My Redbubble Birthday

It’s hard to believe I started this journey wanting to buy a camera to start a booktube channel. I have since learned that despite practicing for a year, I don’t have the knack for booktubing(which, btw I’m okay with!) I’m actually super glad I never bought a $600 camera because in the end I seriously would have regretted it.

One thing I don’t regret is the choice I made hoping to get a camera at the end. One year ago tomorrow, I opened my Redbubble store and uploaded my first 10 designs.

Being on Redbubble has taught me a ton of things, including advancing my designing skills enough that I was brave enough to really start designing covers. I’ve learned a thousand invaluable things from my time there, and it’s an experience I’m glad I had the courage to begin.

QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m opening a store on Society6! It’ll hopefully be up and running by Christmas so yay! Transferring all my designs is a buttload of work so bear with me (legit I have like 75+ designs)

Okay, so in honor of my Redbubble birthday, I’m hosting two giveaways over on Twitter, one for an ebook copy of SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo and the other for any tall or standard sized mug from my Redbubble store. (both giveaways close tomorrow!) As a little celebration, I thought I would share ten of my latest designs that I’ve uploaded on my store, to give you a little taste test of what it is I do.

 

 

I feel like this lineup is actually a pretty good taste of the type of designs I do! We’ve got bookish designs, a Hamilton on, TV show designs, all that good stuff! If you were to compare some of these designs to some of the designs that I started out with, I think you’ll find I’ve truly grown as a designer, and I owe it all to Redbubble. So…

Thank you. Thank you for an absolutely amazing year.

p.s. if you enjoyed this, you can find my store linked above, at the top of the blog to the far right under the header!

LET’S TALK. Of the designs shown, which is your favorite?

Muse Monday #12

Okay, so I’ve tweeted about this a little bit, but I’m cat-sitting! I’ve been cat-sitting for like two weeks, but I have two male cats and guess what… I’m cat-sitting a male cat. AND OF COURSE, they fought. For two weeks straight.

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I haven’t slept in two weeks.

BUT THEN

BUT THEN….

they haven’t tried to rip each other’s throats out in 24 hours. what even. I’m in shock, tbh. But it’s amazing. So yes, there’s this weeks Muse-y moment!

join me! link up! I promise it’ll be fun!

What has inspired you this week?

Book Review: Wicked Like A Wildfire

wildfireAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

I feel like this book could have been so much better than it was. At first, it reminded me very strongly of SECRET OF A HEART NOTE, but later on I could tell it was definitely very different,
first of all, there was a love triangle that I absolutely despised. the plot? It was all over the place. At first, there was quite a bit of shame and hate dumped on Iris for being a “party girl”, and a lot of slut-shaming, which I absolutely hated.
I had a ton of hope for the familial relationships in this, but for me everything just felt one-dimensional. Malina and Iris’s relationship was cute, but nothing really went far enough that I felt a deep connection.
Also: iris slept with Fjolar after knowing him like 3 days. Like DUUUUUDE NO. I just… ugh. Plus the kiss scenes were, 1. super cheesy and 2. Omg way too descriptive
“His lips parted beneath mine and the kiss went deep, tongue against tongue all silky wet.” Okay, so this may just be me but idk I don’t like it when kisses describe the tongues stuff because ewwww??? It just seemed like a little too much for YA. (Tho I’ve read worse in book I love, it just…. Ugh.
So they kept saying that Iris was so strong! So wild! So wicked! But tbh she just felt like a child lashing out? I mean, she is a teenager, but A D U L T S were all like: “omg Iris, so strong, so wild, such a wonderful person” and I was just like: um no??? she’s making bad decisions and being an idiot and a jerk. I just found her really immature.
So I’m not going to talk a bunch on the diversity, because obviously I’m not and expert on the subject, but I really did like Malina and I guessed that she was gay. I didn’t like how it was revealed kind of like a plot twist, and since I guessed it like RIGHT AWAY and don’t really consider it a spoiler.
Speaking of guessing, I guessed like… all the plot twists. Oops?
Now, as usual, take my opinion with a grain of salt! Everyone is different, and just because I didn’t like a book doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it! If you think it sounds like something you’d love, or even like—go for it! Everyone is different, and we all connect differently and have different experiences so what didn’t speak to me in this book might speak to you!

two stars

What book have you read lately that you really anticipated but didn’t like at all?

ARC August Update!

There’s this fun part of ARC August where people blog updates about their reading progress and this readathon is halfway over and I’ve said nothing on here about how much reading I’ve done so here goes.

I have finished FOUR books! Three ARCs, one normal book. I started out the month with a normal book, which I loved but this is ARC August so I won’t talk about that normal book.

So far I have read…. (insert drumroll here)

okay, before I jump in, you may recognize only two of these titles. The middle one, THE TWO OF US I received just before the release date and had to throw in. I still plan on going with my original TBR for the month, pending any other late add-ins.

