Guest Post – Beauty and the Book

I wanted to bring you another post in the Inspirational Female Characters series, but I’m battling fever, fatigue and a horrible headache. Instead, I’ve decided to share this guest post that I wrote a while back on Mahriya’s amazing book blog, My Bookish Life. It’s a part of a writing challenge called The Typewriter Project and I’m so stoked to be a part of it! I hope you like my post. Let me know in the comments section below how much of a role book covers play in you deciding to read or buy a book.

Guest Post – Beauty and the Book

Book Review: Winter Tide

Title: Winter Tide (The Innsmouth Legacy #1)

Author: Ruthanna Emrys

Genre: Fantasy

Published: By Tor on April 4th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future. The government that stole Aphra’s life now needs her help. She must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.

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The Case of the Absent Blogger

It was Mystery and Thriller week over on Goodreads last week, hence the title. (Neat, don’t you think?) As many of you might have noticed, I took a month-long vacation from blogging without any prior notice. I feel like I owe my regular readers an explanation, so that’s what I’ll be talking about in this post. Also, watch out for some fun Harry Potter GIFs. 😀

Why the Absence?

Two main reasons for this one: extended illness and a writing slump (I refuse to call it writer’s block).

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Writing and Reading Wrap-Up – Feb 2017

I had no plans for this month since my previous one didn’t go too well, so I went back to my old as-you-like-it way of doing things. February was a roller-coaster of a month for me. I’m currently on a low – the annoying trinity of cold, cough and fever have descended on me. This week has been far from productive, and I’m in a reading slump currently. Let’s see how the others went.

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Writing & Reading Wrap-Up – Jan 2017

Remember my writing plan from two weeks ago? (It’s okay if the answer is no, you can check it out here.) I did promise a monthly writing wrap-up along with it, but I decided to add reading to it as well. Since I have a separate book blog, I will mention my reading only briefly here and leave links to my posts on that blog if you want to read further. With that introduction out of the way, let’s check on my progress (or lack of it).

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Goals for the New Year

‘Home is behind
The world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow
To the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight’

[Written by Howard Shore, Philippa Boyens, Billy Boyd • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group]

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had the best time welcoming 2017. 🙂 I was very impatient to get to the start of the new year because I had so many things to look forward to. First, of course, the new episode of Sherlock, which did not disappoint (I shall say no more because I don’t want to spoil anything). I can’t believe I’ve to wait another week for the next one! Secondly, my new book blog is now officially “live”. I’m still working on the schedule, but I’m beyond excited about it. I bet you can tell. 😉

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Continuing a tradition I started last year, I made a list of 17 things I’d like to accomplish this year. Some of them have spilled over from last year, but I’m determined to complete them all this year. I’m hoping that putting them up here for the world to see will keep me on track. Only time will tell, I suppose. I put them in different colours to liven things up.

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If you’ve read this post, you already know that things are changing on Pages That Rustle. I have a lot of free time, at least for the first half of the year, which means more time to write. I shared my idea (the one for which I wrote 50k in NaNoWriMo) with two of my friends who told me it was a story worth completing, so I’m planning to finish at least one draft by June. I’m going to share my progress with you all via a monthly blog post as an added incentive for me to sit down and write. I really hope I finish it this time.


What are your goals for this year? Any resolutions? Let me know in the comments, or leave a link if you’ve posted about it on your blog. Also, if you’re curious about my new blog, check it out here (I included ways for people not on Tumblr to be able to follow too).

2016 Wrap-Up

I know it’s a terribly clichéd idea for a blog post, but looking back at the year often provides valuable lessons for the future. We probably all had that one big, embarrassing failure we don’t want to talk about and pray will never happen to us again. We all hopefully experienced a few deviously designed plans by the devil that confounded us but which we overcame anyway, becoming wiser in the process. We all definitely had those beautiful moments where the entire universe was perfectly aligned just for us, which brings a smile on our faces even as we think about it now. By now you should be convinced this is a great post idea. If you are, then bear with me as I share how 2016 went for me (and you can tell me all about yours after that).

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Creative Woes + An Announcement

I’ve been dreading writing this post and putting it off for the longest time. It seems like every time I take a break, it gets a little more difficult to return to the habit. Not for lack of ideas or interest, it’s mostly fear.

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The Inspiration Circle – Nov ’16

I’m scheduling this in advance because my exams are starting today. I don’t know as of now the outcome of my NaNoWriMo stint. Contrary to claims made previously (and personally), I’m no Oracle. However, I am of the opinion that no matter how it ended, I will need a creative pick-me-up after the hours of exhausting effort. If you participated in this manic writing marathon too, I’m sure you will quietly nod your head because you’re too tired to manage even a feeble affirmative. Welcome to the remedy for your depleted creative reserves! Here’s your last chance to stock up on some inspiration before the November clock runs out. Now that we all realised that I will make a horrible salesman, let’s cut to the chase.

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5 Things I Hate About Goodreads + GIFs

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No, wait, don’t pounce. I visit that site so often I virtually live there, but some features or groups of people are simply annoying. I normally don’t go around complaining, but I just had to get this off my chest. One of my favourite book bloggers was recently attacked on Twitter for uh… I have no idea why, and she was forced to make the account private. You’d think that reading books would help people make smarter choices, but apparently not. Here are my top five complaints.

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