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Quote of the Day: Stories That Last

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The Best Stories I’ve Ever Read/Watched

Having a wild and very active imagination combined with the incredible effects of reading books have inspired me to become an author. While I owe every story credit for my writing passion, there are few select stories across entertainment mediums whose stories hold a special place in my heart and inspire me to no ends. These stories have outstanding characters, intricately compelling plots, and wholly original worlds. They take my breath away.

Here are the best stories I’ve ever read/watched that have been influential in my life:


Attack on Titan
Anime Series

Beka Cooper
Young Adult Fantasy (trilogy) Book Series
by Tamora Pierce

Circle of Magic
Young Adult Fantasy (quartet) Book Series
by Tamora Pierce

Daughter of the Lioness
Young Adult Fantasy (duology) Book Series
by Tamora Pierce

Full Metal Alchemist
Anime Series

Anime Series

Ranger’s Apprentice
Young Adult/Middle Grade Fantasy Book Series
by John Flanagan

Fantasy Book Series
by Juliet Marillier

Song of the Lioness
Young Adult Fantasy (quartet) Book Series
by Tamora Pierce

Soul Screamers
Young Adult Fantasy Book Series
by Rachel Vincent

Young Adult Fantasy Book Series
by Maria V. Snyder

Tales From Verania
Fantasy Romance / LGBTQ Fiction (quartet) Book Series
by T.J. Klune

Wicked Lovely
Young Adult Fantasy Book Series
by Melissa Marr

What are some of the best stories you’ve ever read/watched/heard? Let me know in the comments below.

And, as always, happy reading!!!

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Fall 2019 TBR [PREVIEW]

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Fever by Donna Grant (Dark Kings, book 16) (October 29, 2019)


Dawn of the Arcana (Volumes 4-13) by Rei Toma
The Demon Prince of Momochi House (Volumes 2-12) by Aya Shouoto
Vampire Knight (Volumes 12-19) by Matsuri Hino, Translated by Tomo Kimura


The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
Awkward by Svetlana Chmahora
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, book 1)
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, book 2)
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm, Illustrated by Matthew Holm (Sunny, book 1)


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Empirium, book 1)
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff (The Aurora Cycle, book 1)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Angelbound by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Origins, book 1)
The Werewolf Queen by Brandi Elledge (Wheel of Crowns, book 1)
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (Seafire, book 1)
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto (Crown of Feathers, book 1)
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (The Shadow Game, book 1)
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (The Malediction Trilogy, book 1)
The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier (Warrior Bards, book 1)
Starling by Lesley Livingston
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (The Hungry City Chronicles, book 1)
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)
So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane (Young Wizards, book 1)
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, book 1)


Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


Hot Blooded by Donna Grant (A Dark Kings Novel, book 4)
Firestorm by Donna Grant (A Dark Kings Novel, book 10)
Blaze by Donna Grant (A Dark Kings Novel, book 11)


Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (The Band, book 1)
Dragon Mount by Jennifer M. Eaton
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (Farseer Trilogy, book 1)

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This or That? – 10 Bookish Questions

Below are 10 questions asking which of the two mentioned things would you prefer (or neither, or both). All of these questions have to do with bookish preferences. I tried to think way outside the box for some of these.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment down below. Let’s geek out together like the booknerds we are!

Do you prefer…

1)Hardcover or Paperback books?

2)Multiple POVs or One POV?

3)organize your books Genre or Rainbow order?

4)Contemporary Romance or Paranormal Romance?

5)Standalone novels or Book Series?

6)reading Inside or Outside?

7)read when it’s Quiet or Noisy/With White Noise?

8)Love-Triangles in books or Enemies to Friends/Couple?

9)Short Chapters or Long Chapters?

10)Buddy Reads or to Read Alone?

I prefer paperback but I don’t mind hardcovers. I prefer to following one POV through a story. I would prefer to organize my books in rainbow order because it would make more sense to me. I love book seriesI’d much rather read inside. I need to read in a quiet space. If it’s done right, I prefer books where the two MCs go from enemies to becoming a couple. I like short chapters because I feel like I’m reading the book faster and I tend to read more in one sitting when they’re short. I’m very picky about what I read so I prefer to read alone.

How about you? What bookish things do you prefer?


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Story Planning Methods

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Knowing your story is a major part of writing your story. If you don’t know what’s going on, then the reader won’t know either. Both of you will be lost if there is no seamless order to follow.

That’s why planning out your story can make a big difference in the story writing process.

Here are some methods to help you plan your story:



You can create a web with a topic in the middle and 5+ points/details relating to that topic connecting. For example, your topic is a central plot point to the story. You would then connection 5 or more key details that will help you flesh out this moment of the story.


Index cards are great for writing character profiles or plot summaries. Each card would focus on one character or scene. Index cards are also easy to keep organized and come in multiple colors.


I like this method because I am telling myself a summary of what exactly is going to happen in a chapter. I like to include connections (spoilers) to other parts of the story because it makes it easier than going back through every single summary looking for why this and that is happening. Then, when I go to write I am just adding in the details.


If you already know how you want your story to end, you can start from there and work your way backwards. Certainly, when editing this method will check for logic and consistency.


Pretend you are pitching your story to a literary agent or editor. Write a short concise synopsis that tells what your story is about. Make it attractive, compelling. Because if you’re not interested, it’s possible no one else will be either.


Sticky notes apply to previous methods mentioned. You can create a sticky note web, keep track of plot points, or maintain important facts/information.


I am a big fan of outlines because they are neat and orderly. Everything is planned (for the most part) from start to finish.


It’s important to know your characters inside and out: what they look like, how they’d react to things, their personality, their faults. As Ernest Hemingway said, “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” You can write basic questions about your character to answer or you can draw what you’d like your character to look like.


Word processors software like Microsoft Word and Google Docs have made it incredibly easy to keep yourself organized when planning and writing a novel. All of the above methods can be done in a word processor software.


If you prefer to journal your ideas for your story, then any of the above methods will work just fine.

THE 5 W’s & H

Asking yourself key questions – who, what, when, where, why, how – can help flesh out your story, its characters, and the world they reside in. This can also help if you’re stuck or having a problem writing specific, concrete details about what’s going on.


Music sometimes a better way of describing how we feel or what we wish we could say. Sometimes the right song can perfectly explain a moment. If you’re finding yourself at a point in the story where the words just aren’t happening or you just don’t know where to begin, you can create a playlist that sings what needs to be said. Think Hamilton or Wicked or Disney’s Fantasia: it’s like you’re creating a soundtrack for your story or telling your story through song.


If none of these methods appeal to you, then perhaps going in with no plan is best. Just write and see what happens. It all begins with writing and you’ll go through several edits before your story sounds the way you want it to.


Of course you don’t have to have the entire story planned out all at once. But having a foundation to build upon can make a real huge difference and potentially avoid writer’s block.

And remember, plans can change. For the sake of consistency or some other reason, your plan may need to change. But change can only make it stronger if you allow it.

What methods do you prefer to use when planning out a story?


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Mid-Year Look Back 2019: Favorite New Authors & Books (so far)

Favorite New Authors


Favorite Books Read