Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blogging Woes

Okay...where did the time go?!

Last time I checked, it was the middle of January. Now February is almost over, and I haven't done a single book review, a post about writing, or even statement explaining just how far behind I am with life.

I wish I could say that you'll see a huge improvement on the blogging front, but the thing is...I haven't really been reading very many good books lately. There's been a lot of picking a book up, sort of wading my way through the first half and then putting it down because it doesn't grab me. There's no pile of books screaming "REVIEW ME!!" It's quite the opposite, actually.

Which leads me to ask everyone out there reading this to consider commenting or sending me a message suggesting a book. Seriously. I need every recommendation I can get.

Thanks for popping by! I hope you have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reflecting On 2016 Goals

Happy New Year! That's right...it's officially 2017! It feels absolutely unreal to write that.

At the beginning of 2016, I wrote a post outlining my goals for 2016. If 2016 has taught me anything, it's the power of reflection. It's when we look back that we learn the most about ourselves and are most able to make changes. (Plus it's always fun to celebrate when you reach a goal!)

Without further ado, let's get to it!

First, I want to make forty or more posts over the course of 2016. That sounds doable for me, and I hope that it'll still give you new content every so often.

During 2016 I was able to post a total of...

*drum roll*

FIFTY TIMES!

That's right! I surpassed my goal by exactly ten posts. To be honest, there was a point in June when I thought that there was NO WAY I would be able to meet this first goal, so surpassing this goal is extra-sweet for me. 

Second, I do a great job of vanishing without warning, so I'll try to put out warnings when I'm going to disappear for a week or two.

Um...well...

I did TRY to do a better job, but I don't think I really met this one. There were a lot of periods during the year when I disappeared without a trace. I guess this is a good thing for me to keep in mind when I make my list of goals for 2017, eh?

Third, I'm going to try to read more MG so I can do MMGM. I'm hoping to do one MMGM post a month. That will be difficult because the local library is lacking in that area, but I'm going to try to make it work!

I freely admit that MMGM just didn't happen around here. In fact, by the end of April or so, I pretty much decided that I wasn't going to stress myself out about trying to fit in MMGM. I'm enjoying a lot of YA books, and since I like to keep things pretty fun around here, I think I'm going to read whatever grabs my interest...within the YA and MG categories (for now). 

Fourth, I want to do more posts about writing. I think I did exactly one in 2015, so I have lots of room for improvement in this area!

I just did a quick click through of the posts labeled "writing," and it looks like I did twelve posts about writing in 2016 (plus two posts that I wrote but never hit the "publish" button). That's eleven more than in 2015, so I think I definitely met this goal!

Lastly, I want to hear more from you. This is more of a wish than a resolution, but I want to receive feedback from you. I hope your suggestions will help The Reader's Perch improve.

When I posted a small sample of my writing in February, so many wonderful people sent me kind emails or posted comments. I was quite nervous to share my writing, and all of your amazing support means the world to me. I would love to receive more emails and comments in 2017, so don't be shy about sending me a quick note!

Thank you so much for reading this post! Are you taking the time to look at your 2016 goals and reflect on them? How did you do?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Review: THE DARK DAYS CLUB

I'm back today with a review about Alison Goodman's book THE DARK DAYS CLUB, which was published in January 2016.

The cover of the hardcover that I have is absolutely gorgeous, but it doesn't really capture the action feel of the book.




Here's the little Goodreads blurb:

New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!


London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap? 


...and my review!

I really enjoyed THE DARK DAYS CLUB. It takes a while for the action to start, but the plot is so thick and interesting that I didn't mind at all. Goodman does a great job weaving in historical facts. I don't know very much about the time period, so I like how much historical background she provided.


Based on EON and EONA, I expected THE DARK DAYS CLUB to have a little bit more romance than it did. Lady Helen has two love interests, and I did feel like her choice of one man over the other could have been a little better explained. Goodman did foreshadow that one wasn't the right choice for Helen, but I think I looked upon the spurned love interest with a tad more favor than Goodman wanted me to.

An excellent read! I'm really looking forward to the next one. Which leads me right into something else...

The sequel to THE DARK DAYS CLUB, THE DARK DAYS PACT, comes out at the end of January 2017. I'm so excited! Here's the cover:



It bugs me because it doesn't match the cover of the first book AT ALL, but that's not going to stop me from buying it. I mean, I've been waiting for book two FOREVER (or it feels that way).

That's it for today! See you soon!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays!

I'm wishing you all a fun and safe weekend surrounded by family and friends! I really appreciate all of your support in 2016, and I can't wait for another great year of blogging and bookishness. Blogging wouldn't be the same without you!

Best,
Birdie

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Update & Recent Reads!

Hello! I hope December is treating you well! Between making up all the work I put off during NaNoWriMo and the big push right before the holidays, the beginning of this month was crazy. I'm going to try to blog a couple more times this month, but it looks like December is going to be pretty slim on the blog posts.

Today I read two fabulous books, and I thought that I would briefly review them. Both books were quite sad and not your typical holiday fare, but I highly recommend both of them.

The first book I read today is A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness.


A MONSTER CALLS is an incredibly powerful book told from the third person limited perspective of a boy who is visited by a monster. Pretty much anything I say about the plot with spoil it, but believe me when I say that this book is excellent. It's short, clocking in at around 200 pages, and features beautiful illustrations. Even though it is solidly in the MG camp, adults and teenagers will get a lot out of it. It would be a crime for me to give it fewer than five stars, but they are five crying-because-it's-so-sad stars. 

The second book I read today is THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, a book by Marieke Nijkamp.


I've read some angry reviews about this book and quite a few gushing reviews about THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, and at the end of the day, all I can do is add my two cents. I agree that this book is intense. And harrowing. It chronicles fifty-four minutes of a school shooting from multiple perspectives, which allows the reader to see the shooting from quite a few angles. I have to say that I feel like some perspectives are missing. I would have loved a peek into the shooter's head or seen the story unfold from Fareed's point of view. 

While some reviews say that the shooter comes across as pure evil, I didn't feel that way. Whether that was because of A MONSTER CALLS (which drives home the point that people are neither good nor evil) or how I interpreted the story, I don't know. 

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is a book for teenagers and young adult readers, and I would recommend it for teenagers in high school because of some advance/mature themes.

Anyway, thanks for reading! I'm off to read a fluffy romance. And eat cookies. I need a happy book after these two!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Almost There

There's ONE DAY left of NaNoWriMo. This is not a drill. We have ONE DAY left.

If you've already reached 50K words, treat yourself! You did something incredible this month. And to those of you who didn't make it and aren't going to, treat yourself. Because you have more than you did at the start of the month. And that's something to celebrate.

For those of you who are close but no quite there...I wish you speedy fingers and plenty of inspiration.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Confession

I've been slacking a little bit on words. I'm not horribly behind (okay, fine, I am), but I'm looking at how many words I have to write to win and I can't help but feel a little...helpless.

And I just have to remind myself that I've been here before. I've looked at my current word count and my goal and wondered how am I possibly going to get from here to there? The important thing is to just keep moving forward. Every word you write today is a word you didn't have yesterday. Set a time limit or a small, manageable goal and write that. And then do that again. And again. And again. You'll be surprised how fast the words stack up.

Good luck with the rest of NaNoWriMo! I know you can do it. I know we can do it.