WICKED LIKE WILDFIRE – This book was probably good, but just wasn’t for me. While I found the concept quite interesting, the execution and characters fell flat for me.

THE TWO OF US – After being disappointed by WICKED LIKE WILDFIRE, I needed something cutesy and inspirational, so I turned to an old familiar; the Christian Fiction section! Luckily, I had just received this ARC so I mixed up my reading schedule to add it in.

THE ART OF FEELING – I just finished this one late last night, and it was so good. I loved the concept and the characters, and TITO. TITOOOOO. (okay that’s all I can say)

While a year ago I would have consider this amount of reading to be sub-par, I’m actually happy with my progress!

WHAT’S NEXT….

Okay, so here’s an exclusive peek into my next few reads, beginning with my current read!

I’ve left two books that were originally on my TBR off of this (BEFORE SHE IGNITES and ONE DARK THRONE) since I’ve only read 3 books so far and the month is halfway over. I still hope to get to at least one of them this month, but I’m trying to be realistic.

Are you doing ARC August? If yes, what have you read so far? If not, what have you read so far?

Muse Monday #11

So this week I have such exciting news! I got a hit of inspiration around the beginning of the week, and I could not stop writing. Late Saturday night, I finished it! I’m so over the moon happy.

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Synopsis for my story!

Also, I’m officially making Muse Monday a blog meme!

(currently you can use the landscape-sized image I use, but I should have a more blog friendly graphic ready next week!)

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So are you going to join in? If not, what’s inspired you this week?

Book Review: How to Disappear

9780062291752_2317eVicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.
So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.
To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.
In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.

This book is so freaking important. It’s going to take me a second to formulate slightly coherent thoughts about it, and I need a moment to wipe away my tears.

In my core, I resonate so deeply with Vicky. While my anxiety and depression manifests itself differently than hers, I still managed to see myself in her. My e-copy is half yellow from me highlighting all of the sections that spoke to me. The writing was beautiful and raw and wonderful and I’m running out of new words to use as compliments, so I’ll stop there.

This book captures exactly what it is like to live with anxiety and depression. And while it is a heavy story to tell, it’s also so very positive and bright.The story told is so very beautiful, and has a positive message on the subject of mental health.

From the second Vicurious came onto the page, I felt something for it. It was just a simple thing for Vicky, but how she used the platform she was suddenly given was absolutely wonderful.

There is a thriving dark side in social media, but this book reminds me of some of the reasons—some of the people–that make social media a place I want to be.

This book shows the power of one person, spreading hope. It’s gorgeous and amazing and I just can’t even with it. I promise I’m not just going to talk about Vicurious, even though she is a huge part of the story.

I absolutely adored the awkward, adorable, wonderful Lipton. He is lovable and I just…, *aggressively hugs book to chest like a maniac* I just loved this book so much! I can’t even come up with words or coherent thoughts to explain my love for it. It’s a story of hope, love, reconnection. It’s one of the best mental illness stories I’ve read. Ever.

Hands down it’s a favorite. It made me cry happy tears, sad tears, all of the tears. It’s such a wonderful story, and now I’m going to shut up, because y’all need to get your butts over to Amazon and FREAKING PREORDER IT.

five stars

Have you read any books lately(or ever) that capture what it feels like to have your type of mental health?

p.s. here’s a slideshow of quote graphics I made for this wonderful book!

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Mystery Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Vrinda @ A Bookish Human for the mystery blogger award which was created by Okoto Enigma. Thank you, Vrinda.

 

THE RULES >>

√ Put the award logo on your blog.
√ List the rules.
√ Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
√ Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
√ Tell your readers three things about yourself.
√ Nominate roughly 10-20 people for this award.
√ Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
√ Ask your nominees five questions.
√ Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written.

Three things about me >>

1 – My shoe size is 13 wide.
2 – I own like 20 candles
3 – I have 2 cats

What was your favorite book as a child?

The Unicorn’s Secret series by Kathleen Duey. I loved them TO DEATH

Do you have any pets? What are their names?

Two. Cats. Mellow and Caspar. Though those are just my personal pets. My family has 4 dogs; Merry, Strider, Layla, and Sam.

A genre which you haven’t read?

Amish romances.

A book you want everyone in the world to read?

I don’t have a book for this, because I strongly believe that everyone will feel differently about every book. So saying everyone should read a book because it’s amazing is faulty because not everyone who reads it will love it, and not everyone will like that genre, or even fiction.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

DUEX MACHINA ENDINGS.

 

Well, everybody, that’s been the MYSTERY BLOGGER TAG. Because I’m lame I am not going to come up with questions or tag anyone, but if you want to do this, totally steal Vrinda’s questions. xP

What was your favorite book as a child? ALSO; DO YOU HAVE PETS??