How to Get Out of a Blogging Slump

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A few days ago, I participated in the #BHPChat on Twitter and one of the questions was if we had any tips to get out of a Blogging Slump. A lot of the people participating in the chat tweeted me saying my answer was really helpful or that they agreed with what I said. Today, I decided to share those tips and a few others here on the blog.

1. Change the design of your blog

You can either completely redesign it or just make small changes, depending on how much you like the way your blog looks. The last time I was on a blogging slump, I moved my blog from blogspot to wordpress and completely redesign it and since then I have been super excited to blog and I  have been doing it  more constantly.

Sometimes appearances do matter, if you don’t like the way your blog looks then you may feel less incline to blog. Also, if you feel that the plataform you’re using isn’t working for you then you may also feel less incline to blog (that was my case with blogspot). Sometimes you may love the way your blog looks but it has had the same design since the beginning of time, then that can affect your excitement when blogging as well.

Whatever the reason a new appearance may give you the motivation you need to start blogging again.

2. Visit you favorite blogs 

A lot of the time, the thing that inspires me the most to keep blogging is reading amazing blog posts because I feel the desire to write an amazing blog posts of my own. When I’m on a blogging slump, I visit my favorite blogs and I start to feel motivated to be as good as the bloggers behind it are. It’s not about copying anyone, it’s about wanting to write great post in your own personal way.

3. Write a list of ideas for blog posts

Even when you don’t feel like writing a blog posts, if you write down ideas for things you want to blog about in the future, you are going to start getting excited about them. If you write down, for example, ‘discussion about book bloggers and different types of social media’ in your notebook, bullet journal, a draft on your blog, and then you see a twitter discussion or a booktube video that relates to that or gives you more ideas for that post you want to write, then your gonna get excited about writing it and once that happens, you are gonna be on your way out of a blogging slump.

When we have concrete ideas we want to blog about in the future, it’s easier to find inspiration everywhere we look and then the excitement begins and the blogging slump ends.

4. Get involve with other parts of the community. 

Blogging isn’t the only way to participated in the online book community. If you don’t want to write blog posts, you still can participate in Twitter chats or post pictures on bookstagram. There’s so many other things you can do that are related to books, that way your gonna get excited about talking about books again and, let’s be honest, a lot of time 140 characters or a comment in a photo are not enough and that’s when you start to feel the itch of blogging again.

Also, a lot of the time when you are on Twitter or Instagram you see people talking about their blogs or sharing blog posts and you are going to get jealous (in this case that’s good!) and you are gonna want to have something to share as well. That’s when you start blogging again! Or maybe you won’t get jealous, you will feel sad and nostalgic and you are gonna start to remember how fun blogging was or how proud you were of your blog posts and that way you get out of a blogging slump.

5. Read the blog posts you’re more proud of

Here’s the thing, everyone has that blog post or those blog posts that make us proud, the ones we want to share with everyone or we can’t stop talkng about them, and reading them reminds you of that feeling of being proud and happy because something you blogged about and that feeling is one of the best feelings in the world. Remebering that feeling makes you want to feel it again and that why you get out of a blogging slump.

 That’s it! Those are my 5 tips to get out of a blogging slump.

Have you ever been on a blogging slump? How did you get out of it? Do you have some tips to get out of a blogging slump? 

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The Pride and Prejudice Project: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Sue & Kate Rorick

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In December I decided to host The Pride and Prejudice Project, which is a mix of a reading challenge and a blogging challenge. The idea behind it is to post a review of a Pride and Prejudice retelling or a review for a movie adaptation, TV show or  web series based on Pride and Prejudice. The reviews or bookish lists were supposted to be posted once a month, but that didn’t happen in  January, because I moved my blog from blogspot to wordpress last month and everything was a mess. But from now on I will be posting one of these posts once a month. For the first PPP post, I’m going to review The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet.

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Title: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

Authors: Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

Published by: Touchstone

Publishing date:  June 24th 2014

Pages: 400

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight. When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. 

