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.

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If you are interested in supporting, please check out this page. It has some great resources that help out some good causes.

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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10 Signs You’re A Certified Book Addict

Dear readers, we both know the truth. We know you can’t live without a book in arms reach.

Now now, don’g give me that “I’ll stop after just one more chapter” nonsense, I’ve heard it all before. We all know that you can’t kick the habit.

But that’s okay. We all understand. We are all right there with you, shaking in the corner when we can’t finish the book fast enough to know what happened.

I want you to take a deep look into your soul, and realize, that even though you are a lost cause, you can help others before it gets worse.

Below, I am going to list 10 symptoms of a book addict. If you notice one, or any of these symptoms, please seek professional help.

What are some other tell-tale signs of a book addict? Which of the ones I listed are you guilty of? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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#10. You Grab Your Books…Just To Hold Them

This is a bit of an odd one, if I am being honest, but you just don’t feel right without a book in your hand. You might even be busy doing surgery, eating dinner, or playing with your kid. But if you’re feeling lonely, or just a little bit upset, you need that book in your hands to make you feel better.


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#9. You Pack Too Many Books to Take With You on Vacation

A two week vacation on the beach with your loved one means you need a book a day right? I mean that makes sense. One suitcase for books, one for clothes, and then your loved one can just buy their stuff there.

Let’s be real. You need like five or six books MAX. Even that is pushing it. You’ll be sleeping, eating, adventuring, relaxing. You don’t need to be reading 24/7. Just enjoy the vacation!


#8. You Examine Everyone Else’s Bookshelves When You’re Over

You judge your friends a little bit when you go over. You look through their shelves book by book. Some are common, some impress you, some are ridiculous and shouldn’t even have been made into a book.

We all do it, its okay. Just don’t show outward disgust/judgement because not everybody could have the perfect shelves like you do.

#7. You WANT TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE WHEN THEY SAY “BOOKS ARE BORING

Now I don’t condone violence, but I wouldn’t be too upset about seeing a brawl break out over a book. Some people don’t like books, and may call them boring. Just remember to breathe deeply and slowly. They’re just being a doofus.


#6. You’re Scared of Running Out of Books to Read

You own over 100 books you’ve read, and a few dozen that you haven’t, but that’s not enough. Who knows, maybe you’ll read a ton of books and never be able to buy a new one!

If I can give one word of advice, you’ll read more books. You’ll be able to go to the bookstore again, just stay calm and start chipping away at the TBR piling thats stacking up in the corner of your room.


#5. Your Nightstand Doesn’t Have Any Free Space

One book, and then another book. Slowly they add up, and eventually you’re reading four different books and there is nowhere to put your cup of tea you drink before bed.

If you notice that it’s happened, it’s not too late. You can come back from this. All you need to do is figure out an organized way to put your books away. Maybe you keep an extra shelf for the books you’re currently reading, or maybe you find a spot on the coffee table.

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#4. You Own Multiple Copies of the Same Book

Paperback, hardcover, limited edition, and signed copy. Do you really need four different versions of the same book? It tells the same story doesn’t it?

Maybe you can try to limit the number. Maybe you just keep the ones that have sentimental value and the ones that have a signature.


#3. You find you Pronounce Words Wrong Because You’ve Only Ever Read Them on a Page

It’s most likely names you’re pronouncing wrong, but you’ll start thinking people are pronouncing some words wrong too, until you find out you’re the one to blame.

You pronounce words wrong because you’ve only ever said them in your head, you’ve never heard them said aloud. All you have to do is realize your mistake and try to fix it in the future.


#2. When You Finish a Book, You Have a Hard Time Coping With Reality

This doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it hurt bad. You feel lost. You feel empty. You don’t know what you’re going to do with yourself now that a book, or a series is over.

It will be okay. You will move on. Time will heal your wounds, you will become a stronger person because of this. Just pick up another book, and fall in love with those characters.


#1. THE VERY IDEA OF GOING TO A BOOK STORE TURNS YOU ON

Sure, maybe dusty old books gets you all hot and bothered. If it does, no judgement, but maybe think about seeking professional help.

What’s more likely is that the idea of going to a bookstore get’s you all excited. It might be the highlight of your day, or week. Coming home with a bag of new books might be an awesome idea, and might be all you can think about.

It’s not bad per se, but it definitely needs to be kept in check. You can’t let it get too out of control, or else you’ll go past the point of no return.


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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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Books That Blew My Mind (No, Not Literally)

Hello ladies and gentlefolk, welcome to yet another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the one and only, Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is five books that exceeded my expectations.

If you don’t already, please check Bionic Book Worm for some terrific Top 5 Tuesday ideas, and posts in general.

Fault in Our Stars

Like I mentioned in the review, The Fault in our Stars really blew me away on how it hit my soul. I did not expect it to connect with me or make me feel the way it did.


Bullets, Teeth & Fists 3

I had never really opened a gory book, or at least one that was gory for the sake of gore, but when I opened up BT&F, I was blown away that I didn’t hate it. I enjoyed reading it, and didn’t find it out of place at all. It has definitely made me want to read the first two.


Wheel of Time

Before WoT, the longest fantasy series I had ever read was probably Harry Potter, and that was nowhere near as intense. WoT opened my eyes to what a fantasy world could really be, and I’d probably say it opened the gateway to my true love of fantasy books.


Stormlight Archive

There have been three books released in this series so far, and all three have literally made me cheer out loud in public places. They are truly brilliant pieces of literature, and I am checking at least once a week on when the next one will come out.


Devil in the White City

To be honest this book is probably the one that blew my mind the most. I wasn’t cheering or jumping up and down in excitement, but I was definitely hooked. I didn’t think I’d be more interested in the story of an architect more than the story of a serial killer.

What are some books that blew your mind, you know there’s at least a few!
Let’s talk about them in the comments or on social media!
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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