I want to hear about what weird things you might do when it comes to books.
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Top 5: Type It Out Tuesday

Hello my dear dear readers. It is always a pleasure to be here, giving you writing prompts.

I had found a few over the past few weeks that I was inspired by, so I thought I would share them with you too.

Hopefully one of these inspires someone out there to write their next great masterpiece.

The world you live in has such advanced scientific knowledge, that you are able to see every person’s stats like they are in a video game. Strength, speed, interests, weaknesses. You can see it all.


You walk into a used book store one day, and you happen to notice one book has your name on it. You open it and begin reading, and soon realize it is a detailed account of your life. You skip ahead and you read about yourself finding the book…
Do you read your book to the end?


The day after your 16th birthday, you head downstairs in the morning and make some breakfast. You go back up to your room to get ready for school, but it is as if there is an invisible barrier stopping you from entering the room. Over the day, this same sensation happens again and again, and you realize you can’t enter a room more than once.


You wake up in the morning with a throbbing pain in your arm, and you look to see a strange tattoo on your wrist. You call for your wife, and suddenly the number goes down. You yell again, and the number goes down again. You’re 42 years old, and you seemingly only have 157 words left to speak in your entire life.

You are a freed genie who grants wishes you hear people mutter under their breath


You find a genie’s lamp in an antique shop, and as a joke you rub it. A genie pops out, but after thousands of years of being stuck in the lamp…the genie has a bit of an attitude. He grants wishes, but only those that people say under their breath in a moment of anger.


I hope you all enjoy these writing prompts, and again I hope they can inspire you to create something truly wonderful.

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5 Books I Got For Christmas

Hello again dear readers, and Happy Holidays to everyone celebrating out there. I hope you had fun times with your family, or by yourself. I know my holidays were filled with food, not a lot of sleep, and a lot of laughs.

As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, you can bet I ask for books for the holidays. I didn’t actually receive too many, which is good, but I did receive a couple and some gift cards to buy some…so I thought I would share them with you today.


The Alloy of Law

A Mistborn Novel, and the first book in the second Mistborn series. I am excited to jump further into the world and read more Brandon Sanderson…he is my favourite author at the moment.

The Wizard’s First Rule

I have heard of Terry Goodkind before, but I have never had the chance to read him yet. What better way to get to know an author than by reading the first book in a large series of his?

10 Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

I AM SO EXCITED TO BE LOST IN MY HEAD PLAYING A BUNCH OF GAMES ON MY OWN. I love finding ways to pass the time, and I hear this book is great at doing this.

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

Honestly, I am not sure what to expect from this book, so I am setting my expectations low so I am not disappointed. It’s apparently based off of true stories, so I hope its worth the read.

Fahrenheit 451

A classic if there ever was one. My girlfriend picked this out for me because it was the 60th anniversary edition. I got a poster with 100 books every reader should read in their lifetime and Fahrenheit 451 is in this list

Top 5 Tuesday: Surprising Reads of 2019

Hello fellow readers. Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Bionic Book Worm. She’s done a fantastic job of giving Top 5 list topics for two whole years now, so if you guys have any ideas for a new list, send it her way!

This latter half of 2019 has been a slower reading time for me. I haven’t found as much time to sit back and read as I would like, but I have managed to finish a good number of books or stories.


#1 The Snow Queen
I am a fan of short stories, so I wasn’t worried about not enjoying this piece, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. It was a fun, quick, and entertaining piece to read.

#2 Mistborn
I didn’t realize how interested in this book series I would be. It had an interesting premise when I heard about it, but I was hooked by the first few chapters. I can’t wait to dive into books 2 and 3 in 2020.

#3 Fire and Blood
A political book of the Game of Thrones universe. Sounds like it could be interesting, but I wasn’t too sure at first. Turns out, this was one of my favourite books in the Game of Thrones series.

#4 The Devil’s Apprentice
Pleasantly surprised won’t do this book any justice, but that is how I felt when I read this books. I was a bit indifferent at first, but it quickly turned into a book I thoroughly enjoyed.

#5 The Wheel of Time
I am not necessarily surprised by how good each book has been, but instead I am excited about how entertaining the series continues to be, despite it nearing the 10th or so book I am reading.


What books that you read surprised you this year? Let’s talk about them in the comments below.

Top 10 Tuesday: Changes in Reading Habits

Hello again fellow readers. Today I am back with another Top Ten Tuesday Post.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


This week’s topic is Changes in Reading Habits.  Every reader goes through this in their life, because change is inevitable. It’s impossible to be the exact same reader, or even person you were even a year ago, so everyone understands change to some degree.

I’ve experienced a lot of change in my reading habits through my life, even through the last few months. None of these changes are necessarily bad, in fact I like to welcome change. I like adopting new things into my life over time, preferably over time, but once in a while overnight.

I won’t be giving you 10 changes in reading habits, because despite trying to think of 10 different ones I have experienced, I could only come up with eight…so I’ll give you five main ones because giving you a weird number like eight would bother me.


Mainstream Books

When I was younger I mostly read a handful of books that nobody ever heard of. I remember trying to tell my friends about them, but they had never heard of them before. I didn’t necessarily start reading more mainstream books and authors to try and fit in more, but it has been a nice change to being able to participate in more discussions with people I know that love reading.


Reading Female Authors

Going over my list of books that I have read, it is still male dominated. I’m not ashamed of that, but I have been trying to seek out more books by female authors. I haven’t read enough female authors in my life, but the ones I have read have always left a positive impression on my life. I want to pursue more books written by females because of that.


Audiobooks 

I just got into audiobooks recently because of a free trial with Audible, and I can say I have fallen in love with it. I’m the type of person that likes background noise when I am doing anything. Cleaning, walking the dog, showering, I always need some noise to keep my mind busy. Podcasts are my main source, but with my recent dive into audiobooks, I hope to explore more soon.


Manga/Graphic Novels

In high-school I started getting into Manga, because it was a new form of story-telling that I hadn’t explored yet. I quickly fell in love with some of the more popular Shonen Mangas, but discovered more and more the longer I read. I still read several mangas to this day, and some of them have to be my favourite stories I have read.

In terms of graphic novels, I have done a small dive into reading them. Like manga, they are a new way to read stories, but honestly I prefer the manga feel. Graphic novels are filled with a different art-style that is pretty to look at, and I enjoy reading them, but mangas are where my heart lies.


Time to Read

I found now that I have finished school, I am reading a lot less. I used to read on the bus every morning and afternoon, but now that I walk to and from work, I don’t have those 20 minutes each way. I am finding I don’t dedicate as much time to reading as I would like to, and I am kind of mad at myself for that. I want to get back into reading all the time, and am trying to read before bed, or when I have a free hour or two.


What have been some changes in your reading life? Let’s talk about it in the comments.