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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is a companion novel to the web series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and it definitely feels like one. That’s not to say that someone who has not watch the web series wouldn’t enjoy this book, but someone who has watched it would definitely enjoy it a lot more. Here’s the thing, the web series shows only what happens in front of the camera, this book shows all the things a viewer has to guess while watching the web series, so this book is actually a behind the scenes to the videos Lizzie posts online and because of that there isn’t a lot that it’s completely new to someone who has watched all the episodes.

In any case, this book is funny, charming and it mocks a lot of the elements of the original book that are not relatable any more. The story is told with Lizzie’s sacarstic, snarky and completely unique voice. The only little problem is that it feels like she is telling us the story, not like she is writing diary entries, which is what it should feel like since this is suppost to be her diary. Nonetheless, Lizzie is funny and loud and she is often harsh with other people, passing judgement about everyone’s decisions. She always has an opinion and she isn’t always nice when she shares that opinion. But that makes her a flawed characters and she does grow  through the book and she learns to not be so harsh on other people.

There’s two main aspects that make this book especial. The first one is that Lizzie only has two sisters, Jane and Lydia, giving the authors more time to develope their characters and to explore the relationship between Lizzie and them in a deeper way. This gives the possibility of getting to know her sisters better and to get invested in their lifes,  we get to see Jane and Lydia as individuals of their own and not just as Lizzie’s sisters. The second aspect is that Lizzie is a youtuber, more than that it seems like she is a youtuber right when it became a ‘thing’ and that makes the story really interesting, because there’s reference to some of the earlier youtubers Hank Green and Felicity Day, as well as reference to Vidcon and to her surprise as her audience grows pass anything she ever imagined.

Lastly, this retelling gives us much more interactions between Darcy and Lizzie, which makes their relationship a little bit more believable, while keeping the hate that Lizzie feels towards Darcy at the beginning, even exagerating it a bit. A particular interaction takes place in San Francisco and what happens  is definitely swoon-worthy.

Rating: 4 stars 

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2

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I really enjoyed participating in this meme last week, so I’m back with more diverse books! Diversity Spotlight Thrusday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, the participants are suppost to choose one book for each of the three categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your tbr, and a diverse book that has not yet been released. 

I have decided to pick  books that have  less than a thousand ratings on Goodreads, because I want to promote less known diverse books and authors, and I will try to choose only #ownvoices books, because I want the authors that I promote to be members of minorities and marginalized groups.

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

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Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. 

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

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I don’t know how many times have I talked about this book in the last 2 months, but I don’t think I will be stopping any time soon. I will say this again, just in case you don’t know, this was my favorite book of 2016 and it’s now one of my favorite books of all times. Because of that, I want everyone to read it. So this is the weekly reminder that if you haven’t read this, you should. This book talks about feminism, queerness and intersectionality in a perfect way. Also, it has a main character that I want to protect at all cost, because she is precious.

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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza 

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Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

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Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

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With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

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This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and it was released a few days ago. I’m a big fan of fantasy, so I’m always in the lookout for diverse fantasy books and this book has an asian main character, as well as a black main character . The synopsis of Empress of a Thousand Skies intrigued me and the cover captivated me. Also, I participated in a twitter chat with the author and she is incredibly nice. This is the kind of fantasy book that I want to see more of.

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

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This book sounds both adorable and incredible sad at the same time. I just got an arc through Netgalley, so I’m super excited to be able to read it before release date, which is May 2nd 2017. The LGBTQ+ characters are one of the main reasons I’m looking forward to reading this.

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Reading Challenges Update – January 2017

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Every month, I will be posting an update about how I’m doing in the challenges that I’m participatin in. If you want to know my brief thoughts about any of the books in this post, you can check out my January 2017  Wrap Up .

Diversity Bigno 2017

This is the challenge I’m most excited about and I’m glad that of the 8 books I have read so far this year, 7 of them fit in squares for the diversity bingo and they are all #ownvoices. I really want to fill all the squares by the end of 2017 and I think I’m doing really well so far.

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Beat the Backlist

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My goal for this challenge is to read 30 backlist books this year and to count towards the challenge the book has to have been realese before 2017. I’m very glad to say that 7 of the 8 books I have read this year count for this challenge.

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Flights of Fantasy

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My goal for this challenge is to read 20 fantasy books in 2017. In January I read 2 books that work for this challenge and if I keep that pace I think I will achieve my goal.

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I want to read a total of 80 books in 2017. So far, I have read 8 books; 7 in January and 1 the first day of February. I’m 1 book ahead of schedule.

 

 

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Book Review: When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

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Title: When Reason Breaks

Author: Cindy L. Rodriguez

Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publishing Date: February 10th 2015

Pages: 304

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

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When Reason Breaks portraits depression through the stories of two main characters- Elizabeth and Emily-that experience this mental illness in very different ways. One is loud and angry and the other tries to pretend everything is okay and hides her problems from everyone. The contrast between the ways these two girls live depression are definitely what makes this book unique, as well as incredibly important.  In terms of how this book talks about depression, one of the most valuable things that it does is that it shows that different kinds of relationships can help you go through bad periods of your life, but only because they bring comapany and support, never as a cure.

At the same time, this book has really good representation of  other minorities.  It has a latina main character and there aren’t any stereotypes surrounding her or her family. She is really smart, thoughtful and a really good writer. She is the daughter of a politician, so she grew up on the spotlight and that affects her; her father is really strict with her but he is busy with other things and has someone else to update him about her and her mother is going through some hard things of her own, so neither of them really pays her that much attention. On the other hand, one of the secondary characters comes from a latino household of supportive and caring parents, and the fact that this book shows two latino families that are so different from one another is really valuable and it reflects really well the diversity that exist within the latino community. Lastly, it also has a secondary character that comes from a family with two dads and Rodriguez handles it in a perfect way. Their son is an athlete, he is popular, he is proud of his dads and they are really involved in his life and they’re so supportive. Honestly, the representation in this book is brilliant.

Other thing this book does really well is dealing with family dynamics, it shows four households and in each one the parents are very different, that allows the book to show the importance that the presences of a parent has in a teenagers life and how – even if there aren’t perfect families – having support and love from your family compensates for many mistakes.

The last thing I want to mention is that the writing in this book flows really well and it keeps the reader connected to what’s happening.  Also, the Emily Dickinson poems and references add so much to the story. At the beginning of the book, these very dark poems that the author chose set the tone of the book, they create a unique atmosphere that makes this book so much more interesting.

Rating: 4.4 stars 

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Divesity Spotlight Thursday #1

diverse-spotlight1This is very exciting! I’m finally joining Diversity Spotlight Thursday, which is weekly meme hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, the participants are suppost to choose one book for each of the three categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your tbr, and a diverse book that has not yet been released. 

I have decided to pick  books that have  less than a thousand ratings on Goodreads, because I want to promote less known diverse books and authors, and I will try to choose only #ownvoices books, because I want the authors that I promote to be members of minorities and marginalized groups. I will let you know if I ever choose a book that doesn’t fit in one of these two categories. But for today, I can say that all three books are both #ownvoices and have less than a thousand ratings on Goodreads.

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“Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene. As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?

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This book deals with steriotypes that people have about Muslims and their love lifes in a very funny way, while being respectful, honest and entertaining. It also shows very different types of romantic relationships in very realistic ways and  female relationships (between mother and daughters, sisters and friends) have  a central place throughout the book. If you are looking for a books with a muslim protagonist, I totally recommend this!

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on-the-edge-of-goneJanuary 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

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I added this to my tbr recently because I want to read more books with characters in the autism spectrum and I have heard this one is amazing (maybe because is #ownvoices?! I think so!). The fact that it’s a sci-fi makes me even more excited, because I have never read a sci-fi with a neurodivergent character and I think it’s gonna be so cool to see how main character handles a world that’s coming apart.

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27 Hours by Tristina Wright

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Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret. They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

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This week we finally got a cover for this book and I’m so excited! The synopsis sounds fascinating, the cover looks beautiful and I follow the author on Twitter and she is amazing. Even more important than all that, 27 Hours is a sci-fi book with a main characters that is part of the LGBTQ+ community. We definitely do not get enought fantasy and sci-fi books with diverse characters ( even if lately those book have incresed) and I can’t wait to read it. This book is being released in October 2017.

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